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Hilbay: Same-sex marriage should be fought in Congress, not Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

‘There’s also a tactical perspective to it, if you think you’re not gonna get that decision from the Supreme Court then why file before the Supreme Court?’ says senatorial aspirant Florin Hilbay

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Opposition Koalisyon Senate bet Florin Hilbay says he would support same-sex marriage in Congress. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The priest allegedly abused altar boys, who were between the ages of 7 and 12, in his residence and warned them they would go to prison if they told anyone about the molestation

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS. (L-R) CA Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz and Eduardo Peralta undergo the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interviews on December 5, 2018, for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photos from the JBC

Only Alejano opposes same-sex unions in TV senatorial forum

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:33 PM

In CNN Philippines' senatorial forum, 7 other bets support same-sex unions

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan's progressive image takes hit after divisive polls

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'Pro-family' groups defeat pro-gay campaigners in what Amnesty International calls a "bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

South Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

South Korea announces the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves – the so-called 'comfort women'

South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women", who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on November 21, 2018. South Korea on November 21 announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

QC police nabbed in sex-for-freedom case | Midday wRap

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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2 Quezon City cops arrested in another sex-for-freedom case

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The victim says she was raped by a cop then forced to perform sexual acts on another inside a police patrol vehicle

SEX-FOR-FREEDOM. NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar (right) questions the two QCPD Station 4 policemen who are under custody at the Regional Special Operation unit of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Spain police smash 'black magic' transsexual prostitution ring

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Fifteen young Brazilian transsexuals are rescued from a sex trafficking ring in Murcia, Spain

Same-sex penguin couple become parents

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Gentoo male penguins Sphen and Magic are happily 'taking turns caring for their baby chick,' say workers of the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

COUPLE. This screen grab taken from recent undated handout video released on October 26, 2018 by the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium shows the two male gentoo penguins who have paired up as a "same-sex couple" at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Photo Handout/Sea Life Sydney Aquarium/AFP

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Decrying abuse, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares a new national credo in the face of allegations: 'We believe you'

APOLOGY. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. Photo by Sean Davey/AFP)

Youth team addresses teen pregnancy in T'boli community

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Team TeenPUYOG empowered peer educators to engage T'boli youth on the prevention of teenage pregnancy

Teachers get sex education workshop

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:37 PM

A health nongovernmental organization is giving workshops to teachers handling sexuality education to prepare them for their students' street-smart queries and for counseling

SEX EDUCATION WORKSHIP. Teachers from El Nido, Palawan, join the 'Bridging the Gaps in Teaching Reproductive Health' worksop. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Bill Cosby sent to prison for 3 to 10 years

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:33 AM

Found guilty on April 26 of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, Cosby is impassive as Judge Steven O'Neill hands down the sentence on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania

SENTENCED. Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least 3 years in prison and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pope says youth 'outraged' by clergy sex scandals

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Pope Francis: 'We ourselves need to be converted. We have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off.'

THE POPE IN ESTONIA. Pope Francis leads a holy mass on September 25, 2018 at the Liberty Square in Tallinn, Estonia on the third day of his Baltic tour.  Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Kavanaugh intensifies counter-offensive against sex accusations

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Brett Kavanaugh steps up his defense, saying 'I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I've always treated women with dignity and respect'

TRUMP CHOICE. File photo shows Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Malaysia PM denounces caning of women for lesbian sex

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad: 'This gives a bad image of Islam and we believe that if there are similar cases like this we need to consider giving lighter punishments'

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Former Malaysian prime minister and winning opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (center) speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

2 Malaysian women caned under Islamic law for lesbian sex

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Campaigners say it is the first time women in Malaysia have been caned for violating a sharia regulation which forbids same-sex relations

[OPINION] The dark side of leadership

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The scandals that rock the Church are not just about sexual abuse or misconduct, but also the self-serving way leadership is exercised

[Two Pronged] My partner gives me an enema before sex

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:00 PM

When is a sexual fetish ok? When is it not?

Catholic Church urges Cubans to reject same-sex marriage

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia calls on Cubans not to 'ignore what nature has given', amid legislators' plans to legalize same-sex marriage under the proposed new constitution

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter.

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:34 PM

'Many bishops failed to listen, failed to believe, and failed to act,' says Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

De Lima bill raises statutory age of rape to 18

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says Senate Bill 1949 seeks to protect the youth 'by all means and at all costs'

Taiwan gay marriage faces new hurdle with referendum proposal

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submits a referendum petition to election authorities to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE Anti-gay marriage protesters display the number of anti-gay marriage petition signatures outside Taiwan's Central Election Commission in Taipei on August 28, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Wanted: Filipino priest accused of sex abuse in U.S.

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Suspended Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes, who also admitted to financial irregularities, is believed to have fled to the Philippines

WANTED. Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes is accused of sexual abuse in the United States. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas

Pope steps up rhetoric over U.S. clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,' Pope Francis says in a letter

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solario/AFP

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

Indonesian shaman arrested for keeping sex slave for 15 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The 83-year-old shaman, identified as Jago, tricks the woman into believing the spirit of a young man named Amrin lives inside him. The victim was convinced Amrin was her boyfriend.

Missed SC deadline another misstep for same-sex marriage petition

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The High Court asks lawyer Jesus Falcis to show cause why he should not be disciplined for failing to submit his memorandum on time

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

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The petition includes 3 requests for help in criminal cases of 9 members of the church

CRISIS. Picture of a cross taken in Punta de Tralca, west of Santiago, on July 30, 2018 as Chile's Episcopal Conference holds an extraordinary meeting to analyze the roots of the current crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing in the country, burdened by the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-up, and how to overcome it. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Aid sector sex abuse 'endemic' – British MPs

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The report on sexual exploitation and abuse in the sector, produced by the International Development Committee scrutiny panel of MPs, says self-regulation has completely failed to deal with the issue

'ENDEMIC'. An 'Oxfam' signage is pictured outside a high street branch of an Oxfam charity shop in south London on February 17, 2018. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Chile investigating 158 in Catholic Church over sex abuse

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM

The cases relate to incidents dating back as far as 1960 and involving 266 victims, including 178 children and adolescents

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

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

Who's avoiding sex, and why

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The gender differences start early. More teenage females than teenage males abstain from sex.

WHO? More women than men avoid sex, but the reasons for both genders vary. PKPix/Shutterstock

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Prosecutor Emiliano Arias says the alleged abuse by Oscar Munoz, 56, took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua

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

Harvey Weinstein indicted for sex crimes against 3rd woman

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The charges is the latest for the disgraced movie producer following two accusations from 2013 and 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Harvey Weinstein speaks onstage at The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Rich Polk/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/AFP

Duterte supports same-sex civil union, says Malacañang

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Allowing civil unions, which would provide legal rights for same-sex couples, is acceptable to President Rodrigo Duterte while same-sex marriage is not, says his spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President interact with their supporters upon their arrival at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga for the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon on June 12, 2018. ARCEL VALDERRAMA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Only 2 in 10 Filipinos favor same-sex marriage – SWS

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The results of a Social Weather Stations survey held in March 2018 also show that opposition to same-sex civil unions is strongest in the Visayas and 'among single men who are widowed/separated/divorced'

LOVE FOR ALL. Same-sex civil unions is still widely rejected in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo from Shutterstock

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leonen grills Calida: Can you prove Constitution bans same-sex marriage?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'We choose only portions of the past that we like and call it tradition that we must preserve,' says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONSTITUTION. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida argued on June 26, 2018, on whether the Constitution contemplated same-sex marriage.

Justice Carpio: Same-sex civil union is constitutional

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Petitioner Jesus Falcis III says civil union can be a middleground, 'but it doesn’t mean we will stop fighting for marriage equality'

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

WATCH: How did you come out?

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:35 PM

In celebration of Pride Month, Rappler talks to members of the LGBT community to ask them about their stories and how they found the courage to come out

Supreme Court tackles: Are same-sex couples family too?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

‘Is there a statistical study that shows that heterosexual couples make better families?’ Associate Justice Marvic Leonen asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 26, 2018

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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

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

Same-sex marriage: Flawed petition or unready Court?

Jun 26, 2018 - 10:49 AM

‘The Supreme Court was trying to find a reason not to decide the case,’ says constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan

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

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