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Aquino gov't failed to communicate gains effectively, Hilbay says

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Acknowledging a problem of the past administration to which he belonged, the former solicitor general triggers negative reaction from ex-president Aquino's spokespersons

BACKLASH. Opposition senate bet Florin Hilbay's statement on the "communications problem" of the Aquino administration receives backlash from former presidential spokespersons Abi Valte and Edwin Lacierda. Photo by Rappler

Tindig Pilipinas endorses Senate bets who will 'fight for all of us'

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'They will be our fighters against poverty, for social inclusion, and for the nation’s sovereignty,' says the opposition coalition

OPPOSITION BETS. Tindig Pilipinas endorses  senatorial bets Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, Bangsamoro leader Samira Gutoc Tomawis, and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno at a press conference in Quezon City on October 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Raissa Robles, Edwin Lacierda get flak for mocking Duterte's Bisaya accent

Sep 15, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Do President Rodrigo Duterte's critics cross the line when they make fun of his Bisaya accent? The two later issue separate apologies.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 2-8, 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

Lacierda, Valte deny involvement in #SilentNoMorePH blog

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Valte says she knew Cocoy Dayao, the alleged 'webmaster' of the anti-administration #SilentNoMorePH blog, from 2009 when he volunteered for the presidential campaign of then senator Benigno Aquino III

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grace Poe denies treating bloggers with 'kid gloves' in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:13 PM

'This hearing is for the people and supposed purveyors of fake news are given the chance to speak...because we’re investigating fake news,' says Senator Grace Poe in response to criticism

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aquino: Palparan lesson pushed me to accept Napoles surrender

May 24, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The Napoles surrender in Malacañang in 2013 is cited by Justice Secretary Aguirre as a factor in the reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

PORK SCAM REINVESTIGATION. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his allies are the targets of the reinvestigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the pork barrel scam. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pledges come in to cover Robredo's legal fees for Marcos protest

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED Individuals and groups plan to help Vice President Leni Robredo as she faces the election protest of former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

PISO FOR LENI. Several individuals and groups online pledged donations to help Vice President Leni Robredo with the fees she will face as the case filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos progresses.

'It's been a fantastic journey' – outgoing Palace spokesman

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:31 PM

This student council arguably did the country right by all counts by any standards says outgoing Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

WE DID OUR BEST. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the Aquino administration did the best it could in 6 years

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Roxas spokesman: 'We will win this the honest way'

May 09, 2016 - 1:12 AM

Edwin Lacierda urges the public to report to Comelec alleged incidents of vote counting machines wrongly crediting votes to Mar Roxas

LIBERAL PARTY. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Mar Roxas' campaign spokesperson Barry Gutierrez talk about the issues that the Liberal Party faces a day before elections. Rappler screengrab, screengrab from Twitter/dawende

Philippines denounces Belgium attacks: 'This is cowardice'

Mar 23, 2016 - 12:03 PM

The Philippines vows to ‘continue working to make such acts of extremism a thing of the past’

I AM BRUSSELS. People hold a banner saying, 'I am Brussels'  in French and Flemish on March 22, 2016, following the terrorist attacks on the Belgian capital. Photo by AFP

PH mourns death of 'great Filipino' Jovy Salonga

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:48 PM

His life stands as a reproach to all those who would put personal gain ahead of public service; who would lower the standards of public discourse; and who would sacrifice human rights and the rule of law either for personal or partisan advantage says Malacañang

SENATOR JOVY. Photo coutesy of the Salonga family

Inside Balay: Who's who in the Roxas campaign

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:13 PM

It s a mix of family members former and current government officials and LP and coalition stalwarts

YELLOW CAMPAIGN. Who are Roxas' most trusted people in his 2016 run? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

SAF 44 used for politics? That’s for public to say – PNP

Jan 06, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The police general who headed the PNP s probe into the controversial operation says they ve already moved on but adds We ll have to move on again

SAF 44. Members of Philippine National Police, relatives and other government officials attend the necrological mass for the 44 slain PNP-SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

US envoy during EDSA revolt dies

Jan 06, 2016 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The US says Stephen Bosworth s brand of diplomacy blended the gravitas of a statesman and the timing of a comedian

EX-ENVOY TO PH. Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, then US special envoy for North Korea policy, briefs the media in front of the US Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 25, 2011. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Palace, politicians: Thank you, Pia, for this Christmas gift

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:21 PM

UPDATED The Aquino administration celebrates with the nation calling Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach a tremendous source of pride

CROWNED. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

PH unemployment rate drops to record low 5.7%

Dec 10, 2015 - 6:21 PM

The latest Labor Force Survey shows the number of unemployed Filipinos decreased from 2 482 million in 2014 to 2 345 million this year

MORE JOBS. There is a lesser number of unemployed Filipinos in October 2015, says the latest Labor Force Survey. File photo by AFP

Roxas on Binay: Corruption cases confusing him

Dec 09, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay accuses the administration of deliberately underspending so the funds could be used for the May 2016 elections

TIRADE EXCHANGE. LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas and UNA presidential bet Jejomar Binay trade barbs anew. Rappler file photos

Cancellation of Poe's candidacy: 'Comelec execs can't be dictated to'

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:50 PM

Lawyer Manuelito Luna believes Comelec commissioners are independent minded and will decide fairly on Poe s cases

EXPECTED DECISION? Senator Grace Poe says her camp expected the decision of a Commission on Elections division that ruled in favor of her accuser, Estrella Elamparo. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

French colors shine in media center for APEC

Nov 16, 2015 - 7:17 PM

We stand shoulder to shoulder with you says a scrolling message in the light display outside the International Media Center for APEC

COLORS OF FRANCE. The colors of the French flag light up the International Media Center for the APEC Summit in Manila, Philippines, on November 16, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Palace: Slow rehab due to Yolanda’s powerful strength

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda says the government continues to do its job to help Yolanda communities recover

'REMEMBER YOLANDA.' Filipino students hold a candle-light vigil on November 7, 2015, in Manila, Philippines, for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

'Laglag-bala' probe: Palace looking into bullets as amulets

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Malacañang says the gov t is looking into the possibility that airport passengers are actually carrying bullets in their bags because they consider them as agimat

AMULETS. Malacañang says one angle being considered in the 'laglag-bala' investigation is the possibility of bullets being used as amulets or 'anting-anting'/'agimat' by passengers.

Gov't won't tolerate 'laglag bala' – Abaya

Nov 01, 2015 - 1:03 AM

The DOTC says it is studying the structure of aviation security setting up additional CCTVs changing handling procedures and stepping up the investigation on the alleged laglag bala scam

TANIM BALA. 'We have terminated and have filed charges against OTS and MIAA personnel before and will not hesitate to do it at all,' Abaya says

Aquino gives 6 PH envoys additional jurisdictions

Nov 01, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Malacañang also announces new appointments in the DOLE DA DOTC and the DBP Data Center Inc

ADDITIONAL JURISDICTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III gives several Philippine ambassadors additional jurisdictions. File photo by Lauro Montellano Jr/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Palace: 'No debate on need for tax reforms'

Oct 31, 2015 - 5:10 PM

Let us not mislead the public The President and his Cabinet and this government [are] in favor of reviewing the tax laws says Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

AQUINO CABINET. President Benigno Aquino III and some Cabinet officials at the NEDA Board meeting at the Palace Aguinaldo State Dining Room on June 19, 2014. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Malacañang congratulates Gilas Pilipinas on silver medal finish

Oct 04, 2015 - 1:54 PM

Malacañang Palace lauds the silver medal performance of Gilas Pilipinas at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship

RUNNER-UP. Gilas Pilipinas wears their silver medals after falling short in the final against China. Photo from FIBA

PH climbs 5 notches in WEF competitiveness rankings

Sep 30, 2015 - 6:22 PM

UPDATED Since the start of the Aquino administration the Philippines has moved up a total of 38 places from 85 in the 2010 2011 report to 47 in the latest one

MOST IMPROVED. Since the start of the Aquino administration, the Philippines has moved up a total of 38 places, from 85 in the 2010-2011 report to 47 in the latest one. Background image from Shutterstock

Roxas twits Binay: Who's using government resources now?

Sep 23, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The administration bet also hits camps who now question the SWS’ top of mind survey pointing out that they did not complain when their numbers were higher

WHAT GOV'T FUNDS? Mar Roxas hits back at the Binay camp for accusing him of using gov't funds for his campaign. File photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

No need to resign – Lacierda

Sep 21, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda insists speaking for Mar Roxas is part of his job because his principal the President has endorsed the Liberal Party standard bearer I m paid to speak for the president he says

NO RESIGNATION. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda (L) and former Interior Chief Mar Roxas during a briefing for Typhoon Ruby in 2014. File photo courtesy of the PCDSPO

Chiz to Lacierda: Resign if you want to speak for Roxas

Sep 20, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Escudero responds to Lacierda s criticism saying the Poe Escudero tandem will continue the good projects of the administration and change its wrong measures

Senator Chiz Escudero announces his intention to run as Grace Poe's Vice President in Election 2016 at Club Filipino in San Juan on Thursday (September 17, 2015). Photo by Jazmin Dulay/Rappler

Change or continuity? Poe's message 'confusing' – Palace

Sep 19, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says Senator Grace Poe s Partido Pilipinas claims to adhere to Daang Matuwid but its messaging indicates otherwise

CONFUSING MESSAGE? Senator Chiz Escudero declares his candidacy as vice president and running mate of Senator Grace Poe for the 2016 elections. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Binay calls Ombudsman probe on DAP offenses a ‘drama’

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the Ombudsman can only go as far as conducting a fact finding probe but cannot sue the President

JUST FOR SHOW? Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) claims that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales' investigation on the Disbursement Acceleration Fund is just for show. File photos for Rappler

PDAF scam, South China Sea, 2019 FIBA World Cup | 6PM wRap

Aug 07, 2015 - 7:23 PM

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Licuanan: Cavite school did not violate any CHED rules

Aug 07, 2015 - 4:46 PM

Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan thinks Cavite State University is likely to invite other politicians apart from the Vice President

NO VIOLATION. According to CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, Cavite State University did not violate any CHED rules for inviting Binay to speak on campus. Photo by Rappler

MH370 debris, Binay vs Malacañang, China’s reclamation | 6PM wRap

Aug 06, 2015 - 6:21 PM

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Palace, Binay in word war over SAF 44 mural

Aug 06, 2015 - 4:08 PM

The Binay camp says President Aquino ordered the removal of the mural from the PNPA The Palace denies the claim

'NEW HOME?' The SAF 44 mural inside the Coconut Palace, where Vice President Jejomar Binay holds office. Photo released by the Office of the Vice President

Binay camp hits Palace 'scare tactics' vs Cavite school

Aug 04, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda has urged the Cavite State University to explain why students were required to attend the Vice President’s counter SONA

'OVERREACTION.' According to Binay's spokesperson Joey Salgado (left), asking Cavite State University to explain the mandatory attendance of its students to the Vice President's counter-SONA is an 'overreaction' by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda (right).

Aquino allies hit Binay, say he has 'no credibility'

Aug 03, 2015 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED Vice Pesident Jejomar Binay should also reveal the true state of his wealth they say

President Benigno S. Aquino III greets Vice President Jejomar Binay during the reception line for the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Reception Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (January 12, 2015). The annual reception which marks the 28th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Binay camp: Roxas gets 'undue advantage' from gov't machinery

Aug 02, 2015 - 8:27 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay s spokesman hits two Palace spokespersons – Secretary Edwin Lacierda and Undersecretary Abigail Valte – for allegedly serving as administration standard bearer Mar Roxas spokespersons too

'UNDUE ADVANTAGE?' Vice President Jejomar Binay's spokesman hits administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas and the Palace's two spokespersons. Photos of Lacierda and Valte from Facebook/Roxas file photo

Palace to Binay: Pro-poor funds for safety nets, not Viagra

Jul 18, 2015 - 11:38 PM

Malacañang issues the statement after the Vice President alleged that some of the beneficiaries of its flagship anti poverty program are not really poor

REDUCING POVERTY. President Benigno Aquino III aims to include more poor families into the administration's CCT program. File photo

'Continuing Daang Matuwid crucial for Aquino's 2016 bet'

Jul 11, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says continuing his administration s reforms is important for President Aquino

DAANG MATUWID IN 2016. President Benigno Aquino III told members of the Philippine Air Force on July 1 to stick with Daang Matuwid even after his term. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace on Binay: Kailan siya binastos ng Pangulo?

Jul 11, 2015 - 4:36 PM

It’s very unbecoming of a public official to speak ill of a President who has treated him very well in the highest possible manner Aquino s spokesman says

FORMER ALLIES. Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) now hits President Benigno Aquino III for his administration's supposed ineptness. File photo from OVP

The first day of Aquino's last year in Malacañang

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:33 PM

President Aquino has 366 days remaining in Malacañang but his party mates definitely want to stay in power by installing two more presidents after him

THE FIRST DAY. President Benigno Aquino took his oath as president of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2010. File Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Palace on Binay’s ‘lies’: ‘Bring it on’

Jun 29, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Edwin Lacierda: So who continues to tell lies? The Vice President then or the Vice President now?

VP's Coconut Palace residence a non-issue – Binay camp

Jun 27, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Vice presidential spokesman Joey Salgado responds to the petty issue raised by Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda

WORD WAR. Binay's spokesperson Joey Salgado said Aquino should just focus on answering questions about his administration's failures. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Palace tells Cabinet: No ‘politicking’

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:02 PM

The reminder comes amid calls for the resignation of Cabinet officials who are planning to join the 2016 race

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (February 16, 2015). Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr., Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Aquino bounces back, net satisfaction rating up 173%

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Will this help President Benigno Aquino III and his anointed ones come 2016?

RECOVERY. President Benigno S. Aquino III recovers from an all-time low satisfaction rating in June 2015. Photo shows Aquino mingling with Filipinos in Japan. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Poe overtakes Binay, new political appointees, Charleston shooting | 6PM wRap

Jun 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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