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2 party-list reps make up House 'billionaires' club' in 2016

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:07 PM

1 Pacman Representative Michael Romero is the richest congressman with a net worth of over P7 billion in his 2016 SALN

RICHEST REPRESENTATIVES. Michael Romero and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar are the richest at the House of Representatives in 2016. Photo from Facebook and Twitter accounts

House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte ‘held nation together’ but missed campaign vows – Lagman

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Another opposition lawmaker Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the President is too preoccupied with the drug war that he forgets his other promises

FATHER OF THE NATION. President Rodrigo Dutere attends as guest of honor during the 140th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

CA showed ‘ignorance of law’ in Ilocos execs detention case – Alvarez

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advises Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes to ‘discipline’ their justices

LEGISLATURE VS JUDICIARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes the CA has no jurisdiction over Congress' authority to cite people in contempt. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Maawa naman kayo,’ detained Ilocos Norte officials tell House

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The good government committee tells the officials If you’re not willing to answer any questions wala po kaming magagawa kundi ibalik kayo sa detention cell

EMOTIONAL WITNESSES. Ilocos Norte officials Genedine Jambaro and Eden Battulayan tear up in front of lawmakers during the hearing on June 20. Photo by 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

Lawmaker wants P3,000-casino entrance fee after Resorts World attack

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:25 PM

It only seeks to address some poor people who have no more money and yet go inside and gamble all they have left for their families says Isabela 1st District Representative Rodolfo Albano III

CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.  CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.

Resorts World to fund education of victims’ children until college

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Resorts World also vows to pay P1 million each to the victims families and P500 000 to those injured during the attack

VICTIM ASSISTANCE. Resort World Manila President Kingson Sian (left) and chief operating officer Stephen Reilly swear their oaths before lawmakers on June 7. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House starts probe into Resorts World attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers hold a hearing at NAIA 3 Wednesday June 7 and plan to conduct an ocular inspection at the crime scene from across the street

DEADLY ATTACK. People light candles and offer flowers for the victims of the deadly Resorts World attack, which killed 37 people. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler  DEADLY ATTACK. People light candles and offer flowers for the victims of the deadly Resorts World attack, which killed 37 people. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mt Province Rep Maximo Dalog dies

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr calls the late Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog a wise man and leader of the Cordilleran legislators

THE LAWMAKER. The late Mountain Province Representative Maximo Dalog was the chairperson of the House North Luzon growth quadrangle committee. Photo from the website of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

House OKs bill protecting broadcast, online journalists

May 30, 2017 - 5:03 PM

House Bill 684 seeks to expand the coverage of the 70 year old Shield Law which only exempts print journalists from revealing their news sources

MEDIA PROTECTION. Lawmakers approve the bill including broadcast and online journalists under the coverage of the Shield Law.

Senate, House OK on final reading bills including casinos in AMLA

May 30, 2017 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED The two chambers of Congress are set to convene a bicameral conference committee to finalize the measure before President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law

CASINOS UNDER AMLA. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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Alvarez, Mindanao lawmakers justify martial law declaration

May 24, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Martial rule will help address Mindanao s peace and order problems say lawmakers from the region

MINDANAOANS. Representative Johnny Pimentel, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and Representative Karlo Nograles all believe martial law needs to be declared in Mindanao. Photo of Pimentel from his Facebook page, photos of Alvarez and Nograles by Rappler

Lawmakers advised to stay in Manila while waiting for Duterte’s return

May 24, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the Constitution mandates Congress to convene once the President submits its report detailing his reasons for declaring martial law in Mindanao

ON STANDBY. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (center) advises lawmakers to remain in Manila pending President Rodrigo Duterte's return from Moscow, Russia. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bill granting free tuition in state colleges hurdles House

May 22, 2017 - 8:29 PM

With the Senate passing its own version in March the bill seeking to provide free tuition in state colleges will soon be transmitted to the Office of the President

FREE TUITION. The House passes on 3rd and final reading the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. File photo by Mark Demayo

House approves bill on 5-year driver's license

May 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

The bill extending the validity of driver’s license to 5 years is one step closer to getting passed into law The Senate version was approved earlier

APPROVED. The House oks the bill extending the driver's license validity to 5 years. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Stricter attendance in House session implemented by July

May 20, 2017 - 9:09 PM

It s about time says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who announced the stricter enforcement of the rule

NO MORE LATECOMERS. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas announces the House leadership's stricter policy in session attendance for lawmakers. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

4-day work week possible if House approves bill

May 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

House Bill 5068 of Baguio City Representative Mark Go seeks to amend the Labor Code s requirement of 6 working days a week

LONGER WORK HOURS. Baguio City Representative Mark Go says if his bill becomes a law, companies will require 12-hour work days. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

If LP exodus continues, party loses Commission on Appointments seat

May 17, 2017 - 2:42 PM

With more LP lawmakers possibly jumping ship to PDP Laban it may soon lack the minimum 24 members required to maintain its slot in the CA

CRITICAL CA MEMBER. LP member and Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato is one of the more feisty members of the Commission on Appointments. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ICC complaint vs Duterte is 'mental hospital' material, says Alvarez

May 16, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, one of the complaint's respondents, says the ICC case against him, the President, and other officials is 'baseless'

UNFAZED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not bothered he is one of the respondents in the complaint filed against the Presidente and other officials before the ICC. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on 1st impeachment complaint vs Duterte

May 15, 2017 - 1:03 PM

The House justice committee will determine whether or not the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance

House hearing on Duterte impeachment complaint set on May 15

May 12, 2017 - 12:43 PM

The justice committee will determine whether or not the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance

SUBJECT OF IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House has prioritized the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Alvarez: Stick to facts, Tadeco probe not linked to personal grudge

May 09, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not going after his erstwhile friend Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr by calling for the probe into the BuCor Tadeco deal

HOUSE PROBE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) chats with Oriental Mindoro 2nd Distrist Representative Reynaldo Umali at a congressional inquiry on May 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez admits House will struggle if faced with 3 impeachment complaints

May 09, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is still studying whether or not to push through with his plan to have Vice President Leni Robredo impeached

TOO MUCH? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez laments it will be difficult for the House to review 3 impeachment complaints at the same time. Photo by Mara Cepeda

All past DOJ chiefs upheld deal with BuCor – Tadeco CEO

May 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The various contracts between Tadeco and BuCor have been reviewed and approved by no less than 6 secretaries of justice It has also passed through 14 secretaries of justice who upheld its validity says Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria

DEFENDING THE COMPANY. Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria delivers his counterarguments against the accusations of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte proclamation ‘best’ way to void BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 09, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says BuCor may file a case in court against Tadeco but this would take a very long time

DOJ RECOMMENDATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (left) attends the House probe into the deal between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation on May 9, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

House hearing on Duterte impeachment complaint eyed on May 15

May 04, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas shares his target timetable for the impeachment complaint after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez moved to have it included in the order of business

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. President Rodrigo Duterte is facing his first impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Makabayan bloc calls for national minimum wage

May 01, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate challenges the President to make real his promise lifting the workers from the bondage of exploitation

LABOR DAY PROTEST. Thousands of Kadamay members march in Quezon City on May 1, calling for an end to contractualization and an increase to the daily minimum wage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ABS-CBN franchise ‘not for urgent renewal,’ clarifies lawmaker

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez chair of the House committee on legislative franchises says the panel is prioritizing franchises that are about to expire

FRANCHISE RENEWAL BLUES. The franchise of ABS-CBN lapses in 2020, within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte who has vowed to block its renewal for another 25 years. Photo of ABS-CBN building from Wikipedia

61% of Filipinos approve of death penalty for drug convicts

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:13 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 48 of Filipinos have either extensive or partial but sufficient knowledge of the controversial death penalty House bill

APPROVED. A majority of Filipinos support the reimposition of the death penalty, a priority bill of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photos by Rappler

Suarez-led House minority won’t back Duterte impeachment

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says his bloc has yet to decide on the looming impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo but once it does it will vote as one

'CONSTRUCTIVE' MINORITY? Members of the minority bloc, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle), hold a press conference on October 5, 2016. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to host 38th AIPA General Assembly

Apr 22, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Quirino Representative Dakila Cua says the House will be tasked to draft committee resolutions involving matters of common interest to member states including regional cooperation security and economics

ALONGSIDE THE ASEAN. The AIPA presidency was turned over to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez by 37th AIPA General Assembly president and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Winn Khaing of Myanmar.

LP House majority won’t support Duterte, Robredo impeachment

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:06 AM

2ND UPDATE Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says this common consensus was reached during a meeting of 15 LP House majority caucus members with their party chair Vice President Leni Robredo

Miro Quimbo. Rappler file photo

Gloria Arroyo 'not interested' to be Speaker

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Pampanga 2nd District Rep Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also denies having talks with Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

NO TO SPEAKERSHIP. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo is not eyeing to become the next Speaker. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On the job with Congresswoman Josephine Ramirez-Sato

Apr 01, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Since her appointment to the CA Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato says she has been receiving hate messages online But for her that s all part of politics

LONGTIME POLITICIAN. Josephine Ramirez-Sato is the representative for the lone district of Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gabriela hits Alvarez for ‘flaunting’ affair

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas and Emmi de Jesus say it is unbecoming of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to generalize that all lawyers have extramarital affairs like him

'UNBECOMING.' Gabriela Representatives Arlene Brosas (left) and Emmi de Jesus (right) slam Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photos of Brosas and De Jesus from their Facebook pages, photo of Alvarez by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

‘Stop dragging us into your personal issues,’ Paola Alvarez tells Floirendo’s GF

Mar 30, 2017 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED Cathy Binag the live in partner of Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr apologizes to the Alvarez family But she adds I find it petty for some matured men to be burning bridges of friendship over a girls spat

Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez did not mince words against the girlfriend of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo JR. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Floirendo denies plotting Speaker Alvarez's ouster

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr admits having a brotherly misunderstanding with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who has so far refused to talk to him

RIFT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are currently having a 'brotherly misunderstanding.'

Floirendo ‘hurt’ by graft complaint filed by Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he has a clear conscience and he is ready to face any complaints against him

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and a possible congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Alvarez wants probe into BuCor deal with Floirendo banana firm

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files the resolution against the company of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr President Duterte s biggest campaign contributor amid ouster rumors against the Speaker

CONFLICT IN THE HOUSE? The banana firm of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr may soon face a congressional probe, following a resolution filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

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

LP not providing replacements for ousted House committee heads

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

LP secretary general Jose Christopher Belmonte says it is heartwarming that none of the party s lawmakers are willing to take the place of their ousted colleagues

NO LONGER A HOUSE LEADER. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte loses his committee chairmanship after voting to the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez grills DOTr over ‘ambitious’ MRT-LRT common station

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:26 PM

A visibly peeved Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells DOTr officials they must pay for the penalties out of their own pockets should they fail to complete the common station by 2019

GRILLING DOTR. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez attends the hearing of the committee on transportation, which is chaired by Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

Lawmakers give Alvarez ‘full support’ in House reorganization

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Should Speaker Alvarez push through with the replacements political parties will decide who will be substituting for the positions to be left by lawmakers who voted against the death penalty

IMPENDING REPLACEMENTS? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says most congressmen agree that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should replace the House leaders who voted against the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler