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In Marinduque, Dutertes call Lord Allan Velasco the next House Speaker

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

If reelectionist Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco aspires to be Speaker in the 18th Congress, he will likely go against Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

PARTY OF THE NEXT SPEAKER? President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) attends the birthday celebration for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco (2nd from L) on November 3, 2018. Photo by Malacañang

Alan Peter Cayetano hopes to become House Speaker

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Confirming his plans to run for Taguig representative, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says he can help the Duterte administration better if he becomes House Speaker

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains to the panel the department’s stand on the teretorial dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

A report by Strategy Analytics shows that for the second quarter of 2018 the smallest device from Google captured 20 percent of the market with sales of 2.3 million

MINI. File photo shows Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introducing the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

Madagascan president steps down ahead of election

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Madagascan President Hery Rajaonarimampianina's resignation comes after several protests against the president's efforts to change electoral laws in favor of his party

Samsung is making its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

One hundred sixty Samsung Galaxy Home speakers powered the audio of the Samsung Unpacked presentation, the company says

HOME INVASION. Samsung wants to be a bigger part of the home as it forays into the smart speaker market. Photo from Samsung


Resolving minority row to test Arroyo leadership – Robredo

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:44 PM

How the Speaker handles the conflicting claims of 3 non-majority blocs is an indication of how she will run the House of Representatives, says the Vice President

EASTERN SAMAR VISIT. Vice President Leni Robredo goes to Salcedo town in Eastern Samar on August 2, 2018, to turnover a multicab to the Matarinao School of Fisheries, and to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for a dormitory for students who live far from the campus. OVP photo

Arroyo hands off in House minority row

Aug 01, 2018 - 12:40 PM

As 3 blocs fight over the minority leadership, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says she won't intervene

Speaker Arroyo will not interfere in House minority row. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pagbabalik ni Gloria Arroyo

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Sampal ito sa mukha ng taumbayan na naniniwalang magkakaroon ng pagbabago sa ilalim ni Pangulong Duterte

LOOK: Ambassadors congratulate Speaker Arroyo

Jul 29, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The ambassadors of Australia, South Korea, and Myanmar pay a courtesy call on Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

COURTESY CALL. Ambassadors Amanda Gorely (Australia), Dong-man Han (South Korea) and U Win Naing (Myanmar) personally congratulated newly-installed House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, during their courtesy call over the weekend. All photos from the Office of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Alvarez concedes to Speaker Arroyo

Jul 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'Alang-alang sa bayan, let us get back to work and move on,' says Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

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House approves resolution formalizing Arroyo speakership

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams the resolution, saying it was 'brazenly railroaded'

Newly installed House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo on Wednesday, stands at the Speakers podium after the house elected Arroyo with 184 votes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo, Alvarez vow to 'continue good relations’

Jul 25, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo initiates the meeting with Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

AFTER THE COUP. Speaker Gloria Arroyo meets with Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez (left). With them is Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. Sourced photo

Battle for House minority looms as Alvarez bloc accepts defeat

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The group of Representative Pantaleon Alvarez is keen on fielding Representative Rodolfo Fariñas as its minority leader

LAST HOUR. In his last official act as Speaker of the House, Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Tito Sotto welcome the President Rodrigo Duterte in the Batasang Pambansa for the State of the Nation Address.

Arroyo vows to push Duterte agenda in House

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says she is 'extremely honored' to get the support of her colleagues at the House of Representatives

ARROYO ALLIES. Lawmakers who helped make Gloria Arroyo the first female House Speaker clap after she took her oath on July 23, 2018. Photo by Mara Grac dela Serna/Rappler

Gloria Arroyo's firsts as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:02 PM

She's back – and how!

NEW SPEAKER. Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gestures at the center stage of the plenary hall as she attempts to grab the leadership at the House of Representatives before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address at Congress in Manila on July 23, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Arroyo is now House Speaker in Wikipedia too

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The House Speaker page on Wikipedia is updated a few minutes after the news of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo replacing Pantaleon Alvarez broke

WIKIPEDIA PAGE. Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker in Wikipedia in less than 30 minutes since the news broke. GMA Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Where did that mace go? Validity of Arroyo’s House takeover in question

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) When Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is sworn in as new Speaker, the mace is missing from the plenary, giving Pantaleon Alvarez's allies a window to question the validity of the leadership change

NEW SPEAKER? Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after taking her oath as Speaker of the House of Representatives Monday afternoon, July 23, 2018 – with the mace missing from the rostrum.

Alvarez out, Arroyo in as House Speaker

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(6th UPDATE) Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo replaces Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker, with reported backing from presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

THE FALL OF ALVAREZ. Former president Gloria Arroyo replaces Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker

Only 76 lawmakers attend House majority caucus

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says all majority lawmakers present are satisfied with how the House is being run

AFTER THE CAUCUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says 76 lawmakers attended the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez-Arroyo showdown, lawmakers in pre-SONA talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Several sources tell Rappler several lawmakers met over the weekend to secure numbers to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

CAUCUS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the all-member caucus on Monday, July 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

U.S. attorney general cites Bible to defend family separations

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:55 PM

President Donald Trump's administration backs separating immigrant children from their parents, but some Republican lawmakers are growing uneasy about such border security rules implemented to deter other migrants

INHUMAN. A Mission Police Dept. officer (left), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Malacañang: Alvarez is our ally, squabble with Sara has no effect on pet bills

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has declined to comment further on the rift between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio

PUSHING THE CONVERSATION:  Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez stresses that he is pushing charter change to help President Rodrigo Duterte realize his four major campaign promises: to go after illegal drugs, reduce crime, fight corruption, and install a federal form of government. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

SC orders government to answer petition vs tax reform law

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) The House Makabayan bloc says the law is invalid because the ratification that occurred at the Lower House violated rules

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Duterte rejects term extension, suspended polls

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

'There will be no suspension of elections, and there will be no term extension, especially for me,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

NO EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte denies any term extensions and suspension of 2019 polls. Malacañang photo

Malacanang defends Alvarez's 'very simple' birthday party

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:02 PM

'It was very simple in terms of program and in terms of menu. It was a very casual, laid-back affair,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

'TALK SHOW'. TV personality Boy Abunda asks Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez some questions on stage, at the venue of his birthday bash. Photo from the Office of Pantaleon Alvarez

IN PHOTOS: Duterte, China envoy, politicians attend Alvarez birthday

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez marks his 60th birthday in grand style

Pimentel denies factions in PDP-Laban amid word war with Alvarez

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'No, walang factions. Nagtutuksuhan lang kami,' claims Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on the word war between him and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LTO chief to Alvarez: I'll only resign if Duterte, Tugade ask me to

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Galvante says they are doing their best to finally bring the delayed plates to motorists

LTO CHIEF. Edgar Galvante attends the House Committee on Transportation hearing. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mocha Uson, Harry Roque on PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker of the House, makes the announcement during the mass oath taking of local allies in Cebu

House members rally behind Alvarez after ratings drop

Oct 14, 2017 - 8:04 PM

'Sometimes that is the natural consequence of exercising your political will and expressing candid political sentiments,' says one ally of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

RATINGS DOWN. Key House members come to the defense of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, whose ratings dipped according to recent surveys. File photo

Only 3 in 10 Filipinos trust, approve of Alvarez – Pulse Asia

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Both Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys show the biggest erosion in Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's numbers in his home region, Mindanao

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez questions SWS survey on Duterte trust, satisfaction ratings

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The House Speaker says the SWS should disclose what it asks respondents – something the survey firm has always done

DUTERTE SURVEY. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) looks on as President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 2nd State of the Nation Address. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

5 reasons you should attend the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017

Oct 05, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The line-up is phenomenal, with fascinating speakers from both Indonesia and overseas; Ubud itself is booming; and there is a plethora of food-related events. What more could you want?

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. A special event at last year's Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Photo by Xenia Blair/UWRF 2016.

SolGen green lights legislative franchises for mining firms

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:42 AM

A bill that would require congressional franchises for mining firms is part of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ list of priority legislation

BIGGEST PIT. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. File image from NASA

Alvarez wants P1,000 budget for CHR that ‘doesn’t do its job’

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:23 PM

The House Speaker claims the Commission on Human Rights defends only the rights of criminals and goes after only the police and government officials

Bulacan congresswoman is new deputy speaker for Central Luzon

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Representative Linabelle Villarica in turn will be replaced by Isabela 2nd District Representative Ana Go as chairperson of the House foreign affairs committee

REPLACEMENT. Bulacan 4th District Representative Linabelle Villarica is elected Deputy Speaker for Center Luzon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. She replaces Pampanga 2nd District Representative and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was stripped of the post after voting against the death penalty bill. Rappler file photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang kahibangan ng 5 taong batas militar ni Alvarez

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Sawang-sawa na raw siya sa mga travel advisory na nagbababala sa mga nais tumapak sa Mindanao. Pero saang La La Land dadagsain ng turista ang isang lugar na nasa ilalim ng martial law?

Arroyo supports Duterte's martial law in Mindanao

Jul 01, 2017 - 12:21 PM

Former president Gloria Arroyo stresses that the conflict in Mindanao is complex as even her 9 years as president from 2001 to 2010 were not enough to bring lasting peace to the region

SUPPORT DUTERTE. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo chimes in and expresses support for Duterte's martial law declaration in Mindanao. Rappler screengrab

Sereno, CA to House: Observe separation of powers

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Chief Justice Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Reyes express deep concern over the House order because of its implications on separation of power and judicial independence

RECONSIDER. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes ask the House Committee to reconsider its order and observe separation of powers.

'Emotional' Speaker Alvarez 'must know the limits of his power' – CA justice

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Speaker threatens to have CA justices disbarred over the case of detained Ilocos Norte officials Justice Stephen Cruz says Let justice be done though the heavens fall

CO-EQUAL BRANCHES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez won't take orders from the Court of Appeals. Rappler file photo

SC asks Congress to explain why they did not convene on martial law

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:18 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court en banc gives the Senate and the House of Representatives 10 days to submit their comment

Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The smart speaker is being framed as a music centric device that as Apple VP Phil Schiller describes it has the power to rock the house

SMART SPEAKER. Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California on June 5, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

On Congress and martial law, 2 words: 'Duty' and 'review'

May 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte s martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it

Malacañang photo

Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too

May 10, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The latest Echo device features a 7 inch touch display

Amazon leads surging connected speakers market in US – survey

May 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Amazon s Echo speakers hold 70 6 of the market followed by Google Home at 23 8

ECHO. The smart speaker from Amazon is leading the pack right now. Photo from Amazon