Anti-Corruption Fee, Comelec inform gov’t staff: Avoid politics

Anti-Corruption Commission, Comelec tell gov't employees: Stay away from politics

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Fee and Fee on Elections urge the general public to file complaints for any attainable offenses

Revealed 2:26 PM, February 14, 2019

Up to date 2:29 PM, February 14, 2019

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec partner up to warn government employees to not engage in partisan political activities as the 2019 elections fast approaches. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

NO POLITICS. The PACC and Comelec associate as much as warn authorities staff to not interact in partisan political actions because the 2019 elections quick approaches. Picture by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – With the marketing campaign interval in full swing, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Fee (PACC) and Fee on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, February 14, reminded authorities officers to keep away from partisan political actions or face attainable sanctions.

PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez, together with Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez, mentioned authorities officers who had been members of the civil service weren’t allowed to make use of public funds and sources to assist candidates or political events.

Recalling President Rodrigo Duterte’s name for an “sincere and clear” election interval, PACC Chairman Jimenez warned authorities officers the fee was taking the President’s phrase “severely.”

Dito makikita talaga kung could laman, could ngipin ang ating administrasyon ngayon (That is the place we’ll see if the administration has substance, has tooth…. Check case po ito sa kanya (This can be a take a look at case),” he mentioned in a press convention.

“Give us proof and we offers you swimsuit,” he added.

Comelec Spokesperson Jimenez welcomed the partnership with the PACC, saying this could assist in implementing prohibitions below the Omnibus Election Code.

“It has been a perennial drawback when it comes to enforcement kasi siyempre could mga authorities officers na sumisimple na nakakalusot sa kanilang partisan political actions (as a result of there are authorities officers who attempt to go round it to push by means of with their partisan political actions) ” Jimenez mentioned.

He added, “[Government officials] not caught and never punished, PACC na po ang bahala diyan (The PACC will handle that).”

What’s prohibited: PACC’s Jimenez mentioned authorities officers weren’t allowed to do the next, as laid out below Part 261 of the Omnibus Election Code:

  • Vote shopping for
  • Vote promoting
  • Conspiracy to bribe voters
  • Utilizing public funds, tools, services, and sources managed by the federal government for an election marketing campaign
  • Coercion of subordinates
  • Undue affect or promising any achieve in change for a vote or withholding a vote

Comelec’s Jimenez mentioned authorities staff had been allowed to specific their opinion and who they might vote for however they weren’t allowed to impose these on different public servants.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) had been additionally prohibited from partaking in partisan actions.

Requested concerning the PNP’s occasion honoring Senate guess Bong Go on the eve of marketing campaign interval, Jimenez mentioned that previous to the beginning of the marketing campaign interval final February 12, “guidelines don’t apply to those potential candidates.”

Prohibition on partisan political actions imposed on civil servants, although, nonetheless do, Jimenez mentioned. He likewise discourgaed future people who wished to take action for pushing by means of with any related plans.

Jimenez mentioned any attainable sanctions would rely on whether or not or not a criticism is filed in opposition to the PNP or Go. “It is actually a query of anybody complaining and motion being taken on the criticism,” he mentioned.

Political appointees exempted: The PACC mentioned, nevertheless, mentioned that these holding political workplace, such because the President, are exempt from the restrictions.

“[The President’s] workplace is a political workplace and his cupboard members and people appointed as political appointess are exempt from the prohibition of partisan political actions,” PACC Govt Director Eduardo Bringas mentioned. (READ: Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will profit most from the President’s endorsement?)

“By their very nature, poltical places of work require them to interact in somewhat little bit of politics however for those who’re within the civil service, you’re imagined to be insulated kind politics,” Comelec Spokesperson Jimenez mentioned.

Different people exempted are the Vice President, cupboard members, and elected public officers (aside from barangay officers). The employees of such officers had been additionally thought of exempt.

Potential sanctions: Bringas mentioned authorities staff who had been confirmed to have violated the legislation could face administrative or legal circumstances.

Underneath the Omnibus Election Code, these discovered responsible of the election offenses can also face imprisonment of not lower than one 12 months however no more than 6 years, with out the opportunity of probation.

In the meantime, Civil Service Guidelines state that officers meals responsible can also face suspension and attainable disqualification from their posts.

Comelec Spokesperson Jimenez mentioned the restrictions took impact in the beginning of the election interval final January 13, 2019. –

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