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Senate topnotcher Cynthia Villar reports zero poll contributions

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Senator-elect Cynthia Villar spends P135 million for the recent senatorial polls, with zero 'contributions received'

SENATE TOPNOTCHER. Senator Cynthia Villar spends more than P135 million for the recent senatorial polls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amid Senate leadership row, Pimentel tells Villar: Mind your own party

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'Mind your own party. Kung may problema ka sa party mo, do not assume na may problem kami sa party namin,' says PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

Drilon to Senate newbies: Study first, leadership quarrels later

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'Sana mag-aral po muna 'yung mga baguhan,' says Senate veteran Franklin Drilon

SENATE VETERAN. Senator Franklin Drilon offers advice for incoming neophyte senators who will be part of the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cynthia Villar still richest senator in 2018

May 27, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar's declared net worth rises to P3.72 billion in 2018, with zero liabilities

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ghosts of an anomalous past: Cases, controversies hounding new senators

May 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A number of the new senators also have their share of controversies, including being accused of violating certain laws and becoming subjects of investigations

Newly elected senators of the recent National and Local Elections are proclaimed today, May 22, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The rise of Cynthia Villar: How politics, money, networks made her No. 1

May 15, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Hers was not a one-time surprise ascent but a deliberate, steady, and sure climb

Sen. Cynthia Villar castigating Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol regarding the status of rice stocks and DA funds. Photo by Angie de Silva

Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe top elections in first transmission

May 13, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go grabs the third spot

Reelectionist senators join forces amid blurry political lines in 2019

May 10, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Senate leaders and other incumbent senators also lend a helping hand, in an attempt to preserve the 'camaraderie' and 'status quo' in the chamber

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Tito Sotto endorses all 7 reelectionist senators

May 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'Ako po'y 27 taon nang senador. I have been with the best and the brightest,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, as he makes a pitch for the 7 senators seeking reelection

Laguna - Senate Reelectionists with SP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto endorses Roxas, reelectionist bets in 2019 Senate race

May 05, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Edgardo Angara also attend the Bangon Lipa rally

ENDORSEMENT. Senator Ralph Recto endorses former senator Manuel Roxas II in the 2019 Senate elections. Screengrab from Mar Roxas staff

On his birthday, Gatchalian endorses 6 out of 7 reelectionist senators

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says he is endorsing the bid of his friends in Senate, whom he fully believes will serve 'with integrity'

REELECTIONIST SENATORS. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian celebrates his birthday by endorsing the bid of reelectionist senators in Valenzuela City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

Senate approves bill lifting rice import limits

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:30 PM

If the rice tariffication bill is passed into law, a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund would be created to protect the rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations

APPROVED. Rice tariffication is one of the means identified that would help address soaring inflation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

Women in top 5 of Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio lead the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held in early September

TOP 5. Women dominate the top 5 of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race. File photos by Mark Cristino (Poe), Senate PRIB (Villar), Cayetano (Rappler), Office of Senator Nancy Binay, and Manman Dejeto (Carpio),

Final version of coco levy bill shatters farmers' hopes

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:48 PM

'Maaaring magtagal na naman ang aming paghihintay at pakikibaka bago makamit ng mga mahihirap at maliliit na magniniyog ang bunga ng coco levy,' says a national coalition of coconut farmers' movements

VILLAR LAUDS APPROVAL OF COCO LEVY BILL BY BICAM PANEL- Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the approval by the bicameral conference committee of the reconciled version of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act, "marks the end of the long and grueling journey of enacting a law which will make sure 3.5 million coconut farmers will greatly benefit from the P100-billion funds which are rightfully theirs." In photo are members of the bicam panel (standing) Rep. Cecilia Chavez, Sen.Francis Pangilinan, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Rep. Arthur Yap, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria; (seated) Rep. Evelina Escudero, Villar, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., and Rep. Sharon Garin. Also in photo are Department of Agriculture officials. Photo by the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

Coco levy bicam recognizes Suarez as House minority leader

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't understand why they keep on making noise. They have already lost,' says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez to the two other blocs challenging him for the minority leadership

MINORITY LEADER? Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures during a press conference on August 1, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

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Jul 09, 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Grace Poe retains solo lead in Pulse Asia survey on 2019 race

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and former senator Lito Lapid are among the other probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the June 15 to 21 polling period

Senator Grace Poe during the MRT 3 issues hearing where former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was questioned at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Duterte on women, Richest senators, Trump and Cohen | Evening wRap

May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Villar, Pacquiao remain richest senators in 2017

May 17, 2018 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is still the poorest senator

BILLIONARES' CLUB. Senators Cynthia Villar and Manny Pacquiao are the richest senators based on their latest SALN.

'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period

NUMBER 1. Senator Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia's latest survey on the May 2019 senatorial elections. File photo by Jay Morales

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Basilan

Sereno to go on leave, Roque UN special rapporteur, Senate on Jason Aquino | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

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Senate probe into rice shortage should unmask 'NFA syndicate' – Poe

Feb 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Bakit tayo umaabot sa nagkukulang tayo? Meron bang sindikato dyan sa loob na nagpipigil na ang tamang datos ay lumabas?' Senator Grace Poe says of the 'rice shortage' at the National Food Authority

PROBE. Senator Grace Poe said there is a need to investigate "NFA syndicates." Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Villar seeks Senate probe into NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar

File photo by AFP

Senators to battle-weary Marawi: 'We will pass Bangsamoro law'

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We should pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as this is seen by the people to bring lasting peace,' says Senator Cynthia Villar during a congressional hearing in Marawi City

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents listen to the public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lacson stands by P50-B DPWH budget cut amid House, Villar outcry

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:43 PM

'I am very confident that I can justify the cut that I proposed and which was approved in plenary. I just hope we will stick to the issue at hand instead of misleading the public,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Tempers flare as senators double mining taxes without hearings

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Senate ways and means committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara was irked with the sudden proposals of his colleagues despite their absence in committee hearings

Sotto: Justin Trudeau raised EJKs to ‘divert’ trash issue

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:13 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'Imbes na mapag-usapan 'yung basura ng Canada na dinump sa atin, dinala niya 'yung usapan sa EJK na hindi pinag-uusapan ng superpowers like the United States, China, and even the EU because they feel that it's a local problem,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Lacson questions DPWH budget for right-of-way acquisitions

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'Clearly the pattern shows that the bloated budget for [right-of-way acquisitions] is the biggest source of insertions and realignments being made by legislators,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

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Oct 01, 2017 - 12:16 PM

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Parents, OWWA to visit OFW burned with boiling oil by Malaysian employer

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she will file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the rising number of migrant domestic workers, as well as cases of abuse

Photo from Blas Ople Policy Center

Resolution vs killings sent to 5 of 7 senators before filing – Pangilinan's office

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan's chief-of-staff says Senate Resolution 516 was sent to the offices of Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senators Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Gregorio Honasan, contrary to their claims

'Grandmother' or 'godmother Earth?' Senators tease Villar

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri calls Senator Cynthia Villar as 'grandmother Earth' but Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the richest senator should be 'godmother Earth'

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

Congress approves free irrigation for small farmers

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives would now convene a bicameral conference committee to thresh out differences between their versions of the bill

IRRIGATION. Rice farmers are in need of free irrigation to free them from the burden of paying service fees to the National Irrigation Administration. File photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 'Unli-rice' and unlimited possibilities

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government-supplied rice – to begin with

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

Pacquiao joins Villar in billionaires' club; Trillanes now poorest senator

May 18, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Compared to 2015 Manny Pacquiao however registers a lower net worth in his latest Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth SALN

LOOK: Majority senators in full force at 'intimate dinner' with Duterte

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Senator JV Ejercito says they discussed the proposed tax reform measure one of the priority bills of the Duterte administration

Photo from Senator JV Ejercito's official Facebook

OFW in Kuwait executed while asserting innocence

Jan 25, 2017 - 2:35 PM

UPDATED She has professed innocence since the day she was arrested in 2007 and has not changed her statement until now Senator Cynthia Villar says