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The Video: Duterte has given up on PH sovereignty

US just a call away if PH needs help to ‘remove’ Chinese vessels in WPS
April 20, 2021 Roy Mabasa
The United States is just waiting for the Philippines to ask for its help in removing or asking the Chinese vessels moored in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the top Filipino diplomat in Washington, D.C. said on Tuesday.

‘PH can’t retake territory in WPS from China without using force’
April 20, 2021 Raymund Antonio
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Tuesday, April 20, echoed President Duterte’s remarks that the Philippines cannot take back what it owns on the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS) from China without using force, adding that both countries are in a “status quo.”

The Video: Policy expert corrects Duterte: WPS not disputed; Asserting sovereignty not a declaration of war
Apr 20, 2021 ANC 24/7
Dateline Philippines: A group of professors from various universities in the Philippines urges the Philippine government to protect Philippine waters, and it can do so without resorting to violence. Professors for Peace member Atty. Michael Henry Yusingco says that asserting the country's sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea does not constitute a declaration of war. He also corrects the President saying that the West Philippine Sea is not disputed.

West Philippine Sea is not a community pantry for China
Gabriel Pabico Lalu April 20, 2021
The Philippines should not allow China to treat the West Philippine Sea as its community pantry where it can get whatever resources it needs, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said in a tweet he made on Tuesday. thinks: NOW it has happened

Amid Chinese incursions, Duterte again says nothing PH can do
Apr 20, 2021 Pia Ranada
Rather than join his own foreign and defense secretaries in protesting Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte merely repeated his old arguments against provoking China in a public address on Monday, April 19.

Hoist PH flag, not ‘white flag of surrender’, in WPS
April 20, 2021 Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Asserting a country’s sovereignty does not equate to declaring a war against another country who claims ownership over its territory, Senator Grace Poe said on Tuesday, April 20.

Duterte has given up on PH sovereignty, Hontiveros says
April 20, 2021 Hannah Torregoza
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday, April 20, said it is now a fact that President Duterte has given up on Philippines’ sovereignty in favor of China.

‘Duwag o traydor’? Hontiveros hits Duterte for ‘surrendering’ PH’s sovereignty
Krissy Aguilar April 20, 2021
Remarks of Duterte's 'ater egos' on China incursion in West PH Sea also his – Palace
Is President Rodrigo Duterte a coward or a traitor?
Senator Risa Hontiveros asked this Tuesday as she hit the President for supposedly surrendering the Philippines’ sovereignty to China amid its continued aggressions in the West Philippine Sea.

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Catholic Church needs to help ‘deepen’ PH democracy
Feb 28, 2021 Jezreel Ines
After defending democracy in EDSA exactly 35 years ago, the Catholic Church now needs to help deepen the Philippines’ gains from the People Power Revolution of 1986, an expert said.
“Defending is just a first step. Deepening is a different story, and that is the challenge to our church these days,” said Arjan Aguirre, political science professor from Ateneo de Manila University, in an online forum titled "Usap-Usapang Kalayaan: Conversations on Freedom” on Wednesday, February 24.


The Video: PH Gov't allows religious gatherings this Holy Week
Mar 26, 2021 ANC 24/7
The Inter-Agency Task Force is now allowing religious gatherings this Holy Week.

Amen! DILG welcomes IATF move to allow limited religious activities in ‘NCR Plus’
March 26, 2021 Chito A. Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) cited Friday, March 26, the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to accede to the request of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and allow church services of up to 10 percent capacity in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (NCR Plus) which are under a general community quarantine (GCQ) “bubble.”

IATF to resolve plea for 10% capacity in church gatherings
March 25, 2021 Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said the government will resolve today, Thursday, March 25, the appeal of the Catholic Church to reconsider the total ban on religious gatherings during the two-week bubble inside Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces.

‘Unjust, inconsistent’: Protestant churches hit 'NCR Plus' religious gathering ban
Mar 25, 2021 e
'It is grossly unfair that without due consultation with the churches, religious gatherings during this holy season for Christians are prohibited,' says Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza, NCCP general secretary

Gov't reviews Church request for 10% capacity on Holy Week
Mar 24, 2021 Lian Buan
'We have the experience of one year having our health protocols in place in our churches, and... these are well-observed,' says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Archdiocese of Manila
The national government will review the Catholic Church's request to hold in-person Masses not exceeding 10% capacity on Holy Week, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday, March 24.

NCCP calls ban on religious gatherings in Metro Manila, other areas ‘grossly unfair’
March 24, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) said the decision of the Inter Agency Task Force to ban religious gatherings in Metro Manila and other areas “grossly unfair.”

Catholic churches in Laguna, Rizal yield to IATF, to go virtual with religious activities
Delfin T. Mallari Jr. March 24, 2021
Catholic church authorities in Rizal and Laguna province have declared that Holy Masses and other religious events would be held virtually to adhere to the government order to curb the rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Decision to have religious activities with people up to parish priests, says Pabillo
March 24, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the decision whether to have religious activities with the people, but not beyond the 10 percent capacity of their churches, is up to parish priests.

Prelate unfazed by Malacañang threat; insists 10% of church capacity not mass gathering
March 24, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
The threat of Malacanang to use police powers to close down churches that will defy the order prohibiting mass religious gatherings in Metro Manila and nearby provinces failed to unfaze a Catholic prelate.

Bishop Pabillo urges gov’t: Be clear with instructions, respect right to worship
Cathrine Gonzales March 24, 2021
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, on Wednesday urged the government to be clear with its instructions on COVID-19 restrictions and respect the people’s right to worship.

CBCP: Manila bishop not defying IATF rules, just expressing religious right
Daphne Galvez March 24, 2021
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Manila archdiocese, is only expressing his religious right and not defying government rules when he instructed that the Archdiocese of Manila will hold religious services with 10 percent of its churches’ capacity starting Wednesday, March 24.

The Video: Quiapo vicar tells gov't: Churches safer than malls
Mar 24, 2021 ABS-CBN News
It is safer for the public to visit churches than malls, the parochial vicar of Quiapo Church said Wednesday as government opposed its operation during the Holy Week.

Palace: Allowing churches to open on Holy Week will only attract huge crowds
March 24, 2021 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang explained that the government’s pandemic task force decided to prohibit religious gatherings until April 4 because it will drive the people to go out despite the spike in coronavirus disease (COVID) cases in the country.

Palace: Manila Archdiocese should not defy IATF
Daphne Galvez March 23, 2021 - with Video
Malacañang on Tuesday appealed to the Archdiocese of Manila not to defy the restrictions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), particularly on religious services, to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases.

Archdiocese of Manila to hold religious services despite IATF ban
Cathrine Gonzales March 23, 2021
The Archdiocese of Manila will hold religious services with 10 percent of its churches’ capacity starting Wednesday, March 24, in defiance of guidelines of the national government prohibiting mass gatherings during the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The Video: Mga simbahan binalaang isasara kung magmimisa sa gitna ng restrictions
Mar 23, 2021 ABS-CBN News
Ayon kay Bishop Broderick Pabillo, magkakaroon pa rin ng mga religious worship sa loob ng mga simbahan.

Gov’t to close down churches that defy ban on religious gatherings
March 23, 2021 Genalyn Kabiling
A conflict between the government and the Catholic Church over the ban on religious gatherings is brewing.

Archdiocese of Manila to defy government ban on Holy Week gatherings
Mar 23, 2021 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
'Hindi dapat tayo sumunod sa ganyang pamamalakad na walang konsultasyon,' says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila
The Archdiocese of Manila decided on Tuesday, March 23, to defy the Philippine government’s ban on religious gatherings in Metro Manila and 4 surrounding provinces for two weeks, including Holy Week.

The Video: PH bishop slams gov't for banning religious gatherings but opening gym, spas during Holy Week
Mar 23, 2021 ANC 24/7
Matters of Fact: A Filipino Roman Catholic bishop hits the government for banning religious gatherings, while allowing gyms and spas to operate within the so-called NCR+ bubble, and during the Holy Week.

Bishop David hits gov't: You lock down churches but allow gyms, spas?
Mar 22, 2021 Robbin M. Dagle
'May God have mercy on your souls!' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after the government banned religious gatherings in NCR Plus during Holy Week

The frightening future of Duterte's anti-terror law

The brainchild of the military men in President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet, the 2020 Anti-Terrorism Law is now fully a Duterte-enabled legislation because it bears his signature and was fast-tracked due to his blessing.

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The myth of ‘happy Filipinos’
Richard Heydarian January 26, 2021

More than a century ago, when most of Asia lacked even a single modern university, the Philippines produced one of the finest minds of that era. Years before Jose Rizal fired up a nation through his gripping novels, Gregorio Sancianco penned his pioneering work, “El Progreso De Filipinas” (1881), which was published in Madrid.

Filipinos less happy in 2020, says World Happiness Report
Mar 21, 2021 Michael Bueza
Filipinos felt less happy in 2020, a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, based on an annual survey that measures the levels of happiness of people around the world.
According to the 2021 World Happiness Report, the Philippines ranked 61st among 149 countries, with a score of 5.88. The report uses the average of the scores in the 3 previous years, or from 2018 to 2020.

Duterte's VFA threats: Negotiating tactic or rash outburst?
Feb 20, 2021
Is the Philippine leader trying to squeeze out more US aid for the good of Filipinos or is he just eager to settle a score?
In a span of two months, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made two new demands to the United States: provide COVID-19 vaccines or "pay" in order to keep the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) alive.
Part1: First they came for the pushers and addicts. Now, the Leftists.
'Have I preferred to keep silent? Have I spoken out – and spoken out enough?'
First they came for the drug pushers and drug addicts. And now they’ve come for the Leftists.
The apparently extrajudicial slaughter of nine Leftist activists two weeks ago, coming soon after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered military and police forces to “kill” and “finish off” communist forces.

Part 2: The limits of Duterte’s power
'With a little over a year left in his term, the wanna-be-Hitler is unlikely to attempt becoming an out-and-out dictator'
In the “Then they came for” part of the Duterte onslaughts prior to the current crackdown on communists, the targets have been mainly opposition politicians and critical journalists, and the main method employed to try to get rid of them has not been physical elimination, but throwing them in jail through false or trumped-up charges.

Mar 23 and 26, 2021 both by Nathan Gilbert Quimpo

From the war on drugs to the war on the Reds
Mar 11, 2021 Amado L. Picardal
'[Duterte] knows that that he could end his days in humiliation after being held accountable.... This is the worst thing that could happen to a narcissist.'
In recent months, the targets for extrajudicial killings are no longer just drug addicts and pushers, but those who have been “red-tagged” – activists, lawyers, human rights advocates, and labor leaders identified with the Left

Jail me for kill order vs communist rebels? ‘I’d be happy,’ says Duterte
Krissy Aguilar March 18, 2021
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he would “be happy” to go to jail over his directive to kill communist rebels, as he believes he won’t last long behind bars due to his old age.

Duterte 'happy' to go to jail for killing human rights activists
Mar 18, 2021 Pia Ranada
'Patay human rights? Okay. Pasok ako sa kulungan? Good, I'd be happy,' says President Duterte a week after the killings of activists in Calabarzon
There was no letup in President Rodrigo Duterte's violent language against communists and human rights a week after the killings of nine activists in Calabarzon.

Is Duterte responsible for 'Bloody Sunday'?
Mar 16, 2021
The deadly Calabarzon raids can be traced to President Rodrigo Duterte's 2017 threats against communists and 'legal fronts'

ANALYSIS: Duterte’s legacy: We’re the ‘sick man of Asia’ again
Jan 29, 2021 JC Punongbayan
'Governance makes all the difference, and Duterte’s shambolic pandemic and economic responses are both rightly to blame for the Philippine economy’s tanking'
The latest government data confirm our worst fears.
It turns out that last year the Philippine economy shrank by 9.5%. That’s record-breaking for a couple of reasons.

What does 9.5 percent GDP shrinkage mean?
January 29, 2021 Ellson Quismorio
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said Friday that the 9.5 percent contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) for the year 2020 just shows how badly the Philippine economy was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EXPLAINER: New chief justice is Duterte's next test, pivotal for SC
Picking a new chief justice will be the next test for President Rodrigo Duterte and will also be pivotal for a Supreme Court that is under intensifying pressure from lawyers to act more decisively on human rights.

Quick review of chief justice applicants' judicial principles
The anti-terror law oral arguments provide a glimpse into their principles – are they for judicial activism or judicial restraint?

'Transparency is rule,' but SALNs are 'weaponized' – chief justice applicants
Justice Bernabe says summaries are sufficient, while Justice Gesmundo says full SALNs can be released if justified. The Supreme Court has done neither.

All above: Mar 11 - 12, 2021 Lian Buan

WATCH: JBC interviews applicants for chief justice
March 12, 2021
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interviews on Friday, March 12, the 3 applicants for chief justice who will be replacing Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

ANALYSIS: Recommendations on meeting the marginalized's needs in the pandemic
Dec 18, 2020 Eduardo C. Tadem

'Congress should quickly enact legislation that will impose a wealth tax on the richest Filipino families to raise revenue for COVID-19 measures'


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LIVE: House hearing on Lopez Group of Companies
January 18, 2021

Months after the shutdown of ABS-CBN and the denial of its franchise renewal, the House of Representatives is set to conduct a probe into allegations that were raised against the broadcast giant.

The Video: Duterte won't allow ABS-CBN to operate even if Congress grants new franchise
Feb 8, 2021 Rappler
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anger at the Lopez family flares yet again as he declared he will not recognize any franchise granted by Congress to broadcasting network ABS-CBN. He says this in a recorded speech aired Monday, February 8.

Duterte won't recognize franchises of firms with 'misdeeds' against gov't
Jan 19, 2021 Pia Ranada
'For all I care, you can have a thousand franchises, you will not see the light of day,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned he would not recognize any franchise granted to a company until they pay for supposed past "misdeeds."

Duterte won't recognize any new ABS-CBN franchise granted by Congress
Feb 8, 2021 Pia Ranada
The Chief Executive says he will 'ignore' any franchise granted to the Lopez Group of Companies – a franchise he has the power to veto.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anger at the Lopez family flared yet again as he declared he would not recognize any franchise granted by Congress to broadcasting network ABS-CBN.

Duterte says he won‘t let ABS-CBN run even with franchise – unless Lopezes pay taxes
Daphne Galvez February 08, 2021 - wit Video
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night that he would not allow ABS-CBN to operate even if Congress would grant the Lopez-owned network a new franchise.

Duterte to firms: No franchise until you settle your accounts with gov’t
Darryl John Esguerra January 18, 2021
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he would not allow any company to benefit from its franchise unless it had settled its obligations with the government.

Franchises can’t operate unless owners pay correct taxes, Duterte vows
January 19, 2021 Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has vowed to disallow the franchise operations of companies if they do not settle tax obligations to the government.

ANALYSIS: Filipinos aren’t so much resilient as Duterte is incompetent, abusive
Nov 13, 2020 JC Punongbayan

'The information deficit on Typhoon Ulysses led to needless misery, caused in part by Duterte’s pointless persecution of ABS-CBN'
2020 is a proving to be a bottomless well of disasters. The biggest of all is Duterte himself.
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Criticism of Duterte during Ulysses ‘kalokohan ng oposisyon’
Nov 13, 2020 Pia Ranada
After criticism on social media erupted, Duterte suddenly decided to make a 6-minute speech about the typhoon, in between summit events. He also conducted an aerial survey over Marikina and Montalban.

Why PH media need to change old ways in covering Duterte when he lies
Dec 2, 2020 Camille Elemia

Journalists need to 'step up' their game to defend the truth against propaganda and disinformation
Traditional ways of covering presidents must be revisited, especially when President Rodrigo Duterte spews lies and baseless claims.

Disinformation researchers unpack the game of lies and its impact on democracy
Dec 10, 2020 Jene-Anne Pangue
Whether the lies are found on social media, in books, or in institutions of broader governance systems, an expert says disinformation is centralized, organized, and funded

Majority of Filipinos agree: 'Dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical' of Duterte gov't
Camille Elemia Aug 07 2020 - with Video

According to a Social Weather Stations survey, 51% of Filipinos agree with this statement, while 30% disagree
Majority of Filipinos agree that it is “dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, "even if it is the truth."

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Hidden messages in surveys
Vergel O. Santos AUG 14 2020

Senators not surprised by Filipinos saying dangerous to publish statements critical of administration
August 8, 2020 Vanne Elaine Terrazola

More Filipinos think it is ‘dangerous’ to print, broadcast anything critical of Duterte admin
March 19, 2021 Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Sixty-five percent of adult Filipinos agreed that it is dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical to the administration of President Duterte, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results released on Friday, March 19 showed.

The Video: SWS: 65% of Filipinos agree printing, broadcasting anything critical of Duterte admin 'dangerous'
Mar 19, 2021 ANC 24/7
More Filipinos agree it is dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the Duterte administration even if it is the truth, according to the latest SWS survey.

65% of Filipinos agree: ‘Dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical’ of Duterte
Mar 19, 2021 Camille Elemia
A non-commissioned Social Weather Stations survey conducted from November 21 to 25, 2020, but released only on Friday, March 19, found that 65% of adult Filipinos agree that it is risky to publish or air reports that are critical of the government. Sixteen percent of the respondents disagreed, while 18% were undecided.

Pangilinan on SWS survey: ‘Culture of impunity’ planted fear on Filipinos
March 19, 2021 Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Francis Pangilinan said on Friday he is not surprised with the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey finding that more adult Filipinos agree that “it is dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the administration, even if it is the truth.”

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FALSE: Philippines tops ‘most peaceful countries’ list
Nov 24, 2020 - with Video
The facts: The Global Peace Index for 2020, which measures global peacefulness, gave the Philippines a low rank of 129th out of 163 states and territories.


Are deepfakes breaking our grip on reality?
Al Jazeera English November 16, 2020

Video has come to dominate the online experience. So, as the world becomes increasingly ideologically fractured, it is no surprise it is being exploited and weaponised for political purposes.
The problem is they often feature people saying and doing things they never did. Perhaps most memorably, in 2018 filmmaker Jordan Peele made the video to warn that, in the future, the breakdown in trust between politicians, the media and viewers is only set to grow.


The Dictator's Playbook
June 16, 2020 Center for Humane Technology

In a podcast released by the Center for Humane Technology, Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa reveals, play by play, how an aspiring strongman can use social media to spread falsehoods, sow confusion, intimidate critics and subvert democratic institutions.
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DOCUMENTARY: The Marcoses: Reclaiming Malacañang
Feb 24, 2021
The Marcoses are clawing their way back to power using disinformation and networked propaganda to burnish their image. Is it just a matter of time before history repeats itself?

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Duterte's secretive Malacañang
September 5, 2020

Rappler reporter Pia Ranada dissects the 4 ways the Office of the President is being less transparent about matters related to the Chief Executive and his activities

5 ways Duterte has become a threat to Philippine democracy
Feb 24, 2021 Pia Ranada
From creating a climate of fear to repudiating the Constitution, here are ways President Duterte has brought about a backslide in Philippine democracy

Duterte and his generals: A shock and awe response to the pandemic
Nikko Dizon July 31 2020

'The backbone of my administration is the uniformed personnel of government,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a public address on July 31
The Philippine government's enhanced community quarantine and all its derivatives were patterned after the decades-long tactics of the military on border controls in its fight against armed groups. READ ALL the links in the article

AFP chief Sobejana: Gen. Parlade stays as NTF-ELCAC spokesman
March 10, 2021 Mario Casayuran
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Cirilito E. Sobejana on Wednesday said controversial Lt. General Antonio Parlade Jr. may stay as spokesman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) despite calls for him to quit his civilian post at NTF-ELCAC.

Senate recommends Parlade’s removal from anti-insurgency task force post
Christia Marie Ramos March 10, 2021
The Senate has recommended the immediate relief of Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. from his duty as spokesperson of the Duterte’s administration’s anti-insurgency task force.

Senators recommend firing Parlade as anti-insurgency spokesman
Mar 10, 2021 Jairo Bolledo
NTF-ELCAC spokesman Antonio Parlade is under fire for red-tagging government critics, including celebrities

Parlade's appointment to NTF-ELCAC may be illegal
Mar 10, 2021 Rambo Talabong
'No member of the armed forces in the active service shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position,' says the Philippine Constitution
The appointment of Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr as the spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) may be illegal, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Wednesday, March 10.

Duterte praises 12 ex-military men in Cabinet
February 24, 2021 Raymund Antonio
President Rodrigo Duterte has praised the ex-military officials he has appointed to Cabinet positions, saying that he placed them in such roles to address issues “in time of destruction.”

Former PNP chief Cascolan named undersecretary at Office of the President
February 24, 2021 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte has appointed former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Camilo Cascolan as an undersecretary at the Office of the President (OP).

Former PNP chief Cascolan given Malacañang position
Feb 24, 2021 Pia Ranada
Camilo Cascolan follows in the footsteps of his good friend Senator Ronald dela Rosa, scoring a civilian government post after retiring from police service
President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped former Philippine National Police chief Camilo Cascolan as an undersecretary in his office in Malacañang.

Malacañang defends Duterte’s preference for former military men in gov’t: They get things done
February 7, 2021 Genalyn Kabiling
Military men know how to get the task done.
This work ethic is the main reason President Duterte has chosen former military officers to join his government to deliver results, according to his spokesman

Law of Duterte Land: A State of terror
August 29, 2020
A human rights lawyer finds out his name is on a government terrorist list. What happens?
The Duterte government claims it is not behind the harassment of activists, more so their murders.
The government, however, has the duty to prevent these killings and protect its citizens. Has it upheld, neglected, or avoided that duty?

The politics of fear
Oct 7, 2020 Kyle Parada
'[The] form that this proverbial bogeyman takes has never truly mattered; rather, it is necessary only that there must always be one'

Duterte, anti-terrorism, and dog whistling
September 15, 2020 Judielyn Agua
'Why pass a law that the Supreme Court would only likely declare as unconstitutional?'

‘Repressed’ nation
Philippine Daily Inquirer December 16, 2020

Coming on the heels of President Duterte’s blow-hot-blow-cold pronouncements on human rights, arrests followed a disturbing pattern of state operations against activists, labor leaders, even elderly people retired from serving as consultants in the aborted peace talks between the government and communist insurgents.

Duterte’s desperate plot
Dec 12, 2020 Vergel O. Santos

'By militarizing, terrorizing, and Red-labeling, Duterte hopes to create a climate of fear that would allow him to keep power or pass it on to a trusted successor in order to escape accountability for the crimes of his regime'

Lessons despots never learn
Dec 14, 2020 Walden Bello
'The president and the military are engaged in a self-defeating campaign'

PH human rights status downgraded to 'repressed' as civic freedoms deteriorate
Dec 8, 2020 Camille Elemia

'The Duterte government has incrementally chipped away at civic freedoms since it came to power in 2016 but this has further eroded over the last year,' says CIVICUS Monitor's Josef Benedict
A global research group on Tuesday, December 8, downgraded the Philippines human rights status, as attacks on journalists and human rights defenders escalate.

Global rights watchdog says PH civic spaces shrunk: Free speech, assembly now ‘repressed’
Gabriel Pabico Lalu December 08, 2020
A global rights watchdog has given the Philippines a lower grade in terms of how free its civic spaces are, noting that attacks against activists and the media meant that free speech and peaceful assembly have transitioned from “obstructed” to “repressed.”

Groups slam Duterte gov't rights summit as ‘desperate charade’
Dec 8, 2020 Jodesz Gavilan
'The Duterte administration has zero intentions of confronting the rapidly deteriorating human rights crisis in the [country] and exacting justice for its victims,' says Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay

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Int'l watchdog downgrades PH human rights rating over killings, ABS-CBN shutdown
Dec 8, 2020 ANC 24/7
International watchdog, Civicus Monitor, has downgraded the Philippines' human rights rating over the killings of activists, the passage of the controversial Anti-Terror Law, and the non-renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise.
Karapatan: PH Gov't's Human Rights Summit 'for show'
Dec 8, 2020 ANC 24/7
Efforts of the Philippine government to address the human rights situation in the country are just for show. That's according to Karapatan Secretary-General Cristina Palabay. The Philippines is currently holding a summit to showcase The Justice Department's accomplishments and programs to protect and promote human rights in the country. But for Palabay, unless there is a concrete reform in policy, the event is pointless.

What Duterte's 15 (and counting) task forces say about government
Nov 17, 2020 Pia Ranada

Even President Duterte's predecessors have resorted to forming task forces, exposing cracks in government institutions.
President Rodrigo Duterte has created 15 task forces since the start of his administration and plans to create another one to tackle rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco).

CPP insists former communist leader tortured, killed by state forces
Mar 19, 2021 Jairo Bolledo

The rebel Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) insisted that a former rebel leader and his wife, who were found dead in an Iloilo town in December 2020, were tortured and killed by the state forces.


When state agents promote disinformation
Oct 29, 2020 - with Video

State agents in the Philippines are consistently under scrutiny for promoting and spreading disinformation through both official and personal channels on social media.

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Ateneo students go on academic strike, slam gov't inaction during disasters, pandemic
Nov 14, 2020 Aika Rey

'The national government must act now or step down from their positions. No comprises,' say the statement of Ateneo students
In a bold move, students from the Ateneo de Manila University – home to the children of some politicians and government officials – pledged to go on academic strike starting Wednesday, November 18, as they called out the government for neglecting Filipinos during the past 3 typhoons that ravaged the country.

Palace warns Ateneo students vs strike
November 15, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang reminded students of Ateneo de Manila University that they will fail if they are not able to adhere to academic requirements due to their planned mass student strike.

Absentee leadership in times of crisis
Nov 14, 2020 John Molo
Presidents are not expected to swim in the flood. They're expected to be on top of actual emergencies.

The Video: 'Babagsak kayo': Roque warns Ateneo students over mass strike
Nov 15, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque warned Ateneo de Manila students that they might fail their requirements after calling for a mass strike against government's "criminally neglectful response” to recent typhoons.



The military and social media
Oct 16, 2020
What goes into the military's strategy in the use of social media? Watch the interview on Rappler.
The Philippine military has been grilled repeatedly in the past few weeks for the use of social media by its units and leaders.
In September, Facebook removed a network of accounts linked to the military and the police for "inauthentic behavior" that magnified conversations supporting the Duterte administration.

On social media, PH military declares war vs rights defenders
Oct 16, 2020 Rambo Talabong, Jodesz Gavilan
Is it all fair game in the information war on social media?
The Philippine military has a social media problem.
In the past few weeks, its soldiers and units have been entangled in various controversies involving their use of the popular platform Facebook.
At least 3 Army servicemen were identified as being behind a suspended network of accounts and pages displaying “inauthentic behavior” that amplified political messages in support of the Duterte administration.

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Despite no arrest order, radio reporter nabbed by police in Manila
Apr 19, 2021 Jairo Bolledo
Despite an existing no arrest order by the Philippine National Police (PNP), police arrested a radio reporter on Friday, April 16, according to a statement of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on April 19.

Another woman claims she was tortured in Cebu City police station
Apr 9, 2021 John Sitchon
The team investigating the torture incident also adds 2 more cops to the list of suspects, raising the total accused law enforcers to 13
Another businesswoman stepped forward and claimed she too was tortured in a secret detention facility inside a Cebu City police station, the third women to accuse the cops.

CHR condemns alleged torture of 2 women by police in Cebu City
Apr 8, 2021 John Sitchon
The Commission on Human Rights also urges the government to publicly acknowledge and condemn reports of torture by the police
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday, April 8, expressed "grave concern" over reports of a secret detention facility in a Cebu City police station where two women were allegedly tortured.

CHR condemns ‘secret jail,’ conducts own investigation
April 8, 2021 Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned the reported secret jail in Cebu City’s Sawang Calero police station where two women were allegedly detained, raped, and tortured.

The Video: CHR 7 probes on 'secret jail' of Sawang Calero police station
Apr 6, 2021 SunStar Web TV
CHR 7 probes on 'secret jail' of Sawang Calero police station

CHR says 'secret room' in Cebu City police station 'disappeared'
Apr 6, 2021 John Sitchon
The Commission on Human Rights, Central Visayas says the secret room where 2 Cebuana victims were allegedly tortured has become a storage room

IMPORTANT TO READ: Where are the police body cams?
Philippine Daily Inquirer December 22, 2020

Police, victims, and a call for change
Dec 25, 2020 Gustavo Gonzalez
Every life and family impacted is precious. But this high number of killings is, in itself, a broader, institutional concern.

Tarlac shooting: Blood on Duterte's hands
Dec 24, 2020
From President Duterte’s mouth to cop Jonel Nuezca’s gun, a culture of impunity ends in blood-soaked corpses

Tarlac shooting ‘isolated case’? Filipinos dig up stories proving otherwise
Dec 23, 2020 Sofia Virtudes
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año called the Tarlac shooting an “isolated” incident, but Filipinos knew better.
A group called Hacktibista has been keeping a running list of abuses and violations by the police and the military, the latest addition to the list being the Tarlac shooting.

Senators slam PNP for downplaying problem of rogue policemen
December 23, 2020 Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senators on Wednesday hit the Philippine National Police (PNP) for downplaying the number of rogue cops within its ranks.

Killer cop
Philippine Daily Inquirer December 23, 2020
Whereupon Nuezca, unmindful of various people filming the bitter argument, swears at the mother, reaches for his 9 mm pistol and shoots her once in the head, then the son twice, and then the mother again as she lay on the ground. Neither one is armed.
There is simply no way Nuezca, can get away with murder.
Or can he? A culture of impunity has so permeated the police force that the phrase is now bromide, used ever so constantly to protest police crimes and misdemeanors but generally denied or ignored by an administration that coddles killer cops.

Teachers condemn ‘murderous reign of state terror’
December 22, 2020 Merlina Hernando-Malipot
A federation of teachers vehemently condemned the “brutal abuse” of power of a police officer that claimed the lives of a mother and son in Paniqui, Tarlac.

Youth groups decry ‘brutal’ killing by cop of mother, son in Tarlac 
December 22, 2020 Raymund Antonio
Various youth groups and individuals addressed the death of a mother and her son in Tarlac with a unity statement against police brutality and a call for justice.

The Video: 'Pulis ang terorista': Pagpatay ng pulis sa mag-ina kinondena
Dec 21, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Umapaw ang galit ng netizens, iba't ibang grupo, at ilang politiko matapos kumalat sa social media ang video ng isang pulis na malapitang binaril sa ulo ang mag-ina sa Paniqui, Tarlac nitong Linggo dahil lang umano sa alitan sa paputok.

Police force needs values reorientation to root out abuses
December 21, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
The Philippine National Police (PNP) should conduct a top-to-bottom review of the moral values of all law enforcement officials and institutions to put an end to the culture of impunity and rid the system of abuse and undesirable practices.

Rights watchdog on Tarlac murder: Many PH cops ‘simply out of control’
December 21, 2020
The murder of a mother and her son by a law enforcer proves that “many members” of the country’s police force are “simply out of control,” an official of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday.

‘Many of our cops are becoming the face of terror’
Neil Arwin Mercado December 21, 2020
Several senators called for an end to police abuse as they lambasted Monday the police killing of a mother and her son in Tarlac.

'Not the first': Groups decry police killing of mother, son in Tarlac
Dec 21, 2020
Following a cop's killing of an unarmed mother and son, human rights and civic groups on Monday, December 21, called out the "police violence and brutality" in the country.

Groups call for end to police brutality, impunity
December 21, 2020 Raymund Antonio and Jeffrey Damicog
Progressive and human rights groups on Monday called for an end to police brutality, killings, and impunity in light of the deaths of two civilians in Paniqui, Tarlac at the hands of a police officer during a heated argument.

Pampanga cops arrest suspects in killing of Chinese businessman
Jun A. Malig Aug 14 2020
Police identified the suspects, both Chinese, though the CCTV footage of establishments leading to the site where the charred remains of the victim was found

In Bulacan, police 'kidnap' passersby then kill them in fake 'nanlaban' case – NBI
Lian Buan Aug 13 2020
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) files complaints of murder, kidnapping, and planting of guns and drugs against 11 officials of the San Jose Del Monte police. Look also the Video

'Spectacle of a grand cover-up': Senate hearing bares how 'ninja cops' remain in service
Aika Rey and Rambo Talabong October 02, 2019
'Why are you trying to get the people off the hook? Are you the mafia or the PNP?' asks Senator Richard Gordon, without naming names. Look the Video: Senate hearing on alleged ninja cops

PNP also rearrests prisoners not convicted of heinous crimes
Rambo Talabong September 09, 2019
Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again

Cops in bloody Negros Oriental operations took victims' money – relatives
Marchel P. Espina April 06, 2019
The families of the victims claim the cops executed their kin even after they yielded to authorities. They also note other irregularities in the raids.

Duterte fires two PNP 'narco-generals'
by Rambo Talabong October 09, 2017 - with Video
Two top officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) named as 'narco-generals' by President Rodrigo Duterte have been sacked, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced Monday, October 9.
They are former Quezon City police director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and former Metro Manila police chief Director Joel Pagdilao.

All 3,800 killed by PNP were drug dealers
by Jee Y. Geronimo October 07, 2017
Contradicting the Philippine National Police (PNP), Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano falsely claimed that all 3,800 Filipinos killed in the Duterte administration's war on drugs were drug dealers.

Police seek Catholic Church protection to testify on EJKs
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 02, 2017

'Their consciences are troubling them,' according to Archbishop Socrates Villegas, as the Catholic Church says it will 'look prudently into the sincerity of their motives'

Lacson urges Church to present 'reformed' cops in Senate probe
by Camille Elemia October 02, 2017

Senate public order committee chair Panfilo Lacson urged the Catholic Church to present “reformed” policemen to testify against state-sponsored killings.

9,000 cops into drugs? Duterte 'more or less' correct says Dela Rosa
by Rambo Talabong October 02, 2017
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says President Rodrigo Duterte also counts cops who are not doing anything about the drug situation in their areas.

Robredo calls on PNP to prove killing not a state policy
by Mara Cepeda September 06, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says people will continue asking questions if more and more drug suspects are killed in police operations

Kian and Carl: Parallelism in the deaths of two boys
by Rambo Talabong September 04, 2017
Kian delos Santos, 17, and Carl Arnaiz, 19 – handcuffed, kneeling – were killed by Caloocan policemen two days apart.

Carl Arnaiz kneeling, handcuffed when killed – taxi driver, witness
by Camille Elemia October 02, 2017
'Nakatakbo na po siya sa damuhan and then nakaluhod po siya noong binaril na may posas,' says 21-year-old witness 'Joe Daniel'

Carl Arnaiz handcuffed, beaten up, killed – PAO autopsy
by Lian Buan September 04, 2017
Findings of the Public Attorney's Office show the 19-year-old was kneeling when initially shot, then killed with more shots after he was lying on the ground.

The death of policing as a profession in the Philippines
by Raymund E. Narag, PhD August 19, 2017
While we cannot begrudge the intentions of the President, a drug-free and crime-free Philippines, he has transformed the police into the biggest criminal institution in the Philippines.

Wanted: Truth police
by Vergel O. Santos July 01, 2017
If anyone should take up police duty against fake news, it is us news people ourselves

War on drugs: How the PNP responds to abuse, corruption charges
by Bea Cupin April 20, 2017
When faced with allegations – allegedly from their own men – the PNP has a rather predictable response.

WATCH: Duterte and the future of Philippine police
March 24, 2017 - with video
At Camp Castañeda, Duterte's message is clear. Amid allegations of human rights abuses, the President is adamant: Do your job, and I'll have your back

Duterte sends ‘errant’ cops to Mindanao
by Pia Ranada February 07, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte warns cops involved in illegal drugs that they will become the next targets of extrajudicial killings.

Task force vs police scalawags: What we know so far
by Bea Cupin February 05, 2017
Will the newly-formed 'counter-intel task force' be enough to rid the Philippine National Police of its wayward members?

Duterte on AI report: Why would I pay police to kill?
by Pia Ranada February 03, 2017
The President says police claiming they were paid to kill are corrupt police who pocketed intelligence funds intended for catching drug pushers

Cops fueled by 'economy of death' in drug war – Amnesty
by Bea Cupin February 01, 2017
The Amnesty International report details stories of police corruption and abuse in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
“Pressures from the top” and “financial incentives” have created an “informal economy of death” to drive police killings in the Philippines’ war on drugs, according to an Amnesty International report.

An end to the ugly war
by Vergel O. Santos January 31, 2017
Now comes the test of Duterte's word
Nothing can be more consoling than the news that the police’s war on drugs has been called off.

Duterte to order soldiers to arrest corrupt police
by Pia Ranada January 31, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte will soon order soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to arrest corrupt policemen, as part of his administration’s cleansing of the Philippine National Police.

CHR: Stopping drug war acknowledges flaws and abuse in PNP
by Jodesz Gavilan January 31, 2017
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

PNP out of drug war means end to 'tokhang,' buy-bust
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017 - with Video
What are policemen allowed and not allowed to do from today? The PNP explains in detail.

Duterte orders 'cleansing' of PNP, extends drug war again
by Pia Ranada January 30, 2017
The President orders the dissolution of all PNP anti-drug units and the creation of a new command to rid the police force of corrupt personnel.

Murder in the cathedral
by Vergel O. Santos January 23, 2017
Why this brazenness, why this air of impunity, why this roguery?

Rogue cops in action
by Bea Cupin January 27, 2017 - with video
Senator Panfilo Lacson, who once headed the national police, shows this video during a Senate hearing and warns it's not an isolated case.

San Francisco police cut ties with PNP over drug war
by Ryan Macasero October 26, 2016
The police department terminates its 16-year-old exchange program with the Philippine National Police over 'concerns of allegations of civil rights violations'

Dela Rosa on PNP, US ties: ‘As is’
The chief of the PNP says nothing has changed in the relationship of the PNP with US law enforcement agencies

Dela Rosa downplays San Francisco police's cutting of ties
‘Not so much,’ says the PNP chief when asked about the impact of the San Francisco Police Department’s decision to end a long-running training program

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Filipino bishops: Keep courage despite Duterte ‘regime of death’
Paterno R. Esmaquel II Aug 12 2020

‘Refuse to get discouraged,’ says the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged Filipinos to keep their courage even as the “regime of death and darkness” under President Rodrigo Duterte “seems to be enjoying its fine hour.”

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The walls are closing in.
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Duterte supporters pushing for revolutionary gov’t

PNP chief confirms invitation to meeting of Duterte supporters pushing for revolutionary gov’t
August 22, 2020Martin Sadongdong

Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa, chief of the Philippine National Police, has confirmed that he received an invitation from a group of supporters of President Duterte to attend a meeting that will push for the establishment of a revolutionary government.

The Video: RevGov pushed by Duterte supporters is dictatorship
Sep 2, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The revolutionary government that supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte are pushing equates to “dictatorship”, senator Gordon said Wednesday.

‘It’s a dictatorship:’ Senators oppose discussion of RevGov bid
Christia Marie Ramos - September 02, 2020
Several senators on Wednesday “squarely” opposed the idea of discussing the call made by certain groups to establish a revolutionary government.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier dismissed the call for a revolutionary government, recently said that it should be discussed publicly and not in secrecy.

Gordon on revolutionary gov’t: it’s dictatorship, plain and simple
September 2, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senators on Wednesday reiterated their opposition to revive discussions on the proposal to establish a revolutionary government in the country saying such moves would only divide the nation.

The Video: Duterte open to discuss revolutionary gov't after disowning group behind proposal
Sep 1, 2020 ANC 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte now appears to be open to the proposal of a revolutionary government after rejecting the idea being pushed by a group of his supporters.

Lorenzana receives invite to revolutionary gov’t meeting
August 23, 2020 Martin Sadongdong
Like Philippine National Police chief Police Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was also invited to attend a meeting by a group of President Duterte supporters pushing for a revolutionary government.

VP finds funny that revolutionary gov’t supporters turn to her after Duterte snub
August 30, 2020 Raymund Antonio
It is unlikely that Vice President Leni Robredo would accept the offer of a group of President Duterte‘s supporters to lead the revolutionary government.

VP not interested in revolutionary gov’t, calls the move ‘illegal’
August 29, 2020 Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo has no interest to take part in the move to establish a revolutionary government being pushed by President Duterte’s supporters to amend the Constitution.

‘Perpetual chaos’ if revolutionary gov’t pushed – business group
August 28, 2020 Ralf Rivas
'It does not really matter what system, whether unitary or federal or versions thereof – what is important is the actual practice of good governance,' says the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands

LOOK BACK: Campaigns to set up a revolutionary gov't in the Philippines
August 27, 2020 Michelle Abad
It was during president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s time that opposition groups came up with concrete models of a revolutionary government

Duterte and allies turn cold on revolutionary gov't, but lawyers urge vigilance
August 27, 2020 Lian Buan
'The greatest sin we can commit right now is to dismiss or ignore the true dangers these repeated calls for 'revgov' pose,' says the Philippine Bar Association

DFA chief Locsin tells RevGov backers: 'Just form cheering squad, clap outside Palace'
ABS-CBN News Aug 26 2020 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who are urging him to head a "revolutionary government" should instead "form a cheering squad" and clap outside Malacañang, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said Wednesday.

Former military, police officials reject call for Duterte-led revolutionary government
August 26, 2020 Nikko Dizon
A revolutionary government brings about major changes in the country's institutions through 'authoritarian and undemocratic means,' the retired security officials say

Advocacy group ANI rejects rev gov
August 26, 2020 Martin Sadongdong
An advocacy group composed of retired military generals today rejected the call by supporters of President Duterte to create of a revolutionary government.

Palace respects PNP plan to investigate group behind revolutionary gov’t
August 26, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang said on Wednesday it respects the planned investigation by the Philippine of the National Police of persons behind the revolutionary government initiative despite the absence of imminent threat from the group.

Revolutionary government calls add fuel to the fire, not VP Leni - Akbayan Youth
August 25, 2020 Raymund Antonio
It’s not Vice President Leni Robredo’s words that add fuel to the fire, but it’s the calls from President Duterte’s supporters for a revolutionary government, a youth group said on Tuesday. Look also:
the Video: After laying down recommendations, Duterte tells Robredo not to add fuel to the fire
Aug 25, 2020 ANC 24/7
An irked President Duterte told Vice-President Leni Robredo to stop adding fuel to the fire after she slammed the apparent lack of leadership in the country's pandemic response.

Justice Secretary Guevarra thumbs down calls for revolutionary government
August 25, 2020 Lian Buan
But the justice secretary stops short of making a categorical answer if the calls for revolutionary government are illegal

PNP-CIDG to probe proponents of Duterte-led revolutionary gov't
August 25, 2020 Rambo Talabong
'Political stunts such as this are ill-timed, considering that we are in the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

Governors reject call for ‘revolutionary government’
August 25, 2020 Rey Panaligan
The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) has expressed its opposition to a move to establish a revolutionary government to pave the way for federalism in the country.

Guevarra opposes idea of revolutionary gov’t
August 25, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday, Aug. 25, expressed disapproval over calls for the creation of a revolutionary government.

Duterte denies involvement in proposed revolutionary gov’t by supporters
August 25, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte said on Tuesday that he is not involved in the proposed establishment of the revolutionary government.

Renewed push for rev-gov 'untimely' during pandemic: DILG exec
ABS-CBN News Aug 25 2020 - with Video
The renewed call for a revolutionary government as the Philippines battles the COVID-19 pandemic is "very untimely," a government official who previously pushed for the proposal said Tuesday.

Group proposing revolutionary gov’t not liable for inciting to sedition - DILG
August 25, 2020 Chito Chavez
The group proposing the formation of a revolutionary government may not be cited for inciting sedition as its advocates are merely exhibiting their freedom of expression.

Calls for revolutionary gov’t could affect PH fiscal position
August 25, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Tuesday calls for a revolutionary government could affect the country’s fiscal position.

'Rev gov' finds little support from Duterte allies
ABS-CBN News Aug 24 2020 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who are pushing for a revolutionary government find no love and support even from allies of the chief executive, whom they want to have extra powers.
An election lawyer also floats the possibility of Vice President Leni Robredo automatically assuming Duterte's post, should he heed his supporters' call.

‘Call for revolutionary gov’t’ illegal, unconstitutional’, says Lorenzana
August 24, 2020 Martin Sadongdong
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed Monday that the group behind the push for the establishment of a revolutionary government should be investigated for possible violation of the law.

‘Revolutionary gov’t not a priority during pandemic; Duterte will step down in 2022,’ assures Roque
August 24, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang has rejected the calls from private individuals for a revolutionary government, reminding the public of President Duterte’s desire to finish his term and pass the reign of power to his duly-elected successor in 2022.

Revolutionary gov’t call by pro-Duterte group assailed
August 24, 2020 Ben Rosario
The call of a pro-Duterte group for the establishment of a revolutionary government came under fire Monday, with lawmakers and prominent lawyers assailing the move as alarming, if not a glaring violation of national security laws.

Group behind revolutionary gov’t wants to suck up to President
August 24, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday expressed belief the group pushing for a revolutionary government merely wants to suck up to President Duterte.

Lawyers' group slams call for Duterte-led revolutionary government
August 23, 2020 Jodesz Gavilan
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says ‘there is no legal, factual, practical, or moral basis’ for a revolutionary government led by President Rodrigo Duterte
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Sunday, August 23, said revived calls for a revolutionary government should be “discouraged and denounced” as there are other ways to address issues in the country.

Senators shoot down proposed revolutionary government
August 23, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senators have thumbed down proposals for the establishment of a revolutionary government, saying such plans would only promote disunity at a time the country is struggling to cope with a COVID-19 pandemic.

PNP says no to revolutionary gov’t
August 23, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police declared Sunday that it will not support any move to launch a revolutionary government being initiated by staunch supporters of President Duterte as it is a plain and simple violation of the Constitution.

Are the revived calls for revolutionary government legal?
August 22, 2020 Lian Buan
Does calling for a revolutionary government violate the anti-terror law? Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra withholds comment and says 'the issue is more political than legal.'
The calls to declare a revolutionary government have been revived through an assembly of hundreds in Pampanga on Saturday, August 22, but the same questions as before linger – is it legal to call for a revolutionary government?



Coalition of nat’l groups call for revolutionary gov’t, charter change
RESOLUTION NO. 01, s. 2020
The coalition known as the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change, which is composed of at least 40 national organizations across the country, has convened at the former Clark Polytechnic building here yesterday. Look RESOLUTION NO. 01, s. 2020

Revolutionary gov’t too late as workable concept
August 23, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
The proposed establishment of a revolutionary government is a “titillating idea” for academic discussion but may be too late as a “workable concept,” according to Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

Palace backs off from revolutionary gov’t proposal
August 23, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang distanced itself from the proposed establishment of a revolutionary government, saying the government is focused on addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

Leni: Revolutionary gov’t a huge nonsense
August 23, 2020 Dhel Nazario
Vice President Leni Robredo has dismissed the call for a revolutionary government from supporters of the administration, calling it a “huge nonsense.”

If Duterte declares revolutionary gov’t, Robredo becomes president
April 5, 2019 Mara Cepeda - with Video
'Once President Duterte declares a revolutionary government, he ceases to be President having divested himself of the presidency,' says opposition senatorial bet Romy Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer.
Vice President Leni Robredo will replace President Rodrigo Duterte as chief executive if the latter declares a revolutionary government

'Paranoid' President Duterte hit for eyeing revolutionary gov't
Jee Y. Geronimo October 14, 2017
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PH Interior Undersecretary: We do not support groups calling for revolutionary gov't
Aug 25, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Department of the Interior and Local Government distances itself from the group calling for a revolutionary government in the Philippines. Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing says that the DILG office devoted to pushing for constitutional reforms is in no way connected to the People's National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change. And despite pushing for the same initiative back in 2018, Densing says, making the shift now would be impractical.

PH military general opposes rev-gov calls: I don't believe in it
Aug 24, 2020
Standing by the Philippines' “very robust” Constitution, a ranking military official on Monday rejected calls for a revolutionary government.
During a confirmation hearing of a panel of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade thumbed down efforts made by a pro-Duterte group to establish a revolutionary government.

Analyst: Push for revolutionary gov't won't progress
Aug 24, 2020 ANC 24/7
A legal analyst agrees, a revolutionary government would be unconstitutional.
Senior Research Fellow of the Ateneo School of Government, Michael Henry Yusingco says, forming a revolutionary government is contrary to the country's values as a democratic nation. But he thinks, the move would be futile.

'Rev gov' finds little support from Duterte allies
Aug 24, 2020 ANC 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who are pushing for a revolutionary government find no love and support even from allies of the chief executive, whom they want to have extra powers.

Palasyo may tugon sa hirit ng isang grupo na 'revolutionary government'
Aug 24, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Nilinaw ng Malacañang na hindi nito sinusuportahan ang panawagan ng ilang tagasuporta ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte para sa isang revolutionary government. Pati militar at mga politiko, dumistansya rin dito. Nagpa-Patrol, Joyce Balancio.

Pahayag ng Makabayan Bloc hinggil sa 'revolutionary government'
Aug 24, 2020 kodao phils
Nagbigay-pahayag si Rep. France Castro ng Makabayan Bloc sa Kongreso kaugnay sa nilulutong 'revolutionary government' ng mga tagasuporta ni Pangulong Duterte nitong nakalipas na linggo.

Proposed rev-gov to give Duterte 'extra powers', including legislation
Aug 24, 2020 ABS-CBN News
A revolutionary government proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters aims to give him "extra powers" to effect "necessary changes" that Congress was "inutile" to do so, an official of the group said Monday. IMPORTANT read also this article

Panukalang revolutionary government, isang joke: Comelec commissioner
Aug 23, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Isang joke kung ituring ng isang Comelec commissioner ang panukalang pagtatatag ng isang revolutionary government ng mga tagasuporta ni Pangulong Duterte

Pro-Duterte group launches people's initiative calling for a revolutionary gov't in PH
Aug 22, 2020 ANC 24/7
A group supporting President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a people's initiative seeking to declare a revolutionary government in the Philippines.

Revolutionary gov't na pamumunuan ni Duterte isinusulong ng grupo ng mga tagapagsuporta
Aug 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News

Motibo sa panawagang revolutionary gov't pinagdududahan
Aug 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Duda ang ilang mambabatas at eksperto sa motibo ng grupong nagsusulong ng isang revolutionary government na pamumunuan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pangambang makakaapekto ito sa pagpapatakbo sa tatlong sangay ng gobyerno

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During pandemic, Supreme Court favors Duterte twice and makes others wait
Lian Buan Aug 10 2020

Speed may not be the issue here, says former Court spokesperson Ted Te, but 'a question of trust'
Excluding petitions against the anti-terror law, there have been 6 major cases filed before the Supreme Court since the pandemic lockdown began mid-march, and the justices during this time, handed President Rodrigo Duterte two wins, while making others wait.

Duterte and his generals: A shock and awe response to the pandemic
Nikko Dizon July 31 2020

'The backbone of my administration is the uniformed personnel of government,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a public address on July 31
The Philippine government's enhanced community quarantine and all its derivatives were patterned after the decades-long tactics of the military on border controls in its fight against armed groups.

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Does the PNP view ordinary Filipinos as the enemy?
Francis Isaac Aug 01, 2020
'Though the PNP is supposedly civilian in orientation, its history as a tool of repression is still deeply ingrained in its organizational DNA'
At around 11 in the morning of July 27, two officers from the Manila Police District (MPD) entered the nave of the Quiapo Church, walked towards a small group of activists sitting on the back pew, and without any warning, seized a blue-and-white paper bag containing several placards from party-list group Akbayan. The officers did not immediately offer any explanation for their action, but as Rappler’s Camille Elemia wrote later in her article, the posters “were not being used” when the incident occurred.
#SONAgkaisa: Groups, personalities ask public to express outrage, take part in SONA protests
Kyle Aristophere Atienza July 18 2020

In an online protest dubbed #SONAgkaisa, groups known to have political differences gathered on Friday, July 17, to express the people’s unity and strongest resistance against the Duterte administration’s policies.

The Video: Police chief tells UP: Don't practice your chartered independence too much
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The head of the Philippine National Police on Wednesday urged the University of the Philippines to refrain from exercising its chartered independence too much after its Diliman campus hosted one of the biggest protests for President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address this week.

Pandemic unravels Duterte's 2016 promise of decisive leadership
Pia Ranada and Sofia Tomacruz June 28, 2020
Part I: Where was President Duterte’s famed tendency to 'overreact' in
January and February when the country’s health system needed it the most?

Piqued Duterte taunts doctors to mount ‘revolution’ against him
Pia Ranada August 3 2020 - with Video
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dared medical societies to stage a “revolution” against him as he slammed them for going public with their criticisms of his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a late-night address on Sunday, August 3, he said he welcomed such a “revolution” since this would give him an excuse to exercise presidential powers to quell it.

‘Mayor of the Philippines’ leaves LGUs blind amid COVID-19
Pia Ranada, Rambo Talabong, JC Gotinga June 29, 2020
PART 2: President Rodrigo Duterte missed many opportunities to provide direction and concrete guidance to local chiefs on the front lines of the health crisis


[ANAYLSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response
Luis Abad, JC Punongbayan, Zy-za Suzara, and Rupert Mangilit July 03, 2020

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

Duterte fails in coronavirus crisis leadership
Marites Dañguilan Vitug June 29, 2020
He is strong on control, but weak on public health


ANALYSIS: How ABS-CBN’s exit will hurt the PH economy
JC Punongbayan, Jeff Arapoc, Marianne Vital, Rainier de la Cruz, and Cherry Madriaga July 13, 2020

It will seem our laws and regulations can be easily weaponized against certain business interests, at the President’s whim

GMA shares jump 10% as ABS-CBN denied of franchise
Ralf Rivas July 13, 2020
GMA Network gains almost P2.1 billion in market capitalization. Meanwhile, the Philippine Stock Exchange suspends trading of ABS-CBN shares.
The price of GMA Holdings, where foreigners can invest in Philippine Depositary Receipts, went up as high as P6.30 from the P5.32 last Friday, July 10, but lost 0.2% at closing.


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What you need to know about people's initiative
Jodesz Gavilan July 13, 2020
People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

EXPLAINER: Forget about people's initiative for ABS-CBN
Emil Marañon III July 11, 2020
It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.

Kill is the word, the narrative, the theme
Vergel O. Santos July 17, 2020
'Feeding his own narcissistic sense, the President sees in the shutdown of ABS-CBN the downfall as well of its supposedly oligarchic owners. Obviously, he does not know his oligarchy.'

Beyond Duterte's oligarch spin
Karl Patrick Wilfred M. Suyat July 20 2020
'Malacañang will never stand against the oligarchy, not when the survival of all politicians in the system depend on its largesse'
Make no mistake: Rodrigo Duterte is not the enemy of the oligarchy.

Duterte is ‘great disruptor’ of buddy system between PH leaders, oligarchs
July 20, 2020 Ellson Quismorio
President Duterte became the “great disruptor” to centuries of buddy system between the country’s leaders and the so-called oligarchy, according to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

After ABS-CBN decision, Duterte 'happy' he 'dismantled' Philippine oligarchy
Pia Ranada July 14, 2020
"Kaya ko mamatay, mahulog sa eroplano. I am very happy. Alam mo bakit? Without declaring martial law, I dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the economy of the Filipino people," he said on Monday, July 13, in front of soldiers in Jolo, Sulu. Look the Video

Palace says 'oligarchs' referred to Tan, Ayala, Pangilinan
PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that the oligarchs “dismantled” by President Rodrigo Duterte were tycoon Lucio Tan, and water concessionaires Ayala and Pangilinan groups.

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Malacañang edits out mentions of ABS-CBN, Rappler in Duterte speech
Pia Ranada July 15, 2020 - with Video: Duterte's full speech
In the full speech which Rappler is making publicly available, the President also mentions the Ayalas, the Consunjis, and Manny V. Pangilinan. Look also the Video


Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year
June 25, 2020

The Newsbreak team assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic. Look also the article


UP Professor Maria Ela Atienza on assessing the 1987 Philippine Constitution
March 03, 2020

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Professor Ela Atienza to discuss the future of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the changes it needs, and the ways these could be achieved
Look also this article and Constitution - etc.


'Rob fear of its power' – Maria Ressa
Jun 23, 2020

Hannah Neumann, member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa about the Philippine drug war, the Duterte administration's attacks on the news organization, and what her recent verdict means for democracy and press freedom in the country. IMPORTANT: Look this article

Democracy under threat during pandemic, global leaders warn
Agence France-Presse June 25, 2020
'Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it,' says the open letter signed by political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups


Steven Rood on populism in Philippine politics
June 23, 2020

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to political scientist Steven Rood about populism as a recurrent thread in the Philippines. Look also this article

Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership
Tristan Piosang July 02, 2020

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte
Ronald Bustos July 02, 2020
'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

Judges should not take offense
Mel Sta Maria July 03, 2020

'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'

Calida and Duterte: A 4-decade friendship as lawyers, gun enthusiasts, friends of Bongbong Marcos
Carolyn O. Arguillas May 09, 2020

Up to the last minute before the 2016 presidential campaign, Jose Calida pushed for Bongbong Marcos to be Duterte's running mate.

FALSE: Duterte honored by Time magazine
June 04, 2020
The video wrongly equated 'strongman' with someone brave and firm, when in fact it is a term that describes a leader who controls by force of will and character


'Damocles' sword over journos': Maria Ressa says cyberlibel, other media cases politically motivated
Jun 13, 2020 ANC 24/7

The verdict on the cyberlibel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is due to come out on Monday. Ressa maintains she has done nothing wrong, adding that the case filed against her is politically motivated and suppresses freedom of speech. Ressa hopes the judge will stick to the spirit of the law.

Look about Damocles AND The sword


Maria Ressa case: The end of democracy in the Philippines?
Al Jazeera English June 21, 2020
In yet another blow to press freedom in the Philippines, prominent journalist Maria Ressa, executive editor of the hugely popular news site Rappler, has been found guilty of cyber libel and now faces prison.


Senate hearing on non-expiration of franchises
May 27, 2020

The Senate committees on constitutional amendments and revision of codes and public services hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, May 27, to tackle amendments to the Administrative Code of the Philippines
The committees will explore the possibility of non-expiring franchises or licenses to operation for broadcasting networks by amending Section 18, Book VII, Chapter 3 of the Administrative Code.
This comes as media giant ABS-CBN was forced to shut down on May 5, following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after the network's franchise expired. The company's franchise renewal is still pending before the House of Representatives.


Emergencies and Charity. A reflection by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Mar 26, 2020 Vatican News - English
Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
Ralf Rivas February 4, 2020

Numbers seem to say that the impact of the novel coronavirus on the economy is minimal. But this does not appease the business community.

Law of Duterte Land: War on the Law
Part 1
March 21, 2020
Is there an ongoing war on the law?

Part 2: DOJ and warrantless arrests
March 29, 2020

Law of Duterte Land: The rule of law in the time of the coronavirus
April 06, 2020
President Duterte's special powers under the Bayanihan Law have begun to be exercised

A failure of execution
Ronald D. Holmes and Paul D. Hutchcroft April 05, 2020
Despite lacking a coherent pandemic strategy, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is tightening his grip

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq - Etc.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country

The Roman Catholic Church
The Pope and the Vatican
in the Philippine culture

The Church's & religious leaders' opinion - Etc.
e.g. vice versa Malacañang's and "Duterte's dictator administration's" - Etc.


2016: Change is here
Dec 30, 2016

Watch Rappler's 2016 yearender video
Do you agree that ‘change is here?’
July 26, 2017
Change, the key promise of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, remains elusive to many, but others concede things have invariably been altered. For better, or for worse?


Timothy Snyder on tyranny, truth and democracy
April 03, 2020

In this interview with Rappler’s Maria Ressa, Snyder talks about the interesting political patterns he’s observed in his study of history, and what this might mean for the future of democracies


In the Crosshairs of History: The Lopez Family
July 25 2020 - with Video

Exclusive: Lopez matriarch on Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte

Maria Ressa talks to Chita Taylor, the Lopez matriarch, and her daughter Roberta Lopez Feliciano, on Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte, as well as the 'anger' after the shutdown of ABS-CBN and the targeting of their family
Every time a budding dictator is set to consolidate power in the Philippines, he attacks the Lopez family.
In a way, that makes sense because that family has run - whether in the ‘70s or today - the most modern and influential broadcast network in the country, ABS-CBN. In 1972, when then-president Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, he shut down ABS-CBN, and it remained dark for 14 years. - Look also this article

What the Philippines looks like to Filipinos abroad
Leticia Labre July 25 2020

Here’s a rundown of some recent news topics that have made me curl into fetal position: Duterte appointing a COVID-19 task force composed mostly of generals, as if the virus could be shot and killed like alleged drug addicts; the crackdown on specific media outlets,....

Who needs enemies when you have a President like Duterte?
Leila de Lima July 11, 2020

'Count the deaths. Count the sufferings. Count the fear and division he has cast over our nation...'

PH rule of law ranking under Duterte continues to plummet
Lian Buan March 13, 2020

In the recently released WJP 2020 Rule of Law index, the Philippines ranked 91st out of 128 in the overall score for "rule of law," a steady decline in ranking since 2015, when it ranked No. 51.
At No. 91 in 2020, the Philippines' ranking in the Rule of Law index is on a steady decline since 2016, making its average annual percentage drop one of the 5 worst in the world.







Weaponizing the law against democratic dissent
February 19, 2020

How has the law been used to muzzle democratic dissent?
“Lawfare,” described as the perversion of the law and its weaponization as a tool to silence dissent, is a phenomenon known globally. In the Philippines, activists, journalists, and opposition leaders have been on the receiving end of the weaponization of the law.


Int’l Forum on Lawfare: Weaponizing the Law vs Democratic Dissent
February 21, 2020
Understanding 'lawfare' and unpacking the stories and experiences against the weaponization of the law are among the topics to be discussed at the Manila leg of the international forum.
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum on February 21, to tackle how the law is being used to muzzle democratic dissent. Look also the article and
HIGHLIGHTS: Forum on weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent
February 23, 2020 - with Videos


Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
Lian Buan February 22, 2020 - with Video
'By refusing to tax him on his sworn duty to promote justice, these sectors abet the continued desecration and demolition of institutions of justice and accountability,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.


'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism'
Book on Martial Law launched: 'It is happening again'
May 05, 2019
The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime.
Seeing similarities between the present and the Philippines' dark days under military rule, Martial Law survivors launched a book documenting their experiences to remind Filipinos about their past.


A petty dictator
Vergel O. Santos December 21, 2019
The significance of Cory’s book cannot be overemphasized. Her stature alone lends it the poundage of truth needed to crush the creeping conspiracy to not only distort, but flat-out falsify the history of the period to rehabilitate its villains.

Duterte: It is my job to kill
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2020
'It is my job to scare people, to intimidate people, and to kill people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech before local officials

Duterte: Don't be president if you can't kill
Sofia Tomacruz March 03, 2020 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte also says he does not see anyone 'fit' to serve as president after him


The right to be entertained
Vergel O. Santos February 29, 2020
At any rate, relative to the ABS-CBN case, press freedom has not resonated widely enough. But things seem promising.
A serious sociopolitical conflict is developing over the Duterte regime’s campaign to take away the ABS-CBN franchise. The conditions are made for it: As the largest independent broadcast network, ABS-CBN simply has no place in President Duterte’s authoritarian designs.


Women take charge in the House of Representatives
March 12, 2020

In the macho world of the House of Representatives, female legislators are unafraid to speak up.
As the world observes Women's Month, Rappler will sit down with 3 influential congresswomen to discuss the crucial role that women play in governance and how it's like to be a female leader under Duterte.
The panel are:
- Sharon Garin, AAMBIS-OWA representative and House committee on economic affairs chairperson
- Bernadette Herrera, Bagong Henerasyon representative and House deputy majority leader
- Sarah Elago, Kabataan representative

Look also this article

Sinag Maynila 2020 disqualifies film critical of Duterte from festival lineup, director speaks up
February 22, 2020

Filmmaker Jay Altarejos calls out festival co-founder Brillante Mendoza, challenging him to disclose the true reason for his film's disqualification

Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies
Jodesz Gavilan February 20, 2020

Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging
Alvin James Magno May 25, 2020
A video of a student demonstration in the UPLB campus is included in a military propaganda about progressive organizations being 'recruiters' of communists

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Duterte task force behind red-tagging is part of COVID-19 'strategic communications'
Pia Ranada July 08, 2020 - with Video

Task force head Major General Antonio Parlade Jr says their job is to counter 'communist propaganda' supposedly exploiting government lapses in dealing with the pandemic

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists
JC Gotinga May 14, 2020
If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere.
When the government ordered ABS-CBN off the air on May 5, journalists and various groups immediately denounced it as an attack on press freedom. President Rodrigo Duterte had finally made good on his threat to block the network’s franchise renewal.

The media is important for a vibrant democracy
Rob Julian M. Maghinang February 20, 2020

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

HIGHLIGHTS: Forum on weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent
February 23, 2020 - with Videos
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about how 'lawfare'

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration
Jene-Anne Pangue February 22, 2020
'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
Lian Buan February 22, 2020 - with Video
'By refusing to tax him on his sworn duty to promote justice, these sectors abet the continued desecration and demolition of institutions of justice and accountability,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.


Tanya Hamada on navigating PH civic space
January 08, 2020

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to democracy activist Tanya Hamada about what the Philippines can learn from other countries in terms of utilizing civic space

Southern Metro police chief snatches GMA reporter's phone, deletes video of Traslacion commotion
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020 - with Videos of the incident
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan, the chief of the Southern Police District, didn't like it that broadcast journalist Jun Veneracion captured on video how cops dragged a devotee to the ground

PNP general who snatched reporter's phone promoted again
Rambo Talabong February 13, 2020
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan now holds the second highest position in the National Capital Region Police Office

Nolasco Bathan: The general who snatched a journalist’s phone
Rambo Talabong January 12, 2020
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan has a history of getting entangled with controversy. Will he survive this latest one?

PNP Press Corps: General Bathan violated police code
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020
Under Philippine National Police rules, 'conduct unbecoming of a police officer' can merit dismissal, suspension from the service, or demotion

Año: Generals should never snatch cell phones. Period.
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020
The PNP launches an investigation, but stops short of relieving Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan to ensure an impartial probe

Militant lawmakers slam 'police brutality' at Nazareno 2020
January 10, 2020
House Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate says the PNP's 'use of excessive force' against the devotees turned the Traslacion into 'a police march rather than a show of faith and devotion to the Black Nazarene'

Southern Metro chief sorry: I mistook GMA reporter as a threat
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020 - with Video
Asked repeatedly about the recording of him instructing another cop to delete Jun Veneracion's video, Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan only says, 'I don't know'

FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas
December 28, 2019

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

Philippines and United States’ Visiting Forces Agreement - VFA

ALL Videos UPDATED March 18, 2020

Senate hearing on PH-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement - Termination - Etc.
Look the Videos: Philippines: US territory or China’s province?
GMA Public Affairs Feb 27, 2020 - Feb 28, 2020
AND the articles: Is China our new America?

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Senate hearing on PH-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement
February 06, 2020 - with Video
After President Rodrigo threatened to scrap the Philippines and United States’ Visiting Forces Agreement, senators on Thursday, February 6, hold a hearing on the decades-old defense pact.
The review takes place as lawmakers ask Duterte to hold off on withdrawing from the VFA as it deliberates on the agreement’s impact, benefits, and costs.

The Video: Senators discuss Visiting Forces Agreement termination
Feb 19, 2020 ABS-CBN News

Duterte halted VFA termination due to South China Sea tensions
Sofia Tomacruz June 22, 2020
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says for President Rodrigo Duterte, 'having a rise in military tensions in the South China Sea was not helping anybody'

U.S. thanks PH for delaying VFA termination, promises vaccine
Rambo Talabong June 14, 2020
The United States is home to one of the world's current frontrunners in developing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus

Lorenzana welcomes suspension of VFA repeal
JC Gotinga June 03, 2020
'In times of crises and global uncertainty, it is our belief that nations are only made stronger if we work together and focus our efforts on tackling the various challenges that confront us all,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Philippines suspends VFA termination for now
Sofia Tomacruz June 02, 2020
The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months

Ex-VFA chief Edilberto Adan on cutting the military pact with the U.S.
March 18, 2020 - with Video
Former Visiting Forces Agreement Commission executive director Edilberto Adan talks about the importance of the military deal and the impact of its repeal.

The Video: Kapangyarihan ng presidente, hanggang saan ang limitasyon?
GMA Public Affairs March 10, 2020
Hanggang saan nga ba ang kapangyarihan ng Pangulo? ‘Yan ang tanong ng ilang senador na dumulog sa Supreme Court para maghain ng petition hinggil sa VFA. Ang buong detalye, panoorin sa video!

After Senate files VFA petition, Duterte insists: 'I refuse to be compelled'
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2020
In asserting he wants the deal scrapped, President Rodrigo Duterte rules out any effort to 'discuss this with anybody'

At last, Senate asks Supreme Court to define limits of Duterte's power
Lian Buan March 09, 2020 - with Video
'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon.
By filing a petition challenging the President's unilateral termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Senate, for the first time in the 3 years of this administration, has asked the Supreme Court to define the limits of President Rodrigo Duterte's presidential power.

The Video: Senators talk to reporters after asking SC to clarify role in treaty termination
ABS-CBN News March 09, 2020

Senators ask Supreme Court: Order Duterte to seek our concurrence on VFA scrapping
Lian Buan March 09, 2020
This marks the first time that senators of the majority bloc are challenging a policy of the Duterte administration before the Supreme Court

U.S. admiral on VFA repeal: A little disappointing but relationship not lost
JC Gotinga March 07, 2020
US Pacific Fleet Commander John Aquilino is leading a port call of the aircraft carrier strike group Theodore Roosevelt in Vietnam, which uncharacteristically skipped the Philippines in its Indo-Pacific voyage

Senate adopts resolution questioning Duterte power to solely end treaties
Aika Rey March 02, 2020
The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence

Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way
Carmela Fonbuena February 28, 2020
Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio

Hope for VFA? 'Door is not totally shut,' says PH envoy to US
Carmela Fonbuena February 28, 2020
'We cannot ignore a country like the US,' says Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez

Can PH defend itself without U.S. help? We can, we will, we should – AFP
JC Gotinga February 27, 2020
The die is cast, says the military

The Video: Duterte on VFA abrogation: PH can handle its own problems
Feb 27, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
President Duterte is confident that the country will survive as a nation and will be able to solve its own problems without relying on anyone, particularly the United States.

Duterte insists VFA repeal not a ‘knee-jerk reaction’
JC Gotinga February 26, 2020
‘I am the most deliberate. That’s why I’m awake until 6 o’clock, just thinking of what I have to do,’ says the President

'Fortunately,' there won’t be pushback from military over VFA – Trillanes
JC Gotinga February 19, 2020
The former Navy sailor who led two mutinies says the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a professional institution, and will weather the President’s order to repeal the pact with its biggest military ally

The Video: Bato defends loyalty to Duterte: 'He represents the Filipino people'
Feb 19, 2020 ABS-CBN News
There is nothing wrong with being loyal to President Rodrigo Duterte who is duly-elected to lead the country, said Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, a day after drawing flak for flaunting his biases.

DJ Chacha slams Dela Rosa: Just resign and be Duterte's bodyguard
February 19, 2020
'When you're a public servant and your loyalty is towards a person and not towards the country, ang tawag diyan, tuta,' she says
She was reacting to Dela Rosa’s statement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and against media giant ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise renewal. Balba is a DJ of MOR, which is under ABS-CBN.

No more VFA? PH, U.S. ‘will work out something else’ – Romualdez
JC Gotinga February 18, 2020
Nothing’s certain, but based on history, the two countries will figure out a way to move bilateral relations forward, says the Philippine ambassador to the US

Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court
Aika Rey February 16, 2020
No less than Senate President Vicente Sotto III is preparing the petition raising the need for Senate concurrence in ending treaties

Trump 'fine' with VFA termination? 'He deserves to be reelected,' says Duterte
Aika Rey February 16, 2020
Malacañang says President Duterte 'is glad that the American President understands and respects his decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement'

'Stop whining,' Locsin says after PH sends notice of VFA termination
Sofia Tomacruz February 13, 2020
'Time to grow up,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Panelo contradicts Panelo: No Trump, Duterte phone call after all
Sofia Tomacruz February 13, 2020 - with Video
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo admits to reporters there was no scheduled call to begin with.

Trump 'fine' with end of Visiting Forces Agreement
Agence France-Presse February 13, 2020
'If they would like to do that, that's fine, we'll save a lot of money,' Trump tells reporters at the White House, touting his 'very good relationship' with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

No more military exercises with US when VFA lapses – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga February 13, 2020
Although planned joint exercises may still continue in the next 6 months, there won’t be any when the termination of the military pact takes effect after that period, says the defense chief

Robredo to Duterte: Why so quick to act on VFA but slow on novel coronavirus?
JC Gotinga February 12, 2020
Vice President Leni Robredo questions the President's motive for scrapping the VFA, especially since members of his own Cabinet warned that it would largely be against the Philippines' own interests

Tolentino 'advises' AFP to ask for U.S. equipment when VFA ends
Aika Rey February 12, 2020
'Baka naman makahingi tayo ng p'wede nating gamitin,' says Senator Francis Tolentino as 'advice' to new AFP chief Felimon Santos Jr

VFA termination a 'national tragedy,' says Del Rosario
Sofia Tomacruz February 12, 2020
'It is not what we do; it is not what is right,' says former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario, urging the Duterte government to reconsider its decision

'Not in session hall?' 6 senators allied with Duterte withdraw vote in VFA review reso
Aika Rey February 12, 2020
Senator Sotto asks Senator Marcos: 'Then why did you not object? Senator Dela Rosa abstained. If you were in the session hall, then you should have abstained.'

Guevarra: PH will survive without VFA with Americans
Lian Buan February 12, 2020
Whether the President's advisers agree with him on the termination of the military deal is now 'water under the bridge,' says the justice secretary

U.S. defense chief: Terminating VFA 'a move in the wrong direction'
JC Gotinga February 12, 2020
Losing the Visiting Forces Agreement would be a setback in countering China’s aggression in the Asia Pacific region, says US Defense Secretary Mark Esper

TIMELINE: Duterte's threats to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement
Sofia Tomacruz February 11, 2020
The Philippines' notice it is terminating the military pact triggers a 180-day countdown until the agreement expires. How did we get here?

