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HOAX: 'Unpaid SONA protesters' swarm Liberal Party headquarters

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The blog post was published in February 2018, 4 months before the 2018 SONA and the alleged gathering outside the LP headquarters

What President Rodrigo Duterte's birth chart says about him

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:30 AM

What do the stars say about the President?

Image of Duterte from Malacañang

Robredo hits Duterte for 'untruth' on human rights

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo challenges human rights advocates, 'Beyond speaking truth to power, we must speak truth to the heart of every Filipino'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the fight for human rights must be made relevant to the hearts of Filipinos. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

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

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

What you need to know about what Duterte said in 2018 SONA

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Here's context and a fact-check on President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during his 3rd State of the Nation Address

#BabaeAko movement: Arroyo as Speaker won't champion women's status

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:48 PM

At the forefront of #BabaeAko movement's SONA 2018 protest is its call to abolish the 'regressive' TRAIN Act

#BabaeAko SONA protest. Photo by Sheila May Advincula/Rappler

[OPINION] With love, from Deadpoor

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'People tend to come together to comfort each other, to affirm each other, and give each other hope. This is a simple practice of empathy. To many of us, it is called solidarity.'

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives

SONA 2018, Makabayan on Arroyo, Trump | Midday wRap

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte urges 'speedy passage' of universal health care bill

Jul 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM

While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Quick point-by-point summary of Duterte's SONA 2018

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Here's a brief guide to all the important points in President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some members of the 17th Congress upon his arrival at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City to deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

People's SONA unites opposition in 'true' state of the nation

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The protest action, which had about 15,000 at its height according to police, is the historic union of nearly 330 opposition groups tackling different, problematic issues facing the Duterte administration

MARCH. Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte's 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2018, Alvarez ousted, Olympics 2020 | Evening wRap

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

A 'pleasant surprise' or 'boring' Duterte SONA 2018?

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Analysts give President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA plus points for clarity on his marching orders and mention of gut issues but say it lacked his usual charisma and humor

Gloria Arroyo's firsts as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:02 PM

She's back – and how!

NEW SPEAKER. Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gestures at the center stage of the plenary hall as she attempts to grab the leadership at the House of Representatives before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address at Congress in Manila on July 23, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Opposition slams Duterte's 'defeatist' SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:55 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antionio Trillanes IV says the President’s SONA has failed to present any real solutions to the problems plaguing the Philippines

NO SOLUTION. Opposition leaders gathered before the Commission on Human Rights said President Duterte's SONA failed to present solutions to problems facing the country. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Thousands hold SONA 2018 protests around PH

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters come from various groups of women, students, indigenous peoples, farmers, workers, urban poor, religious groups, business leaders, and academics

#SONA2018 PROTEST. As of 4:30 pm of Monday, July 23, 2018, thousands of anti-Duterte protesters gather along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City for the 'United People's SONA'. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte: No stopping TRAIN law

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says some have 'incorrectly blamed' the price increases in the past months to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law

SONA 2018 rallies 'very peaceful'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:10 PM

'Wala ni isang untoward incident na nareport sa atin o recorded,' says Metro Manila top cop Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar in a press conference at Camp Crame. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Interconnection rates will be lowered to welcome third telco – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:48 PM

President Duterte says that by lowering interconnection rates, incoming players can have access to existing networks at a much lower cost

'He followed the script!': #SONA2018 reactions, hugot, and memes

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:24 PM

From funny tweets to direct reactions to the president's speech, here are some tweets that highlight netizens' takes on the 2018 SONA

Duterte urges Congress to pass law ending contractualization

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates that Congress – not Malacañang – can prohibit contractual employment schemes 'once and for all'

END ENDO. Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's 2018 State of the Nation Address

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

He tells Congress to pass the second package of tax reforms, among a number of laws, while he warns irresponsible miners and rice cartels of consequences

Duterte calls for creation of Department of Disaster Management

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on Congress to pass the proposed National Land Use Act, which has been pending for two decades

Duterte vows to defend West Philippine Sea in SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippines will not 'waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea'

STRONGER TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to local officials: Don't make me do your job

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'Proactively enforce our laws, and not wait for us to swoop down on your areas just to do your duty and work,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 2018 State of the Nation Address

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte to rice cartels: Stop messing with me

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs all intelligence agencies to address the 'economic sabotage' caused by rice cartels

Duterte delivers his shortest SONA

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 SONA is 50 minutes long with shorter off-the-cuff remarks and no expletives

Drug war will be 'as chilling as the day it began' – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If you think the government will sideline this campaign, you got it all wrong, says President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address

SONA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his 2nd State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. Screengrab from RTVM

Expert says gov't continues to spend less amid infra program

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Economist JC Punongbayan says government spending improved, but underspending remains a problem. When government underspends, delivery of services is delayed.

SONA. UP Professor and Economist JC Punongbayan talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa on state of the country's economy before the State of Nation Address on July 23, 2018. Rappler screengrab

PH's Cersei Lannister? Arroyo as 'House Speaker' confuses netizens

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:10 PM

It may just be SONA 2018's biggest plot twist, netizens say

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

While the opening of the 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress and the SONA are political events – officials and their spouses make their fashion moments too

Photo by Angie de Silva

Alvarez out, Arroyo in as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(6th UPDATE) Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker, with reported backing from presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

THE FALL OF ALVAREZ. Former president Gloria Arroyo replaces Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker

No network services in parts of Quezon City for SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:31 PM

National Telecommunications Commission Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios says the affected areas are the Batasan Complex and Barangay Culiat

LOOK: Human rights cops watch over SONA 2018 protests

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

These cops will keep an eye out for rights violations by their colleagues

HUMAN RIGHTS COPS. Philippine National Police personnel from the police Human Rights Affairs office watch out for rights violations in 2018 SONA protests. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Senators to walk out if Con-Ass pushed in joint session

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The Senate has a game plan should it happen: Senate President Vicente Sotto III will adjourn the session on the part of the chamber, with senators walking out of the hall

WALKOUT? Senators threaten to walk out if a constituent assembly is pushed during Monday's joint session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Only 76 lawmakers attend House majority caucus

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says all majority lawmakers present are satisfied with how the House is being run

AFTER THE CAUCUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says 76 lawmakers attended the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

War on drugs most important achievement of Duterte – Pulse Asia

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) Polling firm Pulse Asia says the Duterte administration's efforts to eradicate illegal drugs are recognized by a sizeable majority of Filipinos nationwide especially in Metro Manila and among the rich

SONA 2018: Celebrities we always look out for

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:30 AM

In the Philippines, after all, celebrity and politics don't just mix – they often exist in the same sphere

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 7 fist bump para kay Tatay Digong sa SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

O ano, mga ka-DDS? Itaas ang ating mga kamao at pagsalpukin para kay Tatay Digong, ama ng bayan! Siya ang tutupad ng pangarap nating bagong lipunan!

No 'real number' on drug rehab: Here's why

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:33 AM

Arrests, seizures, and killings are counted. How about Filipinos who have been saved from drug use?

NO REHAB NUMBERS? The Duterte government has no accomplishment number for all its rehabilitation efforts. Graphic by Raffy de Guzman; Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

There will be a fight for the hearts and minds of people in the region for them to approve of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in a plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte has to convince the political leaders to vote yes.

Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcomed the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

What House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's birth chart says about him

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The stars might just give insight into the controversial politician's actions and decisions

Duterte admin revives 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