The campaign season for senatorial and party-list races begins on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — If politicians were able to get away with openly promoting themselves in various ways in recent months, it will no longer be business as usual come Tuesday.

Candidates for senator and party-list groups may campaign from Tuesday, February 12, to May 11. Campaigning is prohibited on April 18 (Holy Thursday) and April 19 (Good Friday).

Meanwhile, individuals running for a position in the House of Representatives, as well as regional, provincial, city and municipal positions may begin their campaigns on March 30 until May 11.

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With the start of the campaign season for senatorial and party-list races, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be keeping an eye on the television and radio advertisements placed by each candidate, as well as the posters bearing their name. Even the social media posts made by or for the candidate will be monitored by the Comelec.

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Under campaign rules, tarps and posters should not exceed two feet by three feet. They should only be put up in common poster areas identified by the election officer in a particular area.

Comelec Commissioner James Jimenez earlier said candidates may be held liable for campaign posters which aren't in common poster areas once the campaign season starts even if they didn't have a hand in putting them up.

"If those mats are still up after start of campaign period, then it can be presumed because the candidate...are benefiting from their presence, that is a way to hold them liable," Jimenez said.

When it comes to commercials, senatorial candidates are allowed up to 120 minutes of airtime per television station and up to 180 minutes per radio station.

For the May midterm polls, each political party and candidate are required to register their official websites, blogs and social media pages with the Comelec.

The poll body will monitor paid social media posts promoting a candidate, including those made by so-called influencers.

Senatorial candidates running under a political party can spend up to ₱183 million for their campaign while independent bets and party-lists have a spending cap of ₱305 million.

On Tuesday, the five senatorial bets of the ruling PDP-Laban will kick off their campaign in Pampanga, with the candidates endorsed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's political party, "Hugpong ng Pagbabago."

PDP-Laban Public Information Committee chair Ronwald Munsayac said the attendance of the ruling party's candidates in Hugpong's event shows they have the support of both President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Sara.

On Valentine's Day, Munsayac said Duterte will be at a campaign rally in Bulacan to endorse the candidacies of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino, former Philippine National Police chief ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, and Maguindanao Representative Mangundadatu.

"The most important factor is the support and endorsement of our chairman, President Digong," Munsayac told CNN Philippines in a phone interview, referring to Duterte.

"Marami ding nagmamahal kay Mayora Sara, marami ring naniniwala sa kanya so malaking bagay sa limang PDP-Laban candidates 'yung endorsement ni Mayor Sara," he added.

In contrast to Hugpong's grand rally in Pampanga, the opposition's "Otso Diretso" senatorial slate will kick off their campaign going around houses in Caloocan City to discuss their platforms. They will be joined by Vice President Leni Robredo for a mass and inter-faith prayer rally.

Liberal Party President Senator Francis Pangilinan, the group's campaign manager, believes the personal touch will raise awareness about the eight opposition candidates.

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The slate is composed of Senator Bam Aquino, Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano, former Senator Mar Roxas, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Quezon Congressman Erin Tañada, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, and lawyer Romulo Macalintal.

"We have to go back to the people," Pangilinan told CNN Philippines in a phone interview. "Lalagpasan natin yung maraming mga politiko, lalagpasan natin itong social media, didiretso tayo sa tao."

Pangilinan said former President Benigno Aquino III will also campaign for the Otso Diretso slate, but it's still uncertain if he will join their sorties often.