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Over 150,000 ex-MILF fighters to vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Commission on Elections also says a total of 2.8 million voters registered for the plebiscite, exceeding the target

VOTE. Over 150,000 former MILF fighters registered to vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Comelec sets longer voting hours for 2019 elections

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Voting is now scheduled to take place from 6 am to 6 pm, extended by an hour

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig during the 2016 elections. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

'Fake news' should be considered form of election fraud, says watchdog

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Kontra Daya asks Comelec to hold purveyors of lies accountable

Plebiscite on Bangsamoro law now set for January, February 2019

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Voting will take place on January 21, 2019, for ARMM, Cotabato City, and Isabela City as scheduled. Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, and LGUs that petitioned to take part will vote on February 6, 2019.

LANDMARK LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with the legislators and negotiators in the peace process, MILF leaders, and as top officials from the AFP and PNP during the presentation of the BOL on August 6, 2018. Malacañang file photo

New social media campaign rules won't limit freedom of expression, says Comelec

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It may just cause you to be more forthright with how much you’re spending when creating that content,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

LIMIT SPENDING. The Comelec says its new guidelines eyed for social media campaigns during elections will be limited to candidates' spending. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

LIST: Comelec raffle results for party-list order on 2019 ballots

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:51 PM

On the top spot of the initial list is Bayan Muna party-list while Mocha Uson's AA-Kasosyo party-list is at the bottom in the 181st spot

INITIAL LIST. The Comelec releases initial results of its raffle to determine the order of listing on the ballot for party-list groups int he 2019 elections.

Congresswoman urges Comelec: Place La Union under military protection

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

'To await the start of the election period might become too late for us,' La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel says in her request to the Comelec

CRY FOR JUSTICE. The Balaoan Municipal Hall  displays posters seeking justice for slain officials. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Pimentel group is legitimate PDP-Laban – Comelec

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The poll body resolves the row among factions in President Rodrigo Duterte's party: only nominations signed by the Pimentel group are recognized

TRUE PRESIDENT. Senator Koko Pimentel files his Certificate on Candidacy on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Where does Chavit Singson live? Rival says he can’t run for Narvacan mayor

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Rival Edgardo Zaragosa asks Comelec to cancel Chavit Singson's certificate of candidacy, saying the political kingpin cannot be living in a small house with one parking slot located near a piggery

PETITION. Photo courtesy of Edgardo Zaragoza

Duterte critic appeals tag as nuisance Senate bet

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio tells the Comelec it won't look good if 'a legal archenemy of President Duterte' is declared a nuisance senatorial candidate

COMPLAINT VS DUTERTE. Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio is the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. File photo courtesy of Jude Sabio

House bill seeks to make public debates mandatory for candidates

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Siquijor Representative Ramon Rocamora says mandatory debates for all candidates would help voters make informed choices on election day

ELECTION DEBATES. The 5 presidential bets during the 2016 elections participate in an election debate on February 21, 2016. File photo by AFP

3 newsmakers among possible nuisance Senate bets

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Among them is Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court

KATIPUNAN PARTY. All 12 senatorial bets of the Katipunan Party, including former Constitutional Commission spokesperson Conrado 'Ding' Generoso, face petitions to be declared nuisance bets. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Neighboring LGUs of Bangsamoro region may ask to be part of plebiscite

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Contiguous local government units have until October 31 to petition the Comelec for inclusion in the January 2019 plebiscite to be part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

PLEBISCITE SOON. The landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law is up for a plebiscite in Mindanao on January 21, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Ask Senate hopefuls to show pictures of their libraries

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

I heard a proposal that only those who finished college should run, which is stupid, because everyone should be free to run. I'd rather that all senatorial candidates bring a picture of their libraries.

Comelec to 'quickly' resolve PDP-Laban row

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The Comelec says internal fighting within President Rodrigo Duterte's party has confused its local candidates as well

PDP-LABAN BET. Senator Aquilino Pimentel, president of PDP-Laban, disowned Aguilar as one of its senatorial bets, despite him having submitted a CONA. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: 2019 elections senatorial hopefuls

Oct 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

A total of 152 individuals have filed certificates of candidacy for senator

COC FILING. Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 5, October 17

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:24 PM

From Ilocos Norte to Davao City, local bets rush to file their certificates of candidacies on the last day of filing

LOCAL RACES. Abigail Binay, Sebastian Duterte and Chavit Singson are among those who filed their candidacies on the last day of the filing period, October 17. Photos by Joey Salgado (for Binay), Manman Dejeto/Rappler (for Duterte), and Mau Victa/Rappler (for Singson)

Comelec vows fair play in polls amid Bong Go issue

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'We trust that those who are currently in the administration will respect the authority of the Comelec,' says elections spokesperson James Jimenez

DUTERTE AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go files his candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Awaiting judgment for plunder, Bong Revilla launches Senate bid from jail

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Revilla's wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, files his certificate of candidacy

Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado and son Jolo Revilla march to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to represent former Sen. Bong Revilla in filing his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 4, October 16

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Among them are Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr for Bohol governor, congresswoman Kaka Bag-ao for Dinagat Islands governor, and actor Edu Manzano for San Juan City congressman

FOR GOVERNOR. Representative Kaka Bag-ao and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr are seeking the gubernatorial posts in Dinagat Islands and Bohol, respectively. Photos from Bag-ao and Evasco staff

Hilbay, Macalintal complete official opposition senatorial slate

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates

OPPOSITION SLATE. The 8 candidates who make up the opposition's official slate for the 2019 senatorial elections.

Senate bet collapses before he could file COC at Comelec

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The senatorial aspirant – a senior citizen – is rushed to the hospital after collapsing, says the Commission on Elections

Senate hopefuls file their Certificates of Candidacy on October 11, 2018, at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Comelec crowds jeer at Imee Marcos, loyalists shout back

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:05 PM

As supporters of opposition senate bet Chel Diokno shout 'Never again to Martial Law,' Imee Marcos says she only hears supporters chant 'Imee, solusyon'

FANFARE. Outgoing Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos arrives at the Commission on Elections in Manila to file her certificate of candidacy for senator on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Panelo denies special treatment for Bong Go in COC filing

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Malacañang says that while Go may have had more than the allowed number of companions, he didn't mean to 'bring' them along

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go files his candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte and around 40 supporters and some members of the cabinet accompanied Go during the filing. Go is running under the PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chel Diokno, Erin Tañada file candidacies for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Will their brand of politics – staunch critics of martial law and dictatorship – work to counter the Duterte magic?

DESCENDANTS. Former Senator Wigberto 'Bobby' Tañada (center) raises the arms of son, former Quezon representative Erin Tañada (left) and Chel Diokno, son of former senator Jose 'Pepe' Diokno, who are both running for a Senate seat in the May 2019 elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bam Aquino files COC for reelection as senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV reminds voters that he was among those who opposed the tax reform law from the beginning

'ALTERNATIVE VOICE.' Reelectionist Senator Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aquino IV files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Like déjà vu: Mar Roxas files candidacy for senator

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Roxas dares critics to check official records and see if he is linked to any misuse of calamity or Yolanda funds

SENATORIAL BID. Former interior secretary Mar Roxas is the first to file a candidacy for senator on October 16, 2018, at the Commission on Elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 3, October 15

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Among them are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, and the Villafuertes of Camarines Sur, all running for reelection

REELECTIONISTS. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio are seeking another term in 2019. Photos from Office of Tommy Osmeña and by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Lawyer of ex-Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato eyes Senate run

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Saying he intends to fight the 'criminal, immoral' Duterte regime, lawyer Jude Sabio files his certificate of candidacy through a representative

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Comelec bends COC filing rules to favor Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections admits there was 'special treatment' for the filing of Bong Go's certificate of candidacy 'considering the personalities involved'

SPECIAL TREATMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies his top aide Bong Go, who filed his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senator JV files COC for reelection as an 'Estrada'

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito will be using 'Ejercito Estrada JV' as his official name and 'Estrada JV' as his alias on the 2019 elections ballot

Sen. JV Ejercito files his Certificate of Candidacy at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

James Jimenez resigns as point person for election source code review

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Elections spokesman James Jimenez takes responsibility for a university launch of the project where the image of an actress in a bathing suit was flashed onscreen

Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano vows to fight for the security of every Filipino family and to uphold Philippine sovereignty against China if he wins a Senate seat

SENATORIAL HOPEFUL. Magdalo congressman Gary Alejano files his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2019 local bets urged to prioritize child protection in disasters

Oct 13, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Save the Children Philippines calls on candidates in the local elections next year to support the implementation of the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act of 2016

989 individuals from different barangays take refuge at the Lazaro Fransisco Elementary School, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, on September 16, 2018, after rains due to Typhoon Ompong flooded their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: Party-list groups hoping to join 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 PM

A total of 185 organizations have filed applications to participate in 2019 party-list elections

PARTY-LIST RACE. Reelectionist ACT Teachers Partylist is among the groups that applied at the Comelec headquarters on October 12, 2018, to join the 2019 party-list elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WATCH: Supporters of politicians, party-list groups taunt each other outside Comelec

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Gabriela and Kabataan supporters exchange jeers with pro-Duterte crowds on the second day of filing of certificates of candidacy

PROTEST. Pro-government protesters taunt supporters and members of the Kabataan Partylist outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 12, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 2, October 12

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Among them are presidential son Paolo Duterte for Davao City congressman, Senator Francis Escudero for Sorsogon governor, and Isko Moreno for Manila mayor

LOCAL BETS. Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and outgoing Senator Francis Escudero file their certificates of candidacy in Davao City and Sorsogon, respectively. Photos from Davao City PIO and Escudero's Facebook page

‘Hindi ako bobo!’: Gadon uses wrong COC form for senator

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) But the senatorial hopeful whose tagline is 'Hindi ako bobo!' – I'm not stupid – offers a different explanation for the delay in filing his certificate of candidacy

'KAYO HINDI BOBO!' Lawyer Larry Gadon shouts his tagline as he files his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections on October 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec to rule on Freddie Aguilar, PDP-Laban row

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:02 PM

The Commission on Elections vows to quickly decide on other 'intra-party' controversies so clear up confusions as soon as the filing of COCs is over

PDP-LABAN BET? Senatorial bet Freddie Aguilar poses with supporters outside the Commission on Elections in Manila during the filing of certificates of candidacy on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Before filing COC, Dela Rosa waits for 'lucky' 11 am

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:42 PM

‘Wala namang masama kung maniwala ka sa feng shui, 'di ba?’ asks senatorial bet Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa as he filed his certificate of candidacy or COC

WITH FAMILY. Former Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa with daughter Marian (left) and wife Nancy, during the filing of his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 12, 2018 at the Commission on Elections office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nancy Binay files COC, escorted by brother amid sibling rivalry

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) Asked who between siblings Junjun and Abby she is closer to, reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay replies, 'Sino ba ang kasama ko ngayon?'

REELECTION BID. Senator Nancy Binay shows her Certificate of Candidacy. She is with brother former Makati mayor Junjun Binay (left) and husband Jose Benjamin Angeles. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Godson to challenge reelectionist Governor Bichara in Albay in 2019

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Vice Governor Harold Imperial of the Liberal Party is running for governor against his godfather, reelectionist Al Francis Bichara of the Nacionalista Party

FACE OFF. Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara (left) and Vice Governor Harold Imperial will run against each other in the province's gubernatorial race in May 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Al Francis Bichara

Comelec on ‘colorful’ bets: Give them a chance, it’s not easy

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:03 PM

But Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon also reminds so-called nuisance bets: democracy is not a joke

LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 1, October 11

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:53 PM

Here are notable aspirants for various local elective positions on the first day of filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 2019 elections

QC RACE. Senate President Tito Sotto (left) and former House Speaker Representative Feliciano Belmonte (right) raise the hands of Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte (2nd-right) and councilor Gian Sotto after filing a Certificate of Candidacy at Comelec-Quezon City on October 11, 2018. Belmonte is running for QC Vice Mayor while Sotto is for Vice Mayor. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New certificates of candidacy confuse 2019 bets

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:43 PM

'If you file the wrong form, it’s like you didn’t file a COC,' Comelec spokesman James Jimenez says

WRONG FORM. Former Pagsanjan mayor Abner Afuang initially uses the wrong certificate of candidacy form for the 2019 elections. He eventually fills out and files the correct one. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tomawis, Colmenares first opposition senatorial bets to file COCs

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Liberal party bet Samira Gutoc Tomawis and Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares arrive at the Comelec headquarters with hundreds of supporters in tow

OPPOSITION BET. Samira Gutoc with supporters satge a program at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila before filing her candidacy as Senator on October 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Sam Gutoc

15 Aklan mayors seek reelection

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The only two mayors who are on their final terms are running for governor and vice mayor

PDP-Laban disowns Freddie Aguilar despite ‘certificate’

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The singer submits a certificate of nomination and acceptance from what party president Koko Pimentel calls a 'rogue' PDP-Laban

NOT ON PDP-LABAN SLATE. Musician Freddie Aguilar’s nomination document is signed by Wilfredo Talag, who belongs to a faction not recognized by the PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Kris, mahal pa rin kita': Senatorial hopeful Daniel Magtira won't let go

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Tondo singer Magtira, who once claimed he was the former husband of Kris Aquino, again professes his love during the filing of candidacies. He's joined by Anson Tuana, who claims to be an old flame of Mocha Uson.

FILED. Daniel Magtira files his Certificate on Candidacy on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dr Willie Ong runs for senator, banks on '10M FB followers'

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Dr Willie Ong is one of the bets banking on their huge social media following as they file their certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections

FOR HEALTH. Dr. Willie Tan Ong of Lakas-CMD with supporters after filing his Certificate on Candidacy for Senator on October 11, 2018 at the Comelec office in Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler