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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

Lacson, Dalquez, Fisher | Evening wRap

Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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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

It s been a year since the 2016 elections Revisit Rappler s PHvote microsite – it doesn t disappoint with the wealth of stories from that whirlwind of a day

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

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 congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: 'Flawed' PH justice system at risk of executing innocents – Rocamora

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:30 AM

As a former prosecutor Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora saw how the Philippine criminal justice system is unfit to handle the reimposition of the capital punishment

VOTED NO. Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: Death penalty is 'sanitized vengeance' – Alejano

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano votes against the capital punishment because the measure would make the Philippines lose our moral and competitive edge

VOTED NO. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

FULL TEXT: I resist idea that taxpayers will pay for executions – Belmonte

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte says he cannot accept that the 17th Congress would take blood in its own hands

VOTED NO. Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his vote against the death penalty bill. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

WATCH: House passes death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:03 AM

214 yes 54 no 1 abstain – that s how the House of Representatives voted for the death penalty bill

LIST: How congressmen and women voted on the death penalty bill

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:14 PM

UPDATED A total of 217 lawmakers voted in favor of the measure while 54 voted against it and 1 abstained

FINAL VOTE. A total of 272 out of 293 members of the House of Representatives showed up on March 7, 2017, for the final reading of the bill reintroducing the death penalty. The yes vote won. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The Senate scramble that led to the Lascañas probe

Mar 04, 2017 - 6:12 PM

Lascañas public confession creates a stir inside the Senate and exposes a divided upper chamber

Retired policeman Arthur Lascañas delivers a "public confession" inside the Senate building on February 20, 2017.

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Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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U.S. Supreme Court says electoral maps must be reviewed for racial bias

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:13 AM

The ruling is particularly noteworthy as civil rights organizations fear a tightening of voting rights for minorities under President Donald Trump

This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Cheating using unused machines? 'Kaya nga unused' – Robredo

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Kahit hindi naman abogado maiintindihan iyon Vice President Leni Robredo says of the latest accusation of defeated candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr

DENYING FRAUD. Vice President Leni Robredo refutes the claim of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that supposedly 'unused' vote-counting machines point to 'massive fraud.' Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Russell Westbrook on snub: 'I don't play for All-Star bids'

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple double but still finished behind Stephen Curry and James Harden in All Star voting

SNUBBED. Russell Westbrook isn't taking the All-Star snub to heart. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

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Jan 19, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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Marcos wants SC action on Comelec's 'failed' SD card decryption

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:34 PM

For us this is quite disheartening and highly irregular says the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr

SUSPICIOUS. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos finds the Comelec's failure to decrypt the unused SD cards suspicious, raising speculations on poll fraud. Rappler file photo

Trillanes vs Zubiri, CDO floods, peace talks | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

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Marcos camp: Data in unused SD cards prove poll fraud

Jan 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

But Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says it is better to let the process of decryption be completed first and not to speculate on the supposed files in the SD cards

ELECTION FRAUD. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos asserts that data found in unused VCMs prove that the election system is tampered.  File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

US Senate intel panel plans probe into Russia spying

Jan 14, 2017 - 4:49 PM

US intelligence agencies allege that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort to interfere in the election to boost Trump and harm his opponent Democrat Hillary Clinton

US ELECTIONS. Trump image from Gary Coronado/EPA and Clinton image from Shawn Thew/EPA

Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

Jan 14, 2017 - 3:37 PM

US President elect Donald Trump also threatens to get tough with unfair Chinese trade practices

LeBron James leads all-star voting with over a million votes

Jan 13, 2017 - 1:27 PM

LeBron is the head of the pack with Milwaukee s Giannis Antetokounmpo in second among frontcourt players

POPULAR PLAYER. LeBron James is the first player this season to crack one million All-Star fan votes. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs stars LeBron, Irving lead NBA All-Star voting

Jan 06, 2017 - 10:55 AM

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are the frontrunners to start for the East All Star team with a little over a week left to vote

BALLOT BALLERS. Kyrie Irving (L) and LeBron James (R) are getting plenty of support from All-Star voters. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Trump: UN Israel vote to make peace negotiations 'much harder'

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:34 AM

The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace Too bad but we will get it done anyway

File photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

Comelec returns 97,000 voting machines to Smartmatic

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The Comelec says it is not required to keep materials that do not contain election results data for the election protest of Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Leni Robredo

MACHINES RETURNED. The Comelec returns 97,000 vote-counting machines to Smartmatic as the poll body decided not to purchase these. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trump claims 'serious' fraud, says millions voted illegally

Nov 28, 2016 - 1:15 AM

UPDATED Trump lets fly a series of early morning tweets in which he quotes Clinton about the need to respect the electoral process while continuing to wage an extraordinarily public battle over the makeup of his future cabinet

Voting booths set up and ready to receive voters inside a polling station in Christmas, Florida on November 8, 2016. After an exhausting, wild, bitter, and sometimes sordid campaign, Americans finally began voting Tuesday for a new president: either the billionaire populist Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, seeking to become the first woman to win the White House. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg Newton