Foreigners warned: Don’t meddle in Philippine polls

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.

MANILA, Philippines–Foreigners are not barred from meddling  in the country’s forthcoming elections or they will be deported, the Bureau of Immigration warned Wednesday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. issued the advisory after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released Resolution 9615, which prohibits foreigners from taking part in the midterm polls.

The resolution spells out the implementing rules and regulations of the Fair Election Act or Republic Act 9006. The law, passed by Congress in 2001, seeks the holding of free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections through fair election practices.

The Comelec resolution states that “it is unlawful for any foreigner, whether juridical or natural person, to aid any candidate, or political party, organization or coalition, directly or indirectly, or to take part in, or influence in any manner, any election, or to contribute or make any expenditure in connection with any election campaign or partisan political activity.”

David said the immigration bureau will investigate complaints against foreigners engaging in partisan political activitiy or making campaign donations to candidates.

The prohibition aims to prevent candidates from enjoying undue advantage over their opponents due to the financial aid obtained from foreigners, he said.

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  • foreignerph

    I’d like to meddle, but how? :-p

    • Shernanigan


      • foreignerph

        I don’t even own a million to influence a senator, let alone 120 million they were rewarded for for their “hard work”. What hard work? I saw a clown like Corona paralyzing a country for 5 months by his corrupt drama. I see another impotent clown like Enrile clinging to his money. I see a former president sitting on piles of stolen money and not even be harassed. I see Imelda, queen of the 10,000 shoes readmitted and even posing as a representative. How dumb can most voters be? How can someone just not meddle and shout: kick these clowns out and elect a proper government?
        Mister Ricardo, will you ban me now? You are probably just one of those clowns getting your share from the brown bags, the miscellaneous fees, the extras, the under-the-table requirements, extras and various that makes your sort thrive on the undeserved poverty of so many. My advice is to vote NPA, so ban me now :-p

      • Shernanigan

        Don’t forget the celebrities-turned-politicians. Our citizen has voting capabilities like that of a 5 year old child. A little bit of candies (money) and cajoling, there goes the vote. LOL

  • fredrickbastiat

    Gee, how many foreigners are interested in local elections anyway? None that I know or heard of. As a matter of fact, how many Filipinos are interested in local elections. The smart ones avoid it like the plague.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    paano pag sinabi ng foigners na pilipinas ay pabrika ng mga bata!

  • Olibo

    Had I not read the comments here, I wouldn’t know that the first paragraph was wrong. Kala ko ako lang ang bopol sa Ingglis. Okay let’s erase the word “not”, to correct it.He he.

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