COMELEC: COVID-19 Patients in Isolation Are Not Allowed to Vote

This was announced by Commissioner George Garcia today.

Outside the Quarantine Facility
PHOTO BY Noel Alido (Courtesy of Mari-An C. Santos)/SPOT.ph archives

(SPOT.ph) The right to vote is part of the 1987 Consitution of the Republic of the Philippines, where it's stated that "suffrage may be exercised by all citizens of the Philippines." It only has three stipulations: the voter must be at least 18 years of age, have resided in the country for at least a year, and be "not disqualified by law." In an interview, Commission on Elections Commissioner George Garcia announced that COVID-19 patients who are isolated at home or in quarantine facilities are not allowed to vote in the upcoming national elections on May 9.

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"Dahil may law tayo na RA 11332 at umiiral [na Inter-Agency Task Force guidelines and resolutions, 'yong mga confirmed COVID patients ay hindi makakalabas ng kanilang bahay o facilities. Subalit 'yong mga may COVID pero hindi confirmed, hindi naka-isolate, at nasa mga presinto na, wala tayong magagawa kung hindi pabotohin sila. " Garcia said through DZRH News.

The commissioner explained that this is because COVID-19 patients cannot leave their homes or quarantine facilities while in quarantine.

Malacañang announced today, April 29, that Metro Manila and 88 other areas nationwide maintain Alert Level 1 status until May 15.

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