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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned that distributing money in the form of ‘ayuda’ is vote-buying and will be banned when the campaign period for the national elections starts this February.
“It goes without saying that you can no longer give money away and say it is for ayuda, you can't walk around with a cash gun and make it rain,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said. He noted that candidates are prohibited to give “anything of value” to urge supporters to vote.
“You might say that is for another reason but none of us are born yesterday. We all know that it's going to be for vote-buying purposes,” Jimenez said.
He also urged the public to file a complaint if they witness vote-buying activities.
The campaign period for candidates running for a national post will begin on February 8 and will last for 9- days. Candidates for local posts, meanwhile, will begin their campaign period on March 25.
Comelec will be releasing guidelines on activities during the campaign period soon, Jimenez said.