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Duterte to critics: Spit on my face if I contradict myself

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

'Pero ‘pag babae ka na maganda at dinuraan mo ako, 'yung laway mo kunin ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

'SPIT AT ME'. President Rodrigo Duterte challenges critics to look for contradictions between his statements and actions. Malacañang photo

Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?

Police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016.

Duterte nod needed before sharing Tokhang files with SC – PNP

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'Kapag sinabi ni Presidente na huwag mo ibigay, kung ako pa ang chief PNP, hindi ko talaga ibibigay,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. Outgoing and incoming PNP chiefs Ronald dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde want Duterte's approval before sharing drug campaign documents with the SC. File photo from PPD

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lorenzana against peace talks: 'I don't know the purpose of this'

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:23 PM

'Because we have been talking with them for the past several decades. Nothing is happening,' says a weary Delfin Lorenzana

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Delfin Lorenzana speaks to House committee on national defense and security. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte wants more Muslims to join police, military

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says there should be more Muslims in the Philippine National Police Academy and the Philippine Military Academy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte encourages more Muslims to join the police force. Malacañang Photo

Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao

DOUBTFUL. Duterte thinks the anti-political dynasty bill will fly in Congress. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

Duterte signs law licensing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and the top two officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group can now issue subpoenas in aid of investigations

SUBPOENA POWERS. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte says PH to get 5,000 firearms from 'friendly country'

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The firearms from the 'friendly country' will come in the face of the 'boycott of America of our needs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018, declares that there will be no letup in his war on drugs. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Malacañang turns over P75 million for Mayon evacuees

Jan 29, 2018 - 5:48 PM

(2ND UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte assigns Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, who was born in Albay, to coordinate efforts for Mayon evacuees

AID. Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara receives P50 million from Malacañang through  PMS chief in Bicol Amber Mirandilla on January 31 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas' guide on charter change

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

What ethical norms must govern changing the Constitution?

PASTORAL GUIDE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas offers guidelines for his flock, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, to help in understanding charter change. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas also slams proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government

CHARTER CHANGE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issues a pastoral guide on efforts to revise the Philippine Constitution. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte visits relatives of Davao mall fire victims

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of Davao City for two decades, is seen crying as he comforts the mall fire victims' relatives

COMFORTING RELATIVES. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the families of victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall in Davao City, where a fire raged on December 23, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

Duterte likens NPA to ISIS: 'No ideology except to destroy and kill'

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 AM

Only two weeks have passed since the President declared the NPA as a terrorist group, and only almost a month since he halted peace talks with communists.

'ALMOST SAME'. President Duterte says the communists have an 'empty' ideology. Rappler file photo

LOOK: Duterte, other leaders pose for family photo at APEC 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and 20 other world leaders attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam

FAMILY PHOTO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries as they pose for the family photo at the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. All photos by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

FACT CHECK: Did Inquirer say man in 'Pietà' photo was killed by PNP?

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has reported that suspected drug pusher Michael Siaron was killed by 'motorcycle-riding gunmen'

Malacañang hails Pulse Asia survey favoring Duterte

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella points out that the Pulse Asia survey was conducted 'at the height of the demolition job against the President'

NEW SURVEY. President Rodrigo Duterte maintained his 'big majority' trust and approval ratings based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. Malacañang file photo

Duterte fires 2 Malacañang employees 'for using influence'

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'it is premature to release any names until concerned parties are properly informed'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on October 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte claims Abu Sayyaf has Bamboo triad 'franchise'

Sep 29, 2017 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte describes the notorious Taiwan-based Bamboo gang as a 'Chinese triad'

PTV INTERVIEW. President Rodrigo Duterte faces Erwin Tulfo in an interview for the PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang.' Malacañang file photo

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Nograles son joins PDP-Laban, takes oath before Duterte

Sep 02, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Describing Karlo Nograles as one of the most powerful congressmen President Rodrigo Duterte says We can take advantage of him

KARLO NOGRALES AND RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles after the latter was sworn in as new member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte dares critics to prove son behind 'ukay' smuggling

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte explains that his son Paolo is just helping his in laws described by Duterte as Muslim vendors selling jars and ukay ukay in Davao

FATHER AND SON. President Rodrigo Duterte (right) dares critics to prove that his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (left), is behind smuggling. Malacañang file photo

TRANSCRIPT: 'Pag walang baril, bigyan mo ng baril' – Duterte

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The alleged frame up that killed Kian Loyd delos Santos 17 brings to mind statements made by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first year in office urging law enforcers to push criminals to fight back

'THE PUNISHER.' President Rodrigo Duterte checks one of the sniper rifles donated by China during a ceremonial handover of military assistance at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Malacañang file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Two U.S. lawmakers slam Duterte in drug war hearing

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:36 AM

I certainly believe very strongly that a man with the human rights record of President Duterte should not be invited to the White House a US lawmaker says

SLAMMING DUTERTE. US Congressman James McGovern vows to 'lead the protest' in case Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte comes to visit the White House. Screen shot from video by TLHRC

Duterte: 'My state of health is immaterial'

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Do not worry There is a Vice President who will take over President Rodrigo Duterte says after not being in the public eye for 5 days

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines upon his arrival at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte makes 1st public appearance in 5 days

Jun 17, 2017 - 4:57 PM

3rd UPDATE It s not that I snubbed Independence Day My body was overwhelmed I really needed to rest President Rodrigo Duterte says

BACK IN ACTION. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by officials of the 4th Infantry Division during his visit to the the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte gov't: Happy birthday, Pope Francis!

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:06 PM

We wish Pope Francis good health and good humor as he continues to guide us to build a more humane world says Duterte spokesman Martin Andanar

TURNING 80. Pope Francis laughs as he greets people during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall on December 7, 2016 in Vatican City. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Top 10 moments on Twitter in 2016 for the Philippines

Dec 06, 2016 - 6:00 AM

Moments involving AlDub JaDine PresidentDuterte MarcosBurial Manny Pacquiao and Pia Wurtzbach are among the top

Duterte's undelivered ASEAN speech cites West PH Sea ruling

Sep 10, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Had he not delivered a passionate speech on human rights President Rodrigo Duterte would have called for full respect for the West Philippine Sea ruling

REVIEWING FOR ASEAN. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews inside the ASEM Villa for the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Panelo comes up to Ban, Obama to defend Duterte

Sep 10, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Diplomatic sources say this was a breach of protocol during the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane Laos

OFFICIAL FAMILY. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo (1st from right) joins President Rodrigo Duterte and other members of the Duterte Cabinet at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits in Vientiane, Laos. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte sits down with 6 leaders in 1st int'l trip

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:13 AM

Vietnam promises a long term supply of rice to the Philippines while Japan vows to uphold the rule of law in the disputed South China Sea

LAO PM. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

'Malacañang imagination?' Palace gets ASEAN seat plan wrong

Sep 09, 2016 - 11:05 AM

‘We are again a victim of imagination speculation and possibilities ’ Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says

A DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Philippines accepts ASEAN chairmanship for 2017

Sep 08, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte formalizes this in handing over ceremonies at the National Convention Center in Vientiane Laos

ASEAN CHAIR. The Philippines will chair  the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017. File photo from King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte pushes for 'drug-free ASEAN'

Sep 08, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also stresses the need to fight the regional and global menace of terrorism and violent extremism

DRUG-FREE ASEAN. ASEAN leaders pose for a photo opportunity at the ASEAN Summit in Laos, Vientiane, on September 7, 2016. Photo from Malacañang

Duterte skips ASEAN-US Summit in Laos

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr attends the ASEAN US Summit in Duterte s place

(L to R) Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, US President Barack Obama, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak pose for group photos during the 4th ASEAN - US Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. ASEAN leaders gather in Vientiane for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits held between September 6 to 8. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Duterte sits between Medvedev, Widodo during ASEAN dinner

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED President Duterte and US President Obama however briefly spoke at a holding room before the dinner

A DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Duterte in Laos: 'We shall not be cowed' by terror

Sep 07, 2016 - 1:47 PM

In a speech before businessmen Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slams terrorism and violent extremism rearing their ugly heads

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit at the Moung Thanh Luxury Hotel in Vientiane, Laos, on September 6, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Filipinos in Laos: 'Duterte! Duterte! Duterte!'

Sep 06, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first speech as President before Filipinos overseas

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the Filipino community in Laos at Feungfar Convention Hall in Ban Phonsinuane on September 5. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte: I don't want to quarrel with Obama

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:48 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blames Washington officials for criticizing his government over extrajudicial killings

HITTING WASHINGTON. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he doesn't want to quarrel with US President Barack Obama but hits Washington officials over human rights. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Expect 'statesmanlike' Duterte in ASEAN Summit – expert

Sep 05, 2016 - 5:55 PM

A Philippine foreign affairs official also says President Rodrigo Duterte has been briefed on the protocol required of a world leader at the ASEAN Summit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference at the airport in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao prior to his departure for Laos to attend the Asean summit on September 5, 2016. Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on September 5 vowed he would not let himself be lectured to on human rights by US President Barack Obama when they meet at a coming summit in Lao / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

ASEAN Summit 2016: What Duterte will do in Laos

Sep 05, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Highlights include the handing of the ASEAN chairmanship to the Philippines on September 8

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacanang Palace on August 1. Photo courtesy Presidential Photographers Division/Malacanang

Like Duterte, NYC chair Aiza Seguerra joins 1st int'l meeting

Sep 05, 2016 - 12:27 PM

National Youth Commission chair Aiza Seguerra is set to meet with counterparts from ASEAN in Laos

LIKE DUTERTE. National Youth Commission chair Aiza Seguerra flies to Laos to attend an international meeting for the first time. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

CJ: ‘I trust President’s judgment’ in naming justices

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has already said that he is strongly against the corrupt he is strongly against the laggards Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says

ON DUTERTE. Supreme court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno meets the media at the Bay Leaf in Intramuros Manila on August 25, 2016.

CJ on drug war: Don't blame judges for others' failures

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno cites the release of a high profile drug suspect who is also a military official against whom no case was filed

CHIEF MAGISTRATE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has expressed concern over President Rodrigo Duterte's 'narcolist.'

UP community members slam extrajudicial killings

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:39 PM

We demand that President Rodrigo R Duterte put an end to all extrajudicial killings posthaste UP students teachers staff and alumni say

SPATE OF KILLINGS. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher,' on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP