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#TruthNeverDies: 'Killing a journalist does not kill the truth'

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Media from around the world take part in a global campaign calling for the end of impunity against journalist

Photo courtesy of UNESCO

Philippines: bad for business, hotbed for journo murders | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

Despite improved status, PH ranks 5th on Global Impunity Index

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:08 PM

The Philippines has been on the impunity list for 11 years, and still has 40 unsolved cases out of a population of 104.9 million

[OPINION] A new level of audacity for impunity and journalist murders

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The world marks November 2, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, at a time when threats to journalistic endeavor are more widespread than ever

END IMPUNITY. Photo from Shutterstock

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings

'Get it from the chief' | Part 3

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Who ends up looking good when people like Sitoy with his grenade are killed? The police. But they didn’t kill him. We just called them whenever there was a body,' says Simon

'The cops were showing off' | Part 2

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Rappler's sources claim cops had actively supported the CSG’s vigilante activities – 'They were the killing arm of the police'

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Umamin na si Duterte. Uwian na ba?

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Going past the debate of whether this is an 'admission' or a 'joke,' what are we going to do about this? What democratic institutions are left to pursue this?

The art of dissent in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Under the Duterte administration, artists have become among the strongest voices of resistance

POLITICAL ART. The Duterte administration has given rise to new work by artists criticizing the government's moves. File photos by Leanne Jazul/ Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

UN rights chief calls for probe of abuses by Venezuela military

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that the rule of law is virtually absent in Venezuela,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard get into a military transport truck at the end of the launching ceremony of the "Plan Republica", the security operation for the presidential election on May 20, in Caracas, on May 15, 2018.  Luis ROBAYO / AFP

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

Dumaguete radio broadcaster dies one day after attack

May 02, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Journalists and human rights advocates condemn the killing of Edmund Sestoso, who was attacked by unidentified gunmen

Rappler Talk: CHR's Roberto Cadiz on PH's withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

Forensic evidence backs Tokhang survivor's claim of 'merciless' execution

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nobel Peace Prize winning organization Physicians for Human Rights concludes that Efren Morillo’s account 'was consistent with the available evidence'

CRIME SCENE. Details and measurement of the alleged encounter that occurred at the Daa home in Quezon City. The sketch, not drawn to scale, was prepared at 6:30 pm on August 21, 2016 by a QCPD-SOCO team led by PCI Nellson Sta. Maria. Individual suspects are not identified.

The Fifth Man

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:58 AM

The police call it an encounter. The survivor says it was an execution. Forensic evidence says he may be right.

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

AFP chief vows freedom of information for media

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Malacañang says they're checking on other pending cases of violence and media killings, including the Maguindanao massacre of 2009

AFP CHIEF. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rey Guerrero (center) during the change of command. Malacañang photo

This is where they do not die

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

The war, as we have discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend

Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 5:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte goes into the event appearing confident that even his most outrageous remarks and actions will be ignored, having boasted in the lead-up he once stabbed someone to death, while at the same time proposing to host a global human rights summit

AFTERMATH. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows funeral workers carrying the dead body of an alleged drug dealer killed after a police drug operation in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Democracy under threat: We will shine the light, we will hold the line

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

'Like many, I fear that the pendulum of democracy is swinging the other way globally, enabled by social media,' says Maria Ressa when she accepted the National Democracy Institute's W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award on November 2 (US time)

WATCH: Free Press Live 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Watch this gathering of journalists live on Rappler

Impunity in PH, Gawad Sikatuna, NY terror suspect is Uber driver | Evening wRap

Nov 01, 2017 - 6:54 PM

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5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

These stories take a lot of resources to make, but we believe they are important in a democracy – especially in the face of impunity, corruption, and propaganda

Morales, SWS Survey, Santiago death anniversary | Evening wRap

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:39 PM

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Lawmaker calls on House panel to pass journalist protection bill

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The bill will create a program that provides protection to journalists being threatened, intimidated, or harassed

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Philippines worst in impunity in global index

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' high impunity index is indicative of the country 'going through one of its most critical moments, due to the increase of violence related with organized crime and increased terrorist activities from local gangs linked to the Islamic State (ISIS)'

SC justices express outrage over killing of Butuan judge

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III calls the attack an insult to the Philippine National Police and calls for the immediate arrest of the killers

OUTRAGE. Supreme Court justices issue a statement expressing outrage over the killing of a Butuan City regional trial court judge

The Impunity Series

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Rappler’s series of investigations documents the drug war as it continues to be fought across the first year of Duterte's presidency

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:20 PM

At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016 according to environmental monitor Global Witness

Governments urged to strengthen policies to protect journalists

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Key stakeholders gather in Geneva to discuss ways to strengthen the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

PROTECTING JOURNALISTS. Key stakeholders discuss recommendations to strengthen the UN action plan on the safety of journalists. Rappler photo

Rappler's Patricia Evangelista wins SOPA award for drug war story

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:31 PM

Rappler journalist Patricia Evangelista wins the SOPA 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence in Feature Writing for coverage of the drug war

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Rappler's Patricia Evangelista finalist in SOPA awards

May 18, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Evangelista’s ‘In the Name of the Father’ is one of the finalists in the awards Excellence in Feature Writing category

Rappler journalists win top Asian award for 'Impunity' series

May 13, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Rappler s Patricia Evangelista and Carlo Gabuco bag an award for their series on Philippine drug related killings

IMPUNITY SERIES. Rappler's Patricia Evangelista (right) and Carlo Gabuco (left) bag the grand prize for English multimedia on May 13, 2017, at the Human Rights Press Awards.

Call for proposals: Photos on safety of journalists and issue of impunity

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The selected photographs will help to raise awareness on the working conditions of journalists

Address impunity in the face of pressure, Sereno tells lawyers

Mar 25, 2017 - 2:41 PM

CJ Sereno challenges lawyers to go against the tide stand firm in the face of pressure and follow their conscience

GO AGAINST THE TIDE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno makes a rousing call to lawyers to "go against the tide" in the face of impunity in the country. Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Rappler's 'Impunity' series photog wins Magnum Foundation grant

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Carlo Gabuco s project for this grant chronicles President Duterte s war on drugs as seen through the eyes of affected children

Tuguegarao mayor: How to face cases and stay in office

Feb 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Mayor Jefferson Soriano has faced 4 corruption charges and an electoral fraud case but has been able to hold on to office for 4 years with a re election in between

Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano is stepping down from office on his second dismissal from service that stemmed from corruption charges.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Sunday

PNP nabs alleged vigilante group in Manila

Feb 09, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The PNP cites it as proof that opportunistic groups were riding on the drug war

DRUG WAR BREAKTHROUGH? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to members of the now-disbanded AIDG in Camp Crame. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Impunity: Welcome to the end of the war

Feb 07, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head They were fired says Heart’s sister Arianne by officers of the Philippine National Police

'Opinions' in Amnesty Int'l report 'obviously not the norm' – PNP

Feb 01, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The PNP says it has always observed and upheld respect for human rights as a fundamental principle in policing and is the institutional foundation of all training programs for police units and personnel

'SERVE AND PROTECT.' Newly-promoted officers of the PNP inside Cramp Crame. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

PH-SoKor, hunger, Trump | Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:43 PM

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Dela Rosa told: Korean's murder is your wake-up call

Jan 20, 2017 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED Senators warn the PNP boss against allowing his men to take advantage of the war on drugs to abuse power

MURDER IN HIS OWN CAMP. File photo of PNP Chief Ronal dela Rosa. File photo by Rappler

Impunity: The Night Before Christmas

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:58 PM

Christmas is for family, even when Papa is in a coffin and Mama disappears