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Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 are cadets and the rest are staff and their family members

OUTBREAK. This picture taken on July 9, 2020 shows the closed main gate of the Indonesian army's Officer Candidate School in Bandung, after more than 1,200 personnel including instructors of the institution were tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Timur Matahari/AFP

LTO to minimize face-to-face transactions, shift to digitalization

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The agency aims to further strengthen the digitalization efforts of the Department of Transportation in line with minimizing human intervention in various transactions

17 Mandaue City police test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:28 PM

Mandaue City is still under general community quarantine

Zarate to Ombudsman: Fire Parlade for red-tagging

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) The affidavit-complaint of Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate also seeks the immediate preventive suspension of Southern Luzon military chief Major General Antonio Parlade Jr

SOLCOM CHIEF. Major General Antonio Parlade Jr addresses troops on March 5, 2020. Photo from the Southern Luzon Command Facebook page

SolGen advises NTC to also shut down ABS-CBN TV Plus, Channel 43

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General argues the NTC's cease and desist order against ABS-CBN also covers TV Plus and the shows it airs over Channel 43

SOLGEN VS ABS-CBN. Solicitor General Jose Calida holds a press conference at Camp Crame on February 10, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. sent coronavirus stimulus checks to 1 million dead people

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:45 AM

The Government Accountability Office says economic impact payments totaling $1.4 billion were sent to dead people in the United States

SLOW RECOVERY. A sign in front of an investment business in Chesterton, Indiana, urges residents to stay at home, May 13, 2020. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: OVP sent spoiled food to frontliners at Diliman Doctors Hospital

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Both the hospital and Vice President Leni Robredo deny the incident took place

Ombudsman probes Duque, DOH for alleged coronavirus anomalies

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(4th UPDATE) Ombudsman Samuel Martires says his field investigators were 'given the runaround by some DOH officials'

OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION. The Office of the Ombudsman will investigate Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for alleged anomalies in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

NCRPO sacks San Juan cops who escorted Mayor Zamora to Baguio

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:31 AM

'I will not condone any wrongdoing of our police officers in the implementation of the community quarantine protocols,' says NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, whose own birthday party violated quarantine rules

DISCIPLINE? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas himself has violated quarantine protocols, allowing his staff to hold a surprise birthday party for him in May 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ cybercrime office to probe dummy Facebook accounts

Jun 07, 2020 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) Computer-related identity theft is a crime, and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he's worried over the surge in fake Facebook accounts

LTO to fine drivers who violate transportation guidelines during pandemic

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The Land Transportation Office says traffic enforces will fine drivers who fail to observe sanitary measures, physical distancing practices, and operate without special government-issued permits

PACKED ROADS. Buses queue at the southbound lane of EDSA near the MRT North Avenue station as rush hour traffic builds up during the first day of the general community quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida justifies NTC's different treatment of ABS–CBN

May 26, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sticks to a contrary position that ABS–CBN must be allowed to air in the interim

SHUT DOWN. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) issued a cease and desist order on the giant network ABS-CBN on May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After birthday backlash, Sinas tells Muslims to keep distance on Eid’l Fitr

May 22, 2020 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'Wala pa rin pagtitipon kasi 'yun 'yung policy,' says Major General Debold Sinas, who violated the policy himself on his birthday

POINTERS. NCRPO Chief PBGen Debold Sinas answers questions during the press briefing of the Traslacion 2020 at the Pope Benedict building of the Quiapo Church in Manila on January 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator

May 22, 2020 - 8:23 AM

Kristoffer James Purisima is sacked due to 'lack of trust and confidence,' says Malacañang

Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer Purisima, during the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacañang on April 20, 2018, announces that they have been conducting consultations with various stakeholders and the residents of Marawi City on the rehabilitation of the 24 severely damaged barangays. The discussion include, timeline for the return of our internally displaced persons; competing land claims; locations of proposed public infrastructure and specifications. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP readies criminal charges vs Sinas for birthday gathering

May 14, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Malacañang says administrative sanctions will have to be approved by President Rodrigo Duterte since Major General Debold Sinas is his appointee

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

Medialdea wants results of Sinas probe sent to his office

May 14, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Malacañang takes an interest in the Metro Manila police chief's birthday celebration which violated quarantine rules

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After apology, Sinas says 'nothing wrong' with birthday party

May 14, 2020 - 9:58 AM

'It would be ungentlemanly kung 'di ko sila hinarap at pinauwi ko sila,' says Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

NCRPO restricts Rappler coverage after story on Sinas birthday party

May 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Rappler condemns the move as an attack on press freedom, the right to free speech, and the public's right to know

Sinas says sorry for birthday party during ECQ

May 13, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'I apologize for what transpired during my birthday that caused anxiety to the public. It was never my intention to disobey any existing protocols,' says Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

PNP launches internal probe into Sinas' birthday party during ECQ

May 13, 2020 - 12:36 PM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa orders the PNP Internal Affairs Service to investigate whether Metro Manila's top cop and other police officers broke quarantine rules

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

Año: NCRPO chief Sinas' birthday party 'a big no-no'

May 13, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas should have called off the party as soon as it started, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

'DELICADEZA.' DILG Secretary Eduardo Año delivers a speech during the Launching of the Inter-Agency Task Force Federalism and Constitutional Reform at Camp Crame on Monday, January 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PCOO limits cross-posting content on its social media platforms

May 12, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar issues the order two days after the PCOO got flak for reposting the government anti-communist task force's 'black propaganda' against ABS-CBN and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

In this file photo, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar at the hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies. September 26, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

PCOO offers gov't TV, radio stations to deliver lessons – Briones

May 11, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says that distance learning is a major component of learning delivery for the incoming school year

File photo of students attending first morning flag raising ceremony during the start of the new school year at the Marcela Agoncillo Elementary School in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PNP Regional Office 1 has new chief

May 10, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Brigadier General Rodolfo Santos Azurin Jr replaces retiring Brigadier General Joel Orduña

COMMANDER. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 1 held a remembrance ceremony for the heroic act of the late Police Brigadier General Oscar M Florendo who was once Provincial Commander of the La Union. Photo from the PRO1 Facebook page

LTO extends expired licenses' validity 2 months after lockdown

May 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Land Transportation Office will not issue penalties for late registration of vehicles

LICENSE RENEWAL. In this file photo, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade tried out the application process for the new driver's license cards that are valid for 5 years. Photo by the Department of Transportation

Guevarra counters Calida: ABS-CBN can operate while franchise renewal ongoing

May 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'there is sufficient equitable basis to allow broadcast entities to continue operating' while franchise renewal bills are pending in Congress

CLASH. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Solicitor General Jose Calida clash on whether ABS-CBN can continue operating without a franchise while hearings are ongoing in Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Kapag tinatarget ng gobyerno ang isang OFW

May 04, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Saan kumukuha ng kapal ng apog ang mga taga-POLO upang isiping isusuko na lang ng Taiwan si Linn Ordidor dahil hiniling nila ito?

Calida warns NTC against granting provisional authority to ABS-CBN

May 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

ABS-CBN Corporation's legislative franchise is set to expire on Monday, May 4

The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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)

Need help protecting your business during the pandemic? Project Lifeline is here

Apr 27, 2020 - 2:16 PM

Project Lifeline is an online helpline which aims to provide pro bono solutions for micro, small, and medium enterprises

'Congestion not reason:' Calida blocks petition to release vulnerable prisoners

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

There are 241 coronavirus patients in prisons nationwide, and one of them – a Bilibid inmate – has died

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Robredo's office to donate P14-M U.P. coronavirus test kits to 4 labs

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The beneficiary testing centers include San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, the Lung Center of the Philippines and the V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City, and the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory

BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with Manila HealthTek Inc's Dr. Raul Destura, who lead the team of UP scientists that developed their own test kits, on April 24, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Coronavirus pushes more banks to tighten credit standards in Q1 2020

Apr 24, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Majority of banks say they have maintained credit standards, but more have started reporting tighter rules as the coronavirus pandemic raises economic risks

[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

PH gov’t now requires public disclosure of coronavirus patients’ identities

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says that this will strengthen the country’s contact tracing efforts

CONTACT TRACING. Shoppers buying necessities at a grocery store in Manila on March 12, 2020, before the lockdown in Luzon was declared. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] An open letter to the PAO on Persons Deprived of Liberty

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Marami na rin po sa loob ang nagkakaroon ng mga sintomas, pero wala pong nagiging aksyon para sa kanila. Sana naman po 'wag silang kalimutan ng gobyerno.'

'Not time to keep score': Robredo focuses on frontliners, not politics

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

In a nation overwhelmed by a pandemic, Vice President Leni Robredo shows how government can effectively work with private citizens to fight COVID-19

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment sets that will be delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

PCSO allots P18 million financial aid for Bicol government hospitals

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The financial aid also covers the cost of laboratory, diagnostic procedures, and confinement of COVID- 19 patients, says Nelly Loyola, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Albay manager

Office of Civil Defense denies being choke point for donations

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The agency’s job is to keep an inventory of all donations to the national government and redistribute them if necessary, but direct donations to other agencies are allowed

RICARDO JALAD. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, at a Senate hearing on January 29, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Medical City, private hospitals 'raided' for PPE donations

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:41 PM

The Medical City, Pasig City police, and the Office of Civil Defense deny the claim

LOOK: Robredo's office opens free dormitory for health workers in Cubao

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Medical professionals who wish to avail of this free service can send an email to or text 09985917408

FREE DORM. One room in the Office of the Vice President's free dormitory for health workers has 3 beds available for health workers. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

PCSO turning over P420 million to PhilHealth for coronavirus response

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says funds will be used for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's coronavirus packages

RESPONSE. To protect themselves from COVID-19, nurses from UP Health Service in Diliman, Quezon City, put sheets of plastic as a divider with patients coming in and out of the hospital. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Crime down in Metro Manila, Central Luzon in first days of lockdown

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The two regions' police offices report lower crime volumes compared to the same days in March 2019

'GHOST TOWN.' The corner of EDSA and Kamuning on March 17, 2020 on the 3rd day of the Metro Manila lockdown. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo's office donates extraction kits worth P5.3M for coronavirus tests

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The office of Vice President Leni Robredo says an extraction kit is an essential part of the full coronavirus test kit. Its procurement from a local supplier was requested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s primary testing center.

ASSISTANCE FROM ROBREDO. Staff from the Office of the Vice President deliver coronavirus extraction kits to the RITM on March 20, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

LISTAHAN: Mga ruta ng libreng sakay ni Robredo para sa mga health workers

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Narito ang 6 na ruta ng libreng sakay para sa mga health workers habang suspendido ang operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan dahil sa coronavirus outbreak

ROUTES. As mass transportation is suspended, Vice President Leni Robredo's office is offering free shuttle services to health workers starting March 18, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: Routes for Robredo's free shuttle service for health workers

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the 7 routes of the free shuttle service offered by the Office of the Vice President for health workers

ROUTES. As mass transportation is suspended, Vice President Leni Robredo's office is offering free shuttle services to health workers starting March 18, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Journalists call on PCOO to rescind lockdown accreditation requirement

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:08 PM

A PCOO ID for media practitioners is unnecessary during the Luzon lockdown because a valid press ID should be enough, say the UP Department of Journalism, PPI, PCP, and the CCJD

Hit by virus fears, North America box office near 20-year low

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Pixar/Disney's animated film 'Onward' remains number one, but saw estimated ticket sales for the Friday-to-Sunday period down from last week's $39 million to just $10.5 million

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: A pedestrian walks under the marquee at Balboa Theater that notes the theater is closed until further notice due to a statewide ordinance banning gatherings of more than 250 people on March 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Many movie theaters and other public venues have closed their doors as people around the country are staying away from from large gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP