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'Kung tahimik ka, huwag mabahala,' says Esperon after anti-terror law signing

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Asked if a person can be tagged as a terrorist based on what they post on social media, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says it's 'possible'

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

'We will not be silenced': Campus press denounce signing of anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Despite the threats that the new law poses to free speech, campus publications pledged they will not cower in fear but continue to stand firm in upholding their rights

[PODCAST] COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:38 AM

A coronavirus frontliner at a public hospital weighs in on how President Rodrigo Duterte handled the biggest crisis to hit his government so far

'Country before anger': Duterte tries to calm down soldiers after Jolo shooting

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Promising justice for the slain officers, President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers not to lose sight of the 'real enemy' – communists and terrorists

'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy

Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte signs 'dangerous' anti-terror bill into law

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Critics say the new law gives the Duterte government more room to define terrorism and more power to act against persons or groups it includes in that definition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | Artwork] Mga Salita

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:00 PM

According to artist Neal Andrew Lim, 'The piece shows how the orders of the current admin kill; how everyday people are all linked with the killings and the ineptitude of the current admin'

[ANALYSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

[OPINION] Why did priests and religious vote for Duterte?

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'My classmate who told me that he voted for Duterte after a process of discernment was most likely influenced by regionalism rather than the Holy Spirit'

'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

CAPTION | COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

Expect increase in poverty as COVID-19 ushers in Duterte's 4th year

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Though survey results for poverty in 2020 aren't in yet, experts say Filipinos will experience an increase in hunger and poverty in the coming months

[OPINION] Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

Supreme Court junks petition questioning Duterte's Bayanihan Law

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The 9-page petition 'fails to show grave abuse of discretion,' says the Supreme Court

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks petition questioning the constitutionality of the Bayanihan Law that gave President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Rappler

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

‘Extremely saddened’ Duterte wants to talk to 9 cops in Jolo ‘misencounter’

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Lungkot na lungkot siya. Ang ginamit nga niyang salita ay siya ay ‘nanlambot, extremely sad,’ says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte wants probe into J&T Express cargo mishandling

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:14 AM

'I am not condemning you now. I am also not insinuating that you are liable or guilty of doing it. It would depend greatly on what is the result of the investigation,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

J&T Express logo from its Facebook page

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

Coronavirus drives Philippines toward recession as Duterte's 4th year ends

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The Philippines misses its full-year growth rate target for 2019 despite performing well in the 2nd half. Then the coronavirus causes a deep plunge.

Dismay, disgust, dissent: How Filipinos online reacted to issues during Duterte’s 4th year

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Duterte’s fourth year in office is arguably his most controversial yet, as he earned the ire of many Filipinos on social media

Coronavirus crash: Pandemic pushes stock market down in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:30 PM

After the Philippine Stock Exchange index slumped to an 8-year low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will the Duterte administration see the local equity market go back to its pre-coronavirus levels?

[ANALYSIS] Duterte fails in coronavirus crisis leadership

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:00 PM

He is strong on control, but weak on public health

Inflation rate stays low despite coronavirus in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The COVID-19 outbreak upends both supply and demand, but various factors keep inflation rates low

‘Mayor of the Philippines’ leaves LGUs blind amid COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:45 AM

PART 2: President Rodrigo Duterte missed many opportunities to provide direction and concrete guidance to local chiefs on the front lines of the health crisis

Pandemic unravels Duterte's 2016 promise of decisive leadership

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Part I: Where was President Duterte’s famed tendency to ‘overreact’ in January and February when the country’s health system needed it the most?

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Duterte joins 36th ASEAN Summit where COVID-19, South China Sea dominate agenda

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The Philippine President also calls on countries to refrain from escalating tensions in the South China Sea after Beijing's aggressive moves there even amid the pandemic

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his intervention as he joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 36th ASEAN Summit video conference at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 26, 2020. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte failed to meet the Bayanihan Law’s objectives

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Far from being proactive, orderly, and based on clean, reliable data, Duterte’s pandemic response has largely been reactive, chaotic, and based on murky, unreliable data

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte signs good manners and right conduct law

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As a subject, Good Manners and Right Conduct was removed when the K-12 curriculum was implemented in 2013. This was only integrated in other subjects.

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. File photo of public elementary students during the class opening for school year 2019-2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

In the middle of pandemic, Paolo Duterte, 2 other lawmakers want to rename NAIA

Jun 25, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The Duterte-allied congressmen want to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to 'Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas'

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to call special session when lawmakers agree on Bayanihan 2 fund amount

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The President wants the Senate and House to agree on the amount of standby funds in a bill that would extend his coronavirus response powers if passed into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Newsbreak Chats: Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, June 25, the Newsbreak team will assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: The problems with the Cybercrime Law

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Did you know that during the 2013 Supreme Court oral arguments on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, then Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza categorically said that cyber libel has a prescription period of only one year?

Military vows more offensives as Duterte insists NPA top terror threat in PH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels

SOLDIERS. Soldiers at a checkpoint wearing protective gear against the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Jose Rizal Memorial State University

Rappler Talk: Steven Rood on populism in Philippine politics

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:40 PM

On Tuesday, June 23, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to political scientist Steven Rood about populism as a recurrent thread in the Philippines

As Ombudsman probes DOH, Duterte defends Duque anew

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:42 AM

'Itaya ko 'yung reputasyon as President, walang kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S BACKING. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on June 22, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte halted VFA termination due to South China Sea tensions

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says for President Rodrigo Duterte, 'having a rise in military tensions in the South China Sea was not helping anybody'

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

A pandemic first: Duterte accepts credentials of new ambassadors in virtual ceremony

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:40 AM

A Malacañang tradition goes on amid the coronavirus pandemic as President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes new diplomats from Canada, Vietnam, New Zealand, Iran, and Palestine

Credit: Screenshot from RTVM

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s new COVID-19 loans: Need we worry?

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:16 PM

'Can Duterte and his minions spend the money effectively? Several red flags suggest they cannot.'

Tony Leachon miffed Duterte himself

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'In the meeting with the President, it came from the President himself – 'Why is Leachon talking like this?'' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After verdict on Maria Ressa, world puts Duterte on trial

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:46 PM

(UPDATED) In this global court, at stake is more than a fine and jail time, but the Philippines’ name on the world stage

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, along with former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr, is sentenced by a Manila court on June 15, 2020, for cyber libel. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Duterte 'inclined' to sign anti-terror bill – Roque

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:13 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte eyes purchase of radios for students in far-flung areas during pandemic

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:52 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says government will 'try to come up with something' as more funds are needed for the proposed radios

PREPARING FOR SCHOOL. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Disease in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. Malacañang photo