Speaker Feliciano Belmonte
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16th Congress adjourns: Which bills endorsed by Aquino did it pass?

Feb 07, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Not passing the proposed Bangsamoro law the FOI Act and anti political dynasty bill doesn t mean Congress wasn t working hard in the last 3 years

NEW HOPE. The house opens anew with its period of interpellation on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the second regular session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Poe’s DQ case, SSS pension hike veto, TPP deal signed | 12PM wRap

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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Congress adjourns, no vote to override Aquino SSS pension veto

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED About 100 senior citizens who have trooped to the House of Representatives are outraged: congressmen should stand by the bill they passed

LAST CALL. Senior citizens marched to the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress' session to seek their lawmakers' initiative to override the pension hike veto.

HRET, SC uphold rulings to remove Reyes as Marinduque rep

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:36 PM

But House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr is still studying whether to swear in Lord Allan Velasco to replace his Belmonte s party mate Regina Ongsiako Reyes

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Former Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is the son of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.

Homestretch: Will FOI, Bangsamoro, anti-political dynasty bills be dead in 2016?

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 16th Congress has only 17 session days left in 2016 to pass these major pieces of legislation that could be the Aquino administration s legacy

WAITING IN VAIN. Will Congress be able to pass BBL, FOI and Anti-Political Dynasty Bills as legacy laws of the Aquino administration?

Quality over quantity: House passes bills 'needed by our people' in 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the House of Representatives focused this year on quality and responsive legislation : Hindi ito paramihan ng numero

IT'S QUALITY. Instead of quantifying their accomplishments, the House leadership said the Congress was able to pass important and 'responsible' bills.

House approves bill increasing gov't pay

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The proposed measure aims to increase the base pay of public sector employees by 45 after 4 tranches

SSL 4. The measure is expected to be implemented by January 1, 2016.

EXPLAINER: Is income tax reform dead?

Nov 27, 2015 - 8:22 AM

24 bills have been filed but all are stuck at the House committee level

STRONG SUPPORT. House members have filed around 24 bills seeking income tax relief.

House panel launches agenda for 17th Congress to fulfill SDGs

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:18 PM

The bills in the list have been pending at the committee level but failed to be passed due to time constraints

AGENDA FOR THE 17TH CONGRESS. House speaker Representative Feliciano Belmonte receives the legislative agenda set by the special committee on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

P3 trillion: PH's biggest nat'l budget submitted to Congress

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Social and economic services get the biggest chunk of the budget – P1 1 trillion

SUBMITTED. The Department of Budget and Management submits to the House of Representatives the proposed budget for 2016. Rappler photo

Binay ratings in March soared - SWS

Jul 07, 2014 - 12:13 PM

It s an 11 point jump from the vice president s 62 very good satisfaction ratings in December 2013

Palace: Aquino wants FOI bill passed before term ends

Mar 11, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte also says he will make good on his promise for the House to pass the FOI bill before 2016 – or you can hang me

Belmonte's charter change train takes off

Feb 18, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Taking the legislative route the House Speaker proposes to relax constitutional limits on foreign ownership of land and businesses

BELMONTE'S MOVE: House committee on constitutional amendments takes up House Resolution 1. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

'If I were Ducut, I would have resigned' – Belmonte

Jan 23, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Amid the controversy over the power rate hike the Speaker tells why their former colleague in the House of Representatives ERC chief Zenaida Ducut should quit

RESIGNATION CALLS: Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr joins growing number of politicians openly criticizing Energy Regulatory Commission chair Zenaida Ducut

House committee can OK Charter change in a month – Belmonte

Jan 23, 2014 - 5:50 PM

The Speaker hopes to get the support of the President once Aquino is made to understand that only economic provisions will be amended

DETERMINED: Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr will proceed with his Charter change resolution. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Comelec 'can't unseat elected pols'

Dec 12, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Can elected officials be removed for failing to file campaign spending reports? A seasoned election lawyer says Comelec has jurisdiction over them only in relation to pending cases or petitions prior to election

SC to DBM: Submit list of DAP sources and uses

Dec 10, 2013 - 8:19 AM

The Department of Budget and Management is required to give the High Court a list of all sources of funds brought under the DAP and the uses of such funds pursuant to DAP per project or activity

NO TRO. The Supreme Court does not stop the release of funds under the controversial DAP, but will hear oral arguments on the program's constitutionality. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Congress divided on making bicam budget meetings public

Dec 06, 2013 - 12:14 PM

The House of Representatives is open to televising and livestreaming the bicam meetings on the 2014 budget Senate leaders seem divided on the matter

Sereno: Govt gets no share in mining profits

Jul 30, 2013 - 7:27 PM

Chief Justice Sereno says government has not gotten any share in mining profits other than taxes

PROFIT SHARING. The Supreme Court may have no choice but to review the profit sharing between government and mining companies under the Mining Act. File photo from Newsbreak

Aquino pushes for Speaker Belmonte

Jun 03, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Newly elected Liberal Party governors representatives and city mayors gather in Malacañang for a social lunch