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Comelec commissioners push for dialogue with chairman Bautista

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:25 PM

They also clarify that they re not asking for Bautista s resignation

DIALOGUE. All 6 commissioners of the Commission on Elections are seeking a dialogue with Chairman Andres Bautista. File screenshot by Rappler

Comelec to 2016 candidates: Submit your SOCE by June 8

Jun 04, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Under the Omnibus Election Code candidates who fail to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures two consecutive elections are barred from running for public office

SOCE. Comelec commissioner Luie Guia reminds candidates to submit their Statement of Contribution and Expenditure

Keys to Leni Robredo's improbable journey

Jun 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Leni Robredo jousted against political windmills and in a manner of speaking was catapulted to the stars

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (not in photo) and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo as the country’s duly elected President and Vice President, Monday, May 30, 2016. Duterte announced earlier that he will not attend the proclamation. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Robredo to assure Duterte of '100% support'

May 28, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Obligasyon sa taumbayan na pag kaming dalawa ay magkasundo ang makikinabang lamang noon ay ang ating mga kababayan says Vice President elect Leni Robredo

VP LENI. Vice President-elect Leni Robredo assures President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of her support and cooperation. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Blood is thicker than water: Political clans retain hold on Iloilo

May 28, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Familiar names like Garin Tupas Defensor Biron and Gorriceta have retained their solid hold on the province’s 5 districts after the recently concluded May 9 elections

Marcos camp: Smartmatic, Comelec personnel violated cybercrime law

May 24, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The Marcos camp bases its complaint on the move of Smartmatic and Comelec personnel to intentionally alter the script in the transparency server without prior authorization from the Comelec en banc

COMPLAINT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, represented by Abakaba party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz files a complaint against Smartmatic at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office on May 24, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Top Negros Occidental officials proclaimed

May 15, 2016 - 7:52 PM

The proclamation of the provincial bet winners had been stalled for days due to misdelivery of ballots in Hinigaran town

Mission #ProtectVPLeni: How the Robredo campaign guards a tight race

May 15, 2016 - 3:49 PM

The Leni Robredo team shifts from campaign to vote protection mode as it is poised to win a slim victory against Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Incumbent Cebu mayor who lost by 7 votes won't concede

May 15, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Cordova town also holds special elections for 458 voters

Cagayan resident arrests gun ban violator

May 12, 2016 - 12:10 AM

A concerned resident carries out a citizen s arrest during the elections

Misdelivery of ballots stalls proclamation in Negros Occidental

May 11, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The governor may be proclaimed on May 12 but the proclamation date for other elected officials in lower posts has yet to be known

'Dagdag-bawas' possible in VP race canvassing – Marcos camp

May 10, 2016 - 5:22 PM

The camp of the vice presidential candidates uses as proof the discrepancy in the votes reported by both GMA News and CNN Philippines

DAGDAG-BAWAS? The camp of Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr want to stop the unofficial transmission of votes. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Mar Roxas to Duterte: 'I wish you success'

May 10, 2016 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating sambayanan at ng ating bansa administration standard bearer Mar Roxas tells Rodrigo Duterte in his concession speech

CONCESSION SPEECH. Administration standard-bearer delivers his concession speech on May 19, 2016. Bea Cupin/Rappler

Poe wants Duterte's support for anti-drug wiretap bill

May 10, 2016 - 3:23 AM

Senator Grace Poe s proposal is meant to boost government investigation of drug trafficking cases

INTERVIEW. Presidential hopeful Grace Poe speaks to the press after casting her vote. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UNA alleges intimidation, vote-buying by LP

May 09, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay s spokesman clarifies however that they are not categorically accusing the Roxas camp of cheating

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vote-buying, VCM glitches mar polls in Bicol, Zambales

May 09, 2016 - 5:24 PM

This is the first time that vote buying took place for presidential candidates here says reelectionist Albay Third District Representative Fernando Gonzalez

Rodrigo Duterte casts his vote

May 09, 2016 - 4:04 PM

Duterte is accompanied by common law wife Cieleto Honeylet Avanceña

SURVEY FRONT-RUNNER. Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte casts his vote. Rappler photo

Voter turnout: How the PH compares to the world

May 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While the number of registered voters has been increasing in recent years voter turnout has been fluctuating

Taguig court issues TRO vs anti-Duterte ad

May 06, 2016 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED Vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano who sought the TRO says the ad will undoubtedly cause irreparable damage and will work injustice to him and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and the voting public

DEFENDING DUTERTE. Alan Peter Cayetano asks media to provide context to their articles on candidates during election season. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

LP's 'Plan B'? Duterte ouster if Robredo wins – Marcos

May 06, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr continues his assault on his top rival who now shares his poll front runner ranking in surveys on vice presidential bets

GUARD VOTES. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr talks to voters in Cavite to protect their votes against fraudulent practices. Photo by Patty Pasion / Rappler

VLOG: Bongbong Marcos holds miting de avance in Mandaluyong

May 05, 2016 - 9:44 PM

The senator is set to conduct two more grand rallies in Tacloban and Davao

Binay camp: 'Ground game will spell difference on May 9'

May 05, 2016 - 2:41 PM

The campaign team of Vice President Jejomar Binay tells other candidates not to celebrate just yet

GROUND CAMPAIGN. Vice President Jejomar Binay and his senatorial candidate, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, in a motorcade in Bicol in April 2016

INC campaigning vs Leila de Lima?

May 05, 2016 - 10:37 AM

Iglesia Ni Cristo leaders have reportedly demanded that local candidates remove the former justice secretary in their sample ballots in exchange for the sect s coveted endorsement

DE LIMA EFFIGY. Protestors shout 'De Lima, sasayaw na!' during a protest vigil along EDSA in the evening of August 28, 2015. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Duterte causing market jitters

May 03, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The Philippine Stock Exchange index falls for the 5th consecutive day on Tuesday a stretch that began after Duterte made a speech before top business leaders in which he joked about his penis and vowed to pardon himself for mass murder

RODRIGO DUTERTE. Filipino presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (2-R) gestures during an election campaign in Taguig City, South of Manila, Philippines, 30 April 2016. Photo by EPA

Duterte: 'PH in jeopardy if Binay, Roxas elected president

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:47 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says Vice President Jejomar Binay is involved in graft and corruption while administration standard bearer Manuel Mar Roxas II is an opportunist who hopped from one administration to another

DUTERTE IN BICOL. Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte woos voters in Sorsogon City with federalism, a clean government, and speedy government services on April 30, 2016. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

10 reasons why Grace Poe is my president

Apr 30, 2016 - 8:30 PM

I choose a country that is happier – not afraid – and full of hope

CAMPAIGN. Senator Grace Poe shakes hands with supporters during a rally in Moriones, Tondo, April 26, 2016. Photo by KC Cruz (Poe-Escudero Media Bureau)

10% of machines in overseas absentee voting 'defective'

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The Comelec presses Smartmatic on why 13 out of 130 vote counting machines have malfunctioned during overseas absentee voting

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016, have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lanao del Norte town 'under Comelec control'

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:45 PM

This ensures that voters will not be discouraged from voting because of armed groups says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

TIGHT SECURITY. A member of the Regional Public Safety Battalion stands guard outside the town hall of Pantar, Lanao del Norte town hall. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Comelec taps more policemen to assist ARMM election workers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:34 PM

The regional police have requested the poll body for an additional 200 to 300 cops from Camp Crame to assist as board of election inspectors

ARMM ELECTION PREPARATIONS. The Joint Security Coordinating Council meeting of Comelec, Army, police and PPCRV on election preparations in the ARMM. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/Rappler

Marcos still leads vice presidential race – Pulse Asia

Apr 26, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Among the candidates Senator Francis Escudero suffers the biggest dip in voter preference less than a month before the elections

STILL ON TOP. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos  Jr remains on top spot in the race for the vice presidency, according to the Pulse Asia survey conducted from April 16-20, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Comelec divided on rules 2 weeks before polls

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Commissioner Christian Lim joins Commissioner Sheriff Abas in opposing a rule that allows voters to get replacement ballots

TRAINING TEACHERS. Public school teachers in Tarlac undergo training on March 12, 2016, to learn operating vote-counting machines for the May 9 elections. Rules in polling precincts, however, remain uncertain two weeks before the presidential polls. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Comelec leak a 'gross betrayal of public trust' – IT groups

Apr 23, 2016 - 10:42 PM

In a forum IT groups push for increased vigilance not only in personal privacy matters but also in the 2016 national and local elections

COMELEC LEAK. Rick Bahague reacts to Comelec's response on the data leak of voter records during a forum at Commune cafe in Makati City on Saturday, April 23. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec to hold special elections for Mt Province governor

Apr 23, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Poll officials will decide on the date of the special elections following the death of reelectionist Governor Leonard Mayaen an independent candidate running unopposed

SPECIAL ELECTIONS. Comelec chief Andres Bautista (right) with Cordillera Comelec Director Ederlino Tabinas (middle) and May Rachel Belmes, the Comelec officer for Abra.

No power interruptions in Cebu on May 9 – DOE

Apr 23, 2016 - 10:00 AM

May 9 is a holiday and the day before it is a Sunday so the city has more electricity reserve says the Department of the Energy

Jonvic Remulla breaking away? We're 'best of friends' – Binay

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The UNA standard bearer declines to comment on whether the alliance between his party and the Remullas local Partido Magdalo in Cavite remains intact

BINAY IN PANGASINAN. Vice President Jejomar Binay at a campaign sortie in Pangasinan. At right is Pangasinan 1st District Representative Boying Celeste on April 22, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Binay meets with INC exec minister Manalo

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Iglesia ni Cristo s Eagle News reports that Vice President Jejomar Binay sought the INC s endorsement during his meeting with executive minister Eduardo Manalo

Poe, Duterte tied for top spot – TV5's Bilang Pilipino poll

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:21 PM

Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte obtain national scores of 34 and 33 respectively in the mobile survey conducted by Social Weather Stations on April 13

NOT POLITICAL. The camp of Senator Grace Poe responds to the remarks of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who said he now considers running as president an option because he 'cannot accept an American president.' Rappler file photos

Mindanao religious leaders endorse Binay over Duterte

Apr 16, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Leaders of the Sabiel Almuhtadeen Foundation Philippines believe Vice President Jejomar Binay can bring peace to Mindanao

MEETING WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS. Religious leaders in Mindanao back the candidacy of Vice President Jejomar Binay on April 16, 206. Photo from the United Nationalist Alliance

Isabela town councilor bet shot dead

Apr 15, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Barangay chairman Heinrich Apostol who is running for Jones town councilor is shot dead in his own backyard


On campaign trail, Jejomar Binay shows off tan line

Apr 13, 2016 - 2:49 PM

For Vice President Jejomar Binay a tan line on his wrist proves persistence in his campaign

TAN LINE. Vice President Jejomar Binay shows off to reporters the result of his ground campaigning. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Binay-Honasan tandem powers up vs Duterte

Apr 13, 2016 - 1:25 PM

UPDATED The United Nationalist Alliance tandem releases videos depicting potential horror stories under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency Senator Gringo Honasan later clarifies his advertisement was not intended to attack anyone

NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN. The tandem of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Gregorio Honasan II has stepped up its negative campaign vs poll front runner Rodrigo Duterte (left).

Will candidates govern as they campaign?

Apr 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

With days into the homestretch we may not have enough time to observe the campaigns of all the candidates to get more from them But there is an ample opportunity to reflect on the shared notion that the presidency is not just about brutish passion charisma and endless vulgarity

IN PHOTOS: UST hosts VP debate on April 10

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:25 PM

A sneak peek into the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion where all 6 vice presidential bets are set to battle it out on Sunday for the Comelec organized event

HISTORICAL SITE. The 405-year-old University of Santo Tomas will host the vice presidential debate on April 10. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo hopes to ‘slow down’ in the lead-up to VP debate

Apr 08, 2016 - 7:32 PM

The Comelec sponsored vice presidential debate comes as the LP vice presidential candidate s numbers are steadily rising with a month left in the campaign period

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Expect all 6 VP bets to go head-to-head – debate organizers

Apr 08, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The April 10 vice presidential debate follows a dual moderator and town hall format with the candidates answering queries from two moderators a 3 person panel and pre selected audience members

BATTLE GROUND. The stage is being set up for upcoming vice presidential debate in UST on April 10. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Clark Development chief resigns to support Duterte

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:52 AM

Clark Development Corporation president and CEO Arthur Tugade and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte were schoolmates at the San Beda College of Law

CDC CHIEF. CDC president and CEO Arthur Tugade (left) is reportedly leaving the Aquino administration to support another presidential candidate. Photo from CDC-CD

Gringo Honasan ‘excited but not worried’ for VP debate

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Will the rockstar of the post EDSA years outshine his opponents for the vice presidency?

UNA VP BET. Senator Gringo Honasan says his priority is to highlight UNA's platform during the debate. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Binay camp: Ombudsman is LP ‘propaganda machine’

Apr 06, 2016 - 5:34 PM

UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is out to derail the candidacies of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his allies

AGAINST OPPOSITION BETS? UNA claims that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is trying to derail the candidacies of its candidates.

Do VP bets support tax reform?

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Over taxation is among the primary concerns of Filipinos particularly the middle class

TALK TAX. All vice presidential hopefuls say they support lowering income tax rates.

Kid Peña: Makati will be nat'l ‘laughing stock’ if you vote Binay

Mar 30, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña also cries foul against the Binays alleging that a faction of their camp is sabotaging services at the Ospital ng Makati and other social programs of the city

BAGONG MAKATI? Acting Mayor Kid Peña promises a new brand of leadership in the city if he wins as Makati local chief executive. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler