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Comelec defends declaring entire Mindanao as election hotspot

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Elections allays fears that declaring the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot is part of efforts to favor certain candidates

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections gives assurances elections will not be compromised despite declaring Mindanao as an election hotspot. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Dr Jose Ramon Albert on election surveys

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:44 PM

On Wednesday, March 20, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Dr Jose Ramon Albert, statistician and senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, about election surveys

[OPINION] Releasing fake or incomplete election surveys can send you to jail

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The Fair Election Act mandates that the candidate, political party, and polling firm release the relevant information, like the methodology, the areas covered, the specific questions asked, and the margin of error, among others

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.

Photo from Bong Go

Otso Diretso balances the good and the bad of Aquino's endorsement

Feb 24, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The Otso Diretso campaign makes an effort to distance itself from major controversies under former president Benigno Aquino III, like the Mamasapano and Dengvaxia scandals

Otso Diretso senatorial candidates join Tindig Pilipinas, Every Woman and other groups to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Edsa People Power in Quezon City on February 23, 2019, Former President Benigno Aquino endorsed the Otso Diretso slate and asks people to support the opposition candidates. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Laguna politicians vow to deliver votes for Duterte's slate

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:45 AM

In 2016, these local politicians supported then-administration standard bearer Mar Roxas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) candidates during the party's campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Otso Diretso dares Hugpong bets to debate on People Power anniversary

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Otso Diretso bet Chel Diokno tells Hugpong counterparts: See you 12 noon, February 25, in Plaza Miranda

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

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

Arroyo asks Pampanga to give Duterte bets 'landslide' win

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:50 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appears beside presidential daughter Sara Duterte to personally endorse Hugpong ng Pagbabago's Senate slate

APPEAL TO PAMPANGA. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speaks at the campaign launch of Hugpong ng Pagbabago on February 12, 2019, urging Pampangueños to vote for its senatorial bets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP: 701 election hotspots as 2019 campaign period begins

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

These account for 42.9% of all cities and municipalities in the Philippines

MORE HOTSPOTS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they will adjust their deployment according to the hotspot list for the 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Otso Diretso begins tough challenge of campaigning as underdogs

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The opposition slate settles with Caloocan as its kickoff venue, the city of Mayor Oscar Malapitan, a Duterte ally

KICKOFF. Otso Diretso slate in a press conference on February 12, 2019 in Caloocan City, to kick-off their campaign for the midterm elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Zambales barangay chairman arrested for possessing illegal firearms

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:52 PM

A joint team from the municipal and provincial police raided the house of Eduardo Lopes Sr, chairman of Barangay Aglao in the municipality of San Marcelino

Barangay chairman, arrested for illegal firearms. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Lanao del Norte mayor detained after gun check

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Authorities are still checking for proper Comelec gun ban exemption certificates the guns of Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago and 8 other people

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

#TheLeaderIWant: Romulo Macalintal – from election lawyer to candidate

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

For more than 3 decades, Macalintal fought for others to win in elections. This time, he is embarking on a whole new battle – the senatorial race.

PNP places 18 areas on election watchlist

Dec 29, 2018 - 6:57 PM

These towns and cities fall 'Category 3,' meaning there have been incidents of election-related violence involving officials vying for elected posts

ELECTION HOTSPOT. The Philippine National Police identifies 18 towns and cities aa 'areas of grave concern' for the 2019 elections. Photo of ballot boxes by Mau Victa/Rappler;  Photo of police by Darren Langit/Rappler

New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

LIMIT SPENDING. The Comelec says its new guidelines eyed for social media campaigns during elections will be limited to candidates' spending. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

#TheLeaderIWant: Harry Roque on being his own man

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:58 PM

How different would a Senator Harry Roque be from a Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque? Rappler interviews the People's Reform Party bet.

#TheLeaderIWant: JV Ejercito on his 2019 senatorial bid amid sibling rivalry

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

What are the challenges that reelectionist senatorial candidate JV Ejercito faces?

#TheLeaderIWant: Neri Colmenares on what a leftist can bring to the Senate

Nov 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM

How will he convince Filipino voters that a leftist deserves a seat in the Senate?

Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Rival Edgardo Zaragosa asks Comelec to cancel Chavit Singson's certificate of candidacy, saying the political kingpin cannot be living in a small house with one parking slot located near a piggery

PETITION. Photo courtesy of Edgardo Zaragoza

#TheLeaderIWant: Pasig’s Vico Sotto on old, new politics

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Rappler kicks off its #TheLeaderIWant series by talking to Pasig city councilor Vico Sotto

Journalist Michael Ubac replaces Roque as party-list nominee of Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) Veteran journalist Ubac takes Roque's place as the latter decided to forge ahead with a Senate bid on the last day of filing of candidacies

PARTY-LIST. Journalist Michael Ubac is a nominee of the Luntiang Pilipinas party. Photo of Ubac from Facebook

The many times Ethel Booba threw shade as aspirants filed their COCs

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Kuha po kayo NBI Clearance (Get an NBI Clearance),' she tells Bong Revilla

CHAROTISMS. Ethel Booba doesn't hold back on the commentary as hopefuls file their COCs. Screenshot from Twitter.com/IamEthylGabison

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:24 PM

From Ilocos Norte to Davao City, local bets rush to file their certificates of candidacies on the last day of filing

LOCAL RACES. Abigail Binay, Sebastian Duterte and Chavit Singson are among those who filed their candidacies on the last day of the filing period, October 17. Photos by Joey Salgado (for Binay), Manman Dejeto/Rappler (for Duterte), and Mau Victa/Rappler (for Singson)

Vico Sotto to run for Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Despite being the youngest councilor in Pasig City, Vico Sotto decides to challenge the favored incumbent Robert Eusebio

NEW POLITICS. Vico Sotto (2nd right) filed his COC to run for Pasig City mayor. With him are his parents Vic Sotto and Connie Reyes. At right is Pasig congressman Roman Romulo. Rappler photo

General who led Mamasapano probe running for Baguio mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Benjamin Magalong sees his run as a 'moral obligation'

FROM 2-STAR TO MAYOR? Benjamin Magalong officially joins politics. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Election lawyers join forces to back Macalintal for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Now an independent senatorial bet, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to fight for higher discounts for senior citizens

ELECTION LAWYERS. Leading election lawyers Beng Sardillo (1st from left), Sixto Brillantes Jr (2nd), and George Garcia (4th) endorse the senatorial bid of their friend and fellow lawyer Romulo Macalintal (3rd). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alan Peter Cayetano, wife Lani both seeking House seats

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'Ang mahalaga, parehas na malinis ang pangalan,' says former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

HUSBAND AND WIFE. Alan Peter and wife Lani Cayetano will be running for 1st and 2nd district of Taguig, respectively. Photo from Alan Peter's Facebook page

It's Singsons vs Zaragozas for control of Ilocos Sur

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for governor against incumbent Ryan Singson, son of Ilocos Sur kingpin Chavit Singson

FAMILY. Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for Ilocos Sur governor on October 17, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

The battle is on: Makati mayor Abby Binay files for reelection

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:27 PM

(UPDATED) Incumbent Makati City mayor Abby Binay's candicacy officially marks the start of the Binay election rivalry versus brother Junjun Binay

REELECTION. Then-vice president Jejomar Binay joins his daughter Makati mayor Abby Binay and vice mayor Monique Lagdameo after filing a certificate for candidacy for the 2019 polls. Photo by Joey Salgado

Sebastian Duterte running for Davao City vice mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Sebastian Duterte will be his sister Sara's running mate under the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod-Hugpong ng Pagbabago

FILED. Sebastian Duterte, youngest son of President Rodrigo Duterte with former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, files his candidacy for Vice Mayor of Davao City on October 17, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Andaya escapes 'assassination attempt' after filing COC for governor

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Andaya believes the alleged kill attempt was ordered by his political enemies in Camarines Sur, where he hopes to get elected as governor in 2019

MAJORITY LEADER. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-SolGen Hilbay banks on rags-to-riches story to boost Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Lagi po akong dehado, pero...malaki po ang aking tiwala sa kapasidad ng mamamayan na sumipat ng qualifications at karakter ng ating mga senador,' he says

Atty. Florin Hilbay files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chavit Singson running for mayor of Narvacan

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:23 AM

This is an election #throwback as Singson will run with Pablito Sanidad, his running mate in the 1971 elections that ended the Crisologo dynasty in Ilocos Sur

Chavit Singson and Pablito Sanidad file their COCs for mayor and vice mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. Photo by Mau Victa

Serge Osmeña seeks Senate return, plans to help Duterte

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'I find it easier to react to issues if I'm independent rather when in a party. Kapag nasa partido ka, stuck ka sa sinabi ng partido,' says former senator Sergio Osmeña III

INDEPENDENT. Former senator Sergio Osmeña III files his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lipa mayor to challenge Vilma Santos Recto in congressional race

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:37 AM

'Gusto ko magkaroon ng pagbabago sa Kongreso, 'yung (magkaroon) ng tunay na representative ang taong-bayan,' says Mayor Meynard Sabili, whose wife lost to Congresswoman Vilma Santos Recto in the 2016 elections

CONGRESSIONAL RACE. Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili wants to challenge Congresswoman Vilma Santos Recto in the May 2019 polls. File photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 4, October 16

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) Among them are Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr for Bohol governor, congresswoman Kaka Bag-ao for Dinagat Islands governor, and actor Edu Manzano for San Juan City congressman

FOR GOVERNOR. Representative Kaka Bag-ao and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr are seeking the gubernatorial posts in Dinagat Islands and Bohol, respectively. Photos from Bag-ao and Evasco staff

Senate bet collapses before he could file COC at Comelec

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The senatorial aspirant – a senior citizen – is rushed to the hospital after collapsing, says the Commission on Elections

Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enrile's profession in his COC for senator: 'Businesswoman'

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

It takes some correction fluid to eventually get it right

'BUSINESSWOMAN.' Juan Ponce Enrile's original certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator lists 'businesswoman' as his profession on the right side of the form. His team later amends this to 'businessman.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Awkward! Imee Marcos, Chel Diokno file COCs same time

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The daughter of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the son of an opposition leader detained during Marcos' time find themselves sitting next to each other at Comelec

AWKWARD MOMENT. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (center) and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel 'Chel' Diokno file their certificates of candidacy for senator at the same time on October 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ted Te  AWKWARD MOMENT. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (center) and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel 'Chel' Diokno file their certificates of candidacy for senator at the same time on October 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ted Te

Edu Manzano files COC for congressman of San Juan

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The actor will challenge incumbent Ronaldo Zamora, who is seeking his last term

RUNNING AGAIN. Actor Edu Manzano will run as congressman of San Juan.Photo courtesy of San Juan PIO

Arroyo sister-in-law seeks congressional seat in Negros Occidental

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca seeks the seat that her late brother Ignacio Arroyo Jr occupied in the 5th district until 2012

BROTHER'S SEAT. Ma. Lourdes "Marilou" Arroyo Lesaca files her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman of the 5th district of Negros Occidental on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The position was held by her brother Ignacio Arroyo Jr until he died in 2012. Photo courtesy of Teresa Ellera

WATCH: Comelec crowds jeer at Imee Marcos, loyalists shout back

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:05 PM

As supporters of opposition senate bet Chel Diokno shout 'Never again to Martial Law,' Imee Marcos says she only hears supporters chant 'Imee, solusyon'

FANFARE. Outgoing Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos arrives at the Commission on Elections in Manila to file her certificate of candidacy for senator on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Panelo denies special treatment for Bong Go in COC filing

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Malacañang says that while Go may have had more than the allowed number of companions, he didn't mean to 'bring' them along

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go files his candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte and around 40 supporters and some members of the cabinet accompanied Go during the filing. Go is running under the PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada files COC for senator with dad Erap

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says he wants himself and his half-brother, reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, to win in 2019

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enrile eyes Senate return in 2019

Oct 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, 94, says he wants to share solutions to the country's problems

Pia Cayetano files COC, evades issue on Duterte OFW kiss

Oct 16, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'I'm not the President's spokesperson,' says senatorial bet Pia Cayetano when asked about President Rodrigo Duterte kissing an overseas Filipino worker in South Korea

Pia Cayetano files her Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler