Philippine Election News

March 2019



Comelec bracing for barrage of fake news- (Philstar)

Cops securing politicians without authorization risk dismissal- (Inquirer)

La Union holds prayer rallies for peaceful May polls- (Manila Standard)

Facebook purges Philippine online network for malicious behavior- (Philstar)

Comelec removes illegal campaign posters in Zamboanga City- (ABS CBN)

LOOK: Facebook provides samples of pages taken down from PH- (Inquirer)

‘Isko’ to Lim: Let’s just wait for election results- (Inquirer)

Poll supplies arrive in Zamboanga City- (ABS CBN)

More than 100 politicians in North, Central Luzon sure winners- (Inquirer)

Bishop criticized for allowing political rally at seminary- (Manila Times)

Comelec: Cases filed vs bets who violated campaign rules- (ABS CBN)

Comelec reminds bets of rules as local campaign period starts Friday- (GMA News)

Councilor Andales to contest Comelec ruling disqualifying him from seeking
another term- (Cebu Daily News)

ARMM to be excluded in midterm polls – Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec orders LRTA to remove posters of candidates at stations- (ABS CBN)

Disability sector reps: Make elections more accessible for PWDs- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec sets April 10 deadline for accreditation of dominant parties- (Rappler)

Teachers in Mindanao ‘hotspots’ remain committed to poll duties- (Manila Bulletin)

Don’t resort to scare tactics, Mayor Binay urges political rivals- (Manila Bulletin)

DOH vows to comply with poll rules after Bong Go posters takedown call: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: No names, images of candidates on LGU ambulances- (Inquirer)

Comelec ready for start of campaign period for local positions Friday- (Manila Bulletin)

Candidates given 2 days to dismantle illegal posters- (Philstar)

Solon slams wholesale declaration of Mindanao as poll hotspot- (Manila Bulletin)

Clamor for 'secret voting, public counting' growing- (Manila Times)

Bongbong Marcos urges PET to order examination of Mindanao voter documents- (GMA News)

‘Grave’ poll hot spots increase to 570- (Inquirer)

Reshuffling of election officers starts on Wednesday- (Cebu Daily News)

Over 900 areas now tagged as ‘election hotspots’- PNP- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Remove Malasakit Center posters with Bong Go face- (Rappler)

Group reminds QC poll bets use of plastics in campaign banned by local ordinance- (Manila Bulletin)

Overseas voting ballots almost 100% shipped — Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Don’t vote based on who leads poll surveys- (Inquirer)

No mayoralty contests in 14 Maguindanao towns- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to pilot-test fingerprint voter verification- (Philstar)

Duterte on honesty as an election issue: It depends- (GMA News)

Public works freeze ahead of polls to start March 29- (Businessworld Online)

Poll watch group reminds voters to check their names in Comelec list before
election day- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec defends declaring entire Mindanao as election hotspot- (Rappler)

CBCP to Catholic voters: Don't be swayed by bets' 'winnability'- (Philstar)

Lawmaker sees Palace strategy in Mindanao ‘hot spot’ tag- (Inquirer)

Ballot printing finished in April – Comelec- (Manila Times)

NAMFREL prepares for poll watching duties- (GMA News)

Namfrel pushing for open data website for poll results- (GMA News)

Comelec reshuffles 50 election officers in Cebu- (Cebu Daily News)

Comelec urges local candidates to remove illegally placed campaign materials before
implementation of ‘Oplan Baklas’- (Cebu Daily News)

Panelo tells poll watchdogs to file case against Bong Go for alleged vote buying- (Manila Bulletin)

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits- (Rappler)

All of Mindanao, 3 other areas declared as election hotspot- (ABS CBN)

Estrada's final gamble: Dynasty, Manila mayoralty at stake- (ABS CBN)

Comelec admits ‘difficulty’ in catching vote buyers- (Inquirer)

Campaign Convos: Rappler's 2019 campaign podcast- (Rappler)

Comelec urged to probe reports Go gave cash to fire victims- (Inquirer)

Sara won’t turn down bets in narco-list- (Manila Standard)

The Source: PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon- (CNN)

Poe, Villar, Go, Angara top Pulse Asia’s latest poll- (GMA News)

PRO-7 vows no discrimination in securing campaign activities- (Cebu Daily News)

When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles- (Rappler)

Comelec mulls resumption of printing of voters’ IDs- (Manila Bulletin)

Imee to Bicolanos: Give 'another Marcos' a chance- (Rappler)

8 Duterte party mates in new 'narco list'- (ABS CBN)

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying - Comelec- (Rappler)

‘Ballots printing 7 days ahead’- (Manila Standard)

Voters urged by Comelec to start getting to know candidates, poll process- (Manila Bulletin)

No ongoing voter registration activities: Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Mayors hit ‘politically-motivated’ inclusion in 'narco list'- (Philstar)

Absentee voters can cast votes from April 29 to May 1- (Manila Times)

Remove illegal campaign posters, local bets told- (Philstar)

Duterte Links 46 Government Officials in Philippines to Illegal Drugs- (Bloomberg)

NDRRMC holds 2nd meeting to discuss response actions on El Niño- (PIA)

Spreading fake news on polls, an election offense punishable by imprisonment
- Comelec- (GMA News)

Comelec: 28 million+ of 63 million total ballots for 2019 polls printed- (Business Mirror)

Comelec on track with May 2019 election preparations- (Cebu Daily News)

Otso Diretso to raise campaign funds online- (Philstar)

FACT CHECK: No, these are not photos of US President Trump holding a shirt endorsing
PH political parties- (ABS CBN)

FACT CHECK:  No, ballot machine testing doesn’t show ink from vote seeping through to
other candidate- (GMA News)

Otso Diretso seeks church group's help with debate after Comelec hesitation- (ABS CBN)

First Mega Cebu election forum kicks off with discussion on federalism, war on drugs,
same-sex marriage- (Cebu Daily News)

Comelec Spokesman confident with more secure ballots and vote-counting
machines- (Manila Bulletin)

ACT says members allowed to serve in May polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec stops accepting absentee voters application starting March 12- (Cebu Daily News)

Ballot for overseas voting shipped soon- (Inquirer)

Church’s campaign for CHAMP elections launched- (PIA)

Take down campaign material from my house, poll official tells QC bet- (Manila Bulletin)

Calabarzon police seize 80 guns in focused operations for elections- (Inquirer)

COMELEC TO CITIZENS: Don’t take down illegal poll posters- (Manila Times)

De Lima to Comelec: There’s still time for Otso-Hugpong debate- (Inquirer)

Comelec set to pilot test voter verification system- (Philstar)

Candidates told: If everybody lies, strive to do better- (ABS CBN)

Members of teachers’ union banned from election duty- (Inquirer)

Poll watchdog flags 'dubious' party-lists- (ABS CBN)

May polls to push through – Diokno- (Manila Times)

Comelec warns bets: No SOCE, no proclamation- (Philstar)

Upgraded VCM demo in Lanao del Norte- (Manila Times)

Comelec to start shipping OAV ballots next week- (Manila Bulletin)

House leader aims for higher OAV turn-out; wants more intensive
information campaign- (Manila Bulletin)

Bets on narco list can run - Comelec- (Manila Times)

Comelec: Senatorial debate unlikely- (Businessworld Online)

The Source: Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas- (CNN)

Final conviction needed to disqualify candidates on ‘narco list’: Comelec spokesman- (ABS CBN)

Nullify Bangsamoro ratification, SC asked- (Manila Times)

File raps vs narco pols — Comelec- (Philstar)

Absentee voting application ends March 11 – Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Palace says Otso Diretso challenging Hugpong bets to debate to gain publicity- (Philstar)

Comelec releases names of party-list nominees- (Philstar)

More than 2,000 arrested since start of election period- (Rappler)

Comelec to look into debate proposal- (Philstar)

LOOK: Candidates' illegal campaign posters taken down- (Rappler)

Comelec to accept requests for VCM demos until April- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

Comelec to study Otso Diretso’s petition for the election body to host debate
with Hugpong- (Manila Bulletin)


February 2019



#PHVote: Campaign rules for 2019 midterm elections- (Rappler)

Otso Diretso asks Comelec for debate with Hugpong ng Pagbabago- (Rappler)

Massive 'Operation Baklas' to be conducted on Feb. 28 — Comelec- (GMA News)

Comelec field tests voter verification machine- (ABS CBN)

Comelec on track to finish printing of midterm ballots by April 25- (Manila Bulletin)

Watch debates to make informed choices - Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec control committee formed to handle ‘hot spots’- (Manila Bulletin)

Pols told: Keep only 2 escorts or face raps- (Philstar)

Comelec to bets: Use sign language in ads- (Philstar)

NCRPO watching poll bets using drug money- (Philstar)

Comelec releases ballot templates for May 2019 elections- (Inquirer)

Comelec to disqualify candidates with illegal posters- (Manila Times)

Cabinet members allowed to campaign for candidates in 2019 polls, Comelec says- (GMA News)

COMELEC exec: Tolentino is the most disobedient candidate- (Manila Bulletin)

Debates for 62 Senate contenders unlikely - Comelec- (Philstar)

Poll watchdog asks Comelec to look into Duterte Youth's party list campaign- (Rappler)

1,731 nabbed for violating Comelec gun ban - PNP- (Mnila Times)

Comelec plans to charge candidates for expenses incurred from removal of
billboards- (Manila Bulletin)

Google PH in talks with Comelec for possible collaboration in upcoming
elections- (ABS CBN)

Opposition Senate bets tell supporters to follow rules on posters- (GMA News)

LTFRB allows political ads on PUVs- (Philstar)

Church-based group gets nod to assist in May polls- (ABS CBN)

Sara Duterte not ruling out 2022 presidential run- (Philstar)

Fact-checking website launched in time for the Philippines’ May 2019 elections- (OpenGovAsia)

Comelec powerless over premature campaigning- (Manila Bulletin)

List of local officials with alleged drug links 'up for Duterte approval'- (Rappler)

DILG orders LGUs: Take down campaign materials on gov't properties- (Rappler)

P2.4-billion precampaign spending stumps Comelec- (Inquirer)

Donated ads need written acceptance of candidates - Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

PNP, Comelec take down illegal campaign posters in Ilocos Sur- (GMA News)

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list- (Rappler)

Comelec to monitor bloggers, influencers- (Philstar)

Candidates warned on oversized posters- (Inquirer)

No need for ID to vote - Comelec- (Inquirer)

Reelectionist senators band together for campaign- (Businessworld)

Celebrities can campaign without limit on social media provided it is for free- (GMA News)

Comelec to train cops to be deployed as BEIs on poll day- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Illegal posters still up on 1st day of campaign- (ABS CBN)

Comelec reminds mall owners of ban on election propaganda in theaters- (GMA News)

701 election 'hotspots' under watch - PNP- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: No movies portraying lives of poll bets during campaign period- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes 100% e-transmission of results- (Philstar)

Cotabato mayor wants SC to nullify BOL vote- (Manila Times)

Comelec starts canvassing of votes for 2nd round of BOL plebiscite- (Inquirer)

Comelec working with police, military to prevent sabotage in
midterm polls- (Inquirer)

Poll bets reminded to take down prohibited campaign materials ASAP- (CNN)

Palace stresses Duterte will not allow use of any gov't fund in poll campaign- (CNN)

The campaign season for senatorial and party-list races begins on Tuesday.
Here's what you need to know- (CNN)

Campaign posters still up outside designated areas in Manila- (ABS CBN)

Comelec-7 preparations for polls in full swing: Trainings for teachers, VCM
familiarization for voters- (Cebu Daily News)

Ballots to have additional security features- (Philstar)

Left blasts Comelec for disqualifying 3 groups- (Inquirer)

Namfrel needs government go signal before dismantling illegal campaign tarps: exec- (ABS CBN)

Mandaue Comelec Officer tells candidates: Control your supporters- (Cebu Daily News)

Comelec finally starts printing of ballots for May 13 polls- (Inquirer)

Candidates urged to register their online campaign before start of election
campaign period- (Cebu Daily News)

‘No’ vote wins in Lanao Norte; NorCot yields 61 villages to BARMM- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to start printing ballots Feb 9- (Manila Times)

Comelec to start canvassing of 2nd BOL plebiscite COCs next week- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to monitor social media spending, cost of hiring ‘influencers’ – spox- (Inquirer)

Comelec allows Loren Legarda to run for Antique congresswoman- (Rappler)

At least 24 of 67 villages in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region; Lanao del
Norte votes no for 6 towns- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec, PNP: 2nd BOL vote a success despite fear-mongering- (Inquirer)

OFW group asks Comelec to junk order scuttling bid to be party-list- (Business Mirror)

Comelec: Asking for budget to pay teachers to serve in May polls not easy- (Inquirer)

More areas at stake in today’s Bangsamoro vote- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec in talks with Facebook, Google ahead of 2019 elections- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Candidates’ presence in non-news shows deemed ‘advertising time’- (Inquirer)

Explosions rock Lanao del Norte a day before Bangsamoro vote- (ABS CBN)

Energy Task Force Election convenes for polls prep meet- (PIA)

No poll rule broken in Bong Go following Duterte's trail, Comelec says- (CNN)

Comelec: Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite on February 6- (Rappler)

Cayetanos seek speedy resolution of disqualification case against them
before Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections- (Rappler)

BOL plebiscite: Comelec eyeing better than 75% voter turnout- (Inquirer)

Comelec to poll bets: Register blogs, websites- (Philstar)

No election pay for teachers without 2019 budget – Comelec- (Rappler)

People’s Reform Party can’t substitute Roque in May polls, says Comelec spox- (GMA News)

Harry Roque drops out of 2019 senatorial race- (Philstar)

Comelec urged to declare QC a poll hot spot- (Inquirer)


January 2019








Comelec warns early election campaigners- (ABS CBN)

Fewer voters in 2nd BOL plebiscite seen due to Jolo blasts- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Koko, Serge Osmeña’s names to go on ballot- (GMA News)

63 Senate bets, 134 party-lists allowed to run in May polls- (GMA News)

Comelec says all senatorial bets must be invited to TV debates- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to poll bets: Pull down posters- (Manila Times)

Comelec seen to grant exemption of vital infrastructure from spending ban- (Business Mirror)

Comelec eyes 24-hour shifts in production of poll ballots- (Business Mirror)

Comelec signs pact for teachers’ training for 2019 polls- (Inquirer)

33 killed in Central Luzon since start of election gun ban- (Rappler)

Senatorial hopefuls answer rapid-fire questions on principles, public service,
and the elections- (CNN)

Pimentel, Osmena’s disqualification cases still pending – Comelec- (Inquirer)

BOL plebiscite on February 6 to proceed despite Jolo blasts – Comelec- (Inquirer)

Ban ACT teachers from poll duty, Comelec urged- (Inquirer)

COMELEC: Second BOL plebiscite ‘different’- (Manila Times)

Printing of ballots to commence next week- (Manila Bulletin)

'Now candidates': Comelec dismisses disqualification cases vs Pimentel, Osmeña- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to release official list of bets Saturday- (Philstar)

No discrepancy in COC of Cotabato City – Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

ARMM votes yes to BOL, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region- (GMA News)

Comelec en banc postpones canvassing of votes for Cotabato City- (ABS CBN)

Comelec receives poll documents from Basilan province and Isabela City- (GMA News)

Poll protest: Game over? Hold your horses—FMJr- (Manila Standard)

‘Game over’ for Marcos poll protest — Robredo camp- (Manila Times)

Comelec to decide on sanctions over clerical error in Cotabato voters tally- (Inquirer)

Comelec defers canvass of votes in Bangsamoro plebiscite for 2nd straight day- (Manila Times)

Comelec rules out discrepancy in Cotabato City's BOL votes, blames clerical error- (GMA News)

Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law vote canvass to take a week- (Philstar)

Comelec warns Baguio watchdogs vs politicking- (Manila Times)

Comelec defers release of candidates’ list, ballot printing- (Inquirer)

Comelec conducts mock random manual edit of votes- (Manila Bulletin)

PET says revision of remaining ballots in VP recount to resume on January 28- (ABS CBN)

RESULTS: Bangsamoro Plebiscite 2019- (Rappler)

The AFP will stay vigilant for second BOL plebiscite date- (Manila Bulletin)

‘Yes’, ‘No’ in tight race- (Manila Bulletin)

TIMELINE: The Bangsamoro peace process- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

Votes against Cotabato City’s inclusion in Bangsamoro leading slightly- (Inquirer)

Comelec opens national canvassing; says Bangsamoro poll ‘credible’- (ABS CBN)

Comelec defers canvassing of BOL plebiscite votes- (GMA News)

Tired but happy: Teachers pull all-nighter to submit plebiscite results- (Rappler)

74 of 374 precincts canvassed in Cotabato City- (Manila Bulletin)

MILF denies intimidation, vote buying in autonomy plebiscite- (ABS CBN)

Majority of Muslims nationwide favor the approval of BOL- (Inquirer)

Comelec: First day of BOL referendum ‘very successful’- (Inquirer)

Pulse Asia ready to answer Gadon's petition vs pre-election polls at Comelec- (Philstar)

Bangsamoro plebiscite: Confrontation breaks out after polls close in Cotabato City- (Rappler)

Polls close in historic Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Rappler)

Bangsamoro polls close after 'very good' voter turnout- (ABS CBN)

Comelec eyes faster random manual audit for 2019 polls- (GMA News)

Cops seize 85 guns, 12 grenades at checkpoints before BOL plebiscite- (Inquirer)

72 cops take over as poll inspectors as teachers fail to show up in Cotabato City- (Inquirer)

Bangsamoro Plebiscite 2019 | Midday wRap- (Rappler)

WATCH: Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces troops choose peace through
the ballot- (Rappler)

Filipino Muslims Vote in a Referendum to Create an Autonomous Region- (Time)

WATCH: Grenade detonated near Cotabato polling precinct- (ABS CBN)

Group reports glitches in Comelec mock polls- (Inquirer)

75% BOL plebiscite turnout seen- (Inquirer)

Voter verification may slow down poll process - Comelec- (Philstar)

Robredo camp says PET is done with ballot revision, recount of 2016 VP race- (Manila Bulletin)

Manila Bulletin partners with ABS-CBN for Halalan 2019 coverage- (Manila Bulletin)

Metro Manila authorities iron out security plan for Eleksyon 2019- (GMA News)

Use of VRVS adds five minutes to individual voting time- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to verify voter registration via finger scans in 2019 mock polls- (ABS CBN)

January 21 non-working day in ARMM, Cotabato City, Isabela City- (Rappler)

'Yes or no': Comelec says ready for Bangsamoro plebiscite- (ABS CBN)

20,000 soldiers, cops to secure Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Rappler)

Only active PNP personnel allowed to carry firearms during election period: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

AFP, MILF ready to stop Bangsamoro poll spoilers- (Inquirer)

PNP reminds candidates: Coordinate with police for campaign security- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to maintain raffled sequence of party-list groups in ballots for 2019 polls- (GMA News)

Comelec to hold mock elections for 2019 midterm polls- (ABS CBN)

Amid poll-related violence, Comelec places Daraga, Cotabato under its control
ahead of BOL plebiscite, May elections- (Business Mirror)

Daraga, Cotabato City declared under Comelec control- (CNN)

PNP bares 19 poll watchlist areas- (Philstar)

Comelec to finish printing BOL plebiscite ballots soon- (Business Mirror)

Candidates banned from engaging security services over election period- (GMA News)

25 people arrested in day 1 of election gun ban- (CNN)

Comelec eyeing 61 million ballots for 2019 polls- (Inquirer)

COMELEC officials worries there are more killings than usual ahead of
May 13 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec anticipates at least 75% voter turnout in Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Businessworld)

Comelec, police, bets sign peace covenant- (Philstar)

Comelec warns vs unauthorized checkpoints- (Philstar)

Thousands join interfaith rally for clean elections- (Philstar)

4 killed on first day of gun ban- (Philstar)

‘No election hotspot in Metro Manila’- (Philstar)

Don't pay 'permit to campaign' fees to NPA, warns DILG- (Rappler)

PNP: Cops will only conduct visual search at checkpoints- (GMA News)

Footwear good indication of legitimate enforcers at checkpoints
– Comelec- (Manila Bulletin)

Secure safety of voters, candidates in 2019 elections, gov’t urged- (Inquirer)

Security tightened as poll period starts- (Philstar)

Election fever begins- (Manila Times)

Namfrel urges public to be vigilant as election period starts January 13- (Manila Bulletin)

Daraga, Cotabato City among areas considered to be placed under Comelec control- (CNN)

Comelec OKs 10 more petitions for inclusion in BOL plebiscite- (Manila Bulletin)

Got panty freebies? Comelec commissioner wants to regulate campaign materials- (ABS CBN)

Comelec urged: Monitor content, get access to bets' social media platforms- (ABS CBN)

Grace Poe tops Pulse Asia senatorial survey- (Philstar)

DoH, Comelec regional offices gear up for Bangsamoro vote- (Business World)

43% of Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia- (Rappler)

LIST: 2019 election-related bans- (Rappler)

Comelec racing vs time to print ballots- (Business Mirror)

Comelec junks 70 Senate bets, trims party-lists- (Manila Standard)

Economic woes, territorial sovereignty, federalism among key 2019 election
issues- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to release list of candidates before Jan. 23- (Inquirer)

Comelec disqualifies 40 senatorial aspirants- (GMA News)

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite- (Rappler)

Comelec: Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa movie may violate election law- (Philstar)

Lakas pulls Daraga mayor’s nomination- (Philstar)

Comelec: Smartmatic role in 2019 polls diminished- (Philstar)

Comelec, environment group to politicians: Don't use Traslacion for premature
campaigning- (CNN)

Comelec expands BOL vote coverage- (Inquirer)

Lawmakers want Daraga town under Comelec control- (Rappler)

Sobriety call after deadly blast in Bangsamoro plebiscite battleground- (ABS CBN)