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Duterte says Sara 'maneuvered' Alvarez ouster

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'Be careful with that woman. She can oust even the Speaker,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio wave to the reception party upon their arrival at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on September 2, 2018. ARCEL VALDERRAMA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Fariñas, Alvarez deny ‘parking’ money for lawmakers in 2019 budget

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The denial comes after House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells reporters about an alleged 'parking' scheme in the proposed 2019 budget for favored lawmakers

NO 'PARKING'. Former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas  makes a pledge during the assembly of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on August 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why is it so difficult to access SALNs of House lawmakers?

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?

HARD TO ACCESS SALNs. It has long been difficult to get copies of the full SALNs of all lawmakers in the House of Representatives. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte to PDP-Laban: ’Unity now more important than ever’

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:31 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes the call days after he met with factions in the ruling party

PDP-LABAN CARES. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 1st year anniversary of the humanitarian arm of PDP-Laban.

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House Minority leader, Starbucks and Alibaba, Apple hits $1 trillion | Midday wRap

Aug 03, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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Pantaleon Alvarez, ASEAN statement on China, Bong Go movie role | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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Alvarez-Fariñas bloc elects De Vera as minority leader

Aug 02, 2018 - 6:20 PM

But two other blocs in the House of Representatives have their own minority leaders, and it's unclear who'll prevail

Pimentel, Alvarez call for unity in PDP-Laban amid infighting

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III urges PDP-Laban members to trust in the party leadership, while Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez says he 'remains friends' with party mates even after his ouster as Speaker

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After ouster, Alvarez says he is now 'at peace' with himself

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Former House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he has no bad feelings, as he has already moved on from his dramatic ouster

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rudy Fariñas, Arroyo meets economic managers, Facebook cleanup | Midday wRap

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

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Alvarez-Fariñas bloc to be 'very helpful' minority under Arroyo

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:50 AM

'Whatever is the success of the 17th Congress will be my success. Its failure will be my failure because 2/3 of the 17th Congress, I was the majority leader,' says Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas

'VERY HELPFUL MINORITY.' Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas gestures during the debates over the House minority on July 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘No grudges’ for Fariñas after Arroyo takeover in House

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:09 PM

'I know how politics is. Politics is the art of the possible. And if it’s possible, it means to meet the kindest and cruelest of persons,' says former House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas on the House coup

'NO GRUDGES.' Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas speaks at the plenary on July 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fariñas received offer to abandon Alvarez before House coup

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas shares he told the coup plotters against his ally Pantaleon Alvarez: ‘No, I'm sorry. I’m loyal as a person. I am the Majority Leader of Speaker Alvarez. I will be Majority Leader to him only'

LOYAL TO ALVAREZ. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas speaks to reporters for the first time after the House coup that unseat his ally Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rappler CA decision, Arroyo on elections, Gilas update | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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The women behind the fall of Alvarez

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:09 PM

How did formidable forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sara Duterte Carpio, and Imee Marcos topple Pantaleon Alvarez in the House of Representatives?

Pimentel, Alvarez 'unseated' as PDP-Laban leaders

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban President, says the 'expelled rogue members' who held the 'unauthorized' assembly will be dealt with under party rules

FACTION. A group within PDP-Laban is seeking to unseat Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as party leaders. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo meets with Alvarez, Duterte ratings, Kuwaiti blogger | Evening wRap

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM

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Alvarez concedes to Speaker Arroyo

Jul 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Alang-alang sa bayan, let us get back to work and move on,' says Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

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Arroyo, Alvarez vow to 'continue good relations’

Jul 25, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo initiates the meeting with Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

AFTER THE COUP. Speaker Gloria Arroyo meets with Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez (left). With them is Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. Sourced photo

Sara Duterte says House has 'strong leader' in Arroyo

Jul 24, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The presidential daughter congratulates new Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a day after the House coup some say she helped bring about

PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was reportedly instrumental in the leadership change in the House of Representatives. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives

Battle for House minority looms as Alvarez bloc accepts defeat

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The group of Representative Pantaleon Alvarez is keen on fielding Representative Rodolfo Fariñas as its minority leader

LAST HOUR. In his last official act as Speaker of the House, Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Tito Sotto welcome the President Rodrigo Duterte in the Batasang Pambansa for the State of the Nation Address.

'Ugly, embarrassing' debacle proves House can't amend Constitution

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'What happened yesterday is a strong argument against a parliamentary form of government where patronage politics plays a major, if not the only, role in selecting our country’s top leader,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Mara Cepeda

'Why is he inside?' Tempers flare after Alvarez ouster

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'He is no longer Speaker,' says the camp of new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo about Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez's presence in President Rodrigo Duterte's pre-SONA holding room

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and some members of the House and Senate before delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Can Alvarez file a quo warranto petition vs Arroyo?

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

In 1949, the Supreme Court dismissed a similar petition involving a Senate leadership takeover for lack of jurisdiction over a political question

NEW SPEAKER. Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo takes her oath of office before Ang Kabuhayan Rep. Dennis Laogan, the youngest member of the House in the 17th Congress.

Makabayan slams Arroyo’s ‘naked power grab’ in House

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:51 PM

Gabriela Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas said they will not support Arroyo, adding, 'Filipino women do not tolerate corrupt people in power, even if it is a ‘She''

ARROYO. Former Philippine president and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo waves during the third session of the 17th Congress ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's state of the nation address at Congress, in Manila on July 23, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SONA 2018, Alvarez ousted, Olympics 2020 | Evening wRap

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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PH's Cersei Lannister? Arroyo as 'House Speaker' confuses netizens

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:10 PM

It may just be SONA 2018's biggest plot twist, netizens say

Where did that mace go? Validity of Arroyo’s House takeover in question

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is sworn in as new Speaker, the mace is missing from the plenary, giving Pantaleon Alvarez's allies a window to question the validity of the leadership change

NEW SPEAKER? Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after taking her oath as Speaker of the House of Representatives Monday afternoon, July 23, 2018 – with the mace missing from the rostrum.

Alvarez out, Arroyo in as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(6th UPDATE) Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker, with reported backing from presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

THE FALL OF ALVAREZ. Former president Gloria Arroyo replaces Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker

House delays Bangsamoro law ratification over Alvarez-Arroyo showdown

Jul 23, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) The move to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and install former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo prevents the House of Representatives from ratifying the proposed Bangsamoro law

CAUCUS. Members of the House of Representatives huddle during a break Monday at the opening of the 3rd session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez: Yes to anti-dynasty provision, no to term limits in new charter

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:43 AM

'Let’s push for the self-executory anti-political dynasty provision...but I propose that term limits be removed,' says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. With the ouster plot against him brewing, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez opens the 3rd regular session at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Only 76 lawmakers attend House majority caucus

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says all majority lawmakers present are satisfied with how the House is being run

AFTER THE CAUCUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says 76 lawmakers attended the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's birth chart says about him

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The stars might just give insight into the controversial politician's actions and decisions

Is Alvarez bent on scrapping 2019 polls over fear of losing?

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies rumors he is unsure of victory in Davao del Norte – even after losing key allies in the region months before the midterm elections

IN HOT WATER? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez grants a media interview before leading a mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members in Caloocan City in March 2018. File photo by House of Representatives

Alvarez floats using People’s Initiative to scrap 2019 polls

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:56 PM

There is, however, no enabling law for this provision in the 1987 Constitution

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Alvarez proposal on no 2019 elections 'off-tangent, misplaced' – lawmakers

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows how the administration is 'detached' from the real needs of the people

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

2019 elections pushing through unless new charter ratified early – Malacañang

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The bid to cancel the 2019 elections so that lawmakers can fast-track the shift to federalism does not have President Rodrigo Duterte's blessing, says his spokesman

THE DRAFT. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas formally receive a copy of the draft federal constitution from the members of the Consultative Commission (Con-Com), led by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno. In a press briefing, Alvarez and Farinas said that the work of the Con-Com is recommendatory. They said that it is Congress, working as constituent assembly, which has the authority to propose amendments to the constitution.

Charter change, Robredo hits Duterte, Thai cave rescue | Midday wRap

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:30 PM

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Alvarez wants no elections in 2019 to speed up federal shift

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would be pressed for time to amend the 1987 Constitution while tackling other matters like the 2019 budget and the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the midterm polls

FEDERALISM OVER POLLS? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) joins President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) and  Senate President Vicente Sotto III (L) at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Solicitor General on July 3, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

LOOK: Congress receives Consultative Committee's draft constitution

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno personally hands a copy of the draft federal constitution to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Sereno: House leaders held Judiciary budget 'hostage' for my ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:55 PM

'The House leadership was going to hold hostage the Judiciary’s budget unless the SC cooperated fully with its plan to remove me,' says Maria Lourdes Sereno

CONSPIRACY? Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House: Impeachment case vs Sereno 'moot and academic'

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urges the public to respect the decision of the Supreme Court to oust with finality former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

THE PLENARY. The House of Representatives is expected to render as moot and academic the pending impeachment complaint against ousted SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where Duterte, Robredo, other officials will mark Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Here is a list of officials who will lead flag-raising events on Independence Day 2018, what time, and where

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Soldiers salute during a flag-raising ceremony at the Lanao del Sur provincial capital of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Alvarez's House lawyer allowed to 'assist' in Floirendo trial

May 31, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr claims House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is 'trying to take over and influence the prosecution' of the graft case

RIFT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are currently having a 'brotherly misunderstanding.'

House to Duterte: Certify BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 24, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Like senators, the House leadership hopes to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to await resolution of Sereno motion for reconsideration before plenary vote

May 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

'Out of respect to a co-equal [branch] that has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter of the legality of the appointment of respondent Sereno, the House of Representatives should wait for the resolution of the motion for reconsideration, if one is filed,' says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

WAITING HOUSE. The articles of impeachment against Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom the SC ousted as chief justice on May 11, 2018, is still pending at the House of Representatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler