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Fire janitress? LGBTQ+ party calls for SOGIE awareness instead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:03 PM

LGBTQ+ Partylist points out how the incident shows a need to improve training and education about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the Philippines

SOGIE. LGBTQ+ Partylist calls for the passage of the SOGIE equality bill after the arrest of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez in a protest on Wednesday, August 14. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

LIST: 2019 Pride activities

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:16 PM

How will you celebrate Pride? Here's a running list of activities you can do for the conclusion of Pride Month.

IN PHOTOS: Kalbaryo ng Mamamayan

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:04 PM

More than a hundred activists hold a Holy Week-themed protest to highlight the suffering of the urban poor, farmers, and students

STOP THE KILLINGS. A performance artist lay in the pavement to symbolize the peoples suffering during the Kalbaryo ng Mamamyan protest in Manila on April 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Youth groups hold protests to oppose mandatory ROTC

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:06 PM

The death of Willy Amihoy, the 23-year old ROTC cadet and freshman student in Iloilo moved various organizations and groups to call for justice and oppose mandatory ROTC

Youth groups in Metro Manila call for justice after the death of Willie Amihoy and seek to abolish mandatory ROTC in an indignation protest held Tuesday, March 12.

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila students hit admin over claims of repression

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

As students wear black shirts and armbands for a silent protest, they find themselves under fire by the school's administration.

PROTEST. Following the Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila adminstration's response to a silent protest in the morning, students organized a rally against student repression on February 15, 2019. Photo from Anakbayan-PLM

Suspects in Batocabe murder surrender | Evening wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Chito de la Vega

Inflation rate slows down to 5.1% in December | Midday wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Ralf Rivas

PNP identifies 6 persons of interest in Batocabe murder | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

Batocabe family: ‘Politics’ motive behind killing | Midday wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Paterno Esmaquel

Batocabe killed on day of wedding anniversary with 'wifey'

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) The wife of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe shares photos of them on vacation, saying, 'I will always have these in my heart'

ANNIVERSARY RUINED. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his wife Gertie were supposed to enjoy their wedding anniversary on December 22, 2018, but gunmen killed the congressman after a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

AKO Bicol Representative Batocabe shot dead in Albay

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) His police escort is also killed during a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the town of Daraga

Kabayan: Roque sent 'feelers' to be 2019 nominee

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the supposed request is 'absolutely false'

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte wants Makabayan bloc expelled from Congress

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's anger stems from the claim of ACT Teachers' Davao chapter that her city is the only major city in the country that does not give allowances to teachers

Hugpong ng Pagbabago press conference on August 13, 2018 in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Groups decry Sereno ouster as 'clear violation of the Constitution'

May 11, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The groups also see the ouster of Chief Justice Sereno as a 'degradation' of the judiciary, 'bending to the biddings' of President Rodrigo Duterte

VILLAIN. Sanlakas depicts President Rodrigo Duterte as Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos who amassed the "infinity stones": the Office of the President, House of Representatives, Senate, and now the Supreme Court after CJ Sereno's ouster on May 11, 2018. Photo from Sanlakas

IN PHOTOS: Gearing up for Labor Day

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Groups stage a creative protest calling for an end to ENDO on the eve of Labor Day

WARM-UP. Protesters hold a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, 2018 to call for an end to ENDO.

Sereno’s land cruiser can be graft violation – lawmaker

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Sereno’s spokesperson claims the Chief Justice never specified the brand vehicle, and that she is not the first to have a vehicle preference

Witnesses Atty. Thelma Bahia Deputy Court Administrator (left), Atty. Corazon Ferrer-Flores (center) Deputy Clerk of Court-Fiscal Management and Budget Office, Atty. Ma. Carina Cunanan (right) Procurement Head and Asst. Chief Administrative Services of Supreme Court take their oath before testifying at the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno o Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can House subpoena justices to Sereno impeachment hearing?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:30 PM

In 2012, the Supreme Court issued a resolution, saying justices cannot be compelled to testify in impeachment proceedings

Ex-Gabriela representative Luz Ilagan is new DSWD undersecretary

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints to the DSWD former Gabriela Women s Partylist Representative Luz Ilagan who also hails from Davao

NEW DSWD USEC. Former lawmaker and Davao city official Luzviminda Ilagan has joined the Duterte administration. Photo from the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development website

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

DOLE urged to lift suspension of OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The suspension order is premature as the government has not completed a formal assessment of the situation in Qatar says ACTS OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III

MIGRANTS. Thousands of OFWs based in Qatar gather as President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for his state visit. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: Advocates light candles rejecting martial law

May 24, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Groups condemn the declaration of martial law saying it will only worsen the instability in Marawi City

AGAINST MARTIAL LAW. Various activist groups rally at the Plaza Miranda in front of Quiapo Church in Manila as they denounce the firefight between government forces and the Maute group which displaced hundreds of residents and the declaration of Martial Law of President Rodrigo Duterte in the island of Mindanao during a candle lighting on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Learn from lessons of Jabidah massacre, Zambo youth tell Duterte

Mar 18, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Young Mindanao activists urge President Rodrigo Duterte to stop extrajudicial killings

STOP STATE TERRORISM. On March 18, 2017, the 49th anniversary of the Jabidah massacre, Mindanao activists demand justice for the victims of alleged extrajudicial killings and military violence under the Duterte administration. Photo courtesy of Mark John Sachez

PH-SoKor, hunger, Trump | Evening wRap

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Ana Arceo

Kabayan votes to remove Harry Roque as House rep

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Harry Roque ousted by his party s board for his behavior at a congressional probe into Bilibid drugs asks the Comelec to nullify the party s resolution

RIFT. Kabayan Partylist removes Harry Roque as its representative. Rappler file photo

It's final: Senate will not dismiss Joel Villanueva

Dec 05, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva remains a senator after none of his colleagues oppose the Senate legal counsel s opinion favorable to him

Nograles 'supporters' killed by Davao Death Squad in 2010?

Sep 30, 2016 - 5:02 PM

Four bodies are discovered in separate areas near and within Davao City at the height of the 2010 elections

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings on September 22, 2016.

Nograles: No lump sum in proposed 2017 DPWH budget

Sep 30, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles House committee on appropriations chair said the DPWH must have some flexibility in some items in its proposed budget

Should the party-list system go?

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Seats in the House of Representatives may be taken away by law but a genuine organization with a real constituency and real advocacies cannot be melted by the mere stroke of a pen

Duterte: New Constitution should abolish party list

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:54 PM

President Duterte insists the party list is being abused by wealthy Filipinos who create them just to get seats in Congress

DUTERTE AND CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte greeted by lawmakers during his SONA in Batasang Pambansa on July 25, 2016. Photo by Presidential Photographers Division

'Army reservist' tag on Tanto 'unfair' to soldiers

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Former Magdalo party list Representative Ashley Acedillo says it is a disservice to soldiers and reservists to be associated with someone who clearly should not have been accepted into reservist training

ARRESTED. Suspect Vhon Martin Tanto is arrested in Masbate and will be brought to Manila by Saturday morning.

Groups laud FOI order, call for passage of full law

Jul 24, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Although the recent signing of the Executive Order on Freedom of Information is a huge development advocates and groups still call for the passage of the full FOI law in the Congress

Reviving death penalty risks OFWs on death row – lawmaker

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says reviving capital punishment can affect the Philippines appeals for clemency for OFWs facing execution abroad

SAVED FROM EXECUTION. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza believes the Philippines will lose its leverage to plead for the lives of Filipinos on death row abroad if capital punishment is reimposed. Photo from Senate PRIB.

Aquino's neighbors: 'Welcome home, PNoy'

Jun 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III is in high spirits as he returns to his family home at Times Street on June 30

HOMECOMING. Former President Benigno Aquino lll is back at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday, June 30. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Youth groups to Duterte: Review K-12, reform labor laws

Jun 30, 2016 - 6:53 PM

According to the League of Filipino Students the youth comprise a big chunk of Duterte’s vote during the elections because they are clamoring for change in policies concerning them

CELEBRATION. Representatives of youth groups throw colored powders during the support rally in Mendiola for President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Rendell Sanchez/ Rappler

Luistro on first day of Grade 11 rollout: 'Best class opening thus far'

Jun 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

At the central office we monitor if there is an insurmountable problem that is systemic There s none so far says Education Secretary Armin Luistro

OUTGOING AND INCOMING. Education Secretary Armin Luistro and incoming secretary Leonor Briones visit the senior high school Building and students at the Commonwealth High School in Quezon City on Monday, June 13. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Expect higher fees in 304 private colleges in 2016

Jun 10, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Metro Manila has the most number of private colleges that will increase tuition and other school fees for academic year 2016 to 2017

Ako Bicol leads party-list race; 2 new groups in top 10

May 11, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Debuting in Congress are 1Pacman and Kabayan with businessman Mikee Romero and lawyer Harry Roque as first nominees respectively

In a quandary over which party-list group to elect?

May 06, 2016 - 6:51 PM

Rappler lists down the sectors represented by party list groups and looks at the track record of their representatives to help you choose better

Women empowerment groups: Poe is our only hope

Apr 30, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Various women s groups pledge their support for Senator Grace Poe for the 2016 presidential elections

WOMEN AND ELECTIONS. Former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani supports Sen. Grace Poe's presidential bid for the 2016 elections.  Photo by Keren Bernadas/Rappler

Mary Jane Veloso and the female victims of 'labor export'

Mar 09, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Mary Jane s case is an example of the miserable conditions of women and female migrants says leader of a women s group

VELOSO'S MOTHER. Celia Veloso, Mary Jane Veloso's mother, tells a group of protesters about her daughter's sufferings. All photos by Bea Orante/Rappler

Despite oil uncertainty, no red flags for Middle East OFWs for now

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The latest jobs report from Abu Dhabi Dubai and Saudi Arabia show a slight decrease in job orders

Kabataan kicks off campaign with selfies, hashtag

Feb 09, 2016 - 10:45 PM

‎TayoAngPagasa‬ is Kabataan s campaign slogan setting the tone of their millennial campaign

Comelec raffles off party-list slots in ballot

Dec 14, 2015 - 1:07 PM

The Comelec allows 185 party list groups to join the electronic raffle in the poll body s headquarters

Students, IPs clash with police in APEC protests

Nov 18, 2015 - 2:11 PM

Militant and progressive groups are also gearing up for a major mobilization for Thursday November 19 the last day of the APEC Leaders Summit

Youth activists from the League of Filipino Students clash with anti-riot police while attempting to hold a protest near the venue of APEC in Pasay City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Farmers, workers, youth groups want APEC ‘shut down’

Nov 13, 2015 - 3:23 PM

A multisectoral group vows to step up its protests when world leaders arrive in Manila next week

Militant students burn the US flag and China Prime Minister Xi Jinping picture during an anti-APEC rally at the Mendiola gates, afternoon of November 13. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Surge of party list nominations expected on last day

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:47 PM

This means each party list group submitting nominations on October 16 must ideally be able to complete in under 5 minutes each of the steps required for filing

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

23 groups file nominations for party list

Oct 12, 2015 - 7:19 PM

UPDATED Nominees of party list groups do not necessarily have to be from the sector they represent as long as the nominees have a track record of advocacy for their respective sectors

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Congressman on 'student labor' budget: Abad doesn't get the point

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the role of students in the university is to study and not to do voluntary manual labor of work that should be done by government contractors