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Isn't it ironic? Poor connection forces suspension of Senate hearing on internet

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Telco representatives are not spared from bad internet connection

SUSPENDED. Senator Grace Poe suspends Senate hearing on the status of internet connection in the Philippines due to poor connectivity. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Poe, Hontiveros silent over coronavirus crisis

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:39 PM

Both senators have responded to the coronavirus crisis by doing their jobs as legislators and by providing assistance to frontliners

FALSE: Grace Poe to file bill blocking Facebook in light of ABS-CBN shutdown

May 25, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Her supposed plan to block Facebook is a rehashed claim that has been debunked as early as 2018

Poe to legislators: 'Make laws enabling women to achieve more'

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'It is incumbent on those of us who have succeeded in our careers, to help pave the way for others to follow,' says Senator Grace Poe

WOMEN 2020. Senator Grace Poe speaks at the International Women's Day event organized by Spark! Philippines on March 5, 2020. Photo from Office of Senator Grace Poe

Senate presses House to act on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:24 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe says the Senate will discuss the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise even though the House of Representatives has no plans of tackling it

Members of the media staged a rally at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida’s filing of chrages at the Supreme Court asking for a revocation of ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Calling to defend press freedom from the government’s crackdown on media entities and organizations like ABS CBN. February 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Poe wants Senate to discuss ABS-CBN's compliance with franchise terms

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) But Senator Panfilo Lacson does not see the point of doing this, citing the petition against ABS-CBN already filed with the Supreme Court

PRESS FREEDOM. Members of the media staged a rally at Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida's filing of a quo warranto petition at the Supreme Court asking to void ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Paghihiganti?' Senators slam TWG for ending motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The Senate committee on public services finds no compelling reason why the TWG had to terminate the motorcycle taxi pilot run

RETALIATION? Senators grill motorcycle taxi technical working group head Antonio Gardiola Jr regarding the termination of the pilot run. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe to motorcycle taxi TWG: Expect more lawsuits

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Poe also says the Senate will continue hearings to expedite the passage of the law that will legalize motorcycle taxis

EXPECT MORE LAWSUITS. Senator Grace Poe presides during the Senate hearing on the regulation of the use of motorcycle as public utility vehicle on January 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr drops bid to modernize all jeepneys by 2020

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Transportation will now make roadworthiness the standard for allowing PUVs to remain in operation. Meanwhile, the franchise consolidation aspect of the modernization program will be upheld.

ROADWORTHY? Jeepneys will now be tested for roadworthiness instead of being replaced with modernized units. Photo from Department of Transportation - Philippines Facebook page

Poe suggests business coaches for MRT3: 'Think out of the box'

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The senator floats the idea as a way to convince passengers to take the train instead of driving private vehicles

BUSINESS COACHES. Would you pay P300 for a guaranteed space in the MRT3? File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate panels push for transportation safety board

Sep 30, 2019 - 2:10 PM

If created by law, the proposed National Transportation Safety Board would be the primary agency focusing on transport-related investigations

ROAD CRASHES. Since 2013, 3 cities in Metro Manila have consistently recorded the highest number of road crashes in the capital region. File photo

Poe says lawmakers 'not in a rush' to pass fintech bill

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Senators recommend the creation of a task force among government agencies to study digital currencies such as Bitcoin

DIGITAL CURRENCIES. Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies, presides the senate hearing on the digital currencies and banking situations in the country on September 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe-Tugade spat escalates: 'Underperforming' vs 'full of herself'

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Transportation speaks for its chief, saying Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade 'will not allow himself to be used as props for political theatrics'

ONGOING FEUD. The tension between Senator Grace Poe and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade continues beyond the Senate session hall. Photos by Joel Liporada and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe compares Tugade to Dominguez: 'Bihira ka magpakita dito'

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Senator Grace Poe, who led a Senate hearing into the provincial bus ban, also says that until now, the Department of Transportation has not presented a traffic master plan

EXCUSES? Senator Grace Poe slams Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade for using the traffic situation as an excuse to ask for emergency powers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe: DOTr using lack of emergency powers as excuse for not doing job

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Poe says the existing laws sufficiently cover the fast-tracking of procurement and implementation of projects

NOT NECESSARY. Senator Grace Poe, along with other senators, do not see the need for emergency powers in addressing transport concerns such as procurement and project implementation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on provincial bus ban

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:06 AM

The harrowing gridlock along EDSA due to the dry run of the ban left thousands stranded

'With popularity comes responsibility,' says Grace Poe on FPJ's 80th birthday

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

'Hindi maganda na popular ka lang pero popular ka sa mga bagay na hindi dapat sundin ng ating mga kababayan dahil hindi makakabuti sa kanila,' says Senator Grace Poe on Fernando Poe Jr's 80th birthday

80th BIRTHDAY. Senator Grace Poe with her mother actress Susan Roces offer prayers and candles to the tomb of her father, Ronald Allan Kelly Poe or famously known as the action star Fernando Poe Jr., to celebrate the 80th birth anniversary at the Manila North Cemetery on August 20, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After provincial bus ban mess, senators want review of MMDA powers

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'The reason for the injunction is that the MMDA admitted that they have no power and it belongs to the LGU. It's an opportunity for us to review this particular aspect,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

LIMITED POWER. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia admits that they don't have policy-making powers in introducing the provincial bus ban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate probe into provincial bus ban set for August 13

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Puro eksperimento, habang taumbayan naman ang nagdurusa.... Bakit kalunos-lunos ang paglala ng trapik?' asks Senator Grace Poe

NO TRAFFIC? A commuter takes a photo of EDSA which shows the bumper-to-bumper traffic among public utility buses, while the lanes for private vehicles are empty. Photo from Karl Marion Mercado

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

Poe to LTFRB: Consider lifting deactivation of hatchback drivers

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

'Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa Kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?' says Senator Grace Poe

DRIVERS. Deactivated Transport Network vehicle Service (TNVS) operators and drivers from Grab along with Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection announced in a press conference in Quezon City on July 4, 2019, its plan to file a class suit against the LTFRB and a Mandamus Writ to implement its own Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback vehicles to operate as TNVS. File photo by Jire Careeon/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Senators obeyed ‘their conscience,’ not somebody’s command

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Reelected Senator Grace Poe pays tribute to graduating colleagues who, she believes, will in time ‘reclaim their place again in this chamber’

LAST DAY. Eighteen of the senators of the 17th Congress attend the last session day on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: New senators flash Duterte fist pump – except for 2

May 22, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Reelected senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay refuse to join their fellow winners in making the trademark salute to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S SENATE? Winning senators in the 2019 elections, except for Senators-elect Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, make President Rodrigo Duterte's trademark fist pump. Rappler screenshot

Grace Poe at No. 2: Where fading FPJ magic, being independent brought her

May 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The challenges in her campaign snatch from her the most coveted top rank in the Senate race

Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe top elections in first transmission

May 13, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go grabs the third spot

Defective machine at Grace Poe's precinct bogs down voting

May 13, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(4th UPDATE) Relectionist Senator Grace Poe initially fails to cast her ballot after the vote-counting machine in her polling precinct encounters a technical problem

GLITCH. The voting machine at the precinct, reelectionist senator Grace Poe is supposed to vote, is not working. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Cynthia Villar dislodges Grace Poe as Senate race front-runner – Pulse Asia

May 11, 2019 - 9:46 AM

With just days to go before election day, only 3 in 10 registered voters have a complete slate of 12 candidates, according to the final preelection survey of Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated

SENATE RACE FRONT-RUNNER. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar on the campaign trail. Photo from the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

IN PHOTOS: Grace Poe's star-studded Tondo miting de avance

May 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Coco Martin of ‘Ang Probinsiyano,’ and the Itchyworms are in attendance

ENDORSE. Ang Probinsyano star Coco Martin endorses 'ate' Grace Poe's Senate bid. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sharon Cuneta endorses Poe's Senate bid, thanks husband Kiko's 'respect'

May 11, 2019 - 12:38 AM

'Sa aking puso ay naninindigan na po ako para sa mahal ko sa buhay, at 'yan po si Senator Grace Poe,' the Megastar says during Poe's miting de avance in Tondo

MEGASTAR. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe is endorsed by the 'Megastar' Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe ends campaign solo in Tondo miting de avance

May 10, 2019 - 11:33 PM

'Hindi ko naman inaasahan na may iimbita sa akin, kasi parang ang dinig ko kailangan lapitan para humiling. Eh nahiya naman ako,' says independent Senate bet Grace Poe on ending her campaign solo

SOLO. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe ends her campaign solo in her miting de avance held in Tondo on May 10, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

Poe stresses importance of 'independent' Senate in Bulacan sortie

May 09, 2019 - 4:22 PM

'Ayaw 'nyo ng isang Senado na sunud-sunuran lang,' reelectionist Senator Grace Poe tells voters in Bulacan, the 6th most vote-rich province in the country

MOTORCADE. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe goes on a motorcade with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Senator Joel Villanueva in Bulacan. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe to Pangasinan voters: Make me top senator in 2019 elections

May 08, 2019 - 8:00 AM

This is reelectionist Grace Poe's second visit to Pangasinan, home province of her late father and actor Fernando Poe Jr, since the campaign started

HOME. A week left before Election Day, Grace Poe comes home to Pangasinan. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg

Campaign Convos Podcast: Can Grace Poe keep her lead?

May 07, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Independent candidate Grace Poe has consistently topped senatorial surveys, with just one other reelectionist seen as challenging her front-runner status. Reporter Aika Rey tells us about her 2019 campaign.

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

In Lipa City, Poe says Batangas feels like 'home'

May 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos Recto has always been her 'partner'

BATANGAS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe with incumbent Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos-Recto and her husband Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. Photo from Poe's office

At Angkas event, Grace Poe promises to fast-track legalizing motorcycle taxis

May 04, 2019 - 8:28 PM

'Binibilisan ko, pinag-aaralan ko, para ang prangkisa na maghahatid ng mas maganda, mas mabilis, at mas affordable na transportation sa lahat, at pagkakakitaan ninyong lahat sa ligtas na paraan, ay maipasa na,' says Senator Poe

RIDING COMMUNITY. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe appeals to the riding community to vote for her in the upcoming 2019 elections. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe appeals to Cavite voters to elect more women senators

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Poe says women legislators help push for policies that may 'help families and give more jobs'

MORE WOMEN. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe speaks in front of women voters in Carmona Town Gym on April 30, 2019. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

Poe says some local leaders refuse to host her too

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says she relies on her friends and other contacts in places where local officials are not keen on welcoming her

SORTIE. Grace Poe visits Carmona, Cavite on April 30, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Villar, Poe share top spot among Senate bets in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The results of the Pulse Asia survey show voters' preference for Senator Cynthia Villar at 51.7%, slightly higher but statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe's 50.5%

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

5 top Senate bets have yet to register social media pages

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Less than half of senatorial bets have complied with this new Commission on Elections requirement as of Monday, April 15

SOCIAL MEDIA. Leading senatorial candidates Lito Lapid, Grace Poe, Bato dela Rosa, Imee Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada have not registered their social media pages for the midterm polls as of April 15, 2019. Photos from senatorial bets' Facebook pages

Poe says performance, FPJ's legacy her 'edge' over Senate bets

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says she still has more areas to cover in the campaign even if she has consistently topped pre-election surveys

MOTORCADE. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe gives out ballers to Cainta residents. Photo from Poe's office

Poe backs changes in 'doble plaka' law

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) Reelectionist senator Grace Poe supports President Rodrigo Duterte's call to 'cure' certain provisions of Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019

PROTEST. Thousands of motorcycle riders protest against the use of two plates under the new law. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On his birthday, Gatchalian endorses 6 out of 7 reelectionist senators

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says he is endorsing the bid of his friends in Senate, whom he fully believes will serve 'with integrity'

REELECTIONIST SENATORS. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian celebrates his birthday by endorsing the bid of reelectionist senators in Valenzuela City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe says fisherfolk need to receive fuel subsidy from gov't

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:27 PM

If there is Pantawid Pasada program for jeepney drivers, reelectionist senator Grace Poe says there should also be 'Pantawid Pambangka' program

FUEL. Fishermen also uses fuel for their motorbancas. AFP photo

Poe: Release 'made in China' loan contracts in full for public scrutiny

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can begin the review process by releasing in full the loan agreements, including annexes and minutes of the meeting of the reviewing and approving bodies,' says reelectionist senator Grace Poe

RELEASE DOCUMENTS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe calls for a review of China loan agreement documents. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coco Martin endorses 'Ate' Grace Poe in Cebu

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Hinihingi ko po sana ang tulong 'nyo dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal ko sa taong 'to at itinuturing ko pong ate,' says Coco Martin, as he asks vote-rich Cebu to support reelectionist Senator Grace Poe

COCO FOR POE. Coco Martin campaigns for Ang Probinsyano Party List and reelectionist senator Grace Poe in Cebu. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Poe courts vote-rich Cebu: Ensure Senate is balanced, well-represented

Mar 30, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'Ang Senado...hindi pwedeng galing sa isang partido lang. Kung hindi, walang mangyayari dahil puro approve-approve lang o kaya puro disapprove,' reelectionist Senator Grace Poe tells voters in Cebu

SUPPORT? Senatorial bet and survey frontrunner Grace Poe says Cebuano voters are 'thinking voters.' Photo from Poe's Twitter account

Grace Poe in Bacolod: Better to vote for mixed slate

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The reelectionist senator, who is running as an independent, says it 'would really be for the advantage of everyone' if lawmakers come from different parties and persuasions

INDEPENDENT. Grace Poe, who visits Burgos market in Bacolod, says being party-less allows her more flexibility in her campaign schedule. Photo courtesy of Team Grace Poe