Koko Pimentel - updates

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2 months since, DOJ yet to start hearings on Pimentel quarantine breach

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The justice department instead puts the pressure on complainant Rico Quicho to submit hard copies of his evidence

QUARANTINE BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel is sued for violating the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Act for breaching quarantine rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate Electoral Tribunal junks quo warranto vs Koko Pimentel

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:06 PM

The Senate Electoral Tribunal dismisses two quo warranto petitions against Senator Koko Pimentel for lack of merit

DISMISSED. The Senate Electoral Tribunal dismisses the petition against Senator Koko Pimentel. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

After recovering, Sonny Angara tests positive again for coronavirus

May 02, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The senator already recovered from COVID-19 in early April

SONNY ANGARA. Senator Sonny Angara at the Senate. Photo from Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

Pacquiao, Pimentel banner chess fundraiser

May 01, 2020 - 8:39 PM

Senators Manny Pacquiao and Koko Pimentel lead an online chess competition to raise funds for woodpushers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Marcos says pushing for tax reform amid pandemic 'very bad timing'

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:26 PM

NEDA Acting Secretary Karl Chua says the comprehensive tax reform measures pending at the Senate should be passed to support the coronavirus war chest. But these reforms will not increase government revenue.

TAX REFORM? Long lines of shoppers buying necessities at a grocery store in Manila on March 12, 2020, due to possible lockdown as COVID-19 confirmed cases continues to rise. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOJ summons Koko Pimentel over quarantine breach complaint

Apr 14, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) The preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 20

PIMENTEL AND QUICHO. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Image of Rico Quicho from Facebook.

Ex-law dean files complaint vs Koko Pimentel for breaching quarantine

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Former University of Makati law dean Rico Quicho accuses the senator of 'blatantly' violating laws and putting Filipinos' lives in danger

PIMENTEL AND QUICHO. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Image of Rico Quicho from Facebook.

NBI will also summon Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'I am not only sure when is his appearance considering that he is still under quarantine,' says National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin

BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel breaches quarantine protocol when he went to a hospital during a strict self-quarantine for coronavirus.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Nada de coco? Nada rin sa puso at malasakit

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Para sa amin, ang pinakamalaking kasalanan ni Koko ay hindi ang pagiging 'nada de coco' o ang hindi paggamit ng kokote, kundi ang kawalan ng puso

Koko Pimentel’s wife gives birth amid coronavirus issue

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:36 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The baby tests negative for coronavirus

Pacquiao residence on lockdown after viral video with Pimentel

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'Please be a model example,' writes Barangay Dasmariñas head to Manny Pacquiao as coronavirus-positive Koko Pimentel attends his party

SELF-QUARANTINE. Manny Pacquiao is forced to stay at home in his residence due to his contact with Koko Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: Public safety relies on everyone's discipline to follow quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's statement comes after two high-ranking government officials allegedly breached home quarantine protocols

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III fields questions at a press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang won't call out Pimentel and Yap, cites 'conflicting' reports

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says an investigation should be done first for 'true facts' to come out

QUARANTINE. Usually busy streets in Tomas Morato, Quezon City are empty on March 17, 2020 as the government orders Filipinos to observe strict home quarantine. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ex-law dean offers help in suing Pimentel for quarantine breach

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:16 PM

'May this also serve as a needed reminder that the rule of law is superior to the rule of any public official,' says lawyer Rico Quicho, whose offer to help is out of 'disbelief and frustration' over the DOJ's 'double standards'

DRAFTING COMPLAINT. Former Law Dean Rico Quicho offers help in filing a complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach. Rappler photo

S&R confirms Koko Pimentel shopped at BGC store on March 16

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:23 PM

CCTV footage shows the senator shopping at S&R's BGC branch on March 16 when he was supposed to be in quarantine

QUARANTINE? The senator is confirmed to have broken his coronavirus quarantine at least twice – for an S&R run and later, to accompany his wife to the hospital. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Mortal sin': Angel Locsin apologizes for endorsing Koko Pimentel

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The senator sparks public outrage for violating quarantine rules even as he experienced symptoms of coronavirus, which he later tested positive for

ANGEL LOCSIN. The actress, seen here at a press conference for 'The General's Daughter,' apologizes for once endorsing Senator Koko Pimentel. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

#KokoResign, #KokoKulong: Netizens rage vs Pimentel for breaking quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:21 AM

(UPDATED) The senator's name rises to the top of Twitter Philippines' trends list as citizens call for his resignation and arrest

'Compassion': DOJ not investigating Pimentel quarantine breach without complaint

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The justice department also rules out a warrantless arrest, as Secretary Guevarra appeals for compassion

COMPASSION. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler‹

Makati Med denounces Pimentel's 'irresponsible, reckless' protocol breach

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The Makati Medical Center slams Senator Koko Pimentel's actions, saying he 'added to the burden' of the hospital by violating his home quarantine and exposing health workers to possible infection

RESIGNATION. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III resigns from his post on May 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: When Pimentel tested positive for coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events leading up to Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel's announcement that he is positive for the coronavirus

POSITIVE. Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel tests positive for the virus. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Koko Pimentel says he was at the hospital with his wife – who was supposed to give birth on Wednesday, March 25 – when he learned about the test result

POSITIVE. Senator Koko Pimentel wears a face mask at a public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel wants Angkas CEO Angeline Tham declared 'persona non grata'

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Her acts of deriding our sovereign laws is high-handed, arrogant, and irresponsible, which should not be countenanced but be condemned to the fullest,' says Senator Koko Pimentel of Angkas CEO Angeline Tham

ANGKAS CEO. Angeline Tham, founder and CEO of Angakas, after she joined the massive protest ride of Angkas drivers in December 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Groups threaten graft complaint vs TWG of motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Lawyers ask why Senator Pimentel endorsed Joyride to the motorcycle taxi pilot run, and why 9 other applicants were denied entry

IRREGULARITIES? Concerned lawyers present documents to the media which they claim show irregularities in the technical working group's decision-making process. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Koko Pimentel says he endorsed JoyRide to avoid Angkas monopoly

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:38 PM

‘[A] pilot testing program must reflect real life situation and there should be competition and not a monopoly,’ says Senator Pimentel, who is friends with the owners of JoyRide

NEW ENTRANT. JoyRide joins the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxi services. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JoyRide sought Koko Pimentel's endorsement in pilot-run bid

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Despite the senator's endorsement, JoyRide Vice President for Corporate Communications Noli Eala says he doesn't think it helped their application for the pilot-run of motorcycle taxis

JOYRIDE. New motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide reiterates it is owned and operated by Filipinos, and that Senator Bong Go does not have any stakes in the company. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

VP as drug czar? Pimentel says job for Duterte's alter ego only

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Former top cops-turned-lawmakers Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa believe that only the President has 'sufficient authority' over law enforcement officials

DRUG CZAR? President Rodrigo Duterte claims he will make Vice President Leni Robredo as drug czar for 6 months. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Koko Pimentel, wife Kathryna expecting a baby

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:03 PM

'I have seen how great and wonderful you are, as a person, a wife, a mother to our two boys, and as a soon-to-be mother again to our third child,' Senator Koko Pimentel says in his first wedding anniversary message to Kathryna

HAPPY COUPLE. Senator Koko Pimentel and wife Kathryna Yu are celebrating their first wedding anniversary on October 18, 2019. Photo from Pimentel's office

Pimentel questions need for SOGIE bill

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says discriminatory acts covered exclusively by the SOGIE equality bill need to be identified under the measure

IS IT NEEDED? Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III questions the need for the SOGIE Equality bill if there are some laws already protecting the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel on his way out? 'About time' PDP-Laban elects new leaders, senator says

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:00 AM

'We will call for a national assembly. We will listen to the voice of the members kung sino ang gusto nila (who they want). Definitely, there will be some changes,' says party president Aquilino Pimentel III

PATIENCE. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III asks his partymates to be patient. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC declares Koko Pimentel's faction as 'legitimate' PDP-Laban

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:33 AM

But the Supreme Court does not close the doors to the rival faction filing a direct case against the legitimacy of Senator Koko Pimentel's group

PDP-LABAN. The Supreme Court upheld a Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution that recognizes Senator Koko Pimentel's group as the legitimate representative of PDP-Laban in the elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PDP-Laban open to term-sharing but Velasco should be Speaker first

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'

POLITICAL ADS. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files a bill seeking to lower the rates of political ads for candidates. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Amid Senate leadership row, Pimentel tells Villar: Mind your own party

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'Mind your own party. Kung may problema ka sa party mo, do not assume na may problem kami sa party namin,' says PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

Koko Pimentel: Magic 12 tally still 'too close'

May 14, 2019 - 2:15 PM

'We still have to be worried and...we still have to be vigilant,' says reelectionist Senator Koko Pimentel, who is 11th in the partial, unofficial tally as of Tuesday afternoon, May 14

URGENT ISSUES. Reelectionist Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III says that proper jobs, lower food costs and better justice system are more pressing issues that has to be revisited, placing federalism talks in the backburner. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Koko Pimentel dropped from Hugpong ng Pagbabago sample ballot

May 13, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Sara Duterte admits they only put 12 names on the sample ballot. Koko Pimentel, in response, says he still wants to thank Hugpong ng Pagbabago for their time together on the campaign trail.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the message of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Koko Pimentel, Mar Roxas early bird voters among Senate bets

May 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Senatorial bets start casting their votes on Monday, May 13

MARKET STOPS. File photo of Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas taking his 'Mr Palengke' campaign to Cebu City in April 2019. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Reelectionist senators join forces amid blurry political lines in 2019

May 10, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Senate leaders and other incumbent senators also lend a helping hand, in an attempt to preserve the 'camaraderie' and 'status quo' in the chamber

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Tito Sotto endorses all 7 reelectionist senators

May 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'Ako po'y 27 taon nang senador. I have been with the best and the brightest,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, as he makes a pitch for the 7 senators seeking reelection

Laguna - Senate Reelectionists with SP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Pimentel sees hope for federalism shift in Senate after 2019 elections

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

With administration-allied senatorial bets dominating pre-election surveys, Koko Pimentel expects more federalism supporters in the Senate after the May 13 polls

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Anti-Martial Law Pimentel shares 2019 campaign stage with Imee Marcos

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'We respect the President's personal decision to endorse Marcos,' PDP-Laban tells Rappler

Pimentel: Don't politicize Maria Ressa's arrest

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'Alisin natin politika, pino-politicized kasi iyan,' Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III says

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Feb 13, 2019 - 9:02 PM

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Comelec junks petitions vs Pimentel senatorial bid

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections dismisses petitions alleging that Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking a prohibited third term as senator

REELECTION BID. The Commission on Elections junks petitions to stop Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III from running again for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

Pimentel: Don't fear China, focus on legality of joint exploration

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:26 AM

What matters is not who the Philippines is engaging in joint exploration with but whether or not the agreement abides by the Constitution, says administration bet Koko Pimentel

PDP-Laban: Fielding 5 Senate bets not a sign of weakness

Feb 03, 2019 - 8:26 AM

It's a strategic decision, says PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

PDP-Laban led by the Party President Senator Koko Pimentel and Chairman former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez along with its members and leaders gather at the Seda Hotel in Quezon City on Thursday, August 2, 2018, for a leadership meeting. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

LIST: Who are Senate top spenders in 2017?

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III has the highest spending in 2017, including P3.9 million for foreign travels. But he says it comes with the position.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler