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Agriculture chief: Organic farming not for everyone

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the market demand should dictate which farming method farmers in different areas can use

SUSTAINABILITY. Farmers are the poorest sector of the country, second to fishermen. Based on recent data by the Philippine Statistics Authority, farmers recorded a poverty incidence of 38%

SONA 2016: Mixed reactions to Duterte's environmental plans

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:45 PM

What do advocates have to say about President Rodrigo Duterte s statements on different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address?

ENVIRONMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte talks about different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address. Duterte photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Duterte hits 'Pietà' image of slain drug suspect

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Of priests and human rights groups President Rodrigo Duterte says in his first State of the Nation Address: Hindi nakakapigil yan ng kamatayan

'I'M A PUSHER.' A woman hugs her husband who was shot dead by an unidentififed gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. The man lies next to a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

WATCH: De Lima 'surprised' by 'friendly' Duterte greeting at SONA

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:42 PM

Siyempre nagulat ako I shook his hand He didn’t say anything he just looked at me straight in the eye with a little smile and I could only say Hi Sir says Senator Leila De Lima

NOTHING PERSONAL. President Rodrigo R. Duterte shakes hands with Senator Leila de Lima before delivering his 1st State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

SONA 2016: CHR welcomes Duterte vow to 'protect human rights'

Jul 26, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon hopes President Rodrigo Duterte s remarks will send a signal to law enforcers to follow due process

Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

HRW hits Duterte for 'implicitly' supporting killings in policy speech

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Human Rights Watch calls out President Rodrigo Duterte for not addressing the rising number of drug related killings in his first State of the Nation Address

epaselect epa05404810 Filipino funeral workers carry the remains of an alleged drug dealer who was killed in a shootout with the police, in Manila, Philippines, 03 July 2016. According to police reports, around 200 grams of methamphetamine were recovered in the area. Controversial politician Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as the new president of the Philippines on 30 June, advised policemen to carry out their duty. He won voter confidence vowing to wipe out crime and drugs - two of the biggest issues in the country - but he has been harshly criticized by rights groups for advocating extra judicial killings to bring down crime rates. The number of traffickers killed in the Philippines since Duterte won the elections has increased by 200 percent, according to police data. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

SONA 2016 shows Duterte as 'serious' leader – Cabinet

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:40 AM

The best content there is the commitment to really serve the people of the Philippines no if s or but s says close friend and Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco

Duterte at SONA 2016: Off-script, yet on point

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:00 AM

He may have broken off from tradition by going off script in his first SONA but President Rodrigo Duterte couldn t be any clearer about waging war against drugs and criminality

SONA 2016 'most peaceful' – PNP

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s first State of the Nation Address went by without any recorded violent incident among demonstrators the PNP notes

SONA PROTESTS. Protesters along Batasan Road during President Rodrigo Duterte's first SONA on July 25, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2016: Robredo, Duterte 'share common direction'

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also lauds President Rodrigo Duterte for reiterating that the rule of law will still prevail

ELATED. Vice President Leni Robredo says she is happy with President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address. Photo from the Office of the Vice President.

SONA 2016: The best laughs were on Twitter

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:32 PM

The best part about this year s SONA? The live commentary on Twitter covering everything from Brillante Mendoza s camera shots to Senator Nancy Binay s gown

Mass held for 'sacrificial victims' in war vs drugs

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Fr Atilano Fajardo describes targets of summary killings as sacrificial victims whose deaths will make the anti drug war seem like a success

'SACRIFICIAL VICTIMS.' Catholics hold a Mass on July 25, 2016, for victims of extrajudicial killings in the face of the government's bloody war against illegal drugs. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

SONA 2016: Duterte vows faster internet, free Wi-Fi

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The President asks the new DICT office to come up with a national broadband plan for better internet infrastructure and speeds

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

SONA 2016: Lawmakers happy Duterte supports their bills

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED Some lawmakers have filed bills on tax reform passport validity and universal health care even before President Rodrigo Duterte mentions them in his SONA

1ST SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. PHoto by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

SONA 2016: Duterte hopes to hand over stronger economy

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises to prioritize infrastructure spending lower taxes ease of doing business and human resources

SONA 2016: Duterte eyes Sangley Point to help decongest NAIA

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also plans to transfer some commercial domestic operations of airlines to Clark International Airport

epa05440107 Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, East of Manila, Philippines on 25 July 2016. Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, is the 16th president of the country, after winning the 09 May elections based on a tough-talking campaign in which he promised to wipe out crime and corruption. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Duterte meets with Lumad, Muslim leaders after SONA

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes says President Rodrigo Duterte talked to them about their plight in Mindanao

CONVERSATION. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with activists, Lumad, Moro leaders after his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25. Photo courtesy of Renato Reyes Jr

[IN PHOTOS] SONA fashion: Before Duterte vs now

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s first State of the Nation Address SONA is a less glitzy red carpet affair

Stars react to President Duterte's first SONA

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Vice Ganda Coleen Garcia Ruffa Gutierrez Mark Bautista and more share their thoughts on the State of the Nation Address 2016

SONA 2016. Vice Ganda, Coleen Garcia, and Ruffa Gutierrez are some of the celebrities who gave reactions to President Duterte's fist SONA. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Manman Dejeto/Rappler/Instagram/prabeytbenjamin

SONA 2016: Duterte's winding speech a 'lost opportunity' – analysts

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:33 PM

[It s] a lost opportunity because speeches like these are a moment to unify the country make clear the vision of governance former Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña says

LONG-WINDED. President Rodrigo Duterte punctuates his State of the Nation Address with ad-libbed remarks.

SONA 2016: Duterte wants mandatory education on evils of drugs

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:07 PM

The President also talks about plans to increase spending on basic education and to intensify the education department s Alternative Learning System

FIRST SONA. Filipinos record the State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on their devices at the Philippine Congress building in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, July 25, 2016. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Duterte: Pass Bangsamoro law minus 'constitutional issues'

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte urges the 17th Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law BBL because it is the only solution to the historical injustice in Mindanao

SONA 2016: Duterte vows to cut income, corporate taxes

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

At the household level there must be sufficient income for all Filipinos to meet the basic food and non food needs for their families says Duterte

SONA 2016: Duterte urges full implementation of RH law

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

But the President is silent on a 2015 temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court which advocates consider the biggest challenge in implementing the reproductive health law

IMPLEMENT RH. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte says the reproductive health law 'must be put into full force'. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte: Intensify war vs human traffickers

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED During his State of the Nation Address Duterte says the war against traffickers and illegal recruiters is a problem he considers as important as drugs

Duterte: 'Amend, suspend, revoke' environmental permits, if needed

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:44 PM

In his first SONA President Duterte defends the appointment of Gina Lopez as environment secretary: We both share the same goal She is a crusader

PRESIDENT'S TRUST. In his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016, President Duterte gives Environment Secretary Gina Lopez blanket authority to review and revoke environment permits. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Extend passport validity, Duterte says in SONA 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte recounts seeing passport applicants having a hard time: Nasasaktan talaga ako

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS. Filipino immigration officials examine the passports of arriving passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 6, 2009. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Duterte: Addressing global warming is top priority

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says the fight against climate change must not stymie our industrialization

Duterte in SONA 2016: 'No separation of God and state'

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes this statement after he slammed the Catholic Church for being the ‘most hypocritical institution’ in the Philippines

'MANO PO.' President Rodrigo Duterte places his forehead on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's hand as a traditional form of respect during a meeting in the Palace on July 19, 2016. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PND

Duterte hails Hague ruling in SONA 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:44 PM

During his first State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte issues this message before an audience that includes Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

DUTERTE AUDIENCE. A Filipino couple watches the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on a screen at the House of Representatives on July 25, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

IN PHOTOS: SONA 2016 fashion

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Heart Evangelista Alfred Vargas Dina Bonnevie Philip Salvador and more came Check out what they wore

Photo by Martin San Diego, Jaene Zaplan/Rappler; from Instagram/Jinkee Pacquiao (@jinkeepacquiao)

Koko Pimentel, Migz Zubiri: 'Bitter rivals' no more

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:10 PM

No less than Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri nominates his erstwhile rival and fellow Mindanaoan Koko Pimentel for Senate President

Recto: Senate minority won't oppose just for the sake of it

Jul 25, 2016 - 3:15 PM

This is one Senate minority I assure you that will know when to stand its ground and when to seek common ground says new Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Netizens to Duterte: Fight drugs but uphold rights

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Netizens say they want President Rodrigo Duterte to give an update on his war against drugs and address the growing concerns on the extrajudicial killings of alleged drug pushers

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It's final: Koko Pimentel is new Senate President

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Former Senate President Franklin Drilon is the new Senate President Pro tempore while Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III is the Majority Floor Leader

Ahead of SONA 2016, sectors weigh in on Duterte's promises

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Rappler looks back on Duterte s campaign promises about education health and environment What do experts advocates and members of civil society think about them?

12 things to expect from Duterte's first SONA

Jul 24, 2016 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED From the Filipino inspired merienda buffet for SONA guests to tamer SONA rallies here s what we can expect on SONA day

FULFILLING HIS OATH. President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte’s first SONA less than an hour – Palace

Jul 24, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also says the speech was written by the President himself

SHORT AND SWEET. President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) will only take up to 38 minutes, says Communicatiosn Secretary Martin Andanar

Mass set for Duterte SONA: 'Huwag kang papatay'

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:36 AM

Set in the Archdiocese of Manila this is the first major movement of Catholics in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte s bloody war against illegal drugs

WAR VS DRUGS. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead 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

Senators to Duterte: Discuss issues other than crime in SONA

Jul 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

For senators it s time for President Rodrigo Duterte to detail his plans on foreign policy federalism health education and poverty

Opening of the third regular session. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Peace caravan troops to Manila to present Mindanao issues to Duterte

Jul 20, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Farmers and sectoral representatives travel from Mindanao to Manila to present local issues to President Rodrigo Duterte before his first State of the Nation Addresss

Bayang Barrios to sing national anthem in Duterte's first SONA

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The musician whose origin is in Agusan del Sur Mindanao is set to perform the national anthem in President Rodrigo Duterte s first SONA

Photo by Mar Silverio, courtesy of Bayang Barrios