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Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says human rights defenders live a 'grim reality' in the Philippines as they face systematic and widespread attacks for their work

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

'Overly deferential': How Supreme Court shielded Duterte from disclosing health

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:49 PM

Justices come up with all sorts of arguments to favor Duterte in the health petition, and dissenting Justice Caguioa says it 'clearly signals an overly deferential attitude to a sitting President'


Duterte replaces PH Commission on Women chairperson

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen PCW commissioner Sandra Montano for the top post in the commission

CHANGES IN PCW. Philippine Commission on Women Rhodora Bucoy is getting replaced. Malacañang photo

Due to lockdowns, we don't know Duterte's approval ratings during pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations are unable to conduct their usual March and June surveys, preventing the public from seeing how the early months of the pandemic affected President Rodrigo Duterte's popularity

ASSESSING DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the public amid the coronavirus health crisis. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Duterte raises the bar on impunity

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'

Duterte says communist rebels are terrorists because he 'declared' so

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) Befriending communist rebels was good politics before the elections, but now that he is President, Rodrigo Duterte says 'the security of the state' is his highest priority

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers during his visit to the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa says U.S. offered visa after Duterte-Trump call

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Taking up the United States on its offer, Senator Ronald Dela Rosa says he will go to the American embassy after quarantine restrictions are eased

NEW VISA. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte 'compiling' information vs Maria Ressa

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The President slams 'bright girls' who write critically of his government. He also claims he doesn't read well-written articles that show him in a bad light.

In Duterte's 4th year, COVID-19 causes highest unemployment on record

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The last quarter of 2019 saw the lowest unemployment and underemployment rates in 14 years. But the pandemic brought unemployment to unprecedented levels.

FALSE: Sharon Cuneta says Duterte is weak, dilawan will return to power in 2022

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Cuneta did not say that the President is weak or that the Liberal Party will return to power in 2022

As pandemic persists, are Filipinos still satisfied with Duterte?

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Deteriorating quality of life due to COVID-19, which triggered a steep rise in pessimism among Filipinos, could affect satisfaction over the President's performance

With 2 years left in Duterte's term, where are we on Build, Build, Build?

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 PM

Only 34% of the Duterte administration's flagship infrastructure projects are being implemented, so far

[OPINION] Is Duterte now a dictator?

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:33 AM

'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'

Robredo pushes for safeguards in anti-terror law

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law

ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the public on November 25, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Lawmakers, groups urge Supreme Court to cure 'repressive' anti-terror law

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'

PRONE TO ABUSE. Protesters from different groups stage a protest march against the new Anti-Terror Law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC on July 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Where is the Supreme Court's full decision junking Duterte health case?

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Two months have passed, and even the petitioner has not yet received the full decision that would explain why the justices dismissed his petition

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before military commanders of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020, his first public event since the pandemic. Screenshot courtesy of RTVM

'Kung tahimik ka, huwag mabahala,' says Esperon after anti-terror law signing

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Asked if a person can be tagged as a terrorist based on what they post on social media, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says it's 'possible'

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

'We will not be silenced': Campus press denounce signing of anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Despite the threats that the new law poses to free speech, campus publications pledged they will not cower in fear but continue to stand firm in upholding their rights

[PODCAST] COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:38 AM

A coronavirus frontliner at a public hospital weighs in on how President Rodrigo Duterte handled the biggest crisis to hit his government so far

'Country before anger': Duterte tries to calm down soldiers after Jolo shooting

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Promising justice for the slain officers, President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers not to lose sight of the 'real enemy' – communists and terrorists

'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy

Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte signs 'dangerous' anti-terror bill into law

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Critics say the new law gives the Duterte government more room to define terrorism and more power to act against persons or groups it includes in that definition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

[OPINION] Why did priests and religious vote for Duterte?

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'My classmate who told me that he voted for Duterte after a process of discernment was most likely influenced by regionalism rather than the Holy Spirit'

'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

CAPTION | COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

[OPINION] Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

Supreme Court junks petition questioning Duterte's Bayanihan Law

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The 9-page petition 'fails to show grave abuse of discretion,' says the Supreme Court

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks petition questioning the constitutionality of the Bayanihan Law that gave President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Rappler

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

‘Extremely saddened’ Duterte wants to talk to 9 cops in Jolo ‘misencounter’

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Lungkot na lungkot siya. Ang ginamit nga niyang salita ay siya ay ‘nanlambot, extremely sad,’ says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte wants probe into J&T Express cargo mishandling

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:14 AM

'I am not condemning you now. I am also not insinuating that you are liable or guilty of doing it. It would depend greatly on what is the result of the investigation,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

J&T Express logo from its Facebook page

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

Coronavirus drives Philippines toward recession as Duterte's 4th year ends

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The Philippines misses its full-year growth rate target for 2019 despite performing well in the 2nd half. Then the coronavirus causes a deep plunge.

Dismay, disgust, dissent: How Filipinos online reacted to issues during Duterte’s 4th year

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Duterte’s fourth year in office is arguably his most controversial yet, as he earned the ire of many Filipinos on social media

Coronavirus crash: Pandemic pushes stock market down in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:30 PM

After the Philippine Stock Exchange index slumped to an 8-year low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will the Duterte administration see the local equity market go back to its pre-coronavirus levels?

[ANALYSIS] Duterte fails in coronavirus crisis leadership

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:00 PM

He is strong on control, but weak on public health

Inflation rate stays low despite coronavirus in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The COVID-19 outbreak upends both supply and demand, but various factors keep inflation rates low

‘Mayor of the Philippines’ leaves LGUs blind amid COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:45 AM

PART 2: President Rodrigo Duterte missed many opportunities to provide direction and concrete guidance to local chiefs on the front lines of the health crisis

Pandemic unravels Duterte's 2016 promise of decisive leadership

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Part I: Where was President Duterte’s famed tendency to ‘overreact’ in January and February when the country’s health system needed it the most?

Duterte joins 36th ASEAN Summit where COVID-19, South China Sea dominate agenda

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The Philippine President also calls on countries to refrain from escalating tensions in the South China Sea after Beijing's aggressive moves there even amid the pandemic

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his intervention as he joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 36th ASEAN Summit video conference at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 26, 2020. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte failed to meet the Bayanihan Law’s objectives

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Far from being proactive, orderly, and based on clean, reliable data, Duterte’s pandemic response has largely been reactive, chaotic, and based on murky, unreliable data

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte signs good manners and right conduct law

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As a subject, Good Manners and Right Conduct was removed when the K-12 curriculum was implemented in 2013. This was only integrated in other subjects.

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. File photo of public elementary students during the class opening for school year 2019-2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte to call special session when lawmakers agree on Bayanihan 2 fund amount

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The President wants the Senate and House to agree on the amount of standby funds in a bill that would extend his coronavirus response powers if passed into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Newsbreak Chats: Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, June 25, the Newsbreak team will assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

Military vows more offensives as Duterte insists NPA top terror threat in PH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels

SOLDIERS. Soldiers at a checkpoint wearing protective gear against the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Jose Rizal Memorial State University