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Mexico's Lopez Obrador talks of new relationship in letter to Trump

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publishes the letter 'so that all Mexicans know our position on the new relationship we want' with the United States

AMLO. Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference at the party's headquarters in Mexico City on July 14, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Lopez Obrador, 64, is one of the most divisive figures in Mexican politics: his critics hate him as fervently as his fans love him

FACT CHECK: Labor groups not shamed by signed EO on contractualization

May 04, 2018 - 6:53 PM

While Duterte signed an EO on contractualization on Labor Day, labor groups who rallied at Mendiola say the order backed employers, not Filipino workers

Lorenzana against peace talks: 'I don't know the purpose of this'

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:23 PM

'Because we have been talking with them for the past several decades. Nothing is happening,' says a weary Delfin Lorenzana

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Delfin Lorenzana speaks to House committee on national defense and security. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte says PH to get 5,000 firearms from 'friendly country'

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The firearms from the 'friendly country' will come in the face of the 'boycott of America of our needs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018, declares that there will be no letup in his war on drugs. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Lawmakers hit Duterte ban on Rappler's Pia Ranada

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:32 PM

This is part of 'a creeping dictatorship,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

BANNED BY DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte bans Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from Malacañang after his closest aide, Bong Go, faced a Senate probe due to a story by Inquirer and Rappler. Malacañang file photo

Duterte slammed for saying condoms 'not pleasurable'

Feb 17, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

CONDOM JOKE. President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about condoms as he welcomes overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait. Malacañang photo

Malacañang urges Filipinos to support martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We ask the public to stand behind the administration and rally behind our defenders to quell the continuing rebellion in Mindanao,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

P18.9-B worth of drugs seized by Duterte's drug war since start – PDEA

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Law enforcers conduct a total of 79,492 anti-illegal drugs operations from July 1, 2016 to December 5, 2017

SHABU. Cops seize drugs from a drug operation. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte warns of revolutionary gov't amid 'destabilization'

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says that this possible revolutionary government will last until the end of his term

REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte warns that he will declare a revolutionary government in the face of destabilization plots. Screenshot from PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang'

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 fires 2 Malacañang employees 'for using influence'

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'it is premature to release any names until concerned parties are properly informed'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on October 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte says 9,000 cops into drugs amid bloody drug war

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This means that 4 in every 100 Filipino policemen use or sell illegal drugs

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte gives words of encouragement to Special Action Force (SAF) commandos during a send-off ceremony on the sidelines of the 116th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Duterte links Trillanes 'accounts' to 'destabilization'

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says an anonymous country is providing him information about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supposed bank accounts

PTV INTERVIEW. President Rodrigo Duterte faces Erwin Tulfo in an interview for the PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte on America: I'd rather be friendly with them now

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:03 PM

'Overall, I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar

BALANGIGA DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the wreath-laying ceremony during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar on September 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

Malacañang confident Duterte has 'substantial' evidence vs Trillanes

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is only out to destroy the accusations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV not the senator himself says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the tattoo on his arm as he answers queries from members of the media during his visit at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City on September 9, 2017. Also in the photo is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañan Photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte returns to Marawi

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The President visits the city a second time to boost morale of government troops fighting Muslim extremists

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Jul 19, 2017 - 10:50 AM

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MARAWI BATTLE. In this file photo, Philippine Marines help in the military offensive against the Maute Group in Marawi City on June 9, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Locals protest Duterte admin's Chico River project

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The P2 67 billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project is seen to boost the country s agricultural production but some tribes fear that it will adversely affect their communities

MARTYRS. This installation in Bugnay, Kalinga, based on a concept by Vladimir Longid, depicts the 3 Chico Dam martyrs : Pedro Dungoc, Macliing Dulag, and Lumbaya Gayudan. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

What happens to local government units during martial law?

May 24, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Local chief executives would have to surrender powers over their units to the national government but to what extent?

Duterte: PH ready to send troops to Bahrain in event of attack

Apr 15, 2017 - 3:51 PM

If you want [our] soldiers under your command I m willing to send you one battalion one regiment one division to protect you Just say the word President Rodrigo Duterte recalls telling King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

BAHRAIN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte listens to a businessman during his speaking engagement before the Capital Club of Bahrain, a prestigious private business and social club composed of top Bahraini CEOs and businessmen. Screengrab from RTVM

Duterte hits critics who say he 'kills the poor'

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says: I m sorry You say you re poor; that s not an answer I have a problem: 4 million addicts Do you want 4 million more?

DRUG-RELATED KILLINGS. This photo taken on March 7, 2017, shows Analyn Roxas, 26, and her sister, crying as her partner, Valien Mendoza, a suspected drug dealer, was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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Despite Duterte foreign policy, Filipinos still trust U.S. the most – poll

Mar 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The results of a Social Weather Stations survey also shows China and Russia – President Rodrigo Duterte s favored allies – earning the trust of more Filipinos

FULL TEXT: Huwag maging manhid sa mga pagpatay kahit Pasko – Villegas

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Mayroon tayong Pasko ngunit patuloy ang pagdanak ng dugo sa ating mga lansangan sabi ni CBCP president at Archbishop Socrates Villegas sa kanyang December 25 pastoral letter

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

US-PH relations, Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Air Force | 12PM wRap

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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Pangulo ng Pilipinas, 'chief diplomat' din ayon sa batas

Oct 15, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Nakasalalay sa Pangulo maging ang pang araw araw na buhay ng mga overseas Filipino worker OFW sabi ng isang eksperto

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte leaves after the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Summit and the handover of the ASEAN chairmanship to the Philippines in Vientiane, Laos, on September 8, 2016. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

LISTEN: Newsbreak Voices: Bakit dapat magpaka-diplomat si Duterte

Oct 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Trabaho ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na magpaka diplomat ayon mismo sa batas ng Pilipinas

Why Duterte needs to act like a diplomat

Oct 08, 2016 - 7:59 PM

Based on Philippine laws President Rodrigo Duterte is the country s chief diplomat whether he likes it or not

CHIEF DIPLOMAT. President Rodrigo Duterte attends a plenary session on the second day of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, on September 7, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte admin 'independent' from US, 'bullied' by China?

Oct 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

It s not independent because you move from one strong alliance to another strong alliance a foreign affairs analyst tells Rappler

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the National Banana Congress held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on October 7, 2016. Photo by Ace Moradente/Presidential Photo

Duterte wants to rename Malacañang to 'People's Palace'

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to make the name change before he steps down in 2022

PEOPLE'S PALACE? President Rodrigo Duterte wants to change the name of Malacanan Palace. Images from Malacanang

PH to US: We don't condone unlawful killings

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The DFA answers the US embassy s list of concerns under President Rodrigo Duterte but dodges Duterte s remarks against Ambassador Philip Goldberg

DIPLOMAT TO DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador Philip Goldberg chats with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr before a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Music Room in Malacanang Palace on July 19, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PND

US releases rare list of concerns under Duterte

Aug 12, 2016 - 4:53 PM

The United States hits President Rodrigo Duterte s gay remarks against Ambassador Philip Goldberg and says it is concerned about extrajudicial killings

PH-US RELATIONS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with US Secretary of State Secretary John Kerry during a courtesy call at the President's Hall of the Malacañang Palace on July 27, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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

Aquino: Giving up West PH Sea claim 'political suicide'

May 21, 2016 - 7:52 AM

I don’t think that any Philippine president can afford to give up any portion of territorial sovereignty President Benigno Aquino III tells Time magazine as the incoming Duterte administration eyes bilateral talks with China on the dispute

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Benigno Aquino III says it is 'political suicide' for any leader to give up portion of his or country's sovereignty. Photo courtesy of Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino off to last ASEAN Summit as president

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The President says he is flying to the United States to help to boost the joint strategic partnership between the US and ASEAN

OFF TO AMERICA. President Benigno Aquino III leaves the Philippines on February 15, 2016, for his last ASEAN Summit as chief executive. Photo by Exequiel Supera/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can guarantee stable and lasting peace in the southern Philippines

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. President Benigno Aquino III and Pope Francis exchange views during a private audience on December 4, 2015, in Vatican City. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Palace on Binay: Kailan siya binastos ng Pangulo?

Jul 11, 2015 - 4:36 PM

It’s very unbecoming of a public official to speak ill of a President who has treated him very well in the highest possible manner Aquino s spokesman says

FORMER ALLIES. Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) now hits President Benigno Aquino III for his administration's supposed ineptness. File photo from OVP

In Japan, Aquino to meet Uniqlo CEO

Jun 02, 2015 - 7:51 PM

I hope the President can entice the CEO of Uniqlo to do more manufacturing in the Philippines the Philippine envoy to Japan says

TOP BRAND. Shoppers walk into a Uniqlo shop, known for its low-priced clothes, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 20, 2009. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Aquino gets highest ratings in Mindanao

May 31, 2015 - 4:38 PM

This comes as President Benigno Aquino III seeks to end a 4 decade Muslim secessionist movement in the southern Philippines

WELCOMED BY STUDENTS. President Benigno Aquino III arrives on May 25, 2015, at a program to prepare for the start of classes at the Marikina Elementary School in Marikina City. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to visit Japan amid disputes with China

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:18 AM

The Japanese government invites the Philippine president to visit Tokyo as both the Philippines and Japan compete with China over sea and land

FRIENDS, ALLIES. President Benigno Aquino III receives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Philippines' presidential palace during Abe's official visit to the Philippines in June 2013. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau/Benhur Arcayan

Aquino to China president: 'Put yourself in our shoes'

Apr 20, 2015 - 6:15 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also says the Philippines and Vietnam are working out the details of a strategic partnership in the face of China s aggression

FACING DISPUTE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Li Yuan welcome Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at a welcome dinner during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on November 10, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino fears China fishing ban in disputed sea

Apr 17, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III also hails the G7 for issuing a statement against China s artificial islands in the South China Sea

UPHOLDING SOVEREIGNTY. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III honors the Colors while singing the Philippine National Anthem during the 73rd Commemoration of the Day of Valor at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan on April 9, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO

Aquino aunt slams gov't over ballot stealing charges

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Margarita Tingting Cojuangco and 13 others face separate complaints filed by the Commission on Elections law department

'Aquino quit' group: We have no leader, financier

Feb 27, 2015 - 3:38 PM

The National Transformation Council denies it is plotting a coup and says it s looking for a David to replace President Benigno Aquino III

ARROYO-LINKED. Norberto Gonzales (left) and Renato Corona (right), who both served under the Arroyo administration, belong to the National Transformation Council. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Rappler Newscast | September 18, 2014

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:43 PM

VP Binay: Allegations against me can t stand in court Drilon: No time to tackle Aquinop s 2nd term Polls open in Scotland independence vote

Drilon: 'No time' to tackle Aquino's 2nd term

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:34 PM

The President s party mate Senate President Franklin Drilon says 3 proposed measures will occupy the calendar of the Senate until the end of 2014

2ND TERM NEEDED? President Benigno Aquino III reviews the honor guards during the send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on September 13, 2014, before he visits Europe on an official trip. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rappler Newscast | June 24, 2014

Jun 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

Trillanes to Revilla Estrada: Man up stop whining Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies Egypt under pressure to pardon Al Jazeera journalists

Aquino: 'Natural' to meet senators on Corona

Jan 21, 2014 - 7:47 PM

It would ve been irresponsible for him not to counter the pressure that pro Corona groups were allegedly exerting on Revilla Estrada Guingona Recto

'Day of Prayer an Aquino publicity stunt'

Jan 20, 2014 - 11:25 PM

He goes on stage with religious leaders 13 years to the day Gloria Arroyo did the same Critics say Aquino has to deal with man made calamities such as the pork barrel