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Progressive groups need to align agenda with youth's practical concerns – Villarin

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:18 PM

'I think the future of progressive politics in the Philippines rests with the youth, with our young generation,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

YOUTH POWER. Youth groups march to Mendiola in Manila on May 24, 2019, to call for government action on climate change. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Villarin: Money, power won vs sectoral advocacies in 2019 party-list race

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the results of the 2019 party-list elections show that 'the party-list terrain has dramatically changed'

WINNING GROUPS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the winners of the party-list race on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: What's next for the progressive movement post-elections?

May 31, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin talks to Rappler to help us make sense of what happened and what could happen under two chambers controlled by the Duterte administration

Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

May 21, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'

'BASTARDIZED' SYSTEM. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (R) wants the party-list law amended. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov’t lacks support staff, youth centers to rehab children – lawmakers

Jan 22, 2019 - 7:08 PM

House committee on justice chair Salvador Leachon admits this, but argues this is why the bill lowering the minimum criminal liability age should be passed

OPPOSITION. Bukidnon 3rd District Representative Manuel Zubiri opposes the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility on January 22, 2019. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account

In lowering criminal liability age, ‘Congress becoming a bully’ – lawmakers

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the government should instead focus on addressing poverty and other issues that force children to be in conflict with the law

BULLIES? Members of the House committee on justice approve the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Human rights 'core guiding principle' of new HIV, AIDS law

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The law's principal authors say it will help address the stigma against people living with HIV and AIDS

HUMAN RIGHTS. Legislators say the new law strengthening the HIV and AIDS policy of the Philippines focuses on human rights.

Arroyo, lawmakers condemn killing of Batocabe

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(6th UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other lawmakers call for a speedy probe into the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

COLLEAGUES. In this Facebook photo posted on July 26, 2018, the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is seen with Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the House of Representatives. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

Arrest warrant vs Ressa shows gov’t using law to 'bludgeon' truth

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Key opposition figures say the Duterte government continues to harass news organizations whose reporting it dislikes

HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig RTC on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘A taste of justice’ in Imelda Marcos’ guilty verdict – congressmen

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

But Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says closure will come only after a 'full and voluntary acknowledgement by the Marcoses' of their abuses during Martial Law

GUILTY MARCOS. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos (middle)talks to her children, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos, during a congressional hearing on August 9, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

LIKE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. File pohoto by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte 'recycled' Lapeña to prevent shabu probe backlash – lawmakers

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Opposition lawmakers say President Duterte has given government positions to former military and police officers 'not suited for the jobs they are rewarded with'

ON TO TESDA. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena attends the September 27, 2018 House probe into the multi-billion pesos worth of missing shabu smuggled into the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panels clear Resorts World of liabilities despite 38 dead

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin disagrees, arguing someone must be held accountable for the 'senseless killing spree'

Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after ra gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Arroyo's draft constitution removes lawmakers' term limits

Oct 08, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, authored by Speaker Gloria Macagapal Arroyo and 21 others, also does not regulate political dynasties

TERM LIMITS. If the House's draft federal constitution will be approved, term limits for legislators will be lifted. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo: Be concerned about Duterte’s health ‘only if he says it’s serious’

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

But opposition lawmakers say Malacañang's conflicting statements on the President's health raise concerns

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comments on the current status of President Rodrigo Duterte's health. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mocha Uson’s resignation long overdue 'but whiff of fresh air' – lawmakers

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) 'Government service, while it is about trust, it is also about accountability. And that is what is sorely lacking from her,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

RESIGNATION. Outgoing PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is interviewed by reporters after her resignation on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers to Bertiz: Comparing menstrual periods to your behavior 'demeaning to women’

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kaming mga babae ay walang problema sa regla. Ang isyu ay ang arogansya niya,' says Gabriela Representative Emmi de Jesus

UNDER FIRE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 01, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What Red October? Robredo camp, Tindig Pilipinas groups deny ouster plot

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the military is 'confusing legitimate dissent and extra-constitutional moves, if any, to be the same'

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo's camp, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin deny involvement in plans to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte.

Enrile’s claims about Martial Law ‘revolting, insanely disgusting’ – lawmakers

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Opposition lawmakers slam ex-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile for deliberately attempting to distort the truth about Martial Law

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Ex-defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile is interviewed by Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late dictator that Enrile once served. Screenshot from Bongbong's YouTube account

Villarin worries over President’s P2B intelligence, confidential funds

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says at the House plenary that he hopes the more than P2 billion budget of the Office of the President for confidential and intelligence funds won't be used vs critics

DEALING WITH CRITICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. File photo by REne Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Congressional leaders lukewarm to probing Trillanes amnesty revocation

Sep 13, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Lawmakers are hoping Congress leaders will assert the independence of the legislative branch in the issue of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty

AMNESTY AND CONGRES. Several lawmakers weigh in on how the Congress leadership should approach the amnesty ordeal of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photos by Rappler

Arroyo’s presence a ‘go signal’ to junk impeachment vs SC justices – Lagman

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

'GO SIGNAL.' Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside House committee on justice chairperson Salvador Leachon, who presided over the impeachment hearing against the 7 SC justices. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Impeachment complaints vs SC justices 'sufficient in form'

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The House committee on justice removes Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin among the complainants as he failed to sign the impeachment complaints

SUFFICIENT IN FORM. The House committee on justice holds the first impeachment hearing against SC Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and 6 associate justices on September 4, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Reorganize NFA Council, include agriculture dept – Villarin

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says agencies like the Bureau of the Treasury and Department of Finance should be booted out of the National Food Authority Council

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino during congress hearing on the 2019 proposed budget of the agency on September 3, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why is it so difficult to access SALNs of House lawmakers?

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?

HARD TO ACCESS SALNs. It has long been difficult to get copies of the full SALNs of all lawmakers in the House of Representatives. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Minority Leader' Eugene de Vera? House rules silent on leadership succession

Jul 31, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any rule on the succession of power 'must be explicit'

MAGNIFICENT 7. (From L-R) Representatives Emmanuel Billiones, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Raul Daza, and Tom Villarin have long been part of the opposition in the House. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez proposal on no 2019 elections 'off-tangent, misplaced' – lawmakers

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows how the administration is 'detached' from the real needs of the people

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

Affirmed Sereno ouster shows 'compromised' SC – opposition lawmakers

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'We are in the cusp of legal oblivion where power matters over pure reason,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

'EXPECTED' OUSTER. Former SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks at a forum at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 17, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Akbayan’s Villarin and Hontiveros are not in a relationship

May 31, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A blog falsely translates Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin's Filipino quote concerning his party mate Senator Risa Hontiveros

Screenshot from uploaded by the Trending PH bog claiming a romantic relationship between Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin and Senator Hontiveros

Akbayan's Villarin: 'Indecent man' Jing Paras should be banned from House

May 30, 2018 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says if Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras were a decent man, he would have immediately returned the iPhone X he claims he accidentally took from Villarin's table

SEEKING PARAS' BAN. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin delivers his privilege speech against Labor Undersecretary Jing Paras on May 30, 2018. Screenshot from the House of Representatives

Akbayan's Villarin accuses DOLE's Jing Paras of trying to steal iPhone X

May 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Paras denies the 'incredible' accusation, saying he must have just accidentally picked up Villarin's mobile phone

THE ACCUSED. DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras is also a member of the Duterte-allied Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida firm also bagged contract for House of Representatives – opposition

May 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) Representative Gary Alejano says the ‘longtime security agency’ of the lower house was kicked out in July 2016 to give way to the Solicitor General's family business

MOST POWERFUL? The ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto has reportedly made the Office of the Solicitor Generalmore powerful. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers to seek impeachment of 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno

May 18, 2018 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano have expressed their intention to file impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

PRESERVE JUDICIAL INTEGRITY. (Left to right) Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano bare their plans to file impeachment complaints against Supreme Court justices who voted to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.

With Sereno ouster, SC committed ‘hara kiri’ on judiciary’s independence – lawmakers

May 11, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the SC 'committed hara kiri with its bludgeoning the independence of the judiciary and desecrating the sanctity of the Constitution'

INDEPENDENT SC NO MORE? Supporters of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno continue their protest along Taft Avenue on May 11, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

EU political party official barred from entering PH

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Giacomo Filibeck of the Party of European Socialists is one of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign. He was supposed to join an Akbayan event in Cebu City.

CA defers DAR chief's confirmation over lack of track record

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones counters that he's qualified for the post since he handled agrarian reform cases as a general practitioner

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PH a Chinese province? Alejano hits Duterte's 'irresponsible banter'

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The former Navy officer says the President's joke is too 'close to the truth'

BAD JOKE. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano criticizes the President for joking about turning the Philippines into a mere province of China. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is Duterte a dictator? Here's what allies, enemies say

Feb 09, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Allies say either he isn't one or argue that there's nothing wrong with his style of leadership. Critics meanwhile point out the President has only made explicit the obvious.

DICTATOR? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañang Palace on October 25, 2017. Malacañang Photo

House approves security of tenure bill on 3rd reading

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Should it be passed into law, the measure would ban hiring workers for limited periods of time, or what is known as 'fixed-term' labor contracts

SECURITY OF TENURE. The House of Representatives passes the security of tenure bill on 3rd reading. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Villarin to return UST alumni award in protest of Mocha Uson’s

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Returning his Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service, the Akbayan representative says Mocha Uson 'has corrupted the values that Thomasians hold dear'

THOMASIAN. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (right) says UST alumni can serve the public well with our without recognition. Rappler file photo

Akbayan's Villarin hit for saying Sereno hearing a 'monumental fuck-up'

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'I believe that this charade is heading nowhere but to a monumental fuck-up that the House should immediately dismiss,' Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin had said, drawing flak from members of the House justice committee

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. House Committee on Justice Chair Cong. Reynaldo Umali presides during continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Failed PR stunt': House opposition criticizes Duterte admin's ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The opposition bloc criticizes the administration for a costly 'photo op' and hits the regional bloc for its silence on human rights issues, including those in the Philippines itself

HOSTING DUTIES DONE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi exchange pleasantries following the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Opposition urges House to support Ombudsman amid Duterte probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lawmakers from the House's independent minority bloc slam President Rodrigo Duterte for 'aiming to discredit' the Office of the Ombudsman

PUSH FOR OMBUDSMAN. Opposition congressmen lead by L-R, Teddy Baguilat, Egay Erice, Raul Daza and Edcel Lagman hold a press conference at the House of Representative in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Hontiveros threatens to dissolve DILG's Masa Masid budget over drug drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The opposition senator, a member of the Senate finance committee, calls the drop boxes a 'foolish and dangerous' reporting system that will make people vulnerable to threats

REJECTED. Senator Hontiveros threatens to dissolve the budget alloted for DILG's community-based thrust against crime and drugs: Masa Masid. Photo from Hontiveros' Facebook page

LP House members, allies: Duterte admin 'employing fear to defeat facts'

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Several members of the Liberal Party in the House – alongside a long time party ally and a PDP Laban member – slam the administration for its attacks on checks and balances

DISSENT. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Jose Christopher Belmonte, LP members who are part of the House justice committee, thumb down the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Anti-Marcos legislators invited to Marcos birth centennial

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Two lawmakers – one a former student activist during the Marcos era and the other the brother of a desaparecido — are invited to the late dictator s birth centennial celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS HEIRS. The family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos invites decidedly anti-Marcos legislators to their patriarch's 100th birthday. File photo from Marcos video

'Justice must be served': Lawmakers oppose immunity for Marcoses

Sep 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

This is more than just the money It s about justice and accountability for the crimes against the people during Martial Law says Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat

ALLIES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (left) says they hope President Rodrigo Duterte (right) would 'end' decades of cases against their family. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

‘Is Duterte the Marcos spokesman?’ – lawmakers

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang CARMMA adds Not only has Duterte sponsored the official rehabilitation of the dictator he now also facilitates the exemption of the Marcos heirs from accountability and punishment

House opposition questions bill letting foreigners own public utilities

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Opposition lawmakers say House Bill 5828 seeks to amend the Constitution without going through the proper channels

VIGILANCE OVER BILLS? Two opposition lawmakers say a House Bill that made it past the committee level is unconstitutional. Rappler photo

House silence over killings 'disturbing,' opposition says

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Opposition lawmakers call for a probe into the recent spike in drug war killings including the death of 17 year old student Kian Loyd delos Santos

DRUG WAR OUTRAGE. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat calls on a probe into EJKs in drug war even if resolutions were ignored in the past. Rappler file photo