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Duterte admin: SEC ruling vs Rappler basis of coverage ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Before the official comment to the Supreme Court, Malacañang and President Duterte had provided varying reasons for banning Rappler from presidential events

PETITION. Rappler reporters Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, Camille Elemia, Ralf Rivas and correspondents Bobby Lagsa and Raymon Dullana file a Petition Certiorari and Prohibition against President Rodrigo Duterte's coverage ban against Rappler. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Transfer Duterte's 'blackhole' confidential funds to services instead – lawmakers

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Are President Rodrigo Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds being used to target his critics? ask progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In hearing led by Bong Go, OP 2020 budget approved in minutes

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Only Duterte-allied senators – Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino – attend the budget hearings for the Office of the President and Presidential Management Staff

Senator Bong Go preaides over the budget hearing of the Office of the President. September 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P8.2-B 2020 budget for Duterte's office breezes through House panel

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The budget hearing lasts less than 7 minutes. A lawmaker says he intends to question Malacañang's high confidential and intelligence funds when the budget proposal reaches the plenary.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 41st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte's office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military

Office of the President spent over P1B on salaries, benefits in 2018 – COA

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Commission on Audit attributes the higher spending on salaries and perks to the implementation of the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

LOOK: Michael Yang’s calling card bears Malacañang seal

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:50 PM

An executive order prohibits the use of the presidential seal in business cards by persons other than the President

The Office of teh Presidential Economic Adviser, Michael Yang Hong Ming on October 10, 2018. Sourced Photo

Villarin worries over President’s P2B intelligence, confidential funds

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says at the House plenary that he hopes the more than P2 billion budget of the Office of the President for confidential and intelligence funds won't be used vs critics

DEALING WITH CRITICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. File photo by REne Lumawag/Presidential Photo

These offices get a share of Duterte's P2.5B confidential, intel funds

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Office of the Executive Secretary lists down 5 offices likely to make use of President Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds

House panel approves P6.7-B Office of the President budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The OP budget for 2019, 12% higher than in 2018, allots P2.5 billion for President Duterte's confidential and intelligence funds

Michael Ong named acting senior deputy executive secretary

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:45 PM

With his new position, Ong becomes the right-hand man of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

Carandang to appeal Malacañang dismissal

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:19 PM

If the Ombudsman's Internal Affairs Board finds Carandang liable for the same offenses Malacañang is accusing him of, there are no legal hindrances to Martires dismissing Carandang himself

DISMISSAL ORDER. Ombudsman Samuel Martires (left) and Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (right) attend the Office of the Ombudsman budget hearing on August 6, 2018, where the dismissal order against Carandang was discussed. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Malacañang fires Overall Deputy Ombudsman Carandang

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(6TH UPDATE) Will Ombudsman Samuel Martires enforce the dismissal order?

DISMISSED. Malacañang orders the dismissal of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang who once led the investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bank records. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lacson seeks more scrutiny of surge in Duterte's intel funds

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Jul 06, 2018 - 10:43 PM

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Duterte expenses up by 500%: Choppers, consultants, intel

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017

HUGE INCREASE. Cost of the ASEAN Summit, financial assistance to soldiers, maintenance of presidential choppers and billions of intelligence funds make up the P500% increase in the Office of the President's expenses for 2017.

Duterte’s office has P5.8M unliquidated cash advances – COA

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Of the amount, P345,000 is considered disallowed but has yet to be refunded

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Misleading Aquino-Duterte comparison in 'pro-Roxas' page

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The figures listed in a graphic posted by the Facebook page "Oras Na, Roxas Na" make it appear they cover Aquino's entire 6-year term and Duterte's first two years. The amounts are from the 2016 and 2017 national budgets only.

Duterte says offices 'beyond control' to be put under Malacañang

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte warns 'radical changes' are coming and that he will use certain powers 'to the hilt' to address criminality

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a salute as he walks past the foyer guards during prior to his departure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for his three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea on early Sunday morning, June 3, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NFA transferred back to agriculture department

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The National Food Authority used to be under the supervision of the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a group shop after a meeting with somemembers of the National Food Authority Council members on April 16, 2018. Photo from Facebook page of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

Duterte wants NFA placed under Office of the President

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The President wants all rice importation matters to be handled by Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

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 are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary General Ernesto Pernia. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang confident of ruling reversal on President's power over Ombudsman execs

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, a lawyer, says the ruling in the Gonzales vs Office of the President case 'can be overturned'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After Carandang, VACC goes after another Deputy Ombudsman

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The complaint is filed before the Office of the President despite an SC ruling declaring the President's power to remove a deputy ombudsman and special prosecutor unconstitutional

FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION? For his suspension and dismissal orders against former governor Roel Degamo, Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Clemente faces a complaint before the Office of the President seeking a disciplinary action against him.

On FOI EO anniv, Duterte calls on Congress, courts to be more transparent

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The PCOO says it's still pushing for the passage of the FOI law, though the law is not among the priority measures identified by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: 'Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017' at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017, cites how the Constitution has allowed corrupt individuals to escape accountability. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang orders dismissal of ERC Chairman Salazar

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the President finds Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar guilty of misconduct

DISMISSED. The Office of the President orders for the dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar, an appointee of former president Benigno Aquino III, from office. File photo

Marcos' 100th birthday 'no reason to celebrate' – lawmakers

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Legislators from the House point out that President Rodrigo Duterte s proclamation counters Philippine law which recognizes the atrocities during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos

'NO HERO.' About a thousand Moro, Lumad Cordillerans and other natinal minorities join the rest of the Filipino people rally at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte decision to declare former President Ferdinand Marcos Birthday Sept 11 as a local holiday im Ilocos Norte . Photo by Maria Tan

Done in 3 minutes! House panel approves OP budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:38 AM

The Office of the President breezes through a House committee hearing on its proposed P6 billion budget for 2018

COA: OP has P155.7-M unliquidated fund transfers under Aquino

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The amount includes P138 million in unliquidated fund transfers for former president Benigno Aquino III s foreign travels from 2011 to 2015

Malacañang spent P6.8M on rewards for cops in 2016 – COA

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s rewards for meritorious police lead to a 6 200 jump in OP expenses for awards rewards and prizes in 2016

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards the Medalya ng Kagalingan or PNP Efficiency Medal to the personnel of Carmen Municipal Police Station during his visit at the Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 headquarters in Davao City on June 29, 2017. Personnel of the Carmen Municipal Police Station conducted blocking operations at Purok 4, Brgy. Tubod, Carmen, Davao del Norte last June 23, 2017 which resulted to the death of 3 armed men believed to be members of a lawless armed group who attacked a police outpost. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA: Duterte has over P6 billion in discretionary funds

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The Office of the President s discretionary funds include a P1 4 billion donation of the Lopez owned Benpres Corporation to the government dating back to 1990 which remains untouched

Gov't corporate counsel hits bill making SolGen 'superior' to DOJ

Jun 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado claims HB 5233 will also increase the Solicitor General s budget from the current P600 million to P1 3 billion

AGAINST THE BILL. Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Jurado does not want the passage into law of House Bill 5233, which will further empower the Office of the Solicitor General. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Malabon winning the battle against malnutrition

May 21, 2017 - 1:23 PM

From a stunting rate of 16 Malabon has reduced it by half at 8 in 3 years

NUTRITION NEEDS. The Malabon city government is taking steps to address malnutrition in children.

FAST FACTS: What is the PCOO?

May 12, 2017 - 8:06 PM

What are the roles and functions of the government agency that dancer turned blogger Mocha Uson will soon be a part of?

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

House leaders want SolGen to go after ill-gotten wealth, oversee GOCCs

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:55 PM

HB 5233 also seeks to remove the Office of the Solicitor General as an attached agency of the Department of Justice and instead put it under the Office of the President

MORE POWERFUL SOLGEN? House leaders filed bill a seeking to expand the powers of the office of Solicitor General Jose Calida. File photo by Rappler

Gov't officials, groups urge passage of FOI law

Mar 17, 2017 - 6:52 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns against complacency in the passage of the freedom of information law

FOI FORUM. The Right to Know, Right Now! coalition organized a forum to present their report on tracking the implementation of the freedom of information executive order in Quezon City Friday, March 17. Photo by the PCIJ

Duterte replaces environment official in charge of mining audit

Oct 11, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The new Acting Director IV of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is Wifredo Moncano who has served as regional director of the MGB in the Davao Region since 2015

MINING AUDIT. In this file photo, then Environment Undersecretary Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. File photo from DENR's official Twitter account

Trillanes questions Duterte's P2-B confidential, intel funds for 2017

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:51 PM

If the Office of the President is unable to justify the need for the huge funds Trillanes says he will ask that the funds to be transferred to law enforcement agencies

DUTERTE'S INTEL FUNDS. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the guestbook during his visit to the Police Regional Office-12 Headquarters in General Santos City on September 23, 2016. Photo by Simeon Celi/PPD

COA wants P25.5-M reimbursed for Estrada-era office upgrades

Sep 29, 2016 - 11:10 PM

Estrada s project to convert the President s Briefing Room into a Briefing Center Flagship Projects Monitoring Center Crisis Management Facility Video Conferencing Telework and Tri Media Monitoring Facility fails later scrutiny

Medialdea issues memo on who can speak for Duterte

Sep 21, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Only Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar can speak for the President according to the memorandum

DUTERTE SPOKESMEN. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (left) and Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella are the only officials who can speak for President Duterte, according to a memorandum

EXPLAINER: Office of the President's confidential, intel funds

Sep 18, 2016 - 12:00 PM

With the Duterte administration's ongoing war against illegal drugs, how will these funds come into play?

What's in the proposed 2017 national budget?

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Among agencies, the Office of the President, along with the education and public works departments are the top gainers

No questions asked: Congressmen hear OP, OVP budgets within minutes

Sep 13, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman of the opposition says following tradition he will reserve questions for the plenary deliberations

BUDGET HEARINGS. The Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President presents their respective proposed budget for 2017 on September 13.

Bulk of P15-B ASEAN budget of President's office for car rentals

Aug 31, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P15 billion budget has been trimmed down by the budget department from the initial request of P19 billion

BIG CHUNK. 'Big chunk will be used for rental of cars for dignitaries,' Diokno says during a Senate hearing. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Pagcor says proposal to merge with PCSO ‘difficult’

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:29 PM

A congressman points out during the budget briefing that the PCSO s main source of revenue is gaming which is under the jurisdiction of Pagcor

MERGER? Both PAGCOR and the PCSO generate funds for the Philippine government through the gaming industry. File photo of casino by Rappler

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Aug 22, 2016 - 1:51 PM

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DOTr 'will comply' with Duterte's call to remove appointees

Aug 21, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Once a formal directive is issued compliance is guaranteed the Department of Transportation DOTr says

'UNFORGIVING.' Transportation chief Arthur Tugade reiterates to all undersecretaries and agency heads that the government shall be uncompromising and unforgiving in issues of corruption. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Senate PRIB

Office of the President gets P17-B increase in 2017 budget

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the increase is due to the Philippines hosting of the ASEAN Summit in 2017

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte's office will be getting a budget 8 times larger in 2017 should the proposed budget be approved by Congress. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP