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East Timor celebrates 20 years since historic independence vote

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The capital Dili is filled with banners and flags as residents gear up for festivities, two decades after the tiny nation saw a rocky transition to stable democracy

20 YEARS. This file photo shows pro-independence students of East Timor University during a demonstration in front of their university in Dili, East Timor 04 May 1999, a day before the signing in New York of documents setting out a UN-supervised poll on the territory's future. File photo by WEDA/AFP

Who voted for Duterte in the Supreme Court?

Aug 18, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Track the votes of Supreme Court justices in the Duterte presidency

DUTERTE AND THE SUPREME COURT. Who among the justices voted in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte and his policies? Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Spain PM loses confidence vote after coalition talks fail

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Pedro Sanchez now has another two months to find ways of getting support, either for a minority or coalition government. Without a deal Spain would have to go back to the polls in November.

CONFIDENCE VOTE. In this file photo taken on August 3, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Ukraine president's party poised to win parliament vote

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky rise is viewed as a rejection of Ukraine's political elite for failing to improve living standards

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People'. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Malaysian MPs back lowering voting age to 18

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The Southeast Asian nation is one of a handful of countries around the world that limits voting to those aged over 21, and the change still has to be debated and passed in the country's senate before it can become law

Embattled Czech mogul PM survives confidence vote

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The opposition fails to reach the 101 votes needed in the 200-member parliament to topple the cabinet

BABIS. Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives for an European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 20, 2019. File photo by Julien Warnand/Pool/AFP

Embattled Czech mogul PM expected to survive confidence vote

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Speaking in parliament ahead of the vote, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis dubs the move an 'attempt to destabilize the country' as he vows not to budge

BABIS. In this file photo taken on April 25, 2019 Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives for a meeting with Prime Ministers of the Visegrad group countries (V4) at Bratislava Castle in Bratislava. File photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Kazakhs hold vote for first new leader in decades

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The buildup to the vote is marked by an intensifying crackdown on the opposition with courts sentencing protesters to short stays in jail and police raiding activists' homes

A man waits to receive his ballot at a polling station during Kazakhstan's presidential elections in Nur-Sultan on June 9, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Nancy Binay gets coveted 12th spot in Senate race

May 22, 2019 - 2:35 AM

It's final: No opposition candidate in the 2019 elections makes it to the Senate

MIDTERM POLLS. Reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay shows her ballot for the midterm elections on May 13, 2019, in her polling precinct at San Antonio National High School in Makati City. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Delayed overseas votes leave Senate bets hanging

May 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Lawyer George Garcia urges the Commission on Elections to proclaim the winning senators even without certificates of canvass from the US and Saudi Arabia

CANVASSING VOTES. Days after the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Palawan group accuses reelected Governor Alvarez of vote buying

May 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Bakit naman iuugnay sa akin? Nakita ba akong nang-aabot ng pera? Wala eh,' says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, in response to vote-buying allegations

Youth officials, cancer patient among PPCRV volunteers in Albay

May 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Meet some of the volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in Albay

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS. The youth officials with another PPCRV volunteer. (Left to right) Analiza Villegas, Mark Anthony Bongalbal, and Maybelle Bogñalbal. Photo by Mavic Conde

[ANALYSIS] How to fix what went wrong in the 2019 elections

May 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Abandoning the automated system and going back to manual is a far worse option

Comelec turns over Transparency Server logs to PPCRV

May 17, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Comelec says PPCRV will do the initial review and produce a report based on examination of the server logs. After that, copies of the logs will also be released to other accredited organizations, including media.

TRANSPARENCY LOGS. Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo turns over devices containing the Transparency server logs to PPCRV representatives

Prosecutor junks vote buying raps vs Cebu SK members

May 17, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'Circumstances narrated by complainants are viewed contrary to human experience when illegal or illicit trade or actions are done,' says the prosecutor

Fire hits vote counting machines stored in Zamboanga del Sur school

May 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Out of 8 vote counting machines in the holding room of the school, one is burnt. Seven VCMs are immediately secured by responding policemen.

FIRE. A fire strikes the rear of this Grade 6 room in San Pablo Central Elementary School in Zamboanga del Sur. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

[OPINION] Voting for plunderers and murderers because the church says so

May 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

An Iglesia ni Cristo member says leaders 'give [our] votes to candidates who have been proven to violate every tenet they taught us in church'

Bato dela Rosa, Doc Willie Ong lead overseas race

May 15, 2019 - 3:02 AM

These are based on partial, unofficial counts from select areas abroad which used vote-counting machines

LEADING. Bato dela Rosa and Doc Willie Ong lead the unofficial and partial results of overseas voting. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec says 961 vote-counting machines defective

May 14, 2019 - 2:06 PM

This breaches the number of defective vote-counting machines in the 2016 elections, but the Commission on Elections asserts the polls were 'successful'

FACING MEDIA. All 7 members of the Commission on Elections face the media on May 14, 2019, in a press conference about the recently concluded national and local elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Heavy turnout at PH consulate in Dubai as OFWs vote at the last minute

May 14, 2019 - 2:00 AM

Dubai has the biggest overseas electorate of all OFW destinations

Comelec suspects 'wear and tear' in defective voting machines

May 14, 2019 - 12:22 AM

Up to 450 vote-counting machines had to be replaced on election day, says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINE. A new vote-counting machine (VCM) arrives at the precinct where reelectionist Makati Mayor Abby Binay is supposed to vote. The new VCM replaces the one that malfunctioned. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP backpedals, files vote buying case vs Bingbong Crisologo

May 13, 2019 - 7:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police accuse Bingbong Crisologo of violating Section 261 (a) of the Omnibus Election Code – vote-buying and selling

FREE FOR NOW. Congressman Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings, May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

What to do when the vote-counting machine rejects your ballot

May 13, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Equipment issues mar the polls in various areas in the country

VOTER COUNTING MACHINES. A New VCM for the precinct of reelectionist Mayor Abby Binay works. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malfunctioning VCMs delay voting in Cebu’s biggest barangay

May 13, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Despite glitches in the vote counting machines, election officers in Cebu City's Barangay Guadalupe say the voting will close as scheduled

LONG LINE. Voters at the Tisa II Elementary School are given priority numbers and asked to sit at the designated waiting area. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Election-related violence disrupts voting in various provinces

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Shootings and explosions are reported in polling centers and precincts across the country

Young voters value human rights, press freedom – Dakila

May 13, 2019 - 3:22 PM

The group says the Filipino youth know exactly what changes they want to see in their communities

Diokno votes. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Comelec says 400-600 vote-counting machines replaced

May 13, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Its larger than what we saw in 2016, and therefore it is a bit jarring,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

VOTE COUNTING MACHINE. Incidents of malfunctioning vote counting machines reach tbe Comelec. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FALSE: Overseas voting in Singapore is still ‘old-style ballot box’

May 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM

There are VCMs deployed in Singapore, but only Comelec-designated officials are allowed to feed ballots into the counting machines

Defective machine at Grace Poe's precinct bogs down voting

May 13, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(4th UPDATE) Relectionist Senator Grace Poe initially fails to cast her ballot after the vote-counting machine in her polling precinct encounters a technical problem

GLITCH. The voting machine at the precinct, reelectionist senator Grace Poe is supposed to vote, is not working. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Election 2019 technical issues: Paper jams, malfunctioning machines

May 13, 2019 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) One high-profile incident involves former vice president Jejomar Binay whose ballot was not accepted by the vote-counting machine

A technician hauls a "defective" VCM machine out of a polling precinct at A. Montes Elem. School in Iloilo City Proper. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler


Vote-buying crackdown 'prone to abuse'

May 13, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Arrests of alleged vote buyers might be influenced by politicians, say election watchdog Lente, Rappler editor

VOTE-BUYING. Authorities show to media sample ballots enclosed with P1,000 cash seized from suspects in Moises Padilla towno on May 12, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

28 arrested for vote buying, illegal campaign in Negros Occidental town

May 13, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Police say reelectionist Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña called them to question some of the arrests

EVIDENCE. Police seize sample ballots enclosed with P1,000 cash from 28 suspects in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, on May 12,2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Vote buying complaint lodged vs ex-Zambales governor Ebdane

May 13, 2019 - 6:09 AM

Barangay chairman Noel Landero of Bato, Palauig accuses former governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr of violating the Omnibus Election Code

ALLEGATION OF VOTE BUYING. Zambales reelectionist Governor Jun Ebdane is accused of vote buying

Crisologo to sue Quezon City police for 'illegal arrest'

May 13, 2019 - 2:50 AM

Quezon City mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo claims he was arrested without being read his rights and without being told what cases he is set to face

Arrested for obstruction of justice, Congressman Crisologo is presently held at Camp Karingal in Quezon City in connection with alledged vote buying charges on May 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler.

Crisologo arrest: Cops retrieve only P800 from 'vote buying site'

May 13, 2019 - 2:20 AM

Along with Quezon City mayoral bet Bingbong Crisologo, over 40 of his supporters are also arrested for alleged vote buying. But cops are only able to retrieve P800 from one person.

Several volunteers belonging to the camp of incumbent congressman and Quezon City mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo are arrested in connection with the alledged vote buying activities in Barangay Bahay Toro on May 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lente vows to be 'independent' despite Comelec partnership

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'We stepped in despite the two weeks notice because it has a vital purpose in our elections,' says Lente executive director Ona Caritos

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines at Araullo High School in Manila on May 8, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bingbong Crisologo arrested for staff's alleged vote buying in QC

May 12, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Quezon City mayoral bet Bingbong Crisologo is in custody at Camp Karingal for alleged obstruction of justice

Arrested for obstruction of justice, Congressman Crisologo is presently held at Camp Karingal in Quezon City in connection with alledged vote buying charges on May 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler.

3 barangay officials, 57 others arrested for alleged vote-buying in Makati

May 12, 2019 - 2:25 PM

NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar says the suspects supposedly operated from inside a barangay hall in Makati City

VOTE-BUYING. Police arrest suspected vote-buyers and vote-sellers in Makati City on May 11, 2019.

[OPINION] Despite the ifs and buts, millennials should go out and vote

May 12, 2019 - 2:00 PM

By carefully choosing the right people who will occupy positions in the government, we are strengthening the foundations that hold our institutions, and our country as a whole, together.

Suspected vote-buyers, sellers arrested nationwide

May 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine National Police has formed 105 teams tasked to address vote-buying incidents

Heherson Alvarez withdraws from Isabela congressional race

May 12, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The ex-lawmaker cites the prevalence of vote-buying as the reason for his withdrawal

WITHDRAWING. In this file photo, former Senator Heherson Alvarez files a case opposing the late President Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Jiggy Manicad to Comelec: Let poll watchers monitor backup VCMs

May 10, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The 2019 senatorial bet says it is important to preserve the integrity of the elections

MOTION. 2019 senatorial candidate Jiggy Manicad files a motion concerning backl-up vote counting machines at the Commission on Elections headquarters on May 10, 2019. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Will religious endorsements work in 2019 polls?

May 08, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Rappler talks to sociologist of religion Jayeel Cornelio about religious endorsements – in the time of the President who said God is stupid

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

#PHVote podcast: Ano-ano ang paraan ng vote-buying?

May 06, 2019 - 5:54 PM

May paraan pa ba para matigil ang talamak na pagbili at pagbebenta ng boto sa Pilipinas?

10 suspected vote-buyers arrested in Cavite

May 05, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Cavite gubernatorial bet Jonvic Remulla says the suspects are mere poll watchers who were arrested while distributing the travel allowance of their colleagues

VOTE-BUYERS? CIDG arrests suspected vote-buyers in Bacoor, Cavite. Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Whom exactly are the youth voting for?

May 04, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The idealism accorded to young people might all be wishful thinking

Diokno wants probe into police inspection of vote-counting machines warehouse

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:28 PM

In a letter to the Comelec, senatorial candidate Chel Diokno says Baguio police's inspection of a warehouse for vote-counting machines is a ‘serious breach’

WORRISOME. Otso Diretso senatorial bet Chel Diokno files a request with the Comelec to investigate what he called as the "worrisome" inspection of policemen of a vote counting machine (VCM) warehouse in Baguio. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Voting machines to service more voters in 2019 polls

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The maximum number of voters that can use each vote-counting machine is now 1,000 from the previous 800, says the Commission on Elections

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. In this file photo, officials from the Commission on Elections test vote-counting machines on January 29, 2016. File photo by Jansen Romero/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