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Lumad schools in Davao region just suspended – DepEd

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center has until Monday, July 22, to justify why the schools shouldn’t be closed

NO TO CLOSURE. Student and Teachers storm DepED to condemn the order to suspend Lumad schools in Southern Mindanao. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Support pours in for trans woman after workplace discrimination tweet

Jul 17, 2019 - 2:29 PM

'It's clearly transphobia. I have been wearing [clothes] appropriately to the best of my understanding. And I have been doing my job well,' says 21-year-old trans woman Aeron Jade Parena

DepEd orders temporary closure of 55 Lumad schools in Davao region

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM

DepEd regional officials say the closure is based on the findings of an anti-insurgency task force, which alleged that the schools teach students to rebel against the government

Internet on mobile services restored in Sudan

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Protesters and rights group say the internet blockade is an attempt to quell protests against the generals

INTERNET BLOCKADE. Khartoum-based lawyer Abdelazim al-Hassan, who filed a case against a blockade imposed on mobile internet services in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters in June, gives a press conference in the Sudanese capital on July 9, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP


Women's World Cup victory a big win for gay community

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

According to Outsports, around 40 of the women who played in the World Cup are members of the LGBTQ community

BREAKTHROUGH. (from left to right) Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Ali Krieger are vocal about their LGBTQ pride. Photo from Megan Rapinoe's Instagram

NBI files syndicated estafa complaint against Kapa Ministry

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense, is filed against Kapa, which allegedly swindled people through donations and purported investments

KAPA's branch office in Taytay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.P. Manila denies workplace discrimination vs transgender professor

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) 'Being LGBTQ+ has never been a consideration in the hiring, renewal, and evaluation for tenure,' says the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at UP Manila

[ANALYSIS] Kapa Ministry: A symptom of poor financial inclusion

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Beefing up financial inclusion in the Philippines could be an effective way to stifle the viral spread of Ponzi schemes like Kapa, especially in the provinces

DICT chief Honasan defends his credentials

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I've been chairman of labor, environment, defense, public order.... If may problema, eh di 'wag ako,' says new Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II

New DICT chief Honasan promises free Wi-Fi, tablets for poor kids

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Newly appointed Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II aims to connect far-flung areas to the internet

DOJ threatens warrantless arrest vs Kapa if collection continues

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The justice department brings new life to the usual rule on warrantless arrests, with Secretary Guevarra saying even cyber libel could be a basis for warrantless arrests

WARRANTLESS ARREST. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra threatens warrantless arrests against Kapa agents and officers. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

How religious groups clashed over LGBTQ+ rights at Pride 2019

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Religious groups express different opinions on LGBTQ+ rights on the sidelines of the Philippines' largest Pride March to date

'BE TRANSFORMED'. Members of Jesus is our Shield church holds a protest against Metro Manila Pride March outside Marikina Sports Center on June 30, 2019. Photo by Sophia Sibal/Rappler

Metro Manila Pride to march participants: 'Sorry for inconvenience'

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:07 PM

'We hope you extend your understanding of the situation, in keeping with the safety and security of everyone,' the Metro Manila Pride says in a statement

Davao court issues hold departure order vs Kapa officers

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A new rule allows the justice department to apply for a precautionary hold departure order despite the fact that no charge has been filed yet against Kapa-Community Ministry International

KAPA. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa-Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gringo Honasan takes oath as DICT secretary

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Despite legal issues, former senator Gringo Honasan takes his oath as Cabinet member, 7 months after his appointment was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly appointed Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II during the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Deaf LGBTQ+ marchers heard loud and clear at Pride 2019

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:22 PM

'It's double discrimination for them,' says Bayani Heneroso Jr, a sign language interpreter at Pride 2019

John Lester Molina (left) and Angelous Tuscano (right), members of the Pinoy Deaf Rainbow, are happy to be celebrating Pride with all kinds of people. Photo by Stanley Guevarra/Rappler

[OPINION] Pride is coming to an end, now what?

Jun 29, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Pride doesn't have to end in June. Here are 5 suggestions to make every month Pride Month.

WATCH: Binibining Pilipinas queens show support for the LGBTQ+ community

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Saeed leads the queens in this year's call to support the LGBTQ+ community

Bb. Pilipinas during Pride Walk at Araneta Center. Photo by Voltaire Tayag

This is how I cured my 'straightness'

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'The reason I felt compelled to write this article was to remind the Pinoy queer community: love yourselves'

‘Colorful bravery’: LGBTQ+ people on what makes them proud of the community

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Although the community's struggle for genuine equality and acceptance is far from over, LGBTQ+ people remain hopeful and proud

Beyond Pride march, advocates urge LGTBQ+ community to #ResistTogether

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'Pride is a celebration, but it shouldn't stop after that one day of you waving your flags and marching with other human rights groups,' says Nikki Castillo of Metro Manila Pride

[ANALYSIS] Sodom, Gomorrah, and the fate of gender equality

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

At the heart of the resistance is the moral conviction that to be queer is not only strange, it is evil

CA Justice Bato supports same-sex marriage in SC application

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Two other Court of Appeals justices vying for a position at the Supreme Court express openness to the concept of same-sex marriage

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Bato Jr expresses support for same-sex marriage, citing equal protection clause in his interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 25, 2019, for a justice position at the Supreme Court. Screenshot from JBC

How gay seafarer Dyosa Makinista proved she's 'queen of the seas'

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Dyosa talks about what it's like to be a gay seafarer in the Philippines

QUEEN OF THE SEAS. Aljon Buquid Asusano, also known as Dyosa, sets out at sea to prove that LGBT folks like her have a place in the male-dominated ship industry.

Meet Father Richard Mickley of historic PH Pride March of 1994

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Who is Father Richard Mickley, one of the founders of the Pride Movement in the Philippines?

IN PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ community, allies hold Pride parade in Bacolod City

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Organizers say that the Pride parade in Bacolod City serves as a mourning, a protest, and a celebration

PRIDE MARCH. LGBTQ+ youth and allies form the frontlines of the parade. Photo by Jorge Gamboa

#LabanHermie: U.P. community stands in solidarity with transwoman professor

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Using #LabanHermie, #NoToDiscriminationInUP, and #SolidarityWithHermie, the University of the Philippines community rallies support for transwoman professor Hermie Monterde

DICT proposes faster, more transparent way to hold PH elections

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

From using barcode stickers to totally junking Smartmatic's vote counting machines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology proposes new ways to make the Philippine elections faster and more transparent

‘How hard is it to be seen as human?'

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:45 PM

How do we truly foster acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community?

U.P. transwoman professor talks about workplace discrimination

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

'Our personal experience, after all, is a political fight. And it is every person’s right to be fully protected by both law and practice,' says University of the Philippines Assistant Professor Hermie Monterde

MISLEADING: Kapa Community Ministry continues operation courtesy of Duterte

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Duterte's shutdown order against Kapa still stands

Kapa officers face criminal complaints at DOJ

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission files complaints against Kapa Community Ministry International officers over their 'illegal' investment scheme

Atty. Jose Aquino of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) arrives at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila on 18 June 2019. They file a criminal complaint against KAPA-Community Ministry International Inc. over its alleged involvement in a investment scam. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DILG orders mayors to revoke Kapa's business permits

Jun 17, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'Marami na ang naloko at marami pa sa ating mga kababayan ang maloloko sa investment scam na ito kung hindi ito aaksiyunan ng mga mayor,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

KAPA’s branch office in Tatay, Rizal on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SEC secures over P100 million of Kapa Ministry's assets

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'Kapa amassed wealth through an investment scam, in the guise of religion and at the expense of the investing public,' says Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Emilio Aquino

CRACKDOWN. The SEC says over P100 million worth of assets linked to Kapa Ministry have been secured as of June 16, 2109. Logo from Kapa's Facebook page

Members say Kapa founder Apolinario is 'modern day Moses'

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:19 PM

For a member, Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario is the Moses who leads them and they are the Israelites persecuted by government for their love donations that return a 30% profit

MOSES. Kapa members call their founder Pastor Joel Apolinario a 'modern day Moses'. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOJ puts 15 Kapa officials on immigration lookout

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Included in the lookout is Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario

PRAY OVER. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Kapa-Community Ministry can file impeachment complaint vs Duterte – Trillanes

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:37 PM

'Para sa mga lider at miyembro ng Kapa, magfile ng kasong impeachment laban kay Duterte for culpable violation of the Constitution dahil sa pagbalewala nito sa kanilang religious freedom,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has some recommendation for Kapa-Community Ministry and the Duterte administration on the Kapa controversy. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Members ask Duterte to reconsider closure of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 14, 2019 - 1:25 PM

At the Acharon Sports Complex, Joel Apolinario raises the hopes of thousands of members of Kapa-Community Ministry. Meanwhile, at the nearby Lagao Gymnasium, Duterte orders the arrest of Kapa officials.

more that 50 thousand member-donors of Kabos Padatoon Community International Ministry, Inc., joins the rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019 calling on the government and President Rodrigo Duterte to let KAPA continue its operation. President Duterte who was also in the city at the Lagao Gym orders KAPA's be shutdown as it is a scam. KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario (DSCF5416-1) lied to the crowd when he claimed that Duterte already assured him that KAPA will continue its operation. President Duterte called KAPA a swindling operation. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

FALSE: Militant groups to 'protest' shut down of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

It's not true that Bayan and Gabriela released a statement about Kapa or the alleged protests against its shutdown

Who is the Filipino? Why Pride matters

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:12 PM

We talk Pride and the LGBTQ+ community with Juan Miguel Severo

Usurious investment schemes are haram, says sharia lawyer

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Salih Musa, a former head of a sharia court in Central Mindanao, says it is forbidden for Muslims to participate in schemes that give outrageous returns as it is already a form of usury

USURY IS HARAM. File photo of Islamic law expert Salih Musa of General Santos City. Photo from Salih Musa's FB account

Cebu Archbishop Palma warns public vs investment scams

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'Some people have ways to use schemes that fool other people,' Cebu Archbishop Palma says in a statement

ARCHBISHOP PALMA. 2017 file photo by Mars Mosqueda/Rappler

EXPLAINER: How Kapa Ministry took advantage of investors

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Kapa Ministry merges religion and social media to orchestrate one of the biggest investment scams in Philippine history

[OPINION] An open letter to parents: Your LGBTQ+ kids are alright

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Your child might suffer not because of who they are but because of other people. Don't be one of those people.

'Tolerated, but not accepted': Filipino LGBTQ+ speak up vs discrimination

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Abandonment and being neglected by family members are typical narratives for the LGBTQ+

Kapa-Community Ministry Cebu office raided

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The raid comes 3 days after a fire destroyed the office in Compostela town in northern Cebu

Court freezes Kapa-Community Ministry's assets over Ponzi scheme

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission calls Kapa-Community Ministry's scheme the largest investment scam in recent Philippine history

Central Visayas’ top cop warns police vs joining investment scams

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The police have been monitoring the Cebu operations of Kapa-Community Ministry International, an alleged investment scam

Senate approves bill allowing community service for minor offenses

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The bill aims to address the problem of jail congestion in the country

File image from Shutterstock

[OPINION] The B in LGBT: The long journey to coming out

Jun 01, 2019 - 4:26 PM

'While living as an openly LGBTQIA+ person is tiring and difficult, not living your truth is more tiring. I chose truth.'