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[OPINION] Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:23 PM

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

[OPINION] Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

‘Mayor of the Philippines’ leaves LGUs blind amid COVID-19

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:45 AM

PART 2: President Rodrigo Duterte missed many opportunities to provide direction and concrete guidance to local chiefs on the front lines of the health crisis

Pandemic unravels Duterte's 2016 promise of decisive leadership

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Part I: Where was President Duterte’s famed tendency to ‘overreact’ in January and February when the country’s health system needed it the most?

Newsbreak Chats: Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

On Thursday, June 25, the Newsbreak team will assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic

[OPINION] WNTTAA: We need to talk about acronyms, the snag in PH's virus response

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:39 PM

'Throughout this whole crisis, the government’s poor use of language has merely alienated the masses. And it all started with some acronyms.'

Rights groups urge Filipinos: Reject Duterte admin's 'tyrannical' moves vs ABS-CBN

May 05, 2020 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The order to shut down ABS-CBN is the latest in a string of attacks against media in the Philippines under the Duterte administration

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Is the Duterte gov't doing enough to fight COVID-19?

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:14 PM

On Thursday, April 30, the Newsbreak team assesses the Duterte administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic

PH rule of law ranking under Duterte continues to plummet

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:25 PM

At No. 91 in 2020, the Philippines' ranking in the Rule of Law index is on a steady decline since 2016, making its average annual percentage drop one of the 5 worst in the world

UNHRC urged to create Commission of Inquiry for Philippines

Mar 06, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The group emphasizes the need for an investigation into the worsening human rights situation under the Duterte administration – including attacks on environmental defenders

DON'T KILL. Elderly indigenous women assert their rights at a rally in Mendiola. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte gov't depriving activists of legal options, says Amnesty Int'l

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Amnesty International expresses alarm that activists continue to 'face threats and undue restrictions' without any way to protect themselves

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

LIST: Bureau of Corrections personnel killed under Duterte gov't

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) BuCor top lawyer Fredric Santos is among the BuCor personnel killed in Muntinlupa since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

GUNNED DOWN. BuCor legal division chief Fredric Santos is killed in front of his daughter's school on February 19, 2020. PNP photo

Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Making sense of the ‘Duterte Legacy’ infographic

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Here’s the full context of the PCOO’s infographic touting the Duterte administration's achievements

CONTEXT: Number of airports, seaports, bridges, roads in 'Duterte legacy' graphic

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Not all of the 64 airports, 243 seaports, 2,709 bridges, and 9,845 kms of roads are newly built. It includes projects involving repair, rehabilitation, widening, or expansion of existing infrastructure.

Families to Duterte gov't: You killed our loved ones, not the drug problem

Jan 07, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Rise Up for Life and for Rights network says the Duterte government must pay its 'bloody debt'

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

2019: Lawlessness in the Philippines under Duterte

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative and research section, tracks stories that depict lawlessness in the Philippines, aided by policies and orders that veer toward authoritarianism

Malacañang: We will put an end to attacks on journalists

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:12 PM

In the first 3 years of the Duterte administration, at least 128 threats and attacks against members of the press are recorded

PRESS FREEDOM. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar vows to put an end to attacks on journalists. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Like a general orders his soldiers’: Barbers says caseless arrests vs vapers lawful

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Contradicting lawyers in the government, dangerous drugs House committee chair Robert Ace Barbers believes that the President’s verbal e-cigarette ban is enough to consider as effective as a written executive order

'MODEL' DRUG WAR. Representative Robert Ace Barbers holds a press conference on July 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.

LEGAL CONUNDRUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders ban on vape import, and orders arrest of vapers even without a law. Malacañang photo

Drilon says original Build, Build, Build list 'not well-thought-of'

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'What we're saying is that maybe the original 75 flagship projects were not well-thought-of so that we revise them in the middle of the stream,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NOT 'WELL-THOUGHT-OF'? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks why the projects that were shelved from the old list were originally included if these don't have a high economic return. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Satisfaction in Duterte government slips in Q3, but rating still ‘very good’ – survey

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:40 PM

In the September 27-30 SWS survey, the Duterte administration gets the highest net rating in helping the poor, and the lowest in fighting inflation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Gaps by both Aquino, Duterte administrations led to GCTA mess

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:50 PM

This demonstrates the pitfalls of bureaucracy and the impactful consequences of seemingly imperfect legislation

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte gov't wants to almost double Malacañang confidential, intel funds for 2020

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte administration seeks P4.5 billion for the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds, a P2-billion hike from the previously requested P2.5 billion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some members of the cabinet on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Evolution of the Duterte Cabinet

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Roughly half of Duterte's original Cabinet remains at the midway point of his presidency, while the number of retired military or police in the Cabinet has tripled

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

‘His word is law’: A list of Duterte’s verbal-only orders

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Aside from his order to stop PCSO games, President Rodrigo Duterte has made at least 6 other policy pronouncements that were not followed up by written documents defining their parameters and legal bases

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the Candon City Bypass Road in Ilocos Sur on July 25, 2019. Malacañang Photo

De Lima seeks Senate probe into killings of lawyers, judges under Duterte gov't

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says the 'targeted and systematic attacks' against members of the Bar are detrimental not only to the profession, but also to those who turn to them for justice

PROBE KILLINGS. Senator Leila de Lima seeks an investigation into the high number of lawyers, judges, and prosecutors killed under the Duterte administration.

Duterte pushes for return of death penalty for drug crimes, plunder

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:50 PM

For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte uses his State of the Nation Address to ask Congress to bring back the death penalty

LIVE: President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address happening on July 22, 2019

Women subjected to shaming, harassment the most under Duterte gov't – expert

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'At no other time have women been subjected to shaming, humiliation, harassment, with immunity [and] impunity by a sitting president than now," says regional gender and governance adviser Socorro Reyes

Duterte Promise Checklist: Major accomplishments, failures

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Halfway into his presidency, we look at what Rodrigo Duterte's presidency has achieved and what it has failed at so far

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Halfway through: Duterte's midterm, in charts

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:50 PM

From the economy to the country's standing in the world, here's how President Duterte and his administration fared in many areas in his first 3 years in office

Youth, advocates share ideal Philippines ahead of SONA 2019

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Young Filipinos wish to see a united and progressive country by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends in 2022

Move SONA Huddle. Rappler

[OPINION] The ‘cinemafication’ of Duterte’s State of the Nation Address

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

These attempts at ‘picture perfection’ replaces the President’s address. Our country’s woes cannot be cured by a manicured picture, image, and video with fancy camera works.

WATCH: Filipinos assess Duterte halfway into his term

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

Leading up to the President's 4th State of the Nation Address, Rappler asks Filipinos: 'How would you assess Duterte's 3rd year in office?'

President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:36 PM

NEWS, FEATURES, ANALYSES, IN-DEPTH REPORTS, VIDEOS

P773 billion worth of Philippine natural wealth 'sold out' by Duterte gov't

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A network of environmental groups says 3 years of the Duterte presidency has resulted in the selling out of at least P773 billion worth of the Philippines' sovereign mineral, water, wildlife, and marine resources

Photos by Shutterstock, Angie de Silva and Cherline Trajano/Rappler.

HIGHLIGHTS: President Rodrigo Duterte's 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA)

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

News, analyses, fact-checks, and videos on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019, at Batasang Pambansa

Duterte's economic team sees stable inflation until his term ends

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Economic managers project inflation to settle between 2.7% and 3.5% in 2019, far from the rates experienced last year

Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Outside the PDEA's count, rights groups estimate the drug war to have claimed as much as 27,000 lives, including the victims of vigilante-style killings

DEATHS CONTINUE. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The poor quality of economic growth under Duterte

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

It's been a jobless, ruthless, voiceless, rootless, and futureless growth

Expect little talk on security issues in Duterte’s SONA – analysts

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Security threats like terrorism and Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea won't figure much in Duterte's yearly address but most Filipinos won't mind it, analysts say

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes an officer as he prepares to board a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Throwback: What Duterte’s last 3 SONAs tell us

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:50 AM

A look back at President Rodrigo Duterte's past State of the Nation Addresses shows patterns. What are constant topics? How long do his speeches last? How did his SONAs change through the years?

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

12 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2019

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:37 PM

From the President's possible lecture on the West Philippine Sea to director Joyce Bernal's surprises, here's what we know about Rodrigo Duterte's 4th SONA

DUTERTE'S SPEECH. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23, 2018. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

MovePH, Dakila to huddle on the state of the nation for youth, sectors

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The huddle intends to create a meaningful discourse on issues of the nation days before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address

People’s SONA 2019 to unite for sovereignty, democracy vs Duterte

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'We must remind the President that he is not above God, the people, nor the Constitution, and that he is no king,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the planned United People's SONA on July 22

FOR DEMOCRACY. Various groups from different sectors unite to oppose policies of Duterte during his 2019 State of the Nation Address. Photo courtesy of Kodao Productions

Factions among Duterte allies downside of his success – analyst

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Southeast Asian politics expert Mark Thompson says the Duterte government should find a way to bring together the factions and prevent a breakup of his coalition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

[OPINION] What Duterte has achieved in 3 years

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The change – pagbabago – that he promised remains illusory