Here is that warning I told you about and now the US government is warning its citizens, but it could apply to any of us expats living here:

The 2022 Philippine presidential and local elections are scheduled to be held on May 9, 2022. As the election approaches, we remind U.S. citizens that Philippine law prohibits foreign nationals from engaging in partisan political activity in the country. The election period officially ends on June 8, 2022.

For their safety during the election period, foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are discouraged from participating in large gatherings or crowds. Foreign nationals caught participating in a protest or mass protest could be considered a violation of their immigration status, as outlined in Operation Order SMB-2015-026.

Civilians are reminded to continue to observe COVID safety measures, including wearing masks and social distancing, throughout the election period.

The Philippines Election Commission (COMELEC) has put in place measures to ensure the safety of civilians during the campaign period:

  • In line with the firearms ban currently in place for the election season, COMELEC Resolution 10728 states that civilians, locals and foreigners, are not permitted to carry firearms outside their residences.
  • There will be at least one checkpoint in every town or city manned by military or police personnel who will be in full service uniform with visible nameplates or identification tags.
  • Checkpoint personnel may not require motorists to open the vehicle’s trunk or glove box, but may ask routine questions of the driver or vehicle occupants.

For more information on local security measures during the election period in the Philippines, please see:

  • Philippine Election Commission: COMELEC
  • Philippine National Police: PNP
  • Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government: DILG

_

For more information and assistance: