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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration center kills 57

Apr 22, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Concerns about security grow in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20

Afghan residents inspect the site of a suicide bombing outside a voter registration centre in Kabul on April 22, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on April 22, killing four people and wounding at least 15 in the latest attack on the centres. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20.   / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI

Barangay chairman bet in Basilan, 3 others killed in own home

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

It's a suspected case of election violence. The military says it has not linked the attack so far to the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Duterte magic to be tested in 2019 Senate race

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Next year's elections will test if President Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement is the magic that can give his relatively unknown allies a fighting chance

DUTERTE MAGIC? The 2019 senatorial elections will test if the charisma of President Rodrigo Duterte's charisma will rub off on his  chosen candidates. Malacañang file photo

Rules on campaign ads, materials for barangay, SK elections 2018

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The campaign period for the village and youth council polls is from May 4 to 12

CAMPAIGN SEASON. In this file photo during the 2016 elections, a man walks past campaign banners of local politicians at Fairview in Quezon City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

The week in photos: April 14-20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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

People celebrate at the end of the Color Run 2018 race in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 15, 2018.The Color Run is a five kilometres paint race without winners nor prizes, while runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

EXPLAINER: Paano nakakaltasan ng boto sa recount si Robredo?

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Nasa gitna ng isyu ang 'shading threshold' – gaano kalaking bahagi ng oval sa balota ang naitiman ng botante – para bilangin ang boto niya para sa bise presidente

Pulse Asia survey, Duterte on contractualization, Comey’s memos on Trump | Evening wRap

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Filing of COCs for 2018 barangay, SK polls extended to April 21

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The Comelec cites the 'low turnout' of aspirants filing certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan posts as the reason for the extension

COC FILING. Aspiring bets file their certificates of candidacy at Comelec-Manila on April 20, 2018 for the barangay and SK elections on May 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Erwin Tulfo pulls a surprise; Sara Duterte, Dela Rosa join 'Magic 12' in survey

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, media personality Erwin Tulfo, and newly retired police chief Ronald dela Rosa make it to the 'Magic 12' in Pulse Asia's survey on the 2019 senatorial race

Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

Pimentel on Aguilar, Duterte on Dela Rosa, BSP on Inflation | Midday wRap

Apr 20, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

NIGHT NO MORE. PNP bans Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Perks of Sangguniang Kabataan officials

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) are entitled to free tuition in public tertiary schools, among other privileges given by the law

JV over Jinggoy: Pimentel chooses Ejercito in PDP-Laban initial lineup

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Commitment ko kay JV yan na ipu-push ko inclusion nya sa PDP-Laban,' says Senate and PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III

2019. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III chooses reelectionist Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito over Jinggoy Estrada in the PDP-Laban initial slate. Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Duterte names CA justice Inting as Comelec commissioner

Apr 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Hailing from Davao City, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Inting is the first new personality that President Rodrigo Duterte is introducing to the poll body

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte walks past honor guards as he is given foyer honors upon his arrival at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony on April 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

Freddie Aguilar for senator? Yes, PDP-Laban eyes him for 2019

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(2ND UPDATE) Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad is also included in the initial lineup

SENATE LAUDS FREDDIE AGUILAR: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right) presents a copy of Senate Resolution 658 recognizing Filipino singer and composer Freddie “Anak” Aguilar (2nd, left) for his “lifetime outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and culture,” Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Aguilar was accompanied by his wife, Jovie Aguilar (left). (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/AYA/13 March 2018)

105 bets perpetually banned from public office for not filing SOCEs

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

All candidates, winning or losing, must submit their statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE) to Comelec within 30 days after the elections

Barangay, SK elections 2018: Calendar of activities, list of bans

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The village and youth council polls will be on Monday, May 14

'The Charcoal Confessions': Nancy Binay writes book on cyberbullying

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The book is currently titled '45 Handy Tips Towards Healing: The Nancy Binay Charcoal Confessions' and could be released before the 2019 campaign

 Photo by Angie de Silva

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018 - 12:10 PM

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

LOUD AND PROUD. Red and white are the team colors of Calabarzon


[OPINION] Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law's anti-dynasty provision

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous

Imee, Jinggoy show up with Duterte at Palarong Pambansa 2018 opening

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Jinggoy Estrada are both eyeing a possible Senate candidacy in 2019

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Jinggoy Estrada show up at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 opening. Screenshot from RTVM

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

Afghans register to vote in long-delayed elections amid violence

Apr 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Authorities hope to register as many as 14 million adults at more than 7,000 polling centers over the next two months

Canada's Trudeau squeezed in pipeline crisis

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cutting short an overseas tour to return home and mediate

POLITICAL CRISIS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a domestic political crisis. File photo by AFP

Filing of candidacies, gun ban as barangay, SK election period kicks off

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

One punong barangay, 7 kagawads, one Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, and 7 SK members will be elected in each barangay on May 14

COC FILING. Aspirants to barangay and SK positions crowd the Comelec-Manila office as they file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) on the first day, April 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Año to drug-linked barangay bets: 'Don't even consider running'

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año gives the warning on the eve of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

'NO NARCO-POLITICIANS'. DILG OIC Eduardo  Año speaks at the PNP Academy Alumni Homecoming 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Why the Cambridge Analytica scandal matters to Filipinos

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:35 PM

Find out, in a nutshell, how the political consulting firm's activities impact not only global democracy but even recent elections in the Philippines

SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

Koko Pimentel files bill on cheaper political ads

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

A similar bill was already passed on third and final reading in the House of Representatives

KOKO PIMENTEL. The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Did Duterte's campaign team work with Cambridge Analytica?

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work

Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:04 PM

After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone comes as President Donald Trump reacts furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices

FIRE MUELLER? The White House says US President Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

DILG to Comelec: Require barangay, SK bets to publish resumes

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This will help voters to be discerning in their choice of candidates, says Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesperson of the Department of the Interior and Local Government

RESUMES REQUIRED. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya in a joint press conference with Comelec. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Zuckerberg says Facebook will always offer a free version

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:36 AM

Zuckerberg's wording in his response to a US senator's question regarding their business model leaves open the possibility of a paid, ad-free version

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


Zuckerberg says Facebook in 'arms race' with Russia

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:23 AM

The Facebook CEO says that Russians exploiting their system will keep getting better, and Facebook will have to invest in getting better to keep up

BREACHED. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not a monopoly

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:10 AM

A US senator suggests that Facebook may be a monopoly – a claim that Zuckerberg rejects

GRILLING. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Zuckerberg apologizes to U.S. Congress over massive Facebook breach

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:49 AM

'If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore,' US Senator Bill Nelson tells the Facebook CEO in his first-ever US Congressional appearance

TESTIMONY. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Sibling rivalry: Jinggoy, JV to run for senator in 2019

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The estranged half brothers are so far set to run for the same post, with neither of the two expressing intention to back down

Photos by Angie Silva/Rappler

Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

UST students protest removal of 'abstain' vote in student council elections

Apr 10, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The League of Filipino Students (LFS)-UST condemned the removal of the abstain vote in the upcoming elections as an attack on the democratic rights of students

Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Trillanes eyes Senate probe into Cambridge Analytica's role in 2016 polls

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'Si Duterte lang naman ang nagfake news noong campaign, saka mga tao niya 'yung nalilink dito sa Cambridge Analytica na ito,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Quo warranto petition oral arguments, Zuckerberg on Facebook, FBI raids Cohen office | Midday wRap

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Duterte vs Sereno, La Viña on Nix, Duterte ‘loves’ Xi | Evening wRap

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte social media campaign manager: ‘Nix influenced my work’

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, who appears in a photo with Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix, says he never worked with the parent company but took some lessons from the talk of Nix himself when he visited Manila in 2015

NIX WHO? Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña says he did not realize it was Alexander Nix he met in 2015.

Hungarians vote in keenly-watched poll

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has clashed with European Union institutions, is seeking a 3rd straight term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and his wife Aniko Levai(R) vote at a polling station located ina school in Budapest on April 8, 2018. Hungary votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday that will decide whether nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins an expected third consecutive term. / AFP PHOTO / Attila KISBENEDEK

[OPINION] ‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.