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Robredo’s access to high-value target list ‘unnecessary’ – Barbers

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The chairperson of the House dangerous drugs committee is the latest official to express doubts about sharing drug intel with the Vice President as ICAD co-chair

House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Like a general orders his soldiers’: Barbers says caseless arrests vs vapers lawful

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Contradicting lawyers in the government, dangerous drugs House committee chair Robert Ace Barbers believes that the President’s verbal e-cigarette ban is enough to consider as effective as a written executive order

'MODEL' DRUG WAR. Representative Robert Ace Barbers holds a press conference on July 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2 lawmakers want mandatory drug tests at House

Nov 06, 2019 - 8:55 PM

If the government is serious about fighting illegal drugs, then its officials should be willing to get tested for drug use, say congressmen Elpidio Barzaga Jr and Robert Ace Barbers

DRUG TESTS. Two lawmakers want all congressmen and women to be tested for illegal drug use. File photo of the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives

Ace Barbers warns POGOs make PH vulnerable to drugs, money laundering

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs says the online gambling industry has the potential to 'revolutionize' the money laundering process

FRONT FOR DIRTY MONEY? A lawmaker cautions against the booming online gambling industry in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

'All circumstances' show magnetic lifters packed with shabu – Barbers

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Lawmakers end the investigation after 5 hearings eyeing recommendations to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and possible charges against liable officials

Former BOC Commissioner and now TESDA Sec. Isidro Lapena (left) with Congressman Ace Barbers (center) on Wednesday, November, 29, 2018, during the House of Representatives probe into the P11 billion missing shabu. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After shabu smuggling, Barbers asks Senate to pass death penalty bill

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Death is the only language these criminals and big-time syndicates understand,' says House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers

DEATH PENALTY REVIVAL. House committee on dangerous drugs chair Robert Ace Barbers backs the bill reviving the death penalty for drug convicts. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Barbers clears Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on dangerous drugs says command responsibility does not apply to former customs chief Isidro Lapeña either

MOVING ON. Amid the shabu smuggling controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte moves customs chief Isidro Lapena (left) to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, giving him a Cabinet-rank position. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House to summon sacked cops, Customs broker over shabu shipments

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers says they will continue establishing evidence for what they believe to be 'collusion' between the PDEA, BOC, and PNP

SHABU PROBE. House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel to compel PDEA chief to attend P6.8-B shabu shipment hearing

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino has not cooperated in any House probes into drug smuggling, says retired police general-turned-congressman Romeo Acop

NO SHOW. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino fails to attend the House probe into the smuggling of P6.8-billion shabu into the country. Screenshot by Rappler

Tensions flare as lawmakers rush to approve barangay poll postponement

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'Ang kapal ng mukha 'nyo para sabihin na hindi self-serving ang proposal,' a lawmaker tells a panelist supporting the bid to postpone the barangay polls again

TENSION IN THE HOUSE. Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams Liga ng Barangay president Edmund Abesamis as 'thick faced' in a House hearing on March 12, 2018, about proposals to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time. Screenshot from Rappler video

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

Planting drugs? House panel eyes case vs Faeldon

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs is set to release its final report on how billions of pesos worth of shabu from China made it past the Bureau of Customs

FAELDON CHARGES. Representative Robert Barbers, chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs, says they're eyeing the recommendation of charges against the outgoing BOC chairman. Bea Cupin/Rappler

House panel eyes corruption case vs Faeldon

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The draft committee report against outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has yet to be finalized and approved by members of the House panel on dangerous drugs

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

Are we postponing barangay and SK elections or not? P500M is at stake

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

If Congress decides this at the last minute, we risk tossing down the drain about a billion pesos Comelec shall have spent on the preparations

Human rights not discussed in ASEAN lawmakers' anti-drug meeting

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:55 PM

AIPA Secretary General Isra Sunthornvut says there was no room to criticize the controversial Philippine war against drugs

NO HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS. AIPA Secretary-General Isra Sunthornvut and Philippine Representatives Raneo Abu, Robert Ace Barbers, and Edgar Sarmiento face the media on July 6. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH drug war can be a 'model' for other ASEAN countries – Barbers

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Philippine lawmakers are set to share how the country is fighting the drug problem in a meeting with their counterparts in the ASEAN from July 5 to 6

'MODEL' DRUG WAR? Representative Robert Ace Barbers holds a press conference on July 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler  'MODEL' DRUG WAR? Representative Robert Ace Barbers holds a press conference on July 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers advised to stay in Manila while waiting for Duterte’s return

May 24, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the Constitution mandates Congress to convene once the President submits its report detailing his reasons for declaring martial law in Mindanao

ON STANDBY. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (center) advises lawmakers to remain in Manila pending President Rodrigo Duterte's return from Moscow, Russia. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Barbers defends 'realistic' plan to appoint barangay officials

Apr 03, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The lawmaker says appointing 300 000 barangay officials is nothing compared to the number of drug suspects and crimes that would rise if narco politicians remain in power

'REALISTIC' MOVE? Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers defends his bill giving the President the power to appoint barangay OICs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

With Duterte's backing, Alvarez will remain Speaker – lawmakers

Apr 03, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At this point in time I don t see the President s trust and confidence in the Speaker waning says Representative Robert Ace Barbers

ALLIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez looks at the President Rodrigo Duterte as the latter shows pictures of forests and bodies of water that have been destroyed by illegal mining companies during a press conference at the Malcañang Palace on March 13. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

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Why Duterte's plan to appoint barangay officials violates the Constitution

Mar 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Robert Ace Barbers' House Bill 5359, seeking to postpone village and youth polls and allowing the President to appoint OICs, contravenes the Constitution on at least 5 fronts

POSTPONE AGAIN? Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers files a bill to postpone village and youth polls yet again until 2020, and seeks to allow the President to appoint OICs by October 2017. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Robredo opposes appointment of barangay OICs

Mar 28, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the postponement of barangay elections should be an opportunity to strengthen the independence of barangay officials

NO APPOINTMENT. Vice President Leni robredo says no to the appointment of barangay officials if the elections will again be postponed. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Barbers files bill postponing barangay elections for 3 years

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers measure would also allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint officers in charge once the barangay polls are postponed

POSTPONING THE POLLS. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files a measure seeking to postpone the October 2017 barangay elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

House approves bill exempting gifts worth P100k from donor's tax

Feb 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

HB 4903 also seeks to simplify the donor s tax rate for gifts worth more than P100 000 to 6

REDUCED DONOR'S TAX. The House of Representatives approves another tax reform bill on February 27. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

LOOK: Gov’t officials play Saint Valentine

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Commuters journalists fellow politicians get some lovin from these officials on February 14

DAY OF HEARTS. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez poses with female reporters covering the House of Representatives after giving them roses on February 14. Photo from Alvarez's office

Lopez defends ex-DENR exec Leo Jasareno: 'He's really clean'

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:27 PM

I still make all the decisions; he just gives me technical feedback And at every step of the way he s been breathtakingly honest Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says of her former undersecretary who headed the mining audit

TRUST. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez speaks during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

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

Barbers files ethics complaint vs Pichay for illegal mining, disorderly conduct

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Representative Prospero Pichay Jr says a thorough and impartial probe would show that Representative Robert Ace Barbers was motivated by partisan politics when he made the allegations against him

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files an ethics complaint against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. Photo of Barbers from his Facebook page, photo of Pichay from HReps Media

Barbers wants Pichay probed for corporate identity theft, graft, illegal mining

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Pichay denies Barbers allegations calling them utter lies without basis which are motivated by partisan politics

THE ACCUSER. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers delivers a privilege speech against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr on November 14. Screengrab from HReps website

Pichay files ethics complaint vs Barbers after near brawl in House

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:27 PM

UPDATED Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers says he had expected the ethics complaint and will file a more meaty counter complaint soon

ETHICS COMPLAINT. As promised, Representative Prospero Pichay Jr (right) files an ethics complaint against Representative Robert Ace Barbers. Photo of Pichay by Rhona Wise/AFP, photo of Barbers from his FB page

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Oct 13, 2016 - 9:44 PM

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Speaker Alvarez on lawmakers' fight: It's embarrassing

Oct 13, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Despite the near brawl during a committee hearing House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they will continue to push for Congress to be convened as a Constituent Assembly to initiate the shift to federalism

EMBARASSED. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that the conflict between two lawmakers during a House hearing on constitutional amendment is an embarrassment. Rappler file photo

House panel rejects Marcelino's testimony in Bilibid probe

Oct 06, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Lawmakers instead plan to use Lt Col Ferdinand Marcelino s testimony on the 2014 NBP raid in a separate joint hearing

NO TESTIMONY. Congressmen move to disallow Lt Col Ferdinand Marcelino from testifying on October 6. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawmaker wants sidewalks, public roads cleared of obstructions

Aug 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers says his bill will help ease urban traffic

House deputy speakers open to drug testing for lawmakers

Aug 08, 2016 - 8:00 PM

For now the House Majority Floor Leader says lawmakers or House employees who wish to undergo drug testing may do so on their own

OPEN TO DRUG TEST. Deputy House Speakers Eric Singson, Mercedes Alvarez, Fredenil Castro, and Miro Quimbo hold a press conference on August 8. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler