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'End has come:' Calida warms towards House in hailing ABS-CBN franchise kill

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:42 PM

It seems that all is well now between Calida and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, because what used to be a clash over jurisdiction now appears to be just a thing of the past

Never again, vow Filipino journalists on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:35 PM

At least 30 groups and close to a 100 journalists sign a joint statement to 'renew our pledge to serve the people, to continue speaking truth to power, and to guard and defend freedom of the press and of expression from all threats'

ABS-CBN shutdown a 'betrayal of 11,000 workers,' labor groups say

May 05, 2020 - 10:46 PM

'To shut down a major media outfit and render the more than 11,000 workers jobless at a time when the country is reeling from a pandemic is the height of callousness!' says labor group Sentro

OFF AIR. The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

Crackdown on environmental defenders 'may lead to P1-T ecological damage yearly'

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment submits to the United Nations its own report on the human rights situation under the Duterte administration

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. The Philippines is the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist, according to the latest report of international nongovernmental organization Global Witness. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ibon Foundation: Duterte gov't 'red-tagging' meant to silence dissent

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:39 AM

Ibon Foundation, a policy research group formed in 1978, says 'the public deserves the truth and to be informed about the issues that matter to them the most'

NUJP urges Filipinos to uphold press freedom amid attacks vs ABS-CBN

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The group also decries President Rodrigo Duterte’s fresh tirade hurled against broadcast giant ABS-CBN

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

[OPINION] Standing with women leaders in ending violence, building peace

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Poverty has a female face. Women shoulder almost all of the unpaid care work and are hit worst when decent public services are hard to access.

Amal Clooney: Let autocratic leaders know we support journalists

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:29 PM

When autocrats 'try to silence journalists, they will hear from all of us,' Amal Clooney says as she presents the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist to Maria Ressa

SUPPORT JOURNALISTS. International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged global support for journalists as she presents the Sergei Magnitsky Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Screenshot from Youtube

Indonesian palm oil exec arrested over journalist killings

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Indonesian police arrest businessman Wibharry Padmoasmolo as the suspected mastermind in the killing of two journalists in North Sumatra

SUSPECTS. This picture taken on November 8, 2019 shows Indonesian local police chief inspector general Agus Adrianto (left) asking a question to suspect in the killing of  journalists in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Dedi Hermawan/AFP

Pasig court charges 23 in Regent Foods picket dispersal

Nov 09, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) At least 20 union workers of Regent Foods Corporation, two Defend Job Philippines members, and a bystander are charged with physical injury, resistance and disobedience, and alarm and scandal

ARRESTED. Police on November 9, 2019 arrested union workers at the Regent Food Corporation. Photo by Defend Job Philippines

Internat'l group calls on PH authorities to locate missing rights worker

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Honey Mae Suazo, former secretary general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao Region, has been missing since November 2

MISSING. Former Karapatan Southern Mindanao Region secretary general Honey Mae Suazo has been missing since November 2. Photo from Karapatan

PVL: Creamline a win away from elims sweep

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Despite the absence of several key players, Creamline rips BanKo Perlas to stay unbeaten in 15 games

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Labor groups slam House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Congressman Bonito Singson's bill is a 'cheap trick' to deprive workers of their rights, say Defend Job Philippines, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

BILL OPPOSED. Labor groups reject a bill proposing to extend the 6-month probationary period for workers to 2 years. Photo from Defend Job Philippines Facebook

BanKo sweeps Motolite; BaliPure keeps Chef’s Classics winless

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Looking to boost its semifinal bid, BanKo Perlas picks up a seventh win to keep hold of the No. 4 spot

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Petro Gazz, Motolite secure 7th win; Choco Mucho blanks BaliPure

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:15 PM

As the Final Four race heats up, Petro Gazz and Motolite punch in key wins as Choco Mucho picks up back-to-back triumphs

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tolentino, Choco Mucho halt skid; Army drubs BaliPure

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Kat Tolentino’s 36-point outburst propels Choco Mucho past Chef’s Classics while Army notches back-to-back wins

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline goes 10 in a row; Air Force upsets Motolite

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Jema Galanza and Risa Sato power Creamline to its 10th straight PVL victory as Air Force stuns Motolite in straight sets

PVL Open Conference Creamline vs Balipure. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Motolite survives Tolentino's outburst, BanKo drubs BaliPure

Sep 15, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Motolite spoils Flying Titan Kat Tolentino's 33-point performance in the 2019 PVL Open Conference

TURNING BACK. Isa Molde leads Motolite to a win over the pesky Choco Mucho Flying Titans. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Motolite arrests BanKo comeback; Air Force upsets Choco Mucho

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Tots Carlos and Isa Molde power Motolite against a resilient BanKo Perlas side

TAKE CHARGE. Tots Carlos pumps in 29 points in Motolite's bounce-back win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Creamline completes first-round sweep; Army ends dry spell

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Creamline cruises past BaliPure to keep its perfect run going as Army snaps its skid versus Chef’s Classics

ON TARGET. Creamline's Pau Soriano gets one past the defense of BaliPure's Shirley Salamagos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

El Nido forest ranger hacked to death

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

Police have identified the victim as Bienvinido 'Toto' Veguilla Jr, 44, a forest ranger of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Creamline sweeps Army; Petro Gazz, BanKo pick up five-setter wins

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Alyssa Valdez steers the Morado-less Cool Smashers to their seventh straight PVL victory

Photo by Josh Albela/Rappler

Creamline streaks to 6-0; BaliPure cops second win

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Alyssa Valdez and Creamline overpower Choco Mucho in a blockbuster PVL duel

PVL Open Conference Creamlie vs Motolite (8-14-2019). Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Motolite notches back-to-back wins; BanKo trips Chef’s Classics

Aug 25, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Motolite and BanKo Perlas hack out dominant victories to stay on track of their PVL campaign

OVERPOWERED. Isa Molde and Motolite make quick work of BaliPure. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline, Army still undefeated; BaliPure secures first win

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Cool Smashers roll to a 4-0 start as the Lady Troopers pick up back-to-back wins in PVL action

THRILLER. Jovelyn Gonzaga and the Lady Troopers score a hard-earned win over the Flying Titans. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Choco Mucho impresses in debut over BaliPure

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Powerhouse Choco Mucho gets off to a hot start as Creamline also takes a 2-0 lead in PVL action

IN CONTROL. Choco Mucho star Maddie Madayag fires one past the defense of BaliPure's Menchie Tubiera and Satrianni Espiritu. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tanzania charges journalist for sedition under its cybercrime laws

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Charges against Erick Kabendera over his citizenship are dropped and replaced with cybercrime offenses, which press freedom advocates say are wielded by President Magufuli to silence critics

De Lima refiles bill protecting human rights defenders

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the bill ensures that human rights workers 'are free and protected' and that government policies will 'support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms'

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Various roups mark International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila, on December 10 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Balipure asks fans to stop 'castigating' embattled import

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Balipure team management says import Danijela Dzakovic, who hit her teammate Jewelle Bermillo, 'has sincerely apologized' and 'appropriate sanctions' were meted out

'FORGIVE HER'. The Balipure team management asks fans to forgive import Danijela Dzakovic for her unsportsmanlike action. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balipure import gets away with warning after viral hit on teammate

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:25 PM

PVL organizers argue that the remorseful gesture of Danijela Dzakovic towards Jewelle Bermillo after the incident was not televised

APOLOGETIC. Danijela Dzakovic profusely apologizes to libero Jewelle Bermillo for hitting the back of her head. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balipure import faces likely sanction for striking teammate

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Danijela Dzakovic shockingly hits Balipure libero Jewelle Bermillo after a fumbled play, but the Montenegrin spiker later apologizes

ALL IS WELL. Danijela Dzakovic assures that everything is well between her and Jewelle Bermillo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: Pacifictown, BanKo Perlas march into semis

Jun 29, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The Lady Troopers and the Perlas Spikers complete the semifinal cast of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

A-GAME. Olena Lymareva-Flink brings out her best game in the tournament, firing 29 points to book Pacifictown a semis slot. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Creamline snaps PetroGazz's perfect run for share of PVL lead

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The Cool Smashers exact revenge on the Angels behind Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin

REVENGE. Jia Morado (left) and Risa Sato come up for a block against Janisa Johnson. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: Creamline dominates Motolite, nails semis slot

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Creamline spoils Myla Pablo's Motolite debut as the Cool Smashers pick up their sixth straight win

GROWING CHEMISTRY. Creamline setter Jia Morado (left) dishes the ball to middle blocker Aleoscar Blanco. Photo by SportsVision

PVL: Motolite turns back Pacifictown, PetroGazz still perfect

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Motolite stuns Pacifictown for its 2nd win in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

2ND WIN. Motolite edges out Pacifictown in a five-set thriller. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Creamline cruises to 4th straight win over Balipure

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Creamline Cool Smashers finish solo 2nd after the first round

ON A ROLL. After dropping its first assignment, defending champion Creamline strings up 4 straight wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Banko Perlas survives gutsy Motolite

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The young Motolite team puts up a challenge against Banko Perlas

X-FACTOR. Kia Bright powers Banko Perlas to a hard-earned win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Things to know: the bill that seeks to protect human rights defenders

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:37 AM

The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines

House approves bill protecting human rights defenders

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. Human rights activists take to the streets on International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PVL: Pacifictown spoils Motolite's debut

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Motolite gets a baptism of fire against a veteran-studded Pacifictown team

BOUNCE BACK. Pacifictown earns its second win in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

CHR: Killings prove that violent rhetoric, vilification of human rights 'deadly'

May 03, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The public threats 'will weaken the works and influence of human rights defenders... who continue to challenge all forms of injustices and hold people in authority to account,' according to the Commission on Human Rights

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa

Group endorses Labor Win, 4 Otso Diretso bets to champion workers' rights

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'Nagsasawa na po tayo sa puro pangako.... Kailangan meron tayong panghawakan sa mga tumatakbong kandidato sa pagsusulong ng interes ng uring manggagawa,' says Defend Job Philippines spokesperson Christian Magsoy

LABOR PICKS. Labor group Defend Job Philippines endorses Ernesto Arellano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Neri Colminares, Leody De Guzman, Sonny Matula , Allan Montaño, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tanada and Kabataan Partylist for their #LaborVote2019 campaign. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

PhilStar.com takes down 2002 article on Wilfredo Keng

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Media observers criticize the move, saying that Philippine Star 'had the choice' to stand its ground in defense of press freedom or retreat under fire

TAKEN DOWN. The 2002 article 'Influential businessman eyed in ex-councilor's slay' by the Philippine Star was taken down February 15, 2019. Screengrab from PhilStar.com

Human rights defenders also killed under Duterte administration

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:13 PM

2017 marks the bloodiest year for human rights defenders under the Duterte administration

Over a hundred human rights defenders have been killed under the Duterte administration alone.

Speaking about the PH media situation and Rappler in Hong Kong

Dec 03, 2018 - 11:07 AM

There is still hope, despite the challenges thrown at us

Protecting human rights groups vs threats

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society