President Rodrigo Duterte
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[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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

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

2 weeks after island's closure, Duterte forms Boracay task force

May 10, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force is ordered to formulate 'an action plan towards the sustainable tourism development of Boracay'

BORACAY REHABILITATION. President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order creating a Boracay Inter-agency Task Force. Malacañang file photo

Boracay Water completes sewerage system connecting 2 treatment plants

May 10, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Boracay Water says some of the used water in the Balabag facility will be transmitted to Manoc-Manoc for treatment to 'maximize the combined capacity of both treatment plants'

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

Duterte’s ex-lawyer Edna Batacan applies for Ombudsman post

May 10, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The Bedan lawyer also represented former first gentleman Mike Arroyo

OMBUDSMAN RACE. Prominent lawyer Edna Batacan, whose clients included President Rodrigo Duterte, applies for the post of Ombudsman. Photo from Atty Edna Batacan's Facebook Page

FACT CHECK: Davao Region, not city, is '2nd fastest growing economy' in PH

May 09, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The claim was sourced from a presidential media briefing which refers to Davao Region, and not Davao City

Duterte names Isko Moreno as DSWD undersecretary

May 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints Tony Lambino as assistant secretary of the Department of Finance

NEW APPOINTMENT. Isko Moreno is named undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Rappler screenshot

Ombudsman is investigating Paolo Duterte – Morales

May 09, 2018 - 9:27 AM

A list shows 5 docketed cases against Paolo Duterte, including one for ill-gotten wealth

Allegations of excessive travel expenses 'not true' – PhilHealth's De la Serna

May 08, 2018 - 5:15 PM

PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna also addresses concerns about her accommodations, saying she 'settled for modest accommodations in keeping with the President's call for austerity and prudence'

LEGAL. PhilHealth Interim President Celestina Ma Jude De la Serna says the travel expenses incurrred during her first year are within the limits of government regulation.

Duterte to create 3-man panel of experts on Dengvaxia

May 08, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Malacañang says according to President Rodrigo Duterte, he 'will be bound by the findings' of these 3 experts – all Asians, no Westerners – on whether Dengvaxia 'caused deaths'

PANEL OF EXPERTS. President Rodrigo Duterte forms a 3-man panel of experts on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to visit Philippine Rise from May 15 to 16

May 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will send off 50 scientists who will conduct research in Benham Rise, renamed as Philippine Rise

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm round of applause as he is welcomed during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on May 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte names Abdullah Mamao as special envoy to Kuwait

May 08, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Newly appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mamao, a San Beda law graduate, is the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

Roque confirms private conversation of Duterte, Teo

May 08, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) This comes following a report that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo after a Cabinet meeting on May 7

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo prior to the start of the 25th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on May 7, 2018. Malacañang photo

Creeping ban on media coverage of PH-U.S. Balikatan drills

May 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM

How will President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China change the long-standing alliance between the Philippine and US militaries? It's an important geopolitical issue that impacts the security landscape.

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

FACT CHECK: Duterte did not end contractualization

May 04, 2018 - 11:50 PM

What President Duterte signed on May 1, Labor day was an EO against illegal contractulization, not an order banning all forms of contractualization

LOOK: Gov't illustrations of Marawi rehabilitation plan

May 04, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Swiss Challenge may be scheduled next week, where other companies may 'challenge' the project design of a Chinese-led consortium. The P17.2-billion contract will be awarded by May 31, based on the government timeline.

ARTIST'S RENDITION OF MARAWI AFTER REHAB. All illustrations taken from a Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation as of April 12, 2018

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for April

May 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what they mean for the public: Boracay's 6-month closure, diplomatic crisis with Kuwait, corruption in the PNP-SAF, disinformation and propaganda in the Philippines

Unemployment rises under Duterte's watch

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that 145,000 more Filipinos were unemployed in 2017 at 2,185,000

INDUSTRIALIZATION. A worker accomplishes his tasks at a car manufacturing plant. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

'Uutang muna': For a hair braider, life goes on after Boracay closure

Apr 29, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Tiyaga-tiyaga pa rin talaga,' says Michelle, one of the 36,000 workers affected by President Rodrigo Duterte's order to close Boracay for 6 months

HAIR BRAIDS. Michelle used to braid hair along the shores of Boracay. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Shorten Boracay closure? Duterte says he'll defer to Cabinet

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'I do not interfere in the work of the Cabinet members,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he does 'not just revoke recommendations'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang on April 4, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says 'anybody who has money' allowed to import rice

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:23 AM

'My job is to fill our warehouse, our inventory,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, maintaining that the Philippines will ease its rice importation rules

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to some members of his Cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañang on April 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

PH offers to resettle Filipino household workers from Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:11 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait to 'stay permanently'

'COME HOME.' In his arrival speech on Sunday, April 29, President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipino household service workers to 'come home.' He says government will 'do its best to help you return and resettle.' Malacañang file photo

'Come home,' Duterte urges OFWs in Kuwait amid diplomatic row

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:30 PM

In a speech before the Filipino community in Singapore, the President also thanks the Kuwaiti government for the 'generosity in the past years'

DUTERTE IN SINGAPORE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Big Box in Singapore on April 28, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte offers ’60-40’ deal to China in West PH Sea joint exploration

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:19 PM

'President Xi is a friend. We'll share with you,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on his planned joint exploration with China

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

A cook's plight after Boracay closure: From P3,000 to none

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

''Yung pagkain ko ng dalawang beses sa isang araw, isa na lang para makatipid,' according to a cook in Boracay, who also says it would allow him to save money for his children's education

COOK. Hanafi Indar Barani is a cook who moved to Boracay 15 years ago. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte says he will sail to Benham Rise next week

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Will it end up like his promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys?

SAILING TO BENHAM RISE? President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte 'relieved' after North, South Korea agree on peace

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'Of course everyone is relieved because we were all looking at the prospects of a nuclear encounter in our backyard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Dutere arrives at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 26, 2018 to deliver his speech prior to his departure for the ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Malacañang photo

Duterte to make big announcement on Kuwait crisis

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says this is 'a position that he personally crafted,' and that 'shows really his experience in governance'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce his 'personally crafted' position on the diplomatic crisis between Kuwait and the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Vietnam PM tells Duterte they can supply PH with rice

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore

VIETNAM PM. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a courtesy call in September 2016. Malacañang file photo

Rappler among finalists of 2018 Osborn Elliott Prize

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Journalist Patricia Evangelista and photographer Carlo Gabuco are lauded for their investigations into police killings published under Rappler's Impunity Series

DILG to file cases vs Aklan local gov't officials over Boracay neglect

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island

GREEN SHORES. The algae-tinged shores of Boracay is said to be an indication of high levels of water pollution. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Roque claims Duterte tirades don't threaten press freedom

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index, released by Reporters Without Borders, shows the Philippines dropping by 6 spots under President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESS FREEDOM. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque claims that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against media do not threaten press freedom. Malacañang file photo

WATCH: The last few minutes before Boracay is closed

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Watch our video of the last few minutes before the world-famous island of Boracay is closed starting Thursday, April 26

EVE OF CLOSURE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

WATCH: How green can Boracay get?

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Boracay's shores are teeming with green algae but tourists don't seem to bother

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: '50% off' for some Boracay businesses on eve of closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:52 PM

Some restaurants offer as low as 50% off on their menu, just so they use up their remaining supplies

50% OFF. Boracay usinesses are on sale because of the 6-month closure of the island. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

Businesses brace for Boracay closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Inuubos na lang namin ang nasa stock kasi sayang. Sinusulit na lang namin ang puwedeng kitain habang 'di pa nagsasara sa turista,' a restaurant owner says on the eve of Boracay's 6-month shutdown

INFORMAL ECONOMY. A kid builds a sand castle with "Boracay" on its facade, earning a few pesos from his handwork. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler