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Filipino bishops: Keep courage despite Duterte ‘regime of death’
Paterno R. Esmaquel II Aug 12 2020

‘Refuse to get discouraged,’ says the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged Filipinos to keep their courage even as the “regime of death and darkness” under President Rodrigo Duterte “seems to be enjoying its fine hour.”

#CourageON: Defending our rights
Maria A. Ressa, July 16, 2020

The walls are closing in.
The Philippines is at the precipice. There’s no need to declare martial law because the very processes of democracy have been turned against it. We now live in a time that is “worse than martial law.”

Duterte supporters pushing for revolutionary gov’t

PNP chief confirms invitation to meeting of Duterte supporters pushing for revolutionary gov’t
August 22, 2020Martin Sadongdong

Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa, chief of the Philippine National Police, has confirmed that he received an invitation from a group of supporters of President Duterte to attend a meeting that will push for the establishment of a revolutionary government.

The Video: RevGov pushed by Duterte supporters is dictatorship
Sep 2, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The revolutionary government that supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte are pushing equates to “dictatorship”, senator Gordon said Wednesday.

‘It’s a dictatorship:’ Senators oppose discussion of RevGov bid
Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net September 02, 2020
Several senators on Wednesday “squarely” opposed the idea of discussing the call made by certain groups to establish a revolutionary government.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier dismissed the call for a revolutionary government, recently said that it should be discussed publicly and not in secrecy.

Gordon on revolutionary gov’t: it’s dictatorship, plain and simple
September 2, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senators on Wednesday reiterated their opposition to revive discussions on the proposal to establish a revolutionary government in the country saying such moves would only divide the nation.

The Video: Duterte open to discuss revolutionary gov't after disowning group behind proposal
Sep 1, 2020 ANC 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte now appears to be open to the proposal of a revolutionary government after rejecting the idea being pushed by a group of his supporters.

Lorenzana receives invite to revolutionary gov’t meeting
August 23, 2020 Martin Sadongdong
Like Philippine National Police chief Police Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was also invited to attend a meeting by a group of President Duterte supporters pushing for a revolutionary government.

VP finds funny that revolutionary gov’t supporters turn to her after Duterte snub
August 30, 2020 Raymund Antonio
It is unlikely that Vice President Leni Robredo would accept the offer of a group of President Duterte‘s supporters to lead the revolutionary government.

VP not interested in revolutionary gov’t, calls the move ‘illegal’
August 29, 2020 Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo has no interest to take part in the move to establish a revolutionary government being pushed by President Duterte’s supporters to amend the Constitution.

‘Perpetual chaos’ if revolutionary gov’t pushed – business group
August 28, 2020 Ralf Rivas
'It does not really matter what system, whether unitary or federal or versions thereof – what is important is the actual practice of good governance,' says the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands

LOOK BACK: Campaigns to set up a revolutionary gov't in the Philippines
August 27, 2020 Michelle Abad
It was during president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s time that opposition groups came up with concrete models of a revolutionary government

Duterte and allies turn cold on revolutionary gov't, but lawyers urge vigilance
August 27, 2020 Lian Buan
'The greatest sin we can commit right now is to dismiss or ignore the true dangers these repeated calls for 'revgov' pose,' says the Philippine Bar Association

DFA chief Locsin tells RevGov backers: 'Just form cheering squad, clap outside Palace'
ABS-CBN News Aug 26 2020 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who are urging him to head a "revolutionary government" should instead "form a cheering squad" and clap outside Malacañang, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said Wednesday.

Former military, police officials reject call for Duterte-led revolutionary government
August 26, 2020 Nikko Dizon
A revolutionary government brings about major changes in the country's institutions through 'authoritarian and undemocratic means,' the retired security officials say

Advocacy group ANI rejects rev gov
August 26, 2020 Martin Sadongdong
An advocacy group composed of retired military generals today rejected the call by supporters of President Duterte to create of a revolutionary government.

Palace respects PNP plan to investigate group behind revolutionary gov’t
August 26, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang said on Wednesday it respects the planned investigation by the Philippine of the National Police of persons behind the revolutionary government initiative despite the absence of imminent threat from the group.

Revolutionary government calls add fuel to the fire, not VP Leni - Akbayan Youth
August 25, 2020 Raymund Antonio
It’s not Vice President Leni Robredo’s words that add fuel to the fire, but it’s the calls from President Duterte’s supporters for a revolutionary government, a youth group said on Tuesday. Look also:
the Video: After laying down recommendations, Duterte tells Robredo not to add fuel to the fire
Aug 25, 2020 ANC 24/7
An irked President Duterte told Vice-President Leni Robredo to stop adding fuel to the fire after she slammed the apparent lack of leadership in the country's pandemic response.

Justice Secretary Guevarra thumbs down calls for revolutionary government
August 25, 2020 Lian Buan
But the justice secretary stops short of making a categorical answer if the calls for revolutionary government are illegal

PNP-CIDG to probe proponents of Duterte-led revolutionary gov't
August 25, 2020 Rambo Talabong
'Political stunts such as this are ill-timed, considering that we are in the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

Governors reject call for ‘revolutionary government’
August 25, 2020 Rey Panaligan
The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) has expressed its opposition to a move to establish a revolutionary government to pave the way for federalism in the country.

Guevarra opposes idea of revolutionary gov’t
August 25, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday, Aug. 25, expressed disapproval over calls for the creation of a revolutionary government.

Duterte denies involvement in proposed revolutionary gov’t by supporters
August 25, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte said on Tuesday that he is not involved in the proposed establishment of the revolutionary government.

Renewed push for rev-gov 'untimely' during pandemic: DILG exec
ABS-CBN News Aug 25 2020 - with Video
The renewed call for a revolutionary government as the Philippines battles the COVID-19 pandemic is "very untimely," a government official who previously pushed for the proposal said Tuesday.

Group proposing revolutionary gov’t not liable for inciting to sedition - DILG
August 25, 2020 Chito Chavez
The group proposing the formation of a revolutionary government may not be cited for inciting sedition as its advocates are merely exhibiting their freedom of expression.

Calls for revolutionary gov’t could affect PH fiscal position
August 25, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Tuesday calls for a revolutionary government could affect the country’s fiscal position.

'Rev gov' finds little support from Duterte allies
ABS-CBN News Aug 24 2020 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who are pushing for a revolutionary government find no love and support even from allies of the chief executive, whom they want to have extra powers.
An election lawyer also floats the possibility of Vice President Leni Robredo automatically assuming Duterte's post, should he heed his supporters' call.

‘Call for revolutionary gov’t’ illegal, unconstitutional’, says Lorenzana
August 24, 2020 Martin Sadongdong
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed Monday that the group behind the push for the establishment of a revolutionary government should be investigated for possible violation of the law.

‘Revolutionary gov’t not a priority during pandemic; Duterte will step down in 2022,’ assures Roque
August 24, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang has rejected the calls from private individuals for a revolutionary government, reminding the public of President Duterte’s desire to finish his term and pass the reign of power to his duly-elected successor in 2022.

Revolutionary gov’t call by pro-Duterte group assailed
August 24, 2020 Ben Rosario
The call of a pro-Duterte group for the establishment of a revolutionary government came under fire Monday, with lawmakers and prominent lawyers assailing the move as alarming, if not a glaring violation of national security laws.

Group behind revolutionary gov’t wants to suck up to President
August 24, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday expressed belief the group pushing for a revolutionary government merely wants to suck up to President Duterte.

Lawyers' group slams call for Duterte-led revolutionary government
August 23, 2020 Jodesz Gavilan
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says ‘there is no legal, factual, practical, or moral basis’ for a revolutionary government led by President Rodrigo Duterte
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Sunday, August 23, said revived calls for a revolutionary government should be “discouraged and denounced” as there are other ways to address issues in the country.

Senators shoot down proposed revolutionary government
August 23, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Senators have thumbed down proposals for the establishment of a revolutionary government, saying such plans would only promote disunity at a time the country is struggling to cope with a COVID-19 pandemic.

PNP says no to revolutionary gov’t
August 23, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police declared Sunday that it will not support any move to launch a revolutionary government being initiated by staunch supporters of President Duterte as it is a plain and simple violation of the Constitution.

Are the revived calls for revolutionary government legal?
August 22, 2020 Lian Buan
Does calling for a revolutionary government violate the anti-terror law? Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra withholds comment and says 'the issue is more political than legal.'
The calls to declare a revolutionary government have been revived through an assembly of hundreds in Pampanga on Saturday, August 22, but the same questions as before linger – is it legal to call for a revolutionary government?



Coalition of nat’l groups call for revolutionary gov’t, charter change
RESOLUTION NO. 01, s. 2020
The coalition known as the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change, which is composed of at least 40 national organizations across the country, has convened at the former Clark Polytechnic building here yesterday. Look RESOLUTION NO. 01, s. 2020

Revolutionary gov’t too late as workable concept
August 23, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
The proposed establishment of a revolutionary government is a “titillating idea” for academic discussion but may be too late as a “workable concept,” according to Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

Palace backs off from revolutionary gov’t proposal
August 23, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang distanced itself from the proposed establishment of a revolutionary government, saying the government is focused on addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

Leni: Revolutionary gov’t a huge nonsense
August 23, 2020 Dhel Nazario
Vice President Leni Robredo has dismissed the call for a revolutionary government from supporters of the administration, calling it a “huge nonsense.”

If Duterte declares revolutionary gov’t, Robredo becomes president
April 5, 2019 Mara Cepeda - with Video
'Once President Duterte declares a revolutionary government, he ceases to be President having divested himself of the presidency,' says opposition senatorial bet Romy Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer.
Vice President Leni Robredo will replace President Rodrigo Duterte as chief executive if the latter declares a revolutionary government
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PH Interior Undersecretary: We do not support groups calling for revolutionary gov't
Aug 25, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Department of the Interior and Local Government distances itself from the group calling for a revolutionary government in the Philippines. Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing says that the DILG office devoted to pushing for constitutional reforms is in no way connected to the People's National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change. And despite pushing for the same initiative back in 2018, Densing says, making the shift now would be impractical.

PH military general opposes rev-gov calls: I don't believe in it
Aug 24, 2020 INQUIRER.net
Standing by the Philippines' “very robust” Constitution, a ranking military official on Monday rejected calls for a revolutionary government.
During a confirmation hearing of a panel of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade thumbed down efforts made by a pro-Duterte group to establish a revolutionary government.

Analyst: Push for revolutionary gov't won't progress
Aug 24, 2020 ANC 24/7
A legal analyst agrees, a revolutionary government would be unconstitutional.
Senior Research Fellow of the Ateneo School of Government, Michael Henry Yusingco says, forming a revolutionary government is contrary to the country's values as a democratic nation. But he thinks, the move would be futile.

'Rev gov' finds little support from Duterte allies
Aug 24, 2020 ANC 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who are pushing for a revolutionary government find no love and support even from allies of the chief executive, whom they want to have extra powers.

Palasyo may tugon sa hirit ng isang grupo na 'revolutionary government'
Aug 24, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Nilinaw ng Malacañang na hindi nito sinusuportahan ang panawagan ng ilang tagasuporta ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte para sa isang revolutionary government. Pati militar at mga politiko, dumistansya rin dito. Nagpa-Patrol, Joyce Balancio.

Pahayag ng Makabayan Bloc hinggil sa 'revolutionary government'
Aug 24, 2020 kodao phils
Nagbigay-pahayag si Rep. France Castro ng Makabayan Bloc sa Kongreso kaugnay sa nilulutong 'revolutionary government' ng mga tagasuporta ni Pangulong Duterte nitong nakalipas na linggo.

Proposed rev-gov to give Duterte 'extra powers', including legislation
Aug 24, 2020 ABS-CBN News
A revolutionary government proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters aims to give him "extra powers" to effect "necessary changes" that Congress was "inutile" to do so, an official of the group said Monday. IMPORTANT read also this article

Panukalang revolutionary government, isang joke: Comelec commissioner
Aug 23, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Isang joke kung ituring ng isang Comelec commissioner ang panukalang pagtatatag ng isang revolutionary government ng mga tagasuporta ni Pangulong Duterte

Pro-Duterte group launches people's initiative calling for a revolutionary gov't in PH
Aug 22, 2020 ANC 24/7
A group supporting President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a people's initiative seeking to declare a revolutionary government in the Philippines.

Revolutionary gov't na pamumunuan ni Duterte isinusulong ng grupo ng mga tagapagsuporta
Aug 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News

Motibo sa panawagang revolutionary gov't pinagdududahan
Aug 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Duda ang ilang mambabatas at eksperto sa motibo ng grupong nagsusulong ng isang revolutionary government na pamumunuan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pangambang makakaapekto ito sa pagpapatakbo sa tatlong sangay ng gobyerno

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During pandemic, Supreme Court favors Duterte twice and makes others wait
Lian Buan Aug 10 2020

Speed may not be the issue here, says former Court spokesperson Ted Te, but 'a question of trust'
Excluding petitions against the anti-terror law, there have been 6 major cases filed before the Supreme Court since the pandemic lockdown began mid-march, and the justices during this time, handed President Rodrigo Duterte two wins, while making others wait.

Duterte and his generals: A shock and awe response to the pandemic
Nikko Dizon July 31 2020

'The backbone of my administration is the uniformed personnel of government,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a public address on July 31
The Philippine government's enhanced community quarantine and all its derivatives were patterned after the decades-long tactics of the military on border controls in its fight against armed groups.

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Does the PNP view ordinary Filipinos as the enemy?
Francis Isaac Aug 01, 2020
'Though the PNP is supposedly civilian in orientation, its history as a tool of repression is still deeply ingrained in its organizational DNA'
At around 11 in the morning of July 27, two officers from the Manila Police District (MPD) entered the nave of the Quiapo Church, walked towards a small group of activists sitting on the back pew, and without any warning, seized a blue-and-white paper bag containing several placards from party-list group Akbayan. The officers did not immediately offer any explanation for their action, but as Rappler’s Camille Elemia wrote later in her article, the posters “were not being used” when the incident occurred.
#SONAgkaisa: Groups, personalities ask public to express outrage, take part in SONA protests
Kyle Aristophere Atienza July 18 2020

In an online protest dubbed #SONAgkaisa, groups known to have political differences gathered on Friday, July 17, to express the people’s unity and strongest resistance against the Duterte administration’s policies.

The Video: Police chief tells UP: Don't practice your chartered independence too much
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The head of the Philippine National Police on Wednesday urged the University of the Philippines to refrain from exercising its chartered independence too much after its Diliman campus hosted one of the biggest protests for President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address this week.

Pandemic unravels Duterte's 2016 promise of decisive leadership
Pia Ranada and Sofia Tomacruz June 28, 2020
Part I: Where was President Duterte’s famed tendency to 'overreact' in
January and February when the country’s health system needed it the most?

Piqued Duterte taunts doctors to mount ‘revolution’ against him
Pia Ranada August 3 2020 - with Video
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dared medical societies to stage a “revolution” against him as he slammed them for going public with their criticisms of his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a late-night address on Sunday, August 3, he said he welcomed such a “revolution” since this would give him an excuse to exercise presidential powers to quell it.

‘Mayor of the Philippines’ leaves LGUs blind amid COVID-19
Pia Ranada, Rambo Talabong, JC Gotinga June 29, 2020
PART 2: President Rodrigo Duterte missed many opportunities to provide direction and concrete guidance to local chiefs on the front lines of the health crisis


[ANAYLSIS] How the Senate can save us from Duterte’s ailing pandemic response
Luis Abad, JC Punongbayan, Zy-za Suzara, and Rupert Mangilit July 03, 2020

'It’s now up to the Senate to come up with a solid, sound supplemental budget that will force Duterte and his economic managers to change their ways and rethink their priorities'

Duterte fails in coronavirus crisis leadership
Marites Dañguilan Vitug June 29, 2020
He is strong on control, but weak on public health

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ANALYSIS: How ABS-CBN’s exit will hurt the PH economy
JC Punongbayan, Jeff Arapoc, Marianne Vital, Rainier de la Cruz, and Cherry Madriaga July 13, 2020

It will seem our laws and regulations can be easily weaponized against certain business interests, at the President’s whim

GMA shares jump 10% as ABS-CBN denied of franchise
Ralf Rivas July 13, 2020
GMA Network gains almost P2.1 billion in market capitalization. Meanwhile, the Philippine Stock Exchange suspends trading of ABS-CBN shares.
The price of GMA Holdings, where foreigners can invest in Philippine Depositary Receipts, went up as high as P6.30 from the P5.32 last Friday, July 10, but lost 0.2% at closing.


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What you need to know about people's initiative
Jodesz Gavilan July 13, 2020
People's initiative is an exercise of 'power of the people' to enact laws, but it entails a long and expensive process

EXPLAINER: Forget about people's initiative for ABS-CBN
Emil Marañon III July 11, 2020
It will cost the Comelec at least P4 billion, and it will overlap with its preparation for the 2022 elections. Let’s set the exercise aside for when we truly need it.

Kill is the word, the narrative, the theme
Vergel O. Santos July 17, 2020
'Feeding his own narcissistic sense, the President sees in the shutdown of ABS-CBN the downfall as well of its supposedly oligarchic owners. Obviously, he does not know his oligarchy.'

Beyond Duterte's oligarch spin
Karl Patrick Wilfred M. Suyat July 20 2020
'Malacañang will never stand against the oligarchy, not when the survival of all politicians in the system depend on its largesse'
Make no mistake: Rodrigo Duterte is not the enemy of the oligarchy.

Duterte is ‘great disruptor’ of buddy system between PH leaders, oligarchs
July 20, 2020 Ellson Quismorio
President Duterte became the “great disruptor” to centuries of buddy system between the country’s leaders and the so-called oligarchy, according to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

After ABS-CBN decision, Duterte 'happy' he 'dismantled' Philippine oligarchy
Pia Ranada July 14, 2020
"Kaya ko mamatay, mahulog sa eroplano. I am very happy. Alam mo bakit? Without declaring martial law, I dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the economy of the Filipino people," he said on Monday, July 13, in front of soldiers in Jolo, Sulu. Look the Video

Palace says 'oligarchs' referred to Tan, Ayala, Pangilinan
PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that the oligarchs “dismantled” by President Rodrigo Duterte were tycoon Lucio Tan, and water concessionaires Ayala and Pangilinan groups.

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Malacañang edits out mentions of ABS-CBN, Rappler in Duterte speech
Pia Ranada July 15, 2020 - with Video: Duterte's full speech
In the full speech which Rappler is making publicly available, the President also mentions the Ayalas, the Consunjis, and Manny V. Pangilinan. Look also the Video


Power, fear, and a pandemic in Duterte's 4th year
June 25, 2020

The Newsbreak team assess Duterte's 4th year in office starting from a position of power after the May 2019 elections and ending in June 2020 with a totally unexpected pandemic. Look also the article

Anti-terror Act of 2020 - Lessons from fighting a dictatorship


Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot - Part 1

The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

Part 2 - Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?
Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

Both: Emil Marañon III June 06-07, 2020

Is Duterte now a dictator?
Nathan Gilbert Quimpo July 06, 2020
'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'
Shortly after Congress passed the Anti-Terror Bill, critics and opponents denounced it as signifying “martial rule without martial law” or as being “worse than martial law.” Martial law – at the nationwide level – dictatorship or authoritarian rule.


UP Professor Maria Ela Atienza on assessing the 1987 Philippine Constitution
March 03, 2020

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Professor Ela Atienza to discuss the future of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the changes it needs, and the ways these could be achieved
Look also this article and Constitution - etc.


'Rob fear of its power' – Maria Ressa
Jun 23, 2020

Hannah Neumann, member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa about the Philippine drug war, the Duterte administration's attacks on the news organization, and what her recent verdict means for democracy and press freedom in the country. IMPORTANT: Look this article

Democracy under threat during pandemic, global leaders warn
Agence France-Presse June 25, 2020
'Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it,' says the open letter signed by political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups


Steven Rood on populism in Philippine politics
June 23, 2020

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to political scientist Steven Rood about populism as a recurrent thread in the Philippines. Look also this article

Harry’s rapture and the pandemic in our political leadership
Tristan Piosang July 02, 2020

'Here, dear Brutus, is where the fault lies – the quality of politicians we elect to office'

Biting the hand that feeds you: Thoughts of a gov't worker under Duterte
Ronald Bustos July 02, 2020
'Duterte is the Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-be-named) of our institution. Nobody dares to discuss him, unless it is about something positive.'

Judges should not take offense
Mel Sta Maria July 03, 2020

'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'

Calida and Duterte: A 4-decade friendship as lawyers, gun enthusiasts, friends of Bongbong Marcos
Carolyn O. Arguillas May 09, 2020

Up to the last minute before the 2016 presidential campaign, Jose Calida pushed for Bongbong Marcos to be Duterte's running mate.

FALSE: Duterte honored by Time magazine
June 04, 2020
The video wrongly equated 'strongman' with someone brave and firm, when in fact it is a term that describes a leader who controls by force of will and character


'Damocles' sword over journos': Maria Ressa says cyberlibel, other media cases politically motivated
Jun 13, 2020 ANC 24/7

The verdict on the cyberlibel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is due to come out on Monday. Ressa maintains she has done nothing wrong, adding that the case filed against her is politically motivated and suppresses freedom of speech. Ressa hopes the judge will stick to the spirit of the law.

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Maria Ressa case: The end of democracy in the Philippines?
Al Jazeera English June 21, 2020
In yet another blow to press freedom in the Philippines, prominent journalist Maria Ressa, executive editor of the hugely popular news site Rappler, has been found guilty of cyber libel and now faces prison.


Senate hearing on non-expiration of franchises
May 27, 2020

The Senate committees on constitutional amendments and revision of codes and public services hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, May 27, to tackle amendments to the Administrative Code of the Philippines
The committees will explore the possibility of non-expiring franchises or licenses to operation for broadcasting networks by amending Section 18, Book VII, Chapter 3 of the Administrative Code.
This comes as media giant ABS-CBN was forced to shut down on May 5, following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after the network's franchise expired. The company's franchise renewal is still pending before the House of Representatives.


Emergencies and Charity. A reflection by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Mar 26, 2020 Vatican News - English
Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
Ralf Rivas February 4, 2020

Numbers seem to say that the impact of the novel coronavirus on the economy is minimal. But this does not appease the business community.

Law of Duterte Land: War on the Law
Part 1
March 21, 2020
Is there an ongoing war on the law?

Part 2: DOJ and warrantless arrests
March 29, 2020

Law of Duterte Land: The rule of law in the time of the coronavirus
April 06, 2020
President Duterte's special powers under the Bayanihan Law have begun to be exercised

A failure of execution
Ronald D. Holmes and Paul D. Hutchcroft April 05, 2020
Despite lacking a coherent pandemic strategy, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is tightening his grip

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq - Etc.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country

The Roman Catholic Church
The Pope and the Vatican
in the Philippine culture

The Church's & religious leaders' opinion - Etc.
e.g. vice versa Malacañang's and "Duterte's dictator administration's" - Etc.


2016: Change is here
Dec 30, 2016

Watch Rappler's 2016 yearender video
Do you agree that ‘change is here?’
July 26, 2017
Change, the key promise of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, remains elusive to many, but others concede things have invariably been altered. For better, or for worse?


Timothy Snyder on tyranny, truth and democracy
April 03, 2020

In this interview with Rappler’s Maria Ressa, Snyder talks about the interesting political patterns he’s observed in his study of history, and what this might mean for the future of democracies


In the Crosshairs of History: The Lopez Family
July 25 2020 - with Video

Exclusive: Lopez matriarch on Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte

Maria Ressa talks to Chita Taylor, the Lopez matriarch, and her daughter Roberta Lopez Feliciano, on Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte, as well as the 'anger' after the shutdown of ABS-CBN and the targeting of their family
Every time a budding dictator is set to consolidate power in the Philippines, he attacks the Lopez family.
In a way, that makes sense because that family has run - whether in the ‘70s or today - the most modern and influential broadcast network in the country, ABS-CBN. In 1972, when then-president Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, he shut down ABS-CBN, and it remained dark for 14 years. - Look also this article

What the Philippines looks like to Filipinos abroad
Leticia Labre July 25 2020

Here’s a rundown of some recent news topics that have made me curl into fetal position: Duterte appointing a COVID-19 task force composed mostly of generals, as if the virus could be shot and killed like alleged drug addicts; the crackdown on specific media outlets,....

Who needs enemies when you have a President like Duterte?
Leila de Lima July 11, 2020

'Count the deaths. Count the sufferings. Count the fear and division he has cast over our nation...'

PH rule of law ranking under Duterte continues to plummet
Lian Buan March 13, 2020

In the recently released WJP 2020 Rule of Law index, the Philippines ranked 91st out of 128 in the overall score for "rule of law," a steady decline in ranking since 2015, when it ranked No. 51.
At No. 91 in 2020, the Philippines' ranking in the Rule of Law index is on a steady decline since 2016, making its average annual percentage drop one of the 5 worst in the world.







Weaponizing the law against democratic dissent
February 19, 2020

How has the law been used to muzzle democratic dissent?
“Lawfare,” described as the perversion of the law and its weaponization as a tool to silence dissent, is a phenomenon known globally. In the Philippines, activists, journalists, and opposition leaders have been on the receiving end of the weaponization of the law.


Int’l Forum on Lawfare: Weaponizing the Law vs Democratic Dissent
February 21, 2020
Understanding 'lawfare' and unpacking the stories and experiences against the weaponization of the law are among the topics to be discussed at the Manila leg of the international forum.
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum on February 21, to tackle how the law is being used to muzzle democratic dissent. Look also the article and
HIGHLIGHTS: Forum on weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent
February 23, 2020 - with Videos


Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
Lian Buan February 22, 2020 - with Video
'By refusing to tax him on his sworn duty to promote justice, these sectors abet the continued desecration and demolition of institutions of justice and accountability,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.


'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism'
Book on Martial Law launched: 'It is happening again'
May 05, 2019
The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime.
Seeing similarities between the present and the Philippines' dark days under military rule, Martial Law survivors launched a book documenting their experiences to remind Filipinos about their past.


A petty dictator
Vergel O. Santos December 21, 2019
The significance of Cory’s book cannot be overemphasized. Her stature alone lends it the poundage of truth needed to crush the creeping conspiracy to not only distort, but flat-out falsify the history of the period to rehabilitate its villains.

Duterte: It is my job to kill
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2020
'It is my job to scare people, to intimidate people, and to kill people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech before local officials

Duterte: Don't be president if you can't kill
Sofia Tomacruz March 03, 2020 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte also says he does not see anyone 'fit' to serve as president after him


The right to be entertained
Vergel O. Santos February 29, 2020
At any rate, relative to the ABS-CBN case, press freedom has not resonated widely enough. But things seem promising.
A serious sociopolitical conflict is developing over the Duterte regime’s campaign to take away the ABS-CBN franchise. The conditions are made for it: As the largest independent broadcast network, ABS-CBN simply has no place in President Duterte’s authoritarian designs.


Women take charge in the House of Representatives
March 12, 2020

In the macho world of the House of Representatives, female legislators are unafraid to speak up.
As the world observes Women's Month, Rappler will sit down with 3 influential congresswomen to discuss the crucial role that women play in governance and how it's like to be a female leader under Duterte.
The panel are:
- Sharon Garin, AAMBIS-OWA representative and House committee on economic affairs chairperson
- Bernadette Herrera, Bagong Henerasyon representative and House deputy majority leader
- Sarah Elago, Kabataan representative

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Sinag Maynila 2020 disqualifies film critical of Duterte from festival lineup, director speaks up
February 22, 2020

Filmmaker Jay Altarejos calls out festival co-founder Brillante Mendoza, challenging him to disclose the true reason for his film's disqualification

Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies
Jodesz Gavilan February 20, 2020

Ibon Foundation says the red-tagging by the Duterte government is the 'first step in a much larger and more sinister agenda'

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging
Alvin James Magno May 25, 2020
A video of a student demonstration in the UPLB campus is included in a military propaganda about progressive organizations being 'recruiters' of communists

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Duterte task force behind red-tagging is part of COVID-19 'strategic communications'
Pia Ranada July 08, 2020 - with Video

Task force head Major General Antonio Parlade Jr says their job is to counter 'communist propaganda' supposedly exploiting government lapses in dealing with the pandemic

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists
JC Gotinga May 14, 2020
If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere.
When the government ordered ABS-CBN off the air on May 5, journalists and various groups immediately denounced it as an attack on press freedom. President Rodrigo Duterte had finally made good on his threat to block the network’s franchise renewal.

The media is important for a vibrant democracy
Rob Julian M. Maghinang February 20, 2020

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

HIGHLIGHTS: Forum on weaponizing the law vs democratic dissent
February 23, 2020 - with Videos
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about how 'lawfare'

Media and lawfare: Journalists 'woke up to a storm' under Duterte administration
Jene-Anne Pangue February 22, 2020
'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria

Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
Lian Buan February 22, 2020 - with Video
'By refusing to tax him on his sworn duty to promote justice, these sectors abet the continued desecration and demolition of institutions of justice and accountability,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.


Tanya Hamada on navigating PH civic space
January 08, 2020

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to democracy activist Tanya Hamada about what the Philippines can learn from other countries in terms of utilizing civic space

Southern Metro police chief snatches GMA reporter's phone, deletes video of Traslacion commotion
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020 - with Videos of the incident
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan, the chief of the Southern Police District, didn't like it that broadcast journalist Jun Veneracion captured on video how cops dragged a devotee to the ground

PNP general who snatched reporter's phone promoted again
Rambo Talabong February 13, 2020
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan now holds the second highest position in the National Capital Region Police Office

Nolasco Bathan: The general who snatched a journalist’s phone
Rambo Talabong January 12, 2020
Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan has a history of getting entangled with controversy. Will he survive this latest one?

PNP Press Corps: General Bathan violated police code
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020
Under Philippine National Police rules, 'conduct unbecoming of a police officer' can merit dismissal, suspension from the service, or demotion

Año: Generals should never snatch cell phones. Period.
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020
The PNP launches an investigation, but stops short of relieving Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan to ensure an impartial probe

Militant lawmakers slam 'police brutality' at Nazareno 2020
January 10, 2020
House Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate says the PNP's 'use of excessive force' against the devotees turned the Traslacion into 'a police march rather than a show of faith and devotion to the Black Nazarene'

Southern Metro chief sorry: I mistook GMA reporter as a threat
Rambo Talabong January 10, 2020 - with Video
Asked repeatedly about the recording of him instructing another cop to delete Jun Veneracion's video, Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan only says, 'I don't know'

FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas
December 28, 2019

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

Philippines and United States’ Visiting Forces Agreement - VFA

ALL Videos UPDATED March 18, 2020

Senate hearing on PH-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement - Termination - Etc.
Look the Videos: Philippines: US territory or China’s province?
GMA Public Affairs Feb 27, 2020 - Feb 28, 2020 INQUIRER.net
AND the articles: Is China our new America?

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Senate hearing on PH-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement
February 06, 2020 - with Video
After President Rodrigo threatened to scrap the Philippines and United States’ Visiting Forces Agreement, senators on Thursday, February 6, hold a hearing on the decades-old defense pact.
The review takes place as lawmakers ask Duterte to hold off on withdrawing from the VFA as it deliberates on the agreement’s impact, benefits, and costs.

The Video: Senators discuss Visiting Forces Agreement termination
Feb 19, 2020 ABS-CBN News

Duterte halted VFA termination due to South China Sea tensions
Sofia Tomacruz June 22, 2020
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says for President Rodrigo Duterte, 'having a rise in military tensions in the South China Sea was not helping anybody'

U.S. thanks PH for delaying VFA termination, promises vaccine
Rambo Talabong June 14, 2020
The United States is home to one of the world's current frontrunners in developing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus

Lorenzana welcomes suspension of VFA repeal
JC Gotinga June 03, 2020
'In times of crises and global uncertainty, it is our belief that nations are only made stronger if we work together and focus our efforts on tackling the various challenges that confront us all,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Philippines suspends VFA termination for now
Sofia Tomacruz June 02, 2020
The United States welcomes the suspension, which will last for an initial period of 6 months

Ex-VFA chief Edilberto Adan on cutting the military pact with the U.S.
March 18, 2020 - with Video
Former Visiting Forces Agreement Commission executive director Edilberto Adan talks about the importance of the military deal and the impact of its repeal.

The Video: Kapangyarihan ng presidente, hanggang saan ang limitasyon?
GMA Public Affairs March 10, 2020
Hanggang saan nga ba ang kapangyarihan ng Pangulo? ‘Yan ang tanong ng ilang senador na dumulog sa Supreme Court para maghain ng petition hinggil sa VFA. Ang buong detalye, panoorin sa video!

After Senate files VFA petition, Duterte insists: 'I refuse to be compelled'
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2020
In asserting he wants the deal scrapped, President Rodrigo Duterte rules out any effort to 'discuss this with anybody'

At last, Senate asks Supreme Court to define limits of Duterte's power
Lian Buan March 09, 2020 - with Video
'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon.
By filing a petition challenging the President's unilateral termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Senate, for the first time in the 3 years of this administration, has asked the Supreme Court to define the limits of President Rodrigo Duterte's presidential power.

The Video: Senators talk to reporters after asking SC to clarify role in treaty termination
ABS-CBN News March 09, 2020

Senators ask Supreme Court: Order Duterte to seek our concurrence on VFA scrapping
Lian Buan March 09, 2020
This marks the first time that senators of the majority bloc are challenging a policy of the Duterte administration before the Supreme Court

U.S. admiral on VFA repeal: A little disappointing but relationship not lost
JC Gotinga March 07, 2020
US Pacific Fleet Commander John Aquilino is leading a port call of the aircraft carrier strike group Theodore Roosevelt in Vietnam, which uncharacteristically skipped the Philippines in its Indo-Pacific voyage

Senate adopts resolution questioning Duterte power to solely end treaties
Aika Rey March 02, 2020
The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence

Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way
Carmela Fonbuena February 28, 2020
Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio

Hope for VFA? 'Door is not totally shut,' says PH envoy to US
Carmela Fonbuena February 28, 2020
'We cannot ignore a country like the US,' says Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez

Can PH defend itself without U.S. help? We can, we will, we should – AFP
JC Gotinga February 27, 2020
The die is cast, says the military

The Video: Duterte on VFA abrogation: PH can handle its own problems
Feb 27, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
President Duterte is confident that the country will survive as a nation and will be able to solve its own problems without relying on anyone, particularly the United States.

Duterte insists VFA repeal not a ‘knee-jerk reaction’
JC Gotinga February 26, 2020
‘I am the most deliberate. That’s why I’m awake until 6 o’clock, just thinking of what I have to do,’ says the President

'Fortunately,' there won’t be pushback from military over VFA – Trillanes
JC Gotinga February 19, 2020
The former Navy sailor who led two mutinies says the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a professional institution, and will weather the President’s order to repeal the pact with its biggest military ally

The Video: Bato defends loyalty to Duterte: 'He represents the Filipino people'
Feb 19, 2020 ABS-CBN News
There is nothing wrong with being loyal to President Rodrigo Duterte who is duly-elected to lead the country, said Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, a day after drawing flak for flaunting his biases.

DJ Chacha slams Dela Rosa: Just resign and be Duterte's bodyguard
February 19, 2020
'When you're a public servant and your loyalty is towards a person and not towards the country, ang tawag diyan, tuta,' she says
She was reacting to Dela Rosa’s statement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and against media giant ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise renewal. Balba is a DJ of MOR, which is under ABS-CBN.

No more VFA? PH, U.S. ‘will work out something else’ – Romualdez
JC Gotinga February 18, 2020
Nothing’s certain, but based on history, the two countries will figure out a way to move bilateral relations forward, says the Philippine ambassador to the US

Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court
Aika Rey February 16, 2020
No less than Senate President Vicente Sotto III is preparing the petition raising the need for Senate concurrence in ending treaties

Trump 'fine' with VFA termination? 'He deserves to be reelected,' says Duterte
Aika Rey February 16, 2020
Malacañang says President Duterte 'is glad that the American President understands and respects his decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement'

'Stop whining,' Locsin says after PH sends notice of VFA termination
Sofia Tomacruz February 13, 2020
'Time to grow up,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

Panelo contradicts Panelo: No Trump, Duterte phone call after all
Sofia Tomacruz February 13, 2020 - with Video
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo admits to reporters there was no scheduled call to begin with.

Trump 'fine' with end of Visiting Forces Agreement
Agence France-Presse February 13, 2020
'If they would like to do that, that's fine, we'll save a lot of money,' Trump tells reporters at the White House, touting his 'very good relationship' with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

No more military exercises with US when VFA lapses – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga February 13, 2020
Although planned joint exercises may still continue in the next 6 months, there won’t be any when the termination of the military pact takes effect after that period, says the defense chief

Robredo to Duterte: Why so quick to act on VFA but slow on novel coronavirus?
JC Gotinga February 12, 2020
Vice President Leni Robredo questions the President's motive for scrapping the VFA, especially since members of his own Cabinet warned that it would largely be against the Philippines' own interests

Tolentino 'advises' AFP to ask for U.S. equipment when VFA ends
Aika Rey February 12, 2020
'Baka naman makahingi tayo ng p'wede nating gamitin,' says Senator Francis Tolentino as 'advice' to new AFP chief Felimon Santos Jr

VFA termination a 'national tragedy,' says Del Rosario
Sofia Tomacruz February 12, 2020
'It is not what we do; it is not what is right,' says former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario, urging the Duterte government to reconsider its decision

'Not in session hall?' 6 senators allied with Duterte withdraw vote in VFA review reso
Aika Rey February 12, 2020
Senator Sotto asks Senator Marcos: 'Then why did you not object? Senator Dela Rosa abstained. If you were in the session hall, then you should have abstained.'

Guevarra: PH will survive without VFA with Americans
Lian Buan February 12, 2020
Whether the President's advisers agree with him on the termination of the military deal is now 'water under the bridge,' says the justice secretary

U.S. defense chief: Terminating VFA 'a move in the wrong direction'
JC Gotinga February 12, 2020
Losing the Visiting Forces Agreement would be a setback in countering China’s aggression in the Asia Pacific region, says US Defense Secretary Mark Esper

TIMELINE: Duterte's threats to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement
Sofia Tomacruz February 11, 2020
The Philippines' notice it is terminating the military pact triggers a 180-day countdown until the agreement expires. How did we get here?

Senate divided as Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.
Aika Rey February 11, 2020
Pro-administration senators withdraw their votes in an already approved Senate resolution that urges the President to review the Visiting Forces Agreement before terminating it

Military members disagree with VFA termination – senior officers
JC Gotinga February 11, 2020
Scrapping the key military pact with the US is disadvantageous to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, say two senior military officers who spoke on condition of anonymity

PH notice of VFA termination to have 'significant implications' on relations, says U.S.
Sofia Tomacruz February 11, 2020
The United States says it will 'carefully consider' its next moves as it 'remains committed' to its friendship with the Philippines

Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.
Sofia Tomacruz February 11, 2020 - with Video
'The Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddyboy Locsin and the latter signed the notice of termination as sent to the US government today,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

What will happen to PH military if the VFA is terminated?
JC Gotinga February 11, 2020
Can joint military exercises with American troops continue without the Visiting Forces Agreement? At the very least, mounting them would become a lot more difficult.

In whose interest? Netizens question gov't scrapping of VFA
Gaby Baizas February 11, 2020
‘Behold this President, his personal issues over [the] nation’s welfare,’ netizen says

PH-U.S. military operations could ‘disappear’ if VFA scrapped – U.S. official
JC Gotinga February 11, 2020
Some 300 joint activities between Philippine and U.S. forces require the VFA as a basis for operations, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State R. Clarke Cooper

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA
JC Gotinga February 10, 2020
Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines

With VFA uncertain, Duterte lashes out at U.S. once again
Sofia Tomacruz February 10, 2020
'Si Trump pati 'yung others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. Sabi ko, ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

No order from Duterte yet to terminate VFA
JC Gotinga February 08, 2020
'This is fake news,' says the defense secretary about Salvador Panelo's claim that the President has taken steps to instruct Foreign Secretary Locsin to send the notice of termination to the US
Contrary to an earlier statement from the presidential spokesperson, President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet ordered Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr to send the US notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Saturday afternoon, February 8.

Despite risks, Duterte orders Locsin to terminate VFA
Sofia Tomacruz February 07, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte ignores the calls of top security and foreign officials to first review the defense agreement

FULL TEXT: Locsin on impact assessment of VFA termination
February 06, 2020 - with video
What is at stake and is the Philippines ready to terminate the VFA?

With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Phillippines' security
Sofia Tomacruz February 6, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression

Locsin: Risky for PH to terminate visiting forces agreement with U.S.
Sofia Tomacruz February 06, 2020
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 'continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial' to the country

No termination yet: Locsin instead wants 'vigorous review' of VFA
Rambo Talabong February 06, 2020
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr admits he and defense chief Delfin Lorenzana were not consulted before President Duterte announced his order to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

Lacson questions ending VFA to get Dela Rosa's visa back
Aika Rey January 24, 2020
Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Supreme Court needs to 'act soonest' on whether a two-third vote by the Senate is needed to terminate international treaties.

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U.S. Senate panel OKs ban on PH officials in De Lima, EJK cases
Aika Rey December 12, 2019

The US travel ban and the freezing of assets would cover Philippine officials and security forces responsible for extrajudicial killings and the detention of Senator Leila de Lima.
The US resolution also condemns the "harassment, arrest, and unjustified judicial proceedings" against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.
The US Senate urged the Philippine government to guarantee the freedom of the press and drop all charges against Maria Ressa and Rappler.

U.S. senators to Duterte: Human rights violations must end
Sofia Tomacruz January 10, 2020
'While we remain a steadfast ally of the Philippines, we also remain resolute in defending human rights and the rule of law,' says US Democratic Senator Edward Markey

After U.S. cancels Bato's visa, Duterte threatens to scrap visiting forces agreement
Sofia Tomacruz January 23, 2020
Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal warning, the visiting forces agreement is a treaty that can only be repealed by an act of Congress

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too
Aika Rey January 23, 2020 - with Video
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about.
As if we haven't had enough of it, Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday, January 23, spread some gossip in a media forum.
In the forum, Marcos was asked about her reaction to the cancellation of the US visa of her colleague, Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. She said she's heard about it, adding that it seemed other officials have been "blacklisted" too.
There's news about that and I know that Senator Bato would not be able to go to the US. There's news that other officials like Secretary Delfin Lorenzana were blacklisted or held at the airport too.

U.S. Senate passes resolution seeking Magnitsky sanctions vs PH officials
Sofia Tomacruz January 09, 2020
The resolution calls on US President Donald Trump to determine if Philippine officials responsible for extrajudicial killings and Senator Leila de Lima's detention would face travel and financial restrictions

U.S. Senator Durbin: De Lima case 'important test' for PH democracy
Sofia Tomacruz January 09, 2020 - with Video
'There is an easy and honorable way forward,' says Senator Richard Durbin as he reiterates his call to release Senator Leila de Lima or ensure her a fair trial

De Lima submitting list of ‘persecutors’ to U.S. state department
Janella Paris January 04, 2020
She also says she would not release her full list until the US state department comes up with its own, so as not to preempt the agency

U.S. Senator Markey: Duterte's threats will not silence us
Sofia Tomacruz January 03, 2020
'President Duterte is sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence my voice and that of my colleagues,' says United States Senator Edward Markey after he is barred from entering the Philippines

PH bars entry of 3rd U.S. senator backing De Lima release
January 01, 2020
Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is the author of the resolution which condemns Senator Leila de Lima's detention and denounces human rights offenders in extrajudicial killings as well as media harassment in the country

U.S. Senator Durbin: Duterte's visa threat 'insult' to Fil-Ams, PH democracy
JC Gotinga December 31, 2019
The Democrat senator reiterates his call for the release of Senator Leila de Lima from detention, or a 'quick and credible' trial of the 'questionable' cases against her

Not 'fake news': Documents show U.S. sanctions vs De Lima accusers valid
Sofia Tomacruz December 30, 2019 - with Video
3 documents debunk questions on the validity of U.S. sanctions against Philippine officials involved in the detention of Senator Leila de Lima

U.S. senator urges PH to free De Lima, drop threats vs Maria Ressa
Sofia Tomacruz December 29, 2019
United States Senator Patrick Leahy vows to continue standing up for human rights in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte bars him from entering the country

Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines
Sofia Tomacruz December 21, 2019
With a US Senate committee passing a resolution invoking the Global Magnitsky Act, Philippine officials face the prospect of being denied US visas and having their assets there frozen

U.S. senators misled over PH officials ban? De Lima: ‘Nakakatawa naman ito’
Mara Cepeda December 15, 2019
Senator Leila de Lima tells Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo her detention is a 'test case for your boss’ attempt to flex his tyrannical ambitions'

Locsin calls ‘idiotic’ US Senate panel’s resolution vs PH officials
Mara Cepeda December 15, 2019
The Philippines' top diplomat cites the 'separation of powers and the independence of nations' as he hits the US foreign relations committee resolution citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

HRW: De Lima's persecution shows Duterte's 'increasing authoritarianism'
Jodesz Gavilan November 20, 2019
Karapatan also likens the situation of Senator Leila De Lima with the experience of hundreds of political prisoners facing alleged trumped-up charges under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Aquino to Filipinos: Speak now before you're stifled like De Lima
Mara Cepeda November 20, 2019 - with Video

'Habang hindi pa tayo tinamaan, hindi kaya mas marapat dito na tayo manindigan? Kaysa naman maramdaman na natin ang nararamdaman ni Leila nang dire-diretso," says former president Noynoy Aquino

The new normal

Lawlessness in the Philippines under Duterte
Rappler Investigative Team December 10, 2019

Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative and research section, tracks stories that depict lawlessness in the Philippines, aided by policies and orders that veer toward authoritarianism

Newsbreak Chats 2019: The year in stupidity
December 18 - with Video
Rappler senior editors discuss the events that shaped the Philippines in 2019, what issues hounded Duterte, and what 2020 will bring.
It has been a crazy 2019, filled with controversies from all branches of the Philippine government.
Will democracy continue to decline in 2020?

Duterte’s foul attacks on big business: What is he up to?
JC Punongbayan December 19, 2019
The Duterte government has shown a propensity to disrespect contracts, ignore property rights, and harass businesses

The Philippines, a killing field
Miriam Grace A. Go November 07, 2019

Sometime ago, a journalist friend and I were looking into post-Duterte scenarios, particularly about the legacy he would leave – first, in our armed institutions, and second in society at large – given his “kill, kill, kill” mentality.

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Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders
Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong, and Jodesz Gavilan December 14, 2019 - with Video

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

In Malacañang on September 4, President Rodrigo Duterte issued a live television warning to heinous crime convicts who were previously released on good conduct time allowance (GCTA): surrender or be hunted.

"If you do not, then beginning at this hour, you are a fugitive from justice," Duterte said, without citing a law, without a court order, and without so much a written memorandum, even though GCTA, once granted, can never be revoked.

The President offered a P1-million bounty for each of them. Dead or alive.

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months
Text and photos by MICHELLE ABAD December 15, 2019
Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style
Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong and Jodesz Gavilan December 16, 2019
Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections Government walks a tightrope
Lian Buan, Rambo Talabong, Jodesz Gavilan, and Michelle Abad December 18, 2019
Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

REPORT: The Uncounted Dead of Duterte's Drug War
Sheila Coronel, Mariel Padilla, David Mora, and The Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism Aug 19, 2019

Huge numbers of deaths have gone uncounted in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. What does that mean for due process, and for the countries that emulate him? Read - download the Report as pdf

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war
Rambo Talabong November 17, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs.

State secrets? De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for restricting Robredo
Rambo Talabong November 17, 2019
'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?

100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi
JC Gotinga November 18, 2019

Increased military presence in the war-ravaged city may rile up residents' cultural and religious sensitivities, and take up land that has historic meaning to the Maranao people, the petitioners say.

Duterte's sense of history
Vicente L. Rafael November 10, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte's version of historical time is one of unending trauma, where experience outstrips expression.
What's the difference between President Rodrigo Duterte and his predecessors?

Read ALL links in the article

The 47th anniversary of Martial Law

Hayskul Batch '73: We were the martial law teenagers
Gilbert Yap Tan September 21, 2019

As we sang our graduation song, we became misty-eyed at the thought of our inevitable separation... of the beginning of a new phase in our lives under the New Society, the euphemism given to Martial Law.
When Martial Law was declared in 1972 and changed the dynamics of our relationships; paranoia became the order of the day. And our lives were never the same again.

Martial law 'peaceful'? Netizens debate severity of Marcos regime
Gaby Baizas September 21, 2019
Was the Philippines under Martial Law as peaceful as Marcos apologists make it out to be?

Martial law: The pill I had to take
Rio S. Aburido September 21, 2019
In my grandfather’s house, the name Marcos and the idea of martial law was like a pill that could cure a malignant disease. But the pill is so bitter, and even unfit for human consumption.

Martial Law anniversary reminder for Filipinos to fight despotic rule
September 21, 2019
'Higit sa pag-alala, ang araw na ito ay isang panawagan… na gampanan ang ating iisang tungkulin na siguruhing walang lugar ang kahit sinong diktador sa isang bayang malaya,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the 47th anniversary of Martial Law

Youth stand up against authoritarian rule on 47th Martial Law anniversary
Jaia Yap September 21, 2019
Young people all over the Philippines amplify calls to uphold national sovereignty, fight for the rights of marginalized sectors such as farmers and the urban poor, and end attacks to government critics

Countering Marcos propaganda with stories of resistance
Vec Alporha September 21, 2019
Marcos' Martial Law is not only a story of how the oppressors oppressed. It is also the story of how the oppressed resisted.

Shouldn’t we call ourselves 'martial law babies' too?
Karl Patrick Wilfred M. Suyat September 21, 2019
Our generation of activists now bellow in the streets, 'Marcos-Duterte, walang pinagkaiba!' Indeed, these twin fascists had never differed.

Part 1: How the Marcoses are using social media to reclaim Malacañang

Disinformation, coordinated amplification, use of an extensive network of anonymously-managed pages and groups are part of the Marcos comeback playbook

How the Marcoses are rewriting history
Messages posted on groups and pages monitored by Rappler's Sharktank typically also glorified the virtues of authoritarian rule

False narratives from the Marcos arsenal
Conclusion: For the Marcos comeback playbook, facts don't matter

All Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza November 20, 21, 22, 2019

Deep dive into the Marcos networked propaganda
February 25, 2020 - with Video

The massive propaganda and targeted disinformation produced and amplified by Marcos and Duterte fan pages, YouTube channels, and social media influencers.

This networked propaganda, which sought to alter public perception on the Marcoses, was mapped using Rappler’s Sharktank database. This has tracked over 360 pages and over 280 groups supporting the Marcoses.

IMPORTANT Read also ALL links in the article

Marcos vs Robredo
Vergel O. Santos October 12, 2019

To be sure, too many incredible things have happened in the Supreme Court, precisely in cases where Duterte had an interest

AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask:
Is Duterte "a Marcos lapdog"

DURING TENSE POLITICAL TIMES Unity is Supreme Court's prime quest
Lian Buan October 12, 2019
Even in the Robredo-Marcos case, which is perceptibly a divisive issue, justices are said to be having an 'emerging consensus'

Marlon Manuel on fighting inciting to sedition case vs Robredo
September 24, 2019 - with Video

On Tuesday, September 24, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Marlon Manuel to discuss the case and what the harassment against the opposition means to the rule of law

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos


Threats to rule of law under Duterte
October 03, 2019

Is it time for lawyers in the Philippines to take to the streets, just like what the world saw in Hong Kong?
The Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL), a network of lawyers that fought the policies of then-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, recently reconvened to plan actions against threats to rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Majority of Filipinos think it's dangerous to publish anything critical of Duterte admin
Sofia Tomacruz August 03, 2019

A June 2019 Social Weather Stations Survey shows 51% of Filipinos agree it's dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the current administration even if it is the truth.
A majority of Filipinos think it is risky to publicize criticism of the Duterte administration even if it is truthful, Social Weather Stations (SWS) President Mahar Mangahas said on August 3, Saturday.

PH lawyers revive decade-old group to protest Duterte policies
Lian Buan September 23, 2019
'Not since the dark years of Martial Law have our civil liberties and fundamental rights been threatened and blatantly violated with such brazen impunity,' says the group Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties

The Video: Free to speak up (Even against PRRD?) - Mayroon nga ba talagang freedom of expression sa Pilipinas?
GMA Public Affairs Aug 5, 2019
Para sa nakararami, malayang maglahad ng opinyon ang mga Pilipino dahil madalas makakita ng kritisismo laban sa gobyerno lalo na sa social media. Kung tunay ngang may freedom of expression, bakit tila may nakatatanggap ng paratang mula sa Pangulo ang sinumang kumontra sa kanya?

De Lima on the wreckage of the Duterte years and how to emerge from it

Former congressman Walden Bello interviews detained Senator Leila de Lima. In the first part of their interview, De Lima weighs in on Philippines-China relations, Dutertenomics, and Metro Manila traffic.

Part 2 of 2
In the second part of Walden Bello's interview with Senator Leila de Lima, the detained lawmaker talks about the Duterte Cabinet, the military, the GCTA mess, and moves to crush the opposition

Both Walden Bello September 15 - 16, 2019

Panic time
Vergel O. Santos August 31, 2019

One never knows what an insecure President is capable of, and, where President Duterte is concerned, the prospects are particularly dicey

When Duterte doesn't know what he's talking about
Pia Ranada September 23, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before fully understanding issues. He barks orders before analyzing the situation and considering all angles. What do we do?


IMPORTANT: Look also MORE about Mocha Uson

Duterte gives Mocha Uson a new government post
Pia Ranada September 30, 2019 - With Video

The pro-Duterte blogger is appointed a deputy executive director at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
Uson has been appointed Deputy Executive Director V of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), according to a new list of presidential appointees sent by Malacañang on Monday, September 30.

Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers' money?
Mara Cepeda January 17, 2020 - with Video
Known online propagandist and OWWA official Mocha Uson falsely claims the food packs donated by the Vice President's office to the Taal victims contained only 5 pieces of pan de sal and a bottle of water

‘This gov’t is good at recycling garbage’: Netizens slam Mocha Uson's OWWA appointment
Bonz Magsambol September 30, 2019
What do you think of the Duterte administration's move to bring Mocha Uson back to government?
Controversial pro-Duterte blogger Mocha Uson is back in a government post. Her return, however, is being criticized widely by netizens, with one common sentiment being, “This government is good at recycling garbage."

Was Mocha Uson a candidate covered by the appointment ban?
Emil Marañon III October 01, 2019
Until all election rules are harmonized, we have to contend with loophole-ridden laws and regulations that the likes of Mocha Uson and friends can easily take advantage of.
Five months after failing to get a seat in the party-list elections, AA-Kasosyo’s first nominee Mocha Uson has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as deputy executive director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
After the news broke, the internet was abuzz with questions on why the controversial blogger was appointed considering there is an appointment ban on losing candidates within one year after the elections.

Pro-Duterte blogger Banat By takes over Mocha Uson’s Twitter account
Alois Isinika 21 July 2020

Netizens on Tuesday, July 21, pointed out that the Twitter account of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson (@MochaUson) was taken over by another blogger, Banat By (@BanatByOfficial).
Twitter user @AltABSCBN, who is “subscribed” to Uson’s tweets, shared that s/he was surprised when s/he suddenly received a notification from Banat By.

Look also the Video

Filipinos and the politics of acceptance
by Frankie Concepcion December 06, 2016

What I have learned from history is that often, Filipinos have been asked to accept the very tragedies which have defined us.

"AboutPhilippines" says: An article giving thoughts!


Duterte: In the eyes of international media
Inquirer.net Jul 20, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte had always been under media scrutiny - not only here in the Philippines but also abroad - even before he rose to power as the country’s chief executive in the 2016 national elections.

Duterte at Valdai forum: Long tirade vs drugs, joke about 'killing girls'
Pia Ranada October 04, 2019 - with Video
Hosts repeatedly ask the verbose Philippine leader to wrap up his long answers, in which he rants about the US, justifies his drug war, and even jokes about 'killing girls'

Covering up a national sellout
Vergel O. Santos August 03, 2019

When he surrendered our sovereignty to China over some of our richest and most strategic territorial waters, he not only committed treason outright, but launched himself on a continuing crime of national betrayal.

Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism
Senator Leila M. de Lima July 21, 2019

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters.
For someone supposedly so afraid of war that he gave away the Philippines’ EEZ to China, Duterte’s reckless taunting of the United States by ridiculously invoking the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) cannot be merely dismissed as a joke. Duterte is obviously toying around with our national security and international alliances.

Joke again? Lost in translation? Duterte says he 'ordered' Loot ambush
Ryan Macasero September 18, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says enough leeway should be given to a 'Bisaya President' who 'misspeaks the Filipino language'

“General Loot, putangina mo nanalo pa ng barangay – mayor. Inambush kita, animal ka, buhay pa rin (General Loot, you son of a bitch, you even won as barangay – mayor. I ambushed you, you animal, but you're still alive)," he said.

In his first month as Chief Executive, Duterte accused Loot of involvement in the drug trade, which the then-mayor denied. Loot survived an ambush in May 2018

The lawless Duterte presidency
Marites Dañguilan Vitug December 04, 2019

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

Pia Ranada
Design by Jonathan Concepcion, Graphics by Raffy de Guzman
Interns: Ken Leonardo, Frances Roberto and Cecilia Pagdanganan
June 28, 2019

Three years of the Duterte presidency have come and gone and one thing is certain: Rodrigo Duterte is the country's most foul-mouthed chief executive so far. His expletive-peppered tirades are an almost daily reality. Once on a roll, he won't press the breaks for anyone, not even God. Insults are part of Duterte's performative style of governance, and even his diplomacy.

‘His word is law’: A list of Duterte’s verbal-only orders
Pia Ranada July 30, 2019
Aside from his order to stop PCSO games, President Rodrigo Duterte has made at least 6 other policy pronouncements that were not followed up by written documents defining their parameters and legal bases

5 challenges to Duterte's ‘fishing deal’ with China
Sofia Tomacruz July 30, 2019
Why President Duterte’s ‘verbal agreement’ allowing China to fish in Philippine waters is unlawful and dangerous

Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation
Ana P. Santos July 30, 2019
The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

LOOK: 'Syokoy' Duterte effigy to be burned in People’s SONA 2019
Samantha Bagayas July 22, 2019

Titled “Duterte-syokoy,” the effigy shows a likeness of the Philippine mythological creature. It depicts Duterte at the West Philippine Sea clutching a China flag, a gun, and a bag of cash.

'This is not the last': Thousands unite for People's SONA 2019
Samantha Bagayas July 22, 2019
Around 5,350 protesters march along Commonwealth Avenue to share their own version of the state of the nation

IN PHOTOS: Art means uprising at the SONA 2019 protests
July 22, 2019
Protesters got creative as they created artwork to express their opposition to the Duterte administration

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, thousands cry 'Atin ang 'Pinas!'
July 22, 2019
As President Duterte delivers his 4th Station of the Nation Address, protesters across the country call on Filipinos to fight for Philippine sovereignty

Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?
JC Punongbayan September 19, 2019

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world


Robert Swift on the legal hunt for money Martial Law victims deserve
July 12, 2019
Are there Marcos assets left to be discovered? What challenges did the human rights lawyer face in seeking compensation for the victims?

Swift is the lead counsel of victims who were recently awarded $13.75 million by a United States court after 3 decades of work. Since March, his team has been going around the Philippines to distribute checks worth $1,500 (P76,965) each to at least 6,500 victims.

No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims
Lian Buan July 16, 2019
The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria? This book can help us find out
Pia Ranada July 20, 2019

'How Democracies Die' by Levitsky and Ziblatt identifies signs of a budding authoritarian and steps they take to subvert democracies. How does Rodrigo Duterte measure up to their criteria?

The new normal

Duterte says safety comes at a price. Filipinos should know what that price is.
Sheila S. Coronel August 20, 2019

'I spoke with families of the dead who told me their kin were shot while watching TV at home, playing video games in a shop, dealing cards at a friend’s wake, singing karaoke on the sidewalk, or buying bananas from a stall.'

Assessing Duterte presidency at the halfway mark
June 26, 2019 - with Video

The first 3 years of President Rodrigo Duterte's term will pass on June 30. Political science associate professor Aries Arugay weighs in on the Chief Executive's popularity, gains and losses, and challenges in the next half of his term.

Duterte presidency in 5 minutes
June 26, 2019 - with Video
Here is a look at the defining moments of the first half of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration in under 5 minutes

Duterte presidency 'domineering' challenge to PH democracy
Pia Ranada June 26, 2019
While quelling dissent could be 'efficient' for a president who wants to get things done, political science expert Aries Arugay says democracy is also about checks and balance

The Halfway Mark
June 27, 2019
Assessing Rodrigo Duterte and the country at the midway point of his presidency


The highs and lows of the Duterte presidency
June 27, 2019

June 30 marks the third year since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office.
The past years were anything but calm in the Philippines as controversies and issues hounded the Duterte presidency. His policies, including the bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign and his stand on dealing with China in the West Philippine Sea, have been criticized both at home and abroad.
Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the highs and lows of the Duterte administration, the implications of his policies, and what can be expected in the next 3 years.


The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor
President Duterte and his children Sara and Paolo separately and together offer token or opaque data that, under the law, they are required to reveal in their SALNs

Duterte, Sara, Paolo mark big spikes in wealth, cash while in public office
How and why their fortunes are rising remain a mystery; the numbers do not seem to add up, reports PCIJ

Duterte wealth untouched by elections
PCIJ: In Sara Duterte's case, some unusual situations are apparent, in terms of sudden and sharp rise in her net worth

Dutertes mix up data on 23 business interests
The Dutertes have interests and engagements in at least 23 corporate entities, the majority involving food and catering, freight and trucking services, and education, according to a PCIJ investigation

Inconsistent declarations of Duterte relatives in gov’t
16 relatives of Duterte have worked or remain in government posts, according to a PCIJ investigation

All by Malou Mahangas and Floreen Simon, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism April 03-04-05, 2019


Robredo on Duterte family wealth: All gov't officials must disclose assets
Mara Cepeda April 10, 2019 - with Video
Vice President Leni Robredo says all government employees, regardless of position, are expected to be honest in declaring their wealth

Duterte slams PCIJ for investigating family's wealth
Mara Cepeda April 08, 2019 - with Video
It's none of your business, President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

PCIJ to Duterte: Explain wealth instead of losing your cool
April 07, 2019
'The PCIJ report was built on the Dutertes' own declarations in their SALNs and data from official government records,' says PCIJ executive director Malou Mangahas


IMPORTANT to look too:

Duterte's 2016 net worth: P27.4M
Lian Buan May 12, 2017
The President's latest Statement of Assets and Liabilities shows his net worth at P27.4 million as of December 31, 2016, up by P3 million compared to June 2016

Trillanes on Duterte bank accounts: 'Prove me wrong'

Duterte donor Imee Marcos not in his SOCE

Duterte's SALN: P3M from extra campaign donations
Jodesz Gavilan May 13, 2017
Duterte explains the additional P3 million in his SALN, Statement of Assets and Liabilities as of December 2016, saying this came from various donors he no longer knows.

Duterte 'jokes' about mystery woman 'Vanessa'
Pia Ranada May 14, 2017
The President jokes of a wealthy single woman from Metro Manila who he brings often during foreign trips.
This woman, he at first asserted, is the source of the additional P3 million* ($60,337) he declared in his recent Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).
Duterte is also fond of women, and has not shied away from expressing admiration for beautiful women, be it a government official or his own security aide.

When a mayor-president messes with local polls
March 25, 2019

We have not seen anything like this since the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986: a strongman inserting himself in the local elections by carpet-bombing his enemies


Robredo: If you're not honest, don't run for public office
Sofia Tomacruz March 08, 2019 - with Video

'Ang honesty, napakalaking factor sa integrity ng isang tao. Kung wala kang ganoon, dapat hindi mo iniisip maglingkod kasi paano ka makakapaglingkod kung may problema ka sa sarili mo?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Public officials legally required to be honest, says ex-ombudsman Morales
Lian Buan March 21, 2019
‘Honesty is, therefore, a matter of oath derived from legal sources, not a matter of option driven by market forces,’ says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

AboutPhilippines says very IMPORTANT to read incl. ALL the links in the articles


Sara Duterte: All candidates lie, honesty not an issue
Pia Ranada March 06, 2019
'Walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, shrugging off the criticism against senatorial bet Imee Marcos
For Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, senatorial candidate Imee Marcos' false claims about academic degrees should not be an issue, because "everyone lies anyway."

MISLEADING: Sara Duterte claims law doesn't require that senators be honest
Pia Ranada March 10, 2019 - with Video

But the 1987 Constitution, which lists down requirements for senators, also explicitly demands that public officials, including senators, to be honest

Sara insists honesty required of public officials but not of senatorial bets
Pia Ranada March 22, 2019 - with Videos
The presidential daughter and Hugpong campaign manager Sara Duterte reacts to the statement of her aunt-in-law, former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

Now AboutPhilippines have to ask: Is also Sara Duterte an Imee Marcos lapdog or just a Marcos lapdog

Nuelle Duterte takes back her name
Pia Ranada June 02, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte's niece is a full-on critic of the administration and is not afraid to take a stand, no matter what you think of her surname.

Support Free and Fearless Journalism

When Power insists, "you're either with us or against us," the space for a diversity of voices and ideas shrinks.
'The government is for all and not just those who agree with the policies of the administration'
Filipinos block online. Also the government bans - blocks in all ways for all critics!

When hate and anger are weaponized, it creates a spiral of silence.

When critical questions are simplistically equated with an anti-government agenda, it requires courage to hold decision-makers accountable.

The Videos in the album 'FIGHT for Press & Speech Freedom and Journalism - Etc.':

IMPORTANT: LOOK MUCH MORE about: Defend Speech & Press freedom


The Story of the Filipino: Filipino Aspirations
Published on Jul 18, 2018

The recent Pulse Asia survey listed down the top concerns of Filipinos which include poverty reduction, job creation, and fighting criminality.

A week before the President’s State of the Nation Address, we listen to ordinary Filipinos who share their aspirations - longing for a more comfortable life and a better nation.

Senate hearings and much more on the SOGIE equality bill
August, September 2019
The Senate committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality holds its first public hearing on the SOGIE equality bill on Tuesday, August 20.
The committee, shaired by Senator Risa Hontiveros, holds an organizational meeting before tackling the anti-discrimination bill.
Discussions on the SOGIE equality bill have been revived transgender woman Gretchen Diez experienced discrimination in a Quezon City mall.
LOOK OLD archive:

Several links & videos with different "Pros and cons" - Etc.

about the agenda "Federalism in the Philippines"

Selling our memory to thieves
September 24, 2018

Martial Law was here in one blow decades ago, and is here now – in increments we continue refusing to see.

We’re being robbed twice over, and we’re not doing anything about it except make noise.

Malacañang says Marcos, Enrile can't twist Martial Law history
Paterno Esmaquel II September 24, 2018 - with Video
'We are implementing the law, and the law says there should be reparations paid to victims of Martial Law'

Economist Emmanuel de Dios on soaring inflation under Duterte
September 11, 2018 - with Video

Marites Vitug sits down with Emmanuel de Dios to discuss economic issues and help make sense of the situation that Filipinos now find themselves in

IMPORTANT: The links in the article HERE

Duterte may issue EO to address inflation
Pia Ranada September 12, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte meets with his economic managers before the 29th Cabinet meeting to discuss how to contain inflation

Businessmen say inflation 'manageable,' but gov't must act now
Ralf Rivas September 11, 2018
Businessmen urge policy makers to revise certain policies, especially now that the causes of inflation are identified


VP Leni Robredo on leading the opposition
September 13, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo about what she thinks the government should do to address the plight of the poor and the role the opposition should play now.


Tommy Osmeña on governing as a mayor under Duterte

Cebu City Mayor Tomas "Tommy" Osmeña speaks to Rappler on being a mayor under President Rodrigo Duterte: getting stripped of police powers, facing threats, but at the same time still being expected to locally promote key campaigns like the war on drugs and federalism.

Osmeña, police clash anew: Why a checkpoint outside Cebu mayor’s house?
Ryan Macasero April 28, 2019
City Mayor Osmeña, who is being challenged by President Duterte's bet, says his house is not even on a main thoroughfare, and the cops manning the checkpoint leave when he leaves.

Next on kill list?

Duterte warns Tommy Osmeña: Don't mess with me
Pia Ranada August 31, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte slams Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña for supposedly 'spreading false stories' about him


Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

August 6, 2018 Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talked to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

the article HERE

Making sense of the Philippine economy
August 10, 2018 - with Video

Rappler talked to AJ Montesa of the Action for Economic Reforms and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan to understand the latest economic data

How long can Duterte wait?
Vergel O. Santos August 18, 2018

In any case, waiting in the wings are Bongbong and next to him the President’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara, now undergoing crash grooming for national office – ultimately for the presidency

Is China our new America?


China's greed, Duterte’s generosity - Is Duterte a lapdog of China?



Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea of the Philippines

Duterte threatens to jail critics who says he may be impeached

Supposed fishing deal between PH, China violates Constitution

Recto Bank incident proof that Duterte is a lapdog of China


Look  MORE about Cases - Etc. about Baselines of the Territorial Sea

Coming together
Vergel O. Santos April 07, 2018

Why the divisions between us when one fight clearly overtops all others? Is there any doubt our nation has begun its descent into authoritarianism?

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read this article, because so it is in our beloved country now!

After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?
Paterno Esmaquel II November 15, 2018

President Duterte will not visit the US 'until the Bells of Balangiga are returned,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr recalls telling US Ambassador Nikki Haley

Duterte declared in July last year that he would never visit "lousy" America.
"There will never be a time during my term when I will be going to America or thereafter," he told reporters then.
Will the return of the Balangiga Bells help change his mind?

Militarization of government? - Democracy in decline - Etc.

go to overview

AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask:
Is Duterte The Ghost of Dictator Marcos or "a Marcos lapdog"
Look also Marcos ill-gotten wealth

Duterte: 'I am ready to step down'
Pia Ranada August 15, 2018 - with Video

But President Rodrigo Duterte rejects Vice President Leni Robredo as his successor, saying, 'I do not think she can improve on anything here'.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared he is ready to leave the presidency should the military and police "find" the right successor.

Political independence
Jude Josue L. Sabio August 25, 2018
Our political party system has been in an abject state of infantile stagnation

Marcos replacing Duterte? 'Not a shocker, but #NeverAgain'
August 16, 2018
Although President Rodrigo Duterte's choice isn't unexpected, some Filipinos hope it wouldn't become reality. Look also HERE

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest
Pia Ranada August 16, 2018 - with Video
If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta' and successor scenarios
Pia Ranada August 16, 2018
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.

After Duterte tirade, Leni lets Jesse speak up for her: 'The truth will prevail'
Mara Cepeda August 15, 2018 - with Video
Vice President Leni Robredo shares an old video interview of her late husband Jesse Robredo as a reply to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest insult against her.

Duterte prefers 'the likes of Escudero, Marcos' as successor
Pia Ranada August 15, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte won't step down as long as Vice President Leni Robredo is in power to take his place, says Malacañang

The evil that men do
Vergel O. Santos October 26, 2019

He was elected as the one-trick pony the nation needed – only to prove himself not even slightly worthy of the trick on which he sold himself

Militarization of government? 'Correct!' says Duterte
Pia Ranada November 01, 2018 - with Video

President Rodrigo Duterte defends his penchant for appointing ex-military men into civilian posts, saying they rarely 'debate' with him.


The generals' coup in 2018
Duterte breaks up with Reds
Carmela Fonbuena DECEMBER 26, 2018
The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees
Pia Ranada December 15, 2018
Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything
Pia Ranada December 12, 2018
A third of the Cabinet are now ex-military or police men. The President relies on former generals to carry out radical policies, from Boracay closure to customs bureau overhaul.

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'
Mara Cepeda October 29, 2018
'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

Soldiers in Customs? But Constitution bars civilian assignments for military
Lian Buan October 29, 2018
Section 5(4), Article XVI specifically says no member of the armed forces shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position

and the Video: Government’s ‘militarization’ a ‘horror story’: Liza Maza
Nov 1, 2018
The reorganization is being carried out as President Duterte acknowledged that the government is being militarized

The sound of the military's silence
Chito de la Vega September 02, 2018

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think.

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these articles and all links and ALSO the below article, because so it is in our beloved country now!

The new normal
Jayeel Cornelio January 23, 2018

Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'
Paterno Esmaquel II September 21, 2018 - with Videos
Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

Robredo: 'It’s time to take a stand because democracy is at risk again'
Mara Cepeda September 21, 2018
'Tinatawag tayo ng panahon upang umaksyon at ang pagkakataong ganito ay minsan lamang babalik sa atin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

How Duterte handles crisis, controversy during his presidency
PIA RANADA July 28, 2018
How does President Rodrigo Duterte define a crisis? How does he handle one?
Political science experts analyze how Duterte responds to major controversies.

Duterte admits being a dictator

Does Duterte fulfill the dictator criteria?

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, "The NEW Hitler"?

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these above articles, because so it is in our beloved country now!

The Video: Dictatorship vs democracy
October 01, 2018
Do you think the Philippines should be under a dictatorship? Do you believe that Martial Law was a golden age for our country?
In this video, Leloy Claudio discusses the 5 reasons why democracy is better than dictatorship.

QC court orders arrest of Trillanes, 10 others for conspiracy to commit sedition
Lian Buan February 14, 2020

3rd UPDATE 'I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte's minions have filed against me,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who will post bail upon his return to Manila next week

Trillanes and his dangerous dissent
Feb 19, 2020 - with Video
In the eyes of President Rodrigo Duterte, former senator and key opposition figure Antonio Trillanes IV is the most seditious man in the country.
Trillanes has had to face 14 cases under the Duterte administration, 3 of which are sedition charges over his public statements about the president.

LIST: Who's been granted amnesty?
Alex Evangelista September 04, 2018
Take your pick: Administration allies Senator Gringo Honasan, MMDA boss Danilo Lim, and former customs chief Nicanor Faeldon were among those granted amnesty by previous presidents.
Previous Philippine presidents have used their power to grant amnesty to persons and groups “who may be guilty of political offenses,” often to facilitate peace processes or entice rebels to return to mainstream life.

FAST FACTS: What is amnesty?
Michael Bueza and Vernise L Tantuco September 04, 2018
Here's what you need to know about amnesty in the Philippines

Aquino, 5 other presidents delegated amnesty review to committees
Camille Elemia September 12, 2018
AFP Chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV go through similar processes, as former president Ramos also created a committee in 1994 to decide on amnesty applications


PH situation now similar to martial law years under Marcos
Nov 3, 2018

The present situation in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is no different from the martial law years of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, according to Fr. Angel Cortez, co-executive secretary of the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines.

Military rule in Duterte's homeland
Sofia Tomacruz December 14, 2018
What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

Evolution of the Duterte Cabinet
Pia Ranada August 18, 2019

Roughly half of Duterte's original Cabinet remains at the midway point of his presidency, while the number of retired military or police in the Cabinet has tripled. Read - download the article as pdf

By 2020 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees
August 20, 2019
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

"AboutPhilippines" recommend to read these articles and all links, because so it is in our beloved country now!

LIST: No to corruption? Duterte's controversial reappointees
Pia Ranada June 11, 2018

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.

By 2022, Supreme Court filled with Duterte appointees
Lian Buan July 30, 2018
Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends


Reviving the anti-subversion law
August 19, 2019

How does the DILG plan to carry out the Anti-Subversion Act of 1957 should it be revived?
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año dropped a bombshell last week that instantly generated flak from activists: that he wants the anti-subversion law revived. Look also all the links in the article

CREATING A MARCOS? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte
Rambo Talabong and Jodesz Gavilan August 21, 2019
The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

Duterte is no Marcos, says DILG in defending anti-subversion law
Rambo Talabong August 19, 2019 - with Video
'This is not the authoritarian martial law which is of the Marcos period where when someone is arrested and not heard of, and then suddenly he's dead,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

DILG will drop campaign for anti-subversion law if...
...President Rodrigo Duterte decides to revive the peace talks with the Left
Rambo Talabong August 20, 2019 - with Video

Democracy in decline
December 18, 2018

Newsbreak, Rappler’s research and investigative arm, has pursued stories to track the Philippines' slow but steady descent to authoritarianism, in a bid to stem it and call attention to this worrisome trend

Where do we fall in world rankings?
Alex Evangelista December 20, 2018
Attacks against democratic values and unforeseen events situate the Philippines
in much lower rankings than the previous year in several areas

Moments when Duterte made us ask, 'Is he serious?'
Pia Ranada December 18, 2018
From shutting down an island for half a year to reviving ancient barter trade, President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to implement some crazy-sounding policies


'Death of democracy'
May 10, 2019

Political analyst Doy Romero about fears of a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections.
With President Rodrigo Duterte’s senatorial bets dominating preelection surveys, many experts fear a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections.
Will this mean the death of democracy?
To help us understand this issue, Rappler talks to political analyst Doy Romero.
Watch this interview.

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties
Paterno Esmaquel II May 10, 2019
'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy


Is there hope for democracy after the 2019 elections?
August 08, 2019

The results of the 2019 elections, to some extent, divided the nation.
Some were satisfied as President Rodrigo Duterte had more allies in the Senate and House of Representatives who can help him with his legislative agenda, but some were "disappointed, but not surprised," as they say these lawmakers may jeopardize the independence of Congress, and ultimately, our nation's democracy.
In this special episode of Basagan ng Trip, history and literature professor Leloy Claudio sits down with First Quarter Storm activists Ed Garcia and Noel Tolentino and Akbayan's Gio Tingson as they try to make sense of the country's prospects for democracy

How a Duterte supporter fell out of love with the President
Pia Ranada June 30, 2018
'The hardest part is admitting that the man you thought he was is different from the man he is,' says a Duterte supporter who has decided to become a critic.
The sari-sari store Joseph* was buying from happened to have a small television flashing a clip of President Rodrigo Duterte calling God stupid. Something about the presidential outburst gnawed at Joseph’s brain until he got home.

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