Comelec pledges to clear wayward campaign posters

POSTERS of local candidates in common poster areas will be removed soon to make way for those of national candidates, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said yesterday, the first day of More »

Rama back at work, finds time for UNA

A DAY after his 60-day preventive suspension ended, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will fly to Manila today to attend the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) event on the first official day of More »

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 »


Comelec set to hear appeal on dismissal of Duterte DQ case

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to discuss the motion for reconsideration filed by Rizalito David against the ruling of its first division dismissing his petition that seeks to cancel Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president.

In a motion, David asked the Comelec to reconsider its decision to allow Duterte to run for the top post and to declare Duterte’s substitution for Martin Diño, then Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) presidential bet, null and void. (READ MORE)

Drilon confident on Roxas win in 2016 polls

SENATE President Franklin Drilon was optimistic Wednesday that Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II will be elected president in the May polls, given the administration’s immense election machinery and having President Benigno Aquino III as its campaign manager.

“We are confident (that Roxas will be elected president because) we have the biggest machinery in the country (and) we have the most credible general campaign manager, and that is President Benigno Aquino III,” Drilon, vice chair of LP, said at a media forum in Malate, Manila. (READ MORE)

‘PI’ starts Duterte-Cayetano campaign

NOT one minute into his speech at the proclamation rally of presidential tandem Duterte-Cayetano in Tondo, Manila, aired live over Sonshine Media Network cable and free TV, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte already uttered his first cussword after saying the reason why he ran for president.

“Tumakbo ako pagka-presidente dahil galit ako sa gobyerno,” he said, before saying his first cussword.

He mentioned a total of six “PI” cussword. (READ MORE)

Councilors hold session early to join Tondo rally

DAVAO City councilors had an earlier session Tuesday to attend Davao City mayor’s proclamation rally in Tondo.

“Tanan jud mi mag-adto, naay pipila dili kaadto for personal reasons (All of us will go except those who for personal reasons cannot),” Councilor John Christopher Mahamud said in an interview. (READ MORE)

Campaign for national bets launched in Oro

CANDIDATES and supporters in Cagayan de Oro City have begun launching their own election campaign to endorse their national bets as the 90-day campaign period officially kicked-off Tuesday.

Although national candidates were not present in each of the parties’ rally in the city, local allied candidates saw to it that residents would not miss out the first day of the campaign period. (READ MORE)

23 firearms seized in Comelec gun ban in N. Mindanao

WITH the continuing Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban, the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Northern Mindanao recorded 23 firearms confiscated and 17 persons apprehended since its implementation on January 10.

PRO Northern Mindanao spokesperson Police Superintendent Gervacio Balmaceda said the record is based from the running data from the different provincial and city offices of the Philippine National Police in the region. (READ MORE)

Illegally-posted campaign materials in Oro streets taken down

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday began taking down illegally-posted campaign posters as part of its “Operation Langkat.”

The Comelec said 82 election paraphernalia of national bets which were not placed in common poster areas were torn down as of Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Church leaders to candidates: Be clean, honest in campaign

AS THE national campaign period kicks off today, church leaders once again remind candidates to remain honest in their campaign strategies.

Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma is urging residents to ‘take time to study’ each candidate and the platforms each take. (READ MORE)

Cordillera lumad group perform ‘curse’ ritual at Comelec

OUTRAGED members of the Sulong Katribu group in the Cordillera conducted a ‘baon’ ritual in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), following the disqualification of the group to join the party-list candidates on May 9, 2016 polls.

The baon ritual, according to Sulong Katribu second nominee Jill Cariño, is a ceremony where unwanted act/s against a person or a group is cursed and one of the several ritual traditions in the Cordillera. (READ MORE)

Cops told: Stay neutral

A HIGH-RANKING official from Camp Crame reminded police officers in Central Visayas not to allow themselves to be used by politicians.

Police Director Generoso Cerbo Jr., the directorate for intelligence chief, said officers should not show bias for or against any candidate or political group. (READ MORE)