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Duterte to skip Balangiga Bells turnover ceremony

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was initially scheduled to attend the afternoon event on Tuesday, December 11, at the Villamor Air Base

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Marco Polo Davao Journey @20 at the Marco Polo Davao in Davao City on December 7, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./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

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

Rights groups oppose another martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Father Allan Khen Apus of Movement Against Tyranny says there has been 'a marked increased of of human rights violations' in Mindanao since martial law started there

[OPINION] Duterte and the hypocritical Church

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Every time he attacks priests for their hypocrisy, President Duterte echoes the sentiments of many

FALSE: Photos of Chinese-funded road built under Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

No, these are not photos of Chinese-funded road built under President Rodrigo Duterte's flagship infrastructure program

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:33 PM

If lawmakers approve of this, Mindanao will be under martial law until December 31, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to his cabinet members prior to starting the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Is this a sign targetting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:43 AM

No, this is not a photo of a sign targeting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: kill bishops, all they do is criticize | evening wRap

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte says he went to hospital for blood test

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

President Duterte cracks a joke about his supposed recent hospital visit, saying the syringe extracted wind, not blood, from his veins

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oaths of office of newly-appointed government officials after the oath taking ceremony of newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's 'kill bishops' remark just for 'dramatic effect' – Panelo

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte was just 'upset' because the 'good things that he does for this country are not even appreciated' by the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017, urges the PAF to continue performing their duties as he assures that the government has their full support. Malacañan Photo

Duterte replaces PH Air Force chief ahead of retirement

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

More than a year away from retirement, Philippine Air Force chief Galileo Kintanar Jr will be replaced by Western Command chief Rozzano Briguez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the pass-in review during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. Also in the photo are newly-installed PAF Commander Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año. Malacañan Photo

[OPINION] A new weapon against press freedom in the Philippines

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government

 HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig Regional Trial Court on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Kill bishops, all they do is criticize,' says Duterte

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo, walang silbi 'yang mga gagong 'yan,' President Duterte says a week after he made allegations against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ozamiz Airport Modernization Project in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on November 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte approves ‘in principle’ recommendation for martial law extension

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The Department of National Defense, military, and police are united in recommending a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through some documents while presiding over the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

If Duterte asks, Arroyo to recommend 3rd Mindanao martial law extension

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:26 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the input of lawmakers from Mindanao 'will carry much weight during the deliberations' on another martial law extension in the region

ALLIES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo meets with President Rordrigo Duterte in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. File photo from Arroyo's office

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

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:29 PM

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Duterte approves 2019 fuel tax hike

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The Cabinet meeting tackles the recommendation of Duterte's economic managers to push through with the hike, to be implemented on January 1, 2019

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

If Duterte remark is 'illogical,' he's joking – Panelo

Dec 04, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'Ang test doon, 'pag walang logic, nagpapatawa ka. 'Pag ang audience tumawa, nagpapatawa ka,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in defense of President Duterte's remarks on using marijuana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the inauguration of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rules out pardon for cops in Kian delos Santos slay

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he might pardon the 3 policemen 'one million years from now'

Two of the trhee cops involeved in the killings of 17-yo Kian delos Santos being escorted by BJMP guard after the court found GUILTY of murder over the death of 17-yo delos Santos on Tuesday, November 29, 2018, at the Caloocan City RTC. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte accuses Satur Ocampo, France Castro of endangering Lumad children

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The accused – former and current party-list representatives – insist they were rescuing children from a food blockade imposed by the military and alleged attacks on Lumad schools in Davao del Norte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the San Beda Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at Club Filipino in San Juan City on November 23, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: I take marijuana to stay awake

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte, at the helm of a bloody crackdown on drugs, mentions marijuana as he complains about his supposedly gruelling schedule when attending international conferences

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and East Asian countries during the 13th East Asia Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo

[OPINION] Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

Duterte skips Bonifacio Day ceremony

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'He has to fly to Mindanao to attend to the problem of insurgency in Mindanao,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, without elaborating

