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'LP will remain steadfast to principles' even if in House majority – Belmonte

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

'Maninidigan pa rin tayo,' says Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte, Liberal Party secretary-general

BACK TO MAJORITY? LP lawmakers of the previous 17th Congress pose for a picture back when they were trying to claim the House minority bloc in July 2018. Several of them have been reelected into the next 18th Congress. 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

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc

GOODBYE MAJORITY. The Makabayan bloc officially ends its membership in the House majority bloc. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

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

Being 'dilawan' in the Duterte-controlled House

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nearly a year into the Duterte presidency the Liberal Party that once controlled the House of Representatives is decimated – and divided

PDP-Laban welcomes 5 more ex-LP lawmakers

May 10, 2017 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED In defending their departure from LP Representatives Geraldine Roman and Alfred Vargas say there is overwhelming support for President Rodrigo Duterte in their respective districts

PARTY HOPPING. A total of 10 lawmakers, 5 formerly from the Liberal Party, jump ship to PDP-Laban on May 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Yellow no more: Roman, 3 other LP lawmakers jumping ship to PDP-Laban

May 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

3rd UPDATE Liberal Party lawmakers in the House are now down to 28 as an impeachment complaint looms against the party chairperson Vice President Leni Robredo

HELLO, PDP-LABAN. Representatives Geraldine Roman, Alfred Vargas, Ansarruddin Adiong, and Nancy Catamco are now members of the ruling party. Photos from House of Representatives

IN PHOTOS: Lawmakers throw belated birthday bash for Duterte

Apr 09, 2017 - 2:49 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and his wife Wen organize the party for the President whom lawmakers say did not give any marching orders during the gathering

President Rodrigo Duterte poses with lawmakers durning his belated birthday celebration on April 8. Photo from Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy

Sueno dismissal sends 'very strong signal' vs corruption – lawmakers

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Opposition legislators believe that the dismissal of Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno shows the crack and disunity in the Duterte administration

NO TO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte President gives a message during his formal investiture as Chief Scout of the Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 3. Photo by Lito Boras/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

Lagman: Alvarez on 'benevolent retreat' on threat vs House leaders

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas defends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as simply showing the qualities of a good leader by reviewing his statement that he would replace anti death penalty House leaders

ALVAREZ'S EMPTY THREAT? Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman slams Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on his supposed 'empty' threat against House leaders who thumbed down the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas: 'No replacements will happen yet' after death penalty vote

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

UPDATED Several of the 54 lawmakers who voted against House Bill 4727 hold prime posts in the House including Deputy Speaker Gloria Mapacagal Arroyo

PLEA TO THE SPEAKER. After several House leaders voted against the death penalty bill, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says he will 'handle the matter.' File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to vote on death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers will cast their vote one by one through nominal voting wherein anyone who wishes to explain his or her vote will be allowed to speak for a few minutes

THE FINAL STAGE. Will the House plenary give its nod to the death penalty measure, a pet bill of the President? File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez: 'Realistic' to limit death penalty to drug offenses for now

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says there are still a lot of possibilities for the death penalty bill including the addition of rape and plunder under the measure in the future

PRO-DEATH PENALTY. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is one of the principal co-authors of the controversial death penalty measure. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Death penalty: Absent, abstaining House leaders to lose posts, warns Alvarez

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says House leaders who will be stripped of their positions may still stay in the majority bloc should they wish

SPEAKER'S THREAT. With his latest warning, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is forcing House leaders who want to keep their positions to vote in favor of the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas on death penalty vote: Opposition 'bullied' the majority

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:55 PM

For Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas the real bullies at the House are those who are doing everything to frustrate the will of the majority

WHO'S THE BULLY? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas refuses to believe that the majority bloc is "bullying" the opposers of the death penalty bill. For him, it's the other way around. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

After death penalty vote, House a 'chamber of puppets and bullies'

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman a longtime politician decries the inordinate muzzling of the opposers of the death penalty measure

'HOUSE OF HORRORS?' Congressmen look behind Deputy Majority Floor Leader Juan Pablo Bondoc after opposition lawmakers behind opposed the approval on 2nd reading of HB 4727. Photo by Rappler

Will LP bolt House majority? Decision after death penalty vote

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party stalwarts say their party mates are willing to lose their House leadership titles should they vote against the controversial death penalty measure

THE LIBERALS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and LP secretary-general and Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte talk to the media after their party caucus. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Feb 27, 2017 - 9:48 PM

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'No conflict' between corporal punishment ban, lowering criminal liability age – lawmakers

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

While a House panel approved a measure prohibiting the corporal punishment of children another committee is expected to pass a measure lowering the criminal responsibility age for youth offenders

'NO CONFLICT.' Representatives Reynaldo Umali, Gwendolyn Garcia, and Estrellita Suansing hold a press conference on February 27. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House ends death penalty debate after 7 session days

Feb 22, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Congressmen also approve the amendments to only list 10 crimes under the bill remove the mandatory penalty of death and to add safeguard measures for the accused

ADJOURNED. The House of Representatives ends the death penalty debate on February 22. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House debate on death penalty bill ends Feb 28

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The majority in the House moves the deadline a week earlier after the minority bloc kept bringing up the question of quorum every time a lawmaker speaks

SHORTER TIME. The House majority bloc agrees to shorten the time allotted for the death penalty debate. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Plunder, treason, rape, drug crimes to stay in death penalty bill

Feb 20, 2017 - 5:36 PM

UPDATED Other crimes like murder and possession of drugs will be removed under the controversial House measure

BILL AMENDMENTS. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the majority congressmen agreed to water down the death penalty measure. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas: Death penalty debate ends when majority bloc says so

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:55 PM

The House Majority Leader issues the warning after anti death penalty lawmakers again insisted on meeting the attendance requirement during the debate

WARNING. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas issues a warning anew against the opposers of the death penalty bill. Screengrab from

The clock is ticking on anti-death penalty lawmakers

Feb 11, 2017 - 3:33 PM

House rules state every lawmaker has the right to speak for an hour in a plenary debate but after a recent majority ruling anti death penalty congressmen now have fewer minutes on the floor

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Among the opposers of the death penalty bill is Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. File photo of Lagman by Darren Langit/Rappler

Congressmen's compromise: No mandatory penalty of death in bill

Feb 08, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says majority congressmen agreed to give judges the option to punish perpetrators of heinous crimes with either life imprisonment or death

COMPROMISE. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says majority congressmen have agreed to input several changes in the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez warned: You'll lose allies over arm-twisting on death penalty

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is trampling on the principles of House leaders by insisting on a pro death penalty vote

WARNING TO THE SPEAKER. Opposition lawmakers disagree with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's threat against House leaders who will be opposing the death penalty bill. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappelr

Alvarez: House leaders vs death penalty will be replaced

Feb 08, 2017 - 11:47 AM

[Ang] mga deputy speakers [at committee chairpersons] na di sasama sa administration bill papalitan po natin says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

'BE PRO OR GOODBYE.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is bent on ensuring the death penalty bill will be passed on 3rd and final reading by the House. Photo by Rappler

Congressmen begin debate on return of death penalty

Feb 01, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED Starting January 31 at least 50 lawmakers are expected to go head to head with administration allies to oppose the revival of the capital punishment for heinous crimes

PRO OR ANTI? The House of Representatives begins its plenary debates on the death penalty bill on January 31.

Alvarez ‘very confident’ House will pass death penalty bill

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the House leadership will not resort to arm twisting to get congressmen to support the proposed reimposition of capital punishment in the country

'VERY CONFIDENT.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez smiles after holding a press conference on January 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House opposition: We can produce 50 interpellators vs death penalty

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED They said among the lawmakers opposing the death penalty are Karlo and Jericho Nograles who are both allies of President Rodrigo Duterte

The Liberal Party and realpolitik in the House

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo explains what it s like being member of the Liberal Party under a Duterte controlled House of Representatives After elections from close to a hundred members were reduced to 32

REALPOLITIK DECISION. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo recalls why the Liberal Party decided to stay in the House majority. File photos by Rappler

Fariñas: Suspension of lawmaking for Con-Ass 'not fatal'

Aug 05, 2016 - 2:25 PM

You are talking about divorce you are talking about death penalty E paano kung sa bagong Constitution bawal pala ‘yun? Sayang lang ang ginawa mong batas says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

STOP PASSING BILLS? House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas is in favor of temporarily stopping legislation for charter change. File photo by Rappler

Belmonte drops bid for House minority leader

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Days before the start of the 17th Congress a majority of LP members in the Lower House are set to join PDP Laban s supermajority bloc

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr foregoes his bid for the minority leadership and now wants the Liberal Party to join the supermajority bloc. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bye, PDP-Laban: LP to join minority bloc in House

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Liberal Party the former ruling party only has around 30 to 35 members left in the House of Representatives

UNA split in Congress? Binay: That’s politics

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:59 PM

UNA is minority in the Senate and majority in the House

MINORITY-MAJORITY. In the Senate, UNA is the minority but it is part of the majority in the House. Vice President Jejomar Binay says, "Those are the realities of politics." Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

RH, FOI bills running out of time

Jun 09, 2012 - 7:48 PM

What the congressmen worked on other than CoronaTrial

POLITICAL WILL: Languishing in Congress for over a decade, the sin tax measure finally passes lower House

House OKs 15 bills before Lenten break

Mar 23, 2012 - 5:46 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said they passed bills despite the impeachment

House leader downplays impeach bid vs PNoy

Feb 13, 2012 - 1:45 PM

Minority won t get needed votes

LACK OF VOTES. House majority floor leader Neptali Gonzales II downplays reported impeach bid vs President Aquino