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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

De Lima says she doesn't have to explain GCTA IRR

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I could not comprehend how my personal view on the matter can shed light on the query,' Senator Leila de Lima tells Ombudsman Samuel Martires, noting that the IRR published when she was DOJ chief was an 'institutional output'

SHARP REPLY. Senator Leila De Lima sends a sharp response to Ombudsman Samuel Martires over the latter's letter to explain why the original IRR of the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Part 2 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

In the second part of Walden Bello's interview with Senator Leila de Lima, the detained lawmaker talks about the Duterte Cabinet, the military, the GCTA mess, and moves to crush the opposition

[OPINION] Part 1 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Former congressman Walden Bello interviews detained Senator Leila de Lima. In the first part of their interview, De Lima weighs in on Philippines-China relations, Dutertenomics, and Metro Manila traffic.

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

De Lima hits Gordon insinuation that GCTA used to raise campaign funds

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says she takes 'serious offense' at Senator Richard Gordon's allegations without even substantiating it with evidence

SCAPEGOAT? Senator Leila de Lima hits Senator Richard Gordon for using her a scapegoat in the GCTA mess. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima: Gordon 'steered away' from Dela Rosa, Faeldon in GCTA hearing

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Senator Richard Gordon speculates that detained Senator Leila de Lima had a hand in the crafting of the 'confusing' IRR of the GCTA law

NO DELICADEZA? Senator Leila de Lima was put in hot waters as her colleagues in the Senate effectively pin the blame on her over the 'confusing' IRR of the GCTA. Photo from Senate PRIB

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

Inadequate StatDev results highlighted in De Lima lecture series

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Advocacy organization Every Woman launches a lecture series to promote 'enlightenment' amidst Senator Leila de Lima's detainment

"FREE LEILA NOW." Every Woman reads its statement in the inaugural Leila de Lima Annual Lecture Series. A chair with De Lima's shawl is left empty. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

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

De Lima urges Google Philippines to take down fake content on YouTube

Aug 26, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Senator Leila de Lima asks Google Philippines and parent company Alphabet to be more aggressive in taking down fake videos on YouTube which serve political agendas


Sedition case vs Robredo, opposition figures part of Duterte's 'authoritarian experiment' – De Lima

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima believes the sedition case filed by the administration against Vice President Leni Robredo and her allies is 'a cog in [the] game plan to silence' democratic opposition

Senator Leila De Lima is seen after attend a hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City on 9 August 2019.  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

De Lima to Duterte: Scrap deals with Chinese firms in key PH islands

Aug 17, 2019 - 3:57 PM

Senator Leila de Lima cites 'claims from no less than our top military officials that Chinese presence in these strategic border islands would pose, if not guarantee, security risks to our country'

CHIQUITA ISLAND. File photo from Wikipedia

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

De Lima stayed by mother's side during emotional reunion back home

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'The humanity that she has, she got from our mother. So it was really a very moving moment,' says Senator Leila de Lima's brother Vicboy

'CLOSE RELATIONSHIP'. In this photo, then-DOJ chief Leila de Lima filed her certificate of candidacy for senator in 2016 with her mother. Rappler file photo

De Lima gets 2-day furlough to visit ailing mother

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Inclusive of travel time, Senator Leila de Lima gets 48 hours to visit her mother Norma in Iriga City. She can only stay at the hospital for 8 hours.

FURLOUGH. Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is given 8 hours to spend with her mother Norma who doctor says "is not expected to linger much longer." Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

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

De Lima asks court for urgent furlough as mom fights for life

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Department of Justice will not object

MOTHER-DAUGHTER. Senator Leila de Lima and her mother Norma. File photo

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

Drilon, Lacson want De Lima to join Senate sessions via teleconferencing

Aug 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'At least makaka-contribute siya para pagyamanin ang panukalang batas.... Hindi naman siya aalis ng kanyang selda,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

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

De Lima wants Senate probe into closure of 55 Lumad schools

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'There is need to isolate the culture-appropriate education of the Lumads from the so-called red-tagging of the government in order to avoid violating their constitutionally protected rights,'says Senator Leila de Lima

LUMAD SCHOOLS. Save Our School network strongly condemns the Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones decision to shut down 55 Lumad schools in Southern Mindanao. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into killings of lawyers, judges under Duterte gov't

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says the 'targeted and systematic attacks' against members of the Bar are detrimental not only to the profession, but also to those who turn to them for justice

PROBE KILLINGS. Senator Leila de Lima seeks an investigation into the high number of lawyers, judges, and prosecutors killed under the Duterte administration.

[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

De Lima: Rising deaths of children in drug war makes U.N. probe 'more urgent'

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. A relative of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina holds her portait at her funeral mass in Rizal province on July 9, 2019. She was killed in a drug operation that targeted her father. 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

Instead of death penalty, De Lima pushes 50 years in jail without parole

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'To impose death penalty at a time when the Philippine justice system is still plagued by perceived corruption and inefficiency will open our country to irrerversible errors and the possibility of executing innocent citizens,' Senator Leila de Lima says in pushing for the qualified reclusion perpetua bill

QUALIFIED RECLUSION PERPETUA. Detained senator Leila de Lima files a qualified reclusion perpetua bill as an alternative to death penalty. Photo by Darren Langit/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

De Lima refiles bill protecting human rights defenders

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the bill ensures that human rights workers 'are free and protected' and that government policies will 'support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms'

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Various roups mark International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila, on December 10 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte for 'secret deal' with China

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's secret deal with China on the West Philippine Sea 'has sold our nation like a sack of potatoes,' says Senator Leila de Lima

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte receives a warm welcome from Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the Leaders' Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo

De Lima: Duterte 'impeachable' by allowing Chinese to fish in PH waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:54 PM

'But the Duterte-controlled Congress is not expected to hold Duterte to account for these impeachable offenses anytime soon,' says Senator Leila de Lima

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

Court allows De Lima to attend lawyer son's thanksgiving dinner

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is among the 1,800 passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations

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

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

Another DOJ witness vs De Lima linked to prison drug trade

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

DOJ witness and NBI agent Jun Ablen is implicated in the drug trade by Rafael Ragos, a former accused who has turned state witness against the jailed senator

BILIBID DRUG TRADE. NBI agent Jovencio "Jun" Ablen Jr during his testimony at the HOR Committe on Justice inquiry on September 20, 2016 into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler