Philippine Election News

February 2019

Comelec to disqualify candidates with illegal posters- (Manila Times)

Cabinet members allowed to campaign for candidates in 2019 polls, Comelec says- (GMA News)

COMELEC exec: Tolentino is the most disobedient candidate- (Manila Bulletin)

Debates for 62 Senate contenders unlikely - Comelec- (Philstar)

Poll watchdog asks Comelec to look into Duterte Youth's party list campaign- (Rappler)

1,731 nabbed for violating Comelec gun ban - PNP- (Mnila Times)

Comelec plans to charge candidates for expenses incurred from removal of
billboards- (Manila Bulletin)

Google PH in talks with Comelec for possible collaboration in upcoming
elections- (ABS CBN)

Opposition Senate bets tell supporters to follow rules on posters- (GMA News)

LTFRB allows political ads on PUVs- (Philstar)

Church-based group gets nod to assist in May polls- (ABS CBN)

Sara Duterte not ruling out 2022 presidential run- (Philstar)

Fact-checking website launched in time for the Philippines’ May 2019 elections- (OpenGovAsia)

Comelec powerless over premature campaigning- (Manila Bulletin)

List of local officials with alleged drug links 'up for Duterte approval'- (Rappler)

DILG orders LGUs: Take down campaign materials on gov't properties- (Rappler)

P2.4-billion precampaign spending stumps Comelec- (Inquirer)

Donated ads need written acceptance of candidates - Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

PNP, Comelec take down illegal campaign posters in Ilocos Sur- (GMA News)

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list- (Rappler)

Comelec to monitor bloggers, influencers- (Philstar)

Candidates warned on oversized posters- (Inquirer)

No need for ID to vote - Comelec- (Inquirer)

Reelectionist senators band together for campaign- (Businessworld)

Celebrities can campaign without limit on social media provided it is for free- (GMA News)

Comelec to train cops to be deployed as BEIs on poll day- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Illegal posters still up on 1st day of campaign- (ABS CBN)

Comelec reminds mall owners of ban on election propaganda in theaters- (GMA News)

701 election 'hotspots' under watch - PNP- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: No movies portraying lives of poll bets during campaign period- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes 100% e-transmission of results- (Philstar)

Cotabato mayor wants SC to nullify BOL vote- (Manila Times)

Comelec starts canvassing of votes for 2nd round of BOL plebiscite- (Inquirer)

Comelec working with police, military to prevent sabotage in
midterm polls- (Inquirer)

Poll bets reminded to take down prohibited campaign materials ASAP- (CNN)

Palace stresses Duterte will not allow use of any gov't fund in poll campaign- (CNN)

The campaign season for senatorial and party-list races begins on Tuesday.
Here's what you need to know- (CNN)

Campaign posters still up outside designated areas in Manila- (ABS CBN)

Comelec-7 preparations for polls in full swing: Trainings for teachers, VCM
familiarization for voters- (Cebu Daily News)

Ballots to have additional security features- (Philstar)

Left blasts Comelec for disqualifying 3 groups- (Inquirer)

Namfrel needs government go signal before dismantling illegal campaign tarps: exec- (ABS CBN)

Mandaue Comelec Officer tells candidates: Control your supporters- (Cebu Daily News)

Comelec finally starts printing of ballots for May 13 polls- (Inquirer)

Candidates urged to register their online campaign before start of election
campaign period- (Cebu Daily News)

‘No’ vote wins in Lanao Norte; NorCot yields 61 villages to BARMM- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to start printing ballots Feb 9- (Manila Times)

Comelec to start canvassing of 2nd BOL plebiscite COCs next week- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to monitor social media spending, cost of hiring ‘influencers’ – spox- (Inquirer)

Comelec allows Loren Legarda to run for Antique congresswoman- (Rappler)

At least 24 of 67 villages in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region; Lanao del
Norte votes no for 6 towns- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec, PNP: 2nd BOL vote a success despite fear-mongering- (Inquirer)

OFW group asks Comelec to junk order scuttling bid to be party-list- (Business Mirror)

Comelec: Asking for budget to pay teachers to serve in May polls not easy- (Inquirer)

More areas at stake in today’s Bangsamoro vote- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec in talks with Facebook, Google ahead of 2019 elections- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Candidates’ presence in non-news shows deemed ‘advertising time’- (Inquirer)

Explosions rock Lanao del Norte a day before Bangsamoro vote- (ABS CBN)

Energy Task Force Election convenes for polls prep meet- (PIA)

