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House passes bill increasing campaign expenses’ cap for candidates

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:16 PM

If passed into law, HB 6095 would allow candidates for president, vice president, and senators to spend P50 per voter, from the current P10

CAMPAIGN SEASON. In this file photo during the 2016 elections, a man walks past campaign banners of local politicians at Fairview in Quezon City. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINYON] Pakibulong... sa mga wala pang iboboto

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Higit sa youth vote, ang pinakamahalagang magagawa isang araw bago ang eleksiyon ay youth campaign – kailangang padaluyin ang paghahangad sa pagbabago

[OPINYON] Homestretch

May 01, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Ilang araw na lang, pipili muli tayo sa, aminin na natin, limitadong pamimilian ng maglilingkod (o mananamantala, depende sa pananaw mo) sa bayan

Crowdfunding can level candidates' campaign spending – election lawyer

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

But election lawyer Emil Marañon III says crowdfunding initiatives aren't easily doable under the Philippines' election laws

Bernie Sanders attacks 'dangerous' Trump at campaign launch

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump 'the most dangerous president in modern American history'

BACK IN THE RACE. United States Senator Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign with attacks on Republican president Donald Trump . File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

With ‘no money,’ Liberal Party to count on volunteers in 2019

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says in the first 24 hours of their announcement, ‘more than a thousand’ signed up for their ‘people’s campaign’

Supporters with images of the 7 senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

'In general the Comelec supports any move to curtail premature campaigning,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SENATE HEARING. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (center) attends a Senate hearing on August 16, 2018, about electoral reforms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo supporters launch #LeaveOurShadesAlone campaign

May 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes, a vocal supporter of Leni Robredo, launches the social media campaign in support of the Vice President's vote-shading threshold petition before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

#LEAVEOURSHADESALONE. Vice President Leni Robredo posts an old photo of her kids and late husband to show her support for the social media campaign launched for her. Screenshot from Robredo's Twitter account

105 bets perpetually banned from public office for not filing SOCEs

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

All candidates, winning or losing, must submit their statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE) to Comelec within 30 days after the elections

House approves on final reading 50% discount on political ads

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Political parties and candidates cannot be charged a rate higher than that of regular advertisers, the bill says

No reason for Comelec to reject late SOCE filing – Macalintal

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec has no authority to change the law which does not prohibit the late submission of campaign spending reports but imposes penalties

SPENDING REPORTS. The Liberal Party submits boxes of its campaign spending reports past the deadline. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

#PHVoteWatch: Vote machine glitches mar election day

May 09, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Early morning voters encounter problems with the vote counting machines and delays at the precincts

FULL SPEECH: Mar Roxas' speech during his miting de avance

May 08, 2016 - 4:47 AM

Mar Roxas makes his last pitch to supporters

Binay camp: 'Ground game will spell difference on May 9'

May 05, 2016 - 2:41 PM

The campaign team of Vice President Jejomar Binay tells other candidates not to celebrate just yet

GROUND CAMPAIGN. Vice President Jejomar Binay and his senatorial candidate, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, in a motorcade in Bicol in April 2016

Marcos hits Roxas: 'Bayani lang sa komiks'

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Vice presidential bet Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr takes potshots at Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and the Aquino administration during his campaign rally in Tacloban Leyte

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Chris Billes/Rappler

#PHVoteWatch: Report vote buying, other election wrongdoing

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Report cases of vote buying vote selling election related violence campaign violations and other forms of election problems and offenses using the PHVoteWatch map

Dear Duterte voter: 'Di gumagana ang drug war

Apr 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Davao is a city; Mayor Duterte is running to be president of an entire country Name me a single all out national drug war that has worked and I will vote for Duterte

#PHVote: Will Teflon Duterte survive rape crisis?

Apr 18, 2016 - 12:49 PM

The crass and tough Rodrigo Duterte triggers weekend rage after a video of his joke on rape went viral angering not a few Filipinos and sending his campaign staff to damage control mode

WEEKEND RAGE. File photo of Rodrigo Duterte in a talk with businessmen. File photo by Rappler

Binay slams Duterte: 'Why so proud of extrajudicial killings?'

Apr 07, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Pag napagtsismisan ka yung papatay sa iyo na taong gobyerno ay naniniwala papatayin ka na agad Wala na tayong proseso roon the former human rights lawyer says as he reminds the public of the nature of extrajudicial killings

Show off your vote with the 7-Election presidential cups

Apr 06, 2016 - 5:20 PM

7 Eleven’s customers can ‘vote’ for their chosen president through specially designed GULP cups

MAKE YOUR CHOICE. The Presidential GULP Cups are now available in all 7-Eleven stores nationwide. All photos by Alecs Ongal/Rappler

How to win Cebu: Will Santiago’s social media clout translate into votes?

Mar 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

About one in every 5 registered voters in Cebu is 24 years old or younger based on Comelec records The province has 2 7 million voters in 2016

STUDENTS' FAVORITE. Miriam Defensor Santiago, who has topped university polls, visits the University of Cebu in San Carlos in February 2016. Rappler photo

How to win Cebu: Roxas leans on mayors, Aquino allies

Mar 27, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Although Mar Roxas has not topped the surveys his wife broadcaster Korina Sanchez says that he remains a formidable candidate because of several factors

ALLIES. Manuel Roxas II goes to Cebu City shortly after announcing his presidential bid, for a Gathering of Friends of the Liberal Party. Rappler photo

How to win Cebu: Poe seeks mileage, both on air and on ground

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Aside from the Duranos of the 5th district the Espinosa family in Toledo City in the 3rd district has also announced its support for Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero

COURTING THE YOUTH. Presidential candidate Grace Poe greets students of the Univeristy of Visayas in Toledo City, Cebu, on February 10, 2016. Photo by Arnold Almacen

How to win Cebu: Bisaya kinship, social networks in Duterte campaign

Mar 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM

This opportunity to elect a president who wouldn’t be indebted to traditional politicians and big businesses is something that we can’t afford to pass up says Cebu for Duterte coordinator Dr Rowena Burden

HOMETOWN HERO? Thousands cheer presidential candidate in a February 2016 rally in Danao City, Cebu, where he spent his childhood before moving to Davao City. Rappler photo

How to win Cebu: For Binay, it’s a mix of power blocs, grassroots

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM

How exactly does Binay plan to win in Cebu where he lost in his vice presidential campaign in 2010? Just hard work says Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama

CEBUANOS FOR BINAY. Thousands attend a rally for Vice President Jejomar Binay at the at Plaza Independencia in Cebu City on March 21, 2016, even after local party One Cebu dissolved its alliance with the VP's United Nationalist Alliance. Photo courtesy of UNA

Grace Poe talks about economy with Makati businessmen

Mar 16, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The presidential candidate tells businessmen the Philippines must sell to the world not just to the domestic market

Davao City takes centerstage in Duterte political ad

Mar 14, 2016 - 8:26 PM

A new political advertisement highlights the protector and not The Punisher in Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S DAVAO. The first political advertisement produced by Rodrigo Duterte's own team airs Monday evening, March 14, 2016, focusing on what he has done for Davao City as a mayor. Screengrab from the advertisement

Money talk: Roxas spent the most in past campaign

Jan 28, 2016 - 11:16 AM

As the campaign period nears we review campaign spending by candidates running for president in 2016 The bulk of their expenses goes to media ads

Duterte: Roxas most incompetent Filipino to run for president

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Duterte also calls Roxas performance as Interior Secretary irrelevant

WORD WAR. Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte says Mar Roxas' supposedly lacklustre leadership during the aftermath of Haiyan proves he an 'incompetent' presidential bet

Duterte, Cayetano platform focuses on crime, economy

Jan 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Exempting the poorest from tax creating a Mindanao railway system and doubling the salaries of teachers are part of the tandem s platform

2016 TANDEM. Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano answer questions from Cebu media on January 7, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Poe’s campaign team still confident despite Comelec decision

Dec 04, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Poe s campaign manager Ace Durano claims they are well prepared for this issue since it s the only issue that s been hounding her

POSITIVE. Grace Poe's campaign manager Ace Durano expressed confidence that they will still get a favorable outcome in the end. Photo by Reynaldo Santos Jr.

Comelec proposal: Submit campaign rally expenses within 7 days

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Comelec is set to issue stricter guidelines on campaign contributions and expenses

Binay: I will continue anti-corruption campaign

Jun 10, 2015 - 1:03 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says in a media forum that he is not corrupt but simply innovative

VP Jejomar Binay Media Forum at the Luneta Hotel on June 10, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

69 candidates overspent in 2010, 2013 polls – Comelec

Oct 14, 2014 - 6:31 PM

UPDATED Overspending complaints have been filed against 25 candidates including Senator JV Ejercito for his 2010 congressional campaign in San Juan Complaints are being prepared for 44 other candidates

Palace defends 'President' Mar: Not on campaign mode

Apr 14, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang insists the tour of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas around Yolanda hit areas is not part of an early campaign for the 2016 polls

EARLY CAMPAIGN? Critics questioned Interior Secretary Mar Roxas' intentions during his tour of Yolanda-hit areas after his party mate and Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya referred to Roxas as 'President.' Photo by Mike Alquinto/DILG

List: Laws that Comelec wants amended, enacted for 2016

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:15 AM

From changing the canvassing system to legislating an election money ban here are Comelec s proposals to Congress in preparation for the 2016 elections

Report 'epals' who use CCT for electioneering

Mar 15, 2013 - 12:19 PM

DSWD launches an anti epal campaign to insulate Pantawid Pamilya from partisan politics

Local campaign begins March 29 - Comelec

Mar 11, 2013 - 1:27 PM

The poll body dismisses reports that the local campaign period will be on Black Saturday March 30

KBP on more airtime: Not all about money

Jan 24, 2013 - 6:38 PM

Broadcasters whose businesses thrive during campaigns ask the Comelec to bend its airtime limits for candidates

Rappler Newscast | January 16, 2013

Jan 16, 2013 - 8:52 PM

The Commission on Elections cuts down advertising minutes of 2013 candidates | President Aquino says the opposition has more to prove to win voters | The World Bank says the Philippines will post an average growth of 6 3 percent until 2015

Why I'm not voting for either Obama or Romney

Nov 06, 2012 - 5:41 PM

Independent voters should realize that a strategic vote for Obama is also a vote for the two party system

Campaign's final stretch for Obama, Romney

Nov 02, 2012 - 7:09 AM

President Obama and Mitt Romney reach the final stretch of the campaign with the race still on a knife edge

'Sandy' and the Obama campaign

Oct 29, 2012 - 8:35 AM

The Obama campaign fears Hurricane Sandy could hurt his re election chances by reducing turnout