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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

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

Petition to increase taxi flag down rate junked due to technicalities

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Due to petitioners’ repeated failure to comply with the foregoing directives the Court deems it appropriate to dismiss the petition says the Court of Appeals

TAXI. File photo of taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

#PugadBaboy: Dugo ng Shinobi 112

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Indonesia calls for calm over SEA Games flag blunder

Aug 23, 2017 - 4:18 PM

200 people demonstrated outside the Malaysian consulate in Indonesia and burned tires and images of the flag of Malaysia

CALL FOR CALM. Indonesian government calls to stop demonstrations regarding the flag gaffe by the 2017 SEA Games committee in Malaysia. Photo by @imam_nahrawi on Twitter

Chinese flag planted near PH-controlled Kota Island – Alejano

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Citing sources the Magdalo representative says a Chinese civilian ship planted the flag in an area in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea 3rd week of July

MONITORING. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano shows a map to illustrate China's alleged acitivities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Malaysia sorry for Indonesia flag gaffe at SEA Games

Aug 20, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Indonesia s Olympic committee chief Erick Thohir slams Malaysia s negligence after Indonesia s flag was printed upside down in the SEA Games magazine

FLAG GAFFE. #ShameOnYouMalaysia was Indonesia's top trend Sunday morning after the Indonesian flag was shown upside down in the SEA Games magazine. Photo by @imam_nahrawi on Twitter

How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of Lupang Hinirang as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols

RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac  RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac

WATCH: On Independence Day, artists' group raises PH flag in West Philippine Sea

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Dakila a movement for modern day heroism accomplishes what President Rodrigo Duterte has only promised since the campaign period

Surfers paddled out to bring the Philippine Flag to the West Philippine Sea.Photo by Charlon Kim

Marines vs Maute, Rainy Season, Guterres | Midday wRap

May 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Zak Yuson

Why should we respect the PH Flag?

May 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

According to the curator of the Aguinaldo Shrine it s important to revisit the history of the flag and be reminded of how our heroes fought for our independence

VIRAL: PH flag used as shade from summer heat

May 27, 2017 - 11:18 AM

This is not the first time an incident involving disrespect for the flag has gone viral

Isnilon Hapilon is target of military operation in Marawi

May 24, 2017 - 1:17 AM

The Abu Sayyaf senior leader – believed to have been heavily wounded in Butig Lanao del Sur in January – resurfaces in Marawi City on Tuesday May 23

Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

You know labor unions, but do you know Isabelo de los Reyes?

May 01, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The writer labor activist Aglipayan church founder and politician from Vigan Ilocos Sur started the tradition of honoring the workers every May 1

Isabelo delos Reyes

When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag asa

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dead at 65

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Baker came up with the iconic 8 colored banner for San Francisco s 1978 gay freedom day a precursor to the modern pride festival having taught himself to sew in his 20s

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Rappler Talk Investigative: Arturo Lascañas, Duterte loyalist no more

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:51 AM

Lascañas talks about his team of hitmen addresses policemen who will be involved in the revived TokHang operations and has a message for President Rodrigo Duterte as well

From DDS 'denier' to whistle-blower: Why Lascañas changed tune

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Senators grill the self confessed Davao Death Squad hitman over his decision to recant an earlier claim before the Senate

LIAR OR TRUTH-TELLING? Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Martin please don t include us in your stupidity Admit that your lies were exposed And seek forgiveness from the journalists including Trillanes and the other senators

Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Martin ayaw na mi intawon i apil sa imong kabuang Angkona na nga nabisto ang imong pambutbut ug pangayo na ug pasaylo sa mga peryodista apila na pud si Trillanes ug uban pang mga senador

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

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Meet Lascañas' battle-tested FLAG lawyers

Feb 20, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Jose Manuel Diokno Arno Sanidad and Alexander Padilla have taken up the case of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas who is linking President Duterte to death squad killings

HUMAN RIGHTS. The Free Legal Assistance Group is a human rights lawyers organization committed to the protection and promotion of human rights and civil liberties. Photo from FLAG Blogspot

Colonel ‘Bistek’: Herbert Bautista, other reservist officers promoted

Jan 13, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año presides over the donning of ranks and insignias of 16 officers and reservists

FULL COLONEL. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista gets promoted as full colonel of the 1502nd Ready Reserve Brigade of the Philippine Army during the donning of ranks ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo on January 13, 2016. QC police director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Genernal Eduardo Año officiate the donning of his rank and insignia. Photo courtesy of Quezon City PIO

Greased-up Tongan flag bearer at Rio Olympics turns to Winter Games

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Tonga s muscle bound Rio Olympics flag bearer who went viral a few months ago is now switching to cross country skiing to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea

Tonga's flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. File Photo by OLIVIER MORIN / AFP

Piñol apologizes for inverted PH flag during Japan presentation

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:22 PM

I apologize for the mistake and assure our countrymen that I had no intention of declaring war against anybody says the Agriculture Secretary

INVERTED FLAG. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol gives a presentation in which the Philippine flag is inverted. Rappler-sourced photo

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

THROWBACK: Hidilyn Diaz carries PH flag at 2012 Olympics

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Before Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines first Olympic medal in 20 years she carried the flag at the 2012 Olympics in London

THROWBACK. Hidilyn Diaz (bottom left) did the honors for the Philippines at the opening ceremony in 2012. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

China furious over misaligned flag stars at Rio Olympics

Aug 08, 2016 - 5:17 PM

Some Chinese internet users are claiming the flag blunder is a conspiracy against the country

LOST STARS. China's flag bearer Lei Sheng leads his national delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Why Alora took over as PH flag bearer for Lariba during Rio opening

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:03 PM

Table tennis player Ian Lariba receives an assist from her Philippines teammate Kirstie Alora at the Parade of Nations

LOOK: Philippine flag flies high at Olympic Village

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:28 PM

The 3 stars and a sun are now waving above Athletes Village as the 2016 Games near

SALUTE. The Philippines drew praise for the formality of its flag raising ceremony, which showed the highest regard for the 3 stars and a sun. Contributed photo

Rio 2016: Ian Lariba

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:07 PM

Who is the athlete that will carry the Philippine flag at the Rio Games? This is the story of Ian Lariba the first Filipina table tennis player to qualify for the Olympics

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ian Lariba named PH flag bearer for Rio Olympics

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The table tennis player will carry the Philippine flag during the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony

FLAG-BEARER. Ian Lariba (2nd from right) will carry the Philippine flag at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

'PH at war?' Filipinos react to Facebook's Independence Day error

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED The social network greets Filipinos on Independence Day but gets the Philippine flag wrong

FAST FACTS: Philippine flag misconceptions and other trivia

Jun 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

May 28 to June 12 mark the Flag Days in the Philippines How much do you know about the country s national flag?

REPLICA. The original Philippine flag of 1896 at the headquarters of the International Flag House. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Lawyers' group opposes death penalty, 'shoot-to-kill' policy

May 21, 2016 - 1:31 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group says the proposals of President elect Rodrigo Duterte are illegal and unconstitutional and would render our legal system impotent and meaningless

'ILLEGAL'. The Free Legal Assistance Group calls on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to abandon his plans to restore death penalty and to impose a 'shoot-to-kill' policy.

New Zealand rejects flag change, stays with Union Jack

Mar 24, 2016 - 5:52 PM

The results are preliminary but the size of the margin means they are unlikely to change when the final tally is released next Wednesday

NEW ZEALAND'S FLAG. Handout photo by New Zealand Government/EPA

New Zealand flag vote - 'beach towel vs colonial relic'

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:44 AM

UPDATED New Zealanders begin voting on whether to adopt a new flag

NEW AND OLD. A frame grab from a New Zealand government video shows the proposed Silver Fern flag and the existing Union Jack flag. Image courtesy New Zealand government

Syria ceasefire, Madonna PH ban, Oscars 2016 | 12PM wRap

Feb 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Palace criticizes Madonna for 'disrespecting' PH flag

Feb 28, 2016 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED The organizers might also be sanctioned over the flag issue during the Queen of Pop s concert in the country

Historical commission slams Madonna for using PH flag in concert

Feb 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

An official of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines says the pop icon violated the law on proper flag handling

DRAPED. Popstar Madonna wears the Philippine flag as a cape in this part of her performance in Manila. Photo by Nicole Reyes/Rappler

LISTEN: All Saints releases new single 'One Strike'

Feb 24, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Listen to One Strike part of their upcoming album Red Flag

UE students dismissed after flag defilement viral video

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:01 AM

The University of the East calls the flag defiling act an affront to the UE community and to the ideals and traditions of the Philippines

DISMISSAL. Screen shot from Facebook video and image of tweet from Twitter.

Madonna embroiled in Taiwan-China row over flag

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:57 PM

Madonna sparks ire in China after she drapes herself in Taiwan s flag during her Taipei concert

TAIWAN FLAG. Madonna with the Taiwan flag over her shoulders as she sings an encore on February 4, 2016 on the Taipei leg of her global Rebel Heart Tour in Taipei. Photo from STR / AFP

PH military probes video of alleged ISIS training camp

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:45 PM

Citing Philippine National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr however denies that ISIS has training camps in the Philippines

Screenshot of SITE Intel Group web site

Benedict Anderson and the Philippines’ place in the world

Dec 19, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Ben was glad to have put the Philippines on the global academic map It was his way of giving back to the country he loved

ISIS' global ambitions and plans for Southeast Asia

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:09 AM

This war goes beyond armies police and security forces It demands greater transparency and cooperation between communities at a global scale

French colors shine in media center for APEC

Nov 16, 2015 - 7:17 PM

We stand shoulder to shoulder with you says a scrolling message in the light display outside the International Media Center for APEC

COLORS OF FRANCE. The colors of the French flag light up the International Media Center for the APEC Summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 16, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

LOOK: Which one will be New Zealand's next flag?

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:10 AM

The government appointed panel overseeing the project releases its longlist of designs chosen from more than 10 000 public submissions

PH Navy to get new chief next week

Aug 07, 2015 - 2:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is choosing from 3 candidates to fill in the looming vacancy according to Rappler sources

OUTGOING. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Jesus Millan (leftmost) retires next week. File photo from the Philippine Navy Photo from the Philippine Navy

SEC warns anew vs investment scams

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:16 PM

The commission cautions the public against SUCCESS200 and FLAG Prosperity for their unauthorized investment taking activities