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

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Watch the hearing live on 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

House panel junks Bautista impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complainants fail to indicate they have personal knowledge of their allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

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

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LOOK: Why petitioners want Comelec chairman Bautista impeached

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Will the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista pass the House panel's scrutiny?

BAUTISTA COMPLAINT. Impeachment endorsers (from right to center) Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Rep. Harry Roque, Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia show a copy of affidavit of verified complaint for impeachment filed by Atty. Ferdinand Topacio (extreme left) and former Rep. Jing Paras (2nd-left) against Comelec chairman Andy Bautista at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Comelec chief Andy Bautista

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:26 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live on Rappler on Wednesday, September 20.

Roque: Bautista impeachment complaint will pass House panel scrutiny

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Patricia Bautista joins Kabayan Representative Harry Roque ahead of the House committee on justice's deliberations on the complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo courtesy of the office of Harry Roque

Immunity from traffic violations sends 'wrong message' – House opposition

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that the immunity doesn't extend to the drivers of legislators

TRAFFIC WOES. Heavy traffic builds up along Commonwealth Avenue in early August as the MRT-7 construction begins. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Fariñas to enforcers: Don't apprehend lawmakers for minor traffic violations

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The House Majority Leader says congressmen should be allowed to proceed to Batasan to work, and Speaker Alvarez will turn them over to traffic authorities after the session

TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas cities parliamentary immunity from minor traffic violation apprehension in a House transport committee hearing on Monday, September 18. File photo

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

#AnimatED: 1,000 saksak sa karapatang pantao

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Isang trahedya na ang mga kongresista natin mismo ang sumisira sa mga demokratikong institusyon na isinumpa nilang itataguyod

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


We aren't being selective, says Alvarez on budget cuts

Sep 15, 2017 - 7:24 PM

Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali questions why media only focuses its attention on the CHR budget reduction

BEING FAIR. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez points out that he also put on hold the Office of the President's budget. Photo by Bea Cupin/ Rappler

CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

Slash House budget instead of CHR? 'Mga gago,' says Alvarez

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Asked to react to those saying it s the House of Representatives budget that should be slashed instead House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they re accountable to their districts and not social media sentiments

PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reminds critics: they're accountable to their districts. Rappler file photo

House wants to use CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets for free tuition

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition

FULLHOUSE. Members of Congress and the Senate join together for a special session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

Alvarez on CHR budget cut: It's about accountability

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:41 PM

This is not a question of weakening their rights says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after the House reduced the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc

GOODBYE MAJORITY. The Makabayan bloc officially ends its membership in the House majority bloc. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

House approves SOGIE equality bill on 2nd reading

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:14 AM

This is the farthest the bill has gone in the legislative process since it passed on 3rd and final reading during the 11th Congress

EQUALITY CHAMPS. Legislators celebrate after the SOGIE Equality Bill is approved on 2nd reading. Photo courtesy of Jeff Crisostomo

'Stupid,' bishop says of P1,000 budget for CHR

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The country will be a laughingstock among nations which have respect for human rights says Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes

HITTING LAWMAKERS. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes slams the P1,000 budget allocated by the House of Representatives for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Roy Lagarde

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

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sereno impeachment, Reynaldo de Guzman, iPhone X | Evening wRap

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Legislators explain yes, no, abstain, non-votes for slashed CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:56 PM

How did your representative explain his or her stand on the controversial move to slash the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000?

SLASH THE BUDGET. Legislators in favor of slashing the CHR budget stand to be recognized during viva voce voting on September 12, 2017. Screengrab from the House livestream

LP House members, allies: Duterte admin 'employing fear to defeat facts'

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Several members of the Liberal Party in the House – alongside a long time party ally and a PDP Laban member – slam the administration for its attacks on checks and balances

DISSENT. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Jose Christopher Belmonte, LP members who are part of the House justice committee, thumb down the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

De Lima slams 'pathetic' Duterte over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Wala na talagang tinirang kahihiyan si Duterte sa Pilipino at sa mundo Pathetic This is despotism at its finest This is absolute arrogance of megalomaniacs says the senator and former CHR chairperson

Youth groups condemn Congress for P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The budget approval implies the value of human rights is reduced to P1000 which shouldn t be the case for a society that claims to uphold human dignity

Robredo on P1,000 budget: 'It's like abolishing CHR'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR

Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Defending Democracy Summit: Isang Pagtitipon at Paninindigan Para sa Demokrasya held at the UP Diliman in Quezon City last June 12, 2017. The summit is an informal consortium of academic institutions, think tanks, development CSO's, faith based organizations, advocacy networks, and a student alliance gathering as broad representations of leaders to proactively discuss and discern on the current state of the Philippine democracy and to identify strategies and courses of action to defend, protect, and uphold democratic norms and freedom. Photo by OVP

Filipinos ask their representatives: How did you vote on CHR budget?

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Here s how you can ask your district or sectoral representatives about their vote on the proposed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights which the House reduced to P1 000

CJ Sereno asks lawmakers to choose democracy over partisan interest

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:32 PM

On the impeachment complaint filed against her the Sereno camp says The determinations of the House Committee appear to be inconsistent with its findings and actions in similar proceedings in the past

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Duterte on Gascon, Duterte on Trillanes, iPhone X | Midday wRap

Sep 13, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 13, 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:35 AM

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

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Senators hit House over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018

BUDGET. Senators vow to restore the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights after the House of Representatives gave it a measly P1,000 allocation. File photo by Camille Elemia

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs Chief Justice Sereno

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live on Rappler on Wednesday September 13

LOOK: Why petitioners want Sereno impeached

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:28 AM

There are two valid impeachment complaints against the Chief Justice before the House of Representatives

'IT DOES NOT AFFECT ME.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses the impeachment threats against her during a media forum in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

How the House voted for a P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:58 AM

In the end more than 100 voted for the budget slash 31 against and close to 100 remained silent

CHR BUDGET VOTE. Legislators, including minority member Representative Lito Atienza (center) deliberate after session was suspended during discussions on the CHR budget. Screengrab from the House of Representatives livestream

House approves P3.767-trillion 2018 budget on 2nd reading

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:48 PM

The House expects to pass the budget on 3rd and final reading by September 21

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Over 'failure' to protect minorities, House gives NCIP P1,000 budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moves for the measly budget citing the supposed failure of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to fulfill its mandate

LUMAD RALLY. The NCIP gets a P1,000 budget, says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, because it failed to do its job. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson vows to fight for P678-million CHR budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more Once we get hold of the House version we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out says Senator Panfilo Lacson sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights budget

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

After getting P1,000 from House, CHR hopes for 'rational minds' at Senate

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it will continue to operate as long as the Constitution exists

Callamard slams P1,000 budget of House for CHR

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:31 PM

UPDATED The people of the Philippines deserve a strong independent human rights institution UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard tells Rappler

CHR BUDGET. UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard slams the P1,000 budget that the House of Representatives voted to give the Commission on Human Rights for 2018. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler