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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

House panel tackles bill vs late-night karaoke, loud sound systems

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:24 AM

House Bill 1035 is scheduled for committee discussion nearly two years after it was referred to the committee

BILL VS LATE-NIGHT KARAOKE. A House committee will begin discussing the proposal to bar loud sounds affecting residential areas to protect public health and welfare. Image of women in karaoke bar from Shutterstock

Experts agree: Supreme Court will have last say on Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The High Court can either let the impeachment proceedings in Congress take their course, or set a precedent for a quo warranto removal

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is

LIVE: House hearing on divorce

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Watch the livestream of the hearing on divorce and other grounds for dissolving a marriage here

House, Senate leaders meet to break Cha-Cha impasse

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The Congressional leaders agree they will first review the 1987 Constitution before deciding on how to amend it

AGREEMENT. House and Senate leaders meet to discuss differences on how to amend the Charter. Photo courtesy of House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

Cha-Cha without Senate 'pathetic, ridiculous' – senators

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation

STALEMATE? The House and Senate continued to be at odds over how they'll amend the Constitution. File photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Con-Ass without Senate won’t pass legal, constitutional, logical test’

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Tony La Viña: 'The only way a Constituent Assembly can be convened is if there is a joint resolution by both Houses'

JOINT SESSION. In this file photo, members of the Senate and House of Representatives attend a special joint session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Con-Ass pushing through with or without Senate – Alvarez

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez insists on his interpretation of the Constitution, even if it differs from that of his colleagues in the Senate and the framers of the 1987 Charter

PUSHING FOR CHACHA. Like his party mate President Rodrigo Duterte, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports a Constituent Assembly to pave the way for federalism. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Krisis ng tiwala sa Kongresong uukit ng Saligang Batas

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Magtitiwala ka bang isulat ng mga maginoong ito ang kinabukasan ng bayan at ng susunod na henerasyon?

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo

Opposition congressmen get zero budget in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'

NO BUDGET. Opposition congressmen lead by Raul Daza (left) and Edcel Lagman (right) hold a press conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Lucky and dangerous

Dec 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM

So, how far has Rodrigo Duterte taken us down the road to authoritarianism?

Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted

Bayan Muna warns of graft, corruption if martial law extended

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'The mentioned reasons in [the President's] letter do not warrant an extension of martial law as the same can be addressed by normal police and military powers,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

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Lagman on Duterte's martial law extension: violation of Constitution

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman argues there's no more basis for an extension of martial law in Mindanao

CITY IN RUIN. Months of fighting leaves parts of the city in ruin. Rappler photo

[OPINION | Newspoint] Impeachment overkill

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:17 PM

By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term

Pangilinan bill seeks new Constitution subject for Grade 12 students

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights

CONSTI CLASS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Grade 12 students to learn about the Constitution in school. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House okays mental health bill on 2nd reading

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The bill makes it illegal for people will mental health conditions to be placed in solitary confinement, and also covers drug dependents who surrender and turn out to be mentally ill

Fariñas wants PH Congress to have own police force

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The proposed Philippine Legislative Police envisions Congress enforcing its own powers of contempt and arrest, as well as provide security for legislators and their families

HOUSE OF REPS. House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants a police force that reports directly to Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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