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[OPINION] How a death in Manila led to the fall of a media giant

May 07, 2020 - 2:30 PM

No single event led to this. No lone person could have pulled it off without our apathy.... By enabling or ignoring the gradual erosion of the rule of law, we all made this possible.

PH rule of law ranking under Duterte continues to plummet

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:25 PM

At No. 91 in 2020, the Philippines' ranking in the Rule of Law index is on a steady decline since 2016, making its average annual percentage drop one of the 5 worst in the world

[POLICY] Follow rule of law, but aspire for rule of justice

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:43 AM

We cannot adopt a defeatist attitude and just sit idly by and let China seize what international law has declared to be our own exclusive economic zone

[OPINION] Should rule of law be an election issue?

May 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When legislators believe in the rule of law, everything they do in the august halls of the Senate would be about justice. They will not lie, they will not cheat, they will not steal.

HALLS OF JUSTICE. An old man tries to catch a nap at the corridors of the Manila Regional Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

What do you do when you hear you have an arrest warrant (and you've done nothing wrong)?

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:42 PM

My friends said, 'Don't go home.' It was never an option. I would face these charges head-on.

Potential investors looking for 'stable legal system' in PH

May 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM

While investors are not seen to pull out their investments in the near future, risk consultant Bob Herrera-Lim says the current political atmosphere may affect the decisions of those eyeing long-term business in the Philippines

Rappler Talk Investigative: Bob Herrera-Lim on the rule of law and risks to business

May 17, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to risk consultant Roberto 'Bob' Herrera-Lim on how the situation in the Philippines specifically affects the business sector and perceptions of investors

IBP seeks dismissal of quo warranto petition vs Sereno

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says its intervention will note that under the 1987 Charter, 'impeachment is the only mode of removal of an impeachable officer for an impeachable offense'

SERENO. In this file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks during a forum at St. Scholastica's College in Manila, in celebration of International Women's Day. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk

Rappler Talk: IBP national president Abdiel Fajardo on the rule of law

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:17 PM

On Thursday, February 15, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo on the role of lawyers as the rule of law is challenged in the country

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Rule of law in a compromised democracy

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs

Malacanang on Carandang, Rule of Law Index, Nieman Fellows on SEC ruling | Midday wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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PH ranking in global rule of law index sinks under Duterte

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Philippines drops 18 slots to rank 88th out of 113 countries in the newly released World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

Ateneo president calls revolutionary gov't a 'dangerous idea'

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'By centralizing power in the hands of a few, RevGov directly undermines democratic institutions and the economy. Indeed our very own experience of years of authoritarian rule during Martial Law compels us to reject any moves to establish a RevGov,' Ateneo President Fr Jett Villarin says.

University President Fr. Jet Villarin gives his opening words

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

Cayetano calls Duterte drug war 'rule of law campaign'

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:20 AM

'We refuse to just watch and do nothing as the Philippines becomes a narco-state and as we lose a whole generation to narcotics,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a speech in New York

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter, in his speech during an event at the Asia Society on New York City on September 21, 2017, enumerates the various problems that have hounded the country during the past administration citing that development has been mostly centered in Metro Manila, while issuing authorities of government have the so-called 'incentive attitude' where they fulfill their functions when they receive incentives. He also pointed out that there have been lapses in planning which have led to poor decision-making. The Foreign Affairs Secretary then stated that the main objective of the Duterte administration. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Experts warn against rise of democracies mixed with authoritarianism

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The rising trend of hybrid regimes in Southeast Asia is tagged as a major challenge to democracy today

WORRYING TREND. Democracy observers raise concerns about growing trend of authoritarian tendencies in countries like the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte. File AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

Robredo renews call to uphold human rights, rule of law after SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates her stance after President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his critics and promises an unrelenting drug war

CANDID. Vice President Leni Robredo during the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 24.

Sereno, Carpio opinions: Watch Duterte's martial law closely

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte must not be allowed to broaden the use of martial law to solve other social ills

RULING ON MARTIAL LAW. PETITIONS Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (right) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio partially grant the petitions against the martial law declaration in Mindanao.

Leonen: Lone dissenter in SC martial law ruling

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED We should have the courage to never again clothe authoritarianism in any disguise with the mantle of constitutionality Leonen says in his dissenting opinion

File photo of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

After SC ruling, lawmakers fear PH-wide expansion of martial rule

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Martial law becomes a hard habit to break says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin who warned of President Rodrigo Duterte s creeping authoritarian rule in the guise of safety and security

EXTENSION? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he reiterates that his only mandate as the country's head of state is to protect and preserve the Filipinos in his speech during the province's 50th founding anniversary at the Davao del Sur Sports and Business Complex in Digos City on July 1. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Senators: No surprises in SC decision upholding martial law

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

With the favorable decision on martial law administration senators say the government can now focus on clearing operations and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 11:40 AM

With martial law in place in Mindanao the Department of National Defense reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to violate the Constitution

Troops from different units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines march as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of troops during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 21, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Sereno: Extrajudicial killings a setback in judicial reforms

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Chief Justice Sereno urges the police to reflect on the way they have performed their duties that led to the increase of unsolved killings linked to war on drugs

JUDICIAL REFORMS. Chief Justice Sereno speaks of judicial reforms at the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) Inaugural Meeting. Photo by SC PIO

De Lima: Fake news part of 'poison' from Duterte administration

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Who benefits from these lies? Let us not make it easy for them to kill us by willingly and submissively swallowing the poison they feed us says Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the Jack Lam/BID Alleged Bribery Scandal at Senate on Monday, January 23, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Improved situation in Scarborough only temporary – analysts

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The Philippine government is also told: Any negotiation to access Scarborough is a mistake because that is already your territory

Ombudsman Morales, Abu Sayyaf, US gun control | 12PM wRap

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:03 PM

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Ombudsman urges vigilance to uphold rule of law in next admin

Jun 23, 2016 - 9:06 AM

When actual grind begins and loyalty to the rule of law reigns let us complement it in any way we can But if it tends to be otherwise let us not be reticent Ombudsman Morales says

RULE OF LAW. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales expresses confidence that the rule of law will be upheld in the next administration.

Case delay worst barrier to justice in key PH cities

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 2015 Rule of Law Index places civil and criminal justice in the Philippines as the worst aspects of the rule of law in the country

Inter-university debate on legalization of medical marijuana

May 30, 2015 - 4:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: This interactive exhibition debate serves to generate discourse and create awareness on House Bill No 4477 or The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act

Al-Jazeera journalist in Paris court next week for flying drone

Feb 27, 2015 - 12:23 AM

The journalist facing court is a 34 year old British citizen working for Al Jazeera s international service

Ex-Supreme Court justice joins Int'l Commission of Jurists

Aug 30, 2014 - 9:46 PM

UPDATED Former Justice Adolf Azcuna is the first Filipino to hold the ICJ post He will serve a 5 year term as commissioner based in Manila beginning August

FILIPINO JURIST. Justice Azcuna served as Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy since 2009 before his election as a member of ICJ. Photo from PHIJA

Japan's Abe: Uphold rule of law

May 31, 2014 - 10:03 AM

At the opening dinner of the Shangri La Dialogue on Friday Prime Minister Abe emphasizes the need to strictly observe international law to promote peace and stability in Asia and the Indo Pacific regions

SC rules online libel constitutional

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:34 PM

2nd UPDATE The High Court strikes down only 3 Cybercrime Law provisions including one that gives the justice department the power to take down online content without a court warrant It also rules online libel to be constitutional with one exception

CONSTITUTIONAL. Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te announces ruling on the Cybercrime law. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Costly Lenten dishes and defeated purposes

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:26 PM

We eat expensive fish meals for a supposedly sacrificial Lenten practice reflecting our attitudes toward following rules

Time to sweat the small stuff

Jan 30, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Unless the foundations for rule of law anchored on acceptable social behavior begin to take form in our Philippine polity the risk is that the gains of this administration will not be sustained in the long run

Rule of law report pinpoints room for progress in Asia

Nov 28, 2012 - 2:25 PM

East Asia scores well when it comes to keeping a lid on crime but it still has work to do on other key factors that constitute the rule of law; PH low on protection of fundamental rights

Globe bags AREA 2012 award

Jul 04, 2012 - 8:07 AM

The recognition attests to the company’s commitment to transform communities through innovative solutions