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Comelec Claims Campaign Tarpaulins for Sara Duterte is Not a Violation

The Commission on Election (Comelec) has clarified that the tarpaulins and posters to show official candidacy for Sara Duterte is not a violation.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, Wednesday reacts on the emerging tarpaulins which stated ‘Run, Sara, Run’ in Davao City as well as in Metro Manila.

“Advertisements or posters of potential candidates are not violations because it is not election period. Will revisit the rules @COMELEC,” she said.

Tarpaulins for Sara Duterte
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Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez also said that even if the tarpaulin promotes a possible candidate, it may not be enough for the legal definition of campaigning. He added that premature campaigning is allowed.

“Those tarpaulins do seek to promote the electoral win of Mayor (Sara) Duterte, but she herself isn’t a candidate yet. This means that although many would consider it a form of campaigning, it would actually fall short of the legal definition of campaigning, let alone premature campaigning,” Jimenez told reporters.

With that, the spokespersons clarified, “Therefore, there appears to be no violation of election laws or campaign rules. Anyone, in fact, can do the same thing.”

The campaign period for the May 9, 2022 polls will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022. Earlier, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio thanked those who supported and pushed her to become President.

However, she said she will run for the presidency and will only do so if the opposition endorses her in 2034. “I, too, am anxious where we are going as a nation. I am always grateful that I have their trust and confidence.

“I am pleading with them to please allow me to run for President in 2034 if at that time there is something I can do to help the country,” the Davao City mayor said.

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