presidential transition 2016 - updates

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LIVE: Inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

Jun 30, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Watch the oath taking ceremonies of President elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President elect Leni Robredo on Rappler

LIVE: Inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Watch the oath taking ceremony of President elect Rodrigo Duterte on Rappler

LIVE: Inauguration of Leni Robredo, 14th Vice President of the Philippines

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:45 PM

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Joma Sison: Gina Lopez as DENR chief is acceptable

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:56 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman describes Lopez as a dedicated activist against abusive mining

Panelo is now Duterte's chief legal counsel

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:32 AM

Ernie Abella will replace Salvador Panelo as presidential spokesperson

Duterte meets with Cabinet appointees in Manila

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:16 PM

UPDATED For the first time President elect Rodrigo Duterte convenes his Cabinet appointees outside Davao City

Photos from RTVM

Duterte wants separate inauguration – Robredo camp

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED While we have been preparing for a joint inauguration we respect their decision says the head of Robredo s transition team

Duterte: Sorry, no interviews 'until end of my term'

Jun 06, 2016 - 4:47 PM

It s better not to have interviews There will be no criticism no wrong statements no nothing says the Philippines incoming president

NEXT PRESIDENT. Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming president, shuns media interviews – at least for now. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Baste Duterte: 'Let us continue the revolution'

Jun 05, 2016 - 12:07 AM

The third child of Rodrigo Duterte says Now is the time to move as a nation We are talented we are Filipinos and we are gifted

Sebastian 'Baste' Duterte during the Thanksgiving Party in Crocodile Farm In Davao City on June 4, 2016.

Palace on Duterte's promise of change: 'Wait and see'

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:18 PM

The president is the principal architect of our international relations so it s better if we wait for the next president s official policy on foreign affairs a Palace official says

LAST PRESS CON? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte explains himself to journalists on June 2, 2016, after he came under fire for catcalling a female television reporter during an earlier press conference. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Robredo: Supporting Duterte also means giving 'other perspectives'

Jun 03, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The vice president elect also cites the need for constant vigilance and circumspection as she points out that Duterte s statements and actions are taken as an indicator of official policy

Purisima: Enough fiscal space for more infra, social services spending

Jun 03, 2016 - 1:16 PM

The outgoing finance chief expresses confidence in the incoming economic team whose members he says have the experience and expertise to navigate a fiscally sustainable path in today s lending environment

FUTURE OF ASIA. Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima addresses the ?22nd International Conference on the Future of Asia? in Tokyo, Japan, on May 30, 2016. Photo from Cesar Purisima's Facebook page.

Duterte reveals appointees to LTO, PMS, PCOO posts

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:02 PM

His longtime aide is slated to head the Presidential Management Staff A TV news anchor Martin Andanar will head the Presidential Communications Operations Office

NEW APPOINTEES. Rodrigo Duterte in 'Malacanang of the South,' DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Gibo Teodoro officially declines DND post

Jun 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Teodoro says the important thing is that a good person was chosen referring to retired army general Delfin Lorenzana

11 LP congressmen join Duterte's PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 4:32 PM

More congressmen from other parties are expected to move to PDP Laban in the coming days says Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

Robredo: Local governance will seal partnership with Duterte

May 30, 2016 - 9:11 PM

The Vice President elect says that instead of renting an office for her at the expensive Coconut Palace satellite offices in the countryside is a better option

VICTORY. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (not in photo) and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo as the country'€™s duly-elected President and Vice President, Monday, May 30, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Duterte allies tried to convince him to join proclamation

May 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

I sent him messages says Vitaliano Aguirre II incoming justice secretary and lawyer of President elect Rodrigo Duterte

NEXT LEADER. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte holds another early morning meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Proclaimed: Duterte skips ceremony; Robredo, daughters in full force

May 30, 2016 - 4:18 PM

UPDATED Congress as the National Board of Canvassers proclaims the president elect and vice president elect exactly a month before they take their oath on June 30

ELECTED. The certificates canvassed by Congress show Rodrigo Duterte getting a total of 16,601,997 votes for president, and Leni Robredo 14,418,817 votes for vice president.

No Cabinet post? 'I'm not in a hurry,' says Robredo

May 30, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Ok lang naman sa akin hindi naman tayo nagmamadali says incoming vice president Leni Robredo when asked about the possibility of not getting a Cabinet post

BICOL VISIT. Leni Robredo goes home to Naga City ahead of her scheduled proclamation as vice president-elect. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo Media Bureau

5 failed, shelved PPP projects under Aquino admin

May 29, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines public private partnership thrust faces a stern test Will the Duterte administration continue these stalled projects?

STERN TEST. Getting PPP projects from advertisements to the tarmac seems to take ages. Images from

Duterte: My working hours will be from 1 pm to 12 am

May 29, 2016 - 2:36 PM

He also says his daily flights to Davao City will only be required during his first few days as president

LATE NIGHT MEETINGS. Nocturnal Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine president-elect, is fond of holding press conferences late at night such as this one on May 26, 2016 in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Yolanda survivors to Duterte: Choose Liza Maza for DSWD secretary

May 26, 2016 - 11:09 PM

The former Gabriela Women’s Party List representative was the first to bring aid to Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar after the super typhoon hit in 2013

DOF bares tax reform proposals to incoming chief Dominguez

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

The proposals of the outgoing DOF leadership include a one time tax amnesty program – excluding pending tax cases to generate widespread support

TAX TALKS. The outgoing Finance secretary Purisima (L) asks his successor Dominguez (R) to back up the department's 'holistic, equitable, and revenue-positive' tax reform proposal

Left submits Cabinet nominees to Duterte, 4 out of 10 women

May 26, 2016 - 10:52 AM

The Left has submitted a very impressive list of nominees I am inclined to give in says Duterte

FORMING  HIS CABINET. Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine president-elect, discusses Cabinet appointments during a press conference on May 26, 2016 in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte Cabinet members bond over monggo, fried fish

May 25, 2016 - 10:54 PM

Some incoming Cabinet members meet each other for the first time and exchange contact numbers as they prepare to serve incoming president Duterte

GETTING TO KNOW. Some members of the incoming Duterte Cabinet meet in Metro Manila on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Photo from Roldan Gorgonio Facebook account

3 Mindanao lawmakers shift to Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 24, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Peter Unabia and Mylene Albano of the Liberal Party along with Rogelio Pacquiao take their oath as PDP Laban members

NEW ALLIANCES. Several members of the House of Representatives have deflected to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Duterte: Advisers 'just pretend that they advise me'

May 24, 2016 - 7:21 PM

Amid eyebrow raising appointments Duterte says he makes his decisions on his own based on gut feel

ALL HIM. After background checks, Duterte says he decides on his Cabinet appointees on his own. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Duterte promises ‘5-minute’ inauguration speech

May 24, 2016 - 7:45 AM

He says he plans to invite only 150 people to his inauguration event to be held in the Office of the President in Malacañang Palace

TALKATIVE DUTERTE. Rody Duterte makes media laugh by promising to deliver his inauguration speech in 5 minutes. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Duterte picks Rolando Bautista as PSG commander

May 23, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Bautista is described as a ‘well rounded officer’ with a knack for conducting counter terrorism operations and gathering intelligence

 Photo by Richard Falcatan/

LP lawmakers told: Support PDP-Laban, but stay with party

May 23, 2016 - 6:02 PM

More realignments in the House of Representatives: the National Unity Party reunites with Lakas CMD before entering into a coalition with PDP Laban

Economists maintain 2016 growth projections despite strong start

May 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Growth is expected to slow in the second half of the year as the Philippines transitions to a new president and faces global headwinds

Esperon: Duterte gov't wants to talk, not fight NPA

May 23, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr also says the Duterte administration will continue implementing the EDCA and pursuing the arbitration case against China

Former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr visists Matina Enclaves as Duterte meets with possible appointees on May 16, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Purisima, Dominguez prepare for DOF transition

May 23, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Purisima says Dominguez his successor has the qualities needed to lead the Department of Finance

PASS THE BATON. Purisima (R) was all praises for Dominguez (L) whom he called 'an esteemed businessman and public servant with a lengthy record of excellence.' Dominguez photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler and Purisima photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Duterte campaign manager Evasco eyed as Cabinet Secretary

May 22, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Evasco mayor of Maribojoc and a former NPA rebel says he has not yet spoken to Duterte about the offer

CABINET SECRETARY? Jun Evasco arrives at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City to meet with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on May 16. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte eyes Bebot Bello for DOLE, Pernia for NEDA

May 22, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Looks like the post of NEDA chief won t be going to Albay Governor Joey Salceda

Teodoro: No decision yet on DND post

May 22, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED Gibo Teodoro clarifies he has yet to decide on Rodrigo Duterte s offer after reports quote the president elect as saying that Teodoro has already declined

NO TO OFFER. Gibo Teodoro declines Rodrigo Duterte's offer for him to return to the Department of National Defense. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte’s Cabinet choices ruffling feathers in his own circle

May 21, 2016 - 8:30 AM

What happened to the Cabinet inspired by Justin Trudeau s? What happened to Pia Cayetano as adviser for women appointees?

CHOICES, CHOICES. Duterte witnesses the signing of the 'Coalition for Change' agreement between Nacionalista Party and PDP-Laban. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Aquino: Duterte in for a reality check as next president

May 21, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The Duterte the public saw on the campaign trail will have to adjust to the realities of governance says outgoing President Benigno Aquino III

AQUINO'S SUCCESSOR. Can the Duterte administration sustain the gains of Aquino's and make up for its shortcomings? Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

'I'm sure Alvarez will be next Speaker' – Belmonte

May 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

UPDATED He has or will soon have the numbers longtime House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says of newly elected Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

Duterte camp apologizes to Quiboloy

May 20, 2016 - 6:06 PM

Transition team spokesman Peter Laviña appeals to the public to give controversial Cabinet appointees a chance to prove their worth

Ex-DOJ Usec Jose Calida is Duterte admin Solicitor General

May 20, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Jose Calida one of Duterte s campaign managers served the Arroyo administration as justice undersecretary and concurrent executive director of the Dangerous Drugs Board

DUTERTE'S SOLGEN. Former justice undersecretary Jose Calida will join the Duterte administration. Photo from Jose Calida's Facebook page

Duterte taps former CAAP chief Cusi as energy secretary

May 20, 2016 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED Alfonso Cusi is a known political ally of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

File photo of Alfonso Cusi by Jay Directo/Getty Images

Duterte ‘blocking’ Quiboloy’s efforts to help with Cabinet choices

May 20, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Is politics getting in the way of the 30 year friendship of Rodrigo Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy?

SPAT BREWING? Duterte appears in Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's television show on Election Day, May 9, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Left’s top choice for DENR: Bayan Muna Representative Zarate

May 20, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate a Davao based human rights lawyer has known Rodrigo Duterte since the president elect s appointment as Davao City OIC vice mayor in 1986

NUJP: Ex-Ampatuan lawyer as Duterte’s spokesperson could affect case

May 19, 2016 - 8:53 PM

Other journalists want lawyer Salvador Panelo to be dropped as Duterte s spokesman

NPC to form alliance with Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition is the latest political party to express support for the incoming administration of president elect Rodrigo Duterte

COALITION. The Nationalist People's Coalition - the country's second largest political party - is now allied with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

Duterte taps Vitaliano Aguirre as justice secretary

May 19, 2016 - 11:37 AM

The veteran lawyer is a fraternity brother and classmate of the president elect at the San Beda Law School

Screenshot from Rappler video

After hesitating, Dominguez accepts Finance post

May 19, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Dominguez tells Rappler that he decided to accept the position after initially declining

Former agriculture secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez during a press conference in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte's 'Bato': Who is Ronald dela Rosa?

May 19, 2016 - 7:57 AM

An operations guy Chief Superintendent Ronald Bato dela Rosa incoming president Rodrigo Duterte s choice for top cop brings with him local and field experience

'PRESUMPTIVE' PNP CHIEF. Dela Rosa, incoming president Rodrigo Duterte's pick to head the PNP, entertains calls inside his office in Camp Crame. Bea Cupin/Rappler

Ronald dela Rosa named Duterte's PNP chief

May 18, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Duterte entrusts the PNP with the former Davao City police chief who was sacked for a pro Duterte Facebook post during election season

File photo of Ronald dela Rosa courtesy of Karlos Manlupig