[ANALYSIS] Bursts of anti-Robredo posts partially driven by groups with short-lived political activity

“The Bursts of Anti-Robredo Posts Partially Driven by Groups with Short-lived Political Activity” is a study presented by the author from ACCeSs@AIM in the eleventh #FactsFirstPH research briefing held on May 6, 2022. The full copy of the research is reposted with permission. Almost all internet users in the Philippines use Facebook. Because of this, … Read more

Political dynasties dominate Bicol’s 2022 local polls

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Old political dynasties again dominated the local races in all six provinces of Bicol. The 2022 elections also marked the first time that an entire family has captured the top executive and all the seats of Masbate, the country’s rodeo capital. Governor Antonio Kho won his reelection bid for his third … Read more

Political clan members poised to win party-list seats

As of the latest count, at least six organizations with political clan members as first nominees are set to win congressional seats MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine party list continues to serve as a backdoor to Congress for members of political dynasties. There are at least nine political clans with a chance to have more … Read more

Robredo’s ‘passionate’ supporters challenge political machinery – Drilon

In gathering massive crowds in different sorties, Vice President Leni Robredo ‘bypasses’ the need to focus on securing local leaders’ support, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo’s ability to amass organic, “passionate” support from hundreds of thousands of Filipinos backing her presidential bid shows how she can “bypass” … Read more

[OPINION] Political prisoner Amanda Echanis writes to VP Leni

‘Dito na po sa loob ng kulungan natuto makakita, maglakad, tumakbo, at magsimulang magsalita ang baby ko’ Ika-24 ng Marso, 2022 Kagalang-galang na Vice President Leni Robredo, Isang mainit at kulay rosas na pagbati po sa inyo! Nawa’y lagi po kayong nasa mabuting kalagayan. Ako po pala si Amanda Socorra Lacaba Echanis, isang 33-taong gulang … Read more

Marcos, Robredo supporters mixing hashtags on Twitter as political strategy – study

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. And Leni Robredo’s supporters are actively mixing hashtags in favor of each other’s competitor to reach the other camp’s supporters and further engagement MANILA, Philippines – A new study found that supporters of Presidential candidates Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo were actively mixing hashtags in favor of their … Read more

‘A Game of Trolls’ and the importance of criticizing political art

For educational and political art to be truly effective, it must succeed as art. But how does one write about, let alone criticize, art that tackles such a sensitive topic as Martial Law? Politically charged material — especially those about and by people from marginalized communities — already struggles to be made and seen. Add … Read more

Mexican president tests political muscle with referendum on his future

The vote has fueled speculation it could open the door to extending presidential term limits in a country where the head of state is allowed to serve only a single six-year period MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mexicans on Sunday, April 10, vote on whether their president should stay in office, in an opinion he argues … Read more

End political dynasties? Start in your own backyards

‘Starting in your backyard is very important, and hopefully that will have a ripple effect throughout the nation,’ Rappler Cebu bureau coordinator Ryan Macasero says in a Newsbreak Chats episode MANILA, Philippines – Ending political dynasties in the Philippines where their existence has long been entrenched may not be a walk in the park, but … Read more