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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

Calida drops Comelec, backs 50% shading threshold in favor of Marcos

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Instead of defending the government in the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo, Solicitor General Jose Calida says he is acting as People's Tribune

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

[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

#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

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

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May 15, 2018 - 12:03 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2018

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

What happened to DILG proposal to require barangay, SK bets to post resumés?

May 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

It's off for now, with the Commission on Election not having enough time to prepare the rules, but DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says they will revive the proposal in 2019

NO RESUMÉS. Barangay and SK candidates secure copies of the Certificate of Candidacy at the COMELEC Manila office on April 13, 2018 as they prepare for the first day of filing on April 14. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

16 Batangas barangays without candidates for SK kagawad

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) There are also 5 barangays in the province with no candidates for the position of SK chairman

COC FILING. A Comelec-Manila staff encodes the certificates of candidacy they received on April 20, 2018 for the May 14 barangay and SK elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EcoWaste Coalition warns May 14 poll bets against using 'harmful' tarpaulins

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Cadmium, which is present in PVC plastics, may have dangerous effects on the kidney, and skeletal and respiratory systems

PNP activates task force to closely watch election hotspot Masbate

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:40 AM

PNP Bicol reports that since January there have been 50 election-related shooting incidents since January in Masbate

FACT CHECK: No ‘dead voters’ for Robredo in Negros Occidental town

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:05 PM

A blog post claiming poll fraud in Salvador Benedicto town has got the wrong vote counts. Then the Comelec and Namfrel officials deny ever making the statements attributed to them.

Zamora loses time as SC requires Comelec response in recall election vs Gomez

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Zamora is running out of time in his bid for a recall election to claim the mayoral post in San Juan

Rules on campaign ads, materials for barangay, SK elections 2018

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The campaign period for the village and youth council polls is from May 4 to 12

CAMPAIGN SEASON. In this file photo during the 2016 elections, a man walks past campaign banners of local politicians at Fairview in Quezon City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Filing of COCs for 2018 barangay, SK polls extended to April 21

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The Comelec cites the 'low turnout' of aspirants filing certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan posts as the reason for the extension

COC FILING. Aspiring bets file their certificates of candidacy at Comelec-Manila on April 20, 2018 for the barangay and SK elections on May 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte names CA justice Inting as Comelec commissioner

Apr 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Hailing from Davao City, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Socorro Inting is the first new personality that President Rodrigo Duterte is introducing to the poll body

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte walks past honor guards as he is given foyer honors upon his arrival at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command Ceremony on April 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo files an urgent motion for reconsideration after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal earlier scrapped the 25% threshold

Vice President Leni Robredo went to the Supreme Court in Manila on Thursday, April 19, 2018, accompanying her lawyers, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, as they filed a motion for reconsideration over the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's decision to implement a 50-percent threshold percentage in the ongoing recount, for the electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos. In their motion, Macalintal, a veteran election lawyer, asked the Tribunal to reverse its earlier decision and instead observe the 25-percent threshold percentage set the Comelec for the 2016 elections. After the filing, VP Robredo addressed hundreds of her supporters outside the SC building. (Photos by OVP)

105 bets perpetually banned from public office for not filing SOCEs

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:10 PM

All candidates, winning or losing, must submit their statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE) to Comelec within 30 days after the elections

Barangay, SK elections 2018: Calendar of activities, list of bans

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The village and youth council polls will be on Monday, May 14

Comelec resolution disproves SC claim on ballot shading

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A Commission on Elections resolution shows that the poll body recognizes ballot ovals shaded by at least 25%, as argued by Vice President Leni Robredo

SHADING THRESHOLD. A Comelec resolution in September 2016 recognizes the 25% shading threshold for the May polls.

Filing of candidacies, gun ban as barangay, SK election period kicks off

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:18 PM

One punong barangay, 7 kagawads, one Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, and 7 SK members will be elected in each barangay on May 14

COC FILING. Aspirants to barangay and SK positions crowd the Comelec-Manila office as they file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) on the first day, April 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

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SC says no basis for Robredo's claim of 'systematic decrease' in her votes

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Supreme Court says Vice President Leni Robredo showed 'a misunderstanding of the revision process' in her motion seeking to set the minimum ballot oval shading threshold at 25% for the recount

DENIED. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a multi-sectoral mass at the St. Scholastica'€™s College, Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the PET ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC to Robredo, Marcos: Explain why you're still commenting on case

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Supreme Court says both camps continued to disclose 'sensitive information' about the electoral protest despite being reminded twice not to do so

DILG to Comelec: Require barangay, SK bets to publish resumes

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This will help voters to be discerning in their choice of candidates, says Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesperson of the Department of the Interior and Local Government

RESUMES REQUIRED. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya in a joint press conference with Comelec. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo, Marcos 'confident' as ballot recount set to begin

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr say the ballot recount will determine who truly won the vice presidency

BALLOT RECOUNT BEGINS. The results of the ballot recount will help determine who truly won the 2016 polls: Vice President Leni Robredo (R) or her rival former senator Bongbong Marcos. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec official denies threatening Ateneo de Davao professor

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'I never made any wrongdoing,' says Commission on Elections Regional Director Remlane Tambuang

ZONE OF PEACE. The facade of the Ateneo de Davao University. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

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Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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Parent who threatened Ateneo de Davao prof is Comelec Davao region chief

Mar 22, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Hindi 'nyo ba alam na ako ang director ng Comelec?' Commission on Elections regional director Remlane Tambuang allegedly tells campus security when he sees them in the hall outside the office where the incident happened