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Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Otso Diretso bets' promise: We won't steal public funds if elected

May 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The opposition candidates also vow to bring independence to the Senate, saying it cannot be a chamber that simply bows to the whims of the Duterte administration

HONESTY IN THE SENATE. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates raise each other's hands during their last preelection gathering on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Otso Diretso hopes to stage another ‘revolution’ in historic Kawit, Cavite

May 07, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Their host and Cavite 1st District Representative Boy Blue Abaya delivers a speech endorsing Otso Diretso, but does not share the stage with them

REVOLUTION? Otso Diretso opposition candidates and their representatives raise each other's hands during their sortie in Kawit, Cavite on May 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso heads to Tañada’s turf to woo Quezon voters

May 03, 2019 - 11:09 AM

The highlight of the sortie is a grand campaign rally in Sariaya town, where the opposition bets will be hosted by local allies

TAÑADA TURF. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada (second from L) and other Otso Diretso candidates will campaign in his province on May 3, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Vilma Santos Recto endorses Romy Macalintal for senator

May 02, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Otso Diretso senatorial bet Romy Macalintal hails from Batangas, where Vilma Santos Recto is an incumbent congresswoman and former longtime governor

ENDORSEMENT. Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos Recto backs Otso Diretso bet Romy Macalintal for senator. Screenshot from Macalintal's Facebook page

China debt trap? Opposition bets say PH at 'losing end' of 'onerous' loans

Apr 27, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Ang mahirap sa sinasabi ng pamahalaan na hindi pa ito done deal, hihintayin pa ba natin na matapos ang kontrata saka tayo magrereklano? Aanhin mo pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo?' says Otso Diretso's Romulo Macalintal

STUDY CHINA DEALS. Opposition senatorial bets oppose the China deals as is. Rappler file photos by Angie de Silva and Darren Langit

Otso Diretso bets challenge Duterte: Be transparent in China deals

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Because he is an advocate of freedom of information, kung talagang naniniwala siya dito, hindi na kailangan dapat ihingi nang kahit sino man ang mga kontratang pinirmahan,' says Senatorial bet Erin Tañada III

CHALLENGE ON CHINA. Otso Diretso bets call on President Rodrigo Duterte to be transparent in deals and talks with China. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Macalintal proposes senior citizens' common fund

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'Hindi ka na magiging parang pulubi na lagi na lang nanghihingi ng tulong kung kani-kanino,' says senatorial candidate Romulo Macalintal, as he pushes for a common fund for seniors

ROMY MAC. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to represent senior citizens' issues if elected to the Senate. Photo from Otso Diretso

If Duterte declares revolutionary gov’t, Robredo becomes president – Macalintal

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'Once President Duterte declares a revolutionary government, he ceases to be President having divested himself of the presidency,' says opposition senatorial bet Romy Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer

AGAINST REVGOV. Vice President Leni Robredo has long been against the declaration of a revolutionary government. File photo by OVP

Chiz Escudero hosts lunch in Sorsogon for rival senatorial bets

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Escudero, who is running for governor of Sorsogon, gathers Bong Go, Romy Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay for Sunday lunch in his home

LUNCH. Senatorial candidate Bong Go of PDP-Laban talks with rivals from the opposition Otso Diretso slate Romy Macalintal and Florin Hilbay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

LOOK: Chiz Escudero hosts Bong Go, Otso Diretso bets

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Francis 'Chiz' Escudero, who is on his second and last term as senator, is running for governor of Sorsogon in the May 2019 elections

DINING TOGETHER. Senator Francis Escudero hosts Bong Go, Romulo Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay in his residence on March 31, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

[OPINION] Alternative candidates (and what we can do to help them)

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Alternative candidates love to talk about change. But harping on change can only backfire. A popular and highly trusted administration will not be replaced.

Otso Diretso to Duterte: 'Stop fueling fire of persecution vs Church'

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The opposition senatorial bets argue that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church are emboldening some to threaten members of the clergy

PROTECT THE CHURCH. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates condemn the death threats received by priests and bishops critical of the drug war. File photo by OVP

Win or lose, Otso Diretso bets to push for their advocacies

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

A resident of Mandaluyong City asks the Otso Diretso candidates what they would do if they lose in the May polls

WIN OR LOSE. Otso Diretso candidates Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno pose with residents of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City, on March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Inexcusable that gov't is unprepared' for water shortage – Otso Diretso

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial bet Chel Diokno says the government must implement a comprehensive program to prevent another water shortage

WATER WOES. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno suggest ways how to prevent another water shortage on March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec rejects request to force Hugpong candidates to join debates

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The opposition Otso Diretso senatorial slate slams the poll body for 'not doing its job' in educating voters for the May elections

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. The Otso Diretso candidates say the debate could have been used by the Comelec to help educate voters. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso: We campaign to talk about issues, not entertain voters

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:46 PM

But the opposition senatorial bets say they are not necessarily going on the offensive against administration candidates. Rather, they just want intelligent discourse during the campaign

ISSUES-BASED. Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay, Romy Macalintal, and Erin Tañada hold a press conference in Marikina City on March 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Macalintal, Tañada challenge Angara: Explain why you pushed for TRAIN

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

'Kung ito'y magandang batas, dapat sana hinaharap kayo ni Senator Angara, 'di ba?' Otso Diretso candidate Romy Macalintal tells the crowd at a campaign event

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Macalintal: Nothing wrong with PH election laws

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:19 PM

‘Wala pa pong napapatunayang pandaraya from 2010 to 2016 elections,’ says Romulo Macalintal, the election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo

ELECTORAL PROCESS. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said there's nothing wrong with Philippine election laws during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on March 4, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Macalintal defends 'exchange deals' with clients to win Senate seat

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal assures voters these 'exchange deals' won't affect his integrity should he be elected senator

FROM LAWYER TO CANDIDATE. Election lawyer Romy Macalintal is running as an independent candidate, but is part of the Otso Diretso opposition coalition. File photo by Darren Langit/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.

'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

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

Election lawyers join forces to back Macalintal for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Now an independent senatorial bet, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to fight for higher discounts for senior citizens

ELECTION LAWYERS. Leading election lawyers Beng Sardillo (1st from left), Sixto Brillantes Jr (2nd), and George Garcia (4th) endorse the senatorial bid of their friend and fellow lawyer Romulo Macalintal (3rd). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

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

Robredo camp: 'Outright ridiculous' to remove VP as Duterte's successor

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo

OUT OF SUCCESSION LINE? Vice President Leni Robredo gestures during a speech at  Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet on September 28, 2018. Photo by OVP

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal to run for senator in 2019

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo in her election case, says he will push for the rights of senior citizens and persons with disabilities

SENATORIAL ASPIRANT. Election Romeo Macalintal (left) will join the Senate race in 2019. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

SC ruling 'like last nail in coffin' of VP protest – Robredo

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:59 PM

But the camp of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos insists the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, ruled in its favor over the ballot shading threshold issue

'NAIL IN THE COFFIN.' Vice President Leni Robredo sits beside her lead legal counsel Romulo Macalintal during a press conference on September 26, 2018. Photo by OVP

Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport

RISKING DAMAGE. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sends pictures of how the ballot boxes in Guihulngan City were arranged for transport. Photos from Robredo's legal team

Amend law on substitution of bets, says election lawyer

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'The law on that should be amended because it could cause a lot of confusion, and some people might take advantage of it,' says lawyer Romulo Macalintal

COMELEC RULES. The Commission on Elections relaxes its rules on the substitution of bets, with election lawyers warning this might stir confusion on election day. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Robredo camp asks SC to probe poll fraud accuser Glenn Chong

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers find it 'disturbing' that former lawmaker Glenn Chong has access to audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur

POLL FRAUD ACCUSER. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong gestures during a Senate hearing on July 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo asks PET to give Comelec 5 days to comment on shading threshold

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says this is to 'avoid any further delays' in the resolution of its motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the ballot shading threshold

AVOIDING DELAYS. VP Leni Robredo's legal consultant Emil Marañon III files their motion with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Robredo camp on sub judice fine: We defended ourselves vs Marcos' lies

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Marcos camp, meanwhile, says it will 'respect the decision of the Tribunal and will be more mindful of the sub judice rule in the future'

ON THE DEFENSE. VP Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal reacts to the SC decision to fine their camp and as well as that of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for breaking the sub judice rule.

Marcos to SC: 'Injustice' to change ballot shading rules in VP recount

May 28, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos argues that the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is 'more superior' than the Commission on Elections

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos goes to the SC on May 9, 2018 to visit his supporters there who are calling for the truth to prevail in the VP recount. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Macalintal to surrender lawyer's license if Robredo loses VP protest

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2

CONFIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal during a multi-sectoral Mass at St Scholastica's College Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC reminds Robredo, Marcos not to comment on VP protest

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court tells the Robredo and Marcos camps to observe the sub judice rule after they publicly traded barbs over supposed delays in the ballot recount

SUB JUDICE. The PET reminds the camps of both Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos to refrain from making comments on the electoral protest. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos 'ill-advised' over claims vs ballot images in VP protest – Robredo camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body held a VCM roadshow from 2015 to 2016 to explain the new features of the ballot, which the Marcos camp claims was never explained to them

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

Marcos wants to 'revise' 2016 polls' narrative, says Robredo

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Vice President Leni Robredo slams ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for claiming fresh electoral fraud allegations against her. Photo by OVP

Robredo camp doubts authenticity of Marcos' 'self-serving' ballot images

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Bongbong Marcos is 'afraid to know the real truth of the results of the elections,' thus his 'highly ridiculous' fresh allegations against Vice President Leni Robredo

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President's Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP