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Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

64 lawmakers cross party lines to 'demand' end to crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Among those who signed the petition are House deputy speakers Rosemarie Arenas, Evelina Escudero, and Eduardo Villanueva, as well as House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr

ACROSS PARTY LINES. Lawmakers signed a petition condemning the ongoing attacks against progressive groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After demolition, elderly prisoners sleep outdoors in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) Makabayan lawmakers visit the New Bilibid Prison to check on the living conditions of inmates

DEMOLITION AFTERMATH. Piles of debris from the recent demolition operation are seen inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

At budget hearing, Lorenzana dares Makabayan bloc to condemn CPP-NPA

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

In a face-off with the defense chief, leftist lawmakers denounce 'red-tagging' by the government and challenge him to show evidence of their alleged involvement with the New People’s Army

Makabayan bloc urges gov't to endorse Safe Schools Declaration

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The declaration allows countries to support the implementation of concrete measures to deter the military use of schools, among other commitments

Youth activist to military: Don’t use me to railroad your agenda

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Alicia Lucena denies she was kidnapped by Anakbayan and slams the military for using her 'family issues' to revive the Anti-Subversion Law

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

ERC, Meralco ordered to explain bill deposits to Supreme Court

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Makabayan bloc is asking the Supreme Court to nullify the practice of charging bill deposits to electric consumers

Despite Duterte veto, Makabayan bloc refiles anti-endo bill in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:35 PM

For the progressive lawmakers, President Rodrigo Duterte's veto 'reflected his true bias' and priority of business interests over workers' welfare

ENDING ENDO. (From L-R) Makabayan lawmakers Arlene Brosas, Eufemia Culamat, Ferdinand Gaite, Carlos Zarate, and Sarah Elago re-file the anti-endo bill on August 5, 2019. Photo from Makabayan

Makabayan lawmakers' protest materials confiscated before SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Progressive lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, and Ferdinand Gaite get in trouble for using their Filipiniana attire as protest materials for the SONA

CONFISCATED. Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other youth leaders wear sashes calling for the protection of national sovereignty and the end to the drug war killings. Photo from Kabataan

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into DepEd closure of 55 Lumad schools

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The lawmakers accuse the Department of Education of violating the rights of the Lumad schools' administrators, teachers, staff, and students

CONGRESSIONAL PROBE. Representatives France Castro, Sarah Elago, and Arlene Brosas are among the Makabayan legislators who filed House Resolution No 58 on July 15, 2019. File photo from Makabayan bloc

Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:22 PM

'The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children,' say the 6 progressive legislators who filed the House resolution

DRUG WAR CRITICS. Makabayan bloc members Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Sarah Elago file a House resolution calling for an investigation on the death of a 3-year-old in a buy-bust operation. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Groups urge Filipinos to defend Philippine territory after boat sinking

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Protesters stress the importance of standing in solidarity with the Filipino fishermen, even as the Duterte administration echoes China in downplaying the sinking of the boat as a 'maritime incident'

DEFEND PHILIPPINES. Various groups wave Philippine flags along Manila Bay as they show their strong solidarity for the Philippines and their resistance against China during a protest on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

May 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'The opposition tried to bring these up ,and these are very important issues, but... they didn't make that much of a difference as that significant part of the electorate went for the President,' says former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

NEW POLITICS. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the Philippines has entered a new 'world' in politics. Rappler screengrab

Comelec urged to probe harassment vs Makabayan volunteers

May 13, 2019 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Mayroon noong mga nakaraang eleksyon pero mas matindi ito ngayon kasi hanggang sa huling sandali ng kampanya, tumitindi ang mga pananakot at paninira,’ says Aglipayan priest Fr Dionito Cabillas of poll watchdog Kontra Daya

Fr. Dionito Cabillas of Kontra Daya shows pictures of alleged harassment and death threats of Makabayan volunteers in Metro Manila during the election campaign period in a press conference in Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After Chico river, Makabayan goes after Kaliwa dam at Supreme Court

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The Makabayan bloc, led by senatorial bet Neri Colmenares, wants the $211 million Kaliwa dam loan agreement from China to be declared illegal and void

KALIWA DAM. Indigenous and environmental groups join Makabayan lawmakers in filing a petition for prohibition against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam on May 9, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Makabayan: Opposition groups forged 'sufficient' unity for 2019 elections

May 08, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Makabayan comes up with an 11-man slate called Laban Pinas. But the opposition it idealizes to fight Duterte policies remains fragmented to this day

Laban PInas holds its miting de avance at Plaze Miranda, Manila. on May 7, 2019, endorsing its partylist and senatorial bets for the midterm elections. Candidates took turns explaining their platforms to the crowds cheers. Otso Diretso senatorial bets Gutoc, Hillbay, Diokno, Tanada we're on hand endorsing Neri Colmenares. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Opposition lawmakers say several provisions of the loan agreement with China for the Chico River irrigation project violate the 1987 Constitution

Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Makabayan seeks probe into bloody Negros Oriental police operations

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The lawmakers say the police operations aim to 'sow terror in their communities and deprive the Makabayan bloc of votes in the upcoming elections'

MAKABAYAN BLOC. Representatives Ariel Casilao, Sarah Elago, Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, France Castro, and Arlene Brosas are 6 of the 7-member Makabayan bloc. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan now endorses for senate labor leaders De Guzman, Matula

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Labor leaders Leody de Guzman and Sonny Matula join the 9 other senatorial bets – who are either from Otso Diretso or are reelectionists – whom Makabayan earlier endorsed

LABOR BETS. Leaders of the Makabayan Coalition raise the hands of senatorial bets and labor leaders Leody de Guzman (3rd from L) and Sonny Matula (3rd from R). Photo from Makabayan

Colmenares defends Makabayan pick of reelectionists over labor bets

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Of course hindi namin ma expect na lahat ng ma-endorse namin ay talagang 100% in the same way that they cannot agree with us 100% also,' says Neri Colmenares

For an 'independent Senate,' Makabayan endorses 9 candidates

Mar 03, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from its bet Neri Colmenares, Makabayan endorses 5 of 8 Otso Diretso bets

'INDEPENDENT SENATE.' The 9 Senate bets endorsed by Makabayan. Photo from Makabayan

FALSE: Makabayan bloc wants garbage collected returned to Manila Bay

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Makabayan bloc has not asked for garbage to be returned to Manila. It has only filed a resolution to ‘postpone’ the Manila Bay rehabilitation until there's a clear plan for it.

Screenshot of the post of the claim

Makabayan lawmakers want Manila Bay rehab postponed

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The progressive legislators want the government to first focus on properly consulting informal settlers who will be displaced by the Manila Bay cleanup

REHAB POSTPONEMENT? Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao poses with several fisherfolk and peasant women from Cavite who seek the postponement of the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo from Casilao's office

Lowering criminal liability age to 12 'still attacks children' – Makabayan

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The left-leaning lawmakers argue that the last-minute changes to the bill would still 'criminalize' children in conflict with the law

INDIGNATION RALLY. From L to R: Makabayan bloc Representatives Carlos Zarate, Sarah Elago, Emmi de Jesus, Antonio Tinio, Arlene Brosas, and Ariel Casilao. Photo from Makabayan

Davao City police files child abuse complaint vs Makabayan congressmen

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Progressive congressmen Antonio Tinio and Ariel Casilao are facing child abuse charges weeks after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio called for their bloc's expulsion from the House

CHILD ABUSER? ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (center, in white) joins a rally in Davao City on October 23, 2018 – the basis of the child abuse complaint against him. Photo from Makabayan

Makabayan bloc eyes case vs Galvez for red-tagging France Castro

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says she would hold AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr accountable should anything bad happen to her

NOT A COMMUNIST. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (center) attends work at the House since her brief detention in Davao del Norte over the weekend. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On Bonifacio Day, workers demand freedom from poverty

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

'Hindi pa rin tayo malaya sa kontraktuwalisasyon. Hindi tayo malaya sa mababang sahod. Hindi tayo malaya sa kahirapan,' says Makabayan bloc leader Neri Colmenares

PROTEST. Workers on strike and labor groups march to Mendiola on Bonifacio Day. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Makabayan condemns 'illegal' arrest of Satur Ocampo, France Castro

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Leftist lawmakers say it is a 'blatant and outrageous lie' to accuse ACT Teachers Representative France Castro and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo of human trafficking

STILL DETAINED. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (left) and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) remains in detention in Davao del Norte. Photo courtesy of The Breakaway Media

Sara Duterte wants Makabayan bloc expelled from Congress

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's anger stems from the claim of ACT Teachers' Davao chapter that her city is the only major city in the country that does not give allowances to teachers

Hugpong ng Pagbabago press conference on August 13, 2018 in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makabayan bloc wants annual commemoration of First Quarter Storm

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:42 PM

House Bill 8271 seeks to commemorate the turbulent period in Philippine history marked by mostly student-led mass demonstrations and protests against the Marcos dictatorship

NEVER FORGET. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives pushes for a bill to commemorate the First Quarter Storm. Photo courtesy of Makabayan

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makabayan bloc wants House probe into Zamboanga City rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The left-leaning legislators argue the state of calamity declared in Zamboanga City over soaring rice prices is a 'microcosm of the instability of food security in the country'

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. File photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers seek House probe into bukbok rice importation

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'

BUKBOK RICE. Makabayan legislators want the House of Representatives to investigate the bukbok rice importation. Photo from Shutterstock

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

33 lawmakers denounce arrest warrants vs Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:39 PM

House Resolution 2604 expresses the House of Representative's 'utmost concern' over the arrest warrants issued against 4 former party-list legislators

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

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Jul 30, 2018 - 9:45 PM

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LP, Makabayan lawmakers join forces in bid for House minority

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bloc led by Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo now has 22 members

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Jul 24, 2018 - 2:26 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 - 12:21 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the San Beda University (SBU) Commencement Exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 29, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

May 29, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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(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

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

Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts

May 01, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says Solicitor General Jose Calida's argument is 'deceptive and misleading'

FUEL TAX. Solicitor General Jose Calida says higher taxes on fuel only has a 0.1% maximum effect on transporation rates. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Walang bago': Makabayan lawmakers unimpressed with Duterte EO on endo

May 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'Reiteration lang 'yan ng existing labor laws that [have] been proven [to be] anti-worker,' says Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao

EO NOT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte is depicted as a devil during the Labor Day protest on May 1, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

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Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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Makabayan bloc leads petition to block Sereno ouster

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'The filing of this present Quo Warranto Petition is nothing but an attempt [to] circumvent the constitutional process and to wrest the power to "oust" or remove an impeachable public official away from Congress and [the] Filipino people,' say the intervenors

OUST SERENO? Groups and individuals ask the High Court to junk outright a petition that would invalidate Sereno's appointment. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House summons Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials to another probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This isn't the first time that the Ilocos Norte governor and former House member is summoned to a probe by the House committee on good government and public accountability

SUMMONED AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during House probe into the utilization of the tobacco excise tax and determination of the tangible benefits acquired by tobacco farmers of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler