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As Martin turns 56, Romualdezes donate P500,000 to Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez throws a big birthday party attended by prominent personalities in Philippine politics and business

DONATION. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez hand the heque of their donation to Dumper Representative Claudine Bautista and South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez.  Photo by Mara Cepeda, Rappler

64 lawmakers cross party lines to 'demand' end to crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Among those who signed the petition are House deputy speakers Rosemarie Arenas, Evelina Escudero, and Eduardo Villanueva, as well as House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr

ACROSS PARTY LINES. Lawmakers signed a petition condemning the ongoing attacks against progressive groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lagman claims Bong Go pressuring House to railroad Malasakit Center bill

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the House plenary did not have quorum when it passed the Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading

OPPOSITION. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman continues to oppose the bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers nationwide. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman, who believes the Malasakit Centers are being used as a 'partisan tool,' fails to stop the passage of the bill in the plenary

MALASAKIT CENTER. In this file photo from February 12, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

LIVE: Open hearing on Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Watch on Rappler! US House lawmakers hold a public hearing with US charge d'affaires in Kiev Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.

OPEN HEARING. US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

House panel OKs P10-billion fund for fire protection modernization

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:57 PM

From its original request of P147 billion, the House committee approves a 'more realistic' P10 billion for the Bureau of Fire Protection

NEW EQUIPMENT? The Bureau of Fire Protection may be able to purchase fire trucks of better quality, if the bill for fire protection modernization is passed into law. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House OKs resolution allowing use of 4Ps fund to buy palay from farmers

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:40 PM

House Joint Resolution No. 22 would authorize the government to tap the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to help rice farmers

RICE FARMERS. Muddy water spurts out as a field laborer pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental. File photo by RaksyBH/

House panels OK bill creating Department of Water Resources and Services

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:51 PM

But Buhay Representative Lito Atienza opposes the measure, saying 'creating a department will only magnify the problem and delay the solutions'

WATER CRISIS. On Friday, June 21, 2019, The water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160 on June 21, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel wants in-city relocation for 18k informal settlers along QC's Segment 8.2

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The National Housing Authority have made 1,000 relocation units available, but they are in Bulacan

IN-CITY RELOCATION. The Quezon City government pushed for on-site, in-city relocation for its informal settlers, including those who will be displaced by the construction of Segment 8.2 Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

House turns resolution extending 2019 budget validity into bill

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:01 PM

House committee on appropriations is doing this in response to a Supreme Court ruling that a mere resolution cannot change the law, like the 2019 General Appropriations Act

House panel OKs bill increasing road users’ tax starting 2020

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:57 PM

House committee on ways and means chairperson Joey Salceda estimates the tax increases would yield P9 billion, which would help fund the PUV Modernization Program

TAX HIKE. Lawmakers are propsing to increase the taxes imposed on motor vehicle owners. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Velasco to Cayetano: 'I will see you next year as the next Speaker'

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says as far as he knows, his 'gentleman's agreement' with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano still stands

TERM-SHARING WOES. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is expecting Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to follow their term-sharing deal. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

After killings, bill for marshals and bodyguards for judges pushed

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:04 PM

'We cannot allow these brazen attacks on judges to go on without a forceful answer,' says Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel

2 lawmakers want mandatory drug tests at House

Nov 06, 2019 - 8:55 PM

If the government is serious about fighting illegal drugs, then its officials should be willing to get tested for drug use, say congressmen Elpidio Barzaga Jr and Robert Ace Barbers

DRUG TESTS. Two lawmakers want all congressmen and women to be tested for illegal drug use. File photo of the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives

Tonypet Albano mourns late dad Rudy: ‘How do I say goodbye?’

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:03 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez also honors the late LPGMA Representative Rodolfo Albano Jr, calling him a 'man of integrity'

MOURNING SON. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano shares a photo of him kissing his father, the late LPGMA Representative Rudy Albano. Photo from Tonypet Albano's Facebook account

LIVE: House hearing on rotational water service interruptions in Metro Manila

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:17 AM

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House OKs on 2nd reading reso allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The resolution would authorize the government to use the remaining P6.97-billion rice subsidy fund under 4Ps to buy rice directly from farmers

LOW PRICES. Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LPGMA congressman Albano dies at 85

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

(UPDATED) LPGMA Representative Rodolfo Albano Jr succumbs to heart failure, says his son Isabela Governor Rodito Albano III

REST IN PEACE. LPGMA Representative Rodolfo Albano Jr succumbs to heart failure. Photo from the House of Representatives website

In House briefing, AFP, DND accuse Gabriela of being 'communist front'

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:35 PM

'Hindi krimen ang maging aktibista. Gabriela Women's Party strongly condemns this clear attempt to criminalize dissent and weaponize the law,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

LIVE: House hearing on amendments to GCTA law

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:06 AM

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House OKs bill declaring November 8 as Yolanda Commemoration Day

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The bill would declare a special non-working holiday in Eastern Visayas, which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013

PICKING UP PIECES. Residents of Hernani, Eastern Samar begin the long road of rebuilding their community after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in December 2013. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Senators won't adopt House version of P4.1-T budget for 2020

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson floats the idea to stop congressmen from introducing further amendments during the bicameral conference committee

NOT ADOPTING. Senators held a caucus to discuss proposal whether the chamber will adopt the House version of the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House gives Congressional Medal of Achievement to China envoy

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, whom Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua congratulated for winning the speakership race in July, co-authors the House resolution honoring the outgoing diplomat

GUEST OF HONOR. Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua talks to lawmakers at Batasang Pambansa on November 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Shirlyn Nograles, Macnell Lusotan take oath as new lawmakers

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

With the two new legislators, the House of Representatives now has a total of 301 members

NEW HOUSE MEMBERS. Shirlyn Bañas Nograles and Macnell Lusotan are the new lawmakers in the House of Representatives. Photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House approves bill postponing barangay, SK elections to December 2022

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) The consolidated version of the House and Senate bills will immediately be sent to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House OKs resolution extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The resolution seeks to extend the life of funds allocated for the maintenance and other operating expenses and for capital outlay under the 2019 budget

Cayetano has 'personal complaint' over ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:40 PM

But Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano vows there will be 'due process' when the House tackles the bill seeking to renew ABS-CBN's franchise

House drops bill granting Duterte emergency powers vs traffic

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'The President said he doesn't want it anymore and you cannot attack a crisis with emergency powers when you're in the middle of it already,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

PRIORITY NO MORE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House will no longer push to give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House to 'hit the ground running' in session opening

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The House of Representatives eyes passing two measures on third reading when it resumes its session Monday, November 4

RESUMPTION. The House of Representatives resumes session on Monday, November 4. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano: House to tackle ABS-CBN franchise before end-2019

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

At least 5 bills in the House of Representatives seek to renew ABS-CBN's franchise for another 25 years

Cayetano open to being Speaker until end of 18th Congress

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'Open to the possibility? Eh kung si Congressman Velasco mismo ang magsabi sa akin, ‘Ikaw na lang,’ alangan namang pilitin ko pa siya, ‘di ba?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

SPEAKER UNTIL 2022? House employees prepare a poster saying 'We love you!' to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as he celebrated his birthday on October 28, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Impeachment horror plunges U.S. into early Halloween

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Washington DC, a city renowned for elegant, neo-classical buildings and buttoned-down bureaucrats, has become the set for a political slasher movie

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), speaks after introducing a resolution condemning House Impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol on October 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

House panel OKs resolution allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:37 PM

House committee on agriculture and food chair Wilfrido Mark Enverga is hoping President Rodrigo Duterte would certify the measure as urgent

RICE CRISIS. Lawmakers are moving to pass measures that would allow the government to purchase palay stock directly from rice farmers. Photo by RaksyBH/

To honor Celdran, Lagman files bill repealing 'archaic' crime of blasphemy

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the crime of offending religious feelings, of which the late Carlos Celdran was found guilty, is an 'odious remnant of the Dark Ages'

Bello opposes House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the current 6-month probationary period is enough for employers to determine workers' qualifications, and extending it would encourage contractualization

BILL REJECTED. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III rejects a House bill seeking to triple workers' probationary period from 6 months to 2 years. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor groups slam House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Congressman Bonito Singson's bill is a 'cheap trick' to deprive workers of their rights, say Defend Job Philippines, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

BILL OPPOSED. Labor groups reject a bill proposing to extend the 6-month probationary period for workers to 2 years. Photo from Defend Job Philippines Facebook

Cayetano: Traffic a 'product' of thriving economy

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'Hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas ang may traffic; may traffic naman talaga sa buong mundo. It's no excuse, but the irony is kasi traffic is also a product of your own success,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

THRIVING ECONOMY? Vehicles are at a standstill along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City during a rainy evening on October 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) A total of 129 members of Trump's Republican Party joins Democrats as the House denounces the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria in a 354-60 vote

US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella to honor Italians Americans in the East Room of the White House on October 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Expect Metro Manila traffic to get worse when the country's SEA Games hosting goes full swing late this year

HOST. The Philippines prepares to welcome thousands of guests from 10 countries in the region. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Term-sharing out the window? Deal with Velasco 'still stands' – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Two ranking House members say it would be difficult to replace Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker after he received high approval and trust ratings

SPEAKER TIL 2022? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their visit to New Clark City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Marino nominee Macnell Lusotan to assume House seat

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Macnell Lusotan is replacing Jose Antonio Lopez, who resigned shortly after the 18th Congress began

NEW CONGRESSMAN. Macnell Lusotan will take his oath as Marino representative on November 4. Photo from Lusotan's Facebook account

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

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Congress goes on monthlong break, with rice farmers left hanging

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

'The farmers need relief now, as next year, they might no longer go into farming,' says Jessica Reyes Cantos, president of Action for Economic Reforms

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

House now wants to postpone barangay, SK polls to December 2022

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Lawmakers approve on 2nd reading the amended House bill on the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which is now similar to the Senate version

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers want to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

8 more party-list lawmakers forge alliance with Lakas-CMD

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Lakas-CMD now has a total of 26 members and allies in the House – 13 district representatives as party members and 13 party-list legislators as allies

ALLIES. Lakas-CMD stalwarts Martin Romualdez, Mikey Arroyo, and Prospero Pichay pose with 3 of their new party-list allies on September 30, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's Facebook page

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Congresswomen push bill vs child marriage: ‘We owe it to young girls’

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Child marriages are manifestations of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girls less than boys,' says House committee on women and gender equality chairperson Ma. Lourdes Acosta Alba

#GIRLDEFENDERS. Congresswomen, government officials, advocates, and young advocates come together to push for the bill aiming to end child marriage. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler