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Palace Spokesperson Martin Andanare reminds on Thursday that local candidates and their supporters follow pandemic health standards during sorties.
There are 18,023 local posts up for grabs while 845 candidates are running unopposed in the May elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Last February 8, the campaign for national bets started.
"We... ask everyone from the candidates to the general public to strictly comply with health and safety protocols and the guidelines set by the Commission on Elections in the conduct of their political activities, including campaign rallies and in-person campaigning," Andanar said.
"This occasion is likewise a good reminder that there will be no slowing down of our COVID-19 vaccination drive as we remain on track with our goal of having 90 million fully-vaccinated Filipinos before the end of June 2022," he added.
Campaigns affects vax drives
The election campaigns have disrupted the government's vaccination drive according to the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) earlier.
"Nakita na din natin ‘no, na-anticipate natin iyong possibility na fewer iyong magiging output ng ating local government units because of the election at saka sa pagka-campaign. Therefore we also are looking at other means to vaccinate," NVOC co-lead Dr. Kezia Rosario said on Mar. 19.
The Comelec also said that eased quarantine levels do not mean complacency to the virus.
"Tatandaan natin na hindi namin tinanggal ang pag-observe ng minimum health protocol... isipin niyo pag nagkaroon ng isang super-spreader event na nandiyan kayo, sa inyo isisisi 'yan," said Comelec Commissioner George Garcia.
The Philippine Medical Association also urged supporters and even candidates to get their vaccines first and health protocols first before attending sorties.
Contributed by Thimy Rose D. Noveno