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This week, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto was big on traffic

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:18 PM

But there was also dengue fever, a tricycle tussle, an anti-drug campaign, and the city government’s budget to sort out

LONG WEEK. File photo of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto from July 15, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Responding to Cardema, poll exec Guanzon tweets rat poison picture

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says she will not be intimidated into inhibiting from the case against Cardema’s congressional bid

NOT INTIMIDATED. File photo of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardema claims Guanzon harassed Duterte Youth for political favors

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:20 PM

It is unclear how the disqualified party-list nominee could have granted the favors the poll official supposedly asked him

ASPIRING POLITICIAN. Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Party-list President Ronald Cardema holds a press conference in Quezon City on August 17, 2019. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Stretching the rules: Duterte Youth's bid for Congress

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The twists and turns of Duterte Youth have been widely criticized across the political spectrum, but the group isn't done yet

[ANALYSIS] YouTube: The new battleground against disinformation

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

YouTube is the new battleground in the fight against disinformation

Duterte Youth's Cardema appeals cancellation of party-list nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't know who is giving him legal advice,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, who has been consistent in her stand that Ronald Cardema is not qualified

NOT OVER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema continues to gun for a seat in Congress despite being unqualified to represent the youth sector. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Party-list bloc 'respects' cancellation of Cardema nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says that while the party-list bloc recognizes Duterte Youth as a winning group in the 2019 polls, they have yet to recognize its nominee

OUT OF HIS POST. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Election lawyers, youth leaders seek to block Duterte Youth's new nominees

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr also backs the petition of Millenials PH against Duterte Youth's withdrawal and substitution of new nominees

SECOND ATTEMPT. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids for new nominees to again file for substitution after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. Photo from Duterte Youth

Joy Belmonte: Who's 'private organizer' collecting fees from vendors?

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM

200 vendors pay at least P480,000 a month to a company whose administrator could not present a contract nor an updated business permit

ILLEGAL. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte discovers that a private 'organizer' has been collecting fees from vendors under the Luzon flyover without a contract with city hall. Photo from the QC Public Affairs Department

Vico Sotto warns Pasig barangay officials who close public roads

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The young mayor hits barangays that charge motorists for access to public roads, as local governments race to clear all streets to ease traffic within 60 days

ROAD CLEARING. Pasig City authorities remove an illegal structure blocking a road in Pasig City. Photo from the Facebook page of Vico Sotto

Russia warns Youtube, foreign powers of 'meddling' after protests

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Russia accuses foreign governments and media, including video website YouTube, of backing the demonstrations, which are held to demand free local elections

Conservative Giammattei elected Guatemala president

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Alejandro Giammattei will succeed corruption-tainted outgoing President Jimmy Morales, who leaves office in January

GIAMMATTEI. Guatemalan candidate for the Vamos (Let's Go) party Alejandro Giammattei waves to supporters on August 11, 2019. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in Moscow

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Tens of thousands take to the streets in Russia, again calling for fair elections after several opposition figures were excluded from Moscow polls set for September

Russian security officers detain a man following a rally calling for fair elections in central Moscow on August 10, 2019. - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Moscow on August 10, 2019, after mass police detentions at recent protests that have been among the largest since the current Russian President's return to the Kremlin in 2012. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)

There are EJKs in Manila, contrary to what Isko Moreno believes

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Killings in 26 barangays in San Andres Bukid are the basis for a petition with the Supreme Court to declare the Duterte anti-drug campaign as unconstitutional

PRESENTATION. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents 35 drug personalities apprehended in a series of drug stings by members of the Manila Police District during a press conference at the Manila City hall after the morning flag raising ceremony on August 5, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Italy coalition in crisis after Salvini calls for snap polls

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:21 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who has held several rounds of talks to try to ease the crisis in the 14-month-old government, angrily calls on Matteo Salvini to justify his move

SNAP POLLS? Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Vico Sotto vows relocation within Pasig for families near canal project

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Pasig City plans to widen an aqueduct along Marikina River to prevent floods but hundreds of informal settlers may face eviction

REST ASSURED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto consults informal settlers in Barangay Santolan about a flood control project on August 9, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm elections

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Rappler's JC Gotinga talks to Jonathan Ong about how disinformation has evolved in the 2019 elections

Rappler Talk Basagan ng Trip edition: Is there hope for democracy after the 2019 elections?

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Basagan ng Trip host Leloy Claudio talks to First Quarter Storm activists Ed Garcia and Noel Tolentino, and Akbayan's Gio Tingson in this special episode

Disinformation campaigns: Thirst traps and ‘hugot’ in 2019 Philippine elections

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:25 AM

A new study shows how online propaganda operations in the Philippines have developed new underground tactics

Guanzon seeks probe into ‘misrepresentation’ in Cardema's nomination document

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema may face criminal charges for violating the Omnibus Election Code

FOLLOW RULES. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum with the poll body's Law Department to probe Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema over possible material misrepresentation in his CONA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Imee Marcos wants gov't to postpone barangay, SK elections to 2023

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Neophyte Senator Imee Marcos says she is open to 'meeting halfway' with Senator Bong Go, who proposed to postpone the elections to October 2022

INKED. A finger is marked with indelible ink at Bagong Silang Elementary School, Caloocan City during the 2018 barangay elections. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Cardema nomination canceled, other Duterte Youth nominees withdraw

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Ducielle Marie Suarez, wife of Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema, is now the party's second nominee

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Most Filipinos express 'big trust' in results of 2019 elections – Pulse Asia

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The results of a June 2019 Pulse Asia survey also show that 91% of Filipinos favor automated elections

CREDIBLE ELECTIONS. Poll watchers prepare the audit log from the vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Taliban threaten Afghan presidential elections

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Many observers think the poll will be postponed again – it has already been pushed back twice this year – to create space for a peace deal to be finalized between the US and the Taliban

AFGHAN ELECTIONS. A local residents pushes a wheelbarrow past a billboard with a poster of Afghan presidential candidate and incumbent President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (C) is seen during the first day of the presidential election campaign in Kabul on July 28,2019. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema bid 'clear attempt' to circumvent law

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Comelec Commissioner Guanzon also says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as representative of the youth sector is 'unmistakable'

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as youth representative in the Lower House is 'unmistakable'. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pasig to train doctors for barangay health centers – Vico Sotto

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Rizal Medical Center staff will help develop medical staff at barangay centers, so residents don't have to go to public hospitals for treatment of common illnesses

STRONG FRONTLINERS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto signs an agreement with the Rizal Medical Center for the training and development of doctors for barangay health centers. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page  SOURCE  Photo taken from Vico Sotto's offical Facebook page

Isko Moreno gives a taste of Manila’s new drug war

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:23 AM

(UPDATED) Isko Moreno holds his biggest presentation of drug suspects inside Manila City Hall, presenting 35 cuffed men and women in front of a firing line of cameras

PRESENTATION. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents 35 drug personalities apprehended in a series of drug stings by members of the Manila Police District during a press conference at the Manila City hall after the morning flag raising ceremony on August 5, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Can ruling be reversed? Groups urge vigilance over Cardema's party list nomination

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:31 PM

They remind the public that the first division's decision to cancel the nomination can be appealed before the Comelec en banc, which 'previously showed its soft spot for Duterte Youth'

END OF THE ROAD? Groups urge the Comelec en banc to stand by the first division's decision to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec division cancels Duterte Youth's nomination of Cardema

Aug 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) Ronald Cardema, whose congressional bid drew wide criticism across the political spectrum, can still file a motion for reconsideration with the Comelec en banc

NOT REPRESENTATIVE. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema loses his bid to sit a party-list representative in the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Isko Moreno to barangay officials: If you can't eradicate drugs, resign

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) Isko Moreno issues a warning to barangay officials who underperform in the anti-illegal drug campaign

DRUG STING. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents 35 drug suspects apprehended in a series of drug stings by members of the Manila Police District during a press conference at the Manila City hall after the morning flag raising ceremony on August 5, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How Isko Moreno copied a Duterte anti-crime idea and made it his own

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno forms his own mayoral anti-crime police squad, headed by a cop who grew up with him in Tondo

ISKO ON CRIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is the only mayor in Manila who presents crime suspects inside the city hall. Photo by Manila PIO

'Notorious' Pasig traffic enforcers get chance at regularization

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The city's 'Blue Boys and Girls' take turns at a 'professionalization' course that could lead to permanent job contracts, as the local government tries to fix their reputation

JOB SECURITY. Pasig City's traffic enforcers take a course on professionalism as a way to possibly gain permanent employment with the local government. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The Philippine Left and the 2019 elections

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:14 PM

By 2022, will the Left be able to transcend its historical reticence and finally achieve a breakthrough in electoral politics?

Isko Moreno to health workers: If you can't be kind, you can quit

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:17 PM

'Kung hindi na kayo masaya sa trabaho 'nyo dahil kayo'y masungit na kinakaharap yung mga may sakit, pwede naman kayong magpaalam,' Manila Mayor Isko Moreno tells unkind public health workers

Isko Moreno impersonates 'old politician': 'Itatapon ko na ba ang basura?'

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Moreno does an evident parody of his predecessor, former president and Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, but claims he wasn't referring to anyone in particular

COMIC RELIEF. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno rants about corruption then impersonates an 'old politician.' Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Isko Moreno orders PNP, PDEA: Clear Baseco of drugs in one week

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno gives law enforcers a week to clear the so-called 'most drug-affected area' in the capital

ONE WEEK ONLY. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno leads a meeting inside the Manila City Hall. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Comelec to 'slow down' preparations for 2020 barangay, SK polls

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:15 PM

This follows President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Congress to postpone the May 2020 elections to 2022 instead

ELECTION PREPS. The Comelec says it will 'slow down' election preparations following President Rodrigo Duterte's call to postpone the 2020 village and youth council elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Isko Moreno signs ordinance giving P1,000 monthly to students in Manila colleges

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) To take effect in January 2020, the ordinance covers students in 'good standing' from the Universidad de Manila and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

SOCIAL AMELIORATION. Isko Moreno Domagoso holds a press briefing inside the Manila City Hall on July 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Isko Moreno joins cops in Recto mall raid

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno joins cops in storming a gambling store fronting as an amusement center in Isetann mall along Recto Avenue

ARCADE RAID. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents money gathered by the gaming devices in a gambling store inside Isetann Recto Avenue. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Warren and Sanders vs moderates: Liberals under fire in 2nd debate

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The sharp ideological battle lines shines through immediately in the second debate of the 2020 Democratic primary race

LIBERALS. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Makati residents 90-99 years old to get P10,000 cash gift yearly

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:29 PM

To be qualified for this benefit, the senior citizens will also have to be Blu Card holders for at least 5 years

Isko Moreno eyes Manila 'freedom wall' to end vandalism

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:30 PM

'Freedom wall, hate wall, whatever you call it, a wall [where] they can express themselves,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

VANDALISM. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno steps out of his office to the Liwasang Bonifacio area. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Isko Moreno to expand Arroceros Forest Park

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will plant more trees,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

EXPANDED PARK. Manila Mayor Isk Moreno shows the proposed plan to expand Arroceros Park on July 30, 2019. Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Vico Sotto announces program to professionalize Pasig traffic enforcers

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Mayor Vico Sotto offers traffic enforcers a way to secure their tenure even as he warns them to 'straighten up' or face dismissal and prosecution

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

On 1 condition, Isko Moreno lifts ban on e-trikes, e-bikes in Manila

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno gives e-tricycle and e-bicycle drivers one more chance

CHANGE OF HEART. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso speaks with e-tricycle and e-bicycle drivers inside the Manila City Hall. Manila PIO photo

Double whammy: Isko Moreno revokes PCSO's permits in Manila

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:13 AM

If PCSO establishments in Manila operate, they will no longer just go against President Duterte's order, they will also be illegally operating without the proper permits

IN COMMAND. Isko Moreno Domagoso holds a press briefing inside the Manila City Hall on July 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Isko Moreno regularizes 3 traffic enforcers for refusing bribes

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:26 AM

The 3 Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau enforcers refused bribes from motorists worth 'mere hundreds of pesos'

REGULARIZED. Isko Moreno regularizes 3 members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau for refusing bribes. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

1,400 arrested at Moscow election protest – monitor

Jul 28, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Amnesty International also condemns what it calls the use of excessive force by the police

ELECTION PROTESTS. A detained protester waves a Russian flag from inside a police bus during an unauthorized rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local election in September, at Moscow's Trubnaya Square on July 27, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Beijing-friendly candidate says elections a 'battle' for Taiwan

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu describes January's vote as a choice between "peace or crisis" with China

THE CHALLENGER. Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. File photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Moscow police arrest hundreds at rally for fair elections

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Protest monitor says at least 561 people are arrested at the rally – more than one in 7 of those officially taking part

DISSENT. Protesters attempt to break through a police cordon during an unauthorised rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local election in September, in downtown Moscow on July 27, 2019. Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/AFP