Experts warn against rise of democracies mixed with authoritarianism

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The rising trend of hybrid regimes in Southeast Asia is tagged as a major challenge to democracy today

WORRYING TREND. Democracy observers raise concerns about growing trend of authoritarian tendencies in countries like the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte. File AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Khieu Samphan one of the Khmer Rouge s few public faces as its head of state claims he was not part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia s population

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

The essence of EDSA: Change begins with us

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

We don t need false prophets of change who claim that they are the people s last hope The change that we so desire begins with us

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

STAKEOUT: 1986 People Power – Pagbabalik-tanaw

Feb 25, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Habang papalabas ako ng Palasyo at sa aking paglalakad isang foreign journalist na nagla live report ang aking nadaanan at nakaringgan na ganito ang sinasabi: We the Americans like to think we taught Filipinos democracy Tonight they are teaching the world

March, but mourn not the demise of EDSA Republic

Feb 24, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The EDSA Republic’s failure to live up to its promises spawned Dutertismo

Palace on Marcos burial ruling: Time to move forward

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:16 PM

It s about time the nation moves on and confronts the more pressing concerns of the country rather than linger on an emotional issue that is unproductive as it is divisive says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

MOVE ON. Malacañang hopes the Supreme Court ruling on a state interment for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos would help Filipinos 'move forward.' Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls torture by electrocution

Sep 22, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Urban poor leader Trinidad Herrera Repuno s fingers and breasts were electrocuted when she denied she was a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls act of kindness during detention

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

A military officer took care of Cristina Pargas Bawagan while she was detained during Martial Law Through this experience she learned that kindness exists even in times of strife

Analyst warns Duterte: Expect protests during Indonesia visit

Sep 08, 2016 - 6:57 PM

As a democracy we are mindful of human rights The way of vigilantism is not acceptable here

EXPECT PROTESTS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to arrive in Indonesia on September 8 from the ASEAN Summit in Laos. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Syria regime, Kurds agree to truce in Hasakeh

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:22 PM

UPDATED A statement distributed to journalists by a Kurdish official says the agreement includes a ceasefire and the withdrawal of all armed forces from the city

Marcoses: Hero’s burial won’t stop reparations to Martial Law victims

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Whether or not the President’s decision is implemented will not actually affect their right to reparation say the heirs of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos

Atienza claims Marcos not to blame for Plaza Miranda bombing

Aug 21, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED lawmaker also calls on Left leaning members of Duterte s Cabinet to rally behind the President in his decision to bury the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

PLAZA MIRANDA. Buhay party-list representative Lito Atienza, a former member of the Liberal Party, is set to deliver a speech that would 'clear' Ferdinand Marcos from responsibility for the deadly Plaza Miranda bombing. Photo from Atienza's Facebook

No to hero's burial: Negrenses cite sugar plunder, killings, famine

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:09 AM

We call on all fellow Negrenses to stand up and link arms once again Let us oppose this shameful dishonor to Filipino dignity say Negros organizations and concerned citizens

Robredo: Hero's burial for Marcos puts to waste fight vs dictatorship

Aug 16, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the upcoming burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would be a heavy burden to bear for the people who battled his regime

Vice President Leni Robredo during press conference at the former Boracay Mansion on Tuesday. Robredo said she is not in favor of the former President Ferdinand Marco burial at the Libing ng mga Bayani. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Palace: It's clear Marcos is fit for Libingan burial

Aug 14, 2016 - 4:35 PM

There is clarity in the regulations governing the late President Marcos burial says Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Politicians alongside martial law victims gather in front of the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Luneta to protest against the motion to bury former President Ferdinand Marcon in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on August 14, 2016.

Links to Marcos: Trump campaign strategist under scrutiny

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Donald Trump s chief campaign strategist Paul Manafort tells Politico Magazine that the money he received from Ferdinand Marcos allies was disclosed to the US government

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Paul Manafort, advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign, checks the teleprompters before Trump's speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. A real estate billionaire and reality television star, Trump beat his GOP challengers by double digits in Tuesday's presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. "I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely," Trump told supporters at the Trump Tower following yesterday's wins. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Before Duterte, it was Marcos who took his oath at Rizal Hall

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:00 PM

An important detail on the inauguration of the country s 16th president nearly escapes most media groups until an Aquino administration official known for his knowledge of Philippine history points it out

SAME VENUE. Strongman Ferdinand Marcos takes his oath as president in 1986. Photo from Manolo Quezon's Facebook page

Trillanes: Marcos burial will be '1st headache' of Duterte admin

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The senator s unsolicited advice to the Marcos family: Spare Duterte and opt for a less divisive arrangement

FOCUS ON THE ISSUE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Binay camp's 'propaganda' can only go so far. Rappler photo

What you didn’t know: Pro-Marcos propaganda too hip for its own good

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:05 PM

To the pseudo hipsters and contrarians knowing bad history is not hip; it’s just stupid Wanna be better than others? Read more and read right Because in the end the truth is always sexier

National hero bid for Indonesia's Suharto sparks anger

Jun 01, 2016 - 6:08 PM

I don t think this is right because Suharto is accused of having violated human rights during his regime

BACKLASH. Army general Suharto ruled Indonesia with an iron fist for more than three decades until he was toppled by popular protests in 1998. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Aquinos over Marcoses?

May 23, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Do you believe this tale that the national story can be confined to the soap opera narrative of Noynoy versus Bongbong? It s never as simple as that

Martial law is not just about Aquino and Marcos

May 12, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Perhaps if we gave more attention to the stories of the thousands of other victims it would be so much harder for the Filipino people to forget

Why autocracies don’t work

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Do countries like the Philippines need to revert back to autocracy in order to address fundamental challenges such as poverty and lack of law and order?

HR victims stake claim on part of Marcos art collection

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:38 PM

This is to cover the 1 966 billion awarded to them by a US jury in 1992 and the 353 million compensatory judgment by the US District Court of Hawaii in 2011

Why is it difficult for Bongbong Marcos to apologize?

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Bongbong Marcos narrative of denial has gained traction It exploits the already weak collective memory of Filipinos and has hijacked the unread past

DICTATOR'S SON. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr speaks during the proclamation of his vice-presidential candidacy in Manila, Philippines, on October 10, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

IMF urges innovation to battle global growth slowdown

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:15 AM

The International Monetary Fund says businesses in advanced economies should invest 40 more in research and development on average

epa05161713 A Chinese investor uses mobile phone to check the share prices at a securities brokerage house in Beijing, China, 15 February 2016. Chinese stock market opened lower on 15 February which is the first trading day after Chinese Spring Festival holidays that the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 2.84 percent at 2,684.96 points and the Shenzhen index opened 2.98 percent lower at 9,385.52 points. EPA/WU HONG

Obama honors victims of US-backed Argentina dictators

Mar 25, 2016 - 8:44 AM

US President Barack Obama becomes the first US president to formally acknowledge the victims of the 1976 1983 military regime

PAYING TRIBUTE. US President Barack Obama (L) and his counterpart from Argentina, Mauricio Macri (R), take a walk as they pay a floral tribute to the victims of the military dictatorship at Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 24, 2016. Photo by David Fernandez/EPA

Robredo: Bongbong very active, not a minor during martial law

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The LP vice presidential candidate reiterates that the least her rival can do is to recognize that something wrong happened during his late father s regime

STRONG ADVOCACY. Administration candidate Leni Robredo is the most vocal among the vice presidential candidates on the issue of martial law. File photo from Leni Robredo's Twitter account

Written in blood: 48 years since the Jabidah Massacre

Mar 18, 2016 - 5:51 PM

For the many injustices that are neither remembered nor addressed there are wounds on the collective psyche of the Moros that must be healed The first step is remembering

In Ilocos, Robredo asked: Why are you proud to be anti-Marcos?

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Responding to a student at a forum the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate says it’s not about being anti Marcos but taking a strong stance against the abuses committed during martial law

LOW-KEY VISIT. LP vice presidential bet Leni Robredo talks to students at the Northwestern University in Laoag City on March 18, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

As religious cults emerge in Indonesia, how should gov't deal?

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:39 AM

The Indonesian government should guarantee religious freedom to anyone including members of religious minorities Perpetrators of violence including those who attacked the Gafatar camp should be brought to justice

DIBAKAR. Seorang prajurit TNI menyaksikan permukiman eks-Gafatar yang dibakar massa di kawasan Monton Panjang, Mempawah Timur, Kalbar, Selasa (19/1). ANTARA/Jessica Helena Wuysang

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Feb 26, 2016 - 12:41 PM

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Ferdinand Marcos’ economic disaster

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Perhaps young voters today cannot be faulted for failing to see the economic and political folly of a dictatorship This article is meant to reach out to them

20-YEAR RULE. Malacañang file photo of the late President Ferdinand Marcos

WATCH: Agnes Devanadera reacts to youth's views on People Power

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Watch former justice secretary Devanadera react to tweets and Facebook posts about the EDSA Revolution

IN PHOTOS: EDSA Revolution: Not just in 4 days

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The street protests in EDSA in February 1986 were the culmination of the numerous marches and rallies demanding the ouster of the dictator

An effigy of then President Marcos and Ronald Reagan with protesters in Mendiola.

WATCH: Fidel Ramos reacts to youth's views on People Power

Feb 25, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Former president Fidel Ramos reads – and reacts – to tweets from the youth about the EDSA revolution

WATCH: Nene Pimentel reacts to youth's views on People Power

Feb 25, 2016 - 2:34 PM

How will the former statesman who was jailed twice during martial law react to the youth s views on the EDSA revolution?

Aquino: Marcos doomed to repeat father's mistakes

Feb 25, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Kung hindi man lang niya makita ang mali sa ginawa ng kanilang pamilya paano tayo aasang hindi niya ito uulitin? President Benigno Aquino III asks at the 30th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution

NEVER FORGET. President Benigno Aquino III reminds Filipinos, especially the youth, of how far the Philippines has come, 30 after the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

What Bongbong Marcos knew of Swiss deposits

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The VP candidate has given conflicting answers on this issue

DICTATOR'S SON. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr speaks during the proclamation of his vice-presidential candidacy in Manila, Philippines, on October 10, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

During the Marcos regime San Juanico Bridge did not just refer to the longest bridge in the country It had a far more sinister meaning

I interviewed Imelda Marcos when I was 16 years old

Feb 20, 2016 - 3:32 PM

When I was 16 while I was no PhD in Dictatorships I did know enough to be sure that what happened was very real and very wrong What was missing was the conviction to speak up about and act on it

Martial law years the best? Facts, figures prove otherwise – Robredo

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:55 PM

What we went through wasn’t easy If you go back in history a lot of lives were lost and wasted Human rights were violated in the name of politics says Leni Robredo

HOMETOWN SORTIE. Administration vice presidential bet Leni Robredo addresses fellow Bicolanos on February 13, 2016. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Back to the future: Resetting priorities for peace

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The consideration of the BBL has been postponed till after the national elections in May 2016 This enforced hiatus may be an opportunity to address the issues linked to transitional justice and the peace process

Syria regime advances in northwest ahead of fragile peace talks

Jan 24, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Syrian state news agency says government forces are combing the area to dismantle any explosive devices planted by terrorists

Syria accuses US-led coalition of killing regime troops

Dec 08, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Syria s foreign ministry writes to the United Nations Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki moon to condemned what it called a flagrant aggression that killed at least three soldiers

Marcos: Filipinos want solutions, not history talk

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Senator Bongbong Marcos says widespread allegations of corruption and human rights abuse during his father s regime are not election issues

VICE PRESIDENTIAL BID. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says Filipinos are more concerned about current problems and these are what he would address, in a forum on October 7, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

How we talk about #MartialLaw today

Sep 24, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Who are the social media influencers in the MartialLaw Twitter conversation?

Marcos on dad's regime: What am I to apologize for?

Aug 26, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Senator Bongbong Marcos says recent political history looks favorably on his father s legacy

CORE SUPPORTERS. Senator Bongbong Marcos says he expects people to support him because he is a Marcos. File photo by Romy Bugante/Senate PRIB

14 Thai students face 7 years in jail for anti-junta rally

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:01 PM

The students charged with violating national security are among the few activists that have dared to publicly challenge Thailand s military rulers

PROTEST. Thai students are arrested by police officers and security guards as they flash anti-coup sign in front of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha while delivering a speech during his visit in Khon Kaen province, northeastern Thailand, on November 19, 2014. Photo by EPA