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Lacson, De Lima call for punitive action vs China and its fishermen

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Leila de Lima say the government should demand justice for the Filipino fishermen whose boat was sunk by a suspected Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishing community of Barangay Caminawit, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 14, 2019, the home of the 22 Filipino fishermen abandoned after a Chinese vessel sank their boat. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima cleared to cast her vote on May 13

May 07, 2019 - 9:35 AM

Senator Leila de Lima will vote under the Commission on Elections' Escorted Detainee Voting System

CLEARED TO VOTE. Detained senator Leila de Lima has been cleared by the courts to cast her vote on May 13. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

FALSE: Aquino admin officials 'stole, deposited' 3,500 metric tons of gold in Thailand

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The value of gold allegedly stolen and shipped is more than the value of the total gold reserves in the country

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'partying in Bilibid'

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary

[OPINION] In search for true justice: Death penalty is a false solution

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The passion of Christ vivified nothing less than the destruction of the scales of justice if only to tilt in favor of the selfish desires of the wicked

FALSE: Photo of jailed senator asking Supreme Court to allow visits of her ex-lover

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:14 PM

A photo of Senator Leila de Lima is doctored to falsely show her filing a petition with the Supreme Court to allow visits from her ex-lover

Malacañang slams U.S. senators for 'interfering' with PH sovereignty

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The American senators who called on the Duterte government to drop charges against Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa should 'mind their own business,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. senators urge Philippines to drop charges vs De Lima, Maria Ressa

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:13 PM

US senator Marsha Blackburn says of the bipartisan resolution: '...while we value our relationship with the Philippines, the US Congress expects to see real change to the current practices of the Duterte government'

UNDER SIEGE. Composite file photos of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (left), and Senator Leila de Lima. Photo of Ressa by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Last chance

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In order to protect our Constitution and sovereignty, we need to keep the strength and independence of our Senate; and the Senate is only as strong and independent as its opposition bloc. If the opposition falls, so does our democracy.

FALSE: Wife of Joma Sison is sister of Senator Leila de Lima

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Senator Leila de Lima has only one sister named Caroline de Lima; 'Julieta' is not her sister. Her two other siblings are Vicente de Lima II and Vicente de Lima Jr.

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Magsama tayo sa impyerno': Tense hearing gets trial rolling for De Lima

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Intelligence agent Jovencio Ablen Jr reiterates his claim that he saw the delivery of bags of money to Senator Leila de Lima’s house in Parañaque, which the senator dismisses as 'pure fiction'

DRUG TRIAL. Detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her trial over illegal drug charges pending before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 205 on March 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

Jinggoy Estrada, Francis Tolentino poke fun at De Lima in campaign speeches

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The two administration-allied senatorial candidates make repeated digs at detained Senator Leila de Lima in their speeches in campaign sorties

Davao City Mayor Sara Dutertre leads the Hugpong Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in Portrero Malabon. With her are the senatorial, partylist and local candidates supported by HNP. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo hits 'sad state' of justice as De Lima marks 2nd year in jail

Feb 24, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the call must not just be 'Justice for Leila,' but also 'Justice for the Filipino'

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Vice President Leni Robredo renews her call for the release of opposition Senator Leila de Lima. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

[OPINION] Democracy under siege

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.

Ex-CIDG chief: DOJ witness vs De Lima was involved in drug trade

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong tells a Muntinlupa judge that they learned Rafael Ragos 'was involved in extorting and receiving payola from high profile inmates'

WITNESS. Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong talks to Senator Leila De Lima during a recess of the detained lawmaker's hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC on February 22, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Otso Diretso bets to Iriganons: 'Our fight is also De Lima’s fight'

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Opposition senatorial candidates tell the people in the hometown of Senator Leila de Lima that they can count on them to fight for justice and human rights

HOME TURF. A standee of detained senator Leila de Lima outside her home in Iriga City on February 13, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

Senate approves bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Under Senate Bill No. 2159, the commission is mandated to promote and protect the rights of the elderly

Senior Citizens of Navotas on August 2, 2017

De Lima on Duterte ‘confession’ of molesting maid: ‘It’s time to get angry’

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls on Filipinos to 'stand strong and united to destroy this evil'

2019 an 'exciting year' for Filipinos, says Malacañang

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says 'milestones' of the government in 2018 are 'beginning to bear fruit’ but the opposition believes the past year ‘saw an unraveling of the Duterte administration’

NEW YEAR. President Rodrigo Duterte applauds while listening to the performers during the Christmas tree lighting in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, 'fight inequality and abuse'

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up, and fight back,' opposition Senator Leila de Lima says

RIZAL DAY. Senators commemorate national hero Jose Rizal on his 122nd death anniversary. Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

