Since President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed interest in seeking the vice presidency and Vice President Leni Robredo remains a presidential contender until she officially shuts the door to that possibility, not a few have wondered what it would be like if they swapped roles following the 2022 elections. Christian Esguerra asked Robredo about the possible scenario in ANC’s After the Fact on Tuesday night, July 20, and if she would treat Duterte the same way he had treated her. She responded, " Parang poetic justice 'pag nangyari ." (It would be poetic justice if that happened.) The Vice President, however, stayed true to herself even in a hypothetical situation, quickly adding: “Pero para sa akin, very, very seriously, I will not treat him the way he treated me. Kasi I don’t think it’s in the best interest of the people na iyong presidente saka vice president nag-aaway ." (But for me, very, very seriously, I will not treat him the way he ... » Learn More about How will Robredo treat Duterte if he becomes her VP in 2022?
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On a cold Washington day, it would have looked like any another ceremony the United States has held for decades. Flags were hoisted on pillars of the Capitol, while the most powerful leaders of one of the most powerful nations in the world gathered to usher in a new administration. Except that the inauguration of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was in many ways, no ordinary occasion. As the two new leaders stepped out onto the Capitol balcony for their historic oath-taking, outgoing US president Donald Trump departed the White House for the last time on January 20. Walking toward a chopper stationed on the South Lawn, the world watched Trump leave the corridors of power with little to say on the last hours of his tumultuous presidency. Across the Pacific, close to midnight in the Philippines for President Rodrigo Duterte, the firebrand leader bid goodbye to the American president he once belted out in song for. ... » Learn More about Biden’s opportunities in PH and how Duterte can gain from them
There was nothing that President Rodrigo Duterte said in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) that we had not heard before, but his statements on some issues on Monday, July 26, departed from what he said during his first address in 2016 . The speech lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes – the longest by any president post-EDSA Revolution – and it covered infrastructure, illegal drugs, and the pandemic, among other talking points that were staple in his ordinary speaking engagements and briefings. But what changed between his first SONA in 2016 and last SONA in 2021? Rappler counted at least four changes in reference to the following: Historic Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea Corruption in government Communist insurgency War on drugs West Philippine Sea and the Hague ruling First State of the Nation Address (2016): “With regard to the West Philippine Sea otherwise known as [South] China Sea, we strongly affirm and ... » Learn More about First and last: Changes between Duterte’s 2016 and 2021 State of the Nation Addresses
President Rodrigo Duterte’s rambled speech at his final State of the Nation Address merely revealed how unsophisticated — yet precarious — Philippine foreign policy is under his watch. As the "chief architect of our country’s foreign policy," the current Philippine head of state magnified how narrow-minded, dependent, and reactionary his external relations agenda has truly been for over half a decade. In fact, Duterte’s concluding SONA report last July 26 was an exercise in highlighting what the next Philippine president should avoid and reject in terms of Manila’s global affairs direction beyond June 30, 2022. Indeed, the Philippine leader managed to show before the Filipino people, and to the world at large, the substandard but true state of Philippine foreign policy throughout his waning term in office. In this regard, Duterte’s foreign relations framework is only predicated upon preserving what remains of a deteriorating external environment, while reacting to international ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Duterte’s last SONA only magnifies his reactionary foreign policy
Even as Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Lao PDR — countries poorer than us — have already started vaccinating their people, vaccines (those not smuggled, at any rate) have yet to arrive on Philippine shores. Heck, Indonesia is already starting the 2 nd phase of its mass vaccination , but we can’t even pin down a date for the arrival of the 1 st wave of vaccines here. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr said vaguely that vaccines would arrive by mid-February , and one newspaper even mistakenly announced an exact date (February 14). Government has conducted vaccination rehearsals left and right, with much media coverage. Everything seems picture perfect — save for the absent vaccines themselves. More and more Filipinos are asking: Where the hell are the vaccines? What’s taking them so long? Why are we lagging behind? The deeper you look into this, the nastier the big picture that emerges. It all boils down to the sheer and gross incompetence of the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Duterte’s vaccine program is peak incompetence
MANILA, Philippines – The novel coronavirus has caused most stock markets in Asia, including the Philippines’ local bourse, to bleed. Year-to-date, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has dropped to a 52-week low of 7,129, well within bear territory and far from optimistic forecasts. This means that if you bought stocks at the start of 2020, priced at almost 7,800 each, you have lost over 8% of your investments. While the stock market is not totally indicative of the economy’s health, it does tell quite a lot about business sentiment. So far, it seems that sentiment does not go with some of the numbers. Analysts and even the government’s economic team have all been somewhat unanimous in saying that while the impact of the novel coronavirus is hard to price in, the economy, so far, can take the hit. The Philippines is also a domestic consumption-driven economy, which means that the economy is not very reliant on trade to grow. ... » Learn More about Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
MANILA, Philippines – On Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro, a black hawk helicopter descended on an airfield as soldiers quickly shuffled out and charged forward amid a staccato of imitation gunfire. Precise and coordinated, Filipino soldiers, together with American troops, dispersed on foot across the expanse of land to rescue hostages and seize the island back from foreign invaders. In tactical formation, the soldiers wove through buildings until the operation was complete. The mission was elaborate. It was also scripted. The simulation, which took place in April 2019, capped off a nearly two week-long event between Philippine and American soldiers – the annual Balikatan (shoulder to shoulder) exercises, where both forces undergo training that would better prepare them for real battle. Although it was choreographed, it is, perhaps, not ironic the exercise took place on the historic Lubang Island. The island, filled by two ... » Learn More about With threats to scrap VFA, Duterte gambles Philippines’ security
MANILA, Philippines – In the past month, the public was more likely to see President Rodrigo Duterte in a collared shirt flanked by men in camouflage than in a barong accompanied by Cabinet secretaries. Anyone who has watched his recent public speeches live will notice that most of them were given in the presence of soldiers, inside the covered court of a military camp. From July 21 to August 12, or in less than a month, the President has visited no less than 14 military camps across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Here is a complete list of these camps with the dates of his visit: No other president has dropped in on so many military camps in his first weeks in power. In a previous article , written after his visit to 6 camps, I wrote about what he did and said during these visits. The core of these trips were his speeches, delivered in front of hundreds of soldiers – from scout rangers to navy officers to army medical ... » Learn More about Why has Duterte visited 14 military camps in less than a month?
This story was put together in partnership with The Intercept , which obtained the transcript of President Duterte's April 29 phone conversation with President Trump and shared it with Rappler. MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – While publicly calling on the United States and North Korea to " show restraint ", Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked US President Donald Trump in private to "keep the pressure" on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. In a phone conversation with Trump last April 29 – a transcript of which was obtained by Rappler in cooperation with The Intercept , an award-winning digital magazine that has reported on classified documents – Duterte shared Trump's disdain for Kim. Duterte said Kim is a "madman" who is "laughing always", has a "dangerous toy in his hands", and can only be stopped by China, "the last card" to avert "so much agony and suffering for all mankind." The "confidential" transcript revealed the views of Duterte and ... » Learn More about Duterte told Trump to ‘keep the pressure’ on N. Korea
MANILA, Philippines—While many Filipino presidents’ final few months in office were hounded by the “lame duck” curse, President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have cast the spell out through record-high approval ratings—a feat not seen since polling started in the post-Marcos era. The popularity is surviving widespread criticisms—domestically and internationally—of the way Duterte executes policy, like human rights violations in the bloody anti-drug campaign, his handling of Chinese incursions in West Philippine Sea and his relationship with media among others. As Duterte approaches his final year in office, latest numbers indicated that the President will most likely maintain this popularity, begging the questions: How did he do it? How will this impact the 2022 national elections? Are there any dangers to having a popular president? Record-high numbers In October 2020, Pulse Asia released a survey showing that 91 percent of Filipinos approved of Duterte’s performance in the ... » Learn More about Duterte casts out ‘lame duck’ spell, retains popularity unseen before