By William B. Depasupil | The Manila Times
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded the public that it no longer issues voter registration cards amid false reports that a person has to be a registered voter to be able to receive government aid during the coronavirus pandemic.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez issued the advisory on Thursday as he expressed concern that the fake news could drive up demand for fake Comelec voter registration identification cards.
He said the poll body stopped issuing voter’s identification cards two years ago, following moves by Congress to establish a national identification system.
“Anyone who claims to be able to produce a ‘Comelec-issued voter ID’ is a scammer who is trying to take advantage of the public,” Jimenez stressed.
The National Bureau of Investigation recently arrested two individuals for producing and selling online spurious voter’s IDs.
Jimenez also reminded voters that no Comelec ID is required to be able to vote in local or national elections.
Being a registered voter is not a qualification for receiving any form of government aid, he added.
Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya earlier clarified that being a registered voter is not a factor in determining the beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration program.
Jimenez encouraged the public to immediately report to their local Comelec office if offered a voter’s ID for sale.