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Sonny Belmonte will stick with LP, says daughter Joy

May 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says her father Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte will retire from politics as a Liberal Party member in 2019

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

The Liberal Party and realpolitik in the House

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo explains what it s like being member of the Liberal Party under a Duterte controlled House of Representatives After elections from close to a hundred members were reduced to 32

REALPOLITIK DECISION. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo recalls why the Liberal Party decided to stay in the House majority. File photos by Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

Pimentel wants higher cap for campaign expenses

Nov 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The Senate bill seeks to increase the cap for campaign spending by at least a hundred fold due to outdated existing limits

HIGHER CAP. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to increase the cap of campaign spending of politicians.

Lawmakers pay last respects to ‘Iron Lady’

Sep 30, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Colleagues in Congress recall how the late senator Miriam Santiago has touched their lives

IN MEMORY. A wreath placed outside the wake of the late Senator Miriam Santiago. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte on Mary Jane, Liberal Party, Instagram | 6PM wRap

Sep 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

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Robredo denies Liberal Party plot to unseat Duterte

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED I plan to clarify this with the President to clear the misinformation and assure him of the party s commitment to the reforms for our Filipino people the Vice President says

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo denies an alleged Liberal Party plot to oust President Duterte. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Belmonte eyed to lead new House committee on West PH Sea

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:46 PM

House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas hopes former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr s strong sense of nationalism will make him accept the job

Robredo: Liberal Party leadership? I have a full plate

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The Vice President prefers to focus on her tasks including her work as housing chief but is open to leading the LP eventually

CEREMONIAL HEAD. Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not taking an active leadership role in the Liberal Party due to the heavy work cut out for the Office of the Vice President. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Still no minority leader for House?

Jul 25, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr claims there was a sudden change in House rules that members of the minority still have to elect their leader

MINORITY LEADER ELECTIONS? Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat says there was a sudden change of rules that still calls for an election of a House minoiry leader among those who did not vote for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Koko Pimentel, Liberal Party, Brexit | 12PM wRap

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:05 PM

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Why the Liberal Party stayed in the House majority

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:00 AM

An election is a place for a conflict of viewpoints But the election is over It s time for us to get together and move on as a people says outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr

Outgoing house speaker Feliciano Belmonte signs with Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez an agreement between the Liberal Party and the PDP-Laban to form a super majority in the opening of the 17th congress during a short meeting at a hotel in Mandaluyong City a day before the first state of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Liberal Party joins PDP-Laban's House 'supermajority'

Jul 24, 2016 - 10:28 PM

LP members led by outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr pledge support for President Rodrigo Duterte Some LP members however will be in the minority

Outgoing house speaker Feliciano Belmonte signs with Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez an agreement between the Liberal Party and the PDP-Laban to form a super majority in the opening of the 17th congress during a short meeting at a hotel in Mandaluyong City a day before the first state of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Belmonte drops bid for House minority leader

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Days before the start of the 17th Congress a majority of LP members in the Lower House are set to join PDP Laban s supermajority bloc

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr foregoes his bid for the minority leadership and now wants the Liberal Party to join the supermajority bloc. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bye, PDP-Laban: LP to join minority bloc in House

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Liberal Party the former ruling party only has around 30 to 35 members left in the House of Representatives

Lawmakers push for national ID system to reduce red tape

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world without a national identification system says a proponent

LP to seal coalition with PDP-Laban ‘by next week’ – Alvarez

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:36 PM

LP member Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the Liberal Party members will finalize their decision in a meeting on July 14

Belmonte happy with 'milestone' laws under speakership

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Many of them are laws that have been pending since forever outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says of the measures passed under his watch

ALL SMILES. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr donates a 1955 sculpture of Jose Rizal as well as a copy of the 1935 Constitution to the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belmonte: 'Zero' chances for Duterte impeachment

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says it s just a matter of time before President elect Rodrigo Duterte meets with Vice President elect Leni Robredo

'ZERO.' Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr dismisses possible impeachment cases to be filed against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte soon. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belmonte backs emergency powers for Duterte vs traffic

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives says waiving the bidding for transportation contracts is fine as long as all information are made public

LP LEADER. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he might lead the members of the LP who will join the majority coalition if their members won't be asked to jump ship to PDP-Laban. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Federalism can't cut short VP Robredo term – experts

Jun 08, 2016 - 4:58 PM

The Philippines can also create a federal parliamentary form of government that allows for a vice president or a deputy prime minister congressmen say

PROCLAMED. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (not in photo) and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo as the country’s duly elected President and Vice President, Monday, May 30, 2016. Photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

No vice president under federalism? Alvarez says 'it depends'

Jun 07, 2016 - 10:21 PM

UPDATED Davao del Norte s Pantaleon Alvarez the preferred House Speaker of the President elect is asked if the Duterte administration is moving to abolish the VP post

NUP seals alliance with PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The National Unity Party is the latest political party to express support for President elect Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban

NEW ALLIES. The National Unity Party joins forces with the incoming ruling party, PDP-Laban. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Who's the real congressman of Northern Samar?

May 31, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Harlin Abayon has protested Congress failure to include his name in the roll call during the official canvassing of votes Here s the reason for the mixup

REINSTALLMENT. Northern Samar Representative Harlin Abayon was recently ousted based on the House Electoral Tribunal's decision but the Supreme Court rules he is the duly-elected Representative of Northern Samar

Belmonte: 'Sizeable number of LP members still on my side'

May 31, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the party leadership s preferred scenario is for the LP to remain intact even as some of its members coalesce with the new majority bloc in the House

HOUSE LEADER. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte opens the 3rd regular session of the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Majority of Filipinos approve of Aquino's work – Pulse Asia survey

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Only President Benigno Aquino III gets a majority approval rating while none of the country s top officials get a majority trust rating in the March 2016 Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey

In this file photo, President Benigno Aquino III delivers his message during the celebration of Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang, February 2, 2016. Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

PH mourns death of 'great Filipino' Jovy Salonga

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:48 PM

His life stands as a reproach to all those who would put personal gain ahead of public service; who would lower the standards of public discourse; and who would sacrifice human rights and the rule of law either for personal or partisan advantage says Malacañang

SENATOR JOVY. Photo coutesy of the Salonga family

Aquino, Binay, other officials get lower approval ratings

Feb 12, 2016 - 2:31 PM

None of the country s top 5 officials led by President Benigno Aquino III get majority approval and trust ratings in the January 2016 Pulse Asia survey

MOST APPRECIATED, TRUSTED. President Benigno Aquino III is the most appreciated and trusted top official in the country based on a Pulse Asia poll in December 2015. Vice President Jejomar Binay is second.

16th Congress adjourns: Which bills endorsed by Aquino did it pass?

Feb 07, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Not passing the proposed Bangsamoro law the FOI Act and anti political dynasty bill doesn t mean Congress wasn t working hard in the last 3 years

NEW HOPE. The house opens anew with its period of interpellation on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the second regular session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Poe’s DQ case, SSS pension hike veto, TPP deal signed | 12PM wRap

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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Congress adjourns, no vote to override Aquino SSS pension veto

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED About 100 senior citizens who have trooped to the House of Representatives are outraged: congressmen should stand by the bill they passed

LAST CALL. Senior citizens marched to the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress' session to seek their lawmakers' initiative to override the pension hike veto.

HRET, SC uphold rulings to remove Reyes as Marinduque rep

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:36 PM

But House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr is still studying whether to swear in Lord Allan Velasco to replace his Belmonte s party mate Regina Ongsiako Reyes

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Former Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is the son of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.

Aquino tops, Binay bounces back in Pulse Asia poll

Jan 06, 2016 - 12:12 PM

UPDATED Five months before the presidential polls Vice President Jejomar Binay gains ground in the latest Pulse Asia survey on top leaders’ public approval and trust

MOST APPRECIATED, TRUSTED. President Benigno Aquino III is the most appreciated and trusted top official in the country based on a Pulse Asia poll in December 2015. Vice President Jejomar Binay is second.

Homestretch: Will FOI, Bangsamoro, anti-political dynasty bills be dead in 2016?

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 16th Congress has only 17 session days left in 2016 to pass these major pieces of legislation that could be the Aquino administration s legacy

WAITING IN VAIN. Will Congress be able to pass BBL, FOI and Anti-Political Dynasty Bills as legacy laws of the Aquino administration?

Quality over quantity: House passes bills 'needed by our people' in 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the House of Representatives focused this year on quality and responsive legislation : Hindi ito paramihan ng numero

IT'S QUALITY. Instead of quantifying their accomplishments, the House leadership said the Congress was able to pass important and 'responsible' bills.

House approves bill increasing gov't pay

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The proposed measure aims to increase the base pay of public sector employees by 45 after 4 tranches

SSL 4. The measure is expected to be implemented by January 1, 2016.

Global terrorism highlights need to pass Bangsamoro bill

Dec 02, 2015 - 5:21 PM

The Philippines is prone to threats like ISIS says former senator Leticia Ramos Shahani

BBL CHAMPIONS. From left to right: activist Cheng Rasul, former Constitutional Commission chairman Atty. Christian Monsod, former senators Aquilino Pimentel and Leticia Ramos-Shahani.

EXPLAINER: Is income tax reform dead?

Nov 27, 2015 - 8:22 AM

24 bills have been filed but all are stuck at the House committee level

STRONG SUPPORT. House members have filed around 24 bills seeking income tax relief.

House panel launches agenda for 17th Congress to fulfill SDGs

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:18 PM

The bills in the list have been pending at the committee level but failed to be passed due to time constraints

AGENDA FOR THE 17TH CONGRESS. House speaker Representative Feliciano Belmonte receives the legislative agenda set by the special committee on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

Presidential bets on taxes, infra and the charter

Oct 27, 2015 - 5:07 PM

4 main presidential contenders face businessmen at a forum of the Philippine Business Conference and Expo on October 27 and lay out their economic programs

Belmonte is ruling coalition’s campaign manager

Oct 12, 2015 - 11:17 AM

The veteran politician will run the campaign of the Daang Matuwid coalition

Leni Robredo gave informal consent to be Roxas' VP – Belmonte

Sep 30, 2015 - 3:37 PM

But Speaker Sonny Belmonte says the Camarines Sur Representative is still talking it over with her 3 daughters who are against a vice presidential run for their mother

DECISIONS FOR 2016. Liberal Party's National Executive Council gather to finally decide their party slate for 2016 at Cubao in Quezon City on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

LP stalwarts still want Grace Poe as Mar's VP

Jul 31, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says Poe would be the perfect running mate of Roxas citing her clean image as reason

'GRACE FOR VP.' Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says he wants Senator Grace Poe to run as the runningmate of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec gets Congress backing amid court cases

Jul 29, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The Comelec meets with leaders of Congress as the poll body faces 3 Supreme Court petitions seeking to halt automation

RUNNING ELECTIONS. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left), and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon, and Luie Guia – pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler   Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

P3 trillion: PH's biggest nat'l budget submitted to Congress

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Social and economic services get the biggest chunk of the budget – P1 1 trillion

SUBMITTED. The Department of Budget and Management submits to the House of Representatives the proposed budget for 2016. Rappler photo

FULL TEXT: Belmonte details House priority bills

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr reiterates his call to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution

'Mind your own party,' Palace tells Binay

Jul 25, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay should focus on telling the people his plans for the country instead of meddling in the affairs of other political parties says Malacañang

FORMER ALLIES. Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) is now hitting President Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party. File photo from OVP

VP Binay gets highest trust, approval ratings in Pulse Asia survey

Jun 22, 2015 - 1:32 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay obtains the only majority trust rating in Pulse Asia s June survey and tops Aquino in the approval ratings

MOST TRUSTED. Vice President Jejomar Binay gets the highest trust and approval ratings in Pulse Asia's latest survey.

House adjourns session without charter change vote

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says there were not enough numbers to call for a vote

APPROVED. The House of Representatives passes the resolution seeking to amend economic provisions of the Constitution on third and final reading.

Senate, House set to remove Bangsamoro bill's opt-in clause

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:01 PM

The option for outside areas to join the proposed Bangsamoro government is a polarizing provision that only invites opposition says Senate President Drilon