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the inauguration of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport on November 27, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Court verdict: Kian delos Santos helplessly killed | Evening wRap

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:15 PM

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Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CHURCH OFFICIALS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Policemen guilty in Kian delos Santos killing | Midday wRap

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Panelo on 'Duterte death squads': Civilians should be happy

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:05 PM

'Kung ako 'yung civilian, matutuwa ako,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, despite human rights defenders pointing out that the government cannot maintain hit squads

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declares in his speech during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub in Baguio City on March 11, 2017, that the government-funded TV station can be used by anybody as medium to voice out their concerns. Also in the photo is Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte mocks Carpio: He keeps 'hankering' for Hague ruling

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he did not appoint Justice Antonio Carpio as Chief Justice because he 'refused the offer.' Carpio, however, had accepted the most recent nomination for the post.

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte names Lucas Bersamin Chief Justice | Evening wRap

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Duterte orders return of 'drug war' cop Espenido to Ozamiz

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:05 PM

(UPDATED) Jovie Espenido, who faces homicide charges over the killing of 6 people during an Ozamiz police operation, is going back to the city

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during the National Heroes Day Commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on August 28, 2017. Espenido was hailed for his successful anti-illegal drug operations in Ozamiz City. The President has then reassigned Espenido to Iloilo City. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Leftist congressmen: Duterte inciting civilians to kill

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Makabayan lawmakers say President Duterte's planned 'death squad' against communist rebels proves there are state-sanctioned vigilante killings under his administration

MURDER. Makabayan lawmakers Ariel Casilao, Carlos Zarate, and Antonio Tinio condemn the President's proposed death squad against communists. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Some senators slam planned 'Duterte death squad' vs NPA

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Some senators call the supposed plan 'unsettling' while allies of President Duterte say the Chief Executive is unlikely to pursue something 'illegal'

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' President Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a terrorist organization. File photo

Lawmakers confirm Teddyboy Locsin as Philippine foreign secretary | Midday wRap

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Camille Elemia

Duterte appoints woman justice to the Supreme Court

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Longtime applicant Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang is the new Supreme Court justice

NEW SC JUSTICE. Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang is the newest Supreme Court Justice. Photo from the Supreme Court

Duterte inaugurates Bohol-Panglao International Airport

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The long-delayed Bohol-Panglao International Airport is finally open

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the unveiling of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport marker during its inauguration on November 27, 2018. Joining the President are Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marcos wants to appeal conviction straight to Supreme Court | Evening wRap

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chito dela Vega

Peace process adviser Jesus Dureza resigns

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The President says he is sad to accept the resignation of his friend and fellow Davaoeño Jesus Dureza. He also announced he has fired OPAPP Undersecretary Ronald Flores and Assistant Secretary Yeshtern Donn Baccay.

Duterte to create 'sparrow units' to target communists

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:34 PM

After ordering the deployment of more soldiers and police in Bicol, Samar, and Negros Island, President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll create sparrow units to kill communists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of the confiscated firearms from lawless armed groups during his visit to Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela on November 21, 2018. Joining the President is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: Jun Evasco is my candidate for Bohol governor

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Evasco's rival in the Bohol gubernatorial race 'never helped' him

Trillanes says he’ll go to jail if Duterte proves claims vs parents

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'If he finds anything anomalous, again, I would voluntarily walk into any detention facility kahit sa Davao pa,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Nearly 5,000 killed in 'drug war'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says there have been 4,999 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to October 2018

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church | Midday wRap

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Duterte: Build chapels in your house, no need to go to church

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a vocal critic of the government's bloody anti-drug campaign, responds to the President's renewed attacks on his person

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

[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 can't rely on military alone to solve PH problems – Alejano

Nov 24, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'For the President, it seems that it’s the military that is the sole solution to the problems of the country. That is wrong,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

ON MILITARIZATION. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano guests at Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant series on November 22, 2018. Screenshot from Rappler