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Apparent gunshot heard in venue of Comelec canvassing

May 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez tells reporters that it is an 'accidental firing that happened as a result of a shift change' of guards

'ACCIDENTAL FIRING.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says the gunshot heard from the PICC on Monday, May 13, is an 'accidental firing that happened as a result of a shift change' of guards. Screenshot from Rappler video

Glitches in new voter registration verification machines delay voting in some precincts

May 13, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The lesson to be learned here is, kailangan ng mas matinding education tungkol sa mga bagong sistema na ito,' says Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez

ELECTION DAY. Voters wait to cast their ballots in a polling precinct in Manila on May 13, 2019. Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Ahead of 2019 polls, Robredo backs bill vs premature campaigning

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Ang pagpigil muli sa maagang pangangampanya ay kailangan para maging mas patas ang pagtakbo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. Vice President Leni Robredo says a law that criminalizes premature campaigning would create a level laying field among candidates. Photo from OVP

Comelec vows fair play in polls amid Bong Go issue

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'We trust that those who are currently in the administration will respect the authority of the Comelec,' says elections spokesperson James Jimenez

DUTERTE AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go files his candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

James Jimenez resigns as point person for election source code review

Oct 15, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Elections spokesman James Jimenez takes responsibility for a university launch of the project where the image of an actress in a bathing suit was flashed onscreen

Election fever heats up as filing of candidacies begins

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:32 AM

'We don’t want to turn it into a circus of supporters,' the Commission on Elections says of the filing of certificates of candidacy from October 11 to 17

WHERE THE ACTION IS. All eyes are on the Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, for the filing of certificates of candidacy for senatorial candidates in the 2019 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

'In general the Comelec supports any move to curtail premature campaigning,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

SENATE HEARING. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (center) attends a Senate hearing on August 16, 2018, about electoral reforms. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec gets delayed reports on barangay polls in 4 ARMM towns

May 14, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The Comelec says it was finding out the actual time when polling precincts opened, so that they can decide whether to extend the polls there

BARANGAY POLLS. A finger is marked with indelible ink at Bagong Silang Elementary School, Caloocan City, on May 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

Comelec wary of 'no elections' scenario in 2019

Jan 04, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Comelec vows to fulfill its mandate to hold 'free and fair elections,' poll body spokesman James Jimenez says

POLLING PRECINCT. In this file photo, an elderly voter places her ballot on a precinct count optical scan machine (PCOS) after casting her vote during mid-term elections in Manila on May 13, 2013. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Comelec rules on 'sufficiency' of recall plea vs San Juan mayor

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:37 PM

This comes after former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora lost to incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez by a little more than a thousand votes in the 2016 polls

SIGNATURE DRIVE. Some 30,000 San Juan residents reportedly signed the recall petition against San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Comelec faces eviction from Palacio del Gobernador

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:46 PM

The Intramuros Administration cites 'structural integrity' for planning to evict Comelec from its rented headquarters

Comelec returns 97,000 voting machines to Smartmatic

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The Comelec says it is not required to keep materials that do not contain election results data for the election protest of Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Leni Robredo

MACHINES RETURNED. The Comelec returns 97,000 vote-counting machines to Smartmatic as the poll body decided not to purchase these. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcos to SC: Order Comelec to bare 'unused' SD cards

Nov 25, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Marcos lawyer George Erwin Garcia says many SD cards were found to have data during the stripping or disabling of vote counting machines

MARCOS SON. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr (L) speaks to supporters on November 19, 2016, after a Mass at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) where his father was buried in Manila. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Can Comelec probe Marcos donation to Duterte?

Oct 12, 2016 - 4:45 PM

The Comelec cannot act unless a formal complaint has been lodged Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez tells Rappler

Comelec declares special elections for 17,600 voters

May 11, 2016 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED The Comelec declares a failure of elections in 52 polling precincts due to problems such as misdelivered ballots and security concerns

COMELEC DECISION. The Commission on Elections declares special elections for areas affecting more than 17,000 voters. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec fights unprecedented ‘misinformation’ online

May 08, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says it is now ‘easier to share than to verify’ allegations of poll fraud

Comelec denies firing voting machine technicians

May 07, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Refuting a claim of the camp of Senator Grace Poe Smartmatic also says some technicians were not hired after failing tests

The Comelec gives a demonstration on the security features of the new Vote Counting Machines before members of the media and other election watchdogs at the Pope Piux XII Catholic Center in Manila on Monday, January 25. 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Facebook ads and the 2016 Philippine elections

May 07, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Difficult to regulate cheap and wide in reach It’s no wonder many candidates see social media as a vital part of their campaigns

Data leak can’t be used in cheating – Comelec

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says the poll body has printed a list of voters that shows the voters photos and which cannot be polluted

Comelec on data leak: We have to be accountable

Apr 22, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Comelec braces for lawsuits after an unprecedented leak compromised data on 54 4 million Filipino voters

'SYSTEM SECURE.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez shows the security features of vote-counting machines before journalists and election watchdogs at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila on January 25, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Searchable website of leaked Comelec data taken down

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:18 PM

While the site does appear to be down Filipinos data from the Comelec data breach is likely still circulating online

Commissioner Guanzon on Comelec leak: Who's at fault?

Apr 21, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon also appeals to hackers: Sige na you na Ikaw na yun Genius na kayo Tama na

HACKER ARRESTED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (center) on April 21, 2016, presents the suspected hacker of the poll body's website. Hours later, the Comelec draws flak for the huge data leak after the hacking. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec junks vote canvassing, Al Jazeera, higher temperatures | 12PM wRap

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:26 PM

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Comelec to sue hackers 'in next few days'

Apr 12, 2016 - 8:24 PM

The Comelec says it is also open to sanctioning its own personnel who may have been responsible for the biggest leak of personal data in Philippine history

'MACHINES SECURE.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez demonstrates the use of vote-counting machines before reporters on April 4, 2016. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec junks planned canvassing in Manila Hotel

Apr 12, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The Comelec unanimously decides to hold the national canvassing of votes in the government owned PICC as in previous years

CANVASSING SET-UP? This is reportedly the mock set-up for the national canvassing of votes for the May 9 elections. Comelec reporters took photos of this mock set-up on April 5, 2016.

Canvassing in Manila Hotel? Comelec denies 'frivolity'

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:01 PM

After drawing flak over P26 55 million ‘bib vest’ uniforms the Comelec defends its new proposal to hold the canvassing of votes in the Manila Hotel

CANVASSING SET-UP? This is reportedly the mock set-up for the national canvassing of votes for the May 9 elections. Comelec reporters took photos of this mock set-up, which was carried by a Comelec staff member on April 5, 2016.

Comelec to spend P1.23M, too, for employees’ shirts

Mar 31, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The poll body is buying these election day T shirts on top of the P26 55 M bib vests for election inspectors and support staff – a waste of government money critics say

EMPLOYEES' SHIRTS. The Comelec is buying these election day T-shirts for its employees for the total cost of P1.23 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Senator hits poll uniforms: 'Why throw away P20M?'

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III criticizes the Comelec for its plan to buy uniforms for election inspectors: What is the point?

P26.5-MILLION DEAL. The Comelec will require teachers serving in the elections to wear these 'bib vest' uniforms in the May 9 polls. The Comelec is buying thousands of these for a total cost of P26.5 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec to buy more poll uniforms; budget now P26.5M

Mar 30, 2016 - 5:23 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista reportedly wants support staff aside from election inspectors to wear ‘bib vest’ uniforms

ELECTION UNIFORMS. The Comelec is set to spend P26.5 million to buy these 'bib vests' for teachers serving as election inspectors, as well as their support staff. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Comelec taps NBI to investigate data leak

Mar 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The Comelec website remains inaccessible as of Tuesday evening after hackers defaced it

COMELEC DEMO. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez shows the use of vote-counting machines on January 25, 2016, before members of the media and election watchdogs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Mar 28, 2016 - 7:24 PM

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Comelec hit over P20-M poll uniforms for teachers

Mar 28, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says the uniforms which look like bibs or aprons can uplift the dignity of election inspectors

ELECTION UNIFORMS. This Rappler illustration (left) shows the uniforms to be worn by election inspectors on election day, based on a draft (right) shown to reporters by Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez on March 28, 2016. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Comelec: We can protect votes despite hacking

Mar 28, 2016 - 2:02 PM

The Comelec says the security for its website is not as tight compared to the voting process that it really needs to secure come hell or high water

'SYSTEM SECURE.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez shows the security features of vote-counting machines before journalists and election watchdogs at the Pope Piux XII Catholic Center in Manila on January 25. 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Despite 'hiccups,' more than 10M ballots printed – Comelec

Feb 29, 2016 - 8:30 PM

This is nearly 20 of the 56 77 million ballots needed for the May 9 elections as of February 29

PRINTING BEGINS. The government on February 15, 2016, starts printing nearly 57 million ballots for the May 9 national and local elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Comelec weighs limited broadcast of Pacquiao fight

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The poll body revisits its 2007 decision including a commissioner s argument that a total ban on the telecast is not possible because Pacquiao is of national interest

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Feb 20, 2016 - 4:04 PM

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All 5 presidential bets attending Mindanao debate – Comelec

Feb 19, 2016 - 8:49 PM

The presidential debate on February 21 is the first one happening outside Metro Manila and the first time that the public will see all the 2016 presidential bets on one stage

CAPITOL UNIVERSITY. The first presidential debate happening outside Metro Manila will take place in this 500-seater theater at the  Capitol University. Photo by Raisa Serafica/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

If no SC ruling by Feb 1, Poe stays on ballot

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:12 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon a Liberal Party stalwart appeals to the Comelec to wait for the SC ruling before ballot printing begins

LEGAL CHALLENGE. Senator Grace Poe (center) arrives at the Supreme Court on January 19, 2016, to attend the oral arguments on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualification rulings filed against her in Manila, Philippines.

Comelec moves ballot printing to February 1

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Without a final ruling from the Supreme Court on the disqualification cases the names of Poe and Duterte will have to be included in the ballot

BALLOT-PRINTING. For the elections in May 2013, the Comelec made sure each ballot passed through a vote-counting machines to check if these ballots will work on election day. File photo by John Javellana

24,000 voting machines stuck in Customs

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:08 PM

44 of the 97 000 vote counting machines needed for the May polls are in the Philippines They include the ones that the customs bureau has yet to release

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec on Poe, US-South Korea alliance, David Bowie | 6PM wRap

Jan 11, 2016 - 7:02 PM

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Poe’s case, Binay dummies, FEU wins UAAP 78 | 6PM wRap

Dec 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

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Petition filed to exclude Grace Poe from 2016 ballot

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:53 PM

The Comelec says that if there is a case that has not been resolved with finality the tendency will be to include the candidate s name

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Senator Grace Poe waves to supporters after filing her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Manila, Philippines, on October 15, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

‘More potent’ petition seeks to bar Poe from Palace forever

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:16 PM

We expect a victory also the petitioner s camp says a day after a Comelec division disqualified Poe

LEADING ASPIRANT. Philippine presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe addresses the crowd during the announcement of the senatorial lineup of their independent party for the 2016 elections in Manila, Philippines, on October 29, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Comelec to decide if 2016 ballot will include Grace Poe

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:02 PM

This story is not yet over the Comelec spokesman says referring to a Comelec division s disqualification of Poe

DISQUALIFIED BET. The Commission on Elections says leading presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe can no longer run for president in the 2016 elections. File photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Comelec's no extension rule to help end 'last minute' mentality

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:28 PM

Former senator Panfilo Lacson believes that by sticking to its guns against a voters registration extension the Comelec is helping wean Filipinos away from the habit of doing things at the very last minute

LAST CHANCE. Filipinos line up on the last day of filing for registration for the May 2016 elections at the Election Commission office in Makati on October 31, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Comelec eyes Duterte ‘placeholder’ as nuisance bet

Oct 28, 2015 - 7:35 PM

This would effectively close the door on Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s expected substitution for Diño says a campaign insider

AT STAKE. The possible presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is at stake as Martin Diño, widely considered as his 'placeholder,' faces a disqualification plea. File photo by Karlos Manlupig