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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

FULL TEXT: ‘We must exceed the standard we set' – Pimentel

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Senate President talks about an agenda that will, among others, ease the burden of working and middle class Filipinos

FULL TEXT: ‘We must exceed the standard we set' – Pimentel

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: 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

Robredo wants gov’t attention on martial law abuse claims

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:39 AM

With the 5-month extension of martial law in Mindanao, safeguards should be put in place to deter human rights violations, says Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo wants gov’t attention on martial law abuse claims

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’

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

Aquino, Trump Jr, McCain | Midday wRap

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Aquino, Trump Jr, McCain | Midday wRap

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

Trump son to testify before U.S. Senate panel

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:37 AM

It put Trump's son and son-in-law at the center of a burgeoning scandal involving multiple US investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow in its efforts to tilt the 2016 election

Trump son to testify before U.S. Senate panel

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

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request. This session will be on Saturday, July 22.

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

Duterte to meet lawmakers before martial law expires

Jul 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The agenda is expected to include martial law in Mindanao and the newly drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law

Duterte to meet lawmakers before martial law expires

'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, sums up the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos with the favorite expletive of the Chief Executive who had ordered it

'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos

Bam Aquino to LTFRB: Work with Uber, Grab on reasonable standards

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV pushes for the proposed Rideshare Support Company Act which seeks to encourage 'new, affordable, and safe transportation options'

Bam Aquino to LTFRB: Work with Uber, Grab on reasonable standards

LIVE: Senate hearing on tax reform, 12 July 2017

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on tax reform, 12 July 2017

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day, experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 10, 2017

#AnimatED: Katiwalian at ang gabundok na toilet paper ng Senado

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kahit mag-UNLI session ang mga senador at kanilang staff sa kubeta ay walang dapat ipangamba dahil may 20,856 rolyo ng toilet paper ang mga kagalang-galang

#AnimatED: Katiwalian at ang gabundok na toilet paper ng Senado

Should Duterte worry about 12-point ratings drop in Mindanao?

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:43 PM

President Duterte's Senate allies say his high ratings in Luzon and the Visayas show staunch support for his martial law declaration in Mindanao

Should Duterte worry about 12-point ratings drop in Mindanao?

10-year jail time for 'Pastor Hokage' FB group members sought

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:54 PM

'These people have no right to enjoy our Internet freedom only to abuse our women and children,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros in pushing for Senate Bill 1251 or the Anti-Gender-Based Electronic Violence bill

10-year jail time for 'Pastor Hokage' FB group members sought

After SC ruling on martial law, Robredo asks Congress to perform constitutional duty

Jul 04, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that after the Supreme Court's ruling on the declaration of martial law, Congress should fulfill its duty to review, on behalf of the people, the declaration of martial law

After SC ruling on martial law, Robredo asks Congress to perform constitutional duty

Senators: No surprises in SC decision upholding martial law

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

With the favorable decision on martial law, administration senators say the government can now focus on clearing operations and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

Senators: No surprises in SC decision upholding martial law

Ejercito wants ethics probe vs Trillanes for calling senators 'puppets'

Jul 04, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Senator JV Ejercito says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is 'becoming damaging to the institution and becoming destructive to the country'

Ejercito wants ethics probe vs Trillanes for calling senators 'puppets'

Need toilet paper? COA says Senate has too many rolls

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:45 PM

It also has too many canisters of insecticide, batteries, and other overstocked supplies, worth a total of around P1.4 million

Need toilet paper? COA says Senate has too many rolls

Macron plans to slash France's MPs by a third

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) In his first address to members of the National Assembly and Senate since his election in May, Macron delivers a US-style state of the nation speech in the Versailles palace

Macron plans to slash France's MPs by a third

Lacson slams Trillanes for calling Senate a 'puppet' of Duterte

Jul 03, 2017 - 3:14 PM

'Itong Senado na dati ay 'yan yung last bastion of democracy eh ngayon, wala na, para na rin kaming mga tuta nitong administrasyon na ito,' says minority Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Lacson slams Trillanes for calling Senate a 'puppet' of Duterte

Pacquiao's Senate duties hurting boxing career – Arum

Jul 02, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Bob Arum does not think the Pacquiao-Horn decision was controversial, arguing it could have gone either way

Pacquiao's Senate duties hurting boxing career – Arum

Senate leaders give Duterte high score in 1st year

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:16 PM

But for minority senators, President Rodrigo Duterte's first year in office was marked by dangerous policies

Senate leaders give Duterte high score in 1st year

Congress not duty-bound to convene on martial law – Calida

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:50 PM

In his response to petitions, Solicitor General Jose Calida says congressional deliberations must be 'free from the public eye and pressure by interested parties'

Congress not duty-bound to convene on martial law – Calida

Republican health plan in peril as 22M set to lose coverage

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) As Democrats have united in opposition to the draft, Republican leaders have struggled to rally enough support from within their ranks to get the bill over the line

Republican health plan in peril as 22M set to lose coverage

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 18-24, 2017

Jun 25, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, June 18-24, 2017

Pimentel, 8 other senators fly to France to strengthen PH-EU ties

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:14 AM

This comes amid President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism of the European Union for criticizing human rights violations and his bloody drug war

Pimentel, 8 other senators fly to France to strengthen PH-EU ties