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Gatchalian: Proof-of-parking bill can instill responsible car ownership

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Under the proposed bill, Metro Manila-based people who want to buy vehicles will be required to provide an affidavit stating that they are in possession of a parking space for the intended purchase

Heavy traffic was still seen on EDSA on the fourth day of the strict implementation of MMDA's yellow lane policy on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Recto wants automatic membership of consumer reps in utility boards

Aug 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Government regulatory bodies of utilities such as the LTFRB, National Telecommunications Commission, and MWSS should have consumer representatives in their board

SENATE BILL. Senate President Pro-tempore Ralph Recto pushes a measure to compel public utility boards to include a consumer representative. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon seeks ban on garbage importation

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the passage of his proposed bill will 'send a clear message to other countries that the Philippines is not a landfill'

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

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

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

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

Senate passes bill giving PNP control over police training

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Senate Bill 1898 seeks to allow the Philippine National Police to mold its ideal cops from recruitment to retirement

MASS OATH-TAKING. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde leads the oath-taking of over 16,000 newly promoted cops in Camp Crame on Monday, August 20. PNP photo

Trillanes seeks to increase combat pay for soldiers

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The sad reality is that members of the armed forces bear the greatest degree of risk among civil servants,' says ex-Navy man Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HIGHER PAY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Kapihan sa Senado session. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

De Lima files bill to shield campus journalists from harassment

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This comes after San Beda Senior High School stopped 'The Bedan Roar' from releasing its edition that tackled President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM. Senator Leila de Lima wants a new law to protect campush journalists. Rappler screeshot

Congress pushes for climate-based crop insurance

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says she expects the climate-based crop insurance law to be approved within the year

VEGETABLE FROST. A Benguet agriculturist is seen monitoring the cause of 'andap' or vegetable frost, which comes with a continued drop in temperature. File photo by Mau Victa

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.

Filipinos to have national IDs soon after Senate, House pass bill

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of Senate Bill 1738, says at present there are 33 different ID cards issued by various government agencies, which lead to 'duplication of efforts and uncoordinated identity approaches'

NATIONAL IDs. Congress is soon to finalize the bill seeking to establish the Philippine ID System.

House bill sets larger license plates to curb motorcycle crimes

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The bill will require motorcycle riders to have license plates that are readable from at least 12 meters away

BIGGER PLATES. House joint panel approves bill requiring motorcycles to have bigger license plates.

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS. Congress approves a bill ensuring the health of mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of a child starting from day1 of pregnancy. File photo

Senate approves Lifetime Cellphone Number Act

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The bill proposes to eliminate interconnectivity fees between networks


Pimentel hits Alvarez: Senate not slow, it's Congress' 'critical chamber'

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Senate is the nag-aaral na kapulungan... Again I say, change mindset: quality over quantity,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's criticism

QUALITY. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III hits House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for criticizing the Senate in its slow passage of bills, saying it should be quality over quantity.

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Gov't urged to prioritize safer workplace bill

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:38 AM

'By neglecting to comply with occupational safety and health standards, we run the risk of losing so many precious lives as proven by the recent fire tragedy in Davao,' says Senator Joel Villanueva in pushing for the passage of the measure

NCCC FIRE. Some 37 call center agents were killed in the fire that gutted the NCCC Mall in Davao City.

Senate approves bill requiring 100% service charge be given to employees

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The measure, however, does not mandate the collection of service charge to 'avoid interference' with the management's right to exercise discretion in their operations

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

Why are feeding programs important in the fight vs hunger?

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The proposed National School Feeding Program bill aims to provide free and sustainable feeding programs in all public schools across the country

Senate OKs Balik Scientist Bill on final reading

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The Senate passes Senate Bill 1533 or the Balik Scientist Bill on third and final reading with a vote of 13-0

PINOY SCIENTIST AT WORK. In this photograph taken on October 10, 2015, gene bank manager Flora de Guzman checks rice samples at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, south of Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

Students urge undecided senators to back proposed tobacco tax hike

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Students write letters to undecided senators, hoping to convince them to support the move to raise the levy on sin products, especially tobacco

GIVING A TRY. Students from different organizations write personal letters to the senators who have yet to decide on the tax reform bill to convince them to champion the increase of tobacco tax

Senate bill seeks to expand 20% student discount to air, sea transport

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Students taking up post-graduate studies and short-term courses would not be covered by the proposed measure

NEW ENTRY SCHEME. The MIAA will implement a new scheme to make it easier for passengers to enter the departure area of NAIA. Photo from MIAA

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

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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Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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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

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

House passes bill giving all Filipinos health insurance

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:41 PM

A counterpart measure seeking universal health coverage Bill Number 1458 is pending before the Senate

PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL? The Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

BPOs 'safe' from tax reform, sugar-sweetened milk under deliberation

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says incentives for BPO companies will remain The fate of milk products in the proposed tax reform package however is still up in the air

Are we postponing barangay and SK elections or not? P500M is at stake

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

If Congress decides this at the last minute, we risk tossing down the drain about a billion pesos Comelec shall have spent on the preparations

Bam Aquino to LTFRB: Work with Uber, Grab on reasonable standards

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Senator Paolo Benigno Bam Aquino IV pushes for the proposed Rideshare Support Company Act which seeks to encourage new affordable and safe transportation options

UNREASONABLE SURGING. LTFRB warns Uber and Grab not to take advantage of the holiday season. Rappler file photo

De Lima to seek court nod to join Senate debates

May 01, 2017 - 9:45 AM

The detained senator wants to join debates on controversial measures such as the death penalty the lowering of the age of criminal liability and the postponement of barangay elections

Senator Leila de Lima during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the Jack Lam/BID Alleged Bribery Scandal at Senate on Monday, January 23, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Senate bill seeks summer, holiday fare discounts for students

Apr 02, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The proposed measure expands the 20 fare discount for students covering even holidays and summer vacation breaks

STUDENT DISCOUNT. Senate Bill 945 seeks to expand fare discounts for students. Rappler file photo

Senate passes bill on free tuition in state colleges

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

This passage of the Affordable Higher Education for All Act is a clear message from the Senate to every Filipino that we prioritize education that we choose to invest first and foremost in our students says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

FREE TUITION. The Senate has passed on third and final reading the Affordable Higher Education for All Act. File photo by Mark Demayo

Free tuition in state colleges: What the bill says

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Here s what you need to know about the tuition free policy as proposed in the Senate

Senate to Smart: Conduct IPO and we'll extend franchise

Mar 02, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The Senate public services committee removes the co use provision but retains tax exemptions for telcos with franchises

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Smart seen to get 25-year franchise extension by March

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

But the franchise extension might require the telco giant to list on the Philippine Stock Exchange

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Anti-wiretapping law amendment needed to go after drug lords – DBB

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The amendment seeks to update the law to be attuned to existing technologies

FIGHTING DRUGS. Secretary Benjamin Reyes of the Dangerous Drugs Board (left) with Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Senator Vicente Sotto III during the action planning on anti-illegal drug programs in San Fernando, Pampanga. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Senate OKs bill allowing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Jan 30, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says it is difficult for the investigative arm of the police to complete a probe without the power to summon people

SUBPOENA. The Senate has approved on third and final reading the bill seeking to allow the Philippine National Police chief and the top 2 officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to summon people in the conduct of probe. File photo by Senate PRIB

Window narrows for Smart's 25-year franchise extension

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The telco s franchise granted way back in March 1992 is set to expire this March

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 7294, Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, was granted its 25-year franchise in March 1992. It is set to expire this March. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Zubiri bill wants to ban trade in sharks, rays

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:56 AM

The proposed Sharks and Rays Conservation Act seeks to impose penalties of up to 12 years imprisonment or a fine of up to P1 million or both to violators of the ban including those who inflict injury on sharks and rays

ENDANGERED. Concerned tourism stakeholders of Panglao, Bohol share a photo of a dead thresher shark, an endangered species, at a public market in Tagbilaran. Photo by Holger Horn

Hontiveros takes HIV test to fight stigma against virus

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:11 PM

The lawmaker is pushing for a new law that will create new strategies for the government to respond to the HIV AIDS epidemic

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros gets tested for HIV to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Senate PPRIB

Senate bill seeks stiffer penalties for online sexual harassment

Nov 24, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Senator Grace Poe seeks to expand the coverage of Republic Act 7877 or the Philippine Anti Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 to include online harassment

FIGHTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Grace Poe files a bill seeking to include online sexual harassment into the sexual harassment definition. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Bills seeking to make education more accessible pushed in Congress

Nov 04, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Sen Bam Aquino pitches policy proposals at summit that will craft the education agenda of the Duterte administration

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Senate bills seek to punish violators of airline passengers' rights

Oct 31, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Senators say a law is needed to institutionalize the rights of airline passengers to penalize violators

AIR PASSENGER RIGHTS. Senators want the institutionalization of the air passengers bill of rights to impose stricter penalties on airlines that would violate it.