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Rappler's latest stories on absenteeism


Delayed overseas votes leave Senate bets hanging

May 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Lawyer George Garcia urges the Commission on Elections to proclaim the winning senators even without certificates of canvass from the US and Saudi Arabia

CANVASSING VOTES. Days after the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections canvasses votes for senators and party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa, Doc Willie Ong lead overseas race

May 15, 2019 - 3:02 AM

These are based on partial, unofficial counts from select areas abroad which used vote-counting machines

LEADING. Bato dela Rosa and Doc Willie Ong lead the unofficial and partial results of overseas voting. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Heavy turnout at PH consulate in Dubai as OFWs vote at the last minute

May 14, 2019 - 2:00 AM

Dubai has the biggest overseas electorate of all OFW destinations

1,000 Filipinos vote in Dubai on 1st day of overseas voting

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'It's very promising,' says Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes

OVERSEAS VOTING. Overseas Filipino workers in Dubai cast their votes in the Philippines' 2019 elections. Photos courtesy of The Filipino Times

What you need to know if you’re an overseas absentee voter

Apr 10, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Overseas voting for the 2019 midterm elections starts on Saturday, April 13, and ends on election day, Monday, May 13.

Exercising their rights: Will Filipinos overseas vote in 2019?

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:09 PM

There are almost two million Filipinos overseas who are registered to vote in 2019 – will they be able to break the pattern of low voter turnout?

OVERSEAS VOTING. A migrant Filipino joins the overseas absentee voting held in Ottawa, Canada, to elect the Philippines' next president and other national leaders. Photo courtesy of DFA Public Information Services Unit

Stricter attendance in House session implemented by July

May 20, 2017 - 9:09 PM

It s about time says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who announced the stricter enforcement of the rule

NO MORE LATECOMERS. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas announces the House leadership's stricter policy in session attendance for lawmakers. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pacquiao top absentee in Congress

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED Records from the past Congress show that aside from then Sarangani Representative Pacquiao 27 lawmakers attended 10 or less session days

FROM CONGRESS TO SENATE. Manny Pacquiao got the 7th highest number of votes in the 2016 senatorial race at 16.05 million. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawmaker pushes ‘no work, no pay’ policy in Congress

Jul 06, 2016 - 11:49 AM

UPDATED Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco says there are no existing policies that will discourage nor sanction frequently absent members of Congress

'NO WORK, NO PAY.' Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco files a bill against the absenteeism in Congress.

Obama on Duterte, Jovito Palparan, Olympics athletes | 12PM wRap

May 18, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Soldiers, cops, media vote Palparan for senator

May 17, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Ex police chief Panfilo Lacson tops the list of senatorial bets selected by absentee voters that include soldiers cops and media practitioners

THE CANDIDATE. Palparan in detention. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Overseas absentee voting: Duterte, Marcos win

May 14, 2016 - 11:24 PM

In the tight vice presidential race the difference between the overseas votes of Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Leni Robredo is around 86 700

Overseas voter turnout highest in a decade

May 14, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says 432 706 overseas Filipinos voted during the OAV from April 9 to May 9

OVERSEAS VOTING. A migrant Filipino joins the overseas absentee voting held in Ottawa, Canada, to elect the Philippines' next president and other national leaders. Photo courtesy of DFA Public Information Services Unit

Robredo vs Marcos, overseas votes, Mossack Fonseca | 12PM wRap

May 12, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Can the OAV vote decide the vice-presidential race?

May 11, 2016 - 11:37 PM

As of 10:05 am of May 11 unofficial partial election results data from the mirror server show that only 349 of the 1 767 precincts abroad have transmitted results

Partial results: Duterte, Marcos maintain lead in overseas race

May 10, 2016 - 5:57 AM

UPDATED See who s also leading in the senatorial race

9 overseas voters face probe over ballot selfies

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Anyone found guilty of taking selfies with a ballot on election day can spend up to 6 years in jail

10% of machines in overseas absentee voting 'defective'

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The Comelec presses Smartmatic on why 13 out of 130 vote counting machines have malfunctioned during overseas absentee voting

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016, have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How presidential bets plan to empower OFWs

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:14 PM

Where do Jejomar Binay Rodrigo Duterte Grace Poe Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago stand on important OFW issues? Find out here

Record-breaking: 200,000 overseas Filipinos vote

Apr 28, 2016 - 2:17 PM

This surpasses the voter turnout in the same period in 2010 and 2013 Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says Target figure is 40 50 by end of voting period

OVERSEAS VOTING. A migrant Filipino joins the overseas absentee voting held in Ottawa, Canada, to elect the Philippines' next president and other national leaders. Photo courtesy of DFA Public Information Services Unit

Comelec hit for crackdown on false claims of fraud

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:39 PM

Human rights group Centerlaw says the Comelec’s threat of prosecution produces a chilling effect on free speech

COMELEC WARNING. The Comelec says voters who falsely claim election fraud might face prosecution. The Philippines on May 9, 2016, is holding its 3rd automated elections using the machines of technology provider Smartmatic. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Comelec to sue voters falsely claiming fraud

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:05 PM

Netizens spreading false reports about election fraud undermine the electoral process says Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim

WARNING VOTERS. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur Lim (right) says it's an election offense to make false claims about election fraud. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

How presidential bets plan to solve NAIA, balikbayan box issues

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:27 PM

We list down how each of the presidential candidates plans to solve the major issues that overseas Filipinos faced in 2015

Overseas voting: 4 poll machines malfunction

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:08 PM

UPDATED Commissioner Arthur Lim says the malfunctioning machines present a minor problem These machines represent only 3 of the 134 vote counting machines deployed overseas

BACK IN WAREHOUSE. Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says 4 vote-counting machines, which had initially been deployed overseas, will be brought back to this warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, after malfunctioning. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#PHVote: Why Duterte? Why Marcos?

Apr 11, 2016 - 1:17 PM

The controversial Davao City mayor leads the pack in the latest survey The equally controversial son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is also ahead of his rivals in the VP race What gives?

#AnimatED: The OFW vote

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Can their ballots be as powerful as their remittances?

Poe appeals to Pinoys in US: 'Become dual citizens'

Apr 10, 2016 - 2:22 PM

The advantages I assure you are substantial including regaining the right to vote and to own property in the Philippines

DUAL CITIZENS. Presidential bet Grace Poe urges some 4 million Filipinos working and living in the United States to avail of dual citizenship, as it has 'substantial advantages.' Photo by Yaj Selarom

Overseas absentee voting: Where, when, how you can vote

Apr 09, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Here s a guide to help Filipino voters around the globe

What you need to know about overseas absentee voters

Apr 09, 2016 - 12:40 PM

There are at least 1 3 million registered overseas Filipino voters for the 2016 polls but voter turnout has not been high

Filipinos living overseas prepare to cast their vote at a polling center in Dubai on April 12, 2010. Nine million Filipinos live outside the Philippines with many working as maids, nurses, construction workers and sailors and the 590,000 registered voters can cast their votes until May 10. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB

#OFWVote challenge: Go out and vote

Apr 09, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Here’s a challenge to overseas absentee voters: participate in the 2016 polls and challenge the rest of the OAV community to take the OFWVote challenge

Free shuttle services available for OFW voters in HK

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:00 PM

OFWs know the pick up dates and locations in Hong Kong

LITTLE PHiLIPPINES, The Sunday gahterings of Filipinos in the public spaces of Hong Kong Central has turned the place into a city within a city. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Over 600,000 OFWs mobilizing for Duterte campaign

Jan 30, 2016 - 5:00 PM

With the marching orders to influence 5 family members back home OFWs can deliver as much as 3 million votes for Rodrigo Duterte

OFW SUPPORT. OFW volunteers for Duterte's campaign pose with Duterte holding their new 'Global Supporters' ID. Photo from Arnel Corpuz Facebook account

1.38 million overseas voters in 2016 – Comelec

Jan 17, 2016 - 12:47 AM

Meanwhile 30 overseas posts will adopt the automated mode of voting in 2016 says the poll body

OVERSEAS VOTERS. In this file photo, the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia conduct a mobile overseas voter's registration in Al Khobar. Photo from the Philippine Embassy - Riyadh website

POEA chief to presidential bets: Help OFWs innovate

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:00 PM

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac says the next president should have a strong stance in pushing the OFW agenda

POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac wants presidential candidates to consider improvements in electronic systems for OFWs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ombudsman urged to probe 'chronic absenteeism' in House

Dec 03, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Civil society leaders say the habitual absence of some lawmakers erodes public trust

QUORUM WOES. Tardiness has always been in a problem in the lower house.

OFWs in Singapore: Who will they vote for in 2016?

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Whoever gets elected president in 2016 Filipino workers in the city state want him or her to give them decent jobs so they can finally come home for good

Overseas Filipino Workers, tourists, and Singaporeans relax on a Sunday afternoon along Orchard Road where many OFWs unwind during their day-off.

Comelec seeks P300M more for overseas voting

Oct 28, 2015 - 6:04 PM

The amount will be used for the mobile voting activities where election officers will bring the voting machines to strategic locations nearer to the OFWs

How do we encourage OFWs to vote?

Aug 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Join our simultaneous Facebook and Twitter PHVote conversation on August 21 at 8 pm Manila time

Cebu Pacific holiday mess: Why blame absent staff?

Jan 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The reality is that airline employees are supposed to work during the holidays

#PugadBaboy: Pambansang Absentee

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Comelec launches online voters' registration for 2016 polls

Oct 20, 2014 - 5:32 PM

The poll body rolls out its iRehistro project in all Comelec offices in Metro Manila It will be tested in Madrid Spain starting November 3 for overseas voters

Comelec opens voter registration center for OFWs

Oct 01, 2014 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED Before they embark on their journeys abroad overseas absentee voters may now register in the Philippines for the 2016 polls

OFW REGISTRATION. An overseas worker has her picture taken at the Comelec Overseas Voter Registration Center in OWWA-Intramuros in Manila, as Vice President Jejomar Binay and Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr look on. Joel Leporada/Rappler

DBM won't restore OAV fund; Comelec to tap savings

Sep 30, 2014 - 6:45 AM

The budget department announces this weeks after a congressman criticized it for being detached and overseas Filipinos started an online petition to have the P90M restored

OFWs launch online drive to restore overseas voting fund

Sep 25, 2014 - 5:41 PM

The Department of Budget and Management has taken out of the election commission s proposed 2015 budget the P89 6 million for overseas voting preparations

VOTER'S REGISTRATION. Overseas absentee voters register for the 2016 elections at the Philippine embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Photo by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

'Detached' DBM hit for slashing overseas voting funds

Sep 04, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Akbayan s Walden Bello pushes for the return of P89 6M in the Commission on Elections proposed budget saying a higher overseas poll turnout is a congressional priority

OVERSEAS VOTING. Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello pushes for the return of P89.6 million in Comelec's budget for overseas voting.

Comelec to try touchscreen voting in 2016 polls

Sep 02, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Direct recording electronic machines will be used in select metropolitan areas to test if they can be used widely in succeeding elections PCOS machines however will remain the primary technology in 2016

Polling problems reported ahead of Indonesia's crucial vote

Jul 07, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Hundreds of Indonesians in Hong Kong protested on Sunday after being unable to vote when polling centers closed early

RIGHT TO VOTE. Thousands of Indonesians in Hong Kong patiently wait in line to cast their vote at Victoria Park on 6 July 2014. Photo by Answer Styannes/New Mandala

Indonesians overseas cast their votes

Jul 06, 2014 - 12:59 PM

Photos from netizens abroad show voters braving rains and long queues

BALLOTS. An Indonesian worker holds ballot papers as they print it for the upcoming presidential election in Indonesia. Indonesia will hold its third direct presidential election on July 9, 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA