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At budget hearing, Lorenzana dares Makabayan bloc to condemn CPP-NPA

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

In a face-off with the defense chief, leftist lawmakers denounce 'red-tagging' by the government and challenge him to show evidence of their alleged involvement with the New People’s Army

Why is PCSO supporting ‘partisan tool’ Malasakit Centers? – Lagman

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The House appropriations committee asks for PCSO's legal basis for supporting Malasakit Centers, a pet project of Senator Bong Go. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says he has received complaints about Bicol Malasakit Centers.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go attended on Monday the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, providing better access to cheap and quality healthcare among residents in dire need of government assistance. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go's Office

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

Andaya: De Vera 'abandoned' ABS through Marikina congressional bid

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera is running for Marikina 2nd District congressman in the 2019 polls

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Minority leadership row triggers De Vera's removal from ABS party

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends ousted congressman Eugene de Vera, arguing that the latter's removal as House member is illegal

BATTLE FOR MINORITY. Expelled ABS Representative Eugene de Vera is questioning the post of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez before the Supreme Court. File photos by Rappler

Robredo: Critics ‘too desperate’ to remove me

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams House committee on constitutional amendments chair Vicente Veloso for his defense of the proposed provision removing her in the line of succession

VP ANSWERS BACK. A Philippine flag is seen behind Vice President Leni Robredo as she delivers a speech on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

House aims to pass draft federal charter by early 2019

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the House committee on constitutional amendments marching orders to finish work on the proposed new charter 'on time'

CHA-CHA. Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No set number of federal states under Arroyo’s draft constitution

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:57 PM

It leaves it with local government units to group themselves and petition Congress to turn them into autonomous states or regions

MORE POWER FOR CONGRESS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from R) and other lawmakers pose for the camera while doing President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump. Photo from Facebook page of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

LOOK: Arroyo gives birthday cakes to House journalists

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez sing 'Happy Birthday' to journalists covering the House and celebrating their birthdays

GREETINGS FORM GMA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stands beside House journalists who are celebrating their birthdays on July to September. Photo courtesy of Perfecto Camero

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

The women behind the fall of Alvarez

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:09 PM

How did formidable forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sara Duterte Carpio, and Imee Marcos topple Pantaleon Alvarez in the House of Representatives?

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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House OKs on 2nd reading bill to postpone barangay, SK elections

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:09 PM

During an all-member caucus, House members agree to pass the measure to move the barangay polls to October

HOUSE VOTE. The House of Representatives approves another measure to postpone the barangay elections. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel tackles bill vs late-night karaoke, loud sound systems

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:24 AM

House Bill 1035 is scheduled for committee discussion nearly two years after it was referred to the committee

BILL VS LATE-NIGHT KARAOKE. A House committee will begin discussing the proposal to bar loud sounds affecting residential areas to protect public health and welfare. Image of women in karaoke bar from Shutterstock

Gary Alejano: Duterte can't do to ICC what he does to CHR, SC, Ombudsman

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have no control over the International Criminal Court, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

Cha-Cha without Senate 'pathetic, ridiculous' – senators

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation

STALEMATE? The House and Senate continued to be at odds over how they'll amend the Constitution. File photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

Con-Ass pushing through with or without Senate – Alvarez

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez insists on his interpretation of the Constitution, even if it differs from that of his colleagues in the Senate and the framers of the 1987 Charter

PUSHING FOR CHACHA. Like his party mate President Rodrigo Duterte, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports a Constituent Assembly to pave the way for federalism. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Krisis ng tiwala sa Kongresong uukit ng Saligang Batas

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Magtitiwala ka bang isulat ng mga maginoong ito ang kinabukasan ng bayan at ng susunod na henerasyon?

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo

Opposition congressmen get zero budget in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'

NO BUDGET. Opposition congressmen lead by Raul Daza (left) and Edcel Lagman (right) hold a press conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

1st package of tax reform bill now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:15 PM

If the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipinos will have higher take-home pay but will have to shell out more for fuel, cars, tobacco, and sugar-sweetened drinks

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

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves bill postponing barangay, SK polls to May 2018

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The Senate's counterpart measure suggests a different date, October 2018

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

2 party-list reps make up House 'billionaires' club' in 2016

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:07 PM

1 Pacman Representative Michael Romero is the richest congressman with a net worth of over P7 billion in his 2016 SALN

RICHEST REPRESENTATIVES. Michael Romero and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar are the richest at the House of Representatives in 2016. Photo from Facebook and Twitter accounts

Delaying barangay polls 'trivializes' democratic process – House opposition

Aug 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The House of Representatives earlier voted in a caucus to postpone the elections to May 2018 and allow barangay officials to be 'holdovers' until then

NO TO POSTPONEMENT. Opposition legislators still oppose the plan to postpone the barangay elections yet again. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte admin's tax reform package a 'big mistake' – labor coalition

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:15 PM

ALU TUCP says the tax reform package just passed by the House is not uplifting because those who are already poor workers would become even poorer

UNEMPLOYMENT. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

On Congress and martial law, 2 words: 'Duty' and 'review'

May 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte s martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it

Malacañang photo

WATCH: House passes death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:03 AM

214 yes 54 no 1 abstain – that s how the House of Representatives voted for the death penalty bill

LIST: How congressmen and women voted on the death penalty bill

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:14 PM

UPDATED A total of 217 lawmakers voted in favor of the measure while 54 voted against it and 1 abstained

FINAL VOTE. A total of 272 out of 293 members of the House of Representatives showed up on March 7, 2017, for the final reading of the bill reintroducing the death penalty. The yes vote won. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: Final reading of death penalty bill at the House of Representatives

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:11 PM

On Tuesday March 7 the representatives present at the plenary session will be given 8 minutes each to explain their votes on HB 4727 Follow live updates here

LIVE: House votes on death penalty bill on 2nd reading

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

LIVE: House debate on the death penalty bill

Feb 28, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

House Speaker calls for PNP chief Dela Rosa's resignation

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez issues the call after it was revealed that a kidnapped South Korean businessman was killed inside Camp Crame the PNP headquarters

UNPLEASING. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez calls for PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa's resignation after the killing of a Korean businessman inside Camp Crame. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

Death penalty bill hurdles House committee

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:42 PM

3rd UPDATE Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso compares criminals who commit heinous crimes to Satan: Kung ang nasa harapan mo ay si Satanas na mismo oh my God Bigyan mo naman ang gobyerno ng option para patayin na yan

DEATH PENALTY. The House committee on justice meets on December 7, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No arrest warrant vs De Lima? Senate, House agree to avoid clash

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says We agreed to avoid a possible confrontation between the two houses

EMBATTLED SENATOR. Senator Leila de Lima attends the Senate probe into the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate, House bills seek to establish PH space program

Oct 27, 2016 - 4:32 PM

In the Philippines at least 4 agencies are handling functions that are usually done by a space agency The proposed PhilSA will be an attached agency of the Office of the President

House spent nearly P1B on consultants in 2015 – COA

Jun 02, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Despite the 55 increase in consultancy expenses in 2015 compared to 2014 state auditors issue no adverse findings regarding it

NEW HOPE. The house opens anew with its period of interpellation on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the second regular session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino rejects SSS pension hike bill

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:11 PM

4th UPDATE In his veto message to Congress leaders President Benigno Aquino III says the stability of the entire benefit system will be seriously compromised if the proposed P2 000 pension hike is implemented

'DIRE CONSEQUENCES.' President Benigno Aquino III thumbs down the SSS pension hike bill, citing its 'dire consequences' to the entire system and its members in the long term. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Senate gets top public approval among key gov’t institutions – poll

Jan 06, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The House of Representatives gets the lowest performance rating based on a Pulse Asia survey done in December 2015

NATIONAL INTEREST: The Senate blue ribbon committee moves its probe from the session hall to its chambers

Quality over quantity: House passes bills 'needed by our people' in 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the House of Representatives focused this year on quality and responsive legislation : Hindi ito paramihan ng numero

IT'S QUALITY. Instead of quantifying their accomplishments, the House leadership said the Congress was able to pass important and 'responsible' bills.

Dubious distinction: House of Reps facing most number of cases

Dec 09, 2015 - 7:23 PM

The lower chamber tops the Ombudsman s list for January June 2015

Manny Pacquiao set to visit Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:01 AM

The Veloso family expects the boxing champ s visit to lift Mary Jane s spirits and give her even more strength as she awaits developments on her case in the Philippines

Iligan lawmaker hurt, 4 killed in ambush

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED Four people are dead and 3 others are wounded including Iligan Representative Vicente Belmonte

Bicam OKs P2.6T 2015 budget; adopts compromise on 'savings'

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:57 PM

UPDATED Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are gearing to ratify the budget bill next week and later submit it to Malacañang for the President s signature

BICAM: Senators and representatives reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget

Belmonte to court: Arroyo suspension in House agenda

Oct 03, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The matter can only be tackled when Congress ends its 3 week break on October 20