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FALSE: 'Photo' of unfinished footbridge 'during Aquino administration'

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The unfinished footbridge is built in Thailand, not in the Philippines

Gaps by both Aquino, Duterte administrations led to GCTA mess

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:50 PM

This demonstrates the pitfalls of bureaucracy and the impactful consequences of seemingly imperfect legislation

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Aquino admin obtained 'secret' $500-million loan from World Bank

Jul 06, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The World Bank approved a loan for Yolanda victims in 2013 but the Aquino administration did not hide this information

[OPINION] To respectfully differ with Defense Secretary Lorenzana

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:33 PM

We feel deeply sad because it appears that he is being used as a propagandist precisely since he has the reputation of being straight as an arrow

Still blaming Aquino admin? Time to prove yourself, Poe tells DOTr

Nov 17, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, tells transportation officials that they've been in office for over a year already but they have yet to show 'concrete steps' to improve MRT services

MRT3. Senator Grace Poe says it's time for current officials of the Department of Transportation to 'prove' themselves. File photo from the Metrostar Express website

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

Aquino to appeal Ombudsman decision

Jul 14, 2017 - 4:11 PM

UPDATED Aquino spokesperson Abigail Valte says the ex president will seek to clarify certain facts as stated in the Ombudsman decision

MAMASAPANO'S GHOSTS. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the necrological service for 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Free tuition in state colleges: What the bill says

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Here s what you need to know about the tuition free policy as proposed in the Senate

Jokowi on Mary Jane, war on drugs, Milky Way | 6PM wRap

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:17 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Chay Hofileña

Free toll fees at NAIA expressway for 1 month starting Sept 22

Sep 14, 2016 - 11:01 AM

The complete project including the portion linking Terminal 3 would be accessible to the public before the year ends Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says

FREE TOLL FEE. Transportations Secretary Arthur Tugade says motorists will enjoy one month of free toll fees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway starting September 22. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Filipinos' final verdict on Aquino admin: 'Very good'

Aug 16, 2016 - 10:43 AM

The final SWS poll on the Aquino administration shows 66 of Filipinos satisfied with its performance 17 dissatisfied and 17 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied for a net satisfaction rating of 50

FINAL WALK. President Benigno Aquino III is given departure honors at the Malacanang Grounds on June 30, 2016, before President Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath. Malacañang Photo

Duterte admin to drop expanded BUB program – Diokno

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

National Anti Poverty Commission Vice Chairperson Ruperto Ka Uper Aleroza wants the program to be continued in its current form saying that it has benefited the poorest towns in the country

Ex-health chief Ona, two other former DOH execs face graft charges

Jul 11, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The charges stem from an anomalous P392M hospital project says the Ombudsman which has also ordered the 3 to be disqualified from holding public office

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NAPC failed to adopt anti-poverty policies under Aquino – Maza

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Anti poverty policies based on recommendations of sectoral groups could have been adopted if NAPC officials met en banc says new NAPC chief Liza Maza

STILL A PROBLEM. One out of five Filipinos remain to be poor based on recent data by the National Anti Poverty Commission. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

NAPC officials to Maza: 'Consider facts' before judging agency's performance

Jul 09, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Five NAPC officials urge the new lead convenor of the anti poverty body to defend the integrity of the agency amid attacks by her colleagues in the Left

WATCH: It’s a wrap: Dinky Soliman’s report card at DSWD

Jun 30, 2016 - 10:25 PM

If there is one good thing that we can turn over to the new administration it is evidence based policy making planning and evaluation says DSWD Secretary Corazon Dinky Soliman

4Ps GAINS. President Benigno  Aquino III graces the Conference on Sustaining the Gains of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) in the Philippines at the Auditorium of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on January 13, 2016. With the President are ABD president Takehiko Nakao and DSWD head Corazon 'Dinky' Soliman. File photo by Rey Baniquit/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino's good news as term ends: PH improves fight vs human trafficking

Jun 30, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines is now fully compliant with the minimum standards of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act based on a US State Department report

HOMECOMING. Former president Benigno Aquino III shares good news to his supporters gathered in Times Street, Quezon City, on June 30, 2016. hoto by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Aquino: There's no place like home

Jun 30, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III returns to his roots after 6 years

Former President Benigno Aquino lll welcome by neighborhood during his returm home at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

'Citizen' Noynoy: Huge burden off my shoulders

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Malaking bigat ang nawala sa ating balikat says former president Benigno Aquino III barely an hour after he leaves Malacañang

Former President Benigno Aquino lll returm home at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

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

Aquino leaves Malacañang

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:11 AM

President Benigno Aquino III leaves his workplace and home of 6 years

FAREWELL. President Benigno Aquino III shakes hands with his successor before he makes his way out of Malacanang on June 30, 2016. Malacanang Photo Bureau

'It's been a fantastic journey' – outgoing Palace spokesman

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:31 PM

This student council arguably did the country right by all counts by any standards says outgoing Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

WE DID OUR BEST. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the Aquino administration did the best it could in 6 years

Aquino's last week in office

Jun 29, 2016 - 8:15 PM

How did outgoing President Benigno Aquino III spend his last few days in Malacañang?

President Benigno S. Aquino III attends to his last paper works inside the Private Office in Malacanang Wednesday, June 29, 2016. President Benigno Aquino III will end his term today, 12 noon, June 30, 2016 after assuming office six (6) years ago, June 30, 2010. President elect Rodrigo Duterte will assume as 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines today, June 30, 2016. (Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Breau

Aquino: The friends he kept, the crises he (mis)managed

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:30 AM

In problematic situations this is the side of the President not apparent in the public eye

TRUSTED. PNP Chief Alan Purisima (L) chats with President Benigno Aquino III at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. File photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino: Life at the top for bachelor president

Jun 27, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Philippines first bachelor president survives the loneliest job in the country without losing his sense of humor

ABOUT FACE. President Benigno Aquino III at Philippine Navy 118th anniversary celebration on June 1, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacanang Photo Bureau

Aquino's letdowns, Duterte's promise

Jun 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The vote for Duterte was in many ways a protest vote It is as one pollster explains an indicator of discontent with the state of things

Aquino's satisfaction ratings decline: Not the worst

Jun 26, 2016 - 5:00 PM

In a span of 6 years Filipinos in general have looked kindly upon Aquino’s presidency going by his trust and satisfaction ratings

LAST FEW DAYS. President Benigno S. Aquino III is the guest of honor and speaker during the Ateneo de Manila university (ADMU) Loyola Schools 2016 Commencement ceremony on June 25, 2016. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

The emotional journey of Benigno Aquino III

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Throughout his interview with Rappler President Benigno Aquino III is relaxed confident and in good spirits – the picture of a retiring public servant satisfied with a job well done

LEGACY. 'There is no place in the country that I am afraid to go to because we neglected them,' says President Benigno Aquino Photo by Robert Vinas/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Aquino: Don't miss me after June 30, I'll just be around

Jun 25, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Sandali lang nandito pa ako Bakit ba niyo ako namimiss? At pagkatapos ho ng termino ko po sa Times lang po ako titira Hindi naman ako aalis the outgoing President says

President Benigno S. Aquino III is the guest of honor and speaker during the Ateneo de Manila university (ADMU) Loyola Schools 2016 Commencement ceremony saturday, June 25, 2016, Ateneo High school covered court, ADMU, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. After his speech, the president received a commemorative Silver medal presented by ADMU President Fr. Jose Villarin, SJ. (photo by Gil Nartea/MalacanangPhotoBureau)

K to 12 and beyond: A look back at Aquino's 10-point education agenda

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:10 PM

In 2010 President Benigno Aquino III proposed 10 ways to fix basic education in the country Did he fulfill his campaign promise?

Aquino thanks Cabinet, confers presidential awards to them

Jun 23, 2016 - 11:58 PM

I hope that perhaps even on an unofficial level we may still find ourselves working together as fellow citizens this time President Aquino tells his outgoing Cabinet

CABINET. President Benigno Aquino III here sharing a light moment with the family of senator-elect and former TESDA Director Joel Villanueva during Thursday's conferment of presidential awards. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

The President's men, 6 years after

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Whom did President Benigno Aquino III listen to when he had to grapple with policy issues? How was he like to members of the Cabinet? Did he play favorites? How has he evolved in the past 6 years?

PRESIDENT'S MEN. President Benigno Aquino III and some members of his inner circle – Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Affairs Secretary Rene Almendras, and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

TIMELINE: Aquino's love-hate relationship with OFWs

Jun 21, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Let s take a look at some of the key OFW issues during the Aquino administration and how the government handled it

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Beyond the numbers: How Aquino fueled the economy

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Aquino s economic legacy lies in finally allowing the private sector to flourish while planting the seeds for future generations to enjoy

Aquino rejects bill increasing entry-level nurses’ pay

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:41 PM

The additional costs that this salary increase would entail may cause unintended repercussions such as possible downsizing of hospital personnel and consequent increase in health care costs President Benigno Aquino III says in his budget message

GOING ABROAD? Many unemployed nurses seek better opportunities abroad. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

The Aquino Legacy

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Rappler looks back on the presidency of Benigno Simeon Aquino III – its successes, its failures, and its legacy

During a press briefing inside the Aguinaldo state dining hall on April 4, 2011

Aquino's firsts

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:30 PM

While the incoming president has already made a mark for himself insofar as presidential firsts are concerned outgoing President Aquino has set records of his own too

OUTGOING PRESIDENT. President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day Celebration at the Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park in Manila City on June 12, 2016. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

The bachelor president: Aquino and the women he met

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The reigning most eligible bachelor of the country is set to end his presidency without a first lady. Will private citizen Noynoy have better luck?

PRESIDENTIAL LINK. (Left to right) Stylist Liz Uy, Valenzuela Representative Shalani Soledad-Romulo, Grace Lee, and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach share something in common.

Aquino: 81 bills rejected in 6 years

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Among all the presidents after Martial Law it was Aquino who vetoed the most number of bills followed by President Fidel Ramos

Up close: The many faces of President Aquino

Jun 13, 2016 - 11:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III s chief photographer Gil Nartea shares his photos with Rappler

Walking without security officers beside him inside the Reception Room on December 16, 2010

#AnimatED: Lesson in leadership

Jun 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Strengthening institutions not ties to friends is key

LISTEN: The Noynoy Aquino administration soundtrack

Jun 12, 2016 - 10:15 PM

As his term comes to an end President Benigno Noynoy Aquino III looks back on the past 6 years in songs

What happened to FOI under Aquino?

Jun 12, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The passage of the Freedom of Information bill is like a missing puzzle piece in the Aquino administration’s fight against corruption

The Aquino promise

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

'My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation'

epa02230216 Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III (R) takes his oath as the Philippines' 15th president before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales (L) in on the Quirino grandstand, Manila, Philippines on 30 June 2010 before hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters. Aquino, 50, took his oath of office shortly before noon local time(0400 GMT) at Rizal Park in central Manila after leading Filipinos in bidding farewell to his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He is to serve the Philippines as president for a term of six years during which he has vowed to fight corruption and poverty. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

NAPC chief to beneficiaries: Defend BUB, Aquino admin reforms

Jun 11, 2016 - 8:39 PM

UPDATED NAPC lead convenor Joel Rocamora urges government beneficiaries to protect the key anti poverty reforms of the outgoing administration

REFORMS. Outgoing National Anti-Poverty Commission secretary Joel Rocamora tells beneficiaries to defend the reforms established by the Aquino government. Photo by Paulina Peregrino/

Aquino on poverty: PH cannot become rich 'overnight'

Jun 11, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Paano ba mahirap tong araw na to bukas mayaman Maliban sa kung magnanakaw ka ng limpak limpak di ka siguro puwede overnight mayaman says the outgoing Philippine leader

Rappler Talk with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III at the Music Room of teh Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 7, 2016

Political comeback after Palace? Only when I'm needed – Aquino

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III looks forward to recharging himself in Tarlac after June 30

QUIET LIFE VS POLITICAL COMEBACK? President Benigno Aquino III discusses his plans after stepping down from the presidency in a Rappler interview at the Music Room of Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 7, 2016

Aquino: 'I hope I showed best face of PH to the world'

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:31 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines has regained its standing as a worthwhile partner of the international community

RAPPLER TALK. President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on June 7, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Rappler Talk: President Aquino's legacy and reflections on leadership

Jun 07, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Watch Benigno Aquino III speak to Rappler s Maria Ressa on his legacy his greatest challenges and his hopes for the next leadership on Tuesday June 7