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Congress approves 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:02 PM

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House wants Duterte to fire Diokno from DBM

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The House of Representatives wants Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's appointment to be 'reconsidered' following lawmakers' corruption allegations against him

TO BE FIRED? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks during the question hour at the House on December, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno not involved? Sorsogon got P10-B infra projects in 2018 – Andaya

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:05 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's denial is 'unbelievable'

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour on December 11, 2018, when lawmakers grilled him over the national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Martial law extension needed for 'public safety' – Mindanao congressmen

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'If there are indeed abuses as what other sectors claim to, why are we, Mindanaons, still craving for the continued implementation of martial law?' asks Misamis Occidental 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal

JOINT SESSION. The Senate and the House of Representatives voted in favor of a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao on December 12, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Castro: I’m proof of martial law abuses in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recalls her arrest in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and what she described as 'laughable' charges of child abuse, human trafficking, and kidnapping were filed against her

FAKE CHARGES. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recounts her brief detention in Talaingod, Davao del Norte during the joint session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao for 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:15 AM

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

Andaya grills Diokno over P75-B ‘insertion’ in DPWH budget for 2019

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:18 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno argues the P75 billion is aboveboard, as its addition to the DPWH funds in 2019 is part of the legal budgeting process

THE GRILLING. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya (top, in white) gestures as he questions Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno denies conflict of interest over infra projects in Casiguran, Sorsogon

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:22 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez grills Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, whose daughter is married to the son of Sorsogon Vice Governor Ester Hamor

ON THE HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno attends the question hour for him during the House plenary session on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Pinakawalanghiya': Opposition hits House's draft charter

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'

OPPOSITION VS CHA-CHA. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao, Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Ariel Casilao are against the House's draft federal charter.

Arroyo: Others got bigger allocations in 2019 budget

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:07 PM

'I’m only upper middle class as far as the allocations are concerned,' says Speaker Gloria Arroyo on the pork barrel accusations against her

NOT PORK? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo addresses the pork barrel accusations against her on December 11, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Contractor that cornered projects nationwide has ties with Duterte gov’t – Andaya

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading – whose owner the House will subpoena – allegedly has links with incumbent Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte

TIED TO CONTRACTOR? President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of their meeting on September 14, 2018. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

House approves draft federal constitution

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:38 PM

But the draft federal charter's chances of getting signed into law remain bleak, with senators earlier saying it would be 'dead on arrival' at the Senate

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE? The House of Representatives seek to control access of reporters to Batasan Complex and content of their reports. File Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

House panel approves Dennis Uy’s controlling stake in Mislatel

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The proposal is approved despite heated debates among lawmakers

Phoenix Petroleum Corp., celebrate its 10th listing anniversary at the PSE in Makati City on July 11, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arroyo allies got ‘pork’? But 2019 budget prepared during Alvarez time – Andaya

Dec 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they should not be blamed for the huge insertions in the 2019 budget being alleged by Senator Panfilo Lacson

PORK ISSUE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr delivers a privilege speech on December 10, 2018. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

House OKs Legarda son's solar power franchise on 3rd reading

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The House bill granting a 25-year franchise to Leandro Leviste's Solar Para sa Bayan gets passed in the lower chamber after only 4 months

APPROVED. Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste talks to reporters after the bill granting a franchise to his company was approved on 2nd reading on December 4, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3rd telco faces franchise trouble before House panel

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The House committee on legislative franchises tackles Mislatel's legal dispute with DigiPhil and its franchise problems

House to hold question hour for Diokno over 2019 budget

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The question hour comes after Senator Panfilo Lacson accused the House of passing a national budget riddled with alleged pork barrel funds

BUDGET TALKS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is "required" to appear before lawmakers on December 11, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang to Arroyo: Explain P2.4-B budget for district

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:35 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says congressmen may be able to justify the supposed budget insertions cited by Senator Panfilo Lacson

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

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | Draft constitution: Surgical precision, not blunt force

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No 15, or RBH, is nuanced and quite strategic. It does not look like it's dead in the water.

Minority congressmen defend Arroyo, insist no ‘pork barrel’ in 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Di nag-congressman si [Senator] Ping [Lacson]. Baka 'di niya naiintidihan ‘yong problema ng may constituency,' says Arroyo ally and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

'NO PORK BARREL.' Minority congressmen Lito Atienza, Danilo Suarez, and Alfredo Garbin Jr hold their weekly press conference on December 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Arroyo’s district gets P2.4B in House-approved 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson also says a district in Camarines Sur, which was originally allotted P360.4 million under the National Expenditure Program, now has P1.9 billion by final reading

LUNCH WITH REPORTERS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech during the lunch she hosted for House reporters on November 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congresswoman urges Comelec: Place La Union under military protection

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

'To await the start of the election period might become too late for us,' La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel says in her request to the Comelec

CRY FOR JUSTICE. The Balaoan Municipal Hall  displays posters seeking justice for slain officials. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Arroyo denies charter change railroaded in House

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House of Representatives' moves to amend the 1987 Constitution are 'part of the democratic process'

LUNCH WITH REPORTERS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech during the lunch she hosted for House reporters on November 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIST: Major constitutional changes the House wants under federalism

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:25 AM

No term limits for lawmakers, no anti-dynasty provision, the return of the two-party system – here are the major changes the House included in its draft federal charter

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

House wants to create Philippine Space Agency

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) If passed into law, House Bill 8541 would create a national agency in charge of space science, engineering, and other related fields

SPACE PROGRAM. Lawmakers approve a bill seeking to create the Philippine Space Agency.

House approves draft federal constitution on 2nd reading

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Lawmakers give their nod to Resolution of Both Houses 15 after dedicating only 3 days of plenary sessions for debates

CHA-CHA. Lawmakers support shifting the Philippines to a federal system of government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill granting franchise to solar power company

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste denies his mother, Senator Loren Legarda, helped lobby for the passage of the bill

ONE MORE TO GO. Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste talks to reporters after the bill granting a franchise to his company was approved on 2nd reading. Photo boy Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House approves bill renaming Clark airport after Diosdado Macapagal

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The Clark International Airport was named after the late president – the father of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – in 2001, but was reverted back to its original name in 2011

BACK TO MACAPAGAL? Lawmakers want to rename the Clark International Airport once again. Photo from Clark International Airport's website

House ends debates on draft federal constitution

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Alliance of Concerned Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio fails to block the motion to terminate the debates at the plenary after only 3 session days

TERMINATED. Lawmakers agreed to terminate the debates on the proposed federal constitution on December 3, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves bill granting emergency powers vs traffic

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The measure had been pending for months at the plenary, but gets revived under Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

EMERGENCY POWERS. Lawmakers want to give emergency powers to the transportation chief to address the urban traffic problem. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House wants to create National Integrated Cancer Control Program

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Lawmakers pass a bill establishing a comprehensive program that would serve as a framework for all cancer-related activities of the government

CANCER PROGRAM. The House of Representatives approved a bill establishing a national program for cancer patients. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bills increasing taxes on tobacco, alcohol starting 2019

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The additional revenues from the proposed tax increases are expected to help fund universal health care

SIN TAX. Lawmakers wants to increase the taxes imposed on tobacco and alcoholic drinks.

Arroyo: France Castro, Satur Ocampo ‘entitled to respectful treatment’

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:44 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro calls for a probe into the the alleged military attacks against the Lumad community in Talaingod, Davao del Norte

RESPECT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issues her statement following the brief detention of ACT Teachers Representative France Castro and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo over the weekend. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ulysses Garces replaces De Vera as ABS representative in House

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LPGMA Representative Arnel Ty, an ally of expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera, fails to block the oath-taking

NEW LAWMAKER. Ulysses Garces (L) takes his oath as new representative of the ABS party in the House of Representatives. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

Makabayan bloc eyes case vs Galvez for red-tagging France Castro

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says she would hold AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr accountable should anything bad happen to her

NOT A COMMUNIST. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (center) attends work at the House since her brief detention in Davao del Norte over the weekend. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan condemns 'illegal' arrest of Satur Ocampo, France Castro

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Leftist lawmakers say it is a 'blatant and outrageous lie' to accuse ACT Teachers Representative France Castro and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo of human trafficking

STILL DETAINED. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (left) and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) remains in detention in Davao del Norte. Photo courtesy of The Breakaway Media

Pelosi nominated by Democrats to reclaim U.S. House speaker role

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:27 AM

Nancy Pelosi needs a simple majority on the House floor – 218 votes in the 435-member chamber – to prevail in January

NOMINATED. U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to members of the media at the lobby of Longworth House Office Building November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Democrats have nominated Pelosi to run for Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

'All circumstances' show magnetic lifters packed with shabu – Barbers

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Lawmakers end the investigation after 5 hearings eyeing recommendations to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and possible charges against liable officials

Former BOC Commissioner and now TESDA Sec. Isidro Lapena (left) with Congressman Ace Barbers (center) on Wednesday, November, 29, 2018, during the House of Representatives probe into the P11 billion missing shabu. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel questions credibility of Customs X-ray inspector

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Lawmakers are dissatisfied with the way Bureau of Customs X-ray inspector John Mar Morales rescanned images of magnetic lifters

Leftist congressmen: Duterte inciting civilians to kill

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Makabayan lawmakers say President Duterte's planned 'death squad' against communist rebels proves there are state-sanctioned vigilante killings under his administration

MURDER. Makabayan lawmakers Ariel Casilao, Carlos Zarate, and Antonio Tinio condemn the President's proposed death squad against communists. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Congressmen, senators to get millions each in 2019 budget – Andaya

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya insists these aren't pork barrel funds, as lawmakers will not have the power to reallocate the money for other projects

NOT PORK BARREL? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says legislators will have to itemize the projects to be funded by the allocations given to them under the proposed 2019 budget. Screenshot by Rappler

After shabu smuggling, Barbers asks Senate to pass death penalty bill

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Death is the only language these criminals and big-time syndicates understand,' says House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers

DEATH PENALTY REVIVAL. House committee on dangerous drugs chair Robert Ace Barbers backs the bill reviving the death penalty for drug convicts. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicam approves universal health care bill

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care

APPROVED. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a reconciled version of the universal health care bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House panel approves higher tobacco tax rates starting 2019

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo says increasing the excise taxes on cigarettes is the 'most cost-effective' way to deter Filipinos from smoking

'COST-EFFECTIVE.' Health advocates continue to push for higher taxes on cigarettes. Photo from Shutterstock

College degree requirement for elected officials anti-poor – lawmaker

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:51 PM

The House's draft federal constitution adds a college degree among the requirements for those running for president, vice president, senator, and representative

ANTI-POOR PROVISION. Residents look for the precinct where they can cast their vote during the 2016 presidential elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After helicopter crash, lawmaker calls for 'genuine' AFP modernization

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

COOP-NATCCO Representative Anthony Bravo, who was involved in the recent crash of a military helicopter in Tarlac, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines must be developed in all aspects

Rep Anthony Bravo delivers a privilege speech on Monday, November 26, 2018, after the helicopter he was riding along with former House secretary general Cesar Pareja crashed at Crow Valley in Capas, Tarlac on Nov 22. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House seeks alcohol tax increase to fund universal health care

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The proposed tax hike gets the approval of the House of Representatives on 2nd reading

ONE MORE SHOT? Lawmakers want to increase the excise taxes on alcoholic products. Photo from Shutterstock

Arroyo against House inquiries unless they actually lead to laws

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says 'there is no legislation that happens, only harassment,' when lawmakers conduct investigations 'in aid of legislation'

ON PROBES. Speaker Gloria Arroyo (left) and House ways and means panel chairperson Estrellita Suansing during a hearing on November 13, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler  DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

House OKs bill including electronic devices under Anti-Wiretapping Law

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:25 PM

House Bill No. 8378 also imposes stiffer penalties against those caught illegally listening to or recording private communication

WIRE-TAPPING. Lawmakers want to expand the coverage of the Anti-Wiretapping Law. Photo from Shutterstock

House OKs extending life of 2018 budget for another year

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers seek to extend until 2019 the validity of funds being used for ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the country, including the allocations for Marawi City

BUDGET EXTENSION. Lawmakers seek an extension of allocations under the 2018 budget for another year.