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Counter-protest: Pro-Duterte crowd arrives at anti-Martial Law rally in Luneta

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

More than an hour before the start of the anti-Martial Law activity in Luneta, administration supporters, wearing red shirts, are bussed in to hold their own rally nearby

RED SHIRT CROWD. President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters rally at the Luneta Grandstand to counter the anti-Martial Law gathering at the nearby Rizal Monument on September 21, 2018, the 46th anniversary of the Declaration of Martail Law. All photos by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Why did media cross police lines at the Cubao terror drill?

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Though the terror exercise – which saw incoming police chief Director Oscar Albayalde ordering the rule-breakers to cross the line – is far from reality, there could be days when the police will have it real and worse

NCRPO CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde at a House of Representatives. HOR photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Police, media 'repeat' 2010 Luneta hostage crisis mistake in Cubao terror drill

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Cameramen cross police lines to shoot the climax of a simulated terror attack. Police respond too late.

FAMILIAR FORMATION? Quezon City Police District operatives surround a hostaged bus, the same way police did in the 2010 Luneta hostage-taking crisis. DARREN LANGIT

The week in photos: December 30, 2017-January 5, 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 2:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People visit the Harbin Ice and Snow World, part of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2018.The festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, officially opens on January 5. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

Got no time to go out of town? Go visit Rizal Park!

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Luneta has gone through a lot of changes lately

DSWD drive shows 'right and responsible way' to help homeless families

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:31 PM

#HelptheHomelessPH campaign seeks to make the public understand why homeless people stay in the streets and to redirect their perception about giving alms on the streets

raise public awareness on the real plight of homeless families

IN PHOTOS: PH sends off 60,000 security personnel for ASEAN Summit

Nov 05, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The Philippine government is 'ready and equipped' for the summit

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Luneta protesters urge Duterte to stop killings, halt return to dictatorship

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The loudest and most repeated call at the Luneta was for President Rodrigo Duterte to end the drug war and assure Filipinos he will not expand coverage of martial law

TAKING A STAND. Protesters at Luneta sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?' from Les Miserables. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Pro-Duterte, anti-Martial Law groups engage in chant battle on Mendiola

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Former congressman Teddy Casiño says it's 'a big joke' that President Duterte declares September 21 a day of protest: 'He is the subject of the protest'

Sept 21 protest organizers to Duterte: Why limit space for rally?

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:52 PM

According to the Movement Against Tyranny, the space assigned by the National Parks Development Committee to the group can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 people. The group expects tens of thousands to join its activity.

LIMITED SPACE? The area assigned to the Movement Against Tyranny protest can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 individuals.

Amid malicious messages, organizers gear up for biggest rally on Sept 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:29 PM

'This will be Duterte's baptism of fire,' says Obet de Castro of the Movement Against Tyranny

IN PHOTOS: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino parade

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:12 PM

The stars of the 12 participating films join the motorcade in Manila

Arroyo wants transportation security commission vs terrorism

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The former Chief Executive whose presidency witnessed the worst terror attack in the country says a system of accountability would allow concerned agencies to perform their functions better

SAFER STREETS. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo files a bill aimed to address the terrorism threat on the transportation sector.

Philippine Independence Day 2017 events

Jun 11, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Here are the events lined up as the Philippines celebrates the 119th anniversary of its independence on Monday June 12

119TH. June 12, 2017 is the Philippines' 119th celebration of its independence from Spanish colonization.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, April 3-9, 2017

Apr 09, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Hello Here s a round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

Fit of rage: Duterte supporters' anti-Robredo rally in photos

Apr 03, 2017 - 6:36 PM

The President s supporters accuse the Vice President of shaming the country for criticizing its drug war to which thousands of deaths have been linked

Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gather at the Quirino Grandstand on April 2, 2017, to call for the ouster of Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Duterte urged to declare revolutionary government

Apr 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

During the Palit Bise rally participants are asked to sign a petition for the establishment of a revolutionary government

PETITION. A Palit Bise rally participant signs a petition urging Duterte to the establishment a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Robredo urged to 'stop shaming' Duterte

Apr 02, 2017 - 9:20 PM

UPDATED Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte hold a rally saying Vice President Leni Robredo should change her criticism of the Duterte administration or be ousted

CHANGE THE VP. Duterte supporters gathers at the Quirino Grandstand on SUnday, April 2 to call for Vice President Leni Robredo's replacement. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

The morning after: Duterte supporters continue to pack Luneta

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:09 AM

The police say about 2 000 stayed the night after their show of force on Saturday February 25 and more arrived Sunday morning February 26

Robredo on Cabinet: 'Hindi ko ipagsisiksikan ang sarili ko'

Jan 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Iyong Cabinet post kasi position of confidence iyon Kailangang buo ang tiwala sa akin ng Pangulo Vice President Leni Robredo says

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated that she did not join any rally calling for President Rodrigo Duterte's ouster. File photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

IN PHOTOS: Signs of the times at Luneta rally

Nov 26, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Yes I didn t experience Martial Law but I didn t have to because they fought for me says one of the placards during the November 25 rally

GRAND RALLY. Thousands of protesters gather at Luneta on Friday, November 25, to voice their opposition against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

The night Ferdinand Marcos was buried – again

Nov 26, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Hindi bayani isang hangal Not a hero but a fool goes a protest song at the Luneta on Friday November 25

The National Day of Rage and Unity rally at the Luneta protesting the burial of former president Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 25, 2016.

Students at anti-Marcos rally: We're part of the fight

Nov 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The youth need not experience the abuses of Martial Law to understand it Students say they can research and read about one of the darkest periods in Philippine history

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Baguio anti-Marcos rally: 'This will not be the last'

Nov 26, 2016 - 12:12 AM

Hundreds of protesters march along Session Road vowing to sustain protest actions until Ferdinand Marcos remains are exhumed from the Libingan ng mga Bayani and returned to Ilocos Norte

PROTEST. University students march along Session Road to protest the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, November 25, 2016. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Protesters in Imelda’s Tacloban: Dig up Marcos remains

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:00 PM

UP Tacloban students and protesters from other sectors say Ferdinand Marcos does not deserve a place in the Heroes’ Cemetery due to the human rights violations committed during his dictatorial reign

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

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Nov 25, 2016 - 9:48 PM

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Bicol protesters: Hold Duterte accountable for Marcos burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Marches and rallies denouncing President Duterte s decision to allow a hero s burial for Marcos are held in Legazpi Daet Naga Sorsogon and Virac in the Bicol region

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sideshow: Group goes to Luneta to defend Duterte

Nov 25, 2016 - 8:37 PM

10 young people some of them wearing citizens military training fatigues with red armbands remind protesters: you know very well Duterte promised during the campaign a hero s burial for Marcos

DUTERTE DEFENDERS. A small group of young people goes to Luneta, near the venue of the grand anti-Marcos rally on November 25, 2016. They remind protesters that President Rodrigo Duterte did not make secret during the campaign that he would allow a hero’s burial for Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Luneta protesters to Duterte: End alliance with Marcos family

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:18 PM

UPDATED Thousands troop to Luneta despite the rains to denounce the hero s burial that President Rodrigo Duterte accorded dictator Ferdinand Marcos – a campaign promise he made to the Marcos family

Bacolod: Negrenses rally in heavy rain vs Marcos burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Protesters in Negros Occidental remember the atrocities during Martial Law foremost of which was the Escalante Massacre of 1985

BRAVING THE RAINS. Protesters in Negros Occidental march from the San Sebastian Cathedral to the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City to express indignation over a hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

LIVE: Anti-Marcos burial rallies - November 25, 2016

Nov 25, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Get live updates from protest rallies against Marcos to be held in Metro Manila and provinces in the Philippines on Friday November 25 2016

Nationwide protests today vs Marcos hero's burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

2ND UPDATE Protest rallies against the hero s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos begin across the country on Friday November 25 to mark the National Day of Rage and Unity

ANTI-MARCOS PROTEST. Various groups hold protest actions against the hero's burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Schedule: November 25 rallies vs Marcos

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED The rally is organized by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang together with youth and student organizations

Pro-Marcos tweets: A minority during Luneta rally

Aug 15, 2016 - 2:55 PM

A few tweets rooting for Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani pop up here and there amid a wave of anti Marcos sentiment

Politicians alongside martial law victims gather in front of the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Luneta to protest against the motion to bury former President Ferdinand Marcon in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 14, 2016.

Amid rain, citizens protest vs Marcos hero's burial

Aug 14, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Members of different organizations convene against the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

NEVER AGAIN. Politicians alongside martial law victims gather in front of the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Luneta to protest against the motion to bury former President Ferdinand Marcon in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 14, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#MarcosIsNotAHero, #MarcosBurial trend on Twitter

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The Luneta protest against Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani sparks a litany of posts

White was the color of the day at the #MarcosBurial rally. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

August 14 assembly vs Marcos burial: What to expect

Aug 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The rally in Luneta from 8 am to 12 noon is meant to urge President Duterte to withdraw his decision allowing a hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

NO TO MARCOS IN LIBINGAN. Various groups convene to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to grant the late President Marcos a hero's burial.

INFOGRAPHIC: PH Independence Day 2016 activities, services

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Check out the free activities and government services on Sunday June 12 as Filipinos commemorate Independence Day

Sculptor Eduardo Castrillo dies at 73

May 20, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Eduardo Castrillo was the artist behind the People Power monument in EDSA and more iconic sculptures around the country

EDUARDO CASTRILLO. The Filipino sculptor behind iconic pieces like the People's Power Monument in EDSA, the 'Martyrdom of Dr Jose P Rizal' in Luneta Park, the Andres Bonifacio Monument near the City Hall of Manila, and more, has died. Photo from eduardocastrillo.com

Duterte endorses Pacquiao during his last campaign rally

May 08, 2016 - 7:52 AM

Even if he is not on my side kindly support Pacman He is my friend We are both from Mindanao Duterte says in Filipino during the Rizal Park campaign rally

UNITED NATION. Mindanao's favorite presidential bet, Rodrigo Duterte, calls for national unity during his last campaign rally held at Rizal Park on Saturday, May 7. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte at miting de avance: It will be one Filipino nation

May 08, 2016 - 3:45 AM

Itong si Roxas pati si Presidente [Aquino] they are promoting hatred and division in the people as if sila na lang yung partido that is all that matters in this world says Duterte

'ONE  NATION.' Rodrigo Duterte, who hopes to be the first Mindanaoan president, promises to unify the country. Photo by Manman Dejeto

High hopes for Archer and Delta’s last run

Feb 11, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Cheer on DLSU and cars from other Philippine schools by watching the Shell Eco Marathon from March 3 to 6 at the Luneta Park Circuit

Rizal’s descendant holds protest against Torre de Manila

Jan 02, 2016 - 12:19 AM

Isaac Reyes a descendant of the Rizal family calls the controversial Torre de Manila a national disgrace and supports the campaign for its demolition

NATIONAL DISGRACE. Isaac Reyes, a descendant of the Rizal family, holds signs calling for the demolition of the Torre de Manila, which he describes as a 'national disgrace'. Image courtesy of Isaac Reyes

SC justices hit Torre de Manila petitioners for bypassing 'slow' courts

Jul 21, 2015 - 7:39 PM

High Court Associate Justice Leonen tells petitioners It s unfair that you ask relief from the Supreme Court bypassing all our stated rules because your case is very very special

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

SC justice on Torre de Manila: Gov't guidelines have no legal weight

Jul 21, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Justice Francis Jardeleza says the National Historical Commission of the Philippines guidelines on monuments were never published to have the effect of a law

SC Asssociate Justice Antonio Carpio presides the oral argument on the Torre de Manila case in the absence of Chief Justice Sereno. (c) MZSaludes

Ambulances, medical booths in Manila on Independence Day

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin gives 7 tips for people who will join Independence Day activities

5 old Metro Manila buildings with a new lease on life

Apr 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Old hotels mansions and an airport terminal have become the hippest haunts in Metro Manila showing how heritage structures can still work the charm

OLDSCHOOL CHARM. The Henry Hotel Manila  winds back the clock with its 1950s mansion and gardens. Photo from The Henry Hotel website