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Human rights advocate shot dead in Negros Oriental

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Police have yet to establish the motive in the killing of 43-year-old Romano Baldoza, a former Negros Oriental coordinator of the human rights group Karapatan

KILLED. A human rights advocate is shot dead in his hometown in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, on July 7. NORPPO Photo

[OPINION] When Greta met Gina: Save our planet

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:30 PM

It is our young today who rightly have stepped up, embracing the price that needs to be paid to secure our common future. Greta Thunberg has met Gina Lopez, so to speak.

Groups fear 'more challenging days' for human rights with new Senate

May 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Advocate Rose Trajano says it is high time for local government units to introduce and promote ordinances that focus on defending human rights

Ex-AFP, PNP officials: 'Challenging times' call for honest, inspiring leaders

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:32 PM

In a rare statement, retired military and police officials urge voters to choose candidates with 'manifest competence, honesty, dedication, morality, and patriotism'

2019 polls choice between 'better lives or doomed souls' – rights groups

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'At this juncture, we simply cannot afford a business-as-usual approach to this political exercise,' says the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

Groups urge unity vs tyranny ahead of People Power anniversary

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We cannot allow the next generation of Filipinos to live in fear and violence. We stand against the Duterte government,’ says the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

'ONE VOICE'. Church groups join others in a  rally to mark the 33rd EDSA People Power anniversary two days earlier, on February 23, 2019.  Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rights groups hit lack of facilities for children in conflict with the law

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

'If we’re going to be bringing up children inside a kulungan (prison), what kind of future do we expect?” asks Christine Sevilla of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

PROTEST. Different child rights groups belonging to the Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns oppose the newly amended law lowering the minimum criminal responsibility from age 15 years old to 9 years old. They hit the legislators who approved the amendment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act for using the children to advance their political interests. The press conference was held at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City. January 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Momentous Brexit debate opens with stinging defeats for May

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:34 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Commons votes 311-293 to censure the government for not publishing the full legal advice it received about May's divorce deal with the European Union

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom (C) during the debate in the House of Commons in London on December 4, 2018 on a motion to hold the government in contempt of parliament over their refusal to publish full legal advice they received on the Brexit withdrawl agreement.  HO / PRU / AFP

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

Anti-mining advocates push for 'rights of nature' law

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Anti-mining advocates and environmental groups join the Salakyag ng mga Sangnilikha, which aims to empower communities to talk about environmental issues

Stop Killing The Environment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Scientists' group refutes Roque, says local experts can do research in Benham Rise

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATES) To utilize resources in Philippine territories, a scientists' group urges the government to support Filipino scientists 'instead of being servile to China in exchange for foreign aid'

BENHAM RISE. Researchers aboard boats in the waters in the Benham Rise area. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

Meet this 11-year-old advocate against Manicani mining

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Even if he did not grow up in the island of Manicani in Eastern Samar, young Fidelino personally visits the area with his family almost every year

Uber and LTFRB, Human Rights Watch, Alejano | Evening wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

Aug 17, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The New York based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed targets on the backs of human rights advocates

PH military recruits more lawyers

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The military commits to beef up the number of military lawyers who will take care of resolving all legal issues on real state personnel retirement appointment separation demotion promotion and procurement within the military

The newly-appointed Probationary Military Lawyers made a courtesy call to Rear Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, Deputy Chief of Staff AFP and Col. Serme Legaspi Ayuyao, the Judge Advocate General, Thursday, 03 August 2017 at the GHQ Conference Room in Camp Aguinaldo.

Miners’ victory at the CA will be short-lived

May 02, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is set to face the Commission on Appointments on Tuesday Big Mining will probably have the numbers to end her brief but tumultuous reign

Human rights groups march, ask Congress to junk death penalty bill

Jan 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Hundreds of human rights advocates march to the House of Representatives to urge lawmakers to abandon the bill seeking to restore the death penalty

NO TO 'KILL BILL'. Human rights advocates oppose the passage of the measure seeking to restore capital punishment in the country. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

#AnimatED: Where human rights is a joke

Dec 12, 2016 - 10:45 AM

If there s no national rage so be it Let s drop our lamentations and take concrete legal steps to hold the guilty to account

Rappler Talk: Fr. Edu Gariguez on faith and resilience

Sep 02, 2016 - 3:11 PM

On Friday September 2 Maria Ressa talks to Fr Edu Gariguez the Executive Secretary of Caritas Philippines on why faith and resilience go hand in hand

FilAm NGO angry, sad over Supreme Court tie

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Oakland based Filipino Advocates for Justice vows to fight harder for immigrants

Green groups: Lopez is 'right choice' for DENR post

Jun 21, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED But environmentalists also urge Gina Lopez to make a strong statement rejecting environmentally destructive projects her own family is pushing for

US Supreme Court lets stand state assault weapons bans

Jun 20, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The US Supreme Court effectively upholds state bans on military style assault weapons declining to hear a challenge to bans on guns like the one used to kill 49 people in Orlando earlier this month

PROTEST. A demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre delivers remarks a week after the shooting of 20 school children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP

Duterte offers DENR post to ABS-CBN Foundation's Gina Lopez

Jun 20, 2016 - 7:02 PM

UPDATED The anti mining advocate who is with the President elect when the announcement is made says she will seriously seriously consider the offer

OFFERED DENR POST. Rodrigo Duterte offers Gina Lopez the post of Environment Secretary in the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, Davao City on June 20, 2016. Screengrab from RTVM video

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

VLOG: Duterte to appoint more women leaders in gov't

May 12, 2016 - 4:44 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano is tasked to help find and vet qualified women candidates for various positions in the Duterte administration

Duterte appears on Quoboloy's SMNI network, and meets key people and supporters including Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen Pia Cayetano. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Anti-crime advocate Lauro Vizconde dies

Feb 13, 2016 - 7:23 PM

UPDATED Lauro Vizconde founded the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption VACC after his wife and daughters were brutally murdered in 1991

ANTI-CRIME CRUSADER. Lauro Vizconde dies of a heart attack. Photo from Lauro Vizconde's Facebook page

Rappler Talk: Clearing hurdles on the RH law

Jan 18, 2016 - 5:39 PM

What s the next step for advocates of the controversial RH law after the budget cut?

Yeb Saño: Is #COP21 a triumph?

Dec 13, 2015 - 6:25 PM

For Naderev Yeb Saño the agreement on 1 5°C warming cap is no different from a New Year s resolution – it is not legally binding

COP21 PROTEST. Hundreds of ‘climate bikers and walkers’ came out in solidarity with the global movement for climate justice early Sunday morning, December 13, in Paris. Photo by Clemente Bautista/Kalikasan PNE

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Advocates mourn loss of RH champion Tomas Osias

May 16, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Osias is revered as PopCom s longest serving executive director hailed as a passionate and committed advocate and a father to all

Buses, dormitories for CDO senior high school students

Apr 10, 2015 - 5:23 PM

Cagayan de Oro is one of the 10 cities that will pilot the implementation of the senior high school program in June 2015 a year ahead of other public schools in the country

NEW SCHOOL. Students of the new Tablon National High School welcome Mayor Oscar Moreno during the turnover of the 4-storey high school building, which has 18 classrooms. Tablon National High school was an annex of Agusan High School for 18 years. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

The search for a national strategic plan against hunger in PH

Feb 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

The apparent lack of a clear cut government policy on the right to adequate food is pushing Filipinos deeper into the hunger trap

Bishops, peace advocates: Hear Mindanao, pass BBL

Feb 17, 2015 - 2:18 PM

The signatories say the government should not abandon the peace process in Mindanao precisely because of the controversial police operation in Mamasapano

AVOID A REPEAT OF MAMASAPANO. The signatories say the proposed Bangsamoro law should be passed to ‘let Mindanawons turn factories of war into factories of prosperity.’ File photo of Filipino Muslims during a rally for peace in Manila by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Dear Pope Francis: Would you love a lesbian like me?

Jan 10, 2015 - 2:10 PM

I ll trust that you are not like the Christians who believe that hating others is really what their God wants them to do

#ShowThePope: How Filipinos treat LGBTs

Dec 28, 2014 - 5:34 PM

Netizens ShowThePope two faces of the Philippines when it comes to gay rights: sometimes breeding discrimination sometimes open and loving

GAY RIGHTS. Participating in Rappler's #ShowThePope, Twitter users Raffy Magno (@raffymagno) and Jeff Crisostomo (@jeffcrisostomo) send entries related to the LGBT community. Screen grabs from Twitter

Climate advocates begin 40-day journey to Tacloban

Oct 02, 2014 - 1:38 PM

Climate advocates begin a 1 000 kilometer walk to Ground Zero in Tacloban in a bid to spur action against climate change – the defining issue of this generation

Ombudsman orders dismissal of human rights commissioner

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:20 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman finds Commissioner Coco Quisumbing guilty of grave misconduct and violations of the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees

SUSPENDED. The Office of the Ombudsman orders the preventive suspension of CHR Commissioner Cecilia "Coco" Quisumbing. Screenshot from YouTube

What's keeping the Philippines from exclusive breastfeeding?

Aug 14, 2014 - 5:43 PM

The Philippines is one of the top nations with the least number of exclusively breastfed children despite its full implementation of the Milk Code

CBCP: Catholic medics can refuse to issue contraceptives

Jul 10, 2014 - 8:12 PM

The bishops are set to organize seminars in their dioceses to inform government health workers of the law s provisions

Next in RH battle: Full implementation by DOH, LGUs

Apr 18, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Advocates say the decade long wait allowed for the mobilization of the public – the strongest method to ensure implementation

Human rights commissioner suspended for 'grave misconduct'

Feb 27, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Commissioner Coco Quisumbing faces charges of grave misconduct and violations of the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees

SUSPENDED. The Office of the Ombudsman orders the preventive suspension of CHR Commissioner Cecilia "Coco" Quisumbing. Screenshot from YouTube

Pope Francis is gay magazine's Person of the Year

Dec 19, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The Advocate a US based magazine for LGBTs says Francis triggered a change in rhetoric on LGBTs

Negros peace advocates join protest vs pork

Aug 26, 2013 - 12:21 PM

UPDATED Negrenses join the nationwide call for the abolition of pork barrel

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Manila Bay matters

Jun 24, 2013 - 7:37 AM

An interactive timeline tells the story of Manila Bay

The new wave of volunteerism

Jun 19, 2013 - 4:07 PM

New faces in the country’s volunteerism scene bring new issues into the public eye as well as old ones that we have conveniently forgotten

POWER OF PLAY. Kids are able to experience the values of sharing, of taking turns, of returning toys to where they got them. Photo from the Philippine Toy Library Facebook page

Children yet to find 'superhero' in senate bets

May 13, 2013 - 5:23 AM

Children and children’s rights advocates are yet to find a candidate who fits the prototype of a pro children legislator

Yumbassadors: Helping others help themselves

May 09, 2013 - 8:04 PM

More than organizing the usual newspaper drive or neighborhood sponsored basketball game youth groups are recognizing their role in addressing concerns bigger organizations are too busy to notice — and they’re making a difference

PASSION TO TEACH. Members of Alay ni Ignacio are talented college students who share the same passion to teach public school students. Photo courtesy of Hot Air Balloon Digital

Britain jails man who conned 'devils'

Apr 01, 2013 - 11:59 AM

A self styled Italian lawyer whose notorious clients included late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was jailed for 14 years by a British court on Thursday for tricking people into believing he was a bona fide legal professional