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The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it supports Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's 'recommendation' that the city be exempted from martial law
Government data show poverty incidence was high during the Marcos regime, and it was on a downward trend after the late dictator was ousted
'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
Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved
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.
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Board changes its tune after a 'cordial' meeting and now backs the bill seeking to rationalize tax perks
'Imelda' is the first time the former first lady tells her story on camera
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
Bilibid inmates want to nullify DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations for violating equal protection
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
'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
The Philippine National Police resumes its Tokhang-style hunt for convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance law
The new IRR has different treatments for heinous crime convicts before 2013 and those after 2013. Is that a violation of equal protection?
(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection
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.
'I get so tired listening to $1 million here, $1 million there, it's so petty.' Do you remember saying this?
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
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra makes the statement amid mounting criticism on the DOJ's move to arrest without warrant heinous crime convicts
Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release
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
The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole
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
Senior partner Francis Lim is lawyer of the year
Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police
The Freedom Memorial Museum wll follow the 'brutalist' design that won the contest launched by the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission
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?
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?
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
Marcos' Martial Law is not only a story of how the oppressors oppressed. It is also the story of how the oppressed resisted.
Our generation of activists now bellow in the streets, 'Marcos-Duterte, walang pinagkaiba!' Indeed, these twin fascists had never differed.
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.
(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
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
Was the Philippines under Martial Law as peaceful as Marcos apologists make it out to be?
(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
Divorces aren't for fun. Magastos at masakit ito. Pero mas mabuti ito kaysa maglolokohan kayo pareho at palipat-lipat ang mga anak 'nyo.
'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete
'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete
The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully
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
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight
Without warrants, police commence their hunt for convicts freed through the GCTA with a rushed and unchecked list from the Bureau of Corrections
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
Protest activities are lined up at Luneta, the university area in Manila, and key cities across the country on September 20 and 21, 2019
The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order
'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
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
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
Business confidence falls to 37.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2019, as bad weather, external shocks, and government policies hit companies