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WATCH: Politicians join PMA alumni homecoming ahead of 2019 polls

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:11 PM

From former police chief Ronald dela Rosa to Senator JV Estrada, original and adopted alumni are welcomed by the Philippine Military Academy in its 2019 alumni homecoming

'RULING CLASS.' The PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 marching led by Senatorial candidate and former top cop Ronald dela Rosa and police chief Oscar Albayalde. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Vote-counting machines roadshow to educate voters, candidates in Aklan

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Election officers, board of election supervisors, and canvassers are also undergoing trainings on how to use the vote-counting machines for the 2019 polls

Service sans the uniform: Former military, policemen seek gov't posts in 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

These former servicemen refuse to retreat from the field of public service and have chosen to go into the perilous jungle of politics

NEW SERVICE. Former policemen and soldiers try their luck at civilian public service, running for the 2019 elections.

Top poll ad spender? Alejano says he spent less than '3%' of PCIJ estimate

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'I cannot imagine myself having that amount,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who has been named by the PCIJ as the top 10 ad spender so far for the 2019 polls

TOP SPENDER? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano at the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming 2019 in Baguio City. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Social media users point out that names like senatorial candidate Bong Go's are not on the list. But Comelec Commisioner Guanzon says her list was for candidates with NCR addresses.

Dela Rosa confident of PMA alumni support for Senate bid

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'Siguradong may boboto sa akin kaya hindi na ako mangangampanya dito,' says administration senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa, who is attending the PMA homecoming as a member of Class 1986

NO CAMPAIGN.' Former top cop and now administration senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks to the media on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City on Februry 16, 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Candidates for Senate 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

How are the 62 senatorial aspirants in the 2019 midterm elections the same or different from each other?

PMA to 2019 candidates: Don't use our homecoming to campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:29 AM

The Philippine Military Academy will ask politicians to get rid of their campaign materials found in Fort Gregorio del Pilar

NO CAMPAIGNING, PLEASE. The Philippine Military Academy appeals to politicians and alumni alike not to use its annual homecoming on February 16, 2019, to campaign for the May polls. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bong Go breaks into May 2019 winning circle – Pulse Asia

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The rise of Duterte’s right-hand man came after the deluge of advertisements showing presidential endorsement – 4 months before the May 2019 elections

CAMPAIGN. The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May elections in San Fernado, Pampanga on February 12. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Labor Senate bets: We have 'real credentials' to push for pro-poor policies

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Walang tunay na makapagsalita para sa mga magaggawa maliban sa mga nagmumula sa mga manggagawa,' says Sonny Matula on the labor leaders' Senate bid

PROCLAMATION RALLY. Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montano, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman, officially kickstarts their senatorial campaign on February 19, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

In Naga, Otso Diretso bets throw shade at Marcoses

Feb 14, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'Ipinagtatanggol ko lamang po 'yong mga legal na pamamaraan. Para hindi siya madaya no'ng isang taong hindi marunong tumanggap ng pagkatalo,' says Romulo Macalintal, the lead legal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo

OTSO DIRETSO. Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Otso Diretso slate as it officially kicks off its campaign for the 2019 senatorial elections in Naga City on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Photo by OVP

Your guide to what Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial bets say during sorties

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Who talks about their platform during sorties? Who sings? Here's a quick and easy summary of what Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates say during campaign sorties.

The coalition of senatorial bets under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (8th-left) of regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicked off its campaign in San Fernado Pampanga on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Also in photos are House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo (5th-right) and Pampanga Governor lelia Pineda. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Anti-Corruption Commission, Comelec tell gov't employees: Stay away from politics

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Commission on Elections urge the public to file complaints for any possible offenses

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec partner up to warn government employees to not engage in partisan political activities as the 2019 elections fast approaches. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Robredo asks Bicolanos: Do for Otso Diretso what you did for me in 2016

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo recalls her own come-from-behind victory in 2016 and urges her fellow Bicolanos to vote for the opposition senatorial candidates in 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Otso Diretso slate as it officially kicks off its campaign for the 2019 senatorial elections in Naga City on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

IN PHOTOS: Otso Diretso visits tomb of Jesse Robredo

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:50 AM

The opposition senatorial candidates say the visit is 'symbolic' as they aspire to be as 'decent and excellent' as the late DILG chief

SLATE COMPLETE. The Otso Diretso senatorial bets pose for a picture at ex-DILG chief Jesse Robredo's tomb. Photo by Mara Capeda/Rappler

Gutoc uses ‘faithful boyfriend’ analogies to teach students about peace

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Peace education starts with having only one girlfriend!' Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc tells high school students in Iriga City

PEACE AND RESPECT. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc teaches a thing or two about peace and faithful friends to students ahead of Valentine's Day. Screenshot from Rappler

7 reelectionist senators band together for 2019 campaign, elections

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III endorses all reelectionists, including opposition Bam Aquino, for 'unity'

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Roxas says solo campaign kickoff without Otso Diretso a non-issue

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas says it has always been his tradition to start his campaign in Capiz, his hometown

Photo from Roxas' Facebook page

Political ads of top spenders worth more than their declared wealth

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.

Garcias of Bataan vow all-out support for Hugpong ng Pagbabago senators

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Another influential political clan in Central Luzon hosts Sara Duterte and her Senate bets

SUPPORT FOR HNP. Bataan Governor Abet Garcia speaks at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign rally in Mariveles, Bataan, on February 13, 2019. Screenshots by Rappler

Comelec junks petitions vs Pimentel senatorial bid

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections dismisses petitions alleging that Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking a prohibited third term as senator

REELECTION BID. The Commission on Elections junks petitions to stop Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III from running again for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec gives bets until February 14 to remove illegal posters

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The Commission on Elections says it is 'very hopeful' of success in its drive against illegal posters for the 2019 polls

CAMPAIGN PERIOD. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez speaks at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on February 13, 2019. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Why endorse 13 candidates for 12 slots? Sara Duterte explains

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Asked why Hugpong ng Pagbabago's senatorial slate is dominated by old names in politics, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says 'there are no other senators running'

SARA DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte addresses the crowd at an HNP campaign cortie in Mariveles, Bataan, on February 13, 2019. Screenshots by Rappler

Otso Diretso bets to Iriganons: 'Our fight is also De Lima’s fight'

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Opposition senatorial candidates tell the people in the hometown of Senator Leila de Lima that they can count on them to fight for justice and human rights

HOME TURF. A standee of detained senator Leila de Lima outside her home in Iriga City on February 13, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso heads to Leni and Jesse’s turf to woo Bicolano vote

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:17 AM

The 8 opposition candidates tour Camarines Sur, home province of the Robredos

VOTE-RICH. Otso Diretso candidates swing through Camarines Sur. Photo by Mara Capeda/Rappler

Pork barrel scam behind them? Jinggoy, Bong Revilla kick off Senate bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The two pork-tainted ex-senators woo voters in Pampanga on the first day of the 2019 campaign period, alongside presidential daughter Sara Duterte

COMEBACK BID. Former senators Jinggoy Ejercito and Bong Revilla join the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch events in Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Rappler screenshot

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Feb 12, 2019 - 9:50 PM

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Comelec hits Bong Go, Mar Roxas over illegal campaign posters

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections calls out administration and opposition candidates alike for their illegal posters, as the 2019 campaign period officially begins

ILLEGAL POSTERS. Manila City hall workers start removing campaign materials in Santa Mesa, Manila on February 11, 2019, after Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminds candidates to remove prohibited election propaganda. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Mar Roxas, Grace Poe go solo to kick off senatorial bids

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Mar Roxas begins the official campaign period in Roxas City, Capiz, while Grace Poe leads a feeding program for public school students in Quezon City

Otso Diretso slate offers 8-point platform

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

‘Manlilimos tayo ng boto kahit saan, kahit sa Davao,’ says Liberal Party President Senator Kiko Pangilinan

KICKOFF. The Otso Diretso slate kicks off their campaign for the midterm elections with a rally in Caloocan City on February 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP tags Manila, 4 other Metro Manila cities as election hotspots

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, and Pasay are also listed as election hotspots

ELECTION HOTSPOT. Policemen implement a stricter Comelec checkpoint in Binondo, Manila as the NCRPO deploys 14,000 police and set up more checkpoints in Metro Manila at start of the campaign period on February 12, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bong Go: Don’t vote for me if I used gov’t resources for Senate bid

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:57 PM

But the former Duterte aide refuses to say who is funding his campaign

WAIT FOR SPENDING REPORT. Administration bet Bong Go tells journalists in Angeles City on February 12, 2019, he will report his campaign financiers and expenses. This document, however, is required by the Comelec only after the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Choosing opposition bets in May? Panelo explains your vote

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:32 PM

3 months before elections, Panelo says that if opposition candidates win in the Senate race, it's because they're expected to help the President

PNP defends invite for Bong Go: We didn't say vote for him

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Remember, wala kaming sinasabi sa kanila na kung sino dapat iboto nila,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

EARLY CAMPAIGN? Senatorial candidate Bong Go is welcomed in national police headquarters Camp Crame a day before the official campaign period for the 2019 elections. PNP photo

Arroyo asks Pampanga to give Duterte bets 'landslide' win

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:50 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appears beside presidential daughter Sara Duterte to personally endorse Hugpong ng Pagbabago's Senate slate

APPEAL TO PAMPANGA. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speaks at the campaign launch of Hugpong ng Pagbabago on February 12, 2019, urging Pampangueños to vote for its senatorial bets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP: 701 election hotspots as 2019 campaign period begins

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

These account for 42.9% of all cities and municipalities in the Philippines

MORE HOTSPOTS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they will adjust their deployment according to the hotspot list for the 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Otso Diretso begins tough challenge of campaigning as underdogs

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The opposition slate settles with Caloocan as its kickoff venue, the city of Mayor Oscar Malapitan, a Duterte ally

KICKOFF. Otso Diretso slate in a press conference on February 12, 2019 in Caloocan City, to kick-off their campaign for the midterm elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Pinedas of Pampanga pull out all stops for Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Governor Lilia Pineda and her vice governor son host the campaign launch of Sara Duterte's regional party

PAMPANGA SORTIE. Pampanga Gov Lilia Pineda (front row, 2nd left) attends the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch in San Fernando, Pampanga, on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec

JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada raise each other's hands at HNP campaign launch

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The estranged brothers, both senatorial candidates, also shake hands with smiles on their faces at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign launch

BROTHERS. Senator JV Ejercito and older brother former senator Jinggoy Estrada raise each other's hand at a Hugpong ng Pagbabago sortie on February 12, 2019. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Can Otso Diretso do a repeat of Robredo’s 2016 victory?

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Otso Diretso has so far successfully maintained the image that they are indeed opposition candidates. This is good for securing command vote for the coalition'

Supporters with images of the 7 senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] How to make the automated elections less vulnerable to cheats

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao

Beyond legislation: Powers, roles of Philippine lawmakers

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:59 PM

Congress plays a vital role in exacting accountability from other branches in government

Roxas on Senate bid: 'I'm not here to redo 2016'

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Mar Roxas says he is once again running for senator to help lift Filipinos out of poverty, not to get back at politicians who left the Liberal Party 3 years ago

OTSO DIRETSO BET. Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas is the guest of Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant on February 8, 2019. Screenshot from Rappler

What to expect as the 2019 campaign period for national bets begins

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Do you know what type of campaign ads are prohibited?

Duterte hit for endorsing Jinggoy? Filipinos 'believe in his judgment' – Panelo

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsements of Jinggoy Estrada and Imee Marcos won't hurt his supposedly firm stance against corruption

Detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada arrive at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Monday, for his Plunder and Graft trial. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Newsrooms, universities team up to fact-check 2019 elections

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The Tsek.ph collaborative project will verify claims in the lead-up to the 2019 midterm elections, and rate them based on the degree of accuracy or completeness

TSEK.PH LAUNCH. Media and academe partners sign a memorandum of understanding for the Tsek.ph collaborative fact-checking project at the University of the Philippines on February 11, 2019. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

PNP honors Senate bet Bong Go on eve of campaign period

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Duterte-aide-turned-Senate-bet Bong Go says he came only as a private citizen and a former secretary

HONORED. Bong GO speaks before a college student-filled Camp Crame field ON Monday, February 11. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Let's own the elections

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Political camps and interest groups will bombard us with spin, propaganda until all we can hear is noise. The voters and the media can – and should – reclaim social media.