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Romualdez to Lacson: Name your sources

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'Nobody seems to know where’s that coming from,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Senator Panfilo Lacson's accusations of 'pork' against the 22 House deputy speakers

'NAME YOUR SOURCE.' Incumbent and former House majority leaders Martin Romualdez and Fredenil Castro want Senator Panfilo Lacson to name his sources. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

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

Lagman: House version of 2019 budget 'completely constitutional'

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:36 PM

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

BUDGET ISSUES. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman stands by the House's version of the 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Death penalty removed from bill amending Dangerous Drugs Act

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties

OTHER OPTIONS. A Social Weather Stations survey finds that Filipinos do not agree with death penalty if given other options.

Andaya yields House majority leadership to Fredenil Castro

Jan 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is set to head the powerful committee on appropriations, which will continue the probe into alleged budget anomalies

NEW MAJO. Capiz 2nd District Representative Fredenil Castro is the new House Majority Leader. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Term-sharing or graceful exit for Andaya as House majority leader?

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro claims there is a 'gentlemen's understanding' between him and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BYE, BYE MAJO? Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is said to be stepping down as House Majority Leader to give way to Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo allies vow pork barrel won't return in 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro says Senator Panfilo Lacson's warning against the possible return of pork barrel is just 'speculative'

NO PORK? Allies of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the unconstitutional pork barrel will not return under her watch. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House sub-committee also proposes to clip powers of judiciary

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The proposed amendment takes away the judiciary’s power to determine grave abuse of discretion and jurisdiction by the other branches of government

JUDICIAL OVERREACH? A House sub-committee on constitutional amendments want to remove the judiciary's power to determine grave abuse of discretion of the other branches of government, citing judicial overreach.

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration allied legislators with the President on Monday evening July 17

DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17. Photo from the House of Representatives

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

Alvarez-Floirendo feud to boost Duterte impeachment – Alejano

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano believes the rift between the two Duterte allies points to cracks in the ruling PDP Laban

MORE SUPPORT? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano files a supplemental impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte over his pronouncements on Benham Rise and the West Philippine Sea row. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

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

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

House to pass death penalty bill on 2nd reading on Ash Wednesday

Mar 01, 2017 - 10:16 AM

There is nothing wrong with striking out plunder under the bill since lawmakers may include the crime in future amendments to the law says Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro

APPROVAL SOON. The House terminated the debate on the death penalty measure after only 7 session days. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row – Bag-ao

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao tells congressmen Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says the death penalty bill is detrimental to OFWs on death row as well to poor Filipinos. Screengrab from

Villarin: PH to lose $12.8B in EU trade if death penalty returns

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says one of the considerations for countries to continue having tariff free trading with the European Union is the non imposition of the death penalty

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin is one of the lawmakers opposing the return of the capital punishment. Screengrab from

Return of death penalty will fix faulty justice system – lawmakers

Feb 07, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Representatives Reynaldo Umali Vicente Veloso and Fredenil Castro are all fighting for the passage of the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Administration lawmakers all delivered speeches in favor of the death penalty as the House began its debate on HB 4727. Photos of Umali and Castro by Rappler, photo of Veloso from his Facebook page

WATCH: Death penalty is retribution for victims – Castro

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Why is Rep Fredenil Castro for death penalty? Watch

FULL TEXT: Constitution allows Congress to impose death penalty – Castro

Feb 01, 2017 - 7:25 PM

In his sponsorship speech of House Bill 4727 Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro cites laws incidents of crimes quotes from saints and passages from the Bible

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro is one of the principal authors of the death penalty bill.

House delays start of death penalty debate

Jan 31, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza challenges Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to first name the 3 incumbent congressmen who are on the President s narco list before the House tackles the death penalty bill

DELAYED DEBATE. The House of Representative was set to start the debate on the capital punishment's revival on January 31. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cleansing PNP, drug war should be ‘simultaneous’ – lawmakers

Jan 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro says that the beastly and uncivilized conduct of a few scalawags does not speak for the entire PNP

CLEANING RANKS OVER DRUG WAR? Administration and opposition lawmakers weigh in on PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa's order for the police to stop participating in the drug war to clean their ranks.

Lawmakers to Duterte: Even with drug war, no need for martial law

Jan 16, 2017 - 3:25 PM

One lawmaker also says it is illogical for the President to warn that he might declare martial law since the government is saying that it is winning the drug war

NO MARTIAL LAW? Pres. Rodrigo Duterte delivers his arrival message at the Davao International Airport on December 17, 2016 after his state visits to Cambodia and Singapore. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

Questions on De Lima affair to test Dayan's credibility – lawmakers

Nov 27, 2016 - 3:09 PM

UPDATED Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro calls the criticism thrown against the House justice committee members grossly unfair and uncalled for

NECESSARY QUESTIONS? Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro (1st from left) and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (1st from right) defends their questions on the relationship between Senator Leila de Lima and her former security aide Ronnie Dayan. Photos by Rappler

The House's 'climax' congressmen: Who are they?

Nov 26, 2016 - 9:52 AM

Long time politicians a former law school dean and a neophyte legislator who advocates for the rights of the marginalized ask De Lima s former aide Ronnie Dayan questions the hearing could have done without

Netizens on Dayan, De Lima questions: 'Papa Jack', 'crossing the line'

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Some netizens are not pleased with the line of questioning by members of the House justice committee

'Nothing illegal' with Marcos burial – supermajority lawmakers

Nov 21, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Deputy Speaker Eric Singson doubts the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos would be exhumed saying Filipinos regard burials as sacred

BURIAL IS OK. Deputy Speaker Eric Singson, DIWA Representative Em Aglipay-Villar, and Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro grant a press conference on November 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo: Duterte did 'right thing' by declaring state of lawlessness

Sep 05, 2016 - 2:55 PM

When I used to have those problems in Mindanao I used to ask President Duterte to handle it for me And he handled it very well for me says former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

DEJA VU. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who declared a state of lawless violence in 2003 in Davao City, backed President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a state of lawlessness in the Philippines. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LOOK: The 12 Deputy Speakers of the 17th Congress

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The House leadership appoints 7 more deputy speakers as the 17th Congress prepares for a shift to federalism

House leaders: Marcos' burial will not wash away sins of martial law

Aug 08, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Kung akala ng mga tao ay nagbibigay ito ng katahimikan sa mga kasong dapat kaharapin ng mga Marcos nagkakamali sila says House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo

LAW PREVAILS ON MARCOS BURIAL. Deputy House Speakers Eric Singson, Mercedes Alvarez, Fredenil Castro, and Miro Quimbo hold a press conference on August 8. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Congress vows to 'work day and night' as Constituent Assembly

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The deputy speakers say the House of Representatives can its working hours so members can equally focus on legislation and amending the 1987 Constitution

'WE CAN DO IT.' Deputy House Speakers Raneo Abu, Miro Quimbo, and Fredenil Castro assure that the 17th Congress can handle convening as a Constituent Assembly. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

An open letter to Representatives Alvarez and Castro

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Why should children be made to pay for the failure of the government and society to raise them to be the responsible citizens we hope them to be? a laywer asks

Pangilinan to Alvarez: Gravity of crime, not kids' age, should matter

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Hindi naman ata tama na lahat ng batang nagkamali ay ating ikukulong at kakasuhan Dapat tingnan natin ang bigat ng kasalanan says Senator Francis Pangilinan author of the original Juvenile Justice Law

Congressmen want 9-year-old kids charged for crimes

Jul 06, 2016 - 4:24 PM

UPDATED Davao del Norte 1st district s Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz 2nd district s Fredenil Castro file an accompanying bill seeking to restore the death penalty

YOUNGER CRIMINALS? Two lawmakers are pushing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 years old. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

PODCAST: Pushing the anti-dynasty bill in a ‘sanctuary of political clans’

Aug 15, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Rappler editor at large Marites Dañguilan Vitug speaks with Congressman Fredenil Castro author of the anti dynasty bill and chairman of the suffrage and electoral reforms committee to get an update on the contentious measure

House to vote on 'less strict' anti-political dynasty bill

Jun 09, 2015 - 4:25 PM

The bill allows family members to run in different provinces It also covers common law spouses and even illegitimate children

SET TO PASS? Fredenil Castro, chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, speaks to reporters during the weekly Ugnayan sa Batasan forum. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Anti-political dynasty bill reaches House plenary

May 06, 2014 - 7:01 PM

After 27 years of being re filed several times this is the first time in the history of Congress that an anti political dynasty bill is sponsored on the floor


House committee approves bill postponing SK polls to 2016

Sep 10, 2013 - 10:13 PM

House also rejects holdover capacity for incumbent SK members

HOPEFUL. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr at the #ThinkPH summit on Friday, August 23. Photo by Leanne Jazul