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Opposition senators seek probe into Sagay farmers' massacre

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not an isolated case as it only reflects the prevailing situation in many farmlands around the country,' says the 6-member Senate minority bloc

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

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Opposition senators seek suspension of fuel tax

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time

FUEL TAX. The Senate minority bloc filed a joint resolution seeking to suspend excise taxes on fuel under the TRAIN law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Drilon dares Malacañang: File charges vs LP members in Duterte ouster plot

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'Let me borrow Secretary Roque's own words. We should not take Roque seriously,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Palace official insisted on the Liberal Party's role in an alleged Duterte ouster plot

Minority Leader Senatir Franklin Drilon grilling Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate minority seeks probe into Duterte's revocation of Trillanes amnesty

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Proclamation No. 572 is apparently being used to silence Senator Trillanes, one of the strongest critic of President Duterte and his administration,' says the Senate minority bloc in a resolution

Sen. Trillanes faces the media regarding the arrest warrant on him. Senate President Tito Sotto did not allow the arrest on Sen. Trillanes. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Liberal Party: Duterte admin 'destabilizing itself'

Sep 09, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte administration should 'focus on rising prices of goods' instead of 'throwing baseless accusations,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan

NOT PART OF THE PLAN. Senator Francis Pangilinan denies the opposition is brewing an ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Angie de Silva

Sotto to minority senators: Don’t abuse Senate leadership's 'hospitality'

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mahiya naman sila sa akin, 'wag naman nila abusuhin,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells minority senators after the opposition called on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supporters to troop to the Senate

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Opposition senators to fight 'illegal, abusive' Duterte order vs Trillanes

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Francis Pangilinan says the amnesty grant to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV 'could not be easily set aside by the whims of one man'

SUPPORT FOR TRILLANES. Opposition senators say they will fight the 'illegal' Malacanang proclamation that revokes the 'valid' amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in 2010.

Senators want NFA chief Aquino fired over rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Senators Francis Pangilinan and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV call for a Senate investigation into the rice crisis in Zamboanga City, among others

Senate hearing on NFA Rice on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Minority senators to SC: Allow video conference for De Lima in ICC case

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:46 PM

To prove that her motion to personally appear during oral arguments is 'not a ploy to escape detention,' Senator Leila De Lima is 'willing to argue while in detention through a live video and/or audio feed'

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Opposition tells Imee Marcos: Move on? You're remorseless

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'How can those who were unjustly detained, tortured, and murdered move on when there is...not acceptance and recognition of wrongdoing on their part?' asks Senator Francis Pangilinan

MARCOS, DICTATOR. Several protesters attend a rally on November 25, 2016 against the hero's burial for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate panel to probe NAIA runway mishap

Aug 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'Bakit inabot ng dalawang araw bago magsimula ulit ang operasyon ng NAIA?.... The public deserves an acceptable explanation,' says Senator Grace Poe

Stranded passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 following the accident of a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Let's not forget Kian delos Santos, lawmakers say

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:58 PM

'The act of remembering is an act of defiance against the killings. To forget is to give consent,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/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

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

Senate minority to SC: Allow De Lima to argue on ICC case

Jul 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'The issues in this case being of transcendental importance, Senator De Lima should not be prevented from personally arguing the case before the Honorable Court by mere reason of her incidental detention,' says the Senate minority bloc

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo, LP leaders hail bicam approval of Bangsamoro law

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The law is not just a document, but about charting a better future now for the people of Mindanao,' say leaders of the Liberal Party

PEACE. Vice President and Partido Liberal chairperson Leni Robredo says the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring a better future for the people in Mindanao. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

Incompetent? 'Look who's talking,' Robredo camp tells Duterte

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:39 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's legal adviser, Barry Gutierrez, lists the country's woes under President Rodrigo Duterte, including rising inflation, a bigger debt burden, and the spate of killings

ROBREDO ADVISER. Former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez legal adviser of Vice President Leni Robredo, lashes back at President Rodrigo Duterte for calling Robredo 'incompetent.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into PTV's planned airing of Chinese shows

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Airing Chinese shows on our state-run network poses a danger of spreading Chinese propaganda sanctioned by our government,' minority senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 780

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (right) and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (left) try using one of the radios that the Chinese government donated to Philippine government-owned media groups, after a turnover ceremony in Malacañang Palace on February 27, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Senators condemn killing of Tanauan mayor Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) Senators call on the Philippine National Police to solve the killing, which opposition senators say is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war

KILLED. Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot in broad daylight in front of the city hall. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

On Eid'l Fitr, senators hope BBL will become law

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The lawmakers believe the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is pending at the bicameral conference committee level in Congress, will bring peace in Mindanao

EID'L FITR. Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcome the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Thank you, Sutart': Sharon, Kiko pen sweet anniversary messages

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Happy 22nd anniversary to the couple!

ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS. The couple has been married for 22 years. Photo from Senator Kiko Pangilinan's Instagram account

Binay, Pangilinan hit Bureau of Immigration over nun's arrest

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'How can an Australian religious person be as outlawed as those Chinese syndicates in the country involved in drugs, gambling, and prostitution?' says Senator Nancy Binay

DETAINED NUN. The Bureau of Immigration detains missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox on April 16, 2018. Photo from CBCP News

'What were they thinking?': Robredo, LP solons criticized for Holocaust Memorial photo

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

In the photo, Robredo and LP solons were seen happily posing at a monument that honors the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the holocaust

DISRESPECTFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party lawmakers are criticized online for posing happily in a photo at the holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo from Rep. Teddy Baguilat's Twitter account.

Lawmakers slam Duterte's plan to abolish NFA Council

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Abolishing the National Food Authority Council 'turns a blind eye to allegations of corruption and condones incompetence and mismanagement by the [NFA] administrator,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Liberal Party to form 'The Resistance' slate for 2019 elections

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:50 PM

'Resistance is our movement. We must vigorously resist the slide to authoritarianism and anti-democratic rule,' says Liberal Party president and opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

Photo by Liberal Party Media

Kiko Pangilinan says no issue with Sharon Cuneta, Duterte meeting

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Walang problema sa akin do'n. Ang differences namin ng Pangulo, trabaho lang at hindi personal,' says the senator

Photo from SAP Bong Go

Landmark coco levy trust fund bill hurdles Congress

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Senate Bill 1233 places the management of the fund under a reconstituted Philippine Coconut Authority – the agency that was responsible for the misuse of the funds in the 1970s

File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

No farmers' say in coco levy funds? Pangilinan, Recto clash

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Senators are set to vote on the issue, as Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto wants the government to be the sole manager of the coco levy funds, while Senator Francis Pangilinan wants farmers who paid the taxes to have a role

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cha-Cha timeline? Discuss Con-Ass voting first, says Pangilinan

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:20 AM

There’s a pricklier issue that’s yet to be resolved: should the Senate and House vote jointly or separately in approving proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution?

CHA-CHA HEARING. Senator Francis Pangilinan during a Senate hearing on charter change. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/Senate

Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on Charter Change

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Among the invited guests are justices and former members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission

Senate to resume Cha-Cha hearing in January

Jan 10, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Minority senator Francis Pangilinan, who earlier raised doubts over Congress proposing changes to the 1987 Constitution, will lead the hearing

Sharon Cuneta admits marriage to Kiko Pangilinan 'almost' ended in 2017

Jan 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'To Kiko, thank you. We almost lost each other last year,' says megastar Sharon Cuneta to her husband Senator Francis Pangilinan

Photo from actress' Twitter

Strive for a 'kinder, resilient' PH in 2018 – senators

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:16 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Sa darating na 2018, magpursigi tayong maging mas magiliw. Bayang magiliw. Tayo yun eh!’ says Senator Francis Pangilinan in his New Year’s Day message

HOPES FOR 2018. Senators Grace Poe, Francis Pangilinan, and Loren Legarda hope for better times for Filipinos in the new year

Minority senators oppose extension of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:36 PM

'As security forces reign supreme during martial law, would not military rule actually get in the way of a people-centered rebuilding and rehabilitating of the once vibrant city?' they ask

MARAWI CITY. Minority senators oppose the recommendation to extend martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LP senators call for impartial probe into dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:58 PM

'We must ensure that the investigation will not be selective and will cover all periods of implementation of the program,' says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, senators urge gov't to enforce West PH Sea ruling

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'We suggest that the government use its ASEAN chairmanship to rally our allies and friends to this end – for our people, for our fisherfolk,' senators say ahead of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

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

New blood: Liberal Party welcomes 'non-politicians' into fold

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The once-ruling party, the target of criticism by President Rodrigo Duterte and his supporters, welcomes more than 100 new members

NEW MEMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the oath taking of new LP members on Tuesday, November 7. Photo from the Liberal Party

It's about principle, not loyalty, opposition tells Sara Duterte

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:16 PM

'Ang mga panunumbat ni Mayor Sara Duterte ay noong hindi ko pa kilalang mamamatay tao at magnanakaw ang tatay niyang si President Duterte. Iba na ngayon, alam ko na ang katotohanan,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sara Duterte says father's critics in Senate once asked for his help

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:41 PM

In a Facebook post, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio calls out 3 opposition senators for being 'plastic and opportunists'

STAND AGAINST DUTERTE. 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of various groups and politicians from the opposition launches on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senators clash again over resolution vs killings in public hearing

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III vows to 'hunt down' the people behind the #SilentNoMorePH blog

HEARING ON FAKE NEWS. Senator Grace Poe presides the Senate first hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespa/Senate PRIB

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

Senators bicker over 'exclusion' from resolution vs killing of minors

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III seeks a probe into the 'Silent No More PH' blog, which 'prostituted' 7 senators for not signing the resolution

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

On 'dilawan' tag, Aquino says listen to message before looking at color

Sep 21, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III: 'Dapat bago tignan nila 'yung kulay, dapat tignan nila kung may saysay ba 'yung sinasabi. Meron bang dahilan para umalma sa mga patayan na nangyayari?'

L-R, Senator Franklin Drilon, Former Pres. Noynoy Aquino, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, Vice Pres. Lenie Robredo and Senator Bam Aquino during a solidarity mass held at Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Thursday, to commemorate the 45 years of Marcos declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler