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Most Filipinos say strict stay-at-home measures 'worth it' – SWS survey

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:22 PM

According to the Social Weather Stations survey, 84% of Filipinos believe that strict lockdown measures imposed due to the pandemic 'are worth it to protect people and limit the spread' of the virus

LOCKDOWN. In this file photo, members of the Manila Police District set up exit and entry control points in Tondo District I during the start of the implementation of a 'hard lockdown' on May 3, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Over 5,300 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:16 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts 96 new cases and 2 more deaths, as of Thursday, June 4

LIVING IN A PANDEMIC. People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus  outbreak. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

House OKs bill on coronavirus testing for vulnerable sectors

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The bill includes non-medical frontliners and quarantine pass holders who do not exhibit symptoms among those to be prioritized for testing

RT-PCR TEST FOR CORONAVIRUS. Health workers take the swab of a man atthe Noveleta Medcare Hospital in Cavite on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Senate session adjourns without passing Bayanihan 2

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bayanihan to Heal As One Act – the law giving President Duterte emergency powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic – will expire on Friday, June 5

ADJOURNED. Senate adjourns sine die on June 4, 2020. Photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

Fun Ranch, Jump Yard close permanently after COVID lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:47 PM

The two family attractions announce on their Facebook pages that they'll be shutting down permanently – deposits for reservations will be refunded

Second COVID-19 infection in Itogon another jail officer in Bilibid

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The Itogon mayor says the town's 2 confirmed infections most likely contracted the disease in their workplace, the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa

NOT SO DISINFECTED. File photo of Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag personally disinfecting the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

[PODCAST] Mapanganib ang anti-terror bill para sa lahat ng Filipino

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Paano maaapektuhan ng anti-terror bill ang ordinaryong mamamayan?

Bill allowing class opening after August now up for Duterte’s signature

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:17 PM

Just like the senators did, representatives unanimously approve on final reading the bill giving the President the power to set the school opening at a later date

CLASSES IN A PANDEMIC. A Manila Health Department staff disinfects a classroom of M. Hizon Elementary School on June 1, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cebu province allows motorcycle backriding while under GCQ

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:13 PM

The executive order of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, however, does not allow motorcycle taxis or habal-habal in the province

Remullas petition to allow couple backride pass to DOH. - Remulla wrote a letter to DOH Sec. DUQUE to allow wife or husband backride pass going to work at every checkpoint in Cavite during GCQ. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

'This is not terrorism': Filipinos take to the streets after anti-terror bill hurdles Congress

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:17 PM

Several sectoral and progressive groups take their outrage to the streets continuing the call to junk the anti-terrorism bill

Militant students joined various militant groups in denouncing the House of Representatives amendments to the House 6875, the so-called Terror Bill following the passage of the bill in a rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on June 4, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill on post-pandemic ‘better normal’

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Violators stand to face possible 1 to 2 months' jail time or a fine ranging from P1,000 up to P50,000

'BETTER NORMAL.' A woman wears a protective mask as she crosses foot bridge, while vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA on June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

You can get frozen, ready-to-bake Jamaican Patties for delivery

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Now you can enjoy the flaky, meat-filled pastry freshly-baked from home

Why Sean Chambers may retire in the Philippines

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Two decades since his retirement, former PBA import Sean Chambers still visits the country every year

'Protect freedom in PH': Aquaria, Manila Luzon, 'Drag Race' queens tweet against anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Ongina, Vivienne Pinay, and Rock M Sakura also voice out against the bill, which many fear could be easily abused by the state

SPEAKING UP. Manila Luzon, Aquaria, Ongina, Rock M Sakura, and Vivienne Pinay urge their followers to speak up against the anti-terror bill. Screenshots from the queens' Instagram accounts

'Recovery, not repression': Groups hit passing of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Various groups across key sectors say the approval of the bill reflects government's misplaced priorities

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

DEFENDING RIGHTS. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Recto: Compensation for virus-hit health workers should be tax-free

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'The taxman should not have a share of the state’s monetary thank you to these heroes,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto

FRONTLINERS. A nurse undergoes swabbing for COVID-19 testing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves P1.3-trillion economic stimulus package vs pandemic

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:02 PM

44 of the country's biggest business groups back the ARISE Philippines bill, but progressive lawmakers argue that it would only be a Band-aid solution to unemployment

MARKET DAY. A market vendor in Baguio City sells his products during the COVID-19 crisis on May 19, 2020. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases surpass 20,000

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The government reports 634 more confirmed positive cases on Thursday, June 4, bringing the total to 20,382

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Refusing to be questioned, Go tells Drilon: 'I'm not your student'

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:14 PM

'It depends on the issue, Mr President, if I’m willing to be interpellated. It's my privilege,' says Senator Bong Go as he refuses to take questions on his privilege speech

NO QUESTIONS. Senator Bong Go did not entertain questions on his privilege speech on the delayed release of compensation to health workers infected with coronavirus. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Business groups press Duterte for 'more substantial' economic plan vs virus

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Over 40 business groups call on the Philippine government to swiftly produce a law for economic recovery

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

EDGARD AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo during a media briefing in August 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.N. report: Documents suggest PH police planted guns in drug war ops

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

United Nations Human Rights Office says 'police repeatedly recovered guns bearing the same serial numbers from different victims in different locations'

Foreign buying lifts PSEi to 6,500

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Net foreign inflows build up as the Philippine economy slowly reopens after over two months of strict lockdown

How to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:29 PM

It's still unsure when most jeepney drivers can go back on the road. Here are ways you can help them and the 6 drivers who were arrested while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations.

PISTON 6. Six drivers are arrested on Tuesday, June 2, while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations during general community quarantine. Photo from Piston

PH aims to test more asymptomatics, all frontliners – Dizon

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The biggest obstacle to attaining this goal is the lack of test kits, which prevents the country from maximizing the testing capacity of accredited laboratories

Police officers along with other front line workers undergo mass testing at he San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte borrows another $500 million from World Bank for coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:05 PM

So far, the Duterte administration has borrowed $1.1 billion or around P55 billion from the World Bank for the Philippines' coronavirus response

DOH: Funds for minor programs realigned for COVID-19 response

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:56 PM

'We're only delaying the implementation of the minor programs and soft components of the programs so we could use the funds for COVID-19 response,' says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. File Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH muay grooms 'athlete-preneurs' in sports hiatus

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The Muaythai Association of the Philippines launches a livelihood program to help its athletes cope with PSC allowance cuts

Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Widespread killings and abuses 'suggest that [Duterte]'s public comments may have incited violence and may have had the effect of encouraging, backing, or even ordering human rights violations with impunity'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

'Angry' Duterte orders gov't to ensure virus-hit health workers get compensation

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Agencies have until June 9 to distribute compensation to health workers severely sick with COVID-19 and families of health workers who died from the disease

Health workers observe as another medical personnel conducts a swab test to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on Bayanihan 2 bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:18 PM

If passed, the Bayanihan 2 bill would be effective until September 30, unless extended by Congress

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOCUMENT: U.N. Human Rights report on killings, abuses in PH

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The report by the United Nations says the Duterte goverment's 'heavy-handed' focus on national security threats has led to serious human rights abuses

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

PH's youngest COVID-19 survivor baby Kobe dies

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Rosalyn Manjares, baby Kobe's aunt, says the infant had to be rushed back to the hospital in May due to a high fever and constipation

BABY KOBE DIES. File photo of baby Kobe when he was received by his father on April on April 28 at the National Children’s Hospital in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Where did funds from 2019, 2020 budgets for coronavirus response go?

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:38 PM

As of May 27, at least P353.86 billion has been released from available funds in the two national budgets to fund coronavirus-related measures

Carpio: Once a law, anti-terror bill can be questioned in court right away

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation.

Groups from different sectors belonging to the militant Bayan, stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of Congress on June 3, 2020, demanding the scrapping of the Anti Terrorism Bill that has been recently approved in Congress. President Duterte certified the bill as urgent. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘I need my voice back’: Miss Universe queens Pia Wurtzbach, Catriona Gray say #JunkTerrorBill

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Educate yourself, find your voice – like these two queens did

RAISING THEIR VOICE. Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray, seen here at a Miss Universe Philippines event in 2019, speak up against the anti-terror bill. File photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

House panel OKs Bayanihan 2 bill, P162-B standby fund for pandemic response

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The P162-billion standby fund would be used to buy RT-PCR test kits and fund cash-for-work programs, low-interest loans, and cash subsidies to those affected and displaced by the pandemic

LIFE IN A PANDEMIC. Residents of Sampaloc, Manila wanting to enlist in the government's Balik Probinsya Program makes a long line as they wait for their turn for a COVID-19 rapid test at Earnshaw Health Center on June 3, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Tabuk City government in Kalinga allows churches to reopen

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Tabuk City has no confirmed coronavirus cases to date. Churches in the city can hold public masses at 50% seating capacity and mass attendees should observe social distancing and other precautionary measures.

KALINGA CATHEDRAL. The altar of the Saint William's Cathedral in Tabuk, Kalinga. Photo from the Facebook page of Saint William's Cathedral-Tabuk

Filipino community in Hong Kong now COVID-19 free – DFA

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the remaining Filipino coronavirus patients in Hong Kong have been discharged from the hospital following their recovery

FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS. In this photo is Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, one of several hospitals where coronavirus patients in Hong Kong are being treated. Photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Play and go: New measures placed as PH welcomes select sports back

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Several sports clubs offering golf, swimming, badminton, and tennis have reopened in and outside Metro Manila

Photo from Shutterstock

[ANALYSIS] Pandemic and the new authoritarianism

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Far-right nationalism and authoritarianism ride on economic and social exclusion to stoke anger and heighten fear – political currencies for their electoral victories

PhilHealth releases new COVID-19 testing rate package

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:03 AM

PhilHealth releases the new COVID-19 testing package after it drew criticism for supposed pricey rates

'Ma, Iskolar ng Bayan na ako': Fulfilling Mama's dream after her death from cancer

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Even when she was battling cancer, Christopher Al Eugenio's mother saved money to ensure her son can get review classes to enter his dream university

UPCAT PASSER. Christopher Al Eugenio talks about his mother's role in making his dream of getting into University of the Philippines possible. Photos from Christopher Al Eugenio

LIST: #JunkTerrorBill activities, protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Here's a list of indignation rallies and other activities hosted by various groups and organizations, following the House’s passage of the draconian anti-terrorism bill

'Yes with reservations?' Stars, fans criticize Vilma Santos over anti-terror bill vote

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:22 AM

Twitter users quote from the Batangas representative's old movies to chide her over voting in favor of the 'draconian' bill

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:19 AM

His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

WITHDRAWAL. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his negative vote on the anti-terror bill via Zoom on June 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account