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Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] How to stop the Duterte killing machine

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

A United Nations-led investigation can help end the mass murder and climate of impunity in the Philippines

Landmark bill vs extrajudicial killings pushed

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'Makatutulong ito para maresolba ang libu-libong patayan sa panahon ni Mr Duterte,' says jailed Senator Leila de Lima

DRUG WAR DEATHS. 3 suspected drug personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Instead of death penalty, De Lima pushes 50 years in jail without parole

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'To impose death penalty at a time when the Philippine justice system is still plagued by perceived corruption and inefficiency will open our country to irrerversible errors and the possibility of executing innocent citizens,' Senator Leila de Lima says in pushing for the qualified reclusion perpetua bill

QUALIFIED RECLUSION PERPETUA. Detained senator Leila de Lima files a qualified reclusion perpetua bill as an alternative to death penalty. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fellow senators hit Dela Rosa over 'shit happens' comment on kid's death

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nonchalance has no place in this situation,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson in response to the controversial comment of Senator Ronald dela Rosa

NEWBIE SENATOR. Senator Ronald dela Rosa faces the Senate media on July 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

De Lima refiles bill protecting human rights defenders

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the bill ensures that human rights workers 'are free and protected' and that government policies will 'support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms'

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Various roups mark International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila, on December 10 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte for 'secret deal' with China

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's secret deal with China on the West Philippine Sea 'has sold our nation like a sack of potatoes,' says Senator Leila de Lima

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte receives a warm welcome from Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the Leaders' Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo

De Lima: Duterte 'impeachable' by allowing Chinese to fish in PH waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:54 PM

'But the Duterte-controlled Congress is not expected to hold Duterte to account for these impeachable offenses anytime soon,' says Senator Leila de Lima

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Lacson: Duterte's statement on Recto Bank incident 'left us heartbroken'

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea

HOME. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Court allows De Lima to attend lawyer son's thanksgiving dinner

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is among the 1,800 passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima's son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

Lacson, De Lima call for punitive action vs China and its fishermen

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Leila de Lima say the government should demand justice for the Filipino fishermen whose boat was sunk by a suspected Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishing community of Barangay Caminawit, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 14, 2019, the home of the 22 Filipino fishermen abandoned after a Chinese vessel sank their boat. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Another DOJ witness vs De Lima linked to prison drug trade

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

DOJ witness and NBI agent Jun Ablen is implicated in the drug trade by Rafael Ragos, a former accused who has turned state witness against the jailed senator

BILIBID DRUG TRADE. NBI agent Jovencio "Jun" Ablen Jr during his testimony at the HOR Committe on Justice inquiry on September 20, 2016 into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

I delivered kickbacks to De Lima on inmate's order, says ex-BuCor chief

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Why would former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos follow the orders of an inmate, asks Boni Tacardon, the lawyer of Senator Leila de Lima

DE LIMA DRUG TRIAL. Former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos during his testimony at the House of Representatives on September 20, 2016, which prompted the drug charges that sent opposition senator Leila de Lima to jail. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into spate of drug-related killings in Central Luzon

May 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima casts ballot in Parañaque under heavy security

May 13, 2019 - 1:20 PM

At least 60 cops from Camp Crame and around 40 more from the Parañaque City police escort Senator Leila de Lima at Saint Rita College in Parañaque City

VOTE. Detained Senator Leila de Lima casts her vote in Parañaque City. Rappler screenshot

De Lima cleared to cast her vote on May 13

May 07, 2019 - 9:35 AM

Senator Leila de Lima will vote under the Commission on Elections' Escorted Detainee Voting System

CLEARED TO VOTE. Detained senator Leila de Lima has been cleared by the courts to cast her vote on May 13. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

FALSE: Aquino admin officials 'stole, deposited' 3,500 metric tons of gold in Thailand

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The value of gold allegedly stolen and shipped is more than the value of the total gold reserves in the country

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'partying in Bilibid'

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary

[OPINION] In search for true justice: Death penalty is a false solution

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The passion of Christ vivified nothing less than the destruction of the scales of justice if only to tilt in favor of the selfish desires of the wicked

FALSE: Photo of jailed senator asking Supreme Court to allow visits of her ex-lover

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:14 PM

A photo of Senator Leila de Lima is doctored to falsely show her filing a petition with the Supreme Court to allow visits from her ex-lover

De Lima seeks Senate probe into farmers' killings

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the killings of farmers 'prove the inability' of the government to maintain peace and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes

SLAIN BROTHERS. Wake of brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Malacañang slams U.S. senators for 'interfering' with PH sovereignty

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The American senators who called on the Duterte government to drop charges against Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa should 'mind their own business,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. senators urge Philippines to drop charges vs De Lima, Maria Ressa

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:13 PM

US senator Marsha Blackburn says of the bipartisan resolution: '...while we value our relationship with the Philippines, the US Congress expects to see real change to the current practices of the Duterte government'

UNDER SIEGE. Composite file photos of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (left), and Senator Leila de Lima. Photo of Ressa by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Last chance

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In order to protect our Constitution and sovereignty, we need to keep the strength and independence of our Senate; and the Senate is only as strong and independent as its opposition bloc. If the opposition falls, so does our democracy.

De Lima: PH now 'stripped naked of ICC protection' vs Duterte, China

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

'As sure as anything, Duterte will continue to commit crimes against humanity on his countrymen, and China will continue to commit acts of aggression against Filipino fisherfolks,' says Senator Leila de Lima

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

ICC complaint vs China's Xi 'deserves support' of Filipinos – senators

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a patriotic move....that deserves the support of every freedom-loving Filipino whose duty is to protect and preserve our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

FALSE: Wife of Joma Sison is sister of Senator Leila de Lima

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Senator Leila de Lima has only one sister named Caroline de Lima; 'Julieta' is not her sister. Her two other siblings are Vicente de Lima II and Vicente de Lima Jr.

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Adding insult to injustice

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If anything, the findings of the UN Working Group give a sense of both what justice may be like properly done and of the untold mockery it has been subjected to in De Lima’s case

'Magsama tayo sa impyerno': Tense hearing gets trial rolling for De Lima

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Intelligence agent Jovencio Ablen Jr reiterates his claim that he saw the delivery of bags of money to Senator Leila de Lima’s house in Parañaque, which the senator dismisses as 'pure fiction'

DRUG TRIAL. Detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her trial over illegal drug charges pending before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 205 on March 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

De Lima wants court to charge Bilibid convicts in drug cases

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:56 AM

‘It would be a complete travesty of justice should the Honorable Court sanction the arbitrary and wrongful exclusion from the Information of those who had actual participation in the illegal drug trade,’ says De Lima

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

Jinggoy Estrada, Francis Tolentino poke fun at De Lima in campaign speeches

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The two administration-allied senatorial candidates make repeated digs at detained Senator Leila de Lima in their speeches in campaign sorties

Davao City Mayor Sara Dutertre leads the Hugpong Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in Portrero Malabon. With her are the senatorial, partylist and local candidates supported by HNP. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo hits 'sad state' of justice as De Lima marks 2nd year in jail

Feb 24, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the call must not just be 'Justice for Leila,' but also 'Justice for the Filipino'

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Vice President Leni Robredo renews her call for the release of opposition Senator Leila de Lima. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

De Lima marks 2nd year in jail: 'How many more years shall I endure?'

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says while 'the vengeful Mr Duterte' may have succeeded in confining her, he failed to stop her from fulfilling her public duties

Photo from Otso Diretso

De Lima marks 2nd year in jail with new book

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's 'Dispatches from Crame II: Faith, Hope & Love' collects her opinion pieces on human rights, press freedom, and what it's like to be a 'prisoner of conscience'

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

[OPINION] Democracy under siege

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.

Ex-CIDG chief: DOJ witness vs De Lima was involved in drug trade

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong tells a Muntinlupa judge that they learned Rafael Ragos 'was involved in extorting and receiving payola from high profile inmates'

WITNESS. Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong talks to Senator Leila De Lima during a recess of the detained lawmaker's hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC on February 22, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[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

File photo