The mayors and governors, however, lost executive powers over police operations in their areas as of July 11
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismisses as 'speculation' fears that President Rodrigo Duterte's kill threats and campaign against illegal drugs have emboldened certain people to order the assassination of their enemies
Know who these local executives are, their political affiliations, and possible motives for their killing
'Are these deliberate and orchestrated attempts at creating an atmosphere of lawlessness to justify strongman rule?' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan
'I will not feel helpless. All the more I will fight back,' says Angeline Halili who has vowed to seek justice for her slain father, Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili
(4th UPDATE) Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan is the 5th vice mayor killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office
'If the PNP can’t protect the mayors, how can the ordinary people feel secure?' says Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives
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'Kung sakali naman po may maling nagawa ang mayor, hindi naman po tama na patayin sila,' says League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Marife Brondial
'Huwag nating hayaang humantong sa sukdulan ng kaguluhan ang kalagayan ng ating bayan,' says Robredo
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(4th UPDATE) Rappler tallies at least 6 vice mayors and 10 mayors slain since July 2016
Claudia Sheinbaum, a Jewish scientist, environmentalist and left-wing politician, has made a rapid political rise to lead North America's largest city – though it has not been without controversy
Leave this task to the mayors, Mr President. You have bigger problems on your big plate.
'We can't fight a country that is bigger and more powerful, but that was made by God for all,' says Mayor Arsenia Lim, referring to China's apparent control of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal
A Lanao del Norte court issues an arrest warrant against Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago over a murder charge
Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol is the second mayor in Bohol killed in less than a year
The embattled mayor gets one case off his back, and continues to serve Tuguegarao City despite suspensions and dismissals the past years
The military releases arrested Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago to the custody of a politician – Presidential Adviser Abdullah Daba Mama-o – despite evidence that he possessed high-powered firearms
The government creates an adjudication board – the Land Dispute Arbitration Committee (LDAC) – to address concerns arising from the large-scale land titling program. There are many ways it could turn into a nightmare.
Comelec is helpless in enforcing pre-election rules
The High Court junks the appeal of Mayor Tomas Osmeña
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade
Mayor Beng Climaco appeals to the House of Representatives to probe the 'poor state' of NHA's housing project for families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga City siege
When President Duterte claimed she opposed divorce, the Davao City Mayor says many 'did not understood that it was a joke'
'He (Cawalig) has to cooperate. We don't want the rehabilitation to be held hostage just by one or two officials,' says Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III
Family of the 14-year-old dance sport athlete vows to file charges
Vigan Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said that his city has only 47 hotels with 1,015 rooms or a maximum capacity of 4,738. There are 17,000 athletes in Palaro 2018.
(UPDATED) Jesus Dureza says 'we should respect the statements of Mayor Sara because she knows also why she has to say it'
The memo, dated March 23, 2018 and leaked on March 27, has become a hot topic of discussion among Boholanos, offline and online
A BPO worker tries the tack used by another netizen. He relays his request for improved services via Cebu Mayor Tommy Osmeña's Facebook page, and it's immediately granted
BDO Unibank, owned by the Philippines' richest man Henry Sy Sr, argues it has a legal right to request that the Department of Justice designate an acting prosecutor
(UPDATED) This is over BDO Unibank tax cases. But Justice Secretary Aguirre threatens a countersuit, saying the Cebu mayor has no evidence he accepted money from anyone.
Loboc Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba is also accused of violating the executive order on freedom of information (FOI) issued by President Rodrigo Duterte
Superintendent Marvin Marcos joins the anniversary party of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group
Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord
The Court of Appeals 22nd Division Mindanao Station issues a TRO and a status quo ante order on the Ombudsman's latest dismissal order against Mayor Oscar Moreno
New magma is pushing to the crater, says Phivolcs' resident volcanologist in Bicol, as nearly 20,000 families remain in evacuation camps
But are they the same? Not exactly because one involves a doctrine and the other, a statute.
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter says she wants to preside over the completion of government projects in the city
Mayor Jamar Mansul Hadji Muhtamad town, Basilan, is arrested as he is set to fly to Malaysia
Rasmia Macabago, former mayor of Saguiaran town in Lanao del Sur, says she didn't file her SALNs from 2007 to 2010 because she didn't know of any local official who did
Councilor Bernard Echavez Al-ag takes his oath as the new vice mayor before Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio
The provincial prosecutor does not find sufficient evidence to file charges of illegal possession of explosives, firearms, and drugs against Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo her husband
President Rodrigo Duterte accepts Paolo Duterte's resignation from his post as Davao City vice mayor 'effective immediately'
The feisty Davao City mayor and presidential daughter says her 'slot' in the Senate race is open to 'yellows,' as long as her father's enemies don't annoy her
Paolo Duterte sends his resignation letter to Malacañang via courier
President Rodrigo Duterte says his son, the vice mayor of Davao City, 'considered it most unfair to him' to be summoned to Congress' drug smuggling probe 'for nothing'
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says Malacañang is waiting for the President and his son to talk
Social Media users are reacting to the sudden announcement of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte's resignation