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Padaca ‘eager’ to air side on trial over graft, malversation raps

Elections Commissioner Grace Padaca

Elections commissioner Grace Padaca said she is “eager” to have her side heard in trial for her graft and malversation charges before the Sandiganbayan despite the junking of her motion for immunity from charges.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Comelec to set up polling precincts for elderly, disabled in all SM malls

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections plans to use SM malls as polling precincts for senior citizens and people with disabilities (PWDs) in the 2016 presidential elections.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Suspension of Padaca ally stopped

The Office of the President has stopped the provincial government from suspending Gamu Vice Mayor Fernando Cumigad, a close ally of former Isabela governor and now Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Padaca defends Aquino bailout

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Even if President Aquino shelled out his own money to post bail for her, election commissioner Grace Padaca on Tuesday insisted that this did not mean she would do Malacañang’s bidding.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Comelec to distribute 40M voters’ identification cards in early 2014

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Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections is planning to conduct a “massive distribution” of some 40 million new voter’s identification cards during the first part of 2014, two years before the next presidential polls.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

High voters’ turnout in special polls in Zamboanga City—Padaca

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Commissioner Grace Padaca and Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.

“Democracy survived the siege. It lives on in Zamboanga City.” This was Election Commissioner Grace Padaca’s text message to the INQUIRER on Tuesday as she also reported that the voters’ turnout during Monday’s special barangay (village) elections in the southwestern Mindanao city was “high.”

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Special barangay polls in Zamboanga, Bohol generally peaceful—Padaca

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Ballot boxes. INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

The special barangay elections held in Zamboanga City and Bohol on Monday were proceeding peacefully, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Village polls will be peaceful, orderly, Comelec assures voters

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Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

All is set for Monday’s special barangay (village) polls in earthquake-devastated Bohol and battle-scarred and flood-ravaged Zamboanga City, the Commission on Elections assured the 1.21 million registered voters in the two places.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Padaca pleads not guilty to graft, malversation raps, post P70K bail

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Election Commissioner Grace Padaca: Democracy survived the Zamboanga siege. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Commission on Elections Commissioner Grace Padaca pleaded not guilty to graft and malversation charges, on Tuesday, and posted another P70,000 bail after her previous bond was forfeited by the Sandiganbayan for her failure to attend an earlier hearing.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Padaca says lawyers think appearance in arraignment ‘not necessary’

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Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

Commission on Elections commissioner Grace Padaca defended her non-appearance in her arraignment for graft and malversation at the Sandiganbayan last week, saying she did so on the advice of her lawyers.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Barangay execs warned against 4th term

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Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

Don’t even think about it. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday warned barangay (village) officials on their third consecutive term not to think about running for one more term in October.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Padaca dares college grads to run in barangay elections

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca: Reform the system

With only a third of (barangay) officials having graduated from high school—and 13 percent only from elementary school—a Commission on Elections official over the weekend suggested the barangays needed a new breed of leaders.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Too little time to purge new voters’ list

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Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

An elections commissioner is worried that the poll body may not have enough time to purge illegal registrants from the list of more than 1.8 million new barangay voters.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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