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2019: A bad year to be in the opposition

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Here are the 6 times the political opposition took a major hit from the Duterte administration in 2019

[OPINION] The 'problem-solving' impulse and the limits of state power

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:57 AM

How much power should the President have? Depends on who you ask.

After tough loss in midterm polls, Otso Diretso has eyes set on 2022

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:04 PM

The disappointing defeat of the opposition senatorial candidates only pushes the slate to continue the fight beyond the halls of the Senate

The Otso Diretso candidates raise each other's hands for the last time on the campaign trail on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/rappler

[OPINION] Rekindling hope in new breed of alternative leaders

May 29, 2019 - 7:56 AM

What our recent experience tells us is that there is hope, imperceptible at first glance but solid at a second moment of reflection

[OPINION] Disheartening but unsurprising: On the 2019 midterm elections

May 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM

With the rise of populism worldwide and growing assertiveness of authoritarian regimes everywhere, it is possible that we are now entering the reverse wave period – the Philippines included

Otso Diretso ran 'defensive' campaign in 2019 – Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 9:23 PM

The ex-Akbayan congressman stresses the importance of defending democratic values, but the opposition also needs to come up with new strategies that go beyond 'old responses' to society's problems

BELLO ON 2019 POLLS. Former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello assesses the performance of the opposition and party-list groups in the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Rappler video

FALSE: Villegas, Tagle 'say followers are traitors' for not voting for Otso Diretso

May 23, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says the claim is 'fake news and propaganda'

Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) When Bam Aquino hinged his campaign on the failures of the TRAIN law, he failed to take into account that President Duterte's popularity had recovered from that, says political scientist Gene Pilapil

The opposition coalition presented its full senatorial slate for the 2019 elections at a gathering of supporters graced by Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino at Barangay Parang in Marikina. The senatorial candidates are Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Atty Makalintal, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay and Samira Gutoc. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LP leaders Pangilinan, Belmonte resign after Otso Diretso loses elections

May 21, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Both LP officials claim 'command responsibility' over the loss of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, but party chair Vice President Leni Robredo does not accept their resignation

LIBERAL PARTY LEADERS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (left) and Quezon City 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Rappler file photos

FALSE: VP Leni Robredo ‘promised’ to step down if no Otso Diretso bet wins

May 16, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The claim originated from a website that's known for spreading misleading information

Malacañang offers 'hand of friendship' to opposition

May 15, 2019 - 6:08 PM

There's room for dissent as long as it's 'constructive,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] To our opposition slate, it was an honor losing with you

May 15, 2019 - 2:26 PM

They are reminders that there are heroes in our midst who, in time of utmost desperation, selflessly took the enormous enemy head on. They might have lost in the polls but they embody what remains of our democratic aspirations.

Chel Diokno to teary-eyed supporters: ‘I will never forget the love you gave me’

May 14, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'I’m not at all sad at the outcome of this elections... What is important is the light that we have shone in the darkness,' says opposition senatorial candidate Chel Diokno

GRATITUDE. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Chel Diokno thanks all his campaign staff and volunteers for standing by him in his hard fought campaign. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

In Bicol, 4 Otso Diretso candidates make it to Magic 12

May 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Senatorial candidates Bam Aquino, Mar Roxas, Chel Diokno, and Gary Alejano are in the winners' circle for the region of Bicol

Robredo: No matter the election results, Otso Diretso's fight continues

May 14, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'Paghugutan natin ng lakas ang bawat isa. Marami pa tayong kailangan gawin at marami pa tayong magagawa,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NOT YET OVER. Vice President Leni Robredo and Otso Diretso candidates attend a thanksgiving Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at UP Diliman in Quezon City, on May 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Otso Diretso not conceding the fight just yet for Aquino, Roxas

May 14, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The defeated opposition senatorial bets are hoping that their colleagues Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas can still make it to the Magic 12

STILL SMILING. Otso Diretso spokesperson Barry Gutierrez and senatorial bets Samira Gutoc and Erin Tañada pose for a picture ahead of their press conference on May 14, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Opposition bets failed to counter Duterte strongman myth – analyst

May 14, 2019 - 1:25 AM

Political science instructor Arjan Aguirre says the opposition should have united to attack the narrative that people need to rely on strongman rule

UNITY NEEDED. Political science instructor Arjan Aguirre says opposition senatorial candidates failed to form a united front to counter the strongman rule narrative of President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from Rappler video

Otso Diretso says 'victory' in drawing clear lines vs admin

May 13, 2019 - 10:07 PM

'If you don't agree with what is going on in our country, if you don't like the direction where it's going, support us,' says Otso Diretso spokesperson Barry Gutierrez

CLEAR LINES. Otso Diretso coalition spokesperson Barry Gutierrez says it's a victory for the opposition to draw clear lines on where they stand against the Duterte administration. Screenshot from Rappler video

As initial votes come in, somber yet hopeful mood at Otso Diretso HQ

May 13, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Erin Tañada is the only Otso Diretso candidate at their Cubao headquarters on election night

STILL SMILING. Otso Diretso senatorial bet poses in front of a caricature of himself inside Balay on May 13, 2019. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte makes last pitch for his Senate slate

May 11, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'If you believe in Bikoy, kindly vote for Otso Diretso,' the President says in his winding speech during PDP-Laban's miting de avance

LAST PITCH. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte is shown delivering his speech during PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Bacolod City Government Center Football Field in Negros Occidental on April 11, 2019. File photo by Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo

[OPINION] Reality check on Otso Diretso’s volunteer-driven campaign

May 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Is ‘all out, all heart’ enough?

ALL HEART. Otso Diretso's campaign staff cheer loudly for their candidates. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Short stories on the campaign trail: An Otso Diretso volunteer's account

May 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

In efforts to campaign for candidates of conscience from Otso Diretso, one truly receives more than one can imagine: people, moments, memories for a lifetime – mostly, sources of hope

Opposition bets urge voters to choose an independent Senate

May 11, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Opposition bet Neri Colmenares says: 'Kapag lumabas ang ating balwarte, ang simbahan, ang manggagawa at ang kabataan, tiyak, ang independent at progressive candidates ay magtatagumpay sa Halalan 2019'

OPPOSITION. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates took turns speaking at the Miting de Avance ng Taumbayan held at the People Power Monument on May 10, 2019. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Church says Tagle, CBCP didn't endorse Otso Diretso

May 10, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle endorsed a process of discernment, not a specific set of candidates, in the May 13 elections

CHURCH LEADER. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily at the Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Does the opposition slate stand a chance?

May 09, 2019 - 4:14 PM

On Thursday, May 9, Rappler reporters Lian Buan and Mara Cepeda join Newsbreak Chats to analyze the Otso Diretso campaign and the possibility of them winning on May 13

Otso Diretso bets' promise: We won't steal public funds if elected

May 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The opposition candidates also vow to bring independence to the Senate, saying it cannot be a chamber that simply bows to the whims of the Duterte administration

HONESTY IN THE SENATE. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates raise each other's hands during their last preelection gathering on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Otso Diretso thanks rain-soaked supporters: 'You are the spirit of this campaign'

May 08, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Heavy rain pours during the opposition senatorial ticket's thanksgiving concert at the UP Sunken Garden. But the crowd stays to listen to their speeches.

THANK YOU. Otso Diretso candidates pose for a selfie together with their supporters, who were all soaked from the rain on May 8, 2019. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Otso Diretso to make last stand in miting de avance at UP Diliman

May 07, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Several bands, singers, and spoken word artists are going to perform during the miting de avance, including Autotelic, Truefaith, Noel Cabangon, and Ebe Dancel

CBCP lay arm endorses Otso Diretso, 2 other Senate bets

May 07, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'We believe we need an independent Senate,' says Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas president Julieta Wasan, adding they cannot anymore remain nonpartisan

PEOPLE'S CHOICE. Senatorial bets Gary Alejano, Neri Colmenares, Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Chel Diokno, and 5 other candidates, mostly from opposition slate Otso Diretso, get the support of the People's Choice Movement in the May 13 elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler, Wednesday

Otso Diretso hopes to stage another ‘revolution’ in historic Kawit, Cavite

May 07, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Their host and Cavite 1st District Representative Boy Blue Abaya delivers a speech endorsing Otso Diretso, but does not share the stage with them

REVOLUTION? Otso Diretso opposition candidates and their representatives raise each other's hands during their sortie in Kawit, Cavite on May 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gutoc throws shade at pork-tainted Bong Revilla in his bailiwick Cavite

May 06, 2019 - 10:23 PM

'Nagnanakaw na nga, may kaso, tumatakbo pa. Anong klaseng eleksyon 'yan?' says Otso Diretso candidate Samira Gutoc in an impassioned speech

SHADE ON REVILLA. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc delivers her campaign speech at Kawit, Cavite on May 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bikoy 'entitled to due process' to prove claims, says Otso Diretso

May 06, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Opposition candidates from the Otso Diretso slate say there should be a thorough probe to determine if Bikoy's claims against the Duterte family are true

Otso Diretso in Kawit Cavite. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Boy Blue Abaya to host Otso Diretso bets in vote-rich Cavite

May 06, 2019 - 1:14 PM

But only 4 of the opposition senatorial bets will be present during their last official provincial sortie before their miting de avance on May 8

ALLIES. Reelectionist Cavite 1st District Representative BoyBlue Abaya (5th from R, in blue) is once again hosting Otso Diretso in his province on May 6, 2019. File photo from Samira Gutoc's Facebook page

Mar Roxas seeks to defeat ghosts from 2016 bid

May 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Mar Roxas is not out for redemption in 2019. But he's finding that easier said than done.

Opposition senatorial bet Manuel Roxas II meets with the various sector at village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

Novaliches bishop endorses Otso Diretso

May 05, 2019 - 6:00 PM

‘Hindi po totoo 'yung 'pagka Katoliko ka ay wala kang, dapat 'di ka involved,' says Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias, as he explains his support for the opposition bets

CATHOLIC VOTE. Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias (center) holds a press conference along with Otso Diretso candidates Samira Gutoc and Erin Tañada and the representatives of the other bets. Photo from Otso Diretso Media

'Enthusiasm edge' props up Otso Diretso, says Constitution framer

May 05, 2019 - 4:44 PM

'We're in the endgame now. This is the endgame of Otso Diretso,' says Ed Garcia, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution

'ENTHUSIASM EDGE.' Otso Diretso candidates Samira Gutoc and Erin Tañada (not in photo) visit the tricycle terminal in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

How 'green' is your Senate bet? Group tracks candidates' records

May 04, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The Ecological Challenge for Change Coalition releases its matrix of the environmental track records of 24 senatorial aspirants from the administration and the opposition

Otso Diretso heads to Tañada’s turf to woo Quezon voters

May 03, 2019 - 11:09 AM

The highlight of the sortie is a grand campaign rally in Sariaya town, where the opposition bets will be hosted by local allies

TAÑADA TURF. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada (second from L) and other Otso Diretso candidates will campaign in his province on May 3, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Positions on conservative issues set opposition bets apart

May 03, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) Members of the same coalition part ways on divorce, same-sex marriage, and death penalty

DIFFERENT STANDS. Candidates of Otso Diretso and Labor Win part ways when it comes to conservative issues.

Group endorses Labor Win, 4 Otso Diretso bets to champion workers' rights

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'Nagsasawa na po tayo sa puro pangako.... Kailangan meron tayong panghawakan sa mga tumatakbong kandidato sa pagsusulong ng interes ng uring manggagawa,' says Defend Job Philippines spokesperson Christian Magsoy

LABOR PICKS. Labor group Defend Job Philippines endorses Ernesto Arellano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Neri Colminares, Leody De Guzman, Sonny Matula , Allan Montaño, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tanada and Kabataan Partylist for their #LaborVote2019 campaign. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

From constitutionalist to cancer patient, volunteers are the ‘heart’ of Otso Diretso campaign

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:54 PM

‘’Yung sakit ko traydor. ’Yung sakit ko na lang, kesa ako ’yung traydor sa bayan,’ says 38-year-old Omar Hernandez, who volunteers for the Otso Diretso campaign despite battling leukemia

VOLUNTEERS. 38-year-old cancer patient Omar Hernandez and 76-year-old constitutionalist Ed Garcia are volunteers for the Otso Diretso campaign. Photo of Garcia courtesy of JC Punongbayan

Of jet skis and life vests: How Otso Diretso uses political stunts to keep its campaign afloat

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:26 PM

A visit to Masinloc, Zambales and a debate challenge at Plaza Miranda help raise awareness for the opposition bets, but fall short of ultimately convincing more voters to favor them

Otso Diretso senatoriables Samira Gutoc, Pilo Hilbay, Gary Alejano, and Chel Diokno wave Philippine flags at the Masinloc Municipal Fishport at Barangay South Poblacion, Masinloc, Zambales Province on Monday, April 8, as they challenge President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his promise to ride a jetski to the disputed islands. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso reunites in Cebu City, but local allies still a no-show

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 AM

A barangay captain in Argao, Cebu, however, allows several Otso Diretso candidates to campaign in his village

THE OPPOSITION. Vice President Leni Robredo (center) is joined by all 8 Otso Diretso candidates in Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso media

Roxas asks Cebuanos: Can your birthday gift be a vote for Otso Diretso?

Apr 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial bet Mar Roxas celebrates his 62nd birthday on May 13, when Filipinos will also go to polling precincts to vote

BIRTHDAY VOTE? Otso Diretso candidate Mar Roxas (2nd from L) and the slate's other bets do the Otso Diretso hand sign for the cameras in Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso media

This Cebu barangay is ‘not afraid to support Otso Diretso’

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Chanito Quiblat, chairman of Barangay Taloot in Argao, Cebu, says he was approached by volunteers who had ‘no funding, doing it out of love’

SUPPORT. Barangay Taloot Councilor Evangeline Rellin (middle, shown here with candidate Samira Gutoc), says: 'I’m siding with Otso Diretso because I want change. I also see that they are worthy of the position.' Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

All Otso Diretso bets join forces in vote-rich Cebu

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:55 AM

This is only the second time the opposition senatorial ticket will be complete in one city during the 2019 campaign period

OPPOSITION SLATE. All members of the opposition slate Otso Diretso gather in vote-rich Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Afraid of Duterte, local leaders refuse to host Otso Diretso bets – Gutoc

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'The silence of the public means there is an overstretch of too much power of our executive, the President,' says Otso Diretso bet Samira Gutoc

AFRAID? Otso Diretso bet Samira Gutoc says the Office of the President exercises 'overstretch of power.' Rappler screengrab

Should people who refuse to evacuate be arrested? Dela Rosa, Tañada face off

Apr 27, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The two are responding to a question on how the country can further reduce risk and improve response to natural disasters

Campaign Convos: The problem of the Opposition

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Aside from lack of funds and low ranking in pre-election surveys, the opposition also has to deal with problems rooted in the political and ideological differences of its candidates