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Strengthen human rights awareness of Filipinos, say opposition bets

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Erin Tañada believe Filipinos should be made more aware of their human rights, so they won't be afraid to file reports when abuses happen

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. Senatorial bets Erin Tañada, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc say Filipinos should be made more aware of human rights. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PDP-Laban's Senate slate to rely on Duterte popularity, party machinery

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III believes PDP-Laban senatorial candidates have no disadvantages in the 2019 elections

Photos of Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Pimentel by Rappler; Photos of Duterte, Go,Tolentino by Malacañang

Gutoc on Marawi rehab: Gov't not learning from mistakes post-Yolanda

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Marawi City civic leader Samira Gutoc says the government and the residents should 'co-manage' rehabilitation efforts

REBUILDING. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc gives her assessment of the government's rehabilitation efforts in her hometown. Screenshot from Rappler

Abby Binay 'deserves to be reelected' as Makati mayor, says dad

Nov 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Abby is running against her brother Junjun in the 2019 elections. Their father, former vice president Jejomar Binay, says Abby has shown 'very good performance.'

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Vice President Jejomar Binay joins his daughter Makati Second District Representative Abby Binay on stage as she sings him a song during her proclamation rally on March 28. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte has 'minimal involvement' in PDP-Laban affairs

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only got involved in the selection of the 5 PDP-Laban senatorial candidates for 2019, says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

PDP-LABAN. PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte is not much involved in the party's affairs. File Presidential Photo

Koko Pimentel open to sharing same slate with Imee Marcos

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The reelectionist Senator Aquilino Pimentel III has one condition: 'Basta hindi sila PDP-Laban,' referring to the party founded by his father, who had fought the Marcos dictatorship

#TheLeaderIWant: Koko Pimentel on 2019 candidacy, PDP-Laban campaign

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III talks to Rappler about his platform and the plans of PDP-Laban for 2019

In campaign jingle, Alejano is 'soldier of every Filipino'

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano highlights his bravery as a former soldier in his campaign jingle as a senatorial bet

SOLDIER. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano delivers his speech as senatorial bet of the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Imee Marcos says she has 'solutions' in new campaign ad

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Maraming may opinyon. Tayo may solusyon,' says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in her political advertisement

#IMEESOLUSYON. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos launches her campaign tag for the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Marcos' YouTube account

Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Rival Edgardo Zaragosa asks Comelec to cancel Chavit Singson's certificate of candidacy, saying the political kingpin cannot be living in a small house with one parking slot located near a piggery

PETITION. Photo courtesy of Edgardo Zaragoza

Duterte critic appeals tag as nuisance Senate bet

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio tells the Comelec it won't look good if 'a legal archenemy of President Duterte' is declared a nuisance senatorial candidate

COMPLAINT VS DUTERTE. Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio is the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. File photo courtesy of Jude Sabio

House bill seeks to make public debates mandatory for candidates

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora says mandatory debates for all candidates would help voters make informed choices on election day

ELECTION DEBATES. The 5 presidential bets during the 2016 elections participate in an election debate on February 21, 2016. File photo by AFP

Cancellation of Cayetano couple’s Taguig congressional bids sought

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The different addresses the former foreign affairs secretary and his outgoing mayor wife declared in their respective certificates of candidacy present 'legal infirmities,' the complaints say

[OPINYON] Wanted: Kandidatong bayani

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Ibinibigay ng administrasyong Duterte ang bawat pagkakataon para may tumayong bayani

Defenseless vs inflation? 'Gov't should listen to people,' says Tañada

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Senatorial aspirant Erin Tañada suggests measures 'that can be easily implemented by this administration if it has the political will to listen to the people'

HIGH PRICES. Filipino shoppers carry the goods they bought at the Commonwealth Public Market on October 08, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Extend Mindanao martial law? It failed to address human dignity – Gutoc

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Maranao leader and senatorial hopeful Samira Gutoc says peace movements at the grassroots, coupled with help from government, will help bring peace in Mindanao

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc is against another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot by Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Samira Gutoc on Mindanao representation in the Senate

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:45 PM

How will Samira Gutoc show the rest of the country that a Maranao like her can help address their most pressing problems – from high prices of goods to extrajudicial killings?

Erin Tañada asks Liberal Party members: 'Tayo ba ang nagkamali?'

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'You could see the people hanging around the President right now are the people we fought against, and we start to question: Ano ba pinaglaban natin? Bakit nagkaganito?'

OPPOSITION COALITION CANDIDATES. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator in the May 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon ticket. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ahead of 2019 polls, Robredo backs bill vs premature campaigning

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Ang pagpigil muli sa maagang pangangampanya ay kailangan para maging mas patas ang pagtakbo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. Vice President Leni Robredo says a law that criminalizes premature campaigning would create a level laying field among candidates. Photo from OVP

COA to ignore audit requests vs candidates during election season

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The Commission on Audit says this is to 'prevent opportunities and circumstances that may impair the independence, neutrality, and professionalism of the Commission, its officers and employees'

POLITICAL NEUTRALITY. The Commission on Audit (COA) will ignore audit requests against candidates in the 2019 elections if the request was sent after the official filed his or her candidacy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Opposition on wooing voters: Make it about them, not Duterte

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

‘Many of them support the President and I get that, and I don’t think you need to challenge that at this point,’ says reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino addresses supporters at the launch of the Oposisyon Koalisyon senatorial candidates on October 24, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Erin on the Tañada brand: 'There’s space for principled politics'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The former Quezon congressman, a champion of farmers and laborers, hopes to be the third Tañada in the Philippine Senate

3RD GEN TAÑADA. Ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator for the 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon. Screenshot by Rappler

Año wants PDEA to release new drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

'Gusto ko ilabas talaga 'yan para makita ng mga tao kung sino ang dapat iboto at hindi,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año amid concerns that the list is not fully vetted

ANOTHER LIST? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año wants a repeat of April 2018, when they released a drug list of barangay officials just before the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo denies Duterte asked Filipinos to vote for Freddie Aguilar

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo claims President Rodrigo Duterte 'may not be referring to an election' when he said, 'Vote for Freddie Aguilar!'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of singer Freddie Aguilar on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 newsmakers among possible nuisance Senate bets

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Among them is Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court

KATIPUNAN PARTY. All 12 senatorial bets of the Katipunan Party, including former Constitutional Commission spokesperson Conrado 'Ding' Generoso, face petitions to be declared nuisance bets. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte endorses Freddie Aguilar as senator: 'He's exemplary'

Nov 05, 2018 - 6:40 PM

In a move at odds with his own political party, President Rodrigo Duterte supports the senatorial bid of singer Freddie Aguilar

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of singer Freddie Aguilar on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

64% of Filipinos will support candidates who push for higher tobacco taxes – Pulse Asia

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Pulse Asia research director Ana Tabunda says majority of Filipinos are supportive of increases in tobacco taxes as health is considered a 'most urgent personal concern' for many

MORE EXPENSIVE? Customers look at a stall selling cigarettes at a mall in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

#TheLeaderIWant: Erin Tañada on being a voice for farmers, laborers

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:08 PM

What will the scion of the Tañada clan do to stand out in the polls and finally succeed in getting the Senate seat he has been aspiring for?

[OPINION] When the opposition says it will tap volunteers

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The Liberal Party-led senatorial slate should make sure volunteer sign-ups and social media endorsements will translate to votes

Opposition volunteers

4 things you need to know about the 2019 Senate hopefuls

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Most of those running for senator are male, married, and approaching their senior years

PUBLIC OFFICE. For the 2019 elections, 152 Filipinos filed their certificates of candidacy for senator.

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

Chel Diokno on running for senator: 'Fight the fear'

Oct 30, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'I just couldn't sit and watch it happen,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno as he tells Rappler why he decided to run for the Senate at this time of extrajudicial killings

Manuel "Chel" Diokno at the Rappler Headquarters on October 24, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With ‘no money,’ Liberal Party to count on volunteers in 2019

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says in the first 24 hours of their announcement, ‘more than a thousand’ signed up for their ‘people’s campaign’

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

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PIA feeds Bacolod journalists interview questions for Bong Go

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine Information Agency’s support for the activities of a non-government official, especially one running for senator, goes against its stated functions

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dear political parties: For your rallies, hire a wedding planner

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

That’s the person you need to mount campaign events that everyone – the crowd, the journalists, and larger public – will remember.

#TheLeaderIWant: Chel Diokno on legislation beyond human rights

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Does Chel Diokno have it in him to convince the tougher judge – the Filipino voter?

Newsbreak Chats: Election fever, Cebu as 'crime city'

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, October 25, looming electoral issues and the situation in Cebu City

Robredo to youth: Focus on track record, not candidates' promises

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also calls for an end to patronage politics, saying that officials have the obligation to serve the people in the first place

OPPOSITION LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech endorsing the 8 senatorial bets of the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. File photo by OVP

Oposisyon Koalisyon’s goal in 2019: Gov’t with 'heart for the people'

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The opposition coalition's senatorial bets say they will be champions of justice, human rights, and welfare of Filipinos if elected in 2019

OPPOSITION BETS. Vice President Leni Robredo (middle) poses together with the senatorial aspirants from the Oposisyon Koalisyon. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Youth groups slam electioneering of Bong Go, Ejercito at NYC event

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'We remind the National Youth Commission that as a government agency you should uphold neutrality and not use any of your programs as a venue for political gain,' says the Parliament of Youth Leaders

Robredo urges voters: 2019 polls chance to 'make things right'

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Ngayon pong halalan na darating, pagkakataon para iwasto natin lahat,' says Vice President Leni Robredo in pushing for the opposition's 8 Senate bets

THE OPPOSITION. Vice President Leni Robredo (middle, in white) together with the Oposisyon Koalisyon's 8 senatorial bets and other key opposition figures. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Barangay event kicks off opposition bid to overcome ‘dilawan’ handicap

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:48 PM

They shed their yellow shirts, and do away with the classic ‘L’ sign. Voters, they believe, don't care about colors anymore.

OPPOSITION COALITION. The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections during a gathering of supporters held at Barangay Parang in Marikina October 24, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIVE: Opposition coalition introduces final Senate slate

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Watch the launch of the opposition coalition slate on Rappler

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

Sara Duterte steps up drive vs leftist party-list groups

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte believes party-list groups under the Makabayan bloc should not be in Congress

CAMPAIGN VS LEFTIST PARTY-LIST GROUPS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio is campaigning against the election of militant party-list groups in the next Congress. Photo from the Facebook page of the City Government of Davao

Manny Pacquiao is PDP-Laban's campaign manager for 2019 senatorial elections

Oct 23, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Can the boxing champ and neophyte senator handle a national campaign? PDP-Laban president and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says, 'Of course, kayang-kaya niya iyan.'

Senate Blue Ribbon committee Chairman Senator Richard Gordon at the hearing on the Misuse of Government Funds of the General Santos City Road Right-of-Way project, September 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawyer linked to Atio Castillo death cover-up to run for Cavite board member

Oct 23, 2018 - 1:02 AM

'Tuloy-tuloy po tayo sa pagbabago,' promises lawyer Kevin Anarna, who was linked in the fatal hazing of Horacio 'Atio' Castillo III

CANDIDATE. Lawyer Kevin Anarna is running for Cavite 5th District board member in the 2019 elections. Photo from Anarna's Facebook page

The class of 2019: Where are graduating senators going?

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Four senators are leaving the chamber in mid-2019: Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan II, Francis Escudero, and Antonio Trillanes IV. Here are their plans.

GRADUATING SENATORS. Three administration allies and one opposition senator are set to leave the Senate in 2019.

#TheLeaderIWant: Pasig’s Vico Sotto on old, new politics

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Rappler kicks off its #TheLeaderIWant series by talking to Pasig city councilor Vico Sotto