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Noynoy Aquino in hospital for 'routine procedure,' but 'alright'

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Amid reports that former president Benigno Aquino III will undergo a heart procedure, his spokesperson Abigail Valte says he is 'at the Makati Medical Center for a scheduled checkup and a routine procedure'

'ALRIGHT AND IN HIGH SPIRTS.' Former president Benigno Aquino III's spokesperson allays fears he was rushed to the hospital for a heart procedure. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of Abigail Valte inside a high-end Hong Kong shop

May 17, 2019 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) The claim is rehashed. It has been proven that the woman in the photo is not Abigail Valte, but Jo Christine Napoles, the daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

Aquino 'ready' to face more complaints amid Gordon Dengvaxia report

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) '[He] has always demonstrated his readiness to answer questions about his decisions as president,' says the camp of former president Benigno Aquino III

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino camp denies role in UPLB political action vs Marcoses

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:16 PM

'Pasensiya na kay Senador Bongbong Marcos dahil 'di namin kayang sumang-ayon sa pantasya niyang pagbigyan at pansinin sila,' says Abigail Valte, spokesperson of former president Benigno Aquino III

Lacierda, Valte deny involvement in #SilentNoMorePH blog

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Valte says she knew Cocoy Dayao, the alleged 'webmaster' of the anti-administration #SilentNoMorePH blog, from 2009 when he volunteered for the presidential campaign of then senator Benigno Aquino III

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grace Poe denies treating bloggers with 'kid gloves' in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:13 PM

'This hearing is for the people and supposed purveyors of fake news are given the chance to speak...because we’re investigating fake news,' says Senator Grace Poe in response to criticism

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino: Never forget Martial Law victims – spox

Nov 18, 2016 - 6:00 PM

It is fitting that we hear the voices of others: learn about their stories the persons behind the statistics their loved ones lost to the regime of Martial Law They should never be forgotten says Abigail Valte spokesperson of former president Benigno Aquino III

NEVER FORGET. Former president Benigno Aquino III urges the public not to forget the victims of Martial Law, amid the hero's burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo by Malacañang photo bureau

Inside Balay: Who's who in the Roxas campaign

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:13 PM

It s a mix of family members former and current government officials and LP and coalition stalwarts

YELLOW CAMPAIGN. Who are Roxas' most trusted people in his 2016 run? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Palace to voters: Scrutinize 2016 bets during campaign season

Feb 06, 2016 - 3:36 PM

With the start of the official campaign season just two days away Malacañang says voters should scrutinize candidates carefully during debates and media appearances

ELECTING LEADERS. A Filipino marks his election ballot at an elementary school classroom used as a voting station in Manila, Philippines, on May 13, 2013. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

PH hits China for coral damage: 'Close to catastrophic'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:04 AM

In The Hague the Philippines also slams China s deliberate policy to physically expel Filipinos from parts of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (1st from right), speaks with Professor Philippe Sands (2nd) while Professor Alan Boyle (3rd) is in the background as Manila presents its arguments against Beijing in The Hague. Photo by Abigail Valte

PH to tribunal: China island building destroys seabed

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:15 AM

In The Hague the Philippines slams China for its ‘flagrant and persistent’ violations of international law

SLAMMING CHINA. On the second day of the hearings on Manila’s case against Beijing, Lawyer Andrew Loewenstein hits China’s reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte

PH in The Hague: China robs us of right to fish

Nov 25, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The Philippine team also presents 8 ancient maps to disprove China s claim over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

START OF HEARINGS. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (right), confers with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (1st from left) and Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay (2nd from left) on the 1st day of hearings on the merits of the Philippines' case. Photo by Abigail Valte

Powerhouse PH team vs China back in The Hague

Nov 24, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Composed of 48 members the Philippine team vows to assert Manila s claim over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

POWERHOUSE TEAM. Members of the Philippine team in The Hague (L-R) – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Representative Rodolfo Biazon, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and lead counsel Paul Reichler – prepare for the hearing on the merits of the Phlippines' case.

IN PHOTOS: MSMEs showcased at APEC's Int'l Media Center

Nov 19, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Philippine based micro small and medium enterprises feature culture history versatility in their craftsmanship

From Expo Mandaue. A 1959 Porsche convertible (not for sale) hand-made with coconut twigs and ratan encased in fiber glass is displayed at Expo Mandaue in the IMC. It was designed by Clayton Togonon. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

PH ready for APEC security challenges – PNP

Nov 14, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Our security plan for the APEC summit includes security plans for a terrorist attack We were instructed by [President Benigno Aquino III] to prepare for a worst case scenario says PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez

PREPARATIONS. The PNP prepares on November 14 for worst-case scenario in APEC Summit. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gov't workers to get better pay soon – Malacañang

Oct 25, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Malacañang says the government has already made progress on salary standardization for employees of government owned and controlled corporations

Filipinos view job opening advertisements during a job fair, coinciding with the Independence Day celebration at the Rizal park in Manila, Philippines, 12 June 2014. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Palace: November 2 not a holiday

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:11 PM

There are however a number of other special non working holidays in November because of the upcoming APEC meetings

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Malacañang says that November 2, All Souls' Day, will not be a holiday. File photo by Franz Lopez

Palace: Listen to gov’t warning on Typhoon Lando

Oct 17, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte lauds the disaster preparedness mechanisms different government agencies have so far been activating for the typhoon

RAIN AND FLOOD. Typhoon Lando is expected to cause days-long rainfall and flooding. Photo by EPA

Binay camp: Ombudsman under LP 'remote control'

Oct 10, 2015 - 8:46 PM

Malacañang dismisses the attack against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales as an old tune as she has also issued unfavorable decisions against administration allies

SELECTIVE JUSTICE? The Binay camp is accusing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales of selective justice. File photo by Raffy Taboy

Trade Secretary Domingo resigns – Palace

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

3RD UPDATE Domingo s resignation is still under consideration says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

'No deal' with Iglesia in ending protests – Palace

Aug 31, 2015 - 4:38 PM

The clarification comes after speculation that the government conceded to the demands of the influential local church

GOOD BYE. The INC on Monday, August 31 officially ended their 5-day protest citing a 'peaceful agreement' with the government. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Palace to OFWs: Vote wisely

Aug 29, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Malacañang makes the appeal as Migrante Partylist urges overseas Filipinos and their families to reject administration bets in 2016

Palace to SC: Clarify limits of Enrile bail decision

Aug 22, 2015 - 8:58 PM

The grant of bail based on humanitarian considerations is unchartered territory that has to be clarified says Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

LIMITS? The High Court must define the parameters of its decision on Enrile's bail, says the Palace. File photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

'BOC reminder on balikbayan boxes vs smugglers, not OFWs'

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:08 PM

Malacañang gives the assurance as it urges OFWs to give the government feedback on the Bureau of Customs stricter rules on balikbayan boxes

BALIKBAYAN BOXES. The Bureau of Customs are allowed to inspect boxes sent from Filipinos working abroad. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Palace: Gov't prepared for El Niño

Aug 15, 2015 - 7:19 PM

The government says that DOST projections and the country s experience in past El Niño spells are helping them plan for it especially for a possible drought

Binay camp: Roxas gets 'undue advantage' from gov't machinery

Aug 02, 2015 - 8:27 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay s spokesman hits two Palace spokespersons – Secretary Edwin Lacierda and Undersecretary Abigail Valte – for allegedly serving as administration standard bearer Mar Roxas spokespersons too

'UNDUE ADVANTAGE?' Vice President Jejomar Binay's spokesman hits administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas and the Palace's two spokespersons. Photos of Lacierda and Valte from Facebook/Roxas file photo

Past 6 years to spell difference in Binay-Roxas rematch – Palace

Aug 01, 2015 - 8:24 PM

Malacañang says that unlike in 2010 Vice President Jejomar Binay now faces more corruption allegations

REMATCH. Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II (right) will go head-to-head in the 2016 presidential race.

Palace: 'Obvious motive' in VP rant vs Ombudsman over Mamasapano

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:13 PM

Malacañang says Vice President Jejomar Binay s criticism against the Ombudsman s findings on the bloody January 25 clash is expected

QUESTIONABLE? Vice President Jejomar Binay said on July 24 that the Ombudsman's decision only raises more questions on the Mamasapano incident. Graphics by Ernest Fiestan

Palace appeal to SONA protesters: Keep it peaceful, safe

Jul 25, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Please do not fight the police as they only want to keep the demonstrations peaceful Valte appeals in Filipino

WALKTHROUGH. A convoy of police cars pass through IBP road in Quezon City to familiarize cops with the areas affected by MMDA's traffic rerouting scheme for the State of the Nation address on Monday, July 27

'Mind your own party,' Palace tells Binay

Jul 25, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay should focus on telling the people his plans for the country instead of meddling in the affairs of other political parties says Malacañang

FORMER ALLIES. Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) is now hitting President Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party. File photo from OVP

Philippines expects to win UN South China Sea case

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:59 PM

We believe the tribunal will look at our case with favor We are confident of the Philippine position on this matter says a presidential spokesperson

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Sereno: Next president should be faithful to Constitution

Jul 03, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Amid differences with the judiciary Malacañang says it doesn t feel that the Chief Justice was alluding to President Benigno Aquino III

Aquino orders speedy probe into Ormoc boat tragedy

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Malacañang says the thorough government investigation will look into all angles of the incident including possible overloading and the technical skills of the boat captain and crew

TRAGEDY. Rescuers race against time to save passengers of motor boat Kim Nivana, which capsized off Leyte on July 2, 2015. Photo by Lalaine Jimenea

Palace urges co-equal branches to help improve PH HR record

Jun 27, 2015 - 6:06 PM

A United States report says that extrajudicial killngs remain the biggest challenge in the Philippines and while there have been gains concerns about impunity remain

‘WHEEL OF TORTURE.’ This wheel is reportedly used by Biñan, Laguna police to torture its inmates. Photo courtesy of CHR/AFP

No service disruption after Binay resignation – Palace

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:34 PM

Housing and OFW services which the Vice President helped deliver before will continue to be available through various government offices says Malacañang

File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Fewer Filipinos back gov't moves in South China Sea

Jun 19, 2015 - 5:30 PM

The latest SWS survey also shows at least 80 of Filipinos have been concerned that the South China Sea dispute could escalate into a full blown conflict with China

DISPUTED ISLANDS. Filipino soldiers conduct a flag-raising ceremony during the visit of Armed Forces of the Philippines military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr in Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA/Pool

Gov't respects free speech, but not through hacking

Jun 13, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are legal feedback mechanisms that citizens can use to channel their concerns to the government

DEFACED. A screenshot of the NHCP website as of 9:45 am on June 12.

Palace announces latest appointments

Jun 06, 2015 - 7:01 PM

Malacañang bares the latest appointees of President Benigno Aquino III in the PRC DOH DENR Optical Media Board and the DOJ

President Benigno Aquino III announce that suspected Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alyas Marwan confirmed dead during SAF operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and Accepted the Resignation of Suspended PNP Chief P/ Director General Allan Purisima during his message on Friday(Frebruary 6, 2015) held at the President hall in Malacanang.(Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Palace 'sorry' for MRT troubles, says safety a priority

Jun 03, 2015 - 7:26 PM

From the 20 trains that are usually deployed during the morning rush hour only 7 to 9 were operational lately to service 600 000 commuters daily

DAILY STRUGGLE. Passengers line up at the MRT-3 station in North Avenue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace: More inspections after Kentex fire

May 16, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has initial reports on Kentex engaging the services of a subcontractor not registered with the labor department

FATALITIES. Authorities seal the remains of workers killed in a footwear factory in Valenzuela. Photo by PNP-PIO

Aquino OKs incentives for government workers

May 16, 2015 - 2:44 PM

The 2015 Productivity Enhancement Incentive is equivalent to either P5 000 or one month of basic salary and will be given no earlier than June 1

Malacañang on saving Mary Jane: 'Everyone did their part'

May 02, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The whole nation united in prayer and concern together with people of good will from around the world made possible this reprieve for Miss Veloso says Malacañang

Temporary reprieve. Mary Jane Veloso. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Aquino: All Filipinos will be cheering for Manny Pacquiao

May 02, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Aquino also says I am very confident that Manny Pacquiao will do our countrymen proud as he has always done

BIGGEST BATTLE. Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao faces undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in Las Vegas. Photo by Army Colonel Ronnie Villanueva

Aquino signs law expanding Sandiganbayan to 7 divisions

Apr 21, 2015 - 6:35 PM

The new law aims to speed up deliberations and hearings of cases before the anti graft court

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. Sandiganbayan now holds the plunder and graft cases in relation to the pork barrel issue. Rappler file photo

Aquino to announce 2016 presidential bet by June – Valte

Apr 18, 2015 - 3:32 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte says I know for a fact that the presidential candidate will be announced by President Aquino by the end of June

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Benigno S. Aquino III walks among troops upon arrival at the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Pilar, Bataan for the 73rd Commemoration of the Day of Valor on April 09, 2015. Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace defends Iqbal: No deception in use of alias

Apr 10, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Malacañang asks lawmakers to scrutinize the Bangsamoro Basic Law based on its merits and not on the alias issue

PSEUDONYM. Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator and Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman Mohagher Iqbal attends Day 3 of the House of Representatives probe into the Mamasapano tragedy.

Philippines hits back at China over South China Sea

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The Philippines has recently been among the most vocal in criticizing China s development of isolated outcroppings in the waters into large facilities capable of hosting bases and even airstrips

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

Palace: Energy conservation goes beyond Earth Hour

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:56 PM

As the Philippine government gears up for an expected ‘power crisis ’ the Palace reminds the public that energy conservation should go beyond Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2013. Lights go off for an hour in observance of Earth Hour. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Aquino okays release of SMS transcript to Senate

Mar 20, 2015 - 4:01 PM

After 2 weeks the President approves the release of the transcript of text messages with Purisima even as the Palace reminds Congress not to abuse the process by taking advantage of the occasion to advance personal motives

NO REGRETS. Malacañang says Aquino has no regrets about coordinating with former PNP chief Alan Purisima. File photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

No apology from Aquino on Mamasapano for now

Mar 18, 2015 - 5:01 PM

There are no discussions on a possible apology from President Benigno Aquino III on the Mamasapano incident but Malacañang insists he has already taken responsibility for it

President Benigno Aquino III announce that suspected Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alyas Marwan confirmed dead during SAF operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and Accepted the Resignation of Suspended PNP Chief P/ Director General Allan Purisima during his message on Friday(Frebruary 6, 2015) held at the President hall in Malacanang.(Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)