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After PDP-Laban move, Mamba slams ex-party LP, Aquino admin

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba says Mar Roxas will get 'zero' votes in Tuao, his hometown, if the 2016 LP presidential bet runs for senator in 2019

MAMBA. In this file photo, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba speaks at the AGOS Summit on Disaster Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sessions vows quick decision on possible Clinton prosecutor

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' comments indicate that Republicans are seeking to mount a counter-offensive to the probe into Russian election meddling – and whether or not Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the 2016 contest

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says Putin 'means it' with U.S. election meddling denials

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Trump says he repeatedly asked Putin about the claims during their chats at the APEC summit in Vietnam

BACKED. US President Trump says he believes in Russia President Putin. AFP Photo

Trump, Putin brush aside U.S. election claims at APEC summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The two leaders snatch brief but chummy discussions on the margins of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

PUTIN AND TRUMP. US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Jorge Silva/Pool/AFP

Former Democratic Party chair considered replacing Clinton with Biden – book

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Donna Brazile also wrote that Clinton's campaign was badly mismanaged, 'anemic' and had taken on 'the odor of failure'

DNC RIFT. This combination of files photos created on November 3, 2017 shows former DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile and former former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Saul Loeb and Angela Weiss/AFP

Bush Sr. voted for Clinton, called Trump a 'blowhard'

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The revelations, contained in historian Mark Updegrove's 'The Last Republicans,' represent the strongest criticism to date from the Bush clan on why their Republican successor is uniquely unfit to hold office

BUSH SENIOR. In this file photo, former US President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Trump campaign adviser admits contacts with Russian officials – reports

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:32 PM

But Carter Page downplays the significance of the meetings, telling the New York Times he had 'a very brief hello to a couple of people'

RUSSIA PROBE. Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

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These are the Facebook ads Russia bought to misinform US voters

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:27 PM

'We basically have the brightest minds of our tech community here and Russia was able to weaponize your platforms to divide us, to dupe us and to discredit democracy,' says one US representative

RUSSIAN ADS. US lawmakers reveal the ads allegedly boosted on Facebook by Russian agents seeking to cause confusion among the US voting public. Photos from the US House Intelligence Committee


Russians also used Instagram to spread misinformation – Facebook

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:58 AM

20 million Americans were exposed to Russian-led information campaign on Instagram in 2016, admits Facebook

TESTIMONY. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mueller just getting started with Russia probe – analysts

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The former FBI chief sends a resounding message of much more to come when he unveiled money laundering charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a plea deal with campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos

JUST GETTING STARTED. This file photo taken on June 21, 2017 shows former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaving following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

126 million U.S. users affected by Facebook content from Russian sources – reports

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to share their findings regarding their own investigations into possible connections between Russian entities and posts, ads, and even videos shared on YouTube


Ex-Trump aides charged as Russia probe accelerates

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:37 AM

(UPDATED) The charges signal a dramatic new phase in special investigator Robert Mueller's investigation, one that holds grave peril for the Trump presidency

INDICTED. Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

First charges, plea deal emerge in Trump Russia probe

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:06 PM

(5th UPDATE) Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates were charged with allegedly hiding millions of dollars they earned working for former Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party

WANTED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort checks the teleprompters before Donald Trump's campaign speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

SC: Comelec, not Marcos, must pay for storage fees of ballot boxes

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Supreme Court says its order to safeguard the poll materials abroad should not have stopped the Commission on Elections from transferring these materials back to the country

A WIN FOR MARCOS. Former senator Bongbong Marcos will no longer have to shoulder the storage fees for election materials kept overseas. Photo of Marcos from Kamuning Bakery Cafe

Speculation rife in U.S. as first arrest in Russia probe looms

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:19 AM

There is no indication of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

'Discrepancies' found in VP vote count in Cebu City – ex-congressman

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

But ex-Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr – who supports losing VP bet Bongbong Marcos – says there are 'no supposed manipulations' that took place

2016 POLLS. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong (left) talks about supposed anomalies during the 2016 elections in a media forum at Club Filipino in San Juan City on October 25, 2017. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec, Bautista, Paynor on ASEAN | Midday wRap

Oct 24, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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Human rights 'considerably worsened' in first 6 months of Duterte – EU report

Oct 23, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The report is published barely a week before the Philippine government confirmed it will reject all kinds of grants from the European Union

Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of blunting impact of crude Trump tape

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:01 AM

The former US secretary of state's devastating election loss to Trump remains raw and she again lashes out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy

In this file photo, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins SiriusXM for a town hall event hosted by Zerlina Maxwell at SiriusXM Studios on September 25, 2017 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

Lawyers file petition to declare drug war circulars unconstitutional

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The petitions of the human rights lawyers are the most comprehensive in terms of coverage when it comes to challenging the war on drugs

PETITON. Lawyers Felix Mariñas (foreground) and Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lead the filing of petitions on October 11, 2017 to invalidate circulars which 'operationalize' the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo hits Marcos 'fake news' he'll soon become VP

Oct 08, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says the results of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo will be known within the year

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the claims of her defeated vice presidential rival Bongbong Marcos were fake news. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Fears grow over how social media may have been manipulated to disrupt the US election, and over how authoritarian governments are using the networks to clamp down on dissent

Google, Facebook, Twitter asked to testify in Russia probe

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The 3 internet and online social media giants are expected to appear on November 1 in an open hearing on the rising evidence that they were covertly manipulated in a campaign to help Donald Trump win the presidency

The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Special prosecutor ups pressure on Trump with broad data requests – reports

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The New York Times and Washington Post report that Robert Mueller recently asked the White House for records and communications covering 13 specific areas, particularly key actions by Trump since he became president in January

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

WATCH: Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch Russia investigation campaign

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

'We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth,' says actor Morgan Freeman

U.S. investigators wiretapped Trump campaign chief Manafort – CNN

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:22 AM

US investigators wiretapped Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, under secret court order before and after the 2016 US presidential elections, CNN reports

WIRETAPPED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort, then campaign manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as final preparations continue July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

#2030NOW, #HackSociety trend during 2017 Social Good Summit

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The hashtags #2030NOW and #HackSociety become consistent trending topics in the Philippines from September 14 to 16

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

Hillary Clinton on 2016 loss: 'It hurts a lot'

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Ahead of the release of her campaign memoir the defeated US presidential bet also says she is done with being a candidate

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Donald Trump Jr questioned by Senate investigators

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:19 PM

I answered every question posed by the committee until both sides had exhausted their lines of questioning Trump Jr says in a statement posted on Twitter

THE TRUMPS. This file photo taken on September 26, 2016, shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brazilian police say in a statement they are probing an international corruption scheme aimed at the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics

A picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

Dela Rosa, Supreme Court, Bangsamoro Basic Law | Evening wRap

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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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.

Young people see climate change as top global challenge – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Next to climate change the other top global challenges according to millenials are large scale conflicts or war and religious conflicts

LOOK: Former Miss Philippines Earth Imelda Schweighart introduces son

Aug 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Imelda is now a mother to son Sun Noach

Comelec employees support Bautista amid call for his resignation

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Dozens of Comelec employees wear red to show their support for Chairman Andres Bautista a day after poll commissioners issued a statement against him

'WALANG BIBITAW.' A poster showing support for Comelec Chairman Bautista is seen along the hallway to his office, as cameramen of different TV networks stake out at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Faeldon vs Lacson, Marcos-Robredo recount, Hillary memoir | Midday wRap

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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'Back up, you creep:' Clinton raps Trump in new book

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:20 AM

He was literally breathing down my neck My skin crawled writes Hillary Clinton in her upcoming book describing the October 2016 presidential debate at Washington University in St Louis

In this file photo, former US Secretary of State and WOV Honoree Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards Gala & After Party at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women/AFP

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

COA: Higher budget but lower performance in 2016 for PDEA

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:07 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it arrested and charged more individuals in 2016 however

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

2 party-list reps make up House 'billionaires' club' in 2016

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:07 PM

1 Pacman Representative Michael Romero is the richest congressman with a net worth of over P7 billion in his 2016 SALN

RICHEST REPRESENTATIVES. Michael Romero and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar are the richest at the House of Representatives in 2016. Photo from Facebook and Twitter accounts