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LIVE: House ethics and privileges panel holds special meeting on Bertiz controversies

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Watch the special meeting on Wednesday, October 3

19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

At least 6 senators face ethics complaints in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:48 PM

So far, at least 9 complaints have been lodged against 6 senators, including President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV

Trillanes files ethics case vs Gordon

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of violation of laws, Senate rules, and the lawyer's code

Netizens: ‘Lone wolf’ shooter is face of white privilege in U.S.

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Netizens call out that the media and authorities didn't hesitate to label Stephen Paddock a 'lone wolf,' even as investigations just started

Aguirre wants Hontiveros suspended or expelled over alleged wiretapping

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros dismisses the complaints against her as an attempt to 'deflect' the public from the real issue against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Hontiveros asks justice secretary Aguirre to resign

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:16 PM

In a privilege speech opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros details Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s unethical conduct

SMS MESSAGE. Senator Risa Hontiveros shows the photo of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II phone screen during a privilege speech on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Why Mindanao lawyers have qualms about martial law

May 28, 2017 - 3:58 PM

A Maranao lawyer suggests the deployment of women soldiers or Muslim women soldiers to checkpoints and the inclusion of sensitivity to culture and religion in the implementing guidelines

Taiwan ready to lose P400M a year over Filipinos' visa-free entry

May 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

I believe Taiwan should be discovered because Taiwan has been overlooked for so long Taiwan s representative in the Philippines says

TRADEMARK TAIWAN. A tourist walks past the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on May 18, 2017. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan reschedules visa-free entry for Filipinos

May 16, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Taiwan s visa free privilege for Filipinos will begin in September instead of June this year

VISITING TAIWAN. Tourists walk past an official tourism advertisement on arrival at Taoyuan airport, northern Taiwan, on April 27, 2011. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Gwen Garcia wants House probe into viral drug raid at Cebu jail

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 PM

House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says the Cebu provincial jail turned from epic jail to epic fail under Governor Hilario Davide III

DAVIDE'S FAULT? Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screengrab from

Aguirre to BuCor legal chief: Explain unauthorized private practice

Feb 13, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The notice against Alvin Lim comes shortly after his memo on Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s alleged privileges for inmates was leaked to media

File photo of the Bureau of Corrections

VAT-free shopping for PWDs starting Dec 23

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:31 PM

The new benefit is on top of the 20 discount PWDs are already entitled to under the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons

MORE DISCOUNTS. Persons with disabilities can enjoy VAT-free purchases starting Friday, December 23, 2016. Photo by George Moya/ Rappler

Barbers files ethics complaint vs Pichay for illegal mining, disorderly conduct

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Representative Prospero Pichay Jr says a thorough and impartial probe would show that Representative Robert Ace Barbers was motivated by partisan politics when he made the allegations against him

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files an ethics complaint against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. Photo of Barbers from his Facebook page, photo of Pichay from HReps Media

Barbers wants Pichay probed for corporate identity theft, graft, illegal mining

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Pichay denies Barbers allegations calling them utter lies without basis which are motivated by partisan politics

THE ACCUSER. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers delivers a privilege speech against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr on November 14. Screengrab from HReps website

FULL TEXT: 'Failing the test of history' – Hontiveros on Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:32 AM

It is our duty as senators as Filipinos as students of history to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again

Photo from Senate PRIB

FULL TEXT: De Lima's privilege speech on her ouster

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:33 PM

We must remember that all power no matter how seemingly absolute is fleeting What is permanent is truth and justice

Senator Leila De Lima

Senate ethics body torn on how to handle complaint vs De Lima

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Two allies of Senator Leila De Lima want the committee to decide first on its jurisdiction over the complaint not on the complaint s form and substance

Only 2 senators reprimanded by Senate in 30 years

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Out of all ethics complaints the Senate has only censured former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Heherson Alvarez Former senator Manny Villar was only reprimanded on paper due to lack of quorum caused by the absence of his allies

CENSURE. The Senate has only reprimanded 2 senators in 30 years – former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Heherson Alvarez.

Ethics complaint vs De Lima? Issues of the ethics committee

Sep 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Former senator Rene Saguisag who once headed the Senate ethics committee says politics also comes into play in deciding complaints against senators

ETHICS. The Senate committee on ethics and privileges is mandated to look into the conduct and reputation of senators. But it is easier said than done.

Death by hanging? Pacquiao jokes, 'Sisipain lang po 'yung upuan'

Aug 08, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan calls out neophyte senator Manny Pacquiao for making light of the death penalty Pacquiao immediately apologizes for his mistake

NOT FUNNY. Neophyte senator Manny Pacquiao jokes about death penalty. This, however, did not sit well with Senator Francis Pangilinan who urges the new senator to be more sensitive next time. Photo by Wendell Alinea

Pacquiao's 1st privilege speech: God is for death penalty

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:40 PM

I am convinced that God is not just a God of mercy but he is also a God of justice neophyte senator Manny Pacquiao says in his privilege speech

PRIVILEGE SPEECH. Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao delivers his 1st privilege speech and pushes for the restoration of the death penalty. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

FULL TEXT: De Lima's privilege speech on extrajudicial killings

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:44 PM

We have to continue opposing the murder of the innocents as well as that of the suspects In the campaign against criminality we cannot applaud criminal methods

Duterte on Marcos, Bam vs Bongbong, Apple | 12PM wRap

May 24, 2016 - 1:18 PM

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It's about privilege, not about working or studying hard

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:02 PM

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today not my own hard work

'Don’t abuse balikbayan box privileges' – Customs

Aug 19, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The Philippine Bureau of Customs BOC reminds Filipinos abroad to follow rules on sending balikbayan boxes

Tweets call Cayetano speech 'inane,' 'very well said'

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano says the proposed Bangsamoro law should not be passed unless the MILF first surrenders all its firearms Twitter users react

Poe: Releasing Purisima testimony good for Aquino

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:34 PM

However the accounts of the SAF survivors and PNP Intelligence Director Fernando Mendez in an executive session will remain secret

CLEARANCE. Resigned PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima has told senators in executive sessions that there are certain information that would need President Aquino’s permission for him to share. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Purisima cites 'executive privilege' on Aquino role

Feb 11, 2015 - 4:49 PM

Lawmakers say Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr should be invited to the House hearing

Aquino’s tirade vs SC seen to backfire

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM

This is the first time in Philippine history that a sitting President has publicly attacked a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court as legally wrong says an SC justice

Bong Revilla, Dear Leader

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The man who sang a song on the senate floor is a man who knows it is love that will set the nation free Revilla is a man ahead of his time a prophet whose virtues are made stronger by the mockery of his own people

#PugadBaboy: Kapitan Kidlat

Jun 13, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Revilla on music video: Not showbiz, that’s my heart

Jun 11, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Senator Revilla says he understands that people exposed to the negative publicity about him will feel angry but he asks netizens to allow him to defend himself in court

'NOT ACTING.' Senator Bong Revilla says his privilege speech and music video were heartfelt and 'not showbiz.' Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada dismays netizens

Jun 11, 2014 - 7:02 PM

With Twitter users already angry over Sen Bong Revilla’s speech Sen Estrada had a lot to prove if he wanted to win over the public

Jinggoy: Ombudsman biased, violates rights

Jun 11, 2014 - 6:43 PM

I am very sure that what the Ombudsman really wants is not speedy trial but a speedy convicting court Senator Estrada says in his third privilege speech to deny his involvement in the pork barrel scam

SEE YOU IN COURT. Although accusing the Ombudsman of bias in filing plunder charges against him, Senator Estrada says he will defend himself in court. Rappler photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Senator Jinggoy Estrada privilege speech | June 11, 2014

Jun 11, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Watch Senator Jinggoy Estrada s privilege speech on the Senate s last session day

‘Revilla speech effective for sympathetic Filipinos’

Jun 10, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Senators say they gave Revilla his one day goodbye out of tradition and courtesy Revilla s staff say he offered his song to the 20 million who voted for him

'TRADITION, COURTESY.' Senators say these are the reasons they allowed Senator Bong Revilla to use the privilege hour to express his sentiments and play a music video. File photo

Palace shares netizens’ view on Bong Revilla speech

Jun 10, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The overwhelming trend is negative and we agree with our bosses says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

Screengrab from Rappler live stream

WATCH: 'Salamat, Kaibigan' by Senator Bong Revilla

Jun 10, 2014 - 1:01 PM

Exposé on the pork barrel scam? Senator Revilla would rather show a music video set to his original song, 'Salamat, Kaibigan.' Watch it here

Rappler Newscast | June 9, 2014

Jun 09, 2014 - 9:43 PM

Bong Revilla privilege speech turns into a show Pakistani Taliban storm Karachi Airport Manny Pacquiao named PBA head coach of KIA franchise

HIGHLIGHTS: Senator Bong Revilla privilege speech | June 9, 2014

Jun 09, 2014 - 5:08 PM

Watch Senator Bong Revilla s privilege speech live on Rappler

Revilla privilege speech turns into a show

Jun 09, 2014 - 4:48 PM

The senator uses his much awaited privilege speech to say he will answer pork barrel plunder charges in court He instead thanks God his family political mentors and colleagues and unveils a music video

PDAF 'LIST.' Senator Ramon Revilla Jr's much-awaited 'revelation' on the pork barrel scam on June 9, 2014, turns out to be a list of people he is thankful to in his political career. Screengrab from Rappler live stream

Full Text: Jinggoy on 'polluted' witnesses Cunanan, Tuason

Mar 13, 2014 - 12:58 AM

In a privilege speech on March 12 Senator Estrada exposes that Cunanan travelled often and Tuason acquired properties when they got PDAF kickbacks

EMBATTLED. Senator Jinggoy Estrada delivers a privilege speech on March 12, 2014. Screenshot from Rappler footage

FOI bill for final approval at Senate

Mar 09, 2014 - 8:00 PM

The FOI bill in its present form does not cover Cabinet discussions matters of national security diplomatic affairs and ongoing police investigations

Sotto: Legalizing marijuana evil, disaster

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:46 PM

The former Dangerous Drugs Board head says: You don’t declare a nuclear bomb legal just because a small component of it can be used to light up your house

Still no Palace apology despite HK visa sanction

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says he will continue to speak to the Hong Kong government to convince them to take back the sanction on visa free privileges

STILL WAITING. In this 2011 file photo, relatives of the 8 dead Hong Kong nationals attend a ceremony at the Quirino grandstand, the site of the hostage-taking tragedy. File photo by EPA/Dennis M Sabangan

[Bodymind] To the advisers of Senator Bong Revilla

Feb 01, 2014 - 1:15 PM

Are you the same ones who told him it was okay to treat us like idiots as well?

'BOY TANGO.' Revilla calls President Aquino "Boy Tango" for supposedly refusing to answer his claims about the secret impeachment meetings, and using Benhur Luy to accuse his father of involvement in the pork barrel scam. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB