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SC gives Robredo access to soft copies of ballot images in electoral protest

Dec 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, says the SC decision will give their camp an 'additional blanket of security'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the opening of the Istorya ng Pag-asa gallery at the University of Nueva Caceres, Camarines Sur on November 18. Photo by OVP

SC defers action again on forensic exam of ARMM poll data in VP protest

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Supreme Court says a ballot recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental must be conducted first in the electoral protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo, who beat him in the 2016 polls. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

Let evidence 'speak for itself,' Marcos camp tells Robredo

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez says the members of the Board of Election Inspectors they included in the list submitted to the PET 'were named as witnesses – and not as registered voters'

BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of vice president, July 11, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rapple

Mocha Uson's Senate qualification? ‘Genuine heart for Filipinos,’ says Alvarez

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez, House Speaker and PDP-Laban secretary-general, says he believes Mocha Uson, who has 5.4 million followers on Facebook, 'would be a very good candidate'

PDP-LABAN BET? Mocha Uson speaks to the crowd present at an April 2017 'Palit Bise' rally at the Quirino Grandstand. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Alvarez wants Aguirre in PDP-Laban's 2019 Senate lineup

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II can 'hasten the passage of laws' if he becomes a senator

SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Mocha Uson's Senate winnability a 'no-brainer' – Andanar

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has more than 5.4 million social media 'followers,' but it is unclear how many of them have fake or genuine identities on Facebook

NO BRAINER? Martin Andanar says Mocha Uson's winnability is a 'no brainer.' Screencap from MOCHA USON BLOG

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

Mocha Uson, Harry Roque on PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker of the House, makes the announcement during the mass oath taking of local allies in Cebu

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

SC: Comelec, not Marcos, must pay for storage fees of ballot boxes

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Supreme Court says its order to safeguard the poll materials abroad should not have stopped the Commission on Elections from transferring these materials back to the country

A WIN FOR MARCOS. Former senator Bongbong Marcos will no longer have to shoulder the storage fees for election materials kept overseas. Photo of Marcos from Kamuning Bakery Cafe

Sara Duterte to run for House seat in 2019 elections

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Amid rumors she may seek to be her father's successor, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says she is not interested in a national post

FUTURE REPRESENTATIVE? Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte delivers her speech during the launch of the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines. Screenshot by Rappler

Robredo hits Marcos 'fake news' he'll soon become VP

Oct 08, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says the results of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo will be known within the year

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the claims of her defeated vice presidential rival Bongbong Marcos were fake news. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Marcos drops witnesses for poll fraud claims in 36,465 clustered precincts

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED Ferdinand Marcos Jr s lawyer George Garcia says this does not mean they are abandoning their accusations of electoral fraud against Vice President Leni Robredo which he said can be proven through a ballot recount

FOCUS ON THE BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Bongbong Marcos is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of Vice President on July 11. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

VP electoral protest 'exactly where we wanted it to be' – Marcos camp

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the latest SC decision on the electoral protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will not stop them from exposing the many sins of Smartmatic

UNFAZED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos believes the latest ruling of the PET on his electoral protest against the Vice President was in his favor. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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

SC junks Marcos' motion questioning integrity of 2016 polls

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED It only shows that indeed the protest of Mr Marcos has no basis It is only based on some speculations and conclusions says Romulo Macalintal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Comelec chair surprised by commissioners' call for his resignation

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Magkakasama kami kanina Wala namang sinasabi sa aking magpapa press con Hindi man lang ako binusinahan Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells Rappler

COMELEC COLLEAGUES. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista (seated) and Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon (standing), along with other poll commissioners, join the Comelec's budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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SC forms teams for revision of ballots in Marcos-Robredo election case

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Lawyer Victor Rodriguez says the Marcos camp is hoping the revision stage guidelines will expedite the process and finally settle their electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

REVISION STAGE.The electoral protest filed by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo continues to move forward.

Robredo supporters urge SC: Accept P7-M payment for VP protest fee

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:10 PM

This is a matter of transcendental importance as it tackles right of suffrage of whom we elected the Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group says as it files a motion for reconsideration before the High Court

AID FOR ROBREDO. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo outside the Supreme Court. Photo by Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

SC defers payment of Robredo’s P7-M balance in protest fee

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The grant of our motion to defer payment of balance of cash deposit only affirmed what we had been saying all along that contrary to former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s claim the validity of his protest has not yet been resolved by the PET says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

SUPPORTERS. The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni movement at the Supreme Court on August 23, 2017 seeking a petition asking the court to allow the group to extend financial help to the Vice President. Photo from Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

TV still candidates' platform of choice in 2016 elections

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Radio comes second to TV in terms of ad buys from the candidates research by PCIJ shows

55 print, TV, radio outfits did not submit all pol ads docs?

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law

SC bars Robredo supporters from helping pay P7-M protest fee

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni plans to file a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

Bautista's alleged corruption casts doubt on 2016 poll results – senators

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Senate is set to investigate the issue hounding Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista

COMELEC EN BANC. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the 7-member Commission on Elections continues deciding on crucial issues weeks after the May 9 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo supporters raise P6M to help with VP's protest fee

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni group vows to complete raising the P7 449 million needed by the Vice President for her counter protest against ex senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

'PISO PARA KAY LENI'. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo raise funds to help her in the election case filed against her by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marcos' questions on election system integrity will prolong case – Macalintal

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo s lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal must first resolve the issue on the integrity of the election system before proceeding with the recount

PET. Former senator Bongbong Marcos attends the preliminary conference brief on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The solicitor general of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears during the Supreme Court s preliminary conference for Bongbong Marcos electoral protest

PLUNDER LAWYER. Veteran litigator Estelito Mendoza attends a court hearing on February 9, 2017 for his new plunder client, former Senator Bong Revilla. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Marcos hopes ballot recount will start by September

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:11 PM

In the preliminary conference for his electoral protest Marcos says the recount should be initially held in Camarines Sur Iloilo and Negros Occidental

CONFIDENCE. Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos and his lawyers expressed confidence after the PET's preliminary conference on Tuesday, July 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Deadline for 2nd tranche payment of Robredo’s protest fee extended

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo was earlier required to settle payment of the balance of the protest fee on July 14

Robredo lawyer: Marcos ‘fishing for evidence’

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:58 PM

In a motion for reconsideration filed with the High Court election lawyer Romulo Macalintal argues that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr himself is not sure of his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo

SETTLED. Vice President Leni Robredo with her lawyer Romulo Macalintal pays the P8 million cash deposit required by the Supreme Court (SC) for the counter-protest she filed against former senator Bongbong Marcos at the SC in Manila on May 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo supporters seek SC permission to help pay protest fee

Jul 04, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Supporters of the Vice President are raising funds through the online drive Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni as she faces the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

PISO PARA KAY LENI. Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo raise funds to help her in the election case filed against her by former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marcos urged to pay P2.08-B Comelec expenses due to his protest

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The P2 08 billion is the cost of the non return of 97 365 vote counting machines to technology provider Smartmatic

SERVICE FEE. Vice President Leni Robredo settles the first half of the P15 million service fee required by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on May 2, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC forms panel of commissioners for Marcos vs Robredo case

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug will chair the 3 member panel

ELECTION PROTEST. The Supreme Court has assigned retired Justice Jose Vitug as the lead hearing officer in former senator Ferdinand Marcos' case versus Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec, Smartmatic face charges for changing 2016 election server script

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:01 PM

The justice department reverses the decision of the Manila Prosecutor’s Office which didn t find merit in the complaint of Ferdinand Marcos Jr s camp

WHY TOUCH THE CODE? The justice department finds the poll body and vote-counting machines supplier Smartmatic liable for changing codes during the transmission of results in the 2016 vice presidential election.  File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte supporters allege cheating in presidential polls

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Without presenting proof Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema claims that President Rodrigo Duterte should have gotten more than 20 million votes

SC resets preliminary conference on Marcos-Robredo poll protest

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The preliminary conference originally set for June 21 is reset to July 11

RESET. The Supreme Court has postponed the preliminary conference on former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr's election case against Vice President Leni Robredo on July 14. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marcos again urges SC to speed up poll protest

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:45 PM

In a new motion the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr seeks the decryption and printing of ballot images from SD cards

SPEED UP. The camp of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr has filed another motion seeking to expedite the procedure of his election protest. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

A year later, Mar Roxas enjoys the quiet of private life

May 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The former LP president has kept mostly to himself save for the occasional camping selfie and food recommendation and when he had to speak up about the hero s burial for the dictator

RELAXED. Roxas during a trip to Orientel Mindoro during his 'Thank You Tour.' Photo from Mar Roxas' Facebook page

One year after loss, life goes on for Grace Poe at the Senate

May 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Once a rival of President Rodrigo Duterte Senator Grace Poe is now part of the Senate majority bloc generally supportive of his administration

Images from 2016: The day we elected Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

It s been a year since the 2016 elections Revisit Rappler s PHvote microsite – it doesn t disappoint with the wealth of stories from that whirlwind of a day

TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case

May 09, 2017 - 4:01 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the key moments in the legal battle between Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival in the May 2016 polls, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

A year after defeat, Jejomar Binay back to what he loves most

May 09, 2017 - 10:09 AM

UPDATED Take a glimpse of the life of Jejomar Binay a year after he lost in the presidential race

WHERE IS BINAY NOW? Former vice president Jejomar Binay inside his home after casting his vote on May 9, 2016. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo wants Marcos motion vs counter-protest out of SC records

May 08, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say the pleading filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr against her counter protest is already moot and academic

Vice President Leni Robredo with her lawyer Romulo Macalintal pays the P8 million cash deposit required by the Supreme Court (SC) for the counter-protest she filed against former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at the SC in Manila on May 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo pays P8-M deposit for electoral protest fee

May 02, 2017 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED Vice President Leni Robredo raises the required amount from her personal funds and loans from relatives of her late husband

PAID. Vice President Leni Robredo pays the deposit required by the High Court in the review of ballots in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr on May 2, 2017. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Marcos asks SC to dismiss Robredo's counter-protest

Apr 20, 2017 - 1:26 PM

3rd UPDATE Lawyers of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos stress that Vice President Leni Robredo failed to pay the fee required by the Supreme Court for the recount of ballots

SETTLED. Former senator Bongbong Marcos arrives at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 17, 2017, to post a cash deposit of P36 million as initial payment for his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo to pay protest fee only after recount of Marcos ballots – lawyer

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:37 PM

We will only pay after Mr Marcos [has] already finished the revision and the recount of the ballot says the Vice President s lawyer Romulo Macalintal

WILLING TO PAY. Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo say she is willing to settle the P15 million the SC required for her election counter-protest to proceed. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

LOOK: Marcos' donors for the P36-million recount fee

Apr 17, 2017 - 7:50 PM

We have done this because it is our heartfelt wish that the election protest be resolved with dispatch the donors are quoted as saying

FIRST TRANCHE. Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 17, 2017, to post a cash deposit of P36 million as initial installment of his poll protest fee . Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Marcos pays P36M for first installment of recount fee

Apr 17, 2017 - 4:50 PM

3rd UPDATE The defeated vice presidential candidate says friends and supporters pulled in resources to raise the P36 million

Marcos must pay P185M for all poll precincts, says Robredo lawyer

Apr 17, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo also says former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr should be the first to pay the recount fee

MANIFESTATION. Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal has filed a manifestation tot he Supreme Court, following the order for their camp to pay P15 million for the election protest filed against them by former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler