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Duterte accepts Comelec Chairman Bautista's resignation

Oct 13, 2017 - 7:22 PM

'I don't know if you can still impeach him or not, because by resigning, he has removed himself,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

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Oct 12, 2017 - 7:17 PM

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Paras 'finds' anomalies at PCGG during Bautista's time

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Jacinto Paras, among the complainants in an impeachment case against the Comelec chairman, claims there were anomalies during Andres Bautista's stint in the PCGG as well

IMPEACHMENT MOVERS. Jing Caparas (second from left) says he has proof of anomalies int he PCGG during Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's time. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No need for an impeachment trial if Bautista resigns – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the legislative work of the body will be affected due to the tight schedule, but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III believes otherwise

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From resignation to impeachment: Chairman Bautista's longest day

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Andres Bautista's resignation – effective in December 2017 yet – does not stop legislators from voting in favor of his impeachment

IMPEACHED. Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is impeached on the same day he announces his resignation effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec Chairman Bautista's resignation not 'irrevocable'

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's brother, Martin Bautista, urges the elections chief to withdraw his resignation after the House voted to impeach him

BAUTISTA RESIGNATION. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista gestures while answering questions from the media during a weekly forum in Manila on October 11, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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Comelec Chairman Bautista to 'abide' by impeachment rules

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says 'it is unfortunate' that the House of Representatives voted to impeach him

IMPEACHED OFFICIAL. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista is impeached by the House of Representatives hours after he announced his resignation on October 11, 2017. Photo by Baen Nabong/Rappler

Duterte appointee to lead Comelec as plebiscite looms

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Election watchdog Lente vows to keep close watch on Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's replacement, President Rodrigo Duterte's first appointee in the poll body

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint a new Comelec chairman after elections chief Andres Bautista resigned from office. Malacanang file photo

LOOK: What Comelec's Bautista told Duterte in his resignation letter

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista explains to President Rodrigo Duterte why his resignation is 'effective December 31, 2017'

BAUTISTA RESIGNATION. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista resigns effective December 31, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate eyes Bautista impeachment trial by late November

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says this is the earliest time the chamber can handle the impeachment case against Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista questions the 3 self-proclaimed whistleblowers presented by Pastor 'Boy' Saycon at the Senate. File photo by Comelec EID

House impeaches Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The House overturns the resolution of the committee on justice, which earlier junked the impeachment complaint

IMPEACHED. The House of Representatives votes to impeach Commission on Elections Andres Bautista hours after the latter announced his resignation from his post on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senators welcome Bautista's resignation as 'right move'

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Senate banks committee chair Francis Escudero says the probe into the bank accounts of Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista will still continue

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during budget hearing at the Congress on Thursday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

House can still act on Bautista impeachment complaint – Alvarez

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Despite Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista's announcement that he is resigning by the end of 2017, the impeachment complaint against him remains included in the House agenda for Wednesday, October 11

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Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is emotional as employees of the agency show their support during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista resigns

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:32 AM

(4th UPDATE) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says his resignation is effective by December 31, 2017

OUTGOING CHAIRMAN. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista announces that he will step down from the Comelec by the end of 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Demand accountability for the postponement of barangay election

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

After having spent an estimated P700 million for the preparations, what is the practical value of moving the elections, at the last minute, to 7 months after?

LIVE: House hearing on the impeachment complaints vs Comelec chief Bautista, CJ Sereno

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

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Only 2 Comelec commissioners congratulate Bautista after impeach complaint junked

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:00 PM

'Basta ano, dalawa nag-text sa 'kin ng congratulations. 'Di ko na sasabihin [kung sino],' says Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista

Comelec says no waste of money to reset brgy polls to 2018

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Commission on Elections is considering two options – either to reuse the ballots dated October 23, 2017 for the May 2018 elections or to use stickers to cover the old dates

BALLOT PRINTING. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista inspects the printing of ballots for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections at the National Printing Office in Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

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Sep 20, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Patricia Bautista 'disappointed but undeterred' by impeachment dismissal

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'I believe in the goodness, the goodwill, and the good sense of the Filipino people,' says the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'FIGHT CONTINUES.' Patricia Bautista, wife of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista maintains that resigning and taking a leave of absence 'are options that are always available'

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista hails the House justice committee on September 20, 2017, for junking the impeachment complaint filed against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel junks Bautista impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complainants fail to indicate they have personal knowledge of their allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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LOOK: Why petitioners want Comelec chairman Bautista impeached

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Will the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista pass the House panel's scrutiny?

BAUTISTA COMPLAINT. Impeachment endorsers (from right to center) Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Rep. Harry Roque, Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia show a copy of affidavit of verified complaint for impeachment filed by Atty. Ferdinand Topacio (extreme left) and former Rep. Jing Paras (2nd-left) against Comelec chairman Andy Bautista at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Comelec chief Andy Bautista

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:26 AM

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Roque: Bautista impeachment complaint will pass House panel scrutiny

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Patricia Bautista joins Kabayan Representative Harry Roque ahead of the House committee on justice's deliberations on the complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo courtesy of the office of Harry Roque

Comelec reschedules activities for 2017 barangay, SK elections

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Set to be enforced during the election period, the gun ban begins on October 1

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Sep 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

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Ombudsman starts probe into Comelec chief's 'unexplained wealth'

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Ombudsman joins the list of government agencies investigating the wealth of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, after his estranged wife claimed he amassed P1 billion

EMBATTLED POLLS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista attends the House hearing on the polls agency budget as he faces his own predicaments following his wife's sensational exposé against him. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gun ban for 2017 barangay, SK polls begins September 23

Sep 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Meanwhile the filing of certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan bets will be from September 23 to 30

GUN BAN. The Comelec schedules a gun ban in relation to the October 23 barangay and SK elections.

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Comelec postpones barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City

POLL BODY. Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attend a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec's Christian Lim faces graft complaint over 2015 Smartmatic deal

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong the complainant also says Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim should be impeached

GRAFT CASE. Former Representative Jing Paras, complainant Glenn Chong, lawyer Manuel Luna attend the filing of a graft case against Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim before the Office of the Ombudsman on September 4, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 PM

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Comelec chief on impeachment complaint: 'Mukhang kakayanin'

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he can explain the allegations against him in an impeachment complaint filed at the House of Representatives

FACING CONTROVERSIES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista poses with Comelec employees who showed him their support on August 10, 2017, as he faces controversies including an impeachment complaint. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

May or October 2018? Congress undecided on new election date

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:26 PM

The House wants the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 2018 while the Senate is eyeing an October 2018 date

BARANGAY POLLS RESET? The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms holds a hearing on the proposed postponement of the barangay polls. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang concerned about infighting in Comelec

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

We cannot but be concerned that Comelec work is being affected by recent travails says Malacañang

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella updates members of the media on the situation in MaraWi City during the Mindanao Hour at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ex-Bohol mayor sued at Comelec for media work during election season

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same time being a candidate for congressman

DOUBLE DUTY? Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while running for congressman in the previous election season. File photo

Comelec employees support Bautista amid call for his resignation

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Dozens of Comelec employees wear red to show their support for Chairman Andres Bautista a day after poll commissioners issued a statement against him

'WALANG BIBITAW.' A poster showing support for Comelec Chairman Bautista is seen along the hallway to his office, as cameramen of different TV networks stake out at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec to Senate: What's your decision on barangay, SK polls postponement?

Aug 25, 2017 - 9:01 AM

As the Comelec continues its preparations for the polls Senate electoral reforms committee chair Richard Gordon aims to come up with a decision on the postponement by Monday August 28

GO OR NO GO? The October 2017 barangay and SK elections are less than 2 months away. File photo by Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

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Comelec chair surprised by commissioners' call for his resignation

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Magkakasama kami kanina Wala namang sinasabi sa aking magpapa press con Hindi man lang ako binusinahan Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells Rappler

COMELEC COLLEAGUES. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista (seated) and Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon (standing), along with other poll commissioners, join the Comelec's budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec commissioners ask Bautista to take a leave or resign

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED With all due respect it is our consensus that Chairman Bautista can no longer effectively lead the Commission The time for him to let go has come all 6 commissioners tell their chairman

HITTING BAUTISTA. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim reads a statement urging Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to either take a leave or resign. The statement is signed by all 6 Comelec commissioners. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Valid impeachment complaint filed vs Comelec chair

Aug 23, 2017 - 4:22 PM

The complaint by known administration allies is endorsed by representatives Harry Roque Kabayan Gwen Garcia Cebu and Abraham Tolentino Cavite

FIRST STEP. Representatives Harry Roque, Gwen Garcia, and Abraham Tolentino endorse an impeachment complaint against comelec chairman Andres Bautista. Photo courtesy of Ico Cepeda