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Duterte on frigates issue, Michael Yang, Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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Duterte admits role in Navy-Bong Go frigates issue

Oct 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

In an admission that somewhat completes the frigates puzzle, President Duterte says it was he who gave the South Korean supplier's complaint to Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the concluding ceremonies of the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) at the Manila Hotel in the City of Manila on October 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

National ID, Federalism Budget, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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Duterte to send 2 frigates to secure Filipino hostages in Libya

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The Philippine leader's declaration comes after South Korea sends a warship to ensure the release of its national who was abducted along with 3 Filipino engineers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer prior to the start of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on July 4, 2018. Also in the photo are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH Navy approves design drawings for frigates project

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:50 AM

The Philippine Navy says the ceremonial steel cutting will likely happen in South Korea on April 30

SIGNING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract with South Korean firm Heavy Hyundai Industries in October 2016. Photo from the HHI web site

Lorenzana on frigates, Dela Rosa on PNPA mauling incident, Daniels on Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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PH not keen to buy more frigates, opts for smaller vessels

Mar 26, 2018 - 8:05 AM

'I think the two frigates from Hyundai will be the last in the near future,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SECURITY BRIEFING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks at a forum hosted by the Foundation for Economic Freedom. Rappler photo

Navy frigates: Rejected Dutch supplier writes to Alejano

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the letter also confirms how Hyundai Heavy Industries employed the 'bait and switch' stratey to win the bid. It offered known and top caliber systems – including Tacticos – but later switched to cheaper systems.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:59 AM

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'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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It's final: PH Navy chief says Korean system to be installed in warships

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad tells the Commission on Appointments that the selection of Hanwha is a 'done deal'

CONFIRMED. Philippine Navy Chief Robert Empedrad (in dark uniform) gets the nod of the powerful Commission on Appointments. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trump to meet Kim, Alejano on frigates deal, Uber and Grab | Midday wRap

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Alejano hits Lorenzana, Navy chief's 'change of tune' in frigates probe

Mar 08, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Rather than clarifying the issue, what the recent House inquiry on the frigate project revealed is a change of tune,' says Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano

NAVY CHIEF. Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer-in-Command of Philippine Navy testifies before members of the House Committee on National Defense and Security during a probe into the frigate acquisition deal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 8, 2018

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte on bank records, Lorenzana on Mercado, Trump admits Russian meddling in U.S. polls | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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Empedrad OK'd controversial provision in frigates deal

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:27 PM

New Philippine Navy chief Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad says it was a collegial decision of the Technical Working Group to give the shipbuilder 'sole right' to choose makers of the subsystems of the frigates

Resource person Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer-in-Command of Philippine Navy testifies before members of the House Committee on National Defense and Security during Investigation over the ?16 Billion frigate deal on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Mercado: Navy did not approve Hanwha Systems as 'substitute'

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Ousted Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado said it was the joint venture company Hanwha Thales that was subjected to post-qualification assessment before the contract was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries

Resource persons, relieve Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado testifies before members of the House Committeee on National Defense and Security during Investigation into the his relief over the ₱16B navy frigate deal on March 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana: Frigates mess former Navy chief Mercado's fault

Mar 07, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The defense chief pins the blame on the Navy officer he sacked, insisting that Mercado did not follow the law, usurped powers, and failed to follow commands

Resource person DND Secretray Delfin Lorenzana testifies before members of the House Committeee on National Defense and Security during Investigation into the relief of Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado over the ₱16B navy frigate deal on March 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for February

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Join us as we make sense of each issue and talk about the importance and impact of these stories: frigates deal, Sereno impeachment, a non-librarian as head of the National Library, and Russian bots

Gary Alejano to Malacañang: Listen to grievances of AFP personnel

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Allow them to express their grievances, listen to them and don’t muzzle them. The moment you do, time will come that they will reach a boiling point,' Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Senate probe exposes root of frigates deal mess

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Senators fail to probe deeper into why the defense department and the Navy did not come to a compromise

PACKED ROOM. The Senate Session Hall was packed with supporters of Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.

Foreign correspondents hit Duterte ban on Rappler

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:16 AM

'FOCAP considers this as a blatant attack on freedom of the press, a right guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations'

DUTERTE BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte himself bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from entering Malacañang after his closest aide, Christopher 'Bong' Go, faced a Senate probe prompted by stories by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang photo

LOOK: Robin Padilla supports Bong Go at frigates hearing

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The actor attends the Special Assistant to the President's Senate hearing

Duterte on PH-China, New Mindanao regional party, Extra budget for frigate deal | Midday wRap

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:36 PM

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Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace

Feb 20, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(4th UPDATE) The incident happens a day after the Senate hearing on the Navy frigates deal where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused Rappler of churning out 'fake news'

Rappler statement on Bong Go's 'fake news' accusation

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:52 PM

Is 'fake news' the new defense of public officials against public scrutiny?

Lorenzana, Mercado support call to pay extra for preferred frigate system

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:05 PM

It would cost an additional $14 million to install the Combat Management System of Tacticos Thales in the two warships the Philippines is acquiring

Senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Go on frigate deal, 2 MRT3 glitches on Monday, BIR on Sereno | Evening wRap

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Senators amp up praise for Bong Go during frigates hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Several senators vouch for the innocence of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide

The Senate committee on National Defense and Security hearing on the controversial frigate deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

WATCH: Bong Go takes selfie with Trillanes after Senate frigates probe

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The President's top aide and one of his fiercest critics pose for a photo after the hearing on the controversial frigates deal

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Korean firm still PH warship supplier despite bad record – Lorenzana

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they did not know about the bribery allegations against Hyundai Heavy Industries when they signed a contract with the South Korean firm in October 2016

DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go rails against Rappler, Inquirer in Senate hearing

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Para na rin kayong nakapatay ng tao. Makonsensya naman kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte's aide tells the media

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on navy frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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Some Bong Go supporters clueless about frigates controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

While Special Assistant to the President Bong Go attracts a large crowd of supporters at the Senate, some of them don't understand why Go was called to the hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

Navy chief still wants proven technology over Korean system for warships

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'I'm still preferring Tacticos. However, the contract says it is the supplier (HHI) that will have sole decision on what system to put in our frigate,' says Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad

Navy officers attend the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go says his office 'endorsed' frigate supplier's complaint to DND

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Reports that claim his involvement in the warships deal are only meant to bring down the Duterte administration, says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go faces Senate on frigate deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

With a large gathering of supporters outside the Senate, President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide arrives for the hearing on the P16-billion Navy warships deal

ARRIVING AT THE SENATE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go (center) speaks to supporters outside the Senate, February 19, 2018. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

REPORT TO DUTERTE. The Navy official in charge of the frigates project submits a written report to President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

TIMELINE: PH Navy's P15.7-B frigates acquisition project

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The problem begins during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, after the P15.7-billion deal was signed in October 2016

SIGNING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract with South Korean firm Heavy Hyundai Industries in October 2016. Photo from the HHI web site

Navy chief wants executive session if weapons system discussed in frigates probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Senate is set to start its probe into the P15.5-billion warships deal, amid allegations that top Duterte aide Secretary Bong Go intervened in the project

NAVY CHIEF. Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad says the Navy's weapons systems are matters of national security. Photo from the Philippine Navy Facebook page

Poe on fake news bill, Mercado on frigates probe, Basyang slows down | Midday wRap

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM

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Ousted PH Navy chief welcomes transparent frigates probe

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The hearing will shed answers and more information on the Frigates Acquisition Project,' says former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

FLOATING. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado is put on a floating status after he was removed from his post. He retires in March 2018. Rappler photo

Duterte rejects executive session for Bong Go in frigate hearing

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants his aide to participate in an 'open and transparent' public hearing about the P15.5-billion warships project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, insists that the closure of the online news site Rappler was not an attack on press freedom but rather a matter of upholding the Constitution. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang welcomes probe into Navy frigate supplier

Feb 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it was the Aquino administration that selected Hyundai Heavy Industries to build two warships for the Philippine Navy

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

Frigate deal controversy a 'destab plot?' Palace is 'desperate' – Alejano

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The opposition lawmaker says the Palace is ‘struggling’ to explain the allegations and clear long-time presidential aide Bong Go’s alleged involvement in the deal

WHAT DESTAB? The Magdalo representative dismisses the Palace's allegation. Rappler file photo

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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