President Duterte SONA - updates

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Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford which released a study about social media manipulation a school for the stupid people

President Rodrigo Duterte praises the efforts of the Overseas Filipino Workers at while encouraging them to be more proactive in the fight against corruption in his speech during the gathering with the Filipino community at the Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail, Qatar on April 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: SONA 2017 protest march

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Protesters by the thousands walked kilometers to Batasan demanding the change they did not see realized in President Duterte s first year

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte: PH, China to do joint exploration in West PH Sea

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The Philippine President says there are already talks to get the joint development of oil and gas started

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte claims Joma Sison sick with colon cancer

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:25 PM

In his second State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte lambasts NDF consultants for allegedly using the peace talks to travel in Europe like tourists

Senate to prioritize tax reform, charter change

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the chamber will also prioritize the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law anti terrorism measures and universal healthcare

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Brillante Mendoza to direct Duterte's second SONA

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirms that Mendoza who directed last year s SONA will be back this year

Philippine director Brillante Mendoza poses for the photograph on November 17, 2016 in Paris. Award-winning Philippine director Mendoza has turned his cinematic skills to promoting someone many in the West would see as an unlikely hero -- President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Lagman’s counter-SONA: Death penalty is ‘anti-poor’

Jul 27, 2016 - 7:19 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman opposes the death penalty lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility and the shift to federalism

COUNTER-SONA. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman delivers his counter to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address on July 27. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Agriculture chief: Organic farming not for everyone

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the market demand should dictate which farming method farmers in different areas can use

SUSTAINABILITY. Farmers are the poorest sector of the country, second to fishermen. Based on recent data by the Philippine Statistics Authority, farmers recorded a poverty incidence of 38%

SONA 2016: Mixed reactions to Duterte's environmental plans

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:45 PM

What do advocates have to say about President Rodrigo Duterte s statements on different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address?

ENVIRONMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte talks about different environmental issues during his first State of the Nation Address. Duterte photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

WATCH: De Lima 'surprised' by 'friendly' Duterte greeting at SONA

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:42 PM

Siyempre nagulat ako I shook his hand He didn’t say anything he just looked at me straight in the eye with a little smile and I could only say Hi Sir says Senator Leila De Lima

NOTHING PERSONAL. President Rodrigo R. Duterte shakes hands with Senator Leila de Lima before delivering his 1st State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

SONA 2016: CHR welcomes Duterte vow to 'protect human rights'

Jul 26, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon hopes President Rodrigo Duterte s remarks will send a signal to law enforcers to follow due process

Analysts on Duterte's Cabinet: 'Politically smart' choices

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:16 PM

Compared to appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte s predecessor the new Cabinet secretaries won t find it hard to jump right into work analysts say

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo R. Duterte presides over the third cabinet meeting at the Palace Aguinaldo State Dining Room on July 12, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Federalism 'much deeper change' than war on drugs – analysts

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:09 AM

During his first State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to hurry up the federal system of government and to make sure a president with ceremonial powers is elected – even if it s not him

PITCH FOR FEDERALISM. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, on July 25, 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

No new beneficiaries under 4Ps, says Taguiwalo

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The current members will be retained but there wouldn’t be new members because we do not have the budget for that DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says on the sidelines of President Duterte s SONA

INDEPENDENT POOR. President Rodrigo Duterte said that graduates of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will be assisted to become independent once they graduate from the program. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

HRW hits Duterte for 'implicitly' supporting killings in policy speech

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Human Rights Watch calls out President Rodrigo Duterte for not addressing the rising number of drug related killings in his first State of the Nation Address

epaselect epa05404810 Filipino funeral workers carry the remains of an alleged drug dealer who was killed in a shootout with the police, in Manila, Philippines, 03 July 2016. According to police reports, around 200 grams of methamphetamine were recovered in the area. Controversial politician Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as the new president of the Philippines on 30 June, advised policemen to carry out their duty. He won voter confidence vowing to wipe out crime and drugs - two of the biggest issues in the country - but he has been harshly criticized by rights groups for advocating extra judicial killings to bring down crime rates. The number of traffickers killed in the Philippines since Duterte won the elections has increased by 200 percent, according to police data. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

SONA 2016 shows Duterte as 'serious' leader – Cabinet

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:40 AM

The best content there is the commitment to really serve the people of the Philippines no if s or but s says close friend and Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco

SONA 2016 'most peaceful' – PNP

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s first State of the Nation Address went by without any recorded violent incident among demonstrators the PNP notes

SONA PROTESTS. Protesters along Batasan Road during President Rodrigo Duterte's first SONA on July 25, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SONA 2016: Robredo, Duterte 'share common direction'

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also lauds President Rodrigo Duterte for reiterating that the rule of law will still prevail

ELATED. Vice President Leni Robredo says she is happy with President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address. Photo from the Office of the Vice President.

SONA 2016: The best laughs were on Twitter

Jul 25, 2016 - 11:32 PM

The best part about this year s SONA? The live commentary on Twitter covering everything from Brillante Mendoza s camera shots to Senator Nancy Binay s gown

SONA 2016: Duterte vows faster internet, free Wi-Fi

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The President asks the new DICT office to come up with a national broadband plan for better internet infrastructure and speeds

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

SONA 2016: Lawmakers happy Duterte supports their bills

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED Some lawmakers have filed bills on tax reform passport validity and universal health care even before President Rodrigo Duterte mentions them in his SONA

1ST SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. PHoto by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

SONA 2016: Duterte hopes to hand over stronger economy

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises to prioritize infrastructure spending lower taxes ease of doing business and human resources

SONA 2016: Duterte eyes Sangley Point to help decongest NAIA

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also plans to transfer some commercial domestic operations of airlines to Clark International Airport

epa05440107 Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, East of Manila, Philippines on 25 July 2016. Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, is the 16th president of the country, after winning the 09 May elections based on a tough-talking campaign in which he promised to wipe out crime and corruption. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Duterte meets with Lumad, Muslim leaders after SONA

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes says President Rodrigo Duterte talked to them about their plight in Mindanao

CONVERSATION. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with activists, Lumad, Moro leaders after his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25. Photo courtesy of Renato Reyes Jr

[IN PHOTOS] SONA fashion: Before Duterte vs now

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s first State of the Nation Address SONA is a less glitzy red carpet affair

Stars react to President Duterte's first SONA

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Vice Ganda Coleen Garcia Ruffa Gutierrez Mark Bautista and more share their thoughts on the State of the Nation Address 2016

SONA 2016. Vice Ganda, Coleen Garcia, and Ruffa Gutierrez are some of the celebrities who gave reactions to President Duterte's fist SONA. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Manman Dejeto/Rappler/Instagram/prabeytbenjamin

SONA 2016: Duterte's winding speech a 'lost opportunity' – analysts

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:33 PM

[It s] a lost opportunity because speeches like these are a moment to unify the country make clear the vision of governance former Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña says

LONG-WINDED. President Rodrigo Duterte punctuates his State of the Nation Address with ad-libbed remarks.

SONA 2016: Duterte wants mandatory education on evils of drugs

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:07 PM

The President also talks about plans to increase spending on basic education and to intensify the education department s Alternative Learning System

FIRST SONA. Filipinos record the State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on their devices at the Philippine Congress building in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, July 25, 2016. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Duterte: Pass Bangsamoro law minus 'constitutional issues'

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte urges the 17th Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law BBL because it is the only solution to the historical injustice in Mindanao

SONA 2016: Duterte vows to cut income, corporate taxes

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

At the household level there must be sufficient income for all Filipinos to meet the basic food and non food needs for their families says Duterte

SONA 2016: Duterte urges full implementation of RH law

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

But the President is silent on a 2015 temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court which advocates consider the biggest challenge in implementing the reproductive health law

IMPLEMENT RH. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte says the reproductive health law 'must be put into full force'. Screenshot from RTVM

Duterte: Intensify war vs human traffickers

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED During his State of the Nation Address Duterte says the war against traffickers and illegal recruiters is a problem he considers as important as drugs

Extend passport validity, Duterte says in SONA 2016

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte recounts seeing passport applicants having a hard time: Nasasaktan talaga ako

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS. Filipino immigration officials examine the passports of arriving passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 6, 2009. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

SONA 2016: Duterte eyes 'inter-agency committee' vs illegal drugs

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:30 PM

I put at stake my honor my life and the presidency I repeat: Do not do drugs says President Rodrigo Duterte

ANTI-DRUGS CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte announces expanded plans in the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign. Rappler screenshot

Duterte: Metro Manila to be cleared of colorum vehicles 'immediately'

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Out of line apprehension including the removal of terminals will be intensified My God it will be done Immediately Duterte says in his first SONA

INTENSIFIED DRIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte vows to intensify the drive against unregistered public utility vehicles.

NDF on ceasefire: We'll reciprocate soon

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED The NDF would be able to respond to or reciprocate the unilateral ceasefire declaration of the government soon after receiving its full text

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines

Duterte: Addressing global warming is top priority

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says the fight against climate change must not stymie our industrialization

Extrajudicial killings won't win war vs drugs – analyst

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The war against drugs is also a war on poverty former Ateneo School of Government dean Antonio La Viña tells Rappler

DRUG-RELATED KILLINGS. Filipino funeral workers carry the remains of an alleged drug dealer who was killed in a shootout with the police, in Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

SONA 2016: Duterte declares immediate ceasefire with NPA

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:42 PM

President Duterte s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire comes before the expected resumption of formal peace talks with the communist led National Democratic Front

IN PHOTOS: SONA 2016 fashion

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Heart Evangelista Alfred Vargas Dina Bonnevie Philip Salvador and more came Check out what they wore

Photo by Martin San Diego, Jaene Zaplan/Rappler; from Instagram/Jinkee Pacquiao (@jinkeepacquiao)

Recto: Senate minority won't oppose just for the sake of it

Jul 25, 2016 - 3:15 PM

This is one Senate minority I assure you that will know when to stand its ground and when to seek common ground says new Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Netizens to Duterte: Fight drugs but uphold rights

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Netizens say they want President Rodrigo Duterte to give an update on his war against drugs and address the growing concerns on the extrajudicial killings of alleged drug pushers

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Jul 25, 2016 - 1:05 PM

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Dela Rosa assures SONA protesters: Cops here to protect you

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:48 PM

The PNP chief meets with protesters – a first time they say

DON'T WORRT. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa inspects police lines outside Batasang Pambansa ahead of #SONA2016

It's final: Koko Pimentel is new Senate President

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Former Senate President Franklin Drilon is the new Senate President Pro tempore while Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III is the Majority Floor Leader

Alan Cayetano no-show at Senate opening

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED The former running mate of President Duterte skips the Senate s opening session which elected Koko Pimentel – and not him – as Senate president

TANDEM. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano face the crowd at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#AnimatED: Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM

A reminder that the President has to work with a co equal branch and that check and balance is ingrained in our democracy

Ahead of SONA 2016, sectors weigh in on Duterte's promises

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Rappler looks back on Duterte s campaign promises about education health and environment What do experts advocates and members of civil society think about them?