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Cabinet members hail Duterte at halfway mark of presidency

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is confident Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte will end up with a 'very strong presidency,' while Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III praises his 'vision' to give Filipinos a 'comfortable life'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No major decision reached after Duterte execs meet on Recto Bank

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The meeting comes as the usually outspoken President Rodrigo Duterte draws flak for his silence on the Recto Bank incident

The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvage near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot attend because of other appointments, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders during the Leaders' Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo

Ahead of SONA 2019, Duterte Cabinet to hold 3 fora on accomplishments

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Cabinet clusters will hold pre-SONA fora in Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City in the days leading to President Duterte's State of the Nation Address on July 22

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Villar, Cusi still richest Cabinet members in 2018

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Meanwhile, at least 4 Cabinet secretaries have net worths below P10 million, based on available Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth in 2018

Japan trip not post-elections 'reward' for Duterte Cabinet – Malacañang

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says Philippine Ambassador Jose Laurel V was 'misinformed' when he described the trip as President Rodrigo Duterte's 'pabuya' to Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez upon his arrival at a hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Duterte Cabinet draws up plan vs El Niño, water shortage

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Installing water tank systems in all Department of Health hospitals and dredging waterways are some ways the Duterte government plans to address the impact of the ongoing dry spell

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte doesn't want Cabinet members campaigning for 2019 bets

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'Though the law allows you to campaign just like the President, I would insist na huwag kayo makialam,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers questions from members of the media at the sidelines of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Also invited during the event are Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go and Former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino. Malacañang Photo

Duterte steps out of Cabinet meeting after 'outburst' on land use conversion

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte even had to 'excuse himself' to 'rest a bit in the holding room' after a 30-minute tirade about the slow land use conversion process, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

Ex-Cabinet exec 'parked' P300M in budget – Andaya

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:38 PM

A Cabinet official, who resigned to run in the 2019 elections, is accused of inserting millions in flood mitigation projects for Bicol for the next fiscal year

FUNDS 'PARKING.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr discloses yet another alleged multi-million insertion in the proposed 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: Cabinet members can leave Congress hearings if shown 'disrespect'

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) The President 'will not allow' Congress, says the Palace, to treat Cabinet members with disrespect, as they supposedly did with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte Cabinet members slam House for 'disrespecting' Diokno

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:40 PM

They say the House resolution calling for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to be fired violates the doctrine of separation of powers in government

Contractor that cornered projects nationwide has ties with Duterte gov’t – Andaya

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading – whose owner the House will subpoena – allegedly has links with incumbent Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte

TIED TO CONTRACTOR? President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of their meeting on September 14, 2018. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

Duterte can't rely on military alone to solve PH problems – Alejano

Nov 24, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'For the President, it seems that it’s the military that is the sole solution to the problems of the country. That is wrong,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

ON MILITARIZATION. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano guests at Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant series on November 22, 2018. Screenshot from Rappler

Seeking DOF post in 2019? ‘It's so hypothetical,’ says Arroyo

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is on her 3rd and last term as Pampanga congresswoman and is planning to retire next year

RETIRING NEXT YEAR. Speaker Gloria Arroyo says she is not interested in a Cabinet post in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año takes oath as DILG secretary

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:46 PM

After serving as officer in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government , Eduardo Año is formally given the rank of secretary

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of newly-appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año during a ceremony at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park on November 5, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Nograles says House stint will help him in new Malacañang post

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Outgoing Davao City 1st District Representative and incoming Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says he can use his knowledge of government funds, having served as appropriations committee chair

MOVING ON TO MALACAÑANG. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles presides over a hearing on the proposed 2019 budget on July 31, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From House to Palace: Karlo Nograles is next Cabinet Secretary

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The son of President Rodrigo Duterte's erstwhile political rival will soon be part of his Cabinet

Congressman Karlo Nograles on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte orders drastic revamp of Office of Cabinet Secretary

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

A new executive order revamps the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, reverting it to its old name, Cabinet Secretariat, and taking away its supervision of 8 agencies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get 'good' net satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

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

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

Cabinet revamp looms as 6 to 8 Cabinet members seen to run in 2019

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte could lose as much as a fourth of his Cabinet members by October 17, if Palace officials' projections are correct

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang defends UK trip of Cabinet economic team

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An ill-timed trip by the President's economic managers? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the overseas visit also aims to boost the Philippine economy.

Photo courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corporation

Duterte sends Cabinet members to Luzon provinces in Ompong's path

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte assigns Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino to report on Typhoon Ompong response efforts and observe on his behalf

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte oversees the disaster preparedness measures for Typhoon 'Ompong' as he presides over a command conference with the members of his cabinet at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Liza Maza kept out of Cabinet meetings since September 2017

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The anti-poverty commission chief received no explanation from Malacañang on why she stopped receiving invitations to Cabinet meetings

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Liza Maza on obstacles to true change

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Newly resigned Liza Maza speaks to Rappler about her time as a member of the Duterte Cabinet

Liza Maza resigns as anti-poverty commission chief

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:51 AM

(UPDATED) NAPC Secretary Liza Maza says she is resigning to protest the cancellation of peace talks with communists and the return to power of the Marcoses

National Anti-Poverty Commission chair Liza Maza in a press conference as she resigns from the Duterte government on August 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte trusts Lapeña despite entry of P6.8B worth of shabu

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The President expects better coordination between the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House suffers 10-point drop in satisfaction rating – SWS

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate and the Duterte Cabinet are also lower in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

Duterte still trusts Bello, says Malacañang

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies allegations of a corruption complaint filed with President Rodrigo Duterte's Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'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.

Duterte taps Evasco to dialogue with religious groups

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Malacañang is still uncertain if President Rodrigo Duterte will accept the Papal Nuncio's invitation to Pope's Day celebration

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

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being 'too short-sighted'

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea engage in a discussion prior to the start of the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on April 4, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cusi joins Villar in Duterte Cabinet 'billionaires' club' in 2017

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declares a net worth of P1.355 billion in 2017, an increase of P1.19 billion from his net worth in 2016

BILLIONAIRE'S CLUB. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar declare a net worth above P1 billion, based on their SALNs in December 2017. Photo of Cusi by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler, photo of Villar from Malacañang Photo

[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

FACT CHECK: No quo warranto petition against Duterte Cabinet

May 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The blog post contains a video of a professor's opinions on the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Liberal Party nor the Duterte Cabinet is not explicitly mentioned in that video.

New tourism chief to talk to Cesar Montano over corruption allegations

May 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she will 'get the side' of Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano on allegations that he paid in full the contractor for an P80-million project that has yet to be completed

NEW CHIEF. Newly installed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018 to give her first media briefing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

New tourism chief asks undersecretaries, assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says the courtesy resignations will give her 'a free hand' to fulfill her mandate

Newly installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. Puyat urged the undersecretary and assistant secretary to file a courtesy resignation for the agency to start anew following the demand of President Rodrigo Duterte of no corruption in the DOT. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

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 to 'abolish' Evasco-led NFA Council

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 PM

During a meeting with rice traders, the President also expresses an intention to transfer NFA and NIA out of Evasco's supervision and back under the Department of Agriculture

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to some members of his cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan 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

Aguirre stays as justice secretary for now

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:12 AM

The embattled justice secretary is not fired during the Cabinet meeting on April 4

Honeylet Avanceña wants Pasig River rehab tackled in Cabinet meeting

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The President's partner is now able to suggest agenda items for Cabinet meetings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets his attire fixed by his partner Honeylet as they prepare to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners for the dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO

Tug-of-war between Evasco, NFA's Aquino continues

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jason Aquino scores a win with Duterte's recent order for immediate rice importation but the President still leaves it up to an Evasco-led council to decide on the critical details. Rappler draws up a timeline of the clash between the two.

Amid controversies at DOJ, Aguirre says 'no reason to resign'

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he and President Rodrigo Duterte have talked since a Department of Justice panel of prosecutors dismissed charges against alleged big-time drug lords