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Russian investigators search homes of Kremlin critics

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The latest searches of members of the opposition come after Vladimir Putin, who has been in power for two decades, this month oversaw a controversial vote that allows him to extend his hold on power until 2036

A detained supporter of Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and aide to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, looks out from inside a police bus in central Moscow on July 7, 2020. A high-profile Russian journalist who became an advisor to the head of the space agency was detained on July 7, 2020 on charges of treason for divulging state military secrets, authorities said. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

Belarus detains dozens at opposition protests – rights group

Jun 20, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Around 140 people – including 80 in Minsk – are detained, the Vyasna rights group says

BELARUS PROTEST. Belarus' riot police officers watch opposition supporters during a gathering to support candidates seeking to challenge President Alexander Lukashenko in August's polls in Minsk on June 19, 2020. Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP

'Three times the struggle': On lockdown with children with autism

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Parents are left with no option but to think of their own ways to alleviate their kids’ pain. On top of the disruption to kids' routines, families face mounting financial pressures and health threats.

Dozens detained at Russian opposition protest

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Veteran human rights campaigner Lev Ponomaryov, who chairs the For Human Rights organization, is among those detained in the sweep by national guard and police

DETAINED. A Russian police officer speaks with a protester as he holds a sign reading "Putin - Resign" during an unsanctioned rally in front of the headquarters of the FSB security services in central Moscow on March 14, 2020. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Aquino to Filipinos: Speak now before you're stifled like De Lima

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'Habang hindi pa tayo tinamaan, hindi kaya mas marapat dito na tayo manindigan? Kaysa naman maramdaman na natin ang nararamdaman ni Leila nang dire-diretso," says former president Noynoy Aquino

'RUN TO RESIST.' Ex-president Bengino Aquino III (3rd from R) joins Senator Leila de Lima's supporters in calling for her release from jail. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cambodian opposition figure barred from flight in Malaysia

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Sam Rainsy says he missed his flight from Kuala Lumpur and would catch another one to Jakarta early Thursday, November 14

BARRED. In this file photo, Cambodian opponent in exile and leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party Sam Rainsy talks at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris on November 7, 2019 during his failed attempt to board a plane for Bangkok after he planned to return to Phnom Penh for Cambodia's independence day. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Thailand won't allow Cambodian opposition leader to transit – prime minister

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The Thai leader says: 'We will not allow anti-government (parties) to use Thailand as a base,' an apparent reference to Cambodian opposition Sam Rainsy

Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. The leader of Cambodia's main opposition on November 10 called for a peaceful transfer of power in elections in 2018, encouraged by a historic vote in nearby Myanmar. Cambodia has been ruled for three decades by Hun Sen, frequently accused by rights groups of stamping out dissent and ignoring human rights abuses. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO / AFP PHOTO / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO

Activist Samira Gutoc's Twitter account hacked

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Gutoc says her account was last accessed in Pasay City

Sedition case vs Robredo, opposition figures part of Duterte's 'authoritarian experiment' – De Lima

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima believes the sedition case filed by the administration against Vice President Leni Robredo and her allies is 'a cog in [the] game plan to silence' democratic opposition

Senator Leila De Lima is seen after attend a hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City on 9 August 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Belmonte defends opposition: Speaking the truth is not sedition

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Last I checked, ang katotohanan ay katotohanan pa rin, at hindi inciting to sedition,' says Liberal Party secretary-general and House Deputy Minority Leader Kit Belmonte

TRUTH NOT SEDITION. Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte defends Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition figures against the sedition complaint filed against them. File photo from Robredo's Facebook page

Police detain dozens at Moscow opposition protest

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:52 PM

At least 89 are detained by police about an hour into the rally

MOSCOW PROTESTS. Dozens of protesters were detained in Moscow on Saturday, August 3, for participating in an opposition march. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russian opposition plans election protest despite crackdown

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:29 AM

This week, authorities jailed Russia President Vladimir Putin's top opponent for 30 days and launched a probe targeting his allies

MORE PROTEST. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Venezuela opposition leader calls for massive May Day protest

May 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says the opposition rally on May 1 will be 'the biggest in the history of Venezuela' as he presses his attempt to unseat the president

MAY DAY PROTEST. People walk past a burned bus in Caracas on May 1, 2019 after a day of violent clashes on the streets of the capital spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido's call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Nigeria main opposition cry foul at rally cancellation

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Nigeria's Peoples Democratic Party, the main opposition camp, says it had been denied access to the Old Parade Ground venue, despite making payments and having obtained official approval

POLLS. A woman sits beside a poster at the campaign headquarters of main opposition PDP party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar (L) and his running mate for vice president Peter Obi following the cancellation of a campaign rally by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, on February 9, 2019. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Mar Roxas says Ilonggo support won’t make him complacent

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:08 PM

In their first sortie, the coalition candidates go to Capiz, Roxas’ home province and bailiwick

KICK-OFF. Ahead of the start of the election period, opposition senatorial bets led by Manuel Roxas II launch a series of town hall meetings in Roxas City on January 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

LP, Left did not form united opposition Senate slate due to 'basic differences'

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Neri Colmenares says he is content with being just the plus one of the '8+1' opposition senatorial slate

OPPOSITION. Makabayan candidate Neri Colmenares is missing from the Opposition slate for the 2019 elections.Screenshot from Rappler

Opposition on wooing voters: Make it about them, not Duterte

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

‘Many of them support the President and I get that, and I don’t think you need to challenge that at this point,’ says reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino addresses supporters at the launch of the Oposisyon Koalisyon senatorial candidates on October 24, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Opposition coalition, Isidro Lapeña, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

LIVE: Opposition coalition introduces final Senate slate

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Watch the launch of the opposition coalition slate on Rappler

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

#PHVote, opposition slate, inflation, Boracay | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Quita Chuatico

Ex-SolGen Hilbay banks on rags-to-riches story to boost Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Lagi po akong dehado, pero...malaki po ang aking tiwala sa kapasidad ng mamamayan na sumipat ng qualifications at karakter ng ating mga senador,' he says

Atty. Florin Hilbay files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

Opposition’s Senate bets unfazed by poor survey numbers

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

'Hindi naman ho kami tumitingin sa surveys. Kami ay tumitingin sa sentimiyento ng taongbayan,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

CAMPAIGN BEGINS. Tindig Pilipinas convenor Dinky Soliman endorses senatorial bets Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc Tomawis, and Gary Alejano on October 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Opposition coalition to announce final Senate slate on October 24

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says they are still deliberating whether or not to field a complete slate of 12 senatorial bets for the 2019 polls

LIBERALS. Vice President Leni Robredo, ex-president Benigno Aquino III, and Senator Francis Pangilinan pose with LP's first 3 senatorial bets: Senator Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and ex-lawmaker Erin Tañada. Photo by OVP

Opposition coalition to announce Senate slate only after October 17

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan says opposition groups still 'needed more time' to finalize their senatorial slate for the 2019 elections

THE OPPOSITION. Senator Francis Pangilinan with LP senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Erin Tañada, and Chel Diokno. Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis is also being considered for the opposition slate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo wants 'patriots' in opposition Senate slate

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We want leaders who are courageous enough to stand for whatever they think would be right for the Filipino people,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

OPPOSITION 'PATRIOTS' in SENATE. Vice President Leni Robredo says the final opposition Senatorial slate will have people who can stand up against an authoritarian leadership. Rappler screengrab

Robredo: Better results with 'calm, courageous' leadership

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'Gusto ko sana ipakita na ang mabuting leadership ay na-a-achieve 'pag mag-adhere ka sa prinsipyo na nirerespeto mo ang dissenting opinions,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CALM, QUIET LEADERSHIP. Vice President Leni Robredo tells Rappler what kind of opposition leader she would be. Screenshot by Rappler

Rappler Talk: VP Leni Robredo on leading the opposition

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, September 13, Rappler sits down with Vice President Leni Robredo to discuss what she thinks the government should do to address the plight of the poor and the role the opposition should play now

LIST: Opposition reveals 18 possible names for 2019 Senate slate

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Dingdong Dantes is among the names being considered by the opposition, according to Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan

2019 SLATE. The opposition bloc bares the list of possible names for its 2019 senatorial slate

Liberal Party: Duterte admin 'destabilizing itself'

Sep 09, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte administration should 'focus on rising prices of goods' instead of 'throwing baseless accusations,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan

NOT PART OF THE PLAN. Senator Francis Pangilinan denies the opposition is brewing an ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo: Opposition coalition stands with Trillanes

Sep 05, 2018 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Gagawin natin ang lahat para hindi patuloy ang ganitong uri ng pagpapahirap para lang isilensyo ang ating mga gustong sabihin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

VP IN ZAMBOANGA CITY. Vice President Leni Robredo in a media interview during her visit to Zambanga City on September 5, 2018, where she discussed the rice problem with local officials. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Malaysia's Anwar on PH: You can't abuse power vs opposition

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The once-jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim weighs in on attacks against President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, including Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the MAP CEO Conference held at the Makati Shangri-la on September 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Carandang dismissal, Ivanka Trump, CJ Ramos arrest | Evening wRap

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Vernise Tantuco

Arroyo: No 'zero budget' for opposition lawmakers

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says this is her 'gesture of goodwill'

'GESTURE OF GOODWILL'. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says all congressmen and cngresswomen will get a budget under her leadership. Rappler file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Aug 01, 2018 - 12:10 AM

'The Red Planet and Earth haven't been this close since 2003, and won't be again until 2035,' NASA says.

MARS. A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Skopje on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Robredo hits Duterte for 'untruth' on human rights

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo challenges human rights advocates, 'Beyond speaking truth to power, we must speak truth to the heart of every Filipino'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the fight for human rights must be made relevant to the hearts of Filipinos. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nicaragua's Ortega refuses protest demands to step down

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights says 292 people have been killed in 3 months of protests and repression by police and paramilitaries using firearms

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at 'La Fe' square in Managua on July 19, 2018. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

Nicaragua government forces regain control of opposition stronghold

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The taking of Masaya by forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega was a significant development in 3 months of unrest that has left at least 280 people dead

CRACKDOWN. Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets of Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 18, 2018, following clashes with anti-government demonstrators. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

[OPINION] 2019 elections the real battle for the opposition

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

It is in the voting precincts, not on Twitter or Facebook, where voters shake things up. Will the 2019 elections be game changing or make us slide faster to the kangkungan?

Robredo taking lead vs Duterte admin a ‘morale boost' for opposition

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Administration critic Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is willing to take a step back and give Vice President Leni Robredo 'the space that she needs to deliver the message to the people'

THE OPPOSITION. Vice President Leni Robredo shakes the hand of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the GenWe: Tambayan event. Joining them are Kaya Natin! Movement lead convenor Harvey Keh and ex-Quezon representative Erin Tañanda. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte on priest criticisms, Thai cave rescue, Bieber | Evening wRap

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Duterte calls Robredo 'incompetent,' unfit for presidency

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes the disparaging remark after Vice President Leni Robredo announced she would unite and lead voices opposing Duterte

Robredo declares she will lead, unite opposition vs Duterte

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is becoming apparent mas malakas 'yung loob ng ibang magboses 'pag merong sinasandalan na grupo na pareho 'yung paniniwala sa kanya. At 'yun 'yung role ko na pag-isahin 'yung boses na 'yun,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

OPPOSITION LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo has agreed to lead the opposition movement. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Nicaragua unrest mounts as gov't-opposition talks resume

Jun 26, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Nicaragua's influential Catholic bishops say delegates from both sides are evaluating a proposal to organize new elections for March 2019 rather than at the end of 2021 as scheduled

IN PROTEST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Sereno and the opposition, Trump-Kim summit, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The ousted chief justice calls on Tindig Pilipinas to join with other forces, but Senator Hontiveros says they still have a fundamental difference with the Left

TINDIG PILIPINAS. Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers the key address of the biggest general assembly yet of Tindig Pilipinas, a coalition of opposition groups. Photo by Rappler

Nicaragua's Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition after unrest

May 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The Church-mediated dialogue involves representatives of university students who are leading the protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as well as some from business groups and unions

CRISIS TALKS. Students shout 'Present' for the dead students during talks with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Roman Catholic bishops in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed, at the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima, in Managua on May 16, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Malaysia's opposition makes strong early gains – unofficial tallies

May 09, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has so far won 34 parliamentary seats, while opposition alliance Pact of Hope was on 40, according to a count on the website of the pro-government Star newspaper

VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Over 1,000 protesters held during anti-Putin rallies

May 05, 2018 - 5:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Craven old man Putin thinks he is a tsar,' Navalny says on Twitter ahead of the demonstrations. 'But he is not our tsar.'