Russia votes with strongman Putin set for 4th term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Since taking power 18 years ago, Vladimir Putin has stamped his total authority on the country, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might abroad

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

Mexico warns of drug cartel interference in vote

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says there were reckless attempts to pressure candidates to align themselves to a particular criminal group

INTERIOR MINISTER. Mexico Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says there are reports that candidates are being pressured by drug cartels. File photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

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Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Alvarez’s flip-flop on Cha-Cha hit in forum

Feb 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I find it absurd that some brilliant mind in the House said that they should just vote jointly. No,' says a UE law professor on Speaker Alvarez

FLIP-FLOP? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention but quickly shifts to calling for a Constitutional Assembly and strongly pushes for it. File photo

With wrong petition, SC can't step in on Congress impasse on Cha-Cha

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Supreme Court has no original jurisdiction over Declaratory Relief actions,' says the en banc

Senate President Koko Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez presides during Congress joint session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao at the Plenary Hall, House of Representatives in Batasan, Quezon City. Also in Photo are Security officials lead by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdia and PNP, AFP and DND. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Guinea holds first local elections since military rule

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:18 PM

More than 5.9 million Guineans are registered to vote

VOTE. A woman displays a poster of Guinea's Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UDFG) political party opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo during a campaign meeting on February 2, 2018 in Conakry. Photo by Cellou Binani/AFP

Cyprus votes in close presidential run-off

Feb 04, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Nicos Anastasiade and Stavros Malas spar over who is best placed to reunify and boost the country's economy

VOTE. Elections in Cyprus focus mainly on reunification efforts and the economy. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Protest in Hong Kong over activist's election ban

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The ban on Agnes Chow, who was at the forefront of mass 2014 Umbrella Movement, is the latest blow for the democracy camp and another sign that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city

BANNED. Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow shouts slogans on stage during a protest outside Central Government Complex in Hong Kong on Januray 28, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Malacañang: Senate, House must reach 'consensus' on joint voting impasse

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:33 PM

The Palace position comes days after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the lower chamber will convene itself into a Constituent Assembly even without senators

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III following the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) at the Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vote for Katarina Rodriguez in Miss Intercontinental 2017!

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:12 AM

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Rachel Peters, Chanel Thomas, and Katarina Rodriguez is sent-off to their respective pageants on November 6, 2017 at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City.

Bucks' Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star balloting

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The Greek Freak has received more fan votes than any other player so far, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving following

ON TOP. The 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely earn his second straight NBA All-Star nod. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Israel in touch with '10 countries' over embassy moves

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:51 AM

(UPDATED) No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv

DISPUTED CITY. A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

Vote for Katarina Rodriguez in the Miss Intercontinental 2017 pageant

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Help Katarina enter as a semi-finalist in the pageant to be held in Egypt in January

Rachel Peters, Chanel Thomas, and Katarina Rodriguez is sent-off to their respective pageants on November 6, 2017 at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City.

Defying Trump threat, UN rejects US decision on Jerusalem

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:23 AM

The 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution by 128 to 9 with 35 abstentions, in what Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour called a "massive setback" for the United States

CONDEMNATION. Members of the Palestinian delegation clap after the vote on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by AFP

Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted

India's PM Modi faces test as his home state votes

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Experts say this election is a serious challenge to Modi as his rivals ride a wave of discontent caused by a stuttering economy and voter anger over the reforms and a desire for change could boost the flagging fortunes of the opposition Congress Party

INDIA VOTE. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP

Supreme Court affirms martial law in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Newly-appointed Associate Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo join the majority and vote to affirm the decision

Nepalis vote for stability in historic polls

Nov 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

This marks the final step of a drawn-out peace process, which began in 2006 with the end of the civil war

HISTORIC POLLS. A Nepali voter examines a ballot papers before casting his vote at a polling station during the general election at Chautara, Sindhupalchowk district some of 100 kilometers east of Kathamndu on November 26, 2017. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

WATCH: Laura Lehmann speaks up on cyberbullying in Miss World challenge

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

If Laura wins this challenge, she will immediately have a spot in the Top 40

Spain protesters demand action on Catalonia crisis

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Madrid's central Colon Square transforms into a sea of Spanish flags as several thousand people join a 'patriotic' march organized by activists to defend the unity of Spain

MASS PROTESTS. Protestors gather holding Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence at Colon square in Madrid on October 07, 2017. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Maduro holds Venezuela vote, defying protests, international scorn

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Surveys by the Datanalisis polling firm show more than 70 of Venezuelans opposed the idea of the new assembly – and 80 reject Maduro s leadership

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a national flag during the closing of the campaign to elect a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the constitution, in Caracas on July 27, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Leonen: Lone dissenter in SC martial law ruling

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED We should have the courage to never again clothe authoritarianism in any disguise with the mantle of constitutionality Leonen says in his dissenting opinion

File photo of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

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Kremlin 'resolutely' denies Russia hacked U.S. vote

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Apart from this claim which absolutely does not conform to reality we have not seen any other information nor heard any arguments for the reliability of this information Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells journalists

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP

Iran's Rouhani wins reelection

May 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED Hassan Rouhani frames the election as a choice between greater civil liberties and extremism

IRAN VOTE. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is headed for reelection. File photo from Iranian presidency website/AFP

Comelec eyes early voting in polls

May 20, 2017 - 9:18 AM

Meanwhile a House bill seeks early voting for PWDs and senior citizens within a week before election day

FORUM. Comelec chairman Andy Bautista is interviewed by the media during a forum on the 2016 polls in Makati City on May 19, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Facebook bans graphics-only live polls

May 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Facebook pages that violate the policy will see their live broadcasts demoted

Images from 2016: The day we elected Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

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After confusion on Lopez vote, Aquino wants CA to review secret voting

May 09, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV says someone clearly lied about voting in favor of former environment secretary Gina Lopez

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trump savors win as House passes Obamacare repeal

May 04, 2017 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED House Speaker Paul Ryan: A lot of us have been waiting 7 years to cast this vote to kill off Obamacare

THE US HEALTHCARE VOTE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Is someone lying? CA votes on Gina Lopez don't add up

May 04, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Due to the secret voting done by the Commission on Appointments the public can only take the lawmakers word whether they voted to confirm or reject the environment secretary

SECRET VOTING. The Commission on Appointments has yet to release the individual votes of CA members on the rejection of former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

SC gives Robredo 5 days to pay P8-M deposit for vote recount

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:48 PM

The Vice President s camp recently said she would only pay the deposit after the recount of ballots being questioned by Ferdinand Marcos Jr is completed

PAY IN 5 DAYS. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal says there’s no more delaying the requirement for Vice President Leni Robredo to pay P8 million as initial payment in the review of ballots in ex-Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s protest. File photo

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is an 'abhorrent punishment' – Lagman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says of the death penalty: It victimizes the poor It is not the solution to criminality It is not the answer to poverty and social injustice It debases the right to life

VOTED NO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Essence of Sharia law is preservation of life – Hataman

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anak Mindanao Sitti Turabin Hataman: Sarili ko pong buhay hindi ko kayang panagutan I cannot afford and is most afraid to be held accountable for another life even just one life Thus I vote No

VOTED NO. Anak Mindanao Representative Sitti Turabin-Hataman explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Party stand trumps conscience vote on death penalty – Salo

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Kabayan Representative Ron Salo a preacher says he personally opposes the death penalty but he cast the yes vote of the party he represents

VOTED YES. Kabayan Representative Ron Salo explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Reimposing the death penalty is 'anti-poor' – Zarate

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says criminality stems from a backward society where only a few and the foreigners decide the affairs

VOTED NO. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Cibac supports death penalty, hopes no wrongful convictions – Tugna

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 AM

CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna says his party approved the death penalty bill with an understanding it will be supported by government s efforts to address corruption in the police and judiciary

VOTED YES. CIBAC Representative Sherwin Tugna explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Death penalty won't address Filipinos' problems – Casilao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao lists 5 reasons why he voted against reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts

FULL TEXT: Drugs bring 'moral decay and fuels crime' – Biazon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Muntinlupa City Ruffy Biazon votes yes: The Constitution allows capital punishment for compelling reasons The continued proliferation of the illegal drug trade with its devastating effects is a compelling reason

VOTED YES. Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his vote in favor of the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Death penalty not the solution to fix justice system – Brosas

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Gabriela Women s Party Representative Arlene Brosas says the possibility is not remote that the death penalty will be used by the state to fabricate charges and manufacture evidence against activists

VOTED NO. Gabriela Women's Party Representative Arlene Brosas explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'tool of state repression' – Castro

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:20 AM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says House Bill 4727 is anti poor prone to abuse and an ineffective deterrent against criminality

VOTED NO. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: 'Kill a person and you kill him his other rights' – Roque

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says: The right to life is non derogable whether in times of peace or in times of war This right cannot be denied to anyone regardless of the circumstances

VOTED NO. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Death penalty revival puts the poor, OFWs at risk – Bag-ao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao likens her colleagues yes votes for the death penalty to saying yes to killing of the poor and OFWs on death row

VOTED NO. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Everyone has the right to redemption – Baguilat

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr votes no and asks Ang ipapamana ba natin sa ating mga kababayan ay buhay o kamatayan?

VOTED NO. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr explains his vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: 'No crime is worth killing for' – Villarin

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says this is especially true when the task of condemning a fellow Filipino to death will be undertaken within the context of a flawed criminal justice system

VOTED NO. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from

FULL TEXT: Death penalty a 'curse' on Filipino Catholics – Atienza

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says that when lawmakers pass laws they must consider the faith of Filipinos

VOTED NO. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from