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Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

May 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'The opposition tried to bring these up ,and these are very important issues, but... they didn't make that much of a difference as that significant part of the electorate went for the President,' says former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

NEW POLITICS. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the Philippines has entered a new 'world' in politics. Rappler screengrab

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Opposition lawmakers say several provisions of the loan agreement with China for the Chico River irrigation project violate the 1987 Constitution

Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Makabayan seeks probe into bloody Negros Oriental police operations

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The lawmakers say the police operations aim to 'sow terror in their communities and deprive the Makabayan bloc of votes in the upcoming elections'

MAKABAYAN BLOC. Representatives Ariel Casilao, Sarah Elago, Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, France Castro, and Arlene Brosas are 6 of the 7-member Makabayan bloc. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Colmenares defends Makabayan pick of reelectionists over labor bets

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Of course hindi namin ma expect na lahat ng ma-endorse namin ay talagang 100% in the same way that they cannot agree with us 100% also,' says Neri Colmenares

FALSE: Makabayan bloc wants garbage collected returned to Manila Bay

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Makabayan bloc has not asked for garbage to be returned to Manila. It has only filed a resolution to ‘postpone’ the Manila Bay rehabilitation until there's a clear plan for it.

Screenshot of the post of the claim

Makabayan lawmakers want Manila Bay rehab postponed

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The progressive legislators want the government to first focus on properly consulting informal settlers who will be displaced by the Manila Bay cleanup

REHAB POSTPONEMENT? Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao poses with several fisherfolk and peasant women from Cavite who seek the postponement of the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo from Casilao's office

Lowering criminal liability age to 12 'still attacks children' – Makabayan

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The left-leaning lawmakers argue that the last-minute changes to the bill would still 'criminalize' children in conflict with the law

INDIGNATION RALLY. From L to R: Makabayan bloc Representatives Carlos Zarate, Sarah Elago, Emmi de Jesus, Antonio Tinio, Arlene Brosas, and Ariel Casilao. Photo from Makabayan

Davao City police files child abuse complaint vs Makabayan congressmen

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Progressive congressmen Antonio Tinio and Ariel Casilao are facing child abuse charges weeks after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio called for their bloc's expulsion from the House

CHILD ABUSER? ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (center, in white) joins a rally in Davao City on October 23, 2018 – the basis of the child abuse complaint against him. Photo from Makabayan

Makabayan bloc eyes case vs Galvez for red-tagging France Castro

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says she would hold AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr accountable should anything bad happen to her

NOT A COMMUNIST. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (center) attends work at the House since her brief detention in Davao del Norte over the weekend. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan condemns 'illegal' arrest of Satur Ocampo, France Castro

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Leftist lawmakers say it is a 'blatant and outrageous lie' to accuse ACT Teachers Representative France Castro and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo of human trafficking

STILL DETAINED. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (left) and ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) remains in detention in Davao del Norte. Photo courtesy of The Breakaway Media

Sara Duterte wants Makabayan bloc expelled from Congress

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's anger stems from the claim of ACT Teachers' Davao chapter that her city is the only major city in the country that does not give allowances to teachers

Hugpong ng Pagbabago press conference on August 13, 2018 in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makabayan bloc wants annual commemoration of First Quarter Storm

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:42 PM

House Bill 8271 seeks to commemorate the turbulent period in Philippine history marked by mostly student-led mass demonstrations and protests against the Marcos dictatorship

NEVER FORGET. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives pushes for a bill to commemorate the First Quarter Storm. Photo courtesy of Makabayan

Makabayan on 'pork barrel': Lawmakers fighting over people's money

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM

But House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the realigned P51.792 billion would be itemized so it would not become a version of the illegal pork barrel

HIDDEN PORK BARREL? Lawmakers gather at the Batasang Pambansa's plenary hall on July 24, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Makabayan bloc wants House probe into Zamboanga City rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The left-leaning legislators argue the state of calamity declared in Zamboanga City over soaring rice prices is a 'microcosm of the instability of food security in the country'

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. File photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers seek House probe into bukbok rice importation

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'

BUKBOK RICE. Makabayan legislators want the House of Representatives to investigate the bukbok rice importation. Photo from Shutterstock

33 lawmakers denounce arrest warrants vs Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:39 PM

House Resolution 2604 expresses the House of Representative's 'utmost concern' over the arrest warrants issued against 4 former party-list legislators

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

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Jul 30, 2018 - 9:45 PM

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Makabayan lawmakers file bill for P750 national minimum wage

May 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Isang malaking kalokohan para sabihin pa natin na mas mura lahat ng bagay kapag ikaw ay nakatira sa probinsiya,' says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

Calida defends tax reform: Poor 'shielded' by gov't cash handouts

May 01, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says Solicitor General Jose Calida's argument is 'deceptive and misleading'

FUEL TAX. Solicitor General Jose Calida says higher taxes on fuel only has a 0.1% maximum effect on transporation rates. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Walang bago': Makabayan lawmakers unimpressed with Duterte EO on endo

May 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'Reiteration lang 'yan ng existing labor laws that [have] been proven [to be] anti-worker,' says Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao

EO NOT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte is depicted as a devil during the Labor Day protest on May 1, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Makabayan bloc leads petition to block Sereno ouster

Mar 22, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'The filing of this present Quo Warranto Petition is nothing but an attempt [to] circumvent the constitutional process and to wrest the power to "oust" or remove an impeachable public official away from Congress and [the] Filipino people,' say the intervenors

OUST SERENO? Groups and individuals ask the High Court to junk outright a petition that would invalidate Sereno's appointment. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House summons Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials to another probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This isn't the first time that the Ilocos Norte governor and former House member is summoned to a probe by the House committee on good government and public accountability

SUMMONED AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during House probe into the utilization of the tobacco excise tax and determination of the tangible benefits acquired by tobacco farmers of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Calida mocks petitioners vs tax reform law: 'Is that all you have?'

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'Why am I not surprised at your blatant disrespect for basic democratic principles, Mr Solicitor General?' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, one of the petitioners

Members of the Makabayan Bloc file a petition to derail the implementation of the the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before the Supreme Court in Manila on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Makabayan bloc asks SC to strike down tax reform law

Jan 11, 2018 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Leftist lawmakers argue that the House had no quorum and did not call a vote when it ratified the joint bicameral conference report on the Train bill

Members of the Makabayan Bloc file a petition to derail the implementation of the the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before the Supreme Court in Manila on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

[OPINION] Why PH needs a millennial opposition

Nov 04, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Today's young people, inexperienced yet ready to fight, must teach their elders that there is more to opposition politics than simply the politics of addition

'Honeymoon' over, opposition says after drop in Duterte ratings

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Critics say Filipinos are now seeing the truth behind President Rodrigo Duterte's 'empty' promise of change

DECLINE. President Rodrigo Duterte's ratings drop by 18 points int he September 2017 survey of the Social Weather Stations. Malacañang photo

Left, yellow alliance? Duterte ‘weaving tall tales’

Oct 06, 2017 - 7:57 PM

In a statement on Friday, October 6, members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives deny President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegations the 'left' and 'Bayan' had allied with the 'yellow' in trying to kick him out of office

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte gives his message during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

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

Makabayan bloc: Probe killing of Carl Angelo Arnaiz

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:02 PM

This is the progressive bloc s third House resolution calling for an investigation into killings in the drug war

JUSTICE FOR CARL. Arnaiz' mother and sister file a case against Caloocan police over the killing of the 19-year-old. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte-allied Makabayan bloc wants probe into extrajudicial killings

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc urge the House leadership to swiftly schedule a hearing on the bloody drug war

MAKABAYAN BLOC. Members of the leftist bloc want the House to probe the death of a 17-year-old at the hands of police. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Leftist lawmakers on Taguiwalo: 'Inilaglag siya ni Pangulong Duterte'

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:51 PM

Other Duterte appointees who faced opposition in the Commission on Appointments managed to get the nod of the powerful body through the help of the Chief Executive says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio

MAKABAYAN. Leftist legislators say Duterte 'ditched' Judy Taguiwalo former DSWD secretary. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Leftist lawmakers slam CA for 'bias vs poor'

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:42 PM

UPDATED Lawmakers in the House Makabayan bloc call out the Commission on Appointments for rejecting the DSWD appointment of Judy Taguiwalo a nominee of the Left in the Duterte Cabinet

SECRETARY NO MORE. Judy Taguiwalo, President Rodrigo Duterte's first DSWD secretary. File Malacañang photo

House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

May 30, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The Makabayan lawmakers argue the President s report to Congress on martial law in Mindanao reveals exaggeration or falsity of the alleged events

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, Emmi de Jesus and Sarah Elago face the media after filing their resolution on May 30. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Leftist bloc mulls leaving House coalition over martial law

May 25, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Its allied groups are also planning to challenge the declaration before the Supreme Court

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

Labor groups on Cavite fire: HTI violated safety standards

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The findings of the left leaning groups contradict that of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority which cleared the HTI of safety violations

FACTORY FIRE. Aftermath of a huge fire that broke in the Cavite that killed 3 workers and injured over a hundred. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

News Briefs: February 6, 2017

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 6

DOF tax reform proposal ‘anti-poor’ – lawmakers

Sep 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also calls out the DOF for failing to include specific proposals to make tax collection more efficient

ANTI-POOR REFORMS. The Makabayan bloc airs their reservations against the DOF's proposed tax reform on September 29. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan bloc to Duterte: We're not funding the NPA

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Matagal na ho itong paninira lalung lao na nagmumula sa mga militar at anti peace groups says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate

NO FUNDING. Bayan Muna Represesentative Carlos Isagani Zarate says the Makabayan bloc is not funding the New People's Army. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers warn vs abuse of power under Constituent Assembly

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

A [Constituent] Assembly under a supermajority in both chambers of Congress is like having zombies to rewrite our Constitution says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

FEDERALISM CHAMPION. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to have a federal parliamentary form of government. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Erap endorses leftist leader Neri Colmenares for senator

Sep 30, 2015 - 4:43 PM

UPDATED Former President Joseph Estrada who has popularized the slogan Erap para sa mahirap touts the pro poor agenda of the Makabayan bloc

'Senatoriables' attend NPC-Grace Poe meet

Aug 27, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Among those present is Liberal Party stalwart and Pasig congressman Roman Romulo who says he only dropped by to greet a colleague

SENATE RUN. Senator Grace Poe talks with Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian and Liberal Party member and Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo during her 3rd meeting with the Nationalist People's Coalition. (Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler)

Aquino's last SONA

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:30 PM

What did the President say and not say in his two hour speech?

20 questions for Aquino on Mamasapano

Mar 30, 2015 - 2:29 PM

The leftist Makabayan bloc asks the committee chairs to invite President Benigno Aquino III to the scheduled joint hearing on Mamasapano

President Benigno Aquino III announce that suspected Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alyas Marwan confirmed dead during SAF operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and Accepted the Resignation of Suspended PNP Chief P/ Director General Allan Purisima during his message on Friday(Frebruary 6, 2015) held at the President hall in Malacanang.(Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

DBM withdraws errata for 2015 budget

Oct 02, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Party list lawmakers have suspected that the errata submitted by the budget department could be midnight insertions in what they call an election budget

Leftist lawmakers grill DND, AFP officials in budget hearing

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:30 PM

During the budget hearing AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr vows to end the communist insurgency during his term so the military can shift its focus to external defense

BUDGET HEARING: The House of Representatives committee on appropriations deliberates budget of the defense department on September 9, 2014. Rappler photo

Impeachment raps vs Aquino dead

Sep 02, 2014 - 1:35 PM

The House Committee on Justice has junked the impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III for insufficiency in substance

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Jul 21, 2014 - 11:17 PM

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Filed: First valid impeach complaint vs Aquino

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:33 AM

UPDATED Barring hitches the House committee on justice will be holding its first impeachment hearing against the President