Local polls campaign starts Friday; Local bets urged to follow protocols

The election campaign for LGU positions starts Friday and authorities have urged aspirants for local posts to adhere and comply with basic health protocols to deter any surge in Covid-19 infections.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reiterated its call for candidates to strictly comply with campaign protocols in conducting rallies, assemblies, and other related political activities.

PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos has urged candidate to properly coordination with authorities concerned to assist them in security and crowd control” concerns.

Carlos also reminded rally organizers not to be complacent despite the easing of in-person campaign rules by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“Please avoid bringing huge sum(s) of money, jewelry, items of value, and small children,” he added. Last week, the Comelec scrapped the rule on obtaining permits from its campaign committee for the holding of rallies in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2.

Campaign activities have also been allowed at 100% capacity and 70% capacity for Alert Level 1 and 2 areas, respectively.

Previously, only 70% capacity was allowed for campaign activities in areas under Alert Level 1, while 50% capacity was permitted under Alert Level 2.

Handshakes, kissing, and taking selfies, however, remain prohibited under the relaxed campaign rules amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The PNP, however, has identified certain hotspots in the country, particularly in Mindanao which would be part of their areas of concern for the May 9 elections. Carlos recently visited Butuan, Caraga and Soccsksargen regions.