Comelec says politicians can speak in school events but not about their bids

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) does not prohibit politicians from appearing in school activities, like graduation.

They can even give speeches but they must not talk about the elections or their candidacy, warned Cebu Provincial Comelec Officer Ferdinand Gujilde.

He said public officials who are seeking elective positions cannot campaign using government resources, which include public schools.

“In effect, they’re using government facilities and government revenues (in the case of public schools),” Gujilde said.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro earlier issued a memorandum reminding school administrators that graduation rites should be a “solemn ceremony” for graduating students and their parents, and not for “political forum”.

Since the Comelec bans campaigning on Good Friday on Mar. 29, aspirants for local elective positions can officially campaign starting Mar. 30.

Many politicians, however, have been conducting meetings with constituents and other events.
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