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Marcos seeks recount of votes in 20 areas

MANILA, June 29 — A day before the formal oath taking into office of Vice-President-elect Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday personally filed before the Supreme Court (SC), as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), his election protest against the outgoing 3rd District congresswoman of Camarines Sur. […]

SC junking petition vs. resolution on SOCE deadline extension happy news for Comelec

MANILA — The Commission on Elections welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) denying the petition seeking to nullify the poll body’s resolution extending the deadline for the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). Commissioner Rowena Guanzon noted that the ruling is good […]

Comelec campaign finance office chief threatens to quit Monday

MANILA — The only known reason a Comelec official is set to quit his post is due to “unacceptable policy shift” of the poll body. Commissioner Christian Robert Lim is set to resign as head of the Campaign Finance Office on Monday next week to the Comelec en banc. Asked […]

Smartmatic executives, Comelec IT rep, face raps filed by Bongbong Marcos

MANILA — The camp of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday filed criminal cases before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office (MPO) against Smartmatic executives and an Information Technology (IT) representative of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for their alleged unauthorized change of the script in the […]

Marcos’ camp still hopeful Comelec will allow system audit

In the heels of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives’ start of canvass of votes for president and vice president on Wednesday, May 25, the camp of vice presidential candidate-Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is hoping that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will approve their request to conduct a system […]

Bongbong Marcos to ask for system audit of automated election system

MANILA, May 18 — The camp of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is set to ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to open the Automated Election System for a systems audit after uncovering irregularities while tabulating results of the May 9 elections based on the Certificates of […]

Results: Philippine Election 2016

Results: Philippine Election 2016, the Unofficial count of Cbanga360-Bicol Street Journal based on the Comelec-GMA mirror server. PRESIDENT DUTERTE, RODY 15,951,891 VOTES 38.58% ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID 9,695,934 VOTES 23.45% POE, GRACE 8,934,418 VOTES 21.61% BINAY, JOJO 5,316,392 VOTES 12.86% DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM 1,424,422 VOTES 3.44% VICE PRESIDENT ROBREDO, LENI […]

Comelec to hold special elections on May 14 for areas with voting failure

MANILA — A total of 52 clustered precincts from 11 towns, many in the Autonumous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will hold a special voting on Saturday, May 14. This was confirmed as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared failure of elections in 11 municipalities in the […]

What’s cooking in Comelec? Automated with turtle paced result update

Trust and confidence in the poll body was bolstered with the quick upload of partial but unofficial results through poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible voting and print media entities mirroring returns on their websites. But the national and local elections was held on May 9, 2016, and four […]

May 9, 2016, Let the local and national elections voting begin

MANILA — The 55.4 million registered voters, or a percentage of it, will troop to their polling precincts today to vote for their bets. So, today, May 9, 2016 let the local and national elections voting begin. This, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is 100-percent ready to […]

AFP, PNP has order to shoot drones in no fly-zones on election period

These areas are no-fly zones during #election2016 as the Armed forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police has order to enforce and shoot down drones. The Civil Aviation Administration of the Philippines has identified and declared three areas in Metro Manila as no-fly zones during and after the […]

Comelec restores site, using 7 layers of protection against hackers

After its website was hacked last March, the Commission on Elections just gave a strong assurance that restored website which will also display results of the May 9, 2016 elections will be firewalled from malicious users and hackers. Learning from its mistake, the agency said adequate security measures are put […]

Poll body set to hold final test and sealing of 92,509 VCMs this week

MANILA — As the Philippine elections near the final homestretch, the poll body is set to hold the final testing and sealing of the vote counting machines this week. The focus of activity will be the conduct by the Commission on Elections of a one-day event participated in by designated […]

3-Day local absentee voting starts Wednesday, April 27

MANILA – Election is on! That is for the more than 24,000 local absentee voters who can now cast votes beginning today, Wednesday, April 27 but only until Friday, April 29. The Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) chief Rowena Guanzon said those who registered under the LAV to participate […]

Smartmatic says results will be known 24 hours after election

MANILA — Smartmatic International, the tech firm handling the automated election system of the Commission on Elections for the May 9, 2016 general elections reported that it will deploy some 45,000 technicians in all of the 36,788 voting centers as well as in the canvassing centers. “Everywhere where there will […]

Second round of PH presidential debates tonight at UP-Cebu auditorium

Are you watching the second round of the presidential debates? Today, March 20, the candidates will again have their verbal clash with one hour extension as compared to the last. The Visayas round still under the auspices of the Commission on Elections will happen at the auditorium of the University […]

Ruling on issuance of voter receipts on May 9 elections final – SCOTP

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc on Thursday affirmed with finality its earlier ruling ordering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to activate the printing of the voter receipt on the May 9 synchronized automated national elections. The justices voted 12-0. The ruling was made after the conduct […]

Poe is a natural-born Filipino citizen – SCOTP

This should completely erase the doubt. Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares is a natural-born Filipino and also complied with the residency requirement to run for president in the May 9, 2016 elections. This was declared by the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) in a 47-page decision released on Friday on the […]

Comelec should immediately work to comply with ruling on ballot receipts – Marcos

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has to focus its attention in complying with the decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines requiring the vote counting machines (VCMs) to be used in the May 9 polls to print ballot receipts. According to vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, […]

Poll watchdogs PPCRV, NAMFREL, welcomes SCOTP ruling on voter receipts

Accredited poll watchdog group Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is convinced that the latter is in a difficult situation as far as the preparations for the forthcoming elections, particularly the order of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) to issue a […]

Due to SCOTP order, Comelec eyes postponement of May 2016 elections

Due to the recent order of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) to produce voter receipts on Election Day, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking at the possibility of postponing the May 9 national and local polls. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that moving the elections was […]

Bicol vice presidential bets Robredo, Escudero, top political advertisers on ABS-CBN

Robredo, Escudero, top political advertisers on ABS-CBN. Independent Partido Galing at Puso vice-presidential candidate Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Daang Matuwid Coalition Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Ma. Leonor Robredo topped the list among candidates for national position who have spent more for television advertising with ABS-CBN alone. According to the Philippine […]

SCOTP rules POE qualified to run for president in May 9 polls

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc ruled on Tuesday that Partido Galing at Puso standard bearer Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares is qualified to run for president in the May 9, 2016 elections. The SC Public Information Office Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te, in a statement, said […]

Netizens accuse LP illegaly using government vehicle, resources, personnel in campaign for Daang Matuwid team

Netizens accuse Liberal Party illegaly using government vehicle, resources, personnel in campaign for Daang Matuwid team Malacanang on Friday said the Philippine Commission on Elections should investigate complaints that the Aquino administarion-supported Liberal Party was using government vehicles in the campaign sorties of Manuel Roxas II. Persistent and sensitive users […]

Counting machine validates vote in 44 seconds, amaze Comelec officials

Counting machine validates vote in 44 seconds, amaze Comelec officials. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday launched in Laoag City the new vote counting machine (VCM) which can validate votes in 44 seconds. Laoag City Election Officer Atty. Julius Harvey P. Balbas said that the machine is an updated […]

No fisherfolk should be left behind – Mar Roxas

Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II vowed on Sunday that he will take concrete steps to modernize the country’s fisheries system if he is elected in the May 9 national polls. Roxas shared his plans during the first Presidential Debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in […]

Duterte vows to deal decisively with crime, rice cartels

If elected to the presidency in the coming May 9 elections, PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Sunday to eliminate crime and rice cartels within the first few months of his six-year term. He made the statement during the second round of the first Pilipinas Debates, which was held […]

The qualities of the next president according to Sen. Miriam Santiago

Presidential candidate and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said the next leader of the country should have moral excellency apart from being excellent academically and professionally. In her statement during the Presidential Debate held in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, the lawmaker said she believes that it is important that […]

Video: Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 5th Oral Arguments at SCOTP

Video: Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 5th Oral Arguments G.R. No. 221697 at SCOTP. This is the fifth live stream coverage of the Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 4rth Oral Arguments G.R. No. 221697 from the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP). Follow the update on the disqualification case for the presidential run of […]

Comelec to conduct mock elections in 20 cities and towns nationwide

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to conduct mock elections on 13 February 2016 in 20 cities and municipalities nationwide, in preparation for the 9 May 2016 national and local elections. According to Comelec, the mock elections will test and ensure the adequate security, accuracy, system and functional capability […]

Live Stream: Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 4rth Oral Arguments at SCOTP

Live Stream: Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 4rth Oral Arguments at SCOTP This is the fourth live stream coverage of the Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 4rth Oral Arguments G.R. No. 221697 from the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP). Follow the update on the disqualification case for the presidential run of Senator Grace […]

Comelec to start printing of 55.7 million ballots for May 2016 elections

The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) will start printing of more than 55.7 million official ballots for the May 9 polls at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City on Monday. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that the start of ballot printing will involve the dry run of the […]

Commission on Elections OK’s presidential candidacy of Duterte

The Philippine Commission on Elections OK’s candidacy of Duterte. This after the Comelec First Division unanimously denied the four disqualification cases filed against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit. Dismissed petitions include one filed by Ruben H. Castor. The Petition to Deny Due Course and/or […]

Live Stream: Poe- Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 3rd Oral Arguments at SCOTP

This is the third live stream coverage of the Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 3rd Oral Arguments G.R. No. 221697 from the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP). Follow the update on the disqualification case for the presidential run of Senator Grace Poe. Starts Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 2:00 o’clock PM […]

Live Stream: Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 2nd Oral Arguments at SCOTP

This is the second live stream coverage of the Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 2nd Oral Arguments G.R. No. 221697 from the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP). Follow the update on the disqualification case for the presidential run of Senator Grace Poe. Starts at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2015, […]

Live Stream: Oral arguments on DQ case of Sen. Poe at SCOTP

Follow the update on the disqualification case for the presidential run of Senator Grace Poe. Here, sharing the live stream coverage as the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday begin the oral arguments on the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe. The Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec Oral Arguments G.R. […]

Preliminary conference on Poe DQ case begins Thursday at SCOTP

It’s all set. On Thursday, Jan 14, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc begins the preliminary conference on disqualification case of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which earlier ordered the delisting of her name in the ballot for the May 9, 2016 presidential […]

These voters will elect the next president of the Philippines in 2016

It is final. The Philippine Commission on Elections has released the final report of registered voters that will elect the next president, vice president, 12 senators, and other elective local government officials by May 9, 2016. And 54,363,329 registered voters valid to cast their votes will make their final choice, […]

Round One: SCOTP stops Poe’s DQ in 2016 presidential polls

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday from enforcing its decision that disqualified Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares from running in the 2016 presidential polls. NEWS: TRO from Supreme Court has been granted! @SenGracePOE remains a candidate for PRESIDENT #LabanPOE2016 RT pic.twitter.com/7UMYudHRsL — #POE2016 […]

It’s official, Poe seeks SCOTP reversal of Comelec DQ verdict

It’s official, Poe seeks SCOTP reversal of Comelec DQ verdict. Yes the camp of Senator Grace Poe on Monday asked the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) to stop the decision of the Commission on Elections that disqualified her to run in the 2016 presidential polls. Counsel George Garcia, filed […]

Confident Poe will seek relief, sees swift action from SCOTP

Confident Poe will seek relief, sees swift action from SCOTP Senator Grace Poe on Saturday expressed confidence the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) would decide in favor of genuine democratic elections that allow foundlings like her to run once it sees the evidence to be presented by her camp. […]

Is Sen. Grace Poe the new epitome of Pinoy’s fighting spirit?

Is Sen. Grace Poe the new epitome of Pinoy’s fighting spirit? The news leakage out of the Commission on Elections on Tuesday that it disqualifies Senator Grace Poe from running for the presidential elections in 2016 do not deter the embattled senator. The commission en banc voted Tuesday night to […]

Next round of DQ case vs. Sen. Grace Poe shifts to SCOTP

After the 1st Division of the Commission on Elections decision to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of presidential hopeful Sen. Grace Poe, the next round will be in the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP). Now, SCOTP Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen has been designated as the ponente, or the […]

Comelec cancels Sen. Poe’s COC for president

The Commission on elections on Friday voted to cancel the certificate of candidacy for president of Senator Grace Poe. The Comelec first division has finally disqualified the hopeful candidacy of the lady senator from running in the May 9, 2016 presidential derby. Update: Voting 2-1, the poll body’s First Division, […]

Over 61,000 CamSur voters no biometrics

Some 61,000 registered voters in Camarines Sur will not be able to vote in the coming May 9, 2016 general elections. According to the Camarines Sur Comelec provincial office spokesperson Alexander Marpuri, no less than 61,000 registered voters in the province will not be able to cast their votes during […]

Comelec rules presidential aspirant Rizalito David is a nuisance candidate

Comelec rules presidential aspirant Rizalito David is a nuisance candidate The Commission on Elections has declared presidential aspirant Rizalito David as a nuisance candidate, with his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for the May 2016 polls cancelled. In a six-page decision, the Comelec’s Second Division granted the motto proprio petition filed […]

Comelec raffles 185 party lists to determine order of listing in ballots

It would seem that the political parties do not represent or attempt to represent all Filipinos in all sectors in the lawmaking bodies of the republic. That is why there is the “party list” mechanism that came into being during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos. On March 3, 1995, […]

Comelec Second Division committed grave abuse of discretion – Poe’s counsel

Comelec Second Division committed grave abuse of discretion – Poe’s counsel A lawyer of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe on Thursday said the Commission on Election (Comelec) Second Division has committed “grave abuse of discretion” when it ruled to cancel the candidacy for president of the lady senator. Poe’s legal […]

Duterte withdraws candidacy for mayor, daughter files COC as substitute

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 27 — Update. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte filed his Certificate of Candidacy for President with the Commission on Elections in Manila through his lawyer Salvador Medealdia at 11:55 Friday morning. This developed after Duterte withdrew his COC for mayor with the Comelec here at 11:40 am Friday. After […]

Bicol Comelec going ahead with voter delisting

The Commission on Elections in Bicol region is up to deleting a total of 169,193 voters from the list for failure to comply with the bio-metrics requirement. Comelec regional director Atty. Romeo Fortes said non-compliant voters are up for delisted after the deadline set lapsed last October 31st. Fortes added […]

Not yet game over for Senator Grace Poe on Nov.17, 2015

Is it game over yet for Sen. Grace Poe’s senate seat and then, her presidential run? The ‘series’ is becoming interesting with the Senate Electoral Tribunal soon set to render its decision in the disqualification case filed by Rizalito David against Poe. In a meeting of the tribunal in a […]

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The qualities of the next president according to Sen. Miriam Santiago

Presidential candidate and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said the next leader of the country should have moral excellency apart from being excellent academically and professionally. In her statement during the Presidential Debate held in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, the lawmaker said she believes that it is important that […]

Preliminary conference on Poe DQ case begins Thursday at SCOTP

It’s all set. On Thursday, Jan 14, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc begins the preliminary conference on disqualification case of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which earlier ordered the delisting of her name in the ballot for the May 9, 2016 presidential […]

Live Stream: Poe- Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 3rd Oral Arguments at SCOTP

This is the third live stream coverage of the Poe-Llamanzares Vs. Comelec 3rd Oral Arguments G.R. No. 221697 from the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP). Follow the update on the disqualification case for the presidential run of Senator Grace Poe. Starts Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 2:00 o’clock PM […]

No fisherfolk should be left behind – Mar Roxas

Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II vowed on Sunday that he will take concrete steps to modernize the country’s fisheries system if he is elected in the May 9 national polls. Roxas shared his plans during the first Presidential Debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in […]

Marcos seeks recount of votes in 20 areas

MANILA, June 29 — A day before the formal oath taking into office of Vice-President-elect Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday personally filed before the Supreme Court (SC), as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), his election protest against the outgoing 3rd District congresswoman of Camarines Sur. […]

Commission on Elections OK’s presidential candidacy of Duterte

The Philippine Commission on Elections OK’s candidacy of Duterte. This after the Comelec First Division unanimously denied the four disqualification cases filed against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit. Dismissed petitions include one filed by Ruben H. Castor. The Petition to Deny Due Course and/or […]

AFP, PNP has order to shoot drones in no fly-zones on election period

These areas are no-fly zones during #election2016 as the Armed forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police has order to enforce and shoot down drones. The Civil Aviation Administration of the Philippines has identified and declared three areas in Metro Manila as no-fly zones during and after the […]

Comelec to hold special elections on May 14 for areas with voting failure

MANILA — A total of 52 clustered precincts from 11 towns, many in the Autonumous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will hold a special voting on Saturday, May 14. This was confirmed as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared failure of elections in 11 municipalities in the […]

Comelec Second Division committed grave abuse of discretion – Poe’s counsel

Comelec Second Division committed grave abuse of discretion – Poe’s counsel A lawyer of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe on Thursday said the Commission on Election (Comelec) Second Division has committed “grave abuse of discretion” when it ruled to cancel the candidacy for president of the lady senator. Poe’s legal […]

Poll body set to hold final test and sealing of 92,509 VCMs this week

MANILA — As the Philippine elections near the final homestretch, the poll body is set to hold the final testing and sealing of the vote counting machines this week. The focus of activity will be the conduct by the Commission on Elections of a one-day event participated in by designated […]

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Sen. Grace Poe now faces three disqualification cases

There is no stopping in the trend to pull down the candidacy of presidential hopeful and front runner Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares. A third disqualification case has been lodged against Poe before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday. In his 14-page petition for Cancellation of Certificate of Candidacy (CoC), […]

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No fisherfolk should be left behind – Mar Roxas

Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II vowed on Sunday that he will take concrete steps to modernize the country’s fisheries system if he is elected in the May 9 national polls. Roxas shared his plans during the first Presidential Debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in […]

Smartmatic executives, Comelec IT rep, face raps filed by Bongbong Marcos

MANILA — The camp of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday filed criminal cases before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office (MPO) against Smartmatic executives and an Information Technology (IT) representative of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for their alleged unauthorized change of the script in the […]

Comelec cancels Sen. Poe’s COC for president

The Commission on elections on Friday voted to cancel the certificate of candidacy for president of Senator Grace Poe. The Comelec first division has finally disqualified the hopeful candidacy of the lady senator from running in the May 9, 2016 presidential derby. Update: Voting 2-1, the poll body’s First Division, […]

Ruling on issuance of voter receipts on May 9 elections final – SCOTP

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc on Thursday affirmed with finality its earlier ruling ordering the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to activate the printing of the voter receipt on the May 9 synchronized automated national elections. The justices voted 12-0. The ruling was made after the conduct […]

Commission on Elections OK’s presidential candidacy of Duterte

The Philippine Commission on Elections OK’s candidacy of Duterte. This after the Comelec First Division unanimously denied the four disqualification cases filed against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit. Dismissed petitions include one filed by Ruben H. Castor. The Petition to Deny Due Course and/or […]

Poll body set to hold final test and sealing of 92,509 VCMs this week

MANILA — As the Philippine elections near the final homestretch, the poll body is set to hold the final testing and sealing of the vote counting machines this week. The focus of activity will be the conduct by the Commission on Elections of a one-day event participated in by designated […]

Voter’s ID not a voting requirement in May 2016 poll – Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that there are close to six million voter’s identification (ID) cards still unclaimed in its local offices all over the country. But the poll body was quick to say that voter’s ID is not a requirement in voting in the May 2016 polls. With […]