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After days of indecision, Harry Roque forges on with Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Going against the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte, Harry Roque decides to run for senator under People's Reform Party

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 ex-senators charged in pork barrel scam running in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Ramon Revilla Jr is currently detained, while Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are out on bail

RUNNING IN 2019. Former senators Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada.

Awaiting judgment for plunder, Bong Revilla launches Senate bid from jail

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Revilla's wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, files his certificate of candidacy

Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado and son Jolo Revilla march to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to represent former Sen. Bong Revilla in filing his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Francis Tolentino files candidacy for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's political adviser will take another shot at running for senator after losing in the 2016 elections

Former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino speaks to media upon his arrival at Comelec office in Manila to file his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17,2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Reporter Jiggy Manicad running for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The veteran broadcast journalist is running as an independent candidate

NEXT LEVEL. Jiggy Manicad formalizes his bid for a seat in the Senate. 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

Comelec updates, less time on Facebook, Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:44 PM

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

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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

Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

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

Twitter war erupts over Angkas drivers supporting Bong Go

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Would you stop using a company's products or services if they become affiliated with a politician or political stance?

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

COC filing, Bong Go, Prayut Chan-o-cha | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:07 PM

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Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada file candidacies for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Will their brand of politics – staunch critics of martial law and dictatorship – work to counter the Duterte magic?

DESCENDANTS. Former Senator Wigberto 'Bobby' Tañada (center) raises the arms of son, former Quezon representative Erin Tañada (left) and Chel Diokno, son of former senator Jose 'Pepe' Diokno, who are both running for a Senate seat in the May 2019 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/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

Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso running for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Conrado 'Ding' Generoso and the rest of his party's 12-member Senate slate will push for the adoption of the Consultative Committee's draft federal charter

ConCom Spokeperson Conrado Generoso at a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Junjun Binay formalizes bid for Makati mayor vs sister Abby

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:50 AM

His running mate is Makati City 1st District Representative Monsour del Rosario

'TELENOVELA.' Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr explains why he won't attend ay Senate hearing. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Bam Aquino files COC for reelection as senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV reminds voters that he was among those who opposed the tax reform law from the beginning

'ALTERNATIVE VOICE.' Reelectionist Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Like déjà vu: Mar Roxas files candidacy for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Roxas dares critics to check official records and see if he is linked to any misuse of calamity or Yolanda funds

SENATORIAL BID. Former interior secretary Mar Roxas is the first to file a candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Imee Marcos seeks Senate seat, Imelda to run for governor

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Imee Marcos' son, Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for Ilocos Norte vice governor

2019 ELECTIONS. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is running for senator in the 2019 elections. File photo from Imee Marcos Media

Fuel excise tax, #PHVote, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:37 PM

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Poe files COC for senator, hits unfulfilled gov't promises

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the Duterte administration failed to deliver promises that were supposed to cushion the impact of the TRAIN law

Sen. Grace Poe pose with her mother, Movie actress Susan Roces (right), after filing her Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 3, October 15

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Among them are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, and the Villafuertes of Camarines Sur, all running for reelection

REELECTIONISTS. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio are seeking another term in 2019. Photos from Office of Tommy Osmeña and by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte to military, police: 'Don't indulge in partisan politics'

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'This election, strictly neutral tayong lahat...Wala tayong susuportahan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during an Army turnover ceremony

NEUTRALITY ORDERED. President Rodrigo Duterte speaking at the Philippine Army Command Turnover Ceremony on October 15, 2018 in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. RTVM screenshot.

Lawyer of ex-Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato eyes Senate run

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Saying he intends to fight the 'criminal, immoral' Duterte regime, lawyer Jude Sabio files his certificate of candidacy through a representative

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Comelec bends COC filing rules to favor Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections admits there was 'special treatment' for the filing of Bong Go's certificate of candidacy 'considering the personalities involved'

SPECIAL TREATMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies his top aide Bong Go, who filed his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte seeks reelection as Davao City mayor

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The President's daughter is not seeking a national post in 2019 despite her good performance in senatorial surveys

SEEKING REELECTION. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio files her Certificate of Candidacy on October 15 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Senator JV files COC for reelection as an 'Estrada'

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito will be using 'Ejercito Estrada JV' as his official name and 'Estrada JV' as his alias on the 2019 elections ballot

Sen. JV Ejercito files his Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mar Roxas to run for senator in 2019: ‘I won’t quit on our country’

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Ex-interior secretary Mar Roxas says he went through a 'crisis of conscience' as he discerned whether or not to push through with his Senate bid in 2019

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Ex-interior secretary Mar Roxas announces his senatorial bid in a Facebook video on October 15, 2018. Screenshot from Roxas' Facebook page

Accompanied by Duterte, Bong Go files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte goes with his top aide Bong Go in filing the latter's certificate of candidacy at the Comelec office in Intramuros

STRIKING OUT. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is leaving his prime Malacañang post to run for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate bet Mangudadatu vows to fight prejudice vs Muslims

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Zajid Mangudadatu is the second high-profile senatorial hopeful pushing for the rights of Muslims in Mindanao

ADDRESSING THE CROWD. Zajid Mangundadatu talks to supporters outside the Comelec office in Manila after filing his certificate of candidacy for Senator on October 15, 2108. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Mocha Uson's party linked to pork barrel scam

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:13 PM

In 2011, the pork barrel funds of an AA-Kasosyo party-list representative were channelled to an NGO identified with pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles

Former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson files nomination under Kasosyo party list on October 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Mocha Uson running for party-list representative

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The controversial entertainer-turned-government-official is officially seeking an elective post in 2019

Former PCOO assistant secretary at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Battle vs Junjun for Makati mayor to 'divide' Binay family, says Abby

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay says her younger brother Junjun should 'give her a chance' to be reelected

A DIVIDED FAMLY? The Binay family was in full force when Abby filed her COC as Makati mayor in 2016. Will the clan remain intact after the 2019 polls? File photo from the Office of the Vice President Media Affairs

Lito Lapid seeks Senate comeback in 2019

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The actor was senator for two consecutive terms

Manuel 'Lito' Lapid files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Binay allows children Abby and Junjun to slug it out in Makati

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) Declaring he's not the final arbiter in the siblings' squabble, ex-vice president Jejomar Binay says it's the 'people of Makati' who will decide who's worthy to lead the city

BINAY VS BINAY. The two children of ex-vice president Jejomar Binay, incumbent Mayor Abby Binay Campos and ex-mayor Junjun Binay, are both gunning to be the city's local chief executive in 2019.

Harry Roque drops Senate bid to run for party-list rep

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Harry Roque drops his Senate bid and will run for Luntiang Pilipinas partylist representative instead, upon the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano vows to fight for the security of every Filipino family and to uphold Philippine sovereignty against China if he wins a Senate seat

SENATORIAL HOPEFUL. Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cynthia Villar files COC, justifies signing TRAIN law

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The senator says signing the TRAIN law was a 'lesson learned'

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ano ang nakataya sa 2019 elections?

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Ang eleksiyon ay tungkol sa ating mga botante. Ang laging tanong ay: ano ba ang magagawa ni Kandidato X at ni Kandidato Y upang paunlarin ang buhay natin?

Pinedas running mates again in Pampanga race for governor, vice gov

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Governor Lilia Pineda will run for vice governor while her son Vice Governor Dennis Pineda will vie for Pampanga governor

Dennis Pineda

2019 local bets urged to prioritize child protection in disasters

Oct 13, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Save the Children Philippines calls on candidates in the local elections next year to support the implementation of the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act of 2016

989 individuals from different barangays take refuge at the Lazaro Fransisco Elementary School, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, on September 16, 2018, after rains due to Typhoon Ompong flooded their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The Unravelling of Harry Roque

Oct 13, 2018 - 8:45 AM

It's been a crazy week for the presidential spokesman. But will a few days define the course of his 2019?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that P19-million worth of assistance has been released to the families and individuals affected by the Mayon Volcano eruption in Albay. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO