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Charter-change non-negotiables

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

To counter vested interests, all citizens must be prepared to rally around key reforms that will truly bring about change

Sereno impeachment, Reynaldo de Guzman, iPhone X | Evening wRap

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Estelito Mendoza defends Marcos martial law, says SC backed it

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The solicitor general of Ferdinand Marcos fails to mention the extent of the dictator s influence over the judiciary

MARCOS DEFENDER. Lawyer Estelito Mendoza gives his lecture during the "Marcos 100 Forum." Photo by Marcos Presidential Center

Conclusion: The misuse of impeachment

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

We have opened the Pandora’s box One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

Venezuela will hold referendum on new constitution – assembly

Aug 25, 2017 - 9:22 AM

From next week we will write the chapters of the new constitution says Delcy Rodriguez leader of the Constituent Assembly

Rewriting for what?

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What exactly are we rewriting the Constitution for? We should write for a clear purpose – and not merely because the chance to rewrite is open to us

Sereno impeachment: Supreme Court OKs release of documents to aid VACC complaint

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:06 PM

For a second impeachment complaint lawyer Larry Gadon asks for more documents including the results of the Chief Justice s psychological examinations

REQUEST GRANTED. Supreme Court Spokesman Theodore Te announces on August 8, 2017 that the en banc has approved the release of documents to groups seeking the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sereno impeachment case: Publicity first, documents later

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:59 PM

VACC and Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution send a letter request to the SC for copies of court orders and resolutions two days after filing a complaint before the House Secretary General

VACC seeks Chief Justice Sereno impeachment

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The complaint is jointly submitted by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution but it has not yet been endorsed by a lawmaker

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Robredo against CHR abolition

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Kung i a abolish iyong CHR parang lalo nating hindi binibigyan ng proteksyon iyong mga dati nang naghihirap sa ating lipunan says the Vice President

CHR ABOLITION. Vice President Leni Robredo opposes President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to abolish the Commission on Human Rights. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Uber and Grab, Fariñas, Cayetano | Evening wRap

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Congress eyes charter change working group, won’t wait for Con-Com

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:35 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the technical working group will recommend amendments to the Constitution to pave the way for federalism

FOR FEDERALISM. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas explains the planned TWG on charter change by the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bills vs endo, discrimination, and tax reform top Congress priorities

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Leaders of the 17th Congress also prioritize measures on national land use government procurement and creation of the disaster response and management department which the President mentioned in his SONA

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Leaders of the 17th Congress meet on July 26 to discuss their priority measures. Photo sourced by Rappler

Duterte claims Rappler 'fully owned by Americans'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:19 PM

UPDATED In his second SONA the President goes off script and resurrects an old issue against Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who have continued to serve the country in his speech during the PAF's 70th Anniversary celebration at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on July 4, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No 216 to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

Panelo: No constitutional limit to number of martial law declarations

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:00 PM

If the President lifts martial law one week prior to the expiration and then suddenly there is another rebellion are you saying he cannot declare martial law again? He can says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo in response to the criticism of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Drilon hits Panelo: Only Congress can extend martial law

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Huwag naman sana nating lokohin ang taumbayan Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon tells Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo who said Duterte can just declare martial law again if Proclamation No 216 is not extended

UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo's advise for a another declaration of martial law is 'unconstitutional.'

SC ruling: Duterte can put 'entire PH' under martial law

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:55 AM

UPDATED But the Supreme Court states that the Constitution has provided sufficient safeguards against possible abuses of the Commander in Chief s powers

EXPAND MARTIAL LAW? Supreme Court says President Rodrigo Duterte has the prerogative to put the entire Philippines under martial law.

Regions should retain taxes paid by big firms – CAR, ARMM execs

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Cordillera and Muslim Mindanao officials tell congressmen the regions can t attain fiscal autonomy because firms that exploit their resources pay taxes in Manila

FEDERALISM TALK. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan are among the officials from CAR who had a dialogue with lawmakers on June 28. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congress not duty-bound to convene on martial law – Calida

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:50 PM

In his response to petitions Solicitor General Jose Calida says congressional deliberations must be free from the public eye and pressure by interested parties

MARTIAL LAW PETITIONS. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the first oral argument on the petition to nullify the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[Newspoint] Alive but annoyed

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Duterte should be made to understand somehow that if people wonder whether he is sick or worse it’s not personal; it’s constitutional

SUMMARY: SC oral arguments on martial law in Mindanao

Jun 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Rappler compiles the main issues tackled during the oral arguments of the Supreme Court SC on martial law in Mindanao

LIVE AUDIO: SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law, day 3

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:08 AM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao

VLOG: Petitioners get SC to compel Lorenzana, Año to appear in court

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:53 PM

After tomorrow petitioners and Solicitor General Calida are required to submit their memoranda

Calida tells SC: Don't worry, Duterte is not Marcos

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tells the Solicitor General that the declaration of martial law cannot be shrugged off as being a mere political question

REBELLION? Solicitor General Jose Calida takes the ISIS flag to the Supreme Court (SC) on June 14, 2017 as part of evidence to say that ISIS links to local terror groups is proof that the Marawi City siege is a case of rebellion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

LIVE AUDIO: SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law, day 2

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao

VLOG: Burden of proof tackled in Day 1 of SC oral arguments on martial law

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:35 AM

For the good part of the afternoon Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin and Presbitero Velasco Jr pounded on one issue: who should produce the contradictory evidence that there s no sufficient basis to declare the martial law?

LISTEN: SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law, day 1

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao

Nullify martial law? Your guide to the SC oral arguments

Jun 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The High Court hears arguments June 13 15 on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao Here are the main arguments and counter arguments

Martial law: When Congress defaults, Supreme Court can step in

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Congress’ refusal to convene is tantamount to a waiver in favor of the Supreme Court of the legislature s priority in performing the duty to reviewing the martial law declaration

De Lima, lawyers petition SC to compel Congress to convene on martial law

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:29 AM

UPDATED The petition for mandamus has the support of 331 lawyers who signed the annex included in the petition

PETITIONERS. Lawyers file a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler  PETITIONERS. Lawyers file a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers want SC to nullify martial law

Jun 05, 2017 - 10:46 AM

6 members of the House opposition bloc believe the President s Proclamation Number 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao is bereft of sufficient factual basis

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Six out of the 7 members of the House opposition are against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and wants the SC to nullify it.  NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Six out of the 7 members of the House opposition are against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and wants the SC to nullify it.

Venezuela leader promises constitution referendum to calm crisis

Jun 03, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The opposition says Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro s constitutional reform plan is a bid to cling to power

DEMONSTRATION. Opposition demonstrators mounted on a truck raise their fists during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on June 2, 2017. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Aguirre: Martial law can result in constitutional crisis

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

In the event of a clash between Congress and the Supreme Court on martial law which will prevail?

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says in a Rappler interview on June 1, 2017 that the contradicting opinions on martial law could result in a constitutional crisis. Photo by Rappler

DepEd says around 5,000 learners affected by Marawi clashes

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The education department is preparing temporary learning shelters in neighboring cities to accommodate the additional number of learners from Marawi

EVACUEES. ResidentS fleeing Marawi City are cramped on a truck as they traverse a traffic gridlock near a police checkpoint at the entrance of Iligan City on May 24. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

House opposition eyes questioning Mindanao martial law before SC

May 30, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman says they plan to question the factual basis for the President s declaration as well as Congress leaders refusal to convene in a joint session

THE OPPOSITION. Representatives Teddy Baguilat Jr, Edcel Lagman, Tom Villarin, and Gary Alejano hold a press conference on May 30. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte: Only AFP, PNP can tell me to end martial law

May 28, 2017 - 11:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress and the Supreme Court cannot tell him what to do because they are not the ones risking their lives on the battlefield

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troopers of the Joint TaSk Force (JTF) Sulu prior to his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on May 27, 2017. Joining the President are Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa and JTF Sulu Commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, May 22-28, 2017

May 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Must watch videos from this week

ANOTHER FIRE. Black smoke billows from burning houses near the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol in Marawi. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP


Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

President Duterte must explain to Congress

May 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

And whoever says that Congress need not convene to deliberate on the matter had better read the Constitution again

NATIONWIDE? President Rodrigo Duterte says on May 24, 2017 that the martial law declaration could be expanded to cover the entire Philippines if the terror threat persists. Malacañang photo

If you're arrested or detained, know these rights

May 26, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Constitution remains in effect even in times of emergency such as during martial law This means that rights during arrest or detention remain in place

Questions you need to ask about martial law in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Martial law is meant to give the military control over its coverage area when the civilian government could no longer function

CRISIS IN MARAWI. Residents of Marawi City fleeing the armed clashes between government forces and the Maute Group arrives in Iligan on May 24, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 11:40 AM

With martial law in place in Mindanao the Department of National Defense reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to violate the Constitution

Troops from different units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines march as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of troops during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 21, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Senate 'can't outvote' House in martial law vote – Lacson

May 24, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Senate has only 22 members while the House of Representatives – dominated by administration allies – has 292 members

File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

17th Congress to convene as Con-Ass by 2018, says Alvarez

May 16, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Senate and the House will convene as a Constituent Assembly next year with or without the constitutional committee created by the President

STILL ON HOLD. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Malacañang has not appointed any members yet to the consultative body tasked to review the 1987 Constitution. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SC affirms ruling in favor of SEC’s 60-40 foreign ownership rule

Apr 18, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The Supreme Court affirms its rejection of a petition that alleges the SEC guidelines on foreign ownership were ‘tailor made’ to allow PLDT to skirt the cap set by the Constitution

Decentralization, not federalism, key to PH progress – constitutionalists

Apr 18, 2017 - 7:09 PM

If the development of the regions can be achieved by decentralization why still make them independent states and divide the country as a result? asks former Supreme Court Justice Vicente Mendoza

IS FEDERALISM THE WAY TO GO? Former SC Justice Vicente Mendoza, UP Alumni Association president Ramon Maronilla, and ex-UP president and now Kalayaan College President Jose Abueva during the forum on April 18. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler