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Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Cayetano defends 'official' bloggers with him at UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:45 PM

'Kung wala ang bloggers, paano 'yung coverage namin?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

UN SPEECH. Foreign Alan Peter Cayetano is viewed on the monitors of the UN media center as he speaks at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2017, Philippine time. Malacañang file photo

After months of talks, PH rejects all grants from EU

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine government will formally relay this decision to EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen

EU GRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has decided to reject all kinds of grants from the European Union. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Pope Francis saddened over death of Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Pope Francis sends his condolences and hails Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal for his 'untiring and devoted service to the Church'

POPE AND CARDINAL. Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal greets Pope Francis in Vatican City on March 15, 2013, days after Francis was elected. Screenshot from the Vatican's YouTube page

Bishops mourn death of Cebu's Cardinal Vidal

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was 'a true servant-leader rather than a prince,' says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

FILIPINO CARDINALS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle greets Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal before the start of the CBCP's 109th plenary assembly at the Pius XII Center in Manila on July 5, 2014. File photo by CBCP News

Family, friends mark 21st death anniv of Jesuit martyr

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Brother Richie Fernando, who died saving students in Cambodia in 1996, is the 26-year-old Filipino Jesuit seminarian now on the road to sainthood

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remembered for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from sjapc.net

CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The lie is posted on the Facebook page 'Rodrigo Duterte Supporters,' as the Duterte administration is accused of spreading propaganda on social media

CBCP DENIAL. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denies that the CBCP 'regrets' the killing of Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

Filipino dead in California wildfires – DFA

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:40 AM

'We offer our sincere sympathies and prayers to the family of our kababayan who perished in this horrific fire,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. A firefighter uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California.

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Zamboanga mayor denies curtailing press freedom

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco says the city government was exercising its power to ensure that business establishments comply with business permit requirements

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco talks to reporters after the flag-raising ceremony at the Zamboanga City Hall on September 8, 2014. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Did Rappler 'misrepresent' Malacañang statement?

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella accuses Rappler of 'misrepresenting' Malacañang's statement on the wrong information fed to President Duterte about the EU. Here is the relevant portion of the transcript provided by Malacañang.

Duterte warns of revolutionary gov't amid 'destabilization'

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says that this possible revolutionary government will last until the end of his term

REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte warns that he will declare a revolutionary government in the face of destabilization plots. Screenshot from PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang'

Duterte accepts Comelec Chairman Bautista's resignation

Oct 13, 2017 - 7:22 PM

'I don't know if you can still impeach him or not, because by resigning, he has removed himself,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

MOST TRUSTED. President Rodrigo Duterte is the most trusted, most appreciated official in the country based on a Pulse Asia survey conducted in late September 2017. Presidential photo.

DFA refutes Duterte, says 'no new offer' of money from UK

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:54 PM

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claimed that he has refused an offer of '$18-20 million' from the UK

OFFER FROM UK? President Rodrigo Duterte claims in a speech on October 13, 2017, that he has refused an offer of '$18-20 million' from the UK. Malacañang photo

Duterte warns of 'grave consequences' as PDEA handles drug war

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:36 PM

'Sinugal ko yan, pero alam ng lahat ng military pati police, the consequences of that could be far more serious,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

RODRIGO DUTERTE. Screen shot from Facebook livestream.

Malacañang admits Duterte 'being fed wrong info' on EU

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

While stressing the need 'for correct reportage,' Malacañang fails to acknowledge its responsibility to relay correct information to President Rodrigo Duterte

WRONG INFORMATION. Malacañang admits that President Rodrigo Duterte 'was being fed the wrong information' on the EU. Malacañang file photo

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LOOK: Duterte meets with Steven Seagal in Malacañang

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Photos released by Malacañang show President Rodrigo Duterte chatting and laughing with Steven Seagal, and even doing his signature pose with the actor

SIGNATURE POSE. President Rodrigo Duterte does his signature pose with actor Steven Seagal in Malacañang on October 12, 2017. Malacañang photo

Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) at the New Executive Building (NEB) on October 12, 2017, expresses his dismay over how the illegal drug trade has claimed the lives of not only civilians but law enforcers as well. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte falsely claims CIA funds Rappler

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's assertion, Rappler is 100% Filipino-owned, and the CIA is not one of its funders

QUESTIONING RAPPLER. President Rodrigo Duterte falsely claims that CIA funds Rappler. Malacañag file photo

Duterte to media: 'Never, never lie'

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also orders government workers, especially those in the Communications Office, to 'never exaggerate, never misinterpret, never agitate as you communicate our platform of governance'

'NEVER LIE.' President Rodrigo Duterte urges the media to report the truth at the relaunching of the Malacanang Press Briefing Room on October 12, 2017. File photo from Presidential Photo

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte names OICs to DOH, DICT

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr will serve as OIC at DICT, while Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle will serve in the same capacity at DOH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints officers-in-charge to te DOH and the DICT following the rejection of Paulyn Ubial as health secretary, and the resignation of Rodolfo Salalima as information and communications technology chief.  File photo from Presidential Photo

Comelec Chairman Bautista's resignation not 'irrevocable'

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's brother, Martin Bautista, urges the elections chief to withdraw his resignation after the House voted to impeach him

BAUTISTA RESIGNATION. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista gestures while answering questions from the media during a weekly forum in Manila on October 11, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

France hits bid to revive death penalty in PH

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:48 PM

'France is opposed to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances,' the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs says

DEATH PENALTY. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes to revive the death penalty in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte eyes 'purge' of officials in Marawi City

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City officials failed to give information on 'tunnels' created by the Maute Group

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan, on October 11, 2017. Malacañang photo

Russia to give Philippines 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Russia will also give the Philippines 20 big army trucks to help in the Southeast Asian country's fight against terrorism

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte does his signature pose with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano, and troopers from the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment during the groundbreaking ceremony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan on October 11, 2017. Malacanang photo

Duterte appointee to lead Comelec as plebiscite looms

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Election watchdog Lente vows to keep close watch on Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's replacement, President Rodrigo Duterte's first appointee in the poll body

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint a new Comelec chairman after elections chief Andres Bautista resigned from office. Malacanang file photo

Duterte names PDEA as 'sole agency' for drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sidelines the Philippine National Police (PNP) as it faces public outrage over abuses in the anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte names PDEA as the 'sole agency' in charge of his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang file photo

Duterte: China 'the only monkey wrench' in North Korea plans

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells Australians to 'keep watch' over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose 'goddamn stupid name' he 'can't even pronounce'

SHIP VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a brief message on board Her Majesty's Australian Ship (HMAS) Adelaide III docked at the Pier 15 in Manila on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fr Romeo Intengan, priest exiled during Marcos years, dies at 74

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday

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NPA rebels burn heavy equipment in Cagayan

Oct 07, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Police say the burned equipment are owned by DDT Konstract, the construction company of billionaire Danilo Tamayo

New Zealand seeks to boost trade with Cebu

Oct 07, 2017 - 4:56 PM

New Zealand is exploring potential investments in the sectors of food and beverage, wood processing and furniture industry, and information technology innovations

BOOSTING TRADE. New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan (left) and Hernando Banal, trade commissioner at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (right). Photo by Mars Mosqueda Jr

Taxi driver from Bohol helps save lives in Las Vegas shooting

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:12 AM

'He makes every Filipino and Boholano proud of his action,' local journalist Alan Nalzaro Dalagan of Loboc says

HEROIC DRIVER. Taxi driver Winifredo Maquindang is praised for helping save lives after the Las Vegas shooting incident. Photo from Maquindang's Facebook page

More bishops to protect cops testifying on EJKs

Oct 06, 2017 - 6:56 PM

'We are opening our doors as sanctuary to those who want to stand for the truth,' Bishop Roberto Mallari says, supporting this move by Archbishop Socrates Villegas

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Nanette Castillo grieves next to the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Panelo to challenge Duterte probe before Supreme Court

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

OMBUDSMAN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales as he faces an Ombudsman probe into his family's wealth. Malacañang file photo

Duterte fires 2 Malacañang employees 'for using influence'

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'it is premature to release any names until concerned parties are properly informed'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on October 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

Mocha Uson admits she has 'staff' for her 'personal' blog

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:18 AM

This comes as the Duterte administration is accused of funding propaganda bloggers, such as Mocha Uson, to spread fake news and sway public opinion

CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGER. Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson attends a Senate hearing on October 4, 2017, that tackled fake news. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Mocha runs blog on her own? Why was it 'live' as she spoke?

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:56 PM

On Facebook, Mocha Uson Blog rebroadcasts video from PTV while Uson – who claims that she alone handles her blog – is seated in a 5-hour Senate hearing on fake news

FACEBOOK LIVE. Mocha Uson Blog rebroadcasts video from state-run PTV while its owner, Mocha Uson, is seated in a 5-hour Senate hearing on October 4, 2017. Screenshot from Mocha Uson Blog

Duterte forms powerful body to probe appointees

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is created days after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman for its 'partiality'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Thinking Pinoy didn't tell Senate he won consultancy at BCDA

Oct 05, 2017 - 2:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Based on a document downloaded by Rappler from a government website, blogger Rey Joseph Nieto clinched a P30,000 ($587) consultancy contract with BCDA

GOVERNMENT CONSULTANT. Blogger Rey Joseph Nieto, also known as Thinking Pinoy, didn't tell the Senate in a hearing on October 4, 2017, that he also won a consultant deal with the BCDA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Barangays welcome postponement of polls

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The Liga ng mga Barangay thanks President Duterte for rescheduling the elections, and vows to cooperate in the campaign against drugs and criminality

‘DFA needs me more than I need them’ – Thinking Pinoy

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Pro-Duterte blogger Rey Joseph Nieto says the P12,000 he receives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he is consultant, is just a 'pittance'

DFA CONSULTANT. Pro-Duterte blogger Rey Joseph Nieto claims he receives a 'pittance' from the DFA so that he can 'lend' his platform to reach more overseas Filipino workers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte pushes for impeachment of Ombudsman Morales

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'We will file an impeachment case against her,' President Rodrigo Duterte says as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

IMPEACHMENT BID. President Rodrigo Duterte throws his support for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. File photo from Malacanang

Duterte meets with parents of Horacio Castillo III

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) The meeting comes a week after hazing victim Horacio Castillo III was buried at the Manila Memorial Park

HAZING CASE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the parents of the late Horacio Castillo III in Malacañang on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Malacañang consultant admits helping in Mocha Uson blog

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:22 PM

PCOO social media strategist Trixie Cruz Angeles says her job is to 'feed' Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson with information for her propaganda blog

PCOO STRATEGIST. Malacañang consultant and suspended lawyer Trixie Cruz Angeles admits helping feed information for the blog of  Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB