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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

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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

Dengvaxia sale suspended, Marina chief fired, Trump slams Bannon | Evening wRap

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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Pimentel: No party decision yet on Uson, Roque as PDP-Laban bets

Nov 17, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, president of the ruling party, says Mocha Uson and Harry Roque for now are just nominees of PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez

NO DECISION YET. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III clarifies that PDP-Laban has no decision yet on whether Malacañang officials Mocha Uson and Harry Roque will be part of the party's 2019 senatorial slate. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Mocha Uson says no plans to run for senator, but...

Nov 17, 2017 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) Equally surprised at PDP-Laban secretary general Pantaleon Alvarez's announcement in Cebu is Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Is it 2019 yet? Speaker Alvarez tells Bacolod to vote 12-0 in senatorial race

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Speaker administers the oath of more than 2,000 Negrenses who have joined the administration's PDP-Laban

SHOW OF FORCE. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the oath-taking rites of the new members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the University Negros Occidental-Recoletos gymnasium in Bacolod City, Thursday, October 5. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

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

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/joelvillanueva.org

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

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

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