election-related violence - updates

Rappler's latest stories on election-related violence


At least 20 killed in election-related violence since December 2018

May 13, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The Commission on Elections has recorded 43 incidents of election-related violence as of May 12

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photo from Bicol Police

35 killed in suspected barangay, SK elections violence – PNP

May 14, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The PNP describes the election period so far as 'relatively peaceful'

ELECTIONS. Voters cast their vote inside the open gym in San Lorenzo Village in Makati City on May 14, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office

1 in 5 barangays marked as elections hot spot

May 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Out of more than 42,000 barangays nationwide, 7,915 have been labeled by the government as areas where there is heightened political tension and risks

SECURITY SCALED. A Comelec checkpoint along Roces Avenue in Quezon City on May 10, 2018 for the Barangay and SK elections 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Barangay killings haunt Antipolo as polls draw closer

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Two barangay officials are gunned down in a span of 3 weeks in Antipolo City

HUNTED DOWN. Antipolo City is not new to election-related violence, having been named an election 'hotspot' since 2001.

7 years later: What happened to the Maguindanao massacre case?

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:43 AM

UPDATED Will the worst case of election related violence in the Philippines reach its resolution under the Duterte administration?

ONGOING CASE. Justice remains elusive for victims of the Maguindanao massacre. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cagayan resident arrests gun ban violator

May 12, 2016 - 12:10 AM

A concerned resident carries out a citizen s arrest during the elections

At least 33 Samar residents leave homes due to vote-buying threats

May 09, 2016 - 4:45 AM

A resident says the armed men were allegedly sent by a gubernatorial candidate under the Liberal Party in Samar

10 municipalities in Region 12 declared 'areas of concern'

May 07, 2016 - 7:00 AM

This is mainly for precautionary purposes because of the confirmed presence of armed groups and the intense political rivalries in these areas a Comelec official says

Mayor's security aide survives ambush in Aklan

May 04, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Alan Dela Cruz aide of Mayor Quezon Labindao was on his way to a local market to buy fish when alleged several gunmen suddenly fired shots on him

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 9PM

May 03, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Rappler and PPCRV team up to safeguard the 2016 elections Marawi and Abra may soon be under ‘Comelec control’ CHR says the number of election related violence cases rises to 53

Violent incidents linked to elections rise to 53 – CHR

May 03, 2016 - 7:31 PM

47 more incidents are being investigated

TIGHT SECURITY. A member of the Regional Public Safety Battalion stands guard outside the town hall of Pantar, Lanao del Norte. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#PHVoteWatch: Report vote buying, other election wrongdoing

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Report cases of vote buying vote selling election related violence campaign violations and other forms of election problems and offenses using the PHVoteWatch map

LP decries harassment of local allies

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:29 PM

Party standard bearer Mar Roxas has alleged that the communist New People s Army is behind the harassment of allies in Panay island

LP HARASSED? Standard-bearer campaigns in General Santos City. File photo by Lito Boras / Rappler.com

Isabela town councilor bet shot dead

Apr 15, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Barangay chairman Heinrich Apostol who is running for Jones town councilor is shot dead in his own backyard


'Politically-motivated' killings aplenty before PH elections – CHR

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:45 PM

What incidents of violence have been happening around the country before election day?

Cebu: 1 city, 6 towns being watched for poll-related violence

Apr 06, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The areas identified for close monitoring by the authorities have had a history of intense political rivalry

#PHVote: Ambush, campaign bloopers, and shady allies

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:41 AM

A reelectionist mayor in Laguna is wounded in an attack the Liberal Party embraces the jueteng network in Pampanga the Comelec s website is hacked

No election hot spots in Negros Occidental for now – Comelec

Jan 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Even Isabela town where a provincial board member and his bodyguard were shot dead in 2015 is not an area of concern the provincial election chief says

Justice still elusive 6 years after Maguindanao massacre

Nov 23, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Victims relatives lament the slow pace of justice

Bishops to Aquino: Stop Samar killings before polls

May 28, 2015 - 2:01 PM

We are alarmed that these killings may be the start of a wave of political violence in our provinces in the island of Samar bishops tell the President

HELP SOUGHT. Bishops seek the 'immediate assistance' of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to prevent 'a wave of political violence' in the island of Samar. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Ampatuan son released after posting P12M bail

Mar 09, 2015 - 3:26 PM

UPDATED Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan posts bail two months after a Quezon City court granted his appeal for temporary liberty The justice department will appeal the decision

ELUSIVE JUSTICE. The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre seek justice for their loved ones. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: Maguindanao Massacre case, 5 years on

Nov 21, 2014 - 6:00 PM

This Rappler infographic sums up – in numbers – the status of the Maguindanao Massacre case 5 years on

Rappler Newscast | October 28, 2013

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:09 PM

22 people are killed in poll related incidents Poll tension in future Bangsamoro 60 5 million phone calls were tapped in Spain

Tanod killed in election violence in Digos City

Oct 28, 2013 - 3:00 PM

In another incident unidentified suspects lob a grenade at a fiscal s home; No reports of injuries

2 killed in election day shooting in Negros Occidental

Oct 28, 2013 - 2:59 PM

Two men die after being shot at allegedly by a group led by a candidate for barangay captain

Over 6,000 barangays under PNP poll watch

Oct 27, 2013 - 11:28 PM

The barangays are identified as priority areas in relation to the barangay elections Monday October 28

Election areas of concern in Negros Occidental rise to 127

Oct 26, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Of the 127 barangays considered as election areas of concern 33 barangays are classified as areas of immediate concern

15 killed, 17 wounded in poll-related incidents – PNP

Oct 23, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The PNP says the 20 incidents so far where these victims were involved are lower in number compared to past barangay elections

9 killed, 14 hurt in N. Luzon from May 1-14

May 15, 2013 - 2:10 PM

Less violence in May 13 than in 2010 polls says Nolcom

Violence mars election day

May 13, 2013 - 10:33 PM

Rappler aggregates newly reported cases of election related violence

Comelec urges election vigilance in Calamba

May 13, 2013 - 2:20 AM

Laguna Comelec officials urge voters to report vote buying and election related violence

Cavite's clashing clans gear up for May 13

May 12, 2013 - 6:00 PM

In Cavite former allies battle it out for the gubernatorial seat a race closely watched by national government officials

LOCAL KINGPINS. Estradas, Binays, UNA candidates count on personal ties with the Remullas. Photo by RAPPLER

1 killed, 1 injured in Eastern Samar shooting

May 11, 2013 - 12:16 PM

Victims were guarding PCOS machines in a Borongan school

SAMAR COP KILLED. Violence in Eastern Samar while guarding PCOS machines. Photo by Emil Mercado/Rappler.com

LP mayoral bet arrested for guns

May 09, 2013 - 6:39 AM

After several killings in Bohol LP mayoralty bet Alfonso Del Rosario is arrested for possession of high powered ammunition

Vice mayor, village chief engage in fist fight

May 07, 2013 - 11:42 PM

Barangay chair Victor Chan ended being beaten up by bodyguards of Vice Mayor Jojo Pajela of Carmen Pangasinan Police considers it a case of grave threat

Pagadian interfaith leaders condemn election-related killings

May 02, 2013 - 9:46 PM

Faith leaders condemn escalating attacks on Pagadian candidates barely two weeks before election

14-year-old shot candidate?

Apr 30, 2013 - 5:39 PM

The killing is not the first incidence of violence in Banisilan since the election period

GUNMAN IDENTIFIED. The killer of councilor bet Gaspar "Gaps" Omar has been identified by local police.

PNP deploys 30,000 more cops for polls

Apr 30, 2013 - 1:52 PM

An additional 30 000 police officers will be deployed as part of a new operation in efforts to keep the elections safe

Lanao ambush hikes poll deaths by 20%

Apr 26, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr says Comelec will coordinate with the PNP on declaring Lanao del Norte an area of concern

LANAO AMBUSH. Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan of Nunungan town recuperates at a hospital in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte province. Photo by Richele Umel/AFP

Ambushed mayor leads one of biggest pol dynasties in Lanao

Apr 26, 2013 - 2:29 PM

The Manamparan clan has the third most number of members fielded in the local race in Lanao del Sur

AMBUSH. Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan of Nunungan town recuperates at a hospital in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte province. Photo by Richele Umel/AFP

Pangasinan: Grenade blast at whistleblower's house

Apr 24, 2013 - 3:05 PM

Mayor Rodrigo Orduña earlier filed a plunder complaint against Pangasinan Gov Amado Espino Jr for receiving jueteng money

WHISTLE BLOWER. Mayor Rodrigo Orduna links Pangasinan Gov Amado Espino Jr to 'jueteng.' File photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Poll tensions in Albay town taint province's record

Apr 14, 2013 - 2:57 PM

The mayoral race in Malinao town in Albay is an anomaly in the otherwise peaceful polls in the province following the murder of one of the leading bets for the post

Comelec to junk requests for special control

Mar 27, 2013 - 5:13 PM

Politicians requesting Comelec control do not understand what they want says the Comelec chief

52 poll areas of concern in Ilocos Region – police

Mar 26, 2013 - 9:05 PM

Pangasinan where an LP bet is challenging the re electionist governor will be watched most closely among the provinces

Masbate vice mayoral bet killed

Mar 03, 2013 - 5:59 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition candidate succumbs to gunshot wounds in the stomach and thigh

Checkpoint fails to stop mayor's murder

Jan 23, 2013 - 7:55 PM

While it failed to prevent crime a checkpoint leads to the arrest of a 26 year old suspect in the Quezon City murder of an Isabela town mayor

4 poll-related violence confirmed since October

Dec 17, 2012 - 3:35 PM

Police validating 23 other cases where local politicians and their supporters were attacked

ELECTION-RELATED. Police investigators look at the victims of the massacre in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao. File photo from AFP

Mayor in Camarines Sur shot dead

Oct 28, 2012 - 3:57 PM

Raul Matamorosa mayor of Lupi Camarines Sur was having a television repaired in a shop in Naga City when he was shot in the head by a man accompanied by two accomplices Saturday

Murder of Binay exec first 2013 poll violence?

Sep 07, 2012 - 6:39 PM

Binay s spokesperson believes the killing of a Makati City engineer may be politically motivated