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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

The circus of impeachment in the Philippines e.g.:

Gary Alejano's impeachment complaint vs Duterte
March 16, 2017
Gary Alejano, the Magdalo representative who fired the first salvo against President Rodrigo Duterte
What impeachment is and isn't
Published on Mar 20, 2017
The impeachment process is set to roll out again in May, when Congress tackles the complaint filed by Congressman Gary Alejano against Duterte.
The circus of impeachment in the Philippines
Published on Mar 20, 2017
The Philippines may see another highly-charged political drama in May when Congress tackles the impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte. Vice President Leni Robredo also faces her share of impeachment threats (look below). What lessons can be learned from the country's previous impeachment proceedings?

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

Duterte 'welcomes' impeachment, ICC cases
by Bea Cupin March 19, 2017
While his allies and the Palace defend President Rodrigo Duterte from an impeachment case and a possible ICC case, he himself 'welcomes' these

Robredo only stated facts in UN video, says spokesperson
by 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

Look also the Video:

Robredo camp slams 'baseless, irresponsible' impeachment threat
Published on 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.

and the articles:

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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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

Toying with impeachment
March 21, 2017
IMPEACHMENT is shaping up to be the most popular word in our political lexicon this year. Less than a year since their election, both President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leonor Robredo are facing impeachment complaints.

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FAST FACTS: How does impeachment work?
by Michael Bueza March 16, 2017
The 1987 Constitution lays down rules to make some top officials, including the President, accountable through the impeachment process

If the VP is impeached, who takes over?
by 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.

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.

Are the odds stacked against Gina Lopez in the CA?
by Jee Y. Geronimo March 18, 2017

'We respect her passion, we even admire her for that, but being a secretary, passion is not enough,' says Commission on Appointments member Josephine Ramirez-Sato


FVR on Marcos, Duterte, law enforcement and foreign policy
February 09, 2017
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.

Josephine Ramirez-Sato on leadership under the Duterte administration
March 13, 2017

The feisty Occidental Mindoro congresswoman talks to Rappler about what the Commission on Appointments looks for in a cabinet official

Advice to Duterte: Don't micromanage PNP
with video
by Bea Cupin March 13, 2017

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.

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.

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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

Palace media slam Andanar over 'misreporting' tirade
by Pia Ranada January 18, 2017

'We are disturbed by the propensity of the officials of this administration to blame the media whenever the inflammatory statements of the President stir controversy or draw flak,' says the Malacañang Press Corps.

Inside Martin Andanar's man cave
Chay F. Hofileña January 26, 2017

An apologist of the President and a public official who gets paid by taxpayers’ money, Andanar is embarking on a

dangerous path of propaganda and media control.

Look also the Video:

Andanar on accrediting bloggers to cover Malacañang
Feb 2, 2017

and the articles:

Draft Palace policy: No lies, foul language for bloggers
by Pia Ranada February 22, 2017
Bloggers who apply for Palace accreditation must commit to publishing only 'truthful and accurate' information, according to a draft PCOO memorandum circular.

Palace crafting 'social media policy' for bloggers
by Pia Ranada February 20, 2017
The policy will allow bloggers 'to be recognized as legitimate sources of information' and provide a 'system of accreditation,' says the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Veteran bloggers push criteria for Malacañang accreditation
February 13, 2017
Longtime bloggers weigh in on the Malacañang media accreditation debate

Bloggers at the gate
February 11, 2017 By Isolde D. Amante
IT took one Facebook post. Malacañang’s communications machinery virtually ended the debate on whether or not to let bloggers cover official events, when it posted last Feb. 7 a video clip of President Rodrigo Duterte meeting with “staunch supporters and bloggers.”

A runaway train
by Vergel O. Santos February 03, 2017
'I can imagine it's not difficult for [Martin Andanar] to have felt legitimized' when he was enlisted as newspaper columnist. 'Now he's thinking of legitimizing bloggers as members of the press themselves.'
I've never seen that freedom so untenably stretched out of context.

The real threat called Alternative Facts
February 27, 2017
The nation is under siege from the likes of Vitaliano Aguirre II and Martin Andanar, who have mastered the art of peddling lies and brewing conspiracies.

Defend the Republic! One Flag, One Nation! No to Destabilization!

Who fed the President the info?
March 10, 2017

Now, as the country’s head, he is brushing up on his knowledge about areas outside his turf.
Here, info fed to him is crucial.
So who has been feeding the President with information?

Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Martin, please don't include us in your stupidity. Admit that your lies were exposed. And seek forgiveness from the journalists, including Trillanes and the other senators.


Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

Martin ayaw na mi intawon i-apil sa imong kabuang. Angkona na nga nabisto ang imong pambutbut ug pangayo na ug pasaylo sa mga peryodista, apila na pud si Trillanes ug uban pang mga senador.

Both by Patricio N. Abinales February 24, 2017


2016: Change is here
Dec 30, 2016

Watch Rappler's 2016 yearender video

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.

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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: 'If I declare martial law, I won't make noise'
January 18, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita

Duterte: I will declare martial law if I want to
(with video)
by Pia Ranada January 15, 2017
(UPDATED) '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.

and 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.

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!

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?
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'

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

IMPORTANT: Duterte's links to Janet Lim Napoles' lawyers
by Pia Ranada February 16, 2017
Three lawyers who defended Janet Lim Napoles are staunch Duterte supporters. One of them is now a deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
It's not yet clear if President Rodrigo Duterte had a hand in the Office of the Solicitor General's move to recommend the acquittal of Janet Lim Napoles in the case of serious illegal detention.
What is certain, for now, are his ties to the alleged pork barrel queen's lawyers.
CBCP taps bishops to speak with Duterte admin
by Paterno Esmaquel II February 14, 2017

'It is still critical collaboration,' CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says, referring to the Catholic Church's similar stance during the Marcos dictatorship.


in the album 'Maverick' Duterte

Duterte criticizes Catholic church:
Duterte hits Church: You have no moral ascendancy
Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
Both Jan 19, 2017
President Duterte criticizes catholic groups, priests during PNP oath taking speech
Jan 20, 2017
Palace seeks dialogue with Church after Duterte
Jan 19, 2017
Malacanang is now seeking a dialogue with Church authorities, days after President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted Catholic officials for criticizing his war on drugs.

Look also the articles:

At PMA graduation, Lorenzana sits between Duterte, Robredo
with video
March 12, 2017
In a break of protocol, the President and Vice President of the Philippines are not seated side-by-side in this year's Philippine Military Academy graduation rites.

Duterte jokes: ‘Fragrant’ Filipinas, ‘ugly’ Yolanda victims
by Pia Ranada January 28, 2017
Duterte cracks a joke about Typhoon Yolanda in front of survivors, 'Lord sana ‘yung mga pangit lang ang namatay na. Ang magaganda huwag sana.'

Palace to Church: Don't be 'adversarial' when criticizing Duterte
Pia Ranada January 26, 2017
'While the government is open to criticism, it would appreciate if it were not adversarial and coming from a moral high horse,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

Duterte to Catholic church: You're full of shit
with video
by Pia Ranada January 24, 2017
'Pareho pala baho natin,' says President Duterte about Catholic Church bishops whom he accuses of sexual escapades and corruption

Should the Catholic Church shut up?
by Jayeel Serrano Cornelio January 24, 2017
The Catholic Church is now under attack. President Duterte, Mocha Uson, and their many allies have rallied together to shame religious leaders.
The President questioned the clergy's moral ascendancy in the midst of corruption and sexual abuse. In her viral column, Mocha Uson suggested that the CBCP is the anti-Christ.

Church in Bulacan runs 27-year-old drug rehab program
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 22, 2017
Despite efforts like this, President Rodrigo Duterte asks Catholic leaders, 'Meron ba kayong isang bahay lang, maski limang kuwarto para rehab?'

Bishop on Duterte tirades: 'Sick doctor still cures others'
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 21, 2017
'Churchmen are not perfect,' Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles admits, but they should 'proclaim what is right and proper' despite their own misdeeds.

Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
(with video)
by Pia Ranada January 19, 2017
If the Roman Catholic Church cannot atone for its own sins, President Rodrigo Duterte says its leaders 'have no moral ascendancy to lecture on us all'

Duterte to priests, cardinals: 'Try' shabu to understand drug problem
by Pia Ranada January 18, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte poked fun at parish priests and religious groups who recently criticized his campaign against illegal drugs, suggesting they themselves take shabu (methampethamine) to understand the problem.

Official Gazette

the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines.
Commonwealth Act No. 638, “An Act to provide for the uniform publication and distribution of the Official Gazette,” was passed by the Third Session of the Second National Assembly on May 22, 1941, and subsequently approved by President Manuel L. Quezon on June 10, 1941.
Adopting the URL, the Official Gazette went live on July 26, 2010

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Presidential Communications Group or simply the Communications Group
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).

Electoral Tribunals

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)

is an electoral tribunal that decides election protests involving the election of the President of the Philippines and Vice President of the Philippines. It is composed of justices of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The equivalent tribunals for the Congress of the Philippines are House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

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Presidential Electoral Tribunal: What happens to a protest?
by Michael Bueza January 01, 2017
There have only been 4 election protests since 1992. None, so far, has resulted in the reversal of results for president or vice president. On average, it took close to 4 years for these protests to be resolved.
eFOI - Electronic Freedom of Information
Freedom Of Information
Access government records today.

Look also
How eFOI works
November 26, 2016 by Nini B. Cabaero

and the Video:

Malacañang launches E-FOI portal
Dec 10, 2016
Despite of the initiative of the government of an online FOI for transparent information dissemination, the Center for Media and Responsibility argues some of the restrictions that it provides.

and more about FOI

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.

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Duterte bares checkup with doctor on heart pain
by Marlon Ramos Philippine Daily Inquirer February 06, 201
President Duterte disclosed that a doctor visited him in Malacañang on Monday to check on his condition after he felt pain in his heart.

Palace: No need for Duterte to disclose health records
December 20, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte has been “very transparent” about his health condition and does not need to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results, Malacañang said Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella assured that the 71-year-old chief executive is “in the pink of health.”

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.

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!

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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 and February 20, 2017

Trillanes on Duterte bank accounts: 'Prove me wrong'
with video
(3rd UPDATE) '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.

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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

Palace: Duterte not flip-flopping on his economic status
February 19, 2017

Trillanes calls Duterte's directive to AMLC 'a drama'
February 19, 2017 By Keith A. Calayag

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
(UPDATED) 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.

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.

Duterte: I personally killed drug suspects
By: Marlon Ramos Philippine Daily Inquirer December 14, 2016
Just hours after declaring he was “not a killer,” President Duterte told a group of business leaders on Monday night that he “personally” killed drug suspects when he was mayor of Davao City.

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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.

and 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"

and the articles:

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 should be impeached after declaring he killed suspects
December 18, 2016 By Keith A. Calayag
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Sunday that President Rodrigo Duterte's admission that he killed criminals when he was mayor of Davao City mayor could be grounds for impeachment.

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 to Robredo: ‘I’ll resign if you’ll prove I order killings’
President Rodrigo Duterte challenged Saturday Vice President Leni Robredo to prove that he is behind the killings of suspected drug personalities in the country

Duterte: ‘I killed to protect people’
Following his admission of killings criminals, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said that he was merely forced to kill them to “protect people.”

both above links December 17, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

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'

Ex-Davao policeman tags Duterte in death squad, murder
February 20, 2017
(UPDATED) Four months after he denied his involvement in the Davao Death Squad, retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas drops a bombshell in a press conference.
A veteran Davao policeman on Monday, February 20, appeared at a press conference to corroborate earlier claims by whistle-blower Edgar Matobato on the involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).

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Senators call for reopening of Davao Death Squad probe
by Lian Buan
'Hindi ko inasahan, it's such a hair-raising thing... Dapat talaga mag-resume dito kung ano mang committee,' says Senator Leila de Lima on the allegations made by Arturo Lascañas against President Rodrigo Duterte

Meet Lascañas' battle-tested FLAG lawyers
by Katerina Francisco
Jose Manuel Diokno, Arno Sanidad, and Alexander Padilla have taken up the case of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas, who is linking President Duterte to death squad killings.

Senate media to Andanar: Prove claim or apologize for fake news
The journalists 'strongly protest the unsubstantiated and irresponsible' accusation of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who said they may have been bribed to cover a press conference

Andanar: Media offered $1,000 to cover Lascañas press conference
by Pia Ranada
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senate media deny the accusation, slamming Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as 'irresponsible'

Which information from Matobato does Lascañas corroborate?
by Jodesz Gavilan
Retired SPO3 Arturo 'Arthur' Lascañas, a self-confessed former Davao Death Squad member, confirms Matobato's stories and tags President Rodrigo Duterte as being behind the killings.

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspects

Palace: Lascañas part of 'demolition job' vs Duterte
By Ruth Abbey Gita

and ALL the Videos Feb 20, 2017 in the album "Davao Death Squad (DDS) - tags Duterte":

Ex-Davao policeman tags Duterte in death squad, murder - Davao Death Squad (DDS)
"Totoo po ang Davao Death Squad," declared SPO3 Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas, who retired from the Philippine National Police in December last year.

Lascañas: I am a founding member of the Davao Death Squad
Retired policeman Arturo Lascañas introduces himself as a "founding member" of the Davao Death Squad.

Lascañas: I had my brothers killed
A teary-eyed Arthur Lascañas confesses to having plotted the murder of his own brothers "out of blind loyalty to Duterte." His brothers, he said, were involved in illegal drugs

Duterte ordered killing of Jun Pala - confessed DDS leader
The leader of the infamous vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS) on Monday tagged President Rodrigo Duterte in the killing of Davao radio broadcaster Jun Pala in 2003.

‘DDS’ leader: Duterte ordered bombing of mosques
Then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte paid members of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) P300,000 after the group bombed several mosques in the province in 1993 upon his orders, a former Davao policeman claimed on Monday.

Confessed DDS leader admits hand in killing of brothers
The confessed leader of the notorious Davao Death Squad (DDS) admitted that he had a hand in the killing of his own brothers who were allegedly involved in illegal drugs, upon the orders of then Davao city mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte.

Confessed DDS leader: Davao City police killed entire family
Using a caliber 22 with a silencer, police in Davao City, supposedly upon order of then Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte, allegedly massacred a family, including a pregnant wife and a four-year-old son, according to confessed DDS leader retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas.

Vindicated De Lima says Lascañas confession ‘hair-raising, explosive’
A very explosive and hair-raising development. This was how Sen. Leila de Lima described the claims of confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) leader and retired Davao policeman SPO3 Arturo Lascañas at the Senate on Monday.

De Lima says Lascañas confession will pin down Duterte

Trillanes calls for investigation into DDS killings
After confessed 'DDS' leader retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas' exposé, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants an investigation into the killings of the infamous group.

Pimentel: Lascañas confession not automatic to open DDS probe

Gordon rejects probe into Lascañas' new claims on DDS
Senator Richard Gordon on Monday said he will no longer launch a new probe into the fresh allegations of retired SPO3 Arthur Lascañas on the Davao Death Squad (DDS).

FLAG lawyer explains Lascañas' about-face
Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyer Alex Padilla sheds light on why retired police officer Arthur Lascañas changed his tune on the alleged vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS).


UN rights chief urges Philippines to probe president for murder
Dec 20, 2016
The UN rights chief urged the Philippines Tuesday, December 20, to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder, after he boasted that he in the past had personally killed suspected criminals.

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UN rights chief urges Philippines to probe president for murder
by Agence France-Presse December 20, 2016
'The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder,' UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says.

Probe Duterte on killings, UN rights chief says
December 20, 2016


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.

IMPORTANT look also Latest survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS)

Palace: Ombudsman can't remove Duterte
November 27, 2016
The Ombudsman could not discipline or oust President Rodrigo Duterte despite pursuing an investigation against him, a Palace official said Sunday.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has said that her office will continue with the probe against Duterte following the plunder complaint filed against him by Senator Antonio Trillanes even before he assumed the presidency.
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.

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3 OF 5 Duterte remarks ‘foolishness’
By: Marlon Ramos Philippine Daily Inquirer February 10, 2017

'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.

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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’s new EO expands Evasco's power over Cabinet
December 06, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte has vested Cabinet Secretary Leoncio an “enhanced and strengthened” powers by mandating him to administer two offices that are to be established, in order to "promote good governance and timely response to public concerns."

Duterte to Cabinet members: 'Resign if you don't like my policy'
December 05, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told his Cabinet officials that they are free to quit their respective posts, if they do not like the administration's policy.

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.

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 Wednesday, January 11.

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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 camp: Palace 'retracted' invite for Vin d'Honneur
January 11, 2017 By PS Jun M. Sarmiento, Ruth Abbey Gita
The Office of Vice President (OVP) claimed Wednesday that Malacañang revoked its invitation for Vice President Leni Robredo to attend the annual Vin d'Honneur.

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.

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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
by 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!

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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.

and 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.

Why so quiet, Mr. President?
December 06, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte needs to explain why he suddenly decided to block Vice President Leni Robredo and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan from Cabinet meetings, starting last Monday.

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Robredo’s Cabinet experience
December 05, 2016 by Nini B. Cabaero
Vice President Leni Robredo knew after the elections that she would be left without a Cabinet position. The second-in-command but a lame duck without an executive department.
Her Cabinet stint, albeit short-lived, could probably be called uneventful. Outnumbered by people who shared political sympathies with Duterte, it was possible Robredo avoided controversy during Cabinet deliberations. And that is to be expected. She came from the opposing camp, had a different political background and is a woman, although that last one should not have mattered.


What's next for Leni Robredo?
December 09, 2016
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
by 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
by 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.

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Robredo: I don't have political skill to oust Duterte
by 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
by 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.'

Did Bongbong know Duterte's order to Robredo?
Dec 5, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said the camp of former senator Bongbong Marcos showed signs of knowing the looming order of President Rodrigo Duterte barring her from attending Cabinet meetings.

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

LP to bolt Senate, House majority after Robredo resignation?
by 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
by 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
by 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

and the article

DOJ won't probe 'LeniLeaks'
January 09, 2017 By Keith A. Calayag
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will not be probing the issue involving Vice President Leni Robredo and her supporters' alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

#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.

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Leni and the disconnect of the opposition
December 07, 2016 by Tyrone Velez
It was a relationship built and broken later through phone calls and texts. That’s how modern, and disconnected, the Robredo-Duterte relationship is.
Last July, Leni Robredo got a call from Duterte to be part of his cabinet, which she said yes. But five months later, she got a text that she is no longer needed to join cabinet meetings. In other words, it’s over.

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
December 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.

Palace cites 'irreconcilable differences' between Robredo, Duterte
December 04, 2016

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
(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she's stepping down as HUDCC chairperson after being told to 'desist from attending all Cabinet meetings'

Robredo told to stop attending Cabinet meetings; quits HUDCC post
UPDATED December 04, 2016 by PS Jun M. Sarmiento

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
(UPDATED) The President says he accepts Robredo's resignation with 'a heavy heart'

Cabinet officials saddened by Robredo's resignation
by 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.

'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

and the articles

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.

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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 by PS Jun M. Sarmiento

“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.

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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.

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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

Palace: No move to favor Marcos' election protest
December 12, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

MALACAÑANG denied on Monday that the Duterte administration is planning to hasten the resolution of election protest filed by former senator and losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to eventually unseat Vice President Leni Robredo.

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Marcos urges SC to proceed with election protest
with video
by Patty Pasion January 26, 2017
Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files a petition before the Supreme Court, seeking to start the preliminary conference of his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

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

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.
Duterte to quit in 3 years if federalism begins
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 29, 2016

'Basta ako sana mismo ang magsabi, alis na ako. Hindi ako maghintay ng 6 years,' President Rodrigo Duterte says as he pushes for federalism.

'Is federalism a Trojan horse for other agenda?'
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 20, 2016

Constitutionalist Christian Monsod says President Rodrigo Duterte's rush to amend the Constitution 'is dangerous demagoguery'

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.

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Memorandum from the Executive Secretary on Release of Official Statements
Signed September 22, 2016

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Order not meant to gag Cabinet execs, says Andanar
By: Nestor Corrales September 22nd, 2016
It’s not a gag order.
Malacañang on Thursday clarified that the memorandum it released on Wednesday was not meant to silence Cabinet members and government officials.

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.

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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.
Gum-chewing Duterte challenges protocol in China, Japan trips
by Pia Ranada October 28, 2016
In China, Duterte chews gum beside President Xi Jinping, while in Japan, says a former government official with close ties to the Japanese embassy, he is late for a meeting with their foreign minister
These countries are not only influential but boast centuries-old traditions and customs. How did Duterte, known for his profanities and informal ways, fare in terms of respecting protocols that come with visiting foreign lands and meeting their dignitaries?
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 HERE and

Duterte breaks promise to God, curses US anew
November 02, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte failed to fulfill his promise to God that he will not use another cuss word, as he again issued an expletive-laced statement in Sual town on Wednesday against the United States (US). 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 says a great article IMPORTANT to read

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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.

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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'

Netizens nervous over Duterte's pro-China, anti-US statements
by Rappler Social Media Team October 21, 2016

Some Filipinos online fear the President may be making and breaking the wrong ties


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.

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.


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

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'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.

Look also Dear Mr. President
October 06, 2016 By Andy Uyboco
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

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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'

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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 claims CIA planning to kill him
September 29, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has plans to execute him.

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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

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

AFP 'seriously' looking into coup plot vs Duterte
October 03, 2016 By Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Monday that they are taking the alleged coup plot against President Rodrigo Duterte "seriously."

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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.

Duterte curses bishops, priests who criticize drug war
by Pia Ranada October 10, 2016

'Mga pare, putangina, bwisit. Mga pa-moral, moral,' says President Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte resumed his word war with the Catholic Church and its leaders, calling some of them "sons of bitches" for criticizing his drug war

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Duterte writes letter to Pope Francis
January 18, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita

On Wednesday, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) released a photo of Duterte's letter to the Pope, which was carried by Dureza in his trip to Rome, Italy.

Time for pro-democracy forces' agenda (part 1)
by Philip M. Lustre Jr. December 10, 2016

A democratic agenda has to be put in place to prevent the return of authoritarianism. This agenda will define the moves to enable the pro-democracy forces to defeat authoritarianism.

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Conclusion: Time for pro-democracy forces' agenda (part 2)
Philip M. Lustre Jr. December 11, 2016
The November 25 and 30 mass actions have confirmed two things: first, the existence of a critical mass of warm bodies to comprise the pro-democracy movement; and second, the emergence of young people, or millennials, as a new force to reckon with.

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.

Proclamation No. 55, s. 2016
Signed September 4, 2016


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Memorandum Order No. 3, s. 2016
Signed September 7, 2016

Memorandum Order No. 4, s. 2016

State of nat'l emergency: More police, military in malls, train stations
by Pia Ranada September 06, 2016
The Palace releases guidelines for implementing President Duterte's declaration of 'state of national emergency on account of lawless violence'

De Lima: Palace guidelines on state of nat'l emergency 'prone to abuse'
by Camille Elemia September 08, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima – deemed the fiercest critic of President Duterte – expects the declaration to be questioned before the Supreme Court

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What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’?
Updated September 03, 2016
(UPDATED) Expect to see more soldiers, policemen, and checkpoints in key areas. Curfews can be imposed as the need arises.
The Videos

Duterte declares state of lawlessness - Ambush Interview - Davao City 9-3-2016
3 Sep 2016

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these Videos in the album "‘State of lawlessness’ - 'State of national emergency', Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution"

What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’, Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution

State of lawlessness meant to keep things 'under control'

Mga limitasyon ng 'state of lawlessness'

'State of national emergency', nilagdaan ni Duterte

Dokumento sa deklarasyon ng State of National Emergency, inilabas ng Malacañang

Palace directives on 'State of national emergency'

and the articles:

State of lawlessness: Prelude to Martial Law?
by HOMOBONO A. ADAZA September 8, 2016

Prelude to Martial Law
December 06, 2016 by Ver F. Pacete

Diokno to Duterte: Why the continued state of nat'l emergency?
by Jodesz Gavilan October 22, 2016
Jose Manuel Diokno, dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, also says the involvement of the military in the war on drugs is questionable, with or without a state of national emergency

Congressmen justify drug war extension
by Mara Cepeda September 19, 2016
Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Barbers, chairman of the committee on dangerous drugs, says the campaign against illegal drugs 'should not be time-bound'

Duterte seeks 6-month extension on drug war deadline
September 18, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, September 18, asked for a 6-month "extension" on his self-imposed deadline to end illegal drugs in 3 to 6 months.
Duterte said he has a final list that is about 3 inches thick, bearing the names of alleged drug personalities that include public officials. He said he had no idea of the extent of the drug problem until he became Chief Executive.

Dela Rosa thankful for 'war on drugs' extension
by Bea Cupin September 18, 2016
The PNP chief says he did not even discuss the idea of an extension with President Rodrigo Duterte but reckons the Chief Executive has seen that police are 'having a hard time'

Duterte signs state of nat'l emergency proclamation
Updated September 05, 2016
(UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a "state of national emergency on account of lawless violence," confirmed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to media on Monday, September 5. Look also HERE

How 'state of lawlessness' was miscommunicated
by Pia Ranada September 04, 2016
The conflicting statements about the ‘state of lawlessness’ declared by the President leave the public in a state of confusion. Who's responsible?

Palace justifies Duterte’s declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’
September 03, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

State of lawlessness meant to keep things 'under control'
by Michael Bueza September 03, 2016
San Beda Graduate School of Law Dean Fr Ranhilio Aquino says that President Duterte's declaration of a state of lawlessness 'does not in any way entail the curtailment of any of our freedoms and liberties'

Duterte declares state of lawlessness
Updated September 03, 2016
(5TH UPDATE) The declaration is to ensure "coordinated efforts" between the police and the military in the government's fight against terrorism and illegal drugs, the President says

Government clarifies state of lawlessness order
September 03, 2016

Duterte declares 'state of lawless violence,' hikes military, police presence
Updated September 3, 2016

Making sense of Duterte's declaration of state of lawlessness
by Tony La Viña September 03, 2016
For now, Duterte's declaration does not appear to lead us to a slippery slope. But we must be vigilant.

and look MUCH more HERE

  Philippine habeas corpus cases - Article III

By: Cherry Apple M. Delaminez

are cases decided by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, concerning the writ of habeas corpus.
The writ of habeas corpus may be suspended in order to prevent any violence in cases of rebellion or insurrection, as the case may be. In Philippine jurisdiction, the present 1987 Philippine Constitution, Article III, Section 15 provides that “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except in cases of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.

Look it as pdf HERE or as Slideshow in the album with the Videos Sep 8, 2016:

De Lima vs suspension of habeas corpus: We already have 'creeping martial law, authoritarianism'

Gordon wants Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus

Suspensyon ng habeas corpus, iminungkahi ni Gordon

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Duterte to Congress: Suspending habeas corpus a ‘passing thought’
by Camille Elemia November 15, 2016
'He was only thinking out loud, na ano ba 'yung mga weapons, ammunition, methods available to him,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III recalls the President telling lawmakers while discussing his war on drugs at a Palace meeting.

Duterte: Leaders need to do 'wrong' to protect people
by Pia Ranada November 14, 2016
President Duterte, after his warning to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, says, 'Either we do something to protect society or do something sometimes wrong to protect society'

Dela Rosa: Suspending habeas corpus makes job 'easier'
by Bea Cupin November 14, 2016
The PNP chief assures the public that even if the writ of habeas corpus is suspended, they will remain 'here to serve and protect.

LP senators: 'No basis' to suspend writ of habeas corpus
by Bea Cupin November 13, 2016
'The drug menace is not a ground to suspend the privilege of the writ,' say the 4 Liberal Party senators in a joint statement

Suspending habeas corpus to harm PNP, drug war - Lacson
by Mara Cepeda November 13, 2016
Malacañang, meanwhile, says the suspension of the writ 'is just an idea' so far.

Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 12, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this 'to protect the Republic of the Philippines'
President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus, a safeguard against warrantless arrests, if lawlessness – particularly the illegal drugs trade – persists in the country.

and HERE

Understanding the writ of habeas corpus
November 16, 2016 by Nicko Tubo

Last November 11, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus to strengthen the war on drugs and supress lawlessness in Mindanao.
But what is writ of habeas corpus?


Robredo: Duterte has no legal basis to suspend habeas corpus

President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus has caused concern among ordinary citizens and public officials alike. Palace officials have quickly defended the president on his latest remarks, saying the possible suspension is an option accorded by law when conditions call for it. – ANC, The World Tonight, November 14, 2016

Proposal to suspend habeas corpus writ alarms senators
November 14, 2016 by Camille P. Balagt​as
Several senators expressed their disagreement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s idea to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus as a response to the country's "worsening" drug problem and lawlessness.

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Lawmakers hit Duterte's 'twisted, Marcosian' logic
by Mara Cepeda November 15, 2016
Congressmen from the independent minority bloc of the House cite the 'dangers' of President Rodrigo Duterte's unclear thought process.

The writ of habeas corpus restored - Proclamation No. 2, s. 1986

On March 2, 1986, addressing the large crowd that had gathered in Rizal Park, President Corazon C. Aquino announced the restoration of the writ of habeas corpus.

Ghost of Dictator Marcos Hangs Over Philippines' 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.


Duterte wants war on crime, drugs extended for 6 more months
Sep 18, 2016

“Give me another six months.”
President Duterte on Sunday admitted that he could not stop crime and illegal drugs in three to six months.

PNP out of drug war means end to 'tokhang,' buy-bust
with video
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
What are policemen allowed and not allowed to do from today? The PNP explains in detail.

Duterte orders 'cleansing' of PNP, extends drug war again
by Pia Ranada January 30, 2017
The President orders the dissolution of all PNP anti-drug units and the creation of a new command to rid the police force of corrupt personnel.

PNP to create task force vs scalawag cops
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
The task force will focus on corruption within the PNP's ranks.

Duterte: Sometimes, I'm tempted to declare martial law
by Pia Ranada October 04, 2016
'But it is not feasible, they say, well, fine. That's why I declared a state of lawlessness, because narco-politics has entered the country,' says Duterte

Martial law a 'back-up plan' but 'far from reality'
by Camille Elemia November 16, 2016
'It's far from reality and it's never crossed the mind of the President,' says Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

Gordon wants emergency powers for Duterte, suspension of habeas corpus
by Camille Elemia Updated 9:03 PM, September 08, 2016

(UPDATED) The idea does not sit well with senators Franklin Drilon and Leila De Lima, with De Lima saying it would be similar to 'creeping martial law, authoritarianism'

‘President no serial killer, psychopath’
By: Christine O. Avendaño October 10, 2016
Malacañang on Sunday came to the defense of President Duterte who was branded as a “serial killer president” and a “psychopath” by a foreign newspaper and a local entertainment personality, respectively.

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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.

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

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

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go to overview

This Act shall be known as the "Government Procurement Reform Act."

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IRR Republic Act No. 9184
by August 29, 2016

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.

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Seal of the President and the history of it

Office of the President

List of Presidents

The President’s Day
The official chronicle, for the record, of the activities and undertakings of the Chief Executive on any given day.

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.

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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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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, Courtesy:

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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 - Etc.

Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo
June 30, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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, HERE and HERE, Security team (Meet the beauty queen Sofia Loren Deliu guarding Duterte)

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.

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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 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
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

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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'.


50 FirstDays‬ ni Pangulong Rody Duterte​

Documentary 08-18-16

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
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.

Look also the article HERE

'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?

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Pooled Editorial: The first 100 days: extreme caution ahead
October 06, 2016 By Atty. Pachico A. Seares

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.
Look also Cebuano bizman named as Duterte's presidential assistant for Visayas




Robredo: I can make dreams happen
Jul 28, 2016

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

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.
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.”

Presidential Residences - etc.

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Malacañan Palace

Malacañang Palace, or officially, Malacañan Palace, is the official residence of the President of the Philippines

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Duterte wants Malacañan Palace renamed 'People's Palace'
August 25, 2016, By Ruth Abbey Gita
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte revealed Thursday that he has plans to rename Malacañan Palace to "People's Palace."
"That's not palace. That was once used to be like that at the time those [colonizers] went here and made us slaves – the Spanish and American people. Call it Malacañan Palace, I only call it The People's Palace," Duterte said.
Duterte had announced that the Malacañan Palace will be open to the public.

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Bahay Pangarap is Duterte's official residence in Manila
by Pia Ranada July 06, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte, set to be the second president to live in Bahay Pangarap (House of Dreams) located in Malacañang Park within the Presidential Security Group compound in Manila.

The Malacañan sa Sugbo (Malacañang sa Sugbo colloquially; Malacañan in Cebu in English; Malakanyang sa Cebu in Filipino) is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas region, located in Cebu City.
'Executive House' in New Manila, the future home of the Office of the Vice President
by Bea Cupin June 20, 2016

What's it like inside Quezon City's 'Executive House' in New Manila, the future home of the Office of the Vice President
Vice President-elect Leni Robredo won’t be holding office inside the Coconut Palace unlike her predecessor, Vice President Jejomar Binay

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June 21, 2016
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who oversaw the renovation of the former 'Boracay Mansion' into the QC Executive House, explains the Jose Blanco piece

Presidential transport - Etc.

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Presidential cars in Philippine history
May 15, 2016 - Jul 12, 2016


Duterte wants to use pickup truck as official presidential vehicle - DZMM TeleRadyo, 16 April 2016

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11 Historic Philippine Presidential Cars We Love or HERE

The Vice President of the Philippines generally rides in a Mercedes Benz W140 S-Class
Presidential yachts

from 1921 to the present BRP Ang Pangulo, renamed to BRP Pag-asa (AT-25)

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The President Duterte reminded soldiers of his promise to sell the presidential ship BRP Ang Pangulo.
by Pia Ranada July 21, 2016. Look down the site to 'Improved AFP hospital'
Duterte said he planned to sell the ship in order to rebuild the AFP Medical Center, also known as V. Luna General Hospital


The Presidential Planes

The Air Force's 250th Presidential Airlift Wing provides air mobility to the President as well as the first family, visiting dignitaries, and VIPs.

According to, among the aircraft assigned to the unit include the air force's only Fokker F-28 aircraft, as well as an undetermined number of Fokker F-27 Friendships, S-70 Blackhawks, S-76s, SA-330 Pumas, and Bell 412s

When the President travels outside of the country, aircraft from Philippine Airlines are usually chartered. The call sign PR001 is used to represent an aircraft operated by Philippine Airlines to transport the President.


Duterte to turn presidential plane into 'air ambulance
Sep 18, 2016
Duterte told soldiers that he had ordered that the presidential plane be used as an air ambulance for the troops.

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Duterte wants to turn presidential plane into 'air ambulance'
by Pia Ranada August 08, 2016
The President says he doesn't mind giving up the presidential plane because he is already 'comfortable' using commercial flights or small jets

Duterte tells Lorenzana to prepare conversion of presidential plane into AFP air ambulance
August 8, 2016 By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte has not forgotten his promise to convert the presidential aircraft into an air ambulance for the military.

SONA: State of the Nation Address

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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.

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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.

and the articles

Full list of SONAs

The State of the Nation Address: Traditions and History

When ex-presidents skip the SONA
by Michael Bueza July 25, 201
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
by 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
by 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
by Renz Paolo B. Regis July 21, 2016
Ferdinand Marcos' 1969 speech is the longest SONA, thus far, going by word count


SONA: State of the Nation Address 2016

Duterte to give poignant, rousing first SONA - Palace
Jul 23, 2016
Malacañang on Saturday said President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver an inspiring State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016 at Batasang Pambansa
SONA 2016 live coverage
Duterte at SONA 2016: Off-script, yet on point
July 26, 2016
He may have broken off from tradition by going off-script in his first SONA, but President Rodrigo Duterte couldn't be any clearer about waging war against drugs and criminality
What happened at President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address? Camille Elemia reports on the highlights.

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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


SONA: State of the Nation Address 2015

President Benigno Aquino III's last State of the Nation Address
Streamed live on Jul 27, 2015

Look also the article Aquino’s legacy: His final SONA
by/Richard Heydarian, special to CNN Philippines Mon, July 27, 2015


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

Look also the article "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.

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Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte - etc.

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Foreign Policy - etc. - the Philippines (Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte) vs US - UN & EU

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Remarks delivered verbally by the Chief Executive, whether in a formal or informal context, generally before a public assembly.

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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.

Facebook page critical of Duterte and supporters taken down
by Gelo Gonzales December 27, 2016
Madam Claudia, an anonymous page known to be critical of Duterte and his staunch supporters, is taken down by Facebook more than once.
A popular Facebook page known for being critical of President Duterte and some of his supporters was taken down on December 24.
The page in question is "Madam Claudia," which at the time of being taken down had more than 40,000 followers.
Filipino journalist's Facebook account hacked
by Paige Occeñola December 08, 2016
Manny Mogato's profile and cover photos are changed into pro-Duterte graphics.
Oplan Cyber Tokhang at work?
The Facebook page of Filipino journalist Manny Mogato, who works for Reuters, was hacked on Thursday, December 8. His cover photo was changed into the cover photo used by pro-Duterte Facebook page "Duterte is my President."
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