17th Congress
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'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

Lacson slams Gordon, likens mouth to 'incontinent anus'

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'Somebody who has a mouth like an incontinent anus with a defective sphincter pylori can indiscriminately destroy reputations,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

'INCONTINENT ANUS.' Senator Panfilo Lacson slams Senator Richard Gordon for his 'unreasonable comments' against him.

Koko Pimentel files bill on cheaper political ads

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

A similar bill was already passed on third and final reading in the House of Representatives

KOKO PIMENTEL. The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino hits 'Dick Gordon show,' draft report on Dengvaxia

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'In legislative inquiries that I participated in, the process is [to] gather facts then arrive at a conclusion. The Dick Gordon show started with a conclusion and tried to produce facts to support it,' former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alvarez wants House to impeach Sereno in May

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also says the impeachment proceedings would become moot and academic if the Supreme Court approves the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO OUSTER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is set on having the House of Representatives impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno next month. File photo from House

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

I still do: Alvarez won't give up on divorce bill

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are 'ongoing' talks to make sure the controversial divorce bill will see the light of day

HOUSE SPEAKER. Alvarez continues to push for the passage of the divorce law. Photo courtesy of the House media bureau

13 senators sign panel report approving bill vs dynasties

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The bill covers spouses, siblings, parents, and children; and the spouses of these second-degree relatives

19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

After 17 years, construction of Senate building moves forward

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Senate has agreed to pay a maximum of P90,000 per square meter for a 18,320-square meter lot in Fort Bonifacio

PASAY TO TAGUIG. The Senate transfer to its 'new, iconic' building in Taguig moves forward. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Landmark coco levy trust fund bill hurdles Congress

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Senate Bill 1233 places the management of the fund under a reconstituted Philippine Coconut Authority – the agency that was responsible for the misuse of the funds in the 1970s

File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Lawmakers form group to push for human rights in House agenda

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines

'Sequel to Corona': 7 articles of impeachment readied vs Sereno

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The House justice committee will vote on the committee report on Monday, March 19

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visit law student in University of Baguio . Photo by Mau victa

De Lima medical test shows 'benign' liver mass

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima assures supporters there is 'nothing to worry about,' adding there is no need for an operation

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Drilon praises Bong Go's basketball skills: 'Magaling talaga'

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon joke that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go wants to run for the Senate so he could join the winning Senate Defenders basketball team

Photo from Bong Go

Senate honors Freddie Aguilar for 'lifetime contributions' to PH arts

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Singer-composer Freddie Aguilar is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte

SENATE LAUDS FREDDIE AGUILAR: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right) presents a copy of Senate Resolution 658 recognizing Filipino singer and composer Freddie “Anak” Aguilar (2nd, left) for his “lifetime outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and culture,” Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Aguilar was accompanied by his wife, Jovie Aguilar (left). (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/AYA/13 March 2018)

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate: 'Physically impossible' to OK barangay polls postponement

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Congress has only 5 session days left, as it is set to go on break from March 24 to May 13. The elections are scheduled on May 14.

Recto hit for 'excluding' coconut farmers from coco levy bill

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'Pera na nga namin, maglo-lobby pa kami? Pera na nga namin, makikiusap pa kami?' says Ed Mora, lead convenor of the Kilusang Magniniyog, on the need for congressional approval before use of coco levy funds

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Gordon orders release of Faeldon from detention

Mar 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon orders the release of Nicanor Faeldon, who was earlier cited in contempt for disrespecting the Senate

Photo by Angie de Silva

Christian groups troop to Senate vs landmark SOGIE bill

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a conservative, says the bill is practically dead in the 17th Congress

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sotto seeks Senate probe into alleged poll fraud in 2016

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, citing his source, alleges that there was early transmission of votes and foreign access to election servers

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate leaders slam 'unconstitutional' petition to oust Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno can only be removed through impeachment, while Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the petition is 'a slippery slope'

Senate committee seeks to ban dynasties, turncoatism in Bangsamoro

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Read the other salient features of the Senate's proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to give political and fiscal autonomy to the region

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate nominates Whang-od for National Living Treasures Award

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Also known as the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan, the award is the highest honor given by the state to traditional folk artists

AWARD. The Senate nominates Apo Whang-od Oggay for the National Living Treasures Award. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate now in 'preparation mode' for Sereno impeachment trial

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the chamber might convene as an impeachment court by May but the trial might start end July

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators, NFA Council blame Jason Aquino for NFA rice price hike

Feb 27, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Senators and the inter-agency National Food Authority Council say NFA Chief Jason Aquino caused panic among traders and consumers alike

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Alvarez is our ally, squabble with Sara has no effect on pet bills

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has declined to comment further on the rift between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

PUSHING THE CONVERSATION:  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stresses that he is pushing charter change to help President Rodrigo Duterte realize his four major campaign promises: to go after illegal drugs, reduce crime, fight corruption, and install a federal form of government. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

RH 2.0? Why Lagman thinks it's easier to pass divorce bill

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'Divorce is the exception, not the general rule,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, champion of the proposed measure

DIVORCE CHAMPION. Edcel Lagman leads the change for the passage of the divorce law. Photo by Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on MRT3 issues

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Senate OKs treaties vs double taxation with Mexico, Thailand, Sri Lanka

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:03 AM

The Senate also concurs in the ratification of the agreement establishing the ASEAN+3 (Japan, South Korea, China) Macroeconomic Research Office or AMRO

Lagman on Garcia order: Congress can't be 'refuge' from Ombudsman sanctions

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court

WHY THE EXEMPTION? Albay Representative Edcel Lagman questions why members of Congress are exempt from an Ombudsman dismissal order. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Hontiveros slams Pimentel for giving staff info, Senate CCTV to Aguirre

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:40 PM

But Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the data given to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, including the CCTV videos of the different areas of the Senate, are part of public records

CAVALIER?

WATCH: Bong Go takes selfie with Trillanes after Senate frigates probe

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The President's top aide and one of his fiercest critics pose for a photo after the hearing on the controversial frigates deal

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Cabinet in full force at Senate probe to support Bong Go

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it was the Cabinet members' 'personal initiative' to attend the Senate hearing

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Alvarez threatens to cancel Cebu Pacific franchise

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'My message to the management of Cebu Pacific is for them to stop looking merely at profit,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

ULTIMATUM? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the airport and airlines to shape up. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

De Lima supporters call for her release after a year in jail

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The detained senator's supporters launch 'Buwan ni Leila,' a month-long series of activities to fight for her freedom

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate to probe death of OFW in Kuwait

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The hearing is set February 21 says Senate labor committee chair Joel Villanueva

PROBE. Senator Manny Pacquiao seeks a probe into the deaths of Overseas Filipino Workers abroad, following the death of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis in Kuwait.

UST law dean Divina, 20 other lawyers face SC probe over Castillo hazing

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) University of Santo Tomas Law Dean Nilo Divina welcomes the opportunity to answer allegations against him, as contained in the Senate committee report

Families of victims shed tears as Congress OKs bill banning hazing

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:05 PM

'I was teary-eyed. I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time,' says Corazon Icasiano, whose son Alex died due to hazing in 1998

VICTIMS. The families of hazing victims Horacio Castillo III, Alex Icasiano, and Guillo Servando attend the Senate session on Monday, February 12, to witness the passage of the Anti-Hazing Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate to invite Bong Pineda to probe into small town lottery anomalies

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'It only shows na totoo nga na si Bong Pineda nag-ooperate sa Camarines Sur. Not only there but in areas na nakalista,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves bill seeking to abolish 'corrupt' Road Board

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Commission on Audit has found the agency misappropriated P90.7 billion in road user's tax

Motorcyle riders navigating along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City on Friday. The MMDA will strictly enforce motorcycle lane policy along EDSA, C-5, Macapagal Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue starting Nov 14 . MMDA data shows out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

Senate panel seeks arrest warrant vs ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Senate banks committee chairman Francis Escudero slams former Comelec chief Andres Bautista for repeatedly skipping hearings on his alleged ill-gotten wealth

Villar seeks Senate probe into NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar

File photo by AFP

No need to panic over Dengvaxia-linked deaths – Duque, UP-PGH experts

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to 'groups occasionally seen on TV' to stop spreading fear among the public

UP-PGH PANEL. Dr Julieta Sio-Aguilar, head of the UP-PGH panel, says there is no need to panic over reported deaths allegedly linked to Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappelr

Senate blue ribbon to summon PAO's Acosta, Erfe to Dengvaxia probe

Feb 06, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito questions why the Public Attorney's Office refuses to cooperate with medical experts from the UP-PGH

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler