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2 soldiers killed, 2 wounded in ambush in Occidental Mindoro

Jun 18, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Unidentified attackers waylay military personnel on an SUV and run away with cash meant for CAFGUs' subsistence allowances, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command

Meet Joseph Dante, Manila's street barber

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Who is Joseph Dante, known on social media as Manila's street barber?

Joseph Dante, 44 years old, a carpenter turned barber is seen cutting the hair of one of his client along TM Kalaw in Manila on June 9, 2020. He lost his construction job due to the lockdown and opted to become a full time barber. Daily, he serves an average of 16 clients which pays him P30. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Inflation slows to 2.1% in May 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) Lower transportation costs and food prices cause the downtrend in the Philippines' inflation rate

'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

Labor groups urge government to hire PUVs during quarantine

May 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Labor groups also report that workers are getting pay cuts of as much as 25% during quarantine

SWABBED. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Magnitude 5.4 earthquake damages supermarket in Baler, Aurora

May 23, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Baler recommends the closure of the Puregold supermarket damaged by the temblor

[OPINYON] Ngayong may salot at walang piyesta

May 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pinagpipiyestahan natin ang buhay ng mga tao at mga pangyayari. Dinudumog, nilalapa, wala halos itinitira. Bihira na ang nagsusuri. Subo na lang nang subo ng inaakalang masarap na impormasyon.

Soldiers to help run 'mega swabbing center' in Taguig

May 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will provide non-medical support to the national government's COVID-19 testing center at Enderun Colleges in Bonifacio Global City

SWAB CENTER. Cabinet officials inspect the government's "mega swabbing center" at Enderun Colleges in Taguig City on May 6, 2020. Photo from the Department of National Defense

Vico Sotto peeved by ex-PBA player who cussed at gov't worker giving out aid

May 06, 2020 - 12:36 AM

'Yung sense of entitlement ng ibang tao, grabe talaga,' says the Pasig mayor as he explains why the well-off are not the priority in distributing the city's supplemental emergency subsidy

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Inflation slips to 2.2% in April 2020 as virus freezes economy

May 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' inflation slows down as oil prices plunge, while prices of some food items inch up in April

'BeVolts': From street dwellers to aid workers

May 04, 2020 - 4:37 PM

They are used being vagrants – until helping each other to survive the coronavirus pandemic turned them into 'house parents' in homeless shelters

The De la Salle University in Manila temporarily houses street dwellers, indigents and stranded families due to the imposed enhance community quarantine at their sports center on April 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Pechay for free': Family in CamSur takes up gardening to help neighbors

May 04, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Aside from being able to help others during the coronavirus lockdown, the Furio family also manages to squeeze in some quality bonding time in their garden

FREE PECHAY. As a way to help out during the coronavirus crisis, the Furio family gives away pechay they've planted for their neighbors. All photos from Nancy Furio

DFA to implement 'new normal process' at consular offices

May 02, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs will implement new rules at its consular offices to protect both the public and its personnel during the coronavirus outbreak

Vico Sotto says coronavirus spread slowing down in Pasig City

May 01, 2020 - 3:58 PM

'But we will not be complacent. We’ve seen what happened in other countries where the number of cases spiked again. We just keep fighting,' says the Pasig mayor.

PASIG OFFICIALS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and City disaster risk reduction chief Bryant Wong lead the distribution of disinfectant kits to barangay leaders on March 13, 2020. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Despite lockdown, Lyceans find ways to help frontliners, Filipinos in Batangas

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Students, faculty members, and personnel of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas express their support for frontliners and Filipinos affected by the coronavirus outbreak in different ways

FOR OUR HEROES. Students and faculty of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas lead initiatives to help frontliners and Filipinos during the coronavirus outbreak. Photos from LPU-B

Manila’s Tondo 1 set for 48-hour lockdown

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) The ‘hard lockdown’ will be from Sunday to Tuesday, May 3-5

LOCKDOWN. Members of the Manila Police District and Armed Forces of the Philippines join barangay officials as they enforce a strict 24-hour lockdown of Barangay 20 at the Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong

5 gov't programs businesses can take advantage of during lockdown

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Press release: Here are some ways a business can get help in paying salaries, getting a breather from obligations, or just staying afloat

[Kwentong COVID] Learning despite the lockdown

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Ellyssa Jhen Jiao writes about what's keeping her occupied during the lockdown

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

[OPINYON] Sa naiinip

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:59 AM

Huwag mabahala. Sa iyong pagkainip humahanap ka ng kakaibang hamon sa kakayahan mo, di ba? Kaya nga nakalikha ka ng 1,001 recipes ng karne norte, di ba?

Luzon eyes pork supply from Mindanao amid looming deficit

Apr 28, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The Department of Agriculture's food supply outlook shows the country will have a 31-day deficit in pork inventory by the end of the year

DEFICIT. The Department of Agriculture's food supply outlook shows the country will have a deficit in pork inventory by the end of the year. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[Kwentong COVID] Salute to frontliners, TikTok with mama and kuya

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Distance learning and TikTok make the lockdown just a little easier to bear for Jamilah Claire Jumuad

Makati man went berserk, cursed police – PNP

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Javier Salvador Parra says he intends to file a criminal case against Makati police as his lawyer studies it

ASSAULTED. Javier Salvador Parra gets a check up after he was tackled by a Makati cop to the ground in an attempt to arrest him on Sunday, April 26. Photo courtesy of Parra

[EDITORIAL] Tigilan ang giyera laban sa mga pasaway, virus ang kaaway

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Ito ang serbisyo publiko na hatid ni Digong at ng pulisya: ang mang-aresto, mambrusko at manakot? We deserve better from this government.

[Kwentong COVID] Problems bigger than my grades

Apr 26, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Yliah writes about Good Samaritans and finding a reason to hope

Illustration by Alyssa Arizabal

[Kwentong COVID] When life slows down

Apr 25, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Jay Emmanuel Pangilinan writes about a world that's no longer in a rush

Illustration by David Castuciano

'Trapped with abusers,' 7 kids rescued from sex trafficker in Luzon

Apr 25, 2020 - 11:05 AM

'One unintended consequence of [the lockdown] is that vulnerable children are being trapped with abusers and traffickers in their homes,' says the International Justice Mission

Is Baguio covered in Benguet’s extended lockdown? DILG says yes

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Residents are initially confused, thinking Baguio's administrative independence from the province also applies in a quarantine situation

CITY OF PINES ON LOCKDOWN. Baguio City police regulate the entry of people at the Baguio City Market as part of its physical distancing policy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Angkas driver arrested for delivering beer in Quezon City

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Cops arrest an Angkas driver who was found transporting 2 cases of imported beer in Quezon City, where a liquor ban is in place

CHECKPOINT. Despite the stricter implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, an influx of motorcycle crowds the checkpoint at the Zapote, Las Piñas City on April 17, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[Kwentong COVID] Finding hope, easing fear in lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:33 PM

Grade 7 student John Laurence Carullo writes about how his own family is adjusting to the abrupt change and the lockdown

Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Metro Manila, other 'high-risk' Luzon areas to remain on lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The enhanced community quarantine will last until May 15 for these areas, says Malacañang

Tomas Morato, QC on March 17, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte's lockdown decision hinges on PH capacity to treat patients

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Duterte will likely be 'conservative' in his decision

PRESIDENT'S DECISION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on April 8, 2020. Palace Photo

[Kwentong COVID] My 7th birthday in lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Grade 1 student Kimy writes about life – and a birthday – in lockdown

Illustration by Nico Villarete

[ANALYSIS] Should Duterte lift the lockdown? An imagined debate

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes are much, much higher. Now is not the time for the capricious, evidence-bereft brand of policymaking Duterte has grown used to and gotten away with.

Even in stricter lockdown, military says it will play ‘support role’

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:59 AM

At least 2,500 soldiers are deployed in the National Capital Region and 2,000 more are ready to be sent out if needed. But the PNP takes the lead, says the military.

MILITARY TROOPS. Members of the military's Joint Task Force-National Capital Region hold a final briefing and send off at Camp Aguinaldo before their deployment on different parts of the metropolis to help enforce a lockdown midnight on March 15, 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ex-Anakpawis congressman Casilao, relief volunteers post bail

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Their arrest by the Norzagaray police is an 'attack on activists carrying out humanitarian activities [which] adhered to the bayanihan spirit in this time of an emergency situation,' says former partylist lawmaker, Ariel Casilao

DETENTION. Relief volunteers are stopped at a checkpoint in Norzagaray, Bulacan, and detained on April 19, 2020. Photo from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' Facebook page

At least 29 Metro Manila barangays failing to implement lockdown rules

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The chairmen of the 29 barangays are facing show cause orders issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

LOCKDOWN. Quezon City Police operatives install a barricade in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on March 24, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

I do, I don't? Your guide to wedding plans during a pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:00 PM

For about-to-be-wed couples affected by the ECQ, here are some tips, factors, and alternatives to consider if you're planning to postpone your big day

FALSE: Sarah Elago quote calling for 'People Power'

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago denies saying what was attributed to her and clarifies they don't oppose the enhanced community quarantine. The PNP says it will investigate whether their page posted the claim.

Kidlat Tahimik in lockdown: The Baguio Holy Week madness I didn't miss

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The National Artist for Film writes about a Baguio on lockdown and an unusually serene Holy Week

Photo courtesy of Kidlat Tahimik

Vico Sotto: Premature to lift lockdown, OK with military presence ‘per se’

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The Pasig mayor admits it’s been difficult to get people to stay home in some parts of the city, and if the military can make people take the lockdown more seriously, then why not?

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents in front of city hall on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Index crimes in Pangasinan decrease due to coronavirus scare

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:05 AM

These include crimes against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape, as well as crimes against property, including robbery, theft, carjacking, and cattle rustling

Duterte to decide Luzon lockdown fate on April 23

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:21 PM

This is according to his former aide, Senator Bong Go, who says the President is studying a partial lifting of the lockdown

LOCKDOWN. Policemen check on motorists crossing a community quarantine checkpoint along Marcos Highway in Cainta, Rizal. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Luzon-wide lockdown after April 30 not needed, health experts tell Duterte

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:08 PM

But 'enhanced community quarantine' should still be imposed in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, parts of Bulacan, Cebu City, and Davao City, say experts consulted by the President

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP begins to arrest lockdown violators without warning

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'There will be no more warning,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

IN POSITION. Manila Police Station 4 officers remind residents of Sampaloc, Manila to stay and refrain from going out of their homes on March 19, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-Anakpawis congressman, relief drive volunteers charged with sedition

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:01 AM

A legal assistance group questions the charges, saying the Anakpawis members were delivering food packs to residents and had a government-issued food pass

Duterte meets health policy experts as decision on lockdown looms

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Former health secretaries and medical society leaders are asked to weigh in on post-April 30 options presented by the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Military records 33 coronavirus cases among soldiers, families

Apr 20, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says that the Armed Forces' COVID-19 patients include soldiers, family members, civilian employees, and a reservist

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Mobile Kitchen feeds residents of Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City on April 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Detained ex-Anakpawis congressman, relief volunteers had BFAR-issued food pass

Apr 20, 2020 - 4:20 PM

PAMALAKAYA national chairperson Fernando Hicap says that his group applied for the food pass for relief missions which the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) approved and issued on Friday, April 17

DETENTION. Relief volunteers are stopped at a checkpoint in Norzagaray, Bulacan, and detained on April 19, 2020. Photo from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' Facebook page

Ex-Anakpawis congressman Casilao, relief volunteers detained in Bulacan

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:15 AM

The Makabayan bloc condemns the detention of the relief volunteers, saying 'it seems that this is the intensification of the martial law-like lockdown as contained in an AFP memo'

DETENTION. Relief volunteers are stopped at a checkpoint in Norzagaray, Bulacan, and detained on April 19, 2020. Photo from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' Facebook page

DILG to LGUs: No more window hours in markets, groceries, pharmacies

Apr 19, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Local officials' move to set window hours for buying food and medicine led to further congestion, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government

MARKET RUN. A long queue of consumers is seen outside of a Puregold Supermarket branch in Quezon City on March 27, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler