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Duterte's coco levy promise: It's time to 'force the issue with Congress'

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:32 PM

During the campaign President Duterte vowed to return the coconut levy fund to poor farmers within his first 100 days Congressmen are getting in the way

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. After a year in office, the promise remains just that. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

Who is NFA chief Jason Aquino and why is he controversial?

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs published in 2015 a notice to warn the public against transacting with retired army major Jason Aquino one of a few dozen employees earlier accused in the media of colluding with smugglers

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, April 10-16, 2017

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

A round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

Jun Evasco, the former NPA rebel in the Palace 'snake pit'

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:46 PM

A former communist and long time mayor of a Bohol town adjusts to the high stakes power play and bureaucracy within the walls of the Palace

RIGHT-HAND MAN. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. shows President Rodrigo Duterte the agenda of the 11th Cabinet Meeting on January 23, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Think tank to Duterte: Allow rice importation, end NFA monopoly

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Neither allowing the National Food Authority to solely import rice nor stopping all rice imports is good for the Filipino consumer or the Filipino rice farmer says an economic policy think tank

RICE POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture chief Manny Piñol check the quality of the rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation in Nueva Ecija. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

SWS survey, Valdez on Duterte, Pulitzer Prize | Midday wRap

Apr 11, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 11, 2017

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Tuesday

An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:05 AM

It s the moral obligation of those people surrounding the President to give him the right information at the right time says dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez

'MORAL OBLIGATION.' Former Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez says officials in President Duterte's inner circle should not abuse their direct access to him

Duterte orders NFA to prioritize buying rice from PH farmers

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead

LOCAL PRODUCE. President Rodrigo Duterte checks the quality of the hybrid rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative (NMAPMPC) Compound in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on April 5, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Rappler Talk: Ex-Usec Halmen Valdez on Cabinet rift

Apr 10, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez talks about rice the Cabinet and the issues that divide the President s appointees

Growing rift between Duterte's trusted men – Jun Evasco, Bong Go?

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:41 AM

The dismissal of an undersecretary trusted by Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is the first major outward sign of a power struggle within the Palace

POWER PLAY. Will the President intervene in an apparent power struggle between his two trusted men, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go?

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter

CONFLICT IN NFA. Dismissed Undersecretary Halmen Valdez insists she and her boss, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, are working in the interest of Filipino farmers. File photo by Noel Celis / Agence France-Presse

When President Duterte goes on a firing spree

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The President s one whiff you re out rule shows a leadership style governed by instinct and passion and little reflection say political analysts

Duterte fires Palace undersecretary over rice importation

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Valdez of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary earns the ire of the President