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Locsin calls ‘idiotic’ US Senate panel’s resolution vs PH officials

Dec 15, 2019 - 1:37 PM

The Philippines' top diplomat cites the 'separation of powers and the independence of nations' as he hits the US foreign relations committee resolution citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

'IDIOTIC'. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin hits a US Senate committee's resolution against Philippine government officials. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: Senate committee chairmanships for the 18th Congress

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate elects chairpersons for the 18th Congress' Senate committees

CLASS PICTURE. Senators pose for a class picture during the opening of the 18 Congress on July 22, 2019. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

LIVE: Senate hearing on fake news online

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:12 AM

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Senate committee to probe new threat vs BPO sector

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This comes after a Malacañang veto effectively raised the cost of doing business in the Philippines, says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

TRAIN EFFECTS. The Senate Committee on Science and Technology is set to probe tax reform effects on the Philippine BPO sector. File photo by AFP

Senate committee set to investigate 'nakaw-load'

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Let us not allow our countrymen to be victims of theft,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as his committee is set to probe the 'nakaw-load' scheme

PROBE SET. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino called for the probe on 'nakaw load'. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe wants probe vs abusive debt collection practices

Mar 04, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Senate Grace Poe says debt collectors engaging in unfair practices 'must be punished to put an end to their prevalent abusive behavior'

PROBE SOUGHT. Grace Poe grants Senate reporters an ambush interview. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

At least 6 senators face ethics complaints in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:48 PM

So far, at least 9 complaints have been lodged against 6 senators, including President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV

P3.5B for dengue vaccination program 'too big' – economist

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Economist Hilton Lam once conducted an economic evaluation of Dengvaxia, which showed the vaccine is only cost-effective if sold at P654.25 each. The DOH bought the vaccine at P1,000 each.

WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE? Health advocates along with parents and their children who had the Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila on December 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong

New vaccines shouldn't be introduced during an election year – Ubial

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also questions where the dengue vaccination program was launched, saying that NCR, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon 'appear to be the places with highest voters'

ANTI-DENGVAXIA. Ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial testifies during the Senate probe into the dengue vaccination program on December 11, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe: Math shows operators lose in gov't bid to modernize jeepneys

Dec 10, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Senator Grace Poe says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade must attend a Senate hearing to explain how the government is going to help operators shoulder the cost of modernizing their jeepneys

ARRESTED. Piston president George San Mateo leads a rally. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

Trillanes files ethics case vs Gordon

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of violation of laws, Senate rules, and the lawyer's code

'Unapologetic' fake news spreaders an 'insult' to gov't officials – Robredo

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:22 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says of government officials spreading false information online: 'Papayagan ba natin na iyong kasamaang ganito iyong magpe-prevail?'

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech  before the Healthtech Challenge Philippines in Makati City on October 4. Photo by the OVP

Bongbong Marcos: 'My family has been suffering from fake news'

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos believes bloggers, regardless of their affiliations, should not be suppressed. Instead, he thinks it's the readers' responsibility to stop reading blogs they believe are making false claims.

FAKE NEWS VICTIMS? Former senator Bongbong Marcos (right), his sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (left) and their mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos attend a House hearing on August 9. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

Senate committee adds P1.2 billion to SUCs’ budget for 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says the additional funds will be used for SUCs' expenses on infrastructure and equipment

ADDED FUNDS. Senators JV Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda during CHED's budget hearing at the Senate on September 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Lascañas' DDS claims 'flooded with loopholes' – Senate committee

May 22, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The Senate committee report recommends increase the penalty for witnesses who commit perjury

LIAR? Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate summons Lascañas to Davao Death Squad probe

Feb 28, 2017 - 12:30 AM

2nd UPDATE The Senate committee on public order sets the hearing for Monday March 6

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

Recto withdraws support for Cha-Cha, opposes federalism

Feb 22, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto who wants to limit charter change to economic provisions believes federalism will harm the economy

STRONGLY OPPOSED. Senator Ralph Recto says federalism will only harm the country. File photo

Taguiwalo: Death penalty 'cruel, degrading, and inhuman'

Feb 07, 2017 - 9:15 PM

The use of capital punishment also extinguishes the offender s hopes to reform and engage in rehabilitation says DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo in a position paper submitted to the Senate justice committee

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said death penalty is anti-poor in the context of a slow delivery of justice in the country. Malacañang photo

Senate panel to probe 'unreasonable' surge pricing of Grab, Uber

Jan 28, 2017 - 8:59 AM

They should not lose sight that their services are mainly for the convenience of the riding public says Senator Grace Poe chair of the Senate public services committee

Senate panel to discuss 'work from home' bill

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Aside from addressing the traffic crisis the bill also promotes work life balance as it seeks to give employees more time with their family than on the road

WORK-LIFE BALANCE. The Senate is set to discuss a bill promoting the 'work from home' policy, saying it will give employees more time for their family

Gordon, Trillanes to hold separate probes on BI scandal

Jan 18, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Hopefully this will nurture a peaceful atmosphere in the Senate considering we need to pass a number of legislation before the adjournment of session in March says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III who moved to have the issue probed by the committees of the two senators

De Lima to Senate: Probe irregularities in Gordon report

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:09 PM

In her 151 page dissenting opinion Senator Leila de Lima asks President Rodrigo Duterte to create an independent commission to probe killings

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes on its public probe on extrajudicial killings on October 13, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

'De Lima, Trillanes liable for unparliamentary acts' – joint panel

Dec 08, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Both should be held accountable in order to preserve the integrity of the Senate says a Senate committee report criticizing the two senators behavior during the probe into extrajudicial killings

Bill to reform PH telco industry eyed by 2017

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Putting more teeth into the National Telecommunications Commission and amending foreign ownership rules are among the reforms being eyed

BADLY-NEEDED REFORMS. Putting more teeth into the NTC and allowing foreign players to operate here without the 40% ownership restriction are among the reforms eyed to be tackled in the bill, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo of Gatchalian from

LIVE: Senate hearing on the death of Mayor Espinosa with witnesses Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa take the witness stand in the committee hearing

Lacson: 'Kerwin Espinosa must live to tell his story'

Nov 10, 2016 - 10:11 AM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the government must protect Kerwin Espinosa once he is brought back to the Philippines as the alleged drug lord can identify his protectors in government

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016.

Gordon to call for probe into Espinosa killing

Nov 06, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says he will talk to Senator Ping Lacson about the resumption of investigations on alleged extrajudicial killings

After 2 hearings, FOI bill now up for Senate debate

Oct 19, 2016 - 4:07 PM

The bill which covers all branches of government seeks to mandate the disclosure of public documents on government websites

Photo from Office of Senator Poe

Lacson: Gordon should've listened to CHR witnesses

Oct 18, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson also says he is open to the resumption of the probe but only if another witness or piece of evidence can corroborate Edgar Matobato s claims

File photo

Senate panel to recommend perjury, murder raps vs Matobato

Oct 17, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Kasama sa report baka ma perjury sya at the least and at the most murder charges against him says Senator Richard Gordon chairman of the justice panel

File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gordon flip-flops on inclusion of killings in Senate probe

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED Senator Richard Gordon initially wants to exclude the issue of extrajudicial killings but the invited guests were not prepared to discuss a different matter

SENATE PROBE. Senator Richard Gordon (right) leads the probe of the Senate committee on justice and human rights formerly chaired by Senator Leila de Lima (left). Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Loren wants security briefing at presidential situation room

Sep 22, 2016 - 8:11 PM

The senator commits to lobby for the increase of the National Security Council s budget from P147 million to P235 million

SECURITY ISSUE. Senator Loren Legarda opts for a private briefing from the National Security Council

Matobato tells Senate: They can have me killed, I won't run

Sep 22, 2016 - 7:33 PM

The supposed hitman of the Davao Death Squad turns emotional after hours of being grilled during a Senate hearing

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings on September 22, 2016.

Only 4 of 24 invited guests attend Gordon-led probe

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:42 PM

UPDATED The Commission on Human Rights and other human rights groups skip Thursday s hearing the first after Senator Leila De Lima was ousted as justice committee chair

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators: De Lima ousted for being 'biased,' anti-Duterte

Sep 20, 2016 - 7:45 AM

I urge my fellow senators not to use their committees as a venue to besmirch anyone to remain impartial and do not allow anyone to use our chamber for grandstanding and mudslinging says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes its public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016.

Duterte on De Lima ouster: I won't intervene

Sep 19, 2016 - 10:08 PM

President Duterte says events unfolding in Congress are not within his territory

NOT INTERVENING. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses issues on the war on drugs at the 48th anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on September 13. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

De Lima says Duterte plotted her ouster

Sep 19, 2016 - 10:03 PM

Wala po akong duda na may kinalaman diyan ang ating Pangulo Imposible po walang kinalaman dito ang ating Pangulo says Senator Leila De Lima

Policy issues from Matobato's testimony

Sep 18, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The testimony of Edgar Matobato is rich with information that have policy implications and can therefore aid future legislation

Drilon: Senate committees can grant protective custody

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:26 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon also says that the use of Senate premises to provide protection is subject to the Senate President s approval

PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. Senator Frank Drilon says Senate committees have the inherent power to grant protective custody to its witnesses. This comes after Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denied the request to place witness Edgar Matobato under protection. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre on De Lima's witness vs Duterte: 'Why investigate only now?'

Sep 15, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II accuses his predecessor of diverting public attention from the House probe into illegal drugs at the national penitentiary when she was DOJ chief

SENATE INQUIRY. Witness Edgar Matobat Senate inquiry into the spate of killings under the Duterte administration on September 16, 2016. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler

De Lima: Expect more witnesses to drug-related killings

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:34 PM

At least 9 witnesses are expected to testify on 8 cases involving 11 victims when the justice committee chaired by Senator Leila de Lima resumes hearings on September 15

HEARINGS RESUME. Senator Leila de Lima, chairperson of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, says more witnesses have been called to testify on representative cases of drug-related extrajudicial killings on September 15, 2016. Photo from the August 22 hearing by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH wants P1.2-B reproductive health budget in 2017

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:52 PM

This is a huge jump from the P165 million proposal earlier presented by Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial before lawmakers at the House of Representatives

Senate ethics body torn on how to handle complaint vs De Lima

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Two allies of Senator Leila De Lima want the committee to decide first on its jurisdiction over the complaint not on the complaint s form and substance

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.