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Comelec proclaims winners in senatorial race

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday proclaimed the top 12 in the 2019 senatorial race as the official winners in that contest.

Comelec calls for filing of complaint over alleged pre-shaded ballots shown...

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should conduct an investigation into the reported pre-shading of ballots in Lanao del Sur during the 2019 midterm elections held last Monday.

Senate to look into glitch in midterm polls

THE Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation will hold an oversight hearing on June 4 to look into technical issues that hounded Monday’s midterm elections.

Dynasts fall in parts of NCR

DYNASTS were toppled in parts of the National Capital Region, according to results of the local race in this year’s midterm elections.

Canvassing of votes begins

THE National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) convened on Tuesday, canvassing the first few certificate of canvass (CoC) from the midterm elections held Monday.

Duterte bets dominate Top 12

AN unofficial count as of Monday early evening showed candidates of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration dominating the top 12 slots of the senatorial race, led by reelectionist Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

Snapshots: 2019 national and local elections

Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) and poll watchers start their day early as they prepare for the influx of voters at the Araullo High School in Manila.

Duterte will not allow election cheating — Palace

MALACAÑANG warned on Friday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not allow any form of cheating by the election commission in the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, stressing that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should ensure the integrity of the ballots.

Comelec assures it will be ready for the polls despite hitches

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that despite some mishaps surrounding the preparations in the days before the May 13 elections, it will be able to address them on time.

Duterte warns Negros Occidental mayor: Let the people vote freely

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has warned the mayor of a town in Negros Occidental against sowing fear and to allow the people “to vote freely” on May 13.

Task force vs vote buying launched

LESS THAN a week before the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched a task force intended to address the long-standing problem of vote buying.

Headline inflation rates in the Philippines (April, 2019)

A TOTAL of 247,830 police and military officers will be deployed nationwide to secure the midterm elections on May 13.

Almost 248,000 cops, soldiers to be deployed for May 13 polls

A TOTAL of 247,830 police and military officers will be deployed nationwide to secure the midterm elections on May 13. The Philippine National Police (PNP)...

Gov’t forces thwart group’s election day violence plan, seize firearms and...

A JOINT military and police operation over the weekend in Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao led to the arrest of four people suspected to be part of a group planning an attack during the May 13 midterm elections.

Moises Padilla town placed under Comelec control

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has placed the municipality of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental under its control due to “political violence,” citing the recent killing of two town councilors seeking reelection.

Villar, Poe tie in poll

REELECTIONIST Senator Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares has tied with fellow reelectionist Cynthia A. Villar on the top spot in Pulse Asia’s Pre-Electoral Nationwide Survey, about two weeks ahead of the midterm polls on May 13.

Comelec to announce majority, minority parties this week

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) will announce the names of the dominant majority and minority parties for the May 13 elections this week, according to Comelec Spokesperson James B. Jimenez.

Most preparations for elections already in place: Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has said that most of the preparations are in place for the 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE) which will be held in less than three weeks.

NAMFREL to launch election data site for better transparency in May...

THE NATIONAL Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) announced on Thursday it will be running a Website aimed at expanding transparency during the midterm elections on May 13.

Police steps up election-related security measures as voting day nears

WITH MORE than 4,500 violators of the election gun ban arrested as of April 22 from Jan. 13, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is stepping up security measures as the May 13 midterm voting nears.

System reviewers: AES tough to hack, but Comelec still has to...

INDIVIDUALS WHO took part in reviewing the automated election system (AES) that will be used for the midterm elections in May assure its security, but said they will still keep track of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in ensuring its integrity.

2 more Duterte bets climb in March Pulse Asia poll

TWO MORE allies of President Rodrigo R. Duterte made it to the top 12 of Pulse Asia’s latest senatorial survey, with its sole opposition bet from the recent surveys dropping from the latest poll.

Gov’t completing documentation on projects to be exempt from election spending...

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the government is currently completing documentation on infrastructure projects it is seeking exempts for from the 45-day Commission on Elections (Comelec) ban on public works.

Comelec sets new discount rules for May election campaign ads

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the amended election law, setting out the discount rates and guidelines for the May 2019 campaign ads that will be placed in different media outlets.

More than half of towns and cities in hotspot list

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has identified a total of 941 election hotspots that comprise 57.60% of the 1,634 cities and municipalities nationwide.

Ballots for May elections ready by mid-April

THE PRINTING of ballots for the 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE) will be finished before the Holy Week begins on April 14, which is earlier than the target date, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Wednesday.

Entire Mindanao declared hotspot

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday declared the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot, citing armed threats and election-related violence in the area.

Opposition lays out economic agenda based on safety, rural investment

OPPOSITION candidates for the Senate on Monday laid out their economic programmes before business associations, focusing on the need to improve safety, the rule of law, institutions, and the capacity of local governments to accept investment.

Poe keeps lead in poll; Bong Go jumps to 3rd place

CANDIDATES aligned with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, as well as a number of independent candidates continued to dominate Pulse Asia’s latest senatorial poll which reelectionist Senator Grace Poe continued to lead.

Focus on bailiwicks: Analysts on LP bets

THE Otso Diretso senatorial slate of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) should bank on their strengths and bailiwicks to increase their chances in the 2019 midterm elections, analysts said Sunday.

Reelectionist senators band together for campaign

REELECTIONIST SENATORS belonging to different political affiliations have banded together and held a proclamation rally in Tondo, Manila City on the second day of the campaign period for the 2019 midterm elections on May 13.

Senatorial candidates kick off election campaign

SENATORIAL candidates under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) kicked off their election campaign in Pampanga on Tuesday, while the opposition Liberal Party’s eight candidates under the Otso Diretso banner began their stumping in Caloocan City, a hotspot in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug war.

House deputy speaker assures May ’19 midterm elections a go

CONFIDENT THAT the bicameral conference committee will meet its Feb. 6 deadline on the budget bill ratification, Deputy Speaker Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. said on Monday that the “no-el” (no election) scenario in May is unlikely.

Comelec releases final list of 63 senatorial candidates

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released a final list of 63 senatorial candidates in this year’s National and Local Elections (NLE).

Canvassing starts as BOL approval anticipated

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) en banc convened on Tuesday morning as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) to start the official count for the votes in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, but adjourned by 11:30 a.m. as it

Comelec to hold mock polls to test automated system

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold mock elections on Jan. 19 in 60 clustered precincts in 30 areas to test-run the automated system for the May 13 midterm polls.

Cayetanos say Comelec has no authority over disqualification cases

FORMER Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and his wife, exiting Taguig Mayor Maria Laarni “Lani” L. Cayetano, who are both running for congressional seats in two different districts in Taguig, have asserted that the Comission on Elections (Comelec) has no authority to evaluate their eligibility to run amid the disqualification cases filed against them.

Bayan Muna tops Comelec’s roster of party-list groups

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) released on Wednesday the list of 181 party-list groups that will take part in the 2019 midterm elections, with Bayan Muna topping the list and Kasosyo of former communications assistant secretary Margaux J. Uson at the last.

Pimentel defends reelection bid

SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” L. Pimentel’s camp has maintained that his reelection bid for next year’s midterm elections is legal amid disqualification cases filed against him.

Sara Duterte’s party, PRP to join forces

THE PEOPLE’S REFORM Party (PRP) of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is set to forge an alliance with presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio’s regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) on Monday, Dec. 3.

Competition Commissioner to run for congresswoman

COMMISSIONER Stella Luz A. Quimbo of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will run in the midterm elections for representative of the 2nd district of Marikina City, incumbent Rep. Romero S. Quimbo, the commissioner’s husband, confirmed.

CoA suspends audit based on complaints vs poll candidates

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has suspended special or fraud audits against 2019 poll candidates in its bid to keep its political neutrality during the election period.

Duterte endorses singer-songwriter running for senator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday endorsed the senatorial candidacy of singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar.

Send in the clowns

STEPHEN Sondheim’s eponymous song from his musical A Little Night Music is good background music for the 2019 elections which just kicked off with the filing of the CoCs. Photos of known personalities on their way to the registration desk, accompanied by families, well-known predecessors themselves are front-page stuff.

Race for Cebu governor: Magpale files disqualification case vs Garcia

CEBU VICE-GOVERNOR Agnes A. Magpale, who is running for governor in the 2019 elections, has filed a disqualification case against her opponent, 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn F. Garcia. Ms. Magpale said the petition was filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Manila and that she is confident it will hold water.