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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

'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

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

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'

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

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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

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

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

The Liberal Party and realpolitik in the House

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo explains what it s like being member of the Liberal Party under a Duterte controlled House of Representatives After elections from close to a hundred members were reduced to 32

REALPOLITIK DECISION. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo recalls why the Liberal Party decided to stay in the House majority. File photos by Rappler

Quimbo doesn't see LP leaving House coalition

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says the supposed plot against President Rodrigo Duterte is all hogwash

LP IN THE HOUSE. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo talks about how it is like being a Liberal Party member in the House, where most congressmen are allies of the President. Photo by Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

Liberal Party urged to leave House supermajority

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says LP breaking away from PDP Laban will energize efforts to oppose policies that are unconstitutional and not in the people s best interests

FOR ROBREDO. Representatives Edcel Lagman and Teddy Baguilat Jr wants other LP lawmakers to break their alliance with PDP-Laban following the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo of Robredo from the OVP, photos of Lagman and Baguilat by Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PDP-Laban celebrates victory as ruling party

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Senate President Aqulino Pimentel III PDP Laban president says party efforts to lead the country s shift to federalism will be in full swing by 2017

RULING PARTY. Senate President Koko Pimentel leads members of PDP-Laban, of which he is party president, to a toast to the victory of President Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 polls. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘Future’ member JV Ejercito attends PDP-Laban dinner

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:57 PM

Senator JV Ejercito says he is still considering the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte and Senate President Koko Pimentel to join the ruling administration party

NEW MEMBER? (From left to right) Senator JV Ejercito, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senate President Koko Pimentel, and Senator Manny Pacquiao during the PDP-Laban thanksgiving dinner on November 16. Rappler photo

LP stalwart Cagayan gov to join Duterte party

Oct 06, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba is leaving the Liberal Party and switching to President Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban

House leaders on Duterte apology: 'We all make mistakes'

Oct 03, 2016 - 4:20 PM

I would advise the President don t speak anymore Just work says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

HOUSE LEADERS. Majority Rodolfo Fariñas and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez hold a press conference on October 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Over 300 Cebu politicians join PDP-Laban

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Majority of ex Cebu City mayor Mike Rama s local allies join PDP Laban but Rama who was on President Rodrigo Duterte s drug list does not switch parties

Fariñas: Suspension of lawmaking for Con-Ass 'not fatal'

Aug 05, 2016 - 2:25 PM

You are talking about divorce you are talking about death penalty E paano kung sa bagong Constitution bawal pala ‘yun? Sayang lang ang ginawa mong batas says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

STOP PASSING BILLS? House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas is in favor of temporarily stopping legislation for charter change. File photo by Rappler

Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s lieutenant at the House

Jul 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The man behind Rodrigo Duterte s rise to the presidency plans to leave a mark as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives

HOUSE SPEAKER. The challenge ahead for new House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is tremendous, but he is undaunted. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Belmonte drops bid for House minority leader

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Days before the start of the 17th Congress a majority of LP members in the Lower House are set to join PDP Laban s supermajority bloc

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr foregoes his bid for the minority leadership and now wants the Liberal Party to join the supermajority bloc. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez to PDP-Laban lawmakers: Bring back trust in Congress

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:02 PM

In the Pulse Asia survey released on April 4 the House of Representatives registered the lowest approval rating top government institutions

THE SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT. Presumptive House Speaker Bebot Alvarez and incoming Senate President Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban stalwarts, are expected to take the reins at the 17th Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bye, PDP-Laban: LP to join minority bloc in House

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Liberal Party the former ruling party only has around 30 to 35 members left in the House of Representatives

LP to seal coalition with PDP-Laban ‘by next week’ – Alvarez

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:36 PM

LP member Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the Liberal Party members will finalize their decision in a meeting on July 14

Lagman warns vs brewing ‘subservient’ minority in House

Jul 04, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Congressman [Edcel] Lagman has no monopoly of intention to serve Congress when everybody’s objective is to do the same says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

FIGHT FOR THE MINORITY. Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman warns against a House minority bloc under Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez.

Belmonte: 'Zero' chances for Duterte impeachment

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says it s just a matter of time before President elect Rodrigo Duterte meets with Vice President elect Leni Robredo

'ZERO.' Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr dismisses possible impeachment cases to be filed against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte soon. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NPC alliance with PDP-Laban a 'working partnership' – Gatchalian

Jun 04, 2016 - 1:30 PM

We have to move forward We believe that cooperating and supporting the new administration is the right thing to do says senator elect Sherwin Gatchalian

ALLIANCE. Senator-elect Win Gatchalian says the NPC's alliance with PDP-Laban is a working partnership to help move the country forward. Rappler screenshot

Aquino: I understand LP lawmakers jumping ship to PDP-Laban

May 26, 2016 - 10:29 PM

President Benigno Aquino III recalls that the Liberal Party was once a small party until he became president and politicians decided to switch to their side

President Benigno Aquino III laments the start of Liberal Party members jumping ship to PDP-Laban, the party of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

NP, PDP-Laban form 'coalition' for Duterte presidency

May 16, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Nacionalista Party president Manny Villar says they will cooperate to initiate reforms under Rodrigo Duterte s administration

Coveenant signing of "Coalition for Change" between Nacionalista Party and PDP-Laban. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte 're-enters' PDP-Laban amid 2016 prospects

Feb 21, 2015 - 8:03 PM

They want me to run as president I don t even have a First Lady Give me a First Lady before anything else Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says

Coup against Pimentel in Binay's party?

Aug 30, 2012 - 9:32 PM

Binay s camp says the Vice President is taking over Pimentel s duties in PDP Laban

Pimentel on leave: Where did that come from?

Aug 29, 2012 - 2:57 PM

Senator Koko Pimentel denies taking a leave of absence as president of PDP Laban