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Davao bans campaign caravans, motorcades

Edith Regalado - The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — All political caravans and motorcades are prohibited in this city until the eve of election day.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued an executive order on Monday providing the guidelines in securing permits for campaign activities in the city.

“There is a need to prohibit motorcades and caravans due to the continuing increase of fuel costs, the inconvenience of the traffic jams these will create and the ongoing public want due to the economic losses from the pandemic coupled with the rising prices of basic commodities,” the EO read.

The EO partially adopted Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10732, which sets the guidelines on campaign activities for the May 9 elections.

The Comelec resolution also authorizes local government units to exercise their powers for efficient and effective governance as well as the promotion of the general welfare of their constituents.

Under Carpio’s EO, political parties and organizers should coordinate with appropriate regional or district election officers for their activities.

“The political activity under Resolution 10732, except Section 16 thereof, shall be deemed approved immediately after payment of fees,” the EO stated.

No permit or application shall be filed with the city government except to pay for regulatory fees that may be required by law or ordinance.

Violators face penalties under existing laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.

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