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Ousted Thai PM Thaksin slapped with $500 million tax bill

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tax officials, accompanied by police, post the bill on Thaksin's former home in Bangkok, although he has not set foot there for nearly a decade to avoid jail for a graft conviction that he insists is politically motivated

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin slapped with $500 million tax bill

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress. How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Daftar 20 orang terkaya Indonesia versi Forbes

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Bos Microsoft Bill Gates masih menempati peringkat teratas dalam daftar orang terkaya di dunia

Daftar 20 orang terkaya Indonesia versi Forbes

How serious is the Duterte administration about FOI?

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Among the agencies participating in the eFOI program, one agency stands out for being unresponsive to data requests – the Philippine National Police

How serious is the Duterte administration about FOI?

What critics are saying about the new 'Beauty and the Beast'

Mar 17, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Does the live-action version of 'Beauty and the Beast' live up to the hype? Here's what the critics are saying!

What critics are saying about the new 'Beauty and the Beast'

Gov't officials, groups urge passage of FOI law

Mar 17, 2017 - 6:52 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio warns against complacency in the passage of the freedom of information law

Gov't officials, groups urge passage of FOI law

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country, a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

LP not providing replacements for ousted House committee heads

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

LP secretary-general Jose Christopher Belmonte says it is 'heartwarming' that none of the party's lawmakers are willing to take the place of their ousted colleagues

LP not providing replacements for ousted House committee heads

House ousts Arroyo, 11 committee chairpersons

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:37 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez makes good on his threat to remove the key posts of lawmakers who did not vote in favor of the death penalty bill

House ousts Arroyo, 11 committee chairpersons

After 8 months under 17th Congress, Alvarez 'tired, but satisfied'

Mar 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez considers the approval of the death penalty bill as the biggest achievement of the House so far

After 8 months under 17th Congress, Alvarez 'tired, but satisfied'

House leaders vs death penalty to be replaced in May

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) On possibly losing support after the House reorganization, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says, 'Well if I'm burning bridges, then so be it'

House leaders vs death penalty to be replaced in May

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill, but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Kaka Bag-ao, and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Lawmakers give Alvarez ‘full support’ in House reorganization

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Should Speaker Alvarez push through with the replacements, political parties will decide who will be substituting for the positions to be left by lawmakers who voted against the death penalty

Lawmakers give Alvarez ‘full support’ in House reorganization

Senate passes bill on free tuition in state colleges

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

'This passage of the Affordable Higher Education for All Act is a clear message from the Senate to every Filipino that we prioritize education, that we choose to invest, first and foremost, in our students,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

Senate passes bill on free tuition in state colleges

House on fire

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The House leadership disregarded rules and procedures to approve the death penalty bill. With the bill on criminal responsibility on the next agenda, an uprising is inevitable.

House on fire

Free tuition in state colleges: What the bill says

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Here's what you need to know about the tuition-free policy, as proposed in the Senate

Free tuition in state colleges: What the bill says

Duterte gov't unfazed by 'threats' from EU, says Abella

Mar 11, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the European Union doesn't fully understand the Philippine situation

Duterte gov't unfazed by 'threats' from EU, says Abella

Duterte wants rape with homicide in death penalty bill

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'Medyo kulang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, about a death penalty bill that is only limited to drug-related crimes

Duterte wants rape with homicide in death penalty bill

Lagman: Alvarez on 'benevolent retreat' on threat vs House leaders

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as 'simply showing the qualities of a good leader' by reviewing his statement that he would replace anti-death penalty House leaders

Lagman: Alvarez on 'benevolent retreat' on threat vs House leaders

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2017

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted "no" and 3 who voted "yes" to House Bill 4727

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

4 death penalty votes that surprised us

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Some representatives voted contrary to their previous public statements or their party stand. What made them change their mind?

4 death penalty votes that surprised us

Robredo decries 'railroading' of death penalty bill in House

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the death penalty bill was passed swiftly while other important bills continue to languish in the House

Robredo decries 'railroading' of death penalty bill in House

CHR: Approving death penalty 'blatant breach of international law'

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The Commission on Human Rights also says 'jurisprudence on most serious crimes do not include narcotics crimes,' the only offenses retained in the House bill

CHR: Approving death penalty 'blatant breach of international law'

Fariñas: 'No replacements will happen yet' after death penalty vote

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) Several of the 54 lawmakers who voted against House Bill 4727 hold prime posts in the House, including Deputy Speaker Gloria Mapacagal Arroyo

Fariñas: 'No replacements will happen yet' after death penalty vote

Duterte 'thankful' House passed death penalty bill – Alvarez

Mar 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The President, however, hoped plunder and rape remained on the list of crimes punishable with life imprisonment or death, says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Duterte 'thankful' House passed death penalty bill – Alvarez

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 8, 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 8, 2017

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is an 'abhorrent punishment' – Lagman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says of the death penalty: 'It victimizes the poor. It is not the solution to criminality. It is not the answer to poverty and social injustice. It debases the right to life.'

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is an 'abhorrent punishment' – Lagman

FULL TEXT: Essence of Sharia law is preservation of life – Hataman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anak Mindanao Sitti Turabin Hataman: 'Sarili ko pong buhay hindi ko kayang panagutan, I cannot afford, and is most afraid, to be held accountable for another life, even just one life. Thus, I vote No.'

FULL TEXT: Essence of Sharia law is preservation of life – Hataman

FULL TEXT: Party stand trumps conscience vote on death penalty – Salo

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo, a preacher, says he personally opposes the death penalty, but he cast the yes vote of the party he represents

FULL TEXT: Party stand trumps conscience vote on death penalty – Salo

FULL TEXT: Reimposing the death penalty is 'anti-poor' – Zarate

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says criminality stems from a backward society, where only a few and the foreigners decide the affairs

FULL TEXT: Reimposing the death penalty is 'anti-poor' – Zarate

FULL TEXT: Cibac supports death penalty, hopes no wrongful convictions – Tugna

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna says his party approved the death penalty bill 'with an understanding' it will be supported by government's efforts to address corruption in the police and judiciary

FULL TEXT: Cibac supports death penalty, hopes no wrongful convictions – Tugna

FULL TEXT: Death penalty won't address Filipinos' problems – Casilao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao lists 5 reasons why he voted against reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts

FULL TEXT: Death penalty won't address Filipinos' problems – Casilao

FULL TEXT: Drugs bring 'moral decay and fuels crime' – Biazon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Muntinlupa City Ruffy Biazon votes yes: 'The Constitution allows capital punishment for compelling reasons.... The continued proliferation of the illegal drug trade with its devastating effects is a compelling reason.'

FULL TEXT: Drugs bring 'moral decay and fuels crime' – Biazon

FULL TEXT: Death penalty not the solution to fix justice system – Brosas

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas says the possibility is not remote that the death penalty will be used by the state to fabricate charges and manufacture evidence against activists

FULL TEXT: Death penalty not the solution to fix justice system – Brosas

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'tool of state repression' – Castro

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:20 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says House Bill 4727 is anti-poor, prone to abuse, and an ineffective deterrent against criminality

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'tool of state repression' – Castro

FULL TEXT: 'Kill a person and you kill him his other rights' – Roque

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says: 'The right to life is non-derogable, whether in times of peace or in times of war. This right cannot be denied to anyone, regardless of the circumstances.'

FULL TEXT: 'Kill a person and you kill him his other rights' – Roque

FULL TEXT: Death penalty revival puts the poor, OFWs at risk – Bag-ao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao likens her colleagues' 'yes' votes for the death penalty to saying 'yes' to killing of the poor and OFWs on death row

FULL TEXT: Death penalty revival puts the poor, OFWs at risk – Bag-ao

FULL TEXT: Everyone has the right to redemption – Baguilat

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr votes no and asks, 'Ang ipapamana ba natin sa ating mga kababayan ay buhay o kamatayan?'

FULL TEXT: Everyone has the right to redemption – Baguilat

FULL TEXT: 'No crime is worth killing for' – Villarin

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says this is especially true 'when the task of condemning a fellow Filipino to death will be undertaken within the context of a flawed criminal justice system'

FULL TEXT: 'No crime is worth killing for' – Villarin

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'curse' on Filipino Catholics – Atienza

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says that when lawmakers pass laws, they must consider the faith of Filipinos

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'curse' on Filipino Catholics – Atienza

FULL TEXT: 'Flawed' PH justice system at risk of executing innocents – Rocamora

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:30 AM

As a former prosecutor, Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora saw how the Philippine criminal justice system is unfit to handle the reimposition of the capital punishment

FULL TEXT: 'Flawed' PH justice system at risk of executing innocents – Rocamora

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is 'sanitized vengeance' – Alejano

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano votes against the capital punishment because the measure would make the Philippines 'lose our moral and competitive edge'

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is 'sanitized vengeance' – Alejano

FULL TEXT: I resist idea that taxpayers will pay for executions – Belmonte

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:10 AM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte says he 'cannot accept' that the 17th Congress 'would take blood in its own hands'

FULL TEXT: I resist idea that taxpayers will pay for executions – Belmonte

WATCH: House passes death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:03 AM

214 yes, 54 no, 1 abstain – that's how the House of Representatives voted for the death penalty bill

WATCH: House passes death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,' CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill

CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

LIST: How congressmen and women voted on the death penalty bill

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:14 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 217 lawmakers voted in favor of the measure while 54 voted against it and 1 abstained

LIST: How congressmen and women voted on the death penalty bill

Approving death penalty is 'blood in our hands' – lawmakers

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his 'no' vote, saying, 'Imposing the death penalty is allowing state-sponsored killings'

Approving death penalty is 'blood in our hands' – lawmakers

Death for drug convicts: House passes bill on final reading

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) Under the House-approved measure, drug convicts on death row can be executed either through hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection

Death for drug convicts: House passes bill on final reading