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Afghanistan presidential election delayed to September 28

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The Independent Election Commission says the vote has faced 'numerous problems and challenges...therefore holding the elections based on the timelines previously announced is not possible'

DELAY. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announces that the Afghanistan presidential election will be delayed until September 28. Image from IEC's Twitter account

Cebu university ‘verbally reprimanded’ students who called Gadon liar

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:14 PM

In a senatorial forum at the University of San Carlos, a student called senatorial candidate Larry Gadon a 'liar' for claiming there was no corruption during Marcos' time

Bong Revilla’s older brother running as 1-PACMAN representative

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Marlon Bautista, an actor and director, is the third nominee of the One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals

MARLON BAUTISTA. Marlon Bautista (right) as part of 1-PACMAN. File photo courtesy of 1-PACMAN.

Big Hugpong rally snarls traffic in Tacloban, draws flak from netizens

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) The failure of Tacloban City's Traffic Operation Management Enforcement and Control Office to release an advisory on road rerouting gets the blame

Tacloban commuters suffered some traffic jam in the morning of Hugpong ng Pagbabago's campaign rally as no traffic advisory from TOMECO was released on the Presidential Security Group diverting from the original plans to ensure the safety of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Dave Lagado

Rappler Talk: Dr Jose Ramon Albert on election surveys

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:44 PM

On Wednesday, March 20, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Dr Jose Ramon Albert, statistician and senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, about election surveys

Comelec expects to finish 2019 ballot printing ahead of target

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Commission on Elections says 'ballot printing may be completed before Holy Week begins' on April 14, ahead of the April 25 target

BALLOT PRINTING. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez presents a sample ballot for the midterm elections set on May 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Registered voters for the May 2019 elections

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Who will come out to vote in the 2019 midterm elections?

DEMO. A resident tries the vote-counting machines to be used for the 2019 polls. Photo by Boy Zabal

[OPINION] Alternative candidates (and what we can do to help them)

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Alternative candidates love to talk about change. But harping on change can only backfire. A popular and highly trusted administration will not be replaced.

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Poll authorities investigating Bong Go's distribution of cash to fire victims during the campaign will deter other candidates from doing the same, says Lente project director Breeza Rosales

ASSISTANCE. Election watchdogs say Comelec should probe Bong Go's fire visits which may count as vote-buying. Photo from Bong Go

Bam Aquino: Cagayan governor's support for PDP-Laban bets a non-issue

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The opposition senator says his friendship with Governor Manuel Mamba, a former party mate who has jumped ship to President Duterte's party, is 'beyond politics'

YOUTH VOTERS. Otso Diretso's reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino thanks schools that welcome opposition bets like him. He visits the University of Cagayan Valley in Tuguegarao City on March 19, 2019. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Better PH education? Pay teachers more – Otso Diretso

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The opposition senatorial bets also say at teachers must be given proper technical and technological support

SALARY INCREASE. Applicants prepare their visual aids during a teaching demonstration as part of the itemization requirements for public school teachers at Araullo High School in Manila on March 15, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Releasing fake or incomplete election surveys can send you to jail

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The Fair Election Act mandates that the candidate, political party, and polling firm release the relevant information, like the methodology, the areas covered, the specific questions asked, and the margin of error, among others

Sara Duterte says Martin Romualdez 'will be next Speaker'

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:23 PM

But the presidential daughter has also promoted the possible speakership of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Otso Diretso to ‘work twice as hard’ to pull up survey numbers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) The awareness ratings of several Otso Diretso bets go up in double figures in the latest Pulse Asia survey, but less than 5% of respondents say they'd vote for the opposition candidates

MORE WORK AHEAD. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay, and Romy Macalintal with former senator Wigberto Tañada Sr representing Erin Tanada at the #YouthVote Forum in De La Salle Medical and Health Institute in Cavite on March 19, 2019. Photo from Otso Diretso Media

Comelec declares Mindanao, 3 areas as election hot spots

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it can place these areas under Comelec control, and direct the augmentation of police and military personnel

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections declares Mindanao and 3 other areas as election spots. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang doubts Bong Go will be charged for vote-buying

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo believes Bong Go didn't 'induce' people to vote for him when the former presidential aide gave out cash assistance to fire victims

Photo from Bong Go

Still lagging behind, Alejano seeks ban on release of preelection surveys

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Given a chance, we'll pass a bill that will prohibit such [a] mind-conditioning tool,' says Otso Diretso senatorial bet Gary Alejano

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano is proposing to prohibit the release of pre-election survey results. Screenshot by Rappler

FALSE: Photo of a Hugpong ng Pagbabago rally drawing a massive crowd

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:37 PM

A quick reverse image search reveals that the photo is that of devotees of the Black Nazarene during a procession held in Manila on January 9, 2013

Campaign Convos: Rappler reporters’ 2019 campaign podcast

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

It's going to be a crazy 2019 campaign season! Rappler's campaign reporters bring you a podcast to make sense of it all.

Cliffhanger election looms as record number of Thais turn out for early voting

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:39 PM

With election day looming, voter enthusiasm is writ large across the country and online, with Thais sharing memes and engaging in online debate

EARLY VOTING. A woman casts her ballot during early voting in Bangkok on March 17, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election.Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Otso Diretso supporters hope to raise P8 million for campaign volunteers

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc and campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan thank the groups who are helping the slate

FUNDRAISING. Otso Diretso senatorial bet Samira Gutoc (5th from L) and campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan (1st from R) pose with their supporters on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Give incentives to companies helping poor LGUs – Otso Diretso

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Florin Hilbay proposes giving tax breaks to companies that would expand operations to the provinces

TALK WITH EXECS. Otso Diretso candidates Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, and Florin Hilbay attend the forum organized by FINEX, MAP, MBC, and PCCI on March 18, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bong Go rises to 3rd to 5th place in Pulse Asia survey

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Results of the February 24-28 survey shows President Rodrigo Duterte's aide is on a distinct upward trajectory in voters' preferences for the May 13 elections

Photo from Bong Go

#BilangBabae: Roundtable discussion on women and the elections

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Watch the roundtable discussion on reporting women and the elections on Monday, March 18

FALSE: Final testing of ballot machines found flaws, misleading results

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Comelec says it has not yet conducted the final testing and sealing of vote counting machines

[OPINYON] Plata + porma

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Dahil nga wala nang masyadong plataporma, ibig sabihin, hindi na rin maaasahan ang katuparan ng anumang sinabi sa kampanyahan

Gov't critic on track to become Slovakia's first woman president

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The liberal environmental lawyer Zuzana Caputova secures 40 percent of the vote, and is almost certain to win the March 30 run-off against European Commission vice-president Sefcovic, who receives just 19 percent

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT? Leading presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova takes part in a television debate with candidate Maros Sefcovic at TV Markiza in Bratislava on March 17, 2019, one day after the first round of the presidential elections. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Palestinian attack kills Israeli soldier in West Bank – army

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, welcomes the attack, but is not claiming responsibility for it

ATTACK. Israeli police inspect a car at the site of an attack at the Ariel junction leading to the Israeli settlement of Ariel, in the occupied West Bank on March 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

After reporter's murder, gov't critic tipped to win Slovak poll

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Frontrunner Zuzana Caputova, 45, is among tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Slovakia over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee

AGAINST EVIL. A picture taken on March 13, 2019 in Bratislava shows a billboard bearing a portrait of presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova and reading "Stand up against evil, together we can do it". Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Imee to Bicolanos: Give 'another Marcos' a chance

Mar 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'If you did not give Bongbong a chance here in Bicol in the past elections, this time maybe you can give me, or another Marcos, a chance to be in the Senate,' senatorial candidate Imee Marcos asks Bicolanos in a campaign sortie

VOTE FOR ME. Senatorial candidate Imee Marcos woos voters in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

[OPINION] This election, let us learn from history

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM

More than learning historical facts, studying history is a commitment to the path that we will take as a nation. The challenge thus, is not just to learn from the past, but to let it count.

Hilbay banks on Ilocano roots for ‘North vote’

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The Otso Diretso candidate acknowledges that Juan Ponce Enrile and Imee Marcos are more 'familiar names and faces in Northern politics,' but believes 'there's also enough space for a new name'

TRACING ROOTS. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Pilo Hilbay poses at Gattaran, Cagayan's welcome mark. Photo from Hilbay's Facebook page

Duterte narco list aims to ‘control’ May elections, say Otso Diretso bets

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

President Duterte is committing ‘abuse of power and discretion which tramples on the rights of every individual to due process,’ says senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the government's release of another narco list. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.

Photo from Bong Go

Otso Diretso turns to volunteers to boost struggling campaign

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:00 AM

With no steady funds and few political allies, the opposition senatorial ticket heavily banks on volunteers. Will it be enough?

Three Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, Atty. Romy Makalintal, Atty. Chel Diokno and Sam Gutoc and representatives of Atty. Florin Hilbay and Rep. Gary Alejano, ahf a dialogue with the residents of Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City, March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte releases drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) The drug list is made public in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao City during a meeting with top police and military officials

DRUG LIST OUT. President Rodrigo Duterte authorizes the release of a drug list in Davao City ahead of the 2019 elections. Malacañang file photo

Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke announces White House run

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Beto O'Rourke vows to run a positive campaign that will seek to 'bring out the very best from every single one of us'

O'ROURKE. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke gives his concession speech during the election night party at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. File photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Roxas on Duterte's tirades: 'My loyalty is to the Filipino nation'

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Senatorial bet Mar Roxas says serving under 3 administrations allowed him to establish call centers, protect the rights of farmers and fishermen, and push for cheaper medicines

Opposition senatorial bet Manuel Roxas II meets with the various sector at village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Makabayan now endorses for senate labor leaders De Guzman, Matula

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Labor leaders Leody de Guzman and Sonny Matula join the 9 other senatorial bets – who are either from Otso Diretso or are reelectionists – whom Makabayan earlier endorsed

LABOR BETS. Leaders of the Makabayan Coalition raise the hands of senatorial bets and labor leaders Leody de Guzman (3rd from L) and Sonny Matula (3rd from R). Photo from Makabayan

Even more jail time for Trump ex-campaign chief as he faces New York charges

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:35 AM

New York prosecutors file mortgage fraud and other charges against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chief, just minutes after he was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison in another case

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Paul Manafort, Campaign Manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as final preparations continue July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican National Convention begins tomorrow. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Roxas shares same anecdote on vendors' plight in Bacolod sorties

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Mar Roxas shares stories of vendors burdened by rising expenses to push for the repeal of the excise tax on fuel

'MR PALENGKE'. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas with vendors and customers during his market visit to Bacolod City on March 13, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mar Roxas

At Isabela rally, Bong Go introduces Duterte as ‘one of my campaign managers’

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Governor Bojie Dy, who endorsed Duterte's opponent in 2016, vows to deliver Isabela's vote for senatorial candidates endorsed by the President

PDP 5. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of the 5 senatorial candidates of his official party, PDP-Laban – (from left) Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Go, Pimentel, Tolentino – at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019. Malacañang photo

Led by Baste Duterte, HNP woos voters in Robredo province

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The administration-allied Senate slate is hosted by two rivals in the Camarines Sur gubernatorial elections: Rolando Andaya Jr and Miguel Villafuerte

Presidential son Baste Duterte takes the place of his older sister Sara in campaigning for Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates in Libmanan, Camarines Sur, on Wednesday morning, March 13. The slate is hosted by Representative Nonoy Andaya at the Libmanan Municipal Compound. Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Otso Diretso bets dismiss 'falling out' claims

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) Former interior secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Bam Aquino say they have no time to get sidetracked by 'counterproductive intrigues' as they work hard to improve the opposition slate's chances in the May elections

ROXAS IN BACOLOD. Opposition senatorial bet Mar Roxas meets with the various sectors at a village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, on March 13, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

As fuel prices rise, Angara says TRAIN law 'benefitted millions of families'

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'Siyempre gustong gamitin yan ng ibang partido o indibidwal for political benefit,' says reelectionist Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Biden teases 2020 presidential bid in address to firefighters

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Former US vice president Joe Biden would be an instant frontrunner should he enter the race

'RUN JOE RUN.' Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Grace Poe in Bacolod: Better to vote for mixed slate

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The reelectionist senator, who is running as an independent, says it 'would really be for the advantage of everyone' if lawmakers come from different parties and persuasions

INDEPENDENT. Grace Poe, who visits Burgos market in Bacolod, says being party-less allows her more flexibility in her campaign schedule. Photo courtesy of Team Grace Poe

Otso Diretso to Duterte: 'Stop fueling fire of persecution vs Church'

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The opposition senatorial bets argue that President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church are emboldening some to threaten members of the clergy

PROTECT THE CHURCH. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates condemn the death threats received by priests and bishops critical of the drug war. File photo by OVP

Win or lose, Otso Diretso bets to push for their advocacies

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

A resident of Mandaluyong City asks the Otso Diretso candidates what they would do if they lose in the May polls

WIN OR LOSE. Otso Diretso candidates Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, and Chel Diokno pose with residents of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City, on March 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler