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San Juan recall petition doomed? Zamora urges Comelec to set poll

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Comelec can only set a recall election against Mayor Guia Gomez by May 11, 2018

ROUND 2 WANTED. Losing San Juan mayoral bet Francis Zamora urges the Comelec to act fast on their recall petition's proceedings. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos 'ill-advised' over claims vs ballot images in VP protest – Robredo camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body held a VCM roadshow from 2015 to 2016 to explain the new features of the ballot, which the Marcos camp claims was never explained to them

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

Suarez: Probe purchase of machines used in 'contentious' 2016 polls

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The lawmaker cites anomalies in the 2016 elections and supposed 'evidence' presented by defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr in calling for a House probe

IS SMARTMATIC RELIABLE? Buhay Representative Lito Atienza and Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez speak during a press conference at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Marcos signs document withdrawing motions that delay VP vote recount

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo takes on Marcos' challenge and agrees to sign the joint manifestation to be filed with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal

NO MORE DELAYS. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who has filed an electoral protest, challenges Vice President Leni Robredo to also withdraw motions that tend to delay the ballot recount. Photo courtesy of the Office of Ferdinand Marcos Jr

May 14 barangay and SK polls ‘tuloy na tuloy na’

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The DILG and the Comelec emphasize the need to elect barangay and SK leaders who are 'matino, mahusay, at maaasahan'

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. DILG Undersecretary Martin Dino (right) and Comelec Spokeperson James Jimenez (left)  hold a joint press conference launching a campaign for 'Matino, Mahusay at Matapang' Barangay and SK officials to encourage the public to vote for good leaders on May 14, 2018, at the DILG office in Quezon City on Tuesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Recount will 'greatly disappoint' Marcos, says Robredo camp

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lead counsel Romulo Macalintal expresses confidence that the recount of ballots 'will just confirm the results as counted by the vote-counting machines'

Robredo, Marcos camps point fingers amid recount 'challenge'

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Marcos camp 'challenges' the Robredo camp to withdraw all pending motions, but the latter says it does not have any pending motions at all

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Duterte to name more Comelec members as 2 Lims retire

Feb 02, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Comelec commissioners Christian Lim and Arthur Lim retire from the poll body, which is bracing for a possible plebiscite for a new Philippine constitution

POLL BODY. Comelec Commissioners Christian Lim (3rd from left) and Arthur Lim (5th) retire from the poll body on February 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

No budget for Cha-Cha plebiscite in 2018, says Escudero

Feb 02, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Senator Francis Escudero says a plebiscite can happen if Congress would pass a supplemental budget for it

PLEBISCITE IN 2018? Senator Francis Escudero says there is no funds in the 2018 budget for any plebiscite. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Marcos wants to 'revise' 2016 polls' narrative, says Robredo

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Vice President Leni Robredo slams ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for claiming fresh electoral fraud allegations against her. Photo by OVP

Comelec suspends barangay, SK polls in Marawi

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in the rest of Mindanao 'will push through as scheduled,' says Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez

Robredo camp doubts authenticity of Marcos' 'self-serving' ballot images

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Bongbong Marcos is 'afraid to know the real truth of the results of the elections,' thus his 'highly ridiculous' fresh allegations against Vice President Leni Robredo

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President's Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ballot images show Robredo colluded with Comelec, Smartmatic – Marcos

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos alleges the electoral fraud was conducted in 8 regional hubs that the Comelec created to address SD card concerns during the May 2016 polls

POLL PROTEST. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos presents a ballot image showing an undervote for him during the 2016 polls. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

De Lima files bill to create Comelec field offices

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The senator, a former election lawyer, says this is to preserve the independence of the poll body from local government units that own the buildings

SPARE MY FAMILY. Senator Leila De Lima asks President Rodrigo Duterte to spare her friends and family from possible harassment. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Robredo wants VP protest resolved so Marcos ‘won’t have space to lie’

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'Habang hindi kasi siya nare-resolve, nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon si Marcos na gumawa ng mga kuwento kahit hindi totoo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the upcoming ballot recount

NO TO MARCOS' LIES. Vice President Leni Robredo believes the results of the electoral protest against her will still show she had won the polls fairly. Photo by OVP

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in CamSur for Marcos-Robredo election case

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Ballot boxes from Camarines Sur precincts are to be delivered to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal Retrieval Team until January 26

BALLOT RETRIEVAL. Men transfer ballot boxes from a truck to the Legislative Building in Pili, where representatives from the SC are waiting for them. All photos by OVP

Ballot retrieval in CamSur for VP protest begins

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo says the ballot recount will only 'vindicate' her client from the 'baseless accusation' of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos that Robredo had cheated in the polls

RETRIEVAL BEGINS. Ballot boxes from Libmanan, Camarines Sur arrive at the Pili provincial capitol for the ballot recount. Photo by OVP

Senate panel issues subpoena for ex-Comelec chief Bautista

Jan 23, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Former Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista is ordered to attend a February 12 hearing on his alleged wealth, after he skipped the Senate inquiry thrice

SUBPOENA. The Senate committee on banks and financial institutions summons former Comelec chairman Andres Bautista after repeatedly skipping hearings. File photo

PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

Stand with Rappler, defend press freedom

Jan 15, 2018 - 2:34 PM

We will continue bringing you the news, holding the powerful to account for their actions and decisions, calling attention to government lapses that further disempower the disadvantaged. We will hold the line.

Comelec eyes postponing barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Election is considering another postponement in Mindanao after Congress extended martial law in the island group to the end of 2018

Bongbong Marcos accuses PET of 'unfair treatment'

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says 'one option' is to request for his electoral protest case be raffled off to another Supreme Court justice

SOLID NORTH. Former senator Bongbong Marcos waves to supporters the SC before the preliminary conference was held for his electoral protest against the Vice President on July 11, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Why run for senator when I already won as VP?' – Bongbong Marcos

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr says he is determined to see through the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo

RAN BUT LOST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos campaigns for vice president in Mandaluyong in May 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP

Comelec wary of 'no elections' scenario in 2019

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec vows to fulfill its mandate to hold 'free and fair elections,' poll body spokesman James Jimenez says

POLLING PRECINCT. In this file photo, an elderly voter places her ballot on a precinct count optical scan machine (PCOS) after casting her vote during mid-term elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Barangay plebiscites in Navotas, Occ. Mindoro town on January 5

Dec 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Voters in some barangays in these areas would have to decide whether to ratify the creation of new barangays. The gun ban is enforced in these barangays from December 26 to January 10.

Comelec rules on 'sufficiency' of recall plea vs San Juan mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora lost to incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez by a little more than a thousand votes in the 2016 polls

SIGNATURE DRIVE. Some 30,000 San Juan residents reportedly signed the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

House approves on final reading 50% discount on political ads

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Political parties and candidates cannot be charged a rate higher than that of regular advertisers, the bill says

House bill seeking huge discount on campaign ads approved on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:30 AM

If House Bill 6604 becomes law, the Comelec would also be given the power to regulate the rates of political ads

Comelec faces eviction from Palacio del Gobernador

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:46 PM

The Intramuros Administration cites 'structural integrity' for planning to evict Comelec from its rented headquarters

SC gives Robredo access to soft copies of ballot images in electoral protest

Dec 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, says the SC decision will give their camp an 'additional blanket of security'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the opening of the Istorya ng Pag-asa gallery at the University of Nueva Caceres, Camarines Sur on November 18. Photo by OVP

SC defers action again on forensic exam of ARMM poll data in VP protest

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The Supreme Court says a ballot recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental must be conducted first in the electoral protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo

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

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Is it legal to name Sheriff Abas Comelec chair?

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This is the first time that a sitting Comelec commissioner is nominated to head the poll body, former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr tells Rappler

DUTERTE'S CHOICE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the first Comelec chairman from Mindanao. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Duterte appointees to dominate Comelec by next year

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:12 PM

By choosing Commissioner Sheriff Abas as the next elections chief, President Rodrigo Duterte can get to name 4 of 7 members of Comelec by February 2018

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint 4 of 7 Comelec members by early 2018. Malacañang photo

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Sheriff Abas to break many firsts as Comelec chair

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:30 PM

He will become the first Comelec chair from Mindanao, the first Muslim, and, at the age of 38, the youngest elections chief in Philippine history

DUTERTE'S NOMINEE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the new Comelec chair. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Sheriff Abas is new Comelec chairman

Nov 24, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Sheriff Abas, nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, replaces Andres Bautista as chairman of the Commission on Elections

Let evidence 'speak for itself,' Marcos camp tells Robredo

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez says the members of the Board of Election Inspectors they included in the list submitted to the PET 'were named as witnesses – and not as registered voters'

BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of vice president, July 11, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rapple

Private security agencies need Comelec approval for gun ban exemptions – SC

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The Supreme Court rules that Republic Act 5487 or the Private Security Agency Law 'is not a blanket authority on PSAs to carry firearms'

As Roque joins Malacañang, Kabayan squabbles over his replacement

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Harry Roque, Palace spokesman, and Ron Salo, Kabayan representative, continue to argue over the fate of the party's representation in the House

KABAYAN SQUABBLE. Palace Spokesman Harry Roque (left) and Kabayan Representative Ron Salo continue to argue, this time over who should be taking over Roque's post int he House. File photo of Roque by Rappler, photo of Salo from his Facebook account

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections