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U.S. Democrats demand release of full Mueller report, documents

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Top US congressional Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demand the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election

DEMOCRATS. In this file photo taken on January 09, 2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer speak to the media following a meeting with US President Donald Trumpat the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Drilon says Duterte is right, peace talks should be in PH

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says holding the peace talks here will show the government's sincerity and confidence in both parties, and the communists' recognition of the legitimacy of the Philippine government

PEACE TALKS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says 'it's about time' that the peace talks are held on Philippine soil. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The draft resolution asks the Supreme Court to review its decision to 'nullify the appointment' of Sereno as chief justice

Drilon on Charter Change, Bongbong Marcos on 2019 elections, Veloso’s birthday message | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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SC decision vs De Lima 'unfortunate,' say minority senators

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision junking Senator Leila de Lima's petition 'highlighted Duterte's total control and manipulation of the three branches of government for his evil political ends,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo from De Lima's office

Senate minority renews call for 'incompetent' Aguirre's resignation

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Filipinos deserve better than a Cabinet official who resorts to spreading lies sowing intrigue and to name calling opposition senators say

Minority asks Pimentel to help reverse notice to visit De Lima

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

We hope that Senate President Pimentel will stand by his previous assertions of the Senate s independence says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

VISIT. The Senate minority bloc visits detained Senator Leila de Lima in detention in Camp Crame. File Photo from De Lima's office

Senate minority hits Gordon plan to file ethics case vs Trillanes

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Is this ethics case meant to silence the opposition in the Senate and the critics of the administration? opposition senators ask

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

UN expert Agnes Callamard on Kian: 'Make his death the last'

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

The UN special rapporteur on summary executions sends her condolences to the family of the slain teenager on the day of his burial

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard listens to speakers as she attends the Drugs Issues, Different Perspectives: A Policy Forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on May 5, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Alvarez, Dela Rosa, Noriega | Evening wRap

May 30, 2017 - 6:54 PM

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Lorenzana 'admits' not recommending martial law

May 30, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Security officials told senators in a private briefing that the military could neutralize the Maute Group even without martial law the Senate minority bloc says

President Rodrigo R. Duterte listens to Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana as he conducts a briefing at Bahay Malago of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Compound on Monday, August 15, 2016, regarding the areas affected by flood in National Capital Region and Central Luzon.TOTO LOZANO/PPD

Opposition senators seek joint session on martial law

May 29, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The joint congressional session is needed to check the validity of the proclamation and to prevent abuses all 6 minority senators say in a resolution

JOINT SESSION. Opposition senators file a resolution calling for a joint congressional probe to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’ declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Senate minority bloc visits De Lima in detention

May 01, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The minority bloc is keen on requesting the court to allow detained Senator Leila de Lima to attend critical Senate debates and votes

Photo from De Lima's office

Don't dump old friends for new suitors, PH urged

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:39 PM

What s the advantage of running away from the claws of the American eagle only to rush to the embrace of a Chinese or Russian bear? asks Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

BOOSTING TIES. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua stands near Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for a meeting in Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Recto: Give free tuition to 1M state college students in 2017 budget

Dec 02, 2016 - 1:40 PM

The proposed fund if approved will be distributed to 114 state universities and colleges and will benefit students from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program households

14 things the Senate minority wants to see in the 2017 budget

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED The list includes itemization of lump sum funds increased budget for health programs and trimming down of government overhead expenses

Duterte and the Senate: Of allies, critics, and in-betweens

Jul 26, 2016 - 4:35 PM

While the President is expected to have smooth sailing ties with the House of Representatives his relationship with the Senate is less predictable

Recto: Senate minority won't oppose just for the sake of it

Jul 25, 2016 - 3:15 PM

This is one Senate minority I assure you that will know when to stand its ground and when to seek common ground says new Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto

Sotto: Enrile back to Senate on Monday after SC ruling

Aug 18, 2015 - 4:18 PM

After more than a year in detention Senator Juan Ponce Enrile will soon return to the Senate following the Supreme Court ruling granting him bail

'CALL ME DEMON.' Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile says he is ready for Santiago's personal attacks but asks her to refrain from blaming him for "Yolanda, Christ's crucifixion, and the death of Rizal." Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Enrile advises allies: Don’t use SAF to hit Aquino

Feb 05, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Minority senators visit their detained leader Juan Ponce Enrile who tells them: Don t use this hearing to hit the administration and to gain mileage

Senate implements Enrile suspension

Sep 01, 2014 - 2:42 PM

The 90 day suspension ordered by the anti graft court starts September 1 Senate President Drilon says during the period Enrile is not allowed to file bills sign committee reports and receive salaries

HIGHLIGHTS: JV Ejercito counter-SONA

Aug 11, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Senator JV Ejercito will deliver a counter SONA meant to fact check Aquino s inaccurate claims like the supposed quick response to Yolanda

Enrile OKs ‘fact-checking’ counter-SONA

Aug 08, 2014 - 4:09 PM

Enrile approves the counter SONA of Senator JV Ejercito meant to fact check Aquino s inaccurate claims like the supposed quick response to Yolanda

Nancy Binay to file bill vs ‘forced savings’

Jul 31, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Senator Nancy Binay wants to file a bill holding agencies liable for the implementation of projects they proposed under the national budget

Weaker Senate opposition without Enrile?

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Deputy Minority Leader Vicente Tito Sotto III does not see any negative impact on checks and balances in the chamber We just have more work now

'NO DIFFERENCE.' Deputy Senate Minority Leader Tito Sotto says the minority will continue scrutinizing administration measures even without Enrile and Estrada.

Senate minority bloc plans to deliver contra-SONA

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile who is detained at Camp Crame gives his go signal

MINORITY BLOC. Senator JV Ejercito wants the Senate Minority bloc to deliver a contra-SONA. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Full text: Miriam's 'Navigating the Crimes of the Plunder Mastermind'

Dec 04, 2013 - 6:51 PM

Privilege speech of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago against Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile delivered on Dec 4 2013

Full text: Enrile on Miriam's lies, 'deep-seated animosity'

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:24 PM

Privilege speech of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile delivered on Thursday Nov 7 2013

Enrile: Miriam cuckoo, inane, obsessive hater

Nov 27, 2013 - 5:11 PM

The Senate Minority Leader cites personal reasons for Santiago s deep seated animosity against him The lady senator vows to retaliate on December 4

'BITTER HATER.' Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile devotes his 30-minute privilege speech to denying Santiago's allegations and personally attacking her. Photo by Joe Arazas/Senate Photo Release

Ejercito on ‘pork’: Jinggoy can answer for himself

Sep 18, 2013 - 3:26 PM

Sen JV Ejercito says he is sad for his brother but he leaves it up to him to answer the plunder complaint

'Minority wanted no names mentioned in Senate PDAF probe'

Sep 17, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Did the minority indeed make a threat to bring down everyone if they were identified in the hearings? Not in the caucus says Senate President Drilon

Minority senators want answers from COA

Sep 10, 2013 - 5:53 PM

Senate finance committee chair Francis Escudero says questions from senators should not be interpreted as pressure on COA in relation to the pork barrel scam

Senate minority slams uniform budget for oversight committees

Aug 19, 2013 - 6:43 PM

Senators say the new system does not address the real issues behind bloated committees

'NOT EQUAL.' Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile says the minority bloc opposed the decision to give equal budgets to all oversight committees because they do not have the same importance. Photo by Senate PRIB/Joe Arazas

Enrile hits majority’s committee changes

Aug 07, 2013 - 10:24 PM

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile says oversight committees don t have the same importance

Enrile bloc inclined to accept committees

Jul 26, 2013 - 2:34 PM

Saying they are not sour graping minority senators are inclined to accept committee chairmanships

Drilon offers minority 5 ‘major’ committees

Jul 25, 2013 - 8:27 AM

Will the Senate minority accept these major and relevant committees?

Senate to cut funding for oversight panels

Jul 24, 2013 - 7:12 PM

Sen Ralph Recto says the Senate is discussing funding only 24 out of 35 oversight committees which duplicate the functions of regular committees

'PRUDENT SPENDING.' Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Drilon leadership is discussing funding only 20 to 24 out of the 35 oversight committees to ensure savings. Photo by Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal

Drilon is Senate President again

Jul 22, 2013 - 10:40 AM

UPDATE The staunch Aquino ally leads the Senate at a time of controversy and bitter rivalries

'BIG MAN' ON TOP. Sen Franklin Drilon (C) takes his oath as Senate President during the Senate's first session for the 16th Congress, July 22, 2013. Sen Paolo Benigno Aquino (R) gives the oath.

No committees for Enrile-led minority?

Jul 17, 2013 - 10:21 PM

Sen Nancy Binay says the 6 person Senate minority is considering refusing committee chairmanships as a group

'OKAY WITH ME.' Sen Nancy Binay says she is willing to forego any committee chairmanship to fulfill the Senate minority's role of checking on the performance and bills of the majority. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Nancy Binay: UNA to check DILG, CCT budget

Jul 11, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Sen Nancy Binay says her plan to check the budget of the DILG and CCT has no political color

'NO POLITICS.' Sen Nancy Binay denies that her plan to scrutinize the budget of the DILG and CCT is politically motivated, saying it is senators' job to check the budget. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

UNA split in Congress? Binay: That’s politics

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:59 PM

UNA is minority in the Senate and majority in the House

MINORITY-MAJORITY. In the Senate, UNA is the minority but it is part of the majority in the House. Vice President Jejomar Binay says, "Those are the realities of politics." Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Sotto on NP Senate leaders: Anyare?

Jun 25, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Sen Tito Sotto says the Liberal Party not the Nacionalista Party should hold key posts in the Senate

EYEBROW RAISING. Sen Vicente "Tito" Sotto III questions NP senators' bid for Senate posts, saying it is the ruling Liberal Party that should hold key positions in the chamber. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Bong on tandem with Bongbong: Why not?

Jun 24, 2013 - 1:59 PM

Is a 2016 tandem between Senators Bong Revilla and Bongbong Marcos in the works?

EYEING 2016. Sen Bong Revilla admits he is already preparing for 2016, including a possible tandem with Sen Bongbong Marcos but adds, "It's too early." File photo from Senate PRIB

Jinggoy: Aquino must replace legislative liaison

Jun 06, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Sen Estrada says PLLO chief Manuel Mamba is to blame for the lack of coordination between the Palace and Congress Mamba says Enrile refused to deal with him

'BLAME ON HIM.' Acting Senate President Jinggoy Estrada blames PLLO chief Manuel Mamba for the lack of coordination between Congress and the Palace, leading President Aquino to veto various bills. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Jinggoy: It’s Enrile for minority leader

Jun 04, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Sen Jinggoy Estrada tells Sen Franklin Drilon he will still support Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for the Senate presidency

TEAM ENRILE. Sen Jinggoy Estrada said he told Sen Franklin Drilon that he will still support Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for the Senate presidency even if his ally will likely end up as Minority Leader.

Drilon on Senate funds: I’ve been fair

May 27, 2013 - 11:25 AM

The likely Senate President says he stands on his record of fairness in the distribution of Senate funds

'RELATIVE TERM.' Sen Franklin Drilon will not say whether or not Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile was fair in selectively releasing Senate funds. He only said he stands on his own record of fairness when he was Senate President. File photo from Senate PRIB