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Filipinos slam Marcos a year after hero's burial

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Philippines marks the first year since dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried a hero upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte

'NO HERO'. Protesters slam the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Protesters bring shovels near Marcos grave

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:49 PM

'Unearth the dictator,' says an anti-Marcos group a year after the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was given a hero's burial

HUKAYIN. Anti-Marcos group Block Marcos staged a protest in front of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Saturday, November 18. Photo by Twitter user @nicadoom

Marcos not a hero, critics assert a year after hero's burial

Nov 18, 2017 - 4:40 PM

'Honors undeserved do not transform the undeserving,' says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

LOYALISTS. Marcos loyalists with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos gather in Manila on November 7, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Did terrorists escape? Firearms cache found in Lake Lanao

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Up to 30 firearms are recovered from Lake Lanao, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says there could be more

I LOVE MARAWI. The final battle happened near Lake Lanao. Sourced photo

Phlpost issues Ferdinand Marcos birth centennial stamps

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Netizens are outraged over a commemorative stamp showing a smiling Marcos with his signature and the words "Birth Centenary," which was issued to mark the centenary of his birth on September 11

COMMEMORATIVE. The Philipine Postal Corporation issued stamps in time for the centennial of the birth of the ousted dictator. Photo by AFP

Families can return to Marawi starting October 29

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development calls for close coordination among the evacuees, barangays, and social welfare offices

HOMECOMING. Family displaced by the war in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Esperon favors extension of martial law in Mindanao

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Martial law may be still be needed even after December 31 to help the military crack down on other terror groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Families of killed soldiers in Marawi to get free houses from NHA

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The new AFP-PNP Housing Program grants two housing units worth P450,000 to soldiers and police officers killed in action

HEROES. Soldiers who fought the battle against terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by JTF Marawi HEROES. Soldiers who fought the battle against terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by JTF Marawi

TIMELINE: The 'liberation' of Marawi

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Look back at the government's actions and the military's challenges and triumphs to retake Marawi City from terrorists

LIBERATED. Soldiers raise the Philippine flag in Marawi on the day President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of the city from terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Who's Paranoid

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Marawi evacuees to get DSWD aid for 2 months after returning home

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Food packs will be given to those who stayed in evacuation centers and those who fled to homes of relatives or friends

MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced residents lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo lauds military for Marawi liberation

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also calls for cooperation and unity to ensure genuine and lasting peace

HEALING STARTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the liberation of Marawi City marks the start of rehabilitation and healing of the war-torn area. File photo by the Office of the Vice President

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Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:50 PM

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

Lorenzana: ‘We're not talking about lifting martial law yet’

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The defense secretary says they will assess the lifting of martial law in Mindanao once troops have cleared the Marawi battle area of terrorists

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they have yet to discuss if they can lift martial law in Mindanao. File photo

Lawmakers welcome AFP's killing of Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) With the crisis in Marawi believed to be nearing its end, lawmakers also call for the immediate rehabilitation of the war-torn city

Duterte warns of revolutionary gov't amid 'destabilization'

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says that this possible revolutionary government will last until the end of his term

REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte warns that he will declare a revolutionary government in the face of destabilization plots. Screenshot from PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang'

After 3 months, several Lumad still cannot go home

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:23 PM

The Lakbayanis are supposed to cap off the annual Lakbayan during the commemoration of declaration of Martial Law. Some 3 months since they came to Metro Manila, however, and the Lumads have still not gone home.

What I learned from being featured by the Duterte online machine

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:09 PM

I am a responsible person who makes positive contributions to my family, community, and country. Drug use in no way adversely affects my personal or professional lives.

ICYMI: This film shows what happens when freedom of speech is stifled

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'History of the Underground' takes a hard and painful look at life during Martial Law with rare and recently unreleased footage from the era

Duterte hit for 'absolving' Bongbong, Imee from Marcos sins

Sep 30, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The President insists – falsely – that Bongbong Marcos was a 'child' and Imee Marcos, 'young,' when documented atrocities of Martial Law took place

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his interview during Erwin Tulfo's program 'Sa Totoo Lang' which was aired on the People's Television on September 29, 2017 gestures as he reiterates that it is his sworn duty to enforce the law to any Filipino regardless of their social status. Malacañan Photo

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Was Martial Law needed to defeat the communists?

Sep 27, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Two wrongs don't make a right, says Claudio

'Buwan at Baril' returns onstage at PETA Theater Center

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Freedom from Debt Coalition and Sugid Productions announce a rerun of the play by Chris Millado

WATCH: What are millennials fighting for?

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Millennials share why they joined the protest on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

YOUTH POWER. In an evident show of force, millennials troop to Luneta Park on Thursday, September 21, to join the multi-sectoral protest marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Rappler

Xavier Ateneo community remembers victims of martial law

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Some members of the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan community unite in solidarity on the National Day of Protest, for a prayer vigil within the campus

REMEMBERING. The Xavier Ateneo community in Cagayan De Oro lit candles in a prayer vigil to remember some of the martial law heroes. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo

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Sep 24, 2017 - 12:02 PM

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La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

WATCH: Songs of protest to remember horrors of Martial Law

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:50 PM

On Thursday, September 21, Filipinos stand up for their rights in various ways – including through art and music

BELL TOWER. UP Carillon plays 'Bayan Ko' and 'UP Naming Mahal' on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law. Screenshot from the UP Diliman USC post

VIRAL: UP student studying biology while in rally

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:18 AM

'We uphold honor and excellence in both our academics and our love for our nation,' says Dani Ting, the 3rd year UP psychology student in the viral photo

NDRRMC reschedules postponed earthquake drill to September 27

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:56 PM

NDRRMC initially schedules the earthquake drill on September 21. The drills are postponed after President Duterte declared it as a National Day of Protest.

COVER. Soldiers cover their heads during the Nationwide Earthquake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

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Sep 22, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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Nuns and priests to Duterte: 'Magpo-protesta kami hangga't kailangan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'Kailangan nating iparating sa pamamagitan ng pagdalo at pakikisama rito para marinig, at sana marinig nga, na maitama ang dapat na maitama dahil binigay natin sa kanya ang boto ng bayan,' says Colegio de San Juan de Letran rector Fr Clarence Marquez

STOP THE KILLINGS. Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross braved the rain in Luneta to protest against extrajudicial killings. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On the 45th Martial Law anniversary, SPIT Manila talks about the value of presence

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:39 PM

In a world saturated with outspoken keyboard activists, these artists are keeping the true spirit of protest alive

Martial Law anniversary protests: Millennials own the fight

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Young people show up at protest rallies across the country on September 21 to stand up and fight for human rights and freedoms for their generation

Cops scramble to pin down real numbers in pro-Duterte rally

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:33 PM

The PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) counts the Plaza Miranda rally to peak at 7,000 while the Manila Police District (MPD) tallies more than double, recording 16,000

PACKED. Pro-Duterte protesters in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Sep 22, 2017 - 1:18 PM

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Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, a day of protest vs return of martial law

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:38 AM

Various groups observe the 45th anniversary of Martial Law around the country

Pro-Duterte rallyists start to gather at Plaza Miranda for the day of protest. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How millennials protested on Sept 21 – from streets to social media

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Hashtags #NeverAgain, #ManlabanTayo, #DayofProtest, and #LunetaRally trend the whole day of September 21

Bacolod diocese to ring church bells for 40 days

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 AM

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon says the ringing of church bells is a 'revival of a century-old practice for the departed. Now it becomes even more meaningful, in the context of extrajudicial killings.'

PRAYER RALLY. The Diocese of Bacolod led by Bishop Patricio Buzon holds prayer rally Thursday night, September 21, at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City to mark the 45th anniversary of martial law. All photos by Marchel P. Espina/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

Only a moron would say I 'surrendered' to Marcoses – Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Anti-martial law groups launch protests on Thursday comparing President Rodrigo Duterte to Marcos, who is also notorious for human rights violations under his regime

5TH VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rody's cube: Duterte's many faces burn on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:35 PM

The effigy depicts the 'different faces' of President Rodrigo Duterte whom the militant protesters now describe as an authoritarian leader in the mold of Marcos

MULTI-FACETED. An effigy showing the face of President Rodrigo Duterte called "Rudy's cube" was being burned at Mendiola on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

IN PHOTOS: PH stars remember the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:48 PM

Agot Isidro, Pen Medina, Saab Magalona, and more perform and participate in the protests to remember the declaration of Martial Law

Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Some 2,000 members of minority groups join the Mendiola rally on September 21, telling stories of how government troops have attacked their schools and communities

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'

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Sep 21, 2017 - 7:50 PM

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