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WATCH: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law

House 'overwhelmingly in favor' of martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Senate and House leaders are set to hold a joint session on President Rodrigo Duterte's request on December 13

JOINT SESSION. House and Senate members convene at the Batasang Pambansa to discuss the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao on July 22, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Probable cause in Sereno complaint? 'Sobra-sobra,' says Alvarez

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:06 PM

While saying he doesn't want to get ahead of the justice committee, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says witness accounts prove there's weight to the impeachment complaint

Alvarez tells critics of martial law extension: Go to Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:10 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also comes from Mindanao, says he supports President Rodrigo Duterte's request for martial law to be extended there

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) President and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez prior to the meeting with the leaders from the AIPA member countries at the Makati Shangri-La Manila on September 19, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Higher take-home pay but pricier cars, fuel, tobacco by 2018

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify their reconciled version on Tuesday, December 12, before sending it to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law

House OKs on 3rd reading pay hike for cops, soldiers

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:04 PM

The lowest-ranked uniformed personnel will see a nearly 100% increase in their basic salaries should the measure turn into law

SALARY HIKE SOON? Police, soldiers, and other uniformed services might just see a salary hike by January 2018. Malacanang file photo

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Chief Justice Sereno

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Congress to hold joint session on martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives will tackle the request of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, December 13

EXTENSION. Congress is set to hold a joint session to discuss the proposed one-year martial law extension in Mindanao. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rapple

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The extension is needed for the 'total eradication' of ISIS-inspired terror groups and 'communist terrorists,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Lagman on Duterte's martial law extension: violation of Constitution

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman argues there's no more basis for an extension of martial law in Mindanao

CITY IN RUIN. Months of fighting leaves parts of the city in ruin. Rappler photo

Duterte to ask Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 10, 2017 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte once again wants martial law in Mindanao extended

President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov't shutdown

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:33 AM

President Donald Trump will need to work with Democrats and his fellow Republicans in the coming weeks to thrash out a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that earns the support of lawmakers battling over policy and spending priorities

BUDGET. The United States Congress passes a funding stopgap measure that averts a government shutdown. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Alvarez: Sereno impeachment a constitutional, not political, process

Dec 07, 2017 - 5:21 PM

'It’s part of the checks and balances between the executive, legislative, and judiciary,' says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

COMMITTEE DEFENDER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez once against defends the House justice committee as it continues hearing the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Rappler file photo

LOOK: House OKs pay hike for soldiers, cops on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:31 AM

The measure covers other uniformed personnel as well, such as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority

PAY HIKE SOON? The House approves on 2nd reading a resolution that would increase the base pay of uniformed personnel in the military, police, and other agencies. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez: Hearings show Sereno's denials have no basis

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:05 PM

'Based on rules, all the denials she submitted will be treated as a mere scrap of paper because she did not swear to its truthfulness before the committee,' the Speaker warns of the Chief Justice

JUSTICE HEARING. The House committee on justice convenes to determine the probable cause in an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sereno condemns threats vs journalist Jomar Canlas

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:12 PM

Reporters covering the judiciary stand behind colleague Jomas Canlas, who recently testified in the House justice committee hearing on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

UNDER THREAT. Reporter Jomar Canlas, in white, testifies before the committee on justice. Rappler photo

Speaker Alvarez wants LTO chief to resign

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:48 PM

'Is it really that hard to get vehicle plates?' asks the House Speaker

TIME TO GO. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says since the procurement of plate numbers are still delayed, the LTO chief must go. Rappler file photo

Marcoleta questions SC clerk of court's 'loyalty' in impeachment hearing

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:49 PM

'Nagtatrabaho lang tayo....I'm loyal to the institution,' says SC Clerk of Court Felipa Anama, who also tells the House committee on justice that she has served government for 44 years now

IMPEACHMENT WITNESS. Felipa Anama, Supreme Court Clerk of Court, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday, during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno Impeachment proceedings. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez defends Sereno impeachment hearing: We're looking for the truth

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says legislators who have criticized the justice committee should face the committee on ethics or rules

DOING ITS JOB. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers a speech before closing the House's first regular session on May 31. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers express frustration over 'uncooperative' SC clerk of court

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:19 PM

'You are just showing that you are being not very cooperative with this committee,' House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali tells Supreme Court Clerk of Court Felipa Anama

IMPEACHMENT HEARING. House justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali presides the hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on December 6, 2017. DARREN LANGIT

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 6, 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

'LESSONS LEARNED' PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa. File photo by Joel Liporada

Senate, House 'resolve impasse' over 2018 budget

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Among the most contentious differences between the two chambers' versions is a P50-billion cut in the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways

BICAM. Members of the House and Senate meet as the budget bicameral conference convenes. Rappler file photo

Before foreign legislators, Fariñas defends Duterte's drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:39 PM

'[Duterte] continues to enjoy not only the support of the political leaders of the Philippines but the entire Filipino nation,' says Rodolfo Fariñas, House Majority Floor Leader

DRUG WAR DEFENDER. Rodolfo Fariñas, one of Duterte’s key allies in the House, defends the President and the drug war before a gathering of legislators from all over the world. Photo courtesy of Representative Rodolfo Fariñas

CHR's Cadiz: Show-cause order over comments may cause ‘chilling effect’

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:29 PM

‘If I, as a lawyer and commissioner of an independent constitutional body, should be cited for expressing an opinion…what kind of precedent would that set for people who question the government every day?’

Akbayan's Villarin hit for saying Sereno hearing a 'monumental fuck-up'

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'I believe that this charade is heading nowhere but to a monumental fuck-up that the House should immediately dismiss,' Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin had said, drawing flak from members of the House justice committee

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. House Committee on Justice Chair Cong. Reynaldo Umali presides during continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers reprimand Gadon: 'Shut up'

Dec 05, 2017 - 12:03 PM

'I would like to remind Mr Gadon of the story of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf,' Antipolo City 2nd District Representative Romeo Acop tells lawyer Larry Gadon

COMPLAINANT. Lawyer Larry Gadon attends the committee on justice's hearing on the Sereno impeachment case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gabriela: Will gov't ask Sanofi to return P3.5 billion?

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The progressive group says it will file a resolution calling for a House probe into the Department of Health's dengue immunization program

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatEd: Impeachment ni Sereno, paghahati-hati ng Korte Suprema

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Habang mahalagang manatiling matino ang mga pinuno ng Korte Suprema, kailangang manatiling alerto ang lahat, at di nababaling ang atensyon sa mga palabas na likha ng mga pulitikong may sariling interes o agenda

House, Senate agree to tax-exempt P250k annual income starting 2018

Dec 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The income tax scheme for 2019 onwards is yet to be finalized

BICAM. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara discloses what the bicameral conference committee has decided so far over the contesting provisions in the tax reform bill. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Alvarez to Senate: Restore P50B or we have reenacted budget for 2018

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:33 PM

It means huge funds will be available for no specific programs, making the budget vulnerable to misuse and corruption

TAKE BACK. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said they will take a hard stance their version of the 2018 national budget. Rappler File Photo

P50-B cut in 2018 DPWH budget 'alarms' House

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:12 PM

'We were surprised that they moved this huge an amount,' says Karlo Nograles, chairman of the House appropriations committee, as the bicameral committee on the 2018 budget meets

BUDGET DELIBERATIONS. Representatives from both chambers of the House meet to flesh out the differences in the budgets they passed. Rappler photo

House vows to pass BBL by March 2018

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:50 PM

There might be no need for Congress to hold a special session, as far as House leaders are concerned

HOUSE LEADERS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas during the deliberation on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

House prepares for SC justices' testimony in Sereno impeachment hearing

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:00 PM

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali says 'at the very least,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro is ready to testify on Wednesday, November 29

JUSTICE COMMITTEE. Reynaldo Umali, chairman of the powerful justice committee, spearheads its deliberations on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez on revolutionary gov't: Duterte has people's mandate

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:10 PM

'What can we do? It's not like we can say no,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in jest

KEEPING THEIR HEADS IN THE GAME. House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez exchanges ideas with Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rodolfo C. Fariñas and Justice Committee Chairman Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali during the deliberation on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Alvarez and Fariñas also took time to meet the press on the sidelines of the committee hearing. Earlier, Speaker Alvarez and MFL Fariñas attended the Committee on Appropriations hearing to give a push to House Joint Resolution No. 18 authorizing the increase in the base pay of military and uniformed personnel which they filed together with Minority Leader Rep. Danilo Suarez and Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles. (DP/PC)

Fariñas: House can't compel Sereno to face impeachment panel

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:19 PM

(UPDATED) The House justice committee is still discussing an impeachment complaint filed against the Chief Justice

'IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE.' House Leader Rodolfo Fariñas tells the committee they can't compel Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to attend its hearings on the impeachment case against her. Photo by Darrel Langit/Rappler

How similar are the Sereno and Corona impeachment cases?

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno comes 5 years after her predecessor, the late Renato Corona, was removed from office

Franken 'sorry' as U.S. Congress targets harassment

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:07 AM

(UPDATED) The US Congress returns to Washington after the Thanksgiving break determined to tackle sexual harassment within its ranks, following a string of allegations targeting sitting lawmakers

REGRET. Sen. Al Franken, (D-MN) speaks to the media after returning back to work in the Senate on Capitol Hill on November 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

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Nov 23, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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Long wait for new homes leaves some Kadamay members jobless

Nov 23, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Kadamay members who joined the Occupy Bulacan movement in March say they can't complete the requirements for job applications because their barangay won't issue them residence certificates

9 MONTHS. Kadamay members' ownership of the housing units they occupied in Pandi, Bulacan remains pending 9 months since they staged their movement. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINION] Gadon crumbles, will House fall with him?

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The chief complainant has showed his contempt for the House of Representatives and the country by filing a perjurious complaint

Kadamay calls for swift action on idle houses for police, soldiers

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:26 PM

It's been 9 months since the urban poor group took over thousands of unoccupied housing units in Pandi, Bulacan

Sereno lawyer: Expedite hearing, bring impeachment to Senate

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:14 PM

'We are willing to face them before the Senate where the rights of the chief justice will be protected,' says Alexander Poblador, lead counsel of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO TEAM. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's legal team attends the House committee on justice hearing on an impeachment case against her. Photo by Darren Langit

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 22, 2017

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

Sereno to skip House impeachment hearing

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:12 PM

The Chief Justice authorizes her team of lawyers to protect her interests in all stages of the impeachment process

COMMITTEE HEARING. The Committee on Justice will resume its hearing into the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on November 22. Rappler file photo

Sereno: I'm not the one who's corrupt

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno takes her case directly to the people through media interviews to debunk allegations in her impeachment complaint

Sonny Belmonte is Batanes' caretaker in House

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:22 AM

The Liberal Party vice chairman is appointed caretaker of the congressional district of Batanes, a seat left vacant by the passing of LP stalwart Dina Abad

LIVE: House hearing on South Korean garbage smuggled to Cebu

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:34 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Tuesday, November 21, 9 am

Alvarez: Sereno lawyers can't attend hearing if she isn't there

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:05 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will only be allowed to attend her impeachment hearing if she is present

ONLY SERENO. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says only Chief Justice Maria Lourdes herself – and not her lawyers – can appear before the House committee on justice. Rappler file photo