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Joint resolution extending ABS-CBN's franchise to June 2022 filed in House

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:35 PM

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

FRANCHISE ISSUES. A veteran lawmaker from Cebu files a joint resolution that would give Congress more time to deliberate on the ABS-CBN franchise bills. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cayetano: House notice to NTC 'sufficient’ to allow ABS-CBN to keep operating

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:53 PM

The Speaker says the House leadership is talking to the National Telecommunications Commission to help secure a provisional authority for ABS-CBN

STILL NO HEARING. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells reporters on February 24, 2020 why the House leadership still finds no urgency in holding its first hearing on ABS-CBN's franchise renewal. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House begins ‘proceedings’ on ABS-CBN franchise, asks for position papers

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:30 AM

House committee on legislative franchises chair Franz Alvarez says his panel will schedule a hearing only when all documents have been received

STILL NO HOUSE HEARING. The House committee on legislative franchises will formally ask all parties to submit their position papers on the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Unconstitutional' to let foreigners own public utilities – opposition lawmakers

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

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

House one step away from passing bill letting foreigners own public utilities

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:33 PM

But opposition lawmakers argue that the 'unconstitutional' bill would lead to Filipinos being at the mercy of foreign firms

LIFTING OF FOREIGN RESTRICTIONS. The House of Representatives approves on 2nd reading House Bill No. 78 on February 17, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House passes bill imposing stiffer penalties vs child abuse

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

An overwhelming 228 legislators vote in favor of stiffening the punishment for child abusers

China may postpone annual parliament session as it battles coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:34 PM

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

House closer to passing bill allowing foreigners to own PH public utilities

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:26 PM

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

QUICK WORK. Lawmakers are working fast to amend the Public Service Act. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lagman to Cayetano: Stop foot-dragging on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:40 PM

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'

ABS-CBN employees and supporters hold a rally on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020, to demand the renewal of the broadcast giant franchise. Wearing red and chanting defend press freedom, they signed petitions and urged motorist to honk their horns as they passed by. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Mobile World Congress canceled over coronavirus fears

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:09 AM

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)

CANCELED. A worker cleans glass doors at the Mobile World Congress MWC venue on February 12, 2020 at the Fira Barcelona Montjuic centre in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Intel, Facebook drop out of key mobile fair over coronavirus fears

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:51 PM

(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.

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS. Visitors walk at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 28, 2019. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Amazon, Sony skipping mobile congress owing to virus

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The US and Japanese heavyweights join a list of companies, including LG and Ericsson, steering clear due to virus fears

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS. A visitor pulls his suitcase on the last day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 28, 2019. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Trump takes impeachment victory lap after 'terrible ordeal'

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:35 PM

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'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast on February 6, 2020 in Washington,DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

LG bows out of Mobile World Congress citing coronavirus concerns

Feb 05, 2020 - 4:58 PM

(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.

BOWING OUT. Visitors leave the Mobile World Congress (MWC) venue in Barcelona on February 28, 2019, the last day of the fair.   Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Divorce bill hurdles House committee level

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The Philippines is the only other country without divorce, aside from Vatican City

NUP amasses power in House after 4 more lawmakers defect from PDP-Laban

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:20 PM

(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'

NEW MEMBER. PDP-Laban loses two crucial members in Deputy Speakers Boyet Gonzales and Dan Fernandez, who are now allied with NUP.

House bills seek P2-B fund for DOH to buy masks, protective equipment

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:10 PM

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

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. Lawmakers want to augment DOH's budget this year to help buy face masks and protective equipment against the 2019 novel coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappelr

'Get your priorities straight,' lawmakers tell Duque amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:24 PM

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

MISPLACED PRIORITIES? DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll skipped the House hearing on the novel coronavirus on February 5, 2020 to inspect a quarantine facility in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi rips copy of Trump speech

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:54 PM

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

TEARING. US Vice President Mike Pence claps as Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi appears to rip a copy of US President Donald Trump speech after he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

House approves bill protecting women, children vs electronic violence

Feb 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas says the passage of the measure will give women and children an 'increased chance' to combat all forms of abuse

House passes bill requiring GMRC subject from Kinder to Grade 3

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The proposed law says the GMRC class would teach students about human dignity and respect for others for their 'effective and holistic development'

GMRC NOW REQUIRED? Elementary students inside listen to their teacher in a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Eddie Villanueva slams drug killings, but says Duterte not to blame

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The evangelical pastor, now one of the House of Representatives' deputy speakers, says 'scalawag' policemen are behind the drug killings

House Deputy Speaker and JIL Church founder Eddie Villanueva discusses the bloody drug war in a speech marking the National Bible Day on February 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

House health panel chair seeks P1B to help DOH combat novel coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:15 PM

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

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. Filipinos wear masks while walking at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, January 31, 2020, following the first case of 2019-nCoV detected in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘We love you, Kobe’: House launches exhibit honoring NBA legend at Batasan

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:10 PM

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

MAMBA OUT. The left sneakers of the Kobe VI Blue Camo's that the late Kobe Bryant wore when he visited Manila in 2011. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House question hour with health chief Duque on novel coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Watch the House's question hour with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III live on Rappler on Wednesday, January 29

House OKs on 2nd reading bill protecting women, children vs electronic abuse

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:47 PM

Violators stand to face jail time up to 6 to 12 years and a fine between P300,000 to P500,000

House to hold question hour for Duque over coronavirus threat

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:59 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez says they are giving DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III a 'bigger platform' to allay fears about the new disease

QUESTION HOUR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III briefs the media about the novel coronavirus during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano

YES TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano (2nd from L) and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel (1st from R) oppose the anti-dynasty are against the proposed anti-dynasty amendment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

HRET junks poll protest vs Northern Samar congressman Daza

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'

VICTOR. The HRET upholds the victory of Northern Samar 1st District Rep Paul Daza in the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of congres.gov.ph

WATCH: Taal evacuees cry for help as House holds 'symbolic' session in Batangas

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The House of Representatives holds its plenary session in Batangas City, which sits just outside the danger zone of the restive Taal Volcano

OUT-OF-TOWN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (standing in front of the Philippine flag) presides over the House plenary session at the Batangas City Convention Center on January 22, 2020. Rappler screenshot

Teary-eyed evacuees' appeal: Allow us to fish in Taal Lake again

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes tells lawmakers that Batangueños also need psychological interventions to help them process trauma from the Taal Volcano eruption

APPEAL FOR HELP. Edwina Bilog, an evacuee from San Nicolas, Batangas, shares to lawmakers on January 22, 2020 how difficult life has been for her in the past days since the Taal Volcano erupted. Photo by Rappler

Batangas lawmakers seek P30-B supplemental budget for Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:10 PM

If passed into law, the bill earmarks a supplemental budget aimed to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption valid until December 31, 2022

REHAB FUND NEEDED. Houses along the lakeside of Barangay San Isidro in Talisay, Batangas are still blanketed by ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: House holds session in Batangas amid eruption of the Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Watch the House session live on Rappler

Trump trial opens with clash over witnesses

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Flexing his solid 53-47 majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell makes clear he would summarily block any Democratic attempts to change his rules

TRIAL OPENS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) heads toward the Senate Chamber before the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

House names non-Cordilleran as Benguet caretaker congressman

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:18 PM

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

Photo from congress.gov.ph

House willing to hike supplemental budget for Taal eruption to P50 billion 'if needed'

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Several members of the House committee on rules also donate P500,000 to districts in Batangas affected by the volcanic eruption

RELIEF FOR EVACUEES. Volunteers hand out aid donations to families affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump brief assails impeachment, demands immediate acquittal

Jan 21, 2020 - 2:49 AM

(UPDATED) One source working with the president's legal team says impeachment process was 'illegitimate from the start,' adding, 'The president did nothing wrong'

IMPEACHMENT HEARING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

House probe into alleged ‘lopsided’ LRT concession agreement sought

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:44 PM

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

DUTERTE VS AYALAS, MVP. A lawmaker wants a House probe into the government's concession agreement with the Light Rail Manila Corporation. File photo from LRMC

Even with possible ‘hazardous’ Taal eruption, House to hold session in Batangas

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:10 PM

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

LEADERSHIP DECISION. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the proposal to hold the January 22, 2020 session in Batangas City was backed by other House leaders. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House aims to OK bills creating 3 new departments by March

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Lawmakers want to create new government departments focused on overseas Filipino workers, water resources, and disaster resilience

PRIORITY BILLS. The House of Representatives will focus on 3 bills creating new departments once session reopens on January 20, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Labor group pushes 25% hazard pay for workers amid Taal unrest

Jan 18, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The proposal covers workers in banks, hotels, and restaurants, and other similar establishments in Tagaytay City; and journalists covering the Taal Volcano eruption

Workers on January 17, 2020, clear the People's Park and the Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City of ash from the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Cavite lawmaker wants House probe into gov’t response to Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Congressman Elpidio Barzaga Jr also says charges should be filed against 'unscrupulous persons' who raised the prices of face masks, food, and other supplies

Evacuees get off trucks of the DPWH and PNP after evacuating from their homes due to the eruption of Taal volcano in Batangas on Monday, January 13. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'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

'CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.' This photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a woman walking in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood in Aksu in the region of Xinjiang. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East

Jan 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'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

EVACUATION PLAN. TUCP Representative Raymond Mendoza urges the Duterte adminisration to craft an evacuation plan for the 1.2 million OFWs in the Middle East to prepare for any eventuality. Photo from TUCP Facebook page

House panel chair to ABS-CBN: Franchise renewal ‘not a right, but a privilege’

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:03 AM

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

Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

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.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Putin says Trump impeachment based on 'made-up grounds'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Putin describes the events in the US legislature as 'simply the continuation of a internal political fight' between Democrats and Republicans

'MADE-UP.' Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the grounds for impeaching US President Donald Trump "made-up."

House votes on impeaching Trump for abuse of office

Dec 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

The Democratic majority in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is expected to approve two articles of impeachment

HOUSE VOTES. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2019 The sun shines over the US Capitol Building on an autumn afternoon in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Bill increasing pay for gov't workers starting 2020 now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(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

PAY HIKE. Elementary students listean to their teacher inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler