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Rappler Talk: Tommy Osmeña on governing as a mayor under Duterte

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Rappler sits down with Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña

TIMELINE: Philippines-China relations under Duterte

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.

Duterte admin gets lowest ratings on inflation, West PH Sea

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Filipinos are also less satisfied with the performance of the Duterte administration in fighting terrorism and in eradicating corruption, based on a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Joint 68th National Security Council and 69th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Founding Anniversary Celebration at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on July 31, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Over 152,000 drug cases filed in court under Duterte admin

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Conviction rate is low, however. A large number of the cases are dismissed by the courts on technical grounds.

DRUG WAR CASES. Images by Noel Celis/AFP and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Tambay by the thousands: The war on loiterers in numbers

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:14 AM

As of July 29, 2018, the Philippine National Police has apprehended in Metro Manila alone 78,359 'tambays' or loiterers violating city ordinances and laws

NEW CAMPAIGN. The Philippine National Police goes after loiterers who allegedly violate local and national laws.

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:22 PM

How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

Malacañang ready to work with Speaker Arroyo

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The new House Speaker's 'first challenge' is to pass the 2019 national budget on time, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

This photo taken on July 17, 2018 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) talking on his mobile phone next to former president Gloria Arroyo (L) as they attend the birthday celebrations of Philippine Airlines (PAL) chairman and CEO Lucio Tan (not pictured) in Manila. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

No 'real number' on drug rehab: Here's why

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:33 AM

Arrests, seizures, and killings are counted. How about Filipinos who have been saved from drug use?

NO REHAB NUMBERS? The Duterte government has no accomplishment number for all its rehabilitation efforts. Graphic by Raffy de Guzman; Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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?

Don't blame Duterte admin for killings of mayors, vice mayors – Roque

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismisses as 'speculation' fears that President Rodrigo Duterte's kill threats and campaign against illegal drugs have emboldened certain people to order the assassination of their enemies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 25th Annual National Convention of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP) held at The Bellevue Hotel Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol on June 28, 2018, reiterated his stern warning to the Vice Mayors not to get involved in illegal activities. Malacañang Photo

186 local officials stripped of police powers under Duterte

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:41 AM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says these officials either face corruption allegations or are linked to illegal drugs

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Some 186 local officials have lost control over policemen ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, the DILG counts. Malacañang photo

GALLERY: Who are mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte?

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Know who these local executives are, their political affiliations, and possible motives for their killing

Robredo declares she will lead, unite opposition vs Duterte

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is becoming apparent mas malakas 'yung loob ng ibang magboses 'pag merong sinasandalan na grupo na pareho 'yung paniniwala sa kanya. At 'yun 'yung role ko na pag-isahin 'yung boses na 'yun,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

OPPOSITION LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo has agreed to lead the opposition movement. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

4 PH officials killed as Duterte starts 3rd year

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:34 AM

'Are these deliberate and orchestrated attempts at creating an atmosphere of lawlessness to justify strongman rule?' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan

Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov't

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(4th UPDATE) Rappler tallies at least 6 vice mayors and 10 mayors slain since July 2016

Religious leaders urge gov't, NDF: Seek peace and pursue it

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform encourages both government and the National Democratic Front to 'open the doors to dialogue'

PEACE TALKS. A group of religious leaders urge President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Joma Sison to continue working for peace.

'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.

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

What you should know: Duterte administration's crackdown on ‘tambays’

Jun 18, 2018 - 9:53 PM

Here is an explainer on the Duterte government's new anti-criminality thrust: going after 'tambays' or people who stand idly and loiter in public places

At least 33 killed daily in the Philippines since Duterte assumed office

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

Robredo says Duterte admin 'too soft' vs Chinese presence in West PH Sea

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'Iyong atin, atin iyon. Kapag mayroong violation galing sa iba – kung China man iyan o ibang lugar – kailangan tayong mag-protesta,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

'WHAT'S OURS IS OURS'. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum on June 11, 2018. File photo by OVP

Sereno and the opposition, Trump-Kim summit, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Filipino women take #BabaeAko movement from social media to the streets

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

'Women are a force to contend with and Duterte should be careful lest he bear the brunt of their force unleashed,' says Joms Salvador of Gabriela

#BabaeAko group led by Mar Paner aka Juana Paner march to Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to join pther militant groups to celebrate “HINDIpendence” their version of Independence Day. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Groups to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) The groups cite at least 5 'dire challenges' confronting the nation

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

Duterte admin lost territory in West Philippine Sea – Del Rosario

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Former DFA chief Albert del Rosario says the Philippines should have filed 'a very strong protest' against China's seizure of Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island

SANDY CAY. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte administration lost territory in the West Philippine Sea after China seized Sandy Cay. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[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

Duterte says more officials 'suspended pending investigation'

May 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reads the names of at least 13 suspended government employees, from a prosecutor to a former mayor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Public satisfaction with Duterte administration declines – SWS

May 11, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Out of 20 issues included in the Social Weather Stations survey, Filipinos are least satisfied with government efforts to fight inflation

PUBLIC SATISFACTION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

[OPINION] Singko

May 02, 2018 - 6:30 PM

If you are really honest about it and sit back to evaluate Mayor’s presidential run so far, if you sift through all the narratives and remove the fake and the irrelevant, to concentrate on what is actual, you have to reach the conclusion that he has been a failure.

Salceda says PH may import skilled workers from China and Burma

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Joey Salceda says the Philippines is short of 3.9 million skilled workers to support Build Build Build

IMPORT LABOR. Social Good Summit 2016 at the Green Sun in Makati City on September 24, 2016.

[OPINION] The alarming depletion of NFA rice under Duterte’s watch

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years

[OPINION] Chaos is Duterte’s key message

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has turned messaging upside down, stoking endless controversy and exposing his paltry policy vision

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security

Malacañang thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The European Union will modify the standard text of its future financial deals with the Philippines to avoid reiterating the condition on respect for human rights, which has angered Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UN experts urged to probe Duterte's threats vs human rights activists

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:55 PM

‘Coming from the President’s mouth, the threats can be taken as calls to the military and police forces…to escalate suppression and repression,’ says rights group Karapatan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINYON] Oras ng kadiliman

Feb 03, 2018 - 7:20 AM

WALDEN BELLO: Dapat tutulan ang opensiba ng gobyernong Duterte na gawing permanenteng kalagayan ang pagpapahigpit ng sistemang pampulitika

[OPINION] The darkest hour

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Bello: 'The SEC move against Rappler is part of the multi-sided offensive to lock up the Philippine political system for good, and this is why it must be resisted'

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Former CHED chair Patricia Licuanan on her resignation

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Watch the interview with Licuanan live on Rappler

Public satisfaction with Duterte administration at record high – SWS

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Filipinos are most satisfied with the Duterte government's fight against terrorism, and least satisfied with its effort to address inflation and traffic, according to the results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey

PH PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at an even. Malacanang file photo

Excessive or not? Martin Andanar's 10 trips abroad

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?

Duterte to fire 3 'generals,' gov't agency chief

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:13 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is 'in the thick of firing people,' indicating many more are set to be axed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the conferment ceremony of the 2016 Presidential Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2017, urges the adults to allow the youth to play a role in shaping a future that the next generation of children deserve to inherit. Malacañan Photo

Duterte fires Marina administrator for foreign 'junkets'

Jan 04, 2018 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) Marcial Quirico Amaro III is fired for going on 18 foreign trips in 2017, announces Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 20th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2017: A year's worth of the administration's online faux pas

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

This year has been filled with cringe-worthy moments online for government agencies and officials

Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Dela Rosa: Duterte promised me a gov't post after I retire

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa declines to disclose which agency he will supposedly be appointed to, only saying it's 'the most difficult job' in the government

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. The chief PNP says he will be transferred when he retires next year. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte warns he'll fire an entire commission

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:29 PM

The President says he'll axe all the officials of an unspecified commission 'on Monday'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017, cites how the Constitution has allowed corrupt individuals to escape accountability. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Want revolutionary gov’t? That means you don’t trust this admin – Robredo

Nov 30, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the President's denial that he plans to establish a revolutionary government should already put to rest all rumors and speculations about the issue

ANTI-REVGOV. Vice President Leni Robredo does not support any plans to establish a revolutionary government in the Philippines. Photo by OVP

Rappler Talk: Dr Tony Leachon on health reforms under the Duterte gov't

Nov 24, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Dr Tony Leachon discusses the benefits and risks of medical marijuana, a higher sin tax on cigarettes, and a comprehensive mental health package for Filipinos

Undas 2017: De Lima urges Filipinos to remember people killed in drug war

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:04 PM

'Ang Undas [na] ito ay hindi lamang pag-alala sa mga pinatay kundi maging sa mga namatayan,' says Senator Leila de Lima

REMEMBER. Senator Leila de Lima urges Filipinos to remember thousands killed in the Duterte administration's war on drugs, and te families they left behind. De Lima file photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB; Candles file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Duterte says hello to FilAm student's teacher, classmates

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte helps 11-year-old Andre Esteban, a 6th grader from California, with his homework

REQUEST GRANTED. President Rodrigo Duterte says he is 'happy to oblige' with the request of an 11-year-old FilAm student. Screenshot from video posted on Bong Go's Facebook page