Long wait triggers gripes against Comelec

HUNDREDS turned up in malls in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu yesterday where off-site registration booths gave them a chance to vote in May 2016. Many waited for hours. But Commission More »

One Cebu candidates briefed on rules of automated polls

TO ENSURE that Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines are not tampered, watch the people around the precinct and not the machines, advised former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes. Brillantes More »

Poe-Escudero tandem announces complete senatorial slate

The tandem of senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero announced Thursday its complete senatorial slate for the May 2016 elections. Poe and Escudero, who are running as independent candidates for president and More »

Diño withdraws candidacy, asks Duterte to run for president

PARTIDO Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) presidential candidate Martin Diño announced Thursday his withdrawal from the 2016 elections and asked party-mate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to run as his substitute. More »

Santiago vows to end corruption if she wins presidency

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago, who is running for president, met Monday hundreds of her supporters at the University of the Philippines Bahay ng Alumni in Diliman, Quezon City. At the start of More »

Contenders meet

THE two men who will compete to lead Cebu Province from 2016-2019 briefly met for the first time in this election season outside the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday morning. Lawyer Winston More »

Former Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmeña leads filing of candidates’ COCs

SUPPORTERS of Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) accompanied the whole slate of the opposition as they filed their certificates of candidacy yesterday (COCs) before the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in More »


Voters’ application forms to undergo ERB scrutiny

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has clarified that those who filed their Application Form for Registration (AFR) during the seventeen months registration period does not automatically make them registered voters.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the AFRs will still be heard by the Election Registration Board (ERB) before their names be included in the certified list of voters to be used in the next elections.

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Long wait triggers gripes against Comelec

Would-be voters line up outside the Robinson’s Cybergate mall in Cebu City on the last day of the registration, which lasted more than a year. (Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

HUNDREDS turned up in malls in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu yesterday where off-site registration booths gave them a chance to vote in May 2016.

Many waited for hours. But Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials pointed out they had been given more than a year to register or update their records.

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Bill seeks online registration, voting for OFWs

A BILL has been filed in the House of Representatives seeking to amend the Overseas Voting Act to allow internet registration and voting for Filipino seafarers and other overseas Filipino workers.

ANGKLA Party-list Representative Jesulito Manalo and Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan said House Bill 4991 is “designed to guarantee equal opportunity to all qualified citizens of the Philippines here and abroad in the exercise of the fundamental right of suffrage.”

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Marcos vows to end senseless media killings if he wins VP race

VICE Presidential aspirant Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed Friday to exert all efforts to avert the senseless killings of media and the culture of impunity in the country if he wins in 2016 polls.

Citing report by the Committee to Protect Journalist, Marcos said the Philippines ranked as the third most dangerous place in the world for journalists, next to war-torn Iraq and Syria.

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Comelec to registrants: Come early to get priority number

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cebu City has advised all those who will catch the last day of voters’ registration today to be early as they will only entertain up to a thousand registrants.

In Cebu City, Comelec will still conduct an off-site registration in Robinson’s Cybergate located near Fuente Osmeña rotunda and Chong Hua Hospital.

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Poe: Excluding Lacson ‘not the intention’

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Senator Grace Poe apologized Thursday to former senator Panfilo Lacson for not including him in her 2016 senatorial lineup, saying she did not intend to disregard his competence.

Lacson was quoted in a news report as saying that Poe dropped him from her senatorial slate in favor of actor Edu Manzano.

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Binay to admin: Stop hiding behind campaign slogan

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay challenged Thursday the Aquino administration to explain why poverty worsened in the country, and the failure of its “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” campaign slogan.

Lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, said that poverty and corruption persist even after President Benigno Aquino III and his Liberal Party (LP) promised a better life without corruption five years ago.

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Poe: Give Zubiri a chance

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Senator Grace Poe defended Thursday the inclusion of resigned senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in her senatorial lineup for the 2016 polls.

Zubiri allegedly won the 12th and final seat in the Senate in 2007 due to cheating, depriving rightful winner Aquilino Pimentel III the mandate for four years.

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Poe, Escudero lead Magdalo survey after COC filing

THE tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero led the presidential and vice presidential surveys, respectively, conducted by the Magdalo party-list group after the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections two weeks ago.

Results of the October 20 to 22 survey showed that Poe remained the top choice, with 43 percent of respondents picking her as the successor of President Benigno Aquino III in 2016.

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Palace: LP Senate bets following certain campaign rules

MALACAÑANG shrugged off Thursday the inclusion of Senator Ralph Recto in the senatorial lineup of the party of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero for the 2016 elections.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there are certain rules to be followed by the Liberal Party candidates, especially if they are also being supported by the other parties.

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