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If the SONA were a movie franchise, here's how we'd review it

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza

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

SONA 2016: Duterte, don’t get caught in the fog of global warming

Jul 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Rolly Calalang: Duterte’s lukewarm reception of the climate change agreement is not really out of line

Duterte’s calibrated approach to change

Jul 30, 2016 - 7:45 AM

A calibrated approach to change hinders Duterte from fully pursuing progressive changes

War on drugs: A spurious disjunction between firmness and due process

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

No real gain is made when the law is sacrificed It is precisely because trafficking in drugs offends the law that there is legitimacy in the full application of the State’s reserve of force against those who engage in it with impunity

CAMPAIGN VS DRUGS. A suspected drug pusher lies dead on the ground as a police crime scene operative gathers forensic evidence after 3 suspected drug pushers were killed when a drug bust operation ended in a shootout with authorities on June 25, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Brillante Mendoza on SONA 2016 criticism: 'Let's limit it to the craft'

Jul 27, 2016 - 8:20 PM

SONA 2016 director Brillante Mendoza says he used low angle shots out of instinct to convey President Duterte s power and authority

BRILLANTE MENDOZA. The award-winning director responds to criticism of his direction of the SONA 2016. File photo shows Mendoza at the photocall for 'Ma'Rosa' 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/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%

Disaster preparedness advocates hail Duterte’s SONA

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:53 PM

Advocates of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation suggest immediate actions the Duterte administration can undertake in its first 100 days to build more resilient communities

ENVIRONMENT. In his first SONA, President Rodrigo Duterte directs the environment department to 'amend, suspend, revoke' environmental permits, if needed'.

Duterte's marching orders for war on drugs, crime, corruption

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:30 PM

There will be no let up in this campaign Double your efforts Triple them if need be the President tells police barangay captains and local chief executives

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

Duterte hits 'Pietà' image of slain drug suspect

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Of priests and human rights groups President Rodrigo Duterte says in his first State of the Nation Address: Hindi nakakapigil yan ng kamatayan

'I'M A PUSHER.' A woman hugs her husband who was shot dead by an unidentififed gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. The man lies next to a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

AFP suspends offensive military operations vs communists

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:03 PM

All offensive military operations against the CPP the NPA and the NDF are on hold following President Rodrigo Duterte s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire

CEASE OPERATIONS. AFP Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya orders all units of the military to end offensive operations against the NPA. File photo by Public Affairs Office AFP

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

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Jul 26, 2016 - 1:48 PM

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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

Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

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

Duterte warns governors, mayors: Supervise police well or else...

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to sanction local executives who won t cooperate in government’s war against illegal drugs crime and corruption

WARNING. President Rodrigo Duterte warns uncooperative and underperforming LGUs during his first State of the Nation Address. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Duterte opens up on presidency, SONA at media dinner

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:32 AM

President Duterte invites journalists who covered him during the campaign to a private dinner in Malacañang Park after his SONA

LONG DAY. President Duterte entertains some journalists in Bahay Pangarap after a long SONA day. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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

Tiangco leaves UNA over minority leadership row

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco says he could not accept that his party mates would participate in game fixing the House minority leadership race

PRESIDENT NO MORE. Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco quits the United Nationalist Alliance. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte at SONA 2016: Off-script, yet on point

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:00 AM

He may have broken off from tradition by going off script in his first SONA but President Rodrigo Duterte couldn t be any clearer about waging war against drugs and criminality

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

Mass held for 'sacrificial victims' in war vs drugs

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Fr Atilano Fajardo describes targets of summary killings as sacrificial victims whose deaths will make the anti drug war seem like a success

'SACRIFICIAL VICTIMS.' Catholics hold a Mass on July 25, 2016, for victims of extrajudicial killings in the face of the government's bloody war against illegal drugs. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's 1st State of the Nation Address

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:36 PM

The 100 minute long speech is delivered in English and punctuated by ad libs in Filipino and Bisaya

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: State-run media to create Muslim and Lumad channels

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:05 PM

The President says foreign news executives from BBC and ABC will train PTV4 personnel and broadcast hubs in the Visayas and Mindanao will be established

ADDRESSING CONGRESS. President Duterte in his first SONA on July 25, 2016. Image from PTV4 Facebook page

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

Duterte: 'Amend, suspend, revoke' environmental permits, if needed

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:44 PM

In his first SONA President Duterte defends the appointment of Gina Lopez as environment secretary: We both share the same goal She is a crusader

PRESIDENT'S TRUST. In his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2016, President Duterte gives Environment Secretary Gina Lopez blanket authority to review and revoke environment permits. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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.