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IN PHOTOS: Polling precincts open nationwide

May 13, 2019 - 7:36 AM

Voters troop to polling precincts to choose their senators, House representatives, and local officials

First batch of voters enter the San Antonio National HS in Makati as the polling precinct opens #PHVote Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler via Twitter

In Aklan, public markets, covered courts are polling places, too

May 11, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Comelec in the province also sets up voting precincts in day care centers, barangay halls, and health centers to accommodate voters on May 13

AKLAN POLLS. Voters verify their names on the voters' list in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

After last-minute glitches, Comelec precinct finder ready for voters

May 10, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Before the launch of the poll body's precinct finder voters said the online platform showed inaccurate information

VOTER REGISTRATION. Registered voters report being listed as "deactivated" on the now-suspended Comelec precinct finder days before the May 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

Polls closed: Lost, late voters miss barangay, SK elections 2018

May 14, 2018 - 8:59 PM

They offer various reasons – from having to look for their assigned precincts for hours, to having gotten off their work close to 3 pm, to mistakenly thinking the polls would be open until 5 pm

Polling in Brgy. Commonwealth, QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Anger, helplessness drive kin of drug war victims to name 'killer' cop

Apr 29, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Manila Police District says the families need to appear before police to execute an affidavit if they want the killings to be investigated

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Apr 28, 2017 - 11:39 AM

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Witnesses name Manila policeman behind drug-related summary killings

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Witnesses interviewed during the 3-month investigation led by Patricia Evangelista name Police Officer 3 Ronald Alvarez of the Delpan Community Precinct as the alleged killer behind at least 4 drug-related deaths

Impunity: Welcome to the end of the war

Feb 07, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head They were fired says Heart’s sister Arianne by officers of the Philippine National Police

More than 100 precincts report 100% voter turnout

May 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

While a 100 turnout in certain precincts may show increased diligence in fulfilling civic duties experts view it with suspicion a possible indicator of poll cheating

INDIGENOUS VOTE. Filipino Igor Nikolai Cawed (L), member of an Igorot Tribe, casts his vote inside a polling center in the mountainous village of Baguio City, Philippines, 09 May 2016. Over 54 million eligible Filipinos vote for a new President, Vice President, 12 senators and more than 18,000 regional and local positions. EPA/STR

Women supporters of Madalum mayoral bet guard VCMs with sandals

May 08, 2016 - 1:30 AM

Supporters of Madalum mayoral bet Mila Gainal fight off soldiers with their sandals to prevent vote counting machines from being moved to the town hall

Security and crowd control measures up at Duterte's precinct

May 07, 2016 - 7:30 AM

A Davao City police spokesperson calls for vigilance but says security is not an issue in Davao

ELEVATED SECURITY. A Davao City Police Office spokesperson says security will not be complacent in the home precinct of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. File photo/Rappler

How to prevent cheating with the vote-counting machines

May 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Know the weak features of this animal called the VCM that the unscrupulous might exploit on election day

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

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

Comelec bans using cellphones in polling precincts

Apr 09, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says photos taken via cellphones for one can be used to buy votes

NO CELLPHONES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirms on April 9, 2016, that the poll body has banned the use of cellphones in election precincts on May 9. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Selfies not allowed in polling precincts

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Mandaue City Election Officer Ferdinand Gujilde says those who bring their voters receipts out of the polling place will face up to 6 years imprisonment

24,000 voting machines stuck in Customs

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:08 PM

44 of the 97 000 vote counting machines needed for the May polls are in the Philippines They include the ones that the customs bureau has yet to release

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: 54.4M registered voters for 2016 polls

Jan 05, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The Comelec also sets up more clustered precincts for the national and local elections on May 9

VOTERS' REGISTRATION. Voters fill out forms as they register at a Commission on Elections office in Quezon City on October 30, 2015, a day before the deadline for voters to register. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec downplays errors in online voter records

Oct 28, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The Comelec says its IT department is ‘pretty much standing by the results of the Precinct Finder ’ after a Rappler story pointed out errors in this online database

'NO BIO, NO BOTO.' An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event in a mall on July 4, 2015. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Warning: These Comelec errors can cost your vote

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Voters report errors in the Comelec’s Precinct Finder – supposedly the authoritative source for Filipinos to know if they’re eligible to vote

CAN YOU VOTE? The Comelec on October 23, 2015, shows this set-up for large-scale voting in malls – a first in the Philippines – even as many voters remain unregistered for the 2016 elections. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bad labels prompt Comelec to rename voting machines

Sep 17, 2015 - 8:04 PM

‘Yung PCOS tinatawag Hocus PCOS Tapos po itong OMR naman may narinig po kami ‘O Mar’ daw ’ Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells lawmakers

CALL THEM 'VCM.' The Comelec now prefers to use the name VCM – 'vote-counting machines' – to refer to the machines Filipinos will use in the next elections. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

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

Philippines’ voting machines to be made in China

Aug 25, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Comelec downplays concerns that the West Philippine Sea dispute can affect the manufacturing of voting machines

MADE IN CHINA. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the Philippines expects Smartmatic to deliver voting machines by January 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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

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

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

PPCRV to Comelec: 'Bite bullet,' lease more Smartmatic machines

Aug 06, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III however asks: What will the Comelec do with the 82 000 PCOS machines it already bought from Smartmatic in 2012?

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 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

SM malls agree to host voting precincts

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:20 PM

This brings to 95 the number of malls that can host polling precincts in the Philippines 2016 presidential elections

VOTING IN MALLS. The Philippines' biggest mall operator, SM, offers its malls to become voting centers in the 2016 elections. File photo courtesy of SM

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

After Robinsons, Comelec mulls elections in SM malls

Jul 14, 2015 - 5:10 PM

This will enhance the voting experience of our voters It s a win win in several respects Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says

VOTING IN MALLS. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body is set to meet with SM to discuss the possibility of voting in SM malls. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

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

Hybrid poll system demonstrated in mock election

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:19 PM

The Comelec is present in a demo of the Precinct Automated Tallying System PATaS a semi automated system pushed as an alternative to the PCOS machines and the current fully automated polls

PATAS TEST RUN. An IT personnel prepares the equipment that will be used in Saturday's mock elections for the PATaS in Bacoor City, Cavite. Photo by Namfrel

Webcams proposed to guard 2016 ballots

May 29, 2015 - 6:54 PM

The Commission on Elections mulls the semi automated process proposed by an election watchdog

Comelec on Iqbal nephew: Focus on performance

May 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirms that newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

IQBAL'S NEPHEW. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas (1st from left), a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, poses with newly appointed Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (2nd) and Commissioner Luie Guia (3rd) when Bautista visited his office on May 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Guanzon

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

Iqbal nephew? Comelec's Abas quietly takes oath

May 07, 2015 - 7:50 PM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal refuses to confirm or deny if newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is his nephew

MISSING MEMBER. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas isn't able to join his two fellow new Comelec appointees – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (3rd) – during their oath-taking in Manila. With Bautista and Guanzon, Commissioners Christian Lim (1st) and Luie Guia (4th) also pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2 bids, 1 choice to seal fate of 2016 elections

May 06, 2015 - 12:33 PM

By July the Comelec is set to decide whether to repair its existing vote counting machines or buy 100 000 new ones for the elections in 2016

POLL BODY. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon (3rd), and Luie Guia (4th) – pose for photos during Bautista and Guanzon's oath-taking on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler