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House to extend life of 2019 budget for another year

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado clarifies that in President Duterte's veto message in April, the implementation and payment for infrastructure projects have already been extended until the end of 2020

Romualdez to Lacson: Name your sources

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'Nobody seems to know where’s that coming from,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Senator Panfilo Lacson's accusations of 'pork' against the 22 House deputy speakers

'NAME YOUR SOURCE.' Incumbent and former House majority leaders Martin Romualdez and Fredenil Castro want Senator Panfilo Lacson to name his sources. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

18th Congress leaders approve initial list of pet bills

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Congress leaders aim for the 'immediate approval' of 4 bills, including the postponement of the May 2020 barangay and SK elections to May 2023

DUTERTE'S PET BILLS. President Rodrigo Duterte mentions his priority bills during his 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

House, Senate eye 'zero veto' in 18th Congress

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:01 AM

'Hopefully, we can avoid any possibility of a presidential veto by working closely with Cabinet members and Senate officials,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

ZERO VETO GOAL. Cabinet officials meet with Congress leaders on the Duterte administration's priority measures.  Credit Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s Facebook page

Cayetano, Velasco, Romualdez 'show unity' before 18th Congress opens

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says there will be no rift in the House to ensure that President Rodrigo Duterte's agenda is prioritized

Cayetano meeting with lawmakers ahead of SONA. Photo by Alan Cayetano's office

Romualdez thanks mentor GMA 'for making me become what I am today’

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Around 100 lawmakers from different parties brave the heavy rain to attend Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving dinner

VIP TABLE. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez sits beside his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Romualdez (3rd from L) and their ally, former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3rd from R). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Romualdez to 'return the favor' to those who helped Eastern Visayas after Yolanda

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Around 100 House allies show up at Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving party after he vows out of the speakership race

ALL SMILES. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez hosts a thanksgiving dinner for his allies on July 16, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler.

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

Duterte to support 2022 vice presidential bid of Martin Romualdez

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo answers in the affirmative about President Rodrigo Duterte's support for any potential bid by Martin Romualdez to run for the vice presidency

VICE PRESIDENTIAL BID. File photo of Martin Romualdez by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler. File photo of Rodrigo Duterte by Malacañang.

Romualdez drops out of speakership race, accepts Majority Leader job

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:49 PM

72 lawmakers, including their leader and former speakership bet Martin Romualdez, will now back Alan Peter Cayetano for the post with 'no ifs, no buts, no excepts, and no unless'

SPEAKER NO MORE? Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez accepts the offer for him to become House Majority Leader of the 18th Congress instead. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

3 House speaker bets agree to respect Duterte's choice

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the speakership hopefuls will 'settle the issue between them' should President Rodrigo Duterte still refuse to give his blessing

MEETING IN TOKYO. Three rivals for the speakership meet with President Rodrigo Duterte during his trip to Tokyo, Japan in May. File photo from Senator Bong Go

Hugpong endorses Davao City's Isidro Ungab for House Speaker

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) So far, 6 congressmen are vying to be Speaker of the House in the 18th Congress

ASPIRANT. File photo of Isidro Ungab. From his Facebook account

Romualdez: I'm a 'strong contender' for Speaker

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The allies of Leyte 1st District representative-elect Martin Romualdez claim he has the numbers to secure the speakership, with one lawmaker pegging it at 178 votes

MULTI-PARTY CAUCUS. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez meets with more 30 legislators representing different political parties on June 26, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Duterte meets with Speaker hopefuls in Japan

May 29, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Three rivals for the speakership – Lord Allan Velasco, Martin Romualdez, and Alan Peter Cayetano – meet with President Rodrigo Duterte while in Japan for an official trip

Duterte tells Paolo: Vie for speakership, I'll resign

May 27, 2019 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he is not taking any sides when it comes to the speakership bids of Alan Peter Cayetano, Lord Allan Velasco, Pantaleon Alvarez, and Martin Romualdez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sara Duterte spurns Alvarez peace offer, says Cayetano made 'veiled threat'

May 22, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Davao City mayor claims Alan Peter Cayetano, another one vying for the speakership, warned her against supporting the speakership bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with his children, reelectionist Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and vice mayoral candidate Sebastian Duterte, during his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HNP-HTL) campaign sortie at the Davao City Recreation Center on May 10, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Paolo Duterte for Speaker? Ask the President, says Sara

May 21, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says the question on Paolo's interest for speakership 'should best be addressed by our father because he is the President and our patriarch'

HOUSE SPEAKERSHIP. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says she is not the correct person to endorse someone to be the next House Speaker. Sara Duterte file photo by Maria Tan/Rappler, Paolo Duterte file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sara Duterte says Martin Romualdez 'will be next Speaker'

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:23 PM

But the presidential daughter has also promoted the possible speakership of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

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

Bongbong Marcos brings relief goods to Leni's bailiwick

Jan 06, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The losing vice presidential candidate and his cousin who also lost a senatorial bid in May 2016 bring help to typhoon victims in some Bicol areas

DEVASTATION. Some Bicol provinces were declared under a state of calamity after typhoon Nina roared through the region during the holidays. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Still no minority leader for House?

Jul 25, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr claims there was a sudden change in House rules that members of the minority still have to elect their leader

MINORITY LEADER ELECTIONS? Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat says there was a sudden change of rules that still calls for an election of a House minoiry leader among those who did not vote for Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

3 Mindanao lawmakers shift to Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 24, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Peter Unabia and Mylene Albano of the Liberal Party along with Rogelio Pacquiao take their oath as PDP Laban members

NEW ALLIANCES. Several members of the House of Representatives have deflected to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LP lawmakers told: Support PDP-Laban, but stay with party

May 23, 2016 - 6:02 PM

More realignments in the House of Representatives: the National Unity Party reunites with Lakas CMD before entering into a coalition with PDP Laban

'I'm sure Alvarez will be next Speaker' – Belmonte

May 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

UPDATED He has or will soon have the numbers longtime House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says of newly elected Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

NPC to form alliance with Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition is the latest political party to express support for the incoming administration of president elect Rodrigo Duterte

COALITION. The Nationalist People's Coalition - the country's second largest political party - is now allied with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

Marcos hits Roxas: 'Bayani lang sa komiks'

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Vice presidential bet Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr takes potshots at Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and the Aquino administration during his campaign rally in Tacloban Leyte

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Chris Billes/Rappler

Imelda in E.Visayas: Bring back a Marcos to national government

Apr 26, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Former first lady Imelda Marcos says her son vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr will be the voice of the long abandoned region in the national government

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Jene Anne Pangue/Rappler.com

As Roxas campaigns in Leyte, Martin Romualdez makes amends

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

The UNA senatorial candidate issues a press statement calling for an end to the blame game over Super Typhoon Yolanda

Reelectionists, ex-senators still lead Senate race – Laylo survey

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Sotto Pangilinan Recto Drilon Lacson and Zubiri are among the candidates in the winning circle in the latest The Standard Poll

Aquino signs law on VAT exemption for PWDs

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:15 AM

2ND UPDATE Filipinos with disabilities can breathe a sigh of relief following the signing of Republic Act 10754 which now allows them to fully enjoy their mandated discounts

Senate bets vow to act on sectoral concerns

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Seven senatorial candidates court the support of 7 marginalized sectors promising to pursue their priority agenda

SECTORAL CONSULTATION. Senatorial bets attend Ang Kailangang Boses a forum in Ateneo de Manila University where they listened to representatives from various sectors. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

Admin senatorial bets dominate winners' circle – Laylo survey

Mar 11, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The Standard Poll conducted by Laylo Research Strategies shows that of the 14 probable winners in the Senate race 5 are from the ruling LP while 3 others are guest candidates of the ruling Daang Matuwid coalition

DAANG MATUWID. LP chairman President Benigno Aquino III along with the Daang Matuwid coalition slate in Capiz on February 09, 2016. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Will it be Bongbong Marcos-Martin Romualdez in 2022?

Mar 05, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez is often seen by his cousin s side in sorties leading some to mistake them for a 2016 tandem

BUDDIES. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr and senatorial candidate Martin Romualdez mount a very tight campaign for the 2016 elections. Photo courtesy of Martin Romualdez's official website

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Mar 01, 2016 - 7:41 PM

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Green groups urge 'zero vote' vs pro-mining bets

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:21 PM

3rd UPDATE They single out presidential bets Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay and senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez but do not cite the tandem of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano

ZERO VOTE. Green groups urge the public not to vote candidates with ties to mining operations in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Binay to police: 'No more Mamasapanos' under my watch

Feb 27, 2016 - 6:32 PM

At the Philippine National Police Academy alumni homecoming the Vice President courts policemen with promises of better equipment and more benefits under his presidency

KEYNOTE ADDRESS. Vice President Jejomar Binay keynoted the 36th Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) grand alumni homecoming in Silang, Cavite on February 27, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Bongbong in Vigan: Allies campaign for Binay-Marcos ticket

Feb 11, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Will key supporters Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson and cousin Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez influence Bongbong Marcos to abandon Miriam Santiago?

'I'm not my father's copycat' – Bongbong Marcos

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is asked what legacies of his father the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos he intends to continue

Senate bets against divorce, support same-sex union

Jan 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Asked about same sex marriages one of the candidates says the issue is human rights and not religious rights

ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL. Love happens not only between men and women, but also between people of the same sex. Photo by George Moya / Rappler

Senate bets from political clans support anti-dynasty bill

Jan 30, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Senatorial candidates Mark Lapid Jericho Petilla and Martin Romualdez say they are for the passage of the anti dynasty bill

 ABOLISH DYNASTIES? Senatorial candidates Mark Lapid, Jericho Petilla and Martin Romualdez are all members of political families.

Romualdez: Invest in tech to solve traffic, disaster woes

Jan 23, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez however does not mention specific programs he plans to push should he be elected senator

TECH TO THE RESCUE? Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez talks about his platform as senatorial candidate during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWantForum on January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Colmenares, Kapunan, Romualdez praised for stand on divorce, same-sex marriage

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Filipinos weigh in on the senatorial candidates views on thorny marriage issues

SENATE BETS. The candidates running for senate seats share their views on marriage issues with #TheLeaderIWant forum's audience.

Leyte students to Romualdez: Don't use Yolanda in campaign

Jan 21, 2016 - 5:54 PM

But in the forum senatorial bet Martin Romualdez thanks students who extended help after Yolanda calling them an inspiration that lifted us all

Senatorial candidate and incumbent Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez gives his speech during #TheLeaderIWant Forum at the De La Salle University Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium on January 20, 2016

Make marriage annulment easier – senatorial bets

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:49 PM

Senatoriables Lorna Kapunan Neri Colmenares and Martin Romualdez also say it s time to at least debate same sex marriage

FAMILY LAWS. Senatorial candidates (from left) Neri Colmenares, Lorna Kapunan, and Martin Romualdez discuss their stand on annulment, divorce, and same-sex marriage at Rappler's 'The Leader I Want' forum on January 20, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why run for senator? 'Maraming gunggong sa Senado'

Jan 20, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Three candidates tell TheLeaderIWant forum why they want to be senator

WHAT MADE THEM RUN? Senatorial bets Lorna Kapunan, Martin Romualdez, and Neri Colmenares answer questions during the The Leader I Want forum organized by Rappler on Wednesday, January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gordon, Romualdez: Use Subic, Clark airports

Nov 13, 2015 - 7:56 PM

Senatorial candidates Dick Gordon and Martin Romualdez urge the full use of Subic and Clark airports in light of the flight cancellations due to APEC

LESS CONGESTION. Using the Subic Bay and Clark international airports will help ease decongestion in Metro Manila. Photos from the official websites of the Clark Internal Airport and Subic Bay

VLOG: Romualdez wants 'malasakit' for Filipino workers

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:15 PM

The Leyte First District Representative wants higher salaries for government workers

Romualdez cousins supporting Binay in 2016?

Nov 08, 2015 - 8:29 AM

Binay and his senatorial candidates join the unveiling of the Anibong Memorial Marker in Tacloban giving political color to the commemoration of typhoon Yolanda

POLITICAL EVENT? Vice President Jejomar Binay and his UNA senatorial candidates attend the unveiling of the Anibong Memorial Marker in Tacloban City on November 7, 2015. to commemorate Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler