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[OPINION] Ask Senate hopefuls to show pictures of their libraries

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

I heard a proposal that only those who finished college should run, which is stupid, because everyone should be free to run. I'd rather that all senatorial candidates bring a picture of their libraries.

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

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.

Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada file candidacies for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Will their brand of politics – staunch critics of martial law and dictatorship – work to counter the Duterte magic?

DESCENDANTS. Former Senator Wigberto 'Bobby' Tañada (center) raises the arms of son, former Quezon representative Erin Tañada (left) and Chel Diokno, son of former senator Jose 'Pepe' Diokno, who are both running for a Senate seat in the May 2019 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Like déjà vu: Mar Roxas files candidacy for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Roxas dares critics to check official records and see if he is linked to any misuse of calamity or Yolanda funds

SENATORIAL BID. Former interior secretary Mar Roxas is the first to file a candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano vows to fight for the security of every Filipino family and to uphold Philippine sovereignty against China if he wins a Senate seat

SENATORIAL HOPEFUL. Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mikey Arroyo to run for Pampanga congressman

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:47 PM

If he wins, former congressman Mikey Arroyo will be replacing his mother Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who says she will retire from politics in 2019

BACK TO HOUSE. Former congressman Mikey Arroyo files his candidacy together with his wife Angela and their kids Mika and Monique on October 12, 2018. Photo from Speaker Gloria Arroyo's office

Tomawis, Colmenares first opposition senatorial bets to file COCs

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Liberal party bet Samira Gutoc Tomawis and Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares arrive at the Comelec headquarters with hundreds of supporters in tow

OPPOSITION BET. Samira Gutoc with supporters satge a program at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila before filing her candidacy as Senator on October 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sam Gutoc

'Kris, mahal pa rin kita': Senatorial hopeful Daniel Magtira won't let go

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Tondo singer Magtira, who once claimed he was the former husband of Kris Aquino, again professes his love during the filing of candidacies. He's joined by Anson Tuana, who claims to be an old flame of Mocha Uson.

FILED. Daniel Magtira files his Certificate on Candidacy on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dr Willie Ong runs for senator, banks on '10M FB followers'

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Dr Willie Ong is one of the bets banking on their huge social media following as they file their certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections

FOR HEALTH. Dr. Willie Tan Ong of Lakas-CMD with supporters after filing his Certificate on Candidacy for Senator on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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

WATCH: Aquino, Roxas let loose during thanksgiving party

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:37 PM

From Impossible Dream to Bayan Ko the President and his men and women sing it all

Robredo tells supporters: Win impossible without you

May 27, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Kahit mahirap ang sitwasyon kapag tinatawag tayong magsakripisyo sa bayan wala tayong karapatan tumalikod dito says Vice President elect Leni Robredo

VP WIN. Leni Robredo during a thankgiving event in Manila. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

As canvassing continues, Robredo heads home

May 27, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Leni Robredo heads home to Naga City to celebrate her late husband s 58th birthday as Congress continues to canvass votes for the presidency and vice presidency

Robredo at the Unveiling of Husband’s Bust   Naga City - Leading presidential candidate Leni Robredo leads the unveiling of her late husband Sec. Jesse Robredo's bust at Cararayan National High School. The unveiling coincides with the 58th birthday of the late secretary. Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Macalintal: 'Walang forever' when it comes to canvassing of votes

May 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Leni Robredo’s legal team says the canvassing of votes shouldn’t take too long – assuming candidates are able to accept defeat gracefully

ROBREDO LEGAL TEAM. Romulo Macalintal and senator-elect Leila de Lima lead a team of lawyers that will represent Leni Robredo during the canvassing of votes. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo media bureau

Worried about cheating, Robredo says remember 1986

May 18, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The Liberal Party vice presidential candidate calls out chief rival Ferdinand Marcos Jr for mind conditioning

CANVASSING WORRIES? Leni Robredo brings up the memories of the 1986 snap elections, when asked if she was worried about irregularities in the canvassing of votes. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Alma Moreno looks back on Karen Davila interview, parody Twitter account

May 12, 2016 - 6:18 PM

UPDATED Huwag naman nila ako apakan ng sobra Isipin naman nila mga anak ko Alma tells Boy Abunda on his talk show

Lucy Torres-Gomez reelected Leyte representative

May 11, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Lucy Torres Gomez is re elected Representative for the 4th District of Leyte with 60 8 of the votes

RE-ELECTED. Lucy Torres-Gomez is elected anew as the representative for the 4th District of Leyte. Her husband, actor Richard Gomez, was also elected as the Mayor of Ormoc City, which is in her constituency. Photo by Derek Alviola/Rappler

Pacquiao’s siblings win in local polls

May 11, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Bobby Pacquiao is proclaimed as a councilor in General Santos City while Roel is poised to replace Manny as Sarangani representative

SIBLINGS WIN. Manny Pacquiao's brothers, Bobby (L) and Roel, win positions as district representatives in the 2016 Philippine elections. Photos from boxrec.com and by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Erap wins close Manila mayoral race over Lim

May 10, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Joseph Ejercito Erap Estrada is elected for a second straight term as Manila mayor

MAYOR ANEW. Joseph Ejercito 'Erap' Estrada is Manila mayor anew. He is seen here during his miting de avance over the weekend. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Voting machines worked in 98% of Cebu precincts

May 10, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Around 50 vote counting machines malfunctioned across 4 066 clustered precincts in Cebu province

Cebu police chief bows to pressure, replaces Dumanjug police chief

May 10, 2016 - 7:29 AM

Following a shooting incident on election day police inspector Rogelio Amoroso is replaced

Comelec speaks up on KathNiel photo

May 09, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The two stars pose for photos with their ballots

Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

WATCH: Susan Roces, Neil Llamanzares hope for Grace Poe win, wish for 'unity'

May 09, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The two express their hopes that the outcome in this elections would be what is best for the country

NEIL AND SUSAN. Grace Poe's loved ones, her husband Neil Llamanzares and mother Susan Roces, cast their votes at the polling precinct in Xavier School, San Juan City. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pacquiao casts vote in Sarangani

May 09, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The boxing icon is seeking a seat in the Senate under the United Nationalist Alliance UNA party the political party of Vice President Jejomar Binay

VOTE CAST. Filipino boxing champion and Senate candidate Manny Pacquiao, seen here during presidential candidate Jejomar Binay's miting de avance in Makati City, casts his vote on election day. Photo by MARK R. CRISTINO/EPA

2.7 million voters expected in Cebu

May 09, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Cebu has the biggest voting population in the Philippines

VOTE-RICH. Around 2.7 million are expected to head to the polls in Cebu province, the most vote-rich province in the Philippines. Pictured on right are early morning voters elsewhere in the country, in Taguig City. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: ‘There will be no failed election’

May 08, 2016 - 6:24 PM

The Comelec is ready for the country’s third automated elections – from human personnel down to the machines

READY. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Comelec is ready a day before the national elections. Photo from Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Mar Roxas' miting de avance

May 08, 2016 - 12:55 PM

The administration party makes a last pitch for votes

Roxas supporters cheer during his miting de avance on May 7, 2016 at Quezon City Circle. Thousands of supporters attended the event to show support for Roxas, Robredo, and the Liberal Party's senatorial bets. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

SC orders judges to report on election day

May 06, 2016 - 11:17 AM

The Office of the Court Administrator says judges and court clerks must attend to all election related cases

Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Duterte's lead, Abu Sayyaf, Indiana primary | 12PM wRap

May 04, 2016 - 12:22 PM

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Duterte causing market jitters

May 03, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The Philippine Stock Exchange index falls for the 5th consecutive day on Tuesday a stretch that began after Duterte made a speech before top business leaders in which he joked about his penis and vowed to pardon himself for mass murder

RODRIGO DUTERTE. Filipino presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (2-R) gestures during an election campaign in Taguig City, South of Manila, Philippines, 30 April 2016. Photo by EPA

Roxas wishes Binay 'peace in his heart' because...

May 02, 2016 - 11:50 PM

The LP standard bearer confident that the momentum in the homestretch belongs to the ruling party believes the Vice President is going to jail for alleged corruption

2016 RIVALS. Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Quiboloy predicts landslide win for Duterte

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM

You cannot fight the devil if you are a saint You can only fight the devil if you are more of a devil than the devil himself the congregation leader says of his old friend Rodrigo Duterte

ANOINTED. Kingdom of Jesus Christ Founder Apollo Quiboloy (left) arrives on stage during his birthday celebration in Davao City on Monday, April 25. Photo by Saimehen Iluis/ Rappler

Davao's policies on women clash with Duterte's macho lingo

Apr 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The presidential candidate approved a city ordinance which includes protections for women but some argue his words and actions violate his own orders

[Dash of SAS]: The D joke

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Why does an objection to joking about a deplorable act of sexual violence even have to be explained?

LP decries harassment of local allies

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:29 PM

Party standard bearer Mar Roxas has alleged that the communist New People s Army is behind the harassment of allies in Panay island

LP HARASSED? Standard-bearer campaigns in General Santos City. File photo by Lito Boras / Rappler.com

Roxas-Robredo sorties: 4Ps, 'aylabyus' and the 'laylayan'

Apr 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

What s it like covering your standard Liberal Party campaign rally?

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF. Roxas, Aquino, and Robredo during the ruling party's kick-off in Roxas City. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Roxas reminds Duterte, Poe: A president's word becomes policy

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:18 PM

LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II hits front runners Rodrigo Duterte and Grace Poe for flip flopping on China and for failing to appreciate government data

ADMIN BET. Mar Roxas with President Benigno Aquino III and running mate Leni Robredo. Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr./Malacañang Photo Bureau

Santiago at hometown sortie: I'm the only legit Ilonggo among bets

Apr 15, 2016 - 2:51 PM

The presidential candidate returns to her hometown with her running mate Senator Bongbong Marcos in only their third sortie as a tandem since the campaign period started

Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago returned to the campaign trail on April 13 with a homecoming rally at the University of the Philippines Visayas campus in Iloilo City with her running mate Bongbong Marcos

'Bayot, bakla' don't mean 'weak,' transgender bet tells Duterte

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:12 PM

If he wants to be president of the country he has to be the president of everybody says Geraldine Roman the ruling LP s congressional candidate in the 1st district of Bataan

RESPECT. The LP's bet to represent the 1st district of Bataan calls on Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to respect the LGBT community in his choice of words. Rappler screenshot

Who's afraid of Duterte? Rivals target poll front runner

Apr 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Once upon a time only Mar Roxas dared to mess with Rodrigo Duterte Now he s got company: Jejomar Binay and Grace Poe

#OpenRoads: Elect leaders who aren't corrupt – COA

Apr 12, 2016 - 8:02 PM

It is important to have a regime where the leader is not corrupt and most importantly is perceived not to be corrupt COA chairperson Michael Aguinaldo says

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Can you insulate road projects from politics? #OpenRoads

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:17 AM

With barely a month left before the elections will voters choose leaders who listen to the needs of their constituents are transparent and capable of long term planning or those with empty promises?

Roxas' PMA 'classmates' say no politics in Cubao meet

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:09 PM

If it were political we should ve met in Balay says retired general Marcelo Garbo referring to the campaign headquarters of Mar Roxas in Cubao

PNP'S TOP BRASS. File photo of police generals during the New Year's Call. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

WATCH: Erap vs Lim vs Bagatsing in Manila race

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:55 AM

A re electionist a former mayor and a congressman fight for the mayoralty of the city of Manila

Grace Poe: Erap's anointed one

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Grace Poe gets the endorsement of her godfather Joseph Estrada who has chosen her over his longtime friend Vice President Jejomar Binay

Binay to rivals: Let's sign bank waiver together

Mar 20, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay vows he ll push for the FOI bill but Senator Grace Poe doubts this

Leni Robredo campaigns solo in Marcos stronghold

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:40 AM

Why is Leni Robredo even campaigning in the solid North ?

Cebu to presidential bets: What will you do about HIV epidemic?

Mar 18, 2016 - 9:28 PM

Cebu City is at the heart of the country’s HIV epidemic with 7 7 prevalence of HIV among males having sex with males alone as of April 2015

HEALTH RISK. Cebu is the top city with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the country. Photo of the City Health Department by David Lozada/ Rappler

Davao journos ask Roxas: Will you campaign in city too?

Mar 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

It s not a question of grabbing votes from Rodrigo Duterte or Jejomar Binay says Roxas of his campaign schedule but about presenting his platform and plans for the country

WARM WELCOME. A Davao del Norte resident greets Mar Roxas upon arriving in a cooperative-owned banana processing factory. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler