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'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista maintains that resigning and taking a leave of absence 'are options that are always available'

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista hails the House justice committee on September 20, 2017, for junking the impeachment complaint filed against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop to Duterte: Allow some Marawi families to come home

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña also urges Christians 'to continue caring for the Maranaos' by sending help through government, NGOs, or the Catholic Church

MARAWI CRISIS. Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña requests President Rodrigo Duterte on September 19, 2017, to allow some displaced Marawi families to return to their city. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Marawi bishop can't confirm if Soganub is now Muslim

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Referring to conversions, Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says, 'There is no substance to it if you are under duress. You cannot give your full consent'

NOW FREE. Former Maute Group hostage Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub appears in a press conference on September 18, 2017, after 117 days in captivity. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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PH to North Korea: Stop ‘provocative’ missile tests, start peace talks

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring Filipinos working in Japan

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. File photo from DFA

CHR hits House plan to use its budget for free education

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:20 PM

I think that kind of a statement or a narrative is meant to confuse the people says Commission on Human Rights CHR Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz

CHR BUDGET. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz hits the House of Representatives' plan to use the CHR's budget to fund free college education. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants the UN rights chief to use a Philippine report in May when the UN official was citing Kian delos Santos death in August

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits the UN human rights chief for using not only facts from the Philippine government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In May UN report, PH boasted of higher CHR budget

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:57 AM

The budget of the CHR grew by 165 from 2012 to 2017 the Philippines told the United Nations in May

FACING UN. Then-senator Alan Peter Cayetano speaks during the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on May 8, 2017 at the UN offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PH to bring home 200 Filipinos affected by Hurricane Irma

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says more than 200 Filipinos from parts of the Caribbean have sought repatriation after Hurricane Irma

AFTER IRMA. A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) on September 12, 2017, shows the devastation of the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands on September 11, 2017, following the passing of Hurricane Irma. Photo by AFP/Crown Copyright 2017/MOD/CPG George Eatwell

Christian churches on drug war: 'Stop the slaughter!'

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:40 PM

While we reiterate our support [for] the campaign against illegal drug use we are appalled at the way such war on drugs is being conducted says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

'STOP KILLINGS.' Protesters light candles outside Camp Crame to oppose drug-related killings under the Duterte administration. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

UN rights chief hits Duterte amid Kian's death

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:05 AM

I urge the government to uphold the Philippines international human rights obligations amid deeper reflection about the values that the Philippines stands for says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein

CBCP sets 40 days of prayer for drug war, Marawi victims

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Let the healing begin the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says as thousands are killed in the drug war and hundreds die in the Marawi clashes

NO TO KILLINGS. Nuns join a procession, candle-lighting, and prayer activity on August 29, 2017, against drug war killings and the attacks against the Moros and Lumads in Mindanao. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Callamard slams P1,000 budget of House for CHR

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:31 PM

UPDATED The people of the Philippines deserve a strong independent human rights institution UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard tells Rappler

CHR BUDGET. UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard slams the P1,000 budget that the House of Representatives voted to give the Commission on Human Rights for 2018. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

CBCP: 'In the name of God, stop the killings!'

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

In its strongest statement against drug related killings the CBCP calls for a stop to the reign of terror and the systemic murders of children and the poor

CBCP STATEMENT. On behalf of the Philippines' Catholic bishops, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls for a stop to the 'systemic murders' of the children and the poor. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Can gov't blame witnesses if they feel safer with the Church?'

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Catholic Church is not obstructing justice by protecting witnesses to the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is protecting witnesses to the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos after the witnesses voluntarily sought his custody. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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PNA hit by cyber attack on day of viral blunders – Andanar

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The PCOO Secretary says an IP address was supposedly trying to access the PNA s old server and dashboard

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

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Family of witnesses in Kian slay seeks Church protection

Sep 10, 2017 - 12:40 AM

3rd UPDATE After a standoff the family of witnesses in the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos chooses to run to Caloocan Bishop Pablo David not the CIDG

PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David speaks at a hastily called press conference around midnight on September 10, 2017, as he takes custody of the family of a witness in the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cabanatuan bishop: Indifference to killings means consent

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Stand firm against killings says the bishop of the city where 14 year old Reynaldo de Guzman also known as Kulot was found dead in a creek

DEAD SON. Weary, the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman – Lina and Eduardo – rest their heads as they wait for their son to be brought back home. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

U.S. commits P102M to reduce drug demand in PH

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:31 PM

We look forward to working with the Philippine government US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

PH-US COOPERATION. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador Sung Kim sign the 5th amendment to the Philippine-US letter of agreement on narcotics control and law enforcement on September 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PCOO on PNA blunders: 'Bear with us'

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar assigns an undersecretary to supervise the state news agency on the same day its newly spotted blunders go viral

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a message at the opening of ASEAN-JAPAN Television Festival in Seda Hotel, Quezon City on September 7, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Cayetano on public safety: PH 'far from Singapore'

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies that he once said the Philippines seems as safe as Singapore because of the Duterte administration

'SAFER' PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says on September 8, 2017, that the Philippines is 'a little bit safer' now, 'but still far from being Singapore or Japan.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Lei Miserables': Editor notes mistakenly published in PNA articles

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED The Philippine News Agency is panned for errors on their website once again

Toll our bells, Cardinal Tagle says amid drug war killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Cardinal Tagle calls for the 5 minute tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila at 8 pm starting September 14

TOLLING OF BELLS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle calls for the tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila in the face of widespread killings in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle: 'We cannot govern the nation by killing'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal Cardinal Tagle says in his strongest written statement against drug war killings

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaks at the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in July 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH embassy releases contingency plan as Korea tensions rise

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Here is the full text of the contingency plan of the Philippine embassy in South Korea which includes information on when and how to evacuate

H-BOMB TEST. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the situation in the Korean Peninsula with Ambassador to Seoul Raul Hernandez and Foreign Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

United Methodist Church slams killings in Duterte's drug war

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With more than 300 000 members the United Methodist Church says President Rodrigo Duterte has agitated cops and vigilantes to kill

RECENT KILLING. Loved ones of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, pay their last respects as the teenager is laid to rest on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

U.S. envoy says killings of teens Kian, Carl 'a tragedy'

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:08 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim calls for a probe into the deaths of two teenagers – Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz – at the hands of the Caloocan City police

'TRAGIC' DEATHS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim describes the deaths of Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, and Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, as 'a tragedy.' Screen grab from Rappler video

Comelec postpones barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City

POLL BODY. Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attend a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. donates P730 million to help rebuild Marawi

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:41 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim describes the Marawi crisis as the most urgent challenge facing the decades long ties between Manila and Washington

Legarda declares support for peace talks with Reds

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Hague Joint Declaration that guides the framework of the peace process marks its 25th year

PEACE TALKS. Peace with communist rebels was among the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Duterte slams 'ignorant' Trillanes as 'political ISIS'

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:14 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes these remarks as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tags Duterte s kin – his son Paolo and son in law Manases – in alleged smuggling

'POLITICAL ISIS.' President Rodrigo Duterte slams Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as 'political ISIS' for his supposed ignorance. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Nograles son joins PDP-Laban, takes oath before Duterte

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Describing Karlo Nograles as one of the most powerful congressmen President Rodrigo Duterte says We can take advantage of him

KARLO NOGRALES AND RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles after the latter was sworn in as new member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's long-time critic, Prospero Nograles, says sorry

Sep 02, 2017 - 7:36 PM

UPDATED Long time Duterte critic Prospero Nograles vows to defend the President and go against all his enemies

RODRIGO AND PROSPERO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens as former House Speaker Prospero Nograles expresses his support for the President during the birthday celebration of the latter's son Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles at the Mergrande Ocean Resort in Davao City on September 2, 2017. Photo by Joey Dalumpines/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Cardinal Tagle slams 'false gods' creating 'false worlds'

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Cardinal Tagle s warning – about the threat to the Filipino culture of caring – comes at a time of rampant killings to create a drug free Philippines

'CULTURE OF CARING.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says the Filipino 'culture of caring' is threatened by false gods who create false worlds. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Eid'l Adha, Filipino Muslims pray for strength amid prejudice

Sep 01, 2017 - 5:12 PM

This comes as the Marawi City crisis fuels anti Muslim sentiments in predominantly Christian Philippines

MUSLIM FEAST. Muslims in Manila celebrate the Eid'l Adha at Rizal Park on September 1, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler    MUSLIM FEAST. Muslims in Manila celebrate the Eid'l Adha at Rizal Park on September 1, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Callamard says PH visit 'not vehicle for entertainment'

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:39 PM

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says a proposed visit to the Philippines at the invitation of government should neither be used for theatrics or politicking

UN RAPPORTEUR. Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions, refuses conditions set by the Philippine government for a probe into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

PH hails benefits for 50,000 Filipino helpers in Qatar

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

A new law in Qatar limits household staff to a maximum of 10 working hours a day and entitles them to an annual 3 week leave

PH to help 20 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:35 AM

This comes after the 20 Filipinos vessel the Liberian flagged tanker Levant was apprehended on suspicion that it was smuggling oil

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. File photo from ASEAN media pool

More bishops call for tolling of bells vs drug war killings

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM

The bishops of Cagayan de Oro Cubao Bacolod and San Jose in Nueva Ecija ask churches to toll their bells against drug related killings in the Philippines

YOUNG VICTIM. Bishop Pablo David blesses the remains of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, an alleged frame-up victim in the government's drug war, at his funeral Mass. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH slams North Korea for missile over Japan

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano urges North Korea to halt these dangerous and provocative actions which heighten tensions increase instability and the risk of miscalculation and could possibly endanger lives

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of DFA

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Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers hit drug war killings

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We cannot build the Philippine nation on the cadavers of the Filipino people says Jesuit provincial superior Father Antonio Moreno

'JUSTICE FOR ALL.' Members of the Stop the Killings Network offer candles for the victims of the government's war on drugs, inside Santa Cruz church in Manila on August 25, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec employees support Bautista amid call for his resignation

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Dozens of Comelec employees wear red to show their support for Chairman Andres Bautista a day after poll commissioners issued a statement against him

'WALANG BIBITAW.' A poster showing support for Comelec Chairman Bautista is seen along the hallway to his office, as cameramen of different TV networks stake out at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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