Campaign tax nixed

January 15, 2019

It is an act tantamount to surrender of sovereign power if not treason.

The power to tax and accept tax payments is an exclusive right of the state.

Only the national government and local government units can impose taxes, levies,  tariffs, and other fees on citizens and other qualified taxpayers.

All other parties are not allowed or empowered to do so.

When an LGU or any other government agency, entity, or unit tolerates any other party to collect  “ taxes “ and related fees, it practically recognizes another authority or power higher than its own.

Pay “permit to campaign fees” to communist rebels and you support terrorism.

This was the warning of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to all governors, mayors, and all candidates about directly or indirectly giving financial, material, and political support to communist terrorist rebels as well as other non-State actors, DILG spokesperson Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said.

“Secretary Eduardo Año has issued Memorandum Circular 2018-211 reminding all local chief executives and LGU officials that giving any form of support to communist rebels is a violation not only of Executive Order 733 but also of RA 10168,” he said in a news release Monday.

“Many reelectionists are in the heat of campaign mood, whether discreetly or openly, as the May 2019 midterm elections near. Paalala lang po na huwag magpaloko at magbayad ng ‘permit to campaign’ or ‘permit to win’ sa mga komunistang grupo na itinuturing ng gobyerno na mga terorista (Just a reminder: Don't be duped and pay 'permit to campaign' or 'permit to win' to communist groups that are considered terrorists by the government),” Malaya said.

In the said Memorandum Circular, Año directed all Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal Peace and Order Councils to apply moral suasion or to recommend sanctions against Local Chief Executives who are known to have supported communist rebels.

“Under this scheme, they demand money from candidates in exchange to allowing them to enter and campaign freely in the hinterland that are within their area of operations,” Malaya said.

He added that this scheme is clearly a form of extortion and is repugnant to the right of suffrage not only of the candidates but of the individual voters as well.

“The DILG is calling all LGUs and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all candidates and political parties are allowed unhampered entrance in every LGU and to ensure the peace and order in all areas, including those considered as hotbeds of insurgency, so that all candidates and political parties are given access to the electorate during the campaign period without intimidation or manipulation by any group,” he said.