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Lawmakers to Comelec: Don't let problems in 2019 polls happen in 2022

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We can't have something like this happen in the 2022 presidential election. We might have a revolution,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

POLL COMMISSIONERS. Comelec commissioners headed by Chairman Sheriff Abas (far left) appear at the hearing of joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler​

Old names dominate Bicol polls

May 17, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The same names win in the 2019 local races in Bicol region

Jejomar Binay loses congressional bid in Makati

May 14, 2019 - 3:13 AM

This is the former vice president's first loss in Makati, where he has built a political dynasty

FIRST LOSS. Former vice president Jejomar Binay losses his bid to represent the 1st district of Makati in the 17th Congress. Photo by Jay Ganzon

At least 20 killed in election-related violence since December 2018

May 13, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The Commission on Elections has recorded 43 incidents of election-related violence as of May 12

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photo from Bicol Police

Comelec to probe raid of Navotas poll briefing

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says it is possible that the National Bureau of Investigation had 'no authority' to conduct the raid

AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas and PNP Major General Mao Aplasca during press briefing about security preparation on the eve of midterm poll at the canvassing venue in PICC tent in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] Despite the ifs and buts, millennials should go out and vote

May 12, 2019 - 2:00 PM

By carefully choosing the right people who will occupy positions in the government, we are strengthening the foundations that hold our institutions, and our country as a whole, together.

9,300 cops deployed to secure Central Luzon for May 13 polls

May 11, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The region has a history of election violence and recorded hundreds of gun ban violations since January

DEPLOYMENT. The PNP increases deployment to prevent a spike in election-related crimes. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Candidate for La Union town councilor hurt in ambush

May 04, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Rogelio 'Roger' Concepcion is a cousin of slain Balaoan town vice mayor Al-Fred Concepcion

CAMPAIGN MODE. Rogelio Concepcion, candidate for Balaoan councilor, campaigns in his town. Photo from the Facebook page of Nadine Concepcion

Newsbreak Chats: Keeping an eye on crucial local elections

May 02, 2019 - 4:31 PM

On Thursday, May 2, the team sits down to discuss why it is important to keep an eye on local races in the 2019 polls and what are the things voters should keep in mind when dealing with local candidates

PANOORIN: Paano bumoto ngayong Eleksiyon 2019

May 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Isa lang ang balota na ibibigay sa iyo. Siguraduhin na tama ang iyong pagboto.

Your step-by-step guide to voting in May 13 elections

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:02 PM

You get only one ballot and one chance to vote. Here’s a brief guide on what to expect and how to prepare for Election Day.

VOTE. The Comelec expects some 60 million voters to take part in the 2019 elections.

[OPINION] What is to be done? With days to go before election day, think before we vote

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Our country needs men and women of integrity and independence, competence and courage, honesty and honor in our Senate so that they can take a stand on at least 7 of the critical issues that already confront us

[OPINION] The folly of religious endorsements

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.

[OPINYON] Ano ang silbi ng survey?

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Hindi ako mangingiming bumoto sa kandidato kahit naghahabol sa survey, kung iyon ang pinag-isipan ko matapos ang katakot-takot na konsiderasyon, pangunahin na ang may integridad at kakayahang maglingkod sa bayan

#PHVote podcast: Paano ang pagboto sa party list?

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Pag-uusapan nila Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ang proseso ng pagboto at bakit importante ang pagkakaroon ng party-list representatives sa Kongreso

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PNP keeping close watch over Lanao del Norte for poll-related violence

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say past elections in Lanao del Norte were marked by 'intense political rivalry' exacerbated by the rido culture in the province

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Sereñas (2nd, left) said Lanao de Norte is Northern Mindanao's closely-watched province in the May 2019 elections. With him are Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right) and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade on April 16,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINYON] Kalimutan ang ‘winnable’

Apr 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Suriin ang kampanya para masuri ang kandidato. Makikilala natin kung anong uri ng kandidato o pulitiko ang nakatanghal sa atin batay sa kani-kanilang paraan at moda ng kampanya

Ex-AFP, PNP officials: 'Challenging times' call for honest, inspiring leaders

Apr 06, 2019 - 2:32 PM

In a rare statement, retired military and police officials urge voters to choose candidates with 'manifest competence, honesty, dedication, morality, and patriotism'

Supreme Court stops Comelec from changing polling places in Sulu

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court's status quo ante order involves polling places in at least 5 barangays in Sulu for the May 13 elections

ELECTION PREPS. Sample vote-counting machine used in Philippine elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Ernesto Arellano on pushing for pro-worker legislation in the Senate

Apr 01, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rappler talks to labor leader Ernesto Arellano about his Senate bid and priority measures if elected

[OPINYON] ‘Maligayang pagtatapos!’: Ang mensahe ng retokadong tarpaulin

Mar 31, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Kung sa hitsura pa lang ay nanloloko na ang kandidato, paano mo pa ipagkakatiwala sa kanya ang buwis mong sapilitang kinaltas sa iyo?

Negros Occidental town councilor shot dead in front of family

Mar 31, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Police say reelectionist councilor Jolomar Hilario was shot dead in his residence in Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental

KILLED. Councilor Jolomar Hilario is allegedly killed by communist insurgents inside his home. Photo from Hilario's Facebook page

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