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Rappler Talk: Senator Francis Pangilinan on commuter rights bill

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Pangilinan hopes to restore the dignity of commuting and create a magna carta for commuters' rights

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

Senate approves bill on Magna Carta of the Poor

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Senate Bill No. 2121 seeks to address hunger and ensure that the poor will have full and equal access to basic services

ALLEVIATE POVERTY. The Senate approves on Tuesday, January 29 a measure seeking to create government programs to alleviate poverty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Apology not enough: Group for deaf wants Ombudsman to punish Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:41 AM

'This will be an example for others,' says Carol Dagani, president of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf

COMPLAINT VS MOCHA. The Philippine Federation of the Deaf files a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on September 20, 2018. Rappler photo

CHR investigating 'appalling, unacceptable' mockery of deaf people on video

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:39 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation follows a complaint against Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar from the Philippine Federation of the Deaf

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: It's a crime to make fun of PWDs

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The senator calls out the government's communications official for 'mocking the people she serves'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

Dasmariñas Village residents quarrel over Globe cell sites

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:01 PM

55 Globe antennas now stand inside the exclusive subdivision Some residents say they were not consulted and ask where the P4 M annual payments have gone

ON CORNERS. The ODAs built by Globe Telecom are strategically placed evenly along sidewalks or street corners of the subdivision. Photo by Rambo Talabong.

#CampusIssue: How will the Magna Carta shape UP elections?

Apr 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The question needs to be asked: Should a document codify and recognize the rights of the students? The students’ answer to this question might be the tipping point of the 2017 campus elections in UP Diliman

DOH to 'revisit, amend' Magna Carta of Public Health Workers

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial s directive comes after the death of former volunteer doctor and municipal health officer Dreyfuss Perlas

'5-6' lending? Symptom of a larger problem

Jan 14, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Government ought not to mistake symptoms for our problems We won’t achieve 100 financial inclusion just because we arrest and deport all 5 6 lenders

What bonuses will public school teachers get by year-end?

Nov 09, 2016 - 3:46 PM

A teacher with a basic salary of P19 077 can get P34 077 up to P64 077 in bonuses

Recto: Why the delay in implementing VAT exemption for PWDs?

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The Senate Minority Leader says 7 months since the law was signed concerned government agencies have yet to promulgate its implementing rules and regulations

Loans for MSMEs rise to P459.48 billion in Q1 2016

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Despite the increase total loans for MSMEs still fall slightly short of the 10 target set by the government

Aquino: 81 bills rejected in 6 years

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Among all the presidents after Martial Law it was Aquino who vetoed the most number of bills followed by President Fidel Ramos

CHR on Duterte, canvassing of votes, Japan heist | 6PM wRap

May 25, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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CHR: Duterte violated Magna Carta of Women over rape joke

May 25, 2016 - 3:26 PM

The CHR also urges the Civil Service Commission and the interior department to consider taking appropriate measures against the Davao City mayor

NO APOLOGY. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte refuses to apologize for the rape remark he made during a campaign rally in April 2016.

Aquino signs law on VAT exemption for PWDs

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:15 AM

2ND UPDATE Filipinos with disabilities can breathe a sigh of relief following the signing of Republic Act 10754 which now allows them to fully enjoy their mandated discounts

New SSL IV provision will protect Magna Carta benefits – bicam

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:10 PM

But the bicameral conference committee has yet to decide if retired soldiers will be among the bill s beneficiaries

RIGHTS PROTECTION. The bicameral conference committee on the Salary Standardization Law IV plans to include a provision protecting the Magna Carta benefits of government employees.

Abortion? Vote according to compassion, conscience

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:25 PM

I am confident that as taxpayers we will be mindful that the very basic right to safe and legal abortion affecting the health and lives of women and their families will be in our hearts and minds on election day

Recto to bicam: Don't scrap Magna Carta benefits under SSL IV

Jan 22, 2016 - 9:14 AM

3rd UPDATE Senator Ralph Recto urges the bicameral conference committee to include a provision in the proposed Salary Standardization Law IV that will protect existing Magna Carta benefits of government employees

PROTECT GOV'T WORKERS' BENEFITS. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto suggests a few changes in the Salary Standardization Law IV when it reaches the bicameral conference committee. Photo from the office of Senator Ralph Recto petition to Aquino: Apologize over 'offensive' LP show

Oct 02, 2015 - 10:22 AM

The petition also calls for an investigation into the conduct of government officials in violation of the Magna Carta of Women

President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions directed to him during the Press Conference at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (September 17, 2015). The President also showed images of the slain Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, killed by the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in the January 25 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Coming soon: All-gender restrooms in PH airports

Jul 06, 2015 - 5:01 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines says it will also rehabilitate existing comfort rooms in 41 airports in the country

Meralco consumers furious over bill deposit update

Jun 27, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Consumers who will get a refund are those who pay bills religiously for 3 consecutive years Meralco Spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga says

FURIOUS CONSUMERS. Several Meralco consumers expressed fury on social media because of the bill deposit update notice shown in their latest electricity bills

Pia Cayetano, women's agency slam Inquirer for 'sexist' front page

May 24, 2015 - 11:08 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano says the full body image of a bikini pageant winner published in Inquirer s May 23 front page was clearly meant to be provocative

Philippine gender gap narrow but women leaders still needed

Mar 08, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The government encourages women in all sectors of the society to take part in leadership and to drive for excellence

Magna Carta originals reunited for 800th anniversary

Feb 02, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Considered the cornerstone of liberty modern democracy justice and the rule of law the 1215 English charter forms the basis for legal systems around the world the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the US constitution

HISTORIC DOCUMENT. A view of the Magna Carta, seen on public display before the auctioning of the document on 18 December 2007, at Sotheby's auction house in New York, New York, USA, on 07 December 2007.   ( Justin Lane/EPA )

The invisible kids of the streets

Dec 19, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Street children with disabilities Ever thought of them?

LOVE. Children staying at Virlanie's Aime Home enjoying a round of videoke during their Christmas party. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What persons with disability are entitled to

Dec 03, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Based on the 2010 Census there are 1 443 000 PWDs comprising 1 57 of the total population in the country

Legarda wants P25K basic pay for public school teachers

Aug 15, 2014 - 4:04 PM

The proposed Senate bill seeks to prioritize government appropriation for the salary increase over non educational and non agricultural budgetary allocations

BELOW AVERAGE. Most schools for teachers in the country have not reached the national test-taker passing rates of the licensure exam for the past 5 years. File photo by AFP

CHR to probe unauthorized sex video distributors

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:07 PM

In the wake of the Paolo Bediones video scandal the Commission on Human Rights reminds the public that the unauthorized distribution of intimate videos and photos violates human rights

BSP approves revisions on MSMEs reports from banks

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The changes aim to improve data collection to aid a more supportive lending environment for micro small and medium enterprises or MSMEs

LGBT rights are human rights

May 12, 2014 - 3:53 PM

It s sad to learn that certain people are entitled to less rights than others just because they are labeled different

WHAT TO DO. It might take a long time before more inclusive Philippine policies are made. A good first step we can do today is to stop hating. Photo taken from the 2013 UP Pride March. Photo from Buena Bernal/

Roll out red carpet for Internet users, senators told

Mar 03, 2014 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines continues to violate an international treaty on freedom of expression with its libel laws groups say

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL. The Senate committee on science and technology holds its first hearing on proposed amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Senate PRIB photo

Miriam to Recto: Prioritize crowdsourced Web freedom bill

Feb 21, 2014 - 3:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto s committee will start hearing cybercrime bills on March 3 two weeks after the Supreme Court declared online libel constitutional

CYBERCRIME PROTESTS. Bloggers, human rights advocates and activists held protests against the Cybercrime Law in October. File photo by Purple Romero

Where are the health workers?

Feb 12, 2014 - 4:49 PM

While Filipinos go abroad to address the shortage on health professionals in those host countries only 3 public doctors for every 100 000 population back home

REALITY. Dr Moses Princesa, a municipal health officer based in Busuanga, Palawan, shares the difficulty of the health workforce shortage on the ground. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Q and A: What PH can learn from global Internet debate

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Filipino delegates to a global Internet forum say vague laws threatened Internet freedom in the Philippines

Solon files bill on journalist accreditation

Oct 15, 2013 - 2:34 PM

NUJP slams the bill as illogical and superfluous

Representative Rufus Rodriguez

Cybercrime law mars PH net freedom – global report

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:44 PM

A report of US based Freedom House says Internet freedom in the Philippines declined primarily because of the notorious restrictive and punitive law

Photo by Hoang Vu

NUJP to Jinggoy: Drop proposal for journos' board exams

Aug 14, 2013 - 6:30 AM

The proposed Magna Carta creates a council that administers regulatory exams for the accreditation of professional journalists

'No anonymous posts in crowdsourcing laws'

Jul 09, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Sen TG Guingona says he prefers that netizens not be allowed to post anonymously when commenting on bills online

FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. Sen TG Guingona says he prefers that netizens not be allowed to post anonymously when commenting on bills posted online. File photo from Guingona's Facebook page

Binay vs e-violence, Miriam for net freedom

Jul 03, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Sen Nancy Binay and Miriam Defensor Santiago file separate bills on Internet policy

LINED UP. Sen Nancy Binay prepares to file her first 15 bills focusing on women and children. Photo by Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal

Jay-Z, Samsung do album release promo

Jun 17, 2013 - 3:03 PM

Jay Z s latest album to get released early on the first one million Samsung devices that grab an app

MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL. Jay-Z and Samsung team up to release the rapper's album early to app downloaders using Samsung products. Screen shot from

Cyber-attacks show PH 'vulnerability' - group

May 12, 2013 - 2:01 AM

Democracy Net Ph urges the government to take steps to improve cyber security before attacks endanger lives and property

WEAK SECURITY. An Internet group said that the country's cyber-infrastructure is vulnerable to attacks.

Aquino vetoes Magna Carta for the poor

Mar 25, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Lawmakers slam him for being elitist

High-rise construction provides a contrasting background for the shanties in Metro Manila.

Internet freedom and the universe online

Jan 19, 2013 - 8:58 AM

The idea of Internet freedom is admirable and extending it outward from a single point is also something every person can contribute to

SECOND UNIVERSE. The Internet and the universe inside of it needs to be free.

Miriam proposes new anti-cybercrime law

Nov 30, 2012 - 1:59 PM

Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago calls for the passage of a Magna Carta for Internet Freedom to replace the cybercrime law

Meralco defers bill deposit collection to 2013

Oct 12, 2012 - 6:50 PM

Meralco defers collection of bill deposit payments to January 2013

'The tweet is mightier than the sword'

Sep 22, 2012 - 1:24 PM

Filipino netizens who use social media to criticize politicians want the government to pass a Magna Carta for them

Why the hemming and hawing, Sen Legarda?

Sep 20, 2012 - 3:57 PM

In your case natural family planning actually worked Should that indeed be the case bow na talaga ako sa iyo…at least as far as your ability to succeed where so very few others have No wonder you are unable to relate to so many of us