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Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'
(UPDATED) 'This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges,' says lawyer Michael Avenatti
Tech didn't spot Russian interference during the last election. Now it's asking law enforcement for help.
Tech companies say they need help from law enforcement because the private sector is not always aware of threats picked up on by intelligence agencies
'[The defendant] has been proven to have committed a criminal act of terrorism,' says judge Akhmad Jaini, who also cites Aman Abdurrahman's involvement in other attacks for handing down the death penalty
The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.
Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents
'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary
CNN reports that the payments were made after the election but while Michael Cohen was still Donald Trump's personal attorney
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says the payment did not represent a campaign financing violation because it was 'not campaign money'
(2nd UPDATE) 'Marami nang opinyon na na-shape dahil sa panlilinlang. Naging tahimik na tayo for much too long,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she vows to immediately call out and correct any misinformation against her
(UPDATED) The questions also show that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to find out what US President Donald Trump knew about links between members of his presidential campaign and Russia
To you who haven’t made it yet, don’t give up. Seek and welcome help. There is no harm in acknowledging that you don’t know everything about the law, about life.
Both camps argue that they were only responding to each other's 'misleading' claims and statements regarding the recount
A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.
Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017
(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold
A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo
The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount
The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so
The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work
After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone comes as President Donald Trump reacts furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices
Zuckerberg's wording in his response to a US senator's question regarding their business model leaves open the possibility of a paid, ad-free version
The Facebook CEO says that Russians exploiting their system will keep getting better, and Facebook will have to invest in getting better to keep up
A US senator suggests that Facebook may be a monopoly – a claim that Zuckerberg rejects
'If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore,' US Senator Bill Nelson tells the Facebook CEO in his first-ever US Congressional appearance
'Si Duterte lang naman ang nagfake news noong campaign, saka mga tao niya 'yung nalilink dito sa Cambridge Analytica na ito,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
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(UPDATED) Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, who appears in a photo with Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix, says he never worked with the parent company but took some lessons from the talk of Nix himself when he visited Manila in 2015
(UPDATED) While the description calls to mind President Rodrigo Duterte, it could not have been him
After weeks of dodging questions about the alleged tryst, US President Donald Trump offers a flat 'no' when asked if he knew about the payment made in the final weeks of the 2016 election
Vice President Leni Robredo wants the Supreme Court to consider ballot ovals shaded by 25% as valid votes, based on updated standards set by the Comelec in the 2016 elections
Facebook says data of over 1.1 million Filipinos was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica
A revision committee prohibits the Robredo camp from claiming 4 ballots from the municipality of Baao, Camarines Sur, because the Revision Report provided by the PET does not have a space for it
Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes
(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2
Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount
Marcos visits the revision site of the tribunal and says the ballots of 4 precincts are wet. Furthermore, 38 ballot boxes have no audit logs.
The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2
'Ito yung inaasam -asam namin na dalawang taon na at tamang-tama kasi talagang marubdob ang aming panalangin buong Semana Santa,' says Governor Imee Marcos on her brother Bongbong's electoral protest for the post of vice president
(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters
Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency
What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.
Compared to holidays like Christmas, Holy Week doesn't have fixed dates. Know the reasons behind Holy Week's seemingly random feast dates.
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Although a spy attack has topped global headlines for weeks, it did not come up during the leaders' conversation, according to both the Kremlin and White House
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The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter