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More than 4M register to vote, exceeding Comelec target

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Comelec initially aimed to attract some 2 million Filipinos 18 years old and above and about 1 million voters 15-17 years old to register as voters this year

RECORD REGISTRATION. Over 4 million Filipinos register to vote in the latest round of voter registration from August to September 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cancel registration of 'rebellious' party-list groups? Not so fast, says Guanzon

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'We live in a democratic country!' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, as she hits the 'red scare' that canceling party-list groups may create

The party-lists representatives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon wants party-list nominees included in appointment ban

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'There is no difference between them and those who run in regular elections as candidates,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon attends a Senate hearing on electoral reforms on October 8, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poll lawyer vows to challenge Duterte Youth's moves 'till the end'

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'Never nangyari na ganito kasama 'yung situation na binaboy nang husto 'yung party list system,' Eeection lawyer Emil Marañon says of the Duterte Youth's attempts to enter Congress

POLL LAWYER. Election lawyer Emil Marañon in a Rappler Talk on September 23, 2019. Screenshot from Rappler

Poll lawyer urges Comelec: Rectify errors with Duterte Youth

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'We keep on making a lot of exceptions to accommodate certain people and because of this, what will happen to our rules? Who will respect it?' says election lawyer Emil Marañon

IN LIMBO. Duterte Youth's seat in the House of Representatives remains vacant pending several petitions lodged against it and its nominees.  File photo by Jire Carreon

Duterte Youth's Cardema withdraws motion to reverse canceled nomination

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Ronald Cardema’s move is seen as an attempt to clear the way for the withdrawal of his nomination as Duterte Youth’s first nominee

LATEST MOVE. Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema attemps to withdraw his motion for reconsider asking the Comelec en banc to reconsider the cancellation of his nomination. Photo by Jire Carreon

House panel wants to postpone barangay, SK elections to May 2023

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:16 PM

However, members of the Makabayan bloc say elections should go on as scheduled in 2020 as it has become the custom of the Duterte administration to postpone the BSKE

POSTPONE POLLS. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives agree on bills seeking to postpone the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to May 2023. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec urges lawmakers against holding barangay, SK elections with national polls

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'If the election will be done by October, and the national election will be done by May, the personnel of Comelec will be divided in preparing for' both exercises, says Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr asks lawmakers to 'immediately' act on bills postponing the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guanzon: Travesty to allow new Duterte Youth substitutes

Sep 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The Commission on Elections 'must, with all its might, resist any attempt at manipulation by those who are consumed by their own ignoble self-interest,' says poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a Rappler Talk on August 23, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec approves Duterte Youth's new substitute nominees

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) This comes despite Comelec rules stating the deadline for withdrawals and substitution of nominees of party-list groups is before the close of polls on election day

DUTERTE YOUTH. The Comelec approves the second wave of substitute nominees for Duterte Youth. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Election lawyer Emil Marañon on what's next for Duterte Youth's Cardema

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon opposes Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's congressional bid. Watch Rappler's interview with him on Monday, September 23.

SC to Comelec: Proclaim Shirlyn Nograles as South Cotabato representative

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Commission on Elections' order to suspend the election for representative of South Cotabato's 1st District

NEW CONGRESSWOMAN. The Supreme Court orders Comelec to proclaim ex-General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato after winning in the 2019 polls. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

Ex-poll chair Brillantes urges Comelec: Don't act on Cardema's withdrawal yet

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Former poll chair Sixto Brillantes Jr and election lawyer Emil Marañon also ask the Comelec to probe into Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema's allegations against Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cardema withdraws as Duterte Youth's nominee

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema makes a move to end his own congressional bid, citing Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon's 'public harassment' as the reason for his withdrawal

WITHDRAW NOMINATION. Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema makes a move to end his own congressional bid. Photo by Jire Carreon

DILG, local officials support postponing barangay, SK elections to 2023

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Government officials agree that rescheduling the polls would give barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials elected in 2018 more time to complete projects

POLLS PUSHED BACK. Both government and elected local officials support moves to postpone the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa urges Comelec to cancel registration of party-list groups with CPP 'links'

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Senator Ronald dela Rosa claims Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, Kabataan, and Anakpawis 'are using democracy to destroy democracy'

ANTI-INSURGENCY DRIVE. Senator Ronald dela Rosa asks the Commission on Elections what can be done to address party-lists with supposed links to the CPP and NPA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec asked to disqualify Duterte Youth from party list

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The petitioners argue Duterte Youth's party-list registration should be deemed void from the beginning as it failed to meet jurisdictional requirements of publication and public hearing

'VOID AB INITIO.' Youth leaders files their petition seeking to cancel the registration of Duterte Youth on September 3, 2019. Photo from election lawyer Emilio Marañon III

Comelec division junks protest vs Vico Sotto

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the 2nd division decided unanimously, citing the 'insufficiency in form and substance' of Eusebio's protest

UNANIMOUS VOTE. Members of the Comelec Second Division unanimously dismiss on August 30, 2019, the electoral protest filed by reelectionist mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) against challenger Vico Sotto in May 2019. Eusebio’s photo from his FB; Sotto’s photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: The GCTA law, Cardema, Bikoy, and how laws can be twisted

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:16 PM

On Thursday, August 29, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss and analyze how some political personalities have tried to trifle with the law

Plebiscite for cityhood of Sto Tomas in Batangas set for September 7

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Commission on Elections will oversee the voting to convert the municipality of Sto Tomas, Batangas, into a city

PLEBISCITE. The Comelec will conduct a plebiscite to convert the municipality of Sto Tomas, Batangas into a city. Photo from WikiCommons

Guanzon vows to file libel case vs Cardema

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'You can file libel within 365 days so I'll file libel on the 364th day so that it will give him suspense,' says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

LEGAL ACTION. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a Rappler Talk on August 23, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guanzon on speaking out vs Cardema: 'It's my duty to defend Comelec'

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:19 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon addresses Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema' allegations against her, saying he's only trying to distract everyone from the fact that he is unqualified to sit in Congress

DEFENDING COMELEC. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon in a Rappler Talk interview on August 23, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Rowena Guanzon on defending Comelec

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Rappler talks to poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon as groups fear a reversal of Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema's cancelled nomination. Watch the interview live on Friday, August 23.

Comelec's fiery commissioner: Who is Rowena Guanzon?

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:25 PM

An independent voice in the Comelec, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is a fierce advocate of women's rights and rarely shies from speaking out – even against President Duterte

FIERCE COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is known for her independent stand and advocacy for womens' rights and empowerment. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

By 2022 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

DUTERTE DOMINATED. By 2022, all 7 Comelec commissioners will have been hand picked by President Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA hits Comelec for poor planning, wastage in past polls purchases – PCIJ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:43 PM

For instance, 60 contracts entered into by the election body worth P2.58 billion did not have the needed documents that would ensure availability of funds, reports the PCIJ

As Comelec decides his fate, Cardema eyes impeachment case vs Guanzon

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The Duterte Youth chairman only offers hearsay, and doesn't cite any impeachable offense committed by the commissioner, who has voted against his party list nomination

WORD WAR. After the cancellation of his nomination, Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema says he wants to file impeachment and extortion complaints against Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Photo by Jire Carreon

From 'lason sa daga' to goat 'army': Guanzon roasts Cardema on Twitter

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon tweets about an 'overaged, trying hard name-dropper'

Comelec, not HRET, can decide on Cardema case – election lawyer

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Election lawyer Emilio Marañon III says it is wrong for Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema to say that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal must decide on his eligibility

Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Partylist President Ronald Cardema helds his first ever press conference at Eton Centris in Quezon City to debunk all the issues hurled against him by Comelec Commisioner Guanzon which has blocked his nomination to represent the partylist group in Congress. Denouncing responsibility from the threats that COMELEC Commissioner Rowena has been receiving after Cardema failed to get approval to represent Duterte Youth Partylist in Quezon City yesterday. He even showed to the media his exchange of text messages with a certain congressman that he mentioned to be Guanzon’s emissary, who is bargaining with Cardema to work out the promotion and appointment of certain lawyers and persons in the Judiciary and government posts. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

66% of Comelec's fingerprint verification machines malfunctioned in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The voter registration verification project - worth nearly a billion pesos – is the poll body's second most expensive contract in line with the 2019 midterm elections

ELECTION DAY. Voters are forced to wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019 after the Comelec's new fingerprint verifications machines malfunction. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Responding to Cardema, poll exec Guanzon tweets rat poison picture

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says she will not be intimidated into inhibiting from the case against Cardema’s congressional bid

NOT INTIMIDATED. File photo of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardema claims Guanzon harassed Duterte Youth for political favors

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:20 PM

It is unclear how the disqualified party-list nominee could have granted the favors the poll official supposedly asked him

ASPIRING POLITICIAN. Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Party-list President Ronald Cardema holds a press conference in Quezon City on August 17, 2019. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Stretching the rules: Duterte Youth's bid for Congress

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The twists and turns of Duterte Youth have been widely criticized across the political spectrum, but the group isn't done yet

Duterte Youth's Cardema appeals cancellation of party-list nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't know who is giving him legal advice,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, who has been consistent in her stand that Ronald Cardema is not qualified

NOT OVER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema continues to gun for a seat in Congress despite being unqualified to represent the youth sector. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Party-list bloc 'respects' cancellation of Cardema nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says that while the party-list bloc recognizes Duterte Youth as a winning group in the 2019 polls, they have yet to recognize its nominee

OUT OF HIS POST. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Election lawyers, youth leaders seek to block Duterte Youth's new nominees

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr also backs the petition of Millenials PH against Duterte Youth's withdrawal and substitution of new nominees

SECOND ATTEMPT. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids for new nominees to again file for substitution after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. Photo from Duterte Youth

Guanzon seeks probe into ‘misrepresentation’ in Cardema's nomination document

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema may face criminal charges for violating the Omnibus Election Code

FOLLOW RULES. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum with the poll body's Law Department to probe Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema over possible material misrepresentation in his CONA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Cardema nomination canceled, other Duterte Youth nominees withdraw

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Ducielle Marie Suarez, wife of Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema, is now the party's second nominee

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema bid 'clear attempt' to circumvent law

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Comelec Commissioner Guanzon also says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as representative of the youth sector is 'unmistakable'

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as youth representative in the Lower House is 'unmistakable'. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec division cancels Duterte Youth's nomination of Cardema

Aug 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) Ronald Cardema, whose congressional bid drew wide criticism across the political spectrum, can still file a motion for reconsideration with the Comelec en banc

NOT REPRESENTATIVE. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema loses his bid to sit a party-list representative in the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec to 'slow down' preparations for 2020 barangay, SK polls

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:15 PM

This follows President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Congress to postpone the May 2020 elections to 2022 instead

ELECTION PREPS. The Comelec says it will 'slow down' election preparations following President Rodrigo Duterte's call to postpone the 2020 village and youth council elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

New round of voter registration begins August 1

Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 AM

(UPDATED) The voter registration period will last until September 30

VOTER REGISTRATION. A voter registers for the 2019 elections at Comelec-Quezon City on September 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec upholds decision disqualifying winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Alvin Arcilla argues he is not disqualified and his 3rd term is not counted because he was suspended during his last term in 2016

Comelec to withhold Duterte Youth's certificate of proclamation

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body will hold off on issuing a certificate of proclamation to Duterte Youth until petitions vs party chairman Ronald Cardema are resolved

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (extreme right) faces petitions filed before Comelec challenging his bid for a party-list seat in Congress. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Millennials PH asks the Commission on Elections to cancel Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for a party-list seat, citing his 'attempt to mislead, misinform, or hide the fact that he is ineligible'

OPPOSTION FILED. Another opposition vs Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema was filed before the poll body on June 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec denies alleged poll fraud amid photo of floating ballot box in Maguindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The Comelec says it is investigating the incident of a ballot box supposedly stolen and found floating in a submerged area behind the Datu Salibo, Maguindanao municipal office

NO FRAUD. The Commission on Elections denies allegations of poll fraud in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao during the 2019 midtem elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

How much did Senate bets spend, receive in 2019 election campaign?

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) Mar Roxas and Bong Go are the biggest spenders and have received the highest amounts of contributions in 2019, based on Statements of Contributions and Expenditures available so far

Comelec disqualifies winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Comelec says Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla is on his 3rd and final term now, and should not have run in 2019

LAST TERM. The Commission on Elections says Councilor Alvin Arcilla has maxed out his term limit. Photo from Arcilla's Facebook