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 »


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)

Comelec junks poll protest vs Makati mayor Binay

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the election protest filed against Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay by her closest rival in this year’s mayoralty race, Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr.
In a resolution, the Comelec First Division noted that petition was junked for failure to show specific allegations of acts of electoral fraud. (READ MORE)

Comelec ready to provide De Lima’s SOCE

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to provide documents, particularly the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), of Senator Leila de Lima if both Houses of Congress ask to furnish them copies of the election document.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that SOCE is a public document that can be requested by anyone. (READ MORE)

Continuing voters’ registration begins October 3

CONFIDENT that the law postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is in the bag, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already scheduled the start of the resumption of the continuing voters’ registration early next month.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said that the reopening of the voters’ registration for the 2017 village and youth polls will start on October 3 and will run until April 29, 2017. (READ MORE)

P200-M spent on ballot printing rendered useless

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has spent some P200 million out of the P6 billion budget in the thwarted Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, which was supposed to be held next month.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez reported that the said amount has been allocated in the initial printing of the official ballots, among others. (READ MORE)

Comelec asks Congress anew for law postponing October polls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is hoping that Congress will immediately pass a law postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, in order for them to have a legal basis for its rescheduling and not simply an “assumption.”

“We are now working on the assumption that the Barangay and SK elections will be postponed [but] we are hopeful that Congress will pass the law for postponement as soon as possible,” Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said. (READ MORE)

Comelec halts ballot printing for October polls

Board of Election Inspectors with the help of teachers unload ballots from vote counting machines (VCMs) for the manual counting of votes at the Department of Education 7 office. After every automated election, Comelec is required to conduct a manual audit of selected precincts to verify the accuracy of the VCMs. (Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

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 Andres Bautista, the head of the printing committee, this is the poll body’s move considering the “broad consensus” of the Congress and executive department in postponing the October 31 polls. (READ MORE)