Philippine elections

Marcos drops witnesses for poll fraud claims in 36,465 clustered precincts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED Ferdinand Marcos Jr s lawyer George Garcia says this does not mean they are abandoning their accusations of electoral fraud against Vice President Leni Robredo which he said can be proven through a ballot recount

FOCUS ON THE BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Bongbong Marcos is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of Vice President on July 11. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

VP electoral protest 'exactly where we wanted it to be' – Marcos camp

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the latest SC decision on the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will not stop them from exposing the many sins of Smartmatic

UNFAZED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos believes the latest ruling of the PET on his electoral protest against the Vice President was in his favor. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Comelec postpones barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City

POLL BODY. Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attend a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo wants Marcos to pay P2B for protection of 2016 poll materials

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Vice President s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says their motion is consistent with an earlier ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal on the Tolentino De Lima case

POLL PROTECTION FEE. Lawyers Romeo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo discuss Vice President Leni Robredo's latest petition against ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC junks Marcos' motion questioning integrity of 2016 polls

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED It only shows that indeed the protest of Mr Marcos has no basis It is only based on some speculations and conclusions says Romulo Macalintal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Comelec employees support Bautista amid call for his resignation

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Dozens of Comelec employees wear red to show their support for Chairman Andres Bautista a day after poll commissioners issued a statement against him

'WALANG BIBITAW.' A poster showing support for Comelec Chairman Bautista is seen along the hallway to his office, as cameramen of different TV networks stake out at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

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Comelec chair surprised by commissioners' call for his resignation

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Magkakasama kami kanina Wala namang sinasabi sa aking magpapa press con Hindi man lang ako binusinahan Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells Rappler

COMELEC COLLEAGUES. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista (seated) and Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon (standing), along with other poll commissioners, join the Comelec's budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec commissioners ask Bautista to take a leave or resign

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED With all due respect it is our consensus that Chairman Bautista can no longer effectively lead the Commission The time for him to let go has come all 6 commissioners tell their chairman

HITTING BAUTISTA. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim reads a statement urging Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to either take a leave or resign. The statement is signed by all 6 Comelec commissioners. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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SC forms teams for revision of ballots in Marcos-Robredo election case

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the Marcos camp is hoping the revision stage guidelines will expedite the process and finally settle their electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

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

TV still candidates' platform of choice in 2016 elections

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Radio comes second to TV in terms of ad buys from the candidates research by PCIJ shows

55 print, TV, radio outfits did not submit all pol ads docs?

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law

SC bars Robredo supporters from helping pay P7-M protest fee

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni plans to file a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

Bautista's alleged corruption casts doubt on 2016 poll results – senators

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Senate is set to investigate the issue hounding Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista

COMELEC EN BANC. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the 7-member Commission on Elections continues deciding on crucial issues weeks after the May 9 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:55 AM

It s high time that we have a Filipino system in place for a Filipino election says the alternate chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council

PROUDLY PINOY. These are some of the homegrown technologies and ideas presented at the AES Tech Fair at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, on Wednesday, July 26. Photos by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Among their options are refurbishing the PCOS machines used in 2013 purchasing the VCMs leased in 2016 renting new machines or using a new system

ELECTION PREPS. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista talks about the poll body's plans at the Automated Election System Tech Fair at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Michael Bueza/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

Deadline for 2nd tranche payment of Robredo’s protest fee extended

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo was earlier required to settle payment of the balance of the protest fee on July 14

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

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

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

Robredo lawyer: Marcos ‘fishing for evidence’

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:58 PM

In a motion for reconsideration filed with the High Court election lawyer Romulo Macalintal argues that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr himself is not sure of his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

SETTLED. 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 Bongbong Marcos at the SC in Manila on May 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

Marcos urged to pay P2.08-B Comelec expenses due to his protest

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The P2 08 billion is the cost of the non return of 97 365 vote counting machines to technology provider Smartmatic

SERVICE FEE. Vice President Leni Robredo settles the first half of the P15 million service fee required by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on May 2, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC forms panel of commissioners for Marcos vs Robredo case

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug will chair the 3 member panel

ELECTION PROTEST. The Supreme Court has assigned retired Justice Jose Vitug as the lead hearing officer in former senator Ferdinand Marcos' case versus Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec, Smartmatic face charges for changing 2016 election server script

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:01 PM

The justice department reverses the decision of the Manila Prosecutor’s Office which didn t find merit in the complaint of Ferdinand Marcos Jr s camp

WHY TOUCH THE CODE? The justice department finds the poll body and vote-counting machines supplier Smartmatic liable for changing codes during the transmission of results in the 2016 vice presidential election.  File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte supporters allege cheating in presidential polls

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Without presenting proof Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema claims that President Rodrigo Duterte should have gotten more than 20 million votes

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

A year later, Mar Roxas enjoys the quiet of private life

May 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The former LP president has kept mostly to himself save for the occasional camping selfie and food recommendation and when he had to speak up about the hero s burial for the dictator

RELAXED. Roxas during a trip to Orientel Mindoro during his 'Thank You Tour.' Photo from Mar Roxas' Facebook page

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

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May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

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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 asks SC to reverse decision to proceed with Marcos case

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr accuses Vice President Leni Robredo of resorting to delaying tactics

APPEAL. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has filed a motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court's ruling to proceed with the election protest filed against her by defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos. File photo by the Office of the Vice President.

SC denies Robredo's appeal to junk Marcos protest

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:44 AM

UPDATED The SC says the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is sufficient in form and substance

SUFFICIENT. The Supreme Court finds the protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo's victory in the last elections as sufficient in form and substance.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo lawyer: Marcos' claim about SD cards just a publicity stunt

Jan 30, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Marcos motion for preliminary conference never mentioned these 13 SD cards precisely because they are not even part of his election protest says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

LENI'S ATTORNEY. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal. Rappler file photo

Marcos urges SC to proceed with election protest

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to start the preliminary conference of his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

ELECTION PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos files an election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[WATCH] 2016: Change is here

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:26 AM

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For his victory, Duterte says he owes Imee Marcos, 3 other governors

Dec 29, 2016 - 7:17 PM

The President also names Jose Zubiri and Abet Garcia as among the governors who helped him win

NO DUTERTE CONTRIBUTION. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says President Rodrigo Duterte was only joking when he said she gave money to his campaign. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Party-list group asks SC to order probe into vote count discrepancy

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Consla says PPCRV counted at least 523 753 votes but Comelec s canvassing results showed 213 814 votes for Consla The poll body has refused to investigate

TO THE SC. Party-list group Consla files a petition with the Supreme Court, seeking to compel the Commission on Elections to investigate an alleged discrepancy in the vote count during the May polls. Photo from Consla Facebook page

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Dec 14, 2016 - 9:41 PM

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Facebook: Duterte among top 5 most talked about in 2016

Dec 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Over 10 million people went to Facebook to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte s victory and the tightly contested Philippine polls

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Dec 06, 2016 - 6:00 AM

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Marcos to Robredo: Why are you afraid of vote recount?

Nov 22, 2016 - 1:07 AM

The camp of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr uses the same metaphor used by Vice President Leni Robredo about his father s burial saying the real thief in the night was Robredo s poll victory

RIVALS. Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr in the backstage of the vice presidential debates held at the University of Santo Tomas on April 10. Photo by Alysa Salen