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Gadon’s threat to sue SC officials ground for disbarment – Sereno camp

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'Threatening them with criminal prosecution on the basis of falsehoods is grossly immoral and deceitful,' says the spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Complainant Atty. Lorenzo Gadon at the House Committee on Justice during continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Alvarez wants PH to file diplomatic protest over U.S. intel report

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The House Speaker also wants the United Nations abolished. Instead, he’s calling for the creation of a ‘United Nations of Asia.’

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

Gadon to Sereno: Resign by March 1 or I’ll sue court officials

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:33 AM

'I'm the lawyer, I will decide where to file the cases,' says Gadon on filing with the DOJ instead of the Office of the Ombudsman which has jurisdiction over graft cases

THREATS. Lawyer Larry Gadon says he will file a slew of cases against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and other Supreme Court officials if the chief justice does not resign by March 1. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What are the grounds, provisions in House divorce bill?

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Advocates of the bill in the House of Representatives are pushing for divorce as a cheaper and faster means to end a marriage

DIVORCE PUSH. Legislators tackle the proposed divorce law. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

SC en banc wants Sereno to explain missing SALNs

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The en banc acts on a letter from the House justice committee communicating to them issues on Sereno's alleged missing SALNs

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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Much ado about calls: Judges hit for ‘late’ warrants vs De Lima

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:02 PM

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali allows the hearing of the impeachment complaint against Sereno to drag on for hours circling on the same issues

Resource persons, Amelia Fabros-Corpuz, Presiding Judge of Muntinlupa (left), Patia Manalastas-De Leon, Presiding Judge of RTC Muntinlupa (center) and Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino, Deputy Court Administrator of Supreme Court, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018, during the continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Chief Justice Sereno

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Judges handling De Lima cases deny getting a call from Sereno

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is a brazen lie!' Muntinlupa Judge Amelia Fabros Corpuz tells former Court of Appeals justice and now Leyte Representative Veloso when he says she creates the impression somebody told her not to issue an arrest warrant against De Lima

JUDGES. Muntinlupa RTC judges Amelia Fabros-Corpuz (left) and Patria Manalastas-De Leon (right) testify before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018 during the House impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BIR finds 'discrepancies' in Sereno tax declarations

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Her camp, however, says figures divulged by the BIR were 'not income but tax'

Resource person Atty. Arnel Guballa, Deputy Commissioner for Operations of BIR, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018, during the continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, February 12-18, 2018

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Must-watch videos this week

DISINFORMATION. Computer programmer Carlos Nazareno shares how Duterte supporters swarmed the Facebook page of the  International Criminal Court shortly after it announced its probe on the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gwen Garcia and the Balili property: A tale of two controversies

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Balili cases also tell the story of the tangled web that is the local politics of vote-rich Cebu

EMBATTLED. The former governor and current deputy speaker faces yet another controversy over her stint as Cebu governor. File photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Sereno ready for 'highly probable' Senate trial: '7 taon na akong binabantayan'

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:32 PM

'Abangan 'nyo 'yan sa Senado. Maganda po ang mangyayari diyan sa Senado tungkol sa isyu na 'yan,’ says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the issue of her alleged missing SALNs

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno defends I.T. consultant: She secured funding

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says because of the controversial Helen Macasaet, the Supreme Court raised the billions of pesos needed to fund the digitization of the country's judicial processes

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sereno: Justices’ grudges against me their problem, not mine

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

‘I think their statements reflect more on them than on me,’ says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Sereno on grudges, reforms, and staying power in SC

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno answers the accusations hurled against her in the impeachment hearings at the House of Representatives

Alvarez threatens to cancel Cebu Pacific franchise

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'My message to the management of Cebu Pacific is for them to stop looking merely at profit,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

ULTIMATUM? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the airport and airlines to shape up. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

Garcia rallies House: Stand together vs 'illegal encroachment' of Ombudsman

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The embattled lawmaker says that the Constitution and existing laws not only lack provisions that say the Ombudsman may sanction her, it contains provisions that explicitly make it illegal

EMBATTLED. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia calls on her colleagues in the House to rally against an Ombudsman decision against her. Screenshot from the House livestream

Only Congress can remove its members – Roque

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque questions the decision of the Ombudsman against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, saying its release came 'at a time when such actions could be given political color'

Garcia hits Ombudsman: Dismissal 'leverage' for impeachment case

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The former Cebu governor says the Ombudsman's decision goes beyond the Cebu land deal

No dismissal of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia – Alvarez

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Wala akong makita sa Constitution, kanina ko pa binabasa, walang provision na nagsasabi na puwedeng gawin yun,' says the House Speaker

NO DISMISSAL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they won't be implementing a dismissal order against deputy speaker Gwen Garcia (center). File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC justices decry 'manipulation, injustice' of Sereno inclusion in JBC list

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

They say Maria Lourdes Sereno was included in the shortlist for Chief Justice even if she failed to submit her SALNs, documents that are required of all government officials

JBC MANIPULATION? Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta testifies before the House committee on justice's hearing into an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Garcia questions 'timing' of dismissal: Ombudsman 'singled me out'

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) While the Ombudsman has tasked House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to implement the dismissal order, it's the House plenary that will ultimately decide

SUSPECT TIMING? Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia (center) questions the Ombudsman's decision to dismiss her from service. File photo from the House of Representatives

Ombudsman dismisses Cebu Congresswoman Gwen Garcia

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sends a copy of the order to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for 'appropriate action'

GOVERNOR'S FAULT? House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screenshot from congress.gov.ph

U.S. gov't in shutdown as Senate misses midnight funding deadline

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The upper chamber of Congress reopens in the dark of night for a new session at 12:01 am Friday, February 9, launching a new effort to pass a bill to extend federal funding for 6 more weeks

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

PDP-Laban to 'campaign against' anti-federalism candidates

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'Kung ayaw mo ng federalism, we really have to campaign against you kasi ayaw mo na umasenso 'yung mga probinsya,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

RULING PARTY. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses over 3,000 new members of PDP after the mass oath-taking at Patin-ay, Agusan Del Sur. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Who is Helen Macasaet, the I.T. expert who caused tension in SC?

Feb 07, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The SC's current information systems head disapproves of Macasaet, who describes herself as a 'pioneer' in I.T.

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Impeachment committee rushes BIR to find 'anomaly' in Sereno's tax payments

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'They still have nothing on the Chief Justice. The mere fact that it is only now that the BIR is looking into the matter shows that they saw nothing irregular,' says Sereno's spokesperson

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel on its 14th hearing for Sereno impeachment

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:14 AM

(UPDATED) BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa will testify on the income tax returns of Sereno in relation to her Piatco earnings

EMBATTLED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has been the subject of 12 hearings so far, each one lasting a full work day, as the House justice committee determines probable cause to impeach her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

RITM expert: No conflict of interest in Dengvaxia study

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Rosario Capeding, who was accused of 'conflict of interest' during a House probe, explains clinical trials have safeguards that prevent biases in the result of the study

RITM STUDY. Rose Capeding says contrary to the allegations of a lawmaker, clinical studies are designed to avoid unintended biases. Rappler screenshot

A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

With wrong petition, SC can't step in on Congress impasse on Cha-Cha

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Supreme Court has no original jurisdiction over Declaratory Relief actions,' says the en banc

Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez presides during Congress joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao at the Plenary Hall, House of Representatives in Batasan, Quezon City. Also in Photo are Security officials lead by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdia and PNP, AFP and DND. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Alvarez joins 'call' to impeach Ombudsman

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:45 PM

But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he won't be endorsing the impeachment complaint himself

IMPEACH OMBUDSMAN? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supports an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Mothers of Dengvaxia kids confront Garin after House probe

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The women would later admit to media that none of their children died but had reportedly fallen ill after vaccination

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin attend a House probe into alleged anomalies in the procurement of dengue vaccines by the Philippine government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

RITM expert got P40,000 monthly for Sanofi-funded Dengvaxia study

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Disclosures made at a House hearing raise questions of conflict of interest for doctor who did dengue vaccine study for the French pharmaceutical for 6 years

RITM STUDY. It's the RITM that conducted a 6-year-long study on the now-controversial vaccine that was funded by its owner, Sanofi Pasteur. Rappler screenshot

Duque: Dengvaxia controversy 'tainted credibility' of DOH

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The health secretary says at least 29 vaccinated children have died. The causes of all these deaths have yet to be determined.

TAINTED REPUTATION. Health Secretary Francisco Duque expresses concern as more parents turn down DOH programs amid concerns over the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on Dengvaxia

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

'Why did Dengvaxia get FDA clearance without EU go signal?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

A physician-turned-legislator questions why the now-controversial vaccine got a go-signal in the Philippines in the first place

DENGVAXIA ADMINISTRATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine, in 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi declines PH demand for full Dengvaxia refund

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The pharma giant declines the Philippines' demand, saying doing so would 'create confusion' over the safety and efficacy of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine

NO FULL REFUND. Thomas Triomphe (right), head of Sanofi Pasteur-Asia Pacific, speak before a House probe into the Dengvaxia deal in December 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Train to nowhere?

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections

Changing the Constitution: What are being proposed so far

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:42 PM

We track the proposed revisions to the 1987 Constitution, based on draft constitutions and proposed changes by the House of Representatives

Philippines probes sale of passport endorsements

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'Some people are selling endorsements from government agencies. That's the sad reality,' says Foreign Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales

NEW PASSPORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hands out new passports with a 10-year validity during a launch at DFA ASEANA in Parañaque City on January 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Justice De Castro: Did Sereno ‘deceive’ JBC?

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonoardo-de Castro, who had earlier aired her grievances against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, questions how the top magistrate got into the JBC shortlist in the first place

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro testifies before the House committee on justice as it tackles an impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves security of tenure bill on 3rd reading

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Should it be passed into law, the measure would ban hiring workers for limited periods of time, or what is known as 'fixed-term' labor contracts

SECURITY OF TENURE. The House of Representatives passes the security of tenure bill on 3rd reading. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler