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Sonny Angara elected new LDP president

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The senator takes over the party founded by his father

NEW LDP PRESIDENT. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara speaks at an organizational meeting and fellowship dinner with Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino partymates. Photo from Office of Senator Angara

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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 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

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 nominates Whang-od for National Living Treasures Award

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Also known as the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan, the award is the highest honor given by the state to traditional folk artists

AWARD. The Senate nominates Apo Whang-od Oggay for the National Living Treasures Award. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House, Senate agree to tax-exempt P250k annual income starting 2018

Dec 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The income tax scheme for 2019 onwards is yet to be finalized

BICAM. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara discloses what the bicameral conference committee has decided so far over the contesting provisions in the tax reform bill. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate approves tax reform bill on final reading

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:31 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expects a difficult time in the bicameral conference committee due to polarizing provisions in the Senate and House versions

Senators exchange green jokes during debate on cosmetic surgery tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Mr President, Senator [Richard] Gordon wants the exclusion of certain procedures which are related to his name,' Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says in jest, referring to Gordon's nickname

Senate wants no VAT for P15,000 and below housing rent

Nov 27, 2017 - 2:50 PM

This is in contrast to the version of the House of Representatives, which scrapped the P10,000 VAT exemption for housing rent

Senate bill seeks to expand 20% student discount to air, sea transport

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Students taking up post-graduate studies and short-term courses would not be covered by the proposed measure

NEW ENTRY SCHEME. The MIAA will implement a new scheme to make it easier for passengers to enter the departure area of NAIA. Photo from MIAA

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The President accepted that the Senate will retain flexibility insofar as finally deciding the amounts of taxes Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says after legislators 3 hour meeting with the Chief Executive

TRO ON IMPLANTS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in appeal to lift the temporary restraining order on 2 brands of implant.

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

Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Senate is set to constitute a committee of the whole to discuss the controversial tax reform bill with the country s economic managers

Photo from Office of the Senate President

Legarda defends Angara over tax reform bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:20 PM

It s not Sonny s job singly or it s not his fault at all that we seem slow And we are not slow He s been hearing it says Senator Loren Legarda after the President zeroed in on Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Give dignity kits to Marawi women, senator tells gov't

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Even during normal times nursing mothers babies pregnant women must have the best of care Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says

Senate approves mental health bill on final reading

May 02, 2017 - 4:22 PM

The measure seeks to integrate mental health services into the national health system to make them more affordable and accessible

MENTAL HEALTH. The Senate approves on third and final reading the bill seeking to integrate mental health services into the national health system.

Senate bill seeks summer, holiday fare discounts for students

Apr 02, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The proposed measure expands the 20 fare discount for students covering even holidays and summer vacation breaks

STUDENT DISCOUNT. Senate Bill 945 seeks to expand fare discounts for students. Rappler file photo

Gov't backtracks, keeps tax-free 13th month pay in new proposal

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Under the new Department of Finance proposal people earning P250 000 and below a year will no longer be taxed in addition to the P82 000 ceiling of 13th month pay

Senate bill proposes UP scholarship for aspiring doctors

Dec 18, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Senator Sonny Angara says his bill would help bring more doctors to far flung communities in the Philippines

FOR MORE DOCS. Filipino doctors are pictured in the operating theatre as they perform surgery on toddler Mark Carlos Nuegas to repair his cleft palate during a medical mission called Operation Smile at a government hospital in Manila on June 27, 2012. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Implement new tax exemption rules on balikbayan boxes – Angara

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara says this will help overseas Filipino workers OFWs sending home goods for Christmas

TAX EXEMPTION. A new law imposes a higher tax exemption ceiling on balikbayan boxes. File photo from the Bureau of Customs

Paolo Duterte accepts Trillanes' dare for a drug test

Oct 08, 2016 - 7:42 AM

Senators dare the presidential son and Davao City vice mayor to name names instead of tarnishing the reputation of everyone in the upper chamber

File photo by Rappler

Bills for small business tax reform, taxpayers' rights filed in Senate

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV s Senate Bill No 169 seeks to stimulate growth of small businesses while Senator Juan Edgardo Angara s Senate Bill No 308 aims to protect taxpayers rights

Final: Senate, House approve bills postponing barangay, SK polls

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED Only 2 senators and 4 congressmen oppose moving the village based elections to October 2017

File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Recent bomb threats in schools: 'Are kids your enemies?'

Sep 08, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Hindi naman siguro nila target in [mga] bata kasi mga kabataan ito Kung gusto nilang mag communicate bombing a school is not the best way to do it says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

VERIFY. Education Secretary Leonor Briones urges schools to carefully verify bomb threats they receive. Briones file photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Irene Marcos, Angaras in Panama Papers database

May 10, 2016 - 7:41 AM

The Panama Papers public database reveals a long list of individuals and entities connected to the Philippines

A private security guard stands outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is based, in Panama City, on April 5, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Gov't planes bring relief goods to isolated Aurora towns

Oct 21, 2015 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED It is the first time government relief goods are flown to Aurora where some towns have been destroyed and isolated since Typhoon Lando Koppu made landfall Sunday morning

FOOD PACKS. Relief goods are unloaded from a C-130 plane in Baler, Aurora. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Aurora: Lando knocks down towns still recovering from 2013 typhoon

Oct 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the towns battered by Typhoon are those still recovering from Typhoon Labuyo in 2013

Top high school grads priority under college scholarship bill

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:07 PM

An existing law gives top high school graduates scholarships in their first year in college The proposed unified education assistance law seeks to extend the scholarships in succeeding years

HELPING STUDENTS. Students of the Batasan Hills National High School line up during the opening of classes in Quezon City on June 1. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators want Chinese, Spanish languages in K to 12 curriculum

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Educators say however that the government needs to first address the deteriorating English proficiency of public school students

Poe told: peace process not yet dead

Mar 23, 2015 - 4:41 PM

Senators Sonny Angara and Bam Aquino disagree with the Grace Poe report that the peace process with the MILF has become a casualty of the Mamasapano clash

‘PREMATURE CONCLUSIONS.’ Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says he will file a separate opinion on the Mamasapano committee report, especially with regard to conclusions on the peace process. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Binay, Angara, Lapid join appointments body

Mar 11, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The oath taking is conducted during a caucus of the commission meant to reorganize the body 9 months after the detention of former CA members linked to the pork barrel scam

OATH-TAKING. 3 new members of the Commission on Appointments take their oath. Photo courtesy of Senate PRIB

Marcos: Bangsamoro bill in 'coma'

Feb 11, 2015 - 5:35 PM

If both houses of Congress vote today I dare say not only this version but maybe any version will not pass Senator Bongbong Marcos says

GIVING UP? Senator Bongbong Marcos says it is time to look for an alternative to the Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by Senate PRIB

Should students get fare discount 'all year round'?

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Two bills in Congress propose a 20 student fare discount on all public transport utilities but various groups are worried about its effect on drivers and small operators

STUDENT DISCOUNT. Various groups on Tuesday, February 3, weigh in on whether an 'all year round' student fare discount is doable.

Senate hikes proposed 13th month pay tax exemption to P82k

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:04 PM

The Senate which has passed the bill on second reading views the measure as a timely Christmas gift for hard working Filipinos

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR WORKERS? Senator Juan Edgardo Angara (right) confers with Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto during a hearing on the proposed higher tax exemption on workers' 13th month pay. File photo by Senate PRIB

'No evidence' of ICC overprice on first day of Senate probe

Nov 13, 2014 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Former Iloilo provincial official Manuel Mejorada admits he has no evidence to prove that the Iloilo Convention Center is overpriced but believes the project presented opportunities for corruption’

Angara bill to help patients with ALS, rare diseases

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Aside from filing the bill Senator Sonny Angara also accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge

Revisit all laws on public spending – Angara

Aug 04, 2014 - 3:47 PM

Senator Angara says Congress should conduct a comprehensive review of Marcos and Cory Aquino era laws on the budget instead of just redefining savings

'BEYOND PIECEMEAL.' Senator Sonny Angara wants a comprehensive review of all laws on the budget. File photo from Angara's Facebook page

Marcos files bill amending ‘e-martial law’

Feb 19, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Marcos calls for the protection of free speech online by filing a bill lowering the penalty for online libel in the cybercrime law

Sotto: E-libel verdict ‘vindicates’ me

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:41 PM

The senator who drew flak for this provision in the anti cybercrime law asks: How can celebrities seek redress after having sex videos released without their consent?

#CoronaTrial lawyers remember Cuevas

Feb 10, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Lawyers from both sides of the Corona impeachment trial honor the legal luminary who died Sunday

IN HIS ELEMENT. In this photo, lawyer Serafin Cuevas speaks during the cross-examination of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (lower right) at the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, 15 May 2012. File photo by Emil Sarmiento

Senators react to #MillionPeopleMarch

Aug 26, 2013 - 6:57 PM

At least 8 senators acknowledge the legitimacy of the protesters’ call to abolish the PDAF

LUNETA CROWD. Protesters in Manila calling for the abolition of lawmakers' discretionary fund. Photo by Dennis Sabangan, EPA

The Outstanding Young Men 2013 search begins

Jun 29, 2013 - 11:01 AM

With its theme Heroes Need Heroes the institution carries on its mission of fostering service and excellence

THE SEARCH IS ON. Officers and awardees of TOYM gather together for Filipino pride. Photo by Ace Tamayo

Angara posters oversized, misplaced, says Comelec

Feb 12, 2013 - 7:47 PM

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says he himself took photos of Angara s oversized and misplaced campaign posters

Angara, Sonny

Oct 06, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is a last term representative of Aurora He was also engaged in private Law practice and teaching

Don’t fear political dynasties – Angara

Jun 26, 2012 - 1:11 PM

Angara says he is inclined to run for senator in 2013

Prosecution: Important to prove “fictitious” loan

Feb 01, 2012 - 9:15 PM

If the loan is proven to be fictitious the Chief Justice will find it harder to explain how he acquired expensive properties

PROVE IT. Rep Reynaldo Umali challenges the defense to explain how properties could have been afforded by the Coronas.