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The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

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

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

LIST: Who’s running for mayor, vice mayor in Metro Manila for 2019?

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Here is a list of tandems and other aspirants expected to face off in the 2019 elections in the National Capital Region

LIST: 2019 elections senatorial hopefuls

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

A total of 152 individuals have filed certificates of candidacy for senator

COC FILING. Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:24 PM

From Ilocos Norte to Davao City, local bets rush to file their certificates of candidacies on the last day of filing

LOCAL RACES. Abigail Binay, Sebastian Duterte and Chavit Singson are among those who filed their candidacies on the last day of the filing period, October 17. Photos by Joey Salgado (for Binay), Manman Dejeto/Rappler (for Duterte), and Mau Victa/Rappler (for Singson)

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 4, October 16

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Among them are Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr for Bohol governor, congresswoman Kaka Bag-ao for Dinagat Islands governor, and actor Edu Manzano for San Juan City congressman

FOR GOVERNOR. Representative Kaka Bag-ao and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr are seeking the gubernatorial posts in Dinagat Islands and Bohol, respectively. Photos from Bag-ao and Evasco staff

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 3, October 15

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Among them are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, and the Villafuertes of Camarines Sur, all running for reelection

REELECTIONISTS. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio are seeking another term in 2019. Photos from Office of Tommy Osmeña and by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Comelec bends COC filing rules to favor Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections admits there was 'special treatment' for the filing of Bong Go's certificate of candidacy 'considering the personalities involved'

SPECIAL TREATMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies his top aide Bong Go, who filed his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Accompanied by Duterte, Bong Go files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte goes with his top aide Bong Go in filing the latter's certificate of candidacy at the Comelec office in Intramuros

STRIKING OUT. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is leaving his prime Malacañang post to run for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate bet Mangudadatu vows to fight prejudice vs Muslims

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Zajid Mangudadatu is the second high-profile senatorial hopeful pushing for the rights of Muslims in Mindanao

ADDRESSING THE CROWD. Zajid Mangundadatu talks to supporters outside the Comelec office in Manila after filing his certificate of candidacy for Senator on October 15, 2108. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Mocha Uson running for party-list representative

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The controversial entertainer-turned-government-official is officially seeking an elective post in 2019

Former PCOO assistant secretary at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pinedas running mates again in Pampanga race for governor, vice gov

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Governor Lilia Pineda will run for vice governor while her son Vice Governor Dennis Pineda will vie for Pampanga governor

Dennis Pineda

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 2, October 12

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Among them are presidential son Paolo Duterte for Davao City congressman, Senator Francis Escudero for Sorsogon governor, and Isko Moreno for Manila mayor

LOCAL BETS. Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and outgoing Senator Francis Escudero file their certificates of candidacy in Davao City and Sorsogon, respectively. Photos from Davao City PIO and Escudero's Facebook page

Ronald dela Rosa files candidacy for senator

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's first police chief vows to push for the reinstatement of the death penalty if he wins in the 2019 elections

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Former PNP chief and current BuCor head Ronald dela Rosa files his candidacy for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 1, October 11

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:53 PM

Here are notable aspirants for various local elective positions on the first day of filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 2019 elections

QC RACE. Senate President Tito Sotto (left) and former House Speaker Representative Feliciano Belmonte (right) raise the hands of Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte (2nd-right) and councilor Gian Sotto after filing a Certificate of Candidacy at Comelec-Quezon City on October 11, 2018. Belmonte is running for QC Vice Mayor while Sotto is for Vice Mayor. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Guidelines for filing certificates of candidacy

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:01 AM

(UPDATED) From October 11 to 12 and October 15 to 17, aspirants for national and local posts formalize their bids for the May 2019 elections

Comelec puts 'unconstitutional' question in candidacy forms

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Candidates can disqualify themselves from the get-go by answering a new question in certificates of candidacy, warns former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr

[OPINION] Is it possible Duterte's candidacy was void from the beginning?

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here's why candidates should pay attention to every detail in the certificate of candidacy

Photos by Alecs Ongcal (Duterte) and Ben Nabong (certificate of candidacy)/Rappler

Comelec postpones filing of candidacies to October 11-17

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) This comes after both the Senate and House of Representatives urged the Comelec to reschedule the filing of certificates of candidacy or COCs

Comelec: Postponed COC filing can delay ballot printing

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec is set to discuss the proposal of the Senate and the House of Representatives to delay the filing of certificates of candidacy by 10 days

DOMINO EFFECT. Postponing the filing of certificates of candidacy can delay the printing of ballots for the 2019 polls, says the Commission on Elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Filing of candidacy for 2019 elections from October 1 to 5, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Party-list groups should also submit their list of nominees during the same period

COC FILING. In this file photo, aspiring bets for the May 2018 barangay elections file their certificate of candidacy at the Comelec-Manila office on April 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

More than a million candidates run in 2018 barangay, SK elections

Apr 23, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'This really shows the vibrancy of our democracy,' says DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, as more than a million Filipinos file their certificates of candidacy

FILING OF COCS. Barangay and SK candidates crowd the Comelec Manila office as they file their certificates of candidacy on April 14, 2018, the first day of filing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec reschedules activities for 2017 barangay, SK elections

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Set to be enforced during the election period, the gun ban begins on October 1

Gun ban for 2017 barangay, SK polls begins September 23

Sep 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Meanwhile the filing of certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan bets will be from September 23 to 30

GUN BAN. The Comelec schedules a gun ban in relation to the October 23 barangay and SK elections.

Grace Poe's accusers to SC: Take 2nd hard look at facts

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:37 PM

The private respondents call the Supreme Court s decision declaring Grace Poe qualified to run for the presidency a 47 page perversion of the Constitution

Grace Poe a natural-born Filipino – Supreme Court

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Three days after releasing the vote in its landmark decision the Supreme Court explains its ruling It also says Grace Poe met the the 10 year residency requirement for presidential candidates

File photo by Office of Sen. Grace Poe

All memos in: SC to decide soon on Grace Poe case

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Rappler rounds up the main points in the memorandums filed by the parties involved in the disqualification case against presidential candidate Grace Poe

AFTER ORAL ARGUMENTS. All parties in the disqualification case against presidential candidate Grace Poe now await the Supreme Court decision. File photos by Rappler

Comelec to SC: Due process observed in Grace Poe case

Feb 10, 2016 - 10:19 AM

I explained to the Court that perhaps what is at issue is writing style: different judges write differently explains Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim

'NO DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS.' Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says the poll body only did its mandate when it ruled to cancel the certificate of candidacy of presidential candidate Grace Poe. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Issues the SC will decide in Grace Poe case

Jan 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The main issue – with a number of sub issues – that will be decided after the oral arguments on January 19 is whether the presidential candidate committed material representation on her citizenship and residency

Duterte to Comelec: Cases 'water under the bridge'

Jan 15, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the Comelec should dismiss petitions against him for lack of merit

VALID OR INVALID? Petitioners attack the validity of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's certificate of candidacy for president. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court consolidates Grace Poe's petitions vs Comelec

Jan 12, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Rappler s election columnist earlier wrote The purpose of consolidation is to prevent conflicting legal findings over the same set of facts and issues

LEGAL BATTLE REACHES SC. Grace Poe has filed two petitions for certiorari before the Supreme Court after the Commission on Elections cancelled her certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Supreme Court: Comelec can't cancel Grace Poe's candidacy yet

Jan 12, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Voting 12 3 the High Court confirms the temporary restraining orders earlier issued by the Chief Justice on the Comelec s cancellation of the presidential aspirant s certificate of candidacy

PRESIDENTIAL BID. In this file photo, Senator Grace Poe files her certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

EXPLAINER: 3 reasons the SC won't likely lift the TROs on Comelec

Jan 12, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The Supreme Court appears keen on deciding the disqualification cases against Grace Poe Quashing the TROs on the cancellation of her candidacy will render the cases moot and academic

URGENT CASE. The Supreme Court tackles on January 12, 2016, whether to lift the TRO on Comelec's ruling to cancel the candidacy of presidential aspirant Grace Poe before the printing of ballots. Rappler file photo

Accuser replies to Grace Poe's SC petitions: 'Misguided ambition'

Jan 08, 2016 - 5:20 PM

This petition is not about being recognized as a Filipino; it is about her misguided ambition which regrettably runs roughshod against the fundamental law says petitioner Estrella Elamparo

'MISGUIDED AMBITION.' A lawyer accuses Grace Poe of bringing her legal battles to the Supreme Court just to serve her "misguided ambition" to become President. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Grace Poe's accuser defends Comelec before the Supreme Court

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Petitioner Antonio Contreras who has questioned Grace Poe s residency says the presidential aspirant is politicizing a legal and constitutional issue

'DISQUALIFY POE.' University professor Antonio Contreras files the 3rd petition to disqualify Senator Grace Poe from the presidential race because of her certificate of candidacy. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte urges Comelec: Dismiss 1st disqualification case

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Martin Diño and PDP Laban also submit their memorandum before the Commission on Elections seeking to dismiss a petition to declare Diño s certificate of candidacy as void

STOP THIS. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants the poll body to dismiss his first disqualification case. File photo by Rappler

Poe confident SC will act 'swiftly' on election case

Dec 26, 2015 - 12:08 PM

The camp of Senator Grace Poe will file their petition before the Supreme Court on Monday

'GENUINE CHOICE.' Senator Grace Poe says she is confident the Supreme Court will act swiftly on her petition questioning the final decision of the Commission on Elections. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

EXPLAINER: What happens if Poe doesn't get TRO before printing of ballots?

Dec 25, 2015 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines has a flawed election system where the law does not give the Comelec and the Supreme Court ample time to hear and resolve hundreds of pre election cases

Duterte welcomes 2nd disqualification case

Dec 22, 2015 - 8:05 PM

I am happy that [Rizalito David] found time to [try to] clear everything If God wants me to be there I will be there and if God does not want me there I will disappear says the presidential bet

Rappler file photo

EXPLAINER: Comelec should let Duterte run. Here's why

Dec 21, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The poll body is knocking down top presidential contenders based on a constricted application of the letter of the law rather than its spirit

'THE PUNISHER.' Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says his bad human rights record 'started as a political gimmick' of his rival, former Davao Representative Prospero Nograles. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte to Comelec: Thanks for 'legal' decision

Dec 18, 2015 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED I am happy that they decided the case based on its legality says the Davao mayor

THANK YOU. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the Comelec decision to accept his candidacy for president. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

EXPLAINER: 3 curious points in Comelec 1st division’s ruling vs Grace Poe

Dec 17, 2015 - 9:24 PM

In its decision to cancel Grace Poe s candidacy the Comelec First Division invokes a portion of a dissenting opinion in a Supreme Court ruling erroneously representing it as jurisprudence

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe appeals the decision of the Comelec First Division to bar her from running for president. File photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Comelec shouldn’t accept Duterte COC, poll exec says

Dec 17, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Commissioner Guanzon is the only Comelec member who refused to accept Mayor Duterte’s certificate of candidacy

DISSENTING COMMISSIONER. Unlike 6 other Comelec members, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body shouldn't accept Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's certificate of candidacy, at least for now. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Comelec accepts Duterte's presidential bid

Dec 17, 2015 - 11:37 AM

3rd UPDATE The Comelec says this means Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now in our list of candidates

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. The Comelec has accepted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's COC for president. Contributed photo

EXPLAINER: Comelec should have dismissed Tatad’s case vs Grace Poe

Dec 16, 2015 - 7:25 PM

The former senator did not seek the cancellation of Grace Poe s certificate of candidacy but for her disqualification The Comelec does not have jurisdiction over this issue

PETITION. Former Senator Francisco 'Kit' Tatad files a 218-page disqualification complaint against presidential polls front runner Grace Poe before the Commission on Elections on Monday, October 19. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Grace Poe to Comelec: Let the people decide

Dec 16, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Grace Poe’s lawyer says the cancellation of the senator’s COC has affected her leaders and the number of people supporting her

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe appeals the decision of the Comelec First Division to bar her from running for president. File photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Comelec commissioner explains vote in favor of Grace Poe

Dec 11, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Commissioner Christian Lim is the lone voice of dissent in the Comelec First Division which cancelled Senator Grace Poe s certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections

DISSENTING OPINION. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim votes to deny 3 petitions filed against presidential candidate Grace Poe. File photo from Comelec website