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Teacher-lawmaker seeks 'substantial' salary hike for public school educators

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:51 PM

'Hindi mumo, hindi barya, kundi substantial, makatuwiran, at nakabubuhay na suweldo,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro wants the entry-level salary for public school teachers be increased to P30,000. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

Newsbreak Chats: After Duterte's SONA and Gem-Ver, what now?

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

On Thursday, July 25, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the issues surrounding the lives of the Gem-Ver fishermen and what's ahead after the 2019 SONA

Lagman delivers more scathing counter-SONA than Minority Leader Abante

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Both House Minority Leader Benny Abante and staunch opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman give their counter-speeches to the President's 4th State of the Nation Address

COUNTER-SONA. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (L) and Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr deliver their counter-SONA speeches on July 24, 2019.

‘No rectification of error’ if death penalty returns – Aquino

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Ex-president Noynoy Aquino says the country's 'imperfect' justice system should be fixed first before Congress starts the process of reviving the death penalty

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Former president Benigno Aquino III is against the revival of the death penalty in the Philippines. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After Duterte's SONA rant, Ombudsman probes Customs corruption

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

CUSTOMS PROBE. The Office of the Ombudsman launches an investigation into alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Rappler

Unlike Duterte, Aquino doubts China will wage war over West PH Sea

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

'Sila rin naman eh namomroblema paano ba nila tayo papatulan na hindi lumabas na bully,' says former president Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines and China's maritime dispute

NO WAR? Former president Benigno Aquino says China would not want to appear like a bully to its trading partners. File photo by Rappler

Who did Duterte quote in his SONA 2019?

Jul 24, 2019 - 12:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte borrowed words from F. Sionil Jose, Pedro Guerrero, and Winston Churchill. Here's where they were originally said.

Applause, curses, other Duterte SONA 2019 tidbits

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:11 PM

We count the number of times President Duterte was applauded, the number of times he cursed, and list other notable tidbits during his 4th SONA

Workers forgotten in SONA? TUCP says labor not Duterte's policy priority

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says there were no marching orders from the President on 'matters that concern the daily lives of workers'

NEVER TO GIVE UP. Members of progressive organizations in the Cordillera march alone business district of Baguio lead the fight against the decades-old challenges and attack to their cultural identity and existence amidst the labelling by the government on them as communist fronts in celebration of Labor Day May 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Dismay, questions as Duterte SONA reduces Marawi terror siege to a drug issue

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:32 PM

President Duterte's framing of the Marawi siege as rooted in illegal drugs distracts from the real causes of terrorism, which are extremist ideology and social injustice

STILL DISPLACED. A Maranao woman walks by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4, 2019. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Makabayan lawmakers' protest materials confiscated before SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Progressive lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, and Ferdinand Gaite get in trouble for using their Filipiniana attire as protest materials for the SONA

CONFISCATED. Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other youth leaders wear sashes calling for the protection of national sovereignty and the end to the drug war killings. Photo from Kabataan

Landbank to submit plans for farmers after Duterte threat

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The Land Bank of the Philippines says it is committed to helping farmers and fishermen, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to have it abolished

Quick point-by-point summary of Duterte's SONA 2019

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Don't have time to watch or read the entire State of the Nation Address? We've got you covered.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ramirez grateful for Duterte's national sports academy backing

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The national sports academy for high school students is set to boost talent identification in Philippine sports

NEW FRONTIER. PSC Chairman William Ramirez thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for his support for Philippine sports. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

Año wants to open gated subdivisions during rush hours

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año lays down his initial plan to implement President Rodrigo Duterte's order to reclaim public roads to ease Metro Manila traffic

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Gov't to still pursue Cha-Cha, federalism despite non-mention in SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says the charter change task force he heads will continue its work, believing the President still thinks federalism is a 'priority'

FOR NEUTRALITY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año distances himself from the Liga ng mga Barangay, which allegedly used government funds for shirts promoting administration Senatorial bet Bong Go. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Drilon says Cha-Cha 'laid to rest' without SONA mention

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

But Duterte partymate and PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says 'federalism will always be part of political discourse and agenda' as long as political parties that advocate it exist

Carpio rebuts Duterte: China 'not in possession' of West Philippine Sea

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio hits President Rodrigo Duterte's assumption that China has dispossessed Filipinos of the West Philippine Sea

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial view of the Philippines' largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from the Center for Strategic and International Studies/Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

'Enough of him’: Groups slam Duterte halfway through his term

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

In the same day that President Duterte delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address, critics say they've had enough of his administration

Protesters from the United People's Sona brave the rain as they march along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, 2019, to stage a program during President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'This is not the last': Thousands unite for People's SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Around 5,350 protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to share their own version of the state of the nation

Protesters from the United People's Sona brave the rain as they march along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, 2019, to stage a program during President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte again pushes for disaster resilience dep't, 'warns' of Batasan quake

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about a psychic's prediction that a big earthquake will devastate Batasang Pambansa and wipe out all the country's top officials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Address at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIST: Duterte's priority bills in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:38 PM

These are a mix of new proposals and laws he had sought for a long time

SONA 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers the State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019, during the opening of the 18 Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SONA 2019: Duterte insists on fishing deal, threat of war with China

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Duterte reiterates that pushing for the country's sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea would lead to war with China, and that his 'fishing deal' with the Chinese is legal

SOVEREIGN RIGHTS. The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto expects 'heavy debate' over death penalty for plunder convicts

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Four senators have filed bills seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, but only one – Bong Go – wants the plunder covered

CONVINCE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he will discuss the death penalty bill with other lawmakers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte seeks passage of coco levy bill after vetoing it

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:20 PM

'I also have not forgotten my commitment,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the coco levy funds

To Go With Philippines-weather-storm-poverty,FEATURE by Cecil Morella This photo taken on December 10, 2014, a coconut farmer preparing coconuts to be made of copra, at a coconut farm just next to the seashore in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the gateway for many of East Asia's deadliest storms. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

‘Boracay girls wait for you’: Duterte’s sexist remarks in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:13 PM

After signing the Bawal Bastos law, President Rodrigo Duterte talks about his ‘smelly’ girlfriend and sunbathing girls waiting for foreigners in Boracay

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the State of the Nation Adress at House of Representatives in Quezon City on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras Rappler

Duterte revives call to pass bill on mandatory ROTC

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the 18th Congress to ensure the passage of a bill reviving mandatory military training. But some legislators argue it would expose students to corruption.

PRIORITIZE ROTC. President Rodrigo Duterte urges lawmakers to prioritize measures on mandatory ROTC for Grade 11 and 12 students. Photo by the DND

IN PHOTOS: Art means uprising at the SONA 2019 protests

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Protesters got creative as they created artwork to express their opposition to the Duterte administration

STANDING BY. A syokoy Duterte effigy is set to be burned at the United People's SONA held at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on July 22. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

FULL TEXT: President Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:59 PM

The first thing the President asks Congress in his speech is to restore the death penalty for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder

4TH SONA. President Duterte says, 'I'll end my term fighting' during his State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte renews threat against establishments polluting Manila Bay

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to 'dismantle or simply burn down' establishments that pollute waterways leading to Manila Bay

Government personnel hold a clean up drive at Manila bay in Manila on 20 July 2019. Photo by lito Borras/Rappler

No charter change, federalism push in Duterte’s SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The President instead focuses on other priority bills, which are less controversial than charter change

Duterte threatens to abolish Landbank

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'What the heck is wrong with you? You are supposed to finance agricultural enterprises and endeavors,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Land Bank of the Philippines

Duterte's Metro Manila traffic solution? Reclaim public roads

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The solution involves threatening Metro Manila mayors with suspension

NEW SOLUTION. President Rodrigo Duterte has a new idea for solving the Metro Manila traffic problem. Malacañang file photo

Still special: Duterte highlights Bong Go, his pet bills in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promotes the pet bills of his trusted aide Bong Go – a treatment he does not give to any other lawmaker during his July 22 speech

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives some advice to Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte orders mayors: Process business permits in 3 days

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Under the Ease of Doing Business Act signed by Duterte, simple transactions of businesses with government should be processed within 3 days, 7 days for more substantial transactions, 20 days for highly technical transactions

FOR GROWTH. President Rodrigo Duterte wants mayors to work harder to release more business permits. Photo from Shutterstock

Duterte tells Congress to prioritize Trabaho bill

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Trabaho bill, which aims to reduce corporate tax and rationalize tax incentives, is mentioned in President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address

Duterte calls for creation of Department for Overseas Filipinos

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his call to create a new department solely for overseas Filipinos to ensure their protection and welfare abroad

NEW DEPARTMENT. President Duterte calls for the creation of a Department for Overseas Filipinos in his 4th SONA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte to Pagcor chief Domingo: 'Magpasugal ka pa'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo to encourage gambling, as the agency's revenues soar due to online gambling

'I've identified the enemy': #SONA2019 in memes, contradictions, and more

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Here's what people online have to say about this year's State of the Nation Address

Duterte: Teachers to get salary increase in new Salary Standardization Law

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Senators of the 18th Congress have also filed bills seeking to raise public school teachers’ salaries

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants salary increase for public school teachers. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, thousands cry 'Atin ang 'Pinas!'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) As President Duterte delivers his 4th Station of the Nation Address, protesters across the country call on Filipinos to fight for Philippine sovereignty

Before President Duterte delivers his 4th SONA, militant groups in Baguio City march along central district on July 22, 2019 as they protest against the dueterte administration. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

3rd time's the charm? Duterte again pushes for Nat'l Land Use Act

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass a national land use law by the end of 2019

Houses in the upland village of Brgy. Amguid in Ilocos Sur gradually rocked and cracked by continuous downpour during the month long monsoon rains last August. According to a geologist, ground subsidence and rainfall induced landslides caused the destruction.  The risk area totaled to 75 hectares and will now only be used for agriculture. Zone 1 and 2 of Brgy. Amguid are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Phillip Salvador to Duterte's critics: 'Mamatay kayong lahat'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'Ginagawa naman ng pangulo natin ang lahat para sa ikabubuti ng bansa, para sa ikabubuti ng bawat Pilipino. Pero binabatikos pa rin,' says the actor

‘All of them will go out’: Duterte renews vow to rid Customs of corruption

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I do not want them back,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address

TO THE DOOR. President Rodrigo Duterte airs his frustration about cleaning the Bureau of Customs. Malacañang file photo

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2019 SONA

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The yearly State of the Nation address isn’t meant to be a showcase of fashion moments but, for better or worse, it is

Duterte pushes for return of death penalty for drug crimes, plunder

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:50 PM

For the second time, President Rodrigo Duterte uses his State of the Nation Address to ask Congress to bring back the death penalty

LIVE: President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address happening on July 22, 2019

Risa Hontiveros, Twitter users fire back at slut-shaming netizen over SONA dress

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:50 PM

‘Stop telling women how to dress,’ says the opposition senator, who’s also the author of the ‘Bawal Bastos’ law

Thousands of cops on full alert for SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:19 PM

From EDSA to Commonwealth Avenue, cops stand in position to secure President Duterte's most important speech of the year

PNP Chief General Albayalde along with RD Eleazar and DD Esquivel arrives at the St Peter along Commonwealth Avenue to inspect the venue for the protest and check on the PNP Personnel deployed to secure the rallyist and the SONA. Troops were treated to a song by the heads of the PNP were a pnp band was set up. Then Albayalde proceeded to talk to the media and assure the public and the protesters that as long as they follow what was agreed beforehand about the peaceful conduct of the protest, the PNP shall maintain a maximum toletance policies during the SONA protest. July 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler