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Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:23 PM

At least 13 leading activists appear in court on Monday, July 13, to be formally charged with 'inciting' an unlawful assembly, which carries up to 5 years in jail

VIGIL. In this file photo, activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks 'subjective' definition of terroristic dissent

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective

8TH PETITION. Progressive group Sanlakas files the 8th petition vs the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court on July 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sanlakas

Beware of that two-faced clause in the anti-terror law

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The ‘flawed’ new Anti-Terrorism Law should delete a clause to clearly exclude protest and dissent from punishable acts, says a top terrorism analyst

PROTESTER. A masked rallyist protests the anti-terrorism bill at the University of the Philippines Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] Surviving and fighting the anti-terror law

Jul 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

'From targeting a universe of a few dozens or at most a few hundred terrorists, the law can be used against thousands, even tens of thousands of activists, critics, and dissidents'

Youth groups continue protest as anti-terrorism law nears implementation

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:05 PM

They warn that with human rights violations already rampant even before the measure’s signing into law, the anti-terrorism law's implementation will result in more abuses

PROTEST. Sectoral groups unite at the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City to continue its protest against government's response to a health crisis calling out its 'misplaced priorities' for pushing the anti-terror law and rejecting ABS-CBN's franchise as the country grapples with the pandemic. Photo by PUP's The Catalyst

Half million Hong Kong people vote in pro-democracy primaries

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'Under the vicious national security law, many people worried if such participation would risk violating the law but many people still came out,' says organizer and legal scholar Benny Tai

POLLING. People queue to vote for New Territory East candidates during a primary election in Hong Kong on July 11, 2020. Photo by May James/AFP

[OPINYON] Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:26 PM

'Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mababawasan ng pupuna. Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mas kakaunti ang mga magmumulat.'

[OPINION | Artwork] Bangungot sa mga mulat

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:18 PM

How do visual artists feel about a law that could possibly stifle them from free expression?

Are you a terrorist?

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Our descent to authoritarianism

WATCH: The dangers of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jul 09, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Rappler lays out the highlights of the Anti-Terrorism Law and why its provisions could be dangerous

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's offer to Hong Kongers infuriates Beijing

A Chinese paramilitary police officer gestures while standing at the entrance gate of the Australian embassy in Beijing on July 9, 2020. Australia on July 7 warned its citizens they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations.  NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

[OPINION] Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'

What are Hong Kong police's new powers?

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Here are some of the key powers granted Hong Kong authorities when conducting national security investigations

Riot police clear a street as protesters gathered to rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. A man found in possession of a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be arrested under Beijing's new national security law for the city, police said on July 1. DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Constitution framers, Ateneo professors file 6th petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:26 PM

'Given the pattern of imputation by the executive and the nature of accusations, the exercise of our fundamental freedom of expression and freedom of association has to be protected'

6TH PETITION. Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) lawyers Marianne Agunoy, Paula Villarin and Paula Estrella, also co-petitioners, file the 6th petition vs the anti-terror law before the Supreme Court on July 8, 2020. Photo courtesy of AHRC


[OPINION] Duterte raises the bar on impunity

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'

Duterte says communist rebels are terrorists because he 'declared' so

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) Befriending communist rebels was good politics before the elections, but now that he is President, Rodrigo Duterte says 'the security of the state' is his highest priority

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers during his visit to the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Hong Kong protesters let sheets of blank paper do the talking

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Since Beijing imposed the new security law on Hong Kong, even peaceful protests have become risky. At the occasional flash mob rallies taking place, though, sheets of blank paper have become the latest protest symbol.

Protesters hold up blank papers during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Hong Kongers are finding creative ways to voice dissent after Beijing blanketed the city in a new security law and police began making arrests for people displaying now forbidden political slogans. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Duterte's ex-OGCC chief Jurado is 5th to petition vs anti-terror law

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Jurado anchors his petition on the railroad of the bill in Congress, and says the rush to passage violates constitutional standards

5TH PETITIONER. Duterte's former government corporate counsel Rudolf Jurado files on July 8, 2020, the 5th petition against the anti-terror law. Sourced photo

Microsoft, Zoom join pause on Hong Kong data requests

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:21 AM

The 2 join Facebook, Google, and Twitter in pausing data requests from Hong Kong authorities


TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong after new security law

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,' says the Chinese-owned firm, becoming the first major social media platform to exit the city since the law was imposed last week

TIKTOK. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Beijing's new security law says agents working for the office are exempt from Hong Kong's laws while carrying out their duties

NEW HQ. A man (C) looks out of the front door of the Metro Park hotel while other staff (R) look on in Causeway Bay on July 7, 2020, the hotel which is being retrofitted and turned into office for safeguarding national security. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Taiwan warns of counter measures if new Hong Kong law causes 'damage'

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'If the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong were to cause any damage to our country or cause any irrational situation, we would consider counter measures,' President Tsai Ing-wen tells reporters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

[OPINION] How social media users can protect themselves from the anti-terror law

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'What should the people do? Should they delete their old posts or make their accounts private?' That may not be enough.

[OPINYON] Ang buhay sa lansangan ay buhay ng pakikibaka ni Ka Elmer Portea

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:04 PM

'Tayo naman ang hinahamon ng panahon. Ipagtanggol natin ang siyang nagtatanggol ng atin.'

China censors Hong Kong internet, U.S. tech giants resist

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Online censorship plans include giving authorities the ability to control and remove online information, seize equipment of internet firms, and force companies to provide identification records and decryption assistance

HONG KONG. Riot police stand guard during a clearance operation during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP


'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'The law makes me dislike China even more,' says 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The city's police chief will be able to control and remove online information

China accuses UK of 'gross interference' over Hong Kong

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The UK government says it will offer Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to the sweeping new security law for the former British territory

A couple wear face masks as they walk along the Thames embankment in central London on January 28, 2020. Around 1,500 people who came to Britain from the Chinese epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in the past two weeks must put themselves in isolation, the UK health minister has said. Justin TALLIS / AFP

Greta Thunberg throws support behind PH climate activists, tweets #JunkTerrorLaw

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:56 AM

In 2018, the international nongovernmental organization Global Witness said the Philippines was the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist

Hong Kong gov't tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The order for schools to review and remove any contraband books comes two days after Hong Kong's libraries said they were also pulling titles deemed to breach the law for a review

CONTRABAND BOOKS. A women looks at books in a public library in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Roque defends Anti-Terror Law, says safeguards 'enough' to protect rights

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:57 PM

'Terrorists, beware of the Anti-Terror Law, pero iyong mga hindi naman po mga terorista, huwag po kayong mag-alala. Sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo,' says Roque

CRITICS 'SAFE'. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says safeguards in the Anti-Terror Law are enough to prevent its abuse. Malacañang file photo

'Climate of fear': Constitutional framers stand vs anti-terror law

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'We, Framers, believe that we do not need another law against terrorism at this time when in fact we have sufficient laws that can thwart terrorists and acts of terrorism'

FRAMERS. Constitution framers Christian Monsod (in photo) Felicitas Arroyo, Teodoro Bacani, Florangel Rosario Braid, Edmundo Garcia, Chito Gascon and Bernardo Villegas take a stand against the anti-terror law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China issues Canada travel warning in Hong Kong spat

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges Canada to 'immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations'

TRAVEL WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian packs up his notes after speaking at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

WATCH: Stars, advocates, journalists perform ‘The Great Dictator’ speech to protest anti-terror law

Jul 06, 2020 - 5:48 PM

John Lloyd Cruz, Chel Diokno, Iza Calzado, and Rappler's Maria Ressa are among those who appear in the video

Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must 'stand with Hong Kong'

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists and a figure loathed by Beijing, speaks outside a court where he and fellow activists are being prosecuted for involvement in last year's democracy protests

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal as he waits for fellow activists before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[OPINION] Defiance as a moral obligation

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:20 PM

'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'

[EDITORIAL] Wala nang 'middle ground' sa ilalim ng anti-terrorism law

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas

[OPINION] Is Duterte now a dictator?

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:33 AM

'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'

More petitions to come: Supreme Court battle vs anti-terror law starts

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:45 AM

(5th UPDATE) By Rappler's count, there are at least 8 groups filing petitions to void provisions of the anti-terror law

Atty. Mel Sta. Maria and professors of Far Eastern University Law file a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition at the Supreme Court in Manila on July 6, 2020 to challenge the constitutionality of 13 provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

Criticizing China abroad? Beware of Hong Kong security law

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:35 PM

One of the provisions of the highly controversial law expands the scope of offenses to cover people outside Hong Kong, even if they are not permanent residents of the Special Administrative Region

DEMONSTRATIONS. A protester holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?

Jul 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The government trying to make systems work is a welcome thing, but is it sincere and is it moving fast enough? We take a nuanced look at policy work.


Robredo pushes for safeguards in anti-terror law

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law

ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the public on November 25, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Groups demand immediate release of 8 arrested at anti-terror rally in Laguna

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Groups stress the possible ramifications of the Anti-Terrorism Law on mass mobilizations in light of the violent arrest of Cabuyao 11. Three minors from the protest have been released to their guardians, while 8 are still detained.

Graphics from UP College of Science Student Council, KATRIBU-UP Dilima chapter, and Anakbayan Batangas

Lawmakers, groups urge Supreme Court to cure 'repressive' anti-terror law

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'

PRONE TO ABUSE. Protesters from different groups stage a protest march against the new Anti-Terror Law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC on July 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cops arrest 11 at anti-terrorism law rally in Laguna

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:22 PM

The police round up the protesters right after their program ended

DETAINED. 11 activists protesting against the signing of the Anti-Terorrism Law were arrested by the police on July 4, 2020. Photo from Kyle Salgado's Twitter account

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China . Shutterstock.com

Filipinos take to the streets to protest against anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:11 PM

In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law

Protesters from different groups stage a protest march against the new Anti-Terror Law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC on July 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Respect human rights': CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees decry anti-terror law

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Several awardees from 1970 to 2018 convey their 'collective disagreement and outrage' over the anti-terror law

'Ready to fight for civil rights': Sectoral leaders hold protest vs anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:36 PM

'The law aims to end terrorism, it says, yet it is the state forces that perpetrate fear and violence on the people,' says former human rights commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales in an online protest joined by other sectoral leaders

JUNK ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters from different groups hold a protest march at the University of the Philippines Diliman on July 4, 2020, a day after President Duterte signed the anti-terror law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Too broad, worrisome': Chiz Escudero talks anti-terror law with Heart Evangelista

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:15 PM

In a conversation on Heart’s vlog, the former senator and Sorsogon governor explains his reservations on the new law

DISCUSSION. Actress Heart Evangelista interviews her politician husband Chiz Escudero on the anti-terror law. Screenshot from YouTube.com/LoveMarieEscudero