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Lakas-CMD eyes Bong Revilla, Martin Romualdez for senator in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Both party bets, however, have yet to express their intention to run in the mid-term polls. Revilla is being tried for plunder, while Romualdez lost in the 2016 senatorial race.

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES? Former senator Bong Revilla and ex-Leyte representative Martin Romualdez are among the people being considered by Lakas-CMD for its senatorial slate. File photos by Rappler

Canada's Justin Trudeau to run again in 2019

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Trudeau's running is seen as designed to give the Liberals a lift at a time when polls show their Conservative Party opponents are hard on their heels

RUNNING. File photo of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

SC rejects Caguioa's request to re-raffle VP poll protest

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, writes the en banc to take the case from him and re-raffle. It is rejected unanimously.

POLL PROTEST. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa requests the en banc to re-raffle the vice presidential electoral protest, but his request is rejected unanimously. Photo from Caguioa & Gatmaytan law office

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Cricket hero Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

Aug 18, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The ceremony marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between two establishment parties in Pakistan

Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Pakistanis voted July 25 in elections that could propel former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan to power, as security fears intensified with a voting-day blast that killed at least 30 after a campaign marred by claims of military interference. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

'In general the Comelec supports any move to curtail premature campaigning,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SENATE HEARING. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (center) attends a Senate hearing on August 16, 2018, about electoral reforms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prosecutors focus on Manafort 'lies' as trial draws to a close

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Paul Manafort, a Republican political consultant and lobbyist, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud

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

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I registered my candidacy for the presidency of the republic...certain that I can do a lot to pull Brazil from one of its worst crises in history,' Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says in a letter

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Robredo camp to Duterte: Marcos won't win election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says she would rather focus on 'things that need to be done' than dwell on President Rodrigo Duterte's latest tirade

ROBREDO VS MARCOS. The Commission on Elections begins the decryption of ballot images for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.

LOOK: PDP-Laban asks Duterte to finalize 2019 Senate slate

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:56 PM

PDP-Laban's initial list is composed of party mates, 'friends of the party,' and reelectionist senators

Presidential Photo

Koko Pimentel urges Sara Duterte to run for senator in 2019

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The PDP-Laban president says if the presidential daughter becomes a senator, she will have 'influence on certain key national issues,' including the national budget

SENATE RUN? Senator Aquilino Pimentel III calls on presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for senator in 2019.

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

If the former senator wins his case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte 'will make true his word' to step down, says Malacañang

Robredo appeals PET to use ballot images in initial recount

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The camp of the Vice President tells the Tribunal that Marcos has not been able to substantiate his claim that the ballot images are compromised

Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Sara Duterte to seek reelection in 2019

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'She is saying she can’t leave Davao City. There’s so much she wants to do that she hasn’t accomplished yet,' says Anthony del Rosario, secretary general of the mayor's Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

2019 PLANS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has been floating the idea of a Senate run to ‘annoy' her father’s critics. File photo from the Davao City Facebook page.

Stormy Daniels lawyer wants to run vs Trump in 2020

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The lawyer of adult film star Stormy Daniels says he would 'hit harder' if he campaigns against Donald Trump when the US presidential comes

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

U.S. congressman charged with insider trading ends re-election bid

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:53 PM

New York Representative Chris Collins has initially said he would seek to clear his name and continue his bid to keep his seat in the November midterm elections

CHRS COLLINS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2016 Chris Collins (R-NY) delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Con-Com draft constitution sets Comelec in the right direction

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Under current laws, the Commission on Elections is both an administrator and a quasi-court. Its split personality presents a lot of complications.

Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows help in 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with party leaders again in September, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the two warring factions of ruling party PDP-Laban at Diamond Hotel. Photo from SAP Bong Go

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MISLEADING: Sotto 'bares' senators linked to alleged 2016 poll fraud

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Senate President has yet to name those who 'benefited' from irregularities in the 2016 elections, but a YouTube video thumbnail appears to implicate 4 opposition senators

Screenshot of website that appears to implicate 4 senators in the alleged 2016 poll fraud

Cayetano defends why PH hailed controversial Cambodia polls

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'The Western countries sometimes have their standard of what elections should be,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

CAMBODIA POLLS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains why the Philippines congratulated Cambodia on its recent elections. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec may need P6-8 billion for federalism plebiscite

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Commission on Elections also needs 4 to 5 months to prepare for a nationwide plebiscite, says Chairman Sheriff Abas

BUDGET BRIEFING. Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas (right) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (left) appear at the Comelec's budget briefing at the House of Representatives on August 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen swears to die if vote numbers inflated

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party claims it won all 125 parliamentary seats in the deeply flawed July 29 poll, cementing the country as a one-party state and extending his 33-year grip on power

DIE BY THE NUMBERS. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says the poll body's website is more secure now, being hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marcos wants Justice Caguioa out of his poll protest case

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos Jr cites the posts made by Supreme Court Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa's wife in a Viber group that showed bias for Vice President Leni Robredo

INHIBITION. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr on August 6, 2018, files a motion with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal for the inhibition of Justice Caguioa from his case against Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

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

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Zimbabwe opposition in court over post-vote violence

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Newly-elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa accused the opposition of instigating Wednesday's protests over alleged vote fraud where troops opened fire on demonstrators, killing 6

A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw.  / AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY

U.S. says Russia still carrying out 'pervasive' election meddling

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign from Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States,' says Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence

RUSSIA. US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe's 1st post-Mugabe election

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:38 AM

Moments before the official announcement, MDC spokesman Morgan Komichi denounces the vote count as 'fake' as he took to the stage at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results center before being removed by police

WINNER. In this file photo, Zimbabwe President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa stands after casting his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during Zimbabwe's 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe warns of crackdown after opposition vote protests

Aug 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Police confirm the death toll of 3, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa issues a statement blaming the opposition for the unrest and fatalities

PROTEST. A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's election. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Barangay, SK elections in Marawi set on September 22

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Marawi City are scheduled 4 months after the same exercise was held in other parts of the Philippines

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Marawi City will be held on September 22, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says daughter Sara won't run for national post

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, a top pick for senator in recent surveys, has teased a Senate bid just to annoy her father's critics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his hand to his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who showed a gesture of respect to her father after delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. Also in the photo is the President's son Paolo Duterte. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rudy Fariñas, Arroyo meets economic managers, Facebook cleanup | Midday wRap

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of U.S. midterms

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:12 AM

The company says the actors have become 'more careful to cover their tracks,' and that they are 'well-funded adversaries who will never give up and are constantly changing tactics'

FACEBOOK. The company says it had shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a 'coordinated' attempt to sway public opinion on political issues ahead of November midterm elections, but cannot identify the source. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Former Trump campaign chief goes on trial for bank and tax fraud

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Paul Manafort is the first defendant to go to court to fight charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election

TRIAL. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Letters show 2016 poll fraud accuser represented Marcos

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Former Biliran representative Glen Chong denies it, saying the Marcos camp nominated him but he did not accept it

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Counting under way after Mali's violence-marred poll

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Candidates and authorities praise the first round of voting on Sunday, July 29, relieved that the violence caused no casualties

ELECTIONS. Malians watch newspapers in a street of Bamako on July 30, 2018 a day after conutry's presidential election. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Young presidential candidate hopes to change Zimbabwe

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Upbeat and energetic, 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, faces the task of unseating a ruling party that has held an iron grip on Zimbabwe since it became independent in 1980

YOUNG LEADER. MDC-Alliance leader and opposition presidential candidate of Zimbabwe Nelson Chamisa greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally in Chitungwizea, outside Harare on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

A hacker explains Russia's use of cyber warfare in 2016 U.S. election

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich,' says a former Russian troll


Zimbabwe's Mugabe hopes his former party will lose election

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:42 PM

'I hope the choice or the voting which will be done tomorrow... will thrust away the military form of government and bring us back to constitutionality,' Zimbabwe's former president says

Mali votes in key election for violence-hit Sahel

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:41 PM

His record on security has been a dominant theme, with opponents, including several former ministers, accusing him of incompetence

VOTE. Malian outgoing president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018 during the first round of Malian presidential election, a key electoral test for the fragile Sahel state, battling a wave of ethnic violence and jihadism. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Cambodia ruling party claims 'huge victory' in vote decried as 'sham'

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) Unopposed strongman Hun Sen is set to extend his term once more as Cambodia's longest-serving head of government

POLLS OPEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (center L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

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

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Fraud risk looms over Zimbabwe's post-Mugabe election

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:09 PM

President Emmerson Mnangagwa faces opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) party in a landmark vote for the southern African nation

Pakistan parties demand new elections as Khan wins vote

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:16 AM

It has been dubbed 'Pakistan's dirtiest election' but for now, Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between ruling parties that was punctuated by periods of military rule

NEW ELECTIONS? Shahbaz Sharif (2nd from right), the younger brother of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), gestures as he speaks during an All Parties Conference in Islamabad on July 27, 2018. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP