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House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:09 PM

The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

Robredo: Why rush anti-terrorism bill during pandemic?

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Diyos ko naman. Nakakapanlumo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

PRIORITIES. Vice President Leni Robredo gave a message at the formal opening of The Medical City-South Luzon COVID-19 Complex of Hope at Greenfield City in Santa Rosa City, Laguna on Monday, May 11, 2020. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Lagman urges Cayetano not to transmit anti-terror bill to Duterte yet

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'It would afford both the House of Representatives and the Senate to make their own respective reviews of the measure to cleanse it of constitutional infirmities,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman

ANTI TERROR BILL. Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano justifies anti-terror bill: ‘Let us read before we criticize’

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'Basahin natin before we criticize, because ang daling sabihin eh [na may] repression, wala ng democracy, draconian,' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano at a press conference in Congress on Monday, February, 24, 2020. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Comparing dangers in old law and anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The 2020 anti-terror bill 'penalizes' freedom of speech, which makes it open to a challenge just on its face, according to retired justice Antonio Carpio

ANTI TERROR BILL. Various groups took to the streets June 4, 2020, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City to protest the Anti Terror Bill. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

EDGARD AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo during a media briefing in August 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:19 AM

His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

WITHDRAWAL. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his negative vote on the anti-terror bill via Zoom on June 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Robredo: Is lethal anti-terror bill against terrorists or critics?

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

'Ang tanong ko nga: terorismo ba talaga ang tuon ng [anti-] terror bill? O gusto lang nitong bigyan ng kapangyarihan ang estado para bansagang terorista kung sino man ang kanilang gusto?'

OPPOSITION LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines's annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference on January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

#JunkTerrorBill: Sign this petition to help uphold human rights

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Defend UPLB warns that the bill has the potential to silence critics of the government. Take a stand and sign the petition to persuade Congress to drop the measure.

Screenshot from Defend UPLB's petition

Groups mourn murder of urban poor leader

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Kabataan party worries that many would face the same fate as Kadamay leader Carlito Badion if the anti-terror bill is passed

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Human Rights Watch asks DILG to rein in 'out of control' law enforcers

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The rights group says the Department of the Interior and Local Government 'must exercise effective oversight over its personnel, investigate all reports of abuses, and hold officers committing rights violations accountable'

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR reminds police, military: Violence not first option

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'If the use of force and firearms is unavoidable, then authorities must practice restraint,' says the Commission on Human Rights, which will conduct its own probe into the killing of Winston Ragos

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New law allows minors to get HIV test without parents' consent

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:09 PM

A key provision of the new law allows minors from 15 to 17 years old to undergo HIV testing even without parental consent

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

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

Palawan police recover body of fisherman attacked by crocodile

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles

U.N. criticized over latest picks for rights council

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:08 AM

The Philippines is among the nations elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council

A general view taken on September 10, 2018 during the opening day of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. - In her first speech New High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called for the creation of a new "mechanism" tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

[OPINION] The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects

Early humans in the Philippines 700,000 years ago – study

May 03, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Until now, the earliest confirmed evidence of hominins – the scientific term used to group modern and early humans – in the Philippines came from a single, 67,000-year old foot bone unearthed in the Sierra Madre Mountains

EARLY HUMANS. This handout image obtained from the French Museum of Natural History on May 2, 2018 shows an archaeologist at work at the site of an archaeological dig at Kalinga in the Philippines. AFP PHOTO / MNHN / Thomas INGICCO

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa dares HRW to take him to court: 'Puro kayo dakdak'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on Thursday, April 19, after completing a term marred by allegations of human rights violations

RETIRING SOON. PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR notes 'improvement' in PNP's relaunched Oplan Tokhang

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights cites the crafting of tight guidelines for the drug war, but says it is still 'premature' to commend the campaign as 'less bloody'

'NEW TOKHANG'. A suspected drug user in Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, is invited to undergo rehabilitation by Quezon City District Police Director Guillermo Eleazar. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR tells PNP to make arrests, and not kill, in return to drug war

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:55 PM

'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia

University president killed in Cagayan de Oro

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Dr Ricardo Rotoras is the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

DR RICARDO ROTORAS. University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

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

Human rights defenders call for safe environment online vs harassment, threats

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Human Rights Online Philippines project comes amid threats and harassment advocates have been receiving online ever since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs

Civil libertarians launch Movement vs Duterte’s ‘acts of tyranny’

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Movement Against Tyranny MAT leaders urge the public to speak out and act against extrajudicial killings and other acts of tyranny under the Duterte administration

GATHERING OF THE STORM. Leaders of militant groups, churches, academic institutions, media, and other sectors launch the anti-Duterte Movement Against Tyranny (MAD) on August 28 in Quezon City. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

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Aug 22, 2017 - 10:28 AM

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CHR conducts own probe into Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 20, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Commission on Human Rights will also investigate the series of deadly drug raids in parts of Metro Manila and Bulacan

Rappler Talk: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on diplomacy in a changing world

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Foreign Minister Bishop also talks about technology women empowerment and the rise of strongmen

CHR: Stopping drug war admits flaws and abuse in PNP

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Despite the halt of operations the Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police to ensure accountability and justice for all the deaths in the intense war on drugs

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Int'l criminal court should probe Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Former International Criminal Court official and Harvard law professor Alex Whiting says an urgent action from the court will send a strong signal to President Rodrigo Duterte

SC on Davao Death Squad case: PNP can search quarry for bodies

Sep 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The ruling made in November 2014 offers a new window of opportunity for the police and the Commission on Human Rights to now resume their investigation into the DDS

CHR to top carbon emitters: Face human rights probe

Jul 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

For the first time a national human rights body is officially taking steps to address the impacts of climate change on human rights and the responsibility of private actors says environmental group Greenpeace

'Duterte must break cycle of human rights violations' – Amnesty Int'l

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:07 PM

According to Amnesty International President Rodrigo Duterte s commitment to uphold the rule of law is like a breath of fresh air

OATH TAKING. President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte delivers his inaugural speech. He is the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Germany’s Merkel congratulates President-elect Duterte

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Democracy and human rights remain indispensable German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells Philippine President elect Rodrigo Duterte

CONGRATULATING DUTERTE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) congratulates Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the Philippines' president-elect. Photo of Merkel by Michael Kappeler/EPA; photo of Duterte by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

HRW: PH not doing enough to curb HIV epidemic

May 18, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Reducing HIV transmission among males having sex with males MSMs requires targeted education campaigns on condom use and safe sex The government has ignored these approaches Human Rights Watch says

Rappler file photo

Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

During the Marcos regime San Juanico Bridge did not just refer to the longest bridge in the country It had a far more sinister meaning

Martial law victims to campaign against Bongbong Marcos’ VP bid

Feb 04, 2016 - 9:00 PM

They vow to go to Marcos sorties and not allow him to campaign without exposing their family s lies

NEVER AGAIN. Martial Law victims oppose the 'return of the Marcoses' in the Palace. Photo by Patty Pasion / Rappler

Aquino's human rights record a 'failure' – watchdog

Jan 28, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Human Rights Watch also denounces Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for encouraging extrajudicial killings

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (January 14, 2016). The annual reception which marks the 29th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

#Manilakbayan: Mindanao tribes demand a stop to Lumad killings

Oct 25, 2015 - 12:18 AM

Hundreds of participants of a protest caravan dubbed Manilakbayan are expected to arrive in the county’s capital Sunday October 25

Mary Jane to Jokowi: Save me from death

Apr 25, 2015 - 3:44 PM

In a handwritten letter to the Indonesian leader the Filipina on death row pleads for her life for the sake of her two children

MARY JANE'S FATE. The 30-year-old mother of two, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia, says she has accepted her fate. Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane's last wish: Bring my body home

Apr 24, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The 30 year old mother of two who was sentenced to death in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2 6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia says she has accepted her fate

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

Arrested or abducted? 2 UP alumni held in Nueva Ecija

Aug 11, 2014 - 5:10 PM

The military says they were going to arrest Ely Taray who allegedly has links with the NPA Instead they found Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga in his house with firearms hand grenades subversive documents

STILL MISSING: University of the Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan were also allegedly abducted in Nueva Ecija in 2006. File photo by Mark Demayo

AFP probes 'killing' video

Aug 01, 2014 - 5:52 PM

This cannot be condoned We are looking into everything says AFP spokesperson Major General Domingo Tutaan

Screenshot of video of alleged soldiers involved in summary execution

PMA Honor Committee violated Cudia’s rights – CHR

Apr 30, 2014 - 7:57 PM

If the PMA is in danger of running afoul of the human rights norm if it fails or refuses to rectify the grievous harm done by the Honor Committee against the Cadet Cudia the CHR says

WHAT'S NEXT? Human Rights chair Loretta Rosales discusses the next steps of the investigation with PMA cadet Jeff Cudia. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler