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'Oust Mocha' Uson petition circulates online again

Sep 25, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The petition, started by Kremlin Pandaan, now has over 36,000 signatures as of Monday, September 25

WATCH: What are millennials fighting for?

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Millennials share why they joined the protest on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

YOUTH POWER. In an evident show of force, millennials troop to Luneta Park on Thursday, September 21, to join the multi-sectoral protest marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Rappler

Atio Castillo was living 'second life,' says firefighter who rescued him in 2005

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:28 PM

According to firefighter Lords Hernandez, the death of Horacio Castillo III or 'Atio' is very saddening considering that it was the young man's second life

SECOND LIFE. Horacio Castillo III or Atio was rescued in a fire on December 7, 2005. Photo courtesy of Lords Hernandez

Xavier Ateneo community remembers victims of martial law

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Some members of the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan community unite in solidarity on the National Day of Protest, for a prayer vigil within the campus

REMEMBERING. The Xavier Ateneo community in Cagayan De Oro lit candles in a prayer vigil to remember some of the martial law heroes. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo

Turning the Pinoy almusal into halal

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Ronnie Mampen, the president of Dinaig Proper Fisherfolk Producer’s Cooperation, began producing non-pork tocino out of their coop’s raw products

HALAL BREAKFAST. The usual Filipino breakfast is being turned into halal food. Photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler
HALAL BREAKFAST. Ronnie Mampen is turning the typical Filipino breakfast into halal food. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Thousands flock UPLB for 'promised cash' from Marcos wealth

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mabuhay si Apo!' thousands chant at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, as organizers promise them 'blessings'

LATE STRONGMAN. Booklets detailing the achievements of former President Ferdinand Marcos were given during an event in UP Los Banos. Photo by Jan Jacob Jansalin/Rappler

WATCH: Songs of protest to remember horrors of Martial Law

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:50 PM

On Thursday, September 21, Filipinos stand up for their rights in various ways – including through art and music

BELL TOWER. UP Carillon plays 'Bayan Ko' and 'UP Naming Mahal' on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law. Screenshot from the UP Diliman USC post

Filipino minorities showcase culture in 'Hugpungan'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Hugpungan coordinator Rey Paulin says that to understand the plight of the Moros and the indigenous people, 'we must understand each and every culture'

UNITY The Moros of Mindanao perform a theater production that demonstrates the plight of the Bangsamoro for self-determination and the cry for just and lasting peace in southern Philippines. All photos by Mark Saludes

VIRAL: UP student studying biology while in rally

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:18 AM

'We uphold honor and excellence in both our academics and our love for our nation,' says Dani Ting, the 3rd year UP psychology student in the viral photo

WATCH: #MoveSessions featuring KontraGaPi

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:08 PM

#MoveSessions is an online live jam that showcases the talent of up-and-coming artists from communities and schools. Bookmark this page to watch the live jam at 7pm, Sunday, September 24

NDRRMC reschedules postponed earthquake drill to September 27

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:56 PM

NDRRMC initially schedules the earthquake drill on September 21. The drills are postponed after President Duterte declared it as a National Day of Protest.

COVER. Soldiers cover their heads during the Nationwide Earthquake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Motorist in critical condition after crash in Ortigas

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The motorist incurs brain injuries after falling into an excavation along Ortigas Avenue extension

VIRAL: New modus to stop motorists on the road

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:19 PM

A man pretends to be hit by a car by smearing red coloring on himself and the hood of the car

Nuns and priests to Duterte: 'Magpo-protesta kami hangga't kailangan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'Kailangan nating iparating sa pamamagitan ng pagdalo at pakikisama rito para marinig, at sana marinig nga, na maitama ang dapat na maitama dahil binigay natin sa kanya ang boto ng bayan,' says Colegio de San Juan de Letran rector Fr Clarence Marquez

STOP THE KILLINGS. Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross braved the rain in Luneta to protest against extrajudicial killings. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Martial Law anniversary protests: Millennials own the fight

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Young people show up at protest rallies across the country on September 21 to stand up and fight for human rights and freedoms for their generation

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, a day of protest vs return of martial law

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:38 AM

Various groups observe the 45th anniversary of Martial Law around the country

Pro-Duterte rallyists start to gather at Plaza Miranda for the day of protest. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How millennials protested on Sept 21 – from streets to social media

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Hashtags #NeverAgain, #ManlabanTayo, #DayofProtest, and #LunetaRally trend the whole day of September 21

Rody's cube: Duterte's many faces burn on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:35 PM

The effigy depicts the 'different faces' of President Rodrigo Duterte whom the militant protesters now describe as an authoritarian leader in the mold of Marcos

MULTI-FACETED. An effigy showing the face of President Rodrigo Duterte called "Rudy's cube" was being burned at Mendiola on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Some 2,000 members of minority groups join the Mendiola rally on September 21, telling stories of how government troops have attacked their schools and communities

Pro-Duterte, anti-Martial Law groups engage in chant battle on Mendiola

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Former congressman Teddy Casiño says it's 'a big joke' that President Duterte declares September 21 a day of protest: 'He is the subject of the protest'

FEU takes a stand, holds classes on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Though not covered by the President's order to public schools not to hold classes, FEU declares it is holding classes. 'To safeguard our rights and freedoms, today we have to take a stand', FEU President Michael Alba says.

LOOK: Schools put up symbols of indignation on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:05 PM

'We challenge our students to become agents of hope – to never stop listening to stories, so that they will never cease to tell stories. So that the future generations will never forget'

'Prevent martial law from being repeated' – UP Chancellor

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:56 PM

'It is a time of remembering the past, especially martial law. It is a time of reaffirming our commitment to prevent that past from being repeated,' UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says

REMEMBER THE PAST. UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said that September 21 is more than a day of protest but a day to remember the past. File photo/Rappler

Inside the brotherhood: Thoughts on fraternity violence

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

So many young promising men had been put to waste. So many dreams had been shattered. So many families had been broken.

DBM wants cops, soldiers to fund their own retirement

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Taxpayers, like you and me, are the ones paying every year for the retirement fund of the military and police, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

Sept 21 protest organizers to Duterte: Why limit space for rally?

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:52 PM

According to the Movement Against Tyranny, the space assigned by the National Parks Development Committee to the group can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 people. The group expects tens of thousands to join its activity.

LIMITED SPACE? The area assigned to the Movement Against Tyranny protest can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 individuals.

5 dead as trailer truck crushes van in Nasugbu

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The retrieval operation takes 15 hours as rescuers had to use machines to lift the truck, which landed onto the van as they plunged into a ravine

CRASH. A trailer truck rams a van in Nasugbu, Batangas on September 19, 2017. All photos from Richard Gordon (@DickGordonDG) Twitter page

Amid malicious messages, organizers gear up for biggest rally on Sept 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:29 PM

'This will be Duterte's baptism of fire,' says Obet de Castro of the Movement Against Tyranny

What to expect on September 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:53 PM

All activities share the common goals of recalling the 45th anniversary of martial law and condemning dictatorship in all forms

Youth groups condemn death of UST student Horacio Castillo III

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM

'To those responsible for this atrocious killing, now’s the time for you to question this barbaric tradition. Did his death justify your sense of brotherhood?' asks the UST Civil Law Student Council

Ateneo to hold classes on September 21 to mark Martial Law anniversary

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:59 PM

‘As a community, we are not blind to the lessons of our history,’ the university says in a statement

Human rights groups: ‘Martial law in entire nation not impossible’

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Manlaban para sa Karapatan is only one of the groups taking part in mass protests to be staged on Thursday, September 21, for the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law

FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. The organizers of Manlaban para sa karapatan. (L-R) Jean Enriquez (World March of Women), Josua Mata (KALIPUNAN), Rose Trajano (iDEFEND), Shamah Bulangis (Youth Resist), Jozy Acosta-Misperos (CAMB). Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Youth highly optimistic despite global uncertainty – study

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

While lack of access to education, skills, experience, and decent work remain, the opportunity to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to succeed is also present

PATHWAY TO PROGRESS. Aneth Lim, director for public affairs and corporate citizenship at Citi Philippines says the youth remain optimistic despite the changing global political and economic landscape.

The case for 'Oplan Bakal'

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Oplan Bakal helps ensure the safety of the majority of the customers and the club personnel themselves

LIST: Important tips for newbies in rallies

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Attending a rally for the first time? Here are some tips from human rights advocates.

FAST FACTS: Most commonly violated traffic laws in Metro Manila

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Assuming one violation per vehicle, almost half of all the registered vehicles in the National Capital Region figured in a traffic violation in 2016

House panel approves bill requiring car seats for kids

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Under the proposed measure, owners of private vehicles should secure children in a child restraint system while in transit on any road, street, or highway

LIST: Martial Law 45th anniversary activities, protests

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Several activities are lined up all week to recall the signing of Proclamation 1081 on September 21, 1972

Football for Peace continues to live up to its mission on 6th year

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:55 PM

'We want to empower the children to become leaders someday,' says Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, founder of the Football for Peace Movement





FOR PEACE. Around 700 students participated in the 6th Football for Peace Festival in Luuk, Sulu. Photo courtesy of Col. Stephen Cabanlet

DTI-ARMM launches social enterprise in poorest of the poor region

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang says he wants to promote programs that will be sustainable given the current situation in the region

NEW REVOLUTION. DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang said he wants to start a revolution – not an armed revolution – but an economic one. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads as they run for safety during the Natiowide Earthewuake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

#2030NOW: Why road safety – or the lack of it – is a human rights issue

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:45 AM

'In our country, being one of the low-income countries, road crashes are a major concern. It’s a world health issue,' says Superintendent Oliver Sy Tanseco of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group

HUMAN RIGHTS. Superintendent Oliver Tanseco says road safety is a human rights issue, especially in the Philippines.

Netizens ask: Why hold quake drill on martial law anniversary?

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:32 AM

(UPDATED) Political rallies are also expected to be massive, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend government work and classes in Metro Manila

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:26 PM

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LawKo named grand champion of #HackSociety 2017

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The winning idea for this year's #HackSociety is LawKo – a social media chatbot that aims to bridge the gap between the Philippines' legal processes and the ordinary Filipino

WINNER. Alex Austria and Keisha Mayuga talked about their project LawKo to the audience of the Social Good Summit last September 17. Photo from Rappler

#2030Now: How to protect your private information online

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

National Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro stresses the importance of the right of everyone to have their private information secure

#IAmHampasLupa: Promoting farming, mindful eating on social media

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sustainable food production and consumption are crucial in reducing carbon footprint, thereby mitigating climate change

#InspireCourage: Giving hope to the hopeless

Sep 17, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Try to see who is the most hopeless around you, and be that hope to that person,' Father Flavie Villanueva says at the Social Good Summit

HIGHLIGHTS: Social Good Summit 2017

Sep 16, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Check out the highlights from this year's Philippine leg of the Social Good Summit 2017

SGS 2017. This year's Social Good Summit bears the theme 'Innovate with Purpose: Leave No One Behind.' All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Being human and humanitarian

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

In a world that is not equal and is increasingly challenged by conflict, humanitarian workers face death defying missions and the highest levels of risks and threats to fight the battles that people cannot fight on their own

HUMANITARIAN AID. At a tent city in Pantar, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Diana Mendoza