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Poll watchdog asks Comelec to look into Duterte Youth's party list campaign

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Kontra Daya raises potential conflict of interest if National Youth Commission chief Ronald Cardema is still involved in Duterte Youth, which has also nominated his wife and another relative

SUPPORTERS. Duterte Youth, a group composed mostly of ROTC cadets gather at the Luneta on November 25, 2016 to express their support to the president and the Supreme Court decision on the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo: Otso Diretso to rely on 'unmatched dedication' of Cebu volunteers

Feb 21, 2019 - 4:51 PM

'Basta tayo ang gagalaw, walang imposible,' tells members of the Ahon Laylayan Coalition in Cebu City, where she campaigned for opposition senatorial candidates

PRODUCT OF VOLUNTEERISM. Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the Ahon Laylayan Coalition in Cebu City on February 21, 2019.  Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso goes door-to-door in vote-rich Cebu

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The opposition senatorial candidates are banking on word of mouth to help secure votes in the May 2019 elections

Photo byMara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso 'realistic' yet 'all fired up' to campaign in vote-rich Cebu

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:50 AM

With Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III attending another commitment, the Otso Diretso bets will bank on their volunteers during their first visit to the province that boasts more than 3 million voters

THE OPPOSITION. Otso Diretso's senatorial ticket marches to their proclamation rally 's venue in Naga City, Camarines Sur on February 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hugpong Senate bets 'willing' to debate issues – Sara Duterte

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Around 20,000 people attend the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, organized by the Umali political clan

#TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Catch Rappler and Ateneo School of Social Sciences' #TheLeaderIWant Senatorial Forum on March 4 at Leong Hall in the Ateneo de Manila University

DepEd to get P50-M school maintenance fund for elections

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla says the fund will be used for security and cleanup efforts during and after elections

FUNDS. The DepEd gets funds for the upkeep of schools in the May 2019 polls. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Chel Diokno: Duterte worse than Arroyo in human rights violations

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

‘Never in our history have we seen this kind of killing,’ says Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, who also has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to declare the bloody campaign against illegal drugs unconstitutional

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. Chel Diokno of the Otso Diretso slate says the Duterte administration is worse than the Arroyo administration in terms of human rights violations. Rappler screenshot

Sara Duterte, HNP bets appear at opposing parties' rallies in Isabela

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The President's daughter says she attended the activities of two political rivals to 'make friends with a lot of people' for her party's senatorial bets

CARAVAN. Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate holds a rally at the ITC Grounds in Santiago City, Isabela on February 19, 2019. Photo by Raymon Dullana

Otso Diretso to Hugpong: 'Don't want to be called thieves? Then don't steal'

Feb 19, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED)'Hindi negative campaigning ang magsabi ng totoo,' says Otso Diretso senatorial bet and ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada

THE OPPOSITION. (FROM L-R) Otso Diretos bets Gary Alejano, Samira Gutoc, Erin Tañada, Bam Aquino, Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno campaign in Iriga City. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Chel Diokno gets support of Nacionalista land Taal, Batangas

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) Chel Diokno's recent debate performances help bring awareness to his campaign, at least on social media, but he still has a long way to go

[OPINION] What are the limits of Comelec's social media monitoring?

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Legitimate social media posts made by non-candidates are protected speech and beyond the regulatory reach of the Comelec

Imee Marcos shuns 'anti-corruption' messaging by opponents

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'Panahon ng eleksyon ngayon, talagang bakbakan at talagang batikusan. Pero huwag na ho nating patulan ang lahat,' the Ilocos Norte governor and senatorial aspirant says

'FOCUS ON TRACK RECORD.' Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Sara Duterte Carpio, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and Senator Cynthia Villar during a press briefing in Ilocos Norte on Monday, February 18. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

List of local officials with alleged drug links 'up for Duterte approval'

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government wants to release the list ahead of the 2019 elections

NEW LIST. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said the release of a list of local government officials with alleged links to illegal is up for President Rodrigo Duterte's approval. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate courts voters in Marcos bailiwick

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who is part of the lineup, asks her constituents to support the 13-member slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago

ALLIANCE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (3-L) asks her constituents to support the 13-member Senate slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Face-off with Sara Duterte in 2022? Robredo 'still busy' being VP

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Asked about a possible showdown with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in the 2022 presidential election, Vice President Leni Robredo says she is focused on her current duties

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke with representatives of various sectoral groups in a multisectoral dialogue organized by the Kaya Natin Movement in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

Robredo urges voters: Look beyond candidates’ popularity

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'Kapag panahon kasi ng eleksyon, lahat mahal iyong mahihirap, lahat handang magsakripisyo... Ano ba iyong mga tinatayuan nila kahit walang kampanya?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

VP'S APPEAL. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks to representatives of various sectoral groups at Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on February 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

DILG orders LGUs: Take down campaign materials on gov't properties

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'We will not allow candidates to use government properties as a platform for their election campaign,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

DOWN IT GOES. Manila City hall workers remove campaign materials in Sta. Mesa, Manila on February 11, 2019, after Comelec  reminded candidates to immediately remove all prohibited forms of election propaganda at least 72 hours before the election period or otherwise face sanctions. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Sara Duterte to decide on presidential bid by 2021

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:21 PM

For now, the presidential daughter urges her supporters to stop calling her the 'next president' as this can make her the target of those eyeing the presidency

UNDECIDED. Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says there are factors to consider before deciding on a presidential bid, like funds and machinery. Here, she kicks off her party’s senatorial campaign in San Fernado, Pampanga, on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can progressives win Senate seats this time?

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Warring unions join forces for the first time in decades to push for the pro-worker agenda that Duterte has failed to deliver. Will this be enough of a game changer?

Five labor leaders running for Senate seat in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, collectively known as the Labor Win gather in Plaza Miranda for a proclamation rally on February 14, 2019.. Labor Win is composed of labor leaders Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montaño, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares and Leody De Guzman. Photo courtesy of Defend Job PH

Senate bets oppose removal of term limits, cha-cha for Duterte reelection

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Senatorial candidates, however, are divided on the issue of federalism

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes his signature pose with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and some members of the House and Senate before delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'No to death penalty, not even for terrorists' – Senate candidate Gutoc

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Opposition senatorial bets reiterate their stance against the death penalty during the first edition of ABS-CBN's 'Harapan 2019' senatorial forum

Opposition bets say it's time for divorce law in Philippines

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:22 PM

In a TV forum, opposition senatorial candidates Florin Hilbay, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc push for a divorce law in the Philippines

PRO-DIVORCE. Opposition candidates said during ABS-CBN's senatorial forum that they are in favor of legalizing divorce.

Jiggy Manicad: Libel should stay a crime to prevent 'abuse' by journalists

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:47 PM

'Dapat pa rin pong krimen siya para wala pong abuso sa hanay nating mamamahayag,' says senatorial bet and former journalist Jiggy Manicad

The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May electionsin San Fernado Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Opposition bets on Duterte's best policies: Smoking ban, MSME programs

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Issues hounding President Rodrigo Duterte – from his health to accountability for abuses under his administration – are asked of senatorial bets during ABS-CBN's forum

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija on February 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Aquino admin liable for MRT3, Dengvaxia, Mamasapano? Senate bets weigh in

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Florin Hilbay defends former president Benigno Aquino III over the Mamasapano operation, while Francis Tolentino says the former administration should be blamed for the MRT3 mess

VP Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino during presentation of senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Politicians join PMA alumni homecoming ahead of 2019 polls

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:11 PM

From former police chief Ronald dela Rosa to Senator JV Estrada, original and adopted alumni are welcomed by the Philippine Military Academy in its 2019 alumni homecoming

'RULING CLASS.' The PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 marching led by Senatorial candidate and former top cop Ronald dela Rosa and police chief Oscar Albayalde. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Vote-counting machines roadshow to educate voters, candidates in Aklan

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Election officers, board of election supervisors, and canvassers are also undergoing trainings on how to use the vote-counting machines for the 2019 polls

Service sans the uniform: Former military, policemen seek gov't posts in 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

These former servicemen refuse to retreat from the field of public service and have chosen to go into the perilous jungle of politics

NEW SERVICE. Former policemen and soldiers try their luck at civilian public service, running for the 2019 elections.

Top poll ad spender? Alejano says he spent less than '3%' of PCIJ estimate

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'I cannot imagine myself having that amount,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who has been named by the PCIJ as the top 10 ad spender so far for the 2019 polls

TOP SPENDER? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano at the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming 2019 in Baguio City. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Social media users point out that names like senatorial candidate Bong Go's are not on the list. But Comelec Commisioner Guanzon says her list was for candidates with NCR addresses.

Dela Rosa confident of PMA alumni support for Senate bid

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'Siguradong may boboto sa akin kaya hindi na ako mangangampanya dito,' says administration senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa, who is attending the PMA homecoming as a member of Class 1986

NO CAMPAIGN.' Former top cop and now administration senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks to the media on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City on Februry 16, 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Candidates for Senate 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

How are the 62 senatorial aspirants in the 2019 midterm elections the same or different from each other?

PMA to 2019 candidates: Don't use our homecoming to campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:29 AM

The Philippine Military Academy will ask politicians to get rid of their campaign materials found in Fort Gregorio del Pilar

NO CAMPAIGNING, PLEASE. The Philippine Military Academy appeals to politicians and alumni alike not to use its annual homecoming on February 16, 2019, to campaign for the May polls. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bong Go breaks into May 2019 winning circle – Pulse Asia

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The rise of Duterte’s right-hand man came after the deluge of advertisements showing presidential endorsement – 4 months before the May 2019 elections

CAMPAIGN. The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May elections in San Fernado, Pampanga on February 12. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Labor Senate bets: We have 'real credentials' to push for pro-poor policies

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Walang tunay na makapagsalita para sa mga magaggawa maliban sa mga nagmumula sa mga manggagawa,' says Sonny Matula on the labor leaders' Senate bid

PROCLAMATION RALLY. Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montano, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman, officially kickstarts their senatorial campaign on February 19, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

In Naga, Otso Diretso bets throw shade at Marcoses

Feb 14, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'Ipinagtatanggol ko lamang po 'yong mga legal na pamamaraan. Para hindi siya madaya no'ng isang taong hindi marunong tumanggap ng pagkatalo,' says Romulo Macalintal, the lead legal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo

OTSO DIRETSO. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Otso Diretso slate as it officially kicks off its campaign for the 2019 senatorial elections in Naga City on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Photo by OVP

Your guide to what Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial bets say during sorties

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Who talks about their platform during sorties? Who sings? Here's a quick and easy summary of what Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates say during campaign sorties.

The coalition of senatorial bets under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (8th-left) of regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicked off its campaign in San Fernado Pampanga on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Also in photos are House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo (5th-right) and Pampanga Governor lelia Pineda. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Anti-Corruption Commission, Comelec tell gov't employees: Stay away from politics

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Commission on Elections urge the public to file complaints for any possible offenses

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec partner up to warn government employees to not engage in partisan political activities as the 2019 elections fast approaches. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Robredo asks Bicolanos: Do for Otso Diretso what you did for me in 2016

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo recalls her own come-from-behind victory in 2016 and urges her fellow Bicolanos to vote for the opposition senatorial candidates in 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Otso Diretso slate as it officially kicks off its campaign for the 2019 senatorial elections in Naga City on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

IN PHOTOS: Otso Diretso visits tomb of Jesse Robredo

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The opposition senatorial candidates say the visit is 'symbolic' as they aspire to be as 'decent and excellent' as the late DILG chief

SLATE COMPLETE. The Otso Diretso senatorial bets pose for a picture at ex-DILG chief Jesse Robredo's tomb. Photo by Mara Capeda/Rappler

Gutoc uses ‘faithful boyfriend’ analogies to teach students about peace

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Peace education starts with having only one girlfriend!' Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc tells high school students in Iriga City

PEACE AND RESPECT. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc teaches a thing or two about peace and faithful friends to students ahead of Valentine's Day. Screenshot from Rappler

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Roxas says solo campaign kickoff without Otso Diretso a non-issue

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas says it has always been his tradition to start his campaign in Capiz, his hometown

Photo from Roxas' Facebook page

Political ads of top spenders worth more than their declared wealth

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.

Garcias of Bataan vow all-out support for Hugpong ng Pagbabago senators

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Another influential political clan in Central Luzon hosts Sara Duterte and her Senate bets

SUPPORT FOR HNP. Bataan Governor Abet Garcia speaks at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign rally in Mariveles, Bataan, on February 13, 2019. Screenshots by Rappler

Comelec junks petitions vs Pimentel senatorial bid

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections dismisses petitions alleging that Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking a prohibited third term as senator

REELECTION BID. The Commission on Elections junks petitions to stop Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III from running again for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec gives bets until February 14 to remove illegal posters

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The Commission on Elections says it is 'very hopeful' of success in its drive against illegal posters for the 2019 polls

CAMPAIGN PERIOD. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez speaks at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on February 13, 2019. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Why endorse 13 candidates for 12 slots? Sara Duterte explains

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Asked why Hugpong ng Pagbabago's senatorial slate is dominated by old names in politics, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says 'there are no other senators running'

SARA DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte addresses the crowd at an HNP campaign cortie in Mariveles, Bataan, on February 13, 2019. Screenshots by Rappler