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Bets paying campaign fees to Reds face disqualification

Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Candidates found collaborating with communist rebels by paying so-called permit to campaign or win fees face disqualification, according to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

National Security Adviser and NTF-ELCAC vice chairman Hermogenes Esperon stressed that the permit to win and permit to campaign scheme of communist rebels is “prohibited, outlawed and illegal.”

“These terrorists must not be allowed to interfere in the Filipino people’s right to suffrage or to capitalize on the elections in order to sabotage the government from within,” he said.

Esperon said any candidate who shall pay the fees being asked by communist rebels and their front organizations “commit the highest form of betrayal against the Filipino people, of the public trust and of our Constitution.”

Commission on Elections Resolution 22-0179 said such acts are considered vote-buying and voter coercion, which are election offenses and punishable under the Omnibus Election Code.  

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