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LIVE: U.S. House of Representatives hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Tune in to the hearing on Wednesday, April 11, at 10 pm, Manila time

READ: Mark Zuckerberg's planned remarks for U.S. House of Representatives testimony

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Read Mark Zuckerberg's remarks for Facebook's upcoming hearing in the US House of Representatives on transparency and the use of consumer data

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Alvarez wants House to impeach Sereno in May

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also says the impeachment proceedings would become moot and academic if the Supreme Court approves the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO OUSTER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is set on having the House of Representatives impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno next month. File photo from House

Sereno faces probing colleagues in a historic first

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Sereno would have to convince her most bitter rivals that she deserves – or is legally entitled to – the post that she has held for 5 years

Photo by Angie de Silva

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

I still do: Alvarez won't give up on divorce bill

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are 'ongoing' talks to make sure the controversial divorce bill will see the light of day

HOUSE SPEAKER. Alvarez continues to push for the passage of the divorce law. Photo courtesy of the House media bureau

Kaka Bag-ao on speaking up against a supermajority

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:13 AM

'Hindi ibig sabihin na tatalikuran ko 'yung mga paniniwala ko,' says the Dinagat representative on taking contrary positions as a member of the supermajority

DINAGAT REP. Kaka Bag-ao considers herself a 'salaried worker' in the House of Representatives. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

After Carpio, De Castro rebuffs Sereno on SALN claim

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:57 PM

This is a move to disprove Sereno’s claim that 13 other Chief Justice applicants did not submit complete SALNs

Philippine's Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (R) stands next to Supreme court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro during the annual convention of the country's judges, in Manila on March 8, 2018.  The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight "bullying" and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process March 8 to remove her from office. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Sarah Elago on why being young and being a dissenter matters

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'I’m still a full-time activist who just happens to be a congresswoman,' the newbie legislator tells Rappler

YOUNGEST REP. Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago says age shouldn't be a hindrance when it comes to public service. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio rebuffs Sereno: I submitted all 10 required SALNs

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Carpio requests a certification from the JBC and sends the media a copy. According to the document, the JBC has on file Carpio’s SALN for a period of 10 years, from 2001 to 2011.

CONFLICT? Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffs the claim of f Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he did not submit all of his SALNs. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Was she required to file? How Sereno explains her missing SALNs

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Sereno raises the argument that for most of the period from 1998 to 2006, she was on leave without pay and therefore not required to file her SALNs

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno attend the launching of 'Coalition for Justice' compose of various civic and catholic groups held at the Balay Kalinaw at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Monday. The group expressed their solid support to CJ Sereno amid calls for her resignations. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Con-Com leaning toward requiring college degree or equivalent for lawmakers

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The proposed additional qualification is 'to improve the quality of laws,' says Consultative Committee Chairman Reynato Puno

House summons Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials to another probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This isn't the first time that the Ilocos Norte governor and former House member is summoned to a probe by the House committee on good government and public accountability

SUMMONED AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during House probe into the utilization of the tobacco excise tax and determination of the tangible benefits acquired by tobacco farmers of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves divorce bill on 3rd reading

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

House Bill 7303 is the farthest that any proposal to introduce divorce has made it in the lower chamber

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 OKs postponement of barangay, SK elections to October 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) But the Senate is not keen on postponing the village and youth elections for a 3rd time under the Duterte administration

3RD POSTPONEMENT. Voters, shown here registering at Quezon City Hall for the May 2018 village polls, may have to wait until October to vote. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lawmakers form group to push for human rights in House agenda

Mar 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Consisting of lawmakers 'who have crossed party lines,' Mambabatas Para Sa Karapatang Pantao (Makatao) aims to speed up the legislative process for human rights measures in the Philippines

Umali: No 'small lady' in Sereno impeachment

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The chairman of the House justice committee says there's more than enough evidence to convict Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

TWO IMPEACHMENTS. Reynaldo Umali works on both impeachments against two succeeding Chief Justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Sequel to Corona': 7 articles of impeachment readied vs Sereno

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The House justice committee will vote on the committee report on Monday, March 19

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visit law student in University of Baguio . Photo by Mau victa

Rappler Talk Investigative: Reynaldo Umali on impeaching CJ Sereno

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:06 PM

House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says it's the 'end of the road' for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

House approves divorce bill on 2nd reading

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:55 PM

This is the farthest a divorce law proposal has gone in the legislative process

LANDMARK BILL. The House approves on 2nd reading a divorce law proposal. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill to postpone barangay, SK elections

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:09 PM

During an all-member caucus, House members agree to pass the measure to move the barangay polls to October

HOUSE VOTE. The House of Representatives approves another measure to postpone the barangay elections. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sharon Garin on why legislators must ‘earn their keep’

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When she talks to Rappler, it’s not the politics and internal dynamics Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin zooms in on, but the hard work that’s seldom aired live or broadcast on primetime news

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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Why House members want to postpone barangay, SK elections

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Read the full text of the House bills seeking to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for a 3rd time

BARANGAY ELECTIONS. The House suffrage committee, chaired by CIBAC Party-List Representative Sherwin Tugna (left), approves the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time. Screenshot from Rappler video

House members disagree on Sereno articles of impeachment

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The disagreement pushes back the committee's deadline to pass the articles of impeachment against the Chief Justice

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

Enrile 'volunteered' to join Sereno prosecutors – Umali

Mar 11, 2018 - 2:47 PM

'There are no strings to his volunteering his services,' says House justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali

SERENO PROSECUTION TEAM. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile is likely to joint the House prosecution team in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Umali, Fariñas: Sereno impeachment different from Corona trial

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Unlike the Corona impeachment, the Sereno impeachment went through the scrutiny of the House committee on justice

TALE OF TWO IMPEACHMENTS. Representatives Reynaldo Umali (center) and Rodolfo Fariñas (in white) during the justice committee's hearing on March 8, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: House panel vote on probable cause in Sereno impeachment

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:01 PM

38 members of the House committee on justice deem there is probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, while 2 members dissent

IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE. Committee members huddle during before voting on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel votes: Impeach Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

After months of deliberations, the House justice committee decides there's probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

GO FOR IMPEACHMENT. House impeachment committee chairman Reynaldo Umali presides during one of the many hearings to tackle the Sereno impeachment complaint. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Chief Justice Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:40 AM

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House panel votes on Sereno impeachment

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:08 AM

How will the House committee on justice tackle probable cause in the complaint?

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lorenzana: Frigates mess former Navy chief Mercado's fault

Mar 07, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The defense chief pins the blame on the Navy officer he sacked, insisting that Mercado did not follow the law, usurped powers, and failed to follow commands

Resource person DND Secretray Delfin Lorenzana testifies before members of the House Committeee on National Defense and Security during Investigation into the relief of Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado over the ₱16B navy frigate deal on March 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fariñas on Sereno cases: SC decision first before House vote

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'I would rather wait [for the Supreme Court to make a decision] because it's not like [they will sit on it]. This will be of utmost importance to the Supreme Court that will be resolved in a month's time'

RULES CHAIRMAN. House Majority leader Rodolfo Farinas attends a ajustice committee hearing to tackle the impeachment complaint filed against the Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quo warranto precedents: Sereno bats for outright dismissal

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Sereno and Calida cite jurisprudence on quo warranto proceedings. But can the SC entertain the petition in the first place?

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno visit law student in University of Baguio . Photo by Mau victa

House opposition hits Calida's ‘desperate’ move to oust Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Members of House opposition blocs say the Office of the Solicitor General is doing this since the Duterte administration doesn't have the numbers in the Senate to convict the Chief Justice

Calida petitions Supreme Court to remove Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:28 PM

All will be watching SC justices, especially the group known to be constitutionalists, and how they will act on this very crucial episode in the judiciary's history

QUO WARRANTO. Solicitor General Jose Calida petitions the Supreme Court to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Can a psych report be used in the Sereno impeachment?

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:30 PM

A clinical psychologist says psychological assessments – in the case of candidate Rodrigo Duterte then and Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno now – should only be used for their intended purpose

Sereno team challenges legal basis of 'forced' leave

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'We are saddened by the fact that the confidentiality of the en banc sessions has been breached,' says Sereno's spokesperson

LEGAL BASIS? Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokespersons lawyers Josa Deinla and Jojo Lacanilao in a press conference on February 28, 2018, challenge the legal basis of 'forcing' the chief justice to go on leave. Photo by Lian Buan

Alvarez: SolGen Calida can seek to 'invalidate' Sereno appointment

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Solicitor General Jose Calida could file a petition before the Supreme Court and cite the supposed result of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's psychiatric exam

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says PDP must learn from CPC which managed to lift 10M people out from poverty annually. Photo courtesy of House of Representatives Media Bureau

Why SC justices forced Sereno to go on leave

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Chief Justice Sereno's official letter regarding her leave is anticipated. Will it settle things for now, or will it cause more trouble in the Supreme Court?

ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in her impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.

INSIDE STORY: SC justices pressure Sereno to go on leave

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:01 PM

Had voting taken place, insiders say, 'at least 8 justices' would have voted for Sereno to take a leave

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

BIR: It's ‘possible’ Sereno violated tax code 6 times

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa estimates that Sereno apparently failed to pay the bureau around P2 million, including interest and surcharges. Her camp says she paid P8.67 million for income earned from Piatco from 2004-2009.

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest: Sereno did not call me

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'It may be unusual but in this particular case, I don’t think she meddled in our decisions,' Judge Guerrero says of the calls made by an SC official

NO CALLS. Judge Juanita Guerrero (right) appears before the Senate justice committee hearing the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC official quits post as Sereno impeachment hearing draws to a close

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Mendoza’s appointment is the topic of discussion of the House justice committee on Tuesday morning, as one of the last grounds in lawyer Larry Gadon’s impeachment complaint

SC CONTROVERSY. PMC head Brenda Jay Mendoza quits as Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tries to fend off an impeachment case. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno to go on leave from Supreme Court

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:05 PM

(5th UPDATE) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will go on leave starting March 1 'upon the request' of the Supreme Court en banc

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Alvarez’s flip-flop on Cha-Cha hit in forum

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I find it absurd that some brilliant mind in the House said that they should just vote jointly. No,' says a UE law professor on Speaker Alvarez

FLIP-FLOP? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention but quickly shifts to calling for a Constitutional Assembly and strongly pushes for it. File photo