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HRET junks poll protest vs Northern Samar congressman Daza

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'

VICTOR. The HRET upholds the victory of Northern Samar 1st District Rep Paul Daza in the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of congres.gov.ph

WATCH: Taal evacuees cry for help as House holds 'symbolic' session in Batangas

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The House of Representatives holds its plenary session in Batangas City, which sits just outside the danger zone of the restive Taal Volcano

OUT-OF-TOWN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (standing in front of the Philippine flag) presides over the House plenary session at the Batangas City Convention Center on January 22, 2020. Rappler screenshot

Teary-eyed evacuees' appeal: Allow us to fish in Taal Lake again

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes tells lawmakers that Batangueños also need psychological interventions to help them process trauma from the Taal Volcano eruption

APPEAL FOR HELP. Edwina Bilog, an evacuee from San Nicolas, Batangas, shares to lawmakers on January 22, 2020 how difficult life has been for her in the past days since the Taal Volcano erupted. Photo by Rappler

Batangas lawmakers seek P30-B supplemental budget for Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:10 PM

If passed into law, the bill earmarks a supplemental budget aimed to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption valid until December 31, 2022

REHAB FUND NEEDED. Houses along the lakeside of Barangay San Isidro in Talisay, Batangas are still blanketed by ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: House holds session in Batangas amid eruption of the Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:49 PM

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House willing to hike supplemental budget for Taal eruption to P50 billion 'if needed'

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Several members of the House committee on rules also donate P500,000 to districts in Batangas affected by the volcanic eruption

RELIEF FOR EVACUEES. Volunteers hand out aid donations to families affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

House probe into alleged ‘lopsided’ LRT concession agreement sought

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:44 PM

ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap files the resolution just 3 days after President Rodrigo Duterte said he would check the LRT contract, which involves the Ayalas and business tycoon Manny Pangilinan

DUTERTE VS AYALAS, MVP. A lawmaker wants a House probe into the government's concession agreement with the Light Rail Manila Corporation. File photo from LRMC

Even with possible ‘hazardous’ Taal eruption, House to hold session in Batangas

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the lawmakers plan to 'listen to the first responders, listen to those who are directly affected' by the Taal Volcano eruption

LEADERSHIP DECISION. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the proposal to hold the January 22, 2020 session in Batangas City was backed by other House leaders. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House aims to OK bills creating 3 new departments by March

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Lawmakers want to create new government departments focused on overseas Filipino workers, water resources, and disaster resilience

PRIORITY BILLS. The House of Representatives will focus on 3 bills creating new departments once session reopens on January 20, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cavite lawmaker wants House probe into gov’t response to Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Congressman Elpidio Barzaga Jr also says charges should be filed against 'unscrupulous persons' who raised the prices of face masks, food, and other supplies

Evacuees get off trucks of the DPWH and PNP after evacuating from their homes due to the eruption of Taal volcano in Batangas on Monday, January 13. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panel chair to ABS-CBN: Franchise renewal ‘not a right, but a privilege’

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez once again says his committee will tackle the bills renewing ABS-CBN's franchise, which will expire in March

Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bill increasing pay for gov't workers starting 2020 now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year

PAY HIKE. Elementary students listean to their teacher inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'For democracy': De Lima urges lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:15 PM

'Hindi lang ito tungkol sa pagpapatigil sa operasyon ng ABS-CBN. Tungkol ito sa pagpigil sa malayang pamamahayag, pagsiil sa ating mga karapatan, at pagkitil sa ating demokrasya,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

CALL TO COLLEAGUES. Senator Leila De Lima is seen after she attend the hearing at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Muntinlupa City in 9 August 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

House passes bills declaring waling-waling, balangay as national symbols

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Counterpart measures in the Senate, however, are yet to be filed

NEW NATIONAL SYMBOLS? Lawmakers are pushing for bills that would make the balangay and the waling-waling as national boat and orchid, respectively. Photos from Wikipedia

Francisco Datol Jr returns as Senior Citizens congressman

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The House allows Francisco Datol Jr to take his oath after the Comelec issues a certificate of proclamation to the Senior Citizens party-list group

THE RETURN. Francisco Datol Jr (2nd from R) takes his oath as Senior Citizens congressman on December 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House won't tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill in 2019 anymore

Dec 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have more than enough time...to tackle it in January, February, dahil March pa naman 'yung expiration ng [ABS-CBN] franchise,' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

Bicam meetings on 2020 budget to push through despite Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:20 AM

House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab and Senate finance committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet to settle contentious provisions of the House and Senate versions of the 2020 general appropriations bill

CLOSED DOOR MEETING. Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara and House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab will meet to discuss the proposed 2020 budget on December 3, 2019. Photo from Ungab's Facebook page

Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:30 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill

BUDGET TALKS. The 18th Congress' bicameral conference committee on the proposed 2020 budget convenes on November 29, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano seeks COA special audit of SEA Games 2019

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Speaker and SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano maintains there's no conflict of interest in his dual roles

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano defends being both Phisgoc chair and leader of the House of Representatives at the same time. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano, House leaders ask Comelec to proclaim Duterte Youth, Senior Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slams the House resolution, saying it 'encroaches' on the poll body's independence

PRESSURE ON COMELEC? House leaders file a resolution asking the Commission on Elections to proclaim two embattled party-list groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Allan Ty takes oath as LPGMA congressman

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:29 PM

The lawyer turned lawmaker replaces the late Rodolfo Albano Jr, who passed away due to heart failure

FRESHLY MINTED. Allan Ty takes his oath as LPGMA congressman on November 20, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

House panels pass bill creating Department of Disaster Resilience

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Lawmakers approve the measure at the committee level weeks after a series of earthquakes rocked parts of Mindanao

DAMAGE. A house in Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur is partially damaged following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Rappler file photo

House bill reforming real property valuation passed on 2nd reading

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Voting on 2nd reading, lawmakers give their nod to the 3rd package under the Duterte government's Comprehensive Tax Reform Program

TAX REFORM. Lawmakers are on the move to amend the country's real property valuation system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House pushes bills declaring waling-waling, balangay as national symbols

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The waling-waling is an orchid endemic to Mindanao, while the balangay is the oldest warcraft found in the Philippines

NEW NATIONAL SYMBOLS? Lawmakers are pushing for bills that would make the balangay and the waling-waling as national boat and orchid, respectively. Photos from Wikipedia

House passes bill requiring gov't hospitals to put up Malasakit Centers

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Only opposition congressman Edcel Lagman votes against the Malasakit Centers measure, which he says is a 'copycat' of the Senate version

MALASAKIT CENTER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on February 12, 2018, File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

House approves bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Lawmakers earlier approved a joint resolution on the budget extension, but they turned it into a bill to avoid issues on legality

BUDGET EXTENSION. The House of Representatives moves to extend the validity of the 2019 budget for another year. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel OKs bill slapping 5% franchise tax, 25% income tax on POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

House committee on ways and means chairperson Joey Salceda says imposing additional taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators would raise P45 billion in government revenue

NEW TAXES. The House committee on ways and means moves to impose additional taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Rappler

As Martin turns 56, Romualdezes donate P500,000 to Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez throws a big birthday party attended by prominent personalities in Philippine politics and business

DONATION. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez hand the heque of their donation to Dumper Representative Claudine Bautista and South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez.  Photo by Mara Cepeda, Rappler

64 lawmakers cross party lines to 'demand' end to crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Among those who signed the petition are House deputy speakers Rosemarie Arenas, Evelina Escudero, and Eduardo Villanueva, as well as House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr

ACROSS PARTY LINES. Lawmakers signed a petition condemning the ongoing attacks against progressive groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lagman claims Bong Go pressuring House to railroad Malasakit Center bill

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the House plenary did not have quorum when it passed the Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading

OPPOSITION. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman continues to oppose the bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers nationwide. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman, who believes the Malasakit Centers are being used as a 'partisan tool,' fails to stop the passage of the bill in the plenary

MALASAKIT CENTER. In this file photo from February 12, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

Angara: Enough time to pass bill extending 2019 budget validity

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'I don't think there's a reason to worry because we have about 7 to 8 weeks before the end of the year,' says Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee

FINANCE PANEL. Senator Sonny Angara answers questions from the Senate media during break of the 2020 budget deliberations on November 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House OKs resolution allowing use of 4Ps fund to buy palay from farmers

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:40 PM

House Joint Resolution No. 22 would authorize the government to tap the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to help rice farmers

RICE FARMERS. Muddy water spurts out as a field laborer pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental. File photo by RaksyBH/Shutterstock.com

House panels OK bill creating Department of Water Resources and Services

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:51 PM

But Buhay Representative Lito Atienza opposes the measure, saying 'creating a department will only magnify the problem and delay the solutions'

WATER CRISIS. On Friday, June 21, 2019, The water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160 on June 21, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House turns resolution extending 2019 budget validity into bill

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:01 PM

House committee on appropriations is doing this in response to a Supreme Court ruling that a mere resolution cannot change the law, like the 2019 General Appropriations Act

House panel OKs bill increasing road users’ tax starting 2020

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:57 PM

House committee on ways and means chairperson Joey Salceda estimates the tax increases would yield P9 billion, which would help fund the PUV Modernization Program

TAX HIKE. Lawmakers are propsing to increase the taxes imposed on motor vehicle owners. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Velasco to Cayetano: 'I will see you next year as the next Speaker'

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says as far as he knows, his 'gentleman's agreement' with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano still stands

TERM-SHARING WOES. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is expecting Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to follow their term-sharing deal. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

Senate to begin plenary debates on 2020 budget

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The Senate is aiming to prevent another budget deadlock that delayed the passage of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill

BUDGET PLENARY. Plenary debates on the 2020 budget are set to begin Monday, November 11, in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva

Tonypet Albano mourns late dad Rudy: ‘How do I say goodbye?’

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:03 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez also honors the late LPGMA Representative Rodolfo Albano Jr, calling him a 'man of integrity'

MOURNING SON. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano shares a photo of him kissing his father, the late LPGMA Representative Rudy Albano. Photo from Tonypet Albano's Facebook account

House OKs on 2nd reading reso allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The resolution would authorize the government to use the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under 4Ps to buy rice directly from farmers

LOW PRICES. Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LPGMA congressman Albano dies at 85

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

(UPDATED) LPGMA Representative Rodolfo Albano Jr succumbs to heart failure, says his son Isabela Governor Rodito Albano III

REST IN PEACE. LPGMA Representative Rodolfo Albano Jr succumbs to heart failure. Photo from the House of Representatives website

House OKs bill declaring November 8 as Yolanda Commemoration Day

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The bill would declare a special non-working holiday in Eastern Visayas, which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013

PICKING UP PIECES. Residents of Hernani, Eastern Samar begin the long road of rebuilding their community after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in December 2013. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

House gives Congressional Medal of Achievement to China envoy

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, whom Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua congratulated for winning the speakership race in July, co-authors the House resolution honoring the outgoing diplomat

GUEST OF HONOR. Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua talks to lawmakers at Batasang Pambansa on November 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Shirlyn Nograles, Macnell Lusotan take oath as new lawmakers

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

With the two new legislators, the House of Representatives now has a total of 301 members

NEW HOUSE MEMBERS. Shirlyn Bañas Nograles and Macnell Lusotan are the new lawmakers in the House of Representatives. Photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House approves bill postponing barangay, SK elections to December 2022

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) The consolidated version of the House and Senate bills will immediately be sent to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House OKs resolution extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The resolution seeks to extend the life of funds allocated for the maintenance and other operating expenses and for capital outlay under the 2019 budget

House drops bill granting Duterte emergency powers vs traffic

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'The President said he doesn't want it anymore and you cannot attack a crisis with emergency powers when you're in the middle of it already,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

PRIORITY NO MORE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House will no longer push to give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House to 'hit the ground running' in session opening

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The House of Representatives eyes passing two measures on third reading when it resumes its session Monday, November 4

RESUMPTION. The House of Representatives resumes session on Monday, November 4. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano: House to tackle ABS-CBN franchise before end-2019

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

At least 5 bills in the House of Representatives seek to renew ABS-CBN's franchise for another 25 years