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How much did Senate bets spend, receive in 2019 election campaign?

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Mar Roxas and Bong Go are the biggest spenders and have received the highest amounts of contributions in 2019, based on Statements of Contributions and Expenditures available so far

Comelec disqualifies winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Comelec says Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla is on his 3rd and final term now, and should not have run in 2019

LAST TERM. The Commission on Elections says Councilor Alvin Arcilla has maxed out his term limit. Photo from Arcilla's Facebook

Senate topnotcher Cynthia Villar reports zero poll contributions

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Senator-elect Cynthia Villar spends P135 million for the recent senatorial polls, with zero 'contributions received'

SENATE TOPNOTCHER. Senator Cynthia Villar spends more than P135 million for the recent senatorial polls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo claims recount win, Marcos calls it ‘self-serving assumption’

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Robredo claims that the recount in 3 pilot provinces selected by Marcos has given her 15,000 more votes, based on unofficial numbers from the electoral tribunal

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo claims victory at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal but Bongbong Marcos calls the claim "self-serving assumptions."

Too old to be youth official, Cardema now says he represents ‘professionals’

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon III says Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination should be cancelled due to the misrepresentation

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is pictured at the proclamation of winning party-lists in the 2019 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Duterte Youth's accreditation can be canceled

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon issues the warning after Duterte Youth fails to publish its new set of nominees 5 days after it received the poll body's resolution

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth can loose its accreditation if it did not comply with order to publish its new set of nominees. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec hears petitions vs Duterte Youth's Cardema

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The Commission on Elections en banc tackles oppositions filed against Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema and his qualifications to be a representative in Congress

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections holds a hearing on Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's substitution bid. Fie photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former NYC execs urge Comelec to junk Cardema's bid for Congress

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Former National Youth Commission chairpersons and commissioners agree with election experts that Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema does not meet qualifications to become a youth representative in Congress

DUTERTE YOUTH. In this file photo, Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party lists in 2019 elections even without a Comelec decision on his substitution bid. The Comelec eventually approves the bid on June 4. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardema's party should have been dismissed – Comelec's Guia

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Luie Tito Guia says Ronald Cardema's party-list group Duterte Youth should not have been accredited in the first place

GUIA'S STAND. Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia says Ronald Cardema's party-list group, Duterte Youth, should not have been accredited in the first place. Photo courtesy of Comelec

May 13 elections most accurate, manual audit shows

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The May 13 elections post an overall accuracy rate of 99.9953%, according to the random manual audit of the election results

MANUAL AUDIT. Public school teachers manually count ballots on May 15, 2019, as part of the random manual audit at Diamond Hotel. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema cannot sit in Congress until age issue resolved

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

'Walang uupo na rep ang D Youth (Duterte Youth) until the DQ (disqualification) versus Cardema is resolved,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

QUALIFIED? Experts argue Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is not qualified to serve as a representative for the youth sector in Congress as he is 4 years over the age limit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

String of disqualification cases filed vs Torres-Gomez, allies in Leyte

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres are no strangers to petitions to disqualify them

WINNERS. Disqualification cases have been filed against (from left) elected Leyte Provincial Board Member Carmen Jean Torres-Rama, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres Gomez, and Merida Mayor Rolando Villasencio.

FALSE: PET ad hoc committee 'confirms cheating' during 2016 elections

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has not made any confirmation or pronouncement on supposed cheating in the 2016 polls

‘Where’s the credibility, Comelec?’

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Filipinos react to the Commission on Elections' decision approving the last-minute bid of Ronald Cardema to become a party-list nominee

Comelec's Guanzon dissents, says Cardema bid mocks democracy

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections 'cannot sit idly by and allow this unabashed mockery and assault to our democratic processes and institutions to go unchastised,' says poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is the lone dissenter in the Comelec resolution giving due course to the nomination of Ronald Cardema as substitute nominee of Duterte Youth. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers to Comelec: Don't let problems in 2019 polls happen in 2022

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We can't have something like this happen in the 2022 presidential election. We might have a revolution,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

POLL COMMISSIONERS. Comelec commissioners headed by Chairman Sheriff Abas (far left) appear at the hearing of joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler​

NPO denies subcontracting printing of voters' information sheets

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:05 PM

National Printing Office Director Francisco Vales Jr says the agency entered into a joint venture agreement with a private firm to lease printers, before it signed a contract with the Commission on Elections

VOTERS INFORMATION. Voters information sheets help prepare voters before they cast their ballots on election day. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Comelec approves substitution bid of Duterte Youth's Cardema

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The poll body's decision means Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is a step closer to assuming the post as party-list representative in the incoming 18th Congress

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party-lists on May 22, 2019 despite the poll body still having to release a decision on his substitution bid Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Kaka Bag-ao on slaying the Ecleo dynasty in Dinagat Islands

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:09 PM

On Tuesday, June 4, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with governor-elect Kaka Bag-ao to discuss the key factors that led to her victory

After tough loss in midterm polls, Otso Diretso has eyes set on 2022

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The disappointing defeat of the opposition senatorial candidates only pushes the slate to continue the fight beyond the halls of the Senate

The Otso Diretso candidates raise each other's hands for the last time on the campaign trail on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/rappler

Fewer polling precincts post 100% turnout in 2019

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) A precinct with unusually high or 100% turnout is not enough to conclude there is cheating, but it could be an indicator, says an election watchdog

Vico Sotto welcomes electoral protest of defeated Pasig City mayor

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:04 PM

'Sa akin, okay lang dahil lalong makikita ng lahat kung gaano ka-accurate ang resulta' says Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto who beat the incumbent by a wide margin

YOUNGEST MAYOR. Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto during his proclamation at the Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte's rant vs Smartmatic puts Comelec under scrutiny

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:30 PM

From bleeding pens to defective vote-counting machines, the Commission on Elections needs to answer a host of problems while maintaining its independence

Defeated mayor in Negros Occidental slapped with P1.2M countercharge

May 31, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Moises Padilla mayor-elect Ella Garcia Yulo says the defeated mayor, her uncle Magdaleno Peña, has failed to substantiate his allegations of electoral fraud

Almost victory: Doc Willie Ong's OFW votes, social media support

May 31, 2019 - 7:14 PM

Ong is the 'phenomenon of the 2019 midterm elections,' a political expert says

Duterte says Comelec should junk Smartmatic machines

May 30, 2019 - 9:46 PM

'Dispose of that Smartmatic and look for a new one that is free of fraud,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Protesters againsts Smartmatic rally outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] Divide and conquer: Duterte’s candidates used anger to win the polls

May 30, 2019 - 11:11 AM

People want to be led by leaders who identify with them, leaders who can dance to the same music

Comelec junks bid to disqualify another Torres in Leyte

May 29, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The Comelec second division dismisses a petition to disqualify the candidacy for the Leyte provincial board of Carmen Jean Torres Rama, sister of Representative Lucy Torres Gomez

Carmen Jean Torres-Rama

[OPINION] Rekindling hope in new breed of alternative leaders

May 29, 2019 - 7:56 AM

What our recent experience tells us is that there is hope, imperceptible at first glance but solid at a second moment of reflection

2 defeated mayors in Negros Occidental file petitions for recount

May 27, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Their winning rivals ask Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña and Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor to accept the election results and move on

PROTESTS. Losing mayors Joselito Malabor of Isabela (left) and Magdaleno Peña of Moises Padilla, both in Negros Occidental, file petitions for recount with the La Carlota regional trial court. Sourced photos

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang garapal na oportunismo ni Ronald Cardema

May 27, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Isang surot si Cardema na nagsasamantala sa marupok na sistema ng eleksyon

[OPINION] Disheartening but unsurprising: On the 2019 midterm elections

May 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM

With the rise of populism worldwide and growing assertiveness of authoritarian regimes everywhere, it is possible that we are now entering the reverse wave period – the Philippines included

Otso Diretso ran 'defensive' campaign in 2019 – Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 9:23 PM

The ex-Akbayan congressman stresses the importance of defending democratic values, but the opposition also needs to come up with new strategies that go beyond 'old responses' to society's problems

BELLO ON 2019 POLLS. Former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello assesses the performance of the opposition and party-list groups in the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Rappler video

Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

May 25, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'The opposition tried to bring these up ,and these are very important issues, but... they didn't make that much of a difference as that significant part of the electorate went for the President,' says former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

NEW POLITICS. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the Philippines has entered a new 'world' in politics. Rappler screengrab

Rappler Talk: Making sense of the 2019 party-list race with Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Former Akbayan representative Walden Bello weighs on the lessons learned from the 2019 elections

[OPINION] A message to the enlightened Filipinos

May 25, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Believe it or not, despite the undeniably wholesale defeat of the opposition at the polls, there were so many positive takeaways that we, the enlightened Filipinos, can build on moving forward

2019 party list winners: Where their votes came from

May 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Here are the different strategies through which the 51 party-list groups consolidated their votes in the 2019 elections

Comelec says 2019 candidates, parties must file SOCE by June 13

May 24, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says all candidates and parties, regardless of whether or not they won in the 2019 elections, must submit their statement of contributions and expenditures

CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. The Commission on Elections reminds all candidates of the 2019 elections to file their statement of campaign expenditures by June 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Petitions vs Cardema pour in as Comelec decides his fate

May 24, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Commissions on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez says more than 10 petitions have been filed opposing Cardema's substitution as nominee of Duterte Youth in the party list

PETITION CHALLENGED. Over 10 groups have filed petitions opposing Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's substitution bid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Discussing platforms on Facebook didn't matter in 2019 polls – study

May 24, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The study also finds that promoting previous legislative work and platforms had very little impact on winnability

SENATORIAL POSTSCRIPT. A study dives into the Facebook environment during the 2019 elections.

[ANALYSIS] The dangerous Cardema precedent

May 23, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The fact that he also used his position as NYC chair to campaign for Duterte Youth and other Duterte-endorsed candidates is also a possible election offense

144 election-related incidents reported in Mindanao – group

May 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

International Alert reports that most of the violent incidents in Mindanao during the 2019 midterm elections involved explosives and brawls, not guns

Photo courtesy of International Alert

LIST: Neophyte party-list reps include businessmen, political clans, former gov't officials

May 23, 2019 - 8:22 PM

At least 19 groups consider the 18th Congress as their first foray into the House of Representatives. But not all are completely new to government service.

FALSE: Samira Gutoc gets zero vote in Mandaluyong

May 23, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Election results data show that Gutoc received votes in all clustered precincts in Mandaluyong City

[OPINION] For the opposition, all hope is not lost

May 23, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'If there’s one thing that this election produced, it’s the new and stronger leaders of the opposition, in the likes of Chel, Samira, and Florin'

FALSE: Villegas, Tagle 'say followers are traitors' for not voting for Otso Diretso

May 23, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says the claim is 'fake news and propaganda'

After party-list proclamation, still no Comelec decision on Cardema petition

May 23, 2019 - 1:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'I have not signed a reso (resolution) about giving due course to Cardema’s application for substitution,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party-lists in 2019 elections even without a Comelec decision on his substitution bid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

14 million votes for an Aquino in time of Duterte still a feat, says Bam

May 22, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV honors the voters and campaign volunteers 'who took a risk' by supporting an opposition candidate like him

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Akbayan loses House seat for first time since 1998 polls

May 22, 2019 - 8:15 PM

It's a heartbreaking defeat for one of the longest serving party-list organizations in Congress and a significant voice in the opposition

AKBAYAN NOMINEES. Akbayan party-list loses its seat in the House of Representatives during the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bam Aquino on the 2019 elections, opposition's fate

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Bam Aquino fails to secure a second term. What is next for him and the opposition?