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Batocabe widow on Baldo's bail: 'It's like the 2nd time my husband is killed'

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'[It happened] just when we are picking up the pieces of our lives, moving on,' says Gertie, the wife of murdered AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe

'MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE.' Gertie Batocabe, flanked by her sons Justin and Kiel, talks to reporters after the alleged mastermind behind her husband's killing was allowed to post bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AKO Bicol, Batocabe’s son slam court decision allowing Baldo to post bail

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo is set to be released on Monday after a Legazpi City court allowed him to post bail

NO TO BALDO'S RELEASE. Atty. Justin Batocabe and Rep. Alfredo Garbin exchanges pleasantries with former Senator JV Ejercito taken during the wake of slain lawmaker Rodel Batocabe at Bicol University of Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

House probe sought to clarify provisions of GCTA law

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:06 AM

AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr says the possible early release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez may set a precedent that may benefit others convicted of heinous crimes

THE CATALYST. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Ako Bicol to allocate P200 million for waterless areas in Bicol

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Level 2 water systems will be put up in 24 waterless communities, many of them in Albay, which Rappler reported had gone waterless for 7 months in 2019

Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Elizaldy 'Zaldy' S. Co allocates P200 million budget to provide for waterless communities in Bicol. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

After lotto closure, lawmaker suggests Pagcor funds for CHED, PSC

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:40 PM

CHED and the PSC are among the government agencies that benefit from the revenue of the PCSO, whose gaming operations President Rodrigo Duterte recently shut down

RESPONSE TO PCSO CLOSURE. AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr files House Resolution No 147 on July 30, 2019. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

AKO Bicol asks Supreme Court to stop EDSA provincial bus ban

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

AKO Bicol party says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's order against provincial buses is unconstitutional

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo discharged from hospital, back in jail

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:27 PM

(UPDATED) The mayor is transferred back to his detention cell in Legazpi City, Albay

DISCHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is discharged from the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Legazpi City on Monday night, February 4. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Ronald Ang takes oath as AKO Bicol congressman

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:20 PM

He replaces slain AKO Bicol representative Rodel Batocabe at the House of Representatives

OATH-TAKING. Ronald Ang takes his oath as new AKO Bicol representative before Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

Suspects in Batocabe murder surrender | Evening wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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Inflation rate slows down to 5.1% in December | Midday wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

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PNP identifies 6 persons of interest in Batocabe murder | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

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Tropical Depression Usman enters PAR | Evening wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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Batocabe family: ‘Politics’ motive behind killing | Midday wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Batocabe security pulled out before murder? Cops cry foul

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Police insist that AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe was assigned only one security escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, who also died during the attack

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

AKO Bicol congressman Garbin robbed a day after party mate’s murder

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The robbery happens while Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr is at a press conference in Daraga, Albay, announcing the P15 million reward for the arrest of suspects in Rodel Batocabe's murder

ROBBED. The house of AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr is robbed a day after his fellow party list congressman Rodel Batocabe was shot dead. Bicol police photos

Batocabe murder: Albay gov’t, AKO Bicol offer P15 M reward for arrests

Dec 23, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The P15 million bounty is separate from the reward being raised by the House of Representatives through donations from its members

CLOSING RANKS. Bicolano elected officials announce in a press conference on December 23, 2018, their concerted efforts toward the arrest of suspects in the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Political foes behind Batocabe killing – family, lawmakers

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'You know so well we were winning the race. You coward just had to take him out,' says Gertie, the wife of slain Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

AKO Bicol Representative Batocabe's wake held in Daraga, Albay

Dec 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) A service for the late Rodel Batocabe's friends, family, colleagues in Manila will also be held, with details to be announced soon

Photo taken from Rep. Rodel Batocabe's Facebook account wall

Lawmakers raise P30M reward to capture Batocabe's killers

Dec 22, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives' Visayan bloc hopes 'people would start cooperating with the police conducting the investigation'

Photo taken from Rep. Rodel Batocabe's Facebook account wall

Batocabe killed on day of wedding anniversary with 'wifey'

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) The wife of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe shares photos of them on vacation, saying, 'I will always have these in my heart'

ANNIVERSARY RUINED. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his wife Gertie were supposed to enjoy their wedding anniversary on December 22, 2018, but gunmen killed the congressman after a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

Malacañang vows 'no stone unturned' in Batocabe probe

Dec 22, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also condemns the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, saying that 'impunity must end'

Who is Rodel Batocabe?

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe was one of the more vocal partylist lawmakers. He was running for mayor of Daraga.

Photo taken from Rep. Rodel Batocabe's Facebook account a day before he was killed on December 22, 2018.

AKO Bicol Representative Batocabe shot dead in Albay

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) His police escort is also killed during a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the town of Daraga

Bicol lawmaker: P1,000 budget a 'wake-up call' for CHR

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Don’t worry ibabalik lang ‘yan sa Senate Wake up call lang ‘yan sa kanila Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co says in response to criticism of the House decision

CHR BUDGET VOTE. Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co, who was in China when the House voted on the P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights, says he favors the move. Photo from the Facebook page of Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co

LIVE: House hearing on BPI, BDO glitches

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:29 AM

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Lawmakers seek House probe into BPI system glitch

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:05 PM

3 AKO Bicol representatives file a resolution calling for a probe into the matter as BPI clients remain unable to withdraw money through ATMs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dela Rosa, Vanity Tax, Wurtzbach | Evening wRap

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:46 PM

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Lawmakers want to regulate e-cigarettes

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

These products still carry risk with them as the technology used may still be defective and the substance used still contains nicotine say the proponents of House Bill Number 3330

SAFE OR NOT? The scientific community are giving contradictory answers on the effects of using electronic cigarettes.

Lawmakers push for national ID system to reduce red tape

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world without a national identification system says a proponent

Bill wants state-run crematories in PH

Jul 09, 2016 - 5:15 PM

3 representatives of AKO Bicol say cremation is less costly than the traditional burial rites in the country

HIGH FEES. Lawmakers wants to address the expensive burial fees in the country through a bill creating state-run crematories. Photo from Wikipedia

Federalism will not solve corruption, poverty – lawmaker

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Kabayan party list Representative Harry Roque says there is no public clamor for federalism but AKO Bicol s Rodel Batocabe says if the administration is serious about charter change it should be pursued now

CHARTER CHANGE. Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque and AKO Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe give their two cents on the proposal to switch to federalism.

Ako Bicol, Gabriela leading in official party-list canvass

May 16, 2016 - 7:12 PM

Rounding up the top 5 are 1Pacman ACT Teachers and Senior Citizens based on 121 Certificates of Canvass in the partial official tally as of Monday May 16

Ako Bicol leads party-list race; 2 new groups in top 10

May 11, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Debuting in Congress are 1Pacman and Kabayan with businessman Mikee Romero and lawyer Harry Roque as first nominees respectively

Surge of party list nominations expected on last day

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:47 PM

This means each party list group submitting nominations on October 16 must ideally be able to complete in under 5 minutes each of the steps required for filing

Ako Bicol seeks to ban minors from combat sports

Jun 16, 2014 - 9:38 PM

The said measure plans to ban Under 18 athletes in participating in what is considered to be dangerous full contact sports and imposing penalties and other sanctions for violating it

Juvenile boxers in Leyte prepare to spar outside the ring. Photo by Sev Sarmena

Dismissed PMA cadet seeks lawmakers' help

Mar 31, 2014 - 2:30 PM

The Cudia family wants the Philippine Military Academy to give him his diploma

Boxing saves, but who will save the boxers?

Feb 18, 2014 - 10:48 PM

As the cries to ban children from boxing grow one Iloilo based gym owner preaches its power to change lives

BOXING FOR A CAUSE. Villanueva Boxing Academy owner Mark Villanueva at his Iloilo gym. Photo courtesy Mark Villanueva

Sectoral? Party list votes come from reg'l bailiwicks

Jun 14, 2013 - 7:27 PM

The past two elections show that a number of party list groups rely not on sectoral allies but on votes from geographic bailiwicks of nominees

Brillantes on party-list winners: Quite unhappy

May 24, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr laments the victory of groups it previously disqualified including Ako Bicol and 1 Care

Did DQ ruling pull down Ako Bicol?

May 22, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The top vote getter in 2010 which the Comelec initially disqualified didn t fare as well in 2013

Mikey's group, 11 others barred from party list

May 06, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The Comelec allows 24 initially disqualified groups on the other hand – including Ako Bicol – to run on May 13

NEW GUIDELINES. SC introduced new parameters in determining what groups could qualify for the partylist system.

Palparan partylist group, 3 others get SC reprieve

Dec 05, 2012 - 7:38 PM

The SC has previously stopped Comelec from disqualifying 8 other partylist groups

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SC stops Comelec from disqualifying 3 more party-list groups

Nov 22, 2012 - 7:39 PM

The SC says 3 other party list groups are covered by its status quo ante order

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Comelec 'divided' on Akbayan, says Brillantes

Nov 14, 2012 - 1:07 PM

Comelec compares Akbayan to the pro Arroyo group Ako Bicol which the poll body earlier barred from participating in the 2013 party list race

SC stops disqualification of Ako Bicol, 3 others

Nov 13, 2012 - 3:59 PM

SC issues a status quo ante order stopping the disqualification of 4 party list groups from participating in the 2013 elections

Comelec disqualifies top party-list group

Oct 10, 2012 - 12:01 PM

2nd UPDATE Identified with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Ako Bicol denounces the decision as the Comelec disqualifies 12 other party list groups

Proposal: Anti-Used Cooking Oil Act of 2012

Mar 17, 2012 - 2:01 PM

Violators will be fined P10 000 P50 000