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Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Next year's elections will test if President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement is the magic that can give his relatively unknown allies a fighting chance

DUTERTE MAGIC? The 2019 senatorial elections will test if the charisma of President Rodrigo Duterte's charisma will rub off on his  chosen candidates. Malacañang file photo

Erwin Tulfo pulls a surprise; Sara Duterte, Dela Rosa join 'Magic 12' in survey

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, media personality Erwin Tulfo, and newly retired police chief Ronald dela Rosa make it to the 'Magic 12' in Pulse Asia's survey on the 2019 senatorial race

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

Robredo asks SC to stop 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants the Supreme Court to consider ballot ovals shaded by 25% as valid votes, based on updated standards set by the Comelec in the 2016 elections

FIGHTING FORM. Vice President Leni Robredo, accompanied by her lead counsel Romulo Macalintal, attends a Mass at St Scholastica's College on April 2, 2018, as the ballot recount begins in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Macalintal to surrender lawyer's license if Robredo loses VP protest

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2

CONFIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal during a multi-sectoral Mass at St Scholastica's College Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo, Marcos 'confident' as ballot recount set to begin

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency

BALLOT RECOUNT BEGINS. The results of the ballot recount will help determine who truly won the 2016 polls: Vice President Leni Robredo (R) or her rival former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pimentel vows to 'fight' for reelectionist allies in PDP-Laban slate

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

This comes after Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito aired the grievance of reelectionist senator-allies that they were left out despite having supported the government

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Kabayan's Salo changes tune, endorses Roque for Senate

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's former nemesis in the House endorses a possible bid for the Senate in 2019

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announces that the scholarship program for medical students and midwifery are now available in three partner schools in Cebu and Visayas during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018. YANCY LIM

Alvarez: Bong Go in PDP-Laban Senate slate

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Top presidential aide Bong Go is floated as part of the 2019 Senate slate for the ruling party

2019 PUSH. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez speaks during a PDP-Laban event in Bulacan province. File photo courtesy of the House media bureau

Show of force: 28,000 witness PDP-Laban oath-taking in Bulacan

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Members of the House and Duterte appointees who have been floated as potential senatorial bets in 2019 tag along and give speeches before a crowd of incumbent and aspiring barangay leaders

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

'Irregularities' in 2016 election server logs? Not necessarily, says I.T. expert

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:10 AM

But the Comelec and Smartmatic should still explain the concerns in Senator Vicente Sotto III's privilege speech, says PPCRV IT director William Yu

Sotto seeks Senate probe into alleged poll fraud in 2016

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, citing his source, alleges that there was early transmission of votes and foreign access to election servers

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC reminds Robredo, Marcos not to comment on VP protest

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court tells the Robredo and Marcos camps to observe the sub judice rule after they publicly traded barbs over supposed delays in the ballot recount

SUB JUDICE. The PET reminds the camps of both Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos to refrain from making comments on the electoral protest. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

San Juan recall petition doomed? Zamora urges Comelec to set poll

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Comelec can only set a recall election against Mayor Guia Gomez by May 11, 2018

ROUND 2 WANTED. Losing San Juan mayoral bet Francis Zamora urges the Comelec to act fast on their recall petition's proceedings. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

Marcos signs document withdrawing motions that delay VP vote recount

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo takes on Marcos' challenge and agrees to sign the joint manifestation to be filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

NO MORE DELAYS. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who has filed an electoral protest, challenges Vice President Leni Robredo to also withdraw motions that tend to delay the ballot recount. Photo courtesy of the Office of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

Recount will 'greatly disappoint' Marcos, says Robredo camp

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lead counsel Romulo Macalintal expresses confidence that the recount of ballots 'will just confirm the results as counted by the vote-counting machines'

Robredo, Marcos camps point fingers amid recount 'challenge'

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Marcos camp 'challenges' the Robredo camp to withdraw all pending motions, but the latter says it does not have any pending motions at all

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 29-February 3, 2018

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

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De Lima slams rival Tolentino: 'You simply lost'

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'Wake up and stop your imaginings,' Senator Leila de Lima tells defeated senatorial bet Francis Tolentino, who is accusing her of election fraud

ELECTORAL PROTEST. The Senate Electoral Tribunal begins its manual recount of the votes of 12th placer Senator Leila de Lima and losing 13th placer Francis Tolentino.

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Marcos wants to 'revise' 2016 polls' narrative, says Robredo

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Vice President Leni Robredo slams ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for claiming fresh electoral fraud allegations against her. Photo by OVP

Robredo camp doubts authenticity of Marcos' 'self-serving' ballot images

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Bongbong Marcos is 'afraid to know the real truth of the results of the elections,' thus his 'highly ridiculous' fresh allegations against Vice President Leni Robredo

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President's Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ballot images show Robredo colluded with Comelec, Smartmatic – Marcos

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos alleges the electoral fraud was conducted in 8 regional hubs that the Comelec created to address SD card concerns during the May 2016 polls

POLL PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos presents a ballot image showing an undervote for him during the 2016 polls. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo wants VP protest resolved so Marcos ‘won’t have space to lie’

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'Habang hindi kasi siya nare-resolve, nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon si Marcos na gumawa ng mga kuwento kahit hindi totoo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the upcoming ballot recount

NO TO MARCOS' LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo believes the results of the electoral protest against her will still show she had won the polls fairly. Photo by OVP

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in CamSur for Marcos-Robredo election case

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Ballot boxes from Camarines Sur precincts are to be delivered to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal Retrieval Team until January 26

BALLOT RETRIEVAL. Men transfer ballot boxes from a truck to the Legislative Building in Pili, where representatives from the SC are waiting for them. All photos by OVP

Ballot retrieval in CamSur for VP protest begins

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo says the ballot recount will only 'vindicate' her client from the 'baseless accusation' of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos that Robredo had cheated in the polls

RETRIEVAL BEGINS. Ballot boxes from Libmanan, Camarines Sur arrive at the Pili provincial capitol for the ballot recount. Photo by OVP

PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

Zamora urges Guia Gomez to accept San Juan recall election

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora questions Mayor Guia Gomez's 'refusal' to receive the notice of recall elections even after the Christmas season

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora discusses the recall petition against incumbent mayor Guia Gomez. Photo from Office of Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora

Bongbong Marcos accuses PET of 'unfair treatment'

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says 'one option' is to request for his electoral protest case be raffled off to another Supreme Court justice

SOLID NORTH. Former senator Bongbong Marcos waves to supporters the SC before the preliminary conference was held for his electoral protest against the Vice President on July 11, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Why run for senator when I already won as VP?' – Bongbong Marcos

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says he is determined to see through the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

RAN BUT LOST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos campaigns for vice president in Mandaluyong in May 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP

Comelec wary of 'no elections' scenario in 2019

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec vows to fulfill its mandate to hold 'free and fair elections,' poll body spokesman James Jimenez says

POLLING PRECINCT. In this file photo, an elderly voter places her ballot on a precinct count optical scan machine (PCOS) after casting her vote during mid-term elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Malacañang defends Duterte tapping Facebook for 2016 polls

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it would have been 'foolhardy' for any political candidate not to use the popular social networking site as a campaign tool

TOP CAMPAIGNER. President Rodrigo  Duterte delivers a speech at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on December 21, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Comelec rules on 'sufficiency' of recall plea vs San Juan mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora lost to incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez by a little more than a thousand votes in the 2016 polls

SIGNATURE DRIVE. Some 30,000 San Juan residents reportedly signed the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

SC gives Robredo access to soft copies of ballot images in electoral protest

Dec 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, says the SC decision will give their camp an 'additional blanket of security'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the opening of the Istorya ng Pag-asa gallery at the University of Nueva Caceres, Camarines Sur on November 18. Photo by OVP

SC defers action again on forensic exam of ARMM poll data in VP protest

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Supreme Court says a ballot recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental must be conducted first in the electoral protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo, who beat him in the 2016 polls. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

Let evidence 'speak for itself,' Marcos camp tells Robredo

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez says the members of the Board of Election Inspectors they included in the list submitted to the PET 'were named as witnesses – and not as registered voters'

BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of vice president, July 11, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rapple

Mocha Uson's Senate qualification? ‘Genuine heart for Filipinos,’ says Alvarez

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez, House Speaker and PDP-Laban secretary-general, says he believes Mocha Uson, who has 5.4 million followers on Facebook, 'would be a very good candidate'

PDP-LABAN BET? Mocha Uson speaks to the crowd present at an April 2017 'Palit Bise' rally at the Quirino Grandstand. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Alvarez wants Aguirre in PDP-Laban's 2019 Senate lineup

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II can 'hasten the passage of laws' if he becomes a senator

SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com