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Arroyo, De Venecia reunite as Lakas-CMD vow to ‘win’ members back

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The once formidable Lakas-CMD is slowly increasing its numbers in the House, where its party president Martin Romualdez is the influential Majority Leader

GOING STRONG. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center), former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr (3rd from L, front row) pose for a photo with other Lakas-CMD members in the House on March 9, 2020. Photo from the Office of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

PDP-Laban to support Cayetano as long as he’s Speaker

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, the man whom Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano accuses of trying to oust him, does not attend the meeting

DUTERTE ALLIES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center, back row) and PDP-Laban lawmakers do President Rodrigo Duterte's fist pose after their meeting on March 9, 2020. Photo from Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

As coup rumors swirl, PDP-Laban sets meeting with Cayetano

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:22 PM

There are also plans for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to talk with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano separately, but it remains to be seen if the latter would even be open to such a meeting

PARTY UNDER SIEGE. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco addresses his party mates in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on March 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of PDP-Laban

PDP-Laban loses another member as Biliran congressman joins Lakas-CMD

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Though not a major party in the House with just 30 allies, Lakas-CMD remains influential given its ties to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

OATH-TAKING. Biliran Representative Gerardo Espina Jr (3rd from R) takes his oath as Lakas-CMD member before party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on February 19, 2020. Photo from Romualdez's staff

As allies jump ship, PDP-Laban stalwart wants 'balimbing' ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

ENOUGH WITH PARTY SWITCHING. House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel, a PDP-Laban stalwart, backs the proposal to amend the charter to bar turncoats. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

Bacoor reclamation plan questioned at Ombudsman

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla says there are no activities yet and that the city's reclamation plan is still in the stage of securing permits

RECLAMATION. Fishermen's group PAMALAKAYA files a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman on February 17, 2020, against the reclamation plan of Bacoor City local government. Photo courtesy of PAMALAKAYA

NUP amasses power in House after 4 more lawmakers defect from PDP-Laban

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) La Union Representative Sandra Eriguel says she joined the National Unity Party as it is 'the party to reckon with, the party of the future'

NEW MEMBER. PDP-Laban loses two crucial members in Deputy Speakers Boyet Gonzales and Dan Fernandez, who are now allied with NUP.

8 more party-list lawmakers forge alliance with Lakas-CMD

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Lakas-CMD now has a total of 26 members and allies in the House – 13 district representatives as party members and 13 party-list legislators as allies

ALLIES. Lakas-CMD stalwarts Martin Romualdez, Mikey Arroyo, and Prospero Pichay pose with 3 of their new party-list allies on September 30, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's Facebook page

Lakas-CMD recruits 2 new lawmakers, allies with 5 party-list groups

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Lakas-CMD will 'continue to strengthen our political influence nationwide,' says party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

GETTING STRONGER. Lakas-CMD president Martin Romualdez administers the oath of new members, Representatives Hector Sanchez and Wilter Wee Palma II. Lakas-CMD member Juan Miguel Arroyo witness the oath-taking. Photo courtesy Romualdez's office

Around 50 lawmakers attend Lakas-CMD dinner at Arroyo's house

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:40 PM

While Lakas-CMD did not actively recruit members during the gathering, two lawmakers took their oath as new members of the party

LAKAS GETTING STRONGER. Lakas-CMD president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez (3rd from L) administer the oath of their new members Representatives Fredenil Castro (center) and Fidel Nograles (4th from R) on August 7, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's office

Pimentel on his way out? 'About time' PDP-Laban elects new leaders, senator says

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:00 AM

'We will call for a national assembly. We will listen to the voice of the members kung sino ang gusto nila (who they want). Definitely, there will be some changes,' says party president Aquilino Pimentel III

PATIENCE. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III asks his partymates to be patient. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDP-Laban assures House members it's fighting for their choice committees

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Party leaders try to counter 'black propaganda' about supposed discontent among congressmen and congresswomen in dividing the spoils of the Speakership battle

GOING STRONG? PDP-Laban members in the House and the Senate does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump for the cameras on August 7, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fisherfolk group to file impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya says they will file an impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte over the verbal deal for 'violating the Constitution, committing treason, and betraying public trust'

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Unjustified' to sanction PDP-Laban lawmakers who won’t back Velasco

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership

FOR ROMUALDEZ. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is voting for speakership bet Martin Romualdez, going against the wishes of his party PDP-Laban. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

At least 40 PDP-Laban lawmakers back Velasco for Speaker

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Aurelio Gonzales Jr, another PDP-Laban speakership bet, also throws in the towel and supports Lord Allan Velasco's bid for the highest post in the House of Representatives

THE CHOSEN ONE? Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco gets the support of at least 40 of his PDP-Laban  party mates. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

Groups ask Comelec to suspend proclamation of winning party lists

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Party-list groups Append, Partido Lakas ng Masa, Murang Kuryente, and Ang Nars make the call as allegations of fraud continue to hound the 2019 elections

SUSPEND PROCLAMATION. Partido Lakas ng Masa's lawyer Aaron Pedrosa and Append's lawyer Romel Bagares show their petitions to media on May 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City weigh in on Duterte's 'drug war'

May 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Some candidates throw their support behind the ongoing campaign, while others propose different solutions to the illegal drug problem

ON 'DRUG WAR.' Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City attend the Mega Cebu Candidates Forum Klarohay Ta! on April 29 at the University of San Carlos. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

After rape-slay of Cebu girl, Duterte warns drug addicts of 'most dangerous time'

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:46 PM

During a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cauayan City, Isabela, the President denounced the rape and murder of 16-year-old Cristine Silawan

DEATH PENALTY. At the PDP-Laban rally in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019, senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa (shaking hands with President Duterte) reiterates his stand to restore capital punishment for drug-related crimes. Malacañang photo

Groups urge unity vs tyranny ahead of People Power anniversary

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We cannot allow the next generation of Filipinos to live in fear and violence. We stand against the Duterte government,’ says the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

'ONE VOICE'. Church groups join others in a  rally to mark the 33rd EDSA People Power anniversary two days earlier, on February 23, 2019.  Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Baldo must first consent to Lakas-CMD withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Lakas-CMD withdraws Carlwyn Baldo's nomination after police tagged him as the alleged mastermind in AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's murder

CARLWYN BALDO. Photo of Baldo from his Facebook page.

Party withdraws nomination of mayor tagged in Batocabe slay

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Reelectionist Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo 'is no longer the official candidate of Lakas-CMD,' the political party tells the Commission on Elections

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Pichay hits PDP-Laban for 'disrespecting' coalition with Lakas-CMD

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr says the ruling PDP-Laban fielded candidates against Lakas-CMD in several districts despite a coalition agreement between their parties signed in 2016

ON ALLIANCES. Deputy Speaker and Lakas-CMD secretary-general Prospero Pichay Jr is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 19, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dr Willie Ong runs for senator, banks on '10M FB followers'

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Dr Willie Ong is one of the bets banking on their huge social media following as they file their certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections

FOR HEALTH. Dr. Willie Tan Ong of Lakas-CMD with supporters after filing his Certificate on Candidacy for Senator on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lakas-CMD eyes Bong Revilla, Martin Romualdez for senator in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Both party bets, however, have yet to express their intention to run in the mid-term polls. Revilla is being tried for plunder, while Romualdez lost in the 2016 senatorial race.

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Former senator Bong Revilla and ex-Leyte representative Martin Romualdez are among the people being considered by Lakas-CMD for its senatorial slate. File photos by Rappler

PDP-Laban offers to help improve PH-North Korea ties

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The ruling party also plans to send a delegation to Pyongyang 'to meet with their counterparts from the Workers' Party of Korea'

PMA Alab Tala Class of 2018 has most women graduates

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:00 PM

When they form the long grey line this Sunday, there will be 75 women among the 282 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy, the most since females were accepted

 (left to right)Cadet Leonore Andrea Cariño Japitan - Butuan City Cadet Jezaira Laquinon Buenaventura - Negros Oriental Cadet Micah Quiambao Reynaldo - Tarlac Cadet Jasm Marie M. Alcoriza- Athetic Saber Award- Negros Occidental  Photo by Mauricio Victa

Duterte’s birthday wish for Alvarez: 'I hope you're married for the last time’

Jan 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses his wish for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the 60th birthday bash of his good friend and ally

ALLIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who turned 60 on January 10, 2018, welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte to his birthday celebration in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Photo from Malacañang

Solano testimony, war on drugs, Harvey Weinstein | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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After China, PDP-Laban signs deal with Putin's United Russia party

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

AGREEMENT. PDP-Laban signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Photo from Pimentel's office

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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LIVE: House discussion on proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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Is it 2019 yet? Speaker Alvarez tells Bacolod to vote 12-0 in senatorial race

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Speaker administers the oath of more than 2,000 Negrenses who have joined the administration's PDP-Laban

SHOW OF FORCE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the oath-taking rites of the new members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the University Negros Occidental-Recoletos gymnasium in Bacolod City, Thursday, October 5. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Rappler Talk: Federalism in PH – what Duterte’s party is proposing

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Watch Rappler Talk with Jonathan Malaya of PDP-Laban Federalism Institute at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 29

A year later, the House remains Duterte’s loyal defender

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The House has consistently shown it will protect the President from his critics with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leading the charge

DUTERTE-CONTROLLED HOUSE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the House of Representatives, where the President counts at least 267 lawmakers as his allies

Being 'dilawan' in the Duterte-controlled House

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nearly a year into the Duterte presidency the Liberal Party that once controlled the House of Representatives is decimated – and divided

If LP exodus continues, party loses Commission on Appointments seat

May 17, 2017 - 2:42 PM

With more LP lawmakers possibly jumping ship to PDP Laban it may soon lack the minimum 24 members required to maintain its slot in the CA

CRITICAL CA MEMBER. LP member and Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato is one of the more feisty members of the Commission on Appointments. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler


Sonny Belmonte will stick with LP, says daughter Joy

May 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says her father Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte will retire from politics as a Liberal Party member in 2019

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PDP-Laban welcomes 5 more ex-LP lawmakers

May 10, 2017 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED In defending their departure from LP Representatives Geraldine Roman and Alfred Vargas say there is overwhelming support for President Rodrigo Duterte in their respective districts

PARTY HOPPING. A total of 10 lawmakers, 5 formerly from the Liberal Party, jump ship to PDP-Laban on May 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Yellow no more: Roman, 3 other LP lawmakers jumping ship to PDP-Laban

May 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

3rd UPDATE Liberal Party lawmakers in the House are now down to 28 as an impeachment complaint looms against the party chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo

HELLO, PDP-LABAN. Representatives Geraldine Roman, Alfred Vargas, Ansarruddin Adiong, and Nancy Catamco are now members of the ruling party. Photos from House of Representatives

House ousts Floirendo from Commission on Appointments

May 08, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr s removal from the House contingent to the Commission on Appointments comes a day before a House probe into his banana firm s operations

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

'Saddened' Koko Pimentel wants to see evidence vs party mate Sueno

Apr 04, 2017 - 11:04 PM

UPDATED I know Secretary Sueno to be a kind low key and religious person says the Senate President of ex DILG chief Ismael Sueno

Alvarez-Floirendo feud to boost Duterte impeachment – Alejano

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano believes the rift between the two Duterte allies points to cracks in the ruling PDP Laban

MORE SUPPORT? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano files a supplemental impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte over his pronouncements on Benham Rise and the West Philippine Sea row. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Duterte: I'll resign if my children become corrupt

Mar 12, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Wala kayong problema sa akin Delicadeza adds President Rodrigo Duterte

THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CHILDREN. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) heads to the Palace Rizal Hall for his oath taking, flanked by his children (L-R) Sebastian, Veronica, Sara, and Paolo. Photo from EDP-Malacanang

Ex-Panglao mayor faces jail time for graft

Mar 12, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The Sandiganbayan rejects the appeal of Doloreich Dumaluan former mayor of Panglao Bohol

GUILTY. Former Panglao, Bohol mayor Doloreich Dumaluan failed to convince the Sandiganbayan to reverse an October 2016.

Will LP bolt House majority? Decision after death penalty vote

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party stalwarts say their party mates are willing to lose their House leadership titles should they vote against the controversial death penalty measure

THE LIBERALS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and LP secretary-general and Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte talk to the media after their party caucus. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Top Negros Occidental officials lead pro-Duterte rally

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:15 PM

We are one with the President for the development of our province and the country says Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr

Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Jamby Madrigal demands apology from Aguirre for 'malicious' allegation

Feb 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

3rd UPDATE I hope Secretary Aguirre isn t losing his marbles He is not supposed to be in the business of peddling conspiracy theories much less engaging in character assassination says the former senator accused of bribing inmates to help Senator Leila de Lima

APOLOGY DEMAND. Former senator Jamby Madrigal says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II should be more discerning of the information he peddles to the public

Duterte's PDP-Laban backs EastWest Bank head for BSP governor

Feb 13, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Antonio Moncupa Jr who also heads the PDP Laban policy think tank gets the endorsement of the ruling party

Alvarez: House leaders vs death penalty will be replaced

Feb 08, 2017 - 11:47 AM

[Ang] mga deputy speakers [at committee chairpersons] na di sasama sa administration bill papalitan po natin says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

'BE PRO OR GOODBYE.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is bent on ensuring the death penalty bill will be passed on 3rd and final reading by the House. Photo by Rappler

Camiguin's Romualdo leaves Liberal Party to join Lakas-CMD

Feb 02, 2017 - 5:35 PM

With Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo s departure the former ruling party now only has 32 members in the House of Representatives

BYE, LP. Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo is the newest member of Lakas-CMD. File photo of Romualdo by Rappler