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DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Indonesia kicks off presidential race as currency slumps

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opinion polls show Indonesian President Joko Widodo well ahead of his main challenger Prabowo Subianto

RIVALS. Presidential candidates incumbent President Joko Widodo (2R) and Prabowo (2L) gesture during the draw for 2019 presidential election at election commission office in Jakarta, on September 21, 2018, as vice president candidates Maruf Amin (R) and Sandiaga Uno (L) look on. Photo by BAy Ismoyo/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

Maduro wins as rivals call for new Venezuela elections

May 21, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The official result gives Maduro 67.7% of the vote, with Falcon a distant second with 21.2%. In the last opinion polls before the vote, the pair are seen as running neck-and-neck.

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. Juan Barreto/AFP

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

Comelec's Guanzon: ‘There will be no failed election’

May 08, 2016 - 6:24 PM

The Comelec is ready for the country’s third automated elections – from human personnel down to the machines

READY. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Comelec is ready a day before the national elections. Photo from Rappler

Security forces on alert ahead of tense PH elections

May 08, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Commission on Elections commissioner Luie Guia says the poll body has been receiving reports of massive vote buying

Teary-eyed Poe in Pangasinan: Elect a Pangasinense president

May 07, 2016 - 7:29 PM

On the last day of campaign Grace Poe spends time in vote rich Pangasinan

PANGASINENSE PRESIDENT. In her last provincial Grand Rally, Grace Poe urges the Pangasinan electorate to elect another Pangasinense president. Photo by Rick Nicolas

Cybersecurity measures part of poll preparations – PNP

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:19 PM

The PNP says it has alerted its anti cybercrime group to provide additional security following hacking attacks on the Commission on Elections website

COOPERATION. The PNP and the AFP on Thursday, April 7, signed the joint operational guidelines for the conduct of the May 9 elections. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Sereno: SC must do justice to foundlings like Poe

Mar 12, 2016 - 1:51 PM

A presumption of foundlings natural born status can be established by the deliberations of the 1935 Constitution and the history of its provisions says the Chief Justice

JUSTICE FOR FOUNDLINGS. In this file photo, the Supreme Court holds oral arguments on the disqualification case against presidential aspirant and Senator Grace Poe. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec mock elections begin in 9 provinces

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:42 PM

In Centro 1 in Tuguegarao City at least 20 votes have been cast more than two hours since the mock elections started This is a low turnout compared to the expected 461 voters

DRY RUN. The Commission on Elections is conducting simultaneous mock elections in select areas nationwide on Saturday, February 13. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Teachers on poll duty to get extra P2,000 – Comelec

Jan 29, 2016 - 10:43 AM

It’s really part of their patriotic service to the community to ensure that we have clean elections says Comelec chairman Andres Bautista

TRAINING TEACHERS. Public school teachers who will be chosen to render their services during the elections will be trained for the 3rd time in a row by the Department of Science and Technology. File photos from AFP and Rappler

DepEd: Required or not, teachers ready to render election duties

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali says the department is right on track in its preparations for the 2016 elections

ELECTION DUTY. The education department welcomes the Congress' approval of a bill that will allow public school teachers to opt out of election duty. File photos from AFP and Rappler

Fil-Chinese businessmen welcome Duterte’s peace, order agenda

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Some have misgivings however about Duterte s promise to end crime saying It s easier said than done How will he make sure policemen don t go overboard and just kill whoever they want?

On Duterte's trail: Where did he go? What did he do?

Jan 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Since March 2015 Rodrigo Duterte s survey ratings have been steadily rising but can he catch up with leading contender Jejomar Binay?

DUTERTE 2016. Rodrigo Duterte has been doing well in surveys so far but will his numbers be enough to win an election? Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poe confident SC will act 'swiftly' on election case

Dec 26, 2015 - 12:08 PM

The camp of Senator Grace Poe will file their petition before the Supreme Court on Monday

'GENUINE CHOICE.' Senator Grace Poe says she is confident the Supreme Court will act swiftly on her petition questioning the final decision of the Commission on Elections. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Leni Robredo: Political will needed to implement K to 12

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The VP candidate is in favor of the K to 12 program despite the problems expected to go with its full implementation

RURAL DEVELOPMENT. Aside from reforms in education, vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo is also pushing for rural development and provision of more government resources to cities outside Metro Manila. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Chiz Escudero on Roxas: I did not sin against him in 2010

Dec 05, 2015 - 10:16 AM

The VP bet chooses the LP standard bearer as the one he would likely have the hardest time working with if elected together

ASIDE FROM GRACE. In a roundtable discussion with Rappler, vice presidential candidate and Senator Chiz Escudero says Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas would be, for him, the most difficult presidential candidate to work with. Screenshot from Rappler

All in the family: ARMM political clans seek posts in 2016

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Familiar names attached to powerful political clans in ARMM are seen in the official list of those who filed their certificates of candidacy with the Comelec

Bongbong Marcos: Tandem with Miriam ‘not a surprise’ to me

Nov 05, 2015 - 2:35 PM

We believe in many of the same things says Senator Bongbong Marcos addressing questions on his perceived odd tandem with Senator Miriam Santiago

SAME IDEOLOGIES. Senator Bongbong Marcos says he and running mate Senator Miriam Santiago are finalizing their platform for the 2016 elections. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte: Filipinos not yet ready for my leadership style

Sep 10, 2015 - 5:31 PM

If you’re carrying a gun and I tell you to drop it and you don t drop it I won t even count says Duterte

DUTERTE STYLE. Davao City mayor and a favorite in surveys for president interacts with Navotas residents during a visit on September 8, 2015. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

'Boto Lasalyano': DLSU campaigns for educated voting

Aug 26, 2015 - 2:08 PM

There might be a lot of you but that doesn t mean you ll make an impact You have to get your act together first COMELEC s James Jimenez tells Lasallian students

Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr (right most) talks about the role of the youth in pushing for change in the government. Photo by Trina Quintos/ Rappler

Comelec junks own bid to extend campaign period

Aug 18, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The poll body finds out that legally ‘the Comelec does not have any authority to move the campaign period’

ELECTION SEASON. Campaign posters are seen along the street of Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines on May 7, 2010. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

'Next president should have jobs roadmap' – OFW advocate

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:02 AM

OFW advocate Susan Ople wants the next administration to create a separate department devoted to OFWs among others

JOB FAIR. A total of 96 local and foreign employers participate in the event organized by DOLE-NCR. Photo from PIA-NCR Facebook page

Duterte keeping an open mind about presidency

Jun 21, 2015 - 2:15 PM

Several supporters believe that his conservative ratings in recent presidential surveys could have been higher if he had already declared his intent to run for president

RUNNING OR NOT? Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte keeps everyone guessing. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Nigeria military retakes towns from Boko Haram in Yobe, Borno states

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Nigeria s military says it cleared Boko Haram from the northeastern state of Yobe while also claiming victory over the militants in the strategic town of Bama in neighboring Borno state

A photograph made available on 11 March 2015 shows Nigerian soldiers on patrol in Chibok, Borno State, North East Nigeria 08 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Boko Haram hits Maiduguri again as Nigeria dismisses ISIS link

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The latest attack comes after the government in Abuja described the militants pledge of allegiance to ISIS as a sign of weakness

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after ISIS pledge of allegiance

Mar 08, 2015 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The attacks which follow a sustained build up of troops in southern Niger opens up a new front in regional efforts to wipe out the Islamist group whose 6 year insurgency has spread across borders

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Nigerian military claims success vs Boko Haram

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:34 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile Nigeria s elections chief rules out any further postponement to upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls

House bill seeks to raise campaign spending limits

Oct 06, 2013 - 4:40 PM

Baguio City Rep Nicasio Aliping Jr files HB 2362 seeking to increase campaign spending to up to P30 per voter

Belmonte: Reyes in, Tañada out of House members list

Jul 20, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Incoming Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr favors HRET jurisdiction over poll protests

Nancy Binay outspends Poe, Aquino

Jun 12, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Those who fail to submit campaign finance reports cannot assume office on June 30 according to Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim

'SENATE’S MOTHER.' Senator-elect Nancy Binay says she will pursue her campaign platform of pushing for more daycare and feeding centers and an expanded immunization program. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Barangay officials want term extensions - again

Sep 27, 2012 - 9:37 PM

In their national convention the Liga ng mga Barangay pushes for benefits and term extension from national leaders in exchange for their support in the 2013 elections