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What President Rodrigo Duterte's birth chart says about him

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:30 AM

What do the stars say about the President?

Image of Duterte from Malacañang

What you need to know about what Duterte said in 2018 SONA

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Here's context and a fact-check on President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during his 3rd State of the Nation Address

#BabaeAko movement: Arroyo as Speaker won't champion women's status

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:48 PM

At the forefront of #BabaeAko movement's SONA 2018 protest is its call to abolish the 'regressive' TRAIN Act

#BabaeAko SONA protest. Photo by Sheila May Advincula/Rappler

[OPINION] With love, from Deadpoor

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'People tend to come together to comfort each other, to affirm each other, and give each other hope. This is a simple practice of empathy. To many of us, it is called solidarity.'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives

Duterte urges 'speedy passage' of universal health care bill

Jul 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM

While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Quick point-by-point summary of Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Here's a brief guide to all the important points in President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some members of the 17th Congress upon his arrival at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

People's SONA unites opposition in 'true' state of the nation

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The protest action, which had about 15,000 at its height according to police, is the historic union of nearly 330 opposition groups tackling different, problematic issues facing the Duterte administration

MARCH. Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte's 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

A 'pleasant surprise' or 'boring' Duterte SONA 2018?

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Analysts give President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA plus points for clarity on his marching orders and mention of gut issues but say it lacked his usual charisma and humor

IN PHOTOS: Thousands hold SONA 2018 protests around PH

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters come from various groups of women, students, indigenous peoples, farmers, workers, urban poor, religious groups, business leaders, and academics

#SONA2018 PROTEST. As of 4:30 pm of Monday, July 23, 2018, thousands of anti-Duterte protesters gather along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City for the 'United People's SONA'. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte: No stopping TRAIN law

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says some have 'incorrectly blamed' the price increases in the past months to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law

SONA 2018 rallies 'very peaceful'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:10 PM

'Wala ni isang untoward incident na nareport sa atin o recorded,' says Metro Manila top cop Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar in a press conference at Camp Crame. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Interconnection rates will be lowered to welcome third telco – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:48 PM

President Duterte says that by lowering interconnection rates, incoming players can have access to existing networks at a much lower cost

Duterte urges Congress to pass law ending contractualization

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates that Congress – not Malacañang – can prohibit contractual employment schemes 'once and for all'

END ENDO. Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's 2018 State of the Nation Address

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

He tells Congress to pass the second package of tax reforms, among a number of laws, while he warns irresponsible miners and rice cartels of consequences

Duterte calls for creation of Department of Disaster Management

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on Congress to pass the proposed National Land Use Act, which has been pending for two decades

Duterte vows to defend West Philippine Sea in SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will not 'waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea'

STRONGER TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to local officials: Don't make me do your job

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Proactively enforce our laws, and not wait for us to swoop down on your areas just to do your duty and work,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 2018 State of the Nation Address

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte to rice cartels: Stop messing with me

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs all intelligence agencies to address the 'economic sabotage' caused by rice cartels

Drug war will be 'as chilling as the day it began' – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If you think the government will sideline this campaign, you got it all wrong, says President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address

SONA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his 2nd State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. Screengrab from RTVM

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

While the opening of the 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress and the SONA are political events – officials and their spouses make their fashion moments too

Photo by Angie de Silva

No network services in parts of Quezon City for SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:31 PM

National Telecommunications Commission Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios says the affected areas are the Batasan Complex and Barangay Culiat

LOOK: Human rights cops watch over SONA 2018 protests

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

These cops will keep an eye out for rights violations by their colleagues

HUMAN RIGHTS COPS. Philippine National Police personnel from the police Human Rights Affairs office watch out for rights violations in 2018 SONA protests. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Only 76 lawmakers attend House majority caucus

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says all majority lawmakers present are satisfied with how the House is being run

AFTER THE CAUCUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says 76 lawmakers attended the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SONA 2018: Celebrities we always look out for

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:30 AM

In the Philippines, after all, celebrity and politics don't just mix – they often exist in the same sphere

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 7 fist bump para kay Tatay Digong sa SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

O ano, mga ka-DDS? Itaas ang ating mga kamao at pagsalpukin para kay Tatay Digong, ama ng bayan! Siya ang tutupad ng pangarap nating bagong lipunan!

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte drops by hospital day before SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, July 22, for a 'routine medical checkup'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018, expresses his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges. Malacañang Photo

Traffic advisory for SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Here's a look at the rerouting scheme and partial road closures for Monday, July 23, when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address

Traffic along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Report card: How did Duterte fare in last 2 years?

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, Rappler asks its readers to grade his performance on 11 subjects culled from his campaign promises

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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LIST: SONA 2018 activities, protests

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Several protests and activities are lined up on Monday, July 23, to mark President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

More Duterte insults at SONA 2018? 'I’m ready,' says Robredo

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she had been discouraged from attending the State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa as President Rodrigo Duterte may use the occasion to again 'insult and humiliate' her

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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The Philippine economy's health under Duterte

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?

#WalangPasok in Quezon City on July 23 for SONA 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

[OPINYON] Kung paano dapat tangkilikin ang SONA

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Usisain ang sarili. Ano ba ang sitwasyon mo habang pinanonood ang State of the Nation Address? Kumakain? Nagugutom? Bumibiyahe? Nagmamadali? Ihing-ihi? Binubulyawan ng boss mo?

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE'S 2018 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

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Duterte to rehearse for SONA 2018 on July 22

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The rehearsal will take place in Malacañang and not in Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte practiced for his SONA in 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018, expresses his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges. Malacañang Photo

#StoryOfTheNation: What do you want to hear in SONA 2018?

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:46 AM

In the days leading to SONA 2018, bring your story to center stage

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 17, 2018

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

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Students wade the gutter-deep flood water in Brgy. Holy Spirit in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, after the local government of QC cancelled elementary classes after night of almost non-stop rain due to southwest monsoon enhance by typhoon Henry. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION] Enemies and expletives: Staples in Duterte’s SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The President’s words show him to be a populist leader with narcissistic tendencies

[OPINION] Why it's time to change the SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:26 AM

'If a government is eager and dedicated to regain the trust and participation of its people, it must make smart decisions that will include them'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Women’s groups to Duterte: 'Huwag ka nang mag-SONA'

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:08 PM

According to the group of women advocates, the previous state of the nation addresses delivered by President Rodrigo Duterte do not encapsulate the 'real state of the nation'

SONA. Participants sing Babae during a community singing at the #EveryWoman SONA ng Kababaihan event at the UP Bahay ng Alumni held on July 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

10 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

With a new director and a presidential promise to keep the speech within 35 minutes, will this year's SONA be a big change from the last two?

DUTERTE SPEAKING. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte's SONA for 3rd time

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to the Liberal Party like ex-president Noynoy Aquino, says she will attend President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

NOT ATTENDING. Former President Benigno Aquino III also skipped his successor Rodrigo Duterte's first two SONAs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

When ex-presidents skip the SONA

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) While they are not required to attend, former presidents can be invited to hear the incumbent's State of the Nation Address in person

NOT ATTENDING. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III declines an invitation to be present during President Rodrigo Duterte's 1st SONA.