No poll rule broken in Bong Go following Duterte's trail, Comelec says- (CNN)

Comelec: Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite on February 6- (Rappler)

Cayetanos seek speedy resolution of disqualification case against them
before Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections- (Rappler)

BOL plebiscite: Comelec eyeing better than 75% voter turnout- (Inquirer)

Comelec to poll bets: Register blogs, websites- (Philstar)

No election pay for teachers without 2019 budget – Comelec- (Rappler)

People’s Reform Party can’t substitute Roque in May polls, says Comelec spox- (GMA News)

Harry Roque drops out of 2019 senatorial race- (Philstar)

Comelec urged to declare QC a poll hot spot- (Inquirer)


January 2019








Comelec warns early election campaigners- (ABS CBN)

Fewer voters in 2nd BOL plebiscite seen due to Jolo blasts- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Koko, Serge Osmeña’s names to go on ballot- (GMA News)

63 Senate bets, 134 party-lists allowed to run in May polls- (GMA News)

Comelec says all senatorial bets must be invited to TV debates- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to poll bets: Pull down posters- (Manila Times)

Comelec seen to grant exemption of vital infrastructure from spending ban- (Business Mirror)

Comelec eyes 24-hour shifts in production of poll ballots- (Business Mirror)

Comelec signs pact for teachers’ training for 2019 polls- (Inquirer)

33 killed in Central Luzon since start of election gun ban- (Rappler)

Senatorial hopefuls answer rapid-fire questions on principles, public service,
and the elections- (CNN)

Pimentel, Osmena’s disqualification cases still pending – Comelec- (Inquirer)

BOL plebiscite on February 6 to proceed despite Jolo blasts – Comelec- (Inquirer)

Ban ACT teachers from poll duty, Comelec urged- (Inquirer)

COMELEC: Second BOL plebiscite ‘different’- (Manila Times)

Printing of ballots to commence next week- (Manila Bulletin)

'Now candidates': Comelec dismisses disqualification cases vs Pimentel, Osmeña- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to release official list of bets Saturday- (Philstar)

No discrepancy in COC of Cotabato City – Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

ARMM votes yes to BOL, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region- (GMA News)

Comelec en banc postpones canvassing of votes for Cotabato City- (ABS CBN)

Comelec receives poll documents from Basilan province and Isabela City- (GMA News)

Poll protest: Game over? Hold your horses—FMJr- (Manila Standard)

‘Game over’ for Marcos poll protest — Robredo camp- (Manila Times)

Comelec to decide on sanctions over clerical error in Cotabato voters tally- (Inquirer)

Comelec defers canvass of votes in Bangsamoro plebiscite for 2nd straight day- (Manila Times)

Comelec rules out discrepancy in Cotabato City's BOL votes, blames clerical error- (GMA News)

Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law vote canvass to take a week- (Philstar)

Comelec warns Baguio watchdogs vs politicking- (Manila Times)

Comelec defers release of candidates’ list, ballot printing- (Inquirer)

Comelec conducts mock random manual edit of votes- (Manila Bulletin)

PET says revision of remaining ballots in VP recount to resume on January 28- (ABS CBN)

RESULTS: Bangsamoro Plebiscite 2019- (Rappler)

The AFP will stay vigilant for second BOL plebiscite date- (Manila Bulletin)

‘Yes’, ‘No’ in tight race- (Manila Bulletin)

TIMELINE: The Bangsamoro peace process- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

Votes against Cotabato City’s inclusion in Bangsamoro leading slightly- (Inquirer)

Comelec opens national canvassing; says Bangsamoro poll ‘credible’- (ABS CBN)

Comelec defers canvassing of BOL plebiscite votes- (GMA News)

Tired but happy: Teachers pull all-nighter to submit plebiscite results- (Rappler)

74 of 374 precincts canvassed in Cotabato City- (Manila Bulletin)

MILF denies intimidation, vote buying in autonomy plebiscite- (ABS CBN)

Majority of Muslims nationwide favor the approval of BOL- (Inquirer)

Comelec: First day of BOL referendum ‘very successful’- (Inquirer)

Pulse Asia ready to answer Gadon's petition vs pre-election polls at Comelec- (Philstar)

Bangsamoro plebiscite: Confrontation breaks out after polls close in Cotabato City- (Rappler)

Polls close in historic Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Rappler)

Bangsamoro polls close after 'very good' voter turnout- (ABS CBN)

Comelec eyes faster random manual audit for 2019 polls- (GMA News)

Cops seize 85 guns, 12 grenades at checkpoints before BOL plebiscite- (Inquirer)

72 cops take over as poll inspectors as teachers fail to show up in Cotabato City- (Inquirer)

Bangsamoro Plebiscite 2019 | Midday wRap- (Rappler)

WATCH: Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces troops choose peace through
the ballot- (Rappler)

Filipino Muslims Vote in a Referendum to Create an Autonomous Region- (Time)

WATCH: Grenade detonated near Cotabato polling precinct- (ABS CBN)

Group reports glitches in Comelec mock polls- (Inquirer)

75% BOL plebiscite turnout seen- (Inquirer)

Voter verification may slow down poll process - Comelec- (Philstar)

Robredo camp says PET is done with ballot revision, recount of 2016 VP race- (Manila Bulletin)

Manila Bulletin partners with ABS-CBN for Halalan 2019 coverage- (Manila Bulletin)

Metro Manila authorities iron out security plan for Eleksyon 2019- (GMA News)

Use of VRVS adds five minutes to individual voting time- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to verify voter registration via finger scans in 2019 mock polls- (ABS CBN)

January 21 non-working day in ARMM, Cotabato City, Isabela City- (Rappler)

'Yes or no': Comelec says ready for Bangsamoro plebiscite- (ABS CBN)

20,000 soldiers, cops to secure Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Rappler)

Only active PNP personnel allowed to carry firearms during election period: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

AFP, MILF ready to stop Bangsamoro poll spoilers- (Inquirer)

PNP reminds candidates: Coordinate with police for campaign security- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to maintain raffled sequence of party-list groups in ballots for 2019 polls- (GMA News)

Comelec to hold mock elections for 2019 midterm polls- (ABS CBN)

Amid poll-related violence, Comelec places Daraga, Cotabato under its control
ahead of BOL plebiscite, May elections- (Business Mirror)

Daraga, Cotabato City declared under Comelec control- (CNN)

PNP bares 19 poll watchlist areas- (Philstar)

Comelec to finish printing BOL plebiscite ballots soon- (Business Mirror)

Candidates banned from engaging security services over election period- (GMA News)

25 people arrested in day 1 of election gun ban- (CNN)

Comelec eyeing 61 million ballots for 2019 polls- (Inquirer)

COMELEC officials worries there are more killings than usual ahead of
May 13 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec anticipates at least 75% voter turnout in Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Businessworld)

Comelec, police, bets sign peace covenant- (Philstar)

Comelec warns vs unauthorized checkpoints- (Philstar)

Thousands join interfaith rally for clean elections- (Philstar)

4 killed on first day of gun ban- (Philstar)

‘No election hotspot in Metro Manila’- (Philstar)

Don't pay 'permit to campaign' fees to NPA, warns DILG- (Rappler)

PNP: Cops will only conduct visual search at checkpoints- (GMA News)

Footwear good indication of legitimate enforcers at checkpoints
– Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Secure safety of voters, candidates in 2019 elections, gov’t urged- (Inquirer)

Security tightened as poll period starts- (Philstar)

Election fever begins- (Manila Times)

Namfrel urges public to be vigilant as election period starts January 13- (Manila Bulletin)

Daraga, Cotabato City among areas considered to be placed under Comelec control- (CNN)

Comelec OKs 10 more petitions for inclusion in BOL plebiscite- (Manila Bulletin)

Got panty freebies? Comelec commissioner wants to regulate campaign materials- (ABS CBN)

Comelec urged: Monitor content, get access to bets' social media platforms- (ABS CBN)

Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia senatorial survey- (Philstar)

DoH, Comelec regional offices gear up for Bangsamoro vote- (Business World)

43% of Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia- (Rappler)

LIST: 2019 election-related bans- (Rappler)

Comelec racing vs time to print ballots- (Business Mirror)

Comelec junks 70 Senate bets, trims party-lists- (Manila Standard)

Economic woes, territorial sovereignty, federalism among key 2019 election
issues- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to release list of candidates before Jan. 23- (Inquirer)

Comelec disqualifies 40 senatorial aspirants- (GMA News)

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite- (Rappler)

Comelec: Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa movie may violate election law- (Philstar)

Lakas pulls Daraga mayor’s nomination- (Philstar)

Comelec: Smartmatic role in 2019 polls diminished- (Philstar)

Comelec, environment group to politicians: Don't use Traslacion for premature
campaigning- (CNN)

Comelec expands BOL vote coverage- (Inquirer)

Lawmakers want Daraga town under Comelec control- (Rappler)

Sobriety call after deadly blast in Bangsamoro plebiscite battleground- (ABS CBN)