Neri Colmenares - updates

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‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

'Hindi talaga para ito sa mga Abu Sayyaf or terrorista o sino pa mang tinatawag na terorista… Kailangan ito para doon sa dissenters, sa oposisyon,' says NUPL chair Neri Colmenares

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

DOJ summons leftist representatives over student recruitment

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The complaint mistakenly identifies Tom Villarin as Anakbayan representative. Villarin is a member of Akbayan, which is from a different faction of the Philippine Left.

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Colmenares refuses to concede Senate race

May 15, 2019 - 12:55 AM

'I will never concede defeat to a rotten electoral exercise that has basically deceived, bribed, intimidated and manipulated our people into electing the worst kinds of leaders imaginable,' says Labor Win bet Neri Colmenares

NOT CONCEDING. Former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares has 4.58 million votes as of May 14, 2019 11:48 pm from the partial and unofficial tally from the Comelec transparency server. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Angel Locsin hits black propaganda vs Colmenares: ‘Bakit grabe 'yung effort para makasira?’

May 14, 2019 - 4:41 AM

Angel expresses her frustration after videos of police allegedly distributing black propaganda against senatorial bet Neri Colmenares on election day circulate on social media

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

After Chico river, Makabayan goes after Kaliwa dam at Supreme Court

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The Makabayan bloc, led by senatorial bet Neri Colmenares, wants the $211 million Kaliwa dam loan agreement from China to be declared illegal and void

KALIWA DAM. Indigenous and environmental groups join Makabayan lawmakers in filing a petition for prohibition against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam on May 9, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

China debt trap? Opposition bets say PH at 'losing end' of 'onerous' loans

Apr 27, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Ang mahirap sa sinasabi ng pamahalaan na hindi pa ito done deal, hihintayin pa ba natin na matapos ang kontrata saka tayo magrereklano? Aanhin mo pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo?' says Otso Diretso's Romulo Macalintal

STUDY CHINA DEALS. Opposition senatorial bets oppose the China deals as is. Rappler file photos by Angie de Silva and Darren Langit

Labor candidates to admin bets: We’ll sing and dance, but only if you debate with us

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Labor Win’s Ka Leody De Guzman says he wouldn’t expect the administration allies to join debates, as doing so would supposedly expose their anti-people interests and agendas

DEBATE. The Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montaño, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman challenge administration allies to a debate. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Amend labor code to end endo, labor candidates pitch to voters

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:08 PM

For starters, labor lawyer Allan Montaño says there is a big difference to changing the word ‘or’ to ‘and’ in the labor code definition of a contractor and sub-contractor

LABOR WIN. Labor candidates (L-R) Neri Colmenares, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano pitch their labor code amendments to end contractualization during a forum on April 15, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Colmenares: Solve impunity by not electing another Duterte

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Saying that impunity reigns in the country, senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares says it’s because Duterte ‘makes sure that the judiciary is afraid of him’

Lawyer-Senatoriables Ernesto Arellano, Neri Colmenares, Chel Diokno, Sonny Matula, Erin Tanada and Joan Sheelah Nalliw during the Integrated Bar of the Philippines townhall meeting with Lawyera-Senatoriables in IBP office, Pasig City on April 12, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte critics lead Day of Valor rally vs China

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:59 PM

On Araw ng Kagitingan, protesters say the Philippines needs a leader who is brave, not macho, in defending the country's rights in the West Philippine Sea

ARAW NG KAGITINGAN. Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, including opposition senatorial bets Chel Diokno and Neri Colmenares, stage a protest against China in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City on Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Alternative candidates (and what we can do to help them)

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Alternative candidates love to talk about change. But harping on change can only backfire. A popular and highly trusted administration will not be replaced.

Colmenares defends Makabayan pick of reelectionists over labor bets

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Of course hindi namin ma expect na lahat ng ma-endorse namin ay talagang 100% in the same way that they cannot agree with us 100% also,' says Neri Colmenares

Go after syndicates, not children in conflict with the law – Colmenares

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares and Sonny Matula both oppose lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility

NO TO LOWERING MACR. Leftist leader Neri Colmenares is against lowering the minimum criminal liability age. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The two senatorial bets slam the Mining Act for favoring big corporations instead of Filipino communities

Colmenares stands by cutting taxes: Take money from useless projects

Mar 04, 2019 - 3:27 PM

‘You don’t have the moral authority to impose these taxes on us because you're not efficiently collecting taxes at ang dami niyong winawaldas sa inyong mga luho,’ says candidate Neri Colmenares

LEFTIST CANDIDATE. Neri Colmenares of the left-leaning Makabayan and Labor Win slates stands firm on cutting taxes to ease people's burdens. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/ Rappler

Labor Senate bets: We have 'real credentials' to push for pro-poor policies

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Walang tunay na makapagsalita para sa mga magaggawa maliban sa mga nagmumula sa mga manggagawa,' says Sonny Matula on the labor leaders' Senate bid

PROCLAMATION RALLY. Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montano, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman, officially kickstarts their senatorial campaign on February 19, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Colmenares, Roque back national minimum wage for Filipinos

Jan 27, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The senatorial bets argue that prices of basic goods may even be higher in the provinces compared to Metro Manila

HIGHER WAGES. Filipino labor groups have long been calling for a national minimum wage in the Philippines. Photo from the Makabayan bloc

Roque says no to death penalty in drug crimes

Jan 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the Duterte administration on death penalty for drug-related crimes

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Harry Roque says he opposes the reimposition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Labor leaders coalition on Senate bid: End contractualization

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Though far from the 'Magic 12' in recent surveys, the labor leaders are banking on the support of the unions to campaign for and support them

LABOR WIN. Labor leaders (R-L) Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montano, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares, and Leody De Guzman are part of 'Labor Win' coalition to push forward pro-worker policies in the Senate. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Neri Colmenares wants badly to be the first Leftist in the Senate

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM

‘Gusto ko bang manalo? Of course gusto kong manalo sa Senado, pero may hangganan ang pagnanais na manalo. Ang tama ay tama, at ang mali ay mali,’ says Colmenares on the limits to political compromises

Supporters of Neri Colminares gather outside the Comelec office in Manila during the filing of Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LP, Left did not form united opposition Senate slate due to 'basic differences'

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Neri Colmenares says he is content with being just the plus one of the '8+1' opposition senatorial slate

OPPOSITION. Makabayan candidate Neri Colmenares is missing from the Opposition slate for the 2019 elections.Screenshot from Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Neri Colmenares on what a leftist can bring to the Senate

Nov 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM

How will he convince Filipino voters that a leftist deserves a seat in the Senate?

Tomawis, Colmenares first opposition senatorial bets to file COCs

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Liberal party bet Samira Gutoc Tomawis and Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares arrive at the Comelec headquarters with hundreds of supporters in tow

OPPOSITION BET. Samira Gutoc with supporters satge a program at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila before filing her candidacy as Senator on October 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sam Gutoc

Bayan Muna asks SC to clarify TRO on retail electricity suppliers

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The group says the 'sweeping' temporary restraining order earlier issued by the Supreme Court 'has given monopolies like Meralco the advantage'

NUPL lawyers file SC petition to stop martial law extension

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Progressive groups say it's unconstitutional to extend martial law when there is no actual rebellion, and that President Rodrigo Duterte is really targeting dissenters and activists

DILG official's rally attendance can be test case vs revolutionary gov't

Dec 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The head of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines says anybody can file a complaint of inciting to sedition against DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III

Lawyers, law students launch group to call for end to EJKs

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Responding to lawyer Harry Roque's statement that he will throw hollow blocks at critics, convenor Tony La Viña says 'magtatapon kami ng pan de sal'

Photo by Angie De Silva

Bayan Muna asks SC to compel telcos to refund P18-B 'excess' text fee

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

The petition covers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications Incorporated, and Digitel Philippines Incorporated, which is the operating company of Sun Cellular

INTERVENTION. Bayan Muna wants the Supreme Court to intervene and green light the refund order against telecommunication companies.

Lagman: Why hide martial law details from the public?

Jun 19, 2017 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman one of the petitioners against martial law says details cited in the private session with Supreme Court justices should be released

WHY HIDE? Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman says nothing in the private presentation of Defense and Military Chiefs Lorenzana and Año is confidential, and asks why they refuse to make these details public. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida on debunked incidents in martial law report: 'It's just semantics'

Jun 14, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Former representative Neri Colmenares accuses Soiicitor General Jose Calida of inventing facts for including communist rebels in the annex of his consolidated comment submitted to the High Court

WHO'S THE LIAR? Solicitor General Jose Calida is agitated by the accusation of former representative Neri Colmenares that he is inventing "facts along the way to justify martial law in Mindanao." Calida tries to challenge Colmenares to an on the spot debate and calls him a liar. Photo by Franz Lopez/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

Petitioners urge SC to reverse ruling on Marcos burial

Nov 28, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Petitioner Edcel Lagman calls the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani a gross distortion a malevolent revision and a wanton derogation of Philippine history

'NOT A HERO.' Marcos burial protesters gather at the People Power Monument and encourage motorists to join their noise barrage on November 18. Photo by Rappler

Lagman to SC: Have Marcos remains exhumed from Heroes' Cemetery

Nov 21, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman one of the petitioners against a hero s burial for Ferdinand Marcos also wants to subject the remains to a forensic examination

FROM BATAC TO LNMB. Former President Ferdinand Marcos' remains are buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18, 2016, decades after his death, sparking protests from Martial Law victims and human rights advocates. Photo courtesy of the AFP

SC urged to cite Marcos family, military in contempt

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:55 AM

UPDATED Petitioners ask the Supreme Court to compel the respondents to return all the public funds used for the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Post-Marcos burial rage: Rallies to go on until Nov 30

Nov 18, 2016 - 9:45 PM

4th UPDATE Rally organizers call for anti Marcos mobilizations to continue as well in key cities across the country

Marcos burial protesters gather at People Power Monument and encourage motorists join their noise barrage on November 18, 2016.

Martial Law victims to Duterte: Reconsider Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:30 AM

President Duterte has hoped the Supreme Court decision will bring closure A petitioner says the contrary will happen and the issue will be enflamed

FIGHT CONTINUES. Despite the SC ruling, anti-Marcos groups plan to continue protesting against a hero's burial for the late strongman. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'History lost its meaning': Petitioners react to SC ruling on Marcos burial

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:30 PM

4th UPDATE How can the Supreme Court vindicate a person that they have declared in many decisions as a dictator and as a human rights violator and as a plunderer? asks ex Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Petitioner and Martial Law victim Neri Colmenares talks to reporters minutes after news broke that the SC junked the cases barring a hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Rappler

Ahead of SC decision, Martial Law victims 'pray for 8' votes

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:55 PM

A vote of 8 will mean Marcos shall not be recognized a hero Less than 8 or even a 7 7 tie will mean it is a go say the Martial Law victims

#PRAYFOR8. Martial Law victims hope that eight Supreme Court justices favor their call to stop the planned interment of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Closeup concert, SSS pension, Serena Williams | 6PM wRap

Jun 07, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Last try: Lawmakers push, reject SSS pension hike

Jun 06, 2016 - 9:40 PM

On the last session day of the 16th Congress more members of the House of Representatives reject attempts to override President Aquino s veto of the pension hike

ONE LAST TIME. Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares urged his fellow lawmakers to override Presdient Benigno Aquino III's veto of the proposed pension hike bill on the last day of Congress on Monday, June 6.

Awesome illustrations of PH politicians encourage good vibes post-elections

May 18, 2016 - 3:56 PM

This is the story behind those viral illustrations of Philippine politicians which many have praised for its positive and encouraging tone Artist Hyks Gantioqui an art director shares what inspired his elections themed artwork

Photo courtesy of Hyks Gantioqui

Against all odds: Voting for ‘progressives’

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM

A vote for progressives is a vote against conservative elitist politics That can never be a wasted vote

Poe, Escudero: 'Unconditional' cash transfer for victims

Feb 27, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Escudero says he and Poe will continue the administration s CCT program but offer livelihood to beneficiaries and unconditional assistance to typhoon victims

AID AND SUPPORT. The Poe-Escudero tandem woo voters in Tacloban City. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

China’s defense, Martial Law torture, virtual reality | 12PM wRap

Feb 26, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

WATCH: 'Lucky day': Surviving torture during martial law

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:03 PM

About 34 000 were tortured Nearly 3 240 were killed Others lived to retell their ordeal so that the new generation would learn from this dark period of Philippine history

Congress adjourns, no vote to override Aquino SSS pension veto

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED About 100 senior citizens who have trooped to the House of Representatives are outraged: congressmen should stand by the bill they passed

LAST CALL. Senior citizens marched to the House of Representatives on the last day of Congress' session to seek their lawmakers' initiative to override the pension hike veto.

Senate bets against divorce, support same-sex union

Jan 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Asked about same sex marriages one of the candidates says the issue is human rights and not religious rights

ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL. Love happens not only between men and women, but also between people of the same sex. Photo by George Moya / Rappler

Who's bold enough? Poe's senatorial bets dominate UP forum

Jan 29, 2016 - 10:13 PM

UPDATED The candidates answer questions on divorce education spending same sex marriage anti political dynasty bill and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

WHAT DO THEY STAND FOR? Most of the senatorial bets who showed up at a forum on January 29, 2016, to present to college students their stand on issues are from the slate of independent presidential candidate Grace Poe. Rappler file photo by Jansen Romero

Neri Colmenares: Genuine agrarian reform a ‘development tool’

Jan 23, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Senatorial candidate and Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares says government must subsidize agrarian reform for farmers

PRO-LABOR CHAMPION. Senatorial bet Neri Colmenares talks about his platform at Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant Forum in De La Salle University on January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler