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Villar furious over messy Boracay rehabilitation

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate environment and natural resources committee chair Cynthia Villar lashes out at DILG and DENR officials for the dismal and unmet targets after almost 6 months of the island's closure

INFURIATED. Senator Cynthia Villar asks resource persons regarding the present status of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva


LIVE: Senate hearing on Boracay shutdown

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Watch the hearing live on August 20, 2018

Senate panel to probe NAIA runway mishap

Aug 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'Bakit inabot ng dalawang araw bago magsimula ulit ang operasyon ng NAIA?.... The public deserves an acceptable explanation,' says Senator Grace Poe

Stranded passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 following the accident of a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

HOAX: 'Trillanes positive in Sotto’s surprise drug test in Senate'

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The senator tested negative, as shown in his tweet of the test result

Imports to address inflation? Support farmers instead – Bam Aquino

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:46 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV warns rice tariffication might be another 'knee-jerk reaction' to bring down inflation

INFLATION. Senator Bam Aquino says the government should support local farmers and fishermen instead of relying on imports to curb inflation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators slam agencies over high inflation

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says they have to assess how the implementation of the tax reform law should proceed in 2019, given the 'slow' pace of measures to help the poor

INFLATION. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian during the Senate hearing on the TRAIN Law on August 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Gordon: Probing Calida multi-million peso deals blue ribbon's job

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Senator Richard Gordon assures Calida he’s not going to be humiliated in the Senate investigation under his watch

CALIDA PROBE. Senator Richard Gordon said he will push for the Senate probe into the government contracts bagged by the security firm of Solicitor General Jose Calida. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Trillanes negative for illegal drugs, dares Dutertes to take test

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kailan kaya magpapa-drug test ang mga Dutertes?' asks Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

LIVE: Senate hearing on TRAIN law's impact on inflation

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Watch the hearing live on Thursday, August 16

Villar pushes for P10-billion rice farmers' subsidy

Aug 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies

SUBSIDIES. Senator Cynthia Villar vows to block rice tariffication without subsidies for farmers. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Pacquiao willing to be jailed just to kill drug lord in 'P6.8-B shabu' shipment

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Magpapakulong na lang ako para ko ma-firing squad 'yung drug lord na 'yun na nagpasok sa Pilipinas,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is also a pastor

Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate calls for suspension of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/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

Diokno: Lawmakers want higher 2019 budget due to elections

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:15 PM

'You cannot compare the 2018 budget to the proposed one [for 2019]. That's like comparing apples to oranges,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

HIGHER BUDGET. Lawmakers want Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to submit a higher budget for 2019. File 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

Gordon: 'Clear conflict of interest' in Tulfos' P60-M ad deal

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'That's graft and corruption,' says Senate blue ribbon chair Richard Gordon, as he concludes the probe into the Tulfo siblings' advertisement deal

Photo by Angie de Silva

Tulfos: We will not return P60M to government

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'Wala ho sa isip ko magsasauli kasi wala akong ginawang ilegal. Papanindigan po namin ang kontrata, legal po ito. Wala po kaming ginawang illegal,' says Ben Tulfo during a Senate hearing

Photo by Angie de Silva

LIVE: Senate hearing on Tulfo's P60-M earnings from DOT ad placements

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Watch the hearing on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

Gordon to Teo: Why place ads on 'Kilos Pronto' if it's not rating?

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Ben Tulfo says Senator Richard Gordon cited ratings from May to August this year, when 'Kilos Pronto' has already been pulled out from PTV

PROBE. Senate blue ribbon committee chairperson Richard Gordon grills former Secretary Wanda Teo on why they placed advertisements on PTV4 blocktimer Kilos Pronto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes, Tulfos face off in Senate probe into P60-M DOT ad deal

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Heated arguments ensue during the Senate investigation into the questionable advertisement deal between the Department of Tourism and Bitag Media

Photo by Angie de Silva

SC limits Senate detention period for persons cited in contempt

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'The indefinite detention of persons cited in contempt impairs their constitutional right to liberty,' rules the Supreme Court

CITED IN CONTEMPT. The Senate public order committee cites Arvin Balag (R), alleged Grand Praefectus of the Aegis Juris fraternity, in contempt. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on flood control and management

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Watch the hearing on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

Senate puts 2019 budget hearings on hold

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:08 PM

This is amid the clash over the proposed cash-based budgeting system between the House of Representatives and the Department of Budget and Management

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pia Wurtzbach calls on Philippine Senate to pass SOGIE equality bill

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:06 PM

'There is a misconception that the bill goes against our religious beliefs, our religious freedom, but that is far from the truth,' says Pia

Misleading: Senators 'block' approval of federalism budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senators are only questioning the P90-million budget for the information drive on federalism

Recto defends Duterte economic team on federalism

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:08 PM

'Before we communicate what federalism is, can we not first calculate what its cost will be?' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

Economic managers DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno (2nd-right), NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (2nd-left), BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo (right), DOF Sec. Carlos Dominguez (left) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Federalism probe, Grab pricing, PH weather | Evening wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Grace Poe wants Senate probe into federalism info campaign

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Public 'officials must at all times exercise professionalism in the performance of their functions,' Senator Grace Poe says in her resolution

SENATE PROBE. Senator Grace Poe files a resolution seeking a Senate inquiry into the government's federalism information drive. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators question 'core functions' of PLDT, NutriAsia amid labor dispute

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Workers hired by contractors of NutriAsia and PLDT argue that they perform functions that are 'core' to the company

STATUS. Senate labor committee chairperson Joel Villanueva asks workers under PLDT and NutriAsia contractors about their status of employment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Misleading: COA 'orders Hontiveros' to return illegal PhilHealth bonuses

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:07 PM

COA does not name any board member as being responsible for the PhilHealth disallowances; Hontiveros became member only after the illegal releases

Economic managers seek Duterte's help in lowering LGU share

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The government finance team still has no idea where it will source the additional funds for local government units

NEDA Sec Permia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Expand Train law subsidies for poor in 2019 budget

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says those who need subsidy exceed the 10 million projected under the budget department

EXPAND SUBSIDIES. Senator Bam Aquino said subsidies given to the poor as a mitigating measure of the tax reform law should be expanded in the proposed 2019 national budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

National Museum will be 'primary keeper' of Filipino heritage

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Senate Bill No. 1529 or the National Museum of the Philippines Act seeks to expand the functions and operations of the country's premier museum

HERITAGE. The Senate approves a bill seeking to expand the functions of the National Museum. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Con-Com appeals to senators ‘sense of patriotism’ in charter change push

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) ‘This is the only chance that we’ve had since what, 120 years ago, when we established the first republic in Asia,’ says Presidential Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Con-Com spokesman Ding Generoso speaks to journalists after a closed-door meeting with members of the House committee on constitutional amendments on August 7, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senators raise hell over Mocha's 'vulgar, desperate' federalism video

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Federalism is already dead even without Mocha Uson, says Senator Ping Lacson. 'With Mocha Uson, the ashes should be thrown far away.'

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Pimentel hits Mocha Uson over lewd, 'bullshit' federalism dance

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Uson should be removed from the government's federalism campaign, says Senator Koko Pimentel

Nancy Binay to Mocha Uson: Show senators how you will explain federalism

Aug 01, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Senator Binay says it's important to know what Uson will discuss with the public because she will be using the P90-million information campaign budget of the DILG and the Con-Com

Arroyo OK with separate voting on charter change for House, Senate

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

'Better to move forward and achieve something than to be very stubborn and achieve nothing,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as senators strongly oppose joint voting

Greening the NLEX with GMA. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Arroyo wants House to 'work hand in hand' with Senate for federalism

Jul 31, 2018 - 5:58 PM

'We will be working closely with the Senate and find a common ground to push forward the approval of the federal constitution,' says Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez, relaying what Speaker Gloria Mapacagal-Arroyo told her allies

ARROYO ALLIES. Representatives Magnolia Antonino and Alfredo Benitez call for a press conference after meeting with Speaker Gloria Arroyo on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate probe sought into NutriAsia, PLDT labor violations

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:59 PM

'We need to investigate because these cases highlight the weaknesses of our current regulatory framework,' says Senate labor committee chair Joel Villanueva

GUARDED. Police (not in photo) and security personnel man the entrance of NutriAsia factory in Marilao.

WATCH: Senate hearing on electoral reforms

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

On the agenda for the July 31 hearing: increase in campaign expenditures, alleged electoral fraud in 2016

Senate conducts surprise drug test for employees

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Gregorio Honasan II volunteered to undergo the procedure first

Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

SWS survey on house, Robredo on human rights, Kris Aquino | Midday wRap

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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House suffers 10-point drop in satisfaction rating – SWS

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:55 AM

The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate and the Duterte Cabinet are also lower in the 2nd quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

Trillanes seeks to increase combat pay for soldiers

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The sad reality is that members of the armed forces bear the greatest degree of risk among civil servants,' says ex-Navy man Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HIGHER PAY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Kapihan sa Senado session. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Senate minority to SC: Allow De Lima to argue on ICC case

Jul 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'The issues in this case being of transcendental importance, Senator De Lima should not be prevented from personally arguing the case before the Honorable Court by mere reason of her incidental detention,' says the Senate minority bloc

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

History repeats itself: Senate had mace-chase almost 30 years ago

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In 1991, a controversial coup that sought to oust then Senate president Jovito Salonga triggered a childish mace-chase in the chamber

BBL, House Speaker Arroyo, SOGIE | Evening wRap

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Senate OKs bill requiring clean toilets, free Wi-Fi in land, RO-RO terminals

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The bill also requires nationwide land transport terminals to provide at least one breastfeeding station for mothers

Hundreds of passengers bound for Visayas and Mindanao for the Holy week break patiently wait for a ride at the Araneta Center Terminal in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Senate commends Pacquiao's WBA welterweight title romp

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Manny Pacquiao steals the WBA welterweight title from Argentine Lucas Matthysse

HAIL PACMAN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III (right) hands Senate Resolution No. 788 to Senator Manny Pacquiao,  congratulating him for winning the WBA welterweight title. Also in photo is Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.