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The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Bacolod breaks ground on first-ever drug rehab center

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The first drug rehabilitation center of Bacolod will also cater to drug dependents from other localities

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] How long can Duterte wait?

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

In any case, waiting in the wings are Bongbong and next to him the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara, now undergoing crash grooming for national office – ultimately for the presidency

Duterte tells China: 'You can't create islands and claim the sea'

Aug 17, 2018 - 9:55 PM

'Why do you have to say those nasty words?' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Beijing as he stands firm on his previous assertion that drew a statement from China's foreign ministry

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message during a dinner at the Brigadier General Benito Ebuen Airbase in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on February 12, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Duterte vows to help Sara's party, sticks with PDP-Laban

Aug 17, 2018 - 9:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also promises clean elections in 2019

Duterte hits U.S. for warning PH vs Russian equipment

Aug 17, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his country's sole treaty ally, scolding America for only giving hand-me-down defense equipment

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, issues a stern warning on the local government officials who are found to be inefficient in their service. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte dangles P5M for dead 'ninja cops,' only P10k if caught alive

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also tells corrupt cops to surrender within 48 hours or else P1 million will be added for their capture for every month they do not surrender

Con-Com hopes Duterte won't quit before transition to federal government

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The presidency of Rodrigo Duterte 'is the best chance we’ve got to shift to a federal system of government,' says Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the copy of the proposed Federal Constitution of the Philippines from former Chief Justice and Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution Chairperson Reynato Puno during a handover ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. Also in the photo are Atty. Lawrence Wacnang, Atty. Ali Balindong, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Atty. Susan Ordinario, and Atty. Gideon Mortel. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in the South China Sea,' says former foreign secretary

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario commends President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks about China's behavior in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos, imported Galunggong, PH beats Kazakhstan | Evening wRap

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

After Duterte tirade, China asserts right to warn planes

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

China 'rebuffed' President Rodrigo Duterte for his criticism of Chinese radio warnings in the South China Sea, according to Reuters

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the launch of Go Negosyo'€™s €˜Pilipinas Angat Lahat€™ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on August 14, 2018. Malacañang photo

Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality

Robredo camp to Duterte: Marcos won't win election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she would rather focus on 'things that need to be done' than dwell on President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade

ROBREDO VS MARCOS. The Commission on Elections begins the decryption of ballot images for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Junta after Duterte? Democracy should remain, says U.S. defense exec

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'I hope that the future of the Philippines remains at the hands of the people here,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: PDP-Laban asks Duterte to finalize 2019 Senate slate

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:56 PM

PDP-Laban's initial list is composed of party mates, 'friends of the party,' and reelectionist senators

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Roque on Marcos as Duterte successor: What would Alan say?

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insists Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano is President Duterte's 'number one preference' as successor, even if he has not mentioned it in public

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Koko Pimentel urges Sara Duterte to run for senator in 2019

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The PDP-Laban president says if the presidential daughter becomes a senator, she will have 'influence on certain key national issues,' including the national budget

SENATE RUN? Senator Aquilino Pimentel III calls on presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for senator in 2019.

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta', successor scenarios

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to PDP-Laban: ’Unity now more important than ever’

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:31 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes the call days after he met with factions in the ruling party

PDP-LABAN CARES. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 1st year anniversary of the humanitarian arm of PDP-Laban.

HOAX: Duterte 'fires' hundreds of errant cops

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:04 AM

The cops merely get a scolding from the President

After Duterte tirade, Leni lets Jesse speak up for her: 'The truth will prevail'

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo shares an old video interview of her late husband Jesse Robredo as a reply to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest insult against her

THE WORDS OF JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo responds to President Rodrigo Duterte through her late husband Jesse Robredo.

Duterte on his successor, MMDA driver-only car ban, Jordan Clarkson | Evening wRap

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Robredo spokesman taunts Duterte: You forgot Cayetano again!

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The opposition reacts to Duterte's choice 'successors'

FORGETTING SOMEONE? Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez responds to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirades against her.

House to resume budget hearings after meeting with Duterte

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says President Rodrigo Duterte helped create 'clear lines of communication' between the executive and lawmakers over the 2019 budget impasse

BUDGET TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya relays what he and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo discussed with President Rodrigo Duterte over the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte on resignation, driver-only car ban, Jordan Clarkson | Midday wRap

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Ralf Rivas

Duterte prefers 'the likes of Escudero, Marcos' as successor

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte won't step down as long as Vice President Leni Robredo is in power to take his place, says Malacañang

Duterte wants 'compromise' on 2019 cash-based budget

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Malacañang says the President will meet with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno 'to see if they can compromise with the House'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the document handed to him regarding the dismissal order of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Comptroller Hector Maraña at Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Maraña's dismissal stemmed from his alleged misuse of the P15-million worth of allowance for the cadets. Joining the President are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipino-Chinese 'friendship dome' to rise in Marawi

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:10 PM

11 Filipino-Chinese groups provide funds for the multipurpose building, a replica of which was presented to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the replica of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Domingo Yap II during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Joining the President are Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Why Duterte’s federalism endangers government’s finances

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Unless we first fix existing regional economic disparities, Bayanihan Federalism will only leave more poor regions behind

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on August 13, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte dismisses PMA comptroller Hector Maraña

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'Send the guy to hell,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after signing the dismissal order in the middle of his speech in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 'Salaknib' Class of 2017 during their Commencement Exercises at Fort General Gregorio H. del Pilar in Baguio City on March 12, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

Duterte hopes Beijing can 'temper' warnings in South China Sea

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare statement critical of Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says shabu in magnetic lifters 'pure speculation'

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the assertion of Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña – that there was no shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses 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 Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino, and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: 'I am ready to step down'

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(2nd UPDATE) But President Rodrigo Duterte rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor, saying, 'I do not think she can improve on anything here'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018, reiterates his stern warning to the government workers to avoid corrupt practices. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's aerial survey of Marikina flooding canceled twice

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was 'keeping warm' and remotely monitoring flood-hit areas over the weekend, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President prior to the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to visit Jordan

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The Philippine President is set to fly to Jordan after his historic 4-day visit to Israel in September

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Duterte sends off PH team to 2018 Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:12 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte holds a ceremony in Malacañang to send off some 270 athletes competing in Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the athletes of the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games as he leads the ceremonial send-off at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. The Philippine delegation is set to compete in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cost of federalism, Sara Duterte, Trump on Harley-Davidson | Evening wRap

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:55 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Duterte to make historic Israel trip September 2-5

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:02 PM

This is the first trip of a Philippine president to Israel since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1957

PHILIPPINES-ISRAEL TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and outgoing Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau exchange pleasantries after the President conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu on the Israeli ambassador, who paid a farewell call on the President in Malacañang on August 6, 2018. Malacañang photo

Congress to suspend session so Duterte can lower tariffs on fish, corn

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign this August an executive order reducing the tariffs on fish and corn, says House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya

SUSPENSION TO ADDRESS INFLATION. The 17th Congress will adjourn session between August 16 to 27, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte taps Martin Andanar's father as special envoy to Malaysia

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Wencelito Andanar, a DILG undersecretary during the Arroyo administration, will serve in his new post for 6 months

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Pimentel downplays Hugpong alliance with political parties

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'Congrats to them all. No implication on us,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Sara Duterte hands P1M to flood-hit Quezon City, Pampanga

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte as well as Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda attend Hugpong ng Pagbabago's event amid heavy rain and flooding in their areas

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rainfall volume, Sara Duterte, Balangiga bells | Midday wRap

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Hugpong ng Pagbabago seals alliance with NP, NPC, NUP

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Three national political parties and 6 local parties vow to support the senatorial candidates endorsed by the regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte 'is ballistic' about alleged anomalies at the hospital formerly known as the V. Luna Medical Center

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

Sara Duterte to seek reelection in 2019

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'She is saying she can’t leave Davao City. There’s so much she wants to do that she hasn’t accomplished yet,' says Anthony del Rosario, secretary general of the mayor's Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

2019 PLANS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has been floating the idea of a Senate run to ‘annoy' her father’s critics. File photo from the Davao City Facebook page.

[OPINION] Small people bear brunt of Boracay closure

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:23 PM

It is the regular employees, masseurs, boatmen, tricycle drivers, and the like who are suffering immensely