Comelec halts ballot printing for October polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has temporarily halted the printing of ballots that will supposedly be used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October. According to Comelec Chairman Juan More »

Thanks, Cebu: Leni

TWO days before she takes office, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo visited Cebu to swear in some allies and to thank Cebuanos who helped deliver her biggest political victory yet. In an interview More »

Political ‘foes’ gather for independent’s oathtaking

GUESTS at the oath-taking of incoming Third District Provincial Board Member Victoria Corominas were a mixture of members of different political parties and independent candidates who won in last May’s elections. “I’m More »

Cebu City mayor-elect takes oath of office

THOUSANDS of supporters trooped to the Cebu City Sports Complex, as Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña and newly elected officials belonging to his political party, Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), took their oath of More »

SC junks petition vs extension of Soce filing

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed Tuesday the petition seeking to nullify the resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that approved the extension on the deadline of the filing of More »

Mayor Osmeña to hold ‘cheapest inauguration’

ALTHOUGH his inauguration tomorrow is open to the public, Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña does not want government employees to attend his oath-taking rites. In a news conference last Friday, the mayor-elect More »

Court junks Estrada’s motion to attend daughter’s oath taking

THE Sandiganbayan on Monday junked the furlough request of detained outgoing Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for him to attend the upcoming oath taking of her daughter, San Juan City Vice Mayor-elect Janella More »


Palace to Comelec: Disclose result of data breach probe

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) should release the result of its investigation on the data heists that resulted in the theft of over 55 million personal records from the poll body’s website, Malacañang said on Friday.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Comelec should clear its name over the so-called “Comeleak,” the massive breach in the electorate’s database before the 2016 elections. (READ MORE)

Privacy body finds Comelec chair ‘criminally liable’ for data breach

THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) has recommended the filing of criminal charges against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista for the leakage of millions of personal voter information during the 2016 polls.

In a decision dated December 28, the NPC said it found the Comelec guilty of several violations of the Data Privacy Act of 2013 for the data leak that occurred between March 20 and 27, 2016. (READ MORE)


Comelec finds ground in ex-mayor Mike Rama’s protest vs Osmeña

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division has found the election protest filed by former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama against Mayor Tomas Osmeña to be “sufficient in form and substance.”

Last May 20, Rama’s camp filed an election protest asking the poll body to conduct a manual count of the votes cast during the May 9 polls to verify electoral fraud. (READ MORE)

Comelec: ‘Hakot’ allowed during registration period

AN OFFICIAL of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said there is nothing wrong with “hakot” or bringing groups of people to the Office of the Election Officer (OEC) to register.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez noted that the law also does not discourage such activity during registration period. (READ MORE)

Comelec to await Senate’s move on Villanueva’s dismissal

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the Senate has to first declare a vacancy before they can act in connection with the case of Senator Joel Villanueva.

“As prescribed by the process, we will have to wait for the Senate to declare a vacancy before we can do anything,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez. (READ MORE)

Incumbent Barangay officials to remain until 2017 polls – Comelec

BARANGAY officials currently in position will be serving until November 30, 2017, the Commission on Election (Comelec) said.

In a statement, the poll body said the term of office of current village officials will be extended under Republic Act (R.A.) 10923 or An Act Postponing the October 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections. (READ MORE)

Comelec junks disqualification case vs Oro mayor

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) dismissed the disqualification case filed by Taglimao village chair William Guialani against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno during the May 2016 elections.

Lawyer Dale Bryan Mordeno, Moreno’s legal counsel, said the Comelec dismissed the case on the grounds that the Office of the Ombudsman still has to make a final decision on the Ajinomoto tax settlement case. (READ MORE)

Comelec allots P10.6-M to diagnose used PCOS machines

THE post-election evaluation of 81,896 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will soon commence to determine if the units can still be utilized in the 2019 midterm polls, a top official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday.

This developed as Comelec approved the budget for the diagnostics of the voting machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections. (READ MORE)

Comelec to bring home debate best practices after US symposium

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will closely study the insights of delegates of the “Debate Visit and Best Practices Symposium” at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in relation to holding future election debates in the country.

According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, their interactions with representatives of other nations have so far provided them with insights on how to design, prepare for, and mount debates. (READ MORE)

Comelec rejects Smartmatic’s refund request over 2013 penalty

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has unanimously denied the request for a refund, amounting to close to P20 million, of Smartmatic International in connection with the services it rendered in the 2013 midterm polls.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the commission en banc rejected the appeal of the Venezuela-based firm to return the amount totaling to P19,045,068.24. (READ MORE)