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History repeats itself: Senate had mace-chase almost 30 years ago

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In 1991, a controversial coup that sought to oust then Senate president Jovito Salonga triggered a childish mace-chase in the chamber

Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to run for senator

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The former mutineer turned lawmaker says the Senate is in need of 'more independent-minded members'

FIGHTER. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is a former soldier. Photo by Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Edgardo Angara's Baler homecoming

May 19, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The remains of former Senate president Edgardo Angara arrive in Baler, Aurora, where residents can pay their final respects to their hometown hero

SALUTE TO LOLO. Senator Sonny Angara's son joins soldiers in saluting the late Senate president Edgardo Angara

Sotto: I won’t allow Senate to be 'trampled' on

May 18, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Senators expect Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to provide the kind of protective leadership that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III failed to show when his party mate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, attacked the Senate

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate Majoriry Leader Vicente Sotto III is reportedly poised to become the next Senate president. File photo from Senate PRIB

Sereno ouster opens 'bottomless pit of power' for SolGen, says Drilon

May 11, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'This decision makes the Solicitor General the most powerful official in the bureaucracy, even more powerful than both the House of Representatives and the Senate insofar as the removal of impeachable officers is concerned,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

De Lima joins call for Senate probe into Boracay closure

Apr 28, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Senator Leila de Lima questions President Rodrigo Duterte's order, saying his administration 'failed to present consistent and clear plan of action on how to go about the island's rehabilitation'

PROBE BORACAY CLOSURE. Detained Senator Leila de Lima jons calls for a Senate probe into the closure of Boracay to tourists. De Lima's photo from the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The ultimate betrayal

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?

Senators on Aguirre resignation: Time for someone 'credible, capable' in DOJ

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'The Filipino people deserve a credible, capable, and respectable justice secretary who will lead with integrity and rebuild our trust in the Department of Justice,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

OUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has resigned from the Duterte Cabinet following a series of controversies in the Department of Justice. File photo from Lito Boras/ Rappler

Senate OK needed in Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal? Trillanes, Pimentel clash

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawals is in the 1987 Constitution 'by implication,' but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III disagrees

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Malacañang: No need for Senate OK on PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'The reason why Senate consent is not necessary is the Constitution does not provide it's necessary,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Can Senate stop PH's withdrawal from ICC? Pacquiao blocked the resolution

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:01 PM

In February 2017, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao blocked the resolution that would have created the Senate's legal position that its concurrence is needed in all treaty withdrawals

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Bong Go: 'Not interested' to run for Senate 2019

Feb 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Magsisilbi po ako kay Mayor Duterte hanggang kamatayan, kung hindi man ako mauna,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

[OPINION] Train to nowhere?

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

There is no way Speaker Alvarez can get a new constitution approved in a plebiscite at the time of the May 14 barangay elections

Senators to battle-weary Marawi: 'We will pass Bangsamoro law'

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We should pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as this is seen by the people to bring lasting peace,' says Senator Cynthia Villar during a congressional hearing in Marawi City

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents listen to the public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Philippines losing over P220 billion a year due to child undernutrition – report

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'

‘Con-Ass without Senate won’t pass legal, constitutional, logical test’

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Tony La Viña: 'The only way a Constituent Assembly can be convened is if there is a joint resolution by both Houses'

JOINT SESSION. In this file photo, members of the Senate and House of Representatives attend a special joint session on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 207. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Detained De Lima wants to learn how to paint

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima is taking on new hobbies to cope with her daily struggles inside detention

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS. Senator Leila de Lima speaks during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the Jack Lam bribery scandal at the Senate on January 23, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

Senate OKs Balik Scientist Bill on final reading

Nov 28, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The Senate passes Senate Bill 1533 or the Balik Scientist Bill on third and final reading with a vote of 13-0

PINOY SCIENTIST AT WORK. In this photograph taken on October 10, 2015, gene bank manager Flora de Guzman checks rice samples at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna, south of Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

Dela Rosa 'pretends' to be senator during press conference

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Dela Rosa has joked multiple times that he is eyeing a seat in the Senate

'YOUR HONOR?' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to reporters in a press conference. Rappler file photo

'Motherly' Miriam Santiago honored on 1st death anniversary

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Family, friends, and youth supporters remember the soft side of the feisty senator who was like a mother to those who were close to her

[Conclusion] Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.

Pluralism, populism and their perversions: Congress in the time of Duterte

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.

2 affidavits on Carl Arnaiz? Cop says cabbie 'afraid' the first time

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

PO2 Rodolfo Bautista says the taxi driver Tomas Bagcal was too afraid to speak to him in detail during his first testimony

INVESTIGATOR. PO2 Rodolfo Bautista faces senators as they probe the case of Carl Arnaiz. Rappler screengrab

[Newspoint] The other Marcos phenomenon

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Why do Marvin Marcos and others in his infamous league get easy deals from the Duterte regime?

On Congress and martial law, 2 words: 'Duty' and 'review'

May 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte s martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it

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Dela Rosa on Senate bid: 'Don't take it seriously'

May 12, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Top cop Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he wants to just relax after he retires next year but he also can t turn down President Rodrigo Duterte if he wants him to serve the government in another capacity

NOT IN HIS PLAN. Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa says that he does not see himself as a part of the Senate.

A eulogy for Mom

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Lila Shahani on mother Leticia: I wanted to birth her into the afterlife the way she had birthed me into this life My only sentiment throughout it all was the deepest gratitude

DIPLOMAT, POLITICIAN, MOTHER. An undated photo of the late former senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani. Photo courtesy of the Shahani family

Senate pays tribute to 'selfless, dedicated' Leticia Ramos-Shahani

Mar 23, 2017 - 6:35 PM

I also learned from her that the only thing in life that we can be is to be kind says former senator Rene Saguisag in his eulogy delivered at the necrological rites for his former colleague

SENATE TRIBUTE. The remains of former senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani are brought to the Senate for the necrological rites on March 23, 2017. Photo from Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

VLOG: Fil-Am senators at ang 'glass ceiling' sa Hawaii

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:20 PM

While Filipino Americans in Hawaii grow in number Filipino American Senator Donovan Dela Cruz says their community cannot rest on their laurels

Duterte on Maute, Protesters hit Duterte, Obama on Michelle | Evening wRap

Dec 01, 2016 - 12:08 AM

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Senate lawyer: Ombudsman can't order dismissal of Joel Villanueva

Nov 30, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Senate lawyer Maria Valentina Cruz believes the Ombudsman cannot compel the Senate to implement the order as the latter has an inherent power to discipline and punish its members

'OLD CASE.' Senator Joel Villanueva talks to reporters about the Ombudsman's dismissal order against him on November 14, 2016. Photo by Jospeh Vidal/Senate PRIB

FAST FACTS: Trivia on the Philippine Senate

Oct 16, 2016 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler compiles interesting tidbits and trivia on the Philippine Senate, which turns 100 this year

100TH ANNIVERSARY. The Senate of the Philippines with Manuel L. Quezon (back of the room) presiding, in the Marble Hall of the Ayuntamiento de Manila. Photo from the Official Gazette of the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Senate turns 100

Oct 08, 2016 - 6:28 PM

Incumbent and former senators celebrate the institution s centennial anniversary

Former and present senators convened last Wednesday, October 6, to celebrate the Senate of the Philippine???s centennial anniversary and its hundred-year legacy of serving the Filipino nation. Around 40 incumbent and former members of the Senate attended the Senate Centennial Dinner and Reunion held at the old Congress building, which now houses the National Museum in Manila.

PNP, AFP 'cannot run the country,' senator says

Sep 03, 2016 - 2:42 PM

UPDATED This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte invited the AFP and PNP to run the country in accordance with my specifications under a state of lawlessness

STATE OF LAWLESSNESS. Police investigators collect evidence at the site of an explosion in Davao City on September 2, 2016. Photo by Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

IN PHOTOS: Hidilyn Diaz visits Senate, gets reward from Pacquiao

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Hidilyn Diaz s victory tour continues with an appearance at the Senate and a visit with Manny Pacquiao

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz visits the Philippine Senate where she was recognized and honored for bagging the silver medal at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sen. Manny Pacquiao entertains the Olympic silver medalist at his Senate Office where she was given a financial reward (undisclosed amount).

Recto urges Duterte to 'calm down,' watch his words

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto also says the public should learn how to auto delete the colorful parts of President Rodrigo Duterte s statements

CALM DOWN. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto advises President Rodrigo Duterte to refine his manner of speaking. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

By the numbers: 17th Congress

Jul 25, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Get to know the current members of the Senate and the House of Representatives

Pimentel: No showdown with Cayetano on Senate presidency

Jul 23, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says he has ironed out the matter with his chief rival ahead of the opening of the 17th Congress

NEW SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate President Franklin Drilon says 17 senators are now backing the senate presidency of Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, party mate of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Koko Pimentel, Aquino on Duterte, LeBron James | 6PM wRap

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Philippines: How to elect a better Senate

Apr 26, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The Philippine Senate is a national body that needs to represent the full diversity of society but this is not encouraged under the system where we elect them

Majority of Filipinos approve of Aquino's work – Pulse Asia survey

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Only President Benigno Aquino III gets a majority approval rating while none of the country s top officials get a majority trust rating in the March 2016 Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey

In this file photo, President Benigno Aquino III delivers his message during the celebration of Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD) at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang, February 2, 2016. Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

The life, love and struggles of Jovito Salonga

Mar 10, 2016 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Read about the former Senate president and the legacy he leaves behind

SALONGA. Photo from the Salonga family archives

Lorna Kapunan runs for senator on Poe-Escudero ticket

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:21 PM

The human rights lawyer is pushing for a review of the agrarian reform program affordable health care free college education and jobs to make OFWs come home

KAPUNAN FOR SENATOR? Presidential candidate Grace Poe and her running mate Francis Escudero endorse lawyer Lorna Kapunan for senator at Balay Kalinaw in the University of the Philippines in Diliman on Friday, October 23. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Leila de Lima on justice and elections in the Philippines

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:10 AM

Rappler talked to former justice secretary Leila de Lima about justice and the upcoming elections

Can #Miriam2016 revive her 1992 magic and movement?

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Senator Miriam Santiago s popularity on social media can instantly create a buzz for her presidential bid but whether or not this would catapult her to the presidency remains to be seen

The Joker that I knew

Oct 11, 2015 - 10:53 AM

The late senator Joker Arroyo loved to be makulit sarcastic and to hear about the juiciest gossip Ruby Clemmons shares a different side of the lion in the Senate

Former senator Joker Arroyo dies

Oct 07, 2015 - 10:59 AM

2nd UPDATE Arroyo was a Makati representative for 9 years and a senator for 12 years

File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Never again? Some netizens hail Marcos VP bid

Oct 06, 2015 - 7:16 PM

Netizens take to social media their sentiments about Marcos decision Some rejoice while others are angered by the idea that another Marcos would be in Malacañang

File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Nancy Binay files bill to declare Jan 25 SAF 44 Day

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says the SAF 44 should be recognized for their bravery heroism and sacrifice

IN COMMEMORATON. Senator Nancy Binay files Senate Bill No 2916 for the SAF 44. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler