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Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Human rights groups urge the Philippine government to coordinate with the United Nations as rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to write a comprehensive report on the country's situation

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Central Luzon top cop disagrees with Amnesty International report

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Central Luzon police chief tells human rights group that 4 cops have been killed and 12 seriously injured by suspected drug personalities

PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Top questions on tax amnesty

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Still confused about tax amnesty? The Philippine Tax Whiz answers the most frequently asked questions.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: How do I avail of estate tax amnesty?

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses how you can finally transfer those long-overdue properties

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of fresh 'war crimes' in Rakhine

May 29, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Army spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun denies all allegations by Amnesty International, saying the military's operations were within the law and they 'avoided harming civilians'

DENYING WAR CRIME ALLEGATIONS. Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun of Myanmar's military information committee attends a press conference in the Yangon division military headquarters in Yangon on Feburary 23, 2019. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pakistan's muted response as Asia Bibi flees to Canada

May 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The silence echoes across the country's usually rambunctious media, with most newspapers glossing over the episode and primetime television shows offering it only a passing mention

ASIA BIBI. Mohammad Faisal confirms Asia Bibi's departure, telling journalists she has left the country 'at her own will' as he declines to say anything further. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

U.S. says Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi 'safely reunited' with family

May 08, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear when Bibi may have left or where she may have gone, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada

30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

#AskTheTaxWhiz: How do I avail of the tax amnesty on delinquencies?

May 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the process for the tax amnesty on delinquencies, including the forms to use

Amnesty International Philippines calls 'to take action' after Maria Ressa's arrest

Mar 29, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The human rights group says if you 'think the trumped up charges against Maria Ressa is a form of harassment... Write to DOJ to express your concern'

Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely' – Amnesty

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'The concept of 'national security' as used by Hong Kong government...is arbitrarily applied to suppress dissent and political opposition,' the Amnesty International report says

HUMAN RIGHTS. Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland but fears are growing that those liberties are being eroded as Beijing flexes its muscles. Image via Shutterstock

Malaysia accused of U-turn on death penalty abolition

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory

DEATH PENALTY. As a pedestrian (L) walks past, a grim message of Malaysia's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking adorns the perimeter wall of the historic Pudu Jail downtown Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Tax amnesty on delinquencies

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz breaks down the tax amnesty on delinquencies

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

#AskTheTaxWhiz: All about estate tax amnesty

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the provisions of the recently passed estate tax amnesty

Impunity reigned in Middle East in 2018, says Amnesty International

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

'Is it acceptable for activists to undergo arbitrary detention, torture, sexual harassment ... and even enforced disappearances simply for expressing their opinions in a peaceful way,' says rights watchdog

New tax amnesty law has no spirit, says expert

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:35 PM

For tax expert Mon Abrea, President Rodrigo Duterte should have thrown out the tax amnesty law completely, as it is now unable to execute its main goals

Duterte vetoes 'overgenerous' general tax amnesty

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes the general tax amnesty provision of Republic Act No. 11213, which would have provided relief to people who failed to pay correct taxes

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice,' Amnesty International says in a statement

FREE. This file handout photograph taken on November 20, 2010 and released by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab shows Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi (C) sitting next to the then-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer (R) as she appealed her death sentence for blasphemy charges at the Central Jail in Sheikhupura. AFP PHOTO / Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab

Makati court denies Trillanes’ appeal

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) RTC Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda denies the opposition senator’s appeal to not reopen the rebellion case against him

REBELLION CHARGE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will have to face trial again for rebellion at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UAE activist Mansoor loses appeal against 10-year term – Amnesty

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Amnesty International says that the ruling 'confirms there is no space for free expression in the United Arab Emirates'

Judge Soriano: Afford everyone rule of law, if only for our own safety

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The judge from Makati rose to prominence for his firm orders that directly contradicted and rejected the request of the country’s most powerful man – President Rodrigo Duterte

RULE OF LAW. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano delivers a speech on the rule of law before the Philippine Bar Association on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jazmin Tremblay/Rappler

Judge Andres Soriano junks appeals of DOJ, Trillanes

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano stands by his October 22 ruling denying an arrest warrant for Trillanes, and upholding the legality of Proclamation 572

TRILLANES CASE. Makati RTC Branch 148  Judge Andres Soriano denies the motions for reconsideration filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the DOJ. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House approves tax amnesty bill

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:35 PM

With approval from both houses of Congress, the tax amnesty bill will now go to the bicameral conference committee

APPROVED. The House approves the tax amnesty bill on November 20, 2018.

Senate approves tax amnesty bill on final reading

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

If passed into law, the bill would grant amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes, including estate, value-added, and excise taxes, in 2017 and previous years

Trillanes finds surprising ally in Binay over amnesty ordeal

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Former vice president Jejomar Binay says there should not have been an attempt to revoke the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of his most vicious critics

NO VINDICATION. Ex-vice president Jejomar Binay counts Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as among his most vicious critics during the 2016 presidential campaign. File photo by Hensell Hebaya/Rappler

Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honor

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:45 PM

'Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you,' says the group

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

More than half of Filipino amnesty grantees prefer to stay in UAE

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Of the 6,810 OFWs who availed of the UAE's amnesty program, 4,343 or 64% have opted to stay, according to records of the Philippine Consulate General’s office

STAY. Many overstaying OFWs in the UAE preferred to not leave the country after being granted amnesty. Photo from The Filipino Times

Trillanes wants Makati Judge to reverse ruling on legality of Proclamation 572

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The plan to appeal comes even as the Supreme Court is currently discussing a petition by Trillanes questioning the same thing – the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 572

AMNESTY. Senator Antonio Trillanes at the Senate on October 22, 2018, after receiving the decision of Makati RTC Branch 148 that kept his freedom. Rappler screenshot

Calida defers to DOJ on handling of Trillanes case

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida will wait for the Department of Justice to file a motion for partial reconsideration, instead of going straight to the Court of Appeals as earlier announced by Malacañang

Solicitor General Jose Calida prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ contradicts Panelo in Trillanes plan, no going to CA for now

Oct 23, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Contrary to the statement of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the justice department will file a partial motion for reconsideration with Makati RTC Branch 148

LEGAL PLAN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said it is the DOJ which will decide the legal plan in the presidential directive to arrest and jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Oct 23, 2018 - 1:06 PM

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Senators praise judge's ‘courage’ in junking Trillanes arrest

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Judge Soriano 'chose to uphold the rule of law and refused to embrace tyranny, as every judge ought to do if they are to be true to their oath,' says opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

PRAISED. Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano in his office. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

With court victory, Trillanes 'more energized' to attack Duterte, Calida

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:55 PM

'So 'yung mga medyo napapagod sa akin, 'wag kayo mapagod,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as he vows to continue criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press briefing on October 22, 2018, on the resolution of Judge Andres B. Soriano on the DOJ’s request to issue arrest warrant to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Judge Soriano of Makati RTC Branch 148 denied DOJ’s request but upheld Presidential Proclamation 572. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang insists it can still void Trillanes' amnesty with Makati court ruling

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:27 PM

The Palace says Judge Soriano’s conclusion that it was within President Duterte’s powers to issue Proclamation No. 572 means the administration can resort to legal remedies to ensure Trillanes’ arrest

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Guevarra to Trillanes: This is just the start, let’s go to Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The justice secretary says there's still an opportunity for the Supreme Court to 'forge a new judicial principle'

'UMPISA PA LANG ITO.' Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says that the Supreme Court still has the final say on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, even as he loses at the trial court level to send the opposition senator to jail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Makati Judge Andres Soriano's decision keeping Trillanes free

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Soriano contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte and says Trillanes filed his application form and admitted guilt to be eligible for the amnesty eventually granted to him in 2011

TRILLANES DECISION. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano hands down the highly-anticipated decision on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on October 22, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes hails Makati judge for 'single-handedly' restoring rule of law

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:35 PM

'Tayo po ay nabubuhayan ng loob na meron pong pag-asa sa ating bayan. He is personified by Judge Soriano at this point,' opposition Senator Trillanes says of the Makati RTC Branch 148 presiding judge

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makati judge contradicts Duterte, says Trillanes filed for amnesty

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 says Duterte is within his power to issue the proclamation, but its factual basis is wrong

JUDGE ON SPOTLIGHT. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano junks a government request to send back to jail Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo of Soriano by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler, and photo of Duterte by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential photo

'Prying' of global lawmakers into Trillanes case an 'affront' – Malacañang

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo accuses the Inter-Parliamentary Union for intervening in Philippine domestic affairs

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV during the Senate Finance Subcommittee “E” hearing scrutinizing the P251 billion proposed 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agency on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Judge Soriano of Makati is at 'last stage’ of deciding Trillanes case

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Makati judge skips a conference in Tagaytay to finish what is arguably the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year

SPOTLIGHT ON ONE MAN. Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano stands to decide on the biggest legal battle of the opposition this year. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Amnesty International condemns US-led coalition over Raqa civilian killings

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

'The US-led coalition's ongoing failure to admit to, let alone adequately investigate, the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction it caused in Raqa is a slap in the face for survivors,' Amnesty International says in a statement

RAQA. A member of the first response team tours the courtyard of the National Hospital building in the northern Syria city of Raqa, which was the final bastion of IS fighters, on October 13, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

2nd Makati court's decision on Trillanes' case out anytime

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Makati Regional Trial Court 148 Presiding Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano says the case is now considered submitted for resolution

ANYTIME. The decision on the Department of Justice's very urgent motion with Makati RTC Branch 148 to issue an arrest warrant and a hold departure order against Senator Antonio Trillanes will be released anytime. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes camp insists on proper hearing at Makati court

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Trillanes' lawyer Rey Robles says that testimonial evidence should be considered by the Makati Regional Trial Court during the proceedings

PROPER HEARING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's camp argues there should be a proper hearing of the factual issues of the case. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Judge Alameda's siblings get Customs promotion before Trillanes arrest

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Customs Special Police Chief Marlon Alameda says there is nothing irregular here. He and his sister have been in service for decades and went through the process.

NO DECISION. Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda says no decision will be made today regarding DOJ's petition against Senator Trillanes. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Calida, DOJ inconsistent on amnesty review: Just for Trillanes or all?

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida admits he sought permission to review all amnesties but the presidential proclamation that came out covered only Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'AND OTHERS.' Solicitor General admits to calling Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana "permission" to look into the amnesty applications of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV "and others. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler