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How are PH-China deals affecting Filipino communities

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:17 PM

While Xi Jinping was walking along the red carpet in Malacañang, a crowd at the Chinese Consulate in Makati City was denouncing his visit to the Philippines

NOT WELCOME. Protesters gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City to denounce the state visit of President Xi Jinping to the Philippines. Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Groups to Xi Jinping: 'Stay out of West PH Sea'

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Various groups gather outside the Chinese Embassy in Makati City on the first day of President Xi Jinping's Manila visit to assert the Philippines' sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

FOR THE PHILIPPINES. Men in masks make their own statement during a protest at the Chinese Consulate in light of Xi Jinping's PH state visit on November 20, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: Schedule of protests during Xi Jinping's PH state visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Several protests are lined up on Tuesday, November 20, to express objection to Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit

STATE VISIT. President Xi Jinping will visit the Philippines on November 20-21, the first in 13 years. Duterte and Xi photo from Malacañang; protest photo of LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Hong Kong democracy leaders plead not guilty in Umbrella Movement trial

Nov 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai, and Chu Yiu-ming are among 9 activists all facing 'public nuisance' charges for their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests

FOR DEMOCRACY. Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners face trial Monday over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Turkey jails academic after raids over imprisoned philanthropist

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:19 PM

All suspects, including those released, remain accused of 'creating chaos and mayhem' and 'seeking to overthrow the government' in 2013 anti-government protests

More than 400 hurt in French fuel price protests

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:41 PM

One person is also dead after a day of fuel protests were held around 2,034 locations in France

PROTEST. A demonstrator throws a projectile on November 17, 2018 in Quimper, western France, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices. Photo by Fred Tanneau/AFP

'Yellow vest' protests against Macron snarl traffic across France

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:30 AM

The protesters say they are being squeezed by years of fuel tax increases that have driven prices to levels not seen since the early 2000s

PROTEST. A man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Robredo: Marcos ‘confused’ for asking SC anew to stop using ballot images

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's camp argues her rival ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is merely reiterating his 'previous baseless arguments' without presenting concrete evidence

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

Thousands protest in Rome over Italy's 'anti-migrant' decree

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The protest was launched against anti-migrant policies by Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

POLICY PROTEST. People, including employees of the country's social and reception centers and members of anti-racism associations, march during a demonstration against the government's social politics, its recent decree restricting the right to asylum, and against racism on November 10, 2018 in downtown Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

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

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Pakistan military says 'patience' tested ahead of mass blasphemy protests

Nov 02, 2018 - 4:41 PM

'We are tolerating remarks against us but action can be taken according to the law and constitution,' says the Pakistan military spokesman. 'Don’t force us into taking an action.'

Students of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), march as they chant slogans following the Supreme Court decision to acquit Christian woman Asia Bibi of blasphemy, in Karachi on November 1, 2018. Pakistan's Imran Khan won praise for his stance against religious hardliners, as demonstrators blocked major roads to protest the Supreme Court's overturning of a blasphemy conviction. ASIF HASSAN / AFP

Chicago protest targets Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:30 AM

The Chicago rally is among the first signs of the political fallout from the deeply partisan fight to confirm Donald Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court despite sexual assault allegations

PROTEST. Women gather for a rally and march at Grant Park on October 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois to inspire voter turnout ahead of midterm polls in the United States. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

SC ruling 'like last nail in coffin' of VP protest – Robredo

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:59 PM

But the camp of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos insists the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, ruled in its favor over the ballot shading threshold issue

'NAIL IN THE COFFIN.' Vice President Leni Robredo sits beside her lead legal counsel Romulo Macalintal during a press conference on September 26, 2018. Photo by OVP

Marcos vs Robredo: Shading thresholds set aside in sorting out ballots

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:30 AM

To speed up the protest case, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal directs revisors to check the candidates' votes against the election returns printed from the counting machines

CONTESTED. Ballot boxes are retrieved from the town of Majuyod in Negros Oriental in September 2018 for the recount of votes in connection with former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s protest against Vice President Leni Robredo over the results of the 2016 elections. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo Media Bureau

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

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

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Itogon landslide, Nene Pimentel on Mocha Uson, Grab fares | Evening wRap

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:59 PM

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From Luzon to Mindanao, youths vow to fight return of dictatorship under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) Hundreds of Filipino youth gather in key cities across the country on Friday, September 21, condemning the similarities of Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte

Martial Law protests, Duterte’s ‘guilty’ verdict, Comelec substitution rule | Midday wRap

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:37 PM

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Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport

RISKING DAMAGE. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sends pictures of how the ballot boxes in Guihulngan City were arranged for transport. Photos from Robredo's legal team

Ballot retrieval begins in Negros Oriental for VP protest

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says they do not oppose the retrieval, but were not given enough time to prepare for it

Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Death toll in Afghan suicide attack soars to 68

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

It is the deadliest attack since an ambulance packed with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the heart of Kabul in January

AFGHAN ATTACK. An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

China shuts down prominent Christian church

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Around 70 officials stormed into the Zion Church – housed on the third floor of a nondescript office building in the north of the capital – after its Sunday afternoon service, says church pastor Jin Mingri

Global climate protests peak in U.S. as U.N. talks falter

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:49 AM

'Alternative Energy, not Alternative Facts,' reads one slogan, while another – more blunt – says, 'More Science, Less Bullshit'

CLIMATE PROTEST. A woman dressed as a tree with the group The Forgotten Solution poses for a picture at Civic Center Plaza after marching at the 'Rise For Climate' global action on September 8, 2018 in downtown San Francisco, California. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Many Nicaraguan businesses closed as 24-hour strike begins

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Around 20,000 shops and businesses closed in a show of support to tortured, jailed protesters against President Daniel Ortega's government

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Madagascan president steps down ahead of election

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina's resignation comes after several protests against the president's efforts to change electoral laws in favor of his party

Caguioa stays on: SC warns Marcos for his 'conspiracy theories'

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rejects Bongbong Marcos' motion for inhibition against Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files another motion with PET on August 6, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

E.U. urges U.S. to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on U.N. Palestinian agency

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'The regrettable decision of the US to no longer be part of this international and multilateral effort leaves a substantial gap,' says the European Union

'REGRETTABLE DECISION.' A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Cayetano says he protested China radio warnings

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

In China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano makes a 'nonconfrontational' protest in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

'NONCONFRONTATIONAL' PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

UN demands urgent action amid 'climate of fear' in Nicaragua

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The UN human rights office details a wide range of serious violations, including disproportionate use of force by police, which in some cases resulted in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. File photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

'Total fakery,' Hontiveros says of '50-100' protests vs China

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano gave 'vague, evasive, and fallacious' answers about these '50-100' diplomatic protests, says Senator Risa Hontiveros

GRILLING. Senator Risa Hontiveros (right) grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) about the West Philippine Sea, during a budget hearing at the Senate on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'50-100' protests vs China? Cayetano now says 'we haven't counted'

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn't really matter,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as he is grilled by Senator Risa Hontiveros

DIPLOMATIC PROTESTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is grilled about the Philippines' diplomatic protests against China, as he faces senators in a budget hearing on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Russian opposition says Navalny detained outside his home

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:17 PM

His spokeswoman says it is 'probably linked' to Alexei Navalny's plans to hold protests against the Russian government's unpopular pension reform on September 9

OPPOSITION. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017, against the city's controversial plan to knock down Soviet-era apartment blocks and redevelop the old neighborhoods. Photo by Ivan Vodopyanov

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a surge of violence brought about by Palestinian protests against Israel that began in March

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

SC rejects Caguioa's request to re-raffle VP poll protest

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, writes the en banc to take the case from him and re-raffle. It is rejected unanimously.

POLL PROTEST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa requests the en banc to re-raffle the vice presidential electoral protest, but his request is rejected unanimously. Photo from Caguioa & Gatmaytan law office

Robredo camp to Duterte: Marcos won't win election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she would rather focus on 'things that need to be done' than dwell on President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade

ROBREDO VS MARCOS. The Commission on Elections begins the decryption of ballot images for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

Bangladesh police arrest photographer for 'provocative comments'

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Plainclothes officers detain prize-winning photographer Shahidul Alam after his interview with Al Jazeera

Founder of Drik Photo Agency of Bangladesh Shahidul Alam speaks during the inaguration of Photo Imaging Asia 2006, in New Delhi, 07 December 2006. PhotoImaging Asia 2006 is the biggest photography and imaging exhibition in South Asia and will be on till 10 December at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi's exhibition hall. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

Marcos wants Justice Caguioa out of his poll protest case

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the posts made by Supreme Court Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa's wife in a Viber group that showed bias for Vice President Leni Robredo

INHIBITION. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr on August 6, 2018, files a motion with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the inhibition of Justice Caguioa from his case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

South Korea women hold record mass rally against 'spycam porn'

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The protestors are demanding that the government toughen punishments for offenders, and shutter websites hosting the footage

NO TO 'SPYCAM PORN'. Female protesters shout slogans during a rally against 'spy-cam porn' in central Seoul on August 4, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

115 students injured in clashes as Bangladesh teen protests turn violent

Aug 04, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) The protests have been ongoing for a week, as students vow they 'won't leave the roads until demands are met'

Bangladeshi students march on a street during a student protest in Dhaka on August 2, 2018, following the deaths of two college students in a road accident on July 30. Bangladesh shut down high schools across the country on August 2 as tens of thousands of students protested for a fifth straight day after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. / AFP PHOTO / Munir UZ ZAMAN

Iran protesters attack religious school as tensions mount

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) About 500 protesters joined the attack, a school official says

NutriAsia denies hiring goons to disperse protesters

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The company says its guards come from 'professional security agencies.' Workers earlier claimed goons started the violence on July 30.

HEIGHTENED SECURITY. More security personnel guard the gate of the industrial complex where the NutriAsia plant is located. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Nationwide student protests enter 5th day in Bangladesh

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The demonstrators, mostly students in their mid-teens, chant 'We want justice' as they defy pouring rain to march in Dhaka for another day, bringing traffic to a standstill

PROTESTS. Bangladeshi students block a road during a student protest in Dhaka on August 2, 2018, following the deaths of two college students in a road accident on July 30. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

19 detainees from NutriAsia protest walk free

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Though they have been freed, they still face complaints for physical injury, alarm and scandal, and illegal assembly

FOR RELEASE. A day after the violent dispersal of striking workers in NutriAsia in Meycauayan, Bulacan on July 31, 2018. Photo by Naokira Mengua/Rappler

NutriAsia protesters violently dispersed despite regularization talks

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) The dispersal occurs at the picket line of the group across from NutriAsia's Marilao plant in Bulacan

HURT. Violent dispersal of Nutriasia protesters on July 30, 2018. Photo from Anakbayan

Doctors sacked in Nicaragua for treating wounded protesters

Jul 28, 2018 - 8:43 AM

The allegation bolster reports that those perceived to back protest claims calling for the ouster of President Daniel Ortega were being persecuted by his government and sympathizers

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

#BabaeAko movement: Arroyo as Speaker won't champion women's status

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:48 PM

At the forefront of #BabaeAko movement's SONA 2018 protest is its call to abolish the 'regressive' TRAIN Act

#BabaeAko SONA protest. Photo by Sheila May Advincula/Rappler

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives