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Sister Fox now in Australia, hits Duterte 'tyranny'

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'There has been a culture of impunity for a long time, and it is getting worse,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox as she arrives in Melbourne

LEAVING PHILIPPINES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox enters the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 for her flight to Australia in the evening of November 3, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House panel approves P6.7-B Office of the President budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The OP budget for 2019, 12% higher than in 2018, allots P2.5 billion for President Duterte's confidential and intelligence funds

Duterte Year 2: A Review

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Features, Analyses, In-Depth Reports, Videos

Duterte to seek stronger defense, trade ties with South Korea

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:10 AM

At least 4 agreements are expected to be signed between the Philippines and South Korea during the official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte from June 3 to 5

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte left for South Korea on June 4, 2018, for an official visit. Malacanang file photo

Sotto: I won’t allow Senate to be 'trampled' on

May 18, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Senators expect Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to provide the kind of protective leadership that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III failed to show when his party mate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, attacked the Senate

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate Majoriry Leader Vicente Sotto III is reportedly poised to become the next Senate president. File photo from Senate PRIB

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Sereno to Duterte: 'Mag-resign ka na'

May 17, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Gagawin niya ba tayong probinsiya ng China? ....Eh di sana pala pumunta rin ako kay Xi Jinping,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she also mocks President Rodrigo Duterte's China ties

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno ouster ‘brazenly tramples on' the Constitution – Robredo

May 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang desisyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman na paboran ang quo warranto petition ay tahasang pagyurak sa pinakasagradong institusyon ng ating bayan: Ang ating Saligang Batas,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the Chief Justice's ouster

'THE FIGHT CONTINUES.' Vice President Leni Robredo speaks to reporters 3 hours after the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte’s SALN for 2017 shows net worth of P28.5M

May 11, 2018 - 7:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's latest net worth increases by about P1 million compared to his previous Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

WITH MASONS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte on IMF's Lagarde: 'Halikan mo lang, mag-iba ang isip niyan'

May 11, 2018 - 7:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a sexist remark against IMF chief Christine Lagarde after the multilateral lender released its World Economic Outlook

IMF CHIEF. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, July 14, 2016. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Robredo backs Sereno: I will do everything to right this wrong

May 07, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'The quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno...can be the final blow to the ideal of justice we all depend on…. [It] is not just her fight, it is our fight,' the Vice President says at the Free the Courts forum

Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo's trust rating declines but stays 'good' – SWS

May 02, 2018 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's net trust rating declines in all 4 major geographical areas nationwide, based on a new Social Weather Stations survey

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her life's journey with members of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) during its 53rd Annual Membership meeting at PBS Building in Ermita, Manila on Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photos by OVP)

Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Next year's elections will test if President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement is the magic that can give his relatively unknown allies a fighting chance

DUTERTE MAGIC? The 2019 senatorial elections will test if the charisma of President Rodrigo Duterte's charisma will rub off on his  chosen candidates. Malacañang file photo

Zubiri wants Bangsamoro bill passed on Marawi siege anniversary

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri works out a timeline to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's wish to sign the law creating the new Bangsamoro region in June

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents attend a public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo wishes a 'successful administration' for Duterte

Mar 28, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'Iyong success ng administrasyon ng ating Pangulo, wala naman doong ibang makikinabang [kundi] tayong mga Pilipino. Kaya iyon ang pinaka-birthday wish ko sa kanya,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the

TOP TWO. Vice President Leni Robredo listens to the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the Philippine National Police Academy's Maragtas Class of 2018 graduation rites on March 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

Robredo losing trust in DOJ, Aguirre

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo slams Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for tagging critics, including Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña, as drug protectors. Osmeña was a friend of Robredo's late husband.

DOJ TAKES A HIT. Vice President Leni Robredo is unhappy over the recent decisions of the DOJ in several controversial cases. Photo by OVP

China leader Xi Jinping greets Duterte on his birthday

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:41 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte marks his 73rd birthday, Chinese President Xi Jinping praises the 'turnaround' in ties between the Philippines and China

BETTER TIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping hails the improved ties between the Philippines and China under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

LOOK: PNP Academy cadet paints portrait of Robredo

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida's gift to her as a 'masterpiece' and a 'beautiful painting'

GIFT TO THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with graduating PNPA student Cadet 4CL Don Carlo Labastida, who gifted her with a portrait painting. All photos by OVP

Duterte to Robredo: 'I love to see my Vice President'

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:28 PM

'This is the 3rd time that I have greeted you, my lady,' the President says at the start of his speech, addressing Vice President Leni Robredo

Duterte wants more Muslims to join police, military

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says there should be more Muslims in the Philippine National Police Academy and the Philippine Military Academy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte encourages more Muslims to join the police force. Malacañang Photo

Int'l Criminal Court 'encourages' PH gov't to reconsider withdrawal

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The International Criminal Court also reiterates that withdrawal from the court would not change a country's obligation to cooperate in a proceeding which had already begun

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

Int'l Criminal Court to Duterte: PH still obliged to cooperate upon withdrawal

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:17 AM

‘The Court encourages the Philippines to not follow through with the reported intention to withdraw,’ says the International Criminal Court

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

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

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

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

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

Pass or fail? Women journalists rate PH presidents on respect for press freedom

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Four veteran journalists recall how presidents dealt with the media after the Marcos regime

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

Robredo’s anti-poverty program to build shelters for Marawi residents

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The construction will be funded using the P7.4 million the Vice President's supporters previously raised to help pay for her fees in the electoral protest filed against her, which the SC did not allow

NEW VILLAGE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Angat Buhay Village in Marawi City on March 6, 2018. All photos by OVP

Quo warranto proceedings vs Sereno unconstitutional, says Robredo

Mar 06, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The lawyer-turned-Vice President points out that the Constitution is clear in stipulating that a chief justice may only be removed from office through impeachment

CONSTI TALKS. Vice President Leni Robredo does not agree the Solicitor General's petition for quo warranto is a constitutional way to oust the Chief Justice. Photo by OVP

IN PHOTOS: Scenes from Jillian Robredo's 'simple' debut

Mar 05, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Moonstar88, the favorite band of the Vice President's youngest daughter, performs during the party

THE DEBUTANTE. Jillian Robredo (middle) poses with her sister Tricia and their mother, Vice President Leni Robredo, during Jillian's debut on March 3, 2018. All photos from VP Robredo's Facebook account

More 'dangers' if federalism pursued before anti-dynasty law, says Robredo

Mar 02, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the absence of an anti-dynasty law under a federal system may lead to the emergence of 'fiefdoms' nationwide

CHARTER CHANGE CONCERNS. Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional amendments should not be rushed, especially as the Philippines has become 'very divided' as a nation. File photo from OVP

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

From Cory to Rody: Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Rappler looks into all the instances when Malacañang restricted the access of reporters covering the Palace beat and compares them with President Duterte's recent order

Robredo throws simple 18th birthday 'salubong' for youngest daughter Jillian

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 AM

The Robredo clan is 'complete' as their youngest turns 18 years old

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. The Robredo family poses for a photo as Jillian turns 18. Photo from Vice President Leni Robredo's Instagram page

Robredo wants Pinoys to wear white, remember lessons from EDSA

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:28 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo calls on the public to attend various events organized to commemorate the bloodless revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship

NEVER FORGET. Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the political awakening that led to the end of Martial Law to students of the Ateneo Grade School on February 14, 2018. Photo by OVP

Robredo supports #WalkOutPH: 'Don’t stifle dissent' of youth

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the Filipino youth have long been leading the charge to stand up against tyranny in the country

GIVING A VOICE TO THE YOUTH. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before students of the Ateneo de Naga University on February 3, 2018.

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

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, February 12-18, 2018

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Must-watch videos this week

DISINFORMATION. Computer programmer Carlos Nazareno shares how Duterte supporters swarmed the Facebook page of the  International Criminal Court shortly after it announced its probe on the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Shoot rebels in the vagina? Duterte is ‘a damaged man’

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Leila de Lima: ‘[Duterte’s order] is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’

Ex-DepEd chief: Culture that laughs at Duterte's jokes fuels fake news

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Representatives of the church and the academe mull solutions to the growing culture of hate and disinformation in the Philippines

LOST SOULS. Br Armin Luistro says Filipinos have lost their soul from all the divisiveness. Photo from Rappler livestream

[Dash of SAS] Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

Sharon Cuneta thanks Duterte for video message of support

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The actress sets politics aside to post a message from the President

APOLITICAL. Sharon Cuneta expresses her apolitical stance as she thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for sending her a video message. Screenshot from Facebook.com/SharonCunetaOfficial