Rappler's latest stories on Philippines executive branch yearend stories 2018
Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government
With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.
High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.
Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request
Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?
The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit
The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China
In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil
EXCLUSIVE: The two contracts obtained by Rappler acknowledge that the Chinese citizen 'is aware of the sensitivity of the information he may have access to'
The former Customs chief is, however, 'promoted' amid the biggest drug smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration
(UPDATED) By cracking down on foreign missionaries like Sister Patricia Fox, is President Rodrigo Duterte doing a Ferdinand Marcos?
Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst
President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts
We trace the events and statements surrounding Proclamation No. 572, which has gripped the nation for the past week
What are the real consequences when a president makes light of rape? A gender studies expert explains.
On Friday, September 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza to talk about the prospects of the possible case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court
The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against the possibility of the High Court turning into a judicial dictator
President Duterte is angry over the draft contract on the NayonLanding casino resort. Was he aware of final contract details when he moved to scrap the project?
What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.
The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.
The public so far relies only on the word of President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesmen as to the real state of his health
Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed
How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.
Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'
President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?
Watch Rappler's full interview with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost many government officials their jobs. But some have been reappointed.
Under the Duterte administration, the Philippine National Police introduces a pattern: reinstating cops who have been dismissed, accused of wrongdoing or dragged into scandals
Here is an explainer on the Duterte government's new anti-criminality thrust: going after 'tambays' or people who stand idly and loiter in public places
The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office
Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.
Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has 2 contracts with the House of Representatives and 2 with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation
The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida
'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute
EXCLUSIVE: Istratehiya, a local political consultancy firm, admits talking and meeting with Strategic Communication Laboratories in the lead up to the 2016 Philippine elections, but claims no partnership was sealed
While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law
'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia
Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security
On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issues a blanket denial, saying someone might be using his name. But documents show otherwise.