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Rappler Talk: Gary Alejano on holding the Duterte administration accountable

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:06 PM

On Thursday, February 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano about the importance of maintaining check and balance in government

WATCH: The International Criminal Court process

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The International Criminal Court aims to help end impunity by perpetrators of the most serious offenses such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression

Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk

IBP exploring possibility of filing for writ of kalikasan to protect PH marine territories

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'We saw that instead of moving the ball forward to a goal, the Philippine government somehow froze the ball and now the ball is now being brought towards the opposite direction,' Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says

Impeachment should be 'last resort' – IBP national president

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'It is an extreme measure and should be based only on the gravest sin that would amount to flagrant violations of the Constitution,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajaro

Rappler Talk: IBP national president Abdiel Fajardo on the rule of law

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:17 PM

On Thursday, February 15, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo on the role of lawyers as the rule of law is challenged in the country

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

Newsbreak Yearender | 2017: The year of declines

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The year 2017 has been a period of decline in many ways – we saw the decline of peace, human rights and respect for human life, check and balance, democracy, independence and sovereignty

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

This is where they do not die

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

The war, as we have discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Far from home, Filipino workers share stories of delayed wages, maltreatment, and challenges they face under the kafala system in Qatar. Yet they persist – seeking opportunities for a better future and a better life.

WATCH: Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Qatar's population is made up mostly of migrant workers

AWAY. Workers sacrifice being away from their families to provide for them. Graphics by Emil Mercado

WATCH: How OFWs can avoid illegal recruitment

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Despite laws protecting migrant workers, OFWs continue to fall victim to illegal recruitment schemes

JOB HUNT. Workers inside the POEA wait to process applications to work abroad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Imprisoned: Raising my baby behind bars

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 PM

In much of the Gulf countries like Qatar, pregnancy out of wedlock is a crime punishable by imprisonment

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Before victory, Marawi military commander explains tactics vs terrorists

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Lt Colonel Mon Almodovar, commander of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, walks Rappler through a former Maute stronghold turned Tactical Command Post of the military, and discusses the various tactics deployed by both sides

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

WATCH: A look inside Qatar's labor camps

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Majority of Qatar's migrant labor force live inside camps set up far away from the city center

Anger, helplessness drive kin of drug war victims to name 'killer' cop

Apr 29, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Manila Police District says the families need to appear before police to execute an affidavit if they want the killings to be investigated

ANIMATION: How do we observe Holy Week?

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:47 AM

Ever wondered why the dates for Holy Week change? Check out this video

Killings in war on drugs 'extension' of DDS system – Sabio

Mar 25, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio says testimonies of self proclaimed Davao Death Squad members and pronouncements on killing drug personalities will help build a strong case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC

Rappler Talk Investigative: Matobato lawyer Jude Sabio on Duterte and the ICC

Mar 23, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Lawyer Jude Sabio is expected to fly to the Netherlands soon to hold President Duterte accountable before the International Criminal Court over alleged extrajudicial killings

Rappler Talk Investigative: Arturo Lascañas, Duterte loyalist no more

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:51 AM

Lascañas talks about his team of hitmen addresses policemen who will be involved in the revived TokHang operations and has a message for President Rodrigo Duterte as well

WATCH: The P2P bus ride experience

Feb 18, 2017 - 1:30 PM

With entertainment systems a restroom and comfortable seats the premium amenities in the point to point buses draw in passengers looking for a hassle free commute

PREMIUM BUS. Froehlich Tours operates the Trinoma to Glorietta 5 route, a journey of about 14 kilometers. Photo by Alanis Banzon/Rappler

Margie Moran: You can use beauty to influence for the good

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Margie Moran says beauty pageants are also a distraction from the hardships of life

Newsbreak Rappler Talk: Margie Moran

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran talks about how a beauty queen s influence could extend beyond her reign

PH needs strong institutions to overcome 'trust deficit'

Jan 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says people need to trust in their leaders and institutions for reforms to take root

INSTITUTING REFORMS. Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says people need to trust in their leaders and institutions for reforms to take root. Rappler photo

PH not making 'full pivot' to China – envoy

Jan 13, 2017 - 7:51 PM

It s really seeking a place a balanced relationship between the US and China and Russia Ambassador designate to China Chito Santa Romana tells Rappler

SEEKING BALANCE. Philippine Ambassador-designate to China Chito Santa Romana says in a Facebook Live interview on January 10, 2017, that the Philippines aims to forge 'good relations with all major powers.' Screen grab from Newsbreak's Facebook page

Newsbreak Voices: Church of the Resistance

Dec 30, 2016 - 4:00 PM

At the Redemptorist Church of Baclaran photographs of the human toll of the war on drugs greet churchgoers in the week before Christmas

Newsbreak Voices: Growing up in Aleppo

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Many know Aleppo as the war torn Syrian city but communications manager Migel Estoque remembers it as the city of her childhood filled with cultural wonder and historical heritage

Newsbreak Voices: Life was hard, love was easy

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Life was hard says Magdalena but love was easy Julian was her first love and he will be her last

Duterte's war on drugs: The first 6 months

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The anti illegal drugs campaign of the new administration has led to an unprecedented number of killings in the Philippines Here s what the last 6 months look like

LISTEN: Newsbreak Voices: Murder as Meme

Dec 09, 2016 - 4:00 PM

In recent weeks the cardboard messages found beside victims of the war on drugs have begun to incorporate jokes memes and the occasional scribbled drawing

Newsbreak Voices: Let Them Sleep

Dec 02, 2016 - 4:00 PM

More than two weeks since Jerico Camitan 21 and Angel Fernandez 17 were executed one night in late October in Quezon City the two are finally laid to rest

After Marcos burial, what now? 'Keep talking, keep issue alive'

Nov 26, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Ateneo assistant professor Lisandro Claudio urges students to keep talking to other people about the Marcos years and the Martial Law regime This issue is live not in the past he says

ANTI-MARCOS RALLY. Protesters gather at the People Power Monument on November 23, 2016 for the Shadows of Martial Law: Nights and Culture. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte's nod to Marcos burial 'painful for Mindanaoans'

Nov 26, 2016 - 12:00 PM

It might be painful for the first Mindanaoan president to bury the man who caused so much harm and destruction for their region says Ateneo assistant professor Lisandro Claudio

DIVISIVE ISSUE. Ateneo assistant professor Lisandro Claudio says the divisive Marcos burial case is painful for Mindanaoans, because many martial law atrocities were committed in Mindanao. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Newsbreak Voices: Jerico's Angel (Part 3)

Nov 25, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Jerico s family maintains he s not involved in illegal drugs but the investigator says there s a 60 chance illegal drugs were involved and a 40 chance a love triangle had been the cause

Next 3 years 'critical test' for Judicial and Bar Council

Nov 19, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Marlon Manuel of the Hustisya Natin project says the processing of 10 appointments to the SC in the next few years will test the independence of the JBC members

Newsbreak Voices: Jerico's Angel (Part 2)

Nov 18, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The boys of Riverside tell stories about Jerico Camitan and his ex girlfriend Angel They tell a story of the night the two were gunned down by unidentified men

Newsbreak Voices: Jerico's Angel (Part 1)

Nov 11, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Jerico Camitan killed by unidentified men branded him a drug dealer His friends insist he was clean – drugs they say have become an excuse for murder

SC verdict on Marcos burial: 'Not a surprise'

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug points out that 3 of the justices who voted against the Marcos burial have consistently dissented in some SC cases restoring old political figures

ORALS. The Supreme Court holds oral arguments on the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 31, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Newsbreak Voices: A Halloween Massacre

Nov 04, 2016 - 4:07 PM

On the eve of Halloween 5 people were killed by unidentified men in Addition Hills Mandaluyong City Neighbors say those killed had tried to surrender

Choice of one country over another 'unnecessary' – expert

Oct 29, 2016 - 11:30 AM

UP Professor Aileen Baviera says As a developing country we have to make sure that we have more options that we remain in flexible positions so that we can serve what is in the best interest of the country

LISTEN: Naalala n'yo pa ba si Lauren Rosales? Patay na rin ang kapatid niyang si JR

Oct 28, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Tatlong buwan matapos mapatay si Lauren Rosales sa loob ng isang jeep sa Makati pinagbabaril din ng isang di pa nakikilalang lalaki ang kanyang nakatatandang kapatid na si JR

Diokno to Duterte: Why the continued state of nat'l emergency?

Oct 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Jose Manuel Diokno dean of the De La Salle University College of Law also says the involvement of the military in the war on drugs is questionable with or without a state of national emergency

Newsbreak Voices: Bakit ito ang nakikita mo sa iyong Facebook news feed?

Oct 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Tingnan natin ang 4 na pangunahing dahilan kung bakit may mga post at istorya na palaging lumalabas sa Facebook news feed mo

Best approach to China? Assert and execute Hague ruling

Oct 15, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Former Permanent Representative to the UN Lauro Baja Jr says the Duterte administration should implement the historic ruling over the West Philippine Sea or risk losing the respect of the international community

LISTEN: Newsbreak Voices: Bakit dapat magpaka-diplomat si Duterte

Oct 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Trabaho ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na magpaka diplomat ayon mismo sa batas ng Pilipinas

Newsbreak Reads: Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet

Oct 07, 2016 - 3:56 PM

In Philippine cyberspace paid trolls sow disinformation fear and hatred Rappler takes a look at the black propaganda taking over social media