A post by a PhilStar columnist suggests that Mar Roxas might be disqualified from the Presidential race for using the private planes of a mining firm, if according to the Omnibus Election Code.
This is under Section 95, Article XI of ELECTORAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES.
Prohibited contributions. – No contribution for purposes of partisan political activity shall be made directly or indirectly by any of the following
(b) Natural and juridical persons operating a public utility or in possession of or exploiting any natural resources of the nation
The Omnibus Election Code defines the term contribution to avoid any misinterpretation and states:
The term “contribution” and that includes a gift, donation, subscription, loan, advance or deposit of money or anything of value, or a contract, promise or agreement to contribute, whether or not legally enforceable, made for the purpose of influencing the results of the elections but shall not include services rendered without compensation by individuals volunteering a portion or all of their time in behalf of a candidate or political party. It shall also include the use of facilities voluntarily donated by other persons, the money value of which can be assessed based on the rates prevailing in the area.
Of course, the camp of Mar Roxas can claim the defense that they are leasing the private planes for its campaign sorties from his friends in the mining sector by waving the documents in public as proof of the lease agreement and get out of this mess unscathed.
However, according to Jarius Bondoc of PhilStar, it is not as easy as it sound and Mar Roxas can still be held liable for using the private planes of a mining company.
Why? Because, the mining company is not allowed to lease airplanes without the approval of CAAP (Civil Aeronautics Board and Civil Aviation Authority).
Hence, this is illegal according to the Omnibus Election Code if there is no lease agreement existing between Mar Roxas and SRMI, the mining company owned by Congressman Erice and Mr. Gutierrez.
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Source: Jarius Bondoc of PhilStar