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Comelec gives P600,000 in aid to Taal eruption victims

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body's en banc approved the assistance during a meeting on January 22

DESTRUCTION. A group of fishermen haul a boat from the water as they make repairs to their operations affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver to stump for Bernie Sanders

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Folktronica band Bon Iver will play a rally show on January 31, and the next day Vampire Weekend will jam in support of the leftist Sanders, a self-described socialist candidate popular especially among young voters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 05: Vampire Weekend on stage at "Not So Silent Night," a RADIO.COM Event at Barclays Center on December 05, 2019 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For RADIO.COM/AFP

Local election in U.S. to allow voting via smartphones

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Experts object: 'There is a firm consensus in the cybersecurity community that mobile voting on a smartphone is a really stupid idea'

HRET junks poll protest vs Northern Samar congressman Daza

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'

VICTOR. The HRET upholds the victory of Northern Samar 1st District Rep Paul Daza in the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of congres.gov.ph

Comelec postpones voter registration in areas affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:06 PM

Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez says voter registration will also be suspended in Makilala, North Cotabato, after an earthquake last December 2019 'severely damaged' structures

DAMAGE. Fissures break the roads of C.M Recto and J. Trinidad in Talisay, Batanagas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:57 AM

'Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage,' Booker says

OUT. Senate Judiciary Committee member Cory Booker speaks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in Washington, DC in September 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP)

Rappler Talk: J Michael Cole on future of Taiwan after 2020 elections

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:30 AM

On Monday, January 13, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug speaks to scholar J Michael Cole on what the results mean to the future of Taiwan and what the immediate issues the president-elect will face

Malta gets new PM after reporter murder outcry

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Robert Abela is elected leader of the Labor Party, which automatically means he takes the role of Prime Minister

NEW PRIME MINISTER. Labor party leader candidates Chris Fearne (R) and Robert Abela (L) embrace prior to Malta's outgoing Prime Minister and outgoing Labour party leader deliver his final speech as PM on January 10, 2020 in Paola, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Tsai Ing-wen claims victory in Taiwan presidential race

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen leads by more than 2.6 million votes against opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu, who has conceded the race

VICTORY. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen declares victory against the Taiwanese opposition in the January 2020 election. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Tsai leads count in Taiwan election dominated by China fears

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

(5th UPDATE) The vote will reverberate far beyond Taiwan's borders, with the two main candidates laying out very different visions for its future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to China

ELECTIONS. Local residents line up to vote at a polling station set up at an elementary school in Chunghe district, New Taipei City, on January 11, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

New round of voter registration begins January 20

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:07 PM

The Commission on Elections says the new registration period will run until September 30, 2021

VOTER REGISTRATION. The Commission on Elections starts a new round of voter registration on January 20, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan rivals in final election push as China's shadow looms

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Some 19 million people are eligible to vote on Saturday to choose between two leaders with very different visions for Taiwan's future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to its giant neighbor

CLOSE FIGHT. This combination of file photos shows Taiwan's President and 2020 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (left) and her main competitor Han Kuo-yu. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Robredo asks PET to 'immediately' junk Marcos protest

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The Vice President argues that her wider lead over Bongbong Marcos in the initial vote recount was enough basis to dismiss his election case against her

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk the election case filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. File photo by OVP

Spain's Sanchez wins tight parliament vote to remain PM

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Pedro Sanchez plans to form a minority coalition government with hard-left party Podemos, in what would be the first coalition government in Spain since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s

WINNER. Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Marcos asks PET to review ‘erroneous’ initial recount results in VP protest

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos once again asks the High Court to proceed with his motion to nullify votes in 3 Mindanao provinces where he alleges widespread cheating happened

VP PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos attends a candle light vigil organized by his supporters to mark the 1000th Day of his election protest on March 25, 2019, at the Supreme Court, Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Venezuela's 'acting president' confident of parliamentary reelection

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Sunday's election comes after a tumultuous year in which Guaido declared himself acting president and at times seemed close to toppling socialist President Nicolas Maduro

ACTING PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

New Cambridge Analytica leak exposes global election manipulation

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:25 AM

'It’s so abundantly clear our electoral systems are wide open to abuse,' says ex-Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower Brittany Kaiser

MORE EXPOSÉS. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica, speaks at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Trump tells evangelical voters they have God on their side

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'I really do believe we have God on our side,' Donald Trump tells the crowd at the King Jesus International Ministry mega church in Miami

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump far ahead of Democratic rivals in 2020 election fundraising

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:27 PM

In the fourth quarter of 2019, even as he was mired in a political scandal that resulted in his impeachment by the House of Representatives, Donald Trump raised a staggering $46 million

FUNDRAISING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Taiwan passes law against China influence ahead of vote

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) The law bans "hostile" foreign forces from activities such as campaigning, lobbying, making political donations, disrupting social order or spreading disinformation related to elections

'ANTI-INFILTRATION.' The law comes as allegations swirl over Chinese spying and influence campaigns ahead of the elections. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

#PHVote 2019 wRap: New faces bring changes to governance

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Here's a quick lookback at the results of the 2019 midterm elections

Pete Buttigieg under fire as Democratic rivals see 2020 threat

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Pete Buttigieg's steady rise in recent polls has brought him attacks by rivals who see him as an obstacle in their run for the 2020 United States presidential election

NEW TARGET. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is slammed by rivals in the most recent Democratic debates for the 2020 presidential election. File photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Michael Bloomberg's big bucks fuel unique strategy for White House run

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The former New York mayor is skipping key states and spending big on ads, but analysts say his game plan 'has virtually no chance'

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

Afghan election challenger allows recount

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The country's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah ends his opposition to a recount, but demands that the electoral commission to first invalidate about 300,000 'fraudulent' ballots out of a total of 1.8 million

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on November 4 dismissed a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again called into question the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls. AFP photo

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Dec 14, 2019 - 1:56 PM

London stocks and the British pound jump on hopes of an end to years of uncertainty, which has hurt investment and economic growth

STILL THE PM. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Second-round presidential campaign begins in Guinea-Bissau

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

It's a race between Domingos Simoes Pereira from the traditional ruling party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo

CAMPAIGN. In this file photo, a campaign poster of one of the main opposition candidate, Domingos Simoes Pereira is seen along the road on the eve of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election on November 23, 2019, in Bissau. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions

WORLD REACTS. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Stefan Rousseau /Pool/AFP

Regime stalwart elected Algeria president, angering protesters

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 74, takes 58.15% of the vote, trouncing his 4 fellow contenders without the need for a second-round runoff

ELECTED. In this file photo taken on November 24, 2019 Algerian presidential candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune attends a forum at the headquarters of al-Hiwar newspaper in the capital Algiers. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Britain votes in 'Brexit election'

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Up for grabs are all 650 seats in the British parliament, which has been deadlocked since the 2016 referendum on EU membership that saw a majority vote to leave

POLLS OPEN. Council workers attach a polling sign to a lamp post in central London as polling stations open for a general election in London on December 12, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Algeria holds presidential vote fiercely opposed by protesters

Dec 12, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) Five candidates are in the running, all of them widely rejected as 'children of the regime' of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whom people power ousted in April after two decades in office

PROTESTS. Algerian protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on December 10, 2019, ahead of the presidential vote scheduled for December 12. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Jeremy Corbyn: Britain's main opposition leader

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Jeremy Corbyn is offering the country a choice between a newly negotiated, softer form of Brexit and staying in the European Union

JEREMY CORBYN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a general election campaign rally in East London on December 11, 2019, the final day of campaigning for the general election. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson: Polarizing leader focused on Brexit

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has toned down his trademark jokes and bluster, as he focuses on a promise to 'Get Brexit Done' by finally taking Britain out of the European Union

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. File photo by Christopher Furlong/Pool/AFP

Polls tighten on eve of Britain's Brexit election

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Britons head to the polls for the third time in 4 years on Thursday, December 12, against a backdrop of political deadlock since a 2016 referendum which saw a majority opt to leave the EU

EVE OF POLLS. In this handout photograph taken and released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on December 6, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn participate in the BBC Prime Ministerial leaders debate, at the studio in Maidstone, Kent. AFP PHOTO / JEFF OVERS-BBC

Israel parliament moves for 3rd election as talks falter

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) A new election would be another challenge for embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu at a time when he must fend off a leadership vote in his right-wing Likud party

3RD ELECTION. A general view of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on December 11, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

UK's 'Brexit election' campaign enters final straight

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Boris Johnson is hoping the poll hands his ruling Conservatives a majority, while Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is trying to upset the odds and usher in Britain's first leftist government in 9 years

RIVALS. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn take part in a vigil at the Guildhall in central London to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack on December 2, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Compostela Valley votes to rename itself Davao de Oro

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

With over 170,000 voters agreeing to a new name, the plebiscite's results make final the renaming of Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro

UK PM faces flak for ducking TV grilling

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Four other major party leaders have subjected themselves to an uncomfortable grilling from the BBC's Andrew Neil but the prime minister has so far declined to do so

UK ELECTIONS. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as he launches a Conservative Party general campaign poster at the Kent Showground in Detling, southeast England on December 6, 2019. Photo by Peter Nicholls/Pool/AFP

Comelec to hear petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth registration

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Petitioners say Duterte Youth is the only organization since the institution of the party list to have been granted registration without completing publication and hearing requirements

LEGAL BATTLES. Duterte Youth's seat in the 18th Congress remains vacant as the party faces several complaints filed against it at the Comelec. Photo by Jire Carreon

Democrat Kamala Harris ends 2020 White House bid

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:12 AM

The exit of Senator Kamala Harris leaves 15 candidates in the battle to see who challenges President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election

ENDING THE WHITE HOUSE BID. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful California Senator Kamala Harris speaks during a town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues hosted by CNN and the Human rights Campaign Foundation at The Novo in Los Angeles. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Postponed barangay, SK polls deprive voters of right to choose officials – Namfrel

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Election watchdog National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections hits the postponement of local polls once more as barangay officials will now serve for a term of 5 years instead of 2

RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Election watchdog Namfrel says postponing the barangay and Sannguniang Kabataan elections deprives voters of their right to choose local leaders regularly. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Barangay, SK elections moved to December 2022

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The law postponing the polls – and giving barangay officials 5 years in power instead of two – is signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in a Malacañang ceremony

POSTPONED AGAIN? Lawmakers are seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec summons Cardema over 'misrepresentation' for trying to be youth nominee

Nov 28, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Commission on Elections' Law Department issues a subpoena ordering Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema to attend a hearing, after a complaint was filed against him for material misrepresentation

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: 'No legal basis' to accept Cardema's withdrawal of nomination

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon maintains that Ronald Cardema's notice of withdrawal cannot be valid in the first place since it was filed 4 months past the deadline

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's withdrawal of his nomination was done past the deadline at the close of polls on election day. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec: Only 95.87% voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town in 2019 polls

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) This is in response to a PCIJ report based on Comelec's own summary report, which showed a 178% voter turnout for Amai Manabilang, Lanao del Sur, in the 2019 elections

Lanao del Sur town posts 178% voter turnout in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body will look into this, but adds that this 'seems to be an unlikely scenario'

[OPINION] The voters of Hong Kong have spoken

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The protest must now be seen not as a young people’s movement, but as a grassroots rejection of Beijing’s rule

Background photo from AFP

Chinese state media downplay, discredit Hong Kong elections

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily says 'social unrest... has seriously disrupted the electoral process' after pro-democracy Hong Kong candidates seize an overwhelming majority of the 452 elected seats.

Newly elected district council members, including Gary Fan (front R) and Daniel Wong Kwok-tung (front L), walk to the entrance of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus where a small number of protesters remain holed up after barricading themselves at the institution over a week ago, in the Hung Hom district in Hong Kong on November 25, 2019. Hong Kong's deeply unpopular leader vowed on November 25 to "listen humbly" to voters after the pro-democracy camp scored a crushing victory in community-level elections that revealed broad public support for a protest movement that has stirred months of violence. Anthony WALLACE / AFP