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Robredo, Marcos to PET: No intention to violate gag order on VP protest

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Both camps argue that they were only responding to each other's 'misleading' claims and statements regarding the recount

VP PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr is questioning the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections. Photo of Marcos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler, photo of Robredo from OVP

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

Cambridge Analytica denies data misuse amid UK regulator probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Facebook rocked by data privacy scandal as investigations loom

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The move comes despite US President Donald Trump's repeated denial that Russia tried to tilt the election in his favor, fearing it could call his victory over Hillary Clinton into question

ELECTION MEDDLING. In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

Trump vows to 'counteract' any Russia election meddling

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever.... But certainly there was meddling and probably from other countries and maybe other individuals,' says US President Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. indicts 13 Russians for election interference

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The indictment details a stunning operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow social division in the US and influence American politics 'including the presidential election of 2016'

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

More anti-Trump protests in New York, Miami, Portland

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Demonstrators say they wanted to show solidarity with those they felt may be targeted by Trump s policies once he takes office in January including Mexicans and Muslims

ANTI-TRUMP. A demonstrator holds up a placard during a protest against Donald Trump's US presidential election victory, at City Hall in Portland on November 11, 2016. Demonstrators took to the streets in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and other US cities to oppose Donald Trump's election as president for a third straight night of nationwide protests. Photo by Ankur Dholakia/AFP

US vows strong PH ties 'whoever wins' presidency

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Our relationship over the years over the decades has been extremely strong US chargé d affaires Michael Klecheski says

STRONG TIES. Michael Klecheski, chargé d'affaires of the US embassy, vows strong ties between Manila and Washington 'whoever wins' the US presidency. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Why Duterte is coy about choosing between Clinton and Trump

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Before he assumed the presidency Rodrigo Duterte was more candid about his thoughts on the US presidential candidates

Doctor who praised Trump's health says he wrote note in a rush

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Dr Harold Bornstein stands by the original bill of health he gave Trump

SOFTENING STANCE? Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivers remarks at a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA on August 20, 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Trump companies owe $650 million – NY Times

Aug 20, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The investigation underscored how much of Mr Trump’s business remains shrouded in mystery says the New York Times

Donald Trump. File photo by Derek Ironside/EPA

SC grants Marcos petition to protect poll materials

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal orders the Comelec to protect all poll materials relevant to the election protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo

POLL FRAUD? Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos files an election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Jessica Sanchez records DNC anthem for Hillary Clinton

Jul 30, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Stronger Together which Jessica recorded just days before the DNC will follow Hillary Clinton on her campaign trail

JESSICA SANCHEZ. Jessica sings the DNC anthem 'Stronger Together' for Hillary Clinton. Screengrab from Instagram/jessicaesanchez

Trump's VP choice compares mogul to US icon Reagan

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The comparison with the 40th US president is a clear appeal to make Trump more palatable to conservatives alienated by Trump s bombastic rhetoric and populist message

CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, December 28, 2015. File photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

Clinton goes nuclear in bid to unpick 'Teflon Don'

Jun 04, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Trump Clinton argues is not just unpresidential and unpredictable he s too unhinged to be in power or as she put it – temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief

FRONTRUNNERS. Leading candidates Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party (L) and Donald Trump of the Republican Party (R). Clinton photo by Jim Lo Scalzo, Trump photo by Cristobal Herrera / EPA

Robredo to assure Duterte of '100% support'

May 28, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Obligasyon sa taumbayan na pag kaming dalawa ay magkasundo ang makikinabang lamang noon ay ang ating mga kababayan says Vice President elect Leni Robredo

VP LENI. Vice President-elect Leni Robredo assures President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of her support and cooperation. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Robredo tells supporters: Win impossible without you

May 27, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Kahit mahirap ang sitwasyon kapag tinatawag tayong magsakripisyo sa bayan wala tayong karapatan tumalikod dito says Vice President elect Leni Robredo

VP WIN. Leni Robredo during a thankgiving event in Manila. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

As canvassing continues, Robredo heads home

May 27, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Leni Robredo heads home to Naga City to celebrate her late husband s 58th birthday as Congress continues to canvass votes for the presidency and vice presidency

Robredo at the Unveiling of Husband’s Bust   Naga City - Leading presidential candidate Leni Robredo leads the unveiling of her late husband Sec. Jesse Robredo's bust at Cararayan National High School. The unveiling coincides with the 58th birthday of the late secretary. Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Macalintal: 'Walang forever' when it comes to canvassing of votes

May 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Leni Robredo’s legal team says the canvassing of votes shouldn’t take too long – assuming candidates are able to accept defeat gracefully

ROBREDO LEGAL TEAM. Romulo Macalintal and senator-elect Leila de Lima lead a team of lawyers that will represent Leni Robredo during the canvassing of votes. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo media bureau

Jejomar Binay's impossible dream

May 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay s name vast political experience and formidable political machinery are not enough to make him the 16th president of the Philippines What went wrong?

THE CANDIDATE. Vice President Jejomar Binay promises a better life for Filipinos during his miting de avance on May 7.Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Macalintal: Senators’ proclamation 'negates poll irregularities'

May 21, 2016 - 3:28 PM

What is sauce for the gander is likewise sauce for the goose argues the lead counsel of current VP race frontrunner 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

PNP chief: Bicol had 'most peaceful' 2016 elections

May 21, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Bicol had the most peaceful elections with a 9 5 grade in a scale of 10 says top cop Director General Ricardo Marquez

'PEACEFUL ELECTIONS'. PNP chief Ricardo Marquez talks with the members of the press after the post-election assessment on Thursday, May 19. With him is Bicol PNP regional director Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Worried about cheating, Robredo says remember 1986

May 18, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The Liberal Party vice presidential candidate calls out chief rival Ferdinand Marcos Jr for mind conditioning

CANVASSING WORRIES? Leni Robredo brings up the memories of the 1986 snap elections, when asked if she was worried about irregularities in the canvassing of votes. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Gathering clouds?

May 14, 2016 - 2:44 PM

Rodrigo Duterte s close in circle is doing him most harm now and the faster he dismantles this caboodle and sends them to their kennels the more accessible he becomes once more to the people

PRESIDENT-ELECT. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte casts his vote. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Transition team bares Duterte's 8-point economic agenda

May 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Sonny Dominguez who is part of the transition team says Duterte wants to accelerate infrastructure spending because this will lead to job generation and will be injecting economic activity in our country

DU30'S ECONOMIC PLANS. Former agriculture secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez briefs the media on the economic agenda of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Despite huge margin, Duterte sweeps only 3 regions

May 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas gets the solid vote of two regions: his own Western Visayas and the Negros Island Region whose creation he supported

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

Robredo vs Marcos: Who is the better fit for a Duterte presidency?

May 10, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Whoever wins the vice presidential race will have to work with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte the presumptive winner of the 2016 presidential elections

BETTER FIT. Which vice presidential candidate is a better fit for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the presidential front runner a day after elections?

#PHVoteWatch: Luck to decide new Bocaue mayor

May 10, 2016 - 12:12 PM

UPDATED Joni Villanueva wins the coin toss for the mayoral post in Bocaue Bulacan

Mayoral bets Joni Jjv Villanueva and Kuya Jim Valerio are both tied on top spot with 16,694 votes each. Photos from Villanueva's and Valerio's Facebook pages

Hairline gap between Robredo, Marcos

May 10, 2016 - 3:49 AM

(28th UPDATE) Leni Robredo early Tuesday maintains a lead of more than 200,000 over Ferdinand Marcos Jr

Local police replace 400 BEIs in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao

May 09, 2016 - 2:11 PM

According to the Department of Education another 200 police personnel are on standby to be deployed in other ARMM provinces

Last minute jitters among Laguna voters before polls

May 09, 2016 - 4:28 AM

Hours before the polls open Laguna voters express their excitement and fears for the elections

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Photo of traffic by Romeo Gacad/AFP. Rappler file photo of Vote Counting Machines and ballots

Why Grace Poe quickly rejected Roxas’ call for unity talk

May 08, 2016 - 11:55 PM

It was because Mar Roxas was saying one thing and Liberal Party spokesman Edgar Erice was saying another says Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian

POE SPOKESMAN. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian makes a final pitch for presidential candidate Grace Poe. Rappler screengrab

How Cagayan de Oro voted during the 2010 presidential elections

May 08, 2016 - 12:00 AM

A day before the votes are cast let’s look back at CDO s performance 6 years ago How did the national candidates fare in CDO during the 2010 elections?

#PHVote: The presidential bets' campaign drivers in Iloilo

May 07, 2016 - 11:23 PM

On the frontlines of the elections the people behind the local campaigns of presidential bets share what drives them

CAMPAIGN MANAGERS. Meet the local campaign managers and supporters of the presidential candidates in Iloilo City

Cebuano supporters: 'Miriam Magic' still alive

May 07, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Around 100 volunteers traverse the streets of Cebu and Mandaue to convince residents to vote for Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

Image courtesy Fritzy Yañez

Robredo: 'Not enough time' for alliance talks vs Duterte

May 07, 2016 - 12:37 PM

I laud Secretary Mar for reaching out but of course that will be all up to both of them if they would in fact agree on something I think we don t have enough time to make all these happen

ALLIANCE TALKS? Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo says there's not enough time at this point in the campaign to make an alliance work against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

CAMPAIGN NOTES: 90 campaign days with Mar Roxas

May 07, 2016 - 12:15 PM

How does he take his coffee and why is Plants vs Zombies the best game on the iPad – these are some of the fun stuff I know about the Liberal Party standard bearer

LAST STRETCH. Mar Roxas campaigns in Naga City. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Roxas wishes Binay 'peace in his heart' because...

May 02, 2016 - 11:50 PM

The LP standard bearer confident that the momentum in the homestretch belongs to the ruling party believes the Vice President is going to jail for alleged corruption

2016 RIVALS. Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Imee Marcos: Ilocanos find ‘sentimental attachment’ with Binay

May 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Senator Gringo Honasan once again skips the Ilocos sorties of his running mate

COURTESY CALL. Vice President Jejomar Binay pays a courtesy call on Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. Photo from the United Nationalist Alliance

Duterte survives 'rape comment', tops Pulse Asia poll

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:42 PM

3rd UPDATE The latest results from Pulse Asia show Duterte is the top choice in Metro Manila 40 Mindanao 58 and is popular across all socio economic classes

TOPS. Presidential election survey front-runner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a campaign sortie in Quezon City on April 12. Rappler photo

Imelda in E.Visayas: Bring back a Marcos to national government

Apr 26, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Former first lady Imelda Marcos says her son vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr will be the voice of the long abandoned region in the national government

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Jene Anne Pangue/

In 3rd debate, Binay wooed core voters, not the undecided – analysts

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay seems more comfortable in the debate in Pangasinan but is this enough to sway undecided voters?

UNA STANDARD-BEARER. How did Vice President Jejomar Binay fare during the 3rd presidential debate on April 24. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

#PHVote: Who can clinch Pangasinan?

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:28 AM

All 5 presidential candidates square off for the last time in the vote rich province of Pangasinan

Jenny Villegas, a balut vendor in Dagupan City. Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Flirting with a strong man named Rodrigo Duterte

Apr 23, 2016 - 9:00 PM

People cry out for strong leadership leadership that s willing to kill We’ve slept with that kind of leader and got raped as a nation Now we’re flirting again with another strong man

All 5 presidential bets face off in Pangasinan debate

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:03 PM

The debate on Sunday April 24 follows a town hall format – questions are sourced from sectoral representatives across the country Candidates also challenge each other in a face off segment

Jonvic Remulla breaking away? We're 'best of friends' – Binay

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The UNA standard bearer declines to comment on whether the alliance between his party and the Remullas local Partido Magdalo in Cavite remains intact

BINAY IN PANGASINAN. Vice President Jejomar Binay at a campaign sortie in Pangasinan. At right is Pangasinan 1st District Representative Boying Celeste on April 22, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Binay takes voters on ‘Biyaheng Ginhawa’ in new TV ad

Apr 21, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay and running mate Senator Gringo Honasan drive a train in their new political advertisement

'BIYAHENG GINHAWA.' Vice President Jejomar Binay launches a new political advertisement this week. Screengrab from Binay's official Facebook page