IN PHOTOS: Philippines marks Independence Day 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 6:40 PM

UPDATED From touching scenes in crisis hit Marawi City to protests in Metro Manila here is a look at how Filipinos celebrated the 119th anniversary of the declaration of the country s independence

PANATANG MAKABAYAN. A soldier takes an oath during a flag raising ceremony. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Planned impeachment complaint vs Robredo 'leaves bad taste' – opposition

Mar 20, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez s plan to file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo will be construed as vindictive and unfair

ICC case vs Duterte is PH's 'last recourse' – opposition lawmakers

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The congressmen argue that the ICC may step in if the Philippines is shown to be unwilling or unable to investigate prosecute and try in good faith

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FULL TEXT: 'No crime is worth killing for' – Villarin

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says this is especially true when the task of condemning a fellow Filipino to death will be undertaken within the context of a flawed criminal justice system

VOTED NO. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

House leaders 'doing a Kellyanne Conway' on age of criminal liability

Feb 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Many of the House leadership are doing the Kellyanne Conway approach: non responsive absurd walang data not resorting to hard evidence yan ang status ngayon [ng bill] says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

OPPOSITION. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (2-L) joins other advocates as they replace the image of a child behind bars with an image of a happy child. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Oposisyon sa panahon ni Duterte: 'Huwag lang tayong bibitiw'

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Asahang hindi sa lahat ng panahon ay mamamayagpag ang kasinungalingan ang poot diskriminasyon pagkakahati hati

'Melted?' Liberal Party meets for 71st anniversary

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

UPDATED For the first time since the May 2016 elections members – and allies – of the once ruling Liberal Party meet over dinner to celebrate its 71st anniversary

71ST. The once-ruling Liberal Party meet – albeit informally – for the first time since the May 2016 elections. Photo from the Liberal Party's Facebook page

Anti-Marcos groups prepare for November 25 grand rally

Nov 19, 2016 - 3:13 PM

Carmma is pushing to broaden the front because we think that the issue is shared by many sectors [and] institutions says anti Marcos group spokesperson Bonifacio Ilagan

NOT A HERO. Protesters against former President Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Lorenzana: 'Let's see if we need to revive Philippine Constabulary'

Sep 27, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he has no idea how President Rodrigo Duterte plans to revive the Philippine Constabulary

NO DIRECTIVE YET. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the department has not received formal instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed revival of the Philippine Constabulary. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Hontiveros opposes Duterte's call to abolish party-list groups

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros a former representative of Akbayan says the system should only be reformed and not scrapped

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Abolish us? Party-list representatives: 'We're not all bad'

Aug 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says party lists have helped pass landmark legislation in the past including the Reproductive Health Law the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Law and the Philippine Competition Act

BYE-BYE PARTY LISTS? ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr weigh in on the proposal to abolish the party-list system. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Groups urge youth to make change come in SK

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:03 AM

The upcoming Sanngguniang Kabataan elections is the first one after the RA 10742 or the SK Reform Law was signed on January 15 2016

CHANGE. Groups urge the Filipino youth to register for the Sangguniang Kabataan

Leftist groups lament SC ruling on Arroyo's plunder case

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:42 PM

Some groups blame former President Benigno Aquino III for paving the way for Arroyo s acquittal

ACQUITTED. In this file photo, former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (C) peers from a police van after her arraignment over the electoral sabotage complaint at the Pasay City court, south of Manila, Philippines, 23 February 2012. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

NAPC officials to Maza: 'Consider facts' before judging agency's performance

Jul 09, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Five NAPC officials urge the new lead convenor of the anti poverty body to defend the integrity of the agency amid attacks by her colleagues in the Left

Who is Rodrigo Duterte?

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:25 PM

In Siquijor we say unsaon pod lamang accept what we cannot reverse make the best of it If you can cut through Digong’s populist bluster you will find a number of actually not policies more like policy thrusts

INCOMING PRESIDENT. Rodrigo Duterte in 'Malacañang of the South', DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PH labor mismatch due to lack of jobs road map – advocates

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:25 PM

A recent Department of Labor and Employment study shows 3 out of 4 locally employed Filipinos prefer jobs in their home region instead of another part of the country

JOBS MISMATCH. Filipinos' lack of skills for available jobs continue to haunt the labor sector. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Anti-Marcos Cebu youth threatened with arrest

Mar 17, 2016 - 5:28 PM

The student activists are demanding that the Marcoses return the billions of pesos they stole from the Filipino people

NEVER AGAIN. Despite threats from local police, Cebu youth protest against Senator Bongbong Marcos as he visits the Cebu City Hall. photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

The conscience of another progressive: Why I stay on with Akbayan

Nov 09, 2015 - 4:48 PM

I have real ideological differences with Prof Walden Bello about what the term progressive means and how progressives accomplish objectives

Senatorial bets galore on Day 3 of COC filing

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

On Wednesday alone 28 senatorial aspirants filed their candidacies along with 20 aspirants for president and 4 for vice president

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Risa Hontiveros runs for senator for 3rd time

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:55 AM

Confident of her chances the former Akbayan party list representative lists down 3 items in her agenda

3RD TIME'S THE CHARM? Former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel files her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections on Wednesday, October 14. Michael Bueza/Rappler

'No bullshit' Walden Bello runs for senator

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello is running for senator because people demand a representative who ll go to hell for them who won t bullshit them like most politicians

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

3rd try: Will politics be sweeter for Risa Hontiveros?

Oct 13, 2015 - 8:35 AM

Daang Matuwid coalition spokesman and Akbayan Representative Barry Gutierrez says better survey numbers and a clearer message will spell the difference for Risa Hontiveros in 2016

'IT'S TIME.' Risa Hontiveros vies for a Senate seat in 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Zero Hunger: Holding gov't responsible

Oct 06, 2015 - 1:58 PM

A lawmaker says the lack of guarantee to right to food in the 1987 Philippine Constitution should be changed to push for accountability

LP women: Punish party mates behind lewd gimmick

Oct 02, 2015 - 12:53 PM

This has never been and will never be consistent with the values of the Liberal Party say Representatives Henedina Abad Josephine Sato and Kaka Bag ao

PARTY PERFORMANCE. Members of female group Playgirls dance at the birthday party of Laguna 4th District Representative Benjamin Agarao. Photo from the Playgirls Facebook page

Comelec weighs bid to extend voters' registration

Oct 01, 2015 - 1:44 PM

At the same time the Comelec orders 100 new machines to accommodate more voters who lack biometrics

'NO BIO, NO BOTO.' An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event in a mall on July 4, 2015. Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Part 2: Progressives in a bind

Sep 05, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Akbayan can comfort itself with the fact that it is not the first leftist group to face this dilemma over which to prioritize Localist demands led to the unraveling of their communist rivals in the 1980s

Part 1: Progressives in disarray: Risa Hontiveros' loss

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:49 PM

The success and failure of Hontiveros’ campaign hinged mainly on whether local political forces were receptive to Akbayan’s entreaties to add them to their sample ballots

Forget nat'l politics: Open letter to Mujiv Hataman, Risa Hontiveros, and Walden Bello

Aug 14, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Do not let your talents go to waste by losing Run locally win and set the example we sorely need

Akbayan and the conscience of a progressive

Jun 11, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Spoiled offspring of the ruling class like the Aquinos and Abads will come and go but Akbayan is a precious child forged in the historic struggles of the Philippine Left and heir to its finest traditions Will it find the courage to follow the harsh dictates of its progressive conscience?

LP: Party to beat in 2016

Jun 11, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The political imperative is to keep intact the ruling coalition in preparation for 2016

#PHVote: Challenges confronting the next president

May 14, 2015 - 11:00 AM

President Aquino subverts Daang Matuwid by using double standards going after his enemies while tolerating corruption inefficiency and recklessness among his friends and allies

Akbayan names Bello's replacement in Congress

May 13, 2015 - 10:37 PM

Angelina Angie Ludovice Katoh a founding member of the party list group is a former student leader and labor organizer from Davao del Sur

NEW REP. Akbayan third nominee Angie Katoh replaces former representative Walden Bello. Photo from Akbayan

ALYANSA wins big in UP Diliman elections

Apr 24, 2015 - 1:25 AM

Student party ALYANSA wins the hotly contested race that recorded a high voter turn out

Akbayan's Walden Bello gets married

Apr 14, 2015 - 3:45 PM

The former Akbayan Representative makes the announcement on Facebook

Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello ties the know with a Thai executive in a civil ceremony in the United States. Photo from Bello's Facebook account

Balesin’s ‘yaya meal’ plain discrimination – congressman

Apr 07, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Luxury resort Balesin Island Club comes under fire after a beauty queen revealed its offensive practice of serving a different set of meal for nannies

Akbayan to Aquino: File charges vs Purisima, others

Mar 14, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The party list group says the President has to show he is committed to enforcing accountability for the Mamasapano operation

File photo of resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima with President Benigno Aquino III. Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

That thing called resignation

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:30 AM

His resignation shows how a person can reconcile the tension between his individual political disposition with his responsibility to a cause a collective or a party

BELLO IN HK. Resigned Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello leads a delegation of Philippine lawmakers on March 15 to Hong Kong to 'investigate the condition' of OFWs. Screengrab by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bello to Aquino: Scratch me off your list of allies

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:39 AM

Why did Walden Bello resign from Congress?

Walden Bello, PH lawmakers to hold dialogue with OFWs in HK

Mar 12, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Seven other legislators from the House of Representative join Bello on the trip

BOI on Purisima, Junjun Binay, Pacquiao-Mayweather face-off | The wRap

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:39 PM

The board of inquiry on Mamasapano says Purisima acted without authority Makati Mayor Junjun Binay refuses to step down Pacquiao and Mayweather face off in Los Angeles

Binay suspension, Alan Cayetano on MILF, UFC stars for Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:11 PM

The Ombudsman suspends Junjun Binay Alan Cayetano asks the MILF to submit to the judicial process UFC fighters say Pacquiao can floor Mayweather

‘Aquino Cabinet like a fraternity’

Mar 11, 2015 - 8:33 PM

Instead of competence instead of the kinds of consideration based on really rational discussion loyalty is what counts says resigned Akbayan Representative Walden Bello

Akbayan: Aquino has shortcomings, but we're staying

Mar 11, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The party list organization whose congressional representative has resigned after criticizing President Aquino says there are more reforms to be gained from staying in the coalition

Bello: Aquino can 'scratch me off his list of allies'

Mar 11, 2015 - 6:26 PM

The President unfortunately has a problem listening to people When it comes to constructive criticism and suggestions he is tone deaf

Akbayan rep resigns over Aquino's Mamasapano 'cover-up'

Mar 11, 2015 - 3:41 PM

Walden Bello says he cannot continue representing the party list organization in Congress due to their disagreement over supporting President Benigno Aquino III

House ally accuses Aquino of 'brazen cover-up'

Mar 10, 2015 - 2:39 PM

This man knows nothing of command responsibility or of honor Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says of the President

ALLIES NO MORE? Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says he is 'strongly inclined' to withdraw his support for President Benigno Aquino III. Photo by Rappler

Akbayan: Support for Aquino continues; Bello's views personal

Nov 03, 2014 - 8:31 PM

UPDATED Akbayan says it continues to support the Aquino administration which party mate Walden Bello has criticized and where party leaders hold Cabinet positions

STILL ALLIES? President Benigno Aquino III slams Akbayan Rep Walden Bello (pictured). File photo from Rappler

Aquino slams ally: Akbayan's Bello has 'so many complaints'

Nov 03, 2014 - 5:27 PM

The President advises the party list congressman – who earlier criticized his DAP and some controversial Cabinet members – to run for president in 2016 if he has so many views on how to run the country

STILL ALLIES. A day after Rep Walden Bello (pictured), a member of Aquino-allied Akbayan party list called for the resignation of some Cabinet members, Malacañang says Akbayan continues to support the President. File photo from Rappler

Miriam Santiago, Bello push for VFA termination

Oct 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

But most lawmakers as well as the President are more inclined to review the PH US agreement than end it

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP: US Navy's USS Peleliu. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila