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Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:53 AM

The work is cut out for the lawmakers forming the bicameral conference committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, with its House and Senate versions proposing conflicting amendments

BICAM BEGINS. Legislators will spend a week to tackle the conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions of the BBL

Duterte didn't lobby enough, only 5 of 18 priority bills became laws

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) In two years, President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council only 4 times

DISTRACTED? Thirteen bills prioritized by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first two SONAs remain pending in both the House and the Senate. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Akbayan’s Villarin and Hontiveros are not in a relationship

May 31, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A blog falsely translates Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin's Filipino quote concerning his party mate Senator Risa Hontiveros

Screenshot from uploaded by the Trending PH bog claiming a romantic relationship between Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin and Senator Hontiveros

Makabayan lawmakers file bill for P750 national minimum wage

May 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Isang malaking kalokohan para sabihin pa natin na mas mura lahat ng bagay kapag ikaw ay nakatira sa probinsiya,' says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

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

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House approves divorce bill on 3rd reading

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

House Bill 7303 is the farthest that any proposal to introduce divorce has made it in the lower chamber

Filipinos to have national IDs soon after Senate, House pass bill

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of Senate Bill 1738, says at present there are 33 different ID cards issued by various government agencies, which lead to 'duplication of efforts and uncoordinated identity approaches'

NATIONAL IDs. Congress is soon to finalize the bill seeking to establish the Philippine ID System.

Umali: No 'small lady' in Sereno impeachment

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The chairman of the House justice committee says there's more than enough evidence to convict Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

TWO IMPEACHMENTS. Reynaldo Umali works on both impeachments against two succeeding Chief Justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves divorce bill on 2nd reading

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:55 PM

This is the farthest a divorce law proposal has gone in the legislative process

LANDMARK BILL. The House approves on 2nd reading a divorce law proposal. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Enrile 'volunteered' to join Sereno prosecutors – Umali

Mar 11, 2018 - 2:47 PM

'There are no strings to his volunteering his services,' says House justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali

SERENO PROSECUTION TEAM. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile is likely to joint the House prosecution team in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Umali, Fariñas: Sereno impeachment different from Corona trial

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Unlike the Corona impeachment, the Sereno impeachment went through the scrutiny of the House committee on justice

TALE OF TWO IMPEACHMENTS. Representatives Reynaldo Umali (center) and Rodolfo Fariñas (in white) during the justice committee's hearing on March 8, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: House panel vote on probable cause in Sereno impeachment

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:01 PM

38 members of the House committee on justice deem there is probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, while 2 members dissent

IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE. Committee members huddle during before voting on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel votes: Impeach Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

After months of deliberations, the House justice committee decides there's probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

GO FOR IMPEACHMENT. House impeachment committee chairman Reynaldo Umali presides during one of the many hearings to tackle the Sereno impeachment complaint. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel votes on Sereno impeachment

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:08 AM

How will the House committee on justice tackle probable cause in the complaint?

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

Calida petitions Supreme Court to remove Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:28 PM

All will be watching SC justices, especially the group known to be constitutionalists, and how they will act on this very crucial episode in the judiciary's history

QUO WARRANTO. Solicitor General Jose Calida petitions the Supreme Court to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

BIR: It's ‘possible’ Sereno violated tax code 6 times

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa estimates that Sereno apparently failed to pay the bureau around P2 million, including interest and surcharges. Her camp says she paid P8.67 million for income earned from Piatco from 2004-2009.

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC official quits post as Sereno impeachment hearing draws to a close

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Mendoza’s appointment is the topic of discussion of the House justice committee on Tuesday morning, as one of the last grounds in lawyer Larry Gadon’s impeachment complaint

SC CONTROVERSY. PMC head Brenda Jay Mendoza quits as Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tries to fend off an impeachment case. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel to wrap up Sereno impeachment hearing

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:10 AM

After 5 months, the House impeachment committee is finally set to finish deliberations on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

WRAPPING UP. House impeachment committee chairman Reynaldo Umali says the House is another step closer to deciding on an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Can the 17th Congress pass a divorce law?

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Lawmaker Edcel Lagman is among those who argue that divorce is needed in the Philippines

SC justices decry 'manipulation, injustice' of Sereno inclusion in JBC list

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

They say Maria Lourdes Sereno was included in the shortlist for Chief Justice even if she failed to submit her SALNs, documents that are required of all government officials

JBC MANIPULATION? Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta testifies before the House committee on justice's hearing into an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Train to nowhere?

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections

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

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

Watch the hearing on Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Watch highlights of the hearing on Rappler

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

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

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

Watch the 6PM wRap with Chay Hofileña

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

Stay tuned for the highlights

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