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[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

Malacañang: No need for Senate OK on PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'The reason why Senate consent is not necessary is the Constitution does not provide it's necessary,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIVE: Senate hearing on fake news online

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Can Senate stop PH's withdrawal from ICC? Pacquiao blocked the resolution

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

In February 2017, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao blocked the resolution that would have created the Senate's legal position that its concurrence is needed in all treaty withdrawals

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Sotto alleges more ‘irregularities’ in 2016 automated elections

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Senator Sotto invites Comelec and Smartmatic officials to present their side in a ‘full-blown’ Senate hearing

TITO SOTTO. In this file photo, Senator Vicente Sotto III gives a privilege speech at the Senate. Photo by Joseph Vidal

De Lima medical test shows 'benign' liver mass

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima assures supporters there is 'nothing to worry about,' adding there is no need for an operation

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Robredo: How can DOJ clear self-confessed drug lord Espinosa?

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Senators say the recommendation of a Department of Justice panel to drop charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa proves that the drug war is 'anti-poor' and a 'sham'

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the ADP Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Talk on March 13, 2018. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Nene Pimentel, IBP, Namfrel reject no-election scenario in May 2019

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'The principal effect of a no-election scenario would be to upset the constitutional mandate that requires elective officials to be subjected to periodic check by the sovereign people,' says former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr

Senate honors Freddie Aguilar for 'lifetime contributions' to PH arts

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Singer-composer Freddie Aguilar is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte

SENATE LAUDS FREDDIE AGUILAR: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right) presents a copy of Senate Resolution 658 recognizing Filipino singer and composer Freddie “Anak” Aguilar (2nd, left) for his “lifetime outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and culture,” Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Aguilar was accompanied by his wife, Jovie Aguilar (left). (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/AYA/13 March 2018)

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov't think tank

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' estimate is conservative, as it assumes that the existing bureaucracy will not require any additional costs

Photo from PIDS website

LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Watch the hearing on Rappler

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate: 'Physically impossible' to OK barangay polls postponement

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Congress has only 5 session days left, as it is set to go on break from March 24 to May 13. The elections are scheduled on May 14.

Senate committee to probe new threat vs BPO sector

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This comes after a Malacañang veto effectively raised the cost of doing business in the Philippines, says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

TRAIN EFFECTS. The Senate Committee on Science and Technology is set to probe tax reform effects on the Philippine BPO sector. File photo by AFP

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The Senate’s debt to history

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

How far will the Senate carry the fight?

Christian groups troop to Senate vs landmark SOGIE bill

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a conservative, says the bill is practically dead in the 17th Congress

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate committee set to investigate 'nakaw-load'

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Let us not allow our countrymen to be victims of theft,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as his committee is set to probe the 'nakaw-load' scheme

PROBE SET. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino called for the probe on 'nakaw load'. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe wants probe vs abusive debt collection practices

Mar 04, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Senate Grace Poe says debt collectors engaging in unfair practices 'must be punished to put an end to their prevalent abusive behavior'

PROBE SOUGHT. Grace Poe grants Senate reporters an ambush interview. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A last stand for national redemption

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Senate is called upon to make a stand for truth, freedom, and justice, indeed for the nation’s redemption – a stand not improbably the last of such not only in its turn but in this generation and the next, perhaps for even longer

Senate orders arrest of ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senator Francis Escudero says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III signed the order last Wednesday, February 21

COMELEC CHAIR. Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, faces allegations of unexplained wealth from his own wife. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Senate probe exposes root of frigates deal mess

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Senators fail to probe deeper into why the defense department and the Navy did not come to a compromise

PACKED ROOM. The Senate Session Hall was packed with supporters of Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.

After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon says DOH 'liable' over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Gordon says the Philippine government is 'liable' for administering the Dengvaxia vaccine to more than 837,000 Filipino gradeschoolers in 3 regions

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

Hontiveros slams Pimentel for giving staff info, Senate CCTV to Aguirre

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:40 PM

But Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the data given to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, including the CCTV videos of the different areas of the Senate, are part of public records

CAVALIER?

Bong Go: 'Not interested' to run for Senate 2019

Feb 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Magsisilbi po ako kay Mayor Duterte hanggang kamatayan, kung hindi man ako mauna,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

De Lima supporters call for her release after a year in jail

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The detained senator's supporters launch 'Buwan ni Leila,' a month-long series of activities to fight for her freedom

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate panel seeks arrest warrant vs ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Senate banks committee chairman Francis Escudero slams former Comelec chief Andres Bautista for repeatedly skipping hearings on his alleged ill-gotten wealth

Gordon advises PAO chief: ‘Don’t be too noisy’

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon gives the tip to Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta, who he says is 'doing well' in handling the investigation of the Dengvaxia-linked deaths

ALBAY VISIT. Senator Richard Gordon, who is Philippine Red Cross chairman, visits Guinobatan, Albay, on February 10, 2018, for Mayon relief operations. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Villar seeks Senate probe into NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar

File photo by AFP

[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

Congress, not Constitution, is the problem – Monsod

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'The problem is not the Constitution but the legislators who slept on the job for 30 years to fully implement it,' says Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution

Panel session on Autonomy and Federalism Debate in the Philippines during the 2nd day of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 20, 2016.