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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

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

PNP chief Dela Rosa asks: 'Why fear martial law?'

Dec 18, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Desisyon niya 'yan, hindi ko siya papangunahan, it is dependent on his own determination. Anyway, bakit, takot na takot ba kayo sa martial law?,' asks PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Isang taon pang batas militar sa lupang ipinangako

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw, inilalayo ng isang taong batas militar sa Mindanao ang Pilipinas sa kanlungan ng demokrasya at inilalapit sa kahibangan ng isang diktadura

Duterte on nationwide martial law: All options on the table

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will consider nationwide martial law if the New People's Army steps up attacks

Amid all the ongoing rallies from the opposition and critiques in today's National Day of Protest, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chose to visit the troops in the war-torn Marawi City on September 21, 2017.  During his visit, the President talked to the troops and expressed his utmost gratitude for their continuing efforts in quelling the terror threats in the war-torn city. He also provided the soldiers with groceries as well as watches and eyewears.  Joining the President are Defense Secretary Delfin Loorrenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The President also tagged along Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc and Arnel Ignacio to provide entertainment to the troops. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

LIST: How the House voted on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:58 PM

How did your representative vote on the request to extend martial law in Mindanao?

JOINT SESSION. Congress meets at the Batasang Pambasa to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

For the second time, Sulu lawmaker pushes for nationwide martial law

Dec 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Kausug Tausug Representative Shernee Abubakar Tan says the 'good' experience of Mindanao under martial rule should be replicated in Luzon and Visayas

WHY NOT NATIONWIDE? Kusug Tausug Representative Shernee Abubakar Tan wants martial law to be declared all over the country. Screenshot from the House livestream

Congress extends martial law in Mindanao to end of 2018

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:28 PM

After 4 hours of deliberations, lawmakers grant the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year to 'totally eradicate' Islamic State-inspired terror groups

EXTENDED AGAIN. The 17th Congress further extends the declaration of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 13, 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the members of the Malacañang Press Corps during the Christmas Party at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dimaporo questions removal of local officials' power over cops

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:51 PM

The National Police Commission earlier stripped some Mindanao local chief executives of their power over police, citing various reasons

WHY REMOVE THOSE POWERS? Lanao de Norte 1st District Representative Mohamad Kalid, during a joint session for the request to extend martial law, questions earlier moves to strip Mindanao chief executives of their authority of local police units. Screenshot from the House website

Other presidents did not declare martial law despite rebellion – Pangilinan

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

In response, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says President Rodrigo Duterte is different from his predecessors, and 'what we have on hand is the 2017 situation'

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Marawi mayor backs extended martial law to 'keep terrorists away'

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra supports President Rodrigo Duterte's request to Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for a year

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Why 1-year martial law extension? Security officials give different answers

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza argues that the request goes against the 'intention' of the framers of the 1987 Constitution 'that never again should any president be allowed to utilize martial law indefinitely'

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Officials from the executive, including the security sector, defend their request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot from the House livestream

Drilon: Martial law extension 'prelude' to PH-wide declaration?

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra does not discount the possibility, saying it will all depend on 'factual circumstances' as defined by the 1987 Constitution

 File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Medialdea: Not 'unlimited martial law' but 'unlimited peace'

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:49 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says a year-long martial law extension in Mindanao will help security forces address the 'ongoing security concerns and continuing acts of rebellion' in Mindanao

'UNLIMITED PEACE'. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will aid in the rehabilitation of Marawi and overall security in Mindanao. Malacañang photo

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez tells critics of martial law extension: Go to Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:10 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also comes from Mindanao, says he supports President Rodrigo Duterte's request for martial law to be extended there

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) President and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez prior to the meeting with the leaders from the AIPA member countries at the Makati Shangri-La Manila on September 19, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Robredo trusts military on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:55 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo says lawmakers should ask the government about its specific plans for the rehabilitation and security of Marawi City, and how the declaration of martial law would help

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the government will be able to answer all questions regarding the request to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year. Photo by the OVP

Duterte's proposed martial law extension also targets NPA

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte details alleged atrocities committed by the New People's Army to justify his request for another extension of martial law

NO TRUCE. The government is poised to forego traditional holiday ceasefire. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Bayan Muna warns of graft, corruption if martial law extended

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'The mentioned reasons in [the President's] letter do not warrant an extension of martial law as the same can be addressed by normal police and military powers,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate


Congress to hold joint session on martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives will tackle the request of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, December 13

EXTENSION. Congress is set to hold a joint session to discuss the proposed one-year martial law extension in Mindanao. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rapple

'Mas masaya': Pacquiao favors martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) But Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon opposes it saying it is unconstitutional and has no factual basis

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The extension is needed for the 'total eradication' of ISIS-inspired terror groups and 'communist terrorists,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Lagman on Duterte's martial law extension: violation of Constitution

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman argues there's no more basis for an extension of martial law in Mindanao

CITY IN RUIN. Months of fighting leaves parts of the city in ruin. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: On Human Rights Day, groups urge Filipinos to fight tyranny

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The groups condemn alleged human rights violations linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, as well as the imposition of martial law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. On the International Human Rights Day, groups condemn the administration's war against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte to ask Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 10, 2017 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte once again wants martial law in Mindanao extended

President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

No more extension of martial law in Mindanao – minority senators

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on whether or not to seek another extension of martial law in Mindanao in the next two weeks, says his spokesperson

LOOK: Protesters bring shovels near Marcos grave

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:49 PM

'Unearth the dictator,' says an anti-Marcos group a year after the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was given a hero's burial

HUKAYIN. Anti-Marcos group Block Marcos staged a protest in front of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Saturday, November 18. Photo by Twitter user @nicadoom

Marcos not a hero, critics assert a year after hero's burial

Nov 18, 2017 - 4:40 PM

'Honors undeserved do not transform the undeserving,' says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

LOYALISTS. Marcos loyalists with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos gather in Manila on November 7, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Buwan at Baril' returns onstage at PETA Theater Center

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Freedom from Debt Coalition and Sugid Productions announce a rerun of the play by Chris Millado

WATCH: What are millennials fighting for?

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Millennials share why they joined the protest on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

YOUTH POWER. In an evident show of force, millennials troop to Luneta Park on Thursday, September 21, to join the multi-sectoral protest marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

WATCH: Songs of protest to remember horrors of Martial Law

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:50 PM

On Thursday, September 21, Filipinos stand up for their rights in various ways – including through art and music

BELL TOWER. UP Carillon plays 'Bayan Ko' and 'UP Naming Mahal' on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law. Screenshot from the UP Diliman USC post

Nuns and priests to Duterte: 'Magpo-protesta kami hangga't kailangan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'Kailangan nating iparating sa pamamagitan ng pagdalo at pakikisama rito para marinig, at sana marinig nga, na maitama ang dapat na maitama dahil binigay natin sa kanya ang boto ng bayan,' says Colegio de San Juan de Letran rector Fr Clarence Marquez

STOP THE KILLINGS. Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross braved the rain in Luneta to protest against extrajudicial killings. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On the 45th Martial Law anniversary, SPIT Manila talks about the value of presence

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:39 PM

In a world saturated with outspoken keyboard activists, these artists are keeping the true spirit of protest alive

Martial Law anniversary protests: Millennials own the fight

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Young people show up at protest rallies across the country on September 21 to stand up and fight for human rights and freedoms for their generation

Cops scramble to pin down real numbers in pro-Duterte rally

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:33 PM

The PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) counts the Plaza Miranda rally to peak at 7,000 while the Manila Police District (MPD) tallies more than double, recording 16,000

PACKED. Pro-Duterte protesters in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

How millennials protested on Sept 21 – from streets to social media

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Hashtags #NeverAgain, #ManlabanTayo, #DayofProtest, and #LunetaRally trend the whole day of September 21

Luneta protesters urge Duterte to stop killings, halt return to dictatorship

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The loudest and most repeated call at the Luneta was for President Rodrigo Duterte to end the drug war and assure Filipinos he will not expand coverage of martial law

TAKING A STAND. Protesters at Luneta sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?' from Les Miserables. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Only a moron would say I 'surrendered' to Marcoses – Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Anti-martial law groups launch protests on Thursday comparing President Rodrigo Duterte to Marcos, who is also notorious for human rights violations under his regime

5TH VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rody's cube: Duterte's many faces burn on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:35 PM

The effigy depicts the 'different faces' of President Rodrigo Duterte whom the militant protesters now describe as an authoritarian leader in the mold of Marcos

MULTI-FACETED. An effigy showing the face of President Rodrigo Duterte called "Rudy's cube" was being burned at Mendiola on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

IN PHOTOS: PH stars remember the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:48 PM

Agot Isidro, Pen Medina, Saab Magalona, and more perform and participate in the protests to remember the declaration of Martial Law

Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Some 2,000 members of minority groups join the Mendiola rally on September 21, telling stories of how government troops have attacked their schools and communities

Pro-Duterte, anti-Martial Law groups engage in chant battle on Mendiola

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Former congressman Teddy Casiño says it's 'a big joke' that President Duterte declares September 21 a day of protest: 'He is the subject of the protest'