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Sanchez's wife on paying victims P12-M damages: 'Wala kaming intensiyon'

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The wife of rape and murder convict Antonio Sanchez says they won't pay the families of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez because the former mayor is 'innocent'

NOT PAYING. The family maintains that Antonio Sanchez did not commit any crime.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo admits meeting Sanchez family in Malacañang

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The convict's former lawyer, who is now spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, does not see anything wrong with it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bong Go: Duterte 'blocked' release of rape-slay convict Sanchez

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Sa tignin niyo papayag si Pangulong Duterte na may backer sa ganung krimen? Heinous crimes? Definitely, wala pong sinasabing backer,' says Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ang batas na puwedeng magpalaya sa rapist-murderer na si Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Ano ang epekto ng RA 10592 kay convicted murderer-rapist na si Antonio Sanchez? Alamin sa talakayan nina justice reporter Lian Buan at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Mother of Allan Gomez joins UPLB protest rally against release of son's murderer

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Parang walang katinuan ang mga taong humalay at pumatay sa mga mahal namin sa buhay,' Mrs Illuminada Gomez recalls the heinous crime committed 26 years ago

LOST A SON. Illuminda Gomez, mother of slain Allan Gomez, talks to the media about her reaction on the impending release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez on Thursday, August 22 at the UP Los Baños. Photo by Pat Echano/ Rappler

Antonio Sanchez was denied clemency in 2019

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:40 PM

But, says Justice Secretary Guevarra, if someone is denied clemency, he can still qualify for early release based on good conduct time allowance

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#NoToSanchezRelease: Netizens, groups demand justice for ex-mayor's rape-slay victims

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Netizens question the integrity of the Philippine justice system, wonder which between the rape-slay and impunity is worse

Remember? Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in UPLB rape-slay case

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients

'Dapat binitay na siya noon,' says Bato dela Rosa on rapist-murderer Sanchez

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Lawmakers want a review of the Bureau of Correction's computation on rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez's good conduct time

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang on possible Antonio Sanchez release: 'We can't do anything'

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo denies he has anything to do with the possible early release of his former client, Antonio Sanchez, saying the convicted rapist-murderer is 'automatically' among the potential beneficiaries of the law and Supreme Court ruling

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

'Affirm his 7 life sentences': Thousands sign petition to keep rapist-murderer Sanchez in prison

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'He used his power and position to kidnap, rape, and murder. His actions terrorized a university and an entire town. For full justice to be served, he must remain incarcerated for the duration of his lifetime,' the petition says

Drilon wants Senate probe into rape-slay convict Sanchez's reduced sentence

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for 7 terms of reclusion perpetua for rape and murder, has been caught with P1.5-million worth of shabu in his cell

OUT TOO SOON? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon wants Antonio Sanchez' upcoming release to be investigated. Rappler file photo

Eileen Sarmenta's mother demands proof of rapist Sanchez's good behavior

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'Nag-start na kaming makapag move-on, we want to live normal lives pero ito na naman po, bumalik na naman lahat,' says Eileen Sarmenta's mother Clara

EILEEN SARMENTA RAPE SLAY CASE. Maria Clara Sarmenta on her way home from a television interview on August 22, 2019, after news broke that her daughter Eileen's rapist and murderer, Antonio Sanchez, is set to be released soon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Neymar 'relieved' after rape case dismissed

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Football superstar Neymar says the 'scar will remain' even after the dismissal of his rape case

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Neymar rape case dismissed

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

A Brazilian judge dismisses the rape case against football superstar Neymar

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 4, 2019, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - PSG star striker Neymar has made an appeal against his suspension for three games in the Champions League next season, UEFA told AFP on May 10, 2019, confirming reports in the newspaper L'Equipe. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Brazil prosecutors ask judge to close Neymar rape case

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Football superstar Neymar may have just gotten a reprieve as prosecutors agree with Brazilian police on the lack of evidence to prove the rape allegations

Photo by Evaristo/AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges in US

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:53 AM

A district attorney in the state of Nevada says it would not prosecute Cristiano Ronaldo for the alleged rape case

FREE. Cristiano Ronaldo strenuously denies the rape accusations. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

6 convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

They face the death penalty with a minimum of life imprisonment. A seventh man is acquitted while an eighth person, who was underage, faces a separate trial.

CONVICTIONS. Media gather around a Punjab Police vehicle carrying the seven accused for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, as verdict is expected to be delivered at the district court in Pathankot on June 10, 2019. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

New lawyer for Neymar's rape accuser considers dropping case – report

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Danilo Garcia Andrade, the new lawyer of the woman at the center of the alleged rape scandal, wants his client to provide further evidence

OUT. Neymar will not see action in the Copa America due to an ankle injury. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Chris Brown skips Paris hearing over rape accusation

May 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The singer is accused of raping a woman on the night of January 15 early this year

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA - APRIL 28: Chris Brown performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 3 on April 28, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the Water/AFP

Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

May 26, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes that underclassmen of the Philippine Military Academy committed rape. This is not the first time the President has joked about the serious crime.

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

Suspect in De La Salle-Lipa student rape slay arrested

May 22, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Police arrest the suspect in Victoria town, Oriental Mindoro

VICTIM. Flowers adorn the memorial for Fidex Therese Marana. Photo from Lavoxa online, the official college paper of De La Salle Lipa.

Otso Diretso: Don't use Silawan rape-slay to push for death penalty

Mar 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

While justice must be served, opposition candidates say the case of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan should not be used to drum up support for the death penalty

FALSE: 'Video of 3 suspects' in rape-slay case of Cebu teen

Mar 17, 2019 - 4:10 PM

A video embedded in several websites is a report about a rape case in Bulacan, not in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

FALSE. Screenshot of the video embedded in the websites featuring the alleged suspects to rape-slay case of girl in Cebu.  FALSE. Screenshot of the video embedded in the websites featuring the alleged suspects to rape-slay case of girl in Cebu.

Duterte Youth offers P50,000 reward to catch Cebu rape-slay culprits

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Duterte Youth President Billy Villareal will double the reward if the suspects are caught dead

Police file rape charges vs Negros Occidental priest

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:54 AM

A parish priest in Cadiz City is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl

Over 1,600 minors nabbed for rape in 2 years – PNP

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

On average, 15 minors suspected of committing rape are taken into custody every week

MINOR 'CRIMINALS'?. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at a budget briefing in the Senate in 2018 Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ateneo finds no confirmation of rape incident in Loyola campus

Dec 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Despite the investigation's findings, Loyola Schools Vice President Maria Vilches says that the university takes reports of sexual assault seriously

NO CONFIRMATION. The university's administration said no evidence was found to confirm an alleged rape incident that took place on campus. File photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

French film star Gerard Depardieu questioned in rape probe

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The actor is accused of raping a young actress

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 5, 2017 French actor Gerard Depardieu arrives at the 74th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. - Gerard Depardieu was heard by police on November 27, 2018 in a free hearing in an investigation in which he is targeted for rape and sexual assault, it was reported on November 28 by police source. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Cop rapes rookie policewoman in Puerto Princesa

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez, an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City, has been detained at the Palawan capital's police office

POLICE RAPE. The suspect is an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. Rappler file photo

Taxi driver arrested for raping live-in partner's daughter

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The mother of the 10-year-old victim reported the incident to the San Juan City police

Photo from San Juan City police

Police arrest father charged with raping own daughters

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:06 PM

The suspect, who was also listed as the second most wanted man in eastern Metro Manila, is caught in Cavite

CHR: 'Promised internal cleansing' of PNP should lead to better police force

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The Commission on Human Rights condemns the rape of a 15-year-old girl by a Manila cop in exchange for the release of her parents arrested for illegal drugs

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila cop rapes teener after promising freedom for her detained parents

Oct 29, 2018 - 7:12 PM

'Nagpahiwatig na papakawalan ang mga guardians niya. According sa nanay, talagang interesado sa bata,' says Metro Manila top cop Guillermo Eleazar

MANILA'S FINEST? Manila Police District catches one of its own allegedly committing rape to a minor. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Man charged with 99 counts of rape arrested in Makati

Oct 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The 47-year-old accused is Makati City's most wanted

ARRESTED. Makati's most wanted person, Louie Guevarra, is arrested on October 19, 2018, for 99 counts of rape. Photo courtesy of the Makati Police

'Victim-blaming’ Duterte should apologize for rape remark

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rape because there is a rapist, not because of anything about the victim,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is again under fire for making another rape joke. Malacanang photo

Duterte explains rape cases in Davao: 'Many beautiful women'

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

'For as long as there are many beautiful women, there are plenty of rape cases as well,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech that he has a sworn duty to protect and preserve the country and its citizens during the 49th Charter Day celebration of Mandaue City held at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex (MCCSC) in Cebu on August 30, 2018 . RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The Jambi High Court on Monday agrees to drop the abortion charge against the teenager following an appeal by her lawyers

Protests after 7-year-old raped in Delhi

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Local media reports say the suspect, who had been hired by the school just a month ago, pulled the girl into a secluded water-pump room just as she was leaving to go home

Chito Roño says 'justice prevailed' in Vhong Navarro rape case dismissal

Jul 27, 2018 - 12:33 PM

The 'Signal Rock' director also says while he believes in the innocence of Vhong, they still worried when the case was reopened under the new administration

Photos by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Among those arrested are the 300-room building's security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police say.

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Jul 11, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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[OPINION] Inquirer should investigate the rape of Pepsi Paloma

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

After deleting articles about her rape, the Inquirer should investigate the tragic story of Pepsi Paloma

Indian court upholds death sentences over 2012 gang-rape

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Four men are convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang rape, theft, conspiracy and 'unnatural acts' after a 7-month trial in a fast-track court. Only 3 of them are involved in the appeal rejected on Monday.

Cagayan de Oro court convicts Australian pedophile Peter Scully

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) Peter Gerard Scully is found guilty of human trafficking and rape for using children below 12 years old – including a one-year-old – in his cybersex operations

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

New York grand jury indicts Harvey Weinstein on rape, sex crime charges

May 31, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The indictment is next step for prosecutors to bring the movie producer to trial on charges of alleged sex crimes

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Harvey Weinstein along with his attorney Benjamin Brafman (L) appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. The former movie producer faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans who has said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004. Weinstein (66) has been accused by dozens of other women of forcing them into sexual acts using both pressure and threats. The revelations of the his behavior helped to spawn the global #MeToo movement. Steven Hirsch-Pool via Getty Images/AFP

Pasig City's most wanted arrested

May 15, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Police say Ronald Russel Santos allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl in 2016

MOST WANTED. Ronald Russel Santos is arrested in Barangay San Miguel in Pasig, after a citizen reported his presence in the area. Sourced photo

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

Sotto wrong, rights groups not quiet over India rape cases – HRW

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Human Rights Watch tells Philippine Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that international groups have been speaking up about sexual violence in India

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Asylum seeker jailed for life in Germany for rape, murder

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Hussein Khavari, of uncertain age and origin, is found guilty of the deadly night-time attack on medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the university town of Freiburg