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Comelec eyes regulating use of campaign photos

Mayen Jaymalin - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  To avoid misrepresentation, candidates seeking to run in the May 2025 national and local elections may have to submit at least five pictures to be used in their campaign materials.

Comelec Chairman George Garcia said the poll body is also requiring the candidates to submit their latest pictures.

“Hindi naman irerequire isang pose lang niya. Puwede mga five pictures pero lahat ng campaign materials niya doon lang iikot sa five na yon,” Garcia said in a recent interview.

Garcia said all pictures to be used outside those submitted to the Commission could be considered illegal campaign materials.

He stressed that the pictures should be taken within six months before filing the certificate of candidacy (COC).

“Hindi yong pictures years prior to the filing of the COC at hindi nagre-reflect ng katotohanan para mapigilan din natin yong misinformation or misrepresentation sa kampanya,” the poll chief said.    

If his proposal will be approved by the Commission en banc, Garcia said, the rule will included in the implementing rules of the Fair Election Act.

It could then be a ground for the filing of an election offense and as a ground for disqualification for not complying with Comelec rules.

Garcia submitted last week his proposal to require politicians to submit recent pictures to be used in their campaign materials.

The Comelec is also pushing for the amendment of the Omnibus Election Code, including a provision against turncoatism.

Garcia expressed hope that legislators will come up with new rules similar to the Electoral Code promulgated by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“Mga provision nila kakaiba. Meron sa turncoatism, political dynasty,” he noted.

According to Garcia, the Bangsamoro Electoral Code was passed on March 8, 2023.

"Hopefully, in the near future, we will have similar provisions for the whole country,"  Garcia added. (CEBU NEWS)

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