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Why Sotto, Lacson skipped their proclamation

May 22, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Vicente Sotto III and Panfilo Lacson reveal their reasons for being absent from the proclamation ceremony for winning senatorial candidates

NO SHOW. Panfilo 'Ping' Lacson and Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III share their reasons for skipping their proclamation on Thursday, May 19. Lacson photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau / Sotto photo by Senate

IN PHOTOS: Candid moments during the proclamation of new senators

May 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Behind the scenes many celebrity watchers are disappointed that Mommy D Sharon Cuneta and Vilma Santos did not come to the ceremony

Behind the scenes of the Comelec's proclamation of 12 newly elected senators at the PICC om May 19.

'Naipasok si Dick at ang Kamao': Netizens react to new senators

May 19, 2016 - 9:24 PM

Social media users weigh in as the Philippines 12 new senators are proclaimed

Newly-elected senators: Can they work with President Duterte?

May 19, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Winners of the 2016 senatorial race weigh in on President elect Rodrigo Duterte s proposed policies on human rights curfew death penalty

NEW SENATORS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the 12 new senators of the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

Risa Hontiveros finally wins Senate seat: 'We defied gravity'

May 19, 2016 - 4:40 PM

On her 3rd try the former party list representative wins a Senate seat saying [The] world is on its way when 15 million of you decided that an ordinary person can make it to the Upper Chamber

3RD TRY. Risa Hontiveros was at 9th place in the senatorial race with 15,915,213 votes. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joel Villanueva's 'Cinderella story' in Senate race

May 19, 2016 - 4:24 PM

The former chairman of Tesda acknowledges a first time senatorial candidate rises to almost number 1 with only 148 169 votes less than topnotcher Drilon s

TESDA MAN. Joel Villanueva (left) is closely associated with the Jesus is Lord religious movement headed by his father, Eddie (right). Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Meet PH’s 12 new senators

May 19, 2016 - 3:08 PM

UPDATED Comelec proclaimed the winners in the 2016 senatorial election: 5 newcomers 3 reelectionists; 4 returning

INCOMING SENATORS. The Commission on Elections finalizes the list of 12 incoming senators after the May 9, 2016 elections.

What surveys failed to predict in the Senate race

May 19, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Pre election polls do not capture outcomes for Serge Osmeña Joel Villanueva and Francis Pangilinan

SENATE BETS. (Left to right) Senator Serge Osmena, former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, and former senator Francis Pangilinan.

Proclamation of 3 senators in limbo due to Tolentino

May 18, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The camp of Leila de Lima hopes that Francis Tolentino the 13th placer in the Senate race will be able to admit his defeat

READY TO PROCLAIM. The Comelec sitting as the National Board of Canvassers is prepared to proclaim 12 new senators on May 19, 2016. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Soldiers, cops, media vote Palparan for senator

May 17, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Ex police chief Panfilo Lacson tops the list of senatorial bets selected by absentee voters that include soldiers cops and media practitioners

THE CANDIDATE. Palparan in detention. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Manny Pacquiao, the senator

May 17, 2016 - 4:00 PM

While he may have received enough support to place him in the Magic 12 in this year s elections others cannot take Manny Pacquiao seriously as a legislator

epa05252130 Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley of the USA in their WBO International Welterweight Championship title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 09 April 2016. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Senate race: Drilon overtakes Villanueva in latest official tally

May 16, 2016 - 6:30 PM

This is based on 121 out of 166 Certificates of Canvass COCs as of Monday May 16

Why the delay in official tally for Senate, party-list races?

May 13, 2016 - 11:41 AM

While waiting for the official count to finish a running or partial tally is helpful so that observers can keep track of the canvassing of votes but the Comelec says they want to release correct and accurate results

CANVASSING. The Comelec continues canvassing the votes for the Senate and party-list elections at the PICC on Thursday, May 12. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

More than 100 precincts report 100% voter turnout

May 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

While a 100 turnout in certain precincts may show increased diligence in fulfilling civic duties experts view it with suspicion a possible indicator of poll cheating

INDIGENOUS VOTE. Filipino Igor Nikolai Cawed (L), member of an Igorot Tribe, casts his vote inside a polling center in the mountainous village of Baguio City, Philippines, 09 May 2016. Over 54 million eligible Filipinos vote for a new President, Vice President, 12 senators and more than 18,000 regional and local positions. EPA/STR

Unofficial tally indicates 9 Senate bets assured of seats

May 10, 2016 - 11:17 PM

6 other senatorial candidates are still fighting for the last 3 spots in the so called Magic 12

NEW FACES IN THE SENATE. Former TESDA director general Joel Villanueva, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, and former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros secure Senate wins

Senate race shows signs of 'junking' – Pulse Asia

May 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM

I think junking has been done in the past but it is not as effective as this one says Pulse Asia research director Ana Tabunda

2016 elections: Which senators are winning in Bicol provinces?

May 10, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Reelectionist Franklin Drilon is the leading senatorial candidate in 3 of 6 Bicol provinces

Joel Villanueva's messaging, 'very good network' behind rise – Tabunda

May 09, 2016 - 11:17 PM

Pulse Asia research director Ana Tabunda explains why Joel Villanueva is leading in the senatorial race

JOEL VILLANEUVA. The former TESDA director general leads the unofficial senatorial poll results. Screengrab from Facebook/

Ex-TESDA chief Villanueva leading in senatorial race

May 09, 2016 - 9:45 PM

26th UPDATE As of 8:17 am former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva has 17 262 019 votes based on partial unofficial election results

VP race: Marcos, Robredo in virtual tie, SWS survey shows

May 06, 2016 - 5:12 AM

The next vice president might win by a hairline based on the last SWS survey before voters troop to the polls on May 9

CLOSE FIGHT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep Leni Robredo. Marcos photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler, Robredo photo by ALecs Ongcal/Rappler

Guide to the 2016 Philippine elections

May 04, 2016 - 11:50 AM

From do s and don ts during voting to candidates views and plans Rappler s got you covered

ABS-CBN poll: Sotto, Drilon sustain lead in senatorial race

Apr 29, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Of the 13 candidates with a statistical chance of winning 5 are with the ruling LP; 4 independent; 2 NPC 1 UNA 1 Akbayan

STILL LEADING. Senators Vicente Sotto and Franklin Drilon remain the top preferences for senator among voters.

Philippines: How to elect a better Senate

Apr 26, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The Philippine Senate is a national body that needs to represent the full diversity of society but this is not encouraged under the system where we elect them

Robredo tops SWS survey, jumps 7 points

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:14 AM

Leni Robredo the Liberal Party s bet for the post catches up with rival Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

NEW FRONTRUNNER. Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep.Leni Robredo at a campaign sortie in Caloocan City, April 23, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Senatorial bets' inexperience not a problem – FEU-IT community

Apr 23, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Students from the Far Eastern University Institute of Technology see potential in the relative unknowns from Rappler s senatorial debate and hope they would steer away from traditional politics

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alunan wins Rappler's last senatorial debate – netizens

Apr 22, 2016 - 7:29 PM

At second place is OFW rights advocate Susan Ople

COMEBACK. Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III wants to make a comeback to public service by running as a senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senatorial bets: 'Cyberwarriors,' techies needed vs data leak

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:51 PM

At the Rappler senatorial debate 6 candidates are asked for suggestions on how the Comelec can address the hacking and data leak that put thousands of Filipino voters information online putting them at risk of identity theft

SENATORIAL DEBATE. Senatorial canddidates at the last leg of Rappler's senatorial debates in FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte preferred 'presidentiable' of independent senatorial bets

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Five of the 6 senatorial candidates who have joined Rappler s TheLeaderIWant debate say they prefer the tough talking Davao City mayor to head the country

WHO'S YOUR 'PRESIDENTIABLE'? Four of 6 senatorial candidates – (from left) Rafael Alunan III, Dante Liban, Allan Montaño, and Susan Ople – field questions at Rappler's 3rd and last senatorial debate at the FEU Institute of Technology on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why won't contractualization work in PH? Poor quality of life – Ople

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Sa ibang mga bansa maganda quality of life Dito sa Metro Manila torture every day Pumasok umuwi in between torture din says senatorial candidate Susan Ople

CONTRACTUALIZATION. Senatorial candidate Susan Ople explains why contractualization is not working in the Philippines at the Rappler debate in FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ople: With current conditions in PH, 'labor migration here to stay'

Apr 22, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The senatorial candidate says 45 000 Filipinos leave the country every day She is proposing a comprehensive government review of the country’s overseas employment program

OFW ADVOCATE. Senatorial candidate Susan Ople will push for la ws that would benefit OFWs if elected senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Valeroso pushes for meritocracy bill vs padrino system

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Former police officer Diosdado Valeroso says such a system would motivate government workers and encourage them to take pride in their work in public service

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate bet Allan Montaño: Equip Filipino workers for ASEAN integration

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:42 PM

At the Rappler debate senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says the ASEAN has yet to come up with a common labor code that will protect the regional workforce especially migrant workers within the region

LABOR LAWYER. Allan Montaño maps out his plan for Filipino workers at the Rappler senatorial debate at FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate bet Dante Liban: We need a department focused on PH family

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The former Quezon City representative says his proposal will actually be an improvement of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

FAMILY-ORIENTED. Former Quezon City representative Dante Liban talks about his proposed office for Filipino families at the 3rd Rappler debate on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Crime-free PH in 3-6 months? Start by cleaning up gov't – Alunan

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says his presidential bet s promise to suppress crime in a short time is doable

DUTERTE'S BET. Rafael Alunan III explains at Rappler's senatorial debate on April 22, 2016, how his presidential candidate's promise to suppress crime in 3-6 months is doable. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: 6 senatorial bets face off in last Rappler debate

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The candidates present their plans to voters at the last leg of Rappler s senatorial debates held at the FEU Institute of Technology in Manila

SENATORIAL BETS. Six senatorial candidates present their platform at the 3rd and final Rappler senatorial debates at FEU on April 22, 2016. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Rappler holds last leg of senatorial debates on April 22

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Rappler goes to the FEU Institute of Technology on Friday April 22 for the last of its 3 part senatorial debates

The Leader I Want: Diosdado Valeroso’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series features the stand of Diosdado Valeroso on key issues that senatorial bets will address in a debate on Friday April 22

CANDIDACY. Retired police chief Diosdado Valeroso files his senatorial candidacy. Photo by Michael Bueza

The Leader I Want: Allan Montaño's to-fix list for 2016

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at the stand of Allan Montaño on key issues the next batch of senators will have to address

CANDIDACY. Labor lawyer Allan Montaño makes official his senatorial bid. Photo by Rappler

The Leader I Want: Dante Liban’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 21, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at the stand of Dante Liban on key issues the next batch of senators will have to address

RETURNING. Former congressman Dante Liban is aiming to return to public service. Photo by Michael Bueza

The Leader I Want: Rafael Alunan III’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 21, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at the stand of Rafael Alunan III on key issues the next batch of senators will have to address

SENATE RUN. 'My job is to fix things, my job is to defend the country,' says former interior secretary Rafael Alunan III who filed his certificate of candidacy on October 16, 2015. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Minority president expected after elections – Recto

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:56 AM

A minority president says Recto will need to continue to win the hearts and minds of Filipinos

MINORITY PRESIDENT. Senatorial candidate Ralph Recto says the next president will need to hit the ground running. GJMAGS Photography

6 senatorial bets on why they are #TheLeaderIWant

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED Six senatorial aspirants present themselves to voters at the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate at UP Diliman

?PLATFORM. Senatorial candidates present their platform at the Rappler senatorial debate in UP Diliman on April 15, 2016 ?

#PHVote: Senatorial debate sparks online discussion on barangay health care

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:30 AM

The exchange on health issues during Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate on Friday April 15 resonates with netizens who lament the current state of health care

Senatorial bets asked: Who will win as president?

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:30 PM

At Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate 5 candidates pitch for their standard bearers An independent Walden Bello says who he thinks won t win

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros overall winner in 2nd Rappler senatorial debate online poll

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Netizens 2nd top pick is economist and former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

OVERALL WINNER. After sweeping all the rounds, Hontiveros is also declared the overall winner of the debate by netizens. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Kill drug lords? If they fight back, says Senate bet Dionisio Santiago

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The former PDEA chief says the fight against illegal drugs should be everybody’s concern

FIGHT VS CRIME. Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Dionisio Santiago replies to a question at the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate in UP-Diliman on April 15, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros is netizens' choice in 3rd round of Rappler senatorial debate

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:21 PM

In the 3rd round the 6 senatorial bets are asked questions by netizens and the audience in the UP School of Economics Auditorium

3RD ROUND WINNER. Risa Hontiveros wins the 3rd round of the Rappler senatorial debate according to respondents of Rappler's online poll

Hontiveros: Time to bring mental health issues into light of day

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The senatorial candidate whose platform focuses on universal health care says the country should start looking at mental health as part of a person’s overall health

HEALTH ADVOCATE. Former Akbayan party-list representative Risa Hontiveros says she will push laws that advocate proper mental health care

Decongest prisons to stop inmate criminality, VIP lifestyle – De Lima

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:39 PM

The 2014 raids on the national penitentiary yielded illegal drugs firearms and other banned items in the lavishly decorated cells of convicted drug lords

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler