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WATCH: Taal evacuees cry for help as House holds 'symbolic' session in Batangas

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The House of Representatives holds its plenary session in Batangas City, which sits just outside the danger zone of the restive Taal Volcano

OUT-OF-TOWN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (standing in front of the Philippine flag) presides over the House plenary session at the Batangas City Convention Center on January 22, 2020. Rappler screenshot

Cayetano defends House session in Batangas: It's symbolic

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:50 PM

'If you're asking nakasagabal ba kami nang onti, yes.... But I think the symbolism at 'yung pakikiramay much, much outweighs [everything else],' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

DEFENSE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr, and House committee on disaster management chair Lucy Torres Gomez answer questions from the media on January 22, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Even with possible ‘hazardous’ Taal eruption, House to hold session in Batangas

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the lawmakers plan to 'listen to the first responders, listen to those who are directly affected' by the Taal Volcano eruption

LEADERSHIP DECISION. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the proposal to hold the January 22, 2020 session in Batangas City was backed by other House leaders. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In Taguig, Bong Go thanks Cayetanos for loyalty to Duterte

Jan 08, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Senator Bong Go and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano shower each other with compliments during the opening of a Malasakit Center in Taguig, the Speaker's bailiwick

DUTERTE ALLIES. Senator Bong Go (center) and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano talks to each other as the latter's wife, Taguig City-Pateros 2nd District Representative Lani Cayetano, look on. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

National budget may be signed in January 2020 – Cayetano

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:25 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says that while the budget signing will be slightly behind schedule, projects will not be delayed

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, and other House leaders hold press conference on December 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano gives P150,000 Christmas bonus to each House employee

Dec 19, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Some congressional employees are reportedly ‘disgruntled’ because, after tax, they are taking home only P112,000 each

Congress passes P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:10 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson accuses the House of allegedly inserting P16.345 billion worth of projects in the 2020 budget

Plenary Hall-The of House of Representatives approved the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[PODCAST] May conflict of interest ba si Alan Cayetano sa SEA Games 2019?

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Paano napunta sa ilalim ng kontrol ni Alan Peter Cayetano ang bilyon-bilyong pondo para sa 30th Southeast Asian Games 2019? Pakinggan sa talakayan nina House reporter Mara Cepeda and researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

Cayetano’s Phisgoc gets award from Phisgoc-endorsed body

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Sports Industry Award Asia's own website says it is ‘endorsed’ and ‘supported’ by the Cayetano-led SEA Games organizing committee

'SPECIAL AWARD?' Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano receives his trophy from SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk on December 3, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

House won't tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill in 2019 anymore

Dec 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have more than enough time...to tackle it in January, February, dahil March pa naman 'yung expiration ng [ABS-CBN] franchise,' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

Follow the money: This week's outlook

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:15 AM

While the road to the SEA Games was paved with good intentions, it’s riddled with holes that are being covered up now by a massive propaganda network

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

Duterte apologizes to foreign teams for SEA Games 2019 woes

Nov 29, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The President says the Malacañang probe into the SEA Games would not spare his allies even if the controversy could cause their political downfall

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the awarding ceremony for the 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019. Malacañang photo

Multi-billion SEA Games 2019 fund follows Cayetano where he goes

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The money trail shows SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano has control over the budget regardless of which agency the money is lodged under

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their site visit on October 16, 2019 at New Clark City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Send in the athletes

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In the end, it's all about the athletes and allowing them to shine

Upon Duterte’s orders, SEA Games tickets now free to the public

Nov 29, 2019 - 2:58 PM

But tickets for the opening ceremony, the basketball and volleyball tournaments as well as football games of the Philippine team are already sold out. Ticket buyers will not be reimbursed.

'WE WIN AS ONE.' The public may now watch the closing ceremonies of the 30th SEA Games for free. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

What do we know about SEA Games 2019’s Phisgoc?

Nov 29, 2019 - 11:47 AM

The incorporation of the Philippine Sea Games Organizational Committee or Phisgoc becomes controversial within the Philippine Olympic Committee in early 2019

Duterte clears Cayetano of corruption in SEA Games hosting

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The President makes this conclusion even before his own office begins its promised investigation

Alan Peter Cayetano. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Is it constitutional for Cayetano to be PHISGOC chair?

Nov 28, 2019 - 5:06 PM

'If it doesn't break the letter of the law, it breaks the spirit of the law,' says constitutional law professor Tony La Viña

PHISGOC CHAIR. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before the foreign dignitaries, sponsors and Filipino athletes during their site visit on October 16, 2019, of the New Clark City, the venue of the SEA Games in November. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano seeks COA special audit of SEA Games 2019

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Speaker and SEA Games organizing committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano maintains there's no conflict of interest in his dual roles

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano defends being both Phisgoc chair and leader of the House of Representatives at the same time. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano dares critics: ‘Hold me accountable’ for SEA Games mess

Nov 28, 2019 - 12:25 PM

'I can look anyone in the eye [and say] ni singko, wala kaming kinita dito sa SEA Games,' insists the event's organizing chair and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

NO KICKBACKS? Phisgoc chair and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano insists he did not get kickbacks from the country's hosting of the SEA Games. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano, House leaders ask Comelec to proclaim Duterte Youth, Senior Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slams the House resolution, saying it 'encroaches' on the poll body's independence

PRESSURE ON COMELEC? House leaders file a resolution asking the Commission on Elections to proclaim two embattled party-list groups. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Ang higanteng face palm na SEA Games 2019

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:24 AM

We step into the big league and our officials are behaving as if this is a barangay tournament

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Duterte defends P50-M SEA Games cauldron

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Owing to its design by the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa, the President claims it is impossible to estimate what an 'appropriate' cost would be since it is a 'product of the mind'

NO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential Photo

Why build P9.5-B New Clark when Rizal stadium upgrade costs P1.2B? – Drilon

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The New Clark facilities in Tarlac will host only sports: swimming and track and field

Senator Franklin Drilon interpellates the 2020 budget of the Philippine Sports Commission. November 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P1.5 billion worth of SEA Games funds will not undergo public bidding

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Cayetano says the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee were overwhelmed and couldn't handle the funds, so Phisgoc had no choice but to accept 'financial assistance'

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Senator Bong Go and Butch Ramirez, PSC chairman pose for posterity before the start of the floor deliberations of the 2020 budget of the Philippine Sports Comission. November 19, 2019.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

A gift from China: adding insult to injury?

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The fishermen of Gem-Ver received an old boat that turned out to be useless

Velasco to Cayetano: 'I will see you next year as the next Speaker'

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says as far as he knows, his 'gentleman's agreement' with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano still stands

TERM-SHARING WOES. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is expecting Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to follow their term-sharing deal. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

Outgoing China ambassador Zhao bids Cayetano farewell

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Set to leave the Philippines in November, outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who had been praised as one of China's 'best friends'

FAREWELL CALL. Outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on November 4, 2019. Photo from the China Embassy in the Philippines

Cayetano: 'Nothing new' with China driving away Filipino-crewed ship

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal

'NOTHING NEW.' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano does not want to use the term 'harassment' for the incident involving a Chinese warship and a Filipino-crewed commercial ship in Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano has 'personal complaint' over ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:40 PM

But Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano vows there will be 'due process' when the House tackles the bill seeking to renew ABS-CBN's franchise

House drops bill granting Duterte emergency powers vs traffic

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'The President said he doesn't want it anymore and you cannot attack a crisis with emergency powers when you're in the middle of it already,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

PRIORITY NO MORE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House will no longer push to give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cayetano: House to tackle ABS-CBN franchise before end-2019

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

At least 5 bills in the House of Representatives seek to renew ABS-CBN's franchise for another 25 years

Cayetano’s 49th birthday wish: ‘Praying for twins, soon’

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Speaker is hoping for a bigger family for him and his wife, Taguig congresswoman Lani Cayetano

BIRTHDAY WISH. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano blows his birthday cake as his wife and Taguig City 2nd District Representative Lani Cayetano looks on. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano open to being Speaker until end of 18th Congress

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'Open to the possibility? Eh kung si Congressman Velasco mismo ang magsabi sa akin, ‘Ikaw na lang,’ alangan namang pilitin ko pa siya, ‘di ba?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

SPEAKER UNTIL 2022? House employees prepare a poster saying 'We love you!' to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as he celebrated his birthday on October 28, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano: Traffic a 'product' of thriving economy

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'Hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas ang may traffic; may traffic naman talaga sa buong mundo. It's no excuse, but the irony is kasi traffic is also a product of your own success,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

THRIVING ECONOMY? Vehicles are at a standstill along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City during a rainy evening on October 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Expect Metro Manila traffic to get worse when the country's SEA Games hosting goes full swing late this year

HOST. The Philippines prepares to welcome thousands of guests from 10 countries in the region. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex 'on track' for 2019 SEA Games

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The sprawling 9,500-hectare development includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes' village

ATHLETIC STADIUM. The track and field oval of the athletic stadium at the New Clark City Sports Complex, one of the venues for the 30th SEA Games. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Term-sharing out the window? Deal with Velasco 'still stands' – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Two ranking House members say it would be difficult to replace Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker after he received high approval and trust ratings

SPEAKER TIL 2022? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their visit to New Clark City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, elected as top House leader in July, gets better approval and trust ratings than the Vice President in September

TRUSTED. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the House session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where House is proposing to realign P9.52 billion in 2020 budget

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to benefit the most from the proposed realignments by giving the agency an additional P3.5 billion to help rice farmers

REALIGNMENTS. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano breaks down the institutional amendments the House is proposing under the 2020 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano to critics: Find 'pork' in 2020 budget and House will remove it

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ang problema sa tsismis, basta't nabitawan mo na, hindi mo na madaling kunin,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as he insists the 2020 budget is free of illegal insertions

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, and Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte hold a press conference on September 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

P1.6-B hike in House budget to also benefit Batasan workers, facilities

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:40 PM

But Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano denies deputy speakers and vice chairpersons in the House increased because he had to accommodate various factions of lawmakers

BUDGET INCREASE. House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano defends the P1.6-billion increase in the House's proposed budget in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Proposed OFW dept would allow gov't to 'focus' on their plight – Cayetano

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:40 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers are aiming for the bill creating a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers to be signed into law by December

FOCUS ON OFWs. Legislators are pushing for the bill creating the Department of Overseas Filino Workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Suzara to be replaced in 2019 SEA Games organizing committee

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee is in for another leadership adjustment with less than 3 months before the regional biennial meet

REORGANIZATION. PHISGOC executive director Ramon Suzara is set to be replaced by a committee. Rappler screenshot

Cayetano: House unlikely to reinstate billions of district funds in 2020 budget

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'We just have to be honest with the congressmen that it might not be solveable in this budget,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on legislators' bid to regain their vetoed infrastructure funds

BUDGET WOES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says it would be difficult to accommodate all lamwakers to request to bring back the multi-billion infrastructure funds that was previously vetoed in the national budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House wants to increase DA funds to buy more rice from farmers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers also seek to create a Camp Development Fund, where each police and military camp would get P500 million to modernize facilities

DAVAO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES—Muddy water spurts out as a field labor er pulls out the rice seedlings in Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, southern Philippines. Photo taken in March 2016. RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com