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De Lima files bill to shield campus journalists from harassment

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This comes after San Beda Senior High School stopped 'The Bedan Roar' from releasing its edition that tackled President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM. Senator Leila de Lima wants a new law to protect campush journalists. Rappler screeshot

PNP denies Sotto request to allow De Lima hearings in jail

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says it is up to the court to decide on any matter related to Senator Leila de Lima's exercise of legislative functions

Detained senator Leila De Lima arrives at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court for a hearing on June 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator De Lima

HOAX: Enrile hits Sotto over plan for De Lima release

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

On Sonshine Radio DZAR 1026’s talk show on July 6, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his co-anchors do not mention senators Tito Sotto and Leila de Lima

Opposition senators seek probe into PTV's planned airing of Chinese shows

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Airing Chinese shows on our state-run network poses a danger of spreading Chinese propaganda sanctioned by our government,' minority senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 780

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (right) and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (left) try using one of the radios that the Chinese government donated to Philippine government-owned media groups, after a turnover ceremony in Malacañang Palace on February 27, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Sotto to PNP: Allow De Lima to hold committee hearings in jail

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'As the Senate President, I am giving Senator De Lima full authority to discharge her duties as chair of the committee,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III in a letter to PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

VISIT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Leila de Lima inside the PNP Custodial Center, where De Lima is detained. Photo from the Office of the Senate President

Sotto visits De Lima in jail

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says she is grateful to Senate President Vicente Sotto III's for visiting her and hearing her out

Photo from the Office of the Senate President

'Kill yellows' fiscal now part of DOJ panel in De Lima case

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'Kailangan namin ng may guts,' says the head of the DOJ panel on Darwin Cañete's special assignment

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. Controversial Caloocan City Prosecutor Darwin Cañete gets a special assignment to be part of the DOJ panel handling the drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Slain Catholic priests remembered on Father's Day 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:57 AM

'Ipanalangin natin ang mga pari, na nagsisilbi ring ama sa kanilang mga parokya at Simbahan, na biktima na rin ng mga karumal-dumal na pagpatay,' says Senator Leila de Lima on Father's Day 2018

'STOP THE KILLINGS.' Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) led a lightning protest to urge the government for an immediate resolution of the killing of Fr. Richmund Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Eid'l Fitr, senators hope BBL will become law

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The lawmakers believe the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is pending at the bicameral conference committee level in Congress, will bring peace in Mindanao

EID'L FITR. Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcome the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

[OPINION] The shading threshold in Marcos v. Robredo

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kris vs Mocha: Lessons for the catatonic opposition

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

That Kris – once the Aquino clan's loose cannon – could outgun, outtalk and outmessage the 'Yellows' indicates something wrong with the opposition

Marcelo Adorco: A precarious spot the gov’t case vs Espinosa stands on

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The star witness – the only witness – cannot read and write and only speaks Cebuano. His retractions are blamed on translation lapses.

GRILLED. Marcelo Adorco (utmost right) is grilled by veteran defense lawyer Raymond Fortun while his client Kerwin Espinosa (utmost left) watches looking pleased as the Manila RTC Branch 26 continues the trial on Espinosa's illegal possession of firerarms and drugs charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

FACT CHECK: A new death penalty law won't apply to De Lima's case

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines also prohibits the passing of any retroactive law

Supreme Court affirms De Lima's arrest on drug charges

Jun 06, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa hits the double standard applied to the cases of De Lima and Lim-Espinosa, saying the senator's constitutional right 'continues to be violated'

DRUG CHARGES. Detained Senator Leila De Lima loses her appeal at the Supreme Court as the en banc denies with finality her motion for reconsideration questioning the validity of the drug charges against her. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator De Lima

De Lima calls Calida 'new role model in gov't corruption'

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says allowing Solicitor General Jose Calida's company to bag government contracts is like 'normalizing thievery and mainstreaming plunder'

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Aquino to suffer same fate as De Lima? It crossed his mind

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'Hindi natin maiwasang mag-isip ng gano'n,' says former president Benigno Aquino III, when asked if he fears he would end up like his former justice secretary, detained Senator Leila de Lima

Former President Aquino’s press con re Dengvaxia case against him and others. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima cries, writes emotional message on son's graduation

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:54 PM

'To Vincent, I want to tell you, my son, that I am so happy and so proud of you,' writes detained Senator Leila de Lima. Read her full message here.

MOTHER'S LAMENT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima writes an emotional message on her son Vincent's graduation day at San Beda College Alabang. File photo by AFP

De Lima: Probe 'influx of Chinese nationals' in Philippines

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:14 PM

This influx of Chinese nationals 'steals jobs away from ordinary Filipinos,' says the office of Senator Leila de Lima

SENATE URGED. Leila de Lima asks the Senate to look into the rise of Chinese workers in the Philippines. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Sotto didn't say ethics complaint vs Trillanes Senate 'top priority'

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III himself, former ethics panel chairman, denies the claim

Trillanes, De Lima ask SC to reverse Sereno ouster

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Opposition senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima maintain that impeachment is the only way to remove a chief justice

APPEAL. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima seek the reversall of the quo warranto decision against oused chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Court rejects De Lima request to attend son's law school graduation

May 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is set to graduate from the San Beda College Alabang School of Law on Sunday, June 3

2017. Senator Leila de Lima says the year changed her and made her closer to her family.

COA flags DOJ for undocumented payroll, unauthorized accounts

May 25, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Resigned justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says he 'has no participation whatsoever' in the transactions flagged, including P27-million worth of payroll without supporting documents, and P65-million worth of accounts maintained without authority

FACT CHECK: No transfer to Bilibid for De Lima unless convicted

May 23, 2018 - 5:05 PM

The supposed transfer is not even mentioned in the video. De Lima is still in Camp Crame.

Jaybee Sebastian will plead guilty in De Lima drug trade case – DOJ

May 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

This follows the DOJ's dismissal of charges against Rafael Ragos to make him state witness against De Lima

High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

De Lima seeks court permission to attend son's law school graduation

May 17, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'To be personally present in such a special occasion is more than a compelling duty on the part of the accused De Lima as a mother,' Senator Leila de Lima's motion reads

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Leni Robredo, Sara Duterte, Leila de Lima on lessons of motherhood

May 13, 2018 - 10:04 PM

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Duterte curses at Time magazine: 'Diktador ba ako? Since when?'

May 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'Tang ina itong Time magazine na 'to, nilagay ako doon sa mga despot,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, who was featured in Time's 'Rise of the Strongman' issue

'DIKTADOR AKO?' President Rodrigo Duterte denies that he was ever a dictator as he curses at Time magazine for featuring him as a 'strongman.' Malacañang file photo

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Duterte on TIME cover: I'm no strongman

May 04, 2018 - 7:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he never sent anyone critical of his administration to jail

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

De Lima joins call for Senate probe into Boracay closure

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Senator Leila de Lima questions President Rodrigo Duterte's order, saying his administration 'failed to present consistent and clear plan of action on how to go about the island's rehabilitation'

PROBE BORACAY CLOSURE. Detained Senator Leila de Lima jons calls for a Senate probe into the closure of Boracay to tourists. De Lima's photo from the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima thanks Fortune for inclusion in 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:54 PM

'I am grateful that Fortune magazine saw through the lies of this administration,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Malacañang tells EU Parliament to be prudent in issuing resolutions

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'Na saan na po 'yung mga bangkay?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque as he disputes the 12,000 figure used by the European Parliament in its resolution calling for an end to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leila de Lima among Fortune's 2018 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders'

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:54 AM

'She was arrested and jailed for as-yet-untried crimes, but imprisonment hasn’t stopped the firebrand from continuing to speak out publicly,' says Fortune Magazine

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes, De Lima ask SC to drop quo warranto vs Sereno

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The two opposition senators file a manifestation, saying, '[We] strongly urge the Honorable Court to reflect on the wisdom of proceeding with this case notwithstanding the apparent lack of impartiality of some of its members'

MANIFESTATION. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima seeks the dismissal of the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Supreme Court voids De Lima's watchlist order vs Arroyo in 2011

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Arroyo's constitutional right to travel was violated, says the Supreme Court

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Barefoot Bicolana lass is Palarong Pambansa 2018's first gold medalist

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Lheslie de Lima dedicates her first Palarong Pambansa gold medal to detained Senator Leila de Lima, whom her lolo says is a 'close relative'

Lheslie de Lima from Camsur (bicol athletic region )the first gold medalist of the games showing her feet as she ran barefeet . Photo by Mau Victa

Cagayan Valley leads early Palarong Pambansa 2018 medal race

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:26 PM

A niece of detained Senator Leila de Lima who ran barefoot is among the early gold medal winners in the Palarong Pambansa hosted by Vigan

GOLD MEDAL. Rashied Faith Burdeos, who won gold for the shot put, poses for a photo with his coaches. Photo courtesy of Jose Gumabay

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ultimate betrayal

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?

De Lima lauds Duterte's new appointees: 'Men of honor, competence, integrity'

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hopes Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra 'can bring back true dispensation of justice at the DOJ, bereft of any partisan and persecutorial agenda'

Detained Senator Leila de Lima attend hearing on a case filed against her "Disobedience to Summons" at the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Democracy’s short Philippine life

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Lawyer Levito Baligod had previously filed pork scam cases against 17 Liberal Party (LP) legislators and 8 non-LP legislators

CASES VS LP. Lawyer Levito Baligod is pursuing other pork barrel scam cases against members of opposition Liberal Party (LP) pending now at the Office of the Ombudsman.

ICC withdrawal 'beginning of the end' for Duterte – De Lima

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:25 PM

'No right thinking nation or leader will follow the lead of your deranged President, except perhaps those who are also likely candidates for [International Criminal Court] investigation and prosecution,' Senator Leila De Lima tells Harry Roque

END FOR DUTERTE. Senator Leila De Lima says Philippine government withdrawal from the ICC is the end of Duterte.

De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte's 'corrupt' gov't

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also says alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles 'is an ideal witness' for a government that is only interested in silencing dissent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A horrific cleanup job

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

How far Duterte has actually gone with his authoritarianism gives us some sense of his pace and where he might be taking us. And it's decidedly a fast and determined pace, made possible by a coopted legislature and an agreeable majority of the Supreme Court.

'#DuwagDuterte!' says De Lima over PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte a 'coward' for pulling the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court

Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Leila de Lima