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After recovering, Sonny Angara tests positive again for coronavirus

May 02, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The senator already recovered from COVID-19 in early April

SONNY ANGARA. Senator Sonny Angara at the Senate. Photo from Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

How Larry Bird and the Celtics helped coronavirus survivor Angara

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM

While recovering from COVID-19, Senator Sonny Angara says technology helped him escape back to the '80s with the Boston Celtics

Coronavirus survivor Angara urges massive and random testing

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:53 PM

The government's 'massive' testing only covers critical and vulnerable cases. Angara said asymptomatic people may be carriers and could be infecting others

TESTING. A person is swabbed for coronavirus. Photo from Makati City government

'This is our generation's war': Sonny Angara on being a coronavirus patient

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Writes Senator Angara: 'The choices made by leaders matter so much in times like these'

Angara recovers from coronavirus

Apr 06, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Senator Sonny Angara is now home with his family

HOME. Senator Sonny Angara is now free of coronavirus. Photo from Tootsy Angara's Instragram account

Angara says he's recovering from coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Senator Sonny Angara says he's 'okay and been taking a lot of medicine'

RECOVERING. Senator Sonny Angara is recovering from coronavirus. File photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sonny Angara tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Senator Sonny Angara says he has 'not been in contact with the public since taking the test last March 16'

Committee on Finance chairman Senator Sonny Angara answers questions from Senators Lacson and Drilon on the 2020 national budget. November 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Angara: Enough time to pass bill extending 2019 budget validity

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'I don't think there's a reason to worry because we have about 7 to 8 weeks before the end of the year,' says Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee

FINANCE PANEL. Senator Sonny Angara answers questions from the Senate media during break of the 2020 budget deliberations on November 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate to begin plenary debates on 2020 budget

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The Senate is aiming to prevent another budget deadlock that delayed the passage of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill

BUDGET PLENARY. Plenary debates on the 2020 budget are set to begin Monday, November 11, in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva

Angara backs imposing price ceiling on 120 medicines

Oct 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Health says the generic medicines in the list are being sold 'up to 4 times' the international reference prices, while branded innovator products are sold 'up to 22 times'

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Senators joke Peralta is next chief justice

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress

THE NEXT CJ? Senators tease Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that he is the next chief justice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hontiveros on lotto resumption: 'Buti nahimasmasan na si Pangulo'

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros also tells President Rodrigo Duterte to 'go after those small town lottery franchises fronting for jueteng, strongly regulate Chinese online gambling, and stop recycling corrupt officials'

LOTTO'S BACK. Bettors place their bets at a lotto outlet in Manila on Wednesday, July 31, as the suspension for the PCSO lotto operations was lifted by President Rodrigo Duterte the night before. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Angara wants Senate probe into Philhealth scam

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the probe would help craft policies to 'prevent such fraud' and 'conduct a review of the fund utilization' of the government corporation

IN PHOTOS: Pro-Duterte senators-elect take oath in Malacañang

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

In two separate ceremonies, 8 Duterte-allied senators take their oath before the Chief Executive in the presence of their family and supporters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go during the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Angara sponsors bill seeking to increase tobacco taxes

May 27, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Senate ways and means committee report proposes a starting tax rate of P45 per cigarette pack in 2020, followed by a series of annual P5 increases until the rate reaches P60 in 2023

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo

Rappler Talk: Sonny Angara and his 2019 reelection

May 15, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Rappler talks to Senator Sonny Angara on his successful reelection bid and his plans for his second term

Reelectionist senators join forces amid blurry political lines in 2019

May 10, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Senate leaders and other incumbent senators also lend a helping hand, in an attempt to preserve the 'camaraderie' and 'status quo' in the chamber

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Tito Sotto endorses all 7 reelectionist senators

May 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'Ako po'y 27 taon nang senador. I have been with the best and the brightest,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, as he makes a pitch for the 7 senators seeking reelection

Laguna - Senate Reelectionists with SP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto endorses Roxas, reelectionist bets in 2019 Senate race

May 05, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Edgardo Angara also attend the Bangon Lipa rally

ENDORSEMENT. Senator Ralph Recto endorses former senator Manuel Roxas II in the 2019 Senate elections. Screengrab from Mar Roxas staff

Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

In Cebu, Serge Osmeña hits part of TRAIN law before Angara

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Senatorial candidate Sergio Osmeña III says he will move to scrap the fuel excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

BROTHERS. Senatorial bet Sergio Osmena III joins his brother Tomas, who is the reelectionist Cebu City mayor, at the proclamation party of the regional party BOPK. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Sonny Angara under fire for ‘#ShowerTogether’ tweet amid water crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Netizens are quick to point out the insensitivity of the joke during a water crisis that is affecting not just households, but also businesses, hospitals, and schools

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Mar 13, 2019 - 1:32 PM

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As fuel prices rise, Angara says TRAIN law 'benefitted millions of families'

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'Siyempre gustong gamitin yan ng ibang partido o indibidwal for political benefit,' says reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Macalintal, Tañada challenge Angara: Explain why you pushed for TRAIN

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

'Kung ito'y magandang batas, dapat sana hinaharap kayo ni Senator Angara, 'di ba?' Otso Diretso candidate Romy Macalintal tells the crowd at a campaign event

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

Military will 'crush' Jolo attackers, says Malacañang

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and other officials also denounce the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, killing civilians attending Mass and soldiers who responded to the scene. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

Recent Twitter mishaps by officials: Be careful

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

What happens when public officials mistweet or overtweet?

Robredo, lawmakers to voters: Say 'yes' to Bangsamoro law

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law is the first step to attain real peace in the region

Ballot boxes for the Bangsamoro plebiscite in Marawi City being prepared by the city treasurer’s office 2 days ahead of the historic vote. The city's voters are spread over 210 precincts. Most of the 24 barangays from the Most Affected Area will vote in temporary shelter sites.

Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, 'fight inequality and abuse'

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up, and fight back,' opposition Senator Leila de Lima says

RIZAL DAY. Senators commemorate national hero Jose Rizal on his 122nd death anniversary. Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

Arroyo, lawmakers condemn killing of Batocabe

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(6th UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other lawmakers call for a speedy probe into the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

COLLEAGUES. In this Facebook photo posted on July 26, 2018, the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is seen with Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the House of Representatives. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

Angara proposes P2.9-B budget in 2019 for promotion of college faculty

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:10 PM

If approved, about 35,000 teachers stand to benefit, according to Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

PROMOTIONS? Senators seek to allocate funds for the promotion of college teachers in the government’s 2019 budget

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

Sonny Angara fends off TRAIN law criticism as he files COC

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara pushes for remedial measures to cushion the impact of the Duterte administration's tax reform law

Sen. Sonny Angara files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators' election plans bog down Trabaho bill – think tank

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Senator Sonny Angara can pass on the Trabaho bill to other lawmakers if he fears the measure will hurt his reelection bid

Sonny Angara elected new LDP president

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The senator takes over the party founded by his father

NEW LDP PRESIDENT. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara speaks at an organizational meeting and fellowship dinner with Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino partymates. Photo from Office of Senator Angara

Senators to ensure CHED 2019 budget covers scholars of other programs

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says scholars under existing programs outside the free higher education law may be affected by the lower budget for 2019

BUDGETED. Senators want a provision in the 2019 budget that would ensure students who are continuing scholars of students financial assistance programs are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves Sept 2 as Ifugao holiday on Yamashita surrender

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:07 PM

The bill is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

Photo from Shutterstock

Senate approves bill splitting Aklan into 2 legislative districts

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Once the bill is signed into law, Boracay will be part of the second district of Aklan province

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

Senators condemn killing of Tanauan mayor Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) Senators call on the Philippine National Police to solve the killing, which opposition senators say is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war

KILLED. Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot in broad daylight in front of the city hall. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

On Eid'l Fitr, senators hope BBL will become law

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The lawmakers believe the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is pending at the bicameral conference committee level in Congress, will bring peace in Mindanao

EID'L FITR. Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcome the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Unlike in House, joint Senate panel rejects PCGG abolition

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Senator Richard Gordon, who earlier filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government, says he changed his mind after taking a look at the pros and cons of the proposal

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

PhilHealth should cover psychiatric consultation fees – Angara

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The recent deaths of food journalist Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have sparked calls to strengthen mental health policies worldwide

CONSULT. Seeking the help of trained professionals is an important step in the early prevention and treatment of mentail illness.

'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan