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Duterte 'all praises' for Berna Puyat amid Paolo's complaints – Nograles

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat enjoys the 'full trust and confidence' of President Rodrigo Duterte, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as she discusses the accomplishments, plans, and programs of the Department of Tourism during the meeting with the Japanese tourism partners at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Central Visayas commander Noel Clement is new armed forces chief

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:38 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Duterte picks the general who led an intense counter-insurgency campaign in Negros and nearby provinces in the last 10 months. He will retire in 4 months.

NEW MILITARY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Noel Clement has been appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo: Clement inspects the ranks of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division on July 20, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division

Paolo Duterte hits tourism chief: 'Napupuyat na ko sa babae na 'to'

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:15 PM

It's President Rodrigo Duterte's son, House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, versus Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

PAOLO VS BERNA. House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte delivers a manifestation against DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on September 19, 2019. File photo by Rappler

Duterte interrupted: After fly and roach, it's gecko's turn

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:40 PM

A gecko or tuko loudly reacts to President Rodrigo Duterte's familiar litany against illegal drugs and human rights activists during an event in Capiz

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Duterte returns to Russia in October

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Philippine President accepts the invitation of his 'idol' Russian President Vladimir Putin, for another visit to Russia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte certifies 2020 national budget as urgent

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is confident the House can pass the national budget bill on September 20

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of newly appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on September 17, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ex-poll chair Brillantes urges Comelec: Don't act on Cardema's withdrawal yet

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Former poll chair Sixto Brillantes Jr and election lawyer Emil Marañon also ask the Comelec to probe into Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema's allegations against Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte orders 'total revamp' of Bureau of Corrections

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to replace all New Bilibid Prison guards with guards from provincial prisons, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Joke again? Lost in translation? Duterte says he 'ordered' Loot ambush

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says enough leeway should be given to a 'Bisaya President' who 'misspeaks the Filipino language'

AMBUSHED. Ex-Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot is a former police general accused of protecting drug lords. File photo by Rappler

Duterte wants to speed up release of elderly, sick prisoners under GCTA law

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The President believes elderly or sick prisoners would not pose much of a threat if they are granted early freedom

DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and NBP officals during the release thru pardon and commutation of sentence of inmates on March 7, 2017.

Duterte slams Lopez group anew for past DBP loans

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte launches a fresh tirade against the Lopez family, warning he might 'start to dig' up information about how DBP loans obtained by their companies were written off

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Sara meet Communist Party of China's 'rising political star'

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Within days of each other, President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte hold a meeting with Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing Chen Min'er

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Communist Party of China (CPC) Chongqing Party Chief Chen Min'er who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on September 16, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Part 2 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

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

Transfer Duterte's 'blackhole' confidential funds to services instead – lawmakers

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Are President Rodrigo Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds being used to target his critics? ask progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cardema withdraws as Duterte Youth's nominee

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema makes a move to end his own congressional bid, citing Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon's 'public harassment' as the reason for his withdrawal

WITHDRAW NOMINATION. Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema makes a move to end his own congressional bid. Photo by Jire Carreon

[OPINION] Part 1 | De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

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.

Robredo on 'confusing' remarks of Duterte, Panelo: 'Ano ba talaga?'

Sep 15, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'Tingin ko hindi lang ako iyong nalilito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, on Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo often 'clarifying' President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang photo

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Wrong side up

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Only a Duterte presidency would find a fit for Faeldon

BCDA chief Vince Dizon is Duterte’s latest adviser

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Vince Dizon, BCDA President and CEO, is named adviser for flagship programs and projects

Duterte issues EO adopting cash budgeting system

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Executive Order No. 91 tasks the government to implement cash-based budgeting starting 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 41st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

FALSE: Duterte 'signs a law granting SSS members P50,000 bonuses'

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Existing laws on the Social Security System (SSS) grant members specific benefits but not bonuses as described in the claim

Del Rosario warns Duterte over 'ignoring' arbitral ruling in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte government has a choice not to set aside the historic ruling as a service contract arrangement would remain faithful to both the Constitution and the ruling

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

PEZA chief Plaza doesn't think she's getting fired by Duterte

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'I don't feel I am the one being alluded to....I am facing all this risk because I want to protect the interest of the Filipino people,' says PEZA Director General Charito Plaza

Duterte won’t certify SOGIE equality bill as urgent after all

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang clarifies that President Duterte will certify as urgent an 'anti-discrimination bill' and not the SOGIE equality bill

NO URGENCY. President Rodrigo  Duterte will not certify the SOGIE equality bill as urgent, according to his spokesman. Malacanang Photo

Duterte to fire economic official for incompetence

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Without giving a name, President Rodrigo Duterte says a female official is getting the axe for not matching the performance of others in the economic team

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2019 Outstanding Government Workers Awards Rites at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on Isko Moreno: 'Bilib ako sa kanya'

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:33 AM

The admiration is mutual as the Manila mayor responds by thanking the President for being a 'good example' to Filipinos

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is hailed for a selfie by a private vehicle passing in front of Rizal Park on August 6, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte wants to eliminate brokers from customs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

But just how?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte mulls asking HPG, MMDA to escort ambulances through traffic

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Despite the dire traffic situation, President Duterte says he would just let EDSA 'rot' and blames Senator Grace Poe for not granting his government emergency powers

Female personnel of the PNP Highway Patrol Group begin helping the MMDA with manning traffic along EDSA on September 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte says he'll certify SOGIE bill as urgent

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants LGBTQ+ persons to be 'happy'

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:46 PM

After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte thinks Panfilo Lacson wants to be president

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte openly blasts Senator Panfilo Lacson for criticizing him as he floats the lawmaker's possible presidential candidacy

LEAK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says billions of pesos are lost to STL operators, some of which are retired cops and military men. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says Faeldon headed to private sector

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The President has said he still believes in Nicanor Faeldon, despite many controversies he was embroiled in

NOT RESIGNING. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte jokes he'll appoint any 'outstanding' gov't official to replace Robredo

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

He takes a swipe at Vice President Leni Robredo on the same day the Supreme Court announces the completion of a report on the pilot recount of ballots for Ferdinand Marcos Jr's electoral protest

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo on the sidelines of the 40th Philippine National Police Academy Commencement Exercises for the "SANSIKLAB" Class of 2019 at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda, Silang, Cavite on March 22, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fires Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte does not say why he has axed Jose Antonio Goitia, but has threatened to throw him into the Pasig River

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte signs law making July 25 'National Campus Press Freedom Day'

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the law as his government fends off accusations of intimidating student publications outspoken about recent killings

CAMPUS PRESS. Campus journalists from CEGP urge media practitioners to unite and defend press freedom on January 17, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippines, Singapore sign 8 deals as Duterte meets Halimah

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Signed during Singaporean President Halimah Yacob's state visit to the Philippines, the memoranda of understanding involve agriculture, infrastructure, and education cooperation

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Paglamayan natin ang bangkay ng delicadeza

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Let us now officially mourn the demise of delicadeza in government

Singapore's first female president arrives in PH for state visit

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob is in Manila to mark the 50th anniversary of Philippines-Singapore ties

STATE VISIT. Singaporean President Halimah Jacob arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on September 8, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte cracks landslide jokes before Cebu victims

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Were the President’s jokes misplaced and too soon, considering the landslide was only a year ago? Or is humor just his way of comforting victims of a tragic situation?

LANDSLIDE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte jokes about the 2018 landslides in Naga City, Cebu. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

Duterte tells disarmed MILF soldiers: Do not be disheartened

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Having been at war for much of their lives, the former Moro rebels face insecurity and uncertainty as they return to civilian life

NOT SURRENDER. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA/AFP

Duterte: I ordered transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Duterte says he gave the order to keep the convicts safe from Senator Leila de Lima's 'henchmen' in Bilibid. The detained senator calls this reasoning 'insanity in its most diabolical form.'

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte admits ordering transfer of witnesses in the trial against Leila De Lima to the Marine barracks. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang

Duterte after firing Faeldon: I still believe in him

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Duterte calls ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon a 'straight edge' and credits him for what he did as customs chief in the earlier part of his administration

TRUST. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte says in a speech in Cebu that he still trusts fired ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

Legal issues hound Duterte order for 1,914 convicts to surrender

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra says convicts freed under the GCTA law can be considered evading sentence, but law professor Ted Te says the government must go to court to go after the convicts

SURRENDER. Freed convict Nicanor Naz surrenders to the Pasay City Police Headquarters after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the surrender of heinous crimes inmates freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte knew raising Hague ruling with Xi was futile

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte admits having no plan to assert Philippine rights using the Hague ruling, apart from mentioning it in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Guevarra provides Duterte legal basis for rearrest of freed convicts

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The justice secretary finds two Supreme Court cases, one from 1967 and one from 2001, to provide President Rodrigo Duterte the legal basis for his order

TO THE RESCUE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sits inside Malacañang and watches on as President Rodrigo Duterte credits him for the legal justifications of an order to re-arrest convicts who were already released on good conduct time allowance. Photo courtesy of RTVM

Xi says China not required to seek permission for ships' passage – Lorenzana

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China 'wants to ask permission' for its ships' passage

DUTERTE AND XI. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte won't ban POGOs: 'We need it'

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not heeding China's call to ban online gambling operations

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler