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Police block protesters in 'grand mañanita' rally on Independence day

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:50 PM

Although hundreds of individuals manage to take part in the protest in UP Diliman, other protesters were barred from entering the campus

ON GUARD. Grand Mañanita protesters enter the UP Campus by bicycle as police block the University Avenue on Independence Day, June 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LISTEN: These Independence Day releases will inspire you to raise your voice

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:37 PM

Celebrate – and protect – freedom to the tune of these new songs by Dicta License, Carousel Casualties, Zild Benitez, and Martin Riggs

SURPRISE DROP. IV of Spades frontman Zild Benitez releases an unexpected new song on June 12. Screenshot from Zild Benitez on YouTube

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

None of them were detained unlike the 8 individuals arrested for protesting in the University of the Philippines Cebu against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill a week ago

DOUBLE STANDARDS. Police personnel were seen taking pictures of anti-terror bill supporters in the same morning police in riot uniforms were stationed in UP Cebu. Screenshot from a video posted by Bayan Central Visayas

LISTEN: Ben&Ben releases full version of 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin' on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:24 PM

'Para sa Pilipinas,' the band says on Twitter

BEN&BEN. The band releases the full version of a new song for Independence Day. Rappler screenshot

Artists, celebs join Independence Day rallies online, in the streets

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Janine Gutierrez and Mae Paner head to the ‘Grand Mañanita’ at UP Diliman, while Enchong Dee and Ebe Dancel join in Independence Day protest actions online

PROTEST. Artist Mae Paner joins the mañanita-themed protest at the University of the Philippines Diliman on June 12, dressed as NCRPO chief Debold Sinas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan Emperor, Xi Jinping convey Independence Day greetings to Duterte

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito and Chinese President Xi Jinping relay their Independence Day greetings to the country through President Duterte

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. - Thousands of people gathered in Tokyo on November 10 for a rare open-top car parade featuring newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, with heavy security in place for the event. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

With impending anti-terror law, lawmakers urge Filipinos to guard freedoms

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms

PROTESTS. Thousands of brave the rain to protest the anti terrorism bill during the Grand Mananita Independence Day rally inside the University of the Philippine campus in Diliman, Quezon on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

On Independence Day, Cayetano tells Filipinos 'freedom always comes at a price'

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'It is right to be vigilant to abuses, but it is wrong to see a conspiracy behind every action of government,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

Best of #RP612fic memes: 2020 edition

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Jose Rizal in a face mask, Katipuneros tearing their quarantine passes, Aling Marie leading the Philippine revolution are some of this year's #RP612fic entries

[OPINION] Independence in a time of terror

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:54 PM

'Independence does not die. Not even when all freedom-fighters are murdered.'

WATCH: Aling Marie attends grand mañanita on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:51 PM

She first gained popularity because of her viral video calling out President Duterte's diehard supporters

PTV apologizes after mistaking Emilio Aguinaldo for Andres Bonifacio

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:24 PM

The state-run TV network airs a clip featuring a quick background on the Philippine Revolution led by Andres Bonifacio, but the screen instead shows a photo of Emilio Aguinaldo

Fearful but defiant: Independence Day rallies push through despite warnings

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) The program at UP Diliman wraps up without any arrests

RALLIES PUSH THROUGH. Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for an Independence Day protest. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | Artwork] Malayang Maria

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Artist Zelina Baluyan says 'Malayang Maria' was 'formed from sleepless nights of fear and uncertainty'

Never again, vow Filipino journalists on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:35 PM

At least 30 groups and close to a 100 journalists sign a joint statement to 'renew our pledge to serve the people, to continue speaking truth to power, and to guard and defend freedom of the press and of expression from all threats'

16 students arrested in Iligan City during Independence day protest

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Kabataan Partylist Northern Mindanao says the protesters were arrested around 10 am on Friday

'Ang duyan ng magigiting': Mensahe ni VP Robredo sa Araw ng Kalayaan 2020

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:48 AM

'Walang kalayaan ang isa kung walang kalayaan ang lahat... Ang tunay na kalayaan ay kalayaan para sa kapwa'

Robredo on fight for freedom: Resist, because a threat to one is a threat to us all

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:39 AM

'Sa mga pagkakataong may banta sa kalayaan ng isa, kailangang lahat tayo pumalag dahil ang tunay na binabantaan ay ang kalayaan ng lahat,' Vice President Leni Robredo says on Independence Day

SALUTE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration of the 120th Independence Day held at Luneta Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. File photo by OVP

Duterte on Independence Day: Use courage of heroes to battle COVID-19

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Air Force helicopters drop confetti and flowers over Rizal Park to commemorate the heroism of medical frontliners during the pandemic

Gamboa calls for end to ‘anomalies’ in PNP on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:43 AM

'Iwaksi ang mga ma-anomalyang gawain dahil tayo ang pangunahing kagawaran na nagpapatupad ng batas,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

DISTANCED. A photo of General Archie Gamboa leading one of the Philippine National Police's flag raising ceremonies under the coronavirus quarantine. PNP photo

Independence Day 2020: Gov’t rites, freedom protests in the time of physical distancing

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:02 AM

President Duterte is in his home city of Davao, while students and sectoral groups will mount protest rallies and motorcades in key cities across the country on June 12

ALL SET. Workers clean the statue of General Emilio Aguinaldo at the Freedom Park in Kawit, Cavite, in preparation for the 122nd Independence Day celebration. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

On eve of Independence Day protests, DOJ says rallies 'temporarily banned'

Jun 11, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Is it legal to ban rallies during quarantine?

DISTANCE IN RALLIES. Protesters observe physical distancing during the anti-terror bill rallies on June 4, 2020. Photo by Anjo Lapresca

June 12 is 'freedom from COVID-19' for Iloilo's events industry

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:51 PM

The newly-formed Iloilo Live Events Alliance will present 'Go Live to Live' on Philippine Independence Day, a fundraiser for the benefit of members of the Iloilo live events industry who have been hard-hit by the pandemic

DINAGYANG. Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on January 26, 2020. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

Share the #StoryOfTheNation: What does freedom mean to you?

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Tell us the #StoryOfTheNation through photos or videos!

LIST: 'Grand mañanita' and other Independence Day 2020 activities

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) Groups will take to the streets on Friday, June 12, to protest – inspired by the widely criticized mañanita for the Metro Manila police chief

LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Check out the Doodle for the 121st Philippine Independence Day!

Screenshot from Google


The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

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

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

IN PHOTOS: 'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' cast join Independence day 2018 parade

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Paulo Avelino and Mon Confiado lead the parade at the Rizal Park

Photo courtesy of TBA and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral Facebook page

Highlights: Araw ng Kalayaan 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gets heckled as a 'traitor' in the first Independence Day rites he has ever graced, and most protest actions, statements, even online memes tackle his soft, almost subservient, approach toward China

THE PHILIPPINE FLAG. Workers of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines assist in fixing the national flag during the 120th Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

IN PHOTOS: Poblacion, Makati's Independence Day 2018 party

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:41 PM

From food, to booze, to music, it was a celebration of all things Filipino

REPOBLACION NG PILIPINAS. The streets of Makati's nightlife district are resplendent in all things Filipino as the area hosts an Independence Day celebration on June 11. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Protester arrested for interrupting Duterte's Independence Day speech

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Francis Rafael is arrested after shouting 'Huwad na kalayaan!' (False freedom!) as President Rodrigo Duterte was about to deliver his speech in Kawit, Cavite

ARRESTED. Francis Rafael was not able to run away from apprehending officers, police said. PNP photo

#RP612fic: Netizens imagine PH heroes on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

IN PHOTOS: Groups seek return of comfort woman statue

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:17 PM

On Independence Day, #Flowers4Lolas reiterate demands for the reinstallation of the statue that 'gives a face to victims of war and militarization' and for the Philippine government 'to uphold the truth in our history'

THE MISSING STATUE. Women gathered at where the statue was once erect, along the baywalk of Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thousands seek jobs at Independence Day fairs

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:59 PM

As of 1 pm, a total of 184 jobseekers are hired on the spot on Tuesday, June 12

JOB FAIR. Applicants flocked the job fair at Rizal Park in Manila on June 12, 2018 despite the heavy downpour. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Independence Day, Father Nilo, Trump and Kim | Midday wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

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Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticizes 'fake freedom' brought about by injustices, in his Independence Day message for 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Featuring a lush aquatic scene, the 2018 Independence Day doodle is specific to Google visitors in the Philippines

Sotto on Independence Day 2018: PH should focus on 'independence from drugs'

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Some are worried about China, about the economy, when the real enemy is drug dependency. There is one or at least affected by one in every Filipino family,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Kapihan sa Senado with Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III at the Gloria Maris Restaurant in CCP Complex, Pasay City, May 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo urges Filipinos to fight modern-day threats to freedom

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:53 AM

(UPDATED) 'Sa pagdiriwang natin ng kalayaan sa araw na ito, nawa'y magkaroon ng panibagong lakas ang bawat isa sa atin na isabuhay ang diwa na ipinaglaban ng ating mga bayani,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Independence Day

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration of the 120th Independence Day held at Luneta Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by OVP

Duterte heckled during Independence Day 2018 rites

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:50 AM

A small but loud group shouts, 'Duterte, traydor! Duterte, patalsikin!' at the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's speech in Cavite

Where Duterte, Robredo, other officials will mark Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Here is a list of officials who will lead flag-raising events on Independence Day 2018, what time, and where

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Soldiers salute during a flag-raising ceremony at the Lanao del Sur provincial capital of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bank schedules for June 12, Araw ng Kalayaan

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Bookmark this page for the operating hours of banks on Independence Day, a holiday

Free train, P2P rides on Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The PNR, MRT3, and LRT Lines 1 and 2 will give free rides on Independence Day during select times. Certain P2P bus routes will also be free.

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PHLPost releases commemorative stamps to mark Philippine Independence Day

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:11 PM

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost has issued 50,000 copies of the single stamp design which can be bought at P12 each

The week in photos: June 10-16, 2017

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:11 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VEGAN ZOMBIES. Protestors dressed as zombies demonstrate in front of a KFC outlet in Sydney, Australia on June 15, 2017. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

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Jun 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

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WATCH: PBA honors fallen Marawi heroes on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The league honors the soldiers and police who died fighting for Marawi City

TRIBUTE. The PBA pays tribute to the fallen heroes in Marawi City on Philippine Independence Day 2017. Photo from PBA Images