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Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

China pushes higher 'moral quality' for its citizens

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The texts urge citizens to avoid pornography and vulgarity online, and follow correct etiquette when raising the flag or singing the national anthem

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

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

Trump under fire for 'racist' attack on U.S. congresswomen

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The US president refers on Twitter to 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen' in remarks that appeared to be aimed at a group of outspoken relatively young, liberal women of color, all first-time members of the House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a Congressional Iftar event at the U.S. Capitol May 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. Muslims around the world are observing the holy month with prayers, fasting from dawn to sunset and nightly feasts. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP  ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Igorot youth slam Imee Marcos: ‘Murderer, thief must be condemned’

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'We will not dance for you, because a dance for a Marcos is a dance for shame,' says the group Progressive Igorot for Social Action, after the neophyte senator said her office needs blessing

 Imee Marcos photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Meet Father Richard Mickley of historic PH Pride March of 1994

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Who is Father Richard Mickley, one of the founders of the Pride Movement in the Philippines?

Taiwan's Tsai to seek reelection after defeating party challenger

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Democratic Progressive Party announces that Tsai Ing-wen has comfortably beaten former premier William Lai in a primary decided by opinion polls

REELECTION BID. In this file photo, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives to register as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate at the party's headquarter in Taipei on March 21, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Progressive groups need to align agenda with youth's practical concerns – Villarin

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:18 PM

'I think the future of progressive politics in the Philippines rests with the youth, with our young generation,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

YOUTH POWER. Youth groups march to Mendiola in Manila on May 24, 2019, to call for government action on climate change. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come

LAWYER KILLINGS. An international delegation of lawyers finds that here is no sufficient and effective investigation into the killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2 die in political unrest ahead of Nigeria vote

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:19 PM

The election delay has increased tensions between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, stoking fears of violence and rigging

UNREST. A motorcyclist drives by a vehicle set on fire following deadly clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Kofa in Bebeji district of Kano, economic nerve centre of northern Nigeria, on February 22, 2019. - Two people were killed, while 40 vehicles, 12 motorcycles and houses were burn following bloody clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kofa town, Bebeji district of Kano, northeast Nigeria ahead of tomorrow's rescheduled presidential election. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Nigeria panel confirms elections will take place on February 23

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'There won't be another postponement. The commission does not envisage there will be a postponement of the election scheduled for 9th March,' the Independent National Electoral Commission says

ELECTIONS. Rickshaws emblazoned with campaign posters bearing images of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party election candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi stand on a road in Abuja on February 19, 2019, ahead of rescheduled general elections. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai confirms she will seek reelection in 2020

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,' Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says

2020 BID. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Nigerian president warns vote-riggers of 'ruthless' response

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:34 PM

At an emergency meeting of his ruling All Progressives Congress party in Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the rescheduled ballot proceeds without a hitch

ELECTIONS. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he intends to make sure the February 23 ballot proceeds without a hitch. File photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Crunch time as Nigeria goes to the polls

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A total of 73 candidates are on the ballot for Saturday, February 16 – the sixth election in 20 years since Nigeria returned to democracy after decades of military rule

ELECTIONS. This combination of file photos created on February 15, 2019 shows Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during a joint press conference in Abuja on August 31, 2018 and former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaking during the People's Democratic Party's national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 6, 2018. Photos by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Singapore former gov't stalwart seeks to form new party

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Analysts say the move by Tan Cheng Bock could represent a challenge to the government's dominance of the political system

NEW PARTY? Tan Cheng Bock, a former stalwart of Singapore's long-ruling government and ex-presidential candidate says he is seeking to form a new party ahead of elections expected as early as this year. File photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

Taiwan's China-skeptic ruling party opts for moderate new leader

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Cho Jung-tai, a moderate concensus candidate, comfortably defeats a bid from an openly pro-independence rival who had called for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen not to stand again in next year's presidential election

