Senate politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Senate politics


Argentine senate approves search of Kirchner homes

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

In a fiery and defiant speech to the chamber, former president Cristina Kirchner reiterates that the cases against her are politically motivated

U.S. Senate stumbles in seeking elusive immigration fix

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This raises prospects of Congress and President Donald Trump falling short in striking a deal on border security and the legalization of young immigrants

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Vote postponed as Trump tax plan hits snag in U.S. Senate

Dec 01, 2017 - 3:39 PM

In a dramatic move, 3 Republican senators refuse to vote on a procedural measure until they are assured that more changes could be made to the legislation

TAX PLAN. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, speaks about tax reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 30, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Lap Dancing Senator

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Gatchalian visits civilians in Marawi, vows to push for rehab funds

Oct 01, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is the highest elected official to visit residents in war-torn Marawi. Previous officials visited only military personnel, or met with evacuees outside the city.

U.S. Senate Republicans pull plug on latest Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:31 AM

The collapse, yet again, of an effort to fulfill one of Donald Trump's primary campaign pledges is sure to be an embarrassment to the White House, which has seen several Obamacare repeal and replace bills crash and burn this year

REPEAL FAIL. (L to R) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) hold a news conference following their weekly policy luncheon, September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Senate panel says ethics case vs Trillanes sufficient in form, substance

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Of the 9 points raised by Senator Richard Gordon in his complaint 8 are considered substantial by the Senate ethics committee

In this file photo, Senators Antonio Trillanes (L) and Richard Gordon (R) attend a Senate committee hearing on the Bureau of Customs smuggling case on September 7, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Pimentel: Senate won't interfere if De Lima is arrested

Feb 19, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says Senator Leila de Lima should be treated with respect by the arresting officers

Senator Leila de Lima at an event last October 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

U.S. senators clash bitterly over Trump attorney general pick

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren is reprimanded after reading a 1986 letter critical of nominee Jeff Sessions written by Coretta Scott King widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr

In this file photo, US Sen. Jeff Sessions waits for the beginning of a meeting of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee February 2, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

US Senate rejects gun control measures after Orlando

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:24 AM

Lawmakers failed to cross the aisle and compromise on one of the most sensitive hot button issues in America

In this file photo, Sen. Chris Murphy (C) (D-CT) speaks during a press conference held by Democratic senators calling for action on gun violence June 16, 2016 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Manny Pacquiao, the senator

May 17, 2016 - 4:00 PM

While he may have received enough support to place him in the Magic 12 in this year s elections others cannot take Manny Pacquiao seriously as a legislator

epa05252130 Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley of the USA in their WBO International Welterweight Championship title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 09 April 2016. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Palace not losing hope on draft Bangsamoro law

Jun 04, 2015 - 5:51 PM

The draft Bangsamoro law is not as bad as how Senate Bongbong Marcos described the Palace spokesperson says

CONTROVERSIAL BILL. Muslim groups rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, June 1, to thank the House ad hoc committee members who voted yes for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Senate Democrats block Obama on free-trade initiative

May 13, 2015 - 7:45 AM

Republicans back Obama s bid for the trade authority but many Democrats feel betrayed by the measure s failure to include protections for American workers and punish currency manipulation

Container ships in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Los Angeles, California, USA, February 12, 2015. Michael Nelson/EPA

Drilon: 'No time' to tackle Aquino's 2nd term

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:34 PM

The President s party mate Senate President Franklin Drilon says 3 proposed measures will occupy the calendar of the Senate until the end of 2014

2ND TERM NEEDED? President Benigno Aquino III reviews the honor guards during the send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on September 13, 2014, before he visits Europe on an official trip. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Miriam walks out of Commission on Appointments hearing

Sep 10, 2014 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED She adjourns the hearing less than an hour after it started after a debate over rules on quorum

Joker Arroyo: Blue ribbon probes 'one-sided'

Aug 31, 2014 - 6:36 PM

The former lawmaker criticized the way the Senate blue ribbon committee was handling its investigations including the probe on the Makati City parking building

Sandiganbayan to Estrada: Respect appointed justices

Jun 22, 2014 - 10:17 PM

The Fifth Division of the Sandiganbayan will hear Senator Jinggoy Estrada s plunder case; but the division is missing a third member who has yet to be appointed by President Aquino

Gigi Reyes to Enrile's wife: 'Half truths are lies as well'

Mar 05, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Mrs Enrile has her own reasons for muddling the facts and laying the blame on women who she said were the ones who offered themselves to her husband

WHY BLAME THE WOMEN? Gigi Reyes, former chief of staff of Sen Juan Ponce Enrile. File photo of Reyes from the Senate's impeachment book 'The Honor of the Senate'

#PugadBaboy: Senators doing improv punchline 2

Oct 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Statements made by Senators over the pork barrel scam

#PugadBaboy: Senators doing improv

Oct 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Statements Senators made over the pork barrel scam

#PugadBaboy: Senators doing improv punchline 3

Oct 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Statements made by Senators over the pork barrel scam

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

Committee haggling? Villar relaxed with NP deals

Jun 25, 2013 - 1:35 PM

Sen Manny Villar says his NP is getting some prime committee chairmanships in the next Senate

FACIAL EXPRESSION. Sen Manny Villar says his facial expression reflects how relaxed he is with the negotiations of his Nacionalista Party for committee chairmanships. 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

'I'm sorry,' Sotto tells Kennedy family

Nov 13, 2012 - 3:07 PM

If it upsets the Kennedy family then I m sorry Sotto says in response to complaints that he plagiarized a speech of Robert F Kennedy

UNA may unveil full Senate slate this week

Jul 16, 2012 - 8:34 AM

UNA is likely to announce this week its final batch of senatorial bets but concedes that sharing some of them with the administration may be inevitable

Why PH stocks are zooming to record highs

Jan 24, 2012 - 12:06 AM

The main index in the local stock exchange has been soaring to historic highs day after day in January despite the ongoing impeachment trial of chief justice Renato Corona at the Senate

RECORD HIGHS FOR PSEi on January 2012

#CoronaTrial Infographic

Jan 16, 2012 - 3:29 PM

Need to quickly catch up on Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment trial? This easy to digest infographic by 2720 tv is great way to start