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Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao

DOUBTFUL. Duterte thinks the anti-political dynasty bill will fly in Congress. Malacañang file photo

Aguirre on DOJ probe, Alvarez on Go, Sereno on quo warranto petition | Evening wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:43 PM

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Int'l Criminal Court 'encourages' PH gov't to reconsider withdrawal

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The International Criminal Court also reiterates that withdrawal from the court would not change a country's obligation to cooperate in a proceeding which had already begun

Malacañang defends late suspension of classes, 'imminent threat' claim

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The 'imminent threat' posed by a supposed March 20 transport strike is the possibility that students will have to walk to school, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is happy to announce during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 12, 2018 that the Department of Agrarian Reform has distributed certificates of land ownership to 47 beneficiaries in the province of Rizal. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#DuterteLive: PH Army founding anniversary

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:10 PM

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Stephen David using Palace connections for Napoles?

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'[Medialdea] was asked by Atty David if he could overrule me, he said he could not, because he is of the same opinion as mine,' Aguirre says, referring to his opinion about the need for the Sandiganbayan's nod to transfer Napoles to a safehouse

INSIDE MALACAÑANG. Janet Napoles' lawyer Stephen David goes in and out of Malacañang and is able to challenge a justice secretary's position to the Executive Secretary, effectively the second president. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court 'hasty, ill-conceived' – ICJ

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The International Commission of Jurists says President Rodrigo Duterte's justification for making the decision is 'a litany of poorly thought out pseudo-legal arguments and self-serving statements'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on January 26, 2018 following a fruitful visit to India, announces that India has agreed to expand cooperation with the Philippines in the areas of defense, counter-terrorism and anti-illegal drugs campaign. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque says Duterte needs more time to win fight vs narco-politics

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'[In a] scale of 10, the President is only at 6 in his fight against narco-politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Duterte on divorce, Sandiganbayan on Napoles, Facebook shares plunge | Midday wRap

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:43 AM

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Mar 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Introducing the new Bong Go: Media-shy to media-savvy

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The presidential aide, who had shunned the spotlight and hated being quoted by press, has been giving media interviews and even honored a speaking engagement


WATCH: Forum on the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:48 AM

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Duterte congratulates Putin for landslide reelection

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'President Duterte extends the warmest congratulations of the Filipino people to President Vladimir Putin on his reelection'

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Lawmakers form group to push for human rights in House agenda

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines

Duterte meets Saudi prince in Malacañang

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The meeting takes place amid President Duterte's warning that he will expand his OFW deployment ban in Kuwait to other Middle Eastern countries

Duterte against divorce – Malacañang

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Palace clarifies the President's stance on divorce after the House of Representatives approves the divorce bill on second reading

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Officials at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte impersonator fools Malacañang transcribers

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The error leads some media to report on the words of the impersonator, thinking they were those of President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's attention is briefly diverted as he takes time to appreciate the flower decors while delivering his speech during the 145th Founding Anniversary of Tarlac and the 2nd Kanlahi Festival at Bulwagang Kanlahi in Tarlac City on March 7, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on ICC, Waterfront Manila Pavilion fire, Binibining Pilipinas 2018 | Midday wRap

Mar 19, 2018 - 12:32 PM

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Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

[OPINION] Misogyny is bad for all Filipinos

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:42 AM

When women themselves reinforce this misogynistic culture by downplaying, excusing, or applauding it, they participate in their own oppression

Aklan governor seeks to convince Duterte 'no need' for Boracay closure

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The governor calls on other local officials and stakeholders to band together and convince President Rodrigo Duterte not to shut down Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND. Local chief executives want to convince the President not to shut down the popular tourist destination. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Loboc mayor faces graft complaint before Ombudsman

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Loboc Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba is also accused of violating the executive order on freedom of information (FOI) issued by President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte tells countries: 'Get out' of Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:59 PM

'I will convince everybody now under the treaty: Get out! Bastos 'yan!' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he slams the International Criminal Court

Duterte PMA Graduation 2018 Alab Tala Class March 18 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

Saudi prince to meet Duterte in Philippines

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Saudi prince and interior minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif is set to meet with other Philippine officials during his trip to Manila

PRINCE. Saudi Interior Minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef looks on during a meeting between the Saudi King and a delegation of Lebanon's Maronite patriarchate on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. File Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

ICC withdrawal 'beginning of the end' for Duterte – De Lima

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:25 PM

'No right thinking nation or leader will follow the lead of your deranged President, except perhaps those who are also likely candidates for [International Criminal Court] investigation and prosecution,' Senator Leila De Lima tells Harry Roque

END FOR DUTERTE. Senator Leila De Lima says Philippine government withdrawal from the ICC is the end of Duterte.

De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte's 'corrupt' gov't

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also says alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles 'is an ideal witness' for a government that is only interested in silencing dissent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A horrific cleanup job

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

How far Duterte has actually gone with his authoritarianism gives us some sense of his pace and where he might be taking us. And it's decidedly a fast and determined pace, made possible by a coopted legislature and an agreeable majority of the Supreme Court.

Rappler provincial reporters barred from covering Duterte's events

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Journalists based outside Metro Manila are banned from President Rodrigo Duterte's events in their hometowns if they are covering for Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters while inspecting the operational condition and the upgraded facilities of Lal-lo Airport in the municipality of Lal-lo, Cagayan province on March 14, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Umali: Duterte has no hand in Sereno impeachment

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, has publicly criticized Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno while Malacañang has called on her to resign 'to spare the institution from any further damage'

[OPINION] Part 2: Markets vs. Duterte: Are blanket bans a good idea?

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bans, prohibitions, and crackdowns are some of Duterte’s favorite economic policies. But bans are the ultimate form of market regulation, and government should use them cautiously, not rashly.

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Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Amid controversies at DOJ, Aguirre says 'no reason to resign'

Mar 16, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he and President Rodrigo Duterte have talked since a Department of Justice panel of prosecutors dismissed charges against alleged big-time drug lords

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'#DuwagDuterte!' says De Lima over PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte a 'coward' for pulling the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court

Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Leila de Lima

PH transmits to UN notice of withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'The decision to withdraw is the Philippines’ principled stand against those who politicize and weaponize human rights,' reads the formal notice

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Mar 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Int'l Criminal Court to Duterte: PH still obliged to cooperate upon withdrawal

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:17 AM

‘The Court encourages the Philippines to not follow through with the reported intention to withdraw,’ says the International Criminal Court

PH lawyers are amused with Duterte’s ICC arguments

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'This would get a failing mark in any criminal law, remedial law, or public international law class,' says an international law professor

WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte announces the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

CHR's Cadiz: ‘Puny rationalizations’ will not make ICC issue disappear

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:46 PM

‘Whether we like it or not, this will proceed and the only smart thing is for the government now is to heed the warning of the court,’ says Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

Duterte's plan to withdraw from Int'l Criminal Court 'anti-people'

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) says the withdrawal would expose Filipinos to lack of justice in the event of 'atrocious crimes'

Who did Duterte consult on his long ICC statement?

Mar 15, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Critical officials in Malacañang are caught unawares by the release of Duterte's 15-page and 3-page press statements declaring withdrawal from the ICC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte can't void ratification of Rome Statute over non-publication – CenterLaw

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Center for International Law says President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the Philippines was misled into joining the International Criminal Court is 'erroneous'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH withdrawal from ICC may imply Duterte ‘afraid’ to be probed – Robredo

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What message does the Philippines want to say by withdrawing from the ICC, asks the Vice President – that we don't want to promise we would uphold human rights?

IMPLICATIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the possible implications of the Philippines withdrawal from the ICC. File photo by OVP

Labor groups hit Duterte: Where's signed EO vs contractualization?

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Once again, President Rodrigo Duterte fails to sign the proposed executive order ending contractualization on his self-imposed deadline

FAILED PROMISES. Different labor groups under Kilusang Mayo Uno and Nagkaisa Labor Coalition gather on Thursday, March 15 in Mendiola as they hold an indignation protest against the failed promise of President Duterte to issue an Executive Order against contractualization today. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang: Duterte not afraid of International Criminal Court

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has not said he will not participate' if the complaint before the International Criminal Court prospers

ICC. The International Criminal Court building in The Hague. Photo from OSeveno/Wikimedia Commons

Malacañang: No need for Senate OK on PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'The reason why Senate consent is not necessary is the Constitution does not provide it's necessary,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO