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'Run against dictatorship' fun run draws thousands of defiant Thais

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:29 AM

Runners wielded the three-finger salute made famous by the blockbuster Hunger Games films as a symbol of freedom from authoritarian rule

LEADER. Thai Future Forward Party's leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (L) greets supporters during a "run against dictatorship" in Bangkok on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP)

[OPINION] Universities should take strong stance against the Marcos dictatorship

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:40 PM

An Ateneo professor and a student leader respond to Tony La Viña's piece published in Rappler, saying that his concern about the university's decision on the Irene Marcos controversy is, among others, oversimplistic

Diokno tells Imee: Impose term limit to avoid corrupt Marcos dictatorship

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:42 AM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos cites a study that says imposing term limits ended up installing unqualified family members to political positions

TERM LIMITS. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno clapped back at an old family political foe, Imee Marcos, on the issue of removing term limits. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bolsonaro says Brazilians 'don't know what dictatorship is'

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'The Brazilian people still do not know what dictatorship is, do not know what it is to suffer at the hands of these people,' says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says Brazilians do not know what a dictatorship is. File photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Spain set for verdict in first 'stolen babies' trial

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Eduardo Vela, an 85-year-old former gynecologist who used to run a clinic, is the first to stand trial for alleged involvement in the baby trafficking

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Dictatorship vs democracy

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Leloy Claudio talks about the pros and cons of democracy and dictatorship

[OPINION] Resist de facto dictatorship: Don’t give up the Senate in 2019

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Most likely, it will be the only arena where genuine political competition can happen

Robredo to Duterte: Stop ranting, focus on helping suffering Filipinos

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Instead of glorifying a dictator and attacking me, why not fix our country's problems, says the Vice President

Vice President Leni Robredo, together with her daughters, Aika and Jillian, led the launch of Jesse Robredo: His Story, a biography about VP Leni's husband, who served as Interior Secretary and long-time Naga City Mayor. The biography was a project of the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, and was written by award-winning author Criselda Yabes. (Photo by OVP)

[OPINION] Do dictators tell jokes?

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:12 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte is a sovereign trickster, there have been others who came before him. Humor...can, in fact, be used to reinforce power relations, or to establish patterns favorable to a person seeking power.

Catholic council opposes charter change, rejects dictatorship

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Council of the Laity of the Philippines rejects 'any attempt to bring back dictatorship,' and calls for prayer vigils on the day President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address

CHARTER CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for charter change to shift the Philippines to federalism. Malacañang file photo

Sandiganbayan junks case vs ex-DBP officials over Marcos-era loan

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The anti-graft court says the Office of the Solicitor General failed to prove that a P57.39-million loan given to a textile company by the Development Bank of the Philippines was a behest loan

Sereno rallies Filipinos to fight Duterte’s ‘dictatorial’ rule

May 17, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'Kung ayaw niya ng dissent, bigyan siya ng dissent. Kung ayaw niya ng boses ng tao, bigyan siya ng boses ng tao. The only way to fight a bully is to resist,' says ousted chief justice Maria Loures Sereno in her strongest speech yet

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte curses at Time magazine: 'Diktador ba ako? Since when?'

May 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'Tang ina itong Time magazine na 'to, nilagay ako doon sa mga despot,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, who was featured in Time's 'Rise of the Strongman' issue

'DIKTADOR AKO?' President Rodrigo Duterte denies that he was ever a dictator as he curses at Time magazine for featuring him as a 'strongman.' Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is

Filipinos facing threat 'worse than Martial Law'

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 PM

'We are seeing an erosion of our moral fiber as a people,' says an activist nun as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution

EDSA 32. Activist nun Sister Mary John Mananzan speaks at a rally at the People Power Monument to mark the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops call for vigilance amid 'creeping dictatorship'

Feb 25, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We must guard our democracy,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

WALK FOR LIFE. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to the Quirino Grandstand on February 24, 2018, for the Walk for Life to oppose drug war killings, the death penalty, and other measures tagged as anti-life. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle backs February 24 walk vs killings

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'Maglakad para sa buhay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ahead of the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 24

'LAKAS, HINDI DAHAS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pushes for 'active non-violence' during the Catholic-led Walk for Life on February 18, 2017. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Church sets February 24 walk vs killings, dictatorship

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is expected to say Mass at the Walk for Life to be held at the Quirino Grandstand

Roque on feminists, Duterte on dictatorship, Facebook downvote tool | Evening wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Duterte on dictatorship, ICC on war on drugs, Twitter records profits | Midday wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:10 PM

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Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH

Feb 09, 2018 - 9:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his message to the rebel returnees at Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018, explains how insurgency has stunted the development of the agriculture sector in the hinterlands. Malacañang Photo

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

Martial Law victims may get full compensation by May 12

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The law gives the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board only until that date to settle all claims

DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS. The names of personalities who fought the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law have been engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[OPINION] My year that was

Jan 01, 2018 - 11:45 AM

I, who have lived in and loved this country for so long, have become heart broken. 2017. A very bad year. And yet 2017 has been the best of times.

Duterte administration worse than Marcos dictatorship - youth activists

Dec 10, 2017 - 7:28 PM

On International Human Rights Day, youth activists join rights groups that staged protests to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte's rights record

Ex-Quezon City vice mayor Charito Planas dies

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) Planas, 87, is an esteemed lawyer who fought the Marcos dictatorship. She served as QC vice mayor from 1992 to 1995.

CHARITO PLANAS, 87. The esteemed lawyer served as vice mayor of Quezon City from 1992 to 1995. Photo from Facebook page of QC Public Affairs Department

Lorenzo Tañada undaunted in line of fire

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

'Do not and never despair, because this could only be a time of testing. Believe me, in God's own season, justice will ultimately triumph,' statesman Lorenzo Tañada said when Ninoy Aquino was in jail

Why the polls may be wrong

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Opinion polls do not reflect the processes of change that come from the everyday exchanges and discussions that are happening in a nation which is in political ferment

IN PHOTOS: OFWs protest vs dictatorship on martial law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Filipinos in different countries abroad join the national protest to remind Filipinos of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Statesman Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno during one of the anti-Martial Law demonstrations. Photo from Diokno Foundation

A nation’s odyssey toward a popular dictatorship

Jun 26, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Yielding power when his 6 year term ends is a vanishing option for Duterte not least because he would face prosecution for extra judicial execution of thousands

Duterte at 365 days: It's hip to be Marcosian again

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:33 PM

No post authoritarian president has publicly mused about the declaration of martial law as much as Rodrigo Duterte

Don't let dictator Duterte mortgage our future like Marcos did

May 18, 2017 - 9:02 AM

A dictator once mortgaged our future to imperialist powers and bankrupted this nation We cannot let another dictator do that again

The essence of EDSA: Change begins with us

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

We don t need false prophets of change who claim that they are the people s last hope The change that we so desire begins with us

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Millennials urged to win 'terrible war on memory'

Feb 22, 2017 - 10:33 AM

If you create one ignorant generation what will the next one be like? asks historian Jo Ed Tirol as he urges the youth to fight efforts to revise the dark chapter in Philippine history

WAR ON MEMORY. Historian Jo-Ed Tirol said the bigger war the Philippines is facing is a war on memory. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte gov't to hold 'simple, quiet' EDSA anniversary

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:01 PM

The emphasis has shifted It is no longer a celebration of the past; it is now a reflection on what can happen in the future We are moving on from those things says Malacañang on the theme of the 1st People Power commemoration after the hero s burial for Ferdinand Marcos

SIMPLE CELEBRATION. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says this year's EDSA anniversary will be simple. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 14, 2017

Feb 14, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Remember Primitivo Mijares? Grandson to relaunch anti-Marcos book

Feb 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED A grandson of the author of the Conjugal Dictatorship calls on the youth to fight historical revisionism

PRESERVING HISTORY. JC Mijares-Gurango, grandson of Marcos top propagandist Primitivo Mijares, tells the stories inside his grandfather's book, "Conjugal Dictatorship".

Rappler Talk: Stories my grandfather told of the conjugal dictatorship

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Following the hero s burial for Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani the heirs of Primitivo Mijares felt compelled to relaunch The Conjugal Dictatorship

'Conjugal Dictatorship' to be relaunched in time for EDSA anniversary

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The new 812 page edition will retail at P650 for paperback and P1 000 for hardcover

Understanding Duterte's martial law remarks

Jan 19, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Since October 2016 Duterte has mentioned martial law in his speeches at least once a month What exactly has he said about the thorny issue and how is the public to understand his often contradictory remarks?

Duterte: Martial law futile, will 'burden' the innocent

Dec 30, 2016 - 6:00 AM

Okay na ako sa state of lawlessness President Rodrigo Duterte says in an interview with Rappler s Maria Ressa

DUTERTE DICTATORSHIP? President Rodrigo Duterte is interviewed by Rappler's Maria Ressa on December 29, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Araw ng Pagbasa: Like Ninoy Aquino, find hope in reading

Nov 24, 2016 - 4:04 PM

On Friday November 25 there will be simultaneous reading sessions across the country – the culminating activity to the 2016 National Reading Month

Only mass civil disobedience can block Marcos’ burial

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Parading his body down from Ilocos to Taguig burying him as a hero and rewriting the history books is also about resuscitating and re propagating a once dominant ideology: fascism

FULL TEXT: 'Failing the test of history' – Hontiveros on Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:32 AM

It is our duty as senators as Filipinos as students of history to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again

Photo from Senate PRIB

The resurrection of Ferdinand Marcos

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The once relentless call for justice has started to fade out The criminal is now the hero

Nothing spiritual about forgiving Marcos

Oct 17, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Those who ask that we forgive when there has been no remorse or recompense are being cruel

APPEAL TO SC. Supporters of the late Ferdinand Marcos hold a rally at the Supreme Court on Monday, October 17, 2016, to appeal for his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The SC is scheduled to decide on the issue on Tuesday, October 18.

De Lima hits 'Poong Duterte:' All dictatorships end

Sep 20, 2016 - 5:19 PM

Kapag hindi ka sumamba kay Poong Duterte ikaw ay adik dahil adik lang ang hindi sumasamba kay Poong Duterte says Senator Leila De Lima in her privilege speech

POONG DUTERTE. Senator Leila De Lima warns President Duterte and those in power now that all dictatorships have an ending.

#AnimatED: Never forget martial law

Sep 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Building our young nation also rests on the solid foundations of our memory

Why Marcos’ final resting place matters

Aug 31, 2016 - 9:00 AM

History is a powerful force President Duterte cannot dismiss