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Fariñas stands by constitutionality of draft Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas welcomes moves to challenge the bill before the Supreme Court

BICAM FINISHED. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (2nd from L) and Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (2nd from R) present the draft Bangsamoro Organic Law together with BTC chairperson Ghazali Jaafar (middle) and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal (1st from R). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Is Alvarez bent on scrapping 2019 polls over fear of losing?

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies rumors he is unsure of victory in Davao del Norte – even after losing key allies in the region months before the midterm elections

IN HOT WATER? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez grants a media interview before leading a mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members in Caloocan City in March 2018. File photo by House of Representatives

9 representatives' net worth more than doubled in 2017

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The biggest percentage increase is that of Leyte congressman Vicente Sofronio Veloso, with a jump of over 800%

HOUSE PLENARY. Photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

3 billionaires in House of Representatives in 2017

Jul 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Mikee Romero (1-Pacman), Emmeline Aglipay Villar (Diwa), and Albee Benitez (Negros Occidental 3rd District) are the richest members of the House

Alvarez wants no elections in 2019 to speed up federal shift

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would be pressed for time to amend the 1987 Constitution while tackling other matters like the 2019 budget and the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the midterm polls

FEDERALISM OVER POLLS? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) joins President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) and  Senate President Vicente Sotto III (L) at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Solicitor General on July 3, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

Extend Boracay closure if not all goals are met – Rep. Teves

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves says Boracay's reopening should be put on hold if the government cannot fix all of the island's problems within 6 months

Lanao del Norte's Dimaporo ready to question an unconstitutional BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'We're all adults here. If I don't get what I want and I feel that this is unconstitutional, I'll challenge it in the Supreme Court, period,' says Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo

Photo by Camille Elemia

LOOK: Congress receives Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno personally hands a copy of the draft federal constitution to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Vicente Sotto III

SC clears House panel over Ilocos 6 detention

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court also rules that the House panel did not commit grave abuse of discretion in investigating the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:53 AM

The work is cut out for the lawmakers forming the bicameral conference committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, with its House and Senate versions proposing conflicting amendments

BICAM BEGINS. Legislators will spend a week to tackle the conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions of the BBL

Duterte didn't lobby enough, only 5 of 18 priority bills became laws

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In two years, President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council only 4 times

DISTRACTED? Thirteen bills prioritized by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first two SONAs remain pending in both the House and the Senate. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill declaring Kennon Road a 'heritage zone'

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Such a declaration, as provided under House Bill 7502, would lead to the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and development of the historic road which is prone to accidents and landslides

HISTORICAL ROAD. Kennon Road, was named after US Army Colonel Lyman Kennon, who finished its construction in 1903. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into Duterte order vs 'tambays'

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) The progressive legislators also want to investigate the death of Genesis Argoncillo, a 25-year-old nabbed by the police in its anti-tambay operations and who later died in prison

PROBE SOUGHT. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives wants to probe the Duterte administration's crackdown against 'tambays.'

Lawmakers warn anti-terrorism bill seeks to 'normalize' martial law in PH

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago says the proposed bill expands the definition of terrorism to include 'simple' acts of protest like workers' strikes and flash mobs

'DRACONIAN' BILL? Activists stage a protest against the anti-terrorism bill outside the House of Representatives on June 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sereno: House leaders held Judiciary budget 'hostage' for my ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:55 PM

'The House leadership was going to hold hostage the Judiciary’s budget unless the SC cooperated fully with its plan to remove me,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno

CONSPIRACY? Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House: Impeachment case vs Sereno 'moot and academic'

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urges the public to respect the decision of the Supreme Court to oust with finality former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

THE PLENARY. The House of Representatives is expected to render as moot and academic the pending impeachment complaint against ousted SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Ex-national security adviser, congressman Roilo Golez dies

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The former representative of the 2nd District of Parañaque City is rushed to the hospital due to vomiting. He died from an 'apparent heart attack,' according to his brother Ferdinand.

DEATH. Ex-national security adviser Roilo Golez dies on June 11, 2018. Photo of Roilo Golez from his Instagram account

Nograles: Grab drivers' working hours 'slave-like'

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:17 AM

'No one among Grab parters is being forced to drive long hours. If the congressman is fair, he should also look into other transport sectors whose drivers work even longer hours earning less,' says Grab Philippines head Brian Cu

SLAVES. Lawmaker Jericho Nograles accuses Grab of "forcing" its drivers to "slave-like" working conditions to hit decent income.

House panel asks DOTr to allow motorcycles for hire

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Lawmakers and advocacy groups say doing so would ease the burden of commuters and help improve traffic

RIDE-HAILING SERVICES. House committee on Metro Manila Development urges the Department of Transportation to allow motorcycles to provide ride-hailing services. Photo from the House of Representatives

'Sickening': Lawmakers react to Duterte kissing an OFW on the lips

Jun 06, 2018 - 5:08 PM

So far, only one lawmaker – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian – has justified President Duterte's act, saying what happened was like how actors shoot kissing scenes not with their wives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters upon his arrival at the E-Mart Headquarters in Seoul, Republic of Korea for the E-Mart/Philippine Food Festival on June 5, 2018. Malacañang Photo

House to investigate PhilHealth OIC's excessive travels, hotel stays

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Surigao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel says he will schedule a probe in August into the lavish lifestyle of PhilHealth interim president Celestina De la Serna

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Akbayan’s Villarin and Hontiveros are not in a relationship

May 31, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A blog falsely translates Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin's Filipino quote concerning his party mate Senator Risa Hontiveros

Screenshot from uploaded by the Trending PH bog claiming a romantic relationship between Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin and Senator Hontiveros

Zubiri: Senate's BBL version complies with Constitution

May 31, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The MILF is expected to push hard to restore key provisions that were removed or revised by both chambers

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Sourced photo

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Akbayan's Villarin: 'Indecent man' Jing Paras should be banned from House

May 30, 2018 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says if Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras were a decent man, he would have immediately returned the iPhone X he claims he accidentally took from Villarin's table

SEEKING PARAS' BAN. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin delivers his privilege speech against Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras on May 30, 2018. Screenshot from the House of Representatives

House approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

May 30, 2018 - 5:04 PM

(UPDATED) District representatives replace House Bill No. 6475 with a substitute bill containing the amendments they want to introduce in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

APPROVED. Lawmakers gave their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 30, 2018.

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May 30, 2018 - 12:48 PM

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Makabayan lawmakers seek Filipino citizenship for Sister Patricia Fox

May 30, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Makabayan bloc says Filipino citizenship would be a 'fitting recognition' for the Australian nun's 'selfless service' to poor and oppressed Filipinos in the past 27 years

FILIPINO CITIZEN SOON? Sister Patricia Fox files a petition on May 25, 2018 at the DOJ to allow her to stay in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

After certified as urgent, bill on P1.16-B Dengvaxia fund hurdles House

May 29, 2018 - 11:08 PM

HB 7449 breezes through the plenary on 2nd and 3rd reading after President Rodrigo Duterte certified it as urgent on May 29, 2018

APPROVED. Lawmakers approves the proposed supplemental budget for Dengvaxia recipients. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte certifies as urgent bill on P1.16-B Dengvaxia supplemental fund

May 29, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The fund will be sourced from the amount vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur returned to the Philippine government

MORE BUDGET SOON. Students who received the risky Dengvaxia vaccine will soon benefit from the proposed P1.16-billion medical assistance fund being proposed for them. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Mindanao lawmakers: 'A vote for Bangsamoro is a vote for Filipinos'

May 29, 2018 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) The sponsors of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House urge their colleagues to remember the historical injustices suffered by the Bangsamoro people – injustices the BBL would help resolve

BBL SPONSORS. Five lawmakers representing legislative districts in Mindanao sponsor the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on 2nd reading on May 29, 2018. Screenshots from the House of Representatives

Akbayan's Villarin accuses DOLE's Jing Paras of trying to steal iPhone X

May 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Paras denies the 'incredible' accusation, saying he must have just accidentally picked up Villarin's mobile phone

THE ACCUSED. DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras is also a member of the Duterte-allied Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe agreed on May 28, 2018, that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. The US and Japanese leaders will meet ahead of a much anticipated summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un back on schedule for June 12 in Singapore just days after Trump announced he was canceling it.   / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

NHA admits design 'failure' in Zamboanga City housing project

May 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento slams the National Housing Authority for 'palpak' projects nationwide

NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House approves bill raising senior war veterans' pension to P20,000

May 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If passed into law, the bill would increase the pension being received by senior war veterans who fought in World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars

HIGHER PENSION SOON? World War II veterans attend the Philippine Independence Day celebration in June 2013. File photo by Rappler

Filipinos a step closer to having 'work from home' policy

May 28, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The House of Representatives joins the Senate in approving a bill that gives private sector employees the option to work outside of their employers' offices

TELECOMMUTING SOON? The House approves a bill seeking to allow private employees to avail of a 'work from home' policy.

La Union Rep Eriguel says husband’s murder ‘politically motivated’

May 28, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The widowed lawmaker also blames PNP Region 1 director Romulo Sapitula and sacked Agoo chief of police Alfredo Padilla Jr for failing to prevent her husband's death

NOW A WIDOW. La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel delivers a privilege speech on the killing of her husband and ex-lawmaker Franny Eriguel. Screenshot from the House of Representatives

Calida firm also bagged contract for House of Representatives – opposition

May 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) Representative Gary Alejano says the ‘longtime security agency’ of the lower house was kicked out in July 2016 to give way to the Solicitor General's family business

MOST POWERFUL? The ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto has reportedly made the Office of the Solicitor Generalmore powerful. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers file bill for P750 national minimum wage

May 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Isang malaking kalokohan para sabihin pa natin na mas mura lahat ng bagay kapag ikaw ay nakatira sa probinsiya,' says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

Floirendo pleads not guilty to graft, allowed to travel with Duterte

May 25, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Floirendo will go to South Korea with President Duterte in June

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

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May 24, 2018 - 7:02 PM

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House to Duterte: Certify BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 24, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Like senators, the House leadership hopes to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mindanao lawmakers hit Marawi rehab: 'Painstakingly too slow'

May 23, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Legislators slam the reconstruction plan for the most affected areas in Marawi City because the proposed structures are set to be built in residential areas, potentially displacing residents

'TOO SLOW.' House Muslim affairs panel chairperson Mauyag Papandayan Jr (1st from L) and Anak Mindanao Representative Amihilda Sancopan (1st from R) are both dissatisfied with the Marawi rehabilitation's pace so far. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers contest opt-in clause, fiscal autonomy, autonomous uniformed services in BBL

May 22, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) Leaders of the House meet with government officials and members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to discussed the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law amendments

BBL MEETING. House leaders meet with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and government officials on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 22, 2018. All photos from House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

House panel approves P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

May 22, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The Department of Health assures parents and lawmakers that the budget will cover all illnesses which vaccinated children may develop

APPROVED. House appropriations committee chairperson Karlo Nograles (middle) declares the approval of the Dengvaxia supplemental budget on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House OKs bill adopting military rank names for PNP

May 17, 2018 - 7:03 PM

House Bill 5236 seeks to quell public confusion on how cops should be addressed, says its principal author former police general Romeo Acop

NEW RANKS SOON? House approves House Bill 5236, which adopts military naming for police ranks

Congress authorizes NHA to redistribute Bulacan housing units

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The NHA can now award the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan to low-salaried government employees and poor families, including members of urban poor group Kadamay

HOUSING. Seen here are Kadamay members who had occupied the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler