MARTIAL LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte warns about martial law in Mindanao during a speech on May 19, 2017, at the 33rd Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary National Convention in Davao City. Malacañang file photo ‘If I declare martial law in Mindanao, I will solve all that ails the island,’ President Rodrigo Duterte said 4 days before placing the island group under military rule
MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2017) — Four days before declaring martial law in Mindanao due to a terror attack, President Rodrigo Duterte again raised the prospect of military rule in this southern Philippine island group.
Continue reading Martial law in Mindanao: Duterte’s warning fulfilled Image by Rappler.com Social media erupts after the Philippine government announces that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday, May 23, prompted by the attack of the Maute Group in Marawi City.
Continue reading Netizens terrified or trusting of martial law in Mindanao MARAWI BURNING. At least 3 separate fires broke out in the city on May 23, 2017, as the gun battle rages between the military and the Maute Group. Photo from @attysamina President Rodrigo Duterte cuts short his trip to Russia, as Maute Group members attack Marawi City in Mindanao
MOSCOW, Russia (May 24, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the island of Mindanao following the attack of the Maute Group in Marawi City.
Continue reading Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao POLICE CAR? An ISIS black flag is seen atop what appears to be a police car taken by the Maute Group. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman 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
MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2017) — Residents of Marawi City were jolted by loud explosions Tuesday afternoon, May 23, when clashes erupted between the military and local terrorist groups.
Continue reading TIMELINE: Marawi clashes prompt martial law in all of Mindanao SECOND LOSS TO CA. Former environment secretary Gina Lopez is the second Duterte Cabinet official to be rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Malacañang file photo ‘Sayang si Gina. I really like her passion,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte after losing Gina Lopez as a Cabinet member
MANILA, Philippines (May 4, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, May 4, attributed the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Gina Lopez as environment chief to the persuasive power of “lobby money.”
Continue reading Duterte on CA votes vs Gina Lopez: ‘Lobby money talks’ DSWD AID. The Department of Social Welfare and Development sets up tents outside the Batangas Provincial Capitol to serve as temporary shelter for evacuees. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler ‘I have personally ordered that relief operations be undertaken immediately to restore normalcy to the affected areas as soon as possible,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 10, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte assured residents of earthquake-hit Batangas that the government is “on top of the situation,” as he prepared to leave for a week-long trip to the Middle East.
Continue reading Duterte vows swift aid for earthquake-hit Batangas Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. Image by Rappler.com ‘By ratifying the Paris Agreement, we will be able to maximize our climate adaptation and mitigation efforts to protect the Filipino people,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez
MANILA, Philippines (Mar 2, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Wednesday, March 1, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Continue reading Lopez: Paris deal will bring ‘silver lining of hope’ to next generation ROAD TO RATIFICATION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Climate Change Commission Board Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañang on January 31, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo The President agrees to sign the Paris climate pact after being assured that the country’s Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution can still be revised
MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to sign the Paris climate deal after being assured that the ambitious contribution submitted by the Philippines to the United Nations under the deal can still be revised.
Continue reading Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Climate Change Commission Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo The Office of the President submits the signed ‘Instrument of Accession’ to the Senate for concurrence on Wednesday, March 1
MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — Despite his misgivings, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Continue reading Duterte signs Paris climate deal GOOD BALANCE. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says Cabinet members should strive to work as a team. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler ‘You have to have an approach that is very balanced, that is very deliberate, that is very rational, that is science-based,’ Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says of heading a government department
MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 28, 2017) — As Environment Secretary Gina Lopez prepares to go through the Commission on Appointments wringer, a senior Cabinet official indirectly reminded her that leading a government agency is not the same as waging a crusade.
Continue reading Dominguez on Lopez: Being a secretary not like being a crusader