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Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Senate Electoral Tribunal terminates Francis Tolentino’s protest vs De Lima

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'The results negated his allegations that pre-loaded SD cards were used or that his votes were not counted,' the SET says in its resolution

Sotto, Lacson, Honasan seek Senate rebuke of US lawmakers

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The 3 senators file Senate Resolution 1037, seeking the rebuke of United States lawmakers for 'interfering' in Philippine affairs

'STRONG RESERVATIONS'. Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the changes made by the House of Representatives in the 2019 bdget bill after ratification by both houses of Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

Poe backs changes in 'doble plaka' law

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist senator Grace Poe supports President Rodrigo Duterte's call to 'cure' certain provisions of Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019

PROTEST. Thousands of motorcycle riders protest against the use of two plates under the new law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

De Lima seeks Senate probe into farmers' killings

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the killings of farmers 'prove the inability' of the government to maintain peace and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes

SLAIN BROTHERS. Wake of brothers Edgardo and Ismael Avelino who were killed in their homes in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Senate probe sought into Chinese dredging vessel in Batangas

Apr 04, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution calling for a probe into the presence of Chinese vessels 'to protect Philippine interests, sovereignty, and land and marine resources'

Poe: Release 'made in China' loan contracts in full for public scrutiny

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can begin the review process by releasing in full the loan agreements, including annexes and minutes of the meeting of the reviewing and approving bodies,' says reelectionist senator Grace Poe

RELEASE DOCUMENTS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe calls for a review of China loan agreement documents. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate transmits 2019 budget bill to Malacañang to end deadlock

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Senate tells President Rodrigo Duterte it is transmitting the bill 'with strong reservations,' and urges him to veto 'unconstitutional' post-bicam realignments

BUDGET IMPASSE OVER: Senate President Vicente Sotto III signs the 2019 national budget '€œwith strong reservations.' With him are (L-R) Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

House-Senate meeting: ‘No more contentious points’ in proposed 2019 budget

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The negotiating teams of both chambers of Congress are hopeful an agreement on the stalled 2019 national budget will be reached this week

2019 BUDGET. The House of Representatives and Senate's initial meeting on the 2019 budget ends on an optimistic tone. File photos by Shutterstock, Senate PRIB,  Martin San Diego/Rappler

LIVE: Senate probes Manila Water's supply shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Manila Water and government officials will face senators on Tuesday, March 19, at 10 am


House recalls version of 2019 budget to end standoff with Senate

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Speaker Gloria Arroyo taps congressman Ronaldo Zamora to negotiate with the senators, but House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya says the recall of the budget bill has to be approved by the House plenary

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Andaya asks senators: Why hostage the 2019 budget?

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:17 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya says if there are anomalous allocations under the 2019 budget as alleged by senators, President Rodrigo Duterte can always veto it

BUDGET ISSUES. House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr gestures during his press conference on March 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate also itemized parts of 2019 budget after ratification – Andaya

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr says this is the same process that congressmen did, which senators are now questioning: 'I really don’t see the difference here'

SENATE DID IT TOO. House appropriations panel chair Rolando Andaya Jr says senators also itemized parts of the 2019 budget after they ratified the bicameral conference committee report. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate to look into planned deregulation of sugar imports

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

This comes after a number of senators passed a resolution opposing the plan of some economic managers to liberalize sugar imports

LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

Gatchalian asks economic team to be 'more transparent' on infra loans

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says details of loans for big-ticket infrastructure projects should be available on government websites

TRANSPARENCY. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urges the Duterte administration's economic team to make public the loan agreements for big-ticket infrastructure projects. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on China loans

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:07 AM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, March 5, at 9 am


Binay to voters: Do not elect ‘unprepared, unprincipled’ lawmakers

Feb 27, 2019 - 4:29 PM

'The process of lawmaking is serious business that should not be left to the unprepared, unprincipled, and inarticulate,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay

NOW RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. Former vice president Jejomar Binay during his miting de avance as a presidential bet on May 7, 2016. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Puyat commends Catriona Gray for efforts in promoting the Philippines

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says Catriona is the perfect tourism ambassador for the country

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat poses with Barabara typeface of the #itsmorefuninthephilippines campaign slogan during courtesy call at the Tourism office in Makati City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CONTEXT: Jinggoy Estrada 'filed 600 bills' in Senate

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Over 500 of the bills the ex-senator and 2019 senatorial bet co-authored or filed were pending at the Senate committee level in the 16th Congress, from 2013 to 2016

De Lima marks 2nd year in jail with new book

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's 'Dispatches from Crame II: Faith, Hope & Love' collects her opinion pieces on human rights, press freedom, and what it's like to be a 'prisoner of conscience'

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

Who should be credited for the passage of the universal health care law?

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The landmark universal health care law is not any lawmaker's single-handed achievement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial signing of the Revised Corporation Code and the Universal Health Care Act at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gov’t income and jobs for Filipinos ‘lost’ to Chinese workers – Villanueva

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva reprimands Pagcor: ‘Wala kayong masyadong ginagawa to regulate and vet these foreign nationals working here’

REGULATE. Senator Joel Villanueva hits the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation for its laxity in regulating Philippine Online Gaming Operations companies. Photo from Office of Joel Villanueva

Senators hit NYC chief for targeting 'rebellious' scholars

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Kung may sisipain [sa puwesto] dapat siya at 'di ang mga estudyante,' says Senator Francis Escudero on National Youth Commission Chairman Ronald Cardema

Nerwly appointed National Youth Commission chairman Ronald Cardema takes his oath before House Speaker Gloria Arroyo witnessed by congressmen on September 5, 2018, at the Speakers Office in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Candidates for Senate 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

How are the 62 senatorial aspirants in the 2019 midterm elections the same or different from each other?

Beyond legislation: Powers, roles of Philippine lawmakers

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Congress plays a vital role in exacting accountability from other branches in government

Finally, Congress passes P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Lawmakers agree to add P46.355 billion to the DPWH's budget, and P17.575 billion to the DOH budget

PASSED. The 17th Congress passes the proposed 2019 budget on February 8, 2019.

Bicam approves 2019 budget but rejects cash-based budget system

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Both the House and the Senate are targeting to ratify the 2019 budget on the same day so President Rodrigo Duterte may finally sign it into law

BICAM APPROVES. Lawmakers part of the bicameral conference committee pose for a picture after approving the 2019 budget on February 8, 2019. Photo from House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya's office

Senate approves Mislatel's change of ownership

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Senate's decision effectively allows Mislatel to operate as the 3rd major telecommunications player

No time for Congress to pass bill on age of criminal liability before polls

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But there is still a chance for the bill's approval because the 17th Congress is set to resume one last time from May 20 to June 7

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson to Duterte: Veto all pork in 2019 budget

Feb 05, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson urges President Duterte to again display his 'strong political will' by using his line-veto power to remove pork barrel in the proposed 2019 budget

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves bill strengthening disease surveillance, reporting

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Senate Bill 2186 seeks to amend Republic Act 3573 or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases

PUBLIC HEALTH. Senate Bill 2186 seeks to strengthen reporting and surveillance of diseases considered a public health concern.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Congress OKs 'Murang Kuryente' bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

If passed into law, the bill would lead to a decrease in electricity charge for consumers, ranging from P115 to P169.48 monthly

ELECTRIC CHARGE. Several power provider announce increase in electricity charges in 2018. File photo

Sotto hits critics: Lowering minimum age of criminal liability is 'pro-poor'

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Heated debates are expected as the proposal reaches Senate plenary

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

Bicam targets to ratify 2019 budget at the last minute

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The bicameral conference committee plans for both houses of Congress to ratify the 2019 budget by Friday, February 8, the last day of session

BUDGET BICAM. The Senate and House contingents to the bicameral conference committee discuss the 2019 budget on January 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate approves bill institutionalizing 4Ps

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The bill seeks to provide conditional cash transfers to poor households for a maximum period of 7 years to improve their health, nutrition, and access to education

4Ps. The Senate approves a bill seeking to institutionalize the government's conditional cash transfer program. Rappler file photo

LIVE: Senate probes killings of local officials

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The Senate public order committee probes the killings of local officials since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

Longer bicam meetings won’t stall May polls, salary hike for gov’t workers – Legarda

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The bicam has so far agreed to set their total proposed realignments in the 2019 budget at P200 billion, but they are yet to identify where to source and allocate the money

BUDGET BICAM. The Senate and House contingents to the bicameral conference committee discuss the 2019 budget on January 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Senate committees recommend 12 years old as minimum age of criminal liability

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:13 PM

(UPDATED) A copy obtained by Rappler shows 11 senators have signed the committee report prepared by Senate justice committee chairperson Richard Gordon

Children’s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. They are protesting on the lowering of age of criminal liabilities from 15 years old to 9 or 12 years old. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto to DOTr: Why not issue an order allowing Angkas to operate?

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Transportation Undersecretary Mark de Leon says the position of the government is that 'the law needs to be amended'

MOTORCYCLE APP. Senators ask DOTr why they cant' issue a department order allowing motorcycle taxis, like Angkas, to operate. Photo from Angkas

With Mislatel's China links, senators wary of foreign ownership reforms

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Senator Grace Poe says some of her colleagues are taking a step back from amending the Public Service Act due to concerns over China's interests in the Philippines

'Sick and tired' of pork claims, Sotto pushes reenacted budget for whole 2019

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'I hope that will erase all doubts and allegations of pork and other so-called insertions in the budget,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III of his proposal to withdraw the Senate version of the budget

Senate President Tito Sotto (left) and House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo reads results of voting in favor for the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint congress session on December 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate approves bill on Magna Carta of the Poor

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Senate Bill No. 2121 seeks to address hunger and ensure that the poor will have full and equal access to basic services

ALLEVIATE POVERTY. The Senate approves on Tuesday, January 29 a measure seeking to create government programs to alleviate poverty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Senate takes on 3rd telco, Angkas, PITX

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The Senate committee on public services is holding a hearing at 10 am on Wednesday, January 30


Lacson asks lawmakers to disclose their 2019 budget amendments

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson itemizes the multibillion-peso worth of realignments he is proposing in the 2019 budget, but insists this is not pork barrel

NOT PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the realignments he is proposing are not a form of the unconstitutional PDAF. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves bill creating National Commission of Senior Citizens

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Under Senate Bill No. 2159, the commission is mandated to promote and protect the rights of the elderly

Senior Citizens of Navotas on August 2, 2017

Is that pork? Senators say don't compare their realigned P190B to House’s P51B

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Senator Loren Legarda admits they are seeking to realign almost P190 billion under the 2019 budget, but only because government agencies asked them to

BUDGET TALKS. Senators Loren Legarda and Panfilo Lacson talk to each other during the bicameral conference committee meeting on the 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rights groups protest outside Senate vs lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Child rights' groups including the Council for the Welfare of Children and Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns appeal to senators to focus on the proper implementation of the law instead

Children'€™s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Jan 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

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Senate gets highest satisfaction rating in nearly 7 years

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Cabinet all get higher ratings in the last quarter of 2018, according to the SWS December 2018 survey

INVESTIGATIONS. With a little over a month left before adjournment, the Senate has yet to probe China's militarization in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler