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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

Agot Isidro, Bencab, Bituin Escalante want you to vote in 2019

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:46 PM

A series of online videos featuring Pinoy artists and celebs encourages the youth to cast their ballots in 2019

Pimentel group is legitimate PDP-Laban – Comelec

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The poll body resolves the row among factions in President Rodrigo Duterte's party: only nominations signed by the Pimentel group are recognized

TRUE PRESIDENT. Senator Koko Pimentel files his Certificate on Candidacy on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Duterte supporter Bituin Escalante now campaigns for opposition

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Singer Bituin Escalante says in supporting opposition senatorial candidates in the 2019 polls, she hopes to be 'part of the solution'

DUTERTE SUPPORTER NO MORE. Singer Bituin Escalante tells Team Pilipinas why she is supporting the opposition's senatorial bets in 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opposition hopes to repeat Robredo's 2016 victory for Senate bets

Nov 30, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Hindi ba meron tayong isang kandidato na from 1% to Vice President? Nasubukan na po natin noon. Uulitin natin para sa 8,' Team Pilipinas convenor Maria Cecila Reyes tells volunteers for the opposition's 2019 campaign

TEAM PILIPINAS. Campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan and 4 of the Oposisyon Koalisyon's senatorial bets pose for a group photo with Team Pilipnas. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mitos Magsaysay running for Zambales representative, replacing father-in-law

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The suspended Olongapo mayor, Rolen Paulino, also withdraws his candidacy in favor of his son, Rolen Paulino Jr

ALLIANCE. Former 1st district congresswoman Mitos Magsaysay (2nd from right) is running for her old post. She has the support of (from left) Vice Governor Angel Magsaysay, 2nd District Representative Cheryl Deloso Montalla, and Governor Amor Deloso. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Rudy Fariñas runs for Ilocos Norte governor vs Marcos' grandson

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The former House majority leader will go head to head against the grandson of graft convict and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos

THE RIVALRY HEATS UP. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rudy Fariñas is eyeing to become governor in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cagayan congressman Ting running for governor as brother’s substitute

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:25 PM

It's now a 3-way fight between political scions for governor of Cagayan: Governor Manuel Mamba, ex-governor Alvaro Antonio, and Representative Randolph Ting

Photo from Randy Ting's Facebook account

Imelda Marcos withdraws bid for Ilocos Norte governor

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Her grandson, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for governor while Board Member Nonong Marcos will be his running mate

GULTY OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos inside the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: JV Ejercito on his 2019 senatorial bid amid sibling rivalry

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

What are the challenges that reelectionist senatorial candidate JV Ejercito faces?

Serge Osmeña to vote for divorce bill if he wins Senate seat

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:06 PM

'We already have annulment, we already have legal separation because we don't like to call it divorce. Let's just call it divorce and complete the cycle already,' says the senatorial candidate

DIVORCE. Senatorial candidate Serge Osmeña favors the passage of a divorce bill.

Robredo asks SC to 'immediately resolve' probe into Chong's claims

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers continue to question how ex-Biliran representative Glenn Chong supposedly got audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur, to allege electoral fraud in 2016

POLL FRAUD ACCUSER. Ex-Biliran representative Glenn Chong alleges electoral fraud in the 2016 vice presidential elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Serge Osmeña on eyeing a Senate comeback in 2019

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Former senator Serge Osmeña talks to Rappler about his platform, priorities, and the challenges he's facing as a senatorial candidate

Duterte: Jun Evasco is my candidate for Bohol governor

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Evasco's rival in the Bohol gubernatorial race 'never helped' him

LP, Left did not form united opposition Senate slate due to 'basic differences'

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Neri Colmenares says he is content with being just the plus one of the '8+1' opposition senatorial slate

OPPOSITION. Makabayan candidate Neri Colmenares is missing from the Opposition slate for the 2019 elections.Screenshot from Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Neri Colmenares on what a leftist can bring to the Senate

Nov 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM

How will he convince Filipino voters that a leftist deserves a seat in the Senate?

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Defaults and plain bad choices

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Duterte is one malignant phenomenon such as not seen since Ferdinand Marcos, and we are now being asked to promote it by voting for his candidates

#TheLeaderIWant: Gary Alejano on taking his fight to the Senate

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

If elected senator, how will the former Marine captain prove that he can be the soldier of every Filipino?

Marcos legal team disowns Glenn Chong in VP protest

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The lawyers of defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos say ex-Biliran congressman Glenn Chong is not part of their legal team

NOT PART OF MARCOS TEAM. Lawyer and ex-Biliran representative Glenn Chong gestures during a Senate hearing on July 31, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

43 areas in Davao Region on election watchlist

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Category 4 areas are those affected by intense political rivalry that could trigger violence, presence of private armed groups, and also of more organized groups

House minority 'concerned' 2019 budget to be used for May polls

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The House minority says the P50 billion ‘misplaced’ in the proposed budget during Speaker Alvarez’s time has yet to be corrected

CALL FOR BUDGET TRANSPARENCY. The minority, led by Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez (middle), says on November 21, 2018, ‘The people’s purse might be used for personal campaigns of candidates and reelectionists, instead of its true public purpose.’ Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Nancy Binay airs ‘dark’ Christmas ad ahead of 2019 campaign

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:30 AM

‘Si Nancy Binay po ito. ’Di ’nyo man ako makita sa dilim, alam kong marami sa atin, madilim ang Pasko,’ says the reelectionist senator in her paid advertisement

EARLY CAMPAIGNING? Senator Nancy Binay airs a Christmas advertisement on national television. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sara Duterte's Hugpong joins forces with Abra's Asenso party

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The presidential daughter strikes an alliance with the party of reelectionist Governor Joyce Bernos, whose challenger was earlier endorsed by the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee

 JOINING FORCES. Abra Governor Jocelyn Valera Bernos exchange symbolic keys on November 20, 2018, to formalize their parties' alliance for the 2019 elections. Photo from the Asenso Abreno FB page

Pichay hits PDP-Laban for 'disrespecting' coalition with Lakas-CMD

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay Jr says the ruling PDP-Laban fielded candidates against Lakas-CMD in several districts despite a coalition agreement between their parties signed in 2016

ON ALLIANCES. Deputy Speaker and Lakas-CMD secretary-general Prospero Pichay Jr is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 19, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Emil Marañon III on stopping the Cayetano dynasty

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Watch Rappler Talk on Monday afternoon, November 19

Robredo: Marcos ‘confused’ for asking SC anew to stop using ballot images

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's camp argues her rival ex-senator Bongbong Marcos is merely reiterating his 'previous baseless arguments' without presenting concrete evidence

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed against her by ex-senator Bongbong Marcos

Strengthen human rights awareness of Filipinos, say opposition bets

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Erin Tañada believe Filipinos should be made more aware of their human rights, so they won't be afraid to file reports when abuses happen

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS. Senatorial bets Erin Tañada, Chel Diokno, and Samira Gutoc say Filipinos should be made more aware of human rights. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PDP-Laban's Senate slate to rely on Duterte popularity, party machinery

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III believes PDP-Laban senatorial candidates have no disadvantages in the 2019 elections

Photos of Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Pimentel by Rappler; Photos of Duterte, Go,Tolentino by Malacañang

Gutoc on Marawi rehab: Gov't not learning from mistakes post-Yolanda

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Marawi City civic leader Samira Gutoc says the government and the residents should 'co-manage' rehabilitation efforts

REBUILDING. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc gives her assessment of the government's rehabilitation efforts in her hometown. Screenshot from Rappler