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After Sereno ouster, 7 SC justices slapped with impeachment

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(5th UPDATE) Four of the Supreme Court justices facing impeachment are also vying to become the new chief justice to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno

FACING IMPEACHMENT: (From L-R, top to bottom) Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr, and Alexander Gesmundo. File photos by SC PIO

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo

Opposition congressmen get zero budget in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'

NO BUDGET. Opposition congressmen lead by Raul Daza (left) and Edcel Lagman (right) hold a press conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:49 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez s counter State of the Nation Address is less scathing compared to that of Albay Representative Edcel Lagman

COUNTER-SONAs. Representative Edcel Lagman and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez delivered their own counter-SONAs on July 25.

Opposition lawmakers want SC to nullify martial law

Jun 05, 2017 - 10:46 AM

6 members of the House opposition bloc believe the President s Proclamation Number 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao is bereft of sufficient factual basis

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Six out of the 7 members of the House opposition are against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and wants the SC to nullify it.  NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Six out of the 7 members of the House opposition are against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and wants the SC to nullify it.

House opposition eyes questioning Mindanao martial law before SC

May 30, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman says they plan to question the factual basis for the President s declaration as well as Congress leaders refusal to convene in a joint session

THE OPPOSITION. Representatives Teddy Baguilat Jr, Edcel Lagman, Tom Villarin, and Gary Alejano hold a press conference on May 30. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers hit 'creeping authoritarianism' under Duterte

May 29, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Representatives Gary Alejano Teddy Baguilat Jr and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates that he remains true to his oath of office to protect and preserve the Filipinos in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials and the new officers of the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) officers at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 30, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

House opposition backs De Lima's request to join Senate debates

May 22, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The 7 members of the House opposition bloc go to Camp Crame to visit detained Senator Leila de Lima who is in high spirits

MAGNIFICENT 7. Representatives Emmanuel Billiones, Tom Villarin, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Gary Alejano pose for photographers outside the PNP Custodial Center after their visit to detained Senator Leila de Lima on May 22. Photo by Darren Langit/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

ICC case vs Duterte is PH's 'last recourse' – opposition lawmakers

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The congressmen argue that the ICC may step in if the Philippines is 'shown to be unwilling or unable to investigate, prosecute, and try in good faith'

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3rd reading for death penalty bill on March 7 unconstitutional – House opposition

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Veteran lawmakers Edcel Lagman and Raul Daza say the schedule for HB 4727 s 3rd and final reading violates the 1987 Constitution and the Rules of the House of Representatives

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representative Gary Alejano, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Emmanuel Billones hold a press conference on March 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House opposition: Pointless to push for death penalty if Senate rejects it

Feb 14, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Representative Raul Daza says the House debate on capital punishment will be moot and academic if the Senate kills the death penalty bill

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representatives Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, and Tom Villarin are all opposing the death penalty measure. 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

Suarez on SC petition: Baguilat bloc trying to reorganize House

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez argues that it is beyond the Supreme Court s powers to review the dispute over his minority leadership

UNFAZED. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (front row, 2nd from left) smiles as he and other minority lawmakers show copies of his comment on the SC petition filed against him. 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

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

Lagman: House lacks numbers to restore death penalty

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:45 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells the public to wait when congressmen finally vote on the death penalty bill during plenary saying I ll take care of it

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representatives Tom Villarin (2nd from left) and Edcel Lagman (3rd from left) are both hoping more congressmen would oppose the reimposition of the death penalty. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Liberal Party urged to leave House supermajority

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says LP breaking away from PDP Laban will energize efforts to oppose policies that are unconstitutional and not in the people s best interests

FOR ROBREDO. Representatives Edcel Lagman and Teddy Baguilat Jr wants other LP lawmakers to break their alliance with PDP-Laban following the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo of Robredo from the OVP, photos of Lagman and Baguilat by Rappler

House leadership on SC petition vs Suarez: 'That's garbage'

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:40 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the Supreme Court cannot be compelled to interfere in the affairs of Congress because of the separation of powers

THE SPEAKER. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez attends the PDP-Laban thanksgiving dinner on November 16. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Suarez: LP wants to monopolize power in the House

Nov 16, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says the petition for mandamus questioning his minority leadership will reveal the Liberal Party s true intentions

UNFAZED. Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez slams members of the House for questioning before the Supreme Court his election as minority leader. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers contest Suarez's minority leadership before SC

Nov 15, 2016 - 7:20 PM

The members of the House Magnificent 7 bloc want the Supreme Court to recognize Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr as the rightful minority leader

NOW AT THE SC. Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez's minority leadership is once again being challenged by the "Magnificent 7" bloc. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers hit Duterte's 'twisted, Marcosian' logic

Nov 15, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Congressmen from the independent minority bloc of the House cite the dangers of President Rodrigo Duterte s unclear thought process

"TWISTED LOGIC." House independent minority bloc members Edcel Lagman (2nd from right) and Tom Villarin (1st from right) criticize President Rodrigo Duterte's latest pronouncement on November 15. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers condemn US embassy protest clash: 'Heads should roll'

Oct 20, 2016 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED As a society our trust in the police may only be earned if they respect the rule of law and our fundamental rights says Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr

Protesters lie on the ground after being hit by a police van during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila on October 19, 2016. Photo by AFP

Marcoleta leaves 'legitimate' House minority

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The 7 remaining lawmakers in the bloc who consider themselves the real and authentic minority now call themselves the Magnificent 7

MAKING THE SWITCH. 1-SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta is now part of the House supermajority bloc. File photo by Rappler