Rodrigo Duterte

Aklan governor seeks to convince Duterte 'no need' for Boracay closure

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The governor calls on other local officials and stakeholders to band together and convince President Rodrigo Duterte not to shut down Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND. Local chief executives want to convince the President not to shut down the popular tourist destination. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Loboc mayor faces graft complaint before Ombudsman

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Loboc Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba is also accused of violating the executive order on freedom of information (FOI) issued by President Rodrigo Duterte

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

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

Saudi prince to meet Duterte in Philippines

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Saudi prince and interior minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif is set to meet with other Philippine officials during his trip to Manila

PRINCE. Saudi Interior Minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef looks on during a meeting between the Saudi King and a delegation of Lebanon's Maronite patriarchate on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. File Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

ICC withdrawal 'beginning of the end' for Duterte – De Lima

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:25 PM

'No right thinking nation or leader will follow the lead of your deranged President, except perhaps those who are also likely candidates for [International Criminal Court] investigation and prosecution,' Senator Leila De Lima tells Harry Roque

END FOR DUTERTE. Senator Leila De Lima says Philippine government withdrawal from the ICC is the end of Duterte.

De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte's 'corrupt' gov't

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also says alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles 'is an ideal witness' for a government that is only interested in silencing dissent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A horrific cleanup job

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

How far Duterte has actually gone with his authoritarianism gives us some sense of his pace and where he might be taking us. And it's decidedly a fast and determined pace, made possible by a coopted legislature and an agreeable majority of the Supreme Court.

Rappler provincial reporters barred from covering Duterte's events

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Journalists based outside Metro Manila are banned from President Rodrigo Duterte's events in their hometowns if they are covering for Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters while inspecting the operational condition and the upgraded facilities of Lal-lo Airport in the municipality of Lal-lo, Cagayan province on March 14, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Umali: Duterte has no hand in Sereno impeachment

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, has publicly criticized Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno while Malacañang has called on her to resign 'to spare the institution from any further damage'

[OPINION] Part 2: Markets vs. Duterte: Are blanket bans a good idea?

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bans, prohibitions, and crackdowns are some of Duterte’s favorite economic policies. But bans are the ultimate form of market regulation, and government should use them cautiously, not rashly.

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Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Amid controversies at DOJ, Aguirre says 'no reason to resign'

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he and President Rodrigo Duterte have talked since a Department of Justice panel of prosecutors dismissed charges against alleged big-time drug lords

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'#DuwagDuterte!' says De Lima over PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte a 'coward' for pulling the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court

Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Leila de Lima

PH transmits to UN notice of withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'The decision to withdraw is the Philippines’ principled stand against those who politicize and weaponize human rights,' reads the formal notice

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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

PH lawyers are amused with Duterte’s ICC arguments

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'This would get a failing mark in any criminal law, remedial law, or public international law class,' says an international law professor

WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte announces the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

CHR's Cadiz: ‘Puny rationalizations’ will not make ICC issue disappear

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:46 PM

‘Whether we like it or not, this will proceed and the only smart thing is for the government now is to heed the warning of the court,’ says Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

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'

Who did Duterte consult on his long ICC statement?

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Critical officials in Malacañang are caught unawares by the release of Duterte's 15-page and 3-page press statements declaring withdrawal from the ICC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte can't void ratification of Rome Statute over non-publication – CenterLaw

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Center for International Law says President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the Philippines was misled into joining the International Criminal Court is 'erroneous'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Labor groups hit Duterte: Where's signed EO vs contractualization?

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Once again, President Rodrigo Duterte fails to sign the proposed executive order ending contractualization on his self-imposed deadline

FAILED PROMISES. Different labor groups under Kilusang Mayo Uno and Nagkaisa Labor Coalition gather on Thursday, March 15 in Mendiola as they hold an indignation protest against the failed promise of President Duterte to issue an Executive Order against contractualization today. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang: Duterte not afraid of International Criminal Court

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has not said he will not participate' if the complaint before the International Criminal Court prospers

ICC. The International Criminal Court building in The Hague. Photo from OSeveno/Wikimedia Commons

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

Roque: ICC should have dismissed complaint vs Duterte

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:54 PM

By not dismissing the complaint about the Philippine drug war, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda proved that the ICC is politicized, claims Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Mar 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file 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

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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What the Rome Statute says about withdrawing from the Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Any investigation or criminal proceedings that started before the withdrawal takes effect will still continue, Article 127 of the Rome Statute explicitly says

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

#DuterteLive: Demolition of contraband vehicles in Cagayan

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:57 PM

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Ano ang Rome Statute ng International Criminal Court?

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Dinidinig ng International Criminal Court ang mga kaso gaya ng genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, at crimes of aggression

ICC. Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, and Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan of the Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court. Photo from the ICC-CPI

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

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Mar 14, 2018 - 1:04 PM

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CHR to Malacañang: Stop attacks on human rights defenders

Mar 14, 2018 - 12:23 PM

'Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display sincere commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place,' the Commission on Human Rights says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with local chief executives from Luzon at the Royce Hotel in Clark, Pampanga on March 7, 2018, reiterates his strong stance against corruption and illegal drugs. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawmakers tell Duterte they'll pass BBL by end of May

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Leaders of Congress say they aim to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law by May 30 of this year

Duterte to review dismissal of Lim, Espinosa drug charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed

Robredo says quo warranto a dangerous precedent even for Duterte

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:16 PM

‘Kung bigyan ng due course iyong quo warranto, gusto bang sabihin nito pati iyong Pangulo puwedeng tanggalin sa paraan na quo warranto?’ says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke about the role of women in society and the importance of empowering them during the P&G Philippines Women’s Symposium, held at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila in Taguig City, on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Photo by OVP

Malacañang backs refiling of case vs Peter Lim, if needed

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the decision of the Department of Justice panel of prosecutors on cases against the alleged drug lords is 'far from being final'

Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim, whose name was among those mentioned by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as a drug lord operating in the country presents himself to the President at the PDEA Region XI office in Davao City on July 15. Lim agreed to submit himself to investigation by the NBI, to prove his claim that he is not the same ‘Peter Lim’ identified by the President. Rene Lumawag/PPD

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler