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CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Want bigger CHR budget? Alvarez says Gascon should resign

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics

House panel OKs bill requiring hospitals to release cadavers within 24 hours

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

House Muslim affairs committee chairperson Mauyag Papandayan Jr says the bill aims to respect the religious practices of the deceased

RESPECT FOR THE DEAD. A House committee approves a bill that would require to release dead bodies within 24 hours.

Yes to divorce

Jul 31, 2017 - 10:41 AM

However divorce laws must look into inequalities to ensure that women are protected and their stronger emotional ties to their children are recognized

House approves government rightsizing bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The proposed measure one of President Rodrigo Duterte s priority measures in his second SONA will give retirement benefits and separation incentives to affected employees

APPROVED. Lawmakers vote on the government rightsizing bill on July 26. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bills vs endo, discrimination, and tax reform top Congress priorities

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Leaders of the 17th Congress also prioritize measures on national land use government procurement and creation of the disaster response and management department which the President mentioned in his SONA

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Leaders of the 17th Congress meet on July 26 to discuss their priority measures. Photo sourced by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Nene Pimentel on federalism, Congress, Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The former Senate president shares his thoughts live on Rappler

6 priority bills of Duterte in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

2ND UPDATE From passing the National Land Use Act to creating a new disaster response department here are bills President Rodrigo Duterte wants the 17th Congress to pass

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FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Progress in Congress? Duterte's legislative agenda in 1st year

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte does not lag far behind most of his predecessors when it comes to laws passed during their first year in office

Lawmakers to vote on Duterte bid for longer martial rule

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:05 AM

2ND UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte is widely expected to win approval for martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION? President Rodrigo Duterte requests Congress for a 5-month extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Lawmakers scramble to resolve Uber, Grab dilemma

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:15 PM

At least 3 bills are filed in the House of Representatives and the Senate seeking to make ride hailing services as an alternative public transport mode

REGULATION GUIDE. Legislators file measures seeking to address the ongoing controversy over the operations of Uber and Grab in the Philippines.

Hilbay urges SC to resolve petition to convene Congress on martial law

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The Court can still decide regardless of the expiration of the 60 day period but the best time to decide is now says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

CONGRESS CONVENE. Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, lawyer Barry Gutierrez and former Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales urge the Supreme Court to immediately resolve their petition seeking to make the Congress convene on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

P50,000 at stake as House launches Bill Drafting Contest for students

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The winning bill will be referred to the appropriate House committee which will then formally file the measure in Congress

THE CONTESTANTS. Participants of the House's Bill Drafting Contest are oriented on how to draft legislation. Photo from the House of Representatives

Arroyo wants transportation security commission vs terrorism

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The former Chief Executive whose presidency witnessed the worst terror attack in the country says a system of accountability would allow concerned agencies to perform their functions better

SAFER STREETS. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo files a bill aimed to address the terrorism threat on the transportation sector.

House bill wants ATM skimmers jailed for life, fined up to P5 million

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The bill seeks to declare ATM skimming as a crime of economic sabotage

PENALIZING BANK FRAUD. One of the latest devices ATM skimmers are using to retrieve information from bank users. File photo by Rappler

How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of Lupang Hinirang as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols

RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac  RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac

End gendered uniform restrictions for LGBT students

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:06 PM

As anti discrimination legislation languishes in Congress removing uniform and hair length restrictions is an easy place for schools to start protecting their students from discrimination

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

Alejano wants commission to rename Philippines

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:50 PM

If we want to be truly independent then we should throw away the bonds of colonialism by establishing our own national identity says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

NAME CHANGE? Representative Gary Alejano wants to form a commission to rename the country. Rappler file photo

Lawmaker wants P3,000-casino entrance fee after Resorts World attack

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:25 PM

It only seeks to address some poor people who have no more money and yet go inside and gamble all they have left for their families says Isabela 1st District Representative Rodolfo Albano III

CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.  CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.

House passes reform bill, with higher tax rate for 'super-rich'

May 31, 2017 - 5:53 PM

While HB 5636 will lower personal income tax rate to 25 VAT exemptions will be lifted on several sectors

APPROVED. The House approves the first batch of tax reforms being proposed by the Duterte administration. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate, House OK on final reading bills including casinos in AMLA

May 30, 2017 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED The two chambers of Congress are set to convene a bicameral conference committee to finalize the measure before President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law

CASINOS UNDER AMLA. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

On Congress and martial law, 2 words: 'Duty' and 'review'

May 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte s martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it

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Duterte certifies tax reform bill as urgent

May 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The House of Representatives could approve the bill on both 2nd and 3rd readings this week

President Rodrigo Duterte now wants the House to prioritize the tax reform bill before it adjourns session this week. File photo by Malacañang  President Rodrigo Duterte now wants the House to prioritize the tax reform bill before it adjourns session this week. File photo by Malacañang

No more lifting of VAT exemptions for cooperatives

May 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez agrees to retain the VAT exemptions for cooperatives in the proposed tax reform package at the request of party list representatives

TAX REFORM. An amendment to the comprehensive tax reform package is expected to be introduced at the plenary following the decision of the House leadership to retain the VAT exemption on cooperatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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House subpanel approves bill retaining 15 as criminal responsibility age

May 23, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The measure proposes stiffer penalties for parents and syndicates using children to commit crimes while focusing on the improved rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

APPROVED. The House subcommittee on correctional reforms gives its nod to the bill maintaining 15 as the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on minimum age of criminal liability

May 23, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Watch the House hearing live on Rappler

House approves bill on 5-year driver's license

May 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

The bill extending the validity of driver’s license to 5 years is one step closer to getting passed into law The Senate version was approved earlier

APPROVED. The House oks the bill extending the driver's license validity to 5 years. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Higher loan interest rates if VAT exemptions for coops lifted – lawmaker

May 22, 2017 - 5:40 PM

House committee on cooperative development chairperson Rico Geron says he will oppose the tax reform package if it will include the removal of the VAT exemptions for cooperatives

PRO-COOPS. Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines Representative Rico Geron opposes the proposal to take out the VAT exemption on cooperatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House subpanel to ditch proposal lowering criminal responsibility age

May 22, 2017 - 1:50 PM

After months long consultations Representative Ron Salo says the subpanel on correctional reforms will instead propose amendments strengthening the existing Juvenile Justice Act of 2006

HOPE STILL ALIVE? Some rehabilitation centers for child offenders have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

4-day work week possible if House approves bill

May 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

House Bill 5068 of Baguio City Representative Mark Go seeks to amend the Labor Code s requirement of 6 working days a week

LONGER WORK HOURS. Baguio City Representative Mark Go says if his bill becomes a law, companies will require 12-hour work days. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House committee approves national ID system bill

May 10, 2017 - 12:30 PM

If passed into law the national ID card will be honored in transactions concerning a person s identity marital status and birth among others

NATIONAL ID. The House population and family relations panel gives its nod to the national ID system bill. Illustration by Nina Martinez

House children's welfare panel chair backs lowering criminal liability age

May 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

But Representative Divina Grace Yu says the stand of the majority of her committee members will trump her personal view on the controversial bill

MAJORITY LAWMAKERS. Representatives Jose Panganiban Jr and Divina Grace Yu hold a press conference at the House on May 8. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House passes 45 bills on final reading after summer break

May 03, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The approved bills include one that prohibits hospitals from demanding deposits before treating patients and one that mandates free public internet access

FIRST DAY HIGH. The House of Representatives approve on 3rd reading a total of 45 bills on May 2. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIST: 14 bills the 17th Congress aims to pass by May 31

May 02, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Legislators are eyeing to pass 14 measures in less than a month including bills that would provide free public Wi Fi and extend the validity of drivers licenses

ABS-CBN franchise ‘not for urgent renewal,’ clarifies lawmaker

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez chair of the House committee on legislative franchises says the panel is prioritizing franchises that are about to expire

FRANCHISE RENEWAL BLUES. The franchise of ABS-CBN lapses in 2020, within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte who has vowed to block its renewal for another 25 years. Photo of ABS-CBN building from Wikipedia

61% of Filipinos approve of death penalty for drug convicts

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:13 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 48 of Filipinos have either extensive or partial but sufficient knowledge of the controversial death penalty House bill

APPROVED. A majority of Filipinos support the reimposition of the death penalty, a priority bill of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photos by Rappler

Lawmaker wants March 28 declared 'President Duterte Day'

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Administration lawmaker Florida Robes says that based on Duterte s performance so far it is only fitting for the public to commemorate the President s date of birth as a day of hope and inspiration for the Filipino people

DUTERTE BDAY CUPCAKES. Duterte toppers are used on chocolate cupcakes as a post-birthday greeting to the Philippine leader who visited Socorro town, Oriental Mindoro, on March 29, 2017, a day after his birthday. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

House approves free public Wi-Fi bill on 2nd reading

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The Senate already approved the bill on final reading Thus the bill is a step closer to becoming a law

FREE WI-FI. Congressmen oks on 2nd reading a bill mandating free public Wi-Fi in the country.

CA to bypass Gina Lopez as environment chief – Pacquiao

Mar 14, 2017 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED Pacquiao says they will give Lopez time to respond to questions raised during the Commission on Appointments March 14 meeting

ADVOCATE. In this photo, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks to Malacañang reporters during a press briefing on February 9, 2017. File photo by Malacañang Photo

Duterte's PDP-Laban pushes for 'semi-presidential' federal gov't

Mar 14, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party in coming up with its proposal considered the public s preference for a strong leader

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) President and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III echoes the party's advocacies against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality as well as their advocacy on federalism and environment protection during a press conference with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Lawmakers give Alvarez ‘full support’ in House reorganization

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Should Speaker Alvarez push through with the replacements political parties will decide who will be substituting for the positions to be left by lawmakers who voted against the death penalty

IMPENDING REPLACEMENTS? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says most congressmen agree that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should replace the House leaders who voted against the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:07 PM

If only Apolinario Mabini s draft constitution was not politicized by his nemeses Filipinas would have started enjoying the rights they have now as early as 1898

The women in Mabini’s grand plan

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

4 death penalty votes that surprised us

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Some representatives voted contrary to their previous public statements or their party stand What made them change their mind?

SURPRISE VOTES? Several congressmen explain their votes on the death penalty bill.

Duterte 'thankful' House passed death penalty bill – Alvarez

Mar 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The President however hoped plunder and rape remained on the list of crimes punishable with life imprisonment or death says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Duterte supports the death penalty bill, which the House passed on 3rd and final reading under the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.