Bongbong Marcos’ Camp On “Emergency Alert” During COC Filing

Bongbong Marcos’ camp on “emergency alert” during the COC filing.

On Wednesday, the camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. cried foul over the “emergency alert” which appeared to promote his candidacy in the 2022 elections.

Bongbong Marcos emergency alert
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Bongbong’s camp issued a statement in response to the “emergency alert” during the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC).

The “emergency alert” messages were sent to users at the vicinity of Sofitel’s Harbor Garden tent in Pasay City after the former senator filed his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 elections.

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Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Bongbong’s chief of staff, said that the “illegal” use of the emergency alerts was among the many “demolition jobs” perpetrated by those who wanted to frustrate his candidacy.

Rodriguez said in a statement that Bongbong and his family also received the alert notification and called on those behind the “emergency alert” not to mess with the government system solely meant for emergencies.

Bongbong’s camp also backed the swift action of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to investigate the matter.

Bongbong’s camp’s statement came as some members of the media covering the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) at Sofitel’s Harbor Garden tent last October 6 were confused after their smartphones rang with a “severe emergency alert”.

Meanwhile, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spokesperson Director James Jimenez noted that there’s no penalty for the use of emergency channels for campaign purposes under the Philippine electoral law.

However, Jimenez stressed that the use of the emergency alert system for political propaganda purposes can be deemed as “ill-advised”, at best.

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