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Ish Polvorosa soars high as rookie public servant-athlete

May 20, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The UAAP 5-time Best Setter dreams of a return stint with the national team even as a new local government leader

BORN LEADER. Ish Polvorosa transitions from his playmaking abilities in the court to building a sports development program for the youth as SK chairman. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

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

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK winners in 3 Bicol provinces

May 17, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Assistant Regional Director Romeo Serrano says these 7 winning candidates are from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes

IN PHOTOS: Confiscated firearms during barangay, SK elections 2018

May 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here are photos of the guns confiscated in the country's most developed and vote-rich region, Metro Manila, during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

CONFISCATED. Firearms are displayed in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG to Comelec: Hold special elections for barangays without SK candidates

May 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

There are 39 barangays with no candidates in the Sangguniang Kabataan election 2018 according to the DILG

SPECIAL ELECTIONS. Poll watchers gather in front of Board of Election Inspector on the ongoing mannual counting of ballots on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the precinct in Barangay, Pasong Tamo during the SK-Barangay elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2018 barangay, SK election winners to serve for only 2 years

May 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

One election lawyer argues it's the risk that candidates took, while another says it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution

VOTE COUNT. Teachers and poll clerks start tallying the ballots for the 2018 barangay and SK elections at the Araullo High School in Manila on May 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SCHEDULE: Mandatory training for new SK officials 2018

May 15, 2018 - 7:33 PM

(UPDATED) Required under the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act, the training will cover SK history, decentralization and local governance, meetings and resolutions, planning and budgeting, and ethics

Why cops didn't arrest illegal campaigners on election day

May 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde explains how illegal campaigning is rampant despite repeated reminders from the Comelec and the presence of policemen in voting areas on May 14

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

LOOK: Ateneo's Ish Polvorosa elected SK chairman in Cavite

May 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The decorated Best Setter of the UAAP will now give back as a public servant of Imus, Cavite

TRUE LEADER. It's now Ish Polvorosa's time to prove that he can be a leader back in his hometown. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Albayalde to officials on drug list: Winning polls won't clear your name

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'[Hindi] porke nanalo na sila ay excused na sila sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

WARNING. PNP chief Albayalde in a Camp Crame interview with Rappler. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte on not voting, Comelec on elections, U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy | Midday wRap

May 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Who missed the ‘tara’ system? Barangay polls bring back manual count

May 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Automated counting generally makes teachers’ jobs easier during elections. But there are a few things they like about manually counting votes using sticks.

Poll watchers gather in front of Board of Election Inspector on the ongoing mannual counting of ballots on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the precinct in Barangay, Pasong Tamo during the SK-Barangay elections. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, violence, vote buying, confusion reported

May 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Several illegal practices during election are still happening, says voters

Cash cards for teachers in barangay, SK polls ready for release

May 14, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Department of Education director Joel Eristain praises teachers as the country's 'heroes' during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Election day at Culiat Elementary School in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No 'failure of election' so far in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The Comelec says the only possible exception is a town in Northern Samar, where the poll body is verifying the status of the barangay and SK elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Canvassing of votes is held at Rosauro Almario Elementary School on May 14, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Voters in Tondo hope new barangay officials can lessen drug war killings

May 14, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Because too much blood has spilled in the streets of Tondo, voters want new barangay leaders who can make positive change in their community

Tondo voters hope elected officials lessen the drug war killings. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

First-time voters ‘excited, confused’ during 2018 barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Voters as young as 15 years are able to vote in the Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the first youth polls held in 8 years

Photos by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Polls closed: Lost, late voters miss barangay, SK elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 8:59 PM

They offer various reasons – from having to look for their assigned precincts for hours, to having gotten off their work close to 3 pm, to mistakenly thinking the polls would be open until 5 pm

Polling in Brgy. Commonwealth, QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The military says all 174,000 precincts opened by 11:30 am on Monday, May 14, including isolated islands in the West Philippine Sea and Palawan

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

35 killed in suspected barangay, SK elections violence – PNP

May 14, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The PNP describes the election period so far as 'relatively peaceful'

ELECTIONS. Voters cast their vote inside the open gym in San Lorenzo Village in Makati City on May 14, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Duterte skips barangay elections, Defector on North Korea, Gary V discharged from hospital | Evening wRap

May 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

IN PHOTOS: How residents of posh areas voted in barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Here's a look at the voting process in some of the Philippines' affluent communities

SPACIOUS. Voters are led to a spacious, bright room in a clubhouse in Makati City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP arrest 8 for vote-buying in Calabarzon barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Comelec urges voters and witnesses to report cases of vote-buying

PNP CHIEF. Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks at the midday briefing on the barangay and SK elections 2018 on Monday, May 14. Screengrab from Rappler video

Comelec won’t proclaim winning but unqualified barangay, SK bets

May 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The proclamation of 639 candidates has been suspended either because they were overaged or failed to meet residency requirements

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Filipinos cast their votes at Pio del Pilar Elementary School in Makati City on May 14, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte skips first barangay elections under his presidency

May 14, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The voting period ends at 3 pm with President Rodrigo Duterte failing to show up at his polling precinct in Davao City

NO-SHOW. President Rodrigo Duterte skips the first barangay elections under his presidency. Malacañang file photo

Comelec gets delayed reports on barangay polls in 4 ARMM towns

May 14, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The Comelec says it was finding out the actual time when polling precincts opened, so that they can decide whether to extend the polls there

BARANGAY POLLS. A finger is marked with indelible ink at Bagong Silang Elementary School, Caloocan City, on May 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

'Natutumba na ako': How the elderly struggled in barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 2:21 PM

While many senior citizens persist, others choose to leave. 'Kami na nga 'tong gustong bumoto, pinapahirapan pa,' complains Cristina Cañete of Caloocan City.

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Payatas kids see treasure in the trash of barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) Children as young as 7 sell trash from election campaigns at P8 per kilo in Payatas

TREASURE IN TRASH. Children pick up thrown campaign paraphernalia and sample ballots right outside a polling center in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Barangay & SK elections, Angara dies, Bello on Kuwait deployment ban | Midday wRap

May 14, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Voters persist despite problems in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kailangan bumoto. 'Yung barangay captain 'yung lalapitan namin eh, kasi isang tricycle lang. 'Yung Presidente du'n pa sa Malacañang,' says tricycle driver Roberto delos Reyes

BARANGAY POLLS. A woman votes during the barangay elections on May 14, 2018, at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School along Batasan Road, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Distribution of sample ballots on election day illegal, says Comelec

May 14, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez urges voters during the barangay and SK polls 2018 to write their own 'kodigos' instead

Barangay, SK elections 2018 at the Corazon Elementary School, Batasan Rd, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

Barangay, SK elections 2018 at the Corazon Elementary School, Batasan Rd, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Senior citizens left to vote alone in barangay elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Despite the absence of personnel to assist them, senior citizens brave the chaos of polling precincts for barangay elections 2018

SENIOR CITIZEN. Polling precincts open at Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Filipinos cast votes in barangay, SK elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) Voting hours will be from 7 am to 3 pm in nearly 42,000 villages across the Philippines for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

Barangay, SK elections 2018 get underway at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School, Batasan Rd., Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'All systems go' for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The 2018 barangay elections will be the first in 5 years, while the simultaneous Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be the first in 8 years

POLL SIMULATION. Volunteers conduct a simulation of the barangay and SK polls at Rosauro Almario Elementary School. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang hits killing of ex-La Union congressman Eriguel

May 13, 2018 - 7:46 PM

'Political violence has no place in society,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, as he denounces the killing of former congressman Eufranio Eriguel

PALACE REACTION. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denounces the killing of former La Union representative Eufranio Eriguel. Malacañang photo

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office

Army nabs 4 alleged communist rebels in Masbate

May 13, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Clashes erupt in Barangay Talisay in San Fernando town while the troops are on patrol for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections 2018

3 injured in Davao City violence ahead of barangay polls

May 13, 2018 - 8:59 AM

A heated 'altercation' triggers a fistfight between supporters of rival candidates for barangay captain, says the spokesperson of the Davao City police office

IN PHOTOS: All systems go for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 12, 2018 - 11:20 PM

Monday's elections will be the first in 5 years for the barangays and in 8 years for the Sangguniang Kabataan

Last day of campaign for the May 14 Barangay and SK elections in Sampaloc Manila on May 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vote-buying complaint filed vs Deputy Speaker Abu in Batangas

May 12, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu is accused of vote buying and using public funds for partisan political purposes in connection with the May 14 barangay elections

DEPUTY SPEAKER. Batangas 2nd District Representative Raneo Abu faces a complaint before the Commission on Elections. Photo from Congressman Raneo Abu's Facebook page

LIST: New barangays electing first set of officials during May 14 polls

May 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that 20 barangays were created since the last barangay elections in 2013

Simulation of Barangay and SK Elections at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

1 in 5 barangays marked as elections hot spot

May 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Out of more than 42,000 barangays nationwide, 7,915 have been labeled by the government as areas where there is heightened political tension and risks

SECURITY SCALED. A Comelec checkpoint along Roces Avenue in Quezon City on May 10, 2018 for the Barangay and SK elections 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LOOK: Barangay poll bets inspire netizens with campaign posters made from scraps

May 10, 2018 - 5:04 PM

In the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, two candidates use their creativity to overcome their lack of campaign funds

Davao City barangay poll candidates openly associate with politicians

May 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Comelec is helpless in enforcing pre-election rules

NOGRALES ENDORSEMENT? Bago Aplaya candidate Bobot Dujali are shown with PBA Partylist Representative Jericho Nograles in his campaign poster. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Barangay, SK polls 2018: How much will electoral board members get paid?

May 07, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Because public school teachers are no longer required to do election duties, the Comelec can appoint volunteers to electoral boards of the barangays

VOLUNTEERS. Public teachers dominate the volunteers as they are the most preferred appointees

Namfrel, PPCRV accredited as citizens' arms for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting will serve as watchers in polling precincts, assist voters on election day, and help Comelec in its information and voter education drives

Albayalde announces 'drug test challenge' for barangay, SK bets

May 07, 2018 - 11:29 AM

To complete the challenge, officials need to get their tests from the Department of Health, not from their trusted private health clinics

CHALLENGE BEGINS. PNP chief Albayalde dares barangay and SK candidates to undergo drugs tests. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO