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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

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

House, Senate want to delay filing of candidacies for 2019 elections

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers say moving the period of filing of candidacies to October 11 to 17 would allow them to focus on their legislative duties before the election season begins

COC FILING. A Comelec official in Manila processes certificates of candidacies filed on April 20, 2018 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/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 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

More than a million candidates run in 2018 barangay, SK elections

Apr 23, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'This really shows the vibrancy of our democracy,' says DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, as more than a million Filipinos file their certificates of candidacy

FILING OF COCS. Barangay and SK candidates crowd the Comelec Manila office as they file their certificates of candidacy on April 14, 2018, the first day of filing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

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.

Grace Poe's accusers to SC: Take 2nd hard look at facts

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:37 PM

The private respondents call the Supreme Court s decision declaring Grace Poe qualified to run for the presidency a 47 page perversion of the Constitution

Grace Poe a natural-born Filipino – Supreme Court

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Three days after releasing the vote in its landmark decision the Supreme Court explains its ruling It also says Grace Poe met the the 10 year residency requirement for presidential candidates

File photo by Office of Sen. Grace Poe

All memos in: SC to decide soon on Grace Poe case

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Rappler rounds up the main points in the memorandums filed by the parties involved in the disqualification case against presidential candidate Grace Poe

AFTER ORAL ARGUMENTS. All parties in the disqualification case against presidential candidate Grace Poe now await the Supreme Court decision. File photos by Rappler

Comelec to SC: Due process observed in Grace Poe case

Feb 10, 2016 - 10:19 AM

I explained to the Court that perhaps what is at issue is writing style: different judges write differently explains Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim

'NO DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS.' Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says the poll body only did its mandate when it ruled to cancel the certificate of candidacy of presidential candidate Grace Poe. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Issues the SC will decide in Grace Poe case

Jan 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The main issue – with a number of sub issues – that will be decided after the oral arguments on January 19 is whether the presidential candidate committed material representation on her citizenship and residency

Duterte to Comelec: Cases 'water under the bridge'

Jan 15, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says the Comelec should dismiss petitions against him for lack of merit

VALID OR INVALID? Petitioners attack the validity of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's certificate of candidacy for president. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Supreme Court consolidates Grace Poe's petitions vs Comelec

Jan 12, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Rappler s election columnist earlier wrote The purpose of consolidation is to prevent conflicting legal findings over the same set of facts and issues

LEGAL BATTLE REACHES SC. Grace Poe has filed two petitions for certiorari before the Supreme Court after the Commission on Elections cancelled her certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Supreme Court: Comelec can't cancel Grace Poe's candidacy yet

Jan 12, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Voting 12 3 the High Court confirms the temporary restraining orders earlier issued by the Chief Justice on the Comelec s cancellation of the presidential aspirant s certificate of candidacy

PRESIDENTIAL BID. In this file photo, Senator Grace Poe files her certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

EXPLAINER: 3 reasons the SC won't likely lift the TROs on Comelec

Jan 12, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The Supreme Court appears keen on deciding the disqualification cases against Grace Poe Quashing the TROs on the cancellation of her candidacy will render the cases moot and academic

URGENT CASE. The Supreme Court tackles on January 12, 2016, whether to lift the TRO on Comelec's ruling to cancel the candidacy of presidential aspirant Grace Poe before the printing of ballots. Rappler file photo

Accuser replies to Grace Poe's SC petitions: 'Misguided ambition'

Jan 08, 2016 - 5:20 PM

This petition is not about being recognized as a Filipino; it is about her misguided ambition which regrettably runs roughshod against the fundamental law says petitioner Estrella Elamparo

'MISGUIDED AMBITION.' A lawyer accuses Grace Poe of bringing her legal battles to the Supreme Court just to serve her "misguided ambition" to become President. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Grace Poe's accuser defends Comelec before the Supreme Court

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Petitioner Antonio Contreras who has questioned Grace Poe s residency says the presidential aspirant is politicizing a legal and constitutional issue

'DISQUALIFY POE.' University professor Antonio Contreras files the 3rd petition to disqualify Senator Grace Poe from the presidential race because of her certificate of candidacy. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte urges Comelec: Dismiss 1st disqualification case

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Martin Diño and PDP Laban also submit their memorandum before the Commission on Elections seeking to dismiss a petition to declare Diño s certificate of candidacy as void

STOP THIS. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants the poll body to dismiss his first disqualification case. File photo by Rappler

Poe confident SC will act 'swiftly' on election case

Dec 26, 2015 - 12:08 PM

The camp of Senator Grace Poe will file their petition before the Supreme Court on Monday

'GENUINE CHOICE.' Senator Grace Poe says she is confident the Supreme Court will act swiftly on her petition questioning the final decision of the Commission on Elections. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

EXPLAINER: What happens if Poe doesn't get TRO before printing of ballots?

Dec 25, 2015 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines has a flawed election system where the law does not give the Comelec and the Supreme Court ample time to hear and resolve hundreds of pre election cases

Duterte welcomes 2nd disqualification case

Dec 22, 2015 - 8:05 PM

I am happy that [Rizalito David] found time to [try to] clear everything If God wants me to be there I will be there and if God does not want me there I will disappear says the presidential bet

Rappler file photo

EXPLAINER: Comelec should let Duterte run. Here's why

Dec 21, 2015 - 9:47 PM

The poll body is knocking down top presidential contenders based on a constricted application of the letter of the law rather than its spirit

'THE PUNISHER.' Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says his bad human rights record 'started as a political gimmick' of his rival, former Davao Representative Prospero Nograles. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Duterte to Comelec: Thanks for 'legal' decision

Dec 18, 2015 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED I am happy that they decided the case based on its legality says the Davao mayor

THANK YOU. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the Comelec decision to accept his candidacy for president. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

EXPLAINER: 3 curious points in Comelec 1st division’s ruling vs Grace Poe

Dec 17, 2015 - 9:24 PM

In its decision to cancel Grace Poe s candidacy the Comelec First Division invokes a portion of a dissenting opinion in a Supreme Court ruling erroneously representing it as jurisprudence

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe appeals the decision of the Comelec First Division to bar her from running for president. File photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Comelec shouldn’t accept Duterte COC, poll exec says

Dec 17, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Commissioner Guanzon is the only Comelec member who refused to accept Mayor Duterte’s certificate of candidacy

DISSENTING COMMISSIONER. Unlike 6 other Comelec members, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body shouldn't accept Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's certificate of candidacy, at least for now. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Comelec accepts Duterte's presidential bid

Dec 17, 2015 - 11:37 AM

3rd UPDATE The Comelec says this means Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now in our list of candidates

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. The Comelec has accepted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's COC for president. Contributed photo

EXPLAINER: Comelec should have dismissed Tatad’s case vs Grace Poe

Dec 16, 2015 - 7:25 PM

The former senator did not seek the cancellation of Grace Poe s certificate of candidacy but for her disqualification The Comelec does not have jurisdiction over this issue

PETITION. Former Senator Francisco 'Kit' Tatad files a 218-page disqualification complaint against presidential polls front runner Grace Poe before the Commission on Elections on Monday, October 19. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Grace Poe to Comelec: Let the people decide

Dec 16, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Grace Poe’s lawyer says the cancellation of the senator’s COC has affected her leaders and the number of people supporting her

'LET PEOPLE DECIDE.' Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe appeals the decision of the Comelec First Division to bar her from running for president. File photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Comelec commissioner explains vote in favor of Grace Poe

Dec 11, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Commissioner Christian Lim is the lone voice of dissent in the Comelec First Division which cancelled Senator Grace Poe s certificate of candidacy for president in the 2016 elections

DISSENTING OPINION. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim votes to deny 3 petitions filed against presidential candidate Grace Poe. File photo from Comelec website

FULL TEXT: Comelec First Division ruling vs Grace Poe

Dec 11, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Read the full text of the Comelec First Division ruling on the certificate of candidacy of Senator Grace Poe

SEN. GRACE POE/OCTOBER 29, 2015    Sen. Grace Poe speaks during Proclamation of Senatorial candidate at Club Filipino in San Juan City.    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ARNOLD ALMACEN

Grace Poe on COC battle: I haven't been knocked out

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:14 PM

Presidential candidate Grace Poe says the fight will still go on despite a new ruling against her candidacy

SEN. ESCUDERO & SEN. POE /OCTOBER 2, 2015 Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Sen.Grace Poe interview by local media at Almond Hotel in Butuan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ARNOLD ALMACEN. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

EXPLAINER: 3 reasons why Comelec erred in ruling vs Poe

Dec 10, 2015 - 10:22 AM

While there s wisdom in the statutory authority of the Comelec in particular the 2nd division to remove a candidate before the elections it is so potent that it can be very dangerous if misused

Photo from Poe's Facebook page

Brother replaces Jonvic Remulla in Cavite gubernatorial race

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:16 PM

Jesus Crispin ‘Boying’ Remulla a former 3 term congressman of the province files his candidacy a day before the deadline for substitutions

LOCAL KINGPINS. Estradas, Binays, UNA candidates count on personal ties with the Remullas

Comelec told: Poe misled voters about citizenship

Dec 07, 2015 - 6:04 PM

Petitioner Estrella Elamparo asks the poll body s Second Division to reconsider part of its ruling

Members of the Comelec Second Division believe there was no deliberate attempt on the senator's part to mislead, misinform or hide her citizenship issues from voters when she filed her COC for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Poe camp leaves inhibition up to Comelec execs

Dec 07, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The senator s lawyer believes the 3 commissioners who ruled against Poe can still change their minds

APPEAL. George Garcia, lawyer of presidential candidate and senator Grace Poe, presents to media the 63-page motion for reconsideration they filed at the Comelec Second Division on Monday, December 7. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Poe reacts to Roxas: You knew about my election 'issues'

Dec 05, 2015 - 12:46 AM

The survey front runner shoots back at the administration bet: Wala naman akong sinisikreto Bilang isang DILG secretary noon alam niya siguro ang lahat pati nga ang background namin

POE REACTS. Senator Grace Poe responds to Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, who said she 'hid' her citizenship and residency issues from the party when they invited her to run as vice president. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Grace Poe: Work, not disqualification cases, keeps me up at night

Dec 04, 2015 - 8:30 AM

But it doesn t mean that the cases do not affect her family especially the children

MORE WORK. Grace Poe says she loses sleep not because of the disqualification cases filed against her, but because of work – both as senator and as presidential candidate. File photo from Poe's Facebook page

Senate tribunal upholds decision in favor of Grace Poe

Dec 03, 2015 - 1:26 PM

2ND UPDATE The 3 Supreme Court justices in the SET – who affirmed their vote to disqualify the senator – will inhibit themselves from the case should it be elevated to the High Court

CHALLENGES. Senator Grace Poe answers questions related to the disqualification cases filed against her. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Can Comelec ‘disqualify’ Grace Poe?

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:00 AM

This pre election case against the presidential race front runner is more complex than reported An election lawyer breaks it down into 3 major issues

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Senator Grace Poe waves to supporters after filing her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Manila, Philippines, on October 15, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Duterte faces 1st petition vs presidential bid

Nov 27, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The petitioner says Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cannot substitute for Martin Diño whose candidacy is null and void to begin with

INVALID CANDIDACY? Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who filed his certificate of candidacy (in photo) on November 27, 2015, faces the first petition against his presidential bid. A petitioner says he cannot substitute for Martin Diño, whose candidacy for president was invalid to begin with. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Grace Poe's residency in PH: When do we start counting?

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM

The senator believes her period of residence in the Philippines up to the day before elections is 10 years and 11 months but her critics say she still lacks months to meet the residency requirement for presidential candidates

2016 presidential elections: Still anybody's ballgame

Oct 28, 2015 - 6:49 PM

As one campaign insider who has been part of previous presidential campaigns puts it I’ve never seen an election this close

Despite PDAF complaints, lawmakers file candidacies for 2016 polls

Oct 25, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Undeterred at least 10 of the 24 present and former lawmakers identified in the PDAF complaints before the Ombudsman want to run in the May 2016 elections

Did PDP-Laban bet Diño err in filing COC for president?

Oct 24, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Diño s COC indicates he is running for Pasay City mayor Will it crush efforts to push for a Duterte presidential candidacy given candidate substitution rules?

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Volunteers against Crime and Corruption chairman Martin Diño files his candidacy for president under PDP-Laban. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Comelec moves to junk 96% of presidential bets

Oct 22, 2015 - 12:26 AM

The Comelec is set to subject 125 of 130 presidential bets to a series of hearings to decide if they can run in May 2016

PRESIDENT LUCIFER? Filipino volunteer missionary Romeo John Ygonia, who calls himself ‘Archangel Lucifer,’ displays his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections headquarters in Manila, Philippines, on October 13, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Controversial bets, Duterte waiting game cap off COC filing week

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Senate race gets more crowded and interesting with lots of familiar faces new names and returning bets locking in their candidacies

SENATORIAL BETS. Controversial bets  Getulio Napeñas – the dismissed chief of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force  – and former military general Jovito Palparan will run for senator in the 2016 elections. Rappler photos

'Record-high' 130 bets run for Philippine president

Oct 16, 2015 - 8:13 PM

‘This is a symbol or a representative of a vibrant democracy where more people feel empowered…to put themselves forward as candidates ’ Comelec spokesman James Jimenez says after the filing of candidacies for the elections in 2016

PRESIDENT LUCIFER? Filipino volunteer missionary Romeo John Ygonia, who calls himself ‘Archangel Lucifer,’ displays his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections headquarters in Manila, Philippines, on October 13, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

WATCH: Who filed their candidacy October 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015 - 5:39 PM

Know which candidates filed their candidacy