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[OPINION] 2019 elections the real battle for the opposition

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

It is in the voting precincts, not on Twitter or Facebook, where voters shake things up. Will the 2019 elections be game changing or make us slide faster to the kangkungan?

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Professors, scholars launch signature campaign vs constituent assembly

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) With at least 79 signatories as of 7 am of July 14, the manifesto also condemns talks of cancelling the 2019 elections

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC gives Comelec 10 days to comment on ballot shading threshold

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, says it has taken 'note without action' Vice President Leni Robredo's motion to give the Commission on Elections just 5 days to comment

SC ORDER. The Commission on Elections must now comment on the ballot shading threshold in the vice presidential election case.

SC junks Marcos motion to probe revisors’ outing

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court says the investigation into the Laguna outing of its staff with Vice President Leni Robredo's revisors was already finished even before ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed his motion

CONSPIRACY? Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the ballot recount is now compromised after a revisor of VP Leni Robredo went on an outing with PET staff.

Alvarez proposal on no 2019 elections 'off-tangent, misplaced' – lawmakers

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows how the administration is 'detached' from the real needs of the people

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

Alvarez wants no elections in 2019 to speed up federal shift

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would be pressed for time to amend the 1987 Constitution while tackling other matters like the 2019 budget and the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the midterm polls

FEDERALISM OVER POLLS? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) joins President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) and  Senate President Vicente Sotto III (L) at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Solicitor General on July 3, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

Aquino vs Marcos looms in 2019 Senate race

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:21 PM

How is the Senate race shaping up a year into the polls? Results of the June 2018 Pulse Asia survey present interesting movements.

Robredo asks PET to give Comelec 5 days to comment on shading threshold

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says this is to 'avoid any further delays' in the resolution of its motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the ballot shading threshold

AVOIDING DELAYS. VP Leni Robredo's legal consultant Emil Marañon III files their motion with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Robredo to SC: CCTV can prove Marcos knew about revisors' outing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say one of Bongbong Marcos' revisors, Roderick Miranda, sent food for the people who joined the outing

REVISORS' OUTING ISSUE. Lawyer Emil Marañon III, legal consultant to VP Leni Robredo, files their counter-manifestation with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Robredo worried DILG federalism roadshow being used for 2019 polls

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

'Doon sa amin sa Bicol, maraming nagrereklamo na mga kababayan ko na pinapunta sila [sa] DILG-sponsored event, so pera ng taumbayan. Pero may mga nagsalita na mga kandidato para sa susunod na senatorial elections,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WARNING VS CAMPAIGNING. VP Leni Robredo questions why the DILG invited officials expected to run for the Senate to its federalism roadshow in Albay. Photo of convention by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler, photo of Robredo by OVP

Robredo on why Calida sided with Bongbong: 'He's No. 1 Marcos supporter'

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Solicitor General Jose Calida should have just represented his client, the Commission on Elections, on the 50% ballot-shading threshold issue

EXPECTED ALLIES. Vice President Leni Robredo slams Solicitor General Jose Calida for siding with Bongbong Marcos, Calida's ally, in the electoral protest the latter filed against her. File photos by OVP

SolGen Calida’s filings delay VP protest case – Robredo camp

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Vice President's camp points out that determining the shading threshold is an administrative, and not a quasi-judicial, matter so the Comelec 'could directly file its comment' with the PET on Robredo's motion

DELAYS. The camp of Leni Robredo says the Solicitor General's filings are delaying the vice-presidential protest case. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sharon Cuneta's brother Chet to run for Pasay mayor

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The actress announces that her brother Cesar 'Chet' Cuneta, a pilot, aims to follow in the footsteps of their late father Pablo Cuneta

Ombudsman Morales: No plans to run for any position

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she looks forward to joining advocates for good governance during her retirement

Robredo to file motion for reconsideration over sub judice fine

Jun 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her camp has simply defended themselves against the lies of her rival Bongbong Marcos, forcing them to break the Supreme Court's gag order in the ongoing electoral protest

DEFENSE VS. MARCOS' LIES. VP Leni Robredo explains why she wants to file a motion for reconsideration against the P50,000-file imposed upon her legal team in the ongoing electoral protest filed against her. File photo by OVP

Sereno in Senate? Sarcastic Duterte says, 'Botohin 'nyo'

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte rules out Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio for the top magistrate post, saying the senior associate justice has already said he would decline the post if offered

CJ Sereno at UP Diliman. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo camp on sub judice fine: We defended ourselves vs Marcos' lies

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Marcos camp, meanwhile, says it will 'respect the decision of the Tribunal and will be more mindful of the sub judice rule in the future'

ON THE DEFENSE. VP Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal reacts to the SC decision to fine their camp and as well as that of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for breaking the sub judice rule.

SC fines Robredo, Marcos camps P50k for sub judice

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:03 PM

(3rd UPDATED) The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes unanimously

FINED. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal fines both the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for violating sub judice. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

Robredo calls out Marcos revisor for using prohibited item in VP recount

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) Marcos camp spokesperson Vic Rodriguez hits Vice President Leni Robredo for 'her desperate, childish, and obvious attempts to delay, delay, and delay the recount'

REVISION AREA. This is the working area of the revisors from the PET and both the Marcos and Robredo camps for the ongoing VP electoral protest recount. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos eyes return to Malacañang as Philippine president

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos says he aspires to gain the highest position in Philippine politics, but says the presidency is 'not something that I wake up in the morning and plan on'

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is hugged by his loyalists outside the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

LOOK: Men, women shave heads to call for 25% shading threshold in VP race

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'Nangangamba kami sa posibilidad na hindi lumitaw ang tunay na pasya ng taumbayan noong 2016 elections dahil sa teknikalidad,' says the group

State university students Jhanee, 20 and Pipay, 19, both members of Millennials PH were the first ones to be shaved. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to run for senator

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The former mutineer turned lawmaker says the Senate is in need of 'more independent-minded members'

FIGHTER. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is a former soldier. Photo by Rappler

Ex-poll chief Brillantes: 50% shading threshold 'abnormal' in VP recount

May 31, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Former Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr supports Bongbong Marcos, but does not support the latter's view on the shading threshold

BBM SUPPORTER. Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr supports Bongbong Marcos, but does not support the latter's view on the shading threshold. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents

Robredo: Marcos and I could both lose votes due to 50% shading threshold

May 29, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'Nakakagulat na ayaw niyang malaman iyong tunay na saloobin ng mamamayan, ano ba talaga iyong boto. Bakit kailangang itulak na 50%?' says Vice President Leni Robredo on her rival Bongbong Marcos

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo wants the PET to consider a 25% vote shading threshold for the VP protest recount. But her rival Bongbong Marcos wants it at 50%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte curious about VP vote recount: 'Tutal gusto ko mag-resign'

May 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses interest in the ongoing recount for the 2016 vice presidential race after a quip about wanting to resign

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. Also in the photo is outgoing AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marcos to SC: 'Injustice' to change ballot shading rules in VP recount

May 28, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos argues that the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is 'more superior' than the Commission on Elections

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos goes to the SC on May 9, 2018 to visit his supporters there who are calling for the truth to prevail in the VP recount. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sotto vows to campaign 'vigorously' for reelectionist senators in 2019

May 23, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'I’m not running in 2019. My term ends in 2022. I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

2019 CAMPAIGN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III vows to campaign 'vigourously' for the 7 reelectionist senators.

Sotto says NPC eyeing Ted Failon as 2019 senatorial candidate

May 22, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler the Nationalist People's Coalition has decided to support a coalition of candidates, which they will finalize soon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Pillars of Criminal Justice System Major Award for Anti-Corruption Campaign to Broadcaster Ted Failon for his program 'Failon Ngayon' during the 19th founding anniversary of VACC at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Also in the photo is VACC Chair Dante Jimenez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Dead candidate wins as barangay chief in Samar

May 21, 2018 - 10:36 PM

After he was ambushed by alleged private armed groups on April 26, Christopher Branzuela's name was still listed as a candidate in Barangay Catabunan in Calbayog City

WHAT TO DO? The Comelec office in Calbayog City says it is awaiting a resolution from the central office in Manila on what to do with Barangay Catabunan, where the dead candidate won as barangay chairperson during the May 14 elections. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Mar Roxas in 2019? ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there’

May 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'Malayo pa naman. Let’s cross that bridge 'pag andiyan na,' Mar Roxas, who has led a primarily private life since after the 2016 elections, tells Rappler

PRIVATE LIFE FOR NOW? Mar Roxas attends a gathering urging the Supreme Court to rule against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani back in 2016. The High Court eventually allowed it. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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.

LP's 'resistance slate' for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano

May 21, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The LP president reveals 6 names they're considering for the 2019 senate slate: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, Gary Alejano, Barry Gutierrez, and Agot Isidro

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK winners in 3 Bicol provinces

May 17, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Assistant Regional Director Romeo Serrano says these 7 winning candidates are from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes

IN PHOTOS: Confiscated firearms during barangay, SK elections 2018

May 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here are photos of the guns confiscated in the country's most developed and vote-rich region, Metro Manila, during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

CONFISCATED. Firearms are displayed in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG to Comelec: Hold special elections for barangays without SK candidates

May 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

There are 39 barangays with no candidates in the Sangguniang Kabataan election 2018 according to the DILG

SPECIAL ELECTIONS. 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/Rappler

TOWNS awardees urge PET: Apply 25% shading threshold in VP poll protest

May 16, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'We believe that indiscriminately and arbitrarily changing the rules in the middle of the game is tantamount to stealing the votes of the Filipino people,' say The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service awardees

ANGAT BUHAY. Vice President Leni Robredo gives an update on the accomplishments of her Angat Buhay program. Photo from OVP

SCHEDULE: Mandatory training for new SK officials 2018

May 15, 2018 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Required under the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act, the training will cover SK history, decentralization and local governance, meetings and resolutions, planning and budgeting, and ethics

Why cops didn't arrest illegal campaigners on election day

May 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde explains how illegal campaigning is rampant despite repeated reminders from the Comelec and the presence of policemen in voting areas on May 14

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

Albayalde to officials on drug list: Winning polls won't clear your name

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'[Hindi] porke nanalo na sila ay excused na sila sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

WARNING. PNP chief Albayalde in a Camp Crame interview with Rappler. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Heart attack stops Maranao ex-captain's comeback bid

May 15, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Police confirm that Amilbangsa Manding, former chairman in one of Davao City's villages, died of heart attack on Monday evening

Duterte: Skipping barangay elections 'purely political'

May 15, 2018 - 8:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wanted 'to erase the suspicion' from his candidate-friends on whether he voted for them in the barangay elections

'PURELY POLITICAL.' President Rodrigo Duterte says he skipped the barangay elections for 'purely political' reasons. Malacañang file photo