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AFP: 'NPA leader arrested' in Laguna

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the arrest of Antonia Setias Dizon is a 'major blow' to the communist party, but a labor rights group calls it 'illegal' and a form of 'political harassment'

REBEL LEADER. Antonia Setias Dizon is arrested in Laguna on September 17, 2019. The military says her arrest is a 'major blow' to the communist New People's Army. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Makabayan lawmakers push higher budget for CHR amid 'climate of injustice'

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'Gusto po sana naming maging priority ng gobyernong ito ang pangangalaga at pagtatanggol sa karapatang pantao,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

CHR along Commonwealth Ave in Quezon City on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Facebook to stop news headline changes from advertisers

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The new policy comes over complaints that advertisers might be able to deceptively modify the content in news stories shared on the huge social network

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Austria's far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Austria needs us,' says far-right leader Norbert Hofer

RUNNING AGAIN. Far-right leader Norbert Hofer also led a frustrated presidential bid in 2016. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Malaysian opposition groups join forces to win Muslim votes

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:07 PM

United Malays National Organisation president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insists the move would not deepen racial and religious divides

LP lawmakers seek P13.19-billion cash aid for rice farmers

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Liberal Party stalwart and Occidental Mindoro congresswoman Josephine Ramirez Sato says direct cash assistance, not the government's zero-interest loans, would help rice farmers

AID FOR FARMERS. Liberal Party lawmakers Jose Christopher Belmonte, Josephine Ramirez Sato, Stella Quimbo, and Gabriel Bordado file House Resolution No. 15 on September 11, 2019. Photo from Liberal Party Media

Blocked Chinese Twitter accounts spread disinformation for years – think tank

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the 940 suspended Twitter accounts had conducted 'blunt-force influence' campaigns for 'at least two years'

Comelec asked to disqualify Duterte Youth from party list

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The petitioners argue Duterte Youth's party-list registration should be deemed void from the beginning as it failed to meet jurisdictional requirements of publication and public hearing

'VOID AB INITIO.' Youth leaders files their petition seeking to cancel the registration of Duterte Youth on September 3, 2019. Photo from election lawyer Emilio Marañon III

Conte to lead 'more united' Italy after far-right's fall from power

Aug 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, once bitter foes, have agreed to govern in coalition in order to stave off snap elections in the eurozone's third largest economy

Duterte warns communist rebels of 'trouble' in coming months

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'I'm serving [a] notice to everyone that in the coming months – not really bloody – but there will be a little trouble. We have to finish it. This will make us a magnet to criticisms,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NPA. Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Creating a Marcos? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ summons leftist representatives over student recruitment

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The complaint mistakenly identifies Tom Villarin as Anakbayan representative. Villarin is a member of Akbayan, which is from a different faction of the Philippine Left.

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

37% of voters failed to choose a party-list in 2019 elections – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:24 AM

A report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism finds new ballot designs as one reason behind undervoting in the party-list race

UNDERVOTING. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism found nearly 40% of Filipino voters who participated in the 2019 elections did not vote for a party-list. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Facebook’s fact checking program expands to Instagram

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Instagram users can now report suspicious posts shared across the photo and video-sharing platform

‘Crumbling democracy’: Groups call for end to attacks against the youth

Aug 15, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Youth groups highlight the need for Filipinos to speak up against injustice, pointing out how the oppression of student rights may later lead to the oppression of citizens

PROTEST. Various youth organizations stage a protest outside Gate 2.5 of ADMU to condemn human rights violations occurring nationwide. Photos by Casey Mateo/Rappler

CPP slams bid to revive Anti-Subversion Law

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Reviving the law would only 'further rouse the people to resist President Rodrigo Duterte's tyranny' and 'foment greater dissent,' the Communist Party of the Philippines says in a statement

GREATER DISSENT. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. - In a nation plagued by armed groups ranging from kidnap-for-ransom outfits to Islamist secessionist movements, the communist New People's Army (NPA) is among the deadliest. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

Party-list bloc 'respects' cancellation of Cardema nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says that while the party-list bloc recognizes Duterte Youth as a winning group in the 2019 polls, they have yet to recognize its nominee

OUT OF HIS POST. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

FALSE: Palparan innocent over 2006 abduction of 2 missing UP students

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:14 PM

In September 2018, a Malolos court found retired Army major general Jovito Palparan guilty over the kidnapping and detention of two missing UP students

Año: Communism should be illegal

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The former intelligence officer seeks the restoration of the Anti-Subversion Law, which was repealed nearly 30 years ago by the Ramos government

ANTI-SUBVERSIVE ACT. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año proposes the restoration of the Anti-Subversive Act. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pimentel on his way out? 'About time' PDP-Laban elects new leaders, senator says

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:00 AM

'We will call for a national assembly. We will listen to the voice of the members kung sino ang gusto nila (who they want). Definitely, there will be some changes,' says party president Aquilino Pimentel III

PATIENCE. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III asks his partymates to be patient. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Party-list bloc conducts loyalty check in House

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The 54 party-list lawmakers issue a manifesto reaffirming their membership to their bloc after 12 of its members signed a coalition agreement with the National Unity Party

STILL 54-STRONG. Several members of the party-list coalition pose for a group photo after meeting on June 26, 2019 to settle an issue over the heated speakership race. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belmonte defends opposition: Speaking the truth is not sedition

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Last I checked, ang katotohanan ay katotohanan pa rin, at hindi inciting to sedition,' says Liberal Party secretary-general and House Deputy Minority Leader Kit Belmonte

TRUTH NOT SEDITION. Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte defends Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition figures against the sedition complaint filed against them. File photo from Robredo's Facebook page

Marino congressman resigns, removed as House member

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Marino second nominee Jose Antonio Lopez tenders his resignation after a disqualification case questioning his citizenship was filed

Photo from Marino's Facebook page

NUP doubles power in House after backing Cayetano for Speaker

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The National Unity Party is now the second biggest bloc in the House of Representatives

MORE POWERFUL. Members of the National Unity Party pose for a picture during their meeting on August 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

With Paolo Duterte in its ranks, NUP emerging as a force in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Following the presidential son's lead, more legislators are jumping ship to the National Unity Party, increasing its numbers in the House to 50

RISING FORCE. NUP stalwart and Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno and NUP deputy secretary-general Bryan Yamsuan hold a press conference on August 5, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The Philippine Left and the 2019 elections

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:14 PM

By 2022, will the Left be able to transcend its historical reticence and finally achieve a breakthrough in electoral politics?

Rivals clash with frontrunner Biden at Democratic debate

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Joe Biden is leading polls for the nod to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, and nearly all of the other 9 Democrats onstage attack him at some point

RIVALS. Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) delivers her closing statement flanked by Former Vice President Joe Biden during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Puerto Rico's outgoing governor names successor

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Ricardo Rossello nominates Pedro Pierluisi, a member of his New Progressive Party, as secretary of state, lining him up to take his place until the next elections in November 2020

Paolo Duterte set to join National Unity Party

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Davao City congressman is reportedly scheduled to take his oath as an NUP member on August 6

NEW NUP MEMBER? Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte is set to take his oath as NUP member next week. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Brother of Singapore prime minister backs new opposition party

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party,' says a Facebook post of Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of the Singapore Prime Minister in support of the opposition

Lee Hsien Yang, younger brother of Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, leaves the Supreme court on April 10, 2017. Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, the younger siblings of Singapore’s current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, have taken the government to court for control over oral history tapes recorded by their father. ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

TORTURED?  Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

APEC party-list congressman briefly held at NAIA over bomb joke

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Cracking bomb jokes inside the airport is prohibited by law, punishable by prison time of up to 5 years or a maximum fine of P40,000

BOMB JOKER. APEC Representative Sergio Dagooc is not detained because of congressional immunity. Photo from APEC's website

Robredo 'ready to face trumped up charges' in sedition complaint

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'This is clearly politically motivated,' says the Vice President's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez of the sedition complaint

READY. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media at the Quezon City Reception House on May 23, 2019, to debunk the allegations made by Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy. File photo by OVP

DOJ starts probe into Robredo, LP lawmakers in Bikoy complaint August 9

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'I assure everyone of utmost fairness in the resolution of this case. The evidence, or the lack of it, will speak for itself,' says Justice Secretary Guevarra

World reacts to Britain's PM to-be Johnson

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions from home and abroad to Boris Johnson's victory

WORLD REACTS. In this file photo, Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain's next PM

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The former London mayor easily beats his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a vote of members of the governing Conservative party

NEW PM. New Conservative Party leader and incoming prime minister Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

Zelensky party wins absolute majority in Ukraine parliament vote – media

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Media projections show the results putting the Servant of the People party on track to pick up more than half the parliament's 450 seats

ZELENSKY'S PARTY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gives a speech at his Servant of the People party's election headquarters in Kiev on July 21, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Robredo hits sedition allegations: 'Nakakatawa talaga'

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Hindi ba sila nag-verify, para hindi naman sila napapahiya?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks

'LAUGHABLE' CHARGES. Vice President Leni Robredo hits sedition allegations filed against her as 'laughable,' saying the accusations against her were far-fetched and easily verifiable. Photo by OVP

We must rally behind Robredo, Pangilinan tells LP bloc in House

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'We urge our fellow lawmakers at the House of Representatives to seriously consider where they stand in the face of the harassment and persecution brought upon our party chairperson,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

LP LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) and Senator Francis Pangilinan sing "Our Father" during the thanksgiving mass for the Otso Diretso senatorial slate on May 8, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint

BIKOY VIDEOS. Vice President Leni Robredo is included in the 36 respondents of a CIDG complaint for inciting to sedition over the viral Bikoy videos. OVP Photo

Ang Probinsyano congressman apologizes to waiter he tried to hit

Jul 11, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos visits the waiter's residence to apologize

APOLOGY. Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos poses with 20-year-old Christian Kent Alejo after asking for an apology. Photo courtesy of Caloy Loria

Ang Probinsyano congressman in hot water for hitting waiter

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) A waiter at Bigg’s Diner in Legazpi City claims Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos 'punched him without any apparent reason'

NEWBIE CONGRESSMAN. Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos (middle) is in hot water after video of his altercation with a waiter circulated online. Photo from the Ang Probinsyano party list Facebook page

UK's Labour party backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Labour says it will challenge whoever wins the Conservative Party leadership race and becomes the next prime minister to put any deal they strike with the EU to a referendum

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Lawmakers set aside dislike of Cayetano for Speaker to secure House posts

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte previously claimed Cayetano made a 'veiled threat' against her should she decide to support the speakership bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco

COMPROMISES. Legislators who were once against a Cayetano speakership are now set to vote for him as Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Party-list bloc backs Cayetano's speakership bid 'for now'

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

'We are for the President’s choice,' says party-list bloc president and 1-Pacman Representative Mikee Romero

'FOR NOW.' Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc president and 1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says they are now backing speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano for now. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler