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Senator-elect Bong Go to take oath before Duterte on July 1

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'No fanfare. Ako lang po at pamilya,' says presidential aide turned senator-elect Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the thanksgiving party hosted by Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Arcadia Event Center in Davao City on May 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Manny Pacquiao is Senate's top absentee

Jun 09, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Manny Pacquiao records 12 absences from July 2018 to June 2019, according to data released by the Senate as Congress adjourns

WORST ATTENDANCE. Senator Manny Pacquiao is known for registering bad attendance records in Congress, usually attributed to training for his continuing boxing career. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Hontiveros seeks probe into PhilHealth payment of 'ghost' kidney treatments

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the payments for dead patients robbed patients who would have benefited from the treatments

Sotto meets with new, incumbent senators amid Senate leadership issue

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, who is reportedly vying for the Senate presidency, skips the meeting

MEETING. Administration senators of the 18th Congress meet on June 5 amid an apparent battle for the Senate leadership. Photo from Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri

Bong Go: President Duterte's 'eyes and ears' in the Senate

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Bong Go will be the Senate's 'direct line' to President Rodrigo Duterte, says PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to examine a painting of Tomas Pinpin as he makes his way to the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Accompanying the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Past is past? Nancy Binay offers Trillanes teaching job, free hospitalization in Makati

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'I appreciated the sincere offer but I respectfully declined out of delicadeza. It was truly nice of her,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Drilon trumpets minority bloc's achievements in 17th Congress

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'We are proud of what we have done. We can look people in the eye, critics or otherwise, because we know that we did not fail them,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Photo from Senator Pangilinan's Facebook page

As 17th Congress ends, Sotto hopes next Senate will 'remain independent'

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'We wish the coming Senate to carry on the task we are passing on to them. Let us remain cooperative but independent, balanced, transparent, and sincere,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Sen. Tito Sotto delivers his speech on the last day of 17th comgress. June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Laughter, jokes fill last Senate session as 6 senators bid goodbye

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Senate honors the 6 outgoing senators: Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, and Antonio Trillanes IV

The graduating senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Senators obeyed ‘their conscience,’ not somebody’s command

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Reelected Senator Grace Poe pays tribute to graduating colleagues who, she believes, will in time ‘reclaim their place again in this chamber’

LAST DAY. Eighteen of the senators of the 17th Congress attend the last session day on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers to Comelec: Don't let problems in 2019 polls happen in 2022

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We can't have something like this happen in the 2022 presidential election. We might have a revolution,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

POLL COMMISSIONERS. Comelec commissioners headed by Chairman Sheriff Abas (far left) appear at the hearing of joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler​

Amid Senate leadership row, Pimentel tells Villar: Mind your own party

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'Mind your own party. Kung may problema ka sa party mo, do not assume na may problem kami sa party namin,' says PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

WATCH: Senate hearing on election issues

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:53 AM

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Senate: No time left to pass mandatory ROTC bill despite Malacañang urgency

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:36 PM

'There is nothing in the certification which would shorten the debate on any measure,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

THE BUDGET IMPASSE IS OVER: Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III signs the P3.767 trillion national budget for 2019 “with strong reservations,” paving the way for the transmittal of the enrolled bill to Malacañang. Accompanying Sotto are (from left): Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, Senator Panfilo Lacson and Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri. In his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, Sotto sought for the disapproval of P75 billion in realignments made by the House of Representatives after the ratification of the bicameral conference committee report on the measure. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/26 March 2019)

Senate approves higher taxes on cigarettes, tobacco products

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The bill proposes a starting tax rate of P45 in 2020, followed by a series of annual P5 increases until the rate reaches P60 in 2023

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WATCH: Cynthia Villar refuses to sign resolution backing Sotto leadership

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Huwag n'yo ko idadamay sa away n'yo. Bakit hindi n'yo kausapin si Sotto at mga kapartido ninyo para matapos ang gulong ito?' an irked Senator Cynthia Villar tells senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Manny Pacquiao

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Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Under the treaty, there will be a clear boundary between the two nations, helping Filipino and Indonesian fishermen to operate peacefully and properly

MARITIME BOUNDARY DEAL. The map shows the exclusive economic zone boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia. Photo courtesy of DFA

Drilon: No-cloture rule ‘prevents Senate from being a rubber stamp’

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Senate’s no-cloture rule will allow opposition senators to ask questions without being hampered by the majority

NO CLOTURE. Senate veteran Franklin Drilon says that the Senate tradition of no cloture prevents the upper chamber from being a 'rubber stamp' of the administration./Rappler Screengrab

14 senators sign 'vote of confidence' resolution for Sotto's leadership in next Congress

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Cynthia Villar, who is reportedly replacing Senate President Vicente Sotto III, is not among the signatories of the draft resolution

CORPORATION CODE APPROVED ON 2ND READING: Senate President Vicente Sotto III bangs the gavel during the approval on second reading of Senate Bill No. 1280, which seeks to amend the decades-old Batas Pambansa Blg. 68 or the Corporation Code of the Philippines, on Wednesday’s session, August 1, 2018. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/01 August 2018)

Senate approves bill allowing community service for minor offenses

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The bill aims to address the problem of jail congestion in the country

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Drilon to Senate newbies: Study first, leadership quarrels later

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'Sana mag-aral po muna 'yung mga baguhan,' says Senate veteran Franklin Drilon

SENATE VETERAN. Senator Franklin Drilon offers advice for incoming neophyte senators who will be part of the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Franklin Drilon on how the opposition will navigate the next 3 years

May 31, 2019 - 3:51 PM

On Friday, May 31, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Senator Franklin Drilon to discuss the challenges opposition senators are expecting to face

Lacson drafts resolution supporting Sotto as Senate President

May 31, 2019 - 11:03 AM

'Malaman namin ngayon sino sa inyo ang alanganin sa liderato ni Senate President Sotto. Dahil kung nagkausap-usap kami we are one in saying na happy kaming lahat sa liderato niya,' says Senator Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson at the senate hearing on Anti-Terrorism Bill, November 27, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Lacson: Customs 'still one hell of a mess' despite Duterte's anti-corruption drive

May 30, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says while Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero remains 'untainted by corruption,' there are questionable characters like sacked district collector Vener Baquiran who have been reappointed to the agency

TARA CONTINUES. Senator Panfilo Lacson bares in a privilege speech that a system of corruption still persists in the Bureau of Customs allowing illegal drug and trash shipments to the Philippines. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte certifies as urgent bill on higher tobacco tax

May 28, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The certification of Senate Bill No. 2233 as urgent allows the Senate to pass the measure on second and third and final reading on the same day

Senate approves franchise of Legarda son's solar company

May 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM

A total of 16 senators vote in favor of the measure granting a franchise to the solar firm of Leandro Leviste, son of Senator Loren Legarda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste upon his arrival at the Solar Philippines Factory for its inauguration at the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on August 23, 2017. Also in the photo is Senator Loren Legarda. Malacañan Photo

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

Trillanes denies links to Bikoy: 'He failed our vetting process'

May 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says priests approached him to ask help for Peter Joemel Advincula or Bikoy, but he decided against it due to Bikoy's 'confusing' claims and lack of evidence

Senator Antonio Trillanes III at the senate inquiry on the uldates and franchise issues of the third telco, Mislatel, January 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate session - May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Senate session today, May 27

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Cynthia Villar still richest senator in 2018

May 27, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar's declared net worth rises to P3.72 billion in 2018, with zero liabilities

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into spate of drug-related killings in Central Luzon

May 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson, Drilon question bill granting franchise to Legarda son's solar firm

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves 'endo' bill on third and final reading

May 22, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Congress is set to convene a bicameral conference committee to finalize the bill

Workers from various companies staged a protest against endo (End of Contract) and called for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the senate, Aug. 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate OKs bill on flexitime, alternative work arrangements

May 20, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Congress is now set to convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between the House and Senate versions

Photo taken on October 30, 2007 shows Filipino call center personnel attending to their US clients at a new business process outsourcing office in Manila. Romeo Gacad/AFP

20 administration, 4 opposition senators to fill the new Senate

May 20, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III is expected to be retained under the new Senate

Comelec 'not ready' to proclaim senators this weekend

May 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Commission on Elections says it aims to proclaim winning senators and party-list groups 'in one day but not at the same time'

CANVASSING VOTES. The canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups is ongoing at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death penalty for high-level drug traffickers 'possible' under new Senate

May 16, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It's a possibility now because nadagdag nga 'yung pro-death penalty [senators],' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Tito Sotto: Bong Go won't be Duterte's blind follower in the Senate

May 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'The way I know Bong Go, kapag may pinilit ang Palasyo na 'di niya gusto, papalag 'yun,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Tito sotto senate reelectionists laguna may 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Suspend proclamation of senators amid alleged fraud – Caritas

May 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'We are calling to suspend the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates until the allegation of fraud is resolved,' says Caritas Philippines executive secretary Father Edwin Gariguez

CANVASSING OF VOTES. The Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 15, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Colmenares refuses to concede Senate race

May 15, 2019 - 12:55 AM

'I will never concede defeat to a rotten electoral exercise that has basically deceived, bribed, intimidated and manipulated our people into electing the worst kinds of leaders imaginable,' says Labor Win bet Neri Colmenares

NOT CONCEDING. Former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares has 4.58 million votes as of May 14, 2019 11:48 pm from the partial and unofficial tally from the Comelec transparency server. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Last time opposition didn't win any legislative seat was 80 years ago

May 14, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) This year's 0-12 loss for the opposition is worse than the Marcos years

Rappler Talk: Ronnie Holmes on 2019 election results, Senate independence

May 14, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Can we expect independence from senators?

Public sentiment may bring about independent Senate – political scientist

May 14, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Senators who aspire for reelection or higher position can have different opinions from the President depending on the public sentiment

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

Lacson cancels Bikoy hearing: ‘Enough of this nonsense’

May 08, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are now recalling the letter of invitation sent to Advincula yesterday. Enough of this nonsense,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

HEARING CANCELED. Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier invited Peter Joemel Advincula or 'Bikoy' after he surfaced to ask for legal help. Senate PRIB photo

Bikoy says other whistle-blowers will surface after his Senate testimony

May 08, 2019 - 9:22 AM

EXCLUSIVE: 'Mayroon pang mga kasama ako na lalabas din at papatunayan ang mga unang sinabi ko,' says Peter Joemel Advincula, the man accusing the President's family of drug links

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler