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Elections add to drought disaster

KORONADAL CITY—A ban on local government officials distributing aid during a calamity that coincides with an election period is being drawn into the spotlight following the bloody dismantling of a road blockade in Kidapawan City that farmers set up to demand food to tide them over as El Niño continues to destroy crops and bring farming communities to the brink of starvation.

The ban, which authors of the Omnibus Election Code designed to prevent elected officials from using government resources for their campaign, is emerging as the biggest reason that local government units could use to wiggle themselves out of the blame game that is now playing around the hardships that millions of farmers and their families are now suffering as a result of El Niño.

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