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Voters crowd polling stations as U.S. delivers verdict on Trump

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday, November 6, in the first major voter test of Donald Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency

US VOTES. Voters fill out their ballots at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, United States. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ano ang nakataya sa 2019 elections?

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Ang eleksiyon ay tungkol sa ating mga botante. Ang laging tanong ay: ano ba ang magagawa ni Kandidato X at ni Kandidato Y upang paunlarin ang buhay natin?

Election fever heats up as filing of candidacies begins

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:32 AM

'We don’t want to turn it into a circus of supporters,' the Commission on Elections says of the filing of certificates of candidacy from October 11 to 17

WHERE THE ACTION IS. All eyes are on the Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, for the filing of certificates of candidacy for senatorial candidates in the 2019 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More than 2.5M register as new voters, exceeding Comelec target

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:27 PM

All in all, the Comelec expects the number of registered voters to total approximately 60 to 61 million

VOTER REGISTRATION. Filipinos register as voters on September 29, 2018, the last day of voter registration this year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Father brings whole family to register for 2019 elections

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Nelson Almario and his family spend the whole afternoon at the registration center in Arroceros, Manila, to make sure the candidates they choose to support in the 2019 polls would have a better chance of winning

FAMILY. Nelson Alamrio made sure his whole family would register for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Thousands troop to Comelec offices on last day of voters' registration

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Long queues form outside Comelec offices even before they open early Saturday morning, as voters try to make their voice count in the May 2019 elections

MASS. People massed at the obby of Quezon City Hall. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

First-time voters: 'As young people, we could change something'

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Students register for the 2019 midterm elections and rush to make it back in time for class

RUSH. Voters trying to beat the September 29 registration deadline rush to the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila on September 28, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: Satellite voters' registration sites in Metro Manila open on September 29

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:00 AM

On Saturday, September 29, the last day of voters' registration for the 2019 elections, the Comelec's offices nationwide will be open

RUSH. Voters trying to beat the September 29 registration deadline rush to the Comelec office in Arroceros, Manila on September 28, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No extension for voters' registration – Comelec

Sep 28, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The last day for registration to vote for the 2019 elections is on Saturday, September 29.

LINES. Voters flock to the Comelec office at the Quezon City Hall on Friday, September 28, 2018, the second to the last day of registration for the May 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. residents can register to vote through Snapchat

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The initiative aims to help solve low voter turnout ahead of the US midterm elections

REGISTER TO VOTE. Snapchat's new feature aims to increase the young voter turnout. Image from Snapchat website.

'Push mo,' Comelec says as voter registration set to end

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'Worth it 'yan. Push mo,' says the Commission on Elections days before the end of voter registration

VOTER REGISTRATION. Residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City fill up a Comelec registration form at the barangay Comelec satellite center on September 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#PHvote: How to register as voter in the Philippines

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Exercise your right to vote for the country's leaders, but first you have to register. Follow the steps here.

VOTER REGISTRATION. Residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City on Monday, September 24, 2018, fill out forms at the barangay satellite regisration center during the first day of the last week of voters registration for the May 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec: You want change? Register to vote

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:30 PM

For the 2019 elections, voter registration ends on September 29, 2018

ELECTION MATTERS. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez speaks in a Quezon City press conference on May 14, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Voter registration banned in malls linked to gov't officials

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The ban applies to malls owned, leased, or occupied by any government official or by 'any person who is related to any city/municipal/barangay official' up to the 4th degree

SATELLITE REGISTRATION. An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Special voter registrations set for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The satellite voter registrations will be held from September 11 to 13 in the Bangsamoro plebiscite areas in Mindanao

PLEBISCITE SOON. The landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law is up for a plebiscite in Mindanao on January 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Voter registration for 2019 polls resumes on July 2

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The registration drive will be held nationwide from July 2 to September 29, 2018, except in Marawi City which is still undergoing rehabilitation

VOTER REGISTRATION. In this file photo, old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, violence, vote buying, confusion reported

May 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Several illegal practices during election are still happening, says voters

Voters persist despite problems in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kailangan bumoto. 'Yung barangay captain 'yung lalapitan namin eh, kasi isang tricycle lang. 'Yung Presidente du'n pa sa Malacañang,' says tricycle driver Roberto delos Reyes

BARANGAY POLLS. A woman votes during the barangay elections on May 14, 2018, at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School along Batasan Road, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Knowing how the model is built helps explain Cambridge Analytica’s apparently contradictory statements about the role – or lack thereof – that personality profiling and psychographics played in its modeling

ONLINE PROFILING. How accurately can you be profiled online? Image from Andrew Krasovitckii/

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

2018 barangay, SK polls voter registration set Nov 6 to 30

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The Commission on Elections resumes the registration of voters following the postponement of the village and youth council elections to May 2018

VOTER REGISTRATION. Students fill out SK application forms outside the Comelec-Quezon City District 2 Office. File photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Data firm working for Trump exposed 198 million voter files – researchers

Jun 20, 2017 - 12:11 AM

A blog post by Upguard says the researchers are able to view names dates of birth home addresses phone numbers and voter registration details as well as data described as modeled voter ethnicities and religions

VOTER DATA EXPOSED. This file photo taken on October 22, 2016 shows President-elect Donald Trump during a campaign event at the Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

What have we learned a year since 'Comeleak'?

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The voters data leak and a break in at a Lanao town have put the Comelec the National Privacy Commission and the Data Privacy Act to the test

Comelec to prioritize female voter applicants on Int'l Women's Day

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Special satellite voters registration areas will be set up on March 8 in Metro Manila and in 22 highly urbanized cities nationwide

Trump seeks probe of debunked election fraud claim

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED No public evidence has emerged of large scale illegal voting in the November election and Trump and the White House have failed to substantiate the president s claim

PROBING THE VOTE. President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

LIST: Schedule of satellite Metro voters' registration

Jan 21, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Interested parties may request for satellite registration activities in their area in preparation for the 2017 barangay and SK polls says the Comelec

'NO BIO, NO BOTO.' An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Rethink data collection policies, sectors told after voters' data leak

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The Comelec data leak must spark new conversations on data privacy both in government and the private sector says the Foundation for Media Alternatives

Can Comelec chair Bautista be impeached for voters' data leak?

Jan 20, 2017 - 9:53 PM

As some lawyers outline possible legal scenarios Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez believes that adhering to the current progress of the case is the proper thing to do

'COMELEAK' PANEL. Atty Romel Bagares, Atty Marlon Tonson and IT expert Angel Averia speak about the 2016 voters' data leak at the 3rd National Privacy Conference in Quezon City on January 20, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Dela Rosa, Vanity Tax, Wurtzbach | Evening wRap

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Maria Ressa

Comelec's Bautista: Punish the hackers, not the hacked

Jan 05, 2017 - 2:56 PM

After being found criminally liable by the National Privacy Commission following the voters data leak in March 2016 the poll chief says they will file a motion for reconsideration

COMELEC CHAIR RESPONDS. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista speaks to reporters on Thursday, January 5, following a decision by the National Privacy Commission finding him 'criminally liable' for the voters' data leak in March 2016. Michael Bueza/Rappler

National Privacy Commission, AKP, Russian ambassador | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Watch Rappler s midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Experts, officials trash Trump claim of mass fraud

Nov 29, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Trump who spent the campaign warning that the result might be rigged is now – with his aides – pushing back hard as the Green Party works to secure recounts in 3 states which Trump won: Michigan Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016.  Andrew Caballero-Reynods/AFP

Trump fared well with women voters despite sex assault claims

Nov 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM

US President elect Donald Trump got the support of 42 of women voters which contributed to his stunning victory

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cheer as election day results are announced during the Colorado GOP Election Night Party in Greenwood Village, Colorado on November 8, 2016.  Donald Trump has stunned America and the world, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States. / AFP PHOTO / Jason Connolly

U.S. Pinoys for Trump

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:20 AM

It s myopic for Pinoy Republicans to believe there is a place for them in a Trump White House

Overseas voters' registration for 2019 elections begins December 1

Nov 03, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The registration period for overseas Filipino voters will be until September 30 2018

OVERSEAS VOTERS. In this file photo, the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia conducts a mobile overseas voter's registration in Al Khobar. Photo from the Philippine Embassy - Riyadh website

Youth groups want 15 more days for SK registration

Aug 04, 2016 - 8:28 PM

The petitioners tell the Supreme Court that the Comelec violated the SK Reform Act which provides for an enlistment period of no less than 30 days

Registration for 2016 barangay, SK polls set for July 15-30

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:46 PM

The village and youth council elections will be on October 31

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Voters fill out forms as they register at a Commission on Elections office in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What's behind the high voter turnout?

May 22, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says the personalities of the candidates may have influenced Filipinos to cast their ballots

Voters wait in line for their turn to vote. One of the machines in Maharlika Elementary School malfunctioned. Receipts were not provided to voters. BEIs kept the ballots which they filed when the replacement machine arrived.

Overseas voter turnout highest in a decade

May 14, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says 432 706 overseas Filipinos voted during the OAV from April 9 to May 9

OVERSEAS VOTING. A migrant Filipino joins the overseas absentee voting held in Ottawa, Canada, to elect the Philippines' next president and other national leaders. Photo courtesy of DFA Public Information Services Unit

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

Record-breaking: At least 81% of voters join elections

May 09, 2016 - 10:09 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista attributes this to the quality of the candidates which include presidential front runner Rodrigo Duterte

epa05295579 Filipinos looks for their names on the voters list inside a public school turned into a polling precinct in in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, 09 May 2016. More than 54 million Filipinos were registered to vote on 09 May to elect a new president, vice president and more than 18,000 regional and local positions. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

News, not surveys, more likely to shape voters’ choice – Pulse Asia

May 09, 2016 - 3:35 PM

Reports that are played up in the news are the ones that may basically shape or condition the minds of the voters regardless of who they support whether they retain their support or shift to another candidate says Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes

SURVEY SAYS. Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes responds to questions in a Rappler interview with Cheche Lazaro on May 9, 2016

Fellow millennials, your votes matter

May 08, 2016 - 1:00 PM

I too may have lost complete faith in this flawed system but I have not lost faith in you—the hope of our nation

Senior's moment and the 2016 PH elections

May 08, 2016 - 10:45 AM

A former journalist who has voted in 9 Philippine presidential elections urges Filipinos to elect a qualified president in an honest election

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 07 May 2016, 6PM

May 07, 2016 - 5:59 PM

Average voter turnout in past 9 national elections is 76 with the highest turnout in 1998 presidential elections at 86 1 Vice presidential bet shares why her standard bearer is not enjoying the same ratings as hers Find out where you can get real time elections results on May 9

Palace to voters: Choice will dictate next 6 years, PH future

May 07, 2016 - 5:56 PM

This involves a very crucial choice Think of your loved ones and our beloved country Malacañang tells voters two days before the elections

#AskTheTaxWhiz: An open letter to taxpaying voters

May 07, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Who among the 5 presidential candidates genuinely pushes for a simple fair and equitable tax system?

PRESIDENTIABLES. From left to right: VP Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe and Mar Roxas.

'Fellow Filipinos, why the hate?'

May 07, 2016 - 10:46 AM

We are all Filipino citizens our loyalty doesn’t belong to our candidate it belongs to our country—the Philippines

Voter turnout: How the PH compares to the world

May 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While the number of registered voters has been increasing in recent years voter turnout has been fluctuating