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PSG gets more bomb-sniffing dogs to protect Duterte

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Presidential Security Group will get 18 new dogs under the 2018 budget

DINDO'S DUTY. Presidential Security Guard (PSG) Chief Sergeant Richard Parco plays with Dindo, a k9 Belgian Malinois dog, inside the Malacanang Grounds in Manila. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Duterte to errant cops: 'Wala kayong silbi, salot kayo'

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:05 PM

A 'special unit' will be ordered to kill police involved in crime syndicates if these cops make a 'mistake,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Trillanes hits Malacañang for 'publicity stunt' with fishermen

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

'The definition of harassment can be twisted. The fact [that] the Chinese coast guard [personnel] went on board their [boat] against their will shows they're helpless,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Malacañang reaps fruits of tireless attacks on press freedom

May 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The government cannot just trample on press freedom and get away with it

Piston says Malacañang 'spreading fake news' on transport strike

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says it has not monitored any threats in Metro Manila

NO MORE TRANSPORT STRIKE. Piston national president George San Mateo disputes what he calls Malacanang's 'fake news' that transportation groups have continued their strike beyond March 19, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler to Harry Roque: Duterte ban about press freedom

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'It is not the government's role to say who can cover what, and when, and where,' says Rappler after President Duterte banned Rappler from Malacañang

DUTERTE BAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (center) defends the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte (left) to ban Rappler from Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

Duterte on Isabelle's photo shoot: Just a 'small matter'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:35 PM

'Wala naman ako doon,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the controversial pictorial session of his granddaughter in Malacañang

When is it proper to use Malacañang, presidential seal for private purposes?

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Seat of power or party venue? As Malacañang's history shows, it has been both.

LOOK: Isabelle Duterte's pre-debut photo shoot in Malacañang

Dec 15, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The granddaughter of President Rodrigo Duterte brings top stylists and make-up artists to the country's seat of power for a photo shoot

Malacañang calls on Chief Justice Sereno to resign

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Palace says her stepping down would spare the Supreme Court from further damage

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

On day of rally vs EJKs, Malacañang seeks Church's help vs drugs

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Malacañang also says the President allows 'constructive dissent,' as the Church prepares for a big rally against alleged extrajudicial killings

BETTER RAPPORT. New Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls for unity of the national government with the Catholic Church. Malacanang photo

Covering presidents: Life and times of Malacañang Press Corps

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:10 PM

This group of journalists assigned to Malacañang can claim a rich and colorful history of covering Philippine presidents

RECOGNITION. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the oath-taking of Malacañang Press Corps officers. Presidential photo

Fire hits homes near Malacañang Palace

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED A fire breaks out in the San Miguel residential district surrounding Malacañang Palace in Manila leaving around 400 families homeless

Palace: Nothing will change, Pacquiao still People's Champ

Jul 02, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Malacañang reminds Filipinos of the many victories Manny Pacquiao brought to the Philippines throughout his prizefighting career

'NOTHING WILL CHANGE.' Manny Pacquiao (R) loses via unanimous decision to Jeff Horn, but Malacañang and Pacquiao's colleagues in government stand by him 'in victory and in defeat.' Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

'People's Palace' no more? Online fury as Duterte says he 'owns' Malacañang

May 15, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Netizens remind President Rodrigo Duterte that he once said he wanted to rename Malacañang Palace to People s Palace

Palace suspends ERC chairman

May 03, 2017 - 9:02 PM

2ND UPDATE ERC chairman and CEO Jose Vicente Salazar is accused of serious dishonesty gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct

ON THE HOT SEAT. ERC chairperson and CEO Jose Vicente Salazar faces congressmen as the House probes the suicide of the late ERC director Francisco Villa Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Palace confirms Duterte's dinner invite to Robredo, family

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:03 PM

The President extends the invitation to the Vice President during Friday s Philippine National Police Academy graduation rites

CHAT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo at the sidelines of the 38th Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Commencement Exercises for 'Masidlak' Class of 2017 at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 24, 2017. Also in the photo is Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Malacañang: No flip-flop on Duterte's 'poor' beginnings

Feb 19, 2017 - 2:33 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says President Rodrigo Duterte merely explained how his family progressed

Palace defends Duterte: He's 'more visionary', 'transformational'

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Malacañang reacts to former president Ramos who expressed concern that Duterte appears to be making decisions without first consulting his Cabinet members

President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Philippine gov't apologizes for death of Jee Ick Joo

Jan 24, 2017 - 2:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte conveys his sympathies to the South Korean businessman s widow

EXTENDING SYMPATHY. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella holds a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacañang. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Duterte: PH to strengthen old friendships as it forges new ones

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:48 PM

The President mixes a prepared speech with spontaneous jokes at the traditional Palace event Vice President Leni Robredo is conspicuously absent

TOAST FOR 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte proposes a toast at his first vin d'honneur as Philippine President. Screenshot from RTVM video

Parts of Pasig River closed ahead of Black Nazarene feast

Jan 08, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Boats are barred from parts of the river near Malacañang Palace until early Tuesday morning January 10

SECURITY PREPS. The Philippine Coast Guard closes off parts of the Pasig River near Malacañan ahead of a religious procession that's expected to attract millions of devotees. Photo courtesy of the Official Gazette of the Philippines

Palace to Dela Rosa: Name favor-seeking friend

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Alamin natin kung sino muna si kumpare kasi malaking bagay ‘yan na kailangang malaman ng publiko says Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Banaag

PALACE BRIEFING. Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Banaag responds to questions at a news briefing for Malacanang reporters. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Palace spokesperson: We didn't know about Marcos burial

Nov 18, 2016 - 12:28 PM

With President Duterte Communications Secretary Andanar and Presidential Spokesman Abella abroad Palace spokesmen could not give media information about the burial

CONTROVERSIAL BURIAL. UP Manila students protest the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH condoles with Thailand on passing of King Bhumibol

Oct 13, 2016 - 10:31 PM

Malacañang on behalf of the Filipino nation extends its condolences to the king s family and the people of Thailand

7-DECADE REIGN. Thailand's King Bhumibol's reign began in 1946. Photo by EPA

Media barred from live coverage of Duterte's events on Sept 12

Sep 12, 2016 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED The Palace prohibits media from airing live Duterte s events on Monday September 12 but gives assurances that this is not the protocol for future events

DUTERTE AND MEDIA. The Palace places restrictions on media coverage for President Duterte's events on September 12, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

LIST: Appointees who took their oath on August 15, 2016

Aug 18, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Forty two appointees take their oath in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte

NEW GOV'T WORKERS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his newly-appointed officials do the fist gesture during the oath-taking ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on August 15. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte falls in line in Malacañang buffet

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:10 PM

Lawyer Lloyd del Socorro the person being held in the shoulders by Duterte in the viral photo tells the story behind the snap

Death penalty, PH vs China, ISIS territory | 12PM wRap

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Palace: It will be a 'very, very historic week' for the PH

Jul 10, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be very historic as the country awaits landmark announcements from The Hague and the Office of the President

HISTORIC WEEK. Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the week of July 10 will be a 'historic' one for the country.

Bahay Pangarap is Duterte's official residence in Manila

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte set to be the second president to live in Bahay Pangarap will be moving in on the week of July 11

DUTERTE'S FUTURE HOME. This is a photo of Bahay Pangarap taken in 2010. Photo by Jay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Duterte wants to focus on work, not 'little noises' – Palace

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:37 PM

In his first 100 days as Philippine president Duterte is likely to continue giving media the cold shoulder in order to focus on work says his spokesman

WORKAHOLIC' DUTERTE? President Rodrigo Duterte (R) reviews honor guards during the AFP change of command ceremony on July 1, 2016. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

WATCH: Youth's message for President Duterte

Jul 04, 2016 - 9:24 AM

What do the Filipino youth want to tell President Rodrigo Duterte as he starts his 6 year administration?

2016 ELECTIONS. The 2016 presidential elections highlighted the role of the youth in nation-building

Bongbong Marcos to attend Duterte's inauguration

Jun 29, 2016 - 1:23 PM

His sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is also invited to the June 30 event

FULL SUPPORT. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr will be attending the inaugural ceremony of his longtime friend, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Aquino: Life at the top for bachelor president

Jun 27, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Philippines first bachelor president survives the loneliest job in the country without losing his sense of humor

ABOUT FACE. President Benigno Aquino III at Philippine Navy 118th anniversary celebration on June 1, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacanang Photo Bureau

Palace urges communities to join #MMShakeDrill

Jun 18, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Malacañang says that the goal of the earthquake drill is to cultivate a culture of disaster preparedness in a country prone to different geological hazards

Rappler Talk: President Aquino's legacy and reflections on leadership

Jun 07, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Watch Benigno Aquino III speak to Rappler s Maria Ressa on his legacy his greatest challenges and his hopes for the next leadership on Tuesday June 7

Palace criticizes Madonna for 'disrespecting' PH flag

Feb 28, 2016 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED The organizers might also be sanctioned over the flag issue during the Queen of Pop s concert in the country

Malacañang suspends Cebu Mayor Mike Rama

Dec 09, 2015 - 8:41 PM

The opposition UNA of which Cebu Mayor Mike Rama is a member says the move is pure harassment from the ruling Liberal Party

SUSPENDED MAYOR. Mike Rama when he was proclaimed as Cebu's chief executive after the 2013 polls. The Palace recently ordered his suspension. File photo by Renante Tomas/Rappler

Malacañang congratulates Gilas Pilipinas on silver medal finish

Oct 04, 2015 - 1:54 PM

Malacañang Palace lauds the silver medal performance of Gilas Pilipinas at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship

RUNNER-UP. Gilas Pilipinas wears their silver medals after falling short in the final against China. Photo from FIBA

Help youth understand why 'never again' to martial law – Malacañang

Sep 20, 2015 - 4:54 PM

43 years after the declaration of martial law Malacañang hopes the youth will understand why the period should never happen again in the Philippines

Palace: 'Obvious motive' in VP rant vs Ombudsman over Mamasapano

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:13 PM

Malacañang says Vice President Jejomar Binay s criticism against the Ombudsman s findings on the bloody January 25 clash is expected

QUESTIONABLE? Vice President Jejomar Binay said on July 24 that the Ombudsman's decision only raises more questions on the Mamasapano incident. Graphics by Ernest Fiestan

Palace appeal to SONA protesters: Keep it peaceful, safe

Jul 25, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Please do not fight the police as they only want to keep the demonstrations peaceful Valte appeals in Filipino

WALKTHROUGH. A convoy of police cars pass through IBP road in Quezon City to familiarize cops with the areas affected by MMDA's traffic rerouting scheme for the State of the Nation address on Monday, July 27

Gov't taking steps to address dry spell – Palace

Mar 29, 2015 - 2:53 PM

With farmers suffering millions of pesos in agricultural damages the government says it is taking steps to mitigate the effects of the dry spell

File photo AFP

IN PHOTOS: Princess Anne visits Manila

Mar 17, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Princess Anne is in town for her charity and various humanitarian works

President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (March 17, 2015). Her visit is in connection with her charity and various humanitarian works. She has been President of Save the Children for more than four decades and an active advocate of children’s rights and protection. This is the second trip of Her Royal Highness to the Philippines. The first was in March 1999. The Princess Royal is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. Before receiving the title Princess Royal from her mother in June 1987, she was known as Princess Anne. The Princess Royal heads about 320 organizations. Also in photo are His Excellency Asif Anwar Ahmad, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Philippines, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Should Aquino apologize? Palace says no

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Malacañang continues to evade the question: why did President Aquino in the first place involve a suspended PNP chief in the Mamasapano operation?

NOTHING ILLEGAL. Malacañang defends President Benigno Aquino III's choice to consult former PNP Chief Alan Purisima on the deadly January 25 operations. File photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Did the President lie? Text messages contradict Aquino

Feb 23, 2015 - 6:54 PM

President Aquino apparently did more than just consult his good friend suspended police chief Alan Purisima on jargon on the day of Oplan Exodus

COVER UP? Malacañang denies Cabinet secretaries and other officials are covering up for the President regarding his role in the deadly operation that killed 44 elite cops. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace: SAF families wanted details of operation from Aquino

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:33 PM

They continue to ask for clarity on what happened so the President told them what he knows and what he understands to have happened in Mamasapano

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Benigno Aquino III makes an unscheduled visit to Camp Crame, the national police headquarters, on February 18, 2015, to meet with the families of Special Action Force commandos who died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Palace: Aquino open to disclosing his role in Mamasapano

Feb 18, 2015 - 4:42 PM

While President Benigno Aquino III s role in the deadly operation remains unclear Malacañang gives assurances he is willing to speak to the public about what he knows

COVER UP? Malacañang denies Cabinet secretaries and other officials are covering up for the President regarding his role in the deadly operation that killed 44 elite cops. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau