Juan Miguel Zubiri
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Senate calls for suspension of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bicam OKs final Bangsamoro bill for Duterte signature

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

BBL Bicam signing. Photo by Mark Pimentel/Office of Senator Angara

Lanao del Norte's Dimaporo ready to question an unconstitutional BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'We're all adults here. If I don't get what I want and I feel that this is unconstitutional, I'll challenge it in the Supreme Court, period,' says Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo

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How heightened emotions, stress define bicam on proposed BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.

BBL BICAMERAL. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday met in a bicameral conference to reconcile their respective proposals, House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717, on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas headed the House panel while Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel. The House delegation is composed of Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, and Representatives Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Ty Pimentel, Eugene Michael De Vera, Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Wee Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Shernee Abubakar Tan, and Rodante Marcoleta. The Senate panel includes Senators Sonny Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Vicente Sotto III was also present for the deliberations. (P Camero/CMB Engracia)

Bicam adopts Senate provision vs Bangsamoro firearms purchase

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'What if 30 years down the line...there’s a new brand of leadership that goes into the Bangsamoro and they’re radicalized...and they want to do some foolishness and they will buy firearms, tanks, and airplanes with the funds?' asks Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lawmakers' fear of territorial loss delays final BBL scope, plebiscite

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'I understand the positions of district congressmen because it's a loss of territory for them and medyo mabigat 'yan and malalim….Diyan medyo madugo,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, co-chair of the bicameral conference committee

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Senate honors soldiers for defending, maintaining peace in Marawi

May 28, 2018 - 5:36 PM

'The supreme sacrifice of our fallen soldiers and police officers in order to fulfill their duty to defend and protect the country from terrorists should not be forgotten and deserves the highest commendation'

generals involves in liberating Marawi City, (L-R), Lt. General Arnel de la Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command, Lt. General Danilo Pamonag, former Special Operations Commander, Lt. General GALILEO GERARD KINTANAR JR Philippine Air Force commanding General, Lt General Rolando Joselito Bautista, Commanding General, Philippine Army. the Generals returned to Marawi City to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers in the liberation for Marawi City on May 24, 2018 inside Camp Ranao, the headquarters of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Battalion in Marawi City on May 24, 2018. with the generals are their subordinate generals who were also instumental in the liberation of Marawi City. (Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Senate asks Duterte to certify proposed BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 22, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The Senate seeks to pass the bill on final reading before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2, in time for President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

Zubiri wants Bangsamoro bill passed on Marawi siege anniversary

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri works out a timeline to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's wish to sign the law creating the new Bangsamoro region in June

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents attend a public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Senate committee seeks to ban dynasties, turncoatism in Bangsamoro

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Read the other salient features of the Senate's proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to give political and fiscal autonomy to the region

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P72B yearly for Bangsamoro region if BBL passed

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Senators also assure local government units that their Internal Revenue Allotment would be retained

CASE FOR BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (standing) tells the stakeholders at a Senate hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan on February 9, 2018, that he is in favor of the proposal even if he would lose his job over it. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zubiri, Angara lukewarm on Sabah inclusion in proposed BBL

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The two senators leading discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law say they'd rather keep the measure 'less controversial' and remain 'silent' on the issue

Inclusion of anti-dynasty provision in BBL pushed in Senate

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, however, oppose the proposal, saying it would send a signal that the Bangsamoro people are being 'singled out' for a national issue

BBL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon pushes for the inclusion of an anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by George P Moya/Rappler

Senators to battle-weary Marawi: 'We will pass Bangsamoro law'

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We should pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as this is seen by the people to bring lasting peace,' says Senator Cynthia Villar during a congressional hearing in Marawi City

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents listen to the public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Proposed BBL under Duterte is constitutional – transition commission

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:40 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr fears the conflict in Mindanao would worsen if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators laud Railways Usec Chavez after resignation

Nov 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Some senators say Cesar Chavez is a 'big loss' to the Department of Transportation

DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez during the Senate Public Services and Transportation probe into the MRT3 mess on May 23, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Zubiri addresses Dela Rosa as ‘Senator Bato’

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:22 PM

'Kahapon niloloko po namin siya na may nakahanda nang upuan sa Senado para sa kaniya,' says Senator Zubiri

SENATOR. Juan Miguel Zubiri says senators have joked that a seat has been saved for teh top cop. Rappler file photo

The different angles in Atio Castillo's hazing case

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Ventura's testimony is seen as a breakthrough in the hazing case, but Senator Lacson asks: could he be a Trojan horse?

HAZING. The death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III triggers Senate investigations that have so far threshed out key details in a sensational case of hazing.

Senators ask Aegis Juris fratman: Are you a Trojan horse?

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Fraternity member Mark Ventura vows to tell the truth about the initiation rites that led to the death of Horacio Castillo III

TROJAN HORSE? Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks to reporters after the 3rd Senate committee hearing on the hazing of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

'Negligence' of UST officials partly led to Castillo's death – senators

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang talagang naging kapalit dito ay buhay ng isang bata,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Senators slam Solano for 'lying, covering up' death of Atio Castillo

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

'Ngayon naman ay hindi na ang Senado ang ginagago ni John Paul Solano kundi ginagago niya na ang buong Pilipinas,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Solano's claim that Atio Castillo died due to a pre-existing heart condition

Aegis Juris Fraternity members at senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate allows public release of Solano testimony in executive session

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Senate votes unanimously to release the testimony of John Paul Solano, one of the suspects in the killing of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

HAZING. John Paul Solano during a Senate hearing on the death of Horacio Castillo III due to hazing. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Law banning expiration dates on gift certificates eyed by Christmas

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Under the proposed measure, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue to enjoy discounts on purchases, as provided by the law, using GCs

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Resolution vs killings sent to 5 of 7 senators before filing – Pangilinan's office

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan's chief-of-staff says Senate Resolution 516 was sent to the offices of Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senators Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Gregorio Honasan, contrary to their claims

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

CHED ‘strongly condemns’ death of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:51 PM

CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan says CHED-NCR will look into the 'very tragic event'

AGAINST HAZING DEATHS. CHED chairperson faces the Senate finance committee on September 21. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate to probe UST law student's death due to hazing

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senate public order committee chair Panfilo Lacson will lead the probe into the death of Horacio Castillo III

SENATE PROBE. The sister of Horacio Castillo III, Nicole, and aunt Rita speak with senators after attending the session to listen to Senator Miguel Zubiri's privilege speech on the death of the law student on September 20, 2017.Photo from Senate PRIB

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

Senate approves bill prohibiting expiry dates on gift certificates

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Excluded from the bill s coverage are gift checks issued to customers under loyalty rewards or promotional programs coupons and vouchers

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No to joint session on martial law? But Zubiri, Gordon voted yes in 2009

May 31, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros reminds senators Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri of what they said in 2009 when they voted for a joint session to debate on former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s declaration of martial law

Lawmakers see failure of intelligence in Marawi attack

May 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives want authorities to explain what truly happened with some saying local government officials might be involved

ROAD BLOCKS. Armed men belonging to the Maute Group block roads leading to Marawi city. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman

Gina Lopez 'surprised, disappointed' by CA votes

May 04, 2017 - 2:22 PM

My experience with them is that these were persons of principle says the former environment chief of some lawmakers who voted against her confirmation

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing in Commission of Appointments at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Koko Pimentel to seek reelection in 2019 amid legal issues

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:56 AM

He expects his candidacy to be questioned before the Supreme Court but says he is confident he will win as he did not finish his 1st 6 year term

The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016.

Smart seen to get 25-year franchise extension by March

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

But the franchise extension might require the telco giant to list on the Philippine Stock Exchange

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Window narrows for Smart's 25-year franchise extension

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The telco s franchise granted way back in March 1992 is set to expire this March

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 7294, Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, was granted its 25-year franchise in March 1992. It is set to expire this March. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Flying fists and brawling lawmakers: when politics gets physical

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:44 PM

In the world of politics heated debates on controversial issues can sometimes end in fist fights

'WAR.' Senators try to pacify Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Juan Miguel Zubiri who were caught in a heated word war on the Senate floor. Photo by Jun Aniceta

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Jan 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

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Senate strips Trillanes of power to probe Bureau of Immigration

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:58 PM

It s the 2nd time that senators removed power from a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate controversies

POWERLESS. Senators, voting 14-7, removed power from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to investigate the Bureau of Immigration, including proposals to overhaul it

Zubiri bill wants to ban trade in sharks, rays

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:56 AM

The proposed Sharks and Rays Conservation Act seeks to impose penalties of up to 12 years imprisonment or a fine of up to P1 million or both to violators of the ban including those who inflict injury on sharks and rays

ENDANGERED. Concerned tourism stakeholders of Panglao, Bohol share a photo of a dead thresher shark, an endangered species, at a public market in Tagbilaran. Photo by Holger Horn

DOT chief denies asking for tickets, designer shoes from shopping mall

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:25 PM

If somebody is involved heads will roll says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo who is investigating the report

DENIAL. Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo denies the blind item that she asked for designer shoes and tickets from a big shopping mall. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Zubiri, Aquino oppose abolition of Negros Island Region

Oct 21, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the newly created region is requesting P19 billion which the national government can spend on other priorities

Gordon fumes after CHR exec called him 'coward'

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon wants the Commission on Human Rights to apologize to the Senate before he calls CHR witnesses to testify in the Senate probe

APOLOGIZE. Senator Richard Gordon wants the Commission on Human Rights to apologize to the Senate after the remark of a CHR commissioner against him and other senators. Photo by Camille Elemia

No questions asked: CA confirms Diokno in less than 20 minutes

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Lawmakers did not ask any questions and were all praises for the budget chief

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate panel to review Trillanes' motion for Duterte probe

Sep 26, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Some of Trillanes fellow senators oppose his motion however saying that the President can only be investigated by initiating impeachment proceedings

File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Senators: De Lima ousted for being 'biased,' anti-Duterte

Sep 20, 2016 - 7:45 AM

I urge my fellow senators not to use their committees as a venue to besmirch anyone to remain impartial and do not allow anyone to use our chamber for grandstanding and mudslinging says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes its public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016.

Lacson hits allotment for lawmakers in 2017 budget: 'Return to PDAF?'

Aug 30, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Parang bumabalik tayo sa PDAF Bakit mag a identify ng project ang mga congressmen? Sila rin mangangasiwa noon sila nakakaalam saan i a allocate ang pondo kung saang project says Senator Panfilo Lacson

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

Koko Pimentel, Migz Zubiri: 'Bitter rivals' no more

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:10 PM

No less than Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri nominates his erstwhile rival and fellow Mindanaoan Koko Pimentel for Senate President

'Naipasok si Dick at ang Kamao': Netizens react to new senators

May 19, 2016 - 9:24 PM

Social media users weigh in as the Philippines 12 new senators are proclaimed

Newly-elected senators: Can they work with President Duterte?

May 19, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Winners of the 2016 senatorial race weigh in on President elect Rodrigo Duterte s proposed policies on human rights curfew death penalty

NEW SENATORS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the 12 new senators of the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler