LIST: Who’s running for mayor, vice mayor in Metro Manila for 2019?

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Here is a list of tandems and other aspirants expected to face off in the 2019 elections in the National Capital Region

Malacañang rejects 'surprise' drug tests for election candidates

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo echoes a Supreme Court ruling that declared provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act unconstitutional

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon closes the gate of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy end the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

13 Senate campaign virgins spice up 2019 elections

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

These first-time Senate hopefuls – lawyers, Duterte appointees, a reporter, civic Muslim leader, former soldier, long-time local chiefs – promise to shake up the midterm polls

LOOK: Political dynasties use party list as backdoor to Congress

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Here are some people with familiar family names, trying to get to the House of Representatives without running in district polls

Senator Manny Pacquiao joins his brother Bobby and 2 others as they file their certificate of acceptance of nominees under OFW Family Club. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Four-cornered fight for governor of Aklan

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Seasoned politician Florencio Miraflores takes on three opponents in his bid for a third and final term as governor of Aklan

THIRD TERM. Incumbent Florencio Miraflores takes on three challengers for governor of Aklan.

LIST: 2019 Senate hopefuls facing cases, complaints, probes

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Rappler lists the senatorial aspirants who are facing cases, complaints, or probes, as well as those who have been acquitted or the cases against them dismissed

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NPC drops congressional bet running vs Vilma Santos Recto

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Outgoing Lipa Mayor Meynard Sabili, who is eyeing the city's lone congressional seat, will now run as an independent

CONGRESSIONAL RACE. Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili wants to challenge Congresswoman Vilma Santos Recto in the May 2019 polls. File photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Hugpong ng Pagbabago adds Bong Revilla to Davao Senate slate

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The plunder defendant and ex-senator is the 14th name in the regional party's Senate slate

Former senator Bong Revilla Jr arrives at the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Clash of political heavyweights looms in Zambales

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:29 PM

For the Zambales governorship, it will be a rematch between incumbent Amor Deloso and the man he unseated, Hermogenes Ebdane

REMATCH. Reelectionist Zambales Governor Amor Deloso faces a rematch with the man he deposed, Hermogenes Ebdane. File photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Comelec to 'quickly' resolve PDP-Laban row

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The Comelec says internal fighting within President Rodrigo Duterte's party has confused its local candidates as well

PDP-LABAN BET. Senator Aquilino Pimentel, president of PDP-Laban, disowned Aguilar as one of its senatorial bets, despite him having submitted a CONA. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Dy brothers of Isabela in opposing teams for provincial leadership

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The rift between brothers Bojie and Napoleon Dy has spilled over to the Isabela political arena

SLIDES DOWN. Incumbent Isabela Governor Bojie Dy is now running for vice governor. Photo from Gov. Bojie Dy's Facebook page

Duterte: ‘Ayaw ko ng dynasty, but we are forced’

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims his daughter Sara forced her younger brother, Sebastian, to run as her vice mayor in Davao City

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace, where the inaugural ceremony will take place, together with his children Paulo, Sara, Sebastian and Veronica. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

LIST: National government officials vying for local positions

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Some national government officials are shifting to local politics in the 2019 midterm elections

GOVERNOR. Senator Francis Escudero is running for Sorsogon governor. Photo from Heart Evangelista Escudero's Facebook page

LIST: 2019 elections senatorial hopefuls

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

A total of 152 individuals have filed certificates of candidacy for senator

COC FILING. Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

10 Duterte appointees running in 2019 elections

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:08 PM

There are 5 Cabinet members and 5 lower-ranking appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte seeking electoral posts in the 2019 midterm elections

Loren Legarda running for Antique congresswoman

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Outgoing Senator Loren Legarda is running under the Nationalist People's Coalition

Senator Loren Legarda during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agency on October 3, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mayor challenges reelectionist Lagman for Albay congressman

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'I'm up against the veteran, but I rest my case [with] the people of the first district, specifically the millennials,' says Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas

ALLY. Sto Domingo, Albay Mayor Herbie Aguas shows his certificate of candidacy. He is running against longtime political ally and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Journalist Michael Ubac replaces Roque as party-list nominee of Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 18, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) Veteran journalist Ubac takes Roque's place as the latter decided to forge ahead with a Senate bid on the last day of filing of candidacies

PARTY-LIST. Journalist Michael Ubac is a nominee of the Luntiang Pilipinas party. Photo of Ubac from Facebook

The many times Ethel Booba threw shade as aspirants filed their COCs

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'Kuha po kayo NBI Clearance (Get an NBI Clearance),' she tells Bong Revilla

CHAROTISMS. Ethel Booba doesn't hold back on the commentary as hopefuls file their COCs. Screenshot from

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Oct 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

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Pompee La Viña running vs Cagayan de Oro's 'most anti-Duterte mayor'

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Jose Gabriel La Viña is challenging reelectionist Oscar Moreno. The former agriculture undersecretary's running mate is longtime mayor and kingpin Vicente Emano.

CDO RACE. This photo shows former congressman and Centrist Democratic Party president Rufus Rodriguez (2-L), former Cagayan de Oro vice mayor Caesar Ian Acenas (L), Jose Gabriel La Viña (2-R), and former city mayor Vicente Emano during the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Nancy Binay goes on leave as UNA president amid siblings' feud

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:42 PM

'Due to recent developments within the party, I am writing this letter to humbly notify you as secretary general that I'm taking a leave of absence as President of UNA effective today, October 18,' says Senator Nancy Binay

Sen. Nancy Binay files her Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 12, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:24 PM

From Ilocos Norte to Davao City, local bets rush to file their certificates of candidacies on the last day of filing

LOCAL RACES. Abigail Binay, Sebastian Duterte and Chavit Singson are among those who filed their candidacies on the last day of the filing period, October 17. Photos by Joey Salgado (for Binay), Manman Dejeto/Rappler (for Duterte), and Mau Victa/Rappler (for Singson)

Sonny Angara fends off TRAIN law criticism as he files COC

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara pushes for remedial measures to cushion the impact of the Duterte administration's tax reform law

Sen. Sonny Angara files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto to run for Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Despite being the youngest councilor in Pasig City, Vico Sotto decides to challenge the favored incumbent Robert Eusebio

NEW POLITICS. Vico Sotto (2nd right) filed his COC to run for Pasig City mayor. With him are his parents Vic Sotto and Connie Reyes. At right is Pasig congressman Roman Romulo. Rappler photo

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Oct 17, 2018 - 8:35 PM

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Ex-barangay chief challenges Imelda Marcos for Ilocos Norte governor

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Before Jesus Arimbuyotan filed his certificate of candidacy, the former first lady was uncontested to replace her daughter, Governor Imee Marcos

DAUGHTER’S POST. Ilocos Norte congresswoman Imelda Marcos on October 16, 2018, accompanies to the poll body in Manila her eldest daughter, senatorial hopeful Imee, whom she seeks to replace as governor. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After failed recall petition, Zamora runs again for San Juan mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Former vice mayor Francis Zamora seeks to replace Mayor Guia Gomez in San Juan. He is up against the current vice mayor, Janella Estrada.

ANOTHER TRY. Francis Zamora at the San Juan Comelec office to file his certificate of candidacy for mayor. Photo courtesy of Zamora

Seniors bid for Senate seats to address environmental, transport problems

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Mansueto Gallardo, 70, and Porferio Camorongan, 80, find government slow in addressing some pressing problems

SELF-NOMINATED. Mansueto Gallardo decides to bring his ideas on treating waste at sea ‘straight to the table’ at the Comelec, but is unable to register for the party list. All photos by Sofia Tomacruz/

TIMELINE: Harry Roque's days of indecision on Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Even President Rodrigo Duterte admits to having been frustrated by his former spokesman's changing plans on running for senator

DEFENDING A JOKE. Images from Robinson Niñal Jr and Yancy Lim/Presidential Photo

General who led Mamasapano probe running for Baguio mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Benjamin Magalong sees his run as a 'moral obligation'

FROM 2-STAR TO MAYOR? Benjamin Magalong officially joins politics. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Election lawyers join forces to back Macalintal for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Now an independent senatorial bet, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to fight for higher discounts for senior citizens

ELECTION LAWYERS. Leading election lawyers Beng Sardillo (1st from left), Sixto Brillantes Jr (2nd), and George Garcia (4th) endorse the senatorial bid of their friend and fellow lawyer Romulo Macalintal (3rd). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alan Peter Cayetano, wife Lani both seeking House seats

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'Ang mahalaga, parehas na malinis ang pangalan,' says former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

HUSBAND AND WIFE. Alan Peter and wife Lani Cayetano will be running for 1st and 2nd district of Taguig, respectively. Photo from Alan Peter's Facebook page

It's Singsons vs Zaragozas for control of Ilocos Sur

Oct 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for governor against incumbent Ryan Singson, son of Ilocos Sur kingpin Chavit Singson

FAMILY. Narvacan Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza files his certificate of candidacy for Ilocos Sur governor on October 17, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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Oct 17, 2018 - 2:57 PM

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LIST: These celebrities are seeking elective posts in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

These showbiz figures are hoping to enter – or stay in – politics

RICHARD YAP. The actor, pictured here at the ABS-CBN Ball in September, makes a bid to enter politics. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Senate bet Raffy Alunan open to joint exploration of West PH Sea

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:59 PM

The former interior secretary says any joint exploration agreement with China must ensure the Philippines gets a 'lion's share' of profits

Former DILG secretary Raffy Alunan accompanied by Sen. Richard Gordon, marches to the Comelec office in Manila to file the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance for One Philippines Party list on October 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Harry Roque wants to channel Miriam Santiago at Senate

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'Mumultuhin na po kayo ni Miriam Defensor Santiago sa pagkatao ni Harry Roque,' says the former mouthpiece of President Rodrigo Duterte

Harry Roque speaks to the media outside the Comelec office in Manila after filing his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The battle is on: Makati mayor Abby Binay files for reelection

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:27 PM

(UPDATED) Incumbent Makati City mayor Abby Binay's candicacy officially marks the start of the Binay election rivalry versus brother Junjun Binay

REELECTION. Then-vice president Jejomar Binay joins his daughter Makati mayor Abby Binay and vice mayor Monique Lagdameo after filing a certificate for candidacy for the 2019 polls. Photo by Joey Salgado

Enrile, 94: Who knows? I might outlive other senators

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:24 PM

‘I’m not saying that I’m immortal, but only God knows,’ says Juan Ponce Enrile, who has refiled his certificate of candidacy for senator

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, 94, refiles his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sebastian Duterte running for Davao City vice mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Sebastian Duterte will be his sister Sara's running mate under the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod-Hugpong ng Pagbabago

FILED. Sebastian Duterte, youngest son of President Rodrigo Duterte with former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, files his candidacy for Vice Mayor of Davao City on October 17, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Andaya escapes 'assassination attempt' after filing COC for governor

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Andaya believes the alleged kill attempt was ordered by his political enemies in Camarines Sur, where he hopes to get elected as governor in 2019

MAJORITY LEADER. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

Chavit Singson running for mayor of Narvacan

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:23 AM

This is an election #throwback as Singson will run with Pablito Sanidad, his running mate in the 1971 elections that ended the Crisologo dynasty in Ilocos Sur

Chavit Singson and Pablito Sanidad file their COCs for mayor and vice mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. Photo by Mau Victa

Serge Osmeña seeks Senate return, plans to help Duterte

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'I find it easier to react to issues if I'm independent rather when in a party. Kapag nasa partido ka, stuck ka sa sinabi ng partido,' says former senator Sergio Osmeña III

INDEPENDENT. Former senator Sergio Osmeña III files his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After days of indecision, Harry Roque forges on with Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Going against the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte, Harry Roque decides to run for senator under People's Reform Party

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 ex-senators charged in pork barrel scam running in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:25 AM

(UPDATED) Ramon Revilla Jr is currently detained, while Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are out on bail

RUNNING IN 2019. Former senators Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jinggoy Estrada.

Awaiting judgment for plunder, Bong Revilla launches Senate bid from jail

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Revilla's wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, files his certificate of candidacy

Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado and son Jolo Revilla march to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to represent former Sen. Bong Revilla in filing his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Jire Carreon/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

Jiggy Manicad vows to bring reporter's knowledge of issues to Senate

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'Bago ako sa politics pero hindi ako bago sa issues na araw-araw kino-cover din natin,' says the veteran reporter after filing his certificate of candidacy

NEXT LEVEL. Jiggy Manicad formalizes his bid for a seat in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler