​Aquino-Duterte transition - updates

Rappler's latest stories on ​Aquino-Duterte transition


Aquino leaves Malacañang

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:11 AM

President Benigno Aquino III leaves his workplace and home of 6 years

FAREWELL. President Benigno Aquino III shakes hands with his successor before he makes his way out of Malacanang on June 30, 2016. Malacanang Photo Bureau

LIVE: Inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

Jun 30, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Watch the oath taking ceremonies of President elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President elect Leni Robredo on Rappler

LIVE: Inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Watch the oath taking ceremony of President elect Rodrigo Duterte on Rappler

LIVE: Inauguration of Leni Robredo, 14th Vice President of the Philippines

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Watch the oath taking ceremony of Vice President elect Leni Robredo on Rappler

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'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

Joma Sison: Gina Lopez as DENR chief is acceptable

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:56 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman describes Lopez as a dedicated activist against abusive mining

LOOK: Duterte transition team visits Malacañang

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Coloma says President Aquino invited the Duterte team to a tour of the main Palace building

Photo courtesy of Bong Go

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

Duterte wants separate inauguration – Robredo camp

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED While we have been preparing for a joint inauguration we respect their decision says the head of Robredo s transition team

Davaoeños on Independence Day: Duterte can free PH

Jun 12, 2016 - 2:01 PM

On Independence Day President elect Rodrigo Duterte s long time constituents say he can save the Philippines from different kinds of bondage

'LAST HOPE.' A woman walks with a child under a banner for Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, at a street in Davao City, Philippines, on May 11, 2016. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Honeylet Avanceña and her life with the next president

Jun 06, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Basta ako may sarili akong buhay says Honeylet Avanceña Rodrigo Duterte s common law wife Rappler talks to her about how she s dealing with her partner s upcoming presidency

OWN WOMAN. Honeylet Avanceña says she's a workaholic when it comes to her businesses and her family life. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte: Sorry, no interviews 'until end of my term'

Jun 06, 2016 - 4:47 PM

It s better not to have interviews There will be no criticism no wrong statements no nothing says the Philippines incoming president

NEXT PRESIDENT. Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming president, shuns media interviews – at least for now. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Baste Duterte: 'Let us continue the revolution'

Jun 05, 2016 - 12:07 AM

The third child of Rodrigo Duterte says Now is the time to move as a nation We are talented we are Filipinos and we are gifted

Sebastian 'Baste' Duterte during the Thanksgiving Party in Crocodile Farm In Davao City on June 4, 2016.

New PCOO chief to propose nat'l comms strategy for media

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Among the government channels the former TV5 news anchor will supervise are PTV 4 the Philippine Broadcasting Service Radyo ng Bayan the Philippine Information Agency the Philippine News Agency and the National Printing Office

Photo of journalist Martin Andanar from his Facebook page

Duterte to media: You won't boycott me? I'll boycott you

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Known for his good rapport with Davao based journalists Duterte has been in hot water over statements made in press conferences with international and national media

Duterte in 'Malacañang of the South', DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Palace on Duterte's promise of change: 'Wait and see'

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:18 PM

The president is the principal architect of our international relations so it s better if we wait for the next president s official policy on foreign affairs a Palace official says

LAST PRESS CON? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte explains himself to journalists on June 2, 2016, after he came under fire for catcalling a female television reporter during an earlier press conference. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Can a president-elect use PTV4 for official announcements?

Jun 04, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr who oversees PTV4 weighs in on president elect Rodrigo Duterte s use of state media prior to his inauguration

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE. After his controversial statements and actions during post-proclamation news conferences, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will now only release statements and give interviews through state-run PTV.

LIVE: Thanksgiving party for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

Jun 04, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Watch the thanksgiving party for president elect Duterte live on Rappler

Robredo: Supporting Duterte also means giving 'other perspectives'

Jun 03, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The vice president elect also cites the need for constant vigilance and circumspection as she points out that Duterte s statements and actions are taken as an indicator of official policy

Purisima: Enough fiscal space for more infra, social services spending

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:16 PM

The outgoing finance chief expresses confidence in the incoming economic team whose members he says have the experience and expertise to navigate a fiscally sustainable path in today s lending environment

FUTURE OF ASIA. Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima addresses the ?22nd International Conference on the Future of Asia? in Tokyo, Japan, on May 30, 2016. Photo from Cesar Purisima's Facebook page.

Duterte reveals appointees to LTO, PMS, PCOO posts

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:02 PM

His longtime aide is slated to head the Presidential Management Staff A TV news anchor Martin Andanar will head the Presidential Communications Operations Office

NEW APPOINTEES. Rodrigo Duterte in 'Malacanang of the South,' DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Gibo Teodoro officially declines DND post

Jun 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Teodoro says the important thing is that a good person was chosen referring to retired army general Delfin Lorenzana

11 LP congressmen join Duterte's PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:32 PM

More congressmen from other parties are expected to move to PDP Laban in the coming days says Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

Duterte calls China's Xi 'great president'

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Duterte heaps the praise on Xi Jinping in response to questions about a message the Chinese president sent to congratulate him on winning this month s election

Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Maldives on September 14, 2014. Stringer/AFP/File

Robredo: Local governance will seal partnership with Duterte

May 30, 2016 - 9:11 PM

The Vice President elect says that instead of renting an office for her at the expensive Coconut Palace satellite offices in the countryside is a better option

VICTORY. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (not in photo) and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo as the country'€™s duly-elected President and Vice President, Monday, May 30, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Duterte allies tried to convince him to join proclamation

May 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

I sent him messages says Vitaliano Aguirre II incoming justice secretary and lawyer of President elect Rodrigo Duterte

NEXT LEADER. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte holds another early morning meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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

Proclaimed: Duterte skips ceremony; Robredo, daughters in full force

May 30, 2016 - 4:18 PM

UPDATED Congress as the National Board of Canvassers proclaims the president elect and vice president elect exactly a month before they take their oath on June 30

ELECTED. The certificates canvassed by Congress show Rodrigo Duterte getting a total of 16,601,997 votes for president, and Leni Robredo 14,418,817 votes for vice president.

Becoming Leni Robredo

May 30, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Philippines newly elected vice president is more than the story she loves to tell on the campaign trail

Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Proclamation of next PH president and vice president

May 30, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Watch the livestream of the proclamation of president elect Rodrigo Duterte and vice president elect Leni Robredo

No Cabinet post? 'I'm not in a hurry,' says Robredo

May 30, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Ok lang naman sa akin hindi naman tayo nagmamadali says incoming vice president Leni Robredo when asked about the possibility of not getting a Cabinet post

BICOL VISIT. Leni Robredo goes home to Naga City ahead of her scheduled proclamation as vice president-elect. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo Media Bureau

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 Wikipedia.org

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

The man they call Bong Go

May 27, 2016 - 12:35 PM

The man always at the side of Rodrigo Duterte grants Rappler an interview. What is it like being the trusted aide of the president-elect?

SUPPPORTING ACT. Bong Go sits beside his boss, Rody Duterte, as he fends off attacks about his alleged hidden wealth on, May 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Yolanda survivors to Duterte: Choose Liza Maza for DSWD secretary

May 26, 2016 - 11:09 PM

The former Gabriela Women’s Party List representative was the first to bring aid to Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar after the super typhoon hit in 2013

DOF bares tax reform proposals to incoming chief Dominguez

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

The proposals of the outgoing DOF leadership include a one time tax amnesty program – excluding pending tax cases to generate widespread support

TAX TALKS. The outgoing Finance secretary Purisima (L) asks his successor Dominguez (R) to back up the department's 'holistic, equitable, and revenue-positive' tax reform proposal

Left submits Cabinet nominees to Duterte, 4 out of 10 women

May 26, 2016 - 10:52 AM

The Left has submitted a very impressive list of nominees I am inclined to give in says Duterte

FORMING  HIS CABINET. Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine president-elect, discusses Cabinet appointments during a press conference on May 26, 2016 in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte Cabinet members bond over monggo, fried fish

May 25, 2016 - 10:54 PM

Some incoming Cabinet members meet each other for the first time and exchange contact numbers as they prepare to serve incoming president Duterte

GETTING TO KNOW. Some members of the incoming Duterte Cabinet meet in Metro Manila on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Photo from Roldan Gorgonio Facebook account

3 Mindanao lawmakers shift to Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 24, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Peter Unabia and Mylene Albano of the Liberal Party along with Rogelio Pacquiao take their oath as PDP Laban members

NEW ALLIANCES. Several members of the House of Representatives have deflected to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Duterte: Advisers 'just pretend that they advise me'

May 24, 2016 - 7:21 PM

Amid eyebrow raising appointments Duterte says he makes his decisions on his own based on gut feel

ALL HIM. After background checks, Duterte says he decides on his Cabinet appointees on his own. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Duterte: Panelo a ‘temporary’ spokesman

May 24, 2016 - 2:11 PM

Duterte is on the look out for a presidential spokesperson He has given himself until the second week of June to finalize his appointments

File photo of Salvador Panelo by Jerald Uy

Duterte to release political prisoners to ‘build confidence’ for peace talks

May 24, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Duterte says he may release CPP leader Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma even before peace negotiations begin

DEALING WITH COMMUNISTS. The NPA releases 5 police officers to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in April 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

DPWH post: Can Mark Villar rise above business interests?

May 23, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Incoming DPWH chief Mark Villar s family owns the Philippines biggest homebuilder Vista Land and shopping center developer Starmalls Incorporated

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Vista Land President and CEO Mark Villar accepts president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's offer to become chief of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

Duterte picks Rolando Bautista as PSG commander

May 23, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Bautista is described as a ‘well rounded officer’ with a knack for conducting counter terrorism operations and gathering intelligence

 Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler.com

LP lawmakers told: Support PDP-Laban, but stay with party

May 23, 2016 - 6:02 PM

More realignments in the House of Representatives: the National Unity Party reunites with Lakas CMD before entering into a coalition with PDP Laban

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

Esperon: Duterte gov't wants to talk, not fight NPA

May 23, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr also says the Duterte administration will continue implementing the EDCA and pursuing the arbitration case against China

Former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr visists Matina Enclaves as Duterte meets with possible appointees on May 16, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Purisima, Dominguez prepare for DOF transition

May 23, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Purisima says Dominguez his successor has the qualities needed to lead the Department of Finance

PASS THE BATON. Purisima (R) was all praises for Dominguez (L) whom he called 'an esteemed businessman and public servant with a lengthy record of excellence.' Dominguez photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler and Purisima photo by Adi Weda/EPA