Elections 2022

Minor vote counting machine issues in Malabon quickly resolved

MANILA –Minor glitches experienced by vote-counting machines (VCMs) in a Malabon City public school were quickly resolved before noon, an official said Monday.Melibeth Ruiz, principal of the Concepcion Elementary School (CES), said a VCM in cluster 41 with precinct numbers 100A, 100B, 100C,... Read More

Election under control despite VCMs’ glitches: Comelec

MANILA – Despite some glitches in the use of vote-counting machines (VCMs) in some precincts, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said the election is still under control.“We would like to assure everybody that the Comelec is in full control of what is happening right now.... Read More

New VCMs to be used in 2025 midterm polls

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the vote-counting machines (VCMs) used Monday will no longer be used in succeeding polls.Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said the more than 100,000 VCMs are old and will be replaced, starting in the 2025 midterm elections.“I think this is... Read More

Polls generally smooth, peaceful so far: Namfrel

MANILA – The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said Monday’s national and local elections have been smooth and peaceful overall as of 1 p.m., or six hours before polling precincts close.In a statement, the election watchdog announced that based on the observation... Read More

Elderly, PWDs unfazed by health conditions to cast votes

MANILA – No matter what their age and health conditions are, elderly citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) were among the early voters at Claro M. Recto High School in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday.Most of them wanted to avoid overcrowding by mid-morning or near closing time.Accompanied by... Read More

2K VCMs encountered issues before start of voting

MANILA–Some 2,000 vote counting machines (VCMs) have encountered some issues before the opening of polling places, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday.According to Comelec Commissioner George Garcia, there are 1,867 VCMs that malfunctioned and needed to be repaired."They... Read More

Domagoso satisfied with peaceful conduct of elections

MANILA–Aksyon Demokratiko presidential bet Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Monday said he is satisfied with the ongoing peaceful national and local elections so far.He made this comment during an ambush interview with the media shortly after casting his ballot at the Magat Salamat... Read More

Long lines mar early morning voting in Bulacan

MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan – Voters here are unfazed by long queues going to their precincts as they choose their next leaders on Monday.At the Pantoc Elementary School, there are two regular voting lines stretching as long as half a kilometer on each side as of 9 a.m.Voters have to also endure... Read More

May 9 polls to test Filipinos’ political will, unity: Danao

MANILA–Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said that Monday's national and local elections will test the country's political will and unity of the people."Indeed, this is another historical milestone that will test the mettle of government security... Read More

Comelec exec says voter turnout in first few hours overwhelming

MANILA–An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was overwhelmed by the response of the voting public in the first hours of the voting period on election day (May 9).Comelec Commissioner George Garcia said they are happy to see Filipinos troop to the voting centers.“So... Read More

Minor issues on vote counting machines in MisOr resolved: Namfrel

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) on Sunday said vote counting machines (VCMs) here and in the entire Misamis Oriental are generally functional and their minor issues already resolved.Nestor Banauag Jr., Namfrel focal person, said that based on... Read More

Local artist ‘begs’ CDO residents not to sell their votes

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Wearing a long-sleeved white Barong Tagalog, slacks, and black shoes, Nicolas “Nic” Aca looks odd standing in the middle of J.R. Borja Street, one of the busiest thoroughfares here.The 53-year-old multitalented artist could be mistaken for a politician or a... Read More

4 dead as alleged vote-buying triggers shooting in Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Allegations of vote-buying reportedly triggered a shooting incident that left four dead in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur on Saturday morning.Charges will be filed against the two groups composed of supporters of rival mayoral candidates, according to a press briefing at the... Read More

DepEd dares Pacquiao to name officials involved in corruption

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Sunday said Senator Manny Pacquiao must not stop with just allegations of corruption in the agency.Instead, the presidential candidate must identify the corrupt officials he accused during the Commission on Elections-Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster... Read More

16 violent election-related incidents recorded in 4 months

MANILA – A day before 67.5 million Filipino troop to polling centers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed 16 validated cases of violent election-related incidents (ERIs) across the country since the election period started on January 9 with the gun ban.In a virtual press conference... Read More

3 major campaign rallies in southern NCR peaceful: SPD

MANILA – The Southern Police District (SPD) reported that the three campaign rallies under its jurisdiction on Saturday had no untoward incidents.UniTeam, led by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte, held its final miting de avance in Parañaque City where the SPD... Read More

Pacquiao bats for pro-poor measures as campaign ends

MANILA – Senator Manny Pacquaio ended his campaign in his hometown General Santos City on Saturday the way he started it: Reiterating his presidency will be pro-poor.During his miting de avance, he said the country’s tax measures must be reformed to help the poor improve their living... Read More

Choose leaders who will prioritize nation, citizens: Palace

MANILA – Choose leaders who will prioritize the welfare of the nation and citizens, Malacañang enjoined the Filipino electorate on Sunday.Acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made this remark ahead of the May 9 national and local... Read More

Over 33K inmates to vote for national candidates on May 9

MANILA – They may be isolated from the outside world but 33,409 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) will be part of the elections on Monday.Inmates are allowed to vote only for national positions -- President, Vice President, senators, and... Read More

Support for UniTeam is vote for ‘progress’ of PH: Marcos

MANILA – Presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Inday Sara Duterte capped the official campaign period with a very successful miting de avance attended by hundreds of thousands of supporters at the Solaire open grounds in Parañaque City... Read More