A member of the lower house wants to eradicate the rule limiting a candidate’s spending during campaign period.
If this won’t do, House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms Chair. Fredenil Castro suggest that they should increase the limit on the spendings of the candidates during elections.
Under Republic Act 7166, candidates for the Presidency and Vice Presidency are only allowed to spend 10 pesos per voter, while for other political positions, the limit is three pesos per voter.
Castro said that if they will base it on the number of votes, candidates may legally spend 2.5 billion pesos throughout their campaign period, a far cry from what is currently allowed, which is Five million pesos only.
The lawmaker added that this is a practical proposal because no candidate follows that said rule.