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Ex-SC justice Velasco is new Marinduque governor

May 20, 2019 - 11:28 AM

A new dynasty is born in Marinduque: Velasco's son is also reelected representative while his wife is mayor-elect of Torrijos town

NEW GOVERNOR. Retired Supreme Court justice and governor-elect of Marinduque Presbitero Velasco Jr (utmost right) poses with President Rodrigo Duterte at the birthday party of the younger Velasco, Lord Allan (2nd from left) on November 3, 2018. Presidential Photo

Robredo to SC: Stop Marcos from skirting rules in his ‘dying’ VP protest

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos moves for the technical examination of election data from 3 ARMM provinces to be 'immediately' conducted

Ex-Bohol mayor sued at Comelec for media work during election season

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same time being a candidate for congressman

DOUBLE DUTY? Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while running for congressman in the previous election season. File photo

SC orders P81-M payment for Marcos protest vs Robredo

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr will have to pay P66 02 million while Vice President Leni Robredo will have to settle P15 43 million

Who's the real congressman of Northern Samar?

May 31, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Harlin Abayon has protested Congress failure to include his name in the roll call during the official canvassing of votes Here s the reason for the mixup

REINSTALLMENT. Northern Samar Representative Harlin Abayon was recently ousted based on the House Electoral Tribunal's decision but the Supreme Court rules he is the duly-elected Representative of Northern Samar

The Leader I Want: Diosdado Valeroso’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series features the stand of Diosdado Valeroso on key issues that senatorial bets will address in a debate on Friday April 22

CANDIDACY. Retired police chief Diosdado Valeroso files his senatorial candidacy. Photo by Michael Bueza

Comelec chair under fire for 'illegal' mall voting

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:35 PM

We re stuck with superficial things that shouldn t really matter on election day former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal says

FACING CRITICISM. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces criticism for his proposal to hold mall voting in certain areas in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Who are the most talked-about candidates on Facebook?

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Which candidates are Facebook users talking about? What issues do they care about the most?

Comelec division ousts Tuguegarao mayor over 2013 cheating

Jan 28, 2016 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED In a decision promulgated January 26 the Comelec First Division also orders Vice Mayor Engelbert Caronan installed as chief executive

Photo from his Fan Page on Facebook

HRET, SC uphold rulings to remove Reyes as Marinduque rep

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:36 PM

But House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr is still studying whether to swear in Lord Allan Velasco to replace his Belmonte s party mate Regina Ongsiako Reyes

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Former Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco is the son of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.

After SC ruling, will the House swear in Velasco as Marinduque rep?

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:02 PM

For the second time the High Court orders Speaker Belmonte to swear in Lord Allan Velasco as representative of Marinduque to replace Regina Ongsiako Reyes

VOLLEYING BATTLE. For two years, the Marinduque's Congressional seat had been fought for by former Representative Llord Allan Velasco and incumbent Representative Regina Reyes.

VLOG: Poe hints Roxas, Binay behind DQ petitions

Dec 03, 2015 - 3:16 PM

Poe says she s confident the Supreme Court will be give her a favorable ruling

Leni Robredo hopes to repeat victory with little campaign funds

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo says she will again rely on word of mouth campaigning through the help of local communities which was key to her successful congressional bid in 2013

Former Albay District 1 representative Edcel Lagman (2nd from left) vows an all-out-support for the vice presidential candidacy of Leni Robredo (2nd from right). With him them are Lagman's eldest daughter, Krisel Lagman-Luistro (1st from left), and incumbent Albay District 1 Representative Grex Lagman. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

SC upholds disqualification of 2013 Batanes mayoral candidate

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Rogelio Caballero who was mayor of Uyugan Batanes in 2013 but was disqualified due to residency issues will now run as provincial board member under UNA

Presidential debates: ‘Ayaw natin ng duwag’ – Comelec

Oct 15, 2015 - 6:38 PM

Kung hindi sila pumunta sa mga debateng ito ay mensahe na rin Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says referring to presidential bets for 2016

'JOIN THE DEBATES.' Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista dares candidates to join the presidential debates organized by the poll body. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

SC upholds winning senators in 2013 polls

Sep 02, 2015 - 6:39 PM

The Supreme Court junks the petition filed by political party Bangon Pilipinas which sought to nullify the proclamations of the 12 senators in the 2013 polls

UPHELD. The Supreme Court junks the petition filed by Bangon Pilipinas seeking to nullify the proclamations of the 12 winning senators in the 2013 polls. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

FULL TEXT: 'Walang iba kundi si Mar Roxas'

Aug 01, 2015 - 9:04 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s speech endorsing Interior Secretary Manuel Mar Roxas II as his preferred successor

DAANG MATUWID. President Benigno S. Aquino III formally endorses Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in 2016. Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau

MAP: Pending 2013 electoral protests

May 13, 2014 - 10:51 AM

A total of 59 electoral cases are pending at the Commission on Elections and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal

Comelec orders recanvass of votes in Baybay City

Apr 24, 2014 - 7:53 PM

The poll body reaffirms its earlier decision that the city board of canvassers was illegally constituted

Back to zero: Re-registration of all voters proposed

Feb 20, 2014 - 5:35 PM

If we want an efficient voting system says Senator Koko Pimentel it will be dependent on a good reliable trustworthy voters list

ELECTORAL REFORMS. Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel preside over a hearing of the Senate committee on electoral reforms on Thursday, February 20. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Koko urges Comelec to get rid of PCOS in 2016

Feb 16, 2014 - 9:24 PM

The chairman of the Senate committee on electoral reforms doesn t want anymore of the flaws that were used in sabotage and cheating

REPLACE PCOS. Sen Koko Pimentel urged Comelec to replace the precinct count optical scanner (PCOS) machines to ensure the credibility of next elections. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

Depending on technology, 2016 polls to cost P7B to P60B

Feb 10, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Depending on which technology and machines the Comelec will choose for the 2016 elections they will cost anywhere from P6 91 billion to P60 billion

Comelec won't proclaim Senior Citizens party-list reps

Jan 15, 2014 - 7:23 PM

One of the factions of the organization has filed before the Supreme Court a motion to cite in Comelec contempt

Comelec errs in SOCE deficiency of 29 politicians

Dec 31, 2013 - 4:14 PM

Four representatives and 25 local officials whom the poll body sought to remove for failing to report campaign expenses turn out to have submitted documents

Coin toss earns city council seat for Pacquiao’s brother

Dec 18, 2013 - 7:44 PM

The tie between Roel Pacquiao and Ma Lourdes Casabuena in the ABC elections is broken by a flipping of the coin Now he s ex officio city councilor in GenSan

New reso cancels out Comelec order for pols to vacate posts

Dec 18, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Lawyer says a recent Comelec resolution provides no more basis to cite the original grounds for removing elective officials over SOCE deficiencies

'RECALL ORDER'. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal asks the Commission on Elections to recall its order directing 424 local officials to leave office because of their deficient statement of election contributions and expenses (SOCE). Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Comelec 'can't unseat elected pols'

Dec 12, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Can elected officials be removed for failing to file campaign spending reports? A seasoned election lawyer says Comelec has jurisdiction over them only in relation to pending cases or petitions prior to election

Comelec to 424 officials: leave office

Dec 12, 2013 - 10:47 AM

4th UPDATE Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr says these officials failed to submit their Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures 169 of them come from the ruling Liberal Party

SC gives one party-list seat to Abang Lingkod

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:26 PM

The court says Comelec abused its discretion in cancelling the registration of Abang Lingkod which had joined in 2010 and got enough votes in 2013

HRET orders opening of ballot boxes in Aga Muhlach protest

Nov 05, 2013 - 4:55 PM

It was a tight race with Felix William Wimpy Fuentebella winning against the former actor by just 2 205 votes Both allege vote buying

ELECTORAL PROTEST. HRET orders the opening of ballot boxes involved in actor Aga Muhlach's electoral protest versus Rep. Wimpy Fuentebella's win in the congressional race in Camarines Sur.

Pacquiao consolidating in GenSan for political return?

Oct 30, 2013 - 7:00 AM

While his brothers and sister in law win in the recent barangay elections some of his allies have lost

WIN SOME, LOSE SOME. Pacquia's relatives win the recent village polls in General Santos, where he lost his first congressional bid in 2007. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Preview of 2016? High turnout for PWDs, seniors

Oct 29, 2013 - 8:26 PM

How polls were conducted in special precincts for vulnerable sectors will be Comelec s benchcmark for the implementation of RA 10366 in 2016

EAGER VOTER. A senior citizen casts her vote in a special polling precinct for persons with disabilities and the elderly in SM City Manila during the barangay elections on Oct 28, 2013. Photo by Roy Lagarde

More relatives of Pacquiao elected

Oct 29, 2013 - 6:44 PM

His brothers Rogelio and Bobby Pacquiao have been elected barangay councilors while sister in law Lorelei has been re elected barangay chairperson

DYNASTY BUILDING? Manny Pacquiao sees more relatives elected in the October barangay polls, after he and his wife were elected in May. AFP file photo by Dale de la Rey

Did voters deliver? Vote buyers ask for selfies

Oct 28, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Comelec discovers the newest way to cheat in manual elections – voters present to vote buyers photos of themselves with their accomplished ballots

Over 6,000 barangays under PNP poll watch

Oct 27, 2013 - 11:28 PM

The barangays are identified as priority areas in relation to the barangay elections Monday October 28

PWDs, senior citizens may vote in select SM malls

Oct 27, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Comelec identifies 4 SM malls as accessible polling centers for persons with disabilities and senior citizens

ACCESSIBILITY. Select PWDs and senior citizens can go to select SM malls to cast their vote for the barangay elections. Photo by EPA/Val Handumon

Barangay chairman abducted in Basilan town

Oct 27, 2013 - 3:54 PM

Alrusdi Jainul was forcibly taken by 6 armed men at around 10 am October 27

Trouble brewing in Bgy Bel-Air?

Oct 27, 2013 - 12:14 AM

Nene Lichauco of Bgy Bel Air in Makati City has served for 30 years as village chief but corruption charges haunt her

NPA declares seized candidates 'prisoners of war'

Oct 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The rebel group captures 5 barangay election candidates in Loreto Agusan del Sur

STRONGHOLD. NPA guerrillas in a gathering in Agusan del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Election areas of concern in Negros Occidental rise to 127

Oct 26, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Of the 127 barangays considered as election areas of concern 33 barangays are classified as areas of immediate concern

Perks of barangay officials

Oct 25, 2013 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Know what the benefits of seeking barangay positions are

P400M still needed for barangay polls

Oct 24, 2013 - 10:20 PM

Deputizing the PNP AFP and public school teachers for the exercise require P500M but Comelec only has P100M available Still the village polls is a go

READY FOR THE POLLS. Workers repaint old ballot boxes in preparation for the Oct. 28 barangay elections. File photo by Rappler/Raffy Taboy

15 killed, 17 wounded in poll-related incidents – PNP

Oct 23, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The PNP says the 20 incidents so far where these victims were involved are lower in number compared to past barangay elections

LP neophytes lose their bid for House seats

Oct 22, 2013 - 6:44 PM

The Supreme Court has dismissed the cases involving two Liberal Party neophytes who are fighting for their House seats

DISMISSED. The Supreme Court denied the petitions of  Liberal Party neophytes Toby Tañada and Regina Reyes. File photos

Isabela mayor disqualified for vote buying

Oct 08, 2013 - 12:41 PM

Re elected Mayor Benedict Calderon of Roxas Isabela is the fourth local official to be disqualified by Comelec in 3 weeks He is a member of the Nationalist People s Coalition

Bulacan mayor, councilor disqualified for vote buying

Oct 03, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Comelec says 4 juice boxes containing P692 000 were presented as evidence to prove Mayor Alfredo Gemera and Councilor Rogelio Santos Jr s involvement

Congress OKs postponement of SK polls

Sep 24, 2013 - 6:29 PM

The new date for the SK polls will be set between October 28 2014 and February 23 2015 as determined by the Commission on Elections Comelec There will also be no holdover for the current SK officials

Brillantes: Congress should do election post-mortem

Aug 24, 2013 - 5:17 PM

The Comelec chairman also says the poll body will come out with its own full post mortem report within the next two weeks

5M register for the first time for barangay, SK polls

Aug 03, 2013 - 8:46 PM

The number is significantly higher than the 700 000 potential voters that Comelec expected to register this year

It's final: Ecleo group can't join party list – SC

Aug 01, 2013 - 7:52 PM

ARMD s top nominee to Congress would have been Gwendolyn Ecleo of the Dinagat Islands political dynasty