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De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

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

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHED ‘strongly condemns’ death of Horacio Castillo III

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:51 PM

CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan says CHED-NCR will look into the 'very tragic event'

AGAINST HAZING DEATHS. CHED chairperson faces the Senate finance committee on September 21. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate files version of tax reform bill seen to exempt 3.2 M Filipinos from income tax

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 PM

The Senate ways and means committee estimates that its version of the bill will earn the government P148 billion in revenue despite exempting an estimated 64% of workers from paying income tax

Senate OKs bill postponing barangay polls, rejects appointment of OICs

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Only minority Senator Risa Hontiveros opposes the measure, saying it is 'motivated only by the President's desire to have full control over the barangays'

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Manny Pacquiao challenges Aegis Juris fratmen to a fistfight

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:29 PM

'Alam nyo yung mga ganun, yun ang mga duwag eh. Nambubugbog na walang kalaban laban. Kung hindi lang masama, pwede ko sila hamunin, Mr President,' says the world boxing champion

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate to probe UST law student's death due to hazing

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senate public order committee chair Panfilo Lacson will lead the probe into the death of Horacio Castillo III

SENATE PROBE. The sister of Horacio Castillo III, Nicole, and aunt Rita speak with senators after attending the session to listen to Senator Miguel Zubiri's privilege speech on the death of the law student on September 20, 2017.Photo from Senate PRIB

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:29 PM

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

PCOO to hold 'media literacy program' against fake news

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar tells senators that his office will bring the program to the entire country

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Defiant Republicans in last-gasp Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) After falling one vote short this summer, Republicans have revived efforts to shred Obamacare. Momentum swelled in the past week

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Hontiveros wants P900-million PNP drug war budget dissolved for other projects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a member of the Senate finance committee, wants to spend the PNP's drug war budget for police training, investigations, operations, and health programs

REALOCATION. Senator Risa Hontiveros eyes dissolving the PNP's budget for the war on drugs. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

No proof linking Davao Group to P6.4-billion shabu shipment – Gordon

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the shabu smuggled from China, and will now focus on the corruption in the Bureau of Customs

DRUG SMUGGLING. The Senate blue ribbon committee wraps up its probe into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled from China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate OKs bill requiring economic managers to report to Congress

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:06 AM

The bill will mandate the Department of Finance, National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Central Bank to report biannually to Congress on fiscal and monetary policies

REPORT. The Senate has passed the bill seeking to require the country's economic managers to report biannually to Congress. Malacañang file photo

Senators condemn UST law student's death due to alleged hazing

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Senators renew calls for the amendment of the 22-year-old Anti-Hazing Law of 1995

Photo from Castillo's Facebook profile

LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:40 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

The real issue behind Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s bail release

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator, accused of plunder, deserves to be released since he is not yet convicted. But this reasoning should apply as well to poor Filipinos in prolonged trial detention.

Senate vows to speed up bill abolishing 'corrupt, arrogant' Road Board

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Officials of the Road Board skip a budget hearing at the Senate, angering senators who now say they will fast-track the measure that seeks to abolish the board

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

Senators scold PLLO, but still approve its proposed budget

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Senators cite the bill on barangay polls postponement and the Free Higher Education Act as examples where the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office did not do its job

LIAISON. Senators hit the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office for its poor performance in coordinating betwen Congress and Malacañang on legislative matters. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Faeldon files ethics complaint vs Lacson

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The former Bureau of Customs chief files an ethics complaint against the senator for the lawmaker's privilege speech implicating him in corrupt practices inside the bureau

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

Legarda confident all agencies will have enough funds in 2018

Sep 17, 2017 - 3:51 PM

'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate energy committee, listen to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Department of Energy on August 23, 2017. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 11-17, 2017

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

TEXT MESSAGE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is caught sending a message to a VACC member, saying there is a need to 'expedite' the cases against Senator Risa Hontiveros. Sourced photo


Senior U.S. senators try to protect transgender troops

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Collins files a bill attempting to block or limit President Donald Trump's decree to bar transgender personnel from serving in the military

PROPONENTS. Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Susan Collins file a bill seeking protection for transgender troops. Photo of McCain by Tasos Katopodis/AFP, photos of Reed, Gillibrand, Collins from their Twitter accounts

CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

P1,000 ERC budget means no electricity by 2018, says Gatchalian

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

AMLC confirms receipt of Trillanes' bank secrecy waivers

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:48 PM

In this regard we will evaluate the submitted Sworn Waiver and revert to you the soonest says AMLC Executive Director Mel Georgie Racela in a letter dated Wednesday September 13

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 14, 2017

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

 Labisindaw Belo looks after her grandchid inside Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. the parents of the child had to 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Youth groups condemn Congress for P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The budget approval implies the value of human rights is reduced to P1000 which shouldn t be the case for a society that claims to uphold human dignity

Robredo on P1,000 budget: 'It's like abolishing CHR'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR

Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Defending Democracy Summit: Isang Pagtitipon at Paninindigan Para sa Demokrasya held at the UP Diliman in Quezon City last June 12, 2017. The summit is an informal consortium of academic institutions, think tanks, development CSO's, faith based organizations, advocacy networks, and a student alliance gathering as broad representations of leaders to proactively discuss and discern on the current state of the Philippine democracy and to identify strategies and courses of action to defend, protect, and uphold democratic norms and freedom. Photo by OVP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 13, 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:35 AM

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

APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Senators hit House over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018

BUDGET. Senators vow to restore the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights after the House of Representatives gave it a measly P1,000 allocation. File photo by Camille Elemia

Lacson vows to fight for P678-million CHR budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more Once we get hold of the House version we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out says Senator Panfilo Lacson sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights budget

PDAF IS BACK? Senator Panfilo Lacson laments the supposed return of the Priority Development Assistance Fund in the 2017 national budget. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

After getting P1,000 from House, CHR hopes for 'rational minds' at Senate

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it will continue to operate as long as the Constitution exists

Hontiveros hits Aguirre's 'palusot': Just answer if texts are real or not

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Secretary Aguirre is shooting blanks Pilit nagpapalusot Sa hinaba haba ng kanyang paliwanag hindi niya sinasagot ang tanong totoo ba o hindi ang text conversation? the senator says of the Justice Secretary s lengthy response

PALUSOT. Senator Risa Hontiveros tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to stop skirting the issue and just answer if the text conversations caught on camera are real or not.

Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Senate committee okays CHR budget for 2018

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Commission on Human Rights experience in the Senate is a far cry from its experience in the House

Sotto, Gordon report allows Duterte to appoint barangay OICs

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The Senate committee report states that incumbent barangay officials inclusion in the President s drug list is a sufficient reason to appoint OICs

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista checks the printing machine during the start of the printing of ballots to be used in the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, at the NAtional Printing OFfice in Quezon City, August 9 2017. Photo by Nelson Vera/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

Trillanes to sue Mocha Uson, Erwin Tulfo for libel

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:10 PM

UPDATED Hindi na pupuwede yung fake news Hahabulin at hahabulin ko kayo every time says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes submits bank secrecy waivers to AMLC, Ombudsman

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The opposition senator again challenges President Rodrigo Duterte to sign bank waivers: Nagparatang ka sa akin pumirma ako ng waiver Nagparatang ako sa yo isang taon mahigit na iniiba mo usapan

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate detains Faeldon for refusing to face BOC corruption probe

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon is not disrespecting the Senate despite his insistence that he would not face the probe because of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Sep 11, 2017 - 12:50 PM

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Senate panel says ethics case vs Trillanes sufficient in form, substance

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Of the 9 points raised by Senator Richard Gordon in his complaint 8 are considered substantial by the Senate ethics committee

In this file photo, Senators Antonio Trillanes (L) and Richard Gordon (R) attend a Senate committee hearing on the Bureau of Customs smuggling case on September 7, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Gordon puts Taguba under Senate 'protection' again

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon takes back his earlier decision to remove Mark Taguba s protection and says that had nothing to do with Paolo Duterte and Mans Carpio

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB