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Harry Roque headed to Marawi for cases vs Maute group

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says he will go to Marawi City to gather information on cases that can be filed against Maute group members for violation of international humanitarian law

RUINS OF MARAWI. A soldier patrols the warzone in Marawi which remains off limits to civilians weeks after the city was liberated from local terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Ex-CHR head gets int'l award for political courage

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Germany-based Progressive Alliance cites ex-CHR chairperson Etta Rosales for her contribution to human rights in the Philippines

PA AWARD. Former CHR chairperson and Martial Law victim Etta Rosales is honored by the Progressive Alliance. Photo courtesy of Akbayan

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

Ateneo president backs Sereno, Ombudsman, CHR

Oct 14, 2017 - 1:27 PM

'We call on everyone in the community to defend our democratic institutions,' says Ateneo de Manila president Father Jose Ramon Villarin

DEFEND. Ateneo de Manila University president Jose Ramon Villarin calls on the university community to defend the Philippines' democratic institutions. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

At charter amendments hearing, legislators berate CHR for UN reports

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:16 AM

'Kapag may problema pinag-uusapan sa loob ng pamilya, hindi kinakalat sa chismosong kapit-bahay,' says a former CA justice

DISCOURTESY? The CHR is grilled as a House panel tackles possible revisions to the Constitution. Rappler photo

Unlike in House, Senate adds P156M to CHR budget for 2018

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Senate submits for plenary approval the Commission on Human Rights' budget for next year amounting to P693.5 million

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CHR hits PNP's limited definition of extrajudicial killings

Oct 08, 2017 - 12:41 PM

The PNP's definition is based on Administrative Order 35, but the CHR says this limiting definition would discount killings perpetrated by state agents

KILLINGS. This photo taken on July 15, 2016 shows a police officer roping off the crime scene as the body of an alleged drug dealer shot dead lies in the street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] It’s downhill from here for Duterte

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Worried by the growing opposition, Duterte may, in fact, miscalculate and declare martial law, which may temporarily slow his regime’s descent into crisis but actually accelerate it in the medium-term

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

PH boasts of CHR to counter Iceland, 38 countries on killings

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:10 AM

This comes as President Duterte blasts the commission for supposedly meddling in his anti-drug campaign, and as his allies at the House of Representatives practically want the human rights body abolished

REVILED AGENCY. Protesters gather at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 'Manlaban Para sa Karapatan' rally and concert on September 21, 2017, showing support for the agency reviled by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lagman hits House for P100-M cut in restored CHR budget

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' budget is restored from the measly P1,000, but opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman points out it's still not the full amount that was proposed

CHR BUDGET. Opposition member Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (right) raises alarm over a P100 million cut for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Cayetano, CHR, Curry | Midday wRap

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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CHR urges gov't to reconsider, accept UN call to probe killings

Sep 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Human Rights calls on the Duterte administration to show it is 'serious in making progress for human rights'

La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

[Newspoint] A subhuman perspective on human rights

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Marcoleta got the lead role in the emasculation of the Commission on Human Rights and performed it to such perfection he deserves an Espenido medal

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

'They can do their worst, I'll do my part' – CHR's Gascon

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon shrugs off the insults against him, saying these are 'par for the course' in government

'DOING THEIR JOB.' CHR Chairman Chito Gascon downplays insults hurled against him. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Thousands join national protest to remind Filipinos of Marcos' Martial Law

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) Students and youth groups begin demonstrations for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law with a rally at UP Diliman, to oppose what they fear would be nationwide military rule under the Duterte administration

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

Duterte defends drug war in meeting with U.S. ambassador

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:11 AM

To US Ambassador Sung Kim, President Rodrigo Duterte explains he had nothing to do with lawmakers initially slashing the Commission on Human Rights' 2018 budget

ROLANDO MAILO2, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No cause more worthy: Ka Pepe Diokno's fight for human rights

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is regarded as the father of human rights advocacy in the Philippines

CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

CHR cases can be handled by PAO, says Alvarez

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:24 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends allotting only P1,000 for the Commission on Human Rights for 2018, saying the Public Attorney's Office has the budget anyway

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. File photo courtesy of the DOJ

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

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

If CHR gets P1,000 budget, Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President wants the UNCHR to assign 'investigators' to accompany police on anti-drug operations in case the CHR is given only P1,000 for its 2018 budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, urges the men and women of EastMinCom to continue their efforts in battling insurgency and illegal drugs while maintaining their abidance to the rules of engagement. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gascon urges Duterte to view CHR as part of 'check and balance system'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon also hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will choose to withdraw his latest insults 'in order to have a common civic space'

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 1,000 saksak sa karapatang pantao

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Isang trahedya na ang mga kongresista natin mismo ang sumisira sa mga demokratikong institusyon na isinumpa nilang itataguyod

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Duterte accuses Gascon of politicizing CHR

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'Why are you fond of teenagers? Now I wonder: are you gay, or a pedophile?' President Rodrigo Duterte says of CHR Chair Chito Gascon

CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

CHR hits House plan to use its budget for free education

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:20 PM

I think that kind of a statement or a narrative is meant to confuse the people says Commission on Human Rights CHR Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz

CHR BUDGET. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz hits the House of Representatives' plan to use the CHR's budget to fund free college education. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Slash House budget instead of CHR? 'Mga gago,' says Alvarez

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Asked to react to those saying it s the House of Representatives budget that should be slashed instead House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they re accountable to their districts and not social media sentiments

PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reminds critics: they're accountable to their districts. Rappler file photo

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition

FULLHOUSE. Members of Congress and the Senate join together for a special session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Diokno thinks 2018 budget deadlock unlikely to happen

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is not worried over conflicts on the proposed budget of the Commission on Human Rights a foreign business leader says the issue is not sending the right signals to investors

NOT WORRIED. 'At this time I'm not worried about what's going to happen. I'll just look at what will come out of the third chamber. Let's not speculate on what's gonna happen,' DBM chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo

Alvarez on CHR budget cut: It's about accountability

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:41 PM

This is not a question of weakening their rights says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after the House reduced the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000

Malacañang 'respects' fixed terms, opinions of CHR officials

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

This is a free country and so we respect the opinions of the different heads of agencies says Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan

Marawi crisis, Reynaldo de Guzman, UN Human Rights Council | Midday wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:32 PM

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Bicol lawmaker: P1,000 budget a 'wake-up call' for CHR

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Don’t worry ibabalik lang ‘yan sa Senate Wake up call lang ‘yan sa kanila Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co says in response to criticism of the House decision

CHR BUDGET VOTE. Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co, who was in China when the House voted on the P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights, says he favors the move. Photo from the Facebook page of Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co

Lorenzana favors full CHR budget, says it makes AFP, PNP 'careful'

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Oo naman [I support] For one it makes the government especially the military and police yung ingat sila sa ginagawa nila says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 14, 2017

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

 Labisindaw Belo looks after her grandchid inside Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. the parents of the child had to 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

In May UN report, PH boasted of higher CHR budget

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:57 AM

The budget of the CHR grew by 165 from 2012 to 2017 the Philippines told the United Nations in May

FACING UN. Then-senator Alan Peter Cayetano speaks during the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on May 8, 2017 at the UN offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'Stupid,' bishop says of P1,000 budget for CHR

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The country will be a laughingstock among nations which have respect for human rights says Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes

HITTING LAWMAKERS. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes slams the P1,000 budget allocated by the House of Representatives for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Roy Lagarde

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler