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Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:30 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill

BUDGET TALKS. The 18th Congress' bicameral conference committee on the proposed 2020 budget convenes on November 29, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Opposition 'not surprised' by Robredo's firing as ICAD co-chair

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Senators say the Duterte administration 'got snared in their own trap' and their plan 'to make [Vice President Leni Robredo] look weak backfired'

REMOVED. In this photo, Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Child marriage a 'fundamental human rights violation' – congresswoman

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We owe our children an environment that is free from all forms of violence,' says Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera

NO TO CHILD MARRIAGE. Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera calls for the end of child marriages in the country. Photo from Herrera's Facebook page

House passes bill requiring gov't hospitals to put up Malasakit Centers

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Only opposition congressman Edcel Lagman votes against the Malasakit Centers measure, which he says is a 'copycat' of the Senate version

MALASAKIT CENTER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on February 12, 2018, File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

State secrets? De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for restricting Robredo

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?' asks detained opposition senator Leila de Lima

ULTIMATUM. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Lagman claims Bong Go pressuring House to railroad Malasakit Center bill

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the House plenary did not have quorum when it passed the Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading

OPPOSITION. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman continues to oppose the bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers nationwide. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman, who believes the Malasakit Centers are being used as a 'partisan tool,' fails to stop the passage of the bill in the plenary

MALASAKIT CENTER. In this file photo from February 12, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

To honor Celdran, Lagman files bill repealing 'archaic' crime of blasphemy

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the crime of offending religious feelings, of which the late Carlos Celdran was found guilty, is an 'odious remnant of the Dark Ages'

Lagman hits 'ballistic' Bong Go: I didn't even name you

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'Paucity of merit and reason cannot be concealed by unparliamentary language and malevolent innuendoes,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman

CLAP BACK. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman responds to Senator Bong Go's privilege speech against him. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Asked to explain Malasakit Centers, Bong Go ridicules Lagman’s looks instead

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:12 PM

After Albay congressman calls the Malasakit Centers a 'partisan tool,' the senator says Lagman's face is 'beyond repair' even by the one-stop shop for government services

FIRST PRIVILEGE SPEECH. Senator Christopher Lawrence 'Bong'€ Go gives his first privilege speech regarding his project €œMalasakit Centers€ at the plenary session at the senate on August 27, 2019 and lambasted Congressman Edcel Lagman'€™s comment questioning the project. Photo by Angie de Slva/Rappler

House panel swiftly approves P673-million OVP budget for 2020

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:40 PM

An administration-allied legislator vows to further increase the budget of Vice President Leni Robredo's office 'in the proper time' to augment her anti-poverty projects

ANGAT BUHAY. Vice President Leni Robredo's flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay receives praises from a lawmaker during the budget hearing on August 27, 2019. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Why is PCSO supporting ‘partisan tool’ Malasakit Centers? – Lagman

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The House appropriations committee asks for PCSO's legal basis for supporting Malasakit Centers, a pet project of Senator Bong Go. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says he has received complaints about Bicol Malasakit Centers.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go attended on Monday the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, providing better access to cheap and quality healthcare among residents in dire need of government assistance. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go's Office

Lagman delivers more scathing counter-SONA than Minority Leader Abante

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Both House Minority Leader Benny Abante and staunch opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman give their counter-speeches to the President's 4th State of the Nation Address

COUNTER-SONA. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (L) and Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr deliver their counter-SONA speeches on July 24, 2019.

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

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

Things to know: the bill that seeks to protect human rights defenders

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:37 AM

The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines

House approves bill protecting human rights defenders

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. Human rights activists take to the streets on International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

May 21, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'

'BASTARDIZED' SYSTEM. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (R) wants the party-list law amended. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lagman: House version of 2019 budget 'completely constitutional'

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate

BUDGET ISSUES. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman stands by the House's version of the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure

'CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE.' Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna Vergara plays a Whitney Houston song to explain her no vote for HB 8858. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account

Arroyo, lawmakers condemn killing of Batocabe

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(6th UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other lawmakers call for a speedy probe into the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

COLLEAGUES. In this Facebook photo posted on July 26, 2018, the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is seen with Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the House of Representatives. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

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Dec 13, 2018 - 10:22 PM

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Budget 'insertions' likely have Duterte approval, says Lagman

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have 'inserted' funds without President Rodrigo Duterte's consent

No actual rebellion, no data to back martial law extension – lawmakers

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Military chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says there is also no allocation in the proposed 2019 budget for another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao

NOT JUSTIFIED. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says there is no actual, armed rebellion ongoing in Mindanao. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Mayor challenges reelectionist Lagman for Albay congressman

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'I'm up against the veteran, but I rest my case [with] the people of the first district, specifically the millennials,' says Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas

ALLY. Sto Domingo, Albay Mayor Herbie Aguas shows his certificate of candidacy. He is running against longtime political ally and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Palparan's continued military detention smacks of 'VIP treatment'

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the convicted retired general should be immediately sent to the New Bilibid Prison

CONVICTED. Former Army Major General Jovito Palparan with military escorts at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court during the promulgation of his case on kidnapping for serious illegal detention on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Arroyo’s presence a ‘go signal’ to junk impeachment vs SC justices – Lagman

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

'GO SIGNAL.' Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside House committee on justice chairperson Salvador Leachon, who presided over the impeachment hearing against the 7 SC justices. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty application could've been 'maliciously concealed'

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that 'there are other concrete evidence' showing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty

AMNESTY REVOKED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivers a privilege speech on September 4, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty 'absolute, irrevocable' – Lagman

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:00 PM

There is 'no legal and factual basis' for President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty, according to Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman

Congressman Edcel Lagamn during press conference at Congress on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Will impeachment complaints foil the chances of SC chief justice aspirants?

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications

OATH. Opposition lawmakers Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, and Edcel Lagman swear before House of Representative acting secretay general Dante Roberto Maling as they filed impeachment complaints against 7 Supreme Court justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why is it so difficult to access SALNs of House lawmakers?

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?

HARD TO ACCESS SALNs. It has long been difficult to get copies of the full SALNs of all lawmakers in the House of Representatives. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers cross party lines to oppose cash-based budget in 2019

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:24 PM

House members are gathering signatures for an unnumbered resolution that would withdraw their earlier support for the budget reform bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019

NO TO CASH-BASED BUDGET. Lawmakers are not backing the proposed cash-based budgeting system in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Minority Leader' Eugene de Vera? House rules silent on leadership succession

Jul 31, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any rule on the succession of power 'must be explicit'

MAGNIFICENT 7. (From L-R) Representatives Emmanuel Billiones, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Raul Daza, and Tom Villarin have long been part of the opposition in the House. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

During House committee briefing, Lagman asks: Who is the minority?

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says the matter does not concern the House committee on appropriation

BRIEFING. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman attends briefing of the proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget at the House of Representatives on July 31, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers to seek impeachment of 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno

May 18, 2018 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano have expressed their intention to file impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

PRESERVE JUDICIAL INTEGRITY. (Left to right) Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano bare their plans to file impeachment complaints against Supreme Court justices who voted to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.

With Sereno ouster, SC committed ‘hara kiri’ on judiciary’s independence – lawmakers

May 11, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the SC 'committed hara kiri with its bludgeoning the independence of the judiciary and desecrating the sanctity of the Constitution'

INDEPENDENT SC NO MORE? Supporters of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno continue their protest along Taft Avenue on May 11, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

House opposition to Duterte: Order Acosta to ‘stop pseudo-forensic intervention’

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The PAO chief had refused to accede to a UP-PGH's panel's request for access to the tissue samples of Dengvaxia-vaccinated children who died

RH 2.0? Why Lagman thinks it's easier to pass divorce bill

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'Divorce is the exception, not the general rule,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, champion of the proposed measure

DIVORCE CHAMPION. Edcel Lagman leads the change for the passage of the divorce law. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Can the 17th Congress pass a divorce law?

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Lawmaker Edcel Lagman is among those who argue that divorce is needed in the Philippines

Divorce bill hurdles House committee level

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The House committee on population approve the yet unnumbered bill after two hours of deliberations in an executive session

DIVORCE BILL. The House Committee on Population and Family Relations tackles the proposed divorce bill on February 21, 2018. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

House divorce bill proposes easier procedures for OFWs

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The concerns of OFWs are among the things lawmakers are taking into consideration in drafting versions of the proposed divorce law

PRO-WOMAN LEGISLATION. Edcel Lagman heads efforts for the House to pass a long-awaited divorce law. Screenshot from Rappler livestream

Lagman on Garcia order: Congress can't be 'refuge' from Ombudsman sanctions

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court

WHY THE EXEMPTION? Albay Representative Edcel Lagman questions why members of Congress are exempt from an Ombudsman dismissal order. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lagman: Divorce bill 'easier to enact' than controversial RH law

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Will divorce finally be allowed in the Philippines?

RH, DIVORCE CHAMPION. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman heads the technical working group (TWG) for the proposed divorce law. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lagman on martial law re-extension: 'SC justices can be supreme even in error'

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker says the SC's decision could 'embolden' Duterte in 'flaunting the rule of law because he can seek refuge behind the robes of majority of the Supreme Court justices'

ANTI-ML EXTENSION. Edcel Lagman, a member of the House opposition, insists the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao is not justified. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Calida rehashes Binay issue to defend Carandang suspension

Feb 02, 2018 - 7:49 PM

But are they the same? Not exactly because one involves a doctrine and the other, a statute.

IN DEFENSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida defends Malacañang's suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang despite a Supreme Court ruling taking away the President's power to discipline a Deputy Ombudsman. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Hearing oral arguments on martial law's extension, the Supreme Court associate justice says Malacañang cited threats from a minor operative of a terrorist group

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman along with other petitioners attend the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo