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Sep 26, 2017 - 8:41 PM

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Duterte's pick for new SBMA chief is Gordon's 'protégé'

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Wilma Eisma was Senator Richard Gordon's executive assistant and legal staff member when he was SBMA chairman and administrator from 1992 to 1998

Photo from SBMA Director Benny Antiporda's Facebook

Housing sector’s proposed 2018 budget lowest in 10 years

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The housing agencies will get a budget of P4.7 billion next year – around 92% lower than the P68 billion budget that the HUDCC requested

PANDI. Inside a resettlement site in Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

2,000 DSWD positions remain unfilled despite P2-B surplus funds

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Majority of the unfilled positions are memorandum of agreement workers under contract-based arrangements with the DSWD

CONTRACTUAL DESK. DSWD workers manning the crisis intervention unit of the department are employed through contractual arrangements. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

16 senators sign resolution calling on gov't to stop killings of minors

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The proposed resolution seeks a Senate investigation into the issue to determine the 'institutional reasons, if any, that give rise to such killings'

A day before the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos a 17 year old student who was killed during police operation on Anti-illegal drugs, Fr. Robert Reyes (right) along with the residents of Brgy. 160 in Callocan City offer a prayer, candles and flowers at the site where delos Santos was murdered. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Drilon admits he underwent fraternity hazing

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Like Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, we all went through this in our younger days. We all know what happens in initiation rights when you go through hazing,' says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Republican health plan likely dead as key U.S. senator defects

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:54 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Susan Collins joins Republican colleagues John McCain and Rand Paul as firm no votes on the legislation

STAYING (AGAIN). An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Aegis Juris not an accredited UST organization in 2017

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:55 PM

University of Santo Tomas officials also say Aegis Juris did not inform the school about its welcoming rites, violating the Anti-Hazing Act

PROUD FRATERNITY. An Aegis Juris pamphlet  shows faces of known attorneys in congratulating members who passed the 2016 bar exam. Rappler file photo

House adopts Senate version of bill postponing barangay elections

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The bill consolidating the versions of the Senate and the House — seeking to move the polls to May 2018 – will be sent for President Duterte's signature

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Solano claims Aegis Juris frat brother told him to lie to police

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:10 PM

John Paul Solano, among the primary suspects in the death of Horacio Castillo III, says he followed the order because he was 'very rattled' at the time

HAZING. John Paul Solano says a fraternity brother asked him to lie to police about where he found the body of Horacio Castillo III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, September 25

PDEA wants additional P934 million for drug war

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says in a budget hearing that it needs more funds to boost anti-narcotics efforts

PDEA BOSSES. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) defends their budget to the Senate Finance Committee. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate ethics panel puts on hold Faeldon's complaints

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:50 PM

'Hindi mo kami kinikilala eh, 'Di mo nirerespeto Senado, ba't namin irerespeto complaint mo?' says Senate Majority Leader and ethics panel chair Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Fariñas wants PH Congress to have own police force

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The proposed Philippine Legislative Police envisions Congress enforcing its own powers of contempt and arrest, as well as provide security for legislators and their families

HOUSE OF REPS. House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants a police force that reports directly to Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Special stop orders' under Faeldon used for 'doble tara' – Lacson

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the scheme is among the 'mysteries' under former Customs chief Faeldon's administration

'DOBLE TARA.' Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the issuance of special stop orders during the stint of former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Senate PRIB

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) This is the second ethics complaint filed against a senator by the former Customs commissioner, who has strongly refused to face a Senate investigation into drug smuggling and BOC corruption

ETHICS CASE. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon files an ethics complaint against his former friend Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Two more U.S. senators signal opposition to Obamacare overhaul

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:39 AM

It could deal a potentially fatal blow to one President Donald Trump's top legislative goals

OPPOSING GRAHAM-CASSIDY. This file photo taken on March 28, 2017 shows US Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins speaking to a reporter as she makes her way to the Senate subway at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Macron's party suffers setback in French Senate vote

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The outcome, which is not expected to significantly impact Macron's ability to push through his economic reform agenda, comes after months of falling approval ratings for the 39-year-old head of state

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the Round Table on 'Housing First' in Toulouse, southern France, on September 11, 2017. Pascal Pavani/Pool/AFP

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHED ‘strongly condemns’ death of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:51 PM

CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan says CHED-NCR will look into the 'very tragic event'

AGAINST HAZING DEATHS. CHED chairperson faces the Senate finance committee on September 21. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate files version of tax reform bill seen to exempt 3.2 M Filipinos from income tax

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 PM

The Senate ways and means committee estimates that its version of the bill will earn the government P148 billion in revenue despite exempting an estimated 64% of workers from paying income tax

Senate OKs bill postponing barangay polls, rejects appointment of OICs

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Only minority Senator Risa Hontiveros opposes the measure, saying it is 'motivated only by the President's desire to have full control over the barangays'

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Manny Pacquiao challenges Aegis Juris fratmen to a fistfight

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:29 PM

'Alam nyo yung mga ganun, yun ang mga duwag eh. Nambubugbog na walang kalaban laban. Kung hindi lang masama, pwede ko sila hamunin, Mr President,' says the world boxing champion

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate to probe UST law student's death due to hazing

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senate public order committee chair Panfilo Lacson will lead the probe into the death of Horacio Castillo III

SENATE PROBE. The sister of Horacio Castillo III, Nicole, and aunt Rita speak with senators after attending the session to listen to Senator Miguel Zubiri's privilege speech on the death of the law student on September 20, 2017.Photo from Senate PRIB

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

PCOO to hold 'media literacy program' against fake news

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tells senators that his office will bring the program to the entire country

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Defiant Republicans in last-gasp Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) After falling one vote short this summer, Republicans have revived efforts to shred Obamacare. Momentum swelled in the past week

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Hontiveros wants P900-million PNP drug war budget dissolved for other projects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a member of the Senate finance committee, wants to spend the PNP's drug war budget for police training, investigations, operations, and health programs

REALOCATION. Senator Risa Hontiveros eyes dissolving the PNP's budget for the war on drugs. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

No proof linking Davao Group to P6.4-billion shabu shipment – Gordon

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the shabu smuggled from China, and will now focus on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DRUG SMUGGLING. The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate OKs bill requiring economic managers to report to Congress

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

The bill will mandate the Department of Finance, National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Central Bank to report biannually to Congress on fiscal and monetary policies

REPORT. The Senate has passed the bill seeking to require the country's economic managers to report biannually to Congress. Malacañang file photo

Senators condemn UST law student's death due to alleged hazing

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Senators renew calls for the amendment of the 22-year-old Anti-Hazing Law of 1995

Photo from Castillo's Facebook profile

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

Senate vows to speed up bill abolishing 'corrupt, arrogant' Road Board

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Officials of the Road Board skip a budget hearing at the Senate, angering senators who now say they will fast-track the measure that seeks to abolish the board

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Lacson

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The former Bureau of Customs chief files an ethics complaint against the senator for the lawmaker's privilege speech implicating him in corrupt practices inside the bureau

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Senior U.S. senators try to protect transgender troops

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Collins files a bill attempting to block or limit President Donald Trump's decree to bar transgender personnel from serving in the military

PROPONENTS. Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Susan Collins file a bill seeking protection for transgender troops. Photo of McCain by Tasos Katopodis/AFP, photos of Reed, Gillibrand, Collins from their Twitter accounts

CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

AMLC confirms receipt of Trillanes' bank secrecy waivers

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:48 PM

In this regard we will evaluate the submitted Sworn Waiver and revert to you the soonest says AMLC Executive Director Mel Georgie Racela in a letter dated Wednesday September 13

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler