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Drilon to Senate majority: Be impartial in probe into Kian's death

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:04 PM

While the majority bloc's move was 'late,' opposition senators still welcome their move to investigate the drug-related killings under President Rodrigo Duterte

Drilon to Senate majority: Be impartial in probe into Kian's death

Hontiveros grants protection to witnesses in killing of 17-year-old boy

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:54 PM

The witnesses are ready to face the Senate should there be an investigation, says Senator Risa Hontiveros

Hontiveros grants protection to witnesses in killing of 17-year-old boy

Lawmaker slams police for lenience in 'big fish cases'

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento cites the P6.4-billion worth drugs smuggled from China and a drug lab in his home province

Lawmaker slams police for lenience in 'big fish cases'

Lawmakers question absence of Cuy, Dela Rosa from DILG budget hearing

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:45 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa miss the hearing at the House as they accompany President Rodrigo Duterte to Ozamiz City

Lawmakers question absence of Cuy, Dela Rosa from DILG budget hearing

Drilon asks Aguirre: Why only 37 cases out of 4,000 killings?

Aug 17, 2017 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dismal [performance]. Well, it's a part of the culture of impunity,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on the Department of Justice's work on drug-related killings

Drilon asks Aguirre: Why only 37 cases out of 4,000 killings?

Trillanes wants Davao councilor summoned to P6.4-B shabu probe

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:05 PM

'Why would a councilor from Davao City be dealing with some brokers? And this Small Abellera is known in Davao City to be very close to Paolo Duterte,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Trillanes wants Davao councilor summoned to P6.4-B shabu probe

Uber asks LTFRB to change suspension to fine

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will need one more week to hear the new request. In the meantime, Uber remains suspended.

Uber asks LTFRB to change suspension to fine

Drilon hits Pernia for saying criticism vs Duterte a risk to economy

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'So we cannot criticize [the administration] because we will be considered as causing disunity to the nation?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Drilon hits Pernia for saying criticism vs Duterte a risk to economy

Gordon seeks HDO vs Kenneth Dong, 8 others in shabu probe

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon also wants Chinese nationals Richard Tan and Manny Li to remain under Senate custody

Gordon seeks HDO vs Kenneth Dong, 8 others in shabu probe

Trillanes, Faeldon face off in Senate probe into smuggled shabu

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon initially refuses to answer questions of his former comrade, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, on the existence of corruption in his agency

Trillanes, Faeldon face off in Senate probe into smuggled shabu

Public to 'suffer' from 'cruel' suspension of Uber – senators

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'It does not solve the problem, but further exacerbates the problem of having an utter lack of safe, reliable, and convenient transportation options for our people,' says Senator Grace Poe

Public to 'suffer' from 'cruel' suspension of Uber – senators

Senate approves bill prohibiting expiry dates on gift certificates

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Excluded from the bill's coverage are gift checks issued to customers 'under loyalty, rewards or promotional programs,' coupons, and vouchers

Senate approves bill prohibiting expiry dates on gift certificates

Pimentel admits Congress to blame for waste of money

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:52 PM

'Tama po 'iyon nagiging wasteful tayo dun because mabagal din ang kilos namin, so meron din kaming kasalanan dun,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Pimentel admits Congress to blame for waste of money

Senate approves ILO treaty on government workers' protection

Aug 14, 2017 - 4:43 PM

This makes the Philippines the first Asian country to ratify the Convention, which guarantees public workers' rights to organize and negotiate employment terms

Senate approves ILO treaty on government workers' protection

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The bill also seeks to limit the marketing, sale, and distribution of the product, allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

CHED asked to consider requiring financially able students to pay tuition

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman argues the free tuition law is 'social justice legislation' that must benefit who it is intended for – the poor

CHED asked to consider requiring financially able students to pay tuition

Student applicants to pay for mandatory drug tests – CHED

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Under CHED's new order, student applicants would have to shoulder their drug testing cost should the university they're applying for include it in the admission requirements

Student applicants to pay for mandatory drug tests – CHED

Senate creates special committee on Marawi rehabilitation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The ad hoc committee will have jurisdiction over all matters directly and principally relating to the reconstruction of the capital city of Lanao del Sur

Senate creates special committee on Marawi rehabilitation

Senate cites 2 Chinese in contempt for links to P6.4-B shabu

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Richard Tan and Manny Li, the alleged shipper and middleman in the case involving P6.4 billion worth of shabu, are 'evasive' and inconsistent during a Senate hearing

Senate cites 2 Chinese in contempt for links to P6.4-B shabu

Escudero hits BOC for 'slow' response to smuggled shabu

Aug 09, 2017 - 4:20 PM

'[Kapag] gramo ng shabu nanlalaban parati, pinapatay. Ito, P6.4 billion worth na, sobrang ingat 'nyo,' says Senator Francis Escudero, questioning why charges have yet to be filed

Escudero hits BOC for 'slow' response to smuggled shabu

After 'dental emergency,' Faeldon skips Senate probe due to confinement

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says he has been confined at the Manila East Medical Center since Tuesday, August 8, due to 'hypertension' and 'acute coronary syndrome'

After 'dental emergency,' Faeldon skips Senate probe due to confinement

Senators admit links to 'middleman' in P6.4-B shabu shipment

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Alleged middleman Kenneth Dong was a campaign donor of Villanueva, while Recto, Hontiveros, Zubiri, and Pangilinan were his wedding sponsors

Senators admit links to 'middleman' in P6.4-B shabu shipment

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

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

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

Kabayan moves to oust Harry Roque again

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The party files a petition before the Commission on Elections and an ethics complaint before the House of Representatives

Kabayan moves to oust Harry Roque again

Duterte first told Congress leaders about Bautista's alleged corruption

Aug 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be 'agonizing' over what to do with the information against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

Duterte first told Congress leaders about Bautista's alleged corruption

Bautista's alleged corruption casts doubt on 2016 poll results – senators

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Senate is set to investigate the issue hounding Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista

Bautista's alleged corruption casts doubt on 2016 poll results – senators

'Bulakbol,' rich? No free tuition for 'undeserving' college students – Lacson

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson calls for the removal of pork barrel from the 2018 budget to fund free college tuition in state universities and colleges

'Bulakbol,' rich? No free tuition for 'undeserving' college students – Lacson

Taxi operators: Asking for higher fares is like Uber, Grab surge pricing

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

'Pagka ang pasahero magpapahatid sa lugar na matraffic, malulugi 'yung driver,' says the head of the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association

Taxi operators: Asking for higher fares is like Uber, Grab surge pricing

Uber to LTFRB: Don't impose ancient rules on technological innovations

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'What we are asking for is the right regulation and right process. We cannot impose 1900s level of regulation,' says Uber's Yves Gonzalez

Uber to LTFRB: Don't impose ancient rules on technological innovations

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

'Minahalan mo sasakyan, 'di inayos mass transit, kawawa dito commuters natin,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

LTFRB 'shocked' that Uber, Grab have over 100,000 drivers

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Uber tells lawmakers in a House hearing that it has more than 66,000 drivers, while Grab says it has over 52,000

LTFRB 'shocked' that Uber, Grab have over 100,000 drivers

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

'The President accepted that the Senate will retain flexibility insofar as finally deciding the amounts of taxes,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says after legislators' 3-hour meeting with the Chief Executive

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an 'investment for the future' and not an expense

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

House panel OKs bill requiring hospitals to release cadavers within 24 hours

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

House Muslim affairs committee chairperson Mauyag Papandayan Jr says the bill aims to respect the religious practices of the deceased

House panel OKs bill requiring hospitals to release cadavers within 24 hours

Duterte warns Congress about 'new' ISIS plots in Mindanao

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:24 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte has also requested additional 20,000 soldiers in Mindanao

Duterte warns Congress about 'new' ISIS plots in Mindanao

Senate takes custody of customs broker linked to shabu shipment

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon says it is necessary to give Mark Ruben Taguba security after the latter tags officials in an executive session

Senate takes custody of customs broker linked to shabu shipment

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 23-29, 2017

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 23-29, 2017

House approval of P3.8-T 2018 budget eyed mid-September

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:30 AM

First to defend their proposed budget before lawmakers are the DBM, NEDA, DOF, and BSP

House approval of P3.8-T 2018 budget eyed mid-September

Alvarez getting back at customs official for not promoting unqualified employee?

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'Pinatawag po ako sa opisina niya. Pinagalitan po ako [ni Speaker],' recalls Mandy Anderson, chief of staff of BOC chief Nicanor Faeldon

Alvarez getting back at customs official for not promoting unqualified employee?

Poe bill seeks to allow dual citizen appointees in UP, SUCs

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:37 PM

If amended, the law would enable Filipino professors and experts of foreign citizenship to return home 'and impart their hard-earned wisdom,' says Senator Grace Poe

Poe bill seeks to allow dual citizen appointees in UP, SUCs

Senators set to grill gov't agencies on underspending

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the issue of government underspending is crucial in the Senate debates on the tax reform bill

Senators set to grill gov't agencies on underspending

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