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Status quo: Tito Sotto reelected as Senate president

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Despite initial reports of neophytes wanting a change in leadership, the old leaders remain: Juan Miguel Zubiri as Majority Leader, Ralph Recto as Senate President Pro-Tempore, and Franklin Drilon as Minority Leader

PLEDGE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

History repeats itself: Senate had mace-chase almost 30 years ago

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:10 PM

In 1991, a controversial coup that sought to oust then Senate president Jovito Salonga triggered a childish mace-chase in the chamber

Inquirer news site's Pepsi Paloma articles now inaccessible

Jul 04, 2018 - 7:18 PM

(5th UPDATE) 'The rape of Pepsi Paloma' and 'Was Pepsi Paloma murdered?' written by United States-based columnist Rodel Rodis are no longer available on

PEPSI PALOMA. Senator Tito Sotto has asked the to delete articles on Pepsi Paloma written by US-based contributor Rodel Rodis. Photo of Rodel Rodis from his Facebook page. Photo of Tito Sotto by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Iskul Bukol': Netizens slam Sotto over 'Bayang Magiliw' gaffe

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III refers to the Philippine national anthem as 'Bayang Magiliw,' instead of its actual title, 'Lupang Hinirang'

Rappler Talk: The goals and challenges of the Senate under Tito Sotto

May 22, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Rappler talks to Senate President Vicente Sotto III about his plans for the Senate, his stand on critical issues, the longest noontime show Eat Bulaga, and how he handles criticisms

Senate under Sotto to have 'cordial' working relationship with Duterte

May 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'If the administration is pushing something for our countrymen, we will support it. If we feel it is not, then it is not…I think we can work with each other,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

SENATE PRESIDENT. Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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Netizens hit Sotto's past blunders as he takes over Senate

May 21, 2018 - 8:55 PM

After Vicente Sotto III's election as Senate president, some Filipinos remind the public about the controversies he got involved in before. But others say Sotto, as the most senior member of the Senate, deserves the post.

Sotto is Senate President, Morales’ 2017 net worth, PH on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel resigns as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'

koko pimentel press con may 21. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

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Sotto: I won’t allow Senate to be 'trampled' on

May 18, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Senators expect Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to provide the kind of protective leadership that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III failed to show when his party mate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, attacked the Senate

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate Majoriry Leader Vicente Sotto III is reportedly poised to become the next Senate president. File photo from Senate PRIB

Sereno on Duterte, Senate leadership, Trump on Mueller probe | Midday wRap

May 18, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The draft resolution asks the Supreme Court to review its decision to 'nullify the appointment' of Sereno as chief justice

Ex-presidents Estrada, Arroyo: Ed Angara's work 'larger than life'

May 16, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Edgardo Angara was a giant among legal luminaries and a skillful public servant. He wore many hats and he wore them well,' says former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her eulogy

Photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

Gov't officials pay tribute to ex-Senate president Edgardo Angara

May 13, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'His name will always be prominent in the pages of our country's modern political history. He will be missed,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on former Senate president Edgardo Angara

Former Senate president Edgardo Angara dies

May 13, 2018 - 1:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Angara's son, Senator Sonny Angara, says his father died 'from an apparent heart attack'

NEW ENVOY. Former Senate President Edgardo Angara is Duterte's special envoy for to the European Union. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

Calls to drop Sereno quo warranto intensify as supporters fast at SC

May 02, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The looming May 11 voting schedule of the Supreme Court pushes former government officials to publish a manifesto on a newspaper and send it to the Senate, as several individuals fast in front of the Court

CALLS. Members of the Coalition for Justice fast for 10 days in front of the Supreme Court to call for the junking of a quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Hernan Paynaga

'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

Alfredo Lim joins Duterte’s PDP-Laban

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says, however, that the ruling party has yet to decide whether Lim will be its mayoral candidate in Manila against incumbent Joseph Estrada

MEMBER. PDP-Laban President Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says former senator and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim took his oath as a member of the ruling party.

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

If SC ousts Sereno, Senate impeachment court may vote on validity of removal – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:37 PM

If the Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto when the Senate is already convened as an impeachment court, the latter can determine whether or not to proceed with the trial, says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

IMPEACHMENT. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the Senate will observe how the House of Representatives will accept the decision of the Supreme Court on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Rappler

Pimentel to Cordillerans: There'll be 2019 elections despite charter change efforts

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:25 PM

One of the contested issues in Baguio about federalism is its effect on the Cordillera Administrative Region's quest for autonomy

PUBLIC CONSULTATION. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (standing) proposes a return to the two-party system during the Senate hearing on constitutional revision in Baguio City, attended by (from left) Benigno Aquino IV, Panfilo Lacson, Francisc Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, and Nancy Binay at the University of Cordilleras on Friday, March 16, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte rejects term extension, suspended polls

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:22 PM

'There will be no suspension of elections, and there will be no term extension, especially for me,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

NO EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte denies any term extensions and suspension of 2019 polls. Malacañang photo

Rappler Talk: Koko Pimentel on leading the Senate under Duterte

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:57 PM

What is it like to become Senate President under the Duterte administration?

SC asks Congress to explain why they did not convene on martial law

Jun 16, 2017 - 8:18 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court en banc gives the Senate and the House of Representatives 10 days to submit their comment

On Congress and martial law, 2 words: 'Duty' and 'review'

May 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte s martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it

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Pimentel to PNP: Stop sending bad cops to Mindanao

Jan 31, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The senator from Cagayan de Oro asks fellow Mindanaoan national police chief Ronald dela Rosa: Don t give us your rogue policemen

WHY MINDANAO? Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III asks the PNP, headed by fellow Mindanaoan Ronald dela Rosa, to stop sending erring cops to Mindanao as punishment. Rappler file photos

Koko Pimentel's 2017 resolution? No more evasion of media

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Oo walang habulan na Sabihin mo sa kanila media says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III in jest referring to one of his New Year s resolutions

2017 RESOLUTION. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says for 2017, there's no more running away from the media. File photo

Drilon hits Panelo on martial law: Review some more

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:40 PM

I think it is time that Atty Panelo review basic legal principles to avoid issuing erroneous and reckless statements says Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon

REVIEW SOME MORE. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon hits chief pegal counsel Salvader Panelo for his 'erroneous' and 'reckless' statements involving martial law.

1st in PH history: Father, son elected Senate President

Jul 28, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Former Senate President Aquilino Nene Pimentel Jr led the chamber during the impeachment trial of then President Joseph Estrada

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. Former Senate President Nene Pimentel gives his plesing as his son, newly-elected Senator Koko Pimentel takes his oath on Monday, July 25. Photo by Senate PRIB/Cesar Tomambo

Cayetano: No bitterness but will stay 'independent'

Jul 27, 2016 - 4:50 PM

I will follow my commitment to help and protect the President to act as a sort of vision keeper of the Duterte Cayetano campaign promises says Alan Cayetano after losing his bid to become Senate president

NO BITTERNESS. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says there is 'no rancor' even after losing to Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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Jul 25, 2016 - 9:17 PM

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Koko Pimentel, Migz Zubiri: 'Bitter rivals' no more

Jul 25, 2016 - 4:10 PM

No less than Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri nominates his erstwhile rival and fellow Mindanaoan Koko Pimentel for Senate President

Koko Pimentel, Liberal Party, Brexit | 12PM wRap

Jul 25, 2016 - 1:05 PM

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It's final: Koko Pimentel is new Senate President

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Former Senate President Franklin Drilon is the new Senate President Pro tempore while Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III is the Majority Floor Leader

Alan Cayetano no-show at Senate opening

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED The former running mate of President Duterte skips the Senate s opening session which elected Koko Pimentel – and not him – as Senate president

TANDEM. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano face the crowd at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pimentel: No showdown with Cayetano on Senate presidency

Jul 23, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says he has ironed out the matter with his chief rival ahead of the opening of the 17th Congress

NEW SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate President Franklin Drilon says 17 senators are now backing the senate presidency of Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, party mate of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Koko Pimentel allays fears on shift to federal system

Jul 04, 2016 - 1:34 PM

The system will retain the legislature says incoming Senate President Koko Pimentel as he seeks to allay Senate employees fears of unemployment

WORRIES. Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, incoming Senate President, tells employees not to worry 'too much' about the shift to federalism, saying they will still have jobs under the new type of government. Photo by Senate PRIB

Ex-Senate leader Ernesto Maceda's sons: 'He died a happy man'

Jun 22, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Maceda s sons also reveal how their last conversation with him showed that he was a public servant all the way

MANONG ERNIE. Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr visits the wake of the late Senator Ernesto Maceda on June 21, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace, Binay lead tributes for ex-Senate leader Maceda

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Senate President Franklin Drilon says the chamber is coordinating with the family for a necrological service for the late senator

LEADER. Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda dies of multiple organ failure on Monday, June 20. File photo by Vicente Roxas

Ex-Senate President Ernesto Maceda dies

Jun 20, 2016 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Ernesto Maceda dies Monday night June 20 due to multiple organ failure according to his daughter in law Rica Vergara Maceda

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Why Koko over Alan? Sotto points to Cayetano's restrictions

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Our group was not excited about it not happy about that kind of situation We decided to explore other possibilities Senator Vicente Sotto III says of Cayetano s supposed committee restrictions

SENATE LEADERSHIP. Senator Tito Sotto says committee chairmanships became an issue with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Drilon: I'm openly giving up Senate presidency to Koko Pimentel

Jun 14, 2016 - 1:46 PM

Yes no rancor I didn t aspire for it says the Senate top leader on relinquishing his post to Senator Koko Pimentel an ally of president elect Rodrigo Duterte

SENATE PRESIDENT FRANK DRILON. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Koko Pimentel will be next Senate president – Drilon

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Senate President Franklin Drilon says 17 senators are supporting Pimentel s bid

NEW SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate President Franklin Drilon says 17 senators are now backing the senate presidency of Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, party mate of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

PH proclamation, SMC sells assets, Brazil rape case | 6PM wRap

May 30, 2016 - 8:30 PM

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