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After months of talks, PH rejects all grants from EU

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine government will formally relay this decision to EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen

EU GRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has decided to reject all kinds of grants from the European Union. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte insists on UK aid offer after DFA clarification

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano backs President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the DFA may not be aware of aid offers made to other departments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the inmates during his visit to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Duterte wants TV sets in all Camp Bagong Diwa jail cells

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

High-profile inmates like Janet Lim Napoles and Farhana Maute may soon enjoy a television set in their cells, care of the President himself

President Rodrigo Duterte talks to inmates during his visit inside the detention facility of the BJMP at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After China, PDP-Laban signs deal with Putin's United Russia party

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

AGREEMENT. PDP-Laban signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Photo from Pimentel's office

Duterte on Lucio Tan, Cardinal Vidal, Typhoon Paolo | Midday wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:04 PM

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Duterte dares Lucio Tan to fund destabilization plots

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the tycoon has remained untouchable for years because of alleged threats to fund destabilization plots against government officials

Duterte to jeepney drivers, operators: Modernize by year-end or get out

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also claims Piston is a 'legal front' of the communists and is committing rebellion through the two-day transport strike

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Agrilink/ Foodlink/ Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City on October 5, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the organizers saying that these events contribute to country's vision of having a more productive and progressive agricultural sector. MARCELINO PASCUA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo lauds military for Marawi liberation

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also calls for cooperation and unity to ensure genuine and lasting peace

HEALING STARTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the liberation of Marawi City marks the start of rehabilitation and healing of the war-torn area. File photo by the Office of the Vice President

Piston threatens Duterte: Talk to us, or we'll give you monthly strikes

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Piston president George San Mateo says they have asked for a dialogue with Duterte at least twice

If VP wants to be president, 'let Duterte finish first' – PNP chief

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:17 PM

'Kung gusto niyang mag-presidente, subukan natin siya. Basta patapusin muna 'yung buong administration ni presidente,' says top cop Ronald dela Rosa

LOYAL COP. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa asks opposition leader Leni Robredo to wait for her turn at the presidency. Rappler file photo

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

Sara Duterte to Tindig Pilipinas: No reason for President to be insecure

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:30 PM

'When you are the President, there is nothing that will make you feel insecure – not survey results or a person like Trillanes or a power-hungry group called Tindig Pilipinas,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the opening ceremony of the 6th Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Tent City in Manila Hotel, Manila on September 18, 2017. Also in the photo are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[Newspoint] Abnormal evolution of justice

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.

Malacañang hails Pulse Asia survey favoring Duterte

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella points out that the Pulse Asia survey was conducted 'at the height of the demolition job against the President'

NEW SURVEY. President Rodrigo Duterte maintained his 'big majority' trust and approval ratings based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. Malacañang file photo

LOOK: Duterte meets with Steven Seagal in Malacañang

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Photos released by Malacañang show President Rodrigo Duterte chatting and laughing with Steven Seagal, and even doing his signature pose with the actor

SIGNATURE POSE. President Rodrigo Duterte does his signature pose with actor Steven Seagal in Malacañang on October 12, 2017. Malacañang photo

Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) at the New Executive Building (NEB) on October 12, 2017, expresses his dismay over how the illegal drug trade has claimed the lives of not only civilians but law enforcers as well. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he refused '$18-20 million' from UK

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:36 PM

'Mabubuhay rin tayo. Anyway, I control the foreign affairs of this government,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR) at the New Executive Building (NEB) on October 12, 2017, urges the members of the media to remain committed to the truth. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Oct 12, 2017 - 1:13 PM

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Comelec Chairman Bautista's resignation not 'irrevocable'

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's brother, Martin Bautista, urges the elections chief to withdraw his resignation after the House voted to impeach him

BAUTISTA RESIGNATION. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista gestures while answering questions from the media during a weekly forum in Manila on October 11, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte eyes 'purge' of officials in Marawi City

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City officials failed to give information on 'tunnels' created by the Maute Group

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan, on October 11, 2017. Malacañang photo

Russia to give Philippines 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Russia will also give the Philippines 20 big army trucks to help in the Southeast Asian country's fight against terrorism

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte does his signature pose with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano, and troopers from the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment during the groundbreaking ceremony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan on October 11, 2017. Malacanang photo

Dela Rosa apologizes for dip in Duterte ratings

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:50 PM

'Sorry, kami [ang] nagbigay ng dissatisfaction ng mga tao towards the President,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and the committee on justice and human rights resumes its probe on December 5, 2016 investigating the death of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

Duterte appointee to lead Comelec as plebiscite looms

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Election watchdog Lente vows to keep close watch on Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's replacement, President Rodrigo Duterte's first appointee in the poll body

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint a new Comelec chairman after elections chief Andres Bautista resigned from office. Malacanang file photo

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: On 'The Duterte Reader' and identifying Digong

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Historian Leloy Claudio talks to sociologist Nicole Curato, whose book 'The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Duterte's Early Presidency' looks at the presidency through various lenses

Drug war reason for satisfaction, dissatisfaction on Duterte – SWS

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Weather Stations revealed the finding during its Opinion on Drug War study presentation. They say the numbers have yet to be released.

SAME REASON. The SWS says the satisfaction and dissatisfaction for President Rodrigo Duterte's performance is the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

LOOK: What Comelec's Bautista told Duterte in his resignation letter

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista explains to President Rodrigo Duterte why his resignation is 'effective December 31, 2017'

BAUTISTA RESIGNATION. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista resigns effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte appoints party's federalism research chief to DILG

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Jonathan Malaya, executive director of the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, is named assistant secretary of the DILG

FEDERALISM CHIEF. Malaya currently heads the PNP-Laban Federalism institute. Rappler screengrab

26 lawmakers urge House to 'preserve, protect' Ombudsman

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawmakers file a resolution seeking support for the Office of the Ombudsman as it looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte ratings dip expected but 'love still there' – Malacañang

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says Filipinos are now managing their expectations 'after the honeymoon period' of the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators urge Duterte to view ratings dip as 'wake-up call'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Filipinos 'are now seeing Duterte for who he really is: a lying, rude, amoral, corrupt, and oppressive former mayor who is totally incompetent about governance at the national level'

President Rodrigo Duterte gives his message during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Duterte fires two PNP 'narco-generals'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

They are former Quezon City police director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and former Metro Manila police chief Director Joel Pagdilao

FIRED. In this file photo, Quezon City Police District director PCSupt. Edgardo Tinio (left) accepts the command flag from NCRPO and outgoing QCPD director PCSupt. Joel Pagdilao on July 30, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Oct 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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No extrajudicial killings in PH? World 'not fooled,' says HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government is limiting its definition of extrajudicial killings to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war

'Honeymoon' over, opposition says after drop in Duterte ratings

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Critics say Filipinos are now seeing the truth behind President Rodrigo Duterte's 'empty' promise of change

DECLINE. President Rodrigo Duterte's ratings drop by 18 points int he September 2017 survey of the Social Weather Stations. Malacañang photo

PDP-Laban won't accept new members by end-November

Oct 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this would give the ruling party time to screen candidates for the 2019 midterm elections

Duterte's satisfaction, trust ratings drop – SWS

Oct 08, 2017 - 5:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Despite the double-digit declines, President Rodrigo Duterte's net satisfaction rating remains 'good' and his net trust rating 'very good'

SATISFACTION, TRUST DROP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 3, 2017. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential photo

7 in 10 Filipinos worried about selves, neighbors becoming EJK victims – SWS

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:38 PM

This comes after the Social Weather Stations found that half of Filipinos don't believe cops' 'nanlaban' line and that 6 in 10 Pinoys believe drug suspects were killed despite already surrendering

WHO'S NEXT? UP Diliman students hold a black Friday protest against killings. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires 2 Malacañang employees 'for using influence'

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'it is premature to release any names until concerned parties are properly informed'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on October 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

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Duterte to visit Brunei; Medialdea named OIC

Oct 05, 2017 - 5:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to be in Brunei from October 5 to 6 to attend Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's 50th anniversary on the throne

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte prepares to preside over the 19th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang, along with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte forms powerful body to probe appointees

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is created days after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman for its 'partiality'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Bongbong on Marcoses' hidden wealth: Find any, it's yours

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the family is not demanding they be granted immunity from suit once they return some of their wealth to the government

'I DID NOT SIN.' Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says he will not be asking for immunity from the government because he did not commit any crime. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Barangays welcome postponement of polls

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The Liga ng mga Barangay thanks President Duterte for rescheduling the elections, and vows to cooperate in the campaign against drugs and criminality

Despite photos together, Duterte denies knowing Snooky Cruz

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'Ang kilala kong Snooky, 'yung artista at saka 'yung sa comics, sa totoo lang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PHOTOS TOGETHER. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Senate hearing on October 4, 2017, presents these photos of President Rodrigo Duterte and Daniel 'Snooky' Cruz together in different occasions. Photos from Trillanes' PowerPoint presentation

DENR expects to finish review on suspensions, closures of mines by year-end

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says 14 mining operations filed a motion for reconsideration, while 13 appealed before the Office of the President

Duterte meets with parents of Horacio Castillo III

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) The meeting comes a week after hazing victim Horacio Castillo III was buried at the Manila Memorial Park

HAZING CASE. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the parents of the late Horacio Castillo III in Malacañang on October 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:19 PM

(UPDATED) The CA approves Cimatu's appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May

CONFIRMED. The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 4, confirms the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

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