House of Representatives

NBI to probe Rappler, Malacanang defends Go, Senate rejects joint voting on Cha-Cha | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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Despite unanimous Senate 'no,' Alvarez insists on joint voting for Cha-Cha

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'We are representatives of the people. We are the nearest link to the people, so why should senators' vote have more weight than a congressman?' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

SPEAKER ALVAREZ. The House Speaker insists on joint voting, contrary to the opinion of those who framed the Constitution. File photo by Malacañang

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Chief Justice Sereno

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:54 AM

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Constitution amendments, Mayon Volcano, The Cranberries | Evening wRap

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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House sub-committee wants limited protection for free speech

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments seeks to amend Article III, Section 4, to provide constitutional protection only for the 'responsible exercise' of free speech

LOOK: House sub-committee submits proposed constitutional amendments

Jan 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

What will the Philippine government look like under federalism? Here's one proposal from the House

HOUSE AT WORK. The committee on constitutional amendments begins work on the push for federalism. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:56 AM

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

UNDER ATTACK. This photo illustration shows a woman reading the website of online news portal Rappler in Manila on January 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP

SEC revokes Rappler registration, Dengvaxia refund, Sereno impeachment hearing | Evening wRap

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:37 PM

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House opposition: SEC decision vs Rappler 'ironic' attack against press

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Some opposition legislators find it 'ironic' that the Securities and Exchange Commission invoke restrictions on foreign ownership just as the administration pushes for amendments to the Constitution that would allow just that

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE. Legislators convene at the Batasang Pambansa on December 13, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House wants more justices, psychiatrist to testify in Sereno impeachment

Jan 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo and Andres Reyes, as well as a psychiatrist who previously evaluated Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, are among those who will be invited

The House Committee on Justice resumes its hearing to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Krisis ng tiwala sa Kongresong uukit ng Saligang Batas

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Magtitiwala ka bang isulat ng mga maginoong ito ang kinabukasan ng bayan at ng susunod na henerasyon?

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate's problems, plans against it

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Malacanang defends Alvarez's 'very simple' birthday party

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:02 PM

'It was very simple in terms of program and in terms of menu. It was a very casual, laid-back affair,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

'TALK SHOW'. TV personality Boy Abunda asks Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez some questions on stage, at the venue of his birthday bash. Photo from the Office of Pantaleon Alvarez

IN PHOTOS: Duterte, China envoy, politicians attend Alvarez birthday

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez marks his 60th birthday in grand style

Enrile on cha-cha: House and Senate must vote separately

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Enrile says elections postponement and term extension are always possible, but only after amendments have been made to the constitution

NO TO JOINT VOTING. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile says the House of Representatives and the Senate must vote separately if they are to amend the constitution. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Senate to insist on separate voting on Cha-cha – Drilon

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Drilon sounds the alarm against recent statements made by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez against the performance of the Senate, seeing it as part of 'deliberate efforts' to weaken the institution and pave the way for its abolition

OPPOSITION. Senator Frank Drilon served as Senate President during the previous Aquino administration. Rappler file photo

Pimentel denies factions in PDP-Laban amid word war with Alvarez

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'No, walang factions. Nagtutuksuhan lang kami,' claims Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on the word war between him and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte term extension, Pimentel slams Alvarez, Dismissal order vs Mabilog | Evening wRap

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:32 PM

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Alvarez says budget slash for opposition is ‘essence of democracy’

Jan 03, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'Hindi kita pinipilit, karapatan mo 'yun. Magsalita against the administration, okay go ahead. Pero mayroon din akong karapatan, huwag mo rin akong pigilan,' says the House Speaker

HOUSE LEADER. Pantaleon Alvarez leads a supermajority in the House of Representatives. Rappler file photo

Alvarez open to cancellation of 2019 polls during transition to federalism

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:23 PM

It's going to be a quick push for federalism as Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez expects the Constituent Assembly to convene by January 2018 and a plebiscite to be held by May the same year

PUSH FOR FEDERALISM. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24, 2017. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez on party-mate Pimentel: Senate must have 'active' leadership

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:07 PM

This isn't the first time the Speaker has criticized the Senate, which he has called 'mabagal na kapulungan (the slow chamber)'

CONGRESS LEADERS. Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Satisfaction ratings of Senate, House, SC, Cabinet up – SWS

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The 4 institutions, representing the 3 co-equal branches of government, see a rise in their net satisfaction ratings

House urges Duterte to exempt BIMP-EAGA from travel tax

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:44 PM

House Resolution 1463 seeks to grant the travel tax exemption 'to help enhance trade, tourism, and investments in the said area'

After ‘inspection trip,’ congressmen conclude: We need cleaner public toilets

Dec 22, 2017 - 4:26 PM

More than 9 months after an 11-day trip to tourist spots, lawmakers adopt a resolution calling for cleaner public restrooms in transportation terminals

Malacañang denies hand in budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 6:01 PM

'We had nothing to do with whatever decision both houses of Congress had,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo

Opposition congressmen get zero budget in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'

NO BUDGET. Opposition congressmen lead by Raul Daza (left) and Edcel Lagman (right) hold a press conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Sereno cannot be summoned to House hearings – lawyer

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Complainant Larry Gadon says he will move for the issuance of a subpoena, but Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's camp and House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali say Gadon is not in the position to move for anything

Atty. Joshua Santiago, Josalee Deinla and Winnie Salumbides, lawyers of SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, hold a press conference in Manila on October 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Magdalo's Alejano wants probe into Navy chief's sacking

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'I suspect that this has something to do with the lingering issue of the Navy's frigate acquisition project,' says the former Marine officer, echoing earlier statements made by Rappler sources

HOUSE PROBE. Gary Alejano, a former officer of the Philippine Marines, wants a probe into the sudden relief of Vice Adminal Ronald Joseph Mercado. Rappler file photo

Sereno camp insists allegations vs her 'not impeachable offenses'

Dec 17, 2017 - 5:20 PM

A spokesperson of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says statements made inside and outside the hearings of the House justice committee 'were purely hearsay, personal opinions, innuendos, and optics'

CHIEF JUSTICE. The camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno insists the allegations against her are not impeachable offenses. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

Aquino on Dengvaxia, Tax reform bill, Tropical Storm Urduja | Evening wRap

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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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

Sanofi admits Dengvaxia doses imported into PH before contract

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:50 PM

A lawmaker questions why the pharmaceutical company seemed 'certain all along' that it would get the contract from the Philippine government

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dengue vaccine: Ex-FDA chief defends circular removing post-marketing surveillance

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Kenneth Hartigan-Go defends a 2013 circular he issued that allowed for the dengue vaccine to get a certificate of product registration (CPR) even without the conduct of a post-marketing surveillance

FAST APPROVAL?A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi exec denies meeting with Aquino a 'sales pitch'

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:35 PM

'We talked about the profile of safety and efficacy of the product after 20 years of [research and development],' says Sanofi Pasteur Asia-Pacific head Thomas Triomphe

COURTESY CALL. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III meets with executives of Dengvaxia vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur on December 1, 2015. Screenshot from RTVM

VACC submits Morales impeach complaint, but without an endorsement

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The VACC has been wanting to file the impeachment complaint since May

NO ENDORSEMENT YET. VACC counsel Jing Paras, surrounded by other complainants including families of some of the slain 44, explains to reporters the required endorsement to their complaint can follow anytime. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Sanofi insists 'no reason for public scare' after dengue vaccine advisory

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Sanofi Pasteur Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe tells a House committee there is no worldwide scare due to their latest advisory, and that Dengvaxia is safe and effective

IN THE HOT SEAT. Thomas Triomphe (right), head of Sanofi Pasteur-Asia Pacific, and Ta Wen Yu of Dengvaxia, testify at the House joint committee probe into the Dengvaxia deal at the House of Representatives, December 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Joint session on martial law, Duterte on media, Tillerson on North Korea | Midday wRap

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:40 PM

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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

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

House 'overwhelmingly in favor' of martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Senate and House leaders are set to hold a joint session on President Rodrigo Duterte's request on December 13

JOINT SESSION. House and Senate members convene at the Batasang Pambansa to discuss the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao on July 22, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Probable cause in Sereno complaint? 'Sobra-sobra,' says Alvarez

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:06 PM

While saying he doesn't want to get ahead of the justice committee, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says witness accounts prove there's weight to the impeachment complaint

Alvarez tells critics of martial law extension: Go to Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:10 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also comes from Mindanao, says he supports President Rodrigo Duterte's request for martial law to be extended there

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) President and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez prior to the meeting with the leaders from the AIPA member countries at the Makati Shangri-La Manila on September 19, 2017. 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

House OKs on 3rd reading pay hike for cops, soldiers

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:04 PM

The lowest-ranked uniformed personnel will see a nearly 100% increase in their basic salaries should the measure turn into law

SALARY HIKE SOON? Police, soldiers, and other uniformed services might just see a salary hike by January 2018. Malacanang file 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

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