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Borongan diocese claims priests in Balangiga Bells turnover asked to leave

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:47 PM

In a Facebook post, the Diocese of Borongan says President Rodrigo Duterte 'only wants [Archbishop Romulo] Valles to be in the area'

HOME. The Balangiga Bells are formally turned over to the local parish in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 'homecoming' ceremony and turnover of the transfer certifcate of the Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar from the United States. RTVM screenshot

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

HOAX: 'US diplomat' says Balangiga Bells were returned 'because of Duterte'

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:43 PM

“Nobody but nobody should ever claim success for that," President Rodrigo Duterte says

Military rule in Duterte's homeland

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

Duterte authorizes DILG chief to fill in some vacant local elective posts

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Interior Secretary, by the power of the President, can name 'qualified' persons to fill in the posts vacated by council members who are 'temporarily incapacitated'

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HOAX: Kenyan gov't 'erects Duterte statue'

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The image of the supposed statue used in the claim is actually that of former president Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte

Duterte reacts to Ressa’s Time cover | Midday wRap

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Ralf Rivas

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

Duterte alluding to Maria Ressa Time cover? ‘Inyo na ‘yan’

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:19 PM

'Time of the what, Time of the magazine, Time – ‘Woman of the Century’ and all, inyo na ‘yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte spares time for a one-on-one interview with various media outlets in Malacañang Palace on December 29. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Duterte: No one should take credit for return of Balangiga Bells

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'The return of the bells [was] upon the demand of the Filipino people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the closing ceremony of the Motorcycle Riding Course (MCRC) Class 05, 06, 07-2018 R11 and Motorcycle Riding Safety Training (MRST) Class 03-2018 at the Rancho Palos Verdes in Davao City on December 7, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Budget 'insertions' likely have Duterte approval, says Lagman

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have 'inserted' funds without President Rodrigo Duterte's consent

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:21 PM

With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a test fire on one of the sniper rifles donated by the Chinese government while the troops conduct a sniping capability demonstration during his visit at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija on November 22, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao for 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Duterte's request to extend martial law

[OPINION] Challenge to Catholics: Time for appeasing Duterte is over

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The threat of violence is meant to intimidate the leaders of the Church, to instill fear in their hearts so that they will remain silent and will not be a threat to his authoritarian rule

[OPINION] Martial Law Part 4!

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:25 PM

It’s beginning to look a lot like this administration is incapable of solving a problem, not because the AFP lacks the ability or the will to, but because the political leaders lack the political will or incentive to solve it

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

Paolo Duterte's anti-administration list 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:51 PM

'The first time I saw that posting, I said it's fake news. I still maintain that it's fake news,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PRESIDENTIAL SON. Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte attends a Senate hearing in 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘Ano ba talaga, kuya?’ Nancy Binay hits Paolo Duterte's 'unvalidated' list

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says she wants to know the government agency that shared the list with the presidential son, as the document 'reflects the sorry state of state intelligence'

MISINFORMATION. Senator Nancy Binay says there was clearly misnformation and disinformation in the spread of Paolo Duterte's list. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes is free to travel for now – DOJ | Midday wRap

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:41 PM

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Duterte creates task force to address causes of communist insurgency

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The task force, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, seeks to improve the quality of life in areas experiencing clashes with communist rebels

[OPINION] History will remember those who spoke up

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:18 AM

As an artist and a human being, my resistance in this struggle is to share what I’ve witnessed and to demand accountability from the government

Duterte asks Congress for another 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao | Evening wRap

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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On Human Rights Day, groups call for accountability vs violations under Duterte

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND) urges the public to remain steadfast in demanding the government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights

Thousands of activist gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate the 70th International Human Rights Day. Protesters continue to lament the killings and violations of human rights and vow to defend the people's rights against the government attacks. December 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte names ex-soldier as adviser on extremist groups

Dec 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Yusop Jimlani had served as deputy commander of Task Force Davao before his retirement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte warns 2019 candidates: Do not 'terrorize' voters

Dec 10, 2018 - 6:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also tells government personnel not to side with any candidate or party but, in the same speech, talks of the senatorial candidacy of his longtime assistant Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Department of Tourism's Food and Travel Festival dubbed 'Kaon Ta!' held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on December 7, 2018. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOCUMENT: Duterte asks Congress for another 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the San Beda Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at Club Filipino in San Juan City on November 23, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to skip Balangiga Bells turnover ceremony

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was initially scheduled to attend the afternoon event on Tuesday, December 11, at the Villamor Air Base

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Marco Polo Davao Journey @20 at the Marco Polo Davao in Davao City on December 7, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trillanes posts bail for Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio's libel cases vs him

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV posts bail of P96,000 – or P24,000 for each of the 4 counts of libel separately filed by Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio

Photo from Office of Trillanes

Medialdea on Human Rights Day: Drug war protects 'innocent, law-abiding' Filipinos

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign is one way the government is upholding human rights

Jonel Segovia 16, years old, Angelito Soriano 16, years old and Sonny Espinosa 17, years old victims killed in oplan tokhang in Brgy. 176 Phase-8, Bagong Silang in North Caloocan City during funeral leading to their final rest in peace at Tala Cemetery in Bagong Silang on Sunday. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

What do Leni Robredo and Jollibee have in common?

Dec 09, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo finds herself in the company of several firms, a dead bishop, 'mutant' groups, and even the Philippines' top fast-food chain, among others, all supposedly bound by the same objective

'BUDDIES'. Vice President Leni Robredo and her 'friend' Jollibee, at the inauguration of the the opening of a Jollibee branch along in Naga in March 2017. Photo from OVP

Malacañang to Trillanes: Stop 'smearing' Duterte, face libel charges

Dec 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo calls Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a 'perennial whiner' for saying that plunderers are being set free while critics are being jailed

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

On Feast of Immaculate Conception, Duterte reminds Filipinos to be humble, faithful

Dec 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to emulate Mary's qualities and 'remain guided by her faithfulness'

PRAYER. President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of the 6th Cabinet Meeting in Malacanang State Dining Room on September 14. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Rights groups oppose another martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Father Allan Khen Apus of Movement Against Tyranny says there has been 'a marked increased of of human rights violations' in Mindanao since martial law started there

[OPINION] Duterte and the hypocritical Church

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Every time he attacks priests for their hypocrisy, President Duterte echoes the sentiments of many

FALSE: Photos of Chinese-funded road built under Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

No, these are not photos of Chinese-funded road built under President Rodrigo Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Trillanes on arrest warrant: ‘Baliktad ang hustisya sa gobyerno ni Duterte’

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

'Ang mga mandarambong ay pinalaya na. Ang mga kritiko naman ay gagawan ng kaso para pilit na maikulong,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is ordered arrested on the same day former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder

DUTERTE CRITIC. Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces another arrest warrant, this time over a libel complaint filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte in Davao City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:33 PM

If lawmakers approve of this, Mindanao will be under martial law until December 31, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to his cabinet members prior to starting the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Is this a sign targetting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:43 AM

No, this is not a photo of a sign targeting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: kill bishops, all they do is criticize | evening wRap

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte says he went to hospital for blood test

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

President Duterte cracks a joke about his supposed recent hospital visit, saying the syringe extracted wind, not blood, from his veins

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oaths of office of newly-appointed government officials after the oath taking ceremony of newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's 'kill bishops' remark just for 'dramatic effect' – Panelo

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte was just 'upset' because the 'good things that he does for this country are not even appreciated' by the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017, urges the PAF to continue performing their duties as he assures that the government has their full support. Malacañan Photo

Duterte replaces PH Air Force chief ahead of retirement

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

More than a year away from retirement, Philippine Air Force chief Galileo Kintanar Jr will be replaced by Western Command chief Rozzano Briguez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the pass-in review during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. Also in the photo are newly-installed PAF Commander Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año. Malacañan Photo

[OPINION] A new weapon against press freedom in the Philippines

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government

 HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig Regional Trial Court on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Kill bishops, all they do is criticize,' says Duterte

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo, walang silbi 'yang mga gagong 'yan,' President Duterte says a week after he made allegations against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ozamiz Airport Modernization Project in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on November 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte approves ‘in principle’ recommendation for martial law extension

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The Department of National Defense, military, and police are united in recommending a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through some documents while presiding over the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

If Duterte asks, Arroyo to recommend 3rd Mindanao martial law extension

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:26 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the input of lawmakers from Mindanao 'will carry much weight during the deliberations' on another martial law extension in the region

ALLIES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo meets with President Rordrigo Duterte in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. File photo from Arroyo's office