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Rappler's latest stories on election violence


Slain Negros Occidental official tops councilor race

May 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

He should be serving his 3rd term as councilor of the small town of Moises Padilla, but Michael Garcia was killed in an ambush on April 25

PROCLAIMED. Moises Padilla election officer Jesus Gaston (left) proclaims the winning slate of Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (2nd from left) on May 14, 2019. Contributed Photo

Armed men ransack Cebu barangay hall, assault workers during polls

May 13, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cebu Provincial Police say the suspects were looking for money

Armed men ransack Cebu barangay hall, assault workers during polling hours. Photo from Tommy Osmeña Facebook page

Stoning incident mars voting in Bangued, Abra

May 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Fights inside voting precincts are reported in election hot spot Abra

COMPLAINT.  File photo of former Bangued, Abra mayor Ryan Luna. Photo from the Facebook page of Bangued, Abra LGU

Masked men monitored intimidating voters in Cebu City’s upland barangays

May 13, 2019 - 3:11 AM

(UPDATED) ‘Residents reported men on motorcycles leaving notes, telling the residents they’re being monitored, and that if they go to vote, the men will return for them’

Candidate for La Union town councilor hurt in ambush

May 04, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Rogelio 'Roger' Concepcion is a cousin of slain Balaoan town vice mayor Al-Fred Concepcion

CAMPAIGN MODE. Rogelio Concepcion, candidate for Balaoan councilor, campaigns in his town. Photo from the Facebook page of Nadine Concepcion

Negros Occidental town councilor shot dead in front of family

Mar 31, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Police say reelectionist councilor Jolomar Hilario was shot dead in his residence in Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental

KILLED. Councilor Jolomar Hilario is allegedly killed by communist insurgents inside his home. Photo from Hilario's Facebook page

Deaths, vote-rigging claims hit Bangladesh election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(4th UPDATE) The election-day deaths brought to 18 the official police toll for election violence since the ballot was announced on November 8

VOTE. Bangladesh headed to the polls on December 30 following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Death toll in Afghanistan election rally bombing rises to 22

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Civilians make up most of the casualty count, says provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri

At least 12 killed in bomb attack on Afghan election rally

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'The bomb had been placed on a motorcycle and detonated among the supporters of a female candidate in Rustaq district,' says Afghan provincial police

Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

(UPDATED) Newspapers brand the blast – one of the deadliest in Pakistan's history – a 'massacre'

MOURNING. Relatives identify the bodies after a bomb blast at a election rally, at a hospital in Quetta on July 13, 2018. Photo by Banaras Khan / AFP

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, violence, vote buying, confusion reported

May 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Several illegal practices during election are still happening, says voters

Candidate for barangay chairman, father shot dead in Samar

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Christopher Branzuela, who is vying for village chairman in Barangay Catabunan, and his father were ambushed in the Oquendo district in Calbayog City, police records show

Barangay chairman bet in Basilan, 3 others killed in own home

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

It's a suspected case of election violence. The military says it has not linked the attack so far to the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Kenya crisis deepens as Kenyatta leads in disputed poll

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The deeply divisive presidential election has left 9 people dead and scores injured

PROTESTS. Opposition supporters set a fire in the street of Nairobi's Kawangware slum, on October 27, 2017 during protests as election officials counted votes the day after Kenya's presidential re-run took place. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Gunfire and arrests in DR Congo as Kabila's mandate ends

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:18 PM

UPDATED Plumes of smoke from burning barricades hung over Kinshasa after overnight protests and activity ground to a halt

A moto drives past a sign asking for President Joseph Kabila's resignation on an avenue in Kinshasa on December 19, 2016, as tensions rose with one day left of Congolese President's mandate. Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFP

10 killed in Bangladesh local election violence

May 29, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The latest killings bring the overall death toll to at least 90 since March

epa05226942 A photograph made available on 23 March 2016 shows policemen trying to disperse protesters in front of the Babuganj Pilot School Vote center, Barisal in Bangladesh, 22 March 2016. According to reports, at least 10 people were killed in violence in several parts of the country during the first phase of the local Union Parishad election on 22 March 2016. EPA/STRINGER

4 dead in Maguindanao post-election clan battles

May 15, 2016 - 8:52 PM

Fighting has flared between Sabal and Buisan clans in the province over the vote on May 9

VIOLENCE. Killings have transpired during the day of the Philippine Elections

Police, military: Northern Mindanao elections generally peaceful

May 10, 2016 - 9:45 PM

But security forces are not letting their guard down for the canvassing of votes

5 provinces in PNP watchlist for 4 straight election years

May 09, 2016 - 3:05 PM

The watchlist characterizes areas that are prone to election related violence and politically motivated incidents

Shooting, threats in Cebu town

May 09, 2016 - 11:37 AM

A member of the Garcia clan accuses his rival of attempting to kill an ally

ELECTION DAY VIOLENCE. File photo of Dumanjug reelectionist mayor Nelson Garcia. Photo by Rappler

Campaign coordinator in Sarangani town shot dead

May 09, 2016 - 5:55 AM

Carinio Malayaw was a campaign coordinator of a mayoral bet in Maitum town whose husband was slain in an ambush in February 2014

2 supporters of Iloilo town mayoral bet shot dead

May 08, 2016 - 8:37 PM

The victims Roberto Margarso 44 and Ronaldo Estandarte 56 die of multiple gunshot wounds after being pursued by armed men according to local police

ELECTION VIOLENCE. Supporters of a mayoral candidate in Estancia, Iloilo were killed a day before the May 9 elections. Contributed photo

Security forces on alert ahead of tense PH elections

May 08, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Commission on Elections commissioner Luie Guia says the poll body has been receiving reports of massive vote buying

15 killed in poll-related events since Jan 10 – PNP

May 08, 2016 - 2:00 PM

On the last day of the campaign period 3 people are killed while 6 others are hurt in the town of Jones in Isabela province

ELECTION-RELATED INCIDENTS.During the last day of the campaign period on Saturday, May 7, 3 people were killed in the town of Jones in Isabela province

Slay of Bukidnon town mayoral bet could be poll-related

May 08, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Drop Drop We are only here for the mayor gunmen tell residents before killing Lantapan Bukidnon mayoral candidate Armando Ceballos

Attacks in Isabela and Cagayan kill 3, injure 6

May 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

4h UPDATE The Isabela attack happens a day after Jones town is placed under Comelec control

Bukidnon mayoral bet shot dead

May 07, 2016 - 1:01 PM

Gunmen shoot independent candidate Armando Ceballos inside his home in Lantapan town

Jones town in Isabela now under Comelec control

May 06, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The Comelec en banc approves the recommendation of its regional official following the death of two local candidates in April

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 9PM

May 03, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Rappler and PPCRV team up to safeguard the 2016 elections Marawi and Abra may soon be under ‘Comelec control’ CHR says the number of election related violence cases rises to 53

Marawi mayor, husband of Alma Moreno, survives ambush

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:37 AM

UPDATED The mayor who is running for governor of Lanao del Sur suffers gunshot wounds on his buttocks right leg and back portion of his body He is in stable condition

'Politically-motivated' killings aplenty before PH elections – CHR

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:45 PM

What incidents of violence have been happening around the country before election day?

#JusticeforEmmanPeña: 'Good public servant' dies in Laguna ambush

Mar 29, 2016 - 1:19 AM

Anyone who knew him would have been devastated They have not only lost a friend They lost a faithful reminder of whatever good was left in this world

New Central African Republic president takes on a country in ruins

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

The Central African Republic s new president takes office Wednesday March 30 faced with the challenge of reconciling a divided population and rebuilding a shattered country

Mayor hurt, youth leader killed in Laguna ambush

Mar 28, 2016 - 2:16 AM

UPDATED The ambush takes place just on the second day of campaigning for local candidates

Explosion hits Isabela mayoralty bet's house

Feb 09, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Although Councilor Lanie Uy of Jones Isabela is challenging re electionist Mayor Leticia Sebastian police say politics is not the only motive for the attack

BLAST. Councilor Lanie Uy's hardware store, which is attached to her house, is attacked February 7, 2016, with a grenade. She is running for mayor against the incumbent. Photo courtesy of Jun Domingo

Cagayan Valley towns being watched for poll violence – PNP

Feb 07, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The regional police tells Rappler that the towns are in two provinces: Isabela and Cagayan based on incidents of violence in past elections

Army deploys tanks as Lanao bets bring goons to COC filing

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Men around the municipal town hall carried firearms or bladed weapons on Thursday October 15 Local Comelec officials were escorted by soldiers

A man calls for calm and sobriety as Jabar Tago (center, in sky blue shirt) filed his certificate of candidacy in Pantar, Lanao del Norte town hall. On Thursday, tension runs high as Jabar Tago filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor. the ousted former mayor Exchan Limbona has turned the town hall into a garrison, manned by his private armed group and the police and the military is helpless in disarming them. in Lanao provinces, the situation of Pantar is a microcosm of what is happening across the two provinces where warring clans are aiming to control of their municipality. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bishop calls for more troops in Bicol to stop poll violence

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:00 AM

At least 3 provinces in the Bicol region have been considered hot spots in past elections

Zamboanga Sibugay mayor killed in ambush

Oct 12, 2015 - 7:20 PM

He was ambushed by a yet to be identified armed group

Ex-Abra gov Valera guilty of ex-congressman's murder

Sep 30, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Abra Governor Vicente Valera and two co accused get 40 year prison terms for the murder of former Abra Representative Luis Bersamin and his bodyguard in 2006

JAIL TIME. Former Abra Governor Vicente Valera is sentenced to 40 years behind bars for the murder of former Abra Representative Luis Bersamin and the latter's police escort. In this file photo, he is escorted at the national police headquarters following his arrest on September 2, 2009. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Maguindanao massacre trial threatened with more delays

Jul 03, 2015 - 9:56 AM

The judge handling one of the world s worst case of election violence and media killing is applying for a new judicial post

ONGOING CASE. Justice remains elusive for victims of the Maguindanao massacre. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Roxas orders probe of board member's death

Jun 29, 2015 - 10:11 PM

The police is studying all possible angles and we assure that we are conducting a thorough investigation says Police Regional Office 6 director Supt Bernardo Diaz

MOURNING. The flag outside the Provincial Capitol flies in half-mast to honor slain Board Member Renato Malabor. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Turkey braces for tense polls after deadly attack

Jun 06, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Judicial sources say the explosion at a rally of the pro Kurdish People s Democratic Party in southeastern city of Diyarbakir is caused by a cylinder bomb packed with hundreds of ball bearings

VIOLENCE. People clash with Turkish police after two successive blasts which injured dozen of people during a rally by the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party on June 5, 2015. Photo by Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Family of slain Cagayan mayor appeals for 'faster' justice

Apr 24, 2015 - 1:24 PM

The family of Gonzaga Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr asks Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to help solve his murder which they believe was perpetrated by a local politician

ELUSIVE JUSTICE. The family of the late Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr of Gonzaga, Cagayan, seeks Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s help to attain progress in the investigation into his murder a year ago. Photo by Raymon Dullana, Rappler

#AnimateED: Maguindanao massacre: ARMM’s bloody legacy

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:30 AM

The scars of impunity are too deep for the incoming entity the Bangsamoro to wash over

Worries over violence as Indonesia heads to polls

Jul 08, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Military police and election watchers all say the potential for poll related violence is particularly high given how tight the race for the presidency is

ON GUARD. Indonesian police demonstrate their skills during a security drill in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on June 12, 2014, ahead of the presidential election on July 9. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

Afghan election marred by violence, fraud complaints

Jun 15, 2014 - 9:53 PM

The deaths include 5 election workers while the ink dipped fingers of 11 voters are cut off by insurgents

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a TV debate on 2 February 2014. File photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Taliban threaten Afghan election, warn voters to stay away

Jun 02, 2014 - 8:59 PM

The Taliban warns voters to stay away from the polling stations on June 14 otherwise they will get hurt or killed

AFGHAN ELECTION. Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani attend an election campaign for the second round in Sheberghan the capital city of the Jowzjan Province in northern Afghanistan on June 2, 2014. The election for a new president in Afghanistan will go to a run-off vote in June after no candidate received the majority of votes needed to win outright. Photo by Mustafa Najafizada/EPA

Air strikes and gun battles at airport now Ukraine's frontline

May 26, 2014 - 11:29 PM

All flights are halted out of the airport which was evacuated and sealed off after gunmen claiming to be from the self declared Donetsk People s Republic showed up overnight demanding that Ukrainian troops guarding the perimeter be withdrawn

CONFRONTATION. Black smoke billows from Donetsk international airport, seen behind a cemetery, during heavy gun battle between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. The fierce confrontation erupted after Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko, who claimed victory in Sunday's crucial presidential election, vowed to press on with an offensive against pro-Russian separatists waging a bloody insurgency across the east. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

PM 'certain' of victory as Iraqis vote despite attacks

Apr 30, 2014 - 3:36 PM

14 killed dozens wounded in fresh attacks