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[OPINION] When the opposition says it will tap volunteers

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The Liberal Party-led senatorial slate should make sure volunteer sign-ups and social media endorsements will translate to votes

Opposition volunteers

4 things you need to know about the 2019 Senate hopefuls

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Most of those running for senator are male, married, and approaching their senior years

PUBLIC OFFICE. For the 2019 elections, 152 Filipinos filed their certificates of candidacy for senator.

How 7 reelectionist senators voted on key issues, bills

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

This is how they voted on the Train Law, hero's burial for Marcos, martial law extension, Bangsamoro Organic Law, and other issues during the 17th Congress

VOTING RECORDS. Find out how the 7 reelectionist senators voted on key measures, laws, and issues during the 17th Congress.

Chel Diokno on running for senator: 'Fight the fear'

Oct 30, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'I just couldn't sit and watch it happen,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno as he tells Rappler why he decided to run for the Senate at this time of extrajudicial killings

Manuel "Chel" Diokno at the Rappler Headquarters on October 24, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Barangay event kicks off opposition bid to overcome ‘dilawan’ handicap

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:48 PM

They shed their yellow shirts, and do away with the classic ‘L’ sign. Voters, they believe, don't care about colors anymore.

OPPOSITION COALITION. The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections during a gathering of supporters held at Barangay Parang in Marikina October 24, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIVE: Opposition coalition introduces final Senate slate

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Watch the launch of the opposition coalition slate on Rappler

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

No limits: ‘Senior’ government officials running in 2019

Oct 22, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Despite years – or decades – spent working in the government, these political veterans are still running for office in the 2019 Philippine elections

NOT THE END. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

13 Senate campaign virgins spice up 2019 elections

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

These first-time Senate hopefuls – lawyers, Duterte appointees, a reporter, civic Muslim leader, former soldier, long-time local chiefs – promise to shake up the midterm polls

LIST: 2019 Senate hopefuls facing cases, complaints, probes

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Rappler lists the senatorial aspirants who are facing cases, complaints, or probes, as well as those who have been acquitted or the cases against them dismissed

Jinggoy Estrada files his Certificate of Candidacy for Senator on October 16, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Seniors bid for Senate seats to address environmental, transport problems

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Mansueto Gallardo, 70, and Porferio Camorongan, 80, find government slow in addressing some pressing problems

SELF-NOMINATED. Mansueto Gallardo decides to bring his ideas on treating waste at sea ‘straight to the table’ at the Comelec, but is unable to register for the party list. All photos by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler.com

Senate bet Raffy Alunan open to joint exploration of West PH Sea

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:59 PM

The former interior secretary says any joint exploration agreement with China must ensure the Philippines gets a 'lion's share' of profits

Former DILG secretary Raffy Alunan accompanied by Sen. Richard Gordon, marches to the Comelec office in Manila to file the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance for One Philippines Party list on October 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Enrile, 94: Who knows? I might outlive other senators

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:24 PM

‘I’m not saying that I’m immortal, but only God knows,’ says Juan Ponce Enrile, who has refiled his certificate of candidacy for senator

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, 94, refiles his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After days of indecision, Harry Roque forges on with Senate bid

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Going against the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte, Harry Roque decides to run for senator under People's Reform Party

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tolentino bids for Senate anew, sets aside protest vs De Lima

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:34 AM

President Duterte's former political adviser stresses that while he filed a motion to suspend proceedings of his electoral protest against Senator Leila De Lima, he does not believe she won in 2016

Former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino speaks to media upon his arrival at Comelec office in Manila to file his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 17,2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Jiggy Manicad vows to bring reporter's knowledge of issues to Senate

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'Bago ako sa politics pero hindi ako bago sa issues na araw-araw kino-cover din natin,' says the veteran reporter after filing his certificate of candidacy

NEXT LEVEL. Jiggy Manicad formalizes his bid for a seat in the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Accompanied by Duterte, Bong Go files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte goes with his top aide Bong Go in filing the latter's certificate of candidacy at the Comelec office in Intramuros

STRIKING OUT. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is leaving his prime Malacañang post to run for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cynthia Villar files COC, justifies signing TRAIN law

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The senator says signing the TRAIN law was a 'lesson learned'

Ronald dela Rosa files candidacy for senator

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's first police chief vows to push for the reinstatement of the death penalty if he wins in the 2019 elections

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Former PNP chief and current BuCor head Ronald dela Rosa files his candidacy for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Like Jinggoy, JV plans to run as 'Estrada' in 2019

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'Talagang mayroong confusion. May mawawalang boto because of confusion. That comes with the risk of running together kaya nga hindi ginagawa ito ng pamilya,' says Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito

Opposition coalition to announce final Senate slate on October 24

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says they are still deliberating whether or not to field a complete slate of 12 senatorial bets for the 2019 polls

LIBERALS. Vice President Leni Robredo, ex-president Benigno Aquino III, and Senator Francis Pangilinan pose with LP's first 3 senatorial bets: Senator Bam Aquino, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and ex-lawmaker Erin Tañada. Photo by OVP

No special event to announce PDP-Laban’s Senate slate

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:18 PM

PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says the party will 'just release a complete list of its candidates nationwide' after the filing of certificates of candidacy

PDP-Laban led by the Party President Senator Koko Pimentel and Chairman former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez along with its members and leaders gather at the Seda Hotel in Quezon City on Thursday, August 2, 2018, for a leadership meeting. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Opposition coalition to announce Senate slate only after October 17

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan says opposition groups still 'needed more time' to finalize their senatorial slate for the 2019 elections

THE OPPOSITION. Senator Francis Pangilinan with LP senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Erin Tañada, and Chel Diokno. Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis is also being considered for the opposition slate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Musicians remind people to 'go register' for 2019 elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Among those who posted using the #GoRegisterPH hashtag on social media are Eraserheads legends Raymund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala, jazz singer Toni B, and musicians from Cheats, Sandwich, Moonstar 88, The Vowels They Orbit, and Gracenote

#GOREGISTERPH. Some of the OPM scene's biggest names encourage their listeners to register as voters. Photos from Instagram.com/buddyzabala, Instagram.com/raymsmercygun, and Instagram.com/saabmagalona

Jiggy Manicad to run for senator in 2019

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:23 PM

'Kung tatanungin mo ako if I really want to have power, ayokong ganun. It's more of correct the insitutions na magsisilbi sila,' says broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad on his plans to run for senator

FOR SENATOR. Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad confirms running for senator in the 2019 elections. Photo by Hanna Joyce Macawili

Women in top 5 of Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio lead the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held in early September

TOP 5. Women dominate the top 5 of the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2019 senatorial race. File photos by Mark Cristino (Poe), Senate PRIB (Villar), Cayetano (Rappler), Office of Senator Nancy Binay, and Manman Dejeto (Carpio),

[OPINION] Resist de facto dictatorship: Don’t give up the Senate in 2019

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Most likely, it will be the only arena where genuine political competition can happen

Aquino vs Marcos looms in 2019 Senate race

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:21 PM

How is the Senate race shaping up a year into the polls? Results of the June 2018 Pulse Asia survey present interesting movements.

Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano to run for senator

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The former mutineer turned lawmaker says the Senate is in need of 'more independent-minded members'

FIGHTER. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is a former soldier. Photo by Rappler

Sotto vows to campaign 'vigorously' for reelectionist senators in 2019

May 23, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'I’m not running in 2019. My term ends in 2022. I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

2019 CAMPAIGN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III vows to campaign 'vigourously' for the 7 reelectionist senators.

Duterte on Montano, Roxas on Senate run, AFP on Chinese bombers | Midday wRap

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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Mar Roxas in 2019? ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there’

May 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'Malayo pa naman. Let’s cross that bridge 'pag andiyan na,' Mar Roxas, who has led a primarily private life since after the 2016 elections, tells Rappler

PRIVATE LIFE FOR NOW? Mar Roxas attends a gathering urging the Supreme Court to rule against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani back in 2016. The High Court eventually allowed it. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LP's 'resistance slate' for 2019: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano

May 21, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The LP president reveals 6 names they're considering for the 2019 senate slate: Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada, Gary Alejano, Barry Gutierrez, and Agot Isidro

Dela Rosa: I want to run for senator, but...

May 09, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'Ako, Senado, kung ako'ng masusunod ah,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa after being asked to choose between running for senator or governor

SENATOR 'BATO'? Ronald dela Rosa at his first flag raising ceremony as Bureau of Corrections chief. Sourced photo

PDP-Laban to give 'unknowns' shot at Senate slate – Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the ruling party will consider even poor performers in surveys on possible senatorial aspirants

ELECTIONS. PDP-Laban President Aquilino Pimentel III at the party's Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. Photo by Rappler

Liberal Party, other groups urge Mar Roxas to run for senator

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'We are suggesting to him to consider it but candidacy is a personal decision. But yes, we are suggesting to him to take a good look at it,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Mar Roxas arrives at Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Thursday, to join Tindig Pilipinas commemorate the 45 years of Marcos declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Liberal Party to form 'The Resistance' slate for 2019 elections

Mar 27, 2018 - 1:50 PM

'Resistance is our movement. We must vigorously resist the slide to authoritarianism and anti-democratic rule,' says Liberal Party president and opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan

Photo by Liberal Party Media

Introducing the new Bong Go: Media-shy to media-savvy

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The presidential aide, who had shunned the spotlight and hated being quoted by press, has been giving media interviews and even honored a speaking engagement

MALACANANG PHOTO

Pimentel to Cordillerans: There'll be 2019 elections despite charter change efforts

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:25 PM

One of the contested issues in Baguio about federalism is its effect on the Cordillera Administrative Region's quest for autonomy

PUBLIC CONSULTATION. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan (standing) proposes a return to the two-party system during the Senate hearing on constitutional revision in Baguio City, attended by (from left) Benigno Aquino IV, Panfilo Lacson, Francisc Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, and Nancy Binay at the University of Cordilleras on Friday, March 16, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bong Go: 'Not interested' to run for Senate 2019

Feb 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Magsisilbi po ako kay Mayor Duterte hanggang kamatayan, kung hindi man ako mauna,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Bongbong Marcos accuses PET of 'unfair treatment'

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says 'one option' is to request for his electoral protest case be raffled off to another Supreme Court justice

SOLID NORTH. Former senator Bongbong Marcos waves to supporters the SC before the preliminary conference was held for his electoral protest against the Vice President on July 11, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Why run for senator when I already won as VP?' – Bongbong Marcos

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says he is determined to see through the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

RAN BUT LOST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos campaigns for vice president in Mandaluyong in May 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

67 policemen will face sanctions – Dela Rosa

Jan 08, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The PNP chief also says the 4 cops caught using fireworks during the holidays will be dismissed

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Jan 04, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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Sara Duterte to dad's critics: I won't run for senator, just don't annoy me

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The feisty Davao City mayor and presidential daughter says her 'slot' in the Senate race is open to 'yellows,' as long as her father's enemies don't annoy her

Dela Rosa 'elated' by ranking in Senate race surveys

Jan 04, 2018 - 1:42 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says his ranking in the latest surveys on potential senatorial candidates in the 2019 elections reflects the people's 'trust' in him

Alvarez wants Aguirre in PDP-Laban's 2019 Senate lineup

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:50 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II can 'hasten the passage of laws' if he becomes a senator

SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com SENATE BET? PDP-Laban secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the justice secretary to run for senator in 2019. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Get to know Alvarez's 6 nominees to the PDP-Laban 2019 senatorial slate

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez names 6 people whom he wants to be part of PDP-Laban’s senatorial slate for the 2019 elections: Mocha Uson, Harry Roque, Carlo Nograles, Francis Tolentino, Geraldine Roman, Albee Benitez

Duterte on Mocha Uson as Senate bet: 'Let the people decide'

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:17 AM

'If that guy or woman is elected by the people, then you have to honor that choice,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' President Rodrigo Duterte reacts to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' nominees to the ruling party PDP-Laban's Senate slate for the 2019 polls on November 18, 2017. Screengrab from RTVM video

Alvarez on Uson and Roque, Abu Sayyaf members arrested, Andanar on keyboard army | Evening wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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