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Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get 'good' net satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

Highlights of the House's draft federal constitution

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers

CHARTER CHANGE. The House of Representatives wants to pass its draft federal charter by early 2019.

[OPINION] The ghost of federalism past

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Poor GMA, she can't bring enough gifts to be Santa. She will always be Scrooge.

LOOK: Quezon City congressman Sonny Belmonte resigns from LP

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The 3rd-term congressman, who was House Speaker during the time of President Benigno Aquino III, says he is preparing for a 'quiet retirement' from politics

RETIRING SOON. Veteran politician Sonny Belmonte resigns from the Liberal Party, of which he is a member since 2009. Screenshot from Rappler

Belmonte to LP: ‘Unfair’ to accuse Arroyo of vindictiveness over Abads

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte has already resigned from the Liberal Party as he is retiring from politics

'UNFAIR'. Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr speaks up against his former party on the issue of the Batanes caretaker in the House. File photo by Rappler

LP slams 'vindictive' Arroyo for replacing Batanes caretaker

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did not follow the House tradition of designating a caretaker nominated by the political party of the deceased

CARETAKER. This file photo shows Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas during a meeting of the Committee on Organizational Matters of the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). File photo from the Office of the Speaker/Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Baby Arenas is new Batanes caretaker in House

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Deputy Speaker Baby Arenas is replacing Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr as caretaker of the lone district of Batanes

BATANES CARETAKER. Pangasinan 3rd District Representative Baby Arenas is the new caretaker of Batanes. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House bill seeks to criminalize child marriage in PH

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Pro-children's rights advocates are backing the measure, saying culture should no longer be used as an excuse for abuse

CHILD MARRIAGE. In the Philippines, one in 5 girls is a mother by 19 years old. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

House fails to meet own deadline to pass 2019 budget by October

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The House of Representatives will still have time to pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 when session resumes on November 12

HOUSE PLENARY. The of House of Representatives has still not approved the 2019 budget on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House to put Robredo back in line of succession of draft constitution

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The House agrees to return the draft constitution to the constitutional amendments panel, which will make the necessary changes in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo

BACK IN SUCCESSION. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House of Representatives' plenary deliberations on her office's proposed budget for 2019  on October 1, 2018. File photo by OVP

House ‘reprimands’ Bertiz over viral NAIA video

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz delivers a privilege speech apologizing for his behavior and appeals to the public to spare his family from threats

UNDER FIFRE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 1, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo: Critics ‘too desperate’ to remove me

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams House committee on constitutional amendments chair Vicente Veloso for his defense of the proposed provision removing her in the line of succession

VP ANSWERS BACK. A Philippine flag is seen behind Vice President Leni Robredo as she delivers a speech on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

House aims to pass draft federal charter by early 2019

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the House committee on constitutional amendments marching orders to finish work on the proposed new charter 'on time'

CHA-CHA. Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panels clear Resorts World of liabilities despite 38 dead

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin disagrees, arguing someone must be held accountable for the 'senseless killing spree'

Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after ra gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rep Wes Gatchalian apologizes for car blocking PWD ramp

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Valenzuela 1st District Representative Wes Gatchalian issues a public apology but some netizens say he should do more

House approves bill on stiffer penalties vs sexual harassment on 2nd reading

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:33 PM

House Bill 8244 also seeks to expand the definition of sexual harassment in the office, schools, and training institutions

NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Lawmakers seek to increase penalties for sexual harassment in the workplace and schools.

House panel recommends criminal charges vs cops in US embassy dispersal

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The House committee on human rights also recommends that all cops be required to undergo human rights education and training

Several protesters lie on the street after being hit by a police vehicle during a protest outside the US embassy in Manila, October 19, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

No set number of federal states under Arroyo’s draft constitution

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:57 PM

It leaves it with local government units to group themselves and petition Congress to turn them into autonomous states or regions

MORE POWER FOR CONGRESS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from R) and other lawmakers pose for the camera while doing President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Facebook page of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Robredo camp: 'Outright ridiculous' to remove VP as Duterte's successor

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo

OUT OF SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo gestures during a speech at  Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 28, 2018. Photo by OVP

House draft charter skips VP in line of succession to avoid 'instability'

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The chairman of the House panel on constitutional amendments says future developments in the vice presidential electoral protest may encourage 'military adventurists' to attempt a power grab

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed agianst her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arroyo’s draft charter skips VP in transition to federalism

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The draft constitution, which has reached the House plenary for deliberations, sets for May 2022 the first elections under a federal system of government

NOT IN SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

Arroyo's draft constitution removes lawmakers' term limits

Oct 08, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, authored by Speaker Gloria Macagapal Arroyo and 21 others, also does not regulate political dynasties

TERM LIMITS. If the House's draft federal constitution will be approved, term limits for legislators will be lifted. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo: Be concerned about Duterte’s health ‘only if he says it’s serious’

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

But opposition lawmakers say Malacañang's conflicting statements on the President's health raise concerns

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comments on the current status of President Rodrigo Duterte's health. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo's proposed constitution reaches House plenary

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's draft is different from the draft constitution submitted by President Rodrigo Duterte's 22-member Consultative Committee

House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo gesture she waits for the start of the hearing for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmaker faces ethics complaint for using gluta drip at House

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We believe that the public deserve no less than upstanding public officials and not people who make a mockery of our government,' says Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment in its complaint against MATA Representative Tricia Velasco Catera

GLUTA DRIP USER? MATA Representative Tricia Velasco Catera is now facing an ethics complaint. Photo from MATA's Facebook page

Ex-OFW files ethics complaint vs Bertiz

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-OFW Sheila Mabunga claims to be a 'human trafficking victim' of a recruitment agency formerly run by ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, but the lawmaker's camp disputes this

HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Former OFW Shiela Mabunga, who filed an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, recounts her ordeal in Saudia Arabia. All photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves on 2nd reading proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Lawmakers form a small committee that will finalize individual amendments to the 2019 General Appropriations Act by October 9

ONE MORE READING LEFT. The House of Representatives approves the proposed 2019 budget on 2nd reading.

Paul Hernandez takes oath as new Kabayan lawmaker

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Paul Hernandez replaces the late Ciriaco Calalang as one of the two representatives of Kabayan at the House of Representatives

NEW LAWMAKER. Pastor Paul Hernandez takes his oath before Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Screenshot from the House of Representatives

Bertiz hospitalized due to 'stress' over viral NAIA video

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The chief of staff of ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz says the latter underwent angioplasty surgery last year

HOSPITALIZED. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz during a press conference on October 01, 2018 regarding his viral video at NAIA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: House ethics and privileges panel holds special meeting on Bertiz controversies

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Watch the special meeting on Wednesday, October 3

Bertiz apologizes to women over ‘stupid’ monthly period remark

Oct 02, 2018 - 7:49 PM

But ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz also says it is a line he usually uses whenever his wife gets angry

UNDER FIRE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 01, 2018 regarding his viral video taken at NAIA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mocha Uson’s absence defers House debates on PCOO’s 2019 budget

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A peeved Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr confronts presidential communications officials about the controversial assistant secretary's absence

ABSENT. PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson fails to attend the House's plenary debates on the proposed 2019 budget on October 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers to Bertiz: Comparing menstrual periods to your behavior 'demeaning to women’

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kaming mga babae ay walang problema sa regla. Ang isyu ay ang arogansya niya,' says Gabriela Representative Emmi de Jesus

UNDER FIRE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 01, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers raise over P6 million for Marawi rehabilitation

Oct 01, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The Congressional Spouses Foundation Incorporated will coordinate with Task Force Bangon Marawi for the utilization of the fund

FOR MARAWI. Members of the CSFI pose for a picture together with Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her daughter and CSFI president Luli Arroyo Bernas, Leyte Representative Yedda Romualdez and her husband and CSFI member Martin Romualdez. Photo sourced by Rappler

House okays bill creating Department of Disaster Resilience

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:15 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas opposes the bill for giving 'extraordinary powers' to the new secretary of the Department of Disaster Resilience

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bicam approves bill granting 105-day paid maternity leave

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives now have to ratify the reconciled version of the bill before it can be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte

PAID LEAVE. Expectant mothers may soon see an extended maternity leave of 105 days. Photo from Shutterstock

Bertiz apologizes, likens behavior at NAIA to getting 'monthly period'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz says his behavior at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was 'very uncalled for'

'SORRY'. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 01, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House ethics probe looms over lawmaker John Bertiz

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

If no outside party files an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says lawmakers themselves will trigger the probe

ON THE HOT SEAT. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz is under fire over his recent controversial actions.

Arroyo hails late Kabayan lawmaker as 'champion of children's rights'

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

In her eulogy for the late Kabayan Representative Ciriaco Calalang, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recalls his volunteer legal services for children during her time as social welfare secretary

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS. The late Kabayan Representative Ciriaco Calalang died 2018. Photo by Kabayan

House to detain Customs intel officer for contempt

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Resigned Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban has been cited in contempt by the House committee on dangerous drugs

EMBATTLED AGENT. Resigned Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban at the joint probe of the House committees on dangerous drugs and good government. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Shabu probe: Customs officer got 'commission' for magnetic lifter shipment

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

(UPDATED) Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban admits receiving at least P10,000 in looking for the consignee-for-hire which received the magnetic lifters allegedly packed with one ton of shabu

EPICENTER. Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban during the continuation of the Senate hearing P6.8 billion shabu shipment on September 26, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House resumes probe into missing P6.8-B shabu shipment

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

What is expected to happen in the continuation of the House probe into the alleged missing P6.8-billion shabu shipment?

MORE QUESTIONS. The House of Representatives Committee on Dangerous Drugs resumes its probe into the alleged missing shabu.

Senate leaves nagging questions for House in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) More questions were uncovered by the Senate blue ribbon committee in the P6.8-billion shabu probe. The House committee on dangerous drugs and committee on good government now faces the pressure to answer them.

CONTINUATION. House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the missing P6.8 billion worth of shabu. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmaker’s joke to engineers: Say you know Bong Go or no PRC license

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:07 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz apologizes for his 'inappropriate' remark

ADMIN ALLIES. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz does and Special Assistant to the President bong Go does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Bertiz's Facebook account

Aklan split into two congressional districts

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM

President Duterte signs Republic Act 11077 reapportioning Aklan into two legislative districts. Their representatives will be elected in May 2019.

Ejercito blames new leadership after House voids Road Board abolition

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Asked why lawmakers at the House would do that, Ejercito says, 'Your guess is as good as mine'

ABOLISH? Senator JV Ejercito talks to the media about the need to abolish the Road Board. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

House panel junks impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The House committee on justice votes unanimously to reject the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 Supreme Court justices

NOT IMPEACHED: (From L-R, top to bottom) Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo. File photos by SC PIO

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs SC justices

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Watch the deliberations on the impeachment complaints live on Rappler