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Duterte drops by hospital day before SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, July 22, for a 'routine medical checkup'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018, expresses his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges. Malacañang Photo

LIVE: 2018 State of the Nation Address by President Rodrigo Duterte

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:02 PM

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Traffic advisory for SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Here's a look at the rerouting scheme and partial road closures for Monday, July 23, when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address

Traffic along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Redux? Duterte admin recalls Arroyo policies, controversies

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'

LONG-TIME ALLIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walk on the center aisle of Sanctuario de San Jose in Mandaluyong City on January 8, 2017, as principal sponsors in a wedding ceremony. Malacañang file photo

Report card: How did Duterte fare in last 2 years?

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address, Rappler asks its readers to grade his performance on 11 subjects culled from his campaign promises

[OPINION] Duterte resignation under the new federalism charter a bluff

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte knows very well that the real writing of the constitution will happen in Congress, where his lieutenants will in no way allow him to bid them goodbye midway in his term

Robredo: 'A good leader inspires, empowers, listens'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'More than a display of brute force and the use of strong language, we need leaders who will reach out and be one with the last, the lost, and the least of us,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in a speech where she alludes to President Rodrigo Duterte

ADDRESS TO YOUNG LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the 4th Young Professionals Summit at the De La Salle University on  July 21, 2018. Photo from OVP

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

If the SONA were a movie franchise, here's how we'd review it

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza

[OPINION] Duterte’s federalism Con-Com missed most important homework

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan

In Bacolod City, teachers stage rally ahead of SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Gualberto Dajao, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros, says they hope their concerns will reach President Rodrigo Duterte

Why Noynoy Aquino always skips Duterte's SONAs

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

It's for practicality, former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte and outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III meet at the President’s Hall Sala for a courtesy call before the formal inaugural ceremony. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

Acting Chief Justice Carpio to attend Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The House Secretary General corrects his earlier statement that Carpio declined the invitation

Photo by Angie de Silva

Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Zuckerberg on Holocaust, Liam and Noel Gallagher | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

LIST: SONA 2018 activities, protests

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Several protests and activities are lined up on Monday, July 23, to mark President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

HOAX: Villacorta: ‘PH lost national dignity under Duterte’

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:52 PM

While not a direct quote from the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General, the original statement is, in fact, praise for the President

Political scientists give budding 'authoritarian’ Duterte low marks

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Rodrigo Duterte's presidency gets a score of 5 out of 10 for his 'increasingly authoritarian' ways

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th founding anniversary of the province of Southern Leyte at the Provincial Capitol Grounds in Maasin City on July 2, 2018, reiterates his stern warning to the local government officials not to get involved in illegal activities. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More Duterte insults at SONA 2018? 'I’m ready,' says Robredo

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she had been discouraged from attending the State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa as President Rodrigo Duterte may use the occasion to again 'insult and humiliate' her

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

The Philippine economy's health under Duterte

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?

Death squads, Gilas suspension, Tropical Storm Inday | Evening wRap

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

#WalangPasok in Quezon City on July 23 for SONA 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

Coco levy fund: Duterte's failed promise

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'He's been doing it all along for other bills like the death penalty, lowering of age [of criminal responsibility], why not do this for his campaign promise, coco levy?'

FAILED CAMPAIGN PROMISE? President Rodrigo Duterte promises coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them. Two years into his term, the promise remains just that. File photo by Rappler

Policing the PNP: Scalawags spoil Duterte vow to end crime

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within

INTERNAL CLEANSING. The PNP wants to expand its 'punitive' cleansing program to 'preventive' and 'restorative' measures of weeding out crooked cops. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Duterte won't have any hand in bid to scrap 2019 polls – Roque

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

But Malacañang does not express disapproval of the use of a People's Initiative to cancel the 2019 elections as suggested by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Republic Act 11033 'Converting the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology into a State University' and Republic Act 11032 or 'Ease of Doing Business Act' during the ceremonial enactment at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. Joining the President are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marawi folks less convinced Duterte has concern for Muslims – SWS

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Despite their opinions about President Rodrigo Duterte, the results of a Social Weather Stations survey show Marawi residents are generally optimistic about the future

HOME IN RUINS. Haj Mohaymen Ampuan can only cry in despair as he saw his home for the first time in April 2018, nearly a year after the Marawi war broke out on May 23, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte in surveys: After two years, honeymoon persists

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Nearly two years' worth of SWS and Pulse Asia surveys tell different stories about President Rodrigo Duterte's popularity

[OPINYON] Kung paano dapat tangkilikin ang SONA

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Usisain ang sarili. Ano ba ang sitwasyon mo habang pinanonood ang State of the Nation Address? Kumakain? Nagugutom? Bumibiyahe? Nagmamadali? Ihing-ihi? Binubulyawan ng boss mo?

Hits and misses of Duterte’s infrastructure push

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The National Economic and Development Authority has identified 75 flagship projects under the government’s Build, Build Build program. Only 7 have started construction in 2018.

Bicam OKs final Bangsamoro bill for Duterte signature

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

HOAX: Kadamay's Arellano asks Duterte to prioritize basic needs over boxing

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:43 PM

There are no official reports of Kadamay Chairperson Gloria 'Ka Bea' Arellano asking President Duterte for free water, food, and electricity

Duterte still trusts Bello, says Malacañang

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies allegations of a corruption complaint filed with President Rodrigo Duterte's Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE'S 2018 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

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Duterte to rehearse for SONA 2018 on July 22

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The rehearsal will take place in Malacañang and not in Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte practiced for his SONA in 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018, expresses his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges. Malacañang Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 18, 2018

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

At least 206 families, 829 individuals evacuees in Barangay Silangan in Quezon City on Wednesday, 18, 2018 who gather at the Barangay covered court for shelter due to continues downpour enhanced by Tropical Depression Henry that left their houses flooded. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Rappler Talk: Albert del Rosario on Duterte gov’t’s refusal to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Watch Rappler's full interview with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday, July 18

#StoryOfTheNation: What do you want to hear in SONA 2018?

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:46 AM

In the days leading to SONA 2018, bring your story to center stage

Duterte: China never asked PH for 'one square of real estate'

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks of a 'blueprint' of plans being made by China: 'I am sure, at the end, China will be fair and the equity will be distributed'

President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking for the planned Binondo-Intramuros bridge with Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and other officials in Manila on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leonen: I did not ask Duterte for chief justice post

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'That's pure false,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen of RJ Nieto's Facebook post

CHIEF JUSTICE POST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen refutes social media rumors that he asked President Rodrigo Duterte for the vacant chief justice post. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 17, 2018

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

Students wade the gutter-deep flood water in Brgy. Holy Spirit in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, after the local government of QC cancelled elementary classes after night of almost non-stop rain due to southwest monsoon enhance by typhoon Henry. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

[OPINION] Enemies and expletives: Staples in Duterte’s SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The President’s words show him to be a populist leader with narcissistic tendencies

[OPINION] Why it's time to change the SONA

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:26 AM

'If a government is eager and dedicated to regain the trust and participation of its people, it must make smart decisions that will include them'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Mahathir discuss violent extremism, sea piracy in meeting

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysia's longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad spend a bulk of their meeting discussing security concerns

Women’s groups to Duterte: 'Huwag ka nang mag-SONA'

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:08 PM

According to the group of women advocates, the previous state of the nation addresses delivered by President Rodrigo Duterte do not encapsulate the 'real state of the nation'

SONA. Participants sing Babae during a community singing at the #EveryWoman SONA ng Kababaihan event at the UP Bahay ng Alumni held on July 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:52 PM

One embraces China investments with open arms, the other shows more caution. One sees US President Donald Trump as a 'friend,' the other calls him an 'international bully.'

10 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:32 PM

With a new director and a presidential promise to keep the speech within 35 minutes, will this year's SONA be a big change from the last two?

DUTERTE SPEAKING. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Catholics can observe this day of prayer and penance anywhere, says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. He says prayers can also be offered for 'advocates of fake news.'

CBCP HEAD. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), calls for a day of prayer and penance on July 16, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte attending SONA 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

At least one member of the First Family will be present at President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio listens as her father President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 at the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO