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Duterte supporters call for attacks on Rappler newsroom, journalists

Feb 22, 2019 - 6:14 PM

'Bomb Rappler office, rape Maria Ressa' – these are just among the comments posted after a Facebook Live broadcast of pro-administration bloggers from Rappler premises on Thursday, February 21

Duterte signs law giving mothers 3 months of paid leave

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:27 PM

(UPDATED) Solo mothers get an additional 15 days of paid leave, according to the Expanded Maternity Leave Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20

Duterte creates Manila Bay rehabilitation task force

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The task force, headed by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, is given the power to impose penalties on establishments and households that refuse to comply with its orders on sanitation and sewerage

Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard personnel embarks to rubber boat to check the illegal pipe line and inspection as part of the rehabilitation program of Manila Bay in Manila on 19 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Hugpong Senate bets 'willing' to debate issues – Sara Duterte

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Around 20,000 people attend the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, organized by the Umali political clan

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Feb 20, 2019 - 9:48 PM

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Duterte hits Church ahead of sex abuse summit

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

'The Pope is now calling for a summit to address this particular problem because 4 out of 5, sabi ng Rome, ang pari bakla,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he meets with the barangay councilors from the 4th district of Quezon City in Malacañang on February 6, 2019. Malacañang photo

Rappler, NUJP ask Duterte to lift coverage ban

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The now one-year order of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Rappler from covering his events 'has gone on too long,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

One year banned from President Duterte’s events

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

All Rappler reporters, including provincial correspondents, have been barred from covering the President for an entire year. This sets a worrying precedent that threatens press freedom.

Duterte warns Peter Lim: Better commit suicide than surrender alive

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Peter Lim, if I were you, I would commit suicide. Never ever surrender to me alive,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EARLIER MEETING. In the photo, President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Peter Lim at the PDEA Davao to hear him out on allegations that the Cebuano-Chinese is a drug lord. Malacañang file photo

Duterte signs universal health care law

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The measure intends to provide health care for all Filipinos so financial problems will not get in the way of seeking medical attention

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NYC chief asks Duterte to remove scholarships of ‘rebellious students’ | Midday wRap

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:12 PM

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Chel Diokno: Duterte worse than Arroyo in human rights violations

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

‘Never in our history have we seen this kind of killing,’ says Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, who also has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to declare the bloody campaign against illegal drugs unconstitutional

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. Chel Diokno of the Otso Diretso slate says the Duterte administration is worse than the Arroyo administration in terms of human rights violations. Rappler screenshot

Duterte signs law creating PH Sports Training Center

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The Philippine Sports Training Center targets the country's grassroots programs for national teams

DREAM COME TRUE. The Philippine Sports Training Center law mandates the rise of a new sports complex in Pangasinan in the near future. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee

Sara Duterte, HNP bets appear at opposing parties' rallies in Isabela

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The President's daughter says she attended the activities of two political rivals to 'make friends with a lot of people' for her party's senatorial bets

CARAVAN. Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate holds a rally at the ITC Grounds in Santiago City, Isabela on February 19, 2019. Photo by Raymon Dullana

NYC chief asks Duterte to remove scholarships of ‘rebellious students’

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:19 PM

National Youth Commission chief Ronald Cardema asks youth leaders to report 'rebellious anti-government scholars' with supposed links to leftist groups

NO SCHOLARSHIPS. This is not the first time National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Gian Cardema calls for coordinated action against leftist groups, targeting the youth. RTVM screenshot

[OPINION] Defiant De Lima enters third year in jail

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Detained Senator De Lima is confident that 'the time will come' when people 'will be forced to acknowledge the truth.' Hopefully 'it would not be too late for all of us.'

New law creates Department of Housing and Urban Development

Feb 19, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The new department replaces the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board

On a personal initiative, Marawi City Majul Gandamra, his fami ly and friends donated 46 hectares of land for settlements, consisting of temporary shelters in Bo. Boganga. Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting-Al Hadj

New law lets you keep your mobile number under different service provider

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:41 PM

The Mobile Number Portability Act also prohibits telecommunication companies from charging interconnection fees for domestic calls and texts

Patients from therapeutic group on digital dependence "Delete" show their cellphones inside a clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 20, 2017.  "Delete" is a therapeutic group from the Psychiatry Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and it is the first nucleus in Brazil specialised in the treatment of digital dependence or "nomophobia" (no-mobile-phone phobia). A group of psychologists, physicians, physiotherapists and social media analysts evaluates and defines a treatment for digital detoxification of patients. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTEL / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Cecilia SORGINE

Duterte signs law recognizing British School Manila as int'l education institution

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:29 PM

This means British School Manila will no longer be shut down by the Department of Education

RECOGNITION. The British School of Manila is now an international education institution in the Philippines. Photo by author DTinayBSM from Wikipedia

List of local officials with alleged drug links 'up for Duterte approval'

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government wants to release the list ahead of the 2019 elections

NEW LIST. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said the release of a list of local government officials with alleged links to illegal is up for President Rodrigo Duterte's approval. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Oil prices to rise on February 19 | Evening wRap

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

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Face-off with Sara Duterte in 2022? Robredo 'still busy' being VP

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Asked about a possible showdown with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in the 2022 presidential election, Vice President Leni Robredo says she is focused on her current duties

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke with representatives of various sectoral groups in a multisectoral dialogue organized by the Kaya Natin Movement in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

Duterte vetoes 'overgenerous' general tax amnesty

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoes the general tax amnesty provision of Republic Act No. 11213, which would have provided relief to people who failed to pay correct taxes

Sara Duterte to decide on presidential bid by 2021

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:21 PM

For now, the presidential daughter urges her supporters to stop calling her the 'next president' as this can make her the target of those eyeing the presidency

UNDECIDED. Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says there are factors to consider before deciding on a presidential bid, like funds and machinery. Here, she kicks off her party’s senatorial campaign in San Fernado, Pampanga, on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte veto: Coconut trust fund bill may be unconstitutional

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also argues that the current bill's proposed coconut trust fund may benefit wealthy coconut farmer owners more than smallholder farmers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipinos based in Papua New Guinea at the Filipino Community Center in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Opposition bets on Duterte's best policies: Smoking ban, MSME programs

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Issues hounding President Rodrigo Duterte – from his health to accountability for abuses under his administration – are asked of senatorial bets during ABS-CBN's forum

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija on February 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte makes 2nd unannounced Hong Kong trip in 4 months

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirms the Hong Kong trip, adding it was the birthday of President Rodrigo Duterte's partner Honeylet. Their daughter Kitty was also with them.

New law provides bigger discounts for political ads

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:22 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs a law designed to benefit candidates with smaller budgets, in time for the 2019 elections

Pulse Asia: Bong Go breaks into May 2019 winning circle | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:55 PM

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Duterte vetoes coconut farmers trust fund bill

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:28 PM

It's back to the drawing board for lawmakers on how the P76-billion coco levy funds will be managed in order to benefit coconut farmers

VETO. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2019. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Duterte approves law overhauling SSS charter

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The law is meant to protect and increase the SSS fund, the source of pension for Filipinos

NEW LAW. Duterte signs a law meant to ensure the longterm viability of the SSS fund, which will supply Filipinos with their pension when they retire. Duterte file photo from Malacañang, SSS file photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Duterte signs rice tariffication law

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The law lifts import limits on rice, which opens the doors to more imported rice entering the country – a boon to Filipino consumers, but a bane to rice farmers and the local rice sector as a whole

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the members of his cabinet and the stakeholders from the rice industry at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: This is a photo of Duterte urging voters to reject Mar Roxas

Feb 15, 2019 - 4:36 PM

No, this is not a photo of President Rodrigo Duterte urging voters to reject an opposition candidate

Duterte officially endorses 11 candidates for May 2019 | Midday wRap

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:09 PM

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FALSE: This is a photo of Pope Francis meeting President Duterte

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:28 AM

A photo of Pope Francis meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is manipulated

Duterte attends Sergio Mendes concert on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Cabinet members like Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez attend the concert too, along with their wives

Duterte denies involvement in Maria Ressa cyber libel case

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he doesn't know the businessman who filed a case against Maria Ressa, and that her arrest was far from being an attack on press freedom

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech at the inauguration of the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija on February 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Why endorse 13 candidates for 12 slots? Sara Duterte explains

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Asked why Hugpong ng Pagbabago's senatorial slate is dominated by old names in politics, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says 'there are no other senators running'

SARA DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte addresses the crowd at an HNP campaign cortie in Mariveles, Bataan, on February 13, 2019. Screenshots by Rappler

Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte | Midday wRap

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:02 PM

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Supreme Court junks quo warranto suit vs Duterte

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:48 AM

By ruling this way, the Supreme Court narrows the opportunity to file a quo warranto petition against Duterte

SPARED. The Supreme Court junks Elly Pamatong's quo warranto petition to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang Photo

Pork barrel scam behind them? Jinggoy, Bong Revilla kick off Senate bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The two pork-tainted ex-senators woo voters in Pampanga on the first day of the 2019 campaign period, alongside presidential daughter Sara Duterte

COMEBACK BID. Former senators Jinggoy Ejercito and Bong Revilla join the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch events in Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Rappler screenshot

Arroyo asks Pampanga to give Duterte bets 'landslide' win

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:50 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appears beside presidential daughter Sara Duterte to personally endorse Hugpong ng Pagbabago's Senate slate

APPEAL TO PAMPANGA. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speaks at the campaign launch of Hugpong ng Pagbabago on February 12, 2019, urging Pampangueños to vote for its senatorial bets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pinedas of Pampanga pull out all stops for Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Governor Lilia Pineda and her vice governor son host the campaign launch of Sara Duterte's regional party

PAMPANGA SORTIE. Pampanga Gov Lilia Pineda (front row, 2nd left) attends the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch in San Fernando, Pampanga, on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alejano's unlikely ally: Duterte supports renaming Philippines

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte already has a name in mind for the country: Maharlika. This was the name supported by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Duterte to Bangsamoro people: Bury your guns, join peace efforts

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on the Bangsamoro people to put a stop to warlordism, one of the many security challenges facing the southern region

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Peace and Order Summit for Barangay Officials held at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay on February 8, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte hit for endorsing Jinggoy? Filipinos 'believe in his judgment' – Panelo

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsements of Jinggoy Estrada and Imee Marcos won't hurt his supposedly firm stance against corruption

Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada arrive at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Monday, for his Plunder and Graft trial. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Japan's top diplomat visits Duterte in Davao City

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to 'expand' support for the Mindanao peace process

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo