BACOLOD CITY, April 18 (PNA) — The ongoing medical assistance provided to the indigents of re-electionist Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. are exempted from Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) ban.
In a letter, Comelec Regional Director Renato Magbuntay told Marañon’s Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan, that the assistance through public funds can be implemented without their approval.
Mabugtay explained that their ban does not cover government programs that that considered “normal” or those that fall under “ordinary expenses” of the government office concerned.
He also said that programs that are not, in any way, being executed for the purposes of campaigning are also not covered.
Other instances exempted from the ban are cited in Section 9 of Comelec Resolution No.9660 promulgated last March 22, he said.
Mabuntay, however, warned the candidates concerned not to take advantage of the existing projects, programs and activities of the provincial government.
Support for or endorsement of any candidate should not be made a condition for the entitlement of the benefits, he said.
He also reminded the candidates that they must not directly or indirectly participate in the distribution of cash, goods or merchandise for scholarships, burial aid, health care, calamity and other similar activities. (PNA)