NEWS: Comelec strikes premature campaigning of candidates
A week after filing their certificates of candidacy, nearly all candidates especially those running for national posts, are now engaging in premature campaigning.
And this caught the attention of Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez, who took to Twitter to call attention to the political aspirants.
“Nearly all major senatorial candidates openly campaigning now – taking full advantage of the premature campaigning loophole,” he said in his Twitter account @jabjimenez.
Jimenez, however, admitted that they cannot do anything to stop the candidates from engaging in premature campaigning.
“It is very clear that the acts you can prohibit of a candidate you can only prohibit at the start of the campaign period. Unless the campaign period starts, everyone gets to do whatever they want,” he said.
Based on Republic Act No. 9369 “any person who files his COC shall only be considered as a candidate at the start of the campaign period.”
Still, Jimenez appealed to aspirants to show some delicadeza. “We appeal to the candidates themselves: Right now, it’s a question of delicadeza. We really appeal to them to see it that way,” said Jimenez.
The campaign period for those running for national posts is from February 12, 2019 to May 11, 2019. For local positions, the campaign period is from March 29, 2019 to May 11, 2019.
The Comelec said a total of 152 individuals filed their COC for senator from October 11 to 17.
SOURCE: Manila Bulletin