2016 senatorial elections - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2016 senatorial elections


Newly-elected senators: Can they work with President Duterte?

May 19, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Winners of the 2016 senatorial race weigh in on President elect Rodrigo Duterte s proposed policies on human rights curfew death penalty

NEW SENATORS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the 12 new senators of the Philippines. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

Risa Hontiveros finally wins Senate seat: 'We defied gravity'

May 19, 2016 - 4:40 PM

On her 3rd try the former party list representative wins a Senate seat saying [The] world is on its way when 15 million of you decided that an ordinary person can make it to the Upper Chamber

3RD TRY. Risa Hontiveros was at 9th place in the senatorial race with 15,915,213 votes. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joel Villanueva's 'Cinderella story' in Senate race

May 19, 2016 - 4:24 PM

The former chairman of Tesda acknowledges a first time senatorial candidate rises to almost number 1 with only 148 169 votes less than topnotcher Drilon s

TESDA MAN. Joel Villanueva (left) is closely associated with the Jesus is Lord religious movement headed by his father, Eddie (right). Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What surveys failed to predict in the Senate race

May 19, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Pre election polls do not capture outcomes for Serge Osmeña Joel Villanueva and Francis Pangilinan

SENATE BETS. (Left to right) Senator Serge Osmena, former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, and former senator Francis Pangilinan.

Senatorial bets' inexperience not a problem – FEU-IT community

Apr 23, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Students from the Far Eastern University Institute of Technology see potential in the relative unknowns from Rappler s senatorial debate and hope they would steer away from traditional politics

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alunan wins Rappler's last senatorial debate – netizens

Apr 22, 2016 - 7:29 PM

At second place is OFW rights advocate Susan Ople

COMEBACK. Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III wants to make a comeback to public service by running as a senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senatorial bets: 'Cyberwarriors,' techies needed vs data leak

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:51 PM

At the Rappler senatorial debate 6 candidates are asked for suggestions on how the Comelec can address the hacking and data leak that put thousands of Filipino voters information online putting them at risk of identity theft

SENATORIAL DEBATE. Senatorial canddidates at the last leg of Rappler's senatorial debates in FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte preferred 'presidentiable' of independent senatorial bets

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Five of the 6 senatorial candidates who have joined Rappler s TheLeaderIWant debate say they prefer the tough talking Davao City mayor to head the country

WHO'S YOUR 'PRESIDENTIABLE'? Four of 6 senatorial candidates – (from left) Rafael Alunan III, Dante Liban, Allan Montaño, and Susan Ople – field questions at Rappler's 3rd and last senatorial debate at the FEU Institute of Technology on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why won't contractualization work in PH? Poor quality of life – Ople

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Sa ibang mga bansa maganda quality of life Dito sa Metro Manila torture every day Pumasok umuwi in between torture din says senatorial candidate Susan Ople

CONTRACTUALIZATION. Senatorial candidate Susan Ople explains why contractualization is not working in the Philippines at the Rappler debate in FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ople: With current conditions in PH, 'labor migration here to stay'

Apr 22, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The senatorial candidate says 45 000 Filipinos leave the country every day She is proposing a comprehensive government review of the country’s overseas employment program

OFW ADVOCATE. Senatorial candidate Susan Ople will push for la ws that would benefit OFWs if elected senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Valeroso pushes for meritocracy bill vs padrino system

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Former police officer Diosdado Valeroso says such a system would motivate government workers and encourage them to take pride in their work in public service

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate bet Allan Montaño: Equip Filipino workers for ASEAN integration

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:42 PM

At the Rappler debate senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says the ASEAN has yet to come up with a common labor code that will protect the regional workforce especially migrant workers within the region

LABOR LAWYER. Allan Montaño maps out his plan for Filipino workers at the Rappler senatorial debate at FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate bet Dante Liban: We need a department focused on PH family

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The former Quezon City representative says his proposal will actually be an improvement of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

FAMILY-ORIENTED. Former Quezon City representative Dante Liban talks about his proposed office for Filipino families at the 3rd Rappler debate on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Crime-free PH in 3-6 months? Start by cleaning up gov't – Alunan

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says his presidential bet s promise to suppress crime in a short time is doable

DUTERTE'S BET. Rafael Alunan III explains at Rappler's senatorial debate on April 22, 2016, how his presidential candidate's promise to suppress crime in 3-6 months is doable. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Only 35% of registered voters have full senatorial slate – Pulse Asia

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Sharing the top spot in the senatorial race are Senator Vicente Sotto III with 53 6 and Senate President Franklin Drilon with 51

EXPLAINER: Pacquiao’s match can be aired in PH, but...

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED Manny Pacquiao had filed his candidacy for senator before he contractually agreed to his match with Bradley It is difficult to ascribe good faith on his part when he scheduled the match within the campaign period

File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

LP Senate sweep? ‘Unlikely,’ says campaign manager

Feb 09, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Still Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo hopes for a repeat of the 2013 senatorial polls where the ruling party’s bets won 10 out of 12 seats

High awareness of Pacquiao could make him senator

Feb 06, 2016 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED The latest Pulse Asia survey shows that with the exception of former justice secretary Leila de Lima all of the probable winners are either former or incumbent legislators with a high awareness rating

INTENSIFYING. Roach's upcoming arrival means a more intense training for the Filipino boxer. File photo by EPA/MICHAEL NELSON

Make marriage annulment easier – senatorial bets

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:49 PM

Senatoriables Lorna Kapunan Neri Colmenares and Martin Romualdez also say it s time to at least debate same sex marriage

FAMILY LAWS. Senatorial candidates (from left) Neri Colmenares, Lorna Kapunan, and Martin Romualdez discuss their stand on annulment, divorce, and same-sex marriage at Rappler's 'The Leader I Want' forum on January 20, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joey Marquez, Vandolph speak up on Alma Moreno's interview with Karen Davila

Nov 26, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Vandolph says Karen Davila humiliated his mom

VANDOLPH. The comedian says that Karen Davila 'humiliated' his mother, Alma Moreno, when she interviewed her. Screengrab from Instagram/vitovandolf

Alma Moreno speaks up on Karen Davila interview

Nov 23, 2015 - 3:33 PM

The Parañaque councilor says that she is still fighting

'AWKWARD INTERVIEW.' Senatorial candidate Alma Moreno says that she was hurt by social media users' comments on her 'awkward' interview with Karen Davila. Screengrab from Instagram/iamkarendavila

#PrayForAlma: Legislation, lights on, pills, discrimination, and more

Nov 17, 2015 - 3:43 PM

The actress and senatorial hopeful leaves Filipinos scratching their heads with her viral TV interview

Who are on the Poe-Escudero senatorial slate?

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:00 AM

So far only 11 names are sure At least 5 of the tandem s bets are shared candidates with the administration UNA slates

SENATE SLATE. The 11 sure names of the senatorial slate of the Poe-Escudero tandem. The last name remains unconfirmed to date.

UNA confirms first 11 senatorial bets of Binay

Oct 18, 2015 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED: UNA President Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco confirms the list of 11 senatorial bets of UNA includes 5 guest candidates so far

UNA SLATE. The opposition United Nationalist Alliance has 11 senatorial bets so far, including 5 guest candidates.

Erap ready to endorse 7 senatorial bets for 2016

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:36 PM

Estrada s choice for a presidential bet is down to two: his goddaughter Senator Grace Poe and his kumpare Vice President Jejomar Binay

INTERVIEW. Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada speaks to the press. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno runs for senator

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:22 AM

3rd UPDATE Senator and present presidential race front runner Grace Poe and running mate Senator Chiz Escudero appear at the ceremonial launch of Moreno s senatorial bid

Will De Lima be Senate's next Miriam Santiago?

Oct 15, 2015 - 5:38 PM

De Lima says of Santiago: There is only one Miriam Defensor Santiago and she cannot be replaced But I will attempt to learn from the veteran of political battles

'CANDIDATE LEILA.' Former justice secretary Leila de Lima delivers her first speech as a candidate at the Philippine Judges Association conference at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay on October 15, 2015. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

LP-led coalition sets rule for shared senatorial candidates

Oct 13, 2015 - 5:41 PM

You should not be seen with other presidential and vice presidential candidates

Villar son not running for senator in 2016

Oct 08, 2015 - 5:55 PM

After airing political advertisements and figuring in surveys Mark Villar decides to set aside a senatorial bid and run for re election as Las Piñas congressman

'THANK YOU, BUT...' While he is 'flattered by the encouraging polling numbers' for his reported senatorial bid, Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar says he has decided to seek re-election instead. Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook page

Erap endorses leftist leader Neri Colmenares for senator

Sep 30, 2015 - 4:43 PM

UPDATED Former President Joseph Estrada who has popularized the slogan Erap para sa mahirap touts the pro poor agenda of the Makabayan bloc

MMDA chief Tolentino running for senator

Sep 29, 2015 - 2:16 PM

The chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says he will submit his resignation to President Aquino in the coming days

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Cavite politicians throw their support for the senatorial bid of MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Will De Lima run for senator? Decision known August 27

Jul 20, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says she knows she is capable of the work that a Senate seat entails but admits she is wary of the mudslinging and politicking

Who's who in the 2016 senatorial surveys

May 06, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Incumbent returning senators top the surveys on the 2016 senatorial elections

Isko Moreno: From Tondo to the Senate?

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:00 AM

With his popularity in the Philippine capital reportedly dwindling Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno reportedly sets his sights on the Senate

mar roxas, erap, isko moreno

No surprise in Binay’s higher ratings vs PNoy

Apr 14, 2012 - 1:57 PM

In Philippine history VPs are generally more popular than presidents