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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

Zelensky party wins absolute majority in Ukraine parliament vote – media

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Media projections show the results putting the Servant of the People party on track to pick up more than half the parliament's 450 seats

ZELENSKY'S PARTY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gives a speech at his Servant of the People party's election headquarters in Kiev on July 21, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Robredo hits sedition allegations: 'Nakakatawa talaga'

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Hindi ba sila nag-verify, para hindi naman sila napapahiya?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks

'LAUGHABLE' CHARGES. Vice President Leni Robredo hits sedition allegations filed against her as 'laughable,' saying the accusations against her were far-fetched and easily verifiable. Photo by OVP

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

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint

BIKOY VIDEOS. Vice President Leni Robredo is included in the 36 respondents of a CIDG complaint for inciting to sedition over the viral Bikoy videos. OVP Photo

Ang Probinsyano congressman apologizes to waiter he tried to hit

Jul 11, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos visits the waiter's residence to apologize

APOLOGY. Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos poses with 20-year-old Christian Kent Alejo after asking for an apology. Photo courtesy of Caloy Loria

Ang Probinsyano congressman in hot water for hitting waiter

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) A waiter at Bigg’s Diner in Legazpi City claims Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos 'punched him without any apparent reason'

NEWBIE CONGRESSMAN. Ang Probinsyano Representative Alfred delos Santos (middle) is in hot water after video of his altercation with a waiter circulated online. Photo from the Ang Probinsyano party list Facebook page

UK's Labour party backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Labour says it will challenge whoever wins the Conservative Party leadership race and becomes the next prime minister to put any deal they strike with the EU to a referendum

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Corbyn called for "a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" after Brexit on Monday in a major policy shift that could force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to change course. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

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

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

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

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

'LP will remain steadfast to principles' even if in House majority – Belmonte

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'Maninidigan pa rin tayo,' says Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte, Liberal Party secretary-general

BACK TO MAJORITY? LP lawmakers of the previous 17th Congress pose for a picture back when they were trying to claim the House minority bloc in July 2018. Several of them have been reelected into the next 18th Congress. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No bet for Speaker yet, says House party-list bloc

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:49 AM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero tells party-list bloc members that he just signed the manifesto of support for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to 'thwart' a proposed term-sharing agreement among speakership bets

NO BET YET. Almost half of the party-list coalition holds an emergency meeting on June 26, 2019 to settle an issue over the heated speakership race. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LP open to rejoining majority bloc in the 18th Congress

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:16 PM

This move is nothing new, as most Liberal Party legislators were part of the administration-allied majority bloc in the House at the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's term

Next British PM to be announced July 23 – Conservative Party

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favorite in the race, battling Britain's current top diplomat, Jeremy Hunt

BREXIT. A Union Flag is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) shrouded in scaffolding in the background at the Houses of Parliament in London on December 8, 2017 after a significant breakthrough was made in the divorce negotiations between Britain and the EU over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK's Hunt urges leadership rival Johnson not to be 'coward'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'A new prime minister needs the legitimacy of having made his arguments publicly and having them subjected to scrutiny,' says Jeremy Hunt

JEREMY HUNT. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt gestures as he answers questions from journalist Iain Dale and the audience as he takes part in a Conservative Party leadership hustings event in Birmingham, central England on June 22, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

PH backtracks, downplays 3rd party in Recto Bank probe

Jun 23, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation

PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte with his Palace executives Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo upon their arrival at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 21, 2019 for the ASEAN Summit. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] Rebuilding the Left's shattered electoral base

Jun 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

A bastardized party list system weakened the base of progressive parties. What now?

British PM hopefuls begin crucial week of votes

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The outcome of the Conservative party leadership battle could determine under what conditions Britain leaves the European Union. Brexit is currently scheduled for October 31.

OUTGOING. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai to seek reelection after defeating party challenger

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Democratic Progressive Party announces that Tsai Ing-wen has comfortably beaten former premier William Lai in a primary decided by opinion polls

REELECTION BID. In this file photo, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives to register as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate at the party's headquarter in Taipei on March 21, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Work on alternatives and growth, before speeding into federal system

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

What we should be speeding up in the second half of the administration is more policy reform and economic growth, not changing parts and engines

Populist China-friendly mayor to run for Taiwan president

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Han Kuo-yu, the mayor of Kaohsiung city, is among 5 candidates announced by the opposition Kuomintang party for its primary election

Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019.  Daniel Shih / AFP

Drugs and Brexit: Race to replace UK's May underway

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Boris Johnson is the bookmakers' favorite but has not appeared in public for weeks, a tactic that has helped the politician best known for his gaffes, jokes and anecdotes to stay on message

THERESA MAY. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May, who has quit as her Conservative party's leader. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

Rappler Talk: Magdalo’s Manuel Cabochan on his new role as party-list representative

Jun 08, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Rappler sits down with one of the Magdalo group’s core leaders, Manuel Cabochan, as he steps out of the shadows of his more famous mistahs in his new role as an opposition lawmaker

UK's May quits as party leader, starting succession race

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Theresa May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European Union

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019. File photo by Ben  Stansall/AFP

Brexit Party fails to win first seat in UK by-election

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The result is a setback for the Brexit Party – founded by euroskeptic figurehead Nigel Farage only a few months ago – which came out on top in the European elections in May

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures as he arrives at a polling station to vote in the European Parliament elections, in Biggin Hill, south east England on May 23, 2019. Voting got under way in Britain early on Thursday in elections to the European Parliament -- a contest the country had not expected to hold nearly three years after the Brexit referendum. Ben STANSALL / AFP

Party-list bloc will vote for Duterte's bet in speakership race

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:16 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't endorse anybody in the speakership race, then the party-list lawmakers are consulting her daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for her choice

'20% OR NOTHING.' Several members of the party-list coalition in the House of Representatives hold a press conference on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte Youth’s Cardema attends House party-list bloc meeting

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Ronald Cardema meets with other party-list lawmakers on the same day the Comelec grants his petition to be the first nominee of Duterte Youth in the 18th Congress

NOT A CONGRESSMAN YET. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is seen at the party-list bloc's meeting at Batasang Pambansa on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Kahit na sinag: 'The Kundiman Party' in these interesting times

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Floy Quintos’ play is, at its heart, a story about art

SING, REMEMBER, RESIST. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino and Boo Gabunada take the stage in 'The Kundiman Party.' Photo from The Kundiman Party at the PETA Theater Facebook page

Boris Johnson launches campaign to become next British PM

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:33 PM

The launch video follows Boris Johnson on the campaign trail, promising voters that he will take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 'deal or no deal' if he becomes prime minister

FRONTRUNNER. Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

NUP lawmakers to back Cayetano for House speaker

Jun 03, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The National Unity Party's incoming 25 lawmakers in the 18th Congress are expected to vote as a bloc

SPEAKERSHIP BET. Incoming Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is among the candidates for Speaker in the 18th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thou shalt not march: South Korean conservatives denounce Pride

May 31, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Conservative Liberty Korea Party says the ruling Democrat party, which supports Seoul's Pride march, should 'come out' as a 'queer' party, adding that the annual event was 'lascivious' and involved 'excessive exposure of bodies'

Participant Kevin Kim (39) poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017. Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march.     / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

India's Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling new government

May 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Prime Minister walks up to take his oath of office to a standing ovation, with supporters in the crowd chanting 'Modi, Modi'

SECOND TERM. Indian designated Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Youth groups decry final SC ruling making Filipino, Panitikan optional in college

May 27, 2019 - 10:04 PM

While the government makes Filipino and Philippine Literature courses optional in college, it has railroaded the bill for mandatory ROTC. This is 'false nationalism,' a group says.

FALSE: Photo of Kabataan party 'supporting ROTC'

May 27, 2019 - 7:10 PM

The photo is a manipulated version of Pinoyweekly's 2015 photo showing Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and other members of the party protesting tuition hikes

Far-right League victory in EU vote strains Italy coalition

May 27, 2019 - 5:54 PM

With over 99% of ballots counted, the League wins 34.3%, compared to just 6% in the 2014 EU elections, and 17% in the Italian general election in 2018

AFTER EU ELECTIONS. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini arrives to deliver a press conference after the announcement of initial results during the election-night event for European parliamentary elections on May 26, 2019,in the Lega headquarters northern Milan. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Vanquished Australian opposition shifts left with new leader

May 27, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Anthony Albanese, from Labor's left faction, replaces Bill Shorten when Shorten stepped down hours after losing the elections

ANTHONY ALBANESE. Newly elected Australia's Labor party leader Anthony Albanese speaks at press conference in Sydney on May 27, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

PNP begins Bikoy probe vs Trillanes, LP members

May 27, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The Philippine National Police has yet to receive a revised sworn statement from Peter Joemel Advincula, the man also known as Bikoy

PROBE BEGINS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde (R) says they are waiting for the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Britain's Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

May 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The populist party, founded just 3 months ago, has capitalized on public anger over delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, winning almost 32% with almost all votes counted

PRO_BREXIT. File photo of Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Photo by Ben Stansall

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey

May 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Some 3,000 prisoners across different prisons are on hunger strike in solidarity with one of the party's lawmakers

Kurdish protesters demonstrate on their way to the Kurdish spring festival Newroz with placards reading "No to dictatorship" and the portrait of the leader of the Kurdistan PKK Workers' Party, Abdullah Ocalan in the city center of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2017. Some 30,000 demonstrators, who police said were mainly of Kurdish origin, rallied in Frankfurt on March 18 calling for "democracy in Turkey" and "freedom for Kurdistan". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT

India's opposition Congress backs Rahul Gandhi after poll defeat

May 25, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'Party President Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation but it was unanimously rejected by the members of Congress Working Commission,' says a party spokesman

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

2019 party list winners: Where their votes came from

May 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Here are the different strategies through which the 51 party-list groups consolidated their votes in the 2019 elections

India's Gandhi concedes personal defeat in family bastion

May 23, 2019 - 9:51 PM

India's main opposition Congress party has held Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state since 1967 except for one 3-year stint in 1977-80 and a separate one-year period in 1998-99

GANDHI CONCEDES. Indian National Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi looks on during a press conference, in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

LIST: Neophyte party-list reps include businessmen, political clans, former gov't officials

May 23, 2019 - 8:22 PM

At least 19 groups consider the 18th Congress as their first foray into the House of Representatives. But not all are completely new to government service.

Robredo: Liberal Party has nothing to do with Bikoy

May 23, 2019 - 1:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I can speak for the party na wala kaming kinalaman sa Bikoy issue,' says Liberal Party chair Vice President Leni Robredo

NO INVOLVEMENT. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) says she has never met Peter Joemel Advincula. OVP photo

Comelec proclaims 51 winning groups in 2019 party-list elections

May 22, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Party-list group Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) tops the race, gaining the maximum 3 seats allowed in the House of Representatives

The party-lists representatives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kris Aquino defends decision not to vote for all Otso Diretso bets

May 22, 2019 - 2:59 PM

'Tapos na 'kong manahimik sa pagbayad para sa mga kasalanan at pagkukulang nung mga ibang LP nung nabigyan sila ng pagkakataon ng mga botante,' says Kris as she defends her decision to vote for only 4 Otso Diretso candidates

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP