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LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees
Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government
Military rule in Duterte's homeland
What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?
In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything
With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.
How high inflation exposed cracks in governance
High, soaring, elevated, skyrocketing. We're running out of synonyms to describe inflation in 2018.
DOCUMENT: Duterte asks Congress for another 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao
Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request
Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot
Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?
Breach in protocol over PH presidential flag during Xi's state visit
The lone presence of the Chinese flag during the welcome ceremony and review of the guards by the 2 presidents is unlike any other state visit
IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet
The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China
‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration
In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil
Malacañang contracts show Michael Yang is economic adviser
EXCLUSIVE: The two contracts obtained by Rappler acknowledge that the Chinese citizen 'is aware of the sensitivity of the information he may have access to'
At the Bureau of Customs: How Isidro Lapeña was outplayed
The former Customs chief is, however, 'promoted' amid the biggest drug smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration
Crackdown on missionaries fuels dictatorship fears
(UPDATED) By cracking down on foreign missionaries like Sister Patricia Fox, is President Rodrigo Duterte doing a Ferdinand Marcos?
Powering through a crisis: Defending human rights under Duterte
Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst
LIST: False claims of Duterte, Panelo about legal issues on Trillanes amnesty
President Duterte holds a one-and-a-half-hour tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, and rants against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
EXPLAINER: What the Supreme Court TRO denial means for Trillanes
The immediate implication is that the ball is now in the court of the Makati Regional Trial Courts
TIMELINE: Gov't gaps, retractions in voiding Trillanes amnesty
We trace the events and statements surrounding Proclamation No. 572, which has gripped the nation for the past week
Not just a joke: The social cost of Duterte's rape remarks
What are the real consequences when a president makes light of rape? A gender studies expert explains.
Rappler Talk: Lawyer Ruben Carranza on holding Duterte accountable in ICC
On Friday, September 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza to talk about the prospects of the possible case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court
Duterte's Israel trip shows consequences of his loose tongue
The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations
What the ICC pullout case means for Duterte and the Supreme Court
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against the possibility of the High Court turning into a judicial dictator
Did Duterte have his facts right on Nayong Pilipino deal?
President Duterte is angry over the draft contract on the NayonLanding casino resort. Was he aware of final contract details when he moved to scrap the project?
EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta', successor scenarios
What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.
TIMELINE: Philippines-China relations under Duterte
(UPDATED) The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.
President's health: Touchy topic for Duterte, public concern for Constitution
The public so far relies only on the word of President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesmen as to the real state of his health
Rappler Talk: Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court
Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed
How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency
How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one? Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.
Duterte admin revives Arroyo policies, controversies
Rodrigo Duterte and Gloria Arroyo have similar tendencies on key policy issues, but experts say Duterte has pushed his powers to the 'brink of authoritarianism'
The Philippine economy's health under Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte spits curses and blasphemes, yet the economy remains rosy. The question is, how much noise can businesses take?
Rappler Talk: Albert del Rosario on Duterte gov’t’s refusal to enforce Hague ruling
Watch Rappler's full interview with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
'A whiff of corruption, you're out': Notable Duterte admin exits and reappointments
President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on corruption has cost many government officials their jobs. But some have been reappointed.
Where Philippine cops go unpunished, just recycled
Under the Duterte administration, the Philippine National Police introduces a pattern: reinstating cops who have been dismissed, accused of wrongdoing or dragged into scandals
What you should know: Duterte administration's crackdown on ‘tambays’
Here is an explainer on the Duterte government's new anti-criminality thrust: going after 'tambays' or people who stand idly and loiter in public places
At least 33 killed daily in the Philippines since Duterte assumed office
The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office
LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees
Zero tolerance for corruption? Rappler finds that President Duterte has reappointed, promoted, or retained in a different capacity 16 government officials accused of corruption or misuse of public funds.
Gov’t database shows additional P110M contracts for Calida firm
Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has 2 contracts with the House of Representatives and 2 with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation
Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ
The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida
Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan
'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute
Cambridge Analytica's parent company claims ties with Duterte friend
EXCLUSIVE: Istratehiya, a local political consultancy firm, admits talking and meeting with Strategic Communication Laboratories in the lead up to the 2016 Philippine elections, but claims no partnership was sealed
No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it
While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law
Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights
'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia
Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents
Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security
Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships
On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.
Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issues a blanket denial, saying someone might be using his name. But documents show otherwise.
CJ: We need to have 'very good' relations with executive
Sereno also says concern was what prompted her to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his drug list
Should politicos stop 'pleasuring the president?'
Sadly this idea of performing public duties to pleasure the president is firmly entrenched in our political culture because it is actually anchored on how executive power is defined here
PDAF of 'executive offices' doubles – COA
Unidentified offices under the executive branch get more than a 100 increase in their pork barrel allotment from 2011 to 2012