Philippine House of Representatives

Alvarez on party-mate Pimentel: Senate must have 'active' leadership

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:07 PM

This isn't the first time the Speaker has criticized the Senate, which he has called 'mabagal na kapulungan (the slow chamber)'

CONGRESS LEADERS. Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law

PDP-Laban won't accept new members by end-November

Oct 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this would give the ruling party time to screen candidates for the 2019 midterm elections

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/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

Civil Service Commission's budget for 2018 approved without questions

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Civil Service Commission s proposed 2018 budget is at P1 5 billion slightly higher than its 2017 budget of P1 4 billion

Faeldon defends tapping volleyball, basketball players for Customs

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:33 PM

We must change this perception by convincing the public and encouraging our employees to help reform the agency We need these players to do that says the embattled Customs commissioner

JUSTIFIED. Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon speaks at a Palace briefing in 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Congress extends martial law to December 31

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Lawmakers vote 261 18 to approve President Rodrigo Duterte s request to extend martial law in Mindanao

Congressmen gesture a thumbs up in favour of the martial law extension during the special session of the Senate and the House of Representatives on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

LIVE: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:04 AM

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HIGHLIGHTS: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:05 PM

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CASINO ATTACK. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Yasay, CBCP, Pacquiao | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:05 PM

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LIVE: Final reading of death penalty bill at the House of Representatives

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:11 PM

On Tuesday March 7 the representatives present at the plenary session will be given 8 minutes each to explain their votes on HB 4727 Follow live updates here

House panel approves reso urging Duterte to continue peace talks

Feb 21, 2017 - 6:40 PM

130 congressmen want the Philippine government and communists to return to the negotiating table

APPROVED. 130 congressmen sign a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace negotiations. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Who could replace Harry Roque as Kabayan Party List rep?

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:21 PM

An election lawyer says Roque could only be removed either via expulsion with a two thirds vote of all House members or through a ruling by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal

3RD NOMINEE. Kabayan party list's 3rd nominee, Ciriaco Calalang. Photo from Comelec document

Senate, House bills seek to establish PH space program

Oct 27, 2016 - 4:32 PM

In the Philippines at least 4 agencies are handling functions that are usually done by a space agency The proposed PhilSA will be an attached agency of the Office of the President

LIVESTREAMS: Senate session, House hearing, President Duterte

Sep 20, 2016 - 3:29 PM

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Duterte on Mary Jane, Liberal Party, Instagram | 6PM wRap

Sep 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

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Robredo denies Liberal Party plot to unseat Duterte

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED I plan to clarify this with the President to clear the misinformation and assure him of the party s commitment to the reforms for our Filipino people the Vice President says

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo denies an alleged Liberal Party plot to oust President Duterte. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

By the numbers: 17th Congress

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Get to know the current members of the Senate and the House of Representatives

Philippines: How to elect a better Senate

Apr 26, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The Philippine Senate is a national body that needs to represent the full diversity of society but this is not encouraged under the system where we elect them

Approval ratings, Comelec leak, Panama Papers | 6PM wRap

Apr 04, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Majority of Filipinos approve of Aquino's work – Pulse Asia survey

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Only President Benigno Aquino III gets a majority approval rating while none of the country s top officials get a majority trust rating in the March 2016 Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey

In this file photo, President Benigno Aquino III delivers his message during the celebration of Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang, February 2, 2016. Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

HIGHLIGHTS: Opening of the Philippine Congress

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:15 AM

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Who's who in the 2016 senatorial surveys

May 06, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Incumbent returning senators top the surveys on the 2016 senatorial elections

Walden Bello, PH lawmakers to hold dialogue with OFWs in HK

Mar 12, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Seven other legislators from the House of Representative join Bello on the trip

Bicam OKs P2.6T 2015 budget; adopts compromise on 'savings'

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:57 PM

UPDATED Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are gearing to ratify the budget bill next week and later submit it to Malacañang for the President s signature

BICAM: Senators and representatives reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget

Freedom of Information bill moves to House plenary

Nov 24, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The House committee on public information votes 10 3 to approve the proposed Freedom of Information Act; The bill now moves to the plenary for deliberations

House proposes reimbursement for ILP participants

Nov 16, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Are you an interruptible load program ILP participant? Congress is proposing government to shoulder your self generation costs

ILP PERKS. The House Committee on Energy proposes government to reimburse establishments their costs incurred in generating their own energy.

Aquino to have 'limited' emergency powers – Umali

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Rep Reynaldo Umali says a joint Congressional resolution will allow President Aquino to deal with the looming energy crisis but without the option of contracting additional capacity

POWER SHORTAGE. President Benigno Aquino III discusses in his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 the looming blackouts Luzon is facing

House committee can OK Charter change in a month – Belmonte

Jan 23, 2014 - 5:50 PM

The Speaker hopes to get the support of the President once Aquino is made to understand that only economic provisions will be amended

DETERMINED: Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr will proceed with his Charter change resolution. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Rival NGOs beat Napoles in House 'pork barrel'

Oct 19, 2013 - 4:42 PM

Napoles may be the poster queen of pork barrel but she does not have a monopoly of the PDAF of House members

Solon calls for probe into stem cell therapy

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:27 PM

Rep Doy Leachon files a resolution calling for a probe in aid of legislation on the conduct of stem cell therapy in the Philippines

Pork: Killing our democracy softly

Jul 28, 2013 - 1:09 PM

Our country is addicted to pork; and this addiction is part of what fundamentally prevents good governance from taking root


How congressmen voted for Speaker

Jul 23, 2013 - 10:30 PM

Members of the 16th Congress elected Quezon City s Feliciano Belmonte Jr as Speaker and San Juan s Ronaldo Zamora as Minority Leader Here s the list of who voted for whom

'Race for House minority leadership still fluid'

Jun 26, 2013 - 6:17 PM

Leyte Rep Martin Romualdez says Lakas still can t determine their numbers in the House San Juan Rep Ronaldo Zamora is also positioning as minority leader

FOI in 2013? Palace still on wait-see mode

Dec 29, 2012 - 6:51 PM

Malacañang says it wants debates on the FOI bill to move in Congress before acting on the measure

FOI bill need not be certified urgent - Belmonte

Dec 18, 2012 - 2:59 PM

The FOI bill may be voted on second reading by January 2013 after Congress goes on a one month break starting December 22

Fellow solons tell Pacquiao: 'We're still proud of you'

Dec 09, 2012 - 2:56 PM

They are quick to comfort him by declaring on Twitter that for them he s still the best fighter

Marcos: Senate RH vote still possible

Nov 25, 2012 - 1:32 PM

Sen Bongbong Marcos will help push for a vote on the RH bill after the Senate passes the national budget

Palace on RH ‘war’: It’s up to House

Nov 11, 2012 - 7:37 PM

The Palace says it leaves it up to House lawmakers to move the RH bill to a vote this week

Half of Pinoy smokers likely to quit if sin taxes increase - survey

Sep 14, 2012 - 7:29 PM

23 of Filipino adults smoke regularly or at least weekly according to poll results released by the Laylo Research Strategies

Lawmakers criticize BIR, Customs for missing targets

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:43 PM

Opposition lawmakers chide the finance department for its agencies revenue collection shortfalls as the 2013 budget face uphill battle in Congress

The RH bill and hopes for a better life

Aug 29, 2012 - 6:54 PM

Filipinos must knock on the doors of their legislators to make sure the RH bill moves in both the House and the Senate