After almost 2 years in jail, De Lima finally sees mother

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'We cried while hugging each other,' says Senato Leila de Lima after seeing her 86-year-old mother, who is suffering from dementia

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Government officials react to Ateneo bullying | Evening wRap

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:08 PM

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Pangilinan, Binay, De Lima appeal to public: Don't bully the bully

Dec 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) Some senators, however, blame the parents while others want Senator Manny Pacquiao to bring sense to the minor

3 U.N. special rapporteurs to probe violations vs De Lima

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Council asks the Philippine government to immediately free Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

De Lima seeks Senate probe into Baguio school's mandatory pregnancy tests

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the policy of Pines City Colleges deprives women of their right to access education and 'proliferates the stigma against pregnancy'

CONTROVERSIAL POLICY. Pines City Colleges has been criticized by human rights groups over its mandatory pregnancy testing for students. Photo from Wikimapia


Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

[OPINION] Martial Law Part 4!

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:25 PM

It’s beginning to look a lot like this administration is incapable of solving a problem, not because the AFP lacks the ability or the will to, but because the political leaders lack the political will or incentive to solve it

De Lima: Revilla's acquittal 'sends wrong signal'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The detained senator says the Sandiganbayan's verdict on former senator Bong Revilla is 'a sad moment for truth, justice, and accountability'

ACQUITTED. Former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder on December 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC orders Muntinlupa court: Allow media access to De Lima hearings

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

While the en banc awaits the proposed guidelines of reporters' associations, it orders the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to let in as many reporters as can be accommodated in the hearings

HEAVILY GUARDED. Detained Senator Leila De Lima is always heavily guarded when she attends her hearings, with one branch of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court restricting media access. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

De Lima slams Marcos on 2nd anniversary of hero's burial

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The conviction of Imelda Marcos is a clear statement that dictator Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero, says detained Senator Leila de Lima

DE LIMA. Opposition senator Leila de Lima has been detained for almost two years for charges of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into Sagay farmers' massacre

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not an isolated case as it only reflects the prevailing situation in many farmlands around the country,' says the 6-member Senate minority bloc

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Vice Ganda criticized over comments on 'It's Showtime' about De Lima

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The TV host's comments on detained Senator Leila de Lima are described as disrespectful and inappropriate

Global lawmakers' group eyes visit to PH for Trillanes case

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The Inter-Parliamentary Union suspects a 'targeted attempt to silence' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte

FACT-FINDING. The Inter-Parliamentary Union wants to visit the Philippines for a fact-finding mission into the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Trillanes photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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De Lima pays tribule to 'hero, idol' teacher Mylene Durante

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'If there is anyone who deserves to be called a hero and an idol, it is Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante,' says Senator Leila de Lima, who also hails from Bicol

TEACHER'S GOAL. Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante wants to inspire young people. This photo on her Facebook page is captioned, "€œI want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, '€˜Because of YOU I didn'€™t give up.'"€ Photo from Mylene Veras-Durante's Facebook page

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

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Opposition senators seek suspension of fuel tax

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time

FUEL TAX. The Senate minority bloc filed a joint resolution seeking to suspend excise taxes on fuel under the TRAIN law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate passes bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Positive Discipline of Children Act seeks to protect minors from all forms of physical and mental violence

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte

Senate minority seeks probe into Duterte's revocation of Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Proclamation No. 572 is apparently being used to silence Senator Trillanes, one of the strongest critic of President Duterte and his administration,' says the Senate minority bloc in a resolution

Sen. Trillanes faces the media regarding the arrest warrant on him. Senate President Tito Sotto did not allow the arrest on Sen. Trillanes. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New case? De Lima is summoned by NBI for a drug investigation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’

SUMMONED. Senator Leila De Lima is summoned by the NBI for a drug-related investigation involving Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto to minority senators: Don’t abuse Senate leadership's 'hospitality'

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mahiya naman sila sa akin, 'wag naman nila abusuhin,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells minority senators after the opposition called on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supporters to troop to the Senate

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Opposition calls for Senate crowd to avert Trillanes arrest

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:00 AM

(UPDATED) 'Our presence [at the Senate] will hopefully make those effecting the illegal arrest think twice,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

PENSIVE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV looks pensive at the Senate on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

Malaysia's Anwar on PH: You can't abuse power vs opposition

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The once-jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim weighs in on attacks against President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, including Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the MAP CEO Conference held at the Makati Shangri-la on September 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno to Filipinos: Have courage to stop martial law

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:20 AM

When people become afraid to speak, 'we would have helped the tyrant win,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

NO TO DICTATORSHIP. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos should stop the return of martial law. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Minority senators to SC: Allow video conference for De Lima in ICC case

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:46 PM

To prove that her motion to personally appear during oral arguments is 'not a ploy to escape detention,' Senator Leila De Lima is 'willing to argue while in detention through a live video and/or audio feed'

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT