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In Cavite, DLSU Medical Center doctor dies from COVID-19

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:45 AM

The DLSUMC Facebook account says anesthesiologist Regina Uy-Alegado died due to COVID-19

DLSUMC. The De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

17 DLSU Medical Center frontliners test positive for coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The De La Salle University Medical Center says the coronavirus has infected 7 nurses, 7 support staff, and 3 doctors

DLSUMC. The De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Infobip launches Conversations, a contact center solution that helps businesses improve customer experience

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Conversations is an omnichannel cloud contact center solution with automation and a chatbot building platform option

St Luke’s Medical Center says its hospitals have not reached full capacity

Jul 07, 2020 - 5:38 PM

St Luke's Medical Center says that despite the continued increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, its hospitals remain 'fully equipped in handling any medical concern'

STILL ACCEPTING. St Luke's Medical Center says it is still capable to accept COVID-19 patients. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

CCP grounds opens for jogging, fitness activities

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Visitors are asked to wear masks and face shields and practice physical distancing

OPEN. The Cultural Center of the Philippines front lawn now allows up to 30 people at a time for exercise and physical wellness activities. Screenshot from

Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The suspects are captured in a swoop by special forces, the prosecutor's office says on Twitter, calling the incident a 'heinous crime'

CRIME SCENE. Members of the National Guard walk near the crime scene where 24 people were killed in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Mario Armas/AFP

FULL: LIST: 2020 Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awardees

Jul 05, 2020 - 10:08 PM

The awarding ceremonies is scheduled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?

Jul 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The government trying to make systems work is a welcome thing, but is it sincere and is it moving fast enough? We take a nuanced look at policy work.

73% of Filipinos think 'homosexuality should be accepted by society' – report

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Philippines' acceptance of homosexuality did not change between 2013 and 2019, according to a Pew Research survey

LOOK: PRIDE PARADE – Hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (LGBTQ+) cordilleras were joinef by their colleagues from Manila, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan supporters parade from the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) campus down to Session road for the 13th Pride march on November 23, 2019. Their message: love has no gender, let love be. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No rest for heroes

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:01 AM

Inside Manila’s hospital for the poor

EMERGENCY.. Medical workers must wear level 4 protective at the triage area. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Media watchdog: Freedom of expression a ‘personal challenge’ to all Filipinos

Jun 16, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The cyber libel verdict on Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Rey Santos Jr affects all citizens, says the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation of a cyber libel case file against her and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santo Jr. by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NCMH records spike in mental health consults during coronavirus lockdown

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:53 PM

National Center for Mental Health psychiatrist Bernard Argamosa says their crisis hotline received an average of 30 to 35 calls per day and 400 calls per month during the lockdown

QUARANTINE. Commuters enter Metro Manila through the community quarantine control point at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit during the Metro Manila lockdown on March 16, 2020. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Sorsogon project brings classes at home to students left out of distance learning

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:47 PM

As students struggle to access online classes, Pilar Reading Center helps make education more accessible by giving modular activities and training parents to be teachers at home during the pandemic

HOMESCHOOL. Young students still get to learn during the pandemic through modular reading activities and worksheets prepared by Pilar Reading Center. Photos from Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency

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

'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:45 AM

'The attempt to use the anti-terror bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

Davao City coronavirus lab starts recruiting after resignations

May 30, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Mayor Sara Duterte downplays the resignations

COVID. Davao City Health Office personnel spray disinfectant in government offices and public spaces in Davao City on March 12, 2020, as part of their measures to prevent the infection of COVID-19 in the city. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Bicol Region's 2 coronavirus testing centers now operational

May 28, 2020 - 10:08 PM

The two coronavirus testing facilities are located in Bicol's major cities of Legazpi and Naga

BICOL TEST CENTER. Combo photos of the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (left)in Legazpi City and the lBicol Medical Center in Naga City.

SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time

May 24, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Veteran space travelers Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are set to crew the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station

SPACE RACE. This handout photo released by NASA shows NASA astronauts Robert Behnken (L) and Douglas Hurley (R) are seen on a monitor showing the crew access arm at Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal in preparation for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission on May 23, 2020. Photo by NASA/Joel Kowsky/NASA/AFP

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

May 23, 2020 - 4:47 PM

US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have been in strict quarantine since May 13 because of the pandemic, but they say their actual isolation began as far back as mid-March

In this image released by Space X, the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are pictured at Launch Complex 39A on May 21, 2020, as preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon will take off from Kennedy on May 27 with help from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and dock at the ISS. SPACEX / AFP

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

CDC 'let the country down' on coronavirus testing – White House

May 18, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Trump often blames the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, for passing on "broken tests" for the new coronavirus – although Obama left office years before the virus came into existence

BRIEFING. Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

PH reports significant improvement in air quality

May 15, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'The improvements in air quality at this time confirm that it is possible to reduce air pollution if efforts are targeted towards the main sources of the problem,' the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air says in a recent report

Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center starts RT-PCR testing

May 11, 2020 - 4:01 PM

DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon says that the testing center has an initial maximum testing capability of up to 90 specimens a day

Blessing of the RT-PCR Testing Center at Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban. Photo from DOH Regional Office 8

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Attack on all: Media groups show solidarity with ABS-CBN following closure order

May 05, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'The move is clearly a case of political harassment against a pillar of Philippine democracy that employs thousands of Filipinos whose livelihoods are now at risk with the order'

The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

PH to open 4 'mega' coronavirus swabbing centers in Metro Manila, Bulacan

May 04, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the sites will be able to conduct 5,000 tests daily once they open within the week

SWABBING CENTER. The massive indoor venue is set to become a swabbing center where coronavirus tests will be conducted. Photo from Wikipedia

'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

Zamboanga City’s coronavirus cases spike as more inmates get infected

May 03, 2020 - 12:28 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco says 27 inmates and 2 BJMP personnel are the latest to acquire COVID-19, bringing the city's number of cases to 59

17 Cebu provincial jail inmates test positive for coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:37 PM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that the inmates were suspect cases after showing influenza-like symptoms

Health workers greet a patient being wheeled out of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City on April 24, 2020, after recovering from COVID-19. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[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

[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

Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:23 PM

'Death, violence and riots can also break out if the pandemic is left unchecked in prisons,' petitioners warn, even as the public health system is overwhelmed

PRISONS. 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)

Cebu imposes strict measures in provincial jail

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that swab tests are now being conducted at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. There are no positive COVID-19 cases in the provincial jail yet.

The Cebu City government starts the disinfection of a slum area in Barangay Pasil on March 20, 2020, to arrest the spread of Covid-19. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[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

Medical frontliners, 8-day-old baby among new coronavirus cases in Baguio City

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The 8 new coronavirus patients also include 2 overseas Filipino workers who came from the US

BAGUIO HOSPITAL. The facade of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. Photo by Raani Paranas/CC BY-SA 4.0

Philippine Genome Center is country’s 18th coronavirus testing hub

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:21 PM

The Department of Health is assessing more laboratories to conduct coronavirus tests

[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

Davao hospital reports first 2 coronavirus relapse cases

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) They are the first recovered patients who were re-admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City after testing positive again for COVID-19

Davao City Health Office personnel spray disinfectant in government offices and public spaces in Davao City on March 12, 2020, as part of their measures to prevent the infection of COVID-19 in the city. Mindanao already has 1 confirmed COVID-19 case currently admitted in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

QC hospital charges Winston Ragos' family P31,000

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The bill includes Commonwealth Hospital Medical Center's use of N95 masks, cadaver bags, and use of an ambulance, among others

PENDING BALANCE. The hospital bill's last page for attempting but failing to save the life of Winston Ragos. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

[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

Rappler Talk: Dr Antonio Ramos on how Lung Center is fighting the pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Dr Antonio Ramos, director for Administrative Services, discusses how the Lung Center is coping against the odds in the fight against COVID-19

U.S. adverse views against China peak during coronavirus pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The Pew Research Center says 66% of Americans hold 'unfavorable views' of China – the highest negative rating for the Asian country since 2005

NEGATIVE VIEWS. A big majority of Americans say they do not have favorable opinions of China. Photo from Shutterstock

62 staff, 13 psychiatric patients of NCMH infected with coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:40 PM

According to the Department of Health, 4 employees and one patient have recovered from the virus

Lessons from international news outlets reporting on the pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Maria Ressa, Branko Brkic, and Ritu Kapur talk to ICFJ about the challenges and opportunities of running digital newsrooms in the time of COVID-19

Mexicans journalist work during a protest of administrative workers of the General Balbuena Hospital demanding personal protective equipment to prevent being infected by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Mexico City on April 16, 2020. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Duque asks Congress to pass bill creating PH Centers for Disease Control

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:30 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III also backs the passage of a measure allowing the government to stockpile on supplies critically needed during times of pandemics and other disasters

PANDEMIC. A patient suspected of having COVID-19 is pushed pushed on a stretched by workers from the East Avenue Medical Center on April 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NCMH exec behind 'exposé' reassigned to Las Piñas drug rehab center

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The move comes after the exec made headlines speaking out about the hospital's non-response to the coronavirus pandemic

Photo from the National Center for Mental Health Facebook page

[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

Who is the Filipino? Jaton Zulueta on distance learning and keeping dreams alive

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Public schools may have shut down, but learning should not

95-year-old man recovers from coronavirus in Mandaluyong

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:55 PM

A video shows frontliners applauding 95-year-old Cresencio Junio as he is wheeled out of the Mandaluyong City Medical Center