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Makabayan lawmakers' protest materials confiscated before SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Progressive lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, and Ferdinand Gaite get in trouble for using their Filipiniana attire as protest materials for the SONA

CONFISCATED. Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other youth leaders wear sashes calling for the protection of national sovereignty and the end to the drug war killings. Photo from Kabataan

New House Minority Leader wants ‘critical collaboration’ with admin

Jul 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

But Minority Leader Benny Abante vows minority his bloc will be 'no company union' in the 18th Congress

THE MINORITY. House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr (center, seated) poses with the minority bloc members on July 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Benny Abante is new House Minority Leader

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila 6th District congressman leads the 28-person minority bloc

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cayetano suspects PHISGOC allegations linked to speakership race

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano again debunks corruption allegations against PHISGOC, which he chairs

JUST MUDSLINGING? PHISGOC chairman turned Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano takes his oath as new leader of the House of Representatives on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cayetano secures speakership after Duterte siblings heed dad’s decision

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told him 'to respect the decision of the President' in the speakership race

SUPPORT FOR DAD'S CHOICE. Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte attends the breakfast meeting hosted by Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano on July 22, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's office

LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Manila 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr is gunning be the leader of the House minority bloc in the 18th Congress. Photo from Abante's Facebook page

LIST: House committee chairmanships for 18th Congress

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Presidential son and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte is a deputy speaker, while Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro Ungab heads the appropriations committee

HOUSE LEADERS. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano administer the oath of lawmakers under the 18th Congress on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cayetano wants to change people's 'hate for Congress'

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'People love their congressmen, but they love to hate Congress.... Let us change that,' Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells House members

NEWLY ELECTED. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano delivers his first speech as leader of the House on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

House votes as Duterte wished: Alan Peter Cayetano is new Speaker

Jul 22, 2019 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Taguig City-Pateros congressman, who faced persistent talks of a challenge up to the last minute, gets 266 votes

DUTERTE'S MAN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano takes his oath, with presidential son and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte and other lawmakers standing behind him. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Opening of the House of Representatives

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the opening of session of the 18th Congress House of Representatives happening on July 22, 2019

Trump says minority congresswomen should 'apologize to America'

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:16 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments come a week after he sparked a firestorm of outrage when he attacked the left-leaning lawmakers with a series of tweets saying they should 'go back' to their countries of origin

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. - Trump travels to Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Cayetano, Velasco, Romualdez 'show unity' before 18th Congress opens

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco says there will be no rift in the House to ensure that President Rodrigo Duterte's agenda is prioritized

Cayetano meeting with lawmakers ahead of SONA. Photo by Alan Cayetano's office

‘It’s the wish of the President’: Lawmakers to back Cayetano’s House bid on July 22

Jul 21, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr says all 85 PDP-Laban congressmen will be supporting Alan Cayetano. Senate President Vicente Sotto III adds the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will be supporting Cayetano too.

VICENTE SOTTO III. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No more coup? Cayetano says Paolo Duterte agreed to be deputy speaker

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Thank you very much Cong. Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte for our talk on what the country needs and how we can put together a very responsive Congress,' says speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano

COMPROMISE REACHED. Speakership candidate Alan Peter Cayetano meets with Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte on July 19, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

We must rally behind Robredo, Pangilinan tells LP bloc in House

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:13 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'We urge our fellow lawmakers at the House of Representatives to seriously consider where they stand in the face of the harassment and persecution brought upon our party chairperson,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

LP LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) and Senator Francis Pangilinan sing "Our Father" during the thanksgiving mass for the Otso Diretso senatorial slate on May 8, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Ilhan Omar, U.S. congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:22 AM

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress

Ilhan Omar, Democratic congressional candidate, poses for a selfie with a supporter and her son while campaigning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018. Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota in August, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the US House of Representatives. Kerem YUCEL / AFP

U.S. House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The US House of Representatives votes 332 to 95 to table, or effectively kill, a resolution brought by Democrat Al Green that raised whether to begin procedures to remove Trump from office

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) speaks to reporters on the way to House Floor on July 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The House voted to block an effort to impeach President Trump, in the first test of the divisive issue since Democrats took control of the chamber and the House voted to hold Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt for failing to comply with subpoena on 2020 Census. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP  TASOS KATOPODIS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Romualdez thanks mentor GMA 'for making me become what I am today’

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Around 100 lawmakers from different parties brave the heavy rain to attend Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving dinner

VIP TABLE. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez sits beside his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Romualdez (3rd from L) and their ally, former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3rd from R). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

U.S. House votes to condemn Trump's 'racist comments'

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Democrats hold a majority in the 435-member House but are outnumbered by Republicans in the Senate, where the resolution is unlikely to be considered

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the members of the media as she makes her way to the House chamber to vote on a resolution denouncing comments by President Trump targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color on July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The resolution passed 240-187, with Republicans Will Hurd (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Fred Upton (R-MI) Susan Brooks (R-IN) and independent Justin Amash (I-MI) joining Democrats. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP  Pete Marovich / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

Romualdez to 'return the favor' to those who helped Eastern Visayas after Yolanda

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Around 100 House allies show up at Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving party after he vows out of the speakership race

ALL SMILES. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez hosts a thanksgiving dinner for his allies on July 16, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler.

Cayetano: I am ‘sincere’ in following term-sharing deal as Speaker

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:33 PM

'I just want to say: I am sincere in following the President’s 15-21 formula,' says Cayetano to first-time lawmakers while orienting them about President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda

CAYETANO. Former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, running for the Taguig's first district confressional seat, is at the CP Sta. Teresa Elementary School in Taguig City. FIle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jejomar Binay files electoral protest vs Makati congressman Peña

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Defeated congressional bet Jejomar Binay accuses his opponent Kid Peña of buying votes in Makati City, allegedly handing out P500 to P2,000 per voter

NOT GIVING UP YET. Former vice president Jejomar Binay files an electoral protest against his victories opponent and now Makati 1st District Representative Kid Peña. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Factions among Duterte allies downside of his success – analyst

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Southeast Asian politics expert Mark Thompson says the Duterte government should find a way to bring together the factions and prevent a breakup of his coalition

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Lagman warns Cayetano vs installing subservient House minority leader

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman himself says he is open to becoming the minority leader to stop the formation of a 'company union' in the House

NEXT MINORITY LEADER? Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman wants a 'genuine' opposition in the House. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

Losing bet wants Marikina congresswoman Stella Quimbo disqualified

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:09 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Congresswoman Stella Quimbo says former ABS representative Eugene de Vera should 'move on and accept the will of the people of Marikina,' where Quimbo won almost 85% of the total votes

NEWBIE CONGRESSWOMAN. Marikina 2nd District Representative Stella Quimbo speaks at an even in her city. Photo from the Facebook page of Teacher Stella Quimbo

Cayetano to PDP-Laban bloc: Join me in 'very exciting journey'

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:52 PM

'I hope you stay beside me and not behind me. We will do this together,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells the lawmakers

photos from Cayetano's office

After Sulu bombings, House working with intel units for SONA 2019 security

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

House Sergeant at Arms Romeo Prestoza says they have yet to detect any 'substantial' security threats for SONA 2019

SONA PREPS. House acting secretary-general Roberto Maling and sergeant-at-arms Romeo Prestoza hold a press conference on July 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte on 'coup attempt' vs Cayetano: 'Wishful thinking'

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to the statement of his son, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, that the speakership race does not seem to be over yet

JULY 22 LOOMING. Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is President Rodrigo Duterte's bet for House Speaker. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: 'No ill feelings' over divisive speakership race

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'I look at everyone like a father looks at his child or an older brother to the younger brother,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells a group of lawmakers mostly allied with Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano (left) meets with Leyte Congressman Martin Romualdez (right) and his allies. Photos from Rep. Martin Romualdez's staff

Duterte's endorsement of Cayetano speakership just a 'suggestion'

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte won't take it against lawmakers if they decide not to support the speakership bid of Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, says Malacañang

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, running for first district of Taguig, speaks before the Taguigeños of District 1 at the Team Lino Cayetano’s (TLC) Miting de Avance. May 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'It's a practical thing': Cayetano wants longer term for lawmakers

Jul 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers who either serve for 4 years with no term limits, or 5 years with term limits will become 'more productive'

PUSH FOR TERM EXTENSION. Speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano meets with the bloc of Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez on July 10, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's staff

Sara Duterte disowns text message telling lawmakers to defy dad's choice for Speaker

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Anak Kalusugan Representative Michael Defensor apologizes to Sara Duterte, saying it was wrong of him to drag the Davao City mayor's name into the matter

NOT FROM SARA. Anak Kalusugan Representative Mike Defensor shows a screenshot of the text message he allegedly received from the camp of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers set aside dislike of Cayetano for Speaker to secure House posts

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte previously claimed Cayetano made a 'veiled threat' against her should she decide to support the speakership bid of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco

COMPROMISES. Legislators who were once against a Cayetano speakership are now set to vote for him as Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Romualdez drops out of speakership race, accepts Majority Leader job

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:49 PM

72 lawmakers, including their leader and former speakership bet Martin Romualdez, will now back Alan Peter Cayetano for the post with 'no ifs, no buts, no excepts, and no unless'

SPEAKER NO MORE? Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez accepts the offer for him to become House Majority Leader of the 18th Congress instead. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Party-list bloc backs Cayetano's speakership bid 'for now'

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

'We are for the President’s choice,' says party-list bloc president and 1-Pacman Representative Mikee Romero

'FOR NOW.' Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc president and 1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says they are now backing speakership bet Alan Peter Cayetano for now. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sotto expects good working relations with House-led Cayetano

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is already well-acquainted with the senators

SENATE PRESIDENT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he expects a good working relationship with the House of Representatives under former senator Alan Peter Cayetano, should he be elected as Speaker on July 22, 2019. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:22 PM

'The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children,' say the 6 progressive legislators who filed the House resolution

DRUG WAR CRITICS. Makabayan bloc members Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Sarah Elago file a House resolution calling for an investigation on the death of a 3-year-old in a buy-bust operation. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Cayetano wants lawmakers to join the 'Die-hard Duterte Supermajority'

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'DDSM,' the presumptive Speaker's chosen name for the House majority bloc, seems to be a play on 'DDS,' the name embraced by President Rodrigo Duterte's loyalists

DDSM IN THE HOUSE? Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano partly gets President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement for the speakership on July 8, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte ‘resolves’ Speakership race, but is that constitutional?

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:14 PM

'The Constitution vests the choice in the members of the two houses not on anyone else. That’s what separation of powers means,' says law professor Ted Te

SPEAKERSHIP RACE. President Rodrigo Duterte picks the House Speakers and Majority Floor Leader of the 17th Congress. Malacañang Photo

Duterte pushes for charter change after naming next Speaker

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells the House of Representatives' next leaders that changing the Constitution is necessary, whether or not for a federal shift

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stresses at a point as he delivers his speech during the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte says Cayetano is next House Speaker, to share term with Velasco

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also announces that Leyte congressman Martin Romualdez will be Majority Floor Leader

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some of the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. With the President are Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Taguig City First District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 House speaker bets agree to respect Duterte's choice

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the speakership hopefuls will 'settle the issue between them' should President Rodrigo Duterte still refuse to give his blessing

MEETING IN TOKYO. Three rivals for the speakership meet with President Rodrigo Duterte during his trip to Tokyo, Japan in May. File photo from Senator Bong Go

Joyce Bernal wants ‘hopeful’ SONA 2019 after last year's House coup

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:37 AM

'Actually gusto ko po. I want to do something for him,' says Joyce Bernal on pro bono directing President Rodrigo Duterte's SONA for the second time

'HOPEFUL.' Director Joyce Bernal grants a media interview after her walkthrough at the Batasang Pambansa on July 8, 2019. Photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Paolo Duterte abandons speakership bid

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte says he arrived at the decision after he and his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, 'agreed that this will not be the right time for me to be Speaker'

Duterte Coalition leaders Rep. Paolo Duterte and Mayor Inday Sara Duterte met with candidates for speaker of the House, Rep. Martin Romualdez, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, and Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano in Davao City today, July 6, 2019. Rep. Paolo Duterte said the meeting was cordial, where they discussed the progress of the country. The Duterte Coalition aimed at uniting the House of Representatives. Contributed photo

Paolo Duterte, 8 other lawmakers form 'Duterte Coalition' in House

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The newly-formed Duterte Coalition urges Cabinet officials not to get involved in the speakership race

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Philippine congressmen in session at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo from the Facebook page of the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Salceda: Expedient for Congress if Paolo Duterte becomes Speaker

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:24 PM

It is in the interest of congressmen and their constituents if the Speaker has a direct line to Malacañang, says the Albay representative

DIRECT LINE. Cong. Fredenil Castro (left) and Cong Joey Salceda (right) at the Pandesal Forum in Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City on Thursday, July 4, 2019, on the the House Speakership. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hugpong endorses Davao City's Isidro Ungab for House Speaker

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) So far, 6 congressmen are vying to be Speaker of the House in the 18th Congress

ASPIRANT. File photo of Isidro Ungab. From his Facebook account

Paolo vying for speakership? Panelo says Duterte may not resign after all

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'You make a stand on the basis of circumstances. When those circumstances change, you change your stand,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of President Duterte's promise to resign if his son joins the speakership race

FATHER AND SON. President Rodrigo Duterte and eldest son Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte (left). Malacañang Photo