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Cue the hair flip! Frontliner helper Robredo throws shade at PACC critic

Apr 02, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo didn't have to say much to clap back at her critic, PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna

HAIR FLIP QUEEN. A now-viral GIF on Twitter shows Vice President Leni Robredo flipping her hair. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

Paolo Duterte's son cuts line at grocery store then later apologizes

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Blind items accusing the President's grandson of cutting the line at a Davao City grocery store surface on social media. Omar is Paolo's son with former wife, Lovelie Sangkola.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go witness the program proper during the presentation of firearms handed over by surrenderees from the Abu Sayyaf Group at the Capitol Site in Patikul, Sulu on March 26, 2018. Joining the President is his grandson Omar Duterte. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pinoys online livid over ‘Stay at home for us’ gimmick in House

Mar 23, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Social media users are appalled by the gall of Cabinet and House members to lump themselves with the overworked health workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19

'STAY AT HOME FOR US.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (1st from L) and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (center) hold up their now-notorious manila paper message on March 23, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

This time, Mocha Uson 'transfers' a Benguet town to Baguio City

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Netizens are quick to catch the OWWA deputy administrator's gaffe

BAGUIO CITY in BENGUET. OWWA Deputy administrator Mocha Uson "transfers" Baguio City to Benguet town in an interview via Facebook live. Screengrab from Mocha Uson Blog

‘Lord’ Alan Peter Cayetano? Speaker has painting of lawmakers praying over him

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano loves this unique painting inside his office

PRAYING TO THE 'LORD.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center) leads a press conference with other House leaders with a unique painting as their backdrop. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'I've always supported my father,' says Sara Duterte

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says President Rodrigo Duterte's fear of her is only 'in his mind'

CONFIRMED. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's ad interim appointment to the rank of Colonel as an Army Reservist was confirmed by Commission on Appointments. Photo from Senator Bong Go's Facebook page

Foes to allies? Fierce critic Alan Cayetano woos Gloria Arroyo

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells his predecessor, 'hopefully, ma’am this bridge, from your speakership to mine, will also serve as bridge from your family to mine'

ALL SMILES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (L) sits beside former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inside the House of Representatives on March 11, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Ligo tayo': Amid coronavirus, Duterte jokes he'll swim in Boracay with Puyat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also brushes aside a 'no-touch' policy between him and the public

ANOTHER JOKE? President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

Territorial dispute: Pia Cayetano fumes over Marcos tackling Citira at committee hearing

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:14 PM

'Please don’t try to mediate,' Senator Pia Cayetano, chair of the ways and means committee, tells fellow senators. 'Resolve the jurisdictional issue.'

'CLARITY'. Senator Pia Cayetano says she wants clarity over Senate rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'If we're acting like a province of China, why allow POGOs?' – Drilon

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:36 PM

'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically

TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS. China is out against gambling as Philippines embraces the industry in its shores. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

With blood pact, new ICAD co-chair Dante Jimenez vows commitment to drug war

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez proves his support for the drug war with a thumbprint marked in blood

NEW ROLE. Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez at a press conference in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

Who run the world? Women ‘take over’ the House of Representatives

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Congresswomen take the lead during the House session to mark the start of Women's Month

WOMEN TAKEOVER. Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos Recto presiding during the House session on March 2, 2020. Screenshot from House of Representatives' Youtube account

Greenhills negotiator also led talks in 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career

BUNGLED CRISIS. Philippine police at the Luneta hostage crisis. File photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

Dela Rosa's lament: We're majority but we don't get the votes

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:41 PM

'So pasalamat dapat si Minority Leader [Franklin Drilon] because he belongs to the minority but he gets the majority vote,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa

BE THANKFUL? Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela  Rosa airs his 'sama ng loob' on the dynamics in the Senate. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Newbie senator Bong Go thinks Drilon's ABS-CBN reso reeks of politicking

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a 4-time Senate president

POLITICS? In this file photo, Senator Bong Go listens as Senator Franklin Drilon asks him questions. November 6, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PCOO meeting with Reporters Without Borders not so 'fruitful' after all?

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Bastard, Reporters Without Borders Asia Pacific desk head, recalls telling Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that they can agree to disagree

Celebrating Valentine's Day amid coronavirus scare, according to Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III demonstrates the 'best greeting' on Valentine's Day

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tolentino 'advises' AFP to ask for U.S. equipment when VFA ends

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:41 PM

'Baka naman makahingi tayo ng p'wede nating gamitin,' says Senator Francis Tolentino as 'advice' to new AFP chief Felimon Santos Jr

'Not in session hall?' 6 senators allied with Duterte withdraw vote in VFA review reso

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Senator Sotto asks Senator Marcos: 'Then why did you not object? Senator Dela Rosa abstained. If you were in the session hall, then you should have abstained.'

ABSTAIN. Senator Imee Marcos tells the Senate plenary she wants to change her vote on the resolution backing the review of the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military members disagree with VFA termination – senior officers

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Scrapping the key military pact with the US is disadvantageous to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, say two senior military officers who spoke on condition of anonymity

END OF AN ERA? A Filipino marine and his American counterpart watch a US Osprey fly by during a joint military exercise in Ternate, Cavite, in October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Manila Water employees jittery over Razon’s entry

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:27 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Water's employees want to hear big news direct from management rather than the media

Take that, trolls! In Batangas, Robredo embraces the ‘Leni Lugaw’ tag

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:12 PM

The Vice President also gives pan de sal to the evacuees, sending a message to her critic and administration propagandist Mocha Uson

Vice President Leni Robredo holds up the "Lugaw Leni" sign during her visit to Brgy. Bolbok, Tuy, Batangas on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Here, VP Leni herself served merienda for residents affected by the Taal Volcano's unrest. The sign was placed by the staff at the lugaw and pandesal station, making light of one of the most overused troll comments against the Vice President. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Locsin, new China envoy ring in 2020 together

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian start the New Year with a resolution to 'seize the day and live life to the full'

2020. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr celebrates the new year with newly appointed China Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian. Photo from Chinese Embassy in Manila

Robredo pokes fun at brief ICAD stint: 'From drug czar to drug char'

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes her 18-day stint as co-chief of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

20 QUESTIONS IN 3 MINUTES. Vice President Leni Robredo posts a quick Q&A video on her social media accounts on December 27, 2019. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

Manny Pangilinan gears up for battle: Maynilad not for sale

Dec 17, 2019 - 7:37 AM

Manny Villar to take over water distribution in Metro Manila? 'We will not sell.... We will not stand down,' MVP tells Maynilad executives

Aquino stayed at Makati Med ICU for security reasons

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Nothing out of the ordinary,' says the former president's spokesperson Abi Valte of his health

'ALRIGHT.' Former president Benigno Aquino III is currently at the Makati Medical Center   for an executive check-up. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No one fit to be PNP chief? 'I’d rather not appoint anybody' – Duterte

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:18 PM

'Ako na maghawak,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the Philippine National Police in the event he can't find an 'honest' cop to helm the force

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Slip of the tongue? Salceda calls Duterte gov’t an ‘authoritarian regime’

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Administration-allied lawmaker Joey Salceda also says House members tend to vote in favor of the President's legislative agenda 'out of fear of him'

ON THE HOT SEAT. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda weights in on the P50-million SEA Games 'kaldero' issue. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Trick or treat, I hate drugs!': Duterte Halloween masks for sale on Amazon

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Philippine leader who ordered a bloody house-to-house crackdown on illegal drugs is now a Halloween mask

Cayetano’s 49th birthday wish: ‘Praying for twins, soon’

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Speaker is hoping for a bigger family for him and his wife, Taguig congresswoman Lani Cayetano

BIRTHDAY WISH. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano blows his birthday cake as his wife and Taguig City 2nd District Representative Lani Cayetano looks on. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Inside Camp Crame, generals grumble over Gamboa’s revamp

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police generals are shocked and angered by the abrupt 'revamp' ordered by their officer in charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa. The current top cop believes it's necessary for an organization in crisis.

QUESTIONED. PNP officer-in-charge Archie Gamboa during a Camp Crame press briefing. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Vico Sotto would offer Bobby Eusebio a Christmas gift

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Pasig mayor knows the old power is out to retake the city from him, but he is not about to resort to dirty tricks just to stay in office

NO TRAPO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Supreme Court chief justice: Of leaks and faux pas

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Who does the President really want? Insiders whisper his preferred candidate is not among the 3 candidates, but someone more junior.

WATCH: Panelo serenades real estate executives

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo breaks the norm and breaks into song during a typically stiff business forum

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Dela Rosa: Are outbreaks created so vaccines make money?

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine's Celia Carlos takes the question seriously and says they have checks and policies in place to prevent 'untoward things' from happening

File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson rebuffs Congress: ‘Wrong’ to say House passed 2020 budget in record time

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson points out that the House of Representatives' work isn't finished yet – it still has a period of amendments, after which it will finalize its version of the budget bill

WRONG. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's too early for House of Representatives to celebrate over the passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte attends baptism of Lord Allan Velasco's daughter Sara

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The grand floral-themed affair is also graced by tycoon Ramon Ang, senators Bong Go and Sonny Angara, and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attends as a mentor in the baptism of Sara Velasco at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City on September 22, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Poe-Tugade spat escalates: 'Underperforming' vs 'full of herself'

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Transportation speaks for its chief, saying Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade 'will not allow himself to be used as props for political theatrics'

ONGOING FEUD. The tension between Senator Grace Poe and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade continues beyond the Senate session hall. Photos by Joel Liporada and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte thinks Panfilo Lacson wants to be president

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte openly blasts Senator Panfilo Lacson for criticizing him as he floats the lawmaker's possible presidential candidacy

LEAK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says billions of pesos are lost to STL operators, some of which are retired cops and military men. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

All is well? Cayetano berates Ungab over 2020 budget row

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano unsurprisingly takes the side of his ally and Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte instead

SORTED OUT? House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab (2nd from L) stands awkwardly with other House leaders after their meeting on September 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's office

Locsin breaks through 'Great Firewall' of China

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr initially bids farewell to Twitter before leaving for China, where the social media platform is blocked. But the silence doesn't last long.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from media after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Lagman hits 'ballistic' Bong Go: I didn't even name you

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'Paucity of merit and reason cannot be concealed by unparliamentary language and malevolent innuendoes,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman

CLAP BACK. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman responds to Senator Bong Go's privilege speech against him. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Asked to explain Malasakit Centers, Bong Go ridicules Lagman’s looks instead

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:12 PM

After Albay congressman calls the Malasakit Centers a 'partisan tool,' the senator says Lagman's face is 'beyond repair' even by the one-stop shop for government services

FIRST PRIVILEGE SPEECH. Senator Christopher Lawrence 'Bong'€ Go gives his first privilege speech regarding his project €œMalasakit Centers€ at the plenary session at the senate on August 27, 2019 and lambasted Congressman Edcel Lagman'€™s comment questioning the project. Photo by Angie de Slva/Rappler

Bicol tycoon in old Bikoy accusations hosts Duterte in power plant inauguration

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is guest of honor at the opening of a power plant owned by Zaldy Co, the businessman mentioned in Peter Advincula's retracted allegations about a drug syndicate

What connects Duterte to Fujian Normal University?

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Why is a college in a Chinese university named after President Rodrigo Duterte's mother? The answer lies in the President's Fujian connection: Chinese tycoon Jose Kho.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award Rank of Kamagi on businessman Jose Kho during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH to show ‘Quezon’s Game’ in Israel after deportation of Filipinos

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:47 PM

'It will be done,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr assures senators, who suggest reminding Israel of former Philippine president Manuel Quezon's efforts to save Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime

OPEN PH DOORS. In an untold story of Philippine History, Manuel Quezon tries to save many Jews from World War 2 by allowing them to enter the Philippines. Photo from YouTube Screenshot/ABS-CBN Star Cinema