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[OPINION] Ask Senate hopefuls to show pictures of their libraries

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

I heard a proposal that only those who finished college should run, which is stupid, because everyone should be free to run. I'd rather that all senatorial candidates bring a picture of their libraries.

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

COC filing: Comebacks, gimmicks that 'shookt' Filipinos

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections has its share of eyebrow-raising moments

LIST: Who’s running for mayor, vice mayor in Metro Manila for 2019?

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Here is a list of tandems and other aspirants expected to face off in the 2019 elections in the National Capital Region

LIST: 2019 elections senatorial hopefuls

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

A total of 152 individuals have filed certificates of candidacy for senator

COC FILING. Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Journalist Michael Ubac replaces Roque as party-list nominee of Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) Veteran journalist Ubac takes Roque's place as the latter decided to forge ahead with a Senate bid on the last day of filing of candidacies

PARTY-LIST. Journalist Michael Ubac is a nominee of the Luntiang Pilipinas party. Photo of Ubac from Facebook

The many times Ethel Booba threw shade as aspirants filed their COCs

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Kuha po kayo NBI Clearance (Get an NBI Clearance),' she tells Bong Revilla

CHAROTISMS. Ethel Booba doesn't hold back on the commentary as hopefuls file their COCs. Screenshot from Twitter.com/IamEthylGabison

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:24 PM

From Ilocos Norte to Davao City, local bets rush to file their certificates of candidacies on the last day of filing

LOCAL RACES. Abigail Binay, Sebastian Duterte and Chavit Singson are among those who filed their candidacies on the last day of the filing period, October 17. Photos by Joey Salgado (for Binay), Manman Dejeto/Rappler (for Duterte), and Mau Victa/Rappler (for Singson)

Sonny Angara fends off TRAIN law criticism as he files COC

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara pushes for remedial measures to cushion the impact of the Duterte administration's tax reform law

Sen. Sonny Angara files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto to run for Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Despite being the youngest councilor in Pasig City, Vico Sotto decides to challenge the favored incumbent Robert Eusebio

NEW POLITICS. Vico Sotto (2nd right) filed his COC to run for Pasig City mayor. With him are his parents Vic Sotto and Connie Reyes. At right is Pasig congressman Roman Romulo. Rappler photo

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

General who led Mamasapano probe running for Baguio mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Benjamin Magalong sees his run as a 'moral obligation'

FROM 2-STAR TO MAYOR? Benjamin Magalong officially joins politics. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Election lawyers join forces to back Macalintal for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Now an independent senatorial bet, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to fight for higher discounts for senior citizens

ELECTION LAWYERS. Leading election lawyers Beng Sardillo (1st from left), Sixto Brillantes Jr (2nd), and George Garcia (4th) endorse the senatorial bid of their friend and fellow lawyer Romulo Macalintal (3rd). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alan Peter Cayetano, wife Lani both seeking House seats

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'Ang mahalaga, parehas na malinis ang pangalan,' says former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

HUSBAND AND WIFE. Alan Peter and wife Lani Cayetano will be running for 1st and 2nd district of Taguig, respectively. Photo from Alan Peter's Facebook page

It's Singsons vs Zaragozas for control of Ilocos Sur

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for governor against incumbent Ryan Singson, son of Ilocos Sur kingpin Chavit Singson

FAMILY. Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for Ilocos Sur governor on October 17, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

The battle is on: Makati mayor Abby Binay files for reelection

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:27 PM

(UPDATED) Incumbent Makati City mayor Abby Binay's candicacy officially marks the start of the Binay election rivalry versus brother Junjun Binay

REELECTION. Then-vice president Jejomar Binay joins his daughter Makati mayor Abby Binay and vice mayor Monique Lagdameo after filing a certificate for candidacy for the 2019 polls. Photo by Joey Salgado

Sebastian Duterte running for Davao City vice mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Sebastian Duterte will be his sister Sara's running mate under the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod-Hugpong ng Pagbabago

FILED. Sebastian Duterte, youngest son of President Rodrigo Duterte with former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, files his candidacy for Vice Mayor of Davao City on October 17, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Andaya escapes 'assassination attempt' after filing COC for governor

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Andaya believes the alleged kill attempt was ordered by his political enemies in Camarines Sur, where he hopes to get elected as governor in 2019

MAJORITY LEADER. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-SolGen Hilbay banks on rags-to-riches story to boost Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Lagi po akong dehado, pero...malaki po ang aking tiwala sa kapasidad ng mamamayan na sumipat ng qualifications at karakter ng ating mga senador,' he says

Atty. Florin Hilbay files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chavit Singson running for mayor of Narvacan

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:23 AM

This is an election #throwback as Singson will run with Pablito Sanidad, his running mate in the 1971 elections that ended the Crisologo dynasty in Ilocos Sur

Chavit Singson and Pablito Sanidad file their COCs for mayor and vice mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. Photo by Mau Victa

Serge Osmeña seeks Senate return, plans to help Duterte

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'I find it easier to react to issues if I'm independent rather when in a party. Kapag nasa partido ka, stuck ka sa sinabi ng partido,' says former senator Sergio Osmeña III

INDEPENDENT. Former senator Sergio Osmeña III files his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Awaiting judgment for plunder, Bong Revilla launches Senate bid from jail

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Revilla's wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, files his certificate of candidacy

Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado and son Jolo Revilla march to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to represent former Sen. Bong Revilla in filing his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lipa mayor to challenge Vilma Santos Recto in congressional race

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:37 AM

'Gusto ko magkaroon ng pagbabago sa Kongreso, 'yung (magkaroon) ng tunay na representative ang taong-bayan,' says Mayor Meynard Sabili, whose wife lost to Congresswoman Vilma Santos Recto in the 2016 elections

CONGRESSIONAL RACE. Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili wants to challenge Congresswoman Vilma Santos Recto in the May 2019 polls. File photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 4, October 16

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Among them are Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr for Bohol governor, congresswoman Kaka Bag-ao for Dinagat Islands governor, and actor Edu Manzano for San Juan City congressman

FOR GOVERNOR. Representative Kaka Bag-ao and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr are seeking the gubernatorial posts in Dinagat Islands and Bohol, respectively. Photos from Bag-ao and Evasco staff

Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

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

Senate bet collapses before he could file COC at Comelec

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The senatorial aspirant – a senior citizen – is rushed to the hospital after collapsing, says the Commission on Elections

Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enrile's profession in his COC for senator: 'Businesswoman'

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

It takes some correction fluid to eventually get it right

'BUSINESSWOMAN.' Juan Ponce Enrile's original certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator lists 'businesswoman' as his profession on the right side of the form. His team later amends this to 'businessman.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Awkward! Imee Marcos, Chel Diokno file COCs same time

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The daughter of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the son of an opposition leader detained during Marcos' time find themselves sitting next to each other at Comelec

AWKWARD MOMENT. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (center) and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel 'Chel' Diokno file their certificates of candidacy for senator at the same time on October 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ted Te  AWKWARD MOMENT. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (center) and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel 'Chel' Diokno file their certificates of candidacy for senator at the same time on October 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ted Te

Edu Manzano files COC for congressman of San Juan

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The actor will challenge incumbent Ronaldo Zamora, who is seeking his last term

RUNNING AGAIN. Actor Edu Manzano will run as congressman of San Juan.Photo courtesy of San Juan PIO

Arroyo sister-in-law seeks congressional seat in Negros Occidental

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca seeks the seat that her late brother Ignacio Arroyo Jr occupied in the 5th district until 2012

BROTHER'S SEAT. Ma. Lourdes "Marilou" Arroyo Lesaca files her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman of the 5th district of Negros Occidental on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The position was held by her brother Ignacio Arroyo Jr until he died in 2012. Photo courtesy of Teresa Ellera

WATCH: Comelec crowds jeer at Imee Marcos, loyalists shout back

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:05 PM

As supporters of opposition senate bet Chel Diokno shout 'Never again to Martial Law,' Imee Marcos says she only hears supporters chant 'Imee, solusyon'

FANFARE. Outgoing Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos arrives at the Commission on Elections in Manila to file her certificate of candidacy for senator on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Panelo denies special treatment for Bong Go in COC filing

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Malacañang says that while Go may have had more than the allowed number of companions, he didn't mean to 'bring' them along

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go files his candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte and around 40 supporters and some members of the cabinet accompanied Go during the filing. Go is running under the PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada file candidacies for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Will their brand of politics – staunch critics of martial law and dictatorship – work to counter the Duterte magic?

DESCENDANTS. Former Senator Wigberto 'Bobby' Tañada (center) raises the arms of son, former Quezon representative Erin Tañada (left) and Chel Diokno, son of former senator Jose 'Pepe' Diokno, who are both running for a Senate seat in the May 2019 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada files COC for senator with dad Erap

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada says he wants himself and his half-brother, reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, to win in 2019

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

Enrile eyes Senate return in 2019

Oct 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, 94, says he wants to share solutions to the country's problems

Pia Cayetano files COC, evades issue on Duterte OFW kiss

Oct 16, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'I'm not the President's spokesperson,' says senatorial bet Pia Cayetano when asked about President Rodrigo Duterte kissing an overseas Filipino worker in South Korea

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

Consultative Committee spokesman Ding Generoso running for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Conrado 'Ding' Generoso and the rest of his party's 12-member Senate slate will push for the adoption of the Consultative Committee's draft federal charter

ConCom Spokeperson Conrado Generoso at a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, for the Initial deliberation on the proposed Philippine Federal Constitution drafts at the House of Representative in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Junjun Binay formalizes bid for Makati mayor vs sister Abby

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:50 AM

His running mate is Makati City 1st District Representative Monsour del Rosario

'TELENOVELA.' Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr explains why he won't attend ay Senate hearing. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Bam Aquino files COC for reelection as senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV reminds voters that he was among those who opposed the tax reform law from the beginning

'ALTERNATIVE VOICE.' Reelectionist Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Like déjà vu: Mar Roxas files candidacy for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Roxas dares critics to check official records and see if he is linked to any misuse of calamity or Yolanda funds

SENATORIAL BID. Former interior secretary Mar Roxas is the first to file a candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Imee Marcos seeks Senate seat, Imelda to run for governor

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Imee Marcos' son, Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for Ilocos Norte vice governor

2019 ELECTIONS. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is running for senator in the 2019 elections. File photo from Imee Marcos Media

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 3, October 15

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Among them are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, and the Villafuertes of Camarines Sur, all running for reelection

REELECTIONISTS. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio are seeking another term in 2019. Photos from Office of Tommy Osmeña and by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Lawyer of ex-Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato eyes Senate run

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Saying he intends to fight the 'criminal, immoral' Duterte regime, lawyer Jude Sabio files his certificate of candidacy through a representative

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Comelec bends COC filing rules to favor Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections admits there was 'special treatment' for the filing of Bong Go's certificate of candidacy 'considering the personalities involved'

SPECIAL TREATMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies his top aide Bong Go, who filed his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senator JV files COC for reelection as an 'Estrada'

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito will be using 'Ejercito Estrada JV' as his official name and 'Estrada JV' as his alias on the 2019 elections ballot

Sen. JV Ejercito files his Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate bet Mangudadatu vows to fight prejudice vs Muslims

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Zajid Mangudadatu is the second high-profile senatorial hopeful pushing for the rights of Muslims in Mindanao

ADDRESSING THE CROWD. Zajid Mangundadatu talks to supporters outside the Comelec office in Manila after filing his certificate of candidacy for Senator on October 15, 2108. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano vows to fight for the security of every Filipino family and to uphold Philippine sovereignty against China if he wins a Senate seat

SENATORIAL HOPEFUL. Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mikey Arroyo to run for Pampanga congressman

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:47 PM

If he wins, former congressman Mikey Arroyo will be replacing his mother Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who says she will retire from politics in 2019

BACK TO HOUSE. Former congressman Mikey Arroyo files his candidacy together with his wife Angela and their kids Mika and Monique on October 12, 2018. Photo from Speaker Gloria Arroyo's office

WATCH: Supporters of politicians, party-list groups taunt each other outside Comelec

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Gabriela and Kabataan supporters exchange jeers with pro-Duterte crowds on the second day of filing of certificates of candidacy

PROTEST. Pro-government protesters taunt supporters and members of the Kabataan Partylist outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 12, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 2, October 12

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Among them are presidential son Paolo Duterte for Davao City congressman, Senator Francis Escudero for Sorsogon governor, and Isko Moreno for Manila mayor

LOCAL BETS. Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and outgoing Senator Francis Escudero file their certificates of candidacy in Davao City and Sorsogon, respectively. Photos from Davao City PIO and Escudero's Facebook page