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[PODCAST] Ano ang latest sa protesta ni Marcos laban kay Robredo?

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng electoral protest sa papalapit na 2022 elections? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan, justice reporter Lian Buan, election reporter Sofia Tomacruz, at House reporter Mara Cepeda

Comelec hands off in answering issues raised in PET protest

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body's job is to hold elections and enforce the outcome of decisions from electoral tribunals

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

Newsbreak Chats: Where the Marcos vs Robredo electoral protest is headed

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Thursday, October 24, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss the latest development in the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo

Will we have a new VP?

Oct 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Here's what you should know

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

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

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

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

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

Trump gloats as Mueller gives Dems little support for impeachment

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'The Democrats lost so big today,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON MUELLER. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Key takeaways from Mueller testimony to Congress

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Here are the main takeaways so far from the marathon hearings before 2 Democratic-controlled House committees by former US special counsel Robert Mueller

TENTATIVE. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Mueller to Congress: Trump was not exonerated

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'The finding indicates that the president was not exculpated from the acts that he allegedly committed,' Robert Mueller tells the House Judiciary Committee

MUELLER REPORT. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump attacks Mueller ahead of testimony on Russia probe

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Robert Mueller will take questions from lawmakers for the first time on the Russia investigation when he appears before two separate Democratic-led House committees on Wednesday, July 24

TRUMP ON MUELLER. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media on May 20, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

SC to Robredo: Still 'premature' to claim victory in electoral protest

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The High Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, also orders the Comelec to explain why there are missing ballot images from two clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the home province of Vice President Leni Robredo

NO VICTORY JUST YET. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal tells Vice President Leni Robredo it is too early for her to claim she won the electoral case she is facing. File photo by OVP

Robredo claims recount win, Marcos calls it ‘self-serving assumption’

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Robredo claims that the recount in 3 pilot provinces selected by Marcos has given her 15,000 more votes, based on unofficial numbers from the electoral tribunal

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo claims victory at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal but Bongbong Marcos calls the claim "self-serving assumptions."

FALSE: PET ad hoc committee 'confirms cheating' during 2016 elections

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has not made any confirmation or pronouncement on supposed cheating in the 2016 polls

Trump briefly acknowledges Russia helped him get elected

May 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

'And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,' says US President Donald Trump

ON ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mueller denies probe cleared Trump, hands baton to Congress

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) Not indicting Donald Trump is not equivalent to clearing him, Robert Mueller says, suggesting Congress has both the constitutional powers and the responsibility to pursue the case

FIRST STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Man arrested in 2016 for alleged drug peddling at Closeup concert killed

May 03, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Josh Habalo dies on the spot after motorcycle-riding gunmen fire at him in Pasig City

DRUG DEALER? Alleged Pasay Concert drug seller Joshua Habalo is presented to the press at the National Bureau Investigation in Manila on May 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trump seethes in foul-mouthed tirade against Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Trump is now digesting the report's findings that he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks and tried repeatedly to hamper Mueller's investigation

MUELLER REPORT. US President Donald Trump launches a foul-mouthed tirade against the Mueller report. File photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

Trump slams 'fabricated' testimony in Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

US President Donald Trump, who initially celebrated the publication of the report, is in a more defensive mood on Friday, April 19, insisting that he had done nothing wrong

RUSSIA PROBE. Composite photo shows Special counsel Robert Mueller and US President Donald Trump. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

CAPITOL BUILDING. By Noclip/Wikemedia Commons

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to,' Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

'THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY.' A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP  WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Mueller report details Trump's efforts to halt probe

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Trump's efforts to remove Mueller began after press reports indicated that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had widened to include whether the president had committed obstruction of justice

RESIGNED. In this file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP

Redacted Mueller report released by U.S. Justice Department

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The report focuses on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign helped in that effort and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'No collusion. No obstruction,' a triumphant President Donald Trump writes in a Game of Thrones pastiche tweet

HAPPY TRUMP. US President Donald Trump celebrates being cleared of collusion, and so far, of obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe – attorney general

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:51 PM

'The president took no act that in fact deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation,' says Attorney General Bill Barr

MUELLER REPORT. US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

FALSE: National Board of Canvassers has final official result in 2016 VP election recount

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Facebook posts falsely claim that lawmakers have a 'final official result' in the 2016 vice presidential election recount

Mueller report to be released by mid-April – attorney general

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:38 AM

A redacted version of the 400-page report is set to be released

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says Russia probe head acted honorably, but warns of retaliation

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:04 AM

President Donald Trump, who feels vindicated by the dropping of collusion allegations, says he will favor publication of the wider Mueller report

MUELLER REPORT. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Robert Mueller, the invisible prosecutor who investigated President Trump

Mar 25, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Mueller, who had the fate of the presidency in his hands stayed silent and invisible, keeping politicians of both parties on edge, lawyers studying the constitution and journalists swarming

(FILES) 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.  Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as October 30, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Timeline: Every bombshell in the Russia investigation

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here are key dates in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election

HELSINKI SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP

Key findings of the Mueller report

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Here are the main findings of the two-year investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the US president colluded with Russia in the 2016 election

SUBMITTED. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Ann Mueller walk on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

Trump jubilant after Mueller finds no collusion

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:56 AM

(4th UPDATE) Attorney General William Barr cites Robert Mueller as saying that 'while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him'

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Palm Beach International Airport March 24, 2019 in Palm Beach County, Florida, declaring he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election campaign.  Nicholas Kamm / AFP

Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The report is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr says he will summarize its 'principal conclusions' for Congress

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. - An explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleging that US President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress is "not accurate," a spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said on January 18, 2019, a rare statement disputing a news report. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

Trump campaign chief wanted polling data to go to Ukrainian oligarchs – report

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:57 PM

CNN says the development demonstrates Paul Manafort had an interest in taking money from a foreign country while he led Trump's campaign

CAMPAIGN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on June 15, 2018, Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP