House panel approves bill requiring car seats for kids

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Under the proposed measure, owners of private vehicles should secure children in a child restraint system while in transit on any road, street, or highway

Bicol lawmaker: P1,000 budget a 'wake-up call' for CHR

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Don’t worry ibabalik lang ‘yan sa Senate Wake up call lang ‘yan sa kanila Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co says in response to criticism of the House decision

CHR BUDGET VOTE. Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co, who was in China when the House voted on the P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights, says he favors the move. Photo from the Facebook page of Ako Bicol Representative Christopher Co

2 party-list reps make up House 'billionaires' club' in 2016

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:07 PM

1 Pacman Representative Michael Romero is the richest congressman with a net worth of over P7 billion in his 2016 SALN

RICHEST REPRESENTATIVES. Michael Romero and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar are the richest at the House of Representatives in 2016. Photo from Facebook and Twitter accounts

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The photo of the alleged plotters turns out to have been taken in 2015 at the Iloilo Airport and not weeks before the Maute crisis erupted

OLD PHOTO. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II shows this 2015 photo to reporters on June 7, 2017 as he tags Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano and former Aquino administration political adviser Ronald Llamas. Photo from Facebook

No more lifting of VAT exemptions for cooperatives

May 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez agrees to retain the VAT exemptions for cooperatives in the proposed tax reform package at the request of party list representatives

TAX REFORM. An amendment to the comprehensive tax reform package is expected to be introduced at the plenary following the decision of the House leadership to retain the VAT exemption on cooperatives. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No to impeaching Duterte and Robredo

Mar 28, 2017 - 6:09 PM

What is a good thing – making top officials accountable – has now been distorted as a way of defeating the will of the people

Robredo only stated facts in UN video, says spokesperson

Mar 17, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo also denies any hand in the first impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte

NOT GUILTY. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo defended she is not behind the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 17, 2017

Mar 17, 2017 - 10:24 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Friday

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

THE WHIP. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas gestures as his colleagues vote on HB 4727 on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Highlights: Impeachment complaint vs Duterte

Mar 16, 2017 - 11:55 AM

The complaint says that given the unlawful activities and predicate crimes provided in the Anti Money Laundering Act there is basis for the House to direct AMLC to submit Duterte s bank accounts and properties

Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo Party-list group announce the filling of Impeachment charges against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 16, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

Leftist groups, netizens condemn House for passing death penalty bill

Mar 07, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Activists also call President Rodrigo Duterte oppressive and anti poor as they protest outside the Batasang Pambansa

UPHOLD LIFE. Various groups that oppose death penalty bill hold a protest outside the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 7. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Harry Roque files indirect contempt charges vs party mate

Feb 03, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says his party mate Representative Ron Salo and the latter s chief of staff violated the confidentiality clause of the Rules of Court

KABAYAN CIVIL WAR. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque files another complaint against his party mate Ron Salo. Photo of Roque by Rappler, photo of Salo from his Facebook account

No, Kabayan, you can't just kick out Harry Roque

Jan 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

For all legal intents and purposes it s Harry Roque not Kabayan Party List who is the member of the House of Representatives

Who could replace Harry Roque as Kabayan Party List rep?

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:21 PM

An election lawyer says Roque could only be removed either via expulsion with a two thirds vote of all House members or through a ruling by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal

3RD NOMINEE. Kabayan party list's 3rd nominee, Ciriaco Calalang. Photo from Comelec document

Kabayan votes to remove Harry Roque as House rep

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Harry Roque ousted by his party s board for his behavior at a congressional probe into Bilibid drugs asks the Comelec to nullify the party s resolution

RIFT. Kabayan Partylist removes Harry Roque as its representative. Rappler file photo

House bill seeks free public college education

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Under the proposal students shall be free from payment of tuition and other school fees except fees related to student activities

FREE TUITION. A bill filed in the House of Representatives seeks to provide free college education for all.

Harry Roque's conflicts with party mates escalate into disbarment case

Jan 16, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The human rights lawyer is being accused of spreading lies against his party mate and fellow Kabayan congressman Ron Salo

Kabayan Rep Harry Roque is embroiled in highly-publicized conflicts with his party mates

Rep Harry Roque under investigation by own party

Dec 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Kabayan s Pastor Cesar Pabuayon says Representative Harry Roque s questions on the De Lima Dayan love affair during a House hearing greatly affected the moral sensibilities of the party elders

BEING PROBED. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque is being investigated by his own party-list following his line of questioning during a House hearing. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Atienza: Drug-related EJKs similar to Martial Law abuses

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Abuse is happening every day and similar to the dark days of Martial Law the suspects are defenseless says Buhay Representative Lito Atienza

AGAINST EJKs. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza is concerned why only a few Filipinos seems to be concerned on rising number of drug-related killings. Photo of Atienza from his Facebook page, photo of drug suspect by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Makabayan bloc to Duterte: We're not funding the NPA

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Matagal na ho itong paninira lalung lao na nagmumula sa mga militar at anti peace groups says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate

NO FUNDING. Bayan Muna Represesentative Carlos Isagani Zarate says the Makabayan bloc is not funding the New People's Army. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Should the party-list system go?

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Seats in the House of Representatives may be taken away by law but a genuine organization with a real constituency and real advocacies cannot be melted by the mere stroke of a pen

Hontiveros opposes Duterte's call to abolish party-list groups

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros a former representative of Akbayan says the system should only be reformed and not scrapped

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Abolish us? Party-list representatives: 'We're not all bad'

Aug 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says party lists have helped pass landmark legislation in the past including the Reproductive Health Law the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Law and the Philippine Competition Act

BYE-BYE PARTY LISTS? ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr weigh in on the proposal to abolish the party-list system. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Experts mull PH federalism shift, improving electoral system

Jul 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Academics weighed the pros and cons of adopting a federal form of government and better representation in Congress

Federalism will not solve corruption, poverty – lawmaker

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Kabayan party list Representative Harry Roque says there is no public clamor for federalism but AKO Bicol s Rodel Batocabe says if the administration is serious about charter change it should be pursued now

CHARTER CHANGE. Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque and AKO Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe give their two cents on the proposal to switch to federalism.

Atienza: ‘Qualified reclusion perpetua’ over death penalty

Jun 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Buhay Party list Representative wants heinous crimes convicts to be punished with a minimum of 40 years in prison as well as productive labor to compensate the victims families

ALTERNATIVE PUNISHMENT. Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza wants President-elect Rodrigo Duterte reconsider reintroducing the death penalty in the Philippines. Photo of Atienza from his Twitter account, photo of Duterte by Rappler

Gabriela clarifies stand: Catcalling 'demeans women'

Jun 05, 2016 - 4:50 PM

As the highest official of the country we hope President Rodrigo Duterte will help educate the general public on the respect of women s rights says Gabriela

Party-list groups declare support for Alvarez, PDP-Laban

May 25, 2016 - 9:39 PM

37 party list representatives are banking on the promise of presumptive Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to give them choice committee assignments

COMMITMENTS. The coalition of 37 party-list representatives declare support for the speakership bid of Davao del Norte's Pantaleon Alvarez (8th from right). Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Party-list winners, bank heist probe, EgyptAir 804 | 12PM wRap

May 20, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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17th Congress: Meet the party list's new faces

May 19, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Out of the 46 proclaimed on Thursday May 19 only 7 are fresh faces making their first entry into the House of Representatives

46 groups proclaimed as party list winners

May 19, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Only the regional party Ako Bicol gets 3 seats while 11 get 2 seats each The 34 other organizations get one seat each

NEW REPS. A total of 115 party-list groups joined the 2016 elections. These organizations vied for 59 seats allocated for the party list. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Proclamation of elected senators and party-list groups

May 19, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Watch the proclamation on Rappler

Proclamation of 12 senators set for May 19

May 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the National Board of Canvassers will proclaim the new senators along with newly elected party list groups

PROCLAMATION SET. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) is set to proclaim all 12 winning senators on May 19. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Ako Bicol, Gabriela leading in official party-list canvass

May 16, 2016 - 7:12 PM

Rounding up the top 5 are 1Pacman ACT Teachers and Senior Citizens based on 121 Certificates of Canvass in the partial official tally as of Monday May 16

Regions, provinces deliver votes for party-list groups

May 14, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Support from regional groups and from bailiwicks of nominees pave the way for many party lists to win 1 to 3 seats in the House of Representatives

Why the delay in official tally for Senate, party-list races?

May 13, 2016 - 11:41 AM

While waiting for the official count to finish a running or partial tally is helpful so that observers can keep track of the canvassing of votes but the Comelec says they want to release correct and accurate results

CANVASSING. The Comelec continues canvassing the votes for the Senate and party-list elections at the PICC on Thursday, May 12. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Ako Bicol leads party-list race; 2 new groups in top 10

May 11, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Debuting in Congress are 1Pacman and Kabayan with businessman Mikee Romero and lawyer Harry Roque as first nominees respectively

CONVERSATION: Things to know before you cast that one party-list vote

May 02, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Join Rappler s conversation on how you can make that one vote in the party list election count: Monday May 2 at 6 pm Use the hashtag PHvote

Bicol politicians promise 1M votes for Duterte

Apr 30, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Several candidates for major local positions even local rivals in the region have formed One Bicol for Duterte 2016

ONE BICOL. Bicol politicians join Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano in a rally 10 days before elections. They form One Bicol for Duterte 2016 and vow to deliver 1 million votes. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Zipper system: How to get more women elected

Apr 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The system imposes a gender quota mandating political parties to alternate female and male candidates on candidate lists At least one party in the Philippines does this

Party list: Who gets to choose candidates?

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines can learn a few things from how political parties in other countries draw up their lists of candidates

PH party list: Making it more representative

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Scholars advocate that the number of seats a party has in the legislature should be proportional to the number of votes that the party has received in the election

2016 party-list nominees: Taking a 'shortcut' to Congress?

Mar 15, 2016 - 2:00 PM

While there have been nominees from marginalized sectors some individuals and groups have taken advantage of a loophole to join the party list

Supreme Court justice's family building a political dynasty?

Feb 27, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco s wife son and daughter are running in 2016 races

SC upholds Comelec in disqualifying 5 party-list groups

Feb 23, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Since January 26 the SC has junked 37 petitions by party list organizations that were not allowed by the Comelec to join the 2016 elections

Roy Señeres dies

Feb 08, 2016 - 9:55 AM

5th UPDATE Former ambassador Señeres dies just days after withdrawing from the 2016 presidential race

Señeres withdraws; it's now a 5-way presidential race

Feb 05, 2016 - 3:41 PM

UPDATED He says it s upon the advice of his doctors to avoid stress due to his long standing diabetes

FOR PRESIDENT. Party-list Representative Roy Señeres files his certificate of candidacy for president on October 16, 2015. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

SC dismisses petitions of 17 party-list groups vs Comelec

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:14 PM

The Supreme Court rules that the Comelec did not act with grave abuse of discretion in dismissing the groups petitions to join the 2016 party list race

Teachers no longer required to do election duties if Aquino signs law

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Who will man the polling precincts if public school teachers opt out?

VOLUNTEER SERVICE. Teachers would soon be free from harassment experienced during elections. Photo by AFP