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Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque

Jul 14, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says current data does not indicate quarantine restrictions can be relaxed further in the coming weeks

CASES RISE. Personnel from the North Avenue MRT 3 Station in Quezon City check passengers on July 6, 2020, after 186 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SBMA extends grace period for rents, business fees

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc, meanwhile, thinks the government could better help businesses by not imposing rent during the lockdown period

China rejects Philippines' call to comply with Hague ruling

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:04 PM

China says its 'territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea will under no circumstances be affected' by the historic award

SEA DISPUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang file photo

AFP renames key positions, military chief gets additional designation

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:30 PM

With these changes, the defense department wants 'to instill the culture of jointness within the AFP and strictly implement the ‘force provider-force employer’ concept between the major services and the unified commands'

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Special Force. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Cavite town reimposes liquor ban to prevent coronavirus spread

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

(UPDATED) The liquor ban in Carmona starts on Monday, July 13, as it reports more COVID-19 cases

WELCOME arch of Carmona, Cavite, at its boundary with Biñan City, Laguna. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to 'radically’ change PH contact tracing system

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong plans to bring his tested contact tracing strategy nationwide as he trains more tracers in interviewing and using a new digital 'contract tracing e-system'

INVESTIGATOR. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong is the Philippines' new tracing czar. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The barriers required by the national government’s lockdown implementers raise serious concerns for their safety and effectiveness in containing the coronavirus

What you need to know about people's initiative

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health notes the rise in cases is 'gradual,' and that the country's health system is able to cope with the increasing number of cases

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Tropical Depression Carina heads for Luzon Strait, landfall still possible

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Tropical Depression Carina is 165 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, as of Monday afternoon, July 13

St Luke’s, Makati Med declare full capacity of COVID-19 beds

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has reached the 'danger zone' – meaning, it's nearing full capacity of its designated beds for COVID-19 patients

FULL CAPACITY. St Luke's Medical Center says its COVID-19 beds are now full. Photo from St Luke's Medical Center Facebook page

8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks 'subjective' definition of terroristic dissent

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective

8TH PETITION. Progressive group Sanlakas files the 8th petition vs the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court on July 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sanlakas

Top PBA stars from each UAAP school

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:26 PM

Each UAAP school has contributed its share of players who established themselves as PBA all-time greats

BIG J. It would be foolhardy not to bestow the honor of the top PBA player from UE to Robert Jaworski. Photo from 1995 PBA Annual


Malacañang names 3 more 'anti-COVID czars'

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar is 'isolation czar,' Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong is 'tracing czar,' and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega is 'treatment czar'

CASES FOUND. Commuters board augmentation buses along EDSA-Taft on July 7, 2020, avoiding the MRT as its personnel undergo testing. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Health continues to urge the public to follow health standards, like mask wearing and physical distancing to prevent deaths from returning to the high numbers seen in March

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Market goers seen at the Pritil Public Market on May 2, 2020, a day before the implementation of the 48 hours Hard Lockdown at District 1 Tondo, Manila. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Alliance of Concerned Teachers hits DepEd as 7 million students still unenrolled

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:05 PM

'One child left behind is one too many, and the government is duty-bound to ensure each and every Filipino’s exercise of all of their constitutionally guaranteed rights,' says the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. Public school students attend flag ceremony during the opening of classes in 2017. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

GMA shares jump 10% as ABS-CBN denied of franchise

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:25 PM

GMA Network gains almost P2.1 billion in market capitalization. Meanwhile, the Philippine Stock Exchange suspends trading of ABS-CBN shares.


Supreme Court hands off in DOJ's stricter drug plea bargain rules

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa says the Supreme Court's efforts to declog court dockets of small-time drug cases will be put to waste

[ANALYSIS] How ABS-CBN’s exit will hurt the PH economy

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:17 PM

It will seem our laws and regulations can be easily weaponized against certain business interests, at the President’s whim

Beware of that two-faced clause in the anti-terror law

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The ‘flawed’ new Anti-Terrorism Law should delete a clause to clearly exclude protest and dissent from punishable acts, says a top terrorism analyst

PROTESTER. A masked rallyist protests the anti-terrorism bill at the University of the Philippines Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOH clarifies home quarantine allowed, but stresses rules should be followed

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:20 PM

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says while the government is not discouraging home quarantine, patients should transfer to temporary monitoring facilities if they cannot properly isolate themselves at home

TEMPORARY QUARANTINE CENTER. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and DPWH Regional Director Ador Canlas inspect the first mobile quarantine facility at CCP Complex. Photo by DPWH

Tropical Depression Carina triggers rain in parts of Luzon

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Cagayan Valley, the Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, parts of Mimaropa, and Camarines Norte have varying degrees of rainfall on Monday, July 13

Philippine coronavirus cases breach 56,000

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:35 AM

The Department of Health gives the updated figures for Sunday on Monday morning, July 13, after health officials failed to deliver an update on Sunday itself – a first since the outbreak started

COVID ZONE. Health workers are clad in personal protective equipment during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

ADVISORIES: Coronavirus Pandemic Response | July 13-19, 2020

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Bookmark this page for July 13-19 advisories on services, schedules, and other activities as local governments, businesses, institutions, and organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis

LPA off Cagayan now Tropical Depression Carina

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Tropical Depression Carina is the Philippines' 3rd tropical cyclone for 2020

DOH misses daily COVID-19 update due to ‘significant volume of data’

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:57 AM

The DOH says it is 'seeing an increase in the number of reported cases, recoveries, and deaths in the country' based on its initial findings on the numbers for Sunday, July 12

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

50 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,854

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs reports 17 new deaths on Sunday, July 12, raising the death toll to 611

PANDEMIC. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

9 in 10 Filipinos value independent journalism – Reuters Institute survey

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

63% believe it is the duty of journalists to call out lying and misleading politicians

The dream and life a boy left behind

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Help finds its way to the family of Ricky Benig, 19, whose death spotlighted how students at the fringes of society struggle with the requirements of distance learning

General caption:Romeo Benig, 62, and Maria, 60, of Barangay Fidel Surtida, Sto Domingo town in Albay, work hard but their meager earnings could not get their children internet access and gadgets for their online classes. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Antonio joins Barcenilla, Paragua, Laylo in 1st FIDE Online Olympiad

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Grandmaster Joey Antonio nails the last spot in the Philippine chess team

COMEBACK. Veteran Joey Antonio rallies from 5th place in the qualifiers. Photo from Antonio’s Facebook

PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week

Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

4 years later, Philippines says Hague ruling 'non-negotiable'

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr marks the 4th year since the Philippines won its historic case against China by reaffirming Manila's 'adherence to the award and its enforcement without any possibility of compromise or change'

HISTORIC AWARD. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs in June 2020.  File photo courtesy of DFA

[OPINION] Surviving and fighting the anti-terror law

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

'From targeting a universe of a few dozens or at most a few hundred terrorists, the law can be used against thousands, even tens of thousands of activists, critics, and dissidents'

Pisay scholars make free storybook to teach children about COVID-19

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

A group of graduating scholars from Philippine Science High School– Western Visayas campus makes 'Kids Against COVID-19' to help children understand the pandemic

FOR THE YOUTH. 'Kids against COVID-19' is both a storybook and a coloring book for children aged three to seven years old. Cover photo from Publiscience website, reader photo courtesy of Jean Suobiron-Larroder

Bacoor city gov't extends Zapote 1 lockdown to July 24

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:02 PM

COVID-19 cases in the barangay continue to increase, prompting Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla to extend the localized lockdown

Members of Bacoor PNP and Philipine Army officers manning the localized lockdown that extend until July 24, 2020 due to rising cases of COVID 19 in the village

[OPINION] Shutting the revolving door: Let the chiefs serve their tenure

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'Appointing the service chiefs with a fixed three-year term is direly needed to ensure that their programs and policies could be implemented, as well as recalibrated should the need arise...'

LIST: Where to get drive-through coronavirus tests in the PH

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Rappler lists where you can get drive-through novel coronavirus tests

QUICK TESTS. A drive-thru testing facility in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Photo from Taguig City local government

Paragua, Barcenilla pace Chess Olympiad qualifier

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:50 PM

US-based Grandmasters Mark Paragua and Banjo Barcenilla inch closer to securing Philippine team slots

Ogie Alcasid tests negative for coronavirus after initial results showed he was positive

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The actor says he was asymptomatic the whole time

OGIE ALCASID. The singer says he tested negative for coronavirus after two earlier rapid tests showed he was positive. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Forget about people’s initiative for ABS-CBN

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:57 PM

It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.

MRT3 on limited operations starting July 13

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:44 PM

MRT3 will deploy 12 train sets throughout the day

LIMITED OPERATIONS. Workers sanitize and disinfect the seats and handrails before letting commuters in the coaches at the MRT3 Taft Station in Pasay City following the resumption of operation of the train systems in Metro Manila under the general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Youth groups continue protest as anti-terrorism law nears implementation

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:05 PM

They warn that with human rights violations already rampant even before the measure’s signing into law, the anti-terrorism law's implementation will result in more abuses

PROTEST. Sectoral groups unite at the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City to continue its protest against government's response to a health crisis calling out its 'misplaced priorities' for pushing the anti-terror law and rejecting ABS-CBN's franchise as the country grapples with the pandemic. Photo by PUP's The Catalyst

PH tallies 9 straight days of over 1K daily virus infections, total rises to 54,222

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The Philippines also records 807 new recoveries, the most in a single day

CORONAVIRUS. A dispatcher checks on the temperature while a the driver collects fare of passengers boarding a UV Express, at a Terminal in North Edsa Quezon City on June 29, 2020, in compliance with the COVID-19 health protocol. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1 new confirmed coronavirus case among Filipinos abroad; total at 8,804

Jul 11, 2020 - 5:33 PM

No new deaths are recorded among overseas Filipinos with COVID-19

People wearing facemasks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

All activities of PNPA Class of 2024 suspended following 2 deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Cadet Fourth Class Jiary Jasen Papa dies due to low potassium intake days after a fellow cadet died of heatstroke

PNPA. A file photo of the Philippine National Police Academy Homecoming on March 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Coast Guard sues Ayala's AC Energy over Iloilo oil spill

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the oil spill contaminated coastal areas of 23 communities, and displaced 400 people

Malacañang: ABS-CBN franchise rejection is 'decision of Filipino people'

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:06 PM

President Spokesman Harry Roque again claims the controversial decision has 'no chilling effect,' supposedly because ABS-CBN is mostly engaged in producing entertainment content

Antonio's Tagaytay, Balay Dako can deliver to Metro Manila

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Ready-to-cook Filipino dishes, meats, and pasalubong items from the two Tagaytay dining spots are available for delivery daily