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Philippines to offer humanitarian aid to typhoon-hit Japan

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang says the Philippine embassy in Tokyo 'is closely monitoring the situation and is now in coordination with members of the Filipino community' affected by Typhoon Hagibis

Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Duterte wants gov't projects awarded to contractors with 'most responsive, advantageous bid'

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to erase the requirement that projects must go to the lowest qualified bidder

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Indian president to visit Philippines October 17-21

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The state visit comes as the Philippines and India commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

STATE VISIT. In this file photo, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a speech at the Muensterplatz in Bern during his state visit to Switzerland, on September 13, 2019 at the Muensterplatz in Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Schneider/Pool/AFP

Even before Dengvaxia scare, Davao City had low immunization rate – Sara

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The Davao City mayor says they will conduct a massive vaccination drive on October 14 to immunize more kids against vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and polio

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U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:12 PM

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says the 'killing of significant number of people may have achieved other government objectives but has done nothing in terms of eliminating the drug problem'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte invites Russian oil giant to explore in West Philippine Sea

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Rosneft, the Russian firm which ruffled China's feathers with its oil and gas projects in Vietnam, is offered a chance to pursue a similar project in Philippine waters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Richest Filipinos rate Duterte 'excellent' as dissatisfaction grows among poor

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys his highest ever satisfaction rating among Class ABC Filipinos as his rating among poor Filipinos declines, says a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gives Wilfredo Keng's daughter a government post

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Patricia C. Keng is appointed member of the Philippine Commission on Women by President Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed he did not know her father, the businessman who filed a cyber libel case against Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to the newly appointed officials during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on September 17, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators say Duterte's muscle disease 'not life-threatening'

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva says the President's team should update the people, about the President's condition, as they deem appropriate

RARE DISEASE. President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have a rare muscular disease, myasthenia gravis, which may lead to drooping of eyelids and overall weakness. Malacanang file photo

Robin Padilla defends Cesar Montano, Phillip Salvador's inclusion in Duterte's Russian trip

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'Mukha ba kaming walang pera? May pera po kami at yung perang 'yan ay gift sa amin 'yan ng mga taong sumusuporta sa amin'

Duterte defends Albayalde: 'He has the right to be heard'

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'[Due process is] given to the criminals.... It should be given to a general of the Philippine National Police because under the laws we're all equal,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EMBATTLED CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde faces media after the Senate's 7th hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law at the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte takes a swipe at Robredo again: 'Wala kayong makukuha diyan'

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Duterte makes the remark amid a looming PET ruling on the initial recount of the vice presidential electoral protest

Duterte now claims he has rare myasthenia gravis muscle disease

Oct 06, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that destroys muscle receptors, and can result in the drooping of eyelids, or overall weakness. It can be controlled with treatment.

Duterte receives honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from Russian university

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gets his first honorary degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University, Russia's premier school for international relations which is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONORARY DEGREE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets an honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University on October 5, 2019. Photo from PTV Facebook page

Duterte invites Russian firms to join PH infrastructure program

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Several business deals – including exploring the prospects of building nuclear power plants in the Philippines – are signed on the sidelines of the Philippines-Russia Business Forum in Moscow keynoted by President Rodrigo Duterte

BUSINESS FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Philippines-Russia Business Forum at the House of the Unions in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rants about 'U.S. and the West' at Russian forum

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The President hits traditional western powers for supposedly encumbering his war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte at Valdai forum: Long tirade vs drugs, joke about 'killing girls'

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Hosts repeatedly ask the verbose Philippine leader to wrap up his long answers, in which he rants about the US, justifies his drug war, and even jokes about 'killing girls'

DUTERTE'S VIEWPOINT. President Duterte answers questions at the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club forum in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Among the others in the panel are (L-R) Jordanian King Abdullah II, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Malacañang Photo

Duterte trumpets 'remarkable progress' of PH-Russia ties in Putin meeting

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte told President Putin the remarkable progress of Philippines-Russia relations after he sought the rebalancing of traditional partnerships and the deepening of relations with non-traditional partners,' says Malacañang

PH-RUSSIA TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

‘Drunk chap’: Duterte twitted for ‘unkempt’ look in meeting with Russian PM

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine President's loose tie and crumpled-looking collar during a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raises some eyebrows on Twitter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte meets with CEO of Russian oil firm Rosneft

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Rosneft is the same oil company helping Vietnam drill oil in waters being claimed by China. Beijing has issued warnings against Rosneft's operations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s perverse priorities in the proposed 2020 budget

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The national budget is one of the clearest expressions of a government’s values, its priorities, and its plans for the country. It tells us to what extent our politicians reflect the will and interests of the people.

PH eyes labor agreement with Russia as Duterte makes second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta says the labor agreement is envisioned to grant Filipinos working in Russia 'legal status'

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Russia for second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The Philippine leader and several Cabinet members will visit Sochi and Moscow from October 2 to 5

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by from Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev upon his arrival at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

After signing anti-hazing law, Duterte now says hazing can't be eliminated

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:04 PM

'Hindi ko talaga maalis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte a year after he signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds as he witnesses the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 celebrate following the commencement exercises at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte holds his tongue on proposed U.S. travel ban vs officials in De Lima detention

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:50 PM

'Hilaw pa 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the proposed travel ban. In contrast, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo had slammed it as 'brazen' intrusion.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 50th Founding Anniversary Celebration of Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc. at The Manila Hotel on September 25, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to await Año probe before deciding on Albayalde's fate

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will be 'fair' in deciding whether or not to fire Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, who retires in a month

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde takes oath before the start of the seventh hearing of the GCTA at the senate. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte approves use of express lane fees for immigration workers' pay in 2019

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The decision, also made in the last fiscal year, is needed to raise the low salaries of Bureau of Immigration personnel until the passage of an immigration modernization law

Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Duterte urged to form Bangsamoro intergovernmental relations body

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to create an intergovernmental relations body deemed critical to the success of the new Bangsamoro region in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the launch of the second phase of the decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants and weapons at the Old Provincial Capitol Compound in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on September 7, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from Duterte's foreign loan ban

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The defense department plans to enter a loan agreement with the Australian government to procure 6 offshore patrol vessels to be built in Cebu

LOAN FOR SHIPS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from a loan ban to make way for a financing agreement for new Navy ships. Photo of Lorenzana at the Senate on September 30, 2019 by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte gives Mocha Uson a new government post

Sep 30, 2019 - 1:24 PM

(UPDATED) The pro-Duterte blogger is appointed a deputy executive director at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

Former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson files nomination under Kasosyo party list on October 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Poll lawyer vows to challenge Duterte Youth's moves 'till the end'

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'Never nangyari na ganito kasama 'yung situation na binaboy nang husto 'yung party list system,' Eeection lawyer Emil Marañon says of the Duterte Youth's attempts to enter Congress

POLL LAWYER. Election lawyer Emil Marañon in a Rappler Talk on September 23, 2019. Screenshot from Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The nation’s debt to De Lima

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Duterte may be crazy, but surely not so crazy as to think himself immune from repayment. As it happens, he is De Lima’s biggest debtor.

Duterte wants tougher sanctions for child traffickers

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Amending the Expanded Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act is among the 'top legislative priorities' of President Duterte, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

BIG ARREST. This is the biggest arrest since the creation of the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center, which coordinates Philippine authorities with international law agencies.

Not yet proclaimed, Duterte Youth uses House seal to represent itself

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20 PM

This is a misrepresentation, considering that the Comelec has yet to issue the group's certificate of proclamation, which is a requirement for a nominee to assume a seat in the House

EMBATTLED PARTY. Duterte Youth members and party chair Ronald Cardema (front, center) hold a press conference on August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

FALSE: Bong Go is the 'first Chinese-Filipino who became senator'

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:57 PM

There are at least 5 other Filipinos of Chinese descent who have become members of the Senate

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's Russia activities: Speeches at think tank forum, institute for Russian diplomats

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The Philippine leader will attend the Valdai Forum in Sochi and speak to students of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations

Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Poll lawyer urges Comelec: Rectify errors with Duterte Youth

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'We keep on making a lot of exceptions to accommodate certain people and because of this, what will happen to our rules? Who will respect it?' says election lawyer Emil Marañon

IN LIMBO. Duterte Youth's seat in the House of Representatives remains vacant pending several petitions lodged against it and its nominees.  File photo by Jire Carreon

[ANALYSIS] What Duterte doesn’t get about Metro Manila traffic

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Metro Manila is more than the sum of its parts, and traffic authorities will do well to keep this in mind. Otherwise, their policies will only keep backfiring and making traffic worse.

Duterte to real estate firms: Don't be haven for illegal foreign workers

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells a room full of Chinese executives: 'Just obey the rules. Nobody is going to disturb you.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate to send 'ninja cops' list to Duterte

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks: 'What due diligence' is the Philippine National Police talking about when the President is asking for the list?

NINJA COPS. The Senate will send the list of 'ninja cops' to the President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte signs law creating positions for judges-at-large

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:06 PM

The judges-at-large are entitled to the salaries and benefits of a regional trial court judge

JUDGES AT LARGE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs into law RA 11459 that creates the positions of judges-at-large.

LIST: Duterte's skipped events, long absences

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Here is Rappler's running list of official engagements President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped and periods when he made no public appearances

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte skips ceremony as Clement assumes AFP top post

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:48 PM

It would have been Duterte's sixth change-of-command rites as Commander-in-Chief. His pick for AFP chief, Noel Clement, vows to pursue his order to end the communist insurgency.

NO SHOW. President Rodrigo Duterte skips the change-of-command ceremony for incoming AFP chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Vice President Leni Robredo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana are in attendance. Photo by Charlie Villegas/Office of the Vice President

Guanzon: Travesty to allow new Duterte Youth substitutes

Sep 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The Commission on Elections 'must, with all its might, resist any attempt at manipulation by those who are consumed by their own ignoble self-interest,' says poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a Rappler Talk on August 23, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH lawyers revive decade-old group to protest Duterte policies

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:15 PM

'Not since the dark years of Martial Law have our civil liberties and fundamental rights been threatened and blatantly violated with such brazen impunity,' says the group Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties

REVIVAL. The Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL), first formed in 2006, is revived to protest the "repressive" policies of the Duterte government. Photo by Rappler

Duterte angered by deadly hazing at PMA

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Malacañang laments the 'failure in leadership' at the Philippine Military Academy which it blamed for the death of 20-year-old Darwin Dormitorio

CLASS 2019. President Duterte salutes the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy in May 2019.

Duterte 'forgot' he ordered block vs future grants, loans from 18 countries

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) Dominguez's statement, read out by Panelo, mentions prospective assistance from Spain, France, and Germany as those being affected by the Palace order. It makes no mention of any UK assistance.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte attends baptism of Lord Allan Velasco's daughter Sara

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The grand floral-themed affair is also graced by tycoon Ramon Ang, senators Bong Go and Sonny Angara, and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attends as a mentor in the baptism of Sara Velasco at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City on September 22, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec approves Duterte Youth's new substitute nominees

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) This comes despite Comelec rules stating the deadline for withdrawals and substitution of nominees of party-list groups is before the close of polls on election day

DUTERTE YOUTH. The Comelec approves the second wave of substitute nominees for Duterte Youth. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler