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Congress extends martial law in Mindanao to end of 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) This is the third extension of martial law in Mindanao granted to President Rodrigo Duterte

JOINT SESSION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo preside the joint session on President Rodrigo's request for another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House approves draft federal constitution

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:38 PM

But the draft federal charter's chances of getting signed into law remain bleak, with senators earlier saying it would be 'dead on arrival' at the Senate

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE? The House of Representatives seek to control access of reporters to Batasan Complex and content of their reports. File Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LIST: Major constitutional changes the House wants under federalism

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:25 AM

No term limits for lawmakers, no anti-dynasty provision, the return of the two-party system – here are the major changes the House included in its draft federal charter

CHARTER CHANGE. The House of Representatives wants to pass its draft federal charter by early 2019.

Arroyo against House inquiries unless they actually lead to laws

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says 'there is no legislation that happens, only harassment,' when lawmakers conduct investigations 'in aid of legislation'

ON PROBES. Speaker Gloria Arroyo (left) and House ways and means panel chairperson Estrellita Suansing during a hearing on November 13, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler  DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Lawmakers oppose granting franchise to solar power company of Legarda's son

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Representatives Rosanna Vergara and Lito Atienza both want the bill granting a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan to be returned to the committee on legislative franchises

SEEKING LEGISLATIVE FRANCHISE. A House bill is seeking to grant a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation. Photo and logo from Solar Para sa Bayan

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

LOOK: Political dynasties use party list as backdoor to Congress

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Here are some people with familiar family names, trying to get to the House of Representatives without running in district polls

Senator Manny Pacquiao joins his brother Bobby and 2 others as they file their certificate of acceptance of nominees under OFW Family Club. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte handled Trillanes fiasco from Israel, Jordan

Sep 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Who was the most surprised at President Duterte's order revoking Senator Trillanes' amnesty? His own Cabinet.

Why is it so difficult to access SALNs of House lawmakers?

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?

HARD TO ACCESS SALNs. It has long been difficult to get copies of the full SALNs of all lawmakers in the House of Representatives. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Capital outlay for education and health facilities receive huge cuts in the 2019 National Expenditure Program. Is the budget department responsible?

The women behind the fall of Alvarez

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:09 PM

How did formidable forces of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sara Duterte Carpio, and Imee Marcos topple Pantaleon Alvarez in the House of Representatives?

History repeats itself: Senate had mace-chase almost 30 years ago

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In 1991, a controversial coup that sought to oust then Senate president Jovito Salonga triggered a childish mace-chase in the chamber

Can Alvarez file a quo warranto petition vs Arroyo?

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

In 1949, the Supreme Court dismissed a similar petition involving a Senate leadership takeover for lack of jurisdiction over a political question

NEW SPEAKER. Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo takes her oath of office before Ang Kabuhayan Rep. Dennis Laogan, the youngest member of the House in the 17th Congress.

Gloria Arroyo's firsts as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:02 PM

She's back – and how!

NEW SPEAKER. Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gestures at the center stage of the plenary hall as she attempts to grab the leadership at the House of Representatives before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address at Congress in Manila on July 23, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

EJKs, corruption, China: How the Senate backs Duterte and allies

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) From delaying investigations, ousting chairpersons, and clearing administration officials, the Senate has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his two years in office

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

Rappler Talk Investigative: Reynaldo Umali on impeaching CJ Sereno

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:06 PM

House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says it's the 'end of the road' for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

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

5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.

Rappler Talk: Gary Alejano on holding the Duterte administration accountable

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:06 PM

On Thursday, February 22, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano about the importance of maintaining check and balance in government

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