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Cayetano stalls ABS-CBN franchise hearing, slams election coverage

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Can anyone honestly say, after watching the coverage of the network during the 2010 and 2016 elections, that ABS-CBN did not take sides and favor any candidate?' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

GHOST OF ELECTIONS PAST. Alan Peter Cayetano, then candidate for Taguig-Pateros congressman, shows the indelible ink on his finger after casting his vote on May 13, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In U.S. politics, height matters and Trump knows it

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Taller guys tend to win the White House

HEIGHT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Billionaire candidates shake up Democratic White House race

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their efforts to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And so far, it seems like that strategy is working.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 13: A television screen shows Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg as he speaks to a crowd on February 13, 2020 in Houston, Texas. The former New York City mayor launched "Mike for Black America," an effort to focus on key issues relating to black Americans on his fifth campaign trip to Texas. Callaghan O'Hare/Getty Images/AFP Callaghan O'Hare / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Iowa Democratic Party chief resigns after caucus mess

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:16 PM

In his resignation letter, Troy Price says, 'it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward.' But 'my presence in my current role makes that more difficult.'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 06, 2020 Troy Price Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses on February 7, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Price, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, resigned on February 12, 2020, a week after overseeing the chaotic Iowa caucuses that embarrassed the state and national party and left Democrats open to accusations of incompetence. Steve POPE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Comelec affirms Duterte Youth's Cardema ineligible to sit in Congress

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Commission on Elections en banc puts to rest contentious issues raised by Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's attempts to sit in Congress as a youth representative

INELIGIBLE. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema in a press conference in August 2019. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bernie Sanders wins in New Hampshire as Joe Biden crashes and burns

Feb 12, 2020 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) The 78-year-old US senator from Vermont went into the race as the newly anointed national frontrunner and was expected to win New Hampshire

GIDDY. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders  takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Democratic presidential frontrunner Sanders in early New Hampshire lead

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:03 AM

While Sanders is expected to win, a solid second place for Buttigieg could provide the biggest bounce from New Hampshire, after he won narrowly in Iowa

BERNIE DOLL. A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Yang announces withdrawal from U.S. Democratic presidential race

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Andrew Yang is known for his campaign promise of giving every adult American $1,000 a month

WITHDRAWAL. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang gestures during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

New Hampshire votes in consequential Democratic primary

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) New Hampshire always hosts the nation's first primary, 8 days after Iowa kicked off the nomination process, and it could narrow the Democratic field of 11 current candidates

'FIRST IN THE NATION.' Town moderator Tom Tillotson walks past the results board after midnight voting at the Hale House at the legendary Balsams Resort in the New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville Notch February 11, 2020, where midnight voting took place on the day of the state's first-in-the-nation primary. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Buttigieg wins delayed Iowa count, Sanders to contest result

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:05 AM

Buttigieg and Sanders are separated by a razor-thin margin

MAYOR PETE. File photo taken on September 26, 2016 of South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Cameroon elections overshadowed by violence, boycott

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Elections for the central African country's legislature and local councils are taking place for the first time in 7 years after two postponements

Delhi votes in test for Modi and women protesters

Feb 08, 2020 - 5:10 PM

More than 14 million people are eligible to take part in Saturday's vote. The results will be announced Tuesday

(FILES) India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day, which marks the of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Sanders claims victory as review ordered of Iowa results

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'From where I come from, the person who gets the most votes wins,' Sanders says

THE BERN. Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters as they wait for results to come in at his caucus night watch party on February 3, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

Iowa woman wanted vote changed after learning Buttigieg is gay

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'Are you saying that he has a same-sex partner? Are you kidding?' the woman, wearing a 'Pete 2020' sticker, asks an organizer

PETE. Buttigieg speaks at a New Hampshire event. Photo from AFP

Trump to deliver victorious State of Union speech

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:28 AM

With the Republican Senate majority ready to toss out the impeachment charges in less than 24 hours, Trump is buoyant

SPEECH. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York on November 12, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Buttigieg takes lead in Iowa caucuses, Sanders second

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:31 AM

Joe Biden is in fourth place, a disappointing showing for the former vice president who has claimed he is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in November

PETE. In this file photo taken on September 26, 2016, South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg talks about Republican Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence in front of potential voters at a Hillary Clinton debate watching party for the LGBT community in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Iowa White House vote turns to fiasco as results delayed

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Republicans led by President Donald Trump gloat over the setback, and candidates who normally rely on the Midwestern state's caucuses for momentum as the primary season unfolds are denied that bounce

CAUCUS. Caucus volunteer works on paper work on February 3, 2020 in Carpenter, Iowa. File photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images/AFP

Iowa fires starting gun on Democratic White House race

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:05 AM

The two frontrunners, far-left senator Bernie Sanders and moderate former vice president Joe Biden, face a key test in the sparsely populated state

SUPPORT. Caucus goers wait to be counted at their precinct at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Democrats make final pitch in Iowa hours before first U.S. vote

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Iowans take their role as first-in-the-nation voters to heart, and their pick has a recent historical track record of becoming the Democratic nominee

BERNIE DOLL. A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Kosovo parties reach deal to form a government

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

The deal is reached just a day before the expiry of a two-week countdown launched by President Hashim Thaci

The Leader of the Vetevendosje Party and parliamentary elections candidate for Prime Minister Albin Kurti (C) addresses his supporters as they celebrate their victory in Pristina on October 6, 2019. - Opposition parties won the night in Kosovo's election Sunday taking the lead over former guerrillas who have dominated politics for the past decade. The leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje was in first place with 26 percent of the vote, followed by the centre-right LDK who had 25.2 percent after more than three quarters of the ballots were counted, the electoral commission said. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP)

U.S. Democrats make final pitches ahead of Iowa showdown

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Monday's crunch vote has created an air of suspense, with no clear frontrunner

BERNIE RALLY. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets rally attendees after speaking at a campaign rally at the U.S. Bank Arena on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Over 3,000 people were in attendance at the event. Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images/AFP

Voters' registration in areas affected by Taal eruption resumes on February 3

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Meanwhile, voters' registration in the municipality of Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, will resume the following week, starting on Monday, February 10

HOMECOMING. Residents on motorcycles enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the Phivolcs lowering of the Taal volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on January 26, 2020. Photo by AFP

Warren proposes criminalizing disinformation about voting in U.S.

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:05 AM

'In both the 2016 and 2018 elections, online disinformation sought to depress voter turnout by telling people they could vote via text, giving people the wrong date for election day, and more,' Warren says

Comelec gives P600,000 in aid to Taal eruption victims

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body's en banc approved the assistance during a meeting on January 22

DESTRUCTION. A group of fishermen haul a boat from the water as they make repairs to their operations affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver to stump for Bernie Sanders

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Folktronica band Bon Iver will play a rally show on January 31, and the next day Vampire Weekend will jam in support of the leftist Sanders, a self-described socialist candidate popular especially among young voters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 05: Vampire Weekend on stage at "Not So Silent Night," a RADIO.COM Event at Barclays Center on December 05, 2019 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For RADIO.COM/AFP

Local election in U.S. to allow voting via smartphones

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Experts object: 'There is a firm consensus in the cybersecurity community that mobile voting on a smartphone is a really stupid idea'

HRET junks poll protest vs Northern Samar congressman Daza

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'

VICTOR. The HRET upholds the victory of Northern Samar 1st District Rep Paul Daza in the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of congres.gov.ph

Comelec postpones voter registration in areas affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:06 PM

Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez says voter registration will also be suspended in Makilala, North Cotabato, after an earthquake last December 2019 'severely damaged' structures

DAMAGE. Fissures break the roads of C.M Recto and J. Trinidad in Talisay, Batanagas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:57 AM

'Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage,' Booker says

OUT. Senate Judiciary Committee member Cory Booker speaks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in Washington, DC in September 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP)

Rappler Talk: J Michael Cole on future of Taiwan after 2020 elections

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:30 AM

On Monday, January 13, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug speaks to scholar J Michael Cole on what the results mean to the future of Taiwan and what the immediate issues the president-elect will face

Malta gets new PM after reporter murder outcry

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Robert Abela is elected leader of the Labor Party, which automatically means he takes the role of Prime Minister

NEW PRIME MINISTER. Labor party leader candidates Chris Fearne (R) and Robert Abela (L) embrace prior to Malta's outgoing Prime Minister and outgoing Labour party leader deliver his final speech as PM on January 10, 2020 in Paola, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Tsai Ing-wen claims victory in Taiwan presidential race

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen leads by more than 2.6 million votes against opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu, who has conceded the race

VICTORY. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen declares victory against the Taiwanese opposition in the January 2020 election. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Tsai leads count in Taiwan election dominated by China fears

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

(5th UPDATE) The vote will reverberate far beyond Taiwan's borders, with the two main candidates laying out very different visions for its future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to China

ELECTIONS. Local residents line up to vote at a polling station set up at an elementary school in Chunghe district, New Taipei City, on January 11, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

New round of voter registration begins January 20

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:07 PM

The Commission on Elections says the new registration period will run until September 30, 2021

VOTER REGISTRATION. The Commission on Elections starts a new round of voter registration on January 20, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan rivals in final election push as China's shadow looms

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Some 19 million people are eligible to vote on Saturday to choose between two leaders with very different visions for Taiwan's future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to its giant neighbor

CLOSE FIGHT. This combination of file photos shows Taiwan's President and 2020 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (left) and her main competitor Han Kuo-yu. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Robredo asks PET to 'immediately' junk Marcos protest

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The Vice President argues that her wider lead over Bongbong Marcos in the initial vote recount was enough basis to dismiss his election case against her

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk the election case filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. File photo by OVP

Spain's Sanchez wins tight parliament vote to remain PM

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Pedro Sanchez plans to form a minority coalition government with hard-left party Podemos, in what would be the first coalition government in Spain since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s

WINNER. Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Marcos asks PET to review ‘erroneous’ initial recount results in VP protest

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos once again asks the High Court to proceed with his motion to nullify votes in 3 Mindanao provinces where he alleges widespread cheating happened

VP PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos attends a candle light vigil organized by his supporters to mark the 1000th Day of his election protest on March 25, 2019, at the Supreme Court, Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Venezuela's 'acting president' confident of parliamentary reelection

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Sunday's election comes after a tumultuous year in which Guaido declared himself acting president and at times seemed close to toppling socialist President Nicolas Maduro

ACTING PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido offers an interview to AFP in Caracas on May 6, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

New Cambridge Analytica leak exposes global election manipulation

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:25 AM

'It’s so abundantly clear our electoral systems are wide open to abuse,' says ex-Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower Brittany Kaiser

MORE EXPOSÉS. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica, speaks at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Trump tells evangelical voters they have God on their side

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'I really do believe we have God on our side,' Donald Trump tells the crowd at the King Jesus International Ministry mega church in Miami

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump far ahead of Democratic rivals in 2020 election fundraising

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:27 PM

In the fourth quarter of 2019, even as he was mired in a political scandal that resulted in his impeachment by the House of Representatives, Donald Trump raised a staggering $46 million

FUNDRAISING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Taiwan passes law against China influence ahead of vote

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) The law bans "hostile" foreign forces from activities such as campaigning, lobbying, making political donations, disrupting social order or spreading disinformation related to elections

'ANTI-INFILTRATION.' The law comes as allegations swirl over Chinese spying and influence campaigns ahead of the elections. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

#PHVote 2019 wRap: New faces bring changes to governance

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Here's a quick lookback at the results of the 2019 midterm elections

Pete Buttigieg under fire as Democratic rivals see 2020 threat

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Pete Buttigieg's steady rise in recent polls has brought him attacks by rivals who see him as an obstacle in their run for the 2020 United States presidential election

NEW TARGET. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is slammed by rivals in the most recent Democratic debates for the 2020 presidential election. File photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Michael Bloomberg's big bucks fuel unique strategy for White House run

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The former New York mayor is skipping key states and spending big on ads, but analysts say his game plan 'has virtually no chance'

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

Afghan election challenger allows recount

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The country's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah ends his opposition to a recount, but demands that the electoral commission to first invalidate about 300,000 'fraudulent' ballots out of a total of 1.8 million

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on November 4 dismissed a new peace proposal by his election rival President Ashraf Ghani as an unrealistic "wishlist", and again called into question the validity of thousands of votes from recent polls. AFP photo