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LIST: House leadership changes under Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Lawmakers holding key posts at the House of Representatives are replaced now that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the new Speaker

NEW LEADERSHIP. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo addresses lawmakers for the first time after being named the new Speaker on July 23, 2018. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

House seeks to punish more acts of job discrimination vs women

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:47 PM

'The role of legislation in this case is to rip away the protective veil of sexual discrimination,' says Labor and employment committee chair Randolph Ting, who sponsors the bill on second reading

GENDER EQUALITY. Lawmakers want to expand the discriminatory acts against women in the workplace that would be subject to penalties. Photo by AFP

House to resume budget hearings after meeting with Duterte

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says President Rodrigo Duterte helped create 'clear lines of communication' between the executive and lawmakers over the 2019 budget impasse

BUDGET TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya relays what he and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo discussed with President Rodrigo Duterte over the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lacson on budget standoff: It's all about pork barrel

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the apparent change of heart of the House of Representatives, following the assumption of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno: Lawmakers want higher 2019 budget due to elections

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'You cannot compare the 2018 budget to the proposed one [for 2019]. That's like comparing apples to oranges,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

HIGHER BUDGET. Lawmakers want Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to submit a higher budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

House wants to extend validity of Martial Law victims’ compensation

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Without congressional action, the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board's account with the Land Bank of the Philippines holding P792.628 million shall be maintained only until August 11

COMPENSATION. Martial Law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers want probe on DepEd's Results-Based Performance Management System

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:33 PM

ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro say the system has resulted in the loss of benefits and continued rejection of decent salaries for teachers

OVERWORKED. Lawmakers say teachers are often burdened by excessive paperwork from the Department of Education's  Results-Based Performance Management System. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing 4Ps

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:27 PM

House Bill No. 7773 would mandate the Department of Social Welfare and Development to implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program until it covers 60% of all extremely poor households nationwide

HELPING THE POOR. Lawmakers want to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

House approves rice tariffication bill on 3rd reading

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:15 PM

But opposition lawmakers argue the bill 'totally abandons' Filipino farmers and puts local agriculture 'in danger of extinction'

Rice. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bills seek creation of Department of Culture

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza is opposed to the proposals, saying culture should just be part of the Department of Education

NEW DEPARTMENT. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives want to create a Department of Culture. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

2019 budget deadlock? Roque points to new House leadership

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'How else do you explain Congress refusing to act on the President’s budget?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

PDEA urged to recant statement magnetic lifters contain P6.8-B shabu

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:43 PM

But Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency deputy director Ruel Lasala said they still affirm the magnetic lifters were used to smuggle illegal drugs

HOT SEAT. PDEA deputy director Adrian Alvariño and deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Ismael Fajardo Jr face the House committee on dangerous drugs on August 14, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel to compel PDEA chief to attend P6.8-B shabu shipment hearing

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino has not cooperated in any House probes into drug smuggling, says retired police general-turned-congressman Romeo Acop

NO SHOW. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino fails to attend the House probe into the smuggling of P6.8-billion shabu into the country. Screenshot by Rappler

House 'blocking' 2019 budget – Malacañang

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'It looks like it's the minority who is in power in Congress,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he expresses Malacañang's displeasure over the House's suspension of budget hearings

House to probe P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opposition lawmakers Miro Quimbo and Gary Alejano slam the drug smuggling, calling it a 'big blow' to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

State universities may get P280-million budget for free Wi-Fi

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The funds are under the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

FREE WI-FI. Students from state colleges and universities like the University of the Philippines are set to have free Wi-Fi access through the 2019 budget. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Despite suspended hearings, Nograles vows timely 2019 budget

Aug 12, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'This is a temporary setback, but rest assured we will get the budget passed on time,' says House appropriations committee chair Karlo Nograles

2019 BUDGET ISSUES. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles presides over an agency's budget briefing on August 9, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House suspends 2019 budget hearings 'until further notice'

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:09 PM

'[It is the] decision of the House, to be consistent with the position of the House to oppose cash-based budgeting,' says House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles

NO TO CASH-BASED BUDGET. Lawmakers are not backing the proposed cash-based budgeting system in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

33 lawmakers denounce arrest warrants vs Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:39 PM

House Resolution 2604 expresses the House of Representative's 'utmost concern' over the arrest warrants issued against 4 former party-list legislators

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

House coup in 2008 not a precedent for Suarez minority, says Quimbo

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo says a House journal proves the minority leader during the 2008 coup did not vote for the winning candidate for speaker then

'GENUINE MINORITY'. Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo gestures as he questions the retention of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader on July 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers cross party lines to oppose cash-based budget in 2019

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:24 PM

House members are gathering signatures for an unnumbered resolution that would withdraw their earlier support for the budget reform bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019

NO TO CASH-BASED BUDGET. Lawmakers are not backing the proposed cash-based budgeting system in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo daughter is president of Congressional Spouses Foundation

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo welcomes the foundation's members back to the Batasang Pambansa after her predecessor ordered the group to leave their office last year

CSFI OFFICERS. Luli Arroyo Bernas (4th from L, 2nd row) poses beside her mother, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and other officers of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc on August 8, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo allies vow pork barrel won't return in 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro says Senator Panfilo Lacson's warning against the possible return of pork barrel is just 'speculative'

NO PORK? Allies of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the unconstitutional pork barrel will not return under her watch. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Proposed cash-based budget for 2019 ‘confusing’ lawmakers

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:07 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for an all-members caucus to explain to his colleagues what is a cash-based budgeting system

BUDGET CONFUSION. Lawmakers are having trouble understanding the cash-based budgeting system being proposed for 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo 'not advocating' lower tariffs on meat

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says the proposal was discussed with economic managers but the Department of Agriculture is against it

INFLATION WOES. Speaker Gloria Arroyo clarifies she does not support reducing taxes on imported meat products to help ease inflation. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Rolando Andaya on being House majority leader under Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Rappler sits down with Andaya to discuss the changes in the House of Representatives

House coups in 2000, 2008 'precedents' for Suarez minority

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, a lawmaker for 17 years, says past ousters in the lower chamber support the minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

'PRECEDENTS.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya defends the decision of the House to retain Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader. Photo by Rappler

Trending: Suarez #FakeMinority

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Netizens have a field day after the House of Representatives finally declared Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as Minority leader

No genuine House minority under Danilo Suarez, says Robredo

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she trusts Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo, her party mate at the Liberal Party, will lead his bloc to be the 'real opposition' in the House

AGAINST SUAREZ. Vice President Leni Robredo slams the retention of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as House minority leader. File photo by OVP

2 Supreme Court cases loom over Suarez's minority leadership

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The blocs of ex-majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo plan to file separate cases questioning the minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

MINORITY LEADER. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures as he speaks at the plenary for the first time since being retained as the House minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill on revised agricultural tariffication

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:54 PM

House Bill No. 7735 creates the Rice Fund, which would be used to modernize rice farms, fund postharvest facilities, transportation and infrastructure projects, and provide rice scholarships

RICE TARIFFICATION. A lady checks out the rice being sold at a market. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Danilo Suarez stays as House minority leader

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers keep Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader, though he previously voted in favor of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Speaker

New Minority Leader Representative Danilo Suarez odf 3rd District of Quezon deliver his speech after he was confirm at the plenary as the Minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Experts warn against shortening college courses

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges president Tirso Ronquillo says the proposal may negate the K-12 program

LESS YEARS. Education officials are asked to review the possibility of reducing the number of years of college degree courses. File photo by Rappler

Arroyo to House panel: Stop deliberations on draft federal charter

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House committee on constitutional amendments should focus on convincing the Senate to convene into a Constituent Assembly, which will then discuss the proposed constitution

CHA-CHA TALKS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gives her marching orders to House constitutional amendments panel chairperson Vicente Veloso on August 7, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to pass resolution on separate voting for charter change

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo files the resolution on Tuesday, August 7, calling for a Constituent Assembly but specifying that the House and the Senate would vote separately

CHA-CHA TALKS. The House of Representatives will pass a resolution expressing their intention for both chambers of Congress to vote separately in a Constituent Assembly. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bill wants free vocational training for teenagers

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The House's proposed 'Tulong Trabaho Act' seeks to address skills mismatch between the skills possessed by applicants and requirements of employers

SUBSTITUTE MEASURE. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives adopt a substitute bill addressing job-skills mismatch known as the "Tulong Trabaho Act." Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Plenary vote will 'most likely' resolve House minority row

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:15 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the 2017 Supreme Court ruling on the minority leadership states the SC 'cannot intervene in the procedural rules of the House'

MINORITY TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya talks to reporters about the ongoing battle for the minority bloc on August 6, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Aug 03, 2018 - 9:38 PM

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Arroyo: No 'zero budget' for opposition lawmakers

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says this is her 'gesture of goodwill'

'GESTURE OF GOODWILL'. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says all congressmen and cngresswomen will get a budget under her leadership. Rappler file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arroyo pushes lower tariffs on meat, fish to ease inflation

Aug 03, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pitches 5 solutions to temper high prices in a meeting with the country's economic managers

SPEAKER ARROYO. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talks to the media on August 1, 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Aug 03, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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Resolving minority row to test Arroyo leadership – Robredo

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:44 PM

How the Speaker handles the conflicting claims of 3 non-majority blocs is an indication of how she will run the House of Representatives, says the Vice President

EASTERN SAMAR VISIT. Vice President Leni Robredo goes to Salcedo town in Eastern Samar on August 2, 2018, to turnover a multicab to the Matarinao School of Fisheries, and to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for a dormitory for students who live far from the campus. OVP photo

Alvarez-Fariñas bloc elects De Vera as minority leader

Aug 02, 2018 - 6:20 PM

But two other blocs in the House of Representatives have their own minority leaders, and it's unclear who'll prevail

Lawmakers slam agriculture department over rice hoarders

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says businessmen see rice hoarding as ‘inventory management'

BUDGET. The Department of Agriculture's approved budget for 2019 is less than half what it asked for. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

After ouster, Alvarez says he is now 'at peace' with himself

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Former House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he has no bad feelings, as he has already moved on from his dramatic ouster

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aquino says Arroyo's House takeover shows 'disorder' in PH

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Lawmakers could have handled the situation 'a lot better,' says former president Benigno Aquino III, especially given that the country already faces many problems

Photo by Angie de Silva /Rappler

Coco levy bicam recognizes Suarez as House minority leader

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't understand why they keep on making noise. They have already lost,' says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez to the two other blocs challenging him for the minority leadership

MINORITY LEADER? Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures during a press conference on August 1, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler