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Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Netflix releases trailer for upcoming K-drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Catch a glimpse of Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-ri as a star-crossed couple in 19th century Korea

MR SUNSHINE. Lee Byung-hun stars in the upcoming Korean drama. Photo Courtesy of Hwa&Dam/Netflix

DOH denies Philippines has new HIV strain

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'That is fake news. 'Wag po sana tayo maging simula ng mga ganoong balita kasi 'di naman po ito batay sa ebidensya,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to scientists who warned of a new HIV subtype

REFUTING REPORTS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says they have not been informed by the WHO of the alleged new HIV AE subtype in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New, aggressive HIV strain can worsen epidemic in PH – scientist

Mar 12, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Dr Edsel Salvana, director of the UP Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, says the HIV AE subtype is more resistant to antiretroviral drugs

PCC approves San Miguel's $1.9-B Masinloc coal power plant acquisition

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission finds that the deal does not result in substantial lessening of competition in the power generation and retail electricity markets

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The Philippines' biggest business deals in 2017

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The country's conglomerates have acquired everything from digital payment tech to coal power plants this year, as they acquire the tools they hope will shape the economy’s future

San Miguel buys Masinloc coal power plant for nearly $2 billion

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:15 PM

San Miguel Corporation tops other major power players in the Philippines for the facility, which has an installed capacity of 630 megawatts and is set to add another 300 by mid-2019

Meralco to bid alone for AES' coal plant in Zambales

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Meralco won't have a partner when it bids for a controlling stake in the facility. It'll likely compete with San Miguel and Aboitiz Power.

LONE WOLF. US electricity giant AES Corporation is selling its entire 51% interest in the Masinloc power facility, which it bought from the Philippine government for $930 million in 2008. Meralco will bid alone. File photo

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:55 AM

It s high time that we have a Filipino system in place for a Filipino election says the alternate chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council

PROUDLY PINOY. These are some of the homegrown technologies and ideas presented at the AES Tech Fair at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, on Wednesday, July 26. Photos by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Among their options are refurbishing the PCOS machines used in 2013 purchasing the VCMs leased in 2016 renting new machines or using a new system

ELECTION PREPS. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista talks about the poll body's plans at the Automated Election System Tech Fair at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Vakum 13 tahun, Lee Young-ae kembali di serial 'Saimdang'

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Saimdang tayang di Oh K setiap Rabu dan Kamis pukul 20 00 WIB

Lee Young-ae kembali ke kancah K-drama lewat serial 'Saimdang'. Foto dari Turner Asia Pasifik.

SC denies appeal vs Brillantes over ‘spying’

May 31, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Supreme Court says there is no evidence that ex poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr among others ‘collected information through unlawful means for an unlawful purpose’

POLL SABOTAGE? Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr questions an electoral sabotage case filed against the Comelec and other stakeholders. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

All votes in: Lessons from 2013 poll transmission woes

May 05, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The Comelec aims to have all votes accounted for – in the hotly contested 2016 elections and the country’s 3rd automated polls

7 ideas for Comelec: How to make the 2016 polls credible

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Poll watchdogs suggest some measures the Comelec may still take less than 2 months before the May 9 elections to make the exercise credible

Comelec defends decision vs voting receipts

Feb 16, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says losing candidates might use the voting receipts as manufactured evidence of cheating

ISSUE RECEIPTS? The Comelec says it has unanimously junked the proposal to print receipts from voting machines. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Candidates hit Comelec over system glitches

Feb 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

We should not allow sinister parties to manipulate the elections the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay says

MAJOR PROBLEMS. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces criticism after the poll body admitted major problems in the voting system. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec unsure if it can hold Smartmatic accountable

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Downplaying delays due to system problems Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says ‘I still have 88 days my friend We still have time’

UNDER FIRE. Technology provider Smartmatic draws flak after the Comelec admitted more problems in the automated election system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec admits more problems in voting system

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Vote counting machines reject 1 2 of ballot papers but the elections chief says the Comelec has no problems only challenges

Comelec deposits election system software in BSP vault

Jan 27, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Two more source codes – for the vote counting machines and the canvassing servers – will be deposited in escrow by the Comelec in a highly secured vault in BSP on February 9

DEPOSIT. Comelec chairman Andy Bautista (3rd from left) holds the metal box that contains the EMS software that will be deposited in escrow to BSP on Wednesday, January 27. To his right is BSP deputy governor Vicente Aquino. Michael Bueza/Rappler

AES breaks ground on battery-based energy storage in Zambales

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:47 PM

The energy storage project according to AES will strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation

LARGEST IN ASIA. Once completed by mid-2016, it will be one of the first advanced energy storage installations in South East Asia and among the largest in Asia. Photo by AES Philippines

Twin SC petitions threaten automated elections

Jul 07, 2015 - 7:51 PM

A poll watchdog says the simultaneous bidding the Comelec is doing to ensure automated elections in 2016 finds no support in law and is contrary to public policy

MAJOR CRISIS. The Supreme Court's recent ruling means that for now, the Philippines cannot use its 82,000 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines. File photo by John Javellana

How does the PH automated election system work?

May 15, 2015 - 5:20 PM

At the core of the automated election system is the election management system which sets up the automation of the polls and manages election related data

Smartmatic contract, SC justices inhibit, Pacquiao’s tactics | The wRap

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Smartmatic contract Three SC justices inhibit in Junjun Binay’s case Two factors that will be key to Pacquiao’s victory

Lafarge opens new cement mill ahead of merger with rival

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:36 PM

The firm explains the local implications of the merger and announces another mill that will rise in Bulacan

Lafarge inaugurates new cement mill ahead of planned merger

Smartmatic asks SC to dismiss blacklist petitions against it

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:03 PM

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections meanwhile seeks the deportation of Smartmatic s Cesar Flores for his questionable conduct and demeanor

AFP file photo

Poll watchdog asks SC to stop Comelec-Smartmatic deal

Feb 02, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Comelec has signed the contract with Smartmatic for the diagnostics and repair of 82 000 vote counting machines before AES Watch could file a motion with the Supreme Court

AFP file photo

Catholic schools urged to lend IT skills to Comelec

Jan 28, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Bishops also warn the poll body against bias toward any service provider in the Philippines automated elections

EASY TO RIG? Critics claim the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from Smartmatic could be 'easily tampered with.' File photo by John Javellana/Rappler File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Poll watchdog takes on challenge to prove PCOS rigging

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:09 AM

But Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr is not inclined to proceed with the dare anymore after learning of the request to have a Smartmatic programmer follow their instructions

PCOS MACHINE. The existing 80,000 PCOS machines would have to be refurbished for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

Poll watchdogs to Comelec: Scrap deal with Smartmatic

Jan 13, 2015 - 1:48 PM

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections and AES Watch jointly file a letter of protest questioning the Comelec s alleged midnight deal with Smartmatic for PCOS diagnostics

PROTEST. Members of the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections (C3E) and Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) protest in front of the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila, on Tuesday, January 13. Jansen Romero/Rappler

Brillantes to poll watchdog: Stop criticisms, help us instead

Nov 20, 2014 - 2:57 PM

The Comelec chairman also denied reports that they are covering up findings about digital lines that supposedly affected the results of the 2013 polls

PRESS CON. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes holds a press conference on Thursday, November 20. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

AES Philippines Inc is planning to introduce battery energy storage in the country hopefully soon to help ease the summer 2015 power crisis

9 bids submitted for PH coal projects

Sep 29, 2014 - 7:04 PM

The energy department says the poor turnout of applications is attributed to the current low coal prices

Comelec awaits 2016 poll tech recommendation

Jul 27, 2014 - 5:49 PM

The Comelec Advisory Council is set to submit by August 15 a recommendation on what automated election system will be used for the 2016 polls Comelec may have its final decision by end August

AES FORUM. Members of the Comelec Advisory Council pose with Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (front row, 3rd from right) and Comelec commissioners during the Automated Election Systems (AES) Forum on Sunday, July 27. Photo by Michael Bueza/ Rappler

Luzon on red alert over insufficient power supply

Jul 12, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Brownouts of up to 3 hours occur in Luzon as some power plants go offline

Petilla: Meralco TRO won't lead to brownouts

Jan 12, 2014 - 7:05 PM

But Petilla admits smaller Meralco suppliers may not be able to cope should the utility firm fail to pay them in full because of the TRO on its rate hike

MERALCO'S PRAYER. The Supreme Court grants the Manila Electric Corporation's prayer before the high tribunal to include more power firms in its case against the power rate hike. File photo by AFP

Market abuse? DOJ sets probe amid Meralco price hike

Dec 16, 2013 - 2:42 PM

DOJ will look into allegations of unfair business practice by power firms to increase the price hike of Meralco 3 times more than expected

High Court wants answers on Comelec's intel fund

Jul 16, 2013 - 8:26 PM

The Automated Election System AES Watch has alleged that election officials were spying on them for being critics of the technology used in the 2013 polls

NCR, 8 key cities disprove '60-30-10'

May 25, 2013 - 11:18 AM

The totals reflect the alleged ratio but individual city results mirror variations that challenge notions of a fixed cheating pattern

60-30-10? Regional votes don't support it

May 23, 2013 - 10:09 PM

Individual votes of candidates as well as aggregate votes for each slate vary from region to region But when results converge at national average they reflect the sentiment of the country favoring Team PNoy

Watchdog to UN: Stop Comelec's use of PCOS

May 03, 2013 - 11:01 PM

A poll watchdog files a petition vs Comelec before the UN Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr calls it a publicity stunt

SCRUTINIZING PCOS. The law requires the Comelec to open the AES source code for a local review. File photo by John Javellana

Ex-VP, watchdog to bring Comelec to UN

May 02, 2013 - 4:29 PM

Backed by former Vice President Teofisto Guingona an election watchdog will complain vs Comelec before UN

PCOS CODE. Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr says it's 'too late' to open the PCOS source code for a local review. File photo by John Javellana

Entertainment wRap: Bollywood rises, Korean stars' drug abuse

Mar 18, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Bollywood Iran sueing Hollywood and South Korean stars using illegal drugs are just some Entertainment stories you may want to read about

BOLLYWOOD STAR. A world-famous actress, Aishwarya Rai has starred in countless Bollywood films. Photo from the 'Aishwarya Rai' Facebook page

SC: Digital copies of ballots acceptable in protests

Feb 04, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Images of the ballots in encrypted form are digitized representations of the ballots themselves

IMAGES ARE AS GOOD AS THE REAL THING. The SC said this rings true when it comes to ballots used in the automated elections.

INFOGRAPHIC: Top power players in the Philippines

Jan 16, 2013 - 4:41 PM

San Miguel leads the biggest privately controlled power producers in the country

Groups ask SC to stop Smartmatic deal for 2013 polls

Apr 10, 2012 - 6:05 PM

Various groups and personalities ask the Supreme Court to stop the Comelec Smartmatic deal for the 2013 polls

Group to file TRO against purchase of PCOS machines

Mar 18, 2012 - 1:46 PM

Civil society groups and poll reform advocates are thinking of filing a petition for TRO to stop the purchase of the old PCOS machines for use in the 2013 national elections

Deadline for Comelec to buy PCOS machines has expired

Mar 07, 2012 - 6:58 PM

An election watchdog discourages the Comelec from re using election machines in the 2010 automated polls

Buy PCOS machines only if flaws are corrected, elections watchdog tells Comelec

Feb 28, 2012 - 8:46 PM

Watchdog group says the poll body s limited budget permits the purchasing of old machines but machine errors should be addressed first