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LIVE: Senate hearing on the GCTA law

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:36 AM

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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

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Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: It's a crime to make fun of PWDs

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The senator calls out the government's communications official for 'mocking the people she serves'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Like Piñol, Villar urges Filipinos to plant vegetables to cope with inflation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'Hindi natin ma-stop ang hoarder, hindi natin ma-stop ang cartel, hindi natin ma-stop ang smuggling, we take care of ourselves,' says Senator Cynthia Villar

LIVE: Senate hearing on the NAIA runway accident

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Watch the hearing on the Xiamen Air mishap at the NAIA runway live on Monday, September 10

[WRAP | Day 6] AFP chief Galvez, Honasan push for rule of law in Trillanes case

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Gregorio Honasan II, both granted amnesty for failed coups, say due process must be followed

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[WRAP | Day 3] Looming Trillanes arrest jolts PH from sleep

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV runs to the Supreme Court, but hours later rumors spread that he is set to be arrested while the nation is in slumber

LOOMING ARREST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV joins his supporters for a Mass at the Senate, where he is seeking sanctuary, on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate eyes passage of universal health care bill by October

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:43 PM

But committee chair Senator JV Ejercito says the current squabble over Malacañang's decision to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty is 'affecting' the passage of bills

HEALTH CARE. (L-R) Kabayan representative Ron Salo, Quezon 4th district representative Angelina Tan, Senator JV Ejercito, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque, Senator Risa Hontiveros push for the passage of the universal health care bill. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

LIVE: Senate session, September 4 2018

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:46 PM

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HE SAID, HE SAID. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of not declaring a bank account in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

Drilon urges Carpio to apply as next chief justice

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:58 PM

'The President’s statement that seniority is his major and principal consideration in appointing individuals to the government boosts Carpio’s chance of becoming the next chief justice,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

SC JUSTICES. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (6th from right) and other Supreme Court justices at the oath-taking of the country's new lawyers on June 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Imports to address inflation? Support farmers instead – Bam Aquino

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:46 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV warns rice tariffication might be another 'knee-jerk reaction' to bring down inflation

INFLATION. Senator Bam Aquino says the government should support local farmers and fishermen instead of relying on imports to curb inflation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

SC limits Senate detention period for persons cited in contempt

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'The indefinite detention of persons cited in contempt impairs their constitutional right to liberty,' rules the Supreme Court

CITED IN CONTEMPT. The Senate public order committee cites Arvin Balag (R), alleged Grand Praefectus of the Aegis Juris fraternity, in contempt. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel hits Mocha Uson over lewd, 'bullshit' federalism dance

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Uson should be removed from the government's federalism campaign, says Senator Koko Pimentel

Arroyo wants House to 'work hand in hand' with Senate for federalism

Jul 31, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'We will be working closely with the Senate and find a common ground to push forward the approval of the federal constitution,' says Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez, relaying what Speaker Gloria Mapacagal-Arroyo told her allies

ARROYO ALLIES. Representatives Magnolia Antonino and Alfredo Benitez call for a press conference after meeting with Speaker Gloria Arroyo on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on electoral reforms

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

On the agenda for the July 31 hearing: increase in campaign expenditures, alleged electoral fraud in 2016

Senate conducts surprise drug test for employees

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Gregorio Honasan II volunteered to undergo the procedure first

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Trillanes seeks to increase combat pay for soldiers

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The sad reality is that members of the armed forces bear the greatest degree of risk among civil servants,' says ex-Navy man Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HIGHER PAY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Kapihan sa Senado session. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Senate minority to SC: Allow De Lima to argue on ICC case

Jul 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'The issues in this case being of transcendental importance, Senator De Lima should not be prevented from personally arguing the case before the Honorable Court by mere reason of her incidental detention,' says the Senate minority bloc

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

History repeats itself: Senate had mace-chase almost 30 years ago

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In 1991, a controversial coup that sought to oust then Senate president Jovito Salonga triggered a childish mace-chase in the chamber

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