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Bayanihan Act's sanction vs 'false' info the 'most dangerous'

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'What we need now is full transparency from the government, not a measure to suppress rights and freedom of speech,' says Senator Leila de Lima on the law's punishment for false and alarming information

LOCKDOWN. Police officers at the Cavitex Toll Plaza on March 16, 2020, check on public transportations making sure that they are following the social distancing policy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Gov't agencies ordered to list hospitals, facilities for possible takeover

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:28 PM

DOH, DOT, DOTr, and OCD are tasked to create the inventory and present this to the President

POSSIBLE TAKEOVER. As a last resort, President Rodrigo Duterte can order the takeover of health facilities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP files criminal charges vs Cavite town mayor for 'causing coronavirus scare'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:58 PM

The charges are based on the Cavite City government's complaint that Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua is allegedly behind a Facebook page that posted unverified information on a coronavirus case in the city

CAVITE TOWN MAYOR. Noveleta Mayor Dino Chua Reyes addresses his constituents in a video message on March 27, 2020. Screenshot from Mayor Dino Reyes' video posted on his Facebook page

DOCUMENT: Duterte’s 30 special powers to deal with the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Read here the full text of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

ASSISTANCE. Employees repack relief goods at the Quezon City Hall on March 22, 2020, that will be distributed to barangays. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte signs law granting himself special powers to address coronavirus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:56 AM

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act grants President Rodrigo Duterte 30 special powers, and excludes the proposed contentious provisions on the takeover of private businesses

SPECIAL POWERS. President Rodrigo Duterte signs into law the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Malacañang photo

Duterte's special powers bill punishes fake news by jail time, up to P1-M fine

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:49 PM

(UPDATED) There is no law that punishes fake news. The Bayanihan To Heal as one Act also does not define fake news. 'That would be void,' says ex-SC spokesman Ted Te

SPECIAL POWERS. The proposed Bayanihan to Heal as One Act would give President Rodrigo Duterte the special power to punish people spreading fake news about the coronavirus. RTVM screengrab


Congress removes Duterte's authority to extend special powers, but does it ease fears?

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'Congress has proven that it will follow and obey the President’s wishes and submit to his commands,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

BAYANIHAN ACT. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez stay at the Senate until wee hours of the morning on Tuesday, March 24, to wait for Congress to pass the special powers bill for President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo courtesy of Secretary Guevarra


P400-B uncollected power charges show 'dead end' in energy laws

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Lawmakers want to collect debts now, as government lawyers stand firm on proper procedures on compromise agreements

POWER CHARGES. Officials of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) arrive early to the House of Representatives hearing on March 11, 2020, on the P400 billion worth of uncollected power charges. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

House leaders slam 'anti-Filipino' bill allowing foreign ownership of public services

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr and Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin Remulla vote no to House Bill No. 78, saying that it violates the 1987 Constitution

House passes bill allowing 100% foreign ownership of public utilities

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:07 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas slams the bill as 'economic charter change without tinkering with the 1987 Constitution'

NOW IN SESSION. Lawmakers vote on bills during the House session on May 30, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#SanaAllSchools: Students seek safe spaces vs sexual harassment on campus

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Several school administrators and student leaders call for 'safe space desks' on campuses nationwide, where victims could report their experiences for immediate action

SAFE SPACES. Student leaders and school officials call for the establishment of safe space desks in campuses all over the country on Monday, March 9, at the University Hotel in UP Diliman. Photo by Samantha Bagayas

Territorial dispute: Pia Cayetano fumes over Marcos tackling Citira at committee hearing

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:14 PM

'Please don’t try to mediate,' Senator Pia Cayetano, chair of the ways and means committee, tells fellow senators. 'Resolve the jurisdictional issue.'

'CLARITY'. Senator Pia Cayetano says she wants clarity over Senate rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte certifies Citira bill as urgent

Mar 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's certification allows the Senate to pass the bill on 2nd and 3rd readings on the same day

ASPIRING HUB. The Philippines aims to become a regional automotive production hub by offering fiscal and non-fiscal perks to automakers. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

PEZA asks Senate to delay Citira passage amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

With the coronavirus crisis, Philippine Economic Zone Authority chief Charito Plaza finds an opening to appeal against the Citira bill anew

DELAY. PEZA Director General Charito Plaza speaks at the Senate hearing on the economic impact of coronavirus to the ecozones. Screengrab from Senate of the Philippines' Youtube

LOOKBACK: 25 years of the Party List Law

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Through highs and lows, here's how the party list in Congress has evolved

‘Hard sell?’ Military boasts rosy poll results as it faces criticism over new anti-terror bill

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:58 AM

An SWS poll shows high public satisfaction with the AFP, just as Congress decides on a law that gives the military broader powers in pursuing terror suspects

THE MARINES. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Marine Corps. File photo by Darren Langit

‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

'Hindi talaga para ito sa mga Abu Sayyaf or terrorista o sino pa mang tinatawag na terorista… Kailangan ito para doon sa dissenters, sa oposisyon,' says NUPL chair Neri Colmenares

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Duterte orders agencies to eliminate 'overregulation'

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's Administrative Order No. 23 compels national government agencies to report how they are cutting red tape

Senate approves anti-terrorism bill on final reading

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan vote against the measure and warn of its possible abuse

DESTROYED. Remnants of what's left in Marawi after local terrorist groups attempted to take the city. Rappler file photo

Assange lawyer accuses U.S. of peddling lies as Wikileaks founder

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Assange grows visibly tired after listening to hours of proceedings – prompting a judge to check on his condition

PROTEST. An activist holds a placard calling for the freedom of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

'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