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Duterte ‘resolves’ Speakership race, but is that constitutional?

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:14 PM

'The Constitution vests the choice in the members of the two houses not on anyone else. That’s what separation of powers means,' says law professor Ted Te

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. President Rodrigo Duterte picks the House Speakers and Majority Floor Leader of the 17th Congress. Malacañang Photo

Duterte says Cayetano is next House Speaker, to share term with Velasco

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also announces that Leyte congressman Martin Romualdez will be Majority Floor Leader

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Hugpong endorses Davao City's Isidro Ungab for House Speaker

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) So far, 6 congressmen are vying to be Speaker of the House in the 18th Congress

ASPIRANT. File photo of Isidro Ungab. From his Facebook account

'Unjustified' to sanction PDP-Laban lawmakers who won’t back Velasco

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership

FOR ROMUALDEZ. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is voting for speakership bet Martin Romualdez, going against the wishes of his party PDP-Laban. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Speaker: A missed chance for redemption?

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo now has the means – and the platform – to change how the public perceives her, but political observers say she has been too busy with being 'GMA as usual'

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

In Marinduque, Dutertes call Lord Allan Velasco the next House Speaker

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

If reelectionist Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco aspires to be Speaker in the 18th Congress, he will likely go against Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

PARTY OF THE NEXT SPEAKER? President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) attends the birthday celebration for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco (2nd from L) on November 3, 2018. Photo by Malacañang

Resolving minority row to test Arroyo leadership – Robredo

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:44 PM

How the Speaker handles the conflicting claims of 3 non-majority blocs is an indication of how she will run the House of Representatives, says the Vice President

EASTERN SAMAR VISIT. Vice President Leni Robredo goes to Salcedo town in Eastern Samar on August 2, 2018, to turnover a multicab to the Matarinao School of Fisheries, and to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for a dormitory for students who live far from the campus. OVP photo

Arroyo hands off in House minority row

Aug 01, 2018 - 12:40 PM

As 3 blocs fight over the minority leadership, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says she won't intervene

Speaker Arroyo will not interfere in House minority row. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pagbabalik ni Gloria Arroyo

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Sampal ito sa mukha ng taumbayan na naniniwalang magkakaroon ng pagbabago sa ilalim ni Pangulong Duterte

LOOK: Ambassadors congratulate Speaker Arroyo

Jul 29, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The ambassadors of Australia, South Korea, and Myanmar pay a courtesy call on Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

COURTESY CALL. Ambassadors Amanda Gorely (Australia), Dong-man Han (South Korea) and U Win Naing (Myanmar) personally congratulated newly-installed House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, during their courtesy call over the weekend. All photos from the Office of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Alvarez concedes to Speaker Arroyo

Jul 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Alang-alang sa bayan, let us get back to work and move on,' says Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

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House approves resolution formalizing Arroyo speakership

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams the resolution, saying it was 'brazenly railroaded'

Newly installed House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo on Wednesday, stands at the Speakers podium after the house elected Arroyo with 184 votes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo, Alvarez vow to 'continue good relations’

Jul 25, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo initiates the meeting with Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

AFTER THE COUP. Speaker Gloria Arroyo meets with Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez (left). With them is Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. Sourced photo

Arroyo vows to push Duterte agenda in House

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says she is 'extremely honored' to get the support of her colleagues at the House of Representatives

ARROYO ALLIES. Lawmakers who helped make Gloria Arroyo the first female House Speaker clap after she took her oath on July 23, 2018. Photo by Mara Grac dela Serna/Rappler

Gloria Arroyo's firsts as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:02 PM

She's back – and how!

NEW SPEAKER. Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gestures at the center stage of the plenary hall as she attempts to grab the leadership at the House of Representatives before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address at Congress in Manila on July 23, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Arroyo is now House Speaker in Wikipedia too

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The House Speaker page on Wikipedia is updated a few minutes after the news of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo replacing Pantaleon Alvarez broke

WIKIPEDIA PAGE. Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker in Wikipedia in less than 30 minutes since the news broke. GMA Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Where did that mace go? Validity of Arroyo’s House takeover in question

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is sworn in as new Speaker, the mace is missing from the plenary, giving Pantaleon Alvarez's allies a window to question the validity of the leadership change

NEW SPEAKER? Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after taking her oath as Speaker of the House of Representatives Monday afternoon, July 23, 2018 – with the mace missing from the rostrum.

Alvarez out, Arroyo in as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(6th UPDATE) Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker, with reported backing from presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

THE FALL OF ALVAREZ. Former president Gloria Arroyo replaces Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker

Only 76 lawmakers attend House majority caucus

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says all majority lawmakers present are satisfied with how the House is being run

AFTER THE CAUCUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says 76 lawmakers attended the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

SolGen green lights legislative franchises for mining firms

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:42 AM

A bill that would require congressional franchises for mining firms is part of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ list of priority legislation

BIGGEST PIT. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. File image from NASA

Alvarez: 'No doubts' on Tugade, but DOTr must step up

Dec 13, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would only grant the President emergency powers to address the traffic problem once the DOTr provides concrete plans

TRUSTED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has the capability to help address the perennial traffic problem. File photos by Rappler

Con-Con won’t guarantee election of 'right people' – Alvarez

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:38 AM

In defending the Constituent Assembly Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says all elections – even the polls for Constitutional Convention delegates – may be influenced by big businessmen and other vested interests

PUSHING FOR CHACHA. Like his party mate President Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports a Constituent Assembly to pave the way for federalism. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s lieutenant at the House

Jul 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The man behind Rodrigo Duterte s rise to the presidency plans to leave a mark as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives

HOUSE SPEAKER. The challenge ahead for new House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is tremendous, but he is undaunted. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Feb 04, 2016 - 1:01 PM

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