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Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte now 'open to amendments' on tax reform bill – senators

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The President accepted that the Senate will retain flexibility insofar as finally deciding the amounts of taxes Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says after legislators 3 hour meeting with the Chief Executive

TRO ON IMPLANTS. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in appeal to lift the temporary restraining order on 2 brands of implant.

Senators hit Duterte's economic managers for opposing free tuition bill

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an investment for the future and not an expense

Malacañang file photo

Senators worry over Angara's reelection: 'Baka ma-Recto siya'

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Senate is set to constitute a committee of the whole to discuss the controversial tax reform bill with the country s economic managers

Photo from Office of the Senate President

Legarda defends Angara over tax reform bill

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:20 PM

It s not Sonny s job singly or it s not his fault at all that we seem slow And we are not slow He s been hearing it says Senator Loren Legarda after the President zeroed in on Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Give dignity kits to Marawi women, senator tells gov't

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Even during normal times nursing mothers babies pregnant women must have the best of care Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says

Duterte appoints ex-Senate President Angara as special envoy to EU

May 17, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Edgardo Angara is the second former lawmaker President Duterte has appointed as special envoy

Senate approves mental health bill on final reading

May 02, 2017 - 4:22 PM

The measure seeks to integrate mental health services into the national health system to make them more affordable and accessible

MENTAL HEALTH. The Senate approves on third and final reading the bill seeking to integrate mental health services into the national health system.

Senate bill seeks summer, holiday fare discounts for students

Apr 02, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The proposed measure expands the 20 fare discount for students covering even holidays and summer vacation breaks

STUDENT DISCOUNT. Senate Bill 945 seeks to expand fare discounts for students. Rappler file photo

Gov't backtracks, keeps tax-free 13th month pay in new proposal

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Under the new Department of Finance proposal people earning P250 000 and below a year will no longer be taxed in addition to the P82 000 ceiling of 13th month pay

Senate bill proposes UP scholarship for aspiring doctors

Dec 18, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Senator Sonny Angara says his bill would help bring more doctors to far flung communities in the Philippines

FOR MORE DOCS. Filipino doctors are pictured in the operating theatre as they perform surgery on toddler Mark Carlos Nuegas to repair his cleft palate during a medical mission called Operation Smile at a government hospital in Manila on June 27, 2012. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Implement new tax exemption rules on balikbayan boxes – Angara

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara says this will help overseas Filipino workers OFWs sending home goods for Christmas

TAX EXEMPTION. A new law imposes a higher tax exemption ceiling on balikbayan boxes. File photo from the Bureau of Customs

Paolo Duterte accepts Trillanes' dare for a drug test

Oct 08, 2016 - 7:42 AM

Senators dare the presidential son and Davao City vice mayor to name names instead of tarnishing the reputation of everyone in the upper chamber

File photo by Rappler

Bills for small business tax reform, taxpayers' rights filed in Senate

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV s Senate Bill No 169 seeks to stimulate growth of small businesses while Senator Juan Edgardo Angara s Senate Bill No 308 aims to protect taxpayers rights

Final: Senate, House approve bills postponing barangay, SK polls

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED Only 2 senators and 4 congressmen oppose moving the village based elections to October 2017

File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Recent bomb threats in schools: 'Are kids your enemies?'

Sep 08, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Hindi naman siguro nila target in [mga] bata kasi mga kabataan ito Kung gusto nilang mag communicate bombing a school is not the best way to do it says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

VERIFY. Education Secretary Leonor Briones urges schools to carefully verify bomb threats they receive. Briones file photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Irene Marcos, Angaras in Panama Papers database

May 10, 2016 - 7:41 AM

The Panama Papers public database reveals a long list of individuals and entities connected to the Philippines

A private security guard stands outside the building where Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm is based, in Panama City, on April 5, 2016. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

LDP endorses Rodrigo Duterte – Angara

May 03, 2016 - 10:46 PM

In a statement the LDP chairman says Mayor Duterte offers the best hope for structural change

LABOR DAY. Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte speaks before a crowd on May 1 at the Liwasang Bonifacio. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rapper

Senators on Salonga: 'A statesman of the highest order'

Mar 15, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Former and current senators of the country remember former Senate President Jovito Salonga as a man of humility deep faith and courage

FAST FACTS: Candidate substitution in past polls

Nov 28, 2015 - 1:02 PM

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte s substitution is nothing new as candidate substitutions also happened in previous elections

Gov't planes bring relief goods to isolated Aurora towns

Oct 21, 2015 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED It is the first time government relief goods are flown to Aurora where some towns have been destroyed and isolated since Typhoon Lando Koppu made landfall Sunday morning

FOOD PACKS. Relief goods are unloaded from a C-130 plane in Baler, Aurora. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Aurora: Lando knocks down towns still recovering from 2013 typhoon

Oct 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the towns battered by Typhoon are those still recovering from Typhoon Labuyo in 2013

Enrile, Revilla, 18 others tagged in new PDAF case

Sep 02, 2015 - 11:56 AM

UPDATED We have 4 witnesses for this non Napoles related pork barrel scam Initially we are tagging 20 legislators Baligod says

Top high school grads priority under college scholarship bill

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:07 PM

An existing law gives top high school graduates scholarships in their first year in college The proposed unified education assistance law seeks to extend the scholarships in succeeding years

HELPING STUDENTS. Students of the Batasan Hills National High School line up during the opening of classes in Quezon City on June 1. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators want Chinese, Spanish languages in K to 12 curriculum

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Educators say however that the government needs to first address the deteriorating English proficiency of public school students

Poe told: peace process not yet dead

Mar 23, 2015 - 4:41 PM

Senators Sonny Angara and Bam Aquino disagree with the Grace Poe report that the peace process with the MILF has become a casualty of the Mamasapano clash

‘PREMATURE CONCLUSIONS.’ Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says he will file a separate opinion on the Mamasapano committee report, especially with regard to conclusions on the peace process. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Binay, Angara, Lapid join appointments body

Mar 11, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The oath taking is conducted during a caucus of the commission meant to reorganize the body 9 months after the detention of former CA members linked to the pork barrel scam

OATH-TAKING. 3 new members of the Commission on Appointments take their oath. Photo courtesy of Senate PRIB

Marcos: Bangsamoro bill in 'coma'

Feb 11, 2015 - 5:35 PM

If both houses of Congress vote today I dare say not only this version but maybe any version will not pass Senator Bongbong Marcos says

GIVING UP? Senator Bongbong Marcos says it is time to look for an alternative to the Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by Senate PRIB

Should students get fare discount 'all year round'?

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:39 PM

Two bills in Congress propose a 20 student fare discount on all public transport utilities but various groups are worried about its effect on drivers and small operators

STUDENT DISCOUNT. Various groups on Tuesday, February 3, weigh in on whether an 'all year round' student fare discount is doable.

Senate hikes proposed 13th month pay tax exemption to P82k

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:04 PM

The Senate which has passed the bill on second reading views the measure as a timely Christmas gift for hard working Filipinos

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR WORKERS? Senator Juan Edgardo Angara (right) confers with Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto during a hearing on the proposed higher tax exemption on workers' 13th month pay. File photo by Senate PRIB

'No evidence' of ICC overprice on first day of Senate probe

Nov 13, 2014 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Former Iloilo provincial official Manuel Mejorada admits he has no evidence to prove that the Iloilo Convention Center is overpriced but believes the project presented opportunities for corruption’

P251-M budget for APECO? 'Waste of money' – Osmeña

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says the economic zone in Aurora province should only get caretaker fund of P48 5M for its failure to bring its promised economic growth

Angara bill to help patients with ALS, rare diseases

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Aside from filing the bill Senator Sonny Angara also accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge

Revisit all laws on public spending – Angara

Aug 04, 2014 - 3:47 PM

Senator Angara says Congress should conduct a comprehensive review of Marcos and Cory Aquino era laws on the budget instead of just redefining savings

'BEYOND PIECEMEAL.' Senator Sonny Angara wants a comprehensive review of all laws on the budget. File photo from Angara's Facebook page

3 other lawmakers in COA report could qualify for plunder

Jul 24, 2014 - 8:16 AM

If the 40 50 kickback system is applied to the COA special audit report results at least 4 former lawmakers will qualify for plunder One of them however is already deceased

Former Senator Angara lists projects under DAP

Jul 09, 2014 - 7:09 PM

Following other senators who have reported how they spent funds from the controversial program Angara says his P50M in 2012 went to 5 infrastructure projects

Sonny Angara: From textbooks to tax books

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Angara as senator remains reserved and thinks systems and processes over sound bites

A 'small-time' Angara faces the skeletons of APECO

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Farmers have been displaced to accommodate the bigger promises of progress of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone APECO None has been realized so far

GATEWAY. The entrance to the Aurora Pacific Economic and Freeport Zone is monitored by security guards. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Marcos files bill amending ‘e-martial law’

Feb 19, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Marcos calls for the protection of free speech online by filing a bill lowering the penalty for online libel in the cybercrime law

Sotto: E-libel verdict ‘vindicates’ me

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:41 PM

The senator who drew flak for this provision in the anti cybercrime law asks: How can celebrities seek redress after having sex videos released without their consent?

#CoronaTrial lawyers remember Cuevas

Feb 10, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Lawyers from both sides of the Corona impeachment trial honor the legal luminary who died Sunday

IN HIS ELEMENT. In this photo, lawyer Serafin Cuevas speaks during the cross-examination of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (lower right) at the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, 15 May 2012. File photo by Emil Sarmiento

Palace, PH leaders: Mandela a beacon of freedom

Dec 06, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Philippine leaders hail Nelson Mandela as a shining beacon of inspiration to all freedom loving peoples

Cybercrime law mars PH net freedom – global report

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:44 PM

A report of US based Freedom House says Internet freedom in the Philippines declined primarily because of the notorious restrictive and punitive law

Photo by Hoang Vu

'The Boss' and Gigi Reyes

Oct 01, 2013 - 8:54 PM

She is the sort of person who will protect her principal but will not do anything against his interest or without his permission

FONDNESS. Sen Juan Ponce Enrile shares a moment with Gigi Reyes. Facebook photo provided to Rappler

Senators react to #MillionPeopleMarch

Aug 26, 2013 - 6:57 PM

At least 8 senators acknowledge the legitimacy of the protesters’ call to abolish the PDAF

LUNETA CROWD. Protesters in Manila calling for the abolition of lawmakers' discretionary fund. Photo by Dennis Sabangan, EPA

Group files new SC petition vs Aurora ecozone

Aug 12, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Casiguran locals ask the High Court to revoke the Angara sponsored law that created the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone or APECO

TOO MUCH. Petitioners say the law that created APECO is 'greater than the 1987 Constitution,' at least in Aurora. Photo courtesy of CBCP-NASSA/Linda Noche

P500M a year: Will Senate slash bloated committees?

Jul 17, 2013 - 2:45 PM

Oversight committees in the Senate are pratically as many as its regular committees Many of them are redundant and outdated

How much does a senator earn?

Jul 16, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Citing a 2011 COA report Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago lists the incomes and expenditures of senators