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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang garapal na oportunismo ni Ronald Cardema

May 27, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Isang surot si Cardema na nagsasamantala sa marupok na sistema ng eleksiyon

[OPINION] Disheartening but unsurprising: On the 2019 midterm elections

May 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM

With the rise of populism worldwide and growing assertiveness of authoritarian regimes everywhere, it is possible that we are now entering the reverse wave period – the Philippines included

Otso Diretso ran 'defensive' campaign in 2019 – Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 9:23 PM

The ex-Akbayan congressman stresses the importance of defending democratic values, but the opposition also needs to come up with new strategies that go beyond 'old responses' to society's problems

BELLO ON 2019 POLLS. Former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello assesses the performance of the opposition and party-list groups in the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Rappler video

Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

May 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'The opposition tried to bring these up ,and these are very important issues, but... they didn't make that much of a difference as that significant part of the electorate went for the President,' says former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

NEW POLITICS. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the Philippines has entered a new 'world' in politics. Rappler screengrab

Rappler Talk: Making sense of the 2019 party-list race with Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Former Akbayan representative Walden Bello weighs on the lessons learned from the 2019 elections

[OPINION] A message to the enlightened Filipinos

May 25, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Believe it or not, despite the undeniably wholesale defeat of the opposition at the polls, there were so many positive takeaways that we, the enlightened Filipinos, can build on moving forward

2019 party list winners: Where their votes came from

May 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Here are the different strategies through which the 51 party-list groups consolidated their votes in the 2019 elections

Comelec says 2019 candidates, parties must file SOCE by June 13

May 24, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says all candidates and parties, regardless of whether or not they won in the 2019 elections, must submit their statement of contributions and expenditures

CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. The Commission on Elections reminds all candidates of the 2019 elections to file their statement of campaign expenditures by June 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Petitions vs Cardema pour in as Comelec decides his fate

May 24, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Commissions on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez says more than 10 petitions have been filed opposing Cardema's substitution as nominee of Duterte Youth in the party list

PETITION CHALLENGED. Over 10 groups have filed petitions opposing Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's substitution bid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Discussing platforms on Facebook didn't matter in 2019 polls – study

May 24, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The study also finds that promoting previous legislative work and platforms had very little impact on winnability

SENATORIAL POSTSCRIPT. A study dives into the Facebook environment during the 2019 elections.

[ANALYSIS] The dangerous Cardema precedent

May 23, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The fact that he also used his position as NYC chair to campaign for Duterte Youth and other Duterte-endorsed candidates is also a possible election offense

144 election-related incidents reported in Mindanao – group

May 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

International Alert reports that most of the violent incidents in Mindanao during the 2019 midterm elections involved explosives and brawls, not guns

Photo courtesy of International Alert

LIST: Neophyte party-list reps include businessmen, political clans, former gov't officials

May 23, 2019 - 8:22 PM

At least 19 groups consider the 18th Congress as their first foray into the House of Representatives. But not all are completely new to government service.

FALSE: Samira Gutoc gets zero vote in Mandaluyong

May 23, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Election results data show that Gutoc received votes in all clustered precincts in Mandaluyong City

[OPINION] For the opposition, all hope is not lost

May 23, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'If there’s one thing that this election produced, it’s the new and stronger leaders of the opposition, in the likes of Chel, Samira, and Florin'

FALSE: Villegas, Tagle 'say followers are traitors' for not voting for Otso Diretso

May 23, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says the claim is 'fake news and propaganda'

After party-list proclamation, still no Comelec decision on Cardema petition

May 23, 2019 - 1:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'I have not signed a reso (resolution) about giving due course to Cardema’s application for substitution,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party-lists in 2019 elections even without a Comelec decision on his substitution bid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

14 million votes for an Aquino in time of Duterte still a feat, says Bam

May 22, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV honors the voters and campaign volunteers 'who took a risk' by supporting an opposition candidate like him

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Akbayan loses House seat for first time since 1998 polls

May 22, 2019 - 8:15 PM

It's a heartbreaking defeat for one of the longest serving party-list organizations in Congress and a significant voice in the opposition

AKBAYAN NOMINEES. Akbayan party-list loses its seat in the House of Representatives during the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bam Aquino on the 2019 elections, opposition's fate

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Bam Aquino fails to secure a second term. What is next for him and the opposition?

Bayan Muna, 3 other Left groups defy red-tagging, keep House seats

May 22, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Despite sustained government attacks on their leaders, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan manage to win in the party-list race

SWEET VICTORY. Bayan Muna ranks second in the 2019 party-list elections despite government's campaign against it. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ghosts of an anomalous past: Cases, controversies hounding new senators

May 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A number of the new senators also have their share of controversies, including being accused of violating certain laws and becoming subjects of investigations

Newly elected senators of the recent National and Local Elections are proclaimed today, May 22, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec proclaims 51 winning groups in 2019 party-list elections

May 22, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Party-list group Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) tops the race, gaining the maximum 3 seats allowed in the House of Representatives

The party-lists representatives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Proclamation of winning party-lists in the 2019 Philippine elections

May 22, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the national and local races in the 2019 Philippine elections happening on May 13, 2019

Dela Rosa says he knows how to craft laws: 'I'm a PhD holder'

May 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

'Kung anong batas ang dapat gawin, 'yung batas ba na walang kwenta o batas ba na kapaki-pakinabang, alam ko na po 'yun,' says senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa

PHD HOLDER. Senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa says his dissertation comprised of studying policy. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Comelec to withhold payment for suppliers of defective election materials

May 22, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says suppliers of defective materials will not be paid yet, pending the review of their contracts and possible violations

POLL CHAIRMAN. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas orders the poll body to withhold payment for suppliers of defective election materials. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: New senators flash Duterte fist pump – except for 2

May 22, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Reelected senators Grace Poe and Nancy Binay refuse to join their fellow winners in making the trademark salute to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S SENATE? Winning senators in the 2019 elections, except for Senators-elect Grace Poe and Nancy Binay, make President Rodrigo Duterte's trademark fist pump. Rappler screenshot

Election lawyers, youth leaders to Comelec: Reject Cardema's substitution bid

May 22, 2019 - 3:55 PM

They also ask the poll body to cancel Duterte Youth's registration and investigate Ronald Cardema for alleged violations of the Omnibus Election Code

POLL COMISSIONERS. In this photo, 3 of 7 Comelec Commissioners observe canvassing of votes for senators and party-lists in the 2019 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mar Roxas on 2019 defeat: 'I don't know what comes next'

May 22, 2019 - 3:12 PM

'Our country continues to need us and our best efforts,' says the former Liberal Party stalwart

2019 DEFEAT. Opposition candidate Mar Roxas loses his 3rd consecutive elections, as he places only 16th in the 2019 senatorial polls. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Even as he is proclaimed, Bong Revilla evades questions

May 22, 2019 - 3:03 PM

A pressing question as Revilla heads back to the Senate is how he can make sure his office will not be used in the same scam again

EVASIVE. Graft defendant Bong Revilla remains evasive even as he is proclaimed a returning senator for the 18th Congress. Photo by Rappler

Kris Aquino defends decision not to vote for all Otso Diretso bets

May 22, 2019 - 2:59 PM

'Tapos na 'kong manahimik sa pagbayad para sa mga kasalanan at pagkukulang nung mga ibang LP nung nabigyan sila ng pagkakataon ng mga botante,' says Kris as she defends her decision to vote for only 4 Otso Diretso candidates

Dela Rosa sought Duterte's 'guidance’ before Senate proclamation

May 22, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa recalls asking the President: 'Sir, any advice, any guidance, bago ako papasok sa Senado?'

INDEPENDENT? Senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa says he asked for President Rodrigo Duterte's advice and guidance before he was proclaimed as an incoming senator. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

12 new senators proclaimed, boosting Duterte's power

May 22, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The new senators include Duterte aide Bong Go and Marcos daughter Imee Marcos, wiping out opposition bets and tightening the President's grip on Congress

DUTERTE AIDE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas raises the hand of Senator-elect Bong Go during the proclamation of new senators on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec transparency server ends unofficial count

May 22, 2019 - 12:22 PM

With 98.42% of all expected precinct-level results received, the Comelec ends transparency server operations at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center

TRANSPARENCY SERVER EXIT. Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas Jr, project lead for the transparency server operations, assures accredited groups that there will be a third-party audit of the entire system.

Imee Marcos feels same 'raging optimism' as when dad first became senator

May 22, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The senator-elect says she will focus on poverty alleviation in the Senate

Imee Marcos speaks at a campaign rally in Manila on February 27, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec’s Guanzon questions substitution bid of Duterte Youth's Cardema

May 22, 2019 - 9:10 AM

(3rd UPDATE) ‘In the certificate of candidacy form of a Cardema, he stated that he is qualified. But is he not over 30 years old?’ says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon raises questions on Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's qualifications to become a youth sector representative in the Lower House. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Top Palawan politicians capture key posts ahead of province’s planned split

May 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Governor Jose Alvarez, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, and two of 3 lawmakers are reelected, while another congressman is replaced by his sister

PALAWAN POLS. Governor Jose Alvarez (1st from left) lead the politicians who won key posts in Palawan in the 2019 polls. Photos from Palawan official website, House of Representatives website, and Facebook accounts

Sibling rivalries weaken Amante, Plaza clans in Agusan provinces

May 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur governors who sought House seats in 2019 win

NEW LAWMAKERS. Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza (L) and Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante Matba win as representatives in the May 2019 elections. Photo of Plaza from Facebook, photo of Amante Matba from PIA

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

9 out of 12 elected senatorial bets are Duterte allies

May 22, 2019 - 3:00 AM

While Malacañang attributes their victory to 'Duterte magic,' most of the winning candidates are also reelectionist senators or politicians with familiar names

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Senators Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar on the sidelines of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. Also in the photo is Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito lose reelection bids

May 22, 2019 - 2:50 AM

(UPDATED) Out of the 7 reelectionist senators, two lose in the 2019 midterm polls

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nancy Binay gets coveted 12th spot in Senate race

May 22, 2019 - 2:35 AM

It's final: No opposition candidate in the 2019 elections makes it to the Senate

MIDTERM POLLS. Reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay shows her ballot for the midterm elections on May 13, 2019, in her polling precinct at San Antonio National High School in Makati City. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

May 21, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'

'BASTARDIZED' SYSTEM. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (R) wants the party-list law amended. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Comelec rolls out red carpet for 12 winning senators

May 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Commission on Elections holds a dry run of the proclamation of winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center

DRY RUN. The Commission on Elections on May 21, 2019, conducts a dry run of the arrival of winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

May 21, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Erin Tañada, Liberal Party vice president for external affairs and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate, says he admires Senator Kiko Pangilinan's courage during the tough campaign

STILL TRUSTED. Resigned LP president and Senator Kiko Pangilinan (right) is still be trusted by other LP leaders like Erin Tañada(left), who ran but lost for senator. VP Leni Robredo (center) has not accepted Pangilinan's resignation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Delayed U.S. votes stall May 21 proclamation of senators

May 21, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'I'm very sorry to disappoint everyone, but it looks like today is not the day,' says Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez

PROCLAMATION RESCHEDULED. Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez says on May 21, 2019, that the expected proclamation of senators and party-list groups on that day will not push through. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.

LIST: Who participated in the source code review of the 2019 automated election system?

May 21, 2019 - 11:10 AM

A total of 66 individuals from 16 groups participate in the review

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

Delayed overseas votes leave Senate bets hanging

May 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Lawyer George Garcia urges the Commission on Elections to proclaim the winning senators even without certificates of canvass from the US and Saudi Arabia

CANVASSING VOTES. Days after the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler