Elections 2022

VP Leni comforts supporters, says there are more battles ahead

MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo, at least 16 million votes behind frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the presidential race as of the unofficial noon tally, told her supporters in a pre-dawn address Tuesday that they did not fail because they started a new movement.She added that what is... Read More

PAF planes, choppers conduct 'persuasion flights' over Mindanao

MANILA–The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday said its aircraft, including two of its brand-new A-29B "Super Tucano" attack planes, have flown persuasion flights over various parts of Mindanao as part of their efforts to secure the May 9 national and local elections from lawless... Read More

Marcos thanks supporters as he leads partial, unofficial count

MANILA – Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. thanked his supporters late Monday evening as he led the partial and unofficial results of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server with nearly 30 million votes.Though he is leading by a big margin... Read More

Early birds struggle to beat voting 'threshold'

QUEZON CITY – On previous occasions, those who tend to vote early on Election Day have been getting a smoother flow in casting their votes.This year's polls are a different one.With a lot of factors that kicked in, at least some of the "early birds" found themselves having to endure long lines... Read More

Filipinos ‘sick and tired’ of divisiveness: analyst

MANILA – Presidential aspirant and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has maintained a large lead in the presidential race polls because of his “simple” pitch for unity, a political analyst said Monday.In an interview over PTV-4, Dr. Froilan Calilung, who... Read More

Comelec expects to surpass 2016 polls’ voter turnout

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting to surpass the voter turnout in the May 2016 polls as the election returns (ERs) of the May 9, 2022 national and local elections started to come in.Lawyer John Rex Laudiangco, Comelec spokesperson, said they are expecting more than 80... Read More

Initial count shows BBM, Sara leading partial, unofficial tally

MANILA – Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte are leading the presidential and vice presidential race, according to the partial and unofficial released by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) through its transparency server as... Read More

Declaration of failure of election ‘not an option’: Comelec

MANILA – The declaration of a failure of election in certain areas due to violent incidents is “not an option” for the Commission on Election (Comelec) unless it is really needed, an official said on Monday.“Actually, we have declared that in our joint command conference that... Read More

Voters still in line after cutoff allowed to cast ballots

MANILA – The Commission on Election (Comelec) assured that voters who were still in line even after poll precincts had closed at 7 p.m. were allowed to cast their ballots.The Comelec cited the situation of voters at Gregorio Perfecto High School in Tondo, Manila, some of whom arrived at 8 a.m.... Read More

'Swing votes' to come from low-income class: analyst

MANILA – Swing voters or those who were undecided on who they will elect prior to the polls would come from social class D or those living in relative poverty, political analyst Prof. Dindo Manhit said Monday.Manhit said it would be difficult to determine what population would make a switch... Read More

May 9 polls peaceful, Filipinos successfully cast votes: AFP

MANILA–The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said the national and local elections were generally peaceful as Filipinos were able to cast their ballots despite some untoward incidents."Although there are 15 election-related violent incidents, we were able to respond immediately,... Read More

Congress initializes canvassing machine

MANILA – Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday assured the public that Congress will do its duty to ensure that their choice of leaders is the "legitimate expression" of the will of the people.Velasco gave the assurance as he led the initialization of the Consolidation and Canvassing System... Read More

Elections in Malolos, Bulacan 'very peaceful, smooth'

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Despite long queues of voters and a report of a faulty vote-counting machine (VCM), the May 9 elections here at the Barasoain Memorial Integrated School (BMIS) turned out to be "very peaceful" and "very smooth."Department of Education supervisor officer (DESO) Marco... Read More

Comelec suspends NBOC early, to resume Tuesday afternoon

MANILA–The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) on Monday afternoon suspended the national canvassing for senators and party lists since there are still no votes to canvass.Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino said they decided to suspend... Read More

PCG intensifies security ops for nat’l polls

MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) deployed K9 units and uniformed personnel nationwide as part of its intensified security operations during the May 9 national elections.In a Facebook post on Monday, the PCG said over 400 explosives and narcotics detection dogs and their handlers were... Read More

Poll violence in Mindanao lower than previous elections

MANILA– An official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said poll-related violence in Mindanao is still relatively lower compared to previous elections.In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City, PNP Directorate for Operations Director, Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon said 100... Read More

Pangasinan police probes alleged vote-buying incidents

DAGUPAN CITY – The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has responded to several alleged vote-buying incidents in the different parts of the province reported on social media.“We verified the reports and interviewed witnesses as well as the persons being complained and so far, the... Read More

Lawmakers cast vote in 2022 elections

MANILA – Lawmakers cast their votes at different polling precincts during the 2022 national and local elections on Monday.House of Representatives Speaker Lord Allan Velasco cast his ballot at the Poctoy Elementary School in his hometown of Torrijos in Marinduque province.Velasco, who is... Read More

Let go of hatred, unite for country: Lacson

MANILA – Senator Panfilo Lacson anticipates living a normal life as a civilian in his home province of Cavite in case he does not win the presidency.Farming is included in his retirement plans.“Yeah, farming. It is something I will do. I will go back to farming in Silang,” Lacson... Read More

No decision yet to extend voting hours: Comelec

MANILA–The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not supportive of calls to extend the voting hours amid reports that some precincts did not open on time.According to Comelec Commissioner George Garcia, there is no reason to extend voting nationwide since the reported delays due to power... Read More