Comelec chief accused of meddling in Lanao races involving brother, nephew

MANILA, Philippines – At least two local politicians in Lanao del Sur accused Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan, a native of the province, of middling in races involving his brother and nephew. The camp of Tubaran mayoral candidate Khaledyassin Papandayan refiled with the Comelec on Wednesday, May 11, a request for Pangarungan to … Read more

Comelec shrugs off claims of automated election rigging

Some Robredo supporters find it suspicious that her votes had consistently been at around 47% of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s when election returns were being transmitted MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday, May 10, brushed aside claims circulating online that the automated election system (AES) was rigged in favor of the presumptive … Read more

Comelec assures Ilocos Sur town voters of safety after shooting incident

ILOCOS NORTE, Philippines – A day before the country heads to the polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday, May 8, sought to assure voters and poll workers in the Magsingal town of Ilocos Sur that they are on top of the province situation after a deadly shooting incident between groups linked to mayoral … Read more

Comelec rules Cusi’s PDP-Laban wing is legitimate, not Pacquiao’s

(2nd UPDATE) The PDP-Laban chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte is the dominant majority party despite having no standard-bearer. It will have priority access to election returns and polling places. MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the faction of PDP-Laban, led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, as … Read more

Comelec vows ‘no PR-type interviews’ in KBP forum, but will candidates show up?

As of Thursday evening, April 28, four presidential candidates and four vice presidential candidates have confirmed to take part in the Comelec-KBP interview series MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, April 28, presented the blueprint of its upcoming presidential and vice presidential interview series next week, but it remained to be … Read more

Comelec guarantees hackers won’t be able to manipulate election results

‘These men arrested are scammers. They are pretending to know the system, and pretending they can hack the system, when in fact, they cannot, ‘ says Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured the public on Thursday, April 28, that individuals claiming to know how to hack the poll … Read more

Comelec tells officials to explain debate contractor’s debt mess with Sofitel

Comelec Commissioner Rey Bulay wants to know why some officials sought to release funds and ‘pay in behalf’ of the debate contractor that issued bounced checks to Sofitel MANILA, Philippines – The Comelec commissioner leading the probe on its contractor’s P14-million debt owed to the venue partner for the debates asked several high-ranking officials to … Read more

Comelec withholds payment to Smartmatic amid data breach controversy

Both the Comelec and Smartmatic, however, maintain that the incident will not, in any way, compromise the conduct of the 2022 polls MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is withholding payment to its poll software provider Smartmatic, following a supposed data breach involving the latter’s online infrastructure. Both entities, however, have … Read more

Filipino voter in Sweden receives 2 ballots, Comelec awaits report

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino voter registered in Sweden sounded the alarm over possible irregularities after receiving two ballots for the overseas election from the Philippine embassy in Stockholm. In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, April 12 (Stockholm time), the voter, who agreed to let Rappler report on his case provided his name be … Read more

Poll official denies Comelec infighting rumors after Inting’s gun ban panel exit

Commissioner Aimee Ferolino wore a black top during the Comelec’s en banc session on Wednesday, a move which her office says is in support of Commissioner Socorro Inting MANILA, Philippines – There is no infighting within the seven-member Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc. There is no conflict. Commissioner George Garcia made this observation Wednesday, … Read more