No state funds for bets

February 12, 2019

You cannot really blame the public for harboring suspicions that public funds would be used to support the electoral candidacies of officials and other top personalities close to the administration.

This is because previous administrations were widely believed to have tapped public funds to support favored candidates in past elections.

Many agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, were the usual suspects in generously forking over huge sums directly or indirectly into the campaign of administration candidates.

It is public knowledge that certain powerful agencies have tremendous “intelligence” budgets and other discretionary funds at their command and control, most of them not subject to audit.

This gives them tremendous  advantage  over the other candidates who have skimpy budgets.

And so it is reassuring to note that  Malacanang has reiterated its order against the use of public funds for election or political purposes.

President Duterte ordered government officials not to use public funds for campaigning in this year's mid-term polls.

"Just to do away with those issues and to make it really equal for all, nobody uses government property or funds because that is not allowed by law," he said in his speech at the Peace and Order Summit for Barangay Officials in Legazpi City, Albay on Friday.

Duterte said he has not allowed government officials to campaign for or against 2019 bets.

"Ang mga taga-gobyerno (those in government), including the Cabinet secretary, I have not allowed them to do some campaigning for or against anybody,” he said.

The President said all government officials and employees are workers who should do their jobs right.

"We are workers of government. We are paid to do what we are doing and we must be doing it right," he said.

Duterte said he would not be involved in the politics of the 2019 mid-term elections but will be campaigning for people he owes a debt of gratitude to.

He also called on politicians and candidates to follow the law in limiting their number of firearms and security detail.