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All baseless accusations that can erode the people’s trust and confidence in the results, in Comelec, and in the election system as a whole would not only be irresponsible, but dangerous
Abandoning the automated system and going back to manual is a far worse option
If the SK Reform Act already defines ‘political dynasty,’ then it can be a basis for Comelec to rule on disqualification cases
There are only two Comelec employees in every city and municipality. If we want to counter vote-buying effectively, both the citizenry and candidates have to be vigilant.
The law prohibiting vote-buying covers not only candidates but also the voters
Election lawyer Emil Marañon says the task is too big for the Commission on Elections alone as some 100,000 statements of candidates' expenses are filed after elections
If we want elections where the playing field is truly even, and where the deserving yet poor candidates have a real fighting chance, the thrust should be in the strict monitoring of campaign spending
The Fair Election Act mandates that the candidate, political party, and polling firm release the relevant information, like the methodology, the areas covered, the specific questions asked, and the margin of error, among others
If the poster is fully at the expense of the private person, at his own instance, and without collusion with any candidate...the private person or entity is not covered by the size limitation
Legitimate social media posts made by non-candidates are protected speech and beyond the regulatory reach of the Comelec
In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao
'Very clear na niloloko ng mag-asawang Alan at Lani Cayetano ang taumbayan,' says lawyer Emil Marañon III
The Constitution is clear and made even clearer by abundant jurisprudence, yet Congress chose to bend the law and resort to brute force to remove the ABS party-list representative
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The prohibitions are not absolute.... The consistent trend of the Supreme Court is to uphold free speech and expression over any form of election regulation.
Here's why candidates should pay attention to every detail in the certificate of candidacy
Under current laws, the Commission on Elections is both an administrator and a quasi-court. Its split personality presents a lot of complications.
It is in the voting precincts, not on Twitter or Facebook, where voters shake things up. Will the 2019 elections be game changing or make us slide faster to the kangkungan?
Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections
One election lawyer argues it's the risk that candidates took, while another says it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution
By putting undue pressure on candidates to do something that might affect their candidacy, Director General Oscar Albayalde is intervening in the elections.
It is also considered electioneering and a partisan political activity because it is ‘an act designed to promote the…defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office’
The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous
This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.
Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.
A Comelec study reveals that while election players agree that females are competent and qualified, there is less acceptance of the idea of them actually running for a public office
Jude Sabio’s 'complaint' has to prove the supposed unwillingness or inability of the Philippine government to prosecute President Duterte for the crimes he allegedly committed
To offset any potential votes that Marcos will gain in the recount it is both strategic and necessary for the VP to take a counter offensive A counter protest however is as expensive as filing a protest
The official canvassing of votes at Congress will provide the much awaited ending to the cliffhanger vice presidential race
Under the Omnibus Election Code use of government helicopters for campaign is an election offense punishable with imprisonment and perpetual disqualification to hold public office
UPDATED Manny Pacquiao had filed his candidacy for senator before he contractually agreed to his match with Bradley It is difficult to ascribe good faith on his part when he scheduled the match within the campaign period
In its decision to cancel Grace Poe s candidacy the Comelec First Division invokes a portion of a dissenting opinion in a Supreme Court ruling erroneously representing it as jurisprudence
The former senator did not seek the cancellation of Grace Poe s certificate of candidacy but for her disqualification The Comelec does not have jurisdiction over this issue
While there s wisdom in the statutory authority of the Comelec in particular the 2nd division to remove a candidate before the elections it is so potent that it can be very dangerous if misused
This pre election case against the presidential race front runner is more complex than reported An election lawyer breaks it down into 3 major issues