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House panel approves bill banning corporal punishment vs kids

Feb 04, 2017 - 1:12 PM

UPDATED Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera Dy says corporal punishment only teaches the child that violence is an acceptable behavior and something worthy of emulation

Members of the House committee on welfare of children believe there are better alternatives to corporal punishment when disciplining children.

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

New law bars employers from hiring workers based on age

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The Anti Age Discrimination in Employment Act seeks to promote equality in the workplace by mandating companies to hire workers based on their competence and not on their age

AGE DOESN'T MATTER. Companies are now prohibited from rejecting job applicants on the basis of their age under the 'Anti-Age Discrimination Law'.

Pacquiao top absentee in Congress

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED Records from the past Congress show that aside from then Sarangani Representative Pacquiao 27 lawmakers attended 10 or less session days

FROM CONGRESS TO SENATE. Manny Pacquiao got the 7th highest number of votes in the 2016 senatorial race at 16.05 million. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cynthia Villar, 15 other senators richer in 2015

Jun 18, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Cynthia Villar is the only billionaire among the senators in the 16th Congress – a status she has maintained since she first declared her SALN as senator in 2013

Which reelectionist lawmakers increased wealth?

Jun 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Meanwhile 30 House members coming back for the 17th Congress have seen declines in their wealth

RICHER. At least 12 lawmakers returning for another term in the 17th Congress have doubled their wealth in the last 3 years.

Drilon to next Senate: Protect reforms from 'force, personalities'

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:19 PM

Now more than ever we need to safeguard the reforms we have painstakingly put in place so that neither force nor personalities can reverse them says the Senate President

Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Enrile's Senate farewell: 'Old politicians don't die, they just fade away'

Jun 06, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Aside from Juan Ponce Enrile 8 other senators are leaving the hallowed halls of the Senate after their terms end on June 30

FAREWELL. Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile bids farewell to the Senate, where he served for 24 years. Photo by Joe Arazas

Blame absentee, indifferent lawmakers for failed BBL

Feb 03, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Miriam Coronel Ferrer however calls for sobriety and perseverance

Rodriguez: House to vote on Bangsamoro bill on January 27

Jan 22, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Can the House of Representatives – notorious for the chronic absenteism of some of its members – muster a quorum for this vote?

Bangsamoro, infra bills among Senate priorities as session resumes

Jan 17, 2016 - 8:11 PM

The upper chamber is also set to pass at least 34 measures as it resumes plenary sessions on January 18

Homestretch: Will FOI, Bangsamoro, anti-political dynasty bills be dead in 2016?

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 16th Congress has only 17 session days left in 2016 to pass these major pieces of legislation that could be the Aquino administration s legacy

WAITING IN VAIN. Will Congress be able to pass BBL, FOI and Anti-Political Dynasty Bills as legacy laws of the Aquino administration?

Ombudsman urged to probe 'chronic absenteeism' in House

Dec 03, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Civil society leaders say the habitual absence of some lawmakers erodes public trust

QUORUM WOES. Tardiness has always been in a problem in the lower house.

House panel launches agenda for 17th Congress to fulfill SDGs

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:18 PM

The bills in the list have been pending at the committee level but failed to be passed due to time constraints

AGENDA FOR THE 17TH CONGRESS. House speaker Representative Feliciano Belmonte receives the legislative agenda set by the special committee on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

FULL TEXT: Belmonte details House priority bills

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr reiterates his call to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution

HIGHLIGHTS: Opening of the Philippine Congress

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Stay tuned for the highlights

DOJ urges consultation on seniors' electricity discount

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:11 PM

Meralco says the cost of the new electricity discount under House Bill 3169 should be passed on to other consumers

Congress urged to pass 3 'green' bills before election hype

Jun 05, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Bills like the National Land Use Bill certified as urgent by President Aquino need to be passed before lawmakers become distracted by the 2016 elections say green groups

GREEN BILLS. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr joins environmental and youth groups calling for the passage of 3 'green' bills on June 5, World Environment Day 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Fellow congressmen officially recommend Arroyo house arrest

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:54 PM

The resolution is non binding The decision to grant house arrest to the former president still rests with the anti graft court

COLLEAGUES. The House of Representatives adopt a resolution endorsing the house arrest petition of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

House to pass P23B additional budget for 2014

Nov 26, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Just before the year closes congressmen will approve the additional funds requested by the budget department for projects that include those under the controversial DAP

Miriam Santiago, Bello push for VFA termination

Oct 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

But most lawmakers as well as the President are more inclined to review the PH US agreement than end it

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP: US Navy's USS Peleliu. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

Luistro: P25K minimum pay for teachers 'realistic'

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:13 PM

The education secretary says he is very supportive of any increase in the salary of teachers within the budget of the administration

9 months in the making: A consolidated FOI House bill

Sep 02, 2014 - 9:26 PM

The measure which seeks to give the public easy access to public documents still has a long way to go to become a law but the House leadership has vowed to pass it

STEP ONE. Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr holds a copy of the consolidated version of the FOI bill along with fellow advocates. Photo from Baguilat's Twitter account.

Angara bill to help patients with ALS, rare diseases

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Aside from filing the bill Senator Sonny Angara also accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge

House to prioritize economic over political cha-cha

Aug 19, 2014 - 4:19 PM

The House of Representatives cannot seriously consider proposals to allow the president a second term until a measure is filed in Congress the House majority leader says

NO OFFICIAL STAND. House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II answers questions from the media in a press conference 19 August, 2014. Photo by Rappler

Final Bangsamoro draft goes to Congress 'end of August'

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM

President Aquino is expected to receive the final version of the measure within the week says Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles

REMEMBERING PEACE. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Philippine president Benigno Aquino III and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process hold the documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the muslim rebel group inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, the Philippines, March 27, 2014. Dennis Sabangan/ EPA

INFOGRAPHIC: How much are public school teachers getting?

Aug 16, 2014 - 7:20 AM

They are apparently not getting enough salary and benefits – at least 4 lawmakers have filed bills to increase their take home pay

Legarda wants P25K basic pay for public school teachers

Aug 15, 2014 - 4:04 PM

The proposed Senate bill seeks to prioritize government appropriation for the salary increase over non educational and non agricultural budgetary allocations

BELOW AVERAGE. Most schools for teachers in the country have not reached the national test-taker passing rates of the licensure exam for the past 5 years. File photo by AFP

Belmonte proposes new committee to scrutinize gov't spending

Jul 28, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr urges lawmakers to exercise oversight function over government agencies budget

OVERSIGHT. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr wants the House of Representatives to look deeper into the budget of government agencies. Photo by Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: What a scary cigarette pack in PH will look like

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED Is the Philippines’ graphic health warning law anything close to guidelines set by the World Health Organization?

Why impeach raps vs Aquino over DAP won't fly

Jul 03, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Is there legal basis to impeach President Benigno Aquino III?

FULL SUPPORT. President Benigno Aquino III with Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

'80% chance' House will pass FOI bill – public info chair

Jul 01, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Advocates hold a town hall meeting and simultaneous sign on activities to push for the speedy passage of the Freedom of Information bill

PASS FOI NOW. Lawmakers and advocates participate in a town hall meeting at UP Bahay ng Alumni on July 1, 2014 to call for the speedy approval of the Freedom of Information bill. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

House to probe new CHED memo

Jun 24, 2014 - 12:47 PM

The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education will evaluate the possible effects of the new CHED memo on students and teachers

Guingona, 10 other senators richer in 2013

May 24, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Among incumbent senators Guingona records the highest increase in net worth in 2013 – more than double the amount of his 2012 net worth

A year on, what have Senate freshmen done?

May 13, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Sonny Angara Bam Aquino Nancy Binay JV Ejercito Grace Poe and Cynthia Villar got their mandate to occupy one of the highest positions in the land exactly one year ago on Tuesday May 13

Lawmakers question credibility of Lacson's Napoles list

May 13, 2014 - 9:24 PM

It seems like a new list is being drawn every day I too hope for the truth to come out which the taxpaying public justly deserves one former senator says

Cynthia Villar: Dreaming of rice smugglers

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Cynthia Villar was able to connect the dots between suspected smugglers and the brokers who used farmers’ cooperatives as fronts to import rice

Nancy Binay: All about 2016

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

In politics and Senate work Nancy Binay is her father’s daughter

Grace Poe: A name of her own?

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Grace Poe made her own mark by fulfilling a campaign promise: leading the swift passage of the FOI bill

JV Ejercito: Not his brother’s keeper

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Ejercito surprises allies and the public

Sonny Angara: From textbooks to tax books

May 13, 2014 - 1:00 AM

Angara as senator remains reserved and thinks systems and processes over sound bites

A fighting chance for patients with rare diseases

May 08, 2014 - 9:42 PM

In the Philippines those who suffer from rare diseases depend on government for their expensive treatment Lawmakers are trying to address the patients needs further

DREAM: DOCTOR. Patients like Ziv Morejon (R) who are diagnosed with rare diseases can also enjoy a decent quality of life if the right support system is in place. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Senate OKs bill helping SMEs get funding

Feb 24, 2014 - 8:46 PM

It seeks to put up Negosyo Centers in cities and towns to help entrepreneurs register and manage businesses and gain access to sources of financing

'Almonte biggest hurdle to passage of FOI right now'

Jan 20, 2014 - 6:59 PM

The Misamis Occidental congressman who chairs the House committee on public information has yet to convene the technical working group for a final bill

'Probe P50-M cash transfers to ghost beneficiaries'

Jan 09, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Gabriela Representative Emmi de Jesus says recent COA findings support the call made by solons in 2013 to look into government s flagship anti poverty program

PANTAWID PROGRAM. Can 4Ps provide educational opportunities and health services through cash incentives? Photo by RAPPLER/Leanne Jazul

SC gives one party-list seat to Abang Lingkod

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:26 PM

The court says Comelec abused its discretion in cancelling the registration of Abang Lingkod which had joined in 2010 and got enough votes in 2013

Palace keeping open mind about anti-political dynasty bill

Nov 24, 2013 - 8:50 PM

In the last Congress the Palace declined to take a stand on the measure

Anti-political dynasty bill hurdles House committee

Nov 20, 2013 - 3:22 PM

Approved after 27 years the bill seeks to prohibit relatives to hold or run for national and local office in successive simultaneous or overlapping terms

Stop bickering, Speaker tells colleagues

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Let s get down to business Belmonte says

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