- The Department of Education has been planning to prohibit candidates from speaking during graduation rites
- The Commission on Elections said that this proposed measure is a “good development”
- However, they cannot include private schools in this measure
The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing to ban the candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections to deliver a speech during graduation ceremonies. KAMI learned that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) agreed with this proposed measure.
In a report by GMA News, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that they will discuss about candidates turning graduation rites as political activity.
"Pag-uusapan namin 'yan dahil, obviously, it's not a political activity. It is not meant directly to ask for the vote of a person. Pero kung mauwi sa ganun ay 'yun ang pinagbabawal," Malaluan said.
"Malinaw naman kasi sa kanilang (Comelec) guidelines what constitutes electioneering. Kung hindi naman ginagamit bilang isang partisan political activity ang graduation, halimbawa ang isang kandidato ay magpapahayag lamang tungkol sa graduation or some issues, hindi naman puwedeng sabihin siguro na electioneering 'yun," the undersecretary added.
Malaluan said that while inviting a candidate as a guest in graduation rites is still possible, the candidate should not use it as an electioneering activity during the campaign period.
"Ang isang graduation naman ay maaaring ganapin that will not involve those actions even if the guest is a candidate. That includes in the awareness of a candidate," he said.
"But if it does not generate into a solicitation of votes, then you could not include it as an electioneering activity," Malaluan added.
According to another report by GMA News, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that it’s a “very good development.”
Earlier, Jimenez said that having political candidates in graduation ceremonies of public schools may not look good to the public.
“Napakapangit pong tingnan. Magiging inevitable na sasabihin na ginagamit ang resources ng gobyerno para sa kampanya ng iilan,” Jimenez said.
However, the Comelec spokesperson also mentioned that they cannot prohibit private schools from inviting candidates in their ceremonies.
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