The Facts: A Twitter post from a Leni supporter has become viral, claiming that the legal team of VP Leni Robredo was spreading the advice for supporters not to wear pink on Election Day. The post said that it will be a signal for COMELEC to approach these Kakampinks wearing pink and disqualify them from voting, even if there is no legal basis.
Barry Gutierrez, the spokesperson of VP Leni Robredo, replied in a tweet that the information did not come from their legal team. “Wearing pink (or any color) to go vote is not prohibited, and while the possibility of harassment exists, should that prevent us from asserting our rights? To vote AND to wear the color we choose when we do so,” Gutierrez said.
On Election Day, May 9, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) deemed that “Election campaigning” or “partisan political activity” is illegal.
COMELEC defines “election campaign” and “partisan political activity” as the following:
· Forming organization or other groups of persons to solicit votes and/or undertake a campaign for or against a candidate
· Creating social media platforms to conduct campaigns or related partisan political activity
· Holding political caucuses, conferences, meetings, rallies, parades, or other assemblies to solicit votes or campaign for or against a candidate
· Make speeches, announcements, commentaries, or holding interviews for or against the election of any candidate
· Publishing displaying or distributing campaign literature or materials designed to support or oppose the election of any candidate
· Directly or indirectly soliciting votes, pledges of support, for or against any candidate
On Election Day, however, no law prohibits the wearing of specific colors.