No prohibition on PNoy, Cabinet campaigning

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2013 03:29 PM | Updated as of Feb 13 2013 11:29 PM

MANILA - Malacañang justified the presence of President Aquino and his Cabinet members in the campaign of the administration’s senatorial candidates, saying that it is part of governance to push for candidates that would support the President’s programs.

“Legally, there is no prohibition. [The] Supreme Court has already rendered a decision on that, that being alter egos of the President, we are allowed, and being political appointees, we are allowed to campaign and there is no prohibition in that respect,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

“We believe in the candidates of the President. We stand side-by-side with the [senatorial candidates] of the President. We believe that we are in the position to also convince our countrymen the need to elect the twelve chosen candidates of the President.”

Lacierda said no government fund will be used in the campaign, even in transporting Cabinet secretaries who will help in the campaign.

“Ang may sagot po ang Liberal Party… Walang gagastusing pera po ng gobyerno dito sa kampanya,” he said.

Told that the presence of the President requires the travel and coverage of Radio-TV Malacañang (RTVM), Lacierda said, “Those are events of the President. You cover them regardless of…whatever the President does. You go abroad, you spend for that. That’s part of the President’s work as a President and, in furtherance of his agenda, this is part of those measures that the President would like to do. And part of this pushing forth the agenda of the President is to campaign for the people he wants elected.”

The Palace also justified why Aquino had to mention controversies that involved former President Arroyo in his speech during Tuesday’s proclamation rally.

“We need to remind people where we were before. Thus is the kind of governance you have right now because we stepped in. We continue to do the reforms. We continue to clear whatever inefficiencies there are in the national government,” Lacierda said.