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FALSE: De Lima ‘rushed to hospital,’ wears neck brace

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The photo of the senator wearing a neck brace and riding a wheelchair is manipulated

Duterte holds his tongue on proposed U.S. travel ban vs officials in De Lima detention

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:50 PM

'Hilaw pa 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the proposed travel ban. In contrast, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo had slammed it as 'brazen' intrusion.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 50th Founding Anniversary Celebration of Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc. at The Manila Hotel on September 25, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Brazen' intrusion: PH slams proposed U.S. travel ban on officials in De Lima detention

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang insists the detention of Duterte critic Senator Leila de Lima is not politically-motivated

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo shares the complaints being lodged by concerned citizens 8888 Hotline during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub at Lualhati Compound in Baguio City on March 11, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

U.S. Senate panel OKs proposed ban on PH officials in De Lima detention

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:56 PM

US Senators Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy propose the amendment to the 2020 state and foreign operations appropriations bill

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Detained Senator Leila De Lima is whisked away after attending a hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 9 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

De Lima, Roxas signed IRR 'in good faith' – GCTA law author Rodriguez

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez believes the two former Cabinet officials should not be held liable for the GCTA mess

GCTA LAW AUTHOR. Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is one of the principal authors of the GCTA law. Screenshot by Rappler

Martires asks De Lima, Roxas why GCTA rules didn't exclude heinous crimes

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Ombudsman's letter has a tenor of agreement that the GCTA law excludes heinous crime – a legal contention that can reach the Supreme Court

EXPLANATIONS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires asks explanations from former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima and former interior secretary Mar Roxas why their IRR on the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte: I ordered transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Duterte says he gave the order to keep the convicts safe from Senator Leila de Lima's 'henchmen' in Bilibid. The detained senator calls this reasoning 'insanity in its most diabolical form.'

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte admits ordering transfer of witnesses in the trial against Leila De Lima to the Marine barracks. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang

No special treatment in transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks – DOJ

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was informed of the proposal but didn't know it had been done

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: No backdoor for 'undeserving' convicts

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the review of the GCTA law's implementation was prompted by 'the very real danger posed to the peace of the community by the early release' of vindictive convicts

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra addresses the launch of the Bacolod City Justice Zone at the Bacolod City Government Center on August 30, 2019 Photo by Marchel Espina/Rapler

Revilla: Allowing De Lima to join Senate debates is 'special treatment'

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'People know who are, and are not, the real victims of political persecution,' Senator Leila de Lima says in response

8 ex-senators: Let De Lima join Senate sessions via teleconferencing

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Even though the Senate leadership supported the move to allow Senator Leila de Lima to participate in debates and hearings remotely, the resolution is still pending in the committee level weeks after it was filed

DETAINED. Senator Leila de Lima escort by police officers as they leave after they attend the hearing regarding the Illegal drug trading case at New Bilibid Prison court. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

As De Lima turns 60, family wishes for her freedom

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The family of Senator Leila de Lima also hopes the Senate would adopt the resolution that would allow her to join legislative proceedings via teleconferencing

SEEKING FREEDOM. Senator Leila De Lima is escorted out of the  Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 9, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

ASEAN lawmakers: Free De Lima, drop charges vs opposition

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:26 AM

The ASEAN legislators also lament the sedition charges filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and key opposition figures in the Philippines

'FREE DE LIMA.' Jailed opposition Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch. File photo courtesy of De Lima's office

De Lima to have 'reunion' with family, friends on 3rd birthday in detention

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:57 PM

’It will be a simple gathering to express my gratitude to the people who have unfailingly vouched for my innocence and joined my fight for truth, justice, and freedom since Day 1,’ says the senator who turns 60 on August 27

60TH BIRTHDAY. Senator Leila de Lima as she arrives at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court to attend a hearing on her disobedience to summons case on February 27, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Register to vote, Pangilinan urges Filipinos on Ninoy Aquino Day

Aug 21, 2019 - 5:47 PM

More than 3 decades since the assassination of senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr, Senator Francis Pangilinan urges the youth to choose leaders who will fight for democracy

35 YEARS AFTER. Supporters offers flower as they commemorating the 35th death anniversary of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr at the tarmac marker of the death of Ninoy Aquino in Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay on 21 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Leni Robredo thanks Naga officials for continuing legacy of Jesse

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas mahusay pa sa kaniya, kaya lalong napalawig iyong kaniyang legacy,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Naga officials following the footsteps of her late husband Jesse

REMEMBERING JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo sepaks during the commemorative program for the 7th death anniversary of her late husband Jesse Robredo held at the Museo ni Jesse Robredo in Naga City on August 18, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'admitting' she’s a drug lord coddler

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The senator's privilege speech on extrajudicial killings delivered in 2016 was cut, split, and spliced in the video

De Lima's co-accused in drug case arrested; denies drug links

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Jad Dera insists his only link to the Bilibid drug trade was as an asset of the Philippine National Police. He denies any link to Senator Leila de Lima.

ARRESTED. Jose Adrian Dera is escorted by the members of NBI after a media briefing in Manila on August 16, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang 'won't interfere' in court decision on De Lima's furlough request

Aug 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The Office of the President leaves matters to the Department of Justice which has said it will not object to Senator Leila de Lima's request to see her ailing mother

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

Recto to DOH: Transfer funds from 'slow-moving' projects to anti-dengue front

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic

CHECKING ON PATIENTS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the dengue ward of the General Emilio T. Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City on August 5, 2019. File photo from DOH-Calabarzon

De Lima wants Senate probe into P178-million loss of PH aerospace agency

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Commission on Audit has also urged a review of whether the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation should continue to exist at all

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by cops as she leaves a Muntinlupa court on March 20, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Resist historical revisionism,' Pangilinan says on Cory's 10th death anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

A decade since the death of former president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino, Senator Francis Pangilinan urges Filipinos to resist attempts to revise the country's history

DEATH ANNIVERSARY. Bishop Socrates Villegas lead the mass during the 10th death anniversary of former president Corazon Aquino at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque on August 1, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Walang 'maginoo at bastos' – bastos lang ang tawag d'yan

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:45 AM

It's time to call out the President on his misogyny

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

We must rally behind Robredo, Pangilinan tells LP bloc in House

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'We urge our fellow lawmakers at the House of Representatives to seriously consider where they stand in the face of the harassment and persecution brought upon our party chairperson,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

LP LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) and Senator Francis Pangilinan sing "Our Father" during the thanksgiving mass for the Otso Diretso senatorial slate on May 8, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] How to stop the Duterte killing machine

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

A United Nations-led investigation can help end the mass murder and climate of impunity in the Philippines

Landmark bill vs extrajudicial killings pushed

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'Makatutulong ito para maresolba ang libu-libong patayan sa panahon ni Mr Duterte,' says jailed Senator Leila de Lima

DRUG WAR DEATHS. 3 suspected drug personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fellow senators hit Dela Rosa over 'shit happens' comment on kid's death

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nonchalance has no place in this situation,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson in response to the controversial comment of Senator Ronald dela Rosa

NEWBIE SENATOR. Senator Ronald dela Rosa faces the Senate media on July 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Lacson: Duterte's statement on Recto Bank incident 'left us heartbroken'

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea

HOME. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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