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Pimentel on his way out? 'About time' PDP-Laban elects new leaders, senator says

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:00 AM

'We will call for a national assembly. We will listen to the voice of the members kung sino ang gusto nila (who they want). Definitely, there will be some changes,' says party president Aquilino Pimentel III

PATIENCE. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III asks his partymates to be patient. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Unjustified' to sanction PDP-Laban lawmakers who won’t back Velasco

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership

FOR ROMUALDEZ. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is voting for speakership bet Martin Romualdez, going against the wishes of his party PDP-Laban. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On his birthday, Gatchalian endorses 6 out of 7 reelectionist senators

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says he is endorsing the bid of his friends in Senate, whom he fully believes will serve 'with integrity'

REELECTIONIST SENATORS. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian celebrates his birthday by endorsing the bid of reelectionist senators in Valenzuela City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Pimentel sees hope for federalism shift in Senate after 2019 elections

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

With administration-allied senatorial bets dominating pre-election surveys, Koko Pimentel expects more federalism supporters in the Senate after the May 13 polls

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

New law provides bigger discounts for political ads

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:22 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs a law designed to benefit candidates with smaller budgets, in time for the 2019 elections

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to meet PDP-Laban factions on Aug 9

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Rodrigo Duterte is meeting with his party-mates due to infighting between two camps, that of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and lawyer Rogelio Garcia

UNITING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) - Laban Christmas Benefit Dinner for Marawi City at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on December 13, 2017, calls on the PDP-Laban as well as other political parties to unite so that they could all work together to solve the country's problems. Photo by ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel to marry partner in mid-October 2018

May 21, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Resigned Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III has been in a relationship with Kathryna Yu for at least two years now

WEDDING BELLS. Resigned Senate president confirms his wedding with partner Kathryna Yu in October 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Koko Pimentel resigns as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'

koko pimentel press con may 21. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: I won’t allow Senate to be 'trampled' on

May 18, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Senators expect Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to provide the kind of protective leadership that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III failed to show when his party mate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, attacked the Senate

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate Majoriry Leader Vicente Sotto III is reportedly poised to become the next Senate president. File photo from Senate PRIB

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

Hontiveros hits 'reckless' Duterte appeal for OFWs to leave Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'President Duterte is promising our OFWs jobs back in our country when he can't even sign an executive order to address labor contractualization and protect the workers' security of tenure,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

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'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

Senate President Sotto? 'I'm open to it'

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

When asked if Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III will step down once he files his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 elections, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says there have been discussions 'to that effect'

SENATE PRESIDENT. Majority leader Vicente Sotto III said he was open to possible assuming the leadership role at the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alfredo Lim joins Duterte’s PDP-Laban

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says, however, that the ruling party has yet to decide whether Lim will be its mayoral candidate in Manila against incumbent Joseph Estrada

MEMBER. PDP-Laban President Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says former senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim took his oath as a member of the ruling party.

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

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

If SC ousts Sereno, Senate impeachment court may vote on validity of removal – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:37 PM

If the Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto when the Senate is already convened as an impeachment court, the latter can determine whether or not to proceed with the trial, says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

IMPEACHMENT. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the Senate will observe how the House of Representatives will accept the decision of the Supreme Court on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Rappler

Freddie Aguilar for senator? Yes, PDP-Laban eyes him for 2019

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(2ND UPDATE) Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad is also included in the initial lineup

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)

Robredo, Pimentel keep 'good' satisfaction ratings – SWS survey

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:05 PM

(UPDATED) Despite an 8-point dip in their numbers, the second and third highest officials of the land retained their 'good' satisfaction ratings

'GOOD.' Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III retained their 'good' satisfacting ratings despite an 8-point dip for both officials. Photos from OVP, Senate PRIB

Congress seeks government regulation of drones

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says drones must be regulated because they could also be used to violate people's rights, especially the right to privacy

DRONES. Philippine Congress seeks to regulate the use of drones, whether used for hobby or commercial purposes. File photo by Joseph Edelson/AFP

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan

Senate OK needed in Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal? Trillanes, Pimentel clash

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawals is in the 1987 Constitution 'by implication,' but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III disagrees

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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'

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Pimentel: Nothing wrong with PDP-Laban ties with China's Communist Party

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Isn't this a free country? If someone else wants to run the party then they should first join, get elected as party leader, and then run it the way they want to run it,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Photo from Pimentel's official Facebook account

Senate orders arrest of ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senator Francis Escudero says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III signed the order last Wednesday, February 21

COMELEC CHAIR. Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, faces allegations of unexplained wealth from his own wife. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trillanes calls on Senate to defend De Lima, press freedom, right to life

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Manny Pacquiao question the claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as they defend President Rodrigo Duterte

File photo by 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?

Pimentel: Why not sell smuggled luxury cars to foreign buyers?

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

'The proceeds can be used to help calamity victims,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

DESTROYED. A bulldozer runs over smuggled luxury vehicles at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Pimentel on Senate probe into Duterte's wealth: 'A tragic waste of time'

Feb 05, 2018 - 11:46 AM

But why did the Senate investigate the issues against former Vice President Jejomar Binay and family? Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says 'Evidence??? Word vs building! That is a building of a difference!'

WELL-REPRESENTED. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says sexy star Mocha Uson, as the newest board member of the MTRCB, will represent 'college-educated' Filipinos who have liberal views. File photo

Is there a need to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution?

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

While the Constitution is not perfect, many argue now is not the time to change it

HIGHEST LAW. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to change the Constitution to make way for Federalism. Photo by Rappler

FULL TEXT: Archbishop Villegas' guide on charter change

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

What ethical norms must govern changing the Constitution?

PASTORAL GUIDE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas offers guidelines for his flock, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, to help in understanding charter change. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who should draft new charter? Not Congress, Villegas says

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas also slams proposals to extend the terms of government leaders as the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government

CHARTER CHANGE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issues a pastoral guide on efforts to revise the Philippine Constitution. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate's problems, plans against it

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte rejects term extension, suspended polls

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

'There will be no suspension of elections, and there will be no term extension, especially for me,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

NO EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte denies any term extensions and suspension of 2019 polls. Malacañang photo

Pimentel denies factions in PDP-Laban amid word war with Alvarez

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'No, walang factions. Nagtutuksuhan lang kami,' claims Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on the word war between him and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No term extension for Duterte? ‘Sino’ng niloko nila?’ says De Lima

Jan 05, 2018 - 7:59 PM

What's the New Year’s wish of the jailed senator? ‘Kung mag-resign na siya, magiging happy po ako,’ she says, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte

PNP escort detained senator Leila de Lima at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial on Friday, to attend a hearing for the "Disobedience of Summons" Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Alvarez on party-mate Pimentel: Senate must have 'active' leadership

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:07 PM

This isn't the first time the Speaker has criticized the Senate, which he has called 'mabagal na kapulungan (the slow chamber)'

CONGRESS LEADERS. Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pimentel hits Alvarez: Senate not slow, it's Congress' 'critical chamber'

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Senate is the nag-aaral na kapulungan... Again I say, change mindset: quality over quantity,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's criticism

QUALITY. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III hits House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for criticizing the Senate in its slow passage of bills, saying it should be quality over quantity.

Meet Pimentel's 'life partner' leading PDP-Laban's humanitarian arm

Dec 30, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Kathryna Yu, the partner of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, heads the ruling party's civic arm called PDP-Laban Cares established in 2017

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Pimentel calls for Senate probe into Canada trash

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:56 PM

103 container vans of trash from Canada were illegally shipped by an Ontario-based company to Manila from 2013 to 2015. They remain on Philippine ports.

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

Congress to hold joint session on martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives will tackle the request of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, December 13

EXTENSION. Congress is set to hold a joint session to discuss the proposed one-year martial law extension in Mindanao. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rapple

Senators laud Railways Usec Chavez after resignation

Nov 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Some senators say Cesar Chavez is a 'big loss' to the Department of Transportation

DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez during the Senate Public Services and Transportation probe into the MRT3 mess on May 23, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Senators welcome possible entry of foreign telco player

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:35 PM

But Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says the focus should not be on China alone, as there are other foreign and local companies keen on entering the market

Senators in UK to 'discuss, improve' bilateral ties under Duterte

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III leads the delegation, composed of 7 other senators, including Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

UK VISIT. Senators are in the United Kingdom to discuss and 'improve' ties between the two countries. Photo from Pimentel's office

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