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IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

May 27, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The verdict will almost certainly remove from public life a man who was widely seen as the puppet master behind the Social Democrats and the government they lead

JAILED. This file photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Romania's Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea (C) leaving the High court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) after his last appeareance before the court in the 'fake jobs' case. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Prison riot in Tajikistan leaves 32 dead

May 20, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Five of the inmates and 3 guards are killed by ISIS prisoners during the riot on Sunday, the justice ministry says in a statement

[OPINION] Bilibid: A semblance of Paradise

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Bilibid is a prison, but it is a community – a community even more alive than the noiseless, walled, camera-secured, and luxurious villages we all aspire to live in

Photo from Shutterstock

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'partying in Bilibid'

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary

Sudan's Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:39 PM

(3rd UPDATED) Witnesses near the prison in north Khartoum say there is a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of a paramilitary group outside

IN PRISON. Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison. File photo from Shutterstock

They spoke to dozens of jailed extremists, and here's what they learned

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The Philippines confines terrorists on trial away from other types of crime suspects. Filipino and Australian researchers say this approach might only intensify the inmates' extremism.

De Lima wants court to charge Bilibid convicts in drug cases

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:56 AM

‘It would be a complete travesty of justice should the Honorable Court sanction the arbitrary and wrongful exclusion from the Information of those who had actual participation in the illegal drug trade,’ says De Lima

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

CHR: Improve jail management to prevent crimes inside prisons

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'The goal of prisons should be to reform persons deprived of liberty, to uphold human dignity while being accountable for their faults,' CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Refugee's book written on WhatsApp wins Australia's richest literary prize

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The imprisoned Behrouz Boochani, a Kurd journalist and filmmaker, says he wrote his book 'No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' bit-by-bit using WhatsApp


[OPINION] 'We have to stand up for the children'

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:18 PM

After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'

[ANALYSIS] Why jailing kids is not just cruel, it’s stupid too

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?

Rappers Jay-Z, Meek Mill launch effort to slash US prison population

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:58 AM

REFORM Alliance is putting an initial $50 million toward 'disabling the revolving door of probation and parole'

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

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

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Indonesia frees Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence from prison

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) It is likely that Renae Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release

BALI NINE. In this file photo taken on October 21, 2005, Australian Renae Lawrence holds hands with relative as she asks for support before her trial at a court in Denpasar. File photo by Ardiles Rante/AFP

WATCH: Lullabies in prison

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

An Iloilo-based filmmaker and teacher gives us a glimpse into the lives of women imprisoned at the Iloilo City Jail

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years – U.S. admiral

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Rear Admiral John Ring, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, says he has orders 'to make sure the facilities' at the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 'are going to last for 25 years'

A physical therapy room for older detainees is seen at the US Guantanamo Naval Base on October 16, 2018, in Guantanamo Base, Cuba. The Guantanamo prison, which houses detainees accused of participating in the 9/11 attacks, is to remain open for at least 25 years, said US Navy Admiral John Ring, commander of the base. Sylvie LANTEAUME / AFP

WATCH: 'The Butcher' is home no more

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Once a decorated military general, Jovito Palparan is now just one among thousands of convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison

INSIDE BILIBID. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Reception and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suffer in prison? Palparan says he 'enjoys' Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Hindi naman ako nahihirapan kasi mababait ang nakakulong dito,' says retired military general Jovito Palparan during his first morning at the national penitentiary

HAPPY IN JAIL. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No VIP treatment for Palparan in Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kung kailangan niyang matulog sa karton, sa karton siya matulog,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

'THE BUTCHER' IN BILIBID. Retired Major General Jovito Palparan shares a quarantine jail facility with 37 other convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No budget to build new prisons, only additional beds for prisoners

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The request of the Bureau of Corrections for an additional P5 billion budget to build 6 new prisons is turned down

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Palparan to be moved to Bilibid soon – DOJ

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The earliest would be morning of Thursday, October 4, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why Palparan still sleeps at 'home' and not Bilibid

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of detaining 'The Butcher' in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, the military continues to keep Jovito Palparan in its custody

GUILTY. Jovito Palparan remains detained inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Prison break: convicts on the run after Indonesia disaster

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The mass prison break occurs after the powerful tremor sparked a wall of water that devastated the small city of Palu on Friday

PRISON BREAK. Earthquake photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP. Prison gate image from Shutterstock

Lawyers press military to transfer Palparan to Bilibid

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The military says that pending the appeal of Palparan's conviction, they will keep custody of the former general

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dozens of inmates escape in Myanmar jail break

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Myanmar police says escaped inmates hijacked a delivery truck and smashed through the gates of their jail

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Bilibid security officer shot dead in Muntinlupa

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Inspector Romel Reyes is killed by an unidentified gunman along NBP Road

South Korean ex-president Park's sentence extended

Aug 24, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The decision by the Seoul High Court means the former head of state, who was ousted after a sprawling corruption scandal triggered mass protests, faces 25 years in jail

25 YEARS. In this file photo taken on March 4, 2013 South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye leaves after addressing the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. File photo by Lee Jae-won/AFP

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Search on for two dozen inmates after Indonesia prison break

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:54 PM

While 6 inmates were quickly apprehended after the Sunday escape, another 25 are still on the run from Doyo prison, an institution for drug offenders in easternmost Papua province, authorities say

WATCH: IV of Spades releases new song, video ‘In My Prison’

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The band goes dark in their new release

NEW MUSIC. IV of Spades releases 'In My Prison.' Screenshot from IV of Spades Official YouTube account

Jung Hae-in reenacts lines from 'Something in the Rain'

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Korean actor shares to Rappler his favorite lines from the drama

'SOMETHING IN THE RAIN.' Korean actor Jung Hae-in shares to Rappler his favorite lines from his most recent drama. Photo by Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Jung Hae-in makes Filipinos smile in 1st fan meeting

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:46 PM

#TeamBahay? Don't worry, we got you covered.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. Jung Hae-in talks about some of his childhood memories during his fan meeting in Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Korean actor Jung Hae-in excited to meet 'cheerful' Filipino fans

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:11 AM

He also talks about how he prepared for his scene-stealing role as Han Woo-tak in 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jung Hae-in fanmeeting in Manila. Photo by Rappler

Russia, Ukraine discuss 'exchange' of Sentsov, other prisoners

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Both Moscow and Kiev says that rights ombudsmen would visit the two countries' prisoners 'in the near future'

IN NUMBERS: The inmates of New Bilibid Prison

May 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa wants to move Bilibid to Nueva Ecija

May 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

'Kung ako, oo, gusto ko talagang mag-gawa ng mega-facility na brand new. Solved na ang problema ko wala na akong problema kung merong gano'n,' says the BuCor chief

TRANSFER EYED. BuCor chief Ronald dela Rosa wants to bring Bilibid to Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie dela Rosa/Rappler

North Korea frees 3 U.S. detainees ahead of Trump summit

May 09, 2018 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) The release of the 3 had been expected as a goodwill gesture amid preparations for a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

FREE. This file picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 25, 2016, shows Korean-American Kim Dong-chul as he addresses a news conference in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

Amnesty International accuses Egypt of 'torture' in solitary confinement

May 07, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Amnesty's investigation 'reveals that prisoners detained on politically motivated charges are being held in prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Egypt – at times for several years – which in and of itself amounts to torture'

Brazil's Lula given 24 hours to start prison sentence

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Judge Sergio Moro says a special cell 'was prepared in advance... in which the ex-president will be separated from other prisoners, with no risk for his moral or physical integrity'

LULA'S FATE. Brazilian newspapers headline the decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) that denied a habeas corpus petition for Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 5, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Pope Francis washes feet of Filipino prisoner on Holy Thursday

Mar 30, 2018 - 2:49 PM

For the 4th time in his papacy, Pope Francis chooses to celebrate Holy Thursday in an Italian jail

68 dead in Venezuela after jailbreak attempt sparks blaze

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The dead included two women thought to have been visiting the jail at the time of the incident

Inhumane, justice needed: Reactions to Philippine detention centers

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Our goal is to collect all these index cards and give them to the chairs of the justice committee of the Senate and House so that they too can read and feel the silent voice of our citizens, asking for solutions to the inhumane conditions of our penology infrastructure

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

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

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez /

Bursting at the seams: Philippine detention centers

Mar 03, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Detainees face inhumane punishment even before they are convicted of a crime

JAIL OVERCROWDING. Overcrowded jails in the Philippines are not uncommon. Photo by Rick Rocamora

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.