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Why is Abra under Category Red on Comelec hot spot list?

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Abra joins Jones town in Isabela, Lope de Vega town in Northern Samar, and the whole Mindanao as Category Red hot spots

Comelec defends declaring entire Mindanao as election hotspot

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Elections allays fears that declaring the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot is part of efforts to favor certain candidates

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections gives assurances elections will not be compromised despite declaring Mindanao as an election hotspot. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Comelec expects to finish 2019 ballot printing ahead of target

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Commission on Elections says 'ballot printing may be completed before Holy Week begins' on April 14, ahead of the April 25 target

BALLOT PRINTING. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez presents a sample ballot for the midterm elections set on May 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Registered voters for the May 2019 elections

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Who will come out to vote in the 2019 midterm elections?

DEMO. A resident tries the vote-counting machines to be used for the 2019 polls. Photo by Boy Zabal

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Poll authorities investigating Bong Go's distribution of cash to fire victims during the campaign will deter other candidates from doing the same, says Lente project director Breeza Rosales

ASSISTANCE. Election watchdogs say Comelec should probe Bong Go's fire visits which may count as vote-buying. Photo from Bong Go

Comelec declares Mindanao, 3 areas as election hot spots

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it can place these areas under Comelec control, and direct the augmentation of police and military personnel

COMELEC HEADQUARTERS. The Commission on Elections declares Mindanao and 3 other areas as election spots. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FALSE: Final testing of ballot machines found flaws, misleading results

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Comelec says it has not yet conducted the final testing and sealing of vote counting machines

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.

Photo from Bong Go

Comelec to candidates: Register social media pages or face poll offense

Mar 08, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The Comelec says as of March 6, only 13 senatorial candidates, 23 party-list groups, and 2 political parties have complied with the requirement

FEW REGISTERED. The Comelec says only 38 of the 62 senatorial candidates and 134 party list groups running in the May 2019 polls have registered their official social media pages. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

Comelec rejects request to force Hugpong candidates to join debates

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The opposition Otso Diretso senatorial slate slams the poll body for 'not doing its job' in educating voters for the May elections

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. The Otso Diretso candidates say the debate could have been used by the Comelec to help educate voters. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso bets urge Comelec to probe Bong Go shirts issue

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Erin Tañada says if the poll body does not investigate the issue, it would be like turning a blind eye to a possible violation of campaign rules

PROBE THE SHIRTS. Otso Diretso bet Erin Tañada says Comelec must investigate the controversy surrounding the shirts of administration bet Bong Go. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Candidates' illegal campaign posters taken down

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Government workers from the DPWH, MMDA, PNP, and Comelec take down the illegal campaign materials to prevent danger to lives and properties

ILLEGAL TARPAULINS. Campaign paraphernalia of former presidential assistant and now senatorial candidate Bong Go are dismantled by a team from the Comelec, the PNP, and MMDA on February 28, 2019. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

More than 2,000 arrested since start of election period

Mar 02, 2019 - 1:48 PM

1,962 of 54% of the people arrested are civilians

Policemen implement a stricter COMELEC checkpoint in Binondo, Manila as the NCRPO deploys 14,000 police and set up more checkpoints in Metro Manila at start of the campaign period on February 12, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Otso Diretso asks Comelec for debate with Hugpong ng Pagbabago

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'We are one with the Comelec in empowering the electorate to make more informed choices,' says the opposition slate Otso Diretso

DEBATE CHALLENGE. Otso Diretso senatorial bets Gary Alejano, Samira Gutoc, Romulo Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay (left to right) personally file a letter requesting the Commission on Elections to mount a debate between their slate and the Duterte-allied ticket Hugpong ng Pagbabago. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso

#PHVote: Campaign rules for 2019 midterm elections

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Here's a guide for voters and poll watchers on what candidates should follow during the campaign

[OPINION] What are the limits of Comelec's social media monitoring?

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Legitimate social media posts made by non-candidates are protected speech and beyond the regulatory reach of the Comelec

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Social media users point out that names like senatorial candidate Bong Go's are not on the list. But Comelec Commisioner Guanzon says her list was for candidates with NCR addresses.

Anti-Corruption Commission, Comelec tell gov't employees: Stay away from politics

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Commission on Elections urge the public to file complaints for any possible offenses

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec partner up to warn government employees to not engage in partisan political activities as the 2019 elections fast approaches. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Comelec junks petitions vs Pimentel senatorial bid

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections dismisses petitions alleging that Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking a prohibited third term as senator

REELECTION BID. The Commission on Elections junks petitions to stop Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III from running again for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec gives bets until February 14 to remove illegal posters

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The Commission on Elections says it is 'very hopeful' of success in its drive against illegal posters for the 2019 polls

CAMPAIGN PERIOD. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez speaks at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on February 13, 2019. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec hits Bong Go, Mar Roxas over illegal campaign posters

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections calls out administration and opposition candidates alike for their illegal posters, as the 2019 campaign period officially begins

ILLEGAL POSTERS. Manila City hall workers start removing campaign materials in Santa Mesa, Manila on February 11, 2019, after Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminds candidates to remove prohibited election propaganda. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] How to make the automated elections less vulnerable to cheats

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao

What to expect as the 2019 campaign period for national bets begins

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Do you know what type of campaign ads are prohibited?

Comelec allows Loren Legarda to run for Antique congresswoman

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The Commission on Elections says 'no proof was introduced' to refute Senator Loren Legarda's claim that she resides in Antique, not Malabon

SENATE HEARING. Senator Loren Legarda speaks during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After violence, Bangsamoro voter turnout surprises Comelec

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says voters in Bangsamoro plebiscite areas 'feel strongly about these elections'

BOL PLEBISCITE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte have an easier time casting their vote for the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Zambales barangay chairman arrested for possessing illegal firearms

Feb 06, 2019 - 1:52 PM

A joint team from the municipal and provincial police raided the house of Eduardo Lopes Sr, chairman of Barangay Aglao in the municipality of San Marcelino

Barangay chairman, arrested for illegal firearms. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Lanao del Norte mayor detained after gun check

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Authorities are still checking for proper Comelec gun ban exemption certificates the guns of Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago and 8 other people

Comelec: Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite on February 6

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:33 AM

'There's a lot of worry that the situation in Jolo will spill over to Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says security is the 'main concern' in part 2 of the Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

Comelec to monitor social media influencers campaigning for candidates

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Under the poll body's campaign rules, paid influencers will be required to report to Comelec the payments for their online posts whether for or against a candidate

Comelec to hear petitions to cancel Cayetano couple’s candidacies

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:15 PM

‘This means the commission is taking [the issue] seriously, that it recognizes its importance to the voting public,’ says the lawyer of the Taguig voter who filed the petitions

SAME POLL PRECINCT. Alan Cayetano and wife Lani vote at the same precinct in 2016. They've since declared separate residences to run for representatives of Taguig's two districts. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

No election pay for teachers without 2019 budget – Comelec

Feb 01, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says training of personnel for the elections may not be completed and procurement of needed items may be stalled without a 2019 budget in place

NO FUNDS. Comelec warns it will have no funds to pay election workers if the 2019 budget is not passed. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec allows Pimentel, Osmeña to run for senator

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Unlike them, pro-life advocate Rizalito David and lawyer Jude Josue Sabio fail to convince the Commission on Elections to allow them to run for senator

COMELEC HQ. The Palacio del Gobernador that houses the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Diokno confident Comelec to exempt big infra projects from election ban

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Comelec had granted similar exemption requests in the past

EXEMPTED. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says exempting infrastructure projects' construction work during the election ban has been done in the past. File photo by DBM

NEDA to Comelec: Exempt big infra projects from ban

Jan 29, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says he will bring up the proposal in the Cabinet meeting next week

LIST: Party-list groups seeking to join 2019 polls

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:43 PM

(UPDATED) 134 party-list groups will vie for 59 seats in the House of Representatives

COMELEC. The Commission on Elections building in Manila. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

LIST: Senatorial candidates for 2019 polls

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:38 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Comelec releases a list of 63 senatorial candidates in the May 13 midterm elections

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

Comelec to release list of 77 Senate bets for 2019 polls

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:05 PM

But 14 bets might be dropped from this list of candidates because of their pending cases, says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SPEAKING FOR COMELEC. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez addresses the media in a press conference during the filing of certificates of candidacy in October 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec settles 'discrepancies' in Cotabato City COC

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas and 3 elections commissioner confer with each other during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results on January 24, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Poll commissioner raises new question about Cotabato City COC

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:03 PM

This is the second set of discrepancies spotted in relation to the certificate of canvass (COC) of Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro plebiscite

CANVASSING. The ballot box containing the certificate of canvass of Cotabato City is shown on January 24, 2019, during the canvassing session of the Commission on Elections sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec hits 'mind setting' after Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Truth will prevail, says the Commission on Elections after discrepancies were found in Cotabato City's certificate of canvass in the Bangsamoro plebiscite

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers go over a checklist of election paraphernalia they will use for the for the January 21 Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite at the Cotabato City Treasurer's office on January 19, 2019. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Comelec defers Bangsamoro vote canvassing again

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

For the second day, the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila, says it has not received any certificate of canvass from the Bangsamoro plebiscite

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The Commission on Elections convenes as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers on January 22, 2019, to canvass votes in the recently concluded Bangasamoro plebiscite. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec convenes to canvass Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'For the sovereign will is expressed through the ballot and not through the bullet,' says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The Commission on Elections convenes as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers on January 22, 2019, to canvass votes in the recently concluded Bangasamoro plebiscite. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite peaceful despite delays

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Problems include teachers receiving 'threatening text messages' and barangay officials illegally loitering in polling places, says the Commission on Elections

Men cast their votes with poll watchers around in Simuay Junction Central Elementary School in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat on January 21, 2019, the day of the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Andaya seeks probe into ‘missing’ budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo previously said the reenacted budget will not affect the BOL as 'the budget for this was already included in the 2018 budget'

BUDGET PROBE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr accuses DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno of "forgetting" to allocate funds for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Screenshot by Rappler

More than 2.8M voters to take part in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body expects a voter turnout rate of at least 75%

VOTERS. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join the start of campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec, police inspect checkpoints as 2019 election period begins

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:32 AM

'Hihigpitan natin ngayon. Dapat 2019 ay mas honest at credible at mas peaceful 'yung 2019 elections,' says Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas

ELECTION KICK-OFF. Police officers participate in the Unity Walk, interfaith prayer rally, and peace covenant signing for Eleksyon 2019 at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIST: 2019 election-related bans

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The gun ban, for instance, will be enforced during the entire election period, from January 13 to June 12

CAMPAIGN FRENZY. In this file photo, motorists drive past campaign posters during midterm elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Daraga Mayor Baldo must first consent to Lakas-CMD withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Lakas-CMD withdraws Carlwyn Baldo's nomination after police tagged him as the alleged mastermind in AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's murder

CARLWYN BALDO. Photo of Baldo from his Facebook page.