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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?

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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

CHED head Licuanan also banned from Cabinet meetings

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:01 AM

UPDATED Where do I go from here? Definitely not Cabinet meetings Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan tells Rappler She says there is still a lot of work to do at CHED

#LabanLeni trends after Robredo decides to quit as housing czar

Dec 05, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo s supporters urge her to stay strong while her critics claim she was an incompetent HUDCC head

'Great loss': Lawmakers react to Robredo resignation from Cabinet

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Umaandar ang mga pwersang gustong ibalik ang mga Marcos sa kapangyarihan Hindi natin ito papayagan says Senator Francis Pangilinan

STAYING GROUNDED. Vice President Leni Robredo shares that it's a struggle getting used to the attention, but she makes it a point to keep herself grounded.

Palace: Duterte, Robredo have 'irreconcilable differences'

Dec 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Secretary Evasco however says there were no instructions for VP Robredo s termination Speaker Alvarez disagrees saying he thinks she is fired

Photo by Exequiel Supera/PPD

How did Duterte break with Robredo? Through text message

Dec 04, 2016 - 7:52 PM

It s through a text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco that Vice President Leni Robredo is told to desist from attending Cabinet meetings

LAST MEETING? Vice President and outgoing HUDCC chair Leni Robredo speaks to Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco during a December 2 meeting in Malacañang. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

FULL TEXT: 'I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen' – Robredo

Dec 04, 2016 - 7:30 PM

I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life says Vice President Leni Robredo who is resigning as HUDCC chairperson

Robredo to resign from Duterte Cabinet

Dec 04, 2016 - 6:01 PM

3rd UPDATE Vice President Leni Robredo says she s stepping down as HUDCC chairperson after being told to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings

OUT OF THE CABINET. Vice President Leni Robredo resigns from her post as President Rodrigo Duterte's HUDCC chair. File photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Duterte in Japan, citizens’ hotline, Vatican on cremation | 6PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Duterte signs EO for 8888 citizen complaint center

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The 24 7 hotline and complaint center will have a strong link to the President himself as top aide Christopher Go will help oversee its operations

UNDER EVASCO'S OFFICE. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr (left) is in charge of the 8888 Citizen Complaint Center. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacanang PPD

Aguirre, Trillanes, Google | 6PM wRap

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:17 PM

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Trillanes: No need for coup vs 'self-destructing' Duterte

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Alam nyo di na kailangan mag coup sa gobyernong ito dahil nagsasarili naman says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on allegations he is among those behind an ouster plot against the President

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Martial law victims in Duterte Cabinet urged to speak up

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says these Cabinet members should urge President Rodrigo Duterte not to push through with Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

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Duterte's 1st EO: Simpler, faster anti-poverty services

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:52 PM

12 agencies are placed under the supervision of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr who will have the power to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and streamline them

'RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT.' President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace on June 30, 2016

Aquino offers to help Duterte beyond transition

Jun 17, 2016 - 5:15 PM

I congratulated him and we asked each other how we were More or less it was a pleasant conversation says President Benigno Aquino III of his phone conversation with president elect Rodrigo Duterte

OFFER. Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III offers help to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte during, after transition period. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte transition team visits Malacañang

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Coloma says President Aquino invited the Duterte team to a tour of the main Palace building

Photo courtesy of Bong Go

PODCAST: Leoncio Evasco Jr. on Duterte’s ‘unorthodox campaign’

Jan 17, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Duterte s campaign manager talks about his candidate s message of real democracy as opposed to elite democracy and the biggest hurdle: campaign funds