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San Juan recall petition doomed? Zamora urges Comelec to set poll

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Comelec can only set a recall election against Mayor Guia Gomez by May 11, 2018

ROUND 2 WANTED. Losing San Juan mayoral bet Francis Zamora urges the Comelec to act fast on their recall petition's proceedings. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

Marcos signs document withdrawing motions that delay VP vote recount

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo takes on Marcos' challenge and agrees to sign the joint manifestation to be filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

NO MORE DELAYS. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who has filed an electoral protest, challenges Vice President Leni Robredo to also withdraw motions that tend to delay the ballot recount. Photo courtesy of the Office of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

Recount will 'greatly disappoint' Marcos, says Robredo camp

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lead counsel Romulo Macalintal expresses confidence that the recount of ballots 'will just confirm the results as counted by the vote-counting machines'

Robredo, Marcos camps point fingers amid recount 'challenge'

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Marcos camp 'challenges' the Robredo camp to withdraw all pending motions, but the latter says it does not have any pending motions at all

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Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

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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.

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Marcos wants to 'revise' 2016 polls' narrative, says Robredo

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Vice President Leni Robredo slams ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for claiming fresh electoral fraud allegations against her. Photo by OVP

Robredo camp doubts authenticity of Marcos' 'self-serving' ballot images

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Bongbong Marcos is 'afraid to know the real truth of the results of the elections,' thus his 'highly ridiculous' fresh allegations against Vice President Leni Robredo

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President's Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ballot images show Robredo colluded with Comelec, Smartmatic – Marcos

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos alleges the electoral fraud was conducted in 8 regional hubs that the Comelec created to address SD card concerns during the May 2016 polls

POLL PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos presents a ballot image showing an undervote for him during the 2016 polls. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo wants VP protest resolved so Marcos ‘won’t have space to lie’

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'Habang hindi kasi siya nare-resolve, nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon si Marcos na gumawa ng mga kuwento kahit hindi totoo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the upcoming ballot recount

NO TO MARCOS' LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo believes the results of the electoral protest against her will still show she had won the polls fairly. Photo by OVP

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in CamSur for Marcos-Robredo election case

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Ballot boxes from Camarines Sur precincts are to be delivered to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal Retrieval Team until January 26

BALLOT RETRIEVAL. Men transfer ballot boxes from a truck to the Legislative Building in Pili, where representatives from the SC are waiting for them. All photos by OVP

Ballot retrieval in CamSur for VP protest begins

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo says the ballot recount will only 'vindicate' her client from the 'baseless accusation' of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos that Robredo had cheated in the polls

RETRIEVAL BEGINS. Ballot boxes from Libmanan, Camarines Sur arrive at the Pili provincial capitol for the ballot recount. Photo by OVP

PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

Zamora urges Guia Gomez to accept San Juan recall election

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora questions Mayor Guia Gomez's 'refusal' to receive the notice of recall elections even after the Christmas season

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora discusses the recall petition against incumbent mayor Guia Gomez. Photo from Office of Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora

Bongbong Marcos accuses PET of 'unfair treatment'

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says 'one option' is to request for his electoral protest case be raffled off to another Supreme Court justice

SOLID NORTH. Former senator Bongbong Marcos waves to supporters the SC before the preliminary conference was held for his electoral protest against the Vice President on July 11, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Why run for senator when I already won as VP?' – Bongbong Marcos

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says he is determined to see through the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

RAN BUT LOST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos campaigns for vice president in Mandaluyong in May 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP

Comelec wary of 'no elections' scenario in 2019

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec vows to fulfill its mandate to hold 'free and fair elections,' poll body spokesman James Jimenez says

POLLING PRECINCT. In this file photo, an elderly voter places her ballot on a precinct count optical scan machine (PCOS) after casting her vote during mid-term elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Malacañang defends Duterte tapping Facebook for 2016 polls

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it would have been 'foolhardy' for any political candidate not to use the popular social networking site as a campaign tool

TOP CAMPAIGNER. President Rodrigo  Duterte delivers a speech at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on December 21, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Comelec rules on 'sufficiency' of recall plea vs San Juan mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora lost to incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez by a little more than a thousand votes in the 2016 polls

SIGNATURE DRIVE. Some 30,000 San Juan residents reportedly signed the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

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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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