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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers arrested as tensions soar

Nov 09, 2019 - 3:49 PM

They face up to a year in jail if convicted

HONG KONG TENSION. Members of security try to block pro-democracy lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting (C-facing) as he chants slogans in protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) holds a question and answer session at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 17, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong / AFP

Lawmakers on Pacquiao boxing win: 'Age doesn't matter'

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Talagang 40s is the new 30s,' says Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco on Senator Manny Pacquiao's win over Keith Thurman for the World Boxing Association super welterweight title

VICTORY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa rejoices as Senator Manny Pacquiao wins his fight against Keith Thurman. Photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tax social media firms to fund digital literacy classes – UK lawmakers

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:46 PM

They are also seeking to establish a new category of tech company that bridges the gap between platform and publisher

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the European Parliament on May 22, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

U2's Bono calls on US lawmakers to end family separations

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'They say they want to fix the situation, but it just has to stop,' says the U2's frontman

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Singer Bono of U2 greets people at the U.S. Capitol on June 19, 2018. Bono is Washington to meet with lawmakers. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

With China in West PH Sea, lawmakers say Independence Day 'devoid of spirit'

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the country is not truly given the government's failure to assert the country's rights against China in the West Philippine Sea

FREEDOM. Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets with full of gladness in celebration of Independence Day in 2017.  File photo by SM City Tarlac

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

May 29, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

(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

U.S. Senate passes huge spending bill to avert gov't shutdown

Mar 23, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Triggering a 3rd government shutdown of the year would have been a deep embarrassment for the Republican-led Congress ahead of mid-term elections in November

AVERTING SHUTDOWN. Lights shine at The U.S. Capitol along with the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in the early hours of Friday morning on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. lawmakers clinch spending deal to avert gov't shutdown

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:46 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan hails the $1.3 trillion spending bill as marking 'the beginning of a new era for the United States military,' while minority leader Chuck Schumer says it will fulfill Democratic priorities

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

House opposition hits Calida's ‘desperate’ move to oust Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Members of House opposition blocs say the Office of the Solicitor General is doing this since the Duterte administration doesn't have the numbers in the Senate to convict the Chief Justice

Immunity from traffic violations sends 'wrong message' – House opposition

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that the immunity doesn't extend to the drivers of legislators

TRAFFIC WOES. Heavy traffic builds up along Commonwealth Avenue in early August as the MRT-7 construction begins. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

EU officials visit De Lima in jail

Jul 19, 2017 - 5:31 PM

This comes after the EU Parliament in March 2017 approved a resolution calling for the senator s immediate release from detention

Photo from De Lima's office

EU lawmakers visit PH to check human rights

Jul 19, 2017 - 12:14 AM

EU lawmakers led by Soraya Post plan to visit detained Senator Leila de Lima during their trip to the Philippines

EU LAWMAKER. Soraya Post leads a group of EU lawmakers visiting the Philippines to check the human rights situation in the country. File photo of Soraya Post from

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned

DOJ CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II faces his latest controversy since being appointed chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

No joint session on martial law is a cover-up, say opposition lawmakers

May 29, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the majority want to hide the discussion from the public because the martial law declaration has no basis

'CONGRESS IN CHAINS'. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says that there is no reason for legislators to skip convening over martial law. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte impeachment case, Leila de Lima, Donald Trump | Evening wRap

Mar 16, 2017 - 10:30 PM

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'Respect' PH's process on De Lima case, Palace tells EU lawmakers

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Malacañang insists the drug charges against Duterte critic Senator Leila De Lima are not politically motivated

'RESPECT' PH GOVERNMENT. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella answers queries from media. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Muslim lawmakers denounce beheading of German national

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The Muslim congressmen argue that acts of terrorism like beheadings are not in accordance with Islamic religion or way of life

NO TO TERRORISM. From left to right: Representatives Ansaruddin Adiong, Mauyag Papandayan Jr, Abdulmunir Arbison, Bai Sandra Sema, Ruby Sahali, and Sitti Turabin-Hataman. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2 incumbent lawmakers in Duterte’s narco list – Alvarez

Jan 17, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says one of the 2 congressmen hails from Mindanao and is allegedly a drug protector

REPS IN THE NARCO LIST. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says is still mulling whether or not he would talk to the congressmen allegedly involved in drugs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Don’t dissolve Negros Island Region, lawmakers ask Duterte

Oct 14, 2016 - 4:36 PM

10 Negrense lawmakers write an appeal to the President

FATE OF NEGROS ISLAND. The decision to sign an EO dissolving the Negros Island Region was reached during the 7th Cabinet meeting on October 3, 2016, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Photo from Office of the Vice President

105 new lawmakers take crash course in legislation

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:32 PM

A mock session is conducted to show the neophyte lawmakers what happens during a regular session at the House of Representatives

MOCK SESSION. Neophyte legislators attend a mock session at the House of Representatives plenary hall on July 6. Photo by Mara Cepeda

British MP dies after street attack – police

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:38 PM

5th UPDATE British MP Jo Cox is pronounced dead at 1:48pm 1248 GMT

JO COX. Image from

Kuwaiti Shiite lawmakers boycott parliament

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:24 PM

All 9 Shiite lawmakers stay away from the national assembly following attacks on Sunni ruled ally Saudi Arabia s diplomatic missions in Iran

Dubious distinction: House of Reps facing most number of cases

Dec 09, 2015 - 7:23 PM

The lower chamber tops the Ombudsman s list for January June 2015

UN rights chief 'unprofessional' for law criticism – China

Jul 09, 2015 - 9:16 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China was strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to Zeid s comments

 A paramilitary guard stands inside the Beijing No.1 Detention Center in Beijing, China, 25 October 2012. The detention center, which has a maximum capacity of 1,000 inmates, was shown to members of the press during a rare visit ahead of the 18th party congress. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

Roxas defends Aquino, Arroyo plunder, MayPac ad | The wRap

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Interior secretary Mar Roxas defends President Benigno Aquino Plunder charges against Gloria Arroyo moves to the trial stage The Mayweather Pacquiao ad is out

Behave during Mamasapano probe, lawmakers told

Apr 07, 2015 - 11:00 AM

We are accused of grandstanding non observance of proper decorum says the chairman of the House committee investigating the Mamasapano clash

PREVIOUS HEARING. A file photo of the previous House hearing on the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bello: Aquino can 'scratch me off his list of allies'

Mar 11, 2015 - 6:26 PM

The President unfortunately has a problem listening to people When it comes to constructive criticism and suggestions he is tone deaf

Ex-lawmaker refuses to enter plea in plunder case

Mar 09, 2015 - 10:17 AM

The Sandiganbayan enters a not guilty plea on his behalf

The wRap Indonesia: Jan. 28, 2015

Jan 28, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The latest in the AirAsia crash probe a new requirement for all civil servants to submit wealth reports the finance minister s take on the weak rupiah and more

BLACK BOX. The FDR (Flight Data Recorder) (C) of AirAsia flight QZ8501 was retrieved from the Java Sea on January 12, 2015.  Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

German lawmaker and Russia expert Schockenhoff dies

Dec 14, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Andreas Schockenhoff a foreign policy expert on Russia and France dies of natural causes at age 57

In this file photo date 07 March 2007., Germany's Andreas Schockenhoff, president of the Franco-German friendship parliamentary group at the Bundestag, delivers a speech during French right wing UMP's party day focused on defence in Paris, France. Photo by Melanie Frey/EPA

Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

Oct 19, 2014 - 7:41 PM

According to a British official the proposal serves to mark their determination to take a stand against a baying cyber mob

Lacson to call out Aquino admin if Napoles list sanitized

May 07, 2014 - 3:37 PM

Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson says the number of senators implicated in the scam is enough to ratify a treaty

NAPOLES MEETING. Lacson says he met with Napoles' husband and children to discuss her bid for immunity. File photo by Jose Del

More lawmakers to be charged over pork scam

Apr 04, 2014 - 2:49 PM

More lawmakers will be charged in relation to the illegal diversion of lawmakers PDAF to bogus projects

PH security forces to escort fishermen 'if necessary'

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin also welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tough sanctions against China s aggressiveness in the disputed waters

'WE NEED US': Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tougher stance against China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Dec 11, 2013 - 9:29 PM

Roxas says Romualdez video is misleading and malicious Napoles and husband file counter affidavit for a tax evasion case US lawmakers reach budget deal

CA freezes assets of ex-lawmakers, staff

Nov 28, 2013 - 4:59 PM

The order however does not include senators Juan Ponce Enrile Bong Revilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada who are accused of amassing the most amount of money among the implicated lawmakers

RESIGN. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima appealed to some NBI Deputy Directors with trust issues to tender their courtesy resignations. File photo by Rappler

Russian lawmakers approve new anti-terrorist bill

Oct 26, 2013 - 7:38 PM

The bill also introduces punishment of up to six years in prison to people who participate in terrorist groups abroad if such activities harm Russia s interests

SECURITY. Russian lawmakers pass the anti-terrorist bill as the country prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. File photo by EPA/HANS KLAUS TECHT

PNoy dares critics: Impeach me

Oct 02, 2013 - 12:23 PM

President Aquino says he is confident about the legal basis of the creation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program

Palace cites Constitution to defend DAP

Oct 01, 2013 - 8:36 PM

DAP is basically savings says Malacañang and only confused lawmakers when the fund was given a proper name The President has the power to realign these savings it says

#PugadBaboy: Code Name: Porky punchline 3

Sep 16, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Janet Napoles color coded ledgers

#PugadBaboy: Code Name: Porky punchline 2

Sep 16, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Janet Napoles color coded ledgers

#PugadBaboy: Code Name: Porky

Sep 16, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Janet Napoles color coded ledgers

Rappler Newscast | September 12, 2013

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Whistleblower Luy tells a tale of collusion with lawmakers How did Napoles build her empire? Nur Misuari disowns the Zamboanga siege

Aquino legacy in peril

Sep 11, 2013 - 8:14 AM

The President faces the worst corruption scandal in his administration He can either get out of it a hero or sink with it

Aquino rejects abolition of pork barrel anew

Aug 19, 2013 - 2:06 PM

'Maybe what we should do is that those who misuse the pork barrel should really face more serious punishment'

KEEP PDAF. President Benigno Aquino III stood firm on his stance to keep pork barrel. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Will pork probe affect De Lima's CA confirmation?

Aug 14, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Drilon is confident the Commission on Appointments will be objective in deciding Justice Secretary Leila de Lima s confirmation

WILL REMAIN UNDER WPP. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the DOJ will not turn the pork scam whistleblower despite Pasig court's warrant of arrest against him. FILE/AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

Crowdsourcing a bill: Will it work?

Aug 09, 2013 - 10:44 AM

The Crowdsourcing Act will give people more access to laws which then enables them to become more responsive to society s needs and aspirations

THE GUINGONA PROJECT. Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III formally launched on Wednesday the virtual platform to crowdsource his own Philippine Crowdsourcing Act. Public comments are open until noon of August 21, 2013. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

FAST FACTS: Get to know the members of the 16th Congress

Jul 22, 2013 - 8:14 AM

Share with us any information that could help us make our lawmakers transparent efficient and accountable

Junk senatorial bets who were absentee solons - Angara

Apr 08, 2013 - 5:46 PM

The senatorial candidates are mostly incumbent senators or representatives Angara says voters junk those who have been absentees in the House and the Senate

Photo from Sonny Angara Facebook page

US lawmakers support PH legal track on China

Jan 30, 2013 - 6:31 PM

The legal track promotes a peaceful resolution to the dispute in the West Philippine Sea 5 visiting US congressmen say

PH-US TIES. President Benigno Aquino III exchanges views with the United States Congressional Delegation headed by newly selected chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Representative Edward Royce, during the courtesy call at the Music Room, Malacañang Palace on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau