Elections in the Philippines

Philippines bans money, alcohol ahead of elections

The Philippines has banned people from carrying large amounts of cash and buying alcohol in controversial efforts to curb rampant vote buying and violence ahead of elections next week. Photo: AFP

The Philippines on Wednesday banned people from carrying large amounts of cash and buying alcohol in controversial efforts to curb rampant vote-buying and violence before elections next week.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 6:04pm

Gunmen kill 12 in ambush on Philippines mayor

Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan of Nunungan town, recuperates at a hospital in Iligan City, Lanao del norte province, on the southern island of Mindanao on Friday. Photo: AFP

Gunmen killed 13 people in an ambush on a Philippine mayor, officials said yesterday. It was the deadliest of a string of violent incidents that have marred campaigning for May elections.

27 Apr 2013 - 1:48am

Philippine gun ban to curb May election violence starts

A nationwide ban on carrying firearms outside residences in the Philippines has begun to prevent violence ahead of May 13 congressional and local polls.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

How an ally betrayed Arroyo

An accused mass murderer currently detained in a maximum security cell in Manila set off the chain of events which led to Friday's arrest of ex-Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Election building fire sparks fevered speculation

While no evidence of arson has emerged from the smoking ruins of the Commission on Elections building, there is no shortage of speculation among government critics about the cause of the blaze.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Crunch time for Arroyo

When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is inaugurated as President of the Philippines on Wednesday, uncertainty over whether she is the true winner of last month's election will hang heavy in the minds of many Filipinos.

28 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Philippine election shows need for reforms

Poll monitors point to a range of errors by the organisers of the voting system

Calls are growing for reforms to the way the Philippines holds elections after monitors concluded they were the least well conducted of the raft of votes recently held across Asia.

29 May 2004 - 12:00am

Vote of no confidence

Next Monday, national election day, will probably see a large turnout of the country's 42.8 million voters. There is only one problem: that number could actually be 43.5 million, a difference of 700,000.

6 May 2004 - 12:00am