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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

WATCH: Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Listen to the oral arguments live on Rappler, Tuesday, June 26

#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

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

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

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

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

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