Cayetano’s Leni remark shows he is not “in” in Duterte’s power group

After Congress, acting as National Board of Canvassers, declared last Friday Rodrigo Duterte of PDP-Laban as winner in the presidential contest and Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party for the vice-presidential race in the May 9 elections, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, told media that a cabinet position awaits Robredo. “Mayor Duterte is […]

June 1, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016  One Comment

The President’s live presscon is not under MTRCB’s jurisdiction

Putanginas are staple in incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s language. His supporters love it. Mas malutong ang mura, mas malakas ang palakpak. Those were in rallies during the campaign. If parents brought along their children to those events, that was their sole responsibility to expose their children to those kind of gutter language. In new reports […]

May 30, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  3 Comments

Happy days are here again for Gloria Arroyo and associates

It’s only 45 days away when Rodrigo Duterte becomes the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines. If Duterte makes good his election promise, Gloria Arroyo, who has won another term as representative of the second district of Pampanga, can look forward to days of freedom very soon. She has been confined at the […]

May 16, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Governance  19 Comments

China hopeful of better relations with Duterte government

By ELLEN TORDESILLAS, VERA Files CHINA is hopeful that relations with the Philippines will be better under the government of Rodrigo Duterte, who will succeed President Benigno Aquino III on July 1. In a regular press conference in Beijing Wednesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang was asked about statements by Duterte that he is willing […]

May 12, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Foreign Affairs  No Comments

We deserve the leader we elect

In a democracy, where we have the freedom to choose our leaders through an election, we deserve the leaders we get. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the clear choice of the majority of the Filipino people and whatever kind of leader he turns out to be, we deserve him. The Filipino people who trooped […]

May 11, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections  16 Comments

Poe concedes

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, Maria Feona Imperial, Verlie Retulin VERA Files With almost 65 per cent of the results of the voting for the 2016 Elections, Sen. Grace Poe of Partido Galing at Puso conceded the election to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of PDP-Laban. Poe concedes in a televised past midnight press conference. Poe […]

May 10, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections  9 Comments

Scenes from Miting de Avance Elections 2016

Take a glimpse of the miting de avance of the five presidential candidates plus that of Bongbong Marcos in the following links to VERA Files’ coverage: Grace Poe: Rodrigo Duterte: Mar Roxas: Jejomar Binay: Miriam Defensor- Santiagp: Bongbong Marcos:

May 9, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: 2016 elections  No Comments

PWDs slap Duterte with a suit for insensitive joke

By MARIA FEONA IMPERIAL, VERA Files PRESIDENTIAL race frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, already facing a plunder case filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes, has been slapped with yet another complaint, this time by disabillity groups and advocates. Disability advocates Ranilo Sorongon and Liza Martinez charged the Davao City mayor before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Friday […]

May 7, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, PWD  2 Comments

Media group raises alarm on harassment of journalists covering political campaign

Tne National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has expressed grave concern over the increasing harassment of journalists who are covering the election campaign and asked the candidates to call for calm among their supporters. NUJP chairman Ryan Rosauro said that in their monitoring of the plight of journaslits in the campaign trail, they […]

May 7, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  4 Comments

Larrazabal presses alarm on Comelec’s replacement ballot rule

As the official who supervised the first automated national elections in 2010, former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal wants the elections on Monday to succeed. That means for it to be accepted by the Filipino people as honest and credible. But there are a number of things that the current Comelec leadership is doing that worries […]

May 6, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  No Comments