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Malacañang clears Robredo in supposed Duterte ouster plot

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo 'was not among those specifically named to be part of the conspiracy,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MASS FOR PEACE. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Mass for Peace at De La Salle University on September 21, 2018, the anniversary of Martial Law. Photo by OVP

Malacañang on Trillanes arrest: Stop 'drama by press con'

Sep 25, 2018 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'The court has spoken,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after a Makati court ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference at the Senate on September 18, 2018, days before a Makati court ordered his arrest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque slams Jason Aquino after Duterte's lower ratings

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the rice issue, which is close to the gut, has made Filipinos forget all the other achievements of the Duterte administration

EMBATTLED AQUINO. There have been calls for NFA Administrator Jason Aquino to resign. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ompong-hit families can borrow up to P150,000 from Pag-IBIG

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Borrowers only need to bring a photo of their house and their title to annotate their loans, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

FULLY DAMAGED. A house in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, is wiped out after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Malacañang says Marcos, Enrile can't twist Martial Law history

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'We are implementing the law, and the law says there should be reparations paid to victims of Martial Law,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MARTIAL LAW. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says former senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Juan Ponce Enrile cannot twist the history of Martial Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Philippines sends condolences over Vietnam president's death

Sep 23, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'recalls with fondness the warmth and the hospitality' extended to him by the late Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang

File Presidential Photo

Malacañang won't object if Ombudsman dismisses Mocha Uson

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

But asked if President Rodrigo Duterte himself will fire the communications assistant secretary even before the Ombudsman's decision, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says, 'As of now, no'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th anniversary of the public service show, 'Buhay OFW', at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on October 18, 2017, recognizes the role of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in helping the OFWs. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Shut up or free speech? Roque, Bong Go respond to Mar Roxas’ rice crisis advice

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The two Malacañang officials give contrasting responses to the suggestions of former interior secretary Mar Roxas

Harry Roque defends Duterte joke belittling Loacan church

Sep 18, 2018 - 10:31 PM

'Let us not take his word always literally,' Roque said during a September 17 media briefing

DEFENDING A JOKE. Images from Robinson Niñal Jr and Yancy Lim/Presidential Photo

Trillanes tells critics: 'If I can add stress to you, then well and good'

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'Just enjoy the show, right? Kumbaga if manggigil sila, mainis sila, then I have partly achieved the objective,' adds Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No casualties reported for now due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) A 39-year-old resident from Baguio sustains injuries after his house collapsed due to the typhoon

SHELTER FROM THE STORM. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte monitors Typhoon Ompong, eyes trip to affected areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:03 AM

'Knowing him, (President Rodrigo Duterte) will be the first to go to the affected area as soon as the weather will allow his choppers to take off,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MONITORING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the disaster preparedeness briefing of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad inside the Operations Room of the NDRRMC Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte outburst at military was sign of 'confidence' – Roque

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's 'seeming incitement is also an expression of confidence' that no one would follow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's example

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the members of his cabinet following the dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'No need' to add Duterte's Gazmin theory to Trillanes amnesty order

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:31 PM

For Malacañang, President Duterte's new theory can just be part of arguments before the courts but law professor Tony La Viña says if the government wants to make use of this, Proclamation No 572 must be amended to include it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque signed statement urging amnesty for Trillanes, other mutineers in 2010

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The statement urges then-president Benigno Aquino III to grant amnesty to the soldiers as they already 'suffered the consequences of their actions' and 'paid their dues'

Duterte 'speaking to nation' on September 11

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Malacañang can't say what President Rodrigo Duterte will talk about during the press conference set for 3 pm on Tuesday, September 11

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018, expresses his intent of improving the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in Jordan. ARCEL VALDERRAMA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Other amnesty certificates signed by Gazmin may be questioned – Roque

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Malacañang says President Duterte came up with an order against Trillanes specifically because he was the 'acknowledged leader' of the Oakwood and Manila Peninsula incidents

Duterte: We're trying to control inflation

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte blames US President Donald Trump's trade war with China for inflation back home

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the plane upon arriving at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan on September 5, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Roque told people not to vote for 'self-professed murderer' Duterte

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Way back when, lawyer Harry Roque urged people to oppose Rodrigo Duterte's presidential candidacy 'because the right to life is the most important of all'

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque on 9-year high inflation: 'Nothing to worry about'

Sep 07, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Malacañang says the 6.4% August inflation rate is 'not ridiculously high' and points to other indicators that show a healthy Philippine economy

Amnesty of other Magdalo mutineers to be reviewed too – Roque

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Nicanor Faeldon and Danilo Lim are Duterte appointees who were also granted amnesty by the previous administration. Will their ties with the President affect the government's review of their amnesty?

ETHICS CASE. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon files an ethics complaint against his former friend Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

'Nothing political' in Trillanes amnesty revocation, says Malacañang

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to void Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty is 'based on law and on facts,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

8 'very possible' senatorial bets announced at PDP-Laban assembly

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The potential bets, mostly lawmakers, are introduced during the PDP-Laban Leadership Assembly

LINEUP. PDP-Laban announces 8 "very possible" personalities part of their Senatorial slate.

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Aug 31, 2018 - 9:23 PM

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Roque: Visayas, Mindanao 'more liberal' in defining what is offensive

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is 'mature enough' to know when his jokes are 'too low,' says Malacañang after his joke about rape cases in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the guests during the 49th Charter Day celebration of Mandaue City at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex (MCCSC) in Cebu on August 30, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang tells activist priest to file writ of amparo

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'It can be filed in the lower courts and it will be acted upon expeditiously,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assures Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal

Father Amado "Picx" Picardal walks his bike out of the Baclaran Church after his sendoff mass on Wednesday.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Malacañang denies De Castro named Chief Justice as 'reward'

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'upheld judicial professionalism by appointing [the] most senior of aspirants'

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice's impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday voted to allow justices and employees invited by the committee to testify in its hearings. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang demands apology from Xiamen Air

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Aside from an apology, Malacañang says whoever is responsible for the mishap must be held accountable, including, possibly, the Xiamen Air pilot

Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roque to Naga officials: Duterte doesn't need to prove shabu claim

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'People in government should not be onion-skinned. The balm to wounded feelings is a clean conscience,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

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

Amid rumor of Duterte coma, Malacañang insists no need for medical bulletins

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'There's no information that the President is sick,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he fends off observations about President Rodrigo Duterte's complexion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc. (LTFI) National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH mourns death of Kofi Annan, 'champion of humanity'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:13 AM

(UPDATED) The late UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has 'made our world a better place to live in,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

'CHAMPION FOR HUMANITY.' Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference on February 14, 2016. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

MISLEADING: Roque says cash-based budget ‘implemented,' 'worked’ in 2018

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Fiscal Year 2018 is still obligation-based. The budget department merely recommended that agencies implement their budgets as if they're cash-based, to prepare for the use of that system in 2019.

Let's not forget Kian delos Santos, lawmakers say

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:58 PM

'The act of remembering is an act of defiance against the killings. To forget is to give consent,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'

Aug 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality

Malacañang on driver-only car ban: 'Let's give it a chance'

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies the policy discriminates against certain drivers, citing similar rules being implemented abroad

An MMDA enforcer gives instruction to a 'driver-violator' during the dry run of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Traffic Scheme on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, in Cubao, Quezon Citry. Driver-only vehicles are barred from using EDSA from Quezon City to Magallanes in Makati City and vice versa from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roque on Marcos as Duterte successor: What would Alan say?

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insists Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano is President Duterte's 'number one preference' as successor, even if he has not mentioned it in public

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2019 budget deadlock? Roque points to new House leadership

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'How else do you explain Congress refusing to act on the President’s budget?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

House 'blocking' 2019 budget – Malacañang

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'It looks like it's the minority who is in power in Congress,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he expresses Malacañang's displeasure over the House's suspension of budget hearings

Malacañang welcomes DOJ drug charges vs Peter Lim

Aug 12, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'Big fish or small, our war against drugs spares no one,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CHARGED. In July 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim (in white). File Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PPD

Malacañang sees improved ties between Duterte, new UN rights chief

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine government welcomes the appointment of former Chile president Michelle Bachelet as new chief UN human rights commission

Joint development deal may be finalized before Xi visit – Roque

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to fly to the Philippines in late 2018, after he attends the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

All Cabinet members support federalism, insists Malacañang

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:52 PM

It is 'incumbent' upon all Cabinet members to make the shift to federalism happen, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, after two economic managers questioned the Consultative Committee's draft charter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet before presiding over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Is Mocha Uson above reprimand?

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Unable or unwilling to respond directly to calls from the public to hold Uson accountable for her 'vulgar' video about federalism, Malacañang instead challenges critics to file a complaint against the official

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zero budget for PCOO? 'Huwag naman po,' says Roque

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:19 PM

'PCOO...is providing an indispensable role,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says in defense of the government agency

Photo by Angie de Silva

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Malacañang urges Martires: 'Immediately' enforce Carandang dismissal

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'It's immediately executory and we would like the order to be implemented immediately, as soon as the new Ombudsman takes his oath,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Malacañang urges Liza Maza to surrender

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'We expect Cabinet members to adhere to the rule of law in this country,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque about the warrants of arrest for NAPC Secretary Maza and 3 others

ARREST ORDER. File photo shows National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza, during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 16, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Legal process continues despite Ben Tulfo refusal to return P60M – Roque

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Tulfos are supposed to return the payment because of a Commission on Audit notice of disallowance, but this can still be appealed

Roque taps former Senate President staff to be deputy spokesperson

Jul 26, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque asks Pip Chungalao, a graduate of UP College of Law and former staff of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, to be his deputy