Comelec mulls exempting CCT from election ban
MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Tuesday said the poll body will soon hear a request to exempt the Aquino administration's centerpiece Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program from the ban on government expenditures that will begin 45 days before the elections.
Brillantes said there's already a request for exemption for the CCT.
He said the ban on the CCT program will not start yet, but noted that the program should not be used in the national campaign.
He said the CCT is prone to be used in the election campaign for local positions.
"Dapat hindi gamitin sa campaign, ‘pag kinunekta sa kampanya ‘di tama ‘yun. You have to weigh para ‘di ma-relate sa election campaigning para ‘di masabi na ginagamit,” he said.
Brillantes, however, said that the CCT can continue as an ordinary government project so long as it is not used for the campaign.
He added that the poll body is supposed to pass upon any new form of election campaign.