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Rappler's latest stories on political ads


Facebook lets users block political ads, aiming to quell outcry

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Users will have the option to turn off all paid political ads in the US and in 'countries where we have enforcement on ads about social issues, elections and politics,' says Facebook

This illustration picture, taken on January 12, 2020 shows Facebook social network logo reflected on a eye in Rennes, western France.  Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google limits ad targeting to general categories such as age, gender or postal code location

Google tightens political ads policy to thwart abuse

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Though its rules already ban any advertiser, from lying in ads, Google is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video


Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed,' Twitter says in its new policy.


Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Chief executive Jack Dorsey says the new policy, details of which will be unveiled next month and enforced from November 22, would ban ads on political issues as well as from candidates

Facebook slammed by own employees for political ad policy

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Facebook's policy which lets politicians lie in ads is 'a threat to what FB stands for,' says an employee letter signed by hundreds of Facebook workers

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Top poll ad spender? Alejano says he spent less than '3%' of PCIJ estimate

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'I cannot imagine myself having that amount,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who has been named by the PCIJ as the top 10 ad spender so far for the 2019 polls

TOP SPENDER? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano at the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming 2019 in Baguio City. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Political ads of top spenders worth more than their declared wealth

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.

Facebook to bar 'foreign' electoral ads for Thai poll

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Facebook says it will help 'protect' the Thai vote by temporarily not allowing ads from 'foreign entities which are of an electoral nature'

Facebook rollout of political ad transparency report in PH uncertain

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook's political ad transparency reports are currently only active in the US, the United Kingdom, and Brazil

Screenshot from Facebook

Nancy Binay airs ‘dark’ Christmas ad ahead of 2019 campaign

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:30 AM

‘Si Nancy Binay po ito. ’Di ’nyo man ako makita sa dilim, alam kong marami sa atin, madilim ang Pasko,’ says the reelectionist senator in her paid advertisement

EARLY CAMPAIGNING? Senator Nancy Binay airs a Christmas advertisement on national television. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Facebook report shows backers of U.S. political ads

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM

In the US, the report shows that just shy of $256.4 million was spent on nearly 1.7 million politically-oriented ads archived since May of this year

Illustration from Facebook

Bill on cheaper political ads closer to becoming law

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:05 PM

House Bill 6604 seeks a 50% discount on political ads while Senate Bill 1985 proposes discounts ranging from 20% to 40%

Koko Pimentel files bill on cheaper political ads

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:10 PM

A similar bill was already passed on third and final reading in the House of Representatives

KOKO PIMENTEL. The PDP Laban Thanksgiving Party at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City on November 16, 2016. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Facebook to verify identities for political ads

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:01 AM

'These steps by themselves won't stop all people trying to game the system. But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads,' says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

TROUBLED WATERS. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's still the right man to steer the ship as his company goes through some of its toughest times.

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

House bill seeking huge discount on campaign ads approved on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:30 AM

If House Bill 6604 becomes law, the Comelec would also be given the power to regulate the rates of political ads

Facebook vows to make ads 'more transparent'

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:48 AM

'We're bringing Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency,' says CEO Mark Zuckerberg

TV still candidates' platform of choice in 2016 elections

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Radio comes second to TV in terms of ad buys from the candidates research by PCIJ shows

55 print, TV, radio outfits did not submit all pol ads docs?

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law

GMA Network's net income doubles with election-related ads

May 05, 2016 - 4:35 PM

The chief of the broadcasting giant says he is hoping the network s net income would hit P3 billion by yearend

BREACHING TARGETS. GMA Network's Felipe Gozon (2nd to the right) says he hopes the network will further improve profitability, particularly in regular advertising. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler.com

Binay is king of pol ads, Poe comes close

Apr 28, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Binay s ad spending during the first 50 days of his 2016 presidential campaign is already bigger than his overall spending for his 90 day vice presidential campaign in 2010

More political ads in 3rd presidential debate of ABS-CBN

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:00 AM

But all TV ads – including campaign ads – take only 22 6 of the 3 1 2 hour debate broadcast

FINAL SHOWDOWN. The 5 presidentiables onstage in the last debate in Dagupan City on Sunday, April 25. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

43 minutes of TV ads in 2-hour ABS-CBN VP debate

Apr 18, 2016 - 12:10 AM

This is 32 of the 133 minute broadcast a bigger share compared to the vice presidential debate aired by CNN Philippines

Only 1/5 of VP debate are TV ads

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:06 AM

This is a smaller share compared to the last 2 presidential debates But the VP debate aired by CNN Philippines features more political ads

Scenes from the VP debate venue.

Fewer TV ads during Cebu presidential debate

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED Rappler counts over 41 minutes of commercials during the 160 minute broadcast on TV 5 Compare that to the 48 minutes of ads during GMA 7 s 135 minute CDO debate in February

Screenshot of the 2nd presidential debate in Cebu City on Sunday, March 20. Video courtesy of TV5

New Duterte ads depict him as protector of children

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Sa kanila nanggagaling ang tapang ko says Rodrigo Duterte about street children in his latest political ads

FOR THE CHILDREN. Rodrigo Duterte says he is the presidential candidate who can best safeguard the future of children. Screengrab from political advertisement

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

WATCH: Presidential candidates on the aftermath of the Comelec debate

Feb 22, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Who is the real winner?

The wRap: Comelec presidential debate

Feb 22, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Here s a quick wrap of the first Comelec debate held Sunday February 21

Of 2-hour presidential debate, 48 minutes were ads

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:36 PM

MindaNews monitors 117 ad placements in 6 commercial breaks

photo by Bobby Lagsa / Rappler

Duterte-Cayetano ad warns vs enemies of 'true change'

Jan 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The latest television ad of the tandem says those discrediting them are enemies of the change they want to bring to the country

TANDEM AD. A new Duterte-Cayetano ad warns against attempts to resist the 'true change' they promise to bring about in the country. Screengrab from Facebook

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Jan 28, 2016 - 7:34 PM

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In animated TV ad, Duterte 'strikes' down crime, corruption

Jan 28, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The 15 second video shows the bloody fall of wrongdoers like corrupt cops and kidnappers under a Duterte presidency

'NO BLOODLESS CLEANSING.' In a new political ad, a bowling ball representing Duterte takes down 'bad guys' leaving a trail of blood. Screengrab from Youtube

Roxas in new ad: No drama, just work

Jan 27, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Mar Roxas’ latest ad is a departure from his previous TV placements – a glitzy music video featuring local celebrities that tanked and dramatic testimonies from those who’ve benefited from the administration

NEW POL AD. Mar Roxas in a new political advertisement. Screen shot from Facebook video.

Awash with cash: Can money really buy our elections?

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:19 PM

How do we show in our own simple way that money cannot buy our elections?

MONEY. While money can play a part in the elections, voters can still make sure the candidates who prioritize their concerns get elected. Image courtesy of Raffy De Guzman

New ad: Grace Poe tells voters she's 'not disqualified'

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Using simple terms to explain complicated legal issues the advertisement clarifies that the High Court has yet to decide with finality on her citizenship and residency

In new Binay ad, the average Filipino is ‘nognog’ like him

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayo? asks the Vice President in his latest political ad

'SINO BA SI NOGNOG?' Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to embrace being "nognog" in his latest political advertisement. Screengrab from Binay's ad

Move over, Duterte: Leila de Lima sows fear in new ad

Jan 11, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Watch the new political ad of former justice secretary and senatorial candidate Leila de Lima What do you think?

POLITICAL AD. Senatorial candidate Leila de Lima releases a video depicting her platform of "justice without fear or favor." Screengrab taken from Leila de Lima's video

LTFRB allows political ads on public utility vehicles

Dec 29, 2015 - 9:54 AM

This comes after the Supreme Court granted a transport coalition s petition against the Comelec ban on election campaign materials on PUVs

Political Ads: Poe, Roxas, Joel Villanueva, Francis Tolentino, Risa Hontiveros, Isko Moreno

Aug 31, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Rappler s round up of political advertisements in the last week

Political Ads: Mark Villar, Sherwin Gatchalian, Bongbong Marcos, Grace Poe

Aug 18, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Rappler s round up of political advertisements in the last two weeks

Comelec: 'Moral question' hounds early campaigners

May 30, 2015 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Saying it is more than a legal question Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista points out There s a loophole in the law

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista calls on watchdogs to call out early campaigners. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Political ads, US midterm elections, marijuana vote | The wRap

Nov 05, 2014 - 7:16 PM

The Supreme Court gives final ruling on political ads in 2016 Republicans dominate US midterm elections Washington DC and Oregon vote to legalize marijuana

Final: 120 minutes pol ads per TV station – SC

Nov 05, 2014 - 5:44 PM

The Supreme Court – junking the appeal of the Solicitor General on behalf of the Comelec – maintains that the limits on political ads violate free expression and people s right to suffrage

Comelec disqualifies Laguna gov for campaign overspending

Sep 26, 2013 - 2:44 PM

UPDATED The Commission on Elections 1st division says ER Ejercito spent over P6 million in television advertisement alone He is allowed to spent only P4 5 million on his campaign

Winners of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival

Nancy Binay to take on social media, TV ads

May 21, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Nancy Binay says she will look into possible regulation of social media and political ads in the Senate

'REGULATION NEEDED.' Senator-elect Nancy Binay says there is a need to regulate social media and political ads on TV. She plans to look into these issues in the Senate.

ABS-CBN, GMA-7 benefit from politics

May 15, 2013 - 9:19 PM

The country s biggest media groups report healthy growth rates in their first quarter net income thanks to the advertising placements of politicians who wanted to boost their chances in the mid term elections

And the most memorable and effective political ads are...

May 02, 2013 - 12:05 PM

According to a Pulse Asia survey Cynthia Villar s Hanepbuhay has the highest recall among voters while Grace Poe s ads is most effective

Two weeks before polls, MMK features JPE

Apr 27, 2013 - 11:40 PM

Maalaala Mo Kaya features the life of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in a two part heavy drama special