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Duterte says he 'loves' immigration chief Morente amid POGO bribery mess

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Does the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country?

IMMIGRATION CHIEF. Bureau Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente in July 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FALSE: '98% trust Duterte following ABS-CBN shutdown'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:16 PM

This rating is not in the latest surveys that measure Filipinos' trust in President Rodrigo Duterte

Can Duterte order PH withdrawal from UNCLOS? 'Theoretically, yes,' says DFA

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:11 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Philippines is party to many important treaties whose fate 'cannot be left to one man no matter how brilliant'

DUTERTE CAN. Foreign Assistant Secretary Igor Bailen of the Office of Tresties and Legal Affairs of the Deparment of Foreign Affairs says the President can terminate treaties on his own on February 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte sacks immigration officials, employees over POGO bribery scheme

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte found 'probable cause' to investigate allegations that immigration officers have taken bribes to let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country, says his spokesman

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Air Force Change of Command ecremony at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacanang photo

Duterte’s tainted list, Calida’s gag order

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Where in the world?

Despite backlash, Trillanes still probing Bikoy's 'drug money' info vs Duterte

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:27 AM

Trillanes believes information was just passed to Bikoy – some of which he continues to vet, particularly the bank trail of what he calls drug money

BIKOY. Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV says he is still vetting information passed on by the infamous Bikoy of alleged drug commissions to people close to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Rappler

7 million senior citizens to benefit from EO setting medicine price cap – DOH

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:45 AM

A majority of the medicines covered by the new EO involve illnesses that often hit the elderly, like diabetes and hypertension

CARE FOR SENIORS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says senior citizens will benefit from the new EO setting the maximum drug retail price. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte appoints to DOH ex-PhilHealth exec who quit over fraudulent claims

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Roy Ferrer is named an assistant secretary of the Department of Health months after he was made to hand in a courtesy resignation over fraudulent claims made to PhilHealth

BACK IN GOVERNMENT. File photo of Roy Ferrer from PhilHealth

Duterte signs EO imposing price cap on certain medicines

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Existing inventory stock will be allowed to be disposed of at current prices within 90 days from the effectivity of the order

FALSE: Gatchalian wants Duterte to 'explain to him' ABS-CBN franchise stance

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:10 PM

'Categorically and objectively speaking, I did not utter, gesture, [or] insinuate any malicious statement about the President,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Duterte can still lose confidence in Espenido depending on intel

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As the Commander-in-Chief, law enforcement and intelligence agencies answer to Duterte

LISTED. Jovie Espenido talks to reporters after receiving a medal for his efforts on the administration's war on drugs in 2017. Rappler screengrab.

Duterte writes Xi 'letter of solidarity' amid novel coronavirus epidemic

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian thanks Filipinos for sending support to combat the outbreak 'despite their own difficulties'

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian during Lunar New Year celebrations in Quezon City on January 26, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Huwag gawing normal ang pambababoy sa media

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

A new normal for media is emerging. Regulators are pouncing on it and weaponizing the law to cripple businesses of critical media

Cop among 357 policemen on Duterte drug list already dead

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:54 AM

According to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, the cop was recently shot dead

DUTERTE LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 1, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Big funds, little transparency: How Duterte's drug list works

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:38 PM

How did drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido end up in President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list?

SECRET? President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list has been kept confidential but the public has been granted peeks into it when the administration sees it fit. Malacañang file photo

Trump 'fine' with VFA termination? 'He deserves to be reelected,' says Duterte

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:12 AM

Malacañang says President Duterte 'is glad that the American President understands and respects his decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement'

LIKE DUTERTE. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte again likens himself to US President Donald Trump. Photo by Russell Palma/ASEN Pool Photo

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

Duterte inaugurates Sangley Airport

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) The airport will initially operate general aviation and turboprop flights from 6 am to 6 pm

UP FOR INAUGURATION. The Sangley Airport will soon be ready to serve general aviation and turboprop operations. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

‘Duterte believes Espenido is clean’ – Malacañang

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Police Lieutenant Colonel Espenido 'continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President'

DUTERTE'S BACKING. File photo of Police Lieutenent Colonel Jovie Espenido. Rappler screengrab.

Año confirms Espenido is on Duterte's own drug list

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirms Rappler's report that drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is on President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list

CONFIRMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año delivers a speech during the launching of the Inter-Agency Task Force Federalism and Constitutional Reform in Camp Crame on Monday, January 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Travel with me around PH,' Duterte tells Filipinos amid tourism slump over coronavirus fears

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:02 PM

President Duterte tells Filipinos 'everything is safe in our country,' as the government moves to boost domestic tourism after its ban on non-Filipino travelers coming from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan

PH TRAVEL ADVOCATE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants Filipinos to patronize domestic travel after government-imposed travel bans over the coronavirus outbreak caused a slump in tourist receipts. Presidential Photo

How the DOJ will prove destabilization plot vs Duterte

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:50 PM

How exactly did the prosecutors arrive at that conclusion? And why is Trillanes cleared of sedition but charged with conspiracy to commit sedition?

DESTAB PLOT? (L-R) Assistant State Prosecutor (ASP) Gino Paolo Santiago, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Laroza-Torrevillas and ASP Michael John Humarang explain their resolution finding basis that there was indeed an attempt to topple the Duterte presidency. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Panelo contradicts Panelo: No Trump, Duterte phone call after all

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo admits to reporters there was no scheduled call to begin with

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Trust us, Duterte urges Filipinos amid coronavirus threat

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:45 PM

In a taped message, President Rodrigo Duterte asks the public to cooperate with government efforts to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

'STAY CALM.' President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a taped message on the 2019 novel coronavirus. RTVM screengrab

[ANALYSIS] Why Duterte’s attack on ABS-CBN reeks of double standards, desperation

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Duterte and company know they have little time in power left. If they want to corner strategic portions of the country’s business landscape, now’s the time to act.

Trump 'fine' with end of Visiting Forces Agreement

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:46 AM

'If they would like to do that, that's fine, we'll save a lot of money,' Trump tells reporters at the White House, touting his 'very good relationship' with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte hails 'vital role' of media as Calida moves to shut down ABS-CBN

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte himself repeatedly denounces media he perceives to be critical of his administration

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during a meeting with local chief executives at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 10, 2020. Malacañang photo

Robredo to Duterte: Why so quick to act on VFA but slow on novel coronavirus?

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo questions the President's motive for scrapping the VFA, especially since members of his own Cabinet warned that it would largely be against the Philippines' own interests

WHY HURRY? Vice President Leni Robredo questions President Rodrigo Duterte's "hasty" move to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

'Not in session hall?' 6 senators allied with Duterte withdraw vote in VFA review reso

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Senator Sotto asks Senator Marcos: 'Then why did you not object? Senator Dela Rosa abstained. If you were in the session hall, then you should have abstained.'

ABSTAIN. Senator Imee Marcos tells the Senate plenary she wants to change her vote on the resolution backing the review of the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: Duterte's threats to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:26 PM

The Philippines' notice it is terminating the military pact triggers a 180-day countdown until the agreement expires. How did we get here?

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

PH notice of VFA termination to have 'significant implications' on relations, says U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines

TREATY ALLIES. The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

With VFA uncertain, Duterte lashes out at U.S. once again

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'Si Trump pati 'yung others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. Sabi ko, ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace to preside over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte on removing 'ninja cops': 'Just torture them until they die'

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:53 PM

'If you really love your country, do something about it. 'Di mo naman kailangang patayin eh, torture mo lang hanggang mamatay,' Duterte tells local chief executives

KILL THROUGH TORTURE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told local chief executives to target policemen who are involved in the illegal drug trade, saying they can torture them until they die. Malacañang file photo

Duterte: Military to instill order if coronavirus outbreak becomes pandemic

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:28 PM

Duterte also says that while the government was 'on top' of the coronavirus threat, doctors should work double-time to find a virus cure

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte's war on drugs

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:18 PM

This is a fabricated, rehashed claim that first surfaced in 2017

'It is his duty': Panelo defends Calida petition vs ABS-CBN

Feb 10, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also distances President Rodrigo Duterte from the petition against ABS-CBN, even as Duterte has publicly threatened the broadcast giant multiple times

CALIDA'S DUTY. Presidential Spokesperson denies President Rodrigo Duterte had a hand in moves to void ABS-CBN's franchise. Screenshot from RTVM

Despite risks, Duterte orders Locsin to terminate VFA

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte ignores the calls of top security and foreign officials to first review the defense agreement

TERMINATE VFA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang on February 6, 2020. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

[PODCAST] Dapat nga bang ibasura na ang Visiting Forces Agreement?

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Ano ang posibleng implikasyon ng pagbasura ng VFA?

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

With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Philippines' security

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) personnel, who was conferred with the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kamagi at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on January 13, 2020. The President honored the PMC personnel who took part in the liberation of Marawi City from the terrorists. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

Duterte says gov't procuring face masks amid shortage due to coronavirus outbreak

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:22 AM

But President Rodrigo Duterte says the public's 'hysteria' over the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines is 'not needed'

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS. Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

As coronavirus spreads, Duterte hits 'xenophobia' vs Chinese

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'Stop this xenophobia thing,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he rejects calls to bar all Chinese from entering the Philippines amid the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates travel restrictions against non-Filipinos coming to the country directly from China, Hong Kong, and Macau as the novel coronavirus spreads. Malacañang photo

Duterte expands ban on travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau over coronavirus fears

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) Only Filipino citizens and permanent resident visa holders are exempt from the new travel restrictions, says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

OUTBREAK. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Patronage presidency

Feb 01, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Nothing combines protection and benefaction in a more egregious, ludicrous, and ominous fashion than in the case of Bato de la Rosa, the retired police general, now a senator

Duterte bans travelers from Wuhan, Hubei as coronavirus spreads

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The ban will also cover other areas in China where the 2019 novel coronavirus has spread, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Robredo to reporters: Have a stronger voice than 'heartless trolls'

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Enumerating her office's achievements, Vice President Leni Robredo urges journalists to help her fight authoritarianism

TRUTH TO POWER. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines' (FOCAP) annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference, held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Año: Cabinet will abide by Duterte’s U.S. travel ban

Jan 30, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The interior secretary, who says his US visa remains valid, believes the prohibition would exclude emergencies, such as illness requiring medical treatment in the US

NO U.S. TRAVEL? Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says he and other members of the Cabinet will abide by President Rodrigo Duterte's order prohibiting them from traveling to the U.S. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler