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Duterte gov’t hits record-high satisfaction rating in Q1 – poll

May 04, 2019 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Filipinos are most satisfied with the government’s efforts to help the poor and least satisfied with its fight against inflation, according to the First Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey of Social Weather Stations

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacanang Palace on April 1, 2019. Presidential Photo

Over 13,000 drug suspects convicted in 2018 – PDEA

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

For every 10 drug suspects captured in 2018, only 3 have been convicted. The 7 remaining are either already acquitted or still undergoing prosecution.

MORE CONVICTIONS. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

Public satisfaction with Duterte gov't rises in last quarter of 2018

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:27 AM

The Duterte administration experiences marked improvements in the subject of 'promoting women's rights,' according to the results of a Social Weather Stations survey held in December 2018

Central Luzon: New killing fields in Duterte's drug war

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Central Luzon cops kill almost double the number of drug suspects slain by Metro Manila cops in 2018

NEW EPICENTER. Central Luzon surpasses Metro Manila in the Duterte administration's war on drugs in terms of deaths in police operations.

Human rights defenders also killed under Duterte administration

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:13 PM

2017 marks the bloodiest year for human rights defenders under the Duterte administration

Over a hundred human rights defenders have been killed under the Duterte administration alone.

[ANALYSIS] Jobs, jobs, jobs: Where, where, where?

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Despite seeming successes, the Duterte administration has yet to deliver on the job creation front

Duterte gov't allows 'drug war' deaths to go unsolved

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The systematic delay in solving killings does not help the Duterte administration in a landmark legal battle before the International Criminal Court

Duterte vows 'big fish' will die in last half of his term

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

In his first speech of 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte warns that big-time drug bosses will be killed in the remaining years of his presidency

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gov't tally: 'Drug war' deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records 5,050 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to November 2018

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2019 an 'exciting year' for Filipinos, says Malacañang

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says 'milestones' of the government in 2018 are 'beginning to bear fruit’ but the opposition believes the past year ‘saw an unraveling of the Duterte administration’

NEW YEAR. President Rodrigo Duterte applauds while listening to the performers during the Christmas tree lighting in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

Human rights activists ‘never had it so good’ under Duterte admin – Panelo

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Malacañang makes this claim while President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to have human rights activists gunned down and has even warned he would slap UN special rapporteurs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] History will remember those who spoke up

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:18 AM

As an artist and a human being, my resistance in this struggle is to share what I’ve witnessed and to demand accountability from the government

On Human Rights Day, groups call for accountability vs violations under Duterte

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:25 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND) urges the public to remain steadfast in demanding the government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights

Thousands of activist gather at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to commemorate the 70th International Human Rights Day. Protesters continue to lament the killings and violations of human rights and vow to defend the people's rights against the government attacks. December 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Medialdea on Human Rights Day: Drug war protects 'innocent, law-abiding' Filipinos

Dec 10, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign is one way the government is upholding human rights

Jonel Segovia 16, years old, Angelito Soriano 16, years old and Sonny Espinosa 17, years old victims killed in oplan tokhang in Brgy. 176 Phase-8, Bagong Silang in North Caloocan City during funeral leading to their final rest in peace at Tala Cemetery in Bagong Silang on Sunday. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Trillanes on arrest warrant: ‘Baliktad ang hustisya sa gobyerno ni Duterte’

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

'Ang mga mandarambong ay pinalaya na. Ang mga kritiko naman ay gagawan ng kaso para pilit na maikulong,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is ordered arrested on the same day former senator Bong Revilla is acquitted of plunder

DUTERTE CRITIC. Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces another arrest warrant, this time over a libel complaint filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte in Davao City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Nearly 5,000 killed in 'drug war'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says there have been 4,999 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to October 2018

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

FULL TEXT: DFA chief Locsin on Duterte foreign policy

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'Friends to friends, enemies to enemies, and worse enemies to false friends,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

SOLEMN OATH. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr takes his oath before President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17, 2018. Malacañang photo

Locsin tweaks policy: 'Friends to friends, enemies to enemies'

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:28 PM

It was 'friends to all, enemies to none' under Alan Peter Cayetano. Now Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin is making a 'refinement.'

CHEERS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, dean of the diplomatic corps, exchange toasts at the vin d’honneur held at the Department of Foreign Affairs on November 7, 2018. Photo by Clark Galang/DFA

Militarization of government? 'Correct!' says Duterte

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte defends his penchant for appointing ex-military men into civilian posts, saying they rarely 'debate' with him

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More Filipinos unhappy with Duterte gov't handling of inflation – poll

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The September Pulse Asia survey shows 51% of Filipinos disapprove of how the Duterte administration is handling the issue of high inflation, compared to 29% in June

 RICE PRICES. Prices of basic commodities hasvebeen on the rise, driving inflation to a 9-year high in August 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Resist de facto dictatorship: Don’t give up the Senate in 2019

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Most likely, it will be the only arena where genuine political competition can happen

Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst

6 times COA reported on key Duterte concerns, advocacies

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:28 PM

President Duterte has vowed to crack down on corruption and unnecessary delays in government projects. The Commission on Audit has released reports on those very issues he wants to fix.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Paghuhubad sa pasista

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Nalusaw sa lakas ng ulang pulitikal ang koloreteng nag-anyong maka-masa at maka-batas

Rappler Talk: Economist Emmanuel de Dios on soaring inflation under Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:54 PM

On Tuesday, September 11, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Emmanuel de Dios to discuss economic issues and help make sense of the situation that Filipinos now find themselves in

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Pinakbet economics at pusit tactics

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Sablay na nga ang Dutertenomics, sablay pa ang tangkang paglilihis ng isyu

[ANALYSIS] Don't mess with the military

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:36 PM

To drag your armed forces into this political game is to spook it. And the consequences of that will come in painful increments.

After resigning over MRT3 mess, Cesar Chavez back in Duterte gov't

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The former transportation undersecretary for railways has been appointed as a board member of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority

Duterte admin ‘doing what it can’ to address inflation, says Arroyo

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says she encountered an even 'more alarming' economic situation when she was president, when inflation climbed to 6.6%. But she was able to lower this through rice importation.

TAMING INFLATION. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is also an economist. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo: Trillanes amnesty revocation proves admin out to silence critics

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:27 PM

‘Walang lugar ang pamumulitika sa panahong nahaharap ang karamihan ng ating mga kababayan sa...gutom, kahirapan, at kakulangan ng trabaho,’ Vice President Leni Robredo tells the Duterte administration

SILENCING DISSENT. Vice President Leni Robredo calls on the Duterte administration to reconize the amnesty granted by President Benigno Aquino III (right) to former mutineer and now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (3rd from right). File photo from the OVP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Puro bukbok ang diskarte ng gobyerno sa krisis sa bigas

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Pilit ang palusot, at balubaluktot ang mensahe ng gobyerno, tungkol sa krisis sa bigas – dahil sablay ang istratehiya sa simula pa lang

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 the 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

(5th UPDATE) Rappler tallies at least 7 vice mayors and 12 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.