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Arroyo: Pandemic response must now be 'tipped towards economic concerns'

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Former president Gloria Arroyo also defends President Rodrigo Duterte, saying 'it is easy to criticize when you are seated on the sidelines, but when you are the actual gladiator in the arena, the perspective is very different'

ALLIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo share a light moment during a courtesy visit in Malacañang on November 28, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

[ANALYSIS] The Anti-Terrorism Act: Duterte will have all dissenters’ necks

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower

Framers: ABS-CBN shutdown order defies 1987 Constitution

May 07, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The closure comes 'at the worst of times' as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic

The National Telecommunications Commission(NTC) has issued a cease and desist order to the giant network ABS-CBN effective immediately. May 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foes to allies? Fierce critic Alan Cayetano woos Gloria Arroyo

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells his predecessor, 'hopefully, ma’am this bridge, from your speakership to mine, will also serve as bridge from your family to mine'

ALL SMILES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (L) sits beside former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inside the House of Representatives on March 11, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo, De Venecia reunite as Lakas-CMD vow to ‘win’ members back

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The once formidable Lakas-CMD is slowly increasing its numbers in the House, where its party president Martin Romualdez is the influential Majority Leader

GOING STRONG. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center), former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr (3rd from L, front row) pose for a photo with other Lakas-CMD members in the House on March 9, 2020. Photo from the Office of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

War with the NPA, war without end

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

From our archives: The Philippine military is treading dangerous waters with its counterinsurgency experiments

NPA rebels in Pampanga.

Ombudsman dismisses last plunder complaint vs Arroyo

Dec 01, 2019 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman says it finds no probable cause to indict former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder over the misuse of millions in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

CASE DISMISSED. The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed a plunder complaint it previously filed in 2016 against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As Martin turns 56, Romualdezes donate P500,000 to Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez throws a big birthday party attended by prominent personalities in Philippine politics and business

DONATION. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez hand the heque of their donation to Dumper Representative Claudine Bautista and South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez.  Photo by Mara Cepeda, Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] A never-ending cleanup

Nov 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

President Duterte may have been prodigious at making a mess, and far from done with it, but his is only the latest in a rarely broken run of messy Philippine leaderships

Sandigan junks Napoles' latest motion challenging plunder case

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:07 PM

There is no main plunderer, Napoles argues. The anti-graft court says, ''The eyes are useless when the mind is blind. It is apparent that the information refers to [Jinggoy] Estrada as the mastermind of the PDAF scheme.'

PLUNDER CASE. Janet Lim Napoles emerges from the Sandiganbayan on December 7, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon

Around 50 lawmakers attend Lakas-CMD dinner at Arroyo's house

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:40 PM

While Lakas-CMD did not actively recruit members during the gathering, two lawmakers took their oath as new members of the party

LAKAS GETTING STRONGER. Lakas-CMD president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez (3rd from L) administer the oath of their new members Representatives Fredenil Castro (center) and Fidel Nograles (4th from R) on August 7, 2019. Photo from Romualdez's office

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pulitika ng death penalty sa ilalim ni Duterte

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:16 AM

This is true immortality – the antidote against all the gossip that it will all end soon

Robredo, Arroyo net satisfaction ratings dip in June – SWS

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The net satisfaction rating of Senate President Vicente Sotto III stays 'very good,' while Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin's rating remains 'moderate'

DIPPING NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd from L) and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center) both see declines in their respective satisfaction ratings in mid-2019. File photo from OVP

Romualdez thanks mentor GMA 'for making me become what I am today’

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Around 100 lawmakers from different parties brave the heavy rain to attend Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez's thanksgiving dinner

VIP TABLE. Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez sits beside his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Romualdez (3rd from L) and their ally, former president and speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3rd from R). Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo, Sotto gain approval, trust of more Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Former Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remained the least appreciated and trusted top Philippine official in her final week as a public official, according to a Pulse Asia survey

STILL TRUSTED. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Senate President Vicente Sotto III after she personally appeared before the Senate committee on finance for the deliberation of the 2019 budget of her office. File photo by OVP

SC insists independence after Arroyo says Duterte helped acquit her

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

'The public can be assured that the Supreme Court has and will always act independently, and free from influence from the other branches of Government' says Supreme Court Spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka

Duterte calls Arroyo ‘true living icon in Philippine politics’

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:01 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says 'no other chief executive in our history comes close' to his ally and friend, ex-president turned House speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

STRONG ALLIES. Former president turned House speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and President Rodrigo Duterte are longtime allies. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Duterte teases Arroyo: She was 'hard to deal with' as president

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:12 PM

During her farewell dinner as House Speaker, Arroyo replies to Duterte: 'It was never my intention to be difficult with you…So I only wish that I had better EQ so I could have second-guessed everything you wanted'

Photo from the office ofn Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Arroyo thanks Duterte for helping to acquit her of plunder

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Former president and House speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says President Rodrigo Duterte 'provided the atmosphere' that led to her acquittal

GRATITUDE. Former president turned speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo thanks President Rodrigo Duterte for helping acquit her from her plunder charges. Screenshot from RTVM

Arroyo winds up 'sentimental journey' in Negros Occidental

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Outgoing Speaker Gloria Arroyo visits the Bacolod-Silay Airport and the Northern Negros National Park

TREK. Outgoing Speaker Gloria Arroyo (3rd,left) at the Northern Negros Natural Park in Negros Occidental on June 28, 2019, with local officials. Photo by Marchel Espina

Duterte 'refuses' to choose next House Speaker

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he asked House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to choose her successor but she supposedly declined

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the distinguished guests during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Old habits die hard: In Cebu, Gloria Arroyo walks out over political questions

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Even retirement has not made the former president ease up on the kinds of questions the media can ask

Arroyo revisits RO-RO ports in Cebu ahead of retirement

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo goes on a 'sentimental journey' in her final week as a congresswoman

FINAL SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY AS SPEAKER IN CEBU. SGMA visited Cebu today on her final sentimental journey as Speaker. She visited two of the Roro ports built during her time as President in southern Cebu namely Taloot port in Argao and Liloan port in Santander. In a media briefing, the Marina reported that as a result of her initiatives as Speaker arising from the House's oversight functions, a total of 19 new missionary Roro routes were established in different parts of the country this year. Four of the 19 are already operational while 15 are just waiting for the arrival of the ships that will service the routes. It was also revealed that nine more new missionary routes will be opened based on the recommendation of the shipping Industry. SGMA said she is happy that the Roro project has been revived by the present adminstration and that she is extremely delighted and honored to have helped in lowering the cost of goods, boosting tourism and facilitating travel around the country through the Roro System which she established when she was President in 2003. There are currently 140 Roro routes all over the country servicing millions of passengers and cargo handlers. / Credit photos to Arroyo's office

Arroyo defends Duterte response to Philippine boat sinking

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Take a calibrated response and be as civil as they have to be. I think that's the right approach,' former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says, referring to the administration's handling of the incident

DUTERTE ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. Malacañang photo

New 'No. 1' sculpture symbolizing legislator's roles unveiled at Batasan

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The 10-foot steel artwork is by Filipino visual artist Joe Datuin

'NO. 1.' Visual artist Joe Datuin, outgoing Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House acting secretary-general Roberto Maling pose in front of the 'No. 1' sculpture on June 13, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House commends Arroyo's leadership as 17th Congress ends

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:20 PM

House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro describes Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as 'one of the most brilliant political and academic minds in recent Philippine history'

GRADUATES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (5th from L, in blue) poses for a selfie with other outgoing legislators of the 17th Congress. All photos from Arroyo's office

Outgoing Speaker GMA to House: Harvest seeds we planted during Duterte's term

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo trumpets lawmakers' achievements under her one-year term, lauding the 'truly working House' for pushing the President's pet bills

LAST SPEECH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers her farewell speech at the Batasang Pambansa on June 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers, House staff honor ‘the wonderful life’ of Prospero Nograles

May 07, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The closest friends and colleagues of the country's first Mindanaoan speaker remember his closeness to the House staff and his love for the song, 'What a Wonderful World'

TRIBUTE. The House of Representatives holds a Requim Mass and necrological service for the late speaker Prospero Nograles Jr on May 7, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo to Kapampangan voters: Let's help PDP-Laban, guest candidates in May 2019

May 03, 2019 - 8:31 PM

'We brought PDP-Laban and some of their guest candidates here. You know their qualifications, their background, how they helped us,' House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tells her constituents

Robredo’s net satisfaction rating soars in March – SWS

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's net satisfaction rating jumps to a 'good' +42 in March from a 'moderate' +27 in December 2018

RATING UP. Vice President Leni Robredo shows a 15-point increase in her net satisfaction rating, according to a SWS survey released on her 54th birthday on April 23, 2019. Photo by OVP

Arroyo on PH-China economic ties: Better than ever

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Facing Chinese investors gathered in Taguig City, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says China is in a 'class of its own'

'CLASS OF ITS OWNSpeaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech during the Boao Forum for Asia Manila Conference on April 23, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo says restoring PH fiscal stability her 'legacy' in public service

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talks about the legacy she would leave behind as she celebrated her 72nd birthday

LEGACY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech at St Agustin Church in Lubao, Pampanga on April 5, 2019, her birthday. Photo courtesy of Arroyo's office

Arroyo to become consultant for Pampanga provincial gov’t

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo turns 72 on Friday, April 5, celebrating her birthday in her Lubao hometown

FRIENDS. The arms of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her friend Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda are linked together as they visit the  Lubao International Hot Air Balloon Festival on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Arroyo's office

Arroyo: 'World should look at China's rise as an opportunity, not a threat'

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) 'China’s effort in opening up has really been a boost for the economies of the world,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whose presidency was marked by closer ties to China

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (seated 2nd from L) speaks during the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference held in Hainan, China on March 29, 2019. Photo from Arroyo's office

Aquino hits Arroyo: 'She became Speaker, then budget was reenacted'

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III slams Congress for failing to pass the 2019 budget on time: 'Buong-buo na sila doon, hindi pa napapa-approve.'

Former president Benigno Aquino iii joins Otso Diretso candidates at a forum in South Western University in Cebu City on March 26, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House leadership scrambles to address budget deadlock

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo clarifies the House has not yet withdrawn the enrolled version of the 2019 budget, contradicting her appointed negotiator San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora

HOUSE CLASH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House committee on appropriations chair Rolando Andaya Jr, and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora differ in their statements in addressing the budget deadlock. File photos by Rappler

Arroyo insists House did nothing unconstitutional under 2019 budget

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'We would never put the President in a position of signing an unconstitutional bill,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House did nothing illegal under the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

Diokno hopes next DBM chief 'not a politician'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:09 AM

On rumors that House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be next budget chief, outgoing secretary Benjamin Diokno says: 'That's speculative. I don't want to comment on that'

OUTGOING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno talks to reporters in his last day as Department of Budget and Management chief. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Chel Diokno: Duterte worse than Arroyo in human rights violations

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

‘Never in our history have we seen this kind of killing,’ says Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, who also has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to declare the bloody campaign against illegal drugs unconstitutional

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. Chel Diokno of the Otso Diretso slate says the Duterte administration is worse than the Arroyo administration in terms of human rights violations. Rappler screenshot

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

Arroyo asks Pampanga to give Duterte bets 'landslide' win

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:50 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appears beside presidential daughter Sara Duterte to personally endorse Hugpong ng Pagbabago's Senate slate

APPEAL TO PAMPANGA. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speaks at the campaign launch of Hugpong ng Pagbabago on February 12, 2019, urging Pampangueños to vote for its senatorial bets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military will 'crush' Jolo attackers, says Malacañang

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and other officials also denounce the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, killing civilians attending Mass and soldiers who responded to the scene. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

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Arroyo dips to ‘poor,’ Robredo falls to ‘moderate’ net satisfaction ratings – SWS

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintains a 'very good' rating, while SC Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is included for the first time and gets a 'moderate' score

DIPPING NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd from L) and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center) both see declines in their respective satisfaction ratings at the end of 2018. File photo from OVP

Marijuana patch eases pain for Arroyo

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffers from multiple cervical spondylosis which causes pain on her spine

PRO-MARIJUANA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is an advocate for medical marijuana. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo creates committee to check urban poor housing

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo creates the panel after residents of a housing project in Quezon City reported cases of land grabbing

OVERSIGHT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shakes the hands of residents of NGC West in Quezon City on January 15, 2019. Photo from Arroyo's Facebook page

Lawmakers honor Rodel Batocabe, the ‘Daragueño Who Dared’

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Lawmakers and guests wear pins that read, 'Justice for Cong. Rodel Batocabe' during the memorial service

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2nd from R) sits together with slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's wife Gertie and their sons Justin and Kiel. Photo from Arroyo's Facebook page