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Duterte wants probe into J&T Express cargo mishandling

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:14 AM

'I am not condemning you now. I am also not insinuating that you are liable or guilty of doing it. It would depend greatly on what is the result of the investigation,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

J&T Express logo from its Facebook page

FALSE: OVP sent spoiled food to frontliners at Diliman Doctors Hospital

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Both the hospital and Vice President Leni Robredo deny the incident took place

Rappler+ Webinar: Implications of the anti-terrorism bill

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:36 PM

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Robredo's office to donate P14-M U.P. coronavirus test kits to 4 labs

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The beneficiary testing centers include San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, the Lung Center of the Philippines and the V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City, and the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory

BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with Manila HealthTek Inc's Dr. Raul Destura, who lead the team of UP scientists that developed their own test kits, on April 24, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

[FRONTLINERS] Volunteer shuttle driver overcomes fear of virus to serve others

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Out of a job due to the lockdown, Victor Lero decides to volunteer as a shuttle driver for health workers in Metro Manila. He is scared of COVID-19, but he braves the front lines to keep his family alive and help other Filipinos.

Photo courtesy of Victor Lero

Duterte declares P246.28 billion savings for coronavirus measures

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Of the P246.28 billion total savings, the budget department releases P148.93 billion to concerned agencies to be used for pandemic response

CASH AID. Distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Not time to keep score': Robredo focuses on frontliners, not politics

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:05 PM

In a nation overwhelmed by a pandemic, Vice President Leni Robredo shows how government can effectively work with private citizens to fight COVID-19

WORKING VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment sets that will be delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Rights groups slam Duterte's 'shoot to kill' order: Prioritize lives, not violence

Apr 02, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte's statement may lead to more abuses as Luzon remains in lockdown in the face of the novel coronavirus outbreak

Protesting for the lack of food and relief support during the enhanced community quarantine, residents of Sitio San Roque, Quezon City were arrested during a protest and are brought to the Quezon City Police Station 10 for medical check-up and inquest proceedings on April 1, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gov't agencies ordered to list hospitals, facilities for possible takeover

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:28 PM

DOH, DOT, DOTr, and OCD are tasked to create the inventory and present this to the President

POSSIBLE TAKEOVER. As a last resort, President Rodrigo Duterte can order the takeover of health facilities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Xi Jinping tells Trump: China and U.S. must 'unite to fight virus'

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:14 PM

In a telephone call, Chinese President Xi tells the American president that China 'wishes to continue sharing all information and experience with the US'

WORK TOGETHER. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping greeting US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

LOOK: Robredo's office opens free dormitory for health workers in Cubao

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Medical professionals who wish to avail of this free service can send an email to ovpfreedormservice@gmail.com or text 09985917408

FREE DORM. One room in the Office of the Vice President's free dormitory for health workers has 3 beds available for health workers. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo's office donates extraction kits worth P5.3M for coronavirus tests

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The office of Vice President Leni Robredo says an extraction kit is an essential part of the full coronavirus test kit. Its procurement from a local supplier was requested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s primary testing center.

ASSISTANCE FROM ROBREDO. Staff from the Office of the Vice President deliver coronavirus extraction kits to the RITM on March 20, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

LISTAHAN: Mga ruta ng libreng sakay ni Robredo para sa mga health workers

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Narito ang 6 na ruta ng libreng sakay para sa mga health workers habang suspendido ang operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan dahil sa coronavirus outbreak

ROUTES. As mass transportation is suspended, Vice President Leni Robredo's office is offering free shuttle services to health workers starting March 18, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: Routes for Robredo's free shuttle service for health workers

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the 7 routes of the free shuttle service offered by the Office of the Vice President for health workers

ROUTES. As mass transportation is suspended, Vice President Leni Robredo's office is offering free shuttle services to health workers starting March 18, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Davao City under community quarantine

Mar 15, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Mayor Sara Duterte issues an executive order ‘effective immediately’

Sara Duterte announces "with heavy heart" the cancelation of activities for the 83rd araw ng Davao, which was slated on march 1-31, 2020. Screengrab from CIO video

Greece hands reins to 1st woman president

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a 63-year-old senior judge, becomes the new Greek head of state for a five-year term

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT. President of Council of State Katerina Sakellaropoulou looks on as the President of the Greek Parliament presents the result of a parliament vote for the election of the new President of the Greek Republic, in Athens on January 22, 2020. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/Pool/AFP

Rappler PLUS briefing: Philippine press freedom through the film lens

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz will discuss the production of her film A Thousand Cuts with Rappler PLUS members

On Manila Bay reclamation, Duterte says 'wait until next presidency'

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'Manila is an old city and it will decay if you add so many things in front of Manila Bay. So ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of reclamation projects along Manila Bay

NO RECLAMATION. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not approve of any reclamation projects along Manila Bay. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.S. presidency gains more power with Donald Trump's acquittal

Feb 09, 2020 - 12:06 PM

One of Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers claims he is free to do whatever he wants — even cheat in elections — if he believes it is in the national interest

STRONGER. US President Donald Trump speaks during a 'Keep America Great' campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Venezuela intelligence agents raid Guaido offices – opposition

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Lawmaker Angel Torres says the agents 'abruptly entered' the offices, amid opposition fears they could plant false evidence

RAIDED. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during a session of the National Assembly with the presence of pro-government deputies in Caracas on September 24, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Philippines welcomes 2020 by operating on a reenacted budget

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

The P4.1-trillion 2020 budget is scheduled to be signed by the President on January 6, forcing the government to operate in the first few days of January 2020 with the funds appropriated in 2019

Duterte to ABS-CBN: Better to sell the network

Dec 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

'Magrenew kayo, ewan ko lang kung may mangyari diyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the media giant

SELL ABS-CBN. President Rodrigo Duterte in his fresh rant against the 'oligarchs' says broadcast giant ABS-CBN would be better off if it sells the network instead. Screengrab from RTVM

Joma Sison: Meeting Duterte in PH before reform agreement approval 'premature'

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founder says he is willing to meet with Duterte 'in a country near the Philippines' after the resumption of peace talks, among other conditions

NOT IN PH. Communist leader Jose Maria Sison says he is willing to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, but 'in a country near the Philippines.' Rappler file photo

Duterte OK with exempting Davao City from ceasefire with NPA

Dec 26, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, earlier requested that her city be excluded from the ceasefire because she believes communist guerrillas 'cannot be trusted'

FIRST DAUGHTER. President Rodrigo Duterte is "okay" with his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's request for an exemption from a ceasefire with communist guerrillas. File photo from Malacañang

Duterte gives peace another chance, names Medialdea in panel with communists

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reconstitutes the government's peace panel with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reads a document from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Inspired by China,' Duterte orders daily military drills for Rizal

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

'I was inspired when I went to China because every sundown, they have a drill,' Duterte says before military and police officers

FOR RIZAL. President Duterte says he was inspired by military drills in China. Malacañang file photo

Tiger-led U.S. crush Els dream to win Presidents Cup

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'I trusted all my 11 guys. I trusted them implicitly,' says playing-captain Tiger Woods as the US pulls off a stunning comeback against the Internationals

KING TIGER. After going undefeated in 3 matches, Tiger Woods tows the US side to victory to become the most successful Presidents Cup golfer in history. Photo by Tim Carrafa/EPA-EFE

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter hospitalized again

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:47 AM

A statement from the Carter Center says the former US president 'was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, this past weekend'

AILING. In this file photo taken on March 25, 2018 former U.S. President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event for his new book 'Faith: A Journey For All' at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Midtown Manhattan, March 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/AFP

Rick Perry says Trump was chosen by God to lead U.S.

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:23 AM

'You didn't get here without God's blessing,' outgoing US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tells Fox News, recalling a recent conversation with Donald Trump that focused on faith

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry addresses a press conference during a high-level business to business energy forum at the European Commission in Brussels on May 2, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new president

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Having spearheaded the brutal end of the Tamil separatist war a decade ago, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a divisive figure but popular among his own majority Sinhalese-Buddhist community

NEW PRESIDENT. Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa gestures during his swearing-in ceremony at the Ruwanwelisaya temple in Anuradhapura on November 18, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Jimmy Carter hospitalized for procedure to relieve brain pressure

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:52 AM

(UPDATED) The Carter Center says in a statement, the former US president 'was admitted to Emory University Hospital this evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls'

SURGERY. File photo of former US president at the Maranatha Baptist Church on November 2016 in Plains, Georgia. Shutterstock.com

[OPINION | Newspoint] A never-ending cleanup

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

President Duterte may have been prodigious at making a mess, and far from done with it, but his is only the latest in a rarely broken run of messy Philippine leaderships

[OPINION] Duterte is vulnerable

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

But if the opposition comes across as mainly defending liberal democracy, this is not going to make a dent in Duterte’s popularity

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter hospitalized after another fall

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The fall is Carter's second this month. He injured his head October 6 in a fall at his home

Former US President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Marcos vs Robredo

Oct 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

To be sure, too many incredible things have happened in the Supreme Court, precisely in cases where Duterte had an interest

Duterte invites Russian firms to join PH infrastructure program

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Several business deals – including exploring the prospects of building nuclear power plants in the Philippines – are signed on the sidelines of the Philippines-Russia Business Forum in Moscow keynoted by President Rodrigo Duterte

BUSINESS FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Philippines-Russia Business Forum at the House of the Unions in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Documentary hopes to prevent rewriting of PH drug war killings story

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang criticizes 'On President's Orders' for being 'overly dramatized' and 'falsely portrays a dangerous Philippines and a murderous government'

PREMIERE. Around 1,000 invited audiences joined in the screening of controversial docufilm, 'On President's Orders' at Active Vista's 7th International Human Rights Film Festival on Friday, September 20. Photo courtesy of Dakila Media

At House plenary, lawmakers vow to increase 'measly' OVP budget in 2020

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Office of the Vice President assures lawmakers that any increase in its budget would go to its anti-poverty program

OVP BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House's plenary deliberations on her office's budget for 2020 on September 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

Senate panel wants bigger 2020 budget for OVP

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Senators are keen on increasing the proposed P673-million budget of the Office of the Vice President

BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo personally appears before the Senate committee on finance to defend their proposed 2020 budget. OVP photo

Transfer Duterte's 'blackhole' confidential funds to services instead – lawmakers

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Are President Rodrigo Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds being used to target his critics? ask progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In hearing led by Bong Go, OP 2020 budget approved in minutes

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Only Duterte-allied senators – Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino – attend the budget hearings for the Office of the President and Presidential Management Staff

Senator Bong Go preaides over the budget hearing of the Office of the President. September 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P8.2-B 2020 budget for Duterte's office breezes through House panel

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The budget hearing lasts less than 7 minutes. A lawmaker says he intends to question Malacañang's high confidential and intelligence funds when the budget proposal reaches the plenary.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 41st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Imelda Marcos asked Duterte to grant Sanchez executive clemency

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In 2017, then-Ilocos Norte congresswoman Imelda Marcos wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte, recommending the grant of executive clemency to rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez

CONVICTED OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos at the House Plenary on Thursday, September 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte's office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military

Duterte slams Iceland anew: 'I hope you freeze in time'

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:51 PM

'Walang hiya talaga ang mga puti tapos tinuturuan ako ng gagawin ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he blasts the Nordic country for allowing abortion

FREEZE. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the people of Iceland 'freeze in time.' Malacanang file photo

House panel swiftly approves P673-million OVP budget for 2020

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:40 PM

An administration-allied legislator vows to further increase the budget of Vice President Leni Robredo's office 'in the proper time' to augment her anti-poverty projects

ANGAT BUHAY. Vice President Leni Robredo's flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay receives praises from a lawmaker during the budget hearing on August 27, 2019. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Anti-Assad fighters withdraw from key area of northwest Syria

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:42 AM

After 8 years of civil war, the Idlib region on the border with Turkey is the last major stronghold of opposition to Assad's Russia-backed government

Syrian government forces gather near the town of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on August 18, 2019. A Turkish military convoy crossed into jihadist-run northwest Syria on August 19, it's path blocked by advancing regime troops as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara, which said its forces were targeted by an air strike. AFP

Trump attacks 'racist' Hollywood ahead of 'The Hunt' film

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'Liberal Hollywood are the true racists, and are very bad for our country,' Trump seethes before the premiere of 'The Hunt,' a violent satire about America's deep political divide