Sherwin Gatchalian

Fully implement EPIRA to give Filipinos 'power to choose,' says Gatchalian

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With the full implementation of EPIRA, an 'environmentally-conscious' consumer can choose to patronize factories that store renewable energy, instead of those that store coal, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Gatchalian visits civilians in Marawi, vows to push for rehab funds

Oct 01, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is the highest elected official to visit residents in war-torn Marawi. Previous officials visited only military personnel, or met with evacuees outside the city.

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

Malacañang file photo

Senators on Duterte's foreign trips: Outcome more important than expenses

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:39 PM

For me the most important aspect is the outcome of the trip says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian who joined at least 2 trips abroad

PRESIDENTIAL TRIPS. At least 3 majority senators say the public should look at the outcome of President Rodrigo Duterte's trips, amounting to at least P386.2 million in his first year in office. File photo

Senators urge Duterte to 'think over' policy on EU aid

May 19, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the EU aid conditions only require Philippine adherence to international treaties that the country has already ratified

CONCERNS OVER NEW PH POLICY ON EU AID. Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says the new Philippine policy on aid from the European Union may hurt the country's trade ties with EU member countries. Photo by Joseph Vida/Senate PRIB

PH puzzled by presence of drone in Benham Rise

Mar 29, 2017 - 2:06 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr tells a Senate panel that the National Security Council will discuss the incident once the government receives the full report

UNDERWATER TERRITORY. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo courtesy of Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Law needed to make free tuition in SUCs part of annual budget – Bam Aquino

Dec 18, 2016 - 3:42 PM

A law needs to be passed so that the allocation for free tuition in state universities and colleges will become a regular item in the budget the senator says

FREE TUITION. Senator Bam Aquino stressed that a law still needs to be passed to allow Senate to allocate budget for it annually. Rappler file photo

Bill to reform PH telco industry eyed by 2017

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Putting more teeth into the National Telecommunications Commission and amending foreign ownership rules are among the reforms being eyed

BADLY-NEEDED REFORMS. Putting more teeth into the NTC and allowing foreign players to operate here without the 40% ownership restriction are among the reforms eyed to be tackled in the bill, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo of Gatchalian from

Gatchalian calls for Senate probe into ERC mandate

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:20 PM

This comes as the Energy Regulatory Commission faces corruption allegations and a threat from President Rodrigo Duterte to have it abolished

Like in House, Senate bill bans suspension of officials over charges in past positions

Oct 22, 2016 - 7:45 AM

A similar bill was filed by House leaders a few weeks ago after the Sandiganbayan ordered the preventive suspension of several congressmen

SAME BILL IN CONGRESS. Like in the House, a bill banning preventive suspension of officials over charges in previous posts was filed in the Senate.

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Pichay over LWUA losses of P80M

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:12 PM

Prosecutors accuse LWUA officials of fraud in connection with the purchase of a 60 stake in a thrift bank that went into receivership in 2011

LIVE: Senate education committee hearing on sex, drugs, and trolls

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:29 PM

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De Lima hits Duterte: Go signal of Veloso execution 'disgusting, not surprising'

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:58 PM

UPDATED But then again magtataka pa ba tayo e sa mismong bansa natin araw araw mahigit kwarenta katao na ang napapatay nang walang paglilitis Nakakalungkot Nakakaiyak Nakakahindik says neophyte Senator Leila De Lima

DISGUSTING. Neophyte Senator Leila De Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged giving of go signal to the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina on death row in Indonesia, is disgusting yet not surprising.

Gov't to cut red tape to bring in more power plants

Aug 16, 2016 - 1:34 PM

The Department of Energy is eyeing a shorter application process for new industry players to fast track construction of new power plants and ensure enough power supply until 2030

RED TAPE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the government is eyeing to cut red tape to usher in the entry of more power plants in the country. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate to probe Luzon power blackouts

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:34 PM

UPDATED What we want is to determine what really happened and come out with legislation to prevent this type of collusion from happening says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian committee on energy chairman

SENATE INQUIRY. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto files a resolution ordering the committee on energy to conduct a probe into the simultaneous power interruptions in Luzon.

Mandatory ROTC? How about no?

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:58 PM

What we need is a better path for the socio civic involvement of the youth a path that is congruent to the challenges of the changing times


Freedom of information: What's lacking in Duterte's EO?

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:17 PM

Senator Grace Poe sponsor of the FOI bill that the Senate passed in the 16th Congress says the President executive order covers only the executive branch

President Rodrigo R. Duterte urges government offices to fast track the processing of permits and licenses during his first State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, July 25, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

Senators to Duterte: Discuss issues other than crime in SONA

Jul 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

For senators it s time for President Rodrigo Duterte to detail his plans on foreign policy federalism health education and poverty

Opening of the third regular session. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

How first time senators prepare for their biggest role yet

Jul 08, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The senators and their staff are on a roll building their teams filing their bills and getting familiar with the inner workings of their new home for the next 6 years

FIRST TIMERS. The five first-time senators are on a roll preparing for their work in the Senate. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NPC alliance with PDP-Laban a 'working partnership' – Gatchalian

Jun 04, 2016 - 1:30 PM

We have to move forward We believe that cooperating and supporting the new administration is the right thing to do says senator elect Sherwin Gatchalian

ALLIANCE. Senator-elect Win Gatchalian says the NPC's alliance with PDP-Laban is a working partnership to help move the country forward. Rappler screenshot

Voters preferred 'anti-establishment' politicians in 2016 polls

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Senator elect Sherwin Gatchalian identifies 3 significant occurrences in the recently concluded elections

2016 ANALYSIS. Senator-elect Sherwin Gatchalian notes the rise of voters' preference for politicians considered anti-establishment. Rappler screenshot

Rappler Talk: Win Gatchalian on Senate victory, future plans

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Watch the interview with senator elect Sherwin Gatchalian on Rappler

Gatchalian brothers, Pichay face charges for bank takeover

Jun 01, 2016 - 7:18 PM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to indict the 3 newly elected lawmakers – along with 23 others – for the questionable acquisition by LWUA of a Laguna based thrift bank in 2009

INDICTED. The Ombudsman recommends the filing of cases against 2016 poll winners Rexlon and Sherwin Gatchalian, and Prospero Pichay. Photos from Rappler and EPA

IN PHOTOS: Candid moments during the proclamation of new senators

May 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Behind the scenes many celebrity watchers are disappointed that Mommy D Sharon Cuneta and Vilma Santos did not come to the ceremony

Behind the scenes of the Comelec's proclamation of 12 newly elected senators at the PICC om May 19.

'Naipasok si Dick at ang Kamao': Netizens react to new senators

May 19, 2016 - 9:24 PM

Social media users weigh in as the Philippines 12 new senators are proclaimed

Meet PH’s 12 new senators

May 19, 2016 - 3:08 PM

UPDATED Comelec proclaimed the winners in the 2016 senatorial election: 5 newcomers 3 reelectionists; 4 returning

INCOMING SENATORS. The Commission on Elections finalizes the list of 12 incoming senators after the May 9, 2016 elections.

Ex-TESDA chief Villanueva leading in senatorial race

May 09, 2016 - 9:45 PM

26th UPDATE As of 8:17 am former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva has 17 262 019 votes based on partial unofficial election results

Drilon tops senatorial race in ABS-CBN poll

May 04, 2016 - 11:31 AM

One out of every 3 registered voters has a complete Senate slate for May 9 according to the latest ABS CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia

NUMBER ONE. Senator Franklin Drilon tops the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

ABS-CBN poll: Sotto, Drilon sustain lead in senatorial race

Apr 29, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Of the 13 candidates with a statistical chance of winning 5 are with the ruling LP; 4 independent; 2 NPC 1 UNA 1 Akbayan

STILL LEADING. Senators Vicente Sotto and Franklin Drilon remain the top preferences for senator among voters.

Higher budget, free tuition in state colleges: Easier said than done

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

What can the presidential candidates do for higher education especially in the context of the ASEAN integration and the full implementation of the K to 12?

PROMISES. A promise common among presidential candidates is the increase of the education budget, especially for state universities and colleges. File photo by Mark Demayo

6 senatorial bets on why they are #TheLeaderIWant

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED Six senatorial aspirants present themselves to voters at the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate at UP Diliman

?PLATFORM. Senatorial candidates present their platform at the Rappler senatorial debate in UP Diliman on April 15, 2016 ?

#PHVote: Senatorial debate sparks online discussion on barangay health care

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:30 AM

The exchange on health issues during Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate on Friday April 15 resonates with netizens who lament the current state of health care

Senatorial bets asked: Who will win as president?

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:30 PM

At Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate 5 candidates pitch for their standard bearers An independent Walden Bello says who he thinks won t win

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros overall winner in 2nd Rappler senatorial debate online poll

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Netizens 2nd top pick is economist and former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

OVERALL WINNER. After sweeping all the rounds, Hontiveros is also declared the overall winner of the debate by netizens. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros is netizens' choice in 3rd round of Rappler senatorial debate

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:21 PM

In the 3rd round the 6 senatorial bets are asked questions by netizens and the audience in the UP School of Economics Auditorium

3RD ROUND WINNER. Risa Hontiveros wins the 3rd round of the Rappler senatorial debate according to respondents of Rappler's online poll

Senatorial bets asked: Do you support adjusting tax rates?

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:21 PM

At the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate 6 senatorial candidates explain how to reconcile adjusting tax rates with ensuring the delivery of quality social services

Senate bets' transportation fixes: Decongest Manila, improve mass transit

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:58 PM

At the Rappler senatorial debate on Friday April 15 candidates propose solutions such as accelerating the phaseout of old vehicles and regulating the number of new cars crowding limited road space

PLATFORM. Senatorial candidates present their platform at the Rappler senatorial debate in UP Diliman on April 15, 2016 ?

Want jobs? ‘People should protect tourism’ – Gordon

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:36 PM

At Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate Sherwin Gatchalian says Metro Manila is failure in urban planning characterized by congestion and urban decay

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

P15B for free higher education in PH ‘a drop in the bucket’ – Gatchalian

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The senatorial bet s proposal is even bigger than the total 2016 budget of UP and one third of the entire budget of state universities and colleges

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The Leader I Want: Sherwin Gatchalian’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 14, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at Sherwin Gatchalian s stand on key issues the next batch of senators candidates will have to address

EDUCATION REFORMS. Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian says education will be his primary legislative agenda if he gets elected as senator in 2016. Screenshot from Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Rappler's 2nd senatorial debate set for April 15

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:00 PM

3 Fridays 3 schools 18 candidates to be scrutinized Rappler goes to the University of the Philippines Diliman on April 15 for the 2nd of the 3 part senatorial debates

Reelectionists, ex-senators still lead Senate race – Laylo survey

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Sotto Pangilinan Recto Drilon Lacson and Zubiri are among the candidates in the winning circle in the latest The Standard Poll

Brussels blasts, Pulse Asia survey, CA on Binay | 6PM wRap

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM

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Senate bets vow to act on sectoral concerns

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Seven senatorial candidates court the support of 7 marginalized sectors promising to pursue their priority agenda

SECTORAL CONSULTATION. Senatorial bets attend Ang Kailangang Boses a forum in Ateneo de Manila University where they listened to representatives from various sectors. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

Senatorial polls, Robredo vs Marcos, Comelec | 12PM wRap

Mar 15, 2016 - 12:16 PM

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