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LIVE UPDATES: Proclamation of winning senators in the 2019 Philippine elections

May 22, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the national and local races in the 2019 Philippine elections happening on May 13, 2019

Comelec’s Guanzon questions substitution bid of Duterte Youth's Cardema

May 22, 2019 - 9:10 AM

‘In the certificate of candidacy form of a Cardema, he stated that he is qualified. But is he not over 30 years old?’ says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon raises questions on Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's qualifications to become a youth sector representative in the Lower House. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Top Palawan politicians capture key posts ahead of province’s planned split

May 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Governor Jose Alvarez, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, and two of 3 lawmakers are reelected, while another congressman is replaced by his sister

PALAWAN POLS. Governor Jose Alvarez (1st from left) lead the politicians who won key posts in Palawan in the 2019 polls. Photos from Palawan official website, House of Representatives website, and Facebook accounts

Sibling rivalries weaken Amante, Plaza clans in Agusan provinces

May 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur governors who sought House seats in 2019 win

NEW LAWMAKERS. Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza (L) and Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante Matba win as representatives in the May 2019 elections. Photo of Plaza from Facebook, photo of Amante Matba from PIA

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

9 out of 12 elected senatorial bets are Duterte allies

May 22, 2019 - 3:00 AM

While Malacañang attributes their victory to 'Duterte magic,' most of the winning candidates are also reelectionist senators or politicians with familiar names

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Senators Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar on the sidelines of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. Also in the photo is Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito lose reelection bids

May 22, 2019 - 2:50 AM

(UPDATED) Out of the 7 reelectionist senators, two lose in the 2019 midterm polls

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nancy Binay gets coveted 12th spot in Senate race

May 22, 2019 - 2:35 AM

It's final: No opposition candidate in the 2019 elections makes it to the Senate

MIDTERM POLLS. Reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay shows her ballot for the midterm elections on May 13, 2019, in her polling precinct at San Antonio National High School in Makati City. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

India's opposition parties allege vote machine fraud

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The concern of opposition leaders stems from video clips on social media purportedly showing attempts to replace the machines in strongrooms ahead of counting in some places

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, An Indian poll official applies a label to an Electronic Voting Machine before transporting it to a polling station ahead of the Phase VI of India's general election in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura, on May 11, 2019. File photo by Arindam Dey/AFP

EU leaders sound alarm over populist election threat

May 21, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Opinion polls predict a significant advance for nationalist and populist forces opposed to closer European Union integration and threatening mainstream reform efforts

PREPARATIONS. People are at work to prepare the mailing of election material to citizens as part of the upcoming European parliament elections, on May 20, 2019 in Rouffach (eastern France). Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Comelec, SC ‘bastardized’ party-list system – opposition lawmakers

May 21, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says it has become so easy for organizations to win Congress seats even if they do not have 'defined sectoral constituencies'

'BASTARDIZED' SYSTEM. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) and Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (R) wants the party-list law amended. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Aussie election could have global climate impact

May 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Australia is a minnow compared to the bellowing economies of China or the United States, but role as the world's largest coal exporter gives the country outsized influence in the climate stakes

THE CLIMATE VOTE. Climate change activists hold placards outside a polling station in the Liberal-held Sydney seat of Warringah during Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

LOOK: Comelec rolls out red carpet for 12 winning senators

May 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Commission on Elections holds a dry run of the proclamation of winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center

DRY RUN. The Commission on Elections on May 21, 2019, conducts a dry run of the arrival of winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pangilinan's resignation 'a sign of humility' – Liberal Party execs

May 21, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Erin Tañada, Liberal Party vice president for external affairs and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate, says he admires Senator Kiko Pangilinan's courage during the tough campaign

STILL TRUSTED. Resigned LP president and Senator Kiko Pangilinan (right) is still be trusted by other LP leaders like Erin Tañada(left), who ran but lost for senator. VP Leni Robredo (center) has not accepted Pangilinan's resignation. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Delayed U.S. votes stall May 21 proclamation of senators

May 21, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'I'm very sorry to disappoint everyone, but it looks like today is not the day,' says Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez

PROCLAMATION RESCHEDULED. Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez says on May 21, 2019, that the expected proclamation of senators and party-list groups on that day will not push through. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.

LIST: Who participated in the source code review of the 2019 automated election system?

May 21, 2019 - 11:10 AM

A total of 66 individuals from 16 groups participate in the review

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

Milkshakes become weapon of choice in UK European campaign

May 21, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage becomes the latest political figure on Monday, May 20, to be doused with a milkshake while campaigning for his new Brexit Party in this week's European Parliament election

MILKSHAKED. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks at a European Parliament election campaign rally at Frimley Green, south west of London on May 19, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Rappler Talk: Bam Aquino on the 2019 elections, opposition's fate

May 20, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Senator Bam Aquino fails to secure a second term. What is next for him and the opposition?

Delayed overseas votes leave Senate bets hanging

May 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Lawyer George Garcia urges the Commission on Elections to proclaim the winning senators even without certificates of canvass from the US and Saudi Arabia

CANVASSING VOTES. Days after the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dingdong Dantes blasts NYC chair Cardema's party-list bid: 'Circumventing system'

May 20, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Two former NYC officials express dismay over the current chairman's actions

Duterte Youth's Cardema already proclaims himself congressman on Facebook

May 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'The substitution of Cardema has not yet been approved,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

LIFE UPDATE. Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema declares himself a congressman though the Comelec en banc has yet to rule on his substitution bid. File photo of Cardema by Rappler

WATCH: JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino comfort each other after 2019 polls

May 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senators JV Ejercito and Bam Aquino are the only reelectionist senators who sit outside the 2019 winning circle based on the partial, official tally

Senators JV Ejercito and Bam Aquino, both lost in the recent midterm elections, chat during the session on May 20, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pagadian exec linked to pyramid scam wins as mayor

May 20, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Samuel Co of the infamous Aman Futures Group defeats the incumbent mayor of Pagadian City in the May 13 elections

VICTORIOUS. PDP LABAN mayoral bet Samuel Co arise victorious as he was proclaimed as the winner for 2019 election bid on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Stephen Bryan Esic

Groups ask Comelec to junk Duterte Youth Cardema's substitution bid

May 20, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Election watchdog Kontra Daya and leaders of youth groups argue Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema does not meet the age requirement

COMELEC EN BANC. In this photo, 4 of the 7 Comelec commissioners observe the canvassing of the certificates of canvass in the 2019 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Negros Occidental town buries slain councilor it made topnotcher

May 20, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Moises Padilla town lays to rest Michael Garcia, who, despite being killed in an ambush, is reelected the No. 1 councilor

Residents of Moises Padilla mourn the deaths of the Garcias as they paid their last respects at San Isidro Labrador Parish on Saturday, May 18.Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Crisologo hits QC police: Don't allow them to 'arrogantly violate our rights'

May 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'If they could do these atrocious and cruel things to an incumbent congressman and to a lawyer, they could easily do these things to our ordinary citizens,' says congressman Bingbong Crisologo of his arrest on May 12

NOW FREE. Quezon City 1st Distirct Representative Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings on May 13, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Comelec prepares for Duterte in proclamation of senators

May 20, 2019 - 3:45 PM

This comes as no opposition bet makes it to the winning circle, and as winners include President Rodrigo Duterte's longtime aide, incoming senator Bong Go

PREPARING FOR DUTERTE. The Commission on Elections is preparing for the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte when it proclaims winning senators at the Philippine International Convention Center possibly on May 21, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Andaya loses to Villafuerte for Camarines Sur governor

May 20, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Camarines Sur congressman fails to unseat the son of his bitter rival LRay Villafuerte

DEFEATED. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr is not going to be governor. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dapat na ba tayong sumuko?

May 20, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Wala kaming nakikitang konkretong salbabida ng pag-asa ngayon...maliban sa isang bagay

Australia's conservatives secure majority government – media

May 20, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Australian broadcaster ABC says Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition will hold at least 77 seats in the 151-member lower house, one more than needed to govern on its own

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Ex-SC justice Velasco is new Marinduque governor

May 20, 2019 - 11:28 AM

A new dynasty is born in Marinduque: Velasco's son is also reelected representative while his wife is mayor-elect of Torrijos town

NEW GOVERNOR. Retired Supreme Court justice and governor-elect of Marinduque Presbitero Velasco Jr (utmost right) poses with President Rodrigo Duterte at the birthday party of the younger Velasco, Lord Allan (2nd from left) on November 3, 2018. Presidential Photo

22-year-old elected city mayor in Pangasinan

May 19, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Arth Bryan Celeste is poised to replace his father, outgoing Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste

Palawan group accuses reelected Governor Alvarez of vote buying

May 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Bakit naman iuugnay sa akin? Nakita ba akong nang-aabot ng pera? Wala eh,' says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, in response to vote-buying allegations

Corrupted SD cards delay proclamation of senators

May 19, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Corrupted SD cards stall the transmission of votes from some overseas posts to the Commission on Elections, delaying the proclamation of winning senators

CANVASSING OF VOTES. Commission on Elections Director Frances Arabe briefs the media in a press conference during the national canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups on May 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Duterte Youth Cardema's bid for substitution: Questions for Comelec

May 19, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The Comelec en banc will need to decide on whether or not Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's filing a petition for substitution is valid and if he meets qualifications to be a youth representative

DUTERTE YOUT. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as party-list nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Isko Moreno to corrupt Manila officials: One strike, you're out

May 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Mayor-elect Isko Moreno says leading Manila is a 'one-in-a-million' opportunity he doesn't want to waste

ONE STRIKE POLICY. Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso says he doesn't want to waste his chance in leading the country's capital city. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Party-list bid means Cardema resigned as youth chair – Malacañang

May 19, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Ronald Cardema is deemed resigned as National Youth Commission chairman, regardless of the outcome of his petition to become the Duterte Youth nominee

NYC CHIEF. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema will no longer serve as the youth comission's chair. Photo from the National Youth Commission

Ecstatic Australian conservatives bask in election glory

May 19, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may yet have to depend on ecologically-minded independents to pass legislation and manage deep divisions within his fractious coalition

Australia's newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) arrives to deliver a victory speech with his family after winning the Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. - Australia's ruling conservative coalition appeared to secure a shock election win on May 18, with the party predicted to have defied expectations and retained power. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Lawyers push for urgent proclamation of Senate bets

May 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Election lawyer George Garcia says there is an 'urgency to proclaim' winning senators in the May 13 elections

PROCLAMATION OF WINNERS. Election lawyer George Garcia in an interview with reporters on May 19, 2019, there is an urgency to proclaim winning senators and party-list groups. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Uy retains governorship of Zamboanga del Norte

May 19, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The winners in the congressional races are Romeo Jalosjos Jr (1st district), Glona Labadlabad (2nd district), and Isagani Amatong (3rd district)

PROCLAIMED. Reelectionist Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy (2nd from left) is proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers on May 18, 2019, after he defeated challenger Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos in a close fight. Rappler photo

Namfrel hits Comelec for 'preventable' mishaps in 2019 polls

May 19, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'Budget allocation for Philippine elections is always adequate.... The preparations are guided by an election calendar. As the young people would say, 'Anyare?'" asks Namfrel

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS. Namfrel National Council members discuss the poll watchdog's initial assessment of the 2019 Philippine elections on Saturday, May 18. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

India's acrimonious election comes to an end

May 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Polls close at 6 pm in the 7th and final round of voting, ending the world's biggest election with 900 million eligible voters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among tens of millions of people to cast ballots as India holds a 'Super Tuesday' of voting in its marathon election. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP)

Manila Bay reclamation 'not a priority' for Isko Moreno

May 19, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Manila Mayor-elect Isko Moreno says it would be better to develop land in Binondo and Ermita

Families from Happyland, Tondo spend Easter with a picnic along the docks of Manila Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

E.U. fears voter apathy despite populist surge

May 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Elections in the past years have seen a lower turnout than the last, and much of the energy in this year's race has come from populists opposed to deeper integration

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Mayor-elect Cawaling calls for unity in Boracay

May 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'Let us help each other build better relations between the national and local governments,' says Mayor-elect Ceciron Cawaling of Malay, Aklan

UNDERGOING REHABILITATION. Boracay is undergoing continued rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it closed for 6 months in 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Grace Poe at No. 2: Where fading FPJ magic, being independent brought her

May 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The challenges in her campaign snatch from her the most coveted top rank in the Senate race

Sectoral groups slam suspected electoral fraud in 2019 polls

May 18, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Sectoral groups voice out their concern over perceived irregularities in the midterm polls outside the PICC, where the Commission on Elections is conducting the official canvassing of votes

VOICE OUT. Protesters march towards PICC, Comelec's official canvassing headquarters to voice out against election anomalies, on May 17, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Isko Moreno expects 'high tolerance' from cops in Manila drug war

May 18, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

MAYOR-ELECT. Isko Moreno speaks in a Rappler Talk on Saturday, May 18 at the Rappler Headquarters in Pasig City. Rappler screenshot