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Nearly 170 casualties as violence rocks chaotic Afghan elections

Oct 20, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Taliban says it has carried out more than 300 attacks on the 'fake election' across the war-torn country

ELECTIONS. Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Duterte signs law creating 2 new Isabela districts

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs a proclamation creating a special economic zone near the Mactan International Airport in Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel on the sidelines of the send-off ceremony for the 250 transport vehicle units of the BJMP at Camp General Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna on September 26, 2018. Joining the President is Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aklan split into two congressional districts

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM

President Duterte signs Republic Act 11077 reapportioning Aklan into two legislative districts. Their representatives will be elected in May 2019.

Calamba City gets own congressional district

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Republic Act 11078 carves the city out of the 2nd District of Laguna

Mexico's president-elect unveils legislative agenda

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The anti-establishment leftist announces a 12-point plan for legislation to deliver the 'true change' he has promised Mexicans fed up with crime and corruption

PLANS. Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Joint session: Pot found growing at Japan MPs' building

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

An official in charge of maintenance says the budding crop of 4 plants was found by a visitor on Thursday growing on the premises of an office building for members of the upper house

Canada to legalize cannabis October 17 – Trudeau

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Under the new legislation, adults – either 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory – can legally buy, grow and consume cannabis in limited amounts

CANNABIS. New Amsterdam Cafe owner Todd Bolli checks his inventory as he stands behind the counter of his retail shop June 20, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced recreational pot will be legal as of October 17 in Canada. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

Before she retires, Morales indicts Aquino in DAP case

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales indicts former president Benigno Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers over the Disbursement Acceleration Program, not for graft which was sought by complainant Bayan Muna

INDICTED. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales indicts former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of usurpation of legislative powers in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) case.

Furious China calls Hong Kong student leader 'enemy of the people'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The vilification of the 21-year-old Alice Cheung comes as concern grows there is no longer room for open political debate in Hong Kong under pressure from Beijing

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. This undated handout photo taken by Tou Man and provided by Alice Cheung on May 14, 2018, shows Alice Cheung, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, posing in Hong Kong. Photo by Tou Man / AFP

PLLO singles out Rappler, calls report on overpaid consultants 'fake news'

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) However, other news outlets have also written about the Commission on Audit findings on the alleged overpaid consultants of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office

COA says Malacañang agency spent P4.1M on overpaid consultants

Apr 22, 2018 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Audit calls on the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, a Malacañang agency, to fire the consultants

Malaysia approves 'fake news' law despite outcry

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The law targets foreign as well as local media, and is seen in part as an effort to silence criticism of the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that has rocked the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak

Kaka Bag-ao on speaking up against a supermajority

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:13 AM

'Hindi ibig sabihin na tatalikuran ko 'yung mga paniniwala ko,' says the Dinagat representative on taking contrary positions as a member of the supermajority

DINAGAT REP. Kaka Bag-ao considers herself a 'salaried worker' in the House of Representatives. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sarah Elago on why being young and being a dissenter matters

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'I’m still a full-time activist who just happens to be a congresswoman,' the newbie legislator tells Rappler

YOUNGEST REP. Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago says age shouldn't be a hindrance when it comes to public service. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' law

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared before the committee Thursday, and are among scores of experts, academics and activists called to testify over 8 days

Sharon Garin on why legislators must ‘earn their keep’

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When she talks to Rappler, it’s not the politics and internal dynamics Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin zooms in on, but the hard work that’s seldom aired live or broadcast on primetime news

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

Watch the interview with former HK Legislative Council Emily Lau on Rappler

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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Aug 30, 2017 - 11:51 AM

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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