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Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

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De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my public outings, for that matter,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

HEARING. Under heavy security, opposition Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 courtroom after the prosecution failed to present its witness on October 4. The hearing is reset to November 7. Photo from Senator De Lima's office

Senate approves universal health care bill

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But the measure is still far from being enacted as lawmakers will have reconcile the different provisions of the Senate and House of Representatives versions

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Gordon tells Customs chief: Fire your officials, they're 'incompetent'

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'Incompetent ang mga tao mo, palitan mo 'yan. Mapapahamak ka,' Senator Richard Gordon says to Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

REPLACEMENT TIME. Senator Richard Gordon advises Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña to choose the officials he works with wisely. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Opposition senators seek suspension of fuel tax

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time

FUEL TAX. The Senate minority bloc filed a joint resolution seeking to suspend excise taxes on fuel under the TRAIN law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Senate approves bill requiring car safety seats for kids on final reading

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Under Senate Bill 1971, children aged 12 and below cannot be left unattended inside a vehicle

APPROVED. Senate approves the bill requiring child restraints in private vehicles. Rappler file photo

Senators' election plans bog down Trabaho bill – think tank

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Senator Sonny Angara can pass on the Trabaho bill to other lawmakers if he fears the measure will hurt his reelection bid

Senate approves bill to detect eye problems among pre-school children

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Senate Bill 1706 also creates a fund for research on eye diseases and treatment

EYE CHECK UP. Should Senate Bill 1706 be passed, children will be screened for eye problems in kindergarten. Photo from Shutterstock

PWDs may soon receive mandatory PhilHealth coverage

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The House of Representatives approves its version of the bill on October 8, while the Senate already gave its nod to the measure in July

UNIVERSAL HEALTH. Persons with disabilities call for automatic PhilHealth coverage for their sector. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate passes bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Positive Discipline of Children Act seeks to protect minors from all forms of physical and mental violence

Senate approves bill punishing catcalling, street harassment

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate Bill 1326 seeks to penalize catcalling, wolf-whistling, cursing, leering, groping, and stalking, among others

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Across the United States, protestors rally against the nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. The confirmation ushers in Republican control of the top court, a major win for Trump

OPPOSED. Demonstrators take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term

PROTEST. Activists protest against the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

U.S. Senate braces for key vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Three key Republican lawmakers still officially undecided on Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced accusations of sexual misconduct

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  US President Donald Trump challenged the accuser of Kavanaugh for the first time on September 21, 2018, demanding she provide evidence that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / WIN MCNAMEE

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Trillanes faces Guevarra after amnesty row: DOJ must have courage to say no

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tells the senator that he agrees the justice department 'should not be a weapon to persecute political opponents'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto seeks revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he and other senators have questioned the effectiveness of the PCOO, amid the many controversies it has had to face under the Duterte administration

SENATE HEARING. Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks questions to Secretary Martin Andanar during the deliberations on the PCOO budget on October 3, 2018. Photo from Senate PRIB

Drilon dares Malacañang: File charges vs LP members in Duterte ouster plot

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'Let me borrow Secretary Roque's own words. We should not take Roque seriously,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Palace official insisted on the Liberal Party's role in an alleged Duterte ouster plot

Minority Leader Senatir Franklin Drilon grilling Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Brownout hits Department of Energy budget hearing

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Lights go off for about 4 minutes

NO POWER. A brownout occurs in the middle of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Energy. Photo by Gil Nartea/Office of Senator Legarda

Bicam approves bill granting 105-day paid maternity leave

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives now have to ratify the reconciled version of the bill before it can be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte

PAID LEAVE. Expectant mothers may soon see an extended maternity leave of 105 days. Photo from Shutterstock

Meet the other family members at Trillanes' homecoming

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Furry members of the Trillanes family steal the spotlight from the opposition senator

HOME AT LAST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is met by his dog, Bruno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Back home, Trillanes tells Duterte gov’t: 'Itodo 'nyo na'

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Hindi kayo mananalo kung kayo ang mali,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who is finally home after spending over 3 weeks in the Senate

HOME. Senator Antonio Trillanes€™ IV takes questions from the media as he arrived in his home. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump orders FBI probe of Kavanaugh as Senate delays final vote

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

President Donald Trump's probe order comes after key Republican senator Jeff Flake threatened to break ranks with his party over the controversy

PROBE. President Donald Trump agrees with the Senate committee's request for an FBI prove into judge Brett Kavanaugh's sexual allegation cases. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Senate panel backs Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:20 AM

The panel splits along strict party lines with the 11 Republican members backing Kavanaugh and all 10 Democrats voting against the president's controversial nominee.

PROTEST. Activists demonstrate against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court in Washington, DC, on September 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago bares 2 Senate slates for 2019

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:12 PM

The Davao regional party has an 8-member lineup with its ally political parties, and a 13-member lineup just for Davao region, for the 2019 elections

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with the officers of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) during the party's convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

First vote on embattled U.S. court nominee after fraught hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) Friday's vote – set for 1:30 pm (1730 GMT; 1:30 am Saturday, Manila time) – will take place under an intense spotlight, following a historic day of testimony that put the toxic partisan feuding in Washington on full display

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. Photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Trillanes: I'm coming home

Sep 28, 2018 - 6:26 PM

'Lalasapin natin ang ating temporary victory with friends and family,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HOMEWARD BOUND. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is finally going home after 3 weeks in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

'I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,' says Brett Kavanaugh in his opening statement

TRUMP PICK. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Donald Trump says he is skeptical because he personally had been the target of 'false statements' in the past made by various women

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

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

Only SC can decide on military trial for Trillanes – Lacson

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Senator Lacson also says President Duterte continues to enjoy the support of the military

WHAT'S LEGAL? Senator Panfilo Lacson weighs in on the Trillanes controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former X-ray chief: BOC did not follow SOP in scanning magnetic lifters

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The former X-ray chief of the Bureau of Customs says the current operators did not follow the SOP for X-rays that would have led to the physical examination of the magnetic lifters

LAPSES? Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gordon on magnetic lifters: 'May laman!'

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Senator Richard Gordon is inclined to believe that the magnetic lifters were packed with drugs, as claimed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in the magnetic lifters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes to remain in the Senate after posting bail

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:26 AM

'I was advised not to go home yet...to wait for the ruling of Branch 148,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV returns to the Senate after his arrest on September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: PNP arrests Trillanes inside Senate

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:47 PM

Here's the video of the police arresting Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, no less than inside the Senate building

ARRESTED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is taken into police custody right inside the office of Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Screenshot from sourced video

Tito Sotto seeks to lower minimum age of criminal liability to 13

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III also proposes detention in youth care facilities for children over the age of 9 who commit serious crimes

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Majority of Filipinos trust, approve of Senate President Tito Sotto

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:06 PM

The Senate continues to be the most appreciated government institution in September 2018, receiving an approval rating of 63% – higher than that of the House of Representatives (56%) and the Supreme Court (53%)

Senate president Vicente Sotto III asks the resource persons at the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee, Sept. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Rice tara-ffication?' Hontiveros bares Jason Aquino's corruption in NFA

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says former NFA chief Jason Aquino is at the 'center' of the supposed 'massive' corruption

Department of Budget and Management Assistant Director Jane Abella answers questions of Sen. Franklin Drilon at the senate budget hearing of the Department of Health. September 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Strength as a candidate? 'Beauty,' jokes Nancy Binay

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Turning serious, Senator Nancy Binay says she is surprised that she consistently ranks in the Top 12 amid corruption allegations against her and her family

Battle lines drawn for U.S. Senate showdown on Trump court nominee

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:54 AM

A university professor agrees to give her testimony publicly in the US Senate, accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

SUPPORT. In this file photo taken, an activist wears a button in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party about 35 years ago, during a protest September 20, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sereno is not running for senator

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Security is reportedly one of the concerns of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's family

JOINING PROTESTS. Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno attends a protest commemorating the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 2018 at Luneta Park, Manila. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in U.S. Senate – reports

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the Senate judiciary committee she cannot appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, September 24, calling the date Republicans set 'arbitrary'

KAVANAUGH. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Senators to ensure CHED 2019 budget covers scholars of other programs

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The Commission on Higher Education says scholars under existing programs outside the free higher education law may be affected by the lower budget for 2019

BUDGETED. Senators want a provision in the 2019 budget that would ensure students who are continuing scholars of students financial assistance programs are covered by the tertiary education subsidy. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel's wedding ninongs: Duterte, Bong Go, Sotto, Pacquiao

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will marry fiancée Anna Kathryna Yu on October 18, 2018, at the Coconut Palace

Senate to detain importer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon cited in contempt Marina Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, refusing to believe her claim that she was merely paid to be the consignee of the illegal drugs shipment

DETAINED. Marina dela Cruz Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon at the senate inquiry on P6.4 billion shabu shipment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler