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PH has shortest maternity leave in ASEAN – labor groups

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The groups call for the passage of a bill doubling the period of paid maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days

MATERNAL HEALTH. Women's groups call for the passage of the proposal to extend the maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Pangilinan bill seeks new Constitution subject for Grade 12 students

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights

CONSTI CLASS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Grade 12 students to learn about the Constitution in school. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque not dropping ethics complaints vs Salo

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The fight continues even as former Kabayan representative Harry Roque has already joined a different branch of government

KABAYAN SQUABBLE. Palace Spokesman Harry Roque (left) and Kabayan Representative Ron Salo continue to argue, this time over who should be taking over Roque's post in the House. File photo of Roque by Rappler, photo of Salo from his Facebook account

SSS asked to stop contribution hike amid stock trading controversy

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:52 PM

'The SSS must first clean its house and implement internal reforms before any additional burden is imposed on more than 32 million workers who are its members and beneficiaries,' says Partido Manggagawa

SSS. Retirees file for their pension inside the Social Security System. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Tax rollout delayed to November 2 as U.S. Congress braces for overhaul

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:44 AM

The delay in the unveiling of the Donald Trump-backed tax overhaul signals potential trouble ahead

TAX HQ. A view of the Internal Revenue Service's headquarters March 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Facebook, Twitter, Google take aim at 'troll armies' that helped Trump win

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The companies seek to assure lawmakers that Russia's alleged online and social media interference to influence U.S. elections doesn't happen again

ONLINE PROOF. With examples of Russian-created Facebook pages behind him, Senator Patrick Leahy questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing titled 'Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online' on Capitol Hill, October 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned the tech company representatives about attempts by Russian operatives to spread disinformation and purchase political ads on their platforms, and what efforts the companies plan to use to prevent similar incidents in future elections. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Cavite State University holds 1st Nat'l Coffee Education Congress

Oct 31, 2017 - 5:19 PM

This is a press release from the Cavite State University - National Coffee Research, Development and Extension Center. The event is open to the public.

SSS urged to suspend officials involved in stock trading controversy

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:21 PM

SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Viña accuses 4 top-level officials of earning by trading stocks using stockbrokers who manage the agency's pension fund

CONTROVERSY. Four executives of the Social Security System are accused of earning by trading stocks using stockbrokers who manage the agency’s pension fund. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

126 million U.S. users affected by Facebook content from Russian sources – reports

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to share their findings regarding their own investigations into possible connections between Russian entities and posts, ads, and even videos shared on YouTube


Duterte warns of 'trouble' if BBL not passed swiftly

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'If we do not act on it expeditiously, I think that we are headed for trouble,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte emphasizes how Japan has been supporting the country in its pursuit of peace and development in Mindanao during his speech at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017 prior to his departure for a two-day official visit to Japan. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. Congress honors Filipino veterans of World War II

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:49 AM

US Congress awards the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 250,000 Filipino veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice during World War II

RECOGNITION. U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan shakes hands with Dean Delen, a Filipino veteran representing guerrilla units, as Frank Francone (an American veteran representing the Philippine Scouts), Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, other congressional leaders, and Alicia Benitez (next to kin of a Filipino veteran) look on during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony on October 25, 2017. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Senators slam Solano for 'lying, covering up' death of Atio Castillo

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

'Ngayon naman ay hindi na ang Senado ang ginagago ni John Paul Solano kundi ginagago niya na ang buong Pilipinas,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Solano's claim that Atio Castillo died due to a pre-existing heart condition

Aegis Juris Fraternity members at senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva

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

Poe seeks additional P5-B Marawi rehabilitation fund

Oct 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

This is on top of the P5 billion for 2017 and P10 billion for 2018 allotted by the Duterte administration. The funds for 2019 have yet to be determined.

WHAT REMAINS. Inside the battle area in Marawi City.

A tale of 2 mothers in the Atio Castillo hazing 'coverup'

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:03 PM

After the 2nd Senate hearing, senators and authorities are convinced there was intention to conceal the facts surrounding the death of 22-year-old Horacio Castillo III due to hazing

HAZING. The Senate conducts its second hearing on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III.

US deficit grows to $666 billion as lawmakers eye tax cuts

Oct 21, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Higher outlays for social security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as interest on the public debt all contributed to the rise in outlays

TAX CUTS. US Senate narrowly passes a 2018 federal budget that includes special instructions that allows Trump's party to pass historic tax reforms. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Trillanes files ethics case vs Gordon

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of violation of laws, Senate rules, and the lawyer's code

Senate panel cites Aegis Juris leader in contempt, orders detention

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATE) Senate public order committee chairman Panfilo Lacson directs the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to place Arvin Balag in detention after the hearing

'Tell me what happened,' Atio Castillo's mother asks frat members

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Carmina Castillo looks into the eyes of 6 Aegis Juris fraternity members seated across her and her husband, and tells them to give back Atio's phone, eyeglasses, and watch

Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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P6.4-B shabu’s forwarder claims Gordon making him a scapegoat

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Businessman Richard Tan, also known as Chen Ju Long, hits the draft report prepared by Senator Richard Gordon, tagging him as 'ultimately responsible" for the smuggled drugs

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Lawmakers welcome AFP's killing of Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) With the crisis in Marawi believed to be nearing its end, lawmakers also call for the immediate rehabilitation of the war-torn city

China Communist Party agrees to amend constitution at key conclave

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:18 PM

Analysts speculate that President Xi Jinping's name could be added to the party's constitution, elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders

AMENDMENT. Analysts say the party might add President Xi Jinping's name in the constitution elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders. AFP photo

Majority of Filipinos trust, satisfied with Koko Pimentel – surveys

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:03 PM

A SWS survey shows Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III with a 'personal record high' net satisfaction rating in September

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) President and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III echoes the party's advocacies against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality as well as their advocacy on federalism and environment protection during a press conference with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Senate to realign P900M Tokhang budget to PDEA, housing – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency should prioritize running after big-time suppliers and not drug pushers

No need for an impeachment trial if Bautista resigns – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the legislative work of the body will be affected due to the tight schedule, but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III believes otherwise

File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Opposition senators claim staff, LP emails hacked

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV presents screenshots to show hackers seemingly planting evidence to link the opposition to 'imaginary' destabilization plots

File photo from Senate PRIB

Puerto Rico toll hits 44 as governor asks U.S. Congress for more aid

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:47 AM

With over 5,700 people living in shelters and most of the island still without electricity and running water, the risk posed by contagious diseases is amplified

A man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

In Senate debate, DILG vows to 'drop' drop boxes for drug reporting

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is keen on taking the suggestion of Senator Risa Hontiveros to realign the P500-million budget of the Masa Masid program to existing local anti-drug and peace councils

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Senate allows public release of Solano testimony in executive session

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Senate votes unanimously to release the testimony of John Paul Solano, one of the suspects in the killing of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

HAZING. John Paul Solano during a Senate hearing on the death of Horacio Castillo III due to hazing. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate eyes Bautista impeachment trial by late November

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says this is the earliest time the chamber can handle the impeachment case against Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista questions the 3 self-proclaimed whistleblowers presented by Pastor 'Boy' Saycon at the Senate. File photo by Comelec EID

Senators welcome Bautista's resignation as 'right move'

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Senate banks committee chair Francis Escudero says the probe into the bank accounts of Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista will still continue

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lacson questions DPWH budget for right-of-way acquisitions

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'Clearly the pattern shows that the bloated budget for [right-of-way acquisitions] is the biggest source of insertions and realignments being made by legislators,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Gordon wants bribery charges vs Paolo Duterte's councilor-friend

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

While the senator recommends charges against Davao City councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr, he clears Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of corruption allegations

PULONG'S FRIEND. Davao City Councilor Nilo 'Small' Abellera Jr takes his oath at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China. File Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House okays mental health bill on 2nd reading

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The bill makes it illegal for people will mental health conditions to be placed in solitary confinement, and also covers drug dependents who surrender and turn out to be mentally ill

Senate to allow BI to use express lane fees for overtime pay in 2018

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the same provision in the 2017 budget, leading to the mass resignation and leave of immigration personnel

Pacquiao wants to increase cigarette tax to P60 per pack

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The neophyte senator is confident he can defend his proposed tax measure in the Senate

EXCISE TAX. Senator Manny Pacquiao files a bill seeking to impose higher tax on cigarattes. Photo by Joseph Vidal

SC decision vs De Lima 'unfortunate,' say minority senators

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision junking Senator Leila de Lima's petition 'highlighted Duterte's total control and manipulation of the three branches of government for his evil political ends,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo from De Lima's office

Law banning expiration dates on gift certificates eyed by Christmas

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Under the proposed measure, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue to enjoy discounts on purchases, as provided by the law, using GCs

File photo

Trump's migration demands throw Dreamer deal into doubt

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Trump presents Congress with a list of hardline immigration demands as a quid-pro-quo for protecting the so-called 'Dreamers'

In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Unlike in House, Senate adds P156M to CHR budget for 2018

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Senate submits for plenary approval the Commission on Human Rights' budget for next year amounting to P693.5 million

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

26 lawmakers urge House to 'preserve, protect' Ombudsman

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawmakers file a resolution seeking support for the Office of the Ombudsman as it looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte

Senators urge Duterte to view ratings dip as 'wake-up call'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Filipinos 'are now seeing Duterte for who he really is: a lying, rude, amoral, corrupt, and oppressive former mayor who is totally incompetent about governance at the national level'

President Rodrigo Duterte gives his message during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Senate adds P20M to Robredo's budget for her anti-poverty program

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III pushes for the budget increase to fund Vice President Leni Robredo's Angat Buhay program

CHILLING EFFECT. Vice President Leni Robredo fears the expected arrest of Senator Leila de Lima will cause the silencing of people who opposes the government's policy.

Batanes Representative Dina Abad dies

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:30 AM

'You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Photo from Henedina Razon-Abad's Facebook Page

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

Drilon vows to block BOC budget over lack of pre-shipment inspection

Oct 06, 2017 - 3:57 PM

'I have no qualms in saying that I have not opposed the approval of any budget here in my 19 years. But this time I will put my foot down,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Recto: Keep DepEd P30-B budget to increase teachers' allowances

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto proposes a 'rechanneling' of the P30-billion budget that the House of Representatives realigned to fund the free tuition law

TEACHERS' ALLOWANCES. Deaf students recite the alphabet in sign language during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cynthia Villar defends DPWH underspending under son Mark

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar responds to the issues raised by Senator Panfilo Lacson during budget deliberations

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler