Francis Pangilinan

The LP question: How to be 'non-traditional' opposition

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'You can’t always oppose everything. You have to choose which are the ones that are going against the core interests of the party,' says the Liberal Party's vice president for external affairs

NON-TRADITIONAL OPPOSITION? 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of groups politicians from the opposition is launched on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Minority asks Pimentel to help reverse notice to visit De Lima

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We hope that Senate President Pimentel will stand by his previous assertions of the Senate s independence says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

VISIT. The Senate minority bloc visits detained Senator Leila de Lima in detention in Camp Crame. File Photo from De Lima's office

Senators to Marcoses: Return all ill-gotten wealth, not just 'crumbs'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Kung ano ang kabuuan na ninakaw ibalik Di naman yung pinaambunan ka lang ayos na says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos (left), Congresswoman Imelda Marcos (center) and Former senator Bongbong Marcos (right) on August 9, 2017, during Inquiry into the use by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte tobaco excise tax to purchase of motor vehicles made through cash advances without the benefit of public biddings for the total amount of P66.45 million. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

UN expert Agnes Callamard on Kian: 'Make his death the last'

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

The UN special rapporteur on summary executions sends her condolences to the family of the slain teenager on the day of his burial

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard listens to speakers as she attends the Drugs Issues, Different Perspectives: A Policy Forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on May 5, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Pangilinan warns vs fowl profiteers amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for a massive information campaign after the Philippine government confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

PINIKPIKAN. Chicken vendors in Baguio City Public Market still sells briskly live broiler-cull for 'pinipikan' under the shadow of looming concerns culling of thousands poultry in Central Luzon due to avian flu. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Liberal Party holds 1st official meeting post-2016 elections

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The party ratifies resolutions naming Vice President Leni Robredo as its chairperson and Senator Francis Pangilinan as its president

LP OFFICIALS. Top-ranking officials of the Liberal Party meet officially for the first time. Photo courtesy of Rep. Teddy B. Baguilat, Jr.

Senators admit links to 'middleman' in P6.4-B shabu shipment

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Alleged middleman Kenneth Dong was a campaign donor of Villanueva while Recto Hontiveros Zubiri and Pangilinan were his wedding sponsors

TIES. At least 4 senators admit to their links to Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China.

Pangilinan fears nationwide martial law

Jul 23, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Senator Francis Pangilinan maintains the President s grounds for declaring martial law in Mindanao is unconstitutional

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Senator Francis Pangilinan explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

Liberal Party: Aquino actions in Mamasapano 'in good faith'

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The LP sees his actions in relation to Mamasapano as imperatives in good faith to advance the cause of justice and peace in Mindanao says party president Senator Francis Pangilinan

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Former President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the €œMedalya ng Katapangan€ to the family of a fallen SAF trooper during the Necrological Service at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rappler Talk: Romulo dela Rosa, new PH Coconut Authority chief

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Dela Rosa takes over following the suspension of his predecessor Avelino Andal

The fall of the 'dilawang' Liberal Party

Jun 23, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Liberal Party s rebranding is a hard and messy work in progress as Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year in office

Public 'deserves truth' about Duterte's health – senators

Jun 16, 2017 - 10:16 AM

2ND UPDATE Knowing the truth about the President s state of health is both a matter of public interest and national security detained Senator Leila de Lima tells Malacañang

VILLAMOR VISIT. Philippine Air Force officials welcome President Rodrigo Duterte in Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 15, 2017. Presidential Photo

Robredo urges Filipinos to defend 'weakening' institutions

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

We are already seeing our institutions being eroded We must move swiftly and effectively to ensure that they are strong enough for our children s children says Vice President Leni Robredo

DDS. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a the Defend Democracy Summit (DDS) held on the 119th Independence Day of the Philippines. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Senate minority to Congress, SC: Preserve independence, democracy

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The Senate minority bloc also urges the public to fight for democracy amid the proliferation of fake news

DEMOCRACY. Minority senators urge the Supreme Court and Congress to preserve its independence.

Opposition senators seek joint session on martial law

May 29, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The joint congressional session is needed to check the validity of the proclamation and to prevent abuses all 6 minority senators say in a resolution

JOINT SESSION. Opposition senators file a resolution calling for a joint congressional probe to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’ declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

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May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Senators to Duterte: Why tolerate China's war threat?

May 22, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV asks why the Philippines is rejecting the European Union s supposed interference but allowing China to make threats

WAR THREAT. President Rodrigo Duterte revealed parts of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping, saying the latter threatened to use force if the Philippines goes ahead with its exploration in Reed Bank. File photo by Malacañang

DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat

May 21, 2017 - 7:05 PM

This comes after China reportedly threatened the Philippines with war if it forces the issue of the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. New DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is urged to file a diplomatic protest against China for its war threat. Rappler photo

Senators urge Duterte to 'think over' policy on EU aid

May 19, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the EU aid conditions only require Philippine adherence to international treaties that the country has already ratified

CONCERNS OVER NEW PH POLICY ON EU AID. Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says the new Philippine policy on aid from the European Union may hurt the country's trade ties with EU member countries. Photo by Joseph Vida/Senate PRIB

Sharon Cuneta denies Kiko Pangilinan-Risa Hontiveros affair

May 14, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Sharon admits she is going through a rough time but denies rumors that her husband is involved with another woman

Miners rejoice, environment groups fume over rejection of Gina Lopez

May 03, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Environment groups say lawmakers who voted against the appointment of Gina Lopez have betrayed the people and should be exposed

SUPPORT FOR GINA LOPEZ. Environment advocates denounce the rejection of Gina Lopez by the Commission on Appointments on May 3, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate minority bloc visits De Lima in detention

May 01, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The minority bloc is keen on requesting the court to allow detained Senator Leila de Lima to attend critical Senate debates and votes

Photo from De Lima's office

Duterte to 'look into' secret Manila jail cell

Apr 28, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Senators call for ‘swift justice’ against the policemen responsible for the secret jail cell A House inquiry is being pushed

SECRET JAIL CELL. NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde with Station 1 commander Superintendent Roberto Domingo at Manila Police Station 1 in Raxabago, Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senate minority plans to ask court to let De Lima vote on 'critical' bills

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:20 PM

If the court has allowed the furlough of former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla it should also allow Senator Leila de Lima to perform her duties as senator says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Senator Leila De Lima files a Writ of Habeas Data before the Supreme Court in Manila on Monday, November 7, 2016, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Duterte misinformed that child offenders can just 'go home'

Apr 04, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The President s remarks before the boy scouts show he wasn t aware the Pangilinan Law was amended in 2013 allowing child offenders aged 12 to 15 to be detained in youth centers

CRIMINAL LIABILITY. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for lowering minimum age of criminal responsibility before 4- to 10-year-old kids. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte talks to kids about 'generations' of criminals

Apr 03, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The President blasts the Pangilinan Law which puts the age of criminal responsibility at 15 and pushes for lowering it to 9

President Rodrigo Duterte President during his formal investiture as Chief Scout of the Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Pangilinan seeks Senate probe into corruption in PH Coconut Authority

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr chair of the PCA governing board says the board members are ready to attend the probe and stand by the suspension of PCA Administrator Avelino Andal

Commemoration Dinner on the 4th death anniversary of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo at the Centennial Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan on August 18, 2016.

Senators to Duterte: PH better served by ‘free, critical press’

Mar 31, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Masquerading as authentic politics the government has embraced profanity misogyny and the lack of overall decency as political strategies to attack and silence its critics says Senator Risa Hontiveros

ATTACK ON MEDIA. President Rodrigo Duterte slams a newspaper report for accusing him of 'sparking international distress,' before he left for Japan on October 25, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Senators to block law allowing Duterte to delay polls, appoint OICs

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President s idea saying it is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Voters wait in line at the local Comelec office of Manila as the first day of official registration for the coming Sangguniang Kabataan elections start on Friday, July 15, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang on Robredo, Flynn and Putin, Dwyane Wade | Evening wRap

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:33 PM

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Senate leaders slam EU interference in De Lima case

Mar 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Senator Leila de Lima thanks the European Parliament for its collective initiative favoring her

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

Duterte appointees 'destabilizing' gov't – Pangilinan

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan cites as examples the troubles besetting the PNP Bureau of Immigration Tourism Promotions Board and the DFA

Commemoration Dinner on the 4th death anniversary of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo at the Centennial Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan on August 18, 2016.

CA members to reject Yasay appointment

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Buo ang paniniwala ng members of the Commission on Appointments na talagang nagkaroon siya ng US citizenship says Senator Panfilo Lacson CA foreign affairs committee chair

In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr delivers a brief statement on the award of the arbitral tribunal on the disputed West Philippine Sea on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate ends Lascañas probe after 1 hearing

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The retired Davao policeman s testimony on the Davao Death Squad has no value says Senator Panfilo Lacson It s filed and noted

Sen. Ping Lacson during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Will LP bolt House majority? Decision after death penalty vote

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party stalwarts say their party mates are willing to lose their House leadership titles should they vote against the controversial death penalty measure

THE LIBERALS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and LP secretary-general and Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte talk to the media after their party caucus. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pangilinan hits Pimentel: LP did not 'hamper' Senate agenda

Feb 28, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Liberal Party president reminds Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III that 20 of 29 bills nearing approval into law are being defended by LP senators

VACC to file contempt charges vs Robredo, LP senators

Feb 28, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The group s lawyer says Vice President Leni Robredo Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senator Franklin Drilon have been making statements that disrespect the court

Liberal Party senators see Palace hand in ouster

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Nawala na ba ang pagiging independiente at magiging sunud sunuran na lang ba [ang Senado] sa ehekutibo? asks Senator Francis Pangilinan

Senate ousts Drilon, LP senators from key posts

Feb 27, 2017 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED The 4 ousted senators join the Senate minority bloc

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Pangilinan: 'Real change' lies in 'people power'

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:46 PM

I believe the war on drugs should be refocused [to] war on poverty to reach a developed nation status says Senator Francis Pangilinan

EDSA31. Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said in a forum on the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that real change lies in the empowerment of the Filipino people

De Lima to bring own food, water to Crame jail – lawyer

Feb 24, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also expresses concern over the security of his former justice chief who is now detained in Camp Crame

DE LIMA'S DETENTION FACILITY. The PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson's public order committee to handle Lascañas probe

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he is requesting for the sworn statement of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas

RETURN TO SENATE. Retired policeman  Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas is set to return to Senate as the upper house decides to reopen its investigation into the alleged existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Senators to SolGen: Why spend taxpayers' money to acquit a criminal?

Feb 16, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Several senators question the priority given by the Office of the Solicitor General to the case of Janet Lim Napoles

LP senators to DOJ: Arrest warrant without credible evidence is illegal

Feb 12, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The stabbing of Jaybee Sebastian also puts a serious cloud of doubt on the veracity of his testimony and those of other inmates made to testify who may all very well be fearful for their lives

Senate panels push P56k salary for gov't doctors

Feb 11, 2017 - 11:52 AM

To prevent the mass exodus of Filipino doctors abroad the Senate seeks to increase the government doctors minimum monthly salary of P28 417

Philippine General Hospital

Pangilinan seeks mandatory autopsy of crime victims

Feb 04, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The filing of the bill comes amid the administration s war on drugs which has so far claimed over 7 000 lives

WAR ON DRUGS. A street vendor gunned down in Mandaluyong on December 21, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Aguirre to Pangilinan, De Lima, Trillanes: Sorry

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The justice secretary earlier accused Pangilinan – along with De Lima and Trillanes – of offering immunity to immigration officials to pin him down in the Jack Lam bribery case He concedes it is hearsay

'SORRY.' Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre during the first hearing on the Jack Lam bribery case. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Facebook execs to be called to Senate hearings on fake news

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan wants the executives of Facebook to explain what steps the social media platform has taken to fight the spread of falsehoods online

PENALTY. Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Facebook to be penalized for allowing the proliferation of fake news and misinformation on its pages.