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Libro, hindi bala: Fundraising book sale to be held for peasant children

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:13 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Organizations are coming together to help ease the suffering of fellow farmers in other parts of the country

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Vietnam calls on China to withdraw missiles from Spratlys

May 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

'Vietnam requests that China, as a major regional and global power, show responsibility in the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea, stop militarization and withdraw military equipments illegally deployed on structures under Vietnam's sovereignty,' reads a statement of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry

Robredo on West Philippine Sea, Cirilo Bautista dies, North Korea on U.S. | Midday wRap

May 07, 2018 - 11:24 AM

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Duterte on Tan, SWS survey on love and career, PH-China meeting | Midday wRap

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe to Palace: What makes you think China will leave West PH Sea islands?

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

For Senator Grace Poe, it's 'like saying that a homeowner may soon be thankful to a gang of fully armed men who unlawfully intruded his place'

HITTING ROQUE. Senator Grace Poe compares the 'wishful thinking' of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque to a homeowner thanking 'a gang of fully armed men' who introduced his place. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the podium to deliver his keynote address during the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the Lumad?

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:04 PM

On International Day of the World s Indigenous Peoples know more about the Lumad and their plight in this infographic

Grab and Uber, Gorio, Trump | Midday wRap

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

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Ano-ano ang dapat mong malaman tungkol sa martial law?

May 27, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Ayon sa 1987 Konstitusyon maaaring pigilan o palawigin ng Kongreso ang pagdeklara ng martial law Maaari ring pag aralan o pigilan ng Korte Suprema ito

BATAS MILITAR. Idineklara ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang batas militar sa buong Mindanao. Larawan nina Bobby Lagsa, Noel Celis

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Apr 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region there would be some difficulties says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

In Manila, Australia's top diplomat hits China

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Australia opposes the scale of reclamation and reconstruction that has occurred in the South China Sea Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says

PHILIPPINE TRIP. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrives for a bilateral meeting with her Philippine counterpart, Enrique Manalo (not in photo), at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila on March 16, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

ASEAN to tackle China 'militarization' in sea pact framework

Feb 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo says there is more determination now to finalize a code of conduct in the South China Sea

MORE DETERMINED. Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo says ASEAN vows to finish a framework code of conduct in the South China Sea by mid-2017. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

China's sea militarization 'very troubling' – PH defense chief

Jan 17, 2017 - 8:12 PM

The Philippine government would be remiss in its duty to protect its national interest if it does not protest question and seek clarification from China on the presence of weapons in the Spratlys Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says

CHINA'S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May 2016 of China'€™s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Why has Duterte visited 14 military camps in less than a month?

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Is it just to boost troops morale? Is he appeasing the military as he releases communist rebels? Duterte s camp visits may be more than meets the eye

Nearly 200 soldiers at Turkey military HQ surrender

Jul 16, 2016 - 3:20 PM

At least 60 people are killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup against the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s government on July 16

PANIC. Turkish military control a road in Istanbul on July 16, 2016, after Turkish troops launched a coup. Photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

China slams G7 statement on maritime disputes

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:38 AM

We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes

CALL FOR RESTRAINT. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back center L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the 4th session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

G7 calls for restraint in Asian maritime disputes

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

G7 countries – the US Britain Canada France Germany Italy and Japan – say they oppose provocative actions in the East and South China Seas

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back centre L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the fourth session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. G7 foreign ministers on April 10 began two days of talks in Hiroshima, with John Kerry's visit to the atom-bombed city -- the first-ever by a US secretary of state -- overshadowing the broader agenda. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

EU: End militarization of South China Sea

Mar 13, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The European Union says deploying military forces or equipment to disputed islands affects regional security

An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

China to secure 'de facto' control of South China Sea

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:03 AM

US Admiral Harry Harris says that by building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands China has shown it is determined to achieve military supremacy in the region

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Grace Poe meets nephew of man who found her

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:09 PM

The senator says she is open to another DNA test as a possible relative has approached her

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Leave the Lumad alone!

Sep 14, 2015 - 12:08 PM

The issue is about control of natural resources and ancestral domain Before it was about logging Now it s mining

Charges recommended vs 3 soldiers after alleged Lumad rape

Sep 13, 2015 - 9:04 PM

All 3 have denied the rape but the case specifics were enough for charges over conduct of a nature that brings discredit upon the military service

NPA SCHOOL? A schoolboy claims the communist movement used to run his school in Talaingod, Davao Del Nore. Screenshot of the Youtube video

Lumad: Caught in the middle of a war

Sep 10, 2015 - 11:58 AM

The communist rebellion lives in the so called Timber and Mining Corridor of the Philippines where guerrillas easily find allies among residents because of their battlecry to keep big business away from ancestral domains

NPA SCHOOL? A schoolboy claims the communist movement used to run his school in Talaingod, Davao Del Nore. Screenshot of the Youtube video

Indigenous group to lawmaker: Correct your faults against refugees

Aug 01, 2015 - 8:34 PM

The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights calls for accountability in light of the recent violent incident that hurt indigenous Lumad evacuees and advocates in Mindanao

 Jill Cariño, Adela Maybelle Wayas, Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP)

Duterte: Lawmaker to blame for clash in Lumad evacuees' site

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:01 AM

Clearly the situation was mishandled says the Davao City mayor

CLASH. Anti-riot police and government agents in civilian clothes raid the evacuation center of displaced Lumads in Davao City on July 23, 2015. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Lumad evacuees, activists clash with cops in Davao

Jul 24, 2015 - 3:09 AM

About 700 Lumad evacuees mostly women and children seek refuge in a Protestant church in Davao City allegedly because of the presence of the military in their communities

US hits China over sea reclamation, vows more patrols

May 30, 2015 - 9:53 AM

4th UPDATE A Chinese military official defends China s activities as legitimate reasonable and justified calling US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter s criticism groundless and not constructive

'HALT LAND RECLAMATION.' US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter looks on during the keynote on the first day of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 29 May 2015. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: 'We can do better'

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:04 PM

The August 9 killing of Michael Brown and the subsequent crackdown on demonstrators in Ferguson revive a debate about race in the United States and spark condemnation of police tactics and militarization

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in a discussion on her book 'Hard Choices: A Memoir', at George Washington University in Washington DC, USA, 13 June 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Endangered virgin forests, threatened indigenous peoples in Mindanao

May 24, 2014 - 2:09 PM

The Talaingod Manobos renew call to defend their ancestral land from the entry of destructive corporate projects and to end the military operations in their area

WORK NEVER STOPS. At the break of sunrise, Manobos start to their production work. Photo from Kalikasan PNE

A duty to stand up against Japanese militarism

Mar 19, 2014 - 8:55 AM

The Japanese occupation period in the Philippines is little studied nor woven into our national psyche

John L. Silva

Marcos, Lean Alejandro, and the power of the written word

Sep 30, 2013 - 3:06 PM

Ferdinand Marcos and Lean Alejandro were two Martial Law figures who approached writing in markedly different ways

'Burgos': A film with a deep back story

Aug 10, 2013 - 1:07 PM

Edita Burgos story also highlights activist roots of filmmakers with nuanced turn by Lorna Tolentino and Rocco Nacino

COMPELLING STORY. Edita Burgos with Lorna Tolentino and Rocco Nacino. Photo courtesy of CCP

Nikki Luna: Rebel with a cause

Aug 17, 2012 - 1:55 PM

She may look like the stylish queen bee but this artist would rather be a servant than a queen

THE ARTIST NIKKI LUNA