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Duterte forms committee to dialogue with Catholic Church

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Pastor "Boy" Saycon are tasked to hold talks with religious groups to 'lessen the rift between the government and Church'

MISSION. (Left to right) Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, and Pastor Boy Saycon will meet with Church leaders over President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against God and the Catholic Church

Ex-Duterte spokesman Abella now speaks for DFA

Mar 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'Essentially we're still speaking for the government. It's just that we have a different public now,' says DFA Undersecretary Ernesto Abella

DUTERTE ALLIES. Then Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella and then Senator Alan Peter Cayetano chat before the start of a press briefing in Malacañang on October 28, 2016. Malacañang file photo

2017: A year of rejection for Duterte's appointees

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:03 PM

As 2017 ends, Rappler takes a look at the sacked and rejected members of the Duterte administration

Sandra Cam appointed member of PCSO board of directors

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Taxi operators association president Bong Suntay is also appointed member of the PCSO board

Aguirre orders DAP probe, Sison on Duterte, Abella at DFA | Midday wRap

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Duterte's former spokesman goes to DFA

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Ernesto Abella – abruptly replaced by Harry Roque as presidential spokesman – is now undersecretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 30-November 5, 2017

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Oct 30, 2017 - 1:22 PM

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Duterte on replacing Abella: 'Personal decision'

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:50 PM

'I am not about to explain why I did it,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells reporters when asked why he appointed Harry Roque to replace Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella provides updates on the ongoing anti-terror operations in Marawi City during a press briefing in Malacañan on June 20, 2017. He announced that a total of 258 terrorists have been neutralized, while 255 firearms were recovered from the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

[OPINION | Newspoint] A new Rody and Harry Show

Oct 28, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The two of them should make for a catchy marquee: Rody and Harry. But, in the end, it's the provocative personality each one brings to the tandem that will define their show.

NEW JOB. Known human rights lawyer Harry Roque replaces Ernesto Abella as President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson.

Harry Roque to be Duterte's new spokesman

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:20 AM

(UPDATED) The congressman will formally assume spokesman duties after President Duterte's Japan trip at the end of October

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Presidential Spokesman Facebook account posts troll-like comment

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The 'Office of the Presidential Spokesperson' Facebook account, a verified one, commented at around 11:30 am, 'si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan'

Ernesto Abella's office says he 'is still presidential spokesperson'

Oct 27, 2017 - 12:43 PM

The Presidential Spokesman's staff say it's uncertain if he will be joining President Duterte when he visits Japan next week

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella reassures, during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 11, that the government will be transparent in all its dealings should the Congress grant President Rodrigo Duterte ‘emergency powers’ to address the country’s traffic woes. ROBINSON NIÑAL/PPD

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'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 25, 2017

Oct 25, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera who is among the dialogue partners who joined the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte offering Harry Roque Palace communications post

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The two will discuss the offer further during a dinner scheduled to take place this week

WATCH: Sara Duterte leads launch of Tapang at Malasakit Alliance

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The coalition is composed of politicians and groups who support President Rodrigo Duterte to unite Filipinos and put an end to 'destructive politicking'

Tapang at Malasakit coalition calls for end to 'destructive politicking'

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio leads the launch of the new group, which is also attended by key allies of the President like Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos

NEW GROUP. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (3rd from left) leads the launch of the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance of the Philippines in Taguig, October 23, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Malacañang says only EU aid with conditions to be rejected

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella is unsure if the Philippine government will also refuse Marawi aid offered by the European Union

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella responds to United Nation rapporteur’s statement about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 23. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Malacañang urges remaining terrorists in Marawi to take 'road to peace'

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Malacañang says it is not alone in making the call, as Muslim leaders and groups have aired the same appeal

TRANSCRIPT: Did Rappler 'misrepresent' Malacañang statement?

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella accuses Rappler of 'misrepresenting' Malacañang's statement on the wrong information fed to President Duterte about the EU. Here is the relevant portion of the transcript provided by Malacañang.

Malacañang admits Duterte 'being fed wrong info' on EU

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

While stressing the need 'for correct reportage,' Malacañang fails to acknowledge its responsibility to relay correct information to President Rodrigo Duterte

WRONG INFORMATION. Malacañang admits that President Rodrigo Duterte 'was being fed the wrong information' on the EU. Malacañang file photo

Duterte ratings dip expected but 'love still there' – Malacañang

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says Filipinos are now managing their expectations 'after the honeymoon period' of the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang sees demolition job in Ombudsman probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:25 PM

'What all this confirms is that there is indeed a deliberate effort to discredit the President, to mislead the public, and to create popular outrage against the duly elected chief executive,' says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017 that the Joint Task Force Marawi is continuing its operations against terrorists as well as the rescue of trapped civilians, recovery of casualties. He added that the Joint Task Force Marawi is also assisting local government units, civil society organizations and non-government organizations in relief operations and recovery and rehabilitation. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang denies Duterte named Martin Diño to DILG

Sep 27, 2017 - 6:14 PM

This comes after sacked SBMA chair Martin Diño earlier said he has accepted Malacañang's offer to serve as DILG undersecretary for barangay affairs

DUTERTE 'PLACEHOLDER.' Duterte ally Martin Diño is widely seen as then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte's 'placeholder' in the 2016 presidential elections.  Screen grab from Rappler file video

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Sep 22, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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Sept 21 protests 'elevated public discourse,' says Malacañang

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:39 PM

But the Palace maintains that a majority of Filipinos support President Duterte's drug war

Various groups of protesters troop to CHR on Thursday to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang condemns killing of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:19 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella gives assurances that government agencies are investigating the student's death

FATHER'S GRIEF. The wake of slain UST Law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III at the Satuario de San Antonio Chapel in Forbes Park, Makati City on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Sep 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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Palace says Duterte lie on Trillanes bank account an 'isolated case'

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:26 AM

Asked about the propriety of the Chief Executive giving out wrong information, President Spokesman Ernesto Abella says it was just President Rodrigo Duterte’s 'unorthodox' way of doing things

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Philippine embassy in Mexico damaged by quake – Malacañang

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:16 AM

No Filipino casualties have been reported so far, says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

AFTER THE QUAKE. People crowd Reforma avenue after a strong earthquake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Victor Cruz/AFP

On traffic violations, Malacañang wants 'no special treatment' for congressmen

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella hopes lawmakers can 'bring themselves to the President's standards'

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 14, 2017 that the Philippines was placed by the InterNations  as the 17th among the best nations in the world to raise children. The inclusion was based on the country's quality of education, welfare of family, and a child-friendly environment. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

LP to Duterte: Let CHR probe killings

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The Liberal Party says the Duterte administration must face the problem of drug killings head on instead of trying to look for purported saboteurs and destabilizers

DRUG WAR PROBE. CHR, chaired by Chito Gascon, is asking the PNP, headed by Director General Ronald dela Rosa, to share its police files on the drug war. But the President wouldn't allow it.

Malacañang: Police will cooperate in all probes on teen deaths

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The Palace assurance comes after DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says President Rodrigo Duterte has a standing order prohibiting police from showing case folders to investigating bodies

Protest. Hundreds of protesters demand justice for Kian delos Santos on August 21, 2017 at the People Power Monument. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Sep 07, 2017 - 9:11 PM

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Malacañang to Trillanes: Prove Paolo Duterte is triad member

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella describes Senator Trillanes claims about Vice Mayor Duterte s tattoo as pretty drastic

INCRIMINATING TATTOO? Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte attends the Senate hearing on Bureau of Customs corruption. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Andanar to 'discourage' Mocha Uson from performing in casinos

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:59 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says PCOO officials must comply with the prohibition and says it is up to Secretary Andanar to address the issue

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar discusses about the country’s chairmanship of the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Freedom of Information (FOI) and Media Security during the FOI Roadshow at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presdiential Photo

Malacañang expresses 'profound dismay' over Reynaldo de Guzman death

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:00 PM

We call on authorities to bring the perpetrators of this suspicious crime to justice says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

 Weary, Kulot's parents Lina and Eduardo rest their heads as they await for their son to be brought back home.

Malacañang vows thorough probe into Carl Arnaiz death

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Palace says there is no government effort to whitewash the death of the teenager

Mother and sister of 19-year old Carl Angelo Arnaiz, who was allegedly tortured and killed by Caloocan City policemen, file a case at the Department of Justice, Manila on September 4, 2017. Arnaiz was found inside a morgue in Caloocan after he was gone missing for 10 days. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang awaiting Congress nod to negotiate return of Marcos wealth

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte needs Congress to set parameters of the talks says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with birthday celebrant Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, his father former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, the congressman's wife Marga and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during the birthday celebration at the Mergrande Ocean Resort in Davao City on September 2, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang, CHED to abide by CA ruling on Vitriolo

Aug 31, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The Court of Appeals orders the reinstatement of Julito Vitriolo as executive director of the Commission on Higher Education

Ombudsman Cardio-Morales orders the dismissal of CHED Exec Dir Vitriolo after being found guilty for misconduct. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Malacañang does U-turn on Duterte's 'French law' remarks

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Contrary to Duterte s statement the Palace says the Philippine government believes France also accords primacy to the presumption of innocence

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'Sama-sama, Tulong-tulong sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong' program at the Heroes Hall in San Fernando City, Pampanga on August 28, 2017, assures that the government will assist the poultry raisers that were affected by the outbreak of the Avian Influenza. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Aug 25, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Malacañang reminds police not to abuse drug war

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:39 PM

These remarks from the Palace come amid public outrage over revelations from the Senate hearing about the circumstances of Delos Santos death

From left to right, Caloocan policemen PO1 Pereda, PO1 Cruz and PO3 Oares during the senate investigation on the killing of Kian delos Santos. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang says no more Chinese flag near Kota Island

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Philippine Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says he got this assurance from a reliable source

Malacañang distances itself from Aguirre remarks on Kian slay

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Palace says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s opinion is his own and does not reflect that of President Rodrigo Duterte

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella answers queries from members of the media during a press briefing in Malacañang on April 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Malacañang: Police should be 'wary of reckless exercise of power'

Aug 19, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Malacañang acknowledges the deep public sentiment triggered by the killing of 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos in a drug raid in Caloocan City

IN MOURNING. Kian's parents Saldy and Lorenza share a moment beside their son's casket. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Uber and LTFRB, Human Rights Watch, Alejano | Evening wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

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South China Sea, Batangas earthquake, Honasan | Evening wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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