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House passes proposed 2018 budget on final reading

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The 2018 General Appropriations Bill in the House of Representatives earmarks P3.767 billion

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approved the 2018 budget in third and final reading.  Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

16 senators sign resolution calling on gov't to stop killings of minors

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The proposed resolution seeks a Senate investigation into the issue to determine the 'institutional reasons, if any, that give rise to such killings'

A day before the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos a 17 year old student who was killed during police operation on Anti-illegal drugs, Fr. Robert Reyes (right) along with the residents of Brgy. 160 in Callocan City offer a prayer, candles and flowers at the site where delos Santos was murdered. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Fariñas wants PH Congress to have own police force

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The proposed Philippine Legislative Police envisions Congress enforcing its own powers of contempt and arrest, as well as provide security for legislators and their families

HOUSE OF REPS. House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants a police force that reports directly to Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Trillanes

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) This is the second ethics complaint filed against a senator by the former Customs commissioner, who has strongly refused to face a Senate investigation into drug smuggling and BOC corruption

ETHICS CASE. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon files an ethics complaint against his former friend Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Lacson to file graft, economic sabotage charges vs Faeldon

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he has documents and affidavits to back the charges he will file against the former Customs commissioner

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumes it probe on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Converting media investments to brand growth

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Unilever Philippines' Head of Media, Dennis Perez shares the framework for a successful media campaign

'They can do their worst, I'll do my part' – CHR's Gascon

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon shrugs off the insults against him, saying these are 'par for the course' in government

'DOING THEIR JOB.' CHR Chairman Chito Gascon downplays insults hurled against him. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Senate OKs bill postponing barangay polls, rejects appointment of OICs

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Only minority Senator Risa Hontiveros opposes the measure, saying it is 'motivated only by the President's desire to have full control over the barangays'

Manny Pacquiao challenges Aegis Juris fratmen to a fistfight

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:29 PM

'Alam nyo yung mga ganun, yun ang mga duwag eh. Nambubugbog na walang kalaban laban. Kung hindi lang masama, pwede ko sila hamunin, Mr President,' says the world boxing champion

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate to probe UST law student's death due to hazing

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senate public order committee chair Panfilo Lacson will lead the probe into the death of Horacio Castillo III

SENATE PROBE. The sister of Horacio Castillo III, Nicole, and aunt Rita speak with senators after attending the session to listen to Senator Miguel Zubiri's privilege speech on the death of the law student on September 20, 2017.Photo from Senate PRIB

House passes SOGIE equality bill on final reading

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The landmark bill awaits its counterpart measure from the Senate

FINALLY. Legislators who supported and pushed for the SOGIE equality bill post for a picture as it was approved on 3rd and final reading. Screengrab from House livestream

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

PCOO to hold 'media literacy program' against fake news

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tells senators that his office will bring the program to the entire country

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No proof linking Davao Group to P6.4-billion shabu shipment – Gordon

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the shabu smuggled from China, and will now focus on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DRUG SMUGGLING. The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP to buy 37,000 body cameras if Congress allows

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

This comes as the rise in killings has bothered the nation and its legislators to question the legitimacy of police operations

BODY CAMERAS EYED. PNP plans on buying 37,000 cameras for 190,000 cops. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate OKs bill requiring economic managers to report to Congress

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

The bill will mandate the Department of Finance, National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Central Bank to report biannually to Congress on fiscal and monetary policies

REPORT. The Senate has passed the bill seeking to require the country's economic managers to report biannually to Congress. Malacañang file photo

Senators condemn UST law student's death due to alleged hazing

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Senators renew calls for the amendment of the 22-year-old Anti-Hazing Law of 1995

Photo from Castillo's Facebook profile

Senate vows to speed up bill abolishing 'corrupt, arrogant' Road Board

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Officials of the Road Board skip a budget hearing at the Senate, angering senators who now say they will fast-track the measure that seeks to abolish the board

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Lacson

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The former Bureau of Customs chief files an ethics complaint against the senator for the lawmaker's privilege speech implicating him in corrupt practices inside the bureau

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition

FULLHOUSE. Members of Congress and the Senate join together for a special session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

P21 minimum wage increase granted to Metro Manila workers

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

From P491 minimum wage earners in Metro Manila will now earn P512 starting October

P21 INCREASE. The Metro Manila wage board has granted a P21 increase in the minimum wage of workers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Integrity, innovation, collaboration: New challenges and opportunities for advertisers

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Publishers and brands have an increasing responsibility to focus on truth, rather than ‘going viral,’ experts said

Alvarez on CHR budget cut: It's about accountability

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:41 PM

This is not a question of weakening their rights says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after the House reduced the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc

GOODBYE MAJORITY. The Makabayan bloc officially ends its membership in the House majority bloc. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LP House members, allies: Duterte admin 'employing fear to defeat facts'

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Several members of the Liberal Party in the House – alongside a long time party ally and a PDP Laban member – slam the administration for its attacks on checks and balances

DISSENT. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Jose Christopher Belmonte, LP members who are part of the House justice committee, thumb down the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Who is Rodante Marcoleta, the man behind the motion for CHR's P1,000-budget?

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:14 PM

SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta believes the Commission on Human Rights is not validly created even if its creation is provided for in the 1987 Philippine Constitution

Youth groups condemn Congress for P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The budget approval implies the value of human rights is reduced to P1000 which shouldn t be the case for a society that claims to uphold human dignity

Robredo on P1,000 budget: 'It's like abolishing CHR'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR

Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Defending Democracy Summit: Isang Pagtitipon at Paninindigan Para sa Demokrasya held at the UP Diliman in Quezon City last June 12, 2017. The summit is an informal consortium of academic institutions, think tanks, development CSO's, faith based organizations, advocacy networks, and a student alliance gathering as broad representations of leaders to proactively discuss and discern on the current state of the Philippine democracy and to identify strategies and courses of action to defend, protect, and uphold democratic norms and freedom. Photo by OVP

Filipinos ask their representatives: How did you vote on CHR budget?

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Here s how you can ask your district or sectoral representatives about their vote on the proposed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights which the House reduced to P1 000

Senators hit House over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018

BUDGET. Senators vow to restore the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights after the House of Representatives gave it a measly P1,000 allocation. File photo by Camille Elemia

U.S. Congress sends anti-white supremacist measure to Trump

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:12 AM

The joint resolution calls on the Trump administration to improve data collection on hate crimes and speak out against increasingly prevalent hate groups

HATER. This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Want bigger CHR budget? Alvarez says Gascon should resign

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics

Over 'failure' to protect minorities, House gives NCIP P1,000 budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moves for the measly budget citing the supposed failure of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to fulfill its mandate

LUMAD RALLY. The NCIP gets a P1,000 budget, says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, because it failed to do its job. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson vows to fight for P678-million CHR budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more Once we get hold of the House version we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out says Senator Panfilo Lacson sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights budget

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

After getting P1,000 from House, CHR hopes for 'rational minds' at Senate

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it will continue to operate as long as the Constitution exists

Trillanes submits bank secrecy waivers to AMLC, Ombudsman

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The opposition senator again challenges President Rodrigo Duterte to sign bank waivers: Nagparatang ka sa akin pumirma ako ng waiver Nagparatang ako sa yo isang taon mahigit na iniiba mo usapan

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate detains Faeldon for refusing to face BOC corruption probe

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not disrespecting the Senate despite his insistence that he would not face the probe because of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte gov't behind killing of teens? 'Kalokohan,' says Alvarez

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez instead points to drug lords or political enemies as those possibly behind the deaths of teenagers linked to the drug war

Incoming House speaker Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez meets with some members of their party during a short meeting in Makati City on July 22, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gordon says Senate removed Taguba security because it's expensive

Sep 10, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also admits not consulting other members with his decision saying they were already in a rush