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Environment group hits Oceanagold for operating without gov't contract

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Kalikasan PNE also calls out the environment department for not blocking Oceanagold's application for Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement renewal. Its first FTAA has expired on June 20.

OCEANAGOLD. A mining pit operated by OceanaGold. Image from oceanagold.com

Environmental group urges gov't not to renew OceanaGold's contract

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Kalikasan PNE national coordinator Leon Dulce says the government's decision on Oceanagold for contract renewal will serve as an 'acid test' of its stance on mining

Aerial view of Oceanagold mine’s open pit. Screen grab from Google Maps

NCIP chief Capuyan attests to his Manobo lineage

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:42 PM

New NCIP chief Allen Capuyan makes a veiled threat against Rappler and 'communist terrorist groups'

NCIP CHIEF. NCIP chief Allen Capuyan. Rappler file photo

What issues surround Allen Capuyan's NCIP appointment?

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Capuyan, whose last job was to fight communist insurgency, and who was implicated in the smuggling of shabu, is tapped by Duterte to head the indigenous peoples commission

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On World Environment Day, groups intensify campaign vs Kaliwa Dam

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:27 PM

In celebration of World Environment Day, groups opposing the construction of Kaliwa Dam start their campaign to convince President Duterte to revoke the contract to build

Various groups converged to campaign against the construction of New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa dam on World Environment Day, June 5. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

Allen Capuyan appointed indigenous peoples' commission chairman

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:58 PM

This is the controversial retired colonel's 4th posting under the Duterte administration

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palawan's indigenous women lead sustainable upland farming, forest protection

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The alternative livelihood is seen to gradually wean indigenous peoples away from engaging in wildlife poaching and expanding their kaingin farm areas in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

AGRICULTURE. The 33 watersheds within the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape are extremely valuable to the lowland agriculture economy in southern Palawan.  Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Long-time indigenous peoples' rights activist wins international award

May 20, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Joanna Cariño, a long-time champion for indigenous peoples' rights, is one of the many activists and human rights workers the Philippine government wants to tag as terrorists

[ANALYSIS] 'They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds'

May 19, 2019 - 9:43 AM

What accounts for the success of sustained peaceful people's protests, and what undermines their short-lived 'success'?

China charges ex-Interpol chief with accepting bribes

May 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Meng Hongwei is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign, which critics say has served as a way to remove the leader's political enemies

EX-INTERPOL CHIEF. This photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, delivering an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by AFP

Duterte gov't says human rights lawyers don't need SC protection order

May 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also tells the Supreme Court that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot be impleaded in the writ of amparo

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court on April 15, 2019, to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

NCIP calls for suspension of Chico River project

May 08, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Cordillera People's Alliance and other indigenous peoples groups say that the free, prior and informed consent of the communities in Katabbogan and Pinococ in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, was not obtained

Groups hit 'pattern of attacks' against democratic institutions

May 08, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'Papatayin nila ang demokrasya kaya anyone who helps in strengthening democracy...sisirain nila kasi media is one of the pillars of democracy,' says Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas

TRUE MATRIX. Some of the individuals linked to the so-called "Oust-Duterte matrix" gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman for a forum organized by the Third World Studies Center on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

SC to gov't: Explain red-tagging, West PH Sea neglect

May 05, 2019 - 3:20 PM

In the case of the writ of amparo for human rights lawyers, it's President Rodrigo Duterte himself who must submit a response to the Supreme Court

RETURN OF WRITS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his government must submit a return of the writs of amparo and kalikasan issued to human rights lawyers who have sued them for army harrassment and West Philippine Sea neglect.

Lawyers score SC victories vs army harassment, West PH Sea neglect

May 03, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Writs of amparo and kalikasan are issued on the same day in favor of human rights groups which sued the Duterte administration in two separate petitions

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

PNP to probe bets with campaign materials in NPA-held areas

May 02, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says any investigation would continue 'even after the elections'

PROBE OVER FLIERS. The PNP will investigate politicians whose campaign materials will be seen in rebel-controlled areas, according to the DILG.

Aglipayan group hits Duterte, endorses 10 Senate bets

May 01, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'We must not stand by as democracy is murdered,' say 150 bishops, priests, and laypersons of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Aglipayan Church

CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

Richard Lugar, U.S. foreign policy luminary, dies at 87

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The former US senator was instrumental in the ouster of authoritarian Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 20, 2012, Senator Richard Lugar,R-IN, receives an award from his Senate colleagues, including committee chairman Senator John Kerry,D-MA, during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Richard Lugar, a leading US voice on foreign policy for decades and a onetime presidential candidate known for his civility and bipartisan ways, has died at a medical center in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 87. Lugar died of chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, according to an April 28, 2019 statement from the Lugar Center in Washington, a global policy institute which he founded in 2013.  KAREN BLEIER / AFP

NUPL asks Supreme Court for protection order after ’Oust Duterte matrix' tag

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:57 PM

‘The continuous attacks...show the government’s disregard of the court processes and their resolve to threaten, harass, intimidate and further endanger the life, liberty and security of the petitioners,’ the human rights lawyers tell the SC

Reality show 'The People's Queen' will be available on iflix

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The show stars 5 aspiring queens who undergo training to win a crown

Screenshot from Instagram/@thepeoplesqueenshow

Singapore PM promotes heir apparent before power transfer

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, will become deputy prime minister from May 1. He will retain his post as finance minister and act as premier in Lee's absence.

NEW POST. In this file photo, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers a keynote address at the 8th World Bank-Singapore infrastructure Finance Summit in Singapore on April 5, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

At least 6 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in clash with NPA in Samar

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) Troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion clash with communist rebels in Calbiga town in Samar

Human rights law group calls Oust Duterte plot ‘rubbish'

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) In Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the supposed intel info should be trusted because it came from Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on April 21, 2019. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Turkey opposition leader attacked at soldier's funeral

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Video of the incident on social media shows a mob pushing and shoving around Republican People's Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu as he makes his way through the crowd

Princeton salutes Maria Ressa, alumni in ‘Time 100’ most influential list

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Distinguished Princeton University alumni have also called on government officials, policy makers, and businesses to ‘press’ the Philippine government to end its harassment of Ressa and the Philippine press

TIME MAGAZINE 'ICON.' Rappler CEO Maria Ressa answers questions after she plead 'not guilty' to the 4 cases of tax evasion lodged against her and Rappler on April 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Maria Ressa joins 'Time 100' most influential people of 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright writes the tribute for Maria Ressa in this year's list

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa speaks to media outside the Pasig Regional Trial Court on March 29, 2019, after posting bail for charges of violation of the anti-dummy law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

Official of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Abra shot dead

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Crispin Abbago, a career employee of NCIP, was killed in La Paz town

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Church groups demand justice for massacred farmers

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Victims' families in Negros Oriental say the police wore bonnets and mercilessly executed their kin

A group of religious people from different sects gathered at the Barangay Mariana Park in Quezon City to air their protest and grievance on the death of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Lumad Bakwit School's moving-up ceremony

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

With pride and gratitude, 30 Lumad students graduated from junior high school last March 29

Manila Bay master plan needs reworking – environment group

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:42 PM

If reclamation projects in the Manila Bay area will push through, Kalikasan PNE estimates that 11 million families will be affected, whether directly or indirectly

Various groups hold a protest to stop the reclamation projects set to be built in different parts of the historic and biodeversity-rich Manila Bay, at Harbour square in Manila on March 27, 2019. International Ocean Conservation Group, Oceana to Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, militant fisherfolk group, PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, Canoe Kayak dragon boat federation and the members of the Manila Yatch Club bond together for the event. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Alternative media groups file civil case amid cyberattacks

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:53 PM

'The magnitude, scope, and scale of the cyberattacks suggest that they were targeted, deliberate, and organized,' the complaint reads

Mountain Province cop killed in encounter with NPA

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The encounter occurs as Philippine National Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde is in nearby Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, for a command conference

ENCOUNTER. Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil dies while being treated at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province. Photo by Jonathan Tambol

NPA rebels raid police station in Northern Samar

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police say 3 rebels were killed and 3 others were captured following the pre-dawn raid on the Victoria municipal police station

RAID. Members of the New People's Army stormed the Victoria Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar on March 28, 2019, leaving bullet holes on the walls and rubble. Photo courtesy of the 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

No end in sight as Philippines communist revolt marks 50th year

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:18 PM

After decades of failed peace efforts there is no end to the killing in sight as the New People's Army's campaign marks its 50th year

NEW PEOPLE'S ARMY. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Catholic, Christian groups endorse Otso Diretso, 2 other bets

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Catholic and Christian lay leaders endorse all 8 candidates of the Otso Diretso opposition slate, along with senatorial bets Grace Poe and Neri Colmenares

'PEOPLE'S CHOICE.' Senatorial candidates and representatives of bets, all endorsed by Catholic and Christian lay leaders, recite a covenant on March 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

Pro-environment, IP groups ask gov't to publicize Kaliwa Dam documents

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The groups' legal counsel, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, says they are 'worried' that the government is 'hiding' details of the Kaliwa Dam project

PUBLICIZE THE CONTRACTS. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (center) is representing the groups that are opposed to the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. Photo from Diokno's office.

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S.-backed Syria force pummels last ISIS bastion

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have since March 10 rained fire on the enclave in a bend of the Euphrates River, blitzing thousands of ISIS members into surrender

FRONTLINES. Fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pictured in the town of Baghouz, on the frontline of fighting to expel the Islamic State group from the area, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 12, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Rural Missionaries of the PH denies being a communist front

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

RMP national coordinator Sister Elenita Belardo denies the accusation of Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr that her group funds terrorist activities

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

Davao Badjaus get birth certificates through mobile registration

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Tambayan Center for Children's Rights says the mobile birth registration aims to assist the processing of birth certificates for 300 children from the Badjau community