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Scenarios: 2022 looms over tight midterm race

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte has endorsed 4 out of 7 reelectionist senators: Pimentel, Villar, Angara, and Ejercito. Will he anoint one of them to be his successor?

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Candidates avoid debates to avoid scrutiny

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We ask the Comelec to use all its moral suasion to organize one senatorial debate and compel all major candidates to attend. Or we wake up in May with a Senate slate that is purely bought and paid for.

For an 'independent Senate,' Makabayan endorses 9 candidates

Mar 03, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from its bet Neri Colmenares, Makabayan endorses 5 of 8 Otso Diretso bets

'INDEPENDENT SENATE.' The 9 Senate bets endorsed by Makabayan. Photo from Makabayan

Duterte says Bong Go 'handled millions of money' as aide

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:43 PM

The President says Go never took a single cent from millions of cash supposedly distributed to law enforcers for operations and intelligence work

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to distribute basketballs to some teenagers upon his arrival at the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija during its inauguration on February 13, 2019. Joining the President is former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go. Malacañang Photo

CONTEXT: Jinggoy Estrada 'filed 600 bills' in Senate

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Over 500 of the bills the ex-senator and 2019 senatorial bet co-authored or filed were pending at the Senate committee level in the 16th Congress, from 2013 to 2016

Can progressives win Senate seats this time?

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Warring unions join forces for the first time in decades to push for the pro-worker agenda that Duterte has failed to deliver. Will this be enough of a game changer?

Five labor leaders running for Senate seat in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, collectively known as the Labor Win gather in Plaza Miranda for a proclamation rally on February 14, 2019.. Labor Win is composed of labor leaders Ernesto Arellano, Allan Montaño, Sonny Matula, Neri Colmenares and Leody De Guzman. Photo courtesy of Defend Job PH

Jiggy Manicad: Libel should stay a crime to prevent 'abuse' by journalists

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:47 PM

'Dapat pa rin pong krimen siya para wala pong abuso sa hanay nating mamamahayag,' says senatorial bet and former journalist Jiggy Manicad

The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May electionsin San Fernado Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/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?

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

Comelec allows Pimentel, Osmeña to run for senator

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Unlike them, pro-life advocate Rizalito David and lawyer Jude Josue Sabio fail to convince the Commission on Elections to allow them to run for senator

COMELEC HQ. The Palacio del Gobernador that houses the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No to Chinese workers replacing Filipinos – Mar Roxas

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:56 PM

'Kung gano'n ang tulong nila sa atin, 'yung ayuda, 'yung pautang nila sa atin, hindi na bale,' says opposition senatorial candidate Mar Roxas

NO TO CHINESE WORKERS. Mar Roxas says he opposes the influx of Chinese workers "replacing" Filipinos. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque says no to death penalty in drug crimes

Jan 27, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the Duterte administration on death penalty for drug-related crimes

NO TO DEATH PENALTY. Harry Roque says he opposes the reimposition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Imee Marcos, Pia Cayetano, Villar, Angara in Duterte's Senate slate

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will likely have his own 2019 Senate slate, distinct from the slate of his own political party, PDP-Laban

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the ceremonial turnover of housing units to wounded police officers and soldiers at the Pleasant View Residences in the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on January 10, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Survey says: How 2019 senatorial bets are faring so far

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Reelectionists and former senators are ahead, while some newcomers gain ground, in surveys leading to the 2019 midterm elections

Opposition senatorial bets eye Western Visayas vote

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says Region 6 will 'play an important role for Otso,' referring to the opposition's Otso Diretso senatorial candidates

OTSO DIRETSO. Senator Franklin Drilon (3rd, left) with opposition senatorial candidates (from left) Samira Gutoc, Erin Tañada, Senator Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, and Romy Macalintal gamely gesture the “Korean finger heart” after a press conference in Iloilo City on January 11, 2018. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Mar Roxas says Ilonggo support won’t make him complacent

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:08 PM

In their first sortie, the coalition candidates go to Capiz, Roxas’ home province and bailiwick

KICK-OFF. Ahead of the start of the election period, opposition senatorial bets led by Manuel Roxas II launch a series of town hall meetings in Roxas City on January 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Opposition hopes to repeat Robredo's 2016 victory for Senate bets

Nov 30, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Hindi ba meron tayong isang kandidato na from 1% to Vice President? Nasubukan na po natin noon. Uulitin natin para sa 8,' Team Pilipinas convenor Maria Cecila Reyes tells volunteers for the opposition's 2019 campaign

TEAM PILIPINAS. Campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan and 4 of the Oposisyon Koalisyon's senatorial bets pose for a group photo with Team Pilipnas. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[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

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.

No limits: ‘Senior’ government officials running in 2019

Oct 22, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Despite years – or decades – spent working in the government, these political veterans are still running for office in the 2019 Philippine elections

NOT THE END. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

13 Senate campaign virgins spice up 2019 elections

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

These first-time Senate hopefuls – lawyers, Duterte appointees, a reporter, civic Muslim leader, former soldier, long-time local chiefs – promise to shake up the midterm polls

LIST: 2019 Senate hopefuls facing cases, complaints, probes

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler lists the senatorial aspirants who are facing cases, complaints, or probes, as well as those who have been acquitted or the cases against them dismissed

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Seniors bid for Senate seats to address environmental, transport problems

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Mansueto Gallardo, 70, and Porferio Camorongan, 80, find government slow in addressing some pressing problems

SELF-NOMINATED. Mansueto Gallardo decides to bring his ideas on treating waste at sea ‘straight to the table’ at the Comelec, but is unable to register for the party list. All photos by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler.com

Like Jinggoy, JV plans to run as 'Estrada' in 2019

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'Talagang mayroong confusion. May mawawalang boto because of confusion. That comes with the risk of running together kaya nga hindi ginagawa ito ng pamilya,' says Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito

Opposition coalition to announce final Senate slate on October 24

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says they are still deliberating whether or not to field a complete slate of 12 senatorial bets for the 2019 polls

LIBERALS. Vice President Leni Robredo, ex-president Benigno Aquino III, and Senator Francis Pangilinan pose with LP's first 3 senatorial bets: Senator Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and ex-lawmaker Erin Tañada. Photo by OVP

No special event to announce PDP-Laban’s Senate slate

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:18 PM

PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says the party will 'just release a complete list of its candidates nationwide' after the filing of certificates of candidacy

PDP-Laban led by the Party President Senator Koko Pimentel and Chairman former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez along with its members and leaders gather at the Seda Hotel in Quezon City on Thursday, August 2, 2018, for a leadership meeting. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Opposition coalition to announce Senate slate only after October 17

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan says opposition groups still 'needed more time' to finalize their senatorial slate for the 2019 elections

THE OPPOSITION. Senator Francis Pangilinan with LP senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Erin Tañada, and Chel Diokno. Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis is also being considered for the opposition slate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Musicians remind people to 'go register' for 2019 elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Among those who posted using the #GoRegisterPH hashtag on social media are Eraserheads legends Raymund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala, jazz singer Toni B, and musicians from Cheats, Sandwich, Moonstar 88, The Vowels They Orbit, and Gracenote

#GOREGISTERPH. Some of the OPM scene's biggest names encourage their listeners to register as voters. Photos from Instagram.com/buddyzabala, Instagram.com/raymsmercygun, and Instagram.com/saabmagalona

Jiggy Manicad to run for senator in 2019

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'Kung tatanungin mo ako if I really want to have power, ayokong ganun. It's more of correct the insitutions na magsisilbi sila,' says broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad on his plans to run for senator

FOR SENATOR. Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad confirms running for senator in the 2019 elections. Photo by Hanna Joyce Macawili

Women in top 5 of Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio lead the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held in early September

TOP 5. Women dominate the top 5 of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race. File photos by Mark Cristino (Poe), Senate PRIB (Villar), Cayetano (Rappler), Office of Senator Nancy Binay, and Manman Dejeto (Carpio),

[OPINION] Resist de facto dictatorship: Don’t give up the Senate in 2019

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Most likely, it will be the only arena where genuine political competition can happen

Aquino vs Marcos looms in 2019 Senate race

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:21 PM

How is the Senate race shaping up a year into the polls? Results of the June 2018 Pulse Asia survey present interesting movements.

Dela Rosa: I want to run for senator, but...

May 09, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'Ako, Senado, kung ako'ng masusunod ah,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa after being asked to choose between running for senator or governor

SENATOR 'BATO'? Ronald dela Rosa at his first flag raising ceremony as Bureau of Corrections chief. Sourced photo

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

Liberal Party, other groups urge Mar Roxas to run for senator

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'We are suggesting to him to consider it but candidacy is a personal decision. But yes, we are suggesting to him to take a good look at it,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Mar Roxas arrives at Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Thursday, to join Tindig Pilipinas commemorate the 45 years of Marcos declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pimentel to Cordillerans: There'll be 2019 elections despite charter change efforts

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:25 PM

One of the contested issues in Baguio about federalism is its effect on the Cordillera Administrative Region's quest for autonomy

PUBLIC CONSULTATION. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (standing) proposes a return to the two-party system during the Senate hearing on constitutional revision in Baguio City, attended by (from left) Benigno Aquino IV, Panfilo Lacson, Francisc Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, and Nancy Binay at the University of Cordilleras on Friday, March 16, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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

Get to know Alvarez's 6 nominees to the PDP-Laban 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez names 6 people whom he wants to be part of PDP-Laban’s senatorial slate for the 2019 elections: Mocha Uson, Harry Roque, Carlo Nograles, Francis Tolentino, Geraldine Roman, Albee Benitez

Duterte on Mocha Uson as Senate bet: 'Let the people decide'

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:17 AM

'If that guy or woman is elected by the people, then you have to honor that choice,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' nominees to the ruling party PDP-Laban's Senate slate for the 2019 polls on November 18, 2017. Screengrab from RTVM video

Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler