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At least 15 dead in Syria clashes between pro-Turkish forces, Kurds

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:13 AM

9 pro-Turkish fighters and 6 members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are killed in a zone between the towns of Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ain

FLASHPOINT. This picture taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Facebook might start hiding 'Like' counts for posts

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Such a change may ease pressure to win approval with images, videos or comments and, instead, get people to simply focus on what is in posts


[ANALYSIS] How to fix what went wrong in the 2019 elections

May 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Abandoning the automated system and going back to manual is a far worse option

Fire hits vote counting machines stored in Zamboanga del Sur school

May 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Out of 8 vote counting machines in the holding room of the school, one is burnt. Seven VCMs are immediately secured by responding policemen.

FIRE. A fire strikes the rear of this Grade 6 room in San Pablo Central Elementary School in Zamboanga del Sur. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Comelec says 961 vote-counting machines defective

May 14, 2019 - 2:06 PM

This breaches the number of defective vote-counting machines in the 2016 elections, but the Commission on Elections asserts the polls were 'successful'

FACING MEDIA. All 7 members of the Commission on Elections face the media on May 14, 2019, in a press conference about the recently concluded national and local elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec suspects 'wear and tear' in defective voting machines

May 14, 2019 - 12:22 AM

Up to 450 vote-counting machines had to be replaced on election day, says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINE. A new vote-counting machine (VCM) arrives at the precinct where reelectionist Makati Mayor Abby Binay is supposed to vote. The new VCM replaces the one that malfunctioned. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What to do when the vote-counting machine rejects your ballot

May 13, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Equipment issues mar the polls in various areas in the country

VOTER COUNTING MACHINES. A New VCM for the precinct of reelectionist Mayor Abby Binay works. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malfunctioning VCMs delay voting in Cebu’s biggest barangay

May 13, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Despite glitches in the vote counting machines, election officers in Cebu City's Barangay Guadalupe say the voting will close as scheduled

LONG LINE. Voters at the Tisa II Elementary School are given priority numbers and asked to sit at the designated waiting area. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Comelec says 400-600 vote-counting machines replaced

May 13, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Its larger than what we saw in 2016, and therefore it is a bit jarring,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

VOTE COUNTING MACHINE. Incidents of malfunctioning vote counting machines reach tbe Comelec. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Election 2019 technical issues: Paper jams, malfunctioning machines

May 13, 2019 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) One high-profile incident involves former vice president Jejomar Binay whose ballot was not accepted by the vote-counting machine

A technician hauls a "defective" VCM machine out of a polling precinct at A. Montes Elem. School in Iloilo City Proper. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler


Jiggy Manicad to Comelec: Let poll watchers monitor backup VCMs

May 10, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The 2019 senatorial bet says it is important to preserve the integrity of the elections

MOTION. 2019 senatorial candidate Jiggy Manicad files a motion concerning backl-up vote counting machines at the Commission on Elections headquarters on May 10, 2019. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Diokno wants probe into police inspection of vote-counting machines warehouse

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:28 PM

In a letter to the Comelec, senatorial candidate Chel Diokno says Baguio police's inspection of a warehouse for vote-counting machines is a ‘serious breach’

WORRISOME. Otso Diretso senatorial bet Chel Diokno files a request with the Comelec to investigate what he called as the "worrisome" inspection of policemen of a vote counting machine (VCM) warehouse in Baguio. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Voting machines to service more voters in 2019 polls

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The maximum number of voters that can use each vote-counting machine is now 1,000 from the previous 800, says the Commission on Elections

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. In this file photo, officials from the Commission on Elections test vote-counting machines on January 29, 2016. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec shows how to vote in May 13 elections

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the demo of vote-counting machines conducted by the Commission on Elections in the Rappler office at 2 pm on Thursday, April 11

VOTING MACHINE. The 2019 elections will be the 4th automated electoral exercise in the Philippines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Typical tweet shorter since character length doubled

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Twitter says the typical length of a tweet in English actually dropped by a character to 33

Man charged with 99 counts of rape arrested in Makati

Oct 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The 47-year-old accused is Makati City's most wanted

ARRESTED. Makati's most wanted person, Louie Guevarra, is arrested on October 19, 2018, for 99 counts of rape. Photo courtesy of the Makati Police

19 dead in Vietnam as floods rage on

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Floods and landslide from heavy rains have ranged far and wide and impacted rural and urban areas, including the capital Hanoi

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

Hasil quick count Pilgub Jawa Tengah 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Berdasarkan hasil hitung cepat, Ganjar Pranowo akan menjali periode kedua sebagai Gubernur Jawa Tengah

Berdasarkan hasil hitung cepat, Ganjar Pranowo akan kembali menjabat sebagai Gubernur Jawa Tengah. Foto dari Facebook/Ganjar Pranowo

Hasil quick count Pilgub Sumatera Utara 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Edy-Musa unggul atas Djarot-Sihar di Pilgub Sumut

Edy Rahmayadi bersama Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat sekaligus mantan Presiden RI Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Foto dari Facebook/edyrahmayadisumut

Hasil quick count Pilgub Jawa Timur 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Khofifah-Emil unggul dalam berbagai hitung cepat

Khofifah menyambangi TPI (Tempat Pelelangan Ikan) di Madura. Foto dari Facebook/KhofifahdanEmil

Who missed the ‘tara’ system? Barangay polls bring back manual count

May 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Automated counting generally makes teachers’ jobs easier during elections. But there are a few things they like about manually counting votes using sticks.

Poll watchers gather in front of Board of Election Inspector on the ongoing mannual counting of ballots on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the precinct in Barangay, Pasong Tamo during the SK-Barangay elections. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Over 6 million join Nazareno 2018 procession – MPD

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:17 AM

Manila Police District chief Joel Coronel says the thick crowds contributed to the slow movement of the image of the Black Nazarene in 2018

FILLED. Devotees by the thousands try to come near the image of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Netflix shares jump as subscriptions top 100 million

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Most of the subscriber growth comes from outside the US where Netflix has invested heavily in establishing itself as a global television service

NETFLIX. The Netflix logo. Image from the Netflix website

Lacson, Dalquez, Fisher | Evening wRap

Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

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

LIVE UPDATES: Pilkada DKI Jakarta putaran kedua

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Bagaimana jalannya Pilkada DKI putaran kedua? Simak di LIVE UPDATES

Hasil 'real quick count' Pilkada DKI putaran dua

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Rappler bekerjasama dengan Kawal Pilkada untuk menyajikan data hasil hitung cepat secara riil real quick count

Hasil ‘quick count’ Pilkada DKI putaran kedua

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Pantau quick count Pilkada DKI putaran kedua versi SMRC dan LSI

Informasi yang perlu diketahui calon pemilih Pilkada Jakarta putaran kedua

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Yang dapat memilih pada putaran kedua adalah mereka yang sudah tercantum di DPT termasuk daftar pemilih tetap tambahan DPTb dan daftar pemilih potensial dikurangi yang tidak memenuhi syarat

Kolase foto warga menunjukkan jari usai menggunakan hak pilih pada Pilkada DKI Jakarta pada 15 Februari 2017. Foto oleh Wahyu Putro A/Antara

Kawal Pilkada dan pendidikan politik bagi warga Jakarta

Feb 16, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Kawal Pilkada bertujuan untuk mengundang partisipasi publik dengan menjaring para relawan

Suasana kerja para administrator Kawal Pilkada, pada 15 Februari 2017. Foto oleh Davin Rusady/Rappler

Mengintip cara kerja Kawal Pilkada

Feb 15, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Kawal Pilkada melakukan penghitungan suara menggunakan 2 sumber data Pertama hasil foto para relawan Kedua sumber data KPU

Suasana kerja para administrator Kawal Pilkada, pada 15 Februari 2017. Foto oleh Davin Rusady/Rappler

Hasil 'real quick count' Pilkada DKI Jakarta 2017 putaran pertama

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Siapa yang unggul dalam Pilkada DKI Jakarta 2017?

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

Duterte, Calida, Macalintal | Evening wRap

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

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

Twitter's 140-character limit exemptions are live

Sep 20, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Twitter makes it easier to add more content into a 140 character tweet

Marcos burial, NAIAX, Bolt | 6PM wRap

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

China to send biggest-ever Olympic delegation to Rio

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:12 PM

China will send 416 athletes comprised of 256 women and 160 men according to state media

RIO BOUND. China will send 416 athletes to the Rio Games as they seek to top the USA in medal count. Photo by Gero Breloer/EPA

Canvassing rules, PH rainy season, Twitter | 12PM wRap

May 25, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Watch the Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Pengalaman menyenangkan menjadi relawan

May 20, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Cerita dari relawan Kelas Inspirasi sekaligus peneliti hukum Liza Farihah dan pendiri Count Me In Zack Petersen

ROTE MENGAJAR. Peneliti hukum Liza Farihah merasa senang dapat menjadi relawan untuk berbagi informasi seputar profesinya di Rote Mengajar, Kelas Inspirasi Jakarta, dan Kelas Inspirasi Yogyakarta. Foto dari Facebook/Liza Farihah

Marcos wants Comelec to develop evidence for him – Robredo camp

May 18, 2016 - 1:03 PM

That’s a very desperate move on the part of Mr Marcos says lawyer Romulo Macalintal who represents unofficial results front runner Leni Robredo

ROBREDO LAWYER. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who represents vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, tells reporters that the call of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr for a system audit is a 'desperate move.' Screen grab from Rappler

Smartmatic: It's Comelec running the show

May 17, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Smartmatic denies that it is overstepping its boundaries after a reported breach in protocol involving a hash code

HASH CODE ISSUE. Comelec's James Jimenez (left) and Smartmatic's Marlon Garcia explain the hash code issue in a news conference after the May 9 elections. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

FAQ: The Ñ issue and alleged fraud in the elections

May 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The results files should be made publicly accessible for anyone to download and analyze. After all, democracy should have nothing to hide.

Comelec holds special elections for 19,000 voters

May 14, 2016 - 11:35 AM

In one of the polling precincts holding special elections the Comelec says armed men even burned a vote counting machine on May 9

SPECIAL ELECTIONS. The Commission on Elections holds special elections on May 14, 2016, in 55 polling precincts across the Philippines. Photo by Rappler