2019 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2019


FALSE: Tuob is a cure for COVID-19

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The Department of Health says that tuob or steam inhalation does not kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. File photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

Hong Kong prosecutors add riot charges over legislature siege

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Prosecutors add rioting – a colonial-era law that carries up to 10 years in prison – to existing charges against prominent pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Protesters break into the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

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

Hydroxychloroquine shows no virus benefit, raises death risk – study

May 23, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Looking at the records of 96,000 coronavirus patients, scientists find that both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine increase the risk of dying

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 26, 2020 a medical staff shows at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Institute in Marseille, packets of a Nivaquine, tablets containing chloroquine and Plaqueril, tablets containing hydroxychloroquine, drugs that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus. - On March 29, 2020,a limited emergency-use authorization for two antimalarial drugs touted as game-changers by President Donald Trump has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat coronavirus patients. In a statement published Sunday, the US Department of Health and Human Services detailed recent donations of medicine to a national stockpile -- including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, both being investigated as potential COVID-19 treatments. (Photo by GERARD JULIEN / AFP)

Metro Manila Pride 2020 canceled over coronavirus fears

May 11, 2020 - 11:39 PM

'Whether on the streets or in our homes, Pride must live on in each of us and in our solidarity within and outside the LGBTQI+ sector,' the organizer Metro Manila Pride says

Rain or shine, members of the LGBTQ+ community parade the streets of Marikina City to protest for equality during the 50th anniversary of the stonewall protest, June 29, 2019. File Photo

#PumasaNa: Barkada celebrates victory after passing Bar on 2nd try

May 05, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Six graduates of the Dr Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation in Tacloban City drew strength from one another as they prepared for their second Bar exam

BARKADA. A group of 6 friends share their journey of passing the Bar exam on their 2nd attempt. Photo from Babayne Tan

Before acing 2019 Bar, topnotcher recalls not getting into dream school

May 03, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Despite facing disappointment early in his bid to become a lawyer, Jun Dexter Rojas goes on to become the first Bar topnotcher of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Law

MAKING HISTORY. Jun Dexter Rojas is Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Law's first topnotcher since its inception in 2001. Photo from Jun Dexter Rojas

Ending alma mater’s 32-year drought, Bar topnotcher wants to give back to Baguio

May 02, 2020 - 5:06 PM

'I saw how a lawyer can help a person no other profession can,' says Saint Louis University's Anton Luis Avila

TOP 8. Saint Louis University graduate Anton Luis Avila bags the 8th spot of the 2019 Bar examinations. Photo from Anton Luis Avila

He first took the bar in 1996. Two decades later, he's now 'Atty Popsy'

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Jaime Guerrero believes it would only take one strong push for him to finally pass the bar exams, which he failed several times

LAWYER. At 58, Jaime Guerrero's dream to become a lawyer finally came true after he passed the 2019 Bar Examinations.

'Get back up and march on': 2019 Bar passer shares journey of perseverance

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'Persevere with all your might and make use of whatever luck there is in your stars, until such time that the universe is led to no other choice but to make your will happen,' says Jzev Villanueva

NEVER GIVING UP. Jzev Villanueva, a graduate from University of the Philippines College of Law, shares his journey of taking the Bar exams twice. Photo from Jzev Villanueva

‘Sir K’ trends as netizens congratulate Bar 2019 6th placer

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Twitter users, including thousands who dream of being accountants and lawyers themselves, congratulate Kenneth Manuel

Rappler Talk: Bar exams 2019 Top 1 Mae Diane Azores

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Mae Diane Azores keeps it practical – she wants a country where people are not burdened by unnecessary suits, and where courts are not clogged

Brother and sister pass the 2019 Bar together

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:30 PM

'Only one of us passing was probably never an option for us,' says Jesse Solis of her brother Mijo

BAR EXAMS. Siblings Jesse and Mijo Solis pass the 2019 Bar Exams together. Photo courtesy of Jesse and Mijo Solis

Supreme Court lowered Bar passing grade for more techy lawyers in 'new normal'

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After the grade was lowered to 74, more than 300 made the cut

BAR EXAMS. Examinees with their relatives, schoolmates and friends gather at the Supreme Court on April 26, 2018, as it announces the results of the 2017 Bar Exams. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bar 2019 topnotcher is jeepney driver's daughter with a heart for public service

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:44 PM

(UPDATED) Mae Diane Azores, who lives at the foot of Mount Mayon, always had grand dreams

TOPNOTCHER. UST-Legazpi College of Law graduate Mae Diane Azores tops the 2019 Bar Exam. Photo courtesy of UST Media Alumni Public Affairs

PAO or corporate law for Bar 2019 10th placer Bebelan Madera

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Bebelan Madera of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod City was working in Manila when she was called home by her parents, a move that paved her way to law school

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Bar examination 10th placer Bebelan Madera of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City

Bar 2019: Provincial schools again emerge on top

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers

TOP 10. Provincial schools emerge at the top of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo from Supreme Court

Now a CPA lawyer, Bar 3rd placer wants to stay as auditor for the people

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Bar 3rd placer Myra Baranda says she finds fulfillment in interacting with people, hearing their grievances, and being at the receiving end of their gratitude for help she has given them

TOP 3. University of Santo Tomas Legazpi graduate Myra Baranda is the Top 3 of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo courtesy of Supreme Court

Surviving cancer and 2019 Bar, new lawyer stays with TokHang clients

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'Wala rin naman silang ibang nalalapitan, we need more lawyers who will handle these cases,' says Margaret Callanta

SURVIVOR.  Ovarian cancer survivor Margaret Callanta passes the 2019 Bar Exams after a one year delay due to chemo. Photo courtesy of Margaret Callanta

FULL LIST: 2019 Bar passers

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Here is the full list of the 2,103 examinees who passed the 2019 Bar

TEARS OF JOY. Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi tops 2019 Bar exams

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi tops the bar with 91.049%

2019 Bar passing rate: 27.36%, higher than 2018

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:45 AM

(3rd UPDATE) This year is a peculiar experience for Bar passers as the coronavirus pandemic forced the hopefuls to wait for the results at home

BAR EXAMS. Bar passers get emotional as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of 2018 Bar examinations. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines –

Abra province has second coronavirus case

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The second patient is linked to the first patient. The two men were both at a wake in the municipality of Licuan-Baay on March 13.

WATCH: DOH updates on 2019 novel coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Bookmark this page for updates from the Department of Health on the novel coronavirus

NCOV BRIEFING. Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

First confirmed coronavirus case recorded in Abra

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Because of the patient's reckless acts, 3 municipalities are now under surveillance, including the capital town of Bangued

LIST: Guidelines for workers, employed or self-employed, in the Metro lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Work from home, workday reductions, rotation of workers are 'highly encouraged' by the labor department

CORONAVIRUS. The Marikina City local government set-up its mobile decomtamination tent on March 13, 2020, which sprays disinfectant solutions to be used in community disinfection drive while it continues its disinfection of the City Hall to keep safe its staff during government's community lockdown on March 15. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

June Mar Fajardo claims record-extending 6th straight PBA MVP

Mar 08, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Helping San Miguel win two titles last season, June Mar Fajardo adds another piece of precious hardware to his enormous trophy case

DOMINANT. June Mar Fajardo emerges as the best player in the PBA for the sixth straight year. Photo from PBA Images

CJ Perez hailed PBA Rookie of the Year

Mar 08, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Nabbed by Columbian as the top overall pick, CJ Perez did not take long to establish himself as one of the best players in the league

SUPER ROOKIE. CJ Perez makes a splash in his first season in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

China quarantine hotel collapse toll rises to 26

Mar 08, 2020 - 12:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) 3 more people are feared still trapped in the rubble, according to state media

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A boy is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

More than 40 rescued from China hotel collapse, say state media

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Officials say around 70 people were initially trapped when the building first crumbled

COLLAPSE. A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Hotel used as quarantine site collapses, traps 70 in eastern China

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:18 PM

(UPDATED) The People's Daily state newspaper reports that the hotel, which opened just two years ago, was recently repurposed to house people who had been in recent contact with confirmed virus patients

COLLAPSE. A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Duterte to declare state of public health emergency over coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Health has raised the COVID-19 alert system to Code Red-Sublevel 1 as a 'a signal to all concerned agencies, local governments, health care providers to be ready to for planned response measures'

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III gives updates on the novel coronavirus on February 26, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOH confirms 6th coronavirus case in PH

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' 6th COVID-19 case is the wife of the 62-year-old patient who tested positive on March 5

COVID-19. Members of the muslim community cleans and disinfects the Masjid Mosque at the Greenhills Shopping Center Complex in San Juan City after the San Juan Local government and the Department of Health recommended a temporary closure of the prayer room after an elder man who frequented the mosque was confirmed to have been infected by the covid19 virus on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. tests stranded cruise ship passengers for coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The California National Guard says it has flown test kits to the Grand Princess and the findings are expected to be announced Friday

STRANDED. This handout photo taken and released by Carolyn Wright shows the Grand Princess cruise ship during a cruise to Hawaii in February 2020.  Handout/Carolyn Wright/AFP

Singapore Catholic Church to resume Masses on March 14

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:24 PM

The Catholic Church in Singapore says it has put in place precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus

KEEPING THE FAITH. This photograph taken on February 23, 2020, shows Christian devotees listening to a pre-recorded mass by Singapore Archbishop William Goh on television inside their home as a protective measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore. File photo by Martin Abbugao/AFP

California coronavirus crisis as cruise ship held

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Thousands traveling aboard the Grand Princess – the same cruise ship on which California's first victim was thought to have contracted the virus – are held offshore

VIRUS-HIT. In this file photo One of the biggest world cruise liners in the world, P&O's 'Grand Princess' stays on dock in St Petersburg port, 24 May 2004. Photo by stinger/Interpress/AFP

New normal in virus-hit China: High-tech tracking and fever checks

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:10 PM

China appears to be coming to grips with the virus, but that has come at the cost of new preventive policies that have turned life upside down and are not likely to be swiftly abandoned

TEMP CHECK. A worker wears protective clothing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as he checks the temperature of customers entering a supermarket in Beijing on March 3, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

South Africa slips into 2nd recession in 2 years

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) South Africa remains dogged by high and rising debt, low growth, and soaring unemployment

BATTLE VS FAKE NEWS. The South African flag flies above the South African Parliament on November 18, 2014, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP

Japan cherry blossom festivals canceled as virus fears grow

Feb 29, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Other cherry blossom events – feverishly anticipated by locals and tourists – are likely to follow suit

CHERRY BLOSSOMS. This picture taken on March 31, 2019 shows people enjoying cherry blossom viewing in full bloom at Ueno Park in Tokyo. Major cherry blossom festivals, Japan's traditional spring celebrations, have been cancelled, organisers said February 2020, the latest impact of fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus on events drawing big crowds. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

Keep the faith: Singapore churches go online amid coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 2:48 PM

All Catholic masses are suspended indefinitely in the city-state. Catholic leaders have instead been providing pre-recorded services for the faithful to watch or listen to at home via YouTube or church radio.

KEEPING THE FAITH. This photograph taken on February 23, 2020 shows Christian devotees listening to a pre-recorded mass by Singapore Archbishop William Goh on television inside their home as a protective measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore. Photo by Martin Abbugao/AFP

U.S. postpones ASEAN regional summit due to coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:25 AM

US President Donald Trump was set to host ASEAN leaders on March 14

Coronavirus kills 210 in Iran – BBC Persian report

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:56 AM

Iran's health ministry accuses BBC Persian of joining the Islamic republic's regional enemies in a 'race to spread lies' about the Islamic republic

DISINFECT. A Tehran municipality worker cleans a bus to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 illness on February 26, 2020.  Iran said Tuesday its coronavirus outbreak, Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

'No fear': Pilgrims in Saudi defy coronavirus risks

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:19 AM

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites, suspends entry by foreigners for the year-round 'umrah' pilgrimage, an unprecedented move that has left tens of thousands in limbo

GOD'S HANDS. Muslim worshippers wearing protective face masks walk in the sahn (mosque courtyard) surrounding the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on February 27, 2020. Photo by Haitham El-Tabei/AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

WATCH: Coronavirus fears ruin leap year birthday

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:11 PM

Marian Choi is turning 40 years old on her 10th birthday, but she can't celebrate it

LEAP YEAR BABY. Hong Konger Marian Choi's leap year birthday is spoiled by the coronavirus fears. AFP Photo

Tokyo Disney theme parks to close through March 15 over coronavirus

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Oriental Land Company, the operator of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, says they are closing the theme parks in compliance with a government request to cancel or postpone big events for two weeks

Photo by Kyodo News

Japan gov't says pupils should stay home while schools closed over virus

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Japan's education ministry formally request all elementary, junior and high schools in the country to close next Monday several weeks ahead of the start of their spring break in late March

STAY HOME. File photo of Japanese puplis going to school. Photo by Kyodo News

Olympics chief: IOC 'committed' to Tokyo Games despite virus

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been in the spotlight amid the widening virus outbreak

epa08251597 Visitors wearing face masks walk past the Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters near the new National Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, 27 February 2020. Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to start on 24 July 2020, continue as planned despite the spreading Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, organizers confirmed. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Shincheonji: The secretive sect in South Korean virus outbreak

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:21 PM

At their services Shincheonji members sit close together on the floor without chairs and desks, praying extensively in what critics say creates an ideal environment to spread viral infections

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 24, 2020. South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases on February 24, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China. The country has seen a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus cases -- adding more than 700 cases in less than a week -- since a cluster of infections emerged from a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Why coronavirus could help save China's endangered species

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:04 AM

However, there are fears that humans could come to blame pangolins for the outbreak, and seek revenge

BABY. A baby pangolin is held up by a human caretaker. Photo by Greg Yann