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Senators joke Peralta is next chief justice

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress

THE NEXT CJ? Senators tease Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that he is the next chief justice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tolentino wants Filipino songs broadcast to China-occupied features in West PH Sea

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'Para malaman nila na they (Chinese) are in Philippine territory,' says Senator Francis Tolentino

Senator Francis Tolentino at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Science and Technology and it attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tolentino insists Duterte-Xi fishing deal 'valid' without knowing what it's about

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:34 PM

In his Senate floor debut, neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino insists that the so-called fishing deal between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping does not need Senate concurrence

LACKS INFO? Neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino says he did not have the capacity to 'secure' agreements from the President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Pro-Duterte senators-elect take oath in Malacañang

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

In two separate ceremonies, 8 Duterte-allied senators take their oath before the Chief Executive in the presence of their family and supporters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go during the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Senate newbies attend 'first day of school'

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The Senate neophytes receive briefings on the inner workings of the institution

NEW SENATORS. Senators-elect Imee Marcos, Ronald dela Rosa, Christopher Go, and Francis Tolentino attend the orientation on June 25, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ghosts of an anomalous past: Cases, controversies hounding new senators

May 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A number of the new senators also have their share of controversies, including being accused of violating certain laws and becoming subjects of investigations

Newly elected senators of the recent National and Local Elections are proclaimed today, May 22, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Senate Electoral Tribunal terminates Francis Tolentino’s protest vs De Lima

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'The results negated his allegations that pre-loaded SD cards were used or that his votes were not counted,' the SET says in its resolution

Senate bets Enrile, Tolentino, Dela Rosa take the stage at Binays’ campaign kickoff

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Reelectionist Makati Mayor Abby Binay says they invited both administration and opposition senatorial candidates to their proclamation rally

BINAY AND ENRILE. Jejomar Binay accompanies former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile who delivered his campaign speech before Makati residents on Friday, March 29. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Pimentel sees hope for federalism shift in Senate after 2019 elections

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

With administration-allied senatorial bets dominating pre-election surveys, Koko Pimentel expects more federalism supporters in the Senate after the May 13 polls

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada, Francis Tolentino poke fun at De Lima in campaign speeches

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The two administration-allied senatorial candidates make repeated digs at detained Senator Leila de Lima in their speeches in campaign sorties

Davao City Mayor Sara Dutertre leads the Hugpong Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in Portrero Malabon. With her are the senatorial, partylist and local candidates supported by HNP. Photo by Maria Tan/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.

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

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

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

Priority bills of Senate bets cover death penalty, tax suspension

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Eight senatorial hopefuls discuss the priority bills they would push for should they win in the 2019 elections

PRIORITIES. Senatorial aspirants Gary Alejano, Serge Osmeña, Francis Tolentino, Juan Ponce Enrile, Chel Diokno, Bam Aquino, Bato dela Rosa, and JV Ejercito joins CNN Philippines senatorial debate on December 2, 2018. File photos by Rappler

Tolentino bids for Senate anew, sets aside protest vs De Lima

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:34 AM

President Duterte's former political adviser stresses that while he filed a motion to suspend proceedings of his electoral protest against Senator Leila De Lima, he does not believe she won in 2016

Former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino speaks to media upon his arrival at Comelec office in Manila to file his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17,2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte endorses Francis Tolentino as senator

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'You'd do well if you get him as one of the senators – mahusay magtrabaho, mabait na tao,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his political adviser

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a situation briefing with the members of his cabinet and local government officials at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018 to discuss the disaster response measures on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong.' Also in the photo are Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Francis Tolentino: De Lima cheated in 2016

Mar 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Tolentino, former chief of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), claims a 'super service of Amazon dot com' from Seattle, Washington is used in the supposed cheating

De Lima slams rival Tolentino: 'You simply lost'

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'Wake up and stop your imaginings,' Senator Leila de Lima tells defeated senatorial bet Francis Tolentino, who is accusing her of election fraud

ELECTORAL PROTEST. The Senate Electoral Tribunal begins its manual recount of the votes of 12th placer Senator Leila de Lima and losing 13th placer Francis Tolentino.

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

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

Pimentel bares initial 6 PDP-Laban Senate bets for 2019

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will likely be the national campaign manager of the slate, under the battle cry '12-0,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Robredo wants Marcos to pay P2B for protection of 2016 poll materials

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Vice President s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says their motion is consistent with an earlier ruling of the Senate Electoral Tribunal on the Tolentino De Lima case

POLL PROTECTION FEE. Lawyers Romeo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo discuss Vice President Leni Robredo's latest petition against ex-senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte appoints Francis Tolentino as 'political adviser'

Jul 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Tolentino former MMDA chairman and defeated senatorial candidate in the 2016 polls is under the Office of the Political Adviser

INDEPENDENT. Former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino is pushing through with his Senate bid, even without the backing of the ruling Liberal Party. File photo by Rappler

Unending dilemma: De Lima's Senate seat being contested

Oct 07, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Defeated senatorial bet Francis Tolentino wants to unseat Senator Leila de Lima who won over him by 1 33 million votes

ALLIES NO MORE. Defeated senatorial bet Francis Tolentino wants to unseat Senator Leila De Lima for alleged poll fraud. The two were allies in the Liberal party and served under the Aquino administration. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Senate race: Tolentino spent most, Isko Moreno got biggest contributions

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:21 PM

See how much winning and losing Senate bets spent and how much they received in contributions during the 2016 election campaign

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May 19, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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Proclamation of 3 senators in limbo due to Tolentino

May 18, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The camp of Leila de Lima hopes that Francis Tolentino the 13th placer in the Senate race will be able to admit his defeat

READY TO PROCLAIM. The Comelec sitting as the National Board of Canvassers is prepared to proclaim 12 new senators on May 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

13th placer Tolentino blocks moves to proclaim senators

May 16, 2016 - 6:51 PM

With 43 certificates of canvass yet to be verified 12th placer Leila de Lima has a lead of 1 29 million votes over Francis Tolentino

Senatorial bets trend on Twitter after end of campaign period

May 09, 2016 - 4:48 AM

Is retweeting considered campaigning?

The Leader I Want: Francis Tolentino’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Francis Tolentino s stand on key issues that the next batch of senators will have to address

LESSONS LEARNED. Former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino hopes to stop the problems of Metro Manila from happening in other parts of the country.

#TheLeaderIWant: Rappler senatorial debates kick off on April 8

Apr 06, 2016 - 5:41 PM

UPDATED 3 Fridays 3 schools 18 candidates to be scrutinized Rappler kicks off its series of senatorial debates on Friday April 8 at the AMA University in Quezon City

Senatorial bets: Stronger LGUs, green tech for disaster-resilient PH

Mar 03, 2016 - 4:14 PM

Senatorial bets Rafael Alunan III Lorna Kapunan and Francis Tolentino discuss how they plan to help communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change

AFTERMATH. Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc across Central Philippines in 2013, displacing thousands of families. Rappler photo

#TheLeaderIWant Rappler Senatorial Debate - FEU Institute of Technology

Feb 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Watch as the senatorial candidates meet for Rappler s Senatorial debate on April 22 2016 to be held in Far Eastern University Institute of Technology This is the third leg in a series of three debates as part of our coverage of the 2016 Philippine elections

Senatorial bets galore on Day 3 of COC filing

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

On Wednesday alone 28 senatorial aspirants filed their candidacies along with 20 aspirants for president and 4 for vice president

Duterte in 2016, Sulpicio tragedy, US Democratic debate | 6PM wRap

Oct 14, 2015 - 7:22 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

CoC filing, Samal kidnapping, Indonesian crash survivor | 12PM wRap

Oct 14, 2015 - 12:34 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Tolentino pushes for 'disaster recovery and rehab' in Senate bid

Oct 14, 2015 - 10:56 AM

Nakita ko po lahat ng urbanization problems ng Metro Manila – frontline hindi theory frontline the outgoing Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief says as he enumerates what he would bring to the Senate if elected

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE. Former MMDA chief Francis Tolentino arrives at the Comelec office in Manila to file his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Tolentino to run for Senate as independent

Oct 11, 2015 - 5:37 PM

The political storm is over I hope so Like any good soldier the battle must be won at all costs

QUAKE PREPARATIONS. MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino says Filipinos should be prepared in the event of a massive quake.

PODCAST: Greg Garcia: VP candidates need a tandem

Oct 11, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Vice presidential candidates without a running mate are bound to lose political consultant and advertising expert Greg Garcia ventures as his fearless forecast

Arroyo’s detention, Roxas on Tolentino, John Ashe | 12PM wRap

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:40 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Tolentino resigns, Marcos on Binay, Vatican’s stand | 6PM wRap

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:24 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Roxas: In quitting LP Senate slate, Tolentino put country before self

Oct 07, 2015 - 5:17 PM

The LP standard bearer says the Laguna incident has prompted the party to look into how it runs its campaigns