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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

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

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

[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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

May 21, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'

'BASTARDIZED' SYSTEM. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (R) wants the party-list law amended. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ang Probinsyano heading to Congress: Where did its votes come from?

May 15, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Party-list group Ang Probinsyano is assured of at least one seat in the House of Representatives, after it banked on the popularity of its namesake hit action TV series

Many party-list groups win in 'home' regions, provinces

May 14, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Quite expectedly, a big chunk of votes of many party-list groups in the 2019 elections come from where their nominees are from

[OPINION] Make that one party list vote count

May 13, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Even if political dynasties have invaded the system

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

A month before polls, 76% of Filipinos 'aware' of party-list system – survey

May 03, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The level of awareness is highest among voters in Metro Manila and lowest in the Visayas, according to a Pulse Asia survey held in from April 10 to 14

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig City during the 2016 elections. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

#PHVote podcast: Paano ang pagboto sa party list?

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Pag-uusapan nila Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ang proseso ng pagboto at bakit importante ang pagkakaroon ng party-list representatives sa Kongreso

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What sectors, causes do 2019 party-list groups aim to represent?

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rappler groups the 134 party-list organizations running in the 2019 polls based on their declared advocacies, agenda, and group membership

LIST: Political clans, powerful figures among 2019 party-list nominees

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) At least 46 party-list groups participating in the 2019 polls have at least one nominee linked to a political clan or a powerful figure in the country

Nearly half of 2019 party-list groups don't represent marginalized sectors – watchdog

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:42 PM

'It is possible that about half of the Comelec accredited party-list groups still represent the interests of well-entrenched political dynasties and big business interests,' says Kontra Daya

HEALTH ADVOCATES. Members of the Aksyon Healthworkers party-list prepare to file their Certificates of Nomination on October 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LOOK: WOW Pilipinas party lands mat sponsorship for Pacquiao-Broner

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:03 PM

The Philippine party-list group secures an assumed multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal to appear on the ring mat of the Pacquiao-Broner fight

CONTROVERSIAL. The  party-list group WOW Pilipinas is linked to former Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla.

NCRPO: We won't use ACT teachers list illegally

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:03 AM

'Kung walang problema, walang dapat ikatakot. Wala kaming gagawin na ilegal,' says NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar

MEMO LEAKED. NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar says the intelligence memorandum will not lead to any illegal actions by the police force. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DepEd wants dialogue with DILG over alleged profiling of ACT teachers

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:37 AM

DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla says the department's central office 'was not aware' of the orders supposedly issued by the Philippine National Police

TAGGING. The DepEd says it will discuss with the DILG police orders to identify teachers affiliated with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.  File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: Comelec raffle results for party-list order on 2019 ballots

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:51 PM

On the top spot of the initial list is Bayan Muna party-list while Mocha Uson's AA-Kasosyo party-list is at the bottom in the 181st spot

INITIAL LIST. The Comelec releases initial results of its raffle to determine the order of listing on the ballot for party-list groups int he 2019 elections.

Ulysses Garces replaces De Vera as ABS representative in House

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LPGMA Representative Arnel Ty, an ally of expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera, fails to block the oath-taking

NEW LAWMAKER. Ulysses Garces (L) takes his oath as new representative of the ABS party in the House of Representatives. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

[OPINION] De Vera's ouster from the House of Representatives is unconstitutional

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Constitution is clear and made even clearer by abundant jurisprudence, yet Congress chose to bend the law and resort to brute force to remove the ABS party-list representative

Andaya: De Vera 'abandoned' ABS through Marikina congressional bid

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera is running for Marikina 2nd District congressman in the 2019 polls

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Minority leadership row triggers De Vera's removal from ABS party

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Ex-House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends ousted congressman Eugene de Vera, arguing that the latter's removal as House member is illegal

BATTLE FOR MINORITY. Expelled ABS Representative Eugene de Vera is questioning the post of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez before the Supreme Court. File photos by Rappler

House removes Eugene de Vera as ABS party-list congressman

Nov 19, 2018 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) Expelled Arts, Business, and Science Professionals Representative Eugene de Vera tags his removal as 'unconstitutional'

EXPELLED. Eugene de Vera is removed as a member of the ABS party-list and its representative to the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte likens Magdalo party to ISIS

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'They destroyed everything, parang ISIS ang buwang,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the mutineers who are now members of the Magdalo party

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the First Subaraw Biodiversity Festival held at the People’s Amphitheater in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 10, 2018. Richard Madelo/ Presidential Photo

Sara Duterte steps up drive vs leftist party-list groups

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte believes party-list groups under the Makabayan bloc should not be in Congress

CAMPAIGN VS LEFTIST PARTY-LIST GROUPS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio is campaigning against the election of militant party-list groups in the next Congress. Photo from the Facebook page of the City Government of Davao

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

Journalist Michael Ubac replaces Roque as party-list nominee of Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) Veteran journalist Ubac takes Roque's place as the latter decided to forge ahead with a Senate bid on the last day of filing of candidacies

PARTY-LIST. Journalist Michael Ubac is a nominee of the Luntiang Pilipinas party. Photo of Ubac from Facebook

FAST FACTS: Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Luntiang Pilipinas is an environmental party which aims to raise awareness on the value of trees and the environment among Filipinos

NO SENATORIAL BID. Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque will run as Luntiang Pilipinas party-list representative in the 2019 elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


Mocha Uson's party linked to pork barrel scam

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:13 PM

In 2011, the pork barrel funds of an AA-Kasosyo party-list representative were channelled to an NGO identified with pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles

Former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson files nomination under Kasosyo party list on October 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: Party-list groups hoping to join 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 PM

A total of 185 organizations have filed applications to participate in 2019 party-list elections

PARTY-LIST RACE. Reelectionist ACT Teachers Partylist is among the groups that applied at the Comelec headquarters on October 12, 2018, to join the 2019 party-list elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lawmaker faces ethics complaint for using gluta drip at House

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We believe that the public deserve no less than upstanding public officials and not people who make a mockery of our government,' says Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment in its complaint against MATA Representative Tricia Velasco Catera

GLUTA DRIP USER? MATA Representative Tricia Velasco Catera is now facing an ethics complaint. Photo from MATA's Facebook page

Arroyo hails late Kabayan lawmaker as 'champion of children's rights'

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

In her eulogy for the late Kabayan Representative Ciriaco Calalang, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recalls his volunteer legal services for children during her time as social welfare secretary

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS. The late Kabayan Representative Ciriaco Calalang died 2018. Photo by Kabayan

SC denial of TRO still a 'victory' for Trillanes, says Magdalo

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the Supreme Court has 'shown independence' by giving Senator Antonio Trillanes IV the chance to explain his side in court

BETTER FOR TRILLANES. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano welcomes the Supreme Court's denial of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's request for TRO. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Disobey Duterte's 'illegal orders,' Alejano asks AFP, PNP

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I'm reminding them that they are not the private army of this President, they are the army of the people,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

Magdalo Partylist Gary Alejano during the DOJ proposed P21.353-billion budget for 2019 briefing in Congress on Monday, 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hip-hop artist, OFW advocate: RJ Señeres' rhyme and reason

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

RJ Señeres' journey started way before his career in music – in their 3-bedroom apartment in Abu Dhabi, when he was just 11 years old. This is his story.

RJ Señeres Jr

Lawmaker urges banks to slash OFW remittance charges amid high inflation

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III asks banks to cut charges on OFW remittances to 5%, from the current average of 10.57%

Too early to rejoice over death sentence for Demafelis killers – OFW congressman

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:49 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz points out that the Kuwaiti government does not hold custody of the suspects and ‘cannot carry out the penalty’

NO JUSTICE YET. ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz says it’s not yet time to lift the workers’ deployment ban to Kuwait imposed by President Duterte, shown in this file photo visiting the wake of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis. Malacañang photo

IN PHOTOS: Protesters mark 32nd anniversary of People Power

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Various sectors call on Filipinos to 'fight tyranny and dictatorship' and oppose moves to change the Constitution

'RESIST TYRANNY'. Various sectors protested at the People Power Monument on February 24, 2018, to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA Revolution. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Baylosis rearrested over 'pack of lies' – lawyer

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Lawyer Rachel Pastores says the police narrative on the arrest of peace consultant Rafael Baylosis 'is incredibly laughable and obviously false'

NDF CONSULTANTS. File photo of freed political prisoners raising their clenched fists during a press conference held shortly after their release in 2016. NDF consulant Rafael Baylosis (righmost) is among them. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leftists slam rearrest of NDF consultant over 'trumped-up charges'

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Malacañang says it would be a 'dereliction of duty' not to arrest National Democratic Front consultant Rafael Baylosis

National Democratic Front senior adviser Luis Jalandonivin an interview at the sidelines of the Left's rally on International Human Rights Day. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler