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House commends Arroyo's leadership as 17th Congress ends

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:20 PM

House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro describes Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as 'one of the most brilliant political and academic minds in recent Philippine history'

GRADUATES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from L, in blue) poses for a selfie with other outgoing legislators of the 17th Congress. All photos from Arroyo's office

Until the end, Suarez maintains House minority 'constructive' in 17th Congress

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'We have been called many names, but our accomplishments this 17th Congress show that our work speaks for itself,' says outgoing House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

LAST PRESS CON. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (center) leads his bloc's press conference for the last time under the 17th Congress on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Quezon congressman Suarez wants Kanan, not Kaliwa Dam

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says building two Kanan dams would 'entail no cost to the government,' unlike getting a loan from China for the Kaliwa Dam

KANAN DAM ADVOCATE. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age ‘scapegoat’ for failing justice system

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:06 PM

House minority lawmakers argue that the proposed bill does not address the reasons why children break the law in the first place

CHILDREN AS SCAPEGOATS? Rehabilitation centers for children in conflict with the law have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers honor Rodel Batocabe, the ‘Daragueño Who Dared’

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Lawmakers and guests wear pins that read, 'Justice for Cong. Rodel Batocabe' during the memorial service

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2nd from R) sits together with slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's wife Gertie and their sons Justin and Kiel. Photo from Arroyo's Facebook page

House wants Duterte to fire Diokno from DBM

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The House of Representatives wants Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's appointment to be 'reconsidered' following lawmakers' corruption allegations against him

TO BE FIRED? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks during the question hour at the House on December, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno denies conflict of interest over infra projects in Casiguran, Sorsogon

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:22 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez grills Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, whose daughter is married to the son of Sorsogon Vice Governor Ester Hamor

ON THE HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno attends the question hour for him during the House plenary session on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Minority congressmen defend Arroyo, insist no ‘pork barrel’ in 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Di nag-congressman si [Senator] Ping [Lacson]. Baka 'di niya naiintidihan ‘yong problema ng may constituency,' says Arroyo ally and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

'NO PORK BARREL.' Minority congressmen Lito Atienza, Danilo Suarez, and Alfredo Garbin Jr hold their weekly press conference on December 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

House OKs extending life of 2018 budget for another year

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers seek to extend until 2019 the validity of funds being used for ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the country, including the allocations for Marawi City

BUDGET EXTENSION. Lawmakers seek an extension of allocations under the 2018 budget for another year.

De Vera’s removal 'won't affect' SC case vs Suarez – Fariñas

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The bloc of ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas is asking the Supreme Court to recognize their group as the legitimate minority bloc, with expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera as minority leader

MINORITY ROW. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez is facing two Supreme Court cases against his minority leadership. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House to 'abide by’ Sandiganbayan verdict vs Imelda Marcos

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the House leadership will 'respect' the guilty verdict handed down to Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos

GUILTY OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos is found guilty of 7 counts of graft for illegally creating and maintaining Swiss foundations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suarez files House resolution supporting Arroyo's IPU pullout bid

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 AM

If passed, House Resolution No. 2270 will merely express the support of lawmakers over the issue. The resolution will not have the full force of the law.

LOWER HOUSE. A view of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House ‘reprimands’ Bertiz over viral NAIA video

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz delivers a privilege speech apologizing for his behavior and appeals to the public to spare his family from threats

UNDER FIFRE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 1, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House ethics and privileges panel holds special meeting on Bertiz controversies

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Watch the special meeting on Wednesday, October 3

House ethics probe looms over lawmaker John Bertiz

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

If no outside party files an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says lawmakers themselves will trigger the probe

ON THE HOT SEAT. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz is under fire over his recent controversial actions.

Fariñas bloc takes Suarez minority leadership row to SC

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The bloc of ex-majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas argues that the current House leadership has committed 'grave abuse of discretion' by retaining Danilo Suarez as minority leader

MINORITY LEADER. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez faces another Supreme Court case questioning his minority leadership. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House coup in 2008 not a precedent for Suarez minority, says Quimbo

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo says a House journal proves the minority leader during the 2008 coup did not vote for the winning candidate for speaker then

'GENUINE MINORITY'. Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo gestures as he questions the retention of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader on July 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House coups in 2000, 2008 'precedents' for Suarez minority

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, a lawmaker for 17 years, says past ousters in the lower chamber support the minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

'PRECEDENTS.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya defends the decision of the House to retain Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader. Photo by Rappler

Mocha federalism video, House minority dispute, EDSA driver-only car ban | Midday wRap

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:42 PM

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Trending: Suarez #FakeMinority

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Netizens have a field day after the House of Representatives finally declared Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as Minority leader

Suarez remains minority leader, Duterte on Uson, Kris Aquino | Evening wRap

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:35 PM

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No genuine House minority under Danilo Suarez, says Robredo

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she trusts Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo, her party mate at the Liberal Party, will lead his bloc to be the 'real opposition' in the House

AGAINST SUAREZ. Vice President Leni Robredo slams the retention of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as House minority leader. File photo by OVP

2 Supreme Court cases loom over Suarez's minority leadership

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The blocs of ex-majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo plan to file separate cases questioning the minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez

MINORITY LEADER. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures as he speaks at the plenary for the first time since being retained as the House minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Danilo Suarez stays as House minority leader

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers keep Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as minority leader, though he previously voted in favor of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Speaker

New Minority Leader Representative Danilo Suarez odf 3rd District of Quezon deliver his speech after he was confirm at the plenary as the Minority Leader on August 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Plenary vote will 'most likely' resolve House minority row

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:15 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the 2017 Supreme Court ruling on the minority leadership states the SC 'cannot intervene in the procedural rules of the House'

MINORITY TALKS. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya talks to reporters about the ongoing battle for the minority bloc on August 6, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

House power struggle, free UP tuition, Pope Francis | Midday wRap

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Fariñas 'going to SC' if Suarez stays as House minority leader

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'This is no laughing matter,' says former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas, as the minority bloc leadership remains in limbo

Congressman Rodolfo Farinas during Congress session on Monday, July 30, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Liberal Party lawmakers claim they're real House minority

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They say Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez can no longer be minority leader since he voted for new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Only 76 lawmakers attend House majority caucus

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says all majority lawmakers present are satisfied with how the House is being run

AFTER THE CAUCUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says 76 lawmakers attended the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House minority leader urges NFA chief Jason Aquino to resign

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Ano pa ang hinihintay mo, 'di ba? Halatang-halata naman ngayon na kumikita ngayon ‘yung mga importer saka ‘yung mga hoarder ng bigas,' House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RESIGNATION CALL. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez holds a press conference on April 10,2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Closeup concert drug dealers sentenced to life imprisonment

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Their 3 co-accused face at least 20 years in prison

SENTENCED. The 5 people who sold illegal drugs during the Closeup Forever Summer concert on May 21, 2016 were caught by the NBI a month later. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Quezon radio journalists arrested over libel charges filed by politicians – NUJP

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Itinanong lang naman namin kung saan na napunta ang P70 million na PDAF ni Congressman Danilo Suarez,' says one of the arrested radio commentators

Screenshot from NUJP's Facebook page

Suarez: Probe purchase of machines used in 'contentious' 2016 polls

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The lawmaker cites anomalies in the 2016 elections and supposed 'evidence' presented by defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr in calling for a House probe

IS SMARTMATIC RELIABLE? Buhay Representative Lito Atienza and Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez speak during a press conference at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:49 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez s counter State of the Nation Address is less scathing compared to that of Albay Representative Edcel Lagman

COUNTER-SONAs. Representative Edcel Lagman and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez delivered their own counter-SONAs on July 25.

Duterte to meet lawmakers before martial law expires

Jul 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The agenda is expected to include martial law in Mindanao and the newly drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law

MEETING LAWMAKERS. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with lawmakers on July 17, 2017, days before martial law in Mindanao expires. Malacañang file photo

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

Suarez-led House minority supports martial law in Mindanao

May 31, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The Marawi attack by the Maute Group may be tantamount to rebellion which justifies the declaration of martial law from a legal perspective says Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

HOUSE MINORITY. Representatives Lito Atienza, Danilo Suarez, Harry Roque, and John Bertiz hold a press conference on May 31. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers see failure of intelligence in Marawi attack

May 24, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives want authorities to explain what truly happened with some saying local government officials might be involved

ROAD BLOCKS. Armed men belonging to the Maute Group block roads leading to Marawi city. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman

Suarez to back impeachment complaint vs Ombudsman

May 10, 2017 - 3:07 PM

But two minority lawmakers – Representatives Lito Atienza and John Bertiz – say Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has been doing a good job

IMPEACHMENT SEASON. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Buhay Representative Lito Atienza hold a press conference on May 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Suarez-led House minority won’t back Duterte impeachment

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says his bloc has yet to decide on the looming impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo but once it does it will vote as one

'CONSTRUCTIVE' MINORITY? Members of the minority bloc, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle), hold a press conference on October 5, 2016. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Suarez not threatened by LP possibly joining opposition bloc

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Congressmen under the bloc of Minority Leader Danilo Suarez assert that Liberal Party representatives cannot just declare they are the House minority if they break away from PDP Laban

NOT THREATENED. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle) and his deputies, Buhay Representative Lito Atienza (left) and Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (right), hold a press conference on March 1. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez grills DOTr officials during hearing on MRT-LRT common station

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:35 PM

UPDATED Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he prefers the original plan for the common station conceptualized in 2009

GRILLING. House leaders questioned the P2.8 billion memorandum of agreement between the DOTr and private firms for the development of the MRT-LRT common station. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Suarez on SC petition: Baguilat bloc trying to reorganize House

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez argues that it is beyond the Supreme Court s powers to review the dispute over his minority leadership

UNFAZED. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (front row, 2nd from left) smiles as he and other minority lawmakers show copies of his comment on the SC petition filed against him. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

Cash, plane tickets, curved TVs raffled off in lawmakers’ party

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies pledging P1 million for the congressmen s raffle saying he does not have the money to do so

LAVISH PARTY? Congressmen hold a Christmas party at the Batasang Pambansa after session closed on December 14. Photo sourced by Rappler

Aguirre, 2017 budget, Arroyo | Evening wRap

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:38 PM

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Suarez wants death penalty under Duterte admin only

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:25 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says this could be a way to appease the Church which is strongly opposing the proposed revival of capital punishment in the country

THE MINORITY. The House minority bloc holds its weekly press conference at the House of Representatives on December 14. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte urged: 'Categorically condemn' killings of gov't officials

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:34 PM

They both performed well in their jobs and inspired others to do the same Is this how we recognize their value to government? asks Minority Leader Danilo Suarez following the deaths of BOC s Arturo Lachica and BIR s Jonas Amora