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War with the NPA, war without end

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

From our archives: The Philippine military is treading dangerous waters with its counterinsurgency experiments

NPA rebels in Pampanga.

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Making sense of the ‘Duterte Legacy’ infographic

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Here’s the full context of the PCOO’s infographic touting the Duterte administration's achievements

[ANALYSIS] The economic lies in ‘Duterte Legacy’

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Ranking officials of the Duterte government will do well to know a memorable quote in HBO’s Chernobyl: 'Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid'

CONTEXT: Number of airports, seaports, bridges, roads in 'Duterte legacy' graphic

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Not all of the 64 airports, 243 seaports, 2,709 bridges, and 9,845 kms of roads are newly built. It includes projects involving repair, rehabilitation, widening, or expansion of existing infrastructure.

How a disinformation campaign wiped out synthetic insulin’s deadly effects

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Hundreds of people died in the two decades after synthetic insulin was launched. A disinformation campaign covered up their plight.

VIALS. Header photo by Novo Nordisk

LIVE: Cabinet officials present accomplishments to launch Duterte Legacy Campaign

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The campaign aims to show the government’s progress in 3 ‘key pillars’: peace and order, infrastructure development, and poverty alleviation

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañang Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo.

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Ayala Malls awaken amazing experiences with new campaign

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:02 AM

This year, Ayala Malls ushers in a new era with a brand-new campaign tagline "Awaken Amazing"

'Emotional' Will Smith campaigns against homelessness in New York

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'To not have a place to go and to be able to lay your head down with your children at night is a horrendous tragedy,' says Will, who made an appearance for the World's Big Sleep Out campaign

Actor Will Smith poses with fans at The World’s Big Sleep Out event in Time Square on December 7, 2019 in New York. (Photo by AFP)

[PODCAST] Paano naiipit si Robredo sa drug war ni Duterte

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Ano ang gustong mangyari ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa kampanya laban sa droga?

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

Robredo: QC barangay shows 'it takes a village' to solve drug menace

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Barangay Culiat in Quezon City to understand how local officials, the police, civil society, and the private sector contributed to its anti-illegal drug campaign

VP IN BARANGAY CULIAT. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with Sultan Hadji Nur Hassan, chairman of Salam Compound, a Muslim community in Brgy Culiat, Quezon City, which used to be known for its high drug affectation. Among those with Robredo in the meeting is 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Photo by OVP

#RespetoNaman movement launches campaign vs gender-based violence

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The #RespetoNaman anniversary commemoration features an 18-day campaign to end violence against women by further educating Filipinos on gender-based violence issues

ENOUGH: SPARK! Executive Director Maica Teves announces #RespetoNaman’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women as part of the movement’s first anniversary of advocating for gender equality. Photo by Bianca Arreola

What case to file vs arrested vape users? ‘Wala,’ admits PNP

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Asked why cops should arrest vape users if they will not file a case, police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says, ‘Just to implement the directive of the President’

VAPE BAN. The Philippine National Police admits that their arrests still have no law to use as basis to file complaints. AFP file photo

IN PHOTOS: The 4th nationwide earthquake drill of 2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The 4th National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill aims to evaluate the effectiveness of local governments' contingency plans and protocols in relation to earthquake scenarios and other similar events

Establishments around T. M. Kalaw Avenue in Manila participate in the 2019 4th Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday, November 14. Photo by Ben Nabong

Cambodia launches online disinformation campaign to repress opposition groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder Sam Rainsy's return to the country brings authorities to mischaracterize his statements and release over 30 seemingly forced 'confessions' from his supporters

SAM RAINSY. Photo by Kimlong Meng/NURPHOTO/CORBIS via Getty Images for Coda Story

UK election campaign hots up on Brexit day that never was

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Ahead of an election rally in London, veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn attacks Boris Johnson's 'born-to-rule Conservatives' who he says are only interested in protecting 'the privileged few'

ELECTION CAMPAIGN. Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves as he launches the party's election campaign in south London on October 31, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

#2030Now: #RespetoNaman campaign hopes to shine a light on gender-based violence

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:33 AM

'This campaign is not just about women.... It's about the entire nation. It's about calling for respect in so many different ways,' says SPARK! Program Manager Kassandra Barnes

WATCH: DOT partners with Jollibee for food-centric tourism campaign

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'We believe that one of the best ways to explore the Philippines and experience the country's culture is through our numerous and unique food offerings,' says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

EATS MORE FUN. The Department of Tourism partners with Jollibee for its food tourism campaign. Photo courtesy of Jollibee

Banned at home but thriving abroad: China's social media campaign

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The two platforms – neither of which is legally accessible in China – say they are turning off accounts they believe are linked to a government campaign to spread disinformation

WATCH: BTS leads UNICEF's #EndViolence campaign

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The K-pop group stars in a campaign launched on International Friendship Day

How much did Senate bets spend, receive in 2019 election campaign?

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) Mar Roxas and Bong Go are the biggest spenders and have received the highest amounts of contributions in 2019, based on Statements of Contributions and Expenditures available so far

What is it like to have timeless, #WalangIwanan friendships?

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:37 PM

Times may change but some things, like friendships, will always stay the same

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

From experimental to essential? Social media in the 2019 elections

May 15, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'We were very much focused on Facebook in the last elections. But now candidates are more diversified, having specific content per platform,' says a global digital media specialist

On election day, sample ballots still flood precincts

May 13, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Campaigning is prohibited on election day, but that didn't stop supporters from distributing sample ballots for their bets

Supporters of some candidates distribute election paraphernalias and sample ballots right outside the gate of CP Sta. Teresa Elementary School in Taguig City, where former Foreign Affirs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, running for the first district of Taguig, is expected to vote later in the morning. May 13, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

[OPINYON] Pakibulong... sa mga wala pang iboboto

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Higit sa youth vote, ang pinakamahalagang magagawa isang araw bago ang eleksiyon ay youth campaign – kailangang padaluyin ang paghahangad sa pagbabago

[OPINION] The clash of ideals and businesses during campaign

May 11, 2019 - 8:14 PM

'A candidate may look good, have the most posters and advertisements, some might even entertain by dancing on television, but always bear in mind what that politician stands for'

[OPINION] Reality check on Otso Diretso’s volunteer-driven campaign

May 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Is ‘all out, all heart’ enough?

ALL HEART. Otso Diretso's campaign staff cheer loudly for their candidates. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Widow candidate' tradition in Philippines' deadly polls

May 11, 2019 - 1:51 PM

In taking over her husband's candidacy, widow Gertrudes Batocabe was among at least half a dozen women standing in for their slain husbands this year – a long tradition in the Philippines' notoriously deadly politics

CAMPAIGN. This photo taken on April 30, 2019 shows Gertrudes Batocabe (C), wife of the late congressman Rodel Batocabe, posing for photos with supporters during a campaign rally in the town of Daraga, Albay province, south of Manila. Photo by AFP

Campaign Convos: Ang bili sa Sugbo sa nasudnong piniliay

May 10, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Kada kampanya, balik-balik ra ang mga kandidato sa lalawigan sa Sugbo aron pangulitawhan ang mga Sugbuanon. Ngano kaha? Paminawa ang podcast diri.


Gender equality advocates to launch campaign to end violence against LGBTQ+

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: #EndRainbow violence is a movement that aims to increase the public's awareness on the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rights to promote acceptance and eliminate stigma

#STEMpowering campaign completes pilot run

May 09, 2019 - 11:54 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Girls from 52 schools in Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro participate in career caravans and mentoring and training sessions

Campaign Convos Podcast: Can Grace Poe keep her lead?

May 07, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Independent candidate Grace Poe has consistently topped senatorial surveys, with just one other reelectionist seen as challenging her front-runner status. Reporter Aika Rey tells us about her 2019 campaign.

How much do you need to become senator?

May 01, 2019 - 8:19 PM

On average, senatorial candidates each spend around P107 million for their campaigns

[OPINYON] Homestretch

May 01, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Ilang araw na lang, pipili muli tayo sa, aminin na natin, limitadong pamimilian ng maglilingkod (o mananamantala, depende sa pananaw mo) sa bayan

Campaign Convos: The problem of the Opposition

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Aside from lack of funds and low ranking in pre-election surveys, the opposition also has to deal with problems rooted in the political and ideological differences of its candidates

Campaign Convos: Anthony del Rosario on HNP's 2022 plans, locking horns with Alvarez

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

In this election podcast, Rappler speaks with Hugpong ng Pagbabago secretary-general and Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario

Crowdfunding can level candidates' campaign spending – election lawyer

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

But election lawyer Emil Marañon III says crowdfunding initiatives aren't easily doable under the Philippines' election laws

Campaign Convos Podcast: Skip the gimmicks, we assess senatorial candidates based on platform

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

What if we judged a senatorial candidate purely based on their platform and advocacies? Rappler campaign reporters skip the gimmicks and drama to discuss what senatorial bets are promising.

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Immigration bureau personnel allegedly tell Korean nationals they are 'fundraising' for the senatorial campaign of former Duterte aide Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ifugao candidate uses fresh cabbage in campaign 'poster'

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:50 PM

This is probably the most nutritious election campaign material this year

Ifugao candidate uses fresh cabbage in campaign 'poster'. Photo by Ronel Pablo Benito/Rappler

[OPINION] Is it time to amend the Philippines’ campaign finance law?

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:00 PM

If we want elections where the playing field is truly even, and where the deserving yet poor candidates have a real fighting chance, the thrust should be in the strict monitoring of campaign spending

Northern Mindanao 'peaceful' as local campaign kicks off

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In Cagayan de Oro, former SSS commissioner Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña kicks off his bid to replace Mayor Oscar Moreno

PEACEFUL KICK OFF Cagayan de Oro mayor candidate Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Vina kicks off his campaign at Cogon Market on Friday, March 29. Photo from La Vina's Facebook page

Local campaigns start: Duterte, ex-mayor, sets the tone for 2019 polls

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Around 43,000 candidates are vying for nearly 18,000 local positions across the country

CAMPAIGNING. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with guests at the PDP-Laban senatorial bets’ rally at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City on March 24, 2019, 5 days before the start of the local campaigns. Malacañang Photo

Campaign Convos: Rappler reporters’ 2019 campaign podcast

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

It's going to be a crazy 2019 campaign season! Rappler's campaign reporters bring you a podcast to make sense of it all.

[OPINYON] Plata + porma

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Dahil nga wala nang masyadong plataporma, ibig sabihin, hindi na rin maaasahan ang katuparan ng anumang sinabi sa kampanyahan

Bernie Sanders attacks 'dangerous' Trump at campaign launch

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump 'the most dangerous president in modern American history'

BACK IN THE RACE. United States Senator Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign with attacks on Republican president Donald Trump . File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Otso Diretso starts online fundraising for its campaign volunteers

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Senator Francis Pangilinan, Otso Diresto campaign manager, says the donations will help fund their grassroots campaign powered by mostly youth volunteers

OTSO DIRETSO. Campaign manager and Senator Francis Pangilinan pose for a picture with the Otso Diretso candidates and Vice President Leni Robredo during their proclamation rally in Naga City on February 13, 2019. File photo by OVP

Duterte says last half of his term 'most dangerous' for drug suspects

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'The last 3 years of my term will be the most dangerous for people into drugs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a gathering of mayors

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 1st National Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 25, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO