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All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

Philippine military clueless on China poll ‘sabotage’

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED An election watchdog hits a Comelec commissioner for making a very careless statement about China s reported attempt to sabotage the 2016 polls

CHINA SABOTAGE? A Comelec official warns on September 16, 2015, that China might 'sabotage' the Philippine elections in May 2016. File photo by John Javellana

China might sabotage 2016 polls – Comelec

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:59 AM

2nd UPDATE The Chinese Embassy says The so called attempt by China to sabotage the 2016 elections is totally groundless and a sheer fabrication

COMELEC CHAIRMAN. A photo made available on February 24, 2013, shows Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, during an interview at his office in Mandaluyong City on February 20, 2013. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

Critics to SC: Junk Comelec ‘spending splurge’

Sep 14, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Petitioners say the SC should issue a temporary restraining order for now against a Comelec resolution on the lease of 93 000 vote counting machines

UNANIMOUS DECISION. The Comelec unanimously decides to lease 93,000 machines from Smartmatic. File photo by John Javellana

Watchdogs seek SC help vs Comelec’s ‘sham bidding’

Aug 26, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Poll reform advocates say controversial firm Smartmatic should refurbish 82 000 old vote counting machines ‘for free’

HITTING COMELEC. Election watchdogs say the SC should cite the Comelec in contempt for refusing to heed an SC ruling on vote-counting machines. File photo by John Javellana  File photo by John Javellana File photo by John Javellana

Comelec sets scrutiny of voting machines 3 months before polls

Aug 20, 2015 - 8:35 PM

For 2016 the review of the source code of voting machines is scheduled around 3 months before the elections – a process done only 4 days before polls in 2013

'MASTER BLUEPRINT.' This CD contains the source code, or 'master blueprint,' or voting machines for the 2013 elections. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

If SC stops Smartmatic, ex-bidder eyed to save polls

Aug 20, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Unlike Smartmatic disqualified bidder Dermalog says it can refurbish 81 000 old vote counting machines by December

Competitor scores Smartmatic for ‘monopoly’ on polls

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:01 PM

Without naming Smartmatic Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull says ‘the vendor in this position is trying to monopolize and I think it’s quite obvious’

DISQUALIFIED BIDDER. Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull criticizes Smartmatic's supposed monopoly over Philippine elections. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Comelec on Smartmatic, LTFRB response, Cotto vs Alvarez | 6PM wRap

Aug 14, 2015 - 5:35 PM

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Poll exec hits Smartmatic for refusing to fix PCOS

Aug 14, 2015 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While joining the unanimous decision to lease 93 000 machines from Smartmatic another poll commissioner says he voted ‘with a heavy heart’

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic 'seemed to have taken advantage of the time constraint' the Comelec is facing. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Comelec on 2016, Batangas chemical plant, Pacquiao’s shoulder | 6PM wRap

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:54 PM

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PH voting machines 82% cheaper, supplier says

Aug 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Smartmatic describes itself as ‘the best of the best’ as the Comelec decides to use the company’s voting machines in 2016

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. Smartmatic Asia Pacific president Cesar Flores points to precint count optical scan (PCOS) machines in boxes at the Smartmatic's warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on May 31, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

While leasing new ones, PH to reuse old PCOS in 2019

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body initially wanted to use the existing PCOS machines for 2016 but this is no longer feasible

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP    Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

It's final: PH to use contentious voting machines

Aug 13, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body made a unanimous decision to lease 93 000 voting machines from Smartmatic

File photo by John Javellana

Comelec sets 2 crucial meetings to ensure automated polls

Aug 04, 2015 - 6:45 PM

They will tackle with Congress the refurbishment of existing PCOS machines and the lease of 70 000 more vote counting machines

RUNNING ELECTIONS. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left), and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon, and Luie Guia – pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Smartmatic closer to bagging all key election deals

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Critics however want the Comelec to put Venezuelan firm Smartmatic in its blacklist of election related service providers because its system is allegedly prone to cheating

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec fails to meet poll automation target

Jul 21, 2015 - 6:35 PM

The poll body s timeline shows a significant delay in preparations compared with the last two automated elections

PRESSED FOR TIME. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says the first two weeks of August 2015 'would be really crucial' for the Comelec as it prepares for the elections in May 2016. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Poll automation faces 3rd Supreme Court petition

Jul 18, 2015 - 3:03 PM

This comes as Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista warns critics Your actions could possibly derail the elections in 2016

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec to critics: Your actions could derail polls

Jul 14, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says a crucial Supreme Court ruling will definitely decide the mode of elections for 2016

NEW HURDLE. Two separate petitions threaten the Comelec's last-known stop-gap measure to ensure automated elections. File photo by John Javellana

Twin SC petitions threaten automated elections

Jul 07, 2015 - 7:51 PM

A poll watchdog says the simultaneous bidding the Comelec is doing to ensure automated elections in 2016 finds no support in law and is contrary to public policy

MAJOR CRISIS. The Supreme Court's recent ruling means that for now, the Philippines cannot use its 82,000 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines. File photo by John Javellana

Comelec overturns Smartmatic disqualification

Jul 01, 2015 - 11:23 AM

However Smartmatic will have to wait before it could proceed with the project for the lease of 23 000 OMR machines

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Comelec opens bids for lease of 71,000 vote-counting machines

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:06 PM

Meanwhile the Comelec is in a race against time to finalize the mode of election for the May 2016 polls

Bidding for PCOS upgrade fails

Jun 30, 2015 - 2:03 PM

Smartmatic one of 3 interested bidders withdraws because it was shocked and highly surprised to see a significant reduction of the project s budget

PCOS. The Comelec Advisory Council recommends reusing the PCOS machines for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

Comelec holds parallel biddings for 2016 vote counting machines

Jun 30, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The outcome of this series of biddings will decide whether the 2016 presidential election will go fully automated partially automated or manual

How does the PH automated election system work?

May 15, 2015 - 5:20 PM

At the core of the automated election system is the election management system which sets up the automation of the polls and manages election related data

Poe for 2016, Smartmatic appeal, Mayweather excuses | 9PM wRap

May 11, 2015 - 9:00 PM

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Typhoon Dodong, Smartmatic appeal, Mayweather excuses | 6PM wRap

May 11, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Smartmatic disqualified from major PCOS bid

May 11, 2015 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED The Comelec needs to lease 23 000 additional PCOS machines because it expects more voters in 2016 – in the face of a major crisis

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Pacquiao faces lawsuit, 2016 elections, Sudoku | The wRap

May 06, 2015 - 7:58 PM

Manny Pacquiao faces a class action suit Comelec’s Bautista says there will be two public bids for the 2016 elections Singapore’s Prime Minister shares his Sudoku solver code

Pacquiao to undergo surgery, SWS survey, Royal baby's name | The wRap

May 05, 2015 - 7:42 PM

Pacquiao will undergo surgery for his shoulder A survey shows 51 of Filipinos think they’re poor Britain’s royal baby has a name

Mary Jane Veloso, Mount Bulusan erupts, Pacquiao’s game plan | The wRap

May 01, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The Velosos say the people helped them not the government Mount Bulusan erupts Pacquiao does not intend to knock Mayweather out

Comelec rules out manual polls in 2016

May 01, 2015 - 9:03 AM

The poll body plans to either bid out the refurbishment of existing PCOS machines or bid for brand new ones

PCOS machines, Mamasapano report, Mayweather-Pacquiao contract | The wRap

Apr 23, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Supreme Court ruling may render the PCOS machines useless The NBI calls Mamasapano incident murder Bob Arum refuses to sign the Mayweather Pacquiao contract

SC ruling may render 82,000 PCOS useless

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:10 PM

The SC s ruling thrusts the Comelec into a major crisis that might mean the Philippines will return to manual voting in election precincts

MAJOR CRISIS. The Supreme Court's recent ruling means that for now, the Philippines cannot use its 82,000 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines. File photo by John Javellana

Poll watchdog pushes for 'laptop count' to replace PCOS

Apr 10, 2015 - 4:09 PM

Former poll commissioner Gus Lagman proposes a system where votes will be counted manually on blackboards and encoded in laptops in the voting precincts

PROPOSING TO COMELEC. Former Comelec commissioner Augusto 'Gus' Lagman (1st from right) and former Comelec chairman Christian Monsod (2nd from right) speak with Comelec commissioner Luie Tito Guia after a meeting on April 11, 2015. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec heeds SC, stops repairing PCOS machines

Mar 25, 2015 - 5:52 PM

An election watchdog says the Comelec should abandon the negotiated contract with technology provider Smartmatic

SC stops repair of 82,000 PCOS machines

Mar 24, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Supreme Court justices vote 12 2 to temporarily stop the contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic for the repair of vote counting machines

PCOS DIAGNOSTICS. A Smartmatic operator conducts diagnostics tests on the precinct count optical scan machines at the Comelec warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on Friday, March 20. Rappler video screengrab

Comelec checks PCOS machines for 2016

Mar 20, 2015 - 5:13 PM

The Commission on Elections tours a senator and members of the media in its PCOS warehouse in Cabuyao Laguna

PCOS DIAGNOSTICS. A Smartmatic operator conducts diagnostics tests on the precinct count optical scan machines at the Comelec warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on Friday, March 20. Rappler video screengrab

Smartmatic asks SC to dismiss blacklist petitions against it

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:03 PM

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections meanwhile seeks the deportation of Smartmatic s Cesar Flores for his questionable conduct and demeanor

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Poll watchdog asks SC to stop Comelec-Smartmatic deal

Feb 02, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Comelec has signed the contract with Smartmatic for the diagnostics and repair of 82 000 vote counting machines before AES Watch could file a motion with the Supreme Court

AFP file photo

Comelec signs PCOS contract with Smartmatic

Feb 02, 2015 - 3:32 PM

Despite protests from watchdogs retiring Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr signs the contract saying the price has been lowered; the scope of work expanded

PCOS MACHINE. The existing 82,000 PCOS machines would have to be refurbished for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

Blacklist Smartmatic from 2016 poll purchases, SC asked

Jan 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM

A poll watchdog and 7 groups say Smartmatic made misrepresentations in qualification statements submitted to the Comelec and breached obligations under the 2010 automation contract

Catholic schools urged to lend IT skills to Comelec

Jan 28, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Bishops also warn the poll body against bias toward any service provider in the Philippines automated elections

EASY TO RIG? Critics claim the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from Smartmatic could be 'easily tampered with.' File photo by John Javellana/Rappler File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Poll watchdog takes on challenge to prove PCOS rigging

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:09 AM

But Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr is not inclined to proceed with the dare anymore after learning of the request to have a Smartmatic programmer follow their instructions

PCOS MACHINE. The existing 80,000 PCOS machines would have to be refurbished for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

Comelec defends PCOS diagnostics deal before House panel

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:58 PM

A congressman cautions a poll watchdog against making unsubstantiated irresponsible attacks on the Comelec like a supposed midnight deal with Smartmatic

COMMITTEE HEARING. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr (L) and commissioner Christian Robert Lim (R) attend a hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Tuesday, January 27. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Pimentel: Public bidding for PCOS repairs 'only way' to go

Jan 21, 2015 - 3:08 PM

For his part Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr says that negotiations with Smartmatic are still underway and the contract for PCOS diagnostics has yet to be signed

PUBLIC BIDDING. Senator Koko Pimentel reiterates his call for a public bidding for PCOS diagnostics and repairs. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Poll watchdogs to Comelec: Scrap deal with Smartmatic

Jan 13, 2015 - 1:48 PM

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections and AES Watch jointly file a letter of protest questioning the Comelec s alleged midnight deal with Smartmatic for PCOS diagnostics

PROTEST. Members of the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) and Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) protest in front of the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila, on Tuesday, January 13. Jansen Romero/Rappler

Public bidding best option for PCOS repairs?

Jan 08, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Comelec commissioners Luie Guia and Arthur Lim do not favor directly contracting Smartmatic for repairs on the PCOS machines

PCOS MACHINE. The existing 80,000 PCOS machines would have to be refurbished for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

Poll watchdog opposes Comelec-Smartmatic deal

Jan 07, 2015 - 8:39 PM

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections C3E is not buying the Comelec s explanation about the cost of PCOS refurbishment which could reach P2 billion

C3E. The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) holds a press conference to air their opposition to the Comelec-Smartmatic agreement for the PCOS refurbishments. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Prove PCOS can be rigged, Brillantes dares ex-poll official

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:25 PM

Former Comelec commissioner Augusto Lagman accepts the Comelec chief s challenge on one condition

Ex-Comelec Comm. Augusto Lagman and current Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.