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Chaos is Duterte’s key message
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug March 09, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has turned messaging upside down, stoking endless controversy and exposing his paltry policy vision.

Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
by Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

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Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe
by Pia Ranada March 01, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas
by Ana P. Santos February 14, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law
by Jodesz Gavilan February 13, 2018
The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'.
President Rodrigo Duterte violated international humanitarian law when he encouraged state forces to commit sexual violence against rebels when he ordered them to shoot female combatants in the vagina if they encountered them in the field, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

Shoot rebels in the vagina? Duterte is ‘a damaged man’
by Senator Leila M. de Lima February 17, 2018
‘Duterte’s order is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’

Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?
Mara Cepeda October 15, 2019 - with Video

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, while frustrated with the latest PET ruling, says, 'The case goes on and we will go from strength to strength'
Vice President Leni Robredo counted as victory the Supreme Court (SC) ruling to release the initial vote recount results in the electoral protest filed against her by ex-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Tapos na 'yong eleksiyon…. Prinoclaim tayo ng Kongreso, panalo tayo. Nagkaroon ng recount, panalo ulit tayo. So ilang panalo pa ang kailangan para maniwala siya na hindi siya 'yong nanalo?” the Vice President said in a press conference on Tuesday, October 15.
(The elections are over.... Congress proclaimed us, we won. There was a recount, we won again. So how many times do I have to win for him to accept defeat?)

Robredo on 15,000 more votes over Marcos: ‘This proves who was lying’
Mara Cepeda October 18, 2019
'This proves who was telling the truth and who was lying,' tweets Vice President Leni Robredo

DOCUMENT: SC asks Robredo, Marcos to comment on recount of votes in VP protest
October 18, 2019
The Supreme Court also asks both parties to submit a position paper on Ferdinand Marcos Jr's request to nullify election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao

Robredo widens lead over Marcos in recount in 3 pilot provinces
Sofia Tomacruz October 18, 2019
Results of the recount of votes in Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur in the vice presidential electoral protest show Robredo with 15,093 additional votes

SC raises 4 issues with Marcos' motion to probe Mindanao polls
Sofia Tomacruz October 18, 2019
For one, which has the jurisdiction to probe election materials, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or the Commission on Elections?

#ProclaimTheRealVP: Netizens weigh in on Marcos vs Robredo poll protest
October 15, 2019
Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr clash online after Supreme Court delays its decision on Marcos' protest against Robredo

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CHR reminds Duterte, police: Obey 'lawful' orders
by Jodesz Gavilan March 02, 2018

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses.

PH ranking in global rule of law index sinks under Duterte
by Carmela Fonbuena January 31, 2018 - with Video

Rule of law in the Philippines deteriorated significantly since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power, according to the newly-released World Justice Project Rule of Law Index.
The Philippines drops 18 slots to rank 88th out of 113 countries.

HRW calls for end to 'government abuses' in indigenous communities

by Jodesz Gavilan February 07, 2018
'Government plans to improve the lives of the Lumad are unlikely to succeed so long as indigenous communities live in fear of violence, exploitation, and abuse,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde.

PH can be kicked out of UN council if killings continue
by Jodesz Gavilan October 09, 2017 - with Video

Human Rights Watch Geneva director John Fisher says the Philippine delegation 'dug themselves deeper into the hole' with their response to the recommendations by member-states in the United Nations Human Rights Council

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Kick PH out of UNHRC? 'My God, do it, stupid!' says Duterte
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2017 - with Video
This comes after a Human Rights Watch director said the Philippines can be kicked out of the UNHRC if the drug war killlings continue

Remove PH as member, group urges UN rights council
by Raisa Serafica September 30, 2017

'The Philippines has exhibited a total mockery of international human rights mechanisms,'

the group Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch says.

CHR urges gov't to reconsider, accept UN call to probe killings
by Jodesz Gavilan September 24, 2017

The Commission on Human Rights calls on the Duterte administration to show it is 'serious in making progress for human rights'

Duterte accuses Gascon of politicizing CHR
by Mick Basa September 16, 2017

'Why are you fond of teenagers? Now I wonder: are you gay, or a pedophile?' President Rodrigo Duterte says of CHR Chair Chito Gascon.
President Rodrigo Duterte accused Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon of politicizing the agency instead of engaging in important issues besetting the country.

Alvarez wants P1,000 budget for CHR that ‘doesn’t do its job’
by Bea Cupin September 11, 2017

The House Speaker claims the Commission on Human Rights defends only the rights of criminals and goes after only the police and government officials

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Where to run to if abused by gov't? CHR function explained
Sep 13, 2017
An official of the Commission on Human Rights clarified that their mandate is to help victims of government abuses, and not the victims of ordinary and individual crimes, which is the job of the police.
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CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored
by Bea Cupin September 20, 2017
'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon.

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets
by Bea Cupin September 20, 2017
The House of Representatives restores the budget of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 for 2018

CHR cases can be handled by PAO, says Alvarez
by Bea Cupin September 20, 2017
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends allotting only P1,000 for the Commission on Human Rights for 2018, saying the Public Attorney's Office has the budget anyway

Legarda assures all agencies will have enough budget in 2018
by Camille Elemia September 17, 2017
'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Alvarez: If Gascon resigns, CHR commissioners should resign too
by Bea Cupin September 15, 2017
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denied asking for the resignation of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Chito Gascon in exchange for a decent 2018 budget. However, he said, if Gascon were to resign, all 4 other commissioners should resign as well.

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition
by Bea Cupin September 14, 2017
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea, saying, 'You can't cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism, bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition'

Slash House budget instead of CHR? 'Mga gago,' says Alvarez
by Bea Cupin September 14, 2017
For Filipinos who are so outraged at the House of Representative’s decision to cut the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that they want legislators’ budget slashed instead, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has a rather strong message.
“Yun mga nagsasabi na yun, mga gago 'yun (People who are saying that are fools),” said Alvarez in a September 14, radio interview with Ted Failon.

CHR hits House plan to use its budget for free education
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 14, 2017 - with Video
'I think that kind of a statement or a narrative is meant to confuse the people,' says Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Roberto Eugenio Cadiz

Alvarez on CHR budget cut: It's about accountability
by Bea Cupin September 14, 2017
'This is not a question of weakening their rights,' says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, after the House reduced the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1,000

Malacañang 'respects' fixed terms, opinions of CHR officials
by Pia Ranada September 14, 2017
'This is a free country and so we respect the opinions of the different heads of agencies,' says Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan

Lorenzana favors full CHR budget, says it makes AFP, PNP 'careful'
by Camille Elemia September 14, 2017
'Oo naman [I support]. For one, it makes the government especially the military and police... yung ingat sila sa ginagawa nila,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the Commission on Human Rights.

Robredo on P1,000 budget: 'It's like abolishing CHR'
by Mara Cepeda September 13, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR

'Stupid,' bishop says of P1,000 budget for CHR
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 13, 2017 - with Video
'The country will be a laughingstock among nations which have respect for human rights,' says Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes. Look also HERE

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress
by Ed Garcia September 13, 2017
Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget
by Camille Elemia September 13, 2017
Should there be a stalemate until December 31, there will be no new budget in 2018. The P3.35-trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted, with the CHR getting P749 million.

Who is Rodante Marcoleta, the man behind the motion for CHR's P1,000-budget?
by Jodesz Gavilan September 13, 2017
SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta believes the Commission on Human Rights is not 'validly created' even if its creation is provided for in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion protests EJKs, CHR budget cut in halftime show
September 13, 2017
Many members of the Ateneo academic community condemn the killings through various forms of protests

Youth groups condemn Congress for P1,000 CHR budget
by Bong Santisteban September 13, 2017
The budget approval implies the value of human rights is reduced to P1000, which shouldn't be the case for a society that claims to uphold human dignity.

Legislators explain yes, no, abstain, non-votes for slashed CHR budget
by Bea Cupin September 13, 2017
How did your representative explain his or her stand on the controversial move to slash the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1,000?

Filipinos ask their representatives: How did you vote on CHR budget?
by Raisa Serafica September 13, 2017
Here's how you can ask your district or sectoral representatives about their vote on the proposed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights, which the House reduced to P1,000

Gascon 'had it coming' – Duterte on P1,000 CHR budget
September 13, 2017 - with Video
"He had it coming."
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Chito Gascon had overstepped its bounds in actively investigating human rights abuses in the Philippines, angering congressmen in the process and causing the House to vote for a 2018 budget of P1,000 for the CHR.

Senators hit House over P1,000 CHR budget
by Camille Elemia September 13, 2017
Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678-million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018.

Lacson vows to fight for P678-million CHR budget
by Camille Elemia September 12, 2017
'Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more. Once we get hold of the House version... we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights' budget.

After getting P1,000 from House, CHR hopes for 'rational minds' at Senate
by Jodesz Gavilan September 12, 2017
The Commission on Human Rights says it will continue to operate as long as the Constitution exists.

Want bigger CHR budget? Alvarez says Gascon should resign
by Jodesz Gavilan September 12, 2017
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, however, says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics.

P1,000 budget for CHR? Netizens react on House decision with #CHRBudgetCheaper
September 12, 2017
How much is human rights worth?

Callamard slams P1,000 budget of House for CHR
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 12, 2017 - with Video

'The people of the Philippines deserve a strong independent human rights institution,' UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says in an email.

Duterte warns he'll order shooting of human rights advocates
by Pia Ranada August 16, 2017
'Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his latest threat

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Human rights and children's groups alarmed at teenager killings
by Danielle Nakpil September 10, 2017
Protesters cry out for justice for the consecutive killings of teenagers all over the country.

After killings of teenagers, HRW urges UN inquiry into PH drug war
by Jee Y. Geronimo September 09, 2017
'Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN-led international probe, child-killers among the police will continue to get away with murder,' says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine.

Duterte 'deranged' to say it's good to kill 32 people
by Lian Buan August 18, 2017
"Those are clear words of a deranged mind if you say that, that it’s good, that it’s okay to kill 32 people a day. That’s a deranged mind," detained Senator Leila de Lima said.

Rise in deaths in police operations 'normal'
by Rambo Talabong August 18, 2017 - with Video
'May namatay dahil lumaban. I don't think dapat ikakaalarma iyan,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa.

HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates
by Jodesz Gavilan August 17, 2017
The New York-based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed 'targets' on the backs of human rights advocates.

Duterte on deadly Bulacan drug raids: 'Maganda 'yun'
by Pia Ranada August 16, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte also says he wants to 'investigate' human rights groups for 'conspiracy'

'My men' can snub your probe, Duterte tells CHR, Ombudsman
by Jodesz Gavilan July 24, 2017

President Duterte says he has the final say on whether or not to allow cops and soldiers to be probed by the Commission on Human Rights or the Ombudsman.

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Duterte ordered police not to share case files with CHR
by Rambo Talabong September 08, 2017 - with Video

'We'll find other ways to help the CHR in their effort,' says DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy

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Part 1 'Demonizing' human rights in the first year of Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte paints human rights defenders as an obstacle to the change he promised, according to iDEFEND's Ellecer Carlos.

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Part 2 Human rights in Duterte's 1st year: Where do we go from here?
Organizations now plan to simplify and bring human rights closer to the ground and everyday life

Both by Jodesz Gavilan June 26 - 27, 2017 - both with Videos

Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW
by Jodesz Gavilan January 18, 2018
'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says.

No more CHR? No problem, say Lorenzana, Dela Rosa
by Bea Cupin July 25, 2017
President Duterte's two top security officials agree with the chief executive's sentiments on the Commission on Human Rights.
Human rights groups may find value in the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) but for President Rodrigo Duterte and at least two of his top security officials, it's an institution whose functions won't be missed.

Watchdog blasts populist Duterte for 'rights calamity'
January 13, 2017

Human Rights Watch releases its World Report 2017, and warns of a 'new generation' of populist leaders making a mockery of human rights.

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PH on Human Rights Watch report: Duterte like Lee Kuan Yew
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 14, 2017
In an interview with state-run dzRB, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella defended Duterte's "authoritative" approach.

Duterte's threats alarm rights groups
by AFP November 30, 2016
Amnesty International Philippines is among a range of groups to speak out against the comments, saying it is 'appalled' by Duterte's statement against human rights campaigners.

Amnesty warns of crimes against humanity in Philippines
Jan 31, 2017

Philippine police may have committed crimes against humanity by killing thousands of alleged drug offenders or paying others to murder as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, Amnesty International says.


Escudero wants AI to testify on pay-for-kill claim in drug war
Feb 1, 2017
Senator Francis Escudero wants the Amnesty International (AI) to face a Senate probe into its report that the Philippine National Police was paying its men and assassins to kill alleged drug offenders, saying the allegation was “serious.” Video by Noy Morcoso

Escudero wants Amnesty Int'l to face Senate probe into its report
February 02, 2017
'Ito'y seryosong alegasyon nanggaling pa sa international body. Dapat alamin kung may basehan nga ba o wala dahil dumudungis ito sa imahe ng ating bansa,' says Senator Francis Escudero

CHR team finds detainees in 'secret' cell in Tondo Precinct 1 station
by Eloisa Lopez April 27, 2017
In an unannounced jail visit Thursday, April 27, a team from the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) found about 12 men and women allegedly illegally detained in a "lock-up cell" hidden behind a bookshelf in Police Station 1 in Tondo, Manila.

the Videos:

Drug suspects found in secret police cell
Apr 27, 2017

Bato: CHR, itiniyempo ang 'secret jail' sa ASEAN
29. apr. 2017

'Secret jail' raid, hindi itinaon sa ASEAN, ayon sa CHR
29. apr. 2017

Bato's defense of secret jail unbecoming of PNP chief - Drilon
Apr 30, 2017

and the articles:

Explaining the PNP secret detention cell
by Raymund Narag May 01, 2017
This is my first time, after doing research in this area for the past 22 years, to have heard of such secret medieval-age type of cells.

Dela Rosa on hidden Manila jail: My cops aren't abusive, corrupt
by Bea Cupin May 01, 2017
The PNP chief admits the hidden jail cell was wrong and says he only defended Manila cops from allegations of corruption and abuse.

PNP's skeletons behind a bookshelf
May 01, 2017
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa should be wise enough to crack the whip now, lest he finds himself – and the institution he leads – at the mercy of local police bosses.

Dela Rosa's defense of secret jail cell shows 'ignorance' of law
by Jodesz Gavilan April 29, 2017
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the statement of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa on the hidden detention cell 'encourages the climate of impunity that perpetuates wrongful action'

Secret cell in police station 'absolutely prohibited' – CHR
by Jodesz Gavilan April 28, 2017
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reminds the police of their 'strict obligation to act only in accordance with law'

Secret jail in Tondo? 'We really don’t know,' says NCR chief
by Bea Cupin April 28, 2017
The police chief of Metro Manila admits the detention facility is below the PNP's standards.

Police station chief relieved over secret jail cell
by Bea Cupin Updated April 28, 2017
Superintendent Robert Domingo is relieved after a Commission on Human Rights team finds a hidden 'lock-up cell' inside his precinct in Tondo, Manila

Thinking of martial law? Time for collective action
by Etta P. Rosales December 31, 2016

As the year ends, Mr Duterte, his PNP chief, his loyalists in Congress and the Cabinet should take a long hard look at what they have accomplished in these 6 months – before it is too late!

SolGen: Martial law provisions in charter must be changed
by Pia Ranada January 19, 2017
Solicitor General Jose Calida agrees with President Rodrigo Duterte that the provisions in the 1987 Constitution meant to safeguard the people against abuse of martial law must be modified.

The Video: On martial law, Duterte can decide outside Constitution
Jan 18, 2017
The president may declare martial law outside the parameters set in the Constitution and even without approval from co-equal branches of government, under certain circumstances when people's welfare is on the line, the country's chief legal counsel claimed.

Duterte: I will declare martial law if I want to
(with video)
by Pia Ranada January 15, 2017
'If it will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law if I want to. Walang makapigil sa akin,' says the President.

Lawmakers to Duterte: Even with drug war, no need for martial law
by Mara Cepeda January 16, 2017
One lawmaker also says it is 'illogical' for the President to warn that he might declare martial law since the government is saying that it is winning the drug war.

Martial Law: Here we go again
by Vergel O. Santos August 14, 2016

Santos: 'It’s history repeating itself for its unlearned lessons, and, as is the run of such cases, with a vengeance.'
The specter of martial law looms again.
Rodrigo Duterte, a mere month into his presidency, mouthed the dreaded phrase in a pique this week, after the chief justice had reminded him of the democratic arrangement in which each of the 3 branches of government is left to its own role and powers – his (the executive), hers (the judiciary), and the legislature.

Look also the Video: Duterte says he could bring back martial law
Jan 16, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he would impose martial law if the country's bloody war on drugs demanded it, triggering memories of a decade of suffering under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Graham Mackay reports.

Understanding Duterte's martial law remarks
by Pia Ranada January 19, 2017
Since October 2016, Duterte has mentioned martial law in his speeches at least once a month. What exactly has he said about the thorny issue and how is the public to understand his often contradictory remarks?
How far can Duterte go?
Vergel O. Santos October 21, 2017

Given what he has managed to do within just over a year with those powers, and still threatens to do with them, there’s no telling where he will stop.

What will stop him?

Malacañang says UN rapporteur Callamard incompetent, biased
by Pia Ranada November 22, 2017
After the UN human rights chief condemns Duterte's threat to slap Agnes Callamard, Malacañang says the President should not be judged for his 'colorful language'

UN rights chief slams Duterte for threat to slap Callamard
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 21, 2017
The UN rights chief condemns 'in the strongest terms' the threats made by President Rodrigo Duterte against UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

Revolutionary government, yes, Duterte-style, no
by Teddy Casiño October 17, 2017

Under Duterte’s leadership, there is clearly no revolution. It’s actually more of the same, only worse. What Duterte ushered in was a rightist counter-revolution.

It’s downhill from here for Duterte
by Walden Bello October 02, 2017

Worried by the growing opposition, Duterte may, in fact, miscalculate and declare martial law, which may temporarily slow his regime’s descent into crisis but actually accelerate it in the medium-term.

When Duterte is backed into a corner
October 09, 2017
Now we understand why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. He is in panic.

Panelo to challenge Duterte probe before Supreme Court
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 06, 2017
Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo stresses 'the doctrine of immunity of a sitting president,' as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family's wealth

One very insecure president
by Vergel O. Santos October 07, 2017

Duterte’s sense of insecurity would seem more typically manifest in his attacks on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, a former Supreme Court justice herself. He has threatened them both with impeachment.

Smoking guns of history
by Vergel Santos September 16, 2017

Once he dodged Trillanes' challenge, Paolo Duterte, academic specialization notwithstanding, could not stop his secret tattoo going into the ledgers under the same column as Ferdinand Marcos' transplanted kidneys, and Joseph Estrada's unopened envelope.
A tattoo on the back of the President's son Paolo Duterte is the latest to go into the box of telltale secrets of recent history. Its very concealment inspires suspicions attaching a smoking-gun quality to it.
In fact, similar secrets have attracted enough credibility unseen to contribute to the ouster of two presidents – Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada.

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Otso Diretso dares Paolo Duterte: Show your tattoo, clear your name
Mara Cepeda April 06, 2019
'Kung talagang walang basehan, 'yon 'yong pinakamadaling gawin,' says Otso Diretso candidate Florin Hilbay on Paolo Duterte showing his tattoo to counter allegations against him

Bello to Duterte: 'Reverse course' or Filipinos may 'throw you out'
by Jee Y. Geronimo September 21, 2017 - with Video

'This is really a massacre that has taken place... He has to listen because if he doesn't listen, the people are going to throw him out eventually,' says former congressman Walden Bello.

Rody's cube: Duterte's many faces burn on Martial Law anniversary
by Aika Rey September 21, 2017 - with Video

The effigy depicts the 'different faces' of President Rodrigo Duterte whom the militant protesters now describe as an authoritarian leader in the mold of Marcos

 "Marcos, puppet, dictator, fascist!"

This popular chant during the protest movement that toppled the Marcos government resurfaced as an effigy in a big rally in Mendiola on September 21, Thursday, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

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IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, a day of protest vs return of martial law
September 22, 2017

Various groups observe the 45th anniversary of Martial Law around the country

Why it's time for progressives in the Duterte Cabinet to leave
Walden Bello August 20, 2017

It becomes harder by the day to understand how they can remain in their positions when it is becoming abundantly clear that mass murder is the central and only real policy of this administration.

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On 'The Duterte Reader' and identifying Digong
October 11, 2017 - with Video

Historian Leloy Claudio talks to sociologist Nicole Curato, whose book 'The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Duterte's Early Presidency' looks at the presidency through various lenses

Text by Patricia Evangelista Art by Carlo Gabuco
July 04, 2017

Once upon a time, there was carnage.

Duterte Year 1
Features, Analyses, In-Depth Reports, Videos

The PH economy under Duterte’s watch (Year 1)
JC Punongbayan July 15, 2017
In this article, we focus on the economy’s performance under his watch, as gleaned from key economic indicators.
It’s one thing to blame outsiders for the state of the economy. But it’s another when our very own leaders implement reckless, ill-thought policies that bring economic hardships to our people.

Robredo on Duterte Year 1: A mix of achievements and shortcomings
Patty Pasion June 30, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledges she too has had limitations during the first year, given her office's meager budget.

The year of living with autocracy and incompetence
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug June 20, 2017

Duterte’s experience as mayor is out of proportion to the demands of the presidency. It ill-prepared him for checks and balances central to a democracy.

Defining moments of Duterte's 1st year in power
June 30, 2017 by Pia Ranada - Slideshow
Here are 15 key moments in the first year of the Duterte presidency. What do they say about the next 5 years?

Duterte at 365 days: It's hip to be Marcosian again
by Patricio N. Abinales June 19, 2017

No post-authoritarian president has publicly mused about the declaration of martial law as much as Rodrigo Duterte.
Since the fall of the dictator, anti-authoritarian fears have always revolved around the threat of a new Marcos.

A nation’s odyssey toward a popular dictatorship
by Walden Bello June 26, 2017

Yielding power when his 6-year term ends is a vanishing option for Duterte, not least because he would face prosecution for extra-judicial execution of thousands.

Aquino to Duterte: Reflect on your message about Ninoy
by Camille Elemia August 21, 2017
'Kami'y nagpapasalamat sa magandang sinabi sa aking ama. Siguro pakiusap ko lang baka puwedeng paminsan-minsan babasahin po niya ulit ito,' says former president Benigno Aquino III.
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Duterte's foreign trips cost thrice more than predecessors'
by Pia Ranada June 17, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: The government spends at least P386.2 million ($7.72 million) on foreign trips during Duterte's first year in power. In one trip, expenses shoot up to P31.8 ($636,000) million a day.

Palace defends Duterte's 'very disciplined' spending on foreign trips
by Pia Ranada June 19, 2017 - with video
'There's very strict accounting regarding that matter,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella on how the government handles expenses for President Rodrigo Duterte's trips abroad.

An ISIS hang-up
by Vergel O. Santos June 09, 2017

What’s certain is there’s a scare going around, if not an ISIS scare, a Duterte scare, and the latter seems to me the more plausible and imminently realizable.

Where does the army draw the line with Duterte?
by Vergel O. Santos June 03, 2017

Doubtless Duterte knows only too well that Lorenzana and his generals command the ultimate swing force and that without its support he is a toothless dictator

Ghost of Dictator Marcos Hangs Over Duterte

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Duterte donor Imee Marcos not in his SOCE
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 11, 2016
Referring to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos' donation, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'Si Imee pa ang nagbigay. Sabi niya inutang daw niya'
President Rodrigo Duterte recently said Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos helped fund his presidential bid, with Marcos even borrowing money to fuel his campaign.
President Rodrigo Duterte says his father was a close ally of former president Ferdinand Marcos
Duterte's Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), however, does not list Marcos among his contributors.


Marcos ill-gotten wealth!

Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG)

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We trust Duterte will end decades of cases – Imee Marcos
by Bea Cupin August 31, 2017 - with Video
Asked if the President's claims that they would be returning their wealth was true, Governor Imee Marcos says: 'Pag-usapan na lang ng ating mga abugado'
When asked about her family’s supposed plan to return some of their wealth to the Philippine government, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said there were no negotiations in the works and that it was best for their lawyers to respond.

Bongbong Marcos on Cabinet post: I can't say no to the President
by Mara Cepeda April 05, 2017
‘If the President asks you to serve in whatever capacity, you can’t say no,’ says former senator Bongbong Marcos.

San Miguel's Ramon Ang was campaign donor
December 21, 2016
CAMPAIGN DONOR? President Rodrigo Duterte 'outs' Ramon Ang – who isn't listed in his SOCE – as a 2016 campaign donor during a Christmas party in Malacañan.
The big businessman – whom Duterte praises for his 'disarming attitude of humility' – is not on the list of contributors the President submitted to the Comelec.

Who's who in Duterte's poll contributors list
by Michael Bueza December 09, 2016
Here's a quick look at the donors who helped fund Duterte’s successful presidential bid.

Can candidates spend like crazy on campaigns?
by/ Fritzie Rodriguez April 26, 2016

and about Statement of Contribution and Expenditure (SOCE)


and about President Rodrigo Duterte's part in the

Burial of Ferdinand E. E. Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani - 'Heroes' Cemetery

Again AboutPhilippines just ask: Is "Duterte, a Marcos lapdog"??????

Can Comelec probe Marcos donation to Duterte?
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2016
'The Comelec cannot act unless a formal complaint has been lodged,' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez tells
Duterte hit for 'absolving' Bongbong, Imee from Marcos sins
by Bea Cupin September 30, 2017

The President insists – falsely – that Bongbong Marcos was a 'child' and Imee Marcos, 'young,' when documented atrocities of Martial Law took place.

Are they innocent? Think again.

Thousands to join national protest to remind Filipinos of Marcos' Martial Law
September 21, 2017 - with Video

Students and youth groups begin demonstrations for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law with a rally at UP Diliman,
to oppose what they fear would be nationwide military rule under the Duterte administration.

These geeks are protesting injustice through cosplay
The cosplayers are releasing a photo series on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

LOOK: Schools put up symbols of indignation on Martial Law anniversary
September 21, 2017
'We challenge our students to become agents of hope – to never stop listening to stories, so that they will never cease to tell stories. So that the future generations will never forget'

'Prevent martial law from being repeated' – UP Chancellor
September 20, 2017
'It is a time of remembering the past, especially martial law. It is a time of reaffirming our commitment to prevent that past from being repeated,' UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says

Walang alamat ni Ferdinand Marcos
September 11, 2017

Sa ika-'sandaang kaarawan ni Marcos – kung kailan 28 taon na ang lumipas mula nang siya'y simulang naagnas – magpapaulol pa rin ba tayo sa pinilipit at binurdahang kuwentong kutsero?

September 11 and the real Marcos Legacy

Duterte proclamation warns against Sept 21 'infiltrators'
by Pia Ranada September 20, 2017
Malacañang tells protesters to be 'vigilant' of persons who will instigate violence during the rallies to provoke law enforcers.

Sept 21 protest organizers to Duterte: Why limit space for rally?
September 20, 2017
According to the Movement Against Tyranny, the space assigned by the National Parks Development Committee to the group can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 people. The group expects tens of thousands to join its activity.

Diokno defined courage for the Martial Law generation
by Ed Garcia September 19, 2017
On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'.

Netizens ask: Why hold quake drill on martial law anniversary?
September 19, 2017
Political rallies are also expected to be massive, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend government work and classes in Metro Manila.

Martial Law 45th anniversary activities, protests
September 19, 2017
Several activities are lined up all week to commemorate the signing of Proclamation 1081 on September 21, 1972

Duterte to suspend gov't work, classes on September 21
by Pia Ranada September 18, 2017 - with Video
'I have declared it as a day of protest,' says President Rodrigo Duterte.
The President invited all those who have grievances with government to join the rallies on September 21, a day when many protesters are expected to commemorate the anniversary of Martial Law.

Look Memorandum Circular No. 26, s. 2017 declaring 21 September 2017 as a National Day of Protest

Duterte mulls gov't work, class suspensions in NCR on Sept 21
by Pia Ranada September 15, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte is considering a suspension of government work and classes in Metro Manila on September 21, the 45th anniversary of martial law, in anticipation of mass protests to be held by the Left on that day.
"This early, I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday para walang masaktan, walang ano kung may demonstration diyan, magkagulo (so that no one gets hurt if there is a demonstration there and it gets messy)," he said in an interview on state-run PTV on September 14.

What Duterte's proclamation says about Marcos' Martial Law
by Pia Ranada September 20, 2017

Ahead of the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, Malacañang describes it as a time of 'human rights violations, arbitrary state interventions, rampant corruption, and disregard of fundamental civil liberties'

Can Duterte do a Marcos?
by Lisandro E. Claudio May 29, 2017

Our babyboomer mayor-president may think he is living in the 1970s, but things have changed a lot since then.


'Marcos-friendly' Duterte risking historical revisionism: martial law victim
Sep 11, 2017
Former Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales is blaming President Rodrigo Duterte for providing a "friendly environment" for the Marcos family's attempts to revise history in their favor.

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Duterte: Marcos 'most enterprising' president
by Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Feb 06 2017

‘Is Duterte the Marcos spokesman?’
by Bea Cupin August 29, 2017
The Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA) adds, 'Not only has Duterte sponsored the official rehabilitation of the dictator, he now also facilitates the exemption of the Marcos heirs from accountability and punishment'

Duterte: Marcos family to return some wealth to gov't
by Pia Ranada August 29, 2017 - with Video
The President says he 'accepts' the Marcoses' explanation for why they kept ill-gotten wealth 'whether or not it is true'

Again AboutPhilippines just ask: Is "Duterte, a Marcos lapdog"



Satur to Duterte: Don't let the Marcoses use you
Nov 19, 2016

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo on Saturday warned President Rodrigo Duterte against letting the Marcoses use him for their own political plans, which could include an eventual return to Malacañang.

Dismiss anti-Marcos protests at your peril
November 28, 2016
The burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has cost President Duterte political capital, though it appears he doesn't see it that way.
To dismiss the protests as fleeting or manufactured or the antics of the has-beens is to misread the situation.
Emotions made Duterte president. He, of all people, should know that emotions are driving these protests.

The anger is real. It is raw. It is deep.

Ghost of Dictator Marcos Hangs Over Duterte
by Clarissa Batino - Norman P Aquino June 15, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte won the Philippine presidency in a blaze of hard-line rhetoric -- an outsider who will stamp out crime and corruption. But his power base is tied to the nation’s oldest political camps, including that of ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Filipino politics is one big soap opera, Etc

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Showbiz for ugly people? How Filipino politics is one big soap opera
By Staff Writers January 25, 2017

Ever wondered why politics in the Philippines is so melodramatic? Or how any Filipino who gets even remotely famous ends up in public office? Here Anna Cristina Pertierra of Western Sydney University discusses how the country proves the old adage that “politics is show business for ugly people”....

Duterte reappoints bypassed Cabinet secretaries
by Pia Ranada July 04, 2017
Social Welfare Secretary Taguiwalo, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano have been bypassed twice by the Commission on Appointments.

A nation doomed
Vergel Santos August 19, 2017

Duterte’s well-heeled backers are well hedged against whatever costs his bizarre brand of presidency might bring, unlike the poor, who in fact have borne these costs. His war against drugs says it all.

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LP House members, allies: Duterte admin 'employing fear to defeat facts'
by Bea Cupin September 13, 2017

Several members of the Liberal Party in the House – alongside a long-time party ally and a PDP-Laban member – slam the administration for its attacks on checks and balances

Duterte's falling out with the Left
by Teddy Casiño September 09, 2017

The contradiction between unity and struggle, between working with the government on some issues but fighting it on others, was a balancing act that many found confusing and difficult.

The death of policing as a profession in the Philippines
by Raymund E. Narag, PhD August 19, 2017

While we cannot begrudge the intentions of the President, a drug-free and crime-free Philippines, he has transformed the police into the biggest criminal institution in the Philippines.

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Duterte appoints son-in-law's brother as DA official
by Pia Ranada September 06, 2017

Waldo Carpio, brother of Manases Carpio, is appointed as an assistant secretary of the agriculture department.
Carpio replaces Assistant Secretary Federico Laciste Jr.

Carpio is the brother of Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.
The President stood as primary sponsor at the wedding of Waldo Carpio and Regine Carpio in September last year.

Given Carpio’s close ties to Duterte’s family, is the appointment unconstitutional?
According to the 1987 Constitution, spouse and relatives by consanguinity or affinity “within the 4th civil degree of the President shall not during his tenure be appointed as members of the Constitutional Commissions, or the Office of the Ombudsman, or as Secretaries, Undersecretaries, chairmen or heads of bureaus or offices, including government-owned or -controlled corporations and their subsidiaries.”

AND it's Nepotism

Duterte's pick for new SBMA chief is Gordon's 'protégé'
by Camille Elemia September 26, 2017

Wilma Eisma was Senator Richard Gordon's executive assistant and legal staff member when he was SBMA chairman and administrator from 1992 to 1998

AND it's Nepotism

GALLERY: Who are Duterte's San Beda appointees to gov't?
by Michael Bueza June 29, 2017

From the Cabinet to the courts, many of the President's schoolmates and classmates have been appointed to key government positions.

Duterte denies Russia trip was 'junket'
by Pia Ranada June 29, 2017

The President admits inviting several 'retiring' police and military officers to join his Russia visit as a way of showing his 'gratitude' for their years of service.

Digong's Cabinet should talk more, take the bullets
by Rene Saguisag May 26, 2017
Are we better off after a year? Did we have a Marawi situation last year?
Prez Digong alarmingly and needlessly cut short by a day his trip to Russia and took the mic energetically on arrival for another rambling performance. He talked of martial law (ML) in Mindanao where the vilified Muslims have been persecuted for centuries.
Republic Act No. 6713

This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees."

Change is coming? Duterte recycles the old
May 15, 2017

By naming soldiers to civilian posts, Philippine presidents think they are able to tame and temper a politicized military.
The quick-fix president favors quick-fix officials.

Why Duterte has to be ousted, and why even that won’t be enough to defend ourselves
by Herbert Docena August 26, 2017

If we allow him, he will continue to deploy all the power and the resources commanded by the presidency to escalate his brutal war on the poor, to establish a dictatorial regime, and to take us to a modern dark age. We have a moral duty to stop this from happening.

Are there grounds for a president's resignation under the Constitution?
by Katerina Francisco October 02, 2017
The Constitution doesn't spell out acceptable grounds for a president's resignation, and in recent history, one president's resignation has also raised legal questions.

Nene Pimentel on federalism, Congress, Duterte's SONA
July 25, 2017 - with Video

The former Senate president shares his thoughts
The father of Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, the elder Pimentel recently made headlines when he contradicted his son's position on convening Congress to discuss the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Public Opinion on President Rodrigo Duterte
Apr 26, 2017 - with Video
Rappler talks to Pulse Asia Research Director on Duterte's trust and approval ratings and the Filipinos' continued support for the war on drugs.
Digong is boss, not the bayan’s champion
by Patricio N. Abinales June 17, 2017

Duterte has nationalized this local ‘way of doing politics,’ with its associated coercive features, vulgar argot, and a more personalized patronage system

After one year, Duterte veers ever more to the right
by Teddy Casiño June 30, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte is proving to be a hindrance to the country's most urgent political and socio-economic reforms.

Our own Gang of Four and a Half
by Vergel O. Santos April 29, 2017
Duterte, Estrada, Arroyo, Marcos – they are our own Gang of Four, who, in the 60s and 70s, in its original Communist Chinese incarnation was the ruthless power behind Mao Zedong.
Don't let dictator Duterte mortgage our future like Marcos did
by Senator Leila de Lima May 18, 2017
'A dictator once mortgaged our future to imperialist powers and bankrupted this nation. We cannot let another dictator do that again.'
Alvarez wants to scrap PLLO
by Mara Cepeda February 13, 2017
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office's function is redundant since the LEDAC already exists

Presidential Legislative Liaison Office - PLLO, Mandate:
Promotion of Presidential legislative initiatives and other Administration-sponsored priority policy reforms and development programs through a strategic information dissemination campaign and sustained day-to-day collaboration with the two Chambers of Congress, as well as with other interest groups.

Why Time will find no other like Duterte
by Vergel O. Santos March 31, 2017

President Duterte possesses other qualities that suit the purpose of Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.

When President Duterte goes on a firing spree
by Pia Ranada April 07, 2017

The President's 'one whiff, you're out' rule shows a leadership style governed by instinct and passion, and little reflection, say political analysts

Duterte's own numbers game
by Vergel O. Santos April 13, 2017

The Duterte presidency is about tricks, a numbers game. If truth has no value to him, only illusions, what use do the media and other truth seekers and reporters have?.
There are numbers, and there are numbers, and President Duterte employs them all to effect.

Duterte shares the trick that got him out of ROTC
by Pia Ranada July 15, 2017

Duterte, who as President wants to bring back mandatory ROTC, said he tricked the military registrar by submitting medical documents that proved he was too sickly to take Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), thus exempting him from the requirement.

How incentives drive Duterte policies on drugs, housing, China
by JC Punongbayan April 29, 2017
In the same way that governments can dangle incentives to its citizens, governments can also dangle incentives to other governments.
Dutertismo’s elitism problem
April 18, 2017
To continue the fiction of being simple folk, the Dutertians must consistently conjure an upper crust for them to demonize.

How far can they go?

The Duterte dispensation
September 04, 2017
Dutertismo is a new dispensation in Philippine politics. And for those of us unsettled by this fact, historian Mark Lilla offers some advice: 'If you are unhappy with the terms of debate during one dispensation, you have no choice but to prepare a new one.'

Both by Lisandro E. Claudio

Lessons from my father
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio April 24, 2017
President Duterte is not my Tatay Digong. He does not command my obedience nor adulation. It is the nation, and not one person, that commands me.
The oddest ménage in Philippine politics
The freakish genius of Rodrigo Duterte may yet prove to lie in that – breaking up the nation to make everybody happy!

Duterte's constant musings on death, resignation
by Pia Ranada September 23, 2017
In recent speeches, President Rodrigo Duterte displays a preoccupation with mortality and quitting the presidency. But to what end?

Duterte, Carpio and the dos and don'ts of leadership
The President and the Senior Associate Justice are a study in contrast - make for a good study of the dos-and-don'ts of leadership.

The Duterte show goes on
Authoritarianism is in fact observed to obtain now, effectively.

Duterte’s abridged war and peace
Not known to retreat in battle, Mr. Duterte has called off the twin campaigns on which he launched his presidency seven months ago – a war on drugs and peace talks

All by Vergel O. Santos December 07, 2016, January 18, February 20, 2017 and March 24, 2017

Honeylet as ‘First Lady’ or ‘partner’?
Palace comms confused too
by Pia Ranada May 12, 2017

The Palace communications team amends a photo caption that identifies Honeylet Avanceña as Duterte's First Lady, and uses the term 'longtime partner' instead.

The evolution of Duterte’s First Lady: Honeylet Avanceña
By Pia Ranada 01 July, 2017
From Rodrigo Duterte's quiet companion on the campaign trail to his stunning red carpet partner during his presidency, she has come a long way, First Lady or not.

Duterte coalition suffers cracks
by Vergel O. Santos April 20, 2017
An odd mix of characters has indeed produced volatile relationships inside the Cabinet.
Cracks have begun to show in the coalition government of Rodrigo Duterte.
In the House of Representatives, Duterte lieutenants are also feuding.
CA rejects Gina Lopez as environment secretary
May 03, 2017

The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, May 3, rejected the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez after 3 confirmation hearings.

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Ex-AFP chief Cimatu is new environment secretary
May 08, 2017
Roy Cimatu is a former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and special envoy to the Middle East.

Trillanes: 'Duterte fed Gina Lopez to the lions'
May 05, 2017
'Would these congressmen openly defy Duterte and reject Lopez if they are sure that he really wants her to be confirmed?' asks Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

The rejection of Gina Lopez is a rejection of change
by Yeb Saño May 05, 2017
'Her rejection as Department of Environment Natural Resources Secretary shows how destructive industries continue to hold Philippine lawmakers by their necks'

Duterte on CA votes vs Gina Lopez: 'Lobby money talks'
by Pia Ranada May 04, 2017 - with video
'Sayang si Gina. I really like her passion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after losing Gina Lopez as a Cabinet member.

Is someone lying? CA votes on Gina Lopez don't add up
by Camille Elemia May 04, 2017
Due to the secret voting done by the Commission on Appointments, the public can only take the lawmakers' word whether they voted to confirm or reject the environment secretary.

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Lopez: Constitution backs mining crackdown
May 4, 2017
Outgoing Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday defended her mining crackdown, saying a clean environment is a constitutional guarantee.

UP students, alumni protest honorary degree for Duterte
April 19, 2017
Students and alumni of the University of the Philippines criticize the Board of Regents' offer of an honorary degree to President Duterte.
Students and alumni criticized this move on social media: "Giving honor to a man who challenges basic human decency, discourages public dissent, promotes a culture of impunity, and lauds extra-judicial killings, UP has taken a major step backward in upholding Honor and Excellence."

Duterte declines U.P. honorary degree
by Pia Ranada April 19, 2017
'As a matter of personal and official policy, I do not accept [such] awards,' says President Rodrigo Duterte.

Who proposed honorary UP degree for Duterte?
by Paige Occeñola April 19, 2017
Senator Escudero's name is removed from the Summary of Resolutions of the Board of Regents after denied pushing for it. Interestingly, the edited document doesn't indicate the correct proponent.

Duterte doesn't 'give a heck' about honorary degrees
by Pia Ranada April 19, 2017
'To the so-called learned individuals who frown upon the plan of the University of the Philippines to grant an honorary doctorate degree to the President, you can have that honorary degree for all we care,' says President Duterte's eldest son.
Robredo receives honorary degree from Camarines Sur university
by Patty Pasion April 19, 2017
The conferment of the doctorate degree on the Vice President comes as President Rodrigo Duterte turns down a similar offer from the University of the Philippines.
FAST FACTS: How honorary degrees are conferred
April 20, 2017 - with video
The plan of the University of the Philippines' Board of Regents to confer an honorary degree on President Duterte draws protests from students and alumni.

Duterte dominates Google search results for 'psychopath Philippines'
May 02, 2017
Most of the search engine results lead to articles detailing the incident when a Filipina actress called President Rodrigo Duterte a psychopath in a Facebook post.

New York Times slams White House invitation for 'despot' Duterte
May 03, 2017
'This is obviously not a man who should be welcomed to the White House,' says the New York Times.

Is Duterte just choosy about awards, honors he accepts?
by Pia Ranada April 22, 2017
'Personal policy' not to accept awards? President Duterte has accepted some in the past.
Though President Rodrigo Duterte declined the University of the Philippines honorary degree by saying it’s his “personal policy” not to accept awards, he has had no qualms accepting other awards or forms of recognition in the past.
Robredo urged to 'stop shaming' Duterte
Patty Pasion April 03, 2017
Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte hold a rally, saying Vice President Leni Robredo should 'change' her criticism of the Duterte administration or be ousted.
"Stop shaming the President."
This was the main message of President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who gathered at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday, April 2, calling for the ouster of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Duterte refuses to comment on 'Palit Bise' rally
April 02, 2017
'I am not a politician anymore. I'm beyond that,' President Rodrigo Duterte says when sought for comment about the anti-Robredo rally

LOOK BACK: When the Philippines didn't have a vice president
by Katerina Francisco March 22, 2017

Throughout Philippine history, there have been several periods when the president didn't have a second-in-command.

Why Leni Robredo can't be full-on opposition
by Patty Pasion June 27, 2017

The Vice President cannot risk completely disengaging from government. Her access to the President and Cabinet members can advance her pro-poor agenda.

FVR on Marcos, Duterte, law enforcement and foreign policy
February 09, 2017 - with Video
The nation's elder statesman Fidel V. Ramos, former Philippine president shares his thoughts on recent events
Ramos may have endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 elections, but he has since become critical of some of the administration's moves. The hero's burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose fall from power was largely due to Ramos' reversal in 1986, was an "insult" to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Ramos has also voiced his concern on the war the PNP is waging against illegal drugs and stressed the need for an interdependent foreign policy.
Watch Ramos' interview with Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa.

Dr. Wataru Kusaka on why the poor support Duterte
September 29, 2017 - with Video

President Rodrigo Duterte rose to power on the back of the masa’s support. Sure, support for him among the middle class has been increasing, but there’s no doubt the poor remain his power base.
Some political observers are puzzled why he remains popular despite his controversial policies and unfulfilled policies that affect the poor. Some like Dr. Wataru Kusaka of the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University have theories on why.

Look also
Moral Politics in the Philippines: Inequality, Democracy and the Urban Poor

Paranoia drives Duterte's politics
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug March 30, 2017

This worldview of conspiracies is the laziest kind of thinking that subverts self-criticism and does not allow for a vision to flourish.

Advice to Duterte: Don't micromanage PNP
by Bea Cupin March 13, 2017 - with video
A Senate committee report on the killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa Sr takes the President to task for intervening in the appointment of a cop linked to the murder.

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No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof'
by Bea Cupin July 17, 2017
Senator Risa Hontiveros says the reinstatement of a cop linked to the killing of a former mayor is the latest proof that 'EJK deniers' need

The other Marcos phenomenon
by Vergel O. Santos July 14, 2017
Why do Marvin Marcos and others in his infamous league get easy deals from the Duterte regime?
AboutPhilippines recommend to read this article

'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos
July 13, 2017
Senator Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, sums up the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos with the favorite expletive of the Chief Executive who had ordered it.

Duterte orders reinstatement of cop in Espinosa slay, again
by Rambo Talabong July 12, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, July 12, that he has ordered the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the police officer who led the team implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr in his Leyte jail cell last year.


Trillanes ready to die fighting Duterte
by Camille Elemia February 26, 2017
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he is ready to face the consequences of his resistance against President Rodrigo Duterte, even if he ends up getting killed.
'Gawin ninyo kung ano 'yung gusto ninyong gawin. Hindi ako matitinag diyan. Pero kung ipapatumba nila ako dahil sa paninindigan ko, kasama po 'yan sa mandato ko'

DILG memo: LGUs 'expected' to help mobilize for pro-Duterte rally
The memorandum says local government officials may organize their constituents who are 'willing to participate' in pro-Duterte events supporting President Rodrigo Duterte this weekend, as other groups are set to hold rallies to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Duterte on EDSA anniversary: No group has monopoly of patriotism
by Pia Ranada
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea delivers the message of President Rodrigo Duterte, who skipped the EDSA commemorative event.

Look MORE about EDSA Revolutions day

Robredo hits 'growing culture of apathy, impunity, lies'
by Patty Pasion February 24, 2017

'What kind of message are we sending to our children when our leader says it is alright to kill?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Is Yasay the first appointee to be rejected by the CA?
March 08, 2017

Rejection of a presidential appointee by the Commission on Appointments is rare in Philippine history


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?

Rodrigo Duterte: A fascist original
by Walden Bello January 02, 2017
'Like the anti-Marcos resistance 4 decades back, the only certainty members of the anti-fascist front can count on is that they’re doing the right thing. And that, for some, is a certainly worth dying for'

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January 02, 2017
President Duterte will appoint 25 men and women to propose changes in the Constitution. The times call for vigilance.

Official Gazette

the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines.
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a collective name for the newly formed offices within the Office of the President of the Philippines and refers to the following positions and offices: the Presidential Spokesman and the Presidential Communications Office (formerly the Office of the Press Secretary).

Public 'deserves truth' about Duterte's health – senators
by Camille Elemia June 16, 2017

'Knowing the truth about the President’s state of health is both a matter of public interest and national security,' detained Senator Leila de Lima tells Malacañang.
Several senators are demanding a full disclosure on President Rodrigo Duterte's health after the Chief Executive went on a 4-day "rest" that fanned rumors about his physical condition.

Joma Sison: Duterte is PH's top drug addict
July 30, 2017
Sison, in a statement on Sunday, July 30, called Duterte the "number one drug addict" in the country who should be the target of the police.
"As an addict user of the opioid fentanyl, Duterte is the number one drug addict in the Philippines and is the most fitting target of the police units that he has turned into death squads and corrupted with money and promotions," the CPP founder said.
Duterte previously said he took fentanyl, a strong painkiller.

Fentanyl has driven Duterte to 'madness' - De Lima
by Camille Elemia December 21, 2016
Duterte earlier revealed he was prescribed Fentanyl but was eventually instructed to stop after his doctor found out he was "abusing the drug." The President said he was using the drug in patch format to treat an injury from a motorcycle accident years back.

LIST: 'Migraine everyday' and Duterte's other ailments
by Pia Ranada December 13, 2016
From Barrett's Esophagus to Buerger's Disease, here are the health issues that the 71-year-old Duterte has spoken about in public.

Duterte uses oxygen 'converter' to sleep
by Pia Ranada March 30, 2017 - with Video

The President admits needing improved 'oxygenation' when he sleeps because of his health problems

Lawmakers to Duterte: Reveal your medical status
by Agence France-Presse December 18, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte is urged to disclose a medical bulletin on his health after he admitted that he used to take a highly potent painkiller.
President Rodrigo Duterte's admission that he used a powerful painkiller has prompted concern about his health, with lawmakers urging him Sunday, December 18, to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results.

Doctor, doctor, President Duterte is sick!
December 19, 2016
It’s time Malacañang release medical bulletins
President Duterte’s recent revelation that he used Fentanyl, a pain killer for cancer patients that is “50 to 100 more times more potent” than morphine, has raised concerns about the state of his mental and physical health.

Trillanes on Duterte bank accounts: 'Prove me wrong'
by Bea Cupin February 16, 2017 - with video
'It's time to unmask this guy,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of President Rodrigo Duterte, as he revives accusations the President had P2.4 billion in his bank accounts.

It was a throwback of sorts on Thursday, February 16, as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV revived his challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte to "prove him wrong" that he had as much as P2.4 billion in his bank accounts not declared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth when he was mayor.

"Ilabas mo ang tapang mo dito. Ipakita mo na mali ako (Show how brave you are now. Prove me wrong)," Trillanes said in a news briefing where he distributed copies of documents he obtained from concerned citizen "Joseph de Mesa," after validating their authenticity.


Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth


below: Why Duterte can’t get rid of Trillanes

Trillanes claims Duterte bought P80-M insurance for 4 kids in cash in 2014
by Camille Elemia October 03, 2017
'Ano ba pinagkakakitaan mo, Mr Duterte? Mayor ka lang naman ng Davao City ng panahon na 'yan. Wala ka naman negosyo,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Trillanes identifies Duterte's 'source' of fake bank accounts
by Camille Elemia October 03, 2017 - with Video
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV names Daniel 'Snooky' Cruz as President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged source of 'fake information'

Duterte dares: Shoot me if I have more than P40M
by Carmela Fonbuena October 02, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says evidence against him is 'illegally obtained'

Duterte vs the people's right to know
by Vergel O. Santos September 30, 2017
At any rate, the unsorted question about who provided the bank records loses much of its relevance in the glare of the damning evidence the records themselves reveal

Trillanes on destabilization 'fund': 'Bagong imbento ni Duterte'
September 30, 2017
'That's an obvious diversion from his billion-peso bank accounts that were confirmed by the Ombudsman,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Duterte links Trillanes 'accounts' to 'destabilization'
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 29, 2017 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte says an anonymous country is providing him information about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supposed bank accounts

Trillanes asks AMLC to release Duterte bank transactions
February 21, 2017
The opposition senator says he's called the President's 'political bluff' and writes to the Anti-Money Laundering Council for Duterte's bank records starting 2006

Duterte orders AMLC to show his net worth
by Pia Ranada February 17, 2017
The President says he has asked AMLC to provide information about his net worth to refute the allegations of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV about his supposedly hidden wealth.

Trillanes to Duterte: Stick to the issue
February 17, 2017
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also urges the Ombudsman to speed up its investigation of the plunder complaint he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016

Duterte: I'll resign if Trillanes can prove claims
with video
by Pia Ranada Updated February 16, 2017
Duterte says if Trillanes can prove his accusations in court, he 'will resign as President immediately'

Campaign donor gave P118M to Honeylet, 3 Duterte kids – Trillanes
Businessman Samuel Uy allegedly deposited millions to the accounts of Honeylet Avanceña, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and Sebastian Duterte from 2011 to 2013, says Senator Antonio Trilllanes IV

Both by Bea Cupin February 16, 2017

Sara Duterte to Trillanes: 'Where's my P121M?'
by Pia Ranada February 16, 2017
'If Trillanes can show where my alleged P121 million is right now and how it became illegal, kunin natin at ibigay ko sa inyo lahat,' says the Davao City mayor.

Why Duterte can’t get rid of Trillanes
by Walden Bello October 04, 2017

Walden Bello tries extra-sensory perception (ESP) and gets to President Rodrigo Duterte’s unexpurgated ruminations on Senator Sonny Trillanes

Strangers, then estranged: Key 'Dubredo' moments in 2016
by Patty Pasion December 10, 2016
Here's a look back on how the relationship of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo went full circle just months into the new administration.
To describe 2016 as an eventful year for Philippine politics would be an understatement. It was an exciting and exhausting year for Filipinos who witnessed a tense election season and a transitioning administration.

Look also below LIST: Where Duterte and Robredo part ways

Año's challenge: How to lead PH military under Duterte?
by Carmela Fonbuena December 14, 2016
Amid fears of creeping martial law, Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año could be the best person to protect democracy – or

be its worst enemy.


Conflicting tales? Trillanes says Duterte told him different story on killings
Dec 17, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte’s story of how he killed suspected criminals when he was still mayor of Davao City is a different tale from what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims Duterte told him.

the Video: Exclusive Interview with Edgar Matobato
Jan 3, 2017
Edgar Matobato, self-confessed killer and member of the Davao Death Squad, said he saw President Rodrigo Duterte kill eight times, seven at the now infamous Ma-a quarry site in Davao City. Remark this is an album in the album Witness Edgar Matobato

Duterte kills 3 – so what?
by Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2016
Whether he has killed 3 or 3 million or 4, it doesn’t matter for now, his lawyers say: he is beyond the reach of the law while he’s president.

De Lima to int'l community: Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer'
by Camille Elemia December 19, 2016
'In May of this year, 16 million Filipinos elected a self-confessed serial killer as President,' says Senator Leila de Lima in Berlin, Germany.

Duterte says he 'maybe' killed a man at 17
December 18, 2016
The would-be president reveals this in an interview with Esquire magazine in 2015, before he declared his candidacy.

Duterte admits to personally killing during 1989 Davao hostage crisis (with video)
by Pia Ranada December 16, 2016
President Duterte, in an interview with reporters, says the time he killed criminals personally was during the 1989 hostage-taking in Davao, a story he has told before in public.

Duterte didn't say he 'personally killed'
by Pia Ranada December 15, 2016
The President's spokesman Andanar advises media and the public not to take Duterte's statements 'literally'

Philippines President Duterte should be impeached for 'mass murder': critic
By James Griffiths, CNN Updated December 16, 2016
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be impeached after he admitted to personally killing drug suspects, one of his top critics told CNN.
On Monday, Duterte said that when mayor of the southern city of Davao, he would patrol the streets "looking for an encounter so I could kill."
Duterte killing of suspects not illegal
by Camille Elemia December 14, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says killing criminal suspects 'could be done in a justifiable cause, circumstances'.

After another statement from President Rodrigo Duterte that he personally killed drug suspects, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II defended his boss anew, saying he did not violate the law.

Senators: SWS poll proves Filipinos feel scared, unsafe under Duterte
by Camille Elemia December 19, 2016
Both majority and minority senators say it is high time for President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure that the rule of law is followed in the war on drugs.

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PNP and the Duterte effect
December 05, 2016

President Duterte is weakening the PNP as a law enforcement institution!

Understanding Duterte 101? 'Take him seriously but not literally'
December 17, 2016
Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar offers another way to navigate the controversial statements of President Rodrigo Duterte.
There seems to be no argument that more than any other Philippine chief, President Rodrigo Duterte has created the most media buzz as much as media headaches – a migraine on many days – because of his controversial statements.

'Seriously, but not literally'? The Atlantic used it ahead of Andanar
January 03, 2017
Before Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, The Atlantic magazine had already described Trump supporters as taking him 'seriously, but not literally'

Duterte's circle spreading 'intrigues' about fixed-term officials
by Pia Ranada December 05, 2016

As early as September, President Duterte may have already shown a preference for another official to lead CHED in place of Patricia Licuanan who he had heard rumors about from his circle.
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Patricia Licuanan was another Cabinet member asked by President Rodrigo Duterte to stop attending Cabinet meetings starting December 5, aside from Vice President Leni Robredo herself.

Duterte signs EO creating Office of Participatory Governance
by Pia Ranada December 06, 2016
The EO gives President Duterte a 'direct arm' in responding to critical incidents and disasters, and further strengthens the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr.

Duterte, Mocha and outflanking critics
by Vicente L. Rafael January 09, 2017

Whenever his critics go left, Duterte goes right, only to suddenly swerve left, forcing his opponents to the right.

Feminists slam Duterte, Pia Cayetano for 'enabling' misogyny
by Natashya Gutierrez May 17, 2017
'We cannot allow women who pretend to be for women and then enable misogynists in positions of power.
Hello, Pia Cayetano, and hello, other women’s groups that are in alliance with this President'
says Meggan Evangelista of Babaylanes Incorporated.
Will Robredo be excluded from future Palace events?
by Pia Ranada January 11, 2017

Presidential Spokesman Abella says, 'It is a prerogative of the Palace to invite those who they feel is needed to be there'

Despite being the second highest official of the land, Vice President Leni Robredo was nowhere to be seen at the traditional Vin d'Honneur in Malacañang on January 11.

Malacañang fails to invite Robredo to 2nd Ledac meeting
by Pia Ranada August 30, 2017
The Vice President is a member of the Ledac, according to the law which created the advisory body.

Duterte, Robredo 'civil' during Ledac meeting
by Pia Ranada January 31, 2017
In their first meeting since the Vice President's resignation from the Cabinet, President Duterte continues to crack jokes she had once called 'inappropriate'

Robredo to Malacañang: Show some respect to OVP
by Patty Pasion January 12, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo finds it absurd that the Palace disinvited her from the Vin d'Honneur due to the 'limited guest list'

After Robredo resignation, Duterte suspects LP plot to oust him
by Pia Ranada December 07, 2016

'You want me out because you cannot accept defeat,' says Duterte
OUSTER PLOT? President Duterte says he still thinks the Liberal Party wants to oust him.

Palace chides Robredo for calling Nina rehab 'slow
by Pia Ranada January 04, 2017
The Palace hit Vice President Leni Robredo for calling Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) rehabilitation in some areas "slow," saying she should show more appreciation for the work of government.

Duterte accuses Robredo of attending ouster rallies
by Patty Pasion December 29, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte explains why he is not giving Vice President Leni Robredo another Cabinet post.

Robredo: I never joined a rally calling for Duterte ouster
December 30, 2016
Vice-President Leni Robredo tells President Rodrigo Duterte to stop imagining plots against him.

LIST: Where Duterte and Robredo part ways
Patty Pasion December 05, 2016

The country's two leaders don't see eye to eye on fundamental issues – from human rights to foreign policy!

Leni Robredo: The new, 'default' face of the opposition
by Camille Elemia December 06, 2016
Minority senators laud the move of the Vice President and accept her with open arms: 'Welcome to the minority!'
It was an unlikely union forged not by their own choices but by Filipinos who voted for them. With too little common ground between President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, their alliance was bound to end – and break it did, barely 6 months into their terms.

the Video: Leni never complained about Duterte: staff
Dec 5, 2016
Despite their differences, Vice President Leni Robredo never complained about President Rodrigo Duterte, a member of her staff revealed.

What's next for Leni Robredo?
December 09, 2016 - with Video
After resigning from the Duterte cabinet, what is next for Vice President Leni Robredo?
Rappler talks to Leni Robredo, Vice-President of the Philippines.
On Monday, December 5, Robredo resigned from the Cabinet after receiving a text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr asking her to "desist from attending Cabinet meetings," as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Robredo has opposed key policies and decisions of the administration, such as the burial of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Will Robredo be the face of the opposition? Watch this interview with Rappler's Investigative News head Chay Hofileña to find out her next steps.
Robredo on ouster plot: I don't want to be president
Patty Pasion December 09, 2016
'What I hope to achieve is to unify all voices so that there is only one voice that the President will listen to, so we can be heard,' Robredo says.
"Wala naman akong interes na mag-pangulo," she said in a brief interview with reporters on Friday, December 9. "I just want this administration to succeed pero mahalaga na pakinggan din nila ang dissenting voices."
Robredo’s liberation and millennials rising
Tony La Viña December 05, 2016
It's an exciting time for the country. Hopefully, we will now have a robust opposition to the Duterte government when it does bad things like killing the poor or protecting corrupt police officials implicated in illegal drugs.
The rising up of the millennials and the liberation of Leni Robredo is not coincidental.

It’s a gift for Christmas. It gives us hope!

LIVE: Vice President Leni talks to media about her resignation from Duterte cabinet
December 05, 2016
Robredo said her resignation was prompted by Duterte's order for her "to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5"
The VP faces the media today at around 5pm. Watch.

Robredo: I don't have political skill to oust Duterte
Patty Pasion December 06, 2016
Robredo also noted that while she issued statements against the Marcos burial, she did not attend rallies out of respect for Duterte as his housing czar.

Robredo: Not a time for fear, but a time for courage
December 05, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo elaborates on her resignation from the Duterte Cabinet, saying that while she has been 'eased out,' she will continue doing the job she was elected to do

Robredo waited for 'written order' from Duterte
Bea Cupin and Patty Pasion December 05, 2016
The Vice President wanted to get it straight from the President through a formal notice. After all, she says, 'it felt that I have been fired.'

LP to bolt Senate, House majority after Robredo resignation?
Camille Elemia December 05, 2016
The leadership of the Liberal Party is set to meet with its members from the Senate and the House of Representatives to discuss their next steps.

LP sticking with Senate majority after Robredo resignation
Camille Elemia December 06, 2016
'As long as we’re able to keep that independence, we'll probably stay with the majority here,' says Liberal Party senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV.

Leni leads PH pro-democracy movement
Philip M. Lustre Jr. December 06, 2016
Her biggest challenge lies in leading the entire pro-democracy movement to reclaim the nation’s democratic ideals that are being eroded slowly by the administration’s authoritarian tendencies.

#LeniLeaks: Speculations based on fragmented emails
January 09, 2017

'This is a product of a wild and active imagination. It's adding a plus-plus when there's nothing there,' says policy expert Tony La Viña.

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VP Robredo: Gov't exec spread 'LeniLeaks' lies sans fact-check
Feb 17, 2017

'LeniLeaks,' iniimbestigahan ng Malacañang

Malacañang looking into 'LeniLeaks'
Both Jan 9, 2017

#LabanLeni trends after Robredo decides to quit as housing czar
December 05, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo's supporters urge her to stay strong, while her critics claim she was an incompetent HUDCC head.

FULL TEXT: 'I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen' – Robredo
December 04, 2016
'I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, who is resigning as HUDCC chairperson.

'Great loss': Lawmakers react to Robredo resignation from Cabinet
ecember 04, 2016
'Umaandar ang mga pwersang gustong ibalik ang mga Marcos sa kapangyarihan. Hindi natin ito papayagan,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Palace: Duterte, Robredo have 'irreconcilable differences'
December 04, 2016
'There is no point for her to attend Cabinet meetings if her position is always contradictory to the President's,' says Cabinet Secretary Leoncio 'Jun' Evasco Jr.

How did Duterte break with Robredo? Through text message
by Bea Cupin December 04, 2016
It’s through a text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco that Vice President Leni Robredo is told to ‘desist’ from attending Cabinet meetings.

Robredo to resign from Duterte Cabinet
by Bea Cupin December 04, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo says she's stepping down as HUDCC chairperson after being told to 'desist from attending all Cabinet meetings'

Robredo: Opposition to Marcos burial possibly the clincher
by Patty Pasion December 05, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo says her biggest difference with President Rodrigo Duterte is her stand on the hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

'No double standard' on Robredo for expressing views – Palace
by Pia Ranada December 06, 2016
Leftist Cabinet members who also publicly opposed the Marcos burial were merely doing what was 'expected of them', says the Palace.

Duterte accepts Robredo's resignation
by Pia Ranada December 05, 2016
The President says he accepts Robredo's resignation with 'a heavy heart'

Cabinet officials saddened by Robredo's resignation
Pia Ranada December 05, 2016
'It’s sad that it had to end this way,' says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. Other Cabinet members recall the rapport between Duterte and Robredo during Cabinet meetings.

‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies
by Emil Marañon III April 08, 2018 This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.

TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case
by Patty Pasion May 09, 2017
Here are the key moments in the legal battle between Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival in the May 2016 polls, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

SC junks Marcos' motion questioning integrity of 2016 polls
by Mara Cepeda Updated September 06, 2017 - with Video
The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the integrity of the automated election system, which former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr questioned in his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), junked Marcos’ first cause of action for the electoral protest.

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?
by Patty Pasion July 12, 2017
The solicitor general of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears during the Supreme Court's preliminary conference for Bongbong Marcos' electoral protest.

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas
July 11, 2017
Election results in these provinces may be up for recount, if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests.

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say
July 11, 2017
Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos' request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

SC forms panel of commissioners for Marcos vs Robredo case
by Patty Pasion June 16, 2017
Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug will chair the 3-member panel

'New VP' in 2017? Robredo camp alarmed by 'recount'
November 20, 2016
'The objective is to steal the vice presidency from VP Leni,' says Robredo's spokesperson, about a recount allegedly being planned 'without the direction of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal'
One such message supposedly goes like this: "Recount of ballots from 4-5 provinces will start end of November and will finish by December, deliberations after. You can bet early next year, we have a new VP."
This recount, Hernandez said, would be "without the direction of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal" or PET, which is handling the election protest filed by defeated candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Robredo.

Look also the Videos in the 2 albums in the album VP Leni - vs - Bongbong camp:

Robredo camp about "fair trial":

Robredo camp seeks fair trial in electoral protest
Feb 16, 2017

Robredo camp confident VP election results won't change
Feb 16, 2017

Robredo camp trusts there will be fair trial on electoral protest
Feb 16, 2017
VP Leni, Bongbong camps refute vote recount hoax
Nov 20, 2016

Robredo to 'do everything' to block Marcos return to power
by Patty Pasion April 21, 2017
'Marami pang kautangan sa bayan na hindi pa nababayaran, at iyong kautangan na iyon, iyon din ang ginagamit para makabalik sa kapangyarihan,' says the Vice President
Despite criticism, impeachment threats, and an election case against her, Vice President Leni Robredo said she will ensure that former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr would not get the second highest position in the country.

Marcos asks SC to dismiss Robredo's counter-protest
by Patty Pasion April 20, 2017
Lawyers of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos stress that Vice President Leni Robredo failed to pay the fee required by the Supreme Court for the recount of ballots

Marcos' donors for the P36-million recount fee
by Patty Pasion April 17, 2017
'We have done this because it is our heartfelt wish that the election protest be resolved with dispatch,' the donors are quoted as saying.
AboutPhilippines ask: Have these donors forgot The Marcos family's ill-gotten wealth?

Robredo asks SC to reverse decision to proceed with Marcos case
by Patty Pasion March 06, 2017
The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr accuses Vice President Leni Robredo of resorting to delaying tactics.

SC denies Robredo's appeal to junk Marcos protest
by Patty Pasion February 16, 2017
The SC says the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is sufficient in form and substance.

Cheating using unused machines? 'Kaya nga unused' – Robredo
January 21, 2017
'Kahit hindi naman abogado, maiintindihan iyon,' Vice President Leni Robredo says of the latest accusation of defeated candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Robredo camp to Marcos: Don’t feed Pinoys wrong, self-serving info
By AJ Bolando Updated January 17, 2017

Robredo election lawyer: Poll fraud proven? Marcos camp 'hallucinating'
by Patty Pasion January 17, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the process of decrypting the SD cards is not yet complete for anyone to claim there is proof of election fraud.

Robredo: Have faith SC will be fair in Marcos election protest
Speculations about the Supreme Court favoring Bongbong Marcos in the election case intensifies after it ruled to allow a hero's burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Marcos to Robredo: Why are you afraid of vote recount?
The camp of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr uses the same metaphor used by Vice President Leni Robredo about his father's burial, saying the real 'thief in the night' was Robredo's poll victory

both by Patty Pasion November 21 - 22, 2016

Leni ‘stole’ the vice presidency? The data doesn’t say so
by JC Punongbayan December 09, 2016

By examining the election data and subjecting it to various methodologies, it is virtually impossible for anyone to conclude that Leni cheated and 'stole' the vice presidency. The data tells us that she won fair and square.
Still at a loss over the unfortunate series of events, Leni speculated that her Cabinet ouster could be but one manifestation of a larger plot to “steal” the vice presidency, presumably to put into power her main election opponent, Bongbong Marcos.

Duterte: Robredo will stay VP until end of her term
by Pia Ranada December 08, 2016
'Wala kaming away ni Leni ngayon,' says President Rodrigo Duterte when asked about their irreconcilable differences.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 8, denied he wants Vice President Leni Robredo out of office and assured her and her fellow Bicolanos that she would serve her full term.

Robredo thanks Duterte for 'reassurance' of full term
by Patty Pasion December 08, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte and the Vice President reassure and thank each other through media interviews days after Leni Robredo resigned from the Cabinet.


Robredo counters Marcos: 'Who has a history of stealing?'
December 06, 2016

“WHO has the history of stealing?”
This was the response of Vice President Leni Robredo after her losing rival former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. accused her of "stealing the vice presidency" from him.

Duterte: If Marcos wins protest, 'maybe we'll have new VP'
by Pia Ranada October 19, 2016

'Kung manalo siya sa protest niya baka bago ang ating bise presidente,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he introduces former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr during an event in Beijing.
The 2016 elections may be over and President Rodrigo Duterte in China for a state visit, but that didn't stop the Philippine leader from bringing up the election protest filed by former vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Look also the Video: Robredo alarmed by rumors of vote recount
Nov 21, 2016
Vice president Leni Robredo is concerned over rumors of a vote recount in the vice-presidential race. But her rival, former Senator Bongbong Marcos insists his camp wants the pending electoral protest settled through the legal process.

and IMPORTANT read also the below article

The Left’s unity and struggle with Duterte
by Teddy Casiño November 15, 2016
Extrajudicial killings and the Marcos burial issue will continue to be a recurring source of disagreement. So far, these burning issues have not been decisive in breaking the alliance with Duterte.
Traditions and Protocol of a Presidential Funeral

Although there are no laws mandating presidential funerals, certain protocol and traditions are maintained. A deceased Philippine president may be given a state funeral, which involves funeral expenses defrayed by the State; a Book of Condolence opened for local and foreign dignitaries in the Philippines; lying in state for public viewing; and arrival, departure, and final military honors.

Addressing in all official communications
Don't call me 'His Excellency'
UPDATED July 21, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte has also ordered that Cabinet officials be addressed only as 'Secretary' – not 'Honorable' – in official communications sent to his office.
Memorandum from the Executive Secretary on Release of Official Statements
Signed September 22, 2016

FOI - Freedom of Information - Etc.

Change has come!
September 12, 2016
Mainstream media face challenges in today’s polarized environment.

Look the many links and informations:
Held on September 9 and 10, the 12th Media Nation is the first under the Duterte administration. Participants included editors and staff of ABS-CBN, CNN Philippines, GMA7, Inquirer, TV5, Rappler, and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication.
Organized by a civil society group, pagbabago@pilipinas, Media Nation has tackled subjects such as corruption, killing of journalists, impact of new technology, and professional safety.

Has change really come?
Misleading graphs and how to spot them
by JC Punongbayan August 05, 2017
Next time you encounter a graph, don’t take it at face value. Examine the variables, scrutinize the labels, check the sources, and understand the message – all before you click 'share'. Look also HERE

Duterte’s figures don’t add up
by Vergel O. Santos August 05, 2017
'A quick, although revealing-enough, survey of three basic areas shows that Duterte’s facts and figures do not come up to any achievement'

Media barred from live coverage of Duterte's events on Sept 12
by Pia Ranada September 12, 2016
The Palace prohibits media from airing live Duterte's events on Monday, September 12 but gives assurances that 'this is not the protocol' for future events

Duterte told of protocol: 'You do it for the country'
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 26, 2016
'In diplomacy, protocol is very important,' seasoned diplomat Leticia Ramos Shahani says.
Seasoned diplomat and former senator Leticia Ramos Shahani reminded President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, October 26, about the importance of protocol as the Philippines' chief diplomat makes a 3-day official visit to Japan.
Duterte heard God's voice: Stop cursing or I'll bring plane down
by Pia Ranada October 28, 2016
The President says he heard God's voice speak to him on the plane ride from Japan: 'If you don’t stop epithets, I will bring this plane down now'

When Duterte won the 2016 elections, he promised to "behave" as president. But soon after taking his oath of office, he said he would not change his character and that no one could expect him to act like a statesman.

Look also the Videos (1 with subtitles) and the article

AboutPhilippines ask: Is this Blasphemy? Think of how he former has talked about the church!

Vox Duterte, vox Dei
by Vergel O. Santos November 04, 2016

His epiphany makes him harder yet to categorize, especially normally. But we will always try – if only for our own sense of consolation and security. He is, after all, our president.
If a recession in his condition is where our only hopes lie, we’re certainly in for far greater trouble than we think.

Vergel Santos on “The Censored Press”
July 6, 2016

"AboutPhilippines" says a great article IMPORTANT to read

Duterte: Give president sole power to declare martial law
by Jun A. Malig December 23, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to amend in the Constitution another 'reckless reaction' to the Marcos regime – the term limits on local officials.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 22, said he wants the Constitution amended to make it less difficult for any president to declare martial, saying the current safeguards were mere “reckless reaction” to what Filipinos experienced during Martial Law.
He also said there is also a need to review the current term limit on local officials, where a maximum of 3 consecutive 3-year terms is allowed.

Duterte: Martial law futile, will 'burden' the innocent
by Pia Ranada December 30, 2016
'Okay na ako sa state of lawlessness,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in an interview with Rappler's Maria Ressa.
Martial law is futile and will only "burden" the innocent, President Rodrigo Duterte said, as he dispelled fears that recent bombings in Cotabato and Leyte will persuade him to impose military rule.

Threat of martial law 'worst Christmas gift'
December 23, 2016
The Vice President asks Filipinos to 'remain vigilant against the threat of martial law,' calling President Duterte's challenge to the Constitution 'appealing'


How should Duterte speak?
Oct 27, 2016

Political analysts Professor Prospero de Vera and Teddy Locsin Jr. share their thoughts on how President Rodrigo Duterte speaks and how it affects public impression.

Duterte has new-found love for barong
by Pia Ranada November 19, 2016
Duterte’s almost 5 months in the presidency has changed at least one thing about him: his opinion on the national attire.
Apparently, his busy schedule as president has also caused him to lose so much weight that he has had to use suspenders to keep his pants in place.

In the album 'Maverick' Duterte

A foul-mouthed 2016: The year in Duterte's curses
Dec 9, 2016
Here's a video compilation of the times President Duterte cursed, insulted, and ranted.
Will the next 5 years of the Duterte presidency be just as foul-mouthed? We'll just have to wait and see!

'Maverick' Duterte goes beyond communication playbook, says Andanar
Oct 7, 2016
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday said, although President Rodrigo Duterte's communication team is equipped with the communications or public relations playbook, doing it for the chief executive requires some adjustments

Look also the article
'Maverick' Duterte goes beyond communication playbook, says Andanar
by Trishia Billones, Oct 07 2016
Is Duterte only misunderstood?
Sep 20, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte is often misunderstood because foreign journalists "see things in their own Western way," the social media director of Duterte's presidential campaign said.
Vice President Leni Robredo’s pray and advice to the President:
Robredo praying Duterte tirades won’t strain int’l relations
Robredo offers unsolicited advice to Duterte: ‘Be more deliberate’ Oct 5, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo’s unsolicited advice to the President? Think twice before you speak and learn to keep some of your opinions to yourself.
100 days of 'creative imagination': Duterte's take on key issues
October 09, 2016
In the past 100 days of his war on drugs, President Duterte is resolute, consistent. However, with other issues, he is known to say something one day, and then retract the next.
'Duterte issues statements sans consultation
Oct 19, 2016
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana clarifies some statements made by President Rodrigo Duterte concerning matters of state and foreign policy. He also admits the president makes these pronouncements without consulting members of his Cabinet.
Duterte has a duty to act like a statesman
says Senator Richard Gordon

Why Duterte needs to act like a diplomat
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 08, 2016
Based on Philippine laws, President Rodrigo Duterte is the country's chief diplomat, whether he likes it or not

Gordon says 'noisy' Duterte 'falling on his own sword'
by Camille Elemia October 03, 2016
'Maingay ang Pangulo, sobrang ingay ng Pangulo'
Of profanity and public trust: Why Duterte remains popular
Sep 19, 2016

While the president's prevalent use of colorful language has earned him flak from local and international communities, it's the same strategy that endeared him to the poor.

Ramos: PH 'losing badly' in Duterte's first 100 days
October 09, 2016
Former president Fidel V. Ramos says President Rodrigo Duterte became 'stuck in unending controversies about extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and in his ability at using cuss-words and insults'

Duterte stuck in '20th century thinking' – FVR
by Pia Ranada October 12, 2016
The 88-year-old former president also tells the 71-year-old Duterte that he's young enough to change his ways.
Former president Fidel Ramos criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for focusing on historical atrocities, saying the country's leaders should be more forward-thinking.

Palace 'respects' Ramos' comments on Duterte
by Pia Ranada October 10, 2016
While Abella says Ramos' comments are 'worth looking into,' he emphasized that Duterte is a 'man of action'

Duterte dares CIA to 'oust' him
by Agence France-Presse October 07, 2016
In two speeches to mark his 100 days in office, Duterte repeatedly raises the prospect of local or foreign opponents seeking to remove him from power in an effort to stop the violence

PH stirs talk of U.S. plot vs Duterte ahead of Trump inauguration
December 29, 2016
Duterte's allies are not satisfied with statements coming from the US embassy in Manila, demanding a congressional probe on the supposed ouster plot and statements straight from the White House.

US plot to unseat Duterte? 'Absurd,' says envoy
October 24, 2016
Outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reacts to the statement of ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada and dismissed it as "absurd" suggestions that the superpower will plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte because of his hostility toward the US

AFP 'seriously' looking into coup plot vs Duterte -
Trillanes recruiting coup members?
by Camille Elemia September 14, 2017

'We have not received any such report. Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

and the Video: No need for coup vs 'self-destructing' Duterte

and the article HERE
by Camille Elemia October 04, 2016
'Alam 'nyo, 'di na kailangan mag-coup sa gobyernong ito dahil nagsasarili naman,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on allegations he is among those behind an ouster plot against the President
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said President Rodrigo Duterte is already destroying himself so much that there is no need for anyone to plan a coup d'etat against him.

The Constitution of the Philippines - Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas

popularly known as the 1987 Constitution, is the constitution or the supreme law of the Republic of the Philippines. It was enacted in 1987, during the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino.

Look state of lawlessness - habeas corpus

French paper banners Duterte as ‘serial killer president’
By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales October 09, 2016

A French newspaper has tagged President Rodrigo Duterte as a “serial killer president” amid a piling body count in the administration’s bloody war on drugs.
Duterte landed on the front page of France’s “The Liberation” daily, which featured the Philippine government’s relentless antidrug drive in its four-page story.

The circus of impeachment in the Philippines

Look also the above section about Filipino politics is one big soap opera

go to overview

House hearing on 1st impeachment complaint vs Duterte
May 15, 2017 - with Video

The House justice committee will determine whether or not the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance.

House officially junks Duterte impeachment complaint
by Mara Cepeda May 30, 2017 - with video
Voting 217-4-0, the House of Representatives approves the committee report junking the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte

House approval of committee report on Duterte impeachment complaint
May 22, 2017 - with video
The House of Representatives is set to decide on the Justice Committee's report on the impeachment complaint versus President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, May 22.

It takes only a day to kill an impeachment complaint vs Duterte
Carmela Fonbuena May 20, 2017
The House has time-honored processes that protect itself from the tyranny of the majority. But the allies of President Duterte could not be bothered by these when they dismissed the first impeachment complaint against him.

VLOG: House panel rejects Duterte impeachment complaint
May 15, 2017
Almost all the members of committee on justice present vote that the complaint is insufficient in form and substance.

House holds closed-door session on Duterte impeachment
In the first hearing on the impeachment complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, critics and allies debate its sufficiency in form.

House committee junks Duterte impeachment complaint
The committee finds the impeachment complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte insufficient in substance

Alejano slams House as Duterte puppet after losing impeachment bid
with video
'Hindi ako abogado na magaling na magpaikot-ikot sa batas. Ako ay dating sundalo. Ang alam ko lamang ay kung paano i-defend ang bansang ito,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano as he holds back tears

All by Mara Cepeda May 15, 2017

Gary Alejano's impeachment complaint vs Duterte
March 16, 2017 - with Video
Gary Alejano, the Magdalo representative who fired the first salvo against President Rodrigo Duterte

Alejano wants Duterte impeached over Benham Rise, West PH Sea row
Mara Cepeda March 30, 2017 - with video
In his supplementary impeachment complaint, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano also alleges that the Philippine leader is forging 'secret deals' with Beijing

Robredo behind Duterte impeach move – Alvarez
Mara Cepeda March 17, 2017
Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, the lawmaker who filed the complaint, denies the accusation, saying 'this is solely the decision of the Magdalo'

No to impeaching Duterte and Robredo
Tony La Viña March 28, 2017

What is a good thing – making top officials accountable – has now been distorted as a way of defeating the will of the people.

LP House majority won’t support Duterte, Robredo impeachment
Mara Cepeda April 21, 2017
Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says this 'common consensus' was reached during a meeting of 15 LP House majority caucus members with their party chair, Vice President Leni Robredo

Duterte thinks Robredo, De Lima, or Trillanes behind 'ouster try'
by Lian Buan March 23, 2017
But President Rodrigo Duterte still discourages the filing of an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo

Duterte on impeachment vs Robredo: 'Stop it'
March 23, 2017 - with video
'Guys, lay off....You can do other things but do not tinker with the structure of the government. I will not countenance it,' the President tells those seeking to impeach Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo only stated facts in UN video, says spokesperson
Patty Pasion March 17, 2017
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo also denies any hand in the first impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte

the Video: Robredo camp slams 'baseless, irresponsible' impeachment threat
Mar 19, 2017
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday reproached House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for what they dubbed as "baseless and irresponsible" threats to impeach the country's second highest official.

Marcos calls Robredo ‘unpatriotic’ over UN video message
Mara Cepeda April 05, 2017
Former senator Bongbong Marcos says it's 'a matter of opinion' if Vice President Leni Robredo should be impeached for criticizing the government's drug war.

Leni, the new Leila
March 27, 2017
The bandwagon against Vice President Leni Robredo is of all stripes. She is this government's new De Lima – woman, vulnerable, and too decent for a dirty game like this.

Robredo video not played at UN meeting, DFA says
March 23, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo's video was instead screened in one of a hundred side events and exhibits mounted by NGOs, the DFA explains

FACT CHECK: Was Robredo's UN video a basis for EU warning?
March 22, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte, not Vice President Leni Robredo, is the highest official mentioned by the EU Parliament in its resolution against extrajudicial killings.

Why Dela Rosa didn’t get Robredo's letter to PNP
Bea Cupin March 21, 2017
Is a clerical error to blame?
The letter – and its existence – is a side story to a recent controversy involving Vice President Leni Robredo and the current administration.

Alvarez impeachment threat is 'harassment' – Robredo legal adviser
Patty Pasion March 20, 2017
'You have the Speaker – no less – saying this is an impeachable offense... That already [raises questions] on how fair the process will be,' says vice presidential legal adviser and ex-lawmaker Barry Gutierrez.

Alvarez urged to endorse impeachment complaint vs Robredo
Mara Cepeda March 20, 2017
Marcos loyalists Oliver Lozano and Melchor Chavez, the complainants, accuse Vice President Leni Robredo of betraying public trust. But LP stalwart and Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo slams the complaint as 'baseless'.

Duterte claims Robredo in a hurry to become president
by Patty Pasion March 19, 2017
'Si Leni, apurado masyado maging presidente,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he slams his critics in a speech in Myanmar

Impeachment a numbers game? Robredo to rely on lawmakers' principles
Patty Pasion March 19, 2017
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says it is 'business as usual' for them, as they hit President Rodrigo Duterte's allies for 'trying to silence critics'

Top gov't lawyer offers help to impeach Robredo
March 18, 2017
'VP Robredo will reap the people's wrath and contempt for her treasonous act,' Solicitor General Jose Calida says

FAST FACTS: How does impeachment work?
Michael Bueza May 02, 2017
The 1987 Constitution lays down rules to make some top officials, including the President, accountable through the impeachment process

House panel wants impeachment complaints lacking in form immediately junked
Mara Cepeda May 22, 2017
The current Rules of Procedure in Impeachment Proceedings state lawmakers may only junk an impeachment complaint after the document's sufficiency in form and substance are assessed.

Robredo behind Duterte impeach move – Alvarez
Mara Cepeda March 17, 2017
Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, the lawmaker who filed the complaint, denies the accusation, saying 'this is solely the decision of the Magdalo'

If the VP is impeached, who takes over?
Jodesz Gavilan March 21, 2017

The 1987 Constitution says the president can nominate a member of Congress to assume the vice presidency in the event the position becomes vacant.

Political system, the President - Vice-President - etc.

Remark many of the videos in this section are albums in the album Political system, etc.


Proclaim The Real VP

State of lawlessness

Philippine habeas corpus cases - Article III

and MUCH more HERE

go to overview

The President of the Philippines

the head of state and head of government of the Philippines. The President leads the executive branch of the Philippine government and is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The President of the Philippines in Filipino is referred to as Ang Pangulo, or less formally, Presidente.

Look also

Seal of the President and the history of it

Office of the President

List of Presidents

and HERE

EXPLAINER: Office of the President's confidential, intel funds
by Michael Bueza September 18, 2016
With the Duterte administration's ongoing war against illegal drugs, how will these funds come into play?
The allotment for confidential and intelligence funds increased by 400%, from only P250 million ($5.2 million) in 2016 to a proposed P1.25 billion ($26.1 million) for 2017.
The Vice President of the Philippines

is the second-highest executive official of the government of the Philippines, after the President.

Look also

Office of the Vice President

Seal of the Vice President

List of Vice Presidents

Presidential Security Group, PSG

the lead agency tasked in providing security to

the President of the Philippines

the Vice President of the Philippines

and their immediate families

The PSG is stationed at the Malacañang Palace. Members of the PSG also accompany the President on both domestic and overseas trips.

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Wanted: Duterte Dog Squad
July o4, 2017
The Commission on Audit says the Presidential Security Group has only 20 working dogs – less than the minimum 25 required.
The President should have more bark and more bite.
That's the recommendation of the Commission of Audit (COA) to the Presidential Security Group (PSG), an elite group of military and police personnel tasked to protect the highest leader of the land: President Rodrigo Duterte.

Spare tire or not? The role of the Philippine vice president
by/Jodesz Gavilan June 03, 2016

Is the second highest executive official really just on standby in case the president steps down?
A vice president has been tagged as a “spare tire”, among other terms that connote someone just waiting for the president to step down.
Strictly speaking, according to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the vice president is really on standby to take over the presidency if the need arises.


“The President and the Vice President shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years which shall begin at noon on the thirtieth day of June next following the day of the election and shall end at the same day six years thereafter.
Article VII, Section 4 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.”
The transition formally begins when the winner of the presidential election is proclaimed by Congress. From then on, the incoming president is formally called the president-elect.


'Inauguration' signals and Protocol
Jun 29, 2016

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Philippine presidential inauguration

The Bible in PH presidential inaugurations
by Mary Gleefer Jalea June 29, 2016
There's enough interesting trivia about the use of the Bible in the inauguration of Philippine presidents

Presidential inauguration traditions and rituals
by Arra Francia June 30, 2016
Here's what to expect during a presidential inauguration

Inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo
June 30, 2016 - with Video

Oath-taking ceremonies of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo
The country will usher in its new leaders: Rodrigo Duterte, the 16th President of the Philippines, and Leni Robredo, the 14th Vice President of the Philippines.
Duterte, who was the mayor of Davao City for more than two decades, clinched a landslide victory in the May polls. He ran on an anti-crime platform, promising to curb drugs and corruption, and rose to power despite the controversies that have hounded him.
Robredo, a lawmaker from Camarines Sur, won by a razor-thin margin against her closest rival, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Robredo's camp has said that she would "hit the ground running" and not just be a spare tire.
Duterte and Robredo are sworn in separately.

Duterte takes oath as 16th President of the Philippines

FULL TEXT: President Rodrigo Duterte's inaugural speech

From 1% to Vice President: Robredo inaugurated as VP

Robredo: 'Senator Marcos knows he lost the elections

Profile: Rody Duterte
Both articles by Pia Ranada

The man, the mayor, the president
June 29, 2016

Can Rodrigo Roa Duterte lead the nation towards promised change?

Look also Rody Duterte: The rebellious son, the prankster brother
May 20, 2016
What was it like growing up with the next president of the Philippines? His younger sister, Jocellyn Duterte, shares their story.

Duterte's - Robredo's road to presidency - vice-predency:

Proclamation procedure

What will happen in Duterte, Robredo proclamation?
by/Reynaldo Santos Jr May 29, 2016
Before the new administration officially takes over on June 30, there's the proclamation of the newly-elected president and vice president.

Hours before proclamation, 'whistleblowers' allege poll fraud
by/Camille Elemia May 30, 2016
While their claims echo that of candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the whistleblowers deny their connection with the defeated vice presidential candidate
Duterte and Robredo: At the helm of the nation
May 30, 2016
The stories of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte and vice president-elect Leni Robredo
Becoming Leni Robredo
By Bea Cupin May 30, 2016
The Philippines' newly elected vice president is more than the story she loves to tell on the campaign trail
Duterte: No Cabinet post for VP Robredo
May 31, 2016
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he does not want to hurt the feelings of 'my friend' Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr, who lost to Leni Robredo. Look also the below video
No cabinet post for Robredo? Netizens say 'It's Duterte's choice,' 'unprofessional'
by/ Rappler Social Media Team June 02, 2016
Duterte: 'Friendship should be set aside when you are a public servant. This is service and not personal.'
the Videos Duterte's - Robredo's road to presidency - vice-predency:

Proclamation of next PH president and vice president
May 30, 2016
After 90 days of campaigning, 7 days of completing the transmission of votes, and 3 days of canvassing, the Congress proclaim the newly-elected president and vice president of the Philippines – Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo.
While Duterte won by a landslide of 16,601,997 based on the final official canvass report, Robredo won with 14,418,817 – a narrow lead over her closest rival Bongbong Marcos who got 14,155,344 votes.
Rody-Leni a perfect mix
May 29, 2016
Rodrigo Duterte as the 16th President
from Apr 14, 2016 to Jun 30, 2016

Life story, Interviews, Rodrigo Duterte's speech during his miting de avance, Change is comming, 4 lessons about Rodrigo Duterte, the boss, look the full story HERE, Duterte's Cabinet introduced, Rodrigo Roa Duterte's road to presidency
#TheLeaderIWant: Leadership, Duterte-style
Oct 29, 2015
Is the Philippines ready for the kind of leadership Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is known for?
Rodrigo Duterte – Davao City mayor, federalism advocate, and reluctant presidential bet.
Duterte is a man of contradictions. He curses profusely but is congenial and charming. He is a self-declared leftist but has no qualms enforcing a dictatorship.
He calls for people to follow the rule of law but has taken the law into his own hands.

Watch this full interview with Rappler's Maria Ressa. Look also HERE
Look also the articles HERE and HERE Security team (Meet the beauty queen Sofia Loren Deliu guarding Duterte)

Is Duterte’s Cabinet ready for Duterte?
by Teddy Casiño October 07, 2016

Instead of finding ways to back up Duterte’s strong policy pronouncements and make them a reality, these Cabinet members are trying to water them down to within their comfort zones

How the unfulfilled EDSA revolt led to Duterte
by Cleve Arguelles, The Conversation December 22, 2016
'The failure to deliver on the promises of the People Power Revolution made the rise of Duterte politically possible'.

Growing rift between Duterte's trusted men – Jun Evasco, Bong Go?
by Pia Ranada April 09, 2017
The dismissal of an undersecretary trusted by Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is the first major outward sign of a power struggle within the Palace.
POWER PLAY: Will the President intervene in an apparent power struggle between his two trusted men?

Ex-Usec Halmen Valdez on Cabinet rift
April 10, 2017 - with Video
Dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez talks about rice, the Cabinet, and the issues that divide the President's appointees
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'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue
by Pia Ranada April 11, 2017 - with video
'It's the moral obligation of those people surrounding the President to give him the right information, at the right time,' says dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'
by Pia Ranada April 07, 2017
The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino, an ex-coup plotter


50 FirstDays‬ ni Pangulong Rody Duterte​

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Aug 18, 2016

Duterte's first 6 months in office: A shake-up
by Katerina Francisco December 07, 2016

Six months after being swept into the presidency, the man who says he didn't want to be president has shaken up Philippine politics and openly challenges established institutions.

Duterte: The Wartime President
December 29, 2016 - with Video
Just a little over a year ago, in October 2015, when he was still a Davao City mayor fending off rumors that he would seek the presidency, Duterte sat down with Rappler. At the time, he had already given two press conferences saying he would not run.
Fast forward to December 2016: Duterte holds the fort in Malacañang, making waves as one of the country's most controversial and popular leaders after clocking just 7 months in office.
'Creative imagination' under Duterte, or interpreting what he says
by Katerina Francisco December 08, 2016
Rappler takes a look back at some of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial statements, and how his Cabinet officials tried to make sense of them.
His Cabinet members and advisers later had various interpretations of the President’s statement.
The 100-day word war: Duterte and his critics
by Pia Ranada October 06, 2016

His first hundred days in power show a pattern in his angry responses. Do they also provide a clue on how best to handle the hot-headed President?

First 100 days: Where are we on President Duterte's promises?
by Katerina Francisco and Michael Bueza October 08, 2016
A hundred days since Duterte assumed the presidency. Take a look at some of his campaign promises and what has been done since then

De Lima to file 'test case' vs Duterte before SC
by Camille Elemia October 11, 2016

The senator, who accuses President Rodrigo Duterte of 'blatantly abusing his power,' says the case will test the doctrine of presidential immunity

Michael Dino: President Duterte’s man in the Visayas
by Ryan Macasero September 17, 2016
The first time public servant says, 'I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t believe this administration is our best chance at changing the country'
Dino's decision to renovate and reopen the Malacañang sa Sugbo is symbolic of the promised change coming to the Visayas. But the question is, how will his office bring change to the region? It's a question that Dino himself will have to deal with every day for the next 6 years.


Robredo: I can make dreams happen
Jul 28, 2016 - with Video

Vice President Leni Robredo opens up on the challenges of the vice-presidency, Bongbong Marcos, and working with President Duterte.
It's been a month since Robredo assumed the second highest position in the land, as well as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council portfolio. She hit the ground running, meeting with various sectors to hear their inputs on public housing.
Robredo begins her term with a 65% trust rating, a huge jump from the 1% voter preference she received when she was first thrust into the vice presidential race, and much higher than the 35% of votes she obtained in that run.
What has she done in her first month in office and what are her goals in the next 6 years?

Transform rage into courage
by Ed Garcia December 09, 2016
Vice President Robredo can lead the undertaking to unleash the energies of half a country – our womenfolk; and, their contribution is crucial as the country moves forward in the more competitive period of the ASEAN integration.
For just as the people elected a president who run on a platform of law and order, pledging to dramatically stamp out crime and drugs in a brief span of time, by all means and measures, we have side by side elected someone quite extraordinary: a woman of uncommon valor, truly a woman of courage with a marathon mentality without the drama, one who has excelled in quiet work from below – and, hopefully, one who can bring out our country’s better angels
Dutertism and Philippine populist criminality
by Christopher Magno July 11, 2016

We cite examples that represent a small portion of the many successful Philippine criminal politicians who began or furthered their political careers by capitalizing on their own crimes.
Two of the Filipinos I have interviewed express this popular view in stating, “All the politicians are corrupt”; “Give me the name of a politician who did not use government money for his own interests.”

Former president Benigno Aquino III - Etc.

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Noynoy Aquino – A time of reckoning
July 21, 2017

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III talks about his realizations a year after office, the state of the nation during the first year of the Duterte administration, and charges filed against him by the Ombudsman

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President Aquino's Exit:

Noynoy Aquino goes home to Times Street
After six years at the helm of the nation, former President Benigno Aquino III leaves the Malacañang Palace and goes back home. After the departure honors, Aquino goes straight to Times Street in Quezon City to meet his neighbors and supporters.

Exit Interview with President Aquino

Both in the album Jun 30, 2016

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They’re shredding documents at the Palace?
May 21, 2016 - Updated May 22, 2016
Malacañang staffers say they're 'frustrated' over verbal orders for them to shred and transfer certain government documents. Everything is verbal with the absence of written instructions on the shredding and transfer.
Is this even allowed? The national archives law (Republic Act 9470) prohibits government agencies from disposing of their records unless authorized, in writing, by the executive director of the National Archives of the Philippines.
SONA: State of the Nation Address - Etc.

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The State of the Nation Address (SONA)

a constitutional obligation and yearly tradition, wherein the chief executive reports on the status of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and proposes to Congress certain legislative measures.

The Videos

What is SONA?
Jul, 24, 2016

Facts you need to know about SONA
Jul 23, 2016
Here are 11 things you need to know about the SONA.

Full list of SONAs

The State of the Nation Address: Traditions and History

When ex-presidents skip the SONA
Michael Bueza July 25, 2016
While they are not required to attend, former presidents can be invited to hear the incumbent's State of the Nation Address in person

Welcoming committee and other SONA traditions
July 24, 2016
The President's speech is usually the highlight, but the SONA has its own traditions too

SONA date changes through the years
July 23, 2016
The date of delivering the annual SONA has changed through time

Memorable quotes from past SONAs
Rambo Talabong July 25, 2016
Some memorable lines from the state of the nation addresses of the country's presidents

IN PHOTOS: SONA through the years
July 24, 2016
Here's a look at past Philippine presidents delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA)

SONA: When the president criticizes and name-drops
Gwen de la Cruz July 22, 2016
Is it really necessary? Rappler looks back at post-EDSA SONA moments when presidents openly criticized inefficient and corrupt government agencies and officials, political groups, and personalities. Look also below HERE

Looking back: SONA trivia
Renz Paolo B. Regis July 21, 2016
Ferdinand Marcos' 1969 speech is the longest SONA, thus far, going by word count

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2017
July 25, 2017
Read the wide range of policy issues that President Rodrigo Duterte covers in both his prepared speech and his off-script comments

2017 SONA: Fact check, context
July 26, 2017
President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during the second SONA.

EU, CHR not invited to Duterte's SONA 2017
Paterno Esmaquel II and Jodesz Gavilan July 26, 2017

Breaking diplomatic protocol, the Philippine government did not invite the European Union (EU) to President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Neither did the government invite the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to Duterte's SONA last Monday, July 24, according to CHR Chairperson Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon.

The EU Parliament and the Commission on Human Rights are both critical of the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Palace claims EU, CHR invited to SONA 2017
Pia Ranada July 27, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella claims the EU Delegation and the Commission on Human Rights 'declined' the SONA invitations.

Between comfort and despair
July 24, 2017
At no other time in recent Philippine history has reality been so torn apart by polarized views toward a sitting president.
The vote on the eve of the President’s SONA is symbolic of many things, especially since it came weeks after the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of his declaration covering Mindanao. It speaks of the huge political capital that the President enjoys more than ever. It shows our policymakers’ acceptance of how he intends to address Mindanao’s intractable problems. And it proves that if the President wants it, then he will have it.

SONA: State of the Nation Address 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016 at Batasang Pambansa

FULL TEXT: President Duterte's 1st State of the Nation Address
The 100-minute-long speech is delivered in English, and punctuated by ad-libs in Filipino and Bisaya

IN PHOTOS: SONA 2017 protest march
July 24, 2017

Protesters by the thousands walked kilometers to Batasan, demanding the change they did not see realized in President Duterte's first year.

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte's SONA 2017
July 25, 2017
'Change did not happen,' an indigenous peoples' group says.
The main issues raised by protesters include the continued destruction of the environment by mining companies, alleged human rights violations, and the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

#SONA2017: Drinking game, extreme close-ups, and more
July 24, 2017

A roundup of this year's funniest #SONA2017 tweets and reactions

Youth groups deliver alternative SONA on drug-related killings
by Danielle Nakpil July 19, 2017

'It’s time to resist in a time of corruption and extrajudicial killings. There is a need to break the apathy... of the youth,' says rally leader at St Scholastica's College.


The President and his Bosses
While President Benigno Aquino delivers his two-hour long speech inside the House of the Representatives for his last State of the Nation Address, protesters voice their criticism of his administration outside.
The protest is a tradition, an annual pilgrimage to Commonwealth Avenue
by/Rappler Jul 28, 2015

The President and his Bosses
SONA2016: No more effigies in protests
Jul 25, 2016
For the past 15 years, the effigy has been the centerpiece of protests during the State of the Nation Address (SONA). But for President Rodrigo Duterte’s first SONA, activists replace the symbol of street action with a ‘non-antagonistic’ mural on the people’s agenda.

Remark these are albums in the album SONA protest traditions

God Bless you & Many regards
"A Balikbayan family"

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