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Archbishop Villegas: Stand up vs 'reign of murder, vulgarity'

May 22, 2018 - 7:21 PM

'Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?' says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BISHOP'S CALL. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges his flock to stand up against the 'reign of murder and vulgarity' in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

A year after Marawi crisis, Malacañang 'satisfied' with rehab

May 22, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit Marawi City soon to mark the crisis' first anniversary, says the Palace

Smoke rises near a public market after military attack helicopters fired rockets on the positions of Muslim extremists in Marawi City on May 25, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Unlike Philippines, Vietnam condemns Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vietnam 'demands that China stop these activities' and 'cease militarization' of the South China Sea, even as Manila won't publicly condemn Beijing

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

Duterte fires DOTr official for allegedly dealing with his sister

May 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino is accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in deals with one of his sisters

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Duterte on Ramadan: Sacrifice to help communities

May 17, 2018 - 6:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he hopes Muslims will 'continue to do good deeds for the poor and the marginalized members of society' as Ramadan begins

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte makes a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Sereno to Duterte: 'Mag-resign ka na'

May 17, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Gagawin niya ba tayong probinsiya ng China? ....Eh di sana pala pumunta rin ako kay Xi Jinping,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she also mocks President Rodrigo Duterte's China ties

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang denies discrimination vs women in government

May 17, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is asked about discrimination after President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ruling out the appointment of a woman as the next Ombudsman

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'

May 16, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Asked about Ombudsman applicant Silvestre Bello III, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'I will assign him as labor attaché in Kuwait'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a message during the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 1st Quarter 2018 Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City on April 7, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says more officials 'suspended pending investigation'

May 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reads the names of at least 13 suspended government employees, from a prosecutor to a former mayor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

May 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte says China's Xi vowed to protect him from ouster

May 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recalls Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

Duterte on Edgardo Angara: 'Tagapagtanggol sa bunganga ko'

May 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'Pang-diplomat talaga, which I can never be one, ever,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of the late Edgardo Angara, his former special envoy to the EU

ANGARA'S WAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of his late special envoy to the EU, Edgardo Angara, past midnight on May 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte: Skipping barangay elections 'purely political'

May 15, 2018 - 8:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wanted 'to erase the suspicion' from his candidate-friends on whether he voted for them in the barangay elections

'PURELY POLITICAL.' President Rodrigo Duterte says he skipped the barangay elections for 'purely political' reasons. Malacañang file photo

Duterte skips first barangay elections under his presidency

May 14, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The voting period ends at 3 pm with President Rodrigo Duterte failing to show up at his polling precinct in Davao City

NO-SHOW. President Rodrigo Duterte skips the first barangay elections under his presidency. Malacañang file photo

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

Duterte’s SALN for 2017 shows net worth of P28.5M

May 11, 2018 - 7:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's latest net worth increases by about P1 million compared to his previous Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

WITH MASONS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers

May 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

BIMP-EAGA includes Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and the travel tax exemption aims to 'accelerate economic development in Mindanao and Palawan'

DUTERTE'S ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the travel tax exemption of Mindanao and Palawan travelers flying to BIMP-EAGA. Malacañang file photo

2 weeks after island's closure, Duterte forms Boracay task force

May 10, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force is ordered to formulate 'an action plan towards the sustainable tourism development of Boracay'

BORACAY REHABILITATION. President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order creating a Boracay Inter-agency Task Force. Malacañang file photo

Duterte names Isko Moreno as DSWD undersecretary

May 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints Tony Lambino as assistant secretary of the Department of Finance

NEW APPOINTMENT. Isko Moreno is named undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Rappler screenshot

Malacañang respects Ombudsman probe into Paolo Duterte

May 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'We see this as part of the Ombudsman's constitutional mandate to ensure public accountability,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PRESIDENT'S SON. Resigned Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte (left), son of President Rodrigo Duterte (right), faces an investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman. Malacañang file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 9, 2018

May 09, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

CJ Sereno returns to SC Photo by Maria Tan

Duterte promotes Coast Guard chief to admiral

May 08, 2018 - 8:20 PM

This comes 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte named then Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino as commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG CHIEF. Philippine Coast Guard commandant Elson Hermogino is promoted to the rank of admiral. Photo from PCG's Facebook page

Duterte curses at Time magazine: 'Diktador ba ako? Since when?'

May 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'Tang ina itong Time magazine na 'to, nilagay ako doon sa mga despot,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, who was featured in Time's 'Rise of the Strongman' issue

'DIKTADOR AKO?' President Rodrigo Duterte denies that he was ever a dictator as he curses at Time magazine for featuring him as a 'strongman.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte to create 3-man panel of experts on Dengvaxia

May 08, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Malacañang says according to President Rodrigo Duterte, he 'will be bound by the findings' of these 3 experts – all Asians, no Westerners – on whether Dengvaxia 'caused deaths'

PANEL OF EXPERTS. President Rodrigo Duterte forms a 3-man panel of experts on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to visit Philippine Rise from May 15 to 16

May 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will send off 50 scientists who will conduct research in Benham Rise, renamed as Philippine Rise

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm round of applause as he is welcomed during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on May 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte names Abdullah Mamao as special envoy to Kuwait

May 08, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Newly appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mamao, a San Beda law graduate, is the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

Roque confirms private conversation of Duterte, Teo

May 08, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) This comes following a report that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo after a Cabinet meeting on May 7

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo prior to the start of the 25th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on May 7, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte to frontline services: Answer requests in 15 days

May 07, 2018 - 3:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs agencies with frontline services 'to respond to all public requests and concerns within 15 days from receipt thereof'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech May 2, 2018, during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon. Malacañang file photo

Meet Peterson Poon, Harry Roque's incoming deputy spokesman

May 07, 2018 - 12:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's newest spokesman is a multi-awarded public speaker who just passed the Bar Exams

PhilHealth OIC seeks meeting with Duterte to defend trips

May 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'If somebody from Malacañang is watching, I am waiting for the President to call me or if I can set an appointment with him, at least hear my side,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

LIST: Tasks for China consortium in P17.2-B Marawi contract

May 06, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The government is poised to spend P17.2 billion to rehabilitate the former battle area in Marawi City. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled in June.

Screenshot of Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation on April 12, 2018

Con-Com eyes giving president power to declare war without Congress

May 03, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Such power may be given if 'Congress is unable to convene,' according to a proposed provision for a new constitution being studied by the Consultative Committee

Employers' group to comply with Duterte EO despite 'reservations'

May 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'ECOP finds worrisome the exact definition of security of tenure, among others.... [But] employers will live with it and comply,' says the Employers Confederation of the Philippines

ON LABOR DAY. Hundreds of job seekers trooped to Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to look for job opportunities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Walang bago': Makabayan lawmakers unimpressed with Duterte EO on endo

May 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'Reiteration lang 'yan ng existing labor laws that [have] been proven [to be] anti-worker,' says Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao

EO NOT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte is depicted as a devil during the Labor Day protest on May 1, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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.

Malacañang to probe DOT payment for ads on Ben Tulfo show

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has heard of the controversy and wants to get to the bottom of things, says the Palace

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait not permanent – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The ban may be lifted if Kuwait signs the memorandum of understanding on minimum conditions for OFW welfare, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh during a meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Joining the President are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte may still sign EO vs contractualization – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III are set to meet on a possible executive order the night before Labor Day

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go while on board Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 bound for Hong Kong on April 10, 2018. The President and his delegation are coming off a successful participation to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 as well as a fruitful bilateral meeting with People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping and other Chinese government officials. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, daughter Sara disagree on peace talks with communist rebels

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'Eh 'di kami muna ang mag-peace talks tapos si [CPP founder Jose Maria] Sison. Inday na 'yan,' quips President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio make their way inside the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Hontiveros hits 'reckless' Duterte appeal for OFWs to leave Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'President Duterte is promising our OFWs jobs back in our country when he can't even sign an executive order to address labor contractualization and protect the workers' security of tenure,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

A handout photo released on February 20, 2018 by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Kuwait Times, shows Filipino workers trying to get amnesty waiting outside the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City.  Philippine President earlier this month announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait, after the murder there of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis. / AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Duterte says 'anybody who has money' allowed to import rice

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:23 AM

'My job is to fill our warehouse, our inventory,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, maintaining that the Philippines will ease its rice importation rules

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to some members of his Cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañang on April 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte: Kuwait deployment ban 'stays permanently'

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte promises to knock on China's doors to consider hiring more Filipinos, as he urges overseas Filipino workers to leave Kuwait

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at dawn of April 29, 2018, urged Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in Kuwait to go back to the Philippines with the assurance that the government will help them return and resettle. The President, however, clarified that OFWs in Kuwait may choose to stay there if they want to. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH offers to resettle Filipino household workers from Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:11 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait to 'stay permanently'

'COME HOME.' In his arrival speech on Sunday, April 29, President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipino household service workers to 'come home.' He says government will 'do its best to help you return and resettle.' Malacañang file photo