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U.S. regulators complete test flights on Boeing 737 MAX

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Besides evaluating data from the test flights, regulators still must develop pilot training protocols for the Boeing 737 MAX and inspect newly manufactured aircraft

TEST FLIGHT. A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, on June 29, 2020. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

[OPINION] Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

Patients in need of remdesivir can get special FDA permits

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Currently, the Philippines only administers remdesivir to hospitalized patients with severe cases of coronavirus

ON TRIAL. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. Photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP

Bello rejects calls to use OFWs' OWWA contributions for aid

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Dapat gobyerno ang magbigay ng pera,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as he reiterates the need for a supplemental budget to assist overseas Filipino workers

OWWA TRUST FUND. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from Middle East were given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces by land transport on June 18, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Boeing 737 MAX takes to skies for long-awaited test flight

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Though the certification flights are a critical phase, the US Federal Aviation Administration stresses that 'a number of key tasks remain' before the Boeing 737 MAX can return to service

A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on June 29, 2020. - US regulators conducted the first a test flight of the Boeing 737 MAX on Monday, a key step in recertifying the jet that has been grounded for more than a year following two fatal crashes. A MAX aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 1655 GMT, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

‘Mayor of the Philippines’ leaves LGUs blind amid COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:45 AM

PART 2: President Rodrigo Duterte missed many opportunities to provide direction and concrete guidance to local chiefs on the front lines of the health crisis

Pandemic unravels Duterte's 2016 promise of decisive leadership

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Part I: Where was President Duterte’s famed tendency to ‘overreact’ in January and February when the country’s health system needed it the most?

Newsbreak Chats: Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, June 25, the Newsbreak team will assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic

If pandemic persists, OWWA funds to be depleted end of 2021

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:15 PM

The costs for hotel, food, and transportation for overseas Filipino workers are not sustainable, says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac

DEPLETING FUNDS. Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers and seafarers queue to board buses at Paranaque Integrated Exchange Terminal after their prolonged mandatory quarantine on May 28, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China punishes live-stream apps for 'vulgar' content

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Ten live-streaming platforms have been reprimanded and ordered to suspend new user registrations and overhaul their feeds, the Cyberspace Administration of China says

Over 1,600 stranded individuals in Cordillera sent home – DILG

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:42 PM

OWWA Cordillera also reports that it assisted 710 OFWs in the region from May 1 to June 9

[OPINION] WNTTAA: We need to talk about acronyms, the snag in PH's virus response

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:39 PM

'Throughout this whole crisis, the government’s poor use of language has merely alienated the masses. And it all started with some acronyms.'

House panel eyes additional P5-billion aid for OFWs

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August

LIVES INTERRUPTED. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2020

May 10, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Here are the names for tropical cyclones that will enter or form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility in 2020

Rights groups urge Filipinos: Reject Duterte admin's 'tyrannical' moves vs ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The order to shut down ABS-CBN is the latest in a string of attacks against media in the Philippines under the Duterte administration

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nurses with overseas contracts appeal to gov’t to amend deployment ban anew

May 01, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Despite earlier guidelines allowing health workers with existing contracts to leave the country, nurses say they are still unable to return to their jobs over the lack of overseas employment certificates signed as of March 8

RISKY JOB. Health workers are at the front lines do the COVID-19 pandemic as they tend to both  suspected and confirmed patients. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Is the Duterte gov't doing enough to fight COVID-19?

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:14 PM

On Thursday, April 30, the Newsbreak team assesses the Duterte administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Mnuchin says U.S. to audit virus relief loans after outcry

Apr 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'For any loan over $2 million, the [Small Business Administration] will be doing a full review of that loan before there is loan forgiveness,' says United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

HALTED. A normally busy Main Street is deserted as the small businesses that line the business district in Rockton, Illinois, remain closed on March 24, 2020. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. bars larger firms from SBA loans after uproar

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Companies that inappropriately received funding under the Paycheck Protection Program have until May 7 to return the funds to the US Small Business Administration

UPSCALE RESTAURANT. A branch of Ruth's Chris Steak House in Anaheim, California. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. loan program under fire as Shake Shack returns SBA money

Apr 20, 2020 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' Paycheck Protection Program is touted as a lifeline for mom-and-pop businesses, but has faced questions about whether too much of the money is going to better-connected firms

WORLDWIDE CHAIN. A Shake Shack branch in New York City. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. says loan program aided 1.6 million small businesses

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The $349 billion allocated to the United States' Paycheck Protection Program goes to 1.6 million small businesses. There are talks on additional funding.

ALMOST EMPTY. A man walks across Wisconsin Avenue in the normally busy shopping district of Georgetown in Washington, DC, on March 23, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. agency out of stimulus money for key small business loans

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'In less than 14 days, the SBA has processed more than 14 years [worth] of loans,' says US Small Business Administration chief Jovita Carranza

CLOSED. Picnic tables block the closed doors of Abbey Burger Bistro in Baltimore, Maryland, after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan banned dining at area establishments due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Health workers with contracts as of March 8 can leave PH

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The government's coronavirus task force says the Department of Health will also facilitate the emergency hiring of health workers to assist in caring for the increasing number of coronavirus patients

FRONT LINES. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow frontliners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH to lift deployment ban on health workers with existing contracts

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The President still needs to approve the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases' resolution allowing nurses and other health workers with existing contracts to leave

FRONTLINERS. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘Forced servitude’? PH prevents health workers from leaving

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:03 PM

POEA says the deployment suspension of medical workers is of 'paramount national interest,' but nurses say it promotes 'involuntary servitude'

FDA warns public vs drugs, vaccines with unproven coronavirus treatment

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The Food and Drugs Administration says 'there are no registered drugs or vaccines that are licensed specifically for use in COVID-19 treatment or prevention'

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. small businesses seek $5.4 billion in virus relief loans

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Companies that receive the money and do not fire their workers – or that otherwise rehire those they have laid off – will have their debt forgiven

CLOSED. A nail salon in New York City sits closed during the coronavirus outbreak on March 20, 2020. Photo by Victor J. Blue/Getty Images/AFP

6 men in Kalinga stopped for not wearing masks, arrested for illegal logging

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:01 PM

They could have passed through safely at the checkpoint had they wore their face masks

FDA approves 5 coronavirus rapid test kits

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:09 PM

But the Food and Drug Administration says swabs would still be taken from patients for confirmatory testing, as rapid test kits 'measure antibodies and not the viral load itself'

Shutterstock photo

Cordillera youth seek to protect frontliners with improvised face masks amid shortage

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Cordillera Youth Brigade hopes that through their simple efforts, frontliners will have ample protection so they can go home to their families safely

All photos from Cordillera Youth Brigade

FDA approves 4 coronavirus test kit products for commercial use

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:58 PM

The Department of Health clarifies that the test kits can only be used by hospitals or laboratories with testing capacity

A police officer checks body temperatures of pedestrians crossing the quarantine control point at Batasan-San Matero Rd. in Quezon City on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FDA now lets doctors issue electronic prescriptions

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:20 PM

FDA Director General Eric Domingo says this will allow people vulnerable to COVID-19 to still access their medicines during the outbreak

STOCKING UP. People buy items from a medical supply store in Manila on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH rule of law ranking under Duterte continues to plummet

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:25 PM

At No. 91 in 2020, the Philippines' ranking in the Rule of Law index is on a steady decline since 2016, making its average annual percentage drop one of the 5 worst in the world

FDA warns public vs unregistered coronavirus home test kits sold online

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo says the Philippine government has not yet approved any home test kits for the novel coronavirus

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth to shoulder coronavirus test costs – Malacañang

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also says diagnostics company Manila Healthtek is developing a 'rapid test kist' to aid in testing for COVID-19

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. People wear face masks for protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

FDA approves coronavirus test kits developed by U.P. scientists

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:08 AM

The Food and Drug Administration says the kits will be used for field testing and will help address the 'increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases' that 'require immediate diagnosis and monitoring'

CORONAVIRUS FEARS. Shoppers wear surgical masks at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, CARAA games amid coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also suspends the night market along Harrison Road for 14 days starting Tuesday, March 10

CANCELED. After initially considering just a postponement of the event, Mayor Benjamin Magalong cancels the famous Baguio flower festival on March 9, 2020. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in Manila

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The Filipino repatriates, who are considered persons-under-monitoring, will go on home quarantine

HOME. Some of the Filipino repatriates from Macau arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 7, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

UNHRC urged to create Commission of Inquiry for Philippines

Mar 06, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The group emphasizes the need for an investigation into the worsening human rights situation under the Duterte administration – including attacks on environmental defenders

DON'T KILL. Elderly indigenous women assert their rights at a rally in Mendiola. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

P50k at stake in DILG Cordillera's peace-building poster-making contest

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Regional winners will receive certificates and cash prizes – P10k for the first prize, P6k for the second prize, and P4k for the third prize

Duterte gov't depriving activists of legal options, says Amnesty Int'l

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Amnesty International expresses alarm that activists continue to 'face threats and undue restrictions' without any way to protect themselves

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

DFA to repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration also says it will repatriate 48 active members from the area

MACAU. A man wears a facemask as he walks along the waterfront in the background of city's skyline in Macau on January 30, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

At least P84 million given to OFWs hit by virus travel ban – OWWA

Mar 02, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration says assistance was given to over 8,000 workers who had been unable to return to their jobs in China, Hong Kong, and Macau

BACK TO WORK. Passengers continue to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 3, 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

War with the NPA, war without end

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

From our archives: The Philippine military is treading dangerous waters with its counterinsurgency experiments

NPA rebels in Pampanga.

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The US Justice Department says Anming Hu hid his ties to Beijing University of Technology while he taught and did research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

CHARGED. File photo of Anming Hu. Photo from University of Tennessee Knoxville

LIST: Bureau of Corrections personnel killed under Duterte gov't

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) BuCor top lawyer Fredric Santos is among the BuCor personnel killed in Muntinlupa since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

GUNNED DOWN. BuCor legal division chief Fredric Santos is killed in front of his daughter's school on February 19, 2020. PNP photo

LWUA: Angeles City Water District spends P28M yearly on 'ineffective' UV disinfectant

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Local Water Utilities Administration's Jeci Lapus says ACWD's ' make a thorough engineering study and post-project evaluation on the beneficial use of UV disinfectant had cost the government more'

U.S. Transportation Security Administration bans TikTok use among employees

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The agency follows bans by the Department of Homeland Security and the US military

This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP