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P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

Meet Norbert Hofer, the new 'friendly face' of Austria's far-right

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Hofer runs again with an anti-immigration and anti-Islam rhetoric

'IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING.' Norbert Hofer is running again for the leadership of Austria. Photo from Hofer's Facebook page

Austria's far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Austria needs us,' says far-right leader Norbert Hofer

RUNNING AGAIN. Far-right leader Norbert Hofer also led a frustrated presidential bid in 2016. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

6 civilians killed in northwest Syria despite truce

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports regime fire in various parts of southern Idlib, including close to a Turkish military observation post

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Challenges faced by SOGIE equality bill at the Senate

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Rappler talks to Senator Risa Hontiveros, lead author of the SOGIE equality bill at the Senate, on how she plans to fight misinformation on the measure

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

When the personal is political: Defending human rights in Thailand

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Angkhana Neelapaijit, the wife of an enforced disappearance victim, receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019 for being a champion of human rights in Thailand

2019 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Angkhana Neelapaijit. September 5, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Advocates urge discussions on SOGIE 'from point of love and impartiality'

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Amid heated discussions on the SOGIE equality bill, a group of LGBTQ+ advocates and allies explore the power of empathy through proactive education

SOGIE advocates pose at #HumanizingSOGIE launch in Makati, Philippines (L-R): Propel Manila CEO JC Valenzuela, Propel Manila Creative Chief Raymund Sison, Quezon City Councilor Mayen Juico, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, Embassy of Canada in the Philippines Charge d' affaires Warren Mucci, Love is All We Need Founder Queenmelo Esguerra, SPARK! Philippines Executive Director Maica Teves. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

CHR's proposed 2020 budget moves to Senate plenary

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson asks the Commission on Human Rights to list its priority projects and expenses to see how much can still be augmented to the proposed P819.665 million budget for 2020

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] 'A storm rages outside': The challenges of being transgender

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

I trusted that the friends I have would be accepting of me, and sure enough, they were. I wish I could say the same for my family, though.

[Right of Way] A simple request: Clarity on MMDA's PUV lane policy

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

How could the public, with all the outrage and frustration and venting online, translate words into action?

CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Is it dangerous or about love? Church groups split over SOGIE bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church says his faith teaches him to 'exist in a community of love.' Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines lawyer Lyndon Caña argues that gender identity is a mere 'feeling' and not a fact.

OPPOSE. Attorney Lyndon Cana of the Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines speaks at the Senate hearing to oppose the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Equality (SOGIE) bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: 'If you are a man, you will never be a woman'

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintains that the SOGIE equality bill, in its current form, is not likely to get enough support in the Senate

OPPOSING? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE Equality bill may face opposition in the upper chamber. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Instagram a prime target for disinformation in 2020 U.S. elections

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The report presents a number of predictions related to social media-enhanced disinformation running up to the 2020 US elections

Fight for same-sex marriage in PH still alive despite Supreme Court ruling

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'(The ruling) did not resolve anything about same sex marriage, the opinions expressed there will not be controlling,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments on a petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Walmart to limit ammunition sales after mass shooting in Texas store

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Walmart also says it will direct consumers not to carry firearms into its stores, a practice that is legal in 'open carry' states but which has sparked safety scares in recent weeks

PROHIBITED. File photo of an assault rifle, pistol and ammunition which will no longer be sold in Walmart. Shutterstock.com

A look at SOGIE anti-discrimination laws around the world

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Anti-discrimination laws aid in protecting members of the LGBTQ+ community as it strives towards achieving equality for all

PRIDE. Thousands were gathered at Taipei's Gay Pride parade on October 27 – the biggest in Asia – ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights on the island. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

China says Uighur award nomination is 'supporting terrorism'

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:15 AM

The European Court of Human Rights which will give the Vaclav Havel prize shortlists Ilham Tohti, an economics professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in September 2014 after being convicted of separatism

In this file photo, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Hong Kong police ban mass protest over safety fears

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:31 PM

In a letter to the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) on August 29, police say they fear some participants would commit 'violent and destructive acts'

HONG KONG POLICE. Police clear the streets of Tseun Wan in Hong Kong on August 25, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

No one left out: Schools required to provide neutral desks for students

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Left-handed students get a helping hand from a law that requires schools to use classroom desks suitable for both the left-handed and right-handed

School year 2018-2019 begins at the Corazon Aquino Elemtary School on June 4, 2018. Students and teachers started off the day wth the flag ceremony, morning exercises before the students entered into their designated classrooms. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

TIMELINE: SOGIE equality in the Philippines

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The fight for equality and anti-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community is one that has known almost two decades of legal struggle

"They're lucky they're more free now, unlike us before when we had to hide", said Ruel Mendiola, who imitates actress Cherry Pie Picache.

Journalist killed in Mexico

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Nevith Condes Jaramillo is the 10th journalist killed in Mexico in 2019

ASEAN lawmakers: Free De Lima, drop charges vs opposition

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:26 AM

The ASEAN legislators also lament the sedition charges filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and key opposition figures in the Philippines

'FREE DE LIMA.' Jailed opposition Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch. File photo courtesy of De Lima's office

Join the huddle: How would commuters reimagine EDSA?

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:14 PM

MovePH is partnering with Right of Way and AltMobility to host this huddle happening on Saturday, August 31

[ANALYSIS] SOGIEnomics: Why fighting for LGBTQ+ rights makes economic sense

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly

[Right of Way] Road safety: Why are PH motorists kept in the dark?

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Watch road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and 3M Philippines' John Vallinan transform a dark street into one with proper visibility with retro-reflective material used for signs and road markings

Duterte wants '3rd restrooms' for LGBTQ+

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:03 PM

But not all LGBTQ+ rights advocates, including Gretchen Diez, think 3rd restrooms are the solution to discrimination

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of the League of Provinces of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vice Ganda urges government to create LGBTQ+ bathrooms

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'Kung hindi kami matatanggap, bigyan kami ng CR. Gusto lang po naming umihi at dumumi. Yun lang yun,' says the TV host

[OPINION] On toilets and transgender rights

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Why build toilets with different categories when our toilets at home are not even categorized according to gender identity?

Coming out? Gretchen Diez gives some advice

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Transgender woman Gretchen Diez says she is lucky to have parents who immediately accepted her for who she is. Acceptance by society is another story.

'NO STANDARD.' Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk on Thursday, August 16. Rappler screenshot

Pangilinan: 'Ang commuter, tao hindi sardinas'

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan has filed a bill that seeks to guarantee and protect the right of Filipinos to travel safely, conveniently, affordably, and with dignity

PACKED. The MRT Taft Station platform is packed with people alighting the train coaches. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gretchen Diez files discrimination complaint vs Araneta Center

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Gretchen Diez asks the Quezon City Pride Council to conduct a formal investigation into the incident

FORMALIZED. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez held a close door meeting at the Quezon City Hall with the Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte along with the pride council to further discuss the ramifications of the implementation of gender neutral facilities, particularly its restrooms that are non discriminatory to the LGBTQ community. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gretchen Diez urges Duterte: Certify SOGIE equality bill as urgent

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

‘Mister President, naumpisahan na natin. Sana ipagpatuloy na natin ang pagpapasa sa SOGIE equality bill,’ says Gretchen Diez

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez at Quezon City Hall with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on August 16, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Senator Francis Pangilinan on commuter rights bill

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Pangilinan hopes to restore the dignity of commuting and create a magna carta for commuters' rights

Gretchen Diez: 'God is love. Love does not hate, love accepts.'

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'You cannot limit the power of God's creation to only men and women,' says transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

A WOMAN. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, August 15. Rappler screenshot.

Why not use Homo sapiens? 'We have discrimination,' says Gretchen Diez

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:27 PM

'Discrimination is supposed to be a beautiful word, having the ability to identify right easily recognize people. But instead of recognizing people, recognizing differences, we tend to use it against each other,' says Gretchen Custodio Diez

A WOMAN. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, August 15. Rappler screenshot

Malacañang: We have to respect LGBTQ+ rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:50 PM

But the Palace is vague on whether it would certify as urgent the SOGIE bill pending in Congress

RESIST TOGETHER. Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community march along the streets of Marikina City on June 29, 2019, to amplify their calls for respect and equality. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Catriona Gray rallies behind Gretchen Diez: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:53 AM

'The whole argument of shifting the blame to the victim for reasons of being trans to justify abuse is still victim blaming and is not right,' says Catriona

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Gretchen Diez on living her truth

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

For Gretchen Custodio Diez, the fight for equality is far from over. Watch the interview live on Rappler.

Regime forces advance towards key town in northwest Syria

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:31 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's fighters are just a few kilometers away from Khan Sheikhun, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

KEY TOWN. This picture taken on August 5, 2019 shows smoke billowing above buildings during a reported air strike by pro-regime forces on Khan Sheikhun in the south of the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

#SOGIEEqualityNow: Transgender restroom issue sparks call for passage of SOGIE bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez triggers public outcry and pressures lawmakers to pursue the anti-discrimination bill

Fire janitress? LGBTQ+ party calls for SOGIE awareness instead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:03 PM

LGBTQ+ Partylist points out how the incident shows a need to improve training and education about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the Philippines

SOGIE. LGBTQ+ Partylist calls for the passage of the SOGIE equality bill after the arrest of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez in a protest on Wednesday, August 14. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Roman to LGBTQ+: 'Demand from gov't what is due us as human beings'

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman and the Makabayan bloc formally file a resolution seeking a probe into the harassment of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ rights advocates and Representatives Arlene Brosas (L) and Geraldine Roman (center) hold a press conference on August 14, 2019. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

CHR reminds government: Activism is a right

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says automatically linking expression of dissent and criticism to efforts against the government is a 'very limited view of how a democracy works'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Farmers Plaza apologizes to Gretchen Diez, distances from errant employee

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'We hope this isolated incident, clearly a mistake committed by an agency worker not organic to our company, does not define our lasting good relations with all our customers,' Farmers Plaza management says in a statement

DETAINED. Transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vice Ganda, Ice Seguerra defend Gretchen Diez: 'Kailan pa kaya lalawak ang pang unawa sa LGBTQ+?'

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'This is a real concern – na hangga't hindi mo pa nararanasan, isasawalang bahala mo lang,' says Ice