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Duterte doubles prize for top teams in Philippine National Games 2018

May 20, 2018 - 2:19 PM

A P10 million cash prize awaits the overall champion of the nationwide multi-sport event

FESTIVE. A colorful opening ceremony kicks off the 2018 Philippine National Games in Cebu City. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

Top PH officials meet U.S. Pacific Command chief in Hawaii

May 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Philippines says the 'deliberate and nuanced diplomacy by the Duterte administration' has 'lowered tensions' in the South China Sea

TOP OFFICIALS. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and key government officials meet US Pacific Command chief Harry Harris Jr in Hawaii. Photo from the US Pacific Command web site

TIMELINE: The many times Duterte and Sereno clashed

May 20, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Rappler lists the instances President Rodrigo Duterte and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have locked horns since 2016

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

Corporate counsel, DPWH exec on Duterte's chopping block?

May 20, 2018 - 12:57 AM

'Maybe I'll fire the corporate counsel tomorrow. Ang DPWH nga assistant secretary nga akong brad sa law school, ako pong gipa-resign,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHOPPING BLOCK. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks at the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

BBL needs a push from Duterte to become law before SONA

May 19, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Congress has 6 session days left to meet President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns sine die on June 2. It is ambitious but doable.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (L) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez (R) listen. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed July 24 to press on with his controversial drug war that has claimed thousands of lives, as he outlined his vision of an "eye-for-an-eye" justice system. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

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Duterte resign? Malacañang tells Sereno to 'look at the mirror'

May 18, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Malacañang hits back at former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for insisting on the involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in her ouster

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte had no hand in the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice. Malacanang file photo

Sereno on Duterte, Senate leadership, Trump on Mueller probe | Midday wRap

May 18, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Sotto as Senate president? Reorganization looms ahead of Duterte's SONA

May 18, 2018 - 1:26 AM

A draft resolution signed by 14 senators is leaked even as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denies there are efforts to replace him

OUSTER? Talks are rife Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is set to replace Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III next week. Sourced photo

Duterte on women, Richest senators, Trump and Cohen | Evening wRap

May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Sereno rallies Filipinos to fight Duterte’s ‘dictatorial’ rule

May 17, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'Kung ayaw niya ng dissent, bigyan siya ng dissent. Kung ayaw niya ng boses ng tao, bigyan siya ng boses ng tao. The only way to fight a bully is to resist,' says ousted chief justice Maria Loures Sereno in her strongest speech yet

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Ramadan: Sacrifice to help communities

May 17, 2018 - 6:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he hopes Muslims will 'continue to do good deeds for the poor and the marginalized members of society' as Ramadan begins

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte makes a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Sereno to Duterte: 'Mag-resign ka na'

May 17, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Gagawin niya ba tayong probinsiya ng China? ....Eh di sana pala pumunta rin ako kay Xi Jinping,' says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as she also mocks President Rodrigo Duterte's China ties

Former SC chief justice speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte attends granddaughter Isabelle's San Beda graduation

May 17, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says Isabelle's father, former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte, was also present. They earlier had a public feud on social media.

Malacañang denies discrimination vs women in government

May 17, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is asked about discrimination after President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ruling out the appointment of a woman as the next Ombudsman

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte lifts Kuwait deployment ban, Senators on Sereno ouster, Trump on North Korea | Midday wRap

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

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May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

May 16, 2018 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) The President gives the instruction to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, 'upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o'

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement on May 11, 2018, protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. File photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'

May 16, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Asked about Ombudsman applicant Silvestre Bello III, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'I will assign him as labor attaché in Kuwait'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a message during the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 1st Quarter 2018 Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City on April 7, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says more officials 'suspended pending investigation'

May 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reads the names of at least 13 suspended government employees, from a prosecutor to a former mayor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FACT CHECK: Kenya president didn’t say Duterte is ‘strongest man in the world’

May 16, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Uhuru Kenyatta’s supposed statement on Rodrigo Duterte was first posted by a pro-Duterte site on February 21. The summit, where the Kenyan president spoke, happened on February 23 yet. He didn’t mention the Philippine president.

Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

May 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

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Duterte says China's Xi vowed to protect him from ouster

May 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recalls Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

Duterte scraps jet ski ride in Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 2:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said he and President Duterte's son, Sebastian Duterte, will represent the Philippine leader instead

PHILIPPINE RISE. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at BRP Davao del Sur at around 3:45 pm on May 15, 2018, to commemorate the renaming of Benham Rise as Philippine Rise. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte on not voting, Comelec on elections, U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy | Midday wRap

May 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

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Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

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Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte on Edgardo Angara: 'Tagapagtanggol sa bunganga ko'

May 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'Pang-diplomat talaga, which I can never be one, ever,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of the late Edgardo Angara, his former special envoy to the EU

ANGARA'S WAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of his late special envoy to the EU, Edgardo Angara, past midnight on May 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte: Skipping barangay elections 'purely political'

May 15, 2018 - 8:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wanted 'to erase the suspicion' from his candidate-friends on whether he voted for them in the barangay elections

'PURELY POLITICAL.' President Rodrigo Duterte says he skipped the barangay elections for 'purely political' reasons. Malacañang file photo

Duterte skips barangay elections, Defector on North Korea, Gary V discharged from hospital | Evening wRap

May 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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Duterte skips first barangay elections under his presidency

May 14, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The voting period ends at 3 pm with President Rodrigo Duterte failing to show up at his polling precinct in Davao City

NO-SHOW. President Rodrigo Duterte skips the first barangay elections under his presidency. Malacañang file photo

Concerns over State Insurance Fund's sustainability after pension benefits hike

May 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Labor group Sentro raises questions on the sustainability of the State Insurance Fund after President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order raising pension benefits of disabled workers

PENSION BENEFITS. A labor group raises concerns over the newly signed executive order increasing pension benefits.

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

Sereno says there were offers to meet Duterte: He could have ended it

May 11, 2018 - 8:38 PM

‘Can I redeem myself in the eyes of the public if there will always be rumors about me compromising?’ says ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Sereno Press Con at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, SC ousts Sereno, Mayweather in Davao City | Evening wRap

May 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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'Around 25' BuCor personnel in Duterte drug list – Dela Rosa

May 11, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'Actually meron kaming mga Bucor personnel na kasama don sa drug watchlist ni presidente, so hinahanap natin yung mga tao na 'yan,' says BuCor chief Dela Rosa

NEW BUCOR CHIEF. Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to Rappler on his plans as Bucor chief. Photo by Angie dela Rosa/Rappler

Public satisfaction with Duterte administration declines – SWS

May 11, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Out of 20 issues included in the Social Weather Stations survey, Filipinos are least satisfied with government efforts to fight inflation

PUBLIC SATISFACTION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

SC ousts Sereno, Duterte on Lagarde, Trump to meet Kim in Singapore | Midday wRap

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

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Duterte’s SALN for 2017 shows net worth of P28.5M

May 11, 2018 - 7:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's latest net worth increases by about P1 million compared to his previous Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

WITH MASONS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte on IMF's Lagarde: 'Halikan mo lang, mag-iba ang isip niyan'

May 11, 2018 - 7:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a sexist remark against IMF chief Christine Lagarde after the multilateral lender released its World Economic Outlook

IMF CHIEF. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, July 14, 2016. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP