Philippine presidential elections - updates

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[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A tale of two stinks

May 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

As it happens, Topacio is our link between two stinks – the one surrounding the Tulfos now and the one exploded in 2005 by Gloria Arroyo, former president and now Deputy Speaker and seemingly an eternal Topacio client

Marcos camp elevates complaint over 'hash code' issue to DOJ

Nov 11, 2016 - 4:13 PM

The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr asks the justice department to review the complaint against the Comelec and Smartmatic officials

The many firsts of president-elect Duterte

May 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is currently enjoying an insurmountable lead in the elections is set to be the oldest Philippine president

Marcos dictatorship, machismo, and human rights in elections

May 01, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The country s next leader will have a lot of work to do to address the government s spotty human rights track record

Spotted in sorties: Sons campaign for presidential candidates

Apr 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

How much do we know about Junjun Binay Baste Duterte Brian Llamanzares and Paolo Roxas? What are their roles in their parents presidential bids?

Top Philippine candidate pushes 'kill criminals' message

Apr 23, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Analysts say Rodrigo Duterte s profanity laced campaign resonates in a chaotic high crime society with limited opportunities for a vast underclass working for a tiny elite

DIGONG. Philippine presidential front-runner candidate Rodrigo Duterte (C) states his political platform in front of his supporters during a campaign in Manila on April 23, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Rappler's March SMS poll: Duterte keeps front-runner status

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Conducted before the most recent controversy hitting Duterte Rappler s SMS poll shows the Davao City mayor as the preferred presidential candidate for the 4th month in a row

STILL FRONT-RUNNER. The Davao City mayor maintains his winning streak, topping the Rappler SMS poll for the 4th time. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#OFWVote challenge: Go out and vote

Apr 09, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Here’s a challenge to overseas absentee voters: participate in the 2016 polls and challenge the rest of the OAV community to take the OFWVote challenge

The siren song of totalitarianism in US and Philippines

Apr 02, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump seem to capitalize on the deep frustrations of Filipinos and Americans with the failings of their respective countries’ democratic systems

Roxas finds anti-Binay campaigner in General Santos rally

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:55 PM

I d tell him he s a thief a mother of 8 tells presidential bet Mar Roxas referring to his rival Vice President Jejomar Binay

Presidential candidate Mar Roxasdelivers a message during a campaign rally which also celebrate the last day of the Women's Month at the Brgy. Kalantungan Covered Court in Cotabato City on Thursday. Lito Boras /

Hit for Yolanda, Roxas asks critics: What's your track record?

Apr 01, 2016 - 1:53 PM

The administration candidate campaigns in General Santos City

Drama Queen

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Strip her of the story take away the violins and all that will be left is a woman who once abandoned the same country she is asking to lead

Roxas wants clean Cabinet slate if he wins as president

Mar 30, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Five months since he told Rappler his Cabinet will likely be composed of fresh faces Roxas says it would be unfair to name prospective Cabinet appointees at this point

CLEAN SLATE. Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas declines to name who will be in his Cabinet if he wins the presidency in the May elections. Rappler file photo

Roxas woos businessmen: 'Best is yet to come' for PH

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:05 PM

Administration candidate Mar Roxas an investment banker before entering politics outlines his economic plans to sustain the Philippines economic growth before the country s top business leaders and executives

TALKING BUSINESS. Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas outlines his economic plans to businessmen on March 30, 2016. Photo from Mar Roxas’ Twitter account

Tarlac teachers undergo VCM training

Mar 12, 2016 - 4:41 PM

The 2 day training is being supervised by the Comelec and the DOST

PRACTICAL EXAMS. Tarlac public school teachers undergo training for operations of the new Vote Counting Machines on March 12.

READ: SC justices explain votes on Grace Poe case

Mar 12, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The Supreme Court declares Senator Grace Poe qualified to run for president in the 2016 elections but not a few justices disagree with this decision

VICTORY AT SC. The Supreme Court declares Senator Grace Poe qualified to run for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: SC main decision on Grace Poe case

Mar 12, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The landmark ruling comes two months before the May 9 polls

VICTORY AT SC. In this file photo, Senator Grace Poe visits Samar Provincial Hospital at Catbalogan, Samar. File photo by Arnold Almacen

Sherwin Gatchalian in the 'Magic 12'?

Feb 07, 2016 - 1:34 PM

UPDATED Could it be because of his political ads which he aired very early? Gatchalian says it s a combination of many things

Grace Poe's promises and her 20-point agenda

Feb 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

What are the 20 promises that the presidential bet vowed to deliver if she becomes the next president?

Senator Grace Poe lead her team in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday to attend as guests at the national convention of Kabayan Riders Association for New Cultural Harmony and Order Inc. (Karancho) at the Nazareth Gymnasium this city. Poe said that her lack of experience in government is not a hindrance for her aspiration as president. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Grace Poe's campaign: Mixed messaging, disqualification woes

Feb 06, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Aside from the disqualification issue Poe has to work on her messaging ratings and campaign organization as she campaigns to be the next president

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LP senatorial bet Recto joins Poe, Escudero in CDO

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:24 PM

I was wearing [the] yellow Liberal Party shirt with LP logo my official party colors explains Recto shared candidate of the LP and the Poe Escudero tandem

Photo by Gary Jimenez

Grace Poe: I'll let courts, doctors decide on Gloria Arroyo

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Kahit na sino pa nasa kulungan na may tunay na kahinaan o sakit kailangan bigyan ng konsiderasyon says the senator

Amid disqualification, Poe says presidential bid 'worth it'

Jan 28, 2016 - 1:46 PM

The presidential aspirant tears up while responding to questions about her bid for the highest office in the land at a media forum

WORTH IT. Presidential bet Senator Grace Poe becomes emotional at a media forum, as she says her fight for the presidency is 'worth it' amid all issues hurled at her. Photo by Rappler

Duterte eyed as NPC presidential bet

Jan 19, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Nationalist People s Coalition the second largest political party meets with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as it prepares to announce its favored presidential candidate

HEARING HIM OUT. Rodrigo Duterte speaks to media after meeting with members of the Nationalist People's Coalition. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

It's a close Supreme Court vote on Poe cases

Jan 18, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Will Grace Poe be eligible to run for president? The decision rests not on merits alone but on the justices’ personal interests external pressures and dynamics of elections

CLOSE VOTE. In this file photo, Senator Grace Poe is at the Supreme Court for a Senate Electoral Tribunal hearing on September 11, 2015. Photo by Rappler

Candidates flock to Tondo fire victims to give aid

Jan 17, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Unlike other communities hit by disasters those whose houses burned down on New Year s Day get overflowing help – they know candidates want their votes

A campaign poster was hung beside religious images which survived the fire that razed over 1,000 houses in Dagupan Extension, Tondo, Manila. According to the residents, various politicans have come to their aid.

PNP assigns new police chiefs in Ilocos Norte, Nueva Vizcaya

Jan 15, 2016 - 4:15 PM

They are among the more than 700 police commanders reassigned in time for the May 2016 elections

REVAMP. A file photo of PNP personnel. Photo by EPA

Duterte, Cayetano platform focuses on crime, economy

Jan 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Exempting the poorest from tax creating a Mindanao railway system and doubling the salaries of teachers are part of the tandem s platform

2016 TANDEM. Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano answer questions from Cebu media on January 7, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PNP commanders moved as poll season begins

Jan 11, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Some 740 unit commanders of the Philippine National Police have been reassigned to avoid impressions of partiality or bias toward politicians or groups in their areas

MISSION: 2016. Police during the kick-Off ceremony of Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016 launch. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Move over, Duterte: Leila de Lima sows fear in new ad

Jan 11, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Watch the new political ad of former justice secretary and senatorial candidate Leila de Lima What do you think?

POLITICAL AD. Senatorial candidate Leila de Lima releases a video depicting her platform of "justice without fear or favor." Screengrab taken from Leila de Lima's video

#AnimatED: Enforcing the gun ban

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Killing pre election violence goes beyond reining in firearms

On Mar Roxas' trail: Where did he go? What did he do?

Jan 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Despite the President s and the ruling party s support Mar Roxas latest survey numbers have not been impressive

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Mar Roxas in Laguna, flanked by local allies and LP members. File photo by Bea Cupin / Rappler

#AnimatED: 2016 begins with hope

Jan 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The challenge is to harness hope into action to push for honest and effective governance and to make wise choices in the May elections

Roxas suffers first survey dip post-endorsement

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:12 PM

What could have caused Mar Roxas numbers to freeze?

AQUINO MAGIC? President Benigno Aquino III and Mar Roxas. File photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Comelec en banc bars Grace Poe from running in 2016

Dec 23, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The Comelec confirms an earlier report that majority of the commissioners voted against Grace Poe in the 2 disqualification cases lodged against her

Grace Poe

Binay, Poe tied in new SWS presidential poll

Dec 23, 2015 - 7:35 AM

Surveys released before Christmas show erratic changes in the ranking of the leading presidential candidates

TIED. Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. File photo

Escudero keeps lead in VP race but Marcos closes in – Pulse Asia

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Administration candidate Leni Robredo enjoys the biggest gain in the new VP survey

CLOSING IN: Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr enjoys big gains in two new polls

#AnimatED: Race to the bottom

Dec 21, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Spoiler alert: the Duterte Roxas exchange is not the last of the campaign idiocies

Trash talk: New normal in politics?

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We should also guard against the dangers of trash talking politics

Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte attends the 17th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) as the guest speaker in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Friday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

For 2016 polls, let’s bring out the balance sheets

Dec 17, 2015 - 4:03 PM

Despite the noise the 2016 elections pre campaign season in the Philippines is actually showing signs of emergent intellectual discourse

Duterte needs training on gender, anger management - Robredo

Dec 16, 2015 - 9:15 PM

The LP s vice presidential bet responds to yet another question about presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte

WOMEN's RIGHTS. LP vice presidential bet Leni Robredo thinks if Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins a seat in Malacañang, he has to take 'gender sensitivity' and 'anger management' classes first. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SC junks petition vs 'No Bio, No Boto' policy

Dec 16, 2015 - 12:27 PM

We are of course very pleased that the SC saw it our way Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) conducts voters registration in Malls to cater voters who cannot visit their local offices. Photo by mark z. saludes/Rappler

Wharton a 'myth?' Facts on Mar Roxas and his economics degree

Dec 14, 2015 - 8:50 PM

Even before Rodrigo Duterte made an issue out of Mar Roxas allegedly non existent degree Rappler made a check with the University of Pennsylvania which the Wharton School is part of

HAPPIER TIMES. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (L) and LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas (center) meet in Davao city on May 22. Photo sourced by Rappler

Roxas, Poe, Binay, Duterte? Estradas undecided

Dec 11, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Caught in a fierce battle with ex allies for control of San Juan the Estrada family weighs its options for 2016

NO POLITiCS, JUST SERVICE. Mar Roxas is joined by San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez and her son, Senator JV Ejercito at the launch of a housing project in the city. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

#PHVote: Why is Duterte so appealing?

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:00 PM

To his followers he s the only one with a backbone the only who will stand up for his principles and what he wants for the nation regardless of who he angers and disappoints Or kills

Magic in Duterte survey? The case of vanishing survey tables

Dec 09, 2015 - 9:00 PM

This particular SWS survey clearly sets the bias in favor of presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte Here is why

The Scrum: Elamparo vs. Poe

Dec 09, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The lawyer who partly won against Grace Poe fights her case amid suspicion she’s a paid partisan

#AnimatED: Grace Poe, from Teflon to Velcro politics

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Grace tuloy man o hindi ang iyong kandidatura ibalik mo na ang kwento sa taumbayan Sabi nga It s not about you

Dissenting from the SET dissents

Dec 03, 2015 - 3:00 PM

We do not even need to be a signatory to a hundred international conventions to consider the peculiar circumstances of foundlings for purposes of determining their citizenship We only need to be human

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Dec 01, 2015 - 12:44 PM

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