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After CA rejections, Duterte admin still 'open' to Left – Malacañang

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The Duterte administration wants an agreement with the Left to smoothen out their complicated relationship says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Farmers' groups condemn CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Mariano s rejection is another proof of President Rodrigo Duterte s fealty to landlords and oligarchs says the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas a group formerly chaired by Mariano

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang regrets CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED The Palace says Mariano was pivotal to fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte s promises to uphold farmers rights

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the members of his cabinet who were nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines including Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza at Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the meeting were Labor Secretary and Chief Negotiator with the National Democratic Front Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DAR chief Rafael Mariano

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

There are 10 oppositors to Mariano s confirmation as agrarian reform secretary

DEFERRED. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the Commission on Appointments hearing on his ad interim appointment at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Taguiwalo: I'm sad the President did not keep his faith in me

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:56 PM

The outgoing social welfare secretary however thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for giving her the chance to serve the people

SEND OFF. DSWD employees set up a farewell ceremony for outgoing secretary Judy Taguiwalo. Photo from DSWD

Duterte on CA rejection of Taguiwalo: 'Sayang'

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is considering a female senator and some people from the private sector as possible replacements for Judy Taguiwalo at the DSWD

Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

AFP chief Año to be senior aide in charge of DILG

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 PM

The AFP chief cannot yet take charge as DILG secretary because the law prohibits a retired military or police official from taking on the post at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Ano will be a senior aide in charge of the DILG. File photo

Robredo thanks netizens for support in Uson's poll on next DSWD chief

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo tops a Twitter poll posted by PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson who is one of her fiercest critics

GRATEFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo is surprised that she is included in the poll by PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. File photo by Martin San Diego

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Why it's time for progressives in the Duterte Cabinet to leave

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It becomes harder by the day to understand how they can remain in their positions when it is becoming abundantly clear that mass murder is the central and only real policy of this administration

Taguiwalo to CA: Why no explanation for rejection?

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:38 PM

‘Given that I served for one year I would have expected candor and frankness from the members who voted against my appointment ’ says the rejected Cabinet official

APPOINTMENT. Former DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo during her confirmation hearing on August 16. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

IN PHOTOS: Judy Taguiwalo during crisis situations

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Here s a glimpse of the former secretary in crisis situations during her stint at the Department of Social Welfare and Development

TOUCHING BASE. Secretary Judy Taguiwalo talks to evacuees sheltered in a tent. Photo from DSWD

Rappler Talk with 'People's' Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:11 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo on Rappler Talk on Thursday afternoon August 17

CA rejects Taguiwalo as DSWD chief

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo is the 3rd Duterte Cabinet appointee to be rejected by the powerful body

REJECTED. Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo respond to questions in her final confirmation hearing on August 16, 2017. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Drilon hits Pernia for saying criticism vs Duterte a risk to economy

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM

So we cannot criticize [the administration] because we will be considered as causing disunity to the nation? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Año can't be DILG chief yet? Duterte eyes 'alternative solution'

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Malacañang says the President is aware of Republic Act 6975 which bars AFP chief Eduardo Año from becoming DILG Secretary within a year of his retirement from the military

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: HUDCC's Del Rosario on Marawi rehab, housing backlog, Kadamay

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:06 PM

New housing chief Eduardo del Rosario talks about his plans for the rehabilitation of Marawi City addressing the housing backlog and the awarding of houses to Kadamay members

Mark Villar is richest Duterte Cabinet member

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the poorest Cabinet member based on the 2016 SALNs of President Rodrigo Duterte s Cabinet officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 11th Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace on January 23, 2017. REY BANIQUET/Presidential Photo

Anti-poverty agencies launch info caravan for poor communities

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet will conduct 4 information and assistance forum that will focus on key areas of human development

ANTI-POVERTY. Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster of the Cabinet conducts an information and assistance drive in Tondo, Manila, July 16 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

France, Germany signal ambitions with joint cabinet meeting

Jul 12, 2017 - 11:37 PM

The arrival of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet in Paris on Thursday is a step towards creating what Macron hopes will be a common roadmap for the club of countries which is preparing for a future without Britain

Ex-barangay chief Marjorie Jalosjos is new DILG assistant secretary

Jul 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The new DILG official will oversee programs for cops and soldiers wounded in action

APPOINTED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Marjorie Jalosjos' appointment papers on June 26.

MMDA's Thomas Orbos appointed as concurrent DOTr usec

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:51 PM

UPDATED MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos has been appointed as transportation undersecretary for roads

UNDERSECRETARY. Thomas Orbos assumed office on Monday, July 3. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte reappoints bypassed Cabinet secretaries

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Taguiwalo Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano have been bypassed twice by the Commission on Appointments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 16th Cabinet Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Keeping up with Duterte: A year inside the Cabinet

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The first year of the Duterte administration has Cabinet secretaries putting out fires and racing to keep up with the unpredictable president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 14th Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. Also in the photo are (from left to right) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Exeuctive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Agriculture Secretary Emmaneul Piñol, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

#AnimatED: Independence from Vitaliano Aguirre II

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

As we celebrate Independence Day we ask to be free – free from the justice secretary’s spin lies and conspiracies

NUJP to Aguirre: Media won't be scapegoats for your 'lies'

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Trying to blame others for your blunders unmasks you as a mean spirited coward the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

UNDER FIRE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is under fire from media for claiming he was misquoted on reports that he linked opposition lawmakers to the Marawi siege.  File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Jonas Soriano on the work of the Cabinet Secretary

Jun 04, 2017 - 10:09 AM

How will the series of shakeups in the Cabinet affect the Duterte administration s effort to deliver on the President s promises?

WATCH: House receives martial law briefing from PH cabinet

May 31, 2017 - 4:22 PM

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Alvarez: House monitoring martial law in Mindanao, to 'step in' if needed

May 31, 2017 - 10:56 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gives the assurance to the public a day after he told martial law critics to shut up if they are not from Mindanao

'COUNTER-BALANCE.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers a speech before lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries, and national security officials on May 31. File photo by Rappler

House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

May 29, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed door session

ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31 to listen to Cabinet officials' briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Digong's Cabinet should talk more, take the bullet

May 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Are we better off after a year? Did we have a Marawi situation last year?

Duterte reorganizes Cabinet clusters to reflect priorities

May 19, 2017 - 7:52 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte creates new Cabinet clusters on infrastructure and participatory governance through Executive Order No 24

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of the Cabinet pray before the start of the 13th Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/ Presidential Photo

Incoming DILG chief Año wants 'focus' on drug syndicates

May 19, 2017 - 7:07 PM

The outgoing military chief says he wants to make sure that policemen follow the rule of law in their war on drugs

AFP TO DILG. President Rodrigo Duterte wants AFP chief Eduardo Año to take over the DILG by June 2017. Malacañang photo

'Torture' at CA? Lacson tells Taguiwalo to 'behave'

May 17, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Naghahanap siya ng boto [so] she should behave Hindi yung parang nananakot or nang iintimidate says Senator Panfilo Lacson after DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the CA is subjecting her to torture

BEHAVE. Senator Panfilo Lacson tells DSWD chief Judy Taguiwalo to 'behave' after the latter lamented the delay in her confirmation hearing on May 17.

CA delays Taguiwalo's confirmation hearing

May 17, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The delay in her confirmation as DSWD secretary is a form of torture says Judy Taguiwalo

SNUBBED BY CA. File photo of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo speaks at a workers' rally on Labor Day, May 1, at the Liwasang Bonifacio. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 - 11:43 AM

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#AnimatED: Change is coming? Duterte recycles the old

May 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

By naming soldiers to civilian posts Philippine presidents think they are able to tame and temper a politicized military

Early retirement for AFP chief Año?

May 11, 2017 - 11:08 AM

The chief of staff may assume his new post as DILG secretary in June 4 months before his scheduled retirement from the military

COMMAND CONFERENCE. In this file photo, President Duterte talks to AFP chief Eduardo Año after a command conference on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo

How Cimatu found out he will be DENR chief

May 10, 2017 - 8:35 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he learned of his appointment just hours before he took his oath of office

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Wednesday, May 10, recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

Año says 'very early' DILG offer surprised him

May 10, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Armed Forces chief of staff is just as shocked at the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte

WHY NOW? File photo of AFP chief General Eduardo Año after he got the nod of the Commission on Appointments on February 8, 2017. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Cayetano is new foreign secretary – Duterte

May 10, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Senator Alan Peter Cayetano President Rodrigo Duterte s running mate in the 2016 elections is appointed the Philippines top diplomat

NEW FOREIGN SECRETARY. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs. File photo by Mark Cristino/AFP

AFP chief Año is next DILG chief – Duterte

May 10, 2017 - 3:40 PM

4TH UPDATE Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año will take over the Department of the Interior and Local Government after he retires in October says President Rodrigo Duterte

ANOTHER GENERAL. Outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año will be the new interior secretary. File photo by Rappler

Mocha Uson named PCOO assistant secretary

May 09, 2017 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED The celebrity blogger and known Duterte supporter is given a post at the Presidential Communications Operations Office

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly-appointed Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) member Margaux "Mocha" Uson during the oath-taking ceremony of government officials at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

Ex-AFP chief Cimatu is new environment secretary

May 08, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Roy Cimatu is a former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and special envoy to the Middle East

OATH-TAKING. Ex-AFP chief and now Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu takes oath before President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang. Photo from Secretary Jesus Dureza's Facebook

#AnimatED: Reality check not just for Gina Lopez

May 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nearly a year after it assumed power can this presidency really afford to appoint people on the basis of competence and not loyalty or personal ties to the leader?

The rejection of Gina Lopez is a rejection of change

May 05, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Her rejection as Department of Environment Natural Resources Secretary shows how destructive industries continue to hold Philippine lawmakers by their necks

Duterte on CA votes vs Gina Lopez: 'Lobby money talks'

May 04, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Sayang si Gina I really like her passion says President Rodrigo Duterte after losing Gina Lopez as a Cabinet member

'SAYANG SI GINA.' President Duterte is saddened by the CA decision to reject Gina Lopez' appointment. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 4, 2017

May 04, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

REJECTED. DENR secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on March 8, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Three-year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP)

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

TRIP outlines over 4 000 infrastructure projects worth P3 6 trillion to be completed by 2020

MEDIUM TERM. TRIP aims to complete over 4,000 infrastructure projects worth P3.6 trillion by 2020.