Candidates told not to pay for permits to campaign from CPP-NPA

Published April 21, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Butuan City – The Commission on Election (Comelec) on Saturday warned candidates not to give in to demands from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) for permit-to-campaign (PTC) fees in relation to the May 14 Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The candidates were likewise warned not to give donations to any individuals as it is punishable by law.

“Article 261 of Omnibus Election Code on giving of donations, goods or in kind to any person or group during election period to advance his/her candidacy or political favor is good as election offense,” stressed Comelec 13 Regional Director Francisco Pobe, in an exclusive interview with The Manila Bulletin at the agency’s regional office here on Saturday.

Under the Local Government Code, candidates even government officials may face administrative sanction if they’re found supporting the enemy of the government, he pointed out.

Pobe warned candidates in the upcoming May 14 elections in Caraga region that they will face sanctions once they give in to the Communist movement’s demands for PTC fees or any individual in the form of donations or any logistical support.

“We will file administrative cases against them (candidates or local officials) if they are found to have given in to the insurgents’ demand for PTC or they’re in cahoots with the NPA or any individual or group,” stressed further the region’s top Comelec official, as he disclosed that since the start of the filing of certificates of candidacies until Fridaywas orderly and no untoward incident happened in Caraga region.