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Pelosi vows to thwart U.S.-UK trade deal if Brexit risks Irish peace

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Any trade agreement needs the green light from US Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Trump's political nemesis on Capitol Hill – has made clear she would not play ball if the Irish peace deal were put at risk

Sara Duterte disowns text message telling lawmakers to defy dad's choice for Speaker

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Anak Kalusugan Representative Michael Defensor apologizes to Sara Duterte, saying it was wrong of him to drag the Davao City mayor's name into the matter

NOT FROM SARA. Anak Kalusugan Representative Mike Defensor shows a screenshot of the text message he allegedly received from the camp of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte says he greenlighted Cayetano-Velasco term-sharing

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte confirms he proposed the term-sharing agreement but maintains he is sticking to his recent decision to let House members decide on the next Speaker

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Unjustified' to sanction PDP-Laban lawmakers who won’t back Velasco

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership

FOR ROMUALDEZ. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is voting for speakership bet Martin Romualdez, going against the wishes of his party PDP-Laban. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Imperative' for next Speaker to come from PDP-Laban, says Pimentel

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'The party of President Duterte is the biggest bloc in Congress with more than 94 representatives on top the party-list congressmen allied with us,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

PARTY MATTERS. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III that the ruling PDP-Laban must regain the leadership in the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress. File photo by Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

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

Alan Peter Cayetano hopes to become House Speaker

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Confirming his plans to run for Taguig representative, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he can help the Duterte administration better if he becomes House Speaker

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains to the panel the department’s stand on the teretorial dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

Battle for House minority looms as Alvarez bloc accepts defeat

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The group of Representative Pantaleon Alvarez is keen on fielding Representative Rodolfo Fariñas as its minority leader

LAST HOUR. In his last official act as Speaker of the House, Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Tito Sotto welcome the President Rodrigo Duterte in the Batasang Pambansa for the State of the Nation Address.

U.S. attorney general cites Bible to defend family separations

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:55 PM

President Donald Trump's administration backs separating immigrant children from their parents, but some Republican lawmakers are growing uneasy about such border security rules implemented to deter other migrants

INHUMAN. A Mission Police Dept. officer (left), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Alvarez is our ally, squabble with Sara has no effect on pet bills

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has declined to comment further on the rift between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

PUSHING THE CONVERSATION:  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stresses that he is pushing charter change to help President Rodrigo Duterte realize his four major campaign promises: to go after illegal drugs, reduce crime, fight corruption, and install a federal form of government. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Malacanang defends Alvarez's 'very simple' birthday party

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:02 PM

'It was very simple in terms of program and in terms of menu. It was a very casual, laid-back affair,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

'TALK SHOW'. TV personality Boy Abunda asks Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez some questions on stage, at the venue of his birthday bash. Photo from the Office of Pantaleon Alvarez

IN PHOTOS: Duterte, China envoy, politicians attend Alvarez birthday

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez marks his 60th birthday in grand style

LTO chief to Alvarez: I'll only resign if Duterte, Tugade ask me to

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Galvante says they are doing their best to finally bring the delayed plates to motorists

LTO CHIEF. Edgar Galvante attends the House Committee on Transportation hearing. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House members rally behind Alvarez after ratings drop

Oct 14, 2017 - 8:04 PM

'Sometimes that is the natural consequence of exercising your political will and expressing candid political sentiments,' says one ally of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

RATINGS DOWN. Key House members come to the defense of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, whose ratings dipped according to recent surveys. File photo

Alvarez questions SWS survey on Duterte trust, satisfaction ratings

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The House Speaker says the SWS should disclose what it asks respondents – something the survey firm has always done

DUTERTE SURVEY. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) looks on as President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 2nd State of the Nation Address. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SolGen green lights legislative franchises for mining firms

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:42 AM

A bill that would require congressional franchises for mining firms is part of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ list of priority legislation

BIGGEST PIT. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. File image from NASA

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang kahibangan ng 5 taong batas militar ni Alvarez

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Sawang-sawa na raw siya sa mga travel advisory na nagbababala sa mga nais tumapak sa Mindanao. Pero saang La La Land dadagsain ng turista ang isang lugar na nasa ilalim ng martial law?

Sereno, CA to House: Observe separation of powers

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Chief Justice Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Reyes express deep concern over the House order because of its implications on separation of power and judicial independence

RECONSIDER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes ask the House Committee to reconsider its order and observe separation of powers.

SC asks Congress to explain why they did not convene on martial law

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:18 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court en banc gives the Senate and the House of Representatives 10 days to submit their comment

Calida: BuCor-Tadeco deal 'illegal'

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED In a statement Tadeco says Calida s statement is premature and uninformed as past justice secretaries had found arrangements to be valid and beneficial to BuCor and the country

TOP GOVT LAWYER. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a congressional inquiry. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima moves to drop disobedience charges in QC court

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:54 PM

The detained senator says the lawmakers had no authority to file a suit against her

DISOBEDIENCE CASE. Detained Senator Leila De Lima attends her arraignment on March 13, 2017 at the Quezon City Metropolitan Court Branch 34 for the charge of Disobedience to Summons. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gloria Arroyo 'not interested' to be Speaker

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Pampanga 2nd District Rep Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also denies having talks with Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

NO TO SPEAKERSHIP. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo is not eyeing to become the next Speaker. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte supporters stage rally in front of Robredo’s office

Mar 18, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Less than 20 Duterte supporters stage a silent rally while holding signs calling for her impeachment or resignation

'LENI RESIGN'. Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte stage a small and silent rally in front of the Office of the Vice President. Rappler sourced photo

Ex-speaker Nograles faces graft charges over PDAF scam

Mar 07, 2017 - 4:32 PM

Former Davao City 1st District representative Prospero Nograles says he is ready for an 'all-out' fight before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

Duterte still has 'complete trust' in Dela Rosa

Jan 22, 2017 - 11:10 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte is keeping Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa in his post

Alvarez on Church opposition to death penalty: 'Why protect evil?'

Dec 14, 2016 - 5:32 PM

We are not talking about ordinary crimes These are heinous crimes – crimes that are difficult to imagine being committed by a human being against another human being says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is a co-author of the measure seeking to reimpose the capital punishment for heinous crimes in the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

Gloria Arroyo: I don't have plans becoming Speaker

Dec 14, 2016 - 5:09 PM

Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo categorically denies rumors she would soon be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives

'NEXT SPEAKER? NO WAY.' Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo is currently one of the 13 House deputy speakers. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez: 'No doubts' on Tugade, but DOTr must step up

Dec 13, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would only grant the President emergency powers to address the traffic problem once the DOTr provides concrete plans

TRUSTED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has the capability to help address the perennial traffic problem. File photos by Rappler

Leaving House for DOTr? 'That would be a demotion' – Alvarez

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he already learned his lesson in 2001 when then president Gloria Arroyo appointed him as DOTC secretary and he later faced a plunder complaint

STAYING WITH THE HOUSE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he would stick to being congressman should President Rodrigo Duterte offer him a Cabinet post. Photo by Rappler

Alvarez submits draft Con-Com EO to Malacañang

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will issue the EO in September so the Constitutional Commission may begin working by October

HOUSE SPEAKER. The challenge ahead for new House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is tremendous, but he is undaunted. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Tugade, Arroyo, Phelps | 6PM wRap

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:46 PM

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Gloria Arroyo set to be named Deputy Speaker

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo is set to represent Central Luzon under a new deputy speakership format eyed in Congress in preparation for the proposed shift to federalism

NEW DEPUTY SPEAKER. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo gets a top House post in the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Con-Con won’t guarantee election of 'right people' – Alvarez

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:38 AM

In defending the Constituent Assembly Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says all elections – even the polls for Constitutional Convention delegates – may be influenced by big businessmen and other vested interests

PUSHING FOR CHACHA. Like his party mate President Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports a Constituent Assembly to pave the way for federalism. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s lieutenant at the House

Jul 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The man behind Rodrigo Duterte s rise to the presidency plans to leave a mark as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives

HOUSE SPEAKER. The challenge ahead for new House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is tremendous, but he is undaunted. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte wants Constituent Assembly to amend Constitution – Alvarez

Jul 28, 2016 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Duterte administration wants to start the shift to a federal system after the 2019 midterm polls

CHANGE OF PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte foregoes his earlier preference to call for a Constitutional Convention to switch to federalism. He now wants a Constituent Assembly composed of sitting lawmakers. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Pantaleon Alvarez is new House Speaker

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:11 PM

4th UPDATE Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez clinches a landslide victory with 251 votes

NEW HOUSE SPEAKER. PDP-Laban stalwart and Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez is sworn in as House Speaker on July 25, 2016. Rappler screenshot

Alvarez: No need for probe into rising drug suspect killings

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez finds it futile for legislators to conduct an investigation because Congress does not have prosecutorial powers

'WHAT'S THE POINT?' Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Bebot Alvarez disagrees with the proposal for Congress to investigate the recent drug-related killings. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PDP-Laban endorses Bebot Alvarez as House speaker

May 11, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The newly elected Davao del Norte representative says he has mixed feelings about the endorsement

NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER? Davao del Norte First District Representative Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez confirms PDP-Laban has endorsed him as next speaker of the House. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Poe’s DQ case, SSS pension hike veto, TPP deal signed | 12PM wRap

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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Congress adjourns, no vote to override Aquino SSS pension veto

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED About 100 senior citizens who have trooped to the House of Representatives are outraged: congressmen should stand by the bill they passed

LAST CALL. Senior citizens marched to the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress' session to seek their lawmakers' initiative to override the pension hike veto.

Quality over quantity: House passes bills 'needed by our people' in 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the House of Representatives focused this year on quality and responsive legislation : Hindi ito paramihan ng numero

IT'S QUALITY. Instead of quantifying their accomplishments, the House leadership said the Congress was able to pass important and 'responsible' bills.

House approves bill increasing gov't pay

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The proposed measure aims to increase the base pay of public sector employees by 45 after 4 tranches

SSL 4. The measure is expected to be implemented by January 1, 2016.

EXPLAINER: Is income tax reform dead?

Nov 27, 2015 - 8:22 AM

24 bills have been filed but all are stuck at the House committee level

STRONG SUPPORT. House members have filed around 24 bills seeking income tax relief.

Senate agenda: Child hunger and malnutrition

Oct 26, 2014 - 7:17 PM

The latest national nutrition survey shows little progress in ending hunger among Filipino children

Sereno: Govt gets no share in mining profits

Jul 30, 2013 - 7:27 PM

Chief Justice Sereno says government has not gotten any share in mining profits other than taxes

PROFIT SHARING. The Supreme Court may have no choice but to review the profit sharing between government and mining companies under the Mining Act. File photo from Newsbreak

Belmonte ‘shoo-in’ for Speaker post

May 22, 2013 - 1:59 PM

All key political parties in the House say he s the hands down choice

'SHOO IN': Speaker Feliciano 'Sonny' Belmonte Jr to retain House leadership (FILE PHOTO)

100 solons show up in Senate, skip House plenary

Feb 20, 2012 - 8:59 PM

Members of the House of Representatives troop to the Senate leaving behind their House tasks

Congressmen give the prosecution panel moral support