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Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

RALLIES OKAY? A protester at the "Grand Mañanita" protest rally against the anti-terrorism bill at UP Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

2 months since, DOJ yet to start hearings on Pimentel quarantine breach

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The justice department instead puts the pressure on complainant Rico Quicho to submit hard copies of his evidence

QUARANTINE BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel is sued for violating the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Act for breaching quarantine rules. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate Electoral Tribunal junks quo warranto vs Koko Pimentel

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:06 PM

The Senate Electoral Tribunal dismisses two quo warranto petitions against Senator Koko Pimentel for lack of merit

DISMISSED. The Senate Electoral Tribunal dismisses the petition against Senator Koko Pimentel. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

After recovering, Sonny Angara tests positive again for coronavirus

May 02, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The senator already recovered from COVID-19 in early April

SONNY ANGARA. Senator Sonny Angara at the Senate. Photo from Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

Pacquiao, Pimentel banner chess fundraiser

May 01, 2020 - 8:39 PM

Senators Manny Pacquiao and Koko Pimentel lead an online chess competition to raise funds for woodpushers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Marcos says pushing for tax reform amid pandemic 'very bad timing'

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:26 PM

NEDA Acting Secretary Karl Chua says the comprehensive tax reform measures pending at the Senate should be passed to support the coronavirus war chest. But these reforms will not increase government revenue.

TAX REFORM? Long lines of shoppers buying necessities at a grocery store in Manila on March 12, 2020, due to possible lockdown as COVID-19 confirmed cases continues to rise. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOJ summons Koko Pimentel over quarantine breach complaint

Apr 14, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) The preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 20

PIMENTEL AND QUICHO. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Image of Rico Quicho from Facebook.

Ex-law dean files complaint vs Koko Pimentel for breaching quarantine

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Former University of Makati law dean Rico Quicho accuses the senator of 'blatantly' violating laws and putting Filipinos' lives in danger

PIMENTEL AND QUICHO. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Image of Rico Quicho from Facebook.

NBI will also summon Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'I am not only sure when is his appearance considering that he is still under quarantine,' says National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin

BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel breaches quarantine protocol when he went to a hospital during a strict self-quarantine for coronavirus.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Nada de coco? Nada rin sa puso at malasakit

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Para sa amin, ang pinakamalaking kasalanan ni Koko ay hindi ang pagiging 'nada de coco' o ang hindi paggamit ng kokote, kundi ang kawalan ng puso

Koko Pimentel’s wife gives birth amid coronavirus issue

Mar 30, 2020 - 7:36 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The baby tests negative for coronavirus

Pacquiao residence on lockdown after viral video with Pimentel

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'Please be a model example,' writes Barangay Dasmariñas head to Manny Pacquiao as coronavirus-positive Koko Pimentel attends his party

SELF-QUARANTINE. Manny Pacquiao is forced to stay at home in his residence due to his contact with Koko Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: Public safety relies on everyone's discipline to follow quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's statement comes after two high-ranking government officials allegedly breached home quarantine protocols

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III fields questions at a press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang won't call out Pimentel and Yap, cites 'conflicting' reports

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says an investigation should be done first for 'true facts' to come out

QUARANTINE. Usually busy streets in Tomas Morato, Quezon City are empty on March 17, 2020 as the government orders Filipinos to observe strict home quarantine. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ex-law dean offers help in suing Pimentel for quarantine breach

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:16 PM

'May this also serve as a needed reminder that the rule of law is superior to the rule of any public official,' says lawyer Rico Quicho, whose offer to help is out of 'disbelief and frustration' over the DOJ's 'double standards'

DRAFTING COMPLAINT. Former Law Dean Rico Quicho offers help in filing a complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach. Rappler photo

S&R confirms Koko Pimentel shopped at BGC store on March 16

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:23 PM

CCTV footage shows the senator shopping at S&R's BGC branch on March 16 when he was supposed to be in quarantine

QUARANTINE? The senator is confirmed to have broken his coronavirus quarantine at least twice – for an S&R run and later, to accompany his wife to the hospital. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Mortal sin': Angel Locsin apologizes for endorsing Koko Pimentel

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The senator sparks public outrage for violating quarantine rules even as he experienced symptoms of coronavirus, which he later tested positive for

ANGEL LOCSIN. The actress, seen here at a press conference for 'The General's Daughter,' apologizes for once endorsing Senator Koko Pimentel. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

#KokoResign, #KokoKulong: Netizens rage vs Pimentel for breaking quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:21 AM

(UPDATED) The senator's name rises to the top of Twitter Philippines' trends list as citizens call for his resignation and arrest

'Compassion': DOJ not investigating Pimentel quarantine breach without complaint

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The justice department also rules out a warrantless arrest, as Secretary Guevarra appeals for compassion

COMPASSION. File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler‹

Makati Med denounces Pimentel's 'irresponsible, reckless' protocol breach

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The Makati Medical Center slams Senator Koko Pimentel's actions, saying he 'added to the burden' of the hospital by violating his home quarantine and exposing health workers to possible infection

RESIGNATION. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III resigns from his post on May 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: When Pimentel tested positive for coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events leading up to Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel's announcement that he is positive for the coronavirus

POSITIVE. Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel tests positive for the virus. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) Senator Koko Pimentel says he was at the hospital with his wife – who was supposed to give birth on Wednesday, March 25 – when he learned about the test result

POSITIVE. Senator Koko Pimentel wears a face mask at a public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDP-Laban to support Cayetano as long as he’s Speaker

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, the man whom Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano accuses of trying to oust him, does not attend the meeting

DUTERTE ALLIES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center, back row) and PDP-Laban lawmakers do President Rodrigo Duterte's fist pose after their meeting on March 9, 2020. Photo from Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

As coup rumors swirl, PDP-Laban sets meeting with Cayetano

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:22 PM

There are also plans for Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to talk with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano separately, but it remains to be seen if the latter would even be open to such a meeting

PARTY UNDER SIEGE. Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco addresses his party mates in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on March 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of PDP-Laban

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

As allies jump ship, PDP-Laban stalwart wants 'balimbing' ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

ENOUGH WITH PARTY SWITCHING. House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel, a PDP-Laban stalwart, backs the proposal to amend the charter to bar turncoats. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

DILG: Proposed regional dev't authority 'not a political unit'

Feb 04, 2020 - 2:08 PM

But Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the proposal would 'complicate' the process of implementing projects in the regions

CHARTER CHANGE. Inter-agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform chair Jonathan Malaya discusses before lawmaker their proposed changes to the Constitution on February 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers hit VFA termination, urge DFA to give Duterte 'sound' advice

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM

'Are we going to sacrifice the gains that we have made with the US-Philippine relationship just because of the cancellation of the visa of one senator?' asks Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

BALIKATAN. Philippine and US soldiers hold an amphibious exercise during the 2019 Balikatan exercise in Zambales on April 11, 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano

YES TO POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano (2nd from L) and Surigao del Sur 2nd District Representative Johnny Pimentel (1st from R) oppose the anti-dynasty are against the proposed anti-dynasty amendment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pimentel wants Angkas CEO Angeline Tham declared 'persona non grata'

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Her acts of deriding our sovereign laws is high-handed, arrogant, and irresponsible, which should not be countenanced but be condemned to the fullest,' says Senator Koko Pimentel of Angkas CEO Angeline Tham

ANGKAS CEO. Angeline Tham, founder and CEO of Angakas, after she joined the massive protest ride of Angkas drivers in December 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Groups threaten graft complaint vs TWG of motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Lawyers ask why Senator Pimentel endorsed Joyride to the motorcycle taxi pilot run, and why 9 other applicants were denied entry

IRREGULARITIES? Concerned lawyers present documents to the media which they claim show irregularities in the technical working group's decision-making process. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Koko Pimentel says he endorsed JoyRide to avoid Angkas monopoly

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:38 PM

‘[A] pilot testing program must reflect real life situation and there should be competition and not a monopoly,’ says Senator Pimentel, who is friends with the owners of JoyRide

NEW ENTRANT. JoyRide joins the pilot implementation of motorcycle taxi services. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JoyRide sought Koko Pimentel's endorsement in pilot-run bid

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Despite the senator's endorsement, JoyRide Vice President for Corporate Communications Noli Eala says he doesn't think it helped their application for the pilot-run of motorcycle taxis

JOYRIDE. New motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide reiterates it is owned and operated by Filipinos, and that Senator Bong Go does not have any stakes in the company. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After killings, bill for marshals and bodyguards for judges pushed

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:04 PM

'We cannot allow these brazen attacks on judges to go on without a forceful answer,' says Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel

VP as drug czar? Pimentel says job for Duterte's alter ego only

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Former top cops-turned-lawmakers Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa believe that only the President has 'sufficient authority' over law enforcement officials

DRUG CZAR? President Rodrigo Duterte claims he will make Vice President Leni Robredo as drug czar for 6 months. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Who is Nellys Pimentel, Miss Earth 2019?

Oct 27, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Learn more about Puerto Rico's first Miss Earth, who trained under the Philippines' Kagandahang Flores

Miss Earth. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Nellys Pimentel's Miss Earth 2019 journey

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Nellys makes history as the first Puerto Rican candidate to win the Miss Earth crown

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Puerto Rico's Nellys Pimentel is Miss Earth 2019

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Nellys is crowned the new Miss Earth 2019

NELLYS PIMENTEL. The Puerto Rican beauty queen wins Miss Earth 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LOOK: Nene Pimentel's final homecoming

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Cagayan de Oro residents pay their last respects to the city's most illustrious son, former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr

HOMECOMING. Soldiers carry the casket of former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr at the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro on October 23, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Greatest president we never had': Friends, supporters pay tribute to Nene Pimentel

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:06 PM

'Senator Nene has showed all the way for members of PDP-Laban to be brave and true because he was a teacher. He was teaching via his behavior, via his actions, via his moral courage,' says former Eastern Samar governor Lutgardo Barbo

NENE PIMENTEL. People pay their last respects to the late senator Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Hr. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cane-bearing Duterte visits Nene Pimentel wake

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:38 AM

Visibly tired and with difficulty walking, President Rodrigo Duterte attends the wake of the late former Senate President

Patriot, statesman, pillar of democracy: Tributes pour in for Nene Pimentel

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Current government leaders, former colleagues, and various groups mourn the death of former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr

TEAM EFFORT. Consultative Committee member and former senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr talks about the 5 months of work put in by the committee. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Nene Pimentel: Courageous stalwart of democracy

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:50 AM

Former Senate president Nene Pimentel fought for the powerless and promoted the rule of law, and these fueled his staunch opposition to the Marcos dictatorship

FEDERALISM STALWART. Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. speaks during the 3rd Centennial lecture themed " Federalizing the Philippines" held at Recto room, Senate of the Philippines on August 4, 2016. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Former Senate president Nene Pimentel dies at 85

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacanang hails Pimentel as a “giant among his peers”

ConCom member fromer senator Nene Pimentel at a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Koko Pimentel, wife Kathryna expecting a baby

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:03 PM

'I have seen how great and wonderful you are, as a person, a wife, a mother to our two boys, and as a soon-to-be mother again to our third child,' Senator Koko Pimentel says in his first wedding anniversary message to Kathryna

HAPPY COUPLE. Senator Koko Pimentel and wife Kathryna Yu are celebrating their first wedding anniversary on October 18, 2019. Photo from Pimentel's office

Ex-Senate president Nene Pimentel 'in stable condition'

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Gwen Pimentel Gana says water was removed from the lungs of her father, former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr

STABLE. Former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr is now in stable condition. Rappler file photo

Former Senate president Nene Pimentel 'very ill,' says family

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:33 PM

PDP-Laban spokesperson Ron Munsayac says that Pimentel, the party chairman emeritus, is in the intensive care unit

CRITICAL CONDITION. Former Senate President Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr is 'very ill and currently under treatment,' according to the Pimentel family. Rappler file photo

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

Pimentel questions need for SOGIE bill

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says discriminatory acts covered exclusively by the SOGIE equality bill need to be identified under the measure

IS IT NEEDED? Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III questions the need for the SOGIE Equality bill if there are some laws already protecting the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler