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Cayetano: Traffic a 'product' of thriving economy

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'Hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas ang may traffic; may traffic naman talaga sa buong mundo. It's no excuse, but the irony is kasi traffic is also a product of your own success,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

THRIVING ECONOMY? Vehicles are at a standstill along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City during a rainy evening on October 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) A total of 129 members of Trump's Republican Party joins Democrats as the House denounces the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria in a 354-60 vote

US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella to honor Italians Americans in the East Room of the White House on October 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Expect Metro Manila traffic to get worse when the country's SEA Games hosting goes full swing late this year

HOST. The Philippines prepares to welcome thousands of guests from 10 countries in the region. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Term-sharing out the window? Deal with Velasco 'still stands' – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Two ranking House members say it would be difficult to replace Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker after he received high approval and trust ratings

SPEAKER TIL 2022? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee of the 30th SEA Games, delivers his speech before foreign dignitaries, sponsors, and Filipino athletes during their visit to New Clark City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Marino nominee Macnell Lusotan to assume House seat

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Macnell Lusotan is replacing Jose Antonio Lopez, who resigned shortly after the 18th Congress began

NEW CONGRESSMAN. Macnell Lusotan will take his oath as Marino representative on November 4. Photo from Lusotan's Facebook account

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

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Congress goes on monthlong break, with rice farmers left hanging

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

'The farmers need relief now, as next year, they might no longer go into farming,' says Jessica Reyes Cantos, president of Action for Economic Reforms

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

House now wants to postpone barangay, SK polls to December 2022

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Lawmakers approve on 2nd reading the amended House bill on the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which is now similar to the Senate version

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers want to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

8 more party-list lawmakers forge alliance with Lakas-CMD

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Lakas-CMD now has a total of 26 members and allies in the House – 13 district representatives as party members and 13 party-list legislators as allies

ALLIES. Lakas-CMD stalwarts Martin Romualdez, Mikey Arroyo, and Prospero Pichay pose with 3 of their new party-list allies on September 30, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's Facebook page

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Congresswomen push bill vs child marriage: ‘We owe it to young girls’

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Child marriages are manifestations of gender-based discrimination against girls and cultural norms that value girls less than boys,' says House committee on women and gender equality chairperson Ma. Lourdes Acosta Alba

#GIRLDEFENDERS. Congresswomen, government officials, advocates, and young advocates come together to push for the bill aiming to end child marriage. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Where House is proposing to realign P9.52 billion in 2020 budget

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Lawmakers want the Department of Agriculture to benefit the most from the proposed realignments by giving the agency an additional P3.5 billion to help rice farmers

REALIGNMENTS. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano breaks down the institutional amendments the House is proposing under the 2020 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano to critics: Find 'pork' in 2020 budget and House will remove it

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ang problema sa tsismis, basta't nabitawan mo na, hindi mo na madaling kunin,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano as he insists the 2020 budget is free of illegal insertions

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, and Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte hold a press conference on September 30, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mikee Romero files House resolution banning foreign players in collegiate leagues

Sep 30, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Mikee Romero says the practice of acquiring foreign players 'stops the growth and shortchanges the development of various sports programs in the Philippines'

FILIPINO ONLY. Mikee Romeo says he filed the bill for the 'good of Philippine basketball.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Not yet proclaimed, Duterte Youth uses House seal to represent itself

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20 PM

This is a misrepresentation, considering that the Comelec has yet to issue the group's certificate of proclamation, which is a requirement for a nominee to assume a seat in the House

EMBATTLED PARTY. Duterte Youth members and party chair Ronald Cardema (front, center) hold a press conference on August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

Business groups in favor of easing restrictions on foreign investments

Sep 25, 2019 - 1:30 PM

But ex-Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña argues that lifting these constitutional restrictions would be 'very, very dangerous'

Bill seeks to classify tabloids with sexual content as R-18

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:57 AM

But UP journalism professor Danilo Arao says the measure 'could set the stage for media censorship'

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiry

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:10 AM

'The actions of the Trump presidency revealed (the) dishonorable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections," says top Democrat Nancy Pelosi

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

House to extend life of 2019 budget for another year

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado clarifies that in President Duterte's veto message in April, the implementation and payment for infrastructure projects have already been extended until the end of 2020

House panel wants to postpone barangay, SK elections to May 2023

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:16 PM

However, members of the Makabayan bloc say elections should go on as scheduled in 2020 as it has become the custom of the Duterte administration to postpone the BSKE

POSTPONE POLLS. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives agree on bills seeking to postpone the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to May 2023. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Death penalty for retribution? 'Not all victims want revenge' – CHR

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:30 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit says reviving the death penalty will not deter criminals, and revenge as motivation would only 'perpetuate a culture of violence'

Romualdez to Lacson: Name your sources

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'Nobody seems to know where’s that coming from,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Senator Panfilo Lacson's accusations of 'pork' against the 22 House deputy speakers

'NAME YOUR SOURCE.' Incumbent and former House majority leaders Martin Romualdez and Fredenil Castro want Senator Panfilo Lacson to name his sources. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the death penalty bill

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:24 AM

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Ace Barbers warns POGOs make PH vulnerable to drugs, money laundering

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs says the online gambling industry has the potential to 'revolutionize' the money laundering process

FRONT FOR DIRTY MONEY? A lawmaker cautions against the booming online gambling industry in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

House OKs bill requiring universities to teach workers' rights

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum

ENDING ENDO. Various workers'  groups stage a protest to call for the end of labor contractualization on August 26, 2019. Fie photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lacson rebuffs Congress: ‘Wrong’ to say House passed 2020 budget in record time

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson points out that the House of Representatives' work isn't finished yet – it still has a period of amendments, after which it will finalize its version of the budget bill

WRONG. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's too early for House of Representatives to celebrate over the passage of the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P1.6-B hike in House budget to also benefit Batasan workers, facilities

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:40 PM

But Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano denies deputy speakers and vice chairpersons in the House increased because he had to accommodate various factions of lawmakers

BUDGET INCREASE. House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano defends the P1.6-billion increase in the House's proposed budget in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

18th Congress leaders approve initial list of pet bills

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Congress leaders aim for the 'immediate approval' of 4 bills, including the postponement of the May 2020 barangay and SK elections to May 2023

DUTERTE'S PET BILLS. President Rodrigo Duterte mentions his priority bills during his 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/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

House wants additional P1.6B budget for extra deputy speakers, vice chairs

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:17 PM

There are now 22 deputy speakers and 37 vice chairpersons of the House committee on appropriations who need new offices and additional staff to be funded in 2020

BUDGET INCREASE. The House of Representatives is proposing P14 billion for its budget in 2020, an increase P1.6 billion compared to this year's allocations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Paolo Duterte hits tourism chief: 'Napupuyat na ko sa babae na 'to'

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:15 PM

It's President Rodrigo Duterte's son, House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, versus Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

PAOLO VS BERNA. House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte delivers a manifestation against DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat on September 19, 2019. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers want extra P15B for NFA to buy palay from local farmers

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The amount will be for the ‘exclusive and urgent’ procurement of at least 750,000 metric tons of palay from local farmers at the farmgate price of P20 per kilogram

RICE CRISIS. DA Secretary William Dar makes a surprise inspection on stalls selling NFA rice at the San Andres Market in Manila on September 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House says possible to pass 2020 budget by September 20

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) This comes a day after President Duterte certifies the bill as urgent and it is revealed lawmakers will get P100 million each for their pet projects

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

High risk, high return: House to probe online gambling boom

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

House ways and means committee chairman Joey Salceda says they are 'quietly studying' online gambling risks, adding that the industry already comprises nearly 1% of gross domestic product

Surprised? Fariñas siblings file bill declaring Marcos holiday in Ilocos Norte

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Former Ilocos Norte congressman Rudy Fariñas, the family patriarch who once clashed with the dictator's daughter Imee, had also authored the same bill in the previous 17th Congress

THE DICTATOR. To this day, the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos still counts Ilocos Norte as their bailiwick. File photo from AFP

At House plenary, lawmakers vow to increase 'measly' OVP budget in 2020

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Office of the Vice President assures lawmakers that any increase in its budget would go to its anti-poverty program

OVP BUDGET. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the House's plenary deliberations on her office's budget for 2020 on September 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

House panel approves bill for Malasakit Centers in DOH hospitals

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Senator Bong Go, who had been accused of using Malasakit Centers to promote his candidacy, is pushing for the passage of the same bill in the Senate

MALASAKIT CENTER. Senator Bong Go attend the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City on February 6, 2019 back when he was still running for senator. File photo from Go

Proposed OFW dept would allow gov't to 'focus' on their plight – Cayetano

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:40 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers are aiming for the bill creating a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers to be signed into law by December

FOCUS ON OFWs. Legislators are pushing for the bill creating the Department of Overseas Filino Workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Rappler Talk: Rufus Rodriguez on amending the GCTA law

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez discusses how to improve the GCTA law he had co-written

House passes Citira bill on 3rd reading

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A total of 170 members of the House of Representatives vote in favor of the Duterte administration's 2nd tax reform package

'Record attendance' in House? But Atienza says lawmakers leave after roll call

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

House rules, however, allow legislators who are physically absent during the plenary session to still be recorded as present, under certain conditions

A LOT OF EMPTY SEATS. As the hours tick by during House plenary sessions, seats of lawmakers become empty one by one. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Legality of PAO forensic laboratory questioned once again

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Ex-DOH chief turned Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin, who has an axe to grind against the Public Attorney's Office, says it does not have the mandate to have a forensic laboratory

HOT SEAT. The forensic laboratory of the Public Attorney's Office headed by Persida Acosta is once again under fire. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LP lawmakers seek P13.19-billion cash aid for rice farmers

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Liberal Party stalwart and Occidental Mindoro congresswoman Josephine Ramirez Sato says direct cash assistance, not the government's zero-interest loans, would help rice farmers

AID FOR FARMERS. Liberal Party lawmakers Jose Christopher Belmonte, Josephine Ramirez Sato, Stella Quimbo, and Gabriel Bordado file House Resolution No. 15 on September 11, 2019. Photo from Liberal Party Media

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

House kicks off plenary debates on 2020 budget

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The House plenary deliberations are expected to run until September 20

BUDGET DEBATES. The proposed 2020 budget has reached the House plenary on September 10, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler