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Inquirer.net – Comelec suspends issuance of voters’ certificates

By Tina G. Santos | Inquirer.net MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is suspending the issuance of local and overseas voters’ certificates at its main office in Intramuros.

The Manila Times – The quest for the return of transparency in our election processes

By Lito Averia | The Manila Times AUTOMATION has taken over routine and repetitive tasks, and it can handle volumes with such efficiency, speed and accuracy. In the context of

GMA News Online – Tito Sotto sa kung ano ang plano niya sa 2022 elections: ‘Mahirap magsalita ng tapos’

By GMA News Online Wala pa umanong pasya si Senate President Vicente Sotto III kung tatakbo siya sa mas mataas na posisyon sa 2022 national elections, kung saan kabilang sa

Manila Bulletin – Online registration of voters pushed

By Charissa Luci-Atienza | Manila Bulletin As the 2022 presidential and vice presidential elections near, leaders of the House of Representatives have sought the government’s adoption of an online system

The Manila Times – The empire will never strike back

By Rolly G. Reyes | The Manila Times Just like Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, President Rodrigo Duterte is now expected to swing his lightsaber to topple Darth Vader. What can

Manila Standard – People’s Initiative: a form of people power

By Tranquil G.S. Salvador III | Manila Standard “All it takes is to light the spark that will rally the people to a common cause.” The idea of a people’s

The Manila Times – Hybrid election system in 2022: How do we proceed?

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times THE Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation (Cerpp), led by Sen. María Imelda Josefa Marcos, has been consistently deliberating Senate Bill

One News – Eye On 2022: Hybrid Elections, Charter Change Being Proposed Amid The Pandemic

By One News In 22 months, the country is expected to hold general elections that will cover all national and local positions. So it is not surprising that poll-related issues

The Manila Times – President Duterte should focus on strengthening institutions

By The Manila Times The next State of the Nation Address (SONA) will be reduced to the very essence of what it should be — a message from the President.

Manila Bulletin – A crime committed in broad daylight, and with no witnesses

By Rj Nieto | Manila Bulletin THINKING PINOY The overwhelming popularity of then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is hardly disputable, so his win was never seriously questioned. The same cannot

ABS-CBN News – Comelec says P2.5B needed to flash counting of ballots through projectors in 2022 polls

By Katrina Domingo | ABS-CBN News MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said it needs an additional P2.5 billion to implement a Senate proposal to use projectors

GMA News Online – Hybrid elections to cost over P24B, says Comelec commissioner

By Dona Magsino | GMA News Online The proposed hybrid elections—one that combines manual and automated processes—for 2022 will cost at least P24 billion, an official of the Commission on

Saksi Ngayon – Imee kinuwestyon ang Comelec BUDGET SA HYBRID ELECTIONS, DOBLE

By Saksi Ngayon AABOT sa P24 bilyon ang kailangang budget upang maisulong ang panukalang hybrid elections para sa 2022. Sa panukalang hybrid elections, magsasagawa ng manual counting sa mga munisipyo

ABS-CBN News – ‘Hybrid elections’ sa 2022, posibleng maapektuhan ng COVID-19 pandemic: Comelec

By ABS-CBN News MAYNILA – Aminado ang Commission on Elections nitong Miyerkoles na posibleng maapektuhan ang kanilang paghahanda para sa susunod na national elections sa 2022 dahil sa krisis na

CNN Philippines – Comelec proposes ₱26-B automated vote-counting process

By CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 15) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is eyeing automated vote-counting in elections that will cost billions, Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said on

Daily Tribune – TESDAMAN phenomenon

By TEB | Daily Tribune Among the constants in the conduct of elections using the Smartmatic automated election system were suspicions of widespread fraud that benefits highest bidders, who also

Manila Standard – Danger in the President’s political decisions: Part II

By Rod Kapunan | Manila Standard “I thought Duterte hated graft and corruption?” Part II The President must bear in mind that the US has an axe to grind against

Abogado – Fishy! Rowena Guanzon clarifies rule on cancellation of elections

By Abogado COMELEC Senior Commissioner Rowena Guanzon clarified that they can only cancel or postpone elections on certain grounds. The abogado said that it’s only allowed for 30 days. The

Manila Standard – Danger in the President’s political decisions

By Rod Kapunan | Manila Standard “Why the outrageous delay?” Part I It has always been my passion, as a political analyst, to ask why our political leaders act this

Inquirer.net – Comelec extends suspension of voter registration

By Tina G. Santos | Inquirer.net MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended the suspension of voter registration, including satellite registration, until Aug. 31. The suspension was