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Guanzon vows to file libel case vs Cardema

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'You can file libel within 365 days so I'll file libel on the 364th day so that it will give him suspense,' says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

LEGAL ACTION. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a Rappler Talk on August 23, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guanzon on speaking out vs Cardema: 'It's my duty to defend Comelec'

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:19 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon addresses Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema' allegations against her, saying he's only trying to distract everyone from the fact that he is unqualified to sit in Congress

DEFENDING COMELEC. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a Rappler Talk interview on August 23, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Rowena Guanzon on defending Comelec

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Rappler talks to poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon as groups fear a reversal of Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema's cancelled nomination. Watch the interview live on Friday, August 23.

Comelec's fiery commissioner: Who is Rowena Guanzon?

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:25 PM

An independent voice in the Comelec, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is a fierce advocate of women's rights and rarely shies from speaking out – even against President Duterte

FIERCE COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is known for her independent stand and advocacy for womens' rights and empowerment. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

By 2020 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

DUTERTE DOMINATED. By 2022, all 7 Comelec commissioners will have been hand picked by President Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA hits Comelec for poor planning, wastage in past polls purchases – PCIJ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:43 PM

For instance, 60 contracts entered into by the election body worth P2.58 billion did not have the needed documents that would ensure availability of funds, reports the PCIJ

As Comelec decides his fate, Cardema eyes impeachment case vs Guanzon

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The Duterte Youth chairman only offers hearsay, and doesn't cite any impeachable offense committed by the commissioner, who has voted against his party list nomination

WORD WAR. After the cancellation of his nomination, Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema says he wants to file impeachment and extortion complaints against Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Photo by Jire Carreon

From 'lason sa daga' to goat 'army': Guanzon roasts Cardema on Twitter

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon tweets about an 'overaged, trying hard name-dropper'

Comelec, not HRET, can decide on Cardema case – election lawyer

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Election lawyer Emilio Marañon III says it is wrong for Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema to say that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal must decide on his eligibility

Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Partylist President Ronald Cardema helds his first ever press conference at Eton Centris in Quezon City to debunk all the issues hurled against him by Comelec Commisioner Guanzon which has blocked his nomination to represent the partylist group in Congress. Denouncing responsibility from the threats that COMELEC Commissioner Rowena has been receiving after Cardema failed to get approval to represent Duterte Youth Partylist in Quezon City yesterday. He even showed to the media his exchange of text messages with a certain congressman that he mentioned to be Guanzon’s emissary, who is bargaining with Cardema to work out the promotion and appointment of certain lawyers and persons in the Judiciary and government posts. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

66% of Comelec's fingerprint verification machines malfunctioned in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The voter registration verification project - worth nearly a billion pesos – is the poll body's second most expensive contract in line with the 2019 midterm elections

ELECTION DAY. Voters are forced to wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019 after the Comelec's new fingerprint verifications machines malfunction. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Responding to Cardema, poll exec Guanzon tweets rat poison picture

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says she will not be intimidated into inhibiting from the case against Cardema’s congressional bid

NOT INTIMIDATED. File photo of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardema claims Guanzon harassed Duterte Youth for political favors

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:20 PM

It is unclear how the disqualified party-list nominee could have granted the favors the poll official supposedly asked him

ASPIRING POLITICIAN. Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Party-list President Ronald Cardema holds a press conference in Quezon City on August 17, 2019. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Stretching the rules: Duterte Youth's bid for Congress

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The twists and turns of Duterte Youth have been widely criticized across the political spectrum, but the group isn't done yet

Duterte Youth's Cardema appeals cancellation of party-list nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't know who is giving him legal advice,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, who has been consistent in her stand that Ronald Cardema is not qualified

NOT OVER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema continues to gun for a seat in Congress despite being unqualified to represent the youth sector. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Party-list bloc 'respects' cancellation of Cardema nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says that while the party-list bloc recognizes Duterte Youth as a winning group in the 2019 polls, they have yet to recognize its nominee

OUT OF HIS POST. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Election lawyers, youth leaders seek to block Duterte Youth's new nominees

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr also backs the petition of Millenials PH against Duterte Youth's withdrawal and substitution of new nominees

SECOND ATTEMPT. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids for new nominees to again file for substitution after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. Photo from Duterte Youth

Guanzon seeks probe into ‘misrepresentation’ in Cardema's nomination document

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema may face criminal charges for violating the Omnibus Election Code

FOLLOW RULES. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum with the poll body's Law Department to probe Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema over possible material misrepresentation in his CONA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Cardema nomination canceled, other Duterte Youth nominees withdraw

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Ducielle Marie Suarez, wife of Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema, is now the party's second nominee

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema bid 'clear attempt' to circumvent law

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Comelec Commissioner Guanzon also says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as representative of the youth sector is 'unmistakable'

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as youth representative in the Lower House is 'unmistakable'. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec division cancels Duterte Youth's nomination of Cardema

Aug 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) Ronald Cardema, whose congressional bid drew wide criticism across the political spectrum, can still file a motion for reconsideration with the Comelec en banc

NOT REPRESENTATIVE. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema loses his bid to sit a party-list representative in the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec to 'slow down' preparations for 2020 barangay, SK polls

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:15 PM

This follows President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Congress to postpone the May 2020 elections to 2022 instead

ELECTION PREPS. The Comelec says it will 'slow down' election preparations following President Rodrigo Duterte's call to postpone the 2020 village and youth council elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

New round of voter registration begins August 1

Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The voter registration period will last until September 30

VOTER REGISTRATION. A voter registers for the 2019 elections at Comelec-Quezon City on September 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec upholds decision disqualifying winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Alvin Arcilla argues he is not disqualified and his 3rd term is not counted because he was suspended during his last term in 2016

Comelec to withhold Duterte Youth's certificate of proclamation

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body will hold off on issuing a certificate of proclamation to Duterte Youth until petitions vs party chairman Ronald Cardema are resolved

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (extreme right) faces petitions filed before Comelec challenging his bid for a party-list seat in Congress. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Millennials PH asks the Commission on Elections to cancel Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for a party-list seat, citing his 'attempt to mislead, misinform, or hide the fact that he is ineligible'

OPPOSTION FILED. Another opposition vs Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema was filed before the poll body on June 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec denies alleged poll fraud amid photo of floating ballot box in Maguindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The Comelec says it is investigating the incident of a ballot box supposedly stolen and found floating in a submerged area behind the Datu Salibo, Maguindanao municipal office

NO FRAUD. The Commission on Elections denies allegations of poll fraud in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao during the 2019 midtem elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

How much did Senate bets spend, receive in 2019 election campaign?

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) Mar Roxas and Bong Go are the biggest spenders and have received the highest amounts of contributions in 2019, based on Statements of Contributions and Expenditures available so far

Comelec disqualifies winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Comelec says Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla is on his 3rd and final term now, and should not have run in 2019

LAST TERM. The Commission on Elections says Councilor Alvin Arcilla has maxed out his term limit. Photo from Arcilla's Facebook

Too old to be youth official, Cardema now says he represents ‘professionals’

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon III says Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination should be cancelled due to the misrepresentation

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is pictured at the proclamation of winning party-lists in the 2019 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Duterte Youth's accreditation can be canceled

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon issues the warning after Duterte Youth fails to publish its new set of nominees 5 days after it received the poll body's resolution

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth can loose its accreditation if it did not comply with order to publish its new set of nominees. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec hears petitions vs Duterte Youth's Cardema

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The Commission on Elections en banc tackles oppositions filed against Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema and his qualifications to be a representative in Congress

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections holds a hearing on Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's substitution bid. Fie photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cardema's party should have been dismissed – Comelec's Guia

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Luie Tito Guia says Ronald Cardema's party-list group Duterte Youth should not have been accredited in the first place

GUIA'S STAND. Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia says Ronald Cardema's party-list group, Duterte Youth, should not have been accredited in the first place. Photo courtesy of Comelec

May 13 elections most accurate, manual audit shows

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The May 13 elections post an overall accuracy rate of 99.9953%, according to the random manual audit of the election results

