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Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill

May 30, 2020 - 11:16 PM

The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

ANTI TERROR BILL. Anakpawis Party-list and peasant group from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas rally in 2018 against the Human Security Act of 2007 which SB 1083 or the Anti Terror Bill seeks to repeal and strengthen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘Dissent is duty, not crime’: Filipinos slam anti-terrorism bill

May 29, 2020 - 9:05 PM

#JunkTerrorBill tops Twitter trends as Filipinos online criticize the dangerous provisions of the anti-terror bill

LIVE: Senate committee of the whole inquiry on COVID-19 measures

May 27, 2020 - 1:07 PM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on non-expiration of franchises

May 27, 2020 - 9:24 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on managing health emergencies

May 26, 2020 - 10:58 AM

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WATCH: Senate hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

May 19, 2020 - 8:43 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on resumption of public transport

May 11, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler at 10:30 am on Monday, May 11

[OPINION] Heherson Alvarez writes 30

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Senator Alvarez seemed to have been born to controversy. And he loved it. He embraced it.'

Congress reins in Duterte's special budget powers

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Cures and fixes notwithstanding, the new law may still be unnecessary because it is superfluous

SURPRISE INSPECTION. President Duterte talks to cops manning a checkpoint at the Valenzuela-Meycauayan boundary on March 17, 2020. Photo of PSG Commander Col. Jesus Durante, posted on the Facebook page of PCOO Usec Lorraine Badoy

‘Hospitalized’ NGCP chief skips Senate hearing on China role in power grid

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:22 PM

'We do acknolwedge his medical condition, assuming that it's true and confirmed,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian as he suspends the 21-minute hearing

'AT THE HOSPITAL'. Mr. Anthony Almeda, president and CEO of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines at the Senate hearing on February 3, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH senators to skip global lawmakers assembly over coronavirus threat

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Philippine Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Inter-Parliamentary Union executive committee is 'reviewing the situation and may decide not to convene the assembly due to the Covid-19 outbreak'

CORONAVIRUS THREAT. Senator Panfilo Lacson at the 141st Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Serbia. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

LIVE: Senate hearing on the GCTA law

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:59 AM

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[EDITORIAL] The real terror in our midst

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:01 AM

While the terrorism threat is real, laws that empower dishonest, unprofessional policemen and give these petty gunslingers super powers are the bigger threats

LIVE: Senate hearing on ABS-CBN franchise

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:59 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on Senate concurrence in ending treaties

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:03 AM

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Bill lowering corporate tax moves to Senate plenary

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Finance hopes Citira will hurdle the Senate before Congress goes on break by March 14

TAX REFORM. Workers in a manufacturing plant. Shutterstock photo

LIVE: Senate hearing on PH-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:49 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

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Villar on higher galunggong prices: 'Why eat it if too expensive?'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'Bakit ba patay na patay tayo? Mahal na ang galunggong. [Eh di] 'wag kumain ng galunggong,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, as the price of the fish shoots up

Senator Cynthia Villar answers questions from the senate media during Christmas lunch of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) ngd Nationalista Party (NP) senators. December 10, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

VP as drug czar? Pimentel says job for Duterte's alter ego only

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Former top cops-turned-lawmakers Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa believe that only the President has 'sufficient authority' over law enforcement officials

DRUG CZAR? President Rodrigo Duterte claims he will make Vice President Leni Robredo as drug czar for 6 months. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Now moot, SC junks Calida's petition to stop Senate probe into firm contracts

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The High Court does not set concrete guidelines for Senate investigations. If a new senator decides to launch a new probe, this decision cannot stop the probe.

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida tries to stop the Senate investigation into his family-owned security firm that has bagged at least 16 government contracts since he became solicitor general in 2016. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the proposed immunization program policy

Sep 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on looming increase in ATM fees

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:05 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on the divorce bill

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:14 AM

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WATCH: Senate hearing on provincial bus ban

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:06 AM

The harrowing gridlock along EDSA due to the dry run of the ban left thousands stranded

WATCH: Senate hearing on Philhealth, DOH corruption allegations

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam

Gatchalian says ROTC bill to cost gov't P38 billion a year if passed

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says the proposed Reserve Officers' Training Corps bill would cost the government nearly as much as the free tuition law

NOT CHUMP CHANGE. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that the estimated amount for the ROTC bill is as expensive as the free tuition law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa flares up at activist during ROTC hearing

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The senator flies into a rage when a youth activist contrasted the possible release of rape-murder convict Antonio Sanchez, with killings in the war on drugs

UPSET. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa after the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture hearing on the ROTC Act for Senior High School on August 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on mandatory ROTC

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:06 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to ensure the passage of a bill that would make the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mandatory for senior high school students

House, Senate eye 'zero veto' in 18th Congress

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:01 AM

'Hopefully, we can avoid any possibility of a presidential veto by working closely with Cabinet members and Senate officials,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

ZERO VETO GOAL. Cabinet officials meet with Congress leaders on the Duterte administration's priority measures.  Credit Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s Facebook page

Lacson to 'test' Duterte's crackdown on corruption

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says official action on his exposés on anomalies in government would show whether the President's anti-corruption vow is just 'lip service or a serious call to arms'

TEST. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the President's call to end corruption is a test. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pia Cayetano defends political clan: 'We're elected'

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano, who has 4 relatives in elected positions, says she keeps an 'open mind' regarding anti-dynasty bills

POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senator Pia Cayetano, who comes back to Senate for the 18th Congress, comes from a political dynasty. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima: Rising deaths of children in drug war makes U.N. probe 'more urgent'

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. A relative of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina holds her portait at her funeral mass in Rizal province on July 9, 2019. She was killed in a drug operation that targeted her father. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Drilon seeks ban on garbage importation

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the passage of his proposed bill will 'send a clear message to other countries that the Philippines is not a landfill'

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

Sotto doubts senators will support death penalty for plunder

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty for drug trafficking stands a better chance in the Senate

DEATH PENALTY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III expressed support on the bill reinstating death penalty for cases of plunder  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Davao boys to push for death penalty in Senate

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:37 PM

'Marami tayong kakampi diyan. Ngayon, tulungan na kami,' says incoming Senator Ronald dela Rosa on the prospects of passing a law reimposing death penalty

DAVAO BOYS. Senators-elect Christopher Go and Ronald dela Rosa talks to reporters on their 'first day of school' as they attended the orientation on the inner workings of the institution. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Angara sponsors bill seeking to increase tobacco taxes

May 27, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Senate ways and means committee report proposes a starting tax rate of P45 per cigarette pack in 2020, followed by a series of annual P5 increases until the rate reaches P60 in 2023

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo

WATCH: New senators flash Duterte fist pump – except for 2

May 22, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Reelected senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay refuse to join their fellow winners in making the trademark salute to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S SENATE? Winning senators in the 2019 elections, except for Senators-elect Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, make President Rodrigo Duterte's trademark fist pump. Rappler screenshot

12 new senators proclaimed, boosting Duterte's power

May 22, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The new senators include Duterte aide Bong Go and Marcos daughter Imee Marcos, wiping out opposition bets and tightening the President's grip on Congress

DUTERTE AIDE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas raises the hand of Senator-elect Bong Go during the proclamation of new senators on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor group to voters: Guarantee independent Senate

May 11, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'We, in all earnestness and hope, invite you to elect candidates who shall stand with you, protect you, treat you with dignity and respect, and truly liberate you,' says labor group Sentro

INDEPENDENT. Labor group Sentro calls on the independence of the Senate, as it was during the 17th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Whom exactly are the youth voting for?

May 04, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The idealism accorded to young people might all be wishful thinking

Gov’t income and jobs for Filipinos ‘lost’ to Chinese workers – Villanueva

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva reprimands Pagcor: ‘Wala kayong masyadong ginagawa to regulate and vet these foreign nationals working here’

REGULATE. Senator Joel Villanueva hits the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation for its laxity in regulating Philippine Online Gaming Operations companies. Photo from Office of Joel Villanueva

Beyond legislation: Powers, roles of Philippine lawmakers

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Congress plays a vital role in exacting accountability from other branches in government

Rights groups protest outside Senate vs lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Child rights' groups including the Council for the Welfare of Children and Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns appeal to senators to focus on the proper implementation of the law instead

Children'€™s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange

Dec 04, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, December 4, at 12 nn

De Lima seeks probe into rise of casinos in PH

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says the rise of the gaming industry may make the country 'susceptible to money laundering, fraud, and other illegal activities'

Lapeña no-show in Senate P11-B shabu probe

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon says ex-Customs chief Isidro Lapeña cited his turn over to his successor as reason for his absence but the ceremony is scheduled a day after the Senate hearing

EX-CUSTOMS CHIEF. Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena skips the Senate hearing on the missing P11-billion shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on P11B worth shabu slipping past Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The blue ribbon committee looks into the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, October 30

Poe to 3rd telco bidders: Don't delay selection process

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says companies vying to become the 3rd telecommunications player can complain before the courts, but must not be a cause of delay for the selection process

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22