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[Science Solitaire] Pandemic friendships forever (PFFs)

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If '150' is the working number of friendships for humans, how did your concentric circle of '150' change before the pandemic and now?

FALSE: COVID-19 not real, Bill Gates behind the disease

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The viral video contains several unproven conspiracy theories that were already debunked by fact checking organizations

[OPINION] 100 days of COVID and Duterte

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Clearly, the Philippine government wasted the most precious commodity in a crisis: time

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

[PODCAST] Ang Department of Health sa gitna ng pandemya

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Ano ang mga kontrobersiyang hinaharap ng Department of Health sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic?

Searching for a coronavirus vaccine: What PH clinical trials will look like

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines is looking at joining clinical trials as the 'best short-term strategy' for now as this will help ensure access to vaccines once proven to be effective

POTENTIAL CURE. An engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

[OPINION] Medicine needs to evolve with Darwin

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'[B]iology should always be the principal core of medical education, not just a preface to it'

‘Common sense’ and speed shield Marikina City from the coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.

A MAYOR'S FORESIGHT. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro stands outside the city's testing laboratory for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the Marikina City Government

How complete is DOH's coronavirus dataset?

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) Data points like location and dates help in efforts like contact tracing and data analysis, and serve as a guide for the government's virus responses

COVID-19 imperils progress vs AIDS, UN warns

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Around 1.7 million people were infected last year, and there are now close to 40 million people living with HIV worldwide

VERSUS HIV/AIDS. The UNAIDS building in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by

When coronavirus robs you of your sense of smell

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Eating is a completely different experience

HAY. Farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst smells the hay in the feed storage facility on his farm Gut Ogrosen Hof in Vetschau, eastern Germany on November 27, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

[OPINION] Engineering care: A designer’s perspective as a COVID-19 backliner

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'I had brushed off COVID-19’s threat, thinking that I wouldn’t even have anything to contribute, not being in the medical field. Obviously, I was very wrong.'

[OPINION] The pandemic and the search for home

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Home is a state where the heart finds rest'

[OPINION] Stranded scholars: An inconvenient truth

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'As I wait for our repatriation flight to the Philippines (after 7 ticket cancellations), I remain hopeful and try to remember that day I arrived as a scholar'

[OPINION] The coronavirus and the countryside

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The tragedy of those who fled is only part of a bigger story that COVID-19 is unraveling about the countryside'

[PODCAST] COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:38 AM

A coronavirus frontliner at a public hospital weighs in on how President Rodrigo Duterte handled the biggest crisis to hit his government so far

Monkeys infected with novel coronavirus developed short-term immunity

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:21 PM

While the monkeys displayed initial immunity, it's unclear how long such immunity will last in humans

EXPERIMENT. File photo of a rhesus macaque.

[ANALYSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

[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'

[ANALYSIS] Return to a bleak, not better normal

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:57 AM

'Alas, with the Rappler cases and ABS-CBN shutdown, made emphatic with the passage of a draconian anti-terror law amid still rising COVID-19 cases, the Duterte administration’s bait for investors is laced with poison'

[OPINION] It’s okay – take that online course

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:48 PM

'I dare do not discredit the happiness and pride people gain in finishing courses'

[OPINION] We need to treat informal workers better from now on

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'

[OPINION] Bakit walang forever? The impermanence of scientific knowledge

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'For COVID-19, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the disease, but that doesn’t mean that our scientists are wrong'

How Iloilo City became ‘Wakanda’ of the Philippines

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.

MORE TESTS. Treñas holds a box of newly-procured rapid test kits in his office. Photo from Iloilo City government

FALSE: Robredo 'says' lockdown should have started October 2019

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:29 PM

The quote card containing the false quote edited an actual Rappler quote card featuring the Vice President

Coronavirus updates: Cebuanos have questions for General Cimatu

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Since the decisions you and the national government make affect the lives of about one million Cebuanos in Cebu City, I called out to Cebuanos on Twitter if they had questions for you. I got a few responses.

In Baguio, Magalong returns as top investigator – for coronavirus contact tracing

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has trained Baguio’s contact tracers to use a police questioning technique. They’re sharing it with neighboring towns in Benguet.

[EDITORIAL] Pastilan! Nganong nidangat sa pagpakauwaw sa Sugboanon ang krisis sa dakbayan sa Sugbo?

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Imbes nga mangita og solusyong makatarunganon ug epektibo, lungsoranon na man hinoon ang gibasol sa gobyernong Duterte

[ANALYSIS] COVID-19 and civil-military relations in the PH: Getting the balance right

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'While it is reasonable to say that the role of the AFP in the government’s COVID-19 response has been substantial, there are two risks that could affect civil-military relations during this pandemic period'

[OPINION] On hoarding certificates from online courses and webinars

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'The webinar is eroticized by so-called experts as a necessary and legitimate qualification. The certificate becomes the cult-favorite signal of self-improvement.'

[EDITORIAL] Pastilan! Bakit nauwi sa Cebuano-shaming ang krisis sa Cebu City?

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:04 PM

Imbes na tumutok sa solusyong lohikal at epektibo, mamamayan na naman ang sinisisi ng gobyernong Duterte

[ANALYSIS] Duterte fails in coronavirus crisis leadership

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:00 PM

He is strong on control, but weak on public health

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

Rx: Determined thoughts, good feelings

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:28 PM

2 plucky seniors beat the virus on their own unusual terms

SURVIVING CORONAVIRUS The Delta Force Girls in Room D, their sorority room/ war room. Photo courtesy of Velarde

Valenzuela City’s pandemic response: ‘Everything has to happen now’

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’

LEADING. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian speaks with construction frontliners who are building the city’s testing laboratory. Photo from Valenzuela City’s Facebook

[Science Solitaire] Do masks hide what we feel?

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'A sea of masked faces all around the world have become the iconic image of this time. What does this mean in terms of our ability to read each other’s thoughts and feelings?'

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] A love letter to our jeepney drivers

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Our tatay jeepney drivers have not only been stripped of their livelihood, they have also been stripped of their dignity. For the first time, we are seeing our jeepney drivers begging on the street.'

[OPINION | Artwork] Mass Grave

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The artwork is part of Tai's illustration series 'Pandemic Patterns'

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte failed to meet the Bayanihan Law’s objectives

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Far from being proactive, orderly, and based on clean, reliable data, Duterte’s pandemic response has largely been reactive, chaotic, and based on murky, unreliable data

Rappler Talk: Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro on empowering the people to fight COVID-19

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:38 AM

How has the mayor of Marikina empowered his constituents to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay? How are they preparing for the 'new normal' in the weeks – or even years – to come?

[PODCAST] Cebu City: Ang bagong coronavirus hot spot

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Bakit tumaas ang bilang ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus sa Cebu City at kalapit na mga bayan?

[ANALYSIS] How COVID-19 threatens online freelancing in the PH – and what can be done

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:51 PM

'We should…recognize that in the face of COVID-19, these freelancers, just like many other Filipino workers, will be facing potentially significant headwinds'

Zonal lockdowns: Is your house, street, or city a critical zone?

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Here's a quick explainer on what could trigger a hard lockdown of your area, or tougher quarantine measures if you are near a critical zone in the fight against the coronavirus

HARD LOCKDOWN. Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila on hard lockdown on June 19, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: Heat, garlic, ginger can prevent COVID-19

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:03 PM

There is no official cure or preventive treatment for COVID-19. The supposed cures in the post have been debunked by the WHO and fact checkers around the world

IN CHARTS: COVID-19 cases in the Philippines

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(6th UPDATE) The 2,539 total new cases reported on July 8 constitute the highest one-day spike so far. Among ASEAN countries, the Philippines, thus far, has the highest rate of active cases, and the lowest case recovery rate.

[OPINION] Leachon unmasks a crisis in COVID-19 response

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:17 PM

'What we have now is a disastrous response to a disaster'

[OPINION | Newspoint] A strategy of crackdown and cover-up

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'

Rappler Talk: Dr Tony Leachon on PH’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 20, 2020 - 5:18 AM

On Friday, June 19, Rappler reporter Bonz Magsambol sits down with Dr Tony Leachon to talk about his resignation and how the government is handling the pandemic

Build a better, greener world economy after pandemic – Stiglitz

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Novel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz says the impact of greenhouse gas emissions is the 'most important' indicator in measuring economic growth

US economist Joseph Stiglitz takes part in a press conference on the theme "Taxes on multinational companies : a revolution for tomorrow ?", on September 19, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP)