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Senate OKs bill creating Philippine Cancer Center

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:51 PM

If it becomes law, the bill will require PhilHealth and all health maintenance organizations to cover cancer screening and treatment, among others

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hontiveros seeks Senate probe into Miss Earth sexual harassment issue

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'Sexual harassment has no place anywhere, especially in a pageant that claims to uphold the value and power of women,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

NO TO DROP BOXES. Senator Risa Hontiveros threatens to dissolve the budget allotted for the DILG's community-based thrust against crime and drugs: Masa Masid. File photo from Hontiveros' Facebook page

Senators expect 'silent workhorse' Honasan to do well in DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Senators say the immediate challenge of Senator Gregorio Honasan II as DICT chief is to assure Filipinos that the third telco would not jeopardize national security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Senator Gregorio Honasan and other members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

SC to act on Calida attempt to stop Senate probe

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida refuses to participate in a Senate investigation into his family firm's government contracts, saying it is illegal and serves no legislative purpose

SECURITY FIRM. Solicitor General Jose Calida has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of a Senate investigation that seeks to look into the propriety of his security firm bagging government contracts worth at least P358 million. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into Sagay farmers' massacre

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is not an isolated case as it only reflects the prevailing situation in many farmlands around the country,' says the 6-member Senate minority bloc

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Midterm election a 'big day' for Republicans – Trump

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:56 AM

In his first press conference after the midterm election, the US president also calls on Republicans, Democrats to 'work together'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018.   Jim WATSON / AFP

Group opposes bill dividing Palawan into 3 provinces

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:49 AM

'The division of Palawan is not the appropriate answer to the existing weak governance, corruption, and natural resource use issues in the province,' says the Save Palawan Movement

3 PALAWAN PROVINCES? The image shows lawmakers' proposed division of Palawan into 3 provinces

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

2 Build, Build, Build projects can leave thousands homeless – De Lima

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima calls for a Senate probe into two Build, Build Build projects that can displace around 180,000 families in Metro Manila

PROJECTS FLAGGED. Detained senator Leila De Lima arrives at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court for a hearing on June 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator De Lima

Democrats favored to take House, Republicans to hold Senate

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:09 AM

All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs on November 6, while 35 seats in the 100-member Senate are at stake. Americans will choose new governors in 36 states.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

After 7 weeks in Senate, Jimmy Guban to be turned over to DOJ

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Former Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban has been detained in the Senate compound since September 11, after he was cited in contempt for his inconsistent statements on the missing P11-billion shabu shipment

STATE WITNESS SOON. Jimmy Guban, former intelligence officer of the BOC at the Senate hearing into the missing P11-billion shabu shipment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Gordon to Malacañang: Clarify role of military in Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:57 AM

'Dapat ilinaw muna ng Malacañang kung anong gagawin ng military,' says Senator Richard Gordon even as he defended President Rodrigo Duterte's order for the military to take over a civilian agency

SENATE PROBE ON MISSING DRUGS. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, presides the hearing on the missing shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. 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

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Senate won't turn over 'witness' Jimmy Guban to authorities

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(5th UPDATE) Ex-Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban will remain under the Senate's protective custody pending approval of a request to place him and his family under the DOJ's Witness Protection Program

PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. Sen Richard Gordon (right), blue ribbon committee chair, says Jimmy Guban (left) will be under the Senate's protective custody pending approval of a request for admission into the government's Witness Protection Program. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PNP plans to take Jimmy Guban from Senate without arrest warrant

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Philippine National Police will send the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to take Jimmy Guban from the Senate

SHABU SHIPMENT. Customs intelligence agent Jimmy Guban, who was cited in contempt by Senator Richard Gordon. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate eyes 6-month fuel tax hike suspension in 2019

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says the suspension would enable consumers to adjust from the higher prices being experienced in 2018

Senators divided over Arroyo's push for PH withdrawal from IPU

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

'Arroyo’s proposal is despairing, defeatist, and will be seen by the world as a tacit admission that indeed critical lawmakers are being persecuted under the Duterte administration,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The class of 2019: Where are graduating senators going?

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Four senators are leaving the chamber in mid-2019: Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan II, Francis Escudero, and Antonio Trillanes IV. Here are their plans.

GRADUATING SENATORS. Three administration allies and one opposition senator are set to leave the Senate in 2019.

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

Global lawmakers' group eyes visit to PH for Trillanes case

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

The Inter-Parliamentary Union suspects a 'targeted attempt to silence' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte

FACT-FINDING. The Inter-Parliamentary Union wants to visit the Philippines for a fact-finding mission into the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Trillanes photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

[OPINION] Ask Senate hopefuls to show pictures of their libraries

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

I heard a proposal that only those who finished college should run, which is stupid, because everyone should be free to run. I'd rather that all senatorial candidates bring a picture of their libraries.

Gov't institutions' satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get 'good' net satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey

Duterte on frigates issue, Michael Yang, Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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HOAX: Franklin Drilon death hoax

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The senator is still alive

De Lima calls on Senate to investigate Michael Yang

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'The nature and scope of his influence over foreign policy [must] be fully disclosed,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

CLOSE TIES? Michael Yang, who reportedly identifies himself as President Rodrigo Duterte's economic adviser, has been photographed in top-level presidential events.  Screenshot from the Philippine Full Win Group of Companies website


Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

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De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my public outings, for that matter,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

HEARING. Under heavy security, opposition Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 courtroom after the prosecution failed to present its witness on October 4. The hearing is reset to November 7. Photo from Senator De Lima's office

Senate approves universal health care bill

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But the measure is still far from being enacted as lawmakers will have reconcile the different provisions of the Senate and House of Representatives versions

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Gordon tells Customs chief: Fire your officials, they're 'incompetent'

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'Incompetent ang mga tao mo, palitan mo 'yan. Mapapahamak ka,' Senator Richard Gordon says to Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

REPLACEMENT TIME. Senator Richard Gordon advises Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña to choose the officials he works with wisely. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Opposition senators seek suspension of fuel tax

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time

FUEL TAX. The Senate minority bloc filed a joint resolution seeking to suspend excise taxes on fuel under the TRAIN law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Senate approves bill requiring car safety seats for kids on final reading

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Under Senate Bill 1971, children aged 12 and below cannot be left unattended inside a vehicle

APPROVED. Senate approves the bill requiring child restraints in private vehicles. Rappler file photo

Senators' election plans bog down Trabaho bill – think tank

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Senator Sonny Angara can pass on the Trabaho bill to other lawmakers if he fears the measure will hurt his reelection bid

Senate approves bill to detect eye problems among pre-school children

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Senate Bill 1706 also creates a fund for research on eye diseases and treatment

EYE CHECK UP. Should Senate Bill 1706 be passed, children will be screened for eye problems in kindergarten. Photo from Shutterstock

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate passes bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Positive Discipline of Children Act seeks to protect minors from all forms of physical and mental violence

Senate approves bill punishing catcalling, street harassment

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate Bill 1326 seeks to penalize catcalling, wolf-whistling, cursing, leering, groping, and stalking, among others

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Across the United States, protestors rally against the nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. The confirmation ushers in Republican control of the top court, a major win for Trump

OPPOSED. Demonstrators take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term

PROTEST. Activists protest against the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

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

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

U.S. Senate braces for key vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Three key Republican lawmakers still officially undecided on Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced accusations of sexual misconduct

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  US President Donald Trump challenged the accuser of Kavanaugh for the first time on September 21, 2018, demanding she provide evidence that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / WIN MCNAMEE

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Trillanes faces Guevarra after amnesty row: DOJ must have courage to say no

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto seeks revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he and other senators have questioned the effectiveness of the PCOO, amid the many controversies it has had to face under the Duterte administration

SENATE HEARING. Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks questions to Secretary Martin Andanar during the deliberations on the PCOO budget on October 3, 2018. Photo from Senate PRIB