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Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

LOOK: Quezon City congressman Sonny Belmonte resigns from LP

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The 3rd-term congressman, who was House Speaker during the time of President Benigno Aquino III, says he is preparing for a 'quiet retirement' from politics

RETIRING SOON. Veteran politician Sonny Belmonte resigns from the Liberal Party, of which he is a member since 2009. Screenshot from Rappler

Belmonte to LP: ‘Unfair’ to accuse Arroyo of vindictiveness over Abads

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte has already resigned from the Liberal Party as he is retiring from politics

'UNFAIR'. Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr speaks up against his former party on the issue of the Batanes caretaker in the House. File photo by Rappler

LP slams 'vindictive' Arroyo for replacing Batanes caretaker

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did not follow the House tradition of designating a caretaker nominated by the political party of the deceased

CARETAKER. This file photo shows Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas during a meeting of the Committee on Organizational Matters of the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). File photo from the Office of the Speaker/Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Tomawis, Colmenares first opposition senatorial bets to file COCs

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Liberal party bet Samira Gutoc Tomawis and Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares arrive at the Comelec headquarters with hundreds of supporters in tow

OPPOSITION BET. Samira Gutoc with supporters satge a program at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila before filing her candidacy as Senator on October 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sam Gutoc

Drilon dares Malacañang: File charges vs LP members in Duterte ouster plot

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'Let me borrow Secretary Roque's own words. We should not take Roque seriously,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Palace official insisted on the Liberal Party's role in an alleged Duterte ouster plot

Minority Leader Senatir Franklin Drilon grilling Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP: No 'Red-Yellow' coalition to oust Duterte

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez says there is no coalition between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Liberal Party

SECURITY OFFICIALS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr (center) at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 defense budget on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG backs AFP's proposed anti-communist task force

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:37 PM

A former Armed Forces chief himself, DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says the country's long-running communist insurgency 'is not primarily a military or police problem but a governance problem'

EX-AFP CHIEF. In this file photo, DILG OIC Eduardo Año speaks during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Liberal Party forms task force to assist De Lima

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The task force is expected to closely coordinate with jailed Senator Leila de Lima to assist her in handling her legal, legislative, and other work-related concerns

LP HONORS DE LIMA. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Quezon City Region Trial Court to attend the hearing on her disobedience to summons case on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LP's initial Senate slate for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) The Liberal Party formally nominates Aquino, Diokno, and Tañada as senatorial candidates for the 2019 elections

Robredo hopes more ‘advocates’ to 'professionalize' LP

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having non-politician members will help ensure that advocacies, not elections, set party direction

LP CHAIRPERSON. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the "advocates" now joining the Liberal Party will set a new direction for the party. Screenshot by Rappler

LIST: Opposition reveals 18 possible names for 2019 Senate slate

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Dingdong Dantes is among the names being considered by the opposition, according to Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan

2019 SLATE. The opposition bloc bares the list of possible names for its 2019 senatorial slate

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

HOAX: ‘Ex-LP congressman buys posh Alabang home post-Yolanda’

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:39 PM

This story is pure fiction. Both the alleged congressman and the lawyer who pointed out the 'issue' do not exist

Trending: Suarez #FakeMinority

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Netizens have a field day after the House of Representatives finally declared Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez as Minority leader

HOAX: 'Unpaid SONA protesters' swarm Liberal Party headquarters

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The blog post was published in February 2018, 4 months before the 2018 SONA and the alleged gathering outside the LP headquarters

Arroyo hosts a thank you lunch, manhunt for leftists, Nam Joo-Hyuk | Evening wRap

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

LP, Makabayan lawmakers join forces in bid for House minority

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The bloc led by Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo now has 22 members

Liberal Party lawmakers claim they're real House minority

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They say Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez can no longer be minority leader since he voted for new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Robredo, LP leaders hail bicam approval of Bangsamoro law

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The law is not just a document, but about charting a better future now for the people of Mindanao,' say leaders of the Liberal Party

PEACE. Vice President and Partido Liberal chairperson Leni Robredo says the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring a better future for the people in Mindanao. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

Don’t call Leni Robredo the opposition Messiah

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Vice President will not oppose just anything and everything about the Duterte administration, but she will be the unifying force of dissent

Robredo swears in new Liberal Party members in Negros Occidental

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'It is much better to open the party membership to non-politicians because we are assured that they join the party not to win the election but because we have the same principles,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NEW MEMBERS. Some of the new members of the Liberal Party from Negros Occidental who took their oath before Vice President Leni Robredo on June 14, 2018. Contributed photo

Roque and fishermen, Roilo Golez, Trump-Kim summit | Evening wRap

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Agot Isidro isn't closing doors on 2019 Senate run?

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The Liberal Party earlier floated Agot Isidro as a potential candidate in their 'resistance slate'

SENATE RUN? Actress Agot Isidro is among the more vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kris vs Mocha: Lessons for the catatonic opposition

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

That Kris – once the Aquino clan's loose cannon – could outgun, outtalk and outmessage the 'Yellows' indicates something wrong with the opposition

Mar Roxas in 2019? ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there’

May 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'Malayo pa naman. Let’s cross that bridge 'pag andiyan na,' Mar Roxas, who has led a primarily private life since after the 2016 elections, tells Rappler

PRIVATE LIFE FOR NOW? Mar Roxas attends a gathering urging the Supreme Court to rule against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani back in 2016. The High Court eventually allowed it. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH on Chinese bombers, LP’s ‘The Resistance’ slate, Royal Wedding | Midday wRap

May 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

LP's 'resistance slate' for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano

May 21, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The LP president reveals 6 names they're considering for the 2019 senate slate: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, Gary Alejano, Barry Gutierrez, and Agot Isidro

Robredo slams plan to abolish, transfer PCGG to Calida's office

May 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Dagdag rin sa ating pangamba na mauwi ang pagsasawasto ng naging kasalanan ng pamilyang Marcos sa sambayanang Pilipino sa kasalukuyang Solicitor General,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. In her speech, VP Leni called on the students to use their talents, education, and idealism to make the country a better place for the less fortunate and underprivileged youth. (Photos by OVP)

SWS survey on Duterte’s trust rating, Press freedom in PH, Kim and Moon summit | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Roxas silent on Senate plans amid opposition's call to run in 2019

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'Am concentrating on my family and my mom. Marami akong utang sa kanila,' says former presidential candidate Mar Roxas when asked if he has plans to run for senator in 2019

Roxas take sa selfie with his supporters during his miting de avance on May 7, 2016 at Quezon City Circle.

Roque on Boracay closure, Pulse Asia survey, Aquino on 2019 elections | Evening wRap

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Liberal Party, other groups urge Mar Roxas to run for senator

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'We are suggesting to him to consider it but candidacy is a personal decision. But yes, we are suggesting to him to take a good look at it,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Mar Roxas arrives at Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Thursday, to join Tindig Pilipinas commemorate the 45 years of Marcos declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Noynoy Aquino not running for Senate 'at this time'

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says he would rather focus on helping his cousin, reelectionist Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and other Liberal Party candidates get elected

Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte critics slam detention of 71-year-old Australian nun

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Lawmaker Carlos Zarate refutes claims that Sister Patricia Fox is engaging in partisan activities, as upholding human rights is not a form of meddling

DETAINED NUN. Protesters in a rally outside the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on April 17, 2018, call for the release of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox from the BI. Photo by Maria Tan

Robredo apologizes for Holocaust memorial photo: ‘I take full responsibility’

Apr 17, 2018 - 12:05 PM

'There was no excuse. So I would like to apologize for whatever offense to the sensitivities of the people it caused,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

APOLOGY. Vice President Leni Robredo apologizes for the photo she took with other members of the Liberal Party at the holocaust memorial in Germany. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

'What were they thinking?': Robredo, LP solons criticized for Holocaust Memorial photo

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

In the photo, Robredo and LP solons were seen happily posing at a monument that honors the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the holocaust

DISRESPECTFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party lawmakers are criticized online for posing happily in a photo at the holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo from Rep. Teddy Baguilat's Twitter account.

Canada's Trudeau squeezed in pipeline crisis

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cutting short an overseas tour to return home and mediate

POLITICAL CRISIS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a domestic political crisis. File photo by AFP

Liberal Party senatorial slate, FASAP on SC ruling, Xi greets Duterte | Evening wRap

Mar 27, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Liberal Party to form 'The Resistance' slate for 2019 elections

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:50 PM

'Resistance is our movement. We must vigorously resist the slide to authoritarianism and anti-democratic rule,' says Liberal Party president and opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

Photo by Liberal Party Media

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Lawyer Levito Baligod had previously filed pork scam cases against 17 Liberal Party (LP) legislators and 8 non-LP legislators

CASES VS LP. Lawyer Levito Baligod is pursuing other pork barrel scam cases against members of opposition Liberal Party (LP) pending now at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Davao governors bolt parties to join Sara Duterte’s Hugpong

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:43 PM

All except one governor of Region 11, have jumped into the new political party

LAUNCHED. Region 11 governors attend the launching of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

Sharon Cuneta thanks Duterte for video message of support

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The actress sets politics aside to post a message from the President

APOLITICAL. Sharon Cuneta expresses her apolitical stance as she thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for sending her a video message. Screenshot from Facebook.com/SharonCunetaOfficial

Malacañang claims Robredo 'out of touch' with realities on the ground

Jan 21, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The darkness that Vice President Robredo may be referring to perhaps pertains to the future of those discredited politicians who wish to return to power,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Vice President Leni Robredo joined the "bayanihan" with the Self Reliance and Livelihood for Comprehensive Community Magic Circle Alliance at the housing site at the Social Resettlement for SRCC-MCHC, Socialized Housing Project in Pasong Tamp, Quezon City on Tuesday, January 16, 2017. (Photo by OVP)

Liberal Party guns for 'hearts and minds' in year 2 of Duterte

Jan 21, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'I’m not saying we did not commit mistakes. We committed mistakes. That’s why it’s important, and one way to correct that is to get more people involved, including non-politicians'

72nd ANNIV. Members of the party gather in Quezon City on January 19, 2018. Photo from Liberal Party Facebook page

Robredo rallies LP: Continue legacy of fighting for democracy

Jan 20, 2018 - 5:02 PM

'Madalas po, marami tayong nakakausap na parating ang tanong, "May pag-asa pa kaya?" At parati pong ang sagot ko: "Sa kahuli-hulihan, parating tama iyong mananaig,"' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her partymates

LP CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech before Liberal Party members on January 19, 2018. Photo by OVP

Senate to insist on separate voting on Cha-cha – Drilon

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Drilon sounds the alarm against recent statements made by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez against the performance of the Senate, seeing it as part of 'deliberate efforts' to weaken the institution and pave the way for its abolition

OPPOSITION. Senator Frank Drilon served as Senate President during the previous Aquino administration. Rappler file photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 1-7, 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Tropical Depression Agaton, Sherwin Gatchalian, Hollywood vs harassment | Midday wRap

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Netizens slam Sherwin Gatchalian over 'Ulol, Gago' tweets

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:56 PM

'Check your language,' netizens who saw the tweets of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on New Year's eve ask him