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After media giants, campus publications also 'unsafe' – student groups

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:30 AM

‘If media giants are threatened, what is stopping the government from doing the same to campus publications?’ Philippine Collegian editor-in-chief Beatrice Puente points out

Trump campaign sues New York Times

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In response to the lawsuit, a New York Times spokesperson says the Trump campaign 'has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable'

SUED. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Newbie senator Bong Go thinks Drilon's ABS-CBN reso reeks of politicking

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a 4-time Senate president

POLITICS? In this file photo, Senator Bong Go listens as Senator Franklin Drilon asks him questions. November 6, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte accepts ABS-CBN’s apology

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Does this mean the end of the broadcast network’s franchise troubles? The President says it’s up to Congress.

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

Newsbreak Chats: Will ABS-CBN survive Duterte?

Feb 26, 2020 - 4:46 PM

On Thursday, February 27, the Newsbreak team will sit down to discuss the quo warranto petition against the network giant, the role of Congress in the controversy, and its implications on the fight for press freedom

Drilon files resolution seeking ABS-CBN operations beyond May 4

Feb 26, 2020 - 4:09 PM

If adopted by the Senate, it will serve basis for the National Telecommunications Commission to grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to continue its broadcast operations after the franchise expires

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINYON] Marami akong ayaw sa Dos

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Pero anytime mas pipiliin ko ito kaysa sa state-run na Kuwatro. Marami akong ayaw sa Dos, pero, mabuti na lang, wala akong makapangyarihang petty political tantrums.

The significance of February 25, 1986

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Once before we rejected a dictator

Scenarios: What's next for ABS-CBN's franchise after Senate hearing?

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:16 AM

We tackle 4 scenarios for the beleaguered broadcasting company

RENEWAL SOUGHT. ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What are legal grounds for ABS-CBN to air after May 4?

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:10 PM

There's a gap in the law, but there are legal grounds that authorities can use to possibly close it. But is this more political than legal?

FRANCHISE WOES. Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FALSE: Protesters against ABS-CBN shutdown 'were paid P10,000'

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:46 PM

The claim uses a clip cut from a live video posted by the 'It's Showtime' Facebook page, which mentions its 10,000 viewers

CA reinstates, awards back wages to GMA workers fired for protesting

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Court of Appeals also awards backwages to 35 talents whose contracts were not renewed, saying it is a case of constructive dismissal

WALK. The protesters walked around the GMA-7 main headquarters twice before a two-hour program in the network's front gate. Photo by Faye Sales

The Duterte-ABS-CBN duel: This week's outlook

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Will Duterte blink before the company that gave him – in his long stint as Davao mayor – a broadcast platform where he mastered the art of pulpit politics?

EXPLAINER: ABS-CBN's defense in the Supreme Court quo warranto case

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Look at the point-by-point explanation in ABS-CBN's 58-page comment to Calida's quo warranto case

FRANCHISE WOES. Actors and actress of ABS-CBN join the solidarity gathering outside the network's headquarters in Quezon City on February 21, 2020 for the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senate hearing on ABS-CBN: No breach of laws, franchise terms

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:15 AM

Government officials clear the network over issues of taxes, labor conditions, pay-per-view service, and Philippine Depositary Receipts

RENEWAL SOUGHT. ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, reads his statement on the controversial franchise of the network on February 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto: If ABS-CBN had violations, impose penalties but not 'death penalty'

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Telecommunications Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba says ABS-CBN has no standing penalties with the commission

RENEWAL SOUGHT. ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Pinuno' asks his ex-bosses in ABS-CBN: 'Galit ba si Presidente sa inyo?'

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:02 PM

A rare appearance of Senator Lito Lapid elicits laughter at the Senate hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise as he tries to ask his former bosses a hard question

RARE APPEARANCE. Senator Lito Lapid asks questions at the Senate hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN asks Supreme Court: Don't let Calida gag us

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The TV network says a gag order would be prior restraint, which has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in previous cases

FIGHT FOR FRANCHISE. Employees, artists and supporters gather at the ABS-CBN briadcast center on February 21, 2020, to protest for the renewal of the media giant's franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NUJP submits signature campaign for ABS-CBN franchise renewal to Senate

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:53 PM

NUJP and various groups gather to fight for press freedom, democracy, and workers' rights as the Senate hears issues pertaining to the ABS-CBN franchise

STAND WITH ABS-CBN. Various progressive groups hold a rally in front of Senate, Pasay City to urge lawmakers for the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photos courtesy of College Editors Guild of the Philippines

LOOK: ABS-CBN stars, employees hold 'Walk of Faith'

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Employees and stars walk around the ABS-CBN compound as the network's executives attend a Senate hearing on the issues surrounding its franchise

Guevarra won't issue formal opinion in ABS-CBN issue

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he is deferring to Congress, an independent branch of government

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba answer questions from the senators at the hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN network on February 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Joel Lamangan on ABS-CBN shutdown threat: Who will tell the story of the Filipino?

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:03 PM

The esteemed director emphasizes the implications of an ABS-CBN shutdown: if government can threaten a media giant, it can do the same to smaller companies and franchises

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. Director Joel Lamangan at the Senate committee hearing on threats to ABS-CBN's legislative franchise. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Bong Go: It's those anti-Duterte ads on ABS-CBN that got the boss’ goat

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katigbak says 'sorry if we offended the President'

HURT. Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says the President was hurt over the anti-Duterte campaign ads aired by ABS-CBN in 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

GMA may get 55% market share if ABS-CBN shuts down

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission points out that less competition would be bad for consumers and the economy

DOJ: Congress may authorize NTC to grant ABS-CBN provisional permit

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:18 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon wants to make sure that the NTC cannot withdraw the temporary permit anytime it wants

DOJ POSITION. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the Senate that Congress may give NTC the authority to issue a provisional permit to ABS-CBN. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Campus publications call for autonomy, protection of press freedom

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Students point out how hurdles faced by campus journalists threaten the quest for truth

EXPLAINER: Can ABS-CBN operate past its franchise expiration date?

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) ABS-CBN is advised to seek provisional authority from the NTC to extend their franchise to 2022

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:14 PM

'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

MEDIA AND LAWFARE. (L-R) John Nery, Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria, photojournalist Raffy Lerma, and CEGP's Ryan Martinez at the breakout session on media and lawfare on February 21, 2020. Photo from TomasinoWeb Twitter page

Bacolod journalists, groups light candles for press freedom amid ABS-CBN franchise woes

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 AM

'We serve the people's right to know, that is why are were fighting hard to defend press freedom. We want to protect their right to be informed,' says Marchel Espina, NUJP-Bacolod chapter president

BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST. Journalists, students, progressive groups, and a parish priest light a candle for press freedom at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists in the Bacolod City public plaza Friday night, February 21, 2020. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

LOOK: Stars rally in support of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Coco Martin, Shaina Magdayao, Jericho Rosales and more join a candlelight vigil calling for the renewal of the network's franchise

PROTEST. Stars show their support for ABS-CBN as they gather at a candlelight vigil outside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

ABS-CBN CEO breaks silence on network franchise issue

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:36 PM

ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak tells lawmakers that he trusts that the network will be given the chance to answer the public's questions

ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City on February 14, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano: Illegal for Senate to hold ABS-CBN franchise hearing ahead of House

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:10 PM

But Senator Grace Poe says there's nothing wrong with the Senate pushing through with its hearing, since the upper chamber has done this in the past for bills on the national budget and tax hikes

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY COURTESY. Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, 3rd from left, is welcomed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and other senators during a Senate hearing on the 2020 budget of the Philippine Sports Commission on November 19, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Quo warranto: Ang paboritong bala ni SolGen Jose Calida

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Ano ang posibleng implikasyon ng matagumpay na paggamit ng quo warranto petition laban sa ABS-CBN?

[OPINION] The media is important for a vibrant democracy

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:23 PM

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

House to delay ABS-CBN hearings until May or August

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) ABS-CBN's franchise expires on March 30, but Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House must tackle priority bills first

NOT URGENT? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, seen in this photo in a huddle with lawmakers, finds no urgency in holding hearings on the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise. Photo courtesy of Cayetano's office

Kashmir journalist wins AFP's Kate Webb Prize

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:03 PM

The award, named after one of AFP's finest correspondents, recognizes journalism by locally hired reporters in Asia operating in risky or difficult conditions

AWARDED. File photo of Kashmiri journalist Amer Khan from his personal Twitter account. twitter.com/ahmermkhan

Duterte’s tainted list, Calida’s gag order

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Where in the world?

Robredo hits Calida's 'very ironic' move to 'silence' ABS-CBN

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'Very ironic na iyong media iyong inaasahan mo na magpapaabot ng information sa tao, tapos sila din iyong sinasabihan mong huwag umimik,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

PROTECT THE PRESS. Vice President Leni Robredo says freedom of the press is 'primordial' in society. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

'Let your voice be heard': Stars won't be silenced on ABS-CBN franchise threat

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Stars of the network say they will continue to speak up

NUJP submits 200,000 signatures to Congress for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:54 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines hopes the petition will rally support behind the authors of the franchise bills seeking to continue ABS-CBN’s operations, and pressure Congress to act on the matter

STAND WITH ABS-CBN. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines submits on February 19 a partial list of petitioners who are urging Congress to renew ABS-CBN's franchise. Photo from NUJP

Senate to tackle ABS-CBN franchise on February 24

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:42 PM

A month before ABS-CBN's franchise expires, the Senate moves to discuss the media giant's permit ahead of the House of Representatives

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Star Magic artists lead campaign against ABS-CBN franchise threat

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:04 PM

#StarMagicStandsWithABSCBN as the media giant faces threats against its legislative franchise

Dominguez sees investor confidence boost if ABS-CBN 'violations' proven true

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government would be perceived as 'upholding the rule of law.' But rights groups have slammed the petition vs ABS-CBN as a threat to press freedom.

Rights groups, lawmakers condemn Calida's motion to gag ABS-CBN

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:17 PM

'Why is President Duterte and the Philippines government so scared of independent opinions and a free press?' asks Human Rights Watch

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

ABS-CBN case: Testing the limits of corporate structuring practices

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Calida says the government was 'hoodwinked' by ABS-CBN when it used the franchises of companies it later came to own

QUO WARRANTO. ABS-CBN Corporation faces a quo warranto petition over its corporate structuring and use of other companies' franchises. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Business groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) The business groups note the critical role of a free press in economic development

Calida moves to gag ABS-CBN on quo warranto case

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In his petition before the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida said several ABS-CBN news items violated the sub judice rule

PRESS FREEDOM RALLY. ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano stalls ABS-CBN franchise hearing, slams election coverage

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Can anyone honestly say, after watching the coverage of the network during the 2010 and 2016 elections, that ABS-CBN did not take sides and favor any candidate?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

GHOST OF ELECTIONS PAST. Alan Peter Cayetano, then candidate for Taguig-Pateros congressman, shows the indelible ink on his finger after casting his vote on May 13, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate presses House to act on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:24 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe says the Senate will discuss the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise even though the House of Representatives has no plans of tackling it

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Huwag gawing normal ang pambababoy sa media

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

A new normal for media is emerging. Regulators are pouncing on it and weaponizing the law to cripple businesses of critical media