Philippine Election Campaign

The aggregate amount that a candidate or registered political party may spend for Philippine election campaign are as follows:
a) For candidates – Ten pesos (P10.00) for President and Vice-President; and for other candidates Three Pesos (P3.00) for every voter currently registered in the constituency where he filed his certificate of candidacy: Provided, that a candidate without any political party and without support from any political party may be allowed to spend Five Pesos (P5.00) for every such voter; and
b) For political parties. – Five (P5.00) for every voter currently registered in the constituency or constituencies where it has official candidates.

Prohibited contributions

No contributions for purposes of partisan political activity shall be made directly or indirectly by any of the following:
1. Public or private financial institutions: Provided however, that nothing herein shall prevent the making of any loan to a candidate or political party by any such public or private financial institutions legally in the business of lending money, and that the loan is made in accordance with laws and regulations and in the ordinary course of business;
2. Natural and juridical persons operating a public utility or in possession of or exploiting any natural resources of the nation;
3. Natural and juridical persons who hold contracts or sub-contracts to supply the government or any of its divisions, subdivisions or instrumentalities, with goods or services or to perform construction or other words;
4. Natural and juridical persons who have been granted franchises, incentives, exemptions, allocations or similar privileges or concessions by the government or any of its divisions, sub-divisions or instrumentalities including government-owned or controlled corporations;
5. Natural and juridical persons who, within one year prior to the date of the election, have been granted loans or other accommodations in excess of P100,000.00 by the government or any of its divisions, subdivisions or instrumentalities including government-owned or controlled corporations;
6. Educational institutions which have received grants of public funds amounting to no less than P100,000.00;
7. Officials or employees in the Civil Service, or members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and
8. Foreigners and foreign corporations.

Prohibited Raising of Funds:

1. holding dances, lotteries, cockfights, etc for the purpose of raising funds for an election campaign or for the support of any candidate from the commencement of the election period up to an including election day;
2. soliciting and/or accepting from any candidate for public office, or from his campaign manager, agent or representative, or any person acting in their behalf, any gift, food, transportation, contribution or donation in cash or in kind from the commencement of the election period up to and including election day; Provided, that normal and customary religious stipends, tithes, or collections on Sunday and/or other designated collection days, are excluded from this prohibition.

Allowed/Lawful expenditures for Philippine campaign:

(a) travelling expenses of the candidates and campaign personnel in the course of the campaign and for personal expenses incident thereto;
(b) compensation of campaigners, clerks, stenographers, messengers, and other persons actually employed in the campaign;
(c) telegraph and telephone tolls, postage, freight and express delivery charges;
(d) stationery, printing and distribution of printed matters relative to candidacy;
(e) employment of watchers at the polls;
(f) rent, maintenance and furnishing of campaign headquarters, office or place of meetings;
(g) political meetings and rallies and the use of sound systems, lights and decorations during said meetings and rallies;
(h) newspaper, radio, television and other public advertisements;
(i) employment of counsel, the cost of which shall not be taken into account in determining the amount of expenses which a candidate or political party may have incurred under Section 100 and 101 hereof;
(j) copying and classifying list of voters, investigating and challenging the right to vote of persons registered in the lists the costs of which shall not be taken into account in determining the amount of expenses which a candidate or political party may have incurred under Sections 100 and 101 hereof; or
(k) printing sample ballots in such color, size and maximum number as may be authorized by the Commission and the cost of such printing shall not be taken into account in determining the amount of expenses which a candidate or political party may have incurred under Sections 100 and 101 hereof.

Statement of Contributions and Expenses

Every candidate and treasurer of the political party shall, within thirty (30) days after the day of the election, file in duplicate with the offices of the Comelec the full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election.