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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.

Malaysia's Anwar on PH: You can't abuse power vs opposition

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The once-jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim weighs in on attacks against President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, including Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the MAP CEO Conference held at the Makati Shangri-la on September 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Unjust to De Lima, unjust to all

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:16 AM

This is the strong arm of the state at play. And in cases where the highest official of the land has a personal stake, even courts become a part of this strong arm, wittingly or unwittingly.

Sereno to Filipinos: Have courage to stop martial law

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:20 AM

When people become afraid to speak, 'we would have helped the tyrant win,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

NO TO DICTATORSHIP. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos should stop the return of martial law. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima bill raises statutory age of rape to 18

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says Senate Bill 1949 seeks to protect the youth 'by all means and at all costs'

[OPINION] Beacon in dark times: Why we need the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:05 AM

Populist-nationalists have our democracies in their sights and they have already fired an opening salvo

De Lima marks 2nd birthday in jail with new book

Aug 25, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'To the Filipino people: No matter the persecution, I will never stop fighting,' Senator Leila de Lima writes in the dedication page of 'Fight for Freedom and Other Writings'

BOOK. Senator Leila de Lima launches her second book while in detention. Photo from Fight for Freedom and Other Writings FB event page

Minority senators to SC: Allow video conference for De Lima in ICC case

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:46 PM

To prove that her motion to personally appear during oral arguments is 'not a ploy to escape detention,' Senator Leila De Lima is 'willing to argue while in detention through a live video and/or audio feed'

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

SC denies De Lima's appeal to join ICC oral arguments

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The High Court says the August 28 oral arguments will proceed as scheduled

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court denies the request of detained Senator Leila De Lima  to personally participate in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What if Ninoy Aquino met Leila de Lima? Noynoy jokes about their chat

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III imagines a conversation between his father and Senator Leila de Lima, both of whom were jailed by sitting presidents

ICON. Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr was regarded as the staunchest opponent of the dictatorship of then-president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

'Lawyers now targets of drug war'

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'Maybe it is only ironic that the mastermind of this breakdown in the rule of law, where even lawyers are no longer safe, is a lawyer himself,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte

TARGETS? Senator Leila de Lima is surrounded by a platoon of cops as she attends her drug trade hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC. File photo by the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

MMDA urged to 'rethink' driver-only car rule on EDSA

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the government 'cannot always try its luck through trial-and-error' when solving traffic congestion

EDSA TRAFFIC. The MMDA is under fire for the new policy barring single-passenger cars from EDSA during rush hour. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

18 months after arrest, De Lima finally arraigned in drugs cases

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila De Lima refuses to enter a plea, calling it ‘a sham case’

ARRAIGNED. Senator Leila De Lima leaves the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 10, 2018, after she was arraigned before Branch 205 for 2 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

SC denies De Lima request to join ICC oral arguments

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Supreme Court Justices Carpio and Jardeleza vote to allow De Lima's participation but are outvoted

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

Robredo hits Duterte for 'untruth' on human rights

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo challenges human rights advocates, 'Beyond speaking truth to power, we must speak truth to the heart of every Filipino'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the fight for human rights must be made relevant to the hearts of Filipinos. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima's family receives Prize for Freedom award on her behalf

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima is the second Filipino to be conferred the award, after former president Corazon Aquino in 1987

'PRIZE FOR FREEDOM.' Liberal International gives the 'Prize for Freedom' award to detained Senator Leila de Lima. Her family receives the award on her behalf. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate minority to SC: Allow De Lima to argue on ICC case

Jul 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'The issues in this case being of transcendental importance, Senator De Lima should not be prevented from personally arguing the case before the Honorable Court by mere reason of her incidental detention,' says the Senate minority bloc

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte’s SONA and Cha-Cha: Distraction and destruction that may galvanize the nation

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

In the end, as it has always been before, it will be up to the Filipino people – the real and ultimate sovereign – to intervene and chart our common destiny

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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