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WATCH: Noynoy Aquino – A time of reckoning

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III talks about his realizations a year after office the state of the nation during the first year of the Duterte administration and charges filed against him by the Ombudsman

COA: OP has P155.7-M unliquidated fund transfers under Aquino

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The amount includes P138 million in unliquidated fund transfers for former president Benigno Aquino III s foreign travels from 2011 to 2015

Rody Duterte: The man, the mayor, the president

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Can Rodrigo Roa Duterte lead the nation towards promised change?

A picture made available on 12 May 2016 shows Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaking to supporters during a rally in Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2016. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Aquino: Life at the top for bachelor president

Jun 27, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Philippines first bachelor president survives the loneliest job in the country without losing his sense of humor

ABOUT FACE. President Benigno Aquino III at Philippine Navy 118th anniversary celebration on June 1, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacanang Photo Bureau

Manny V. Pangilinan, JAZA, and a 'hands-off' Aquino

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The businesses of Manuel V Pangilinan and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala performed generally well these last 6 years thanks to a Chief Executive who is a bit hands off an analyst says

FAIRLY WELL. A stock analyst who closely monitors JAZA's (right) and MVP's (left) businesses say their good performance is mainly because of an administration who is a bit hands off to the private sector

Aquino's letdowns, Duterte's promise

Jun 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The vote for Duterte was in many ways a protest vote It is as one pollster explains an indicator of discontent with the state of things

The emotional journey of Benigno Aquino III

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Throughout his interview with Rappler President Benigno Aquino III is relaxed confident and in good spirits – the picture of a retiring public servant satisfied with a job well done

LEGACY. 'There is no place in the country that I am afraid to go to because we neglected them,' says President Benigno Aquino Photo by Robert Vinas/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Are you still alive? The rhetoric of Benigno Aquino III

Jun 25, 2016 - 9:30 AM

He is not an actor he says The presidency is not a showbiz performance This is who he is

President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a wreath during the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day Celebration at the Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park in Manila City on Sunday (June 12, 2016). Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

K to 12 and beyond: A look back at Aquino's 10-point education agenda

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:10 PM

In 2010 President Benigno Aquino III proposed 10 ways to fix basic education in the country Did he fulfill his campaign promise?

A week before stepping down, Aquino says he's 'all smiles'

Jun 23, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Nakangiti po ako dahil pitong araw na lang po bababa na ako sa puwesto says outgoing President Benigno Aquino III

President Benigno S. Aquino III in a photo oppurtunity during the Launch of ‘Junctures’, a Government of the Republic of the Philippines – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) Peace Process Publication at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (June 09, 2016). Also in photo are peace panel member Senen Bacani Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, GPH Peace Panel chairperson Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, MILF Peace Panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal .(Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

The President's men, 6 years after

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Whom did President Benigno Aquino III listen to when he had to grapple with policy issues? How was he like to members of the Cabinet? Did he play favorites? How has he evolved in the past 6 years?

PRESIDENT'S MEN. President Benigno Aquino III and some members of his inner circle – Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Affairs Secretary Rene Almendras, and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

TIMELINE: Aquino's love-hate relationship with OFWs

Jun 21, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Let s take a look at some of the key OFW issues during the Aquino administration and how the government handled it

Now it can be told: What President Aquino loves about China

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The President s late father Senator Ninoy Aquino had a rule for the family after Sunday Mass: Ang hindi marunong gumamit ng chopsticks ‘di puwedeng kumain

GOOD FOOD. President Benigno Aquino III (left) samples his favorite dishes at at a lunch he hosted for reporters at the President Grand Palace Restaurant on June 17, 2016. With him is Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma. Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

10 of Aquino's biggest hits and misses, as seen through social media

Jun 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM

How did President Aquino s term fare under the social media spotlight?

Snapshot of industries: Good, poor performers under Aquino

Jun 18, 2016 - 9:30 AM

How did industries fare under the Aquino administration?

FASTEST GROWING. The country’s turnaround from being Sick Man of Asia to the fastest growing economy in the region is President Benigno Aquino III’s claim to fame

Beyond the numbers: How Aquino fueled the economy

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Aquino s economic legacy lies in finally allowing the private sector to flourish while planting the seeds for future generations to enjoy

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

Panelo is now Duterte's chief legal counsel

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:32 AM

Ernie Abella will replace Salvador Panelo as presidential spokesperson

Duterte meets with Cabinet appointees in Manila

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:16 PM

UPDATED For the first time President elect Rodrigo Duterte convenes his Cabinet appointees outside Davao City

Photos from RTVM

Aquino's firsts

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:30 PM

While the incoming president has already made a mark for himself insofar as presidential firsts are concerned outgoing President Aquino has set records of his own too

OUTGOING PRESIDENT. President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day Celebration at the Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park in Manila City on June 12, 2016. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

The bachelor president: Aquino and the women he met

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The reigning most eligible bachelor of the country is set to end his presidency without a first lady. Will private citizen Noynoy have better luck?

PRESIDENTIAL LINK. (Left to right) Stylist Liz Uy, Valenzuela Representative Shalani Soledad-Romulo, Grace Lee, and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach share something in common.

Aquino: 81 bills rejected in 6 years

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Among all the presidents after Martial Law it was Aquino who vetoed the most number of bills followed by President Fidel Ramos

Up close: The many faces of President Aquino

Jun 13, 2016 - 11:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III s chief photographer Gil Nartea shares his photos with Rappler

Walking without security officers beside him inside the Reception Room on December 16, 2010

What happened to FOI under Aquino?

Jun 12, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The passage of the Freedom of Information bill is like a missing puzzle piece in the Aquino administration’s fight against corruption

Traffic, urban woes, and the Aquino administration's image problem

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

As the problems snowballed, and the administration remained quiet on telling people what it’s doing, Filipinos have become too angry to appreciate the reforms that, to them, are too little, too late

INSENSITIVE GOVERNMENT. As traffic worsened and public transportation woes built up, the Aquino administration has been increasingly perceived as an 'insensitive' government.

The Aquino promise

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

'My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation'

epa02230216 Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III (R) takes his oath as the Philippines' 15th president before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales (L) in on the Quirino grandstand, Manila, Philippines on 30 June 2010 before hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters. Aquino, 50, took his oath of office shortly before noon local time(0400 GMT) at Rizal Park in central Manila after leading Filipinos in bidding farewell to his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He is to serve the Philippines as president for a term of six years during which he has vowed to fight corruption and poverty. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

Political comeback after Palace? Only when I'm needed – Aquino

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III looks forward to recharging himself in Tarlac after June 30

QUIET LIFE VS POLITICAL COMEBACK? President Benigno Aquino III discusses his plans after stepping down from the presidency in a Rappler interview at the Music Room of Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 7, 2016

Aquino: 'I hope I showed best face of PH to the world'

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:31 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines has regained its standing as a worthwhile partner of the international community

RAPPLER TALK. President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on June 7, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

4 lessons about Rodrigo Duterte, the boss

May 30, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Duterte s chief of staff for 7 years Patmei Ruivivar shares lessons and insights about the next president

THE MAYOR. Rody Duterte receives visitors in the Davao City Mayor's office. Photo from Davao City government

5 failed, shelved PPP projects under Aquino admin

May 29, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines public private partnership thrust faces a stern test Will the Duterte administration continue these stalled projects?

STERN TEST. Getting PPP projects from advertisements to the tarmac seems to take ages. Images from

Duterte: My working hours will be from 1 pm to 12 am

May 29, 2016 - 2:36 PM

He also says his daily flights to Davao City will only be required during his first few days as president

LATE NIGHT MEETINGS. Nocturnal Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine president-elect, is fond of holding press conferences late at night such as this one on May 26, 2016 in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Economists maintain 2016 growth projections despite strong start

May 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Growth is expected to slow in the second half of the year as the Philippines transitions to a new president and faces global headwinds

Teodoro: No decision yet on DND post

May 22, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED Gibo Teodoro clarifies he has yet to decide on Rodrigo Duterte s offer after reports quote the president elect as saying that Teodoro has already declined

NO TO OFFER. Gibo Teodoro declines Rodrigo Duterte's offer for him to return to the Department of National Defense. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

VLOG: Duterte goes back to work

May 16, 2016 - 1:17 PM

Today May 16 Duterte is set to make his first public appearance as the country s next leader

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte | Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Aquino salutes Filipino workers in final Labor Day message

Apr 30, 2016 - 8:21 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says Filipino workers at home and overseas have shown that they can compete with the world s best

Photo from Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to PH military: Stay neutral

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:01 AM

Aquino also sits beside opposition standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay during the PMA graduation rites

Grace Poe's birthday visit to Aquino: No talk of politics

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

And contrary to rumors the independent presidential candidate did not gatecrash the President s birthday party; she was invited

How Aquino has aged through the years

Feb 08, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Bearing all the weight that comes with the presidency President Aquino celebrates his last birthday in office

Aquino at Sumitomo opening: More foreign banks, more investments

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Aside from Sumitomo 5 other banks are poised to set up shop in the Philippines

WATCH: President Aquino's speech at the AFP's 80th anniversary

Dec 21, 2015 - 4:51 PM

Saan ka man bumaling sa AFP makikita mo ang malawakang pagbabago na patunay na nasa likod harap at tabi ninyo ang inyong gobyerno at ang mamamayang Pilipino

Duterte in 2016, PH-China dispute, Russia vs ISIS | 12PM wRap

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:58 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the APEC Summit

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:57 AM

A glimpse of what happens behind the scenes when business and economic leaders meet

FOI bill: Marred by misconceptions

Nov 16, 2015 - 5:56 PM

How can the public trust a government that cannot provide clear procedures for citizens to know what their government is up to?

Partisan? Official Gazette says it reports President's 'party-related activities'

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:33 PM

The public journal responds to criticisms of partisanship after it posted about President Aquino s endorsement of Leni Robredo as the Liberal Party s VP bet

Aquino pokes fun at Beijing's South China Sea claims, praises Japan

Sep 23, 2015 - 9:14 AM

Aquino also rejects China s calls for a bilateral dialogue saying that any talks should involve other countries that claim parts of the area such as Brunei Malaysia Vietnam and Taiwan

AQUINO. President Benigno Aquino III speaks at the President hall in Malacanang. Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau

LIVE: President Aquino's statement to the nation

Sep 17, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Aquino is expected to talk about the final results of the investigation on the controversial Mamasapano encounter and put to rest any speculations surrounding the death of Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan on January 25

In 2016, I will vote in the PH and US elections

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The most important lesson I took away from voting in the 2008 US election was to listen study and evaluate the platform of each candidate running for office

HIGHLIGHTS: Aquino endorses Mar Roxas for 2016 elections

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:34 AM

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Aquino: It's time to pass anti-dynasty law

Jul 27, 2015 - 11:15 PM

Lawmakers have no clear definition of what constitutes a political dynasty But Aquino himself has relatives in public office including his first cousin Senator Bam Aquino

JOINT SESSION. President Aquino delivers his last State of the Nation Address before the Senate and the House of Representatives in joint session Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino asks Congress to pass Bangsamoro law before he steps down

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:41 PM

The President says critics cannot just oppose the proposed law that seeks to create an autonomous Bangsamoro region They have to provide alternatives

JOINT SESSION. President Aquino delivers his last State of the Nation Address before the Senate and the House of Representatives in joint session Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler