Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez presses Comelec for spending ban exemption
Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez has urged the Commission on Elections to act on his request to be exempted from the spending ban by showing the numerous checks that should be distributed to address people’s needs.
Hernandez, who is running for reelection, posted the photos of the checks on Facebook and said he is barred from distributing these during the campaign period.
But he said the money represented by the checks are supposed to buy medicines, pay for dialysis sessions or hospital bills, bury the dead, and fund other medical services.
These are regular programs that the provincial government has been carrying out long before the election period kicked in, he said.
He found it unreasonable that the provincial government would be prevented from providing the people with much needed assistance during the campaign.
“With all due respect po, para namang hindi makatwiran na tapusin muna ang election bago ito payagan ng comelec na ipamigay. ‘Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo,’” he said.
According to him, he does not need to distribute the money to secure his victory since surveys show that he has the support of 70 percent.
“Pero paano naman yong mga umiiyak na dahil antay ng antay ng tulong na ipinagbabawal po ninyong ipamigay ngayon,” he added.
He also said the checks could be distributed by other offices, and not by him personally, if the Comelec was worried that this could be used for the campaign.
He urged the poll body to consider his plea.
“Sana naman po ay mapag-isipan nyo agad kung ano ang nararapat dito. Dahil February 21 pa po ang sulat ko sainyo. Naniniwala po ako na dapat una laging batayan ng desisyon kung ano ang makakabuti para sa mga taong nangangailangan ng tulong. Maraming salamat po,” he said.
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