Duterte camp suspends scratch card initiative

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  • Rodrigo Duterte's scratch cards have gotten a lot of attention from his supporters willing to donate for his campaign.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The camp of Davao Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is temporarily suspending its scratch card or donor card initiative.

For a campaign that's in need of a lot of help in funding, this development is a big setback.

They're putting things on hold as they try to meet documentary requirements apparently required by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for this kind of fund-raising activity.

These scratch cards are offered to supporters who would like to contribute to the campaign.

They represent donations ranging from as small as P25 to as big as P500,000.

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The problem is Duterte's legal advisers were told that the Comelec requires all contributions to be supported with notarized contribution forms.

This means that even if you're just donating P25 you will need to get this form and go to a lawyer to have it notarized.

This also effectively prevents overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from donating because the notarization process requires a personal appearance.

The Comelec also requires donors to give their tax identification numbers (TIN).

The Duterte camp said this could prevent students who don't have TIN numbers yet from donating.

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But they are not losing hope.

Duterte's spokesman, Peter Laviña, said they're already looking at a number of things to comply with all these.

First, they're working on a system that will pool donations.

This will be registered under a single donor who has a TIN and who can also have the from notarized.

Instead of having political officers sell these cards, he said they're now considering putting up donation centers.

These centers will sell these cards and at the same time have contribution forms ready. There will be a lawyer there to notarize them.

Laviña said it's burdensome, but it's something they're willing to do to get their much-needed funds.

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