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Mocha Uson's Senate winnability a 'no-brainer' – Andanar

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has more than 5.4 million social media 'followers,' but it is unclear how many of them have fake or genuine identities on Facebook

NO BRAINER? Martin Andanar says Mocha Uson's winnability is a 'no brainer.' Screencap from MOCHA USON BLOG

After PDP-Laban move, Mamba slams ex-party LP, Aquino admin

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba says Mar Roxas will get 'zero' votes in Tuao, his hometown, if the 2016 LP presidential bet runs for senator in 2019

MAMBA. In this file photo, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba speaks at the AGOS Summit on Disaster Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Get to know Alvarez's 6 nominees to the PDP-Laban 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

(UPDATED) House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez names 6 people whom he wants to be part of PDP-Laban’s senatorial slate for the 2019 elections: Mocha Uson, Harry Roque, Carlo Nograles, Francis Tolentino, Geraldine Roman, Albee Benitez

Alvarez on Uson and Roque, Abu Sayyaf members arrested, Andanar on keyboard army | Evening wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha Uson says no plans to run for senator, but...

Nov 17, 2017 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) Equally surprised at PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez's announcement in Cebu is Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mocha Uson, Harry Roque on PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker of the House, makes the announcement during the mass oath taking of local allies in Cebu

Private security agencies need Comelec approval for gun ban exemptions – SC

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The Supreme Court rules that Republic Act 5487 or the Private Security Agency Law 'is not a blanket authority on PSAs to carry firearms'

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

Sessions vows quick decision on possible Clinton prosecutor

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' comments indicate that Republicans are seeking to mount a counter-offensive to the probe into Russian election meddling – and whether or not Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the 2016 contest

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

'Instagram president' wins Slovenia runoff election

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:10 AM

Slovenia's internet-savvy President Borut Pahor wins a second term in a runoff vote that is marred by an abysmally low turnout

RUNOFF WINNER. Re-elected Slovenian President Borut Pahor addresses the media after after the release of the first results for the second round of the presidential elections in Ljubljana on November 12, 2017.  Jure Makovec/AFP

Trump says Putin 'means it' with U.S. election meddling denials

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Trump says he repeatedly asked Putin about the claims during their chats at the APEC summit in Vietnam

BACKED. US President Trump says he believes in Russia President Putin. AFP Photo

Trump, Putin brush aside U.S. election claims at APEC summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The two leaders snatch brief but chummy discussions on the margins of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

PUTIN AND TRUMP. US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Jorge Silva/Pool/AFP

Breakaway Somaliland to elect new president

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Incumbent Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo is not seeking reelection in Somaliland, which has been striving to attain international recognition ever since it broke away from Somalia

Republican candidate Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The issue has reverberated through Washington weeks ahead of a special US Senate election in Alabama

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Roy Moore, GOP Senate candidate and former chief justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during the annual Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shorham Hotel on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Democrat Danica Roem prevails in her race against Republican Robert Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's 'chief homophobe'

WINNER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows Danica Roem, a Democrat for Delegate in Virginia's district 13, a transgender, at her campaign office on September 22, 2017 in Manassas, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Democratic election sweep is lousy anniversary gift for Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The results amount to a sweeping repudiation of what critics have called Trump's politics of division, and a test of his influence ahead of electoral battles looming on the state and national level

BIGGEST WINNER. Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam greets supporters at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat Phil Murphy wins NJ governor race, vows to push back vs Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Phil Murphy will succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey

NEXT GOVERNOR. NJ governor elect Phil Murphy says he'll 'push back against the mean winds blowing at us from Washington DC.' Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Virginia elects Democrat governor, in rejection of Trumpism

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:36 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of US states held elections Tuesday, November 7, one year after Donald Trump's shock presidential victory

VOTE. Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Roque denies using provincial presscons for early campaigning

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:24 PM

The presidential spokesman, known to be eyeing a Senate seat in 2019, begins his weekly provincial press conferences in vote-rich Cebu City

Former Democratic Party chair considered replacing Clinton with Biden – book

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Donna Brazile also wrote that Clinton's campaign was badly mismanaged, 'anemic' and had taken on 'the odor of failure'

DNC RIFT. This combination of files photos created on November 3, 2017 shows former DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile and former former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Saul Loeb and Angela Weiss/AFP

Bush Sr. voted for Clinton, called Trump a 'blowhard'

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The revelations, contained in historian Mark Updegrove's 'The Last Republicans,' represent the strongest criticism to date from the Bush clan on why their Republican successor is uniquely unfit to hold office

BUSH SENIOR. In this file photo, former US President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Trump campaign adviser admits contacts with Russian officials – reports

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:32 PM

But Carter Page downplays the significance of the meetings, telling the New York Times he had 'a very brief hello to a couple of people'

RUSSIA PROBE. Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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

Judge keeps former Trump campaign officials under house arrest

Nov 03, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Paul Manafort and Robert Gates have pleaded not guilty to charges that they allegedly hid millions of dollars gleaned from work with Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party

HOUSE ARREST. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

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These are the Facebook ads Russia bought to misinform US voters

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:27 PM

'We basically have the brightest minds of our tech community here and Russia was able to weaponize your platforms to divide us, to dupe us and to discredit democracy,' says one US representative

RUSSIAN ADS. US lawmakers reveal the ads allegedly boosted on Facebook by Russian agents seeking to cause confusion among the US voting public. Photos from the US House Intelligence Committee


Russians also used Instagram to spread misinformation – Facebook

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:58 AM

20 million Americans were exposed to Russian-led information campaign on Instagram in 2016, admits Facebook

TESTIMONY. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mueller just getting started with Russia probe – analysts

Nov 01, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The former FBI chief sends a resounding message of much more to come when he unveiled money laundering charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a plea deal with campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos

JUST GETTING STARTED. This file photo taken on June 21, 2017 shows former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaving following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook, Twitter, Google take aim at 'troll armies' that helped Trump win

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The companies seek to assure lawmakers that Russia's alleged online and social media interference to influence U.S. elections doesn't happen again

ONLINE PROOF. With examples of Russian-created Facebook pages behind him, Senator Patrick Leahy questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing titled 'Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online' on Capitol Hill, October 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned the tech company representatives about attempts by Russian operatives to spread disinformation and purchase political ads on their platforms, and what efforts the companies plan to use to prevent similar incidents in future elections. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Russia denies vote interference after ex-Trump aides charged

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:58 PM

'We are accused of interfering not only in US elections but also in those of other countries without one piece of evidence,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

DENIES. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Moscow on October 31, 2017. Photo by  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

126 million U.S. users affected by Facebook content from Russian sources – reports

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to share their findings regarding their own investigations into possible connections between Russian entities and posts, ads, and even videos shared on YouTube


Ex-Trump aides charged as Russia probe accelerates

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:37 AM

(UPDATED) The charges signal a dramatic new phase in special investigator Robert Mueller's investigation, one that holds grave peril for the Trump presidency

INDICTED. Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump campaign aide met Russians on Clinton 'dirt'

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:20 AM

A Trump campaign advisor admits he met with Russians in England as early as March 2016 to discuss meetings between the two sides and was promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton

In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Jim Watson/AFP

Dela Rosa on pension, DDB drug plan, SC on Comelec | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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First charges, plea deal emerge in Trump Russia probe

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:06 PM

(5th UPDATE) Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates were charged with allegedly hiding millions of dollars they earned working for former Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party

WANTED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort checks the teleprompters before Donald Trump's campaign speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

SC: Comelec, not Marcos, must pay for storage fees of ballot boxes

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Supreme Court says its order to safeguard the poll materials abroad should not have stopped the Commission on Elections from transferring these materials back to the country

A WIN FOR MARCOS. Former senator Bongbong Marcos will no longer have to shoulder the storage fees for election materials kept overseas. Photo of Marcos from Kamuning Bakery Cafe

Kenya waits for an end to presidential election re-run

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The results remain on hold as officials mull what to do about the 25 constituencies in 4 western counties where voting was blocked

In this photo, residents of Kawangware district of Nairobi erect a burning barricade on October 27, 2017 during post electoral violence. Marco Longari/AFP

Speculation rife in U.S. as first arrest in Russia probe looms

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:19 AM

There is no indication of who might be charged or what crimes might be alleged in the ongoing inquiry led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. 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. Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook vows to make ads 'more transparent'

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:48 AM

'We're bringing Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency,' says CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Icelanders vote as left hopes to rattle scandal-hit establishment

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Saturday's election is Iceland's fourth since 2008

ELECTION EVE. Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of The Independence Party, arrives to take part in the final debate televised by the RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service on the eve of snap parliamentary election on October 27, 2017 in Reykjavik. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

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

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

Did Andy Bautista 'overdeclare' assets in his SALNs?

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM

A recomputation shows that Bautista's net worth in 2016 should be P54.5 million only and not P176.3 million as he indicated

First charges filed in special U.S. probe on Russia meddling – report

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The approval of the charges would mark a major step forward in the sweeping investigation into potential links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential vote

FIRST CHARGES. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kenya crisis deepens as Kenyatta leads in disputed poll

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The deeply divisive presidential election has left 9 people dead and scores injured

PROTESTS. Opposition supporters set a fire in the street of Nairobi's Kawangware slum, on October 27, 2017 during protests as election officials counted votes the day after Kenya's presidential re-run took place. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Low turnout as violence tarnishes Kenya's repeat election

Oct 27, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Kenya's second presidential election in 3 months sharply divides east Africa's flagship democracy, and could yet face further legal battles

DAY AFTER. People read local newspapers with a variety of headlines in Nairobi on October 27, 2017, the day after voting took place in repeat presidential polls in Kenya. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Twitter bars ads from Russia's RT, Sputnik

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The response comes amid increased pressure on Twitter and other internet firms to police their platforms, after a series of disclosures showing how Russia-backed entities sought to sow discord and spread false information to manipulate public opinion ahead of last year's US vote

Paolo Duterte says he's 'retiring' from politics in 2019

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte also hints at a possible Mans Carpio-Baste Duterte tandem in the 2019 local elections in Davao City

RETIRING FROM POLITICS? Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (left) says he plans to leave politics in 2019, and that his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio (right) may join local politics. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler