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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

House to Duterte: Certify BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 24, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Like senators, the House leadership hopes to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

'Iskul Bukol': Netizens slam Sotto over 'Bayang Magiliw' gaffe

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III refers to the Philippine national anthem as 'Bayang Magiliw,' instead of its actual title, 'Lupang Hinirang'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018 - 11:42 AM

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Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Sotto vows to campaign 'vigorously' for reelectionist senators in 2019

May 23, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'I’m not running in 2019. My term ends in 2022. I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

2019 CAMPAIGN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III vows to campaign 'vigourously' for the 7 reelectionist senators.

Rappler Talk: The goals and challenges of the Senate under Tito Sotto

May 22, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Rappler talks to Senate President Vicente Sotto III about his plans for the Senate, his stand on critical issues, the longest noontime show Eat Bulaga, and how he handles criticisms

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Sotto says Senate 'cannot intervene' in SC decision on Sereno ouster

May 22, 2018 - 5:31 PM

We should not interfere with [the] judiciary. I believe that because I don't want the judiciary to interfere with us,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate under Sotto to have 'cordial' working relationship with Duterte

May 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'If the administration is pushing something for our countrymen, we will support it. If we feel it is not, then it is not…I think we can work with each other,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

SENATE PRESIDENT. Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth OIC says she's out 'to protect people's money'

May 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Let me assure you that I am here in PhilHealth... to ensure that every peso translates to better healthcare of our people,' says PhilHealth OIC Celestina de la Serna, who has been criticized for spending over P600,000 for travels in just a year in office

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate asks Duterte to certify proposed BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 22, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The Senate seeks to pass the bill on final reading before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2, in time for President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

Ex-SAF chief Lusad, staff blame each other in allowances mess

May 22, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'I was focused on the operational aspect of my task and I was actually not very informed,' says former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad

BLAME GAME. Police Director Benjamin Lusad during the Senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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SAF ex-budget officer admits: I kept the missing P37M

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon claims that the money came from allowances delayed of release from 2016 to 2017

WHERE'S THE MONEY? Police SSupt Andre Dizon during the senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/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.

Sotto is Senate President, Morales’ 2017 net worth, PH on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Strengthened HIV-AIDS policy nears becoming a law

May 21, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Senate and House approve the bill seeking to strengthen government policy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS

File photo by George Moya/Rappler

No more 'Eat Bulaga!' for Senate President Tito Sotto for now

May 21, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Sotto says he will take a break from the country's longest-running noontime television show, given his new role at the Senate

Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Senate Plenary Session: May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Senator Tito Sotto is the new Senate President

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

Gordon's about-face on PCGG abolition

May 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government just 5 months ago

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

Stronger protection for prosecutors pushed in Senate

May 19, 2018 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe files a resolution urging two Senate committees to look into stronger protection for prosecutors after the killing of Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco

PROTECTION FOR PROSECUTORS. Prosecutors and fellow government workers seek justice for slain prosecutors in the country outside the Quezon City DOJ Hall May 15, 2018, following the killing of QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

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

U.S. Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

May 18, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passes on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel's nomination

Sereno on Duterte, Senate leadership, Trump on Mueller probe | Midday wRap

May 18, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

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

Duterte lifts Kuwait deployment ban, Senators on Sereno ouster, Trump on North Korea | Midday wRap

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Villar, Pacquiao remain richest senators in 2017

May 17, 2018 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is still the poorest senator

BILLIONARES' CLUB. Senators Cynthia Villar and Manny Pacquiao are the richest senators based on their latest SALN.

Senate approves bill granting gov't support for 'innovative' startups

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

If Senate Bill 1532 is passed into law, startups would enjoy research grants, exemption from fees and charges, and free use of government equipment and facilities, among other incentives

STARTUPS IN THE PHILIPPINES. Thinking of building a startup or investing in one? Read this first.

13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The draft resolution asks the Supreme Court to review its decision to 'nullify the appointment' of Sereno as chief justice

Congress authorizes NHA to redistribute Bulacan housing units

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The NHA can now award the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan to low-salaried government employees and poor families, including members of urban poor group Kadamay

HOUSING. Seen here are Kadamay members who had occupied the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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.

Pimentel OK with PCGG under Calida's office: 'Look at structure, not personality'

May 16, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, Senate justice panel chair Richard Gordon is not keen on passing the proposal, saying the Presidential Commission on Good Government must be kept independent

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Past, present senators honor Ed Angara and his contributions to PH

May 16, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Senators then and now recall the significant contributions of former Senate president Edgardo Angara to the country

Photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

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

Opposition seeks Senate's united stand on jurisdiction on Sereno

May 15, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed resolution is meant 'to inform the Supreme Court of the sentiment of the Senate insofar as the legal issue is concerned'

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, supported the motion of the Senate Ethics Committee rejecting the ethics case filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus in September 2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of involvement in the narcotics trade. “She did not violate the Senate rules and it is not related to De Lima’s official function. We moved for the dismissal of the case without prejudice to reviving the case in the future," Drilon said. (PRIB Photo by Romeo Bugante/AYA/20 February 2018)

Senate grieves ex-Senate president Edgardo Angara's death

May 15, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate is set to hold a necrological service for its former leader on Wednesday, May 16

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

Pagkatalsik sa SC, ano'ng maaaring gawin ni Sereno?

May 12, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Maaari bang balewalain ni Sereno ang desisyon at igiit ang kaniyang sarili bilang Punong Mahistrado?

SERENO. Limang sitwasyon ang maaaring pagpilian ni Maria Lourdes Sereno matapos paboran ng Korte Suprema ang quo warranto petition. Kuha ni Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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