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Like Piñol, Villar urges Filipinos to plant vegetables to cope with inflation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'Hindi natin ma-stop ang hoarder, hindi natin ma-stop ang cartel, hindi natin ma-stop ang smuggling, we take care of ourselves,' says Senator Cynthia Villar

Stop eating galunggong, Villar tells public

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:01 PM

'Better safe than sorry,' says the senator, as reports of formalin-tainted round scads persist

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar furious over messy Boracay rehabilitation

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate environment and natural resources committee chair Cynthia Villar lashes out at DILG and DENR officials for the dismal and unmet targets after almost 6 months of the island's closure

INFURIATED. Senator Cynthia Villar asks resource persons regarding the present status of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva


Villar pushes for P10-billion rice farmers' subsidy

Aug 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies

SUBSIDIES. Senator Cynthia Villar vows to block rice tariffication without subsidies for farmers. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Final version of coco levy bill shatters farmers' hopes

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:48 PM

'Maaaring magtagal na naman ang aming paghihintay at pakikibaka bago makamit ng mga mahihirap at maliliit na magniniyog ang bunga ng coco levy,' says a national coalition of coconut farmers' movements

VILLAR LAUDS APPROVAL OF COCO LEVY BILL BY BICAM PANEL- Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the approval by the bicameral conference committee of the reconciled version of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act, "marks the end of the long and grueling journey of enacting a law which will make sure 3.5 million coconut farmers will greatly benefit from the P100-billion funds which are rightfully theirs." In photo are members of the bicam panel (standing) Rep. Cecilia Chavez, Sen.Francis Pangilinan, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Rep. Arthur Yap, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria; (seated) Rep. Evelina Escudero, Villar, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., and Rep. Sharon Garin. Also in photo are Department of Agriculture officials. Photo by the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

Coco levy bicam recognizes Suarez as House minority leader

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't understand why they keep on making noise. They have already lost,' says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez to the two other blocs challenging him for the minority leadership

MINORITY LEADER? Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures during a press conference on August 1, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Gov't to support farmers amid moves to lift rice import quotas

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam

RICE TARIFFICATION. Even if 250,000 MT of imported rice is scheduled to arrive in May, the government says this will not be able to meet the country's rice demand in the succeeding months

Cynthia Villar slammed over business interests anew

May 31, 2018 - 11:17 PM

'Bakit ako palagi, Vista Land ang pinupuna nila? Bakit nagagalit ba sila sa akin o pinupulitika nila ako?' Cynthia Villar asks critics

Villar confronts oppositor questioning Vista Land's Boracay permit in CA hearing

May 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Bakit ba binabanggit mo puro Vista Land? Galit ka ba sa akin? Is this a political issue or a legitimate issue?' asks Senator Cynthia Villar, whose family owns Vista Land

Photo by Angie de Silva

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May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Villar, Pacquiao remain richest senators in 2017

May 17, 2018 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is still the poorest senator

BILLIONARES' CLUB. Senators Cynthia Villar and Manny Pacquiao are the richest senators based on their latest SALN.

NP to field Imee Marcos, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano in senatorial elections

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar denies rumors her husband, former senator Manny Villar, is running for Manila mayor next year

2019. The Nacionalista Party is set to field 3 women candidates for the senatorial elections next year. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan

No conflict of interest in Boracay probe – Villar

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The Villars' Vista Land owns Boracay Sands Hotel and has a stake in Costa de la Vista also located in the island resort, but both have not violated any laws, says Senator Cynthia Villar

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sereno to go on leave, Roque UN special rapporteur, Senate on Jason Aquino | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

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Senate probe into rice shortage should unmask 'NFA syndicate' – Poe

Feb 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Bakit tayo umaabot sa nagkukulang tayo? Meron bang sindikato dyan sa loob na nagpipigil na ang tamang datos ay lumabas?' Senator Grace Poe says of the 'rice shortage' at the National Food Authority

PROBE. Senator Grace Poe said there is a need to investigate "NFA syndicates." Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Villar seeks Senate probe into NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar

File photo by AFP

Senators to battle-weary Marawi: 'We will pass Bangsamoro law'

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We should pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as this is seen by the people to bring lasting peace,' says Senator Cynthia Villar during a congressional hearing in Marawi City

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents listen to the public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lacson stands by P50-B DPWH budget cut amid House, Villar outcry

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:43 PM

'I am very confident that I can justify the cut that I proposed and which was approved in plenary. I just hope we will stick to the issue at hand instead of misleading the public,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Tempers flare as senators double mining taxes without hearings

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Senate ways and means committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara was irked with the sudden proposals of his colleagues despite their absence in committee hearings

Sotto: Justin Trudeau raised EJKs to ‘divert’ trash issue

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:13 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'Imbes na mapag-usapan 'yung basura ng Canada na dinump sa atin, dinala niya 'yung usapan sa EJK na hindi pinag-uusapan ng superpowers like the United States, China, and even the EU because they feel that it's a local problem,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

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

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

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 25-October 1, 2017

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Parents, OWWA to visit OFW burned with boiling oil by Malaysian employer

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she will file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the rising number of migrant domestic workers, as well as cases of abuse

Photo from Blas Ople Policy Center

Resolution vs killings sent to 5 of 7 senators before filing – Pangilinan's office

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan's chief-of-staff says Senate Resolution 516 was sent to the offices of Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senators Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Gregorio Honasan, contrary to their claims

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives would now convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between their versions of the bill

IRRIGATION. Rice farmers are in need of free irrigation to free them from the burden of paying service fees to the National Irrigation Administration. File photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 'Unli-rice' and unlimited possibilities

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government-supplied rice – to begin with

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

After criticisms, Villar clarifies she won't file bill vs unlimited rice

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies in a statement

UNLI RICE. Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies her earlier statement and says she will not file a bill seeking to ban the serving of unlimited rice in restaurants. File photo

Pacquiao joins Villar in billionaires' club; Trillanes now poorest senator

May 18, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Compared to 2015 Manny Pacquiao however registers a lower net worth in his latest Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth SALN

LOOK: Majority senators in full force at 'intimate dinner' with Duterte

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Senator JV Ejercito says they discussed the proposed tax reform measure one of the priority bills of the Duterte administration

Photo from Senator JV Ejercito's official Facebook

OFW in Kuwait executed while asserting innocence

Jan 25, 2017 - 2:35 PM

UPDATED She has professed innocence since the day she was arrested in 2007 and has not changed her statement until now Senator Cynthia Villar says

Lacson to House: Don't blame Villar for 'pork' cut from DPWH budget

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House of Representatives to confirm the appointment of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

BLAME GAME? Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House not to blame Secretary Mark Villar for the removal of alleged 'pork barrel' worth P8billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways budget.

'No permit, no exam?' Senate bill wants to ban it in schools

Nov 26, 2016 - 9:29 AM

The bill covers private grade schools and high schools public and private post secondary technical vocation institutes universities and colleges

WATCH: De Lima, Aguirre talk face to face on Senate floor

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre arch enemy of Senator De Lima is at the Senate to attend the discussions on the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Justice

AWKWARD. Senator Leila de Lima and critic Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II meet face to face on the Senate floor during budget deliberations. Screenshot from Senate livestream.

Fellow senators file resolutions commending Pacquiao win vs Vargas

Nov 07, 2016 - 2:20 PM

UPDATED Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Senator Cynthia Villar file resolutions honoring Pacquiao as the only sitting senator in history to win a boxing title

Women senators unite, file resolution vs 'De Lima' video

Oct 03, 2016 - 5:09 PM

Five female senators file Senate Resolution No 184 condemning the House plan to show the alleged video of their colleague Senator Leila De Lima at a congressional inquiry

RESOLUTION. Female senators file Senate Resolution No. 184 condemning the plan of the House of Representatives to show the alleged video of Senator Leila De Lima at a congressional inquiry.

DBM questioned on budget cut for coconut farmers

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:57 PM

They are the poorest in the Philippines They earn only on the average P50 a day or P1 500 a month We should do something says Senator Cynthia Villar

File photo by WorldVision

New UP campus to rise at Vista City in Dasmariñas, Cavite

Jun 28, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The UP Technology Innovation campus aims to give students a better shot at developing their inventions and designs and bringing these to the world stage

NEW CAMPUS. The University of the Philippines (UP) signs a memorandum of agreement with Vista Land for the UP Technology Innovation – the state university's newest campus that will soon rise in Vista City. Photo c/o UP

Cynthia Villar, 15 other senators richer in 2015

Jun 18, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Cynthia Villar is the only billionaire among the senators in the 16th Congress – a status she has maintained since she first declared her SALN as senator in 2013