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Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging
Lagman describes the bill as "draconian," with too few "safeguard" provisions that would protect citizens against police and military abuse
(UPDATED) 'It would afford both the House of Representatives and the Senate to make their own respective reviews of the measure to cleanse it of constitutional infirmities,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman
(UPDATED) Congressmen argue that the National Telecommunications Commission, which ordered ABS-CBN to cease operations, should not be a 'scapegoat' for what Congress failed to do
(UPDATED) But congressmen Joey Salceda and Edcel Lagman argue lawmakers only have themselves to blame for not doing their jobs to renew ABS-CBN's franchise on time
Only 10 legislators – 9 from the House and 1 in the Senate – opposed the bill giving President Rodrigo Duterte at least 27 'special' powers vs to address the COVID-19 crisis
But Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the measure will encourage and promote the 'export of Filipino manpower'
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the upcoming House hearing 'appears to be cosmetic and inconsequential'
If passed into law, House Bill 78 would allow foreigners to fully own telecommunication and transportation companies in the Philippines which is 'fatally violative of the Constitution' the lawmakers say
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's timetable for the House to take up the ABS-CBN franchise renewal 'reveals a patent prolongation'
The Philippines is the only other country without divorce, aside from Vatican City
House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill
(UPDATED) Senators say the Duterte administration 'got snared in their own trap' and their plan 'to make [Vice President Leni Robredo] look weak backfired'
'We owe our children an environment that is free from all forms of violence,' says Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera
Only opposition congressman Edcel Lagman votes against the Malasakit Centers measure, which he says is a 'copycat' of the Senate version
'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?' asks detained opposition senator Leila de Lima
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the House plenary did not have quorum when it passed the Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman, who believes the Malasakit Centers are being used as a 'partisan tool,' fails to stop the passage of the bill in the plenary
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the crime of offending religious feelings, of which the late Carlos Celdran was found guilty, is an 'odious remnant of the Dark Ages'
'Paucity of merit and reason cannot be concealed by unparliamentary language and malevolent innuendoes,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman
After Albay congressman calls the Malasakit Centers a 'partisan tool,' the senator says Lagman's face is 'beyond repair' even by the one-stop shop for government services
An administration-allied legislator vows to further increase the budget of Vice President Leni Robredo's office 'in the proper time' to augment her anti-poverty projects
The House appropriations committee asks for PCSO's legal basis for supporting Malasakit Centers, a pet project of Senator Bong Go. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says he has received complaints about Bicol Malasakit Centers.
Both House Minority Leader Benny Abante and staunch opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman give their counter-speeches to the President's 4th State of the Nation Address
Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante also gets support from lawmakers belonging to PDP-Laban, the Nacionalista party, and the party-list groups
Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman himself says he is open to becoming the minority leader to stop the formation of a 'company union' in the House
The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines
The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, leader of the opposition bloc in the House, joins the 3-member team tasked to end the budget deadlock with the Senate
(UPDATED) A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure
(6th UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other lawmakers call for a speedy probe into the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe
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Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have 'inserted' funds without President Rodrigo Duterte's consent
Military chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says there is also no allocation in the proposed 2019 budget for another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao
Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'
'I'm up against the veteran, but I rest my case [with] the people of the first district, specifically the millennials,' says Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas
Opposition lawmakers say the convicted retired general should be immediately sent to the New Bilibid Prison
(UPDATED) Opposition lawmakers say it was obvious the House committee on justice already wanted to dismiss the impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that 'there are other concrete evidence' showing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty
There is 'no legal and factual basis' for President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty, according to Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, ex-officio member of the JBC, says the impeachment complaints will not affect the chief justice applications
(UPDATED) The more stringent rules on access to House members' SALNs were drafted under then speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Will Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo change them?
House members are gathering signatures for an unnumbered resolution that would withdraw their earlier support for the budget reform bill and the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system in 2019
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any rule on the succession of power 'must be explicit'
Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says the matter does not concern the House committee on appropriation
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana
(UPDATED) Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano have expressed their intention to file impeachment complaints against the Supreme Court justices
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says the SC 'committed hara kiri with its bludgeoning the independence of the judiciary and desecrating the sanctity of the Constitution'