MANILA, Philippines – Banners and other paraphernalia urging presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the 2022 national elections are not considered an electoral offense, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that it is not a violation of election laws because it is not election period, and Mayor Sara herself is not a candidate yet.
“Kahit nakapag-file na ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang tao, kung hindi pa naman nagsisimula ang campaign period, hindi pa siya itinuturing na official candidate. At dahil hindi pa siya official candidate, kahit anong gawin niya, hindi pa siya pwedeng tratuhin bilang kandidato. Ibig sabihin, hindi pa siya pwedeng mag-commit ng election offense,” Jimenez said.
The poll body official said that the banners sprouting in different areas can only be considered as part of freedom of expression.
The campaign period for May 9, 2022 elections will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022.
Sara Duterte earlier thanked her supporters behind the campaign but she reiterated that she has no plans of joining the 2022 presidential polls.
She also urged her supporters to remove the tarpaulins they mounted without permits and to stop staging motorcades and other activities that may violate the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to launch an event that aims to encourage Filipinos to register in the upcoming 2022 National Elections.
The activity entitled, ‘Walkah Walkah: #MagparehistroKa Voter Education Campaign will see Comelec officials and personnel ride and walk for voter registration on February 26.
During the event, motorcycle riders will take off from Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila and will proceed to Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway in Quezon City.
From there, Comelec officials including Spokesperson James Jimenez will lead the walkathon towards Gawad Kalinga Village in Quezon City. Other participants include barangay leaders and other election stakeholders.
Participants will hand out flyers to invite the public to register and inform them about the new protocols amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Comelec, meanwhile, assures health and safety protocols will be implemented. There will also be COVID-19 marshalls that will monitor and ensure these protocols are followed.-AAC
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