1-year appointment ban for May 2016 poll losers ends Wednesday

MANILA-- As the one-year ban ends on Wednesday, candidates who lost in the May 2016 national and local elections may be appointed to government positions starting on May 10.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution states that candidates who lost in an election cannot be appointed to any government post within one year after the election.

The last national and local elections in the country was held on May 9, 2016.

Article 9 (B), Section 6 of the Constitution states: No candidate who has lost in any election, shall within one year after election, be appointed to any office in the government or any government-owned or controlled corporation or in any of its subsidiaries.

The same provision is stated under Section 94 (b), Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines, entitled Appointment of elective and appointive local officials; candidates who lost in an election:

Except for losing candidates in barangay elections, no candidate who lost in an election, shall, within one year after such election, be appointed to any office in government or any government-owned or controlled corporations or in any of their subsidiaries," the law added.

Source: Philippines News Agency