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The year of impeachments: 'Bastardization' or checks and balances?

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Is it impeachment overload at the House of Representatives?

[OPINION] Slippery slope of diminishing judicial independence

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Internal disagreements between and among members of the Court should not be the subject of an impeachment complaint

[OPINION] Bonn climate conference: Thinking local, acting global

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Questions related to land use, human rights and sustainable development are expected to come up in discussions in Bonn, as countries continue negotiations on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement

Visitors look at a sphere displayed at the pavillion of India on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Lawyers, law students launch group to call for end to EJKs

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Responding to lawyer Harry Roque's statement that he will throw hollow blocks at critics, convenor Tony La Viña says 'magtatapon kami ng pan de sal'

Photo by Angie De Silva

[OPINION] Confrontation at the Senate

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'To defeat fake news and bad views, we must also understand how we got to where we are now'

[OPINION] Fake news, bad views, and society’s loss

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:48 PM

'How should fake news be regulated? Are new criminal and civil laws needed to address this problem?'

From Paris to Houston, undeniable truth of climate change

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

So if An Inconvenient Sequel isn t here to convince you that global warming is real if it s banking on you knowing what is it here to say?

AFTER HARVEY. In this file photo, Texas resident Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Emily Kask/AFP

Supreme Court allows plea bargaining in drug cases

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Among the positive effects of this ruling is the declogging of court dockets and the cooperation of smalltime users or couriers to pin down drug lords

DRUG OFFENDERS. 3 suspected drugs personalities are apprehended by cops in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Conclusion: The misuse of impeachment

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

We have opened the Pandora’s box. One can only hope that we will be also to correct ourselves and restore impeachment to its rightful use as a means of accountability and not a political weapon that will only destroy this country.

'Do not be afraid to be minority': Chief Justice Sereno, 5 years on

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Five years after she was appointed the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines Maria Lourdes Sereno faces impeachment threats Is she a target of the Duterte administration?

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No 216 to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

SC retains right to review martial law proclamations

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:12 PM

That s the best part of the decision The Court made it clear that it had the power to review the President s decision says a legal expert of the SC ruling on the petitions against martial law in Mindanao

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura Street in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

Jun 30, 2017 - 5:21 PM

President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary

The good and the bad: Analysts assess #DuterteYear1

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

A political analyst economist and survey expert weigh in on the Duterte administration s successes and failures in its first year during a recent forum


Aguirre: Martial law can result in constitutional crisis

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

In the event of a clash between Congress and the Supreme Court on martial law which will prevail?

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says in a Rappler interview on June 1, 2017 that the contradicting opinions on martial law could result in a constitutional crisis. Photo by Rappler

Aguirre says it's possible to establish military courts in Mindanao

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana says military courts will be created if there s a need

MILITARY COURTS. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says in an interview with Rappler on June 1, 2017 that military courts may be established under particular circumstances during the martial law. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Are the odds stacked against Gina Lopez in the CA?

Mar 18, 2017 - 4:19 PM

We respect her passion we even admire her for that but being a secretary passion is not enough says Commission on Appointments member Josephine Ramirez Sato

'TELL THE TRUTH.' Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments on March 9, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Good science, due process and mining

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Is a golden mean possible in mining? Yes but radical reforms in governance are necessary to get there

Groups 'draw strength' from environment lawyer's life, death

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The commitment for us is really to make her life and death an opportunity to renew our strength says Grizelda Mayo Anda of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center

'INDIGNATION GATHERING.' Environmental lawyer Tony La Viña opens the 'indignation gathering' of environmental and human rights lawyers on Tuesday, February 21, almost a week after the death of Mia Mascariñas-Green. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Slain environmental lawyer on death threats: 'This is our job'

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Environmental lawyers gather to remember the life of Mia Mascariñas Green who was killed in Bohol last February 15

'INTELLIGENT AND FEISTY.' Grizelda Mayo-Anda of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center talks about Mia Mascariñas-Green, the environmental lawyer who was ambushed and shot dead last week in Bohol. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Federalism's implications on our legal and judicial systems

Jan 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The emergence of separate and distinct legal and judicial systems within the country need not necessarily divide Filipinos but it bears to recognize that such a threat does exist and it should at least cause one to think though the consequences of shifting to a federalist system

Did unity call, Trillanes exposé influence swing voters?

May 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM

An adviser for presidential bet Grace Poe says events in the last few weeks may still have influenced soft and undecided voters

10 reasons why Grace Poe is my president

Apr 30, 2016 - 8:30 PM

I choose a country that is happier – not afraid – and full of hope

CAMPAIGN. Senator Grace Poe shakes hands with supporters during a rally in Moriones, Tondo, April 26, 2016. Photo by KC Cruz (Poe-Escudero Media Bureau)

No further obstacle to Poe’s candidacy

Apr 10, 2016 - 2:39 PM

La Viña: Now it is the people that must decide

FULL SPEED AHEAD. Senator Grace Poe visits Batangas State University in Malvar, Batangas on April 8, 2016. File photo by Arnold Almacen/Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Poe decision: Clear and decisive

Mar 20, 2016 - 7:00 AM

From hereon there can be little doubt in our jurisprudence on the formidable basis for the natural born status of foundlings

Photo credit Francisco S. Gutierrez of PIO

Momentum with Poe after SC decision

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The unintended consequence and worst nightmare of Poe s detractors have come to fruition Because of the timing of the decision the case unexpectedly gives her an immense advantage as the final stretch of the campaign begins

Part 2: The Philippines' influence on the Paris Agreement

Dec 31, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Those of us in Le Bourget the evening of December 12 2015 were genuinely happy with what we have achieved but we were also acutely aware that the hard work must continue in the years ahead

SCENE OF ACTION. The fate of humanity will depend on whether countries can agree on a climate change action plan in Paris this December. Photo by Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Part 1: The Philippines at its best at Paris climate talks

Dec 31, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Servant leadership dedication discipline and adaptive management characterized Secretary de Guzman’s work in Paris The result was a cohesive and united Team Philippines

CRUNCHTIME. Commissioner Manny de Guzman and Philippine delegation spokesman Tony La Viña address Philippine negotiators monents after the release of a new draft of the Paris climate agreement. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#COP21: Philippines set to accept UN climate change pact

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:02 PM

UPDATED One of the leading voices among vulnerable countries the Philippines intends to accept the final version of the UN climate agreement without any changes

PH DECIDES. During this crunch-time meeting, the Philippine delegation heads decide to accept the latest draft of the UN climate change agreement. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Comelec disenfranchises global Filipinos

Dec 06, 2015 - 9:30 AM

What the Comelec s Second Division therefore added to jurisprudence in one legal leap is this: Former Filipinos can never be deemed residents of the Philippines ever again unless they are first repatriated under RA 9225

Standing up for PH in Paris climate summit: Meet 6 key negotiators

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:00 AM

They fly to Paris France to ensure that the Philippines interests are represented in a landmark international climate change agreement

The future of coal-fired power plants

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The next batch of leaders and lawmakers should map a policy direction that pushes for the compatibility of energy objectives with those of our commitments to improve also the health and environmental sectors

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It's time to reform our disaster law

Nov 07, 2015 - 11:26 PM

We need a single organization with whom the proverbial buck stops More importantly this organization should have access to sufficient funds manpower and resources to allow it to fulfill its mandate

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Oct 15, 2015 - 3:23 PM

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The last 10 days: Setting a clear direction for the Paris climate talks

Aug 23, 2015 - 8:04 AM

What are the main issues that still must be resolved before the world meets in Paris in December for COP21?

An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21 / CMP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Joel Saget/AFP

2016’s field of dreamers

Aug 11, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Is Grace Poe unstoppable? Can Jejomar Binay regain momentum? And what s the pathway to victory for Mar Roxas?

Not just Grace Poe, but about us

Jun 15, 2015 - 1:00 PM

To say that a foundling cannot be considered a Philippine citizen is a violation of a child’s and a human being’s basic and inalienable human right to bear a nationality from birth

Beyond Tony Meloto’s words

May 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

GK has attracted some of the best and the brightest of our students and enticed them to work with the poor beyond their college years

The change we want

May 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM

While I see the 2016 national elections as a crucial period in our democracy the change we want should go beyond it

The Tacloban that Pope Francis won't see

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:22 PM

Sadly Pope Francis itinerary won t allow him to see many places devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan in November 2013

Banners to welcome Pope Francis is hoisted in one of the ships swept ashore by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Brgy. Anibong in Tacloban City. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Looking back: The visits of Paul VI and John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

God truly blessed us with their presence and most of all because in seeing them we were brought closer to Jesus Christ No doubt this is what we will experience with the coming of Pope Francis

Prospects of a Paris climate agreement

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:45 PM

The Lima conference proved to be another exercise of endurance patience and perseverance

Mima Mendoza and Tony La Viña

Q and A: Tony La Viña on PH's new strategy in climate talks

Dec 20, 2014 - 10:16 AM

This strategy positions us well for Paris in that we will be seen as a constructive player finding solutions for moving forward rather than being hardline on positions

Q and A: Charter change beyond Aquino, Binay

Aug 15, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Analysts are open to charter change but say the President is doing it for the wrong reasons They argue the debate should be about systems not term limits

Climate, forests, and peoples

Aug 03, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Protecting community and indigenous tenure over forests has enormous potential to preserve healthy forests and prevent deforestation


#SONA2014: Join the conversation

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Be a part of SONA2014 through Rappler s online conversation and live blog beginning 2pm of July 28 Monday Philippine Standard Time

#TalkThursday: DAP and the war between branches of gov't

Jul 18, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Rappler talks to the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government Tony La Viña about the Disbursement Acceleration Program and the consequences of President Aquino s continued defense of the program

‘SC should clarify liability for DAP’

Jul 17, 2014 - 7:47 PM

Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña says the SC should clarify that its ruling on the liability of the architects of DAP is non binding

'CLEAR MISTAKE.' This is how Dean Tony La Viña describes the paragraph in the SC DAP ruling on the liability of the architects of the government's spending program.