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Duterte gets medication for 'muscle spasms' after doctor checkup

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:46 PM

After supposedly undergoing an MRI scan, the President is found to be suffering from 'purely muscle spasms' and has been advised to rest, says his trusted aide Senator Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan to witness the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on October 22, 2019. Also in the photo are Senator Christopher "Bong" Go and Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. Malacañang Photo

Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua makes official visit to PH

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Hu is set to meet President Rodrigo Duterte and hold discussions with government economic managers to 'fast-track the implementation of the key infrastructure projects under Chinese financing'

OFFICIAL VISIT. Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua makes an official visit to the Philippines from October 22 to 24, 2019. File photo from the Chinese government official website

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

Cane-bearing Duterte visits Nene Pimentel wake

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:38 AM

Visibly tired and with difficulty walking, President Rodrigo Duterte attends the wake of the late former Senate President

One year of Panelo, the showbiz spokesman

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Count on Salvador Panelo to whip out every trick up his sleeve to defend the President. But who defends Panelo when he faces the specter of delicadeza?

Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

Over 450 die under police custody since Duterte assumed office

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service already counts 461 suspects who have died while under police custody. They are not yet done counting.

POLICE DETENTION. Quezon City Police District Station 4 detainees stand in a congested detention facility. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Unbearable' back pain forces Duterte to cut short Japan trip

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to see his neurologist after 'unbearable pain in his spinal column' prompts him to use a cane at the Japanese Emperor's enthronement ceremony and fly home right after

DUTERTE'S PAIN. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Carl Court/AFP

Duterte names Joel Garcia as Philippine Coast Guard commandant

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Vice Admiral Joel Garcia, currently director of the National Coast Watch Center, now helms a force on the frontlines of protecting the country's waters as the government pursues offshore oil exploration with China

NEW PCG CHIEF. Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia is the 28th Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo courtesy of PCG

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte flies to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine leader, bringing a supposedly ‘leaner’ delegation, will also attend the Emperor’s Banquet and Prime Minister's Banquet

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Next PNP chief: Año recommends 3 to Duterte

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:37 AM

It's now up to President Rodrigo Duterte to choose who he wants as his third Philippine National Police chief

DUTERTE'S DECISION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año gives 3 names to President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang Photo

Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Retiring Justice Carpio on Duterte's tirades: It comes with the territory

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's West Philippine Sea policy, Justice Antonio Carpio says even strong reactions from the Chief Executive are to be expected

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Duterte dons 'air purifier' as protection from 'coughs and colds'

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is seen wearing a device around his neck during recent official engagements

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 15, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte shows arm wound after motorcycle mishap

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in full view of media cameras, rolls down his sleeves to show a wound on his arm during a business conference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a small abrasion on his elbow to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at The Manila Hotel on October 17, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte slightly hurt in motorcycle mishap

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The President was reaching for his shoe when he fell off his motorcycle that resulted in a minor injury, particularly light bruises and slight scratches,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacanang Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacanang Photo

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

Duterte gives Yulo, Petecio, other medal winners more cash rewards

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with gymnast Carlos Yulo, boxers Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial, pole vaulter Ernest Obiena, and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Malacañang complex

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Gold Medalist Carlos Yulo at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on October 16, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte fires gov't oil exploration corporation chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte aired his displeasure over PNOC-EC chief Pedro Aquino Jr during a Cabinet meeting on October 11

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Philippines to offer humanitarian aid to typhoon-hit Japan

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang says the Philippine embassy in Tokyo 'is closely monitoring the situation and is now in coordination with members of the Filipino community' affected by Typhoon Hagibis

Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Duterte wants gov't projects awarded to contractors with 'most responsive, advantageous bid'

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to erase the requirement that projects must go to the lowest qualified bidder

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Indian president to visit Philippines October 17-21

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The state visit comes as the Philippines and India commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

STATE VISIT. In this file photo, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind delivers a speech at the Muensterplatz in Bern during his state visit to Switzerland, on September 13, 2019 at the Muensterplatz in Bern, Switzerland. Photo by Peter Schneider/Pool/AFP

U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:12 PM

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says the 'killing of significant number of people may have achieved other government objectives but has done nothing in terms of eliminating the drug problem'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte invites Russian oil giant to explore in West Philippine Sea

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Rosneft, the Russian firm which ruffled China's feathers with its oil and gas projects in Vietnam, is offered a chance to pursue a similar project in Philippine waters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Richest Filipinos rate Duterte 'excellent' as dissatisfaction grows among poor

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys his highest ever satisfaction rating among Class ABC Filipinos as his rating among poor Filipinos declines, says a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gives Wilfredo Keng's daughter a government post

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Patricia C. Keng is appointed member of the Philippine Commission on Women by President Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed he did not know her father, the businessman who filed a cyber libel case against Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to the newly appointed officials during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on September 17, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators say Duterte's muscle disease 'not life-threatening'

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva says the President's team should update the people, about the President's condition, as they deem appropriate

RARE DISEASE. President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have a rare muscular disease, myasthenia gravis, which may lead to drooping of eyelids and overall weakness. Malacanang file photo

Duterte defends Albayalde: 'He has the right to be heard'

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'[Due process is] given to the criminals.... It should be given to a general of the Philippine National Police because under the laws we're all equal,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EMBATTLED CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde faces media after the Senate's 7th hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law at the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte takes a swipe at Robredo again: 'Wala kayong makukuha diyan'

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Duterte makes the remark amid a looming PET ruling on the initial recount of the vice presidential electoral protest

Duterte now claims he has rare myasthenia gravis muscle disease

Oct 06, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that destroys muscle receptors, and can result in the drooping of eyelids, or overall weakness. It can be controlled with treatment.

Duterte receives honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from Russian university

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gets his first honorary degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University, Russia's premier school for international relations which is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONORARY DEGREE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets an honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University on October 5, 2019. Photo from PTV Facebook page

Duterte invites Russian firms to join PH infrastructure program

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Several business deals – including exploring the prospects of building nuclear power plants in the Philippines – are signed on the sidelines of the Philippines-Russia Business Forum in Moscow keynoted by President Rodrigo Duterte

BUSINESS FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Philippines-Russia Business Forum at the House of the Unions in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rants about 'U.S. and the West' at Russian forum

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The President hits traditional western powers for supposedly encumbering his war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte at Valdai forum: Long tirade vs drugs, joke about 'killing girls'

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Hosts repeatedly ask the verbose Philippine leader to wrap up his long answers, in which he rants about the US, justifies his drug war, and even jokes about 'killing girls'

DUTERTE'S VIEWPOINT. President Duterte answers questions at the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club forum in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Among the others in the panel are (L-R) Jordanian King Abdullah II, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Malacañang Photo

Duterte trumpets 'remarkable progress' of PH-Russia ties in Putin meeting

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte told President Putin the remarkable progress of Philippines-Russia relations after he sought the rebalancing of traditional partnerships and the deepening of relations with non-traditional partners,' says Malacañang

PH-RUSSIA TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

‘Drunk chap’: Duterte twitted for ‘unkempt’ look in meeting with Russian PM

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine President's loose tie and crumpled-looking collar during a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raises some eyebrows on Twitter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte meets with CEO of Russian oil firm Rosneft

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Rosneft is the same oil company helping Vietnam drill oil in waters being claimed by China. Beijing has issued warnings against Rosneft's operations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s perverse priorities in the proposed 2020 budget

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The national budget is one of the clearest expressions of a government’s values, its priorities, and its plans for the country. It tells us to what extent our politicians reflect the will and interests of the people.

PH eyes labor agreement with Russia as Duterte makes second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta says the labor agreement is envisioned to grant Filipinos working in Russia 'legal status'

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Russia for second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The Philippine leader and several Cabinet members will visit Sochi and Moscow from October 2 to 5

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by from Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev upon his arrival at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

After signing anti-hazing law, Duterte now says hazing can't be eliminated

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:04 PM

'Hindi ko talaga maalis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte a year after he signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds as he witnesses the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 celebrate following the commencement exercises at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte holds his tongue on proposed U.S. travel ban vs officials in De Lima detention

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:50 PM

'Hilaw pa 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the proposed travel ban. In contrast, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo had slammed it as 'brazen' intrusion.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 50th Founding Anniversary Celebration of Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc. at The Manila Hotel on September 25, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to await Año probe before deciding on Albayalde's fate

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will be 'fair' in deciding whether or not to fire Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, who retires in a month

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde takes oath before the start of the seventh hearing of the GCTA at the senate. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte approves use of express lane fees for immigration workers' pay in 2019

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The decision, also made in the last fiscal year, is needed to raise the low salaries of Bureau of Immigration personnel until the passage of an immigration modernization law

Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

Duterte urged to form Bangsamoro intergovernmental relations body

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to create an intergovernmental relations body deemed critical to the success of the new Bangsamoro region in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the launch of the second phase of the decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants and weapons at the Old Provincial Capitol Compound in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on September 7, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from Duterte's foreign loan ban

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The defense department plans to enter a loan agreement with the Australian government to procure 6 offshore patrol vessels to be built in Cebu

LOAN FOR SHIPS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from a loan ban to make way for a financing agreement for new Navy ships. Photo of Lorenzana at the Senate on September 30, 2019 by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte gives Mocha Uson a new government post

Sep 30, 2019 - 1:24 PM

(UPDATED) The pro-Duterte blogger is appointed a deputy executive director at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

Former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson files nomination under Kasosyo party list on October 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The nation’s debt to De Lima

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Duterte may be crazy, but surely not so crazy as to think himself immune from repayment. As it happens, he is De Lima’s biggest debtor.

Duterte wants tougher sanctions for child traffickers

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Amending the Expanded Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act is among the 'top legislative priorities' of President Duterte, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

BIG ARREST. This is the biggest arrest since the creation of the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center, which coordinates Philippine authorities with international law agencies.