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To honor Celdran, Lagman files bill repealing 'archaic' crime of blasphemy

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the crime of offending religious feelings, of which the late Carlos Celdran was found guilty, is an 'odious remnant of the Dark Ages'

Bello opposes House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the current 6-month probationary period is enough for employers to determine workers' qualifications, and extending it would encourage contractualization

BILL REJECTED. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III rejects a House bill seeking to triple workers' probationary period from 6 months to 2 years. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor groups slam House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Congressman Bonito Singson's bill is a 'cheap trick' to deprive workers of their rights, say Defend Job Philippines, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

BILL OPPOSED. Labor groups reject a bill proposing to extend the 6-month probationary period for workers to 2 years. Photo from Defend Job Philippines Facebook

Cayetano: Traffic a 'product' of thriving economy

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'Hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas ang may traffic; may traffic naman talaga sa buong mundo. It's no excuse, but the irony is kasi traffic is also a product of your own success,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

THRIVING ECONOMY? Vehicles are at a standstill along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City during a rainy evening on October 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Marawi reconstruction poised to begin – finally

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Two years after the liberation of Marawi, the National Housing Authority declares its clearing operations complete and gives departments and local government units the go-signal to award construction projects inside the battle area

ONGOING WORK. Demolition and debris clearing inside Marawi’s former battle area. All photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) A total of 129 members of Trump's Republican Party joins Democrats as the House denounces the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria in a 354-60 vote

US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella to honor Italians Americans in the East Room of the White House on October 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Expect Metro Manila traffic to get worse when the country's SEA Games hosting goes full swing late this year

HOST. The Philippines prepares to welcome thousands of guests from 10 countries in the region. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Term-sharing out the window? Deal with Velasco 'still stands' – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Two ranking House members say it would be difficult to replace Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker after he received high approval and trust ratings

SPEAKER TIL 2022? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their visit to New Clark City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Marino nominee Macnell Lusotan to assume House seat

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Macnell Lusotan is replacing Jose Antonio Lopez, who resigned shortly after the 18th Congress began

NEW CONGRESSMAN. Macnell Lusotan will take his oath as Marino representative on November 4. Photo from Lusotan's Facebook account

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

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Trump seeks to discredit entire impeachment

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) In an eight-page letter signed by the White House counsel, the administration bluntly announces it will not cooperate with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, calling its impeachment push illegitimate

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump leaves after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, Florida. A second whistleblower has comes forward, this one with first-hand information of the events that triggered an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power, the informant's lawyer said Sunday. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

White House blocks U.S. diplomat impeachment probe testimony

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'The failure to produce this witness...we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress,' says House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. In this file photo, Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, addresses the media during a press conference at the US Embassy to Romania in Bucharest September 5, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Congress goes on monthlong break, with rice farmers left hanging

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

'The farmers need relief now, as next year, they might no longer go into farming,' says Jessica Reyes Cantos, president of Action for Economic Reforms

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

House down as Alaska stays in a rut

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:47 AM

Franko House admits he didn't play his 'best game' as Alaska remains at the bottom of the standings at 0-4

DETERMINED. Franko House vows to make the adjustments he needs to help Alaska win. Photo from PBA Images


Democrats threaten to subpoena White House for Ukraine scandal docs

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'The White House's flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,' says the chairmen of House committees on intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, a member of the Secret Service stands guard outside the White House on January 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

House now wants to postpone barangay, SK polls to December 2022

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Lawmakers approve on 2nd reading the amended House bill on the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which is now similar to the Senate version

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers want to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

8 more party-list lawmakers forge alliance with Lakas-CMD

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Lakas-CMD now has a total of 26 members and allies in the House – 13 district representatives as party members and 13 party-list legislators as allies

ALLIES. Lakas-CMD stalwarts Martin Romualdez, Mikey Arroyo, and Prospero Pichay pose with 3 of their new party-list allies on September 30, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's Facebook page

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Congresswomen push bill vs child marriage: ‘We owe it to young girls’

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Child marriages are manifestations of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girls less than boys,' says House committee on women and gender equality chairperson Ma. Lourdes Acosta Alba

#GIRLDEFENDERS. Congresswomen, government officials, advocates, and young advocates come together to push for the bill aiming to end child marriage. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Where House is proposing to realign P9.52 billion in 2020 budget

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to benefit the most from the proposed realignments by giving the agency an additional P3.5 billion to help rice farmers

REALIGNMENTS. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano breaks down the institutional amendments the House is proposing under the 2020 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano to critics: Find 'pork' in 2020 budget and House will remove it

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ang problema sa tsismis, basta't nabitawan mo na, hindi mo na madaling kunin,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as he insists the 2020 budget is free of illegal insertions

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, and Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte hold a press conference on September 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mikee Romero files House resolution banning foreign players in collegiate leagues

Sep 30, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Mikee Romero says the practice of acquiring foreign players 'stops the growth and shortchanges the development of various sports programs in the Philippines'

FILIPINO ONLY. Mikee Romeo says he filed the bill for the 'good of Philippine basketball.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Not yet proclaimed, Duterte Youth uses House seal to represent itself

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20 PM

This is a misrepresentation, considering that the Comelec has yet to issue the group's certificate of proclamation, which is a requirement for a nominee to assume a seat in the House

EMBATTLED PARTY. Duterte Youth members and party chair Ronald Cardema (front, center) hold a press conference on August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

Chronology of events in the Trump phone call scandal

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Here is a chronology of events in the Ukraine scandal which prompts the opening of an impeachment into inquiry President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019, after returning from New York. SAUL LOEB / AFP

White House sought to bury Trump-Ukraine call – whistle-blower

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:13 PM

(UPDATED) The top-secret complaint, declassified by the administration and released by Congress, caps a stunning week of revelations that have put Donald Trump in the sharpest political and legal jeopardy of his presidency

US-UKRAINE. US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Business groups in favor of easing restrictions on foreign investments

Sep 25, 2019 - 1:30 PM

But ex-Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña argues that lifting these constitutional restrictions would be 'very, very dangerous'

Bill seeks to classify tabloids with sexual content as R-18

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:57 AM

But UP journalism professor Danilo Arao says the measure 'could set the stage for media censorship'

Ukraine affair adds to slew of investigations into Trump

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Here is a list of some of the legal woes facing the US president

US President Donald Trump talks delivers remarks on executive orders on energy and infrastructure at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiry

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:10 AM

'The actions of the Trump presidency revealed (the) dishonorable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections," says top Democrat Nancy Pelosi

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

House to extend life of 2019 budget for another year

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado clarifies that in President Duterte's veto message in April, the implementation and payment for infrastructure projects have already been extended until the end of 2020

House panel wants to postpone barangay, SK elections to May 2023

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:16 PM

However, members of the Makabayan bloc say elections should go on as scheduled in 2020 as it has become the custom of the Duterte administration to postpone the BSKE

POSTPONE POLLS. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives agree on bills seeking to postpone the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to May 2023. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Death penalty for retribution? 'Not all victims want revenge' – CHR

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit says reviving the death penalty will not deter criminals, and revenge as motivation would only 'perpetuate a culture of violence'

New housing department wants P47.5-billion budget in 2020

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Senator Francis Tolentino proposes that housing funds under other agencies be consolidated under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development instead

HIGHER BUDGET. DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario at the proposed 2020 budget of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and its attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Romualdez to Lacson: Name your sources

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'Nobody seems to know where’s that coming from,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Senator Panfilo Lacson's accusations of 'pork' against the 22 House deputy speakers

'NAME YOUR SOURCE.' Incumbent and former House majority leaders Martin Romualdez and Fredenil Castro want Senator Panfilo Lacson to name his sources. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the death penalty bill

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:24 AM

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Ace Barbers warns POGOs make PH vulnerable to drugs, money laundering

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs says the online gambling industry has the potential to 'revolutionize' the money laundering process

FRONT FOR DIRTY MONEY? A lawmaker cautions against the booming online gambling industry in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

House OKs bill requiring universities to teach workers' rights

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum

ENDING ENDO. Various workers'  groups stage a protest to call for the end of labor contractualization on August 26, 2019. Fie photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lacson rebuffs Congress: ‘Wrong’ to say House passed 2020 budget in record time

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson points out that the House of Representatives' work isn't finished yet – it still has a period of amendments, after which it will finalize its version of the budget bill

WRONG. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's too early for House of Representatives to celebrate over the passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P1.6-B hike in House budget to also benefit Batasan workers, facilities

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:40 PM

But Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano denies deputy speakers and vice chairpersons in the House increased because he had to accommodate various factions of lawmakers

BUDGET INCREASE. House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano defends the P1.6-billion increase in the House's proposed budget in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

18th Congress leaders approve initial list of pet bills

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Congress leaders aim for the 'immediate approval' of 4 bills, including the postponement of the May 2020 barangay and SK elections to May 2023

DUTERTE'S PET BILLS. President Rodrigo Duterte mentions his priority bills during his 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House OKs 2020 budget on final reading

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The progressive Makabayan lawmakers, however, blast the lack of transparency in the swift approval of the 2020 budget

House wants additional P1.6B budget for extra deputy speakers, vice chairs

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

There are now 22 deputy speakers and 37 vice chairpersons of the House committee on appropriations who need new offices and additional staff to be funded in 2020

BUDGET INCREASE. The House of Representatives is proposing P14 billion for its budget in 2020, an increase P1.6 billion compared to this year's allocations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Paolo Duterte hits tourism chief: 'Napupuyat na ko sa babae na 'to'

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:15 PM

It's President Rodrigo Duterte's son, House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, versus Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

PAOLO VS BERNA. House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte delivers a manifestation against DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on September 19, 2019. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers want extra P15B for NFA to buy palay from local farmers

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The amount will be for the ‘exclusive and urgent’ procurement of at least 750,000 metric tons of palay from local farmers at the farmgate price of P20 per kilogram

RICE CRISIS. DA Secretary William Dar makes a surprise inspection on stalls selling NFA rice at the San Andres Market in Manila on September 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House says possible to pass 2020 budget by September 20

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) This comes a day after President Duterte certifies the bill as urgent and it is revealed lawmakers will get P100 million each for their pet projects

IN PHOTOS: Munimuni, The Japanese House in dreamy, intimate Karpos Live Mix 7

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The turnout was strong, not just in numbers – as if you need any more proof than the crowd singing the lyrics back to the bands in near-perfect harmony.