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Hong Kong's extradition law jolts business community

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:17 PM

In a trend that could be damning for the international finance hub, some businesses say they would consider moving if the controversial bill – which has provoked a huge backlash in the city – is passed

HONG KONG BUSINESSES. This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows a general view shows of the Hong Kong skyline. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader from her own allies

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Opposition to the extradition bill unites an unusually wide cross section of Hong Kong against the proposal, sparking huge rallies

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam smiles as she arrives before speaking at the Caixin Summit in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Surveillance-savvy Hong Kong protesters go digitally dark

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Many of those on the streets are predominantly young and have grown up in a digital world, but they are all too aware of the dangers of surveillance and leaving online footprints

Demonstrators take a rest the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on June 12 as police tried to stop protesters storming the city's parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Protesters gather in Hong Kong ahead of extradition bill debate

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Thousands of mostly young people and students gather in a park near the government offices ahead of a planned debate on the bill, with large numbers of police in riot gear surrounding the official building

Posters that read “No China Extradition” are displayed as people gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong late on June 11, 2019, two days after the city witnessed its largest street protest in at least 15 years as crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to China.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Why is Hong Kong's China extradition plan so controversial?

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:49 PM

A briefer on the proposed Hong Kong extradition law

NO. Protesters gesture as they chant "no extradition" as they rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China backs Hong Kong extradition law, opposes 'foreign interference'

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Beijing is unmoved by the protest, with foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying it 'will continue to firmly support' the Hong Kong administration

BLOCKED ROADS. Protesters block roads with barricades during clashes with police after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Chinese media blames Hong Kong demonstrations on collusion with West

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Chinese-language edition of the nationalistic Global Times dismisses Sunday's mass demonstration, one of the biggest shows of public anger since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997

HONG KONG DEMONSTRATIONS. Protesters march during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong leader refuses to scrap extradition bill despite rally

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The decision sets Carrie Lam's administration on a collision course with opponents who have vowed to ramp up their protests if their demands are not met

CARRIE LAM. Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2019, a day after the city witnessed its largest street protest in at least 15 years as crowds massed against plans to allow extraditions to China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition law

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:31 PM

(UPDATED) Many protesters say they no longer trust the Hong Kong government to stick to its commitments that Beijing critics would not one day end up getting sent to the mainland

PROTEST. Huge protest crowds thronged Hong Kong on June 9, 2019 as anger swells over plans to allow extraditions to China, a proposal that has sparked the biggest public backlash against the city's pro-Beijing leadership in years. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

In memoriam: Teodoro D. Regala

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:48 PM

PRESS RELEASE: One of ACCRALAW's founding partners dies at 85

Hong Kong court declares male gay sex laws unconstitutional

May 30, 2019 - 6:54 PM

It is the latest legal victory for Hong Kong's gay community who have struggled to persuade the pro-Beijing authorities in the international financial hub to allow gay marriage or civil unions

GAY RIGHTS. A same-sex couple hold hands during an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Broke and broken: Working student recalls long journey to becoming a lawyer

May 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Christian Jay Millena, 30, shares how he fulfilled his dream of becoming a lawyer despite the number of times he changed jobs, incurred debts, and faced the tragedy of losing his loved ones

Japan court rejects payout for sterilized 'eugenics' victims

May 28, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Local media says the ruling finds the government is not obliged to pay compensation because the 20-year statute of limitations have now passed

Ireland votes overwhelmingly to relax strict divorce law

May 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Some 82% of voters cast their ballots in favor of removing a provision requiring couples to live separately for 4 out of the previous 5 years before dissolving their marriage

SUPPORT. Majority of Filipinos support the legalization of divorce according to latest figures from the SWS. Stock photo

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Eva Longoria warns abortion bans endanger women

May 19, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The actress warns of a 'domino effect' with a dozen other Republican-controlled US states seeking to restrict the rights of women to abortion

US actress Eva Longoria smiles as she arrives for the screening of the film "Rocketman" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Philippines holds midterm polls seen as final step in Duterte consolidation

May 13, 2019 - 5:54 AM

'This could be a watershed moment in Philippine politics and governance, the final step of consolidation by the Duterte family of its dominance over the political elite,' says political analyst Antonio La Viña

President Rodrigo attends the Miting de Avance of the PDP Laban at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City on Saturday, May 11, as he again endorses the senatorial slate which composes of Raffy Alunan, JV Ejercito, Imee marcos, Dong Mangudadatu, Bato Dela Rosa, Duterte, Bong Go, Koko Pimentel, Francis Tolentino, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, and artists Freddie Aguilar. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hollywood loves Georgia's low taxes but fumes over strict abortion law

May 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Celebrities led by Alyssa Milano have threatened in late March to refuse to work in Georgia if it adopted the new abortion restrictions

[OPINION] Should rule of law be an election issue?

May 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When legislators believe in the rule of law, everything they do in the august halls of the Senate would be about justice. They will not lie, they will not cheat, they will not steal.

HALLS OF JUSTICE. An old man tries to catch a nap at the corridors of the Manila Regional Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Imee Marcos on running with PDP-Laban: 'God works in mysterious ways'

May 11, 2019 - 9:40 PM

PDP-Laban was founded to fight the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Decades later, Marcos' daughter Imee is an ally of the party.

Imee Marcos speaks at a campaign rally in Manila on February 27, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Book on Martial Law launched: 'It is happening again'

May 05, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime

UNITED. Mary Racelis, one of the contributors of the book, responds to the audience in behalf of all the authors seated on the platform during the 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' launch on May 2. Photo by Maria Gabriela Aquino/Rappler

DOH approves rules to implement law on pregnant women, infants

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III says that although the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11148 serve as an important guide, it is in the execution that makes all the difference

FULL EFFECT. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III leads in the ceremonial signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to anti-dummy charge

May 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Trial begins on August 22

ANTI-DUMMY. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to one count of anti-dummy before the Pasig RTC Branch 265. Rappler Screenshot

Duterte orders gov't agencies to implement Bangsamoro normalization process

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs national government agencies to 'prioritize, intensify, and accelerate' programs to help former MILF combatants and their families

Scenes at the Simuay Juncton Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. it is at this school that MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim voted for the first time.

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How the TRAIN law worsened poverty, inequality

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Keep in mind that a number of lawmakers seeking reelection today advocated for the TRAIN law or otherwise helped push it forward

The legal profession has a mental health problem – which is an issue for everyone

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Contrary to typical cultural representations of lawyers, such as those typified by Suits, lawyers are not superhuman. Our research – and that of others – has indicated that this as a dangerous assumption to make.

LAW PROFESSION. Wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

European Union countries adopt the reforms agreed upon last month by the European Parliament

Academics concerned about Singapore's 'fake news' law

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Academics from around the world with expertise in Singapore and Asia sign a letter warning the proposed legislation 'may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia'

This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows the merlion, Singapore's iconic landmark projected with lights during the preview of the "i Light Singapore festival". The festival will run from January 28 to February 24, 2019 coinciding with the city-state's bicentennial celebrations, which mark 200 years since Stamford Raffles founded modern-day Singapore. Theodore LIM / AFP

Crowdfunding can level candidates' campaign spending – election lawyer

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

But election lawyer Emil Marañon III says crowdfunding initiatives aren't easily doable under the Philippines' election laws

Election law needs reforms, says Chel Diokno

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:47 PM

If elected, Diokno says he will give an equal fighting chance to those who do not have enough means to seek office due to lack of funds

IN BATANGAS. 2019 senatorial candidate Chel Diokno campaigns in Batangas. Photo from Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

What's inside the IRR of the Rice Tariffication law?

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Does the IRR contain the safeguards that rice industry stakeholders are asking from government?

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand lawmakers give final okay to tougher gun laws

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Lawmakers pass the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

New York court awards $13.75M to Marcos Martial Law victims – lawyer

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) American lawyer Robert Swift claims the ruling is binding on the Philippine government despite the earlier decision of the Department of Justice to cancel the settlement

MARTIAL LAW. Martial Law victims call for the imprisonment of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, who was recently convicted for 7 counts of graft over illegal Swiss foundations. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Rappler board members plead not guilty to anti-dummy charges

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:02 PM

CEO Maria Ressa will be arraigned separately, scheduled for May 2

ANTI-DUMMY CHARGE. Members of the 2016 Rappler board plead not guilty to anti-dummy charges pending before the Pasig Regional Trial Court. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Rights groups warn Singapore's proposed fake news laws could be used to stifle online discussion, are too vague and may be used to target government critics

FAKE NEWS LAWS. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong smile during a joint press conference in Putrajaya, April 9, one topic from which were laws on fake news. AFP photo


PODCAST: Ang doble-plaka law bilang panakip-butas sa mga patayan

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Sapat bang solusyon ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act sa napakaraming patayan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte?

Poe backs changes in 'doble plaka' law

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist senator Grace Poe supports President Rodrigo Duterte's call to 'cure' certain provisions of Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019

PROTEST. Thousands of motorcycle riders protest against the use of two plates under the new law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Changes in 'doble plaka' law may be done through IRR, amendment – Panelo

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Why did the President sign the controversial law only to ask for its suspension? Malacañang says he may not have known about concerns of motorcycle riders' at the time.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a bow before the attendees at the 25th National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines Annual National Convention at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on April 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Xian Gaza airport story fake news – Immigration

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Bureau of Immigration says there were no warrants of arrest against controversial social media personality Xian Gaza when he left the country in 2018

FAKE NEWS? Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval that Xian Gaza's departure from the Philippines was 'nothing out of the ordinary.' Photo from Xian Gaza's Facebook account

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Porn in your pocket: What the law says about your naked selfies and sex videos

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:15 AM

What does the law say about that naked selfie that, in the throes of virtual passion you sent to your paramour? There are existing Philippine laws that protect your right to privacy, but there is big but.

Australia targets social media firms in new extremist footage laws

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Platforms like Facebook and YouTube may face fines approaching billions of dollars for failing to remove extremist material quickly

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


OSG: Martial law compensation from paintings 'disadvantageous' to govt

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice and Presidential Commission on Good Government unanimously withdraw from the agreement

Martial Law victims and militants rally outside the Sandiganbayan hearing the conviction of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Tough New Zealand gun laws easily pass first hurdle

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Lawmakers vote 119-1 in favor of the bill, which bans military-style semi-automatic rifles like those used in the Christchurch mosque shootings which claimed 50 lives

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

EXPLAINER: What Filipinos can expect from the Universal Health Care Law

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.

In Cebu, Serge Osmeña hits part of TRAIN law before Angara

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Senatorial candidate Sergio Osmeña III says he will move to scrap the fuel excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

BROTHERS. Senatorial bet Sergio Osmena III joins his brother Tomas, who is the reelectionist Cebu City mayor, at the proclamation party of the regional party BOPK. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler