2019 Philippine Elections - updates

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Abra vice governor bet Bersamin reports harassment by Bangued mayor

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Ana Marie Bersamin tells police that she and her team were harassed by some 40 supporters of incumbent Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Campus mock polls show how different the youth vote is

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Young people's political choices may predict the next leaders who in turn will run the country's future'

Poll officer: Candidates in Mindanao seeking more security 'paranoid'

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'During election time, this sickness of paranoia is very rampant,' says electiion officer Chubasco Cenen Caiña

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Serenas (2nd, left), Comelec election officer Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right), and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, attend an election-related security briefing in Cagayan de Oro City on April 16, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

SC to judges: Don't let candidates use search warrants vs rivals

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Supreme Court reminds judges that they should 'remain impartial' during the campaign period, amid reports that 'unscrupulous politicians' are using the courts to target their opponents

SEARCH WARRANTS. The Office of the Court Administrator receives reports of politicians trying to obtain search warrants from lower courts against their rivals during the election period. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In tears, Abby Binay says she’s ‘lone wolf’ in the family

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'I grew up different... So they don’t seem to accept na ‘Bakit ikaw ganyan? Bakit ‘di ka kagaya namin?’ says Makati Mayor Abby Binay on her siblings opposing her reelection bid

'LONE WOLF.' Abby Binay talks to reporters ahead of her proclamation rally at Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City on March 29, 2019. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte, PDP-Laban campaign rallies: Showbiz, insults, late night rants

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:03 AM

People spend 8 to 10 hours in a single PDP-Laban campaign rally, led by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a round of applause from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates during a campaign rally at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on April 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Poll watchdog asks Comelec to act on complaints vs party-list groups

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao also asks the Comelec hold a public forum with party-list groups with reported links to political dynasties or represent special business interests

ELECTIONS FORUM. Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao presents findings on party list groups at a forum in the University of the Philippine Bahay ng Alumni on April 16, 2019. Photo

Campaign Convos: Anthony del Rosario on HNP's 2022 plans, locking horns with Alvarez

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

In this election podcast, Rappler speaks with Hugpong ng Pagbabago secretary-general and Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario

PNP keeping close watch over Lanao del Norte for poll-related violence

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say past elections in Lanao del Norte were marked by 'intense political rivalry' exacerbated by the rido culture in the province

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Sereñas (2nd, left) said Lanao de Norte is Northern Mindanao's closely-watched province in the May 2019 elections. With him are Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right) and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade on April 16,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Only 2 candidates got public performance license to use copyrighted songs in rallies

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Candidates who use copyrighted music without a license can be held criminally and civilly liable, says the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc

No Sara Duterte endorsement for Floirendo speakership bid in Tagum rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

But Hugpong ng Pagbabago Secretary-General Anthony del Rosario says Sara Duterte and the party have decided to support Floirendo – aside from backing 3 other speakership bids

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Del Rosario, Floirendo blast Alvarez in Davao del Norte HNP rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Governor Anthony del Rosario and congressman Tonyboy Floirendo join forces to host the senatorial bets of Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tagum City

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Vote-buying is not just giving or taking cash

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The law prohibiting vote-buying covers not only candidates but also the voters

5 top Senate bets have yet to register social media pages

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Less than half of senatorial bets have complied with this new Commission on Elections requirement as of Monday, April 15

SOCIAL MEDIA. Leading senatorial candidates Lito Lapid, Grace Poe, Bato dela Rosa, Imee Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada have not registered their social media pages for the midterm polls as of April 15, 2019. Photos from senatorial bets' Facebook pages

Labor candidates to admin bets: We’ll sing and dance, but only if you debate with us

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Labor Win’s Ka Leody De Guzman says he wouldn’t expect the administration allies to join debates, as doing so would supposedly expose their anti-people interests and agendas

DEBATE. The Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montaño, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman challenge administration allies to a debate. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Amend labor code to end endo, labor candidates pitch to voters

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:08 PM

For starters, labor lawyer Allan Montaño says there is a big difference to changing the word ‘or’ to ‘and’ in the labor code definition of a contractor and sub-contractor

LABOR WIN. Labor candidates (L-R) Neri Colmenares, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano pitch their labor code amendments to end contractualization during a forum on April 15, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Erice to Kris Aquino: I didn't intend to blame PNoy for Mar's 2016 loss

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan congressman Edgar Erice, who manages Mar Roxas' senatorial bid, says he and his candidate are 'true blue Liberals who 'stand with the party'

Election lawyer: Schools, watchdogs can help Comelec check candidates' spending

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon says the task is too big for the Commission on Elections alone as some 100,000 statements of candidates' expenses are filed after elections

Kris Aquino: Don't blame my brother Noy for Mar Roxas' defeats

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'So pati ba pagkatalo sa 2010 kasalanan din ni Noy?' asks Kris Aquino, lashing out at senatorial candidate Mar Roxas' campaign manager Edgar Erice

1,000 Filipinos vote in Dubai on 1st day of overseas voting

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'It's very promising,' says Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes

OVERSEAS VOTING. Overseas Filipino workers in Dubai cast their votes in the Philippines' 2019 elections. Photos courtesy of The Filipino Times

Crowdfunding can level candidates' campaign spending – election lawyer

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

But election lawyer Emil Marañon III says crowdfunding initiatives aren't easily doable under the Philippines' election laws

Choose candidates with environmental agenda – youth leaders

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Youth climate advocates from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao challenge candidates to help stop using coal energy and producing single-use plastic, among others

CALL TO ACTION. Youth leaders from across the Philippines gather in a unity declaration protest to stop environmental destruction. Photo by Claudia Gancayco

Election law needs reforms, says Chel Diokno

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:47 PM

If elected, Diokno says he will give an equal fighting chance to those who do not have enough means to seek office due to lack of funds

IN BATANGAS. 2019 senatorial candidate Chel Diokno campaigns in Batangas. Photo from Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Campaign Convos Podcast: Skip the gimmicks, we assess senatorial candidates based on platform

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

What if we judged a senatorial candidate purely based on their platform and advocacies? Rappler campaign reporters skip the gimmicks and drama to discuss what senatorial bets are promising.

Colmenares: Solve impunity by not electing another Duterte

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Saying that impunity reigns in the country, senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares says it’s because Duterte ‘makes sure that the judiciary is afraid of him’

Lawyer-Senatoriables Ernesto Arellano, Neri Colmenares, Chel Diokno, Sonny Matula, Erin Tanada and Joan Sheelah Nalliw during the Integrated Bar of the Philippines townhall meeting with Lawyera-Senatoriables in IBP office, Pasig City on April 12, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte skips PDP-Laban campaign rally in Marawi

Apr 12, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PDP-Laban senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino says the Chief Executive's absence from the rally is 'nothing to worry about'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds while witnessing the program proper during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at One Pinagtipunan Circle in Malabon City on April 2, 2019. Joining the President on stage are former Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, and Kathryna Yu-Pimentel who represents her husband Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roxas suggests adding tax incentives for BPO companies to train workers

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Incentives will help the BPO industry keep up with present-day challenges, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data, says the senatorial candidate

BPO PROSPECTS. Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas talks to BPO workers in a forum in Quezon City on April 11, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

‘Mahaba pa ang laban’: Survey laggard Otso Diretso bets still positive

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:35 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo also suspects black propaganda against Otso Diretso candidates Mar Roxas and Bam Aquino, but did not give any evidence for her claim

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) raises the hands of Otso Diretso bets Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno in Bohol on April, 5, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roxas on lower survey ranking: 'Okay lang 'yan, family first'

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial bet Mar Roxas attributes the decrease in his survey numbers to the 20 days he spent overseas together with his family, including his newborn twins

'OKAY LANG 'YAN.' Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas performance decreases in the March Pulse Asia survey. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

[OPINYON] Kalimutan ang ‘winnable’

Apr 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Suriin ang kampanya para masuri ang kandidato. Makikilala natin kung anong uri ng kandidato o pulitiko ang nakatanghal sa atin batay sa kani-kanilang paraan at moda ng kampanya

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec shows how to vote in May 13 elections

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the demo of vote-counting machines conducted by the Commission on Elections in the Rappler office at 2 pm on Thursday, April 11

VOTING MACHINE. The 2019 elections will be the 4th automated electoral exercise in the Philippines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

4 in 10 Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:26 PM

Independent reelectionist Grace Poe remains the front runner in the senatorial polls as of late March, but Hugpong ng Pagbabago bets continue to dominate the pack

Youth urged to vote in 2019 elections

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:31 AM

#WeTheBrave, a national youth movement composed of around 300 groups, calls on young Filipinos to do their part in the upcoming elections

Newsbreak Chats: Should Philippine elections be this expensive?

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A special edition of Newsbreak Chats features election lawyer and Rappler columnist Emil Marañon III who tackles issues surrounding campaign finance laws

Retired police colonel running for councilor killed in Legazpi City

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Police Colonel Ramiro Bausa, an independent candidate for Legazpi City councilor, was a former Camarines Sur police chief

SLAIN CANDIDATE. Former Camarines Sur police chief Ramiro Bausa was eyeing a seat in the Legazpi City Council. Photo from the Facebook page of Ramiro Mendenilla Bausa

What you need to know if you’re an overseas absentee voter

Apr 10, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Overseas voting for the 2019 midterm elections starts on Saturday, April 13, and ends on election day, Monday, May 13.

#TheLeaderIWant: What do you look for in a candidate?

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Participate in MovePH's campaign! Show #TheLeaderIWant through your photos or videos.

Lower inflation? ‘Pambobola iyan,’ Roxas says

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The Otso Diretso Senate bet says ordinary people still feel the effects of the higher prices of food and vegetables

MARKET STOPS. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas takes his 'Mr Palengke' campaign to Cebu City on April 8, 2019. He visited the Carbon Public Market. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Complaints filed vs Abra mayoral bet for slapping campaigners

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The 3 complainants accuse former Bangued mayor Ryan Luna of slapping them as they campaigned for reelectionist Mayor Dominick Valera

MAYORAL BET. Former Bangued, Abra mayor Ryan Luna. Photo from the Facebook page of Bangued, Abra LGU

Exercising their rights: Will Filipinos overseas vote in 2019?

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:09 PM

There are almost two million Filipinos overseas who are registered to vote in 2019 – will they be able to break the pattern of low voter turnout?

OVERSEAS VOTING. A migrant Filipino joins the overseas absentee voting held in Ottawa, Canada, to elect the Philippines' next president and other national leaders. Photo courtesy of DFA Public Information Services Unit

I didn’t vote the last elections, and boy do I regret it

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Another messiah, another mistake? One Rappler makes her case for why every single vote counts.

Poe says performance, FPJ's legacy her 'edge' over Senate bets

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says she still has more areas to cover in the campaign even if she has consistently topped pre-election surveys

MOTORCADE. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe gives out ballers to Cainta residents. Photo from Poe's office

Rappler trains citizen journalists ahead of 2019 elections

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Twenty core Movers from across the Philippines will be part of Rappler's coverage of the 2019 Philippine elections

Photo by Abby Lupac/Rappler

Roxas: Duterte should address wealth questions, so gov't can tackle important issues

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:26 AM

Given the effects of El Niño, the government should prioritize giving farmers automatic membership in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, says the opposition senatorial candidate

MARKET STOPS. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas takes his 'Mr Palengke' campaign to Cebu City on April 8, 2019. He visited the Carbon Public Market. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Labor Senate bet wants death penalty for corrupt politicians, drug sellers

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Labor lawyer Allan Montaño believes introducing death penalty on such grounds is 'not anti-poor'

LABOR BET. Allan Montano is an independent candidate running under the Labor Win coalition. Rappler screengrab

[OPINION] Debates, discourse, and dissonance: Politics as a spectator sport

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Our opinions shape our action, as well as our inaction. Thus, if we treat our political beliefs and preferences as 'important but not that important,' they just might be.

#TheLeaderIWant: Allan Montaño and the labor vote

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Rappler reporter Aika Rey speaks to Labor Win candidate Allan Montaño about his Senate bid and priority measures if elected