LIST: Restrictions during in-person campaigns, caravans of 2022 bets

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) — Private individuals can file complaints to help authorities catch political candidates who violate health protocols during the campaign period, the Interior Department said Thursday.

Interior spokesperson Jonathan Malaya told CNN Philippines' The Source that the Philippine National Police will serve as "deputies" of the Commission on Elections in ensuring that minimum public health standards are enforced when the campaign period starts.

"There are specific things that must be followed depending on alert level," Malaya said.

He added: "We will need evidences, photos, affidavits of individuals. And cases can be filed by either by the PNP or private complainants with the Comelec, because these are technically election offenses."

Comelec has listed down specific restrictions on election activities under Resolution 10732:

For in-person campaigns

Section 12 sets the following guidelines:

Areas under Alert Level 1 - No limits

Level 2 - A candidate or campaign leader may be accompanied by a maximum of five campaign support staff

Level 3 - A candidate or campaign leader may be accompanied by a maximum of three campaign support staff

Levels 4 and 5 - Not allowed

For caucuses, meetings, convention, rallies, and miting de avance

Areas under Alert Level 1 - Allowed up to 70% operational capacity of the venue, whether indoor or outdoor

Level 2 - Up to 50% of the operational capacity of the venue, whether indoor or outdoor

Level 3 - Up to 50% of the operational capacity of the venue for enclosed outdoor only

Level 4 - Allowed up to 30% of the operational capacity of the venue for enclosed outdoor only

Level 5 - Not allowed

Prohibited activities with physical contact

Section 15 prohibits any physical contact during conventions, miting de avance, and rallies in ALL alert levels. This includes the following activities:

- Handshakes, hugs, going arm-in-arm or any action that involves physical contact among the candidate, their companions, and the public

- Taking selfies, photographs and other activities that require close proximity

- Distribution of food, drinks, and all other goods

The same activities are also prohibited during in-person campaigns, including entering any private dwelling in house-to-house campaigns, and crowding around the candidate and his or her companions.

National candidates (president, vice president, senator, party-list groups) may officially start campaigning on February 8, while local candidates(members of House of Representatives, elective provincial, city, and municipal officials) may start on March 25.