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Duterte taps Evasco to dialogue with religious groups

Jun 28, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Malacañang is still uncertain if President Rodrigo Duterte will accept the Papal Nuncio's invitation to Pope's Day celebration

The many times Duterte and his Cabinet contradicted each other

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Rice supply, salary increases for teachers and soldiers, briefings on Chinese harassment in Ayungin Shoal, ban on Rappler – these are just some of the issues over which the President didn't seem to consult his alter egos before speaking

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being 'too short-sighted'

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea engage in a discussion prior to the start of the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on April 4, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on Fox, Law groups on Duterte, North and South Korea | Evening wRap

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Evasco says ‘good relationship’ with Duterte intact

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'I can never break the good relationship I have with the President,' says Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the supervision of the National Food Authority from Evasco's office to the agriculture department

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on the sidelines of the NFA Council meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Evasco and NFA Council, Guevarra on Napoles, Bureau of Immigration releases Fox | Evening wRap

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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Nothing anomalous in selling Eastern Visayas rice to Bulacan traders – NFA

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The NFA rice stocks had to be sold quickly because they were 'aged stocks,' claims NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez

Rex Estoperez NFA Spokeperson. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jason Aquino won, consumers lost in NFA Council shake-up – Pangilinan

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:51 PM

'Bakit 'yung may track record na malinis at nagpapaimbestiga ng mga iligal na gawain sa NFA ang tinanggal habang ang mga sangkot sa kurakot ang kinampihan?' asks Senator Francis Pangilinan, former National Food Authority Council chair

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Evasco out as NFA Council chairman

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) The removal of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr from the National Food Authority Council is a 'loss in our fight against corruption in the importation and management of rice,' says Senator Bam Aquino

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President is NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte OKs gov't-to-gov't rice importation

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:19 PM

National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino has pushed for government-to-government importation but Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and the NFA Council have fiercely opposed it

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ on Rappler, Evasco on Aquino, Reuters team wins Pulitzer | Midday wRap

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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NFA's Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino's watch

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte defends NFA chief Jason Aquino: ‘I trust him’

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ignore the [NFA] Council which is mandated by law, go ahead and make the importations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RICE SUPPLY ISSUES. President Rodrigo Duterte talks rice traders during a meeting in Malacanang on April 5, 2018. Presidential Photo

Lawmakers slam Duterte's plan to abolish NFA Council

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Abolishing the National Food Authority Council 'turns a blind eye to allegations of corruption and condones incompetence and mismanagement by the [NFA] administrator,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Duterte wants NFA placed under Office of the President

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The President wants all rice importation matters to be handled by Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary General Ernesto Pernia. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to meet big rice traders amid NFA shortage

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Malacañang is requesting rice traders to help 'rather than take advantage of the situation to make money at the expense of the consuming public'

RICE SHORTAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with big rice traders on April 5, 2018, to discuss the NFA rice shortage. File photo by Malacañang

NFA rice shortage: Whose fault is it?

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The National Food Authority Council, says its spokesman, wonders why the NFA distributed a lot of its rice stocks to retailers during the harvest season

TIMELINE: Clashes between Evasco and NFA's Aquino

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Rappler traces important events marking conflict between the NFA Council, led by Cabinet Secretary Evasco, and NFA chief Jason Aquino, and how President Duterte has mediated between the two

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

On Duterte's orders, NFA Council speeds up rice procurement

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The National Food Authority Council targets the arrival of fresh rice stocks by mid-May

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on the sidelines of the NFA Council meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NFA Council activates authority to import 250,000 MT of rice

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The importation, to be done through government-to-private method, will be used to replenish the National Food Authority's rice buffer stock for calamities or other emergencies

Malacañang on NFA rice shortage: More stocks on the way

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the National Food Authority Council has not approved the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice because about 325,000 metric tons will arrive 'within the month'

NFA RICE. Malacañang says about 325,000 metric tons of rice will arrive in the country 'within the month.' File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte grassroots movement targets to bring down poverty rate to 14%

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is in Davao City to formally launch the Duterte administration’s Biyaya ng Pagbabago Program on Saturday, December 9

GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco (right) explains the Duterte government's efforts to bring economic benefits to the grassroots in a press conference in Davao City on December 8, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Duterte creates task force to speed up Yolanda rehab

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The task force headed by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr is designed to improve coordination between government agencies implementing Yolanda projects

Retired general Eduardo del Rosario is new housing czar

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Duterte appoints a retired military man to head the agency once led by Vice President Leni Robredo

Rappler Talk: Romulo dela Rosa, new PH Coconut Authority chief

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Dela Rosa takes over following the suspension of his predecessor Avelino Andal

Housing agencies ordered to use gender and dev't funds for Marawi

Jul 02, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr says the funds will be used to address the particular needs of women affected by the conflict

BAKWIT. Marawi residents have been living in evacuation centers or in the homes of relatives and friends since the clashes in the city began on May 23. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

NFA Council: 250k MT rice to be imported via private traders

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED The Council also introduces changes to the government to private importation scheme to guard against corruption

Duterte reorganizes Cabinet clusters to reflect priorities

May 19, 2017 - 7:52 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte creates new Cabinet clusters on infrastructure and participatory governance through Executive Order No 24

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of the Cabinet pray before the start of the 13th Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/ Presidential Photo

Stop Cabinet infighting, Drilon tells Medialdea

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:26 PM

The Executive Secretary should take a more active hand in resolving disputes in the Cabinet [He] should crack the whip in behalf of the President and bang heads says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

TOP CABINET OFFICIAL President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with his most senior Cabinet official, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left), at a Palace event on March 30, 2017. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

After Evasco, Go meeting, will NFA issue be resolved soon?

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Two of the President s most trusted men have a talk and make a show of friendship Does this mean the rice importation issue will be resolved soon?

DUTERTE'S TRUSTED. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and SAP Bong Go share a light moment at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Security Briefing held at the Philippine Ports Authority Conference Room in Bohol on April 19, 2017. Presidential photo

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

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

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

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?

Pulse Asia survey, Marcos, Arroyo | Evening wRap

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:22 PM

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Pangilinan seeks Senate probe into corruption in PH Coconut Authority

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr chair of the PCA governing board says the board members are ready to attend the probe and stand by the suspension of PCA Administrator Avelino Andal

Commemoration Dinner on the 4th death anniversary of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo at the Centennial Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan on August 18, 2016.

Evasco celebrates birthday after Duterte, also with grandkids

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco among the President s closest advisers turns 73 a day after Duterte turns 72

TWO BIRTHDAYS, TWO FRIENDS. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and President Rodrigo Duterte sit together at a housing summit in February 2016. Malacañang photo

NHA targets to build 500,000 houses in 2017 to solve backlog

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says they are offering beneficiaries houses for P120 000 payable in 30 years

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The National Housing Authority said there are 1.5 million Filipinos living in informal settlements that needs relocation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte to gov't workers: Stick to deadlines or you're out

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:53 PM

The President gives directors 15 days and department heads 30 days to sign documents Failure to do so could mean administrative charges

'JUST A GOVERNMENT WORKER.' President Rodrigo Duterte bows to Yolanda survivors during the 3rd anniversary of the super typhoon in Tacloban City on November 8, 2016. File photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Return coco levy to farmers? Duterte's promise and political will

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:30 PM

PART 3: Will the coconut farmers among the country s poorest of the poor finally claim what is rightfully theirs as promised by the President?

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. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Conclusion: Time for pro-democracy forces' agenda

Dec 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The November 25 and 30 mass actions have confirmed two things: first the existence of a critical mass of warm bodies to comprise the pro democracy movement; and second the emergence of young people or millennials as a new force to reckon with

Evasco: No move to create new political party for Duterte

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Jun Evasco Jr says the two newly created offices under his supervision are only part of a social movement to help the poor

CABINET SECRETARY. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio 'Jun' Evasco Jr addresses a group in Dipolog City. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Duterte signs EO creating Office of Participatory Governance

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:34 PM

The EO gives President Duterte a direct arm in responding to critical incidents and disasters and further strengthens the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr

DUTERTE'S TRUSTED MAN. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr (left) reviews some papers with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol before the start of the 6th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on September 14. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Evasco: Duterte demanded respect from Robredo

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED If you are a member of the Cabinet you should respect the presiding officer who happens to be the President says Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Jun Evasco Jr

PLOT VS LENI? Vice President Leni Robredo attends a security briefing in Malacañang. Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Robredo: Not a time for fear, but a time for courage

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED Vice President Leni Robredo elaborates on her resignation from the Duterte Cabinet saying that while she has been eased out she will continue doing the job she was elected to do

Robredo resigns from Cabinet, Evasco & KP, Senate probe | Midday wRap

Dec 05, 2016 - 5:37 PM

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Cabinet officials saddened by Robredo's resignation

Dec 05, 2016 - 5:20 PM

It’s sad that it had to end this way says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar Other Cabinet members recall the rapport between Duterte and Robredo during Cabinet meetings

MEETINGS WITH LENI. President Rodrigo Duterte assists Vice President Leni Robredo as she takes her seat during the 3rd Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on July 12, 2016, Tuesday. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

New 'party' Kilusang Pagbabago formed to protect Duterte

Dec 05, 2016 - 10:29 AM

UPDATED Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is gathering President Rodrigo Duterte s supporters nationwide to form a mass movement that could potentially become a new political party