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Esperon sues groups that filed for protection vs gov't harassment

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:03 PM

Karapatan slams the National Security Adviser's perjury complaint as another government attack aimed at discrediting their advocacy against human rights violations

Retired General Esperon advoser on national security, at the senate inquiry on the uldates and franchise issues of the third telco, Mislatel, January 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rapppler

Rights groups fail to get court protection from army harassment

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'There is no evidence of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, malicious prosecutions, and defamations,' says the Court of Appeals

AMPARO HEARING. Karapatan's Cristina Palabay talks to media after the first and last hearing of the Court of Appeals on their writ of amparo petition on June 18, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Finding Gabriela Silang in Abra

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

I was drawn to Abra's rolling hills and majestic waterfalls. But with the weather not cooperating, I found myself in a historical place instead.

REFUGE. In this house, Gabriela Silang hid from the Spanish forces after her husband Diego was assassinated. Photo by Maverick Asio

Supreme Court issues writ of amparo in favor of rights groups

May 30, 2019 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court directs the Court of Appeals to hear the petition of Gabriela, Karapatan, and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines on June 18

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bayan Muna, 3 other Left groups defy red-tagging, keep House seats

May 22, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Despite sustained government attacks on their leaders, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan manage to win in the party-list race

SWEET VICTORY. Bayan Muna ranks second in the 2019 party-list elections despite government's campaign against it. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Other groups follow NUPL lead, ask SC for protection vs red-tagging

May 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

One of the petitioners is the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, which is being investigated by the European Union for communist financial links upon the request of the Philippine government

PROTECTIVE WRIT. Karapatan and other human rights groups run to the Supreme Court to ask for a protective writ from government red-tagging. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte urged to resign after 'disgusting' confession

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) ACT Teachers Representative France Castro calls as 'really disgusting' [and] uncalled for' President Rodrigo Duterte's confession of molesting their maid when he was a teenager

CONFESSION. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers talks about attempting to molest their maid in a speech at the Provincial Gymnasium Capitol Compound in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on December 29, 2018. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: Former Miss Universe queens reunite in Bangkok

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Pia Wurtzbach, Natalie Glebova, Iris Mittenaere, and Gabriela Isler are among those who watched Miss Universe 2018 in Thailand

'Victim-blaming’ Duterte should apologize for rape remark

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rape because there is a rapist, not because of anything about the victim,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is again under fire for making another rape joke. Malacanang photo

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Jul 24, 2018 - 2:26 PM

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Groups to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) The groups cite at least 5 'dire challenges' confronting the nation

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gabriela on Duterte kissing OFW: 'Disgusting theatrics of a misogynist'

Jun 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The party advocating for women's rights also finds it 'unfortunate' that the OFW had to explain there was 'no malice' in the President's kiss

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is swarmed by supporters upon his arrival at the Grand Hilton Convention Center Seoul as he meets with the Filipino community based in South Korea on June 3, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

'Abante babae:' Thousands march to uphold women's rights

Mar 09, 2018 - 8:19 PM

The protest condemns several misogynistic acts of President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies and raises issues such as the welfare and rights of women

Various groups gather at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate International Women’s Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What's next for youth after walkout for democracy?

Feb 25, 2018 - 3:45 PM

After the youth-led protest last Friday, February 23, 'an even bigger protest' is lined up for March 8, International Women's Day

From UST to Morayta. Photo of students shaking hands with farmers from Eastern Samar. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'

SHOOT THEM. President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes female rebels for joining the armed conflict when they should be home taking care of their families. Malacañang file photo

SEC closure order vs Rappler a move toward dictatorship - activists

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'Closing down Rappler means one less independent media through which environmental advocates can stand up to the oligarchs and corporations that seem to run the Duterte government’s agenda nowadays', a group says

SC orders DOH to answer Dengvaxia petition

Jan 10, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The petitioners want the Department of Health to provide free medicine and hospitalization to children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

SC petition wants to require gov't to address dengue vaccine risks

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:12 PM

The petitioners – activists, mothers, and children – want the Supreme Court to compel the departments of health, education, and local government to provide information and free medicines, among others

PETITION. Gabriela Women's Party files a petition before the Supreme Court urging it to compel the government to address dangers of Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo from Gabriela

Aquino, Garin, Abad, Ochoa face raps over dengue vaccine

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The 23-page complaint also implicates private respondents from French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur

Gabriela: Will gov't ask Sanofi to return P3.5 billion?

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The progressive group says it will file a resolution calling for a House probe into the Department of Health's dengue immunization program

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gabriela calls for CHR probe of Nasugbu clashes

Dec 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Gabriela also says the photo of Josephine Lapira's dead body that was released on Facebook belies the AFP's claim that she was brought to a hospital for treatment

OFWs in Hong Kong support marriage dissolution bills

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Mission for Migrant Workers say that 8% to 10% of the 2,000 cases the organization handles annually involve female OFWs with marital issues

FOR DIVORCE. Several groups of OFWs in Hong Kong wants a divorce law to protect them from abusive relationships.

Ex-Gabriela representative Luz Ilagan is new DSWD undersecretary

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints to the DSWD former Gabriela Women s Partylist Representative Luz Ilagan who also hails from Davao

NEW DSWD USEC. Former lawmaker and Davao city official Luzviminda Ilagan has joined the Duterte administration. Photo from the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development website

PNP asks P900M budget for drug war ops for 2018

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas refuses to fund what she calls the Philippine National Police s killing spree

UNJUSTIFIED BUDGET? Gabriela's Arlene Brosas (left) questions the PNP's Double Barrel budget. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What makes a Filipino historical figure a national hero?

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:02 AM

While there are no laws that officially proclaim a Filipino a national hero there are criteria that determine how a historical figure qualifies as a national hero

HEROES. Filipinos who have a concept of nation and fight for the nation's freedom may be considered heroes, according to criteria set by the National Heroes Commission. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Leftist bloc mulls leaving House coalition over martial law

May 25, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Its allied groups are also planning to challenge the declaration before the Supreme Court

Various sectors hold Labor Day Protest at Liwasang Bonifacio

May 01, 2017 - 7:20 PM

UPDATED From factory to health workers from farmers to government employees laborers march under the heat of the sun from Welcome Rotonda to Liwasang Bonifacio protesting for their labor rights

Bilateral ceasefire, Gabriela on Duterte, Flynn | Evening wRap

Mar 31, 2017 - 7:31 PM

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Gabriela hits Alvarez for ‘flaunting’ affair

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas and Emmi de Jesus say it is unbecoming of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to generalize that all lawyers have extramarital affairs like him

'UNBECOMING.' Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas (left) and Emmi de Jesus (right) slam Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photos of Brosas and De Jesus from their Facebook pages, photo of Alvarez by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: International Women's Day 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Women s organizations march along the streets of Manila calling for an end to violence against women and to extrajudicial killings They also seek to oppose the death penalty bill

Mask of protest in celebration of International Womens Day. March 8, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Death penalty not the solution to fix justice system – Brosas

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Gabriela Women s Party Representative Arlene Brosas says the possibility is not remote that the death penalty will be used by the state to fabricate charges and manufacture evidence against activists

VOTED NO. Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

#PugadBaboy: Who watches Miss U

Jan 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Lady lawmakers oppose showing of 'De Lima' video in House probe

Sep 29, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The lawmakers believe the plan of their colleagues at the House of Representatives is immaterial to the probe and would only violate the rights of an individual

Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago, and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro are all against publicizing Senator Leila De Lima's alleged sex video during the House probe on the drug trade in Bilibid. Photo of De Jesus from HReps Media, photo of Elago from her Twitter account, photo of Castro from ACT Teachers

House to probe coal stockpile in Tondo

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Respiratory and skin diseases affect residents of Happyland in Tondo Manila as the nearby stockpile of Rock Energy International Corporation continues its operations

COAL STOCKPILE. Rock Energy International Corporation operates a coal stockpile facility just across Happyland, Barangay 105 in Tondo, Manila. Photo of coal stockpile from Rock Energy's Facebook page, photo of Happyland by Rappler

For the 5th time, Gabriela files divorce bill

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:02 PM

It is high time that the state give couples in abusive and irreparable marriages the option to divorce says Representative Emmi de Jesus

Gabriela clarifies stand: Catcalling 'demeans women'

Jun 05, 2016 - 4:50 PM

As the highest official of the country we hope President Rodrigo Duterte will help educate the general public on the respect of women s rights says Gabriela

Ako Bicol, Gabriela leading in official party-list canvass

May 16, 2016 - 7:12 PM

Rounding up the top 5 are 1Pacman ACT Teachers and Senior Citizens based on 121 Certificates of Canvass in the partial official tally as of Monday May 16

Ako Bicol leads party-list race; 2 new groups in top 10

May 11, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Debuting in Congress are 1Pacman and Kabayan with businessman Mikee Romero and lawyer Harry Roque as first nominees respectively

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach meets Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

May 04, 2016 - 9:54 PM

Pia and Gabriela meet during a fashion charity event for Cordaid one of the Miss Universe partner organizations

Women empowerment groups: Poe is our only hope

Apr 30, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Various women s groups pledge their support for Senator Grace Poe for the 2016 presidential elections

WOMEN AND ELECTIONS. Former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani supports Sen. Grace Poe's presidential bid for the 2016 elections.  Photo by Keren Bernadas/Rappler

Bolivia president undergoes paternity test in scandal

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Gabriela Zapata former partner of Bolivian President Evo Morales claims he is the father of her child

epa05272130 Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia speaks during the opening ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York USA, 22 April 2016. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Gabriela to Duterte: Apologize, rape is no laughing matter

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM

We challenge him to use his campaign to promote issues that will elevate the condition of women and their families

Mary Jane Veloso and the female victims of 'labor export'

Mar 09, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Mary Jane s case is an example of the miserable conditions of women and female migrants says leader of a women s group

VELOSO'S MOTHER. Celia Veloso, Mary Jane Veloso's mother, tells a group of protesters about her daughter's sufferings. All photos by Bea Orante/Rappler

From Malacañang to the streets, women are demanding better lives

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Have things really improved for Filipino women?

WOMEN'S DAY. Members of the Gabriela Alliance of Filipino Women protest the government's 'labor export policy' – which they say is putting women further under poverty – at the Mendiola Peace Arch on March 8, Women's Day. All photos by Bea Orante

Poe’s DQ case, SSS pension hike veto, TPP deal signed | 12PM wRap

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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Congress adjourns, no vote to override Aquino SSS pension veto

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED About 100 senior citizens who have trooped to the House of Representatives are outraged: congressmen should stand by the bill they passed

LAST CALL. Senior citizens marched to the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress' session to seek their lawmakers' initiative to override the pension hike veto.

Sad day for PH sovereignty, environment – Activists

Jan 12, 2016 - 6:44 PM

But other netizens welcome the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA ruling saying it would protect the country from external threats like China

JUNK EDCA. Groups oppose the EDCA ruling saying it poses a threat to national sovereignty. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler