President Rodrigo Duterte

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army celebrates 121st anniversary

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the ground commander during the Marawi siege, celebrates the heroism of his men during the 5-month battle with terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a tour inside the Philippine Army (PA) Museum where artifacts and photos taken from the Marawi City seige were on exhibit on the sidelines of his attendance to the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Joining the President is PA Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao

DOUBTFUL. Duterte thinks the anti-political dynasty bill will fly in Congress. Malacañang file photo

PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court 'hasty, ill-conceived' – ICJ

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The International Commission of Jurists says President Rodrigo Duterte's justification for making the decision is 'a litany of poorly thought out pseudo-legal arguments and self-serving statements'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on January 26, 2018 following a fruitful visit to India, announces that India has agreed to expand cooperation with the Philippines in the areas of defense, counter-terrorism and anti-illegal drugs campaign. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Loboc mayor faces graft complaint before Ombudsman

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Loboc Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba is also accused of violating the executive order on freedom of information (FOI) issued by President Rodrigo Duterte

'#DuwagDuterte!' says De Lima over PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte a 'coward' for pulling the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court

Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Leila de Lima

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PH lawyers are amused with Duterte’s ICC arguments

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'This would get a failing mark in any criminal law, remedial law, or public international law class,' says an international law professor

WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte announces the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

CHR's Cadiz: ‘Puny rationalizations’ will not make ICC issue disappear

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:46 PM

‘Whether we like it or not, this will proceed and the only smart thing is for the government now is to heed the warning of the court,’ says Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

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

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'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

What the Rome Statute says about withdrawing from the Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Any investigation or criminal proceedings that started before the withdrawal takes effect will still continue, Article 127 of the Rome Statute explicitly says

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

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 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

PH seeks terrorist tag for Joma Sison, 648 others

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The list also includes alleged Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, and hundreds of John Does

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

What are the roles of United Nations special rapporteurs?

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Special rapporteurs work in their personal capacity and are not considered employees by the United Nations, hence they do not receive any salary

EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situation around the world. Photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

UN rights chief slams Duterte's order to ignore drug war probes

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:54 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also warns that the 'authoritarian approach to governance' of President Rodrigo Duterte can do irreparable damage to efforts to strengthen rule of law in the country

CHR reminds Duterte, police: Obey 'lawful' orders

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses

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

Gary Alejano to Malacañang: Listen to grievances of AFP personnel

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Allow them to express their grievances, listen to them and don’t muzzle them. The moment you do, time will come that they will reach a boiling point,' Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Gary Alejano: Duterte can't do to ICC what he does to CHR, SC, Ombudsman

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have no control over the International Criminal Court, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Bishops call for vigilance amid 'creeping dictatorship'

Feb 25, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We must guard our democracy,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, as the Philippines marks the 32nd anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

WALK FOR LIFE. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to the Quirino Grandstand on February 24, 2018, for the Walk for Life to oppose drug war killings, the death penalty, and other measures tagged as anti-life. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How Marcos treated dissent: Punishing rumors and summoning reporters

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The late strongman Ferdinand Marcos signed a presidential decree that sought to jail ‘rumor mongers.’ It was repealed by Corazon Aquino.

PRESS FREEDOM. Ferdinand Marcos's clampdown on the free press is documented in Philippine jurisprudence, beginning with the decree he passed penalizing 'rumor-mongering' with imprisonment.

Malacañang: Alvarez is our ally, squabble with Sara has no effect on pet bills

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has declined to comment further on the rift between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

PUSHING THE CONVERSATION:  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stresses that he is pushing charter change to help President Rodrigo Duterte realize his four major campaign promises: to go after illegal drugs, reduce crime, fight corruption, and install a federal form of government. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Duterte orders NBI to summon Joanna Demafelis’ recruiters

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:11 PM

The license of the recruitment agency, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources, Incorporated, has been revoked

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commisserates with the parents of the slain Overseas Filipino Worker Joanna Demafelis as he visits the wake at the late OFW's residence in Barangay Anoring in Iloilo on February 22, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cardinal Tagle backs February 24 walk vs killings

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'Maglakad para sa buhay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ahead of the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 24

'LAKAS, HINDI DAHAS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pushes for 'active non-violence' during the Catholic-led Walk for Life on February 18, 2017. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Malacañang summons U.S. envoy over intel report

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim meets with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea over the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Duterte a 'regional threat'

SUMMONED. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is summoned to Malacañang to explain the report by US intelligence agencies calling President Rodrigo Duterte a 'regional threat.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amnesty Int'l urges PH gov't to release De Lima

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'It is a sad state of affairs when the Philippines government is more interested in jailing critics than preventing police from killing thousands of mainly poor people,' says Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific James Gomez

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous

FIGHT. Jose Noel Olano, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, says freedom of expression now a battlefield in fight for human rights. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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

Foreign correspondents hit Duterte ban on Rappler

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:16 AM

'FOCAP considers this as a blatant attack on freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations'

DUTERTE BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte himself bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering Malacañang after his closest aide, Christopher 'Bong' Go, faced a Senate probe prompted by stories by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang photo

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

Lawmakers hit Duterte ban on Rappler's Pia Ranada

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is part of 'a creeping dictatorship,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

BANNED BY DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from Malacañang after his closest aide, Bong Go, faced a Senate probe due to a story by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang file photo

After Duterte’s remarks, PopCom reminds public condoms prevent HIV

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Commission on Population chief Juan Antonio Perez III says condoms are 'the preferred method' to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

'I fear for my life' – lawyer behind Duterte probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Jude Sabio, who describes himself as penniless and on the run, says he had received death threats from Duterte supporters on social media after filing a petition with the Hague-based International Criminal Court in April last year

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Duterte slammed for saying condoms 'not pleasurable'

Feb 17, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

CONDOM JOKE. President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about condoms as he welcomes overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait. Malacañang photo

Sister of drug war victim Carl Arnaiz gets full scholarship from CHED

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:05 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the grant was given to Camille Anne Arnaiz upon President Rodrigo Duterte's orders

FREE EDUCATION. CHED OIC Popoy De Vera hands over the certificate of educational coverage to Camille Anne Arnaiz on February 9, 2018. Photo from CHED

FAST FACTS: Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the ‘Appointed Son of God’?

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:14 PM

A constant companion of Rodrigo Duterte when the latter was Davao City mayor, Quiboloy is recently detained in Hawaii for undeclared cash and rifle parts found on his private plane

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

Ombudsman probe into Duterte wealth already ‘terminated’ – Calida

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) Calida asks the Office of the Ombudsman: Why not announce the termination?

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

Journalists should always stand up against fake information

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Aside from debunking fake news, media organizations must learn from how the disinformation armies package and amplify their messages

Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes: ‘Paranoid, desperate’ Duterte still eyeing PH-wide martial law, RevGov

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'We are preparing for this scenario. The first half of the year is very critical for us,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

CHR to Duterte: Learn from lessons of Marcos dictatorship

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Activist youth group Anakbayan warns President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful what he wishes for because 'dictators are overthrown'

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, reiterates his stance on eliminating corruption in government. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Is there a need to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it

HIGHEST LAW. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to change the Constitution to make way for Federalism. Photo by Rappler

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DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

CHR says Duterte's '42 virgins' joke is 'utterly degrading' for Filipino women

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'The fact that it is done in a foreign context makes it even more appalling because it objectifies Filipino women in the larger international arena,' the Commission on Human Rights says

Senate hearing tackles blogs vs Bong Go on warships deal

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'

FAKE NEWS? Secretary Martin Andanar in a Senate hearing on January 30, 2018 singled out social media posts by blogger Jover Laurio on the controversial frigates deal of the Philippine Navy. Screenshot of Senate livestream of the hearing