Taiwan's president quits party leadership after major polls setback

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The Beijing-friendly main opposition Kuomintang makes gains in the face of China's increasing pressure on the island

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan awaits results of key election test and gay marriage vote

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) It is a test for embattled President Tsai Ing-wen as she faces a backlash over domestic reforms and concerns about deteriorating ties with China

'NO TO CHINA.' Pro-Taiwan independence activists call for the referendum on the streets in front of the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during a demonstration in Taipei on October 20, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Divided Taiwan to vote in key test for ruling party

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The ballot includes an unprecedented 10 referendums, one of which calls for Taiwan to change the name it uses at sports events, a proposal that has already angered Beijing

TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Japan's foreign minister encourages the US to come back to the pact, speaking at a regional World Economic Forum (WEF) where concerns over trade protectionism have dominated discussions

TRADE DEAL. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh (R) after the 10th Vietnam - Japan Cooperation Committee meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on September 13, 2018. Photo by Minh Hoang/AFP

5 tips to power up energy startups

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:42 PM

On the sidelines of the 2018 Powering Progress Together Forum in Singapore, Shell Technology Ventures shares ways on how to turn an energy innovation into a viable business

Imagining the future of energy

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:00 PM

At the 2nd Shell Powering Progress Together Forum in Singapore, young thinkers share their vision of the future of energy and our way of life

WATCH: Powering Progress Together Forum 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Watch the Powering Progress Together forum last March 8

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. Internet.org by Facebook/Facebook

Former Mayon victims provide fresh vegetables for Mayon evacuees

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The 'Women for Progress' movement continues to tend the communal garden amid Mount Mayon's eruption, generating income and providing fresh vegetables for some of the 19,520 families housed in various evacuation camps in Albay

TARANUMAN SA BARANGAY. This food sustainability program brings smiles and purpose. Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Ex-CHR head gets int'l award for political courage

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Germany-based Progressive Alliance cites ex-CHR chairperson Etta Rosales for her contribution to human rights in the Philippines

PA AWARD. Former CHR chairperson and Martial Law victim Etta Rosales is honored by the Progressive Alliance. Photo courtesy of Akbayan

Trudeau pulls brakes on TPP trade pact in APEC sideline drama

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:18 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Ministers save the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accused of 'sabotaging' the trade deal that the US has already abandoned.

NOT READY. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not ready to close the TPP deal. AFP file phot

Taiwan lawmakers go for the jugular in parliament brawl

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Two Taiwanese lawmakers try to choke each other during a brawl in parliament over controversial legislation

PARLIAMENTARY BRAWL. Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hsu Shu-hua (C, facing camera) brawls with ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chu Yi-ying (front C, in grey) during a review of a major infrastructure project at the Parliament in Taipei on July 13, 2017. Sam Yeh/AFP

Former DepEd chief Luistro is new La Salle president

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Luistro will complete his predecessor s unexpired term as president until March 2020

LA SALLE PRESIDENT. Former education secretary Armin Luistro is the new president of the De La Salle Philippines. Screenshot from Rappler

Russia launches space freighter to ISS

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The cargo ship carrying more than two tons of essential supplies including fuel air and equipment and parcels for astronauts is due to dock with the ISS on Friday at 1142 GMT

PROGRESS IN FLIGHT. The Progress cargo ship in flight thanks to a Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket on June 14, 2017. Screen shot from YouTube.

The beckoning

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:45 AM

How Brother Armin Luistro is responding to the realities he saw as a government official and how civil society’s role may be on the rise again

What's The Big Idea?: Brother Armin Luistro musters collective impact

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Coco Alcuaz sits down with former education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, who talks about his next big passion

4th Powering Progress Together Forum happens in Singapore

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Shell took its annual forum to Singapore with the theme “Cleaner Energy Moves Asia ” focusing on how the continent can address the challenge of shifting towards cleaner energy

THE NEXT LEADERS. Students and millennial startups shared their ideas for a tech-driven, progressive future

Russia seeks answers after ISS cargo ship crashes

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Russia s space agency says the Progress ship – carrying tons of food and equipment as well as gifts for the ISS crew of 6 – was lost minutes after launch Thursday evening December 1 in an abnormal situation

Service towers move towards the Soyuz-U carrier rocket with the cargo ship Progress MS-04 lifted on the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 29, 2016. Roscosmos/Stringer/AFP

Iceland PM announces resignation after vote drubbing

Oct 31, 2016 - 1:10 AM

Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson s Progressive Party wins just 8 seats in the 63 member parliament

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson (R) casts his ballot next to his wife Ingibjoerg Elsa Ingjaldsdottir in a polling station in Fludir, Iceland, during the snap general election, on October 29, 2016. Icelanders vote in a snap election that could see the anti-establishment Pirate Party form the next government in the wake of the Panama Papers tax-dodging scandal and lingering anger over the 2008 financial meltdown. / AFP PHOTO / Halldor KOLBEINS

#SONA2016: March to Batasan a ‘breath of fresh air’ for activists

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Members of multi sectoral groups expressed their support for President Rodrigo Duterte but said they would remain vigilant

ANALYSIS: Indonesia’s democratic progress is bumpy, but on the right track

Jul 22, 2016 - 2:20 PM

While there is much work to be done among Southeast Asian countries Indonesia is one of the few countries that shows genuine democratic progress

MISTER PRESIDENT. In this photograph taken on August 19, 2014, Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo popularly known by his nickname Jokowi is photograph during an interview with Agence France-Presse in his Jakarta governor's office. Romeo Gacad/AFP

Keep your career moving forward: Some tips

Jul 11, 2016 - 4:47 PM

When it comes to your career there s more than one way up

Taiwan's Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Ties with China have rapidly cooled since Beijing sceptic Tsai Ing wen won the presidency in January with China highly distrustful of her traditionally independence leaning Democratic Progressive Party

COOL OFF. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen inspects military units as ties between the island and mainland China turn frosty following rapprochement for 8 years under a Beijing-friendly Kuomintang government. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Taiwan drops 'China-centric' curriculum after protests

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Education ministry officials say they took into account the public outrage over the curriculum

epa05328155 Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gestures during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, 25 May 2016. Tsai held her first press conference after taking office last 20 May 2016. Tsai Ing-wen is Taiwan's first female leader, and also the first president from the former opposition with a parliamentary majority, under China's watchful gaze. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan doesn't toe line

May 21, 2016 - 5:35 PM

China s warning comes a day after new president Tsai Ing wen s inauguration speech where she called for positive dialogue with the Chinese mainland but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing’s demands

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during her inauguration ceremony in Taipei on May 20. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Cop killed by guards of Zamboanga del Norte mayoralty bet

May 05, 2016 - 10:17 PM

Police Senior Inspector Mirdan Usama and his men fired upon the bodyguards of Alliance of Parties for Progress candidate Alson Chan in Tampilisan town

ALSON CHAN. Photo of Mayoralty candidate Alson Chan.

Taiwan's KMT picks China-friendly leader after election loss

Mar 27, 2016 - 9:21 AM

Despite being ousted as the KMT s presidential candidate last October for her conservative views Hung Hsiu chu is elected to steer the embattled party

In this file photo, Hung Hsiu-chu speaks to supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, October 17, 2015. David Chang/EPA

Against all odds: Voting for ‘progressives’

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM

A vote for progressives is a vote against conservative elitist politics That can never be a wasted vote

Powering Progress Together 2016: Collaboration for a sustainable future

Mar 15, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Local and international panelists presented examples and solutions for a more developed low carbon Philippines

WATCH: Powering Progress Together Forum 2016

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:54 AM

Watch the Powering Progress Together Forum held last Thursday March 3

Shell PPT 2016: Viewing party and essay writing contest

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Share your thoughts on sustainable development and get a chance to win a prize for you and your school office or organization