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100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Increased military presence in the war-ravaged city may rile up residents' cultural and religious sensitivities, and take up land that has historic meaning to the Maranao people, the petitioners say

SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN. More than 100,000 residents of Marawi City and other parts of Lanao del Sur signed a petition asking the government to scrap plans to build new military camps in the war-ravaged city. Photo of Marawi City by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler. Photo of signatures from Abo Hayyan Malomalo

[EDITORIAL] Ilang beses bang inabandona ang mangingisda ng Gem-Ver? Paulit-ulit

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken

Duterte: Life taking 'toll on my health'

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'All of the ailments, I have them because I am already old,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives his statement prior to his departure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on October 01, 2019 for his official visit to the Russian Federation. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

State secrets? De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for restricting Robredo

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?' asks detained opposition senator Leila de Lima

ULTIMATUM. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs

UNDER THREAT. Vice President Leni Robredo is given an ultimatum by President Rodrigo Duterte. OVP Photo

Robredo to send Duterte weekly recommendations to reform drug war

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she is aware that her job as anti-drugs body co-chair is limited to policy-making: 'At the end of the day, it's the President who calls the shots.'

ICAD CO-CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board and the members of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council on November 15, 2019. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Foreign lenders wanted: P348 billion needed for Duterte's new infra projects

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, pegged at P187 billion, is the most expensive of all new infrastructure projects on the Duterte administration's revised list

President 'misinformed or misinforming' public about Kaliwa Dam, say NGOs

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Various groups opposing the dam project say there are viable alternatives to end Metro Manila's water shortage

TINIPAK RIVER. This sacred area and favorite swimming area for tourists will be wiped out and the Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve will be destroyed by the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar.

Drilon says original Build, Build, Build list 'not well-thought-of'

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'What we're saying is that maybe the original 75 flagship projects were not well-thought-of so that we revise them in the middle of the stream,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NOT 'WELL-THOUGHT-OF'? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks why the projects that were shelved from the old list were originally included if these don't have a high economic return. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte abolishes Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Just a few days ago, President Duterte says the famous river is already 'clean'

[ANALYSIS] The moving goalposts of Duterte’s Build, Build, Build

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Moving goalposts is ill-advised. Not only does it render BBB practically impossible to evaluate, it also serves as a convenient excuse for the economic managers’ sloppy conception and implementation of the program.

Duterte's golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Duterte's new list of infrastructure projects features about 100, but he won't finish almost half of them during his term. Most construction activities are also expected to start by 2022, his last year in office.


LIST: Duterte's new and shelved infrastructure projects

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

There are dozens of new Build, Build, Build projects, including the Cebu Monorail System, Kanan Dam, and another MRT line. Some appear to be scrapped, including a huge chunk of the Mindanao Railway.

LIST: Duterte's revised lineup of Build, Build, Build projects

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Rappler obtains the revised list of the Duterte administration's infrastructure projects. The government needs a whopping P4.3 trillion to implement all 100 projects.


Duterte certifies as urgent bill increasing cigarette, alcohol taxes

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol would 'generate additional revenue' for universal health care

BALIKTARAN. Senator Pia Cayetano holds two packs of alcopop “Gaz” presenting the said product to the members of the senate. September 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte visits wakes of John Gokongwei, Bong Tan

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to tycoon John Gokongwei Jr and PAL Holdings president Lucio 'Bong' Tan Jr

LOOK: President Duterte attended both the wake of John Gokongwei Jr and wake of Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr last night. Malacañang photo

Duterte not going on leave after all – Panelo

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

After earlier saying President Rodrigo Duterte will take a 3-day 'rest,' his spokesman Salvador Panelo now says Duterte will just work at his Davao City home

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to go on 3-day 'rest,' Medialdea to take over

Nov 11, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be caretaker of the government. Asked why not Vice President Leni Robredo, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says, 'She is so busy with the drug war.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on November 4, 2019 following his successful participation in the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits in the Kingdom of Thailand. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] Ang patibong para kay Leni

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Her high-stakes gambit puts her in the lion's den with little experience, knowledge, and cunning to help her

[OPINION] Duterte's sense of history

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's version of historical time is one of unending trauma, where experience outstrips expression

Duterte still undecided over next PNP chief

Nov 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

It has been nearly a month since Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde quit as the country's top cop over a drug-related scandal

UNDECIDED. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo before the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential photo

The gamble of Leni Robredo

Nov 10, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is thrust into a world run by men as she helms the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. She would risk everything just to save a life.

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the media on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, to announce that she is accepting the designation to lead the anti-illegal drug campaign. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

[OPINION | Newspoint] A never-ending cleanup

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

President Duterte may have been prodigious at making a mess, and far from done with it, but his is only the latest in a rarely broken run of messy Philippine leaderships

PDEA chief Aquino challenges Robredo to join an anti-drug operation

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Vice President has accepted the President's dare to go in and fix what she thinks is wrong with the drug war. Now, the anti-drug chief wants her to check out the frontlines and say exactly what needs fixing.

CO-CHAIRS. Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino lead the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), held at the Quezon City Executive House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Robredo opens ICAD meet: The enemy is drugs, not people

Nov 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

With the operators of the war on drugs seated around her, the Vice President wonders aloud whether it is time for an anti-drug program in which 'no one dies senselessly'

LISTENING EXERCISE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads her first meeting as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs on November 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Easier said than done? Netizens discuss Duterte’s idea to ban single-use plastics

Nov 08, 2019 - 4:29 PM

‘That is good, if he decides to be serious about it,’ one netizen writes

Carpio hits awards to China envoy: 'Our heroes turning in their graves'

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Retired SC justice Antonio Carpio urges UP law alumni to practice their profession in the service of Filipinos, which is practicing law 'in the grand manner'

STAUNCH DEFENDER. Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio hits the Duterte administrations awards to outgoing China Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

In Duterte's wars vs criminality, are protective legal remedies weaker?

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The Court of Appeals refuses to act on the petition of Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso to have his name stricken off President Duterte's narco list

NARCOLIST. Administration ally Representative Vicente Veloso is facing an administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman after being included in President Rodrigo Duterte's narcolist. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte eyes single-use plastics ban

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte floats the idea during a Cabinet meeting, but is still deciding which alternative materials can be used in place of single-use plastics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Philippines, a killing field

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun

Duterte's team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality check

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Presidential adviser Vince Dizon says the Duterte administration is now more open to public-private partnerships, but would get rid of deals that fail to 'promote public interest'

Satisfaction in Duterte government slips in Q3, but rating still ‘very good’ – survey

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:40 PM

In the September 27-30 SWS survey, the Duterte administration gets the highest net rating in helping the poor, and the lowest in fighting inflation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Robredo to Duterte: You’re wrong to think I'll stop criticizing drug war now

Nov 06, 2019 - 2:57 PM

'Tinatanong nila kung handa ba ako para sa trabahong ito. Ang tanong ko: handa na ba kayo para sa akin?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

'ARE YOU READY FOR ME?' Vice President Leni Robredo says she will remain critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo accepts Duterte offer to be anti-drug body co-chair

Nov 06, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dahil kung mayroon akong maililigtas na kahit isang inosenteng buhay, ang sinasabi ng prinsipyo at puso ko ay kailangan ko itong subukan,' Vice President Leni Robredo says

LENI ROBREDO. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo accepts a anti-drug post and the challenge offered by President Duterte to help the government in its drug war campaign on November 6, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo spokesman scoffs at 'empty, powerless' anti-drug post

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Pressed further if Vice President Leni Robredo is rejecting the post, spokesperson Barry Gutierrez says they are 'not yet responding' to President Rodrigo Duterte's offer

NOT CATEGORICAL ANSWER YET. Vice President Leni Robredo herself would say whether or not she's accepting the President's offer for her to head the inter-agency anti-drugs body. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

FALSE: Sarah Elago says 'youth have no future with Duterte'

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Kabataan party-list representative Sarah Elago is misquoted. She only said that the youth have no bright future because of the administration's policies but made no mention of President Duterte.

Duterte names Robredo co-chair of inter-agency anti-drugs body

Nov 05, 2019 - 1:33 PM

If she accepts, Robredo will be co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs until June 30, 2022 or when the President revokes the designation

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] If Duterte thinks 62 arrests can stop us, then he's wrong

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'Duterte’s culture of fear ultimately comes from his own fears. If Duterte wasn’t afraid then he should have no problem with dissent.'

Duterte, Abe discuss comfort women, South China Sea in meeting

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The two leaders also take up the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway and plans to develop the Subic Bay area

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 4, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House drops bill granting Duterte emergency powers vs traffic

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'The President said he doesn't want it anymore and you cannot attack a crisis with emergency powers when you're in the middle of it already,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

PRIORITY NO MORE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House will no longer push to give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Duterte, tantanan mo na ang mind games

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:16 AM

If you were Robredo, you would know your boss is messing with your head and setting you up to fail

[OPINION] Duterte is vulnerable

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

But if the opposition comes across as mainly defending liberal democracy, this is not going to make a dent in Duterte’s popularity

Duterte in ASEAN: Let's exercise 'self-restraint' in South China Sea

Nov 03, 2019 - 9:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on ASEAN countries not to choose sides between China and the United States, all while pursuing his 'independent foreign policy' which involves the Philippines' pivot to China

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries during the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 2, 2019. Malacañang photo

Robredo won’t be 'scapegoat for shortcomings' of Duterte drug war

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'If they are now being called to account for their failure to deliver, they should not blame VP Leni for it,' says Vice President Leni Robredo's Spokesperson Barry Gutierrez

VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo outside her office on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

How does Duterte intend to solve the water crisis?

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The President seeks ‘extraordinary powers’

Duterte offers Robredo Cabinet post to deal with drug problem

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) The updated proposal is to ‘dispel all doubts on the sincerity of the Chief Executive’s offer’ for the Vice President to be his drug czar, says Malacañang

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her journey through law school and her experiences as an alternative lawyer to students of the Ateneo de Manila University, for the Ateneo Lex Law School Forum held Friday, September 27, 2019. The annual event aims to provide law school aspirants with the opportunity to listen to talks from different personalities at varying stages in their legal career. (Photo by Chari Villegas/OVP)

After 3 Mindanao earthquakes, Duterte not visiting affected areas

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The President 'deems it appropriate to refrain from personally inspecting the disaster-stricken areas' because government agencies are already dealing with the situation, says Malacañang

AFTERMATH. The Eva's Hotel in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, after it collapsed following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Thursday, October 31 Photo by Genghis Manero

[ANALYSIS] Duterte to take over water distribution? That spells disaster

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Prior to privatization in 1997, water was distributed, not by private corporations, but by a government agency called the MWSS. It did a crappy job.

[OPINYON] Bisayang dako? Mas angay pa'ng talawang dako!

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Labaw pa niani, saksi na sab sila sa imong kahadlok sa mga kusganong babaye...Pastilan, maski ang mga Barretto di nimo kayang ipag-uli, inay gasagpaay sa imong atubangan ug way kay nabuhat?

'Trick or treat, I hate drugs!': Duterte Halloween masks for sale on Amazon

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Philippine leader who ordered a bloody house-to-house crackdown on illegal drugs is now a Halloween mask