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Afghan supreme court extends Ghani's term until delayed elections

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Presidential elections are initially slated for April 20 but Afghan election officials were unprepared for a new nationwide poll so soon after October parliamentary elections

Sara Duterte thinks of leaving Hugpong ng Pagbabago to head Davao City local party

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter wants to become president of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the Davao City party led by her older brother Paolo

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DILG bans 'epal' local bets from attending national gov't payouts

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Huwag po tayong magpa-epal sa mga proyekto ng gobyerno lalo na ngayong panahon ng kampanya,' the Department of the Interior and Local Government tells local officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial distribution of cash grants to the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) beneficiaries at the Cebu Technological University Gym in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Assisting the President is Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comedian poised to take over presidency in Ukraine vote

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(UPDATED) Volodymyr Zelensky has tapped into widespread frustration over graft, poverty and a conflict with separatists that has claimed some 13,000 lives

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results at the headquarter in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov / AFP

On Easter 2019, Duterte hopes for integrity in May polls

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:44 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his Easter message, says he hopes evil 'will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty'

EASTER SUNDAY. Catholics watch the traditional Salubong that reenacts the meeting of Mary and her resurrected son, Jesus, during the Easter Sunday celebration at EDSA Shrine, Quezon City on April 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Despite protests from human rights groups, the 3-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule until at least 2024

EGYPT REFERENDUM. Elderly Egyptian women cast their ballots in a box as they vote at a polling station in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at a school in the capital Cairo's northern neighborhood of Shubra, on the first day of a three-day poll, on April 20, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Trump seethes in foul-mouthed tirade against Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Trump is now digesting the report's findings that he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks and tried repeatedly to hamper Mueller's investigation

MUELLER REPORT. US President Donald Trump launches a foul-mouthed tirade against the Mueller report. File photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

U.S. House subpoenas unredacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) US House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler is requiring Attorney General William Barr to submit to them the documents by May 1 at 10 am

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 18: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) holds a news conference on April 18, 2019 in New York City. Prior to the Justice Departments release of Muellers report, Nadler requested Special Counsel Robert Mueller appear before his committee no later than May 23. Politicians, journalists and citizens alike are reading the highly anticipated report for the first time on Thursday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump slams 'fabricated' testimony in Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

US President Donald Trump, who initially celebrated the publication of the report, is in a more defensive mood on Friday, April 19, insisting that he had done nothing wrong

RUSSIA PROBE. Composite photo shows Special counsel Robert Mueller and US President Donald Trump. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Comedian, president in stadium debate ahead of Ukraine election

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The debate, set to take place in Kiev's 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium Friday evening, will be the first and only policy head-to-head of the campaign between Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko

DEBATE. This combination of files pictures made on March 31, 2019 shows portraits of presidential candidates: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) taken on November 3, 2018 and Ukrainian comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky taken on March 6, 2019. Photos by Kayhan Ozer and Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Indian man amputates finger after voting for wrong party

Apr 19, 2019 - 6:49 PM

An Indian man says he became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

CAPITOL BUILDING. By Noclip/Wikemedia Commons

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to,' Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

'THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY.' A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP  WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Mueller report details Trump's efforts to halt probe

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Trump's efforts to remove Mueller began after press reports indicated that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had widened to include whether the president had committed obstruction of justice

RESIGNED. In this file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP

Redacted Mueller report released by U.S. Justice Department

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The report focuses on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign helped in that effort and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'No collusion. No obstruction,' a triumphant President Donald Trump writes in a Game of Thrones pastiche tweet

HAPPY TRUMP. US President Donald Trump celebrates being cleared of collusion, and so far, of obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe – attorney general

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:51 PM

'The president took no act that in fact deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation,' says Attorney General Bill Barr

MUELLER REPORT. US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Heavy security as India's mega vote enters second round

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

More than 157 million of India's 900 million voters are eligible to cast ballots on the second of seven days of voting in the world's biggest election

MEGA ELECTION. An Indian voter (C) gestures before casting her vote at a polling station during the second phase of India's general election in Rayat village near Aligarh, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on April 18, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Abra vice governor bet Bersamin reports harassment by Bangued mayor

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Ana Marie Bersamin tells police that she and her team were harassed by some 40 supporters of incumbent Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera

[OPINION] Inclusive elections in May 2019? Let's manage expectations

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Government response to access issues must be holistic and decisive; Otherwise the same issues will keep resurfacing every 3 years'

PWD photo by Shutterstock. Election photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Indonesia warns against protests as Widodo rival rejects results

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While official results are not due until next month, 'quick counts' show President Joko Widodo between 9 and 11 percentage points ahead of ex-general Prabowo Subianto

INDONESIA POLLS. Indonesians stand next to a poster of Indonesia president candidates in front of a pooling center during the presidential election in Kuta on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 17, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David calls on Filipino Catholics to 'bridge the anomalous gap between faith and social life' as they observe Holy Week 2019

HUMAN CROSS. Families of victims of involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings form a human cross at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as a form of protest on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Campus mock polls show how different the youth vote is

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Young people's political choices may predict the next leaders who in turn will run the country's future'

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Indonesia's Joko Widodo on track to win presidency – pollsters

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Based on data collected at polling stations, Saiful Mujani Research Center, Indo Barometer, and Indikator Politik Indonesia say Widodo is holding a strong lead, although official results are not due until next month

JOKO WIDODO. Joko Widodo (L) and his spouse Iriana Widodo (R) display their inked fingers after casting their ballot at a polling center during the presidential and legislative election in Jakarta on April 17, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia polls close as 'everyman' president battles firebrand ex-general

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

More than 190 million voters were asked to choose between an incumbent president lauded for his infrastructure projects and a fiery nationalist with links to a brutal dictatorship

INDONESIA ELECTIONS. People cast their votes at a polling station during Indonesia's general election in Yogyakarta on April 17, 2019. Photo by Oka Hamied/AFP

Poll officer: Candidates in Mindanao seeking more security 'paranoid'

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'During election time, this sickness of paranoia is very rampant,' says electiion officer Chubasco Cenen Caiña

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Serenas (2nd, left), Comelec election officer Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right), and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, attend an election-related security briefing in Cagayan de Oro City on April 16, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

SC to judges: Don't let candidates use search warrants vs rivals

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Supreme Court reminds judges that they should 'remain impartial' during the campaign period, amid reports that 'unscrupulous politicians' are using the courts to target their opponents

SEARCH WARRANTS. The Office of the Court Administrator receives reports of politicians trying to obtain search warrants from lower courts against their rivals during the election period. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In tears, Abby Binay says she’s ‘lone wolf’ in the family

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'I grew up different... So they don’t seem to accept na ‘Bakit ikaw ganyan? Bakit ‘di ka kagaya namin?’ says Makati Mayor Abby Binay on her siblings opposing her reelection bid

'LONE WOLF.' Abby Binay talks to reporters ahead of her proclamation rally at Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City on March 29, 2019. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FALSE: 'PET recount done,' Bongbong Marcos defeated

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, has not yet declared the official results of the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest case

Muslim-majority Indonesia votes in its biggest-ever election

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot

A woman casts her vote at a pooling station during the presidential election in Trumon, Southern Aceh province on April 17, 2019. Indonesia kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Duterte, PDP-Laban campaign rallies: Showbiz, insults, late night rants

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:03 AM

People spend 8 to 10 hours in a single PDP-Laban campaign rally, led by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a round of applause from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates during a campaign rally at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on April 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Poll watchdog asks Comelec to act on complaints vs party-list groups

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao also asks the Comelec hold a public forum with party-list groups with reported links to political dynasties or represent special business interests

ELECTIONS FORUM. Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao presents findings on party list groups at a forum in the University of the Philippine Bahay ng Alumni on April 16, 2019. Photo

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

PNP keeping close watch over Lanao del Norte for poll-related violence

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say past elections in Lanao del Norte were marked by 'intense political rivalry' exacerbated by the rido culture in the province

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Sereñas (2nd, left) said Lanao de Norte is Northern Mindanao's closely-watched province in the May 2019 elections. With him are Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right) and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade on April 16,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Only 2 candidates got public performance license to use copyrighted songs in rallies

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Candidates who use copyrighted music without a license can be held criminally and civilly liable, says the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc

Taiwan's Foxconn chief hints at presidential run

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Asked by reporters on April 16 if he would run for president, Terry Gou says, 'I will have meetings today and hear (feedback). Hopefully we can talk about this tomorrow or later'

FOXCONN'S TERRY GOU.CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn Terry Gou gestures during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

No Sara Duterte endorsement for Floirendo speakership bid in Tagum rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

But Hugpong ng Pagbabago Secretary-General Anthony del Rosario says Sara Duterte and the party have decided to support Floirendo – aside from backing 3 other speakership bids

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Facebook takes down fake network supporting Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The takedown takes place ahead of the Indonesian presidential elections on April 17

PRABOWO SUBIANTO. Facebook takes down a network of fake accounts described to be pro-Prabowo Subianto, a candidate in the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections. Shutterstock photo


Del Rosario, Floirendo blast Alvarez in Davao del Norte HNP rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Governor Anthony del Rosario and congressman Tonyboy Floirendo join forces to host the senatorial bets of Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tagum City

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Vote-buying is not just giving or taking cash

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The law prohibiting vote-buying covers not only candidates but also the voters

5 top Senate bets have yet to register social media pages

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Less than half of senatorial bets have complied with this new Commission on Elections requirement as of Monday, April 15

SOCIAL MEDIA. Leading senatorial candidates Lito Lapid, Grace Poe, Bato dela Rosa, Imee Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada have not registered their social media pages for the midterm polls as of April 15, 2019. Photos from senatorial bets' Facebook pages

Labor candidates to admin bets: We’ll sing and dance, but only if you debate with us

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Labor Win’s Ka Leody De Guzman says he wouldn’t expect the administration allies to join debates, as doing so would supposedly expose their anti-people interests and agendas

DEBATE. The Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montaño, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman challenge administration allies to a debate. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Amend labor code to end endo, labor candidates pitch to voters

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:08 PM

For starters, labor lawyer Allan Montaño says there is a big difference to changing the word ‘or’ to ‘and’ in the labor code definition of a contractor and sub-contractor

LABOR WIN. Labor candidates (L-R) Neri Colmenares, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano pitch their labor code amendments to end contractualization during a forum on April 15, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Erice to Kris Aquino: I didn't intend to blame PNoy for Mar's 2016 loss

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) Caloocan congressman Edgar Erice, who manages Mar Roxas' senatorial bid, says he and his candidate are 'true blue Liberals who 'stand with the party'

Finland's Social Democrats win slim victory as far right surges

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The Social Democrats pick 40 seats in parliament, only 0.2 percentage points ahead of far-right Finns Party

COALESCING. Chairman of The Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne leaves the Social Democratic Party's election party in Helsinki, Finland on April 14, 2019. Photo by Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva/AFP

Election lawyer: Schools, watchdogs can help Comelec check candidates' spending

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon says the task is too big for the Commission on Elections alone as some 100,000 statements of candidates' expenses are filed after elections

Kris Aquino: Don't blame my brother Noy for Mar Roxas' defeats

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'So pati ba pagkatalo sa 2010 kasalanan din ni Noy?' asks Kris Aquino, lashing out at senatorial candidate Mar Roxas' campaign manager Edgar Erice