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Baguio Rep. Aliping proposes hike in poll expense limit

Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:09

Baguio City Rep. Nicasio Aliping has an idea to encourage candidates to be transparent in reporting their election expenditures: increase the limit on poll expenses.

In filing House Bill 5958, Aliping said the current cap on election expenses, pegged 24 years ago, has become “disproportionate” to the rising Consumer Price Index.

“Raising the limit will not only encourage transparency in reporting election expenditures, but will also provide a more accurate basis in computing taxes due on such campaign expenditures actually incurred by a candidate or political party,” Aliping, a former Commission on Elections (Comelec) lawyer for the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), said in a statement.

Aliping noted that Sections 100 and 101 of Batas Pambansa 881, otherwise known as the “Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines,” originally set the limit in expenses of candidates and political parties at P1.50 for every currently registered voter.

This was then increased in 1991 to P10 for President and Vice President, P5 for political parties and independent candidates, and P3 for other candidates, the lawmaker said.

“It remained unchanged until the 2013 elections,” Aliping pointed out.

Under the proposed law, the aggregate amount that a candidate or registered political party may spend for election campaign shall be P30 for candidates for President, Vice-President and Senator; and P20 for candidates for Member of the House of Representatives, Regional and Provincial Governor and Vice-Governor, and City and Municipal Mayor and Vice-Mayor; and for other candidates P10 for every voter currently registered in the constituency where he filed his certificate of candidacy.

On the other hand, a candidate without any political party and without support from any political party may be allowed to spend P20 for every such voter. For political parties and party-list groups, the amount shall be P20 for every voter currently registered in the constituency or constituencies where it has official candidates.

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