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'Unconstitutional' to let foreigners own public utilities – opposition lawmakers

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

If passed into law, House Bill 78 would allow foreigners to fully own telecommunication and transportation companies in the Philippines which is 'fatally violative of the Constitution' the lawmakers say

House one step away from passing bill letting foreigners own public utilities

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:33 PM

But opposition lawmakers argue that the 'unconstitutional' bill would lead to Filipinos being at the mercy of foreign firms

LIFTING OF FOREIGN RESTRICTIONS. The House of Representatives approves on 2nd reading House Bill No. 78 on February 17, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House closer to passing bill allowing foreigners to own PH public utilities

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:26 PM

For lawmakers behind the bill, the 1987 Constitution’s requirement that at least 60% of public utility enterprises' capital stock must be owned by Filipino citizens or corporations is limiting the country’s economic growth

QUICK WORK. Lawmakers are working fast to amend the Public Service Act. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler PLUS briefing: Understanding the Magnitsky Act

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Join us on February 6 at 6:30 pm for the first Rappler PLUS exclusive briefing this year

House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for

Photo from congress.gov.ph

De Lima thanks U.S. Senate for ‘standing strong for larger truths’

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says US Senate Resolution 142 is 'a watershed in the history of keeping democracy and human rights accountability in the country'

GRATEFUL. Senator Leila De Lima thanks the United States Senate for passing a resolution that seeks Magnitsky sanctions against Philippine officials responsible for her prolonged detention. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Reflections at the dawn of a hope-filled New Year and decade

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:47 PM

I am filled with hope to see that there is a growing momentum for demanding accountability, as more and more allies committed to defending human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law are making themselves heard

Panelo hits U.S. senators for ‘bullying’ PH officials with proposed sanctions

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The United States Senate wants further action by passing a resolution that seeks accountability among Philippine officials for human rights violations in the country

'BULLYING.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticizes United States Senator for measures seeking accountability for human rights violations in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

U.S. Senate passes resolution seeking Magnitsky sanctions vs PH officials

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) The resolution calls on US President Donald Trump to determine if Philippine officials responsible for extrajudicial killings and Senator Leila de Lima's detention would face travel and financial restrictions

DETAINED. Senator Leila De Lima asserts drug charges filed against her were fabricated by the Duterte government. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. Senator Durbin: De Lima case 'important test' for PH democracy

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'There is an easy and honorable way forward,' says Senator Richard Durbin as he reiterates his call to release Senator Leila de Lima or ensure her a fair trial

RIGHTS ADVOCATE. US Senator Dick Durbin addresses the Senate on January 9, 2019, on issues involving the human rights abuses in the Philippines. Screenshot of Senator Dick Durbin video posted on his Facebook page

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

'Free Netflix,' chats with women used as lure in campaign for bill in India – reports

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Twitter users notice a growing number of what appear to be fake Indian accounts telling people to call a number supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act in exchange for free Netflix accounts or chats with lonely women

De Lima submitting list of ‘persecutors’ to U.S. State Department

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:01 PM

She also says she would not release her full list until the US State Department comes up with its own, so as not to preempt the agency

LIST. Embattled Senator Leila De Lima said she would give the US state department a list of her so-called persecutors. Photo courtesy of Leila de Lima Comms

Philippines strengthens crackdown on consumer fraud

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:17 AM

The Department of Justice boosts witness protection for whistleblowers against businesses that violate the Philippine Competition Act

Construction of a residential condominium in Quezon City on August 6, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. Senator Markey: Duterte's threats will not silence us

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:51 AM

'President Duterte is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence my voice and that of my colleagues,' says United States Senator Edward Markey after he is barred from entering the Philippines

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. U.S. Senator Edward Markey, Democrat from Massachusetts. Photo from Markey's official website

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

PH bars entry of 3rd U.S. senator backing De Lima release

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is the author of the resolution which condemns Senator Leila de Lima's detention and denounces human rights offenders in extrajudicial killings as well as media harassment in the country

BARRED FROM PH. In this file photo, Senator Edward Markey (Democrat from Massachusetts) speaks during a news conference on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senator urges PH to free De Lima, drop threats vs Maria Ressa

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:09 PM

United States Senator Patrick Leahy vows to continue standing up for human rights in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte bars him from entering the country

HUMAN RIGHTS. Senator Patrick Leahy (left) urges the Philippines to uphold human rights instead of threatening to deny Americans visas to the country. File photo by Chip Soodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Sex, Hitler, and IKEA: Protesting Indians get creative

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

India protesters bear placards borrowing famous lines from the TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the Lindsay Lohan movie 'Mean Girls'

MODI LIKENED TO HITLER. In this file photo taken on December 18, 2019, protesters hold a poster comparing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to German chancellor and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Siliguri. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Duterte extends validity of 2019 budget

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:57 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte approves the extended validity of 'all appropriations' in this year's national budget until the end of 2020

BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte approves a law extending the 2019 budget's validity to December 31, 2020. File photo by Malacañang

The indignity of the U.S. travel bans is not about our politicians

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:05 PM

It's true, it is within the United States' sovereign power to block entry to anyone it wishes. But my migration framework prevents me from unequivocally saying that.

What we know so far: Proposed U.S. sanctions vs PH officials in drug war

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Answers to 4 questions to get you up to speed on 2 proposed measures to bar Philippine officials from entering the United States and freezing their assets there

DRUG WAR. Police officials investigate the crime scene of a buy-bust operation. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Make establishments aware of athletes' discount law, says Agatha Wong

Dec 22, 2019 - 4:19 PM

‘Gets quite annoying to keep having to explain to managers that this kind of benefit actually exists You think I'm a liar?’ tweets wushu athlete Agatha Wong

FIGHT FOR HONOR. National wushu star Agatha Wong fights for awareness of the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cebu City passes ‘Bawal Bastos’ ordinance

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance covers acts like unwanted invitations, sexual comments or gestures, stalking, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and even intrusive gazing or leering

Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines

Dec 21, 2019 - 5:27 PM

With a US Senate committee passing a resolution invoking the Global Magnitsky Act, Philippine officials face the prospect of being denied US visas and having their assets there frozen

'FABRICATED DRUG CHARGES.' Senator Leila De Lima is seen after she attend the hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gatherings banned in parts of India capital after citizenship law demos

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:49 PM

A day after intense protests rocked Delhi, police ban gatherings of more than 4 people in some Muslim-dominated areas in the megacity's northeast

FRESH PROTESTS. Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

India protests rage against citizenship law, but Modi defiant

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:25 AM

In a major challenge to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tens of thousands of people take to the streets for the 6th day against a new citizenship law critics say is anti-Muslim

Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Fresh protests against India's new citizenship law erupted December 17 as alleged police brutality fuelled fury against the legislation which critics say is anti-Muslim. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

It's final: Film Dev't Council can't collect amusement tax from LGUs

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Supreme Court maintains that certain provisions of Republic Act No. 9167, the law that created the Film Development Council of the Philippines, are unconstitutional

Locsin calls ‘idiotic’ US Senate panel’s resolution vs PH officials

Dec 15, 2019 - 1:37 PM

The Philippines' top diplomat cites the 'separation of powers and the independence of nations' as he hits the US foreign relations committee resolution citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

'IDIOTIC'. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin hits a US Senate committee's resolution against Philippine government officials. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Protests rage as U.S., UK warn on travel to northeast India

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The All Assam Students Union says it would continue the fight against the Citizenship Amendment Act 'in the streets and in the court'

PROTEST. Protesters block a road after setting buses on fire during a demonstration against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Bill in Howrah, on the outskirts of Kolkata on December 14, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Dela Rosa says no word yet from U.S. on supposed visa cancellation

Dec 14, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The senator and former police chief says he has yet to receive official communication that his US visa was cancelled over human rights violations in the government's war on drugs

CHIEF OPERATOR. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa was the chief operator of the government's war on drugs when he was police chief from July 2016 to April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Facebook says ready for new California privacy law

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will give internet users the right to see what data big tech companies collect about them and with whom it is shared

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:35 AM

The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more

Shokhista Karimova, accused of involvement in the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, reacts during the sentencing hearing at a court in Saint Petersburg on December 10, 2019. A military court in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to long terms including life in prison for involvement in a 2017 attack on the Russian city's metro system. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP

As land use act stalls, Duterte to issue executive order instead

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte again pushes for a national land use law during a December 2 Cabinet meeting where he is shown the National Economic and Development Authority's draft bill

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China summons U.S. envoy, urges not to implement Hong Kong law

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng lodges a 'strong protest' with US Ambassador Terry Branstad after President Donald Trump signs the law supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. China's mass detainment of ethnic Uighurs and its crackdown on civil liberties will likely figure high on the agenda when countries meet at the UN in Geneva to review Beijing's rights record. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Trump signs law supporting Hong Kong protesters

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The US president at first seemed reluctant to sign the bill, but with almost unanimous US congressional support for the measure, he has little political room to maneuver

FREE. Grafitti which reads 'Free HK' is seen on the ground at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 27, 2019, over a week after police surrounded the building while protesters were still barricaded inside. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Lacson says pork-free national budget an ‘impossible dream’

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:40 PM

After flagging some P20 billion in dubious items in different agencies’ budget proposals, the senator says he finds the hunt for ‘pork' funds ‘more exciting than irritating'

HIDE AND SEEK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says he finds the yearly hunt for questionable items in the proposed national budget 'more exciting than irritating.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House bill reforming real property valuation passed on 2nd reading

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Voting on 2nd reading, lawmakers give their nod to the 3rd package under the Duterte government's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

TAX REFORM. Lawmakers are on the move to amend the country's real property valuation system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] A correct move for our stock market?

Nov 18, 2019 - 8:27 PM

The proposed Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act appears unsound, and Congress may want to rethink it before it's too late

Lorenzana not inclined to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defense chief says he is waiting for the military and police to give their input, and President Duterte will still have the final say on the matter

DEFENSE CHIEF Delfin Lorenzana doesn't feel the need to put Mindanao under martial law for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PopCom: Amend RH law provision on minors' access to birth control

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III says minors who already have children should be allowed to access family planning methods without their parents' permission

pt2 / news / Dec 20 / 191212_contrceptives03.jpg PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN A member of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines , Inc. shows some sample of oral and injectable contrceptives at their office in Quezon City on Wednesday. With the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, despite the strong opposition from the Catholic Church, contrceptives and sexual education will be available in health centers all over the country.

WATCH: Safe spaces extend to physical, online spaces following 'Bawal Bastos' law

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:13 AM

With newly signed implementing rules and regulations, legislators and the police back the Safe Spaces Act to penalize acts of sexual harassment, especially for women and LGBTQ+

FAST FACTS: How does the Safe Spaces Act protect you?

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Safe Spaces Act, now fully enforced, protects everyone from sexual harassment both in physical and online spaces, and not just by persons in authority

Esperon says no need to extend martial law if Human Security Act is amended

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Security officials are also considering the opinion of local government units in assessing whether another extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:22 PM

As per the Anti-Child Pornography Act, internet service providers are mandated to report to the police any obtained knowledge of child porn distribution or access using their servers

REMOTELY DAMAGING. 80% of children are at risk of being sexually exploited online. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Ateneo on Safe Spaces Act: Be specific about school responsibilities

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The university has been under fire for its supposed failure to address complaints of sexual harassment posted anonymously by students on an online freedom wall

FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:42 PM

As of October 2019, House Bill No. 6079, or the Child Support Enforcement Act, has not been signed into law. Similar versions of the measure had been filed several times yet remain pending at the House committee level.

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urges government agencies to put in place a 'genuine transition program' for displaced workers before Citira's implementation – not after

JOB LOSS? Citing estimates by business groups, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says some 700,000 workers may lose their jobs with the passage of the Citira bill. File photos by AFP