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In a roundtable discussion organized by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), election watchdogs identified several electoral reforms they would want the 19th Congress and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to address ahead of the 2025 midterm polls.

'Starting the reform effort as early as now is a good first step. But there has to be more discussions like this [among civil society groups] because what we really need is a strong consensus on what we want to push,' says former Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia.

In his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 25, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. laid down the priorities of his administration. The PCIJ staff listened and recorded the issues he did and did not address.

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