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The class of 2019: Where are graduating senators going?

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Four senators are leaving the chamber in mid-2019: Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan II, Francis Escudero, and Antonio Trillanes IV. Here are their plans.

GRADUATING SENATORS. Three administration allies and one opposition senator are set to leave the Senate in 2019.

Senate 'militarization'? Senators hit AFP, PNP presence in compound

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asks why the armed personnel are in the Senate compound when no warrant of arrest has been issued against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Senate probe sought into Nayong Pilipino casino deal

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Senator Francis Escudero asks the Senate blue ribbon committee to probe the alleged questionable $1.5-billion casino deal

DRAMATIC GROUNDBREAKING. The scale model of NayonLanding, the Filipino-inspired casino resort to be built on Nayong Pilipino Foundation land is showcased during the project's groundbreaking ceremony. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senators question P90-M budget for federalism info drive

Aug 08, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Wala pa ngang approved federalism. Ano'ng ikakampanya natin? We don’t even know in what shape, size, color, or form that is,' Senator Francis Escudero tells the country's economic managers

Senate Hearing SEC on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Economic managers seek Duterte's help in lowering LGU share

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The government finance team still has no idea where it will source the additional funds for local government units

NEDA Sec Permia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators raise hell over Mocha's 'vulgar, desperate' federalism video

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Federalism is already dead even without Mocha Uson, says Senator Ping Lacson. 'With Mocha Uson, the ashes should be thrown far away.'

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Alvarez proposal on no 2019 elections 'off-tangent, misplaced' – lawmakers

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows how the administration is 'detached' from the real needs of the people

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

Duterte on West PH Sea, Kris vs Mocha, women driving in Saudi | Evening wRap

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Heart Evangelista loses baby girl

Jun 06, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'For what it's worth, I already had a name for you. My Mira, funnily enough, I already loved your smile. I know you'll find your way back to me,' writes the actress in a heartbreaking post

HEARTBREAK. In a heartbreaking Instagram post, Heart Evangelista talks about losing baby Mira. Photo from Heart Evangelista's Instagram post

Senate orders arrest of ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senator Francis Escudero says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III signed the order last Wednesday, February 21

COMELEC CHAIR. Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, faces allegations of unexplained wealth from his own wife. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate panel seeks arrest warrant vs ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Senate banks committee chairman Francis Escudero slams former Comelec chief Andres Bautista for repeatedly skipping hearings on his alleged ill-gotten wealth

No budget for Cha-Cha plebiscite in 2018, says Escudero

Feb 02, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Senator Francis Escudero says a plebiscite can happen if Congress would pass a supplemental budget for it

PLEBISCITE IN 2018? Senator Francis Escudero says there is no funds in the 2018 budget for any plebiscite. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Senate panel issues subpoena for ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Jan 23, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Former Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista is ordered to attend a February 12 hearing on his alleged wealth, after he skipped the Senate inquiry thrice

SUBPOENA. The Senate committee on banks and financial institutions summons former Comelec chairman Andres Bautista after repeatedly skipping hearings. File photo

Bautista no-show at Senate probe into alleged ill-gotten wealth

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:55 AM

'We can issue a subpoena so that he will be compelled to attend,' says Senate banks committee chair Francis Escudero

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

Why are feeding programs important in the fight vs hunger?

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The proposed National School Feeding Program bill aims to provide free and sustainable feeding programs in all public schools across the country

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

From P10 to P300: Senate OKs nearly 3,000% increase in coal tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:00 PM

From the current tax of P10 per metric ton of coal, the Senate seeks to implement gradual increases over a 3-year period, ultimately reaching P300

Clinker and ash from coal are seen in seabeds in Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan. Photo by Ayeen Karunungan/ Rappler

Drilon, Escudero warn Sereno subpoena will lead to constitutional crisis

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:43 AM

'There is no basis and will provoke a needless constitutional crisis,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gives his speech and answers questions from members of the media from Manila and Cebu for the "The Chief Justice Meets the Press (TCJMTP) in University of San Carlos Auditorium Talamban Campus Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Senate bill seeks to expand 20% student discount to air, sea transport

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Students taking up post-graduate studies and short-term courses would not be covered by the proposed measure

NEW ENTRY SCHEME. The MIAA will implement a new scheme to make it easier for passengers to enter the departure area of NAIA. Photo from MIAA

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

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

Escudero hits BOC for 'slow' response to smuggled shabu

Aug 09, 2017 - 4:20 PM

[Kapag] gramo ng shabu nanlalaban parati pinapatay Ito P6 4 billion worth na sobrang ingat nyo says Senator Francis Escudero questioning why charges have yet to be filed

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

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'You're not protected for life,' Escudero tells cops amid killings

Jul 31, 2017 - 5:20 PM

The term of the incumbent administration is only for 6 years so whatever it is they re enjoying right now if they violate any of our existing laws they would have to face it anyway says the senator

ERRING COPS. Senator Francis Escudero says erring policemen should not think they are protected for life, as the Duterte administration will end in 2022. File photo from Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Senate to discuss fraud case with Metrobank, AMLC, BSP

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Senator Francis Escudero says his committee will review if there is a need to launch a Senate probe into the P900 million internal fraud at Metrobank

CALLED TO EXPLAIN. Metrobank, BSP, and AMLC will need to update the Senate on their probe into the P900-million internal fraud at Metrobank. In the photo is George Ty, the owner of Metrobank. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Congress has authority to clip DOJ chief's powers – Escudero

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The intention of that bill is to remove politics from the justice system so it does not depend on the sitting DOJ secretary or president says the senator who seeks to refile a measure that will limit powers of any sitting DOJ chief

BPI, BDO take preventive measures to avoid repeat of glitches, fraud

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Testimonies of bank representatives before the Senate reveal loopholes that made their systems vulnerable

ASSURANCE. Two of the biggest banks in the country assures the public there is no need to worry amid glitches and ATM fraud.

Escudero wants synchronized opening of classes by 2018

May 23, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Senate Bill 1432 seeks to require all public and private schools to start their school year on the second Monday of August but not later than the second Monday of September

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Who proposed honorary U.P. degree for Duterte?

Apr 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

3rd UPDATE The idea to confer an honoris causa degree on President Duterte is mistakenly attributed to Senator Francis Escudero It comes from another Board of Regents member

Senators hold judgment on impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Several senators note that the House is mandated to determine the complaint s validity But for an administration ally there is no compelling reason to impeach the President

IMPEACHMENT. Senators say it is up to the House of Representatives, as mandated by the 1987 Constitution, to decide on the 1st impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo

'Intangible heritage' at 'Department of Culture' isusulong ng NCCA

Mar 04, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Masyadong tumutok sa tangible at built heritage ang Pilipinas ayon kay NCCA Chairman Virgilio Almario samantalang makikita ng mga Pilipino ang kanilang matandang sarili sa mga panitikang bayan salawikain at wika

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Escudero wants Amnesty Int'l to face Senate probe into its report

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Ito y seryosong alegasyon nanggaling pa sa international body Dapat alamin kung may basehan nga ba o wala dahil dumudungis ito sa imahe ng ating bansa says Senator Francis Escudero

PROBE. Senator Francis Escudero is set to file a resolution calling for an investigation into the Amnesty International report that said police pay its men and assassins to kill drug suspects. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

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Jan 20, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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Fresh AMLA amendments include casinos, real estate, junket ops

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Should the Congress pass the AMLA amendments AMLC will also have the power to issue an ex parte freeze order which will be effective immediately and will not exceed 30 days

MORE TEETH. With limited power, it took the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) 18 days to order Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) to freeze all accounts involved in the $81-million Bangladesh Bank fund heist. Rappler file photo

Marcos a thief till the end, say senators

Nov 18, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Like what Marcos did for 21 years he caught us off guard like a thief in the night His burial is anything but noble Even in death he is a thief says Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon

Photo from Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs

Escudero lectures Dela Rosa: SolGen can't defend PNP

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:05 PM

The senator says the Supreme Court has already prohibited the Solicitor General from defending any government official involved in criminal cases

NOT ALLOWED. Senator Francis Escudero tells Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa that the Solicitor General cannot defend the police from criminal cases that may arise from their war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Epal? Senate bill bans names of public officials on gov't projects

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:30 AM

A senator says the practice only allows government officials to prematurely campaign for reelection all year round

EPAL? A Senate bill seeks to prohibit the naming of government projects after public officials and personalities associated with them.

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

Losing bets can't join canvassing of presidential, VP votes – Drilon

May 23, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Members of the 16th Congress will convene on Tuesday May 24 to set the rules that will govern the official canvassing of votes for president and vice president

CANVASSERS. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives will seat as national board of canvassers to officially audit the votes for president and vice president. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Cynthia Villar, richest senator; Escudero, poorest

May 17, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar declares a net worth of P3 5 billion in 2015

RICHEST SENATOR. Senator Cynthia Villar is the richest Philippine senator, based on her 2015 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth. Photo from Office of Senator Cynthia Villar

Pineda fails to deliver for Aquino's bets in Pampanga

May 13, 2016 - 2:34 PM

In the Pineda clan s hometown of Lubao Rodrigo Duterte secures the top spot while administration bet Mar Roxas ends up in 4th place

PAMPANGA ALLIES. Administration candidate Manuel Roxas II and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

Which home provinces delivered for presidential, VP candidates?

May 10, 2016 - 10:16 AM

Most candidates for president and vice president are leading in the polls in cities and provinces where they trace their roots unofficial results show as of May 10

Chiz Escudero concedes

May 10, 2016 - 8:01 AM

The running mate of Grace Poe says he hopes the winner of the vice presidential race will be the candidate from Bicol

ELECTION DAY. Senator Francis "Chiz"€ Escudero of Partido Galing at Puso casts his vote at Precinct 0079A of Buhatan Elementary School in Barangay Buhatan, Sorsogon City. File photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

VLOG: Escudero calls on Filipinos to ensure clean elections

May 10, 2016 - 5:42 AM

Vice presidential bet Chiz Escudero is the running mate of Senator Grace Poe of Partido Galing at Puso

Senator Francis “ Chiz” Escudero of Partido Galing at Puso, together with his wife, Actress Heart Evangelista, during cast their vote with Precinct No. 0079A at Buhatan Intergrated National School in Brgy. Buhatan, Sorsogon City. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Duterte enjoys wide lead; Robredo edges ahead of Marcos

May 09, 2016 - 6:21 PM

67th UPDATE As of 3:58 pm Rodrigo Duterte tops the presidential race with nearly 15 9 million votes while the battle between Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo is too close to call

Precincts open; Binay, Marcos early voters

May 09, 2016 - 6:53 AM

Vice presidential bet Francis Escudero also votes early Monday

Vice President Jejomar Binay casts his vote inside San Antonio National High School in Makati City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Marcos, Robredo tied for top spot in final The Standard VP poll

May 06, 2016 - 9:32 AM

Senator Chiz Escudero who was previously tied with Senator Bongbong Marcos is now ranked 3rd in the tight vice presidential race

STATISTICALLY TIED. Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo are statistically tied in the last The Standard poll

VP race: Marcos, Robredo in virtual tie, SWS survey shows

May 06, 2016 - 5:12 AM

The next vice president might win by a hairline based on the last SWS survey before voters troop to the polls on May 9

CLOSE FIGHT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep Leni Robredo. Marcos photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler, Robredo photo by ALecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates