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Voter registration for 2019 polls resumes on July 2

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The registration drive will be held nationwide from July 2 to September 29, 2018, except in Marawi City which is still undergoing rehabilitation

VOTER REGISTRATION. In this file photo, old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Robredo wants to extend barangay officials' terms to 5 years

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says extending the terms of barangay officials would 'distance them from too much politics'

TERM EXTENSION? Vice President Leni Robredo leads the oath-taking of newly elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials of Naga City on June 18, 2018. Photo by OVP

SC cancels retrieval of Iloilo City ballot boxes in VP recount

May 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's legal consultant says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's representatives in Iloilo province received a verbal order to stop retrieving ballot boxes from Iloilo City

BALLOT RETRIEVAL. Two men stack ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo as they arrive at the Supreme Court's staging area for the ballot retrieval process. Photo from Robredo's legal team

House OKs bill increasing allowed campaign expenses for candidates

May 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

House Bill No. 7295 also increases the maximum campaign expenditure that political parties and candidates without political parties may spend per voter

CANDIDATES' FLYERS. Campaign materials for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are found along Roces Avenue in Quezon City on May 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo camp says Iloilo City should not be part of VP recount

May 21, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections

INDEPENDENT CITY. Lawyer Emil Marañon III (3rd from right), legal consultant of Vice President Leni Robredo, says ballot boxes from Iloilo City should not be included in the VP ballot recount. Photo from Robredo's legal team

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in Iloilo for Marcos-Robredo electoral protest

May 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The ballot retrieval process in Iloilo will be held from May 21 to May 25

ARRIVAL. Ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo arrive at the staging area of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in the province for the ballot retrieval process. All photos from the Office of the Vice President.

Who missed the ‘tara’ system? Barangay polls bring back manual count

May 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Automated counting generally makes teachers’ jobs easier during elections. But there are a few things they like about manually counting votes using sticks.

Poll watchers gather in front of Board of Election Inspector on the ongoing mannual counting of ballots on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the precinct in Barangay, Pasong Tamo during the SK-Barangay elections. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Cash cards for teachers in barangay, SK polls ready for release

May 14, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Department of Education director Joel Eristain praises teachers as the country's 'heroes' during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Election day at Culiat Elementary School in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The military says all 174,000 precincts opened by 11:30 am on Monday, May 14, including isolated islands in the West Philippine Sea and Palawan

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

IN PHOTOS: How residents of posh areas voted in barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Here's a look at the voting process in some of the Philippines' affluent communities

SPACIOUS. Voters are led to a spacious, bright room in a clubhouse in Makati City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office

SolGen wields 'quo warranto sword of Damocles' after Sereno ouster

May 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'With the SolGen wielding a quo warranto sword of Damocles over the heads of these officers, the Filipino people cannot be assured that they will discharge their constitutional mandate and functions without fear or favor,' says Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo

MORE POWERFUL? The ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto has reportedly made the Office of the Solicitor General more powerful. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

Robredo asks SC to stop 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants the Supreme Court to consider ballot ovals shaded by 25% as valid votes, based on updated standards set by the Comelec in the 2016 elections

FIGHTING FORM. Vice President Leni Robredo, accompanied by her lead counsel Romulo Macalintal, attends a Mass at St Scholastica's College on April 2, 2018, as the ballot recount begins in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo, Marcos 'confident' as ballot recount set to begin

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency

BALLOT RECOUNT BEGINS. The results of the ballot recount will help determine who truly won the 2016 polls: Vice President Leni Robredo (R) or her rival former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PET resets VP protest ballot recount to April 2

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr say they were informed of the new schedule in a meeting with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court resumes hearing oral arguments on the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Wednesday, September 7. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcos 'ill-advised' over claims vs ballot images in VP protest – Robredo camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body held a VCM roadshow from 2015 to 2016 to explain the new features of the ballot, which the Marcos camp claims was never explained to them

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: Duque talks to parents of kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the clinical trial on the safety of Dengvaxia was not yet completed when the dengue vaccination program was launched

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Former CHED chair Patricia Licuanan on her resignation

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Watch the interview with Licuanan live on Rappler

#DuterteLive: Tienda para ng mga Bayani

Jan 22, 2018 - 2:54 PM

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After PDP-Laban move, Mamba slams ex-party LP, Aquino admin

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba says Mar Roxas will get 'zero' votes in Tuao, his hometown, if the 2016 LP presidential bet runs for senator in 2019

MAMBA. In this file photo, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba speaks at the AGOS Summit on Disaster Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha Uson says no plans to run for senator, but...

Nov 17, 2017 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) Equally surprised at PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez's announcement in Cebu is Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mocha Uson, Harry Roque on PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker of the House, makes the announcement during the mass oath taking of local allies in Cebu

Pimentel bares initial 6 PDP-Laban Senate bets for 2019

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will likely be the national campaign manager of the slate, under the battle cry '12-0,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Ex-Bohol mayor sued at Comelec for media work during election season

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same time being a candidate for congressman

DOUBLE DUTY? Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while running for congressman in the previous election season. File photo

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo supporters urge SC: Accept P7-M payment for VP protest fee

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:10 PM

This is a matter of transcendental importance as it tackles right of suffrage of whom we elected the Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group says as it files a motion for reconsideration before the High Court

AID FOR ROBREDO. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo outside the Supreme Court. Photo by Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

SC defers payment of Robredo’s P7-M balance in protest fee

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The grant of our motion to defer payment of balance of cash deposit only affirmed what we had been saying all along that contrary to former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s claim the validity of his protest has not yet been resolved by the PET says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

SUPPORTERS. The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni movement at the Supreme Court on August 23, 2017 seeking a petition asking the court to allow the group to extend financial help to the Vice President. Photo from Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

Robredo supporters raise P6M to help with VP's protest fee

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group vows to complete raising the P7 449 million needed by the Vice President for her counter protest against ex senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

'PISO PARA KAY LENI'. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo raise funds to help her in the election case filed against her by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marcos' questions on election system integrity will prolong case – Macalintal

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal must first resolve the issue on the integrity of the election system before proceeding with the recount

PET. Former senator Bongbong Marcos attends the preliminary conference brief on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The solicitor general of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears during the Supreme Court s preliminary conference for Bongbong Marcos electoral protest

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for his new plunder client, former Senator Bong Revilla. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Marcos hopes ballot recount will start by September

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:11 PM

In the preliminary conference for his electoral protest Marcos says the recount should be initially held in Camarines Sur Iloilo and Negros Occidental

CONFIDENCE. Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and his lawyers expressed confidence after the PET's preliminary conference on Tuesday, July 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Marcos completes payment of P66.2-M electoral protest fee

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr pays the remaining balance of his fee prior to the conduct of the preliminary hearing on his electoral protest and Vice President Leni Robredo s counter protest

NOT CONCEDING. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr reiterates his suspicions that there is fraud involved in the transmission of votes. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Robredo supporters seek SC permission to help pay protest fee

Jul 04, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Supporters of the Vice President are raising funds through the online drive Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni as she faces the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

PISO PARA KAY LENI. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo raise funds to help her in the election case filed against her by former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

WATCH Duterte Year 1: Rappler reporters on their biggest stories

Jun 30, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Here are the highlights of the first 365 days of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration according to Rappler reporters

Ubial denies own information, singles out Rappler

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:14 AM

Several media organizations reported on Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial s statement that she claimed she never said

SC resets preliminary conference on Marcos-Robredo poll protest

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The preliminary conference originally set for June 21 is reset to July 11

RESET. The Supreme Court has postponed the preliminary conference on former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr's election case against Vice President Leni Robredo on July 14. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcos again urges SC to speed up poll protest

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:45 PM

In a new motion the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr seeks the decryption and printing of ballot images from SD cards

SPEED UP. The camp of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr has filed another motion seeking to expedite the procedure of his election protest. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

One year after loss, life goes on for Grace Poe at the Senate

May 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Once a rival of President Rodrigo Duterte Senator Grace Poe is now part of the Senate majority bloc generally supportive of his administration

TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case

May 09, 2017 - 4:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Here are the key moments in the legal battle between Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival in the May 2016 polls, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

A year after defeat, Jejomar Binay back to what he loves most

May 09, 2017 - 10:09 AM

UPDATED Take a glimpse of the life of Jejomar Binay a year after he lost in the presidential race

WHERE IS BINAY NOW? Former vice president Jejomar Binay inside his home after casting his vote on May 9, 2016. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo wants Marcos motion vs counter-protest out of SC records

May 08, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say the pleading filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr against her counter protest is already moot and academic

Vice President Leni Robredo with her lawyer Romulo Macalintal pays the P8 million cash deposit required by the Supreme Court (SC) for the counter-protest she filed against former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at the SC in Manila on May 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo pays P8-M deposit for electoral protest fee

May 02, 2017 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED Vice President Leni Robredo raises the required amount from her personal funds and loans from relatives of her late husband

PAID. Vice President Leni Robredo pays the deposit required by the High Court in the review of ballots in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr on May 2, 2017. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Deconstructing Dutertismo: Progressives take on Duterte governance

Apr 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Academics policy makers and politicians give their take on what influences Duetrte s thinking and the direction of his presidency so far

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