Bottomline: don’t do something fishy.

Posted on November 24, 2012

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The May 2013 Philippine Elections is only six months away. That’s about 25 weeks. Registered voter? Check. Already know who to vote for? Maybe yes, maybe no. We are still in the “getting-to-know-you” stage of our many suitors. Next year will be the official start of campaign period (we will touch up on this later), so candidates who start giving off signs this early should raise  your “epal” radar right about now. COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brilliantes tweeted last month, “Out of delicadeza, prospective candidates who filed their COCs should refrain from indirect campaigning by appearing on TV, radio & in ads”.  He added, “Regardless of what you call it, it can readily be misinterpreted as indirect campaigning/implied endorsement”.

But us Filipino citizens are not that passive and ignorant to know “epal” *cough* premature campaigning, right? Let’s hope so. Like us progress-hungry Filipino citizens who will vote on May 2013, electoral candidates also have certain rules to follow.

Resolution No. 9385, or the CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES AND PERIODS OF CERTAIN PROHIBITED ACTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MAY 13, 2013 NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS was promulgated on April 3, 2102. It shows important events as well as prohibited acts a candidate should not do before, during, and after the May 2013 elections (for the full version of the calendar, click the link).

Highlights:

March 30, 2012 – Last day to file petition for registration (Party-list candidates).

October 1 to 5, 2012 – Filing of Certificates of Candidacy for all elective positions.

October 31, 2012 – Last day for local voters to file applications for registration, transfer of registration records, reactivation, correction of entries, etc. This is the last day for overseas voters to file their application as well, along with their transfer of registration record from one Post to another.

February 12, 2013 – Posting of the certified list of voters.

February 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013 – Campaign period for Senatorial candidates, as well as for the party-list groups.

March 29, 2013 to May 11, 2013 – Campaign period for candidates for Member, House of Representatives, and elective regional, provincial, city and municipal officials.

May 6, 2013 to May 10, 2013 – Testing and sealing of the PCOS machines

May 13, 2013 – ELECTION DAY

June 12, 2013 – Last day to file Sworn Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures.

Quite a lot for something to take place six months from now, right?

Now, the COMELEC (hopefully) keeps a watchful eye on our many suitors, making sure that they know what they shouldn’t do.

  Prohibitions Who are covered? Why?
Date
May 13, 2012 – August 11, 2013 Transfer, promotion, extension, recall or otherwise movement of officer or member of the foreign service corps from current post or position. (Sec. 23, R.A. 9189) Officers of members of the foreign service corps Especially on election day, who would not think that something fishy is going on when this happens?
January 13, 2013 – June 12, 2013 Alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct. (Sec. 5, RA 8189). Election authorities Oh sure, let’s put ALL the bribed voters on THIS new precinct.
Transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service. (Sec. 261 (h), OEC). Civil service officers and employees (i.e., public officials) See: trust no one on election period
Bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. (Sec. 261 (p) (q) (r) and (s), OEC as amended by Sec. 32, RA 7166). All officers having something to do with the elections, especially those moving from precinct to precinct. See: election-related deaths, extrajudicial killings, Maguindanao Massacre, etc.
Use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. (Sec. 261 (t), OEC as amended by Sec. 33, RA 7166) Electoral candidates, civil service officers, security personnel Hey candidate, I bet you did something wrong.
Organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or other similar forces. (Sec. 261 (u), OEC). Same as above. Same as above.
Suspension of elective local officials. (Sec. 261 (x), OEC) Election authorities, electoral candidates See: trust no one on election period
February 12, 2013- May 13, 2013 Giving donations or gift in cash or in kind, etc. (Sec. 104, OEC). Electoral candidates See: epal, bribery
Appointment or use of special policemen, confidential agents or the like. (Sec. 261 (m), OEC) Electoral candidate, civil service officers, security personel The term “special” is there for a reason.
March 29, 2013 – May 13, 2013 Appointment or hiring of new employees; creation or filling up of new positions; promotion or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privilege. (Sec. 261 (g),OEC). Election authorities, public officials, civil service officers, employees, pretty much the rest of us Do Politician X’s dirty work re: election and get 80% increase in your salary!
Construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works and issuance of treasury warrants or similar devices for a future undertaking chargeable against public funds. Sec. 261 (w), OEC). Electoral candidates, public officials, DPWH, Kaban ng Bayan See: epal, kurakot
Release disbursement or expenditures of public funds. (Sec. 261 (v), OEC). Same as above. Same as above.
March 14, 2013 – June 12, 2013 Illegal release of prisoners. (Sec. 261 (n),OEC). Civil service officers, public officials, DOJ “Illegal” is there for a reason. Also, let’s do something bad for the country, prisoner! 😀
March 28, 2013 – March 29, 2013 CAMPAIGNING Electoral candidates It’s Holy Week. Let’s be holy even just for a week.
May 12, 2013 (Election Eve) CAMPAIGNING! (Sec. 5, RA 7166) Same as above. See: last-minute epal
Selling, furnishing, offering, buying serving or taking intoxicating liquor. (Sec. 261 (dd),OEC.) Everybody in the Philippines Election Eve. Is that like Christmas Eve? “So what we get drunk…” oh wait we’re screwed if that happens.
Giving, accepting free transportation, food, drinks and things of value (Sec. 89, OEC). Electoral candidates, everybody in the Philippines. See: epal, nagpapa-epal
May 13, 2013 (ELECTION DAY!) CAMPAIGNING. (Sec. 5, RA 7166) Electoral candidates Do we really need to explain this?
The same acts prohibited on May 12, 2013.
Voting more than once or in substitution of another (Sec. 261 (z) (2) and (3), OEC). Registered voters See: trust no one on election preriod
Soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within 30 meters thereof. (Sec. 261 (cc),OEC). Basically everybody See: trust no one on election period
Opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise, or refreshments within a radius of thirty (30) meters from the polling place (Sec, 261 (dd) (2), OEC.) Basically everybody Let’s “sell” pretty much anything, like this Swiss Knife sponsored by Politician X.
Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or any other similar sports. (Sec. 261 (dd) (3), OEC). Basically everybody The May 2013 Elections already looks like a huge cockfight, anyway.
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