House approves bill on increasing candidates’ campaign expenditures limit

The proposed measure sets a total of 500 to 1,000 percent increase in campaign spending per voter for each elective position

6/2/2020 12:29:00 AM

The proposed measure sets a total of 500 to 1,000 percent increase in campaign spending per voter for each elective position

Members of the House of Representatives approves on third reading House Bill No. 6095, which increases the cap on election candidates’ campaign expenditures

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) –The House of Representatives approved on Monday the bill which seeks to increase the limit for election campaign expenditures of political candidates.got an overwhelming vote in the plenary, as 213 lawmakers voted for its approval while only six dissented and one abstained.

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The House bill will amend provisions ofRepublic Act No. 7166or the law calling for the synchronized national and local elections in the country.“The loud and growing clamor to adjust the poll spending cap did not only come from the candidates, political parties, and COMELEC (Commission on Elections), but from international election observers,” House Deputy Speaker and Misamis Occidental Rep. Henry Oaminal, who is one of the bill’s authors, said in its explanatory note.

The proposed measure sets a total of 500 to 1,000 percent increase in campaign spending per voter for each elective position.Under the bill, those running for President and Vice President can spend up to ₱50 per voter for their campaign. In RA 7166, candidates for these positions can only spend up to ₱10 per voter.

Candidates for senators, district representatives, governor, vice governor, board members, mayor, vice mayor, and councilors can spend up to ₱30 per voter under HB 6095. Their expenditure cap limit set in the existing law is at ₱3 per voter.The proposed House bill also seeks to increase the expenses of political parties. For national candidates, the cap is at ₱50 per voter compared to the ₱5 per voter in the present statute. While local candidates, who don’t have an expenditure limit in RA 7166, now has a cap of up to ₱30 per voter in the new measure.

In effect, national candidates can spend up to ₱100 per voter while local candidates have up to ₱60 per voter as expenditure.Another provision in HB 6095 orders Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Economic and Development Authority, and Philippine Statistics Authority to adjust the authorized campaign expenses every six years.

Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas, one of the six who voted against the bill, said the bill favors the rich and powerful during the elections.“It distorts the already skewed election playing field to the benefit of rich and powerful political families who have the means to max out their campaign expenses, while eligible ordinary Filipinos had to make do with limited exposure,” said Brosas.

Candidates seen to be overspending will be charged under the Omnibus Election Code, with penalties of imprisonment of one year to six years, disqualification from holding public office, and removal of one's right to vote.Losing senatorial bet and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas was the biggest campaign spender in the 2019 senatorial elections, with ₱179,193,153.04. He also received the biggest amount of contributions, amounting to ₱167,050,000.00.

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While Senator Bong Go came in second with ₱161,418,299.31 and got contributions amounting at ₱162,035,537.34.The Senate version of the bill currently hangs in the committee level and needs to pass on second and third readings there.Both chambers need to pass the bill before President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into a law.

During the 17th Congress, the House passed a similar bill but failed to get the nod in the Senate. Read more: CNN Philippines »

Wow that means mas madami pang kukurakutin!!!! Ang galing galing naman!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 That's timely. Let's increase spending to spur economic growth. itong mga bills naipapasa lagi na lang pabor sa mga politiko Dami din na nman magpapauto sa mga pulitiko sa 2022,daming kupit ay este budget si bong ga go Para patas ang laban wala dapat spending. Pantay pantay na exposure. Labanan lang ng utak at plataporma.

Kaya pala hindi ramdam yung 275B, mga hayup. Tapos dinagdag pa yung Anti terrorism shit, napaka gago talaga ng gobyerno na to The reason for the imposition of that spending limit is to make the field fair for all candidates - rich or poor. This move will benefit only those with the capacity to spend more.

Pera sa election meron, donation sa covid wala. Let's NOT VOTE for these SENATORS & CONGRESSMAN approving Laws attacking & Curtailing Pinoy Rights, in the NEXT ELECTIONS, SIMPLE DIBA? PLS NAMAN, MADALA NAMAN TAYO WAG MAGPALOKO KABAYAN E ang dami nyo palang pera e bat di nyo binigyan lahat ng ayuda? Bat utang kayo ng utang? Or ung utang ang gagamitin nyo para dito?

Mas malinaw na ang plano. Nakaipon na ng pondo galing sa emergency powers. Bilyon bilyon, kaya pwede nang ikasa ang pamimili ng boto ni Bong Go sa 2022. Tapos walang pwede magreklamo dahil may Terrorism Law na malapit na ipasa. Galawang DDS talaga!!!JUNKTERRORBILLNOW shuta daming pera ah hahahshhshdhshshshsh

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