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Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The senator says the proposed bills seeking mandatory autopsies on crime victims and crematories' compulsory collection of biological specimen will 'help solve cases swiftly and efficiently'

FOR JUSTICE. Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for mandatory autopsy, collection of biological specimen anew. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pangilinan: 'Ang commuter, tao hindi sardinas'

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan has filed a bill that seeks to guarantee and protect the right of Filipinos to travel safely, conveniently, affordably, and with dignity

PACKED. The MRT Taft Station platform is packed with people alighting the train coaches. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pia Cayetano wants 'alcopops' out from stores, repackaged

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:03 PM

The Department of Finance wants to raise the total excise tax of a particular alcopops brand from P1.30 per pack to P8. But Senator Pia Cayetano first wants a repackaging of the alcoholic drink.

PULL OUT. Senator Pia Cayetano wants 'Alcopops' to be pulled out from store shelves. Photo from Cayetano's office

'Umuwi na kayo,' Bato dela Rosa tells minors who joined the Left

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Senator Ronald dela Rosa also denies allegations that he is using parents to advance the government's anti-Left agenda

MISSING? Senator Ronald dela Rosa presides the Senate inquiry on the 'missing' children recruited by the leftist groups. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar urges Landbank to ease loan process for sugar farmers

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture, says Landbank was taking too long to process farmers' loan applications

MIFFED. Senator Cynthia Villar grills the Land Bank of the Philippines officials at the Senate hearing on the implementation of the sugar cane industry development law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pacquiao appointed as PDP-Laban 'Senate leader'

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Meanwhile, 'speaker-in-waiting' Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is appointed as the leader of PDP-Laban House lawmakers

PRESIDENT. Senator Manny Pacquiao is new PDP-Laban president. Photo from Pacquiao's Facebook page

Energized by Gretchen Diez, Hontiveros renews push for SOGIE equality bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'Ipasa na natin ang SOGIE equality bill. Para kay Gretchen [at] sa lahat ng Filipino lesbians, gays, transgenders, intersex, queers, at asexuals, na matagal nang nakaposas sa...diskriminasyon,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

RENEWED CALL. Senator Risa Hontiveros joins the 70,000-strong crowd at the 2019 Metro Manila Pride March at the Marikina Sports Center on Saturday, June 29. File photo from the Office of Sen. Risa Hontiveros

‘Why not just Homo sapiens?’: Senators confused by LGBTQ+, SOGIE

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III

CONFOUNDED. Senate President Tito Sotto III suggests for one label for all: homo sapiens. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on Philhealth, DOH corruption allegations

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:22 AM

Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam

Pangilinan: Release P20-billion cash aid to farmers affected by rice tariffication law

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:36 PM

'With the influx of rice imports, mas lumala ang kalagayan nila. Hindi na lalo mabayaran ang utang, lalong nababaon sa utang. Lalong nagugutom,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

SUPPORT. Senator Francis Pangilinan urges the government to release cash aid to farmers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After provincial bus ban mess, senators want review of MMDA powers

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'The reason for the injunction is that the MMDA admitted that they have no power and it belongs to the LGU. It's an opportunity for us to review this particular aspect,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

LIMITED POWER. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia admits that they don't have policy-making powers in introducing the provincial bus ban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To solve EDSA traffic, Sotto says ban parking along Metro Manila streets

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says his 'Proof of Parking' bill, if passed, will help stop the practice of car owners of using streets as parking lots

EDSA. Heavy traffic is seen along EDSA on July 13, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on provincial bus ban

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The harrowing gridlock along EDSA due to the dry run of the ban left thousands stranded

Recto wants Senate probe on fake medicines

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

Senate probe into provincial bus ban set for August 13

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Puro eksperimento, habang taumbayan naman ang nagdurusa.... Bakit kalunos-lunos ang paglala ng trapik?' asks Senator Grace Poe

NO TRAFFIC? A commuter takes a photo of EDSA which shows the bumper-to-bumper traffic among public utility buses, while the lanes for private vehicles are empty. Photo from Karl Marion Mercado

Even as senator, Bong Go still Duterte's constant companion

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the Miss Earth Philippines 2019 winners who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Recto to DOH: Transfer funds from 'slow-moving' projects to anti-dengue front

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic

CHECKING ON PATIENTS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the dengue ward of the General Emilio T. Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City on August 5, 2019. File photo from DOH-Calabarzon

Imee Marcos wants gov't to postpone barangay, SK elections to 2023

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Neophyte Senator Imee Marcos says she is open to 'meeting halfway' with Senator Bong Go, who proposed to postpone the elections to October 2022

INKED. A finger is marked with indelible ink at Bagong Silang Elementary School, Caloocan City during the 2018 barangay elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

So what if Bato heads the Senate panel probing drug war?

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Human Rights Watch warns that Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will only be an obstacle to accountability on extrajudicial killings under the drug war

NEW SENATOR. Neophyte Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa appears in his first Senate kapihan session with reporters, where said he won't inhibit from Senate panel investigations into the bloody war on drugs. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa wants 'more regular' police patrols in PUP

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Senator Ronald dela Rosa also says schools should 'police their ranks' to check if teachers are responsible for the radicalization of their students

'RADICALIZED'. Gemma Labsan shed tears as she shared how her daughter left her to join a militant youth group. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pacquiao: Trust Supreme Court justices in deciding death penalty cases

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says: 'In this imperfect world, death can be imposed. And this imposition of death penalty is irrevocable because you can't bring back the life.'

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Manny Pacquiao, a Born-again Christian, gives a privilege speech on his proposal to reimposition of death penalty for high-level drug traffickers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House, Senate eye 'zero veto' in 18th Congress

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:01 AM

'Hopefully, we can avoid any possibility of a presidential veto by working closely with Cabinet members and Senate officials,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

ZERO VETO GOAL. Cabinet officials meet with Congress leaders on the Duterte administration's priority measures.  Credit Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s Facebook page

Villanueva feels 'misled, used' after Duterte veto of anti-endo bill

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Despite the disappointment, Senator Joel Villanueva says other senators were not comfortable with the plan to override the President's veto

'USED.' Senator Joel Villanueva says he does not get the logic behind the economic managers' disapproval of the anti-endo bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Divorce bill? Villanueva says 'over my dead body'

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) While Senator Joel Villanueva opposes divorce, he supports 'equal access' to annulment. Divorce advocates say an annulment's scope is limited.

NO TO DIVORCE. Senator Joel Villanueva says he will 'definitely oppose' the divorce bill when it reaches the plenary. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon, Lacson want De Lima to join Senate sessions via teleconferencing

Aug 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'At least makaka-contribute siya para pagyamanin ang panukalang batas.... Hindi naman siya aalis ng kanyang selda,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

Recto wants automatic membership of consumer reps in utility boards

Aug 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Government regulatory bodies of utilities such as the LTFRB, National Telecommunications Commission, and MWSS should have consumer representatives in their board

SENATE BILL. Senate President Pro-tempore Ralph Recto pushes a measure to compel public utility boards to include a consumer representative. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson to 'test' Duterte's crackdown on corruption

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says official action on his exposés on anomalies in government would show whether the President's anti-corruption vow is just 'lip service or a serious call to arms'

TEST. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the President's call to end corruption is a test. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go takes over PNP briefing, reveals new conspiracy vs opposition

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:36 PM

In a Camp Crame briefing, Senator Bong Go alleges a new conspiracy by opposition personalities to smear the reputation of the administration's 2019 election candidates

TAKEOVER. Senator Bong Go accuses opposition figures of paying an alleged scammer to smear the names of administration senatorial bets during the 2019 elections. PNP screenshot

Pia Cayetano defends political clan: 'We're elected'

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano, who has 4 relatives in elected positions, says she keeps an 'open mind' regarding anti-dynasty bills

POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senator Pia Cayetano, who comes back to Senate for the 18th Congress, comes from a political dynasty. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villanueva says POGOs only 'kill' the local economy

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva says Filipino interests are only at a disadvantage with the growing Philippine online gambling operations industry in the country

REGULATE. Senator Joel Villanueva bats for the regulation of POGOs operating in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hontiveros on lotto resumption: 'Buti nahimasmasan na si Pangulo'

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros also tells President Rodrigo Duterte to 'go after those small town lottery franchises fronting for jueteng, strongly regulate Chinese online gambling, and stop recycling corrupt officials'

LOTTO'S BACK. Bettors place their bets at a lotto outlet in Manila on Wednesday, July 31, as the suspension for the PCSO lotto operations was lifted by President Rodrigo Duterte the night before. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hontiveros 'too busy' preparing for 18th Congress to plot vs government

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:04 PM

'I really don't wish to dignify further 'yung charge batay dun sa taong iyan na zero credibility talaga,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros on the sedition complaint which was based on Peter Joemel 'Bikoy' Advincula's testimony

'TOO BUSY'. Senator Risa Hontiveros denies involvement in plotting against the government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon committee to probe corruption in DOH, PCSO

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says his committee will look into 'conflict of interest' allegations against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and also President Rodrigo Duterte's shutdown of PCSO gaming operations

INVESTIGATION. Senator Richard Gordon says he will be leading an investigation into the alleged corruption within the Department of Health, after Senator Panfilo Lacson delivered a privilege speech on it. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Business groups' wishes for 18th Congress

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Business groups submit their wish list to the 18th Congress, which includes reforms mostly on taxes, corporate structure and ownership, and government agencies

De Lima wants Senate probe into closure of 55 Lumad schools

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'There is need to isolate the culture-appropriate education of the Lumads from the so-called red-tagging of the government in order to avoid violating their constitutionally protected rights,'says Senator Leila de Lima

LUMAD SCHOOLS. Save Our School network strongly condemns the Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones decision to shut down 55 Lumad schools in Southern Mindanao. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Tolentino insists Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'valid' without knowing what it's about

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

In his Senate floor debut, neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino insists that the so-called fishing deal between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping does not need Senate concurrence

LACKS INFO? Neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino says he did not have the capacity to 'secure' agreements from the President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Family does business with gov't while Duque is health chief – Lacson

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson urges Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to ‘rid himself’ of conflict of interest and ‘put the interest of the people above everybody else’

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Senator Panfilo Lacson gives a privilege speech on July 29, 2019, hitting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for his family’s business deals with government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villanueva refiles anti-endo bill days after veto

Jul 29, 2019 - 2:14 PM

'Babalik tayo sa Grade 1,' says Senator Joel Villanueva as he refiles the Security of Tenure bill that was previously certified 'urgent' by Malacañang

END ENDO. Senator Joel Villanueva delivers a privilege speech at the Senate regarding the President's veto on the anti-endo bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hit Duterte veto of anti-endo bill: 'Get your act together'

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) Senators express dismay over President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of the security of tenure bill, noting the measure was certified as urgent months before

VETOED. Senators hit the executive department after President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the security of tenure bill months after certifying it as urgent. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Passage of land use act will earn ire of local governments, Cynthia Villar says

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Deciding how to utilize land should be determined by LGUS, according to the senator, whose committee in the past Congress failed to pass the measure

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Senator Cynthia Villar, and businessman Manuel Villar Jr. at the sidelines of the unveiling of the marker for the Mella Hotel Las Piñas located at the C5 Extension in Barangay Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas City on December 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Villanueva asks NEDA if it's setting up endo bill for Duterte's veto

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says the Security of Tenure bill, which is now up for the President's signature, still needs some tweaking to benefit both workers and employers

Lawmaker seeks longer term for House members, but shorter term in Senate

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez also proposes to extend the current 3-year term of local government officials to 4 years

TERM LIMITS. A congressman wants to amend the 1987 Constitution's current provisions on term limits for lawmakers and local government officials. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pacquiao wants death penalty by firing squad for drug traffickers

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Meanwhile, evangelical Senator Manny Pacquiao supports inclusion of plunder for crimes punishable under the proposed death penalty bill

BACK TO WORK. Senator Manny Pacquiao returns to the Senate on July 23, 2019, 3 days after winning the WBA superwelterweight from undeafeated champion Keith Thurman. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Senate committee chairmanships for the 18th Congress

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate elects chairpersons for the 18th Congress' Senate committees

CLASS PICTURE. Senators pose for a class picture during the opening of the 18 Congress on July 22, 2019. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Even as senator, Bong Go to still 'assist' Duterte

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Kung wala namang magiging conflict sa ating oras as a senator ay sasamahan ko pa rin po si Pangulo,' says the former special assistant of President Duterte

NOW SENATOR. Former special assistant to the President and now Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says he will still be by the President's side when he has time. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Risa Hontiveros, Twitter users fire back at slut-shaming netizen over SONA dress

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:50 PM

‘Stop telling women how to dress,’ says the opposition senator, who’s also the author of the ‘Bawal Bastos’ law

Sotto: 'Very divisive' death penalty bill priority in Senate debates

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Senate will also prioritize the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act which amends the Human Security Act of 2007, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

PRIORITY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says death penalty is among the priority bills to discussed in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Status quo: Tito Sotto reelected as Senate president

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Despite initial reports of neophytes wanting a change in leadership, the old leaders remain: Juan Miguel Zubiri as Majority Leader, Ralph Recto as Senate President Pro-Tempore, and Franklin Drilon as Minority Leader

PLEDGE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Opening of Senate of the Philippines

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the opening of session of the 18th Congress Philippine Senate happening on July 22, 2019