Elections 2022

Poll lawyer questions BSKE reset before SC

MANILA – An election lawyer challenged before the Supreme Court (SC) the law resetting the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections from December this year to October 2023.In his petition filed Monday, Romulo Macalintal asked the high tribunal to declare Republic Act (RA) No. 11935... Read More

Comelec dismisses electoral protest vs. Manila mayor

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division has dismissed the protest against Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, filed by losing candidate Alexander Lopez, for failure to present evidence to support the case.The nine-page decision, signed by Commissioners Marlon Casquejo and Rey... Read More

Printing of ballots to start Monday as BSKE reset looms

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will elevate “into full swing” on Monday the printing of nearly 92 million official ballots to be used in the December 5 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).In an advisory on Saturday, acting Comelec spokesperson John... Read More

Senate majority agrees on BSKE postponement

MANILA – Seventeen senators voted on Tuesday to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) for another year while only Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III and his deputy, Senator Risa Hontiveros, opposed.Senate Bill 1306 proposes to move the Dec. 5, 2022 BSKE to Dec. 4,... Read More

BSKE reset will affect Comelec contracts with suppliers

MANILA – The possible rescheduling of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE), from December 5 to May or December next year, will have implications on the Notices of Award to suppliers and service contractors.Comelec chief George Garcia, in a statement on Saturday, said they are... Read More

Imee Marcos: Better to hold BSKE in May than December

MANILA – Senator Imee Marcos is leaning more on postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) to May next year, rather than December.Marcos said the month of May is when students go back to their hometowns, which gives them an opportunity to vote, whereas December will... Read More

Maguindanao plebiscite ends well; all poll precincts operational

MANILA – All 467 voting precincts opened on schedule for the Maguindanao plebiscite on Saturday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported.Comelec Chair George Garcia said all but one precinct opened at 7 a.m. for the 818,790 registered voters who decided if the province in the Bangsamoro... Read More

Budget may determine Senate decision on BSKE schedule

MANILA – The Senate will decide on whether or not the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) would push through on December 5 after receiving the budget requirements of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).The Comelec will submit to the Senate a detailed breakdown of how it... Read More

PNP heightens alert for Maguindanao plebiscite

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is fine-tuning security measures and has coordinated with the military and other law enforcement agencies for the orderly conduct of the Maguindanao plebiscite on September 17.Other needed assets will be on standby for rapid response, according to... Read More

No money wasted in case of BSKE reset: Comelec

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday assured taxpayers’ money will not go to waste in case the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) will be postponed anew.Comelec chairperson George Garcia said the printing of ballots has yet to start amid calls to reset... Read More

2.9M sign up in 18-day voter registration period

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the voters' registrationfrom July 4 to 23saw 2,936,979 signing up nationwide.The 15-17 age bracket lured the most registrants at 1,814,907; followed by the 18-30 group at 963,418; and 158,654 among those aged 31 and above.The youngest age... Read More

Voter registration ends Saturday

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) ordered that anybody already in line by 3 p.m. must be accommodated during the last day of registration on Saturday.Registration for regular and youth voters for the December 5 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) ends at 5 p.m. on... Read More

Nearly 490K register as Comelec resumes voters’ sign-up

MANILA – Nearly 490,000 applications for registration of regular and youth voters have been received by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) since the resumption of sign-up on July 4.Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudingco reported on Saturday that as of July 8, they have received... Read More

Comelec Bicol urges voters to sign up

LEGAZPI CITY – The Commission on Elections-Bicol (Comelec-5) is calling on residents to participate in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in December by registering as voters.In an infographics posted on its Facebook page, Comelec-5 said offices will accept applications until... Read More

Comelec dockets 17 verified complaints of vote-buying, selling

MANILA – Seventeen complaints that involve alleged vote-buying and selling are set to undergo preliminary investigations, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said Friday the verified complaint-affidavits passed through the Law... Read More

Comelec audit reports 99.9% accuracy of May 9 polls

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday achieved a nearly 100 percent accuracy score after its Random Manual Audit (RMA) of the May 9 elections.Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, in charge of the RMA Committee, said they started last month and finished ahead of schedule.“On... Read More

Palace thanks Filipinos for supporting Sara Duterte

MANILA – Malacañang on Sunday thanked Filipinos for the continuous support and trust given to outgoing Davao City Mayor and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte.Acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made this remark just hours before the inauguration... Read More

Comelec shuts down 3 servers used in May 9 polls

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has shut down the servers and networks of the automated elections system (AES) used in the May 9 national and local elections.Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said since the data centers are no longer needed, they must be shut down.The... Read More

Congress bent on proclaiming new president, VP on Wednesday

MANILA – Congress, convening as the National Board of Canvassers, is expecting to proclaim the president-elect and vice-president elect on Wednesday, according to House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez.During the resumption of the canvassing of votes for the presidential and vice presidential... Read More

Congress to uphold integrity of electoral process, says Romualdez

MANILA – House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Tuesday vowed that Congress, convening as the National Board of Canvassers, will "uphold the integrity of the electoral process".Romualdez gave the assurance as the House of Representatives and Senate began the official tallying of votes cast... Read More