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Zarate to Ombudsman: Fire Parlade for red-tagging

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) The affidavit-complaint of Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate also seeks the immediate preventive suspension of Southern Luzon military chief Major General Antonio Parlade Jr

SOLCOM CHIEF. Major General Antonio Parlade Jr addresses troops on March 5, 2020. Photo from the Southern Luzon Command Facebook page


Iloilo cops arrest 40 activists protesting murder of Bayan Muna coordinator

May 01, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Bayan Panay says they planned to light a candle where Porquia was killed

Veteran journalist Marie Peña-Ruiz, 65

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:32 PM

The longtime Radyo ng Bayan broadcaster and former Malacañang Press Corps president was the beloved 'chairman' to Palace reporters

Photo courtesy of Aytch de la Cruz

PDP-Laban to support Cayetano as long as he’s Speaker

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, the man whom Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano accuses of trying to oust him, does not attend the meeting

DUTERTE ALLIES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center, back row) and PDP-Laban lawmakers do President Rodrigo Duterte's fist pose after their meeting on March 9, 2020. Photo from Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

Locsin locked out of Twitter after violent tweet vs Bayan

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) 'Lighten up my friend,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after he is allowed to access his account again

LOCKED OUT. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the withdrawal/termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement on February 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

As coup rumors swirl, PDP-Laban sets meeting with Cayetano

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:22 PM

There are also plans for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to talk with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano separately, but it remains to be seen if the latter would even be open to such a meeting

PARTY UNDER SIEGE. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco addresses his party mates in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on March 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of PDP-Laban

On 34th EDSA anniversary, groups slam Duterte for being 'Marcos-like'

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:28 PM

Multisectoral groups take to the streets to point out oppressive policies and violations under the Duterte administration that mirror those of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Protesters call for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte during the commemoration of People Power Revolution on February 25, 2020 in Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Rita Avila on 'Walang Kasarian Ang Digmaang Bayan': Understand why my character said the line

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:03 PM

The movie was disqualified from Sinag Maynila

Sinag Maynila 2020 disqualifies film critical of Duterte from festival lineup, director speaks up

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filmmaker Jay Altarejos calls out festival co-founder Brillante Mendoza, challenging him to disclose the true reason for his film's disqualification

WALANG KASARIAN ANG DIGMAANG BAYAN. Jay Altarejos' film is disqualified from the Sinag Maynila 2020 festival. Screenshot from Facebook.com/CinemaBravoPH

PDP-Laban loses another member as Biliran congressman joins Lakas-CMD

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Though not a major party in the House with just 30 allies, Lakas-CMD remains influential given its ties to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

OATH-TAKING. Biliran Representative Gerardo Espina Jr (3rd from R) takes his oath as Lakas-CMD member before party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on February 19, 2020. Photo from Romualdez's staff

As allies jump ship, PDP-Laban stalwart wants 'balimbing' ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

ENOUGH WITH PARTY SWITCHING. House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel, a PDP-Laban stalwart, backs the proposal to amend the charter to bar turncoats. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

NUP amasses power in House after 4 more lawmakers defect from PDP-Laban

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) La Union Representative Sandra Eriguel says she joined the National Unity Party as it is 'the party to reckon with, the party of the future'

NEW MEMBER. PDP-Laban loses two crucial members in Deputy Speakers Boyet Gonzales and Dan Fernandez, who are now allied with NUP.

Groups seek P29-billion refund for Meralco consumers

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Congress should investigate how the power distributor 'overcharged' customers from 2013 to 2018, say Bayan Muna and the Matuwid na Singil sa Kuryente Consumers Alliance

BLOATED RATES? Groups have questioned Meralco's computation of consumers' monthly electricity bills. This photo taken on January 24, 2019, shows protesters rallying against the use of coal to produce energy. File photo by Gerard Carreon

Bayan Muna, Karapatan condemn ‘witch hunt’ vs Lumad evacuees in Davao City

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Paramilitary group Alamara allegedly forcibly enters the UCCP Haran compound where Lumad evacuees have taken refuge since 2015

LUMAD ATTACK. Progressive and human rights group decry paramilitary group Alamara's attack against Lumad evacuees in Davao City. Photo courtesy of Save Our Schools Network Facebook page

Petition vs EDSA provincial bus ban hits a bump

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Even with a Supreme Court dismissal, there is still an injunction on the bus ban issued by a Quezon City court in July 2019 that favors provincial operators

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fact-finding team finds irregularities in Negros mass arrests

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Bayan Muna spokesperson Teddy Casiño says the raiding team claimed the 'firearms and grenades' were recovered in plain sight – in tables, cabinets and the kitchen sink

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate, Fr. Melvin Fajardo of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Clarizza Singson of Karapatan-Negros, Bayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño, Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, Elmer Labog of Kilusang Mayo Uno, former Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano, and Defend Negros convenor Ariel Casilao (l-r) in a press conference in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 7. Marchel Espina/Rappler

Military denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

31 released from Negros crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Prosecutors order the release after finding out the suspects were not members of the rebel group New People's Army

RELEASED. Jose Max Ortiz (center) fetches his clients, the 21 terminated workers earlier accused as members of the New People's Army. Photo by Marchel Espina

44 activists arrested in Negros crackdown charged

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

For security reasons, the suspects are charged inside the headquarters of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office

Authorities file criminal charges against the 44 individuals believed to be members of New People's Army at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City on Monday, November 4. Photo courtesy of Army 3rd Infantry Division

Police arrests 3 in raid of Bayan office in Tondo

Nov 05, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Police secure search warrants in the raids in Bacolod City, and Paco and Tondo in Manila from QC RTC Branch 89 Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo

Panelo 'sorely missed the point' of commute challenge, say militant groups

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:49 PM

'Kung walang krisis sa transportasyon, malapit na dapat siya sa Baguio sa ganoong katagal na biyahe,' Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says after Panelo insisted that there is no transportation crisis, even after a nearly 4-hour trip to work using public transportation

COMMUTE CHALLENGE. Spokeperson Salvador Panelo in a jeepney along Aurora Blvd in Quezon City on October 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[Mga Kuwentong Bayan] Sulu: The 7 Biraddali Sisters

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:05 AM

‘Us seven sisters take the rainbow down to earth to remove our silver wings and relax and bathe in the fresh mountain springs. One day, a human saw our wings on the ground and threatened to make us his wives.’

DOST Filipino scientists and engineers bag 2019 Presidential Lingkod Bayan award

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is given to outstanding civil servants for their exceptional contributions with nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony

TRAILBLAZERS. DOST's Advanced Space Technology Research and Services is awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award for placing the country in the space technology map through the development of DIWATA-1 and 2, the country’s first microsatellite, and the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center on September 10, 2019. Photo from DOST-ASTI

Robredo camp on attack vs Abante: 'Brazen assault on our free press'

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'This attempt to intimidate and silence Abante...must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos,' says the spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo

DOJ summons leftist representatives over student recruitment

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The complaint mistakenly identifies Tom Villarin as Anakbayan representative. Villarin is a member of Akbayan, which is from a different faction of the Philippine Left.

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Pimentel on his way out? 'About time' PDP-Laban elects new leaders, senator says

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:00 AM

'We will call for a national assembly. We will listen to the voice of the members kung sino ang gusto nila (who they want). Definitely, there will be some changes,' says party president Aquilino Pimentel III

PATIENCE. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III asks his partymates to be patient. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDP-Laban assures House members it's fighting for their choice committees

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Party leaders try to counter 'black propaganda' about supposed discontent among congressmen and congresswomen in dividing the spoils of the Speakership battle

GOING STRONG? PDP-Laban members in the House and the Senate does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump for the cameras on August 7, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte gets back at Gordon over ex-military appointees: ‘Mind your big belly’

Aug 01, 2019 - 10:22 PM

‘Why do you criticize me? It's my prerogative. It is not prohibited by law,’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells Senator Richard Gordon

PREROGATIVE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the reception party upon his arrival at the Jolo Airport before heading to Camp Bud Datu in Indanan, Sulu on July 15, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte approves franchise for solar firm of Loren Legarda's son

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Leandro Leviste's Solar Para Sa Bayan gets a franchise to operate in specific provinces

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does his signature pose with Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste after the latter provided a solar panel patterned after the portrait of the President during the inauguration of the Solar Philippines Factory at the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on August 23, 2017. Malacañan Photo

How Solar Para Sa Bayan plans to end energy poverty by 2022

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The plan is for power outages to become a thing of the past, even in remote areas

CSC grants eligibility to Sanggunian members

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Civil Service Commission encourages Sanggunian members to apply for Sanggunian Member Eligibility

'Unjustified' to sanction PDP-Laban lawmakers who won’t back Velasco

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership

FOR ROMUALDEZ. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is voting for speakership bet Martin Romualdez, going against the wishes of his party PDP-Laban. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

At least 40 PDP-Laban lawmakers back Velasco for Speaker

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Aurelio Gonzales Jr, another PDP-Laban speakership bet, also throws in the towel and supports Lord Allan Velasco's bid for the highest post in the House of Representatives

THE CHOSEN ONE? Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco gets the support of at least 40 of his PDP-Laban  party mates. Photo from Velasco's Facebook page

Senate approves franchise of Legarda son's solar company

May 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM

A total of 16 senators vote in favor of the measure granting a franchise to the solar firm of Leandro Leviste, son of Senator Loren Legarda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste upon his arrival at the Solar Philippines Factory for its inauguration at the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on August 23, 2017. Also in the photo is Senator Loren Legarda. Malacañan Photo

Lacson, Drilon question bill granting franchise to Legarda son's solar firm

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bayan Muna, 3 other Left groups defy red-tagging, keep House seats

May 22, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Despite sustained government attacks on their leaders, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan manage to win in the party-list race

SWEET VICTORY. Bayan Muna ranks second in the 2019 party-list elections despite government's campaign against it. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

A month before polls, 76% of Filipinos 'aware' of party-list system – survey

May 03, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The level of awareness is highest among voters in Metro Manila and lowest in the Visayas, according to a Pulse Asia survey held in from April 10 to 14

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig City during the 2016 elections. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City weigh in on Duterte's 'drug war'

May 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Some candidates throw their support behind the ongoing campaign, while others propose different solutions to the illegal drug problem

ON 'DRUG WAR.' Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City attend the Mega Cebu Candidates Forum Klarohay Ta! on April 29 at the University of San Carlos. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers

May 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Labor groups with varying political ideologies gather to express support for pro-worker senatorial candidates – a show of unity that they describe as 'historic'

LABOR DAY. Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno march to Mendiola, Manila as part of their Labor Day activity on May 1, 2019. Phoyo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Bayan Muna leads party-list groups in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The results of the March survey also show that 7 in 10 Filipinos are aware of the party-list system

CAMPAIGN. Bayan Muna has topped the survey on voters' preference for party-list groups vying for seats in the House of Representatives in the May 2019 elections. Photo from the Facebook page of Bayan Muna

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison

After rape-slay of Cebu girl, Duterte warns drug addicts of 'most dangerous time'

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:46 PM

During a PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cauayan City, Isabela, the President denounced the rape and murder of 16-year-old Cristine Silawan

DEATH PENALTY. At the PDP-Laban rally in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019, senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa (shaking hands with President Duterte) reiterates his stand to restore capital punishment for drug-related crimes. Malacañang photo

PCSO: 'Peryahan ng Bayan' not authorized to use our logo

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:47 PM

STL operators are complaining that the unauthorized Peryahan ng Bayan operation is affecting their revenue

Build Malay fire station now, town execs urge BFP

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Malay is one of municipalities in Aklan province without a fire station

TWO DISTRICTS. The Senate passes the bill that will split the province of Aklan into 2 legislative districts.

Presence of stray dogs in Boracay still a public health hazard

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

A Malay town board member is worried the dogs may bite those attending Simbang Gabi