#VotePH2022: COVID, power woes loom as poll concerns

Donna Pazzibugan, Karl R. Ocampo 01/19/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Not only the ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections but also the thin power supply in the summer months may impact preparations for the May 9 elections, officials said on Tuesday. With the three-month-long printing…

Comelec division junks petition to cancel Marcos COC for president

Neil Arwin Mercado 01/17/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied a petition seeking to cancel former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president, saying his failure to file his income…

Expect more checkpoints in Cebu City as police implement gun ban by Jan 9

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 01/07/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Motorists should expect a series of checkpoints around the city as police implement the national gun ban starting January 9, 2022, as part of their security measures in the coming May elections. Police…

Comelec junks petition to declare Bongbong Marcos a nuisance candidate

John Eric Mendoza 12/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections Second Division has denied the petition to declare former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate,Comelec  spokesperson James Jimenez announced on Saturday. The petition was filed…

Social Media & 2022 Elections in Cebu: Opportunities and Pitfalls, Fake News and Transparency

CDN Digital staff 12/15/2021

This is the conclusion of a two-part special report. Click here for the first part. CEBU CITY, Philippines – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie (not her real name) wants to take part in the national elections this…

Pols welcome withdrawal of Duterte, Go from 2022 polls

Donna Pazzibugan, Leila B. Salaverria 12/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In yet another rearrangement of the election landscape, President Rodrigo Duterte and his longtime aide Sen. Bong Go have officially withdrawn their candidacy for senator and president, respectively, in the May 2022 polls. The…

‘Solid North’? Ilocano group files DQ case vs Bongbong Marcos

Neil Arwin Mercado 12/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A group of residents from the so-called “Solid North” filed Tuesday a disqualification case against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. In filing the petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the group Pudno…

Comelec hits crowding in poll bets’ rallies, gatherings

Daniza Fernandez 12/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — While the guidelines for the campaign period in the 2022 elections are not in effect yet, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez noted that some aspirants’ activities do not adhere to guidelines amid…

Loitering, gossiping banned at voting precincts on election day 2022 – Comelec official

Christia Marie Ramos 11/30/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Loitering and gossiping at voting precincts on election day will not be allowed to prevent the risk of COVID-19 infection in the 2022 polls, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Monday. “Our experience…

Comelec: 10-15 voters allowed in polling place at a time; PNP or AFP on crowd control

Christia Marie Ramos 11/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will limit to 10 to 15 persons the number of voters allowed inside a polling place at any given time. During a stakeholders’ forum organized by the election watchdog…

New campaign rules bar kissing, hugging, selfies

Marlon Ramos 11/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Political candidates better mind that physical contact. Hugging, shaking hands and even posing for selfies with the crowd—SOPs (standard operating procedure) on the campaign trail in prepandemic elections—may now get them disqualified. The Commission…

Comelec junks motion vs extended deadline for Marcos’ reply on DQ case

Cathrine Gonzales 11/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Second Division has denied the petition to recall its order extending the deadline granted to former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to answer the petition that seeks to cancel his candidacy…

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