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How to fight the pandemic: Women mayors don’t sugarcoat how deadly the virus is

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

In the face of an unseen enemy, communication down to the grassroots is key, according to the mayors of Odiongan, Romblon; Tabaco, Albay; Barugo, Leyte; Oras, Eastern Samar

STRONG WOMEN. Mayors Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Trina Firmalo-Fabic, Vivian Alvarez and Macel Cumpio-Avestruz show how important it is to communicate with the public during a pandemic. Photos from LGU Barugo, Angat Bayi and Vivian Alvarez

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

With 2 years left in Duterte's term, where are we on Build, Build, Build?

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 PM

Only 34% of the Duterte administration's flagship infrastructure projects are being implemented, so far

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:09 PM

The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

Do coronavirus restrictions threaten religious freedom?

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:45 AM

From Washington to Manila, religious freedom is set to become one of the most enduring debates of the coronavirus era

‘Mas dapat magalit’: Filipino youth face dangerous future with anti-terror bill

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects

Distance learning: A looming crisis for students with special needs

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:58 PM

While distance learning for basic education students is a challenge, it's even more so for teachers figuring out how best to teach students with disabilities

Disorganized repatriation program puts E. Visayas rural healthcare at risk

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Balik Probinsya' and 'Hatid Probinsya' programs are sending coronavirus-positive patients to their home provinces, where healthcare systems are fragile

RURAL HEALTH. Workers in Ormoc wear PPEs at newly-built isolation facilities. Photo from City Government of Ormoc Facebook page

Will the coronavirus kill Philippine theater?

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Theater artists face a tough season as the pandemic rules out mass gatherings, but as the nation itself goes through this difficult chapter, Filipino thespians say the art of storytelling will flourish in adversity

Quarantine curbs access to information

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:29 PM

The Philippines is among many governments in the world that had to suspend the processing of freedom of information or FOI requests because of the pandemic

'Panibagong problema': Fire leaves Addition Hills families helpless during pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Barangay Addition Hills is a coronavirus hot spot in Mandaluyong City. A huge fire on June 1 leaves at least 1,000 families distraught over what will happen next.

Victims take shelter at the Addition Hills Integrated School on June 2, 2020, after a fire hit Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City with the highest alarm level. At least 800 houses were burned, affecting 2,000 families according to fire investigators. Barangay Addition Hills was already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, having the highest number of coronavirus-infected patients in the city, with 124 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 411 suspected cases and 230 more probable cases. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

OFWs struggle through prolonged quarantine in gov’t 'VIP treatment'

May 31, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Caught in a maze of tests and government requirements, returning overseas Filipino workers stuck in quarantine are forced to hustle just to get home

On their own: Commuters and the looming transportation crisis in Metro Manila

May 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM

More commuters are seen to shift to alternative modes of transportation, as the capacity of public transportation will be reduced come GCQ

Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

No-touch faucets, rapid tests: Big business adjusts to coronavirus

May 29, 2020 - 11:57 AM

UV lights, faucets with motion sensors, and visual cues for physical distancing are just some of the latest trends as businesses reopen

OFWs in Dubai battle coronavirus, too

May 28, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Most OFWs in Dubai opt to share living quarters to save on rent. They also become more vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.

‘Walang malapitan’: Stranded 'probinsyanos' feel abandoned by Duterte gov’t

May 28, 2020 - 10:23 AM

As President Rodrigo Duterte prioritizes stranded OFWs, 'probinsyanos' stranded in Metro Manila struggle to find ways to return home

HELPLESS. Maymay Canopin at her company-rented unit, which she shares with 13 fellow masseurs. Photo from Canopin

Bong Go regularly given airtime in state media broadcasts on coronavirus

May 27, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The longtime Duterte aide, criticized for being 'epal,' is featured in almost every episode of Laging Handa PH, a public briefing supposed to be dedicated to COVID-19

Will public transportation be enough once Metro Manila is placed under GCQ?

May 27, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) With the pandemic, the Department of Transportation finds a golden opportunity to push the controversial PUV modernization from the back burner

Vehicle traffic builds up at a checkpoiny along EDSA in Mandaluyong, City on May 16, 2020, the start of the MECQ Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

As donor fatigue hits volunteers amid prolonged lockdown, they keep going

May 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Where government falls short of providing aid to the poor and vulnerable, private donors step in

Hospitals in the Philippines: Where they are – and aren’t

May 23, 2020 - 10:45 AM

There is a big difference between urban centers and remote areas, echoed by a stark contrast in poverty incidence

HOSPITAL DESERTS. In Metro Manila, the average city center is 660 meters away from a hospital, and the top 10 most populated provinces (2015) average 6.36km. For all other municipalities, the nearest hospital is 13km away on average.

As businesses reopen, workers remain anxious over virus risks

May 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The risks are aggravated by how workers may lose their jobs if they fail to report to work

REOPENING. Mall goers observe physical distancing while queuing at a mall at North Edsa in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Child sex abuse material now peddled for as low as P100 on Twitter

May 21, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) PART 2 | EXCLUSIVE: Child sexual abuse has gone from the obscurity of the dark web into free and widely-used social media platforms

To cross coronavirus border, prostituted women abused by cops first

May 21, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The coronavirus pandemic unmasks yet again the abusive relationship between the police and prostituted women. Local governments have not been of much help.

Alter Twitter’s awful side: Leaked private sex videos for sale

May 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) PART 1 | EXCLUSIVE: Victims are left helpless while their private videos are spread online and sold by anonymous Twitter accounts patronized by thousands of followers

Double whammy: BPO employees get exposed to COVID-19, lose income

May 19, 2020 - 7:33 PM

BPO workers who get exposed to the virus while on the job have to quarantine themselves without regular pay

Photo from Shutterstock

Children deal with abuse, fears of coronavirus in 'Houses of Hope'

May 19, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Rights groups call for the urgent release of children dealing with abusive conditions in some youth detention centers, now compounded by the coronavirus threat

Forgotten priority: PWDs still waiting for cash aid from Duterte gov't

May 15, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Months after the Duterte government launched its cash aid program, there are still persons with disabilities – the target priorities for the program – who have yet to receive a peso

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov’t platforms being used to attack, red-tag media

May 12, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Supposedly at the helm of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the PCOO reposts misleading content against media from an anti-communist government page

Till their last breath, Fil-Am health care workers give all vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 9:05 AM

At least 60 Filipino health care workers have died from the novel coronavirus disease, as the United States continues to grapple with the pandemic

[FRONTLINERS] Iloilo town doctor keeps clinic open: 'Every human life is precious'

May 10, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Despite her fears, Dr Judith Jimeno's clinic in Leganes town, Iloilo remains open for non-coronavirus patients. It's part of her passion to save lives.

BRAVE FRONTLINER. Dr Judith Jimeno takes a selfie inside her clinic in Leganes, Iloilo. Photo courtesy of Jimeno

During coronavirus lockdown: Abused women, children more vulnerable

May 09, 2020 - 4:38 PM

A drop in reported cases of abuse during the lockdown may not be good news as it could point to victims having a harder time reporting crimes to authorities

Filipino nurses: The world's frontliners vs the coronavirus

May 08, 2020 - 4:21 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic, Filipino nurses are thrust to the front lines across the globe, bound by a duty to care for the sickest

WORLD'S FRONT LINERS. Filipino nurses all over the world.

56,000 words on the virus: Duterte's crisis messaging all bluster, little science

May 06, 2020 - 1:31 PM

More than 3 months into the coronavirus crisis, Duterte’s messaging is just more of the same. But a crisis often demands flexibility and the willingness to communicate what people need to hear.

Frontliners, too: Meet some young Fil-Ams braving the coronavirus pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Outside of the health care profession, these young Filipino-Americans work silently day in and out, putting their lives on the line to serve others

Surviving COVID-19: How a Fil-Am nurse and his family fought coronavirus at home

May 02, 2020 - 6:56 PM

Owing to the couples' frontline experience, a father and his son recovered from the potentially fatal disease

Coronavirus in Singapore: 'Wala silang puso para sa foreign worker'

May 02, 2020 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) Neglecting migrant workers for decades catches up with Singapore as it battles the coronavirus

Coronavirus lockdown pushes farmers, fisherfolk into deeper poverty

May 01, 2020 - 9:00 AM

It took a pandemic for the national government to realize the need to buy directly from farmers

[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.

Hoarding medicine: Fighting lupus during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Lupus patients struggle to find supplies of a drug they've taken for years when it becomes a potential cure for COVID-19

Coronavirus response: Online outrage drowns out Duterte propaganda machine

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:12 PM

After President Rodrigo Duterte orders soldiers and cops to 'shoot dead' quarantine violators, Filipinos' frustrations reach a tipping point on social media

Undocumented in a pandemic: Thousands of Filipinos in UK suffer in silence over COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Advocates and lobbyists urge the UK government to now grant legal status to all undocumented migrants and refugees

Photos courtesy of Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Frontliners on their fears, hopes during the pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Rappler speaks to several Filipinos in the front lines of the battle against COVID-19

IN LIMBO: Poor families still await subsidies during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Three weeks into the government's emergency subsidy program, around 75% of qualified families nationwide are still waiting to receive aid

COMMUNITY. A resident of a Bulacan barangay hands over a food pack to his neighbor while observing physical distancing. Photo courtesy of Jay-j

[FRONTLINERS] Volunteer shuttle driver overcomes fear of virus to serve others

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Out of a job due to the lockdown, Victor Lero decides to volunteer as a shuttle driver for health workers in Metro Manila. He is scared of COVID-19, but he braves the front lines to keep his family alive and help other Filipinos.

Photo courtesy of Victor Lero

[FRONTLINERS] ‘May kasal pa ako, Lord!’

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

'It's quite a scary and exhausting time to be a doctor. So we just need to protect ourselves and serve who we can,' says a pediatrician whose wedding has been postponed by the pandemic.

FRONTLINER. Pediatrician Mica Bastillo in her PPE at Pasig Child's Hope Hospital, and at home in her quarantine tent. Photo courtesy of Mica Bastillo

Overseas Warriors: Up close with UAE’s Filipino nurses during the pandemic

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:31 PM

There are about 30,000 Filipino nurses in the United Arab Emirates, many of them working in the front lines. One of them proclaims she is an Overseas Filipino Warrior.

'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)