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COA hits Comelec for poor planning, wastage in past polls purchases – PCIJ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:43 PM

For instance, 60 contracts entered into by the election body worth P2.58 billion did not have the needed documents that would ensure availability of funds, reports the PCIJ

Comelec, not HRET, can decide on Cardema case – election lawyer

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Election lawyer Emilio Marañon III says it is wrong for Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema to say that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal must decide on his eligibility

Former Youth Commissioner and Duterte Youth Partylist President Ronald Cardema helds his first ever press conference at Eton Centris in Quezon City to debunk all the issues hurled against him by Comelec Commisioner Guanzon which has blocked his nomination to represent the partylist group in Congress. Denouncing responsibility from the threats that COMELEC Commissioner Rowena has been receiving after Cardema failed to get approval to represent Duterte Youth Partylist in Quezon City yesterday. He even showed to the media his exchange of text messages with a certain congressman that he mentioned to be Guanzon’s emissary, who is bargaining with Cardema to work out the promotion and appointment of certain lawyers and persons in the Judiciary and government posts. August 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

66% of Comelec's fingerprint verification machines malfunctioned in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The voter registration verification project - worth nearly a billion pesos – is the poll body's second most expensive contract in line with the 2019 midterm elections

ELECTION DAY. Voters are forced to wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019 after the Comelec's new fingerprint verifications machines malfunction. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] YouTube: The new battleground against disinformation

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

YouTube is the new battleground in the fight against disinformation

Party-list bloc 'respects' cancellation of Cardema nomination

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

1-Pacman Representative Michael Romero says that while the party-list bloc recognizes Duterte Youth as a winning group in the 2019 polls, they have yet to recognize its nominee

OUT OF HIS POST. Malacañang says Ronald Cardema is considered resigned as chairman of the National Youth Commission since he filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party nominee. File photo from National Youth Commission

Election lawyers, youth leaders seek to block Duterte Youth's new nominees

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr also backs the petition of Millenials PH against Duterte Youth's withdrawal and substitution of new nominees

SECOND ATTEMPT. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids for new nominees to again file for substitution after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. Photo from Duterte Youth

Rappler Talk: Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm elections

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Rappler's JC Gotinga talks to Jonathan Ong about how disinformation has evolved in the 2019 elections

Rappler Talk Basagan ng Trip edition: Is there hope for democracy after the 2019 elections?

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Basagan ng Trip host Leloy Claudio talks to First Quarter Storm activists Ed Garcia and Noel Tolentino, and Akbayan's Gio Tingson in this special episode

Disinformation campaigns: Thirst traps and ‘hugot’ in 2019 Philippine elections

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:25 AM

A new study shows how online propaganda operations in the Philippines have developed new underground tactics

Guanzon seeks probe into ‘misrepresentation’ in Cardema's nomination document

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Duterte Youth's Ronald Cardema may face criminal charges for violating the Omnibus Election Code

FOLLOW RULES. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum with the poll body's Law Department to probe Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema over possible material misrepresentation in his CONA. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Cardema nomination canceled, other Duterte Youth nominees withdraw

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Ducielle Marie Suarez, wife of Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema, is now the party's second nominee

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth's nominees withdraw their substitution bids after chairman Ronald Cardema's (extreme right) nomination is cancelled by the Comelec first division. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Most Filipinos express 'big trust' in results of 2019 elections – Pulse Asia

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The results of a June 2019 Pulse Asia survey also show that 91% of Filipinos favor automated elections

CREDIBLE 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's Guanzon: Cardema bid 'clear attempt' to circumvent law

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Comelec Commissioner Guanzon also says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as representative of the youth sector is 'unmistakable'

INDEPENDENT VOICE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's ineligibilty to serve as youth representative in the Lower House is 'unmistakable'. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can ruling be reversed? Groups urge vigilance over Cardema's party list nomination

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:31 PM

They remind the public that the first division's decision to cancel the nomination can be appealed before the Comelec en banc, which 'previously showed its soft spot for Duterte Youth'

END OF THE ROAD? Groups urge the Comelec en banc to stand by the first division's decision to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec division cancels Duterte Youth's nomination of Cardema

Aug 05, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) Ronald Cardema, whose congressional bid drew wide criticism across the political spectrum, can still file a motion for reconsideration with the Comelec en banc

NOT REPRESENTATIVE. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema loses his bid to sit a party-list representative in the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The Philippine Left and the 2019 elections

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:14 PM

By 2022, will the Left be able to transcend its historical reticence and finally achieve a breakthrough in electoral politics?

Comelec to 'slow down' preparations for 2020 barangay, SK polls

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:15 PM

This follows President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Congress to postpone the May 2020 elections to 2022 instead

ELECTION PREPS. The Comelec says it will 'slow down' election preparations following President Rodrigo Duterte's call to postpone the 2020 village and youth council elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P5.7M in donations go to Bong Go ‘social media boosting’ for 2019 polls

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Three persons made the ‘in kind’ contributions, according to the senator-elect’s Statement of Contributions and Expenditure

Go buckles down to work: Neophyte Senator Christopher “Bong” Go shows the copy of the summary of the first batch of the bills he filed at the Senate Tuesday. This includes the imposition of death penalty through lethal injection for illegal drug cases and plunder. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/July 2, 2019).

SC to Robredo: Still 'premature' to claim victory in electoral protest

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The High Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, also orders the Comelec to explain why there are missing ballot images from two clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the home province of Vice President Leni Robredo

NO VICTORY JUST YET. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal tells Vice President Leni Robredo it is too early for her to claim she won the electoral case she is facing. File photo by OVP

SC declares Koko Pimentel's faction as 'legitimate' PDP-Laban

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:33 AM

But the Supreme Court does not close the doors to the rival faction filing a direct case against the legitimacy of Senator Koko Pimentel's group

PDP-LABAN. The Supreme Court upheld a Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution that recognizes Senator Koko Pimentel's group as the legitimate representative of PDP-Laban in the elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Smartmatic still wants to be part of Philippine elections

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Despite criticism from President Rodrigo Duterte, Smartmatic still hopes to be chosen for future polls, showing off its available technology

Osmeña’s running mate also leaves Cebu City councilor’s office bare

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who ran for vice mayor but lost, allegedly removes partition walls, cuts electrical wirings, and saws the newel caps of the railings leading to her former office

STRIPPED BARE. Former councilor Mary Ann delos Santos removes fixtures from her former office before stepping down on June 30, 2019. Photo by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Elections in the era of charismatic politics

Jun 29, 2019 - 2:00 PM

At the epicenter of this earthquake is a discontented citizenry, and it is as much an agent of change as the unorthodox personalities that have found a way to unlock its swirling passions

LOOK: Osmeña strips mayor’s office bare before stepping down

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The outgoing mayor of Cebu says he spent P2 million of his personal money to have a functional office when he assumed the post in 2016 because the city council rejected his request for funds

FIXTURES GONE. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has furniture, fixtures, even tiles removed from the mayor's office on his last day on the job on June 28, 2019. All photos by Marthy John Lubiano/Rappler

Rappler PLUS Exclusive: Investigative report on the 2019 PH Elections

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:45 AM

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Sara Duterte throws big party after HNP poll victory

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Speaker hopefuls flock to the table of President Rodrigo Duterte, the 'thanksgiving dinner' guest of honor, as the homestretch of the speakership race approaches

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte performs a duet with his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New round of voter registration begins August 1

Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The voter registration period will last until September 30

VOTER REGISTRATION. A voter registers for the 2019 elections at Comelec-Quezon City on September 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec upholds decision disqualifying winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Alvin Arcilla argues he is not disqualified and his 3rd term is not counted because he was suspended during his last term in 2016

DICT proposes faster, more transparent way to hold PH elections

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

From using barcode stickers to totally junking Smartmatic's vote counting machines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology proposes new ways to make the Philippine elections faster and more transparent

Comelec to withhold Duterte Youth's certificate of proclamation

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body will hold off on issuing a certificate of proclamation to Duterte Youth until petitions vs party chairman Ronald Cardema are resolved

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (extreme right) faces petitions filed before Comelec challenging his bid for a party-list seat in Congress. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Rebuilding the Left's shattered electoral base

Jun 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

A bastardized party list system weakened the base of progressive parties. What now?

All incoming Cebu City bets meet SOCE deadline

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:03 AM

An election lawyer said that losing candidates do not need to file a SOCE. The winning candidates, on the other hand, have 6 months to file theirs.

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Cebu City COMELEC Board of Canvassers Chairman Chauncey Boholst, proclaims Edgardo “Edgar” Labella as mayor on Tuesday afternoon, May 14. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Millennials PH asks the Commission on Elections to cancel Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for a party-list seat, citing his 'attempt to mislead, misinform, or hide the fact that he is ineligible'

OPPOSTION FILED. Another opposition vs Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema was filed before the poll body on June 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec denies alleged poll fraud amid photo of floating ballot box in Maguindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The Comelec says it is investigating the incident of a ballot box supposedly stolen and found floating in a submerged area behind the Datu Salibo, Maguindanao municipal office

NO FRAUD. The Commission on Elections denies allegations of poll fraud in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao during the 2019 midtem elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

How much did Senate bets spend, receive in 2019 election campaign?

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) Mar Roxas and Bong Go are the biggest spenders and have received the highest amounts of contributions in 2019, based on Statements of Contributions and Expenditures available so far

Comelec disqualifies winning Cebu City councilor

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Comelec says Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla is on his 3rd and final term now, and should not have run in 2019

LAST TERM. The Commission on Elections says Councilor Alvin Arcilla has maxed out his term limit. Photo from Arcilla's Facebook

Senate topnotcher Cynthia Villar reports zero poll contributions

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Senator-elect Cynthia Villar spends P135 million for the recent senatorial polls, with zero 'contributions received'

SENATE TOPNOTCHER. Senator Cynthia Villar spends more than P135 million for the recent senatorial polls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo claims recount win, Marcos calls it ‘self-serving assumption’

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Robredo claims that the recount in 3 pilot provinces selected by Marcos has given her 15,000 more votes, based on unofficial numbers from the electoral tribunal

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Vice President Leni Robredo claims victory at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal but Bongbong Marcos calls the claim "self-serving assumptions."

Too old to be youth official, Cardema now says he represents ‘professionals’

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Election lawyer Emil Marañon III says Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination should be cancelled due to the misrepresentation

DUTERTE YOUTH. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is pictured at the proclamation of winning party-lists in the 2019 elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Duterte Youth's accreditation can be canceled

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon issues the warning after Duterte Youth fails to publish its new set of nominees 5 days after it received the poll body's resolution

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Duterte Youth can loose its accreditation if it did not comply with order to publish its new set of nominees. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec hears petitions vs Duterte Youth's Cardema

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The Commission on Elections en banc tackles oppositions filed against Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema and his qualifications to be a representative in Congress

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections holds a hearing on Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's substitution bid. Fie photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former NYC execs urge Comelec to junk Cardema's bid for Congress

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Former National Youth Commission chairpersons and commissioners agree with election experts that Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema does not meet qualifications to become a youth representative in Congress

DUTERTE YOUTH. In this file photo, Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party lists in 2019 elections even without a Comelec decision on his substitution bid. The Comelec eventually approves the bid on June 4. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardema's party should have been dismissed – Comelec's Guia

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Luie Tito Guia says Ronald Cardema's party-list group Duterte Youth should not have been accredited in the first place

GUIA'S STAND. Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia says Ronald Cardema's party-list group, Duterte Youth, should not have been accredited in the first place. Photo courtesy of Comelec

May 13 elections most accurate, manual audit shows

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The May 13 elections post an overall accuracy rate of 99.9953%, according to the random manual audit of the election results

MANUAL AUDIT. Public school teachers manually count ballots on May 15, 2019, as part of the random manual audit at Diamond Hotel. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: Cardema cannot sit in Congress until age issue resolved

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

'Walang uupo na rep ang D Youth (Duterte Youth) until the DQ (disqualification) versus Cardema is resolved,' says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

QUALIFIED? Experts argue Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema is not qualified to serve as a representative for the youth sector in Congress as he is 4 years over the age limit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

String of disqualification cases filed vs Torres-Gomez, allies in Leyte

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres are no strangers to petitions to disqualify them

WINNERS. Disqualification cases have been filed against (from left) elected Leyte Provincial Board Member Carmen Jean Torres-Rama, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres Gomez, and Merida Mayor Rolando Villasencio.

FALSE: PET ad hoc committee 'confirms cheating' during 2016 elections

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has not made any confirmation or pronouncement on supposed cheating in the 2016 polls