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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates that they are not exempted from securing permits from local government units for their political events.
Comelec Commissioner George Erwin Garcia reiterated that candidates still need permits from the Comelec Campaign Committee for their activities in areas under Alert level 1 and 2.
“We will really recognize yung power of the LGU kasi sa local government code naman kahit sa Omnibus Election Code, ang LGU naman talaga ang kinikilala diyan na magbibigay ng permit sa lahat kahit hindi rally, tungkol sa political rally, lagi naman LGU,” Garcia said.
“Therefore, hindi magbibigay ang LGU ng permit kung di nila sinigurado na-establish ang proper health protocols at ayos yung number ng tao," the Commissioner added.
"Binibigay namin sa LGU at least yung level 1 at level 2 ang pagma-manage ng isang campaign, pag-aayos ng isang campaign. Pero once na yang (alert) level na yan ay nagbago definitely papasok muli ang Comelec at i-insist namin kumuha kayo ng CCC.”
Garcia also clarified that the events and other gatherings are only allowed to those areas under Alert level 1 and level 2.
This decision of the commission also has private and safe protocols and not exceeding the boundaries of each private life.
Contributed by Thimy Rose D. Noveno