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[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

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

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

[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

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

No election pay for teachers without 2019 budget – Comelec

Feb 01, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says training of personnel for the elections may not be completed and procurement of needed items may be stalled without a 2019 budget in place

NO FUNDS. Comelec warns it will have no funds to pay election workers if the 2019 budget is not passed. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec allows Pimentel, Osmeña to run for senator

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Unlike them, pro-life advocate Rizalito David and lawyer Jude Josue Sabio fail to convince the Commission on Elections to allow them to run for senator

COMELEC HQ. The Palacio del Gobernador that houses the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Diokno confident Comelec to exempt big infra projects from election ban

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Comelec had granted similar exemption requests in the past

EXEMPTED. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says exempting infrastructure projects' construction work during the election ban has been done in the past. File photo by DBM

NEDA to Comelec: Exempt big infra projects from ban

Jan 29, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says he will bring up the proposal in the Cabinet meeting next week

LIST: Party-list groups seeking to join 2019 polls

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) 134 party-list groups will vie for 59 seats in the House of Representatives

COMELEC. The Commission on Elections building in Manila. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

LIST: Senatorial candidates for 2019 polls

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:38 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Comelec releases a list of 63 senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm elections

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

Comelec to release list of 77 Senate bets for 2019 polls

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:05 PM

But 14 bets might be dropped from this list of candidates because of their pending cases, says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SPEAKING FOR COMELEC. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez addresses the media in a press conference during the filing of certificates of candidacy in October 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec settles 'discrepancies' in Cotabato City COC

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas and 3 elections commissioner confer with each other during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results on January 24, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Poll commissioner raises new question about Cotabato City COC

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:03 PM

This is the second set of discrepancies spotted in relation to the certificate of canvass (COC) of Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro plebiscite

CANVASSING. The ballot box containing the certificate of canvass of Cotabato City is shown on January 24, 2019, during the canvassing session of the Commission on Elections sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec hits 'mind setting' after Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Truth will prevail, says the Commission on Elections after discrepancies were found in Cotabato City's certificate of canvass in the Bangsamoro plebiscite

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers go over a checklist of election paraphernalia they will use for the for the January 21 Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite at the Cotabato City Treasurer's office on January 19, 2019. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Comelec defers Bangsamoro vote canvassing again

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

For the second day, the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila, says it has not received any certificate of canvass from the Bangsamoro plebiscite

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The Commission on Elections convenes as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers on January 22, 2019, to canvass votes in the recently concluded Bangasamoro plebiscite. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec convenes to canvass Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'For the sovereign will is expressed through the ballot and not through the bullet,' says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The Commission on Elections convenes as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers on January 22, 2019, to canvass votes in the recently concluded Bangasamoro plebiscite. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite peaceful despite delays

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Problems include teachers receiving 'threatening text messages' and barangay officials illegally loitering in polling places, says the Commission on Elections

Men cast their votes with poll watchers around in Simuay Junction Central Elementary School in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat on January 21, 2019, the day of the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Andaya seeks probe into ‘missing’ budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo previously said the reenacted budget will not affect the BOL as 'the budget for this was already included in the 2018 budget'

BUDGET PROBE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr accuses DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno of "forgetting" to allocate funds for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Screenshot by Rappler

More than 2.8M voters to take part in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body expects a voter turnout rate of at least 75%

VOTERS. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join the start of campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec, police inspect checkpoints as 2019 election period begins

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:32 AM

'Hihigpitan natin ngayon. Dapat 2019 ay mas honest at credible at mas peaceful 'yung 2019 elections,' says Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas

ELECTION KICK-OFF. Police officers participate in the Unity Walk, interfaith prayer rally, and peace covenant signing for Eleksyon 2019 at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIST: 2019 election-related bans

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The gun ban, for instance, will be enforced during the entire election period, from January 13 to June 12

CAMPAIGN FRENZY. In this file photo, motorists drive past campaign posters during midterm elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Daraga Mayor Baldo must first consent to Lakas-CMD withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Lakas-CMD withdraws Carlwyn Baldo's nomination after police tagged him as the alleged mastermind in AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's murder

CARLWYN BALDO. Photo of Baldo from his Facebook page.

Comelec approves petitions of 20 LGUs to join Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:52 PM

In its first batch of decisions, the poll body also thumbs down the petition of 24 other local government units

APPROVED. The Comelec approved the petition of 20 local government units for voluntary inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Graphic by Janina Malinis

After Batocabe slay, Comelec mulls control over Daraga

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Local Comelec officials have expressed concern that the current situation could worsen political rivalries and lead to more violent incidents in the area

COMELEC CONTROL. The Commission on Elections says it is eyeing to place under its control the municipality of Daraga, Albay by January 2019.

A month before Bangsamoro plebiscite, gov't entities sign deal on info drive

Dec 22, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Poll watchdog Legal Network of Truthful Elections, however, criticizes the delay in the information and education drive in the Bangsamoro

Photo from OPAPP

Over 150,000 ex-MILF fighters to vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Commission on Elections also says a total of 2.8 million voters registered for the plebiscite, exceeding the target

VOTE. Over 150,000 former MILF fighters registered to vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Comelec sets longer voting hours for 2019 elections

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Voting is now scheduled to take place from 6 am to 6 pm, extended by an hour

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig during the 2016 elections. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

'Fake news' should be considered form of election fraud, says watchdog

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Kontra Daya asks Comelec to hold purveyors of lies accountable

Plebiscite on Bangsamoro law now set for January, February 2019

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Voting will take place on January 21, 2019, for ARMM, Cotabato City, and Isabela City as scheduled. Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, and LGUs that petitioned to take part will vote on February 6, 2019.

LANDMARK LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with the legislators and negotiators in the peace process, MILF leaders, and as top officials from the AFP and PNP during the presentation of the BOL on August 6, 2018. Malacañang file photo

New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

LIMIT SPENDING. The Comelec says its new guidelines eyed for social media campaigns during elections will be limited to candidates' spending. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

LIST: Comelec raffle results for party-list order on 2019 ballots

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:51 PM

On the top spot of the initial list is Bayan Muna party-list while Mocha Uson's AA-Kasosyo party-list is at the bottom in the 181st spot

INITIAL LIST. The Comelec releases initial results of its raffle to determine the order of listing on the ballot for party-list groups int he 2019 elections.

Congresswoman urges Comelec: Place La Union under military protection

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

'To await the start of the election period might become too late for us,' La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel says in her request to the Comelec

CRY FOR JUSTICE. The Balaoan Municipal Hall  displays posters seeking justice for slain officials. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Pimentel group is legitimate PDP-Laban – Comelec

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The poll body resolves the row among factions in President Rodrigo Duterte's party: only nominations signed by the Pimentel group are recognized

TRUE PRESIDENT. Senator Koko Pimentel files his Certificate on Candidacy on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Rival Edgardo Zaragosa asks Comelec to cancel Chavit Singson's certificate of candidacy, saying the political kingpin cannot be living in a small house with one parking slot located near a piggery

PETITION. Photo courtesy of Edgardo Zaragoza

Duterte critic appeals tag as nuisance Senate bet

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio tells the Comelec it won't look good if 'a legal archenemy of President Duterte' is declared a nuisance senatorial candidate

COMPLAINT VS DUTERTE. Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio is the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. File photo courtesy of Jude Sabio

House bill seeks to make public debates mandatory for candidates

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora says mandatory debates for all candidates would help voters make informed choices on election day

ELECTION DEBATES. The 5 presidential bets during the 2016 elections participate in an election debate on February 21, 2016. File photo by AFP

3 newsmakers among possible nuisance Senate bets

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Among them is Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court

KATIPUNAN PARTY. All 12 senatorial bets of the Katipunan Party, including former Constitutional Commission spokesperson Conrado 'Ding' Generoso, face petitions to be declared nuisance bets. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler