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Duterte reappoints fired labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Left-leaning Joel Maglunsod is appointed executive director of National Maritime Polytechnic by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod prior to the start of the meeting with union leaders and officials of the Depatment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on February 27, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May military junta ba sa Pilipinas?

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mahimbing pa rin ba ang tulog natin kapag nakopo na ng mga sundalo ang pagpapalakad ng gobyerno?

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Zombie politics ng 2018

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:17 AM

9 na zombie na naglipana sa ating lipunan

10 Duterte appointees running in 2019 elections

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:08 PM

There are 5 Cabinet members and 5 lower-ranking appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte seeking electoral posts in the 2019 midterm elections

Duterte fires labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Maglunsod is the latest Leftist appointee to exit the Duterte administration

FIRED. President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diosdado Valeroso appointed 911 national office executive director

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Valeroso, a retired police official and former coup plotter, will help implement the 911 emergency hotline center under the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Teresita de Castro is new Supreme Court Chief Justice

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:44 PM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte picks senior justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro to replace ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Duterte taps Martin Andanar's father as special envoy to Malaysia

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Wencelito Andanar, a DILG undersecretary during the Arroyo administration, will serve in his new post for 6 months

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect before delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte transfers Pompee La Viña to Department of Agriculture

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:55 AM

La Viña has now been appointed to 3 different government entities – Social Security System, Department of Tourism, and now Department of Agriculture

Intramuros Administration explains non-use of P18M for brand campaign

May 22, 2018 - 4:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte took 9 months to appoint an Intramuros Administration head, one reason why the agency sat on millions of pesos in funds

TPB 'guarantees transparency' after Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'The TPB extends its support to the direction of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, guaranteeing transparency in all of its dealings,' says Board after Montano's resignation

TRANSPARENCY. The Tourism Promotions Board issues a statement following Cesar Montano's resignation as Chief Operating Office.

Duterte accepts Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 7:01 AM

The Tourism Promotions Board chief's resignation comes after President Duterte announced he is about to fire 5 government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on May 5, 2018, recognizes the vital role of ADB in the growth and development of the Philippines. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte names Bernadette Romulo Puyat as tourism chief

May 08, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat is an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is seen with Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Puyat, and Agrilink/ Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 Chairman Candelario Miculob in an event on October 5, 2017. Puyat is the new tourism secretary named by Duterte on May 8, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte’s fight vs corruption: 20 sacked execs face no charges

May 04, 2018 - 1:01 PM

(4TH UPDATE) Of the officials President Rodrigo Duterte has fired over alleged corruption or misconduct, 4 are back in government while two are in jail

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ombudsman, not Duterte, must initiate probe into sacked officials – Malacañang

May 03, 2018 - 3:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to pursue any corruption complaint against officials he has fired for alleged abuse of public funds

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pompee La Viña tapped to 'get more tourism investments'

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:20 PM

New undersecretary Pompee La Viña says his ultimate goal is to 'wipe out poverty' in the next 4 to 6 years through tourism

NEW POST. Newly-appointed Tourism Undersecretary Pompee La Viña claims he has no ambition of becoming the country's tourism minister.

Duterte's 'prerogative' to give sacked official new post – Malacañang

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte does not have to 'explain' his decision to appoint Pompee La Viña as tourism undersecretary just two months after he sacked him as SSS commissioner

ANOTHER SHOT. Pompee La Viña is now headed to the Department of Tourism. Screenshot from Rappler Talk

Sacked SSS executive appointed tourism undersecretary

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Pompee La Viña, whose term as SSS commissioner was not renewed due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds, is appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to another post

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Pompee La Viña is the latest official to be fired in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption  campaign. Screenshot from the Facebook of Pompee La Vina

Duterte names Allen Capuyan as adviser on indigenous peoples

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints a new SEC commissioner and names Jojo Garcia – previously just officer-in-charge – as MMDA general manager

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

Roque calls out Greco Belgica for issuing 'confusing' statements

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Let me be very clear: He doesn’t speak for the Office of the President,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

VACC lawyer Manny Luna appointed to anti-corruption body

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Manny Luna is among the lawyers who filed a complaint against former president Benigno Aquino III, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Judicial and Bar Council officials over Sereno's appointment in 2012

Duterte names CA justice Inting as Comelec commissioner

Apr 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Hailing from Davao City, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Inting is the first new personality that President Rodrigo Duterte is introducing to the poll body

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte walks past honor guards as he is given foyer honors upon his arrival at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony on April 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

De Lima lauds Duterte's new appointees: 'Men of honor, competence, integrity'

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hopes Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra 'can bring back true dispensation of justice at the DOJ, bereft of any partisan and persecutorial agenda'

Detained Senator Leila de Lima attend hearing on a case filed against her "Disobedience to Summons" at the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte had other plans for Menardo Guevarra

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:30 AM

At one point, the President was supposedly considering appointing the new justice secretary as a Supreme Court justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the appointment of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. Witnessing the signing are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, the newly-appointed Ad Interim Secretary of Justice and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who is new justice chief Menardo Guevarra?

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:03 PM

A true blue Atenean, father of 4 boys, and once a part-time law school student who almost topped the bar – here are some things to know about the new justice secretary

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the Department of Science and Technology has recorded a total of 8,994 qualified students for their scholarship programs for this year. He added that the number of qualified students this year is a 69.6 percent increase from the 5,303 qualifiers in 2015. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants Guevarra to restore DOJ's 'dignified image'

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:39 PM

This comes after lawmakers called on President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint a justice secretary who is 'credible, capable, and respectable'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Menardo Guevarra named new justice secretary

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra will be filling the shoes of Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Department of Justice

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of Ad Interim Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Official linked to customs corruption appointed to BOC

Apr 04, 2018 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Vincent Maronilla as assistant commissioner at the Bureau of Customs despite allegations he accepted grease money from importers

Duterte appoints Melvin Mitra as PCUP commissioner

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

With Mitra's appointment, Duterte has replaced all the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor officials he fired back in December 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Aftershocks in the Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Arroyo’s midnight appointment of Corona as chief justice and Aquino’s choice for his replacement caused tectonic shifts

Ice Seguerra resigns as National Youth Commission chief

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(UPDATED) Ice Seguerra's work as NYC chairperson will formally end on April 5, or over a year and a half after he joined the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with National Youth Commission (NYC) Chair Aiza Seguerra and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chair Liza Diño at the Study Room of Malacañan Palace on January 19, 2017. Also in the photo is the President's partner Honeylet Avanceña. Malacañang Photo

Nikki Teodoro named special envoy to UNICEF

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Former Tarlac representative Nikki Teodoro, wife of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, will serve as President Rodrigo Duterte's representative to the United Nations Children's Fund

The Librarians: A Rappler Profile

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'The law is clear,' Totanes says. 'Only licensed librarians can be appointed to all government libraries. So yes, the President violated the law.'

Duterte names Noel Felongco as PCUP chairman

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Felongco is formerly an environment undersecretary and president of the PDP-Laban Central Visayas chapter

Two new MTRCB appointees announced

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:45 AM

Kelvin Lester Lee is appointed as new the new chairperson while Marvin Gatpayat is appointed as vice chairman of the appeals committee of the MTRCB

Duterte appoints Jose Arturo Garcia as MMDA OIC general manager

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Jose Arturo Garcia Jr takes the responsibilities of Thomas Orbos, who stays on as transportation undersecretary

Lawyer Eduardo Bringas appointed to Duterte anti-corruption body

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eduardo Bringas represented former NBI officials who filed drug raps against Senator Leila de Lima, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

Ex-SC justice suggests judiciary appointees go through CA

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Vicente Mendoza also says Congress' voting power in the Judicial and Bar Council must be clarified

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jing Paras appointed labor undersecretary

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Paras is known for having filed complaints against government officials seen to be part of 'destabilization' efforts against President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte appoints Boy Saycon to EDSA People Power Commission

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Political operator Pastor 'Boy' Saycon joins the 5-member commission under the Office of the President

Excessive or not? Martin Andanar's 10 trips abroad

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired another official for making fewer foreign trips than Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Does Duterte's rule on limiting travels abroad apply to him?

Duterte to fire 3 'generals,' gov't agency chief

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:13 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is 'in the thick of firing people,' indicating many more are set to be axed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the conferment ceremony of the 2016 Presidential Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2017, urges the adults to allow the youth to play a role in shaping a future that the next generation of children deserve to inherit. Malacañan Photo

Martin Diño appointed DILG undersecretary

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Former SBMA chairman Martin Diño is the latest official to join the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Cuy heads Dangerous Drugs Board, Año is DILG OIC

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Undersecretary Eduardo Año is appointed officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, tying in with President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to eventually name him DILG chief

PCSO officials not next on chopping block – Malacañang

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Malacañang defers naming the 'high-ranking official' President Rodrigo Duterte wants to fire, as the Chief Executive is still reviewing the legislative charter of the appointee's office

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2017: A year of rejection for Duterte's appointees

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:03 PM

As 2017 ends, Rappler takes a look at the sacked and rejected members of the Duterte administration

Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

Malacañang says Duterte 'sure' to probe DAP president

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:47 PM

'The President does not take issues of corruption sitting down,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque