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Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte teases Bebot Bello, go ahead, run for senator

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The President says he has no problem with his Labor Secretary and longtime friend Silvestre Bello III seeking a Senate seat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recognizes the sacrifice of the overseas Filipino workers citing that they have contributed greatly in making the lives of their families and the Filipinos better in his message to the arriving OFWs during the Pamaskong Salubong Para sa OFWs at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga on December 7, 2017. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gadon on drug war: If I were President, I’d kill more

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Gadon says he's considering running for the Senate again in 2019 because ‘a lot of people are pushing me’

Marquez in Gadon’s birthday bash? ‘Explain your friendship'

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

'Their association is eerily too close to gloss over,' says Jojo Lacanilao, Sereno's spokesperson

'NOT REALLY FRIENDS.' Larry Gadon denies Midas Marquez attended his birthday bash and said the Court Administrator is "not really his friend." Photo from Vivian Velez' Facebook Page

2017 Bar questions copied from past exams?

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Legal Education Board (LEB) Chairman Emerson Aquende, however, says 'there is nothing wrong with repeating test questions'

Who is the most 'doting' Philippine Commander-in-Chief?

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers what he believes to be the correct answer during a visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, where he is joined by Hollywood actor Steven Seagal

GIFT-GIVING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his wrist watch to a soldier who celebrated his birthday during the President's visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, on December 1, 2017. Presidential Photo

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

IN PHOTOS: Shirts Duterte supporters wore at the RevGov rally

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Have you heard of the SWORD – Sincere Warriors of Rodrigo Duterte?

Dela Rosa on his first Supreme Court appearance: 'Hindi emotional'

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Hindi emotional, wala masyadong emotions dito,' says the PNP chief after the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

CONFIDENT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug opeations. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senators exchange green jokes during debate on cosmetic surgery tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Mr President, Senator [Richard] Gordon wants the exclusion of certain procedures which are related to his name,' Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says in jest, referring to Gordon's nickname

Mocha in PDP-Laban slate? Alvarez has long admired her – Pimentel

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:41 PM

'Matagal na siyang humahanga kay Mocha,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says jokingly

Mocha Uson's Senate qualification? ‘Genuine heart for Filipinos,’ says Alvarez

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez, House Speaker and PDP-Laban secretary-general, says he believes Mocha Uson, who has 5.4 million followers on Facebook, 'would be a very good candidate'

PDP-LABAN BET? Mocha Uson speaks to the crowd present at an April 2017 'Palit Bise' rally at the Quirino Grandstand. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

Premier Li tells Philippine media, China welcomes you

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:39 AM

In his visit to Manila, Premier Li Keqiang asks Filipino reporters to make a 'historic contribution' by writing positive things about China-Philippine relations

People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang reacts while discussing matters with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his cabinet during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Zubiri addresses Dela Rosa as ‘Senator Bato’

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:22 PM

'Kahapon niloloko po namin siya na may nakahanda nang upuan sa Senado para sa kaniya,' says Senator Zubiri

SENATOR. Juan Miguel Zubiri says senators have joked that a seat has been saved for teh top cop. Rappler file photo

Malacañang shrugs off Trump mispronouncing Duterte's name

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:03 PM

'No slight taken,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, adding that the Philippine President is himself prone to mistakes

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Harry Roque bids social media (temporary) goodbye

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Starting November 16, the Presidential Spokesperson's Twitter and Facebook accounts will be handled by PCOO staff

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The many ways ASEAN chair Duterte asked media to leave the room

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:10 AM

From asking cameramen to 'disappear' to saying the ASEAN Secretariat 'does not like' them, here are the ways President Rodrigo Duterte requested media to let country leaders discuss matters in private

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Squeals, selfies: Trudeau mania hits even gov't officials

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:07 PM

An official from the Presidential Communications Office is seen taking the Canadian Prime Minister's water glass – which he used when he spoke at the podium – and declares she would take it home

ROCK STAR? Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts selfie requests from government staff and ushers. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LOOK: Trump flashes 'thumbs up' in photo-op with PH police chief

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The PNP chief, who was once the de facto head of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug war, meets the US president

US, PH RELATIONS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and US President Donald Trump meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in manila. Photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook page

Duterte tells reporters covering Trump meeting, 'You are spies'

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine President asks journalists to step out of the bilateral meeting by jokingly calling them 'spies'

Delays, confusion in world leaders' arrivals in PH for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Sudden changes in arrivals and unexpected delays kept media on their feet as world leaders arrived in the Philippines for the 31st ASEAN Summit

LEADER'S WELCOME. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of at least 20 world leaders in Manila for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Griping? Duterte says he waited 2 hours for meeting with Xi

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he got the last slot for a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping to the at the Crowne Plaza Da Nang in Vietnam prior to their bilateral meeting on November 11, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

PNP holds training in case police are reassigned to drug war

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The PNP conducts a drug enforcement training even after they were taken off the war on drugs

PREPARATION. Cops queue up during a surprise mandatory drug test at a police station in Manila. AFP file photo

Dela Rosa 'pretends' to be senator during press conference

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Dela Rosa has joked multiple times that he is eyeing a seat in the Senate

'YOUR HONOR?' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to reporters in a press conference. Rappler file photo

How Harry Roque's first Malacañang presscon went

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

The fast-talking new presidential spokesman injects his own style into the regular Palace briefing

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Did Andy Bautista 'overdeclare' assets in his SALNs?

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM

A recomputation shows that Bautista's net worth in 2016 should be P54.5 million only and not P176.3 million as he indicated

Why the rushed media arrangement for Duterte's Japan trip?

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:06 AM

A source privy to the arrangements says the presidential trip was initially planned for in-house coverage only

President Rodrigo delivers his pre-departure speech at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on November 16, 2016 prior to his departure for Lima, Peru to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting on November 19 to 20. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Walden Bello loses respect for ‘drunk with power’ Andanar

Oct 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Laban ng Masa chair Walden Bello says PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar's ethical base as a journalist was 'not firm'

RESPECT NO MORE. Laban ng Masa chair Walden Bello is no longer impressed by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar. Photo of Bello by Rappler, photo of Andanar by Malacañang

Duterte offering Harry Roque Palace communications post

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The two will discuss the offer further during a dinner scheduled to take place this week

Did Duterte overstep bounds in Bautista resignation?

Oct 24, 2017 - 3:59 PM

By not acceding to former Comelec chair Andres Bautista's terms of resignation, did the President, in effect, fire the poll chief? Lawyers weigh in.

No HK for SAF troopers? Dela Rosa promises them bulalo in Tagaytay

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:40 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa plans to reward SAF troopers who fought in Marawi City by treating them to bulalo

TAGAYTAY TRIP. PNP chief Dela Rosa says he will treat SAF troops himself if President Duterte will not. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte's 'war in Malaysia' makes audience do double take

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The President was likely referring to the war in Marawi but the mistake causes a small stir among his audience, composed of diplomats and foreign policy experts

What's inside the Aegis Juris alumni chat box when Atio was killed

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:46 AM

At the Senate hearing, the Manila Police release screenshots of Facebook Messenger exchanges between fraternity members planning a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

COVER-UP? Recently publicized chat box exchanges may point to a concealment that goes beyond the contemporaries of Horacio Castillo III

Malacañang aspirations? 'Not until I have a mascot,' quips Robredo

Oct 17, 2017 - 4:04 PM

'Natawa ako doon sa statement,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in response to the comment of top cop Ronald dela Rosa that she has presidential ambitions as early as now

TOO MUCH WORK. Vice President Leni Robredo says she has too much work to think about anything other than her anti-poverty program. Photo by OVP

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From resignation to impeachment: Chairman Bautista's longest day

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Andres Bautista's resignation – effective in December 2017 yet – does not stop legislators from voting in favor of his impeachment

IMPEACHED. Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is impeached on the same day he announces his resignation effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At charter amendments hearing, legislators berate CHR for UN reports

Oct 10, 2017 - 8:16 AM

'Kapag may problema pinag-uusapan sa loob ng pamilya, hindi kinakalat sa chismosong kapit-bahay,' says a former CA justice

DISCOURTESY? The CHR is grilled as a House panel tackles possible revisions to the Constitution. Rappler photo

Oops! PH uses Taiwan logo in event to thank China

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Ironically, the event was to mark a 'new era' of ties between the Philippine and Chinese militaries following years of tension over control of the West Philippine Sea

WRONG LOGO. The Philippine Department of National Defense uses the logo of Taiwan's Ministry of Defense in event with China. Rappler photo

Is it 2019 yet? Speaker Alvarez tells Bacolod to vote 12-0 in senatorial race

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Speaker administers the oath of more than 2,000 Negrenses who have joined the administration's PDP-Laban

SHOW OF FORCE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the oath-taking rites of the new members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the University Negros Occidental-Recoletos gymnasium in Bacolod City, Thursday, October 5. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Grace Poe praises Thinking Pinoy for 'excellent research, neutrality'

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:18 PM

'So I hope you keep the neutrality. Like if you're in a board, you can be an independent director. You can be in government but an independent consultant.'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Guwapo pala kayo sa personal,' Mocha Uson tells Trillanes in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'Baka i-atras ko na kaso ko. Konti na lang bola,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

FACE OFF. Senator Antonio Trillanes and blogger turned Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson face each other during the Senate hearing on fake news.

Why Honeylet Avanceña had lunch with Melania Trump

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Long-time partner of the President, Honeylet Avanceña says the dinner with Melania Trump was 'non-political' but she ends up talking about Marawi and Duterte himself

FIRST LADY. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte with his spouse, Honeylet Avancena before the ASEAN gala night at Sofitel Hotel on April 29, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

Pacquiao defends 'call me anytime' comment on vlogger's live video

Sep 28, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao says he has already forgiven people putting malice into his comments on women's videos, adding that 'only God can judge them'

COMMENTS. Senator Manny Pacquiao defends his comment once again on a woman's Instagram live video. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pacquiao says 'no malice' in comments on 22-year-old Arzaylea's live video

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:01 PM

'Lahat naman puwedeng makipag-usap sa amin. Wala namang malisya doon,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

Duterte's pick for new SBMA chief is Gordon's 'protégé'

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon admits he recommend the appointment of his former executive assistant and legal staff member to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)

Photo from SBMA Director Benny Antiporda's Facebook