For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday (July 26) the battle against narcotics is far from over, more than five years after he began a brutal war on drugs that has killed thousands and prompted an accusation of possible crimes against humanity. Duterte, in his last State of the Nation address, defended the campaign, saying it had brought down crime and improved peace and order. "We still have long way in our fight against the proliferation of drugs," Duterte said in his nearly three-hour address, which many had expected would focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. Duterte, 76, is not eligible for re-election, but has hinted he may run for vice-president, which critics see as a possible backdoor to a return to power. Before his address, hundreds of activists took the streets of Manila despite the threat of the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, carrying banners criticising Duterte's rights record and his handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Last month, ... » Learn More about Philippines’ Duterte taunts ICC, saying war on drugs far from over
The Commission on Elections' (Comelec) Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) is offering several online services to registered overseas voters, those with deactivated voter's registration, and first-time registrants for the 2022 Philippine elections. The online services only include applications which do not require live capture of the applicants’ biometric data. As per Comelec Resolution No. 10709 , registrants and those with deactivated voter's registration can avail of these transactions virtually: Certification as overseas voter, for those with existing voting records Reactivation of overseas voter registration records Updating of addresses and contact information Transfer of voting records between different international locations (country to country), and from overseas to the Philippines As first-time registration requires the capturing of biometrics, this would still need to be done in the foreign posts, like Philippine consulates and ... » Learn More about Comelec offers online services to overseas voters
Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for over four years after she led a Senate investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war, has declared her bid to seek reelection in the 2022 elections. In a scathing letter addressed to Duterte ahead of his final State of the Nation Address, De Lima said she would not be cowed by the attacks from the President himself and would continue the fight in 2022 – even if that meant running a campaign from her detention cell in Camp Crame. “Marami ang nagtatanong sa akin kung sa kabila ng pagyurak na ginawa mo sa akin ay may lakas pa ako ng loob na tumakbo muli bilang senador sa 2022. Tatakbo akong muli. Hindi ako susuko. Tuloy ang laban,” said De Lima. (Many are asking if I still have the will to run for senator in 2022 even if you have trampled upon me. I am running again. I will not give up. The fight continues.) A lawyer and human rights activist, De Lima used to chair the Commission on Human ... » Learn More about ‘Tuloy ang laban’: De Lima declares bid for Senate reelection
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?
Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III see themselves as “alternative” candidates in the 2022 elections, saying they are neither opposition nor administration bets. “We can provide a good alternative. We’re not pro-opposition, we’re not pro-administration. We’re pro-Filipino,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in an online press briefing with Senate reporters on Thursday, July 22. While supportive of the administration, Sotto and Lacson have gone against the government on several occasions, namely the handling of the pandemic , the assertion of the Philippines' rights over the West Philippine Sea, and the anti-drug campaign. Sotto was asked why he and Lacson decided to run for 2022 – a decision which they have all but officially confirmed together with a matching lineup of senatorial candidates. Sotto is the chairman of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), while Lacson is an independent candidate. Lacson has not been adopted by ... » Learn More about Lacson-Sotto want to be your ‘alternative’ candidates for 2022
The group of women from various sectors nationwide who had supported Leni Robredo’s vice presidential bid in 2016 is now mobilizing for her potential presidential bid in 2022. The Women for Leni movement is organizing an online event entitled “Kababaihan, Magkaisa! Women for Leni Launch” on Saturday, July 24, to convince Robredo to aim for Malacañang in the 2022 polls. The Women for Leni group was initially created during the 2016 campaign to support the vice presidential campaign of the then-Camarines Sur congresswoman, the underdog in the race who later defeated five incumbent male senators. Robredo has not yet decided on whether to run for president in 2022, given her low survey numbers so far and the persistent attacks from the Duterte machinery these past five years, among other considerations. Rappler sources privy to Robredo’s discernment process said that she wants at least a fighting chance before gunning for the presidency in 2022. Her ... » Learn More about Women’s group to back Robredo’s potential presidential run
Subscribe to Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories podcast on Spotify , Apple Podcasts , and Anchor . May gulong nagaganap sa loob ng Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), ang ruling party ng bansa, sa pagitan ni Senator Manny Pacquiao at ang chairman nitong si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte. Pinatalsik ng paksiyon ni Duterte si Pacquiao mula sa kanyang posisyon bilang pangulo ng partido. Minaliit naman ni Duterte si Senator Koko Pimentel, ang executive vice chairperson ng PDP-Laban at anak ng yumaong dating senador na si Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., isa sa mga nagtaguyod ng partido. Sa podcast episode na ito, tatalakayin nina Rappler senior campaign reporters na sina Pia Ranada at Camille Elemia at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan kung paano nga ba nagsimula ang away sa loob ng PDP-Laban. Ayon kay Ranada, maaaring ang gulo ay ayon sa kagustuhan ni Duterte: The more I cover and listen to the officials who are involved ... » Learn More about [PODCAST] Beyond the Stories: Gulo sa PDP-Laban
MANILA, Philippines – Rodrigo Duterte revealed more details of his most famous campaign promise : to suppress crime, drugs, and corruption in government in 3 to 6 months. During an interview with media on Thursday, April 14, in Lipa City, he was asked what his first executive order as president will be. “I will raise the level of the drug threat into a national security issue,” he said. “I need two divisions sa army, ranger-trained. I need 3,000 policemen. And ‘ pag na-position ko sila (when I position them), I will ask the military and the police to go after the criminals and the druglords and my order is, if they would resist with violence, kill them,” he elaborated. He also plans to implement Davao City’s world-class 911 emergency response center on a national scale by upgrading the equipment used for law enforcement and response. (READ: Duterte, Cayetano platform focuses on crime, economy ) “ Because it’s direkta, ‘911,’ you ... » Learn More about Duterte bares details of 3-to-6-month anti-crime plan
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will prohibit public displays of affection (PDA) by politicians once they kickstart in-person campaigns for the 2022 polls. In a webinar hosted by the House of Representatives people’s participation panel, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said some habits of politicians in past elections must be forbidden amid the enduring threat of COVID-19. “Where public displays of affection used to be part of the whole idea of campaigning – politicians go out to shake hands and kiss babies – you’re not going to be able to do it anymore,” Jimenez said on Tuesday, July 13. “That will certainly be a very risky behavior, and yes, that qualifies as a public display of affection. That will have to be strictly regulated,” he added. The Comelec has been eyeing to release formal guidelines on campaigning before the last quarter of 2021, but Jimenez’s remarks on Tuesday offered a glimpse of what the campaign season would look like. ... » Learn More about Comelec warns 2022 bets: No PDA during campaigns