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LOOK: Michael Yang’s calling card bears Malacañang seal

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:50 PM

An executive order prohibits the use of the presidential seal in business cards by persons other than the President

The Office of teh Presidential Economic Adviser, Michael Yang Hong Ming on October 10, 2018. Sourced Photo

LOOK: Duterte goes on unannounced Hong Kong trip

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:53 PM

'Kailangan ding magpahinga ng Pangulo,' Special Assistant to the President Bong Go says in a Facebook post

UNANNOUNCED. President Rodrigo Duterte visits Hong Kong with his family and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Photo from SAP Bong Go's Facebook page

Duterte's EJK remark a joke? Robredo calls it an insult

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'Insulto 'yon sa napakaraming pamilya na naiwan ng mga napatay dahil sa extrajudicial killings,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

KILLING. Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Back home, Trillanes tells Duterte gov’t: 'Itodo 'nyo na'

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Hindi kayo mananalo kung kayo ang mali,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is finally home after spending over 3 weeks in the Senate

HOME. Senator Antonio Trillanes€™ IV takes questions from the media as he arrived in his home. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bituin Escalante: I voted for Duterte but 'I love my country more'

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The singer expresses her thoughts on Twitter

BITUIN ESCALANTE. The singer opens up about voting for President Duterte. Screenshot from Instagram.com/bituinea

Malacañang clears Robredo in supposed Duterte ouster plot

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo 'was not among those specifically named to be part of the conspiracy,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MASS FOR PEACE. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Mass for Peace at De La Salle University on September 21, 2018, the anniversary of Martial Law. Photo by OVP

Duterte: Ex-DND chief Gazmin liable for 'usurpation of authority'

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda refutes the claim, saying 'there is no irregularity' in Voltaire Gazmin's actions in relation to the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

USURPATION OF AUTHORITY. President Rodrigo Duterte says former Defense chief Voltaire Gazmin usurped authority in Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's application for amnesty. Duterte filephoto from Malacañang, Gazmin file photo from Rappler

Duterte says 'bright' Calida researched Trillanes amnesty issues

Sep 08, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Asked if he's targetting Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte cites the golden rule: 'Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you'

RESEARCH. President Rodrigo Duterte admits it was Solicitor General Jose Calida did the research on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty revocation. Malacañang file photo

[Editorial] #AnimatED: The thought of a Trump downfall

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines will watch this American saga with bated breath. Here's why.

Duterte promotes 51 foreign service officers

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Do you have relatives or friends among them?

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Small people bear brunt of Boracay closure

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:23 PM

It is the regular employees, masseurs, boatmen, tricycle drivers, and the like who are suffering immensely

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Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows help in 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with party leaders again in September, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the two warring factions of ruling party PDP-Laban at Diamond Hotel. Photo from SAP Bong Go

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Duterte hails Pacquiao after watching bout beside Mahathir

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad joins President Rodrigo Duterte in doing the Philippine leader's trademark fist pump for Senator Manny Pacquiao

WATCHING PACQUIAO. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (5th from left), beside Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (4th), watches the boxing match of Senator Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte leaves for private Malaysia trip

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will watch Manny Pacquiao's boxing match in Kuala Lumpur, and will also meet with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2018 Mindanao Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 13, 2018.

Bishop warns vs propaganda in Duterte admin's talks with churches

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:02 AM

The proposed dialogue will only be fruitful if it convinces President Rodrigo Duterte to stop killings and respect human rights, says Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon says President Rodrigo Duterte crossed the line when he called God stupid. File photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Duterte hits IBP for opposing warrantless arrest of 'tambays'

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte dares Integrated Bar of the Philippines national president Abdiel Fajardo to bring him to the Supreme Court

NOTHING WRONG. President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his stance that there is nothing wrong with his order of arresting tambays. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

Stay faithful, Davao archbishop tells flock after Duterte rant

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles calls for 'a peaceful and charitable spirit' after their long-time mayor, President Rodrigo Duterte, called God stupid

FRIENDS FOR YEARS. Then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologizes to Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on December 4, 2015, after Duterte cursed Pope Francis in a campaign speech. File photo from the Facebook page of Christopher 'Bong' Go

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Jun 28, 2018 - 9:28 AM

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TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte 'committed sin that only Satan can do' – Christian group

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:33 PM

'President Duterte has crossed the line!' says Bishop Daniel Balais, national chairman of the Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines

FACING OUTRAGE. The Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines says it 'condemns to the highest degree' the 'blasphemous words against God' uttered by President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Bishops hit Duterte for calling God stupid

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Paano siya magiging Pangulo para sa lahat ng Pilipino kung wala siyang paggalang sa mga mananampalatayang Katoliko?' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CRITICIZING DUTERTE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) issue statements criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte (right) for calling God stupid. File photo of Duterte courtesy of Malacañang; file photos of David and Villegas by Angie de Silva/Rappler

World Council of Churches slams impunity under Duterte

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The World Council of Churches urges government 'to end the culture of impunity' as around 23,000 people, including Father Richmond Nilo and two other Catholic priests, get killed in the Philippines

CULTURE OF IMPUNITY. The World Council of Churches slams the culture of impunity under President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

Outgoing envoy of 'Norwegia' hails ties with Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner pushes for the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels

ORDER OF SIKATUNA. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. Photo from the Norwegian Embassy in the Philippines

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

[OPINION] To respectfully differ with Defense Secretary Lorenzana

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:33 PM

We feel deeply sad because it appears that he is being used as a propagandist precisely since he has the reputation of being straight as an arrow

NDF bares documents to show progress before Duterte halted talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stand-down agreement was supposed to take effect on June 21 and the formal peace talks would resume on June 28, according to a timeline provided by the National Democratic Front

SIGNED. Government chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a stand down agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. File photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Hundreds nabbed in Quezon City as PNP steps up drive vs 'tambays'

Jun 16, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Over 300 people are rounded up for violation of bans and ordinances on drinking, smoking, and loitering half naked in public

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Criminal probe vs Paolo Duterte over his SALN – Morales

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Morales also confirms that Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos is handling the investigation, the same deputy who terminated the bank probe into President Duterte’s alleged ill-gotten wealth

INVESTIGATION. Presidential son Paolo Duterte is the subject of a pending investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman, says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

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Jun 05, 2018 - 1:02 PM

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Duterte apologizes to Kuwait for 'harsh' language

Jun 03, 2018 - 6:17 PM

'I'm sorry for the language that I was using but I'm very satisfied by the way you responded to the problems of my country,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Kuwait

SOUTH KOREA TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before leaving for South Korea on June 3, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte arrives in South Korea for 3-day official visit

Jun 03, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Ambassador Raul Hernandez says 66,000 Filipinos live in South Korea, and the voters among them 'gave 84% of their votes' to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE IN SEOUL. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) is welcomed by Ambassador Raul Hernandez (right) and the envoy's wife, Ana (left), as the head of state arrives in South Korea at around 5:20 am on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Hernandez

Group of mostly Duterte allies will pick Marawi contractor – PCIJ

May 26, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Majority of the selection committee members lack experience 'in evaluating public contracts on technical and financial merits,' says a PCIJ report

[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

#BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte's misogyny

May 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Using the hashtag #BabaeAko, Filipino women are taking to social media to fight President Rodrigo Duterte's sexist and misogynistic behavior

Duterte doubles prize for top teams in Philippine National Games 2018

May 20, 2018 - 2:19 PM

A P10 million cash prize awaits the overall champion of the nationwide multi-sport event

FESTIVE. A colorful opening ceremony kicks off the 2018 Philippine National Games in Cebu City. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

Duterte on Ramadan: Sacrifice to help communities

May 17, 2018 - 6:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he hopes Muslims will 'continue to do good deeds for the poor and the marginalized members of society' as Ramadan begins

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte makes a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. Malacañang file photo

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May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte scraps jet ski ride in Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 2:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said he and President Duterte's son, Sebastian Duterte, will represent the Philippine leader instead

PHILIPPINE RISE. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at BRP Davao del Sur at around 3:45 pm on May 15, 2018, to commemorate the renaming of Benham Rise as Philippine Rise. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

Concerns over State Insurance Fund's sustainability after pension benefits hike

May 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Labor group Sentro raises questions on the sustainability of the State Insurance Fund after President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order raising pension benefits of disabled workers

PENSION BENEFITS. A labor group raises concerns over the newly signed executive order increasing pension benefits.

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

Sereno says there were offers to meet Duterte: He could have ended it

May 11, 2018 - 8:38 PM

‘Can I redeem myself in the eyes of the public if there will always be rumors about me compromising?’ says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers

May 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

BIMP-EAGA includes Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and the travel tax exemption aims to 'accelerate economic development in Mindanao and Palawan'

DUTERTE'S ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the travel tax exemption of Mindanao and Palawan travelers flying to BIMP-EAGA. Malacañang file photo