Comelec: Diplomats Not Allowed to Intervene on Philippine Elections


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded all the members of the diplomatic corps not to intervene with the upcoming Philippine national elections based on the country's Omnibus Election Code. Comelec commissioner Arthur Lim cautioned foreign representatives against reacting to maters involving local politics.


In an interview with Sun.Star, Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim was quoted as saying "While the commission respects and encourages free and open discussion of issues, it is felt that it would be best for all concerned that no mis-impression is created of any foreign intervention in Philippine elections," said Lim.

Based upon Section 81 of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines (Batas Pambansa Bilang 881), "Intervention of foreigners. - It shall be unlawful for any foreigner, whether judicial or natural person, to aid any candidate or political party, directly or indirectly, or take part in or influence in any manner any election, or to contribute or make any expenditure in connection with any election campaign or partisan political activity."


Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the leading presidential contended in the May 2016 national elections became the target of recent attacks by his opponents and the country's national media due to his statement that he will severe ties with the US and Aussie government if they keeps on meddling the Philippine political affairs once elected as President of the Republic.

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