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Duterte: No Cabinet post for Robredo because 'I don't trust her'

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'Ang problema kasi dito, ganito: I cannot trust her not only because...she is with the opposition; I do not trust her because I do not know her,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO TRUST IN ROBREDO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he does not trust Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he refuses to give a Cabinet post. File photo by Malacañang

No Cabinet post? No problem for Robredo: ‘I’ll just do what I can’

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:23 PM

'Basta sa akin, whatever I can do now, I will do. Kapag harangan nila, hindi ko na iyon problema,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'NOT A PROBLEM.' Vice President Leni Robredo is unfazed by the limitations being set upon her as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Duterte offers Robredo Cabinet post to deal with drug problem

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) The updated proposal is to ‘dispel all doubts on the sincerity of the Chief Executive’s offer’ for the Vice President to be his drug czar, says Malacañang

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her journey through law school and her experiences as an alternative lawyer to students of the Ateneo de Manila University, for the Ateneo Lex Law School Forum held Friday, September 27, 2019. The annual event aims to provide law school aspirants with the opportunity to listen to talks from different personalities at varying stages in their legal career. (Photo by Chari Villegas/OVP)

FOI bill, changes to Human Security Act among Duterte Cabinet's priority bills

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The bills, recommended by Cabinet clusters for prioritization, will be discussed during the next full Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (center), DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana right) NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (left), led the post-SONA press conference to answer and further clarify issues raised during the State of the Nation Address of the President held at the PT4 in Quezon City on Monday, July 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

2 Duterte Cabinet members 'under investigation for corruption'

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is also investigating 15 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office officials, including former general manager Alexander Balutan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

Duterte picks ex-Davao City administrator as budget secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Wendel Avisado was President Rodrigo Duterte's city administrator from 2004 to 2010 in Davao City and his presidential assistant for Yolanda rehabilitation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Budget Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

William Dar is new agriculture secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:55 PM

After saying he might pick a former military man to head the Department of Agriculture, President Rodrigo Duterte chooses an agriculture expert instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Agriculture Acting Secretary William Dar during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte tasks 17 Cabinet members to oversee dev't, security in regions

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The assignment of DICT chief Gringo Honasan to the Bicol region completes the CORDS system where Cabinet members report regional issues and problems to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the 37th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on May 6, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cabinet members advise 'tired' Duterte to go on vacation

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's alter egos suggest a two-week period of rest and relaxation for the Chief Executive, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

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

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.