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[OPINION] Defiance as a moral obligation

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:20 PM

'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'

[EDITORIAL] Wala nang 'middle ground' sa ilalim ng anti-terrorism law

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas

[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'

More petitions to come: Supreme Court battle vs anti-terror law starts

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:45 AM

(5th UPDATE) By Rappler's count, there are at least 8 groups filing petitions to void provisions of the anti-terror law

Atty. Mel Sta. Maria and professors of Far Eastern University Law file a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition at the Supreme Court in Manila on July 6, 2020 to challenge the constitutionality of 13 provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

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

Groups demand immediate release of 8 arrested at anti-terror rally in Laguna

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Groups stress the possible ramifications of the Anti-Terrorism Law on mass mobilizations in light of the violent arrest of Cabuyao 11. Three minors from the protest have been released to their guardians, while 8 are still detained.

Graphics from UP College of Science Student Council, KATRIBU-UP Dilima chapter, and Anakbayan Batangas

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

Cops arrest 11 at anti-terrorism law rally in Laguna

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:22 PM

The police round up the protesters right after their program ended

DETAINED. 11 activists protesting against the signing of the Anti-Terorrism Law were arrested by the police on July 4, 2020. Photo from Kyle Salgado's Twitter account

Filipinos take to the streets to protest against anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:11 PM

In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law

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

'Respect human rights': CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees decry anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Several awardees from 1970 to 2018 convey their 'collective disagreement and outrage' over the anti-terror law

'Ready to fight for civil rights': Sectoral leaders hold protest vs anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:36 PM

'The law aims to end terrorism, it says, yet it is the state forces that perpetrate fear and violence on the people,' says former human rights commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales in an online protest joined by other sectoral leaders

JUNK ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters from different groups hold a protest march at the University of the Philippines Diliman on July 4, 2020, a day after President Duterte signed the anti-terror law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Too broad, worrisome': Chiz Escudero talks anti-terror law with Heart Evangelista

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:15 PM

In a conversation on Heart’s vlog, the former senator and Sorsogon governor explains his reservations on the new law

DISCUSSION. Actress Heart Evangelista interviews her politician husband Chiz Escudero on the anti-terror law. Screenshot from YouTube.com/LoveMarieEscudero

Lawyers, civic leaders file 1st petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Law Professor Howie Calleja is joined by civic groups and La Sallian Brother Armin Luistro in filing the petition before the Supreme Court

FIRST PETITION. Law professor Howie Calleja leads lawyers and civic leaders in filing the first petition against the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of Calleja Law Firm Facebook Group


Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:54 PM

'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'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

Youth groups vow to fight implementation of anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:03 AM

'Kakalampagin natin ang Korte Suprema. Lalaban ulit tayo sa Kongreso,' says Katapat, echoing fellow youth groups in the country following the signing of the anti-terror law

YOUTH FIGHT BACK. Student activist from various schools join militant groups for the Grand Mañanita protest rally at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, QC on June 12, 2020 as the contry celebrate its 122nd Independence Day. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'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

Opposition lawmakers: Resist anti-terror law – the 'death warrant to human rights'

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'We will show them that in the face of repression, an awakened people will resist and fight back' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

Thousands of brave the rain to protest the anti terrorism bill during the Grand Mañanita Independence Day rally inside the University of the Philippine campus in Diliman, QC on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Dear Duterte, may paki ka ba sa amin?': Celebrities, artists react to anti-terror law

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:27 PM

IV of Spades' Zild Benitez and Blaster Silonga, actress Gabbi Garcia, and director Antoinette Jadaone are among the first in the entertainment industry to speak up against the newly-signed anti-terror law

‘The demise of democracy’: Filipinos denounce signing of anti-terror law

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Many Filipinos on social media express their distress over the new law, which lawyers and human rights advocates fear the government can use to silence critics

'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

'Leaderless movement' urges Filipinos to join #VetoTerrorBill email protest

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'We believe that all Filipinos who must stand for democracy against this bill that edges us closer and closer towards tyranny – in any way, shape, or form that is possible in spite of the pandemic,' says the #JunkTerrorBill group

'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

FALSE: No specific mention of warrantless arrests in the Constitution

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:45 PM

There are two sections in the 1987 Constitution that mention warrantless arrests

'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:47 PM

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the passage of the bill 'heightens our concerns about the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism'

Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC 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

28 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed for first half of 2020 – AFP

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:33 PM

29 Abu Sayyaf militants have surrendered during the same period

SURRENDEREES. An imam and two members of the Abu Sayyaf Group surrender to the Armed Forces of the Philippines on June 17, 2020. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command Facebook page

Female, 3 other suspected ISIS-linked terrorists killed in Parañaque police raid

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reports say the suspects had links to Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, who helped plot suicide bombings in Sulu in 2019

IN PLAIN SIGHT: The house in Parañaque City where 4 terrorist suspects were killed in a police raid on June 26, 2020. Photo sourced by Rappler.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan slammed for saying bin Laden was 'martyred'

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Martyrs are greatly revered in Islam and the term is generally used for people who die or are killed while in the service of the religion, or in formidable circumstances

Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

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

Soldier killed, 9 others wounded in 'fierce firefight' with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:44 PM

Bloodstains on the terror group's escape path indicate an 'undetermined number' of casualties among its members, says the military in Western Mindanao

[OPINION | Newspoint] A strategy of crackdown and cover-up

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'

Cayetano: Congress can amend or repeal anti-terror law if abuses happen

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also appeals to the military to 'work together' with the government to ensure there will be 'zero abuses' should the anti-terror bill becomes law

SPEAKER'S VOTE? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano gestures as he presides over the plenary session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

RALLIES OKAY? A protester at the "Grand Mañanita" protest rally against the anti-terrorism bill at UP Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] When we're scared to share: Thoughts from an environmental advocate

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'

[ANALYSIS] The Anti-Terror Act is worse than Martial Law

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'[The Anti-Terror Act] is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'


Carpio: House arrest clause of anti-terror bill violates right to bail

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Some crimes in the bill are bailable, like inciting to terrorism, but under Section 34, a person charged with inciting to terrorism can be placed on house arrest

HOUSE ARREST. The anti-terror bill's clause on house arrest even on bailable terror offenses is a violation of the constitutional right to bail, says retired justice Antonio Carpio. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH situation 'worse than martial law' under anti-terror bill – Carpio

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The retired justice says that once the anti-terror bill is enacted into law, he will be among the petitioners who will challenge the constitutionality of the measure before the Supreme Court

WORSE THAN MARTIAL LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the anti-terror bill is a permanent state worse than martial law. Rappler Screenshot


[ANALYSIS] On the Anti-Terror Bill: Beyond constitutionality

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:13 PM

'The question is not only: is it constitutional? The question is also: does or will it serve its intended or at least declared purpose?'

Año hands Malacañang list of LGU chiefs supporting anti-terror bill

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conference on the Continued implementation of the Presidential Directive to clear Roads of Illegal Obstructions, on Monday, February 17, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Consider the Constitution': Groups urge DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will submit the review to Malacañang on Wednesday, June 17. He will not make it public unless Malacañang releases it from their end.

Address terrorism but not at expense of human rights, Cebu City SK urges

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:39 PM

The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill

[OPINION] Who’s afraid of the new anti-terrorism law?

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'They can tap my phone, record my conversations, read my emails, hack my internet accounts, take photos and videos of anything I do for 30-60 days'

Duterte 'inclined' to sign anti-terror bill – Roque

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:13 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Defending anti-terror bill, Esperon bares arrest of 8 Abu Sayyaf 'sleepers'

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We assure you that terrorism is not activism, and activism is not terrorism,' says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

HERMOGENES ESPERON JR. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr at a Senate hearing on February 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Where lies the terror?

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:26 PM

'It is a supreme irony that Filipinos suspected of being communist are being hounded and hunted down, while communists from Mainland China are being invited to tutor the Senate, most likely on how to lock down and fence us all in for effective social control'

House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:09 PM

The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

[OPINION] The humanitarian imperative and the threat of the Anti-Terror Bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'

Democracy faces 'death by a thousand cuts' with looming anti-terror law – Maria Ressa

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:57 PM

'All these kinds of legal acrobatics, the law has been weaponized. And now the question is if it's codified into law, it becomes the norm,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

ANTI-TERRORISM BILL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says the anti-terrorism bill to endanger rights protected under the Constitution. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler