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.

Aug 2017
PHILIPPINES 02:38pm, Aug 18, 2017
Taguiwalo to CA: Why no explanation for rejection?

MANILA, Philippines – Former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo said she would have appreciated a clear explanation from members of the Commission on Appointments who rejected her ...

PHILIPPINES 09:33am, Aug 18, 2017
Duterte refused one-on-one with Taguiwalo on eve of CA rejection

MANILA, Philippines – After her one year of service in the Cabinet, outgoing Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo said she felt bad about not meeting ...

PHILIPPINES 05:26pm, Aug 17, 2017
IN PHOTOS: Judy Taguiwalo during crisis situations

MANILA, Philippines – “I have served the people well and I gave my all, and I’m proud to say that my integrity is intact.” This was how former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo reacted to the ...

PHILIPPINES 04:20pm, Aug 16, 2017
Taguiwalo: CA rejection due to my fight vs pork barrel, tax reform

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo had expected that the Commission on Appointments (CA) will reject her ad interim ...

PHILIPPINES 01:45pm, Aug 16, 2017
CA rejects Taguiwalo as DSWD chief

Editors' Note: In relation to this report, Rappler apologizes for mistakenly publishing the draft of a story – "Duterte to appoint Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as DSWD chief" – that was still being ...

PHILIPPINES 04:53pm, Aug 15, 2017
ASEAN countries urged to boost spending on social protection

MANILA, Philippines – Civil society organizations (CSOs) from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have come together to push their respective governments to ...

PHILIPPINES 07:58pm, Aug 14, 2017
Gov’t workers hail Senate passage of ILO convention

MANILA, Philippines – Government employees applauded the Senate’s ratification of the 3-decade old convention that aims to protect their rights, seeing this as the key to further their campaign ...

PHILIPPINES 12:30pm, Aug 13, 2017
P156-M allotted to curb malnutrition among Moro kids

MANILA, Philippines – Budget allocation for the nutrition program intended for children in the Bangsamoro areas have been doubled in 2018. Under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s ...

IN-DEPTH 10:00am, Aug 12, 2017
How Duterte gov’t plans to bring OFWs back home

MANILA, Philippines – In the past year, President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has stayed true to its promise of giving attention to the needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Thousands of ...

PHILIPPINES 07:00pm, Aug 09, 2017
P1 billion aligned for poor families to be hit by proposed tax reform – DSWD

MANILA, Philippines – Anticipating the effects of the proposed tax reform package of the Duterte administration, P1.184 billion of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) proposed ...