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'Ugly, embarrassing' debacle proves House can't amend Constitution

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'What happened yesterday is a strong argument against a parliamentary form of government where patronage politics plays a major, if not the only, role in selecting our country’s top leader,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Mara Cepeda

Senators hit Alvarez over 'self-serving' push for People's Initiative

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Majority of the senators... will fight tooth and nail any attempt to cancel the 2019 midterm elections simply because it is wrong and self-serving,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

2019 senatorial elections, Typhoon Gardo, Prince Louis baptism | Evening wRap

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators stand by Gilas Pilipinas amid brawl with Australia

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito, and Joel Villanueva say Gilas Pilipinas could not be entirely blamed for the brawl with Australia

FIBA PH vs AUS July 2 Brawl. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Senators condemn killing of Tanauan mayor Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) Senators call on the Philippine National Police to solve the killing, which opposition senators say is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war

KILLED. Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot in broad daylight in front of the city hall. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

Sara Duterte’s party to back Dela Rosa, Bong Go, JV Ejercito in 2019

Jun 30, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says Hugpong ng Pagbabago is ready to endorse the 3 allies of her father, should they decide to run in next year's Senate race

PARTY LEADER. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is ready to endorse 2019 senatorial elections candidates. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

Senators oppose final SC decision on Sereno ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senators are torn on whether the Senate can still adopt the resolution expressing its sentiment against the quo warranto petition

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin, Padilla face graft complaint over P10.6-B PhilHealth seniors' fund

May 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former health secretary Janette Garin and ex-PhilHealth CEO Alex Padilla deny the accusation, saying there was no money lost or stolen when they used the fund to establish health centers nationwide

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

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JV Ejercito to Duterte: Sack 'callous' PhilHealth OIC

May 03, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'It is the height of callousness for the interim Philhealth president to be spending that much money,' says Senate health committee chair Joseph Victor Ejercito, in response to an audit report flagging Celestina Ma Jude De la Serna's steep travel expenses

HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the Senate health committee. File photo from Senate PRIB

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have to give credit where credit is due,' says Senate and PDP-Laban president Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Sibling rivalry: Jinggoy, JV to run for senator in 2019

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The estranged half brothers are so far set to run for the same post, with neither of the two expressing intention to back down

Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Pimentel on PDP-Laban senatorial slate, De Castro on Sereno, Psy in North Korea | Evening wRap

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:32 PM

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Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS. Congress approves a bill ensuring the health of mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of a child starting from day1 of pregnancy. File photo

No need to panic over Dengvaxia-linked deaths – Duque, UP-PGH experts

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to 'groups occasionally seen on TV' to stop spreading fear among the public

UP-PGH PANEL. Dr Julieta Sio-Aguilar, head of the UP-PGH panel, says there is no need to panic over reported deaths allegedly linked to Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappelr

Senate blue ribbon to summon PAO's Acosta, Erfe to Dengvaxia probe

Feb 06, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito questions why the Public Attorney's Office refuses to cooperate with medical experts from the UP-PGH

Parents of 11yr old Christine Mae De Guzman and father (in yellow) of 10yr old Anjielica Pestilos, children who allegedly died after receiving the school-based Dengvaxia immunisation program of the DOH, is accompanied by PAO chief Persida Acosta as they meet and inquire with DOJ secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III for possible cases they can file against the people involved before the DOJ in Manila on December 19, 2017.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will Jinggoy run for Senate? ‘Not sure, but I’m going around town’

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Despite facing plunder charges, the former senator figures in the winning circle should senatorial elections be held now, according to surveys

Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada arrives at the Sandiganbayan on September 25, 2017, to attend hearing on his plunder case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gatchalian defends Twitter outburst: 'I'm also human like everyone else'

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:12 AM

'First, these are trolls. They have been provoking me since before the campaign. They're designed to demean you to bring out the worst in a person,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

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'We're also human,' says Ejercito defending Gatchalian over Twitter cussing

Jan 02, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'The incident involving my co-seatmate Senator @stgatchalian goes to show that we are also human, we get hurt and affected too,' JV Ejercito tweets

'SEATMATES'. Senator JV Ejercito defended Senator Sherwin Gatchalian in a series of tweets.

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

In Senate debate, DILG vows to 'drop' drop boxes for drug reporting

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is keen on taking the suggestion of Senator Risa Hontiveros to realign the P500-million budget of the Masa Masid program to existing local anti-drug and peace councils

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Tax on sugary drinks? Nutritionists say they help poor meet dietary needs

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Senator JV Ejercito suggests imposing the tax based on the drink s sugar content not volume

ANTI-POOR? A bill pending in Congress proposes to impose a P10 tax per liter of sugar sweetened beverage. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

JV Ejercito urges passage of child safety inside cars bill

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The senator is proposing to impose drivers of covered vehicles to secure their children on a child restraint system

ROAD SAFETY. Senator JV Ejercito spoke at the Asia Forum on Road Safety at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on Tuesday, August 22. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

JV Ejercito acquitted of technical malversation in San Juan fund mess

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:49 AM

In his separate concurring opinion Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Karl Miranda says calamity funds can be used to buy firearms because this is considered part of disaster preparedness

Duterte gov't eyes taxes on coal

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:53 PM

As senators express concern about effects of higher fuel prices on basic commodities they ask the Department of Finance: Why not prioritize taxes on coal the dirtiest fuel instead of petroleum products?

COAL-FIRED POWERPLANT. The Duterte administration seeks to increase taxes on coal, considered the 'dirtiest' but cheapest power source. File photo

Senate creates special committee on Marawi rehabilitation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The ad hoc committee will have jurisdiction over all matters directly and principally relating to the reconstruction of the capital city of Lanao del Sur

REHABILITATION. Nearly 3 months of fighting has left Marawi City in ruins

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

Malacañang file photo

Ejercito wants ethics probe vs Trillanes for calling senators 'puppets'

Jul 04, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Senator JV Ejercito says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is becoming damaging to the institution and becoming destructive to the country

Senate leaders give Duterte high score in 1st year

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:16 PM

But for minority senators President Rodrigo Duterte s first year in office was marked by dangerous policies

Senate to probe 'confusing' rules for Anti-Distracted Driving Act

May 23, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The intent of the law is different from the interpretation of transport authorities says Senator Grace Poe

NO DISTRACTIONS. Under the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, devices cannot be placed anywhere that may obstruct the driver's line of sight (highlighted in orange).

Duterte foreign policy, Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mike Pence | Evening wRap

May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Senators want Anti-Distracted Driving Act on hold

May 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

They have made matters complicated when it is basically just about banning the use of cellphones while driving says Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito referring to the implementing rules

NO DISTRACTIONS. Distracted driving is finally prohibited under Republic Act No. 10913 starting May 18.

Lawmakers want to require dash cams in PUVs, gov’t cars

May 20, 2017 - 9:30 AM

If the bills become law violators will face a maximum fine of P50 000 and or be penalized with a suspension of franchise

DASHBOARD CAMERA. Lawmakers want to require the use of dashboard cameras or 'dash cams' in all public utility vehicles, government cars, as well as emergency vehicles. File photo taken from niceguynic's video

Bulacan housing payments drop after Kadamay takeover

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:31 PM

Housing officials tell lawmakers some residents refuse to pay the P200 monthly amortisation in Pandi town since Kadamay members are living there for free

GOVERNMENT HOUSING. People go about their day at a governrment housing site in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Senators say ICC case vs Duterte 'dustbin-bound'

Apr 25, 2017 - 11:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Congressmen allied with the Duterte administration say the case is premature and part of a destablization plot against the Chief Executive

ICC CASE. Senators say the complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court is bound to fail.

Sotto wants DOTr to ban old, dilapidated buses

Apr 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito vice chair of the public services committee wants stiffer penalties for overloading after it was discovered that the Nueva Ecija bus was overloaded

CRASH SITE. The site of the bus crash in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, that killed over 30 people. Photo courtesy of PNP Carranglan

Soldiers, cops have until June 15 to occupy housing units – NHA

Apr 18, 2017 - 3:12 PM

Housing units still unoccupied by the AFP and PNP beneficiaries after June 15 may be distributed to urban poor families says NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr

PUBLIC HOUSING. NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr answers questions at a Senate hearing on the Kadamay occupation of a government housing site in Bulacan. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Senators to block law allowing Duterte to delay polls, appoint OICs

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President s idea saying it is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Voters wait in line at the local Comelec office of Manila as the first day of official registration for the coming Sangguniang Kabataan elections start on Friday, July 15, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: PH senators on 'Eat Bulaga'

Mar 25, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Senators Sonny Angara JV Ejercito Gringo Honasan and Manny Pacquiao hang out with the Eat Bulaga stars

Senators hold judgment on impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Several senators note that the House is mandated to determine the complaint s validity But for an administration ally there is no compelling reason to impeach the President

IMPEACHMENT. Senators say it is up to the House of Representatives, as mandated by the 1987 Constitution, to decide on the 1st impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo

Duterte asked for senators' support during dinner

Mar 15, 2017 - 1:41 PM

UPDATED Senators say there s nothing unusual with the informal dinner saying past presidents did the same thing

Photo from Senator JV Ejercito

LOOK: Majority senators in full force at 'intimate dinner' with Duterte

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Senator JV Ejercito says they discussed the proposed tax reform measure one of the priority bills of the Duterte administration

Photo from Senator JV Ejercito's official Facebook

CA members to reject Yasay appointment

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Buo ang paniniwala ng members of the Commission on Appointments na talagang nagkaroon siya ng US citizenship says Senator Panfilo Lacson CA foreign affairs committee chair

In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr delivers a brief statement on the award of the arbitral tribunal on the disputed West Philippine Sea on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler