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Ghost of Marcos' Martial Law seen under Duterte – rights groups

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) On the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, various groups urge Filipinos to take a stand amid human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Mindanao lawmakers file bill to compensate Marawi siege victims

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Basilan Representative Mujiv Hataman says if passed into law, the House bill would grant P1,500 worth of compensation per square meter of a place of residence destroyed during the Marawi siege

RUINS. The main battle area of the Marawi siege remains in ruins two years later. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. lawyer: No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

MARTIAL LAW VICTIMS. American lawyer Robert Swift is in the Philippines to distribute the recently-awarded $13.75 million to victims of martial law. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Robert Swift on the legal hunt for money Martial Law victims deserve

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Are there Marcos assets left to be discovered? What challenges did the human rights lawyer face in seeking compensation for the victims? Watch the interview on Friday, July 12, at 11 am

Martial Law victims, kin: Still no justice, full compensation after decades

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'Hanggang ngayon wala pa kaming katarungan,' says Helena Jimenez, whose husband disappeared following his arrest on August 17, 1985

Closure only once 'truth revealed' on Jonas Burgos abduction – family

Apr 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'So long as we, the families of the desaparecidos, have our breaths, no one can stop us in our fight to surface our disappeared loved ones,' says Mary Ann Burgos

Human Rights organizations and family members of the desaparecidos gather at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to remember the 12th year anniversary of the dissapearance of activist Jonas Burgos. Editha Burgos, mother of Jonas, remains hopeful that justice will still prevail and that she will still see her son again. While Jonas' wife, Mean Burgos, hopes that despite the court acquital of Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. of arbitrary detention charges, justice will still prevail. April 26, 2019.

New York court awards $13.75M to Marcos Martial Law victims – lawyer

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) American lawyer Robert Swift claims the ruling is binding on the Philippine government despite the earlier decision of the Department of Justice to cancel the settlement

MARTIAL LAW. Martial Law victims call for the imprisonment of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, who was recently convicted for 7 counts of graft over illegal Swiss foundations. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


OSG: Martial law compensation from paintings 'disadvantageous' to govt

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice and Presidential Commission on Good Government unanimously withdraw from the agreement

Martial Law victims and militants rally outside the Sandiganbayan hearing the conviction of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Syrian refugee father and son laid to rest as New Zealand burials start

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Hundreds of mostly Muslim mourners gather at a cemetery in the southern city of Christchurch to lay to rest Khalid Mustafa and his 15-year-old son Hamza

LAID TO REST. Mourners offer funeral prayers for Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza Mustafa, slain by an Australian white supremacist gunman who shot down 50 Muslims at two mosques, at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Duterte OKs reso extending validity of Martial Law victims compensation

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The Congress resolution extends the maintenance, availability, and release of the funds for victims of Marcos Martial Law human rights violations until December 31, 2019

COMPENSATION. Martial law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

India rape victims demand dignity at first public rally

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

India's sexual assault survivors come together in public in New Delhi for the first time to demand justice

DIGNITY. An Indian participant of the 'Dignity March' shouts slogans as the culmination of the march at Ramleela Ground in New Delhi on February 22, 2019. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N.

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is disrespectful, totally disregarding and dismissing the suffering of the families of all the missing,” the Free Jonas Burgos Movement says

Families of victims of enforced dissapearance remember their loved ones during a mass at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on International Day of the Disappeared, August 30, 2018. The relatives displayed photos of their beloved desaparecidos while offering candles and flowers on the Wall of Remembrance. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Spanish victims of sexually abusive priests speak out

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The heads of around 100 bishops' conferences from every continent will convene from February 21 to February 24 for the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors

399 Typhoon Yolanda survivors avail of permanent shelters in Kalibo

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Under the NHA Permanent Resettlement Program for Calamity Victims, beneficiaries will be provided with developed lots and decent shelters at no cost

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Families of desaparecidos call for justice on All Souls' Day

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:35 AM

Families of victims of enforced disappearances light candles and offer flowers as they continue searching for their missing loved ones

“ Tell us where the deseparecidos, and we will be at peace” says the families of the victims of enforced dissappearance during a gathering in front of the Quiapo Church to remember those who have been missing as we observe All Souls day.  Families lit candles and offered flowers by the photos of those who have missing for years now. “ We have nowhere to offer candles and flowers, so we do it here for all the world to see”. The families and supporters seek justice and vow to continue the search for their loved ones. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Global task force helps save 240 child sex victims

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Victim Identification Task Force of Europol, with the help of law enforcers around world, rescues over 240 victims of child sex abuse and arrests almost 100 offenders since 2014

Father of 2 jailed in France for feeding them only cake and Coca-Cola

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'There was no fridge, the children slept on a mattress without covers and there were no toys... Their father fed them on cakes and coke,' says a deputy public prosecutor

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)

UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:07 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres toured Balaroa, where barely a vertical structure remained

Indonesian Muslims hold a mass prayer at Talise village in Palu on October 12, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that hit the area. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 12 visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead. YUSUF WAHIL / AFP

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

An NGO says girls in refugee camps suffer abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are '14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict'

Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018.  The Nigerian president promised on March 23, 2018 to free the remaining Christian schoolgirl still held by the Islamist militants Boko Haram, as he prepared to meet the other released Dapchi students. A total of 104 of the 110 students seized from the school in Dapchi on February 19 were released on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by PHILIP OJISUA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [school girls ] instead of [Christian school girls ]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Plans for Martial Law victims, martyrs memorial move forward

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We will continue to tell the story despite the fake news and the post-truth arguments because it's important that the future generations are made aware of what really happened during Martial Law,' CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon says

CHR, former HRVCB members warn martial law victims against scams

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board say that they are no longer accepting new applications amid reports that a group is soliciting money to process reparation claims from victims of Martial Law

'Bigger than Jonas': Edita Burgos carries torch for grieving women

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'The search is not just for Jonas but also for all victims...and if I find him, I will continue working for the disappearance of enforced disappearances'

Interview with Edita Burgos in Quezon City on August 27, 2018

'Victim-blaming’ Duterte should apologize for rape remark

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rape because there is a rapist, not because of anything about the victim,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is again under fire for making another rape joke. Malacanang photo

Families seek full implementation of law for desaparecidos

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

On International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, families say the Philippine government has failed 'to prevent abominable wrongdoing' for many years

Families of victims of enforced dissapearance remember their loved ones during a mass at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on International Day of the Disappeared, August 30, 2018. The relatives displayed photos of their beloved desaparecidos while offering candles and flowers on the Wall of Remembrance. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poor law implementation denies desaparecidos justice

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Hailed as comprehensive by advocates, the Anti-Enforced Or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 still faces several challenges, including lack of funding and overall improper grasp of the concept of human rights

House OKs longer validity of Martial Law victims' compensation

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Legislators vote 213-0-0 to approve the joint resolution that would extend the validity of the Martial Law victims' compensation until December 31, 2019

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What you need to know about enforced disappearances in the Philippines

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

According to latest data, there are at least 1,996 documented cases of enforced disappearance in the Philippines – 1,165 are missing while 244 were found dead

Duterte faces new complaint before Int'l Criminal Court

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Families of drug war victims tell the International Criminal Court that President Rodrigo Duterte must be 'held to account for crimes against humanity'

House wants to extend validity of Martial Law victims’ compensation

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Without congressional action, the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board's account with the Land Bank of the Philippines holding P792.628 million shall be maintained only until August 11

COMPENSATION. Martial Law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

Tagle, Villegas seek aid for monsoon flood victims

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Filipinos can course donations through their parishes, dioceses, or Caritas offices, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

IN PRAYER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads a prayer at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte hands P1M to flood-hit Quezon City, Pampanga

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte as well as Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda attend Hugpong ng Pagbabago's event amid heavy rain and flooding in their areas

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte asks God: Let EJK victims go to heaven

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'You enjoy your human rights there in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he opens Mindanao's biggest drug rehabilitation center

Police in Angono on the rack for anti-rape advice

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:21 PM

'Clothes don't cause rape, rapists do,' Senator Risa Hontiveros responds in a statement

STOLEN: Pretty Girls

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:32 PM

They were groomed, abused, and sold online. Now the children tell their story.

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

Superstition stopping Ebola victims from seeking medical care

May 23, 2018 - 5:49 PM

In Geneva, African health officials say they are preparing to send anthropologists to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help with an Ebola vaccination campaign

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to administer vaccines at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

11,103 victims of human rights violations under Martial Law to get compensation

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The release of the final list comes days before the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board ends its operations on May 12, 2018 as mandated by law

U.S. ship docks in Manila; sailors, Marines to help Mayon victims

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

More than 2,500 sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard visit Manila 'to enhance the strong ties between the Philippines and the US'

IN MANILA. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Rizza Fontanares, from San Diego, uses big eyes binoculars while standing forward lookout watch during sea and anchor detail as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Manila for a scheduled port visit. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes

Martial Law victims may get full compensation by May 12

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The law gives the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board only until that date to settle all claims

DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS. The names of personalities who fought the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law have been engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Martial Law victims to seek enforcement of Hawaii ruling through SC

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Former human rights chairperson Etta Rosales says they are taking action after the Court of Appeals affirms its rejection of the Hawaii ruling granting claimants $2 billion

HEROES. Family of Martial Law victims light candles before the Bantayog wall. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Holy Innocents Day, De Lima calls for justice for children killed in drug war

Dec 28, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls out the Duterte administration for the death of children and minors in its drug war

ANTI-DRUG WAR. Senator Leila de Lima waves at her supporters after appearing before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 where her trumped-up charges on illegal drug trade are being heard. Photo from De Lima's office

Paolo Duterte resignation, NCCC fire, Pope Francis Christmas message | Midday wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:18 PM

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Duterte suggests cremation of fire casualties

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with families of victims of the NCCC Mall fire in Davao, but acknowledges that no amount of words would give them comfort

VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visits the remains of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao. Photo from Malacañang/PCOO

Mariel de Leon criticizes website for made-up story about her

Nov 26, 2017 - 3:16 PM

'Don’t you guys have anything better to do? Mag move on nga kayo,' Mariel tweets

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

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

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

5 Filipino kidnap victims of Abu Sayyaf rescued in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Rescued are Vergel Arquino from Davao City, and Jushua Ybanez, Emo Fausto, Junald Minalang, and Spriano Sordid, all from Pagadian City

RESCUED. The crew members of Fishing Boat Danvil 8 were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in October in Sulu. They are undergoing medical checkups at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City after their rescue on Friday, November 17, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Schedule of events: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) Various events are organized around the Philippines for the World Day of Remembrance

Beyond donations, help Marawi victims regain their dignity – DSWD

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:07 PM

DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco says the department is focused on providing sustainable livelihood projects to the displaced families, which would allow them to regain control of their lives

MARAWI CRISIS. Displaced residents line up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal Hall, Lanao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler