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Faeldon’s chief of staff grilled for calling Alvarez an ‘imbecile’

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Lawyer Mandy Mercado Anderson smirks as lawmakers interpellate her over her Facebook post, prompting Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to say, 'You want to be funny? Because I can erase that smirk off your face if you want'

Faeldon’s chief of staff grilled for calling Alvarez an ‘imbecile’

Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Senate is set to constitute a committee of the whole to discuss the controversial tax reform bill with the country's economic managers

Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

House approves government rightsizing bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The proposed measure, one of President Rodrigo Duterte's priority measures in his second SONA, will give retirement benefits and separation incentives to affected employees

House approves government rightsizing bill

Congress eyes charter change working group, won’t wait for Con-Com

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:35 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the technical working group will recommend amendments to the Constitution to pave the way for federalism

Congress eyes charter change working group, won’t wait for Con-Com

Bills vs endo, discrimination, and tax reform top Congress priorities

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Leaders of the 17th Congress also prioritize measures on national land use, government procurement, and creation of the disaster response and management department, which the President mentioned in his SONA

Bills vs endo, discrimination, and tax reform top Congress priorities

Legarda defends Angara over tax reform bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:20 PM

'It's not Sonny's job singly, or it's not his fault at all, that we seem slow. And we are not slow. He's been hearing it,' says Senator Loren Legarda after the President zeroed in on Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Legarda defends Angara over tax reform bill

'Maintain independence,' Nene Pimentel tells senators

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:43 AM

'I would suggest to the Senate – there are 24 sovereignties in the Senate, you cannot dictate to the senators, that's my experience – to act in accordance with their perception of what is best for the people'

'Maintain independence,' Nene Pimentel tells senators

Grieving lawmaker demands Grab, Uber legal accountability

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:09 PM

AKO BICOL Representative Rodel Batocabe lost his nephew two weeks ago in a car crash involving an Uber vehicle in Singapore

Grieving lawmaker demands Grab, Uber legal accountability

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:49 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez's counter-State of the Nation Address is less scathing compared to that of Albay Representative Edcel Lagman

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

Senate OKs bigger motorcycle plates to deter riding-in-tandems

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:42 PM

The proposed Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act seeks to require the LTO to issue bigger and reflectorized license plates

Senate OKs bigger motorcycle plates to deter riding-in-tandems

Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says Juan Ponce Enrile and her brother Bongbong Marcos, both former senators, are similar

Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives would now convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between their versions of the bill

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas grills one of the officials over her ownership of a property, but eventually moves that she be released along with the others

House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

Imee Marcos apologizes to House, Aquino over P100-M bribe claim

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos admits she made the allegation against the Liberal Party and its chairman emeritus, former president Benigno Aquino III, out of 'mere suspicion'

Imee Marcos apologizes to House, Aquino over P100-M bribe claim

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

'I don't see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate,' says pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

SONA 2017: Report to nation or report vs critics?

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:05 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's second SONA ran for about two hours – with a huge chunk of it unscripted

SONA 2017: Report to nation or report vs critics?

Duterte wants Senate to pass tax reform in full, zeroes in on Angara

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The President tells Senator Angara to 'watch out in the elections' after noticing the legislator did not clap on his request for the passage of the tax reform bill

Duterte wants Senate to pass tax reform in full, zeroes in on Angara

Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates in his SONA that the 'essence' of the death penalty is retribution for the victims of heinous crimes

Duterte wants death for drug convicts: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Asked if she will be attending the tobacco funds probe the next day, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says, 'I have no idea. Pine-pray over ko pa'

On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

Death penalty bill still not a Senate priority – Pimentel, Recto

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says 'the most' the Senate can do – as a 'gesture of friendship' to the House which had already passed its version – is to discuss the administration measure

Death penalty bill still not a Senate priority – Pimentel, Recto

Marawi resident claiming martial law abuses 'a voice in the wilderness' – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez claims 90% of Mindanao residents support martial rule in their region

Marawi resident claiming martial law abuses 'a voice in the wilderness' – Alvarez

Senate to prioritize tax reform, charter change

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the chamber will also prioritize the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, anti-terrorism measures, and universal healthcare

Senate to prioritize tax reform, charter change

LIVE: House of Representatives, 2nd regular session 17th Congress opening

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Watch the opening live on Rappler

LIVE: House of Representatives, 2nd regular session 17th Congress opening

LIVE: Senate of the Philippines, 2nd regular session 17th Congress opening

Jul 24, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Watch the opening live on Rappler

LIVE: Senate of the Philippines, 2nd regular session 17th Congress opening

Pangilinan fears nationwide martial law

Jul 23, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Senator Francis Pangilinan maintains the President's grounds for declaring martial law in Mindanao is unconstitutional

Pangilinan fears nationwide martial law

READ: Lawmakers explain votes on Mindanao martial law extension

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:25 AM

How do senators and lawmakers justify their vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31?

READ: Lawmakers explain votes on Mindanao martial law extension

Congress a 'mere echo chamber' after martial law extension – Drilon

Jul 23, 2017 - 6:05 AM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon argues there is no evidence presented to establish the necessity of putting the entire Mindanao under a longer martial rule

Congress a 'mere echo chamber' after martial law extension – Drilon

Martial law has 'no strategic contribution' to anti-terrorism ops – Hontiveros

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:51 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros believes government troops do not need an extended period of martial law to quell the rebel forces in Mindanao

Martial law has 'no strategic contribution' to anti-terrorism ops – Hontiveros

Congress must uphold 'civilian supremacy' over the military – Tinio

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:42 AM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says history has proven that armed rebellion is not the solution to address the problems in Mindanao

Congress must uphold 'civilian supremacy' over the military – Tinio

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:35 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro believes there was no valid ground for the government to declare martial law in Mindanao in the first place

Admin's chosen solution for Marawi crisis 'worse' than its cause – Castro

Marawi siege just 'lawless violence', not actual rebellion – Lagman

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:27 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman maintains President Rodrigo Duterte had no sufficient factual basis in declaring martial law in Mindanao

Marawi siege just 'lawless violence', not actual rebellion – Lagman

By extending martial law, Congress blind from history's lessons – De Jesus

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:19 AM

'Hindi puwedeng magbulag-bulagan ang Kongreso sa kawalan ng mga kongkretong batayan ng rebelyon at threat to public safety,' says Gabriela Represenative Emmi de Jesus as she opposed the martial law extension

By extending martial law, Congress blind from history's lessons – De Jesus

Martial law a 'clear and present danger' to Mindanaoans – Brosas

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:17 AM

'Paano kung gayon magiging lunas ang isang bagay na lalong nagpapalala ng sakit?' asks Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas as she opposed the martial law extension in Mindanao

Martial law a 'clear and present danger' to Mindanaoans – Brosas

Restoring peace in Mindanao a battle for all Filipinos – Tugna

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:13 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna argues the country 'must win at all costs' against the terrorists attacking parts of Mindanao

Restoring peace in Mindanao a battle for all Filipinos – Tugna

'Inhuman' to extend martial law in Mindanao – Zarate

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:11 AM

'Kalabisan ang pagpataw ng martial law,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate as he explains his no vote for the extension of the Mindanao martial rule

'Inhuman' to extend martial law in Mindanao – Zarate

Martial law extension may 'normalize authoritarianism' – Belmonte

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:01 AM

'Paano kung masanay tayo?' asks Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte as he warned against the possible effects of an extended martial law

Martial law extension may 'normalize authoritarianism' – Belmonte

WATCH: Congress agrees to extend martial law in Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The overwhelming vote for the extension is not surprising, as President Duterte counts majority of lawmakers as allies. Mara Cepeda files this report.

WATCH: Congress agrees to extend martial law in Mindanao

LIST: How the 17th Congress voted on the martial law extension

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:20 PM

A total of 261 lawmakers voted in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao, 18 voted against it, and zero abstained

LIST: How the 17th Congress voted on the martial law extension

Congress extends martial law to December 31

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lawmakers vote 261-18 to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao

Congress extends martial law to December 31

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Samira Gutoc-Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations, unburied bodies, and a Muslim woman who stripped off her clothes in an evacuation center after suffering a mental breakdown

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) The administrator of martial law in Mindanao assures lawmakers that there is no plan to expand martial rule to Luzon and Visayas

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Congress passes 3 out of 12 bills in Duterte's 1st SONA

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:36 AM

These 3 bills still await President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

Congress passes 3 out of 12 bills in Duterte's 1st SONA

WATCH: Congress joint session on martial law in Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Watch the special session of both branches of Congress live

WATCH: Congress joint session on martial law in Mindanao

LP lawmakers call for thorough debate on martial law extension

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:24 PM

LP legislators promise to properly assess whether or not Congress should grant President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year

LP lawmakers call for thorough debate on martial law extension

Duterte wants martial law extension over ‘evolving’ urban warfare

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:01 PM

In his letter to Congress, President Rodrigo Duterte says the government is not yet capable of neutralizing well-equipped terrorists in Marawi by July 22

Duterte wants martial law extension over ‘evolving’ urban warfare

READ: Duterte's letter to Congress asking for martial law extension

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sends his letter to Congress on July 18 – 4 days before his martial law declaration in Mindanao expires

READ: Duterte's letter to Congress asking for martial law extension

Lawmakers scramble to resolve Uber, Grab dilemma

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:15 PM

At least 3 bills are filed in the House of Representatives and the Senate seeking to make ride-hailing services as an alternative public transport mode

Lawmakers scramble to resolve Uber, Grab dilemma

IN PHOTOS: Preparations for Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Repairs are underway at the Batasang Pambansa, where President Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering his speech on July 24

IN PHOTOS: Preparations for Duterte's SONA 2017

Rudy Fariñas, boss in the House

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The Ilocos Norte politician makes things work in a chamber of sometimes unruly lawmakers

Rudy Fariñas, boss in the House