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Military supports 'selective martial law' in Mindanao

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it supports Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's 'recommendation' that the city be exempted from martial law

MILITARY SPOKESMAN Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: 'No poor Filipino' during Martial Law, only during the Aquinos' terms

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Government data show poverty incidence was high during the Marcos regime, and it was on a downward trend after the late dictator was ousted

Pangilinan urges 'careful study' of proposal to drop rice farming in 23 provinces

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:53 PM

'Puwede namang sabay at hindi isa lang ang pagpipilian,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan as the government mulls transitioning 23 provinces from rice farming to raising other crops

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in preparation for planting rice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: No conflict between Local Government Code, Universal Health Care

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved

File photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

Malaysian lawmakers repeal 'fake news' law

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:26 AM

It was the second attempt by the lower house to overturn the law after MPs voted to repeal it last year only for the upper chamber to block it. But the upper house is only able to block a bill once, meaning the law will now be scrapped.

In a twist, PEZA now supports Citira bill

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks

LIVE: Senate hearing on the GCTA law

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

WATCH: Imelda The Movie on Rappler

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:34 PM

'Imelda' is the first time the former first lady tells her story on camera

Thousands protest French IVF law for single women, lesbians

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Opponents say the law deprives children of a necessary paternal figure and threatens a traditional family structure, and would open the door to legalizing surrogacy, including for gay men

Supreme Court orders DOJ to answer case vs GCTA IRR

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Bilibid inmates want to nullify DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations for violating equal protection

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

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down

Congresswomen push bill vs child marriage: ‘We owe it to young girls’

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Child marriages are manifestations of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girls less than boys,' says House committee on women and gender equality chairperson Ma. Lourdes Acosta Alba

#GIRLDEFENDERS. Congresswomen, government officials, advocates, and young advocates come together to push for the bill aiming to end child marriage. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

From 1,914 to 19: PNP resumes hunt vs GCTA-freed convicts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine National Police resumes its Tokhang-style hunt for convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance law

BACK TO THE FIELD. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ 'confident' that Supreme Court will affirm revised GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The new IRR has different treatments for heinous crime convicts before 2013 and those after 2013. Is that a violation of equal protection?

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra stands by their new IRR which excluded heinous crime convicts from the coverage of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bilibid inmates file 1st Supreme Court case vs new GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection

PETITION VS GCTA IRR. Inmates of the New Bilibid Prison file a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Martial law 'a tool to save democracy'? A response to Panelo's claims

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The more I read Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's statements, the more they come off as insults to the victims and survivors of Martial Law. Panelo justifies both the butcher and his knife.

[OPINION] To Imelda Marcos

Sep 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'I get so tired listening to $1 million here, $1 million there, it's so petty.' Do you remember saying this?

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law

Guevarra: DOJ survived GCTA crisis by upholding rule of law

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra makes the statement amid mounting criticism on the DOJ's move to arrest without warrant heinous crime convicts

DOJ REBORN. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the "reborn" DOJ upheld the rule of law in the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Guevarra: Surrender of qualified convicts 'phenomenal'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release

PHENOMENAL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the surrender of qualified convicts is "phenomenal." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Google deals blow to EU copyright law in France

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Google says it will not pay European media outlets for displaying their articles, pictures and videos in search results in France, in defiance of a new EU copyright law

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on September 3, 2019 the US multinational technology and internet-related services company Google logo, is displayed on a tablet screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


DOJ scrambling to release qualified convicts 'who should not have surrendered'

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole

RELEASES. The Department of Justice (DOJ) scrambles to finalize lists related to releases and rearrests of convicts. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New law lets online, broadcast journalists protect their sources

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:35 AM

With the expansion of the 73-year-old Sotto law, online and broadcast journalists can't be compelled to reveal their sources, unless necessary for national security

Accralaw wins firm of the year in 2019 Asialaw awards

Sep 24, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Senior partner Francis Lim is lawyer of the year

AWARD. Francis Lim of Accralaw is awarded lawyer of the year in the 2019 Benchmark and Litigation Awards of Asialaw. Photo by Rappler

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

Martial Law museum set to open by 2022

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Freedom Memorial Museum wll follow the 'brutalist' design that won the contest launched by the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission

[OPINION] It's not a cockfight between farmers and queers

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:24 AM

For many critics, the SOGIE Equality Bill should take a back seat to address farmers’ welfare. But should we even be pitting issues against each other?

[OPINION] Why I don't believe divorce will destroy a family

Sep 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

They say, 'Divorce will destroy a family.' But is it not abuse and lack of respect for your partner and for marriage that destroy everyone in the family?

Youth stand up against authoritarian rule on 47th Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Young people all over the Philippines amplify calls to uphold national sovereignty, fight for the rights of marginalized sectors such as farmers and the urban poor, and end attacks to government critics

FIGHT. Filipino youth take to the streets to protest against authoritarian rule to mark the 47th Martial Law anniversary on Friday, September 21. This is at Iloilo Sunburst Park. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

[OPINION] Countering Marcos propaganda with stories of resistance

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Marcos' Martial Law is not only a story of how the oppressors oppressed. It is also the story of how the oppressed resisted.

[OPINION] Shouldn’t we call ourselves 'martial law babies' too?

Sep 21, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Our generation of activists now bellow in the streets, 'Marcos-Duterte, walang pinagkaiba!' Indeed, these twin fascists had never differed.

[OPINION] Martial Law: The pill I had to take

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In my grandfather’s house, the name Marcos and the idea of martial law was like a pill that could cure a malignant disease. But the pill is so bitter, and even unfit for human consumption.

Martial Law anniversary reminder for Filipinos to fight despotic rule – Robredo

Sep 21, 2019 - 12:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'Higit sa pag-alala, ang araw na ito ay isang panawagan…na gampanan ang ating iisang tungkulin na siguruhing walang lugar ang kahit sinong diktador sa isang bayang malaya,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the 47th anniversary of Martial Law

NEVER FORGET. Vice President Leni Robredo urges Filipinos to fight any attempt to revert the Philippines to a dictatorship.  File photo by OVP

[OPINION] Hayskul Batch '73: We were the martial law teenagers

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

As we sang our graduation song, we became misty-eyed at the thought of our inevitable separation...of the beginning of a new phase in our lives under the New Society, the euphemism given to Martial Law

Martial law 'peaceful'? Netizens debate severity of Marcos regime

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Was the Philippines under Martial Law as peaceful as Marcos apologists make it out to be?

Ghost of Marcos' Martial Law seen under Duterte – rights groups

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) On the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, various groups urge Filipinos to take a stand amid human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

[OPINYON] Paano na lang kung hindi naghiwalay ang mga magulang ko?

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Divorces aren't for fun. Magastos at masakit ito. Pero mas mabuti ito kaysa maglolokohan kayo pareho at palipat-lipat ang mga anak 'nyo.

New IRR could risk GCTA of qualified convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

NEW IRR. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete explains the new and revised IRR of Republic Act 10592 on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to convicts. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Confusion abounds as DOJ rushes final arrest list of convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Historian calls for 'nuanced' scholarly study of Marcos regime to fight false narratives

Sep 20, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The failure of historians to write a thorough historical study of the Marcos years has opened the floodgates of misinformation and inaccurate narratives from both sides of the debate, says history professor Filomeno Aguilar Jr

DOJ suspends rearrest of convicts, but cops already picked up a few

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With Duterte’s blessing, cops hunt convicts with defective arrest list

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Without warrants, police commence their hunt for convicts freed through the GCTA with a rushed and unchecked list from the Bureau of Corrections

PREPARATION. Captain Elvin John Tio leads a team of Tondo cops in searching for 4 heinous crime convicts in their area of responsibility. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Prepare for Tokhang: Cops begin hunting convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Reminiscent of the controversial Oplan Tokhang, cops will go to the addresses of the remaining hundreds of GCTA-freed heinous crime convicts, knock on their doors, and arrest them

HUNT BEGINS. Tondo Police Station 2 prepares for the overnight operation on Friday, September 20, of the Metro Manila police force to hunt over a hundred convicts prematurely released. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LIST: 47th Martial Law anniversary protests, activities

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Protest activities are lined up at Luneta, the university area in Manila, and key cities across the country on September 20 and 21, 2019

Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ 'sanitizes' faulty GCTA arrest list ahead of manhunt

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'We have to weed them out so that they won't be included in that list on the so-called fugitives from justice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

GCTA. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra testifies before the panel at the 6th meeting on the senate inquiry of the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers want extra P15B for NFA to buy palay from local farmers

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The amount will be for the ‘exclusive and urgent’ procurement of at least 750,000 metric tons of palay from local farmers at the farmgate price of P20 per kilogram

RICE CRISIS. DA Secretary William Dar makes a surprise inspection on stalls selling NFA rice at the San Andres Market in Manila on September 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Año says no more revival of anti-subversion law, but…

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

In the same breath, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines should still be outlawed under a new law

NO MORE? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP National Headquarters in Quezon City on September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Rice tariffication, EDSA bus ban down business confidence in Q3 2019

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Business confidence falls to 37.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2019, as bad weather, external shocks, and government policies hit companies