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Robredo: Marcos ‘confused’ for asking SC anew to stop using ballot images

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's camp argues her rival ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is merely reiterating his 'previous baseless arguments' without presenting concrete evidence

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

Marcos vs Robredo: Shading thresholds set aside in sorting out ballots

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:30 AM

To speed up the protest case, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal directs revisors to check the candidates' votes against the election returns printed from the counting machines

CONTESTED. Ballot boxes are retrieved from the town of Majuyod in Negros Oriental in September 2018 for the recount of votes in connection with former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s protest against Vice President Leni Robredo over the results of the 2016 elections. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo Media Bureau

HOAX: ‘Two ex-Comelec programmers arrested for destroying evidence of 2016 elections fraud’

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The story is pure fiction. The alleged programmers do not exist.

Letters show 2016 poll fraud accuser represented Marcos

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Former Biliran representative Glen Chong denies it, saying the Marcos camp nominated him but he did not accept it

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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

Robredo calls out Philippine Star reporter for 'fake news' on VP protest

May 03, 2018 - 10:16 AM

(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

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during the Wednesday Forum of the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church on May 2, 2018. Photo by OVP

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

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

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

Rappler Talk: Did Duterte's campaign team work with Cambridge Analytica?

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work

Duterte social media campaign manager: ‘Nix influenced my work’

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(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

NIX WHO? Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña says he did not realize it was Alexander Nix he met in 2015.

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company claimed 'strong, no-nonsense' client in 2013

Apr 06, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) While the description calls to mind President Rodrigo Duterte, it could not have been him

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Robredo asks SC to stop 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

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

FIGHTING FORM. Vice President Leni Robredo, accompanied by her lead counsel Romulo Macalintal, attends a Mass at St Scholastica's College on April 2, 2018, as the ballot recount begins in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Did Cambridge Analytica use Filipinos' Facebook data to help Duterte win?

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Facebook says data of over 1.1 million Filipinos was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica

Recount rule makes it difficult for Robredo to claim 4 votes

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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

MANIFESTATION. Romulo Macalintal (far right), lawyer for Vice President Leni Robredo, has brought to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal their camp’s concern over the revisors’ refusal to record a manifestation to have 4 votes from Baao, Camarines Sur, credited to Robredo. File photo courtesy of the OVP

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(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

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

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

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos: Ballots from 4 precincts 'recently wet'

Apr 02, 2018 - 1:12 PM

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.

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Supporters gather outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018 as Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Bongbong Marcos arrive for the start of the initial vote recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Macalintal to surrender lawyer's license if Robredo loses VP protest

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2

CONFIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal during a multi-sectoral Mass at St Scholastica's College Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Imee mum on 2019: Bongbong Marcos protest most important

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'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

Supporters gather outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018 as Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and Former Senator Bongbong Marcos arrive for the start of the vote recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(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

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo, Marcos 'confident' as ballot recount set to begin

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency

BALLOT RECOUNT BEGINS. The results of the ballot recount will help determine who truly won the 2016 polls: Vice President Leni Robredo (R) or her rival former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

Sotto alleges more ‘irregularities’ in 2016 automated elections

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Senator Sotto invites Comelec and Smartmatic officials to present their side in a ‘full-blown’ Senate hearing

TITO SOTTO. In this file photo, Senator Vicente Sotto III gives a privilege speech at the Senate. Photo by Joseph Vidal

SC reminds Robredo, Marcos not to comment on VP protest

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court tells the Robredo and Marcos camps to observe the sub judice rule after they publicly traded barbs over supposed delays in the ballot recount

SUB JUDICE. The PET reminds the camps of both Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos to refrain from making comments on the electoral protest. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

San Juan recall petition doomed? Zamora urges Comelec to set poll

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Comelec can only set a recall election against Mayor Guia Gomez by May 11, 2018

ROUND 2 WANTED. Losing San Juan mayoral bet Francis Zamora urges the Comelec to act fast on their recall petition's proceedings. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

Marcos signs document withdrawing motions that delay VP vote recount

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo takes on Marcos' challenge and agrees to sign the joint manifestation to be filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

NO MORE DELAYS. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who has filed an electoral protest, challenges Vice President Leni Robredo to also withdraw motions that tend to delay the ballot recount. Photo courtesy of the Office of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

Recount will 'greatly disappoint' Marcos, says Robredo camp

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lead counsel Romulo Macalintal expresses confidence that the recount of ballots 'will just confirm the results as counted by the vote-counting machines'

Robredo, Marcos camps point fingers amid recount 'challenge'

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Marcos camp 'challenges' the Robredo camp to withdraw all pending motions, but the latter says it does not have any pending motions at all

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Marcos wants to 'revise' 2016 polls' narrative, says Robredo

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Vice President Leni Robredo slams ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for claiming fresh electoral fraud allegations against her. Photo by OVP

Robredo camp doubts authenticity of Marcos' 'self-serving' ballot images

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Bongbong Marcos is 'afraid to know the real truth of the results of the elections,' thus his 'highly ridiculous' fresh allegations against Vice President Leni Robredo

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President's Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ballot images show Robredo colluded with Comelec, Smartmatic – Marcos

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos alleges the electoral fraud was conducted in 8 regional hubs that the Comelec created to address SD card concerns during the May 2016 polls

POLL PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos presents a ballot image showing an undervote for him during the 2016 polls. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo wants VP protest resolved so Marcos ‘won’t have space to lie’

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'Habang hindi kasi siya nare-resolve, nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon si Marcos na gumawa ng mga kuwento kahit hindi totoo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the upcoming ballot recount

NO TO MARCOS' LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo believes the results of the electoral protest against her will still show she had won the polls fairly. Photo by OVP

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in CamSur for Marcos-Robredo election case

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Ballot boxes from Camarines Sur precincts are to be delivered to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal Retrieval Team until January 26

BALLOT RETRIEVAL. Men transfer ballot boxes from a truck to the Legislative Building in Pili, where representatives from the SC are waiting for them. All photos by OVP

Ballot retrieval in CamSur for VP protest begins

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo says the ballot recount will only 'vindicate' her client from the 'baseless accusation' of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos that Robredo had cheated in the polls

RETRIEVAL BEGINS. Ballot boxes from Libmanan, Camarines Sur arrive at the Pili provincial capitol for the ballot recount. Photo by OVP

PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

Bongbong Marcos accuses PET of 'unfair treatment'

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says 'one option' is to request for his electoral protest case be raffled off to another Supreme Court justice

SOLID NORTH. Former senator Bongbong Marcos waves to supporters the SC before the preliminary conference was held for his electoral protest against the Vice President on July 11, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Why run for senator when I already won as VP?' – Bongbong Marcos

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says he is determined to see through the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

RAN BUT LOST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos campaigns for vice president in Mandaluyong in May 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP

SC gives Robredo access to soft copies of ballot images in electoral protest

Dec 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, says the SC decision will give their camp an 'additional blanket of security'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the opening of the Istorya ng Pag-asa gallery at the University of Nueva Caceres, Camarines Sur on November 18. Photo by OVP

SC defers action again on forensic exam of ARMM poll data in VP protest

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Supreme Court says a ballot recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental must be conducted first in the electoral protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo, who beat him in the 2016 polls. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

Let evidence 'speak for itself,' Marcos camp tells Robredo

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez says the members of the Board of Election Inspectors they included in the list submitted to the PET 'were named as witnesses – and not as registered voters'

BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of vice president, July 11, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rapple

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