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[OPINION] Defiant De Lima enters third year in jail

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Detained Senator De Lima is confident that 'the time will come' when people 'will be forced to acknowledge the truth.' Hopefully 'it would not be too late for all of us.'

Otso Diretso bets to Iriganons: 'Our fight is also De Lima’s fight'

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Opposition senatorial candidates tell the people in the hometown of Senator Leila de Lima that they can count on them to fight for justice and human rights

HOME TURF. A standee of detained senator Leila de Lima outside her home in Iriga City on February 13, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Walang dignity': PNP urged to loosen 'excessive' security for De Lima

Feb 11, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Supporters of Leila de Lima want the senator to be transported to and from Camp Crame 'with dignity'

TOO MUCH? Police flank detained Leila de Lima as she is escorted back to Camp Crame from a court hearing. Photo from Sister Mary John Mananzan

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

De Lima camp wants to haul Aquino, Bato, Aguirre to trial

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:50 PM

De Lima is arraigned on her 3rd and last drug charge, where she again refuses to enter a plea

DRUG CHARGES. Senator Leila de Lima attends her arraignment for her 3rd and last drug charge at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on February 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of LeiladeLima Comms

Senate approves bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Under Senate Bill No. 2159, the commission is mandated to promote and protect the rights of the elderly

Senior Citizens of Navotas on August 2, 2017

De Lima: Jail criminal syndicates, abusive parents not kids

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:16 AM

'Our children are not the criminals here but victims of abuses and exploitation,' says Senator Leila de Lima as she offers her bill as an alternative to the proposed lower age of criminal liability

'KIDS DON'T BELONG IN JAI'L. Child welfare advocates hold a protest at the main gate of the Senate on January 25, 2019, as senators hold a hearing on the bill to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima on Duterte ‘confession’ of molesting maid: ‘It’s time to get angry’

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls on Filipinos to 'stand strong and united to destroy this evil'

2019 an 'exciting year' for Filipinos, says Malacañang

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says 'milestones' of the government in 2018 are 'beginning to bear fruit’ but the opposition believes the past year ‘saw an unraveling of the Duterte administration’

NEW YEAR. President Rodrigo Duterte applauds while listening to the performers during the Christmas tree lighting in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, 'fight inequality and abuse'

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up, and fight back,' opposition Senator Leila de Lima says

RIZAL DAY. Senators commemorate national hero Jose Rizal on his 122nd death anniversary. Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

Detained De Lima submits 6 committee reports in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:54 PM

These include bills on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), magna carta of the poor, and rural employment assistance program

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

After almost 2 years in jail, De Lima finally sees mother

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'We cried while hugging each other,' says Senato Leila de Lima after seeing her 86-year-old mother, who is suffering from dementia

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Government officials react to Ateneo bullying | Evening wRap

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:08 PM

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Pangilinan, Binay, De Lima appeal to public: Don't bully the bully

Dec 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) Some senators, however, blame the parents while others want Senator Manny Pacquiao to bring sense to the minor

3 U.N. special rapporteurs to probe violations vs De Lima

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Council asks the Philippine government to immediately free Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

De Lima seeks Senate probe into Baguio school's mandatory pregnancy tests

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the policy of Pines City Colleges deprives women of their right to access education and 'proliferates the stigma against pregnancy'

CONTROVERSIAL POLICY. Pines City Colleges has been criticized by human rights groups over its mandatory pregnancy testing for students. Photo from Wikimapia


Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

Leila de Lima: Maria Ressa ’a real People’s Champ’

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'It is an honor to us Filipinos, not just because she is one of us, but more importantly because she, along with her colleagues in Rappler, has been fighting for us,' the detained opposition senator says of Maria Ressa as Time's 'Person of the Year'

'PEOPLE'S CHAMP'. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Makati RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Martial Law Part 4!

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:25 PM

It’s beginning to look a lot like this administration is incapable of solving a problem, not because the AFP lacks the ability or the will to, but because the political leaders lack the political will or incentive to solve it

De Lima: Revilla's acquittal 'sends wrong signal'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The detained senator says the Sandiganbayan's verdict on former senator Bong Revilla is 'a sad moment for truth, justice, and accountability'

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima seeks probe into rise of casinos in PH

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says the rise of the gaming industry may make the country 'susceptible to money laundering, fraud, and other illegal activities'

De Lima to CA: Stop convicts from testifying against me in drug case

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The High Court itself had previously ruled that allowing criminals guilty of crimes involving moral turpitude to become state witnesses is arbitrary

SLOW TRIAL. Detained Senator Leila De Lima's hearing at the New Bilibid Prison on October 16, 2018, is again reset. Photo from Office of Senator De Lima

SC orders Muntinlupa court: Allow media access to De Lima hearings

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

While the en banc awaits the proposed guidelines of reporters' associations, it orders the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to let in as many reporters as can be accommodated in the hearings

HEAVILY GUARDED. Detained Senator Leila De Lima is always heavily guarded when she attends her hearings, with one branch of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court restricting media access. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

De Lima slams Marcos on 2nd anniversary of hero's burial

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The conviction of Imelda Marcos is a clear statement that dictator Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero, says detained Senator Leila de Lima

DE LIMA. Opposition senator Leila de Lima has been detained for almost two years for charges of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into Sagay farmers' massacre

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not an isolated case as it only reflects the prevailing situation in many farmlands around the country,' says the 6-member Senate minority bloc

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Convicts vs De Lima not ‘state witnesses’? Technicality protects DOJ

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Unfortunately for Senator De Lima, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 agrees and puts in an official court order the technicality argument of the DOJ

De Lima runs to Ombudsman: DOJ use of convicts as witnesses 'illegal'

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Using convicts as witnesses violates the Witness Protection Program and the anti-graft law, Senator Leila de Lima claims in her complaint against former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

COMPLAINT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (middle) and former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

4th judge in De Lima case inhibits

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo says while she 'finds no sufficient ground to inhibit herself from conducting trial,' she did so 'to show good faith to all parties'

DRUGS CASE. Detained Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on November 6, 2018, for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

2 Build, Build, Build projects can leave thousands homeless – De Lima

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima calls for a Senate probe into two Build, Build Build projects that can displace around 180,000 families in Metro Manila

PROJECTS FLAGGED. 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

[OPINION] What the ICC withdrawal is all about

Nov 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This controversy, at its most basic, is about one usurping the power that properly belongs to the sovereign Filipino people because he is scared of the shadow he himself has cast

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Vice Ganda criticized over comments on 'It's Showtime' about De Lima

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The TV host's comments on detained Senator Leila de Lima are described as disrespectful and inappropriate

Global lawmakers' group eyes visit to PH for Trillanes case

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The Inter-Parliamentary Union suspects a 'targeted attempt to silence' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte

FACT-FINDING. The Inter-Parliamentary Union wants to visit the Philippines for a fact-finding mission into the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Trillanes photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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De Lima calls on Senate to investigate Michael Yang

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'The nature and scope of his influence over foreign policy [must] be fully disclosed,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

CLOSE TIES? Michael Yang, who reportedly identifies himself as President Rodrigo Duterte's economic adviser, has been photographed in top-level presidential events.  Screenshot from the Philippine Full Win Group of Companies website


De Lima wants judge out of her case due to 'bias'

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The detained senator says Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo has shown ‘manifest bias, partiality, and hostility’ toward her

SLOW TRIAL. Detained Senator Leila De Lima's hearing at the New Bilibid Prison on October 16, 2018, is again reset. Photo from Office of Senator De Lima

De Lima pays tribule to 'hero, idol' teacher Mylene Durante

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'If there is anyone who deserves to be called a hero and an idol, it is Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante,' says Senator Leila de Lima, who also hails from Bicol

TEACHER'S GOAL. Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante wants to inspire young people. This photo on her Facebook page is captioned, "€œI want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, '€˜Because of YOU I didn'€™t give up.'"€ Photo from Mylene Veras-Durante's Facebook page

[ANALYSIS] Leila de Lima and the Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:22 PM

It's just a matter of time before Senator De Lima starts getting considered for the ultimate global award of all

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

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De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my public outings, for that matter,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

HEARING. Under heavy security, opposition Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 courtroom after the prosecution failed to present its witness on October 4. The hearing is reset to November 7. Photo from Senator De Lima's office

Opposition senators seek suspension of fuel tax

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time

FUEL TAX. The Senate minority bloc filed a joint resolution seeking to suspend excise taxes on fuel under the TRAIN law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate passes bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Positive Discipline of Children Act seeks to protect minors from all forms of physical and mental violence

Drug convicts to start testifying vs De Lima

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo for a premature order upholding the qualification of drug convicts as witnesses

TRIAL. Senator Leila De Lima is on trial for 3 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drugs. Photo from Office of Sen. De Lima

Liberal Party forms task force to assist De Lima

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The task force is expected to closely coordinate with jailed Senator Leila de Lima to assist her in handling her legal, legislative, and other work-related concerns

LP HONORS DE LIMA. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Quezon City Region Trial Court to attend the hearing on her disobedience to summons case on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte

Muntinlupa court must rule if Bilibid convicts valid witnesses vs De Lima

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Justice moves to hold the next hearings in the New Bilibid Prison and in Camp Aguinaldo, where two of the convicts had been transferred for security reasons

DRUG CASE. Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 18, 2018. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

Senate minority seeks probe into Duterte's revocation of Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Proclamation No. 572 is apparently being used to silence Senator Trillanes, one of the strongest critic of President Duterte and his administration,' says the Senate minority bloc in a resolution

Sen. Trillanes faces the media regarding the arrest warrant on him. Senate President Tito Sotto did not allow the arrest on Sen. Trillanes. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New case? De Lima is summoned by NBI for a drug investigation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’

SUMMONED. Senator Leila De Lima is summoned by the NBI for a drug-related investigation involving Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto to minority senators: Don’t abuse Senate leadership's 'hospitality'

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mahiya naman sila sa akin, 'wag naman nila abusuhin,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells minority senators after the opposition called on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supporters to troop to the Senate

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Opposition calls for Senate crowd to avert Trillanes arrest

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:00 AM

(UPDATED) 'Our presence [at the Senate] will hopefully make those effecting the illegal arrest think twice,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

PENSIVE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV looks pensive at the Senate on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.