CSC to enforce no electioneering campaign among public officials
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (10 February) -- The Commission on Elections has deputized the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to enforce that no officer or employee in the civil service shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political campaign.
This provision, found in paragraph 4, Sec. 2 (B), Article IX of the Philippine Constitution, also specifies that no candidate who has lost in any election shall, within one (1) year after such election, be appointed to any office in the government or any government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) or in any of its subsidiaries.
The CSC is also tasked to implement the provisions of the Omnibus Election Code, particularly Sec. 261, making the appointment of new employees, creation of new position, promotion or giving salary increases, during the 45-day period before a regular election and 30 days before a special election, an election offense.
Atty. Renato A. Magbutay, Regional Elections Director of region 10, however, said an exception to this provision may be done in case of urgent need, as long as notice of the appointment shall be given to the Comelec after three (3) days from the date of appointment.
Another prohibited act during the election period is the transfer of officers and employees in the civil service, including public school teachers, except upon prior approval of the Comelec and the intervention of public officers and employees in any political activity.
Except those holding political offices, any officer or employee in the civil service or any officer, employee or member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), police force, special forces, home defense forces, barangay self-defense and all other paramilitary units are prohibited from intervening in any political activity, directly or indirectly, except to vote or to preserve public order, if he is a peace officer, Magbutay added. (PIA 10) [top]