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A tale of 2 mothers in the Atio Castillo hazing 'coverup'

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:03 PM

After the 2nd Senate hearing, senators and authorities are convinced there was intention to conceal the facts surrounding the death of 22-year-old Horacio Castillo III due to hazing

HAZING. The Senate conducts its second hearing on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III.

US deficit grows to $666 billion as lawmakers eye tax cuts

Oct 21, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Higher outlays for social security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as interest on the public debt all contributed to the rise in outlays

TAX CUTS. US Senate narrowly passes a 2018 federal budget that includes special instructions that allows Trump's party to pass historic tax reforms. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Trillanes files ethics case vs Gordon

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of violation of laws, Senate rules, and the lawyer's code

Senate panel cites Aegis Juris leader in contempt, orders detention

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATE) Senate public order committee chairman Panfilo Lacson directs the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to place Arvin Balag in detention after the hearing

'Tell me what happened,' Atio Castillo's mother asks frat members

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Carmina Castillo looks into the eyes of 6 Aegis Juris fraternity members seated across her and her husband, and tells them to give back Atio's phone, eyeglasses, and watch

Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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P6.4-B shabu’s forwarder claims Gordon making him a scapegoat

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Businessman Richard Tan, also known as Chen Ju Long, hits the draft report prepared by Senator Richard Gordon, tagging him as 'ultimately responsible" for the smuggled drugs

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Lawmakers welcome AFP's killing of Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) With the crisis in Marawi believed to be nearing its end, lawmakers also call for the immediate rehabilitation of the war-torn city

China Communist Party agrees to amend constitution at key conclave

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:18 PM

Analysts speculate that President Xi Jinping's name could be added to the party's constitution, elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders

AMENDMENT. Analysts say the party might add President Xi Jinping's name in the constitution elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders. AFP photo

Majority of Filipinos trust, satisfied with Koko Pimentel – surveys

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:03 PM

A SWS survey shows Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III with a 'personal record high' net satisfaction rating in September

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) President and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III echoes the party's advocacies against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality as well as their advocacy on federalism and environment protection during a press conference with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Senate to realign P900M Tokhang budget to PDEA, housing – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency should prioritize running after big-time suppliers and not drug pushers

No need for an impeachment trial if Bautista resigns – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the legislative work of the body will be affected due to the tight schedule, but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III believes otherwise

File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Opposition senators claim staff, LP emails hacked

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV presents screenshots to show hackers seemingly planting evidence to link the opposition to 'imaginary' destabilization plots

File photo from Senate PRIB

Puerto Rico toll hits 44 as governor asks U.S. Congress for more aid

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:47 AM

With over 5,700 people living in shelters and most of the island still without electricity and running water, the risk posed by contagious diseases is amplified

A man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

In Senate debate, DILG vows to 'drop' drop boxes for drug reporting

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is keen on taking the suggestion of Senator Risa Hontiveros to realign the P500-million budget of the Masa Masid program to existing local anti-drug and peace councils

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Senate allows public release of Solano testimony in executive session

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Senate votes unanimously to release the testimony of John Paul Solano, one of the suspects in the killing of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

HAZING. John Paul Solano during a Senate hearing on the death of Horacio Castillo III due to hazing. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate eyes Bautista impeachment trial by late November

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says this is the earliest time the chamber can handle the impeachment case against Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista questions the 3 self-proclaimed whistleblowers presented by Pastor 'Boy' Saycon at the Senate. File photo by Comelec EID

Senators welcome Bautista's resignation as 'right move'

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Senate banks committee chair Francis Escudero says the probe into the bank accounts of Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista will still continue

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

Lacson questions DPWH budget for right-of-way acquisitions

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'Clearly the pattern shows that the bloated budget for [right-of-way acquisitions] is the biggest source of insertions and realignments being made by legislators,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Gordon wants bribery charges vs Paolo Duterte's councilor-friend

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

While the senator recommends charges against Davao City councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, he clears Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of corruption allegations

PULONG'S FRIEND. Davao City Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr takes his oath at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China. File Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House okays mental health bill on 2nd reading

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The bill makes it illegal for people will mental health conditions to be placed in solitary confinement, and also covers drug dependents who surrender and turn out to be mentally ill

Senate to allow BI to use express lane fees for overtime pay in 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the same provision in the 2017 budget, leading to the mass resignation and leave of immigration personnel

Pacquiao wants to increase cigarette tax to P60 per pack

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The neophyte senator is confident he can defend his proposed tax measure in the Senate

EXCISE TAX. Senator Manny Pacquiao files a bill seeking to impose higher tax on cigarattes. Photo by Joseph Vidal

SC decision vs De Lima 'unfortunate,' say minority senators

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision junking Senator Leila de Lima's petition 'highlighted Duterte's total control and manipulation of the three branches of government for his evil political ends,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo from De Lima's office

Law banning expiration dates on gift certificates eyed by Christmas

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Under the proposed measure, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue to enjoy discounts on purchases, as provided by the law, using GCs

File photo

Trump's migration demands throw Dreamer deal into doubt

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Trump presents Congress with a list of hardline immigration demands as a quid-pro-quo for protecting the so-called 'Dreamers'

In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Unlike in House, Senate adds P156M to CHR budget for 2018

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Senate submits for plenary approval the Commission on Human Rights' budget for next year amounting to P693.5 million

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

26 lawmakers urge House to 'preserve, protect' Ombudsman

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawmakers file a resolution seeking support for the Office of the Ombudsman as it looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte

Senators urge Duterte to view ratings dip as 'wake-up call'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Filipinos 'are now seeing Duterte for who he really is: a lying, rude, amoral, corrupt, and oppressive former mayor who is totally incompetent about governance at the national level'

President Rodrigo Duterte gives his message during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Senate adds P20M to Robredo's budget for her anti-poverty program

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III pushes for the budget increase to fund Vice President Leni Robredo's Angat Buhay program

CHILLING EFFECT. Vice President Leni Robredo fears the expected arrest of Senator Leila de Lima will cause the silencing of people who opposes the government's policy.

Batanes Representative Dina Abad dies

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:30 AM

'You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Photo from Henedina Razon-Abad's Facebook Page

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

Drilon vows to block BOC budget over lack of pre-shipment inspection

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

'I have no qualms in saying that I have not opposed the approval of any budget here in my 19 years. But this time I will put my foot down,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Recto: Keep DepEd P30-B budget to increase teachers' allowances

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto proposes a 'rechanneling' of the P30-billion budget that the House of Representatives realigned to fund the free tuition law

TEACHERS' ALLOWANCES. Deaf students recite the alphabet in sign language during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cynthia Villar defends DPWH underspending under son Mark

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar responds to the issues raised by Senator Panfilo Lacson during budget deliberations

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate finance committee allots P10B for Marawi rehabilitation in 2018

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

This is higher than the P5 billion budget for Marawi rehabilitation given this 2017

BURNED HOUSES. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Grace Poe praises Thinking Pinoy for 'excellent research, neutrality'

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:18 PM

'So I hope you keep the neutrality. Like if you're in a board, you can be an independent director. You can be in government but an independent consultant.'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacierda, Valte deny involvement in #SilentNoMorePH blog

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Valte says she knew Cocoy Dayao, the alleged 'webmaster' of the anti-administration #SilentNoMorePH blog, from 2009 when he volunteered for the presidential campaign of then senator Benigno Aquino III

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grace Poe denies treating bloggers with 'kid gloves' in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:13 PM

'This hearing is for the people and supposed purveyors of fake news are given the chance to speak...because we’re investigating fake news,' says Senator Grace Poe in response to criticism

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Guwapo pala kayo sa personal,' Mocha Uson tells Trillanes in Senate probe

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'Baka i-atras ko na kaso ko. Konti na lang bola,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in response to Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

FACE OFF. Senator Antonio Trillanes and blogger turned Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson face each other during the Senate hearing on fake news.

Anti-Duterte blog 'webmaster' to be summoned to next fake news hearing

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Former communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr denies that Cocoy Dayao, allegedly behind the #SilentNoMorePH blog, was a PCOO consultant during the Aquino administration

FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

Asec or blogger? Choose only one, Nancy Binay tells Mocha Uson

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Senator Nancy Binay reminds Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson that all government officials are bound by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees

Lying gov't officials worsen fake news problem – Hilbay, Tordesillas

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:08 PM

'What I consider a threat to our democratic values and a danger to the market place of ideas is the prevalence of false information provided by public officials - whether deliberately or out of sheer incompetence,' says lawyer Florin Hilbay

Mocha Uson says rules on fairness don't apply to her

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:27 PM

'I'm a blogger, not a journalist,' Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson tells Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, when he asks if she ever tried to get the side of people she has attacked in her blog

'I'M A BLOGGER'. Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson attends the Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Mocha Uson: 'Ako po ay biktima ng fake news'

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson says she attended the Senate hearing on fake news to support the campaign against spreading false information online

HEARING ON FAKE NEWS. Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson attends the Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes claims Duterte bought P80-M insurance for 4 kids in cash in 2014

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'Ano ba pinagkakakitaan mo, Mr Duterte? Mayor ka lang naman ng Davao City ng panahon na 'yan. Wala ka naman negosyo,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

File photo by Malacañang

Pernia wants changes in Senate version of tax reform bill

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

There could be fewer infrastructure projects if the Senate version will be adopted, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

ALMOST HALF. According to DOF estimates, the Senate's version of tax reform would only yield P59.9 billion in total incremental revenues. This is less than half of the P133.8 billion under the version approved by the House of Representatives in May. Rappler graphics

Catanduanes cop recants claim of PNP-sponsored killings

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

But opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says PO1 Vincent Tacorda might have been pressured to withdraw his affidavit

Screenshot from Trillanes' video

Lacson says texting not covered by Anti-Wiretapping Law

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'Hindi covered ang mga ganoon... Maraming di covered kaya dapat talaga i-expand ang scope and coverage,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson when asked if text messages are covered by the law

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016.