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Malacañang 'will not be intimidated' by September 30 transport strike

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Transport groups will again protest the government's public utility vehicle modernization program, but Malacañang says the program is 'long overdue'

TRANSPORT STRIKE. A protester at a previous transport strike in July 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang suspends talks on loans, grants from countries backing U.N. probe into drug war

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo categorically denies President Rodrigo Duterte issued such an order

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Malacañang's 'inevitable conclusion': Sanchez disqualified from early release

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says a review of the law 'reveals that it is categorical in excluding recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees, and persons charged with heinous crimes from the benefit of its coverage'

WILL HE STAY IN JAIL? Rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte gov't wants to almost double Malacañang confidential, intel funds for 2020

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte administration seeks P4.5 billion for the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds, a P2-billion hike from the previously requested P2.5 billion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some members of the cabinet on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: Pacquiao's win shows Filipino spirit a 'fighter'

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Pacquiao's victory is not on his, but of the entire nation.... The Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacy and courage,' says Malacañang

WINNER. Boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao snatches the super welterweight title from American boxer Keith Thurman. MP Promotions photo

LOOK: Marcos family 'reunion' in Malacañang

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Senator-elect Imee Marcos and son Ilocos Norte governor-elect Matthew Manotoc take their oath of office with other newly elected officials before President Duterte in Malacañang

SOUVENIR SHOT. The Marcos family take a photo in front of the portrait of their patriarch at Malacanang's Reception Hall after senator-elect Imee Marcos and her son, Ilocos Norte governor-elect Matthew Joseph Manotoc took their oath before President Rodrigo Duterte on June 25, 2019. Photo from the Twitter page of Imee Marcos

Drug suspects arrested in buy busts inside Malacañang complex

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The tip comes from the Presidential Security Group about individuals selling shabu inside the Malacañang compound

File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Duterte 'neither confirming nor denying' he went to hospital

May 19, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is 'well and good,' says the Presidential Security Group, reacting to fresh rumors that he went to a hospital in San Juan City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the jampacked PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Toni Gonzaga on Malacañang's dinner invitation: 'I was surprised'

May 17, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The actress says she didn't know why she was invited to attend President Rodrigo Duterte's thanksgiving dinner on May 7

Malacañang lauds 'generally peaceful' 2019 elections

May 13, 2019 - 10:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is not alarmed by incidents of malfunctioning vote-counting machines, leaving the Comelec to explain any 'aberrations' to the public

Voting in Malabang, Lanao sur. Photo byBobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A ban on Duterte

May 03, 2019 - 7:33 AM

Given his type of narcissism, one that blooms lustier and lustier with each live performance, we'd never know how far he would go with his indecencies

TV, newspaper journalists join Rappler petition vs Duterte coverage ban

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:51 AM

(UPDATED) At least 41 journalists from different media organizations intervene in a Supreme Court petition to end President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler

PETITION FOR INTERVENTION. Lawyer Ted Te talks to the media after a group of journalists filed a petition for intervention before the Supreme Court on April 30, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malacañang bars Rappler reporter from tuberculosis prevention event

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:15 PM

A night before the event, the Department of Health informs Rappler that Malacañang did not approve its accreditation for the launch of the Philippines' initiative to end tuberculosis

ACCREDITATION DENIED. President Rodrigo Duterte's ban on Rappler journalists has extended to cover even events on public health initiatives.

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

STATEMENT: With Rappler ban, Duterte also violates public right to know

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:28 PM

This case is not just about Rappler. It is about every journalist’s mandate to cover the Office of the President and scrutinize the tremendous power it holds without prior restraint or threat of punishment.

Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang congratulates Pacquiao for defeating Broner

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao, 40, proved 'that age is just a number' after defeating 29-year-old Adrien Broner, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

NO STOPPING. Manny Pacquiao racks up his 61st win in is Hall of Fame career. Photo from Showtime Twitter account

Malacañang 'outraged' by killing of ex-Cebu City fiscal

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Malacañang assures the family and friends of former Cebu City assistant prosecutor Mary Ann Castro that 'justice will be served'

AMBUSHED. Mary Ann Castro sustained 5 gunshots in Escario St., Cebu City. Photo by Romeo Marantal

Malacañang: Henry Sy Sr a 'pillar of Philippine economy'

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mr Sy exemplified the hardworking Filipino. As a family man, he had moulded his children into his own image: humble, hardworking and a man of prophetic vision,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HALF-MAST. SM flags are at half-mast at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on January 19, 2019 for the death of owner and tycoon Henry Sy. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Panelo: Duterte only 'puts religion to test' when saying Trinity is 'silly'

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says that President Rodrigo Duterte only intends to 'initiate an intellectual discussion' for the 'faithful's enlightenment and spiritual awakening'

ATTACK. In a December 29 speech, President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the Christian doctrine of Holy Trinity. Rappler photo

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

On Rizal Day, Palace tells youth: Be courageous, empathetic

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Jose Rizal’s martyrdom should propel us to rise to the challenge of the times and unchain ourselves from our stupor of indifference,' Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says on the eve of Rizal Day 2018

RIZAL DAY. The country commemorates the 122nd death anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal. File Presidential Photo

Panelo: Critics calling Duterte a bully 'cannot swallow reality'

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only 'threatens the criminals and the corrupt' and 'curses the hypocrites,' according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Christmas Party with the Sergeant Majors from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), soldiers wounded in action (WIA), and children of Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) personnel at the Malacañan Palace on December 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Malacañang vows 'no stone unturned' in Batocabe probe

Dec 22, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also condemns the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, saying that 'impunity must end'

Malacañang suspends gov't work on December 26

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The announcement follows the one suspending government work on January 2, 2019

NO GOVERNMENT WORK. President Rodrigo Duterte at the Cabinet meeting on December 12, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang suspends gov't work on January 2, 2019

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The Palace says the suspension would give government employees 'full opportunity to celebrate...with their families and loved ones'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a lecture on the national security threat of illegal drugs and lawless violence during the 31st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang to Trillanes: Stop 'smearing' Duterte, face libel charges

Dec 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo calls Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a 'perennial whiner' for saying that plunderers are being set free while critics are being jailed

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don't politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the case against Rappler 'has absolutely nothing to do with the freedom of expression'

POLITICIZING? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo hits UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye for 'politicizing' the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation and its president Maria Ressa. Panelo photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Kaye photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Duterte to Malacañang staff: P50,000 bonus | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Gelo Gonzales

Not to be outdone by Sara, Duterte raises Malacañang Christmas bonus

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the Office of the President's Christmas bonus to P50,000 after being told by his daughter Sara that she gave her Davao City staff the same amount

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings a song after leading the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony of the Office of the President (OP) at the Kalayaan Grounds in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Also in the photo is Presidential Daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo questions Duterte order vs 'lawless violence'

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Malacañang should justify its use of the term 'lawless violence,' as many people worry about creeping martial law

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says government should also answer questions on why there has been more activity among communist insurgents in the last two years. Photo by OVP

Duterte orders more soldiers, cops in Bicol, Samar, Negros Island

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) This is to 'suppress lawless violence and acts of terror' in those areas, according to Memorandum Order 32 which also reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a state of national emergency

MORE TROOP DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered more government troops in parts of Luzon and the Visayas to quell 'lawless violence' and terrrorism. Photo from Richard Madleo/Presidential Photo

Gov't to release 'all pertinent information' on Xi state visit – Panelo

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The Palace says no copies of signed agreements have been released because the office in charge, the Department of Foreign Affairs, has been busy with Chinese President's Xi Jinping's second day of activities

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Xi Jinping: Friendship, cooperation 'only correct choice' for PH, China

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

President Duterte says the Philippines is ready for a 'new chapter of openness' but emphasizes that the relationship with China must be in the spirit of 'respect for sovereign equality'

Chinese President Xi Jinping trooping the line with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace grounds on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Malacañang contracts show Michael Yang is economic adviser

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The two contracts obtained by Rappler acknowledge that the Chinese citizen 'is aware of the sensitivity of the information he may have access to'

Malacañang says Boracay closure 'a lesson of political will'

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

'Boracay is a lesson of political will, as exhibited by PRRD and yet, it is also a lesson of neglect, misfeasance and malfeasance by responsible persons in office,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

NOW OPEN. Scenes during Boracay's official reopening. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang condemns killing of 9 Negros farmers

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the government 'will enforce the full wrath' of the law against those who killed 9 farmers in Negros Occidental

FARMERS' SLAY. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang condemns the killing of 9 farmers in Negros Occidental. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Michael Yang’s calling card bears Malacañang seal

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:50 PM

An executive order prohibits the use of the presidential seal in business cards by persons other than the President

The Office of teh Presidential Economic Adviser, Michael Yang Hong Ming on October 10, 2018. Sourced Photo

CHR: Linking schools to Red October plot endangers students

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights says the 'blanket act of red-tagging' of the youth may give the military license to infringe on freedoms and rights but Malacañang thinks otherwise

DISSENT. Protesters, mostly students, called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as Baguio joined the observance of the declaration of Martial Law Friday, 46 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986 through people power. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Malacañang on Trillanes arrest: Stop 'drama by press con'

Sep 25, 2018 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'The court has spoken,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after a Makati court ordered the arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference at the Senate on September 18, 2018, days before a Makati court ordered his arrest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PSG gets more bomb-sniffing dogs to protect Duterte

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Presidential Security Group will get 18 new dogs under the 2018 budget

DINDO'S DUTY. Presidential Security Guard (PSG) Chief Sergeant Richard Parco plays with Dindo, a k9 Belgian Malinois dog, inside the Malacanang Grounds in Manila. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

On eve of Ompong landfall, Cagayan officials tour Palace upon Bong Go invite

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) Go clarifies on Saturday, September 15, that he invited them two weeks ago, way before Typhoon Ompong, and they proceeded with the trip despite his advice against it

Cagayan mayors in Palace. Sourced Photo

Malacañang cancels Duterte's press conference

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of a press conference, President Rodrigo Duterte will have a 'tete-a-tete' with Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang power vacuum looms as 2019 candidacy filing nears

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:33 PM

At least 3 Palace officials, including presidential aide Bong Go, are reportedly running for senator in 2019. If they file COCs early October, they'll be resigning from their posts.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte acknowledges the presence of Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President as he delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

These offices get a share of Duterte's P2.5B confidential, intel funds

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Office of the Executive Secretary lists down 5 offices likely to make use of President Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds

Malacañang denies De Castro named Chief Justice as 'reward'

Aug 26, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'upheld judicial professionalism by appointing [the] most senior of aspirants'

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez testifies before the House Committee on Justice's impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday voted to allow justices and employees invited by the committee to testify in its hearings. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte promotes 51 foreign service officers

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Do you have relatives or friends among them?

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

Malacañang asks Filipinos to comment on draft constitution

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The public can send their inputs to the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, and Presidential Communications Operations Office

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III discuss matters on the sidelines of the the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Catholic Church and the European Union again in a speech at Malacañang

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang on August 13, 2018. Malacañang photo