Philippine Election News

December 2018

Comelec on track for May 2019 elections, installs election management system- (GMA News)

Comelec: No official list of bets yet- (Philstar)

Comelec to start printing of ballots for 2019 polls’- (Manila Standard)

Voter’s ID not needed in BOL plebiscite – Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec en banc to decide on declaring Albay an election hotspot- (Manila Bulletin)

A month before Bangsamoro plebiscite, gov't entities sign deal on info drive- (Rappler)

Comelec to deploy 2.8 million ballots for BOL plebiscite- (Business Mirror)

Comelec disqualifies 12 Senate aspirants, trims down party-list hopefuls to at least 100- (GMA News)

Comelec: Source code review may be extended- (Philstar)

‘Nuisance’ bets take case to Supreme Court- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: ‘Candidates giving Christmas gift prematurely campaigning’- (Philstar)

Senate panel approves bill strengthening Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to trim down senatorial candidates’ list anew- (Business Mirror)

Lesser-known aspirants in 2019 polls question 'nuisance' tag- (ABS CBN)

Comelec reminds civil servants: Campaigning for candidates not allowed- (GMA News)

Trusted build of Election Management System turned over to Comelec- (GMA News)

Voters urged: Junk pols in premature campaigning- (Philstar)

Comelec checkpoints limited to visual search- (Philstar)

Final list of bets for 2019 polls out later this week -Comelec- (GMA News)

Poll software done as Comelec readies final list of 2019 bets- (Manila Bulletin)

Software for Comelec’s election management system ready- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec allows ads, posters before campaign- (Manila Times)

May 14 barangay, SK polls ‘one of the highlights’ in Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Midterm polls voting time on election day extended — Comelec- (CNN)

Cayetanos say Comelec has no authority over disqualification cases- (Businessworld Online)

Over 150,000 ex-MILF fighters to vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Rappler)

Synchronized Cha-cha plebiscite, 2019 polls ‘impossible’ now–Comelec exec- (Business Mirror)

Comelec urged to cancel Pichay’s COC for 2019 polls- (Inquirer)

Cebu pilot area for voters’ identity verification system- (Cebu Daily News)

Comelec says voting hours in 2019 polls extended- (Philstar)

Comelec still studying possibility of organizing debate among senatorial bets- (Manila Bulletin)

Go slow — election lawyer on Comelec move on social media- (Inquirer)

2019 polls source code passes foreign firm review: Comelec spokesman- (ABS CBN)

PNP identifies 7 ‘election watchlist areas’ in Cebu- (Cebu Daily News)

Comelec releases initial order of party-list groups- (Inquirer)

What's wrong with the Philippine party-list system?- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to determine ballot listing Wednesday, urges partylist groups to
attend raffle- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec asked: Can Koko Pimentel still run for senator in 2019?- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to release final list of candidates for May 2019 elections by Dec. 15- (Manila Bulletin)

Party-list group asks who premature campaigners are- (Manila Standard)

Miriam Santiago's People's Reform Party teams up with Sara Duterte's party- (Rappler)

Comelec to regulate social media campaigns- (Philstar)

De Lima backs salary hike for Comelec- (Manila Times)

Comelec: Junk candidates campaigning early- (Inquirer)

November 2018

Pimentel group is legitimate PDP-Laban – Comelec- (Rappler)

VP Leni asks PET to resolve motion to investigate leak of COMELEC data- (ABS CBN)

Substitution for 2019 midterm polls until Nov. 29- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Bangsamoro plebiscite on track- (CNN)

2019 polls, BOL plebiscite preps bugged by fund lack- (Business Mirror)

Bangsamoro plebiscite gets P857M funding: Comelec chief- (ABS CBN)

Comelec mulls extending voting period until 7 p.m. for 2019 polls- (Inquirer)

PH posts abroad that will adopt AES for OAV in May 2019 polls climbs from 30 to 41- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec reminds candidates no substitution allowed after November 29- (Philstar)

Application for gun ban exemption to start December 1- (Cebu Daily News)

Osmeña seeks Comelec ‘absolution’ in perpetual disqualification case- (ABS CBN)

Comelec grants exemption to AFP, PNP to appoint or hire, to transfer or detail
officers or personnel- (Manila Bulletin)

2019 election gun ban to run from January to June: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Halalan 2019: Comelec to raffle partylists' order on ballots on Dec. 5- (ABS CBN)

Ex-Sulu gov says 2016 ARMM polls rigged- (Manila Times)

Facebook rollout of political ad transparency report in PH uncertain- (Rappler)

‘La Union must be declared an election hotspot’- (Manila Standard)

Cayetano on disqualification bid: It's pure political harassment- (ABS CBN)

Comelec starts bid process for supplies to be used in May 2019 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

DepEd warns teachers, personnel vs electioneering, partisan politics- (Manila Bulletin)

Senate panel approves bill increasing spending limit for candidates, parties- (GMA News)

Poll body trims number of Senate bets, party-lists- (Manila Standard)

Zamboanga villages deny signing ‘petition’ for inclusion in BOL plebiscite- (ABS CBN)

Comelec publishes names of midterm-poll bets for spell-check- (ABS CBN)

Comelec allots P35M for printing of nearly one-million primers for BOL- (Manila Bulletin)

Legarda seeks dismissal of Javier petition vs Antique congressional bid- (ABS CBN)

Namfrel backs proposal to make candidates join election debates organized
by Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Only Comelec, not DILG, decides on qualifications of bets in 2019 elections- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Report poll ‘influencers’- (Manila Standard)

Pimentel wants disqualification case junked- (Inquirer)

Facebook election war room gears up for Philippines polls- (Philstar)

La Union to be tagged election hotspot – Albayalde- (Manila Times)

Comelec announces Local Absentee Voting for media, soldiers, police,
others in gov’t- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec eyes separate raps against poll ‘manipulator’- (Business Mirror)

Report persons making illegal offers for 2019 polls: Comelec- (PNA)

Comelec assures public of automated election system’s integrity- (GMA News)

Comelec asked to disqualify Alan and Lani Cayetano from 2019 polls- (Business Mirror)

House bill seeks to make public debates mandatory for candidates- (Rappler)

Comelec to publish party-list groups, nominees ahead of 2019 midterm polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Duterte critic appeals tag as nuisance Senate bet- (Rappler)

Comelec delists 1,242 voters in Bacolod- (Sunstar Bacolod)

Duterte appointees, associates also running in party-list race- (Mindanao Examiner)

Comelec unit to disqualify Osmena- (Manila Standard)

Comelec to follow SC guidelines on party-list groups- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to print more than 2M ballots for Jan 2019 BOL plebiscite- (Manila Bulletin)

62 villages seek inclusion in new Bangsamoro region: Comelec spokesman- (ABS CBN)

Sotto pushes salary hike for Comelec employees- (Manila Times)

Robredo supports Comelec’s call vs premature campaigning- (Philstar)

Poll watchdog calls on Comelec to scrutinize party-list groups, nominees- (GMA News)

2019 polls to determine federalism push: analyst- (Business World)

Comelec to accept bids Nov for P78-M SD cards project- (Business Mirror)

Comelec pushes bills vs early campaigning- (Inquirer)

Comelec not yet keen on using electronic vote counting system- (Manila Bulletin)

Preliminary list of candidates to be posted on Nov. 19: Comelec- (PNA)

Comelec asks netizens to post candidates’ ‘premature campaigning’ props- (Manila Bulletin)

Dates to remember for the upcoming elections- (CNN)


October 2018

More things that we should know about our elections- (Manila Times)

460 candidates face perpetual disqualification cases - Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Supreme Court asked to stop, junk Bangsamoro law- (GMA News)

Comelec spokesperson urges poll bets to refrain from putting up posters in
cemeteries- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec wants more female candidates in 2019 polls- (Business Mirror)

PNP tells candidates: Use goons, be targeted- (Inquirer)

Comelec tracking social media role in Senate race- (Business Mirror)

Senate bill filed criminalizing premature campaigning- (Manila Times)

Comelec to determine legitimate PDP-Laban faction- (ABS CBN)

Comelec files 95 petitions vs possible nuisance bets- (Manila Bulletin)

Alejano’s bill prohibits political dynasties, allows ‘any qualified Filipino’ to run for
public office- (Manila Bulletin)

Senate bets risk running as independent over PDP-Laban row: faction leader- (ABS CBN)

Group tells Comelec: Declassify details on party-list nominations- (Business Mirror)

Gaps make Comelec helpless- (Manila Standard)

Leni to voters: Don’t fall for sweet words- (Manila Standard)

78 disqualification cases filed at Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Comelec hits premature campaigning of candidates- (Manila Bulletin)

68 disqualification cases filed at Comelec- (Business Mirror)

Mar Roxas seeks to block Senate bid of another Roxas- (Rappler)

Serge Osmeña pushes for return of manual voting in 2019 elections- (ABS CBN)

After Pimentel, Legarda faces disqualification case before Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Pimentel brushes aside disqualification case- (Manila Times)

Comelec to accept petitions for opted inclusion in BOL- (Manila Standard)

Disqualification case filed against Pimentel at Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Makabayan bloc files bill for genuine party-list representation in Congress- (Manila Bulletin)

BOL campaign kicks off in December- (Philstar)

Group to Comelec commissioner: Stand firm vs. 'political bullies'- (GMA News)

Comelec in talks with Smartmatic for int'l certification of source code- (GMA News)

Nuisance bets find ‘defender’ in Comelec - (Inquirer)

Some party-list groups submitted more than one set of nominees - Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec starts purge of Senate candidates- (Manila Bulletin)

Bishop to 2019 voters: ‘Look for gems among pile of dirt’- (Manila Times)

GMA partners with Inquirer, other organizations for 2019 poll coverage - (Inquirer)

LIST: Celebrities running for 2019 midterm elections- (Philstar)

LOOK: Political dynasties use party list as backdoor to Congress- (Rappler)

Alert up vs armed groups raising campaign funds- (Philstar)

10 Duterte appointees running in 2019 elections- (Rappler)

Comelec asks PDP-Laban factions to explain opposing leadership claims- (Manila Bulletin)

Solon reminds Comelec official to be guided by SC ruling- (Manila Bulletin)

‘Not enough’ women running in 2019 elections, says Comelec’s Guanzon- (ABS CBN)

Enrile forgets his political party, forced to personally refile Senate candidacy - (CNN)

Old, new faces show up at Comelec to join 2019 senatorial race - (Inquirer)

Baste Duterte to run for Davao City vice mayor- (Manila Bulletin)

Tolentino wants his electoral protest vs de Lima archived- (Manila Bulletin)

LIST: These celebrities are seeking elective posts in 2019- (Rappler)

Enrile makes personal Comelec appearance to file new COC- (ABS CBN)

Day 4 at Comelec: COCs for senator bear same old familiar names - (Inquirer)

Imee, Pia, Mar file CoCs for senator - (Manila Times)

Cops, military going after election guns- (Philstar)

President Duterte to security forces: ‘Be neutral’ in 2019 Elections - (PIA)

Opposition completes 8-member senatorial slate for 2019 polls - (Inquirer)

Senate hopefuls breach 100th mark on 4th day of COC filing - (PNA)

A ’70s throwback? Aquino, Diokno, Tañada and Marcos slug it out in 2019 - (Inquirer)

Comelec opens fourth day of COC filing - (Inquirer)

Senators, Cabinet men file candidacies- (Philstar)

Comelec breaks rules for Bong Go filing of candidacy- (Business Mirror)

Ex-Comelec chair Brillantes questions COC item on perpetual disqualification - (GMA News)

Comelec sees surge in COC filers today- (Philstar)

Comelec within its powers to ask controversial COC question 22: LENTE- (ABS CBN)

Comelec introduces ‘enhancements’ in source code of auto polls- (Philstar)

Comelec to begin 2019 election system review next week- (ABS CBN)

Junjun Binay can run for mayor - Comelec- (Philstar)

Comelec to review proposal to disqualify ‘narco-pols’ in 2019 polls - (Inquirer)

Comelec: Ballot printing 'right on schedule,' to start in January- (ABS CBN)

Slow Day 2 at Comelec: 10 file for senator, 12 for partylist - (Manila Bulletin)

Dela Rosa supporters, Gabriela engage in shouting match at Comelec - (Inquirer)

Face-off: Adults mock Kabataan party-list group- (ABS CBN)

Madhouse at Comelec on first day of candidacy filing- (Philstar)

WATCH: Comelec spox confronts group alleging poll fraud- (ABS CBN)

LIST: 2019 elections senatorial hopefuls- (Rappler)

COCs can be downloaded from Comelec website- (Philstar)

NCRPO: No poll hotspots in Metro Manila- (Philstar)

Employing a better election system- (Manila Times)

Voter registration needs election boards’ approval: Comelec- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

Comelec Baguio aims to stop vote-buying- (PNA)

Cops on red alert for filing of COCs- (Cebu Daily News)

MILF political party to focus on plebiscite, stay out of May 2019 polls- (Philstar)

Prelates discourage priests from running for office in 2019- (Manila Bulletin)

Poll watchdog backs 'disqualification question' in COC for 2019 polls- (PNA)

Comelec exceeds target voter registration figures- (Business Mirror)

Barbers’ bills tackle common poll problems- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec sets calendar for 2019 polls- (ABS CBN)

Senate, House urged to probe 2016 polls ‘anomaly’- (Manila Standard)

Comelec to hold dry run on plebiscite- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec asked to probe party-list group- (PNA)

‘PET voted to do away with ballot-shading thresholds’- (Manila Times)


September 2018

Comelec eyes fingerprint voter verification in next polls- (Manila Bulletin)

No extension for voters' registration – Comelec- (Rappler)

Application for source code review ends Friday- (Philstar)

PDP-Laban bets in 2019 polls will be federalism advocates- (Inquirer)

Marcos camp to oppose PET use of decrypted images, ERs in recount- (PNA)

Comelec opens 2019 election system to scrutiny- (Rappler)

Comelec to automate voter verification- (Manila Times)

Comelec opens bidding for voter verification machines- (ABS CBN)

Poll tribunal sides with Robredo in 25% shading threshold for vote recount- (CNN)

PHvote: How to register as voter in the Philippines- (Rappler)

Comelec sets up satellite centers for registration, transfer this week- (Sunstar)

Amended law needed for 'voter registration anywhere system': Comelec- (PNA)

Marawi BSKE2018, most peaceful polls in recent history — Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec holds Marawi City special elections today- (Manila Times)

Comelec needs P857 million for Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Business Mirror)

After criticism, Comelec amends rule on substitution of bets- (Rappler)

Comelec reminder: Voter listup ends in 10 days- (Inquirer)

Road to 2019 polls: Comelec starts preparations- (ABS CBN)

Robredo’s camp bewails ‘messy’ transport of ballot boxes from Negros Or.- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: You want change? Register to vote- (Rappler)

Comelec: No law vs premature campaigning- (Manila Standard)

Early campaign posters not banned but can be taken down: ex-poll commissioner- (ABS CBN)

Sotto to present ‘witness’ in alleged 2016 poll irregularities- (Canadian Inquirer)

Comelec sets review of system for transmitting election results- (Rappler)

Comelec: Overseas voter’s registration until Sept. 30- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec relaxes rules for substitution of candidates in 2019- (Rappler)

