Stricter measures set vs abuse of state resources – Comelec

Rhodina Villanueva - The Philippine Star
Stricter measures set vs abuse of state resources � Comelec
Comelec Chairman George Garcia on February 13, 2024.
STAR / Jesse Bustos

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will impose stricter measures to prevent the abuse of state resources (ASRs) in connection with the May 2025 midterm polls.

According to the watchdog Legal Network for Truthful Elections, ASR is a form of political corruption in the Philippines whereby candidates or political parties unduly use an official’s powers and government resources to gain electoral advantage.

Among the ASRs are misuse of government vehicles and establishments; distribution of social services, medical assistance and financial aid; and the presence of any candidates during government projects and programs.

Comelec Chairman George Garcia said the poll body would subject the social welfare projects that will be implemented during the campaign period to strict evaluation to prevent any ASR.

“We will be stricter in approving social services exemptions. We will be strict because we don’t want public funds to be used wrongfully,” Garcia said in an interview.

He also said they would be on the lookout for government programs that are to be implemented close to election day.

“If the project is obviously done during the campaign period, we will not allow it. If this is not a recurring or regular project, then we will be strict about it,” Garcia added.

He clarified, though, that the Comelec would not block delivery of regular social services by national and local government units.

“Our priority remains to be the people. The elections will not be a reason to take away their funds for medicines and food, and scholarships and medical assistance,” Garcia stressed.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, it is prohibited to use public funds, equipment, facilities owned or controlled by the government for any partisan political activity.

Violations of this prohibition are deemed as election offenses, which carry the penalty of one to six years of imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office, and removal of the right to suffrage.

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