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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.'

President Duterte, praying the gay away didn't work for me

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

You can’t fix what’s not broken

 AN ALLY? President Rodrigo Dutete is inconsistent about his remarks on the LGBT community. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Russia cuts gay scenes from Elton John biopic 'Rocketman'

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:27 AM

A film critic says that it had been 'very obvious' cuts had been made to the Russian version of 'Rocketman'

READ: DICT statement on U.S. blacklisting of Huawei

May 23, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the impending US trade ban against Huawei will have 'little impact' on the Philippine telecommunications industry


PLDT, Globe say Huawei will keep its devices updated despite trade ban

May 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) PLDT says current products 'will continue to function normally' on the PLDT-Smart network, while Globe says the current situation 'will not impact its network services'

HUAWEI IN THE PHILIPPINE SCENE. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China's LGBT community

May 18, 2019 - 8:33 PM

It's been tough for China's LGBT community: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products

In this photo taken on May 10, 2019, a gay student poses with a rainbow flag in Beijing. China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down some of its social media forums, online news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed sales of rainbow-themed products. The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China -- fearing a crackdown -- to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. GREG BAKER / AFP

Gender equality advocates to launch campaign to end violence against LGBTQ+

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: #EndRainbow violence is a movement that aims to increase the public's awareness on the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rights to promote acceptance and eliminate stigma

#STEMpowering campaign completes pilot run

May 09, 2019 - 11:54 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Girls from 52 schools in Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro participate in career caravans and mentoring and training sessions

Suicide bombers attack Afghan ministry in downtown Kabul

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The presidential palace says in a statement, 'The enemies of Afghanistan have conducted a terrorist attack'

ATTACKED. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Afghan communication ministry as an attack between Afghan forces and attackers is still going on in central Kabul on April 20, 2019. Photo by AFP

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Caliwara dies

Apr 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Carlos Mayorico Caliwara had been an assistant secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology since January 2017

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into P6.6-M DOTC IT contract

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Commission on Audit says some officials of the then-Department of Transportation and Communications failed to observe proper rules in procuring IT equipment in July 2010

Iloilo's 'mermaid' women turn beach trash into wearable art

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Using beach trash as material, the women artists of Kataw design and create vibrant jewelry – all inspired by years of living close to the sea

SEAGLASS. Lawigan, San Joaquin native Jen-jen Sargento lays out pieces of seaglass, her favorite material for her jewelry pieces, on a table. Photo by Marrz Capanang

Call for nominations: 2019 U.P. Gawad Plaridel

Mar 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE: For 2019, the 14th UP Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding transmedia practitioner. The deadline for submission of nominations is on April 15, 2019, 5pm.

Photo courtesy of UP College of Mass Communication

In China, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' edit disappoints gay community

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The Chinese release of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' censors Freddie Mercury's sexuality, removing the film's multiple gay scenes

U.N. sends team to probe Mali massacre

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The UN has sent a team of 10 human rights officers, a child protection officer and two crime scene investigators to the Mopti region to investigate the attack

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by the Malian presidential communication and public relations service (Cellule Communication et Relations Publiques de la Presdience du Mali) on March 25, 2019, shows a soldier walking among rubble of a house destroyed during an attack on March 23, on the village of Ogassogou, near Mopti, where over 130 Fulani villagers, including women and children, were killed. AFP PHOTO / MALIAN PRESIDENCY

PODCAST | Beyond Tondo: An LGBTQ leader's wait for equality

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:30 PM

In Manila, members of the LGBT community find acceptance through service – but how can their small victories be celebrated outside their bubble?

Netizens hail university president for letting transwoman wear dress for graduation

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Ateneo de Naga University President Father Roberto Rivera SJ approves the request of transwoman Roman Giuseppe 'Emma' Bueno to wear women's clothing for their Baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


‘One Big Pride': Ateneo LGBTQIA+ community calls for acceptance on women’s month

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'It's important for us to stand together because it amplifies our voices,' says student government President Hyacenth Bendaña

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

LGBT youth on choosing candidates: 'Mambabatas, hindi mambabastos'

Mar 09, 2019 - 7:15 AM

At a recent Safe Spaces event, UP LGBT group leader Sam Cruz urges youth voters to go for candidates who will work to eliminate gender-based discrimination

GENDER EQUALITY. UP Diliman Babaylan Vice President Sam Cruz (3rd left) pushes for the anti-discrimination bill at the Senate. Photo from the UP Babaylan Facebook page