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Duterte gov't wants to almost double Malacañang confidential, intel funds for 2020

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:44 PM

The Duterte administration seeks P4.5 billion for the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds, a P2-billion hike from the previously requested P2.5 billion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some members of the cabinet on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bicol tycoon in old Bikoy accusations hosts Duterte in power plant inauguration

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is guest of honor at the opening of a power plant owned by Zaldy Co, the businessman mentioned in Peter Advincula's retracted allegations about a drug syndicate

Creating a Marcos? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte insists he will raise Hague ruling: 'Don't control my mouth'

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:15 PM

'If I am not allowed as a president of [a] sovereign nation to talk [about] whatever I want to talk about, then let us not bother to talk altogether,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of theLeague of Cities of the Philippines and Liga ng mga Barangay at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FOI bill, changes to Human Security Act among Duterte Cabinet's priority bills

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The bills, recommended by Cabinet clusters for prioritization, will be discussed during the next full Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (center), DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana right) NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (left), led the post-SONA press conference to answer and further clarify issues raised during the State of the Nation Address of the President held at the PT4 in Quezon City on Monday, July 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte: Ninoy Aquino serves as guide for protecting democracy

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, whom critics describe as a dictator-in-the-making, calls on Filipinos to protect democratic freedoms and rule of law which Ninoy Aquino fought for

A group of supporters of the late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr offers flowers at the late senator's statue at Timog Avenue corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City in comemoration of his 35th death anniversary.

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Panelo gives own definition of 'Duterte': 'Incorruptible, courageous'

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also slams the Urban Dictionary, saying its process leads to 'inaccurate, illegitimate, and defamatory' definitions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of the League of Cities of the Philippines and Liga ng mga Barangay at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

What connects Duterte to Fujian Normal University?

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Why is a college in a Chinese university named after President Rodrigo Duterte's mother? The answer lies in the President's Fujian connection: Chinese tycoon Jose Kho.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award Rank of Kamagi on businessman Jose Kho during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte warns foreign vessels from passing PH waters without clearance

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'Either we get compliance in a friendly manner or we enforce it in an unfriendly manner,' says Malacañang

WARNING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Malacañang file photo

Duterte wants '3rd restrooms' for LGBTQ+

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:03 PM

But not all LGBTQ+ rights advocates, including Gretchen Diez, think 3rd restrooms are the solution to discrimination

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of the League of Provinces of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LGBTQ+ commission proposed during Duterte meeting with Gretchen Diez

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The government is also eyeing an 'LGBTQ+ convention', says Senator Bong Go

MEETING. Gretchen Diez, the trans woman involved in a recent Cubao mall restroom incident, meets President Duterte in Malacañang. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] Duterte says safety comes at a price. Filipinos should know what that price is.

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:09 AM

'I spoke with families of the dead who told me their kin were shot while watching TV at home, playing video games in a shop, dealing cards at a friend’s wake, singing karaoke on the sidewalk, or buying bananas from a stall.'

By 2020 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

DUTERTE DOMINATED. By 2022, all 7 Comelec commissioners will have been hand picked by President Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DILG will drop campaign for anti-subversion law if...

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

...President Rodrigo Duterte decides to revive the peace talks with the Left

STILL OPEN? In this photo taken September 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panel. Talks have since collapsed. Malacañang file photo

Gretchen Diez meets Duterte, teases 'surprise' for LGBTQ+ community

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'We are now finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,' says transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez, who earlier urged the President to certify the SOGIE equality bill as urgent

MEETING. Transwoman in Cubao mall restroom incident Gretchen Diez meets with President Duterte in Malacañang. Malacañang photo

'A scam, a traitor': Netizen defines 'Duterte' in Urban Dictionary

Aug 19, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The crowdsourced dictionary also defines 'Trump' and 'Imeldific'

Duterte is no Marcos, says DILG in defending anti-subversion law

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:08 PM

'This is not the authoritarian martial law which is of the Marcos period where when someone is arrested and not heard of, and then suddenly he's dead,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

NO MARCOS? An effigy burned in September 2017 as part of the 45th year of commemorating Martial Law declaration in the Philippines. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Malacañang mourns death of 'warrior' Gina Lopez

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:53 AM

The Palace calls Lopez one of President Duterte's 'most passionate Cabinet members whose environmental advocacy and legacy remains unparalleled to this day'

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, a longtime environment advocate, talks to Rappler about what it's like to be on the other side of the fence. Screenshot from Rappler

Evolution of the Duterte Cabinet

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Roughly half of Duterte's original Cabinet remains at the midway point of his presidency, while the number of retired military or police in the Cabinet has tripled

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Palace to Duterte Youth's Cardema: Why drag us in your fight vs Guanzon?

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'Unang-una, wala naman kaming pakialam sa ginagawa [niya]. We will not intrude into anything that does not concern the Palace,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

CARDEMA VS GUANZON. Ex-NYC chair and Duterte Youth president Ronald Cardema holds a press conference on August 17, 2019 to accuse Comelec Commission Rowena Guanzon of extortion. File photo by Jire Carreon

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief

LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants President Rodrigo Duterte to bring up with China's President Xi Jinping the illegitimate passage of Chinese warships in Philippine waters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: We have to respect LGBTQ+ rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:50 PM

But the Palace is vague on whether it would certify as urgent the SOGIE bill pending in Congress

RESIST TOGETHER. Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community march along the streets of Marikina City on June 29, 2019, to amplify their calls for respect and equality. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

CHR reminds government: Activism is a right

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says automatically linking expression of dissent and criticism to efforts against the government is a 'very limited view of how a democracy works'

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 signs law making November 17 National Students' Day

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The declaration pays tribute to 'student activism' yet the Duterte administration has been criticized for using its crackdown on the Left to quell legitimate dissent in campuses

Students protest the CHEDs decision to remove the Filipino language and studies subjects and courses in the present curriculum and the Implementation of the mandatory ROTC in grades 11-12 in the coming school year which opens on June 5.   The protesters hurled paint balls at the CHED gates in protest of the policies. Police apprehended some protesters while trying to prevent the paintball throwing which ended in a scuffle between the students and the police.  Photo by Jire Carreon

Duterte signs law creating PH Coast Guard General Hospital

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new hospital is supposed to provide comprehensive health care services to PCG personnel, employees, their dependents, and retired personnel

Turnover and blessing ceremony of newly procured Philippine Coast Guard Assets at PCG headquarters in Manila on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte signs law creating Philippine Space Agency

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Once established, PhilSA will be the main government agency to take up activities and issues related to space science, space technology, and applications

Duterte signs Murang Kuryente Act

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:31 PM

With the new law, electricity consumers will soon no longer have to pay the universal charges for stranded contract costs and stranded debts in their electricity bills

Despite Duterte's opinion, Año says cops receiving gifts will face charges

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

IN LINE. Cops in formation at the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte meant cops can accept gifts of 'insignificant value' – Panelo

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 118th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2019. With the President are Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang will ‘not allow nor tolerate’ abuse vs foreign nationals

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders a probe into the death of a Chinese national who was allegedly abused by his Chinese employer

PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation on the death of a Chinese national allegedly abused by his Chinese employer. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

On Eid’l Adha, Duterte urges Filipinos to work for the ‘common good’

Aug 11, 2019 - 1:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his own son is 'one of the most remarkable demonstrations of faith of all time'

EID'L ADHA MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants Filipnios to work for the common good. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

PNP rejects Duterte gift remark: We're bound by law

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We always explain to the public that there is no need for them to give gifts as we are just doing our job and we get paid by the Filipino people through our salaries,' the Philippine National Police says in a statement

LAWS FIRST. The PNP recognizes that its personnel still cannot accept expensive gifts in following the law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson hits Duterte for letting cops accept gifts, ignore anti-graft laws

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The Senator and former police chief criticizes the President for condoning 'petty graft' that could lead to 'insatiable greed'

FORMER POLICE CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks before the Senate plenary on July 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says he's given billions to PNP for drug war intel work

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'Spend it so that you can solve the problem,' says President Rodrigo Duterte to an audience of police officers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to cops: Accept gifts, ignore anti-graft law

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'If there is generosity in them, sabi ng anti-graft law, you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EXCEPTION FOR COPS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells cops to accept gifts as long as it comes from the 'generosity' of the donors. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to issue executive order for BTA to exploit Liguasan Marsh

Aug 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority can only initiate the exploration for natural gas and oil in Liguasan Marsh through an executive order, says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the sidelines of the inauguration of BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to raise 'delay' in South China Sea Code of Conduct with Xi Jinping

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Asked who is 'delaying' the completion of the South China Sea Code of Conduct, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'It could be China. Nobody else is asking us to wait.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s whims and caprices hurt the economy

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:05 AM

A common theme seems to thread all these policies: not only do they tend to hurt economic efficiency, they’re also often anti-poor

Duterte open to use of Dengvaxia amid dengue epidemic

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to hear what local scientists and doctors have to say about the controversial dengue vaccine

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Even as senator, Bong Go still Duterte's constant companion

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the Miss Earth Philippines 2019 winners who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

Del Rosario commends Duterte's plan to 'invoke' Hague ruling

Aug 06, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'Let us salute him and assure him of the support of all Filipinos,' says former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario, who was among those who led the filing of the Philippines' historic case against China

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario earlier urged the Duterte government to 'unshelve' the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says Gilas Pilipinas will surely lose to Italy in FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to watch the FIBA World Cup in China this August, in the company of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the Mindanao-wide turnover and distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) at the Davao City Recreation Center on August 2, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Davao City council asks President Duterte to lift martial law

Aug 06, 2019 - 5:52 PM

This is in keeping with Mayor Sara Duterte's proposal, which she made last June after her discussion with ambassadors and officials of other countries

 MARTIAL LAW. This file photo from July 2017 shows Task Force Davao personnel manning security check-points in the city after President Duterte's martial law declaration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte gov't to stamp PH map 'with entire EEZ' on China passports

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:37 PM

'So tit for tat,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Duterte to 'invoke' Hague ruling in next China visit

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte allows stamping of China passports with 9-dash line image

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to end the implementation of a 7-year-old Philippine government policy that served as a form of protest against China's inclusion of its 9-dash line in its e-passports

Duterte approves P4.1-T national budget proposal for 2020

Aug 06, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The Department of Education, followed by the public works, transportation, and health departments get the biggest allocations in the Duterte administration's 2020 budget proposal

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO