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Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

Aquino, Garin, Abad, Ochoa face raps over dengue vaccine

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The 23-page complaint also implicates private respondents from French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur

'Confident' Aquino faces Senate probe into dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

'It's incumbent upon me as a citizen to try and allay certain fears; to put it in proper perspective,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Aquino, Abad, Ochoa to face Senate probe into dengue vaccine

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:08 PM

'I hope that my appearing will promote a more sober discussion leading to the formulation of appropriate actions,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

PROBE. Former president Benigno Aquino III is set to attend the Senate investigation into the controversial dengue vaccine. File photo from Malacañang

Aquino's Cabinet officials welcome him home

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Some days he also made it really difficult but for the most part he was our inspiration not only to do well but to do good says Aquino s tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr

WELCOME HOME. Former President Benigno Aquino lll is welcomed by his neighborhood at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday, June 30. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

June 30, Thursday, a regular working day – Palace

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Malacañang says June 30 2016 is a regular working day the same day when President elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President elect Leni Robredo will take their oath of office

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

The President's men, 6 years after

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Whom did President Benigno Aquino III listen to when he had to grapple with policy issues? How was he like to members of the Cabinet? Did he play favorites? How has he evolved in the past 6 years?

PRESIDENT'S MEN. President Benigno Aquino III and some members of his inner circle – Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Affairs Secretary Rene Almendras, and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

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

Cebu City mayor Mike Rama on suspension: Why did media know first?

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:09 PM

This is the second suspension order Rama has received after serving a 60 day suspension last December for ordering the demolition of the center island in Barangay Labangon

SUSPENSION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Edgar Labella address city hall members during a morning flag raising ceremony after Malacañang announced they were suspending the mayor, vice mayor and 12 city councilors over the distribution of calamity funds to city hall employees in 2013. Photo by Kent Pepito/Rappler

In Bulacan LP sortie, Balay and Samar 'collide'

Feb 25, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The presence of Cabinet chiefs in LP political rallies is nothing new But Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr is not associated with the pro Roxas Balay group

BULACAN SORTIE.President Benigno S. Aquino III, Liberal Party chairman, addresses local leaders at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Malolos City, Bulacan on February 23, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Senate wants Ochoa, Roxas, retired generals in Mamasapano probe

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe hopes the re opening of the investigation into a controversial police operation will only take one hearing

PROBE RE-OPENING. Former PNP OIC (retired) Deputy Director Leonardo Espina, former interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during the 2015 probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

PH transportation, new immigration chief, Pia Wurtzbach | 12PM wRap

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Palace sacks immigration chief, names Ochoa deputy as replacement

Jan 07, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Ronaldo Geron takes his oath as new immigration chief barely 2 weeks after Malacañang put Siegfred Mison under investigation

File photo of President Aquino

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

DTI chief makes final push for MSMEs initiatives

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Gregory Domingo also confirms he will stay as DTI chief at least until after the country s hosting of the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November

FINAL PUSH. DTI chief Gregory Domingo says he will continue pushing initiatives for micro, small and medium enterprises, which represent 98% of all registered businesses.

Iglesia property in The Fort sold for almost P1B

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:26 AM

EXCLUSIVE: The new owner of Fort Victoria in upscale Bonifacio Global City is New San Jose Builders Incorporated owned by a businessman close to the Aquino administration

FORT VICTORIA. A joint project between the Iglesia ni Cristo and New San Jose Builders stands tall in The Fort in Taguig. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler (c) Mark Z.Saludes

Part 1: Who is Glicerio Santos Jr in the Iglesia ni Cristo?

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:02 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] The elder Eraño Manalo had advised his son Eduardo, now executive minister, to always listen to the good counsel of Santos, also known as 'Kidlat', because he was 'quick to act'

Aquino accepts VP Binay resignation

Jun 22, 2015 - 8:52 PM

There were no personal interactions between Aquino and Binay The President confirmed the Vice President s decision over a phone call

SEVERED TIES? President Benigno S. Aquino III greets Vice President Jejomar Binay during the reception line for the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (January 12, 2015). (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Initial fleet of BMWs turned over to PH for APEC 2015

May 06, 2015 - 3:32 PM

BMW will provide more than 200 units of the BMW 7 Series Long Wheelbase Sedan and BMW 5 Series Sedan and Gran Turismo to transport APEC leaders and other dignitaries in the country

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. delivers his message during the symbolic BMW-APEC Turnover Ceremony at the Kalayaan Hall Grounds of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (May 06, 2015). The APEC 2015 National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC) accepts a sponsored fleet of BMW vehicles from the Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC). This year, the Philippines will host the APEC 2015 Summit.Also in photo Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, ACC president Marcar Parco,and BMW Sr. regional Manager ,Asia Pacific Thierry Weidenbach Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Sevilla: No pressure from Ochoa, Purisima to resign

Apr 27, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The former Customs chief clarifies the Finance Secretary and the Executive Secretary talked to him about a potential reassignment of an individual within the bureau but the two respected his decision not to go through with it

STEPPING DOWN. Ex-Customs Commissioner John P Sevilla resigns, after refusing political appointments.

Aquino accepts Purisima resignation, Mar on Purisima, TransAsia hero | The wRap

Feb 05, 2015 - 11:27 PM

President Aquino accepts the resignation of police chief Alan Purisima Mar Roxas denies asking President Aquino to fire Purisima And experts call the pilot of the Taiwanese plane a hero

Roxas: I didn’t ask Aquino to sack Ochoa, PNP chief

Feb 05, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Interior chief and Liberal Party stalwart Manuel Roxas II denies a report that he had asked the President to sack Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr and suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas (L) and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima (R) flank President Benigno Aquino III during an April 2014 command conference in Camp Crame.

Palace declares holidays in Metro Manila for Pope visit

Dec 23, 2014 - 2:08 PM

Malacanang declares 3 days as non working holidays in the National Capital Region during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines

BLESSING. From a balcony of his private apartment, Pope Francis blesses the faithful gathered below as he delivers the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer Regina Coeli in St. Peter Square, Vatican City, Vatican, 21 December 2014. Photo by Angelo Carconi / EPA
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'Hospitality will make APEC PH stand out'

Dec 10, 2014 - 4:48 PM

The Philippines biggest challenge to hosting APEC would be possible weather disturbances says the executive director of the APEC 2015 National Organizing Council

FILIPINO HOSPITALITY. APEC 2015 organizers say they will make APEC Philippines memorable through the country’s world-renowned hospitality. File photo by Rappler

PH officially begins its APEC chairmanship

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr welcomes guests to the Philippines as senior officials discuss priorities for APEC 2015

APEC-ISOM moved from Albay to Manila over Typhoon Hagupit

Dec 03, 2014 - 8:00 PM

While this is highly unfortunate we have deemed it best to err on the side of prudence and ensure the safety of the delegates says Malacañang

Image courtesy of APEC

Pope's Philippine trip 'both state and pastoral visit'

Nov 15, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Pope Francis will hold bilateral talks with the Philippine President as part of the state visit reflecting the highest level of hospitality honor and formality

HEAD OF STATE. Pope Francis is welcomed by South Korean president Park keun-hye (right, front) upon his arrival as they inspect a guard of honor at Seoul Airport in Seongnam City, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will also welcome Francis at the Villamor Air Base on January 15, 2015. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Philippines mulls holiday during Pope's visit

Nov 15, 2014 - 3:05 PM

The Philippine government vows to give Pope Francis the head of state of Vatican City all the courtesies provided to visiting heads of state

IN PHILIPPINES SOON. Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square in Vatican City on October 29, 2014. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Aquino's APEC, ASEAN trips to cost P24M

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Aquino will be in China for the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders Meeting and will then proceed to Myanmar to attend the 25th ASEAN Summit

OFF TO CHINA, MYANMAR. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his departure statement during the send-off ceremony at the NAIA terminal II before he departs for the APEC and ASEAN summits, 9 Nov 2014. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace suspends work in gov't offices

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Malacañang says the discretion to suspend work in private offices depends on the employers but urges them to consider the situation

FLOODS. A man holds on to a rope put in place by rescuers at Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City on September 19, 2014. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Should PSG protect Aquino's girlfriend?

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:24 PM

The Senate hearing on the Office of the President s proposed budget of P2 79 billion prompts a banter between friends Senator Escudero and Executive Secretary Ochoa

BUDGET BRIEFING: Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa

Pascual: UP needs P3B to replace retiring PhDs

Sep 11, 2014 - 4:15 PM

UP President Alfredo Pascual says improving the compensation of faculty members will make them less vulnerable to higher paying universities or more lucrative jobs abroad

Palace vows to comply with Ombudsman order to sack PRC chief

Sep 08, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The Office of the President says it has yet to receive copies of the Ombudsman s resolution on the case of the PRC chief who entered a deal with a Palace official s relative

PRC chief ordered sacked over deal with Ochoa in-law

Sep 06, 2014 - 12:57 PM

The Ombudsman says PRC chief Teresita Manzala entered into a rigged contract with New San Jose Builders Inc which is owned by a brother in law of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr

De Lima heads task force on frat hazing

Sep 01, 2014 - 4:02 PM

The interagency body is tasked to study how the Anti Hazing Law can be improved and to ensure justice for victims and their families

2nd Bangsamoro law draft submitted to Aquino

Aug 21, 2014 - 11:19 AM

The document was submitted to Malacañang on August 20

HISTORIC DEAL. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak witness the exchange of documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on March 27, 2014. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

The inside story: Jardeleza accused of disloyalty to PH

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Jardeleza deletes a portion in the memorandum submitted by the Philippines to the United Nations that seeks to challenge China s claims in the West Philippine Sea It would have resulted in a colossal mistake undermining the country’s legal claim and territorial integrity

SC: Include Jardeleza as High Court nominee

Aug 19, 2014 - 3:42 PM

The Supreme Court SC grants the plea of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza widely believed to be President Aquino s choice to be included in the list of nominees for the vacant SC Associate Justice post

Final Bangsamoro draft goes to Congress 'end of August'

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM

President Aquino is expected to receive the final version of the measure within the week says Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles

REMEMBERING PEACE. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Philippine president Benigno Aquino III and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process hold the documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the muslim rebel group inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, the Philippines, March 27, 2014. Dennis Sabangan/ EPA

Govt, MILF reach consensus on draft law

Aug 15, 2014 - 3:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III will review the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before its submission to Congress

STEP CLOSER. Panels reach an agreement on the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law on August 15, 2014. File photo by Rappler

Jardeleza's SC petition presents 'conflict of interest'

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:16 PM

The Judicial and Bar Council says one s inclusion in the list is within the JBC s discretion and is not a right inherent to a mere applicant for the job

Palace to SC: Include Jardeleza as Supreme Court nominee

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:39 PM

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr also asks the SC to nullify a rule invoked by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in objecting to Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza s nomination

Malacañang bares 30 new judges in lower courts

Jun 24, 2014 - 5:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III has appointed new judges to lower courts in Aurora Bataan Bulacan Nueva Ecija Pampanga Tarlac and Zambales provinces

Chief Justice rebuffs Malacañang over court vacancy

Jun 20, 2014 - 10:46 AM

By returning the shortlist to the Judicial and Bar Council President Aquino is acting like Arroyo

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. Sandiganbayan now holds the plunder and graft cases in relation to the pork barrel issue. Rappler file photo

Draft Bangsamoro law to be submitted to Congress in July

Jun 10, 2014 - 5:45 PM

Congress only has 5 months to beat President Aquino s target deadline to pass by the end of 2014 the basic law that will create the replacement of ARMM

ROAD TO PEACE. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Philippine president Benigno Aquino III and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process hold the documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the muslim rebel group inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, the Philippines, March 27, 2014. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/ EPA

Ochoa on Napoles requests: 'No action was taken'

May 30, 2014 - 7:59 PM

Malacañang says the draft letters addressed to Executive Secretary Ochoa found on whistleblower Benhur Luy s deleted files have no probative value

File photo of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, July 14, 2010. AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

SC asked to strike down lump sums in 2014 budget

Jan 13, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Ex Manila Councilor Greco Belgica says while the PDAF is unconstitutional the 2014 budget is still filled with lump sums that are of the same character

2ND TRO. Another set of petitioners seeks for a TRO vs Meralco's record-high price hike, the second this week. File photo by Rappler

NDRRMC: Too many cooks spoil the broth

Nov 30, 2013 - 10:46 PM

The law creating the NDRRMC may have its innovations but it fails Yolanda s horrific test

Aquino's Cabinet mobilized for Yolanda

Nov 09, 2013 - 5:09 PM

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma says the President has given Cabinet secretaries specific tasks to deal with the destruction left behind by Yolanda

PRIORITY RELIEF. Philippine Air Force helicoper take off from the devastated airport in Tacloban city. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig