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COMELEC’s PiliPinas 2016 Election Results will be posted online

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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) officially announced yesterday, May 8 the election results website for the 2016 general polls on Monday, May 9.

“Precinct results and canvassing results for the 2016 National, Local and ARMM Regional Elections will be available after closing time on election day,” the website stated.

Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez said that the website will also show the certificates of canvass transmitted to the poll central server coming from more than 90,000 polling precincts nationwide.

Comelec's public website where you can see the election results now

Check out the latest election results on precinct level l here:

“It can be viewed in most computer and mobile phones,” Comelec said.

The public site will show electoral information through three different views:

1. Transmissions received
2. Election returns by geography
3. Certificate of canvass by geography

“The ERs contain all the results from the president down to the last candidate. Which means, we can already total them even if we would not announce it,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in a press briefing.

Asked about the possible hacking, Jimenez added that the central server was deployed in an isolated environment with high security standards and state of the art platform and able to refresh the information in short period of time, as results are received.

Jimenez also clarified that the website will not be providing an overall total number of votes as well as ranking among candidates to safeguard against trending and intrigues.

“There will be totals for the votes received for that particular precinct only but not for the whole thing,” Jimenez said.

The public will be informed also the actual percentage of certificates of canvass counted by the Comelec through the said website.

It is estimated that as early as 8PM today, local government official winners can be announced.

LIVESTREAM: 3rd PiliPinas Presidential Debate

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All five Presidential candidates, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, will be present in the third PiliPinas Presidential debate to be held at the Phinma – University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.


According to ABS-CBN, the debate will be moderated by broadcasters Karen Davila and Tony Velasquez.

The debate is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with a pre-debate show at 5 p.m

Watch the LiveStream here:


Duterte Scolds Aussie, US Ambassadors

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Philippine presidential aspirant Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte said during his sortie in Pastrana Park in Kalibo capital town that the Australian and United States ambassadors should keep their mouth shut and stay out of Philippine politics.
“You’re not Filipinos. Shut up. Do not interfere because it’s election time.” Mayor Duterte said in front of his about 5,000 supporters. “I was exercising my constitutional rights” he also said.
This in response to the statements of the two ambassadors regarding The Davao City mayor’s Rape joke.

Duterte’s Bad joke about Rape
Australian ambassador Amanda Gorely posted in Twitter “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

Autralian Ambassador Tweets about the Rape joke
Unites States ambassador Philip Goldberg said in an interview aired by CNN Philippines “I can only agree with the colleague from the Australian Embassy,” Goldberg said in an interview aired by CNN Philippines.

“Any statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder, are not ones that we condone,” he added.

Duterte Apologizes

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Presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Filipinos for his joke of the rape and murder of an Australian missionary.  
“I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me,” Duterte said in a statement sent to the media.

Watch: Duterte’s Bad Joke about Rape

But the tough talking Mayor insisted that he won’t apologize for “the things I’ve done to protect our people, especially the weak and defenseless, from crime.”

Here is the official statement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte:


Australian Ambassador Tweets about Rape

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Australian ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said on twitter “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

Although she did not mention any names, Rodrigo Duterte joked about the Australian missionary woman who was raped and murdered in Davao city in a video that went viral two days ago.

Duterte’s Bad Joke about Rape 


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Boracay, PH – Smart Communications Inc., the leading telco in the Philippines rolled out LTE-Advanced today in Boracay. So what’s LTE-Advanced really? Read on below to find out!


  • LTE-Advanced (also referred to as 4.5G or LTE-A) is the next stage of development of 4G mobile technology.
  • LTE-A is LTE with a turbo boost.
  • It has significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services.
  • Smart’s initial deployment of LTE-A in Boracay uses a capability called “carrier aggregation”.


  • “Carrier aggregation” refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands to power LTE connectivity.
  • You can liken it to putting together two or more separate highways in order to create a much wider highway, through which vehicular traffic (or data) can flow more freely and at a much faster rate.

What can I do with the LTE-Advanced?

  • With LTE-A, you can have a significantly better and more consistent experience when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy activities like video, audio-streaming and gaming, among others.

What is the maximum information rate/speed?

  • In Boracay (where LTE-A is initially deployed), using LTE-A capable devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, the Smart network posted data speeds of up to 250 Mbps on a single-user basis.
  • With wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests. If there are several users, lower speeds will be experienced – about 100-150 Mbps.

Chief Technology and information advisor of Smart and PLDT – Joachim Horn discussed the difference of LTE-Advanced with the existing LTE.

Catch updates straight from Boracay, Aklan starting 6:30pm, through the SMART Communications Facebook account and @LiveSmart Twitter and instagram accounts. Join the conversation with the hashtag #SmartLTEAdvanced!

Philippines will be hosting the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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It will be another great year for Philippine Basketball, as the country prepares for the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Phillipines has been selected by FIBA as one of the 3 countries that will host the 2016 OQT. It will be held on July 4 – 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The other two host countries are Italy and Serbia. FIBA announced #‎FIBAOQT‬ hosts for the ‪#‎RoadToRio‬ last tuesday, January 19, 2016. 
Gilas Pilipinas will face five of these teams in Manila: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Angola, Tunisia, Senegal, New Zealand, Iran, Japan, Latvia, Croatia and Turkey. 
The draw for the team grouping will be on January 26, 2016.