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Rahul Gandhi extends family grip on India's Congress party

Dec 16, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Rahul Gandhi will confront his first test as Congress leader this week when election results emerge from Gujarat, premier Narendra Modi's home state, which the Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled for over two decades

HIS TURN. In this file photo, now President of the Indian National Congress party Rahul Gandhi (center), waves while being garlanded during a political rally November 11, 2017. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

[OPINION | Newspoint] Lucky and dangerous

Dec 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

So, how far has Rodrigo Duterte taken us down the road to authoritarianism?

House of Representatives boasts 2,100 measures processed since June 2016

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The list includes 29 bills passed into law

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE. Members of the 17th Congress gather at the House plenary hall on December 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

62% of 2017 endo targets completed – DOLE

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:21 PM

There are an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees nationwide

ANTI-ENDO. There is an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees in the Philippines. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Aquino hits Topacio over plunder claims in Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio can be sued for slander for making accusations without evidence

Noynoy Aquino defends rush in buying dengue vaccine

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The choice was simple: we can implement at this point in time to afford the protection or wait at least a year minimum and expose our people to a risk that could be prevented because of this.'

PROBE. Former president Benigno Aquino III (L) attends the Senate hearing on the controversial P3.5-billion worth of dengue vaccine. Beside him is former executive secretary Paquito Ochoa. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Congress 'pressured' Ubial to continue dengue vaccination program

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'During the budget hearing, there was a lot of pressure in Congress to expand it to other parts of the country with higher [cases] of dengue,' says former Health secretary Paulyn Ubial

AT THE BLUE RIBBON PROBE. Former health secretary Paulyn Ubial at the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine, December 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Confident' Aquino faces Senate probe into dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

'It's incumbent upon me as a citizen to try and allay certain fears; to put it in proper perspective,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

South African court blasts Jacob Zuma over graft inquiry report

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:43 PM

The High Court in the South African capital of Pretoria orders Zuma to appoint within 30 days a judicial inquiry into the allegations that have hung over him and his associates

REPRIMANDED. This file photo taken on July 5, 2017 shows South African President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech during a closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ AFP

1st package of tax reform bill now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:15 PM

If the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipinos will have higher take-home pay but will have to shell out more for fuel, cars, tobacco, and sugar-sweetened drinks

Martial law extension, 2018 budget, Duterte extends Dela Rosa as PNP Chief | Evening wRap

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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Senators slam sudden insertion on coal taxes after bicam deal

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:23 PM

There are two different versions of the bicameral conference committee report being circulated to lawmakers, says Senator Villanueva

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aquino, Abad, Ochoa to face Senate probe into dengue vaccine

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:08 PM

'I hope that my appearing will promote a more sober discussion leading to the formulation of appropriate actions,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

PROBE. Former president Benigno Aquino III is set to attend the Senate investigation into the controversial dengue vaccine. File photo from Malacañang

Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted

Malacañang urges Filipinos to support martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We ask the public to stand behind the administration and rally behind our defenders to quell the continuing rebellion in Mindanao,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Congress extends martial law in Mindanao to end of 2018

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:28 PM

After 4 hours of deliberations, lawmakers grant the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year to 'totally eradicate' Islamic State-inspired terror groups

EXTENDED AGAIN. The 17th Congress further extends the declaration of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Other presidents did not declare martial law despite rebellion – Pangilinan

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

In response, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says President Rodrigo Duterte is different from his predecessors, and 'what we have on hand is the 2017 situation'

File photo

Thin crowd of protesters mobilize as Congress tackles martial law extension

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Less than 50 protesters from Akbayan party list assemble as Congress begins deliberations on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Later in the day, the other faction of the Philippine left gathers about a hundred members, to hold its own protest

PROTESTERS. A thin crowd of protesters assemble at the gate of the House of Representatives to extend martial law in Mindanao. Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Drilon: Martial law extension 'prelude' to PH-wide declaration?

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra does not discount the possibility, saying it will all depend on 'factual circumstances' as defined by the 1987 Constitution

 File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law

Trump slams harassment accusers, attacks senator in crude tweet

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

So far, more than 100 members of Congress have called for a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, during a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 12, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Congress ratifies P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Funds for anti-drug campaigns – the DILG's Masa Masid and the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel – are scrapped

Congress restores P50B, gives P11B more to DPWH amid right-of-way issue

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda has so far failed to justify the P11 billion additional funds, but promises to give a detailed list of projects next week

Duterte on martial law extension, Dela Rosa on Carpio, Ongpin case | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:58 PM

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Psychological effect on AFP? Senators slam reason for martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Minority senators say this is not a constitutional basis to extend martial law for another year, saying it is not among the conditions set in the 1987 Constitution

CANCELLED VISIT. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks to troops at the 103rd Brigade headquarters in Marawi City. File photo

Malacañang confident Congress will OK martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:18 PM

'We see no reason why Congress will not give its usual support to this initiative of the Chief Executive,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the troops during the presentation of command and honors during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change of Command Ceremony at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on October 26, 2017. Joining the President on stage are Former President Fidel V. Ramos, outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Former President and Incumbent Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Arroyo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañan Photo

