MANILA — A Palace official advised the public to watch debates, read newspapers and other information materials to know the personalities of those running for public office as the official campaign season starts next week.
The official campaign season starts Feb. 9.
“Siguro po sa pagsimula ng kampanya ang mahalaga ay para sa botante. Ang botante ang mamimili dahil pagdating sa panahon ng kampanya ‘yan ang panahon ng pagsusuri, pag-aaral, pagdedebate at pagtatalakay ng mga isyu na hinaharap ng ating bayan at ng ating lipunan,” Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said when asked to comment on the start of the campaign period.
“Siguro ang masasabi natin ay dapat tangkilikin natin ang lahat ng mga debate at ang mga programa sa radyo, telebisyon, basahin ang mga peryodiko upang malaman natin ang mga plataporma, paninindigan at katauhan ng ating mga kandidato,” he told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan in an interview.
The Palace official also made an assurance that the administration will use government resources appropriately especially as the President campaigns for administration bets.
President will lead the campaign kick-off of the Liberal Party on Feb. 9 in the Visayas next week.
He vowed to campaign vigorously for Liberal Party bets whom he said will continue his “Daang Matuwid” agenda.
Asked to comment on the use of government money during the campaign, Quezon said: “I think we should be very aware of one thing na hindi naman ito parang chaleco or hat na pwede mong tanggalin tapos suotin, tapos tanggalin-suotin. The President is the president wherever he goes and whatever he does.”
The President is cautious on spending government money and will not waste resources on things that are not of public interest, Quezon said.
“In other words, you can be sure that public funds are not going to be used for partisan or political purposes of the party,” he noted.
“May sariling pondo ang partido, ang koalisyon ay mayroon sariling logistics, and the President will only use what is required for his position.” PNA/northboundasia.com