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Until the end, Suarez maintains House minority 'constructive' in 17th Congress

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'We have been called many names, but our accomplishments this 17th Congress show that our work speaks for itself,' says outgoing House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

LAST PRESS CON. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (center) leads his bloc's press conference for the last time under the 17th Congress on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Comelec hit for late naming of dominant parties

May 11, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The opposition Liberal Party says this gives them no time to appeal the naming of the Duterte-allied Nacionalista Party as the dominant minority party

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas inspects the canvassing venue for the May 13 elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 9, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.S. Democrats demand release of full Mueller report, documents

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Top US congressional Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election

DEMOCRATS. In this file photo taken on January 09, 2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer speak to the media following a meeting with US President Donald Trumpat the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:21 PM

The Ainu people have long suffered the effects of a policy of forced assimilation, and while discrimination has receded gradually, income and education gaps with the rest of Japan persist

AINU. A group of people from Japan's minority Ainu people bow their heads after the Japanese parliament recognized the Ainu as an indigenous people, at the plenary session at the National Diet in Tokyo on June 6, 2008. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity' – Turkey

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Turkey calls on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'to take effective steps to end the human tragedy'

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. Nearly 200 people died during a series of violent riots that broke out on July 5, 2009 over several days in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China, between Uyghurs and Han people. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

De Vera’s removal 'won't affect' SC case vs Suarez – Fariñas

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The bloc of ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas is asking the Supreme Court to recognize their group as the legitimate minority bloc, with expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera as minority leader

MINORITY ROW. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez is facing two Supreme Court cases against his minority leadership. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pope Francis summons bishops for meeting on protecting minors

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The Philippines' representative is expected to be Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CATHOLIC LEADER. Pope Francis prays during a weekly general audience at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on November 22, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'These comments... were based on so-called information that is yet to be verified and has no factual basis,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

UIGHUR DISCRIMINATION. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Minority senators to SC: Allow video conference for De Lima in ICC case

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:46 PM

To prove that her motion to personally appear during oral arguments is 'not a ploy to escape detention,' Senator Leila De Lima is 'willing to argue while in detention through a live video and/or audio feed'

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

China denies internment of 1 million Uighurs

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them

PROTEST. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Indonesian shaman arrested for keeping sex slave for 15 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The 83-year-old shaman, identified as Jago, tricks the woman into believing the spirit of a young man named Amrin lives inside him. The victim was convinced Amrin was her boyfriend.

Suarez remains minority leader, Duterte on Uson, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:35 PM

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2 Supreme Court cases loom over Suarez's minority leadership

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The blocs of ex-majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo plan to file separate cases questioning the minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

MINORITY LEADER. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures as he speaks at the plenary for the first time since being retained as the House minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Danilo Suarez stays as House minority leader

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers keep Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader, though he previously voted in favor of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Speaker

New Minority Leader Representative Danilo Suarez odf 3rd District of Quezon deliver his speech after he was confirm at the plenary as the Minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Minority Leader' Eugene de Vera? House rules silent on leadership succession

Jul 31, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any rule on the succession of power 'must be explicit'

MAGNIFICENT 7. (From L-R) Representatives Emmanuel Billiones, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Raul Daza, and Tom Villarin have long been part of the opposition in the House. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House power struggle, free UP tuition, Pope Francis | Midday wRap

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Fariñas 'going to SC' if Suarez stays as House minority leader

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'This is no laughing matter,' says former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas, as the minority bloc leadership remains in limbo

Congressman Rodolfo Farinas during Congress session on Monday, July 30, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Duterte wants loitering minors 'taken into custody' for 'own safety'

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says orders against loiterers are necessary due to persistent public safety fears indicated in a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the grand opening of The Madeline Boutique Hotel and Suites in Davao City on June 25, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Government agencies were unable to say what would happen to the children already sent to tent camps and other facilities spread across the country while their parents were charged with immigration offenses.

RELEASED. A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Loren Elliott / AFP

[OPINION] Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya's very name

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

News organizations are being prohibited from using the word 'Rohingya' in their shows

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Drilon says Duterte is right, peace talks should be in PH

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says holding the peace talks here will show the government's sincerity and confidence in both parties, and the communists' recognition of the legitimacy of the Philippine government

PEACE TALKS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says 'it's about time' that the peace talks are held on Philippine soil. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Nearly 2,000 minors split from parents at border in 6 weeks – U.S.

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:26 PM

US President Donald Trump says 'the drama could drag on'

BORDER. US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018.  Herika Martinez/AFP

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The draft resolution asks the Supreme Court to review its decision to 'nullify the appointment' of Sereno as chief justice

Opposition seeks Senate's united stand on jurisdiction on Sereno

May 15, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed resolution is meant 'to inform the Supreme Court of the sentiment of the Senate insofar as the legal issue is concerned'

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, supported the motion of the Senate Ethics Committee rejecting the ethics case filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus in September 2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of involvement in the narcotics trade. “She did not violate the Senate rules and it is not related to De Lima’s official function. We moved for the dismissal of the case without prejudice to reviving the case in the future," Drilon said. (PRIB Photo by Romeo Bugante/AYA/20 February 2018)

13 Japanese students rescued from suspected traffickers in Davao

May 09, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Father and son Japanese nationals hold children from their country against their will and force them to work in a construction site in Samal

Davao City cops probed for allegedly beating minors

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The 3 unnamed minors are allegedly involved in a riot and of violating curfew hours

Drilon on Charter Change, Bongbong Marcos on 2019 elections, Veloso’s birthday message | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 'at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of 5'

VICTIMS. A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

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

2 minors killed in Laoag City head-on collision

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Investigations show that the driver of the Isuzu Crosswind which rammed into a tricycle was under the influence of alcohol

CRASH. A tragic road crash that happened in Laoag City last November 11 took the lives of two minors. File Photo

U.S. lawmakers seek to slap new sanctions on Myanmar military

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

House Republicans and Democrats introduce legislation that would curtail assistance or cooperation with Myanmar's military, and require the White House to identify senior military officials who would have US visa bans imposed or reimposed against them.

Rohingya Muslim refugees who were stranded after leaving Myanmar walk towards the Balukhali refugee camp after crossing the border in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on November 2, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 21, 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said on Ocotber 19. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

Myanmar's army chief says Rohingya exodus 'exaggerated'

Oct 12, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Min Aung Hlaing blames 'instigation and propaganda' by the media, and also insists the Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh are just returning to their motherland

A Rohingya Muslim refugee takes shelter from the rain at the registration center in Teknaf in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on October 6, 2017. Bangladesh on October 5 announced it would build one of the world's biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. The arrival of more than half a million Rohingya Muslims from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar since August 25 has put an immense strain on camps in Bangladesh where there are growing fears of a disease epidemic.  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

SC decision vs De Lima 'unfortunate,' say minority senators

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision junking Senator Leila de Lima's petition 'highlighted Duterte's total control and manipulation of the three branches of government for his evil political ends,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo from De Lima's office

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar say army redoubling push to clear villages

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Myanmar's Rakhine state is already emptied of half of its Rohingya population, and more are on the move

Rohingya Muslim refugees disembark from a boat to go in a camp for refugees after they crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf on October 3, 2017. The United Nations has said it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Tragedy in Tramo: The wrong boy killed

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Jayross 'Utoy' Brondial, 13, is killed by a motorcycle-riding, masked gunman, whom neighbors believe was after another neighbor – Gary 'Gayi' Alandra, who is on top of the barangay drug watch list

INNOCENT. Neighbors and barangay officials vouch for the innocence of Jayross ‘Utoy’ Brondial, who was killed by a gunman on September 24, 2017, while sitting outside their house. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Mass grave of 28 Hindus found in Myanmar – army

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The deaths of the Hindus found in a mass grave in Rakhine are being blamed on Muslim Rohingya militants

Filipino minorities showcase culture in 'Hugpungan'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Hugpungan coordinator Rey Paulin says that to understand the plight of the Moros and the indigenous people, 'we must understand each and every culture'

UNITY The Moros of Mindanao perform a theater production that demonstrates the plight of the Bangsamoro for self-determination and the cry for just and lasting peace in southern Philippines. All photos by Mark Saludes

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

Group with Lumad minors temporarily held at Davao airport

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Cebu Pacific says the Philippine National Police 'had to check their documents because many of them were minors'

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to address nation next week on Rohingya crisis

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:41 PM

In a press conference government spokesman Zaw Htay says Suu Kyi will speak for national reconciliation and peace in a televised address on September 19

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi reviews a military honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 18, 2016.  File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Over 'failure' to protect minorities, House gives NCIP P1,000 budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moves for the measly budget citing the supposed failure of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to fulfill its mandate

LUMAD RALLY. The NCIP gets a P1,000 budget, says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, because it failed to do its job. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Human rights and children's groups alarmed at teenager killings

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:09 AM

Protesters cry out for justice for the consecutive killings of teenagers all over the country

JUSTICE. The groups say justice is something to be fought for. It does not fall from heaven. Photos by Jerome Ignacio

Minority asks Pimentel to help reverse notice to visit De Lima

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We hope that Senate President Pimentel will stand by his previous assertions of the Senate s independence says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

VISIT. The Senate minority bloc visits detained Senator Leila de Lima in detention in Camp Crame. File Photo from De Lima's office

Senate minority hits Gordon plan to file ethics case vs Trillanes

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Is this ethics case meant to silence the opposition in the Senate and the critics of the administration? opposition senators ask

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence

Aug 27, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED The villagers are caught en route to a refugee camp where thousands of Rohingya already live in squalid conditions

Fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, police said on August 27, just hours after Myanmarese troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country. / AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN