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Laughter, jokes fill last Senate session as 6 senators bid goodbye

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Senate honors the 6 outgoing senators: Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, and Antonio Trillanes IV

The graduating senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Senators obeyed ‘their conscience,’ not somebody’s command

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Reelected Senator Grace Poe pays tribute to graduating colleagues who, she believes, will in time ‘reclaim their place again in this chamber’

LAST DAY. Eighteen of the senators of the 17th Congress attend the last session day on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito lose reelection bids

May 22, 2019 - 2:50 AM

(UPDATED) Out of the 7 reelectionist senators, two lose in the 2019 midterm polls

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino comfort each other after 2019 polls

May 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senators JV Ejercito and Bam Aquino are the only reelectionist senators who sit outside the 2019 winning circle based on the partial, official tally

Senators JV Ejercito and Bam Aquino, both lost in the recent midterm elections, chat during the session on May 20, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nancy Binay claims victory over JV Ejercito in 2019 polls

May 16, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'I think today I can claim it,' says Senator Nancy Binay

REELECTIONIST SENATOR. Senator Nancy Binay at the Miting De Avance with brother Junjun Binay. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

At Angkas event, Grace Poe promises to fast-track legalizing motorcycle taxis

May 04, 2019 - 8:28 PM

'Binibilisan ko, pinag-aaralan ko, para ang prangkisa na maghahatid ng mas maganda, mas mabilis, at mas affordable na transportation sa lahat, at pagkakakitaan ninyong lahat sa ligtas na paraan, ay maipasa na,' says Senator Poe

RIDING COMMUNITY. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe appeals to the riding community to vote for her in the upcoming 2019 elections. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

JV Ejercito wants death penalty for plunderers

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Reelectionist Senator JV Ejercito, whose half-brother Jinggoy Estrada is himself a plunder defendant, says capital punishment would discourage government officials from committing plunder

QC local candidates headed by QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte hosted the Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates in their campaign caravan at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. Thousands attended the event as Hugpong ng Pagbabago Mayor Sarah Duterte pledge to support the Serbisyo ng Bayan’s local candidates in the coming midterm elections. February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In front of Erap, Sara Duterte tries to ease JV-Jinggoy tension

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Blood is thicker than water,' says presidential daughter Sara Duterte as she lightheartedly refers to the rift between the sons of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada who are both part of her senatorial slate

FAMILY ISSUES. Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Sara Duterte speaks as Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his son, senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada, converse during a campaign rally in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: Enough funds to implement universal health care law

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also renews his appeal for lawmakers to pass measures to sustain the new law, such as higher taxes for tobacco and alcohol products

ENOUGH FUNDS. Health officials and lawmakers give assurances of adequate funding for the Universal Health Care Law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

JV Ejercito's SUV razed in Mandaluyong auto shop fire

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Senator JV Ejercito's sports utility vehicle, which he fondly tweets as his 'lucky car', is among the vehicles destroyed in the blaze

Mandaluyong Autoplus Car Center fire February 18 2019. Photo by Mandaluyong Police

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

JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada raise each other's hands at HNP campaign launch

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The estranged brothers, both senatorial candidates, also shake hands with smiles on their faces at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch

BROTHERS. Senator JV Ejercito and older brother former senator Jinggoy Estrada raise each other's hand at a Hugpong ng Pagbabago sortie on February 12, 2019. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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

Both Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito in Duterte's Senate slate

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The estranged brothers both bag a presidential endorsement

Priority bills of Senate bets cover death penalty, tax suspension

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Eight senatorial hopefuls discuss the priority bills they would push for should they win in the 2019 elections

PRIORITIES. Senatorial aspirants Gary Alejano, Serge Osmeña, Francis Tolentino, Juan Ponce Enrile, Chel Diokno, Bam Aquino, Bato dela Rosa, and JV Ejercito joins CNN Philippines senatorial debate on December 2, 2018. File photos by Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: JV Ejercito on his 2019 senatorial bid amid sibling rivalry

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

What are the challenges that reelectionist senatorial candidate JV Ejercito faces?

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.

Opposition coalition, Isidro Lapeña, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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Youth groups slam electioneering of Bong Go, Ejercito at NYC event

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'We remind the National Youth Commission that as a government agency you should uphold neutrality and not use any of your programs as a venue for political gain,' says the Parliament of Youth Leaders

Senator JV files COC for reelection as an 'Estrada'

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito will be using 'Ejercito Estrada JV' as his official name and 'Estrada JV' as his alias on the 2019 elections ballot

Sen. JV Ejercito files his Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Like Jinggoy, JV plans to run as 'Estrada' in 2019

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'Talagang mayroong confusion. May mawawalang boto because of confusion. That comes with the risk of running together kaya nga hindi ginagawa ito ng pamilya,' says Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito

SWS survey on death penalty, JV Ejercito, Google Pixel | Evening wRap

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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JV Ejercito leaves dad's party for Nationalist People's Coalition

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'It was a difficult decision,' Senator JV Ejercito says of leaving his father's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino

OATH. Senator JV Ejercito (left) joins the Nationalist People's Coalition. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

JV Ejercito leaves Erap's party over feud with Jinggoy

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Senator JV Ejercito says he and his father have not spoken 'for a long time now' following Jinggoy's announcement of his own Senate bid. 'Hindi lang tampo, masama talaga loob ko.'

Ejercito blames new leadership after House voids Road Board abolition

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Asked why lawmakers at the House would do that, Ejercito says, 'Your guess is as good as mine'

ABOLISH? Senator JV Ejercito talks to the media about the need to abolish the Road Board. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

JV Ejercito on ratings dip: 'Non-use of Estrada name working against me'

Sep 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'Since I am using Ejercito and not Estrada, I don't have the benefit of the name recall,' says Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Ugly, embarrassing' debacle proves House can't amend Constitution

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'What happened yesterday is a strong argument against a parliamentary form of government where patronage politics plays a major, if not the only, role in selecting our country’s top leader,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Mara Cepeda

Senators hit Alvarez over 'self-serving' push for People's Initiative

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Majority of the senators... will fight tooth and nail any attempt to cancel the 2019 midterm elections simply because it is wrong and self-serving,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

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

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators stand by Gilas Pilipinas amid brawl with Australia

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito, and Joel Villanueva say Gilas Pilipinas could not be entirely blamed for the brawl with Australia

FIBA PH vs AUS July 2 Brawl. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Sara Duterte’s party to back Dela Rosa, Bong Go, JV Ejercito in 2019

Jun 30, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says Hugpong ng Pagbabago is ready to endorse the 3 allies of her father, should they decide to run in next year's Senate race

PARTY LEADER. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is ready to endorse 2019 senatorial elections candidates. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

Senators oppose final SC decision on Sereno ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senators are torn on whether the Senate can still adopt the resolution expressing its sentiment against the quo warranto petition

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin, Padilla face graft complaint over P10.6-B PhilHealth seniors' fund

May 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former health secretary Janette Garin and ex-PhilHealth CEO Alex Padilla deny the accusation, saying there was no money lost or stolen when they used the fund to establish health centers nationwide

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

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JV Ejercito to Duterte: Sack 'callous' PhilHealth OIC

May 03, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'It is the height of callousness for the interim Philhealth president to be spending that much money,' says Senate health committee chair Joseph Victor Ejercito, in response to an audit report flagging Celestina Ma Jude De la Serna's steep travel expenses

HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the Senate health committee. File photo from Senate PRIB

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have to give credit where credit is due,' says Senate and PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Sibling rivalry: Jinggoy, JV to run for senator in 2019

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The estranged half brothers are so far set to run for the same post, with neither of the two expressing intention to back down

Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Pimentel on PDP-Laban senatorial slate, De Castro on Sereno, Psy in North Korea | Evening wRap

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:32 PM

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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

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS. Congress approves a bill ensuring the health of mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of a child starting from day1 of pregnancy. File photo