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Enrile's 'ambush': Real or not?

Sep 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Juan Ponce Enrile himself had admitted that his 'ambush' in 1972 was 'staged' to justify the declaration of Martial Law. Yet he later retracted that claim.

JPE. Juan Ponce Enrile talks to Ferdinand Marcos Jr in a two-part video entitled 'JPE: A Witness to History'.

Enrile claims opposition to 'military junta' drove him to leave Ferdinand Marcos

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile also tells Bongbong Marcos that he didn't know the dictator was sick, even though he served the Marcos regime for 20 years

'WITNESS TO HISTORY'. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos interviews Juan Ponce Enrile, former defense minister of his father. Screenshot from Bongbong's YouTube account

Protecting human rights groups vs threats

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society

Itogon tragedy: Disaster response gone wrong

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) In the days leading up to Typhoon Ompong, what could have been done to prevent the tragedy in Itogon, Benguet?

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FALSE: Filipinos ‘free to roam, can watch news’ during Martial Law

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Copy-pasted comments on Facebook amplify the false claim made by Martial Law administrator Juan Ponce Enrile in his interview with Ferdinand Marcos Jr

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte handled Trillanes fiasco from Israel, Jordan

Sep 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Who was the most surprised at President Duterte's order revoking Senator Trillanes' amnesty? His own Cabinet.

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

3,000 pairs: The mixed legacy of Imelda Marcos' shoes

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:45 PM

From Marlet Shoes to Christian Dior – this is the good and the bad of the shoe collection Imelda Marcos left behind

Shoe collection of former First Lady Imelda Marcos on display at the Shoe Museum in Marikina City, September 18, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How Imee Marcos got away from paying $4M in damages for Trajano death

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Because the Supreme Court said the lower court sheriff was not diligent enough in serving the summons personally on Imee, the Honolulu court's ruling on the 'wrongful death' of student Archimedes Trajano was unenforceable here

SPARED BY TECHNICALITY. The Supreme Court in 2006 voided a lower court proceedings that sought to compel Imee Marcos pay $4 million in damages for the "wrongful death" of student Archimedes Trajano. Photo of Imee Marcos by Darren Langit, and Supreme Court facade by LeAnne Jazul

LIST: False claims of Juan Ponce Enrile on Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Former Marcos defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile, the architect and implementor of Martial Law, also wrongly claims that there were no massacres during that time

MARTIAL LAW. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos interviews ex-defense minister and Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. Screenshots from Bongbong's YouTube account

FALSE: 'Only one executed,' 'none arrested' under Marcos' Martial Law – Enrile

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Many individuals have come forward to share their stories of being arrested and tortured under the Marcos regime

Crackdown on missionaries fuels dictatorship fears

Sep 21, 2018 - 12:16 PM

By cracking down on foreign missionaries like Sister Patricia Fox, is President Rodrigo Duterte doing a Ferdinand Marcos?

DEPORTATION CASE. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox holds a press conference on July 20, 2018, about the deportation order by the Bureau of Immigration against her. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

FALSE: 'No massacres' during Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) There were at least two massacres reported during that period. Both happened in Mindanao, and both were committed against Muslim communities.

Screenshot of video of the 1st part of 'JPE: A Witness to History' where former defense secretary Juan Ponce Enrile tells Ferdinand Marcos Jr that there were 'no massacres' during Martial Law.

Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

Koko Pimentel's wedding ninongs: Duterte, Bong Go, Sotto, Pacquiao

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will marry fiancée Anna Kathryna Yu on October 18, 2018, at the Coconut Palace

U.S. embassy officer visits Trillanes in Senate office

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, however, refuses to confirm or deny the visit

Sen. Trillanes with Tindig Pilipinas convenors. A prayer was offered by former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. Also present is entertainer Leah Navarro. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What to know about Itogon, Benguet

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Itogon, a mining town in Benguet, suffers a massive landslide in the wake of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Myanmar's truth defenders: Who are journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo?

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Aside from their investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown in Rakhine, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have extensively covered other human rights issues in the country before

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

How are the Jonas Burgos and Palparan cases different?

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Witnesses showed up in court against Jovito Palparan, while witnesses for Jonas Burgos disappeared during trial. Will they resurface after the conviction of the major general?

NO CONVICTION. The army major charged for the disappearance of Jonas Burgos 11 years ago was acquitted in 2017 because the witnesses did not show up during trial.

Palparan: ‘We’ve got to hate the movement’

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In a 2006 interview with Newsbreak, then Army major general Jovito Palparan talks about the war with communists

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palparan's guilty verdict: Who is Malolos Judge Alexander Tamayo?

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:20 PM

During his first year presiding over Branch 15, Tamayo found Armando Padilla guilty of raping his 11-year-old daughter, sentencing him to death. The case was appealed and the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Posters of kidnapped UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Effects of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Sep 15, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council and MMDA enforced new traffic policies regulating provincial buses and driver-only cars in EDSA. Are these working?

TIMELINE: Trillanes, from mutiny to amnesty

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV came into the spotlight as a military officer going against the Arroyo administration. His battle continues today as President Duterte issues a proclamation revoking his amnesty.

Left photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP, right photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

COMPARISON: Typhoon Ompong and previous Philippine typhoons

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:47 PM

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Ompong may potentially become a super typhoon. Here's how it compares to previous destructive typhoons that hit the country.

On eve of Ompong landfall, Cagayan officials tour Palace upon Bong Go invite

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) Go clarifies on Saturday, September 15, that he invited them two weeks ago, way before Typhoon Ompong, and they proceeded with the trip despite his advice against it

Cagayan mayors in Palace. Sourced Photo

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

MISLEADING: Photo of 'Typhoon Ompong relief operations'

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) While the DSWD is indeed preparing relief goods ahead of Typhoon Ompong's landfall, the photo used by Mga Balitang Pinas Facebook page is from 2015

Perfect storms: hurricanes and typhoons

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Here are some facts about monster storms and what to expect as climate change supercharges our weather

Trillanes changes mind, won't leave Senate just yet

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says it is 'more prudent' to just stay in his Senate office, his sanctuary for over a week now

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV tells the senate media that he is not leaving the senate due to the threat of the AFP that he will be arrested once he leaves the senate premises. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Will Typhoon Ompong be the same as Super Typhoon Lawin?

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Like Lawin, Ompong is set to hit Northern Luzon and might intensify into a super typhoon. Here's how they might be similar.

Photo by Aj Ponce

Dela Rosa's advice to Trillanes? Go home

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'Wala naman talagang order na hulihin siya. Wala pang warrant,' says former Philippine National Police chief and now Bureau of Corrections head Ronald dela Rosa

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as new member of PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aquino, 5 other presidents delegated amnesty review to committees

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:23 PM

AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV go through similar processes, as former president Ramos also created a committee in 1994 to decide on amnesty applications

AMNESTY PROCLAMATIONS. Six presidents have signed proclamations creating a committee to evaluate and decide on amnesty applications.

Is the Philippines ready to address mental health?

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

With an increase in mental illnesses and suicide cases among the youth, experts say everyone has a crucial role to play in fostering mental wellness

Misleading: Duterte ‘did not sign order’ to arrest critics

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The President makes the claim in an interview with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

LIST: False claims of Duterte, Panelo about legal issues on Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

LEGAL CLAIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo make false claims about the issue of the Trillanes amnesty during their tête-à -tête on September 11, 2018. Screenshot from PTV4

A cry for help: Mental illness, suicide cases rising among youth

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rappler speaks to psychiatrists, psychologists, and life coaches who say mental health illnesses and suicide cases among the youth have drastically increased

FALSE: Duterte says Gazmin 'didn't have authority to give Trillanes amnesty'

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Aquino granted the amnesty through Proclamation Number 75. The defense department was only assigned to process applications.

EXPLAINER: What the Supreme Court TRO denial means for Trillanes

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts

Roque signed statement urging amnesty for Trillanes, other mutineers in 2010

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The statement urges then-president Benigno Aquino III to grant amnesty to the soldiers as they already 'suffered the consequences of their actions' and 'paid their dues'

Rappler Talk: Economist Emmanuel de Dios on soaring inflation under Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:54 PM

On Tuesday, September 11, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Emmanuel de Dios to discuss economic issues and help make sense of the situation that Filipinos now find themselves in

LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau Director Edith Cardenas says 'this is not the first' time a foreign flag was raised at the House of Representatives

CHINA AT THE HOUSE. Chinese flags are seen flapping in the wind at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Malacañang power vacuum looms as 2019 candidacy filing nears

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:33 PM

At least 3 Palace officials, including presidential aide Bong Go, are reportedly running for senator in 2019. If they file COCs early October, they'll be resigning from their posts.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte acknowledges the presence of Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President as he delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Robin Padilla-Sonny Trillanes standoff: Contrasts, parallels

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) The verbal scuffle between Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Robin Padilla reminds us of their history as prisoners

Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases

'Political, personal repercussions' may await gov't officials linked to drug war

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:15 PM

These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza

Sonam Wangchuk challenges India’s ‘ritual’ education with common sense

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Sonam Wangchuk says the goal of education should be this: answer real needs of the world today

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

TIMELINE: Gov't gaps, retractions in voiding Trillanes amnesty

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

We trace the events and statements surrounding Proclamation No. 572, which has gripped the nation for the past week

Not just a joke: The social cost of Duterte's rape remarks

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:05 PM

What are the real consequences when a president makes light of rape? A gender studies expert explains.