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Lorenzana not inclined to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defense chief says he is waiting for the military and police to give their input, and President Duterte will still have the final say on the matter

DEFENSE CHIEF Delfin Lorenzana doesn't feel the need to put Mindanao under martial law for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marawi local chiefs too dependent on soldiers due to martial law – civic leader

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Moro Consensus Group leader Drieza Lininding cautions Marawi residents from getting too used to the 'abnormal' situation of martial law and suggests alternative security measures

AFTER THE SIEGE. Martial law reigns in Marawi City as government tries to rehabilitate its central hub after a 5-month siege by Muslim extremists. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler  AFTER THE SIEGE. Martial law reigns in Marawi City as government tries to rehabilitate its central hub after a 5-month siege by Muslim extremists. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Marawi rehab czar Del Rosario wants 4th martial law extension

Oct 26, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Martial law creates a 'peace and order situation' that has helped with the pace of rehabilitation, says Marawi rehabilitation task force chief Eduardo del Rosario

MARKED BY CONFLICT. Marawi's Ground Zero is still in ruins in this photo taken on May 23, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Esperon says no need to extend martial law if Human Security Act is amended

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Security officials are also considering the opinion of local government units in assessing whether another extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

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

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

[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?

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

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

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

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

[ANALYSIS] Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

U.P. Martial Law subject should show Marcos side too, says Imee

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'Problema kasi, ang academic freedom, freedom lang sa isang pangkat, walang freedom sa iba,' says Senator Imee Marcos

'BE FAIR'. Senator Imee Marcos urges the University of the Philippines-Diliman to be fair when teaching the new Martial Law class. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Youth groups lead protest marking 47th anniversary of Martial Law

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:18 PM

With members of the Marcos family in top government posts and an increasing number of attacks against government critics, youth groups unite to ensure succeeding generations remember the horrors of martial law

Martial Law again?

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Never, never

Martial law led to 2018 drop in violence in Muslim Mindanao – study

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Any plan to lift martial law must come with an agreement among Mindanao leaders to control loose firearms, a major contributing factor to violence in the southern region, says International Alert Philippines

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Davao City council asks President Duterte to lift martial law

Aug 06, 2019 - 5:52 PM

This is in keeping with Mayor Sara Duterte's proposal, which she made last June after her discussion with ambassadors and officials of other countries

 MARTIAL LAW. This file photo from July 2017 shows Task Force Davao personnel manning security check-points in the city after President Duterte's martial law declaration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte rules out martial law in Negros, for now

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Martial law will only be enforced in accordance with the Constitution,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally conducted to condemn the recent spate of killings in the region on July 27 in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Robredo questions martial law as solution to Negros killings

Aug 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo urges authorities to find the suspects behind the killings in Negros Oriental instead

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at a forum in March 2017. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Monitoring Negros: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Justice Benjamin Caguioa once warned that if the NPA conflict is upheld as basis to declare martial law, the Philippines may be trapped in a perpetual state of miitary rule

PNP sees no need for martial law in Negros: 'It's under control'

Aug 02, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Philippine National Police says all its units in Negros Island 'remain on full alert and vigilant to thwart and prevent occurrence of crimes and killings'

'UNDER CONTROL.' PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, July 29, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sara Duterte: 'True martial law' is when military takes over courts, gov't

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'Kapag mag martial law ka, dapat the truly strict, real sense martial law,' says the President's daughter

DAVAO CITY CHIEF. Mayor Sara Duterte believes Davao City should be exempted from the coverage of martial rule in Mindanao. Photo from the Facebook page of the City Government of Davao

Duterte 'can declare martial law' in Negros to stop violence, says Panelo

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte would 'certainly' make the declaration if recommended by security officials, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says there is no need for it at this time

NEGROS KILLINGS. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally on July 27, 2019, in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Monique Wilson on growing up privileged: 'You have to cultivate your own convictions'

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:29 PM

The actress, whose father was allied with Ferdinand Marcos, says people need to continue to rise against the Marcos family's return to politics

MONIQUE WILSON. The theater veteran speaks up against the Marcos regime. File photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Esperon inclined to recommend 4th martial law extension

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The National Security Adviser is also open to exempting some places in Mindanao from martial law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. as he was being briefed on some pertinent matters during the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. lawyer: No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

MARTIAL LAW VICTIMS. American lawyer Robert Swift is in the Philippines to distribute the recently-awarded $13.75 million to victims of martial law. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Robert Swift on the legal hunt for money Martial Law victims deserve

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Are there Marcos assets left to be discovered? What challenges did the human rights lawyer face in seeking compensation for the victims? Watch the interview on Friday, July 12, at 11 am

Martial Law victims, kin: Still no justice, full compensation after decades

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'Hanggang ngayon wala pa kaming katarungan,' says Helena Jimenez, whose husband disappeared following his arrest on August 17, 1985

Martial Law victims' U.S. lawyer deserves fee – ex-CHR chair

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Renowned human rights lawyer Robert Swift has worked on getting compensation for Martial Law victims for more than 3 decades

COMPENSATION. Martial Law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

U.S. lawyer Swift: 'No doubt' Marcos family knows where ill-gotten wealth are

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The missing paintings have 'a lot of value' that can be used to compensate victims of Martial Law, says human rights lawyer Robert Swift

Sara Duterte wants martial law lifted in Davao City

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:06 AM

The Davao City mayor will first get recommendations from the military and police before sending a City Council resolution to her father, President Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY CHIEF. Mayor Sara Duterte wants her city exempted from martial rule in Mindanao. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

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

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

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


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

No rebellion charges filed in 2018 martial law, yet SC allows 3rd extension

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:08 PM

In his dissent, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza calls this accommodation of President Rodrigo Duterte ‘the Court’s seeming abdication of its duty’

DISSENTERS. Four justices dissent to the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Duterte OKs reso extending validity of Martial Law victims compensation

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The Congress resolution extends the maintenance, availability, and release of the funds for victims of Marcos Martial Law human rights violations until December 31, 2019

COMPENSATION. Martial law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Why should young Filipinos in the diaspora care about Martial Law?

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:00 PM

We need to remember why Filipinos both in the Philippines and abroad rallied against a dictator

Violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct – Bersamin

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:35 PM

‘Accuracy is not the question here,’ says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, one of the 9 justices who outvoted original member in charge Justice Caguioa

MARTIAL LAW. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc found that there is sufficient factual basis for the 3rd extension of martial law despite inconsistent military reports. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court upholds 3rd extension of Mindanao martial law

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The en banc votes 9-4 to dismiss 4 petitions that questioned the third extension of martial law in Mindanao

3RD EXTENSION. The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of  the 3rd extension of martial law over Mindanao in a majority vote on February 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler