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‘We love you, Kobe’: House launches exhibit honoring NBA legend at Batasan

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a self-described big fan of the LA Lakers, publicizes a part of his personal NBA memorabilia collection to honor the late Kobe Bryant

MAMBA OUT. The left sneakers of the Kobe VI Blue Camo's that the late Kobe Bryant wore when he visited Manila in 2011. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LP: Remember dark 1978 elections, be brave in May 13 polls

Apr 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Campaign manager Francis Pangilinan likens Otso Diretso to Laban opposition bets who struggled in the 1978 Interim Batasang Pambansa elections

COURAGE. Liberal Party stalwarts Francis Pangilinan (2nd from L) and Erin Tañada (3rd from L) recall people's courage during the 1978 Interim Batasang Pambansa elections. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau Director Edith Cardenas says 'this is not the first' time a foreign flag was raised at the House of Representatives

CHINA AT THE HOUSE. Chinese flags are seen flapping in the wind at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Asked if she will be attending the tobacco funds probe the next day Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says I have no idea Pine pray over ko pa

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

11 things to expect at Duterte’s SONA 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:49 PM

UPDATED From a Mindanao inspired menu to the President reusing one of his old barongs here s what to expect on SONA day on July 24

D-DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte is applauded by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during last year's SONA. Photo from Malacañang

IN PHOTOS: Preparations for Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Repairs are underway at the Batasang Pambansa where President Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering his speech on July 24

SECURING DUTERTE. A security personnel at the Batasang Pambansa checks the session hall ahead of the President's SONA. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Bar 2nd placer's inspiration: aunt who died in Batasan bombing

May 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio of Dipolog City – a graduate of Silliman University – pursued the unfulfilled dream of her late aunt to become a lawyer

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio of Silliman University ranks second in the 2016 Bar exam. Photo from the SC PIO

LOOK: Batasan prepares for SONA 2016

Jul 19, 2016 - 7:45 AM

On July 25 President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address

CLEANING. A man soaps a chair to be used during Duterte's first SONA. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Brillante Mendoza on directing SONA: I'll capture the true Duterte

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza explains why there is a need to direct the first State of the Nation Address of President Duterte

DIREK FOR DUTERTE'S SONA. Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza inspects the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall, where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belmonte happy with 'milestone' laws under speakership

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Many of them are laws that have been pending since forever outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says of the measures passed under his watch

ALL SMILES. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr donates a 1955 sculpture of Jose Rizal as well as a copy of the 1935 Constitution to the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: Canvassing of votes for president and vice president

May 27, 2016 - 12:08 PM

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Palace appeal to SONA protesters: Keep it peaceful, safe

Jul 25, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Please do not fight the police as they only want to keep the demonstrations peaceful Valte appeals in Filipino

WALKTHROUGH. A convoy of police cars pass through IBP road in Quezon City to familiarize cops with the areas affected by MMDA's traffic rerouting scheme for the State of the Nation address on Monday, July 27

Netizens on SONA 2014: No FOI?

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:58 PM

While they were disappointed over the President s non mention of the FOI bill his emotional mention of his parents and his answer to his critics and detractors were not lost on them

Leftist lawmakers walk out as SONA begins

Jul 28, 2014 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED Makabayan bloc says it s now time to impeach the President who has further pushed our countrymen into increasing poverty

WALK OUT. Makabayan Bloc reps walks out of Congress at the start of President Benigno Aquino III's SONA. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

MILF's Iqbal attends SONA

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:55 PM

The President is expected to tackle the Bangsamoro draft law during his SONA

READY. The Batasang Pambansa ahead of President Aquino's 2014 State of the Nation Address. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Watch and react to President Aquino's 5th SONA via the SONA 2014 Mood Meter and the live blog

Belmonte proposes new committee to scrutinize gov't spending

Jul 28, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr urges lawmakers to exercise oversight function over government agencies budget

OVERSIGHT. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr wants the House of Representatives to look deeper into the budget of government agencies. Photo by Rappler

#SONA2014: Join the conversation

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Be a part of SONA2014 through Rappler s online conversation and live blog beginning 2pm of July 28 Monday Philippine Standard Time

IN PHOTOS: #SONA2013 red carpet

Jul 24, 2013 - 4:17 AM

Here are our picks of the most unforgettable outfits on the red carpet in SONA2013

REP LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ of 4th District Leyte in Randy Ortiz

HIGHLIGHTS: #SONA2013 red carpet

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Who is wearing the best and worst outfit on the SONA 2013 red carpet? You be the judge