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All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

Duterte, Uson, Cimatu | Evening wRap

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 3, 2017

Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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Piqued Andanar challenges reporter: Are you fair?

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:05 PM

A persistent reporter and an irritated Palace communications chief Martin Andanar engage in a heated conversation during a Palace press briefing

EMBATTLED ANDANAR. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar explains his recent pronouncements about an ouster plot and bribes to media during a Palace news briefing. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Andanar: Media offered $1,000 to cover Lascañas press conference

Feb 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senate media deny the accusation slamming Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as irresponsible

MEDIA CORRUPTION? Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar claims reporters were offered as much as $1,000 to cover a press conference called by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

PCO, China Radio Int'l ink cooperation deal

Feb 15, 2017 - 5:43 PM

China s state run radio broadcaster and the Philippines government owned media outfits agree to hold joint training sessions and cooperate in news gathering to improve their coverage of major events in their countries

DEAL SEALED. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Noel Puyat and PCOO Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag propose a toast to the officials of China Radio International (CRI) led by its President Wang Gengnian following the MOA signing on February 14, 2017. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Should bloggers be accredited to cover the Palace?

Feb 07, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Pro Duterte bloggers have already been given the go signal to cover President Rodrigo Duterte s out of town and foreign trips

COVERING DUTERTE. President Duterte holds a press conference in Beijing, China on October 19. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Did Andanar misquote Duterte in column?

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar claims the President uttered song lyrics during the presentation of Miss Universe contestants even if the official transcript belies this

Inside Martin Andanar's man cave

Jan 26, 2017 - 5:36 PM

An apologist of the President and a public official who gets paid by taxpayers’ money Andanar is embarking on a dangerous path of propaganda and media control

Duterte gov't launches FOI online portal, manuals

Nov 25, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The online portal is launched on the day President Duterte s Freedom of Information executive order takes effect

RIGHT TO KNOW. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea attend the launch of the eFOI portal and FOI manuals. Screenshot from RTVM

Malacañang eyes online portal to process FOI requests

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:50 PM

The Presidential Communications Office will also train agencies to prepare them for the full implementation of the executive order on Freedom of Information

E-FOI. Malacañang is eyeing an online platform where requests for FOI will be lodged in and processed.

5 communication gaffes in Duterte's first 100 days

Oct 08, 2016 - 5:00 PM

From a government Facebook post perceived to be pro Marcos to announcing wrong details about the death of Senator Miriam Santiago here are 5 incidents when Duterte s communication team made us raise our eyebrows

Medialdea issues memo on who can speak for Duterte

Sep 21, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Only Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar can speak for the President according to the memorandum

DUTERTE SPOKESMEN. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (left) and Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella are the only officials who can speak for President Duterte, according to a memorandum

Cab secs can still speak for Duterte, but with Palace go signal – Andanar

Sep 18, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office assigns a Cabinet secretary to be the spokesperson for the day if the issue to be discussed is outside Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella s knowledge

DUTERTE COMMS. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the Presidential Communications Office has streamlined its strategy. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rodrigo Duterte, Cayetano vs Trillanes, Edward Snowden | 6PM wRap

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:08 PM

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Abella alone can speak for Duterte – Andanar

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:49 AM

After a series of communication mishaps Communications Secretary Andanar appeals to other Cabinet members to defer to Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella for clarifications on the Chief Executive s statements

PALACE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (right) and Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella (left) regularly update the media on issues related to the presidency

Andanar: PCO's lapses 'will never happen again'

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also takes full responsibility for the recent gaffes of the Presidential Communications Office

NO MORE MISTAKES? PCO chief Martin Andanar faces the House Committee on Appropriations on September 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Former Marcos staff linked to Official Gazette gaffe

Sep 12, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Marco Angelo Cabrera is called out online for conflict of interest PCO Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping III says Bongbong Marcos former campaign staff fully disclosed this to his bosses

Duterte tabloid launched ahead of TV show

Aug 18, 2016 - 1:36 PM

The studio for Duterte s TV show Mula Sa Masa Para Sa Masa is being prepared in Malacañang Palace says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

'FOR THE MASSES.' Communications Secretary Martin Andanar shows the media the tabloid, Mula Sa Masa Para Sa Masa in Davao City. Screenshot from Presidential Communications FB Live Video

PH to issue new 'high-security' passports at 'faster' pace

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the new printing system for Philippine passports increases production speed by 35

HIGH SECURITY. Added security features have been placed, such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

Brillante Mendoza on directing SONA: I'll capture the true Duterte

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza explains why there is a need to direct the first State of the Nation Address of President Duterte

DIREK FOR DUTERTE'S SONA. Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza inspects the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall, where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Coloma denies Andanar's corruption allegations in NPO, APO

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:55 PM

It is his duty to first verify the accuracy of reports being fed to him before he discusses these publicly says former Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma on his successor

Over-votes in past elections due to vote counting machine glitches?

May 05, 2016 - 6:13 PM

The Comelec and poll watchdog groups need to spot these errors to prevent disenfranchisement in the May 9 elections

#AnimatED: Comelec needs to inspire public confidence

Feb 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Chairman Bautista running the elections goes beyond projecting a clean image

New voting machine 'friendlier, faster than PCOS' – poll officer

Feb 13, 2016 - 5:35 PM

There are no major glitches recorded during the mock elections in Cagayan says an election assistant

MOCK POLLS. An election officer presents a transmission report generated by the vote-counting machine during the mock elections in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Raymon Dullana/Rappler

24,000 voting machines stuck in Customs

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:08 PM

44 of the 97 000 vote counting machines needed for the May polls are in the Philippines They include the ones that the customs bureau has yet to release

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bad labels prompt Comelec to rename voting machines

Sep 17, 2015 - 8:04 PM

‘Yung PCOS tinatawag Hocus PCOS Tapos po itong OMR naman may narinig po kami ‘O Mar’ daw ’ Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells lawmakers

CALL THEM 'VCM.' The Comelec now prefers to use the name VCM – 'vote-counting machines' – to refer to the machines Filipinos will use in the next elections. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Philippine military clueless on China poll ‘sabotage’

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED An election watchdog hits a Comelec commissioner for making a very careless statement about China s reported attempt to sabotage the 2016 polls

CHINA SABOTAGE? A Comelec official warns on September 16, 2015, that China might 'sabotage' the Philippine elections in May 2016. File photo by John Javellana

China might sabotage 2016 polls – Comelec

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:59 AM

2nd UPDATE The Chinese Embassy says The so called attempt by China to sabotage the 2016 elections is totally groundless and a sheer fabrication

COMELEC CHAIRMAN. A photo made available on February 24, 2013, shows Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, during an interview at his office in Mandaluyong City on February 20, 2013. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

Critics to SC: Junk Comelec ‘spending splurge’

Sep 14, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Petitioners say the SC should issue a temporary restraining order for now against a Comelec resolution on the lease of 93 000 vote counting machines

UNANIMOUS DECISION. The Comelec unanimously decides to lease 93,000 machines from Smartmatic. File photo by John Javellana

Watchdogs seek SC help vs Comelec’s ‘sham bidding’

Aug 26, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Poll reform advocates say controversial firm Smartmatic should refurbish 82 000 old vote counting machines ‘for free’

HITTING COMELEC. Election watchdogs say the SC should cite the Comelec in contempt for refusing to heed an SC ruling on vote-counting machines. File photo by John Javellana  File photo by John Javellana File photo by John Javellana

‘Ghost’ citizens, voting machines, Berlin asylum rules | 12PM wRap

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:39 PM

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Philippines’ voting machines to be made in China

Aug 25, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Comelec downplays concerns that the West Philippine Sea dispute can affect the manufacturing of voting machines

MADE IN CHINA. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the Philippines expects Smartmatic to deliver voting machines by January 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec sets scrutiny of voting machines 3 months before polls

Aug 20, 2015 - 8:35 PM

For 2016 the review of the source code of voting machines is scheduled around 3 months before the elections – a process done only 4 days before polls in 2013

'MASTER BLUEPRINT.' This CD contains the source code, or 'master blueprint,' or voting machines for the 2013 elections. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

If SC stops Smartmatic, ex-bidder eyed to save polls

Aug 20, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Unlike Smartmatic disqualified bidder Dermalog says it can refurbish 81 000 old vote counting machines by December

On Grace Poe: A common adversary

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Grace’s love for the Filipino is unquestionable I reckon that But she must take stock of reality Popularity should not be allowed to transcend good judgment

Competitor scores Smartmatic for ‘monopoly’ on polls

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:01 PM

Without naming Smartmatic Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull says ‘the vendor in this position is trying to monopolize and I think it’s quite obvious’

DISQUALIFIED BIDDER. Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull criticizes Smartmatic's supposed monopoly over Philippine elections. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Comelec on Smartmatic, LTFRB response, Cotto vs Alvarez | 6PM wRap

Aug 14, 2015 - 5:35 PM

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Poll exec hits Smartmatic for refusing to fix PCOS

Aug 14, 2015 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While joining the unanimous decision to lease 93 000 machines from Smartmatic another poll commissioner says he voted ‘with a heavy heart’

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic 'seemed to have taken advantage of the time constraint' the Comelec is facing. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Smartmatic deal, Batangas plant, China blast | 12PM wRap

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:45 PM

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Comelec on 2016, Batangas chemical plant, Pacquiao’s shoulder | 6PM wRap

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:54 PM

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PH voting machines 82% cheaper, supplier says

Aug 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Smartmatic describes itself as ‘the best of the best’ as the Comelec decides to use the company’s voting machines in 2016

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. Smartmatic Asia Pacific president Cesar Flores points to precint count optical scan (PCOS) machines in boxes at the Smartmatic's warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on May 31, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

While leasing new ones, PH to reuse old PCOS in 2019

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body initially wanted to use the existing PCOS machines for 2016 but this is no longer feasible

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP    Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

It's final: PH to use contentious voting machines

Aug 13, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body made a unanimous decision to lease 93 000 voting machines from Smartmatic

File photo by John Javellana

PPCRV to Comelec: 'Bite bullet,' lease more Smartmatic machines

Aug 06, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III however asks: What will the Comelec do with the 82 000 PCOS machines it already bought from Smartmatic in 2012?

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec sets 2 crucial meetings to ensure automated polls

Aug 04, 2015 - 6:45 PM

They will tackle with Congress the refurbishment of existing PCOS machines and the lease of 70 000 more vote counting machines

RUNNING ELECTIONS. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left), and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon, and Luie Guia – pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Smartmatic closer to bagging all key election deals

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Critics however want the Comelec to put Venezuelan firm Smartmatic in its blacklist of election related service providers because its system is allegedly prone to cheating

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec fails to meet poll automation target

Jul 21, 2015 - 6:35 PM

The poll body s timeline shows a significant delay in preparations compared with the last two automated elections

PRESSED FOR TIME. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says the first two weeks of August 2015 'would be really crucial' for the Comelec as it prepares for the elections in May 2016. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Poll automation faces 3rd Supreme Court petition

Jul 18, 2015 - 3:03 PM

This comes as Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista warns critics Your actions could possibly derail the elections in 2016

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec to critics: Your actions could derail polls

Jul 14, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says a crucial Supreme Court ruling will definitely decide the mode of elections for 2016

NEW HURDLE. Two separate petitions threaten the Comelec's last-known stop-gap measure to ensure automated elections. File photo by John Javellana