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Robredo on 15,000 more votes over Marcos: ‘This proves who was lying’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'This proves who was telling the truth and who was lying,' tweets Vice President Leni Robredo

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo gets additional 15,000 votes over her poll fraud accuser Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DOCUMENT: SC asks Robredo, Marcos to comment on recount of votes in VP protest

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court also asks both parties to submit a position paper on Ferdinand Marcos Jr's request to nullify election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao

SC raises 4 issues with Marcos' motion to probe Mindanao polls

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) For one, which has the jurisdiction to probe election materials, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or the Commission on Elections?

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Supporters of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos gather near the Supreme Court as they wait for the decision of PET on October 15, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Robredo widens lead over Marcos in recount in 3 pilot provinces

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Results of the recount of votes in Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur in the vice presidential electoral protest show Robredo with 15,093 additional votes

LEAD IN RECOUNT. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

When the High Court looks for compromises

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Are we in a better place?

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why Marcos wants SC to investigate election materials in 3 Mindanao provinces

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

To make his case that cheating and irregularities occurred in the 2016 polls, Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the findings of a Comelec department in the protest of ex-Sulu vice governor Tan against former ARMM Governor Hataman

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr continues to challenge Vice President Leni Robredo's victory in the 2016 elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM

'Between the two us, lahat ng na-achieve ko, pinagpaguran ko. Wala akong fake diplomas. Wala akong fake anything,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SHOTS FIRED. Vice President Leni Robredo slams her rival and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on October 15, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, while frustrated with the latest PET ruling, says, 'The case goes on and we will go from strength to strength'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Carpio, Caguioa vote to dismiss Marcos protest, overruled

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Presidential Electoral Tribunal votes 11-2, asking Vice President Robredo and former senator Marcos to comment on the latter's motion to nullify votes from 3 Muslim Mindanao provinces

Supreme Court to release initial recount results in VP protest

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(6th UPDATE) Some quarters interpret Tuesday's decision – asking parties to comment on Marcos' 3rd cause of action, which is the annulment of votes in Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao – can be disadvantageous to Robredo

Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Poll protest vs neophyte Negros Occidental town mayor dismissed

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Irene Montilla defeated Joselito Malabor in the 2019 mayoral election in Isabela, Negros Occidental, by just 48 votes

UPHELD. Mayor Irene Montilla of Isabela town, Negros Occidental, scores a win after the election protest filed against her by her predecessor is dismissed on October 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

More than 4M register to vote, exceeding Comelec target

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Comelec initially aimed to attract some 2 million Filipinos 18 years old and above and about 1 million voters 15-17 years old to register as voters this year

RECORD REGISTRATION. Over 4 million Filipinos register to vote in the latest round of voter registration from August to September 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cancel registration of 'rebellious' party-list groups? Not so fast, says Guanzon

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'We live in a democratic country!' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, as she hits the 'red scare' that canceling party-list groups may create

The party-lists representatives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon wants party-list nominees included in appointment ban

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'There is no difference between them and those who run in regular elections as candidates,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon attends a Senate hearing on electoral reforms on October 8, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo asks SC: Release initial vote recount results in VP protest

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers argue doing so would 'put to rest any apprehensions' of both camps regarding 'speculations' about the possible results of the ballot revision process

VOTE RECOUNT TRANSPARENCY. Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal, together with legal consultant Emil Marañon, files their motion with the Supreme Court on October 7, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FALSE: ‘New evidence of widespread cheating’ by Robredo in 2016 VP election protest

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:55 PM

This is a rehashed claim, based on an order from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in June 2018

Screenshot of website article saying there is 'new evidence' vs Robredo in the ongoing election protest concerning the 2016 vice presidential polls

HRET takes over Durano poll protest vs Frasco for Cebu 5th district

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The camp of defeated Ramon Durano IV is asking the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal to manually recount the votes

PROTEST. The election protest against Duke Frasco moves forward. Photo from Duke Frasco's Facebook page

Bersamin: No definite voting yet on Robredo-Marcos poll protest

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:35 PM

New round of deliberations are scheduled for October 8

PET CASE. Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc has not made definite voting yet on the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

House now wants to postpone barangay, SK polls to December 2022

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Lawmakers approve on 2nd reading the amended House bill on the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which is now similar to the Senate version

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers want to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Was Mocha Uson a candidate covered by the appointment ban?

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Until all election rules are harmonized, we have to contend with loophole-ridden laws and regulations that the likes of Mocha Uson and friends can easily take advantage of

CHEAT SHEET: The Marcos vs Robredo electoral protest

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) There are 5 possible scenarios that can come out of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's next resolution

Poll watchdog urges lawmakers to include party-list nominees in appointment ban

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Kontra Daya makes the call after controversial pro-Duterte blogger Mocha Uson is appointed to OWWA just a few months after her party lost in the 2019 elections

NEW POST. Former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is back in the Duterte government as she receives her newest post as Deputy Executive Director V of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration . File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate approves postponing barangay, SK elections to 2022

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:38 PM

There are 21 senators who supported the measure seeking to postpone village and youth polls to December 5, 2022

POSTPONEMENT. The Senate and the House of Representatives have passed bills seeking to postpone the May 2020 barangay and SK elections to either December 2022 or May 2023. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Postponing the barangay and SK elections – again

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It shows how we regard village and youth governance

FALSE: 'Final, official result' of 2016 vice presidential elections out

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:15 PM

As of posting, there are no official figures from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which has yet to decide on whether or not to proceed with the rest of the recount prompted by the Bongbong Marcos election protest

Screenshots of false claims on the results of the 2016 vice presidential elections

Senate approves on 2nd reading moving barangay, SK polls to 2022

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto warns the chamber that the new President may ask the Congress to postpone barangay and SK elections again

POSTPONEMENT. Senate passed on second reading the postponement of barangay and SK elections 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel wants to postpone barangay, SK elections to May 2023

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:16 PM

However, members of the Makabayan bloc say elections should go on as scheduled in 2020 as it has become the custom of the Duterte administration to postpone the BSKE

POSTPONE POLLS. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives agree on bills seeking to postpone the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to May 2023. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec urges lawmakers against holding barangay, SK elections with national polls

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'If the election will be done by October, and the national election will be done by May, the personnel of Comelec will be divided in preparing for' both exercises, says Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr asks lawmakers to 'immediately' act on bills postponing the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Funds for 2020 barangay polls to be realigned to DA, DepEd instead

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says legislators are already set to postpone the 2020 barangay and SK elections, whose funds can now be realigned to other government programs next year

BUDGET REALIGNMENTS. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the 4 government programs whose funds lawmakers want to augment in 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec approves Duterte Youth's new substitute nominees

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) This comes despite Comelec rules stating the deadline for withdrawals and substitution of nominees of party-list groups is before the close of polls on election day

DUTERTE YOUTH. The Comelec approves the second wave of substitute nominees for Duterte Youth. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Comelec: Proclaim Shirlyn Nograles as South Cotabato representative

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Commission on Elections' order to suspend the election for representative of South Cotabato's 1st District

NEW CONGRESSWOMAN. The Supreme Court orders Comelec to proclaim ex-General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato after winning in the 2019 polls. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

Senate panels approve postponement of barangay, SK elections to May 2023

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:54 PM

If passed, barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials would remain in a holdover capacity, serving 5 years in office, instead of just two

POSTPONEMENT. Senate panels seek to postpone barangay and SK elections to May 2023. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cardema withdraws as Duterte Youth's nominee

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema makes a move to end his own congressional bid, citing Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon's 'public harassment' as the reason for his withdrawal

WITHDRAW NOMINATION. Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema makes a move to end his own congressional bid. Photo by Jire Carreon

PET to issue report soon on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo – Bersamin

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'We should be careful of what we do here because the credibility of our processes as well as the political system here is at stake,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

POLL PROTEST. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will issue a report "soon" on the ongoing initial recount of 3 pilot provinces in the electoral protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Comelec asked to disqualify Duterte Youth from party list

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The petitioners argue Duterte Youth's party-list registration should be deemed void from the beginning as it failed to meet jurisdictional requirements of publication and public hearing

'VOID AB INITIO.' Youth leaders files their petition seeking to cancel the registration of Duterte Youth on September 3, 2019. Photo from election lawyer Emilio Marañon III

Comelec division junks protest vs Vico Sotto

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the 2nd division decided unanimously, citing the 'insufficiency in form and substance' of Eusebio's protest

UNANIMOUS VOTE. Members of the Comelec Second Division unanimously dismiss on August 30, 2019, the electoral protest filed by reelectionist mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) against challenger Vico Sotto in May 2019. Eusebio’s photo from his FB; Sotto’s photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MAP: Major political families in PH after the 2019 elections

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler counts at least 163 families whose members include a senator, House representative, or governor, serving at the same time as relatives in other local positions

Villar claims NFA campaigned against her in May 2019 elections

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar blasts the National Food Authority for not buying palay from local farmers due to high moisture content – a charge the new NFA chief denies

AGRICULTURE. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presides the senate hearing on the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

By 2022 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

DUTERTE DOMINATED. By 2022, all 7 Comelec commissioners will have been hand picked by President Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA hits Comelec for poor planning, wastage in past polls purchases – PCIJ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:43 PM

For instance, 60 contracts entered into by the election body worth P2.58 billion did not have the needed documents that would ensure availability of funds, reports the PCIJ

Comelec, not HRET, can decide on Cardema case – election lawyer

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Election lawyer Emilio Marañon III says it is wrong for Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema to say that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal must decide on his eligibility

Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Partylist President Ronald Cardema helds his first ever press conference at Eton Centris in Quezon City to debunk all the issues hurled against him by Comelec Commisioner Guanzon which has blocked his nomination to represent the partylist group in Congress. Denouncing responsibility from the threats that COMELEC Commissioner Rowena has been receiving after Cardema failed to get approval to represent Duterte Youth Partylist in Quezon City yesterday. He even showed to the media his exchange of text messages with a certain congressman that he mentioned to be Guanzon’s emissary, who is bargaining with Cardema to work out the promotion and appointment of certain lawyers and persons in the Judiciary and government posts. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

66% of Comelec's fingerprint verification machines malfunctioned in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The voter registration verification project - worth nearly a billion pesos – is the poll body's second most expensive contract in line with the 2019 midterm elections

ELECTION DAY. Voters are forced to wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019 after the Comelec's new fingerprint verifications machines malfunction. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

37% of voters failed to choose a party-list in 2019 elections – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:24 AM

A report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism finds new ballot designs as one reason behind undervoting in the party-list race

UNDERVOTING. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism found nearly 40% of Filipino voters who participated in the 2019 elections did not vote for a party-list. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Party-list bloc 'respects' cancellation of Cardema nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says that while the party-list bloc recognizes Duterte Youth as a winning group in the 2019 polls, they have yet to recognize its nominee

OUT OF HIS POST. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Election lawyers, youth leaders seek to block Duterte Youth's new nominees

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr also backs the petition of Millenials PH against Duterte Youth's withdrawal and substitution of new nominees

SECOND ATTEMPT. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids for new nominees to again file for substitution after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. Photo from Duterte Youth

Rappler Talk Basagan ng Trip edition: Is there hope for democracy after the 2019 elections?

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Basagan ng Trip host Leloy Claudio talks to First Quarter Storm activists Ed Garcia and Noel Tolentino, and Akbayan's Gio Tingson in this special episode

Guanzon seeks probe into ‘misrepresentation’ in Cardema's nomination document

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema may face criminal charges for violating the Omnibus Election Code

FOLLOW RULES. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum with the poll body's Law Department to probe Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema over possible material misrepresentation in his CONA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Imee Marcos wants gov't to postpone barangay, SK elections to 2023

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Neophyte Senator Imee Marcos says she is open to 'meeting halfway' with Senator Bong Go, who proposed to postpone the elections to October 2022

INKED. A finger is marked with indelible ink at Bagong Silang Elementary School, Caloocan City during the 2018 barangay elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Cardema nomination canceled, other Duterte Youth nominees withdraw

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Ducielle Marie Suarez, wife of Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema, is now the party's second nominee

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Most Filipinos express 'big trust' in results of 2019 elections – Pulse Asia

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The results of a June 2019 Pulse Asia survey also show that 91% of Filipinos favor automated elections

CREDIBLE ELECTIONS. Poll watchers prepare the audit log from the vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler