Albay Gov. Bichara to gov’t officials: Refrain from engaging in any partisan politics

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara reminded government officials to refraim from engaging in any partisan politics.

The election period has officially began last January 13 as the nationwide gun ban of the Commission on Elections kicked off.

“Ngayong malapit na ang eleksyon, pinaaalahanan ang mga opisyal at kawani ng pamahalaan na bawal ang pakikilahok sa partisan political activities alinsunod sa Local Government Code,” said Bichara.

The LGC provides:

“No local official or employee in the career civil service shall engage directly or indirectly in any partisan political activity or take part in any election, initiative, referendum, plebiscite, or recall, except to vote, nor shall he use his official authority or influence to cause the performance of any political activity by any person or body.”

“He may, however, express his views on current issues, or mention the names of certain candidates for public office whom he supports. Elective
local officials may take part in partisan political and electoral activities, but it shall be unlawful for them to solicit contributions from their subordinates or subject these subordinates to any of the prohibited acts under the Omnibus Election Code.”

Bichara said that always think of the welfare of the general public as they cast their votes.

“Tandaan na sa tuwing halalan, ang kapakanan ng publiko dapat ang ating ipinapanalo at hindi ang iilan,” said the Governor.

Bichara is seeking reelection this coming May 2019 polls.