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Howie Severino detained for lowering face mask to drink water

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Journalist Howie Severino says he was brought to the Amoranto Stadium, where he saw 'hundreds of people' required to attend a seminar on the coronavirus

DETAINED. Howie Severino during the Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Videoke sessions, birthday parties lead to rise in COVID-19 cases in QC

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

New coronavirus cases are traced to drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes, and even basketball and volleyball games

Members of the Quezon City Police District officers stand guard at the main entrance of Insurance St. in Barangay Sangandaan, Quezon City on Thursday, June 25, 2020, as residents undergo rapid-testing after the village is placed under a 14-day Special Concern Lockdown after recording 21 active cases of COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

15 QC cops fired after 6 POGO workers escape detention

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The 6 Chinese POGO workers escape detention in Camp Karingal, Quezon City

LOCKDOWN. Camp Karingal is placed under lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. File photo from QCPD Public Information Office

Hidden victims of the pandemic: The old man, the jail aide, and the convict

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Three persons deprived of liberty describe how inhuman conditions in the country’s jails and prisons are placing them at greater risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The images are artistic renderings inspired by PCIJ file photos of prisoners from various jails. Illustrated by Alexandra Paredes

LTO QC office shut as 12 employees positive for virus in rapid test

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Operations will resume on June 22

Quezon City to provide tablets for 176,000 high school students

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:18 PM

A newly-approved local budget for education will also provide internet allowance and gadgets for public school teachers

BACK TO SCHOOL. File photo of elementary students. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Traffic in Quezon City on first day of GCQ

Jun 01, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Here's what some major roads in Quezon City look like on Monday morning, June 1

GCQ DAY 1. Traffic was light to moderate on Monday, June 1, as Metro Manila shifts from modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ).

Catriona Gray helps raise P2.3 M for families in Smokey Mountain

May 28, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The beauty queen thanks those who have supported Young Focus Philippines' 'No Work, No Rice' campaign

CATRIONA GRAY. The beauty queen gives an update on the fundraising campaign she helped launch with non-profit organization, Young Focus Philippines. Screenshot from Instagram.com/catriona_gray

Quezon City coronavirus cases reach 2,000

May 24, 2020 - 9:09 AM

Metro Manila's biggest city reaches a grim milestone in its fight against the pandemic

RAPID TEST. Barangay Immaculate Conception is one of the pilot areas of the Quezon City local government for rapid mass testing. The barangay received 900 test kits and started testing on May 18 until the 20th, with doctors and nurses from the CDRRMO and City Health Department. 12 were tested positive, who will be brought directly to the PCR swab testing in QCX at the Quezon Memorial Circle, then they will proceed to a quarantine facility. May 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[FIRST PERSON] Dilemmas for the urban poor in Barangay Doña Imelda, QC

May 22, 2020 - 1:18 PM

'The barangay should have a bulletin board with reliable, complete, and updated information. Otherwise, the spread of rumors and unverified information creates confusion, even fear.'

Quezon City MECQ guidelines: Tricycles allowed, quarantine passes required

May 15, 2020 - 7:33 PM

The biggest Metro Manila city releases rules on allowed businesses, transportation, and activities for the period of modified enhanced community quarantine

An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Quezon City lifts liquor ban, imposes rules on selling

May 15, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Stores can only sell alcoholic drinks from 1 pm to 5 pm while QC residents can only consume them at home

(FILES) This file photograph taken on April 3, 2019, shows glasses of beer in Paris. - France will discard 10 million litres of beer -- four Olympic-sized swimming pools full -- due to expire, undrunk, with consumers in coronavirus lockdown, the national brewers' association said May 6, 2020. Most of the wasted brew is craft beer, which is often unpasteurised unlike traditional blonde lagers, and quicker to spoil, said the Brasseurs de France. The body blamed the closure of cafes and restaurants, an abrupt halt to tourism and the cancellation of festivals and expos under France's strict epidemic lockdown for leaving more than 10 million litres of beer unconsumed, most still in casks. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Quezon City places 20 areas under 'special concern lockdown'

May 12, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The special lockdown will be enforced in certain roads, blocks, or compounds from May 13 to May 26

'SPECIAL CONCERN LOCKDOWN.' In this file photo, the Quezon City police hold a checkpoint along Sgt Esguerra St. in Quezon City on March 15, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Camp Karingal placed on lockdown as coronavirus hits headquarters

May 11, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The National Capital Region Police Office makes the announcement two full days after it placed Camp Karingal on lockdown and got confirmation of the infections

LOCKDOWN. Camp Karingal is placed under lockdown. File photo from QCPD Public Information Office

Robredo, QC gov't launch app delivery service for market vendors

May 11, 2020 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says the app is designed to assist small-time market vendors and tricycle drivers affected by the pandemic

ASSISTANCE FOR VENDORS. A market vendor from the Kamuning Market in Quezon City sells her goods on June 26, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Quezon City proposes 'transition to GCQ' until May 31

May 09, 2020 - 7:46 AM

The proposed period entails the introduction of strict health measures for businesses and possible localized ECQ in barangays with high COVID-19 cases

46 individuals were apprehended outside of their residence by the QC-DPOS in Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City, on April 23, 2020, for violation of RA 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mang Larry’s Isawan reopens for pick-up orders

May 08, 2020 - 3:07 PM

UP Diliman's famous isawan stall is now open for pick-up and takeout orders of Mang Larry's isaw, pork barbecue, gizzard, and other items

18 relief volunteers, beneficiaries arrested in Quezon City

May 01, 2020 - 8:27 PM

Three of the arrested volunteers are students of the University of the Philippines

ARRESTED. Volunteers and beneficiaries are arrested after holding a demonstration calling for government help amid the coronavirus lockdown. Photo from Maria Sol Taule.

QC suspends officials who mauled fish vendor during arrest

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:09 PM

The Quezon City local government is also dropping its complaints against Michael Rubuia, which means he walks free

MAULED. Fish vendor Michael Rubuia is beaten and dragged by Quezon City local officials for not wearing a face mask and not bringing a quarantine pass. Rappler screenshot

QC officials maul, drag fish vendor for not wearing face mask

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Quezon City local government has ordered a 'full-blown investigation' into the incident

ARREST? Officials from the Office of the Mayor's Oplan Task Force Disiplina drag a fish vendor after he failed to wear a face mask outdoors. Rappler screenshot

[FRONTLINERS] QC garbage collector: Call of duty is keeping homes safe from disease

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Alquin Flores knows there are people who look down on his job. But he vows to keep on collecting their trash to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Quezon City allows loan facilities for poor to operate during lockdown

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:52 PM

These establishments, as well as credit cooperatives, pawnshops, and e-money issuers, are allowed to deploy a skeleton workforce

People line queue at a pawnshop in Quezon City on April 1, 2020, as some resort to pawning whatever valuables they have to purchase food and other needs amidst the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Opening of quarantine facility from Julia Barretto and sisters' fundraiser

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Julia Barretto and sisters Dani and Claudia have raised money for the facility at the Fe del Mundo Medical Center in Quezon City

Winston Ragos to be given hero’s burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:54 PM

The Philippine Army renders military honors to the late soldier, and says its ‘priority’ now is to take care of his grieving family

MILITARY HONORS. The Philippine Army gives the late Corporal Winston Ragos military honors as his body was carriend into the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Saturday morning, April 25. Photo from the Philippine Army

It's just exercise, PNP-SAF says of viral video of cop shooting lockdown violator

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The video of a simulated police arrest in Sipocot, Camarines Sur, goes viral two days after the fatal shooting by a cop of retired Army Corporal Winston Ragos

SIMULATION. This frame is part of a viral video depicting a simulated confrontation between a police officer and a lockdown violator in Sipocot, Camarines Sur. Screencap of viral video

Army chief seeks NBI help for 'impartial investigation' into Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Apparent prejudgment by police investigators moved the Army to seek help from the NBI so that justice may be served for Ragos and his family,' says Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay

KILLED IN LOCKDOWN. Winston Ragos was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

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

QCPD files homicide complaint vs cop who killed Winston Ragos

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo is facing a homicide complaint from his own colleagues at the Quezon City Police District

CONFRONTATION. The Quezon City cop shoots a quarantine violator after the latter allegedly tried to pull out a gun from his sling bag. Screenshot from sourced video.

Military says 'no animosity' with police over Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Whether the police officer who killed Ragos made the right 'judgment call' or not, the military imputes no offense on the police organization itself, says Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

MILITARY SPOKESMAN. AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on August 15, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Citizen sounds alarm over dirty QC quarantine facility

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte vows better service after finding out about a trash-strewn bathroom and confusing protocols in a Quezon City testing center

QC Quarantine Facility shared bathroom. Photo by Mark Anthony Toldo

Army orders probe into police killing of ex-soldier Winston Ragos

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:25 PM

'The Philippine Army seeks awareness on the plight of former soldiers struggling with mental problems. Even though they are no longer soldiers, they continue fighting a silent and lifelong battle,' says Colonel Ramon Zagala

TRAUMATIZED. Retired Corporal Winston Ragos, who was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from his years as a soldier. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

Winston Ragos' mom to Duterte gov’t: Coronavirus is the enemy, not my son

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Merlyn Ragos says despite her son's struggles with his mental health, he was kind to his family and would even lend the pension money he received from the military to relatives

GRIEVING MOTHER. Merlyn Ragos and his son Winston Ragos. Photos courtesy of the Ragos family

QC cop faces criminal probe for killing 'mentally challenged' lockdown violator

Apr 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) A Quezon City Police District cop is facing criminal and administrative investigations for killing a quarantine violator in Barangay Pasong Putik

CONFRONTATION. The Quezon City cop shoots a quarantine violator after the latter allegedly tried to pull out a gun from his sling bag. Screenshot from sourced video.

IN PHOTOS: AFP's mobile kitchen brings free meals to Quezon City homeless

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:23 PM

(UPDATED) Some 3,000 disadvantaged individuals and families will be given free hot meals once a day with the help of mobile kitchen trucks from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

RELIEF EFFORTS. Member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines handed food assistance through the AFP's Mobile Kitchen feeding program to residents at Brgy. Tatalon in Quezon City on April 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

9 coronavirus-stricken Quezon City Jail inmates show 'positive progress'

Apr 19, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The 9 jail personnel who also contracted the coronavirus are 'receiving proper medical attention,' adds the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

QUARANTINE. Parts of the Quezon City Jail are under strict quarantine after 9 inmates from the jail tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo from BJMP

'Takot na takot kami': While government stalls, coronavirus breaks into PH jails

Apr 18, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Like the prisoners, their families also feel trapped with nowhere to go. Their fear is compounded by the agonizing wait for the Duterte government's action.

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Quezon City coronavirus cases breach 1,000-mark, tracker shows

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) NCR's largest city has the highest number of cases in the country, but this number is lower than several cities in NCR in terms of infection per population

TESTING. A health worker tests people for coronavirus at a COVID-19 facility inside the Quezon Memorial Circle on April 14, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

18 Quezon City jail inmates, personnel test positive for coronavirus

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Jails are some of the most vulnerable areas in this pandemic

OVERCROWDED. Inmates rest in their sleeping quarters inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila in this picture taken on July 18, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Baesa Crematorium in Quezon City

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:43 PM

The Baesa Crematorium caters mostly to Quezon City's indigents

Funeral workers in full protective suit carry a corpse of a person who died under investigation for COVID-19 symptoms in a public cemetery in Quezon Cityon April 7, 2020. According to the Department of Health, the country has 3764 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 177 recorded fatalities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[FRONTLINERS] ER doctor deals with grief, death in the coronavirus pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

In the emergency room, Dr Kirstie de Luna is on a race against time to help cure every patient who comes her way. But not all lives can be saved.

Photo from Dr Kirstie de Luna

Julia Barretto, sisters raise money to construct quarantine facility in QC hospital

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:31 PM

The Fe del Mundo Hospital is the beneficiary of the Barretto sisters' fundraiser

QC to start community-based coronavirus testing after Holy Week

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:32 PM

The Quezon City government targets an initial 1,300 tests in areas with the highest number of persons under investigation for the coronavirus

SWAB BOOTH. A health worker tries out a COVID-19 swab booth at the grounds of a city hospital. Photo from Quezon City Government Facebook page

Bulacan farmers group sells 4 tons of produce online since lockdown

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The online Bagsakan farmers market is launched on March 21 on Facebook. Farmers bring their crops to pick up points in Quezon City once a week.

Bayanihan bails out San Roque residents, 21 walk free

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Celebrities and ordinary Filipinos pitch in a total of P367,500 to bail out 21 urban poor residents arrested while asking for food aid

JAILED. The 21 urban poor residents of Sitio San Roque spent 5 days in jail for unlawful assembly. Photo courtesy of Atty Krissy Conti

Police storm Quezon City community kitchens, tear down protest posters

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'Pagkain lang po ang niluluto namin, wala pong masama doon,' says one Sitio San Roque resident

POSTERS DOWN. Quezon City Police District cops take down placards demanding for help inside Sitio San Roque on Monday, April 6. Photo from Save San Roque alliance

Frankie Pangilinan, parents offer to bail out 21 San Roque residents arrested for protesting

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The outspoken daughter of Senator Francis Pangilinan and 'Megastar' Sharon Cuneta offers to sponsor P15,000 in bail for one of the arrested residents. Her parents offer to sponsor the rest.

FRANKIE PANGILINAN. The 19-year-old offers to help bail out the residents of Sito San Roque who were arrested after demanding help from the government. File photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

Lacson wants probe into Quezon City protest

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:11 PM

On the President's shoot order against troublemakers, Senator Panfilo Lacson says, 'Coming from this President, what else is new?'

ARRESTED. Men part of the protest are arrested by Quezon City cops. Sourced photo

Quezon City residents demanding help amid lockdown arrested by police

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dumating yung mga naka-uniporme, pinagpapalo ang mga lalake. Wala silang awa,' says Sitio San Roque resident Bernadeth Caboboy

ARRESTED. Men part of the protest are arrested by Quezon City cops. Sourced photo

Quezon City jail paralegal tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 5:03 PM

The paralegal has not been to the Quezon City jail since March 21, or when it was placed on lockdown

AT RISK. Inmates rest in their sleeping quarters inside the Quezon City jail at night on July 18, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Quezon City provides free lodging for health workers

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The city government coordinates with the private sector to help health workers shunned by their landlords

HEALTH WORKERS. Quezon City General Hospital health workers prepare the isolation tent for persons under investigation amid the rise of cases of the virus in the country. File photo by DARREN LANGIT