Voter registration banned in malls linked to gov't officials- (Rappler)

Senate, House urge Comelec to reset COC filing period to Oct. 11–17, 2018- (GMA News)

LIST: Opposition reveals 18 possible names for 2019 Senate slate- (Rappler)

Comelec sets filing of COCs on Oct. 1 to 5- (Philstar)

Comelec sets 25% ballot shading threshold for 2019- (Philstar)

Comelec issues candidacy rules for May 2019 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Mall voter registration is back- (PIA)

HOAX: ‘Two ex-Comelec programmers arrested for destroying evidence of
2016 elections fraud’- (Rappler)

Smartmatic still wants involvement in 2019 polls- (Philstar)

Comelec: Preps for Marawi village polls ‘almost done’- (Canadian Inquirer)

All systems go for Marawi barangay, SK polls: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Comelec allocates P1.3 B for poll equipment, peripherals- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec moves deadline of registration for political party coalition- (Inquirer)

Special Comelec registration for PWDs, seniors set Sept. 5- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Political parties may register until September 15- (Philstar)


August 2018

VP poll recount prompts Comelec to buy 70,000 new ballot boxes- (Inquirer)

Comelec buys 72,000 ballot boxes for 2019 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Aug. 30 is last day of COC-filing for special polls in Marawi City- (Inquirer)

Comelec holds satellite registration for inmates in Bacolod City- (PNA)

Cotabato City election records 'intact' despite fire incident- (PNA)

Transparency group asks Comelec to screen party-list groups in May 2019 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec mulls start of local source code review for VCMs in September- (Canadian Inquirer)

Printing of ballots for SK, Barangay polls begins today — Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Smartmatic assures public of accuracy and reliability of their system- (Manila Bulletin)

Political parties told to submit ‘info update’- (Manila Standard)

COMELEC intensifies voter registration in Bangsamoro region- (Manila Bulletin)

1.1 M COCs filed for May 14 village polls: Comelec- (PNA)

Election watchdog lauds Duterte vow of ‘clean’ polls- (Manila Standard)

Duterte warns politicians against forming private armies- (Manila Bulletin)

COCs filing for village polls in Marawi City starts Thursday- (PNA)

Comelec-Dagupan opens on holidays, Saturdays- (PNA)

PNP gears up to secure midterm polls- (Northbound Philippine News Online)

Barangay /SK polls in Marawi on Sept. 22; Ground Zero’s displaced to vote, too- (Mindanews)

Lakas-CMD eyes Bong Revilla, Martin Romualdez for senator in 2019- (Rappler)

Imee open to Senate bid- (Cebu Daily News)

Justice Caguioa stays as ponente of VP poll protest- (Inquirer)

Nene Pimentel OK with federal shift even without dynasty ban- (ABS CBN)

President Duterte assures public a clean 2019 elections- (PIA)

Hybrid voting system for 2019 polls pushed- (Philstar)

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning- (Rappler)

Barangay and SK polls in Marawi starts August 17- (Manila Bulletin)

Alt AES- (Manila Times)

Comelec to hold voters registration in Miriam, St. Theresa’s colleges- (PNA)

Comelec campaigns to remove doubts on automated elections- (UNTV)

Robredo asks PET to use decrypted images of 'compromised' ballots- (ABS CBN)

Senate can do charter change after 2019 polls – Villar- (Inquirer)

Comelec sees low turnout in Marawi- (Inquirer)

Comelec records 10,256 voter-related registrations in Palawan- (PNA)

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls- (Rappler)

2.3-M applications in 1st month of voter registration: Comelec- (PNA)

Special voters registration to be held at Mandaluyong women's jail- (PNA)

Senate to issue subpoena on audit logs of Comelec during 2016 elections- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again- (Rappler)

Election Code prevents Comelec from being independent from LGUS — Commissioner- (Inquirer)

Comelec may need P6-8 billion for federalism plebiscite- (Rappler)

Sara’s party may back up to 8 bets for senator- (Philstar)

2016 polls: More questions than answers- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

COA threatens to disallow P2.58-B Comelec supply, service payments- (Manila Bulletin)

Robredo camp asks PET to set aside questionable ballots while resolving threshold issue- (Philstar)

COA questions legality of P2B worth of Comelec transactions- (GMA News)

Comelec to print 80k ballots for Sept. 22 barangay, SK polls in Marawi- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec directs partylist groups to submit SIUS- (Manila Bulletin)

55 elected Baguio village execs can't assume posts yet- (PNA)

‘P6-billion budget for May 2019 polls belies no-election’- (Philstar)


July 2018

Pimentel open to ‘hybrid’ of manual, automated poll system- (Manila Bulletin)

Letters show 2016 poll fraud accuser represented Marcos- (Rappler)

Pimentel ‘frustrated’ with Comelec’s answers to Sotto allegations- (GMA News)

Macalintal: Marcos questioning poll transmission, canvassing he already accepted- (Philstar)

Leni proposes ballot image use to speed up protest- (Manila Bulletin)

Smartmatic Seeks to Apply Blockchain in Future Elections in Philippines- (Cryptovest)

Leni: 25% ballot threshold upholds will of voter- (Manila Times)

Robredo camp denies conspiracy with Comelec on 25-percent shading- (GMA News)

Arroyo: 'House to work with Senate on charter change'- (Philstar)

Comelec-Cotabato urged to monitor 'multiple registrants- (PNA)

Filipinos to convert West PH Sea sentiments into votes in 2019 polls, Carpio warns- (Inquirer)

From ARMM to BARMM: ARMM’s elected in BTA; ARMM with BTC as “caretakers”- (Mindanews)

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo won’t push ‘no-elections’- (Philstar)

House prepares 2019 'no-election' people’s initiative- (Philstar)

COMELEC to conduct special registration for PWDs- (PIA)

Duterte wants 2019 elections to push through — Roque- (Philstar)

Satellite voter registration in 9 Bacolod villages set- (PNA)

Iloilo voters back Robredo's plea on voting threshold issue- (Philstar)

Comelec eyes holding village, SK polls in Marawi by September- (Manila Bulletin)

Secret voting, public counting- (Manila Times)

Registration of political parties ends- (Manila Times)

Robredo to PET: Disregard 'irrelevant' SolGen comment on poll protest- (ABS CBN)

Senators warn no-el violates 1987 charter- (Manila Standard)

Postponement of 2019 polls to spark outrage, Monsod warns- (ABS CBN)

SC seeks Comelec comment on vote shading threshold- (ABS CBN)

How to register for Overseas Absentee Voting- (GMA News)

SC to Comelec: Explain 25% ballot shading scheme- (Manila Times)

Comelec on no-el- (Manila Bulletin)

VP asks SC to order Comelec to comment on shading threshold- (Manila Bulletin)

Philippine polls turning deadly- (The Straits Times)

Current Comelec registration no guarantee of voter’s ID- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Requirements vary based on voter registration service availed- (Philippine News Agency)

Poll reform advocates warn on ‘shading’ issue- (Manila Bulletin)

Uphold 25% threshold in PET recount: Stratbase ADRi- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec sees decline in poll violence- (Manila Bulletin)

PET orders CamSur officials to explain 'irregularities' in 2016 VP race- (ABS CBN)

SC finds anomalies in 2016 elections- (Manila Times)

Unregistered youth asked to participate in 2019 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

DILG awaits guidelines regarding barangay officials with no Soce- (Sunstar)

Comelec reminds seniors, PWDs: Declare status during registration- (Inquirer)

SolGen Calida’s filings delay VP protest case – Robredo camp- (Rappler)

Comelec observes ‘robust turnout’ on 1st day of voter registration- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec accredits Sara Duterte’s new regional party- (Inquirer)

Comelec resumes registration of voters- (Manila Times)