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Opposition 'not surprised' by Robredo's firing as ICAD co-chair

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Senators say the Duterte administration 'got snared in their own trap' and their plan 'to make [Vice President Leni Robredo] look weak backfired'

REMOVED. In this photo, Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

After demolition, elderly prisoners sleep outdoors in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) Makabayan lawmakers visit the New Bilibid Prison to check on the living conditions of inmates

DEMOLITION AFTERMATH. Piles of debris from the recent demolition operation are seen inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

House OKs 2020 budget on final reading

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The progressive Makabayan lawmakers, however, blast the lack of transparency in the swift approval of the 2020 budget

Still not pork? P100 million for each lawmaker in 2020 budget

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:53 AM

(UPDATED) Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, House committee on appropriations vice chair, says the executive branch determined the amount to be allotted per House member

PORK IN THE BUDGET? A House leader reveals millions have been allotted per congressman in the proposed 2020 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman’s GCTA probe covers ex-BuCor chiefs Faeldon, Dela Rosa

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate extracts the confirmation from the Office of the Ombudsman as it defended its proposed 2020 budget in the House plenary

PRISONS CHIEFS. Two former BuCor chiefs, now Senator Ronald dela Rosa (R) and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon (L) before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA oN September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp on attack vs Abante: 'Brazen assault on our free press'

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'This attempt to intimidate and silence Abante...must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos,' says the spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo

At budget hearing, Lorenzana dares Makabayan bloc to condemn CPP-NPA

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

In a face-off with the defense chief, leftist lawmakers denounce 'red-tagging' by the government and challenge him to show evidence of their alleged involvement with the New People’s Army

Despite Duterte veto, Makabayan bloc refiles anti-endo bill in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:35 PM

For the progressive lawmakers, President Rodrigo Duterte's veto 'reflected his true bias' and priority of business interests over workers' welfare

ENDING ENDO. (From L-R) Makabayan lawmakers Arlene Brosas, Eufemia Culamat, Ferdinand Gaite, Carlos Zarate, and Sarah Elago re-file the anti-endo bill on August 5, 2019. Photo from Makabayan

Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:22 PM

'The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children,' say the 6 progressive legislators who filed the House resolution

DRUG WAR CRITICS. Makabayan bloc members Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Sarah Elago file a House resolution calling for an investigation on the death of a 3-year-old in a buy-bust operation. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Zarate: Why declare entire Mindanao as election hot spot?

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'It is unbelievable that every province and city in the whole island had enough basis to be declared a hot spot,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate

QUESTIONS. Bayan Muna Representative Carloz Zarate questions the Comelec decision to declare Mindanao as an election hot spot. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age to 12 'still attacks children' – Makabayan

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The left-leaning lawmakers argue that the last-minute changes to the bill would still 'criminalize' children in conflict with the law

INDIGNATION RALLY. From L to R: Makabayan bloc Representatives Carlos Zarate, Sarah Elago, Emmi de Jesus, Antonio Tinio, Arlene Brosas, and Ariel Casilao. Photo from Makabayan

Satur Ocampo, France Castro say nothing illegal in 'humanitarian' mission

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:15 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro challenges Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to visit Lumad schools, following his allegations these are being used for communist teachings

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Ka Satur Ocampo (right) and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro (center) at a press conference in Quezon City on Sunday, December 02, 2018, after their arrest at a checkpoint in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte, on Thursday, November 29. Satur Ocampo, France Castro was charged for child abuse and was released after posted bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Leftist congressmen: Duterte inciting civilians to kill

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Makabayan lawmakers say President Duterte's planned 'death squad' against communist rebels proves there are state-sanctioned vigilante killings under his administration

MURDER. Makabayan lawmakers Ariel Casilao, Carlos Zarate, and Antonio Tinio condemn the President's proposed death squad against communists. 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 aims to pass draft federal charter by early 2019

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the House committee on constitutional amendments marching orders to finish work on the proposed new charter 'on time'

CHA-CHA. Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso chairs the House committee on constitutional amendments. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo’s draft charter skips VP in transition to federalism

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The draft constitution, which has reached the House plenary for deliberations, sets for May 2022 the first elections under a federal system of government

NOT IN SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech before members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal on October 2, 2018. File photo by OVP

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

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

Makabayan bloc wants annual commemoration of First Quarter Storm

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:42 PM

House Bill 8271 seeks to commemorate the turbulent period in Philippine history marked by mostly student-led mass demonstrations and protests against the Marcos dictatorship

NEVER FORGET. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives pushes for a bill to commemorate the First Quarter Storm. Photo courtesy of Makabayan

Zarate reminds Andanar: Mocha Uson paid with public funds

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate finds it strange that Uson is not held accountable for her actions, yet other government officials get fired or are forced to resign for alleged offenses

DOJ didn’t verify before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says: 'The DOJ itself did not have any personal verification of any connection by these individuals with the CPP or the NPA'

JUSTICE SECRETARY. The DOJ didn'€™t verify names before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people, says DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House OKs on 3rd reading bill vs privatization of public hospitals

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Under House Bill 7437, at least 90% of the total bed capacity of all public hospitals would be allotted for poor patients

PGH. The facade of the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NutriAsia protesters violently dispersed despite regularization talks

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) The dispersal occurs at the picket line of the group across from NutriAsia's Marilao plant in Bulacan

HURT. Violent dispersal of Nutriasia protesters on July 30, 2018. Photo from Anakbayan

Makabayan slams Arroyo’s ‘naked power grab’ in House

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:51 PM

Gabriela Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas said they will not support Arroyo, adding, 'Filipino women do not tolerate corrupt people in power, even if it is a ‘She''

ARROYO. Former Philippine president and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo waves during the third session of the 17th Congress ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's state of the nation address at Congress, in Manila on July 23, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Makabayan bloc seeks probe into Duterte order vs 'tambays'

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) The progressive legislators also want to investigate the death of Genesis Argoncillo, a 25-year-old nabbed by the police in its anti-tambay operations and who later died in prison

PROBE SOUGHT. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives wants to probe the Duterte administration's crackdown against 'tambays.'

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

Makabayan lawmakers seek Filipino citizenship for Sister Patricia Fox

May 30, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Makabayan bloc says Filipino citizenship would be a 'fitting recognition' for the Australian nun's 'selfless service' to poor and oppressed Filipinos in the past 27 years

FILIPINO CITIZEN SOON? Sister Patricia Fox files a petition on May 25, 2018 at the DOJ to allow her to stay in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

'Walang bago': Makabayan lawmakers unimpressed with Duterte EO on endo

May 01, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'Reiteration lang 'yan ng existing labor laws that [have] been proven [to be] anti-worker,' says Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao

EO NOT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte is depicted as a devil during the Labor Day protest on May 1, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte critics slam detention of 71-year-old Australian nun

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Lawmaker Carlos Zarate refutes claims that Sister Patricia Fox is engaging in partisan activities, as upholding human rights is not a form of meddling

DETAINED NUN. Protesters in a rally outside the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on April 17, 2018, call for the release of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox from the BI. Photo by Maria Tan

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Leftists slam rearrest of NDF consultant over 'trumped-up charges'

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Malacañang says it would be a 'dereliction of duty' not to arrest National Democratic Front consultant Rafael Baylosis

National Democratic Front senior adviser Luis Jalandonivin an interview at the sidelines of the Left's rally on International Human Rights Day. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

SC orders government to answer petition vs tax reform law

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) The House Makabayan bloc says the law is invalid because the ratification that occurred at the Lower House violated rules

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Calida mocks petitioners vs tax reform law: 'Is that all you have?'

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'Why am I not surprised at your blatant disrespect for basic democratic principles, Mr Solicitor General?' says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, one of the petitioners

Members of the Makabayan Bloc file a petition to derail the implementation of the the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before the Supreme Court in Manila on January 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Bayan Muna warns of graft, corruption if martial law extended

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

'The mentioned reasons in [the President's] letter do not warrant an extension of martial law as the same can be addressed by normal police and military powers,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

PHOTO BY SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bayan Muna asks SC to compel telcos to refund P18-B 'excess' text fee

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

The petition covers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications Incorporated, and Digitel Philippines Incorporated, which is the operating company of Sun Cellular

INTERVENTION. Bayan Muna wants the Supreme Court to intervene and green light the refund order against telecommunication companies.

Immunity from traffic violations sends 'wrong message' – House opposition

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that the immunity doesn't extend to the drivers of legislators

TRAFFIC WOES. Heavy traffic builds up along Commonwealth Avenue in early August as the MRT-7 construction begins. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc

GOODBYE MAJORITY. The Makabayan bloc officially ends its membership in the House majority bloc. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Over 'failure' to protect minorities, House gives NCIP P1,000 budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moves for the measly budget citing the supposed failure of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to fulfill its mandate

LUMAD RALLY. The NCIP gets a P1,000 budget, says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, because it failed to do its job. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'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

Makabayan lawmakers slam lack of data on extrajudicial killings

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:22 PM

DOJ’s extrajudicial killing committee records zero incidence in 2016

BUDGET HEARING. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate Budget hearing on August 31, 2017 as data on drug war-related killings are consistently raised in both chambers of Congress. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Leftist lawmakers on Taguiwalo: 'Inilaglag siya ni Pangulong Duterte'

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:51 PM

Other Duterte appointees who faced opposition in the Commission on Appointments managed to get the nod of the powerful body through the help of the Chief Executive says ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio

MAKABAYAN. Leftist legislators say Duterte 'ditched' Judy Taguiwalo former DSWD secretary. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

'Inhuman' to extend martial law in Mindanao – Zarate

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:11 AM

Kalabisan ang pagpataw ng martial law says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate as he explains his no vote for the extension of the Mindanao martial rule

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

Lawmakers slam Alvarez's proposal to extend martial law to 2022

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any extension shall be upon the initiative of the President

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Antonio Tinio, Edcel Lagman, and Carlos Zarate all filed petitions against the Mindanao martial law, but they were thumbed down by the SC. File photos by Rappler

Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

May 30, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The Makabayan lawmakers argue the President s report to Congress on martial law in Mindanao reveals exaggeration or falsity of the alleged events

NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, Emmi de Jesus and Sarah Elago face the media after filing their resolution on May 30. Photo from Makabayan bloc