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Grace Poe in Bacolod: Better to vote for mixed slate

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The reelectionist senator, who is running as an independent, says it 'would really be for the advantage of everyone' if lawmakers come from different parties and persuasions

INDEPENDENT. Grace Poe, who visits Burgos market in Bacolod, says being party-less allows her more flexibility in her campaign schedule. Photo courtesy of Team Grace Poe

Why is Grace Poe not joining debates with senatorial candidates?

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

In sorties in Zambales, the survey frontrunner defends Lito Lapid for not participating in debate and forums either

ALLIES. Former senator Lito Lapid (in shades) says reelectionist Senator Grace Poe has asked him to join her sorties in Iba, Zambales, on February 27, 2019. Photo from Team Grace Poe

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mar Roxas, Grace Poe go solo to kick off senatorial bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Mar Roxas begins the official campaign period in Roxas City, Capiz, while Grace Poe leads a feeding program for public school students in Quezon City

With Mislatel's China links, senators wary of foreign ownership reforms

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Senator Grace Poe says some of her colleagues are taking a step back from amending the Public Service Act due to concerns over China's interests in the Philippines

Poe to sue Jacinto if he insists on cell tower duopoly plan | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:38 PM

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Poe vows to sue RJ Jacinto if he insists on cell tower duopoly plan

Jan 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Hindi ba ang gusto nga ng Presidente magkaroon ng mas maraming kompetisyon?... Itong ginagawa ni presidential adviser on economic affairs ay parang kabaligtaran,' says Senator Grace Poe

CELL TOWER DUOPOLY. Senator Grace Poe vows to sue Presidential Adviser RJ Jacinto if he insists on his plan to only allow two companies to build cellular towers nationwide. Sen Grace Poe. Poe Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Jacinto Photo from Jacinto's Twitter

Poe: RJ Jacinto's cell tower duopoly plan to violate telcos’ franchises

Jan 05, 2019 - 3:06 PM

'To limit it to two tower companies could also infringe on the right of the telcos with congressional franchises to build their own infrastructure,' says Senate public services committee chairperson Grace Poe.

Sen. Grace Poe during the senate inquiry on the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Echange on December 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, 'fight inequality and abuse'

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up, and fight back,' opposition Senator Leila de Lima says

RIZAL DAY. Senators commemorate national hero Jose Rizal on his 122nd death anniversary. Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

Senate approves bill simplifying adoption process

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The bill seeks to address lengthy and costly adoption proceedings

Some senators slam planned 'Duterte death squad' vs NPA

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Some senators call the supposed plan 'unsettling' while allies of President Duterte say the Chief Executive is unlikely to pursue something 'illegal'

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' President Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a terrorist organization. File photo

'Dissatisfied' Grace Poe seeks clarity on 3rd telco entry

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Senator Grace Poe says Mislatel must address cybersecurity concerns, given that China Telecom is part of the consortium

Senators want crackdown vs illegal Chinese workers

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senators Joel Villanueva and Grace Poe say government agencies are not doing enough to prevent foreigners from illegally working in the Philippines

Poe's father-in-law injured as car falls off Greenhills parking building

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Senator Grace Poe says her father-in-law Teodoro Llamanzares 'has a few fractured ribs and bruises.' No one else is hurt in the incident.

CRASH. The damaged vehicle is shown flipped after it fell from the 3rd story of the Greenhills Promenade car park. Photo from the Philippine National Police

Did Grace Poe tap Marcos 'social media strategist' Franco Mabanta as consultant?

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The office of Senator Grace Poe denies that she enlisted the services of self-proclaimed social media strategist Franco Mabanta

CLIENT? The office of Senator Grace Poe denies getting the service of Franco Mabanta, the 'social media strategist' of Bongbong Marcos. Photo from Franco Mabanta's Instagram

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

Poe to 3rd telco bidders: Don't delay selection process

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says companies vying to become the 3rd telecommunications player can complain before the courts, but must not be a cause of delay for the selection process

Poe files COC for senator, hits unfulfilled gov't promises

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the Duterte administration failed to deliver promises that were supposed to cushion the impact of the TRAIN law

Sen. Grace Poe pose with her mother, Movie actress Susan Roces (right), after filing her Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate passes bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Positive Discipline of Children Act seeks to protect minors from all forms of physical and mental violence

Women in top 5 of Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio lead the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held in early September

TOP 5. Women dominate the top 5 of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race. File photos by Mark Cristino (Poe), Senate PRIB (Villar), Cayetano (Rappler), Office of Senator Nancy Binay, and Manman Dejeto (Carpio),

Senators hit Tugade's absence during NAIA runway mess

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'You should have been on top of everything. 'Di ko makita [ang] scenario na 'di kayo bahagi ng crisis committee,' Senator Nancy Binay tells Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Sec. Arthur Tugade of the Dept of Transportation (DOTr) at the senate hearing on public services Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr may face budget roadblock over jeepney modernization woes

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Senator Grace Poe says if the Department of Transportation fails to answer crucial questions on the program's implementation, its 2019 budget is sure to have a problem in Congress

Commuters and jeepneys in Quezon City on July 5, 2018 after the implementation of the P1 fare increase. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Federalism probe, Grab pricing, PH weather | Evening wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Grace Poe wants Senate probe into federalism info campaign

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Public 'officials must at all times exercise professionalism in the performance of their functions,' Senator Grace Poe says in her resolution

SENATE PROBE. Senator Grace Poe files a resolution seeking a Senate inquiry into the government's federalism information drive. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate OKs bill requiring clean toilets, free Wi-Fi in land, RO-RO terminals

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The bill also requires nationwide land transport terminals to provide at least one breastfeeding station for mothers

Hundreds of passengers bound for Visayas and Mindanao for the Holy week break patiently wait for a ride at the Araneta Center Terminal in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

'Nagparamdam si FPJ,' Grace Poe says after Arroyo speakership

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Taking off from her mother Susan Roces' 2005 statement against former president Gloria Arroyo, Senator Grace Poe says: 'Nakadalawa ka na. Ngayon pangatlo na, baka kailangan nang kalusin'

FPJ'S FAMILY. The late Fernando Poe Jr's daughter, Senator Grace Poe, says that they are not interested in having the National Artist's remains moved to the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Pictured above are Grace, her mother Susan Roces and her son Brian Poe Llamanzares at the thanksgiving mass of FPJ's 77th birth anniversary. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Grace Poe

'Disheartening,' Grace Poe says of Gloria Arroyo's rise to Speaker

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Senator Grace Poe questions the sincerity of the Duterte administration's anti-corruption drive: 'Kung seryoso talaga laban sa korapsyon, siguro hindi tayo aabot sa puntong ganito'

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Senate probe sought into PNP's P1.89-B Mahindra purchase

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Senator Grace Poe, who called for the probe, says former interior secretary Mar Roxas will be invited to the hearing

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement

Duterte signs law on national feeding program

Jul 03, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The new law aims to address hunger and undernutrition among children aged 3 up to those in Grade 6

ADDRESSING UNDERNUTRITION. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act on June 20, 2018. Rappler file photo

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

Independence Day, Father Nilo, Trump and Kim | Midday wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

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With China in West PH Sea, lawmakers say Independence Day 'devoid of spirit'

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the country is not truly given the government's failure to assert the country's rights against China in the West Philippine Sea

FREEDOM. Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets with full of gladness in celebration of Independence Day in 2017.  File photo by SM City Tarlac

Grace Poe urges speedy release of gov't subsidies under tax reform law

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:18 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the funds are needed to help the poor and affected sectors cope with higher prices due to the tax reform law

ASK THE PEOPLE. Sen. Grace Poe went to bus stations in Albay to get the feel of the public on the effects of the TRAIN Law. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Senators urge gov't to suspend excise taxes on fuel

May 25, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Nalulunod na ang mga Pilipino sa taas ng presyo. Aantayin pa ba nila ang 2019? Hindi pa ba aaksyon ang pamahalaan?' asks Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV

Converting LTO extension offices into regular ones will shorten lines – Poe

May 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

6 bills converting LTO extension offices into regular offices are approved on second reading on Tuesday, May 22

PUBLIC SERVICES. Senator Grace Poe holds a hearing about public services, the committee she chairs, on February 20, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Stronger protection for prosecutors pushed in Senate

May 19, 2018 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe files a resolution urging two Senate committees to look into stronger protection for prosecutors after the killing of Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco

PROTECTION FOR PROSECUTORS. Prosecutors and fellow government workers seek justice for slain prosecutors in the country outside the Quezon City DOJ Hall May 15, 2018, following the killing of QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Next year's elections will test if President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement is the magic that can give his relatively unknown allies a fighting chance

DUTERTE MAGIC? The 2019 senatorial elections will test if the charisma of President Rodrigo Duterte's charisma will rub off on his  chosen candidates. Malacañang file photo

Erwin Tulfo pulls a surprise; Sara Duterte, Dela Rosa join 'Magic 12' in survey

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, media personality Erwin Tulfo, and newly retired police chief Ronald dela Rosa make it to the 'Magic 12' in Pulse Asia's survey on the 2019 senatorial race

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

Senators slam Grab's 'predatory pricing, overcharging'

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian calls on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to require Grab to provide a breakdown of charges in its receipts

AFTERMATH. Discussion with the Philippine privacy watchdog comes after Uber sold its entire Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Is Grace Poe pushing for a Facebook ban in PH?

Apr 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senator Grace Poe had denied in February 2018 allegations that she wants to block Facebook in the country but the issue is resurrected this April

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan

Poe, Roque clash on bill prohibiting officials from spreading fake news

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque opposes the bill penalizing government officials for spreading misinformation, but Senator Grace Poe says public servants must be held to a higher standard

Photo by Angie de Silva

CA defers DAR chief's confirmation over lack of track record

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones counters that he's qualified for the post since he handled agrarian reform cases as a general practitioner

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS. Congress approves a bill ensuring the health of mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of a child starting from day1 of pregnancy. File photo