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'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Mayor challenges reelectionist Lagman for Albay congressman

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'I'm up against the veteran, but I rest my case [with] the people of the first district, specifically the millennials,' says Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas

ALLY. Sto Domingo, Albay Mayor Herbie Aguas shows his certificate of candidacy. He is running against longtime political ally and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Palparan's continued military detention smacks of 'VIP treatment'

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the convicted retired general should be immediately sent to the New Bilibid Prison

CONVICTED. Former Army Major General Jovito Palparan with military escorts at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court during the promulgation of his case on kidnapping for serious illegal detention on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Arroyo’s presence a ‘go signal’ to junk impeachment vs SC justices – Lagman

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

'GO SIGNAL.' Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside House committee on justice chairperson Salvador Leachon, who presided over the impeachment hearing against the 7 SC justices. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty application could've been 'maliciously concealed'

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that 'there are other concrete evidence' showing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty

AMNESTY REVOKED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivers a privilege speech on September 4, 2018. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty 'absolute, irrevocable' – Lagman

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:00 PM

There is 'no legal and factual basis' for President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty, according to Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman

Congressman Edcel Lagamn during press conference at Congress on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Will impeachment complaints foil the chances of SC chief justice aspirants?

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications

OATH. Opposition lawmakers Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, and Edcel Lagman swear before House of Representative acting secretay general Dante Roberto Maling as they filed impeachment complaints against 7 Supreme Court justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why is it so difficult to access SALNs of House lawmakers?

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?

HARD TO ACCESS SALNs. It has long been difficult to get copies of the full SALNs of all lawmakers in the House of Representatives. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers cross party lines to oppose cash-based budget in 2019

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:24 PM

House members are gathering signatures for an unnumbered resolution that would withdraw their earlier support for the budget reform bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019

NO TO CASH-BASED BUDGET. Lawmakers are not backing the proposed cash-based budgeting system in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Minority Leader' Eugene de Vera? House rules silent on leadership succession

Jul 31, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any rule on the succession of power 'must be explicit'

MAGNIFICENT 7. (From L-R) Representatives Emmanuel Billiones, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Gary Alejano, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Raul Daza, and Tom Villarin have long been part of the opposition in the House. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

During House committee briefing, Lagman asks: Who is the minority?

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says the matter does not concern the House committee on appropriation

BRIEFING. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman attends briefing of the proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget at the House of Representatives on July 31, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

AMBUSHED. Police check the vehicle of slain Albay broadcaster Joey Llana in Daraga, Albay, on July 20, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers to seek impeachment of 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno

May 18, 2018 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano have expressed their intention to file impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices

PRESERVE JUDICIAL INTEGRITY. (Left to right) Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano bare their plans to file impeachment complaints against Supreme Court justices who voted to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.

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

'Til divorce do us part?' PH struggles to marry religion and reality

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 PM

While there has been growing support for the passage of the divorce law, there is still no assurance from legislators that this would happen anytime soon

House opposition to Duterte: Order Acosta to ‘stop pseudo-forensic intervention’

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The PAO chief had refused to accede to a UP-PGH's panel's request for access to the tissue samples of Dengvaxia-vaccinated children who died

RH 2.0? Why Lagman thinks it's easier to pass divorce bill

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'Divorce is the exception, not the general rule,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, champion of the proposed measure

DIVORCE CHAMPION. Edcel Lagman leads the change for the passage of the divorce law. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Can the 17th Congress pass a divorce law?

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Lawmaker Edcel Lagman is among those who argue that divorce is needed in the Philippines

Divorce bill hurdles House committee level

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The House committee on population approve the yet unnumbered bill after two hours of deliberations in an executive session

DIVORCE BILL. The House Committee on Population and Family Relations tackles the proposed divorce bill on February 21, 2018. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

House divorce bill proposes easier procedures for OFWs

Feb 20, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The concerns of OFWs are among the things lawmakers are taking into consideration in drafting versions of the proposed divorce law

PRO-WOMAN LEGISLATION. Edcel Lagman heads efforts for the House to pass a long-awaited divorce law. Screenshot from Rappler livestream

Lagman on Garcia order: Congress can't be 'refuge' from Ombudsman sanctions

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court

WHY THE EXEMPTION? Albay Representative Edcel Lagman questions why members of Congress are exempt from an Ombudsman dismissal order. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lagman: Divorce bill 'easier to enact' than controversial RH law

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Will divorce finally be allowed in the Philippines?

RH, DIVORCE CHAMPION. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman heads the technical working group (TWG) for the proposed divorce law. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lagman on martial law re-extension: 'SC justices can be supreme even in error'

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker says the SC's decision could 'embolden' Duterte in 'flaunting the rule of law because he can seek refuge behind the robes of majority of the Supreme Court justices'

ANTI-ML EXTENSION. Edcel Lagman, a member of the House opposition, insists the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao is not justified. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Calida rehashes Binay issue to defend Carandang suspension

Feb 02, 2018 - 7:49 PM

But are they the same? Not exactly because one involves a doctrine and the other, a statute.

IN DEFENSE. Solicitor General Jose Calida defends Malacañang's suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang despite a Supreme Court ruling taking away the President's power to discipline a Deputy Ombudsman. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Hearing oral arguments on martial law's extension, the Supreme Court associate justice says Malacañang cited threats from a minor operative of a terrorist group

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman along with other petitioners attend the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo

Opposition congressmen get zero budget in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'

NO BUDGET. Opposition congressmen lead by Raul Daza (left) and Edcel Lagman (right) hold a press conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Lagman on Duterte's martial law extension: violation of Constitution

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman argues there's no more basis for an extension of martial law in Mindanao

CITY IN RUIN. Months of fighting leaves parts of the city in ruin. Rappler photo

'Spokesperson Roque' hopes to advise Duterte on human rights issues

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:50 PM

'The charade is now over as Roque is liberated and obligated to be the President’s official apologist,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman in response to the Palace post of Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON. President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped Kabayan Representative Harry Roque as his new spokesperson. Photo from the Twitter page of Harry Roque

Opposition urges House to support Ombudsman amid Duterte probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lawmakers from the House's independent minority bloc slam President Rodrigo Duterte for 'aiming to discredit' the Office of the Ombudsman

PUSH FOR OMBUDSMAN. Opposition congressmen lead by L-R, Teddy Baguilat, Egay Erice, Raul Daza and Edcel Lagman hold a press conference at the House of Representative in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte hit for 'absolving' Bongbong, Imee from Marcos sins

Sep 30, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The President insists – falsely – that Bongbong Marcos was a 'child' and Imee Marcos, 'young,' when documented atrocities of Martial Law took place

PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his interview during Erwin Tulfo's program 'Sa Totoo Lang' which was aired on the People's Television on September 29, 2017 gestures as he reiterates that it is his sworn duty to enforce the law to any Filipino regardless of their social status. Malacañan Photo

Lagman hits House for P100-M cut in restored CHR budget

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' budget is restored from the measly P1,000, but opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman points out it's still not the full amount that was proposed

CHR BUDGET. Opposition member Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (right) raises alarm over a P100 million cut for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

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

1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Anti-Marcos legislators invited to Marcos birth centennial

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Two lawmakers – one a former student activist during the Marcos era and the other the brother of a desaparecido — are invited to the late dictator s birth centennial celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS HEIRS. The family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos invites decidedly anti-Marcos legislators to their patriarch's 100th birthday. File photo from Marcos video

'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

Duterte has authority to deal with Marcoses, says Lagman

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Most probably he doesn’t know that he has an existing continuing authority says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman

'ALREADY THERE.' An opposition lawmaker says the President already has the power to begin negotiations with the Marcos family. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Alvarez finds no need to prolong 2018 budget plenary debates

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:42 PM

Tama na yung 5 days para magpasikat diyan sa baba susmaryosep says the House Speaker reacting to criticism on the haste of budget plenary debates

HOUSE SPEAKER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says 5 days for budget plenary debates is more than enough. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House opposition questions bill letting foreigners own public utilities

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Opposition lawmakers say House Bill 5828 seeks to amend the Constitution without going through the proper channels

VIGILANCE OVER BILLS? Two opposition lawmakers say a House Bill that made it past the committee level is unconstitutional. Rappler photo

DOTr to terminate MRT maintenance contract

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:32 PM

It is clear to us that the maintenance service provider is not procuring the proper spare parts consumables and capital spares for MRT3 DOTr reveals in its budget hearing at the House of Representatives

HEARING. The Department of Transportation seeks a proposed budget of P73.8 billion for 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

House silence over killings 'disturbing,' opposition says

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Opposition lawmakers call for a probe into the recent spike in drug war killings including the death of 17 year old student Kian Loyd delos Santos

DRUG WAR OUTRAGE. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat calls on a probe into EJKs in drug war even if resolutions were ignored in the past. Rappler file photo

CHED asked to consider requiring financially able students to pay tuition

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman argues the free tuition law is social justice legislation that must benefit who it is intended for – the poor

FREE TUITION LAW. CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III and Chairperson Patricia Licuanan face the House appropriations committee on August 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Delaying barangay polls 'trivializes' democratic process – House opposition

Aug 08, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The House of Representatives earlier voted in a caucus to postpone the elections to May 2018 and allow barangay officials to be 'holdovers' until then

NO TO POSTPONEMENT. Opposition legislators still oppose the plan to postpone the barangay elections yet again. Photo by Darren Langit/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.

Marawi siege just 'lawless violence', not actual rebellion – Lagman

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:27 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman maintains President Rodrigo Duterte had no sufficient factual basis in declaring martial law in Mindanao

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

SC gave Duterte too much leeway, Lagman tells justices

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED In his motion for reconsideration Representative Lagman says the martial law ruling emasculated the Court s jurisdiction to review the factual basis of a martial law proclamation

MARTIAL LAW APPEAL. Petitioners Representative Edcel Lagman with Neri Colmenares and Magdalo partylist Gary Alejano attend the 1st oral argument on the petition to lift martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Opposition lawmakers to contest SC martial law ruling

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says they will expose serious errors in the majority decision of the Supreme Court when they file a motion for reconsideration

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Edcel Lagman, Tom Villarin, and Emmanuel Billones will file a motion for reconsideration against the SC's martial law ruling. File photo by Rappler

Post-Marawi siege, ‘overwhelmed’ SC justices favored martial law – Lagman

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Though disagreeing with a majority of the justices anti martial law petitioner and opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says he will respect the ruling of the Supreme Court

RESPECT THE RULING. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, who is against martial law in Mindanao, says he will respect the decision of the SC. File photo by Rappler