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FACT CHECK: No results yet in ongoing 2016 VP election recount

May 31, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Due to the confidential nature of the recount process, claims of vote counts should be taken with a grain of salt, unless backed up by official, verifiable sources or documents

Robredo, Marcos to PET: No intention to violate gag order on VP protest

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Both camps argue that they were only responding to each other's 'misleading' claims and statements regarding the recount

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

PET resets VP protest ballot recount to April 2

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr say they were informed of the new schedule in a meeting with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

ORAL ARGUMENTS. The Supreme Court resumes hearing oral arguments on the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Wednesday, September 7. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

Marcos 'ill-advised' over claims vs ballot images in VP protest – Robredo camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body held a VCM roadshow from 2015 to 2016 to explain the new features of the ballot, which the Marcos camp claims was never explained to them

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

'Discrepancies' found in VP vote count in Cebu City – ex-congressman

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

But ex-Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr – who supports losing VP bet Bongbong Marcos – says there are 'no supposed manipulations' that took place

2016 POLLS. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong (left) talks about supposed anomalies during the 2016 elections in a media forum at Club Filipino in San Juan City on October 25, 2017. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

Marcos completes payment of P66.2-M electoral protest fee

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr pays the remaining balance of his fee prior to the conduct of the preliminary hearing on his electoral protest and Vice President Leni Robredo s counter protest

NOT CONCEDING. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr reiterates his suspicions that there is fraud involved in the transmission of votes. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

SC dismisses Roxas electoral protest vs Binay

Aug 16, 2016 - 7:50 PM

It will be an exercise in futility to conduct a revision and engage in academic discussion in order to determine who really won as vice president in the 2010 elections

Why Leni Robredo should file a counter-protest vs Marcos Jr

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

To offset any potential votes that Marcos will gain in the recount it is both strategic and necessary for the VP to take a counter offensive A counter protest however is as expensive as filing a protest

Robredo fears legal fees, not Marcos' protest

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates that former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr s protest is baseless and she has nothing to hide

SC grants Marcos petition to protect poll materials

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal orders the Comelec to protect all poll materials relevant to the election protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo

POLL FRAUD? Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos files an election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Undervoting in 2016 VP election: Will it help Marcos' case?

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Historically the behavior of voters with regard to undervoting has been essentially the same in the last two presidential polls PPCRV information technology director William Yu says

Marcos photo by Mark Cristino/EPA. Robredo and voter photos by Rappler

'Poll cheating' in Quezon: Did Saycon's witnesses change story?

May 31, 2016 - 5:42 PM

The numbers cited by alleged election operators don t add up

Robredo to assure Duterte of '100% support'

May 28, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Obligasyon sa taumbayan na pag kaming dalawa ay magkasundo ang makikinabang lamang noon ay ang ating mga kababayan says Vice President elect Leni Robredo

VP LENI. Vice President-elect Leni Robredo assures President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of her support and cooperation. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte, Robredo to be proclaimed next week

May 27, 2016 - 10:35 PM

On Friday May 27 Congress finishes tallying all 167 certificates of canvass from provinces chartered cities and local and overseas absentee

IT'S OFFICIAL. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo win in Congress' official canvassing of votes.

Robredo tells supporters: Win impossible without you

May 27, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Kahit mahirap ang sitwasyon kapag tinatawag tayong magsakripisyo sa bayan wala tayong karapatan tumalikod dito says Vice President elect Leni Robredo

VP WIN. Leni Robredo during a thankgiving event in Manila. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Robredo wins as VP on late husband's birthday

May 27, 2016 - 7:24 PM

On the last day of canvassing of votes Rodrigo Duterte wins as president with 16 601 997 votes while Leni Robredo tops the tight vice presidential race with 14 418 817 votes

LAYLAYAN. Leni Robredo joins her supporters at her send-off at Quezon City Circle on May 6, 2016. Around 9,000 supporters from various sectors and marginalized attended the event. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

As canvassing continues, Robredo heads home

May 27, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Leni Robredo heads home to Naga City to celebrate her late husband s 58th birthday as Congress continues to canvass votes for the presidency and vice presidency

Robredo at the Unveiling of Husband’s Bust   Naga City - Leading presidential candidate Leni Robredo leads the unveiling of her late husband Sec. Jesse Robredo's bust at Cararayan National High School. The unveiling coincides with the 58th birthday of the late secretary. Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Marcos leads with votes from Ilocano, vote-rich areas

May 26, 2016 - 11:37 PM

On the 2nd day of canvassing of votes for VP Ferdinand Marcos Jr edges out Leni Robredo his lead peaking at 1 9 million Robredo s votes from Camarines Sur and Mindanao help narrow Marcos lead

COMEBACK. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr regains his lead int he middle of the second day of official canvassing on Thursday, May 26. Photo by Rob Reyes / Rappler

Macalintal: Under voting doesn't mean electoral fraud

May 26, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Romulo Macalintal lawyer of vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo says under voting is common for all positions

LENI'S LAWYER. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Macalintal: 'Walang forever' when it comes to canvassing of votes

May 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Leni Robredo’s legal team says the canvassing of votes shouldn’t take too long – assuming candidates are able to accept defeat gracefully

ROBREDO LEGAL TEAM. Romulo Macalintal and senator-elect Leila de Lima lead a team of lawyers that will represent Leni Robredo during the canvassing of votes. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo media bureau

Data scientists call for responsible use of data in analysis, reporting

May 24, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Over 100 data science professionals also assert that a graph allegedly showing an irregularity in Leni Robredo’s surge in the tight VP race does not amount to evidence of fraud

EXPLAINER: Prospects of electoral protest after VP canvassing

May 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The NBOC has no authority to entertain allegations of fraud outside of the face of the certificates of canvass They can only be taken up in an election protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

Macalintal: Senators’ proclamation 'negates poll irregularities'

May 21, 2016 - 3:28 PM

What is sauce for the gander is likewise sauce for the goose argues the lead counsel of current VP race frontrunner Leni Robredo

ROBREDO LAWYER. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who represents vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, tells reporters that the call of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr for a system audit is a 'desperate move.' Screen grab from Rappler

EXPLAINER: Audit of vice presidential votes? Here are the hurdles

May 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Should the Comelec grant the request for a special audit the Marcos camp can use it to delay and block some returns from being canvassed in Congress

Why Congress needs to canvass votes for president, VP

May 19, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Why does Congress need to canvass votes for president and vice president before proclamation? What are the processes involved?

2010. President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay are proclaimed by Congress. Photo from EPA

Marcos camp files formal request to open Comelec servers

May 18, 2016 - 5:13 PM

VP bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr wants his team of IT experts to be allowed to audit the election results server before the start of the canvassing of votes

SYSTEM AUDIT. The camp of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr, represented by lawyer Jose Amorado (left) and party-list congressman Jonathan dela Cruz (right), wants the Comelec to allow a public audit of the results server before the start of the official canvassing of votes on May 25, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Worried about cheating, Robredo says remember 1986

May 18, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The Liberal Party vice presidential candidate calls out chief rival Ferdinand Marcos Jr for mind conditioning

CANVASSING WORRIES? Leni Robredo brings up the memories of the 1986 snap elections, when asked if she was worried about irregularities in the canvassing of votes. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Robredo: We're not asking Marcos to concede

May 17, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The camp of vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo earlier declared that a win by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is mathematically unlikely at this point

WHAT CONCESSION? Poll front runner Leni Robredo says they never asked chief rival Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to concede. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Marcos camp confident to win in official canvass by over 100k votes

May 17, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Citing figures from 104 certificates of canvass the camp of VP candidate Bongbong Marcos says he has 13 506 005 votes vs Leni Robredo s 13 343 009

CONFIDENT. The camp of Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr's camp said they are still confident they will win in the official canvassing of votes, which will start on May 25.

Which VP candidate benefited the most from zero votes?

May 17, 2016 - 3:10 PM

Nationwide more precincts voted zero for Robredo than they did for Marcos Marcos also got more votes from the precincts that gave Robredo zero votes

ZERO VOTES. Did cheating happen in precincts where some candidates fared exceptionally well while other candidates got zero votes?

Candidates' votes drop after server glitch excludes precincts

May 16, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Rappler checks previous versions of the result files against the Comelec national results server and finds all the candidates votes are affected

IN PHOTOS: Robredo 'declares' win, asks supporters to 'end divisiveness'

May 16, 2016 - 12:31 AM

Pag ako ay nagsimula nang maglingkod bilang pangalawang pangulo binabantayan pa rin ako Kapag nagkakamali pinapaalala Kapag tama naman ang ginagawa pinapalakas iyong loob Leni Robredo tells a crowd of supporters on May 15

VP LENI? The LP's vice presidential candidate says the numbers are on their side in a tight VP race. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

How regions voted for Robredo, Marcos in 2016 VP race

May 15, 2016 - 10:24 PM

Marcos enjoys a big lead in the Solid North regions while Robredo gets massive support from Bicol and Western Visayas regions

Mission #ProtectVPLeni: How the Robredo campaign guards a tight race

May 15, 2016 - 3:49 PM

The Leni Robredo team shifts from campaign to vote protection mode as it is poised to win a slim victory against Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What Marcos Jr should do to prove election fraud

May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

If Mr Marcos seriously wants to know the truth the truth is just sitting on his lap His team surely has copies of the election returns printed at the precincts

BONGBONG IS THEIR VP. Supporters raise a poster of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr during his final campaign rally in Mandaluyong City on May 7, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo camp downplays concerns on credibility of polls

May 13, 2016 - 7:11 PM

Despite Smartmatic s unauthorized changing of an election related hash code the camp of front runner Robredo maintains this does not change the vote counts

FRONTRUNNER. Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo waits for the receipt after casting her vote for the national elections at the Tabuco Central School in Naga city on Monday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pineda fails to deliver for Aquino's bets in Pampanga

May 13, 2016 - 2:34 PM

In the Pineda clan s hometown of Lubao Rodrigo Duterte secures the top spot while administration bet Mar Roxas ends up in 4th place

PAMPANGA ALLIES. Administration candidate Manuel Roxas II and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

From mudslinging to math-slaying: 'Experts' clash on VP race result

May 13, 2016 - 12:28 AM

Experts weigh in on the dramatic rise of vice presidential bet Leni Robredo in the partial unofficial tally and most of them agree that the issue is simply a function of geography and common sense

Comelec on change in hash code: 'No cheating'

May 12, 2016 - 6:31 PM

UPDATED The Comelec dispels claims of cheating raised by the camp of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr after a change in the hash code of an election server

'NO CHEATING.' Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista (right) and Commissioner Christian Lim (left) assure the public that there is no cheating as insinuated by the camp of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Marcos wins in Metro Manila, enjoys big lead over Robredo

May 11, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr secures the support of some Metro Manila officials giving him a huge lead in the region over contender Leni Robredo

ONLY IN MANILA. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos wins big in Metro Manila. But this is not enough to pull his total votes on top of the race. Photo by Rob Reyes

Robredo camp to Marcos: Stop the 'mind conditioning'

May 11, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The camp of vice presidential bet Leni Robredo says Bongbong Marcos should formally bring his concerns to the Comelec

From LP to GP to DU30: Salceda willing to help Duterte team

May 11, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Outgoing Albay Governor Joey Salceda describes Rodrigo Duterte s apparent win as a glorious day for the countryside

Comelec server hash codes altered, then Robredo votes surged – Marcos camp

May 11, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Despite airing its suspicion to the public Marcos camp is still uncertain whether the alleged new codes in fact altered the count

ALLEGATION. Francesca Huang of Ferdinan Marcos Jr' legal team explains the information they received about a new command introduced to the Transparency Server of the Comelec on May 9, 2016, the night of the elections. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

Unyielding Marcos says Robredo's rise in tally 'strange'

May 10, 2016 - 10:32 PM

It was a very measured increase in the votes that doesn t seem to follow what our internal surveys are saying Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says

PRESS INTERVIEW. Bongbong Marcos flew back to Manila right after he voted at Ilocos. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler