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Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:17 AM

At least 67 people have been arrested, says the opposition

PROTESTS. An opposition protester demonstrating against the government takes refuge in the premises of a parking lot upon the arrival of police officers who warned they will arrest anyone who 'alters peace and coexistence', in Managua on April 17, 2019. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

More than 60,000 people flee Nicaragua crisis – U.N.

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

The United Nations refugee agency says those seeking asylum in Costa Rica include 'students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, and farmers'

PROTEST. Nicaraguan students from the Central American University (UCA) protest inside the university against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Managua on March 1, 2019. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Canada has quietly cut off aid to Nicaragua over rights violations

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:38 AM

A Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman says: 'Our government is concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation and economic downturn in Nicaragua.'

University students protest against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega with Nicaraguan national flags at the Central American University (UCA) in Managua on April 10, 2019. The government of President Daniel Ortega said Monday it was ready to continue talks with the opposition on resolving Nicaragua's deadly political crisis. The Central American country has been gripped by a year of political crisis since months of street protests erupted last April leaving more than 325 people dead, most of them opposition demonstrators.  INTI OCON / AFP

Nicaragua suspends government peace talks over 'repression'

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The local Civic Alliance for Justice rights group says peace talks had so far failed to produce hoped for 'legitimate results'

CELEBRATION. People celebrate on the streets of Managua on March 15, 2019 after the government released 50 prisoners from La Modelo maximum security prison into house arrest as part of the peace talks with the opposition alliance on ending the country's long running political crisis. Photo by Maynor Valenzuela/AFP

Nicaraguan government, opposition agree to resume talks

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The talks will resume on Thursday, the government and the opposition Civic Alliance coalition say

PROTEST. Nicaraguan students from the Central American University (UCA) protest inside the university against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Managua on March 1, 2019. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega calls for talks to end political crisis

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega makes the announcement during an event commemorating the 85th anniversary of the death of guerrilla leader Augusto Sandino

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Many Nicaraguan businesses closed as 24-hour strike begins

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Around 20,000 shops and businesses closed in a show of support to tortured, jailed protesters against President Daniel Ortega's government

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The decision comes after the United Nations human rights mission published a report criticizing the persisting 'climate of fear' in the country

An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of six members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. / AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS

Filipino 'prosumers' want brands to tackle social issues – study

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:33 PM

A new type of Filipino consumer that is socially aware is on the rise, and businesses have to keep up with them to stay relevant

RESPONSIBLE. A study says a certain group of consumers are seeking for more meaningful purchases. AFP photo


Venezuela court seeks extradition of Maduro opponents

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Exiled critic Luisa Ortega and opposition leader Julio Borges are accused of being involved in an alleged 'drone' assassination attempt, while former oil chief Rafael Ramirez is accused of fraudulent embezzlement

In this file photo, then-Attorney General Luisa Ortega, the most high-profile official to break ranks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, speaks at during a session of the National Assembly in Caracas, on July 3, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua protest death toll at 317, rights group says

Aug 02, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) says the death toll since protests broke out on April 18 includes 21 police officers and 23 underage victims.

PROTESTS. Youngsters hold homemade mortars during a march by University students and medical doctors dismissed from public hospitals for treating wounded anti-government protesters, against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, in Managua, Nicaragua, on July 31, 2018. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaraguans turn saint's holiday into peace march

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Protesters say they are determined to keep up demonstrations to force President Daniel Ortega's resignation, or at least to hold early elections

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Doctors sacked in Nicaragua for treating wounded protesters

Jul 28, 2018 - 8:43 AM

The allegation bolster reports that those perceived to back protest claims calling for the ouster of President Daniel Ortega were being persecuted by his government and sympathizers

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega refuses protest demands to step down

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights says 292 people have been killed in 3 months of protests and repression by police and paramilitaries using firearms

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at 'La Fe' square in Managua on July 19, 2018. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua bishops still push on mediating crisis talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua says, despite 'the confrontational attitude of the government and slanderous language against the church,' it remains committed to dialogue

MANAGUA BISHOP. Silvio Jose Baez Ortega, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua celebrates mass at the "San Miguel Arcangel" church in Managua on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Ortega undercutting talks on Nicaragua crisis, analysts say

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Ortega, a 72-year-old former guerrilla seen as increasingly autocratic, has taken a hardline stance in 3 months of street demonstrations demanding his departure

EMBATTLED. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo (L), wave to supporters during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at 'La Fe' square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Ortega's forces besiege Nicaragua opposition stronghold

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appears to be intensifying the use of lethal force to quell dissent

BARRICADE. A woman and children place a Nicaraguan, a Vatican and a black flag on a barricade at Monimbo neighbourhood in Masaya, Nicaragua. Photo by  Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaraguan students vow to keep up fight until Daniel Ortega resigns

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:10 AM

A rights group says at least 10 people died on Sunday after pro-government forces launched an operation in the south to clear opposition barricades

NICARAGUA PROTESTS. Friends and relatives attend the funeral of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who was shot dead during clashes with riot police and paramilitaries at Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 35 km from Managua, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Operation by Nicaragua forces leaves at least 10 dead – rights group

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:25 AM

The dead includes 6 civilians – among them two children – and 4 police, according to the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights

ROADBLOCK. Police stand guard in the surroundings of the cathedral as students of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) hid overnight in a church. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Filipino Tepora stops Mexican foe to claim featherweight world crown

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Waiting for his opening throughout, the pride of Cebu City pounced in the 9th round and forced the referee to stop the bout

SPOTLESS. Filipino Jhack Tepora (left) keeps his record unscathed at 22-0 with a technical knockout win of Mexican Edivaldo Ortega. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Tepora guns for world title, 5 other Filipinos see action

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Cebuano pride Jhack Tepora takes on Mexican Edivaldo Ortega for the WBA featherweight title

CONFIDENT. Filipino Jhack Tepora (left) believes he holds advantage over Mexican foe Edivaldo Ortega. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Streets deserted as Nicaragua strikes after protest deaths

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Opposition supporters claim the strike was 90 percent respected across the country while official media announced business as usual in several trade zones

STRIKE. A man pushes a cart past closed stalls during a 24-hour nationwide general strike called by the opposition, at the "Oriental" market in Managua on July 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega rules out early elections

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega breaks his silence on the proposal by the influential Catholic hierarchy to bring forward the elections scheduled for 2021 to March 2019

MOVE ELECTIONS. A supporter of embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega holds a placard reading "Let's go to the Polls. (Ortega) Till 2021" during the government-called "Walk for Security and Peace" in Managua on July 7, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

U.S. orders non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-hit Nicaragua

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Protesters are demanding elections be brought forward, or the resignation of President Daniel Ortega, whom they accuse of establishing a dictatorship with his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

At least 2 dead in Nicaragua's day of anti-Ortega marches

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'I'm here because I want to see my Nicaragua free, it hurts that children like me have died, but we must continue fighting to get this dictator out,' a 15-year-old student says at the Flowers March, which was done in honor of the youth killed during months of unrest

PROTEST. Flowers are seen on a Nicaraguan national flag during the "Marcha de las Flores" -in honor of the children killed during protests- in Managua on June 30, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

'Not one more death': Nicaraguan bishops stand with Ortega's opponents

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Thousands of people welcome several prominent bishops, who leads them through Masaya in procession behind a statue of Jesus

'NOT ONE MORE DEATH.' People celebrate behind a barricade after the arrival of bishops of the Episcopal Conference and members of the Civic Alliance in Masaya, Nicaragua on June 21, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Under the new agreement Managua would allow in the UN, the EU and urge the presence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate "all deaths and acts of violence, the identification of those responsible and a comprehensive plan for the victims so that effective justice is achieved"

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Ortega stays mum as Nicaragua continues violent downward spiral

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Bursts of gun fire resound through the streets of Managua as television footage shows turbulent scenes of armed security forces on foot and in trucks chasing young men away from street barricades

CHAOS. An anti-government demonstrator fires a home-made mortar during clashes with riot police at a barricade in the town of Masaya, 35 km from Managua on June 9, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Ortega, bishops discuss Nicaragua violence but fail to reboot talks

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Silvio Jose Baez, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, says President Daniel Ortega 'asked us for a period of reflection to give us an answer, which we asked he give us in writing'

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya, 35 km from Managua on June 7, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaraguan gov't calls for new talks after 5 more protest deaths

Jun 05, 2018 - 3:30 PM

More than 100 people have died in the violence sweeping Nicaragua since protests erupted on April 18 against President Daniel Ortega, the man who has dominated the Central American country's politics for 4 decades

PROTESTS. A demonstrator stands behind a barricade during protests in Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 40km from Managua on June 2, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Jun 02, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Anguished relatives sobbed over the caskets of their loved ones at a series of funerals in the capital Managua, shocked over the brutal repression of what was a peaceful Mother's Day march.

MOURNING. Yadira Cordoba (C), mother of 14-year-old Orlando Cordoba, allegedly killed by the police during a mother's day protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, reacts during her son's wake in Managua on June 1, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon / AFP

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights says the latest killings occurred in the capital Managua and the cities of Esteli and Masaya, while incidents also took place in Leon

PROTESTS. Mothers take part in a march in support of 'the Mothers of April' movement – whose children died in the protests – on Nicaragua's National Mother'€™s Day in Managua on May 30, 2018. Photo by Diana Ulloa/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition after unrest

May 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The Church-mediated dialogue involves representatives of university students who are leading the protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as well as some from business groups and unions

CRISIS TALKS. Students shout 'Present' for the dead students during talks with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Roman Catholic bishops in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed, at the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima, in Managua on May 16, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

[OPINION] Part 2: Distorting probable cause in Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 9:00 PM

When this case reaches the SC, we can only pray that the Justices see what is at stake here – how it may inform preliminary investigations and arrest warrant issuances

RELEASED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, murder suspect for the death of broadcast journalist Gerry Ortega, is released from jail following a Court of Appeals decision finding no basis for a lower court to hold him on trial. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

[OPINION] Injustice in the Court of Appeals: The Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When the evidence is controverted, when the respondent cannot irrefutably show he is not the one they seek, the bias is for process, truth-telling, and the fires of trial

Sandiganbayan puts ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes back in jail

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Reyes' lawyer says they will take the case to the Supreme Court

CONVICTED. The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan upholds the conviction of Joel Reyes for one count of graft. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

SolGen Calida asks CA to rearrest Joel Reyes

Jan 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the Court of Appeals made a 'grave error' when it disregarded the testimony of a key witness in the murder case against former Palawan governor Joel Reyes

REARREST. Solicitor General Jose Calida joins the motions asking for the rearrest of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

LOOK: Ex-singer and DSWD exec Michelle Ortega marries PNP's Gregorio Pimentel

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is among the sponsors in the wedding held in Baguio City

Duterte stood as sponsor. Ortega is now dswd assistant secretary. But before that she was part of Presidential Management Staff, likely why Bong Go was also part of entourage. Photos from SAP Bong Go

Prosecutors tell Sandiganbayan: Jail Joel Reyes now

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Prosecutors point out that the former Palawan governor remains a flight risk: he evaded arrest for 3 years before he was caught in Thailand

BAIL CANCELATION. Ombudsman prosecutors move for the cancelation of bail of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, convicted for one count of graft by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

De Lima hits CA ruling on ex-Palawan governor Reyes' release

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no 'miracle' here, only a gross miscarriage of justice,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to the decision penned by Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro

Senator Leila De Lima files a Writ of Habeas Data before the Supreme Court in Manila on Monday, November 7, 2016, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why CA dissenters call Joel Reyes freedom 'premature, preposterous'

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:09 AM

The Gerry Ortega murder case is somehow linked to the multi-million Malampaya fund scam, over which Joel Reyes is also facing charges

PREMATURE? Court of Appeals Justice Maria Filomena Singh calls the majority decision to free former Palawan governor Joel Reyes premature.

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Jan 08, 2018 - 7:14 PM

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Malacañang to seek reversal of CA decision releasing Joel Reyes

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, who lawyered for murdered Gerry Ortega, says he will meet with Solicitor General Jose Calida on a plan to file a motion for reconsideration

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ortegas shocked at release of ex-Palawan governor

Jan 06, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'We ask everyone to remain vigilant,' says the family of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega

JUSTICE WANTING. Patricia, the widow of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega is in this photo taken on February 16, 2011. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Palawan ex-gov Joel Reyes, murder suspect, released

Jan 06, 2018 - 1:18 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan convicted Reyes of graft and sentenced him to 6 to 8 years in prison last year, but his lawyer says this is on appeal and has no bearing on his release related to the Gerry Ortega murder case

RELEASED. Former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is released from jail following a Court of Appeals decision finding no basis for a lower court to hold him on trial for the murder of Gerry Ortega. File photo from PNP Public Information Office

Venezuela ex-attorney general says contract killers set after her

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Luisa Ortega: I have information that the persecution is continuing against me and that the government has contracted hitmen to end my life

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega speaks during a press conference at the General Prosecutor's office in San Jose on August 28, 2017. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

Fleeing Maduro critic says Venezuela now lawless

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of involvement in a massive corruption scheme at Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, one of President Nicolas Maduro's most vocal critics, invited by Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot, speaks during a conference with representatives from the Latin American regional trading alliance Mercosur, in Brasilia, on August 23, 2017. Ortega promised to use the international forum in Brazil to intensify corruption allegations against Maduro, who called for her arrest. Days after a dramatic escape from Venezuela, Ortega arrived in Brasilia promising to dish dirt on Maduro, who in turn asked Interpol to put out a "red notice" warrant for his critic.  / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA