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Sulu civil society slams Tan petition against BOL

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:55 PM

'Being a Bangsamoro, a Tausug from Sulu, I would say, I am also free to counter any act of Governor Tan,' says Hadjinur Tingkasan, a Sulu Peace Advocate

SLAMMED. File photo of Sulu province governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from the Facebook page of Abdusakur Tan II

Extend Mindanao martial law? It failed to address human dignity – Gutoc

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Maranao leader and senatorial hopeful Samira Gutoc says peace movements at the grassroots, coupled with help from government, will help bring peace in Mindanao

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc is against another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot by Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Samira Gutoc on Mindanao representation in the Senate

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:45 PM

How will Samira Gutoc show the rest of the country that a Maranao like her can help address their most pressing problems – from high prices of goods to extrajudicial killings?

Esperon: Martial law extension is last resort, unless Mindanaoans ask for it

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The national security adviser wants a comprehensive study on the sentiment of Mindanaoans on martial law extension and state of security to be completed first

ADVISING DUTERTE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Luzon officials to join Duterte in Mindanao martial law meeting

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:32 PM

'Kasi meron din tayong problema sa Luzon eh, meron ding mga affected areas, communist-affected areas sa Luzon,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

CONSENSUS SOUGHT. President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with Mindanao and Luzon officials to hear their security concerns, and according to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, will ask for their opinion on extending martial law. Malacañang file photo

Año backs another martial law extension in Mindanao

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says he has received feedback from Mindanaoans wanting to prolong military rule in the island region

ONE MORE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with newly-appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malago Clubhouse. Malacañang photo

PNP: One more martial law extension for Mindanao

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The Philippine National Police recommends another extension of martial law in Mindanao

YES TO EXTENSION. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says the extension of military rule in Mindanao will help in their management of safety for the 2019 polls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MNLF faction reiterates support for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Moro National Liberation Front faction of former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri assures the government of its support for the landmark law amid efforts to block its implementation

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza discusses the support of an MNLF faction, led by former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri (on Dureza's right), to the BOL in Davao City on November 2, 2018. Photo from OPAPP

Duterte awaits PNP, AFP advice on martial law extension in Mindanao

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says a martial law extension in Mindanao will help secure the May 2019 elections and the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in January

MORE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the recommendation of his top military and police officers to decide on martial law extension in Mindanao. Malacañang file photo

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Taxes for exporters

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Are exporters required to pay value-added tax? The Philippine Tax Whiz explains.

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

Governor Tan of Sulu runs to Supreme Court to block Bangsamoro law

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This is the first petition filed to challenge the constitutionality of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law. Legislators behind the law have been expecting it.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Zombie politics ng 2018

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:17 AM

9 na zombie na naglipana sa ating lipunan

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Mon Abrea on the unintended effects of tax reform

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Tax expert Mon Abrea gives his unsolicited advice to the government on how to implement genuine tax reform

'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Book launch of 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:43 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan writes a fascinating account of the long and stormy process behind the enactment of the reproductive health law

FDA chief ambush, Binay vs Binay, Facebook | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

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If Mindanao martial law brings peace, extend it – Panelo

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law is supposed to end on December 31, 2018

A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. The Philippine Congress on July 22 voted to extend President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist gunmen. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

[ANALYSIS] Whatever happened to the Reproductive Health Law?

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan doubts if the story of the RH Law will ever end, what with the strong lobby of religious groups as well as the legal bedrock on which they can always anchor their counterarguments

Sonny Angara fends off TRAIN law criticism as he files COC

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara pushes for remedial measures to cushion the impact of the Duterte administration's tax reform law

Sen. Sonny Angara files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOF expects Trabaho bill to create 1.4 million jobs

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino says the Trabaho bill would convince more firms to expand due to additional incentives, contrary to views of business groups

Fuel excise tax, #PHVote, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:37 PM

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Poe files COC for senator, hits unfulfilled gov't promises

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the Duterte administration failed to deliver promises that were supposed to cushion the impact of the TRAIN law

Sen. Grace Poe pose with her mother, Movie actress Susan Roces (right), after filing her Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cynthia Villar files COC, justifies signing TRAIN law

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The senator says signing the TRAIN law was a 'lesson learned'

Duterte to suspend fuel tax increase under TRAIN law

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is implementing this in a bid to ease inflation and 'allow the public to manage their finances better'

Curent oil price hike gas prices. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Islamic scholars calls for unity ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:52 PM

The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines regards the Bangsamoro Organic Law as a means of achieving peace and development for the people of Mindanao

Why you should watch 'Liway,' a film based on real Martial Law experiences

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'A prominent personality said, ‘Name one martial law victim,’ I can name you several in the film'

TRUTH-TELLING MATTERS. The 'Liway' director and cast celebrate the film's success. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

How 'Liway' became Cinemalaya's highest-grossing film ever

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'Liway,' an entry to the 2018 Cinemalaya film festival, will be released commercially beginning October 10

LIWAY. The film, based on the true story of Martial Law survivors, is the highest-grossing movie in Cinemalaya history. Screenshot from the movie trailer

Senate approves bill requiring car safety seats for kids on final reading

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Under Senate Bill 1971, children aged 12 and below cannot be left unattended inside a vehicle

APPROVED. Senate approves the bill requiring child restraints in private vehicles. Rappler file photo

Senate approves bill punishing catcalling, street harassment

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate Bill 1326 seeks to penalize catcalling, wolf-whistling, cursing, leering, groping, and stalking, among others

Martial law helped lessen violence in ARMM – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

But the Conflict Alert 2018 report also points out that the Duterte administration's heavy security approach will not be enough to address violent conflicts in the southern region

Policemen check a car boot of a resident fleeing from Marawi city, where gunmen who had declared allegiance to the Islamic State group rampaged through the city, at a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Facebook may get $1.63 billion fine in EU due to recent hack

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Less than 10% of the total number of those affected – or some 5 million EU Facebook users – are hit by the attack on Facebook, according to a tweet from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC)

Rappler Talk: Dissecting the Trabaho bill

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Rappler talks to Chito Zaldarriaga, president of the Philippine Ecozones Association, about their take on the Duterte administration's second tax reform package

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

[OPINION] Justified martial law? PH military should take its history seriously

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

For the AFP to sweep under the rug all of that discomfort over Martial Law would definitely cause a repetition of abuses, suffering, and deaths to civilians and soldiers alike

Instead of more jobs, DOLE sees layoffs under Trabaho bill

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment warns that the industry and services sector would take a hit should the Trabaho bill push through

Books will stay tax-exempt under Trabaho bill – DOF

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:35 PM

'Contrary to the wrong information spreading online, the Trabaho bill will not remove the VAT and customs duties exemption on the publication, sale, and importation of books,' says the Department of Finance

COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte’s medical tests, Spotify, Pia Wurtzbach | Evening wRap

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:11 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Malacañang says Marcos, Enrile can't twist Martial Law history

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'We are implementing the law, and the law says there should be reparations paid to victims of Martial Law,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MARTIAL LAW. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says former senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Juan Ponce Enrile cannot twist the history of Martial Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nancy Binay debunks Enrile claim: My dad was arrested during Martial Law

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'It's a fact nakulong 'yung ama ko. Lumaki ako na nagrarally kami,' says the daughter of former vice president Jejomar Binay, reacting to a false claim by ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martial Law massacres, Kris Aquino, typhoon Ompong | Midday wRap

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Selling our memory to thieves

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

Martial Law was here in one blow decades ago, and is here now – in increments we continue refusing to see

ARMM governor: Enrile's hands stained with Moros' blood

Sep 24, 2018 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'We cannot build peace on lies,' says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, in response to claims of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Enrile's 'ambush': Real or not?

Sep 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Juan Ponce Enrile himself had admitted that his 'ambush' in 1972 was 'staged' to justify the declaration of Martial Law. Yet he later retracted that claim.

JPE. Juan Ponce Enrile talks to Ferdinand Marcos Jr in a two-part video entitled 'JPE: A Witness to History'.

FALSE: Filipinos ‘free to roam, can watch news’ during Martial Law

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Copy-pasted comments on Facebook amplify the false claim made by Martial Law administrator Juan Ponce Enrile in his interview with Ferdinand Marcos Jr

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

[OPINION] Of Marcos, Duterte, and Zeman: Reviving the ghosts of the past

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Slogans like 'Never Again' and 'Never Forget' displayed or shouted at rallies in Manila and elsewhere in the Philippines also have a lot of meaning to Czechs who care to remember what went on before the Velvet Revolution – our own version of EDSA

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte handled Trillanes fiasco from Israel, Jordan

Sep 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Who was the most surprised at President Duterte's order revoking Senator Trillanes' amnesty? His own Cabinet.