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Duterte extends Luzon lockdown until April 30

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:35 AM

The 'enhanced community quarantine' for Luzon will be until April 30 instead of April 12, but Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will have the discretion to 'relax' its implementation in some areas

CHECKPOINTS STAY. Policemen manning the quarantine control point at the Susana Heights-SLEX exit check body temperature and identification cards of commuters entering Metro Manila on March 16, 2020. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

4 options for the Philippines' coronavirus lockdown

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM

It's a choice between a deadly increase in coronavirus cases and needing to restart the economy whose downtime has left thousands jobless and hungry

QUARANTINE. Policemen man a checkpoint along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte seeks more cash for gov't coronavirus response

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:40 AM

'Magnakaw ka, manghiram ka, wala akong pakialam. Produce mo 'yung pera,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

IN NEED. Some 18 million poor families are supposed to receive government aid to help them cope during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte 'inclined' to extend Luzon lockdown until April 30

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'Tingnan natin,' President Rodrigo Duterte says less than a week before the Luzon lockdown is supposed to end on April 12

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. President Rodrigo Duterte gives updates on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on April 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Police shoot dead farmer who attacks them at Agusan del Norte checkpoint

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The shooting of Junie Dungog Piñar is the first incident after President Duterte gave a shoot-to-kill order against civilians who disobey quarantine rules

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: The rule of law in the time of the coronavirus

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:09 PM

President Duterte's special powers under the Bayanihan Law have begun to be exercised

Remulla asks Duterte to extend subsidy to Cavite's middle-income families

Apr 06, 2020 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'They are often overlooked. They pay the most taxes. They keep our economy alive,' Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla says in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

Day 19 of Enhanced Community Quarantine in Cavite. - Residents pass through a disinfection tent installed by DPWH at a checkpoint area in Marulas, Kawit, Cavite as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, Thursday, April 2, 2020. ( Dennis Abrina)

No loans needed: Think tank says ditch infra projects for virus response

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:35 PM

IBON Foundation's Sonny Africa says the government has at least P975 billion of infrastructure projects for 2020, and a quarter of those may be discontinued to fund the pandemic response

[EDITORIAL] People to Digong: Sige, i-police power mo nga ang virus!

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Totoong may 'failure of execution' pero bago 'yan ay may 'failure of comprehension' din

Duterte, Cabinet members donate salaries to help fight coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The President will give his one-month salary while many Cabinet members pledge a 75% pay cut, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DUTERTE CABINET. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 46th Cabinet Meeting at Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] A failure of execution

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:33 PM

Despite lacking a coherent pandemic strategy, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is tightening his grip

Officers of Brgy. 436 in Sampaloc, Manila on April 3, 2020, set up a checkpoint with a coffin on display bearing a sign "Stay Home or Stay Inside this Coffin" serving as a stern warning to residents during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo to Duterte admin: ‘Appreciate’ LGUs that innovate to fight coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the NBI going after Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and President Rodrigo Duterte's rants vs lawyer Chel Diokno send the wrong message to the public

HANDS-ON VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment  sets that were delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo welcomes Luna sacking, but surprised Duterte defended her

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo says President Rodrigo Duterte should not be tolerating individuals sowing division within government during the COVID-19 pandemic

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo inspects the first batch of protective gear her office distrubted to health workers on March 16, 202 File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte orders Navy to convert presidential yacht into coronavirus hospital

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants the Philippine Navy to run the planned hospital yacht

FLOATING HOSPITAL? This file photo shows the BRP Ang Pangulo obtained as war reparations given to the Philippines by Japan. Photo from Wikicommons

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Duterte lashes out at Chel Diokno for 'causing disorder'

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) The President unleashes tirades against Chel Diokno several times in a late-night address, and even pokes fun at his appearance. The human rights lawyer urges him to focus on the needs of the people at this time.

PRESIDENT'S IRE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a late-night televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte distances self from NBI probe vs Vico Sotto

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:28 AM

'Wala akong pakialam sa operasyon ng NBI, kung ano gusto nila,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HANDS OFF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte fires PACC Commissioner Luna for pushing probe vs Robredo

Apr 04, 2020 - 12:23 AM

'As of this moment, he's no longer connected with government,' the President says of PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna, who pushed for a probe into the Vice President's fundraising efforts to address the coronavirus outbreak

FIRED. President Rodrigo Duterte fires Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna (C). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cayetano defends Duterte’s shoot to kill order: ‘I don’t really think that’s literal’

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'I always take the President seriously but not always literally,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial shoot to kill order

DUTERTE ALLY. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Constitutional basics in a pandemic

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actions being taken by the government to suppress dissenters are unconstitutional

Rights groups slam Duterte's 'shoot to kill' order: Prioritize lives, not violence

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte's statement may lead to more abuses as Luzon remains in lockdown in the face of the novel coronavirus outbreak

Protesting for the lack of food and relief support during the enhanced community quarantine, residents of Sitio San Roque, Quezon City were arrested during a protest and are brought to the Quezon City Police Station 10 for medical check-up and inquest proceedings on April 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ang delayed response ni President Rodrigo Duterte sa coronavirus outbreak

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Saan nagkukulang ang Duterte administration sa paglaban sa novel coronavirus sa Pilipinas?

[OPINION] Duterte’s callous disregard for health workers’ lives

Apr 02, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'The deaths of health workers due to inadequate supplies of PPEs are national tragedies to be mourned, not patriotic sacrifices to be celebrated'

Netizens slam Duterte's 'shoot to kill' order, nat'l gov't response to outbreak

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:21 PM

This comes after the President addressed the nation after Filipinos protested against lack of resources

[ANALYSIS] May pera nga ba? Does Duterte have money to fight COVID-19?

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Today we’re enduring two types of crises: one in public health, another in governance

What your fave stars said about gov't coronavirus response

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:27 PM

April 1 in the Philippines was no laughing matter – and the country’s biggest stars from the entertainment industry made sure their presence was felt amid the rage, too

How is this pandemic changing you?

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Let’s look at some of the challenges that this pandemic is forcing us to face and which are changing our world in incremental ways

'Shoot them dead': Duterte orders troops to kill quarantine violators

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:19 PM

'I will not hesitate. My orders are sa pulis pati pagka ginulo at nagkaroon ng okasyon na lumaban at ang buhay ninyo ay nalagay sa alanganin, shoot them dead,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

KILL ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte during the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials on March 4, 2020. Malcañang file photo

#DuterteLive: Updates on enhanced community quarantine

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:46 PM

Watch President Duterte live on Rappler

The 'late' president? Netizens invent new timezone to adjust with Duterte

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's pre-recorded address, which was supposed to air at 4 pm, is broadcast 7 hours past the original schedule

Bayanihan law report: Duterte yet to fully exercise special budget powers

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) Mandatory reports are supposed to be submitted to Congress every Monday but the first report is received by senators on Tuesday at 12:40 am

OUTBREAK. The exodus of travellers to the provinces hopes to avoid the COVID-19 infection spreading in the Metro Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'What's the plan?' PH celebrities are done with Duterte's tardiness, lack of details

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The country's celebrities express disappointment after President Rodrigo Duterte's address to the nation airs hours later than promised and is devoid of any real detail

Duterte draws flak after saying frontliners 'lucky to die' for PH

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:43 AM

'It would be an honor to die for your country, I assure you,' says President Duterte of medical personnel who are now part of the mounting coronavirus death toll. Netizens say they died because of lack of government preparation.

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Takeover of private businesses ‘only when absolutely necessary’

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:39 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has delegated much of his special powers to his Cabinet, but ‘reserves strictly to himself’ the authority to take charge of private establishments

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on March 30, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Duterte threatens to send to jail officials who fail to deliver coronavirus aid

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:23 AM

The President tells all officials tasked to distribute food, relief goods, and money to do so 'to a tee,' saying he will not overlook errors committed

PRESIDENT'S THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers an address on the coronavirus disease on March 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

Rappler Talk: Constitutional law professor Dan Gatmaytan on Duterte's special powers

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:25 PM

On Monday, March 30, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to professor Dan Gatmaytan to discuss the issues surrounding the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020

Gov't agencies ordered to list hospitals, facilities for possible takeover

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:28 PM

DOH, DOT, DOTr, and OCD are tasked to create the inventory and present this to the President

POSSIBLE TAKEOVER. As a last resort, President Rodrigo Duterte can order the takeover of health facilities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A virus with emergency powers

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:00 AM

This President does seem to possess the Midas touch – in reverse

What we know so far: PH 'National Action Plan' on the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) The National Action Plan is considered the government's overall strategy in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and its aftermath

CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN. QCPD Police Personnel apprehend curfew violators along Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte gov't had emergency procurement powers as early as March 13

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:43 PM

The Government Procurement Policy Board issued a resolution on March 9 giving the government more wiggle room for negotiated procurements to help it respond to the coronavirus pandemic

CORONAVIRUS. To protect themselves from COVID-19, nurses from UP Health Service in Diliman, Quezon City, put sheets of plastic as divider to patients coming in and out of the hospital. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] ‘Freezing’ the PH economy: Can we survive it?

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:59 AM

With billions of additional funds soon at Duterte’s disposal – and a spotty track record of transparency and accountability – we should all watch the money trail closer than ever

Congress reins in Duterte's special budget powers

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Cures and fixes notwithstanding, the new law may still be unnecessary because it is superfluous

SURPRISE INSPECTION. President Duterte talks to cops manning a checkpoint at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary on March 17, 2020. Photo of PSG Commander Col. Jesus Durante, posted on the Facebook page of PCOO Usec Lorraine Badoy

DOCUMENT: Duterte’s 30 special powers to deal with the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Read here the full text of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

ASSISTANCE. Employees repack relief goods at the Quezon City Hall on March 22, 2020, that will be distributed to barangays. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Lahat bayani': Duterte thanks doctors who died treating coronavirus patients

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:42 AM

'Bihira ako sumasaludo ng tao pero mga doktor natin, mga health workers na nadisgrasya, talagang saludo ako sa inyo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAISE WORKERS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with some members of his Cabinet to discuss updates on the coronavirus disease on March 24, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte signs law granting himself special powers to address coronavirus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:56 AM

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act grants President Rodrigo Duterte 30 special powers, and excludes the proposed contentious provisions on the takeover of private businesses

SPECIAL POWERS. President Rodrigo Duterte signs into law the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Malacañang photo

Gov't to implement 'national action plan' on coronavirus, with DND on the lead

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says the National Action Plan will reinforce the efforts of the Department of Health in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus

NEW PLAN. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with some members of his Cabinet to discuss updates on the coronavirus disease on March 24, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Duterte's special powers bill punishes fake news by jail time, up to P1-M fine

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:49 PM

(UPDATED) There is no law that punishes fake news. The Bayanihan To Heal as one Act also does not define fake news. 'That would be void,' says ex-SC spokesman Ted Te

SPECIAL POWERS. The proposed Bayanihan to Heal as One Act would give President Rodrigo Duterte the special power to punish people spreading fake news about the coronavirus. RTVM screengrab

House, Senate dissenters: 'Emergency actions, not powers' needed vs coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Only 10 legislators – 9 from the House and 1 in the Senate – opposed the bill giving President Rodrigo Duterte at least 27 'special' powers vs to address the COVID-19 crisis

DISSENTERS. (From L-R, starting upper row) Senator Risa Hontiveros, and Representatives Gabriel Bordado, Edcel Lagman, Manuel Cabochan III, Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, Ferdinand Gaite, Eufemia Cullamat, and Carlos Zarate. Photos by Rappler and courtesy of

Congress removes Duterte's authority to extend special powers, but does it ease fears?

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'Congress has proven that it will follow and obey the President’s wishes and submit to his commands,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

BAYANIHAN ACT. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez stay at the Senate until wee hours of the morning on Tuesday, March 24, to wait for Congress to pass the special powers bill for President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo courtesy of Secretary Guevarra

Why Duterte doesn't need special powers to address the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:50 PM

'The emergency powers proposed to be granted by Congress are either superfluous and unnecessary, as they are already vested in the Executive Branch by existing laws,' says the Free Legal Assistance Group

SURPRISE INSPECTION. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Metro Manila police manning a checkpoint at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary on March 17, 2020. Photo of PSG Commander Colonel Jesus Durante, posted on the Facebook page of PCOO Usec Lorraine Badoy

Special powers bill to deal with coronavirus now up for Duterte's signature

Mar 24, 2020 - 4:18 AM

If signed by the President, the special powers law will be valid for 3 months, unless extended by Congress

CORONAVIRUS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malacanan Palace on March 12, 2020. Malacanan photo