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PH Coast Guard to block departure of Hong Kong ship crew in Liberty 5 case

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:55 PM

In a tearful meeting with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of the ill-fated fishing vessel, the Philippine Coast Guard urged them to pray for justice and a miracle – that the victims be found alive

GRIM MEET. Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr meets with the families of the 14 missing crew and passengers of F/V Liberty 5 on Wednesday, July 8. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

PH Coast Guard files criminal cases vs HK ship crew

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The company and officers of bulk carrier Vienna Wood are formally accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property, as the 14 crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 remain missing

ACCOUNTABILITY. The Philippine Coast Guard  in Occidental Mindoro files charges against the company and crew of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Vienna Wood over its collision with the Philippine fishing vessel Liberty 5. Photos from the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG extends search for missing Filipino fishermen

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says search and retrieval operations for the 14 crew members of Liberty 5 will be until Tuesday, July 7

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducts an aerial search for the missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5, which capsized after colliding with a cargo ship off Mindoro on June 28, 2020. Photo from the PCG

PH Coast Guard 'building evidence' vs Hong Kong ship crew

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Without any trace of the 14 Filipino crew of Liberty 5, the search for survivors becomes a search for bodies, but Philippine Coast Guard chief George Ursabia Jr says he is still hoping for a miracle

CARGO SHIP. The Hong Kong-flagged M/V Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

No trace of 14 fishing boat crew 5 days since collision with HK ship

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) Chances of finding survivors get slimmer by the minute, says the Philippine Coast Guard

BULK CARRIER. Philippine Coast Guard personnel inspect the bow of the Hong Kong-flagged ship Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Locsin: Don't politicize PH boat collision with HK ship

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:58 PM

'It happened in Mindoro waters and I don’t want to make those Mindoro waters into international waters just to please a few idiots back here,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

INSPECTION. Philippine Coast Guard personnel examine the damaged stem of the Hong Kong bulk carrier Vienna Wood. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

China 'shocked' by PH boat collision, opposes 'politicization' of incident

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:51 PM

'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crew members and passengers. We sincerely hope all of them could be rescued at the earliest,' says the China embassy in the Philippines

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on June 28, 2020, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Hong Kong ship did not try to rescue 14 Filipino boat crew after collision – PCG

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) The bulk carrier, however, stayed in the vicinity of the incident, which Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr says was likely an accident

BULK CARRIER. The damaged stem of the Hong Kong bulk carrier Vienna Wood, June 30, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

'Banggaan lang': Palace doubts PH boat collision with HK ship to hurt China ties

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Wala naman pong malaking implikasyon 'yan. Banggaan lang po 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of the Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on Sunday, June 28, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG search on for missing fishermen who collided with Hong Kong-flagged ship

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:40 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine Coast Guard identifies the cargo vessel as Hong Kong-registered MV Vienna Wood, as it searches for the 14 missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5 off Mindoro

AERIAL SEARCH. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducts an aerial search for the missing crew of fishing boat Liberty 5, which capsized after colliding with a cargo ship off Mindoro on June 28, 2020. Photo from the PCG

14 Filipinos missing after fishing boat collides with Chinese ship off Mindoro

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:50 AM

(UPDATED) There are 14 Filipino crew missing after fishing boat Liberty Cinco collides with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off Occidental Mindoro

CAPSIZED. The upturned hull of the Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5 spotted on Sunday, June 28, after it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Law experts: 12-year prescription period for cyber libel unconstitutional

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:07 PM

'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces the media after the Manila Trial Court Branch 46 convicted her and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr of cyber libel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawyers' group: Lacson 'dead wrong,' bill allows anti-terror council to order arrests

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Section 29 of the bill is very clear on the power of the anti-terror council to order arrests and detention lasting up to 24 days

ANTI-TERROR BILL. Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, an author and sponsor of the anti-terror bill, defends the measure from strong oppositions of legal groups. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Can lawyers' growing calls vs anti-terror bill be crossroads for Duterte?

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:29 PM

'Nakakatakot,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay of the anti-terror bill as he joins fellow lawyers for a picket in front of the Supreme Court

'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:45 AM

'The attempt to use the anti-terror bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

[OPINION] De Lima’s incommunicado detention

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:06 PM

'The current pandemic...provided another opportunity for the Duterte government to further torment her in an attempt to break her will'

Australian media to be tried for contempt over reporting on George Pell

May 26, 2020 - 1:50 PM

If convicted, the journalists face prison terms of up to 5 years and the media organizations fines of up to Aus$500,000

GEORGE PELL. Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. File photo by Con Chronis/AFP

California inmates try to infect themselves with virus in failed freedom bid – sheriff

May 12, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Inmates at a facility in Castaic are filmed sharing a disposable cup and sniffing a used face mask while crowded together

CLEAN. An inmate deep cleaning in a cell pod to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the San Diego County Jail on April 24, 2020 in San Diego, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Innovative responses to coronavirus in Manila City Jail

May 11, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Some of the guards have even become temporary guests of the jail gangs, where VIP accommodation rooms have been provided for sleeping

[OPINION] How do we mourn the death of a peasant woman political prisoner?

May 10, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'I hope that the government would release political prisoners, especially those who are elderly and sick. We know that Nanay Ede could have been your mother, could have been any of the 19.7 million agricultural workers in the country.'

O2, Virgin Media to merge into $46.6-billion UK telco giant

May 07, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Telefonica chief executive Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete says the merger would create 'the leading operator in the United Kingdom' that would be 'a game-changer' in the British telecoms sector

[OPINION] What PH jails should do to deal with the coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:56 PM

In order to help deal with COVID-19 in the Philippine correctional system, the authors identify 4 key areas that must be properly addressed by the Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

Peru prison riot over coronavirus fears leaves 9 dead

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:44 AM

'We're dying. Don't let us die infected. We need medicine,' reads a banner held up by some of the prisoners

FREEDOM. Video grab at Lima's Lurigancho prison, where relatives of inmates demanded authorities for medicine, after a deadly riot took place in another prison in the city, over fear of contagion of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lima on April 28, 2020. Photo by Jesus Olarte/AFP

[OPINION] The plight of 'non-bailable' detainees during the coronavirus crisis

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:36 PM

'As an academician on issues of criminal justice and as a former accused charged with a non-bailable offense whose trial dragged for 7 long years, I can deeply empathize with the families of persons presumed innocent behind bars'

Liberty take Ionescu with first pick in WNBA draft

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After finishing near-bottom last season, the New York Liberty beef up their roster with one of the most decorated players in women's college basketball

PRIZED ROOKIE. Sabrina Ionescu holds several NCAA women’s basketball records. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey to release thousands of prisoners over coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:55 AM

However, rights groups have condemned the exclusion of other inmates including journalists, politicians, and lawyers in pre-trial detention

PRISON. Turkish soldiers stand guard in front of the Silivri Prison and Courthouse complex in Silivri, near Istanbul on February 18, 2020. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

[OPINION] An open letter to the PAO on Persons Deprived of Liberty

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Marami na rin po sa loob ang nagkakaroon ng mga sintomas, pero wala pong nagiging aksyon para sa kanila. Sana naman po 'wag silang kalimutan ng gobyerno.'

IN PHOTOS: The catastrophe of overcrowded jails during the coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Physical distancing is impossible to achieve in detention centers bursting at the seams

Quezon City Jail. All photos by Rick Rocamora

U.N. urges prisoner releases to avoid coronavirus contagion

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:36 AM

'The consequences of neglecting [prisoners] are potentially catastrophic,' says UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet

TRAPPED. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Former Sampaguita actress Liberty Ilagan dies at 76

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:44 PM

Her death is confirmed in a statement released by her 3 children

U.S. court suspends its block on Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'We will continue working to permanently end this unspeakably cruel policy,' says American Civil Liberties Union on the court order

'REMAIN IN MEXICO'. Migrants part of the 'Remain in Mexico' policy wait at the entrance to the Paso del Norte International Bridge on February 28, 2020, in Ciudad Juárez. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleges Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks of prisoners if the rope used to hang them broke during executions

1 prisoner dies in Bilibid every day, says new chief doctor

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Only 13 physicians attend to 47,326 prisoners in the country's 7 penal colonies

BILIBID. Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019, amid allegations of worsening prison conditions. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement

PROTEST SYMBOL. This aerial photo shows a 4-meter statue known as "Lady Liberty" (R), after it was hauled by pro-democracy protesters to the top of Lion Rock, one of the Hong Kong's most famous mountain tops, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rappler Talk: Threats to rule of law under Duterte

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Is it time for lawyers in the Philippines to take to the streets, just like what the world saw in Hong Kong?

PH lawyers revive decade-old group to protest Duterte policies

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:15 PM

'Not since the dark years of Martial Law have our civil liberties and fundamental rights been threatened and blatantly violated with such brazen impunity,' says the group Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties

REVIVAL. The Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL), first formed in 2006, is revived to protest the "repressive" policies of the Duterte government. Photo by Rappler

Thou shalt not march: South Korean conservatives denounce Pride

May 31, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Conservative Liberty Korea Party says the ruling Democrat party, which supports Seoul's Pride march, should 'come out' as a 'queer' party, adding that the annual event was 'lascivious' and involved 'excessive exposure of bodies'

Participant Kevin Kim (39) poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017. Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march.     / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Malaysia accused of U-turn on death penalty abolition

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory

DEATH PENALTY. As a pedestrian (L) walks past, a grim message of Malaysia's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking adorns the perimeter wall of the historic Pudu Jail downtown Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

New Paris mural celebrates 'yellow vest' revolt

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Street artist Pascal Boyart creates a mural based on Eugene Delacroix's monumental canvass 'Liberty Leading the People,' which glorified the revolution of July 1830

A man on a bicycle rides past by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) protestors inspired by "La Liberte guidant le Peuple" painting by Eugene Delacroix in Paris on January 8, 2019.  Philippe LOPEZ / AFP

5 dead in New York river helicopter crash

Mar 12, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The pilot freed himself, the other five did not,' Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro tells reporters during a brief press conference.

HELICOPTER CRASH. Emergency first responders attend a call after a helicopter crashed in the East River on March 11, 2018 in New York City. According to reports at least two people were killed. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Russia registers 9 U.S. media outlets as 'foreign agents'

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:08 PM

US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and 7 of their media affiliates have been recognized as 'carrying out the functions of a foreign agent'

FAMED VIEW. A view taken on November 23, 2017 shows St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Mladen Antonov/AFP

FEU takes a stand, holds classes on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Though not covered by the President's order to public schools not to hold classes, FEU declares it is holding classes. 'To safeguard our rights and freedoms, today we have to take a stand', FEU President Michael Alba says.

Human rights advocacy IS a biased endeavor

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The State is the primary guardian of human rights with the task of ensuring that ordinary citizens enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms

Trump seeks 'much tougher' travel ban, expedited hearing

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:50 PM

In a series of early morning tweets the president also said the United States was already extreme vetting travelers coming into the country for safety reasons

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

No joint session on martial law is a cover-up, say opposition lawmakers

May 29, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the majority want to hide the discussion from the public because the martial law declaration has no basis

'CONGRESS IN CHAINS'. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says that there is no reason for legislators to skip convening over martial law. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. court maintains block on Trump travel ban

May 26, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals says it remained unconvinced that the part of the measure naming the specific countries had more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the president s promised Muslim ban

NEW TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Another legal challenge to revised Trump travel ban

Mar 11, 2017 - 11:53 AM

The suit alleges that the new executive order violates the constitutional protection of freedom of religion in that it is intended and designed to target and discriminate against Muslims and it does just that in operation

NEW TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump immigration ban loses first legal battle

Jan 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED A federal judge blocks part of President Donald Trump s temporary immigration ban ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports

Demonstrators block traffic at the international arrival terminal as they protest against muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Stephen Lam/Getty Images/AFP

Trump vows better Russia ties, reassures NATO allies

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The conversations gives the US president an early opportunity to explain new policies that have baffled and unnerved much of the rest of the world – particularly his order to temporarily halt all refugee arrivals and those of travelers from 7 Muslim majority nations

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP