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Rappler's latest stories on emergency powers


Rappler Talk: Risa Hontiveros' dissent vs 'emergency powers'

Mar 24, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Watch Maria Ressa's interview with Risa Hontiveros at 7:45 PM

Heal as one? Why Duterte's special budget powers bill may be unconstitutional

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:42 PM

The proposed bill gives President Duterte the power to say when his special powers will end

Vehicles continue to pile up at the Quezon City and Rizal Province boundary due to the quarantine control point along Batasan-San Mateo Road midnight, March 17, 2020. Photo by Martin/San Diego/Rappler

Businesses appeal to Congress: Limit Duterte powers if granted

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

While 22 business groups are in favor of a proposed law to address the coronavirus pandemic, they say broad and overreaching provisions may cause delay

[OPINION] We need people power, not emergency power

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:00 PM

And here are a few reminders for companies that have been donating

Duterte's request to take over private business 'merely standby power'

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the power to take over private business would only be used 'when our most critical institutions are nearing total shutdown and government is left with no choice'

Trump signs first veto to secure funding for border wall

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The US President overrides the Congress' decision to terminate his declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Senate rebukes Trump on border emergency; U.S. president vows veto

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Donald Trump's terse response: 'VETO!' he tweets after a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the emergency, declared as a way to secure alternative funding for the border wall denied to him by Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to overturn the President's national emergency border declaration, at the U.S. Capitol on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. 12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against President Trumps emergency declaration. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Trump aide predicts 'hundreds of miles' of border wall by 2020

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'You're looking at hundreds of miles,' says Trump aide Stephen Miller , 'probably a couple hundred miles' by September 2020, two months before the US election

Picture of a section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on February 5, 2019. - United States President Donald Trump, is expected to talk on border security tonight during his State of the Union. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Trump to avert shutdown, declare 'emergency' to fund border wall

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Top US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says he spoke by phone with Trump, who 'indicated he's prepared to sign the bill. He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time'

EMERGENCY. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Duterte denies asking for emergency powers to address traffic

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:45 PM

'You never heard it from me. It was the councilors and maybe Tugade because that was what he needs to do the right thing,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 2nd Philippine Construction Congress at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017, urges those in the construction industry to make the best of their business as long as they avoid corrupt practices. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Certify powers vs traffic as urgent, Poe tells Duterte

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:36 AM

Senator Grace Poe says the 'fastest way' to push for emergency powers is for President Rodrigo Duterte to certify this as urgent

TRAFFIC WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte is urged by Senator Grace Poe to certify as urgent the bill granting him emergency powers vs traffic. File photo from Malacanang

Duterte orders MMDA, LGUs: Penalize unruly drivers 'regardless of stature'

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders a nationwide road clearing while he waits for Congress to grant him emergency powers to solve the Metro Manila traffic problem

CLEAR THE ROADS. Duterte directs the MMDA and LGUs to clear roads nationwide from obstruction. Rappler screengrab

Poe urges Duterte: Tell your allies to pass emergency traffic powers

Jul 23, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Senator Poe says having emergency powers will help Duterte implement his build build build program

Jeepneys are seen as an enforcer manages traffic at a busy street in Manila on May 30, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the sufficiency of the factual basis test

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No 216 to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

House panel approves bill on emergency powers vs traffic

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Under HB 4334 the DOTr secretary would hold the emergency powers to address traffic in Metro Manila Metro Cebu and Davao City for 3 years

TRAFFIC WOES. Will HB 4334 finally be the answer to the perennial traffic problem in the country? Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

17th Congress bids 2016 goodbye with 2 laws passed

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED In 6 months Congress passes 2 laws: postponement of the barangay elections and the P3 35 trillion 2017 budget

ADJOURNED. The 17th Congress closes session for the year on December 14.

Emergency powers bill vs NCR, Metro Cebu traffic advances in Senate

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:27 PM

The bill covers land air and sea traffic as well as provinces near Metro Manila

Alvarez: 'No doubts' on Tugade, but DOTr must step up

Dec 13, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would only grant the President emergency powers to address the traffic problem once the DOTr provides concrete plans

TRUSTED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has the capability to help address the perennial traffic problem. File photos by Rappler

MMDA: 3 more gov't properties open to private vehicles soon

Nov 25, 2016 - 2:00 PM

To ease up traffic government properties in Makati Pasay and Bonifacio Global City will soon be opened to private vehicles

TRAFFIC WOES. Will opening up roads in government properties to private cars help ease traffic? File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Alvarez: 'Uncooperative DOTr' delaying emergency powers on traffic

Nov 23, 2016 - 4:15 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez slams the Department of Transportation saying it has failed to lay out concrete plans to address traffic in Metro Manila Metro Cebu and Metro Davao

"UNCOOPERATIVE DOTr."Speaker Pantaleon Alverez says the DOTr is the reason why the House will not be able to pass the measure seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic by December. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

6 bills passed on final reading as House adjourns session

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas commends his colleagues for a truly productive session The House of Representatives resumes session on November 7

SESSION ADJOURNED. The House of Representative adjourns session on October 19. Session resumes on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sara Duterte: Let traffic emergency powers cover Davao City

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Other local officials are supporting the call for Davao City to be covered by the Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act of 2016

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Oct 12, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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Poe eyes Senate approval of traffic emergency powers bill by Dec

Oct 12, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Senate version of the bill is sure to include a central traffic authority and an oversight function for Congress to review contracts

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Longer MRT trains fully operational by mid-2017 – DOTr

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Transportation says it is awaiting the delivery of the power supply for the 4 car trains which would take an additional 12 months

Photo by Mick Basa

Recto hits DOTr's 'unfunded, scattered' plans vs traffic

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto doubts the proposed projects of the Department of Transportation to solve the traffic crises through emergency powers

Emergency powers to keep Cebu traffic from reaching NCR levels

Oct 08, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Even if the traffic here is still not as bad as Metro Manila we will still push for emergency powers to stop Cebu from getting to that level says Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento

Senate wraps up hearings on emergency powers vs traffic

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the committee on public services has approached the last mile and would soon endorse the bill for plenary debate

EMERGENCY POWERS. Senator Grace Poe says the Senate may pass the bill granting emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve the traffic crises before the year ends. Photo from Office of Senator Poe

LIVE: Senate hearing on emergency powers for traffic crisis

Sep 22, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler at 9 am

Gordon wants emergency powers for Duterte, suspension of habeas corpus

Sep 08, 2016 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED The idea does not sit well with senators Franklin Drilon and Leila De Lima with De Lima saying it would be similar to creeping martial law authoritarianism

SUSPENSION OF HABEAS CORPUS. Senator Richard Gordon wants Congress to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers and to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to fight illegal drugs and terrorism in the country.

Making sense of Duterte's declaration of state of lawlessness

Sep 03, 2016 - 11:37 AM

For now Duterte s declaration does not appear to lead us to a slippery slope But we must be vigilant

TROOPS. President Duterte with soldiers in a recent visit to a camp in the Visayas.

We're waiting for House to work on emergency powers – Poe

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The Senate committee on public services chairperson hits the Department of Transportation anew for failing to provide a list of concrete projects and plans to solve the traffic crisis

Photo by Office of Sen Poe

South, southwest bus terminals to be opened in 2018

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:05 PM

These terminals will be the end point for about 1 642 provincial buses currently entering Metro Manila daily effectively decongesting main thoroughfares

EDSA RELIEF. These terminals will be the end-point for about 1,642 provincial buses currently entering Metro Manila daily. Rappler file photo

With emergency powers, lighter Metro Manila traffic by 2019

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Emergency powers will allow the faster implementation of over P207 billion worth of infrastructure projects to ease traffic transportation officials say

FASTER IMPLEMENTATION. Transportation Undersecretary Noel Kintanar says emergency powers will help the department implement faster its over P207-billion worth of infrastructure projects. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

CJ refutes claim courts issuing 'too many' TROs vs govt projects

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:55 PM

There is no basis to the myth Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says referring to the claim that TROs derail government infrastructure projects

NOT TRUE. CJ Sereno says courts have not been standing in the way of government infrastructure projects.

Gov't forms inter-agency body to solve Metro Manila traffic

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The inter agency body which will follow orders from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade includes the MMDA PNP Highway Patrol Group LTO and LTFRB

Duterte emergency powers should cover flooding – Recto

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Existing roads must be made flood proof too Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says as the President seeks emergency powers to solve the traffic crisis

FLOODED METROPOLIS. People push a jeepny out of a flooded street in Manila on August 13, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Tugade: Train fares, tollway fees will not go up

Aug 10, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also allays fears involving the granting of emergency powers vowing there will be no arbitrariness or whimsical approaches

Senators want traffic czar as 'point person' for emergency powers

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED Neophyte senator Leila De Lima however opposes the proposal as it might grant emergency powers to an individual other than the President

TRAFFIC CZAR. Senators propose the appointment of a 'traffic czar' or manager to become the point person once emergency powers are granted to the President. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña

Gov't wants to open up subdivisions to ease traffic

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also emphasizes the need for a single traffic authority to manage Metro Manila s road network

EMERGENCY POWERS. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade attends the 1st Senate hearing on the granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve the traffic crisis in the metro. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña

Grace Poe: Reveal traffic plans before we grant Duterte special powers

Aug 08, 2016 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto insists that the public be consulted first on fare and toll amounts: The government must assess the affordability and conduct a willingness to pay survey and consultation among users

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Special powers for Duterte: LP senators want safeguards

Jul 27, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon and Minority Leader Ralph Recto urge Congress to learn from the past when it granted special powers to President Fidel Ramos to solve the energy crisis

SAFEGUARDS. Three Liberal Party senators urge Congress to ensure there are strong safeguards against possible abuses involving the granting of emergency powers to the President.

Alvarez to PDP-Laban lawmakers: Bring back trust in Congress

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:02 PM

In the Pulse Asia survey released on April 4 the House of Representatives registered the lowest approval rating top government institutions

THE SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT. Presumptive House Speaker Bebot Alvarez and incoming Senate President Koko Pimentel, PDP-Laban stalwarts, are expected to take the reins at the 17th Congress. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Commuters should see results in next 100 days – Palace

Jul 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

More convenient locations for purchasing train tickets and improved waiting rooms for commuters are some proposals presented to President Duterte in the July 11 Cabinet meeting

TRANSPORTATION WOES. The MRT3 trainline carries 600,000 passengers daily across Metro Manila. File photo by Rappler

Solving the traffic problem

Jul 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The grant of emergency powers to solve traffic is fraught with grave dangers for abuse

NIGHTMARE. We all know Metro Manila's transport system is a nightmare but are we willing to do something about it? File photo by Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse

Drilon files bill for Duterte's emergency powers to fix traffic

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:39 PM

If passed into law the bill would give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers for two years

SOLVING TRAFFIC. Senate President Franklin Drilon wants to give emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve traffic in Metro Manila.

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Duterte eyes emergency powers vs traffic 'crisis'

Jun 20, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says Kung nabababoy na ang kabuhayan natin at di ito krisis ano ang krisis?