Candidates in both national and local positions should make sure it follows the limitation on campaign spending as any violation could result to disqualification from holding public office.
The Commission on Elections vow to vigorously implement the provision that limts campaign spending including advertisements in radio, newspaper, television and even in social media.
The Omnibus Election Code limits the campaign spending of candidates to P 3.00 per registered voter for those with political parties and P 5.00 per registered voter for those running as independents. On the other hand, political parties and party-list groups can spend up to P 5.00 per registered voter.
Meanwhile, pursuant to the Fair Elections Act, the law has also imposed limitations in the TV and radio advertisements. For national candidates and parties: TV advertisements maximum of 120 minutes per station and radio advertisements maximum of 180 minutes. For local candidates: TV advertisements maximum of 60 minutes per station and maximum of 90 minutes per radio station.
After each election, all winning or losing candidates, political parties and party-list groups are required to submit a Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). Winning candidates may not be allowed to assume their posts should they fail to file their SOCEs. But losing candidates are also not exempted considering that a penalty of perpetual disqualification of holding any public office can be imposed to those who will not file their SOCE.
It was also mandatory for so-called social media influencers tapped by candidates to report to the COMELEC the payments received from clients to either campaign for or against a particular candidate as they are already deemed as “contractors.”
There is also that requirement for candidates and parties to register their website name and social media accounts or page that “directly or indirectly” maintained by the candidate, his political party or allies.