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Patricia Bautista seeks disbarment of UST law dean Nilo Divina

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Patricia's legal spokesperson Lorna Kapunan alleges that the Divina Law Firm represented Smartmatic, and subsequently paid referral fees to Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

EMBATTLED. UST Law Dean Nilo Divina faces a disbarment complaint, the latest of his legal battles related to Patricia Bautista's exposé of the alleged unexplained wealth of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, his best friend. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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