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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will release guidelines for actions during the pre-campaign period.
Secretary Eduardo Ao of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) stated on Sunday that he will release rules to local government units (LGUs) on election candidate activities before the campaign period begins in February next year.
“Ako myself maglalabas ako ng guidelines para sa mga LGUs ano yung mga panuntunan kapagka may caravan at saka merong motorcade diyan sa inyong area at ano ang dapat babantayan natin et hindi papayagan,” Ao said in a radio interview when asked about candidacy’s campaign activities.
Apart from generating traffic congestion, some caravans and motorcades have been seen to include persons who do not follow health rules such as physical separation.
The campaign period will begin on February 8, 2022, for national candidates and March 25, 2022, for municipal candidates, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) timetable of events.
Motorcades and caravans, according to Ao, will henceforth be governed by certain criteria, with the first and greatest regulation being that only designated lanes will be allowed to be used.
He went on to say that the assembling area should be marked and that the exact take-off time should be observed, with no programming or unnecessary stops during the action.
“Tuluy-tuloy dapat (travel) yan, free-flowing yan, at hindi kayo mag occupy ng ibang lane na hindi naibigay sa inyo; kung anong oras ang tinakda, doon lang kayo.” At any point if meron tayong nakitang paglabag pupuwedeng i-stop yan, hindi pupuwedeng magtatagal at yung lahat ng dadaanan ninyo na ruta dapat alam ng LGU. (It should be continuous and free-flowing, and you should not occupy lanes that aren’t yours, and you should arrive on time.) The activity should not be protracted, and the LGU must be informed of your path; if there are any infractions, the activity may be halted),” Ao stated.
In the event of a breach of protocol, he said law enforcement would go after the organizers, and “then if no action from the LGU puwede rin natin habulin yung LGU diyan and of course siyempre dapat may accountability din yung mga personality na kumakandidato” (we can go after the LGU, then if they don’t take action, we can go after them, and of course, the personalities “due to the fact that they are the driving forces behind political activity
According to Ao, their responsibility is limited to enforcing existing laws and regulations in accordance with IATF principles.
“So doon tayo sa health protocol aspect, but ang maganda naman nagkaroon na rin tayo ng mga pag-uusap at pagbibigay ng talakayan sa mga political parties na ito, at sila naman ay nangako na susunod sa pinag uutos
During the coordination sessions, he said, officials from political parties pledged to impose “self-policing” and “self-restriction,” adding that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local governments (LGUs) can only apply the minimal public health standards.
“Sa MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority), LGUs, sa PNP at maraming regulations doon na nai-set nila na magpo-protect naman sa mga kababayan natin (Sa MMDA, LGUs, sa PNP at maraming rules doon nai-set nila na magpo-protect na “He went on to say
Outdoor assembly at 70 percent capacity is permitted in locations designated as Alert Level 2 as long as basic health standards are met, according to Ao.