The 2013 Philippine Elections: A walk-through

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Your one stop shop to everything Philippine elections 2013.

MANILA, Philippines – Still on the fence on your line-up this May 13?

It’s not yet too late. You can still complete your candidate list over the weekend.

Meanwhile, here are top picks from Rappler’s 2013 Philippine elections coverage to help you get to know the candidates better and understand the electoral process so that this Monday you’re all set to #votesmart.

2013 Philippine elections in numbers

 A quick run-through of the 2013 Philippine elections key statistics


Number of geo-political subdivisions:

  • 17 – Regions
  • 233 – Districts
  • 80 – Provinces
  • 143 – Cities
  • 1491 – Municipalities
  • 42,028 – Barangays
Number of elective positions for the 2013 elections:
  • 12 – Senator
  • 233 – District Representative
  • 58 – Party-list
  • 80 – Governor
  • 80 – Vice governor
  • 766 – Member, Sangguniang Panlalawigan
  • 143 – City mayor
  • 143 – City vice mayor
  • 1598 – Member, Sangguniang Panlungsod
  • 1491 – Municipal mayor
  • 1491 – Municipal vice mayor
  • 11932 – Member, Sangguniang Bayan
  • 1 – ARMM regional governor
  • 1 – ARMM regional vice governor
  • 24 – ARMM regional assemblyman

Number of candidates running

  • 33 – For senator
  • 123 – For the party list  (those included in ballot)
  • 626 – For congressman
  • 201 – For provincial governor
  • 304 – For provincial vice governor
  • 1751 – For S. Panglalawigan member
  • 3879 – For Mayor
  • 3815 – For Vice mayor
  • 33640 – For S. Panlungsod/Bayan member
  • 6 – For ARMM governor
  • 8 – For ARMM vice governor
  • 79 – For ARMM assemblyman

Voters Guide

Did any of your bets violate campaign guidelines set by Comelec? Take some time to learn about the do’s and don’ts in campaigning and use this knowledge to decide.

Also check out tips on how you can get started with your list of candidates to vote for.

Be vigilant: Help monitor violence, vote-buying, other violations


Candidate Profiles

Rappler’s research team compiled comprehensive profiles of candidates running in the national and local elections to help you make an informed choice.

Remember that you are given only one ballot. Make your vote count. Get to know your candidates!

For Senator:

For Provincial Governor:

Region 1 – Ilocos Region
Region 2 – Cagayan Valley
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Region 3 – Central Luzon
Region 4B – MIMAROPA
Region 5 – Bicol Region
Region 6 – Western Visayas
Region 7 – Central Visayas
Region 8 – Eastern Visayas
Region 9 – Zamboanga Peninsula
Region 10 – Northern Mindanao
Region 11 – Davao Region
Region 13 – Caraga Region
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

Local Races

Get a feel of the issues and dynamics in provinces, towns, and cities with Rappler’s extensive coverage of the elections.


The Party list

With 111 party-list groups competing for one vote, how do you go about making a decision? Here are selected Rappler articles for more information on these party list groups.

Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV)

Ever wondered how Filipinos abroad cast their votes? Here are selected articles to give you information about the OAV process.

The Rappler Senatorial Debate

6 senatorial candidates faced the public on the first media debate to be held in an open space. It provided instantaneous feedback as candidates were able to see how the crowd felt about their stand on issues as the Rappler Mood Meter is integrated in the event.

If you still haven’t seen it, experience the debate again and decide if their responses resonates with you through these articles:


Take a look back at the surveys done by Pulse Asia and SWS and see how the senatorial candidates have been performing.

Pulse Asia



#PHVote Quotes

Some may draw unanimous chuckles while some may provoke mixed reactions.

Get snippets of how the candidates have been reacting to issues as May 13 nears. Read through the selected quotes for the week of political figures.


Get a bird’s eye view of the 2013 Philippine national and local elections through Rappler’s live blog and video/photo streams.

  • #PHvote 2013 at the War Room: Watch a real newsroom, in real time as Rappler brings you headlines at the top of every hour. Stay with us as we monitor the events in May 13 through this live coverage that fuses broadcast and the internet.
  • RStream: Real life as it happens – Rappler’s news video and photo stream
  • Live blog: A timeline of events happening from the start of the elections until winners are declared


2013 Philippine elections topics

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Your vote will influence the Philippines’ future. On May 13, we only have one reminder for you — #votesmart .  –

Is your bet leading in the 2013 elections?

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Feeling nostalgic? Watch how the May 13 elections unfold through Rappler’s hourly #PHvote livestreams:

For overall live updates on the aftermath of May 13 and stories leading up to Decision Day, check out our extensive 2013 Philippine elections coverage!

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