How to report campaign violators

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) — The Commission on Elections reminds political candidates to follow minimum health protocols as they go around the country to campaign — a first in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

How can ordinary citizens report violations during in-person campaigns?

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Tuesday, Philippine National Chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos called on the public to report violations to the PNP, one of the agencies deputized by the Comelec to ensure safer polls this year.

Where to report violations

Through the PNP's e-sumbong website, anyone can file a report to authorities, provided that they indicate at least their mobile number. A complaint tracker is also visible on the website to check on the status of the complaint.

Reports can also be filed via [email protected] or PNP's Facebook page or through SMS hotlines 09191601752 (Smart) and 09178475757 (Globe).

What can be reported

Carlos said anyone among the candidates or the public seen to violate the minimum health protocols will first be given a warning "as long as they are not disregarding intentionally."

Those who are seen to be blatantly violating the rule will face a complaint filed by authorities, he said.

Meanwhile, citizens are advised to submit their reports to the PNP, and even screenshots of violators caught in the act will be accepted and validated on the ground.

Carlos said instead of airing their complaints on social media, complainants can simply head to the available PNP platforms.

"In our implementation of the guidelines, we will make sure to address it such that win-win for everybody," he said.

"We will assess if there is enough evidence, then we file a complaint," he added.

Comelec previously set restrictions for in-person campaigns depending on the alert level of different areas. Those under Alert Levels 4 and 5 cannot hold in-person campaigns.

Candidates must also follow the limited operational capacity for caucuses, meetings, conventions, rallies, and miting de avance. Any physical contact during any of these these activities are strictly not allowed regardless of the alert level.

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