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Lacson, Drilon question bill granting franchise to Legarda son's solar firm

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves 'endo' bill on third and final reading

May 22, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Congress is set to convene a bicameral conference committee to finalize the bill

Workers from various companies staged a protest against endo (End of Contract) and called for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the senate, Aug. 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: New senators flash Duterte fist pump – except for 2

May 22, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Reelected senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay refuse to join their fellow winners in making the trademark salute to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S SENATE? Winning senators in the 2019 elections, except for Senators-elect Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, make President Rodrigo Duterte's trademark fist pump. Rappler screenshot

12 new senators proclaimed, boosting Duterte's power

May 22, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The new senators include Duterte aide Bong Go and Marcos daughter Imee Marcos, wiping out opposition bets and tightening the President's grip on Congress

DUTERTE AIDE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas raises the hand of Senator-elect Bong Go during the proclamation of new senators on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate OKs bill on flexitime, alternative work arrangements

May 20, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Congress is now set to convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between the House and Senate versions

Photo taken on October 30, 2007 shows Filipino call center personnel attending to their US clients at a new business process outsourcing office in Manila. Romeo Gacad/AFP

20 administration, 4 opposition senators to fill the new Senate

May 20, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III is expected to be retained under the new Senate

Comelec 'not ready' to proclaim senators this weekend

May 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Commission on Elections says it aims to proclaim winning senators and party-list groups 'in one day but not at the same time'

CANVASSING VOTES. The canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups is ongoing at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death penalty for high-level drug traffickers 'possible' under new Senate

May 16, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It's a possibility now because nadagdag nga 'yung pro-death penalty [senators],' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Tito Sotto: Bong Go won't be Duterte's blind follower in the Senate

May 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'The way I know Bong Go, kapag may pinilit ang Palasyo na 'di niya gusto, papalag 'yun,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Tito sotto senate reelectionists laguna may 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Suspend proclamation of senators amid alleged fraud – Caritas

May 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'We are calling to suspend the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates until the allegation of fraud is resolved,' says Caritas Philippines executive secretary Father Edwin Gariguez

CANVASSING OF VOTES. The Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 15, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Colmenares refuses to concede Senate race

May 15, 2019 - 12:55 AM

'I will never concede defeat to a rotten electoral exercise that has basically deceived, bribed, intimidated and manipulated our people into electing the worst kinds of leaders imaginable,' says Labor Win bet Neri Colmenares

NOT CONCEDING. Former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares has 4.58 million votes as of May 14, 2019 11:48 pm from the partial and unofficial tally from the Comelec transparency server. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Last time opposition didn't win any legislative seat was 80 years ago

May 14, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) This year's 0-12 loss for the opposition is worse than the Marcos years

Rappler Talk: Ronnie Holmes on 2019 election results, Senate independence

May 14, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Can we expect independence from senators?

Public sentiment may bring about independent Senate – political scientist

May 14, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Senators who aspire for reelection or higher position can have different opinions from the President depending on the public sentiment

Labor group to voters: Guarantee independent Senate

May 11, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'We, in all earnestness and hope, invite you to elect candidates who shall stand with you, protect you, treat you with dignity and respect, and truly liberate you,' says labor group Sentro

INDEPENDENT. Labor group Sentro calls on the independence of the Senate, as it was during the 17th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson cancels Bikoy hearing: ‘Enough of this nonsense’

May 08, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are now recalling the letter of invitation sent to Advincula yesterday. Enough of this nonsense,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

HEARING CANCELED. Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier invited Peter Joemel Advincula or 'Bikoy' after he surfaced to ask for legal help. Senate PRIB photo

Bikoy says other whistle-blowers will surface after his Senate testimony

May 08, 2019 - 9:22 AM

EXCLUSIVE: 'Mayroon pang mga kasama ako na lalabas din at papatunayan ang mga unang sinabi ko,' says Peter Joemel Advincula, the man accusing the President's family of drug links

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

'Bikoy' to Lacson: I can testify after elections

May 07, 2019 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Without a lawyer, Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, says it would be dangerous for him to appear in public at this time

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

[OPINION] Will the next Senate be independent?

May 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Let us manage some expectations: the 18th Congress will be filled with allies of President Rodrigo Duterte

File photo by Alecs Ongcal

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

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

[OPINION] Whom exactly are the youth voting for?

May 04, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The idealism accorded to young people might all be wishful thinking

[OPINION] Vote for the opposition, you owe it to yourself

May 02, 2019 - 9:19 AM

If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition

U.S. attorney general grilled over handling of Russia report

May 02, 2019 - 8:45 AM

After undergoing tough questioning in the US Senate, Bill Barr refuses to appear before the House

GRILLED. US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on 'The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Barr faces tough questions on handling of Mueller report

May 01, 2019 - 11:12 PM

US Attorney General Bill Barr 'whitewashed the report,' Senator Dick Durbin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tells CNN ahead of the hearing

MUELLER REPORT. In this file photo, US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Aglipayan group hits Duterte, endorses 10 Senate bets

May 01, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'We must not stand by as democracy is murdered,' say 150 bishops, priests, and laypersons of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Aglipayan Church

CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

Richard Lugar, U.S. foreign policy luminary, dies at 87

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The former US senator was instrumental in the ouster of authoritarian Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 20, 2012, Senator Richard Lugar,R-IN, receives an award from his Senate colleagues, including committee chairman Senator John Kerry,D-MA, during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Richard Lugar, a leading US voice on foreign policy for decades and a onetime presidential candidate known for his civility and bipartisan ways, has died at a medical center in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 87. Lugar died of chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, according to an April 28, 2019 statement from the Lugar Center in Washington, a global policy institute which he founded in 2013.  KAREN BLEIER / AFP

Senate, House suspend work for April 23 after Luzon earthquake

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate and the House of Representatives will check the structural integrity of their buildings

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Senate Electoral Tribunal terminates Francis Tolentino’s protest vs De Lima

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'The results negated his allegations that pre-loaded SD cards were used or that his votes were not counted,' the SET says in its resolution

Sotto, Lacson, Honasan seek Senate rebuke of US lawmakers

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The 3 senators file Senate Resolution 1037, seeking the rebuke of United States lawmakers for 'interfering' in Philippine affairs

'STRONG RESERVATIONS'. Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the changes made by the House of Representatives in the 2019 bdget bill after ratification by both houses of Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

Poe backs changes in 'doble plaka' law

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist senator Grace Poe supports President Rodrigo Duterte's call to 'cure' certain provisions of Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019

PROTEST. Thousands of motorcycle riders protest against the use of two plates under the new law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into farmers' killings

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the killings of farmers 'prove the inability' of the government to maintain peace and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes

SLAIN BROTHERS. Wake of brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Recto: Investigate sand extraction attempts in PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should review its policies on sand and gravel quarrying

U.S. senators urge Philippines to drop charges vs De Lima, Maria Ressa

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:13 PM

US senator Marsha Blackburn says of the bipartisan resolution: '...while we value our relationship with the Philippines, the US Congress expects to see real change to the current practices of the Duterte government'

UNDER SIEGE. Composite file photos of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (left), and Senator Leila de Lima. Photo of Ressa by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate probe sought into Chinese dredging vessel in Batangas

Apr 04, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution calling for a probe into the presence of Chinese vessels 'to protect Philippine interests, sovereignty, and land and marine resources'

Poe: Release 'made in China' loan contracts in full for public scrutiny

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can begin the review process by releasing in full the loan agreements, including annexes and minutes of the meeting of the reviewing and approving bodies,' says reelectionist senator Grace Poe

RELEASE DOCUMENTS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe calls for a review of China loan agreement documents. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate transmits 2019 budget bill to Malacañang to end deadlock

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Senate tells President Rodrigo Duterte it is transmitting the bill 'with strong reservations,' and urges him to veto 'unconstitutional' post-bicam realignments

BUDGET IMPASSE OVER: Senate President Vicente Sotto III signs the 2019 national budget '€œwith strong reservations.' With him are (L-R) Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

House-Senate meeting: ‘No more contentious points’ in proposed 2019 budget

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The negotiating teams of both chambers of Congress are hopeful an agreement on the stalled 2019 national budget will be reached this week

2019 BUDGET. The House of Representatives and Senate's initial meeting on the 2019 budget ends on an optimistic tone. File photos by Shutterstock, Senate PRIB,  Martin San Diego/Rappler

U.S. Democrats demand release of full Mueller report, documents

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Top US congressional Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election

DEMOCRATS. In this file photo taken on January 09, 2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer speak to the media following a meeting with US President Donald Trumpat the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

LIVE: Senate probes Manila Water's supply shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Manila Water and government officials will face senators on Tuesday, March 19, at 10 am


House recalls version of 2019 budget to end standoff with Senate

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Speaker Gloria Arroyo taps congressman Ronaldo Zamora to negotiate with the senators, but House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya says the recall of the budget bill has to be approved by the House plenary

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump signs first veto to secure funding for border wall

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The US President overrides the Congress' decision to terminate his declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Senate rebukes Trump on border emergency; U.S. president vows veto

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Donald Trump's terse response: 'VETO!' he tweets after a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the emergency, declared as a way to secure alternative funding for the border wall denied to him by Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to overturn the President's national emergency border declaration, at the U.S. Capitol on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. 12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against President Trumps emergency declaration. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Senate, House fail to reach consensus on 2019 budget after Duterte meeting

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The House of Representatives 'appeared to have acquiesced but we have yet to see if they will follow the agreement' to revert to the bicam-approved report, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo from Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

Andaya asks senators: Why hostage the 2019 budget?

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:17 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya says if there are anomalous allocations under the 2019 budget as alleged by senators, President Rodrigo Duterte can always veto it

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification – Andaya

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says this is the same process that congressmen did, which senators are now questioning: 'I really don’t see the difference here'

SENATE DID IT TOO. House appropriations panel chair Rolando Andaya Jr says senators also itemized parts of the 2019 budget after they ratified the bicameral conference committee report. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate to look into planned deregulation of sugar imports

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

This comes after a number of senators passed a resolution opposing the plan of some economic managers to liberalize sugar imports

Arizona senator says she was raped while in Air Force

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who spent 26 years in the Air Force and commanded a fighter squadron, reveals the attack in emotional remarks during US Senate subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks while Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) (R), listens, during a Senate Armed Service Committee on prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military, on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP