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Comelec hit for late naming of dominant parties

May 11, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The opposition Liberal Party says this gives them no time to appeal the naming of the Duterte-allied Nacionalista Party as the dominant minority party

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas inspects the canvassing venue for the May 13 elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 9, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2 Comelec execs oppose Nacionalista as dominant minority party

May 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'With the current polarized political climate, it is not hard to divine which group belongs to the majority or minority,' says Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia

DUTERTE ALLIES. Imee Marcos (center) and Cynthia Villar (left), both senatorial bets of the Nacionalista Party, pose with presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in a political gathering. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties

May 10, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum in Batangas on April 17, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rectos leave Liberal Party, join Nacionalista Party

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The newly formed local party One Batangas also seals an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Villars

SANDUGAN. One Batangas seals its alliance with Nacionalista Party on September 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Ralph Recto

Pimentel downplays Hugpong alliance with political parties

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'Congrats to them all. No implication on us,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago seals alliance with NP, NPC, NUP

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Three national political parties and 6 local parties vow to support the senatorial candidates endorsed by the regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SWS survey on Duterte’s trust rating, Press freedom in PH, Kim and Moon summit | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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NP to field Imee Marcos, Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano in senatorial elections

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar denies rumors her husband, former senator Manny Villar, is running for Manila mayor next year

2019. The Nacionalista Party is set to field 3 women candidates for the senatorial elections next year. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PDP-Laban welcomes 5 more ex-LP lawmakers

May 10, 2017 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED In defending their departure from LP Representatives Geraldine Roman and Alfred Vargas say there is overwhelming support for President Rodrigo Duterte in their respective districts

PARTY HOPPING. A total of 10 lawmakers, 5 formerly from the Liberal Party, jump ship to PDP-Laban on May 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House ousts Floirendo from Commission on Appointments

May 08, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr s removal from the House contingent to the Commission on Appointments comes a day before a House probe into his banana firm s operations

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Duterte says he would 'die' for Manny Villar

Mar 23, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Puwede ako magpakamatay sa kanya Kasi mabait eh says the President of former senator Manny Villar who accompanies Duterte during his Thailand trip

'PINAKA MABAIT.' Former senator Manny Villar smiles as President Rodrigo Duterte heaps praises on him during an event with Filipinos in Thailand. RTVM screenshot

Belmonte backs emergency powers for Duterte vs traffic

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives says waiving the bidding for transportation contracts is fine as long as all information are made public

LP LEADER. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he might lead the members of the LP who will join the majority coalition if their members won't be asked to jump ship to PDP-Laban. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

NUP seals alliance with PDP-Laban

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The National Unity Party is the latest political party to express support for President elect Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban

NEW ALLIES. The National Unity Party joins forces with the incoming ruling party, PDP-Laban. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Belmonte: 'Sizeable number of LP members still on my side'

May 31, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the party leadership s preferred scenario is for the LP to remain intact even as some of its members coalesce with the new majority bloc in the House

HOUSE LEADER. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte opens the 3rd regular session of the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 Mindanao lawmakers shift to Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 24, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Peter Unabia and Mylene Albano of the Liberal Party along with Rogelio Pacquiao take their oath as PDP Laban members

NEW ALLIANCES. Several members of the House of Representatives have deflected to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LP lawmakers told: Support PDP-Laban, but stay with party

May 23, 2016 - 6:02 PM

More realignments in the House of Representatives: the National Unity Party reunites with Lakas CMD before entering into a coalition with PDP Laban

'I'm sure Alvarez will be next Speaker' – Belmonte

May 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

UPDATED He has or will soon have the numbers longtime House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte says of newly elected Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez

NPC to form alliance with Duterte's PDP-Laban

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition is the latest political party to express support for the incoming administration of president elect Rodrigo Duterte

COALITION. The Nationalist People's Coalition - the country's second largest political party - is now allied with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

NP, PDP-Laban form 'coalition' for Duterte presidency

May 16, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Nacionalista Party president Manny Villar says they will cooperate to initiate reforms under Rodrigo Duterte s administration

Coveenant signing of "Coalition for Change" between Nacionalista Party and PDP-Laban. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Former PBA player Paul Artadi wins San Juan City council seat

May 10, 2016 - 5:02 PM

Former PBA player Paul Artadi nabs the sixth and final council seat

Silent endorsement for Bongbong Marcos from NP stalwarts?

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar earlier said that members of the Nacionalista Party are free to choose who will they support as VP

In Aquino province, some NPC mayors back Bongbong Marcos

Mar 28, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The vice presidential bet says Ilocanos dominate the northern towns of Tarlac and that NPC founder Danding Cojuangco has allowed mayors to support him

ILOCANOS OF TARLAC. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr convenes barangay officials in the town of San Manuel, Tarlac, on March 28, 2016. He visits Tarlac's northern towns of Tarlac, where Ilocanos reside. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

When Bongbong Marcos met Cynthia Villar in Pangasinan

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she does not need to endorse Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr to voters in the Solid North

ENDORSEMENT? Nacionalista Party leader Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies they will not support any of the NP members running for vice president. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

Ruling party in Laguna: One stage, two vice governors

Dec 08, 2015 - 6:50 PM

It’s only a glimpse of the unique situation in Laguna where political support does not always toe party lines

LAGUNA ALLIES. Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas in San Pedro, Laguna. He shares the stage with allies in the province including Laguna provincial board member Angelica Jones, an LP member (in vest); Laguna Vice Governor Katherine Agapay of the Nacionalista Party (in "Karen" shirt). Photo by Be a Cupin/Rappler

Controversial bets, Duterte waiting game cap off COC filing week

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Senate race gets more crowded and interesting with lots of familiar faces new names and returning bets locking in their candidacies

SENATORIAL BETS. Controversial bets  Getulio Napeñas – the dismissed chief of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force  – and former military general Jovito Palparan will run for senator in the 2016 elections. Rappler photos

OFW advocate Susan Ople seeks senatorial seat

Oct 16, 2015 - 9:50 AM

This will be the first OFW driven national campaign Ople says

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

In Laguna, it's NP-LP vs UNA

Oct 09, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Incumbent Governor Ramil Hernandez a member of the Nacionalista Party says they’ve only decided on endorsing Mar Roxas and that the vice presidential endorsement is still up for grabs

LAGUNA COALITION. LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas shares the stage with Nacionalista Party stalwarts and Laguna officials in Calamba City. Photo by Bea Cupin/ Rappler

Duterte sure to run, but won't say for which post

Oct 01, 2015 - 3:54 PM

The Davao City mayor continues to keep everyone guessing

TANDEM? NP Senator Bongbong Marcos meets with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on September 30, 2015. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Alan Peter Cayetano running for vice president

Sep 29, 2015 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE Cayetano is waiting for the decision of his dream running mate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

VICE PRESIDENT. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano declares he is running for vice president. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Binay-Honasan? Gringo says it's a 'painful joke'

Sep 22, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Senator Honasan says he has no interest in higher office and will just help in Binay s campaign as vice president of the opposition party

NOT INTERESTED. Senator Gregorio Honasan II says he would rather remain as senator instead of running as Binay's vice presidential bet. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Binay-Marcos? Bongbong still unsure

Sep 16, 2015 - 7:51 PM

Binay says he is about to seal a tandem with Senator Bongbong Marcos for 2016 but the lawmaker says the decision isn t all that simple

MOVING ON? Vice President Jejomar Binay explains his preference for Senator Bongbong Marcos as his running mate by saying, 'Let's move on.' File photo

NP to leave LP coalition – Bongbong Marcos

Sep 08, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Marcos says he is running for a higher post in 2016 and will make an announcement once everything is clear

SPLIT. Senator Bongbong Marcos says Nacionalist Party will have to formalize its split from the coalition led by the Liberal Party.

Forget Grace Poe? Drilon wants LP to begin VP search

Sep 04, 2015 - 5:56 PM

In my view Senator Poe is already a candidate for president The writings are on the wall says Senate President Franklin Drilon who is Liberal Party vice chairman

GAME OVER? Senate President Franklin Drilon is convinced the Liberal Party should start looking for a vice presidential bet since Senator Grace Poe is set on running for president herself. File photos

Local Vote: Cagayan, Negros Occidental, Tacloban City, Leyte

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Rappler s weekly wrap up: Not campaigning? Declared LP bet distributes PCSO ambulances in Cagayan; Negros Occidental’s closely watched contest: vice governorship; Romualdez wives to seek husbands posts;

 FROM LEFT: Presidential Legislative Liaison Officer Manuel Mamba of Cagayan, 4th District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer of Negros Occidental, and Councilor Cristina Gonzalez of Tacloban City, Leyte

Binay’s defense, Duterte-Marcos talks, N. Korea ‘wartime’ | 12PM wRap

Aug 21, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Nacionalista-PDP-Laban alliance for Duterte, Marcos?

Aug 21, 2015 - 12:18 AM

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr confirms there are ongoing exploratory talks between the stalwarts of the NP and PDP Laban

DUTERTE-MARCOS. If Duterte runs for president, will Marcos be his VP?

Binay’s pledge, NP-Duterte talks, Abu Sayyaf clash | 12PM wRap

Aug 20, 2015 - 1:15 PM

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Duterte-Nacionalista alliance shaping up?

Aug 20, 2015 - 7:53 AM

Latest word is that Duterte s choices have narrowed down to Alan Peter Cayetano and another NP senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

PRESIDENCY. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte could be entering into a coalition with parties willing to support him.  File photo by JLPGarcia_D4_2012

Marcos is Binay's top choice for VP

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Binay is willing to work with ex rivals to boost a presidential bid that a corruption controversy has weighed down and to consolidate forces opposed to the administration

MOVING ON? Vice President Jejomar Binay explains his preference for Senator Bongbong Marcos as his running mate by saying, 'Let's move on.' File photo

Marcos, Cayetano, Trillanes for VP? NP to declare 'free zone'

Aug 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

There are no definite offers from Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II according to Senator Cynthia Villar

NACIONALISTA SENATORS. Senators Alan Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Ferdinand Marcos Jr

Bongbong on 2016: No downside to being a Marcos

Aug 16, 2015 - 7:06 PM

Senator Marcos says: I do not see any bad side to being a Marcos I am so lucky to be the son of a president who has done so much I think I am the luckiest person I know

CORE SUPPORTERS. Senator Bongbong Marcos says he expects people to support him because he is a Marcos. File photo by Romy Bugante/Senate PRIB

Marcos 'flattered' to be Binay's possible VP

Jul 27, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Marcos partymate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is also considering running for vice president after initially saying he is only eyeing the presidency

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. File photo from the Senate PRIB Senate PRIB

INC, Aquino after 2016, Prince George | 6PM wRap

Jul 23, 2015 - 6:35 PM

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No NP, NPC talks to back Poe-Chiz – Cynthia Villar

Jul 23, 2015 - 5:15 PM

NPC president Giorgidi Aggabao and NP stalwart Senator Cynthia Villar are denying a newspaper story

ALL SET? Two of the country's biggest political parties are in talks to back the Poe-Chiz tandem

MV Kim Nirvana survivors, Roxas on Binay vs Jamias, Nacionalista Party lacking funds | 12PM wRap

Jul 03, 2015 - 12:42 PM

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NP won't fund Trillanes, Marcos, Cayetano in 2016

Jul 03, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Usually when you run you raise your own funds You don’t ask that from your party says Senator Cynthia Villar

NP SUPPORT. Senator Cynthia Villar says the Nacionalista Party expects its members to discuss among each other their 2016 plans. File photo

NP may support Grace Poe but not Binay – Villar

Jun 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Former Senator Manuel Villar Jr who also leads the Nacionalista Party will not seek the presidency again says his senator wife Cynthia

FAVORED CANDIDATE: Senator Grace Poe may get the backing of Nacionalista Party, too. File photo

Aquino must strive to preserve coalition for 2016 – Escudero

Jun 16, 2015 - 2:00 PM

President Aquino is earlier quoted saying he has a role as a head of coalition preserve the team

EASIER SAID THAN DONE. Senator Francis Escudero says the President must keep the ruling coalition intact. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

LP: Party to beat in 2016

Jun 11, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The political imperative is to keep intact the ruling coalition in preparation for 2016

Villar party: 'No consensus' on 2016 in Japan cruise

May 04, 2015 - 5:55 PM

The NP has yet to decide whether to field its own candidates in 2016 enter into a coalition with other parties or adopt candidates

'NOTHING FINAL.' Former senator Manny Villar's Nacionalista Party gathers in a Japan cruise sponsored by the tycoon. Photo courtesy of Senator Marcos' Facebook page