MANUAL AUDIT. Public school teachers manually count ballots on May 15, 2019, as part of the random manual audit at Diamond Hotel. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema cannot sit in Congress until age issue resolved

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

'Walang uupo na rep ang D Youth (Duterte Youth) until the DQ (disqualification) versus Cardema is resolved,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

QUALIFIED? Experts argue Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is not qualified to serve as a representative for the youth sector in Congress as he is 4 years over the age limit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

String of disqualification cases filed vs Torres-Gomez, allies in Leyte

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres are no strangers to petitions to disqualify them

WINNERS. Disqualification cases have been filed against (from left) elected Leyte Provincial Board Member Carmen Jean Torres-Rama, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres Gomez, and Merida Mayor Rolando Villasencio.

‘Where’s the credibility, Comelec?’

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Filipinos react to the Commission on Elections' decision approving the last-minute bid of Ronald Cardema to become a party-list nominee

Comelec's Guanzon dissents, says Cardema bid mocks democracy

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections 'cannot sit idly by and allow this unabashed mockery and assault to our democratic processes and institutions to go unchastised,' says poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is the lone dissenter in the Comelec resolution giving due course to the nomination of Ronald Cardema as substitute nominee of Duterte Youth. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers to Comelec: Don't let problems in 2019 polls happen in 2022

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We can't have something like this happen in the 2022 presidential election. We might have a revolution,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

POLL COMMISSIONERS. Comelec commissioners headed by Chairman Sheriff Abas (far left) appear at the hearing of joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system on June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler​

Comelec approves substitution bid of Duterte Youth's Cardema

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The poll body's decision means Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is a step closer to assuming the post as party-list representative in the incoming 18th Congress

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party-lists on May 22, 2019 despite the poll body still having to release a decision on his substitution bid Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's rant vs Smartmatic puts Comelec under scrutiny

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:30 PM

From bleeding pens to defective vote-counting machines, the Commission on Elections needs to answer a host of problems while maintaining its independence

Comelec to study Duterte call to junk Smartmatic machines

May 31, 2019 - 5:31 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Kakailanganin natin ng legal basis to ban any supplier. 'Yun ang titingnan natin,' says Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez

REVIEW SMARTMATIC. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body will study President Rodrigo Duterte's call vs Smartmatic. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says Comelec should junk Smartmatic machines

May 30, 2019 - 9:46 PM

'Dispose of that Smartmatic and look for a new one that is free of fraud,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Protesters againsts Smartmatic rally outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Comelec junks bid to disqualify another Torres in Leyte

May 29, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The Comelec second division dismisses a petition to disqualify the candidacy for the Leyte provincial board of Carmen Jean Torres Rama, sister of Representative Lucy Torres Gomez

Carmen Jean Torres-Rama

Comelec says 2019 candidates, parties must file SOCE by June 13

May 24, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says all candidates and parties, regardless of whether or not they won in the 2019 elections, must submit their statement of contributions and expenditures

CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. The Commission on Elections reminds all candidates of the 2019 elections to file their statement of campaign expenditures by June 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Petitions vs Cardema pour in as Comelec decides his fate

May 24, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Commissions on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez says more than 10 petitions have been filed opposing Cardema's substitution as nominee of Duterte Youth in the party list

PETITION CHALLENGED. Over 10 groups have filed petitions opposing Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's substitution bid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Neophyte party-list reps include businessmen, political clans, former gov't officials

May 23, 2019 - 8:22 PM

At least 19 groups consider the 18th Congress as their first foray into the House of Representatives. But not all are completely new to government service.

After party-list proclamation, still no Comelec decision on Cardema petition

May 23, 2019 - 1:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'I have not signed a reso (resolution) about giving due course to Cardema’s application for substitution,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party-lists in 2019 elections even without a Comelec decision on his substitution bid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec proclaims 51 winning groups in 2019 party-list elections

May 22, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Party-list group Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) tops the race, gaining the maximum 3 seats allowed in the House of Representatives

The party-lists representatives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler