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Comelec’s Guanzon questions substitution bid of Duterte Youth's Cardema

May 22, 2019 - 9:10 AM

(3rd UPDATE) ‘In the certificate of candidacy form of a Cardema, he stated that he is qualified. But is he not over 30 years old?’ says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL COMMISSIONER. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon raises questions on Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's qualifications to become a youth sector representative in the Lower House. 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

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

Comelec says Tarlac bet detained for slapping poll officer

Apr 07, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Ipakukulong kita,' Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon tells Tarlac board member candidate Marty Toralba, who allegedly slapped an election officer

COMELEC RESPONSE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is outraged by a candidate's slapping of an election officer in Camiling, Tarlac.

Poll commissioner raises new question about Cotabato City COC

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:03 PM

This is the second set of discrepancies spotted in relation to the certificate of canvass (COC) of Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro plebiscite

CANVASSING. The ballot box containing the certificate of canvass of Cotabato City is shown on January 24, 2019, during the canvassing session of the Commission on Elections sitting as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

Comelec junks protest vs Makati Mayor Abby Binay

Sep 23, 2016 - 5:39 PM

The Comelec First Division says Romulo Kid Peña Jr did not indicate the particular precincts where voting machines wrongly scanned ballots

THANKING COMELEC. Makati City Mayor Abigail 'Abby' Binay Campos thanks the Commission on Elections for junking the 'sham' protest filed by her rival, Romulo 'Kid' Peña Jr, against her electoral victory. File photo by the Makati City government

Comelec employees alarmed by commissioners' rift

Jun 28, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The Comelec Employees’ Union is deeply concerned that the infighting might adversely affect preparations for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections says it successfully conducted the May 9, 2016, national and local polls in the Philippines despite initial hitches. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Drugs in PH, Comelec on Bautista, abortion victory | 12PM wRap

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:35 PM

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Memo filed vs Comelec chairman's Japan trip

Jun 28, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Commissioner Christian Lim says Chairman Andres Bautista cannot sign his own travel authority to ensure checks and balances in Comelec

NEW MEMO. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim (left) questions the recent trip to Japan of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (right) in a memo dated June 27, 2016. File photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Guanzon: Chairman Bautista should run barangay polls alone

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon’s comment comes after all 6 Comelec commissioners issued a memo criticizing Chairman Andres Bautista for his supposed failed leadership

BARANGAY POLLS. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (right) says Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (left) should run the upcoming barangay elections alone to 'give credit where credit is due.' File photos by Rappler

Comelec commissioners push for dialogue with chairman Bautista

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:25 PM

They also clarify that they re not asking for Bautista s resignation

DIALOGUE. All 6 commissioners of the Commission on Elections are seeking a dialogue with Chairman Andres Bautista. File screenshot by Rappler

Brexit, Comelec conflict, Zika vaccine | 12PM wRap

Jun 24, 2016 - 1:49 PM

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All Comelec commissioners hit Chairman Bautista

Jun 23, 2016 - 10:26 PM

With a heavy heart Comelec commissioners criticize the failed leadership of the Commission on Elections

COMELEC EN BANC. All 6 Comelec commissioners criticize their chairman, Andres Bautista, over a range of issues after the May 9 elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon backs independent system audit

May 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Comelec s Rowena Guanzon says a system audit like the proposal of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr will help the poll body assess the automated election system

INDEPENDENT AUDIT. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon supports an independent third party audit of the automated election system. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Smartmatic: It's Comelec running the show

May 17, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Smartmatic denies that it is overstepping its boundaries after a reported breach in protocol involving a hash code

HASH CODE ISSUE. Comelec's James Jimenez (left) and Smartmatic's Marlon Garcia explain the hash code issue in a news conference after the May 9 elections. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

PH senators, Smartmatic on Comelec, ISS | 6PM wRap

May 17, 2016 - 6:31 PM

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Getting water? Guanzon scolds Smartmatic exec: 'Stay away'

May 17, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon reprimands Smartmatic s Marlon Garcia for getting water in a dining room reserved for poll commissioners

'STAY AWAY.' Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (right) scolds Smartmatic's Marlon Garcia for getting water in a dining room reserved for poll commissioners. Photos of Garcia and Guanzon from Comelec EId

Proclamation of 12 senators set for May 19

May 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the National Board of Canvassers will proclaim the new senators along with newly elected party list groups

PROCLAMATION SET. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) is set to proclaim all 12 winning senators on May 19. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Smartmatic: No intention of leaving Philippines

May 17, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Smartmatic says it is unnecessary that Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wants to bar the company s officials from leaving the country

'BREACH' EXPLAINED. Smartmatic Philippines general manager Elie Moreno holds a news conference with Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista after the technology provider was accused of breaching election-related protocol. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

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May 16, 2016 - 7:35 PM

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Guanzon to Comelec: Bar Smartmatic from leaving

May 16, 2016 - 2:41 PM

UPDATED Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon urges her colleagues to act with haste and dispatch on her request against technology provider Smartmatic

'PROBE SMARTMATIC.' Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum on May 16, 2016, urging her colleagues to bar Smartmatic from leaving the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Smartmatic personnel should stay in PH pending probe

May 15, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic executives and personnel should remain in the country until the investigation on the breach of the poll body s protocols is completed

COMELEC PROBE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic may be liable for breaching the poll body's protocols, even if this did not alter the election figures. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Overseas absentee voting: Duterte, Marcos win

May 14, 2016 - 11:24 PM

In the tight vice presidential race the difference between the overseas votes of Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Leni Robredo is around 86 700

Comelec’s Guanzon slams Smartmatic over hash code

May 13, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be liable for the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be held liable for an unauthorized change in an election-related hash code. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Polls close in most parts of Philippines

May 09, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Polling stations where voting machines were replaced are open until 6 pm

HIGHLY ENGAGED. More than 54 million Filipinos were registered to vote on 09 May to elect a new President, Vice President, 12 senators and more than 18,000 regional and local positions. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Comelec replaces 150 VCMs

May 09, 2016 - 2:44 PM

Vote counting machine glitches have been reported in various localities nationwide since polls opened at 6 am

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon: ‘There will be no failed election’

May 08, 2016 - 6:24 PM

The Comelec is ready for the country’s third automated elections – from human personnel down to the machines

READY. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Comelec is ready a day before the national elections. Photo from Rappler

#PHVote wRap: Interview with Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon

May 08, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon talks to Cheche Lazaro about the elections

READY. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Comelec is ready a day before the national elections. Photo from Rappler

Jones town in Isabela now under Comelec control

May 06, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The Comelec en banc approves the recommendation of its regional official following the death of two local candidates in April

Last minute, again: Comelec to lease more satellite devices

May 05, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon who dissented says of the decision to lease more BGAN satellite devices: Why only now?

LAST MINUTE. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) makes another last-minute decision: to lease BGAN satellite devices for the May 9 elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marawi, Abra soon under 'Comelec control'

May 03, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says the poll body for one totally prohibits firearms in areas under Comelec control

'COMELEC CONTROL.' The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to place Marawi City as well as Abra under 'Comelec control,' Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says. File photo by Karl Grobl

Comelec on mall voting, Diwata-1, Apple’s sales | 6PM wRap

Apr 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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Lanao del Norte town 'under Comelec control'

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:45 PM

This ensures that voters will not be discouraged from voting because of armed groups says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

TIGHT SECURITY. A member of the Regional Public Safety Battalion stands guard outside the town hall of Pantar, Lanao del Norte town hall. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Mall voting: 13 days to go, Comelec still undecided

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:13 PM

This comes as the Comelec draws flak for its supposed lack of urgency in its preparations for the May 9 polls

MALL VOTING? Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body remains undecided on mall voting as of April 26, 2016. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Top Comelec exec opposes mall voting

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:46 AM

Election watchdog PPCRV also questions the mall voting proposal of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

TOP EXEC. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim, the poll body's steering committee head for the 2016 elections, now opposes the proposal to conduct voting in malls. File photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Commissioner Guanzon on Comelec leak: Who's at fault?

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon also appeals to hackers: Sige na you na Ikaw na yun Genius na kayo Tama na

HACKER ARRESTED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (center) on April 21, 2016, presents the suspected hacker of the poll body's website. Hours later, the Comelec draws flak for the huge data leak after the hacking. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec's Guanzon hits 'disgusting' Duterte rape joke

Apr 20, 2016 - 5:21 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says she will propose a Code of Conduct for Candidates and will reform election rules to emphasize gender sensitivity and gender equality

RAPE JOKE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon hits Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his 'disgusting' joke about the 1989 rape of an Australian missionary. Photo of Duterte by Alecs Ongcal; photo of Guanzon by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Smartmatic donates paper for voting receipts

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:31 PM

While the Comelec accepts this donation Commissioner Rowena Guanzon asserts it is graft to accept 1 1 million rolls of thermal paper from Smartmatic

THERMAL PAPER. The paper to be used in voting receipts (in photo) will be donated by technology provider Smartmatic. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec junks vote canvassing, Al Jazeera, higher temperatures | 12PM wRap

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:26 PM

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Comelec junks planned canvassing in Manila Hotel

Apr 12, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The Comelec unanimously decides to hold the national canvassing of votes in the government owned PICC as in previous years

CANVASSING SET-UP? This is reportedly the mock set-up for the national canvassing of votes for the May 9 elections. Comelec reporters took photos of this mock set-up on April 5, 2016.

Comelec junks P26M 'bib vests' for teachers

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:54 PM

UPDATED Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says 5 of 7 poll executives sent written memos to cancel the purchase of election day uniforms

P26.5-MILLION DEAL. The Comelec will require teachers serving in the elections to wear these 'bib vest' uniforms in the May 9 polls. The Comelec is buying thousands of these for a total cost of P26.5 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec eyes canvassing of votes in Manila Hotel

Apr 02, 2016 - 8:09 AM

This is set to be a first for the Comelec which for years has held the national canvassing of votes at the government owned PICC

CANVASSING SITE? The Comelec is considering to hold the canvassing of votes for senators and party-list representatives in the Manila Hotel, a private 5-star facility, instead of the government-owned PICC. Photo from Manila Hotel's Facebook page

Duterte hits Comelec’s Guanzon for ‘palpable bias’

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s lawyers should ‘not use the media’ to pressure the poll body

DUTERTE VS GUANZON. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon to inhibit herself from hearing his cases before the poll body. Photo of Duterte by Alecs Ongcal; photo of Guanzon by Joel Liporada/Rappler

SC oral arguments, Duterte vs Roxas, Pacquiao-Bradley 3 | 6PM wRap

Jan 20, 2016 - 8:42 PM

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Did Guanzon hide photos with anti-Duterte lawyer?

Jan 20, 2016 - 3:06 PM

UPDATED Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is set to appeal a Comelec order allowing Commissioner Rowena Guanzon to hear cases against him

MISSING PHOTOS? The background shows Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (1st from left) with lawyer Maria Sheila Bazar (2nd) in a public Facebook photo uploaded on December 26, 2011. The foreground shows the error message supposedly received by the camp of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when they tried to access the background photo again on January 12. Duterte's camp submitted both the background and foreground images to the Comelec as part of a motion to inhibit Guanzon.

Poe vs Comelec, approved PH bills, ISIS Android app | 12PM wRap

Jan 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM

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Comelec division: Guanzon can hear Duterte cases

Jan 18, 2016 - 6:53 PM

I am very independent minded Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon tells Rappler as critics claim conflict of interest

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte submits to the Comelec this purported screen shot of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (1st from left) with lawyer Maria Sheila Bazar (2nd) in a public Facebook photo uploaded on December 26, 2011. Photo from Duterte's motion submitted to Comelec

Duterte: Comelec's Guanzon should inhibit in my case

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The presidential candidate says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is a close friend of Sheila Bazar lawyer of an anti Duterte petitioner

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte submits to the Comelec this screen shot of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (1st from left) with lawyer Maria Sheila Bazar (2nd) in a Facebook photo uploaded on December 26, 2011. Photo from Duterte's motion submitted to Comelec

Ex-Corona prosecutor is Comelec lead counsel vs Poe

Jan 15, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim is the poll body s lead counsel in the cases filed against it by Senator Grace Poe before the Supreme Court

LEAD COUNSEL. Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim, the poll body's lead counsel in the cases filed by Senator Grace Poe, once served as a private prosecutor in the impeachment trial of then chief justice Renato Corona. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler