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Duterte threatens to scrap Manila Water, Maynilad contracts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:03 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte scolds Manila Water and Maynilad executives and threatens to fire MWSS officials during his meeting with them in Malacañang

PRESIDENTIAL IRE. MWSS, Manila Water, and Maynilad officials get a full blast of President Rodrigo Duterte's outrage. Malacañang photo

Sara Duterte says Martin Romualdez 'will be next Speaker'

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:23 PM

But the presidential daughter has also promoted the possible speakership of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Regulation of occupational therapy signed into law

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:43 PM

To practice occupational therapy in the Philippines, one must pass the examination to be administered by a new 'Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy'

Duterte abolishes Road Board

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Motor Vehicle User's Charge will go to a special account in the General Fund which will be monitored by a congressional oversight committee

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to meet with MWSS officials about water shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

MWSS officials will likely be asked to give an update on what has been done to address the water shortage affecting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, says Malacañang

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] An open letter to President Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'Just as you take seriously your duty to protect the country, priests are earnestly committed to defending the Word of God,' students tell President Rodrigo Duterte

Priests photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler; Duterte photo from Malacañang

Duterte slammed after Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 17, 2019 - 2:26 PM

'You can withdraw but you cannot hide,' opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano warns President Rodrigo Duterte

OUT OF ICC. The Philippines pulls out of the International Criminal Court a year after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed loss of trust in the international tribunal. Malacañang file photo

Draft order places water board directly under Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

To address the Metro Manila water crisis, a draft executive order places the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) under the Office of the President

WATER EO DRAFTED. The proposed executive order to solve the water crisis will also order the water resources board to craft a national water management master plan. Malacañang photo

Philippines leaves International Criminal Court

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:21 AM

It's final. The Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court takes effect Sunday, March 17.

OUT AMID PROBE. The Philippine government leaves the International Criminal Court amid examination of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.

'Indisposed' Duterte skips two events in Davao City

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's former aide Bong Go says the President is indisposed and couldn't make it to a distribution of certificates of land ownership awards and a PDP-Laban campaign rally

'INDISPOSED.' In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

MWSS: Duterte given wrong advice on Manila Water mess

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Some praise President Rodrigo Duterte for his order to address the water crisis. MWSS, however, says he is ill-advised.

WATER CRISIS. Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, fetch potable water from a water hydrant. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte vetoes bill expanding powers of Solicitor General's office

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:14 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants Congress to review provisions that would give OSG officials inordinately higher benefits compared to other government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through a document on the sidelines of the awarding ceremony for the Outstanding Women in Law Enforcement and National Security of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on March 11, 2019. Joining the President on stage is Solicitor General and Republic Defenders Chairman Emeritus Jose Calida. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte Youth offers P50,000 reward to catch Cebu rape-slay culprits

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Duterte Youth President Billy Villareal will double the reward if the suspects are caught dead

Duterte orders Manila Water, Maynilad to 'release water' from Angat Dam

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:37 PM

President Duterte's order is effective noontime, March 15, 'good for 150 days, in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents,' says Malacañang

PROTEST. Militant groups shout water on during a protest outside the MWSS compound in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, to condemn the water criss in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte names 8 party mates in new drug list

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:35 AM

(UPDATED) The PDP-Laban says it will ask these candidates to explain. If they do not give a 'satisfactory' statement, they will be expelled from the party.

ALLIES NAMED. President Rodrigo Duterte names 8 party mates in announcing his latest drug list. Malacañang file photo

PODCAST: Ang pagkalas ni Duterte at Pilipinas sa Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Ang pagkalas na ito ay tila pagbasura sa ginawang pagsisikap ng mga human rights advocates na mapasama tayo sa ICC, isang prosesong tumagal nang 11 taon

PAGKALAS. Magiging epektibo ang pagkalas ng Pilipinas sa International Criminal Court sa March 17, 2019.

Duterte says priests should be shot

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'Wala akong pakialam kung mamatay kayong lahat, maluwang pa ang ating cemetery,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that priest's IQs are 'deficient'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a printed matrix as he reveals a possible motive on the killing of a Catholic priest, Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Isabela City Gymnasium in Basilan on March 3, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte releases drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) The drug list is made public in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao City during a meeting with top police and military officials

DRUG LIST OUT. President Rodrigo Duterte authorizes the release of a drug list in Davao City ahead of the 2019 elections. Malacañang file photo

Duterte vs the Church: Do the times call for a Catholic vote?

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:12 PM

A viral video of Archbishop Socrates Villegas fuels hopes that more bishops will openly – though indirectly – campaign against President Rodrigo Duterte's bets

Roxas on Duterte's tirades: 'My loyalty is to the Filipino nation'

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Senatorial bet Mar Roxas says serving under 3 administrations allowed him to establish call centers, protect the rights of farmers and fishermen, and push for cheaper medicines

Opposition senatorial bet Manuel Roxas II meets with the various sector at village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

At Isabela rally, Bong Go introduces Duterte as ‘one of my campaign managers’

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Governor Bojie Dy, who endorsed Duterte's opponent in 2016, vows to deliver Isabela's vote for senatorial candidates endorsed by the President

PDP 5. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of the 5 senatorial candidates of his official party, PDP-Laban – (from left) Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Go, Pimentel, Tolentino – at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019. Malacañang photo

After rape-slay of Cebu girl, Duterte warns drug addicts of 'most dangerous time'

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:46 PM

During a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cauayan City, Isabela, the President denounced the rape and murder of 16-year-old Cristine Silawan

DEATH PENALTY. At the PDP-Laban rally in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019, senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa (shaking hands with President Duterte) reiterates his stand to restore capital punishment for drug-related crimes. Malacañang photo

Led by Baste Duterte, HNP woos voters in Robredo province

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The administration-allied Senate slate is hosted by two rivals in the Camarines Sur gubernatorial elections: Rolando Andaya Jr and Miguel Villafuerte

Presidential son Baste Duterte takes the place of his older sister Sara in campaigning for Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates in Libmanan, Camarines Sur, on Wednesday morning, March 13. The slate is hosted by Representative Nonoy Andaya at the Libmanan Municipal Compound. Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte throws out decade-long fight for the International Criminal Court

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:06 PM

It took 11 years under 3 presidents for the Philippines to finally become a member of the International Criminal Court. That ends under President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Senate, House fail to reach consensus on 2019 budget after Duterte meeting

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The House of Representatives 'appeared to have acquiesced but we have yet to see if they will follow the agreement' to revert to the bicam-approved report, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo from Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest | Evening wRap

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:09 PM

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Priests facing death threats: Digong, hindi kami takot sa 'yo

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot. Ang proteksyon natin ay kapag tayo'y nagsalita,' says a priest who faces death threats and is critical of President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYER POWER. Nuns and laypersons pray over 3 priests facing death threats – Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva (left to right) – after a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose the threats to their lives. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Otso Diretso to Duterte: 'Stop fueling fire of persecution vs Church'

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The opposition senatorial bets argue that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church are emboldening some to threaten members of the clergy

PROTECT THE CHURCH. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates condemn the death threats received by priests and bishops critical of the drug war. File photo by OVP

Duterte to women: You are depriving me of my freedom of expression | Midday wRap

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:18 PM

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Public satisfaction with Duterte gov't rises in last quarter of 2018

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:27 AM

The Duterte administration experiences marked improvements in the subject of 'promoting women's rights,' according to the results of a Social Weather Stations survey held in December 2018

Duterte slams women for 'depriving' him of freedom of expression

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:35 PM

In an event honoring women law enforcers, President Rodrigo Duterte says his crude remarks are meant to bring his female critics 'to the limits of despair'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on 2019 budget standoff: I won't sign anything illegal

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Faced with the further delay of the signing of the 2019 budget, President Rodrigo Duterte also warns of a 'slide' in economic growth

PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS, BROTHERS FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his cabinet hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the members his delegation at the Malacañan Palace during the Malaysian Prime Minister's two-day official visit to the Philippines on March 7, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Tulfo refuses to apologize for calling Filipino workers 'lazy' | Evening wRap

Mar 11, 2019 - 8:32 PM

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LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

More priests bare death threats under Duterte's watch

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo expose death threats they have recently received under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

Catholic Priest Fathers Albert Alejo, Flavie Villanueva holds a press conference to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch today at St. Vincent School Theology QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sara Duterte calls Robredo ‘fake VP’ | Midday wRap

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:17 PM

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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tinig sa karimlan ang simbahan

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Batid ng mga pari na hindi lamang ito atake sa ating pampulitikang institusyon – atake rin ito sa ating moralidad, dignidad, at espiritwal na buhay

Robredo shrugs off 'insults': Focus on candidates

Mar 10, 2019 - 10:05 PM

'Kahit insultuhin ako, hindi naman nagbabago iyong paniniwala ko.... Napakahalaga ng honesty,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, when asked about Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's remarks

VP Leni endorsing Otso Direstso slate in Naga City on February 13, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabomg/Rappler

MISLEADING: Sara Duterte claims law doesn't require that senators be honest

Mar 10, 2019 - 12:04 AM

But the 1987 Constitution, which lists down requirements for senators, also explicitly demands that public officials, including senators, to be honest

Duterte 'killing' farmers with 'weaponized' rice tariffication law – group

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:07 PM

'We will now be pushed and shoveled into the hammer mill of trade liberalization to be totally obliterated from the face of the earth,' says Silver Bonto, chairman of the National Confederation of Irrigators Associations

SMALL FARMERS. Upland farmers in Ligao City, Albay. plant rice using the primitive way of farming in the upland areas of the countryside. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

'Na-Duterte kami:' Why farmers feel betrayed by coco levy vetoes

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Coconut farmers slam President Duterte for inconsistencies amid the veto of two coconut levy bills, which would have paved the way for the use of funds stolen from them

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sara Duterte alleges 'massive fraud' in 2016 elections, calls Robredo ‘fake VP’

Mar 09, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Robredo camp strikes back and accuses the presidential daughter of falling for fake news

CAMPAIGN HEAT. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo trade barbs on the issue of honesty as campaign season heats up.

Duterte campaigns for admin bets in Negros Occidental

Mar 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

President Duterte hopes to convince 1.7 million Negros Occidental voters to send his bets to the Senate in the May 2019 polls

DUTERTE-APPROVED. President Rodrigo Duterte poses with his Senate bets in front of thousands of Negrenses on Friday, March 8. RTVM screenshot

Duterte says he'll never legalize medical marijuana

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Back in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed openness to legalizing medical marijuana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 Project in Caloocan City on February 28, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NYC chief defends Sara Duterte: Honesty remark 'taken out of context'

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:24 PM

National Youth Commission chairman Ronald Cardema says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was angered by the attacks against her father's administration

Duterte fires PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan

Mar 08, 2019 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) But a PCSO spokesman insists Balutan 'opted to resign for personal reasons'

Resource person PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan testifies before the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability Investigation into Cam's allegations of lavish expenditure on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office's (PCSO) Christmas Party and into the alleged misuse of funds of the PCSO as well as the various charges of corruption and anomalies on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

When Sara’s politics departs from her father’s: Boon or bane?

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In 5 cities in Metro Manila, Sara Duterte endorses local candidates different from those endorsed by her father's political party. She's flexing political muscle but how will two competing Duterte endorsements affect local polls?

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

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