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Philippines holds midterm polls seen as final step in Duterte consolidation

May 13, 2019 - 5:54 AM

'This could be a watershed moment in Philippine politics and governance, the final step of consolidation by the Duterte family of its dominance over the political elite,' says political analyst Antonio La Viña

President Rodrigo attends the Miting de Avance of the PDP Laban at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City on Saturday, May 11, as he again endorses the senatorial slate which composes of Raffy Alunan, JV Ejercito, Imee marcos, Dong Mangudadatu, Bato Dela Rosa, Duterte, Bong Go, Koko Pimentel, Francis Tolentino, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, and artists Freddie Aguilar. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Imee Marcos on running with PDP-Laban: 'God works in mysterious ways'

May 11, 2019 - 9:40 PM

PDP-Laban was founded to fight the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Decades later, Marcos' daughter Imee is an ally of the party.

Imee Marcos speaks at a campaign rally in Manila on February 27, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Book on Martial Law launched: 'It is happening again'

May 05, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime

UNITED. Mary Racelis, one of the contributors of the book, responds to the audience in behalf of all the authors seated on the platform during the 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' launch on May 2. Photo by Maria Gabriela Aquino/Rappler

New York court awards $13.75M to Marcos Martial Law victims – lawyer

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) American lawyer Robert Swift claims the ruling is binding on the Philippine government despite the earlier decision of the Department of Justice to cancel the settlement

MARTIAL LAW. Martial Law victims call for the imprisonment of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, who was recently convicted for 7 counts of graft over illegal Swiss foundations. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


OSG: Martial law compensation from paintings 'disadvantageous' to govt

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice and Presidential Commission on Good Government unanimously withdraw from the agreement

Martial Law victims and militants rally outside the Sandiganbayan hearing the conviction of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No rebellion charges filed in 2018 martial law, yet SC allows 3rd extension

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:08 PM

In his dissent, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza calls this accommodation of President Rodrigo Duterte ‘the Court’s seeming abdication of its duty’

DISSENTERS. Four justices dissent to the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Duterte OKs reso extending validity of Martial Law victims compensation

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The Congress resolution extends the maintenance, availability, and release of the funds for victims of Marcos Martial Law human rights violations until December 31, 2019

COMPENSATION. Martial law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Why should young Filipinos in the diaspora care about Martial Law?

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:00 PM

We need to remember why Filipinos both in the Philippines and abroad rallied against a dictator

Violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct – Bersamin

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:35 PM

‘Accuracy is not the question here,’ says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, one of the 9 justices who outvoted original member in charge Justice Caguioa

MARTIAL LAW. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc found that there is sufficient factual basis for the 3rd extension of martial law despite inconsistent military reports. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court upholds 3rd extension of Mindanao martial law

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The en banc votes 9-4 to dismiss 4 petitions that questioned the third extension of martial law in Mindanao

3RD EXTENSION. The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of  the 3rd extension of martial law over Mindanao in a majority vote on February 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Who were targets of disinformation in 2018?

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Aquinos, the Catholic Church, and critics of Marcos and Martial Law, are the top targets of disinformation in the 133 claims that Rappler fact-checked in 2018

PH reiterates ISIS threat in Supreme Court oral arguments

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida insists 23 factions of Moro rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIS

ISIS. Solicitor General Jose Calida reiterated on January 29, 2019, the threat of ISIS to the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Military to recommend ending martial law if enemy strength down to 30%

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

But with baselines and deadlines unclear, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it could mean that martial law can last until the end of Duterte’s term

MARTIAL LAW. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal tells the Supreme Court that they will be "glad to recommend the lifting of martial law" if enemies are "degraded" to only 30%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Prove this is rebellion,' Caguioa says of military martial law report

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Some incidents ‘seem to be for motives other than rebellion,’ says Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa interpellates the military's deputy chief of staff for intelligence during oral arguments on the 3rd extension of martial law on January 29, 2019. Screenshot from SC PIO

European investors wary over Jolo bombing, martial law

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines points out that safety is a top concern of companies eyeing investments in the country

Jolo bombing 'more reason' to retain martial law – Malacañang

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The two recent major bombings in Mindanao are 'too little' to prove martial law has been ineffective, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

MISLEADING: Imee Marcos 'was a minor' during Martial Law

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The senatorial hopeful was 17 years old when Martial Law was proclaimed, but was already turning 31 in 1986, the year her family was exiled from the Philippines

Supreme Court compels DND to submit confidential 2018 martial law report

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Justices want to assess whether the report can be tackled in the upcoming oral arguments, or if it warrants an executive session

MARTIAL LAW. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other members of the Cabinet and the PNP and AFP leaderships attend the joint session that deliberated the 3rd extension of martial law. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Martial law 3rd extension: What new arguments will SC discuss?

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) What petitioners can hope for are new views from the new justices

[ANALYSIS] The economic fallacies surrounding martial law’s extension

Jan 10, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The greatest danger in the repeated and poorly justified extension of martial law is that it’s a slippery slope to a similar declaration nationwide. Will Congress continue to throw all economic sense out the window?

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The hearings are scheduled for January 22 and 23

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers ask SC to void 3rd Mindanao martial law extension

Jan 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The opposition bloc in the House of Representatives tell the High Court that the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019 'mocks' the 1987 Constitution

PETITION VS MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION IN MINDANAO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and other opposition lawmakers have filed a petition against the third extension of martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme ourt. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Continuing martial law without continuing rebellion

Dec 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How can an election conducted under martial law in Duterte's own home region be free or fair at all?

Military rule in Duterte's homeland

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

'On what grounds?' Netizens question martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Restricting 'the freedom of many because of the radical minds of [a] few is too much,' says one Mindanaoan

Congress approves 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Margie de Leon

CHR warns of danger in 'normalization' of Mindanao martial law

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the government can 'quell any threats without the need to invoke the extraordinary powers of martial law'

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Maria Ressa is Time 'Person Of The Year' | Midday wRap

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Quita Chuatico

Malacañang thanks Congress for 3rd martial law extension

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Extended military rule in Mindanao will allow the government to make 'substantial progress' in quelling 'rebellion' there, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Martial law extension needed for 'public safety' – Mindanao congressmen

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'If there are indeed abuses as what other sectors claim to, why are we, Mindanaons, still craving for the continued implementation of martial law?' asks Misamis Occidental 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal

JOINT SESSION. The Senate and the House of Representatives voted in favor of a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao on December 12, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Martial law cannot be the new norm in Mindanao' – Drilon, Escudero

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Likening martial law to an antibiotic, Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says, 'It is resorted to only when ordinary over-the-counter drugs have ceased to work'

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Congress extends martial law in Mindanao to end of 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) This is the third extension of martial law in Mindanao granted to President Rodrigo Duterte

JOINT SESSION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo preside the joint session on President Rodrigo's request for another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Castro: I’m proof of martial law abuses in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recalls her arrest in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and what she described as 'laughable' charges of child abuse, human trafficking, and kidnapping were filed against her

FAKE CHARGES. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recounts her brief detention in Talaingod, Davao del Norte during the joint session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana: Fair, peaceful 2019 polls in Mindanao if martial law extended

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Minority senators slam the government's reasoning that martial law makes it easy for the military, police, and local government units to carry out their mandate

Photo by Jirre Carreon

No actual rebellion, no data to back martial law extension – lawmakers

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Military chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says there is also no allocation in the proposed 2019 budget for another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao

NOT JUSTIFIED. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says there is no actual, armed rebellion ongoing in Mindanao. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao for 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Duterte's request to extend martial law

[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

Duterte asks Congress for another 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao | Evening wRap

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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Senators raise legal issues on one-year martial law extension

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Half of the incumbent senators will no longer be in office by June. Can they still vote on the proposed one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao?

(From left to right) Senators Ralph Recto, Tito Sotto III and Franklin Drilon await the arrival of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace on January 30, 2017. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

DOCUMENT: Duterte asks Congress for another 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the San Beda Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at Club Filipino in San Juan City on November 23, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rights groups oppose another martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Father Allan Khen Apus of Movement Against Tyranny says there has been 'a marked increased of of human rights violations' in Mindanao since martial law started there

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:33 PM

If lawmakers approve of this, Mindanao will be under martial law until December 31, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to his cabinet members prior to starting the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte approves ‘in principle’ recommendation for martial law extension

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The Department of National Defense, military, and police are united in recommending a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through some documents while presiding over the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

If Duterte asks, Arroyo to recommend 3rd Mindanao martial law extension

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:26 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the input of lawmakers from Mindanao 'will carry much weight during the deliberations' on another martial law extension in the region

ALLIES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo meets with President Rordrigo Duterte in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. File photo from Arroyo's office

Mindanao residents slam AFP, PNP recommendation to extend martial law | Midday wRap

Dec 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

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Mindanao residents slam AFP, PNP recommendation to extend martial law

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Groups say martial law has supposedly led to an increase in fake charges and abuses against community members

Leaders of the Barug Katungod Mindanao composed of mostly lumads, farmers, church workers and human rights defenders oppose the extension of martial law in Mindanao as newly proposed by the AFP December 3, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

AFP, PNP to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'There is really a clamor for the extension considering that the terrorism is still lurking in the area,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

IN UNISON. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and AFP chief Carlito Galvez say their agencies need a longer martial law implementation so they can continue to secure Mindanao. Photos by Darren Langit and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enrile: No justifiable reason to declare nationwide martial law

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:05 PM

On the issue of extending martial law again in Mindanao, former police chief Dela Rosa also claims in the same forum that it is far from Duterte’s mind

Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Measles cases rise worldwide | Evening wRap

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

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Some Mindanao governors, mayors back martial law extension

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:02 PM

'I know na ito ang makakabuti dito sa amin. We are thankful na may martial law,' says Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla in supporting the third extension of martial law in the region

LONGER MARTIAL LAW. Mindanao local officials call for another extension of military rule. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler