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Senate approves bill punishing bank hackers, ATM skimmers with life imprisonment

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Under this bill, the mere possession of skimming devices and attempts to access online banking accounts will be potentially punishable with imprisonment


[OPINION] Metro Manila can be bike-friendly

Jun 02, 2019 - 4:44 PM

If more people ride bikes for transport, there would be less cars, and city roads would naturally unclog, freeing up more road space for cyclists

Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Don't terrorize children

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Do our lawmakers know that they are trying to pass a law that would demonize angels? Do they know what they are doing?

Death penalty removed from bill amending Dangerous Drugs Act

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties

OTHER OPTIONS. A Social Weather Stations survey finds that Filipinos do not agree with death penalty if given other options.

House withdraws approval of death penalty for drug possession

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:38 PM

House Bill 8909, which imposes the death penalty and a P10-million fine on those found with illegal drugs at social gatherings, has been recommitted to the committee on dangerous drugs

Guevarra on sending away 12 year olds for drugs: Better sheltered than on streets

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) sends its recommendation to Malacañang, backing the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old

JUVENILA JUSTICE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra backs the lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panel approves bill increasing alcohol taxes

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The bill seeks to curb consumption of alcohol while raising funds for the universal health care program

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Congress passes bill creating 3 new Palawan provinces

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros and other groups oppose splitting Palawan, saying it will benefit China. Bill to be transmitted to President Dutete for signing.

3 PROVINCES. A map showing the proposed composition of the 3 new provinces of Palawan.

House OKs on 3rd reading bill vs privatization of public hospitals

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Under House Bill 7437, at least 90% of the total bed capacity of all public hospitals would be allotted for poor patients

PGH. The facade of the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill declaring Kennon Road a 'heritage zone'

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Such a declaration, as provided under House Bill 7502, would lead to the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and development of the historic road which is prone to accidents and landslides

HISTORICAL ROAD. Kennon Road, was named after US Army Colonel Lyman Kennon, who finished its construction in 1903. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Congress pushes for climate-based crop insurance

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says she expects the climate-based crop insurance law to be approved within the year

VEGETABLE FROST. A Benguet agriculturist is seen monitoring the cause of 'andap' or vegetable frost, which comes with a continued drop in temperature. File photo by Mau Victa

Makabayan lawmakers seek Filipino citizenship for Sister Patricia Fox

May 30, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Makabayan bloc says Filipino citizenship would be a 'fitting recognition' for the Australian nun's 'selfless service' to poor and oppressed Filipinos in the past 27 years

FILIPINO CITIZEN SOON? Sister Patricia Fox files a petition on May 25, 2018 at the DOJ to allow her to stay in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House approves bill raising senior war veterans' pension to P20,000

May 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If passed into law, the bill would increase the pension being received by senior war veterans who fought in World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars

HIGHER PENSION SOON? World War II veterans attend the Philippine Independence Day celebration in June 2013. File photo by Rappler

Filipinos a step closer to having 'work from home' policy

May 28, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The House of Representatives joins the Senate in approving a bill that gives private sector employees the option to work outside of their employers' offices

TELECOMMUTING SOON? The House approves a bill seeking to allow private employees to avail of a 'work from home' policy.

Duterte signs Ease of Doing Business Act

May 28, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The new law creates a unified business application form to make it easier to put up or renew businesses in the Philippines. It also features a zero-contact policy to reduce corruption.

Makabayan lawmakers file bill for P750 national minimum wage

May 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Isang malaking kalokohan para sabihin pa natin na mas mura lahat ng bagay kapag ikaw ay nakatira sa probinsiya,' says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

House OKs bill increasing allowed campaign expenses for candidates

May 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

House Bill No. 7295 also increases the maximum campaign expenditure that political parties and candidates without political parties may spend per voter

CANDIDATES' FLYERS. Campaign materials for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are found along Roces Avenue in Quezon City on May 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House OKs bill adopting military rank names for PNP

May 17, 2018 - 7:03 PM

House Bill 5236 seeks to quell public confusion on how cops should be addressed, says its principal author former police general Romeo Acop

NEW RANKS SOON? House approves House Bill 5236, which adopts military naming for police ranks

Gov't corporate counsel resists being put under SolGen Calida

May 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado says his office and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) have always found themselves on ‘opposing ends’

House OKs bill abolishing agency hunting Marcos ill-gotten wealth

May 15, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If the bill is passed, the powers of the Presidential Commission on Good Government would be transferred to Solicitor General Jose Calida, who had defended the hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

Senate approves bill creating 8th district for Cavite

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senators concur with House Bill 5367, which seeks to give General Trias City its own congressional district, and reorganize the current 6th and 7th districts

Filipinos to have national IDs soon after Senate, House pass bill

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of Senate Bill 1738, says at present there are 33 different ID cards issued by various government agencies, which lead to 'duplication of efforts and uncoordinated identity approaches'

NATIONAL IDs. Congress is soon to finalize the bill seeking to establish the Philippine ID System.

House panel tackles bill vs late-night karaoke, loud sound systems

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:24 AM

House Bill 1035 is scheduled for committee discussion nearly two years after it was referred to the committee

BILL VS LATE-NIGHT KARAOKE. A House committee will begin discussing the proposal to bar loud sounds affecting residential areas to protect public health and welfare. Image of women in karaoke bar from Shutterstock

DOLE denies delaying signing of EO vs contractualization

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Labor groups are asking President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise to end contractualization. The Department of Labor and Employment urges them to be patient.

END ENDO. Labor leaders talk to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the Department of Labor and Employment on February 26, 2018 to urge DOLE and the President to sign the anti-contractualization executive order. Photo from the Partido Manggagawa Facebook page

Dela Rosa's 'dream': Nationwide curfew for kids

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:15 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says children who stay out too late can get used by syndicates as unknowing drug couriers

PNP CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters after the PMA homecoming program in Baguio City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Expect cheaper car seats for kids when bill gets approved – advocates

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:40 PM

At current market rates, the average price of a brand new child car seat in the country costs P10,040.68 while a second-hand one costs P4,250

SAFETY. Advocates for children safety on motor vehicles held a press conference on House Bill No. 6938 on January 31, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

House approves security of tenure bill on 3rd reading

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Should it be passed into law, the measure would ban hiring workers for limited periods of time, or what is known as 'fixed-term' labor contracts

SECURITY OF TENURE. The House of Representatives passes the security of tenure bill on 3rd reading. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pimentel hits Alvarez: Senate not slow, it's Congress' 'critical chamber'

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Senate is the nag-aaral na kapulungan... Again I say, change mindset: quality over quantity,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's criticism

QUALITY. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III hits House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for criticizing the Senate in its slow passage of bills, saying it should be quality over quantity.

Bill seeks higher pay for mid-level gov't employees

Jan 02, 2018 - 8:32 PM

The bill will authorize department heads to readjust salaries of salary grades 21-29 outside of the indicated brackets in the Salary Standardization Law

READJUSTMENT. House Bill 6712 seeks to authorize department heads to readjust the salaries of mid-level government employees.

House approves on final reading 50% discount on political ads

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Political parties and candidates cannot be charged a rate higher than that of regular advertisers, the bill says

House bill seeking huge discount on campaign ads approved on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:30 AM

If House Bill 6604 becomes law, the Comelec would also be given the power to regulate the rates of political ads

House approves bill to improve PH's HIV, AIDS policy

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The House votes 188-0 in favor of the proposed measure

HUMAN RIGHTS, TOO. HIV awareness advocates light candles as they mark World Aids Day inside the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Thursday, December 1, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House approves mental health bill on final reading

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Senate earlier passed its version of the measure in May 2017, and vows to work with congressmen to ensure the bill becomes law before the year ends.

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The bill on medical cannabis has a long way to go before becoming law

House OKs bill creating trust fund for coconut farmers

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The passage of the bill once again steals the coconut levy fund from the farmers, according to progressive congressmen who oppose the measure

DEDUCTIONS. A coconut farmers shows documents to prove that the government deducted levies on coconut farmers' products. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

House approves P3.767-trillion 2018 budget on 2nd reading

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:48 PM

The House expects to pass the budget on 3rd and final reading by September 21

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

No need to legislate 4-day workweek, says Tripartite council

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Tripartite Industry Peace Council submits a position paper to the Senate to stop the law but not the practice a shorter workweek

ENTRY TO PH. An additional 200 Japanese firms want to make the most of the Philippines' inclusion to EU's GSP+. File photo by Romeo Gacad / Agence France-Presse

House OKs national ID bill

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:01 PM

Legislators opposing the measure say it is Marcosian and will particularly dangerous under President Rodrigo Duterte who is flirting with authoritarianism

NATIONAL ID SYSTEM. The House of Representatives OKs its version of a proposed national ID system. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House passes bill giving all Filipinos health insurance

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:41 PM

A counterpart measure seeking universal health coverage Bill Number 1458 is pending before the Senate

PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL? The Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How will government fund the 2018 budget?

Sep 04, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Some P2 84 trillion in target revenue collections plus local and foreign loans will fund the Philippine government s proposed budget for 2018

SWIFT APPROVAL? The House aims to pass the 2018 budget law in 5 days. It begins the final stage of deliberations on September 4, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOLE poised to back 4-day workweek bill

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:25 PM

But Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the government will still listen to the views of workers and employers in a meeting set for Thursday August 31

COMPRESSED WORKWEEK. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III says they are poised to support the measure that seeks to compress the minimum number of working days from 5 to 4. Rappler photo

House opposition questions bill letting foreigners own public utilities

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Opposition lawmakers say House Bill 5828 seeks to amend the Constitution without going through the proper channels

VIGILANCE OVER BILLS? Two opposition lawmakers say a House Bill that made it past the committee level is unconstitutional. Rappler photo

BPOs 'safe' from tax reform, sugar-sweetened milk under deliberation

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says incentives for BPO companies will remain The fate of milk products in the proposed tax reform package however is still up in the air

Bill on dissolution of marriage filed in Congress

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:28 PM

House Bill 6027 however does not define what constitutes severe and chronic unhappiness one of the grounds for seeking to end a marriage

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE. Under House Bill 6027, a marriage may be dissolved based on irreconcilable differences or severe and chronic unhappiness.

Gov't rightsizing won't lead to mass layoffs – majority lawmakers

Aug 07, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo says the proposed measure sets the right staffing pattern for government agencies to properly deliver services

NOT DOWNSIZING. Legislators from the majority defend the government's 'rightsizing' measure. Rappler photo

Are we postponing barangay and SK elections or not? P500M is at stake

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

If Congress decides this at the last minute, we risk tossing down the drain about a billion pesos Comelec shall have spent on the preparations

How will the proposed tax reform package affect Filipinos?

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Take a look at how the Duterte administration s proposed tax reform package will affect your take home pay and the prices of commodities

EFFECT ON FILIPINOS. The proposed tax measure will have an impact on Filipino workers' salaries and the prices of fuel and other commodities.

Rename PH? Netizens say there are more pressing matters

Jun 12, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A lawmaker thinks the Philippines should get a new name but many social media users argue the focus should be on solving the country s problems

Alejano wants commission to rename Philippines

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:50 PM

If we want to be truly independent then we should throw away the bonds of colonialism by establishing our own national identity says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

NAME CHANGE? Representative Gary Alejano wants to form a commission to rename the country. Rappler file photo