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[OPINION] Who needs enemies when you have a President like Duterte?

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:09 PM

'Count the deaths. Count the sufferings. Count the fear and division he has cast over our nation...'

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

[ANALYSIS] Leila de Lima's bail application

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

'Clearly, the testimonies against De Lima are inadmissible, being hearsay, have little probative value, and are irrelevant, immaterial, and self-serving'

[OPINION] Beyond legalities and technicalities: How the court decision challenges us to keep press freedom alive

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:22 AM

'Fear is not what we need at this time, of all times. Especially if fear tricks us into seeing enemies where there are only fellow Filipinos and fellow human beings...'

Muntinlupa court denies De Lima's bid to join Senate virtual sessions

Jun 19, 2020 - 3:39 PM

'Please note that there is no civil interdiction imposed on me by any court, thus, there should be no unreasonable restrictions on my rights and legitimate interests,' says Senator Leila de Lima, who will file a motion for reconsideration

TELECONFERENCING PLEA. Senator Leila de Lima attends the January 31, 2020 hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205. File photo from the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima files for bail after 3 years in detention

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the government has not produced enough evidence in one of the 3 cases vs her

MOTION FOR BAIL. Senator Leila De Lima files for bail. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Anti-Terror Law? Or Anti-Filipino Law?

Jun 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM

In truth, therefore, the word 'terror' in the title of the bill is very appropriate

[OPINION] HK today, PH tomorrow: They are coming for us

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'It behooves the Filipino people to stand for Hong Kong and to fight for our own freedom.... We must fight to preserve...the priceless opportunity to live as free men and women in our own land, and not slaves to some foreign power.'

[OPINION] De Lima’s incommunicado detention

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:06 PM

'The current pandemic...provided another opportunity for the Duterte government to further torment her in an attempt to break her will'

De Lima staff, family barred from visiting her in Camp Crame

May 28, 2020 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Even phone calls to detained Senator Leila de Lima have to be first approved by PNP chief Archie Gamboa

Robredo urges gov't to end '3 years of inaction and neglect in Marawi'

May 23, 2020 - 10:16 AM

'Marawi is not merely a tragedy to be remembered; it is an ongoing problem that needs to be solved,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the 3rd anniversary of the Marawi siege

VICE PRESIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the Istorya ng Pag-asa Special Edition: Community Based Drug Rehabilitation Summit at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan City on January 16, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

[OPINION] It's a daunting task to be a mother in these perilous times

May 10, 2020 - 8:26 PM

Indeed, mothers do not only see the big picture. We also understand the interconnectedness and importance of making sacrifices now in the hope of something better in the end.

INSPIRATION. Senator Leila de Lima says she continuously draws 'strength and inspiration from other detained mothers.

[OPINION] Excluding De Lima and others

May 03, 2020 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Unfortunately, in the face of this clear need to close ranks, the national government is undermining such unity

TIGILAN ANG KASINUNGALINGAN! — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima flashes her iconic D5 handsign to greet onlookers and supporters as they crowded the side entrance of the Quezon City Hall of Justice chanting 'Free Leila!, Pekeng Ebidensya Ibasura!' expressing their unwavering support to the Senator earlier today (June19). Sen. De Lima attended the continuation of the trial for the "Disobedience to Summons" case filed against her by former House leaders before the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 34. Photo from Senate PRIB

De Lima says excluding her from Senate virtual sessions mere 'petty politics'

Apr 30, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Malinaw na ayaw lang talaga ng mga nasa kapangyarihan na ipalahok ako sa mga deliberasyon sa Senado,' says Senator De Lima

DETAINED. Senator Leila de Lima attends a hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205. Courtesy of the Sen. De Lima's office

[OPINION] China’s 2020 Fool’s Year

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:46 PM

'The world will not allow China to continue posturing as its savior, after China single-handedly caused the worst pandemic in world history since the Spanish Influenza of 1918'

U.S. now has De Lima's recommended list for travel bans, sanctions

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Australian Parliament also reaches out to De Lima as the country works on its own version of the Magnitsky Act

JAILED. Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by her jail guard as she goes out of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on January 31, 2020, where she is undergoing tiral for drug charges. Courtesy of the Sen. De Lima's office

[OPINION] Lawfare and warfare: The blitz against Senator Leila de Lima

Feb 24, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'Three years in jail have not broken Senator Leila. Ten more years won’t break her.'

De Lima marks 3rd year in 'unjust' detention

Feb 23, 2020 - 7:10 PM

'I don't know for how long I will remain unjustly detained, but I do know one thing for certain: my will to fight for what is right remains undeterred,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Sen. Leila M. de Lima attends today's hearing (Jan. 31), at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Br. 205. Courtesy of the Sen. De Lima's office

[LIVE] Int’l Forum on Lawfare: Weaponizing the Law vs Democratic Dissent

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Understanding 'lawfare' and unpacking the stories and experiences against the weaponization of the law are among the topics to be discussed at the Manila leg of the international forum, to be held at De La Salle University on February 21

[OPINION] A personal reflection: Reading Randy Ribay’s 'Patron Saints of Nothing'

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:00 PM

We must read this because it is written for us. We, too, must rescue ourselves from our stony indifference.

LOOK: Maria Ressa, Leila de Lima, Maria Lourdes Sereno star in exhibit on courage

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Young student-artists from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde's Fashion Design and Merchandising program put a spotlight on the 3 women for fighting for their rights and freedom

BRAVERY. Freshmen students of DLS-CSB's AB-Fashion Design and Merchandising program feature in an exhibit three brave women who fought for their rights and freedom: Senator Leila De Lima, Rappler's Maria Ressa, and former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. All photos courtesy of Center for Campus Art, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

SC decision allows 'coward' Duterte to hide behind OP – De Lima

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'I’ve always believed that the presidential immunity from suit is meant for the Office, not the man who abuses its powers and destroys its dignity,' says Senator Leila de Lima

ATTACK. President Rodrigo Duterte has chastised Senator Leila de Lima in several speeches in the past.

Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:41 PM

The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the President is immune from suit

De Lima thanks U.S. Senate for ‘standing strong for larger truths’

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says US Senate Resolution 142 is 'a watershed in the history of keeping democracy and human rights accountability in the country'

GRATEFUL. Senator Leila De Lima thanks the United States Senate for passing a resolution that seeks Magnitsky sanctions against Philippine officials responsible for her prolonged detention. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Reflections at the dawn of a hope-filled New Year and decade

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:47 PM

I am filled with hope to see that there is a growing momentum for demanding accountability, as more and more allies committed to defending human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law are making themselves heard

U.S. Senate passes resolution seeking Magnitsky sanctions vs PH officials

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:50 PM

(UPDATED) The resolution calls on US President Donald Trump to determine if Philippine officials responsible for extrajudicial killings and Senator Leila de Lima's detention would face travel and financial restrictions

DETAINED. Senator Leila De Lima asserts drug charges filed against her were fabricated by the Duterte government. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[PODCAST] Lumiliit na ang mundo ng mga nagpakulong kay De Lima

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Ano'ng implikasyon ng pagharang ng U.S. sa mga opisyales na may kinalaman sa pagkakulong ng senador?

U.S. Senator Durbin: De Lima case 'important test' for PH democracy

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'There is an easy and honorable way forward,' says Senator Richard Durbin as he reiterates his call to release Senator Leila de Lima or ensure her a fair trial

RIGHTS ADVOCATE. US Senator Dick Durbin addresses the Senate on January 9, 2019, on issues involving the human rights abuses in the Philippines. Screenshot of Senator Dick Durbin video posted on his Facebook page

De Lima wants Senate probe into China-funded surveillance project

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the Safe Philippines project is an opportunity for China to spy on Filipinos

WARNING VS CHINA. Senator Leila de Lima wants lawmakers to investigate the Safe Philippines project backed by China. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

De Lima submitting list of ‘persecutors’ to U.S. State Department

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:01 PM

She also says she would not release her full list until the US State Department comes up with its own, so as not to preempt the agency

LIST. Embattled Senator Leila De Lima said she would give the US state department a list of her so-called persecutors. Photo courtesy of Leila de Lima Comms

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Leila de Lima, the missed tipping point

Jan 04, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Out here a smattering of protest is all that has passed for righteous resistance. A tipping point is eternally awaited. It’s actually long past. It was Leila de Lima.

U.S. Senator Markey: Duterte's threats will not silence us

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:51 AM

'President Duterte is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence my voice and that of my colleagues,' says United States Senator Edward Markey after he is barred from entering the Philippines

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. U.S. Senator Edward Markey, Democrat from Massachusetts. Photo from Markey's official website

PH bars entry of 3rd U.S. senator backing De Lima release

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is the author of the resolution which condemns Senator Leila de Lima's detention and denounces human rights offenders in extrajudicial killings as well as media harassment in the country

BARRED FROM PH. In this file photo, Senator Edward Markey (Democrat from Massachusetts) speaks during a news conference on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

Panelo hits U.S. senators for 'absolute ignorance, shameful bias' over De Lima case

Dec 31, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The Presidential Spokesman suggests US senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin 'consult' with the US Ambassador to the Philippines 'before they start blabbering further nonsense'

SPOKESPERSON. In this file photo, Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

U.S. Senator Durbin: Duterte's visa threat 'insult' to Fil-Ams, PH democracy

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Democrat senator reiterates his call for the release of Senator Leila de Lima from detention, or a 'quick and credible' trial of the 'questionable' cases against her

RIGHTS ADVOCATE. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, democrat of Illinois state. Photo from Durbin's official webpage

A tale of two justice secretaries: The De Lima-Guevarra balance

Dec 30, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra may not meet eye to eye, but they understand each other and what their jobs mean

Not 'fake news': Documents show U.S. sanctions vs De Lima accusers

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:25 PM

3 documents debunk questions on the validity of U.S. sanctions against Philippine officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima

SANCTIONS. The 2020 US budget makes valid a provision to deny Philippine officials involved in Senator Leila de Lima's detention entry to the United States. Photo from office of Senator Leila de Lima

U.S. senator urges PH to free De Lima, drop threats vs Maria Ressa

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:09 PM

United States Senator Patrick Leahy vows to continue standing up for human rights in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte bars him from entering the country

HUMAN RIGHTS. Senator Patrick Leahy (left) urges the Philippines to uphold human rights instead of threatening to deny Americans visas to the country. File photo by Chip Soodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

PH bars entry of 2 U.S. senators who proposed ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 27, 2019 - 4:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens to require US citizens to secure Philippine visas if the ban is enforced

TRAVEL BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to require US citizens to apply for Philippine visas, after the US government issued a ban on Philippine officials invlved in Senator Leila de Lima's unlawful detention. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential photo

De Lima hits alleged ban on visits to political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the alleged ban is a 'blatant violation of the rights of these persons deprived of liberty'

BAN? Senator Leila de Lima slams the alleged visitation ban in Camp Bagong Diwa imposed on families of political prisoners. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

On 3rd Christmas in detention, De Lima wishes for restored 'normal life'

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says she is 'raring to work' as an opposition senator lawmaker and also spend more time with her family

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

The indignity of the U.S. travel bans is not about our politicians

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:05 PM

It's true, it is within the United States' sovereign power to block entry to anyone it wishes. But my migration framework prevents me from unequivocally saying that.

Locsin downplays U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:52 PM

'Sovereignty is indivisible. Give up one aspect – like a judicial trial... you may as well give up national security to China,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

PH AUTHORITY. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. downplays US sanctions vs Philippine officials involved in Senator Leila de Lima's detention. Photo by Angie de Silva

DOJ chief Guevarra shocked, offended by U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is easy to say for someone not in prison, and who is responsible for the continuation of injustice that is my incarceration based on fabricated charges,' says De Lima

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra testifies before the panel at the sixth meeting on the senate inquiry of the GCTA mess. September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After U.S. ban, Duterte gov’t officials insist De Lima detention lawful

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano cite the Philippine Supreme Court ruling upholding the opposition senator's detention

'NOT BOTHERED.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo brushed aside US sanctions to deny entry to Philippine officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima. Presidential photo

Trump OKs budget, includes U.S. ban on De Lima accusers

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The ban takes effect after US President Donald Trump signs into law the 2020 budget with a provision to deny entry to those involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Detained Senator Leila De Lima is whisked away after attending a hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 9 2019. Photo by the office of Senator Leila de Lima

What we know so far: Proposed U.S. sanctions vs PH officials in drug war

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Answers to 4 questions to get you up to speed on 2 proposed measures to bar Philippine officials from entering the United States and freezing their assets there

DRUG WAR. Police officials investigate the crime scene of a buy-bust operation. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines

Dec 21, 2019 - 5:27 PM

With a US Senate committee passing a resolution invoking the Global Magnitsky Act, Philippine officials face the prospect of being denied US visas and having their assets there frozen

'FABRICATED DRUG CHARGES.' Senator Leila De Lima is seen after she attend the hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Locsin calls ‘idiotic’ US Senate panel’s resolution vs PH officials

Dec 15, 2019 - 1:37 PM

The Philippines' top diplomat cites the 'separation of powers and the independence of nations' as he hits the US foreign relations committee resolution citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

'IDIOTIC'. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin hits a US Senate committee's resolution against Philippine government officials. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. senators misled over PH officials ban? De Lima: ‘Nakakatawa naman ito’

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Senator Leila de Lima tells Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo her detention is a 'test case for your boss’ attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions'

'LAUGHABLE.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler