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[ANALYSIS] China, the patron, is Duterte's reality check

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Duterte the patron knows what a patron expects – debt of gratitude, acquiescence despite being wronged, and the unconditional acceptance that the patron will make up for mistakes, one way or the other

Lorenzana doubts if PH boat sinking was intentional

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:48 AM

'Nabangga nga talaga pero was it intentional or not, mayroon nang doubt ngayon eh kung intentional o hindi,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DOUBTS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doubts if the Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat was intentional. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte dismisses PH boat sinking as 'maritime incident'

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte spares China from criticism in his first statement on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Mitraydor na gyud ka’g maayo, Mayor!

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Nganong anaon man intawon ninyo nang mga pobreng mananagat Mayor? Abi nako mulaban ka sa mga Pinoy? Imbis kana ang imong gibuhat, imo hinuong gipasakitan sila sa pinaagi sa mga insulto ni Locsin ug ni Panelo.

No major decision reached after Duterte execs meet on Recto Bank

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The meeting comes as the usually outspoken President Rodrigo Duterte draws flak for his silence on the Recto Bank incident

The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvage near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang open to Chinese claim vs Filipino fishermen

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:37 PM

'Kaming mga abogado, we wait for the facts to come in, all the facts,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the final investigation of the Chinese government on the sinking of a Filipino boat in Recto Bank. Malacañang file photo

Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot attend because of other appointments, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders during the Leaders' Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo

Captain of sunken boat backs out of meeting with Duterte

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:06 AM

At the last minute, the captain of Fishing Boat Gem-Ver backs out of a scheduled meeting with President Duterte at Malacañang

NO MORE MEETING. F/B Gem-Ver boat captain Junel Insigne. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo slams PH boat sinking as Duterte stays silent

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:41 PM

'We condemn in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible actions of the Chinese crew involved in the incident,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SALUTE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration for the 120th Independence Day in Luneta Park on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. File photo by OVP

Duterte to meet with captain of sunken boat in Malacañang

Jun 16, 2019 - 1:25 PM

F/B Gem-Ver captain Junel Insigne will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, along with the boat's cook Richard Blaza, who says he saw the Chinese vessel ramming them

Homeward bound. The fishermen and crew of FB Gimver, the fishing boat sunked by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turn over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte silent on PH boat sinking 'because he is studying'

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't want to take steps based on the wrong information, says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

DUTERTE'S REPRESENTATIVE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi talks to the fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver during a consultation in Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte sets emergency Cabinet meeting on PH boat sinking

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet his Cabinet a week after a Chinese ship sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?

Arroyo defends Duterte response to Philippine boat sinking

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Take a calibrated response and be as civil as they have to be. I think that's the right approach,' former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says, referring to the administration's handling of the incident

DUTERTE ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. Malacañang photo

Kapa-Community Ministry can file impeachment complaint vs Duterte – Trillanes

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:37 PM

'Para sa mga lider at miyembro ng Kapa, magfile ng kasong impeachment laban kay Duterte for culpable violation of the Constitution dahil sa pagbalewala nito sa kanilang religious freedom,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has some recommendation for Kapa-Community Ministry and the Duterte administration on the Kapa controversy. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Members ask Duterte to reconsider closure of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 14, 2019 - 1:25 PM

At the Acharon Sports Complex, Joel Apolinario raises the hopes of thousands of members of Kapa-Community Ministry. Meanwhile, at the nearby Lagao Gymnasium, Duterte orders the arrest of Kapa officials.

more that 50 thousand member-donors of Kabos Padatoon Community International Ministry, Inc., joins the rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019 calling on the government and President Rodrigo Duterte to let KAPA continue its operation. President Duterte who was also in the city at the Lagao Gym orders KAPA's be shutdown as it is a scam. KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario (DSCF5416-1) lied to the crowd when he claimed that Duterte already assured him that KAPA will continue its operation. President Duterte called KAPA a swindling operation. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Occidental Mindoro town mayor to Duterte: Let's speak out against China

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:30 AM

‘Ipakita natin ‘yung ating muscle. Kung wala man tayong muscle sa giyera eh sa bunganga man lang,’ says the mayor of San Jose, the home port of the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel

CALL FOR ACTION. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Romulo Festin speaks to reporters onboard BRP Tausug. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rapper

Duterte meets with Pacquiao to discuss PDP-Laban Speaker bet

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The President will choose from 3 names – Lord Allan Velasco, Dong Gonzales, and Pantaleon Alvarez

PDP-LABAN BET. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Senator Manny Pacquiao to discuss their party PDP-Laban's candidate for House Speaker in the 18th Congress. Photo courtesy of Senator-elect Bong Go

3 speeches in a row, Duterte silent on Chinese ship sinking PH vessel

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The Philippine president has yet to publicly remark on the incident in the West Philippine Sea

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MISLEADING: 'Rappler' infographic compares Aquino-Duterte expenses

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:59 PM

While the figures used are based on a published article, the infographic itself does not come from Rappler

Duterte pays tribute to patriots during Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Today, let us pay tribute to our patriots – both from the past and the present – by safeguarding the democratic institutions that were built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to our heroes,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards as he leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Duterte hopes for 'truly independent' Philippines

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will commemorate Independence Day with soldiers in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on April 9, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ahead of SONA 2019, Duterte Cabinet to hold 3 fora on accomplishments

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Cabinet clusters will hold pre-SONA fora in Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City in the days leading to President Duterte's State of the Nation Address on July 22

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte asks doctor-businessman Jaime Cruz to be PhilHealth president

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Dr Jaime T. Cruz, CEO of the JTC Group of Companies, is yet to accept the President's offer

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials led by its acting president, Dr. Roy Ferrer, during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte orders Sangley airport operations 'to start immediately'

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:48 AM

During a Cabinet meeting, President Duterte also hints at a revamp at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte asks PhilHealth acting president, board members to resign

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) But President Rodrigo Duterte will still need to accept their resignation. Malacañang gives assurances PhilHealth services will not be hampered.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senator-elect Bong Go to take oath before Duterte on July 1

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'No fanfare. Ako lang po at pamilya,' says presidential aide turned senator-elect Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the thanksgiving party hosted by Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Arcadia Event Center in Davao City on May 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte vows solution to flight cancellations, delays 'within a month'

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippine President makes a 'surprise inspection' of NAIA Terminal 2, apologizing to passengers for flight delays and cancellations

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police strike President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's signature pose following the President's departure for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019 for his participation in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. Also in the photo is former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go. Malacañang photo

LOOK: President Duterte now a great grandfather

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Presidential son Paolo Duterte says his grandson will be named after the President

Robredo: Why reject U.N. probe if Duterte gov't has nothing to hide?

Jun 09, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

Human rights are the bedrock of a person's dignity and freedom. Human rights belong to every regardless of their stature in life, their gender, class, ethinicity, religion, politics or circumstances. Human rights are universal because we are all born with them. And yet, because people do not equally enjoy their rights and human rights itself are under attack, there are those who spend their lives fighting for the rights of others and their selves. December 10, 2018 International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte eyes reshuffle at PhilHealth

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The planned reshuffle stems from allegations that the government agency paid for the dialysis treatment of patients who were already dead or had completed their treatment

Duterte orders shutdown of Kapa-Community Ministry, other investment scams

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

'When it is [too] good to be true, that is fraud,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of the get-rich-quick schemes offered by Kapa-Community Ministry International and others

Duterte orders PhilHealth to run after employees in 'ghost' kidney treatments

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:18 PM

PhilHealth management must pursue criminal complaints against officials and employees involved in the alleged scam, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2019 Eid'l Fitr Celebration at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on June 6, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to COA: Don't seek refund of Marawi rehab money spent on Hajj

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the P5 million used for Hajj was well-spent because Marawi City evacuees would prefer making the pilgrimage over receiving government housing

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bong Go: President Duterte's 'eyes and ears' in the Senate

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Bong Go will be the Senate's 'direct line' to President Rodrigo Duterte, says PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to examine a painting of Tomas Pinpin as he makes his way to the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Accompanying the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After 'reunion,' Pastor Apollo Quiboloy tags along with Duterte in Sulu trip

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'I'd be happy to see more of the pastor in the coming days,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after his first meeting with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in 3 years

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte introduces Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. founder and lead Pastor Apollo Quiboloy to Sulu Governor Abdusakur Mahail Tan during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on June 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MISLEADING: Duterte admin 'keeping' 99.6% of foreign aid

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

COA only flags the administration for an undrawn 99.6% of foreign aid

Filipinos must be instruments of love, respect, says Duterte on Eid'l Fitr

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:39 AM

In a message to mark the end of Ramadan, the Philippine leader also hopes Filipinos can help promote peace and understanding

Muslim women prays as they celebrate Eid’l Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Blue Mosque in Taguig City on June 5, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Party-list bloc will vote for Duterte's bet in speakership race

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:16 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't endorse anybody in the speakership race, then the party-list lawmakers are consulting her daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for her choice

'20% OR NOTHING.' Several members of the party-list coalition in the House of Representatives hold a press conference on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte appoints Ricardo Morales into MWSS Board of Trustees

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The retired general will be taking over the board seat of another ex-general, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco, who is being booted out

Duterte certifies as urgent bill on mandatory ROTC

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte certifies Senate Bill No. 2232 as urgent, saying mandatory ROTC for Grade 11 and 12 students is needed to 'invigorate' the youth's 'sense of nationalism'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media after casting his vote for the midterm elections at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on May 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte invites new Japan emperor and empress to the Philippines

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:21 PM

The Philippine President says it would be his country's great honor to receive Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako some time in the future

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) make their first public appearance after ascending to the throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 4, 2019. Emperor Naruhito urged Japan to work together for world peace as he made his first public appearance in front of a cheering, flag-waving crowd of tens of thousands. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP

Duterte tells gov't agencies to mitigate impact of Taal Lake fish kill

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants close monitoring of water quality in Taal Lake and of fish prices and freshness in the market

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 1, 2019 after a highly successful working visit to Japan which further strengthened the bilateral relations and renewed the fraternal ties between the Philippines and Japan. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Nuelle Duterte takes back her name

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's niece is a full-on critic of the administration and is not afraid to take a stand, no matter what you think of her surname

Villarin: Money, power won vs sectoral advocacies in 2019 party-list race

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the results of the 2019 party-list elections show that 'the party-list terrain has dramatically changed'

WINNING GROUPS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the winners of the party-list race on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The specter of succession

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Duterte cannot risk a successor who cannot guarantee him immunity from prosecution – plausibly for treason, in ceding to China control over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea; for extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Indeed, he can ill afford to be out of power.

Duterte's rant vs Smartmatic puts Comelec under scrutiny

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:30 PM

From bleeding pens to defective vote-counting machines, the Commission on Elections needs to answer a host of problems while maintaining its independence

President Duterte, praying the gay away didn't work for me

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

You can’t fix what’s not broken

 AN ALLY? President Rodrigo Dutete is inconsistent about his remarks on the LGBT community. File photo by Manman Dejeto

PH, Japan forge stronger cooperation on defense, maritime security

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:16 AM

During their summit meeting in Tokyo, among the topics President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed was 'advancing the rule of law, including in the South China Sea,' a Palace statement says

SUMMIT MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliver a joint statement after their summit meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Japan on May 31, 2019. Presidential Photo