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Lakas-CMD eyes Bong Revilla, Martin Romualdez for senator in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Both party bets, however, have yet to express their intention to run in the mid-term polls. Revilla is being tried for plunder, while Romualdez lost in the 2016 senatorial race.

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Former senator Bong Revilla and ex-Leyte representative Martin Romualdez are among the people being considered by Lakas-CMD for its senatorial slate. File photos by Rappler

SC rejects Caguioa's request to re-raffle VP poll protest

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, writes the en banc to take the case from him and re-raffle. It is rejected unanimously.

POLL PROTEST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa requests the en banc to re-raffle the vice presidential electoral protest, but his request is rejected unanimously. Photo from Caguioa & Gatmaytan law office

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

'In general the Comelec supports any move to curtail premature campaigning,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SENATE HEARING. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (center) attends a Senate hearing on August 16, 2018, about electoral reforms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo camp to Duterte: Marcos won't win election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she would rather focus on 'things that need to be done' than dwell on President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade

ROBREDO VS MARCOS. The Commission on Elections begins the decryption of ballot images for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

LOOK: PDP-Laban asks Duterte to finalize 2019 Senate slate

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:56 PM

PDP-Laban's initial list is composed of party mates, 'friends of the party,' and reelectionist senators

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Koko Pimentel urges Sara Duterte to run for senator in 2019

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The PDP-Laban president says if the presidential daughter becomes a senator, she will have 'influence on certain key national issues,' including the national budget

SENATE RUN? Senator Aquilino Pimentel III calls on presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for senator in 2019.

Robredo appeals PET to use ballot images in initial recount

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The camp of the Vice President tells the Tribunal that Marcos has not been able to substantiate his claim that the ballot images are compromised

Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Sara Duterte to seek reelection in 2019

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'She is saying she can’t leave Davao City. There’s so much she wants to do that she hasn’t accomplished yet,' says Anthony del Rosario, secretary general of the mayor's Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

2019 PLANS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has been floating the idea of a Senate run to ‘annoy' her father’s critics. File photo from the Davao City Facebook page.

Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows help in 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with party leaders again in September, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the two warring factions of ruling party PDP-Laban at Diamond Hotel. Photo from SAP Bong Go

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says the poll body's website is more secure now, being hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marcos wants Justice Caguioa out of his poll protest case

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the posts made by Supreme Court Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa's wife in a Viber group that showed bias for Vice President Leni Robredo

INHIBITION. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr on August 6, 2018, files a motion with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the inhibition of Justice Caguioa from his case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says daughter Sara won't run for national post

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, a top pick for senator in recent surveys, has teased a Senate bid just to annoy her father's critics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his hand to his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who showed a gesture of respect to her father after delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo is the President's son Paolo Duterte. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler CA decision, Arroyo on elections, Gilas update | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Arroyo opposes proposal to scrap 2019 elections

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Definitely I’m not supporting term extension,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

BATAAN VISIT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visits Dinalupihan, Bataan, on July 17, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers ‘left out in the cold’ now eyeing to leave PDP-Laban

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya, himself a Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan member, says the 'tipping point' for the looming exodus is Gloria Arroyo's rise as Speaker

ARROYO ALLIES. Lawmakers applaud after they led a House coup that installed former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new Speaker. Photo by Mara Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Comelec to PET: Stick to 25% shading threshold or risk all elective posts

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections says the 50% shading threshold that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal insists on using in the vice presidential protest case has long been abandoned

Death squads, Gilas suspension, Tropical Storm Inday | Evening wRap

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte won't have any hand in bid to scrap 2019 polls – Roque

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

But Malacañang does not express disapproval of the use of a People's Initiative to cancel the 2019 elections as suggested by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Republic Act 11033 'Converting the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology into a State University' and Republic Act 11032 or 'Ease of Doing Business Act' during the ceremonial enactment at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. Joining the President are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Is Alvarez bent on scrapping 2019 polls over fear of losing?

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies rumors he is unsure of victory in Davao del Norte – even after losing key allies in the region months before the midterm elections

IN HOT WATER? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez grants a media interview before leading a mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members in Caloocan City in March 2018. File photo by House of Representatives

[OPINION] 2019 elections the real battle for the opposition

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

It is in the voting precincts, not on Twitter or Facebook, where voters shake things up. Will the 2019 elections be game changing or make us slide faster to the kangkungan?

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC gives Comelec 10 days to comment on ballot shading threshold

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, says it has taken 'note without action' Vice President Leni Robredo's motion to give the Commission on Elections just 5 days to comment

SC ORDER. The Commission on Elections must now comment on the ballot shading threshold in the vice presidential election case.

SC junks Marcos motion to probe revisors’ outing

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court says the investigation into the Laguna outing of its staff with Vice President Leni Robredo's revisors was already finished even before ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed his motion

CONSPIRACY? Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos says the ballot recount is now compromised after a revisor of VP Leni Robredo went on an outing with PET staff.

Alvarez wants no elections in 2019 to speed up federal shift

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would be pressed for time to amend the 1987 Constitution while tackling other matters like the 2019 budget and the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the midterm polls

FEDERALISM OVER POLLS? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) joins President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) and  Senate President Vicente Sotto III (L) at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Solicitor General on July 3, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

Robredo asks PET to give Comelec 5 days to comment on shading threshold

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says this is to 'avoid any further delays' in the resolution of its motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the ballot shading threshold

AVOIDING DELAYS. VP Leni Robredo's legal consultant Emil Marañon III files their motion with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Robredo to SC: CCTV can prove Marcos knew about revisors' outing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say one of Bongbong Marcos' revisors, Roderick Miranda, sent food for the people who joined the outing

REVISORS' OUTING ISSUE. Lawyer Emil Marañon III, legal consultant to VP Leni Robredo, files their counter-manifestation with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Robredo worried DILG federalism roadshow being used for 2019 polls

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

'Doon sa amin sa Bicol, maraming nagrereklamo na mga kababayan ko na pinapunta sila [sa] DILG-sponsored event, so pera ng taumbayan. Pero may mga nagsalita na mga kandidato para sa susunod na senatorial elections,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WARNING VS CAMPAIGNING. VP Leni Robredo questions why the DILG invited officials expected to run for the Senate to its federalism roadshow in Albay. Photo of convention by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler, photo of Robredo by OVP

Robredo on why Calida sided with Bongbong: 'He's No. 1 Marcos supporter'

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Solicitor General Jose Calida should have just represented his client, the Commission on Elections, on the 50% ballot-shading threshold issue

EXPECTED ALLIES. Vice President Leni Robredo slams Solicitor General Jose Calida for siding with Bongbong Marcos, Calida's ally, in the electoral protest the latter filed against her. File photos by OVP

SolGen Calida’s filings delay VP protest case – Robredo camp

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Vice President's camp points out that determining the shading threshold is an administrative, and not a quasi-judicial, matter so the Comelec 'could directly file its comment' with the PET on Robredo's motion

DELAYS. The camp of Leni Robredo says the Solicitor General's filings are delaying the vice-presidential protest case. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sharon Cuneta's brother Chet to run for Pasay mayor

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The actress announces that her brother Cesar 'Chet' Cuneta, a pilot, aims to follow in the footsteps of their late father Pablo Cuneta

Ombudsman Morales: No plans to run for any position

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she looks forward to joining advocates for good governance during her retirement

Robredo to file motion for reconsideration over sub judice fine

Jun 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her camp has simply defended themselves against the lies of her rival Bongbong Marcos, forcing them to break the Supreme Court's gag order in the ongoing electoral protest

DEFENSE VS. MARCOS' LIES. VP Leni Robredo explains why she wants to file a motion for reconsideration against the P50,000-file imposed upon her legal team in the ongoing electoral protest filed against her. File photo by OVP

Robredo camp on sub judice fine: We defended ourselves vs Marcos' lies

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Marcos camp, meanwhile, says it will 'respect the decision of the Tribunal and will be more mindful of the sub judice rule in the future'

ON THE DEFENSE. VP Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal reacts to the SC decision to fine their camp and as well as that of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for breaking the sub judice rule.

Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

Robredo calls out Marcos revisor for using prohibited item in VP recount

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) Marcos camp spokesperson Vic Rodriguez hits Vice President Leni Robredo for 'her desperate, childish, and obvious attempts to delay, delay, and delay the recount'

REVISION AREA. This is the working area of the revisors from the PET and both the Marcos and Robredo camps for the ongoing VP electoral protest recount. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos eyes return to Malacañang as Philippine president

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos says he aspires to gain the highest position in Philippine politics, but says the presidency is 'not something that I wake up in the morning and plan on'

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is hugged by his loyalists outside the Supreme Court on May 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo wants to extend barangay officials' terms to 5 years

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says extending the terms of barangay officials would 'distance them from too much politics'

TERM EXTENSION? Vice President Leni Robredo leads the oath-taking of newly elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials of Naga City on June 18, 2018. Photo by OVP

Roque and fishermen, Roilo Golez, Trump-Kim summit | Evening wRap

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Agot Isidro isn't closing doors on 2019 Senate run?

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The Liberal Party earlier floated Agot Isidro as a potential candidate in their 'resistance slate'

SENATE RUN? Actress Agot Isidro is among the more vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Is Kris finally considering a Senate run?

Jun 06, 2018 - 7:37 PM

At the same time, the 'Queen of All Media' says she might be better off being 'equal' with the rest of the country

KRIS IN 2019? The 'Queen of All Media' says she's going to 'pray' to reach the right decision. Screenshots from Kris Aquino's Facebook page

SCHEDULE: Mandatory training for new SK officials 2018

May 15, 2018 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Required under the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act, the training will cover SK history, decentralization and local governance, meetings and resolutions, planning and budgeting, and ethics

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Heart attack stops Maranao ex-captain's comeback bid

May 15, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Police confirm that Amilbangsa Manding, former chairman in one of Davao City's villages, died of heart attack on Monday evening

IN PHOTOS: How residents of posh areas voted in barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Here's a look at the voting process in some of the Philippines' affluent communities

SPACIOUS. Voters are led to a spacious, bright room in a clubhouse in Makati City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte skips first barangay elections under his presidency

May 14, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The voting period ends at 3 pm with President Rodrigo Duterte failing to show up at his polling precinct in Davao City

NO-SHOW. President Rodrigo Duterte skips the first barangay elections under his presidency. Malacañang file photo

Payatas kids see treasure in the trash of barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) Children as young as 7 sell trash from election campaigns at P8 per kilo in Payatas

TREASURE IN TRASH. Children pick up thrown campaign paraphernalia and sample ballots right outside a polling center in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler