Philippine Election News
December 2023

Solon seeks to remove 'discriminatory' anti-political dynasty provision in SK law- (ABS CBN)

Comelec urged to review Miru's track record amid 2025 poll system bidding- (GMA News)

Comelec extends bids deadline for 2025 polls system- (Philstar)

Comelec vows to obey SC ruling on Smartmatic plea- (Manila Standard)

SC asks Comelec to respond to Smartmatic petition- (Philstar)

Comelec sets 2nd bidding for poll contract- (Inquirer)

Comelec will follow Supreme Court order on Smartmatic- (ABS CBN)

Comelec declares bidding failure for 2025 automated polls- (CNN)

Comelec won’t accept Smartmatic bid unless told by SC- (Inquirer)

Smartmatic seeks TRO on Comelec disqualification from election procurement- (CNN)

Disqualified BSKE bets now at 87 —Comelec- (GMA News)

Deadline for submission of poll automation bid deferred- (Philstar)

Deadline for political parties to register set for Dec. 29- (Inquirer)

Sign up for 2025 elections, Filipinos abroad urged- (Philstar)

Mas tipid kung aarkila ng election machines - Comelec- (Philstar)

November 2023

Comelec on Smartmatic disqualification: 'It was the right decision'- (ABS CBN)

Smartmatic disqualified from Comelec procurements -Garcia- (GMA News)

Comelec reminds BSKE bets to submit SOCE- (Manila Times)

Comelec: No extension in SOCE filing - (Philstar)

Comelec begins destroying 4M defective, unused BSKE ballots - (CNN)

Comelec budget cut to result in lesser precincts, longer voters' lines,
says Chairman Garcia- (Manila Times)

Smartmatic hits back at critics, urges Comelec anew to dismiss DQ petition- (CNN)

Internet voting for OFWs to start in 2025- (Manila Times)

Comelec eyes leasing voting machines with better features for 2025 - (Business Mirror)

‘Problematic’: Comelec sees 1,000 voters per precinct in 2025 elections- (Inquirer)

Comelec chair seeks new registration for updated, accurate voters’ list- (Inquirer)

Number of BSKE candidates disqualified by Comelec jumps to 39- (Inquirer)

Comelec done paying BSKE poll workers - (Manila Times)

Comelec denies alleged early transmission of ERs in May 2022 polls- (Inquirer)

Purge voters list, Comelec urged - (Manila Times)

Comelec set to decide on fate of Smartmatic soon- (Inquirer)

Comelec disqualifies 21 BSKE bets for premature campaigning, vote buying- (CNN)

Comelec cancels special elections in Negros Oriental- (ABS CBN)

Legazpi bishop hits Comelec for failing to curb partisan politics, vote buying - (Rappler)

Comelec reminds BSKE candidates a new: Win or lose, submit SOCE - (Philstar)

Comelec postpones pre-bid conference for P18.82-B poll automation- (Inquirer)

Comelec: LGU execs to face raps for BSKE interference - (Philstar)

Group: Brace for more poll violence in 2025- (Inquirer)

Petisyon vs Smartmatic dedesisyunan ng Comelec - (Philstar)

Bidding for 2025 poll system set - (Manila Standard)

News Patrol: Mga gurong umatras bilang poll workers noong BSKE, hindi kakasuhan - (ABS CBN)

Comelec declares 5 BSKE winners through draw lots in Bacolod - (Manila Bulletin)

PNP: 47 confirmed election-related incidents during BSKE - (ABS CBN)

Number of poll incidents higher than in 2018 BSKE - (Philstar)

No overtime pay for teachers who worked in BSKE - (Philstar)

Comelec refutes report saying 2023 BSKE ‘bloodiest election in past decade’ in Mindanao
autonomous region- (CNN)

After BSKE 2023, here’s where to get, how to fill out your SOCE - (Rappler)

Comelec to investigate teachers who quit as poll workers on BSKE day- (CNN)

Comelec suspends proclamation of 92 BSKE winners- (Inquirer)

Vote count for BSKE almost done — Comelec- (CNN)

October 2023

Coin tosses settle ties in multiple BSKE results- (CNN)

Comelec notes 19 dead, 244 violent incidents in barangay, SK elections- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Quick assumption of office for poll winners- (Manila Times)

LIVE UPDATES: Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections 2023- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes one-week transition for BSKE 2023 winners - (GMA News)

BSKE 2023 'a victory of sorts' but Comelec says no election perfect - (GMA News)

BSKE voting now closed, but several incidents reported - (CNN)

Choose BSKE bets who understand your plight, voters told - (Philstar)

Foreigners observe automated polls in Bgy. Pasong Tamo, QC - (ABS CBN)

AFP, NCRPO all set for BSKE, Undas - (ABS CBN)

PNP: 1,922 nabbed over BSKE gun ban violations - (GMA News)

PNP logs 30 poll-related incidents ahead of BSKE 2023- (Inquirer)


Offering free rides on election day considered vote-buying — Comelec- (Manila Times)

EXPLAINER: Latest Comelec order on candidates with pending cases- (Inquirer)

Comelec confirms over 100 vote-buying incidents among 2023 BSKE bets - (Philstar)

Comelec will not proclaim 241 bets- (Manila Times)

BSKE: Comelec warns vs e-wallet, bank transfer vote buying- (Philstar)

Majority of BSKE winners to assume office after proclamation — Comelec- (CNN)

Comelec precinct finder for barangay, SK polls now available- (Inquirer)

BSKE: 361 areas considered election hotspots - (Philstar)

Comelec finishes ballot distribution- (Manila Times)

Comelec warns BSKE candidates vs vulgar campaign jingles- (Inquirer)

Mindanao police, military cooperating to ensure peaceful barangay, SK polls - (Philstar)

341 BSKE 2023 bets given show cause orders for 'illegal campaigning' - (GMA News)

Comelec dismantles illegal BSKE campaign materials - (ABS CBN)

Comelec reminds barangay, SK bets of poster, tarpaulin limits- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Opening of ballot boxes from 2022 polls to push through - (CNN)

BSKE campaign period begins- (Manila Times)

Comelec eyes manual recount of 2022 votes - (Philstar)

Muntinlupa pilots Comelec early voting project for barangay polls- (Manila Times)

Comelec to remove illegal campaign materials in 2-day 'Operation Baklas' - (ABS CBN)

Comelec to resolve poll cases next week- (Manila Standard)

Comelec eyes 75% voter turnout for BSKE- (Inquirer)

Disqualification cases filed vs. premature campaigners in BSKE now at 125 - (GMA News)

Bets in Barangay polls urged to invest in disaster prevention, preparedness - (Philstar)

PBBM declares October 30 special non-working holiday for BSKE - (Business Mirror)

Comelec division cancels COCs of 2 SK bets for violating poll rules - (GMA News)

Comelec to open bidding for AES to more providers - (Philstar)

Meralco assures service preparedness for BSKE - (Business Mirror)

PNP: 'Red' election areas of concern for 2023 BSKE now at 357 - (GMA News)

Poll watchdogs back Comelec’s anti-epal drive - (Philstar)

Powers and Duties: Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, SK Member - (Rappler)

5,000 BSKE bets ordered to explain poll violations - (Philstar)

Comelec files DQ cases vs 92 barangay, SK bets- (Inquirer)

Comelec says 300 BSKE candidates ‘ripe for disqualification’- (Manila Standard)

Comelec orders Smartmatic to comment on DQ petitions- (Inquirer)

Comelec chief warns BSKE candidates vs overspending- (Manila Times)

More vote buy/sell DQ cases being filed - (Philstar)

Comelec donates P10m to Coast Guard as village polls near- (Manila Standard)

Comelec begins deployment of ballots for barangay, SK elections - (ABS CBN)

Comelec to hear petition on Smartmatic disqualification - (Philstar)

Comelec: Over 200 barangays placed under 'red category' areas for BSKE- (CNN)

Comelec to probe 2016 poll contract bidding- (Manila Times)

Comelec teams up with PAO to boost drive vs vote buying- (Manila Times)

Comelec to lease poll machines- (Manila Times)

DQ cases could surpass 1,000 – Comelec - (Philstar)


September 2023

Automated polls pilot-tested during BSKE- (Manila Times)

Comelec files disqualification cases vs 35 barangay, SK candidates- (Rappler)

SolGen eyes filing of Comelec appeal on BSKE law on or before Oct. 11, 2023- (GMA News)

Poll disqualification is forever – Comelec- (Manila Times)

Barangay, SK elections sa Taal Volcano Island kinuwestiyon- (ABS CBN)

DOJ, Comelec join forces vs vote buying- (Manila Times)

Comelec issues show-cause orders to 1,955 BSKE bets- (Manila Times)

Transparency vowed in buying poll devices - (Manila Standard)

Comelec: Smartmatic may still participate in bidding for 2025 machines- (ABS CBN)

Ex-Comelec chair Andres Bautista denies receiving bribe money from Smartmatic - (CNN)

More than 27,000 barangays with unopposed bets in Oct. 30 polls - (CNN)

Comelec set to file DQ cases vs BSKE bets - (Philstar)

Comelec: BIR registration, payment of registration fee not required in filing COCs- (GMA News)

Comelec to get rid of transparency server in Halalan 2025- (ABS CBN)

Comelec, DepEd, PAO sign MOA for BSKE - (Philstar)

BSKE: Comelec logs 626 complaints so far- (ABS CBN)

Comelec warns vs digital vote buying- (Manila Times)

'BSKE bets ignoring summons risk raps'- (Manila Times)

Barangay, SK bets must explain early ‘epal’ moves - (Inquirer)

Comelec told: Explain 2022 poll quirks - (Inquirer)

₱2.5B transferred from Office of the President to Comelec - (CNN)

BSKE candidates hold unity walk in Cebu City- (Manila Bulletin)

Kontra-epal campaign para sa BSKE, inilunsad ng Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Can’t monitor premature campaigning in BSKE - Cagayan de Oro Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

More BSKE bets face DQ cases - (Philstar)

Comelec: Internet voting for 2025 polls seen to increase registered OF voters - (CNN)

Comelec asks Congress to restore P5 billion slashed from proposed 2024 budget- (Rappler)

Over 100 BSKE bets face disqualification - (Philstar)

Comelec creates committee against vote-buying for 2023 barangay polls- (Rappler)

Comelec prohibits campaign giveaways - (Inquirer)

Comelec receives more than 1.4 million COCs for barangay, SK elections- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to monitor bets' socmed accounts- (Manila Times)

Over 65,000 PDLs may vote in barangay, SK polls – Comelec - (CNN)

Over half of BARMM bets for barangay, SK positions unopposed, says Comelec- (Rappler)

Comelec: No more extension of COC filing for 2023 BSKE polls- (GMA News)

Comelec reminds bets: Premature campaigning may lead to disqualification - (Inquirer)


August 2023

Comelec: Over 273,000 COCs filed, so far, for barangay, SK polls - (Inquirer)

WATCH: Will Comelec place any area under its control for the 2023 barangay polls?- (Rappler)

Observe human rights at Comelec checkpoints, PNP tells cops- (Manila Bulletin)

Election period starts- (Manila Times)

Comelec starts listup of barangay candidates - (Inquirer)

Mga kakandidato sa BSKE, pinaalalahanan vs premature campaigning- (ABS CBN)

Mall voting eyed by 2025 – Comelec- (Manila Times)

No election postponement in BARMM, says Comelec director- (Rappler)

Comelec to ban carrying P500K cash during BSKE - (Philstar)

Comelec eyes purchasing of new voting machines through 2024 budget - (CNN)

Comelec reprinting 1.18 million ballots for BSKE - (Philstar)

Malls instead of schools: Comelec eyes new voting sites for 2025 elections - (Philstar)

PNP identifies areas of concern for 2023 barangay, SK polls - (Inquirer)

Comelec to launch anti-vote buying campaign with warrantless arrest- (ABS CBN)

Barangay leaders yield weapons cache- (Manila Times)

Comelec needs SC guidance for Makati, Taguig barangay, SK polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec optimistic mall voting to push through - (Philstar)

Barangay, SK polls manual except for some areas: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Comelec bares rules on public works ban during BSKE season - (Manila Standard)

Abalos asks LGUs to help Comelec crack down on illegal poll materials - (Inquirer)

For 2023 barangay polls, Comelec pushes through with first-ever mall voting- (Rappler)

House committee OKs bill allowing OFWs to vote via internet- (ABS CBN)

July 2023

Comelec hands off on voter registration fraud - (Philstar)

Ballot is the best evidence of election's accuracy --- Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Marcos OKs deputation of police, military for barangay, SK poll polls - (Manila Times)

Comelec denies rigging 2022 elections - (Philstar)

Comelec to submit draft bill on new Election Code to Congress by year end- (GMA News)

2,522 village execs own 3,041 loose guns - (Philstar)

Comelec reorganizes campaign finance office - (Philstar)

Comelec approves TOR for 2025 automated election system- (GMA News)

Comelec asks SC to reset next barangay, SK polls to 2026 - (Inquirer)

Comelec holds procurement summit today - (Philstar)

Crackdown begins on loose firearms in Maguindanao del Norte ahead
of elections gun ban- (Rappler)

House panel urges Comelec to automate barangay, SK polls - (Philstar)

Comelec mulls voiding voter list - (Philstar)

2025 polls: Companies pitch online voting tech for overseas Filipinos to Comelec- (Rappler)

Comelec holds online voting demo for overseas voters- (GMA News)

46,442 Pinoys abroad register for next polls - (Philstar)

Comelec warns vs vote buying in BSKE - (Philstar)

Comelec purges voters’ list ahead of October village polls- (Manila Standard)

249 gun ban exemption applications fail pre-evaluation - Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

June 2023

Comelec, 2 halalan ang aasikasuhin sa 2025 - (Philstar)

Comelec prepares for barangay, SK elections- (CNN)

2-year term awaits 2023 BSKE winners- (ABS CBN)

Comelec 95% ready for BSKE- (Manila Times)

Comelec to hold Procurement Summit - (Philstar)

Comelec: Higit 25,000 voter records inalis- (ABS CBN)

Mall voting simulation slated on July 15 - (Philstar)

Comelec to purge double or multiple registrations for 2023 BSKE- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Automated polls too expensive- (Manila Times)

Comelec rejects call to postpone barangay, SK polls in BARMM- (Inquirer)

Petition asks Comelec to study possible disqualification of Smartmatic from 2025 polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec warns vs use of public funds for buying votes in barangay, SK polls- (Inquirer)

7,000 multiple voter registrants face raps- (Philstar)

Comelec to pilot test early voting for vulnerable sector- (Philstar)

Supreme Court rules: Comelec cannot extend deadline for SOCE submission- (Rappler)

Magiging ugnayan ng PNP, Comelec sa barangay at SK elections, tinalakay- (ABS CBN)

Drug tests for barangay bets pushed- (Manila Times)


May 2023

'Online voting only mode for overseas Filipinos'- (Manila Times)

Comelec to pilot early voting, mall voting for barangay and SK elections- (ABS CBN)

DILG tells Brgy, SK poll bets: Show willingness to serve country, undergo drug test- (Inquirer)

‘Internet voting may end in-person vote overseas’- (Philstar)

Printing of additional ballots suspended- (Manila Times)

Comelec to focus on BSKE security- (Manila Times)

Comelec sets early gun ban exemption processing- (CNN)

'No more nuisance candidates'- (Manila Times)

‘Double registrants’ to face charges- (Manila Standard)

Registered voters now over 91.9 million- (Inquirer)

Comelec sets deadline for registration of political parties, party-lists for 2025 polls
on Dec. 29- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec approves online voting for overseas Filipinos- (Inquirer)

Debate contractor makes ‘final demand’ to Comelec: Pay P15-million debt- (Rappler)

Comelec: At least 400,000 double registrants found in 2023 barangay, SK polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec debunks document announcing proclamation of several party-list reps- (Inquirer)

Comelec asks for additional funds for proposed seniors, PWDs early voting- (Philstar)

House OKs early voting bill for PWDs, seniors, healthcare workers, lawyers on 3rd reading- (Inquirer)

Comelec wants aging vote counting machines replaced for 2025 polls- (CNN)

Comelec clears allegations of ‘fake voter’ registrants in Makati- (Philstar)

Comelec reveals wishlist: new voting machine tech, stamping pens- (ABS CBN)

New specs: Comelec proposes a new hybrid machine for 2025 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec expects 71 million registered voters for 2025 midterm elections- (Inquirer)

Speed of election returns transmission in 2025 depends on telcos’ efficiency – Comelec- (Inquirer)


April 2023

Comelec eyes full transparency in 2025 polls- (Manila Times)

Comelec to hold conference on barangay, SK elections prep- (Philstar)

Comelec almost 100% ready for BSKE- (Manila Times)

Comelec pushes prison, P.5 million fine for nuisance bets- (Philstar)

Comelec gets ready for the 2025 hybrid national and local elections- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec eyes bets’ registration in malls- (Inquirer)

Comelec wants to redefine vote buying to include online cash transfer- (ABS CBN)

Comelec defends accuracy of Halalan 2022- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Barangay, SK polls voters list out by August- (Philstar)

Group pushes for campaign contribution limits- (GMA News)

March 2023

Comelec releases revised calendar of activities for BSKE 2023- (GMA News)

Comelec pushes for ‘full automation with transparency count’ in 2025 polls- (Rappler)

Comelec sees improved election transparency in 2025 by using new vote
counting machines- (GMA News)

Comelec: Barangay, SK elections gun ban extended until Nov. 29- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes NBI vs vote-buying- (Philstar)

Tolentino asks Comelec to delay COC filing for barangay, SK elections- (CNN)

Comelec says online registration for new voters not likely next year- (GMA News)

Comelec says law needed to go after trolls, disinfo during election campaigns- (Philstar)

Comelec completes printing of 92 million BSKE ballots- (Philstar)

Comelec to upgrade voting equipment as part of electoral reform agenda- (Businessworld Online)

DFA, Comelec sign deal on field registration centers for overseas voters- (Manila Times)

Comelec to lease 98,000 vote counting machines- (Inquirer)

2023 barangay polls: Comelec eyes early voting hours for seniors, PWDs- (Rappler)

House OKs online voter registration- (ABS CBN)

Early CoC filing in July stands – Comelec- (Manila Times)

Comelec holds summit on PH election system- (Inquirer)

COC filing date for barangay polls favors rich candidates - lawmaker- (Rappler)

Comelec: Election period for 2023 Barangay, SK polls to start July 3- (Inquirer)


February 2023

Comelec needs ₱3.8 billion more for simultaneous BSK, con-con polls- (CNN)

Comelec vows P4K hike for poll workers- (Manila Times)

Comelec to pilot-test automated BSKE polls- (Manila Times)

Comelec expects to finish ballot printing for barangay, SK polls by end of Feb- (ABS CBN)

Comelec mulls COC filing for barangay, SK polls by July- (Inquirer)

Imee Marcos urges lawmakers to fast track law on barangay, SK polls in October- (Manila Buletin)

Comelec's pilot testing of automated brgy polls in 3 areas questioned in Senate- (GMA News)

Comelec fully ready for Oct. 30 barangay, SK elections—Garcia- (Manila Standard)

Comelec mulls 'mall voting' for 2025 polls- (Manila Times)

Comelec backs early voting, internet polls- (ABS CBN)

In policy shift, Comelec to go after premature campaigners for barangay, SK polls- (Rappler)

More than 1.6M register for barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan elections- (ABS CBN)

Comelec bracing for heated polls- (Philstar)

Comelec to expand register anywhere program- (Manila Times)

Comelec happy with results of new listup- (Inquirer)

Comelec to roll out mall voting in October- (Manila Times)


January 2023

A day before voter registration ends, number breaches past 2 million — Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec holds 2-day Register Anywhere Project at Senate- (GMA News)

Comelec eyes mall voting in 2023 barangay, SK polls- (ABS CBN)

Namfrel pushes hybrid poll count- (Manila Times)

Comelec to create own cybersecurity unit- (Manila Times)

Comelec 100% ready, no more reason to postpone BSK polls- (CNN)

Comelec says voter registration extension unlikely- (GMA News)

Comelec chair ‘very sure’ of barangay, SK polls in October- (Inquirer)

Comelec registers 1.1 million voters since registration activity resumed- (Manila Bulletin)

NPC clears Comelec, Smartmatic of data privacy violation over breach in 2022- (Rappler)

Comelec registers over 1M new voters for 2023 barangay, SK polls- (GMA News)

Comelec to visit schools for voter education campaign- (Philstar)

ALAMIN: Mga aplikasyong tinatanggap ng 'Register Anywhere Project' ng Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Comelec vows to address problem on 'nuisance' bets- (Manila Times)

Nasa 2,000 bilanggo ng Bilibid nagparehistro para sa brgy, SK elections- (ABS CBN)

Comelec conducts voter education seminars- (Inquirer)

Comelec, GSIS launch 'Register Anywhere Project' for Filipino voters- (ABS CBN)

Comelec hopes for SC ruling on BSKE postponement early this year- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec now has sole jurisdiction on party petitions- (Philstar)

Comelec to voters: Go out and register- (Manila Times)

Comelec: 91m ballots for BSKE- (Manila Standard)

Comelec aims to finish printing SK, bgy. ballots by 2nd week February- (Inquirer)

Comelec en banc now has jurisdiction over petitions of political groups, parties- (Inquirer)

Comelec junks over 1,000 unresolved overspending cases from 2010, 2013- (Rappler)

Comelec awaits SC decision on barangay, SK polls- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Extension of voter registration 'unlikely'- (ABS CBN)

Comelec moves election summit to March- (Businessworld Online)

‘Nilalangaw’: Low registration turnout prompts plea from Comelec- (Rappler)

Comelec to visit far-flung islands to increase voter registration- (Inquirer)

Comelec prepares for 2025 polls- (Philstar)