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Poll watchdog asks Comelec to act on complaints vs party-list groups

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao also asks the Comelec hold a public forum with party-list groups with reported links to political dynasties or represent special business interests

ELECTIONS FORUM. Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao presents findings on party list groups at a forum in the University of the Philippine Bahay ng Alumni on April 16, 2019. Photo

5 top Senate bets have yet to register social media pages

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Less than half of senatorial bets have complied with this new Commission on Elections requirement as of Monday, April 15

SOCIAL MEDIA. Leading senatorial candidates Lito Lapid, Grace Poe, Bato dela Rosa, Imee Marcos, and Jinggoy Estrada have not registered their social media pages for the midterm polls as of April 15, 2019. Photos from senatorial bets' Facebook pages

Election lawyer: Schools, watchdogs can help Comelec check candidates' spending

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon says the task is too big for the Commission on Elections alone as some 100,000 statements of candidates' expenses are filed after elections

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec shows how to vote in May 13 elections

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the demo of vote-counting machines conducted by the Commission on Elections in the Rappler office at 2 pm on Thursday, April 11

VOTING MACHINE. The 2019 elections will be the 4th automated electoral exercise in the Philippines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Comelec says Tarlac bet detained for slapping poll officer

Apr 07, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Ipakukulong kita,' Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon tells Tarlac board member candidate Marty Toralba, who allegedly slapped an election officer

COMELEC RESPONSE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is outraged by a candidate's slapping of an election officer in Camiling, Tarlac.

Supreme Court stops Comelec from changing polling places in Sulu

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Supreme Court's status quo ante order involves polling places in at least 5 barangays in Sulu for the May 13 elections

ELECTION PREPS. Sample vote-counting machine used in Philippine elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec orders media to give bets higher ad discounts

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Commission on Elections issues this order as it implements a recently amended portion of the Fair Elections Act of 2001

Comelec cancels candidacy of Camarines Norte governor Tallado

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado is barred from seeking a 4th term

BARRED. Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado is barred from seeking another term as governor. Photo from the Facebook Page of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado

PWDs appeal to Comelec for ‘barrier-free’ elections

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Disability sector representatives assert there's more that can be done to make the elections accessible to people with disabilities

RAMP UP ELECTIONS. Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAP) Representative Maureen Mata, National Council on Disability Affairs Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga, and Fully Abled Nation Representative Bianca Lapuz hold a press conference on March 27. Photo by Sofia Virtudes

That new animal: Can Comelec catch up with social media?

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Commission on Elections takes baby steps by attempting to regulate social media in the May 13 elections. It faces a number of challenges.

Comelec sets April 10 deadline for accreditation of dominant parties

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Elections also encourages political parties to field more female candidates, saying this will earn them more points when considering who will be declared dominant

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec: Remove photos of bets from local ambulances

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says she 'will personally see to it that LGU ambulances with candidates' pics be stripped'

POLL COMMISSIONER. Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says photos of candidates should be removed from ambulances of local government units. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH denies ordering hospitals to put up Bong Go posters

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it took note of Duque's response as assurance that the DOH would follow the poll body's rules

MALASAKIT CENTER. Senatorial candidate Bong Go at the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City on February 6, 2019. Photo from Go

Comelec: Remove Malasakit Center posters with Bong Go face

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial bet Bong Go, longtime aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, is accused of using government resources for his campaign

DUTERTE AIDE. Senatorial bet Bong Go waves during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago event in Quezon City on February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Why is Abra under Category Red on Comelec hot spot list?

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Abra joins Jones town in Isabela, Lope de Vega town in Northern Samar, and the whole Mindanao as Category Red hot spots

Comelec defends declaring entire Mindanao as election hotspot

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Elections allays fears that declaring the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot is part of efforts to favor certain candidates

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections gives assurances elections will not be compromised despite declaring Mindanao as an election hotspot. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Comelec expects to finish 2019 ballot printing ahead of target

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Commission on Elections says 'ballot printing may be completed before Holy Week begins' on April 14, ahead of the April 25 target

BALLOT PRINTING. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez presents a sample ballot for the midterm elections set on May 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Registered voters for the May 2019 elections

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Who will come out to vote in the 2019 midterm elections?

DEMO. A resident tries the vote-counting machines to be used for the 2019 polls. Photo by Boy Zabal

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Poll authorities investigating Bong Go's distribution of cash to fire victims during the campaign will deter other candidates from doing the same, says Lente project director Breeza Rosales

ASSISTANCE. Election watchdogs say Comelec should probe Bong Go's fire visits which may count as vote-buying. Photo from Bong Go

Comelec declares Mindanao, 3 areas as election hot spots

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it can place these areas under Comelec control, and direct the augmentation of police and military personnel

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections declares Mindanao and 3 other areas as election spots. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FALSE: Final testing of ballot machines found flaws, misleading results

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Comelec says it has not yet conducted the final testing and sealing of vote counting machines

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.

Photo from Bong Go

Comelec to candidates: Register social media pages or face poll offense

Mar 08, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The Comelec says as of March 6, only 13 senatorial candidates, 23 party-list groups, and 2 political parties have complied with the requirement

FEW REGISTERED. The Comelec says only 38 of the 62 senatorial candidates and 134 party list groups running in the May 2019 polls have registered their official social media pages. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

Comelec rejects request to force Hugpong candidates to join debates

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The opposition Otso Diretso senatorial slate slams the poll body for 'not doing its job' in educating voters for the May elections

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. The Otso Diretso candidates say the debate could have been used by the Comelec to help educate voters. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso bets urge Comelec to probe Bong Go shirts issue

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Erin Tañada says if the poll body does not investigate the issue, it would be like turning a blind eye to a possible violation of campaign rules

PROBE THE SHIRTS. Otso Diretso bet Erin Tañada says Comelec must investigate the controversy surrounding the shirts of administration bet Bong Go. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Candidates' illegal campaign posters taken down

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Government workers from the DPWH, MMDA, PNP, and Comelec take down the illegal campaign materials to prevent danger to lives and properties

ILLEGAL TARPAULINS. Campaign paraphernalia of former presidential assistant and now senatorial candidate Bong Go are dismantled by a team from the Comelec, the PNP, and MMDA on February 28, 2019. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

More than 2,000 arrested since start of election period

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:48 PM

1,962 of 54% of the people arrested are civilians

Policemen implement a stricter COMELEC checkpoint in Binondo, Manila as the NCRPO deploys 14,000 police and set up more checkpoints in Metro Manila at start of the campaign period on February 12, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso asks Comelec for debate with Hugpong ng Pagbabago

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'We are one with the Comelec in empowering the electorate to make more informed choices,' says the opposition slate Otso Diretso

DEBATE CHALLENGE. Otso Diretso senatorial bets Gary Alejano, Samira Gutoc, Romulo Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay (left to right) personally file a letter requesting the Commission on Elections to mount a debate between their slate and the Duterte-allied ticket Hugpong ng Pagbabago. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso

#PHVote: Campaign rules for 2019 midterm elections

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Here's a guide for voters and poll watchers on what candidates should follow during the campaign

[OPINION] What are the limits of Comelec's social media monitoring?

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Legitimate social media posts made by non-candidates are protected speech and beyond the regulatory reach of the Comelec

Vote-counting machines roadshow to educate voters, candidates in Aklan

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Election officers, board of election supervisors, and canvassers are also undergoing trainings on how to use the vote-counting machines for the 2019 polls

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Social media users point out that names like senatorial candidate Bong Go's are not on the list. But Comelec Commisioner Guanzon says her list was for candidates with NCR addresses.

Anti-Corruption Commission, Comelec tell gov't employees: Stay away from politics

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Commission on Elections urge the public to file complaints for any possible offenses

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec partner up to warn government employees to not engage in partisan political activities as the 2019 elections fast approaches. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

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Feb 13, 2019 - 9:02 PM

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Comelec junks petitions vs Pimentel senatorial bid

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections dismisses petitions alleging that Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking a prohibited third term as senator

REELECTION BID. The Commission on Elections junks petitions to stop Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III from running again for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec gives bets until February 14 to remove illegal posters

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The Commission on Elections says it is 'very hopeful' of success in its drive against illegal posters for the 2019 polls

CAMPAIGN PERIOD. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez speaks at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on February 13, 2019. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec hits Bong Go, Mar Roxas over illegal campaign posters

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections calls out administration and opposition candidates alike for their illegal posters, as the 2019 campaign period officially begins

ILLEGAL POSTERS. Manila City hall workers start removing campaign materials in Santa Mesa, Manila on February 11, 2019, after Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminds candidates to remove prohibited election propaganda. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec

[OPINION] How to make the automated elections less vulnerable to cheats

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao

What to expect as the 2019 campaign period for national bets begins

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Do you know what type of campaign ads are prohibited?

Comelec allows Loren Legarda to run for Antique congresswoman

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The Commission on Elections says 'no proof was introduced' to refute Senator Loren Legarda's claim that she resides in Antique, not Malabon

SENATE HEARING. Senator Loren Legarda speaks during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After violence, Bangsamoro voter turnout surprises Comelec

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says voters in Bangsamoro plebiscite areas 'feel strongly about these elections'

BOL PLEBISCITE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte have an easier time casting their vote for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Zambales barangay chairman arrested for possessing illegal firearms

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:52 PM

A joint team from the municipal and provincial police raided the house of Eduardo Lopes Sr, chairman of Barangay Aglao in the municipality of San Marcelino

Barangay chairman, arrested for illegal firearms. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Lanao del Norte mayor detained after gun check

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Authorities are still checking for proper Comelec gun ban exemption certificates the guns of Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago and 8 other people

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Feb 05, 2019 - 7:47 PM

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Feb 05, 2019 - 12:08 PM

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Comelec: Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite on February 6

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:33 AM

'There's a lot of worry that the situation in Jolo will spill over to Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says security is the 'main concern' in part 2 of the Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

Comelec to monitor social media influencers campaigning for candidates

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Under the poll body's campaign rules, paid influencers will be required to report to Comelec the payments for their online posts whether for or against a candidate

Comelec to hear petitions to cancel Cayetano couple’s candidacies

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:15 PM

‘This means the commission is taking [the issue] seriously, that it recognizes its importance to the voting public,’ says the lawyer of the Taguig voter who filed the petitions

SAME POLL PRECINCT. Alan Cayetano and wife Lani vote at the same precinct in 2016. They've since declared separate residences to run for representatives of Taguig's two districts. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler