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In lowering criminal liability age, ‘Congress becoming a bully’ – lawmakers

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the government should instead focus on addressing poverty and other issues that force children to be in conflict with the law

BULLIES? Members of the House committee on justice approve the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Castro: I’m proof of martial law abuses in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recalls her arrest in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and what she described as 'laughable' charges of child abuse, human trafficking, and kidnapping were filed against her

FAKE CHARGES. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recounts her brief detention in Talaingod, Davao del Norte during the joint session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mandatory ROTC will expose students to corruption, says lawmaker

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

But both the education and defense departments are backing the proposal to require ROTC for senior high school students

CADETS IN FORMATION. Competing cadets in the Ultimate ROTC Challenge 2018 attend the opening ceremony prior to the start of their respective events. Photo by the Department of National Defense

Duterte accuses Satur Ocampo, France Castro of endangering Lumad children

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The accused – former and current party-list representatives – insist they were rescuing children from a food blockade imposed by the military and alleged attacks on Lumad schools in Davao del Norte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the San Beda Law Grand Alumni Homecoming at Club Filipino in San Juan City on November 23, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Arroyo: France Castro, Satur Ocampo ‘entitled to respectful treatment’

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:44 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro calls for a probe into the the alleged military attacks against the Lumad community in Talaingod, Davao del Norte

RESPECT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issues her statement following the brief detention of ACT Teachers Representative France Castro and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo over the weekend. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makabayan bloc eyes case vs Galvez for red-tagging France Castro

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says she would hold AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr accountable should anything bad happen to her

NOT A COMMUNIST. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (center) attends work at the House since her brief detention in Davao del Norte over the weekend. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Satur Ocampo, France Castro say nothing illegal in 'humanitarian' mission

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:15 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro challenges Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to visit Lumad schools, following his allegations these are being used for communist teachings

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Ka Satur Ocampo (right) and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro (center) at a press conference in Quezon City on Sunday, December 02, 2018, after their arrest at a checkpoint in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte, on Thursday, November 29. Satur Ocampo, France Castro was charged for child abuse and was released after posted bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Satur Ocampo, 17 others released from Davao jail

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:42 PM

(UPDATED) Davao del Norte police wanted to defy the release order, prompting Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica to issue a supplemental order

BAIL.Satur Ocampo, France Castro et al posts bail for child abuse charges. Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia

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Makabayan condemns 'illegal' arrest of Satur Ocampo, France Castro

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Leftist lawmakers say it is a 'blatant and outrageous lie' to accuse ACT Teachers Representative France Castro and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo of human trafficking

STILL DETAINED. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (left) and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) remains in detention in Davao del Norte. Photo courtesy of The Breakaway Media

Satur Ocampo, France Castro face kidnapping, human trafficking charges

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) Police base the charges on the presence of 14 minors in the vehicles of the National Solidarity Mission, which had among its delegates former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

ARRESTED. Mugshots of former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro at the Talaingod Police Station. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 11

Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers Rep Castro arrested in Davao del Norte

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Satur Ocampo, France Castro, and over 70 others face kidnapping and human trafficking charges over the transport of minors from Talaingod town, say police

DETAINED. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) is detained at the Talaingod Police Station in Davao del Norte with ACT Representative France Castro and over 70 others. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

LIKE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. File pohoto by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte 'recycled' Lapeña to prevent shabu probe backlash – lawmakers

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Opposition lawmakers say President Duterte has given government positions to former military and police officers 'not suited for the jobs they are rewarded with'

ON TO TESDA. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena attends the September 27, 2018 House probe into the multi-billion pesos worth of missing shabu smuggled into the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makabayan bloc wants annual commemoration of First Quarter Storm

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:42 PM

House Bill 8271 seeks to commemorate the turbulent period in Philippine history marked by mostly student-led mass demonstrations and protests against the Marcos dictatorship

NEVER FORGET. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives pushes for a bill to commemorate the First Quarter Storm. Photo courtesy of Makabayan

'Victim-blaming’ Duterte should apologize for rape remark

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rape because there is a rapist, not because of anything about the victim,' says ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is again under fire for making another rape joke. Malacanang photo

Lawmakers want probe on DepEd's Results-Based Performance Management System

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:33 PM

ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro say the system has resulted in the loss of benefits and continued rejection of decent salaries for teachers

OVERWORKED. Lawmakers say teachers are often burdened by excessive paperwork from the Department of Education's  Results-Based Performance Management System. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into Duterte order vs 'tambays'

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) The progressive legislators also want to investigate the death of Genesis Argoncillo, a 25-year-old nabbed by the police in its anti-tambay operations and who later died in prison

PROBE SOUGHT. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives wants to probe the Duterte administration's crackdown against 'tambays.'

Duterte's cursing is affecting the youth, experts say

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'Because he is President, he should not speak like that,' says former St Scholastica's College president Sister Mary John Mananzan

AFFECTING STUDENTS. Alliance of Concerned Teachers Representative Frances Castro, former St. Scholastica President Sister Mary John Mananzan, St; Scholastica Outgoing Dean of Arts and Sciences Asuncion Azcuna, and Universidad de Manila Dean of Engineering Elmer Pineda say teachers try to teach students how to treat and speak to one another properly. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers seek Filipino citizenship for Sister Patricia Fox

May 30, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Makabayan bloc says Filipino citizenship would be a 'fitting recognition' for the Australian nun's 'selfless service' to poor and oppressed Filipinos in the past 27 years

FILIPINO CITIZEN SOON? Sister Patricia Fox files a petition on May 25, 2018 at the DOJ to allow her to stay in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

ACT Teachers group calls Diokno 'teacher's enemy #1'

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:02 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Castro says Budget Secretary Diokno 'consistently opposed proposals for the increase of benefits and salaries of teachers'

BUDGET ISSUES. ACT Teachers partylist hits the budget secretary for statements over a proposed salary hike. Photo courtesy of ACT Teachers

DepEd to restore teachers' loan deductions on October 30

Oct 30, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The DepEd says GSIS and Pag-IBIG Fund loan payments deducted from teachers' salaries this month would be returned to their bank accounts

RESTORED INCOME. A teacher holds a lesson in a public school in Marikina City on September 27. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc

GOODBYE MAJORITY. The Makabayan bloc officially ends its membership in the House majority bloc. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

May 30, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The Makabayan lawmakers argue the President s report to Congress on martial law in Mindanao reveals exaggeration or falsity of the alleged events

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, Emmi de Jesus and Sarah Elago face the media after filing their resolution on May 30. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

Makabayan bloc calls for national minimum wage

May 01, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate challenges the President to make real his promise lifting the workers from the bondage of exploitation

LABOR DAY PROTEST. Thousands of Kadamay members march in Quezon City on May 1, calling for an end to contractualization and an increase to the daily minimum wage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'tool of state repression' – Castro

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:20 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says House Bill 4727 is anti poor prone to abuse and an ineffective deterrent against criminality

VOTED NO. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Parents of OFW on death row in UAE seek Congress’ help

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Lawmakers file a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to seek executive clemency for Jennifer Dalquez

'SAVE JENNIFER.' Alicia and Abdulhamid Dalquez are asking the government to help their daughter Jennifer get out of death row in UAE. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan bloc keeps alliance with Duterte despite Marcos burial

Nov 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM

But the left leaning lawmakers maintain their staunch opposition to the interment of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MAKABAYAN BLOC. Representatives Ariel Casilao, Sarah Elago, Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, France Castro, and Arlene Brosas are 6 of the 7-member Makabayan bloc. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Probe PNP’s ‘fascistic’ protest dispersal, lawmakers ask

Oct 20, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Congress must not allow such fascistic actions of the Philippine National Police to prosper under the new administration says the House Makabayan bloc in their resolution

'FASCIST' DISPERSAL? A police officer hits protesters inside their jeepney with a stick  during a violent clash between the PNP and IP rallyists on October 19. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lady lawmakers oppose showing of 'De Lima' video in House probe

Sep 29, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The lawmakers believe the plan of their colleagues at the House of Representatives is immaterial to the probe and would only violate the rights of an individual

Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago, and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro are all against publicizing Senator Leila De Lima's alleged sex video during the House probe on the drug trade in Bilibid. Photo of De Jesus from HReps Media, photo of Elago from her Twitter account, photo of Castro from ACT Teachers

DepEd: No mass lay-off under rationalization program

Dec 19, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Employees with affected items may opt to either apply for other posts within DepEd or retire from government service with higher than usual benefits

10,000? Employees stage a protest in front of the DepEd Central Office because of the rationalization program. Photo from ACT Facebook page