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Youth groups continue protest as anti-terrorism law nears implementation

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:05 PM

They warn that with human rights violations already rampant even before the measure’s signing into law, the anti-terrorism law's implementation will result in more abuses

PROTEST. Sectoral groups unite at the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City to continue its protest against government's response to a health crisis calling out its 'misplaced priorities' for pushing the anti-terror law and rejecting ABS-CBN's franchise as the country grapples with the pandemic. Photo by PUP's The Catalyst

Victim-blaming: Why survivors of sexual violence won’t come forward

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:37 AM

‘When you hear that someone has been raped, it challenges our belief in a just, fair world.' People would then resort to blaming the victim to reduce the discomfort from an idea that conflicts with their belief.

[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

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

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

'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

'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

Supreme Court junks petition questioning Duterte's Bayanihan Law

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The 9-page petition 'fails to show grave abuse of discretion,' says the Supreme Court

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks petition questioning the constitutionality of the Bayanihan Law that gave President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Rappler

Over $30 billion needed to develop COVID-19 tests, treatments, vaccines – WHO

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:31 PM

So far, $3.4 billion has been pledged, while an additional $27.9 billion is needed over the next 12 months

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Duterte signs good manners and right conduct law

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:44 PM

As a subject, Good Manners and Right Conduct was removed when the K-12 curriculum was implemented in 2013. This was only integrated in other subjects.

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. File photo of public elementary students during the class opening for school year 2019-2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD says cash aid will continue after Bayanihan Act expires

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The emergency subsidy program was created in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which Malacañang says expires on June 25

Social Amelioration Program distribution in Cavite. - Residents of Barangay Pasong Camachile 1 in City of General Trias trooped at Barangay covered on Thursday, May 7, 2020 to received their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of National Government thru the Department of Social Welfare Development. The locality has 44, 373 beneficiaries in 33 barangay. (Dennis Abrina)

Duterte to call special session when lawmakers agree on Bayanihan 2 fund amount

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The President wants the Senate and House to agree on the amount of standby funds in a bill that would extend his coronavirus response powers if passed into law

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

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

Gladys Reyes to teach acting classes online

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:30 AM

How to be a kontrabida in-cam but a good person IRL? Sign us up!

Vowing new Syria campaign, U.S. sanctions dozens including Assad wife

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'We anticipate many more sanctions and we will not stop until Assad and his regime stop their needless, brutal war against the Syrian people,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

SANCTIONS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) speaking next to his wife Asma as they receive members of the army and their mother's to celebrate Mother's Day in the capital Damascus on March 21, 2016. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

U.S. top court rules civil rights law protects LGBTQ+ workers

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The landmark decision says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination against employees because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status

SUPREME COURT. The US Supreme Court is seen amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 15, 2020 as stay at home order has been extended in Washington, DC until May 15. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

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

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

No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:53 AM

‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’

Lawmakers' changing of anti-terror bill vote has 'no more bearing' – Villafuerte

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes

HOUSE DEPUTY SPEAKER. Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte gestures during a hearing in February 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Some House members' votes on anti-terror bill incorrectly recorded

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers

IN SESSION. Only a few lawmakers are allowed to physically attend the session on May 13, 2020 as a precaution against COVID-19. File photo courtesy of PPAB

After law's 'expiry,' Malacañang submits Bayanihan Act report to Congress

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:27 PM

The 11th weekly report says the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to adjust the list of remaining beneficiaries who will receive the first tranche of the government's cash aid

REPORT. Malacanang submits 11th weekly report to Congress. Malacanang photo

House bill seeks jail for pranking food delivery riders, canceling orders

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:50 PM

No-shows and last-minute cancellations could land customers in jail for up to 12 years, if the proposed Food and Grocery Delivery Services Protection Act becomes law


Robredo: Why rush anti-terrorism bill during pandemic?

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Diyos ko naman. Nakakapanlumo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

PRIORITIES. Vice President Leni Robredo gave a message at the formal opening of The Medical City-South Luzon COVID-19 Complex of Hope at Greenfield City in Santa Rosa City, Laguna on Monday, May 11, 2020. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

[EXPLAINER] Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

Bangsamoro lawyers, law students reject anti-terror bill

Jun 07, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'We support a just, humane law that will combat terrorism, and aid in our efforts toward a more harmonious and peaceful society. We regret that this is not the anti-terror bill,' say the lawyers, including Bangsamoro government Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba

BANGSAMORO LAWYER. Bangsamoro Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba. Photo from BARMM

Police take down post red-tagging youth journalist

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:24 PM

But Youth Act Now Against Tyranny Baguio says the takedown is 'too late'

Malacañang says Bayanihan Act to expire June 25, but Constitution says no

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:03 PM

'The Constitution takes precedence over ordinary legislation,' says Senator Drilon on Malacañang's assertion

NO ACTION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte did not certify Bayanihan 2 bill as urgent, which would have extended the validity of programs under Bayanihan Act. Malacanang photo

DOJ starts review of constitutionality of anti-terror bill

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:17 PM

'You appear to be a decent and honorable man, unlike many. Your principal will not be there forever, but your reputation and integrity will outlive you,' human rights lawyer Edre Olalia pleads to fellow Atenean lawyer Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

REVIEW. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Department of Justice (DOJ) will review the constitutionality of the highly contested anti-terror bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Lagman urges Cayetano not to transmit anti-terror bill to Duterte yet

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'It would afford both the House of Representatives and the Senate to make their own respective reviews of the measure to cleanse it of constitutional infirmities,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman

ANTI TERROR BILL. Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


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Jun 06, 2020 - 12:36 PM

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Close to home: Daughter of slain activist warns anti-terror bill will 'normalize' killings

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:32 PM

'Once you're labeled a terrorist, the authorities can justify whatever they may do to you,' says Tsinkay Porquia

Youth-led protesters slam Bacolod lawmaker for anti-terror vote

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The youth protesters are allegedly threatened by police for mobilizing

PROTEST. Youth protesters, along with members of the progressive groups and religious sector, troop to the office of Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya on Friday, June 5, to call for the abolition of the anti-terror bill. Photo courtesy of Paghimutad.

[EXPLAINER] Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

Cayetano warns gov't officials over 'inexcusable' Bayanihan law problems

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House 'will be having an accounting' of the problematic implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

SUBSIDY PROGRAM. A mother and her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's emergency subsidy program on May 12, 2020 at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano justifies anti-terror bill: ‘Let us read before we criticize’

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'Basahin natin before we criticize, because ang daling sabihin eh [na may] repression, wala ng democracy, draconian,' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano at a press conference in Congress on Monday, February, 24, 2020. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

House passes P1.5-trillion infra stimulus package to curb unemployment

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Under House Bill No. 6920, the government can tap into the fund for 3 fiscal years upon enactment. If passed this year, the funds will be valid until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

CONSTRUCTION IN A PANDEMIC. A worker carries mattresses during the construction of the back-up Barangay Isolation Center for coronavirus patients in Cebu City on May 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

ATENEO LEADER. Father Jose Ramon Villarin, president of Ateneo de Manila University, is one of the signatories of a joint Ateneo-La Salle statement against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Comparing dangers in old law and anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The 2020 anti-terror bill 'penalizes' freedom of speech, which makes it open to a challenge just on its face, according to retired justice Antonio Carpio

ANTI TERROR BILL. Various groups took to the streets June 4, 2020, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City to protest the Anti Terror Bill. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill on coronavirus testing for vulnerable sectors

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The bill includes non-medical frontliners and quarantine pass holders who do not exhibit symptoms among those to be prioritized for testing

RT-PCR TEST FOR CORONAVIRUS. Health workers take the swab of a man atthe Noveleta Medcare Hospital in Cavite on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Senate session adjourns without passing Bayanihan 2

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bayanihan to Heal As One Act – the law giving President Duterte emergency powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic – will expire on Friday, June 5

ADJOURNED. Senate adjourns sine die on June 4, 2020. Photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

DEFENDING RIGHTS. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

EDGARD AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo during a media briefing in August 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:19 AM

His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

WITHDRAWAL. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his negative vote on the anti-terror bill via Zoom on June 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account