Higher take-home pay but pricier cars, fuel, tobacco by 2018

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify their reconciled version on Tuesday, December 12, before sending it to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The announcement caps years of speculation that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty would take over from his 71-year-old mother Sonia who has led the party for nearly two decades

THE FAMILY. This combination of file pictures created shows (from left) the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru in India in 1946; Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India, in November 1971; her son Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India, in New Delhi on May 20, 1991; his wife Sonia Gandhi, long-time president of India's Congress Party, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013; and Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi, Indian Congress Party leader, in Ghaziabad on February 8, 2017. AFP

Senate approves bill requiring 100% service charge be given to employees

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The measure, however, does not mandate the collection of service charge to 'avoid interference' with the management's right to exercise discretion in their operations

Senate approves highest civilian award for Miriam Santiago

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:35 PM

'Bestowing [the Quezon Service Cross] award enables her to live on as our country's north star, inspiring future generations to love the nation,' says Senator Grace Poe

SHE'S BACK. Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago is back on the campaign trail after a month-long absence because of her participation in a drug trial. Photo from MDS Media Bureau

Bayan Muna warns of graft, corruption if martial law extended

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'The mentioned reasons in [the President's] letter do not warrant an extension of martial law as the same can be addressed by normal police and military powers,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

PHOTO BY SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Congress to hold joint session on martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives will tackle the request of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, December 13

EXTENSION. Congress is set to hold a joint session to discuss the proposed one-year martial law extension in Mindanao. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rapple

'Mas masaya': Pacquiao favors martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) But Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon opposes it saying it is unconstitutional and has no factual basis

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The extension is needed for the 'total eradication' of ISIS-inspired terror groups and 'communist terrorists,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Lagman on Duterte's martial law extension: violation of Constitution

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman argues there's no more basis for an extension of martial law in Mindanao

CITY IN RUIN. Months of fighting leaves parts of the city in ruin. Rappler photo

Duterte to ask Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 10, 2017 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte once again wants martial law in Mindanao extended

President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov't shutdown

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:33 AM

President Donald Trump will need to work with Democrats and his fellow Republicans in the coming weeks to thrash out a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that earns the support of lawmakers battling over policy and spending priorities

BUDGET. The United States Congress passes a funding stopgap measure that averts a government shutdown. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

House, Senate panel raises tax-free 13th month pay to P90K

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

This is not yet final, as the House and the Senate have to first approve the bicam version of the tax reform bill before it can be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte

'Very strong lobby' vs cosmetic surgery tax in bicam, says Drilon

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:49 PM

The bicameral conference committee on the proposed tax reform bill is yet to finalize the issue, which is only present in the Senate version

House, Senate panel OK lower estate taxes to help grieving families

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The bicameral conference committee has agreed to tax-exempt family homes valued at P10 million and below, from the existing P1 million

Photo from Senator Angara's staff

Bautista no-show at Senate probe into alleged ill-gotten wealth

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:55 AM

'We can issue a subpoena so that he will be compelled to attend,' says Senate banks committee chair Francis Escudero

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Senate, House 'resolve impasse' over 2018 budget

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Among the most contentious differences between the two chambers' versions is a P50-billion cut in the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways

BICAM. Members of the House and Senate meet as the budget bicameral conference convenes. Rappler file photo

Senate to pass national ID system bill by early 2018

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon allays fears that the national ID system would compromise citizens' right to privacy

NATIONAL ID. The Senate eyes the passage of the National ID System bill by early 2018. Illustration by Nina Martinez

Trump denies asking FBI to drop Flynn probe

Dec 03, 2017 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump still insists he and his campaign did not collude with Moscow during the 2016 elections

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 06, 2017 shows National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) upon arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to visit the US Central Command and Specials Operations Command.  The White House announced February 13, 2017 that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump's national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow. In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump's inauguration: "I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador." / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Senators condemn killing of university president in CDO

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, who hails from the city, calls for swift justice for the killing of University of Science and Technology of Souther Philippines president Dr Ricardo Rotoras

JUSTICE. Senators seek swift justice for the killing of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

House, Senate agree to tax-exempt P250k annual income starting 2018

Dec 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The income tax scheme for 2019 onwards is yet to be finalized

BICAM. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara discloses what the bicameral conference committee has decided so far over the contesting provisions in the tax reform bill. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Alvarez to Senate: Restore P50B or we have reenacted budget for 2018

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:33 PM

It means huge funds will be available for no specific programs, making the budget vulnerable to misuse and corruption

TAKE BACK. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said they will take a hard stance their version of the 2018 national budget. Rappler File Photo

Senate, House begin 'difficult' task of finalizing tax reform bill

Dec 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Congress has only 6 session days left to approve the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which is eyed for implementation on January 1, 2018

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Lacson stands by P50-B DPWH budget cut amid House, Villar outcry

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:43 PM

'I am very confident that I can justify the cut that I proposed and which was approved in plenary. I just hope we will stick to the issue at hand instead of misleading the public,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson