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U.S. lawmakers return to work, spending showdown ahead

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:41 AM

'The reality is that we still have a series of important, outstanding subjects to tackle between now and the end of this year,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

BACK TO WORK. In this file photo, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Duterte critic appeals tag as nuisance Senate bet

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio tells the Comelec it won't look good if 'a legal archenemy of President Duterte' is declared a nuisance senatorial candidate

COMPLAINT VS DUTERTE. Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio is the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. File photo courtesy of Jude Sabio

House bill seeks to make public debates mandatory for candidates

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora says mandatory debates for all candidates would help voters make informed choices on election day

ELECTION DEBATES. The 5 presidential bets during the 2016 elections participate in an election debate on February 21, 2016. File photo by AFP

Cancellation of Cayetano couple’s Taguig congressional bids sought

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The different addresses the former foreign affairs secretary and his outgoing mayor wife declared in their respective certificates of candidacy present 'legal infirmities,' the complaints say

Madagascar ex-president denies election bribery claims

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:46 AM

A European Union observer mission report says race frontrunner Andry Rajoelina had paid a total of 4,500 euros ($5,000) to two local chiefs

ANDRY RAJOELINA. Madagascar presidential candidate Andry Rajoelina talks to media after casting his ballot in Antananarivo, on November 7, 2018. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Ukraine separatists hold elections in defiance of capital Kiev

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The election can be traced to 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported the outbreak of an insurgency in eastern Ukraine in what Kiev sees as punishment for its pivot to the West

SUPPORT RALLY. People stand with flags as they wait for Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, during his campaign meeting and a concert in Donetsk on November 9, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Filippo/AFP

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

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

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

[OPINYON] Wanted: Kandidatong bayani

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Ibinibigay ng administrasyong Duterte ang bawat pagkakataon para may tumayong bayani

Defenseless vs inflation? 'Gov't should listen to people,' says Tañada

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Senatorial aspirant Erin Tañada suggests measures 'that can be easily implemented by this administration if it has the political will to listen to the people'

HIGH PRICES. Filipino shoppers carry the goods they bought at the Commonwealth Public Market on October 08, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Extend Mindanao martial law? It failed to address human dignity – Gutoc

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Maranao leader and senatorial hopeful Samira Gutoc says peace movements at the grassroots, coupled with help from government, will help bring peace in Mindanao

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc is against another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot by Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Samira Gutoc on Mindanao representation in the Senate

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:45 PM

How will Samira Gutoc show the rest of the country that a Maranao like her can help address their most pressing problems – from high prices of goods to extrajudicial killings?

Trump's attorney general switch sparks Russia probe fury

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Trump tweet provokes consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides have long warned that political interference in Robert Mueller's work cannot be tolerated.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as October 30, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

FilAm bets make history in San Francisco elections

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Two Filipino Americans are poised to become the new members of the City Council of South San Francisco

MAKING HISTORY. Flor Nicolas (L) and Mark Nagales are set to join  the City Council of South Francisco. Photos from Nagales and Nicolas' campaign websites.


Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Erin Tañada asks Liberal Party members: 'Tayo ba ang nagkamali?'

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'You could see the people hanging around the President right now are the people we fought against, and we start to question: Ano ba pinaglaban natin? Bakit nagkaganito?'

OPPOSITION COALITION CANDIDATES. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator in the May 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon ticket. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Midterm election a 'big day' for Republicans – Trump

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:56 AM

In his first press conference after the midterm election, the US president also calls on Republicans, Democrats to 'work together'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018.   Jim WATSON / AFP

Obama: Change 'won't come in one election cycle'

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:10 AM

'Our work goes on. The change we need won't come from one election alone – but it is a start. Last night, voters across the country started it,' says Obama

CHANGE. File photo of former US president Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Nancy Pelosi: Former U.S. House speaker eyes gavel once more

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to become speaker of the House, a position she held for 4 years from 2007, when she made history as the first woman ever to rise to that post

PELOSI. In this file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club. File photo from Shutterstock

Colorado elects first openly gay governor in U.S.

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Jared Polis will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has been in office since 2011

COLORADO. Networks project that Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has won the governor's race in Colorado. File photo from Polis' official Facebook page

Ahead of 2019 polls, Robredo backs bill vs premature campaigning

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Ang pagpigil muli sa maagang pangangampanya ay kailangan para maging mas patas ang pagtakbo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. Vice President Leni Robredo says a law that criminalizes premature campaigning would create a level laying field among candidates. Photo from OVP

COA to ignore audit requests vs candidates during election season

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The Commission on Audit says this is to 'prevent opportunities and circumstances that may impair the independence, neutrality, and professionalism of the Commission, its officers and employees'

POLITICAL NEUTRALITY. The Commission on Audit (COA) will ignore audit requests against candidates in the 2019 elections if the request was sent after the official filed his or her candidacy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women in U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42, are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities

ADVOCATES. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress. File photos from Facebook

Opposition on wooing voters: Make it about them, not Duterte

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:25 PM

‘Many of them support the President and I get that, and I don’t think you need to challenge that at this point,’ says reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino addresses supporters at the launch of the Oposisyon Koalisyon senatorial candidates on October 24, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

2 Native American women break ground in election to U.S. Congress

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The two are among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts

FIRST. Democrat candidates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids file photo from Twitter, Haaland file photo from Wikipedia

NOW Telecom loses bid vs contentious 3rd telco provisions | Midday wRap

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Madagascar goes to the polls to pick next president

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Nearly 10 million voters are eligible to cast ballots for one of 36 candidates who, as well as the 3 front-runners, include two ex-prime ministers, pastors and a rock star

MADAGASCAR ELECTIONS. Electoral posters are seen at a bus stop in Antananarivo, on November 6, 2018, on the eve of in the first round of the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Ted Cruz reelected to Senate in Texas in win for Republicans

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Ted Cruz overcomes major deficits in fundraising to ultimately defeat his charismatic rival Beto O'Rourke, whose campaign electrified Democrats across the country

WIN FOR REPUBLICANS. In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Get Out The Vote Bus Tour rally at the Redneck Country Club on November 5, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook must act to stop incitement ahead of 2020 Myanmar poll – report

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Facebook says it is working on rooting out abuse ahead of the Myanmar elections – but admits it had failed to do enough to prevent the incitement of violence

MYANMAR AND FACEBOOK. A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY Democrat rock star makes history

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have made history tonight,' the grinning 29-year-old tells cheering supporters at her victory party in Queens

Democrats seize U.S. House but Trump averts 'blue wave'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Donald Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election

US CONGRESS. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Erin on the Tañada brand: 'There’s space for principled politics'

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The former Quezon congressman, a champion of farmers and laborers, hopes to be the third Tañada in the Philippine Senate

3RD GEN TAÑADA. Ex-Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator for the 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon. Screenshot by Rappler

Democrats snatch first House seats from Republicans in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Democrats must gain 21 more seats in the 435-member House of Representatives to regain control of the chamber, which is currently led by President Donald Trump's Republicans

FIRST HOUSE SEATS. Democrats seize their first two Republican-held seats of the US midterm elections, as networks project the win of Jennifer Wexton (L) and Donna Shalala (R). Wexton file photo from Facebook, Shalala file photo from Twitter

Voters crowd polling stations as U.S. delivers verdict on Trump

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, November 6, in the first major voter test of Donald Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency

US VOTES. Voters fill out their ballots at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, United States. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. midterms: Key factors of the 2018 elections

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Here are the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country

ISSUES. AFP looks into the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country. Shutterstock; Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Border file photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP; Shooting file photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

Panelo: Yang is a ‘consultant’ and ‘economic adviser’ to Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Año wants PDEA to release new drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

'Gusto ko ilabas talaga 'yan para makita ng mga tao kung sino ang dapat iboto at hindi,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año amid concerns that the list is not fully vetted

ANOTHER LIST? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año wants a repeat of April 2018, when they released a drug list of barangay officials just before the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Election Day test for Trump as America votes

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) With control of Congress and Trump's agenda at stake, early voting has hit record levels and turnout appears high across the country

ELECTIONS. California's multi-language 'I Voted' stickers on offer for early voters at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California on November 5, 2018, a day ahead the November 6 midterm elections in the United States. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/

Malacañang contracts show Michael Yang is economic adviser | Midday wRap

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Quita Chuatico

Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,' Facebook says

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock


Panelo denies Duterte asked Filipinos to vote for Freddie Aguilar

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo claims President Rodrigo Duterte 'may not be referring to an election' when he said, 'Vote for Freddie Aguilar!'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of singer Freddie Aguilar on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump says American dream at stake in U.S. midterms after polarizing campaign

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) Hitting 3 states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Donald Trump hammers home his boast that 'the Republican agenda is the American dream'

MIDTERM ELECTIONS. President Donald Trump makes a final push across 3 states on Monday, November 5. File photo by Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse

3 newsmakers among possible nuisance Senate bets

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Among them is Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court

KATIPUNAN PARTY. All 12 senatorial bets of the Katipunan Party, including former Constitutional Commission spokesperson Conrado 'Ding' Generoso, face petitions to be declared nuisance bets. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte endorses Freddie Aguilar as senator: 'He's exemplary'

Nov 05, 2018 - 6:40 PM

In a move at odds with his own political party, President Rodrigo Duterte supports the senatorial bid of singer Freddie Aguilar

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of singer Freddie Aguilar on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

64% of Filipinos will support candidates who push for higher tobacco taxes – Pulse Asia

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Pulse Asia research director Ana Tabunda says majority of Filipinos are supportive of increases in tobacco taxes as health is considered a 'most urgent personal concern' for many

MORE EXPENSIVE? Customers look at a stall selling cigarettes at a mall in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

#TheLeaderIWant: Erin Tañada on being a voice for farmers, laborers

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:08 PM

What will the scion of the Tañada clan do to stand out in the polls and finally succeed in getting the Senate seat he has been aspiring for?

What's at stake on November 6 in the U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Midterm elections are often seen as a referendum on the president and there is no shortage of opinions this time around about the current occupant of the White House

Trump, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of U.S. elections

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:31 AM

Political passions rise to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels

THE NOVEMBER VOTE. A display that reminds people to vote on November 6 is seen November 3, 2018 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi's party slapped down in by-elections

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:29 PM

While official tallies have not yet been released by the Union Election Commission, preliminary results show the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party has beaten Aung San Suu Kyi's party out on 3 seats

VOTE. Myanmar President Win Myint casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon on November 3, 2018, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party more than halfway through her time in office. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP