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Redux? Duterte admin recalls Arroyo policies, controversies

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'

LONG-TIME ALLIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walk on the center aisle of Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City on January 8, 2017, as principal sponsors in a wedding ceremony. Malacañang file photo

HOAX: Villacorta: ‘PH lost national dignity under Duterte’

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:52 PM

While not a direct quote from the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General, the original statement is, in fact, praise for the President

#AngMahalNa: Additional fees, price increases burden Filipinos

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Rappler tracks down the latest increases or additional charges and fees that affect and hurt the pockets of Filipinos

Strong political will? Experts hit 'very slow' rollout of transportation projects

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:32 AM

'Transport infrastructure should be delivered as soon as possible especially now with the Build, Build, Build. But is the government ready and equipped to deliver all these plans?' says UP Professor Dayo Montalbo as the Duterte administration marks its third year in office

The Philippine economy's health under Duterte

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?

How home gardens can help fight malnutrition

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:38 PM

According to the National Nutrition Council, food gardening may be an answer to the problem of hunger and malnutrition

FAST FACTS: How Philippines' first food bank works

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Housed in Taguig, the Good Food Grocer feeds families in informal settlements and children in day care centers

The food bank offers an array of choices from partners. Photo from Rise Against Hunger Philippines

HOAX: Expanded Maternity Leave Law already signed

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The bill has not been signed as a law yet. It has been only approved by the Senate in their 3rd and final reading, and waiting for its 2nd reading in the House

Coco levy fund: Duterte's failed promise

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'He's been doing it all along for other bills like the death penalty, lowering of age [of criminal responsibility], why not do this for his campaign promise, coco levy?'

FAILED CAMPAIGN PROMISE? President Rodrigo Duterte promises coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them. Two years into his term, the promise remains just that. File photo by Rappler

HOAX: Former chief justice Sereno is disbarred by DOJ

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Sereno is reprimanded following the SC's show cause order related to her ouster, but is not disbarred

Policing the PNP: Scalawags spoil Duterte vow to end crime

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within

INTERNAL CLEANSING. The PNP wants to expand its 'punitive' cleansing program to 'preventive' and 'restorative' measures of weeding out crooked cops. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Duterte in surveys: After two years, honeymoon persists

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Nearly two years' worth of SWS and Pulse Asia surveys tell different stories about President Rodrigo Duterte's popularity

MISLEADING: 186 mayors and governors lose police escort

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The mayors and governors, however, lost executive powers over police operations in their areas as of July 11

HOAX: Kadamay's Arellano asks Duterte to prioritize basic needs over boxing

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:43 PM

There are no official reports of Kadamay Chairperson Gloria 'Ka Bea' Arellano asking President Duterte for free water, food, and electricity

Is Alvarez bent on scrapping 2019 polls over fear of losing?

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies rumors he is unsure of victory in Davao del Norte – even after losing key allies in the region months before the midterm elections

IN HOT WATER? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez grants a media interview before leading a mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members in Caloocan City in March 2018. File photo by House of Representatives

Rappler Talk: Albert del Rosario on Duterte gov’t’s refusal to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Watch Rappler's full interview with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday, July 18

DOCUMENT: Final version of Consultative Committee draft constitution

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The final draft incorporates changes President Rodrigo Duterte asked for: that he be prohibited from running for president in the 2022 elections, and the election of a Transition President

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the copy of the proposed Federal Constitution of the Philippines from former Chief Justice and Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution Chairperson Reynato Puno during a handover ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. Also in the photo are Atty. Lawrence Wacnang, Atty. Ali Balindong, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Atty. Susan Ordinario, and Atty. Gideon Mortel. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:52 PM

One embraces China investments with open arms, the other shows more caution. One sees US President Donald Trump as a 'friend,' the other calls him an 'international bully.'

9 representatives' net worth more than doubled in 2017

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The biggest percentage increase is that of Leyte congressman Vicente Sofronio Veloso, with a jump of over 800%

HOUSE PLENARY. Photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

When ex-presidents skip the SONA

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) While they are not required to attend, former presidents can be invited to hear the incumbent's State of the Nation Address in person

NOT ATTENDING. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III declines an invitation to be present during President Rodrigo Duterte's 1st SONA.

TRIVIA: SONA date changes through the years

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The date of delivering the annual SONA has changed through time

Do Bong Go’s donations, billboards violate government ethics code?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The presidential aide gives away an ambulance, branded shoes, and smartphones – all from private supporters. His face and name are displayed in giant and expensive billboards. Is he violating any rules?

TRIVIA: Welcoming committee and other SONA traditions

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:28 AM

The President's speech is usually the highlight, but the SONA has its own traditions too

HOAX: Alan Peter Cayetano 'resigns' as DFA Secretary

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Foreign Affairs secretary is still part of Duterte's Cabinet

HOAX: Gary Valenciano ‘dead’

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The actor said on July 6 that he is now cleared of cancer

COA sees graft: How Ben Tulfo earned from P120-million PTV-DOT deal

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Ben Tulfo’s Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut or P89.878 million in airing cost for tourism segments, while documents show Bitag is also entitled to production cost

BIG CUT. Ben Tulfo's Bitag Media gets 75% of the cut of the total airing cost of tourism segments paid by Department of Tourism to People's Television Network.

GALLERY: Who are mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte?

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Know who these local executives are, their political affiliations, and possible motives for their killing

How heightened emotions, stress define bicam on proposed BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.

BBL BICAMERAL. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday met in a bicameral conference to reconcile their respective proposals, House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717, on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas headed the House panel while Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel. The House delegation is composed of Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, and Representatives Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Ty Pimentel, Eugene Michael De Vera, Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Wee Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Shernee Abubakar Tan, and Rodante Marcoleta. The Senate panel includes Senators Sonny Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Vicente Sotto III was also present for the deliberations. (P Camero/CMB Engracia)

HOAX: Enrile hits Sotto over plan for De Lima release

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

On Sonshine Radio DZAR 1026’s talk show on July 6, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his co-anchors do not mention senators Tito Sotto and Leila de Lima

Why Mar Roxas' photo was in a Cabinet meeting slide

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Mar Roxas' previous statement about the lack of command and control during the Yolanda crisis is quoted during a Cabinet meeting presentation on the creation of a new disaster response agency

DOCUMENT: Con-Com draft constitution submitted to Duterte

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Here is the complete copy of the Consultative Committee's draft federal constitution submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 9, 2018

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Should we be worried about Con-Com's draft transitory provisions?

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The proposed charter creates a powerful Federal Transition Commission which, according to a Con-Com member, lacks safeguards against abuse

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Foreign visitors up by 10% despite Boracay closure

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The Department of Tourism says foreign visitor arrivals still grew in May despite the closure of Boracay as they went to other destinations in the country

SIARGAO. Sugba Lagoon, a popular destination for those who visit Siargao.Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

HOAX: ‘CBCP-owned’ stocks

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Stocks owned by two bishops in the 'list' are not necessarily owned by CBCP. The remaining 13 are not bishops but priests and nuns.

Draft constitution: After submission to Duterte, then what?

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Consultative Committee's draft constitution is just one step in a long arduous process towards revising the Constitution and shifting to a federal system of government

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Complete Consultative Committee draft federal constitution

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:47 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Here, in full, is the draft federal constitution crafted by President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MISLEADING: Build, Build, Build figures used by anti-Duterte page

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two out of the 3 alleged conditions for Chinese loans under the Philippines' Build, Build, Build program cannot be verified yet

Highlights of Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:58 PM

EXCLUSIVE: A complete copy of the draft constitution includes an entirely new article on 'National Security and Public Order.' Here are highlights of each article.

What went wrong: PNP’s P1.89-B Mahindra vehicles purchase

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:03 PM

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement.

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement

FAST FACTS: Who is slain General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote?

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Ferdinand 'Ferdie' Bote is only on his first term as mayor of General Tinio, the second biggest municipality of Nueva Ecija. He previously served as municipal vice mayor.

A prayer interrupted: What we know so far in Father Nilo's killing

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo is shot dead on June 10, just as he was preparing to say evening Mass. There are now 8 suspects in the killing.

'Duterte of Batangas'? Slain Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili and his 'iron fist'

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili, the man behind the 'Flores de Pusher' campaign, considered Davao City as his model in fighting crime

Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov't

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(4th UPDATE) Rappler tallies at least 6 vice mayors and 10 mayors slain since July 2016

FAST FACTS: What is leptospirosis?

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Health records 1,030 leptospirosis cases nationwide from January to June 9 this year

WHAT TO AVOID. The Department of Health and World Health Organization warn against wading in floodwaters due to risk of leptospirosis. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

HOAX: Pope Francis 'kisses' model on the chest

Jul 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

An altered photo posted online shows this supposed kiss – which never happened. One commenter uses the fake photo to justify President Rodrigo Duterte kissing a married overseas Filipino worker in South Korea.

MISLEADING: ‘Trump congratulates Duterte for 40% down in drugs’

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:59 PM

While the US President announces better US-Philippines relations in the embedded video, he did not cite a 40% 'down in drugs'