President Duterte

Aklan governor seeks to convince Duterte 'no need' for Boracay closure

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The governor calls on other local officials and stakeholders to band together and convince President Rodrigo Duterte not to shut down Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND. Local chief executives want to convince the President not to shut down the popular tourist destination. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Duterte tells countries: 'Get out' of Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:59 PM

'I will convince everybody now under the treaty: Get out! Bastos 'yan!' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he slams the International Criminal Court

Duterte PMA Graduation 2018 Alab Tala Class March 18 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

Rappler provincial reporters barred from covering Duterte's events

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Journalists based outside Metro Manila are banned from President Rodrigo Duterte's events in their hometowns if they are covering for Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters while inspecting the operational condition and the upgraded facilities of Lal-lo Airport in the municipality of Lal-lo, Cagayan province on March 14, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/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's plan to withdraw from Int'l Criminal Court 'anti-people'

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) says the withdrawal would expose Filipinos to lack of justice in the event of 'atrocious crimes'

PH withdrawal from ICC may imply Duterte ‘afraid’ to be probed – Robredo

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What message does the Philippines want to say by withdrawing from the ICC, asks the Vice President – that we don't want to promise we would uphold human rights?

IMPLICATIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the possible implications of the Philippines withdrawal from the ICC. File photo by OVP

Labor groups hit Duterte: Where's signed EO vs contractualization?

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Once again, President Rodrigo Duterte fails to sign the proposed executive order ending contractualization on his self-imposed deadline

FAILED PROMISES. Different labor groups under Kilusang Mayo Uno and Nagkaisa Labor Coalition gather on Thursday, March 15 in Mendiola as they hold an indignation protest against the failed promise of President Duterte to issue an Executive Order against contractualization today. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang: No need for Senate OK on PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'The reason why Senate consent is not necessary is the Constitution does not provide it's necessary,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Cayetano says ICC withdrawal 'a principled stand'

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The political NGOs and the politicians have taken over human rights,' says Foreign Secretary Cayetano after President Duterte said the Philippines is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court

TOP OFFICIALS. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) and Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (right) attend the plenary session of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel in New Delhi, India on January 25, 2018. Malacañang file photo

FULL TEXT: Duterte's statement on Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Read the 15-page statement of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

CHR: Withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court can be seen as 'encouraging impunity'

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Human Rights Watch and Karapatan also slam President Rodrigo Duterte's move, saying that his administration must be held accountable for 'all rights violations'

IBP: Scrutinize Duterte decision to withdraw from Int'l Criminal Court first

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo says there must be 'diligent study and debate' about such a move that concerns the entire country

Roque once thanked Aquino for PH membership in Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

'The message has been sent: no more impunity!' declared human rights lawyer Harry Roque when the Philippines ratified the Rome Statute in 2011

ROME STATUTE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was one of those who pushed the Philippines to ratify the Rome Statute, which President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines is now withdrawing from. Malacañang file photo

Ano ang Rome Statute ng International Criminal Court?

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Dinidinig ng International Criminal Court ang mga kaso gaya ng genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, at crimes of aggression

ICC. Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, and Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan of the Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court. Photo from the ICC-CPI

Duterte: PH to withdraw from International Criminal Court 'immediately'

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ignore the one-year period for the effectivity of the withdrawal, claiming the Philippines was deceived when it signed the Rome Statute

DUTERTE VS ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte claims the Philippines can withdraw from the International Criminal Court immediately. Malacanang file photo

Duterte to review dismissal of Lim, Espinosa drug charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Before joining gov't, Roque hit China over human rights

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In 2016, lawyer Harry Roque urged United Nations officials 'to express grave concern on the human rights violations committed by China' in Scarborough Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Then Representative Harry Roque briefs a local official in Zambales about his initiatives in Congress for Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), in this photo posted by the group he co-founded, CenterLaw, on August 12, 2016. File photo from CenterLaw's Facebook page

Roque hits UN human rights chief's 'crude language'

Mar 12, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'There's a world of difference between a UN official using crude language against a sitting head of state and the President using any kind of language that he wants on a private individual,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks after a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (out of frame) at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on November 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ

Cops arrest alleged scammer claiming to be Duterte's relative

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Jose Matias, who calls himself 'Attorney Jose Roa Matias II,' allegedly claimed to be President Rodrigo Duterte's relative so he could extort money from would-be barangay officials

'PEOPLE'S CONGRESS?' Jose Matias, who has been claiming to be a relative of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is nabbed by police. Screenshot from a CLTV36 news report

Roque once slammed China as 'aggressor' in international law

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Now Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts 'good faith' on the part of China as Malacañang backs joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

CHANGING TUNES. Before speaking for President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque once slammed China as an 'aggressor' in international law. Malacañang file photo

Trillanes backs Duterte psych evaluation 'for the sake of PH'

Mar 11, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'His murderous and erratic ways plus his crass, twisted, and perverted statements are indicative of a deeply sick mind,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is among the most vocal critics of Duterte and his policies. Flle photo from Senate PRIB

Duterte cites 'legal reason' behind order to ignore drug war probes

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:17 PM

'The best way is just to keep silent. May commander-in-chief man,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during a speech before soldiers and the police in Zamboanga City

'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte signs law licensing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and the top two officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group can now issue subpoenas in aid of investigations

SUBPOENA POWERS. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

Con-Com leaning toward regulating political dynasties in proposed charter

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The group reaches a tentative agreement to include a provision regulating political dynasties in the constitution it will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the members of the Consultative Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to allow anti-corruption body to look into his bank records

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is free to check his bank accounts but he won't give the same access to his political opponents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez and other PACC officials prior to their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 7, 2018

Mar 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/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

Duterte not attending ASEAN-Australia Summit

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to be in the country to attend the Philippine Military Academy graduation and address other national concerns

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Christine Villas at Brgy. Maria Cristina in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte on February 28, 2018, expresses his gratitude and salutations to the soldiers who have risked their lives to maintain peace in the country. Also in the photo are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Eduardo del Rosario. Malacañang Photo

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fires a few rounds from a sniper rifle as he leads the ceremonial shoot during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte asks AFP to reinvent detachments

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says soldiers should not be easy targets for communist rebels or terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018, expresses his admiration for the SWAT's role in dealing with criminality, illegal drugs and terrorism. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he would 'go to war' to defend Benham Rise

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In comparison, President Rodrigo Duterte has said he cannot afford to go to war over the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte peers through the scope of a sniper rifle during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte: Running a democratic country not an easy task

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:43 PM

'This is democracy and that is the reason why we are pretty hard up. It is not easy to run [a country] where a citizen has so many rights,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018, expresses his admiration for the SWAT's role in dealing with criminality, illegal drugs and terrorism. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rights groups slam Cayetano's defense of drug war before UN

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Human Rights Watch urges the Philippine government to 'stop depicting itself as the victim'

Roque defends Duterte's West PH Sea 'co-ownership' remark

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) The President's spokesman says Duterte did not really mean 'ownership' as the Philippines only exercises sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pimentel: Nothing wrong with PDP-Laban ties with China's Communist Party

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Isn't this a free country? If someone else wants to run the party then they should first join, get elected as party leader, and then run it the way they want to run it,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Photo from Pimentel's official Facebook account

Roque to recommend another UN rapporteur to probe drug killings

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who is also President Rodrigo Duterte's adviser on human rights, says the Philippine government will 'definitely not' agree to an investigation by Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responds to questions at a press briefing in Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says PH to get 5,000 firearms from 'friendly country'

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The firearms from the 'friendly country' will come in the face of the 'boycott of America of our needs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018, declares that there will be no letup in his war on drugs. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Duterte defends 'shoot in the vagina' remark

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this 'sarcasm' is directed at female rebels who bear children while still with the New People's Army

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

Filipinos facing threat 'worse than Martial Law'

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 PM

'We are seeing an erosion of our moral fiber as a people,' says an activist nun as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution

EDSA 32. Activist nun Sister Mary John Mananzan speaks at a rally at the People Power Monument to mark the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What's next for youth after walkout for democracy?

Feb 25, 2018 - 3:45 PM

After the youth-led protest last Friday, February 23, 'an even bigger protest' is lined up for March 8, International Women's Day

From UST to Morayta. Photo of students shaking hands with farmers from Eastern Samar. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Juan Miguel Severo performs spoken word poem at the Mendiola walkout

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Severo: 'Bago ako maging artista, Pilipino muna ako. Bago ako maging artista, estudyante muna ako.'

IN PHOTOS: Protesters mark 32nd anniversary of People Power

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Various sectors call on Filipinos to 'fight tyranny and dictatorship' and oppose moves to change the Constitution

'RESIST TYRANNY'. Various sectors protested at the People Power Monument on February 24, 2018, to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler