House of Representatives Philippines

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

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

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

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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

Rodrigo Duterte, death penalty, Ateneo-La Salle | Evening wRap

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

A fighting chance for patients with rare diseases

May 08, 2014 - 9:42 PM

In the Philippines those who suffer from rare diseases depend on government for their expensive treatment Lawmakers are trying to address the patients needs further

DREAM: DOCTOR. Patients like Ziv Morejon (R) who are diagnosed with rare diseases can also enjoy a decent quality of life if the right support system is in place. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Dismissed PMA cadet seeks lawmakers' help

Mar 31, 2014 - 2:30 PM

The Cudia family wants the Philippine Military Academy to give him his diploma

Abad: Pork barrel abolition ultimately up to Congress

Aug 07, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The budget chief says vetting of NGOs that receive PDAF is the responsibility of lawmakers too

HEARING. BSP Gov Armando Tetangco, NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima answer questions from legislators. Photo by Rappler

Abad: Pork barrel abolition ultimately up to Congress

Aug 07, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The budget chief says vetting of NGOs that receive PDAF is the responsibility of lawmakers too

HEARING. BSP Gov Armando Tetangco, NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima answer questions from legislators. Photo by Rappler

Belmonte to Pacquiao: Run for senator first

Jul 29, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Training muna tayo dun sa senatorial level Belmonte says

TRAIN FIRST. Speaker Sonny Belmonte advises his colleague Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao to run for senator first. Photo by Rappler

Pork: Killing our democracy softly

Jul 28, 2013 - 1:09 PM

Our country is addicted to pork; and this addiction is part of what fundamentally prevents good governance from taking root


Belmonte: Prudence in spending PDAF

Jul 22, 2013 - 3:19 PM

We must nurture a legal ethos that mandates and extolls prudence in spending and transparency and accountability in the use of public funds especially in the use of Priority Development Assistance Funds or PDAF Belmonte says

Makabayan bloc boosts Zamora bid for Minority leader

Jul 20, 2013 - 8:24 PM

The 7 member Makabayan bloc decides on Saturday July 20 to vote for San Juan Rep Ronaldo Zamora in the Speakership battle on Monday

LP vs LP: Gina Reyes and Toby Tañada

Jul 14, 2013 - 2:03 AM

A tense week ahead for two LP neophytes fighting for their seats in the House of Representatives Will LP step in to help one at the expense of the other?

TENSE WEEK: Liberal Party neophytes Toby Tañada and Regina Reyes fight for their seats in the House of Representatives

LIST: Winners in the House of Representatives

May 22, 2013 - 7:51 PM

Here s a list of district representatives who won in the May 13 elections

Belmonte ‘shoo-in’ for Speaker post

May 22, 2013 - 1:59 PM

All key political parties in the House say he s the hands down choice

'SHOO IN': Speaker Feliciano 'Sonny' Belmonte Jr to retain House leadership (FILE PHOTO)

2012 a banner year for Aquino's Congress

Jan 02, 2013 - 11:34 AM

The same faces and surnames have monopolized Congress for decades What is different in the 15th Congress? President Benigno Aquino III

Half of Pinoy smokers likely to quit if sin taxes increase - survey

Sep 14, 2012 - 7:29 PM

23 of Filipino adults smoke regularly or at least weekly according to poll results released by the Laylo Research Strategies

RH bill and the wrath of Rufus Rodriguez

Sep 04, 2012 - 9:55 PM

Cagayan Rep Rufus Rodriguez makes a scene at the House of Representatives

Representative Rufus Rodriguez

Congress to SC: Corona's dollar accounts fair game

Mar 03, 2012 - 11:55 AM

Supreme Court Justices are impeachable officials They cannot have power over the only process that can make them accountable