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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.

Why a coconut juice vendor sells at the Martial Law 2018 rally

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Big gatherings such as anti-Duterte rallies are seen as ways to earn a little more than usual

VENDOR. Bernard delos Santos, 38, is a coconut juice vendor in Manila. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING DICTATORSHIP. An artwork depicting President Rodrigo Duterte (center), former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left), and dictator Ferdinand Marcos is displayed on the anniversary of Martial Law on September 21, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nene Pimentel: EJKs not allowed in PH 'then, now, or ever'

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr says the 10-year military rule of the disgraced dictator Ferdinand Marcos was much worse, but the extrajudicial killings happening now are also not right

Enrile’s claims about Martial Law ‘revolting, insanely disgusting’ – lawmakers

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Opposition lawmakers slam ex-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile for deliberately attempting to distort the truth about Martial Law

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Ex-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile is interviewed by Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late dictator that Enrile once served. Screenshot from Bongbong's YouTube account

Counter-protest: Pro-Duterte crowd arrives at anti-Martial Law rally in Luneta

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

More than an hour before the start of the anti-Martial Law activity in Luneta, administration supporters, wearing red shirts, are bussed in to hold their own rally nearby

RED SHIRT CROWD. President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters rally at the Luneta Grandstand to counter the anti-Martial Law gathering at the nearby Rizal Monument on September 21, 2018, the 46th anniversary of the Declaration of Martail Law. All photos by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

‘Repudiate’ Enrile, Marcos attempt to revise history, says Nene Pimentel

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:01 PM

'Let us expose them for what they are. They are trying to perpetuate a legacy that had better been placed in the box of history under several feet underground,' says former senate president Nene Pimentel

ConCom member fromer senator Nene Pimentel at a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sister Patricia Fox joins Mass on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:48 PM

'A Mass is hardly a political activity,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox after a Mass to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Sister Patricia Fox attends mass at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, September 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM

'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

FOR DEMOCRACY. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech at De La Salle Universit on September 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

[OPINION] Is it really time to move on from Martial Law?

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Certain words and stories lose their power when told too many times. People can’t respond to horror stories and torture porn forever. Is there a better way of remembering Martial Law?

Aquino on Enrile: Old age not an excuse to bend truth about Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:42 PM

'Pasensiya na, pero 'yung totoo, totoo; 'yung pambobola, pambobola pa rin,' says former president Benigno Aquino III after the Martial Law architect airs a revisionist view of what happened

NEVER FORGET. Former president Benigno Aquino III (2nd, left), flanked by Senators Bam Aquino and Kiko Pangilinan, at the Mass for Peace at De La Salle University on September 21, 2018, the 46th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#NeverAgain: Artists, celebrities speak out on 46th Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:14 PM

From millennials to the older generations, several prominent personalities share their thoughts on the Marcos dictatorship

'Distortion of truth': Diokno family slams Bongbong Marcos, Enrile

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The family of the late statesmen Jose Diokno slams former senator Juan Ponce Enrile for peddling lies about Marcos' Martial Law, calling his actions a 'pathetic attempt at rewriting our history'

Bongbong Marcos interviews Enrile to ‘correct distortions’ of Martial Law story

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The son of the deposed dictator airs the version of former defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile to address what he considers the millennials' 'different approach' to Martial Law

'WITNESS TO HISTORY'. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos interviews Juan Ponce Enrile, former defense minister of his father. Screenshot from Bongbong's YouTube account

September 21 rallies: 'Resist the creeping dictatorship'

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Filipino protesters on September 21, the 46th anniversary of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos, seek 'to disallow another dictator to rise or an old one to return'

PAST AND PRESENT. An artist applies finishing touches on giant art heads of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte for the 46th anniversary of Martial Law on September 21, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ADMU, DLSU presidents tell students: Fight attempts to forget Martial Law

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:56 PM

In a joint signed statement, Fr Jose Ramon Villarin SJ and Br Raymundo Suplido FSC say there can be no 'moving on' from Martial Law

SCHEDULE: 46th Martial Law anniversary protests, activities

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Several activities are lined up for Friday, September 21, in Metro Manila and the regions to commemorate the declaration of Proclamation 1081

A day before the commemoration of the 46th Martial Law Anniversary, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, artist apply finishing touches on the giant art heads of the late president "Marcos and Duterte" the present president. The late President Marcos was the author of the September 21, 1972 Martial Law, while President Rody Duterte is the architect of the present Mindanao Martial Law. The arts of heads of former president Gloria Arroyo half with the late president Marcos head (left), former senator Bongbong Marcos head half with his fathers head (right) and president Duterte's head (center) is transformable to giant head of the late dictator Marcos. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4,000 cops to secure September 21 activities

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says another 1,000 police are to remain on standby at the PNP headquarters should assistance be needed

SAFETY. PNP deploys a 4,000-strong force for September 21 activities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

City of Manila suspends classes on September 21

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says 'numerous and massive demonstrations' are expected on Friday, September 21, the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law

2 days before martial law anniversary, Duterte meets with intel agencies

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the meeting was a 'regular intel briefing' and downplays the threat posed by supposed September 21 sabotage 'plans'

#MartialLaw45 protesters occupy EDSA Quezon Avenue for #DayOfProtest. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' – Leonen

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

MARCOS REINCARNATION. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the Supreme Court's majority ruling on the martial law re-extension is a reincarnation of the past rulings which were 'complicit in the suffering of our people' during the Marcos era.

NPA conflict may be used as ground for 'perpetual martial law'

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao

DISSENTING OPINION. Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa says his colleagues' decision set a dangerous precedent towarda a perpetual martial law.

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida: Nothing can stop Duterte, Congress from further extending martial law

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:09 PM

‘The issue is a political question that judicial review cannot delve into,’ says Solicitor General Jose Calida

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC’s Bersamin pushes for broader criteria to declare martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin tells Christian Monsod, a drafter of the 1987 Constitution, that current version of the constitution has been ‘emasculated’

MARTIAL LAW. Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin says the 1987 Constitution is not enough to address present-day threats to the safety of Filipinos. Photo from the Supreme Court

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Hearing oral arguments on martial law's extension, the Supreme Court associate justice says Malacañang cited threats from a minor operative of a terrorist group

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman along with other petitioners attend the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC sets new round of oral arguments on martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The oral arguments will be held on January 16 and 17

Justices of the Supreme Court led by chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC orders DND, AFP, PNP chiefs to attend martial law oral arguments

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero attends the first day of the oral arguments on petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rosales, Hilbay join petitions vs martial law extension

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay also file a motion for consolidation to join other petitions already scheduled for oral arguments next week

PETITION VS MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO. Former CHR chief Etta Rosales (left) and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay hold up the petition they filed against martial law in Mindanao on on January 12, 2018. Photo from the Twitter page of Florin Hilbay

Calida: SC has no power to review martial law extension

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Though the Supreme Court has retained its power to review martial law proclamations, Solicitor General Jose Calida says a proclamation is different from an extension

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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SC orders government to answer petition vs martial law

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) The court en banc declares the petition sufficient in form and substance

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Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:48 PM

'Martial law in perpetuity is a scenario that neither the President, Congress or the Supreme Court will allow as it is patently unconstitutional,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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House opposition wants TRO vs martial law extension

Dec 27, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says a martial law extension to quell possible threats of remaining terror groups is akin to 'killing a fly with a sledgehammer'

ONE MORE YEAR. Top officials from the executive department attend the joint session of Congress on December 13 to ask for a one-year extension of martial law. Photo by DARREN LANGIT