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Duterte sends Cabinet members to Luzon provinces in Ompong's path

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte assigns Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino to report on Typhoon Ompong response efforts and observe on his behalf

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte oversees the disaster preparedness measures for Typhoon 'Ompong' as he presides over a command conference with the members of his cabinet at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Liza Maza kept out of Cabinet meetings since September 2017

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The anti-poverty commission chief received no explanation from Malacañang on why she stopped receiving invitations to Cabinet meetings

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Liza Maza on obstacles to true change

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Newly resigned Liza Maza speaks to Rappler about her time as a member of the Duterte Cabinet

Liza Maza resigns as anti-poverty commission chief

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(UPDATED) NAPC Secretary Liza Maza says she is resigning to protest the cancellation of peace talks with communists and the return to power of the Marcoses

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/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

House suffers 10-point drop in satisfaction rating – SWS

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate and the Duterte Cabinet are also lower in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

Duterte still trusts Bello, says Malacañang

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies allegations of a corruption complaint filed with President Rodrigo Duterte's Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'A whiff of corruption, you're out': Notable Duterte admin exits and reappointments

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost many government officials their jobs. But some have been reappointed.

Duterte taps Evasco to dialogue with religious groups

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Malacañang is still uncertain if President Rodrigo Duterte will accept the Papal Nuncio's invitation to Pope's Day celebration

The many times Duterte and his Cabinet contradicted each other

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Rice supply, salary increases for teachers and soldiers, briefings on Chinese harassment in Ayungin Shoal, ban on Rappler – these are just some of the issues over which the President didn't seem to consult his alter egos before speaking

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being 'too short-sighted'

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea engage in a discussion prior to the start of the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on April 4, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cusi joins Villar in Duterte Cabinet 'billionaires' club' in 2017

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declares a net worth of P1.355 billion in 2017, an increase of P1.19 billion from his net worth in 2016

BILLIONAIRE'S CLUB. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar declare a net worth above P1 billion, based on their SALNs in December 2017. Photo of Cusi by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler, photo of Villar from Malacañang Photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Zero tolerance ni Duterte sa korupsiyon, naging forgive and forget na lang

May 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Sa kahariang Duterte, kamay na bakal ang tumitiris sa mga durugista habang sedang guwantes ang humahaplos sa mga kurap

FACT CHECK: No quo warranto petition against Duterte Cabinet

May 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The blog post contains a video of a professor's opinions on the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Liberal Party nor the Duterte Cabinet is not explicitly mentioned in that video.

New tourism chief to talk to Cesar Montano over corruption allegations

May 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she will 'get the side' of Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano on allegations that he paid in full the contractor for an P80-million project that has yet to be completed

NEW CHIEF. Newly installed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018 to give her first media briefing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

New tourism chief asks undersecretaries, assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says the courtesy resignations will give her 'a free hand' to fulfill her mandate

Newly installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. Puyat urged the undersecretary and assistant secretary to file a courtesy resignation for the agency to start anew following the demand of President Rodrigo Duterte of no corruption in the DOT. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte names Bernadette Romulo Puyat as tourism chief

May 08, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat is an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is seen with Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Puyat, and Agrilink/ Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 Chairman Candelario Miculob in an event on October 5, 2017. Puyat is the new tourism secretary named by Duterte on May 8, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Who is new justice chief Menardo Guevarra?

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:03 PM

A true blue Atenean, father of 4 boys, and once a part-time law school student who almost topped the bar – here are some things to know about the new justice secretary

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the Department of Science and Technology has recorded a total of 8,994 qualified students for their scholarship programs for this year. He added that the number of qualified students this year is a 69.6 percent increase from the 5,303 qualifiers in 2015. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants to 'abolish' Evasco-led NFA Council

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 PM

During a meeting with rice traders, the President also expresses an intention to transfer NFA and NIA out of Evasco's supervision and back under the Department of Agriculture

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to some members of his cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Menardo Guevarra named new justice secretary

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra will be filling the shoes of Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Department of Justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aguirre stays as justice secretary for now

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:12 AM

The embattled justice secretary is not fired during the Cabinet meeting on April 4

Honeylet Avanceña wants Pasig River rehab tackled in Cabinet meeting

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The President's partner is now able to suggest agenda items for Cabinet meetings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets his attire fixed by his partner Honeylet as they prepare to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners for the dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO

Tug-of-war between Evasco, NFA's Aquino continues

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jason Aquino scores a win with Duterte's recent order for immediate rice importation but the President still leaves it up to an Evasco-led council to decide on the critical details. Rappler draws up a timeline of the clash between the two.

Amid controversies at DOJ, Aguirre says 'no reason to resign'

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he and President Rodrigo Duterte have talked since a Department of Justice panel of prosecutors dismissed charges against alleged big-time drug lords

Malacañang: Cabinet changes underway

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:51 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is dissatisfied with the performance of some of his Cabinet officials, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

DUTERTE CABINET. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting on March 5, 2018. Presidential Photo

Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Commission on Appointments confirms Duque as DOH chief

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III turns emotional during his confirmation hearing as he admits the agency's 'struggles' amid the Dengvaxia controversy

The CA confirm the appointment of Health secretary Francisco Duque at the Senate on February 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

CHED exec director resigns over 'relentless' threats

Feb 01, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Karol Mark Yee leaves his post just two weeks after the forced resignation of Patricia Licuanan as chairperson

RESIGNED. Karol Mark Yee (3rd from R) takes his oath as CHED executive director in July 2017. Photo courtesy of fullbright.org.ph

CA defers confirmation of DOH chief Duque over Dengvaxia issue

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II says the CA members need more time to assess DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's plans for the children injected with the risky dengue vaccine

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends his confirmation hearing on January 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

Duterte appoints Prospero de Vera as CHED OIC

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Commissioner Prospero de Vera III is the most senior official in the Commission on Higher Education

DUTERTE ALLY. CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera joins a press conference in Malacañang on June 20, 2017. Photo by Malacañang

2017: A year of rejection for Duterte's appointees

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:03 PM

As 2017 ends, Rappler takes a look at the sacked and rejected members of the Duterte administration

Legarda open to DSWD post after term ends in 2019

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:20 PM

'Can I say, I am thinking about it?' says Senator Loren Legarda on talks she would be the next Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary

DSWD? Senator Loren Legarda says she is open to a DSWD post after her term ends in 2019. File photo from Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Duterte admin breaks tradition, sidelines Robredo in ASEAN

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo will not join Cabinet members in welcoming ASEAN leaders upon their arrival at the airport, a traditional role for the Philippine vice president

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo discusses the opportunities for women presented by the ASEAN integration at 1st Southeast Asian Women's Summit at Miriam College on November 7. Photo from the OVP

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Francisco Duque III on reforming the DOH

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Rappler sits down with Duque to talk about his health agenda as he leads the DOH once again

Marawi rehab tops Duque’s agenda in DOH

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Secretary Francisco Duque III returns to the Department of Health: 'I am quite joyous with the fact that I’m back to where I truly belong'

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Francisco Duque III back as DOH chief

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Francisco Duque III served as health chief during the Arroyo administration

Tugade corrupt? Duterte doubts it

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte defends his San Beda law classmate and appointee amid speculations that a Cabinet official will be axed

Ubial claims demolition job led to CA rejection

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also clarifies her husband and son only joined her international trips when she was just assistant secretary, not DOH chief

'DEMOLITION JOB.' Outgoing DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial speaks up on the CA's rejection of her appointment. Screenshot by Rappler

Ubial on CA rejection: 'We win some, we lose some'

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says she is waiting for Malacañang's orders as to her next steps, but eyes becoming a rural doctor once again

THANKFUL. Former DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial smiles during her CA confirmation hearing on October 10. Screenshot by Rappler

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:19 PM

(UPDATED) The CA approves Cimatu's appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May

CONFIRMED. The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 4, confirms the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Ubial dares Roque to file cases against her

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'He should produce the evidence and not just blurt out innuendos in the media,' says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, as Kabayan Representative Harry Roque opposes her appointment

THE DARE. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial poses a challenge against her critic Kabayan Representative Harry Roque. File photos by Rappler

Duterte says 'favoring' Globe cost Salalima his DICT post

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites complaints that ex-DICT chief Rodolfo Salalima was 'partial' because he was a Globe executive

SALALIMA RESIGNATION. President Rodrigo Duterte says he asked Rodolfo Salalima to quit DICT because of accusations he was 'favoring' Globe. Malacañang file photo

Only addresses should be hidden in SALNs – Civil Service Commission

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:25 PM

'Dapat we are ready to show the people how we accumulate our wealth while we are working in the government,' says CSC Assistant Commissioner Ariel Ronquillo

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trillanes wants Senate probe into hidden SALN data

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The senator's proposed resolution comes following a PCIJ report that found significant details were blacked out in SALNS of Duterte Cabinet officials released to media

PROBE SOUGHT. Senator Sonny Trillanes seeks an investigation into the redacted SALNs of some Duterte Cabinet officials. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Malacañang defends Cabinet 'right to privacy' in SALN

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'those working in the government, such as members of the Cabinet, still have the right to privacy'

Redactions in Duterte Cabinet's latest SALNs 'deal-breaker' for FOI – PCIJ

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:43 PM

PCIJ reports that significant details were blacked out in the copies of the December 2016 SALNs of Duterte Cabinet officials

REDACTED. The PCIJ reports that significant redactions were made on the SALNs of Cabinet officials filed in December 2016. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DICT chief Rodolfo Salalima offers to resign

Sep 21, 2017 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says Salalima offered to leave his post due to 'conflict of interest'

After CA rejections, Duterte admin still 'open' to Left – Malacañang

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The Duterte administration wants an agreement with the Left to smoothen out their complicated relationship says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler