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No budget for federalism plebiscite in 2019, says Comelec

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The Commission on Elections will need P6-8 billion if the federalism plebiscite pushes through, says poll chief Sheriff Abas

FEDERALISM PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says the poll body will need P6-8 billion for a possible plebiscite on federalism. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec seeks P857 M for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:49 PM

'We will find a way just in case they give us nothing,' says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

BANGSAMORO LAW. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas says the poll body needs P857 million for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After criticism, Comelec amends rule on substitution of bets

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The Commission on Elections earlier allowed 'substitution due to withdrawal' until midday of election day, a rule criticized by former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr

Comelec: You want change? Register to vote

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:30 PM

For the 2019 elections, voter registration ends on September 29, 2018

ELECTION MATTERS. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez speaks in a Quezon City press conference on May 14, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec sets review of system for transmitting election results

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says this aims to eliminate 'doubts' about the automated elections

ELECTIONS HEARING. Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr speaks at the joint congressional oversight committee hearing on the automated elections on September 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec postpones filing of candidacies to October 11-17

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:16 AM

(UPDATED) This comes after both the Senate and House of Representatives urged the Comelec to reschedule the filing of certificates of candidacy or COCs

Voter registration banned in malls linked to gov't officials

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The ban applies to malls owned, leased, or occupied by any government official or by 'any person who is related to any city/municipal/barangay official' up to the 4th degree

SATELLITE REGISTRATION. An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Comelec: Postponed COC filing can delay ballot printing

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec is set to discuss the proposal of the Senate and the House of Representatives to delay the filing of certificates of candidacy by 10 days

DOMINO EFFECT. Postponing the filing of certificates of candidacy can delay the printing of ballots for the 2019 polls, says the Commission on Elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec relaxes rules for substitution of candidates in 2019

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr opposes these new rules, saying these are prone to abuse

Special voter registrations set for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The satellite voter registrations will be held from September 11 to 13 in the Bangsamoro plebiscite areas in Mindanao

PLEBISCITE SOON. The landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law is up for a plebiscite in Mindanao on January 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Filing of candidacy for 2019 elections from October 1 to 5, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Party-list groups should also submit their list of nominees during the same period

COC FILING. In this file photo, aspiring bets for the May 2018 barangay elections file their certificate of candidacy at the Comelec-Manila office on April 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec sets 25% ballot shading threshold for 2019 polls

Sep 08, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The threshold has been put into question during the vote recount for the 2016 vice presidential elections

HOAX: ‘Two ex-Comelec programmers arrested for destroying evidence of 2016 elections fraud’

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The story is pure fiction. The alleged programmers do not exist.

Plebiscite on Bangsamoro Organic Law set for January 2019

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections schedules the plebiscite on January 21, 2019, when voters will decide on the creation of a new Bangsamoro territory

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Also in the photo are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

'In general the Comelec supports any move to curtail premature campaigning,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SENATE HEARING. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (center) attends a Senate hearing on August 16, 2018, about electoral reforms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Con-Com draft constitution sets Comelec in the right direction

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Under current laws, the Commission on Elections is both an administrator and a quasi-court. Its split personality presents a lot of complications.

MISLEADING: Sotto 'bares' senators linked to alleged 2016 poll fraud

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Senate President has yet to name those who 'benefited' from irregularities in the 2016 elections, but a YouTube video thumbnail appears to implicate 4 opposition senators

Screenshot of website that appears to implicate 4 senators in the alleged 2016 poll fraud

Comelec may need P6-8 billion for federalism plebiscite

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Commission on Elections also needs 4 to 5 months to prepare for a nationwide plebiscite, says Chairman Sheriff Abas

BUDGET BRIEFING. Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas (right) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (left) appear at the Comelec's budget briefing at the House of Representatives on August 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says the poll body's website is more secure now, being hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Barangay, SK elections in Marawi set on September 22

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Marawi City are scheduled 4 months after the same exercise was held in other parts of the Philippines

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Marawi City will be held on September 22, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Letters show 2016 poll fraud accuser represented Marcos

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Former Biliran representative Glen Chong denies it, saying the Marcos camp nominated him but he did not accept it

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec to PET: Stick to 25% shading threshold or risk all elective posts

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections says the 50% shading threshold that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal insists on using in the vice presidential protest case has long been abandoned

SC gives Comelec 10 days to comment on ballot shading threshold

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, says it has taken 'note without action' Vice President Leni Robredo's motion to give the Commission on Elections just 5 days to comment

SC ORDER. The Commission on Elections must now comment on the ballot shading threshold in the vice presidential election case.

Duterte names Antonio Kho Jr Comelec commissioner

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's 4 appointees now dominate the 7-member poll body

Robredo asks PET to give Comelec 5 days to comment on shading threshold

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says this is to 'avoid any further delays' in the resolution of its motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the ballot shading threshold

AVOIDING DELAYS. VP Leni Robredo's legal consultant Emil Marañon III files their motion with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

SolGen Calida’s filings delay VP protest case – Robredo camp

Jul 02, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Vice President's camp points out that determining the shading threshold is an administrative, and not a quasi-judicial, matter so the Comelec 'could directly file its comment' with the PET on Robredo's motion

DELAYS. The camp of Leni Robredo says the Solicitor General's filings are delaying the vice-presidential protest case. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte names Marlon Casquejo Comelec commissioner

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:31 AM

With Casquejo's appointment, President Rodrigo Duterte has one more new Comelec member to appoint

Voter registration for 2019 polls resumes on July 2

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The registration drive will be held nationwide from July 2 to September 29, 2018, except in Marawi City which is still undergoing rehabilitation

VOTER REGISTRATION. In this file photo, old and new voters troop to the Quezon City Hall to register for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[OPINION] The shading threshold in Marcos v. Robredo

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The ruling of the Court imposing the 50% shading threshold in reviewing election results that were determined on a 25% threshold might therefore be a portent of things to come. It forecasts how the Court intends to exercise discretion in Marcos v. Robredo.

Batangas election officer killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen

Jun 12, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Noel Alvarez Miralles, 53, is attacked while waiting for a ride home in front of Citimart in Bauan town

ELECTION OFFICER. Noel Miralles, an officer of the Commission on Elections in Batangas, is killed in front of a supermarket in Bauan town on June 11, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Noel Miralles

CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting

May 30, 2018 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) Newly confirmed Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting faces the Commission on Appointments on May 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

CA confirms Sheriff Abas as Comelec chair

May 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) Incoming Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas will become the Philippines' youngest, first Mindanaoan, and first Muslim elections chief

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Poll commissioner Sheriff Abas faces the Commission on Appointments (CA) for his confirmation hearing on May 23, 2018, as Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair. Photo by Angie de Silva

CDO city election commission suspends overage winning SK candidates

May 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Fourteen winning SK candidates from the city will have their proclamation suspended, or will be reported by the COMELEC to the Regional Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG) for proper action

Comelec suspends proclamation of barangay, SK winners in 3 Bicol provinces

May 17, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Assistant Regional Director Romeo Serrano says these 7 winning candidates are from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes

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May 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

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May 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

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Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cash cards for teachers in barangay, SK polls ready for release

May 14, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Department of Education director Joel Eristain praises teachers as the country's 'heroes' during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Election day at Culiat Elementary School in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No 'failure of election' so far in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The Comelec says the only possible exception is a town in Northern Samar, where the poll body is verifying the status of the barangay and SK elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Canvassing of votes is held at Rosauro Almario Elementary School on May 14, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Voters in Tondo hope new barangay officials can lessen drug war killings

May 14, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Because too much blood has spilled in the streets of Tondo, voters want new barangay leaders who can make positive change in their community

Tondo voters hope elected officials lessen the drug war killings. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

First-time voters ‘excited, confused’ during 2018 barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Voters as young as 15 years are able to vote in the Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the first youth polls held in 8 years

Photos by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PNP arrest 8 for vote-buying in Calabarzon barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Comelec urges voters and witnesses to report cases of vote-buying

PNP CHIEF. Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks at the midday briefing on the barangay and SK elections 2018 on Monday, May 14. Screengrab from Rappler video

Comelec won’t proclaim winning but unqualified barangay, SK bets

May 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The proclamation of 639 candidates has been suspended either because they were overaged or failed to meet residency requirements

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Filipinos cast their votes at Pio del Pilar Elementary School in Makati City on May 14, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec gets delayed reports on barangay polls in 4 ARMM towns

May 14, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The Comelec says it was finding out the actual time when polling precincts opened, so that they can decide whether to extend the polls there

BARANGAY POLLS. A finger is marked with indelible ink at Bagong Silang Elementary School, Caloocan City, on May 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

'Natutumba na ako': How the elderly struggled in barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 2:21 PM

While many senior citizens persist, others choose to leave. 'Kami na nga 'tong gustong bumoto, pinapahirapan pa,' complains Cristina Cañete of Caloocan City.

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Distribution of sample ballots on election day illegal, says Comelec

May 14, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez urges voters during the barangay and SK polls 2018 to write their own 'kodigos' instead

Barangay, SK elections 2018 at the Corazon Elementary School, Batasan Rd, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Filipinos cast votes in barangay, SK elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) Voting hours will be from 7 am to 3 pm in nearly 42,000 villages across the Philippines for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

Barangay, SK elections 2018 get underway at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School, Batasan Rd., Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'All systems go' for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The 2018 barangay elections will be the first in 5 years, while the simultaneous Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be the first in 8 years

POLL SIMULATION. Volunteers conduct a simulation of the barangay and SK polls at Rosauro Almario Elementary School. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Davao City barangay poll candidates openly associate with politicians

May 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Comelec is helpless in enforcing pre-election rules

NOGRALES ENDORSEMENT? Bago Aplaya candidate Bobot Dujali are shown with PBA Partylist Representative Jericho Nograles in his campaign poster. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Robredo calls out Philippine Star reporter for 'fake news' on VP protest

May 03, 2018 - 10:16 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'Marami nang opinyon na na-shape dahil sa panlilinlang. Naging tahimik na tayo for much too long,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she vows to immediately call out and correct any misinformation against her

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks during the Wednesday Forum of the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church on May 2, 2018. Photo by OVP