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Lapid thinks Comelec should ease marketing campaign restrictions

Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid. Display screen seize / Senate PRIB file picture

MANILA, Philippines — The Fee on Elections (Comelec) ought to contemplate enjoyable marketing campaign restrictions that have been put in place as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, based on Senator Lito Lapid.

This as he complained that it has been troublesome and at occasions expensive for candidates.

Lapid just isn’t a candidate within the Could 9 elections however he’s supporting and going round cities with the Pinuno Party-list, a civic, non-profit, and non-governmental group established in 2019 that’s pushing for inexpensive housing and livelihood packages.

“(Alert) Stage 1 na tayo, narinig ko nga si Legal professional George (Garcia), bagong (Comelec) commissioner na dapat luwagan na uncooked kasi nga lalo na ‘yong nangangampanya, kamukha namin, nahihirapan din kami na dapat tuloy-tuloy kami kaya lang tumitigil kami dahil hanggang do’n lang ang allow namin,” Lapid advised reporters Friday throughout an ambush interview in Caloocan.

(We’re on Alert Stage, I heard Legal professional George, the brand new Comelec commissioner saying that the restrictions on campaigning ought to be loosened, as a result of like in our case, we discover it exhausting to marketing campaign as we may go on to totally different cities however we’d cease as a result of our allow solely permits us at sure areas.)

“Babalik kami ulit, eh kung mahal ang gasolina, pabalik-balik kami, eh di lalo kaming gumagastos dyan,” he lamented.

(We’d return, but when oil costs are excessive, and if we’d travel, it might imply larger bills for us.)

One other downside, the senator stated, is that even after securing permits from Comelec, candidates would web one other set of permits in the event that they need to go to native authorities models.

READ: Comelec en banc to review campaign rules on permits amid eased COVID restrictions

Often, Comelec permits are launched inside seven days, Lapid stated.

“Kasi kami, mag-aano pa kami ng mga allow eh, bayan-bayan. Meron na kami sa Comelec, dapat dumaan pa kami sa mga native, dahil nga do’n sa Comelec guidelines,” he famous.

(As a result of in our case, we ask for permits from every city.  We’ve got requested one from Comelec, however we’d additionally move via native governments due to the Comelec guidelines.)

Many candidates have been calling for the easing of marketing campaign curbs since many areas throughout the nation have already shifted to COVID-19 Alert Stage 1, which imposes looser pandemic restrictions.

READ: Pacquiao’s plea to Comelec: Ease campaign restrictions amid Alert Level 1

Garcia — the brand new ballot commissioner that Lapid was speaking about — stated the Comelec en banc would review the proposals.


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