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Robredo to SC: Stop Marcos from skirting rules in his ‘dying’ VP protest

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos moves for the technical examination of election data from 3 ARMM provinces to be 'immediately' conducted

In new ad, Imee Marcos 'dabs' and rides it out with Sara Duterte

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos goes on a motorcycle ride with presidential daughter Sara Duterte and, in Bisaya, calls for governance that 'puts people first'

[WATCH] Manila House political forum: Meet the senatorial candidates

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Harry Roque, and Francis Tolentino discuss issues and pitch for their respective candidacies

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Romulo Macalintal – from election lawyer to candidate

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

For more than 3 decades, Macalintal fought for others to win in elections. This time, he is embarking on a whole new battle – the senatorial race.

Briones to DepEd teachers, employees: Do not engage in politics

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It is very, very clear in the Constitution that employees belonging to the civil service like us must behave and exhibit what is described as political neutrality,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

ELECTION REMINDER. Education Secretary Leonor Briones asks teachers and employees of the department to stay neutral during the election period. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

Hired killers strike in Ilocos Sur and Abra just before gun ban

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Two are killed in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, and another one in Pilar, Abra, days before the gun ban's start on January 13

PNP recalls politicians’ police escorts for 2019 polls

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:23 AM

The routine recall is done to prevent election violence and the politicization of the police force

RECALLED. Hundreds of cops are gathered in Camp Crame as part of the election ban on keeping police escorts. PSPG Photo.

Don't pay 'permit to campaign' fees to NPA, warns DILG

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says candidates and local officials found paying fees to gain access to rebel strongholds will face sanctions

ARMED STRUGGLE. Fighters of the NPA's Melito Glor Command march from their bases to celebrate the Party's founding on December 27, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec, police inspect checkpoints as 2019 election period begins

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:32 AM

'Hihigpitan natin ngayon. Dapat 2019 ay mas honest at credible at mas peaceful 'yung 2019 elections,' says Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas

ELECTION KICK-OFF. Police officers participate in the Unity Walk, interfaith prayer rally, and peace covenant signing for Eleksyon 2019 at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Survey says: How 2019 senatorial bets are faring so far

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Reelectionists and former senators are in the lead, some newcomers are gaining ground, while the rest still have to catch up if they want to be in the 'Magic 12' in the May 2019 polls

Opposition senatorial bets eye Western Visayas vote

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says Region 6 will 'play an important role for Otso,' referring to the opposition's Otso Diretso senatorial candidates

OTSO DIRETSO. Senator Franklin Drilon (3rd, left) with opposition senatorial candidates (from left) Samira Gutoc, Erin Tañada, Senator Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, and Romy Macalintal gamely gesture the “Korean finger heart” after a press conference in Iloilo City on January 11, 2018. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Mar Roxas says Ilonggo support won’t make him complacent

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:08 PM

In their first sortie, the coalition candidates go to Capiz, Roxas’ home province and bailiwick

KICK-OFF. Ahead of the start of the election period, opposition senatorial bets led by Manuel Roxas II launch a series of town hall meetings in Roxas City on January 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

43% of Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia

Jan 09, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe retains her solo lead in the December 2018 survey, with Senator Cynthia Villar following her closely 5 months before the midterm elections

VOTERS. Voters look for their names in a polling precinct on May 9, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: 2019 election-related bans

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The gun ban, for instance, will be enforced during the entire election period, from January 13 to June 12

CAMPAIGN FRENZY. In this file photo, motorists drive past campaign posters during midterm elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Game changers

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?

Daraga Mayor Baldo must first consent to Lakas-CMD withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Lakas-CMD withdraws Carlwyn Baldo's nomination after police tagged him as the alleged mastermind in AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's murder

CARLWYN BALDO. Photo of Baldo from his Facebook page.

Party withdraws nomination of mayor tagged in Batocabe slay

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Reelectionist Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo 'is no longer the official candidate of Lakas-CMD,' the political party tells the Commission on Elections

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

108 Ilocos police chiefs reshuffled ahead of 2019 elections

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

This is being done to prevent the local police chiefs from getting 'too familiar' with their counterpart local officials

RESHUFFLED. Over a hundred Ilocos police chiefs are reshuffled ahead of the 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Make 2019 a game-changer

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The outlook is grim, even dire, for 2019. But there's hope, and we are the game-changers

After Batocabe slay, House minority calls for 'violence-free' 2019 elections

Dec 27, 2018 - 3:04 PM

House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez says late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe died a 'true public servant,' and calls for a violence-free elections

CONDEMN. House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez  condemns the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Batocabe family still eyeing Daraga mayoralty in 2019

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The family of slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe says they 'will think hard and well' for his replacement

SGMA was one of the first to visit the wake of Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe at the Ricardo Arcilla Hall in Daraga, Albay this (Sunday) morning. She was welcomed by Majority Floorleader Rolando Andaya and Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin. She condomed the attack and vowed to help the family of Rep. Batocabe bring justice to his killers. Photo by the office of Gloria Arroyo.

Taguig residence claimed by Cayetanos not theirs – petitioner

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The Condominium Certificate of Title shows the residence claimed by congressional candidates and spouses Alan and Lani Cayetano belongs to Lino Cayetano

POWER COUPLE. Alan Peter Cayetano and  wife Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano arrive in UST for the vice presidential debate in 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Diokno: Lawmakers eyeing road users' tax for campaign

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno fires back at members of the House of Representatives accusing him of corruption

NOT RELEASING. In an economic briefing at Malacanang, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they will not release the road users' tax unless the Road Board is not abolished. RTVM Screenshot

'Save your last vote for me': Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal aims for a win

Dec 11, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'I know the law, but I don’t know the political side of an election,' says Romulo Macalintal, as he prepares for his senatorial bid in May 2019

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

Trillanes is free to travel for now – DOJ | Midday wRap

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Quita Chuatico

Duterte warns 2019 candidates: Do not 'terrorize' voters

Dec 10, 2018 - 6:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also tells government personnel not to side with any candidate or party but, in the same speech, talks of the senatorial candidacy of his longtime assistant Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Department of Tourism's Food and Travel Festival dubbed 'Kaon Ta!' held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on December 7, 2018. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec sets longer voting hours for 2019 elections

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Voting is now scheduled to take place from 6 am to 6 pm, extended by an hour

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig during the 2016 elections. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Mayoral bet in Bulacan surrenders after 20-hour standoff with SWAT team

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Local police are trying to serve an arrest warrant for qualified theft, but Andre Santos locks himself up in his house in Marilao town in Bulacan

ARRESTED. Suspect Andre Santos of Marilao, Bulacan, surrenders to the police after holding out overnight, from December 6 to 7, 2018. He is served an arrest warrant over charges of qualified theft. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Fake news' should be considered form of election fraud, says watchdog

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Kontra Daya asks Comelec to hold purveyors of lies accountable

Negros Occidental city takes down Bong Go tarpaulin

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Silay City Mayor Mark Golez says the senatorial candidate's tarpaulin violates a city ordinance, which regulates and requires permits for advertisements

VIOLATION. The Silay City government takes down the tarpaulin of former special assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go displayed at the public plaza due to violation of a local ordinance. Photo from Silay City Mayor Mark Golez Facebook page

#TheLeaderIWant: Florin Hilbay and his dream transition from lawyering to legislating

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

How would he continue to push for his advocacies when he's no longer within the hall of the courts and in the August Hall?

New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

LIMIT SPENDING. The Comelec says its new guidelines eyed for social media campaigns during elections will be limited to candidates' spending. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

Harry Roque: Overhauling Constitution for federalism ‘not realistic’

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If he becomes senator, Roque would back only 3 changes to the 1987 Constitution, rather than a sweeping revision as proposed by Duterte's Consultative Committee and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Harry Roque sreenshots

#TheLeaderIWant: Harry Roque on being his own man

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:58 PM

How different would a Senator Harry Roque be from a Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque? Rappler interviews the People's Reform Party bet.

LIST: Comelec raffle results for party-list order on 2019 ballots

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:51 PM

On the top spot of the initial list is Bayan Muna party-list while Mocha Uson's AA-Kasosyo party-list is at the bottom in the 181st spot

INITIAL LIST. The Comelec releases initial results of its raffle to determine the order of listing on the ballot for party-list groups int he 2019 elections.

Miriam Santiago's People's Reform Party teams up with Sara Duterte's party

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:17 PM

PRP agrees with President Duterte's unilateral ICC withdrawal. Miriam Defensor Santiago was the first Filipino ICC judge.

People's Reform Party and HNP alliance signing. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Imelda Marcos planned to withdraw gubernatorial bid from the start – Imee

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The former first lady was only serving as a placeholder to allow one of the younger Marcoses to substitute her in the Ilocos Norte gubernatorial race, says her daughter Imee Marcos

Students activists call for immediate imprisonment of former Imelda Marcos during rally along Espana Boulevard in Manila. Earlier, Marcos was granted bail by Sandiganbayan on her seven cases of graft. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CNN forum: Senate bets face off on drug war, China, same-sex unions

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Here is a list of Rappler stories from the December 2 senatorial forum organized by CNN Philippines

SENATORIAL FORUM. Eight senatorial bets face off during a senatorial forum by CNN Philippines. File photos by Rappler

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

Dela Rosa heckled at CNN Philippines senatorial forum

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Critics jeer at Ronald dela Rosa, former police chief of President Rodrigo Duterte, while he explains his push for the return of the death penalty

BuCor chief Ronald dela Rosa 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

Senate bets on labor issues: End 'endo,' gender discrimination

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the government must set an example by regularizing its own contractual hires

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Only Alejano opposes same-sex unions in TV senatorial forum

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:33 PM

In CNN Philippines' senatorial forum, 7 other bets support same-sex unions

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate bets on traffic: Prioritize commuters, decongest Manila

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Chel Diokno says government must create policies for Filipinos who use buses and jeeps, while Francis Tolentino cites the need to pass a national land use law

Edsa Traffic during the off-HOV hours. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

3 opposition bets vs lowering of age of criminal liability

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Bam Aquino, and Gary Alejano oppose proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Enrile, Osmeña back China oil deal; Alejano says it's a trap

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Serge Osmeña cite China's military might to justify backing the oil and gas deal between Manila and Beijing

DEALS SIGNED. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting on November 20, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

4 Senate bets back legalization of medical marijuana

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Senate bets Chel Diokno, JV Ejercito, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Sergio Osmeña III, in CNN Philippines' senatorial forum, back the legalization of medical marijuana

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Senate bets on drugs: Solve poverty or kill drug lords in Luneta?

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Duterte appointee Ronald dela Rosa wants drug lords shot in Luneta, while Duterte critic Gary Alejano says government should start by addressing poverty

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Peace deal gone wrong revives Marcos-Fariñas clash in Ilocos Norte

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The decision of ex-Ilocos Norte governor Michael Marcos Keon to run against reelectionist Laoag Mayor Chevylle Fariñas becomes the deal breaker for family patriarch Rodolfo Fariñas

FAILED PEACE TALKS. Rudy Fariñas and Bongbong Marcos wanted to prevent a showdown between their families in 2019. File photos of Fariñas, Marcoses by Rappler, photo of Matthew Marcos Manotoc from his Facebook page

Isabela's Dy brothers reconcile, leaving Padaca without gubernatorial bet

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Former governor Grace Padaca, who was initially convinced to run as Napoleon Dy's vice gubernatorial bet, is not backing out

‘FAMILY FIRST.’ Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III (front row, 2nd from left) accompanies his brother Representative Napoleon Dy (right next to Governor Dy) when the latter withdraws his candidacy for governor on November 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Jun Fuentes