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By 2022 elections, Comelec will be packed with Duterte appointees

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism points out the exit of seasoned poll commissioners means the appointment of newer ones who have limited experience running national automated elections

DUTERTE DOMINATED. By 2022, all 7 Comelec commissioners will have been hand picked by President Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec to withhold payment for suppliers of defective election materials

May 22, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas says suppliers of defective materials will not be paid yet, pending the review of their contracts and possible violations

POLL CHAIRMAN. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas orders the poll body to withhold payment for suppliers of defective election materials. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bets in narco list? Comelec stresses need for due process

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Being on the narco list should not automatically mean disqualification, says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

NO DQ YET. File photo of Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas. Photo by Angie de Silva

Comelec to rule on Freddie Aguilar, PDP-Laban row

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:02 PM

The Commission on Elections vows to quickly decide on other 'intra-party' controversies so clear up confusions as soon as the filing of COCs is over

PDP-LABAN BET? Senatorial bet Freddie Aguilar poses with supporters outside the Commission on Elections in Manila during the filing of certificates of candidacy on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Comelec may need P6-8 billion for federalism plebiscite

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Commission on Elections also needs 4 to 5 months to prepare for a nationwide plebiscite, says Chairman Sheriff Abas

BUDGET BRIEFING. Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas (right) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (left) appear at the Comelec's budget briefing at the House of Representatives on August 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

Duterte on Zeid, Abas as Comelec Commissioner, Go on Duterte | Evening wRap

May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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CA confirms Sheriff Abas as Comelec chair

May 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) Incoming Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas will become the Philippines' youngest, first Mindanaoan, and first Muslim elections chief

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Poll commissioner Sheriff Abas faces the Commission on Appointments (CA) for his confirmation hearing on May 23, 2018, as Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair. Photo by Angie de Silva

Sereno camp points to Carpio on the Jardeleza integrity issue

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Justice Carpio is the leading Filipino scholar on the issue of the West Philippine Sea, a point of contention in Jardeleza's SC nomination in 2014

THE JARDELEZA ISSUE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio figure in the integrity issue that almost cost Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza his spot at the Supreme Court.

Sereno impeachment: Cracks in the Supreme Court

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'The chief must honestly look at her way of managing, whether she has to change her tone and practices. They need to go into the process of rebuilding trust,' says analyst Tony La Viña

CRACKS. The House impeachment proceedings show the cracks at the Supreme Court as 4 justices air their grievances against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Jardeleza accuses Sereno of treason

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:50 PM

'In my view what was done to me was inhuman,' says Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza

Witness Justice Francis Jardeleza testifies before the House Committee on Justice during the Continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause regarding the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on December 11, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Is it legal to name Sheriff Abas Comelec chair?

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This is the first time that a sitting Comelec commissioner is nominated to head the poll body, former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr tells Rappler

DUTERTE'S CHOICE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the first Comelec chairman from Mindanao. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Duterte appointees to dominate Comelec by next year

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:12 PM

By choosing Commissioner Sheriff Abas as the next elections chief, President Rodrigo Duterte can get to name 4 of 7 members of Comelec by February 2018

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to appoint 4 of 7 Comelec members by early 2018. Malacañang photo

New Comelec chief, Maguindanao massacre, Pacquiao and McGregor | Evening wRap

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Sheriff Abas to break many firsts as Comelec chair

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:30 PM

He will become the first Comelec chair from Mindanao, the first Muslim, and, at the age of 38, the youngest elections chief in Philippine history

DUTERTE'S NOMINEE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Sheriff Abas is set to become the new Comelec chair. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Sheriff Abas is new Comelec chairman

Nov 24, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Sheriff Abas, nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, replaces Andres Bautista as chairman of the Commission on Elections

PNP: Criminal charges vs Kho, protesters in US embassy dispersal

Nov 21, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Both the police and the protester groups are guilty of inflicting physical harm against each other and several of them have sustained injuries as a result the report says

CLASH. Protesters and police clash outside the US embassy in Manila, October 19, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Hilbay defends aborted strategy vs China

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Ex Solicitor General Florin Hilbay remembers telling the Philippine team I will not be the Solicitor General who sold this case to China

TOP GOVERNMENT LAWYER. Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who serves as agent for the Philippines, delivers a statement before the arbitral tribunal in June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Hilbay, Jardeleza opposed inclusion of Itu Aba in PH case

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:18 PM

In former Solicitor General Hilbay s view it was better for Recto Bank to remain a disputed area even with the presence of the Chinese Navy as long as the Philippines claim stands

Brexit, Comelec conflict, Zika vaccine | 12PM wRap

Jun 24, 2016 - 1:49 PM

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All Comelec commissioners hit Chairman Bautista

Jun 23, 2016 - 10:26 PM

With a heavy heart Comelec commissioners criticize the failed leadership of the Commission on Elections

COMELEC EN BANC. All 6 Comelec commissioners criticize their chairman, Andres Bautista, over a range of issues after the May 9 elections. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec’s Abas confirmed by Commission on Appointments

May 25, 2016 - 2:28 PM

The Commission on Appointments confirms Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas along with COA Commissioner Isabel Dasalla Agito

FINALLY CONFIRMED. Commission on Elections Commissioner Sheriff Abas on May 25, 2016, gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments. Photo courtesy of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

Marawi, Abra soon under 'Comelec control'

May 03, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says the poll body for one totally prohibits firearms in areas under Comelec control

'COMELEC CONTROL.' The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to place Marawi City as well as Abra under 'Comelec control,' Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says. File photo by Karl Grobl

Replacement ballots, Freedom House, Diwata-1 | 12PM wRap

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

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Comelec divided on rules 2 weeks before polls

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Commissioner Christian Lim joins Commissioner Sheriff Abas in opposing a rule that allows voters to get replacement ballots

TRAINING TEACHERS. Public school teachers in Tarlac undergo training on March 12, 2016, to learn operating vote-counting machines for the May 9 elections. Rules in polling precincts, however, remain uncertain two weeks before the presidential polls. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Comelec rules, Kidapawan probe, Great Barrier Reef | 12PM wRap

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

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Grace Poe nemesis declared nuisance bet

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:28 PM

UPDATED The Comelec says Rizalito David ‘has no bona fide intention to run’ for president but he says he plans to go to the Supreme Court

RESIGN. Petitioner Rizalito David asks 5 members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal who voted in favor of Grace Poe to resign if the Supreme Court rules that she is not natural-born Filipino. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Poe camp leaves inhibition up to Comelec execs

Dec 07, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The senator s lawyer believes the 3 commissioners who ruled against Poe can still change their minds

APPEAL. George Garcia, lawyer of presidential candidate and senator Grace Poe, presents to media the 63-page motion for reconsideration they filed at the Comelec Second Division on Monday, December 7. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Lawyer asks Comelec: Why prioritize disqualification cases vs Grace Poe?

Dec 03, 2015 - 10:59 PM

When there are about 100 others considered nuisance bets why tackle first the case vs a major candidate Poe s lawyer asks

NO DECEPTION. Senator Grace Poe says she is not trying to deceive anyone when she made 'honest mistakes' in her certificate of candidacy for senator in 2013. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cancellation of Poe's candidacy: 'Comelec execs can't be dictated to'

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:50 PM

Lawyer Manuelito Luna believes Comelec commissioners are independent minded and will decide fairly on Poe s cases

EXPECTED DECISION? Senator Grace Poe says her camp expected the decision of a Commission on Elections division that ruled in favor of her accuser, Estrella Elamparo. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Dituding memfitnah Buwas, Gubernur Gorontalo dihukum 8 bulan penjara

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:33 PM

Buwas melaporkan Gubernur Gorontalo karena diadukan ke Menkopolhukam dan Kapolri terkait tudingan keberpihakannya pada salah satu pasangan calon dalam Pilkada Kota Gorontalo

GUBERNUR GORONTALO. Rusli Habibie dinyatakan bersalah dalam kasus pencemaran nama baik yang melibatkan Mantan Kabareskrim Budi Waseso. Foto dari gorontaloprov.go.id

Israel's Netanyahu calls for peace talks with Palestine

Oct 02, 2015 - 6:59 AM

I am prepared to immediately immediately resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians without any preconditions whatsoever Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

Aquino swears in Garin, Hontiveros, 32 others

Jun 30, 2015 - 4:27 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also administers the oath taking of new Commission on Elections commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Sheriff Abas

NEW APPOINTEES. President Benigno Aquino III administers the oath of office to new officials o June 30, 2015. Photo by Lauro Montillano/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Comelec on Iqbal nephew: Focus on performance

May 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirms that newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

IQBAL'S NEPHEW. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas (1st from left), a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, poses with newly appointed Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (2nd) and Commissioner Luie Guia (3rd) when Bautista visited his office on May 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Guanzon

Iqbal nephew? Comelec's Abas quietly takes oath

May 07, 2015 - 7:50 PM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal refuses to confirm or deny if newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is his nephew

MISSING MEMBER. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas isn't able to join his two fellow new Comelec appointees – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (3rd) – during their oath-taking in Manila. With Bautista and Guanzon, Commissioners Christian Lim (1st) and Luie Guia (4th) also pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jardeleza heeded advice of top China defender?

Aug 23, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says he could only think of two reasons why then Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza excluded Itu Aba from the Philippines pleading against China: Either incompetence or disloyalty

Jardeleza's SC entry and Sereno's eroding clout

Aug 20, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Sereno’s hold on the SC has been tenuous and shaky since her appointment as chief justice bypassing the more senior justices in the high court

Philippines' lawyer vs China: Jardeleza 'man of integrity'

Aug 20, 2014 - 7:29 AM

Paul Reichler distances himself from the JBC proceedings saying it s improper for him to comment on internal Philippine matters unrelated to the case for which I have been retained as counsel such as nominations to the Philippine Supreme Court

'DISLOYAL' TO COUNTRY? Philippine Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza gives a statement after the Philippines filed its written pleading or memorial against China on March 30, 2014. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

The inside story: Jardeleza accused of disloyalty to PH

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Jardeleza deletes a portion in the memorandum submitted by the Philippines to the United Nations that seeks to challenge China s claims in the West Philippine Sea It would have resulted in a colossal mistake undermining the country’s legal claim and territorial integrity

Nostalgia in film version of Bob Ong's 'ABNKKBSNPLAko?!'

Feb 08, 2014 - 1:26 PM

Classroom mischief puppy love and lasting friendships – take a trip down memory lane in Bob Ong s ABNKKBSNPLAko? The Movie

ABNKKBSNPLAko?! It's back to school for stars Vandolph Quizon, Meg Imperial, Andi Eigenmann, and Jericho Rosales. Photo from the film's Facebook page

Azkals bow to tougher UAE side

Nov 10, 2013 - 1:12 AM

Undermanned 137th ranked Azkals lose 0 4 to 71st ranked United Arab Emirates

File photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler

Arnel Aba: Able and adamant

Oct 29, 2013 - 2:11 PM

Arnel Aba is a Challenger finalist for the Rappler Do More Awards

Police capture man with bomb in Cotabato

Oct 05, 2013 - 8:45 PM

A bomb seized in Midsayap North Cotabato on Saturday October 5 is supposed to be transported to Cotabato City

Jericho, Andi bring 'kilig' vibe to Bob Ong adaptation

Oct 02, 2013 - 6:44 PM

Stars disclose upcoming film version of Aba Nakakabasa na Pala Ako?

ECHO IS HER LONG-TIME CRUSH. But Andi plays the girl that got away. Photo from her Facebook