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Robredo wants to extend barangay officials' terms to 5 years

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says extending the terms of barangay officials would 'distance them from too much politics'

TERM EXTENSION? Vice President Leni Robredo leads the oath-taking of newly elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials of Naga City on June 18, 2018. Photo by OVP

FARC peace deal at risk as conservative Duque wins Colombia presidency

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which disarmed and transformed into a political party after the peace deal but did not contest the election, immediately calls on Duque to show 'good sense' in dealing with the agreement

IVAN DUQUE. Newly elected Colombian president Ivan Duque celebrates with supporters in Bogota, after winning the presidential runoff election on June 17, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

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

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

To annoy 'detractors,' Sara keeps mum on final 2019 plans

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'The reason I don’t say that I won’t be running for Senate is for my political detractors to feel annoyed,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in Cagayan de Oro City on June 15, 2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Consultative Committee proposes 'democracy fund' for fair campaign financing

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The proposed fund is designed to empower small political parties that lack resources to go up against more powerful, dominant ones

[OPINION] The shading threshold in Marcos v. Robredo

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.

Iraq's Sadr announces alliance with pro-Iranian Ameri

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr hails the formation of 'a true alliance to accelerate the formation of a national government away from any dogmatism'

ALLIANCE. In this file photo, Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-L) shows his ink-stained index finger and holds a national flag while surrounded by people outside a polling station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the 1st parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Batangas election officer killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen

Jun 12, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Noel Alvarez Miralles, 53, is attacked while waiting for a ride home in front of Citimart in Bauan town

ELECTION OFFICER. Noel Miralles, an officer of the Commission on Elections in Batangas, is killed in front of a supermarket in Bauan town on June 11, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Noel Miralles

Roque and fishermen, Roilo Golez, Trump-Kim summit | Evening wRap

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

LOOK: Men, women shave heads to call for 25% shading threshold in VP race

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:25 PM

'Nangangamba kami sa posibilidad na hindi lumitaw ang tunay na pasya ng taumbayan noong 2016 elections dahil sa teknikalidad,' says the group

State university students Jhanee, 20 and Pipay, 19, both members of Millennials PH were the first ones to be shaved. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Agot Isidro isn't closing doors on 2019 Senate run?

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The Liberal Party earlier floated Agot Isidro as a potential candidate in their 'resistance slate'

SENATE RUN? Actress Agot Isidro is among the more vocal critics of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Italy moves into new territory after populist gov't formally takes reins

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's first task after winning the confidence of parliament is to travel to the G7 summit in Canada, where he will make his debut in international politics barely a fortnight after arriving on the domestic scene

NEW GOVERNMENT. Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (C) speaks at the Lower House, ahead of a confidence vote on the government program, in Rome on June 6, 2018. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Iraq parliament orders full election recount

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Confusion has gripped Iraq since the vote won by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's electoral alliance with communists, even with negotiations to form a new government underway

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Is Kris finally considering a Senate run?

Jun 06, 2018 - 7:37 PM

At the same time, the 'Queen of All Media' says she might be better off being 'equal' with the rest of the country

KRIS IN 2019? The 'Queen of All Media' says she's going to 'pray' to reach the right decision. Screenshots from Kris Aquino's Facebook page

Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to run for senator

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The former mutineer turned lawmaker says the Senate is in need of 'more independent-minded members'

FIGHTER. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is a former soldier. Photo by Rappler

Anti-migrant party in front in Slovenia election

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:08 AM

Janez Jansa's SDS secures just under 25% – giving it 25 seats in the 90-seat assembly – and the 'anti-establishment' LMS party of Marjan Sarec places second with 12.7% and 13 seats, the State Election Commission says

JANEZ JANSA. Former Prime Minister and president of Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) Janez Jansa gives a statement after the first official results of the Parliamentary Elections in Ljubljana, Slovenia on June 3, 2018. Photo by Jure Makovec / AFP

Ex-poll chief Brillantes: 50% shading threshold 'abnormal' in VP recount

May 31, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Former Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr supports Bongbong Marcos, but does not support the latter's view on the shading threshold

BBM SUPPORTER. Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr supports Bongbong Marcos, but does not support the latter's view on the shading threshold. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents

CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting

May 30, 2018 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) Newly confirmed Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting faces the Commission on Appointments on May 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Showdown looms in Italy as caretaker PM assembles team

May 29, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Fresh elections are now looming as the most likely outcome of the long-running political saga sparked by an inconclusive poll in March

CARETAKER. Carlo Cottarelli addresses a press conference at the Qurinale presidential palace on May 28, 2018 in Rome after Italian President gave him mandate to form a government. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Robredo: Marcos and I could both lose votes due to 50% shading threshold

May 29, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'Nakakagulat na ayaw niyang malaman iyong tunay na saloobin ng mamamayan, ano ba talaga iyong boto. Bakit kailangang itulak na 50%?' says Vice President Leni Robredo on her rival Bongbong Marcos

VP PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo wants the PET to consider a 25% vote shading threshold for the VP protest recount. But her rival Bongbong Marcos wants it at 50%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte curious about VP vote recount: 'Tutal gusto ko mag-resign'

May 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses interest in the ongoing recount for the 2016 vice presidential race after a quip about wanting to resign

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. Also in the photo is outgoing AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marcos to SC: 'Injustice' to change ballot shading rules in VP recount

May 28, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos argues that the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is 'more superior' than the Commission on Elections

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos goes to the SC on May 9, 2018 to visit his supporters there who are calling for the truth to prevail in the VP recount. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Anti-FARC conservative wins in Colombia, faces leftist in runoff

May 28, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Ivan Duque will face former guerrilla Gustavo Petro on June 17, the first leftist candidate to contest a runoff in Colombia.

IVAN DUQUE. Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque (L), for the Democratic Centre party celebrates with supporters next to his running mate Marta Lucia Ramirez, after winning the first round of the Colombian presidential election, in Bogota on May 27, 2018. Photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

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

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

Venezuela's Maduro seeks oil output boost as he is sworn in

May 25, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Striking a rare conciliatory note, Nicolas Maduro admits a fresh take on Venezuela's problems is needed, in a lengthy speech before the military and government hierarchy

SECOND TERM. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) speaks next to members of the military high command during a military honour ceremony in Caracas on May 24, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

CA confirms Sheriff Abas as Comelec chair

May 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) Incoming Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas will become the Philippines' youngest, first Mindanaoan, and first Muslim elections chief

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Poll commissioner Sheriff Abas faces the Commission on Appointments (CA) for his confirmation hearing on May 23, 2018, as Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair. Photo by Angie de Silva

Sotto vows to campaign 'vigorously' for reelectionist senators in 2019

May 23, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'I’m not running in 2019. My term ends in 2022. I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

2019 CAMPAIGN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III vows to campaign 'vigourously' for the 7 reelectionist senators.

Sotto says NPC eyeing Ted Failon as 2019 senatorial candidate

May 22, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler the Nationalist People's Coalition has decided to support a coalition of candidates, which they will finalize soon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Pillars of Criminal Justice System Major Award for Anti-Corruption Campaign to Broadcaster Ted Failon for his program 'Failon Ngayon' during the 19th founding anniversary of VACC at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Also in the photo is VACC Chair Dante Jimenez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC cancels retrieval of Iloilo City ballot boxes in VP recount

May 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's legal consultant says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's representatives in Iloilo province received a verbal order to stop retrieving ballot boxes from Iloilo City

BALLOT RETRIEVAL. Two men stack ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo as they arrive at the Supreme Court's staging area for the ballot retrieval process. Photo from Robredo's legal team

House OKs bill increasing allowed campaign expenses for candidates

May 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

House Bill No. 7295 also increases the maximum campaign expenditure that political parties and candidates without political parties may spend per voter

CANDIDATES' FLYERS. Campaign materials for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are found along Roces Avenue in Quezon City on May 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte on Montano, Roxas on Senate run, AFP on Chinese bombers | Midday wRap

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Dead candidate wins as barangay chief in Samar

May 21, 2018 - 10:36 PM

After he was ambushed by alleged private armed groups on April 26, Christopher Branzuela's name was still listed as a candidate in Barangay Catabunan in Calbayog City

WHAT TO DO? The Comelec office in Calbayog City says it is awaiting a resolution from the central office in Manila on what to do with Barangay Catabunan, where the dead candidate won as barangay chairperson during the May 14 elections. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Mar Roxas in 2019? ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there’

May 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'Malayo pa naman. Let’s cross that bridge 'pag andiyan na,' Mar Roxas, who has led a primarily private life since after the 2016 elections, tells Rappler

PRIVATE LIFE FOR NOW? Mar Roxas attends a gathering urging the Supreme Court to rule against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani back in 2016. The High Court eventually allowed it. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp says Iloilo City should not be part of VP recount

May 21, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections

INDEPENDENT CITY. Lawyer Emil Marañon III (3rd from right), legal consultant of Vice President Leni Robredo, says ballot boxes from Iloilo City should not be included in the VP ballot recount. Photo from Robredo's legal team

CDO city election commission suspends overage winning SK candidates

May 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Fourteen winning SK candidates from the city will have their proclamation suspended, or will be reported by the COMELEC to the Regional Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG) for proper action

PH on Chinese bombers, LP’s ‘The Resistance’ slate, Royal Wedding | Midday wRap

May 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in Iloilo for Marcos-Robredo electoral protest

May 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The ballot retrieval process in Iloilo will be held from May 21 to May 25

ARRIVAL. Ballot boxes from Guimbal, Iloilo arrive at the staging area of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in the province for the ballot retrieval process. All photos from the Office of the Vice President.

Maduro wins as rivals call for new Venezuela elections

May 21, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The official result gives Maduro 67.7% of the vote, with Falcon a distant second with 21.2%. In the last opinion polls before the vote, the pair are seen as running neck-and-neck.

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Juan Barreto/AFP

LP's 'resistance slate' for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano

May 21, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The LP president reveals 6 names they're considering for the 2019 senate slate: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, Gary Alejano, Barry Gutierrez, and Agot Isidro

Maduro rivals should reject result: Venezuela opposition

May 21, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia calls on Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci, who ran against Maduro in the controversial poll, to join opposition calls 'to demand free and democratic elections together'

RESULTS. An election official prints the result of the voting of an electoral machine during the vote counting at a polling station on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Maduro eyes reelection amid economic ruin in Venezuela

May 21, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The latest polls place Maduro neck-and-neck with his main rival Henri Falcon, a former army officer who failed to gain the endorsement of the main opposition

VENEZUELA POLLS. A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Caracas on May 20, 2018. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Ish Polvorosa soars high as rookie public servant-athlete

May 20, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The UAAP 5-time Best Setter dreams of a return stint with the national team even as a new local government leader

BORN LEADER. Ish Polvorosa transitions from his playmaking abilities in the court to building a sports development program for the youth as SK chairman. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Cleric Sadr wins Iraq poll but forming government far off

May 19, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Moqtada Sadr faces a deeply fragmented political landscape and opposition from key player Iran

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

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

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Maduro seeks 2nd term in isolated, ruined Venezuela

May 18, 2018 - 3:20 PM

President Nicolas Maduro's ebullient campaign meetings have done little to disguise a lack of enthusiasm in the oil-rich but cash-poor South American country, where the result is widely seen as a foregone conclusion

SECOND TERM? Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on November 4, 2016. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year 2

May 18, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK winners in 3 Bicol provinces

May 17, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Assistant Regional Director Romeo Serrano says these 7 winning candidates are from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes

IN PHOTOS: Confiscated firearms during barangay, SK elections 2018

May 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here are photos of the guns confiscated in the country's most developed and vote-rich region, Metro Manila, during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

CONFISCATED. Firearms are displayed in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler