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Nograles says House stint will help him in new Malacañang post

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Outgoing Davao City 1st District Representative and incoming Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says he can use his knowledge of government funds, having served as appropriations committee chair

MOVING ON TO MALACAÑANG. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles presides over a hearing on the proposed 2019 budget on July 31, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From House to Palace: Karlo Nograles is next Cabinet Secretary

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The son of President Rodrigo Duterte's erstwhile political rival will soon be part of his Cabinet

Congressman Karlo Nograles on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte orders drastic revamp of Office of Cabinet Secretary

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:43 PM

A new executive order revamps the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, reverting it to its old name, Cabinet Secretariat, and taking away its supervision of 8 agencies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte considering Karlo Nograles as Cabinet secretary

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The Davao City 1st District representative, who is on his last term as congressman, is a 'leading' contender for the post

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles during Congress budget briefing on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Leoncio Evasco Jr running for Bohol governor

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet Secretary, who served as Maribojoc mayor for 3 terms, wants to return to local politics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looks at the document shown by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. prior to the start of the 10th Cabinet meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Anti-corruption commission probes 5 Cabinet officials

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says it has submitted a 'confidential, partial report' to President Rodrigo Duterte

No sacred cows. PACC and DAR declares war against graft and corruption. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler
Anti-corruption commission probes 5 cabinet officials

Evasco says ‘good relationship’ with Duterte intact

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'I can never break the good relationship I have with the President,' says Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the supervision of the National Food Authority from Evasco's office to the agriculture department

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on the sidelines of the NFA Council meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Evasco out as NFA Council chairman

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) The removal of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr from the National Food Authority Council is a 'loss in our fight against corruption in the importation and management of rice,' says Senator Bam Aquino

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President is NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte grassroots movement targets to bring down poverty rate to 14%

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is in Davao City to formally launch the Duterte administration’s Biyaya ng Pagbabago Program on Saturday, December 9

GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco (right) explains the Duterte government's efforts to bring economic benefits to the grassroots in a press conference in Davao City on December 8, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Duterte reappoints bypassed Cabinet secretaries

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Taguiwalo Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano have been bypassed twice by the Commission on Appointments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 16th Cabinet Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Scientist group to CA: Confirm Judy, Ka Paeng, and Gina

May 03, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Agham supports the online campaign ConfirmGina ConfirmKaPaeng ConfirmTaguiwalo urging the Commission on Appointments to give its nod to the appointment of the progressive Cabinet secretaries

Jun Evasco, the former NPA rebel in the Palace 'snake pit'

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:46 PM

A former communist and long time mayor of a Bohol town adjusts to the high stakes power play and bureaucracy within the walls of the Palace

RIGHT-HAND MAN. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. shows President Rodrigo Duterte the agenda of the 11th Cabinet Meeting on January 23, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte fires Palace undersecretary over rice importation

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Valdez of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary earns the ire of the President

Evasco celebrates birthday after Duterte, also with grandkids

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco among the President s closest advisers turns 73 a day after Duterte turns 72

TWO BIRTHDAYS, TWO FRIENDS. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and President Rodrigo Duterte sit together at a housing summit in February 2016. Malacañang photo

#AnimatED: The Commission on Appointments and Yasay's lies

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Commission on Appointments has the power to confirm bypass or reject the appointment of top public officials and senior military officers But here are 5 reasons this power is flawed

NFA head faces sanction for impeding rice importation orders – Evasco

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The National Food Authority council has decided to extend the rice importation through minimum access volume scheme from February 28 to March 31

File photo by AFP

Minority on Duterte's 100 days: 'A' in drug war, inadequate in other sectors

Oct 05, 2016 - 3:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is advised to ensure that his Cabinet secretaries are doing their jobs properly

ASSESSING DUTERTE. Members of the minority bloc, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle) hold a press conference on October 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Evasco: Advocating human rights 'unpopular' if gov't is weak

Oct 01, 2016 - 4:40 PM

I m not saying it s wrong but you will be unpopular why? Because your advocacy for human rights will always be perceived [as you being] on the side of the criminal Evasco says

1st executive order, Duterte-Robredo meet, Gilas Pilipinas | 6PM wRap

Jul 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

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Duterte's 1st EO: Simpler, faster anti-poverty services

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:52 PM

12 agencies are placed under the supervision of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr who will have the power to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and streamline them

'RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT.' President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace on June 30, 2016

IN PHOTOS: Turning over to the Duterte administration

Jul 02, 2016 - 7:57 PM

View the transition ceremonies of incoming Cabinet secretaries and other Duterte appointed officials in pictures

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting being held at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malaca?±an Palace. The agenda focuses on disaster risk reduction and management status of the country.

Aquino's Cabinet officials welcome him home

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Some days he also made it really difficult but for the most part he was our inspiration not only to do well but to do good says Aquino s tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr

WELCOME HOME. Former President Benigno Aquino lll is welcomed by his neighborhood at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday, June 30. Photo by Joel Liporada/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)

Cabinet Secretaries in Tacloban for Pope

Jan 17, 2015 - 8:50 AM

At least 4 of President Aquino s alter egos are in Leyte for the Pope s visit

WELCOME TO TACLOBAN. Cabinet Secretaries await the pope's arrival at the airport. File photo from the day prior at Malacañang by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Ochoa on Napoles requests: 'No action was taken'

May 30, 2014 - 7:59 PM

Malacañang says the draft letters addressed to Executive Secretary Ochoa found on whistleblower Benhur Luy s deleted files have no probative value

File photo of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, July 14, 2010. AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO

Palace stands by Heidi Mendoza, unconfirmed Cabinet members

Mar 05, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Malacañang says it will re appoint officials if again bypassed by the Commission on Appointments

STAYING PUT. Malacanang stands by COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza and Cabinet officials who have failed to secure the approval of the Commission on Appointments. Malacanang file photo

Kiko won't join Aquino Cabinet

Oct 08, 2013 - 1:49 PM

Former senator Francis Pangilinan opts to spend more quality time with his family

Aquino's presidential management style

Jul 20, 2013 - 2:42 PM

After 3 years President Benigno Aquino III evolves from reluctant to hands on leader and manager

CHANGED MAN. President Benigno Aquino III is a better President and a changed person than when he started in 2010, says those who work with him. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace explains 10-hour meeting

Jun 18, 2013 - 3:41 PM

Secretary Almendras dispels rumors Malacanang held an emergency meeting Monday

No fat paychecks for Cabinet officials - Abad

Nov 27, 2012 - 7:07 PM

Contrary to a Commission on Audit report the Department of Budget and Management says the Aquino administration s Cabinet secretaries do not receive fat paychecks

Almendras to oversee Aquino projects roadmap

Nov 06, 2012 - 2:34 PM

Malacañang issues an executive order detailing Almendras job as Cabinet Secretary

Almendras’ tasks may be known Tuesday

Nov 05, 2012 - 3:25 PM

Malacañang is expected to release an executive order defining the functions of the Cabinet Secretary

'Cabinet Secretary post won't conflict with other Palace offices'

Nov 04, 2012 - 3:22 PM

Cabinet Secretary Rene Jose Almendras said his position will not conflict with or diminish the duties of the Presidential Management Staff PMS and the Office of the Executive Secretary

5 Cabinet members fail to get CA nod

Jun 06, 2012 - 1:54 PM

The Commission on Appointments fails to confirm yet again the appointments of 5 Cabinet Secretaries; two ambassadors get the nod however