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Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Romulo Macalintal – from election lawyer to candidate

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

For more than 3 decades, Macalintal fought for others to win in elections. This time, he is embarking on a whole new battle – the senatorial race.

Marawi rehab task force to seek exemption from election spending ban

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The task force wants to conduct procurement and begin building structures in Marawi City even during the March 29 to May 12 period when public spending and construction of public works is prohibited

A ‘time capsule’ was laid on Marawi City’s Rizal Park to formally signal the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-torn city.

Briones to DepEd teachers, employees: Do not engage in politics

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It is very, very clear in the Constitution that employees belonging to the civil service like us must behave and exhibit what is described as political neutrality,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

ELECTION REMINDER. Education Secretary Leonor Briones asks teachers and employees of the department to stay neutral during the election period. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz

Andaya seeks probe into ‘missing’ budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo previously said the reenacted budget will not affect the BOL as 'the budget for this was already included in the 2018 budget'

BUDGET PROBE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr accuses DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno of "forgetting" to allocate funds for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Screenshot by Rappler

More than 2.8M voters to take part in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body expects a voter turnout rate of at least 75%

VOTERS. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join the start of campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Hired killers strike in Ilocos Sur and Abra just before gun ban

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Two are killed in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, and another one in Pilar, Abra, days before the gun ban's start on January 13

PNP recalls politicians’ police escorts for 2019 polls

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:23 AM

The routine recall is done to prevent election violence and the politicization of the police force

RECALLED. Hundreds of cops are gathered in Camp Crame as part of the election ban on keeping police escorts. PSPG Photo.

Don't pay 'permit to campaign' fees to NPA, warns DILG

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says candidates and local officials found paying fees to gain access to rebel strongholds will face sanctions

ARMED STRUGGLE. Fighters of the NPA's Melito Glor Command march from their bases to celebrate the Party's founding on December 27, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec, police inspect checkpoints as 2019 election period begins

Jan 13, 2019 - 12:32 AM

'Hihigpitan natin ngayon. Dapat 2019 ay mas honest at credible at mas peaceful 'yung 2019 elections,' says Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas

ELECTION KICK-OFF. Police officers participate in the Unity Walk, interfaith prayer rally, and peace covenant signing for Eleksyon 2019 at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Survey says: How 2019 senatorial bets are faring so far

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Reelectionists and former senators are in the lead, some newcomers are gaining ground, while the rest still have to catch up if they want to be in the 'Magic 12' in the May 2019 polls

Obama protege Julian Castro set to join 2020 race

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The Obama-era housing secretary would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 presidential race

OBAMA PROTEGE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2016, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro addresses the North American Building Trades Union National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Opposition senatorial bets eye Western Visayas vote

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon says Region 6 will 'play an important role for Otso,' referring to the opposition's Otso Diretso senatorial candidates

OTSO DIRETSO. Senator Franklin Drilon (3rd, left) with opposition senatorial candidates (from left) Samira Gutoc, Erin Tañada, Senator Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, and Romy Macalintal gamely gesture the “Korean finger heart” after a press conference in Iloilo City on January 11, 2018. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Mar Roxas says Ilonggo support won’t make him complacent

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:08 PM

In their first sortie, the coalition candidates go to Capiz, Roxas’ home province and bailiwick

KICK-OFF. Ahead of the start of the election period, opposition senatorial bets led by Manuel Roxas II launch a series of town hall meetings in Roxas City on January 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Trump campaign chief wanted polling data to go to Ukrainian oligarchs – report

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:57 PM

CNN says the development demonstrates Paul Manafort had an interest in taking money from a foreign country while he led Trump's campaign

CAMPAIGN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on June 15, 2018, Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at US District Court on in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

43% of Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia

Jan 09, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Grace Poe retains her solo lead in the December 2018 survey, with Senator Cynthia Villar following her closely 5 months before the midterm elections

VOTERS. Voters look for their names in a polling precinct on May 9, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: 2019 election-related bans

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The gun ban, for instance, will be enforced during the entire election period, from January 13 to June 12

CAMPAIGN FRENZY. In this file photo, motorists drive past campaign posters during midterm elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Game changers

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?

Daraga Mayor Baldo must first consent to Lakas-CMD withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Lakas-CMD withdraws Carlwyn Baldo's nomination after police tagged him as the alleged mastermind in AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's murder

CARLWYN BALDO. Photo of Baldo from his Facebook page.

Gloves come off as Greek elections loom

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:59 PM

With the ballot scheduled for October but expected as early as March, hostility between the ruling leftist Syriza party and the frontrunning New Democracy conservatives has hit fever pitch

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, wearing a tie, waves before addressing the parliamentary group of leftist Syriza and coalition partner Independent Greeks in Athens, on June 22, 2018, after Eurozone financial ministers have agreed to complete the eight-year bailout program for Greece. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on June 22, 2018 said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy. The eurozone ministers' agreement comes nearly a decade after Athens finances spun out of control, sparking three bailouts and threatening the country's euro membership. Tsipras, who hates ties and hasn't worn one since becoming prime minister in 2015, had pledged at the time he would wear one "only when (Greece's) debt is cut".  Milos Bicanski / AFP

Party withdraws nomination of mayor tagged in Batocabe slay

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Reelectionist Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo 'is no longer the official candidate of Lakas-CMD,' the political party tells the Commission on Elections

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

DR Congo on edge as deadline for election result looms

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Frustrations have been building steadily since the election after the authorities cut Internet access and blocked broadcasts by Radio France Internationale

A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. - The Democratic Republic of Congo on December 31, 2018 began counting ballots from a presidential election marked by delays and fears of violence and vote-rigging, straining hopes for its first-ever peaceful transfer of power. (Photo by Marco LONGARI / AFP)

Comelec approves petitions of 20 LGUs to join Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:52 PM

In its first batch of decisions, the poll body also thumbs down the petition of 24 other local government units

APPROVED. The Comelec approved the petition of 20 local government units for voluntary inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Graphic by Janina Malinis

108 Ilocos police chiefs reshuffled ahead of 2019 elections

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

This is being done to prevent the local police chiefs from getting 'too familiar' with their counterpart local officials

RESHUFFLED. Over a hundred Ilocos police chiefs are reshuffled ahead of the 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DR Congo curbs French radio station RFI in tension vote

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Authorities revoke Radio France Internationale correspondent Florence Morice for alleged violation of electoral law and code of good conduct for foreign journalists

REVOKED. The DR Congo government withdraws RFI correspondent Florence Maurice's coverage accreditation over alleged breach of election laws. Photo from Twitter

Bangladesh arrests journalist over election reporting

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:45 PM

If convicted, Mollah could face up to 14 years in jail under a draconian anti-press law that was toughed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last year

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Western powers urge DR Congo to restore Internet

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Internet access is cut on Monday afternoon for an indefinite period on the orders of the government, says internet operator Global

POLL. A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

South Africa launches minimum wage ahead of election

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'Millions of South African workers will benefit. This is the result of many decades of tireless struggle and is a powerful demonstration of the shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality,' says South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

NEW YEAR. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa gives his new year's address. Screengrab from the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Youtube

Democrat Warren enters 2020 White House race

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'Corruption is poisoning our democracy. Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers and while big oil companies destroy this planet,' says Senator Elizabeth Warren

ELIZABETH WARREN. In this file photo taken on October 13, 2018 US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury, Massachusetts. File photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Bangladesh election chief rejects call for new vote

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Bangladesh Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda rejects the opposition's demand for an election rerun for lack of 'scope'

NO RERUNS. Bangladesh' election chief K.M. Nurul Huda says the polls ran successfully. File Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh PM wins election landslide as opponents demand new vote

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Deadly violence that blighted the election campaign spills over into voting day, even as authorities imposed tight security with 600,000 troops, police and other security forces deployed across the country

RESULTS. Bangladeshi people read a newspaper carrying headlines of the general election results in Dhaka on December 31, 2018. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Make 2019 a game-changer

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The outlook is grim, even dire, for 2019. But there's hope, and we are the game-changers

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:05 AM

The presidential ballot is originally scheduled for April 20, which many observers had considered unrealistic

Bangladesh TV station shut, 7 journalists assaulted on election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Cable operators took Jamuna TV off air without giving us any explanation,' says Fahim Ahmed, the station's chief news editor

OFF AIR. Jamuna TV is unable to broadcast to the public on election day in Bangladesh. Photo of Bangladeshi pedestrians by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Volatile DR Congo votes after two-year delay

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Analysts say the threat of violence is great, given the many organizational problems and wide-ranging suspicion of President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down

POLLS. A man casts his vote at the Katendere voting centre in Goma on December 30, 2018. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Deaths, vote-rigging claims hit Bangladesh election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(4th UPDATE) The election-day deaths brought to 18 the official police toll for election violence since the ballot was announced on November 8

VOTE. Bangladesh headed to the polls on December 30 following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

'Worse every day': Afghans expect 2019 to be even deadlier

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Ordinary Afghans say they feel increasingly despondent about the future as the Taliban and ISIS carry out almost daily attacks

BURIAL. Afghan Shiite mourners and relatives attend a burial ceremony for the 35 victims of a suicide attack in a Shiite mosque in Gardez of Paktia province on August 4, 2018. Photo by Farid Zahir/AFP

PNP places 18 areas on election watchlist

Dec 29, 2018 - 6:57 PM

These towns and cities fall 'Category 3,' meaning there have been incidents of election-related violence involving officials vying for elected posts

ELECTION HOTSPOT. The Philippine National Police identifies 18 towns and cities aa 'areas of grave concern' for the 2019 elections. Photo of ballot boxes by Mau Victa/Rappler;  Photo of police by Darren Langit/Rappler

600,000 deployed for Bangladesh vote marred by violence

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Authorities deploy about 600,000 police, army and other security forces ahead of Sunday's vote, following a deadly campaign of clashes and the arrests of opposition activists

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh election campaign ends with new death, arrests

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Weeks of street protests and violent clashes during the campaign season leaves at least 10 people dead, and thousands of election party workers and supporters arrested

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Gloria Arroyo cleared of electoral sabotage in 2007 polls case

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasay court does not believe in the credibility of the whistleblower, former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas

CLEARED. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is cleared of electoral sabotage in the alleged rigging of the 2007 senatorial elections. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Volatile DR Congo braces for troubled election

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If all goes well, one will be sworn in on January 18 – the very first time that the DRC will have achieved a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence in 1960

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo joint opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu sing and dance as they wait for him to address the crowd after his arrival in Kinshasa to launch his campaign on November 21, 2018. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Strike call, protests in DR Congo after new election delay

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Demonstrators took the streets after the Democratic Republic of Congo's national election panel announced that elections will be postponed in several areas until March

DELAYED ELECTIONS. Electoral banners are displayed in the Ndjili district of Kinshasa on December 19, 2018, after campaigning for Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections was called off in Kinshasa by the authorities on security grounds. File Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Bangladesh election campaign ends in anger

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

At least 6 people from both opposing parties have been killed since the start of election campaign in November due to heated rallies among their respective supporters

HEATED. Bangladeshi pedestrians walk under posters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League election candidates hanging over a street during the general election campaign in Dhaka on December 21, 2018. File Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

After Batocabe slay, Comelec mulls control over Daraga

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Local Comelec officials have expressed concern that the current situation could worsen political rivalries and lead to more violent incidents in the area

COMELEC CONTROL. The Commission on Elections says it is eyeing to place under its control the municipality of Daraga, Albay by January 2019.

After Batocabe slay, House minority calls for 'violence-free' 2019 elections

Dec 27, 2018 - 3:04 PM

House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez says late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe died a 'true public servant,' and calls for a violence-free elections

CONDEMN. House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez  condemns the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Afghan election organizers mull delaying presidential vote

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The country's Independent Election Commission says a delay in schedule is eyed to avoid problems which occurred during its October parliamentary election

ELECTIONS. Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Bangladesh journalists attacked ahead of poll

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Authorities reject allegations that police did not respond to the attack in time

Silent opposition counts on viral votes in Bangladesh election

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party says many of its candidates have been too scared to campaign in public and fear violent intimidation

BANGLADESH ELECTIONS. Bangladeshi pedestrians walk under posters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League election candidates hanging over a street during the general election campaign in Dhaka on December 21, 2018. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP