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Senate leaves nagging questions for House in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) More questions were uncovered by the Senate blue ribbon committee in the P6.8-billion shabu probe. The House committee on dangerous drugs and committee on good government now faces the pressure to answer them.

CONTINUATION. House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the missing P6.8 billion worth of shabu. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Congressional leaders lukewarm to probing Trillanes amnesty revocation

Sep 13, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Lawmakers are hoping Congress leaders will assert the independence of the legislative branch in the issue of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty

AMNESTY AND CONGRES. Several lawmakers weigh in on how the Congress leadership should approach the amnesty ordeal of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photos by Rappler

House wants National Price Coordinating Council to submit report on inflation

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the report will aid lawmakers in crafting better laws that would punish rice hoarders and price manipulators

RICE SHORTAGE. Individuals line up to buy rice fro the National Food Authority at P27 per kilo at the commonwealth Market on September 5, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers, parties hit 'cowardly' Duterte for voiding Trillanes' amnesty

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) Akbayan points out that President Rodrigo Duterte made public the proclamation ordering Senator Trillanes' arrest 'while he's in a junket trip to Israel'

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gives a privilege speech at the Senate on September 4, 2018, disputing the Duterte administration's claims that he did not apply for amnesty in 2011. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel approves P447-M OVP budget for 2019

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The Office of the Vice President's proposed budget for 2019 is P96 million less than in 2018, which Leni Robredo says would affect her anti-poverty program

SEEKING BUDGET RESTORATION. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the House committee on appropriations to defend her office's proposed 2019 budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lacson on budget standoff: It's all about pork barrel

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions the apparent change of heart of the House of Representatives, following the assumption of House Speaker Gloria Arroyo

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

House 'blocking' 2019 budget – Malacañang

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'It looks like it's the minority who is in power in Congress,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he expresses Malacañang's displeasure over the House's suspension of budget hearings

Experts warn against shortening college courses

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges president Tirso Ronquillo says the proposal may negate the K-12 program

LESS YEARS. Education officials are asked to review the possibility of reducing the number of years of college degree courses. File photo by Rappler

Arroyo meets with economic managers on inflation

Jul 31, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'This is a professor-to-professor discussion on the economy, especially to address the inflation,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the start of the meeting

MEETING ON PH ECONOMY. Speaker Gloria Arroyo meets with the country's economic managers on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:53 AM

The work is cut out for the lawmakers forming the bicameral conference committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, with its House and Senate versions proposing conflicting amendments

BICAM BEGINS. Legislators will spend a week to tackle the conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions of the BBL

Duterte didn't lobby enough, only 5 of 18 priority bills became laws

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) In two years, President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council only 4 times

DISTRACTED? Thirteen bills prioritized by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first two SONAs remain pending in both the House and the Senate. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Akbayan’s Villarin and Hontiveros are not in a relationship

May 31, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A blog falsely translates Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin's Filipino quote concerning his party mate Senator Risa Hontiveros

Screenshot from uploaded by the Trending PH bog claiming a romantic relationship between Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin and Senator Hontiveros

Makabayan lawmakers file bill for P750 national minimum wage

May 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Isang malaking kalokohan para sabihin pa natin na mas mura lahat ng bagay kapag ikaw ay nakatira sa probinsiya,' says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

House to Duterte: Certify BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 24, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Like senators, the House leadership hopes to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House approves divorce bill on 3rd reading

Mar 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

House Bill 7303 is the farthest that any proposal to introduce divorce has made it in the lower chamber

Filipinos to have national IDs soon after Senate, House pass bill

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of Senate Bill 1738, says at present there are 33 different ID cards issued by various government agencies, which lead to 'duplication of efforts and uncoordinated identity approaches'

NATIONAL IDs. Congress is soon to finalize the bill seeking to establish the Philippine ID System.

Umali: No 'small lady' in Sereno impeachment

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The chairman of the House justice committee says there's more than enough evidence to convict Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

TWO IMPEACHMENTS. Reynaldo Umali works on both impeachments against two succeeding Chief Justices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves divorce bill on 2nd reading

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:55 PM

This is the farthest a divorce law proposal has gone in the legislative process

LANDMARK BILL. The House approves on 2nd reading a divorce law proposal. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Enrile 'volunteered' to join Sereno prosecutors – Umali

Mar 11, 2018 - 2:47 PM

'There are no strings to his volunteering his services,' says House justice committee chair Reynaldo Umali

SERENO PROSECUTION TEAM. Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile is likely to joint the House prosecution team in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Umali, Fariñas: Sereno impeachment different from Corona trial

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Unlike the Corona impeachment, the Sereno impeachment went through the scrutiny of the House committee on justice

TALE OF TWO IMPEACHMENTS. Representatives Reynaldo Umali (center) and Rodolfo Fariñas (in white) during the justice committee's hearing on March 8, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: House panel vote on probable cause in Sereno impeachment

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:01 PM

38 members of the House committee on justice deem there is probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, while 2 members dissent

IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE. Committee members huddle during before voting on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel votes: Impeach Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

After months of deliberations, the House justice committee decides there's probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

GO FOR IMPEACHMENT. House impeachment committee chairman Reynaldo Umali presides during one of the many hearings to tackle the Sereno impeachment complaint. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel votes on Sereno impeachment

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:08 AM

How will the House committee on justice tackle probable cause in the complaint?

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Calida petitions Supreme Court to remove Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:28 PM

All will be watching SC justices, especially the group known to be constitutionalists, and how they will act on this very crucial episode in the judiciary's history

QUO WARRANTO. Solicitor General Jose Calida petitions the Supreme Court to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto proceeding. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

BIR: It's ‘possible’ Sereno violated tax code 6 times

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa estimates that Sereno apparently failed to pay the bureau around P2 million, including interest and surcharges. Her camp says she paid P8.67 million for income earned from Piatco from 2004-2009.

Supreme Court chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Rappler Talk, February 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC official quits post as Sereno impeachment hearing draws to a close

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Mendoza’s appointment is the topic of discussion of the House justice committee on Tuesday morning, as one of the last grounds in lawyer Larry Gadon’s impeachment complaint

SC CONTROVERSY. PMC head Brenda Jay Mendoza quits as Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno tries to fend off an impeachment case. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel to wrap up Sereno impeachment hearing

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:10 AM

After 5 months, the House impeachment committee is finally set to finish deliberations on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

WRAPPING UP. House impeachment committee chairman Reynaldo Umali says the House is another step closer to deciding on an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Can the 17th Congress pass a divorce law?

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Lawmaker Edcel Lagman is among those who argue that divorce is needed in the Philippines

SC justices decry 'manipulation, injustice' of Sereno inclusion in JBC list

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

They say Maria Lourdes Sereno was included in the shortlist for Chief Justice even if she failed to submit her SALNs, documents that are required of all government officials

JBC MANIPULATION? Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta testifies before the House committee on justice's hearing into an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Train to nowhere?

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections

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'

Cha-Cha without Senate 'pathetic, ridiculous' – senators

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation

STALEMATE? The House and Senate continued to be at odds over how they'll amend the Constitution. File photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez on party-mate Pimentel: Senate must have 'active' leadership

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:07 PM

This isn't the first time the Speaker has criticized the Senate, which he has called 'mabagal na kapulungan (the slow chamber)'

CONGRESS LEADERS. Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during a joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:02 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law

PDP-Laban won't accept new members by end-November

Oct 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this would give the ruling party time to screen candidates for the 2019 midterm elections

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Civil Service Commission's budget for 2018 approved without questions

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Civil Service Commission s proposed 2018 budget is at P1 5 billion slightly higher than its 2017 budget of P1 4 billion

Faeldon defends tapping volleyball, basketball players for Customs

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:33 PM

We must change this perception by convincing the public and encouraging our employees to help reform the agency We need these players to do that says the embattled Customs commissioner

JUSTIFIED. Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon speaks at a Palace briefing in 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Congress extends martial law to December 31

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Lawmakers vote 261 18 to approve President Rodrigo Duterte s request to extend martial law in Mindanao

Congressmen gesture a thumbs up in favour of the martial law extension during the special session of the Senate and the House of Representatives on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

LIVE: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Watch the hearing on Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: House hearing on the Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Watch highlights of the hearing on Rappler

CASINO ATTACK. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Yasay, CBCP, Pacquiao | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

LIVE: Final reading of death penalty bill at the House of Representatives

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:11 PM

On Tuesday March 7 the representatives present at the plenary session will be given 8 minutes each to explain their votes on HB 4727 Follow live updates here

House panel approves reso urging Duterte to continue peace talks

Feb 21, 2017 - 6:40 PM

130 congressmen want the Philippine government and communists to return to the negotiating table

APPROVED. 130 congressmen sign a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace negotiations. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

Senate, House bills seek to establish PH space program

Oct 27, 2016 - 4:32 PM

In the Philippines at least 4 agencies are handling functions that are usually done by a space agency The proposed PhilSA will be an attached agency of the Office of the President