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Expect little talk on security issues in Duterte’s SONA – analysts

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Security threats like terrorism and Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea won't figure much in Duterte's yearly address but most Filipinos won't mind it, analysts say

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes an officer as he prepares to board a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Throwback: What Duterte’s last 3 SONAs tell us

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:50 AM

A look back at President Rodrigo Duterte's past State of the Nation Addresses shows patterns. What are constant topics? How long do his speeches last? How did his SONAs change through the years?

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

12 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2019

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:37 PM

From the President's possible lecture on the West Philippine Sea to director Joyce Bernal's surprises, here's what we know about Rodrigo Duterte's 4th SONA

DUTERTE'S SPEECH. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23, 2018. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Sara Duterte to skip her father's 4th SONA

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Sara Duterte tells Rappler she will not be attending the SONA as she is on 'special medical leave for 60 days'

SARA DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the Serbisyo ng Bayan and Hugpong ng Pagbabago Pledge of Allegiance in Quezon City on November 9, 2018. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Carpio refutes Duterte on invoking defense pact with U.S.

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'The [Mutual Defense] Treaty operates only for self-defense, not for aggression against another state,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US is only for self-defense. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bawal Bastos law emboldens Filipinos to condemn Duterte sexism – Hontiveros

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Though President Rodrigo Duterte is immune from suit while he is Chief Executive, the new law should serve as a guide for him and a resource for Filipinos who want to call out his misogynistic behavior

Risa Hontiveros. Photo by Rappler

Duterte trust, approval ratings unchanged after Recto Bank incident

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his first quarter trust and approval ratings and remains the most trusted government official, according to Pulse Asia's June 2019 survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

MovePH, Dakila to huddle on the state of the nation for youth, sectors

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The huddle intends to create a meaningful discourse on issues of the nation days before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address

People’s SONA 2019 to unite for sovereignty, democracy vs Duterte

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'We must remind the President that he is not above God, the people, nor the Constitution, and that he is no king,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the planned United People's SONA on July 22

FOR DEMOCRACY. Various groups from different sectors unite to oppose policies of Duterte during his 2019 State of the Nation Address. Photo courtesy of Kodao Productions

[OPINION] LEAKED: Director's notes for Duterte's 4th SONA

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:00 PM

If Duterte's SONA could be directed like a mainstream blockbuster, what would it look like? This satire piece goes full-budget – with a lot of twists and turns.

Panelo: Duterte 'never bastos,' you women should know that

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte 'will be the first one to obey' the Bawal Bastos law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

Factions among Duterte allies downside of his success – analyst

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Southeast Asian politics expert Mark Thompson says the Duterte government should find a way to bring together the factions and prevent a breakup of his coalition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte wants SEA Games committee out of picture due to 'corruption'

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte to address the 2019 SEA Games corruption issue

IN LIMBO. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) led by Cayetano is question for alleged corruption. File photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over U.N. probe – Panelo

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there and as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries except maybe fish,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] What Duterte has achieved in 3 years

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The change – pagbabago – that he promised remains illusory

New law gives 20% discount to students on air, land, sea transport services

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Elementary to college students get a discount on buses, jeepneys, taxis, tricycles, the MRT and LRT, airlines, passenger ships, and transport network vehicle services every day of the week while they are enrolled

Panelo to Carpio: Duterte's way still the best

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The spokesman claims President Rodrigo Duterte has 'studied' Justice Antonio Carpio's suggestions to enforce the Hague ruling, but has adopted the 'most intelligent, least dangerous' course of action

Carpio rebuts Duterte, offers at least 6 ways to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Stop the defeatist attitude toward China, says Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario attend the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute's forum on the third anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea on July 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino to skip Duterte’s SONA for the 4th time

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also skipped the first 3 SONAs of his successor Rodrigo Duterte

STILL A NO-SHOW. Former president Noynoy Aquino III once again has no plans of attending President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA this year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Iceland 1, China 0: The diplomatic significance of the U.N. Human Rights Council vote on the Philippines

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The UNHRC vote was the first great test of Duterte’s diplomatic investment in China, and it proved disastrous: China simply could not deliver the votes

Duterte wants OFW recruitment under government 'control and supervision'

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also warns abusive recruitment agencies that he will run after them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn't understand PH

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of his son, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on June 21, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Groups hit PH govt's 'overreaction' to U.N. resolution vs drug war killings

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Human rights groups say the response of the Philippine government is a 'poor display of diplomacy'

Members of the Human rights defenders who lobbied states at the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council expressd dismay at the poor display of diplomacy by the Philippine government, as the UNHRC voted to adopt Iceland’s resolution to probe the war on drugs in the Philippines at a press conference in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte to support 2022 vice presidential bid of Martin Romualdez

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo answers in the affirmative about President Rodrigo Duterte's support for any potential bid by Martin Romualdez to run for the vice presidency

VICE PRESIDENTIAL BID. File photo of Martin Romualdez by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler. File photo of Rodrigo Duterte by Malacañang.

Rappler Talk: Mark Thompson on Duterte's 'violent populism'

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:59 PM

On Friday, July 12, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Mark Thompson, an expert on Southeast Asian politics, to discuss the past 3 years of the Duterte presidency and the continuing support of Filipinos for the President

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

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

Carpio warns Duterte vs defending China in SONA 2019

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Insisting on allowing China to fish in Philippine waters will leave Manila 'finally bound' to a lopsided deal, warns Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WARNING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (right) at the Stratbase Albert Del Rosario Institute forum on the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea at the UP Bonifacio Global City Auditorium, Taguig City on July 12, 2019, Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte, Murad agree to form intergovernmental relations body

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says the BTA is ready to name its members for the body

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the sidelines of the inauguration of BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MISLEADING: Paolo Duterte 'reveals' ouster plot vs President Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Paolo Duterte has indeed posted a list containing names involved in an alleged ouster plot against the President but Defense Secretary Lorenzana has since dismissed it as 'fake news'

[OPINION] How to stop the Duterte killing machine

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

A United Nations-led investigation can help end the mass murder and climate of impunity in the Philippines

CHR says U.N. resolution vs drug war 'opportunity' to improve PH situation

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine government to revisit its stand on independent probes into drug war killings

U.N. rights council adopts resolution vs PH drug war killings

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The resolution asks United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet to write a comprehensive report on the drug war killings and urges the Philippine government to refrain from 'all acts of intimidation or retaliation'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Murad agrees with Piñol designation as Duterte's BARMM 'point man'

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim expressed his agreement with Manny Piñol's designation duing a meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After Sulu bombings, House working with intel units for SONA security

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

House Sergeant at Arms Romeo Prestoza says they have yet to detect any 'substantial' security threats for SONA 2019

SONA PREPS. House acting secretary-general Roberto Maling and sergeant-at-arms Romeo Prestoza hold a press conference on July 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte on 'coup attempt' vs Cayetano: 'Wishful thinking'

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to the statement of his son, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, that the speakership race does not seem to be over yet

JULY 22 LOOMING. Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is President Rodrigo Duterte's bet for House Speaker. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s weak grasp of the maritime case on South China Sea

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Philippines v China 101

Duterte's endorsement of Cayetano speakership just a 'suggestion'

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte won't take it against lawmakers if they decide not to support the speakership bid of Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, says Malacañang

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, running for first district of Taguig, speaks before the Taguigeños of District 1 at the Team Lino Cayetano’s (TLC) Miting de Avance. May 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to dismiss 64 Customs personnel

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants the BOC employees to 'report to Malacañang' as they are investigated for corruption

Outgoing Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena hands over the Bureau of Customs Flag to incoming commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero at the turn over ceremony in Bureau of Customs, Manila. Lapena was given a send off ceremony to bid goodbye to employees. He will be heading to TESDA. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Amal Clooney: Duterte gov’t after Maria Ressa over human rights abuses exposés

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:40 PM

'Journalists who expose abuses face arrest while those who commit the abuses do so with impunity,' says international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney

Lebanese-British human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney holds a press briefing on her Media Freedom Campaign on April 5, 2019 in Dinard, western France, on the margins of the G7 Foreign ministers meeting to prepare the G7 Summit in Biarritz which will take place from August 25 to 27, 2019.  Damien MEYER / AFP

Duterte orders freezing of ‘several’ Customs officials, employees

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the names of those facing administrative and criminal charges will be disclosed 'at the appropriate time

CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on July 1, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

On Duterte's 4th SONA, Hontiveros wishes end to EJK, Cha-Cha

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros also wishes that the President would release detained Senator Leila de Lima and stop the harassment cases against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

18TH CONGRESS. Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros faces the senate media at the weekly forum Kapihan sa Senado on July 10, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Share the #StoryOfTheNation: What do you want to hear from Duterte in SONA 2019?

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Join MovePH's campaign! Show the #StoryOfTheNation through photos or videos.

SC insists independence after Arroyo says Duterte helped acquit her

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

'The public can be assured that the Supreme Court has and will always act independently, and free from influence from the other branches of Government' says Supreme Court Spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka

Duterte calls Arroyo ‘true living icon in Philippine politics’

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:01 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says 'no other chief executive in our history comes close' to his ally and friend, ex-president turned House speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

STRONG ALLIES. Former president turned House speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and President Rodrigo Duterte are longtime allies. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Sara Duterte disowns text message telling lawmakers to defy dad's choice for Speaker

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Anak Kalusugan Representative Michael Defensor apologizes to Sara Duterte, saying it was wrong of him to drag the Davao City mayor's name into the matter

NOT FROM SARA. Anak Kalusugan Representative Mike Defensor shows a screenshot of the text message he allegedly received from the camp of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte teases Arroyo: She was 'hard to deal with' as president

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:12 PM

During her farewell dinner as House Speaker, Arroyo replies to Duterte: 'It was never my intention to be difficult with you…So I only wish that I had better EQ so I could have second-guessed everything you wanted'

Photo from the office ofn Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Arroyo thanks Duterte for helping to acquit her of plunder

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Former president and House speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says President Rodrigo Duterte 'provided the atmosphere' that led to her acquittal

GRATITUDE. Former president turned speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for helping acquit her from her plunder charges. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte may use SONA to 'educate' Filipinos about West PH Sea fishing rights

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:49 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte insists allowing Chinese to fish in Philippine waters is constitutional, and tells Filipinos not to believe in 'constitutionalists' who say otherwise

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 72nd Philippine Air Force Anniversary at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on July 2, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO