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The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Falcis legal team: Same-sex marriage petition will help LGBT movement

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:06 PM

'Para sakin ang importante ay naumpisahan na ang paguusap. The conversation has now begun inside the Supreme Court,' says TV personality Boy Abunda, who was present at the opening of the oral arguments at the SC

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Antonio Carpio, Sereno accuses Marquez, U.S. leaves UNHRC | Midday wRap

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Wednesday.

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#WeAreFamilyToo: LGBT groups push for marriage equality outside SC

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Despite challenges faced by various LGBT groups, they are hopeful that it is the most opportune time to fight for marriage equality

Supporters for gender equality rally in front of the Supreme Court hearing the petition on sane sex marriage. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

'Investigating is a duty of justice, we need to do justice to the victims for the good of the country and the good of the Church,' says Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna

Jardeleza: Why not take same-sex marriage battle elsewhere?

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza advises young lawyer Jesus Falcis to instead look at Congress and the Constitutional Consultative Committee

PROPER VENUE? Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza quizzes newbie lawyer Jesus Falcis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC's De Castro: Same-sex marriage will complicate gender specific laws

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:56 PM

'There is a law that would guide judges and justices, and that is the Constitution,' says petitioner Jesus Falcis III

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. File by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Mistakes’ of young lawyer overshadow historic marriage equality hearing

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Jesus Falcis III makes an impassioned plea at the end and tells the Court, ‘I made mistakes, but LGBT couples will be harmed if their rights are not recognized’

Nick Falcis with the rest of the petitioners at the Supreme Court for the oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Same-sex marriage, Senate on Sereno ouster, Video games | Evening wRap

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Is timing right for same-sex marriage petition? Leonen warns of risks

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:47 PM

‘We may commit a mistake and such a mistake might be permanent,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Nick Falcis prior to the start of the Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Listen to the oral arguments live on Rappler, Tuesday, June 19

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 11-17, 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:26 PM

From the historic Trump-Kim summit to President Duterte being heckled on Independence day to Sereno at Tindig Pilipinas

Your guide to the Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Falcis petition seeks to declare as unconstitutional the provisions in the Family Code that limit a marriage to a man and woman only, supposedly because they violate the constitutional right to equal protection of laws

HISTORIC. Intervenors Ceejay Agbayani and Marlon Felipe, and petitioner lawyer Jesus Falcis III (L-R) get the Supreme Court to tackle in oral arguments same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

Rappler Talk: SC tackles same-sex marriage in historic oral arguments

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The petition is expected to attract strong reactions as the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country

Chile authorities raid sites linked to church sex abuse

Jun 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'This is not an investigation against the Catholic church,' Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says, but rather an investigation of reports of sex abuse by members of the church who abused minors

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Carlo Alberto Capella's first hearing is set for June 22

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

[Two Pronged] Headaches from sex with a married man?

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'Is this God’s way of telling me I should stop it?'

#PTGF: the online world of Hong Kong's young sex workers

May 31, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The label "part-time girlfriend" is a euphemism often used by young women in Hong Kong who may be studying or have jobs, but who also offer sex on the side

Activists hail famous Japanese businesswoman's coming out

May 30, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Kazuyo Katsuma, a 49-year-old mother of 3 who was once featured on the Wall Street Journal's list of "The 50 Women to Watch" says she is living with Hiroko Masuhara, 40, a gay rights activist

From the Twitter of Kazuyo Katsuma

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

May 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Nicknamed 'the Family,' the group of priestly offenders committed sex abuses with young people including minors, churchgoer Elisa Fernandez tells Channel 13 last week

SCANDAL. A man walks past an altar at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, on May 18, 2018. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Hong Kong's behind-closed-doors gay weddings

May 17, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Hong Kong and often those who have a ceremony say they prefer to do it privately, away from the public gaze

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

[Two Pronged] Why won't my husband have sex with me?

May 13, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'I love my husband and want him all the time. I know he loves me too but I don't know if he finds me sexually attractive anymore. I feel so unwanted,' writes Mae

Bum-biting wombat mating habits could hold key to survival

May 10, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Researchers are tracking their behavior in a bid to improve captive breeding of the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat – one of the world's rarest species

The melodious mouse that sings for sex

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Why do some males of a species invest more in courting than others? It turns out that animals prioritize sex or survival depending on their energy reserves, according to a study.

SINGING MOUSE. This screenshot shows a male Alston's singing mouse (S. teguina) as it countersings in response to a rival male's song. Screenshot from Youtube.com/country mouse studios

[Two Pronged] Phone sex with my wife, and then some

Apr 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Ed' – who is based in Singapore – wants to know if his desires are 'ok' or if it means he has a 'mental disorder'

Actress Allison Mack charged with sex trafficking for cult-like group

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:54 PM

Mack, who starred in 'Smallville', is accused of co-creating a Nxivm program that recruited actors

CHARGED. In this file photo taken on July 29, 2010, actress Allison Mack attends the 'Love, Loss, And What I Wore' new cast member celebration in New York City. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America/AFP

CEO of shuttered sex classifieds site Backpage pleads guilty

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Backpage – accused of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world, with its classifieds used to promote paid-for sex with minors and victims of human trafficking – is abruptly shut down by US authorities on April 6

LA prosecutors reviewing Kevin Spacey sex crime case

Apr 12, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The 58-year-old is also being investigated over similar allegations in London and Nantucket, an island off the coast of Massachusetts

KEVIN SPACEY. This file photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows actor Kevin Spacey arriving for the season 4 premiere screening of the Netflix show 'House of Cards' in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Pope Francis expresses his 'shame' and 'pain' for the suffering of the victims and pledges to meet them

CHILE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. Pope Francis says he intends to summon 32 Chilean bishops to Rome to discuss an investigation into the abuse carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

FBI shuts down sex classifieds giant Backpage

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Critics accuse Backpage.com of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world

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Apr 06, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Singapore couple challenge annulment of marriage after sex change

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The Singapore government voids the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change because the operation made their partnership a same-sex union that is illegal in the city-state

CAKES. Same-sex marriage cake toppers are displayed on a shelf at Fantastico on December 5, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

[Two Pronged] From soulmate to sex partner?

Apr 01, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Eva asks our columnists what she can do to bring Jim back to her

Child footballers 'offered boots and underwear for sex work'

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:19 PM

A scandal in Argentina reveals that young players for football giant Independiente prostitute themselves to adult men

EXPLOITATION. Young footballers in Buenos Aires, Argentina have been encouraged to prostitute themselves to adult men in exchange for a pair of boots or underwear. Photo by Shutterstock


Pakistan's first transgender news anchor makes headlines

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Marvia Malik, a former model who appeared on the private broadcaster Kohenoor for the first time says 'my family never accepted or owned me' and the rift drove her to seek a better future in Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital

FIRST IN PAKISTAN. In this photograph taken on March 27, 2018, Pakistan's first transgender news anchor Marvia Malik, 21, prepares before reading the news on air for private channel Kohenoor in Lahore. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Craigslist ends personal ads after U.S. sex trafficking bill passes

Mar 23, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Craigslist says in a statement it ended the personal ads section over concerns the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act could subject websites to criminal and civil liability for third-party content

Want better sex? Try getting better sleep

Mar 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

How are sleep and sex related? I’ll state the obvious: We most commonly sleep and have sex in the same location – the bedroom.

Sleep affects sex, and sex affects sleep. It’s important to pay attention to both. VGstockstudio/Shutterstock.com

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 7, 2018

Mar 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

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From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The oral arguments will give marriage equality advocates their most-awaited day in court

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Openly gay lawyer Jesus Falcis has a once in a lifetime opportunity to defend in oral arguments at the Supreme Court his stance for same-sex marriage. Photo by Rappler

U.S. bill holds websites liable for online sex trade

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:10 PM

But critics say the bill would undermine a basic underpinning of the internet, which enables websites to host information from third parties without liability


South Korea's Moon supports #MeToo, urges 'stern punishment' for abusers

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'I express my respect to the courage of the victims who spoke out about the abuses they suffered, and I actively support the #MeToo movement,' Moon says in a meeting with aides

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (C) addresses journalists covering the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Main Press Centre on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

[OPINION | DASH of SAS ] Condoms not pleasant? Get a cockblocker

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An old man who, by his own admission, can’t get it up without popping a pill and a group of men forbidden to indulge in carnal desires have positioned themselves as voices of authority when it comes to sexual health

'A batch of yellow, blue and red condoms' image courtesy Shutterstock  http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-246516376/stock-photo-a-batch-of-yellow-blue-and-red-condoms.html

Haiti suspends Oxfam operations pending sex scandal probe

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM

'These reprehensible acts, alleged crimes, acknowledged by the perpetrators as well as the NGO, are a serious violation of the dignity of the Haitian people,' a government statement says

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

[Two Pronged] Why does he prefer sluts?

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Why did he ask me to marry him if he is not satisfied with our sex life? Why did he do it if he does not love me?

Until when can victims file cases vs sex offenders?

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The law prescribes a certain period of time within which an offender may be prosecuted for a crime

Oxfam unveils action plan after 'stain' of sex scandal

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The organization says it would create a commission which will 'operate at arms-length from Oxfam' and be given access to the charity's records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse