Duterte presidency
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Alvarez denies calling Sara Duterte part of opposition

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Wala talaga akong sinabing ganyan. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling 'yung kuwento na iyan,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, after drawing the ire of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

IT WASN'T ME? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies saying Sara Duterte is part of the opposition. File photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

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

Rappler reporter now banned from entire Malacañang complex

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Previously, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada was only barred from entering the Palace but could enter the New Executive Building which houses the Press Working Area

Trillanes calls on Senate to defend De Lima, press freedom, right to life

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Manny Pacquiao question the claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as they defend President Rodrigo Duterte

File photo by Rappler

Rappler reporter remains in Malacañang Press Corps unless SEC ruling final – MPC

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'While we respect the discretion of Malacañang to set accreditation rules for presidential events, we deplore any arbitrary attempt to bar access and harass reporters performing their duty as an independent monitor of power and guardian of public interest,' says the Malacañang Press Corps

PALACE BRIEFING. Rappler's Pia Ranada (in red) in a post-briefing interview with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Malacañang file photo

Roque: Rappler reporter barred because 'bwisit sa kanya ang Presidente'

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) But the day before, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said personal dislike is 'not a valid reason' to bar a reporter from covering events

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. (CFBCI) at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and newly-appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Colonel Lope Dagoy witness the program proper during the Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park on March 23, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/ Presidential Photo

U.S. intel agencies say Duterte a 'regional threat' in Southeast Asia

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The CIA and 16 other US intelligence agencies cite President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion to declare a 'revolutionary government' and impose nationwide martial law as a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia

'REGIONAL THREAT.' President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops in war-torn Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Duterte's decision to extend martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege is one of the reasons why he is considered a 'regional threat' by US intelligence agencies. Malacañang file photo

EDSA 3? Alejano says Duterte critics tap legal processes

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:55 PM

'We're not [taking] the law into our own hands,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who was once part of two failed coups d'état

NO COUPS. Gary Alejano, a former soldier and mutineer, says the opposition resorts to legal remedies and not coups. Photo by Rappler

Medialdea: Duterte just following SEC decision with ban on Rappler

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:15 PM

This is contrary to the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque who, quoting Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea himself, said reporter Pia Ranada can still cover the Palace as long as the Court of Appeals has not ruled against Rappler's petition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. (CFBCI) at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018, expresses his gratitude to the Chinese government and business community for their contribution to the development of the Philippines. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to extend Dela Rosa's term 'a little bit longer'

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

'I would need somebody still to continue with the reforms,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, explaining why he wants to further extend the term of Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa during the turnover ceremony of the 20 units of Mitsubishi Montero Patrol Vehicles at Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr. in Cebu City on February 12, 2018. Also in the photo are Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawmakers hit Duterte ban on Rappler's Pia Ranada

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is part of 'a creeping dictatorship,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

BANNED BY DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from Malacañang after his closest aide, Bong Go, faced a Senate probe due to a story by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang file photo

PH a Chinese province? Alejano hits Duterte's 'irresponsible banter'

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The former Navy officer says the President's joke is too 'close to the truth'

BAD JOKE. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticizes the President for joking about turning the Philippines into a mere province of China. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the during the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Leaders' Summit at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on February 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

De Lima: One year of living and surviving in prison

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:16 AM

A year on, President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic has learned to live the life she said she does not deserve – with the help of her family, friends, and cats

FIRST YEAR IN JAIL. Senator Leila de Lima has learned to live with life she says she does not deserve, after being imprisoned for alleged drug trafficking charges.

Duterte jokes: Why not make Philippines a province of China?

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The President says negotiations for joint exploration with China are underway. He suggests a sharing scheme of two-thirds for the Philippines and one-third for China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After Duterte’s remarks, PopCom reminds public condoms prevent HIV

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Commission on Population chief Juan Antonio Perez III says condoms are 'the preferred method' to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

[OPINION] Shoot rebels in the vagina? Duterte is ‘a damaged man’

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Leila de Lima: ‘[Duterte’s order] is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’

Duterte slammed for saying condoms 'not pleasurable'

Feb 17, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

CONDOM JOKE. President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about condoms as he welcomes overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait. Malacañang photo

Sister of drug war victim Carl Arnaiz gets full scholarship from CHED

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:05 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the grant was given to Camille Anne Arnaiz upon President Rodrigo Duterte's orders

FREE EDUCATION. CHED OIC Popoy De Vera hands over the certificate of educational coverage to Camille Anne Arnaiz on February 9, 2018. Photo from CHED

Duterte lauds PH-China 'friendship' in Chinese New Year message

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also highlights the contributions of Chinese-Filipinos to the nation in his 2018 message

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Duterte probe terminated because AMLC refused to cooperate – Ombudsman

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:50 PM

This development raises more questions: where did the bank records come from, and why did a different deputy ombudsman terminate the investigation?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade for their service to the country in his speech during his visit to their headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Separation of church, state even with Manalo appointment – Malacañang

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo was picked as President Rodrigo Duterte's special envoy because of his 'established network' among overseas Filipinos, says Malacañang

[Dash of SAS] Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

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Feb 14, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

INC head Eduardo Manalo is Duterte's new envoy for OFW concerns

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The influential Iglesia ni Cristo endorsed the candidacy of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections

Duterte asked to stop illegal logging in vital Ipo Watershed

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:50 PM

A group asks President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the lack of protection for the Ipo Watershed, despite the payment by Metro Manila residents of environmental fees in their water bills

Duterte says he won't interfere with Con-Com work

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine President, a federalism advocate, says he is 'not ready to inject anything' into the Consultative Committee's proposal on Charter Change

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'

SHOOT THEM. President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes female rebels for joining the armed conflict when they should be home taking care of their families. Malacañang file photo

Davao City Council declares Trillanes 'persona non grata'

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'The truth, definitely, hurts,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who incurred the ire of the city council after he called Davao City the most dangerous city in the country

COMMANDER LIABLE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says relieved SAF commander Getulio Napeñas is the highest official liable for the Mamasapano clash. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Duterte to Int'l Criminal Court: Drug war continues, case or no case

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:01 PM

'The war or the drive against drugs will not stop and it will last until the day I step out,' says a defiant President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Malasakit Program at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City on February 12, 2018, pledges to give P50-million for the Malasakit Program. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte warns he'll file complaint vs Boracay local gov't officials

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine President says he may file charges of 'serious neglect of duty' against officials in Boracay Island which he threatens to close 'permanently'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Manila Times 7th Business Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 9, 2018, expresses his sentiments over the reported abuse of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. Malacañang Photo

Philippines exceeds foreign direct investments target for 2017

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas attributes the strong inflows to the country's sound macroeconomic fundamentals

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

2nd PH-China meeting on sea dispute set for February 13

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The Bilateral Consultation Mechanism meeting will happen in Manila amid public concern over China's continued construction on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his delegation engaged in an expanded bilateral meeting with People’s Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang and other Chinese government officials at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sharon Cuneta thanks Duterte for video message of support

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The actress sets politics aside to post a message from the President

APOLITICAL. Sharon Cuneta expresses her apolitical stance as she thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for sending her a video message. Screenshot from Facebook.com/SharonCunetaOfficial

EXPLAINER: ICC’s track record and what it means for Duterte and the PH

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The ICC's preliminary examinations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan took more than a decade to complete. It also has not been able to serve a warrant of arrest against the President of Sudan.

ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the International Criminal Court to 'go ahead' and 'find him guilty' of crimes against humanity for the thousands of deaths in his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang Photo

DICT raises concerns over NGCP's fiber optic network offer

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:50 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

Robredo calls for bilateral deal to protect OFWs in Kuwait

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo supports the Duterte administration's ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, citing incidents of abuse there

PROTECTION FOR OFWs. A bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait to protect the welfare of OFWs has already been sent to the middle east nation and is awaiting its signature. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima dares Duterte: Support UN-led probe into drug war deaths

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'If he has nothing to hide, then it’s high time for the President to support the independent investigation into the human rights violations and abuses incessantly happening under his regime,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLER. Senator Leila de Lima tells the international community that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer.'

Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NGCP offers to let DICT use fiber optic network for free

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines writes an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it is 'willing and eager' to help develop the National Broadband Network

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A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL YANG / Taiwan OUT

Duterte not keen on accepting EU invitation to Brussels

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'What am I supposed to do there? Ask me a question, insultuhin 'nyo ako, eh putahin ko kayo lahat doon,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte 'approves in principle' EO addressing Boracay problems – Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'I was given by the President the marching order to do something about the environmental problems in Boracay and make a report after 6 months,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu proposes a 'national body' to help address the problems in Boracay

Tweaked process for foreign research in Benham Rise focuses on 'security' concerns

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:20 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says no foreign research will be allowed in 'sensitive areas' in Benham Rise but the process remains largely the same

Photo from Oceana/UPLB

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte rejects DICT request to extend deadline for 3rd telco

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is adamant that the 3rd telco be ready by March despite requests of potential players to the DICT for more time to prepare requirements and secure partners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Solicitor General Jose Calida and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO