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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

NCRPO chief Eleazar might want to check on this police district director

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:00 PM

This police district director has required the thousands of cops in his jurisdiction to pay P100 each for the renovation of toilets in his headquarters

'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

Not all EPD cops pleased with Mocha Uson as community relations speaker

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Eastern Police District reportedly withdrew an invitation to a businessman – the original event speaker – in favor of the controversial blogger

GUEST. Blogger and President Duterte's ardent supporter Mocha Uson graces the community relations event of the Eastern Police District on July 29, 2019. Sourced photo

Isko Moreno impersonates 'old politician': 'Itatapon ko na ba ang basura?'

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Moreno does an evident parody of his predecessor, former president and Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, but claims he wasn't referring to anyone in particular

COMIC RELIEF. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno rants about corruption then impersonates an 'old politician.' Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to Cayetanos: When will our dynasties end?

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:08 PM

President Duterte also weighs in on his 3 older children – he approves of Sara, is happy Sebastian is into public service, but he doesn't see much of his eldest son Paolo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with his daughter, reelectionist Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, during his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HNP-HTL) campaign sortie at the Davao City Recreation Center on May 10, 2019. Also in the photo is his son, Sebastian Duterte, who is running unopposed for vice mayor. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Did stubborn PCSO employees trigger Duterte's order vs gambling?

Jul 29, 2019 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's surprise order is borne of his frustration over supposedly corrupt PCSO personnel resisting their transfers to other sectors, says an insider

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the local chief executives at The Manila Hotel on July 23, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How does Isko Moreno sleep?

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Ever wonder how Isko Moreno works past everyone else's sleep time?

LIVE. Isko Moreno holds his weekly briefing on Friday evening, July 26. Screnshot from Moreno's Facebook page

Old wives’ tales from the barangays of Pasig

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:32 PM

People obtain the most basic and mundane government services at the barangay, and its small inefficiencies and petty corruption snowball into a huge challenge for the city's new mayor

GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Vico Sotto supporters gather at the Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Prankster sends 25 boxes of pizza to Cebu City mayor's office

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:00 PM

While the mayor’s secretary forgot how much they paid, Labella's staff say they pooled their money to pay the order instead of rejecting it

Outgoing Cebu City top cop Garma takes one last jab at Osmeña

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Stripping her office bare isn't one of the things police colonel Royina Garma will do before stepping down as Cebu City police director

LEAVING OFFICE. Police colonel Royina Garma says she's not taking anything from the Cebu City Police Office before stepping down. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

'Amoy tae!' Isko Moreno laments state of Bonifacio Monument

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'Sa tabi mismo ng opisina ng alkalde...the seat of power of Manila, tapos ito, amoy tae rito, nagkalat,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as he sees the sight of excrement by the hero's monument

SORRY SIGHT. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno laments the sorry state of the Bonifacio Monument, surrounded by stool only a few feet from the city hall. Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Duterte teases Arroyo: She was 'hard to deal with' as president

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:12 PM

During her farewell dinner as House Speaker, Arroyo replies to Duterte: 'It was never my intention to be difficult with you…So I only wish that I had better EQ so I could have second-guessed everything you wanted'

Photo from the office ofn Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Marcos gets Trillanes' Senate office: 'Papabendisyunan sa Igorot'

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Outgoing Senator Sonny Trillanes says, If she's saying it to insinuate na masama akong tao, then sobrang kaipokritohan naman 'yun, even for a Marcos'

RITUAL? Senator-elect Imee Marcos says she eyes her new office room to be blessed by the Igorots. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Old habits die hard: In Cebu, Gloria Arroyo walks out over political questions

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Even retirement has not made the former president ease up on the kinds of questions the media can ask

After 'reunion,' Pastor Apollo Quiboloy tags along with Duterte in Sulu trip

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'I'd be happy to see more of the pastor in the coming days,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after his first meeting with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in 3 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte introduces Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. founder and lead Pastor Apollo Quiboloy to Sulu Governor Abdusakur Mahail Tan during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on June 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte Youth’s Cardema attends House party-list bloc meeting

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Ronald Cardema meets with other party-list lawmakers on the same day the Comelec grants his petition to be the first nominee of Duterte Youth in the 18th Congress

NOT A CONGRESSMAN YET. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is seen at the party-list bloc's meeting at Batasang Pambansa on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dismissed as PMA cadet, Duterte Youth's Cardema now school's adviser

May 31, 2019 - 8:46 PM

He has been named to the Philippine Military Academy board of advisers in his former capacity as National Youth Commission chairperson

ADVISER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (front, 3rd left) stands as a member of the Philippine Military Academy nearly a decade after he was dismissed as a cadet. Sourced photo

Duterte implies being gay is a disease

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Nagamot ko ang sarili ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after saying he used to be gay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte responds to the discussions during the meeting with the Japanese tourism partners at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Is the speakership battle a proxy war of tycoons?

May 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

A left-leaning congressman thinks so, with millions in cash allegedly being used to buy votes among lawmakers to secure the speakership

Duterte's prolonged absences, skipped events? 'Overworked, resting'

May 17, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) In recent weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte has stayed out of the public eye for days on end and has failed to show up at several engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some of the guests during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Also in the photo is former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Albay bank runs out of small bills few days before elections

May 12, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Make a guess why this bank has released small bills worth up to P100 million just before the May 13 elections

You had a good cockroach laugh, but did you fume over Duterte quip on lady mayor’s panty?

May 10, 2019 - 8:46 PM

While campaigning for gubernatorial bet Jun Evasco in Bohol, President Duterte puts the mayor of Garcia Hernandez town on the spot – talking about her beauty and...her panty

ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of (from left) Bohol 2nd District Board Member Tomas Abapo Jr, Garcia-Hernandez Mayor Tita Gallentes, gubernatorial candidate Leoncio Evasco Jr, and senatorial bet Christopher Lawrence Go during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Malacañang Photo

'Volunteers': Bong Go says celebrities help him for free

May 07, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Entertainment and celebrities are the core of Bong Go's campaign

Duterte allies hit 2019 campaign trail on big bikes

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Whether it’s a flair for drama or the need for speed they find reason to set loose their big bikes on the campaign trail

Guess: Will ex-Ombudsman Morales run for public office?

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:37 AM

It's a question that has been on many Filipinos' minds since the feisty Conchita Carpio Morales retired from government

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her speech at the Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum at the University of the Philippines Bonifacio Global City campus on April 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte visited Michael Yang in China around time he finalized presidential bid

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Towards the end of 2015, then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte paid his friend Michael Yang a visit in Xiamen

Photo from Baike.com

Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'