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Sereno camp tells Gadon to ‘review his law' over cross-examining witnesses

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao says it would be a 'mockery of the law' if she is denied her right to counsel and her right to cross-examine witnesses through her lawyers

IMPEACHMENT. The spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hits her critic lawyer Larry Gadon anew. File photos by Rappler

Trillanes files plunder complaint vs Gordon over P193M pork to Red Cross

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) The opposition senator rehashes accusations that Red Cross funds were used for Gordon's 2010 and 2013 electoral campaigns

SENATOR VS SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  arrives at the Office of the Ombudsman to file a plunder complaint against fellow senator Richard Gordon on November 8, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 2-8, 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

De Lima staff demand public apology from bloggers over 'taunting' photo

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:58 AM

'No sir, masaya po kami naka-detain siya,' Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto proudly says in a public hearing when asked to apologize to detained Senator Leila de Lima

NUJP hits Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto as 'barefaced liar'

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:03 PM

'That Nieto did all this under oath should have earned him a perjury charge or a contempt citation at the very least,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

FAKE NEWS. Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto, also a consultant at the Department of Foreign Affairs, appeared at the Senate hearing on fake news online. Photo by Rappler

'Fake news queen': Netizens slam Mocha Uson for playing victim

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:22 PM

'Andito ako para suportahan ang hearing na ito dahil ako po ay biktima ng fake news', Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson says at the Senate hearing on fake news

WATCH: Senate hearing on fake news online

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Watch the hearing held last Wednesday, October 4 on Rappler

Senate pays tribute to late senator Dominador Aytona

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III describes former senator Dominador Aytona as a public official who 'did not forget the welfare of the ordinary Filipino'

TRIBUTE. The Senate holds a necrological rites for former senator Dominador Aytona. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

'Motherly' Miriam Santiago honored on 1st death anniversary

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Family, friends, and youth supporters remember the soft side of the feisty senator who was like a mother to those who were close to her

Senators urge Duterte to give Miriam Santiago highest civilian honor

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The Senate adopts resolutions seeking the conferment of the Quezon Service Cross on the late senator, ahead of her first death anniversary

QUEZON CROSS. Members of the Senate urge President Rodrigo Duterte to confer the Quezon Service Cross Award to the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Memorial service set for Miriam Santiago's 1st death anniversary

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The event at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on Friday, September 29, is open to the public

IRON LADY. Family and friends are set to commemorate the first death anniversary of esteemed senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Friday, September 29, 2017. File photo

Drilon admits he underwent fraternity hazing

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Like Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, we all went through this in our younger days. We all know what happens in initiation rights when you go through hazing,' says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Aegis Juris not an accredited UST organization in 2017

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:55 PM

University of Santo Tomas officials also say Aegis Juris did not inform the school about its welcoming rites, violating the Anti-Hazing Act

PROUD FRATERNITY. An Aegis Juris pamphlet  shows faces of known attorneys in congratulating members who passed the 2016 bar exam. Rappler file photo

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

Senate panel says ethics case vs Trillanes sufficient in form, substance

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Of the 9 points raised by Senator Richard Gordon in his complaint 8 are considered substantial by the Senate ethics committee

In this file photo, Senators Antonio Trillanes (L) and Richard Gordon (R) attend a Senate committee hearing on the Bureau of Customs smuggling case on September 7, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

2 affidavits on Carl Arnaiz? Cop says cabbie 'afraid' the first time

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

PO2 Rodolfo Bautista says the taxi driver Tomas Bagcal was too afraid to speak to him in detail during his first testimony

INVESTIGATOR. PO2 Rodolfo Bautista faces senators as they probe the case of Carl Arnaiz. Rappler screengrab

Minority asks Pimentel to help reverse notice to visit De Lima

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We hope that Senate President Pimentel will stand by his previous assertions of the Senate s independence says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

VISIT. The Senate minority bloc visits detained Senator Leila de Lima in detention in Camp Crame. File Photo from De Lima's office

Gordon files ethics complaint vs 'unparliamentary' Trillanes

Sep 04, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV maintains he did not commit any improper or unparliamentary act

ETHICS. Senator Richard Gordon files an ethics complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over 'unparliamentary' conduct. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pimentel contradicts Duterte: Ombudsman entitled to full term

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III points out that the Constitution mandates a term of 7 years for the Ombudsman

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

Senators to Marcoses: Return all ill-gotten wealth, not just 'crumbs'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Kung ano ang kabuuan na ninakaw ibalik Di naman yung pinaambunan ka lang ayos na says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos (left), Congresswoman Imelda Marcos (center) and Former senator Bongbong Marcos (right) on August 9, 2017, during Inquiry into the use by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte tobaco excise tax to purchase of motor vehicles made through cash advances without the benefit of public biddings for the total amount of P66.45 million. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes calls for Senate probe into BOC corruption after exposé

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says an inquiry is needed to finally carry out reforms in the scandal plagued Bureau of Customs

'A little bit awkward': De Lima recalls Pimentel visit

Aug 27, 2017 - 7:40 PM

We had a bit of kamustahan and focused more on the legislative agenda not much on my condition inside detention says Senator Leila de Lima

Rappler Talk: Koko Pimentel on leading the Senate under Duterte

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:57 PM

What is it like to become Senate President under the Duterte administration?

De Lima seeks SC permission to attend Senate hearing on Kian

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima files an urgent petition before the Supreme Court saying she must fulfill her duties as a senator

JUSTICE FOR KIAN. Simultaneous rallies are held on August 21, 2017 in Cebu, Caloocan and the People Power Monument in Quezon City to condemn the killing of Kian Delos Santos, killed in a police raid against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Drilon to Senate majority: Be impartial in probe into Kian's death

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:04 PM

While the majority bloc s move was late opposition senators still welcome their move to investigate the drug related killings under President Rodrigo Duterte

Senate majority seeks probe into Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 20, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The senators condemn the recent spate of abuses by the police resulting in excessive and unnecessary deaths in the war on drugs

Photo by Ange De Silva/Rappler

Trillanes wants Davao councilor summoned to P6.4-B shabu probe

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Why would a councilor from Davao City be dealing with some brokers? And this Small Abellera is known in Davao City to be very close to Paolo Duterte says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

'BEAR IT.' Senator Antonio Trillanes has this advice for his colleagues in jail: just grin and bear it. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Uber asks LTFRB to change suspension to fine

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will need one more week to hear the new request In the meantime Uber remains suspended

Photo from LTFRB

Drilon hits Pernia for saying criticism vs Duterte a risk to economy

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM

So we cannot criticize [the administration] because we will be considered as causing disunity to the nation? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia

Gov’t workers hail Senate passage of ILO convention

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

ILO Convention 151 protects government workers rights to organize and negotiate employment conditions

FRONTLINER. DSWD staff accepting requests for assistance at the agency's crisis intervention unit. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Senate approves bill prohibiting expiry dates on gift certificates

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Excluded from the bill s coverage are gift checks issued to customers under loyalty rewards or promotional programs coupons and vouchers

File photo

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The bill also seeks to limit the marketing sale and distribution of the product allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it

Image from Shutterstock

Senate cites 2 Chinese in contempt for links to P6.4-B shabu

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Richard Tan and Manny Li the alleged shipper and middleman in the case involving P6 4 billion worth of shabu are evasive and inconsistent during a Senate hearing

CONTEMPT. The Senate cites Chinese nationals Richard Tan (R) and Manny Li (L) in contempt for being 'evasive' and inconsistent during the hearing on the P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment. Photos by Joseph Vidal

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

After 'dental emergency,' Faeldon skips Senate probe due to confinement

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says he has been confined at the Manila East Medical Center since Tuesday August 8 due to hypertension and acute coronary syndrome

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Senators admit links to 'middleman' in P6.4-B shabu shipment

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Alleged middleman Kenneth Dong was a campaign donor of Villanueva while Recto Hontiveros Zubiri and Pangilinan were his wedding sponsors

TIES. At least 4 senators admit to their links to Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the P6.4-billion worth of shabu shipment from China.

Malacañang wants thorough probe into wealth claims vs Comelec chair

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:29 AM

UPDATED The National Bureau of Investigation will look into allegations that Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista illegally amassed nearly P1 billion

UNEXPLAINED WEALTH? Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista is accused by his wife of having 'unexplained wealth.' File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 30-August 5, 2017

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Must watch videos from this week

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

LIVE: Senate hearing on LTFRB issues vs Grab, Uber and Taxi Passenger Bill of Rights

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:48 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Thursday August 3

Taxi operators: Asking for higher fares is like Uber, Grab surge pricing

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Pagka ang pasahero magpapahatid sa lugar na matraffic malulugi yung driver says the head of the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association

ALLOWED. Unaccredited taxis arrive for the arriving passengers in Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

Uber to LTFRB: Don't impose ancient rules on technological innovations

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:25 PM

What we are asking for is the right regulation and right process We cannot impose 1900s level of regulation says Uber s Yves Gonzalez

REGULATIONS. Uber Philippines has asked the government to stop imposing ancient rules on today's technology innovations. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The President accepted that the Senate will retain flexibility insofar as finally deciding the amounts of taxes Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says after legislators 3 hour meeting with the Chief Executive

TRO ON IMPLANTS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in appeal to lift the temporary restraining order on 2 brands of implant.

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

Malacañang file photo

Duterte warns Congress about 'new' ISIS plots in Mindanao

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte has also requested additional 20 000 soldiers in Mindanao

Malacañang file photo

Senators see customs, Chinese 'connivance' in P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Aug 01, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It s clear customs people are involved says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon If 604 kilos of shabu got past the BOC this one time ilan pa ang nakalusot?

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

With CIDG 12 post, Supt Marvin Marcos may qualify for promotion

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Will the cop linked to the killing of a detained mayor eventually be promoted to senior superintendent?

SENIOR OFFICER SOON? Marvin Marcos, currently the CIDG 12 head, attends a Senate hearing in December 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler