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Trump decides against quarantine of New York region

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:50 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, advises residents of the region not to travel except for essential purposes

GHOST TOWN. Cars cross 42th street as rain falls on March 28, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Knicks owner James Dolan tests positive for virus

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:48 PM

American tycoon James Dolan, who owns the NBA's Knicks and NHL's Rangers, becomes the first US major sports owner to contract coronavirus

ASYMPTOMATIC. Knicks honcho James Dolan says he's hardly experiencing any symptoms. Photo by Maddie Meyer /Getty Images North America/AFP

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Small businesses become endangered in virus-stricken New York

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:35 PM

In New York, the coronavirus hit to the economy is like a boulder that gets bigger as it rolls ever-faster downhill, leveling more of the city's stores and services

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: A nail salon sits closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 20, 2020 in New York City. Today New York announced new measures to control the epidemic, including the closure of all hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, and tattoo parlors. The economic situation in the city continued to decline as more businesses closed their doors and New York weighed a shelter in place order for the entire city. Victor J. Blue/Getty Images/AFP

CPP-NPA declares ceasefire after U.N. call for peace amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine government earlier declared a ceasefire with communist rebels as security forces focus on battling the novel coronavirus

REBELS. Armed members of the New People's Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#DuterteLive: Updates on enhanced community quarantine

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:03 PM

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Ferries, airports swamped as Kiwis rush home for virus lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:10 PM

In response to the chaos at ferry terminals and airports, the New Zealand government grants a two-day extension until Friday for those returning home to self-isolate

SHOPPING. A man (C) wearing a face mask to waits enter a supermarket to buy supplies one day before the country goes on lockdown to stop any progress of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Wellington on March 24, 2020. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Joma Sison takes cue from U.N., calls for ceasefire with government

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The communist rebel leader earlier declined to reciprocate the government's ceasefire, which President Rodrigo Duterte ordered as the country battles the novel coronavirus

REBELS. Armed members of the New Peoples' Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Patriots owner says thank you to Brady in full-page Tampa ad

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:12 PM

NFL star Tom Brady ends a 20-year run with the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FAREWELL. Tom Brady will not play for the New England Patriots in the next NFL season. File photo from Twitter/@NFL

India hangs 4 over 2012 Delhi bus gang-rape

Mar 20, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'All 4 convicts (were) hanged at 5:30 am,' says the head of the Tihar Jail in the Indian capital

Security personnel stand guard as an ambulance carrying the bodies of four executed men enters Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. India executed four men for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion. Money SHARMA / AFP

Saints coach Payton tests positive for COVID-19

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:30 PM

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton becomes the first person in the NFL to contract the disease

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 13: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the fourth quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 13, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. James Gilbert/Getty Images/AFP

Virus-hit Air New Zealand offered bailout

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Under the deal, the government – which owns 52% of Air New Zealand – will extend up to NZ$900 million (US$515 million) of credit to the airline over the next two years

Bilibid, all penal colonies coronavirus free – BuCor

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:20 PM

There are no Persons Under Investigations (PUIs) at the New Bilibid Prison according to the Bureau of Corrections

DISINFECTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the disinfection of the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

Distrust on both sides as gov’t starts ceasefire with communist rebels

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The defense chief expects guerrilla attacks to continue, while rebel leaders say the Luzon lockdown is meant only to intimidate and immobilize the public

LOCKDOWN. Philippine Army troopers from the Joint Task Force-NCR inspect motorists entering Metro Manila at a community quarantine checkpoint at the NLEX Mindanao Avenue exit in Quezon City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

GMA News TV goes off air amid coronavirus outbreak in PH

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'Sa gitna ng enhanced community quarantine at ng state of calamity sa ating bansa...hindi po muna sasahimpapawid ang GMA News TV o ang GNTV,' says GMA News anchor Jessica Soho

Duterte declares ceasefire with communists amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ceasefire will last from March 19 until April 15

CEASEFIRE. Troops from the AFP's Joint Task Force-NCR man the checkpoint in Valenzuela City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

New Zealand decriminalizes abortion

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:02 PM

'From now on abortions will be rightly treated as a health issue,' says New Zealand's justice minister

Riders to the rescue: New York food delivery during coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:32 PM

With New York restaurants closed, hungry residents are relying on bicycle delivery riders who fear contagion but have no choice but to continue working

Ex-Patriots Tom Brady set for Bucs move

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:26 AM

NFL star quarterback Tom Brady looks set to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have not reached the playoffs since 2007

NEW CHAPTER. Tom Brady hopes to pump life into the Bucs’ bid. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Brady announces departure from New England Patriots

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Decorated quarterback Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots after 20 years in the team

END OF AN ERA. Tom Brady announces his departure from the New England Patriots after 20 years. Photo from Twitter (@NFL)

[OPINION] Ceasefire in the time of coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'US imperialism, Chinese imperialism, the Duterte administration, and the CPP-NPA-NDFP can become tactical allies, even if strange bedfellows, against the coronavirus'

New Zealand unveils huge stimulus package to ease pandemic shock

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The government says its NZ$12.1-billion stimulus package is the largest peacetime spending spree in modern New Zealand history

RECESSION WARNING. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott/AFP

Duterte asks NPA for ceasefire during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:36 AM

The President sees the police and military on the frontlines of the Luzon-wide ‘enhanced community quarantine,’ and asks communist rebels for a halt in hostilities

SOLDIERS. Military contingents provided a support role to the Police in enforcing a "community quarantine" of Metro Manila on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Supreme Court grants bail to ex-NPA chief Rodolfo Salas

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail

RETIRED. Retired CPP and NPA leader Rodolfo Salas, 72, is arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Air New Zealand to axe flights, jobs over coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 4:55 PM

On its long-haul network, Air New Zealand will be reducing its capacity by 85%. It is still unclear how many jobs would be affected.

#CourageON: All in... together!

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:32 PM

'We need clarity of thought and deed. Let’s bring out the best of our humanity to drown our fear'

New Zealand slashes rates as prime minister warns of recession

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:05 PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the economic impact of the coronavirus on the country 'could be greater than the global financial crisis'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott / AFP)

Muslims still feel unsafe a year after New Zealand massacre

Mar 14, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The abuse experienced prior to the attacks on March 15 last year died down after the killings but appears to be on the rise again, with unease growing among the Muslim community amid ongoing vitriol and threats

CHRISTCHURCH. A member of the Muslim community stands in front of the Al Noor mosque, two days ahead of the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, in Christchurch on March 13, 2020. Photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

Alleged NPA leader, 2 others killed in arrest raid

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The military says the loss of Julius Soriano Giron will 'rattle' the communist rebels' 'dwindling forces'

Ex-NPA chair Salas Supreme Court case tests political offense doctrine

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex-CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020. Photo by Rappler

Can ex-NPA chair Salas follow Enrile doctrine of bail on humanitarian grounds?

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'How about the 15 who were massacred? How about their relatives? They have waited for justice for so long,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020, as the High Court hears a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free him. Photo by Rappler

New York deploys National Guard to fight coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:29 AM

'This is literally a matter of life and death,' says Governor Cuomo

NEW YORK. People wear medical face masks on the streets of Chinatown on January 29, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

New York declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise

Mar 08, 2020 - 9:16 AM

New York state records 76 cases positive for coronavirus

EMERGENCY. New York City skyline. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on ex-NPA chief Salas' bid for freedom

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The jail warden is ordered to bring Rodolfo Salas to the Supreme Court on March 12

RETIRED. Rodolfo Salas, 73, arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

15 repatriates quarantined at New Clark City test negative for coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The Department of Health says there is no definite time yet for the repatriation of Filipinos in Macau

New Zealand teen arrested after threat to mosque

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:54 PM

The intimidating message made on an encrypted messaging app reportedly shows a man in a balaclava sitting in a car outside the Al Noor mosque accompanied by threatening text and a gun emoji

At least 4 killed in clashes with suspected NPA members in Bohol, Negros

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:03 PM

At least 3 suspected NPA members and 1 soldier are killed in separate clashes in Bohol and Negros Oriental from February 28 to February 29

BOHOL CLASHES. Members of the 47th Infantry Battalion in Bohol conduct operations in Bilar town. Photof courtesy of 47-IB

LeBron outduels Zion, lifts Lakers past Pelicans with triple-double

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Zion Williamson finishes with an NBA career-high in points, but LeBron James and the Lakers get the last laugh

DO-IT-ALL. LeBron James picks up his 13th triple-double of the season. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

War with the NPA, war without end

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

From our archives: The Philippine military is treading dangerous waters with its counterinsurgency experiments

NPA rebels in Pampanga.

New Zealand confirms 1st coronavirus case

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:00 PM

New Zealand is introducing strict travel bans on arrivals from Iran similar to those already imposed on arrivals from China

CLOSED. In this picture taken on February 28, 2020 a man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 walks past the Houhai lake (back) which is closed off to the public in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Tobias Harris shines as shorthanded Sixers rip Knicks

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:12 PM

'Just taking the opportunities that were presented,' says Tobias Harris as the Sixers survive even without injured All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

3 Filipinos quarantined at New Clark City show coronavirus symptoms

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says their nose and throat swabs were already sent for testing at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

NEW CLARK CITY. Three Filipino repatriates from the Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess start showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. File photo from the Department of Health

Sporadic violence in Delhi as death toll hits 32

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrol the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing any major eruptions

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on February 26, 2020, Muslim people, that visited the capital for a wedding, walk past security personnel patrolling near burnt-out and damaged residential premises following clashes in New Delhi. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Supreme Court bans surveillance of family of alleged communist rebel

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:56 PM

'The surreptitious surveillance of petitioner and her family is an abuse of the PNP's authority,' rules the High Court which, unlike in its past Amparo grants, also issues privileges of the writ and gives a permanent protection order to the family

AMPARO. The Supreme Court grants the privileges of writ of amparo for the family of an alleged NPA rebel. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump campaign sues New York Times

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In response to the lawsuit, a New York Times spokesperson says the Trump campaign 'has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable'

SUED. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron outguns Zion as Lakers clip Pelicans

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Just 24 hours after an emotional memorial service for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers get back to work with LeBron James erupting for a season-high 40 points

Curfew call in New Delhi after 20 die in sectarian clashes

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The two days of unrest, which has seen clashes between mobs armed with swords and guns, is the worst sectarian violence seen in Delhi in decades

Security personnel stand guard near burnt-out and damaged shops following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India's citizenship law, in New Delhi on February 26, 2020. Riot police patrolled the streets of India's capital on February 26 following battles between Hindus and Muslims that claimed at least 20 lives, with fears of more violent clashes. Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

IN PHOTOS: COVID-19 quarantine facility for Filipino repatriates in New Clark City

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:08 PM

The Athletes' Village in Capas, Tarlac once used for the 2019 SEA Games now serves as the national quarantine facility for the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE CENTER. The Athletes Village at the New Clark City is the national quarantine facility for COVID-19. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FLAG goes to Supreme Court to free ex-NPA chief Salas

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, invoking the extraordinary power of the Court to examine the legality of the murder case itself

HABEAS CORPUS. The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free former NPA commander Rodolfo Salas. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Jericho Cruz, Guam crushed by New Zealand in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Bouyed by its statement win over defending champion Australia, New Zealand demolishes Jericho Cruz and Guam for a perfect start in the first window

WORLD STAGE. PBA player Jericho Cruz gets a starting nod for Guam. Photo from