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'Overly deferential': How Supreme Court shielded Duterte from disclosing health

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:49 PM

Justices come up with all sorts of arguments to favor Duterte in the health petition, and dissenting Justice Caguioa says it 'clearly signals an overly deferential attitude to a sitting President'


Where is the Supreme Court's full decision junking Duterte health case?

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Two months have passed, and even the petitioner has not yet received the full decision that would explain why the justices dismissed his petition

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before military commanders of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020, his first public event since the pandemic. Screenshot courtesy of RTVM

Supreme Court junks petition to disclose Duterte health

May 08, 2020 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) The voting was 13-2, with Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa dissenting, sources said

EN BANC. The Supreme Court usually meets en banc Tuesdays of every week. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Will petition to disclose Duterte health work?

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:07 PM

We talk to University of the Philippines Constitutional Law Professor Dan Gatmaytan


Justices tackle disclosure of Duterte health in historic virtual en banc

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:54 PM

By the end of the two-hour Zoom meeting, the magistrates do not agree on an action

VIRTUAL. All 15 Justices of the Supreme Court are in attendance for the first ever virtual en banc session of the High Court held on April 17, 2020. Screenshot courtesy of SC Public Information Office

Malacañang says SC petition on Duterte's health merits 'outright dismissal'

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo tosses aside the petition, saying it is 'based purely on speculations'

STATE OF HEALTH. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts to address the coronavirus disease on April 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court asked: Compel Duterte to disclose state of health

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:03 PM

'Do we still have a physically and mentally healthy President? Is he still the one making decisions to manage and put an end to the current crisis?' asks a lawyer in his petition before the High Tribunal

PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation on the coronavirus pandemic in a late night press conference on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

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Jan 08, 2020 - 2:00 PM

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Duterte skips 2 scheduled visits to earthquake victims in Davao del Sur

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The President is not feeling well

ABSENT. President Rodrigo Duterte skips two scheduled visits earthquake victims in Davao del Sur. Malacañang Photo

Duterte: Life taking 'toll on my health'

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'All of the ailments, I have them because I am already old,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his statement prior to his departure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on October 01, 2019 for his official visit to the Russian Federation. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte not going on leave after all – Panelo

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

After earlier saying President Rodrigo Duterte will take a 3-day 'rest,' his spokesman Salvador Panelo now says Duterte will just work at his Davao City home

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to go on 3-day 'rest,' Medialdea to take over

Nov 11, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be caretaker of the government. Asked why not Vice President Leni Robredo, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says, 'She is so busy with the drug war.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on November 4, 2019 following his successful participation in the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits in the Kingdom of Thailand. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte tight-lipped about health, but thumbs down medical bulletins

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Ayaw ko munang sabihin sa inyo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the supposedly underlying reason for his recent 'muscle spasms'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist before the Filipinos based in Russia who met with the President at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) in Moscow on October 5, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

‘Humiliating’ treatment of Duterte at Japan enthronement rites? Not quite

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

How credible are the claims of a viral post alleging that President Rodrigo Duterte was given humiliating treatment at the Japanese Emperor's enthronement?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan to witness the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on October 22, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte gets medication for 'muscle spasms' after doctor checkup

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:46 PM

After supposedly undergoing an MRI scan, the President is found to be suffering from 'purely muscle spasms' and has been advised to rest, says his trusted aide Senator Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan to witness the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on October 22, 2019. Also in the photo are Senator Christopher "Bong" Go and Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. Malacañang Photo

'Unbearable' back pain forces Duterte to cut short Japan trip

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to see his neurologist after 'unbearable pain in his spinal column' prompts him to use a cane at the Japanese Emperor's enthronement ceremony and fly home right after

DUTERTE'S PAIN. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Carl Court/AFP

Duterte dons 'air purifier' as protection from 'coughs and colds'

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is seen wearing a device around his neck during recent official engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 15, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte shows arm wound after motorcycle mishap

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in full view of media cameras, rolls down his sleeves to show a wound on his arm during a business conference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a small abrasion on his elbow to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at The Manila Hotel on October 17, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators say Duterte's muscle disease 'not life-threatening'

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva says the President's team should update the people, about the President's condition, as they deem appropriate

RARE DISEASE. President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have a rare muscular disease, myasthenia gravis, which may lead to drooping of eyelids and overall weakness. Malacanang file photo

LIST: Duterte's skipped events, long absences

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Here is Rappler's running list of official engagements President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped and periods when he made no public appearances

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/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

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The specter of succession

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Duterte cannot risk a successor who cannot guarantee him immunity from prosecution – plausibly for treason, in ceding to China control over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea; for extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Indeed, he can ill afford to be out of power.

Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte 'neither confirming nor denying' he went to hospital

May 19, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is 'well and good,' says the Presidential Security Group, reacting to fresh rumors that he went to a hospital in San Juan City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the jampacked PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's prolonged absences, skipped events? 'Overworked, resting'

May 17, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) In recent weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte has stayed out of the public eye for days on end and has failed to show up at several engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some of the guests during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Also in the photo is former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he gets blood tests 'almost every other day'

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:38 PM

So often, supposedly, he gets blood tests that, President Rodrigo Duterte jokes to his doctor to leave him enough to survive a week

'Indisposed' Duterte skips two events in Davao City

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's former aide Bong Go says the President is indisposed and couldn't make it to a distribution of certificates of land ownership awards and a PDP-Laban campaign rally

'INDISPOSED.' In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

'Not feeling well': Duterte skips Leyte event

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 73-year-old President cannot make it to a scheduled event in Palo, Leyte, adding to a growing list of activities he had to skip for health reasons

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows before the attendees of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Also in the photo are Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Social and Welfare Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

66% of Filipinos worried about Duterte's health – survey

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Almost half of Filipinos also believe President Rodrigo Duterte has health problems, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan's House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he went to hospital for blood test

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

President Duterte cracks a joke about his supposed recent hospital visit, saying the syringe extracted wind, not blood, from his veins

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oaths of office of newly-appointed government officials after the oath taking ceremony of newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Duterte's health and disclosure: Finding a middle ground

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Information on the President's health is controlled by the Palace and insiders, and there is little to no incentive – politically or legally – for any official to break ranks until the very end

Photos show darkening of Duterte's complexion in recent months

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Photos of President Rodrigo Duterte show the darkening, and then graying, of his complexion from his first month in office to October 2018

Duterte says dermatologist checked his dark complexion

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims his dark skin is due to regular military camp visits

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

Duterte’s health, Resorts World Manila attack, Nikki Haley resigns | Midday wRap

Oct 10, 2018 - 1:36 PM

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Duterte jokes in 'battery' riddle: I tested 'positive' in Hong Kong medical exams

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes light of medical test results, joking that he is like a 'battery,' with a positive and negative side

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to appreciate the command saber shown by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr. on the sidelines of the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police command conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo camp defers to Duterte on health disclosure: He knows his oath

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:42 PM

‘The VP has said that...we want him healthy, we want him working. So if he says it's like that, then I suppose we must respect it,’ says Robredo’s spokesperson

STATE OF HEALTH. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says it respects the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte that his recent medical tests came back negative.

Duterte tells Cabinet medical test results came back 'negative'

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A President in 'high spirits' assures his Cabinet members that there is no serious threat to his health. He tells senators in another meeting that he has a 'polyp' in his intestines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Arroyo: Be concerned about Duterte’s health ‘only if he says it’s serious’

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

But opposition lawmakers say Malacañang's conflicting statements on the President's health raise concerns

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comments on the current status of President Rodrigo Duterte's health. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

61% of Filipinos believe Duterte's health a public matter – SWS

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The Third Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey also shows there are more Filipinos who believe President Duterte has health problems than those who think otherwise

HEALTH CONCERNS. President Rodrigo Duterte reveals that he went to the hospital for tests apparently to rule out cancer when he addressed retired military officers in a Malacanang event on October 4, 2018. Presidential photo

'Growth' found in Duterte's endoscopy? Doctors explain what it means

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Three specialist doctors, including National Scientist Ernesto Domingo, explain terms related to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest admission about the state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his delegation hold a working lunch meeting with Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein and other Jordanian officials at the Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman on September 6, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Doctors saw 'growth' after Duterte's endoscopy

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, who can't say if the 'growth' is a tumor, reiterates that President Duterte will let the people know if he has a serious illness

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during a dinner he hosted for the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Incorporated (PMAAAI) at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2018, reiterates his vow to improve the peace and order situation in the country. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Oct 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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Duterte confirms hospital visit: ‘I will tell you if it’s cancer’

Oct 04, 2018 - 8:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says doctors at Cardinal Santos Medical Center took samples last Wednesday to conduct more tests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President prior to the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More questions than answers: Roque, Go explain Duterte absence in Palace event

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:03 PM

A Cabinet meeting scheduled on the day of the Pagcor event is also moved because President Duterte 'decided to take the day off,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte inexplicably skips Pagcor event in Malacañang

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Palace offers no immediate explanation as to why the President was absent from a scheduled check turnover event

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

Duterte wouldn't have revealed medical tests if 'serious' – Roque

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque describes as 'routine' the colonoscopy and endoscopy recently undergone by President Rodrigo Duterte

CLINICAL FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, on September 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte undergoes colonoscopy, endoscopy

Sep 23, 2018 - 4:26 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte maintains he is in good health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018, reiterates that one of the priorities of his administration is to improve the health care services of the country. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

Duterte says Joma Sison 'played into' his hands with coma rumor

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

'Alam ko kagatin niya eh.... I was waiting for this announcement,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about communist leader Joma Sison

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 12th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), Naval Station Felix Apolinario (NSFA) in Panacan, Davao City on August 23, 2018, urges the members of the New People's Army to go back to the folds of the law as he assures that they will be provided with ample assistance for their reintegration. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO