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House approves bill requiring ROTC for Grades 11, 12

May 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for both male and female senior high school students

SOON TO BE REQUIRED FOR SHS? A soldier of the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment of the Philippine Army instructs an ROTC cadet officer on the finer points of the M16 rifle. Photo from Wikipedia

Crisologo hits QC police: Don't allow them to 'arrogantly violate our rights'

May 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'If they could do these atrocious and cruel things to an incumbent congressman and to a lawyer, they could easily do these things to our ordinary citizens,' says congressman Bingbong Crisologo of his arrest on May 12

NOW FREE. Quezon City 1st Distirct Representative Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings on May 13, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Minority lawmakers Garbin, Atienza trade barbs over EDSA provincial bus ban

May 20, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza tries to play the seniority card against AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr, his ally in the House minority

AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr and Buhay Representative Lito Atienza engage in a heated discussion on May 20, 2019.

Lawmakers on EDSA provincial bus ban: 'Give it a chance'

May 20, 2019 - 1:45 PM

But AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr still opposes the policy, saying it 'merely relocates the traffic elsewhere' and burdens LGUs on the outskirts of Metro Manila

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Even after House coup, Alvarez wants to be Speaker again

May 19, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Reelected Davao del Norte congressman Pantaleon Alvarez also offers to make peace with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who helped oust him as Speaker in 2018

SPEAKER AGAIN? Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez hopes to lead the House of Representatives again. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Expect tyranny' in House with only 18 elected LP representatives – Kit Belmonte

May 15, 2019 - 7:55 PM

But while the Liberal Party is part of the opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte, its legislators once forged an alliance with the ruling PDP-Laban

LIBERALS. LP lawmakers pose for a picture back when they were trying to lay claim over the House minority bloc in 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Butch Abad loses congressional bid in Batanes

May 15, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Nationalist People's Coalition candidate Ciriaco Gato beats former budget secretary by 238 votes

CHARGES OVER DAP. Former budget secretary Florencio Abad will be charged over the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Ex-VP Binay urges Makati: Pray that I become a model congressman for you

May 11, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'Mayroon ho tayong dapat pag-ingatan – ‘yon hong respeto at dignidad na ibinigay ng buong bansa sa kinatawan ng lungsod ng Makati,' says congressional candidate Jejomar Binay

SEEKING POLITICAL COMEBACK. Former VP turned Makati congressonal candidate Jejomar Binay delivers his campaign speech on May 10, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

DepEd launches app to help teachers monitor 2019 elections

May 10, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The education department says that if data are collected properly through the Election Monitoring App, 'officials are able to easily get a picture of activities and reports within hours, not in weeks or months'

New districts, old names: Battles for House seats created under Duterte

May 10, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Some of those vying for the 5 new congressional seats are former lawmakers, longtime politicians, or scions of political dynasties

Lawmakers, House staff honor ‘the wonderful life’ of Prospero Nograles

May 07, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The closest friends and colleagues of the country's first Mindanaoan speaker remember his closeness to the House staff and his love for the song, 'What a Wonderful World'

TRIBUTE. The House of Representatives holds a Requim Mass and necrological service for the late speaker Prospero Nograles Jr on May 7, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Politics-shy Woods to be honored by Trump at White House

May 05, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The 43-year-old golf icon will be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, USA's highest civilian honor

RELATIONSHIP. Tiger Woods has shared the golf course with Donald Trump before and after he took office. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)


Voters oust criminal MP in UK first

May 02, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition triggered by her conviction for lying over a speeding offense

EJECTED. Fiona Onasanya loses her seat after voters in the city of Peterborough signed a recall petition. File photo from Onasanya's Facebook page

IN PHOTOS: Danish synth-pop duo First Hate hit Poblacion, Makati for their first PH gig

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The band ends their Asian tour with the Philippines, after visiting various cities in China and Japan

Makabayan bloc asks Supreme Court to void Meralco bill deposits

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The leftist groups argue that the EPIRA law does not sanction the charging of bill deposits

BILL DEPOSITS. Makabayan senatorial bet Neri Colmenares files on April 30, 2019, a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court seeking to void Meralco's bill deposits. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Trump, U.S. media in open war on annual dinner date

Apr 28, 2019 - 12:23 PM

President Donald Trump chooses to spend his day 1,100 kilometers away in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a rally with his baseball cap-wearing supporters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 14, 2019, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. Trump had a message on January 22, 2019, for Democrats counting on him to relent in the Washington arm wrestle blocking funds to swaths of the government for a record 32 days: "No Cave!" Trump's defiant tweet again blamed congressional Democrats for the chaos, insisting he will not lift his shutdown on federal government funding unless they approve his $5.7 billion plan for more walls along the US-Mexican border. Jim WATSON / AFP

Former U.S. VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The party's 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and recognized Democrat in the race, a popular former vice president who has been dominating early polls following months of campaign planning

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Senate, House suspend work for April 23 after Luzon earthquake

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate and the House of Representatives will check the structural integrity of their buildings

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Century Properties secures funding for affordable housing projects

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The company initially planned to get only P2 billion in funding but was met with 'significant interest,' raising P3 billion

White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:04 AM

(UPDATED) Ilhan Omar says in a statement on Sunday that many of the increased threats she had received were 'directly referencing or replying to the President's video'

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Tonyboy Floirendo seeking House Speakership

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Floirendo, a major contributor to President Duterte's 2016 campaign, and nemesis of ousted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, wants to be Speaker of the 18th Congress

GRAFT COMPLAINT. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a graft complaint against Davel del Norte Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Screenshot from Youtube video

Trump confirms he will skip 'boring' correspondents' dinner

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Asked if he'd go to this year's gathering, on April 27, Donald Trump tells reporters that 'the dinner is so boring and so negative that we're going to hold a very positive rally'

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Opposition lawmakers say several provisions of the loan agreement with China for the Chico River irrigation project violate the 1987 Constitution

Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Makabayan seeks probe into bloody Negros Oriental police operations

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The lawmakers say the police operations aim to 'sow terror in their communities and deprive the Makabayan bloc of votes in the upcoming elections'

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

Whistleblower reveals 'grave breaches' in White House security clearances

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:07 AM

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings says on April 1 that White House security official Tricia Newbold detailed to his panel 'grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump Administration'

ELIAH CUMMINGS. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings discusses breaches in White House security clearances in a letter to the White House counsel Pat Cipollone. Photo from Elijah E. Cummings Facebook Page.

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Ex-VP Binay on political comeback: 'I still want to serve'

Mar 30, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Former vice president Jejomar Binay is running for Makati congressman, but says he is not aspiring for speakership

CONGRESSIONAL BID. Former vice president Jejomar Binay (center) is now running for congressman of Makati City's 1st district. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

EU calls crisis summit, warns of no-deal Brexit

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12

NO-DEAL BREXIT? European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal for 3rd time

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286

REJECTED, AGAIN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. AFP PHOTO/PRU

UST Publishing House to unveil 17 titles in Grand Book Launch

Mar 29, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Titles to be launched will be sold at a discount

Britain's May seeks 3rd vote in Brexit crisis

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Andrea Leadsom, the government's representative in parliament, says Prime Minister Theresa May's team is trying to secure permission for a third vote from speaker John Bercow

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the 'Big Ben' bell in the Palace of Westminster. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

UK PM to renew Brexit deal push after pledge to resign

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) At risk of losing control of the process of leaving the European Union, Theresa May says she will resign if parliament backs her withdrawal agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in central London on March 27, 2019, after hearing the outcome of the indicative votes on the alternative options for Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday pledged to step down if MPs back her EU divorce deal, in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock in Britain's fractured parliament. Her dramatic gambit came just two hours before MPs started a flurry of votes seeking a last-minute alternative Brexit plan to replace her deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

House-Senate meeting: ‘No more contentious points’ in proposed 2019 budget

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The negotiating teams of both chambers of Congress are hopeful an agreement on the stalled 2019 national budget will be reached this week

2019 BUDGET. The House of Representatives and Senate's initial meeting on the 2019 budget ends on an optimistic tone. File photos by Shutterstock, Senate PRIB,  Martin San Diego/Rappler

U.S. Democrats demand release of full Mueller report, documents

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Top US congressional Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election

DEMOCRATS. In this file photo taken on January 09, 2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer speak to the media following a meeting with US President Donald Trumpat the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fight last ISIS jihadists

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Though the WHite House says the 'caliphate' has been wiped out, the Syrian Democratic Forces say clashes are still ongoing

WAR. A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) loads an ammunition belt at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019 during the SDF's preparations to advance in the battle against the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

EU's Tusk: Short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:27 AM

European Council President Donald Tusk says 'a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons'

TUSK. In this file photo, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

Lagman: House version of 2019 budget 'completely constitutional'

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate

BUDGET ISSUES. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman stands by the House's version of the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon congressman Suarez wants Kanan, not Kaliwa Dam

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says building two Kanan dams would 'entail no cost to the government,' unlike getting a loan from China for the Kaliwa Dam

KANAN DAM ADVOCATE. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


May tries to save Brexit plan ahead of EU summit

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Exasperated European leaders demand London tell them clearly what it wants

CRISIS TALKS. This combo shows photos of House of Commons speaker John Bercow and Prime Minister Theresa May. Images via Shutterstock

Sara Duterte says Martin Romualdez 'will be next Speaker'

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:23 PM

But the presidential daughter has also promoted the possible speakership of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

House leadership scrambles to address budget deadlock

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora

HOUSE CLASH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr, and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora differ in their statements in addressing the budget deadlock. File photos by Rappler

Speaker deals blow to British PM's bid to revive Brexit deal

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:19 AM

The speaker of parliament's lower House of Commons John Bercow says MPs could not be asked to vote again on the same deal in this session of parliament

BREXIT VOTE. This still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 6, 2017 shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow responding to a point of order from Labour politician Stephen Doughty during a session of the House of Commons in London on February 6, 2017. File photo by PRU/AFP

House recalls version of 2019 budget to end standoff with Senate

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Speaker Gloria Arroyo taps congressman Ronaldo Zamora to negotiate with the senators, but House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya says the recall of the budget bill has to be approved by the House plenary

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: House investigates Manila Water's supply crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The House of Representatives looks into the worst water crisis that struck the capital in recent history

Lawmakers call for refund after Manila Water shortage

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:55 PM

But the company is unable to give a definite answer on this proposal

Arroyo insists House did nothing unconstitutional under 2019 budget

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'We would never put the President in a position of signing an unconstitutional bill,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House did nothing illegal under the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel to probe water shortage

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The heads of Manila Water and Maynilad, chiefs of government agencies involved in water supply, and mayors of affected cities are being invited to the hearing

WATER WOES. Residents of Barangay Sauyo in Novaliches, Quezon City wait for a water ration from the local government on March 13, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MPs to vote on no-deal Brexit as businesses sound alarm

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) MPs are expected to vote against leaving the bloc without a deal but it remains the default option unless an alternative can be secured by March 29, the scheduled Brexit date

BREXIT. Anti-Brexit supporters, wave flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP