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From Marcos to Duterte: How Philippine presidents handled their health problems

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

In 2006, Imee Marcos recalled the secrecy that shrouded the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' deteriorating health – to douse doubts about his ability to govern

Amnesty aside, can presidents declare anything 'void ab initio'?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice and constitutional law expert Vicente Mendoza says, 'No. Only courts can declare anything void.'

Supporters of Sen Antonio Trillanes IV gather for a mass followed by a pray over at the Senate on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte: 'I am ready to step down'

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(2nd UPDATE) But President Rodrigo Duterte rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor, saying, 'I do not think she can improve on anything here'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018, reiterates his stern warning to the government workers to avoid corrupt practices. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sarcastic Duterte on Pamatong quo warranto petition: I'm due for ouster

Jul 04, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'Di bale. Uuwi na lang ako sa amin,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he lightheartedly speaks of the quo warranto petition against him during the anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 117th anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General at Le Pavillon in Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on July 3, 2018, reiterates his vow to address the issues of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs in the country. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Con-Com draft gives president all powers to prevent secession of regions

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The draft constitution 'allows the president to assume all the necessary powers of government – executive, legislative, and judiciary – to prevent the breakup' of the federated republic, says Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CPP says Duterte ouster 'highly probable'

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines also argues that Duterte's counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan 'is doomed to fail'

CPP ON DUTERTE. The CPP says it is 'highly probable' that President Rodrigo Duterte 'will not be able to complete his 6-year term.' File photos by Edwin Espejo/Rappler and Malacanang

Duterte Year 2: A Review

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:28 PM

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Power of president to declare state of war stricken out of draft charter

Jun 22, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The sole power to declare a state of war is returned to Congress in the latest printed version of the Consultative Committee's draft constitution

'Enough,' women tell Duterte

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:39 AM

'What matters is that here and now, we take a stand against presidential misogyny, act consistently against a government that condones abuse, and unite on the truth that we will not, cannot stand for violence – not just against women, but against all Filipinos,' says Enough, a movement launched on Facebook

ENOUGH. Women-only protest sparks up to petition against the kiss and push for President Duterte's resignation. Photo courtesy of Enough

Duterte says offices 'beyond control' to be put under Malacañang

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte warns 'radical changes' are coming and that he will use certain powers 'to the hilt' to address criminality

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a salute as he walks past the foyer guards during prior to his departure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for his three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea on early Sunday morning, June 3, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to seek stronger defense, trade ties with South Korea

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:10 AM

At least 4 agreements are expected to be signed between the Philippines and South Korea during the official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte from June 3 to 5

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte left for South Korea on June 4, 2018, for an official visit. Malacanang file photo

Duterte: I believe in women's competence, but not in all aspects

May 25, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) 'Itong mga babae, prim and proper man 'yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan wala na, tunaw na 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte has been under fire for his derogatory remarks against women and their capabilities but he says such comments were just sarcastic remarks. File photo from Malacanang

Duterte on TIME cover: I'm no strongman

May 04, 2018 - 7:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he never sent anyone critical of his administration to jail

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Shorten Boracay closure? Duterte says he'll defer to Cabinet

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'I do not interfere in the work of the Cabinet members,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he does 'not just revoke recommendations'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang on April 4, 2018. Malacañang file photo

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Enough of policymaking without planning

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction

Duterte threatens to arrest ICC prosecutor if she goes to PH

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:13 PM

'Kaya ikaw, Ms Fatou, huwag kang pumunta dito kasi I will bar you,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, addressing International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Duterte wants P4-B 'gratis' from China to fund Jolo, Basilan hospitals

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he prefers economic aid from China to be spent on healthcare in the Sulu capital and Basilan instead of funding infrastructure projects

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping exchange tokens on the sidelines of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The portrait presented by President Duterte is painted by artist Maestro Ronilo Abayan and authenticated by Jobe Nkemakolam. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte decided on Boracay closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler traces President Rodrigo Duterte's decision-making on Boracay, from the video presentation that started it up to the Cabinet meetings where a 6-month closure was finalized

Duterte teases Chinese reporter about 'flowering' PH-China ties

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'China and the Philippines will bloom and you and I are in the middle of the flower,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells a China Central Television reporter during a press conference

Duterte: 'I need China'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Before flying off to China for the 3rd time, the Philippine leader says he has no plans of bringing up reclamation and construction activities by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Netizens on Boracay closure: 'Hassle, unnecessary!'

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'Pati kaming taga-Aklan talaga hindi makauwi, walang flight pa-Kalibo dahil sa closure na 'yan! Ano lalangoy kami?' tweets one irate netizen

Duterte off to China, Hong Kong this month

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will address the plenary at the Boao Forum for Asia on April 10, and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the event

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Gawad Saka 2017 and Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) 2017 awarding ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018, gives a stern warning to the smugglers to stop their illegal activities for they may face harsh penalties when they are caught. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte orders 6-month closure of Boracay

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The closure to tourism of the popular beach destination starts April 26

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Lisap Bridge Project in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro on April 3, 2018, cites that the government could build more bridges like the Lisap Bridge if there is no resistance from armed groups. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants Landbank to provide more loans for farmers

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The President warns he would look into the bank's finances after challenging it to provide tractors to farmers' cooperatives all over the country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is joined by SL Agritech Corporation CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol as he witnesses the harvesting of hybrid rice 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. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

Robredo wishes a 'successful administration' for Duterte

Mar 28, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'Iyong success ng administrasyon ng ating Pangulo, wala naman doong ibang makikinabang [kundi] tayong mga Pilipino. Kaya iyon ang pinaka-birthday wish ko sa kanya,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the

TOP TWO. Vice President Leni Robredo listens to the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the Philippine National Police Academy's Maragtas Class of 2018 graduation rites on March 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

Duterte to Robredo: 'I love to see my Vice President'

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:28 PM

'This is the 3rd time that I have greeted you, my lady,' the President says at the start of his speech, addressing Vice President Leni Robredo

Duterte lists down demands for OFW protection in Kuwait

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Philippine leader wants Kuwait to ensure OFWs get 7 hours of sleep, enjoy holidays, and won't have their passports confiscated by their employers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) at the Postbank Center, Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on January 18, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Forum on the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:48 AM

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Duterte meets Saudi prince in Malacañang

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The meeting takes place amid President Duterte's warning that he will expand his OFW deployment ban in Kuwait to other Middle Eastern countries

Duterte against divorce – Malacañang

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Palace clarifies the President's stance on divorce after the House of Representatives approves the divorce bill on second reading

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Officials at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH transmits to UN notice of withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'The decision to withdraw is the Philippines’ principled stand against those who politicize and weaponize human rights,' reads the formal notice

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

China defends Duterte from U.N. rights chief's tirades

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:02 AM

China says 'anyone without bias can see' that President Rodrigo Duterte has made 'achievements' in fighting illegal drugs and improving people's jobs

FOREIGN MINISTRY. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Duterte to declare state of calamity in Boracay, warns courts not to interfere

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte warns courts not to issue a temporary restraining order against his declaration or else he will 'bullshit' them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'merienda' he hosted for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on February 21, 2018, assures the surrenderees government support for them to be reintegrated back to the society. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After summit rebuff, Duterte-Turnbull phone call being arranged

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine leader and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are expected to speak ahead of the ASEAN-Australia Summit which Malacañang just confirmed Duterte intends to skip

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

From Cory to Rody: Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Rappler looks into all the instances when Malacañang restricted the access of reporters covering the Palace beat and compares them with President Duterte's recent order

Rappler Talk: Gary Alejano on holding the Duterte administration accountable

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:06 PM

On Thursday, February 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano about the importance of maintaining check and balance in government

Duterte tells helpful Lucio Tan he'll forgive and forget

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

After PAL provides planes for OFWs, President Rodrigo Duterte tells tycoon Lucio Tan: 'I am going to shut up forever. Okay na sa akin, tapos na.'

Duterte to ICC: Kill threats only expression of personal outrage

Feb 13, 2018 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte outlines his arguments against a possible guilty verdict from the ICC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 45th Founding Anniversary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at the NEDA Central Office in Pasig City on February 6, 2018, expresses his optimism on how NEDA could contribute to the development of the country to an upper middle class status for the coming years. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH

Feb 09, 2018 - 9:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his message to the rebel returnees at Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018, explains how insurgency has stunted the development of the agriculture sector in the hinterlands. Malacañang Photo

Duterte says he told Aung San Suu Kyi: Ignore criticism on human rights

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Philippine leader says he 'pities' the democracy icon, who now faces criticism for her silence on the persecution of the Rohingya

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi prior to the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte jokes about '42 virgins' as tourism 'come-on'

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'I'd like to have the virgins here, not in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, during a business forum in India

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight PR001 upon his arrival at the New Delhi International Airport in India on January 24, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte pushes for stronger efforts to end financing of terror groups

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:38 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, remembering the Marawi crisis, stressed the importance of cooperation for timely and thorough intelligence gathering and analysis

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India on January 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte arrives in India

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The firebrand Philippine leader touches down in New Delhi to attend an ASEAN summit and hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting between Philippines and India at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

LOOK: Duterte meets Nobel laureate Lech Walesa

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:26 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks for advice from labor rights activist and former Polish president Lech Walesa during their meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Former Poland President Lech Walesa who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañan Palace on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

Duterte pokes fun at Trump, Medvedev eating habits during ASEAN dinner

Dec 21, 2017 - 8:00 PM

US President Donald Trump turned his salad into 'little mountains' on his plate while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ate everything on his plate without paying heed to his security, shares Duterte about his ASEAN dinner tablemates

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte clinks glasses with US President Donald Trump after the Philippine President proposed a toast during the gala dinner hosted by the Philippines for the for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. Joining the President is his partner Honeylet. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO