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#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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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

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

#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

Workers say Duterte policy vs contractualization 'useless'

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno slams as 'useless' Labor Department Order and Executive Order 51 'prohibiting' contractualization

END ENDO. Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to 'endo' or end of contract scheme. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

#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

What Senate President Tito Sotto's birth chart says about him

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:08 PM

How do we begin to understand the comedian-turned-politician? The stars might just help.

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

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

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

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte's SONA for 3rd time

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo, who belongs to the Liberal Party like ex-president Noynoy Aquino, says she will attend President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

NOT ATTENDING. Former President Benigno Aquino III also skipped his successor Rodrigo Duterte's first two SONAs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SONA 2018 security head advises Duterte not to face protesters again

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali says the security personnel are prepared for any scenario for the 2018 State of the Nation Address

SONA SECURITY. House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali (1st from left) assures the public they have prepared for all scenarios to keep President Rodrigo Duterte and his guests safe during his 3rd SONA.

Tagum City Chamber Chorale to sing national anthem for Duterte's 3rd SONA

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The choir is recommended by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also hails from Tagum City

VICTORY. The Tagum City Chamber Chorales poses after winning gold at the Sing N’ Pray International Chorale Competition in Kobe, Japan in January 2018. Photo from tagumcity.gov.ph

IN PHOTOS: Joyce Bernal inspects Batasang Pambansa ahead of SONA 2018

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:03 PM

This will be the first time for her to direct President Duterte's SONA

Movie Director Joyce Bernal during the walk through on July 12, 2018, in preparation of the incoming 23rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President Rodrigo Duterte on July 23. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In SONA 2018, Joyce Bernal to capture ‘how much Duterte loves the PH’

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The director, famous for romcom films, explains her plan in directing President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

DIREK IN BATASAN. Director Joyce Bernal inspects the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall, where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his 3rd SONA. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andanar: Robin Padilla recommended Joyce Bernal as SONA 2018 director

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Brillante Mendoza directed the last two SONAS

Over 6,000 cops, 600 soldiers to secure 2018 SONA

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say they have not monitored any threats related to President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23

GUARDED. Thousands of security forces will guard Duterte's third SONA.