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Lawmakers, House staff honor ‘the wonderful life’ of Prospero Nograles

May 07, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The closest friends and colleagues of the country's first Mindanaoan speaker remember his closeness to the House staff and his love for the song, 'What a Wonderful World'

TRIBUTE. The House of Representatives holds a Requim Mass and necrological service for the late speaker Prospero Nograles Jr on May 7, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sonny Belmonte will stick with LP, says daughter Joy

May 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says her father Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte will retire from politics as a Liberal Party member in 2019

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

The Liberal Party and realpolitik in the House

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo explains what it s like being member of the Liberal Party under a Duterte controlled House of Representatives After elections from close to a hundred members were reduced to 32

REALPOLITIK DECISION. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo recalls why the Liberal Party decided to stay in the House majority. File photos by 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

Pimentel wants higher cap for campaign expenses

Nov 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The Senate bill seeks to increase the cap for campaign spending by at least a hundred fold due to outdated existing limits

HIGHER CAP. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to increase the cap of campaign spending of politicians.

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Sep 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

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Robredo denies Liberal Party plot to unseat Duterte

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED I plan to clarify this with the President to clear the misinformation and assure him of the party s commitment to the reforms for our Filipino people the Vice President says

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo denies an alleged Liberal Party plot to oust President Duterte. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Belmonte eyed to lead new House committee on West PH Sea

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:46 PM

House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas hopes former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr s strong sense of nationalism will make him accept the job

Robredo: Liberal Party leadership? I have a full plate

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The Vice President prefers to focus on her tasks including her work as housing chief but is open to leading the LP eventually

CEREMONIAL HEAD. Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not taking an active leadership role in the Liberal Party due to the heavy work cut out for the Office of the Vice President. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

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Jul 25, 2016 - 1:05 PM

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Why the Liberal Party stayed in the House majority

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:00 AM

An election is a place for a conflict of viewpoints But the election is over It s time for us to get together and move on as a people says outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr

Outgoing house speaker Feliciano Belmonte signs with Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez an agreement between the Liberal Party and the PDP-Laban to form a super majority in the opening of the 17th congress during a short meeting at a hotel in Mandaluyong City a day before the first state of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Liberal Party joins PDP-Laban's House 'supermajority'

Jul 24, 2016 - 10:28 PM

LP members led by outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr pledge support for President Rodrigo Duterte Some LP members however will be in the minority

Outgoing house speaker Feliciano Belmonte signs with Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez an agreement between the Liberal Party and the PDP-Laban to form a super majority in the opening of the 17th congress during a short meeting at a hotel in Mandaluyong City a day before the first state of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Belmonte drops bid for House minority leader

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Days before the start of the 17th Congress a majority of LP members in the Lower House are set to join PDP Laban s supermajority bloc

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr foregoes his bid for the minority leadership and now wants the Liberal Party to join the supermajority bloc. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bye, PDP-Laban: LP to join minority bloc in House

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Liberal Party the former ruling party only has around 30 to 35 members left in the House of Representatives

Lawmakers push for national ID system to reduce red tape

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The Philippines is one of the few countries in the world without a national identification system says a proponent

LP to seal coalition with PDP-Laban ‘by next week’ – Alvarez

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:36 PM

LP member Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the Liberal Party members will finalize their decision in a meeting on July 14

Belmonte happy with 'milestone' laws under speakership

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Many of them are laws that have been pending since forever outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says of the measures passed under his watch

ALL SMILES. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr donates a 1955 sculpture of Jose Rizal as well as a copy of the 1935 Constitution to the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belmonte: 'Zero' chances for Duterte impeachment

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says it s just a matter of time before President elect Rodrigo Duterte meets with Vice President elect Leni Robredo

'ZERO.' Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr dismisses possible impeachment cases to be filed against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte soon. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NUP seals alliance with PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The National Unity Party is the latest political party to express support for President elect Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban

NEW ALLIES. The National Unity Party joins forces with the incoming ruling party, PDP-Laban. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Majority of Filipinos approve of Aquino's work – Pulse Asia survey

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Only President Benigno Aquino III gets a majority approval rating while none of the country s top officials get a majority trust rating in the March 2016 Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey

In this file photo, President Benigno Aquino III delivers his message during the celebration of Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang, February 2, 2016. Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

PH mourns death of 'great Filipino' Jovy Salonga

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:48 PM

His life stands as a reproach to all those who would put personal gain ahead of public service; who would lower the standards of public discourse; and who would sacrifice human rights and the rule of law either for personal or partisan advantage says Malacañang

SENATOR JOVY. Photo coutesy of the Salonga family

Aquino, Binay, other officials get lower approval ratings

Feb 12, 2016 - 2:31 PM

None of the country s top 5 officials led by President Benigno Aquino III get majority approval and trust ratings in the January 2016 Pulse Asia survey

MOST APPRECIATED, TRUSTED. President Benigno Aquino III is the most appreciated and trusted top official in the country based on a Pulse Asia poll in December 2015. Vice President Jejomar Binay is second.

Aquino tops, Binay bounces back in Pulse Asia poll

Jan 06, 2016 - 12:12 PM

UPDATED Five months before the presidential polls Vice President Jejomar Binay gains ground in the latest Pulse Asia survey on top leaders’ public approval and trust

MOST APPRECIATED, TRUSTED. President Benigno Aquino III is the most appreciated and trusted top official in the country based on a Pulse Asia poll in December 2015. Vice President Jejomar Binay is second.

Presidential bets on taxes, infra and the charter

Oct 27, 2015 - 5:07 PM

4 main presidential contenders face businessmen at a forum of the Philippine Business Conference and Expo on October 27 and lay out their economic programs

Belmonte is ruling coalition’s campaign manager

Oct 12, 2015 - 11:17 AM

The veteran politician will run the campaign of the Daang Matuwid coalition

Comelec gets Congress backing amid court cases

Jul 29, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The Comelec meets with leaders of Congress as the poll body faces 3 Supreme Court petitions seeking to halt automation

RUNNING ELECTIONS. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left), and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon, and Luie Guia – pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler   Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

P3 trillion: PH's biggest nat'l budget submitted to Congress

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Social and economic services get the biggest chunk of the budget – P1 1 trillion

SUBMITTED. The Department of Budget and Management submits to the House of Representatives the proposed budget for 2016. Rappler photo

'Mind your own party,' Palace tells Binay

Jul 25, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay should focus on telling the people his plans for the country instead of meddling in the affairs of other political parties says Malacañang

FORMER ALLIES. Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) is now hitting President Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party. File photo from OVP

VP Binay gets highest trust, approval ratings in Pulse Asia survey

Jun 22, 2015 - 1:32 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay obtains the only majority trust rating in Pulse Asia s June survey and tops Aquino in the approval ratings

MOST TRUSTED. Vice President Jejomar Binay gets the highest trust and approval ratings in Pulse Asia's latest survey.

House adjourns session without charter change vote

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says there were not enough numbers to call for a vote

APPROVED. The House of Representatives passes the resolution seeking to amend economic provisions of the Constitution on third and final reading.

Senate, House set to remove Bangsamoro bill's opt-in clause

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:01 PM

The option for outside areas to join the proposed Bangsamoro government is a polarizing provision that only invites opposition says Senate President Drilon

Bishops warn vs boosting foreign ownership of PH firms

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:54 PM

We have steered away from the prospect of foreigners enriching themselves by the country s resources and our labor force leaving us none the better

EARNING A LIVING. Filipino laborers prepare the steel reinforcement bars for the construction of new highway flyover leading to the Manila International airport in the Philippines on February 22, 2007. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

House OKs charter change reso on 2nd reading

May 27, 2015 - 5:41 PM

The resolution seeks to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution

'VERY HAPPY.' Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr's economic charte change proposal is approved on 2nd reading. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Belmonte 'reasonably certain' House has numbers to pass BBL

May 12, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Despite delays the House can still meet the deadline to pass the law before Congress adjourns on June 11 Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says

CRUNCH TIME. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr   says the House has the numbers to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Aquino biggest loser in Mamasapano debacle – poll

Mar 26, 2015 - 10:50 AM

UPDATED Senate President Franklin Drilon is now the most trusted and most appreciated national official in the country based on the results of the March Pulse Asia survey

President Benigno Aquino III speaks at the necrological service for the SAF 44 on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Pia Cayetano: K to 12 has to happen at the 'right time'

Mar 25, 2015 - 1:23 PM

The senator cites gaps in the major education reform program that may hinder its effective implementation if not done at the proper time

New deadline for Bangsamoro law passage: June 30

Mar 02, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law would not pass unamended House leaders maintain

BANGSAMORO. Muslim groups led by Mindanao Alliance for Peace rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday to call for the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law which will result to sustainable peace for the Bangsamoro. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House backtracks, to resume Mamasapano probe

Feb 17, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Speaker Belmonte also says that it s not the best time to force a vote on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

'NO COVER UP.' Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr denies accusations that Malacañang pressured the House of Representatives to stop the probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Rappler

VP Binay no longer most trusted PH official – poll

Dec 12, 2014 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III enjoys majority trust and approval ratings while Vice President Jejomar Binay s numbers continue to plunge says pollster Pulse Asia

P22.46B supplemental budget okayed at committee level

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED This is expected to fund pending projects under the defunct Disbursement Acceleration Program the abolished Priority Development Assistance Fund and post Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation efforts

POWER OF THE PURSE. Lawmakers and cabinet secretaries chat during a break in the committee hearing on the proposed P22.46 supplemental budget for 2014. Photo by Rappler

Belmonte open to supporting non-LP presidential bet

Nov 26, 2014 - 5:33 PM

The House Speaker says the Liberal Party should also look for possible a possible candidate from the ranks of coalition partners like the Nacionalista and NPC

OTHER OPTIONS. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the Liberal Party should consider outsiders to run for president. File photo by Rappler

House to pass P23B additional budget for 2014

Nov 26, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Just before the year closes congressmen will approve the additional funds requested by the budget department for projects that include those under the controversial DAP

Miriam Santiago, Bello push for VFA termination

Oct 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

But most lawmakers as well as the President are more inclined to review the PH US agreement than end it

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP: US Navy's USS Peleliu. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

VP Binay biggest loser in latest Pulse Asia survey

Oct 07, 2014 - 10:17 AM

Between June and September Binay s trust and approval ratings dropped by 15 percentage points the survey says

Belmonte to court: Arroyo suspension in House agenda

Oct 03, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The matter can only be tackled when Congress ends its 3 week break on October 20

House to probe need for special powers for Aquino

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:44 AM

The House opts for a congressional hearing over the outright grant of special powers to President Benigno Aquino III to address a looming energy crisis in 2015

House creates supercommittee to tackle Bangsamoro bill

Sep 08, 2014 - 7:09 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II file House Resolution 1462 creating an ad hoc committee for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Aquino to endorse Bangsamoro bill to Congress September 10

Sep 08, 2014 - 2:02 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and MILF chair Murad Ebrahim met on September 4 to agree on the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

NEXT PHASE. The proposed law which will serve as the legal basic for the final peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is set to be submitted to Congress on September 10, 2014. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

JDF hearings on hold as House scrutinizes budget

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Should the jurisdiction over the construction of halls of justice be transferred from the Department of Justice to the Supreme Court?

Belmonte to Aquino: Just focus on last 2 years

Aug 29, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Just concentrate on doing the most we can during these last two years You have built so much in the first 4 years Belmonte tells the President

NO TO POLITICAL CHA-CHA. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr thumbs down anew proposals to allow President Benigno Aquino III to seek a 2nd term. Photo by Rappler