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Federalism in motion: a runaway train?

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The logic of the PDP proposal seems to suggest an 'intended consequence' – a political system which will be easier for the Duterte regime to control

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 9-15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

House members rally behind Alvarez after ratings drop

Oct 14, 2017 - 8:04 PM

'Sometimes that is the natural consequence of exercising your political will and expressing candid political sentiments,' says one ally of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

RATINGS DOWN. Key House members come to the defense of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, whose ratings dipped according to recent surveys. File photo

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

From resignation to impeachment: Chairman Bautista's longest day

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Andres Bautista's resignation – effective in December 2017 yet – does not stop legislators from voting in favor of his impeachment

IMPEACHED. Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is impeached on the same day he announces his resignation effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Comelec Chairman Bautista to 'abide' by impeachment rules

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says 'it is unfortunate' that the House of Representatives voted to impeach him

IMPEACHED OFFICIAL. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista is impeached by the House of Representatives hours after he announced his resignation on October 11, 2017. Photo by Baen Nabong/Rappler

'Reversal of fortunes': Garcia, Roque celebrate Bautista impeachment

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Andres Bautista now holds the distinction of being the first Comelec chairman – and the first official – to be impeached under the Duterte administration

HOUSE VOTES. The House votes to impeach Comelec Chairman Bautista. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House impeaches Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The House overturns the resolution of the committee on justice, which earlier junked the impeachment complaint

IMPEACHED. The House of Representatives votes to impeach Commission on Elections Andres Bautista hours after the latter announced his resignation from his post on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: House of Representatives Plenary Session - COMELEC chief impeachment

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Watch the plenary session on Rappler

Former president Gloria Arroyo joins PDP-Laban

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Four other former Arroyo Cabinet members and Lakas-CMD party mates take their oath before President Duterte's party

PDP LABAN. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo officially joins the ruling party. Photo courtesy of Representative Rudy Fariñas

House can still act on Bautista impeachment complaint – Alvarez

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Despite Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's announcement that he is resigning by the end of 2017, the impeachment complaint against him remains included in the House agenda for Wednesday, October 11

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 11, 2017

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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

Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is emotional as employees of the agency show their support during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House okays mental health bill on 2nd reading

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The bill makes it illegal for people will mental health conditions to be placed in solitary confinement, and also covers drug dependents who surrender and turn out to be mentally ill

26 lawmakers urge House to 'preserve, protect' Ombudsman

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawmakers file a resolution seeking support for the Office of the Ombudsman as it looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte

House panel cites Imee Marcos' Singaporean boyfriend in contempt

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The House of Representatives committee on good government will order the arrest of Mark Chua should he fail to show up a 3rd time for the hearing on Ilocos Norte funds

WHERE IS MARK CHUA? The House panel cites Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (in picture) boyfriend Mark Chua in contempt for again skipping the House probe. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Batanes Representative Dina Abad dies

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:30 AM

'You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Photo from Henedina Razon-Abad's Facebook Page

PDP-Laban won't accept new members by end-November

Oct 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this would give the ruling party time to screen candidates for the 2019 midterm elections

Duterte can't participate in Sereno impeachment – lawyer

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte cannot serve as a special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings as it 'violates the constitutional role of the House of Representatives to act as sole prosecutors in impeachment cases’

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Lawyer Josalee Deila, spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, attends the hearing of the House justice committee regarding the impeachment complaint filed against Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Left, yellow alliance? Duterte ‘weaving tall tales’

Oct 06, 2017 - 7:57 PM

In a statement on Friday, October 6, members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives deny President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations the 'left' and 'Bayan' had allied with the 'yellow' in trying to kick him out of office

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte gives his message during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Recto: Keep DepEd P30-B budget to increase teachers' allowances

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Senator Ralph Recto proposes a 'rechanneling' of the P30-billion budget that the House of Representatives realigned to fund the free tuition law

TEACHERS' ALLOWANCES. Deaf students recite the alphabet in sign language during the opening of classes at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City on June 5, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After House proceeds with impeachment, Gadon dares Sereno to sign bank waiver

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Gadon says the general provision in SALN forms is not a sufficient waiver to look into Sereno's bank accounts

BANK WAIVER. Complainant Larry Gadon accuses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of non-disclosure of assets in her SALN.

LIVE: House hearing on the impeachment complaints vs Comelec chief Bautista, CJ Sereno

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler at 9:30 am on Thursday, October 5

Sereno team: 'Dangerous precedent' to bar cross-examination

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The House committee on justice is set to tackle the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday, October 5

JUSTICE COMMITTEE. The committee is set to meet again, this time to discuss if there is sufficient grounds to pursue the impeachment complaint. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Opposition urges House to support Ombudsman amid Duterte probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lawmakers from the House's independent minority bloc slam President Rodrigo Duterte for 'aiming to discredit' the Office of the Ombudsman

PUSH FOR OMBUDSMAN. Opposition congressmen lead by L-R, Teddy Baguilat, Egay Erice, Raul Daza and Edcel Lagman hold a press conference at the House of Representative in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Pernia wants changes in Senate version of tax reform bill

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

There could be fewer infrastructure projects if the Senate version will be adopted, says Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

ALMOST HALF. According to DOF estimates, the Senate's version of tax reform would only yield P59.9 billion in total incremental revenues. This is less than half of the P133.8 billion under the version approved by the House of Representatives in May. Rappler graphics

AMIN congresswoman Hataman steps down from House post

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:13 PM

The Mindanaoan lawmaker calls on her colleagues to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law 'not a gift as a token of benevolence, but a gift we so truly deserve'

BACK HOME. AMIN Representative Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman steps down from the House of Representatives. Screenshot from the House livestream

OFWs in Hong Kong support marriage dissolution bills

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Mission for Migrant Workers say that 8% to 10% of the 2,000 cases the organization handles annually involve female OFWs with marital issues

FOR DIVORCE. Several groups of OFWs in Hong Kong wants a divorce law to protect them from abusive relationships.

Hontiveros ally in House hits 'Leilanization' of senator

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says Senator Risa Hontiveros is being persecuted by the Duterte administration, similar to what was done to Senator Leila de Lima

Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, one of the four who voted against to determine if the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno at the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday. photo by DARREN LANGIT

House works on bills to strengthen Office of the Ombudsman

Sep 30, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The progress of the bills comes right as the Office of the Ombudsman begins its probe into allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte has undeclared wealth

OMBUDSMAN UPGRADE. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives work on bills that would give a much-needed boost to the Office of the Ombudsman. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gadon claims Sereno's reply full of 'lies'

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Lawyer Larry Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, says she used 'lame logic' in her explanations

IMPEACHMENT. Larry Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment case vs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

SolGen green lights legislative franchises for mining firms

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:42 AM

A bill that would require congressional franchises for mining firms is part of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ list of priority legislation

BIGGEST PIT. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. File image from NASA

Lawmaker calls on House panel to pass journalist protection bill

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The bill will create a program that provides protection to journalists being threatened, intimidated, or harassed

Bill on hazing ban approved by House sub-committee

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:36 PM

The bill authored by Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy covers not just fraternities and sororities but also 'community-based' organizations that do not have roots in schools or universities

STRICTER LAW. Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy (left) and Justice Committee Chairman Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali led the justice sub-committee hearing on a stricter version of the anti-hazing law. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

House passes proposed 2018 budget on final reading

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The 2018 General Appropriations Bill in the House of Representatives earmarks P3.767 billion

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approved the 2018 budget in third and final reading.  Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Bill imposing curfew for children passes House panel

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The bill 'aims to ensure the safety and self-esteem of children, prevent them from being used to commit crime, and protect them from abuse and exploitation'

CHILDREN'S WELFARE. A bill that would impose a curfew on children for their safety passes the House panel's scrutiny. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Lagman hits House for P100-M cut in restored CHR budget

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' budget is restored from the measly P1,000, but opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman points out it's still not the full amount that was proposed

CHR BUDGET. Opposition member Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (right) raises alarm over a P100 million cut for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on Anti-Hazing Law

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:11 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Tuesday, September 26

House adopts Senate version of bill postponing barangay elections

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The bill consolidating the versions of the Senate and the House — seeking to move the polls to May 2018 – will be sent for President Duterte's signature

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

House OKs bill creating trust fund for coconut farmers

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The passage of the bill once again steals the coconut levy fund from the farmers, according to progressive congressmen who oppose the measure

DEDUCTIONS. A coconut farmers shows documents to prove that the government deducted levies on coconut farmers' products. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

How Sereno answered her impeachment complaint

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:02 PM

None of Larry Gadon’s documents, though authentic, support his allegations, according to Sereno’s chief lawyer Alex Poblador

VERIFIED ANSWER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno files an 85-page verified answer before the House of Representatives explaining point-by-point why the impeachment complaint against her must be dismissed.

Mark Chua, Imee boyfriend, still a no-show in House hearing

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The Ilocos Norte governor, long-time girlfriend of the businessman, says they haven’t spoken recently

HOUSE AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attends the September 25, 2017 House hearing into the alleged irregular purchase of motor vehicles worth P66.45 million. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Fariñas wants PH Congress to have own police force

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The proposed Philippine Legislative Police envisions Congress enforcing its own powers of contempt and arrest, as well as provide security for legislators and their families

HOUSE OF REPS. House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants a police force that reports directly to Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

'They can do their worst, I'll do my part' – CHR's Gascon

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon shrugs off the insults against him, saying these are 'par for the course' in government

'DOING THEIR JOB.' CHR Chairman Chito Gascon downplays insults hurled against him. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

House set to restore CHR, ERC, NCIP 2018 budgets

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday pose after the House approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

House passes SOGIE equality bill on final reading

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The landmark bill awaits its counterpart measure from the Senate

FINALLY. Legislators who supported and pushed for the SOGIE equality bill post for a picture as it was approved on 3rd and final reading. Screengrab from House livestream

Patricia Bautista 'disappointed but undeterred' by impeachment dismissal

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'I believe in the goodness, the goodwill, and the good sense of the Filipino people,' says the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'FIGHT CONTINUES.' Patricia Bautista, wife of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler