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Lorenzana welcomes suspension of VFA repeal

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:24 AM

'In times of crises and global uncertainty, it is our belief that nations are only made stronger if we work together and focus our efforts on tackling the various challenges that confront us all,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DELFIN LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Are extraordinary writs still effective in the time of Duterte?

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:26 PM

Listen to this podcast as we go back to 2007, parse the loopholes in the rules of these writs, and try to imagine where we are headed with the current Supreme Court

CHR brands anti-terror bill 'highly intrusive,' open to abuse

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the bill's broad definition of terrorism is an 'overreach' that could harm Filipinos in the long run

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

PARTLY FALSE: Ex-Ateneo de Davao University president quote on Duterte

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Only part of the quote is accurate: 'I admit [Duterte] says crazy things but he gets things done.' The rest of what is attributed to him isn't true.

Duterte appoints George Ursabia as new Philippine Coast Guard commandant

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:26 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard holds its first command turnover ceremony amid a pandemic

NEW CHIEF. Vice Admiral George Ursabia is the 29th commander of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

[ANALYSIS] Duterte may yet survive the pandemic – at our expense

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Despite serious concerns about relaxing quarantine measures, the government is pushing for a W-shape recovery strategy. The trade-off is clear – economy trumps public health.

Customs raid warehouses of company ordered investigated by Duterte

May 31, 2020 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs says it has been looking into the alleged smuggling operations of Omnibus Biomedical System, Inc. which earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly selling overpriced medical equipment to government. Omnibus denied the allegations.

Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Customs

Malacañang: ‘We need the concerted effort of everyone’ in GCQ, MGCQ areas

May 31, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'The government cannot fight COVID-19 alone,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as the country further eases quarantine measures

SAFETY FIRST. Face mask-wearing shoppers at SM Megamall practice physical distancing while lining up to enter the premises on May 16, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Malacañang seeks 90-day extension of Duterte special powers for COVID-19

May 30, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The executive branch wants the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to be valid until September 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020. Malacañang photo

FALSE: Hollywood artists praise Duterte on Twitter

May 30, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Jackie Chan, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber did not tweet about President Rodrigo Duterte

FALSE: Photo of Duterte portrait outside Japan national museum

May 29, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The original photo showed portraits of President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the National Monument in Indonesia

Duterte approves GCQ for Metro Manila starting June 1

May 28, 2020 - 9:41 PM

Davao City, 3 other regions in Luzon, Pangasinan, and Albay will also be under general community quarantine, while the rest of the country will be under the more relaxed modified GCQ

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#DuterteLive: Updates on Philippine community quarantine levels due to the coronavirus

May 28, 2020 - 7:43 PM

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Duterte extends Boracay task force term until 2021

May 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The task force has another year to demolish illegal structures and improve drainage systems in the world-famous island

Beach-goers enjoy Boracay shores on the eve of its opening on October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Duterte's violent drug war leaves children traumatized – HRW

May 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The 'harmful consequences' of the anti-drug campaign go beyond bloody raids, says Human Rights Watch. Children who lose a loved one are left deeply scarred.

Duterte appoints Wilkins Villanueva as PDEA chief

May 26, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Villanueva, who leads the PDEA's Northern Mindanao office, replaces Aaron Aquino as chief of the country's top anti-drugs agency

Roque: Classes to resume virtually if community quarantine lasts until August 24

May 26, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Students in areas without internet access may attend barangay 'makeshift classes' with radio or TV sets, says the presidential spokesperson

CYBER SCHOOLING. Students' faces appear on tablets perched on robots during a "cyber graduation" ceremony in Taguig City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque contradicts Duterte: 'Safe' to reopen schools on August 24

May 26, 2020 - 12:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says minimum health standards should be in place

BACK TO SCHOOL. Students at the Araullo High School don face masks as the Manila City local government led by Mayor Isko Moreno provided 500,000 face masks to public school students for protection against the Novel Coronavirus on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte orders probe of company allegedly selling overpriced medical equipment

May 26, 2020 - 7:55 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Budget and Management claims a company tried to corner the government into purchasing more expensive testing equipment

PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 25, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Bakuna muna': Duterte rejects August opening of classes

May 26, 2020 - 1:37 AM

'I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit 'yang mga bata,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO PHYSICAL CLASSES. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 25, 2020. Malacañang photo

Private hospitals’ group asks Duterte to replace Duque as health chief

May 25, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines says PhilHealth, which is chaired by Francisco Duque III, has given hospitals the runaround when it comes to reimbursements

CALL FOR REPLACEMENT. File photo of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte orders OFWs stuck in Metro Manila to be brought home this week

May 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release of test results and certificates

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] General Sinas, Pangulong Duterte, huwag n'yo kaming kutyain

May 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Ginoong Presidente, malinaw na hindi mo naiintindihan ang konsepto ng command responsibility, tulad ng maraming bagay na may kinalaman sa dangal

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: ABS-CBN and the 3 tangled branches of government

May 23, 2020 - 5:46 PM

We talk to President Rodrigo Duterte's former government corporate counsel, Rudolf Jurado, who says the 10% public service ad clause violates the constitutional guarantee to just compensation


Yet again, Duterte rewards PMA, PNPA valedictorians with house and lot

May 22, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The class goat, the least-rated cadet from either academy, gets a gun from the Commander-in-Chief

MILITARY CADETS. File photo of Philippine Military Academy cadets. PMA file photo

Duterte wants probe into pricier testing equipment requested by DOH

May 22, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier defended the purchase, saying the US-made machines are compatible with those used by Philippine laboratories

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reviews a document while holding a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 4, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After 4 months, Duterte accepts Rio resignation

May 22, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The DICT undersecretary offered to quit in January amid frustration with the department's confidential and intelligence funds

ELECTORAL TRANSPARENCY. DOTC Usec Eliseo Rio at the hearing on a proposal allowing other automated election systems (AES) service providers to participate in the next electoral exercise on March 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator

May 22, 2020 - 8:23 AM

Kristoffer James Purisima is sacked due to 'lack of trust and confidence,' says Malacañang

Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer Purisima, during the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacañang on April 20, 2018, announces that they have been conducting consultations with various stakeholders and the residents of Marawi City on the rehabilitation of the 24 severely damaged barangays. The discussion include, timeline for the return of our internally displaced persons; competing land claims; locations of proposed public infrastructure and specifications. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Archbishop Villegas says it would be better if Duterte resigned

May 21, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas did not say this quote. An earlier source of this quote was a site that published fake reports.

Unexpected music at Duterte's coronavirus briefing surprises viewers

May 20, 2020 - 3:07 PM

The President loves songs that depict him as heroic and elevate him to the role of savior but the drama of the post-briefing music is not lost on netizens

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 19, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte sides with Sinas: 'He stays until further orders'

May 20, 2020 - 1:50 AM

'You know, seniority. It is his time to be there. And I do not believe in firing him just because kinantahan siya ng happy birthday,' says the President, in defense of the Metro Manila police chief

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte during his televised speech at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 19, 2020. Malacañang photo

Teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte' out on bail

May 19, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Ronnel Mas posts P72,000 bail and will be arraigned for inciting to sedition on May 28

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

Duterte security aide tests positive, recovers from coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 12:47 PM

At least 90 Presidential Security Group personnel test positive through rapid tests but negative in more stringent swab tests. They were put in isolation in a building in the Malacañang complex.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

[OPINION] Stop the shooting war madness in this pandemic

May 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Let there be talks, but honest and sincere talks, on just the 'small' agenda of cooperation on public health

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

Homesick Duterte returns to Davao City after 2 months

May 16, 2020 - 2:56 PM

The President will fly back to Metro Manila for the next coronavirus task force meeting, says his top security aide

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 4, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sara Duterte warns vs spike in coronavirus cases as Davao City goes into GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Public transportation operations resume in Davao City, but a liquor ban and curfew remain in place

ISOLATION FACILITY. The 48-bed isolation facility at the RMC Petro Gazz Arena. Photo from the Davao City Government Facebook page

Duterte wants cash aid given to poor families in downgraded GCQ areas

May 15, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The President wants families who received the first tranche of emergency COVID-19 aid to still get the second tranche, even if their areas were put under GCQ from ECQ

DSWD Social Amelioration Program beneficiaries of Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City receives P8,000.00 on the last day of cash aid distribution on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from the government during extended enhanced community quarantine Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ okays warrantless arrest of teacher who posted about 'killing Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Salesman arrested, jailed for calling Duterte 'crazy'

May 14, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'Hindi trabaho ng PNP protektahan ang Pangulo sa opinyon ng taumbayan. Ang trabaho 'nyo e protektahan ang taumbayan,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, following the latest arrest in Butuan City

ARRESTED. Caraga police arrest salesman Reynaldo Orcullo for calling President Rodrigo Duterte an asshole and crazy. Photos courtesy of Caraga police


Indian school confessions Facebook page mistaken for anti-Duterte campaign

May 14, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Pro-Duterte users spam a Facebook page meant for alumni of Daisy Dales Senior Secondary School in India, much to the confusion of the page’s admins

[ANALYSIS] Why we can’t Build, Build, Build our way out of this pandemic

May 14, 2020 - 12:55 PM

In this time of crisis, government needs to get its act together and divert all its energies and resources to saving people’s lives

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Breaking down the ABS-CBN franchise legal and political issues

May 13, 2020 - 5:21 PM

We break down the different laws that come into play and analyze how we got to the unthinkable ABS-CBN shutdown

Habal-habal driver who offered P100-M reward to 'kill Duterte' arrested, too

May 13, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Ronald Quiboyen is reacting to the controversial arrest of a 25-year-old public school teacher from Pangasinan, who offered P50-million reward to kill the President

REWARD MONEY. Police arrest Boracay habal-habal driver who offered a P100-M reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo courtesy of Malay PNP

FALSE: Roque says Duterte receives P460 million monthly from POGOs

May 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Roque did not say this quote, and Inquirer.net says the graphic was manipulated

NBI arrests teacher who posted about reward to kill Duterte

May 12, 2020 - 11:42 AM

(5th UPDATE) The accused is set to undergo inquest for inciting to sedition related to cybercrime and violation of the Code of Conduct for public officials and employees

ARERSTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


'Ano'ng plano?' Netizens baffled after Duterte public briefing

May 12, 2020 - 10:50 AM

After listening to President Duterte's 50-minute taped public address aired early Tuesday morning, May 12, netizens still don't know whether the ECQ in their areas will be lifted or extended after May 15