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[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Marcos vs Robredo

Oct 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

To be sure, too many incredible things have happened in the Supreme Court, precisely in cases where Duterte had an interest

Duterte invites Russian firms to join PH infrastructure program

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Several business deals – including exploring the prospects of building nuclear power plants in the Philippines – are signed on the sidelines of the Philippines-Russia Business Forum in Moscow keynoted by President Rodrigo Duterte

BUSINESS FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Philippines-Russia Business Forum at the House of the Unions in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Documentary hopes to prevent rewriting of PH drug war killings story

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang criticizes 'On President's Orders' for being 'overly dramatized' and 'falsely portrays a dangerous Philippines and a murderous government'

PREMIERE. Around 1,000 invited audiences joined in the screening of controversial docufilm, 'On President's Orders' at Active Vista's 7th International Human Rights Film Festival on Friday, September 20. Photo courtesy of Dakila Media

At House plenary, lawmakers vow to increase 'measly' OVP budget in 2020

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Office of the Vice President assures lawmakers that any increase in its budget would go to its anti-poverty program

OVP BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House's plenary deliberations on her office's budget for 2020 on September 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

Senate panel wants bigger 2020 budget for OVP

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Senators are keen on increasing the proposed P673-million budget of the Office of the Vice President

BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo personally appears before the Senate committee on finance to defend their proposed 2020 budget. OVP photo

Transfer Duterte's 'blackhole' confidential funds to services instead – lawmakers

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Are President Rodrigo Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds being used to target his critics? ask progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In hearing led by Bong Go, OP 2020 budget approved in minutes

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Only Duterte-allied senators – Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino – attend the budget hearings for the Office of the President and Presidential Management Staff

Senator Bong Go preaides over the budget hearing of the Office of the President. September 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P8.2-B 2020 budget for Duterte's office breezes through House panel

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The budget hearing lasts less than 7 minutes. A lawmaker says he intends to question Malacañang's high confidential and intelligence funds when the budget proposal reaches the plenary.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 41st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Imelda Marcos asked Duterte to grant Sanchez executive clemency

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In 2017, then-Ilocos Norte congresswoman Imelda Marcos wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte, recommending the grant of executive clemency to rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez

CONVICTED OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos at the House Plenary on Thursday, September 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte's office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military

Duterte slams Iceland anew: 'I hope you freeze in time'

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:51 PM

'Walang hiya talaga ang mga puti tapos tinuturuan ako ng gagawin ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he blasts the Nordic country for allowing abortion

FREEZE. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the people of Iceland 'freeze in time.' Malacanang file photo

House panel swiftly approves P673-million OVP budget for 2020

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:40 PM

An administration-allied legislator vows to further increase the budget of Vice President Leni Robredo's office 'in the proper time' to augment her anti-poverty projects

ANGAT BUHAY. Vice President Leni Robredo's flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay receives praises from a lawmaker during the budget hearing on August 27, 2019. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Anti-Assad fighters withdraw from key area of northwest Syria

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:42 AM

After 8 years of civil war, the Idlib region on the border with Turkey is the last major stronghold of opposition to Assad's Russia-backed government

Syrian government forces gather near the town of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on August 18, 2019. A Turkish military convoy crossed into jihadist-run northwest Syria on August 19, it's path blocked by advancing regime troops as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara, which said its forces were targeted by an air strike. AFP

Trump attacks 'racist' Hollywood ahead of 'The Hunt' film

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'Liberal Hollywood are the true racists, and are very bad for our country,' Trump seethes before the premiere of 'The Hunt,' a violent satire about America's deep political divide

Tanzania charges journalist for sedition under its cybercrime laws

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Charges against Erick Kabendera over his citizenship are dropped and replaced with cybercrime offenses, which press freedom advocates say are wielded by President Magufuli to silence critics

Iran says Europe 'obliged' to let it sell and ship oil

Jul 31, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Iran has been pushing the European parties to the deal – Britain, France, and Germany – to adhere to their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal despite US pressure

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Status quo: Tito Sotto reelected as Senate president

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Despite initial reports of neophytes wanting a change in leadership, the old leaders remain: Juan Miguel Zubiri as Majority Leader, Ralph Recto as Senate President Pro-Tempore, and Franklin Drilon as Minority Leader

PLEDGE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In rare U.S. criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:13 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence says, in 'Saudi Arabia, blogger Raif Badawi is still in prison for the alleged crime of criticizing Islam through electronic means'

US Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Top Oman diplomat meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Oman's state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah to discuss bilateral relations and regional security

Robredo's net worth rises to P2.3 million in 2018

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:36 PM

This is the first time since the Vice President took office that her net worth increased

VP ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo gives a message before the graduates of the Sonia R. Lorenzo Fellowship Program for Women Leaders in an awarding ceremony held at the Quezon City Reception House on February 22, 2019. Photo by Office of the Vice President

Fisherfolk group to file impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya says they will file an impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte over the verbal deal for 'violating the Constitution, committing treason, and betraying public trust'

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fresh bid set to bring Afghans to table for peace deal

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

US president Donald Trump says he wants to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence presence there to counter what he terms the 'Harvard of terrorists'

DISPLACED. In this photo taken on February 9, 2019, internally displaced Afghan men talk in Kandahar city, after fleeing conflict with the Taliban in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province. Photo by Javed Tanveer/AFP

Taiwan leader plans U.S. stopover on diplomatic tour

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen plans to transit through the US when she visits 4 Caribbean diplomatic allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R) chats with press after a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Trump: Iran 'playing with fire' after nuclear deal limit breached

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:34 AM

US president Donald Trump says: 'They know what they're doing. They know what they're playing with and I think they're playing with fire'

EXCEEDED. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on June 26, 2019 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) attending a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Office of the President spent over P1B on salaries, benefits in 2018 – COA

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Commission on Audit attributes the higher spending on salaries and perks to the implementation of the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law

Leni Robredo calls for equality, respect for all ahead of Pride March

Jun 29, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'Like all of you, I continue to dream of a Philippines, and a world, where all of us, regardless of differences, can act with respect, walk free from fear, and stand with pride and dignity,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo holds a mutisectoral meeting in San Pablo City, Laguna, on March 6, 2019. Photo by OVP

[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

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte silent on PH boat sinking 'because he is studying'

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't want to take steps based on the wrong information, says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

DUTERTE'S REPRESENTATIVE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi talks to the fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver during a consultation in Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo's Angat Buhay program flagged for poor planning, lack of docs

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Vice President's lack of a 'clear-cut procedure' in choosing local beneficiaries 'defeats the purpose' of its Angat Buhay program, says the Commission on Audit

ANGAT BUHAY. A file photo of Vice President Leni Robredo  at an Angat Buhay Program project in Romblon on April 12, 2019, where the Office of the Vice President (OVP) gave kitchen tools and equipment to the Santa Maria National High School for senior high Home Economics. Photo by Arnold Almacen/Office of the Vice President

LOOK: President Duterte now a great grandfather

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Presidential son Paolo Duterte says his grandson will be named after the President

Villarin: Money, power won vs sectoral advocacies in 2019 party-list race

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the results of the 2019 party-list elections show that 'the party-list terrain has dramatically changed'

WINNING GROUPS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the winners of the party-list race on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OVP gets highest COA rating in 2018 audit

May 25, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Commission on Audit's sterling opinion of the 2018 financial report of the Office of the Vice President is an improvement from previous years when the state auditors flagged some of its expenses

VP ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during a youth forum in January 2017. File photo by OVP

Trump attacks Fox News in latest sign of strain

May 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

In a flurry of tweets, the US president takes the conservative network to task for interviewing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana

NOT FAVORED. File photo of Fox News bureau in Washington, DC. Shutterstock Image

Ex-FDA chief Puno denies corruption allegations

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'I served as the Director General of the FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,' says former Food and Drug Director General Nela Charade Puno

EX-FDA CHIEF. Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy as Food and Drug Administration Director General in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

US, Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling Wrap US | Russia | diplomacy associated with x

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Briones denies Duterte ordered bombing of Lumad schools

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:56 PM

'You did not order the bombing of any school,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones as she introduces President Rodrigo Duterte at Palarong Pambansa 2019

EDUCATION CHIEF. Education Secretary Leonor Briones speaks during the Congress budget briefing on August 28, 2018, about the 2019 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Biden spars with Trump on age, faces questions on women

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:35 AM

"If he looks young and vibrant compared to me I should probably go home," Biden says of the president.

CHALLENGER. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2019 Former US vice president Joe Biden leaves a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees on strike throughout the region in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP

Trump: we paid North Korea nothing for Warmbier's release

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:34 AM

The Washington Post quotes unidentified sources as saying that a US official was made to sign a pledge to pay $2 million in medical costs before being allowed to fly Warmbier back home from Pyongyang in 2017

MOURNING. This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows a mourner signing a guest book at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017, during the funeral for Otto Warmbier. Photo from the Warmbier Family / AFP Handout / FAMILY HANDOUT / AFP

St Scholastica's Sister Mary John calls journalists an 'endangered species'

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'I think they are inspiring so many people to also have courage, and to stand out and speak out against corruption, against all the injustices that we are experiencing in our times,' says Sister Mary John Mananzan

AWARDEES. Recipients of the 2019 Hildegarde Awards pose for photos after the awarding ceremony on April 24, 2019. From left to right: Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig and Minerva Generalao of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala of ICanServe Foundation, Patricia Evangelista of Rappler, St. Scholastica’s College Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Lara Quintos de Jesus, who accepted the award on behalf of CMFR’s Melinda Quintos De Jesus, “She Talks Asia” Project Manager Mara Gollena, trophy designer Veronica Peralejo and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca Cacho.

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018

Forensic experts and investigators of the prosecution office work at the crime scene next to a man's corpse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 20, 2019. Violence in Mexico, besieged by bloodthirsty drug cartels that also engage in fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping, reached a new record during the first quarter of 2019 with 8,493 murders, according to official figures released on the weekend of April 20-21. HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP

The Mueller report is out, but the probes continue

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The final report from the probe makes clear that more than a dozen other cases, most of them secret, remain in the pipeline

RELEASED. An illustration shows printed pages of the Mueller Report at an office on April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach / AFP

With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border

MEETING. This combination of files pictures made on April 18, 2019, shows portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) taken on December 31, 2014 in Moscow, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un taken on February 27, 2019 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin, Saul Loeb / AFP / RIA NOVOSTI

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP