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Otso Diretso thanks rain-soaked supporters: 'You are the spirit of this campaign'

May 08, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Heavy rain pours during the opposition senatorial ticket's thanksgiving concert at the UP Sunken Garden. But the crowd stays to listen to their speeches.

THANK YOU. Otso Diretso candidates pose for a selfie together with their supporters, who were all soaked from the rain on May 8, 2019. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Otso Diretso heads to Tañada’s turf to woo Quezon voters

May 03, 2019 - 11:09 AM

The highlight of the sortie is a grand campaign rally in Sariaya town, where the opposition bets will be hosted by local allies

TAÑADA TURF. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada (second from L) and other Otso Diretso candidates will campaign in his province on May 3, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pilo Hilbay’s political transition from lawyer to 'man for poor'

May 02, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Hilbay seeks to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Piliipino Program, and expand its coverage, if he's elected in the Senate

'BATANG TONDO.' Former Solicitor General Florin "Pilo" Hilbay banks his campaign in his personal narrative as having hailed from Tondo. Photo from the Hilbay campaign

China debt trap? Opposition bets say PH at 'losing end' of 'onerous' loans

Apr 27, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Ang mahirap sa sinasabi ng pamahalaan na hindi pa ito done deal, hihintayin pa ba natin na matapos ang kontrata saka tayo magrereklano? Aanhin mo pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo?' says Otso Diretso's Romulo Macalintal

STUDY CHINA DEALS. Opposition senatorial bets oppose the China deals as is. Rappler file photos by Angie de Silva and Darren Langit

Otso Diretso dares Paolo Duterte: Show your tattoo, clear your name

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Kung talagang walang basehan, 'yon 'yong pinakamadaling gawin,' says Otso Diretso candidate Florin Hilbay on Paolo Duterte showing his tattoo to counter allegations against him

A DARE. Otso Diretso bets challenge former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte to answer the allegations against him head-on. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC ruling on drug war documents 'big first step' toward accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, a human rights lawyer, says the documents will help confirm the pattern they observed in killings in the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. Police watch over the bodies of two dead women outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Otso Diretso on Facebook takedown of fake accounts: Good but not enough

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:32 PM

'They should have taken measures way back, and not let so much time pass before they actually did these concrete steps to actually stop the weaponization of the social network,' says senatorial bet Chel Diokno

NO TO FAKE NEWS. Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Chel Diokno are joined by Magdalo's Manuel Cabochan, who represents Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, in a press conference on April 3, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Chiz Escudero hosts lunch in Sorsogon for rival senatorial bets

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Escudero, who is running for governor of Sorsogon, gathers Bong Go, Romy Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay for Sunday lunch in his home

LUNCH. Senatorial candidate Bong Go of PDP-Laban talks with rivals from the opposition Otso Diretso slate Romy Macalintal and Florin Hilbay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

LOOK: Chiz Escudero hosts Bong Go, Otso Diretso bets

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Francis 'Chiz' Escudero, who is on his second and last term as senator, is running for governor of Sorsogon in the May 2019 elections

DINING TOGETHER. Senator Francis Escudero hosts Bong Go, Romulo Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay in his residence on March 31, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Survey on Filipinos wanting non-corrupt candidates 'gives validation' to Otso Diretso

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Otso Diretso candidates say their respective track records already provide voters a glimpse of the things they can do should they be elected as senators

NOT CORRUPT. Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay, Erin Tañada, Samira Gutoc, and Chel Diokno pose with their slate's hand sign during a sortie in Mandaue City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Alternative candidates (and what we can do to help them)

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Alternative candidates love to talk about change. But harping on change can only backfire. A popular and highly trusted administration will not be replaced.

Better PH education? Pay teachers more – Otso Diretso

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The opposition senatorial bets also say teachers must be given proper technical and technological support

SALARY INCREASE. Applicants prepare their visual aids during a teaching demonstration as part of the itemization requirements for public school teachers at Araullo High School in Manila on March 15, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Otso Diretso to ‘work twice as hard’ to pull up survey numbers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) The awareness ratings of several Otso Diretso bets go up in double figures in the latest Pulse Asia survey, but less than 5% of respondents say they'd vote for the opposition candidates

MORE WORK AHEAD. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay, and Romy Macalintal with former senator Wigberto Tañada Sr representing Erin Tanada at the #YouthVote Forum in De La Salle Medical and Health Institute in Cavite on March 19, 2019. Photo from Otso Diretso Media

Give incentives to companies helping poor LGUs – Otso Diretso

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Florin Hilbay proposes giving tax breaks to companies that would expand operations to the provinces

TALK WITH EXECS. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Florin Hilbay attend the forum organized by FINEX, MAP, MBC, and PCCI on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Hilbay banks on Ilocano roots for ‘North vote’

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The Otso Diretso candidate acknowledges that Juan Ponce Enrile and Imee Marcos are more 'familiar names and faces in Northern politics,' but believes 'there's also enough space for a new name'

TRACING ROOTS. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Pilo Hilbay poses at Gattaran, Cagayan's welcome mark. Photo from Hilbay's Facebook page

Duterte narco list aims to ‘control’ May elections, say Otso Diretso bets

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

President Duterte is committing ‘abuse of power and discretion which tramples on the rights of every individual to due process,’ says senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the government's release of another narco list. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Otso Diretso to Duterte: 'Stop fueling fire of persecution vs Church'

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The opposition senatorial bets argue that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church are emboldening some to threaten members of the clergy

PROTECT THE CHURCH. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates condemn the death threats received by priests and bishops critical of the drug war. File photo by OVP

Otso Diretso bets urge Comelec to probe Bong Go shirts issue

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Erin Tañada says if the poll body does not investigate the issue, it would be like turning a blind eye to a possible violation of campaign rules

PROBE THE SHIRTS. Otso Diretso bet Erin Tañada says Comelec must investigate the controversy surrounding the shirts of administration bet Bong Go. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso: We campaign to talk about issues, not entertain voters

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:46 PM

But the opposition senatorial bets say they are not necessarily going on the offensive against administration candidates. Rather, they just want intelligent discourse during the campaign

ISSUES-BASED. Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal, and Erin Tañada hold a press conference in Marikina City on March 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Otso Diretso candidates Erin Tañada and Florin Hilbay also slam the government for threatening to release a new narco list, saying it is aimed to influence the elections

LISTS AS WEAPONS. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno speaks during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant forum on March 4, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mayor Fresnedi endorses Otso Diretso in Muntinlupa

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:25 PM

The Otso Diretso candidates say it is a 'breath of fresh air' that an incumbent politician is supporting the opposition senatorial slate

MAYOR'S ENDORSEMENT. Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (2nd from R) raise the hands of Otso Diretso candidates in Muntinlupa. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso to Hugpong: 'Don't want to be called thieves? Then don't steal'

Feb 19, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED)'Hindi negative campaigning ang magsabi ng totoo,' says Otso Diretso senatorial bet and ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada

THE OPPOSITION. (FROM L-R) Otso Diretos bets Gary Alejano, Samira Gutoc, Erin Tañada, Bam Aquino, Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno campaign in Iriga City. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate bets agree: Bahay Pag-Asa funding needed for children in conflict with law

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:52 AM

Senatorial candidates are divided on the proposal to lower the minimum age of criminal liability

WRONG MOVE. Human Rights Watch urges lawmakers in the Philippines to reject proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old.

Opposition bets say it's time for divorce law in Philippines

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:22 PM

In a TV forum, opposition senatorial candidates Florin Hilbay, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc push for a divorce law in the Philippines

PRO-DIVORCE. Opposition candidates said during ABS-CBN's senatorial forum that they are in favor of legalizing divorce.

Opposition bets on Duterte's best policies: Smoking ban, MSME programs

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Issues hounding President Rodrigo Duterte – from his health to accountability for abuses under his administration – are asked of senatorial bets during ABS-CBN's forum

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija on February 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Aquino admin liable for MRT3, Dengvaxia, Mamasapano? Senate bets weigh in

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat inako niya ang lahat ng responsibilidad doon bilang tatay ng bansa,' says opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano

VP Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino during presentation of senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Hilbay says he would support 'fault-based' divorce bill

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

‘Gusto ko pwede kaming maghiwalay, kapag ayaw ko na sayo iiwan na kita, mahihirapan ka talaga na kumuha ng boto na kailangan mo,’ says Florin Hilbay

DIVORCE. Opposition Senate bet Florin Hilbay says he would support a bill for a fault-based divorce if he wins a seat in the Senate. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino gov't failed to communicate gains effectively, Hilbay says

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Acknowledging a problem of the past administration to which he belonged, the former solicitor general triggers negative reaction from ex-president Aquino's spokespersons

BACKLASH. Opposition senate bet Florin Hilbay's statement on the "communications problem" of the Aquino administration receives backlash from former presidential spokespersons Abi Valte and Edwin Lacierda. Photo by Rappler

Hilbay: Same-sex marriage should be fought in Congress, not Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:08 PM

‘There’s also a tactical perspective to it, if you think you’re not gonna get that decision from the Supreme Court then why file before the Supreme Court?’ says senatorial aspirant Florin Hilbay

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Opposition Koalisyon Senate bet Florin Hilbay says he would support same-sex marriage in Congress. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Florin Hilbay and his dream transition from lawyering to legislating

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

How would he continue to push for his advocacies when he's no longer within the hall of the courts and in the August Hall?

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

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

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

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.

Agabin, Hilbay join Trillanes legal team

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Rey Robles remains as lead counsel, with his firm’s managing partner Joselito Chan also joining the team

LEGAL TEAM. Former UP Law dean Pacifico Agabin, former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, Joselito Chan, and Rey Robles will represent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Calida received P7M in excess allowances in 2017 – COA

Jun 01, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida dismisses the issue and says 'the issue is not new'

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the continuation of the oral argument of the Supreme Court on the petition of senator Leila De Lima at the SC in Manila on March 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Experts agree: Supreme Court will have last say on Sereno

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The High Court can either let the impeachment proceedings in Congress take their course, or set a precedent for a quo warranto removal

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Constitution 101 with Florin Hilbay

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:15 PM

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the 1987 Constitution and what historic event shaped it?

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

Carandang case: Impeachment for Morales or Duterte?

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'If Duterte acts contrary to the law in the Carandang case, he is violating his oath of office and culpably violating the Constitution,' says legal expert Tony La Viña

Rosales, Hilbay join petitions vs martial law extension

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay also file a motion for consolidation to join other petitions already scheduled for oral arguments next week

PETITION VS MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO. Former CHR chief Etta Rosales (left) and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay hold up the petition they filed against martial law in Mindanao on on January 12, 2018. Photo from the Twitter page of Florin Hilbay

'Tuloy ang Laban!': #TayoSiPAB trends on Twitter

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:12 PM

#TayoSiPAB trends online as supporters rally around Jover Laurio after she finally comes forward as the person behind Pinoy Ako Blog

Supreme Court's 9-6 ruling keeps De Lima in jail

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:11 PM

(5th UPDATE) The High Court rules the Sandiganbayan has no jurisdiction over De Lima. This means her case will not be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman, but by DOJ prosecutors who will defend their case against her before the Muntinlupa RTC.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 2-8, 2017

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Must-watch videos from this week

FAKE NEWS HEARING AT SENATE. Seantor Grace Poe leads the first Senate hearing on fake news on October 4, 2017.  Photo by Alex Nuevaespnaa/Senate PRIB

Lying gov't officials worsen fake news problem – Hilbay, Tordesillas

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:08 PM

'What I consider a threat to our democratic values and a danger to the market place of ideas is the prevalence of false information provided by public officials - whether deliberately or out of sheer incompetence,' says lawyer Florin Hilbay

SC: Congress shall convene on martial law only to revoke, extend

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay the petitioners counsel calls the ruling a strange and unfortunate result

Hilbay urges SC to resolve petition to convene Congress on martial law

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The Court can still decide regardless of the expiration of the 60 day period but the best time to decide is now says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

CONGRESS CONVENE. Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, lawyer Barry Gutierrez and former Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales urge the Supreme Court to immediately resolve their petition seeking to make the Congress convene on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

High noon in the SC: Is martial law legal?

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

A lot of things depend on the clarity of the Supreme Court decision in saying not only what martial law is not but also what it includes