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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

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

Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

Strong political will? Experts hit 'very slow' rollout of transportation projects

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:32 AM

'Transport infrastructure should be delivered as soon as possible especially now with the Build, Build, Build. But is the government ready and equipped to deliver all these plans?' asks UP Professor Dayo Montalbo as the Duterte administration marks its third year in office

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?

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 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

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.

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

When ex-presidents skip the SONA

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) While they are not required to attend, former presidents can be invited to hear the incumbent's State of the Nation Address in person

NOT ATTENDING. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III declines an invitation to be present during President Rodrigo Duterte's 1st SONA.

TRIVIA: SONA date changes through the years

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:30 PM

The date of delivering the annual SONA has changed through time

TRIVIA: Welcoming committee and other SONA traditions

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:28 AM

The President's speech is usually the highlight, but the SONA has its own traditions too

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

Memorable quotes from past SONAs

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler compiles some memorable lines from the state of the nation addresses of the country's presidents

IN PHOTOS: SONA through the years

Jul 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a look at past Philippine presidents delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA)

SONA: When the president criticizes and shames

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler looks back at post-EDSA SONA moments, when presidents hit inefficient and corrupt agencies, officials, political groups, and personalities

Looking back: SONA trivia

Jul 21, 2016 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos' 1969 speech is the longest SONA, thus far, going by word count

BATASANG PAMBANSA. This venue has witnessed 37 SONAs in the past years. President Rodrigo Duterte's first SONA will be the 38th in this place. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler