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Netizens celebrate the signing of the Free Education bill into law

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Less than an hour before the news broke out SUCs tops the trending list in the Philippines

To have professional licenses renewed under new rules in PH, here's the cost

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Professionals would have to shell out thousands worth of extra cash when they renew their license every 3 years

CAREER PROGRESS. Under the Continuing Professional Development law, workers covered by the Professional Regulatory Commission are required to seek opportunities to boost their skills and knowledge.

Progress in Congress? Duterte's legislative agenda in 1st year

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte does not lag far behind most of his predecessors when it comes to laws passed during their first year in office

LIST: Passers: 2017 Philippine Law School Admission Test

May 05, 2017 - 5:00 PM

A total of 6 575 out of 8 074 pass the first ever Philippine Law School Admission Test

81.43% pass first national law school entrance test PhilSAT

May 05, 2017 - 4:42 PM

For 2017 law schools that intend to accept non passers of the Philippine Law School Admission Test will have to submit a justification to the Legal Education Board

News Briefs: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2017

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

17th Congress of the Philippines: Will laws remain unfunded?

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Congress that has made the most number of empty promises so far is the 15th Congress How will the 17th Congress fare?

UNFUNDED. Several laws passed since 1991 remain without funding.

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

Legal forum on startups runs until July

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:31 PM

The first legal forum was conducted on June 15 and will continue with two more sessions on June 29 and July 6

Beyond the numbers: How Aquino fueled the economy

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Aquino s economic legacy lies in finally allowing the private sector to flourish while planting the seeds for future generations to enjoy

Legal fora on startups to start June 15

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Find out more about Philippine laws for startups

Advocates to Duterte: Don't imprison parents of street kids

May 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Do you agree that parents of unattended minors mostly street children loitering the streets from 10 pm to 5 am should be imprisoned?

PUNISHMENT. Children in conflict with the law also have rights, advocates say. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Love and sex advice from the Pope

May 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Many of the laws in the Philippines are based on the love and sex advice dispensed by the Church says sex and gender columnist Ana Santos

Billions of pesos spent on 'pre-campaign' ads

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is the sole presidential bet who did not spend hundreds of millions of pesos on pre campaign ads

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

Women's 'dignity kits' now mandatory during disasters

Mar 06, 2016 - 2:49 PM

The dignity kit contains women s personal care items such as toiletries undergarments sanitary napkins and a malong

WOMEN DURING DISASTERS. Despite the roles women play in households, they are usually left out of disaster prevention programs. Photo by Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock.com

PODCAST: There's an HIV law in the PH?

Feb 27, 2016 - 2:30 PM

About two decades ago former president Fidel V Ramos gifted the Asia Pacific HIV community with an HIV law

Aquino signs law for Sangguniang Kabataan reforms

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Lawmakers say the SK Reform Act is the first law with an anti political dynasty provision

LAST DAY. Students fill out SK application forms outside the Comelec-Quezon City District 2 Office on the last day of registration on Monday, September 29. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Senate approves bill for 100-day maternity leave

Jan 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A measure granting more days for maternity leave is approved on third and final reading

MATERNITY LEAVE. Senator Pia Cayetano's bill applies to female employees working in the government and the private sector

PODCAST: Annulment 101

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Where do broken hearts go? To court? Let s talk about annulment in the Philippines

FAST FACTS: Philippine Bar examination

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:52 AM

For 2015 the exams are moved from October to November and have 100 essay type questions See other interesting facts about the Philippine Bar examination

Make hunger and nutrition an election issue

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The National Nutrition Council advises the public to look out for candidates who include food and nutrition security in their agenda

Why do Filipinos need a mental health law?

Oct 30, 2015 - 1:39 PM

In a country mired by various problems advocates fear that the government will put mental health on the back burner

Advocates push for comprehensive PH mental health law

Oct 29, 2015 - 5:36 PM

The Philippines is home to over 100 million Filipinos yet there are only 690 psychiatrists and around 1 000 nurses working in psychiatric care

Poe: Why no implementation of free mobile disaster alerts?

Oct 10, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Why are we making laws and then abandoning their implementation? Senator Grace Poe asks

How to curb 'laglag-bala' modus and airport extortion

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Under the current system a crooked cop can ruin an innocent person s life just by saying I found something

The reality of abortion in the Philippines

Sep 13, 2015 - 12:13 PM

Permitting restrictions on women’s right to decide their own bodies perpetuate discrimination against women and inequality of women in law

Same-sex couples denied marriage in QC, vows battle not over

Aug 03, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The move is in support of lawyer Jesus Falcis Supreme Court petition for marriage equality in the Philippines

Hungry for justice: Harsh realities of child abuse

Aug 01, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Authorities have vital questions to answer and all of us must challenge politicians and corporations everywhere and act to end such crimes and do justice for the children

CHILD ABUSE. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) handled 180 cases of sexually exploited children in 2014, however, many other cases go unreported. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

The long road to an LGBT anti-discrimination law

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:36 AM

This is a story about the Filipino people s struggle for genuine equality and acceptance amid a culture of hate and holiness

Aquino's response to climate change: Action or inaction?

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ma’am sana makarating itong kwento ko sa mga tao para may gawin na sila

What's wrong with Philippine cops?

Jul 26, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A retired law enforcement specialist with the US Air Force who is now based in the Philippines discusses what s fundamentally wrong with the way our policemen think

Child-led groups push to end corporal punishment

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:42 PM

How do you discipline your children?

Veejay Floresca: Lift Valkyrie’s ban on 'crossdressers'

Jun 22, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Top fashion designer and transgender rights advocate Veejay Floresca challenges a high end bar s no cross dressing policy after being denied entry

Veejay Floresca

Death by stigma: Problems with post-abortion care

May 20, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Some women who experience abortion complications would rather suffer in silence than experience discrimination in the hands of authorities

PODCAST: Can Mary Jane Veloso still be saved?

May 17, 2015 - 10:30 AM

She narrowly escaped death Will the courts rule in her favor?

Should abortion for rape victims be legalized in PH?

May 14, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The Philippines should repeal its laws that punish women and girls who have undergone abortions as a matter of public policy to save women’s lives

Isn't it time to legalize abortion in the PH?

May 09, 2015 - 4:12 PM

It s unfortunate that the abortions that happen in the Philippines are unsafe a far cry from the rest of the world

PODCAST: Non-monogamy, aye or nay?

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Curious? Even if you are against non monogamy why not give this week’s podcast a try? You can even argue against some of the points raised

Divorce: Yes, we need to talk about it

Apr 03, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Divorce – it s on the country’s big bad shelf alongside same sex marriage abortion sexuality education and other rights and services readily accessed in other countries

My partner got one over me so I need your help

Mar 08, 2015 - 9:00 PM

An American who fell in love with the Philippines narrates his harrowing experiencing getting into business with a partner he thought was also a friend

Frederico: From Facebook to the Senate

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Two Senate resolutions have been filed seeking a probe into the rehabilitation centers for street children

Uphold our rights, women tell male-dominated Congress

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:25 PM

Even if we’re not the majority our voice can still be powerful So we need to shout it out so other members of the Congress can hear us

PH laws: Not a man's world

Nov 26, 2014 - 12:51 PM

The battle for advancing women’s rights is still a battle for the woman’s body Who owns the rights to a woman’s body?

EQUALITY. Women legislators come together to call on other legislators to be more 'gender responsive.' Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Putting an end to 'toasted coffee' over breastmilk

Aug 25, 2014 - 2:32 PM

If breastfeeding policies would be strictly enforced we would probably not hear any more heartbreaking stories of poor mothers feeding their babies coffee and babies dying of malnutrition

KNOWLEDGE. Mothers must be provided with enough knowledge and support that can enable to properly breastfeed. To do this, the government must implement its existing policies better. Image from Shutterstock

Make or break: My freshman law story

Jun 22, 2014 - 9:50 PM

To say that my first year in law school was the hardest thing I ever had to accomplish would be an understatement

The children who can't enter kindergarten

Jun 19, 2014 - 4:51 PM

The Philippines is home to over 2 million working Filipino children aged 5 17 as of 2013 Many of them lack access to proper education and nutrition

CHILD'S PLAY. A group of children make use of their slippers during an improvised game of volleyball

Remembering the rape of Rosario Baluyot

Jun 14, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Rosario died from a severe infection in her cervix in May 1987 Parts of an electronic vibrator were stuck inside her vagina for over 7 months

Waiting for a sign: Obama, Pinoys and US immigration reform

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Hundreds of thousands of illegal Filipino immigrants in the US are hoping a new immigration reform law could mean a path to US citizenship