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LIST: Opposition reveals 18 possible names for 2019 Senate slate

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Dingdong Dantes is among the names being considered by the opposition, according to Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan

2019 SLATE. The opposition bloc bares the list of possible names for its 2019 senatorial slate

Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

Duterte 'happily dancing to his master's tune' in West Philippine Sea – groups

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Church leaders, civil rights groups gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati on the second anniversary of the Hauge ruling to denounce Duterte’s appeasement policy towards China

Activists participate on a protest in front of the Chinese Consular office in Manila on July 12, 2018, to mark the second anniversary of a UN-backed tribunal ruling in July 2016 saying there was no basis for China's claims to most of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague in July 2016 ruled that there was no legal basis for Beijing's claims to much of the South China Sea, embodied in a "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries' coasts, a decision which China angrily rejected. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

'Major victory': Groups hail signing of Philippine Mental Health law

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'We say goodbye to taboo, superstition, and myths about mental health issues now that services are made accessible for all citizens,' says Akbayan spokesperson Gio Tingson

Mental health groups and student organizations commend the passage of the Philippine Mental Health Law.

'Supremely Erroneous Court': Groups slam final SC ruling on Sereno ouster

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'We now have a Supreme Court that can easily bend to the whims of Malacañang. With the Supreme Court beheaded, Duterte could legalize all his oppressive policies,” says Akbayan

'COURT OF THE PETTY'. Various groups give new names to the Supreme Court after its decision to affirm the ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition. Sereno photo by LeAnne Jazul

FACT CHECK: Akbayan’s Villarin and Hontiveros are not in a relationship

May 31, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A blog falsely translates Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin's Filipino quote concerning his party mate Senator Risa Hontiveros

Screenshot from uploaded by the Trending PH bog claiming a romantic relationship between Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin and Senator Hontiveros

Groups decry Sereno ouster as 'clear violation of the Constitution'

May 11, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The groups also see the ouster of Chief Justice Sereno as a 'degradation' of the judiciary, 'bending to the biddings' of President Rodrigo Duterte

VILLAIN. Sanlakas depicts President Rodrigo Duterte as Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos who amassed the "infinity stones": the Office of the President, House of Representatives, Senate, and now the Supreme Court after CJ Sereno's ouster on May 11, 2018. Photo from Sanlakas

Returning P60M to gov't 'admission of guilt' by Tulfos – Akbayan

May 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

'If she had an ounce of delicadeza, she would resign. Returning the money should not stop probes for accountability. It also doesn’t correct an illegal act,' says Akbayan's Gio Tingson, referring to Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

IN PHOTOS: Gearing up for Labor Day

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Groups stage a creative protest calling for an end to ENDO on the eve of Labor Day

WARM-UP. Protesters hold a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, 2018 to call for an end to ENDO.

EU political party official barred from entering PH

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Giacomo Filibeck of the Party of European Socialists is one of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign. He was supposed to join an Akbayan event in Cebu City.

Youth leaders harassed online after seeking Mocha Uson’s dismissal

Apr 07, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Akbayan Youth shares screenshots of some of the hate comments, which are calling for the student leaders to get raped or killed

FIRE MOCHA. Student leaders of Akbayan Youth file an administrative complaint against Asec Mocha Uson before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on April 2, 2018. Rappler photo

DFA on Demafelis, Akbayan Youth files complaint vs Uson, Kim Jong-un attends concert | Evening wRap

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:36 PM

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Youth group to Ombudsman: Dismiss Mocha Uson over fake news

Apr 02, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The complainants say Uson's propensity for fake news makes her guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service

Student leaders of AKbayan Youth Show copy filed an administrative complaint against Asec Mocha Uson. Leaders filed cases of gross misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to service at Ombudsman in Quezon City. Rappler Photo

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Duterte's '42 virgins' joke an insult to Filipinas, says Akbayan Women

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:55 PM

'We deserve a president who can represent Filipinos: men, women, and LGBT alike abroad,' says the activist group

DUTERTE IN INDIA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the presentation of business agreements after the Philippines-India Business Forum at The Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India on January 26, 2018. Photo by Malacañang

Villarin to return UST alumni award in protest of Mocha Uson’s

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Returning his Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service, the Akbayan representative says Mocha Uson 'has corrupted the values that Thomasians hold dear'

THOMASIAN. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (right) says UST alumni can serve the public well with our without recognition. Rappler file photo

Thin crowd of protesters mobilize as Congress tackles martial law extension

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Less than 50 protesters from Akbayan party list assemble as Congress begins deliberations on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Later in the day, the other faction of the Philippine left gathers about a hundred members, to hold its own protest

PROTESTERS. A thin crowd of protesters assemble at the gate of the House of Representatives to extend martial law in Mindanao. Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Accused of sexism, Duterte vows to fight for women's rights

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:53 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte creates 'a culture of violence that endangers women and children,' says the activist group Akbayan Women

WITH THE PEOPLE. Duterte listening to a Davao City resident in his office. Photo by Davao City Government

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