Senate divided as Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.
Aika Rey February 11, 2020
Pro-administration senators withdraw their votes in an already approved Senate resolution that urges the President to review the Visiting Forces Agreement before terminating it

Military members disagree with VFA termination – senior officers
JC Gotinga February 11, 2020
Scrapping the key military pact with the US is disadvantageous to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, say two senior military officers who spoke on condition of anonymity

PH notice of VFA termination to have 'significant implications' on relations, says U.S.
Sofia Tomacruz February 11, 2020
The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines

Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.
Sofia Tomacruz February 11, 2020 - with Video
'The Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddyboy Locsin and the latter signed the notice of termination as sent to the US government today,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

What will happen to PH military if the VFA is terminated?
JC Gotinga February 11, 2020
Can joint military exercises with American troops continue without the Visiting Forces Agreement? At the very least, mounting them would become a lot more difficult.

In whose interest? Netizens question gov't scrapping of VFA
Gaby Baizas February 11, 2020
‘Behold this President, his personal issues over [the] nation’s welfare,’ netizen says

PH-U.S. military operations could ‘disappear’ if VFA scrapped – U.S. official
JC Gotinga February 11, 2020
Some 300 joint activities between Philippine and U.S. forces require the VFA as a basis for operations, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State R. Clarke Cooper

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA
JC Gotinga February 10, 2020
Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines

With VFA uncertain, Duterte lashes out at U.S. once again
Sofia Tomacruz February 10, 2020
'Si Trump pati 'yung others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. Sabi ko, ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

No order from Duterte yet to terminate VFA
JC Gotinga February 08, 2020
'This is fake news,' says the defense secretary about Salvador Panelo's claim that the President has taken steps to instruct Foreign Secretary Locsin to send the notice of termination to the US
Contrary to an earlier statement from the presidential spokesperson, President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet ordered Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr to send the US notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Saturday afternoon, February 8.

Despite risks, Duterte orders Locsin to terminate VFA
Sofia Tomacruz February 07, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte ignores the calls of top security and foreign officials to first review the defense agreement

FULL TEXT: Locsin on impact assessment of VFA termination
February 06, 2020 - with video
What is at stake and is the Philippines ready to terminate the VFA?

With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Phillippines' security
Sofia Tomacruz February 6, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression

Locsin: Risky for PH to terminate visiting forces agreement with U.S.
Sofia Tomacruz February 06, 2020
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 'continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial' to the country

No termination yet: Locsin instead wants 'vigorous review' of VFA
Rambo Talabong February 06, 2020
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr admits he and defense chief Delfin Lorenzana were not consulted before President Duterte announced his order to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

Lacson questions ending VFA to get Dela Rosa's visa back
Aika Rey January 24, 2020
Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Supreme Court needs to 'act soonest' on whether a two-third vote by the Senate is needed to terminate international treaties.

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U.S. Senate panel OKs ban on PH officials in De Lima, EJK cases
Aika Rey December 12, 2019

The US travel ban and the freezing of assets would cover Philippine officials and security forces responsible for extrajudicial killings and the detention of Senator Leila de Lima.
The US resolution also condemns the "harassment, arrest, and unjustified judicial proceedings" against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.
The US Senate urged the Philippine government to guarantee the freedom of the press and drop all charges against Maria Ressa and Rappler.

U.S. senators to Duterte: Human rights violations must end
Sofia Tomacruz January 10, 2020
'While we remain a steadfast ally of the Philippines, we also remain resolute in defending human rights and the rule of law,' says US Democratic Senator Edward Markey

After U.S. cancels Bato's visa, Duterte threatens to scrap visiting forces agreement
Sofia Tomacruz January 23, 2020
Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal warning, the visiting forces agreement is a treaty that can only be repealed by an act of Congress

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too
Aika Rey January 23, 2020 - with Video
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about.
As if we haven't had enough of it, Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday, January 23, spread some gossip in a media forum.
In the forum, Marcos was asked about her reaction to the cancellation of the US visa of her colleague, Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. She said she's heard about it, adding that it seemed other officials have been "blacklisted" too.
There's news about that and I know that Senator Bato would not be able to go to the US. There's news that other officials like Secretary Delfin Lorenzana were blacklisted or held at the airport too.

U.S. Senate passes resolution seeking Magnitsky sanctions vs PH officials
Sofia Tomacruz January 09, 2020
The resolution calls on US President Donald Trump to determine if Philippine officials responsible for extrajudicial killings and Senator Leila de Lima's detention would face travel and financial restrictions

U.S. Senator Durbin: De Lima case 'important test' for PH democracy
Sofia Tomacruz January 09, 2020 - with Video
'There is an easy and honorable way forward,' says Senator Richard Durbin as he reiterates his call to release Senator Leila de Lima or ensure her a fair trial

De Lima submitting list of ‘persecutors’ to U.S. state department
Janella Paris January 04, 2020
She also says she would not release her full list until the US state department comes up with its own, so as not to preempt the agency

U.S. Senator Markey: Duterte's threats will not silence us
Sofia Tomacruz January 03, 2020
'President Duterte is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence my voice and that of my colleagues,' says United States Senator Edward Markey after he is barred from entering the Philippines

PH bars entry of 3rd U.S. senator backing De Lima release
January 01, 2020
Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is the author of the resolution which condemns Senator Leila de Lima's detention and denounces human rights offenders in extrajudicial killings as well as media harassment in the country

U.S. Senator Durbin: Duterte's visa threat 'insult' to Fil-Ams, PH democracy
JC Gotinga December 31, 2019
The Democrat senator reiterates his call for the release of Senator Leila de Lima from detention, or a 'quick and credible' trial of the 'questionable' cases against her

Not 'fake news': Documents show U.S. sanctions vs De Lima accusers valid
Sofia Tomacruz December 30, 2019 - with Video
3 documents debunk questions on the validity of U.S. sanctions against Philippine officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima

U.S. senator urges PH to free De Lima, drop threats vs Maria Ressa
Sofia Tomacruz December 29, 2019
United States Senator Patrick Leahy vows to continue standing up for human rights in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte bars him from entering the country

Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines
Sofia Tomacruz December 21, 2019
With a US Senate committee passing a resolution invoking the Global Magnitsky Act, Philippine officials face the prospect of being denied US visas and having their assets there frozen

U.S. senators misled over PH officials ban? De Lima: ‘Nakakatawa naman ito’
Mara Cepeda December 15, 2019
Senator Leila de Lima tells Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo her detention is a 'test case for your boss’ attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions'

Locsin calls ‘idiotic’ US Senate panel’s resolution vs PH officials
Mara Cepeda December 15, 2019
The Philippines' top diplomat cites the 'separation of powers and the independence of nations' as he hits the US foreign relations committee resolution citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

HRW: De Lima's persecution shows Duterte's 'increasing authoritarianism'
Jodesz Gavilan November 20, 2019
Karapatan also likens the situation of Senator Leila De Lima with the experience of hundreds of political prisoners facing alleged trumped-up charges under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Aquino to Filipinos: Speak now before you're stifled like De Lima
Mara Cepeda November 20, 2019 - with Video

'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

The new normal

Lawlessness in the Philippines under Duterte
Rappler Investigative Team December 10, 2019

Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative and research section, tracks stories that depict lawlessness in the Philippines, aided by policies and orders that veer toward authoritarianism

Newsbreak Chats 2019: The year in stupidity
December 18 - with Video
Rappler senior editors discuss the events that shaped the Philippines in 2019, what issues hounded Duterte, and what 2020 will bring.
It has been a crazy 2019, filled with controversies from all branches of the Philippine government.
Will democracy continue to decline in 2020?

Duterte’s foul attacks on big business: What is he up to?
JC Punongbayan December 19, 2019
The Duterte government has shown a propensity to disrespect contracts, ignore property rights, and harass businesses

The Philippines, a killing field
Miriam Grace A. Go November 07, 2019

Sometime ago, a journalist friend and I were looking into post-Duterte scenarios, particularly about the legacy he would leave – first, in our armed institutions, and second in society at large – given his “kill, kill, kill” mentality.

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Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders
Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong, and Jodesz Gavilan December 14, 2019 - with Video

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

In Malacañang on September 4, President Rodrigo Duterte issued a live television warning to heinous crime convicts who were previously released on good conduct time allowance (GCTA): surrender or be hunted.

"If you do not, then beginning at this hour, you are a fugitive from justice," Duterte said, without citing a law, without a court order, and without so much a written memorandum, even though GCTA, once granted, can never be revoked.

The President offered a P1-million bounty for each of them. Dead or alive.

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months
Text and photos by MICHELLE ABAD December 15, 2019
Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style
Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong and Jodesz Gavilan December 16, 2019
Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections Government walks a tightrope
Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong, Jodesz Gavilan, and Michelle Abad December 18, 2019
Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

REPORT: The Uncounted Dead of Duterte's Drug War
Sheila Coronel, Mariel Padilla, David Mora, and The Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism Aug 19, 2019

Huge numbers of deaths have gone uncounted in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. What does that mean for due process, and for the countries that emulate him? Read - download the Report as pdf

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war
Rambo Talabong November 17, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs.

State secrets? De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for restricting Robredo
Rambo Talabong November 17, 2019
'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?

100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi
JC Gotinga November 18, 2019

Increased military presence in the war-ravaged city may rile up residents' cultural and religious sensitivities, and take up land that has historic meaning to the Maranao people, the petitioners say.

Duterte's sense of history
Vicente L. Rafael November 10, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte's version of historical time is one of unending trauma, where experience outstrips expression.
What's the difference between President Rodrigo Duterte and his predecessors?

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The 47th anniversary of Martial Law

Hayskul Batch '73: We were the martial law teenagers
Gilbert Yap Tan September 21, 2019

As we sang our graduation song, we became misty-eyed at the thought of our inevitable separation... of the beginning of a new phase in our lives under the New Society, the euphemism given to Martial Law.
When Martial Law was declared in 1972 and changed the dynamics of our relationships; paranoia became the order of the day. And our lives were never the same again.

Martial law 'peaceful'? Netizens debate severity of Marcos regime
Gaby Baizas September 21, 2019
Was the Philippines under Martial Law as peaceful as Marcos apologists make it out to be?

Martial law: The pill I had to take
Rio S. Aburido September 21, 2019
In my grandfather’s house, the name Marcos and the idea of martial law was like a pill that could cure a malignant disease. But the pill is so bitter, and even unfit for human consumption.

Martial Law anniversary reminder for Filipinos to fight despotic rule
September 21, 2019
'Higit sa pag-alala, ang araw na ito ay isang panawagan… na gampanan ang ating iisang tungkulin na siguruhing walang lugar ang kahit sinong diktador sa isang bayang malaya,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the 47th anniversary of Martial Law

Youth stand up against authoritarian rule on 47th Martial Law anniversary
Jaia Yap September 21, 2019
Young people all over the Philippines amplify calls to uphold national sovereignty, fight for the rights of marginalized sectors such as farmers and the urban poor, and end attacks to government critics

Countering Marcos propaganda with stories of resistance
Vec Alporha September 21, 2019
Marcos' Martial Law is not only a story of how the oppressors oppressed. It is also the story of how the oppressed resisted.

Shouldn’t we call ourselves 'martial law babies' too?
Karl Patrick Wilfred M. Suyat September 21, 2019
Our generation of activists now bellow in the streets, 'Marcos-Duterte, walang pinagkaiba!' Indeed, these twin fascists had never differed.

Part 1: How the Marcoses are using social media to reclaim Malacañang

Disinformation, coordinated amplification, use of an extensive network of anonymously-managed pages and groups are part of the Marcos comeback playbook

How the Marcoses are rewriting history
Messages posted on groups and pages monitored by Rappler's Sharktank typically also glorified the virtues of authoritarian rule

False narratives from the Marcos arsenal
Conclusion: For the Marcos comeback playbook, facts don't matter

All Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza November 20, 21, 22, 2019

Deep dive into the Marcos networked propaganda
February 25, 2020 - with Video

The massive propaganda and targeted disinformation produced and amplified by Marcos and Duterte fan pages, YouTube channels, and social media influencers.

This networked propaganda, which sought to alter public perception on the Marcoses, was mapped using Rappler’s Sharktank database. This has tracked over 360 pages and over 280 groups supporting the Marcoses.

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Marcos vs Robredo
Vergel O. Santos October 12, 2019

To be sure, too many incredible things have happened in the Supreme Court, precisely in cases where Duterte had an interest

AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask:
Is Duterte "a Marcos lapdog"

DURING TENSE POLITICAL TIMES Unity is Supreme Court's prime quest
Lian Buan October 12, 2019
Even in the Robredo-Marcos case, which is perceptibly a divisive issue, justices are said to be having an 'emerging consensus'

Marlon Manuel on fighting inciting to sedition case vs Robredo
September 24, 2019 - with Video

On Tuesday, September 24, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Marlon Manuel to discuss the case and what the harassment against the opposition means to the rule of law

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos


Threats to rule of law under Duterte
October 03, 2019

Is it time for lawyers in the Philippines to take to the streets, just like what the world saw in Hong Kong?
The Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL), a network of lawyers that fought the policies of then-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, recently reconvened to plan actions against threats to rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Majority of Filipinos think it's dangerous to publish anything critical of Duterte admin
Sofia Tomacruz August 03, 2019

A June 2019 Social Weather Stations Survey shows 51% of Filipinos agree it's dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the current administration even if it is the truth.
A majority of Filipinos think it is risky to publicize criticism of the Duterte administration even if it is truthful, Social Weather Stations (SWS) President Mahar Mangahas said on August 3, Saturday.

PH lawyers revive decade-old group to protest Duterte policies
Lian Buan September 23, 2019
'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

The Video: Free to speak up (Even against PRRD?) - Mayroon nga ba talagang freedom of expression sa Pilipinas?
GMA Public Affairs Aug 5, 2019
Para sa nakararami, malayang maglahad ng opinyon ang mga Pilipino dahil madalas makakita ng kritisismo laban sa gobyerno lalo na sa social media. Kung tunay ngang may freedom of expression, bakit tila may nakatatanggap ng paratang mula sa Pangulo ang sinumang kumontra sa kanya?

De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Former congressman Walden Bello interviews detained Senator Leila de Lima. In the first part of their interview, De Lima weighs in on Philippines-China relations, Dutertenomics, and Metro Manila traffic.

Part 2 of 2
In the second part of Walden Bello's interview with Senator Leila de Lima, the detained lawmaker talks about the Duterte Cabinet, the military, the GCTA mess, and moves to crush the opposition

Both Walden Bello September 15 - 16, 2019

Panic time
Vergel O. Santos August 31, 2019

One never knows what an insecure President is capable of, and, where President Duterte is concerned, the prospects are particularly dicey

When Duterte doesn't know what he's talking about
Pia Ranada September 23, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before fully understanding issues. He barks orders before analyzing the situation and considering all angles. What do we do?


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Duterte gives Mocha Uson a new government post
Pia Ranada September 30, 2019 - With Video

The pro-Duterte blogger is appointed a deputy executive director at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
Uson has been appointed Deputy Executive Director V of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), according to a new list of presidential appointees sent by Malacañang on Monday, September 30.

Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers' money?
Mara Cepeda January 17, 2020 - with Video
Known online propagandist and OWWA official Mocha Uson falsely claims the food packs donated by the Vice President's office to the Taal victims contained only 5 pieces of pan de sal and a bottle of water

‘This gov’t is good at recycling garbage’: Netizens slam Mocha Uson's OWWA appointment
Bonz Magsambol September 30, 2019
What do you think of the Duterte administration's move to bring Mocha Uson back to government?
Controversial pro-Duterte blogger Mocha Uson is back in a government post. Her return, however, is being criticized widely by netizens, with one common sentiment being, “This government is good at recycling garbage."

Was Mocha Uson a candidate covered by the appointment ban?
Emil Marañon III October 01, 2019
Until all election rules are harmonized, we have to contend with loophole-ridden laws and regulations that the likes of Mocha Uson and friends can easily take advantage of.
Five months after failing to get a seat in the party-list elections, AA-Kasosyo’s first nominee Mocha Uson has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as deputy executive director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
After the news broke, the internet was abuzz with questions on why the controversial blogger was appointed considering there is an appointment ban on losing candidates within one year after the elections.

Pro-Duterte blogger Banat By takes over Mocha Uson’s Twitter account
Alois Isinika 21 July 2020

Netizens on Tuesday, July 21, pointed out that the Twitter account of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson (@MochaUson) was taken over by another blogger, Banat By (@BanatByOfficial).
Twitter user @AltABSCBN, who is “subscribed” to Uson’s tweets, shared that s/he was surprised when s/he suddenly received a notification from Banat By.

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Filipinos and the politics of acceptance
by Frankie Concepcion December 06, 2016

What I have learned from history is that often, Filipinos have been asked to accept the very tragedies which have defined us.

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Duterte: In the eyes of international media Jul 20, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte had always been under media scrutiny - not only here in the Philippines but also abroad - even before he rose to power as the country’s chief executive in the 2016 national elections.

Duterte at Valdai forum: Long tirade vs drugs, joke about 'killing girls'
Pia Ranada October 04, 2019 - with Video
Hosts repeatedly ask the verbose Philippine leader to wrap up his long answers, in which he rants about the US, justifies his drug war, and even jokes about 'killing girls'

Covering up a national sellout
Vergel O. Santos August 03, 2019

When he surrendered our sovereignty to China over some of our richest and most strategic territorial waters, he not only committed treason outright, but launched himself on a continuing crime of national betrayal.

Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism
Senator Leila M. de Lima July 21, 2019

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters.
For someone supposedly so afraid of war that he gave away the Philippines’ EEZ to China, Duterte’s reckless taunting of the United States by ridiculously invoking the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) cannot be merely dismissed as a joke. Duterte is obviously toying around with our national security and international alliances.

Joke again? Lost in translation? Duterte says he 'ordered' Loot ambush
Ryan Macasero September 18, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says enough leeway should be given to a 'Bisaya President' who 'misspeaks the Filipino language'

“General Loot, putangina mo nanalo pa ng barangay – mayor. Inambush kita, animal ka, buhay pa rin (General Loot, you son of a bitch, you even won as barangay – mayor. I ambushed you, you animal, but you're still alive)," he said.

In his first month as Chief Executive, Duterte accused Loot of involvement in the drug trade, which the then-mayor denied. Loot survived an ambush in May 2018

The lawless Duterte presidency
Marites Dañguilan Vitug December 04, 2019

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

Pia Ranada
Design by Jonathan Concepcion, Graphics by Raffy de Guzman
Interns: Ken Leonardo, Frances Roberto and Cecilia Pagdanganan
June 28, 2019

Three years of the Duterte presidency have come and gone and one thing is certain: Rodrigo Duterte is the country's most foul-mouthed chief executive so far. His expletive-peppered tirades are an almost daily reality. Once on a roll, he won't press the breaks for anyone, not even God. Insults are part of Duterte's performative style of governance, and even his diplomacy.

‘His word is law’: A list of Duterte’s verbal-only orders
Pia Ranada July 30, 2019
Aside from his order to stop PCSO games, President Rodrigo Duterte has made at least 6 other policy pronouncements that were not followed up by written documents defining their parameters and legal bases

5 challenges to Duterte's ‘fishing deal’ with China
Sofia Tomacruz July 30, 2019
Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous

Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation
Ana P. Santos July 30, 2019
The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

LOOK: 'Syokoy' Duterte effigy to be burned in People’s SONA 2019
Samantha Bagayas July 22, 2019

Titled “Duterte-syokoy,” the effigy shows a likeness of the Philippine mythological creature. It depicts Duterte at the West Philippine Sea clutching a China flag, a gun, and a bag of cash.

'This is not the last': Thousands unite for People's SONA 2019
Samantha Bagayas July 22, 2019
Around 5,350 protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to share their own version of the state of the nation

IN PHOTOS: Art means uprising at the SONA 2019 protests
July 22, 2019
Protesters got creative as they created artwork to express their opposition to the Duterte administration

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, thousands cry 'Atin ang 'Pinas!'
July 22, 2019
As President Duterte delivers his 4th Station of the Nation Address, protesters across the country call on Filipinos to fight for Philippine sovereignty

Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?
JC Punongbayan September 19, 2019

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world


Robert Swift on the legal hunt for money Martial Law victims deserve
July 12, 2019
Are there Marcos assets left to be discovered? What challenges did the human rights lawyer face in seeking compensation for the victims?

Swift is the lead counsel of victims who were recently awarded $13.75 million by a United States court after 3 decades of work. Since March, his team has been going around the Philippines to distribute checks worth $1,500 (P76,965) each to at least 6,500 victims.

No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims
Lian Buan July 16, 2019
The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria? This book can help us find out
Pia Ranada July 20, 2019

'How Democracies Die' by Levitsky and Ziblatt identifies signs of a budding authoritarian and steps they take to subvert democracies. How does Rodrigo Duterte measure up to their criteria?

The new normal

Duterte says safety comes at a price. Filipinos should know what that price is.
Sheila S. Coronel August 20, 2019

'I spoke with families of the dead who told me their kin were shot while watching TV at home, playing video games in a shop, dealing cards at a friend’s wake, singing karaoke on the sidewalk, or buying bananas from a stall.'

Assessing Duterte presidency at the halfway mark
June 26, 2019 - with Video

The first 3 years of President Rodrigo Duterte's term will pass on June 30. Political science associate professor Aries Arugay weighs in on the Chief Executive's popularity, gains and losses, and challenges in the next half of his term.

Duterte presidency in 5 minutes
June 26, 2019 - with Video
Here is a look at the defining moments of the first half of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration in under 5 minutes

Duterte presidency 'domineering' challenge to PH democracy
Pia Ranada June 26, 2019
While quelling dissent could be 'efficient' for a president who wants to get things done, political science expert Aries Arugay says democracy is also about checks and balance

The Halfway Mark
June 27, 2019
Assessing Rodrigo Duterte and the country at the midway point of his presidency


The highs and lows of the Duterte presidency
June 27, 2019

June 30 marks the third year since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office.
The past years were anything but calm in the Philippines as controversies and issues hounded the Duterte presidency. His policies, including the bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign and his stand on dealing with China in the West Philippine Sea, have been criticized both at home and abroad.
Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the highs and lows of the Duterte administration, the implications of his policies, and what can be expected in the next 3 years.


The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor
President Duterte and his children Sara and Paolo separately and together offer token or opaque data that, under the law, they are required to reveal in their SALNs

Duterte, Sara, Paolo mark big spikes in wealth, cash while in public office
How and why their fortunes are rising remain a mystery; the numbers do not seem to add up, reports PCIJ

Duterte wealth untouched by elections
PCIJ: In Sara Duterte's case, some unusual situations are apparent, in terms of sudden and sharp rise in her net worth

Dutertes mix up data on 23 business interests
The Dutertes have interests and engagements in at least 23 corporate entities, the majority involving food and catering, freight and trucking services, and education, according to a PCIJ investigation

Inconsistent declarations of Duterte relatives in gov’t
16 relatives of Duterte have worked or remain in government posts, according to a PCIJ investigation

All by Malou Mahangas and Floreen Simon, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism April 03-04-05, 2019


Robredo on Duterte family wealth: All gov't officials must disclose assets
Mara Cepeda April 10, 2019 - with Video
Vice President Leni Robredo says all government employees, regardless of position, are expected to be honest in declaring their wealth

Duterte slams PCIJ for investigating family's wealth
Mara Cepeda April 08, 2019 - with Video
It's none of your business, President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

PCIJ to Duterte: Explain wealth instead of losing your cool
April 07, 2019
'The PCIJ report was built on the Dutertes' own declarations in their SALNs and data from official government records,' says PCIJ executive director Malou Mangahas


IMPORTANT to look too:

Duterte's 2016 net worth: P27.4M
Lian Buan May 12, 2017
The President's latest Statement of Assets and Liabilities shows his net worth at P27.4 million as of December 31, 2016, up by P3 million compared to June 2016

Duterte's SALN: P3M from extra campaign donations
Jodesz Gavilan May 13, 2017
Duterte explains the additional P3 million in his SALN, Statement of Assets and Liabilities as of December 2016, saying this came from various donors he no longer knows.

Duterte 'jokes' about mystery woman 'Vanessa'
Pia Ranada May 14, 2017
The President jokes of a wealthy single woman from Metro Manila who he brings often during foreign trips.
This woman, he at first asserted, is the source of the additional P3 million* ($60,337) he declared in his recent Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).
Duterte is also fond of women, and has not shied away from expressing admiration for beautiful women, be it a government official or his own security aide.

When a mayor-president messes with local polls
March 25, 2019

We have not seen anything like this since the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986: a strongman inserting himself in the local elections by carpet-bombing his enemies


Robredo: If you're not honest, don't run for public office
Sofia Tomacruz March 08, 2019 - with Video

'Ang honesty, napakalaking factor sa integrity ng isang tao. Kung wala kang ganoon, dapat hindi mo iniisip maglingkod kasi paano ka makakapaglingkod kung may problema ka sa sarili mo?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Public officials legally required to be honest, says ex-ombudsman Morales
Lian Buan March 21, 2019
‘Honesty is, therefore, a matter of oath derived from legal sources, not a matter of option driven by market forces,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

AboutPhilippines says very IMPORTANT to read incl. ALL the links in the articles


Sara Duterte: All candidates lie, honesty not an issue
Pia Ranada March 06, 2019
'Walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, shrugging off the criticism against senatorial bet Imee Marcos
For Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, senatorial candidate Imee Marcos' false claims about academic degrees should not be an issue, because "everyone lies anyway."

MISLEADING: Sara Duterte claims law doesn't require that senators be honest
Pia Ranada March 10, 2019 - with Video

But the 1987 Constitution, which lists down requirements for senators, also explicitly demands that public officials, including senators, to be honest

Sara insists honesty required of public officials but not of senatorial bets
Pia Ranada March 22, 2019 - with Videos
The presidential daughter and Hugpong campaign manager Sara Duterte reacts to the statement of her aunt-in-law, former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Now AboutPhilippines have to ask: Is also Sara Duterte an Imee Marcos lapdog or just a Marcos lapdog

Nuelle Duterte takes back her name
Pia Ranada June 02, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte's niece is a full-on critic of the administration and is not afraid to take a stand, no matter what you think of her surname.

Support Free and Fearless Journalism

When Power insists, "you're either with us or against us," the space for a diversity of voices and ideas shrinks.
'The government is for all and not just those who agree with the policies of the administration'
Filipinos block online. Also the government bans - blocks in all ways for all critics!

When hate and anger are weaponized, it creates a spiral of silence.

When critical questions are simplistically equated with an anti-government agenda, it requires courage to hold decision-makers accountable.

The Videos in the album 'FIGHT for Press & Speech Freedom and Journalism - Etc.':

IMPORTANT: LOOK MUCH MORE about: Defend Speech & Press freedom


The Story of the Filipino: Filipino Aspirations
Published on Jul 18, 2018

The recent Pulse Asia survey listed down the top concerns of Filipinos which include poverty reduction, job creation, and fighting criminality.

A week before the President’s State of the Nation Address, we listen to ordinary Filipinos who share their aspirations - longing for a more comfortable life and a better nation.

Senate hearings and much more on the SOGIE equality bill
August, September 2019
The Senate committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality holds its first public hearing on the SOGIE equality bill on Tuesday, August 20.
The committee, shaired by Senator Risa Hontiveros, holds an organizational meeting before tackling the anti-discrimination bill.
Discussions on the SOGIE equality bill have been revived transgender woman Gretchen Diez experienced discrimination in a Quezon City mall.
LOOK OLD archive:

Several links & videos with different "Pros and cons" - Etc.

about the agenda "Federalism in the Philippines"

Selling our memory to thieves
September 24, 2018

Martial Law was here in one blow decades ago, and is here now – in increments we continue refusing to see.

We’re being robbed twice over, and we’re not doing anything about it except make noise.

Malacañang says Marcos, Enrile can't twist Martial Law history
Paterno Esmaquel II September 24, 2018 - with Video
'We are implementing the law, and the law says there should be reparations paid to victims of Martial Law'

Economist Emmanuel de Dios on soaring inflation under Duterte
September 11, 2018 - with Video

Marites Vitug sits down with Emmanuel de Dios to discuss economic issues and help make sense of the situation that Filipinos now find themselves in

IMPORTANT: The links in the article HERE

Duterte may issue EO to address inflation
Pia Ranada September 12, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte meets with his economic managers before the 29th Cabinet meeting to discuss how to contain inflation

Businessmen say inflation 'manageable,' but gov't must act now
Ralf Rivas September 11, 2018
Businessmen urge policy makers to revise certain policies, especially now that the causes of inflation are identified


VP Leni Robredo on leading the opposition
September 13, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo about what she thinks the government should do to address the plight of the poor and the role the opposition should play now.


Tommy Osmeña on governing as a mayor under Duterte

Cebu City Mayor Tomas "Tommy" Osmeña speaks to Rappler on being a mayor under President Rodrigo Duterte: getting stripped of police powers, facing threats, but at the same time still being expected to locally promote key campaigns like the war on drugs and federalism.

Osmeña, police clash anew: Why a checkpoint outside Cebu mayor’s house?
Ryan Macasero April 28, 2019
City Mayor Osmeña, who is being challenged by President Duterte's bet, says his house is not even on a main thoroughfare, and the cops manning the checkpoint leave when he leaves.

Next on kill list?

Duterte warns Tommy Osmeña: Don't mess with me
Pia Ranada August 31, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte slams Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña for supposedly 'spreading false stories' about him


Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

August 6, 2018 Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talked to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

the article HERE

Making sense of the Philippine economy
August 10, 2018 - with Video

Rappler talked to AJ Montesa of the Action for Economic Reforms and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan to understand the latest economic data

How long can Duterte wait?
Vergel O. Santos August 18, 2018

In any case, waiting in the wings are Bongbong and next to him the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara, now undergoing crash grooming for national office – ultimately for the presidency

Is China our new America?


China's greed, Duterte’s generosity - Is Duterte a lapdog of China?



Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea of the Philippines

Duterte threatens to jail critics who says he may be impeached

Supposed fishing deal between PH, China violates Constitution

Recto Bank incident proof that Duterte is a lapdog of China


Look  MORE about Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea

Coming together
Vergel O. Santos April 07, 2018

Why the divisions between us when one fight clearly overtops all others? Is there any doubt our nation has begun its descent into authoritarianism?

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read this article, because so it is in our beloved country now!

After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?
Paterno Esmaquel II November 15, 2018

President Duterte will not visit the US 'until the Bells of Balangiga are returned,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr recalls telling US Ambassador Nikki Haley

Duterte declared in July last year that he would never visit "lousy" America.
"There will never be a time during my term when I will be going to America or thereafter," he told reporters then.
Will the return of the Balangiga Bells help change his mind?

Militarization of government? - Democracy in decline - Etc.

go to overview

AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask:
Is Duterte The Ghost of Dictator Marcos or "a Marcos lapdog"
Look also Marcos ill-gotten wealth

Duterte: 'I am ready to step down'
Pia Ranada August 15, 2018 - with Video

But President Rodrigo Duterte rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor, saying, 'I do not think she can improve on anything here'.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared he is ready to leave the presidency should the military and police "find" the right successor.

Political independence
Jude Josue L. Sabio August 25, 2018
Our political party system has been in an abject state of infantile stagnation

Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'
August 16, 2018
Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality. Look also HERE

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest
Pia Ranada August 16, 2018 - with Video
If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta' and successor scenarios
Pia Ranada August 16, 2018
What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

After Duterte tirade, Leni lets Jesse speak up for her: 'The truth will prevail'
Mara Cepeda August 15, 2018 - with Video
Vice President Leni Robredo shares an old video interview of her late husband Jesse Robredo as a reply to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest insult against her.

Duterte prefers 'the likes of Escudero, Marcos' as successor
Pia Ranada August 15, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte won't step down as long as Vice President Leni Robredo is in power to take his place, says Malacañang

The evil that men do
Vergel O. Santos October 26, 2019

He was elected as the one-trick pony the nation needed – only to prove himself not even slightly worthy of the trick on which he sold himself

Militarization of government? 'Correct!' says Duterte
Pia Ranada November 01, 2018 - with Video

President Rodrigo Duterte defends his penchant for appointing ex-military men into civilian posts, saying they rarely 'debate' with him.


The generals' coup in 2018
Duterte breaks up with Reds
Carmela Fonbuena DECEMBER 26, 2018
The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees
Pia Ranada December 15, 2018
Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything
Pia Ranada December 12, 2018
A third of the Cabinet are now ex-military or police men. The President relies on former generals to carry out radical policies, from Boracay closure to customs bureau overhaul.

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'
Mara Cepeda October 29, 2018
'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

Soldiers in Customs? But Constitution bars civilian assignments for military
Lian Buan October 29, 2018
Section 5(4), Article XVI specifically says no member of the armed forces shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position

and the Video: Government’s ‘militarization’ a ‘horror story’: Liza Maza
Nov 1, 2018
The reorganization is being carried out as President Duterte acknowledged that the government is being militarized

The sound of the military's silence
Chito de la Vega September 02, 2018

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think.

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these articles and all links and ALSO the below article, because so it is in our beloved country now!

The new normal
Jayeel Cornelio January 23, 2018

Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 21, 2018 - with Videos
Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'
Mara Cepeda September 21, 2018
'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency
PIA RANADA July 28, 2018
How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one?
Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

Duterte admits being a dictator

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria?

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these above articles, because so it is in our beloved country now!

The Video: Dictatorship vs democracy
October 01, 2018
Do you think the Philippines should be under a dictatorship? Do you believe that Martial Law was a golden age for our country?
In this video, Leloy Claudio discusses the 5 reasons why democracy is better than dictatorship.

QC court orders arrest of Trillanes, 10 others for conspiracy to commit sedition
Lian Buan February 14, 2020

3rd UPDATE 'I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte's minions have filed against me,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who will post bail upon his return to Manila next week

Trillanes and his dangerous dissent
Feb 19, 2020 - with Video
In the eyes of President Rodrigo Duterte, former senator and key opposition figure Antonio Trillanes IV is the most seditious man in the country.
Trillanes has had to face 14 cases under the Duterte administration, 3 of which are sedition charges over his public statements about the president.

LIST: Who's been granted amnesty?
Alex Evangelista September 04, 2018
Take your pick: Administration allies Senator Gringo Honasan, MMDA boss Danilo Lim, and former customs chief Nicanor Faeldon were among those granted amnesty by previous presidents.
Previous Philippine presidents have used their power to grant amnesty to persons and groups “who may be guilty of political offenses,” often to facilitate peace processes or entice rebels to return to mainstream life.

FAST FACTS: What is amnesty?
Michael Bueza and Vernise L Tantuco September 04, 2018
Here's what you need to know about amnesty in the Philippines

Aquino, 5 other presidents delegated amnesty review to committees
Camille Elemia September 12, 2018
AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV go through similar processes, as former president Ramos also created a committee in 1994 to decide on amnesty applications


PH situation now similar to martial law years under Marcos
Nov 3, 2018

The present situation in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is no different from the martial law years of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, according to Fr. Angel Cortez, co-executive secretary of the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines.

Military rule in Duterte's homeland
Sofia Tomacruz December 14, 2018
What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

Evolution of the Duterte Cabinet
Pia Ranada August 18, 2019

Roughly half of Duterte's original Cabinet remains at the midway point of his presidency, while the number of retired military or police in the Cabinet has tripled. Read - download the article as pdf

By 2020 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees
August 20, 2019
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these articles and all links, because so it is in our beloved country now!

LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees
Pia Ranada June 11, 2018

Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.

By 2022, Supreme Court filled with Duterte appointees
Lian Buan July 30, 2018
Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends


Reviving the anti-subversion law
August 19, 2019

How does the DILG plan to carry out the Anti-Subversion Act of 1957 should it be revived?
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año dropped a bombshell last week that instantly generated flak from activists: that he wants the anti-subversion law revived. Look also all the links in the article

CREATING A MARCOS? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte
Rambo Talabong and Jodesz Gavilan August 21, 2019
The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

Duterte is no Marcos, says DILG in defending anti-subversion law
Rambo Talabong August 19, 2019 - with Video
'This is not the authoritarian martial law which is of the Marcos period where when someone is arrested and not heard of, and then suddenly he's dead,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

DILG will drop campaign for anti-subversion law if...
...President Rodrigo Duterte decides to revive the peace talks with the Left
Rambo Talabong August 20, 2019 - with Video

Democracy in decline
December 18, 2018

Newsbreak, Rappler’s research and investigative arm, has pursued stories to track the Philippines' slow but steady descent to authoritarianism, in a bid to stem it and call attention to this worrisome trend

Where do we fall in world rankings?
Alex Evangelista December 20, 2018
Attacks against democratic values and unforeseen events situate the Philippines
in much lower rankings than the previous year in several areas

Moments when Duterte made us ask, 'Is he serious?'
Pia Ranada December 18, 2018
From shutting down an island for half a year to reviving ancient barter trade, President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to implement some crazy-sounding policies


'Death of democracy'
May 10, 2019

Political analyst Doy Romero about fears of a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections.
With President Rodrigo Duterte’s senatorial bets dominating preelection surveys, many experts fear a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections.
Will this mean the death of democracy?
To help us understand this issue, Rappler talks to political analyst Doy Romero.
Watch this interview.

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties
Paterno Esmaquel II May 10, 2019
'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy


Is there hope for democracy after the 2019 elections?
August 08, 2019

The results of the 2019 elections, to some extent, divided the nation.
Some were satisfied as President Rodrigo Duterte had more allies in the Senate and House of Representatives who can help him with his legislative agenda, but some were "disappointed, but not surprised," as they say these lawmakers may jeopardize the independence of Congress, and ultimately, our nation's democracy.
In this special episode of Basagan ng Trip, history and literature professor Leloy Claudio sits down with First Quarter Storm activists Ed Garcia and Noel Tolentino and Akbayan's Gio Tingson as they try to make sense of the country's prospects for democracy

How a Duterte supporter fell out of love with the President
Pia Ranada June 30, 2018
'The hardest part is admitting that the man you thought he was is different from the man he is,' says a Duterte supporter who has decided to become a critic.
The sari-sari store Joseph* was buying from happened to have a small television flashing a clip of President Rodrigo Duterte calling God stupid. Something about the presidential outburst gnawed at Joseph’s brain until he got home.
Republic Act No. 11479 - Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

Lessons from fighting a dictatorship - Anti-terror Act of 2020

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Republic Act No. 11479 - Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

DOJ releases IRR of anti-terror law
Katrina Hallare October 17, 2020
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Saturday released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, almost three months after the controversial law took effect.

The Video: What's in the Anti-Terrorism Act IRR?
Oct 17, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Philippine Justice Department releases the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Mike Navallo shares some of the salient provisions of the IRR.

The Video: DOJ: There are remedies for critics of Anti-Terror law's IRR
Oct 17, 2020 ANC 24/7
Close to 40 petitions are seeking to nullify it making the anti-terror law one of the most challenged laws before the high tribunal. The fact that it was signed into law in the middle of the pandemic, added to the anger and dismay of many. The Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terror law have just been approved by the Anti-Terror Council. Will it give meat to the fear of oppositors or will the IRR disprove the main concern that instead of stopping terrorism, the law will be used as a tool for repression?

DOJ: Drafting of Anti-Terror law guidelines ‘on schedule’
Daphne Galvez October 15, 2020
The drafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Anti-Terror law is “right on schedule” and is expected to be published this weekend, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday.

Feared anti-terror law IRR out this week; lawyers plead Supreme Court for action
Oct 15, 2020 Lian Buan
'We plead the Court to decisively act on our prayer for a status quo ante order before events and incidents overcome or pre-empt us all again,' says Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

Anti-Terror Law takes effect midnight of July 18, 2020
July 17, 2020, Jeffrey Damicog
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is set to take effect starting midnight of Saturday, July 18, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday, July 17.

Look also HERE and below

Guevarra: Threat, proposal, inciting to terrorism need 'more detail' in IRR
Lian Buan July 18 2020
On the first day of the anti-terror law's effectivity, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra again appealed to law enforcement to wait for the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) before taking actions, especially if these fall under the crimes of threatening, proposing, and inciting to commit terrorism. Look also:
Guevarra advises law enforcers to wait for IRR of Anti-Terror Law
July 18, 2020, Jeffrey Damicog

The frightening future of Duterte's anti-terror law
July 22 2020

The brainchild of the military men in President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet, the 2020 Anti-Terrorism Law is now fully a Duterte-enabled legislation because it bears his signature and was fast-tracked due to his blessing.

Unless there's 'big threat,' PH can wait for IRR before enforcing anti-terror law
July 22 2020 Lian Buan - with Video

Unless there's a "big" terror threat, the Philippine government can wait for the promulgation of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the anti-terror law before enforcing the controversial measure, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Wednesday, July 22.

Presidential Spokesperson on Republic Act No. 11479
July 3, 2020 - with Video

We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, today, 3 July 2020.

Are you a terrorist?
Chay F. Hofileña July 09, 2020

A daring ambush was staged late Tuesday morning, July 7, on Quirino Avenue in Manila. The target? Manila’s chief inquest prosecutor, 62-year-old Jovencio Senados, whose attackers appeared dead set on killing him. Motives for the brazen attack have yet to be established by investigators.
Would the gruesome murder of Senados constitute an act of terrorism under the new law, some human rights lawyers ask. Before this new law, we had the Human Security Act of 2007 which defined terrorism as crimes that create a “condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace” to coerce government “to give in to an unlawful demand.”

I’m a jaded journalism graduate living in corporate stability, but I won’t stop speaking out
Andrea Rivera July 31 2020

'It would be easy for someone like me to just stay dormant in my stable yet uneventful corporate bubble.... But if there’s anything that journalism taught me, it’s that there’s a deeper humanistic value in speaking truth to power.'
It was midnight, July 18, when I felt the weight of the Philippines’ civil liberties hanging heavily on my shoulders. That day, the Anti-Terrorism Act took effect, bringing with it, ironically, a looming sense of terror.

Bishop dares Panelo to sue religious leaders criticizing anti-terror law
July 20 Leslie Ann Aquino

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, on Monday, maintained they didn’t violate the principle of separation of Church and State by issuing a statement against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

Beware of that two-faced clause in the anti-terror law
JC Gotinga July 13, 2020

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

Surviving and fighting the anti-terror law
Tony La Viña and Joy Reyes July 12, 2020

'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'

PNP confiscates alleged anti-gov't magazine after Anti-Terror Law takes effect
Rambo Talabong July 26 2020

The incident marks a first in recent history that police confiscated copies of a magazine considered a threat to the government.
On Sunday morning, July 26, policemen seized bundles of Pinoy Weekly from the Bulacan office of an urban poor organization and stacked these at the back of a police vehicle before driving off.

The Videos:

Bishop Pabillo sa mga pulis, nagsisimba: Respetuhin ang mga simbahan, misa
Jul 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinaalalahanan ni Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo ang mga taong dumadalo sa mga misa at mga pulis na respetuhin ang "place of worship" at misa kasunod ng pagkumpiska ng ilang pulis sa placards ng mga nagsisimba sa Quiapo Church noong Lunes.

PNP: Cops seized placards from Mass-goers on Church request
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine National said Wednesday its officers seized placards and other protest materials from activists during a Mass in Manila this week "in accordance to the request of the church."

Cops’ confiscation of placards during Quiapo mass not a ‘misbehavior’
July 29, 2020 Noreen Jazul
Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he does not consider the confiscation of protestors’ placards by policemen during a mass in Quiapo Church as a “misbehavior.”

Cops seize protest materials during Quiapo Church Mass
Camille Elemia July 27 2020 - with Video
Manila police confiscated Anti-Terror Law protest materials from some Akbayan members who were attending Mass inside Quiapo Church on Monday, July 27, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

PNP chief: We can't use Anti-Terror Law to seize newspapers copies
Rambo Talabong July 27 2020 - with Video
At least not yet. The Philippine National Police is waiting for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terror Law before enforcing it.
After a squad of policemen seized hundreds of copies of a progressive news magazine in Bulacan, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa sought to quell fears of authoritarianism.

Police confiscate thousands of ‘subversive’ weekly magazine in Bulacan
July 27, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
Police confiscated thousands of copies of a weekly magazine which they described as “subversive documents ” in a raid in Pandi, Bulacan on Sunday.
In a statement posted in its Facebook page, the PinoyMedia Center Inc. which publishes the Pinoy Weekly, accused the police force of Pandi town of illegal seizure of thousands of print magazine copies of its publication at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday from the local office of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Villa Lois public housing in Pandi.

Kadamay slams warrantless arrest of community leader, periodical seizure
July 26, 2020 JULIA MARI ORNEDO, GMA News
Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) on Sunday slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the “warrantless and baseless” arrest of a community leader and the raid on the Villa Lois housing site in Pandi, Bulacan.
In a statement, Kadamay “vehemently condemned” the arrest of community leader Rose Fortaleza and the confiscation of the group’s flyers along with issues of the alternative news publication Pinoy Weekly.

A message to Filipinos: Keep journalism alive
Zeus Legaspi July 22 2020

At a press conference on June 2, 2016, then-newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would "personally attack” journalists who are critical of him. Now, he lives up to his word. July 18, 2020 is perhaps the culmination of that promise, as the dreaded Anti-Terrorism Bill pushes through the wall of mounting concerns and oppositions into effectivity.

Lessons from fighting a dictatorship - Anti-Terror Act of 2020 - Etc.


Lessons from fighting a dictatorship
May 16, 2020 Bulatlat
Mrs. Edith Burgos, then general manager of Ang Pahayagang Malaya and We Forum, and son JL Burgos, journalist and filmmaker, look back at the lessons in fighting the Marcos dictatorship and call on the Filipino people to speak the truth amid the creeping tyranny


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President Duterte signed anti-terror bill into law AND reaction from...
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, July 3, signed into law a bill that seeks to sharpen the Philippines' anti-terrorism campaign despite heavy opposition over fears it could be used to silence government critics.

Anti-terror bill or #JunkTerrorBill
GMA Public Affairs June 1, 2020
Naging maingay sa social media ang #JunkTerrorBill o ang panawagan ng ilang netizens na ibasura ang anti-terror bill matapos itong aprubahan ng House Committee sa gitna ng pandemic. Ayon sa ilang grupo, maaaring ma-violate ang ilan sa basic rights ng mga Pilipino sa ilalim na anti-terror bill. Ang buong detalye, panoorin sa video

Duterte certifies anti-terror bill as urgent despite strong disapproval from rights groups
Jun 1, 2020 ANC 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte formally expressed his intent to rush the passage of the anti-terror bill in Congress. That's despite strong disapproval from human rights groups who fear of more warrantless arrests should the measure be signed into law.

House plenary debates on the anti-terrorism bill
The House of Representatives tackles the anti-terrorism bill for 3rd reading approval on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ruffy Biazon withdraws authorship from anti-terror bill, votes no
Jun 3, 2020 Rappler
"I believe that we should stand up for the House and because of this, my vote is no to the bill and my name could not be attached to a bill that is not my real work. So my withdrawal as author of the measure is another thing I would like to present to the House," says Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon, one of the principal authors of HB 6875 or the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

Anti-terror bill could be used against non-terrorist: La Viña
Jun 3, 2020 ABS-CBN News
A lawyer on Wednesday said the Anti-Terror bill gives too much power to the executive branch to go after legitimate dissent

AND many many more Videos

Duterte signs 'dangerous' anti-terror bill into law
Pia Ranada July 03, 2020 - with Video
Critics say the new law gives the Duterte government more room to define terrorism and more power to act against persons or groups it includes in that definition

Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court
Lian Buan July 04, 2020
'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

Anti-Terrorism Law in force even without IRR
July 23, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog
Solicitor General Jose Calida said on Thursday that the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 remains in force despite the lack of implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

‘Online Citizens’ file with SC 21st petition vs. anti-terror law
July 29, 2020 Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) docketed on Wednesday, July 29, the 21st petition against the alleged unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Look also the Video

Cebu students file with SC 20th case vs. anti-terror law
July 28, 2020 Rey Panaligan
Student leaders from four universities in Cebu City filed with the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, July 28, the 20th petition on the alleged unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) which the government started implementing last July 18.

Aling Marie, Macoy Dubs urge Filipinos to speak up despite threat of anti-terror law
Cinderella Colotario July 27 2020
With President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) coming up, social media sensations Macoy Dubs and Aling Marie encouraged everyone, especially the “woke boomers” and millennials, to use their platforms to speak up against disinformation and injustices in our country.

Churches, women, and law groups file petitions vs. anti-terror law with SC
July 24, 2020 Rey Panaligan
Leaders of various churches, a coalition of women’s organizations, and members of non-governmental law groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday to declare as unconstitutional the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) in its entirety.

The Video: Press conference on the petition vs the Anti-terror Law
July 23 2020

Senators, journalists, Moros follow suit: Petitions vs anti-terror law now 15
Lian Buan Jul 23, 2020
Opposition senators Francis Pangilinan and Leila de Lima are joined in their petition by Constitution framers Florangel Braid and Ed Garcia. They are represented by the Free Legal Assistance Group.
There are now as many petitions against the anti-terror law as there are justices of the Supreme Court, with the addition of 4 more petitions Thursday, July 23.

The Video: More groups file petition vs. Anti-Terror Law
Jul 23, 2020 ANC 24/7
Several groups head to the Philippine Supreme Court to file more petitions against the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law.

The Video: Ex-Ombudsman Morales, Retired SC Justice Carpio, UP Law profs file petition vs Anti-Terror Act
Jul 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales were among the petitioners to question the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court. It is the 11th petition against the law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last month. Look also this article

10th petition vs anti-terror law assails violation of right to bail
Rambo Talabong July 19 2020
A coalition of progressive groups and stakeholders from different sectors led by the National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) filed on Sunday, July 19, the 10th petition against the Anti-Terror Law, further stepping up the legal resistance to a measure critics say undermine the people's basic human rights.

Labor groups file 9th petition vs anti-terror law, slam 'guilt by association'
Lian Buan July 16 2020
The labor groups' petition calls the designation power of the anti-terror council a form of the prohibited bill of attainder – or imputing guilt without a trial

US lawmakers urge Duterte government to repeal anti-terror law
Sofia Tomacruz July 16 2020
US lawmakers have called on the Duterte government to repeal the highly controversial anti-terrorism law, echoing concerns that it endangers human rights and democracy in the Philippines.

The Video: PH Supreme Court to consolidate 4 additional petitions challenging Anti-Terrorism Act | ANC
Jul 14, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Supreme Court is consolidating four additional petitions that have been filed at the Supreme Court against the Anti-Terrorism Act.

8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks 'subjective' definition of terroristic dissent
Lian Buan July 13, 2020
The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective

Youth groups continue protest as anti-terrorism law nears implementation
Kyle Aristophere Atienza July 11, 2020
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

WATCH: The dangers of the Anti-Terrorism Law
July 09, 2020 - with Video
Rappler lays out the highlights of the Anti-Terrorism Law and why its provisions could be dangerous

Duterte raises the bar on impunity
Tom Villarin July 08, 2020
'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'

Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law
Reinna Bermudez July 08, 2020
'The Anti-Terror Law does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'

Constitution framers, Ateneo professors file 6th petition vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 08, 2020
'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'

The Video: Bulatlatan: Of rights and wrongs: Free speech and ‘Terror Law’
Jul 8, 2020

Duterte says communist rebels are terrorists because he 'declared' so
JC Gotinga July 08, 2020
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

Duterte's ex-OGCC chief Jurado is 5th to petition vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 08, 2020
Jurado anchors his petition on the railroad of the bill in Congress, and says the rush to passage violates constitutional standards

Philippine religious orders urge 'stay order' on controversial anti-terror law
Robin Gomes 07 July 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 signed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which local and international rights and civil society groups fear could be used to target critics and dissenters.

The Video: Lawyer: SC ruling on challenges to Anti-Terrorism Law a test of PH Judiciary's independence
Jul 7, 2020 ANC 24/7
A test of the Philippine Judiciary's independence. That's how one of the lawyers who filed a case challenging the Anti-Terrorism Law before the Supreme Court sees the issue playing out. Far Eastern University College of Law dean Mel Sta. Maria says it's an especially crucial case for the high court now that majority of the sitting justices were appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Video: Peace advocate: PH Anti-Terror Law dims prospects of peace deal between gov't, communist rebels
Jul 7, 2020 ANC 24/7
Legal scholar and peace advocate Judge Soliman Santos Jr. believes the new Anti-Terror Law could be the final nail in the coffin for formal peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels. Santos was involved in the peace process with both communist and Moro rebels.

The Video: U.N. Special Rapporteur: Duterte supporters should also be concerned over Anti-terror law
Jul 6, 2020 ANC 24/7
United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard says even supporters of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should be concerned about the newly-signed Anti-terror law.

WATCH: Stars, advocates, journalists perform ‘The Great Dictator’ speech to protest anti-terror law
July 06, 2020 - with Video
John Lloyd Cruz, Chel Diokno, Iza Calzado, and Rappler's Maria Ressa are among those who appeared in the video

Roque defends Anti-Terror Law, says safeguards 'enough' to protect rights
Sofia Tomacruz July 06, 2020
'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

'Climate of fear': Constitutional framers stand vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 06, 2020
'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'

More petitions to come: Supreme Court battle vs anti-terror law starts
Lian Buan July 06, 2020

Is Duterte now a dictator?
Nathan Gilbert Quimpo July 06, 2020
'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'
Shortly after Congress passed the Anti-Terror Bill, critics and opponents denounced it as signifying “martial rule without martial law” or as being “worse than martial law.” Martial law – at the nationwide level – dictatorship or authoritarian rule.

The Video: Terror law 'like a nightmare' for martial law survivors: Chiz - ANC
Jul 6, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The new anti-terrorism law is "like a nightmare being brought back again" for some critics who lived through the martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos, said former senator and Sorsogon Governor Francis "Chiz" Escudero said Monday.

The Video: 'Nobody' can release terror suspects from 24-day warrantless detention: lawyer | ANC
Jul 6, 2020 ABS-CBN News
"Nobody" can interfere with the 24-day arrest of terror suspects under the new Anti-Terror Law that critics say could be used to target government critics, a lawyer who is leading the Supreme Court challenge against the measure said Monday.

Robredo pushes for safeguards in anti-terror law
July 05, 2020
The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law.
There are safeguards, but they aren't enough. The presumption should always be, there is a tendency that it would be abused.

Groups demand immediate release of 8 arrested at anti-terror rally in Laguna
July 05, 2020
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.

The Video: Fact or Fake: Anti-Terror Act, kontra-terorismo o kontra-kritisismo?
Jul 5, 2020 GMA Public Affairs
Napirmahan na ni Pangulong Duterte ang Anti-Terror Act of 2020 kaya opisyal na itong isang batas. Pero terrorizing nga ba ang Anti-Terror Act? Pang-kontra ba ito sa terorismo o pang-kontra sa kritisismo sa gobyerno?

Lawmakers, groups urge Supreme Court to cure 'repressive' anti-terror law
July 05, 2020
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'

Cops arrest 11 at anti-terrorism law rally in Laguna
Aika Rey July 04, 2020 - with Video
The police round up the protesters right after their program ended.
A video posted on Anakbayan Souther Tagalog's Facebook page showed the police dragging the activists to the Cabuyao City Police Station.

The Video: BREAKING: Groups file first plea vs Anti-Terror Law before Supreme Court
Jul 4, 2020 ANC 24/7
A group of lawyers, De La Salle brothers and civic groups have filed the first petition before the Supreme Court challenging the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Law. Critics of the measure had warned that the new law could be used by the government to silence its critics and is prone to abuse.

Filipinos take the streets to protest against anti-terrorism law
July 04, 2020
In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law

The Video: PH Military, Police assure public Anti-Terror Law won't be used vs. Duterte critics
Jul 4, 2020 ANC 24/7 - AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask: How can we trust PNP?
The Philippine military and police assure the public the Anti-Terror Law will not be used to go after government critics.

'Respect human rights': CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees decry anti-terror law
July 04, 2020
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
Jene-Anne Pangue July 04, 2020
'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

Lawyers, civic leaders file 1st petition vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 04, 2020
Law Professor Howie Calleja is joined by civic groups and La Sallian Brother Armin Luistro in filing the petition before the Supreme Court

'Too broad, worrisome': Chiz Escudero talks anti-terror law with Heart Evangelista
July 04, 2020 - with Video
The former senator and Sorsogon governor explains his reservations on the new law

'We will not be silenced': Campus press denounce signing of anti-terror law
July 04, 2020
Despite the threats that the new law poses to free speech, campus publications pledged they will not cower in fear but continue to stand firm in upholding their rights

'Kung tahimik ka, huwag mabahala,' says Esperon after anti-terror law signing
Pia Ranada July 04, 2020
Asked if a person can be tagged as a terrorist based on what they post on social media, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says it's 'possible'

Youth groups vow to fight implementation of anti-terror law
Kyle Aristophere Atienza July 04, 2020
'Kakalampagin natin ang Korte Suprema. Lalaban ulit tayo sa Kongreso,' says Katapat, echoing fellow youth groups in the country following the signing of the anti-terror law

Opposition lawmakers: Resist anti-terror law – the 'death warrant to human rights'
Aika Rey July 03, 2020
'We will show them that in the face of repression, an awakened people will resist and fight back' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

The demise of democracy’: Filipinos denounce signing of anti-terror law
Gaby Baizas July 03, 2020
Many Filipinos on social media express their distress over the new law, which lawyers and human rights advocates fear the government can use to silence critics

'Dear Duterte, may paki ka ba sa amin?': Celebrities, artists react to anti-terror law
July 03, 2020
IV of Spades' Zild Benitez and Blaster Silonga, actress Gabbi Garcia, and director Antoinette Jadaone are among the first in the entertainment industry to speak up against the newly-signed anti-terror law

'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law
Jodesz Gavilan July 03, 2020
Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy

'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill
Pia Ranada July 03, 2020
'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

'Leaderless movement' urges Filipinos to join #VetoTerrorBill email protest
Francisco Mendoza July 03, 2020
'We believe that all Filipinos who must stand for democracy against this bill that edges us closer and closer towards tyranny – in any way, shape, or form that is possible in spite of the pandemic,' says the #JunkTerrorBill group

The Anti-Terror Act is worse than Martial Law
Antonio T. Carpio June 18, 2020
'The Anti-Terror Act is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'
Under the Constitution, the right against unreasonable arrests is an “inviolable” fundamental right.
The Constitution uses the word “inviolable.” The ATA demolishes this “inviolable” fundamental constitutional right. (READ: Martial rule without martial law: An anti-terror bill subtext)

Cayetano: Congress can amend or repeal anti-terror law if abuses happen
Mara Cepeda June 19, 2020
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also appeals to the military to 'work together' with the government to ensure there will be 'zero abuses' should the anti-terror bill becomes law

When we're scared to share: Thoughts from an environmental advocate
Issa Barte June 18, 2020
'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR
JC Gotinga June 18, 2020
'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them
Lian Buan June 17, 2020
'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'

PH situation 'worse than martial law' under anti-terror bill – Carpio
Lian Buan June 17, 2020
The retired justice says that once the anti-terror bill is enacted into law, he will be among the petitioners who will challenge the constitutionality of the measure before the Supreme Court

Carpio: House arrest clause of anti-terror bill violates right to bail
Lian Buan June 17, 2020
Some crimes in the bill are bailable, like inciting to terrorism, but under Section 34, a person charged with inciting to terrorism can be placed on house arrest

On the Anti-Terror Bill: Beyond constitutionality
Soliman M. Santos Jr June 17, 2020
'The question is not only: is it constitutional? The question is also: does or will it serve its intended or at least declared purpose?'

Año hands Malacañang list of LGU chiefs supporting anti-terror bill
Pia Ranada June 17, 2020
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure

Duterte 'inclined' to sign anti-terror bill – Roque
Pia Ranada June 16, 2020
The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law

'Consider the Constitution': Groups urge DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 16, 2020
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will submit the review to Malacañang on Wednesday, June 17. He will not make it public unless Malacañang releases it from their end.

Address terrorism but not at expense of human rights, Cebu City SK urges
John Tan Sitchon June 16, 2020
The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill

Where lies the terror?
Melba Padilla Maggay June 15, 2020
'It is a supreme irony that Filipinos suspected of being communist are being hounded and hunted down, while communists from Mainland China are being invited to tutor the Senate, most likely on how to lock down and fence us all in for effective social control'

House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill
Mara Cepeda June 14, 2020
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

The humanitarian imperative and the threat of the Anti-Terror Bill
Reinna Bermudez June 14, 2020
'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'

Anti-Terror Law? Or Anti-Filipino Law?
Senator Leila De Lima June 13, 2020
In truth, therefore, the word 'terror' in the title of the bill is very appropriate

Democracy faces 'death by a thousand cuts' with looming anti-terror law
Aika Rey June 13, 2020
'All these kinds of legal acrobatics, the law has been weaponized. And now the question is if it's codified into law, it becomes the norm,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

University of Cebu Law School latest to join calls vs anti-terror bill
John Sitchon June 13, 2020
'I have been a lawyer for 22 years now and I have not encountered these objectionable provisions that we found in the law,' says UC Law Professor Liza Eisma-Osorio

Lawyers' group: Lacson 'dead wrong,' bill allows anti-terror council to order arrests
Lian Buan June 13, 2020
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

Bacolod bishop urges Duterte: Listen to the people, veto anti-terror bill
Marchel P. Espina June 13, 2020
'We feel that there is a need for this government to listen to its people and in turn reconsider and reassess the bill in its present form. There is no point rushing the process,' says Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod

With impending anti-terror law, lawmakers urge Filipinos to guard freedoms
Aika Rey June 12, 2020
Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day
John Sitchon June 12, 2020
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

Can lawyers' growing calls vs anti-terror bill be crossroads for Duterte?
Lian Buan June 12, 2020
'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

No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media
Miriam Grace A. Go June 12, 2020
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’

‘Mas dapat magalit’: Filipino youth face dangerous future with anti-terror bill
Jodesz Gavilan June 12, 2020
The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects

Dissecting anti-terror bill and threats to freedoms
June 11, 2020
The definitions are broader, detention is longer, and it has a 'killer' provision that equates dissent to terrorism

Lawmakers' changing of anti-terror bill vote has 'no more bearing' – Villafuerte
Mara Cepeda June 11, 2020
Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes

The politics of dissent
Jovito V. Cariño June 11, 2020
'Some would say this fear of the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 is hypothetical as it is imaginary. There is nothing hypothetical or imaginary though with the story we have seen the last 4 years.'

Family of #JunkTerrorBill protester in Cebu gets harassed by unidentified men
John Sitchon June 10, 2020
In a statement, the family condemns the visit of the unidentified men and urges the public not to let harassment stop them from speaking up

Congress transmits anti-terrorism bill to Malacañang
Aika Rey June 09, 2020
The anti-terrorism bill is now awaiting the signature of the President, unless he vetoes it. If he decides not to act on it, the bill will lapse into law after 30 days from receipt.

Prosecuting under the 2020 anti-terror bill
June 09, 2020
In the 2020 anti-terror bill, the burden of proof is shifted on the suspect. Longtime prosecutor and former DOJ Undersecretary Leah Tanodra-Armamento talks about the woes of prosecution under an anti-terror law

Some House members' votes on anti-terror bill incorrectly recorded
Mara Cepeda June 09, 2020
Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers

IBP to Duterte: Veto non-judicial arrests and 24-day detention in anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 09, 2020
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines also questions the provision on broadened surveillance, which covers people who have not yet been declared as terrorists by a court

PNP asks for Facebook's help in dummy account probe
Aika Rey June 09, 2020
Police chief General Archie Gamboa says that he has ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts

Will Facebook dummy account probe look at govt too? DOJ says 'all angles'
Lian Buan June 08, 2020
The DOJ promises it will not misuse user data that will be submitted to them in the course of an investigation

The Anti-Terrorism Act: Duterte will have all dissenters’ necks
Jayson Lamchek June 08, 2020
Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower

DOJ defends terror bill's dissent exception, but leaves out 'killer' caveat
Lian Buan June 08, 2020 - with Video
DOJ Spokesperson Markk Perete says Section 4's exception on dissent 'should calm concerns,' but he leaves out a 'killer' provision. It's the provision on intent

As lawmakers change votes, Malacañang yet to receive anti-terror bill
Sofia Tomacruz June 08, 2020 - with Video
Days after the highly divisive anti-terror bill hurdled Congress, the House still has not released the official breakdown of how lawmakers voted

Martial rule without martial law: An anti-terror bill subtext
Joel Rocamora June 08, 2020
'What should be noted is the breadth and intensity of opposition [to the anti-terror bill]. This is a much broader range of opposition than on any other issue under the Duterte administration.'

8 arrested in Cebu anti-terror bill rally released on bail
June 08, 2020
The 7 activists and one bystander post bail after spending 36 hours in detention

Don’t pass the anti-terror bill; legalize the Communist party instead
Patricio Abinales and Lisandro Claudio June 08, 2020
'[We] envisage a future when the entire apparatus of the CPP becomes legal, where the CPP, as the CPP, will stand for elections and subject its ideas to open debate'

'Terror bill' ang veerus na papatay sa kalayaan
June 08, 2020
Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko

Makati lawmaker blocks Facebook messages on anti-terror bill vote
Mara Cepeda June 08, 2020
As users share that they were blocked, Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos says his social media page managers are 'just being careful' since there are 'many trolls'

DND investigating fake Facebook accounts – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga June 08, 2020
'Of course, the cooperation of Facebook is needed,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

U.P. Cebu demands immediate release of students, alumni
June 08, 2020
UP Cebu urges Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and the chief of the Cebu City police office to 'seriously look into this clear transgression against our constituents and our property'

No evidence yet reported accounts engaged in malicious activity – Facebook
Gelo Gonzales June 11, 2020
'At this time, we have not seen evidence of the reported accounts engaging in coordinated or malicious activity focused on creating fake accounts,' says Facebook

Duplicate, false accounts of U.P. students reported to surface online
June 07, 2020
Here's how you can report accounts pretending to be someone you know or someone that doesn't exist

Lawmakers fear fake Facebook accounts meant for 'online tanim-ebidensiya'
June 07, 2020
'We must not allow social media to be used as a platform for identity theft, intimidation, or worse, a tool to plant bogus evidence,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
Two opposition lawmakers denounced the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook, warning that these accounts could be used to plant evidence against real personalities critical of the Duterte administration.

Users report duplicate, dummy Facebook accounts in PH
Ryan Macasero and John Tan Sitchon June 07, 2020
While initially thought to be limited to activists and journalists in Cebu and Central Visayas, duplicate accounts are reported in areas across the country

#HandsOffOurStudents trends as Filipinos call out fake accounts swarming Facebook
June 07, 2020
'The real terrorists are behind these attacks to the privacy and security of students and people who are critical of the administration's incompetence,' a netizen says

Angel Locsin to Tito Sotto: I hope we don’t get tagged as terrorist for voicing opinions
June 07, 2020
The actress is tagged as 'proNPA' – which Senate President Tito Sotto subsequently 'liked'

Rappler Talk: Edcel Lagman on the dangers of the anti-terrorism bill
June 07, 2020 - with Video
Lagman describes the bill as "draconian," with too few "safeguard" provisions that would protect citizens against police and military abuse

The Video: Aerial footage of #JunkTerrorBill protest in UP Diliman
Jun 6, 2020
#ICYMI: Here's an aerial video shot by Anjo Lapresca, where several sectoral and progressive groups take their outrage to the streets continuing the call to junk the anti-terrorism bill

The Video: #ReleaseCebu8 legal team press conference
The legal team of the detained protesters update the public on the latest were arrested at the University of the Philippines Cebu during a protest against the anti-terror bill.

Daughter of slain activist warns anti-terror bill will 'normalize' killings
Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay June 06, 2020
'Once you're labeled a terrorist, the authorities can justify whatever they may do to you,' says Tsinkay Porquia
The daughter of slain activist Jory Porquia has joined calls to reject the anti-terror bill, warning that once it is passed into law, incidents like her father's death would be part of the new normal under the Duterte government.

Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot
Emil Marañon III June 06, 2020
The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

Mujiv Hataman on why anti-terror bill won't combat terrorism
June 06, 2020
Why does the anti-terror bill fail to address the root causes of terrorism? What makes the measure so dangerous even for government dissenters?

Youth-led protesters slam Bacolod lawmaker for anti-terror vote
Marchel P. Espina June 06, 2020
The youth protesters are allegedly threatened by police for mobilizing

Implications of the anti-terrorism bill
June 06, 2020
In a swift but unsurprising turn of events, the controversial anti-terrorism bill passed Congress days after President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as urgent.
The proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is now up for Duterte’s signature.

PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal
Ryan Macasero June 06, 2020 - with Video
The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters

EXPLAINER: Comparing dangers in old law and anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 05, 2020
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

How to help activists arrested in Cebu City
June 05, 2020
Several organizations amplify the call for donations to raise a community bail fund for anti-terrorism activists in Cebu City

U.P. Cebu to probe whether cops violated U.P.-DND accord in arrest of protesters
June 05, 2020
Under the accord, the police and the military are not allowed to conduct operations within the vicinity of UP campuses without prior notice or approval of the UP administration

What is the need for this anti-terror bill?
PJ Bernardo June 05, 2020
'The timing, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is telling'

‘Terror law’: The pet bill of the generals
Carmela Fonbuena June 05, 2020
‘You don’t deserve that kind of power. No one does,’ a farmers' party-list representative tells the military, referring to the proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020, which is up for President Duterte's signature

#ReleaseCebu7 trends in PH as netizens condemn arrest of Cebu City activists
June 05, 2020
The arrest comes as students and members of various youth and progressive groups held a mobilization to denounce the approval of the anti-terrorism bill

Facebook cracks down on posts slamming anti-terror bill
Gaby Baizas June 05, 2020 - with Video
The #JunkTerrorBill posts by Filipinos are marked as spam after they allegedly failed to comply with Facebook’s community standards

Cops arrest at least 8 activists at anti-terrorism bill protest in Cebu City
Ryan Macasero June 05, 2020 - with Video
The 7, including minors, belong to local progressive organizations in Cebu. A local journalist is reportedly also among them.
Look the Video: Members of militant groups in Cebu City nabbed by the city police after they held a protest
Jun 4, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
Members of militant groups in Cebu City nabbed by the city police after they held a protest in front of UP Cebu campus while the city is under GCQ on June 5, 2020. At least 7 were arrested. (MB Video by Juan Carlo de Vela)

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill
Paterno Esmaquel II June 05, 2020
'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

An official act of terrorism
Vergel O. Santos June 05, 2020
'The ultimate and ironic bad joke is actually on us non-terrorists: the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is itself an official, legal act of terrorism'

'This is not terrorism': Filipinos take to the streets after anti-terror bill hurdles Congress
June 05, 2020 - with Video
Several sectoral and progressive groups take their outrage to the streets continuing the call to junk the anti-terrorism bill

'Recovery, not repression': Groups hit passing of anti-terror bill
June 04, 2020
Various groups across key sectors say the approval of the bill reflects government's misplaced priorities

'Protect freedom in PH': Aquaria, Manila Luzon, 'Drag Race' queens tweet against anti-terror bill
June 04, 2020
Ongina, Vivienne Pinay, and Rock M Sakura also voice out against the bill, which many fear could be easily abused by the state

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill
Sofia Tomacruz June 04, 2020
The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

LIST: #JunkTerrorBill activities, protests
June 04, 2020
Here's a list of indignation rallies and other activities hosted by various groups and organizations, following the House’s passage of the draconian anti-terrorism bill

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill
JC Gotinga June 04, 2020
The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

Carpio: Once a law, anti-terror bill can be questioned in court right away
Lian Buan June 04, 2020 - with Video
The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation

Philippine Christian leaders unite against new anti-terrorism law
Devin Watkins 04 June 2020
Christian leaders in the Philippines join their voices to oppose a proposed anti-terrorism law, saying it will erode respect for human rights and civil liberties.

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill
Mara Cepeda June 04, 2020 - with Video
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

Mindanao lawmakers: Anti-terror bill will further incite violence, not end terrorism
Mara Cepeda June 03, 2020 - with Video
'This law is not meant to combat terrorism. It is meant to give the state the power to tag whomever they please as a terrorist. Hindi pa ba tayo natuto?' says House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman of Basilan

'Draconian' anti-terror bill, feared to be used vs gov't critics, hurdles Congress
Mara Cepeda June 03, 2020
The bill would allow the proposed Anti-Terror Council, which would be composed of top Cabinet officials, to order the arrest of people it deems to be terrorists

Filipino stars amplify #JunkTerrorBill call as House passes measure
June 03, 2020
The measure, which has passed both chambers of Congress, is a few steps away from becoming law

Robredo: Is lethal anti-terror bill against terrorists or critics?
Mara Cepeda June 03, 2020
Vice President Leni Robredo – the leader of the opposition movement against President Rodrigo Duterte – warned the anti-terrorism bill is prone to be abused by people who have no qualms planting evidence against critics and silencing them.

Rights groups slam anti-terror bill that will institutionalize Duterte's abuse of power
Jodesz Gavilan June 03, 2020
Human rights groups call out the Duterte government for prioritizing the anti-terror bill while the Philippines is in the middle of a pandemic

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill
Paterno Esmaquel II June 03, 2020
Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

Anti-terror bill one step away from House final approval
Mara Cepeda June 02, 2020
Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.

The Video: House plenary debates on the anti-terrorism bill
The House of Representatives tackles the anti-terrorism bill for 2nd reading approval on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

CHR brands anti-terror bill 'highly intrusive,' open to abuse
Jodesz Gavilan June 02, 2020
The Commission on Human Rights says the bill's broad definition of terrorism is an 'overreach' that could harm Filipinos in the long run

#JunkTerrorBill: Sign this petition to help uphold human rights
June 02, 2020
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.

Sotto to critics: Only terrorists, supporters afraid of anti-terror bill
Aika Rey June 02, 2020
Senator Risa Hontiveros and Senator Francis Pangilinan, the two senators who voted against the measure at the Senate, question the urgency in passing the anti-terrorism bill

'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 02, 2020
'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

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights
Sofia Tomacruz June 01, 2020
Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5

Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill
Lian Buan May 30, 2020
The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

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