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Pangilinan bill seeks new Constitution subject for Grade 12 students

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights

CONSTI CLASS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Grade 12 students to learn about the Constitution in school. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel OKs bill requiring hospitals to release cadavers within 24 hours

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

House Muslim affairs committee chairperson Mauyag Papandayan Jr says the bill aims to respect the religious practices of the deceased

RESPECT FOR THE DEAD. A House committee approves a bill that would require to release dead bodies within 24 hours.

House approves government rightsizing bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The proposed measure one of President Rodrigo Duterte s priority measures in his second SONA will give retirement benefits and separation incentives to affected employees

APPROVED. Lawmakers vote on the government rightsizing bill on July 26. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bills vs endo, discrimination, and tax reform top Congress priorities

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Leaders of the 17th Congress also prioritize measures on national land use government procurement and creation of the disaster response and management department which the President mentioned in his SONA

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Leaders of the 17th Congress meet on July 26 to discuss their priority measures. Photo sourced by Rappler

FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers scramble to resolve Uber, Grab dilemma

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:15 PM

At least 3 bills are filed in the House of Representatives and the Senate seeking to make ride hailing services as an alternative public transport mode

REGULATION GUIDE. Legislators file measures seeking to address the ongoing controversy over the operations of Uber and Grab in the Philippines.

P50,000 at stake as House launches Bill Drafting Contest for students

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The winning bill will be referred to the appropriate House committee which will then formally file the measure in Congress

THE CONTESTANTS. Participants of the House's Bill Drafting Contest are oriented on how to draft legislation. Photo from the House of Representatives

Arroyo wants transportation security commission vs terrorism

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The former Chief Executive whose presidency witnessed the worst terror attack in the country says a system of accountability would allow concerned agencies to perform their functions better

SAFER STREETS. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo files a bill aimed to address the terrorism threat on the transportation sector.

House bill wants ATM skimmers jailed for life, fined up to P5 million

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The bill seeks to declare ATM skimming as a crime of economic sabotage

PENALIZING BANK FRAUD. One of the latest devices ATM skimmers are using to retrieve information from bank users. File photo by Rappler

How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of Lupang Hinirang as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols

RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac  RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac

A year later, the House remains Duterte’s loyal defender

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The House has consistently shown it will protect the President from his critics with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leading the charge

DUTERTE-CONTROLLED HOUSE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the House of Representatives, where the President counts at least 267 lawmakers as his allies

Alejano wants commission to rename Philippines

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:50 PM

If we want to be truly independent then we should throw away the bonds of colonialism by establishing our own national identity says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

NAME CHANGE? Representative Gary Alejano wants to form a commission to rename the country. Rappler file photo

Lawmaker wants P3,000-casino entrance fee after Resorts World attack

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:25 PM

It only seeks to address some poor people who have no more money and yet go inside and gamble all they have left for their families says Isabela 1st District Representative Rodolfo Albano III

CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.  CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.

House passes reform bill, with higher tax rate for 'super-rich'

May 31, 2017 - 5:53 PM

While HB 5636 will lower personal income tax rate to 25 VAT exemptions will be lifted on several sectors

APPROVED. The House approves the first batch of tax reforms being proposed by the Duterte administration. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate, House OK on final reading bills including casinos in AMLA

May 30, 2017 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED The two chambers of Congress are set to convene a bicameral conference committee to finalize the measure before President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law

CASINOS UNDER AMLA. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte certifies tax reform bill as urgent

May 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The House of Representatives could approve the bill on both 2nd and 3rd readings this week

President Rodrigo Duterte now wants the House to prioritize the tax reform bill before it adjourns session this week. File photo by Malacañang  President Rodrigo Duterte now wants the House to prioritize the tax reform bill before it adjourns session this week. File photo by Malacañang

No more lifting of VAT exemptions for cooperatives

May 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez agrees to retain the VAT exemptions for cooperatives in the proposed tax reform package at the request of party list representatives

TAX REFORM. An amendment to the comprehensive tax reform package is expected to be introduced at the plenary following the decision of the House leadership to retain the VAT exemption on cooperatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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House subpanel approves bill retaining 15 as criminal responsibility age

May 23, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The measure proposes stiffer penalties for parents and syndicates using children to commit crimes while focusing on the improved rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

APPROVED. The House subcommittee on correctional reforms gives its nod to the bill maintaining 15 as the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on minimum age of criminal liability

May 23, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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House approves bill on 5-year driver's license

May 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

The bill extending the validity of driver’s license to 5 years is one step closer to getting passed into law The Senate version was approved earlier

APPROVED. The House oks the bill extending the driver's license validity to 5 years. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Higher loan interest rates if VAT exemptions for coops lifted – lawmaker

May 22, 2017 - 5:40 PM

House committee on cooperative development chairperson Rico Geron says he will oppose the tax reform package if it will include the removal of the VAT exemptions for cooperatives

PRO-COOPS. Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines Representative Rico Geron opposes the proposal to take out the VAT exemption on cooperatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House subpanel to ditch proposal lowering criminal responsibility age

May 22, 2017 - 1:50 PM

After months long consultations Representative Ron Salo says the subpanel on correctional reforms will instead propose amendments strengthening the existing Juvenile Justice Act of 2006

HOPE STILL ALIVE? Some rehabilitation centers for child offenders have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

4-day work week possible if House approves bill

May 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

House Bill 5068 of Baguio City Representative Mark Go seeks to amend the Labor Code s requirement of 6 working days a week

LONGER WORK HOURS. Baguio City Representative Mark Go says if his bill becomes a law, companies will require 12-hour work days. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House committee approves national ID system bill

May 10, 2017 - 12:30 PM

If passed into law the national ID card will be honored in transactions concerning a person s identity marital status and birth among others

NATIONAL ID. The House population and family relations panel gives its nod to the national ID system bill. Illustration by Nina Martinez

House children's welfare panel chair backs lowering criminal liability age

May 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

But Representative Divina Grace Yu says the stand of the majority of her committee members will trump her personal view on the controversial bill

MAJORITY LAWMAKERS. Representatives Jose Panganiban Jr and Divina Grace Yu hold a press conference at the House on May 8. 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

LIST: 14 bills the 17th Congress aims to pass by May 31

May 02, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Legislators are eyeing to pass 14 measures in less than a month including bills that would provide free public Wi Fi and extend the validity of drivers licenses

ABS-CBN franchise ‘not for urgent renewal,’ clarifies lawmaker

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez chair of the House committee on legislative franchises says the panel is prioritizing franchises that are about to expire

FRANCHISE RENEWAL BLUES. The franchise of ABS-CBN lapses in 2020, within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte who has vowed to block its renewal for another 25 years. Photo of ABS-CBN building from Wikipedia

61% of Filipinos approve of death penalty for drug convicts

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:13 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 48 of Filipinos have either extensive or partial but sufficient knowledge of the controversial death penalty House bill

APPROVED. A majority of Filipinos support the reimposition of the death penalty, a priority bill of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photos by Rappler

Lawmaker wants March 28 declared 'President Duterte Day'

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Administration lawmaker Florida Robes says that based on Duterte s performance so far it is only fitting for the public to commemorate the President s date of birth as a day of hope and inspiration for the Filipino people

DUTERTE BDAY CUPCAKES. Duterte toppers are used on chocolate cupcakes as a post-birthday greeting to the Philippine leader who visited Socorro town, Oriental Mindoro, on March 29, 2017, a day after his birthday. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

House approves free public Wi-Fi bill on 2nd reading

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The Senate already approved the bill on final reading Thus the bill is a step closer to becoming a law

FREE WI-FI. Congressmen oks on 2nd reading a bill mandating free public Wi-Fi in the country.

Lawmakers give Alvarez ‘full support’ in House reorganization

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Should Speaker Alvarez push through with the replacements political parties will decide who will be substituting for the positions to be left by lawmakers who voted against the death penalty

IMPENDING REPLACEMENTS? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says most congressmen agree that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should replace the House leaders who voted against the death penalty bill. 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

4 death penalty votes that surprised us

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Some representatives voted contrary to their previous public statements or their party stand What made them change their mind?

SURPRISE VOTES? Several congressmen explain their votes on the death penalty bill.

Duterte 'thankful' House passed death penalty bill – Alvarez

Mar 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The President however hoped plunder and rape remained on the list of crimes punishable with life imprisonment or death says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Duterte supports the death penalty bill, which the House passed on 3rd and final reading under the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is an 'abhorrent punishment' – Lagman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says of the death penalty: It victimizes the poor It is not the solution to criminality It is not the answer to poverty and social injustice It debases the right to life

VOTED NO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Essence of Sharia law is preservation of life – Hataman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anak Mindanao Sitti Turabin Hataman: Sarili ko pong buhay hindi ko kayang panagutan I cannot afford and is most afraid to be held accountable for another life even just one life Thus I vote No

VOTED NO. Anak Mindanao Representative Sitti Turabin-Hataman explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Party stand trumps conscience vote on death penalty – Salo

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo a preacher says he personally opposes the death penalty but he cast the yes vote of the party he represents

VOTED YES. Kabayan Representative Ron Salo explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Reimposing the death penalty is 'anti-poor' – Zarate

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says criminality stems from a backward society where only a few and the foreigners decide the affairs

VOTED NO. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Cibac supports death penalty, hopes no wrongful convictions – Tugna

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna says his party approved the death penalty bill with an understanding it will be supported by government s efforts to address corruption in the police and judiciary

VOTED YES. CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty won't address Filipinos' problems – Casilao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao lists 5 reasons why he voted against reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts

FULL TEXT: Drugs bring 'moral decay and fuels crime' – Biazon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Muntinlupa City Ruffy Biazon votes yes: The Constitution allows capital punishment for compelling reasons The continued proliferation of the illegal drug trade with its devastating effects is a compelling reason

VOTED YES. Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty not the solution to fix justice system – Brosas

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Gabriela Women s Party Representative Arlene Brosas says the possibility is not remote that the death penalty will be used by the state to fabricate charges and manufacture evidence against activists

VOTED NO. Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'tool of state repression' – Castro

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:20 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says House Bill 4727 is anti poor prone to abuse and an ineffective deterrent against criminality

VOTED NO. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: 'Kill a person and you kill him his other rights' – Roque

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says: The right to life is non derogable whether in times of peace or in times of war This right cannot be denied to anyone regardless of the circumstances

VOTED NO. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty revival puts the poor, OFWs at risk – Bag-ao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao likens her colleagues yes votes for the death penalty to saying yes to killing of the poor and OFWs on death row

VOTED NO. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Everyone has the right to redemption – Baguilat

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr votes no and asks Ang ipapamana ba natin sa ating mga kababayan ay buhay o kamatayan?

VOTED NO. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph