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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'
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
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.
Senator Ronald dela Rosa also denies allegations that he is using parents to advance the government's anti-Left agenda
Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture, says Landbank was taking too long to process farmers' loan applications
Meanwhile, 'speaker-in-waiting' Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is appointed as the leader of PDP-Laban House lawmakers
'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
'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III
Philhealth allegedly continues paying WellMed Dialysis Center even after its accreditation was suspended because of its involvement in a scam
'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
'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
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
The harrowing gridlock along EDSA due to the dry run of the ban left thousands stranded
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market
'Puro eksperimento, habang taumbayan naman ang nagdurusa.... Bakit kalunos-lunos ang paglala ng trapik?' asks Senator Grace Poe
Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?
Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic
Neophyte Senator Imee Marcos says she is open to 'meeting halfway' with Senator Bong Go, who proposed to postpone the elections to October 2022
Human Rights Watch warns that Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will only be an obstacle to accountability on extrajudicial killings under the drug war
Senator Ronald dela Rosa also says schools should 'police their ranks' to check if teachers are responsible for the radicalization of their students
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.'
'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
Despite the disappointment, Senator Joel Villanueva says other senators were not comfortable with the plan to override the President's veto
(UPDATED) While Senator Joel Villanueva opposes divorce, he supports 'equal access' to annulment. Divorce advocates say an annulment's scope is limited.
'At least makaka-contribute siya para pagyamanin ang panukalang batas.... Hindi naman siya aalis ng kanyang selda,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson
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'
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
Senator Pia Cayetano, who has 4 relatives in elected positions, says she keeps an 'open mind' regarding anti-dynasty bills
Senator Joel Villanueva says Filipino interests are only at a disadvantage with the growing Philippine online gambling operations industry in the country
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'
'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
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
Business groups submit their wish list to the 18th Congress, which includes reforms mostly on taxes, corporate structure and ownership, and government agencies
'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
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
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’
'Babalik tayo sa Grade 1,' says Senator Joel Villanueva as he refiles the Security of Tenure bill that was previously certified 'urgent' by Malacañang
(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
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
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
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
Meanwhile, evangelical Senator Manny Pacquiao supports inclusion of plunder for crimes punishable under the proposed death penalty bill
(UPDATED) The Senate elects chairpersons for the 18th Congress' Senate committees
'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
‘Stop telling women how to dress,’ says the opposition senator, who’s also the author of the ‘Bawal Bastos’ law
The Senate will also prioritize the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act which amends the Human Security Act of 2007, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III
(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
Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the opening of session of the 18th Congress Philippine Senate happening on July 22, 2019
'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima
But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'