Omnibus election code - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Omnibus election code


That new animal: Can Comelec catch up with social media?

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Commission on Elections takes baby steps by attempting to regulate social media in the May 13 elections. It faces a number of challenges.

Senators seek to make premature campaigning a crime

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The bill will attempt to supersede a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized the provision in the Omnibus Election Code

2019 ELECTIONS. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wait at the gates of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy close the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] Are all government employees not allowed to campaign?

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The prohibitions are not absolute.... The consistent trend of the Supreme Court is to uphold free speech and expression over any form of election regulation.

Aquino denies election offenses linked to Dengvaxia

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'Klaro naman pong harassment ang punto,' says former president Benigno Aquino III as he appears before the Commission on Elections over alleged election offenses linked to the government's dengue immunization program

Former President Benigno Aquino III answers charges of election offenses in a press conference at the Comelec office in Manila on March 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec suspends barangay, SK polls in Marawi

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in the rest of Mindanao 'will push through as scheduled,' says Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez

Comelec eyes postponing barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Election is considering another postponement in Mindanao after Congress extended martial law in the island group to the end of 2018

Can candidates spend like crazy on campaigns?

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Will candidates stick to the rules on campaign spending? And more importantly will the Comelec implement its rules?

Comelec chair under fire for 'illegal' mall voting

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:35 PM

We re stuck with superficial things that shouldn t really matter on election day former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal says

FACING CRITICISM. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces criticism for his proposal to hold mall voting in certain areas in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Taking home vote receipts? You can go to jail

Apr 13, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The punishment for this election offense is imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years

COMELEC DEMO. The Commission on Elections demonstrates the printing of receipts from vote-counting machines during oral arguments in the Supreme Court on March 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of Francisco S. Gutierrez III/SC PIO

Part 2: Toothless laws, elections, campaign donors

Mar 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Is the Comelec doing enough to stop corporations from making campaign donations?

Part 1: Poe, other bets, used corporate donors for campaigns

Mar 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Philippine laws prohibit corporations from making campaign donations However the practice continues with both corporation and candidate having little or no fear of consequences

CORPORATE DONORS. Despite Philippine laws prohibiting corporations from donating to candidates and political parties, many still do.

Corporations as campaign donors? No way, law says

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Provisions in the Corporation Code and the Omnibus Election Code ban companies from making donations for election purposes

SC: Comelec was wrong to disqualify Antique's Javier

Jan 22, 2016 - 9:48 PM

The Supreme Court says the poll body abused its discretion when it disqualified Exequiel Javier based on a repealed provision in the Omnibus Election Code

PETITION GRANTED. The High Court grants the petition of ousted Antique governor Exequiel Javier. Photo from Office of the Governor-Antique Facebook page

Comelec, SEC to go after corporate campaign donors

Oct 20, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Local and foreign corporations are prohibited from giving contributions to any candidate or political party for purposes of partisan political activity

Looking back: The first barangay polls in PH

May 17, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The 1982 barangay elections is mandated by Batas Pambansa 222 or the Barangay Election Act

Bill: Ban political fundraising in gov't offices

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:23 AM

A bill filed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago prohibits fundraising in government offices for political purposes

AMENDMENTS. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and election stakeholders discuss proposed amendments to the Omnibus Election Code in a Senate electoral reforms hearing on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Jail time, P100,000 fine for not filing poll spending sought

Feb 21, 2014 - 11:00 PM

A Senate bill seeks a P100 000 maximum administrative fine for late filing of election spending reports; a watchdog wants erring candidates imprisoned

ELECTORAL REFORMS. Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel preside over an electoral reforms committee hearing on Thursday, February 20. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Political parties? What we have are cliques – Osmeña

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Comelec says they are limited by current laws on the definition of parties to accredit The legislature will have to pass amendments

Leni Robredo DQ sought over foreign poll funds

Jun 08, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Political rival Nelly Villafuerte accuses Leni Robredo of soliciting and receiving campaign donations from at least 7 American citizens and 3 American entities

Mayoral bet linked to vote buying case

May 11, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Alleged supporter of Candaba Pampanga mayoral bet seen distributing P300 to voters