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Sentiments split on SC ruling freeing convicts like 'beast' Sanchez

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

It sparks debate on a law that applies to all, even to a convict whom the Supreme Court called an "unthinking beast." It also reignites opposition to death penalty

FREEING 'GOOD CONDUCT' CONVICTS. The government is set to release a thousand convicts based on a recent Supreme Corut ruling that retroactively applied the law on good conduct time allowance. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kumakahol ang mga tuta sa naghihingalong demokrasya

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The howling of the dogs reverberate in the corridors of power as darkness descends on democracy

Rene Saguisag endorses Diokno, the ‘voice of human rights’ in Senate

May 02, 2019 - 11:29 AM

‘Kung ang mananalo lamang ay ‘yung tipong kapag pinalundag ni Digong from a high-rise ang itatanong lang, ‘from what floor sir?’ mamamatay ang demokrasya natin,’ says former senator and veteran human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag

HUMAN RIGHTS. Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno visits Marawi on April 23 to provide free legal assistance to victims of the siege. Photo courtesy of the Diokno campaign

EJKs, corruption, China: How the Senate backs Duterte and allies

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) From delaying investigations, ousting chairpersons, and clearing administration officials, the Senate has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his two years in office

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

Apr 10, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'

EMBATTLED CHIEF JUSTICE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers a speech during the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

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

Saguisag tells Duterte to change, 'reexamine' Bedan values

Jul 01, 2017 - 4:29 PM

I am praying and hoping for him to succeed because his success is yours and mine But he has to change in many respects says former senator and Bedan Rene Saguisag

Court defers De Lima arraignment on 2nd drug trafficking case

Jun 30, 2017 - 12:21 PM

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205 reschedules the senator s arraignment to August 18 following her opposition to the 2nd arrest warrant issued against her

ARRAIGNMENT. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Muntinlupa RTC on June 30, 2017 for the arraignment of a drug trafficking case against her. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

De Lima, lawyers petition SC to compel Congress to convene on martial law

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:29 AM

UPDATED The petition for mandamus has the support of 331 lawyers who signed the annex included in the petition

PETITIONERS. Lawyers file a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler  PETITIONERS. Lawyers file a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Lorenzana, Saguisag, Clinton | Evening wRap

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Senate remembers ex-senator Eva Estrada-Kalaw's courage

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM

We need the likes of Senator Eva today But unfortunately what we see now or hear are echoes not voices She was a voice in her time says former senator Rene Saguisag

FINAL RESPECTS. The Senate pays its last respect to the late senator Eva Estrada-Kalaw, a key opposition figure during the Martial Law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Saguisag hits Congress for being Duterte's lackey

Jun 01, 2017 - 1:07 PM

May Congress ba tayo? Puro tameme eh Yung mga iba naman dun puro chuwariwariwap says former senator Rene Saguisag of the 17th Congress

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

LIVE: Supreme Court oral arguments on De Lima vs Guerrero

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Listen to the audio stream of the oral arguments on the petitions of detained Senator Leila de Lima

Powerhouse team to argue for De Lima in SC orals

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Who does Senator Leila de Lima have arguing for her in the Supreme Court? Veteran lawyers prosecutors and lawmakers

POWERHOUSE. (From left to right) Florin Hilbay, Chel Diokno, Alexander Padilla, Bobby Tañada and Rene Saguisag make up Senator Leila de Lima's legal team to defend her in the SC Oral Arguments.

'Dapa, dapa, dapa!' Cops drive Manalo siblings out of Iglesia compound

Mar 02, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Tinutukan kami ng baril Bakit kami aalis sa sarili naming bahay? Bahay namin to says Angel Manalo estranged younger brother of Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo

IN PHOTOS: The ‘real heroes’ at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Dec 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

On the birth anniversary of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio and on the same day anti Marcos protests are conducted 19 men and women are given honors for standing up against Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship

'REAL HEROES.' Former Senator Wigberto Tanada unveils the wall of remembrance dedicated to 19 heroes who fought the abuses during Martial Law. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK BACK: When the Senate said 'no' to US bases renewal

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The 1991 treaty between the Philippines and the US would have given the US 10 more years at Subic Naval Base – but 12 senators made the historic decision to vote no

SENATE VOTES NO. In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejects a proposal to allow the US 10 more years in the Subic base. Graphic by Nina Martinez, file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Only 2 senators reprimanded by Senate in 30 years

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Out of all ethics complaints the Senate has only censured former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Heherson Alvarez Former senator Manny Villar was only reprimanded on paper due to lack of quorum caused by the absence of his allies

CENSURE. The Senate has only reprimanded 2 senators in 30 years – former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Heherson Alvarez.

Ethics complaint vs De Lima? Issues of the ethics committee

Sep 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Former senator Rene Saguisag who once headed the Senate ethics committee says politics also comes into play in deciding complaints against senators

ETHICS. The Senate committee on ethics and privileges is mandated to look into the conduct and reputation of senators. But it is easier said than done.

Pacquiao to Comelec: Boxing matches only 36 minutes or less

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:30 PM

This is not a political activity the camp of boxer Manny Pacquiao also tells the Comelec as he defends his upcoming match with Timothy Bradley Jr

BOXING CHAMP. Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao greets his supporters after filing his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections in Manila, Philippines, on October 16, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Comelec: 'Possible' to block broadcast of Pacquiao match

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Manny Pacquiao should postpone his boxing match because it is not a title bout in the first place

PACMAN THE POLITICIAN. Boxer and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao (right) joins Vice President Jejomar Binay, a presidential candidate, at the start of their campaign in Mandaluyong City on February 9, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Saguisag files ethics case vs 2 congressmen

Jul 16, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The former senator accuses Buhay party list Representative Lito Atienza and Abakada party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz of terrorizing peace negotiators

'TERRORISTS.' Former senator Rene Saguisag has filed complaints against two members of the House of Representatives for allegedly 'terrorizing' the proponents of the peace process. Rappler file photo

No sanctions for Bongbong Marcos?

Mar 28, 2015 - 10:34 AM

The Senate ethics committee cannot unilaterally probe into false claims about degrees from Oxford and Wharton

Secret Senate sessions: Aiding laws or cover-ups?

Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Senators and longtime staff explain that while state secrets are protected much of what is discussed in executive session ends up as policy and public knowledge

UNDER SCRUTINY. Senators are set to hold another public hearing on the Mamasapano clash, after 3 closed-door meetings accused of being a cover-up. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Joker: Embattled Junjun Binay like Ninoy Aquino

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:03 PM

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee s probe into alleged corruption by the Binay family is like an inquisition harking back to Martial Law times says former Senator Rene Saguisag

OBSERVERS. Former senators Joker Arroyo (lef) and Rene Saguisag criticize the lack of due process in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee's probe into Makati contracts. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino

Why the jury system's time in PH may never come

Jan 04, 2015 - 11:00 AM

There is no rush to the jury system grand and petit in the world

HK journalists, EDCA hearing, Ferguson protests | The wRap

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:02 PM

The Bureau of Immigration lifts its ban on Hong Kong journalists A Supreme Court justice says the Philippine US defense deal will not guarantee aid Protests in Ferguson Missouri over the Grand Jury ruling erupt into violence

Transmitting PH-US military pact to Senate discussed at SC

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen says having the EDCA ratified by the Senate will satisfy a constitutional requirement but some petitioners are after correcting provisions that are lopsided toward the Americans

ANTI-EDCA PETITIONERS: Former Senator Rene Saguisag and former UP College of Law Dean Pacifico Agabin

Binay cries ‘Niagara Falls’ when called Mr President

May 01, 2014 - 6:08 PM

Former Senator Saguisag says of his friend Jejomar Binay The first time I called him Mr President his eyes moistened The next time Niagara Falls

'PRESIDENT JOJOBAMA.' Citing surveys, former Senator Rene Saguisag says Binay will become 'President Jojobama,' if elections were hold today. OVP photo

Send US troops to Ayungin, Scarborough – Saguisag

May 01, 2014 - 5:36 PM

The US can put itself where its mouth is by even agreeing to discuss that possibility says the former senator who voted in 1991 not to renew the military bases agreement

TEST COMMITMENT. Former Senator Rene Saguisag says the Philippines can test the US commitment by asking it to send troops to Ayungin and Scarborough Shoals.

Was the Senate sidelined in PH-US military deal?

Apr 28, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Senate defense committee chair Antonio Trillanes IV says the committee was briefed on the negotiations; Senate President Drilon says the chamber was not consulted

IN DARK? Trillanes says the executive branch briefed the Senate defense committee about the deal but Drilon and Recto said the Senate was not consulted about the positions of the DND and DFA. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-senators hit 'lack of transparency' in PH-US military deal

Apr 27, 2014 - 6:35 PM

Guingona Saguisag and Tañada say the deal must undergo Senate deliberations

Aquino defends chief of HR claims board

Feb 25, 2014 - 2:12 PM

She has the skill she has the physical energy she has the drive she has the right direction to be able to accomplish the job in two years or less

Palace to Joker: Aquino ‘deeply aware’ of rights concerns

Feb 23, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Coloma says Aquino s personal experience under Martial Law was factored into his controversial appointment of a former police general as head of a claims board for human rights victims

Lauro Montellano Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

At 90, Enrile a bundle of contradictions

Feb 14, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Will Juan Ponce Enrile survive the latest controversy associated to his name?

Filipinos slam Beijing over South China Sea

Jul 25, 2013 - 3:30 PM

A group called the West Philippine Sea Coalition takes to the streets to protest China s encroachment on Philippine territories Paterno Esmaquel reports

POLICE BARRICADE. Policemen block protesters from going near the building that houses the Chinese consulate. Photo by Rappler/LeANNE Jazul

Filipinos tell China: Bad feng shui to take what isn't yours

Jul 24, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Hundreds of protesters troop to the Chinese consulate to denounce China s bullying over the West Philippine Sea

What’s a neophyte senator to do?

Jul 20, 2013 - 8:11 PM

Rappler compiles the top 10 tips of Senate seniors and insiders for the 6 neophyte senators

Senate eyes new anti-hazing law but not total ban

Aug 15, 2012 - 2:01 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan says a new anti hazing law must be passed but hazing cannot be banned totally

Questions for chief justice candidates

Jun 28, 2012 - 7:32 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan and former Senator Rene Saguisag enumerates possible questions that can be asked candidates for the chief justice post during public interview

Drilon, Santiago turn down CJ nominations

Jun 28, 2012 - 2:59 PM

18 nominees have said no to the race for the highest position in the judiciary


‘Binay like Ninoy, Nene Pimentel like Cory’

Jun 24, 2012 - 8:52 AM

Former Senator Rene Saguisag likens his friends VP Binay and former Sen Nene Pimentel to the late Aquino couple

Rappler Newscast | June 22, 2012

Jun 22, 2012 - 8:51 PM

China establishes a city over disputed islands Jordan confirms Atyani kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf And Senator Santiago urges colleagues to do a Flavier vote for the RH bill

Saguisag: SC SALN guidelines ‘kengkoy’

Jun 22, 2012 - 3:24 PM

Former Senator Rene Saguisag criticizes the Supreme Court s guidelines on the release of justices SALNs

Carpio’s penance? Wait for 2 years – Saguisag

Jun 22, 2012 - 1:25 PM

Former Senator Rene Saguisag says Justice Carpio must do penance for supposed sins of The Firm

#TalkThursday: Do we need an interim Chief Justice?

Jun 22, 2012 - 9:24 AM

In this week s edition of TalkThursday Rappler s Ayee Macaraig talks to former Senator Rene Saguisag on the vacant Chief Justice position

Rappler Newscast | June 21, 2012

Jun 21, 2012 - 8:57 PM

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Saguisag turns down CJ nomination

Jun 20, 2012 - 12:58 PM

The former senator says he s past the mandatory retirement age of 70 for Supreme Court justices

Do we need an 'interim chief justice?'

Jun 18, 2012 - 7:22 PM

Former Rep Ronaldo Zamora and SC Justice Roberto Abad are both 68 years old and lawyer Rene Saguisag believes either of them should be named interim chief justice