Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

Pimentel hits Alvarez: Senate not slow, it's Congress' 'critical chamber'

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Senate is the nag-aaral na kapulungan... Again I say, change mindset: quality over quantity,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's criticism

QUALITY. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III hits House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for criticizing the Senate in its slow passage of bills, saying it should be quality over quantity.

Trump triumphs as Congress passes sweeping tax cuts

Dec 21, 2017 - 8:28 AM

'We are making America great again,' says US president Donald Trump

MAJOR VICTORY. Donald Trump reaches a milestone for his administration with the tax cuts. AFP photo

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov't shutdown

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:33 AM

President Donald Trump will need to work with Democrats and his fellow Republicans in the coming weeks to thrash out a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that earns the support of lawmakers battling over policy and spending priorities

BUDGET. The United States Congress passes a funding stopgap measure that averts a government shutdown. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:33 PM

China has been fine-tuning legislation on the proper way and place to sing its national anthem, recently tightening rules that already bar people from performing it at parties, weddings and funerals

NO DISRESPECT. China will be banning parodies of its national anthem. Background image from Wikipedia by Diantong Pictorial.

Trump sends Congress immigration legislation priorities

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The list, which also includes preventing immigrants from sponsoring their extended families to move to the US, draws immediate fire from Democratic leaders in Congress, who said it goes 'far beyond what is reasonable'

IMMIGRATION PROTEST. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act, near the Trump Tower in New York on October 5, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Fariñas scolds PSPG for 'lecturing' House over legislative police

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:23 PM

The police general immediately apologizes, and later admits to media that he committed lapses in producing the position paper

LEGISLATIVE POLICE. Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas pushes for the creation of a police force that reports directly to Congress. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SolGen green lights legislative franchises for mining firms

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:42 AM

A bill that would require congressional franchises for mining firms is part of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ list of priority legislation

BIGGEST PIT. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. File image from NASA

Fariñas wants PH Congress to have own police force

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The proposed Philippine Legislative Police envisions Congress enforcing its own powers of contempt and arrest, as well as provide security for legislators and their families

HOUSE OF REPS. House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants a police force that reports directly to Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House to file Bangsamoro commission version of BBL next week

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

LEDAC MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the  with the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) at the Malacañang Palace on September 20, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Makabayan bloc: Probe killing of Carl Angelo Arnaiz

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:02 PM

This is the progressive bloc s third House resolution calling for an investigation into killings in the drug war

JUSTICE FOR CARL. Arnaiz' mother and sister file a case against Caloocan police over the killing of the 19-year-old. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Why the Lumad are asking for another version of BBL

Sep 02, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Teduray leader Timuay Santos Unsad says the current version of the proposed BBL does not include provisions protecting non Islamized indigenous tribes

Rappler Talk: Emily Lau on the democratic situation in the Asia-Pacific region

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:40 AM

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Ledac agrees to pass federalism, national ID bills by December

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:20 PM

The two bills along with 12 others are classified as urgent by the Ledac Executive Committee

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Malacañang fails to invite Robredo to 2nd Ledac meeting

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:59 AM

UPDATED Vice President Robredo says she is unfazed by the incident saying she will still submit a position paper on discussions which took place during the meeting

Procurement, rightsizing bills tackled at 2nd Ledac meeting

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Amendments to the procurement law and bills to rightsize government are among the 6 priority bills that President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his second SONA

2nd Ledac meeting to tackle priority bills, new departments

Aug 25, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The President is set to convene the Legislative Development Advisory Council for the 2nd time

FIRST LEDAC. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the first Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañan Palace on January 30, 2017. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Israeli army arrests Hamas lawmaker – NGO

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Muhammed Abu Teir s arrest brings to 13 the number of people from the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council currently jailed by Israel according to the Palestinian rights group Addameer

MOHAMMED ABU TEIR. Palestinian Senior Hamas legislator and east Jerusalem resident Mohammed Abu Teir talks on the phone as he is welcomed by supporters after crossing into the West Bank town of Betunya following his released from Israel's Offer prison and deported to the West Bank, on December 8, 2010. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jul 24, 2017 - 10:42 AM

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Congress passes 3 out of 12 bills in Duterte's 1st SONA

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:36 AM

These 3 bills still await President Rodrigo Duterte s signature

Fariñas joined distribution of mini-cabs probed by House – Imee Marcos

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Kayo na lang po ang humusga says the Ilocos Norte governor of photos of Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas with her when she distributed the vehicles in 2012

ALLIES TURNED RIVALS. In this photo taken on May 11, 2012, Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas joins Governor Imee Marcos in distributing red mini-cabs to barangay captains. All photos from Marcos' Facebook page

Imee Marcos demands end to House 'inquisition'

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED Pulitikang lokal ang pinagmulan nito Bakit hindi ibalik sa Ilocos Norte ang laban na yan? says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she slams the House probe led by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

FIGHTING THE HOUSE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos shows an omnibus petition she filed for the Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the detention case of 6 provincial officials in the House. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P50,000 at stake as House launches Bill Drafting Contest for students

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The winning bill will be referred to the appropriate House committee which will then formally file the measure in Congress

THE CONTESTANTS. Participants of the House's Bill Drafting Contest are oriented on how to draft legislation. Photo from the House of Representatives

Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Red flags in Imee's Ilocos Norte and P66.45M tobacco fund use

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Missing documents improper bidding processes and officials mum on the issue surround the alleged misuse by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of millions worth of tobacco funds

WAR IN THE NORTH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

House starts probe into Resorts World attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers hold a hearing at NAIA 3 Wednesday June 7 and plan to conduct an ocular inspection at the crime scene from across the street

DEADLY ATTACK. People light candles and offer flowers for the victims of the deadly Resorts World attack, which killed 37 people. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler  DEADLY ATTACK. People light candles and offer flowers for the victims of the deadly Resorts World attack, which killed 37 people. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Congress sets aside death penalty, age of criminal responsibility

May 03, 2017 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED House justice panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali says the controversial bills will be taking the back burner with his committee expected to tackle impeachment complaints

As chair of the House justice committee, Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali will be at the forefront of the pending impeachment proceedings at the House. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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May 02, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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LIST: 14 bills the 17th Congress aims to pass by May 31

May 02, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Legislators are eyeing to pass 14 measures in less than a month including bills that would provide free public Wi Fi and extend the validity of drivers licenses

ABS-CBN franchise ‘not for urgent renewal,’ clarifies lawmaker

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez chair of the House committee on legislative franchises says the panel is prioritizing franchises that are about to expire

FRANCHISE RENEWAL BLUES. The franchise of ABS-CBN lapses in 2020, within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte who has vowed to block its renewal for another 25 years. Photo of ABS-CBN building from Wikipedia

Charge Aquino for DAP too, Ombudsman asked

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Bayan Muna says the Ombudsman attempted to shield Aquino from liability by zeroing in on an Abad signed circular

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Opening Ceremony of the Global Development Network’d (GDN) 14th Annual Global Development Conference at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City on Wednesday (June 19, 2013). GDN is an international organization that builds research capacity in development globally. It supports researchers in developing and transition countries to generate and share high quality applied social science research to inform policymaking and advance social and economic development. (Photo by: Rey Banoqiet /PCOO- Malacañang Photo Bureau).

Gwen Garcia wants House probe into viral drug raid at Cebu jail

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 PM

House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says the Cebu provincial jail turned from epic jail to epic fail under Governor Hilario Davide III

DAVIDE'S FAULT? Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

Alvarez wants to scrap PLLO, Congressional Spouses Foundation

Feb 13, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office s function is redundant since the LEDAC already exists

UNNECESSARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he wants to abolish two government offices on February 13. File photo of Alvarez by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Poor Globe, Smart signal? Congress can revoke telco franchise – Suarez

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:15 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells Globe and Smart to address complaints on poor cellphone signal and slow Internet services

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo pushes for housing bills in Ledac meeting

Feb 01, 2017 - 7:45 AM

She may not be Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chief anymore but the Vice President tells the advisory council the 4 bills most important for development

LEDAC MEETING. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the first meeting of the Legislative Executive Advisory Council. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Duterte, Robredo 'civil' during Ledac meeting

Jan 31, 2017 - 4:09 PM

In their first meeting since the Vice President s resignation from the Cabinet President Duterte continues to crack jokes she had once called inappropriate

'CIVIL' MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte takes his seat across a smiling Vice President Leni Robredo during the start of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Meeting at the Palace. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

1st Ledac meeting takes up tax reform, salary hike for military

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes security concerns at the first full Ledac meeting under his administration

LEDAC CONVENED. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañang Palace on January 30, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Palace invites Robredo to 1st Ledac meeting under Duterte admin

Jan 30, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Ledac meeting on January 30 will be the first time the Vice President will set foot in the Palace after resigning from the Cabinet last December

BACK IN THE PALACE? Vice President Leni Robredo is invited by the Palace to the Duterte administration's first LEDAC meeting. Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Hong Kong launches legal bid against 4 pro-democracy lawmakers

Dec 02, 2016 - 8:52 PM

It comes as concerns grow that Beijing is stepping up interference in the semi autonomous city s politics after two lawmakers advocating a complete split from China were banned from taking up their seats in parliament

The flags of China (top) and Hong Kong are seen hoisted outside the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Nov 30, 2016 - 11:56 AM

The judgement says the court s duty to apply the city s constitution known as the Basic Law outweighed the doctrine of separation of powers and non intervention

Pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung (R) and Yau Wai-ching (L) speak to the press outside the High Court in Hong Kong on November 15, 2016, after a court ruled to disqualify two pro-independence lawmakers from parliament. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Alvarez: 'Waste of time' to probe AFP, PNP officers behind Marcos burial

Nov 22, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says former president Fidel Ramos may have called for an investigation because he was not invited to the interment of Marcos

NO NEED FOR PROBE? Former President Fidel V Ramos wants military and police officers behind the surprise interment of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos probed. Photo from Ferdinand E Marcos Presidential Center

Anti-China lawmakers disqualified from Hong Kong parliament

Nov 15, 2016 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED Judge: Mr Leung and Ms Yau have been disqualified from assuming and have vacated the office of a member of the Legislative Council

In this file photo, newly-elected lawmaker Baggio Leung Chung-hang (R) holds up a Legislative Council book next to fellow pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching (L) while being surrounded by the press after arriving at the Legislative Council main chamber in Hong Kong on October 26, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Groups want TRO on implants lifted, ask to be intervenors in SC case

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Reproductive health advocates claim that keeping the temporary restraining order in place would deprive millions of Filipino women access to contraceptives

Duterte to Congress: Suspending habeas corpus a 'passing thought'

Nov 15, 2016 - 11:51 AM

He was only thinking out loud na ano ba yung mga weapons ammunition methods available to him Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III recalls the President telling lawmakers while discussing his war on drugs at a Palace meeting

MINI-LEDAC. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a mini-Legislative-Executive Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting in Malacañang on November 14, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The cancer cells are those who are promoting Hong Kong independence we will fight them to the end lawmaker Michael Tien tells the cheering crowd

Pro-Beijing demonstrators shout slogans and wave flags outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council on November 13, 2016, during a rally in support of an interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), over the oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month.  Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong on November 13 in support of China's decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city's freedoms being under threat. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE