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Democracy under threat during pandemic, global leaders warn

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it,' says the open letter signed by political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups

Madeleine Albright, actor Richard Gere and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Shirin Ebadi, Lech Walesa and Jose Ramos-Horta

Rappler+ Webinar: Implications of the anti-terrorism bill

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:36 PM

Happening Tuesday, June 9, 10 am

'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:45 AM

'The attempt to use the anti-terror bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.


Grade 9 Muntinlupa student uses scholarship allowance to buy relief goods

May 22, 2020 - 8:17 PM

At 15, Jarred Gaviola finds a way to help those displaced by the pandemic

[OPINION DEEP DIVE] The fruit of the poisonous interview

May 16, 2020 - 3:54 PM

This week’s Deep Dive looks into the admissibility of Mr Ronnel Mas' admission based on case law as well as the finding of the DOJ that his admission 'cured' the illegal arrest

Volunteer group raises funds to cover shortage of PPE in Leyte

May 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Through the civic engagement group Tabang PH, a fundraising initiative was organized to produce alternative personal protective equipment for frontliners and other vulnerable groups

House, DOJ could have done more for ABS-CBN – FLAG

May 05, 2020 - 8:52 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his refusal to issue a formal legal opinion for ABS-CBN, a document that could serve as a legal defense for the NTC

CEASE AND DESIST. The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Protections for free press 'continually threatened' by existing laws – FLAG

May 03, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group says a free, responsible press is 'absolutely essential for a truly transparent, accountable, and democratic government'

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Negros Occidental universities, colleges help with coronavirus response

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the province have suspended classes since the general community quarantine on March 15

DAILY DELIVERY. A volunteer from a partnership of the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas in Talisay City and Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation hands over 3D printed face shields to the medical staff of Bago City Hospital. Photo courtesy of Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas in Talisay City and Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation

[EXPLAINER] State auditors have bad news for COVID-19 ‘epal’

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Officials who plaster their names and pictures on government-funded relief goods and materials will be obliged by COA to pay back

LIST: Groups providing free online counseling during the pandemic

Apr 11, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Here's a list of institutions and organizations offering free online counseling for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic

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Gov't may wire workers their subsidy if employers remiss with requirements

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employees of negligent businesses may submit their payroll directly to the government, to receive their P5,000 handout during the coronavirus lockdown

An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: Groups help vulnerable sectors affected by coronavirus lockdown

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:22 PM

Here's how you can help urban poor families, daily wage workers, elderly, displaced Lumad youth affected by the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak

Why Duterte doesn't need special powers to address the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:50 PM

'The emergency powers proposed to be granted by Congress are either superfluous and unnecessary, as they are already vested in the Executive Branch by existing laws,' says the Free Legal Assistance Group

SURPRISE INSPECTION. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Metro Manila police manning a checkpoint at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary on March 17, 2020. Photo of PSG Commander Colonel Jesus Durante, posted on the Facebook page of PCOO Usec Lorraine Badoy

Can a Cabinet member 'order' Visayas LGUs to pass ordinances?

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Law professor and former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te says he cannot

CONSULTATIVE MEETING. Dino meets with community members in the Eastern Visayas. Photo from OPAV

LIST: Groups providing helpful information about the Luzon lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 7:54 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a list of groups providing assistance for needed information related to health inquiry, psychological services, and volunteer opportunities

LIST: Groups providing transportation services for frontliners, patients

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:29 PM

Here's a list of efforts aimed to help provide transportation and delivery services needed by the frontliners and those in need

Volunteer your skills during the lockdown through these initiatives

Mar 18, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Here are some initiatives where we can share our skills and time to help out during the coronavirus crisis

LIST: How to help healthcare workers, frontliners during coronavirus pandemic

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:11 AM

Here are some concrete ways to help those on the frontlines

FLAG goes to Supreme Court to free ex-NPA chief Salas

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, invoking the extraordinary power of the Court to examine the legality of the murder case itself

HABEAS CORPUS. The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free former NPA commander Rodolfo Salas. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

Afghan war caused 100,000 civilian casualties in last decade – U.N.

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The announcement comes as the Taliban and US continue to hold talks aimed at drawing a close to America's longest war

Journalists, lawyers call for state accountability after Ampatuan verdict

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The state needs to be accountable for crimes committed by its own agents, says NUJP chair Nonoy Espina, whether it's the Ampatuan massacre or the drug war

Family members, counsel, and journalists join a press conference after the verdict has been announced for the Ampatuan promulgation in Taguig next December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

With Robredo at helm of anti-drug body, Diokno hopes killings will stop

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'Under Vice President Robredo's leadership, we hope that the killings will stop, and the government will finally take a better approach to the problem of illegal drugs,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

DIOKNO. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno says he hopes the drug war killings will stop now that Vice President Leni Robredo has accepted her designation as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. File photo by Antonio Miguel Arugay/Rappler

'Putang ina, pulis ka' is recurring phrase of suspects in TokHang reports

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:42 PM

In one police report, 3 suspects allegedly point their guns at one cop, but the cop, by himself, manages to kill all 3. It is movie-like fiction, says the Free Legal Assistance Group.

OPLAN TOKHANG. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

TokHang documents prove drug war caused cops to kill suspects – FLAG

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

'Police operatives were already conditioned by these information reports not only to arrest suspects but to neutralize them,' the Free Legal Assistance Group tells the Supreme Court

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

At least 30 civilians died in May U.S. strikes in Afghanistan – U.N. probe

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it 'verified 39 civilian casualties... due to the May 5 air strikes.' It also got 'credible information' about an additional 30 deaths, which are being verified.

Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets into your head

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Amazon brings smart assistant Alexa to glasses, earbuds, and a ring in new hardware announcements

SMART GLASSES. Echo Frames eyeglass frames infused with voice-commanded digital assistant Alexa are pictured at at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle on September 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP


FLAG demands P5M damages in sedition countercharge vs CIDG

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, and Ted Te file a perjury countercharge against the CIDG officer who filed the sedition complaint. Te admits to meeting to Bikoy who wanted a legal consult.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: FLAG lawyer Jun Viterbo on navigating sedition case vs opposition

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:15 PM

On Tuesday, September 3, Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug sits down with FLAG lawyer Jun Viterbo to discuss the complaint against key members of the opposition

Sentiments split on SC ruling freeing convicts like 'beast' Sanchez

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

It sparks debate on a law that applies to all, even to a convict whom the Supreme Court called an "unthinking beast." It also reignites opposition to death penalty

FREEING 'GOOD CONDUCT' CONVICTS. The government is set to release a thousand convicts based on a recent Supreme Corut ruling that retroactively applied the law on good conduct time allowance. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FLAG lawyers move to disqualify OSG from sedition probe

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The lawyers cite a Supreme Court decision from 1990 which says that the Office of the Solicitor General only participates in a criminal case when it has 'reached the appellate courts'

SEDITION COMPLAINT. Lawyer Larry Gadon accompanies Peter Joemel Advincula aka Bikot to the DOJ on August 9, 2019 for the start of inciting to sedition hearing against opposition leaders. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kumakahol ang mga tuta sa naghihingalong demokrasya

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The howling of the dogs reverberate in the corridors of power as darkness descends on democracy

FLAG on sedition complaint: DOJ panel invalid

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

'The Secretary of Justice had no legal basis to take any direct action on the matters subject of the letter-complaint,' says the Free Legal Assistance Group

INCITING TO SEDITION. Jesuit priests Fr Flaviano Villanueva (in blue jacket), Fr Albert Alejo (in blue polo) and FLAG lawyers Chel Diokno and Erin Tañada attend their hearing on the inciting to sedition complaint filed against them and 32 others over the so-called Project Sodoma to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ asks OSG to explain participation in sedition complaint

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The country's top lawyers, representing the respondents in the inciting to sedition complaint, bear down on the Office of the Solicitor General

SEDITION COMPLAINT. The country's noted lawyers Neri Colmanres, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tañada, Rene Saguisag, Chel Diokno and Edre Olalia are present during the DOJ's first hearing on the inciting to sedition coplaint against the opposition on August 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Civilian casualties in Afghan war jump in July

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:51 PM

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July

CIVILIAN DEATHS. A dead woman is brought to a morgue at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following an attack in Kabul on July 28, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Charity program will continue despite gaming ban – PCSO

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office assures the public that medical assistance will continue ‘unless otherwise instructed’

Lotto outlets in Quezon City closed shop on Saturday, July 27, 2019, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on July 26, all gaming activities that got their franchise from government through PCSO suspended or terminated because of corruption in the charity institution. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Google says partner leaked classified Dutch data

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Google also acknowledges its Google Assistant device was liable to 'false accept' pickups, allowing it to record by mistake without having been activated by users

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Some news sites unintentionally collecting info for third parties – study

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A study published by the Center for International Media Assistance says that 15% of website cookies in the global south have no identifiable ownership

DTI backs Taiwanese firm's plan to bring robot assistants to PH airports

May 11, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has committed to connect the New Kinpo Group with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Tourism 'to facilitate its planned installation of airport robot assistants,' says the DTI

Google data privacy: Incognito mode on Search and Maps, keeping data locally

May 08, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The next generation of Google Assistant has been shrunk to fit onto Pixel phones, so your data won't get sent to the cloud

INCOGNITO. The anonymous mode comes to Maps and Search, which was previously only available on Google Chrome and YouTube. Image from Google


New law waives gov't document fees for first-time job seekers

May 07, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Persons applying for a job for the first time won't have to pay to get an NBI clearance, police clearance certificate, and a barangay clearance, thanks to the First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act

Job seekers flock a one-day job fair at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on May 1, 2019. Resorts World Manila welcomes fresh graduates of K-12 on its Labor Day Job Fair. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler

PETITION FOR INTERVENTION. Lawyer Ted Te talks to the media after a group of journalists filed a petition for intervention before the Supreme Court on April 30, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Prosecutor junks perjury case filed by Okada vs former firm

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There 'is no falsity that can be attributed' to Tiger Resort official Dindo Espeleta, says Las Piñas City Senior Assistant Prosecutor Donald Macasaet

JAPANESE TYCOON. A perjury case filed by Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada against his former firm is junked by a local prosecutor. File photo by AFP

Initial tokhang documents show lack of genuine probe into killings – lawyers

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'It appears that not much effort has been placed into identifying and arresting the assailants, based on the length of time devoted to investigating the case,' says human rights lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Human rights lawyers Ted Te and Chel Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) present initial findings based on police documents of 29 killings in the war on drugs during a news conference on April 4, 2019. Photo by Wanda Domingo

Japan signs P41-M assistance to 5 local government projects

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The projects will benefit communities in Aurora, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao

SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT. The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, says the grants should help improve the living conditions of vulnerable sectors. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Japan-Press

Rappler case: PH Bar Association concerned law being used to silence gov’t critics

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'Law students and legal professionals alike look forward to how the courts will resolve threshold issues such as the purported retroactive application of the Cybercrime Prevention Act,' says the Philippine Bar Association

COURT APPEARANCE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (with counsel Ted Te) files a motion to quash the cyber libel case filed by the justice department on behalf of businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dismiss cyber libel case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler – Te, FLAG

Feb 26, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DOJ starts probe into cops’ alleged role in prosecutor slay

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The family of Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco comes face to face with the accused

SLAIN PROSECUTOR. Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco was shot to death at Don Antonio Heights in Quezon City on May 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Velasco family