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Despite Marcos ties, U.P. president says no attempt to forget Martial Law

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:58 PM

After the backlash from his Kabataang Barangay reunion with Imee Marcos, University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion commits to developing courses on Martial Law for UP's general education program

COMMITMENTS. University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion lists commitments towards his promise to ensure UP will not forget abuses under Martial Law. Screenshot from Rappler Talk

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

Robredo supports #WalkOutPH: 'Don’t stifle dissent' of youth

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the Filipino youth have long been leading the charge to stand up against tyranny in the country

GIVING A VOICE TO THE YOUTH. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before students of the Ateneo de Naga University on February 3, 2018.

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' – Leonen

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

MARCOS REINCARNATION. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the Supreme Court's majority ruling on the martial law re-extension is a reincarnation of the past rulings which were 'complicit in the suffering of our people' during the Marcos era.

NPA conflict may be used as ground for 'perpetual martial law'

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao

DISSENTING OPINION. Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa says his colleagues' decision set a dangerous precedent towarda a perpetual martial law.

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida: Nothing can stop Duterte, Congress from further extending martial law

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:09 PM

‘The issue is a political question that judicial review cannot delve into,’ says Solicitor General Jose Calida

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

From Marcos to Duterte: How media was attacked, threatened

Jan 17, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Press freedom is a continuous battle in the Philippines. The recent move of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the worst against the media since Martial Law.

SC sets new round of oral arguments on martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The oral arguments will be held on January 16 and 17

Justices of the Supreme Court led by chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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SC orders government to answer petition vs martial law

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) The court en banc declares the petition sufficient in form and substance

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Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:48 PM

'Martial law in perpetuity is a scenario that neither the President, Congress or the Supreme Court will allow as it is patently unconstitutional,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP chief Dela Rosa asks: 'Why fear martial law?'

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Desisyon niya 'yan, hindi ko siya papangunahan, it is dependent on his own determination. Anyway, bakit, takot na takot ba kayo sa martial law?,' asks PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

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Dec 15, 2017 - 8:34 PM

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Duterte thanks Congress for extending martial law in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:29 PM

By granting his request, the lawmakers understood 'the plight of the Filipino,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

GRATEFUL. President Rodrigo Duterte thanks Congress for granting his request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Presidential Photo

LIST: How the House voted on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:58 PM

How did your representative vote on the request to extend martial law in Mindanao?

JOINT SESSION. Congress meets at the Batasang Pambasa to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 13, 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the members of the Malacañang Press Corps during the Christmas Party at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo trusts military on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:55 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo says lawmakers should ask the government about its specific plans for the rehabilitation and security of Marawi City, and how the declaration of martial law would help

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the government will be able to answer all questions regarding the request to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year. Photo by the OVP

Supreme Court affirms martial law in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Newly-appointed Associate Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo join the majority and vote to affirm the decision

No more extension of martial law in Mindanao – minority senators

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on whether or not to seek another extension of martial law in Mindanao in the next two weeks, says his spokesperson

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

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

These geeks are protesting injustice through cosplay

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The cosplayers are releasing a photo series on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

A NEW HOPE. Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi protests the EJKs. Photo courtesy of A Hero's Call

PH losing soul to 'Father of Lies' – Archbishop Villegas

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:15 AM

'To keep quiet in the face of evil is a sin,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, as Filipinos mark the 45th anniversary of martial law in the face of abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte

'BAYAN, GUMISING!' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Filipinos to wake up to killings, fake news, and other abuses, as the Philippines marks the 45th anniversary of martial law. File photo courtesy of Sabins Studio

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

'Justice must be served': Lawmakers oppose immunity for Marcoses

Sep 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

This is more than just the money It s about justice and accountability for the crimes against the people during Martial Law says Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat

ALLIES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (left) says they hope President Rodrigo Duterte (right) would 'end' decades of cases against their family. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the President wants more troops deployed in Marawi and other areas in Mindanao

STRENGTHENING AFP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers deployed in Marawi City on August 4. Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Pangilinan fears nationwide martial law

Jul 23, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Senator Francis Pangilinan maintains the President s grounds for declaring martial law in Mindanao is unconstitutional

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Senator Francis Pangilinan explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

READ: Lawmakers explain votes on Mindanao martial law extension

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:25 AM

How do senators and lawmakers justify their vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31?

THE VOTE. Congress holds a special joint session to vote on the President's request to extend martial law in Mindanao on July 22. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Congress a 'mere echo chamber' after martial law extension – Drilon

Jul 23, 2017 - 6:05 AM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon argues there is no evidence presented to establish the necessity of putting the entire Mindanao under a longer martial rule

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Senator Franklin Drilon explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Martial law has 'no strategic contribution' to anti-terrorism ops – Hontiveros

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:51 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros believes government troops do not need an extended period of martial law to quell the rebel forces in Mindanao

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Senator Risa Hontiveros explains her vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Congress must uphold 'civilian supremacy' over the military – Tinio

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:42 AM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says history has proven that armed rebellion is not the solution to address the problems in Mindanao

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Antonio Tinio explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:35 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro believes there was no valid ground for the government to declare martial law in Mindanao in the first place

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative France Castro explains her vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Marawi siege just 'lawless violence', not actual rebellion – Lagman

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:27 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman maintains President Rodrigo Duterte had no sufficient factual basis in declaring martial law in Mindanao

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Edcel Lagman explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

By extending martial law, Congress blind from history's lessons – De Jesus

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:19 AM

Hindi puwedeng magbulag bulagan ang Kongreso sa kawalan ng mga kongkretong batayan ng rebelyon at threat to public safety says Gabriela Represenative Emmi de Jesus as she opposed the martial law extension

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Emmi de Jesus explains her vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Martial law a 'clear and present danger' to Mindanaoans – Brosas

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:17 AM

Paano kung gayon magiging lunas ang isang bagay na lalong nagpapalala ng sakit? asks Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas as she opposed the martial law extension in Mindanao

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Arlene Brosas explains her vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Restoring peace in Mindanao a battle for all Filipinos – Tugna

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:13 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna argues the country must win at all costs against the terrorists attacking parts of Mindanao

PRO-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Sherwin Tugna explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

'Inhuman' to extend martial law in Mindanao – Zarate

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:11 AM

Kalabisan ang pagpataw ng martial law says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate as he explains his no vote for the extension of the Mindanao martial rule

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Carlos Zarate explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Martial law extension may 'normalize authoritarianism' – Belmonte

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:01 AM

Paano kung masanay tayo? asks Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte as he warned against the possible effects of an extended martial law

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM  ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

WATCH: Congress agrees to extend martial law in Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The overwhelming vote for the extension is not surprising as President Duterte counts majority of lawmakers as allies Mara Cepeda files this report

LIST: How the 17th Congress voted on the martial law extension

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

A total of 261 lawmakers voted in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao 18 voted against it and zero abstained

FULL HOUSE. Members of the 17th Congress hold a special session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED Samira Gutoc Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations unburied bodies and a Muslim woman who stripped off her clothes in an evacuation center after suffering a mental breakdown

VOICE OF MARAWI. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis tearfully faces pro-Duterte lawmakers on July 22, 2016k to talk about human rights abuses under the Mindanao martial law. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Duterte says he declared martial law to avoid impeachment

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

I had to declare martial law otherwise I would be a candidate for impeachment also President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers fighting in Marawi

 President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops who are engaged in a battle with the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City on July 20, 2017. The President gave out food packs and other assistance when he set foot at Camp Ranao. The President's visit boosted the morale of the soldiers. ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LP lawmakers call for thorough debate on martial law extension

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:24 PM

LP legislators promise to properly assess whether or not Congress should grant President Rodrigo Duterte s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year

PROPER DEBATE. The Liberal Party issues a statement ahead of Congress' joint session on the martial law extension in Mindanao.

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Jul 17, 2017 - 1:57 PM

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Military says 5-year martial law extension ‘too long’

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez may have had other information for suggesting martial law remain in place until 2022 says AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig.General Restituto Padilla dispel rumors that Maute terror group can launch attacks in other cities like Iligan and Cagayan de Oro during the Mindanao Hour at the New Executive Building, Malacañang on June 16, 2017. General Padilla added that the Maute group no longer have the numbers to sow terror. JAY LOZANO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISION

Duterte tries to visit Marawi City again

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Donning battle attire the President tries to visit Marawi City but fails due to bad weather