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Poll candidates may be disqualified if they pay payments to the CPP-NPA-NDF.

MANILA, Philippines — Payment of permit to campaign and permit to win fees to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its linked organizations are electoral violations and may result in disqualification, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The Commission en Banc approved the recommendation of the Law Department in response to the letter of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to issue a resolution on the possible penalties for candidates who agree to pay such fees, according to the minutes of a recent meeting presided over by then acting chairperson Socorro Inting.

“The issue of candidates paying Permit to Campaign and Permit to Win fees to the CPP-NPA-NDF and its affiliated organizations is already addressed by existing Commission laws/resolutions,” the en banc said during an online hearing.

Payment of such fees is a violation of Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code, which prohibits vote-buying and selling, as well as threats, intimidation, terrorism, the use of a fraudulent device, and other forms of coercion, all of which can be prosecuted by the Comelec and other government prosecuting arms.

It also violates Republic Acts Nos. 10168 (The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012) and 11479 (The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2013). (Anti-Terrorism Act).

“Furthermore, it is respectfully recommended to direct the Education and Information Department and the Task Force Kontra Bigay (Against Illegal Payment) to ensure the widest dissemination of this information in connection with the May 9, 2022 national elections in order to prevent rampant extortion activities,” the Comelec added.

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