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Pimentel hits Alvarez: Senate not slow, it's Congress' 'critical chamber'

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'The Senate is the nag-aaral na kapulungan... Again I say, change mindset: quality over quantity,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's criticism

QUALITY. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III hits House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for criticizing the Senate in its slow passage of bills, saying it should be quality over quantity.

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

Defiant Republicans in last-gasp Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) After falling one vote short this summer, Republicans have revived efforts to shred Obamacare. Momentum swelled in the past week

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you must know this Wednesday

WINNERS. Student-athletes feel happy and proud as they received their medals during the awarding ceremonies for the Gymnastics competition at the EBJ Gymnasium.

After 17 years, LGBT anti-discrimination bill up for Senate debate

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

It is the first time an anti discrimination bill reaches the Senate plenary

'HISTORIC.' After nearly 2 decades, a bill prohibiting discrimination against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community finally reaches the Senate plenary and is now up for debate. File photo by Rappler

De Lima bill seeks creation of council vs extrajudicial killings

Oct 12, 2016 - 4:35 PM

The bill if approved would also prohibit policemen from firing warning shots during an operation and would require them to submit post operation reports

WARN BEFORE ARREST. Senator Leila De Lima files a bill defining and penalizing exrajudicial killings. It also seeks to order police to issue a warning before arresting suspects. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Bill seeks inclusion of casinos, art and car dealers in AMLA

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:07 PM

Senate Bill 45 wants to give more teeth to the Anti Money Laundering Council by authorizing it to issue freeze orders on questionable transactions and bank accounts

TOUGHER LAW VS MONEY LAUNDERING. Senate Bill 45, authored by Senator Panfilo Lacson, seeks the inclusion of casinos under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

Quality over quantity: House passes bills 'needed by our people' in 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the House of Representatives focused this year on quality and responsive legislation : Hindi ito paramihan ng numero

IT'S QUALITY. Instead of quantifying their accomplishments, the House leadership said the Congress was able to pass important and 'responsible' bills.

Senate approves P3-T budget for 2016

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:06 PM

The Senate approved budget now goes to the bicameral conference committee where it will be reconciled with the version of the House of Representatives

VOTE. Fourteen senators voted in favor of the proposed P3 trillion national budget for 2016. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/Rappler

Russia threatens response if US sets new sanctions over Ukraine

Dec 14, 2014 - 12:59 AM

Dubbed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act the Senate bill is still pending the approval of the White House

Rappler Newscast | June 28, 2013

Jun 28, 2013 - 8:55 PM

PSEI rise ending 5 weeks of decline Tropical depression Gorio will affect Southern PH US Senate passes landmark immigration reform bill

CBCP: Philippines moving towards legal abortion

Dec 15, 2012 - 7:58 PM

The controversial bill was approved by the House of Representatives on second reading on December 13 and the Senate is expected to vote on it before Christmas

Photo by CBCP

Lawyer defends Sotto before Senate

Nov 14, 2012 - 11:49 AM

UPDATED Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III who faces an ethics complaint for alleged plagiarism