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LOOK: Kris Aquino 'starts over again,' reunites with brother Noynoy

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Actress Kris Aquino posts a video and photo montage set to the song 'Starting Over Again'

EASTER SUNDAY REUNION. The former president spends time with Kris' two sons. Screenshot from Kris Aquino's Instagram

MISLEADING: Filipinos each owe P62,000 in debt 'because of PNoy'

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The original Inquirer article, which cites the Freedom from Debt Coalition, refers to the total national debt, not the debt incurred solely by the Aquino administration

Erice to Kris Aquino: I didn't intend to blame PNoy for Mar's 2016 loss

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan congressman Edgar Erice, who manages Mar Roxas' senatorial bid, says he and his candidate are 'true blue Liberals who 'stand with the party'

Aquino: Vote for honest candidates who will keep promises

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:30 PM

In Cebu while campaigning for Otso Diretso, former president Benigno Aquino III weighs in on the debate over honesty as a qualification for candidates

Former president Benigno Aquino iii speaks at a forum in South Western University in Cebu City on March 26, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aquino hits loan deals with China: 'Can't we pity ourselves this time?'

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III compares the Duterte government's deals with China to the botched Northrail project during the Arroyo administration

WARNING. Former president Benigno Aquino III weighed in on the Philippine-China deals in an ambush interview in Cebu City on March 26, 2019. Screenshot by Rappler

Noynoy Aquino to Cebu voters: Future secure with Otso Diretso

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:06 AM

The former president courts the sectors in the most vote-rich province, where no local politician showed up to endorse the opposition's senatorial bets

SUPPORTING OTSO DIRETSO. Former president Benigno Aquino III (2nd from L) does the Otso Diretso hand sign together with the opposition senatorial candidates. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Aquino hits Arroyo: 'She became Speaker, then budget was reenacted'

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III slams Congress for failing to pass the 2019 budget on time: 'Buong-buo na sila doon, hindi pa napapa-approve.'

Former president Benigno Aquino iii joins Otso Diretso candidates at a forum in South Western University in Cebu City on March 26, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MISLEADING: 'Midterm legislative achievements' of Aquino, Duterte

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Counting only landmark laws and laws of national significance, both presidents have an almost equal number: at least 57 for Duterte and 58 for Aquino

Screenshots of claims offering a comparison of laws approved during the midterms of Presidents Aquino and Duterte

Otso Diretso balances the good and the bad of Aquino's endorsement

Feb 24, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The Otso Diretso campaign makes an effort to distance itself from major controversies under former president Benigno Aquino III, like the Mamasapano and Dengvaxia scandals

Otso Diretso senatorial candidates join Tindig Pilipinas, Every Woman and other groups to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Edsa People Power in Quezon City on February 23, 2019, Former President Benigno Aquino endorsed the Otso Diretso slate and asks people to support the opposition candidates. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Aquino admin liable for MRT3, Dengvaxia, Mamasapano? Senate bets weigh in

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat inako niya ang lahat ng responsibilidad doon bilang tatay ng bansa,' says opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano

VP Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino during presentation of senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino questions House committee recommendation to sue him

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also links the Dengvaxia scare to the recently reported measles outbreaks in the country

DENGVAXIA. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panels want charges vs Aquino, Abad, Garin over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say former president Benigno Aquino III and other ex-officials should face criminal and administrative charges for purchasing the vaccine and implementing the dengue immunization program

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

De Lima camp wants to haul Aquino, Bato, Aguirre to trial

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:50 PM

De Lima is arraigned on her 3rd and last drug charge, where she again refuses to enter a plea

DRUG CHARGES. Senator Leila de Lima attends her arraignment for her 3rd and last drug charge at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on February 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of LeiladeLima Comms

Aquino gov't failed to communicate gains effectively, Hilbay says

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Acknowledging a problem of the past administration to which he belonged, the former solicitor general triggers negative reaction from ex-president Aquino's spokespersons

BACKLASH. Opposition senate bet Florin Hilbay's statement on the "communications problem" of the Aquino administration receives backlash from former presidential spokespersons Abi Valte and Edwin Lacierda. Photo by Rappler

HOAX: ‘Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy’ book ‘pulled out’ due to low sales

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:07 AM

'We hope people will not politicize a children’s book,' says an associate publisher from Summit Books

Aquino 'bewildered' by Bong Revilla acquittal

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'The media reports that his co-accused were found guilty. That fact proves a crime was committed,' says former president Benigno Aquino III whose administration pursued the pork scam cases

FORMER PHILIPPINE CHIEF. Investigations into the pork barrel scam began during the administration of then president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why China chose Arroyo over Aquino

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) China saw President Benigno Aquino III as 'provocative' and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as 'receptive,' an international think tank says

DIFFERENT STYLES. President Benigno Aquino III and his predecessor, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, differ in their response to China's interests. Malacañang file photo

HOAX: Teddyboy Locsin ‘forced to falsify’ report on Jabidah Massacre upon Ninoy’s order

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The massacre is well-documented. Locsin himself tweeted in 2016 that it was authorized by an officer in the defunct Philippine Constabulary.

MISLEADING: Noynoy Aquino’s ‘useless mini-footbridge’

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The footbridge in question is part of the Children’s Road Safety Park conceptualized by the MMDA to teach children proper traffic and pedestrian rules

Opposition senators seek probe into Sagay farmers' massacre

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not an isolated case as it only reflects the prevailing situation in many farmlands around the country,' says the 6-member Senate minority bloc

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Bam Aquino files COC for reelection as senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV reminds voters that he was among those who opposed the tax reform law from the beginning

'ALTERNATIVE VOICE.' Reelectionist Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Tindig Pilipinas endorses Senate bets who will 'fight for all of us'

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'They will be our fighters against poverty, for social inclusion, and for the nation’s sovereignty,' says the opposition coalition

OPPOSITION BETS. Tindig Pilipinas endorses  senatorial bets Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, Bangsamoro leader Samira Gutoc Tomawis, and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno at a press conference in Quezon City on October 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From Marcos to Duterte: How Philippine presidents handled their health problems

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

In 2006, Imee Marcos recalled the secrecy that shrouded the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' deteriorating health – to douse doubts about his ability to govern

Noynoy Aquino hits Makati judge for ‘confused decision’ on Trillanes arrest

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Aquino, who granted the amnesty to Trillanes in 2011, says the decision violates the rule against double jeopardy

NO ONE APPEALED THE DECISION. Former president Benigno Aquino III said Alameda himself dismissed rebellion charges against Trillanes following the amnesty grant in 2011. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MULLING CASES. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting on September 25, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino on Enrile: Old age not an excuse to bend truth about Martial Law

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:42 PM

'Pasensiya na, pero 'yung totoo, totoo; 'yung pambobola, pambobola pa rin,' says former president Benigno Aquino III after the Martial Law architect airs a revisionist view of what happened

NEVER FORGET. Former president Benigno Aquino III (2nd, left), flanked by Senators Bam Aquino and Kiko Pangilinan, at the Mass for Peace at De La Salle University on September 21, 2018, the 46th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino, 5 other presidents delegated amnesty review to committees

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:23 PM

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

AMNESTY PROCLAMATIONS. Six presidents have signed proclamations creating a committee to evaluate and decide on amnesty applications.

Robredo: Opposition coalition stands with Trillanes

Sep 05, 2018 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Gagawin natin ang lahat para hindi patuloy ang ganitong uri ng pagpapahirap para lang isilensyo ang ating mga gustong sabihin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

VP IN ZAMBOANGA CITY. Vice President Leni Robredo in a media interview during her visit to Zambanga City on September 5, 2018, where she discussed the rice problem with local officials. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino says Duterte should 'respect, recognize' Trillanes amnesty

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also says the revocation of the opposition senator's amnesty may affect government peace deals with rebel groups

Vice President Leni Robredo joined a Mass held in commemoration of the 35th death anniversary of Sen. Ninoy Aquino, held at the Sto. Domingo Church on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. (Photo by OVP)

HOAX: ‘Ninoy Aquino died a Malaysian citizen’

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Ninoy did have two passports, a real and a fake one, when he returned to the Philippines in 1983. Based on several accounts of his final days, there was no Malaysian passport.

FULL TEXT: Noynoy Aquino's message on Ninoy's 35th death anniversary

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Read former president Benigno Aquino III's speech during the 35th death anniversary of his father, the late senator Ninoy Aquino, who was assassinated in 1983

President Benigno Aquino III leads a Transformation for National transformation Mass at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. August 21, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Imee to Marcos family critics: 'Move on' from Martial Law

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:55 AM

'The conflict between the Marcoses and Aquinos happened a long time ago. We don't need to keep hating people for a very long time,' says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos

MOVE ON? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos flashes the V sign made popular by her father and former president Ferdinand Marcos on November 9, 2016, when the Supreme Court allowed a hero's burial for him. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What if Ninoy Aquino met Leila de Lima? Noynoy jokes about their chat

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III imagines a conversation between his father and Senator Leila de Lima, both of whom were jailed by sitting presidents

ICON. Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr was regarded as the staunchest opponent of the dictatorship of then-president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

Aquino: If you disagree with Duterte, vote for opposition in 2019

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says the election of more opposition bets would strengthen the system of checks and balances in government

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Kris Aquino posts tribute to dad on Ninoy Aquino Day

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The actress honors the 35th anniversary of her father's death

TRIBUTE. Kris shares a photo of her and her father, Ninoy Aquino, on his death anniversary. Screenshot from Instagram.com/krisaquino

Robredo: 'Find courage to claim freedoms Ninoy died for'

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'Ultimately, Filipinos will always find the courage to choose, and fight for, what is right,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she ponders on the legacy of former senator Ninoy Aquino on his 35th death anniversary

ICON. Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr was regarded as the staunchest opponent of the dictatorship of then-president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

Aquino says Malacañang must inform public of Duterte's health

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'Kung walang issue, kayang-kaya sagutin,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Mass for National Transformation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte calls on gov't officials, citizens to emulate Ninoy Aquino

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:40 AM

On Ninoy Aquino Day, President Rodrigo Duterte reminds the country of the late senator's courage and 'profound love of country'

PATRIOT, HERO. August 21 is a day when Filipinos are asked to remember the life and death of Ninoy Aquino. File photo from Wikipedia

Cayetano 'a political snake' amid China row – Trillanes

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is 'pretending to be blind and deaf' over his role as China backchannel negotiator

'POLITICAL SNAKE.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turns the tables on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano over the Philippines' strategy during the 2012 Panatag Shoal standoff. File photos by Rappler

Aquino to Cayetano: Would you give PH's playbook to China?

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Answering DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano's questions to 'prove' the Aquino administration's transparency in its dealing with China would only 'make the Philippines predictable,' says former President Benigno Aquino III

Aquino warns against 60-40 joint exploration in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:45 PM

'Exclusive ito sa atin, meron ba tayong obligasyon na bahagian sila?' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Photo by Angie de Silva /Rappler

Aquino says Arroyo's House takeover shows 'disorder' in PH

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Lawmakers could have handled the situation 'a lot better,' says former president Benigno Aquino III, especially given that the country already faces many problems

Photo by Angie de Silva /Rappler

Aquino hits Cayetano: 'I hope your politics is as transparent as our hair'

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

On the maritime dispute with China, former president Benigno Aquino III says transparency was the hallmark of his administration

TRANSPARENCY. Former president Benigno Aquino III hits his former ally, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Photos by Angie de Silva and Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators to walk out if Con-Ass pushed in joint session

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The Senate has a game plan should it happen: Senate President Vicente Sotto III will adjourn the session on the part of the chamber, with senators walking out of the hall

WALKOUT? Senators threaten to walk out if a constituent assembly is pushed during Monday's joint session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

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

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Noynoy Aquino 'perplexed' by NBI Dengvaxia findings vs him

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III laments the lack of due process, saying he was not informed of the specific charges against him

PNoy Comelec presser-March-15-2018-02. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte's SONA for 3rd time

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to the Liberal Party like ex-president Noynoy Aquino, says she will attend President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

NOT ATTENDING. Former President Benigno Aquino III also skipped his successor Rodrigo Duterte's first two SONAs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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.