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Osmeña’s running mate also leaves Cebu City councilor’s office bare

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who ran for vice mayor but lost, allegedly removes partition walls, cuts electrical wirings, and saws the newel caps of the railings leading to her former office

STRIPPED BARE. Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos removes fixtures from her former office before stepping down on June 30, 2019. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/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

Zamora ends Estrada clan’s 50-year control over San Juan

May 13, 2019 - 9:48 PM

(UPDATED) PDP-Laban candidate Francis Zamora defeats Janella Ejercito Estrada, whose relatives have been mayors of San Juan City, starting with her grandfather, former president Joseph Estrada

FRANCIS ZAMORA. Winning San Juan Mayoral candidate Francis Zamora is proclaimed at the San Juan Gym dislodging the 50 year reign of the Estrada-Ejercito clan in San Juan. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Ilonggo voters: Who can continue what former Mayor Mabilog started?

May 12, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Who among the mayoral bets of Iloilo City will continue the growth trajectory charted by ex-mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog?

[OPINION] Despite the ifs and buts, millennials should go out and vote

May 12, 2019 - 2:00 PM

By carefully choosing the right people who will occupy positions in the government, we are strengthening the foundations that hold our institutions, and our country as a whole, together.

Certification of election system nearly 3 months late

May 11, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Just days before the May 13 polls, the Technical Evaluation Committee says the automated election system 'is operating properly, securely, and accurately'

FINAL TESTING. The final testing and sealing of vote-counting machines is conducted in Araullo High School, Manila, on May 08, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DepEd launches app to help teachers monitor 2019 elections

May 10, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The education department says that if data are collected properly through the Election Monitoring App, 'officials are able to easily get a picture of activities and reports within hours, not in weeks or months'

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Jiggy Manicad: Libel should stay a crime to prevent 'abuse' by journalists

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:47 PM

'Dapat pa rin pong krimen siya para wala pong abuso sa hanay nating mamamahayag,' says senatorial bet and former journalist Jiggy Manicad

The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May electionsin San Fernado Pampanga on February 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Economy a key issue in 2019 Senate race – analyst

Feb 03, 2019 - 4:52 PM

While Philippine politics is seen as personality-based, 'from time to time, there are issues that resonate and can really make a difference in national elections'

Grab Philippines prohibits election campaign ads on cars

Feb 02, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'We request the public to reach out to us for any sightings of these vehicles,' says Grab Philippines public affairs head Leo Gonzales

CAMPAIGN AD. This photo shows a car for a Grab ride with a campaign ad decal plastered on it. Sourced photo

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

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

LIVE: Opposition coalition introduces final Senate slate

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Watch the launch of the opposition coalition slate on Rappler

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

COC filing: Comebacks, gimmicks that 'shookt' Filipinos

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections has its share of eyebrow-raising moments

Poe files COC for senator, hits unfulfilled gov't promises

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the Duterte administration failed to deliver promises that were supposed to cushion the impact of the TRAIN law

Sen. Grace Poe pose with her mother, Movie actress Susan Roces (right), after filing her Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

James Jimenez resigns as point person for election source code review

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Elections spokesman James Jimenez takes responsibility for a university launch of the project where the image of an actress in a bathing suit was flashed onscreen

Bets in narco list? Comelec stresses need for due process

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Being on the narco list should not automatically mean disqualification, says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

NO DQ YET. File photo of Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas. Photo by Angie de Silva

Koko Pimentel, Freddie Aguilar first to file COCs for senator

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III cites his upcoming wedding as the reason why he filed his certificate of candidacy for senator this early

FIRST TO FILE. Senator Koko Pimentel files his certificate of Candidacy on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Election fever heats up as filing of candidacies begins

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:32 AM

'We don’t want to turn it into a circus of supporters,' the Commission on Elections says of the filing of certificates of candidacy from October 11 to 17

WHERE THE ACTION IS. All eyes are on the Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, for the filing of certificates of candidacy for senatorial candidates in the 2019 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Opposition coalition to announce final Senate slate on October 24

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says they are still deliberating whether or not to field a complete slate of 12 senatorial bets for the 2019 polls

LIBERALS. Vice President Leni Robredo, ex-president Benigno Aquino III, and Senator Francis Pangilinan pose with LP's first 3 senatorial bets: Senator Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and ex-lawmaker Erin Tañada. Photo by OVP

No special event to announce PDP-Laban’s Senate slate

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:18 PM

PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says the party will 'just release a complete list of its candidates nationwide' after the filing of certificates of candidacy

PDP-Laban led by the Party President Senator Koko Pimentel and Chairman former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez along with its members and leaders gather at the Seda Hotel in Quezon City on Thursday, August 2, 2018, for a leadership meeting. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Opposition coalition to announce Senate slate only after October 17

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan says opposition groups still 'needed more time' to finalize their senatorial slate for the 2019 elections

THE OPPOSITION. Senator Francis Pangilinan with LP senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Erin Tañada, and Chel Diokno. Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis is also being considered for the opposition slate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cabinet revamp looms as 6 to 8 Cabinet members seen to run in 2019

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte could lose as much as a fourth of his Cabinet members by October 17, if Palace officials' projections are correct

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

September inflation, Duterte’s health, Comelec COC updates | Midday wRap

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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Why Davao’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago has 2 Senate slates for 2019

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The incomplete slate to be pushed nationwide – containing only 8 names – will allow HNP's ally political parties to add 4 senatorial bets of their own choosing

Hugpong ng Pagbabago press conference on August 13, 2018 in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sonny Angara elected new LDP president

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The senator takes over the party founded by his father

NEW LDP PRESIDENT. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara speaks at an organizational meeting and fellowship dinner with Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino partymates. Photo from Office of Senator Angara

Chair of poll watchdog PPCRV resigns after head surgery

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Former elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento quits as chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting or PPCRV

VETERAN LAWYER. Rene Sarmiento, former Commission on Elections commissioner, resigns as chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. File photo from OPAPP

House, Senate want to delay filing of candidacies for 2019 elections

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say moving the period of filing of candidacies to October 11 to 17 would allow them to focus on their legislative duties before the election season begins

COC FILING. A Comelec official in Manila processes certificates of candidacies filed on April 20, 2018 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel urges Sara Duterte to run for senator in 2019

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The PDP-Laban president says if the presidential daughter becomes a senator, she will have 'influence on certain key national issues,' including the national budget

SENATE RUN? Senator Aquilino Pimentel III calls on presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for senator in 2019.

Rappler CA decision, Arroyo on elections, Gilas update | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Arroyo opposes proposal to scrap 2019 elections

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Definitely I’m not supporting term extension,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

BATAAN VISIT. Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visits Dinalupihan, Bataan, on July 17, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Death squads, Gilas suspension, Tropical Storm Inday | Evening wRap

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

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Duterte won't have any hand in bid to scrap 2019 polls – Roque

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

But Malacañang does not express disapproval of the use of a People's Initiative to cancel the 2019 elections as suggested by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Republic Act 11033 'Converting the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology into a State University' and Republic Act 11032 or 'Ease of Doing Business Act' during the ceremonial enactment at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. Joining the President are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senators hit Alvarez over 'self-serving' push for People's Initiative

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Majority of the senators... will fight tooth and nail any attempt to cancel the 2019 midterm elections simply because it is wrong and self-serving,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

Alvarez floats using People’s Initiative to scrap 2019 polls

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:56 PM

There is, however, no enabling law for this provision in the 1987 Constitution

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

[OPINION] 2019 elections the real battle for the opposition

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

It is in the voting precincts, not on Twitter or Facebook, where voters shake things up. Will the 2019 elections be game changing or make us slide faster to the kangkungan?

Professors, scholars launch signature campaign vs constituent assembly

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) With at least 79 signatories as of 7 am of July 14, the manifesto also condemns talks of cancelling the 2019 elections

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez proposal on no 2019 elections 'off-tangent, misplaced' – lawmakers

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows how the administration is 'detached' from the real needs of the people

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

Alvarez wants no elections in 2019 to speed up federal shift

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress would be pressed for time to amend the 1987 Constitution while tackling other matters like the 2019 budget and the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the midterm polls

FEDERALISM OVER POLLS? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) joins President Rodrigo Duterte (middle) and  Senate President Vicente Sotto III (L) at the 117th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Solicitor General on July 3, 2018. File photo by Malacañang

Aquino vs Marcos looms in 2019 Senate race

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:21 PM

How is the Senate race shaping up a year into the polls? Results of the June 2018 Pulse Asia survey present interesting movements.

Robredo worried DILG federalism roadshow being used for 2019 polls

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

'Doon sa amin sa Bicol, maraming nagrereklamo na mga kababayan ko na pinapunta sila [sa] DILG-sponsored event, so pera ng taumbayan. Pero may mga nagsalita na mga kandidato para sa susunod na senatorial elections,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WARNING VS CAMPAIGNING. VP Leni Robredo questions why the DILG invited officials expected to run for the Senate to its federalism roadshow in Albay. Photo of convention by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler, photo of Robredo by OVP

Voter registration for 2019 polls resumes on July 2

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The registration drive will be held nationwide from July 2 to September 29, 2018, except in Marawi City which is still undergoing rehabilitation

VOTER REGISTRATION. In this file photo, old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Bong Go meets with Floyd Mayweather in Davao City

May 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Secretary Bong Go facilitates the retired boxing champ's trip to Samal, where Floyd Mayweather Jr went jet skiing

'MONEY' IN DAVAO. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr visits Davao City and meets Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go in Lanang, Davao City. Photo courtesy of Secretary Go's office

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alvarez wants Aguirre in PDP-Laban's 2019 Senate lineup

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II can 'hasten the passage of laws' if he becomes a senator

SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

After PDP-Laban move, Mamba slams ex-party LP, Aquino admin

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba says Mar Roxas will get 'zero' votes in Tuao, his hometown, if the 2016 LP presidential bet runs for senator in 2019

MAMBA. In this file photo, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba speaks at the AGOS Summit on Disaster Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:55 AM

It s high time that we have a Filipino system in place for a Filipino election says the alternate chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council

PROUDLY PINOY. These are some of the homegrown technologies and ideas presented at the AES Tech Fair at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, on Wednesday, July 26. Photos by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Among their options are refurbishing the PCOS machines used in 2013 purchasing the VCMs leased in 2016 renting new machines or using a new system

ELECTION PREPS. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista talks about the poll body's plans at the Automated Election System Tech Fair at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler