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Sonny Belmonte will stick with LP, says daughter Joy

May 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte says her father Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte will retire from politics as a Liberal Party member in 2019

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Belmonte drops bid for House minority leader

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Days before the start of the 17th Congress a majority of LP members in the Lower House are set to join PDP Laban s supermajority bloc

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr foregoes his bid for the minority leadership and now wants the Liberal Party to join the supermajority bloc. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte, National ID, Mendoza | 6PM wRap

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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LP to seal coalition with PDP-Laban ‘by next week’ – Alvarez

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:36 PM

LP member Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the Liberal Party members will finalize their decision in a meeting on July 14

Sonny Belmonte, cable cars, Warren vs Trump | 6PM wRap

Jun 28, 2016 - 7:38 PM

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Belmonte happy with 'milestone' laws under speakership

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Many of them are laws that have been pending since forever outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says of the measures passed under his watch

ALL SMILES. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr donates a 1955 sculpture of Jose Rizal as well as a copy of the 1935 Constitution to the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belmonte: 'Zero' chances for Duterte impeachment

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says it s just a matter of time before President elect Rodrigo Duterte meets with Vice President elect Leni Robredo

'ZERO.' Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr dismisses possible impeachment cases to be filed against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte soon. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LP to join PDP-Laban coalition 'eventually' – Belmonte

Jun 07, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is confident PDP Laban – and in effect Duterte – will be able to have a super majority in Congress with the support of Speaker Belmonte

SPEAKERSHIP. LP Vice-chair Sonny Belmonte meets with incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Davao City on June 7, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin

PH proclamation, SMC sells assets, Brazil rape case | 6PM wRap

May 30, 2016 - 8:30 PM

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Ruling party pays tribute to LP great Jovito Salonga

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:30 AM

LP stalwarts including party standard bearer Mar Roxas pay tribute to one of the country s most esteemed statesmen

LEGACY. The ruling Liberal Party pays its respect to one of its greats, the late Senate President Jovito Salonga. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Inside Balay: Who's who in the Roxas campaign

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:13 PM

It s a mix of family members former and current government officials and LP and coalition stalwarts

YELLOW CAMPAIGN. Who are Roxas' most trusted people in his 2016 run? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Wooing QC: Unopposed allies, local leaders key for LP

Feb 18, 2016 - 2:29 PM

But even if Quezon City officials don yellow clinching the nod of the vote rich city might not be that easy for the LP tandem

LP IN QC. Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas is joined by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, and Liberal Party vice chairpersons Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Leni Robredo gave informal consent to be Roxas' VP – Belmonte

Sep 30, 2015 - 3:37 PM

But Speaker Sonny Belmonte says the Camarines Sur Representative is still talking it over with her 3 daughters who are against a vice presidential run for their mother

DECISIONS FOR 2016. Liberal Party's National Executive Council gather to finally decide their party slate for 2016 at Cubao in Quezon City on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Drawing the line? Mar Roxas on Grace Poe's 'announcement'

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:15 PM

If she doesn t want to be part of the Daang Matuwid that s her decision says administration standard bearer Mar Roxas

OF PHILIPPINE HEROES. Administration bet Mar Roxas teaches Grade 5 students in Quezon city about the country's heroes. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

PH liberal party, Competition Act, alien life | 6PM wRap

Jul 21, 2015 - 6:13 PM

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No looming Liberal Party split – Belmonte

Jul 21, 2015 - 3:07 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr said there are several factors in choosing LP’s standard bearer but survey results are important

'NO COVER UP.' Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr denies accusations that Malacañang pressured the House of Representatives to stop the probe into the Mamasapano clash. File photo by Rappler

Drilon on LP, Vatican tribunal, highest paid athletes | 6PM wRap

Jun 11, 2015 - 6:23 PM

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Mar in 2016, Quevedo on Marcos, Apple WWDC 2015 | 6PM wRap

Jun 09, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Aquino on Mamasapano, Germanwings pilot, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 26, 2015 - 7:48 PM

President Aquino asks for ‘understanding A pilot on the Germanwings plane that crashed was not in the cockpit The Mayweather Pacquiao fight will be on free TV

Aquino tells lawmakers: I asked Purisima to loop in Espina

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:07 PM

UPDATED Aquino felt he was lied to about details on the Mamasapano clash lawmakers say

NATIONAL ADDRESS. President Benigno Aquino III is expected to address the nation regarding the Maguindanao incident. Malacañang file photo

VP Binay no longer most trusted PH official – poll

Dec 12, 2014 - 10:22 AM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III enjoys majority trust and approval ratings while Vice President Jejomar Binay s numbers continue to plunge says pollster Pulse Asia

Senate agenda: Child hunger and malnutrition

Oct 26, 2014 - 7:17 PM

The latest national nutrition survey shows little progress in ending hunger among Filipino children

Belmonte: Aquino to have emergency powers before 2014 ends

Oct 13, 2014 - 3:06 PM

It would be safer if Congress puts to law the President’s emergency power and have a certain margin that we can actually control says the House Speaker

NO TO POLITICAL CHA-CHA. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr thumbs down anew proposals to allow President Benigno Aquino III to seek a 2nd term. Photo by Rappler

Belmonte to court: Arroyo suspension in House agenda

Oct 03, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The matter can only be tackled when Congress ends its 3 week break on October 20

Light at the end of the FOI tunnel

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:52 PM

Who knows if the next president will be less scrupulous than the sitting President? FOI is arguably Noynoy Aquino’s greatest legacy to the Philippines

Palace: Ducut suspension possible

Jan 24, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Malacañang says Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Zenaida Ducut a holdover official from the Arroyo administration also has the option of resigning voluntarily

EMBATTLED. House energy committee chair Reynaldo Umali said Wednesday, December 19, Energy Regulatory Commission chair Zenaida Cruz-Ducot should take a leave of absence out of delicadeza. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Rappler Newscast | January 13, 2014

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:21 PM

“More pronounced” disapproval ratings for Drilon Belmonte and Sereno in new survey Landslides hit Mindanao Thai protesters occupy Bangkok streets

Senate open to charter change in 2014

Dec 19, 2013 - 4:29 PM

Drilon is open to Belmonte s moves to change the Constitution but will President Aquino give the proposal his political backing?

Aquino to endorse P14B PDAF as disaster fund

Nov 23, 2013 - 10:43 AM

The supplemental budget says Senate President Drilon has to pass before the national budget expires in 5 weeks or it will revert to the national treasury

DECIMATED. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the city on November 8. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Rappler Newscast | September 30, 2013

Sep 30, 2013 - 9:58 PM

DSWD allocates P99 5m to rebuild Zamboanga City Drilon and Belmonte: additional funds weren t incentive Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints at a joint ceremony

FOI by 2016? We will surprise senators, House says

Sep 30, 2013 - 6:07 PM

The House Speaker is in favor of the concept of right of reply – which media practitioners have opposed – but says it should be proposed as a separate bill

P10M for solons after Corona trial – Speaker

Sep 30, 2013 - 5:17 PM

But Belmonte says there s nothing irregular with the releases which came from DPWH savings and given to congressmen 3 months after the Chief Justice s conviction

New 'pork' rule: P24.5M maximum infra per solon

Sep 24, 2013 - 3:59 PM

This represents a decrease from the P40 million that each congressman used to have for infrastructure projects under the PDAF system

Palace submits to House a budget heavy on social services

Jul 23, 2013 - 7:46 PM

The biggest chunk – P842 8 B – of the proposed 2014 budget goes to social services sector The CCT program expands to include high school students

FUNDS. Budget Secretary Butch Abad submits the proposed 2014 budget to Speaker Sonny Belmonte. Photo by Rappler

Close race in House for Minority leader

Jul 23, 2013 - 1:06 AM

In the House of Representatives the real race is in the minority

Belmonte still Speaker; Zamora new House Minority Leader

Jul 22, 2013 - 12:29 PM

UPDATED San Juan Rep Ronaldo Zamora wins a tight race for the minority post beating Leyte Rep Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

Enrile: Reports on pork selective, incomplete

Jul 15, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Enrile says the COA must release its full report on the pork barrel to avoid allegations it is used for politics

'LEGALLY QUESTIONABLE.' Resigned Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile says the plan to give US and Philippine allies greater access to Manila's bases may violate the Constitution. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

‘Term-limit extension will kill Cha-cha initiative’

Jul 13, 2013 - 8:52 PM

Moves to lift term limits will kill a Cha cha initiative meant to attract foreign investment says House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II

Aquino ally pushes for Charter change

Jul 09, 2013 - 11:31 AM

Incoming Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr files a Charter change resolution seeking to amend provisions regarding foreign ownership

Speaker: Benaldo shot himself

Jun 28, 2013 - 2:18 PM

The controversial congressman is now in stable condition

STABLE, HIGH SPIRITS. Marikina Rep Miro Quimbo posts this photo of Benaldo inside the emergency van. 'When I asked him what he wants to tell our colleagues who are all asking about him, he gives me the thumbs up sign,' writes Quimbo. Photo from Miro Quimbo

Aquino swears in 80 allies in Senate, House

Jun 27, 2013 - 6:34 PM

Six weeks after the midterm elections President Aquino leads the oath taking of his allies in Malacañang

PROMISE TO SERVE. President Benigno Aquino III led the oath-taking of 4 senator-elects allied with the administration on Thursday, June 27. Malacañang Photo Bureau

House scrambles to pass bills on last session day

Jun 06, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Congress ratifies the bicameral report on the expansion of science and technology scholarships and other priority bills on the last session day

Third-termers. House honors graduating representatives. Photo by Rappler

Vetoed bills: 'Better coordination' needed

May 30, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Speaker Belmonte says there is a need for better coordination between the legislative and executive branches

Historic vote. The House of Representatives approves the RH Bill on 2nd reading. Photo by Egay G. Aguilar

Pacquiao, Imelda Marcos wealthiest House members

May 23, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Las Piñas City Rep Mark Villar s net worth increases by P200 M

RICHEST: Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao. File photo by John Javellana

Belmonte ‘shoo-in’ for Speaker post

May 22, 2013 - 1:59 PM

All key political parties in the House say he s the hands down choice

'SHOO IN': Speaker Feliciano 'Sonny' Belmonte Jr to retain House leadership (FILE PHOTO)

Jun Lozada: Why is Arroyo's man still in power?

Apr 06, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Lozada explains the ties that bind his accuser to President Aquino

SC order a temporary setback - lawmakers

Mar 19, 2013 - 6:45 PM

Lawmakers are confident the High Court will eventually uphold the constitutionality of the law

With 9 session days left, what can Congress accomplish?

Jan 08, 2013 - 2:14 PM

Pending in Congress are bills on Freedom of Information and anti trust among others

FOI in 2013? Palace still on wait-see mode

Dec 29, 2012 - 6:51 PM

Malacañang says it wants debates on the FOI bill to move in Congress before acting on the measure

Belmonte: FOI priority bill next year

Dec 28, 2012 - 10:20 PM

But does it still have a fighting chance to be enacted into a law?