DE LIMA FILES SEN. BILL 1893 PROHIBITING EARLY CAMPAIGN but against existing election laws - PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC NEWS

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DE LIMA FILES SEN. BILL 1893 PROHIBITING EARLY CAMPAIGN but against existing election laws








Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a Senate Bill No, 1893 seeking to prohibit any forms of premature campaigning for a prospective candidate a year before the national and local elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has stressed that prospective candidate cannot hide in the public eyes because of the De Lima's "premature campaigning."





Omnibus Election Code states that an aspirant for national or local elective office does not commit “premature campaigning” if he has not officially filed his certificate of candidacy, and therefore, technically cannot be considered as a candidate.

Also, under Republic Act No. 9369, a person who aspires to run for elective office can only be considered a candidate at the start of the election campaign period.

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