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Duterte security aides hurt in firefight with NPA
by Pia Ranada July 19, 2017

UPDATED The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint.

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SC ruling: Duterte can put 'entire PH' under martial law
by Lian Buan July 06, 2017

UPDATED 'The Constitution has provided sufficient safeguards against possible abuses of Commander-in-Chief's powers; further curtailment of presidential powers should not only be discouraged but also avoided,' the High Court says in its ruling.
The Supreme Court (SC), in a landmark decision on Tuesday, July 4, said that the Chief Executive should be trusted to declare martial law and should have the sole discretion on its scope.

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Opposition lawmakers to contest SC martial law ruling
by Mara Cepeda July 06, 2017
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says they will 'expose serious errors in the majority decision' of the Supreme Court when they file a motion for reconsideration.

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Martial Law, Mindanao 2017

Editorial: Extending martial law
July 19, 2017
AS expected, President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao. His congressional allies said yesterday that he asked for 60 more days,
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Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella asserted that the President wants martial law in effect until the end of 2017.

Power consolidation for martial law
by Vergel O. Santos July 08, 2017

The Supreme Court’s affirmation of the legality of President Duterte’s imposition of martial law in Mindanao can only serve to feed his predisposition to authoritarianism, which he has betrayed all too often by self-comparison with Ferdinand Marcos, dictator for 14 years.

THE BUTCHER IN THE PALACE
AND OTHER FABRICATIONS
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July 04, 2017

Once upon a time, there was carnage.

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Duterte Year 1
June 30, 2017

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

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

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Defending Democracy Summit 2017
June 12, 2017

About 200 people from various sectors gather for a summit called Defend Democracy Summit: "Pagtitipon at Paninindigan para sa Demokrasya at Kalayaan" on Monday, June 12. The event takes place on Araw ng Kalayaan at the UP Diliman School of Economics Auditorium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte's historical revisionism: A settler hijacks Mindanao
by Rogelio Braga June 14, 2017

Mindanao is a national issue and requires national discussion. For President Duterte to use 'I am from Mindanao' is hijacking Mindanao’s narrative

‘I am from Mindanao’ buffer statement:
This is a historical revisionism of settler’s migration and of the eventual displacements of Moros and indigenous in the histories of Mindanao. By invoking "I am from Mindanao" to silence dissent from Filipinos from Luzon and the Visayas, the President engages in the endless reconstruction and deconstruction of Mindanao’s histories.

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Ombudsman: Duterte's 'kill' threats unacceptable
by Lian Buan July 14, 2017

'He's goading people to kill people. That's a problem,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says of President Rodrigo Duterte.
It appears Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has taken a stronger stance against President Rodrigo Duterte's tough talk on killing criminals and drug users.

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Duterte to Ombudsman: Shut up, don't be like Obama
by Pia Ranada July 17, 2017
(UPDATED) 'Since when did you anoint yourself spokesman of the criminals?' says President Rodrigo Duterte to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.
"Do not play God and shut up."
This was President Rodrigo Duterte's advice to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in response to her criticism of his threats to kill criminals.

Duterte's foreign trips cost thrice more than predecessors'
by Pia Ranada June 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

President Duterte, dismantle your propaganda machine
June 05, 2017

It stokes the flames of a highly divisive issue like martial law. It also empowers trolls, poisons the well and lowers our collective IQ and EQ
We don't need fake photos that show Vietnam combatants passed off as Philippine soldiers from the Philippine News Agency. We don’t need fake photos showing Honduras police instead of the Philippine military from newly minted communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson.

Philippine News Agency uses Vietnam photo in Marawi siege story
by Stacy de Jesus May 29, 2017
This is the second known mistake committed by the state-run news agency in May 2017.
The story titled "Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi" was accompanied by a photo of a soldier holding a gun while patrolling in a poverty-stricken area.
Searching the source of the image, however, will lead you to Wikimedia Commons. According to the media repository platform, the original file name of the image is Vietconghunt.jpg and was described as "Troops of 'A' Company, 1st Air Cavalry Division, checking house during patrol."

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PNA sorry for wrong photo; Mocha Uson on the defensive
by Pia Ranada May 30, 2017
While the state news agency says it will review its procedures, PCOO official Mocha Uson says those who called her out for using the photo of Honduran police should 'use their common sense'

FACT CHECK: PCOO's Mocha Uson shares wrong photo of PH army
by Stacy de Jesus May 30, 2017
This is not the first unverified image that the PCOO Assistant Secretary has shared.
She wanted to rally support for troops in their fight against terrorists in Mindanao, but in doing so, newly appointed government official Mocha Uson is caught yet again sharing an unverified image.

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Andanar hides from media after new PCOO blunders
by Pia Ranada UPDATED June 01, 2017 - with video
Despite telling Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella he would take questions from Palace reporters, PCOO chief Andanar chooses to evade the media and stays silent on new gaffes from his office.
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Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao
by Pia Ranada, May 23, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte makes the declaration while on an official visit to Russia, as Maute Group members attack Marawi City in Mindanao.

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Duterte to make warrantless arrests even without martial law
by Pia Ranada July 21, 2017
The President also says the idea of extending martial law until December came from security officials, not him.
If Congress does not extend martial law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte is prepared to make warrantless arrests "in good faith."
"Now, ‘pag wala na ‘yan (martial law) and if I have to arrest you without a warrant, I will arrest you without a warrant, with or without martial law," said Duterte on July 21.

Duterte says he declared martial law to avoid impeachment
by Pia Ranada July 21, 2017
'I had to declare martial law otherwise I would be a candidate for impeachment also,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers fighting in Marawi.

Palace downplays Duterte's threat vs martial law critics
by Pia Ranada July 03, 2017
'It's just strong language,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella about the President's threat to arrest those who disagree with his martial law declaration in Mindanao

Duterte threatens to jail martial law critics
by Agence France-Presse July 02, 2017
He has insisted he would ignore the findings of the Supreme Court, vowing only to listen to recommendations from the armed forces.

Duterte proclamation declaring martial law in Mindanao
May 25, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao
The proclamation, signed on Tuesday, May 23, while Duterte was in Russia for an official visit, also suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

Opposition lawmakers hit 'creeping authoritarianism' under Duterte
by Mara Cepeda May 29, 2017
Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao

No joint session on martial law? Opposition lawmakers say its a cover-up
by Rambo Talabong May 29, 2017
The lawmakers said that it does not only undermine the Constitution, but it may also be hiding a plan to completely overturn it.

Duterte cannot ignore SC, Congress on martial law – senators
by Camille Elemia May 29, 2017
'The President swore to uphold and defend the Constitution, not willfully defile it and do only as he wants,' says minority Senator Francis Pangilinan.

Duterte will respect any SC ruling on martial law – Palace
by Pia Ranada May 29, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says Duterte's remarks on martial law are 'not meant to bypass the Supreme Court or the legislative'

Duterte: Only AFP, PNP can tell me to end martial law
May 28, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress and the Supreme Court cannot tell him what to do because they are 'not the ones risking their lives' on the battlefield.
President Rodrigo Duterte seemingly dismissed provisions in the 1987 Constitution that allow Congress and the Supreme Court (SC) to assess any martial law declaration, saying he would only listen to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

No joint session on martial law? Congress 'shields' Duterte
by Camille Elemia May 27, 2017
Unlike in 2009 when then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao, Congress, now filled with Duterte allies, has no plans of convening to discuss his martial law declaration.

Congress receives Duterte's report on martial law proclamation
by Patty Pasion May 25, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte submits his report to the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday evening, May 25.

Congress 'unlikely' to revoke martial law in Mindanao
by Camille Elemia May 25, 2017
'We have no intentions of revoking, therefore we (the Senate and the House of Representatives) need not meet jointly,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

Duterte eyes expanding martial law to whole PH
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 24, 2017 - with video
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he may expand martial law to Luzon and Visayas if the threat of ISIS persists.

Will martial law continue even after Marawi crisis?
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 24, 2017 - with video
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says 'it depends on Congress' whether martial law will continue even after the Marawi crisis has been resolved.

League of provinces supports martial law in Mindanao
by Rambo Talabong May 25, 2017
The league, which is composed of governors, the local chief executives of the country's provinces, commit to be vigilant especially on security matters in their respective areas.

Mindanao lawmakers justify martial law declaration
by Mara Cepeda May 24, 2017
Martial rule will help address Mindanao's peace and order problems, say lawmakers from the region.

Robredo: 'Trust the AFP' in martial law implementation
May 24, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says the best thing to do now is to support the government as it fights terrorists in Marawi City.

Marawi mayor to gov’t: Uphold human rights of ‘innocent civilians’
May 24, 2017
Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra says the declaration of martial law in Mindanao is 'timely' but the government must ensure respect for human rights while it is in effect.

Duterte says his martial law to be similar to Marcos time
by Pia Ranada UPDATED May 25, 2017 - with video
'It will not be any different from what the President Marcos did. I'd be harsh,' says the Philippine President before flying to Manila

TIMELINE: Marawi clashes prompt Martial Law in all of Mindanao
by Carmela Fonbuena May 26, 2017
UPDATED Clashes erupt in Marawi City Tuesday afternoon, May 23. At the end of the day, President Rodrigo Duterte declares Martial Law in all of Mindanao.

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Martial Law 101: Things you should know
by Jodesz Gavilan May 24, 2017
UPDATED Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, a declaration of Martial Law can be revoked or extended by Congress and reviewed by the Supreme Court

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Questions you need to ask about martial law in Mindanao
by Lian Buan May 25, 2017
Martial law is meant to give the military control over its coverage area when the civilian government could no longer function.

What happens to local government units during martial law?
by Rambo Talabong May 24, 2017
Local chief executives would have to surrender powers over their units to the national government, but to what extent?

Senate 'can't outvote' House in martial law vote – Lacson
by Camille Elemia May 24, 2017
Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Senate has only 22 members while the House of Representatives – dominated by administration allies – has 292 members

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

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

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

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

IN PHOTOS: Advocates light candles rejecting martial law
May 24, 2017
Groups condemn the declaration of martial law, saying 'it will only worsen the peace instability in Marawi City'
Advocates lit candles on Wednesday, May 24, in protest of the declaration of martial law rule in Mindanao, following the clash in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
In response to the declaration, Kabataan Partylist and Suara Bangsamoro organized the activity at the Mendiola Arch in Manila.

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Why solidarity with Mindanao requires opposing martial law
by Herbert Docena May 25, 2017
We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos

Netizens terrified or trusting of martial law in Mindanao
by Rappler Social Media Team May 24, 2017
Social media erupts after the Philippine government announces that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao.
Mindanao a laboratory again?
by Patricio N. Abinales May 25, 2017

As President Duterte expands his targets of opportunity, it is once again Mindanao – yes, his beloved Mindanao – that will be the laboratory of this 21st-century version of Marcos’ war.

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

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

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

Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign
by Pia Ranada July 25, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford, which released a study about social media manipulation, 'a school for the stupid people'
A study by academics from the University of Oxford claims Duterte's camp paid US$200,000 or P10 million for a social media campaign in which volunteers and paid persons or groups used social media accounts to promote him or defend him against critics.

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PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion by Gelo Gonzales July 25, 2017

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting, which is 'used to silence political dissent online' and often leads to 'real-life threats and reputational damage'

Social media in the time of Duterte
by Paige Occeñola July 01, 2017

Within the first year of President Duterte’s administration, he has not been remiss in expressing his thanks to the community that has been instrumental to his success.

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

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

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

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

Digong's Cabinet should talk more, take the bullets
by Rene Saguisag May 26, 2017
Are we better off after a year? Did we have a Marawi situation last year?
Prez Digong alarmingly and needlessly cut short by a day his trip to Russia and took the mic energetically on arrival for another rambling performance. He talked of martial law (ML) in Mindanao where the vilified Muslims have been persecuted for centuries.
CHR to Duterte: Rape is never a joke
by Jodesz Gavilan May 28, 2017
'Women, especially those poor and vulnerable who bear the brunt of the ongoing violence on the ground, are not objects of ridicule either,' says the Commission on Human Rights.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned President Rodrigo Duterte's latest remarks about rape, made in front of troops, and reminded government forces that they must uphold human rights as they carry out operations against terrorists in Mindanao.

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CHR to Duterte: Be more considerate, stop rape jokes!
by Jodesz Gavilan July 19, 2017
The Commission on Human Rights says statements inciting violence against women are a cause for concern given that they come from the most powerful person in the Philippines.

Duterte's rape joke puts soldiers in a bad light – Robredo
by Patty Pasion May 29, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo, who visited wounded soldiers, says it is 'unjust' to imply that troops can commit crimes.

Palace defends Duterte's rape joke as 'heightened bravado'
May 27, 2017
In a statement that does not mention the 'sickening' joke, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says the Philippine leader just exaggerates in his speech to drive home a point

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Philippines' Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops
May 27, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law.

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Duterte hits back at Chelsea Clinton, reminds her of dad's Lewinsky
by Bea Cupin May 31, 2017 - with video
'When President Clinton was fucking Lewinsky… what was your statement or reaction?' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, fuming after Chelsea Clinton criticized his rape joke.
President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at those who criticized him for joking about taking the cudgels for soldiers who would commit rape during martial law in Mindanao.
In particular, Duterte trained his guns on Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former United States president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Bangsamoro member resigns over Duterte rape joke, martial law
by Pia Ranada May 31, 2017

Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis quits after President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks about soldiers raping women and his martial law declaration.

Republic Act No. 6713

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

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

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

A race to kill democracy
by Representative Tom Villarin May 03, 2017

Leaders in two Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines and Cambodia, have used a startlingly similar playbook to undermine the opposition and subvert democracy.

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Resist the trolls, resist the hate
by Pia Ranada May 03, 2017
When trolls win, everyone, including those who support President Duterte, loses

Save democracy, save ourselves
by Vergel O. Santos June 17, 2017
Save the democratic institutions? If there’s anyone who needs saving – and needs saving now – it’s us.

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

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

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

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

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

Our own Gang of Four and a Half
by Vergel O. Santos April 29, 2017
Duterte, Estrada, Arroyo, Marcos – they are our own Gang of Four, who, in the 60s and 70s, in its original Communist Chinese incarnation was the ruthless power behind Mao Zedong.
Don't let dictator Duterte mortgage our future like Marcos did
by Senator Leila de Lima May 18, 2017
'A dictator once mortgaged our future to imperialist powers and bankrupted this nation. We cannot let another dictator do that again.'
Complaint vs Duterte filed before Int'l Criminal Court
by Paterno Esmaquel II Updated April 24, 2017

(5th UPDATE) Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio filed a complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, April 24, for alleged "mass murder" in the Philippines.

In a 78-page complaint published by the New York Times, Sabio requested that the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC "commit President Rodrigo Duterte and his senior government officials to the Trial Chamber for trial and that the Trial Chamber in turn, after trial, convict them and sentence them to corresponding prison sentence or life imprisonment."

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Duterte dismisses ICC complaint
by Pia Ranada April 27, 2017
The President does not bother to read the 78-page document: 'Why would I waste my time?'.

The bigger hurdles to having ICC prosecute Duterte
by Emil Marañon III April 26, 2017
Jude Sabio’s 'complaint' has to prove the supposed unwillingness or inability of the Philippine government to prosecute President Duterte for the crimes he allegedly committed.

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC
by Tony La Viña April 25, 2017
The weight of opinion is that this is a proper case of the ICC. There is immense interest in moving this forward, and I think we will get some traction soon.

Palace says ICC complaint meant to 'embarrass, shame' Duterte
by Pia Ranada April 24, 2017
Malacañang says it is more than coincidence that the complaint was filed days before the start of the 30th ASEAN Summit, the first international event to be hosted by Duterte.

Matobato lawyer files complaint vs Duterte at ICC
April 24, 2017

Palace questions timing of ICC case vs Duterte
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo April 24, 2017

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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

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

Presidential Communications Operations Office, PCOO
The PCOO is the lead communications arm of the Government and a vehicle of understanding for a well-informed and enlightened citizenry, proud of its heritage and attuned to global realities.

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FAST FACTS: What is the PCOO?
May 12, 2017
What are the roles and functions of the government agency that dancer-turned-blogger Mocha Uson will soon be a part of?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How far can they go?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gina Lopez 'surprised, disappointed' by CA votes
May 04, 2017 - with video
'My experience with them is that these were persons of principle,' says the former environment chief of some lawmakers who voted against her confirmation.

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

Gina Lopez sad 'business interests have run the day'
May 03, 2017 - with videos
'When people make choices influenced by, and based on, business interests transgressing the right of every Filipino to what God has given them, it is wrong,' Gina Lopez says.

Palace on CA rejection of Gina Lopez: 'It's a democratic process'
by Pia Ranada May 03, 2017
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is choosing from 'many names' to fill in the vacancy at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Duterte just choosy about awards, honors he accepts?
by Pia Ranada April 22, 2017
'Personal policy' not to accept awards? President Duterte has accepted some in the past.
Though President Rodrigo Duterte declined the University of the Philippines honorary degree by saying it’s his “personal policy” not to accept awards, he has had no qualms accepting other awards or forms of recognition in the past.
Planned ICC case 'not applicable' to Duterte, PH – Palace
March 11, 2017
Malacañang reiterates that the extrajudicial killings – stated as the basis for a case against the President before the tribunal – are not state-sanctioned

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Things to know about Duterte's pet peeve ICC
by Jodesz Gavilan November 24, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to follow in the footsteps of Russian President Vladimir Putin and withdraw from the International Criminal Court.
Calling the tribunal “useless”, Duterte threatened to follow the action of his “idol” Russian President Vladimir Putin who formally withdrew his country’s signature from the founding statute of the ICC.

the Video:

Matobato lawyer Jude Sabio on Duterte and the ICC
March 23, 2017
Lawyer Jude Sabio is expected to fly to the Netherlands to hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable before the International Criminal Court over extrajudicial killings related to his war on illegal drugs.

and the article:

Killings in war on drugs 'extension' of DDS system – Sabio
by Jodesz Gavilan March 25, 2017 - with video
Lawyer Jude Sabio says testimonies of self-proclaimed Davao Death Squad members and pronouncements on killing drug personalities will help build a strong case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC

Robredo urged to 'stop shaming' Duterte
by Patty Pasion April 03, 2017
(UPDATED) Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte hold a rally, saying Vice President Leni Robredo should 'change' her criticism of the Duterte administration or be ousted.
"Stop shaming the President."
This was the main message of President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters who gathered at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday, April 2, calling for the ouster of Vice President Leni Robredo.

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

the Videos 'Palit Bise' rally - Change the Vice President:

"Stop shaming the President."
Apr 3, 2017

Duterte supporters slam Leni for ‘wild accusations’ on drug war
Apr 2, 2017
Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte flocked to the Rizal Park in Manila, on Sunday, to denounce Vice President Leni Robredo for her allegedly inaccurate remarks, “wild accusations,” and “unfounded claims” against the Duterte administration’s war on drugs before a United Nations body.

Kritiko ni VP Robredo, nagsagawa ng rally sa Qurino Grandstand
Nagtipon ang ilang Duterte supporters sa Quirino Grandstand sa Maynila para sa isang rally na tinawag nilang "Palit Bise." Panawagan nila: ipatalsik sa pwesto si Vice President Leni Robredo. Nagpa-Patrol Jerome Lantin. TV Patrol, Linggo, 2 Abril 2017

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

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

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

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

Video

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.

Video

Jonas Soriano on the work of the Cabinet Secretary
June 04, 2017

How will the series of shakeups in the Cabinet affect the Duterte administration's effort to deliver on the President's promises?

Video

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

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

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

Video

Hate for the West: Duterte strategist explains president's angst
Published on Mar 29, 2017

In his first months in office, Duterte already grabbed international headlines with his tough-talk, many of which are directed towards the West.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

and

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

Videos

2016: Change is here
Dec 30, 2016

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

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.

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in the album 'Maverick' Duterte

Duterte criticizes Catholic church:
Duterte hits Church: You have no moral ascendancy
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Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
Both Jan 19, 2017
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President Duterte criticizes catholic groups, priests during PNP oath taking speech
Jan 20, 2017
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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.

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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.

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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.

Look also HERE, HERE, HERE and
REPUBLIC ACT No. 1793
AN ACT CONSTITUTING AN INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORAL TRIBUNAL TO TRY, HEAR AND DECIDE PROTESTS CONTESTING THE ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE PHILIPPINES AND PROVIDING FOR THE MANNER OF HEARING THE SAME.

Look RA 1793 as pdf HERE

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

Editorial: Resting president
June 16, 2017
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is well. That was the assurance made by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella as questions about the whereabouts of the president mounted. He was last seen on June 11.
“He’s resting for some time... You have to consider that he has been on the road for at least 23 days regarding fulfilling his martial law supervision.
That the president’s schedule in the past days has been brutal is true. That he needs to rest his 72-year-old body is correct. But totally disappearing from public view is what caused all the fuss.

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Duterte out of public eye for 6th straight day
by Pia Ranada June 26, 2017
This is the longest period of 'rest' for 72-year-old President Rodrigo Duterte.

Alive but annoyed
by Vergel O. Santos June 24, 2017
Duterte should be made to understand somehow that, if people wonder whether he is sick, or worse, it’s not personal; it’s constitutional

Duterte makes 1st public appearance in 5 days
June 17, 2017 - with video
UPDATED This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte's 5-day absence from the public eye fuels speculations about his health.

'It's not that I snubbed Independence Day. My body was overwhelmed. I really needed to rest,' President Rodrigo Duterte says.

Duterte: 'My state of health is immaterial'
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 17, 2017 - with video
'Do not worry. There is a Vice President who will take over,' President Rodrigo Duterte says after a 5-day absence from the public eye

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

Trillanes on Duterte bank accounts: 'Prove me wrong'
with video
UPDATED '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.

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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.

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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"

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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
UPDATED

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

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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).

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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

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

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

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

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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'

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Duterte tells 'rude' media: Beware of karma
Published on Mar 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte called newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer and television network ABS-CBN "bastos" (rude) for writing supposedly unfair news about him and for supposedly acting for the vested interests of their owners.

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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 aboutphilippines.ph 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

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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.

TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case
by Patty Pasion May 09, 2017

Here are the key moments in the legal battle between Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival in the May 2016 polls, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robredo camp about "fair trial":

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

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

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

and the articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robredo camp to Marcos: Don’t feed Pinoys wrong, self-serving info
By AJ Bolando philstar.com 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.

Look also the Video

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

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

Look also the Video:

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

and IMPORTANT read also the below article

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 aboutphilippines.ph 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.

Look also HERE

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

Look also

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).

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

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

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

Vergel Santos on “The Censored Press
July 6, 2016

aboutphilippines.ph says a great article IMPORTANT to read

Look the article as pdf HERE

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

Video

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.
Video

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.

Videos

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!

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

Look also the article
'Maverick' Duterte goes beyond communication playbook, says Andanar
by Trishia Billones, Oct 07 2016
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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
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Vice President Leni Robredo’s pray and advice to the President:
Robredo praying Duterte tirades won’t strain int’l relations
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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.
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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.
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'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.
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Duterte has a duty to act like a statesman
says Senator Richard Gordon

Look also the articles

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'
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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."

Look also the

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

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

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

Look also HERE

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

DECLARING A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY

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Memorandum Order No. 3, s. 2016
Signed September 7, 2016
PROVIDING GUIDELINES FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES AND THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE IN THE IMPLEMENTATIONS OF MEASURES TO SUPPRESS AND PREVENT LAWLESS VIOLENCE.

Memorandum Order No. 4, s. 2016
EXPANDING MEMORANDUM ORDER NO. 3

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

look also the below links and Videos

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Videos

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.
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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

'NOT MARTIAL LAW'
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?

Video

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.

Video

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.

The circus of impeachment in the Philippines

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

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Video
in the album
"The circus of impeachment in the Philippines"

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

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

Look also the articles - etc.:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All by Mara Cepeda May 15, 2017

Videos
in the album
"The circus of impeachment in the Philippines"

Many videos 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
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Alejano on supplemental impeachment rap vs Duterte
Published on Mar 30, 2017
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Thursday filed a supplemental impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte in connection with his foreign policy over the West Philippine Sea, Panatag Shoal, and the Benham Rise.
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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.
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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?

Look also

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

Alejano bolsters impeachment complaint vs Duterte
March 30, 2017 By Jauhn Etienne Villaruel
MAGDALO Partylist Representative Gary Alejano filed before the House of Representatives-Secretary General on Thursday, March 30, a supplemental complaint on top of the impeachment raps he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte last March 16.

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

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

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

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

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

Look also

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

Robredo only stated facts in UN video, says spokesperson
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:

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

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

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

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

Why Dela Rosa didn’t get Robredo's letter to PNP
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

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

Look also the Videos in the album "The circus of impeachment in the Philippines":

How does impeachment work in the Philippines?
Published on May 19, 2017

Gary Alejano's impeachment complaint vs Duterte
March 16, 2017

and the articles:

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

Robredo behind Duterte impeach move – Alvarez
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'

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.
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.

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

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

Look MUCH more HERE

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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9184
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE MODERNIZATION, STANDARDIZATION AND REGULATION OF THE PROCUREMENT ACTIVITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
This Act shall be known as the "Government Procurement Reform Act."

Look also
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.

Look also

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.

Look also

Office of the Vice President

Seal of the Vice President

List of Vice Presidents

Presidential Security Group, PSG

the lead agency tasked in providing security to

the President of the Philippines

the Vice President of the Philippines

and their immediate families

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

Look also

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

and HERE

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 PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

“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.

Videos

'Inauguration' signals and Protocol
Jun 29, 2016

Look also

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

Videos

Inauguration - Etc.

Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo
June 30, 2016

Watch e.g.:

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.

Look also
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.'
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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.
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Rody-Leni a perfect mix
May 29, 2016
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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
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#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
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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.

Look also

Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG)

the Video and the articles:

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

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

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

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

and about Statement of Contribution and Expenditure (SOCE)

HERE, HERE and HERE

and about President Rodrigo Duterte's part in the

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

Again aboutphilippines.ph 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

Look also

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

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

Ex-Usec Halmen Valdez on Cabinet rift
April 10, 2017
Dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez talks about rice, the Cabinet, and the issues that divide the President's appointees
Look also the articles:

'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue
by Pia Ranada April 11, 2017 - with video
'It's the moral obligation of those people surrounding the President to give him the right information, at the right time,' says dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez

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

Video

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.

Video

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?

Look also

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

and

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT FOR THE VISAYAS

Video

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
Dutertism and Philippine populist criminality
by Christopher Magno July 11, 2016

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

Former president Benigno Aquino III - Etc.

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Video

Noynoy Aquino – A time of reckoning
July 21, 2017

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

Look also HERE

Videos

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

Look also HERE

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.
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

Look also What's a Marcos painting doing in Robredo's future office?
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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Videos

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

and

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

Look descriptions on the videos or HERE

Look also

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)

Look also the Videos and

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

Videos

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 globalsecurity.org, 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.

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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 - Etc.

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The State of the Nation Address (SONA)

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

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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.

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Full list of SONAs

The State of the Nation Address: Traditions and History

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

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

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

Memorable quotes from past SONAs
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

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President Duterte's 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA)
on July 24, 2017 at Batasang Pambansa

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  • Panel of analysts on the SONA 2017
  • the Post SONA PRESS Conference

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FULL TEXT: President Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2017
July 25, 2017
Read the wide range of policy issues that President Rodrigo Duterte covers in both his prepared speech and his off-script comments
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2017 SONA: Fact check, context
July 26, 2017
President Duterte's orders, accomplishments, and attacks on critics during the second SONA.

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Thoughts on the Sona
July 20, 2017
GOVERNMENT executives reporting to their constituents the situation in their jurisdictions within a certain time frame do not usually talk about negative things. The reason is obvious: leaders won’t paint themselves as losers.

This makes such reports like President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday a one-sided coin. It cannot be objective.

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Editorial: State of the nation
July 23, 2017

Inner states of the nation
July 22, 2017 By Isolde D. Amante
WHAT do you remember most from President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) a year ago? For me, what stood out was the appeal he made for peace. “If we cannot, as yet, love one another, then in God’s name, let us not hate each other too much.”
As to the rest of it and the SONAs of presidents before him, only the sound bites surface from memory’s depths. I had to dig into the Official Gazette’s online archives to retrieve some of the promises our recent presidents had made.
They’ve made plenty.
Between comfort and despair
July 24, 2017
At no other time in recent Philippine history has reality been so torn apart by polarized views toward a sitting president.
The vote on the eve of the President’s SONA is symbolic of many things, especially since it came weeks after the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of his declaration covering Mindanao. It speaks of the huge political capital that the President enjoys more than ever. It shows our policymakers’ acceptance of how he intends to address Mindanao’s intractable problems. And it proves that if the President wants it, then he will have it.
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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.
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President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016 at Batasang Pambansa
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SONA 2016 live coverage
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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

Video

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

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte's SONA 2017
July 25, 2017
'Change did not happen,' an indigenous peoples' group says.
The main issues raised by protesters include the continued destruction of the environment by mining companies, alleged human rights violations, and the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
"The same old rhetoric of holding large-scale mining companies accountable is belied by Duterte's replacement of then-environment secretary Gina Lopez with a pro-mining ex-general, Roy Cimatu," Leon Dulce, campaign coordinator of the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment, said.
IN PHOTOS: SONA 2017 protest march
July 24, 2017

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

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Duterte faces protesters after Sona
July 24, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita Keith A. Calayag

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte faced the protesters outside of the Batasan complex in Quezon City after he delivered his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday. This was the first time a Philippine leader meets face-to-face militant groups who criticize his government.

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

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

SONA 2017: No shields, batons, or firearms for frontline police
by Bea Cupin July 18, 2017

Protesters will also be allowed to stage demonstrations closer to the Batasang Pambansa.
There will be no shields, batons, or firearms for cops tasked to manage protests during President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA), a top police official said on Tuesday, July 18.

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IN PHOTOS: Preparations for Duterte's SONA 2017
by Mara Cepeda July 19, 2017
Repairs are underway at the Batasang Pambansa, where President Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering his speech on July 24.

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

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

Videos

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

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

Remark these are albums in the album "SONA protest traditions"

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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Speeches

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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