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Marcos drops witnesses for poll fraud claims in 36,465 clustered precincts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED Ferdinand Marcos Jr s lawyer George Garcia says this does not mean they are abandoning their accusations of electoral fraud against Vice President Leni Robredo which he said can be proven through a ballot recount

FOCUS ON THE BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Bongbong Marcos is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of Vice President on July 11. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

VP electoral protest 'exactly where we wanted it to be' – Marcos camp

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the latest SC decision on the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will not stop them from exposing the many sins of Smartmatic

UNFAZED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos believes the latest ruling of the PET on his electoral protest against the Vice President was in his favor. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Robredo wants Marcos to pay P2B for protection of 2016 poll materials

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Vice President s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says their motion is consistent with an earlier ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal on the Tolentino De Lima case

POLL PROTECTION FEE. Lawyers Romeo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo discuss Vice President Leni Robredo's latest petition against ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC junks Marcos' motion questioning integrity of 2016 polls

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED It only shows that indeed the protest of Mr Marcos has no basis It is only based on some speculations and conclusions says Romulo Macalintal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Comelec chair surprised by commissioners' call for his resignation

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Magkakasama kami kanina Wala namang sinasabi sa aking magpapa press con Hindi man lang ako binusinahan Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells Rappler

COMELEC COLLEAGUES. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista (seated) and Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon (standing), along with other poll commissioners, join the Comelec's budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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SC forms teams for revision of ballots in Marcos-Robredo election case

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the Marcos camp is hoping the revision stage guidelines will expedite the process and finally settle their electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Robredo supporters urge SC: Accept P7-M payment for VP protest fee

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:10 PM

This is a matter of transcendental importance as it tackles right of suffrage of whom we elected the Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group says as it files a motion for reconsideration before the High Court

AID FOR ROBREDO. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo outside the Supreme Court. Photo by Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

SC defers payment of Robredo’s P7-M balance in protest fee

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The grant of our motion to defer payment of balance of cash deposit only affirmed what we had been saying all along that contrary to former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s claim the validity of his protest has not yet been resolved by the PET says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

SUPPORTERS. The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni movement at the Supreme Court on August 23, 2017 seeking a petition asking the court to allow the group to extend financial help to the Vice President. Photo from Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

TV still candidates' platform of choice in 2016 elections

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Radio comes second to TV in terms of ad buys from the candidates research by PCIJ shows

55 print, TV, radio outfits did not submit all pol ads docs?

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law

SC bars Robredo supporters from helping pay P7-M protest fee

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni plans to file a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

Bautista's alleged corruption casts doubt on 2016 poll results – senators

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Senate is set to investigate the issue hounding Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista

COMELEC EN BANC. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the 7-member Commission on Elections continues deciding on crucial issues weeks after the May 9 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo supporters raise P6M to help with VP's protest fee

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group vows to complete raising the P7 449 million needed by the Vice President for her counter protest against ex senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

'PISO PARA KAY LENI'. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo raise funds to help her in the election case filed against her by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marcos' questions on election system integrity will prolong case – Macalintal

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal must first resolve the issue on the integrity of the election system before proceeding with the recount

PET. Former senator Bongbong Marcos attends the preliminary conference brief on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The solicitor general of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears during the Supreme Court s preliminary conference for Bongbong Marcos electoral protest

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for his new plunder client, former Senator Bong Revilla. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Marcos hopes ballot recount will start by September

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:11 PM

In the preliminary conference for his electoral protest Marcos says the recount should be initially held in Camarines Sur Iloilo and Negros Occidental

CONFIDENCE. Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and his lawyers expressed confidence after the PET's preliminary conference on Tuesday, July 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Deadline for 2nd tranche payment of Robredo’s protest fee extended

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo was earlier required to settle payment of the balance of the protest fee on July 14

Robredo lawyer: Marcos ‘fishing for evidence’

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:58 PM

In a motion for reconsideration filed with the High Court election lawyer Romulo Macalintal argues that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr himself is not sure of his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

SETTLED. Vice President Leni Robredo with her lawyer Romulo Macalintal pays the P8 million cash deposit required by the Supreme Court (SC) for the counter-protest she filed against former senator Bongbong Marcos at the SC in Manila on May 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo supporters seek SC permission to help pay protest fee

Jul 04, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Supporters of the Vice President are raising funds through the online drive Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni as she faces the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

PISO PARA KAY LENI. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo raise funds to help her in the election case filed against her by former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marcos urged to pay P2.08-B Comelec expenses due to his protest

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The P2 08 billion is the cost of the non return of 97 365 vote counting machines to technology provider Smartmatic

SERVICE FEE. Vice President Leni Robredo settles the first half of the P15 million service fee required by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on May 2, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC forms panel of commissioners for Marcos vs Robredo case

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug will chair the 3 member panel

ELECTION PROTEST. The Supreme Court has assigned retired Justice Jose Vitug as the lead hearing officer in former senator Ferdinand Marcos' case versus Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec, Smartmatic face charges for changing 2016 election server script

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:01 PM

The justice department reverses the decision of the Manila Prosecutor’s Office which didn t find merit in the complaint of Ferdinand Marcos Jr s camp

WHY TOUCH THE CODE? The justice department finds the poll body and vote-counting machines supplier Smartmatic liable for changing codes during the transmission of results in the 2016 vice presidential election.  File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte supporters allege cheating in presidential polls

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Without presenting proof Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema claims that President Rodrigo Duterte should have gotten more than 20 million votes

SC resets preliminary conference on Marcos-Robredo poll protest

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The preliminary conference originally set for June 21 is reset to July 11

RESET. The Supreme Court has postponed the preliminary conference on former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr's election case against Vice President Leni Robredo on July 14. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcos again urges SC to speed up poll protest

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:45 PM

In a new motion the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr seeks the decryption and printing of ballot images from SD cards

SPEED UP. The camp of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr has filed another motion seeking to expedite the procedure of his election protest. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

A year later, Mar Roxas enjoys the quiet of private life

May 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The former LP president has kept mostly to himself save for the occasional camping selfie and food recommendation and when he had to speak up about the hero s burial for the dictator

RELAXED. Roxas during a trip to Orientel Mindoro during his 'Thank You Tour.' Photo from Mar Roxas' Facebook page

One year after loss, life goes on for Grace Poe at the Senate

May 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Once a rival of President Rodrigo Duterte Senator Grace Poe is now part of the Senate majority bloc generally supportive of his administration

Images from 2016: The day we elected Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

It s been a year since the 2016 elections Revisit Rappler s PHvote microsite – it doesn t disappoint with the wealth of stories from that whirlwind of a day

TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case

May 09, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Here are the key moments in the legal battle between Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival in the May 2016 polls former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

A year after defeat, Jejomar Binay back to what he loves most

May 09, 2017 - 10:09 AM

UPDATED Take a glimpse of the life of Jejomar Binay a year after he lost in the presidential race

WHERE IS BINAY NOW? Former vice president Jejomar Binay inside his home after casting his vote on May 9, 2016. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo wants Marcos motion vs counter-protest out of SC records

May 08, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say the pleading filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr against her counter protest is already moot and academic

Vice President Leni Robredo with her lawyer Romulo Macalintal pays the P8 million cash deposit required by the Supreme Court (SC) for the counter-protest she filed against former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at the SC in Manila on May 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo pays P8-M deposit for electoral protest fee

May 02, 2017 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED Vice President Leni Robredo raises the required amount from her personal funds and loans from relatives of her late husband

PAID. Vice President Leni Robredo pays the deposit required by the High Court in the review of ballots in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr on May 2, 2017. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Marcos asks SC to dismiss Robredo's counter-protest

Apr 20, 2017 - 1:26 PM

3rd UPDATE Lawyers of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos stress that Vice President Leni Robredo failed to pay the fee required by the Supreme Court for the recount of ballots

SETTLED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos arrives at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 17, 2017, to post a cash deposit of P36 million as initial payment for his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo to pay protest fee only after recount of Marcos ballots – lawyer

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:37 PM

We will only pay after Mr Marcos [has] already finished the revision and the recount of the ballot says the Vice President s lawyer Romulo Macalintal

WILLING TO PAY. Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say she is willing to settle the P15 million the SC required for her election counter-protest to proceed. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

LOOK: Marcos' donors for the P36-million recount fee

Apr 17, 2017 - 7:50 PM

We have done this because it is our heartfelt wish that the election protest be resolved with dispatch the donors are quoted as saying

FIRST TRANCHE. Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 17, 2017, to post a cash deposit of P36 million as initial installment of his poll protest fee . Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Marcos pays P36M for first installment of recount fee

Apr 17, 2017 - 4:50 PM

3rd UPDATE The defeated vice presidential candidate says friends and supporters pulled in resources to raise the P36 million

Marcos must pay P185M for all poll precincts, says Robredo lawyer

Apr 17, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo also says former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr should be the first to pay the recount fee

MANIFESTATION. Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal has filed a manifestation tot he Supreme Court, following the order for their camp to pay P15 million for the election protest filed against them by former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

SC orders P81-M payment for Marcos protest vs Robredo

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr will have to pay P66 02 million while Vice President Leni Robredo will have to settle P15 43 million

Barbers defends 'realistic' plan to appoint barangay officials

Apr 03, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The lawmaker says appointing 300 000 barangay officials is nothing compared to the number of drug suspects and crimes that would rise if narco politicians remain in power

'REALISTIC' MOVE? Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers defends his bill giving the President the power to appoint barangay OICs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo opposes appointment of barangay OICs

Mar 28, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the postponement of barangay elections should be an opportunity to strengthen the independence of barangay officials

NO APPOINTMENT. Vice President Leni robredo says no to the appointment of barangay officials if the elections will again be postponed. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Bongbong Marcos asks SC to dismiss Robredo appeal

Mar 28, 2017 - 9:19 AM

The camp of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr also urges the SC to immediately conduct the necessary actions to proceed with the election case against Vice President Leni Robredo

OPPOSITION. The camp of former senator Bongbong Marcos filed a comment against Vice President Leni Robredo's appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that his election protest is sufficient in form and substance. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Barbers files bill postponing barangay elections for 3 years

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers measure would also allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint officers in charge once the barangay polls are postponed

POSTPONING THE POLLS. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files a measure seeking to postpone the October 2017 barangay elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Alvarez confident Local Gov't Code can be amended for barangay OICs

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the bill can be passed into law before October if President Rodrigo Duterte certifies the measure as urgent

Duterte wants to appoint barangay OICs if polls reset

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says President Rodrigo Duterte wants handpicked appointees in every barangay in the Philippines to rid the country of drugs

ANOTHER POSTPONEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the specter of druglord-influenced barangay officials in seeking another postponement of the 2017 barangay elections. File photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Rappler wins multiple Golds at 52nd Anvil Awards

Mar 11, 2017 - 7:34 AM

BeTheBoss ClimateActionPH NowPH and PHVote WonderfulPH all win Gold Awards in the PR Programs category

Robredo asks SC to reverse decision to proceed with Marcos case

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr accuses Vice President Leni Robredo of resorting to delaying tactics

APPEAL. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has filed a motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court's ruling to proceed with the election protest filed against her by defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos. File photo by the Office of the Vice President.

Comelec junks Lim's petition to disqualify Estrada from Manila poll

Mar 02, 2017 - 8:19 AM

The Comelec first division says Alfredo Lim s petition was filed out of time – 8 days after Joseph Estrada had been proclaimed

SC denies Robredo's appeal to junk Marcos protest

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:44 AM

UPDATED The SC says the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is sufficient in form and substance

SUFFICIENT. The Supreme Court finds the protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo's victory in the last elections as sufficient in form and substance.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcos urges SC to proceed with election protest

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to start the preliminary conference of his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

ELECTION PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos files an election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler