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'Infodemics': Forum on Information and Democracy names working group members

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:25 AM

The 17-member steering committee of the 'working group on infodemics' holds its first meeting to finalize a call for contributions on democratic guarantees in the online space

FORUM ON INFORMATION AND DEMOCRACY. Image from https://informationdemocracy.org

Forum on Information and Democracy launches working group to fight 'information chaos'

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The working group's steering committee will be co-chaired by Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, and Marietje Schaake, international policy director at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center

FIGHTING INFORMATION CHAOS. Photo of Marietje Schaake by Sebastiaan ter Burg on Wikimedia Commons.

Rights groups slam anti-terror bill that will institutionalize Duterte's abuse of power

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Human rights groups call out the Duterte government for prioritizing the anti-terror bill while the Philippines is in the middle of a pandemic

Groups from different sectors belonging to the militant Bayan, stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of Congress on June 3, 2020, demanding the scrapping of the Anti Terrorism Bill that has been recently approved in Congress. President Duterte certified the bill as urgent. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Companies fear protracted slump – World Economic Forum

May 19, 2020 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) Company risk managers surveyed by the World Economic Forum fear an extended downturn and bankruptcies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

LOCKDOWN. A woman crosses a road in front of closed shops on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, on April 11, 2020. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

[HIGHLIGHTS] Lawfare: Weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about 'lawfare'

LAWFARE. Lawyers, students, civil society groups, and supporters gather in a forum tackling the implications of the misuse of lawfare and how to stand up against weaponizing the law to harass, persecute and eliminate political adversaries. Photo courtesy of International Lawfare Forum

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:14 PM

'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

MEDIA AND LAWFARE. (L-R) John Nery, Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria, photojournalist Raffy Lerma, and CEGP's Ryan Martinez at the breakout session on media and lawfare on February 21, 2020. Photo from TomasinoWeb Twitter page

‘Guns, drug lists, trolls…but Duterte's biggest weapon is the law’

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:43 PM

At a forum on lawfare at De La Salle University, former UP law dean Pacifico Agabin says the law 'is always double-bladed, it can be used for good and it can be used for evil'

WEAPONIZING THE LAW. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Air Force Change of Command ecremony at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] How do we survive? The rise of data colonialism and digital dictatorships

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The following is a speech delivered by historian Yuval Harari at the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in its session entitled 'How to Survive the 21st Century'

ACT NOW. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center in Madrid, December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum). Of course these demands have been completely ignored. We expected nothing less,' the teenage climate activist said.

GRETA AT DAVOS. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) marches during a 'Friday for future' youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. tells Thunberg to 'study economics' in Davos climate spat

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The spat between US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Greta Thunberg highlights the tensions over climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos

MNUCHIN. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends a session at the Congres center during the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Suspected Russian 'plumber' spies found in Davos in 2019

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:33 PM

A Swiss newspaper says the two men, who were stopped but not arrested in August 2019, were suspected of carrying out 'preparatory work' for spying on the World Economic Forum, which is taking place in Davos this week

Trump rejects climate 'prophets of doom' as Thunberg warns Davos

Jan 21, 2020 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg underlines the message that has inspired millions around the world – that governments are failing to wake up to the reality of climate change

TRUMP AT DAVOS. US President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum  annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Filipinos find it hard to move up the social ladder – WEF

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:25 PM

The Philippines ranks 61st out of 82 countries in social mobility, says the World Economic Forum's inaugural Global Social Mobility report

Trump and Thunberg face off as Davos warms to climate action

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:23 PM

From climate change to tensions in the Middle East, via trade conflicts and fears of pandemics, over 3,000 delegates at the World Economic Forum will thrash out challenges as imposing as the Swiss Alps

CLIMATE ACTION. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2019, Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg holds a placard next to students during a "School strike for climate" held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Davos bosses sound alarm over climate, political fires

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:06 PM

The World Economic Forum says the survey is a call to arms as wildfires rage in Australia and governments struggle to articulate collective action on climate change

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM. In this file photo taken on January 21, 2019, a man walks past a sign of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of the WEF annual meeting at the Congress Centre in Davos, eastern Switzerland. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump to headline Davos summit

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The meeting's theme this year is 'Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World' and it will place an emphasis on a more inclusive model of capitalism

TRUMP IN DAVOS. US President Donald Trump waves after delivering his speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to skip Davos meeting

Jan 09, 2020 - 12:27 PM

A Brazilian delegation will still be present, though details are still unclear

BOLSONARO. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration ceremony of the National Volunteer Day, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 28, 2019. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Rich nations urged to do 'fair share' as global refugee meet begins

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:42 PM

'At this time of turbulence, the international community must do far more to shoulder this responsibility together,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

GLOBAL REFUGEE FORUM. A photo shows a genral view during the opening of the Global Refugee Forum, on December 17, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Philippines drops to No. 16 in Gender Gap Report 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The World Economic Forum notes a considerable widening of the political empowerment gap in the Philippines

FEMALE WORKERS. Female laborers in the Philippines have long struggled for fair practice. File photo from AFP

Gender workplace equality 257 years away – WEF

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:59 PM

While women appear to be gradually closing the gender gap in areas such as politics, health and education, workplace inequality is not expected to be erased until the year 2276, says a report by the World Economic Forum

A Lebanese woman poses with her face painted with a red hand as she takes part in a march in Beirut on 07 December, 2019. The NGO Abaad joined forces with different feminist groups to help break the silence around crimes of harassment and sexual assault. ABAAD is an independent civil association that aims to achieve gender equality in the MENA region. (Photo credit should read "PATRICK BAZ/ABAAD/AFP-Services") PATRICK BAZ / ABAAD / AFP-Services

Greta Thunberg slams 'misleading' climate pledges at chaotic UN summit

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:27 AM

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the Time magazine person of 2019, says the UN climate forum has become an 'opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and avoid raising their ambition'

MISLEADING. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a high-level event on climate emergency hosted by the Chilean presidency during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 11, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Saudi media summit held a year after Khashoggi murder

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Riyadh, which appears to be intensifying a crackdown on free expression, is seeking to shore up its international reputation following criticism over its human rights record as it prepares to host the G20 summit next November

MEDIA SUMMIT. Participants attend the opening session of the first Saudi Media Forum held in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 2, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Private and public sector leaders gather for disaster risk reduction and management forum

Nov 26, 2019 - 8:14 PM

This is the 8th Top Leaders Forum organized by the National Resilience Council and ARISE Philippines

HANS SY. All Photos by Lisa David/Rappler

100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Increased military presence in the war-ravaged city may rile up residents' cultural and religious sensitivities, and take up land that has historic meaning to the Maranao people, the petitioners say

SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN. More than 100,000 residents of Marawi City and other parts of Lanao del Sur signed a petition asking the government to scrap plans to build new military camps in the war-ravaged city. Photo of Marawi City by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler. Photo of signatures from Abo Hayyan Malomalo

Filipino wins int'l award on global health impact

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:42 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Garilao is nominated for the effectiveness of the Zuellig Family Foundation’s Health Change Model (HCM), helping local political chief executives to assume responsibility for improving health systems, services, and indicators

PH health care, infra, institutions among worst in the world – WEF

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippines is down 8 spots in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report

Philippines helms 1st ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and develop a framework for cooperative enforcement of data privacy laws and cross-border data flow

RAYMUND LIBORO. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro helms the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of National Privacy Commission

Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Leaders of the other 17 nations in the Pacific Island Forum have called on Canberra to do more to cut emissions and curb Australia's lucrative coal industry

'VERY INSULTING.' This handout photo taken on August 14, 2019 and released on August 15 by the Australian Prime Minister's Office shows Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving for the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Photo by Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Australia's role in the Pacific Islands Forum is in doubt after leaders of the low-lying nations question whether its leader is committed to curbing a problem seen as a threat to their survival

ARDERN BACKS THE PACIFIC. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on as she is welcomed by European Council President at the European Council in Brussels on January 25, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Ecumenical groups condemn sedition charges vs bishops, priests

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Ecumenical Bishops Forum and Isaiah Ministry say the actions of the Duterte administration against critics show his steady move towards violent repression and total dictatorship

Religious congregations led by the Association of Mother Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) lead the symbolic candle lighting event outside of the Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City to show support and solidarity to those bishops and other personalities charged by the government of inciting to sedition on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

Groups hit 'pattern of attacks' against democratic institutions

May 08, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'Papatayin nila ang demokrasya kaya anyone who helps in strengthening democracy...sisirain nila kasi media is one of the pillars of democracy,' says Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas

TRUE MATRIX. Some of the individuals linked to the so-called "Oust-Duterte matrix" gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman for a forum organized by the Third World Studies Center on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

UK, Canada underscore role of free press in fostering democracies

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:14 AM

'A free and responsible media is fundamental to an open and democratic society,' says British Ambassador Daniel Pruce at a forum on press freedom and responsibility at the Ateneo de Manila University

Xi says more nations joining Belt and Road, $64B in deals

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges 'clean and green development' and financial sustainability under the Belt and Road Initiative, but critics remain wary

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), his wife Peng Liyuan (next to Xi) and other leaders pose for a group photo session at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2019. (Photo by JASON LEE / POOL / AFP)

PH to get $10B in deals, investments from Duterte's China visit – DTI

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says more than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created by deals to be signed on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte's participation at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

Arroyo on PH-China economic ties: Better than ever

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Facing Chinese investors gathered in Taguig City, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says China is in a 'class of its own'

'CLASS OF ITS OWNSpeaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech during the Boao Forum for Asia Manila Conference on April 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Guess: Will ex-Ombudsman Morales run for public office?

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:37 AM

It's a question that has been on many Filipinos' minds since the feisty Conchita Carpio Morales retired from government

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her speech at the Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City campus on April 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Democracy is sick, truth the only antidote' – Morales

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Truth 'should be weaponized to the full extent of shaming' candidates linked to corruption, says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her speech at the Disinformation and Democratic Decay forum at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City campus on April 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23

Be discerning of news sources, journalists urge students

Mar 17, 2019 - 5:50 PM

'You should know the legitimate media from the illegitimate ones,' says educator Marissa Balidoy at #MoveCavite

What makes #TheLeaderIWant? Walking the talk, students say

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Keep it real, students remind candidates

Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Otso Diretso candidates Erin Tañada and Florin Hilbay also slam the government for threatening to release a new narco list, saying it is aimed to influence the elections

LISTS AS WEAPONS. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno speaks during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant forum on March 4, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Amid Duterte veto, Tañada vows to push coco levy bill in Senate

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Opposition senatorial candidate Erin Tañada says the coco levy funds, once returned, could be used to help farmers diversify their products and skills

ON COCO LEVY. Erin Tañada speaks during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on Monday, March 4. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

We need laws on quick rehabilitation from disasters – Bam Aquino

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The senatorial candidate says Congress should now focus on laws that help communities get back on their feet after calamities

Senate bets Gutoc, Matula want OFW deployment ban to abusive countries

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'I also want deployment bans for countries that do not respect human rights especially for women,' says senatorial bet Samira Gutoc

Macalintal: Nothing wrong with PH election laws

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:19 PM

‘Wala pa pong napapatunayang pandaraya from 2010 to 2016 elections,’ says Romulo Macalintal, the election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo

ELECTORAL PROCESS. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said there's nothing wrong with Philippine election laws during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on March 4, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Go after syndicates, not children in conflict with the law – Colmenares

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares and Sonny Matula both oppose lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility

NO TO LOWERING MACR. Leftist leader Neri Colmenares is against lowering the minimum criminal liability age. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Labor leader De Guzman vows to push for workers-backed endo bill

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:04 PM

'Itong time na ito dahil ang layo na nang inabot ng kaunlaran, siguro ito panahon na para bigyang biyaya ang mga manggagawa,' says senatorial bet Leody de Guzman

LABOR REP. Senatorial bet Leody de Guzman (far right) vows to push for a workers-backed bill against labo contractualization. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PAO must be ‘more professional’ in gathering evidence – Diokno

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Human rights lawyer and senatorial bet Chel Diokno says there are 'inherent conflicts of interest' in PAO that cause its indigent clients to lose representation in court

'MORE PROFESSIONAL' PAO. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno suggests way how to strengthe the PAO. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler