Though unethical, local candidates may join national campaign rallies

February 15, 2013 11:30 pm 

By Janice Cave

MANILA, Feb 15 — Since there is no such thing as premature campaigning, candidates who are running for local positions are not violating any rules if they join campaign rallies of national candidates, Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr said.

“Puwede sila sumali sa rally araw-araw pero medyo garapal naman yun," Brillantes said.

He added that while the Supreme Court said it is not unlawful to campaign before the prescribed campaign period, it is unethical.

The campaign period for local candidates begins on March 29.

Meanwhile, Brillantes led a peace covenant signing among those running for local posts in the city of Manila.

The peace covenant was organized by Comelec to ensure a clean, honest and peaceful elections on May 13.

Those who attended the signing were rivals Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and former Pres. Joseph Estrada, who is also running in the mayoralty race.

Also present were Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and 6th district councilor Lou Veloso and several Manila congressmen and councilors.

Brillantes, meanwhile, dismissed accusations that they are being selective in the crackdown on possible poster violations of party-list groups.

This, after the a member of the Kabataan party-list accused the poll body of turning a blind eye on the other candidates whose posters and streamers were illegally placed.

In its 'documentation tour', the poll body found several campaign poster of Kabataan party-list plastered on walls and inside a public university campus.

"Comelec will never be selective in implementing our campaign rules. Such insinuation that Comelec is turning a blind eye on 'violations…by those with big names and those close to the president" is uncalled for," he said.

"Siguro sumunod na lang sila sa batas at 'wag na lang gumawa ng conclusion," he added. (PNA)

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