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SC strikes off PhilSAT as required nat'l law school entrance test

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Some powers of the Legal Education Board (LEB) are also declared as unconstitutional

PHILSAT. Petitioners successfully remove PhilSAT which has been imposed as the additional requirement for aspiring law students on top of the schools' own entrance examinations. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC tackles: Should national law school entrance test PhilSAT be removed?

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Justice Leonen raises the concern that the nationwide test under the control of the State may infringe on academic freedom

PHILSAT. Petitioners want to remove PhilSAT which has been imposed as the additional requirement for aspiring law students on top of the schools' own entrance examinations. Photo by Rappler

MISLEADING: 'Midterm legislative achievements' of Aquino, Duterte

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Counting only landmark laws and laws of national significance, both presidents have an almost equal number: at least 57 for Duterte and 58 for Aquino

Screenshots of claims offering a comparison of laws approved during the midterms of Presidents Aquino and Duterte

Senate approves bill strengthening disease surveillance, reporting

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Senate Bill 2186 seeks to amend Republic Act 3573 or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases

PUBLIC HEALTH. Senate Bill 2186 seeks to strengthen reporting and surveillance of diseases considered a public health concern.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Plebiscite, preamble, PH laws among last issues at Bangsamoro bicam

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri misses his target to finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday, July 17, because of issues raised by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

CAUCUS. Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar speaks to journalists after a caucus with the bicameral conference committee in Mandaluyong City on July 17, 2018, to discuss the BTC’s issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law’s preamble and other provisions. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

P72B yearly for Bangsamoro region if BBL passed

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Senators also assure local government units that their Internal Revenue Allotment would be retained

CASE FOR BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (standing) tells the stakeholders at a Senate hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan on February 9, 2018, that he is in favor of the proposal even if he would lose his job over it. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jose Maria Hofileña is new Ateneo Law School dean

Feb 09, 2018 - 3:12 PM

In his memorandum to the Ateneo community announcing Jose Maria Hofileña's appointment, university president Father Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, points out the special mission of lawyers and law students in the era of fake news

HOFILEÑA, Jose Maria G.

Duterte on same-sex marriage: 'We can change the law'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'Ako gusto ko, same-sex marriage,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his speech during a gathering of the LGBT community in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao during the 7th LGBT Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Netizens celebrate the signing of the Free Education bill into law

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Less than an hour before the news broke out SUCs tops the trending list in the Philippines

To have professional licenses renewed under new rules in PH, here's the cost

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Professionals would have to shell out thousands worth of extra cash when they renew their license every 3 years

CAREER PROGRESS. Under the Continuing Professional Development law, workers covered by the Professional Regulatory Commission are required to seek opportunities to boost their skills and knowledge.

Progress in Congress? Duterte's legislative agenda in 1st year

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte does not lag far behind most of his predecessors when it comes to laws passed during their first year in office

LIST: Passers: 2017 Philippine Law School Admission Test

May 05, 2017 - 5:00 PM

A total of 6 575 out of 8 074 pass the first ever Philippine Law School Admission Test

81.43% pass first national law school entrance test PhilSAT

May 05, 2017 - 4:42 PM

For 2017 law schools that intend to accept non passers of the Philippine Law School Admission Test will have to submit a justification to the Legal Education Board

News Briefs: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 24

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2017

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

17th Congress of the Philippines: Will laws remain unfunded?

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Congress that has made the most number of empty promises so far is the 15th Congress How will the 17th Congress fare?

UNFUNDED. Several laws passed since 1991 remain without funding.

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

Legal forum on startups runs until July

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:31 PM

The first legal forum was conducted on June 15 and will continue with two more sessions on June 29 and July 6

Beyond the numbers: How Aquino fueled the economy

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Aquino s economic legacy lies in finally allowing the private sector to flourish while planting the seeds for future generations to enjoy

Legal fora on startups to start June 15

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Find out more about Philippine laws for startups

Advocates to Duterte: Don't imprison parents of street kids

May 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Do you agree that parents of unattended minors mostly street children loitering the streets from 10 pm to 5 am should be imprisoned?

PUNISHMENT. Children in conflict with the law also have rights, advocates say. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Love and sex advice from the Pope

May 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Many of the laws in the Philippines are based on the love and sex advice dispensed by the Church says sex and gender columnist Ana Santos

Billions of pesos spent on 'pre-campaign' ads

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is the sole presidential bet who did not spend hundreds of millions of pesos on pre campaign ads

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

Women's 'dignity kits' now mandatory during disasters

Mar 06, 2016 - 2:49 PM

The dignity kit contains women s personal care items such as toiletries undergarments sanitary napkins and a malong

WOMEN DURING DISASTERS. Despite the roles women play in households, they are usually left out of disaster prevention programs. Photo by Aleksandar Todorovic/

PODCAST: There's an HIV law in the PH?

Feb 27, 2016 - 2:30 PM

About two decades ago former president Fidel V Ramos gifted the Asia Pacific HIV community with an HIV law

Aquino signs law for Sangguniang Kabataan reforms

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Lawmakers say the SK Reform Act is the first law with an anti political dynasty provision

LAST DAY. Students fill out SK application forms outside the Comelec-Quezon City District 2 Office on the last day of registration on Monday, September 29. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Senate approves bill for 100-day maternity leave

Jan 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A measure granting more days for maternity leave is approved on third and final reading

MATERNITY LEAVE. Senator Pia Cayetano's bill applies to female employees working in the government and the private sector

PODCAST: Annulment 101

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Where do broken hearts go? To court? Let s talk about annulment in the Philippines

FAST FACTS: Philippine Bar examination

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:52 AM

(UPDATED) The highest percentage of exam passers was in 1954 with 75.17 percent, while the lowest was in 1999 with 16.59%

Make hunger and nutrition an election issue

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The National Nutrition Council advises the public to look out for candidates who include food and nutrition security in their agenda

Why do Filipinos need a mental health law?

Oct 30, 2015 - 1:39 PM

In a country mired by various problems advocates fear that the government will put mental health on the back burner

Advocates push for comprehensive PH mental health law

Oct 29, 2015 - 5:36 PM

The Philippines is home to over 100 million Filipinos yet there are only 690 psychiatrists and around 1 000 nurses working in psychiatric care

Poe: Why no implementation of free mobile disaster alerts?

Oct 10, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Why are we making laws and then abandoning their implementation? Senator Grace Poe asks

How to curb 'laglag-bala' modus and airport extortion

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Under the current system a crooked cop can ruin an innocent person s life just by saying I found something

The reality of abortion in the Philippines

Sep 13, 2015 - 12:13 PM

Permitting restrictions on women’s right to decide their own bodies perpetuate discrimination against women and inequality of women in law

Same-sex couples denied marriage in QC, vows battle not over

Aug 03, 2015 - 2:46 PM

The move is in support of lawyer Jesus Falcis Supreme Court petition for marriage equality in the Philippines

Hungry for justice: Harsh realities of child abuse

Aug 01, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Authorities have vital questions to answer and all of us must challenge politicians and corporations everywhere and act to end such crimes and do justice for the children

CHILD ABUSE. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) handled 180 cases of sexually exploited children in 2014, however, many other cases go unreported. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

The long road to an LGBT anti-discrimination law

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:36 AM

This is a story about the Filipino people s struggle for genuine equality and acceptance amid a culture of hate and holiness

Aquino's response to climate change: Action or inaction?

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ma’am sana makarating itong kwento ko sa mga tao para may gawin na sila

What's wrong with Philippine cops?

Jul 26, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A retired law enforcement specialist with the US Air Force who is now based in the Philippines discusses what s fundamentally wrong with the way our policemen think

Child-led groups push to end corporal punishment

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:42 PM

How do you discipline your children?

Veejay Floresca: Lift Valkyrie’s ban on 'crossdressers'

Jun 22, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Top fashion designer and transgender rights advocate Veejay Floresca challenges a high end bar s no cross dressing policy after being denied entry

Veejay Floresca

Death by stigma: Problems with post-abortion care

May 20, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Some women who experience abortion complications would rather suffer in silence than experience discrimination in the hands of authorities

PODCAST: Can Mary Jane Veloso still be saved?

May 17, 2015 - 10:30 AM

She narrowly escaped death Will the courts rule in her favor?

Should abortion for rape victims be legalized in PH?

May 14, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The Philippines should repeal its laws that punish women and girls who have undergone abortions as a matter of public policy to save women’s lives

Isn't it time to legalize abortion in the PH?

May 09, 2015 - 4:12 PM

It s unfortunate that the abortions that happen in the Philippines are unsafe a far cry from the rest of the world

PODCAST: Non-monogamy, aye or nay?

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Curious? Even if you are against non monogamy why not give this week’s podcast a try? You can even argue against some of the points raised

Divorce: Yes, we need to talk about it

Apr 03, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Divorce – it s on the country’s big bad shelf alongside same sex marriage abortion sexuality education and other rights and services readily accessed in other countries

My partner got one over me so I need your help

Mar 08, 2015 - 9:00 PM

An American who fell in love with the Philippines narrates his harrowing experiencing getting into business with a partner he thought was also a friend