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[ANALYSIS] China, the patron, is Duterte's reality check

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Duterte the patron knows what a patron expects – debt of gratitude, acquiescence despite being wronged, and the unconditional acceptance that the patron will make up for mistakes, one way or the other

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Supporters 'grant' Duterte sole powers to write new Constitution

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Led by actress Vivian Velez, a crowd reads a declaration enumerating 7 reforms that supposedly can only be achieved if President Duterte exercises revolutionary powers

'REVGOV NA'. Pro-Duterte demonstrators gather in Mendiola, Manila on November 30, 2017 calling for the establishment of a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bette Midler calls Duterte a 'murderous dictator' on Twitter

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:39 PM

The actress comments on Duterte singing to US President Trump at the ASEAN Summit gala dinner

BETTE MIDLER. The actress is known to be outspoken against US president Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and now president Rodrigo Duterte. Screengrab from

Duterte wants Philippines to host 'world summit on human rights'

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:44 PM

'All the victims of human rights violation are invited to come and air their gripe or grievances,' says the Philippine president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, gives his insights on globalization citing that if it should be promoted, global trade players should strike a balance between the rich and poor countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte claims he stabbed someone to death as a 16-year-old

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Just bravado or the truth? President Rodrigo Duterte claims he killed someone as a teenager.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, relays the key points of his keynote address during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. The President cited that while globalization has its benefits, it has somehow stunted the growth of some developing countries. He went on to suggest that highly-developed countries should give more opportunities to MSMEs especially from developing countries. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

End to illegal drugs in Duterte term 'nearly impossible,' says PDEA chief

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they can only succeed if they can add 1,000 operatives a month. He also needs a P3.5-billion budget.

Roque says he respects rights of media, Duterte defenders

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:07 AM

A democracy, says Duterte's spokesman, is based on a citizenry that can discuss issues 'in a rational, informed, and peaceable manner'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Oct 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

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Military won't bomb Lumad schools – AFP

Jul 28, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The AFP says President Rodrigo Duterte was just communicating a tough stance when he threatened to bomb indigenous peoples schools flouting government regulations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by 1002nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Roberto Ancan as he is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the 1002nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

EU, CHR not invited to Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The EU Parliament and the Commission on Human Rights are both critical of the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte s war on drugs

SECOND SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, without the EU and the CHR in the audience. Malacanang photo

U.S. vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:03 AM

We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution the US embassy in Manila says

LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo   LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim in Rizal Park on December 30, 2016, on the sidelines of the 120th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom. Malacañang file photo

Brillante Mendoza explains Duterte's closeup shots at SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:14 PM

What does the director have to say to critics of his style in directing President Duterte s second State of the Nation Address?

Robredo renews call to uphold human rights, rule of law after SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates her stance after President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his critics and promises an unrelenting drug war

CANDID. Vice President Leni Robredo during the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 24.

Comprehensive or lacking? Lawmakers weigh in on Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Legislators wonder why President Rodrigo Duterte who won the 2016 elections on the promise of change left out key pledges in his second State of the Nation Address

WAS IT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second State of the Nation Address. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte's silence on workers' issues in SONA 2017 disappointing – labor unions

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

His silence is a great disappointment for workers as we were expecting him to announce the release of an executive order prohibiting all forms of contractualization says labor coalition Nagkaisa

POST-SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before the protesters after his State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Rappler compiles the following highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte s second State of the Nation Address

SONA 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) before members of Congress on July 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Read the wide range of policy issues that President Rodrigo Duterte covers in both his prepared speech and his off script comments

UNRELENTING WAR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vows an 'unrelenting' war on drugs in his second State of the Nation Address, delivered on July 24, 2017. Behind him is Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SONA 2017: No promises to speed up infra implementation

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the victories in his administration s infrastructure initiatives during its first year in office

OFF TOPIC. The Philippine president once again veered away from the supposed focus of his 2nd SONA, which is economic development. Instead, Duterte gave off-the-cuff remarks on his campaign against illegal drugs, irresponsible miners, and the 1901 Balangiga Massacre, among others. Screenshot from Rappler YouTube account

Duterte wants Senate to pass tax reform in full, zeroes in on Angara

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The President tells Senator Angara to watch out in the elections after noticing the legislator did not clap on his request for the passage of the tax reform bill

'WATCH OUT.' Senator Sonny Angara chuckles after President Rodrigo Duterte calls him out for not clapping during the SONA. Photo by Rappler

Duterte ‘more comfortable’ in 2nd SONA

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte puts some people and institutions on the spot in his SONA 2017

RELAXED. President Rodrigo Duterte during his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24.

Kris Aquino comments on President Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The entertainment figure and daughter of former president Cory Aquino lists down the points she agrees with in President Rodrigo Duterte s address

Duterte accepts Mighty Corp's P25-B tax settlement offer

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the money will fund rebuilding efforts in war torn Marawi and also in Ormoc City which was struck by a strong earthquake

Duterte appeals to SC to lift TRO on implants

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:14 PM

TRO is the bane of efficiency President Rodrigo Duterte says in his State of the Nation Address where Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was a guest

Duterte used SONA 2017 as bully pulpit – analysts

Jul 24, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Analysts say the SONA was a missed opportunity for the President to lay out policy statements and his administration s development plans

BULLY PULPIT. Analysts say President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA lacked policy statements. Rappler photo

Duterte faces protesters after SONA 2017

Jul 24, 2017 - 7:03 PM

UPDATED Magrespetuhan tayo Huwag nyo ako i ambush President Rodrigo Duterte says as he faces protesters outside the Batasan after his State of the Nation Address

FACING PROTESTERS. President Rodrigo Duterte goes out of Congress after his State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, to face protesters there. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte warns miners: Spend on rehab 'or I'll tax you to death'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:58 PM

In his second State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte warns all mining operations and contractors to refrain from the unbridled and irresponsible destruction of our watersheds forests and aquatic resources

On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Asked if she will be attending the tobacco funds probe the next day Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says I have no idea Pine pray over ko pa

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Give us back Balangiga bells, Duterte tells U.S.

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:48 PM

They are ours They belong to the Philippines President Duterte tells the US in his SONA 2017 with the American ambassador in the audience

BALANGIGA BELLS. President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, urges the US to return the iconic Balangiga bells. Screen shot from Rappler livestream

Amid Duterte's popularity, opposition pols should reinvent themselves – Vitug

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug says politicians should organize in the grassroots if they want political reform

COUNTER-SONA. A forum organized by civil society leaders, attended by opposition politicians, ahead of Preisdent Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Tatay Digong' brand, charisma behind Duterte's survey numbers – analysts

Jul 24, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Despite criticism over the drug war President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy majority approval and trust among Filipinos one year into his term

HIGH RATINGS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures in his speech at the Davao del Sur Sports and Business Complex in Digos City on July 1, 2017. Malacanang photo

Duterte: War on drugs 'will be unrelenting'

Jul 24, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Stop ‘because the alternative is either jail or hell ’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells those involved in illegal drugs in his second State of the Nation Address

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates in his State of the Nation Address that there will be no let up in his war on drugs.

Big business winners, losers in Duterte's 1st year

Jul 24, 2017 - 5:03 PM

The stock price of Dennis Uy s Phoenix Petroleum increased about 92 from July last year while Ongpin associated Philweb s stock price fell 46 3

FIREBRAND. Though President Rodrigo Duterte has for the most part left businessmen on their own, his tirades against select businessmen have brought about  tremors at the Philippine Stock Exchange.

IN PHOTOS: What people wore at SONA 2017

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED See what Heart Evangelista Jinkee Pacquiao and other officials and their partners wore to the SONA 2017

Congressional franchises for casinos, mining 'reeks of vested interest'

Jul 24, 2017 - 2:34 PM

It will be a conflict of interest for many legislators who are connected to business interests in mining and gambling

FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House of Representatives, 2nd regular session 17th Congress opening

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

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LIVE: Senate of the Philippines, 2nd regular session 17th Congress opening

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:36 AM

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Congress extends martial law to December 31

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Lawmakers vote 261 18 to approve President Rodrigo Duterte s request to extend martial law in Mindanao

Congressmen gesture a thumbs up in favour of the martial law extension during the special session of the Senate and the House of Representatives on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Congress passes 3 out of 12 bills in Duterte's 1st SONA

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:36 AM

These 3 bills still await President Rodrigo Duterte s signature

WATCH: Congress joint session on martial law in Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Watch the special session of both branches of Congress live

Duterte practices delivering his SONA 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:41 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte practices for his second State of the Nation Address 4 days before the big day

Over 60,000 workers regularized ahead of Duterte’s SONA 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Around 20 000 workers are also pending for regularization the labor department says