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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

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Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora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

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

Andaya asks senators: Why hostage the 2019 budget?

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:17 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya says if there are anomalous allocations under the 2019 budget as alleged by senators, President Rodrigo Duterte can always veto it

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification – Andaya

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says this is the same process that congressmen did, which senators are now questioning: 'I really don’t see the difference here'

SENATE DID IT TOO. House appropriations panel chair Rolando Andaya Jr says senators also itemized parts of the 2019 budget after they ratified the bicameral conference committee report. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

Andaya retreats in war with Diokno now that he’s BSP gov

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:57 PM

‘Some other person, some other time, maybe in the next Congress,’ says Representative Rolando Andaya Jr about his previous threat to sue Benjamin Diokno over alleged public works scams

WHITE FLAG. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr says he will no longer pursue his once aggressive push to sue outgoing budget secretary Benjamin Diokno over alleged public works scams. Photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya: 'Nothing illegal’ in itemizing health budget post-ratification

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Andaya cannot answer for certain the exact breakdown of P4.5 billion worth of funds for health facilities, just that each district got their share

HEALTH FACILITIES BUDGET. House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rep. Rolando Andaya defends the move of the lower house to itemize its P4.5 billion health facilities budget only after the ratification of the bicameral committee report on the 2019 national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Main points from Michael Cohen's testimony about Trump

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Here are some highlights from Cohen's opening and closing statements to the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019.  Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

PDP-Laban floats 7 names for House speakership race

Feb 27, 2019 - 4:37 PM

(UPDATED) When the 18th Congress convenes after the 2019 elections, the PDP-Laban party says it is confident it will get back the speakership snatched last year by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Joining the President on stage are former Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Davao del Norte First District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez, and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Binay to voters: Do not elect ‘unprepared, unprincipled’ lawmakers

Feb 27, 2019 - 4:29 PM

'The process of lawmaking is serious business that should not be left to the unprepared, unprincipled, and inarticulate,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay

NOW RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. Former vice president Jejomar Binay during his miting de avance as a presidential bet on May 7, 2016. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who should be credited for the passage of the universal health care law?

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The landmark universal health care law is not any lawmaker's single-handed achievement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial signing of the Revised Corporation Code and the Universal Health Care Act at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Makabayan bloc wants garbage collected returned to Manila Bay

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Makabayan bloc has not asked for garbage to be returned to Manila. It has only filed a resolution to ‘postpone’ the Manila Bay rehabilitation until there's a clear plan for it.

Screenshot of the post of the claim

Rebuking Trump, House votes to end U.S. help in Saudi's Yemen war

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The US House of Representatives approves historic legislation directing Trump to 'remove United States armed forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen'

REBUKE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is defeated by MPs who insist refugees held in offshore facilities have the right to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment

HISTORIC DEFEAT. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a speech in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Beyond legislation: Powers, roles of Philippine lawmakers

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Congress plays a vital role in exacting accountability from other branches in government

[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?

Finally, Congress passes P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Lawmakers agree to add P46.355 billion to the DPWH's budget, and P17.575 billion to the DOH budget

PASSED. The 17th Congress passes the proposed 2019 budget on February 8, 2019.

Noynoy Aquino questions House committee recommendation to sue him

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also links the Dengvaxia scare to the recently reported measles outbreaks in the country

DENGVAXIA. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bicam approves 2019 budget but rejects cash-based budget system

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Both the House and the Senate are targeting to ratify the 2019 budget on the same day so President Rodrigo Duterte may finally sign it into law

BICAM APPROVES. Lawmakers part of the bicameral conference committee pose for a picture after approving the 2019 budget on February 8, 2019. Photo from House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya's office

Diokno tried to bribe lawmakers with P40-B funds, claims Andaya

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:07 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the congressman's accusation is 'absolutely false'

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr makes fresh allegations against DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on February 8, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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.

Andaya-led House panel summons Diokno to 2019 budget probe

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Failure to comply with this order is subject to penalty under the law,' the subpoena signed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo warns Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SUMMONED. The House committee on appropriations issues a subpoena to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. House holds first hearings on gun violence and climate change in 8 years

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:02 PM

'No more climate denialism. No more evasions. @HouseDemocrats are in charge,' tweets the House Natural Resources Committee

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

While two House committees clear former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña, they recommend criminal charges against several others linked to the smuggling

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

House panels want charges vs Aquino, Abad, Garin over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say former president Benigno Aquino III and other ex-officials should face criminal and administrative charges for purchasing the vaccine and implementing the dengue immunization program

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No time for Congress to pass bill on age of criminal liability before polls

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But there is still a chance for the bill's approval because the 17th Congress is set to resume one last time from May 20 to June 7

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Congress OKs 'Murang Kuryente' bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

If passed into law, the bill would lead to a decrease in electricity charge for consumers, ranging from P115 to P169.48 monthly

ELECTRIC CHARGE. Several power provider announce increase in electricity charges in 2018. File photo

Bicam targets to ratify 2019 budget at the last minute

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The bicameral conference committee plans for both houses of Congress to ratify the 2019 budget by Friday, February 8, the last day of session

BUDGET BICAM. The Senate and House contingents to the bicameral conference committee discuss the 2019 budget on January 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House approves bill legalizing Angkas, motorcycle taxis

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The bill's approval comes more than a month after ride-hailing app Angkas was barred from operating in the country

LEGAL SOON? Angkas riders join a massive Unity Ride on December 16, 2018 to protest the shut down of their operations permanently. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill expanding 20% student fare discount to air, sea transport

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

But if the bill is signed into law, postgraduate students and those enrolled in short-term courses would not be qualified for the discount

STUDENT DISCOUNT. The House approves on February 4, 2019 a bill institutionalizing the student fare discount.

Malacañang: House restrictions on SALNs may violate Constitution

Feb 04, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo asks members of the House of Representatives to 'deliberate more' on their new rules

MONEY AND TRANSPARENCY. The House of Representatives issues new rules making it harder for the public to access SALNs

Robredo slams tighter House SALN access: 'Why hide?'

Feb 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'Parang lalong binabawasan ang pagtitiwala ng tao sa kanila.... Bakit kailangan may itago?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks the House of Representatives

TRANSPARENCY DEMANDED. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the House of Representatives eases on its rules for releasing its members' SALNs. OVP file photo

Newsbreak Chats: Bangsamoro plebiscite, lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 31, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Among others, the Newsbreak team will tackle on Thursday, January 31, the continuing peace efforts in Mindanao and implications of lowering the minimum age of criminal liability

New House rules make it harder to access lawmakers' SALNs

Jan 31, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Under the new rules, one must pay P300 for each SALN request, or a total of P87,300 for the SALNs of all 291 members of the House of Representatives

SALN ACCESS MADE HARDER. The House of Representatives adopts the rules on how the public may access the SALNs of its members. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: How the House voted on lowering criminal liability age

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) Only 34 legislators have said no to the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old

LOWERING MACR. The House of Representatives approved HB 8858 on 3rd and final reading on January 28, 2019.

Lacson asks lawmakers to disclose their 2019 budget amendments

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson itemizes the multibillion-peso worth of realignments he is proposing in the 2019 budget, but insists this is not pork barrel

NOT PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the realignments he is proposing are not a form of the unconstitutional PDAF. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House passes bill legalizing medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The bill's approval on final reading is not surprising – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo uses marijuana patches to ease pain when she's in countries where it is legal

'HIGH TIME.' Lawmakers approve a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the Philippines. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Makabayan lawmakers want Manila Bay rehab postponed

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The progressive legislators want the government to first focus on properly consulting informal settlers who will be displaced by the Manila Bay cleanup

REHAB POSTPONEMENT? Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao poses with several fisherfolk and peasant women from Cavite who seek the postponement of the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo from Casilao's office

Bicam agrees to remove funds for dredging projects in 2019 budget

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon says dredging projects by private contractors 'are the biggest sources of corruption, and the preferred insertions in the budget by legislators'

BICAM. Lawmakers part of the bicameral conference committee on the 2019 budget meet on January 28, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel to issue show cause order vs Diokno

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso moves for the House committee on appropriations to issue a show cause order to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

ROLANDO ANDAYA JR. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What do taking 1st Communion and committing crime have in common?

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Ex-drug addict and syndicate-member-turned-congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr argues for the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility

WRONG ANALOGY? Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr thinks the First Communion is comparable to lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Screenshot from HOR's YouTube account

Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure

'CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE.' Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna Vergara plays a Whitney Houston song to explain her no vote for HB 8858. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account