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'Pagkukulang niya ito sa bayan': Lawmakers blame Cayetano for ABS-CBN shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Congressmen argue that the National Telecommunications Commission, which ordered ABS-CBN to cease operations, should not be a 'scapegoat' for what Congress failed to do

ON THE HOT SEAT. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano holds a press conference on February, 24, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Silent majority' in House favors ABS-CBN franchise renewal – Atienza

Mar 01, 2020 - 4:13 PM

Voting on the House bill to renew the network's franchise is the 'permanent cure,' argues the Buhay party list representative

PLENARY. Representatives at the House floor on September 10, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panels OK bill creating Department of Water Resources and Services

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:51 PM

But Buhay Representative Lito Atienza opposes the measure, saying 'creating a department will only magnify the problem and delay the solutions'

WATER CRISIS. On Friday, June 21, 2019, The water level of Angat Dam, the main source of water for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is seen to be on its critical mark at 160 on June 21, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

'Record attendance' in House? But Atienza says lawmakers leave after roll call

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

House rules, however, allow legislators who are physically absent during the plenary session to still be recorded as present, under certain conditions

A LOT OF EMPTY SEATS. As the hours tick by during House plenary sessions, seats of lawmakers become empty one by one. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Minority lawmakers Garbin, Atienza trade barbs over EDSA provincial bus ban

May 20, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza tries to play the seniority card against AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr, his ally in the House minority

AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr and Buhay Representative Lito Atienza engage in a heated discussion on May 20, 2019.

Lawmakers on EDSA provincial bus ban: 'Give it a chance'

May 20, 2019 - 1:45 PM

But AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr still opposes the policy, saying it 'merely relocates the traffic elsewhere' and burdens LGUs on the outskirts of Metro Manila

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lowering criminal liability age ‘scapegoat’ for failing justice system

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:06 PM

House minority lawmakers argue that the proposed bill does not address the reasons why children break the law in the first place

CHILDREN AS SCAPEGOATS? Rehabilitation centers for children in conflict with the law have poor to inhumane conditions. File photo by Rappler

Minority congressmen defend Arroyo, insist no ‘pork barrel’ in 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Di nag-congressman si [Senator] Ping [Lacson]. Baka 'di niya naiintidihan ‘yong problema ng may constituency,' says Arroyo ally and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

'NO PORK BARREL.' Minority congressmen Lito Atienza, Danilo Suarez, and Alfredo Garbin Jr hold their weekly press conference on December 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Lawmakers oppose granting franchise to solar power company of Legarda's son

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Representatives Rosanna Vergara and Lito Atienza both want the bill granting a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan to be returned to the committee on legislative franchises

SEEKING LEGISLATIVE FRANCHISE. A House bill is seeking to grant a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation. Photo and logo from Solar Para sa Bayan

Bills seek creation of Department of Culture

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza is opposed to the proposals, saying culture should just be part of the Department of Education

NEW DEPARTMENT. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives want to create a Department of Culture. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Some minority legislators defend Mocha: Not fair to belittle her

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:20 PM

An opposition legislator had earlier returned his award to the UST alumni association

HOUSE MINORITY. Representatives Eugene de Vera and Lito Atienza (left-most) both got awards from the UST Alumni Association as well. Rappler photo

How the House voted for a P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:58 AM

In the end more than 100 voted for the budget slash 31 against and close to 100 remained silent

CHR BUDGET VOTE. Legislators, including minority member Representative Lito Atienza (center) deliberate after session was suspended during discussions on the CHR budget. Screengrab from the House of Representatives livestream

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

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'Imelda Marcos wanted to return 7,000 tons of gold to PH'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Once upon a time the Iron Butterfly admitted to a long time political foe that she wanted to return 7 000 tons of gold to the Philippines

CHIT-CHAT WITH IMELDA. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza recalls a rather surprising conversation with the former first lady. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

New MMDA chief a no-show at House briefing

May 29, 2017 - 4:54 PM

It does not speak well of MMDA boss Danilo Lim says Representative Lito Atienza

ABSENT ON THE FIRST DAY. The meeting was supposed to be Danilo Lim's first public appearance since his return to the government. Photo from the Facebook page of Danny Lim

Suarez to back impeachment complaint vs Ombudsman

May 10, 2017 - 3:07 PM

But two minority lawmakers – Representatives Lito Atienza and John Bertiz – say Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has been doing a good job

IMPEACHMENT SEASON. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Buhay Representative Lito Atienza hold a press conference on May 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'curse' on Filipino Catholics – Atienza

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says that when lawmakers pass laws they must consider the faith of Filipinos

VOTED NO. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from

Approving death penalty is 'blood in our hands' – lawmakers

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his no vote saying Imposing the death penalty is allowing state sponsored killings

'BLOOD ON OUR HANDS.' Nuns watch as congressmen appprove on 3rd and final reading the measure reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lagman on death penalty amendments: House leaders ignoring rules

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

To tell you frankly the House leadership has fed to the shredding machine the rules of the House says Representative Edcel Lagman on the supposed railroading of the death penalty bill

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman is not backing down on his fight against the death penalty bill. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House ends death penalty debate after 7 session days

Feb 22, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Congressmen also approve the amendments to only list 10 crimes under the bill remove the mandatory penalty of death and to add safeguard measures for the accused

ADJOURNED. The House of Representatives ends the death penalty debate on February 22. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez warned: You'll lose allies over arm-twisting on death penalty

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is trampling on the principles of House leaders by insisting on a pro death penalty vote

WARNING TO THE SPEAKER. Opposition lawmakers disagree with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's threat against House leaders who will be opposing the death penalty bill. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappelr

1 of 3 lawmakers out of Duterte’s narco list – Fariñas

Feb 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the remaining two congressmen on the list will be meeting with the heads of PDEA and PNP to further probe into the inclusion of their names

'NO BASIS.' Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says there was no basis for the inclusion of the name of a congressman in the President's drug list. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Death penalty is retribution for victims – Castro

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Why is Rep Fredenil Castro for death penalty? Watch

House delays start of death penalty debate

Jan 31, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza challenges Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to first name the 3 incumbent congressmen who are on the President s narco list before the House tackles the death penalty bill

DELAYED DEBATE. The House of Representative was set to start the debate on the capital punishment's revival on January 31. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Suarez wants death penalty under Duterte admin only

Dec 14, 2016 - 3:25 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says this could be a way to appease the Church which is strongly opposing the proposed revival of capital punishment in the country

THE MINORITY. The House minority bloc holds its weekly press conference at the House of Representatives on December 14. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate panel to tackle charter change proposals next week

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes will hold its first hearing on December 8 says Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon

CHA-CHA. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon says the Senate committee on constitutional amendments will begin its hearing on charter change proposals on December 8, 2016. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

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Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Minority lawmakers oppose same-sex unions in PH

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says a same sex couple locked in a kiss in a wedding ceremony is not pleasant to look at

AGAINST. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (left), Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza (2nd from right), and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr (right) explain why their bloc opposes same-sex unions. Only Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (2nd from left) support it. File photos by Rappler

Minority on Duterte's 100 days: 'A' in drug war, inadequate in other sectors

Oct 05, 2016 - 3:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is advised to ensure that his Cabinet secretaries are doing their jobs properly

ASSESSING DUTERTE. Members of the minority bloc, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle) hold a press conference on October 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Same-sex civil marriage bill may 'divide' House – minority lawmakers

Oct 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Legislators agree that the bill Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez plans to file will spark an intelligent deliberation on LGBT rights at the House of Representatives

LGBT RIGHTS. A couple kisses during the 22nd Manila Pride March in June 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DENR: Massive dismantling of Laguna Lake fish pens in 2017

Oct 01, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The environment department says a study on how many fish pens should be allowed in Laguna Lake is already ongoing

Lawmakers: NCCA's proposed 2017 budget too low

Sep 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Wala akong alam na departamento na binawasan ng ganitong kalaking halaga Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts proposed budget

Replace barangay officials with OICs until next polls – House minority

Aug 31, 2016 - 1:55 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says the prevalence of drug use in barangays nationwide puts into question the local officials ability to police their own backyards

APPOINT OICs. Members of the House minority, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (3rd from left), hold a press conference on August 31. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Atienza claims Marcos not to blame for Plaza Miranda bombing

Aug 21, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED lawmaker also calls on Left leaning members of Duterte s Cabinet to rally behind the President in his decision to bury the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

PLAZA MIRANDA. Buhay party-list representative Lito Atienza, a former member of the Liberal Party, is set to deliver a speech that would 'clear' Ferdinand Marcos from responsibility for the deadly Plaza Miranda bombing. Photo from Atienza's Facebook

House minority to push for tax exemption for P30k-and-below earners

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:58 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says he plans to file a bill imposing a water tax on the MWSS to address the projected government revenue loss

NO INCOME TAX FOR THE POOR. House Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez lead a press conference on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Suarez on possible SC case over minority leadership: ‘Bring it on’

Aug 17, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Bitter 8 – this is how Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza calls the bloc led by Albay congressman Edcel Lagman that plans to go to the High Court

'BRING IT ON.' Buhay Representative Lito Atienza and Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez holds a press conference on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Atienza: Drug-related EJKs similar to Martial Law abuses

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Abuse is happening every day and similar to the dark days of Martial Law the suspects are defenseless says Buhay Representative Lito Atienza

AGAINST EJKs. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza is concerned why only a few Filipinos seems to be concerned on rising number of drug-related killings. Photo of Atienza from his Facebook page, photo of drug suspect by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Suarez on Duterte's war on drugs: 'End justifies the means'

Aug 17, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The objective is to eliminate the drug issue at all cost Kung ano man ang ginagawa ng Pangulong Duterte na pamamaraan as the minority leader in my personal capacity I support him says House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

WAR ON DRUGS OK. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Reviving death penalty risks OFWs on death row – lawmaker

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says reviving capital punishment can affect the Philippines appeals for clemency for OFWs facing execution abroad

SAVED FROM EXECUTION. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza believes the Philippines will lose its leverage to plead for the lives of Filipinos on death row abroad if capital punishment is reimposed. Photo from Senate PRIB.

Atienza: ‘Qualified reclusion perpetua’ over death penalty

Jun 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Buhay Party list Representative wants heinous crimes convicts to be punished with a minimum of 40 years in prison as well as productive labor to compensate the victims families

ALTERNATIVE PUNISHMENT. Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza wants President-elect Rodrigo Duterte reconsider reintroducing the death penalty in the Philippines. Photo of Atienza from his Twitter account, photo of Duterte by Rappler

Last try: Lawmakers push, reject SSS pension hike

Jun 06, 2016 - 9:40 PM

On the last session day of the 16th Congress more members of the House of Representatives reject attempts to override President Aquino s veto of the pension hike

ONE LAST TIME. Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares urged his fellow lawmakers to override Presdient Benigno Aquino III's veto of the proposed pension hike bill on the last day of Congress on Monday, June 6.

Global terrorism highlights need to pass Bangsamoro bill

Dec 02, 2015 - 5:21 PM

The Philippines is prone to threats like ISIS says former senator Leticia Ramos Shahani

BBL CHAMPIONS. From left to right: activist Cheng Rasul, former Constitutional Commission chairman Atty. Christian Monsod, former senators Aquilino Pimentel and Leticia Ramos-Shahani.

4Ps moms get P500 less for missing 'birth control' seminars?

Sep 02, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Buhay party list Representative Lito Atienza questions the authority of Likhaan Center for Women s Health to conduct responsible parenting modules for mother beneficiaries of the government s flagship poverty alleviation program

HEALTH GRANT. Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are required to attend monthly family development sessions, which include topics such as responsible parenting. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Saguisag files ethics case vs 2 congressmen

Jul 16, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The former senator accuses Buhay party list Representative Lito Atienza and Abakada party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz of terrorizing peace negotiators

'TERRORISTS.' Former senator Rene Saguisag has filed complaints against two members of the House of Representatives for allegedly 'terrorizing' the proponents of the peace process. Rappler file photo

Manila admits RH violation under former mayor Atienza

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Global legal advocacy organization Center for Reproductive Rights calls on the city of Manila to execute an express repeal of the two ordinances which the United Nations says gravely and systematically violated women s rights

Spokespersons, not Binay, field resignation questions

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay does not entertain questions from journalists after his 10 minute speech explaining why he resigned from the Aquino Cabinet

QUESTIONS FOR BINAY. After delivering a speech on June 24, 2015, explaining his resignation from the Aquino Cabinet, Vice President Jejomar Binay leaves his spokespersons – (from left) Mon Ilagan, Lito Atienza, Harry Roque, JV Bautista – to answer journalists' questions.

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