The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned candidates of the 2013 barangay polls to follow elections laws as the campaign period officially starts on October 18.
The Comelec said they expect some 460,000 candidates to file their certificates of candidacy (COC). Oct. 11 is the first day for candidates to file their COCs.
Anyone found guilty of premature campaigning will face disqualification and will be charged an election offense, said Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes in a phone interview with DZMM.
“During this period, yung mga nangyari nung Mayo nagsisimula na kami mag-fifile ng marami-raming disqualification. Inumpisahan na namin 'to para makita ng mga kandidato nitong barangay na hindi ho kami marunong magbiro, tutuluyan ho namin lahat yan. Di bali ng ma-disqualify lahat, sumunod lang ho sila sa batas,” Brilliantes said.
He said that just like in the May elections, candidates must follow campaign rules such as the spending limit of P5 per voter and the standard 2x3 feet size for tarpaulins.
"Pag nagfile na sila ng certificate of candidacy nila i-aaply na namin yung resolution namin. Bibigyan namin sila ng notice na tanggalin niyo yan pag hindi niyo tinanggal yan within 3 days. I-chacharge na namin kayo at didisqualify na namin kayo.”
Brillantes said the poll body will soon release hotline numbers where the public can report campaign violations.
Meanwhile, around 7,000 barangays are now under the watch list and are being monitored by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Most of them are in Masbate, Compostella Valley, ARMM, and Regions 5 and 12.
The filing of COC started Friday and will only be until Sunday, October 13.