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Brillantes: PET decision to seek Robredo, Marcos comment on VP protest 'abnormal'

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:19 PM

The former chairman of the Commission on Elections says due process was already observed when the tribunal allowed both comps to participate in the recount of votes through their revisors

Ex-poll chair Brillantes urges Comelec: Don't act on Cardema's withdrawal yet

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Former poll chair Sixto Brillantes Jr and election lawyer Emil Marañon also ask the Comelec to probe into Duterte Youth chair Ronald Cardema's allegations against Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

POLL BODY. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec asked to disqualify Duterte Youth from party list

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The petitioners argue Duterte Youth's party-list registration should be deemed void from the beginning as it failed to meet jurisdictional requirements of publication and public hearing

'VOID AB INITIO.' Youth leaders files their petition seeking to cancel the registration of Duterte Youth on September 3, 2019. Photo from election lawyer Emilio Marañon III

Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Veteran election lawyers throw their support behind the petition seeking to cancel Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination and withhold his certificate of proclamation

ELECTION EXPERTS. Veteran election lawyers (L-R) Romulo Macalintal and former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr support calls urging the Comelec to reject Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for Congress. Photo of Macalintal by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Photo of Brillantes by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Election lawyers join forces to back Macalintal for senator

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Now an independent senatorial bet, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to fight for higher discounts for senior citizens

ELECTION LAWYERS. Leading election lawyers Beng Sardillo (1st from left), Sixto Brillantes Jr (2nd), and George Garcia (4th) endorse the senatorial bid of their friend and fellow lawyer Romulo Macalintal (3rd). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec puts 'unconstitutional' question in candidacy forms

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Candidates can disqualify themselves from the get-go by answering a new question in certificates of candidacy, warns former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr

'Discrepancies' found in VP vote count in Cebu City – ex-congressman

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

But ex-Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr – who supports losing VP bet Bongbong Marcos – says there are 'no supposed manipulations' that took place

2016 POLLS. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong (left) talks about supposed anomalies during the 2016 elections in a media forum at Club Filipino in San Juan City on October 25, 2017. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Ex-Comelec chief Brillantes: Late filing of SOCE not illegal

Jun 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Sixto Brillantes Jr argues that a Comelec resolution on the filing of 2016 campaign spending reports expanded the provision of the law causing confusion

BRILLANTES ON SOCE. The ex-Comelec chairman shares his thoughts on the issue of late-filing of SOCEs. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Robredo vs Marcos: The long and winding road to the vice presidency

May 24, 2016 - 10:42 AM

The official canvassing of votes at Congress will provide the much awaited ending to the cliffhanger vice presidential race

Ex-Comelec chair Brillantes takes low-key role for Marcos Jr

May 23, 2016 - 5:19 PM

Insiders say Sixto Brillantes Jr and some people in Marcos camp do not agree on the issue of possible cheating with the unofficial results transmitted from the vote counting machines

EX-POLL CHIEF. In front of his former colleagues, ex-Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr raises the certificate of proclamation of senator-elect Panfilo Lacson during the proclamation of winning senators on May 19, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Poll sabotage? Brillantes: 'Ang daming bobo sa Pilipinas'

May 18, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Ex Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr a consultant of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr says that ‘there can be no cheating’ using unofficial results

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

Poll lawyers Macalintal, Brillantes: from GMA-FPJ to Leni-Bongbong

May 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Prior to lawyering for VP contenders Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos the two had already crossed paths

Election data quash Marcos' cheating pattern claim

May 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The most useful and solid conclusions can be drawn from election data that are transparent and capable of being corroborated

Ex-Comelec chair to represent Marcos in canvassing

May 13, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr however downplays claims of cheating based on the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

EX-POLL CHIEF. Former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr is set to represent Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr during the canvassing of votes in Congress. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Voting system not certified before Congress

Apr 29, 2016 - 7:57 PM

UPDATED Failing to certify the voting system before Congress however will not render the entire process null and void ex poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr says

VOTING SYSTEM. An independent committee fails to certify the automated election system on time before Congress, former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal says. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec eyes moving polls to 1st week of June

Mar 14, 2016 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED To avoid a failure of elections former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr says it s best to issue voting receipts in 2019 not this year

STATE OF EMERGENCY. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body is considering postponing the elections to the first week of June. This comes after the Supreme Court required the Comelec to issue voting receipts and practically forced it to cram 5 months of preparations in 60 days. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Comelec holds mock elections in schools, malls

Feb 13, 2016 - 7:36 PM

During the mock elections former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr also makes a surprise appearance in a mall voting center

Ex-poll chief: Comelec now ‘more transparent’

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:12 AM

During the mock elections former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr gives Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista a grade of 9 5 out of 10

OLD AND NEW. Former elections chief Sixto Brillantes Jr (left) commends current Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during the mall voting activity in Robinsons Ermita in Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

SolGen not backing Comelec: It happened before

Jan 05, 2016 - 8:34 PM

It was unlikely that the President influenced the Solicitor General to support the SET decision on Grace Poe an ex poll chief says

SC order threatens election schedule again

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:54 PM

It’s a throwback to 2013 when the poll chief complained: ‘Parang sila na ang nagpapatakbo ng eleksyon Akala ko ba kami?’

ELECTIONS 'IN LIMBO.' Even before the May 2013 elections, the Supreme Court issued rulings that derailed the plans of the poll body. In the words of then elections chief Sixto Brillantes Jr, the SC put elections 'in limbo.' File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

'Stability' in Comelec after CA confirms poll chief

Sep 22, 2015 - 2:15 PM

This quells fears that if the Comelec chairman failed to get the CA s nod this could compromise his independence months before the 2016 elections

ELECTIONS CHIEF. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista hurdles oppositions against him at the Commission on Appointments. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Brillantes backs Binay: TRO should be upheld

Mar 25, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Brillantes says Makati Vice Mayor Romulo Peña failed to do one thing to fully claim his position as acting mayor after Binay s suspension: immediately assume office

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay greets his supporters after he a TRO from the Court of Appeals blocking the suspension order from the Ombudsman on March 16, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Aquino aunt slams gov't over ballot stealing charges

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Margarita Tingting Cojuangco and 13 others face separate complaints filed by the Commission on Elections law department

Manual poll counting? 'We'll return to Jurassic Park'

Mar 19, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Ex Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr responds to the proposed reversion to the manual counting of votes – using blackboards laptops and projectors – in the upcoming elections

PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS. Filipinos cast their votes during the Philippines' second automated elections on May 13, 2013. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CA confirms Comelec commissioner Arthur Lim

Mar 11, 2015 - 3:18 PM

The Commission on Elections however still lacks a chairman and two more commissioners nearly a year before the 2016 elections

SWORN IN. Commission on Elections commissioner Arthur Lim takes his oath of office on July 25, 2014, before then Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. Photo courtesy of Comelec

Stop deal on repair of voting machines, SC asked

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says the contract is illegal because the Comelec did not subject it to public bidding

PCOS MACHINE. The existing 82,000 PCOS machines need be refurbished for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana

Brillantes, 2 commissioners retire from Comelec

Feb 02, 2015 - 12:28 PM

The 3 retiring officials thank the Comelec employees and bid them farewell on their last day with the poll body

RETIRING. Comelec commissioner Lucenito Tagle, chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr, and commissioner Elias Yusoph attend the flag ceremony on February 2, their last day with the poll body. Jose Del/Rappler

Honors for PNP-SAF, gov't-MILF deal, Saudi cabinet shake-up | The wRap

Jan 30, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Families of the 44 Special Action troops cry for justice The Philippine government and the MILF sign the protocol to decommission firearms King Salman revamps the Saudi government

Christian Lim chosen as acting Comelec chief

Jan 30, 2015 - 4:13 PM

The most senior commissioner will head the poll body upon the retirement of Sixto Brillantes Jr on February 2 until the President appoints a permanent chairperson

ACTING POLL CHIEF. Comelec's Christian Robert Lim. Photo from Comelec website

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

Comelec defends PCOS diagnostics deal before House panel

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:58 PM

A congressman cautions a poll watchdog against making unsubstantiated irresponsible attacks on the Comelec like a supposed midnight deal with Smartmatic

COMMITTEE HEARING. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr (L) and commissioner Christian Robert Lim (R) attend a hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Tuesday, January 27. Michael Bueza/Rappler

What's next for Comelec after Brillantes retires?

Jan 26, 2015 - 7:04 PM

After February 2 an acting chairman will take the helm of the poll body until the appointment of a permanent Comelec chief and two commissioners

RETIRING. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. File photo by Rappler

Pimentel: Public bidding for PCOS repairs 'only way' to go

Jan 21, 2015 - 3:08 PM

For his part Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr says that negotiations with Smartmatic are still underway and the contract for PCOS diagnostics has yet to be signed

PUBLIC BIDDING. Senator Koko Pimentel reiterates his call for a public bidding for PCOS diagnostics and repairs. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Prove PCOS can be rigged, Brillantes dares ex-poll official

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:25 PM

Former Comelec commissioner Augusto Lagman accepts the Comelec chief s challenge on one condition

Ex-Comelec Comm. Augusto Lagman and current Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.

Brillantes: De Lima, Henares qualified as next Comelec chief

Jan 07, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr and 2 commissioners are retiring from the poll body on February 2 2015

'QUALIFIED.' Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr says that both Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and BIR Commissioner Kim Henares are qualified to succeed him after his retirement in February.

De Lima or MMDA's Tolentino as next Comelec chief?

Dec 20, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Malacañang says there have been no discussions yet as to who would replace retiring Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr when he retires in February 2015

NEXT COMELEC CHIEF? The names of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino are being floated around to succeed Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr when he retires in February.

Appoint insiders as next poll leaders – Comelec employees

Nov 22, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Malacañang says the President will consider the best possible candidates to fill 3 vacancies following the retirement of Chairman Sixto Brilantes Jr and two commissioners

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

Persistent issues cast doubt on PCOS reliability

Sep 18, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Among the issues tackled in a Senate committee hearing are the discrepancy in a recent manual recount of Nueva Ecija ballots and the issue of digital lines that could affect the count of PCOS machines

PCOS MACHINES. File photo by John Javellana

Bangsamoro law provides for plebiscite funds

Sep 11, 2014 - 2:52 PM

Comelec has requested funds for the plebiscite in their 2015 budget proposal, but the Department of Budget and Management said it would be incorporated in the Bangsamoro Basic Law instead

Comelec kicks off satellite voter's registration in malls

Sep 06, 2014 - 3:18 PM

The poll body seeks to encourage more Filipinos to register for the 2016 national elections

REGISTER IN MALLS. Voters register for the 2016 national elections at the Robinsons Place mall in Ermita, Manila on Saturday, September 6. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Brillantes: Comelec not singling out JV Ejercito

Jun 27, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The poll chief reacts to the opposition senator’s accusation that members of their clan are being targeted – following the ouster of his governor cousin and the pending disqualification case against his father

Beef and pork: Confirmation politics and Napoles

Jun 22, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Nominees who went through the Commission on Appointments say requests for projects appointments and lump sum funds put them in compromising situations

Can Arroyo run again with deactivated voter status?

Jun 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED The issue appears to be a gray area even to those in the Commission on Elections

DEACTIVATED. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been deactivated as a registered voter in Lubao, Pampanga for failing to vote for the past 2 elections. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Name-calling mars Senate hearing on 'Hello, Garci'

Jun 10, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano calls the Comelec chairman worse than Garci Sixto Brillantes Jr says I m about to retire in February 2015 How can I rig the 2016 polls?

FACE-OFF. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano exchanges words during a Senate hearing on the

Comelec orders Laguna gov to step down

May 21, 2014 - 1:06 PM

The Comelec en banc upheld its First Division s decision to disqualify for campaign overspending Laguna Governor ER Ejercito who says he s prepared for a legal battle

DISQUALIFIED. Laguna Gov ER Ejercito at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna. Photo by Aki Yatco/Rappler

Depending on technology, 2016 polls to cost P7B to P60B

Feb 10, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Depending on which technology and machines the Comelec will choose for the 2016 elections they will cost anywhere from P6 91 billion to P60 billion

Insta-2013: The year in 15 seconds

Dec 29, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From soundbites on corruption to messages of hope watch the Philippines best 15 second clips this year

House committee approves bill postponing SK polls to 2016

Sep 10, 2013 - 10:13 PM

House also rejects holdover capacity for incumbent SK members

HOPEFUL. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr at the #ThinkPH summit on Friday, August 23. Photo by Leanne Jazul

Brillantes: Congress should do election post-mortem

Aug 24, 2013 - 5:17 PM

The Comelec chairman also says the poll body will come out with its own full post mortem report within the next two weeks