Comelec delays PCOS, ballot configuration

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections will delay till January 15 the configuration of ballots and precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the 2013 elections to accommodate the Supreme Court's possible rulings on the disqualification cases against some party-list groups.

Comelec eyes granting security, not gun ban exemptions

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections is inclined to grant a security detail to private individuals instead of gun ban exemptions once the ban takes effect on Sunday, the start of the 120-day election period.

Lack of source code review delays poll preps

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections suffers a delay in the implementation of its preparations for the automated elections in May because of a delay in the review of the source code that will run the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Gun-loving PNoy favors stricter gun laws

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is a known gun enthusiast and he admits he does not favor proposals for a total gun ban.

PNoy vows justice for Quezon encounter victims

MANILA - President Aquino said justice will be served following the shooting incident at a security checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon.

PNoy not keen on total gun ban, won't stop target shooting

MANILA - President Aquino is not keen on proposals to impose a total gun ban, saying he is in favor instead of a law that will impose more sanctions on gun owners violating their privileges.

JPE denies bribing senators

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile confirmed Wednesday he gave out nearly P30 million in cash gifts to fellow senators last Christmas but denied that these were bribes to stave off a Senate coup.

PNP: Quezon checkpoint violated rules

MANILA, Philippines – Police officers who set up the checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon where 13 men were killed made several protocol violations, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Wednesday.

SC suspends afternoon work in Manila courts

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) decided to suspend work in all Manila courts on Wednesday afternoon due to the heavy traffic brought about by the ongoing Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Miriam returns P250k to JPE

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Wednesday said she has returned a P250,000 “Christmas gift” from Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. She also urged the Commission on Audit to reveal the annual income of all public officials, including members of Congress.