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Lawmaker slams DSWD for distribution policies that caused crowds

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

After Ressa conviction, lawmaker seeks 1-year prescription period for cyber libel

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says explicitly putting this in the Cybercrime Law would ''put to rest the issue of prescription of the crime of cyber libel'

CYBER LIBEL CASE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and her co-accused, ex-Rappler writer-researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr, face the media after being convicted for cyber libel by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on June 15, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Lawmakers' changing of anti-terror bill vote has 'no more bearing' – Villafuerte

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes

HOUSE DEPUTY SPEAKER. Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte gestures during a hearing in February 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Some House members' votes on anti-terror bill incorrectly recorded

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers

IN SESSION. Only a few lawmakers are allowed to physically attend the session on May 13, 2020 as a precaution against COVID-19. File photo courtesy of PPAB

2 more House employees get infected with coronavirus

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The two cases are a couple working at the House's Engineering Department and Printing Service Office, where two other workers previously acquired COVID-19

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Only a few tables and chairs are set up inside the House of Representatives' session hall on June 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House passes P1.5-trillion infra stimulus package to curb unemployment

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Under House Bill No. 6920, the government can tap into the fund for 3 fiscal years upon enactment. If passed this year, the funds will be valid until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

CONSTRUCTION IN A PANDEMIC. A worker carries mattresses during the construction of the back-up Barangay Isolation Center for coronavirus patients in Cebu City on May 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

House OKs bill on coronavirus testing for vulnerable sectors

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The bill includes non-medical frontliners and quarantine pass holders who do not exhibit symptoms among those to be prioritized for testing

RT-PCR TEST FOR CORONAVIRUS. Health workers take the swab of a man atthe Noveleta Medcare Hospital in Cavite on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill on post-pandemic ‘better normal’

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Violators stand to face possible 1 to 2 months' jail time or a fine ranging from P1,000 up to P50,000

'BETTER NORMAL.' A woman wears a protective mask as she crosses foot bridge, while vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA on June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

House approves P1.3-trillion economic stimulus package vs pandemic

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:02 PM

44 of the country's biggest business groups back the ARISE Philippines bill, but progressive lawmakers argue that it would only be a Band-aid solution to unemployment

MARKET DAY. A market vendor in Baguio City sells his products during the COVID-19 crisis on May 19, 2020. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading P1.5-trillion infra spending bill vs pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:43 AM

The bill is designed to complement the Balik Probinsya program to help address unemployment caused by the coronavirus crisis

COVID-19 RESPONSE. Construction workers build a back-up Barangay Isolation Center (BIC) in Cebu City on May 27, 2020, that can house 320 asymptomatic COVID-19 patients Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Anti-terror bill one step away from House final approval

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:07 PM

Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.

House one step away from passing P1.3-trillion stimulus package vs pandemic

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:46 PM

Lawmakers also approve on 2nd reading a bill requiring the government to prioritize for COVID-19 testing certain ‘vulnerable’ sectors, including Filipino workers

AID FOR MSMEs. Market vendors sell their products at Luzon Avenue Market in Quezon City on May 25, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill

May 30, 2020 - 11:16 PM

The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

ANTI TERROR BILL. Anakpawis Party-list and peasant group from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas rally in 2018 against the Human Security Act of 2007 which SB 1083 or the Anti Terror Bill seeks to repeal and strengthen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House joint committee adopts Senate version of toughened anti-terrorism bill

May 29, 2020 - 9:37 PM

(UPDATED) The move fast-tracks the passage of a proposed law that broadens the definition of terrorism and heightens punishment of convicted terrorists, but which the opposition sees as a clampdown on dissent

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Netizens hit Marcoleta's 'distasteful' use of Kim Chiu video at ABS-CBN hearing

May 26, 2020 - 6:08 PM

'Using Kim Chiu's controversial statement to deliver your point is distasteful humor and a form of shaming that is uncalled for,' says a netizen

House panel chair to DILG: 'Cha-Cha can wait'

May 21, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says lawmakers would rather focus on measures 'that will save lives and the livelihood of our people' during the pandemic

RUFUS RODRIGUEZ. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. Rappler screenshot

House drops bill granting interim franchise to ABS-CBN

May 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) Instead, the House of Representatives will immediately resume hearings on the bills granting a new 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN, says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

HOUSE SPEAKER. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides a special session on March 23, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House leaders push P1.5-trillion infra spending bill for post-pandemic PH

May 12, 2020 - 8:14 PM

This proposed fiscal package aims to ensure that businesses will continue operating while also reviving consumer confidence

CONSTRUCTION IN THE TIME OF A PANDEMIC. Workers rush to finish the COVID-19 quarantine facility at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on April 7, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House eyes P485-B stimulus package to cushion coronavirus impact

May 05, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Lawmakers want to allot P20 billion alone to facilitate massive COVID-19 testing even after the lifting of the lockdown

ASSISTANCE. Volunteers distribute relief goods during the Bayan Bayanihan Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino program in Barangay, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City on May 4, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Face masks, physical distancing: House bill sets 'new normal' in post-lockdown PH

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:44 PM

If passed into law, the proposed New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020 will be effective for 3 years or sooner, once a 'viable vaccine has contained or eradicated COVID-19'

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Shoppers at a mall grocery practice physical distancing on March 27, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House goes after 'malicious' Twitter account over false coronavirus news

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Twitter user @house_files is deactivated minutes after House Secretary General Luis Montales says they would prosecute the people behind the account that had used the official House seal

IN SESSION. The House of Representatives holds its plenary session on May 30, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House honors PH repatriation team for 'heroism' in Wuhan mission

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The 10-member team 'exhibited a strong sense of compassion for our kababayan and nationalism that motivated them to volunteer their services and expertise to undertake this critical mission' to Wuhan, China, says House Resolution 711

HOMEWARD BOUND. A member of the government repatriation team screens Filipinos during their flight from Wuhan in China to the Philippines on February 9, 2020. Photo from DFA

House bills seek P2-B fund for DOH to buy masks, protective equipment

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:10 PM

House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda also wants to allot P20 million for the hazard pay of epidemiologists on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. Lawmakers want to augment DOH's budget this year to help buy face masks and protective equipment against the 2019 novel coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappelr

Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bill increasing pay for gov't workers starting 2020 now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year

PAY HIKE. Elementary students listean to their teacher inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bicam approves P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the bicam report on the 2020 budget on Wednesday, December 11, during their respective sessions

BICAM. The Senate contingent, led by Senator Sonny Angara as the Senate finance chairman, signs the panel report on the bicam-approved P4.1-trillion 2020 budget. Photo from Office of Sherwin Gatchalian

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

High risk, high return: House to probe online gambling boom

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

House ways and means committee chairman Joey Salceda says they are 'quietly studying' online gambling risks, adding that the industry already comprises nearly 1% of gross domestic product

House, Senate eye 'zero veto' in 18th Congress

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:01 AM

'Hopefully, we can avoid any possibility of a presidential veto by working closely with Cabinet members and Senate officials,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

ZERO VETO GOAL. Cabinet officials meet with Congress leaders on the Duterte administration's priority measures.  Credit Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s Facebook page

Losing bet wants Marikina congresswoman Stella Quimbo disqualified

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:09 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Congresswoman Stella Quimbo says former ABS representative Eugene de Vera should 'move on and accept the will of the people of Marikina,' where Quimbo won almost 85% of the total votes

NEWBIE CONGRESSWOMAN. Marikina 2nd District Representative Stella Quimbo speaks at an even in her city. Photo from the Facebook page of Teacher Stella Quimbo

Cayetano to PDP-Laban bloc: Join me in 'very exciting journey'

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'I hope you stay beside me and not behind me. We will do this together,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells the lawmakers

photos from Cayetano's office

Cayetano: 'No ill feelings' over divisive speakership race

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'I look at everyone like a father looks at his child or an older brother to the younger brother,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells a group of lawmakers mostly allied with Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano (left) meets with Leyte Congressman Martin Romualdez (right) and his allies. Photos from Rep. Martin Romualdez's staff

Paolo Duterte abandons speakership bid

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte says he arrived at the decision after he and his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, 'agreed that this will not be the right time for me to be Speaker'

Duterte Coalition leaders Rep. Paolo Duterte and Mayor Inday Sara Duterte met with candidates for speaker of the House, Rep. Martin Romualdez, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, and Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano in Davao City today, July 6, 2019. Rep. Paolo Duterte said the meeting was cordial, where they discussed the progress of the country. The Duterte Coalition aimed at uniting the House of Representatives. Contributed photo

Paolo Duterte, 8 other lawmakers form 'Duterte Coalition' in House

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The newly-formed Duterte Coalition urges Cabinet officials not to get involved in the speakership race

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Philippine congressmen in session at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo from the Facebook page of the House of Representatives of the Philippines

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Paolo vying for speakership? Panelo says Duterte may not resign after all

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'You make a stand on the basis of circumstances. When those circumstances change, you change your stand,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of President Duterte's promise to resign if his son joins the speakership race

FATHER AND SON. President Rodrigo Duterte and eldest son Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte (left). Malacañang Photo

Duterte says he greenlighted Cayetano-Velasco term-sharing

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte confirms he proposed the term-sharing agreement but maintains he is sticking to his recent decision to let House members decide on the next Speaker

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'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 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

Highlights of the House's draft federal constitution

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers

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

Robredo camp: 'Outright ridiculous' to remove VP as Duterte's successor

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo

OUT OF SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo gestures during a speech at  Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 28, 2018. Photo by OVP

Nograles praises House realignment of P51 billion in DPWH funds

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles makes the statement even if the committee of the whole – which realigned the funds – was convened to overrule the panel he chairs

BUDGET ISSUE. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles chairs the House committee on appropriations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Shouting match erupts in House meeting over 2019 budget

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Camarines Sur 2nd District Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles clash over the 2019 budget

SHOUTING MATCH. (From L-R): House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, and Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte. File photos by Rappler

DOLE seeks higher budget to hire 2,000 labor inspectors

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the budget department turned down their proposal to hire more labor inspectors

INSPECTION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks lawmakers at the House of Representatives for bigger budget allocation to hire labor inspectors. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo 'not advocating' lower tariffs on meat

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says the proposal was discussed with economic managers but the Department of Agriculture is against it

INFLATION WOES. Speaker Gloria Arroyo clarifies she does not support reducing taxes on imported meat products to help ease inflation. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House to pass resolution on separate voting for charter change

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo files the resolution on Tuesday, August 7, calling for a Constituent Assembly but specifying that the House and the Senate would vote separately

CHA-CHA TALKS. The House of Representatives will pass a resolution expressing their intention for both chambers of Congress to vote separately in a Constituent Assembly. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo pushes lower tariffs on meat, fish to ease inflation

Aug 03, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pitches 5 solutions to temper high prices in a meeting with the country's economic managers

SPEAKER ARROYO. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talks to the media on August 1, 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Con-Ass railroaded? ‘Unfair, unfounded’ – Fariñas

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:03 PM

The House Majority Leader says more than enough time was given for members of the House to deliberate on the proposal

CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. The House committee on justice as resumes its probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison on October 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler