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Corrupted SD cards delay proclamation of senators

May 19, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Corrupted SD cards stall the transmission of votes from some overseas posts to the Commission on Elections, delaying the proclamation of winning senators

CANVASSING OF VOTES. Commission on Elections Director Frances Arabe briefs the media in a press conference during the national canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups on May 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Duterte Youth Cardema's bid for substitution: Questions for Comelec

May 19, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The Comelec en banc will need to decide on whether or not Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's filing a petition for substitution is valid and if he meets qualifications to be a youth representative

DUTERTE YOUT. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as party-list nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Lawyers push for urgent proclamation of Senate bets

May 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Election lawyer George Garcia says there is an 'urgency to proclaim' winning senators in the May 13 elections

PROCLAMATION OF WINNERS. Election lawyer George Garcia in an interview with reporters on May 19, 2019, there is an urgency to proclaim winning senators and party-list groups. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec 'not ready' to proclaim senators this weekend

May 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Commission on Elections says it aims to proclaim winning senators and party-list groups 'in one day but not at the same time'

CANVASSING VOTES. The canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups is ongoing at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec to hold special elections in Isabela precinct

May 18, 2019 - 7:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections is holding special elections on May 20 in a polling precinct with around 1,000 voters in Jones, Isabela

SPECIAL ELECTIONS? Commission on Elections Director Frances Arabe says in a press conference on May 18, 2019, that the poll body is considering special elections in a polling precinct in Jones, Isabela, where a vote-counting machine was burned. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec clarifies Duterte Youth's Cardema met deadline for substitution

May 18, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Comelec Director Frances Arabe says the poll body's Commission en banc is currently tackling Cardema's petition for substitution for the party list's nominees

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

Comelec says Namfrel aware of transmission router

May 17, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says Namfrel was in the meeting where this was approved unanimously

TRANSMISSION ROUTER. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez in a press conference on May 17, 2019, shows the media the minutes of the meeting on the transmission routers for the May 13 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Groups ask Comelec to suspend proclamation of winning party lists

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Party-list groups Append, Partido Lakas ng Masa, Murang Kuryente, and Ang Nars make the call as allegations of fraud continue to hound the 2019 elections

SUSPEND PROCLAMATION. Partido Lakas ng Masa's lawyer Aaron Pedrosa and Append's lawyer Romel Bagares show their petitions to media on May 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How to fix what went wrong in the 2019 elections

May 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Abandoning the automated system and going back to manual is a far worse option

Duterte Youth’s Cardema can't substitute for party list nominee – Comelec

May 17, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'The period for substitution has already lapsed,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

DUTERTE YOUTH CHAIRMAN. Duterte Youth Chair Ronald Cardema sought to substitute his wife, Ducielle Cardema as the group's nominee for the 2019 polls. RTVM screenshot

Proclamation of winning senators seen this weekend

May 17, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the proclamation of winning senators in the 2019 elections may take place as early as Saturday afternoon, May 18

CANVASSING OF VOTES. The Commission on Elections led by Chairman Sheriff Abas (1st from right) conducts the canvassing of votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 15, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec turns over Transparency Server logs to PPCRV

May 17, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Comelec says PPCRV will do the initial review and produce a report based on examination of the server logs. After that, copies of the logs will also be released to other accredited organizations, including media.

TRANSPARENCY LOGS. Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo turns over devices containing the Transparency server logs to PPCRV representatives

Comelec invites Caritas to file petition on suspending proclamation of senators

May 16, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'Hindi naman pwedeng sasabihin ng isa nag pe-press release lang tapos sunod na lahat ng tao. Kailangan din po ng process,' says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez

SUSPEND PROCLAMATION. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez answers question on moves to suspend the proclamation of winning senators in a briefing on May 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec calls for sobriety amid video of alleged Lanao fraud

May 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Commission on Elections says it is not ready to dismiss as 'fake' the viral video of the alleged pre-shading of ballots in Lanao del Sur

VIDEO OF FRAUD. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez in a press conference on May 16, 2019, addresses the video of alleged fraud in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec execs open to audit of transparency server

May 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'Wala pong daya diyan o magic,' says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

CANVASSING OF VOTES. Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (center) chats with Commissioners Antonio Kho Jr (left) and Socorro Inting (right) during the canvassing of votes at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guanzon hits National Printing Office over errors in voters' information sheets

May 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon accuses the National Printing Office of unlawfully subcontracting the printing of voters' information sheets to a private printer

2019 ELECTIONS. Voters search for their precincts before casting their votes at the San Antonio National High School in Makati City on May 13, 2019l. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Was transmission of 2019 PH election results better or worse?

May 15, 2019 - 12:39 PM

A more transparent system is clearly needed. It is only through more transparency that the Comelec can dispel doubts about the process.

POLL CLOSING. Board of Election canvassers print election returns as the poll closes in Araullo High School, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec on election woes: Hands tied due to procurement law

May 14, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says vote-counting machines and election paraphernalia were mismatched

POLL CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas (left) says the poll body's hands were tied in choosing suppliers of election paraphernalia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No failure of elections during 2019 midterm polls – Comelec

May 14, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Elections says voting was conducted successfully in all clustered precincts across the Philippines

2019 ELECTIONS. Poll watchers prepare the audit log from the vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Comelec to probe suppliers of defective markers, SD cards

May 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas orders the poll body's Law Department to review suppliers' contracts

COMELEC CHAIRMAN. Senior officials of the Comelec answer questions in a press conference about the recently concluded national and local elections on May 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec says 961 vote-counting machines defective

May 14, 2019 - 2:06 PM

This breaches the number of defective vote-counting machines in the 2016 elections, but the Commission on Elections asserts the polls were 'successful'

FACING MEDIA. All 7 members of the Commission on Elections face the media on May 14, 2019, in a press conference about the recently concluded national and local elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Java error' caused tally fluctuation – Comelec

May 14, 2019 - 10:34 AM

The 'temporary' glitch causes a dip in the percentage of election returns reported on the Commission on Elections transparency server


After 7-hour glitch, Comelec transparency server sends results again

May 14, 2019 - 2:26 AM

Media and watchdog groups witness the fixes made by Smartmatic after Comelec granted it access to the transparency server

1,000 SD cards didn't work in May 13 polls – Comelec

May 14, 2019 - 1:27 AM

'Ayan, lowest bidder, cheap din,' says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

SD CARDS. The Commission on Elections says around 1,000 SD cards malfunctioned during the elections on Monday, May 13. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec suspects 'wear and tear' in defective voting machines

May 14, 2019 - 12:22 AM

Up to 450 vote-counting machines had to be replaced on election day, says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINE. A new vote-counting machine (VCM) arrives at the precinct where reelectionist Makati Mayor Abby Binay is supposed to vote. The new VCM replaces the one that malfunctioned. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec transparency server stops sending results to media, watchdogs

May 13, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Media groups, watchdogs, and political parties with access to the transparency server are originally expected to receive unofficial vote counts at intervals of around 10-15 minutes

VCM CHECKS. New VCM for the precinct of reelectionist Mayor Abby Binay works. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec: Slow unofficial count due to 'technical issue'

May 13, 2019 - 10:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Nakakabahala na medyo malaki 'yung gap ng reporting na nagaganap,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

AFTER VOTING. The COMELEC en banc convenes as the National Board of Election Canvassers at the Philippine Internatioal Convention Center in Pasay City on May 13, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Apparent gunshot heard in venue of Comelec canvassing

May 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez tells reporters that it is an 'accidental firing that happened as a result of a shift change' of guards

'ACCIDENTAL FIRING.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says the gunshot heard from the PICC on Monday, May 13, is an 'accidental firing that happened as a result of a shift change' of guards. Screenshot from Rappler video

Comelec: No special treatment for ex-VP Binay in ballot issue

May 13, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Commission on Elections draws flak after one of its directors accompanied former vice president Jejomar Binay as he tried to vote again

Ex Vice President and congressman aspirant Jejomar Binay casts his vote in a precinct poll at the San Antonio National Highschool in Makati City on today’s midterm poll. After 8 attempts Binay’s ballot was rejected by the voting machine. Photo by Jay Ganzon

Voting ends in the Philippines

May 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The conduct of midterm elections is marred by difficulties, including issues related to vote-counting machines that malfunctioned

Makatizens cast their votes at the San Jose Elementary School, Makati. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec says 400-600 vote-counting machines replaced

May 13, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Its larger than what we saw in 2016, and therefore it is a bit jarring,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

VOTE COUNTING MACHINE. Incidents of malfunctioning vote counting machines reach tbe Comelec. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FALSE: Comelec disqualifies 5 progressive party-list groups before election day

May 13, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Rappler sought the comment of Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez about this matter. Jimenez said the claim is "fake news"

Comelec stands by vote-buying crackdown despite Duterte joke

May 13, 2019 - 2:25 PM

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte said it is all right for voters to take cash for their 'fare,' as he also told them, 'Don't believe the Comelec'

Brgy. Chairman exposes massive vote buying in Zambales. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Comelec urged to probe harassment vs Makabayan volunteers

May 13, 2019 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) ‘Mayroon noong mga nakaraang eleksyon pero mas matindi ito ngayon kasi hanggang sa huling sandali ng kampanya, tumitindi ang mga pananakot at paninira,’ says Aglipayan priest Fr Dionito Cabillas of poll watchdog Kontra Daya

Fr. Dionito Cabillas of Kontra Daya shows pictures of alleged harassment and death threats of Makabayan volunteers in Metro Manila during the election campaign period in a press conference in Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Glitches in new voter registration verification machines delay voting in some precincts

May 13, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The lesson to be learned here is, kailangan ng mas matinding education tungkol sa mga bagong sistema na ito,' says Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez

ELECTION DAY. Voters wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Comelec to probe raid of Navotas poll briefing

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says it is possible that the National Bureau of Investigation had 'no authority' to conduct the raid

AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas and PNP Major General Mao Aplasca during press briefing about security preparation on the eve of midterm poll at the canvassing venue in PICC tent in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lente vows to be 'independent' despite Comelec partnership

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'We stepped in despite the two weeks notice because it has a vital purpose in our elections,' says Lente executive director Ona Caritos

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines at Araullo High School in Manila on May 8, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

In Aklan, public markets, covered courts are polling places, too

May 11, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Comelec in the province also sets up voting precincts in day care centers, barangay halls, and health centers to accommodate voters on May 13

AKLAN POLLS. Voters verify their names on the voters' list in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Comelec hit for late naming of dominant parties

May 11, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The opposition Liberal Party says this gives them no time to appeal the naming of the Duterte-allied Nacionalista Party as the dominant minority party

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas inspects the canvassing venue for the May 13 elections at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 9, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Moreno slams 'fake news' on disqualification

May 11, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The Commission on Elections division handing the disqualification case against reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno says the supposed resolution circulating online is 'fake'

Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Certification of election system nearly 3 months late

May 11, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Just days before the May 13 polls, the Technical Evaluation Committee says the automated election system 'is operating properly, securely, and accurately'

FINAL TESTING. The final testing and sealing of vote-counting machines is conducted in Araullo High School, Manila, on May 08, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Days before polls, Comelec finds fraction of SD cards defective

May 10, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says at least 686 SD cards have been found defective as of Friday, May 10

PREPARING FOR POLLS. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing and sealing of vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila, on May 08, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2 Comelec execs oppose Nacionalista as dominant minority party

May 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'With the current polarized political climate, it is not hard to divine which group belongs to the majority or minority,' says Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia

DUTERTE ALLIES. Imee Marcos (center) and Cynthia Villar (left), both senatorial bets of the Nacionalista Party, pose with presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in a political gathering. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jiggy Manicad to Comelec: Let poll watchers monitor backup VCMs

May 10, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The 2019 senatorial bet says it is important to preserve the integrity of the elections

MOTION. 2019 senatorial candidate Jiggy Manicad files a motion concerning backl-up vote counting machines at the Commission on Elections headquarters on May 10, 2019. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

LIST: Where will Comelec's new voter registration verification machines be used?

May 10, 2019 - 5:18 PM

If things go smoothly during the machines' pilot run, Comelec said it may use the machines nationwide for the 2022 presidential elections

NEW MACHINES. The Comelec will pilot test its voter registration verification machines in 14 areas during election day, May 13, 2019. Screenshot from Rappler

After last-minute glitches, Comelec precinct finder ready for voters

May 10, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Before the launch of the poll body's precinct finder voters said the online platform showed inaccurate information

VOTER REGISTRATION. Registered voters report being listed as "deactivated" on the now-suspended Comelec precinct finder days before the May 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte allies named dominant majority, minority parties

May 10, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Kalokohan,' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan, adding that this decision is against democracy

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum in Batangas on April 17, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec affirms cancellation of Camarines Norte governor's candidacy

May 09, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Elections votes to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado

BARRED. Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado is barred from seeking another term as governor. Photo from the Facebook Page of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado

Comelec's Guia: Supreme Court declared Edu Manzano a Filipino

May 07, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Luie Tito Guia cites the Supreme Court as he dissents from a decision against San Juan City congressional bet Edu Manzano

CITIZENSHIP WOES. San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano (2nd from left) faces a huge challenge after the Commission on Elections canceled his certificate of candidacy because of his citizenship. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Comelec cancels candidacy of San Juan congressional bet Edu Manzano

May 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections says San Juan City congressional bet Edu Manzano was not a Filipino citizen when he filed his certificate of candidacy

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler