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Recto seeks Senate probe into DILG's China-funded CCTV project

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations

CONCERNS OVER SAFE PHILIPPINES PROJECT. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto raises serious concerns over the DILG's Safe Philippines project to be carried out with funding from China. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

Senate to remove P8 billion right-of-way funds in 2019 budget

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Senators say the slashed budget may be used for restoring budgets for other agencies such as the Department of Health

REDUCE BUDGET. Senator Panfilo Lacson seeks the removal of the right-of-way acquisition budget for low performing projects in 2018 which amounts to more than P7 billion. File photo of road from DPWH; file photo of Senator Panfilo Lacson from Senate PRIB

Congress ends deadlock on Road Board abolition

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The House approves the amended Road Board abolition bill on second reading

COMPROMISE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri meet on January 15, 2019 to discuss the Road Board abolition. Photo from Zubiri

Senate seeks to restore DOH budget with DPWH, DILG 'insertions'

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers

MORE FUNDS. Senator Franklin Drilon proposes to restore about P24.4 billion in the DOH's 2019 proposed budget. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enough for Diokno: No House probes, but open to Senate

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has had enough with the House of Representatives, whose members have accused him of corruption

NO LONGER ATTENDING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says he will no longer attend any invitations by House lawmakers. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate seeks to delete P75B in DPWH's 2019 budget

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways agrees with Senator Panfilo Lacson's proposal

Senate probe sought into DFA passport data loss

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution calling for an investigation, saying that the implications of the controversy are 'vast'

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017

About to adjourn, Senate yet to probe China deals, other controversial contracts

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The Senate has only 35 days if it wants to initiate investigations into contracts bagged by relatives of Solicitor General Jose Calida and former presidential assistant Bong Go

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

Poe vows to sue RJ Jacinto if he insists on cell tower duopoly plan

Jan 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Hindi ba ang gusto nga ng Presidente magkaroon ng mas maraming kompetisyon?... Itong ginagawa ni presidential adviser on economic affairs ay parang kabaligtaran,' says Senator Grace Poe

CELL TOWER DUOPOLY. Senator Grace Poe vows to sue Presidential Adviser RJ Jacinto if he insists on his plan to only allow two companies to build cellular towers nationwide. Sen Grace Poe. Poe Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Jacinto Photo from Jacinto's Twitter

Democrats seize U.S. House control, but shutdown impasse remains

Jan 04, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) After a historic opening session of the 116th Congress, lawmakers take aim at a bipartisan priority of ending an embarrassing partial government shutdown

DIVIDED CONGRESS. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds up the gavel in the House of Representatives during the opening session of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

It's official: Divided government arrives on Capitol Hill

Jan 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

January 3 brings an end to US President Donald Trump's one-party rule in Washington, a massive boost for Democrats who felt deflated after Trump's 2016 victory

US CONGRESS. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

De Lima on Duterte ‘confession’ of molesting maid: ‘It’s time to get angry’

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls on Filipinos to 'stand strong and united to destroy this evil'

Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, 'fight inequality and abuse'

Dec 30, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up, and fight back,' opposition Senator Leila de Lima says

RIZAL DAY. Senators commemorate national hero Jose Rizal on his 122nd death anniversary. Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

Detained De Lima submits 6 committee reports in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:54 PM

These include bills on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), magna carta of the poor, and rural employment assistance program

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Gov't execs on Christmas 2018: Find hope amid challenges

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Filipinos can draw strength from Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the country faces challenges, such as rising prices of goods

SANTA CLAUS. A man portraying Santa Claus gets a kiss during a Chistmas parade in SM City Masinag, Antipolo, days before Christmas. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pangilinan, Binay, De Lima appeal to public: Don't bully the bully

Dec 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) Some senators, however, blame the parents while others want Senator Manny Pacquiao to bring sense to the minor

Gordon committee recommends charges vs 19 in shabu mess

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee pushes for charges against former law enforcers, Customs importers and employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon presents some documents at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in magnetic lifters found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers give the most Miss Universe statements on Catriona Gray's win

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) Legislators congratulate Catriona Gray for her victory in the Miss Universe pageant, calling the Bicolana 'truly Daragang Magayon'

MISS UNIVERSE. Catriona Gray of the Philippines (L) is congratulated by by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters while being crowned as the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Saudi Arabia slams U.S. Senate vote as 'interference'

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The largely symbolic vote deals a fresh warning to President Donald Trump, who has staunchly backed the Saudi regime in the face of intense global outrage that analysts say has left the kingdom diplomatically weakened

De Lima seeks Senate probe into Baguio school's mandatory pregnancy tests

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the policy of Pines City Colleges deprives women of their right to access education and 'proliferates the stigma against pregnancy'

CONTROVERSIAL POLICY. Pines City Colleges has been criticized by human rights groups over its mandatory pregnancy testing for students. Photo from Wikimapia


Malacañang: Cabinet members can leave Congress hearings if shown 'disrespect'

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) The President 'will not allow' Congress, says the Palace, to treat Cabinet members with disrespect, as they supposedly did with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 32nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate urges Malacañang to stop release of funds from road user’s tax

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The passage of the resolution comes amid an apparent deadlock between the Senate and the House of Representatives, after the latter rescinded its approval of the bill seeking to abolish the Road Board

INTERVENTION. Senate leaders are waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell the House majority to support the abolition of the 'corrupt' Road Board. Photos of Senators Vicente Sotto III (left) and Franklin Drilon (right) by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Duterte photo from Malacanang, background image from Shutterstock

Congress approves 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:02 PM

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'Martial law cannot be the new norm in Mindanao' – Drilon, Escudero

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Likening martial law to an antibiotic, Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says, 'It is resorted to only when ordinary over-the-counter drugs have ceased to work'

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LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao for 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Duterte's request to extend martial law

Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Forty-four former US senators urge current and future members of the US Senate to make sure that 'partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest'

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

‘Ano ba talaga, kuya?’ Nancy Binay hits Paolo Duterte's 'unvalidated' list

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says she wants to know the government agency that shared the list with the presidential son, as the document 'reflects the sorry state of state intelligence'

MISINFORMATION. Senator Nancy Binay says there was clearly misnformation and disinformation in the spread of Paolo Duterte's list. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators raise legal issues on one-year martial law extension

Dec 10, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Half of the incumbent senators will no longer be in office by June. Can they still vote on the proposed one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao?

(From left to right) Senators Ralph Recto, Tito Sotto III and Franklin Drilon await the arrival of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace on January 30, 2017. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

Senate approves bill simplifying adoption process

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The bill seeks to address lengthy and costly adoption proceedings

'Frat war' erupts between Drilon, Gordon during Senate budget deliberations

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:36 PM

It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back

Drilon questions inclusion of P7.5-B SEA Games budget in DFA

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

It was former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who requested it, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon points out that sports development is not a task for the Department of Foreign Affairs

Senator Franklin Drilon at the senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate seeks to realign CHED aid program, to raise free higher education budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Senators Lacson, Legarda and Recto pull out the Tulong Dunong financial assistance program and transfer the amount to increase the budget for free tertiary education

TRANSFER FUNDS. Senators want to realign funds from the CHED's scholarship programs to those under the free higher education law. Photos of Legarda and Lacson by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. senators blast Saudi prince over Khashoggi, after CIA chief briefing

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it,' says Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker

ON KHASHOGGI. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Senate starts deliberations on proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is 'doubtful' that the proposed 2019 budget will be passed into law by year-end

BRIEFING FOR PROPOSED 2019 NAT'L BUDGET: Senator Loren Legarda (middle), chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, along with other senators listen to the presentations made by the members of the Development Budget Coordination Committee in relation to the proposed 2019 national budget during a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The 2019 national budget, the first cash-based budget of the government, is pegged at P3.757 trillion. In photo with Legarda are (from right to left) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, along with Senators Risa Hontiveros, Cynthia Villar and Sherwin Gatchalian. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/7 August 2018)

LIVE: Senate hearing on the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange

Dec 04, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, December 4, at 12 nn

Gordon clears Lapeña of crime in P11-B missing shabu controversy

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:06 PM

'Tinanggal na eh,' says Senator Richard Gordon on former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

NO CRIME? Isidro Lapeña is cleared of criminal charges by Senator Richard Gordon. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senators on convicted cops: EJK is real, review anti-drug campaign

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:24 PM

‘This is a compelling verdict because it tells us that justice is on hand, not just for the young Kian delos Santos, but for the other dubious deaths linked to the drug war’

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Senate suspends session for U.P. vs Adamson do-or-die game

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Eleven senators are alumni of the University of the Philippines

Photo from Senator Zubiri

Sotto counters Arroyo: Congressional inquiries needed in any parliament

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'Kahit saang parliament sa mundo, hindi puwedeng pigilan 'yon,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Some senators slam planned 'Duterte death squad' vs NPA

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Some senators call the supposed plan 'unsettling' while allies of President Duterte say the Chief Executive is unlikely to pursue something 'illegal'

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' President Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a terrorist organization. File photo

Congressmen, senators to get millions each in 2019 budget – Andaya

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya insists these aren't pork barrel funds, as lawmakers will not have the power to reallocate the money for other projects

NOT PORK BARREL? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says legislators will have to itemize the projects to be funded by the allocations given to them under the proposed 2019 budget. Screenshot by Rappler

De Lima seeks probe into rise of casinos in PH

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says the rise of the gaming industry may make the country 'susceptible to money laundering, fraud, and other illegal activities'

Bicam approves universal health care bill

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care

APPROVED. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a reconciled version of the universal health care bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Neri Colmenares wants badly to be the first Leftist in the Senate

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM

‘Gusto ko bang manalo? Of course gusto kong manalo sa Senado, pero may hangganan ang pagnanais na manalo. Ang tama ay tama, at ang mali ay mali,’ says Colmenares on the limits to political compromises

Supporters of Neri Colminares gather outside the Comelec office in Manila during the filing of Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Trump swoops in to support Republican in tense Senate race

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is locked in an unexpectedly tight runoff vote on November 27 in what should have been reliable Republican territory for the final Senate race of the 2018 midterms

TRUMP IN MISSISSIPPI. US President Donald Trump (C), Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (L), Vice President Mike Pence (2nd from R) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) participate in a roundtable on the FIRST STEP Act in Gulfport, Mississippi on November 26, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Senate panels back gov't shutdown of social media accounts

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, under the Office of the President, wants the DICT to be authorized to shut down social media accounts that are deemed 'inimical to national interest'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators want crackdown vs illegal Chinese workers

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senators Joel Villanueva and Grace Poe say government agencies are not doing enough to prevent foreigners from illegally working in the Philippines

Gordon cites 4 witnesses in contempt over absence at shabu probe

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says the witnesses, including dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto and sacked PDEA official Ismael Fajardo, face arrest if they skip the next Senate hearing

ABSENT. Senator Richard Gordon wants those involved in the probe into the P11 billion missing shabu brought to the Senate for the next hearing. Graphics by Ken Bautista; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate approves tax amnesty bill on final reading

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

If passed into law, the bill would grant amnesty on all unpaid internal revenue taxes, including estate, value-added, and excise taxes, in 2017 and previous years

HOAX: 'US Senator' Richard Black calls Duterte a ‘druglord’

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) In the embedded interview video, the Virginia State Senator did not mention this term