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Lawmakers, groups urge Supreme Court to cure 'repressive' anti-terror law
Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'
House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging
Rappler Talk: Edcel Lagman on the dangers of the anti-terrorism bill
Lagman describes the bill as "draconian," with too few "safeguard" provisions that would protect citizens against police and military abuse
Lagman urges Cayetano not to transmit anti-terror bill to Duterte yet
(UPDATED) 'It would afford both the House of Representatives and the Senate to make their own respective reviews of the measure to cleanse it of constitutional infirmities,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman
'Pagkukulang niya ito sa bayan': Lawmakers blame Cayetano for ABS-CBN shutdown
(UPDATED) Congressmen argue that the National Telecommunications Commission, which ordered ABS-CBN to cease operations, should not be a 'scapegoat' for what Congress failed to do
House panel warns NTC of contempt for not allowing ABS-CBN to keep operating
(UPDATED) But congressmen Joey Salceda and Edcel Lagman argue lawmakers only have themselves to blame for not doing their jobs to renew ABS-CBN's franchise on time
House, Senate dissenters: 'Emergency actions, not powers' needed vs coronavirus
Only 10 legislators – 9 from the House and 1 in the Senate – opposed the bill giving President Rodrigo Duterte at least 27 'special' powers vs to address the COVID-19 crisis
House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment
But Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the measure will encourage and promote the 'export of Filipino manpower'
Lagman hits 'limited' March 10 House hearing on ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the upcoming House hearing 'appears to be cosmetic and inconsequential'
'Unconstitutional' to let foreigners own public utilities – opposition lawmakers
If passed into law, House Bill 78 would allow foreigners to fully own telecommunication and transportation companies in the Philippines which is 'fatally violative of the Constitution' the lawmakers say
Lagman to Cayetano: Stop foot-dragging on ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's timetable for the House to take up the ABS-CBN franchise renewal 'reveals a patent prolongation'
Divorce bill hurdles House committee level
The Philippines is the only other country without divorce, aside from Vatican City
Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors
House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill
Opposition 'not surprised' by Robredo's firing as ICAD co-chair
(UPDATED) Senators say the Duterte administration 'got snared in their own trap' and their plan 'to make [Vice President Leni Robredo] look weak backfired'
Child marriage a 'fundamental human rights violation' – congresswoman
'We owe our children an environment that is free from all forms of violence,' says Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera
House passes bill requiring gov't hospitals to put up Malasakit Centers
Only opposition congressman Edcel Lagman votes against the Malasakit Centers measure, which he says is a 'copycat' of the Senate version
State secrets? De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for restricting Robredo
'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?' asks detained opposition senator Leila de Lima
Lagman claims Bong Go pressuring House to railroad Malasakit Center bill
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the House plenary did not have quorum when it passed the Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading
House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman, who believes the Malasakit Centers are being used as a 'partisan tool,' fails to stop the passage of the bill in the plenary
To honor Celdran, Lagman files bill repealing 'archaic' crime of blasphemy
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the crime of offending religious feelings, of which the late Carlos Celdran was found guilty, is an 'odious remnant of the Dark Ages'
Lagman hits 'ballistic' Bong Go: I didn't even name you
'Paucity of merit and reason cannot be concealed by unparliamentary language and malevolent innuendoes,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman
Asked to explain Malasakit Centers, Bong Go ridicules Lagman’s looks instead
After Albay congressman calls the Malasakit Centers a 'partisan tool,' the senator says Lagman's face is 'beyond repair' even by the one-stop shop for government services
House panel swiftly approves P673-million OVP budget for 2020
An administration-allied legislator vows to further increase the budget of Vice President Leni Robredo's office 'in the proper time' to augment her anti-poverty projects
Why is PCSO supporting ‘partisan tool’ Malasakit Centers? – Lagman
The House appropriations committee asks for PCSO's legal basis for supporting Malasakit Centers, a pet project of Senator Bong Go. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says he has received complaints about Bicol Malasakit Centers.
Lagman delivers more scathing counter-SONA than Minority Leader Abante
Both House Minority Leader Benny Abante and staunch opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman give their counter-speeches to the President's 4th State of the Nation Address
LP, Makabayan blocs back Benny Abante for House minority leader
Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups
Lagman warns Cayetano vs installing subservient House minority leader
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman himself says he is open to becoming the minority leader to stop the formation of a 'company union' in the House
Things to know: the bill that seeks to protect human rights defenders
The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines
House approves bill protecting human rights defenders
The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work
Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'
Lagman: House version of 2019 budget 'completely constitutional'
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate
Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers
(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure
Arroyo, lawmakers condemn killing of Batocabe
(6th UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other lawmakers call for a speedy probe into the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe
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Budget 'insertions' likely have Duterte approval, says Lagman
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have 'inserted' funds without President Rodrigo Duterte's consent
No actual rebellion, no data to back martial law extension – lawmakers
Military chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says there is also no allocation in the proposed 2019 budget for another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao
'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues
Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'
Mayor challenges reelectionist Lagman for Albay congressman
'I'm up against the veteran, but I rest my case [with] the people of the first district, specifically the millennials,' says Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas
Palparan's continued military detention smacks of 'VIP treatment'
Opposition lawmakers say the convicted retired general should be immediately sent to the New Bilibid Prison
Arroyo’s presence a ‘go signal’ to junk impeachment vs SC justices – Lagman
(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices
Trillanes amnesty application could've been 'maliciously concealed'
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that 'there are other concrete evidence' showing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty
Trillanes amnesty 'absolute, irrevocable' – Lagman
There is 'no legal and factual basis' for President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty, according to Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman
Will impeachment complaints foil the chances of SC chief justice aspirants?
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications
Why is it so difficult to access SALNs of House lawmakers?
(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?
Lawmakers cross party lines to oppose cash-based budget in 2019
House members are gathering signatures for an unnumbered resolution that would withdraw their earlier support for the budget reform bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019
'Minority Leader' Eugene de Vera? House rules silent on leadership succession
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any rule on the succession of power 'must be explicit'
During House committee briefing, Lagman asks: Who is the minority?
Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says the matter does not concern the House committee on appropriation
Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana
Opposition lawmakers to seek impeachment of 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno
(UPDATED) Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano have expressed their intention to file impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices
With Sereno ouster, SC committed ‘hara kiri’ on judiciary’s independence – lawmakers
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the SC 'committed hara kiri with its bludgeoning the independence of the judiciary and desecrating the sanctity of the Constitution'