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Joy Belmonte won’t entertain endorsement letters for QC employees’ promotion

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:58 AM

'Lahat po ng gustong magpa-promote o ma-promote, ‘wag po kayong magdala ng recommendation letter sa padrino ‘nyo, at hindi na po kayo mapro-promote kahit sino pa man ang padrino mo,' the Quezon City Mayor announces at a meeting

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte addresses the city's Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council on July 19, 2019. Photo from the Quezon City Public Affairs Office Facebook page

Megaworld subsidiary to open 2nd hotel in Boracay

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Housing 442 rooms, the Belmont Hotel Boracay will be opening its doors to tourists in August 2019

Photo from Megaworld Corporation

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

Joy Belmonte creates solid waste collection task force in QC

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte also travels to New York to attend the Mayors Migration Council

THE MAYOR. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte takes her oath on June 30 2019. File photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

'LP will remain steadfast to principles' even if in House majority – Belmonte

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'Maninidigan pa rin tayo,' says Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte, Liberal Party secretary-general

BACK TO MAJORITY? LP lawmakers of the previous 17th Congress pose for a picture back when they were trying to claim the House minority bloc in July 2018. Several of them have been reelected into the next 18th Congress. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Young metro mayors challenged to make every day World Bike to Work Day

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities urges the mayors to make a plan of cooperation linking Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, and Manila via protected bicycle lanes

CHALLENGE. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities participates in a World Bicycle Day event organized by Manila Moves and other groups in Ortigas on June 3, 2019. The think tank calls for elected young mayors in Metro Manila to make their cities friendly for bike commuters. All photos by AC Dimatatac

Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

May 21, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Erin Tañada, Liberal Party vice president for external affairs and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate, says he admires Senator Kiko Pangilinan's courage during the tough campaign

STILL TRUSTED. Resigned LP president and Senator Kiko Pangilinan (right) is still be trusted by other LP leaders like Erin Tañada(left), who ran but lost for senator. VP Leni Robredo (center) has not accepted Pangilinan's resignation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

'Expect tyranny' in House with only 18 elected LP representatives – Kit Belmonte

May 15, 2019 - 7:55 PM

But while the Liberal Party is part of the opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte, its legislators once forged an alliance with the ruling PDP-Laban

LIBERALS. LP lawmakers pose for a picture back when they were trying to lay claim over the House minority bloc in 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Joy Belmonte is next mayor of Quezon City

May 14, 2019 - 7:58 AM

(UPDATED) PDP-Laban endorsed her rival, Bingbong Crisologo, but Joy Belmonte had the backing of outgoing Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and the block-voting Iglesia ni Cristo

VICTORY. Quezon City mayoralty candidate Joy Belmonte at the miting de avance of Serbisyong Bayan Party on May 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers, House staff honor ‘the wonderful life’ of Prospero Nograles

May 07, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The closest friends and colleagues of the country's first Mindanaoan speaker remember his closeness to the House staff and his love for the song, 'What a Wonderful World'

TRIBUTE. The House of Representatives holds a Requim Mass and necrological service for the late speaker Prospero Nograles Jr on May 7, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The heat is on for local races

Mar 30, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Local candidates in Metro Manila sweat it out on the first day of their campaign

ALL-IN. Volunteers hoist political campaign posters in Manila on March 29, 2019, the start of the campaign period for local seats for the May 13 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-LP member Joy Belmonte woos coveted Duterte vote

Mar 30, 2019 - 2:35 PM

But ruling party PDP-Laban chooses to endorse Joy Belmonte's opponent, Bingbong Crisologo, for Quezon City mayor

Serbisyo ng Bayan Party kicked off its election campaign by presenting its complete slate in all of the 6 districts in Quezon City in a big meeting de avance style rally held at the Tandang Sora market in Quezon City. Headed by QC Mayoralty candidate Joy Belmonte and Vice Mayorralty Gian Sotto, they presented their platforms for governance if elected. Endorsed ny Mayor Herbert Bautista and Senate President Tito Sotto, the local candidates raised hands and culminated with a shower of confetti to he crowds cheering. March 29, 2019  Photo by Maria Tan

Mangudadatu blames Joy Belmonte for his missing photo in campaign display

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) The vice mayor of Quezon City – who is running for mayor against Mangudadatu's friend – denies a hand in the incident, saying the photo for the display was provided by Hugpong ng Pagbabago

Rep. Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu of 2nd District of Maguindanao at a Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, on Friday, August 24, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

QC vice mayor Belmonte files libel complaint vs former gov't officials

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says ex-PCSO chief Manuel Morato and ex-Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Lagdameo maliciously wrote about a case already dismissed by the justice department

COMPLAINT. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte formally complains about an allegedly libelous article written about her by Manuel Morato and Antonio Lagdameo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure

'CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE.' Nueva Ecija 3rd District Representative Rosanna Vergara plays a Whitney Houston song to explain her no vote for HB 8858. Screenshot from the HOR's YouTube account

'Pinakawalanghiya': Opposition hits House's draft charter

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'

OPPOSITION VS CHA-CHA. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao, Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Ariel Casilao are against the House's draft federal charter.

LOOK: Quezon City congressman Sonny Belmonte resigns from LP

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The 3rd-term congressman, who was House Speaker during the time of President Benigno Aquino III, says he is preparing for a 'quiet retirement' from politics

RETIRING SOON. Veteran politician Sonny Belmonte resigns from the Liberal Party, of which he is a member since 2009. Screenshot from Rappler

Belmonte to LP: ‘Unfair’ to accuse Arroyo of vindictiveness over Abads

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte has already resigned from the Liberal Party as he is retiring from politics

'UNFAIR'. Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr speaks up against his former party on the issue of the Batanes caretaker in the House. File photo by Rappler

Baby Arenas is new Batanes caretaker in House

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Deputy Speaker Baby Arenas is replacing Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr as caretaker of the lone district of Batanes

BATANES CARETAKER. Pangasinan 3rd District Representative Baby Arenas is the new caretaker of Batanes. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Jail time now also possible for former mutineers turned Duterte appointees

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte, ex-lawyer of Magdalo, delivers a privilege speech condemning the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty

GRANTED AMNESTY. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte was a former lawyer for the Magdalo party. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Top US college tennis coaches to visit Manila

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Young Filipino tennis players get a shot at bringing their talents overseas

EXPOSURE CAMP. Young tennis players get to find out about US college tennis, recruitment process and opportunities, and university admission tips. Photo from AddedSport

Erap Estrada is richest Metro Manila mayor in 2017

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Meanwhile, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is the wealthiest vice mayor in Metro Manila, according to their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

MAYOR ERAP. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is the wealthiest mayor in Metro Manila in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Robredo, LP leaders hail bicam approval of Bangsamoro law

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The law is not just a document, but about charting a better future now for the people of Mindanao,' say leaders of the Liberal Party

PEACE. Vice President and Partido Liberal chairperson Leni Robredo says the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring a better future for the people in Mindanao. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

'What were they thinking?': Robredo, LP solons criticized for Holocaust Memorial photo

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

In the photo, Robredo and LP solons were seen happily posing at a monument that honors the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the holocaust

DISRESPECTFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party lawmakers are criticized online for posing happily in a photo at the holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo from Rep. Teddy Baguilat's Twitter account.

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

Quezon City's Joy Belmonte under fire for initially not suspending classes

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte later admits her shortcomings in this situation and says Quezon City residents deserve a better leader

Martial law extension may 'normalize authoritarianism' – Belmonte

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:01 AM

Paano kung masanay tayo? asks Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte as he warned against the possible effects of an extended martial law

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM  ANTI-MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session on July 22. Screenshot from RTVM

MMFF names 3 new ExeCom members

Jul 11, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Director Maryo J delos Reyes Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte Alimurung and TV host actor Arnell Ignacio are the new members of the committee

Being 'dilawan' in the Duterte-controlled House

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nearly a year into the Duterte presidency the Liberal Party that once controlled the House of Representatives is decimated – and divided

Sonny Belmonte will stick with LP, says daughter Joy

May 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says her father Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte will retire from politics as a Liberal Party member in 2019

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House passes 45 bills on final reading after summer break

May 03, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The approved bills include one that prohibits hospitals from demanding deposits before treating patients and one that mandates free public internet access

FIRST DAY HIGH. The House of Representatives approve on 3rd reading a total of 45 bills on May 2. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LP not providing replacements for ousted House committee heads

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

LP secretary general Jose Christopher Belmonte says it is heartwarming that none of the party s lawmakers are willing to take the place of their ousted colleagues

NO LONGER A HOUSE LEADER. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte loses his committee chairmanship after voting to the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: I resist idea that taxpayers will pay for executions – Belmonte

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte says he cannot accept that the 17th Congress would take blood in its own hands

VOTED NO. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Approving death penalty is 'blood in our hands' – lawmakers

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his no vote saying Imposing the death penalty is allowing state sponsored killings

'BLOOD ON OUR HANDS.' Nuns watch as congressmen appprove on 3rd and final reading the measure reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino's 'guidance' to LP: 'It's time to speak up'

Feb 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says he is definitely bothered by Senator Leila de Lima s arrest and the Senate reorganization that affected Liberal Party members

'STAND UP.' Former president Benigno Aquino III attends the Liberal Party caucus on February 28. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Will LP bolt House majority? Decision after death penalty vote

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party stalwarts say their party mates are willing to lose their House leadership titles should they vote against the controversial death penalty measure

THE LIBERALS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and LP secretary-general and Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte talk to the media after their party caucus. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Wrestling 'reboot' at PWR Live: Bagong Yugto

Jan 27, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Philippine Wrestling Revolution heads to Quezon City for the first time seeking to write a new chapter in its first show of 2017

Poster and images from PWR

The Liberal Party and realpolitik in the House

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo explains what it s like being member of the Liberal Party under a Duterte controlled House of Representatives After elections from close to a hundred members were reduced to 32

REALPOLITIK DECISION. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo recalls why the Liberal Party decided to stay in the House majority. File photos by Rappler

Murder cases vs Iligan mayor dismissed

Jan 13, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Mayor Celso Regencia who is on his second term has been behind bars for the alleged ambush on the convoy of former Iligan congressman Vicente Belmonte

FREE. The justice department orders the Quezon City prosecutor to withdraw all information filed against Iligan Mayor Celso Regencia

Megaworld opening 4 new hotels in 2017

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Within the next 3 to 5 years Megaworld hopes to see a bigger slice of hotel earnings in its revenue pie as it opens new hotels

RIDING THE BOOM. Megaworld will open the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Iloilo Business Park and the Savoy Hotel Boracay in Boracay Newcoast by first half of this year. Rappler file photo

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

Duterte tags former Iligan congressman, mayor in drug list

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says ex Iligan City representative Vicente Belmonte Jr and ex Iligan City mayor Lawrence Cruz are included in his final drug list

House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

Thousands support jailed Iligan City Mayor Regencia

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Local residents say they believe Regencia is a victim of narco politics

Pimentel wants higher cap for campaign expenses

Nov 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The Senate bill seeks to increase the cap for campaign spending by at least a hundred fold due to outdated existing limits

HIGHER CAP. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to increase the cap of campaign spending of politicians.

Lawmakers pay last respects to ‘Iron Lady’

Sep 30, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Colleagues in Congress recall how the late senator Miriam Santiago has touched their lives

IN MEMORY. A wreath placed outside the wake of the late Senator Miriam Santiago. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Sep 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

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