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LIVE UPDATES: Canvassing of votes, Philippine elections 2019

May 21, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Follow Rappler’s real-time coverage of the national and local races in the 2019 Philippine elections happening on May 13, 2019

Grace Poe at No. 2: Where fading FPJ magic, being independent brought her

May 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The challenges in her campaign snatch from her the most coveted top rank in the Senate race

Post-2019 elections: A self-care guide

May 14, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Make the coming days, months, and years count – if not for the country, at least for your sanity!

BREATHE IN. Here are some tips to find the chill amid the election crazy

In 2019 campaign, Dela Rosa wins with his heart and Duterte

May 10, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Former police chief Ronald dela Rosa woos voters with his personality and association with President Rodrigo Duterte

IN THE LEAD. Ronald dela Rosa has a high chance of winning in the 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Reelectionist senators join forces amid blurry political lines in 2019

May 10, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Senate leaders and other incumbent senators also lend a helping hand, in an attempt to preserve the 'camaraderie' and 'status quo' in the chamber

Reelectionists Grace Poe holds a rally together with Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Kiko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Chiz Escudero at Tondo, Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PDP-Laban and its confusing local politics in 2019

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The political party chaired by President Duterte struggles to mix its party 'principles' with its current political reality

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum in Batangas on April 17, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

State-run PNA leads pack in publishing online PR about Bong Go

May 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippine News Agency publishes a fifth of all online 'PR' articles about the senatorial candidate in the two years before the 2019 elections

HIGHLIGHTS: World Press Freedom Day 2019 activities in the Philippines

May 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

These events are being organized against the backdrop of attacks on press freedom, which have escalated in the Philippines in recent months

Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

From Philippine team member to her clan's first lawyer

May 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin

SUCCESS. Athlete turned lawyer Maria Rodielita Dublin passes the 2018 Bar Examinations and becomes the first lawyer in her clan on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo from Maria Rodielita Dublin

Newsbreak Chats: Keeping an eye on crucial local elections

May 02, 2019 - 4:31 PM

On Thursday, May 2, the team sits down to discuss why it is important to keep an eye on local races in the 2019 polls and what are the things voters should keep in mind when dealing with local candidates

PANOORIN: Paano bumoto ngayong Eleksiyon 2019

May 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Isa lang ang balota na ibibigay sa iyo. Siguraduhin na tama ang iyong pagboto.

To Senate halls from the streets: Will the labor vote prevail in the midterm elections?

May 01, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Organizing Filipino workers into unions is not an easy task, and neither is consolidating the labor vote

LIST: What to pack when traveling in the Philippines

May 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

It’s more fun in the Philippines…if you know what to pack for your trip

PACK RIGHT. Here are your essentials for travel around the Philippines

How Duterte gov’t tried to fix legal loopholes of drug war

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The PNP circular and the corrective resolutions that followed show haste on the part of the Duterte administration to launch the anti-illegal drug campaign

Your step-by-step guide to voting in May 13 elections

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:02 PM

You get only one ballot and one chance to vote. Here’s a brief guide on what to expect and how to prepare for Election Day.

VOTE. The Comelec expects some 60 million voters to take part in the 2019 elections.

6 photography apps to spruce up your travel photos this summer

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

These are some of the apps you might want to check out if you want to up your photography game

Of jet skis and life vests: How Otso Diretso uses political stunts to keep its campaign afloat

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:26 PM

A visit to Masinloc, Zambales and a debate challenge at Plaza Miranda help raise awareness for the opposition bets, but fall short of ultimately convincing more voters to favor them

Otso Diretso senatoriables Samira Gutoc, Pilo Hilbay, Gary Alejano, and Chel Diokno wave Philippine flags at the Masinloc Municipal Fishport at Barangay South Poblacion, Masinloc, Zambales Province on Monday, April 8, as they challenge President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his promise to ride a jetski to the disputed islands. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Don't leave God when you vote

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:56 AM

When we vote as if God did not exist, the nation suffers. Democracy is at risk.

[OPINION] What is to be done? With days to go before election day, think before we vote

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Our country needs men and women of integrity and independence, competence and courage, honesty and honor in our Senate so that they can take a stand on at least 7 of the critical issues that already confront us

[OPINION] The folly of religious endorsements

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.

U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Dissecting Duterte’s amped-up West Philippine Sea rhetoric

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's stronger words on the sea dispute so far revolve around one specific part of the West Philippine Sea – Pag-asa Island. Here's why it's special to him.

Donations pour in for fruit vendor paid with fake thousand-peso bill

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:03 PM

A sympathetic resident relates the incident on social media and netizens take time to help

A THOUSAND FOLD. Fruit vendor Solomon Alfranta receives cash donations from netizens soon after he gets paid with a fake thousand peso bill. Photos by Angeline Mabanta

[OPINYON] Ano ang silbi ng survey?

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Hindi ako mangingiming bumoto sa kandidato kahit naghahabol sa survey, kung iyon ang pinag-isipan ko matapos ang katakot-takot na konsiderasyon, pangunahin na ang may integridad at kakayahang maglingkod sa bayan

Labor bets to gov't workers: We will restore right to negotiate, strike

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The Kapisanan ng Manggagawa sa Government Financial Institutions (KAMAGFI) asks for the right to negotiate salaries and benefits

LABOR WIN. Labor senatorial candidates (L-R) Sonny Matula, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano speak before government union groups in Tagaytay, Cavite on April 25, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Vote-buying beyond just giving cash

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:09 PM

On Tuesday, April 9, the team sits down with election lawyer and Rappler columnist Emil Marañon III to discuss what counts as vote-buying and how do the anti-vote buying laws fare in implementation

#TheLeaderIWant: Francis Zamora and his promise of a new San Juan

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Will Francis Zamora's promise of a new San Juan be enough against the time-tested name and machinery of the Ejercito-Estrada clan?

'Keep the faith': Otso Diretso's final stretch

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

It's easy for candidates to lose energy when they still get underwhelming reception at market visits in the final stretch of the campaign. But they do what they have to do.

Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc campaign in several towns in Pangasinan on April 24, 2019. Photo by Rappler

#PHVote podcast: Paano ang pagboto sa party list?

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Pag-uusapan nila Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ang proseso ng pagboto at bakit importante ang pagkakaroon ng party-list representatives sa Kongreso

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How elections are made accessible to PWDs and senior citizens

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The law may be in place, but much more should be done to make elections accessible to all

Senior citizen voter file photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo is a restaurateur's dream come true

Apr 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The prestigious culinary school from Paris is now in Ateneo and is welcoming aspiring restaurateurs

Philippines down 1 spot in 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Reporters Without Borders says harassment against Rappler and Maria Ressa is the 'most emblematic case' of the threats against Filipino journalists. Turkey is also listed as among the world's worst countries for press freedom.

PRESS FREEDOM. A total of 11 cases have been filed against Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

Coworking to 'co-living': Studio22 in La Union hopes to redefine the shared workplace

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The newly-opened shared workplace in the surftown of San Juan offers coworking basics, and then some

CO-LIVING. Studio22 provides coworking facilities in La Union. Photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Duterte, PDP-Laban campaign rallies: Showbiz, insults, late night rants

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:03 AM

People spend 8 to 10 hours in a single PDP-Laban campaign rally, led by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets a round of applause from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates during a campaign rally at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on April 4, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

STATE OF MEDIA. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) holds a press conference in Manila on April 16, 2019, on its findings on the state of Philippine media. Photo by Rappler

It's official. Arya is the Filipinos' favorite Stark (or is she?)

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Ahead of the season 8 premiere, we looked into the ‘Game of Thrones’ topics fans have been talking about online. Spoilers ahead!

Game of poverty

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'Poverty has become so normalized that society tends to believe that the only solution to get out from it is hard work – as if being poor is the lack of an individual’s will to get out from poverty'

Photo from Shutterstock

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

PROTECT JOURNALISTS. Journalists including Zaffar Abbas (2-L), Maria Ressa, and Yavuz Baydar (R) discuss what it takes to protect journalists in countries where there is a continuing climate of fear and intimidation. Screenshot from the International Journalism Festival's YouTube channel

PODCAST: Nganong kinahanglan nga di dapigan ang Duterte coverage ban sa Rappler?

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Unsa ang kadangtan sa coverage ban sa katibuk-ang sitwasyon sa gawasnong peryodismo sa Pilipinas?

PODCAST: Apay nga kasapulan nga agpetisyon iti Rappler diyay Supreme Court?

Apr 12, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Iti daytoy a podcast, agtugaw diyay maysa nga petitioner, ni Raymon Dullana nga correspondent iti Cagayan, ken Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria tapno mapagtutungtungan dagiti banag a nangiduron kadakuwada nga agpetisyon, no kasano nga naapektaran iti coverage da, ken no anya iti sitwasyon iti press freedom ditoy Pilipinas

PODCAST: Bakit kailangang labanan ang Duterte coverage ban sa Rappler?

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Ano ang implikasyon ng coverage ban sa pangkalahatang sitwasyon ng malayang pamamamahayag sa Pilipinas?

[OPINYON] Kalimutan ang ‘winnable’

Apr 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Suriin ang kampanya para masuri ang kandidato. Makikilala natin kung anong uri ng kandidato o pulitiko ang nakatanghal sa atin batay sa kani-kanilang paraan at moda ng kampanya

Phones of Q1 2019 from least to most expensive

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Here are some of your options from the last quarter if you're looking for a new phone


Rappler asks Supreme Court to end Duterte coverage ban

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) A significant press freedom test case under the Duterte administration, the Rappler petition argues that the coverage ban violates constitutional guarantees of a free press, free speech, equal protection and due process

COURT OF LAST RESORT. The Supreme Court in Padre Faure, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec shows how to vote in May 13 elections

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the demo of vote-counting machines conducted by the Commission on Elections in the Rappler office at 2 pm on Thursday, April 11

VOTING MACHINE. The 2019 elections will be the 4th automated electoral exercise in the Philippines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win U.N. press freedom prize

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been behind bars since December 2017, detained on claims of violating state secrets

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

What you need to know if you’re an overseas absentee voter

Apr 10, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Overseas voting for the 2019 midterm elections starts on Saturday, April 13, and ends on election day, Monday, May 13.

Second mother's love: Teacher buys togas for poor students

Apr 07, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The togas cost her around P7,600, more than her monthly take-home pay of P6,600

Spotlight on surveys: Bong Go’s rise and how other HNP bets are faring

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Presidential aide Bong Go's voter preference rating increases 10-fold in the span of a year. Familiar names in the Hugpong slate continue to dominate the race.

'Kailangan magmilagro’ Otso Diretso plays catch-up on campaign trail

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:49 PM

As a slate, Otso Diretso goes to only 18 places so far compared to the combined 53 of PDP-Laban and Hugpong ng Pagbabago. The opposition slate needs to work double time.

opposition candidatefrom the Otso dertso senatorial slate walk with their supporters during a proclamation campaign in Naga city Camarines Sur on February 13, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler