Patty Pasion

Patty covers the House of Representatives. For the 2016 elections, she has been following the campaign of presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago and running mate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Before joining Rappler as a reporter, she was segment producer and writer for GMA News and Public Affairs. She was part of the network’s investigative arm, the Special Assignments Team, where she reported on development issues of vulnerable sectors, the pork barrel scandal, and other anomalies in government.

Her work as a journalist has allowed her to talk to lawmakers as well as people from all walks of life, among them farmers in Iloilo who are still relying on rainwater for irrigation, and mothers living in far-flung areas who struggle with birthing. This has given her insight into how the interplay of politics and policies affect the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

Patty graduated cum laude with the degree of BA Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

In between thinking of her next story pitch and getting ready for the daily grind, she enjoys being a young homemaker, growing her herb garden and baking cupcakes and cookies.

May 2017
PHILIPPINES 05:03pm, May 25, 2017
Leftist bloc mulls leaving House coalition over martial law

MANILA, Philippines – The left-leaning allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives are “reevaluating” their alliance with the so-called supermajority in the lower chamber in ...

PHILIPPINES 01:23pm, May 21, 2017
Malabon winning the battle against malnutrition

MANILA, Philippines – For years, kids in the city of Malabon have suffered undernourishment. Malabon has consistently ranked second among Metro Manila areas with the highest rates of malnutrition ...

PHILIPPINES 03:22pm, May 19, 2017
Graft charges filed vs DAR chief, exec over Lapanday occupation

MANILA, Philippines – A criminal and administrative complaint was filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and an undersecretary at his department ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15pm, May 18, 2017
Farmers finally occupy parts of Lapanday-managed farm

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – After two failed attempts in April, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has placed the farmers on the Tagum City farm managed by Lapanday Food Corporation (LFC) ...

PHILIPPINES 06:05pm, May 18, 2017
4-day workweek bad for workers' health, productivity – labor group

MANILA, Philippines – The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) warned that a shorter workweek, as proposed in a measure filed at the House of Representatives, could affect the health and productivity of ...

PHILIPPINES 01:40pm, May 18, 2017
Drop in Robredo’s net worth due to Marcos election case

MANILA, Philippines – Expenses in the election case filed by former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr pulled down the net worth of Vice President Leni Robredo, her legal adviser said. “Vice ...

PHILIPPINES 08:00am, May 18, 2017
As ordered by Duterte, DAR to install farmers on Lapanday farm

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano will install on Thursday, May 18, the farmers displaced from their awarded lands on San Isidro Farm in Tagum, Davao ...

PHILIPPINES 01:24pm, May 17, 2017
CA delays Taguiwalo's confirmation hearing

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, May 17, postponed its scheduled hearing on the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as Department of Social Welfare and Development ...

PHILIPPINES 08:00pm, May 16, 2017
Women empowerment not about competing with men – Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday, May 16, emphasized that women empowerment should not be about competing with men. "It's not about drowning out their voice. It is not ...

PHILIPPINES 04:45pm, May 16, 2017
'I am a nun but I am pro-RH law' – Sr Mary John Mananzan

MANILA, Philippines – Activist nun and former St Scholastica's College president Sr Mary John Mananzan does not share the stand of church leaders regarding the country's reproductive health (RH) ...