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[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

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 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

Fisherfolk group to file impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya says they will file an impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte over the verbal deal for 'violating the Constitution, committing treason, and betraying public trust'

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: President Duterte now a great grandfather

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Presidential son Paolo Duterte says his grandson will be named after the President

Ex-FDA chief Puno denies corruption allegations

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'I served as the Director General of the FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,' says former Food and Drug Director General Nela Charade Puno

EX-FDA CHIEF. Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy as Food and Drug Administration Director General in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Briones denies Duterte ordered bombing of Lumad schools

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:56 PM

'You did not order the bombing of any school,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones as she introduces President Rodrigo Duterte at Palarong Pambansa 2019

EDUCATION CHIEF. Education Secretary Leonor Briones speaks during the Congress budget briefing on August 28, 2018, about the 2019 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

St Scholastica's Sister Mary John calls journalists an 'endangered species'

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'I think they are inspiring so many people to also have courage, and to stand out and speak out against corruption, against all the injustices that we are experiencing in our times,' says Sister Mary John Mananzan

AWARDEES. Recipients of the 2019 Hildegarde Awards pose for photos after the awarding ceremony on April 24, 2019. From left to right: Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig and Minerva Generalao of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala of ICanServe Foundation, Patricia Evangelista of Rappler, St. Scholastica’s College Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Lara Quintos de Jesus, who accepted the award on behalf of CMFR’s Melinda Quintos De Jesus, “She Talks Asia” Project Manager Mara Gollena, trophy designer Veronica Peralejo and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca Cacho.

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: 'Unshelve' Hague ruling

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:03 AM

'Now is the best time' to address the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea, says foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Duterte government to 'unshelve' the Hague ruling won by Manila against Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. senators urge Philippines to drop charges vs De Lima, Maria Ressa

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:13 PM

US senator Marsha Blackburn says of the bipartisan resolution: '...while we value our relationship with the Philippines, the US Congress expects to see real change to the current practices of the Duterte government'

UNDER SIEGE. Composite file photos of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (left), and Senator Leila de Lima. Photo of Ressa by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Holding the line against fascism

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The crucial signs and their contextualized explanations tell us that the current government has been extensively using fascist politics and tactics which is, ironically, possible to do under democratic rule

Duterte claims he fulfilled all promises except easing EDSA traffic

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:42 PM

'Wala akong pangako na hindi ko natupad except 'yang EDSA,' claims President Rodrigo Duterte

ALL PROMISES FULFILLED? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. Photo by Alfred Frias/Malacañang photo

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang photo

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

De Lima on Duterte ‘confession’ of molesting maid: ‘It’s time to get angry’

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls on Filipinos to 'stand strong and united to destroy this evil'

Duterte 'confesses' he molested their maid as a teen

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:05 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte bares details of the supposed incident before a large crowd in Kidapawan City, as he attacked the Catholic Church for its 'abuses'

'CONFESSION'. In a speech in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, on December 29, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte told the audience that he molested their family maid as a teenager. Presidential Photo

Gov't to shoulder schooling, housing of family of slain Batocabe security aide

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte offers his condolences to the family of SPO1 Orlando Diaz, the slain security escort of the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

CONDOLENCES. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe in Daraga, Albay on December 26, 2018. Photo from Malacañang

Duterte orders DILG to sue Garins for allegedly mauling cop

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte warns candidates not to resort to 'political terrorism' as the 2019 elections approaches

SUE THE GARINS. President Rodrigo Duterte seeks charges to be filed against two Iloilo politicians who allegedly mauled a cop. File photo by Malacañag

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 'homecoming' ceremony and turnover of the transfer certifcate of the Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar from the United States. RTVM screenshot

On Feast of Immaculate Conception, Duterte reminds Filipinos to be humble, faithful

Dec 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to emulate Mary's qualities and 'remain guided by her faithfulness'

PRAYER. President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of the 6th Cabinet Meeting in Malacanang State Dining Room on September 14. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: At tayo’y ibinugaw sa bisita ni Tatay

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:58 AM

Saglit na panahon pa, mamamahinga na rin si Tatay. At tayong malakas pa ang magpapasan ng bunga ng pagbubugaw niya sa sambahayan.

From Abe to Xi: Comparing leaders' PH visits under Duterte

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Starting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe's official visit, President Duterte has hosted 4 other leaders, including Xi Jinping. How do these visits compare to one another?

Duterte feared offending China after Hague ruling – Lorenzana

Nov 23, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recalls his initial idea to send a 'small force' to recover Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

‘No meaning’ in Palace displaying only Chinese flag during Xi visit, says Lorenzana

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:46 PM

‘They are in our land. This is our country. Perhaps that was just a show of respect to the guest,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MISSING. The Philippine Presidential Flag is missing during the review of honor guards by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from RTVM

Slow China loans a blessing in disguise?

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Loans from China are not moving as fast as many expected, but government officials say there's an upside to that

Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit

Xi Jinping invites Duterte to visit China a 4th time

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has visited China every year of his presidency, while he refuses to visit the United States

GIFT FROM XI. President Rodrigo Duterte receives a token from President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Xi 'elevate' PH-China ties, 'manage' sea row

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there is wisdom in the saying, 'All creatures may grow together without harming each other'

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'A friend in need': China's promises to PH

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler lists over 100 agreements and pledges that have been made between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

Carpio praises Duterte for upholding sea freedoms

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says it 'is a most welcome development' that President Rodrigo Duterte upheld freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio attends Kasarinlan: A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum in Intramuros, Manila, on July 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alejano to Duterte: You're selling PH to China, you don't know patriotism

Nov 17, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano reacts to President Rodrigo Duterte's statement likening the Magdalo party to ISIS

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte open to meeting exiled communist leaders

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says self-exiled communist leaders Fidel Agcaoili and Luis Jalandoni requested a meeting with him in the Philippines

TALKS AGAIN? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with communist peace negotiators is a 'maybe' for him and the military. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to Palawan hotels, resorts: 'Follow rules' to avoid another Boracay

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'I'm putting on notice everybody,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech at a festival in Puerto Princesa City

UNDERGROUND RIVER. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, June 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Mike Gonzalez.

Duterte eyes entry of 'big players' to end Palawan blackouts

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I'll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi 'pag hindi, hanap ako ng may pera talaga. 'Yung China nangangati kamay niyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Puerto Princesa City

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Robredo: Militarization of government won't solve corruption

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says government should instead focus on reviewing systems that allow corruption to thrive

REVIEW SYSTEMS. Vice President Leni Robredo says systems that allow corruption to take place should be reviewed instead of repeatedly replacing heads of agencies. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Sister Fox now in Australia, hits Duterte 'tyranny'

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'There has been a culture of impunity for a long time, and it is getting worse,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox as she arrives in Melbourne

LEAVING PHILIPPINES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox enters the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 for her flight to Australia in the evening of November 3, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/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

LOOK: Duterte goes on unannounced Hong Kong trip

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:53 PM

'Kailangan ding magpahinga ng Pangulo,' Special Assistant to the President Bong Go says in a Facebook post

UNANNOUNCED. President Rodrigo Duterte visits Hong Kong with his family and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Photo from SAP Bong Go's Facebook page

Duterte's EJK remark a joke? Robredo calls it an insult

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'Insulto 'yon sa napakaraming pamilya na naiwan ng mga napatay dahil sa extrajudicial killings,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

KILLING. Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Back home, Trillanes tells Duterte gov’t: 'Itodo 'nyo na'

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Hindi kayo mananalo kung kayo ang mali,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is finally home after spending over 3 weeks in the Senate

HOME. Senator Antonio Trillanes€™ IV takes questions from the media as he arrived in his home. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bituin Escalante: I voted for Duterte but 'I love my country more'

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The singer expresses her thoughts on Twitter

BITUIN ESCALANTE. The singer opens up about voting for President Duterte. Screenshot from Instagram.com/bituinea

Malacañang clears Robredo in supposed Duterte ouster plot

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo 'was not among those specifically named to be part of the conspiracy,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MASS FOR PEACE. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Mass for Peace at De La Salle University on September 21, 2018, the anniversary of Martial Law. Photo by OVP

Duterte: Ex-DND chief Gazmin liable for 'usurpation of authority'

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda refutes the claim, saying 'there is no irregularity' in Voltaire Gazmin's actions in relation to the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

USURPATION OF AUTHORITY. President Rodrigo Duterte says former Defense chief Voltaire Gazmin usurped authority in Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's application for amnesty. Duterte filephoto from Malacañang, Gazmin file photo from Rappler

Duterte says 'bright' Calida researched Trillanes amnesty issues

Sep 08, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Asked if he's targetting Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte cites the golden rule: 'Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you'

RESEARCH. President Rodrigo Duterte admits it was Solicitor General Jose Calida did the research on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty revocation. Malacañang file photo

[Editorial] #AnimatED: The thought of a Trump downfall

Aug 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines will watch this American saga with bated breath. Here's why.

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

[OPINION] Small people bear brunt of Boracay closure

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:23 PM

It is the regular employees, masseurs, boatmen, tricycle drivers, and the like who are suffering immensely