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Cayetano wants lawmakers to join the 'Die-hard Duterte Supermajority'

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'DDSM,' the presumptive Speaker's chosen name for the House majority bloc, seems to be a play on 'DDS,' the name embraced by President Rodrigo Duterte's loyalists

DDSM IN THE HOUSE? Taguig City-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano partly gets President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement for the speakership on July 8, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 26 - April 1, 2018

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:26 PM

From rolling away "stones of sin" to threats against media to an exclusive video on violent rituals in the police academy

When politics and principles clash on the death penalty

Mar 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

18 lawmakers who voted no to the RH bill under the 15th Congress voted yes to the death penalty measure under the 17th Congress How did the Church mobilize against the two controversial measures?

SPECTATORS. Nuns watch as lawmakers voted 217-54-1 in favor of reimposing the death penalty on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

When the House whips go to work for the death penalty

Mar 16, 2017 - 9:37 PM

PART 2: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas leads the charge to whip the votes and bring back the death penalty in the country a pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

THE WHIP. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas gestures as his colleagues vote on HB 4727 on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What happened behind closed doors to the death penalty bill

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM

PART 1: Lawmakers are initially ambivalent about their stance on the death penalty bill but a few tweaks on its provisions finally convince them to support the measure

Will LP bolt House majority? Decision after death penalty vote

Feb 28, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Liberal Party stalwarts say their party mates are willing to lose their House leadership titles should they vote against the controversial death penalty measure

THE LIBERALS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and LP secretary-general and Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte talk to the media after their party caucus. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

The clock is ticking on anti-death penalty lawmakers

Feb 11, 2017 - 3:33 PM

House rules state every lawmaker has the right to speak for an hour in a plenary debate but after a recent majority ruling anti death penalty congressmen now have fewer minutes on the floor

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Among the opposers of the death penalty bill is Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. File photo of Lagman by Darren Langit/Rappler

Congressmen's compromise: No mandatory penalty of death in bill

Feb 08, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says majority congressmen agreed to give judges the option to punish perpetrators of heinous crimes with either life imprisonment or death

COMPROMISE. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says majority congressmen have agreed to input several changes in the death penalty bill. 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

Alvarez: House leaders vs death penalty will be replaced

Feb 08, 2017 - 11:47 AM

[Ang] mga deputy speakers [at committee chairpersons] na di sasama sa administration bill papalitan po natin says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

'BE PRO OR GOODBYE.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is bent on ensuring the death penalty bill will be passed on 3rd and final reading by the House. Photo by Rappler

Alvarez ‘very confident’ House will pass death penalty bill

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the House leadership will not resort to arm twisting to get congressmen to support the proposed reimposition of capital punishment in the country

'VERY CONFIDENT.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez smiles after holding a press conference on January 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

Lagman: House lacks numbers to restore death penalty

Dec 13, 2016 - 5:45 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells the public to wait when congressmen finally vote on the death penalty bill during plenary saying I ll take care of it

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representatives Tom Villarin (2nd from left) and Edcel Lagman (3rd from left) are both hoping more congressmen would oppose the reimposition of the death penalty. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LP stays in House supermajority after Robredo resignation

Dec 09, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo says this was the direction given to LP congressmen by Vice President Leni Robredo herself

LOWER TAXES. House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo files bills seeking to lower personal income and corporate taxes. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Liberal Party urged to leave House supermajority

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says LP breaking away from PDP Laban will energize efforts to oppose policies that are unconstitutional and not in the people s best interests

FOR ROBREDO. Representatives Edcel Lagman and Teddy Baguilat Jr wants other LP lawmakers to break their alliance with PDP-Laban following the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo of Robredo from the OVP, photos of Lagman and Baguilat by Rappler

'Nothing illegal' with Marcos burial – supermajority lawmakers

Nov 21, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Deputy Speaker Eric Singson doubts the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos would be exhumed saying Filipinos regard burials as sacred

BURIAL IS OK. Deputy Speaker Eric Singson, DIWA Representative Em Aglipay-Villar, and Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro grant a press conference on November 21. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Alvarez: Congress will suspend habeas corpus only if Duterte justifies it

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Kung talaga namang kinakailangan bakit hindi ilulusot? At kung hindi naman kailangan talagang hindi lulusot iyan As I’ve said before hindi naman tayo rubber stamp ng Malacañang says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

NOT INFLUENCED BY MALACAÑANG. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez maintains that Congress is 'not a rubber stamp' of the administration. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawmakers warn vs abuse of power under Constituent Assembly

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

A [Constituent] Assembly under a supermajority in both chambers of Congress is like having zombies to rewrite our Constitution says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

FEDERALISM CHAMPION. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to have a federal parliamentary form of government. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Belmonte drops bid for House minority leader

Jul 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Days before the start of the 17th Congress a majority of LP members in the Lower House are set to join PDP Laban s supermajority bloc

Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr foregoes his bid for the minority leadership and now wants the Liberal Party to join the supermajority bloc. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler