Philippine Election News
December 2014

It’s war between 2 tech firms for Comelec contract- (Inquirer)

Comelec faces lawsuit- (Manila Standard Today)

PCOS use may cause election failure, group says- (Manila Standard Today)

Bill proposes to raise poll spending cap- (Inquirer)

Binay, Poe, Roxas top poll on presidential bets- (Sunstar)

Bidder confident of winning P2.5-B Comelec deal- (Philstar)

No poll chief yet- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec extends iRehistro pilot testing in Madrid for 30 days- (GMA News)

Comelec slams door to pleas to blacklist Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

MILF political party gears for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Comelec: Voter's registration suspended Dec 21 to Jan 4- (Interaksyon)

Comelec BAC: Only Smartmatic passes eligibility screening for direct recording machines- (Interaksyon)

Comelec to decide Smartmatic fate this week- (Philstar)

Vote miscount? Comelec probes PCOS 'digital lines'- (Rappler)

Special services for PWDs and senior citizens readied for 2016 polls – Comelec- (GMA News)

GMA to have direct access to Comelec’s data in 2016 elections- (GMA News)

SC: Glitch no reason to void mayor’s win- (Manila Standard Today)

Smartmatic: We own PCOS rights- (Inquirer)

Congress sets probe, review of 2013 poll issues- (Manila Bulletin)

New automated election provider passes muster- (Manila Standard Today)

Only 2 firms submit bid, Smartmatic questioned- (Inquirer)

Two firms left to vie for Comelec contract- (Manila Standard Today)

Pimentel hits slow pace of Comelec’s PCOS probe- (Inquirer)

Comelec opens bids for addt'l 2016 voting machines- (Rappler)

No SC TRO for Comelec PCOS bidding- (GMA News)

Smartmatic: Efforts to exclude us from bidding a 'publicity stunt'- (ABS CBN)

Bidding for purchase of poll counting machines to push through- (Inquirer)

Comelec employees nominate 'insider' as poll commissioner- (Rappler)

Comelec to Smartmatic: Convince us of your right to bid- (Inquirer)

Proposal to postpone SK polls to October 2016 gets House nod- (GMA News)

Disqualified ER Ejercito vows to fight on- (ABS CBN)

Comelec asks Congress: Stop SK polls- (Philstar)


November 2014

Moro rebels form political party for ‘16 polls- (Gulf Today)

Ex-commissioner urges Comelec to bid out PCOS upgrade contract- (Inquirer)

#PHvote wRap: Comelec plans for 2016 voting machines- (Rappler)

Comelec warns pols against premature campaigning- (Inquirer)

Comelec: ER can still run in 2016- (Philstar)

Comelec readies Puerto polls- (Inquirer)

Over 100 poll winners face ouster for overspending—Comelec- (Inquirer)

SC asked to stop Comelec’s bidding for new counting machines- (GMA News)

SC to Comelec: Carry out Puerto Princesa recall elections- (Rappler)

SC upholds Comelec decision to unseat ER Ejercito as Laguna governor- (Interaksyon)

Poll watchdog to Comelec: Blacklist Smartmatic- (Rappler)

Appoint insiders as next poll leaders – Comelec employees- (Rappler)

LP: We have enough talent- (Philstar)

LP mixed on letting Aquino widen search for standard bearer beyond party- (Inquirer)

Brillantes to poll watchdog: Stop criticisms, help us instead- (Rappler)

'Dagdag-bawas' through 'digital lines' in PCOS?- (Rappler)

P-Noy looking outside LP for standard bearer- (Philstar)

Watchdog group wants Smartmatic out of bidding- (Inquirer)

Insiders for the upcoming COMELEC vacancies pushed- (PIA)

Aquino: LP needs consensus to support Binay in 2016- (Philstar)

Paniqui mayoralty row far from over as challenger defies Comelec ruling- (GMA News)

Comelec presses Congress on 2016 presidential debate- (Inquirer)

Aquino keeps an open ear on LP’s standard bearer for 2016 elections- (Inquirer)

LP, NP potential bedfellows in 2016- (Manila Bulletin)

Aquino cousin still mayor of Paniqui, Tarlac- (Rappler)

Automated elections defended- (Inquirer)

CA junks former Comelec chief Abalos' plea to inhibit judge from 2007 poll fraud case- (Interaksyon)

Ex-Comelec exec warns of ‘sham’ PCOS bidding- (Inquirer)

AES Watch fears sham Comelec bidding on P2B new optical scan machines- (Interaksyon)

Watchdog group opposes more poll machines from Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Comelec backs bill vs 3-time losing poll candidates- (Philstar)

UNA wants to make it official–it’s a party- (Inquirer)

VP also leads pack in new NCR survey- (Manila Standard Today)

COMELEC-Tabuk covers 31 barangays in its off-site voters validation- (PIA)

SC upholds ruling striking down Comelec’s rules on airtime limits- (GMA News)

Comelec: Smartmatic won't have edge in bidding- (ABS CBN)

5 prospective bidders so far for election tech- (Rappler)

3m new voters seen to sign up for 16 polls- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec short-circuits bidding for PCOS refurbishing by negotiating with
 Smartmatic – labor leader- (Interaksyon)

Palace leaves PCOS machines’ 2016 fate to Comelec’s hands- (Business Mirror)

Marcos says SK reforms needed- (Manila Standard Today)


October 2014

Erap backs Binay anew for 2016- (Philstar)

Binay denies Erap will run in 2016- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Voter registration suspended Oct. 31 to Nov. 2- (GMA News)

Senate panel wants age ceiling for SK raised from 17 years old to 24 years old- (GMA News)

Comelec to lease more machines for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Poe: No plans to run for president in ’16- (Inquirer)

Aquino: No more 2nd term- (Inquirer)

Comelec allots P2.5B for optical mark reader- (Manila Bulletin)

Foreign, local firms to bid for automated poll system- (MSN)

Ban Smartmatic from bidding for new machines in 2016 presidential elections
- advocates- (Interaksyon)

Comelec urges Filipinos to ensure dead relatives are off voters’ list- (Inquirer)

Comelec to public: Help rid records of ‘ghost voters’- (Inquirer)

Comelec enlists Dingdong Dantes in voter registration campaign- (Inquirer)

Comelec dismisses ex-Oro mayor's poll protest- (Sunstar)

Voter registration suspended in February 2015 to give way for SK polls- (GMA News)

Roxas laughs off Binay charge on Oplan Nognog- (Inquirer)

Online overseas voter registration center opens at OWWA- (PIA)

Comelec launches online voters' registration for 2016 polls- (Rappler)

Party-list representative bares presidential bid- (Yahoo News)

Comelec approves pilot project for internet overseas voter registration- (PIA)

Preparation for 2016 elections hits a snag- (Manila Bulletin)

DFA to test on-line voter registration- (ABS CBN)

Proceed with 2015 SK election, youth group pleads Comelec- (Bohol Standard)

5 bets in 2010 polls face raps for overspending- (Inquirer)

Comelec to test online voter registration project in Madrid- (GMA News)

HS teacher charged for vote-buying in 2007 SK polls- (Catanduanes Tribune)

Binay has immunity from suits – poll lawyer- (Philstar)

Speaker turns down impeach-Binay plan- (Inquirer)

House to provide funds for OFW voter registration- (Philstar)

69 candidates overspent in 2010, 2013 polls – Comelec- (Rappler)

UBUSAN NG LAHI? | After unseating Gov. ER, Comelec says cousin JV Ejercito
 overspent in 2010 run- (Interaksyon)

25 candidates face probe for overspending- (Inquirer)

Mar Roxas behind conspiracy vs Binay - UNA- (Philstar)

Comelec chief faces disbarment case before SC- (Philstar)

Binay-Erap in 2016?- (Manila Bulletin)

2010 polls another people power – Noy- (Philstar)

Abalos sees dismissal of 2 more cases- (Inquirer)

Group proposes low-cost vote counting system- (Gulf Times)

VACC asks to join SC case contesting 2013 Senate poll results- (GMA News)

Abalos to deal with 2 more poll cheating complaints- (Philstar)

Comelec on Abalos: We tried but failed- (Inquirer)

Binay-Nacionalista alliance in 2016?- (Philstar)

Brillantes sued for favoring former client- (Inquirer)

Court clears Abalos of electoral sabotage- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to reuse PCOS machines in 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

P500M needed for Bangsamoro plebiscite- (Sun Star)

Voters’ satellite booths open in malls- (Inquirer)

Kalinga posts 8,058 SK voters- (Sun Star)

Man convicted for gun ban violation- (Visayan Daily Star)

Recall elections: Comelec's mandate unfunded under Aquino- (Rappler)

Comelec notes high turnout of SK registrants in Neg. Or.- (Visayan Daily Star)

An Aquino rejects PNoy term extension- (ABS CBN)

Business to endorse candidates in 2016- (Manila Standard)

Slim chance for Congress to okay new term for Noy- (Manila Standard)

MORE2COME Group Call PNoy Re-election- (Manila Channel)


September 2014

Grace Poe: People’s trust inspires me, but 2016 polls still far off- (Inquirer)

Manny Pacquiao now a contender for 2016 Senate seat, according to latest poll- (GMA News)

Kalinga has 8,058 SK registered voters- (PIA)

Survey a heads-up for the frontrunner- (Businessworld)

DBM won't restore OAV fund; Comelec to tap savings- (Rappler)

Comelec opens first mall registration, off-site validation in 4 Robinsons malls- (Interaksyon)

Two rivals claim: ‘ I am the mayor’- (Manila Standard)

Watchdog: Scrap old counting machines- (Manila Standard)

Smartmatic not yet out as bidder for 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

House nixes SC meddling in Marinduque poll issue- (Manila Standard)

Binay forms new party- (Manila Standard)

SK registration made easier: Fill out forms online- (Rappler)

Public Bid for Automated Polls- (Manila Bulletin)

COMELEC to SK voters: Register early to avoid inconvenience- (PIA)

Initial SK registration yields success in SurSur- (PIA)

Comelec awaiting Congress’ nod to move SK polls to 2016- (Manila Bulletin)

Charter change impossible before 2016, says election lawyer- (Manila Bulletin)

Extend SK registration in Mario-affected areas – NYC- (Rappler)

Start of registration for SK polls to push through Saturday- (GMA News)

Comelec in Region 12, Zambo ready for SK poll registration- (Mindanews)

200,000 will lose suffrage in 2016- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec: Votes for Eddie Villanueva in Nueva Ecija precinct tampered- (GMA News)

Comelec eyes internet voting for overseas voters- (ABS CBN)

SurSur COMELEC set for SK registration- (PIA)

Comelec readies for SK voters’ registration- (Zamboanga Today Online)

Comelec sets SK voters’ registration- (Sunstar)

Abra CMPAG tackles peace and order, election preparations- (PIA)

Comelec to consider economic conditions in setting campaign spending rules- (GMA News)

Comelec orders update of SK voters’ list ahead of registration- (GMA News)

OFWs’ list-up budget scrapped; Abante protests- (Manila Standard Today)

Santiago as presidential candidate ticks off possible running mates- (Inquirer)

Comelec delists 10,422 'dormant' voters in Koronadal City- (Philstar)

Comelec wants SK polls postponed until after 2016 polls- (Inquirer)

Voters’ registration to continue even during SK polls- (Philstar)

Postponed SK polls reset to February 2015- (Inquirer)

Comelec kicks off satellite voter's registration in malls- (Rappler)

Comelec to limit candidates’ campaign ads airtime in 2016- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec suspends Emano camp's recall petition- (Sunstar)

Comelec bent on leveling field for rich, poor politicos- (Inquirer)

DBM hit for scrapping Comelec’s proposed budget for overseas absentee voting- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Expect to see politicians’ faces nonstop with SC ruling on airtime limit- (Inquirer)

Comelec set to name more overspending candidates- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Mix of old, new tech for 2016 polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to try touchscreen voting in 2016 polls- (Rappler)

Comelec elects to use PCOS, other machines in 2016- (Inquirer)

SC junks Comelec limits on airtime of political ads- (Rappler)

Comelec wants early public scrutiny of source code for automated polls- (Inquirer)


August 2014

Comelec satellite registration centers in Ozamiz registers 315 voters in 2Q- (PIA)

Comelec: No discrepancy between official tally, decrypted ballots in precinct recount- (GMA News)

Comelec: No-el not happening in 2016- (Inquirer)

Comelec to pick poll machine- (Inquirer)

Comelec invites observers for transparent 2016 vote- (Inquirer)

How can you choose?- (Business Mirror)

Comelec arranges for Gloria Arroyo’s voter registration at VMMC- (Inquirer)

Online listing of voters launched- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec: New system shortens registration process by half- (Philstar)

Comelec taps Robinsons malls for voters' registration- (Rappler)

Comelec eyes 56 million registered voters in 2016- (Interaksyon)

Brillantes laments low turnout of registrants- (ABS CBN)

Binay in virtual campaign sortie as he meets with UNA leaders in Maguindanao- (Inquirer)

Manila mum on Aquino-Binay face-off in 2016- (The Peninsula)

300 Lapu-Lapu jail inmates register as voters for 2016 polls- (Interaksyon)

Old, new machines eyed for 2016- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Recall election ‘impossible’- (Sunstar)

Comelec installs new office chief in SurSur- (PIA)

Comelec urged to use other voting systems in 2016 polls- (GMA News)

85% say no to Binay-Roxas tandem for 2016 elections- (Inquirer)

Electing members of political clans embodies ‘freedom of choice’- (Inquirer)

2016 polls to cost more- (Manila Bulletin)

Youth coalition launches signature campaign- (Sunstar)

Binay clan cited in anti-political dynasty bill interpolations- (Inquirer)

Registration applicants warned vs fixers- (Philstar)

Palace: Spare Noy from 2016 politics- (Philstar)

Bill requires Comelec post-election report- (Manila Standard Today)

Mar on Binay-Roxas tandem: Mum’s the word- (Inquirer)

Binay: Mar's bid for Aquino term extension 'selfish'- (Philstar)

Close to 60,000 voters in Zambo City delisted- (Mindanews)

‘Noy to step down in 2016’- (Philstar)

Court allows Arroyo to register as voter- (Gulf Today)

Erap set to meet with Binay- (Philstar)

Pimentel to probe use of PCOS machines in poll fraud- (Rappler)

Voter applicants for 2016 polls may now fill up forms online- (Manila Bulletin)

If 3 Kings lose Binay, UNA to field own bet- (Philstar)

Jojo-Mar in 2016?- (Manila Bulletin)

Mar Roxas still our man, says LP- (Inquirer)

Binay will run, just the same- (Inquirer)

Comelec to hold pilot tests on online voting- (Inquirer)

DFA asks Comelec to suspend registration in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Ukraine- (Interaksyon)

2nd Overseas Voter Registration Center opens in Manila- (PIA)

Drilon urges Comelec to allow OFWs to register, vote online- (Inquirer)

Comelec won't suspend overseas voting  (ABS CBN)


July 2014

No request yet to suspend OAV registration in troubled states –Comelec- (GMA News)

CA bars judge from hearing poll case vs Antique governor- (Inquirer)

Comelec junks case vs village chief- (Sunstar)

Brillantes: Let's postpone SK polls to October 2016- (Rappler)

Comelec welcomes new commissioner Arthur Lim- (Rappler)

Comelec Antique notes low turnout of registration- (PIA)

Comelec awaits 2016 poll tech recommendation- (Rappler)

Comelec seeks DILG help in voters’ listing- (Inquirer)

Private prosecutor in Corona trial is new Comelec commissioner- (GMA News)

Comelec’s P4.1-B budget for PCOS likened to ‘Voldemort’- (Inquirer)

Comelec wants SK polls postponed, again, to 2016  (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Only few PWDs register in Zambo City- (Sunstar)

Clients of PHL embassy in Riyadh to go through overseas voter registration- (GMA News)

National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities set on July 20- (GMA News)

Comelec registers 183 inmates in second satellite registration- (Zamboanga Today)

Group wants Comelec execs cited in contempt over PCOS transfer- (Inquirer)

Comelec sets registration for PWDs- (Sunstar)

Comelec: More to be disqualified due to overspending  (ABS CBN)

Comelec seeking new technology for 2016 polls  (Manila Bulletin)

DFA: Overseas voter registration breaches 1M mark  (ABS CBN)

Comelec reaffirms finding vs Bulacan mayor, councilor- (Inquirer)

Few city voters acting on biometrics- (Visayan Daily Star)

COMELEC declares July 20, 2014 as National Registration Day for Voters with Disabilities- (PIA)

Grace Poe, Escudero may run in 2016- (Inquirer)

LP accused of ‘premature campaigning’- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec sees no urgency to name new commissioner in place of Padaca- (Inquirer)

Padaca on way out of Comelec?- (ABS CBN)

Binay starts search for VP, Senate bets in 2016 polls  (ABS CBN)

Comelec begins offsite validation- (Sunstar)

Comelec registers 298 more inmates in Zambo jail- (Mindanews)

Binay cites 'credible' info of plans to cheat in 2016, calls for vigilance- (Interaksyon)

Comelec holds voter’s registration for inmates- (Sunstar)

Comelec to Binay: Clean 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec says only few voters have registered in Davao- (Mindanews)