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Workers forgotten in SONA? TUCP says labor not Duterte's policy priority

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says there were no marching orders from the President on 'matters that concern the daily lives of workers'

NEVER TO GIVE UP. Members of progressive organizations in the Cordillera march alone business district of Baguio lead the fight against the decades-old challenges and attack to their cultural identity and existence amidst the labelling by the government on them as communist fronts in celebration of Labor Day May 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers' protest materials confiscated before SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Progressive lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, and Ferdinand Gaite get in trouble for using their Filipiniana attire as protest materials for the SONA

CONFISCATED. Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other youth leaders wear sashes calling for the protection of national sovereignty and the end to the drug war killings. Photo from Kabataan

LIST: Senate committee chairmanships for the 18th Congress

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The Senate elects chairpersons for the 18th Congress' Senate committees

CLASS PICTURE. Senators pose for a class picture during the opening of the 18 Congress on July 22, 2019. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

New House Minority Leader wants ‘critical collaboration’ with admin

Jul 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

But Minority Leader Benny Abante vows minority his bloc will be 'no company union' in the 18th Congress

THE MINORITY. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr (center, seated) poses with the minority bloc members on July 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Benny Abante is new House Minority Leader

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila 6th District congressman leads the 28-person minority bloc

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano suspects PHISGOC allegations linked to speakership race

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano again debunks corruption allegations against PHISGOC, which he chairs

JUST MUDSLINGING? PHISGOC chairman turned Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano takes his oath as new leader of the House of Representatives on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cayetano secures speakership after Duterte siblings heed dad’s decision

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told him 'to respect the decision of the President' in the speakership race

SUPPORT FOR DAD'S CHOICE. Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte attends the breakfast meeting hosted by Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano on July 22, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's office

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

LIST: House committee chairmanships for 18th Congress

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Presidential son and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte is a deputy speaker, while Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro Ungab heads the appropriations committee

HOUSE LEADERS. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano administer the oath of lawmakers under the 18th Congress on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cayetano wants to change people's 'hate for Congress'

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'People love their congressmen, but they love to hate Congress.... Let us change that,' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells House members

NEWLY ELECTED. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his first speech as leader of the House on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

House votes as Duterte wished: Alan Peter Cayetano is new Speaker

Jul 22, 2019 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Taguig City-Pateros congressman, who faced persistent talks of a challenge up to the last minute, gets 266 votes

DUTERTE'S MAN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano takes his oath, with presidential son and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte and other lawmakers standing behind him. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Status quo: Tito Sotto reelected as Senate president

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Despite initial reports of neophytes wanting a change in leadership, the old leaders remain: Juan Miguel Zubiri as Majority Leader, Ralph Recto as Senate President Pro-Tempore, and Franklin Drilon as Minority Leader

PLEDGE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Opening of Senate of the Philippines

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the opening of session of the 18th Congress Philippine Senate happening on July 22, 2019

LIVE UPDATES: Opening of the House of Representatives

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the opening of session of the 18th Congress House of Representatives happening on July 22, 2019

Trump says minority congresswomen should 'apologize to America'

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:16 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments come a week after he sparked a firestorm of outrage when he attacked the left-leaning lawmakers with a series of tweets saying they should 'go back' to their countries of origin

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. - Trump travels to Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Cayetano, Velasco, Romualdez 'show unity' before 18th Congress opens

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says there will be no rift in the House to ensure that President Rodrigo Duterte's agenda is prioritized

Cayetano meeting with lawmakers ahead of SONA. Photo by Alan Cayetano's office

‘It’s the wish of the President’: Lawmakers to back Cayetano’s House bid on July 22

Jul 21, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr says all 85 PDP-Laban congressmen will be supporting Alan Cayetano. Senate President Vicente Sotto III adds the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will be supporting Cayetano too.

VICENTE SOTTO III. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Revilla files Eddie Garcia bill, proposal to waive bank secrecy for public officials

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr files 100 bills in his first few weeks in office in a bid to 'fulfill his campaign promises'

HOME. Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr arrive his home at Bacoor in Cavite on 7 December 2018. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

No more coup? Cayetano says Paolo Duterte agreed to be deputy speaker

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Thank you very much Cong. Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte for our talk on what the country needs and how we can put together a very responsive Congress,' says speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano

COMPROMISE REACHED. Speakership candidate Alan Peter Cayetano meets with Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte on July 19, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

We must rally behind Robredo, Pangilinan tells LP bloc in House

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'We urge our fellow lawmakers at the House of Representatives to seriously consider where they stand in the face of the harassment and persecution brought upon our party chairperson,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

LP LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) and Senator Francis Pangilinan sing "Our Father" during the thanksgiving mass for the Otso Diretso senatorial slate on May 8, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Ilhan Omar, U.S. congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota in August, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. Kerem YUCEL / AFP

Romualdez thanks mentor GMA 'for making me become what I am today’

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Around 100 lawmakers from different parties brave the heavy rain to attend Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving dinner

VIP TABLE. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez sits beside his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Romualdez (3rd from L) and their ally, former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3rd from R). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

U.S. House votes to condemn Trump's 'racist comments'

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Democrats hold a majority in the 435-member House but are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, where the resolution is unlikely to be considered

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the members of the media as she makes her way to the House chamber to vote on a resolution denouncing comments by President Trump targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color on July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The resolution passed 240-187, with Republicans Will Hurd (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Fred Upton (R-MI) Susan Brooks (R-IN) and independent Justin Amash (I-MI) joining Democrats. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP  Pete Marovich / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Romualdez to 'return the favor' to those who helped Eastern Visayas after Yolanda

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Around 100 House allies show up at Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving party after he vows out of the speakership race

ALL SMILES. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez hosts a thanksgiving dinner for his allies on July 16, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler.

Jejomar Binay files electoral protest vs Makati congressman Peña

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Defeated congressional bet Jejomar Binay accuses his opponent Kid Peña of buying votes in Makati City, allegedly handing out P500 to P2,000 per voter

NOT GIVING UP YET. Former vice president Jejomar Binay files an electoral protest against his victories opponent and now Makati 1st District Representative Kid Peña. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into DepEd closure of 55 Lumad schools

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The lawmakers accuse the Department of Education of violating the rights of the Lumad schools' administrators, teachers, staff, and students

CONGRESSIONAL PROBE. Representatives France Castro, Sarah Elago, and Arlene Brosas are among the Makabayan legislators who filed House Resolution No 58 on July 15, 2019. File photo from Makabayan bloc

Lagman warns Cayetano vs installing subservient House minority leader

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman himself says he is open to becoming the minority leader to stop the formation of a 'company union' in the House

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman wants a 'genuine' opposition in the House. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

Duterte on 'coup attempt' vs Cayetano: 'Wishful thinking'

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to the statement of his son, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, that the speakership race does not seem to be over yet

JULY 22 LOOMING. Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is President Rodrigo Duterte's bet for House Speaker. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'It's a practical thing': Cayetano wants longer term for lawmakers

Jul 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers who either serve for 4 years with no term limits, or 5 years with term limits will become 'more productive'

PUSH FOR TERM EXTENSION. Speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano meets with the bloc of Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez on July 10, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's staff

Sara Duterte disowns text message telling lawmakers to defy dad's choice for Speaker

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Anak Kalusugan Representative Michael Defensor apologizes to Sara Duterte, saying it was wrong of him to drag the Davao City mayor's name into the matter

NOT FROM SARA. Anak Kalusugan Representative Mike Defensor shows a screenshot of the text message he allegedly received from the camp of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers set aside dislike of Cayetano for Speaker to secure House posts

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte previously claimed Cayetano made a 'veiled threat' against her should she decide to support the speakership bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco

COMPROMISES. Legislators who were once against a Cayetano speakership are now set to vote for him as Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Romualdez drops out of speakership race, accepts Majority Leader job

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:49 PM

72 lawmakers, including their leader and former speakership bet Martin Romualdez, will now back Alan Peter Cayetano for the post with 'no ifs, no buts, no excepts, and no unless'

SPEAKER NO MORE? Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez accepts the offer for him to become House Majority Leader of the 18th Congress instead. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Party-list bloc backs Cayetano's speakership bid 'for now'

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

'We are for the President’s choice,' says party-list bloc president and 1-Pacman Representative Mikee Romero

'FOR NOW.' Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc president and 1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says they are now backing speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano for now. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:22 PM

'The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children,' say the 6 progressive legislators who filed the House resolution

DRUG WAR CRITICS. Makabayan bloc members Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Sarah Elago file a House resolution calling for an investigation on the death of a 3-year-old in a buy-bust operation. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Cayetano wants lawmakers to join the 'Die-hard Duterte Supermajority'

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'DDSM,' the presumptive Speaker's chosen name for the House majority bloc, seems to be a play on 'DDS,' the name embraced by President Rodrigo Duterte's loyalists

DDSM IN THE HOUSE? Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano partly gets President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement for the speakership on July 8, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says Cayetano is next House Speaker, to share term with Velasco

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also announces that Leyte congressman Martin Romualdez will be Majority Floor Leader

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 House speaker bets agree to respect Duterte's choice

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the speakership hopefuls will 'settle the issue between them' should President Rodrigo Duterte still refuse to give his blessing

MEETING IN TOKYO. Three rivals for the speakership meet with President Rodrigo Duterte during his trip to Tokyo, Japan in May. File photo from Senator Bong Go

Salceda: Expedient for Congress if Paolo Duterte becomes Speaker

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:24 PM

It is in the interest of congressmen and their constituents if the Speaker has a direct line to Malacañang, says the Albay representative

DIRECT LINE. Cong. Fredenil Castro (left) and Cong Joey Salceda (right) at the Pandesal Forum in Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City on Thursday, July 4, 2019, on the the House Speakership. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

Hugpong endorses Davao City's Isidro Ungab for House Speaker

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) So far, 6 congressmen are vying to be Speaker of the House in the 18th Congress

ASPIRANT. File photo of Isidro Ungab. From his Facebook account

Drilon brings back anti-political dynasty bill in 18th Congress

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'The Constitution entrusted to Congress the duty to end political dynasties. Unfortunately, we have failed in our duty and, hence, political dynasty still persists and so does poverty,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon files an anti-dynasty bill in the 18th Congress. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

18th Congress, by the numbers

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

After the 2019 polls, the ruling party PDP-Laban and its allies take both the Senate and the House

Sotto refiles bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:08 PM

In refiling the bill, Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the law should be further amended 'to adapt to changing times'

NO TO LOWER MINIMUM AGE. Children'€™s advocates and other groups hold a protest at the main gate of the Senate on January 25, 2019. They are against the bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 12 years old. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'LP will remain steadfast to principles' even if in House majority – Belmonte

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'Maninidigan pa rin tayo,' says Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte, Liberal Party secretary-general

BACK TO MAJORITY? LP lawmakers of the previous 17th Congress pose for a picture back when they were trying to claim the House minority bloc in July 2018. Several of them have been reelected into the next 18th Congress. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No bet for Speaker yet, says House party-list bloc

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:49 AM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero tells party-list bloc members that he just signed the manifesto of support for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to 'thwart' a proposed term-sharing agreement among speakership bets

NO BET YET. Almost half of the party-list coalition holds an emergency meeting on June 26, 2019 to settle an issue over the heated speakership race. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Romualdez: I'm a 'strong contender' for Speaker

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The allies of Leyte 1st District representative-elect Martin Romualdez claim he has the numbers to secure the speakership, with one lawmaker pegging it at 178 votes

MULTI-PARTY CAUCUS. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez meets with more 30 legislators representing different political parties on June 26, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski