COMELEC spokesperson on misleading statements: “Part naman talaga ng kampanya kung minsan”
COMELEC — The spokesperson for the Commission on Elections said that political aspirants sometimes issued “misleading” statements as part of their election campaign.
Jimenez’s statement came a day after he flagged a press release from the camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Hindi ko naman masasabi na it goes all the way up to the chief of staff,” Jimenez said. “Pero part naman talaga ng kampanya kung minsan na naglalabas sila (candidates) ng misleading na articles. Kailangan lang syempre sa ating mga botante, kailangan maging mapanuri lang po sila.”
Earlier, Jimenez described as “misleading” a press release from Bongbong Marcos’ camp that seeks to discredit a petition recently filed against the latter’s candidacy for president in the 2022 elections.
The petition sought to cancel Bongbong Marcos’ certificate of candidacy (COC) because of his conviction in a tax case.
Inquirer reported that the controversial press release issued Wednesday by the team of Bongbong Marcos quoted Jimenez as saying that a case for disqualification filed against the former senator has no clear basis.
However, the COMELEC spokesman noted that the interview from which the press release apparently took the quotes was conducted before the disqualification case against the former senator was filed before the poll body.
Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, the chief of staff and spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos, nevertheless insisted that they stood by their controversial press release even asserting that the former senator’s eligibility to run for office in 2010 should still be valid despite his conviction in a tax case.
According to Jimenez, he can’t confirm yet if this will be the case this time.
“Hindi ko masasabi because live case ito eh. It could be unwise for me to speculate on that. But all of these facts will be raised in defense,” Jimenez said.