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House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:09 PM

The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:19 AM

His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

WITHDRAWAL. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his negative vote on the anti-terror bill via Zoom on June 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

PDP-Laban to support Cayetano as long as he’s Speaker

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, the man whom Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano accuses of trying to oust him, does not attend the meeting

DUTERTE ALLIES. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (center, back row) and PDP-Laban lawmakers do President Rodrigo Duterte's fist pose after their meeting on March 9, 2020. Photo from Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

'Hindi talaga para ito sa mga Abu Sayyaf or terrorista o sino pa mang tinatawag na terorista… Kailangan ito para doon sa dissenters, sa oposisyon,' says NUPL chair Neri Colmenares

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

'Get your priorities straight,' lawmakers tell Duque amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:24 PM

House members are upset that the DOH chief skipped a House hearing on Metro Manila's response to the novel coronavirus to inspect a quarantine center in Nueva Ecija, as directed by the President

MISPLACED PRIORITIES? DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll skipped the House hearing on the novel coronavirus on February 5, 2020 to inspect a quarantine facility in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Biazon on shabu smuggling: 'Is PDEA clean?'

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawmakers raise the possibility that more Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials may be implicated in drug smuggling

QUESTIONED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, attends the House committee on dangerous drugs continues probe into P6.8-Billion shabu smuggling in Bureau of Customs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo: Be concerned about Duterte’s health ‘only if he says it’s serious’

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

But opposition lawmakers say Malacañang's conflicting statements on the President's health raise concerns

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comments on the current status of President Rodrigo Duterte's health. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[Right of Way] Why the PH doesn't have enough mass transport options

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon talk about the sorry state of transportation as they commute from Quezon City to Makati

Skyway reverts to old toll plaza scheme after chaotic traffic

Jan 30, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The new toll collection system at the Skyway leaves motorists and commuters angry and confused

TRAFFIC. Commuters braved heavy traffic along South Metro Manila Skyway when the new toll plaza scheme was first implemented on January 27, 2018. Photo by Alyssa Fernandez

Privatize, replace BOC? Ex-Customs chief says it isn't that simple

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Lawmaker and former Customs chief Ruffy Biazon says he would caution against prescribing a cure without fully knowing and understanding the conditions inside the bureau

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. Philippine exports rose by a surprising 22.8 percent in September, staging a recovery after the massive fall in the previous month, the government said on November 13. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Dep't of Justice to reinvestigate pork barrel scam

May 10, 2017 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns the allies of the previous administration as he reopens the investigation into the pork barrel scam

Sueno dismissal sends 'very strong signal' vs corruption – lawmakers

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Opposition legislators believe that the dismissal of Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno shows the crack and disunity in the Duterte administration

NO TO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte President gives a message during his formal investiture as Chief Scout of the Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 3. Photo by Lito Boras/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: Drugs bring 'moral decay and fuels crime' – Biazon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Muntinlupa City Ruffy Biazon votes yes: The Constitution allows capital punishment for compelling reasons The continued proliferation of the illegal drug trade with its devastating effects is a compelling reason

VOTED YES. Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from

Tracking Sandiganbayan: Who's who in PH's biggest corruption cases?

Jan 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Which corruption cases are still pending before the anti graft court and what are their statuses in the judicial process?

Lawmaker wants emergency hotline prank callers penalized

Aug 02, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon files the Anti Prank Caller Act after the 911 hotline received 1 119 dropped calls and 304 prank calls on its first day of implementation

NO TO PRANK CALLERS. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon wants to penalize prank callers of the 911 hotline.

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Mar 04, 2016 - 1:32 PM

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Despite PDAF complaints, lawmakers file candidacies for 2016 polls

Oct 25, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Undeterred at least 10 of the 24 present and former lawmakers identified in the PDAF complaints before the Ombudsman want to run in the May 2016 elections

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Jul 01, 2015 - 8:47 PM

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It’s a hostile environment for the commissioner of Customs

Apr 24, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Some will move heaven and hell or spend a fortune just to remove a sitting commissioner for various reasons – some for business interests some for political reasons or some simply want the job for themselves

Customs misses 2013 revenue target

Feb 10, 2014 - 12:40 PM

The bureau was mostly in transition in 2013 due to a series of reforms implemented by the Aquino administration

REFORMS. The Bureau of Customs has implemented changes – from officials and personnel to rules and processes – to shore up revenue collections. File Photo from AFP

PH loses $410B in illicit transactions

Feb 04, 2014 - 3:34 AM

UPDATED The losses in gov t revenues over a 52 year period – an amount not seen in other countries – represent a crisis situation says the US based Global Financial Integrity

Sevilla: Fixing the Customs' image

Jan 30, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Rappler talks to John Sunny Sevilla the newly appointed commissioner of the Bureau of Customs

Palace won't push Ducut to resign

Dec 17, 2013 - 8:48 PM

It s up to her to follow the lead of ex congressman Ruffy Biazon who resigned as Customs chief after he was tagged in the pork barrel scam

HIGHER BILLS. Meralco customers will have to shell out more for electricity in December, February and March. AFP PHOTO/Jay Directo

Davao-based trader faces smuggling raps

Dec 05, 2013 - 2:56 PM

Customs says it will continue to strengthen its anti smuggling drive despite changes in the bureau s leadership

SMUGGLED GOODS. The Bureau of Customs sues a Davao–based trader for misdeclaring shipments containing used clothing and vehicles. AFP FILE PHOTO

Finance usec Sevilla appointed Customs OIC

Dec 04, 2013 - 5:27 PM

Finance Undersecretary John Sunny Sevilla replaces Ruffy Biazon who resigned this week after being implicated in the multi billion peso pork barrel scam

CUSTOMS OIC. Finance Undersecretary John Sevilla will take over as officer-in-charge of the Customs bureau effective December 7. Photo taken from the PPP Center website

Enrile to Miriam: Just don’t blame me for Yolanda

Dec 03, 2013 - 4:42 PM

The Senate Minority Leader says whatever Santiago’s attacks will be he will no longer retaliate because he has said his piece

Ruffy Biazon resigns as Customs chief

Dec 02, 2013 - 4:49 PM

3rd UPDATE His resignation comes after the justice department implicated him in the pork barrel scam

BIAZON RESIGNS. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon tenders his irrevocable resignation to President Benigno Aquino III during a meeting on Monday, December 2. Photo from Biazon's Twitter account

Palace: Biazon still has trust of the President

Nov 30, 2013 - 7:34 PM

The President s full trust and confidence in Customs chief Ruffy Biazon remains even as the Office of the Ombudsman reviews the complaint against him

DELICADEZA. Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma says delicadeza is an individual decision. File photo by Arcel Cometa/

Rappler Newscast | November 29, 2013

Nov 29, 2013 - 9:57 PM

Customs chief 33 others face pork barrel scam charges PH will work with allies as China stirs up tensions Protesters storm public buildings in Thailand

Biazon: I'm ready to face allegations

Nov 29, 2013 - 6:22 PM

I had always exercised prudence and fidelity in the performance of my duty as Representative of the Muntinlupa

Customs chief, 33 others in PDAF case

Nov 29, 2013 - 12:11 PM

The former Muntinlupa congressman faces malversation bribery and graft complaints along with 6 ex solons 2 agents 3 heads and 7 employees of agencies 12 auditors 2 heads of NGOs and Janet Lim Napoles

BIR: No tax, duty on Yolanda donations

Nov 14, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Relief goods donated for Typhoon Yolanda stricken Visayas are exempt from taxes and customs duties if they are coursed through government agencies or accredited organizations according to the country s main tax agency

Court junks case vs Customs revamp

Oct 21, 2013 - 11:11 PM

A Manila court junks the case filed by Customs officials stopping a revamp that government leaders say are part of reforms

FAVORABLE DECISION. A Manila court junks the case filed by Customs officials stopping a revamp that government leaders say are part of reforms.

Customs collections slow down in Sept amid reforms

Oct 08, 2013 - 6:00 AM

Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon attributes the agency s lower than target collections in September to the ongoing personnel revamp

NEW APPOINTEES. New Customs deputy commissioners face the media on October 7, 2013. L-R: Agaton Uvero, Edita Tan, Customs chief Ruffy Biazon, Jesse Dellosa, Myrna Chua, Primo Aguas. Photo by Jose Del

New Customs officials vow to 'work together' on reforms

Oct 07, 2013 - 8:25 PM

The 5 newly appointed deputy Customs commissioners promise to closely work together to rid the agency of corruption it has been known for

NEW APPOINTEES. New Customs deputy commissioners face the media on October 7, 2013. L-R: Agaton Uvero, Edita Tan, Customs chief Ruffy Biazon, Jesse Dellosa, Myrna Chua, Primo Aguas. Photo by Jose Del

Court extends TRO on Customs employees' transfer

Oct 05, 2013 - 6:30 AM

A Manila court stops the transfer of several Customs collectors to a research office up to October 21

STOPPED. A Manila court stops the implementation of an order of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon transferring several customs collectors to a research office at the Finance department

Aquino on what Customs needs: A 'reset'

Oct 02, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Aquino says replacing people in key Customs positions and bringing employees back to their mother units are essential to curb rampant corruption at the bureau

RESET. Pressing the reset button is what the President ordered to address corruption in Customs bureau. Photo by Rey Baniquet, Malacañang Photo Bureau

Purisima: TRO for Customs collectors disrupts reforms

Oct 02, 2013 - 2:21 PM

The Finance secretary expressed dismay over the issuance of TRO suspending the transfer of Customs collectors to the DOF s research unit

DISMAYED. The Finance chief expresses dismay on the issuance of TRO pending the transfer of Customs collectors to DOF

New Customs deputy commissioners assume posts

Sep 30, 2013 - 8:27 PM

The Customs bureau is nearing the final phase of its reshuffling as 4 of 5 deputy commissioners assume their posts on September 30

Customs employees oppose return-to-mother-unit order

Sep 23, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Customs employees say the order will cause massive displacement and abandonment of functions paralyzing BOC operations

Biazon open to transfer functions to BIR

Aug 05, 2013 - 9:12 PM

But he says the transfer will take time

Rappler Newscast | August 2, 2013

Aug 02, 2013 - 9:29 PM

US Senate resolution supporting peace in South China Sea riles up China Biazon reshuffles district collectors Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden

Customs collectors reassigned in 2 weeks – Biazon

Aug 02, 2013 - 3:45 PM

Of the 17 district collectors two has refused to relinquish their posts but will still be reassigned by Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon anyway

DRASTIC STEP. Embattled Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon proposes the abolition of the agency to retire corrupt employees. Photo by Arcel Cometa/

JV: Sue barangay execs with squatter ‘colonies’

Jul 31, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Sen JV Ejercito says don t always blame the governors or mayors – barangay officials are usually the ones coddling squatters as a source of votes

'CODDLING SQUATTERS.' Sen JV Ejercito says the national government should hold accountable barangay officials who are "coddling squatters," and allow them to return after relocation. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

#PugadBaboy: Aftershocks ng SONA puchline 2

Jul 31, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Poverty work ethic corruption and the Bureau of Customs

Aquino knows 'padrinos' in Customs - Trillanes

Jul 30, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Sen Antonio Trillanes IV says action from the President not a Senate probe is needed to reform Customs

PRESIDENT'S MOVE. Sen Antonio Trillanes IV says action from the President, not a Senate probe, is needed to reform Customs. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

‘Reveal Customs padrinos in Senate probe’

Jul 30, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Sen Francis Escudero files a resolution calling for a probe into the padrino system in Customs

Henares on Customs post: It's PNoy's call

Jul 29, 2013 - 4:37 PM

When I entered government it was with one thing in mind: it s to serve the country It s public service and I believe its the President s call where he needs any of us

NEXT CUSTOMS HEAD? Tax chief Kim Henares is being eyed as the next Bureau of Customs Commissioner according to Malacañang sources. Senate Pool file photo/Joseph Vidal