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

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 PM

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Comelec reschedules activities for 2017 barangay, SK elections

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:10 PM

This is to 'give the public more time to prepare' for the October 23 polls in case it wouldn't be postponed, says the Commission on Elections

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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.

Ex-govt leaders rally support for Sereno in impeachment case

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The groups call Sereno s impeachment case an insidious attempt to immobilize and weaken the very institutions that our Constitution put in place to check on excesses in executive power

IMPEACHMENT CASE. Amid an impeachment complaint, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces the media in her annual Meet the Press event held in Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


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Sep 06, 2017 - 11:05 AM

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Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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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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Sep 03, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Uber, Ombudsman, Bautista | Evening wRap

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

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

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Aug 24, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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BOMBSHELL. Senator Panfilo Lacson exposes the extent of corruption at the Bureau of Customs on August 23, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB

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

Roque 'inclined' to endorse impeachment complaint vs Comelec chair

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The complaint must pass the standards of House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas says Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

ENDORSER? Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says he's 'inclined' to endorse an impeachment complaint vs the embattled Comelec chairman. Rappler photo

House threatens Comelec budget cut after Bautista skips hearing

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista fails to attend the budget hearing for a 3rd time the poll body might suffer the consequences

ABSENT. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon told reporters on Wednesday, August 23, why the poll chief was absent during the budget hearing. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Senators ask Comelec chief to waive bank secrecy rights

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED The Senate committee on banks financial institutions and currencies invites Comelec chief Andres Bautista to attend its next hearing on his controversial bank deposits

ACCUSED. Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista is accused of obtaining ill-gotten wealth. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

AMLC begins probe into bank of Comelec chairman

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The Anti Money Laundering Council says the investigation of the Luzon Development Bank was triggered by the affidavit of Patricia Bautista against her husband Comelec chief Andres Bautista

MONEY LAUNDERING? The Senate committee on banks begins hearings on the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Comelec chief Andres Bautista

Alvarez to Comelec Chairman Bautista: Consider resignation

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Andres Bautista is embroiled in controversies both personal and professional

EMBATTLED. 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. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Uber suspension, Andy Bautista, new SC justice | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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Pimentel admits Congress to blame for waste of money

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Tama po iyon nagiging wasteful tayo dun because mabagal din ang kilos namin so meron din kaming kasalanan dun says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

POLLS DELAY. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the government is wasting money because Congress acted late on proposals to delay the 2017 barangay polls. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

House committee oks bill postponing barangay elections

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:36 PM

During its first hearing on the move to postpone the barangay elections yet again the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms approves the measure 19 2

POSTPONED AGAIN? The Commission on Elections and local barangay officials attend a hearing on the proposed postponement of the barangay elections to May 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Barangay league wants polls held after 2019 mid-term elections

Aug 14, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The Liga ng mga Barangay has over 322 000 members – barangay captains and other village officials

POSTPONED AGAIN? The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms meets to discuss the possible postponement of the barangay and SK elections, yet again. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

VACC starts impeachment case buildup vs Chairman Bautista

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives will not accept any documents other than certified or original appended to impeachment complaints VACC tells the NBI in the letter

EMOTIONAL. Employees show their support to Comelec  chairman Andres Buatista during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Chairman Bautista skips House barangay election hearing

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:19 PM

The Comelec chairman tells the House committee he s set to attend another hearing in Davao City also concerning the barangay and SK elections

EMBATTLED. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista stands beside Comelec employees after he attends mass with some officials at the Manila Cathedral on August 10, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Andy Bautista 'confident' SALN correct, says brother

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Martin Bautista says he has advised his brother and Comelec Chair Andy to kill himself if the allegations about misdeclaration are true

UNDER FIRE. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista 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

TV still candidates' platform of choice in 2016 elections

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Radio comes second to TV in terms of ad buys from the candidates research by PCIJ shows

55 print, TV, radio outfits did not submit all pol ads docs?

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Like wayward candidates many media agencies also failed to file reports with the poll body in defiance of their obligation in law

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Aug 10, 2017 - 9:57 AM

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Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a keynote message during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Presidential Communications Operations Office (ASEAN-PCOO ) Roadshow for the Cordillera region at Beneco Electric Cooperation Conference Hall in Baguio City on February 4, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/Presidential Photo

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Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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Bautista may face charges even if settlement reached with wife – Aguirre

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista s stint as PCGG head is also being investigated for possible anomalies

EMBATTLED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces possible graft and money laundering cases if the NBI probe yields strong evidence, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Comelec begins printing ballots for 2017 barangay, SK elections

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The need to prepare for the polls in October despite plans to postpone it is the overriding consideration says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

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. Nelson Vera/Rappler

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says Chairman Bautista 'scared' of her

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Kapunan tells Andy Bautista: The problem with lies is lies not only quarrel with the truth They quarrel among themselves

Comelec chair cries, says wife's exposé unfair to kids

Aug 09, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Elections chief Andres Bautista quotes his wife as saying about her exposé s effects on their 4 children: No no The Universe will take care of them

MARITAL WOES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista holds a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017, about his marital woes with his wife Patricia. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos denies hand in Comelec chair, wife's tiff

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr says he has nothing to do with the corruption allegations raised by the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'NO INVOLVEMENT'. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr (right), shown here attending a House hearing on August 9, 2017, says he is not behind the corruption allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Negros Island Region, Bautista, Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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Aug 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Comelec's Bautista sues wife for robbery, extortion

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he filed this case on August 8 a day after news broke that his wife was accusing him of keeping unexplained wealth

SUING WIFE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says he has sued his wife, Patricia, for robbery and extortion. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Who's who in Andy vs Tish Bautista saga?

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:13 AM

As both camps prepare for legal and emotional battles ahead here s a rundown of the cast of characters in the Bautista family saga

A president mediating a marital conflict? 'It's my job,' says Duterte

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Does he think the complaints about Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista affect his 2016 victory? President Duterte says I ve already taken my oath

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma: Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi' ceremony at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 25, 2017, reassures the families of the law enforcers that he will raise a P50-billion trust fund to cover the educational expense for their children. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who is Comelec chair's estranged wife Patricia Bautista?

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Patricia Cruz Bautista comes from a family of entrepreneurs who according to Comelec chief Andres Bautista is supporting him amid allegations of unexplained wealth

ESTRANGED. Patricia Cruz-Bautista, the estranged wife of Comelec chair Andres Bautista, claims her husband has unexplained wealth. Screenshot from Center for Aesthetic Studies video