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Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

Duterte appoints Misuari economic envoy to Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The government and Misuari's Moro National Liberation Front agree to implement remaining items from the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, after the former rebel leader complained of being left out of the Bangsamoro peace process

NUR MISUARI. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari prior to their meeting at the Malacanan Palace on July 9, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No need for Duterte to release his 2018 SALN – Panelo

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:15 PM

But it was the Office of the Ombudsman which told media groups to ask Malacañang for a copy of the President's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted uniformed personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Philippine Coast Guard at the Malacañan Palace on December 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Acosta asks Duterte to veto provision defunding PAO lab in 2020 budget

Dec 13, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Chief Public Attorney Persida Acosta claims the PAO forensic lab was defunded to 'jeopardize its operations' but lawmakers have said that the lab just duplicated the work of other agencies

CHIEF PUBLIC ATTORNEY. PAO Chief Persida Acosta wants the PAO forensic lab to get funding under the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] ABS-CBN and its struggle to obtain its franchise

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:03 PM

While the law remains unchanged, what now will become of the country’s biggest television network?

Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable P16B in bicam-approved 2020 budget

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson hopes the President would once again veto questionable items in the proposed 2020 budget, just as he did with this year's fiscal plan

ANTI-PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson raises questionable projects in the proposed 2020 budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ang mga isyung hinarap ni Duterte sa 2019

Dec 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Paano tinugunan ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang mga kontrobersiyang hinarap ng kanyang administrasyon nitong nakaraang taon? Pakinggan sa podcast na ito nila Rappler reporter Pia Ranada at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Duterte, Joma Sison can’t agree on venue for peace talks

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:43 AM

‘Ano siya, sinusuwerte?’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on communist party leader Jose Maria Sison’s insistence on a foreign venue for negotiations

DEADLOCK. The Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines could not agree on where to hold the next possible round of peace talks. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Legally yes, realistically no: Duterte's powers to take over water operations

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Guevarra reveals it is the DOJ that recommended revoking the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water

LEGAL BASIS. President Rodrigo Duterte's latest threat of a water takeover finds its legal justification from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Duterte's 2018 SALN still secret 7 months after deadline – PCIJ report

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's promises of transparency, the public is yet to see his most recent Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets one of the newly-appointed government officials during their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on December 3, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Global slowdown spoils Duterte's 8% GDP growth dream

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team lowers the Philippines' growth target to the 6.5% to 7.5% range for 2020 to 2022

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

154 attacks, threats vs journalists since Duterte took office – media groups

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says at least 15 journalists have been killed under the Duterte administration

Carlos Yulo to receive P3.2 million as Duterte gives SEA Games 2019 bonus

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) Gymnastics star Carlos Yulo emerges as the Philippines' most bemedalled athlete in the 2019 SEA Games

BEMEDALLED. Carlos Yulo bags 2 golds and 5 silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

2019: Lawlessness in the Philippines under Duterte

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative and research section, tracks stories that depict lawlessness in the Philippines, aided by policies and orders that veer toward authoritarianism

Duterte threatens Manila Water, Maynilad with expropriation

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to 'take everything' from the two firms if he is not satisfied with how they explain 'onerous' provisions in their concession agreements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U2's Bono to Duterte: 'You can't compromise on human rights'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'The safety of journalists is very important, and I think a democracy requires a free press,' says U2 lead singer Bono

BONO'S MESSAGE TO DUTERTE. U2 lead singer Bono speaks to the media during a signing ceremony in Manila on December 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan / AFP

No extension of martial law in Mindanao, says Malacañang

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) Martial law in Mindanao ends on December 31, 2019

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference in Malacanang Palace on December 9, 2019. Photo by Robinson Niaal Jr/Presidential Photo

Actress Gabby Padilla on Duterte: 'Didn’t he promise you safer streets?'

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The actress tweets after a video of a kidnapping in Makati City – along a commercial road – goes viral on social media

OUTSPOKEN. Actress Gabby Padilla definitely isn't afraid of speaking out. Photo from Gabby Padilla's Instagram

Look back: Duterte's tussles with big business

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Going from threats to defying an international court order, President Duterte proves more and more that he will use every presidential power to pressure some of the country's biggest firms

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 19, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo downplays critics' 'fervent wish' of Duterte 'arrest' in ICC case

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima welcomes the International Criminal Court's report on the status of the complaint against Duterte over his administration's war on drugs

ICC CASE VS DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo maintains that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the complaint filed vs President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: Morales, Del Rosario tapped 'ineffective process' for propaganda value

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ICC Prosecutor's conclusion that it has no jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed in the West Philippine Sea by China is in line with the Duterte government's stand

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Int'l Criminal Court's next step in Duterte drug war to come in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:35 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is coming closer to determining whether she will seek authority to open an investigation, a phase where the Court can issue arrest orders

Defying court, Duterte refuses to pay Manila Water

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Pakainin ko 'yung pera sa kanila,' says the Philippine leader, in defiance of an arbitration court's decision on what the government owes the Ayala-led water concessionaire

DUTERTE VS MANILA WATER. President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to pay Ayala-led Manila Water the P7.39 billion the government owes based on a recent decision of an arbitration court. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Did Malacañang say the press is free?

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:00 PM

President Duterte’s threat to ABS-CBN contradicts his claim

'Last card': Duterte sending Bello to talk to Sison

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again expresses openness to peace talks with communists

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary Bebot Bello attend a Labor Day event. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to visit Bicol as Typhoon Tisoy leaves agriculture, housing damage

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The damage to fisheries and livestock in Sorsogon province alone is estimated at nearly P700 million

ALBAY HIT. Strong winds and heavy rain toppled electrical posts, trees, and debris in Legazpi, Albay, blocking roads in some areas across Bicol after Typhoon Tisoy battered the region for nearly 8 hours. Photos from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

ABS-CBN stocks fall after Duterte’s threats of not renewing franchise

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:02 PM

While the non-renewal of the franchise will hit ABS-CBN hard, a business expert says the company is likely to survive due to its diversified revenue stream

Duterte orders crafting of new water concession agreements

Dec 04, 2019 - 5:07 PM

President Duterte also orders the filing of charges against 'all those involved' in the concession agreements with Manila Water and Maynilad, claiming the deals are studded with provisions that harm Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Malacañan Palace for the ceremonial signing of the Postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Act and the Malasakit Center Act on December 3, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House won't tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill in 2019 anymore

Dec 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have more than enough time...to tackle it in January, February, dahil March pa naman 'yung expiration ng [ABS-CBN] franchise,' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

Duterte to ABS-CBN: Sorry, don't expect franchise renewal

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:05 PM

‘I will see to it that you're out,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, claiming he is still angry at ABS-CBN for supposedly not airing his political ads in 2016

Duterte threatens Ayalas, Pangilinan after Manila Water arbitration win

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Manila Water's win against the government refuels President Rodrigo Duterte's determination to scrap the concession agreement of the Ayala-led company as well as that of Manny Pangilinan's Maynilad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte signs Go's Malasakit Center law in Malacañang ceremony

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The Palace rolls out the red carpet for the signing into law of a pet measure of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide, Senator Bong Go

Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President announces during the unveiling of the Malasakit Center at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Iloilo City on June 20, 2018 that the Malasakit Center will serve as a one-stop shop that will make services from various government agencies more accessible. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Veteran prosecutor is new Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido has handled high-stakes cases such as the NBN-ZTE deal and the PCSO intelligence fund scam case against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As land use act stalls, Duterte to issue executive order instead

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte again pushes for a national land use law during a December 2 Cabinet meeting where he is shown the National Economic and Development Authority's draft bill

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fills up 2 more SC vacancies with Bedan, USC justices

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Justice Edgardo delos Santos – the 'habal-habal' justice of Visayas – and Bedan Justice Mario Lopez, both of the Court of Appeals, make it to the High Court

New Supreme Court Justices Edgardo Delos Santos and Mario Lopez at their oath taking in Malacañang on December 3, 2019. Sourced photo

Government offensive: Info operations attack media to manage SEA Games PR crisis

Dec 02, 2019 - 9:55 PM

From #Seagames2019fail to #Seagamesnotafailure – Rappler maps how the conversations on the SEA Games pan out on social media

MANAGING A CRISIS. Rappler looks at how the strong pro-Duterte network on social media jumped in to shift narratives on SEA Games.

Sharon Cuneta on 'Tatay' Duterte's claims: 'All is fine with my family'

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The President, in a Bonifacio Day speech, had claimed the 'Megastar' wanted to kick her husband, a senator, out of their home

Robredo: Releasing drug war report better than it staying unread by Duterte

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her 3rd report on the anti-drug campaign includes recommendations to improve the government's efforts

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Frankie Pangilinan throws shade at Duterte over comments on her parents

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:22 PM

'Imagine being more concerned with 'ruining' a perfectly happy family instead of being a good leader,' Frankie Pangilinan says

ALL SMILES. Senator Francis Pangilinan and Sharon Cuneta are the subject of President Duterte's latest rant. Photo from Sharon Cuneta's Instagram

Duterte, Pacquiao open SEA Games 2019 as typhoon nears

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:03 PM

In a spectacle filled with Philippine tradition and stardom, the nation welcomes thousands of competitors from around the region for 11 days of games

GAMES NOW OPEN. President Rodrigo Duterte open the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on November 30, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte jives to 'Manila' in SEA Games 2019 opening ceremonies

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:52 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gets jiggy with it to Hotdog's OPM classic 'Manila'

CHILL. A laid-back President Rodrigo Duterte graces the 2019 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte to PH Navy: Kill pirates, 'blow them until kingdom come'

Nov 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The president mentions working with Indonesia and Malaysia to protect the seas from pirates, amid warming ties with China which is occupying the West PH Sea

KILL THE PIRATES. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy to kill every pirate they spot during a speech delivered at the Bonifacio Day rites in Caloocan on November 30, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

For the first time, Duterte attends Bonifacio Day rites

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:31 PM

After his speech in Caloocan, the President goes straight to the Philippine Arena in Bulacan for the SEA Games 2019 Opening Ceremonies

BONIFACIO DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte attends for the first time the Bonifacio Day rites in Caloocan on November 30, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte attending SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony

Nov 30, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Many of the details remain a secret, although the show's director, Filipino writer Floy Quintos, shares a photo on Facebook of hundreds of performers in colorful costumes on stage

TIGHT SECURITY. Crowd starts to gather at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan for the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte on Bonifacio Day: Push for a strong, progressive PH

Nov 30, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The President calls on Filipinos to emulate Bonifacio's love for country, while Vice President Leni Robredo urges the people, especially government leaders, to be as 'courageous and determined' as Bonifacio in protecting Philippine sovereignty

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) in Malacañang on November 28, 2019. Malacañang photo

No traffic improvement by end of 2019? Blame Congress, says Duterte

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass the 2020 national budget in December to avoid another delay that could impact government projects

Motorists endure heavy traffic along NLEX in Quezon City as they return from the northern provinces during the long Undas weekend on Sunday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler