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Duterte's joke to Navy: One day, Philippines will invade other nations

May 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

With an improved naval force, 'maybe we can start invading other nations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy during its anniversary

Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter

May 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters

P1-consultant runs Tourism Promotions Board besides Cesar Montano

May 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Ronnie Albao, who sources say unofficially functions as Cesar Montano's chief of staff, denies the claims

CHIEF OF STAFF? Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Office (COO) Cesar Montano and Ronnie Albao pose for a photo at Senate of the Philippines. Photo from Ronnie Albao's Twitter account

Gordon's about-face on PCGG abolition

May 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government just 5 months ago

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

May 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat moves the meeting with Cesar Montano, originally set at the DOT office in Makati, to an undisclosed location

PROMOTIONS CHIEF. Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano at the Philippine Move and Press Club 33rd Annual Star Awards. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

Bong Go meets with Floyd Mayweather in Davao City

May 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Secretary Bong Go facilitates the retired boxing champ's trip to Samal, where Floyd Mayweather Jr went jet skiing

'MONEY' IN DAVAO. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr visits Davao City and meets Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go in Lanang, Davao City. Photo courtesy of Secretary Go's office

Mon Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: 'Ben to be blamed, not Wanda'

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Mon Tulfo, the eldest among siblings, breaks his silence, saying, 'I am not trying to get Wanda off the hook in a case that might constitute plunder; as I said earlier, I want people to know the inside story'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Wanda Tulfo Teo, Ramon Tulfo, and Ben Tulfo.

Robredo supporters launch #LeaveOurShadesAlone campaign

May 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, a vocal supporter of Leni Robredo, launches the social media campaign in support of the Vice President's vote-shading threshold petition before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

#LEAVEOURSHADESALONE. Vice President Leni Robredo posts an old photo of her kids and late husband to show her support for the social media campaign launched for her. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

Gov't office chief's partner joins board meetings?

May 09, 2018 - 10:31 AM

This is seen as a violation of a circular issued by the office itself in 2015, which commits to 'confidentiality and integrity, among others

PhilHealth's De la Serna: Rappler report on travel expenses 'not fake news'

May 08, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'Ano po ba yung lumabas na story? If it is the COA Observation Memorandum, it is documented so it's not fake news,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

CONFIDENT. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina de la Serna says she is ready to face President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the issue of her travel expenses. Photo by Rappler

Creeping ban on media coverage of PH-U.S. Balikatan drills

May 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM

How will President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China change the long-standing alliance between the Philippine and US militaries? It's an important geopolitical issue that impacts the security landscape.

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

Robredo on lies: 'Bring it on'

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'I've held my peace before, trusting that truth will prevail. We can no longer let lies go unchallenged,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke of the importance of investing in human skills amid rapid technological advances and disruption, during her message at the Employers Confederation of the Philippines' 39th National Employers Conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Marriot Hotel Manila in Pasay City. (Photo by OVP)

OFW rescue video that angered Kuwait came from DFA

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:23 PM

The Kuwait rescue video prompted the Kuwaiti government to summon the Philippine ambassador and hand two protest notes

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

FVR congratulates 'Mr Mogato' for Pulitzer Prize

Apr 22, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'This is, indeed, an outstanding achievement for any respected journalist – a reflection of the dedication, personal discipline, and hard work you put in your chosen vocation,' former president Fidel Ramos says in his congratulatory letter to veteran journalist Manny Mogato

FVR. Former president Fidel V Ramos lauds journalist Manny Mogato, whom he has known since he was defense chief. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

New PNP chief Albayalde: 'How I wish I could be like Dela Rosa'

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'Nakita mo kung gaano siya kalapit sa mga tao. How I wish I could also be like that,' Albayalde says in his first press conference

NEW CHIEF. PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have to give credit where credit is due,' says Senate and PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Freddie Aguilar for senator? Yes, PDP-Laban eyes him for 2019

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(2ND UPDATE) Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad is also included in the initial lineup

SENATE LAUDS FREDDIE AGUILAR: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right) presents a copy of Senate Resolution 658 recognizing Filipino singer and composer Freddie “Anak” Aguilar (2nd, left) for his “lifetime outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and culture,” Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Aguilar was accompanied by his wife, Jovie Aguilar (left). (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/AYA/13 March 2018)

Duterte to Alvarez: No to divorce law because Sara opposes it

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The President teases House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about his spat with his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio: 'Mag-usap na lang kayo'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio wave farewell to the send-off party as they prepare to board the Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 at the Qionghai Boao International Airport on April 10, 2018 following a successful participation to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018. Also in the photo is the President's grandson Mateo. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gadon submits expert comment on Sereno quo warranto. SC expunges it.

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court did not recognize the amicus curiae because there was no invitation extended to lawyer Larry Gadon to begin with, say court insiders

'The Charcoal Confessions': Nancy Binay writes book on cyberbullying

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The book is currently titled '45 Handy Tips Towards Healing: The Nancy Binay Charcoal Confessions' and could be released before the 2019 campaign

 Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte: 'Given another life, I would still marry Elizabeth'

Apr 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte sings 'Ikaw' for his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman during her 70th birthday celebration on Saturday, April 14

'IKAW.' President Rodrigo Duterte serenades his ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman on April 14, 2018. Screenshot from Davao City information officer Jefry Tupas' public Instagram post

Why did media cross police lines at the Cubao terror drill?

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Though the terror exercise – which saw incoming police chief Director Oscar Albayalde ordering the rule-breakers to cross the line – is far from reality, there could be days when the police will have it real and worse

NCRPO CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde at a House of Representatives. HOR photo

Still friends with China: Arroyo elected board member of Boao Forum

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The former Philippine president considers Chinese President Xi Jinping a 'very important person in a very important country'

NEW DIRECTOR. Ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attends the first general meeting of members of the Boao Forum for Asia after her election to its board of directors. Photo from Arroyo's office

Dela Rosa's advice to Albayalde: Love your PNP subordinates

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'You love your subordinates because they will love you in return,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

CARE FOR COPS. Outgoing top cop Dela Rosa and incoming top cop Albayalde visit stationed police in Metro Manila. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte teases Chinese reporter about 'flowering' PH-China ties

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'China and the Philippines will bloom and you and I are in the middle of the flower,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells a China Central Television reporter during a press conference

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Duterte had other plans for Menardo Guevarra

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:30 AM

At one point, the President was supposedly considering appointing the new justice secretary as a Supreme Court justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the appointment of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. Witnessing the signing are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, the newly-appointed Ad Interim Secretary of Justice and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants to 'abolish' Evasco-led NFA Council

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 PM

During a meeting with rice traders, the President also expresses an intention to transfer NFA and NIA out of Evasco's supervision and back under the Department of Agriculture

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to some members of his cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Honeylet Avanceña wants Pasig River rehab tackled in Cabinet meeting

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The President's partner is now able to suggest agenda items for Cabinet meetings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets his attire fixed by his partner Honeylet as they prepare to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners for the dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO

Macalintal to surrender lawyer's license if Robredo loses VP protest

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2

CONFIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal during a multi-sectoral Mass at St Scholastica's College Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Spreading ‘humor’ is economic sabotage – Bohol mayor's memo

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The memo, dated March 23, 2018 and leaked on March 27, has become a hot topic of discussion among Boholanos, offline and online

Ombudsman for Calida, or expanded powers as SolGen?

Mar 28, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Rumors about Calida as a top pick for Ombudsman when Conchita Carpio-Morales retires in July have not abated. His sly responses when asked about it are also telling.

Solicitor General Jose Calida with VACC Dante Jimenez and Atty. Eligio Mallari files Quo Warranto before the Supreme Court in Manila on March 5 questioning the validity of SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's appointment.Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte's wish: For his grandson to be Davao City mayor

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined in his Sulu trip by his grandson, Omar Duterte, son of Paolo Duterte with his former wife, Lovelie Sangkola Sumera

Compromise for canceled Canada helicopters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:20 AM

A US company can supply the same Bell-412 helicopters and deliver them within the year

VIP TRANSPORT. File photo of 3 brand new Bell choppers used to transport VIP guests during the 2015 APEC Summit. Malacañang file photo

It wasn't me: Andanar blames staff for wrong grammar in Malacañang media ID

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says he has ordered a probe into the supposed breach of protocol

Senate Fake News Hearing on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Dela Rosa's son might get kicked out from PNP Academy

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The son of top cop Ronald dela Rosa must pass two 'removal exams' or face dismissal from the Philippine National Police Academy

GENERAL'S SON. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa's only son Rock enters the academy. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

LOOK: PNP Academy cadet paints portrait of Robredo

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida's gift to her as a 'masterpiece' and a 'beautiful painting'

GIFT TO THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with graduating PNPA student Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida, who gifted her with a portrait painting. All photos by OVP

Duterte to Robredo: 'I love to see my Vice President'

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:28 PM

'This is the 3rd time that I have greeted you, my lady,' the President says at the start of his speech, addressing Vice President Leni Robredo

Napoles lawyer Stephen David once presented at Cabinet meeting

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The agenda of the 5th Cabinet meeting shows David made a presentation about proposals to develop Sangley Point Airport

Duterte impersonator fools Malacañang transcribers

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The error leads some media to report on the words of the impersonator, thinking they were those of President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's attention is briefly diverted as he takes time to appreciate the flower decors while delivering his speech during the 145th Founding Anniversary of Tarlac and the 2nd Kanlahi Festival at Bulwagang Kanlahi in Tarlac City on March 7, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH lawyers are amused with Duterte’s ICC arguments

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'This would get a failing mark in any criminal law, remedial law, or public international law class,' says an international law professor

WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte announces the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Who did Duterte consult on his long ICC statement?

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Critical officials in Malacañang are caught unawares by the release of Duterte's 15-page and 3-page press statements declaring withdrawal from the ICC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tugade's pet peeve: Zero water dispensers in airport passenger areas

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Officials of the Tuguegarao Airport scramble to put water dispensers in their arrival and departure areas after Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade threatened to fire them

PEEVED. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade shows his displeasure after he notices something missing from the departure area of the Tuguegarao Airport. Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Drilon praises Bong Go's basketball skills: 'Magaling talaga'

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon joke that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go wants to run for the Senate so he could join the winning Senate Defenders basketball team

Photo from Bong Go

Judiciary members choose sides as Sereno fights for support

Mar 11, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Judges and justices sympathetic to Sereno assert their position on judicial independence, as some of their colleagues reportedly join the call for her resignation

Philippine's Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (seated) poses for a selfie with municipal judges, during the annual convention of the country's judges, in Manila on March 8, 2018.  The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight "bullying" and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Imee rallies support for a 'Marcos in the Senate' in 2019

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:11 PM

'Dahil sa protesta ni Bongbong na napakatagal, baka mapilitan 'yung isa sa amin na tumakbo para sa national office,' Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos tells Cagayan barangay officials

EARLY START. Barangay officials dressed in 'Marcos Latta (Marcos Pa Rin)' welcome Imee Marcos during her visit to the 15th Liga ng Mga Barangay -Cagayan Congress in Clark, Pampanga. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler