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Budget has 'leeway' in case PNP returns to drug war – Drilon

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Drilon says there will be a contingent fund in case President Duterte brings the PNP back in the drug war

ENOUGH FOR ALL. Drilon wants the PNP's drug war budget to be realigned to housing. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mocha Uson's Senate winnability a 'no-brainer' – Andanar

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has more than 5.4 million social media 'followers,' but it is unclear how many of them have fake or genuine identities on Facebook

NO BRAINER? Martin Andanar says Mocha Uson's winnability is a 'no brainer.' Screencap from MOCHA USON BLOG

Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Trump breaks silence on latest scandals, hits Democrat accused of groping

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:19 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets to hit out at Senator Al Franken, who was photographed in 2006 groping a broadcaster's breasts while she was asleep

ACCUSED. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Sereno camp tells Gadon to ‘review his law' over cross-examining witnesses

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson Jojo Lacanilao says it would be a 'mockery of the law' if she is denied her right to counsel and her right to cross-examine witnesses through her lawyers

IMPEACHMENT. The spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hits her critic lawyer Larry Gadon anew. File photos by Rappler

Zubiri addresses Dela Rosa as ‘Senator Bato’

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:22 PM

'Kahapon niloloko po namin siya na may nakahanda nang upuan sa Senado para sa kaniya,' says Senator Zubiri

SENATOR. Juan Miguel Zubiri says senators have joked that a seat has been saved for teh top cop. Rappler file photo

First Filipino-Canadian senator dies

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Born in Lucena, Quezon, Filipino-Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga Jr 'passed away unexpectedly' on November 16, his office says

UNEXPECTED DEATH. The first Filipino-Canadian senator, Tobias Enverga Jr, dies a sudden death on November 16, 2017. Photo from www.senatorenverga.com

How many drug users in PH? DDB gets P15-M budget to find out

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:25 PM

'We've been getting some very conflicting figures and it's about time that we do a more accurate survey on the number of drug users,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the Dangerous Drugs Board's budget in the Senate

DRUG USERS. Alleged drug addicts and pushers wait to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Poe: DOTr should decide if MRT3 ops should be temporarily halted

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:48 PM

'Ang DOTr, kailangan na nilang maglahad ng kanilang plano. Anong gagawin 'pag ititigil ito?' says Senator Grace Poe

File photo by AFP

Sotto: Justin Trudeau raised EJKs to ‘divert’ trash issue

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:13 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'Imbes na mapag-usapan 'yung basura ng Canada na dinump sa atin, dinala niya 'yung usapan sa EJK na hindi pinag-uusapan ng superpowers like the United States, China, and even the EU because they feel that it's a local problem,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

Senate panel debates U.S. president's nuclear authority

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The debate comes as tensions rise between an unpredictable Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un

PRESS HUDDLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One while departing Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Republican candidate Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The issue has reverberated through Washington weeks ahead of a special US Senate election in Alabama

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Roy Moore, GOP Senate candidate and former chief justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during the annual Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shorham Hotel on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

PH has shortest maternity leave in ASEAN – labor groups

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The groups call for the passage of a bill doubling the period of paid maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days

MATERNAL HEALTH. Women's groups call for the passage of the proposal to extend the maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Pangilinan bill seeks new Constitution subject for Grade 12 students

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights

CONSTI CLASS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Grade 12 students to learn about the Constitution in school. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

VACC-allied lawyers say Trillanes liable for 'inciting to sedition'

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) The lawyers say they will file several complaints against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who they accused of inciting to sedition, proposing to commit coup d'etat, graft, and violating the Anti-Money Laundering Act

TRILLANES COMPLAINT. Lawyers Eligio Mallari, Jing Paras and Nasser Marohomsalic hold a press conference on the complaint they intend to file against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Senate moves resumption of session due to ASEAN

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The Senate will resume plenary deliberations on the proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act on November 16 and 17

Trillanes files plunder complaint vs Gordon over P193M pork to Red Cross

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) The opposition senator rehashes accusations that Red Cross funds were used for Gordon's 2010 and 2013 electoral campaigns

SENATOR VS SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV  arrives at the Office of the Ombudsman to file a plunder complaint against fellow senator Richard Gordon on November 8, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Cebu hospital faces probe for demanding deposit from injured cop

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, principal author of the recently passed Enhanced Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, promises to get to the bottom of how Chong Hua Hospital dealt with PO3 David Naraja Jr

INVESTIGATION SOUGHT. Senator Risa Hontiveros, at the 888 News Forum in Cebu City Tuesday, November 7, 2017, seeks an investigation into a private hospital that allegedly asked an injured policeman for deposit before treating him. Photo by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr/Rappler

The different angles in Atio Castillo's hazing case

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Ventura's testimony is seen as a breakthrough in the hazing case, but Senator Lacson asks: could he be a Trojan horse?

HAZING. The death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III triggers Senate investigations that have so far threshed out key details in a sensational case of hazing.

Ombudsman creates panel to probe P6.4-billion smuggled shabu

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) 'The release was allegedly facilitated by public officials who were identified as members of the Davao Group,' says the Office of the Ombudsman

FACT-FINDING. The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the accountabilities of public officials in the smuggled shabu shipment. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Who is Aegis Juris' Big Brother? Not me, says Divina

Nov 06, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Senator Grace Poe brings up the ties of UST law dean Nilo Divina's firm with Aegis Juris fraternity, and his supposed meeting with hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Senators ask Aegis Juris fratman: Are you a Trojan horse?

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Fraternity member Mark Ventura vows to tell the truth about the initiation rites that led to the death of Horacio Castillo III

TROJAN HORSE? Senator Panfilo Lacson speaks to reporters after the 3rd Senate committee hearing on the hazing of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

Lacson: If Atio Castillo had heart condition, why was he still hazed?

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The Philippine National Police says Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III died of severe blunt traumatic injuries, and clarifies the cause of death mentioned by Aegis Juris fratman John Paul Solano

CAUSE OF DEATH. Joseph Palmero of the PNP Medico Legal Division says Horacio Castillo III died of severe blunt traumatic injuries.

Aegis Juris head Arvin Balag to stay detained inside Senate

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:30 PM

The fratman asks the Supreme Court to end his detention, a petition which Senator Panfilo Lacson says they will 'fight out'

PROLONGED DETENTION. Aegis Juris Grand Praefectus Arvin Balag stays "a little while longer" inside the Senate. Photo by Rappler

Dela Rosa 'pretends' to be senator during press conference

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Dela Rosa has joked multiple times that he is eyeing a seat in the Senate

'YOUR HONOR?' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to reporters in a press conference. Rappler file photo

Driver of Aegis Juris fratman denies he drove Atio Castillo to hospital

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Ralph Trangia's driver Romeo Laboga contradicts the claim of fraternity member John Paul Solano

'Negligence' of UST officials partly led to Castillo's death – senators

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang talagang naging kapalit dito ay buhay ng isang bata,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

LIVE: Senate hearing on death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:14 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

DFA denies 'allegiance fee' to regain PH citizenship

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

It's not an 'allegiance fee' but a 'one-time fee for the processing of the application' for dual citizenship, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

NO 'ALLEGIANCE FEE.' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar denies that the DFA collects an 'allegiance fee' from dual citizenship applicants. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Drilon asks DFA to stop collecting allegiance fees

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the collection of allegiance fees will not convince Filipinos who have lost their citizenship to reacquire it

PH CITIZENSHIP. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the foreign affairs department to stop the collection of allegiance fee. File photo from Malacañang

Duterte warns of 'trouble' if BBL not passed swiftly

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'If we do not act on it expeditiously, I think that we are headed for trouble,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte emphasizes how Japan has been supporting the country in its pursuit of peace and development in Mindanao during his speech at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017 prior to his departure for a two-day official visit to Japan. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. Senate ends class-action suits against finance firms

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:54 PM

The US Senate votes to kill a banking rule that allows class-action suits against banks or credit card companies

FINANCE CENTRAL. Pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street on September 16, 2013 in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Senators slam Solano for 'lying, covering up' death of Atio Castillo

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

'Ngayon naman ay hindi na ang Senado ang ginagago ni John Paul Solano kundi ginagago niya na ang buong Pilipinas,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Solano's claim that Atio Castillo died due to a pre-existing heart condition

Aegis Juris Fraternity members at senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva

Anti-Trump headwinds roil U.S. Congress as Republicans blast president

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:36 AM

(UPDATED) One Republican senator announces he is quitting Congress and another attacks the president for debasing the country

NOT RUNNING AGAIN. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and his wife Cheryl Flake leave the U.S. Capitol as they are trailed by reporters, October 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

DOJ approves another libel case vs Trillanes filed by ex-VP Binay

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The case covers media statements by Trillanes that there is a "P100 million racket a year" in Makati City

NEXT LIBEL CASE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is charged for another libel case that stemmed from the complaints of Jejomar and Junjun Binay for media statements made at the height of Senate investigations in 2015 into alleged corruption in Makati City.

Beneficiaries waive ownership of nearly 2,000 Bulacan housing units

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Beneficiaries from the AFP, PNP, and BJMP waive ownership of the housing units – majority of which are occupied by Kadamay – but a joint congressional resolution is still needed to allow redistribution

HOUSING. Kadamay members who occupied idle housing units in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Senators in UK to 'discuss, improve' bilateral ties under Duterte

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III leads the delegation, composed of 7 other senators, including Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

UK VISIT. Senators are in the United Kingdom to discuss and 'improve' ties between the two countries. Photo from Pimentel's office

Poe seeks additional P5-B Marawi rehabilitation fund

Oct 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

This is on top of the P5 billion for 2017 and P10 billion for 2018 allotted by the Duterte administration. The funds for 2019 have yet to be determined.

WHAT REMAINS. Inside the battle area in Marawi City.

A tale of 2 mothers in the Atio Castillo hazing 'coverup'

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:03 PM

After the 2nd Senate hearing, senators and authorities are convinced there was intention to conceal the facts surrounding the death of 22-year-old Horacio Castillo III due to hazing

HAZING. The Senate conducts its second hearing on the fatal hazing of Horacio Castillo III.

Trillanes files ethics case vs Gordon

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of violation of laws, Senate rules, and the lawyer's code

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ANTI-HAZING LAW. Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

In flip-flop, Trump cools to bipartisan health deal

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

A bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare's individual health insurance markets runs into political headwinds when US President Donald Trump warned against the plan

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Senate panel cites Aegis Juris leader in contempt, orders detention

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATE) Senate public order committee chairman Panfilo Lacson directs the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to place Arvin Balag in detention after the hearing

Aegis Juris members intended to cover up killing of Atio Castillo

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel, director of the Manila Police District, says: 'It appears that from Sunday, September 17, the objective of the Aegis Juris fraternity is to cover up, conceal, to avoid and evade the prosecution of this case'

COVER UP. Manila Police District director Joel Coronel says members of the Aegis Jury fraternity intended to cover up the fatal hazing of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III. File photos from Rappler, Senate

'Tell me what happened,' Atio Castillo's mother asks frat members

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Carmina Castillo looks into the eyes of 6 Aegis Juris fraternity members seated across her and her husband, and tells them to give back Atio's phone, eyeglasses, and watch

Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

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Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:35 AM

US senators announce they have reached a bipartisan deal to continue a program that helps low-income Americans purchase health insurance

An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

Senate panel summons Ralph Trangia, 13 others in Castillo hazing

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:23 PM

The committee has also invited 14 alumni members of the Aegis Juris fraternity to attend the hearing on Wednesday, October 18

Ralph Trangia, tagged in the case of slain UST Law student Horacio Castillo III, arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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