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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May military junta ba sa Pilipinas?

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mahimbing pa rin ba ang tulog natin kapag nakopo na ng mga sundalo ang pagpapalakad ng gobyerno?

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Zombie politics ng 2018

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:17 AM

9 na zombie na naglipana sa ating lipunan

10 Duterte appointees running in 2019 elections

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:08 PM

There are 5 Cabinet members and 5 lower-ranking appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte seeking electoral posts in the 2019 midterm elections

Diosdado Valeroso appointed 911 national office executive director

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Valeroso, a retired police official and former coup plotter, will help implement the 911 emergency hotline center under the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Teresita de Castro is new Supreme Court Chief Justice

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:44 PM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte picks senior justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro to replace ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Duterte taps Martin Andanar's father as special envoy to Malaysia

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Wencelito Andanar, a DILG undersecretary during the Arroyo administration, will serve in his new post for 6 months

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect before delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte transfers Pompee La Viña to Department of Agriculture

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:55 AM

La Viña has now been appointed to 3 different government entities – Social Security System, Department of Tourism, and now Department of Agriculture

Intramuros Administration explains non-use of P18M for brand campaign

May 22, 2018 - 4:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte took 9 months to appoint an Intramuros Administration head, one reason why the agency sat on millions of pesos in funds

TPB 'guarantees transparency' after Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'The TPB extends its support to the direction of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, guaranteeing transparency in all of its dealings,' says Board after Montano's resignation

TRANSPARENCY. The Tourism Promotions Board issues a statement following Cesar Montano's resignation as Chief Operating Office.

Duterte accepts Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 7:01 AM

The Tourism Promotions Board chief's resignation comes after President Duterte announced he is about to fire 5 government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on May 5, 2018, recognizes the vital role of ADB in the growth and development of the Philippines. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Pompee La Viña tapped to 'get more tourism investments'

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:20 PM

New undersecretary Pompee La Viña says his ultimate goal is to 'wipe out poverty' in the next 4 to 6 years through tourism

NEW POST. Newly-appointed Tourism Undersecretary Pompee La Viña claims he has no ambition of becoming the country's tourism minister.

Sacked SSS executive appointed tourism undersecretary

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Pompee La Viña, whose term as SSS commissioner was not renewed due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds, is appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to another post

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Pompee La Viña is the latest official to be fired in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption  campaign. Screenshot from the Facebook of Pompee La Vina

Duterte names Allen Capuyan as adviser on indigenous peoples

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints a new SEC commissioner and names Jojo Garcia – previously just officer-in-charge – as MMDA general manager

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

VACC lawyer Manny Luna appointed to anti-corruption body

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Manny Luna is among the lawyers who filed a complaint against former president Benigno Aquino III, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Judicial and Bar Council officials over Sereno's appointment in 2012

Duterte names CA justice Inting as Comelec commissioner

Apr 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Hailing from Davao City, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Inting is the first new personality that President Rodrigo Duterte is introducing to the poll body

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte walks past honor guards as he is given foyer honors upon his arrival at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony on April 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

De Lima lauds Duterte's new appointees: 'Men of honor, competence, integrity'

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hopes Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra 'can bring back true dispensation of justice at the DOJ, bereft of any partisan and persecutorial agenda'

Detained Senator Leila de Lima attend hearing on a case filed against her "Disobedience to Summons" at the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte had other plans for Menardo Guevarra

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:30 AM

At one point, the President was supposedly considering appointing the new justice secretary as a Supreme Court justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the appointment of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. Witnessing the signing are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, the newly-appointed Ad Interim Secretary of Justice and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL 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 Guevarra to restore DOJ's 'dignified image'

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:39 PM

This comes after lawmakers called on President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint a justice secretary who is 'credible, capable, and respectable'

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

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

Official linked to customs corruption appointed to BOC

Apr 04, 2018 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Vincent Maronilla as assistant commissioner at the Bureau of Customs despite allegations he accepted grease money from importers

Duterte appoints Melvin Mitra as PCUP commissioner

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

With Mitra's appointment, Duterte has replaced all the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor officials he fired back in December 2017

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

Ice Seguerra resigns as National Youth Commission chief

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(UPDATED) Ice Seguerra's work as NYC chairperson will formally end on April 5, or over a year and a half after he joined the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with National Youth Commission (NYC) Chair Aiza Seguerra and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chair Liza Diño at the Study Room of Malacañan Palace on January 19, 2017. Also in the photo is the President's partner Honeylet Avanceña. Malacañang Photo

Nikki Teodoro named special envoy to UNICEF

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Former Tarlac representative Nikki Teodoro, wife of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, will serve as President Rodrigo Duterte's representative to the United Nations Children's Fund

The Librarians: A Rappler Profile

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'The law is clear,' Totanes says. 'Only licensed librarians can be appointed to all government libraries. So yes, the President violated the law.'

Duterte names Noel Felongco as PCUP chairman

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Felongco is formerly an environment undersecretary and president of the PDP-Laban Central Visayas chapter

Duterte appoints Jose Arturo Garcia as MMDA OIC general manager

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Jose Arturo Garcia Jr takes the responsibilities of Thomas Orbos, who stays on as transportation undersecretary

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eduardo Bringas represented former NBI officials who filed drug raps against Senator Leila de Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

Jing Paras appointed labor undersecretary

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Paras is known for having filed complaints against government officials seen to be part of 'destabilization' efforts against President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte appoints Boy Saycon to EDSA People Power Commission

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Political operator Pastor 'Boy' Saycon joins the 5-member commission under the Office of the President

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

Martin Diño appointed DILG undersecretary

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Former SBMA chairman Martin Diño is the latest official to join the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Cuy heads Dangerous Drugs Board, Año is DILG OIC

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Undersecretary Eduardo Año is appointed officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, tying in with President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to eventually name him DILG chief

PCSO officials not next on chopping block – Malacañang

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Malacañang defers naming the 'high-ranking official' President Rodrigo Duterte wants to fire, as the Chief Executive is still reviewing the legislative charter of the appointee's office

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

Malacañang says Duterte 'sure' to probe DAP president

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:47 PM

'The President does not take issues of corruption sitting down,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Romeo Barza is new Court of Appeals presiding justice

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

CA Associate Justice Romeo Barza will assume the post left by Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr

AFFIRMATION. The Court of Appeals upholds the trial court ruling sentencing to life imprisonment 19 individuals behind the kidnapping-murder of Betty Chua-Sy. File photo from the CA website

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

DILG undersecretary Padilla transferred to DAR

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) Emily Padilla joins her former colleague at the Department of the Interior and Local Government, John Castriciones, at the Department of Agrarian Reform

Don’t become a Judas like Trillanes, Duterte tells gov’t officials

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:07 PM

President Duterte tells a long, humorous story about Leonardo Da Vinci and his famous painting to warn new government appointees against engaging in corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials and officers from various private organization at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sandra Cam appointed member of PCSO board of directors

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Taxi operators association president Bong Suntay is also appointed member of the PCSO board

Teehankee back as PH ambassador to World Trade Organization

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Foreign affairs undersecretary Manuel Antonio 'Dondi' Teehankee had served in the same post from 2004 to 2011

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Manuel Teehankee upon the President's arrival at the Premier Village in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 8, 2017. Malacañan Photo

One month of Harry Roque as Presidential Spokesman

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Roque's first month as spokesman shows he enjoys better access to President Rodrigo Duterte than his predecessor, a boon to the media and the public

Sheriff Abas is new Comelec chairman

Nov 24, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Sheriff Abas, nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, replaces Andres Bautista as chairman of the Commission on Elections