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FOI bill, changes to Human Security Act among Duterte Cabinet's priority bills

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The bills, recommended by Cabinet clusters for prioritization, will be discussed during the next full Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (center), DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana right) NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (left), led the post-SONA press conference to answer and further clarify issues raised during the State of the Nation Address of the President held at the PT4 in Quezon City on Monday, July 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

2 Duterte Cabinet members 'under investigation for corruption'

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is also investigating 15 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office officials, including former general manager Alexander Balutan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

Duterte picks ex-Davao City administrator as budget secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wendel Avisado was President Rodrigo Duterte's city administrator from 2004 to 2010 in Davao City and his presidential assistant for Yolanda rehabilitation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Budget Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

William Dar is new agriculture secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:55 PM

After saying he might pick a former military man to head the Department of Agriculture, President Rodrigo Duterte chooses an agriculture expert instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Agriculture Acting Secretary William Dar during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte tasks 17 Cabinet members to oversee dev't, security in regions

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The assignment of DICT chief Gringo Honasan to the Bicol region completes the CORDS system where Cabinet members report regional issues and problems to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the 37th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on May 6, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cabinet members advise 'tired' Duterte to go on vacation

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's alter egos suggest a two-week period of rest and relaxation for the Chief Executive, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cabinet members hail Duterte at halfway mark of presidency

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is confident Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte will end up with a 'very strong presidency,' while Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III praises his 'vision' to give Filipinos a 'comfortable life'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No major decision reached after Duterte execs meet on Recto Bank

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The meeting comes as the usually outspoken President Rodrigo Duterte draws flak for his silence on the Recto Bank incident

The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvage near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot attend because of other appointments, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders during the Leaders' Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo

Ahead of SONA 2019, Duterte Cabinet to hold 3 fora on accomplishments

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Cabinet clusters will hold pre-SONA fora in Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City in the days leading to President Duterte's State of the Nation Address on July 22

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Villar, Cusi still richest Cabinet members in 2018

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Meanwhile, at least 4 Cabinet secretaries have net worths below P10 million, based on available Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth in 2018

Japan trip not post-elections 'reward' for Duterte Cabinet – Malacañang

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says Philippine Ambassador Jose Laurel V was 'misinformed' when he described the trip as President Rodrigo Duterte's 'pabuya' to Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez upon his arrival at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

Duterte Cabinet draws up plan vs El Niño, water shortage

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Installing water tank systems in all Department of Health hospitals and dredging waterways are some ways the Duterte government plans to address the impact of the ongoing dry spell

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte doesn't want Cabinet members campaigning for 2019 bets

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'Though the law allows you to campaign just like the President, I would insist na huwag kayo makialam,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers questions from members of the media at the sidelines of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Also invited during the event are Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go and Former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino. Malacañang Photo

Duterte steps out of Cabinet meeting after 'outburst' on land use conversion

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte even had to 'excuse himself' to 'rest a bit in the holding room' after a 30-minute tirade about the slow land use conversion process, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

Ex-Cabinet exec 'parked' P300M in budget – Andaya

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:38 PM

A Cabinet official, who resigned to run in the 2019 elections, is accused of inserting millions in flood mitigation projects for Bicol for the next fiscal year

FUNDS 'PARKING.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr discloses yet another alleged multi-million insertion in the proposed 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: Cabinet members can leave Congress hearings if shown 'disrespect'

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) The President 'will not allow' Congress, says the Palace, to treat Cabinet members with disrespect, as they supposedly did with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte Cabinet members slam House for 'disrespecting' Diokno

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:40 PM

They say the House resolution calling for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to be fired violates the doctrine of separation of powers in government

Contractor that cornered projects nationwide has ties with Duterte gov’t – Andaya

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading – whose owner the House will subpoena – allegedly has links with incumbent Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte

TIED TO CONTRACTOR? President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of their meeting on September 14, 2018. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Duterte can't rely on military alone to solve PH problems – Alejano

Nov 24, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'For the President, it seems that it’s the military that is the sole solution to the problems of the country. That is wrong,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

ON MILITARIZATION. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano guests at Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant series on November 22, 2018. Screenshot from Rappler

Seeking DOF post in 2019? ‘It's so hypothetical,’ says Arroyo

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is on her 3rd and last term as Pampanga congresswoman and is planning to retire next year

RETIRING NEXT YEAR. Speaker Gloria Arroyo says she is not interested in a Cabinet post in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año takes oath as DILG secretary

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:46 PM

After serving as officer in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government , Eduardo Año is formally given the rank of secretary

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of newly-appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año during a ceremony at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park on November 5, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Nograles says House stint will help him in new Malacañang post

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Outgoing Davao City 1st District Representative and incoming Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says he can use his knowledge of government funds, having served as appropriations committee chair

MOVING ON TO MALACAÑANG. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles presides over a hearing on the proposed 2019 budget on July 31, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From House to Palace: Karlo Nograles is next Cabinet Secretary

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The son of President Rodrigo Duterte's erstwhile political rival will soon be part of his Cabinet

Congressman Karlo Nograles on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte orders drastic revamp of Office of Cabinet Secretary

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

A new executive order revamps the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, reverting it to its old name, Cabinet Secretariat, and taking away its supervision of 8 agencies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte considering Karlo Nograles as Cabinet secretary

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The Davao City 1st District representative, who is on his last term as congressman, is a 'leading' contender for the post

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles during Congress budget briefing on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get 'good' net satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

10 Duterte appointees running in 2019 elections

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:08 PM

There are 5 Cabinet members and 5 lower-ranking appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte seeking electoral posts in the 2019 midterm elections

Leoncio Evasco Jr running for Bohol governor

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet Secretary, who served as Maribojoc mayor for 3 terms, wants to return to local politics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looks at the document shown by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. prior to the start of the 10th Cabinet meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Cayetano resigning as foreign secretary – Duterte

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte announces that Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has plans to seek a congressional post in 2019, prompting him to look for a replacement

DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano during Congress budget briefing on the 2019 proposed budget on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

Duterte tells Cabinet medical test results came back 'negative'

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A President in 'high spirits' assures his Cabinet members that there is no serious threat to his health. He tells senators in another meeting that he has a 'polyp' in his intestines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cabinet revamp looms as 6 to 8 Cabinet members seen to run in 2019

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte could lose as much as a fourth of his Cabinet members by October 17, if Palace officials' projections are correct

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang defends UK trip of Cabinet economic team

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An ill-timed trip by the President's economic managers? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the overseas visit also aims to boost the Philippine economy.

Photo courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corporation

Sudan ruling party unveils new, smaller cabinet

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The cabinet is due to be sworn in on Friday, September 14, and is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 16.

NEW CABINET. In this file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Duterte sends Cabinet members to Luzon provinces in Ompong's path

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte assigns Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino to report on Typhoon Ompong response efforts and observe on his behalf

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte oversees the disaster preparedness measures for Typhoon 'Ompong' as he presides over a command conference with the members of his cabinet at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Blow for France's Macron as star minister quits

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:54 PM

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot takes his interviewers and government colleagues by surprise by announcing his resignation on France Inter radio

NICOLAS HULOT. French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot attends a press conference at the end of a G7 summit on the environment in Bologna on June 12, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Liza Maza kept out of Cabinet meetings since September 2017

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The anti-poverty commission chief received no explanation from Malacañang on why she stopped receiving invitations to Cabinet meetings

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Liza Maza on obstacles to true change

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Newly resigned Liza Maza speaks to Rappler about her time as a member of the Duterte Cabinet

Liza Maza resigns as anti-poverty commission chief

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(UPDATED) NAPC Secretary Liza Maza says she is resigning to protest the cancellation of peace talks with communists and the return to power of the Marcoses

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte trusts Lapeña despite entry of P6.8B worth of shabu

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The President expects better coordination between the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 30, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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House suffers 10-point drop in satisfaction rating – SWS

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate and the Duterte Cabinet are also lower in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

Duterte still trusts Bello, says Malacañang

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies allegations of a corruption complaint filed with President Rodrigo Duterte's Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, takes his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime

2ND TERM. This hand out picture taken and released on July 9, 2018 by Turkish President Office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, next to his wife Emine Erdogan, gesturing while he makes a speech at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Turkish President Office/AFP

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

British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP