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After criticism, Comelec amends rule on substitution of bets

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The Commission on Elections earlier allowed 'substitution due to withdrawal' until midday of election day, a rule criticized by former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr

Nancy Binay named new UNA president

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Former vice president Jejomar Binay is the party chairman while Senator Gregorio Honasan II is chosen as the vice president

Photo courtesy of United Nationalist Alliance

Duterte endorses Francis Tolentino as senator

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'You'd do well if you get him as one of the senators – mahusay magtrabaho, mabait na tao,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his political adviser

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a situation briefing with the members of his cabinet and local government officials at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018 to discuss the disaster response measures on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong.' Also in the photo are Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec: You want change? Register to vote

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:30 PM

For the 2019 elections, voter registration ends on September 29, 2018

ELECTION MATTERS. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez speaks in a Quezon City press conference on May 14, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport

RISKING DAMAGE. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sends pictures of how the ballot boxes in Guihulngan City were arranged for transport. Photos from Robredo's legal team

Robredo wants 'patriots' in opposition Senate slate

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We want leaders who are courageous enough to stand for whatever they think would be right for the Filipino people,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

OPPOSITION 'PATRIOTS' in SENATE. Vice President Leni Robredo says the final opposition Senatorial slate will have people who can stand up against an authoritarian leadership. Rappler screengrab

Trillanes: Inflation, amnesty issues to 'haunt' Duterte's Senate bets in 2019

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:35 PM

'The voting public gave Mr Duterte the chance to prove that he could match the myth they propagated during the elections but 2.5 years had passed and he basically destroyed the country that we used to be proud of,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Screenshot by Rappler

Chair of poll watchdog PPCRV resigns after head surgery

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Former elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento quits as chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting or PPCRV

VETERAN LAWYER. Rene Sarmiento, former Commission on Elections commissioner, resigns as chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. File photo from OPAPP

Duterte warns politicians vs violating election gun ban

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The President warns politicians not to underestimate his administration's determination to implement the gun ban: 'May apat, tatlong mayor namatay diyan, sunod lahat 'yan'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from the members of the media after holding a command conference in preparation for the onslaught of Typhoon 'Ompong' at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says Faeldon wants to run for Mindoro governor

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also floats PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año as possible senatorial candidates

Former customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon as new member of PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ballot retrieval begins in Negros Oriental for VP protest

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says they do not oppose the retrieval, but were not given enough time to prepare for it

Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Robredo hopes more ‘advocates’ to 'professionalize' LP

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having non-politician members will help ensure that advocacies, not elections, set party direction

LP CHAIRPERSON. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the "advocates" now joining the Liberal Party will set a new direction for the party. Screenshot by Rappler

WATCH: Sereno for senator? Family 'has many concerns'

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'I’m in the process of looking at the steps we must do not only to reclaim what has been lost but to build a stronger foundation,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec sets review of system for transmitting election results

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says this aims to eliminate 'doubts' about the automated elections

ELECTIONS HEARING. Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr speaks at the joint congressional oversight committee hearing on the automated elections on September 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Congressional hearing on automated election system

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The hearing on September 13 tackles the recommendations of the Comelec Advisory Council on how to enhance the automated polls in 2019

Amend law on substitution of bets, says election lawyer

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'The law on that should be amended because it could cause a lot of confusion, and some people might take advantage of it,' says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

COMELEC RULES. The Commission on Elections relaxes its rules on the substitution of bets, with election lawyers warning this might stir confusion on election day. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa, Faeldon, Phillip Salvador take oath with PDP-Laban

Sep 12, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Former PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits his high survey ratings are a factor in his decision to run: 'Bakit naman magtatakbo-takbo ka kung di ka sigurado?'

OATH. New members of PDP-Laban take their oath before PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vote in 2019 to show 'resistance' vs high inflation, abuses of power

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the loudest voice of opposition still comes from ordinary Filipinos during the election period

VOTE TO RESIST. Vice President Leni Robredo urges Flipinos to vote in 2019. File photo by OVP

Comelec postpones filing of candidacies to October 11-17

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) This comes after both the Senate and House of Representatives urged the Comelec to reschedule the filing of certificates of candidacy or COCs

Robredo camp asks SC to probe poll fraud accuser Glenn Chong

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers find it 'disturbing' that former lawmaker Glenn Chong has access to audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur

POLL FRAUD ACCUSER. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong gestures during a Senate hearing on July 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Voter registration banned in malls linked to gov't officials

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The ban applies to malls owned, leased, or occupied by any government official or by 'any person who is related to any city/municipal/barangay official' up to the 4th degree

SATELLITE REGISTRATION. An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Comelec: Postponed COC filing can delay ballot printing

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec is set to discuss the proposal of the Senate and the House of Representatives to delay the filing of certificates of candidacy by 10 days

DOMINO EFFECT. Postponing the filing of certificates of candidacy can delay the printing of ballots for the 2019 polls, says the Commission on Elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec relaxes rules for substitution of candidates in 2019

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr opposes these new rules, saying these are prone to abuse

LIST: Opposition reveals 18 possible names for 2019 Senate slate

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Dingdong Dantes is among the names being considered by the opposition, according to Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan

2019 SLATE. The opposition bloc bares the list of possible names for its 2019 senatorial slate

Malacañang power vacuum looms as 2019 candidacy filing nears

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:33 PM

At least 3 Palace officials, including presidential aide Bong Go, are reportedly running for senator in 2019. If they file COCs early October, they'll be resigning from their posts.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte acknowledges the presence of Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President as he delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House, Senate want to delay filing of candidacies for 2019 elections

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say moving the period of filing of candidacies to October 11 to 17 would allow them to focus on their legislative duties before the election season begins

COC FILING. A Comelec official in Manila processes certificates of candidacies filed on April 20, 2018 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filing of candidacy for 2019 elections from October 1 to 5, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Party-list groups should also submit their list of nominees during the same period

COC FILING. In this file photo, aspiring bets for the May 2018 barangay elections file their certificate of candidacy at the Comelec-Manila office on April 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec sets 25% ballot shading threshold for 2019 polls

Sep 08, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The threshold has been put into question during the vote recount for the 2016 vice presidential elections

Dela Rosa to run for senator in 2019 because 'Duterte said so'

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:55 AM

'Sinabi sa 'kin ng Presidente, tumakbo ako. Eh di tatakbo ako,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

SENATE BET. Bureau of Corrections chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa during the flag-raising ceremony at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Aquino: If you disagree with Duterte, vote for opposition in 2019

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says the election of more opposition bets would strengthen the system of checks and balances in government

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lakas-CMD eyes Bong Revilla, Martin Romualdez for senator in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Both party bets, however, have yet to express their intention to run in the mid-term polls. Revilla is being tried for plunder, while Romualdez lost in the 2016 senatorial race.

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Former senator Bong Revilla and ex-Leyte representative Martin Romualdez are among the people being considered by Lakas-CMD for its senatorial slate. File photos by Rappler

SC rejects Caguioa's request to re-raffle VP poll protest

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, writes the en banc to take the case from him and re-raffle. It is rejected unanimously.

POLL PROTEST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa requests the en banc to re-raffle the vice presidential electoral protest, but his request is rejected unanimously. Photo from Caguioa & Gatmaytan law office

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

'In general the Comelec supports any move to curtail premature campaigning,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SENATE HEARING. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (center) attends a Senate hearing on August 16, 2018, about electoral reforms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp to Duterte: Marcos won't win election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she would rather focus on 'things that need to be done' than dwell on President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade

ROBREDO VS MARCOS. The Commission on Elections begins the decryption of ballot images for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

LOOK: PDP-Laban asks Duterte to finalize 2019 Senate slate

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:56 PM

PDP-Laban's initial list is composed of party mates, 'friends of the party,' and reelectionist senators

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Koko Pimentel urges Sara Duterte to run for senator in 2019

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The PDP-Laban president says if the presidential daughter becomes a senator, she will have 'influence on certain key national issues,' including the national budget

SENATE RUN? Senator Aquilino Pimentel III calls on presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for senator in 2019.

Robredo appeals PET to use ballot images in initial recount

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The camp of the Vice President tells the Tribunal that Marcos has not been able to substantiate his claim that the ballot images are compromised

Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Sara Duterte to seek reelection in 2019

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'She is saying she can’t leave Davao City. There’s so much she wants to do that she hasn’t accomplished yet,' says Anthony del Rosario, secretary general of the mayor's Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

2019 PLANS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has been floating the idea of a Senate run to ‘annoy' her father’s critics. File photo from the Davao City Facebook page.

Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows help in 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with party leaders again in September, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the two warring factions of ruling party PDP-Laban at Diamond Hotel. Photo from SAP Bong Go

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says the poll body's website is more secure now, being hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marcos wants Justice Caguioa out of his poll protest case

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the posts made by Supreme Court Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa's wife in a Viber group that showed bias for Vice President Leni Robredo

INHIBITION. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr on August 6, 2018, files a motion with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the inhibition of Justice Caguioa from his case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says daughter Sara won't run for national post

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, a top pick for senator in recent surveys, has teased a Senate bid just to annoy her father's critics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his hand to his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who showed a gesture of respect to her father after delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo is the President's son Paolo Duterte. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Arroyo opposes proposal to scrap 2019 elections

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Definitely I’m not supporting term extension,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

BATAAN VISIT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visits Dinalupihan, Bataan, on July 17, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers ‘left out in the cold’ now eyeing to leave PDP-Laban

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya, himself a Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan member, says the 'tipping point' for the looming exodus is Gloria Arroyo's rise as Speaker

ARROYO ALLIES. Lawmakers applaud after they led a House coup that installed former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new Speaker. Photo by Mara Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Comelec to PET: Stick to 25% shading threshold or risk all elective posts

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections says the 50% shading threshold that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal insists on using in the vice presidential protest case has long been abandoned

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Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

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