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Halfway mark: Duterte presidency 'domineering' challenge to PH democracy

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:22 PM

While quelling dissent could be 'efficient' for a president who wants to get things done, political science expert Aries Arugay says democracy is also about checks and balance

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at the Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area (CRABBA), Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City on June 17, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

A year later, the House remains Duterte’s loyal defender

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The House has consistently shown it will protect the President from his critics with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leading the charge

DUTERTE-CONTROLLED HOUSE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the House of Representatives, where the President counts at least 267 lawmakers as his allies

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

SPECTATORS. Nuns watch as lawmakers voted 217-54-1 in favor of reimposing the death penalty on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

THE WHIP. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas gestures as his colleagues vote on HB 4727 on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leni Robredo: The new, 'default' face of the opposition

Dec 06, 2016 - 11:18 AM

Minority senators laud the move of the Vice President and accept her with open arms: Welcome to the minority

Vice President Leni Robredo takes in questions from our colleagues in the media Thursday morning.

A 'distracted' Senate in Duterte's first 100 days

Oct 08, 2016 - 11:00 AM

There is a huge legislative agenda but the Senate cannot really help itself but do all these investigatory hearings that often do not aid legislation an analyst says

DISTRACTED? Barely 3 months into office, the Senate had its hands full with heated word wars, congressional inquiries, and several legislative and budget hearing.

The problem with Con-Ass? Distrust of Congress

Jul 31, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Critics oppose the move to convene a Constituent Assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution: The 17th Congress cannot be trusted to legislate against its own

Guests stand up as President Rodrigo R. Duterte arrives at the Gallery of the Batasang Pambansa to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 25, 2016. ALBERTO ALCAIN/PPD

Jejomar Binay's impossible dream

May 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay s name vast political experience and formidable political machinery are not enough to make him the 16th president of the Philippines What went wrong?

THE CANDIDATE. Vice President Jejomar Binay promises a better life for Filipinos during his miting de avance on May 7.Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Grace Poe and the lost presidency

May 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

She had the name She had the charisma She had the lead What went wrong?


Poe admits husband is former US Air Force

Apr 07, 2016 - 11:13 PM

A political analyst notes that Grace Poe apparently kept this information from the public

File photo by Rappler

Binay ‘lackluster’ in 1st presidential debate – analysts

Feb 22, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Members of the Vice President s camp disagree with political analysts saying he did a good job at conveying his campaign message of addressing poverty

LACKLUSTER. Two political analysts say Vice President Jejomar Binay could have done better during the first presidential debates. Photo by Comelec EID

Grace Poe 'well-practiced' for the 1st presidential debate

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:41 PM

The presidential bet a former debater in high school says: There s really no tough questions because I prepared for it What s difficult is the lack of time

Photo by Comelec EID

Grace Poe's campaign: Mixed messaging, disqualification woes

Feb 06, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Aside from the disqualification issue Poe has to work on her messaging ratings and campaign organization as she campaigns to be the next president

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler