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Philippines, China sign 6 deals at high-level meeting in Manila

Oct 24, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Panay-Guimaras bridge, Davao City Expressway, and Marawi sports complex are among the projects that have gained traction following the meeting between Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua

SEALED. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III (right) and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua shake hands during a meeting at the Bureau of Treasury inManila on October 24, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras / Rappler

[OPINION] Let’s have coffee, Senator Villar, and talk about research

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'You are one of the country’s best entrepreneurs.... I am confident that you know the significance of research and early innovation in an industry’s success, as smart a woman as you claim to be.'

[OPINION] Cynthia Villar: Champion of the 'personal interest first' policy

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'How I wish that in the future, the Senate may have a more strict way of selecting chairpersons for committees. Put someone in the agricultural committee who does not forget that their service is for the country and the people.'

Netizens dare officials: Dengvaxia shot for Persida, rice planting for Cynthia

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

After Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's commute stunt, netizens dare other officials to put their money where their mouth is

Senators want Philippines to stop exporting sugar to U.S.

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says Philippine sugar is better off sold to local companies than be exported to the United States

DEREGULATE. The Philippine government will be relaxing restrictions on sugar imports in 2019. Rappler file photo

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Cynthia Villar wants to drastically cut Pasig River rehab body’s budget

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission's budget for 2020 to be cut by half and claims that the body should not be doing relocation projects

Senate identifies 21 schools tapped to train Filipino farmers for free

Sep 07, 2019 - 3:25 PM

A portion of the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund is a P1 billion allocation to bankroll the free training courses of the farmers to modernize their skills

TEACHING FARMERS. A group of farmers manually thresh out the rice seeds from its stalks after the harvest. File photo by John Novis/Greenpeace

Where's P4 billion for farmers? Villar grills DBM, DA

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Department of Agriculture to account for how it used the funds that the Department of Budget and Management released in 2018

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar claims NFA campaigned against her in May 2019 elections

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar blasts the National Food Authority for not buying palay from local farmers due to high moisture content – a charge the new NFA chief denies

AGRICULTURE. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Defending its budget, DPWH says 18 contractors blacklisted

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Despite the controversies hounding the DPWH budget, most of the questions of lawmakers during the budget hearing involved parochial concerns of their districts

'NO PORK.' DPWH Secretary Mark Villar defends his agency's proposed P543-billion budget for 2020 before the House committee on appropriations. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SEC approves stock market debut of Manny Villar's AllHome

Aug 19, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission approves the planned initial public offering of Manny Villar's AllHome and coconut product manufacturer Axelum Resources

Villar urges Landbank to ease loan process for sugar farmers

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture, says Landbank was taking too long to process farmers' loan applications

MIFFED. Senator Cynthia Villar grills the Land Bank of the Philippines officials at the Senate hearing on the implementation of the sugar cane industry development law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

Passage of land use act will earn ire of local governments, Cynthia Villar says

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Deciding how to utilize land should be determined by LGUS, according to the senator, whose committee in the past Congress failed to pass the measure

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Senator Cynthia Villar, and businessman Manuel Villar Jr. at the sidelines of the unveiling of the marker for the Mella Hotel Las Piñas located at the C5 Extension in Barangay Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas City on December 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rice imports undervalued? 'That's BOC's problem,' says Cynthia Villar

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says the problem isn't in the rice tariffication law which she authored

VILLAR SPEAKS ON ACHIEVING WIN-WIN APPROACHES IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Re-elected Sen. Cynthia A. Villar underscores the need to establish linkages between and among all the sectors of the society—public, business and private to achieve “win-win approaches to sustainable development.” Speaking during the European Innovation, Technology and Science Center (EITSC) forum at Dusit Thani Hotel, Villar says sustainability is the key in environment and in other sectors, particularly agriculture. “And when it comes to sustainability, the environment and agriculture are interlinked,” says Villar. As the chairperson of both the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food and Environment and Natural Resources, the senator says there is truly a direct link between food security and environment protection. (Photo from Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar)

Manny Villar's AllHome eyeing to go public in 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:50 PM

If AllHome Corporation's initial public offering pushes through, it would be the 4th listed company of Manny Villar, the richest Filipino

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

Philippines, Japan sign $202-million loan deal for Mindanao roads

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Among the roads to be reconstructed and improved are those damaged in war-torn Marawi City, where delays have plagued the rehabilitation

SIGNED. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka after signing the $202.04-million loan deal in Mindanao. Photo from Department of Finance

Senate topnotcher Cynthia Villar reports zero poll contributions

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Senator-elect Cynthia Villar spends P135 million for the recent senatorial polls, with zero 'contributions received'

SENATE TOPNOTCHER. Senator Cynthia Villar spends more than P135 million for the recent senatorial polls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar, Cusi still richest Cabinet members in 2018

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Meanwhile, at least 4 Cabinet secretaries have net worths below P10 million, based on available Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth in 2018

Amid Senate leadership row, Pimentel tells Villar: Mind your own party

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'Mind your own party. Kung may problema ka sa party mo, do not assume na may problem kami sa party namin,' says PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

WATCH: Cynthia Villar refuses to sign resolution backing Sotto leadership

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Huwag n'yo ko idadamay sa away n'yo. Bakit hindi n'yo kausapin si Sotto at mga kapartido ninyo para matapos ang gulong ito?' an irked Senator Cynthia Villar tells senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Manny Pacquiao

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Drilon to Senate newbies: Study first, leadership quarrels later

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'Sana mag-aral po muna 'yung mga baguhan,' says Senate veteran Franklin Drilon

SENATE VETERAN. Senator Franklin Drilon offers advice for incoming neophyte senators who will be part of the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cynthia Villar still richest senator in 2018

May 27, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar's declared net worth rises to P3.72 billion in 2018, with zero liabilities

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ghosts of an anomalous past: Cases, controversies hounding new senators

May 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A number of the new senators also have their share of controversies, including being accused of violating certain laws and becoming subjects of investigations

Newly elected senators of the recent National and Local Elections are proclaimed today, May 22, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The rise of Cynthia Villar: How politics, money, networks made her No. 1

May 15, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Hers was not a one-time surprise ascent but a deliberate, steady, and sure climb

Sen. Cynthia Villar castigating Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol regarding the status of rice stocks and DA funds. Photo by Angie de Silva

Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe top elections in first transmission

May 13, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go grabs the third spot

Cynthia Villar dislodges Grace Poe as Senate race front-runner – Pulse Asia

May 11, 2019 - 9:46 AM

With just days to go before election day, only 3 in 10 registered voters have a complete slate of 12 candidates, according to the final preelection survey of Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated

SENATE RACE FRONT-RUNNER. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar on the campaign trail. Photo from the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

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

Villar, Poe share top spot among Senate bets in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The results of the Pulse Asia survey show voters' preference for Senator Cynthia Villar at 51.7%, slightly higher but statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe's 50.5%

DPWH to order inspection of Chuzon grocery stores after Luzon earthquake

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:47 AM

In Guagua, the municipal engineer temporarily suspends the operations of the Chuzon Supermarket branch there, following the collapse of the Porac branch

COLLAPSED. Rescue teams bore a hole on the collapsed 4-storey Chuzon Supermarket in a bid to locate trapped victims inside the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

On his birthday, Gatchalian endorses 6 out of 7 reelectionist senators

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says he is endorsing the bid of his friends in Senate, whom he fully believes will serve 'with integrity'

REELECTIONIST SENATORS. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian celebrates his birthday by endorsing the bid of reelectionist senators in Valenzuela City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Villegas hits Duterte, calls voting public not to ‘betray God’ | Midday wRap

Mar 06, 2019 - 1:44 PM

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Manny Villar is now Philippines’ richest

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:44 AM

From a Tondo boy swimming in trash, Manny Villar emerges as the Philippines' richest, according to Forbes' 2019 richest Filipinos list

Former DDB chair Bebot Villar passes away

Mar 02, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Current Dangerous Drugs Board chief Catalino Cuy confirms the news, saying Villar passed away Friday night, March 1

Photo of Antonio "Bebot" Villar courtesy of Pangasinan.gov.ph

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

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

Mark Villar says P75 billion in DPWH budget not 'insertion'

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says the department welcomes any information on alleged irregularities involving contractor CT Leoncio Construction and Trading

NO INSERTIONS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar denies allegations of insertions in their proposed P555.7-billion 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why Thirdy Ravena had 'Javi V' written on his arm

Dec 08, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Javi reminded me to just enjoy the game. I’m pretty sure I had the best game of my life,' Thirdy Ravena says of his late friend

FOR JAVI. Thirdy Ravena reveals that he is inspired by his dream of Javi Villareal. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig now open

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The highway, which cost P1.28 billion to build, also features a 3-meter-wide bicycle lane

DPWH inaugurates pedestrian and biker-friendly Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City November 15 2018. Photo from DPWH

Senate approves bill lifting rice import limits

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:30 PM

If the rice tariffication bill is passed into law, a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund would be created to protect the rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations

APPROVED. Rice tariffication is one of the means identified that would help address soaring inflation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pepito Pico takes oath as new Diwa representative

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Pepito Pico replaces Emmeline Aglipay Villar, who was appointed justice undersecretary in July

NEW LAWMAKER. Pepito Pico takes his oath as new Diwa representative before Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on November 14, 2018. Screenshot from House of Representatives

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.

Villar company to bid as 3rd telco – DICT

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr says Streamtech Systems Technologies has to look for a foreign partner with at least 10 years of experience in a nationwide telco business