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U.N. experts remind Duterte gov't: Targeting activists makes them vulnerable to violence

Mar 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The United Nations website indicates no reply from the Philippine government regarding the official communication sent in December 2019 by the special rapporteurs

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

Not sure which streets are safe? This app will guide you

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Safetipin is a mobile application enabling users to rate and share their ‘safety perception’ of areas in their city

SAFETY THROUGH AWARENESS. The application champions safety by letting users know which areas seem safer to go to based on other users' ratings.

UN expert proposes press conference with Duterte

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:23 AM

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says President Rodrigo Duterte can offer his analysis reply or rebuttal through a press conference

UN EXPERT. Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on summary executions, addresses the event on the 'Parliamentary Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty and Terrorism-related Offenses' on October 20, 2016. Photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Leila de Lima, Marcos burial, Brazilian football team | Evening wRap

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Watch Rappler s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

PH gov't to UN: Consider anti-drug campaign 'beyond the headlines'

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:25 PM

NEDA Deputy Director General Rosemarie Edillon in a dialogue with a UN committee says the Philippines is addressing the drug problem with treatment and rehabilitation among others

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UN committee examines human rights in Philippines

Sep 30, 2016 - 10:37 AM

Recent extrajudicial killings in the Philippines seemed to target the poorest populations UN human rights experts say

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Two kittens walk next to the body of a suspected drug pusher lying a pavement next to a motorcycle after he was killed during an encounter with police in Pasig City on September 23, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte on threat to leave UN: Can't you take a joke?

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Hindi ka marunong magbiro pa? Saan tayo mag join Association ng mga Lumubog? says the irreverent President Duterte

DUTERTE'S HUMOR. President Duterte and his appointees have repeatedly asked the media and the public to try to understand the President's sense of humor. Photo by TOTO LOZANO/PPD

Philippines 'not leaving' UN amid Duterte threat

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the Philippines remains committed to the UN despite its frustrations

The flag of the Republic of the Philippines (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Was Duterte serious about leaving UN? Andanar says he'll ask

Aug 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar gives no definite answer yet when asked about President Rodrigo Duterte s threat to leave the United Nations

President Rodrigo Duterte elaborates more on the allegations against Senator Leila De Lima during a press conference held at the Presidential Guest house in Davao City on August 20. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PPD

Beijing holds South China Sea war games before ruling

Jul 09, 2016 - 3:36 PM

The military drills come as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is set to make its final decision on Tuesday in the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China

This photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a logistics supply drill near the James Shoal area on South China Sea.  Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the whole of the South China Sea, on the basis of a segmented line that first appeared on Chinese maps in the 1940s, pitting it against several neighbours. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT / TO GO WITH AFP STORY CHINA-POLITICS-MARITIME-DIPLOMACY BY BEN DOOLEY

Philippines waits for UN response on North Korean ship

Mar 06, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Jin Teng cargo ship is being held at Subic port northeast of Manila where the Philippine Coast Guard is monitoring it

IMPOUNDED. North Korean freighter Jin Teng. File photo from

UN chief in PH: Use 'strong' laws to protect Lumad

Dec 10, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The UN continues to be concerned over reports of violence against the Lumad in Mindanao

Lumads from Mindanao were welcomed by students of University of the Philippines in Diliman on late Monday, October 26, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/ Rappler

FULL TEXT: 2015 APEC Leaders' Declaration

Nov 19, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Read the full text of the Leaders Declaration at the APEC Summit in Manila

APEC FAMILY. APEC leaders pose for their traditional 'family photo' before the leaders' retreat at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines, on November 19, 2015. Robert Viñas/Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Last batch of PH peacekeepers from Liberia now home

Nov 25, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The peacekeepers are undergoing a 3 week quarantine at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center

QUARANTINED. Four peacekeepers are staying in the AFP Medical Center for a 3-week precautionary quarantine. File photo from the AFP Medical Center website.

PH: Kidnapping peacekeepers unacceptable

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The Philippines cites the kidnapping of peacekeepers and health issues like Ebola as top issues that must be reviewed in UN peacekeeping

Golan chief now calls PH peacekeepers ‘brave’

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:44 AM

India s Lieutenant General Singha says The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation and exhibited raw courage resilience and patience

World Habitat Day: Help transform lives

Oct 06, 2014 - 5:14 PM

October 6 is World Habitat Day

Obama on maritime row: China must follow rules

Sep 25, 2014 - 10:07 AM

We will insist that all nations abide by the rules of the road and resolve their territorial disputes peacefully consistent with international law Obama says

'RULES OF THE ROAD.' US President Barack Obama calls on China and other South China Sea claimant countries to follow international law. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

VLOG: Aquino says PH needs climate funds

Sep 24, 2014 - 8:43 PM

With the Philippines bearing the brunt of extreme weather events President Benigno Aquino asks the UN for assistance in climate funds and tecnhology

Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

Aquino, Obama at the UN: What to expect

Sep 15, 2014 - 9:30 PM

This year s UN General Assembly is shaping up to be one of the busiest with multiple crises and the deadline for MDGs and a climate treaty coming up

‘Dealing with China not like haggling in Divisoria’

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Senators call on the Philippine government to consider the implications of a Chinese offer not to submit its pleading in its arbitration case against Beijing

'PH can be poster child for disaster preparedness'

Dec 05, 2013 - 9:09 PM

We are speaking of lively recovery and livelihood restoration 3 weeks after [Yolanda] says a recovery expert from the United Nations

'FAST.' A disaster rehabilitation expert from the United Nations says the country's response to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has been fast, all things considered. AFP/Ted Aljibe

PH welcomes release of peacekeepers

Mar 10, 2013 - 11:21 AM

2nd UPDATE The Filipino peacekeepers are freed by Syrian rebels and taken to Jordan to get medical attention and be debriefed

Syrian rebels seize 21 Filipino peacekeepers

Mar 07, 2013 - 1:49 AM

6th UPDATE Syrian rebel fighters kidnap 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers – 18 soldiers and their 3 officers – in the Golan Heights

PH leads passage of UN resolution for victims of trafficking

Jul 06, 2012 - 11:30 AM

The Philippines and Germany lead 68 other nations in pushing for the adoption of a UN resolution to help victims of human trafficking

PH absent during crucial vote on Syria

Jun 02, 2012 - 1:34 PM

One has to wonder why the Philippines became a Human Rights Council member in the first place