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De Lima files bill to shield campus journalists from harassment

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This comes after San Beda Senior High School stopped 'The Bedan Roar' from releasing its edition that tackled President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM. Senator Leila de Lima wants a new law to protect campush journalists. Rappler screeshot

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

Duque hits Garin over 'poor planning' for Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the project's problems can be traced to 'very defective' planning by former health chief Janette Garin and her team

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HOAX: Bam Aquino quote on 'tambays'

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The opposition senator did not say what was quoted in the viral photo

FACT CHECK: No resignation announcement from Trillanes

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The blog post contains a vlog about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s October 15, 2017 dare to President Duterte that says he would resign from the Senate if his allegations about the billions of pesos in Duterte's 17 bank accounts are proven false

De Lima calls Calida 'new role model in gov't corruption'

Jun 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says allowing Solicitor General Jose Calida's company to bag government contracts is like 'normalizing thievery and mainstreaming plunder'

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Cynthia Villar slammed over business interests anew

May 31, 2018 - 11:17 PM

'Bakit ako palagi, Vista Land ang pinupuna nila? Bakit nagagalit ba sila sa akin o pinupulitika nila ako?' Cynthia Villar asks critics

LIVE: Senate hearing on post-disaster resettlement programs

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Watch the hearing live on Wednesday, May 30

Villar confronts oppositor questioning Vista Land's Boracay permit in CA hearing

May 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Bakit ba binabanggit mo puro Vista Land? Galit ka ba sa akin? Is this a political issue or a legitimate issue?' asks Senator Cynthia Villar, whose family owns Vista Land

Photo by Angie de Silva

LIST: Tito Sotto's accomplishments, bills signed into law

May 24, 2018 - 12:08 PM

New Senate President Vicente Sotto III is the most senior member of the chamber yet criticisms against him abound. What has he done in his two decades in the Senate?

Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] The working boy Tito, Department of Tulfos, gown ni Meghan, at iba pang butil ng kaalaman

May 23, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Puwede naman tayong mag-ipon ng talino kahit hindi natin alam kung kailan natin gagamitin. Dahil ang solusyon sa mga kinakaharap nating suliranin sa buhay para mag-survive ay hindi parang quiz o exam, na dapat pasado ang marka.

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Netizens hit Sotto's past blunders as he takes over Senate

May 21, 2018 - 8:55 PM

After Vicente Sotto III's election as Senate president, some Filipinos remind the public about the controversies he got involved in before. But others say Sotto, as the most senior member of the Senate, deserves the post.

Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel resigns as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'

koko pimentel press con may 21. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Edgardo Angara's Baler homecoming

May 19, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The remains of former Senate president Edgardo Angara arrive in Baler, Aurora, where residents can pay their final respects to their hometown hero

SALUTE TO LOLO. Senator Sonny Angara's son joins soldiers in saluting the late Senate president Edgardo Angara

FACT CHECK: Old news clips used in 'latest update' on complaints vs Trillanes

May 18, 2018 - 4:28 PM

A video in a blog post mentions ethics complaints and cases being faced by or prepared against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. However, the blog post falsely claims that these have already reached the courts courtesy of Senator Vicente Sotto III.

Sotto: I won’t allow Senate to be 'trampled' on

May 18, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Senators expect Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to provide the kind of protective leadership that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III failed to show when his party mate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, attacked the Senate

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate Majoriry Leader Vicente Sotto III is reportedly poised to become the next Senate president. File photo from Senate PRIB

Sotto as Senate president? Reorganization looms ahead of Duterte's SONA

May 18, 2018 - 1:26 AM

A draft resolution signed by 14 senators is leaked even as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denies there are efforts to replace him

OUSTER? Talks are rife Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is set to replace Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III next week. Sourced photo

14 senators file resolution urging SC to review Sereno ouster

May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(2ND UPDATE) '[It] sets a dangerous precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the legislative branch to initiate, try, and decide all cases of impeachment,' says Senate Resolution 738

REVIEW. Senators sign a resolution urging the Supreme Court to review its decision on the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo

Senate OKs bill recognizing British School Manila as internat'l education institution

May 16, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The bill's approval comes two months after the Department of Education order for British School Manila to comply with requirements to legally operate in the country as an international school

BRITISH SCHOOL MANILA. The 2016 facade of British School Manila. Photo by author DTinayBSM from Wikipedia.

Ex-presidents Estrada, Arroyo: Ed Angara's work 'larger than life'

May 16, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Edgardo Angara was a giant among legal luminaries and a skillful public servant. He wore many hats and he wore them well,' says former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her eulogy

Photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Former Senate president Edgardo Angara’s last hours in Tagaytay

May 14, 2018 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) His son, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara shares with the media his father's last photos from the latter's house in Tagaytay, and an account of his last hours

Gov't officials pay tribute to ex-Senate president Edgardo Angara

May 13, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'His name will always be prominent in the pages of our country's modern political history. He will be missed,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on former Senate president Edgardo Angara

Former Senate president Edgardo Angara dies

May 13, 2018 - 1:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Angara's son, Senator Sonny Angara, says his father died 'from an apparent heart attack'

NEW ENVOY. Former Senate President Edgardo Angara is Duterte's special envoy for to the European Union. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Sereno ouster opens 'bottomless pit of power' for SolGen, says Drilon

May 11, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'This decision makes the Solicitor General the most powerful official in the bureaucracy, even more powerful than both the House of Representatives and the Senate insofar as the removal of impeachable officers is concerned,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

Senators on Sereno ouster: ‘Black day for justice’

May 11, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(5TH UPDATE) 'The Supreme Court has fallen, and fallen hard in the eyes of the public,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

BLACK DAY. Supporters of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hold up banners as the Supreme Court deliberated on the quo warranto petition against Sereno on May 11, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dela Rosa: I want to run for senator, but...

May 09, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'Ako, Senado, kung ako'ng masusunod ah,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa after being asked to choose between running for senator or governor

SENATOR 'BATO'? Ronald dela Rosa at his first flag raising ceremony as Bureau of Corrections chief. Sourced photo

Senators welcome appointment of 'clean, very qualified' tourism chief

May 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

'We believe in her competence and integrity as the new tourism secretary,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on the appointment of Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat checks an item at an agriculture fair. Photo from the Department of Agriculture Facebook page

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into China missiles in Spratlys

May 07, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'This alleged militarization of the West Philippine Sea is very alarming and it poses a big threat to the country's national defense and security,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a resolution

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the disputed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Senators want info drive amid public sentiments vs cha-cha, federalism

May 02, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Opposition senators say the government should listen to Filipinos' voices and instead focus on solving gut issues

Photo by Alex Nueva España/Senate

De Lima joins call for Senate probe into Boracay closure

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Senator Leila de Lima questions President Rodrigo Duterte's order, saying his administration 'failed to present consistent and clear plan of action on how to go about the island's rehabilitation'

PROBE BORACAY CLOSURE. Detained Senator Leila de Lima jons calls for a Senate probe into the closure of Boracay to tourists. De Lima's photo from the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

Senate President Sotto? 'I'm open to it'

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

When asked if Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III will step down once he files his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 elections, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says there have been discussions 'to that effect'

SENATE PRESIDENT. Majority leader Vicente Sotto III said he was open to possible assuming the leadership role at the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ultimate betrayal

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?

Aquino hits 'Dick Gordon show,' draft report on Dengvaxia

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'In legislative inquiries that I participated in, the process is [to] gather facts then arrive at a conclusion. The Dick Gordon show started with a conclusion and tried to produce facts to support it,' former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon clears Ubial of liability despite Dengvaxia program expansion

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'She can be a witness later on. She was pressured.... As far as we are concerned, she was not the most guilty,' says Senator Richard Gordon, a staunch administration ally

Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

Senators on Aguirre resignation: Time for someone 'credible, capable' in DOJ

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'The Filipino people deserve a credible, capable, and respectable justice secretary who will lead with integrity and rebuild our trust in the Department of Justice,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

OUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has resigned from the Duterte Cabinet following a series of controversies in the Department of Justice. File photo from Lito Boras/ Rappler

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Liberal Party to form 'The Resistance' slate for 2019 elections

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:50 PM

'Resistance is our movement. We must vigorously resist the slide to authoritarianism and anti-democratic rule,' says Liberal Party president and opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

Photo by Liberal Party Media

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan

Kabayan's Salo changes tune, endorses Roque for Senate

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's former nemesis in the House endorses a possible bid for the Senate in 2019

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announces that the scholarship program for medical students and midwifery are now available in three partner schools in Cebu and Visayas during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018. YANCY LIM

Senate OK needed in Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal? Trillanes, Pimentel clash

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawals is in the 1987 Constitution 'by implication,' but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III disagrees

File photo

19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

Pimentel to Cordillerans: There'll be 2019 elections despite charter change efforts

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:25 PM

One of the contested issues in Baguio about federalism is its effect on the Cordillera Administrative Region's quest for autonomy

PUBLIC CONSULTATION. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (standing) proposes a return to the two-party system during the Senate hearing on constitutional revision in Baguio City, attended by (from left) Benigno Aquino IV, Panfilo Lacson, Francisc Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, and Nancy Binay at the University of Cordilleras on Friday, March 16, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Inciting to sedition: Charges filed vs Trillanes over anti-Duterte speech

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivered a privilege speech on October 3, 2017, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of undeclared bank transactions of P2 billion

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cayetano voted in favor of Int'l Criminal Court membership in 2011

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Then senator Alan Peter Cayetano agreed to the committee report and the final Senate concurrence with the ratification of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court

Joining Cayetano during his oath-taking ceremony were his wife Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni 'Lani' Cayetano, his sister Taguig City-Pateros Second District Representative and former Senator Pia Cayetano and her son Lucas, his brother Lino Cayetano, Fille Cayetano and Jennifer Reyes. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO