Legalese (2009 Week 20)


Election Campaign – an act designed to promote the election or defeat of a particular candidate to a public office. (see The Law on Public Officers and Election Law, p. 600 [2006])


It shall be unlawful for any person, whether or not a voter or candidate, or for any party, or association of persons, to engage in an election campaign or partisan political activity except during the campaign period. (B.P. Blg. 881, sec. 80).


The term “election campaign” includes holding political caucuses, meetings, rallies, or similar assemblies, making speeches, announcements or commentaries, publishing or distributing campaign materials, for the purpose of soliciting votes, pledges or support for or against any candidate. (see The Law on Public Officers and Election Law, p. 600 [2006])


Prior to the start of the campaign period, several TV advertisements were shown featuring X, a government official and believed to be interested in running for the presidency. The TV advertisements listed X’s accomplishments. Is that considered an illegal election campaign?