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Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul del Mar says extending the validity of ABS-CBN's franchise would allow lawmakers to protect public interest in the grant of franchises
The Speaker says the House leadership is talking to the National Telecommunications Commission to help secure a provisional authority for ABS-CBN
House committee on legislative franchises chair Franz Alvarez says his panel will schedule a hearing only when all documents have been received
If passed into law, House Bill 78 would allow foreigners to fully own telecommunication and transportation companies in the Philippines which is 'fatally violative of the Constitution' the lawmakers say
But opposition lawmakers argue that the 'unconstitutional' bill would lead to Filipinos being at the mercy of foreign firms
An overwhelming 228 legislators vote in favor of stiffening the punishment for child abusers
China's ruling council will 'deliberate a draft decision' over postponing the 10-day National People's Congress ahead of the meeting due to start on March 5
For lawmakers behind the bill, the 1987 Constitution’s requirement that at least 60% of public utility enterprises' capital stock must be owned by Filipino citizens or corporations is limiting the country’s economic growth
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's timetable for the House to take up the ABS-CBN franchise renewal 'reveals a patent prolongation'
A source close to the event says that organizers were wary of being left with a cancelation bill of about 100 million euros ($110 million)
(UPDATED) The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain normally draws more than 100,000 people from all over the world. This year, participation is badly hit by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The US and Japanese heavyweights join a list of companies, including LG and Ericsson, steering clear due to virus fears
In his first public comments since being acquitted by the Senate, President Donald Trump says he has been 'put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people'
(UPDATED) LG wants to remove the risk of coronavirus exposure. ZTE, which earlier said it wouldn't be attending, now says it will showcase 5G devices at MWC 2020.
The Philippines is the only other country without divorce, aside from Vatican City
(UPDATED) La Union Representative Sandra Eriguel says she joined the National Unity Party as it is 'the party to reckon with, the party of the future'
House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda also wants to allot P20 million for the hazard pay of epidemiologists on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus
House members are upset that the DOH chief skipped a House hearing on Metro Manila's response to the novel coronavirus to inspect a quarantine center in Nueva Ecija, as directed by the President
The tension between Trump and his Democratic nemesis was palpable from the outset, as Pelosi extended her hand for a handshake – and the president failed to return the favor
Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the passage of the measure will give women and children an 'increased chance' to combat all forms of abuse
The proposed law says the GMRC class would teach students about human dignity and respect for others for their 'effective and holistic development'
But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions
The evangelical pastor, now one of the House of Representatives' deputy speakers, says 'scalawag' policemen are behind the drug killings
House committee on health chairperson Helen Tan says she wants to increase the P900-million additional budget that the DOH requested to boost the government's response to the new virus
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a self-described big fan of the LA Lakers, publicizes a part of his personal NBA memorabilia collection to honor the late Kobe Bryant
Watch the House's question hour with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III live on Rappler on Wednesday, January 29
Violators stand to face jail time up to 6 to 12 years and a fine between P300,000 to P500,000
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez says they are giving DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III a 'bigger platform' to allay fears about the new disease
'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano
The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'
The House of Representatives holds its plenary session in Batangas City, which sits just outside the danger zone of the restive Taal Volcano
Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes tells lawmakers that Batangueños also need psychological interventions to help them process trauma from the Taal Volcano eruption
If passed into law, the bill earmarks a supplemental budget aimed to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption valid until December 31, 2022
Watch the House session live on Rappler
Flexing his solid 53-47 majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell makes clear he would summarily block any Democratic attempts to change his rules
The law requires that a special election be held after the death of Benguet Representative Nestor Fongwan Jr, and that's what residents call for
Several members of the House committee on rules also donate P500,000 to districts in Batangas affected by the volcanic eruption
(UPDATED) One source working with the president's legal team says impeachment process was 'illegitimate from the start,' adding, 'The president did nothing wrong'
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
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
Lawmakers want to create new government departments focused on overseas Filipino workers, water resources, and disaster resilience
The proposal covers workers in banks, hotels, and restaurants, and other similar establishments in Tagaytay City; and journalists covering the Taal Volcano eruption
Congressman Elpidio Barzaga Jr also says charges should be filed against 'unscrupulous persons' who raised the prices of face masks, food, and other supplies
'The Commission believes Chinese authorities may be committing crimes against humanity against the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims,' says the Congressional-Executive Commission on China
'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
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
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.
Putin describes the events in the US legislature as 'simply the continuation of a internal political fight' between Democrats and Republicans
The Democratic majority in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is expected to approve two articles of impeachment
(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