MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said it was still evaluating reports that President Aquino's sister, host and actress Kris Aquino, supposedly used government resources to campaign for the administration's bets.
Photos posted on the official Facebook page of Dalaguete, Cebu show Mr. Aquino and his sister arriving at the Casay Airstrip via choppers bearing the presidential seal on Tuesday.
The photos show the younger Aquino wearing a yellow shirt and black pants. She was also seen accompanied by a woman wearing what seemed like the Liberal Party (LP) campaign shirt.
The photos went viral after being reposted in other Facebook groups and pages.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said Friday that they have only received sketchy reports of the chopper use and no formal complaints have been made so far.
He added that it is difficult to give "premature conclusions" on the issue on the mere basis of photos circulating in social media.
The official also stressed that Civil Service Commission rules do not prohibit elected officials from joining partisan political activity.
But, he also assured that, "Taking all of these factors into consideration, ini-evaluate ngayon ng Law Department namin."
The Malacañang has defended the Aquino siblings' use of choppers.
In a text message, presidential spokesperson Sonny Coloma said: "Members of the President's immediate family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles."
President Aquino also came to the defense of his sister, saying that he has no problem inviting her to ride the presidential chopper when he is going to different places as part of his duties as Chief Executive.
The actress, meanwhile, asked people for support, saying that she is being bashed on social media by people who accuse their family of being abusive.
"Binubugbog po ako sa social media, sinasabi mapang-abuso daw ang pamilyang Aquino, makapal daw ang mukha namin dahil ginagamit ko daw ang presidential chopper para mangampanya," she said.
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The controversial photos surfaced a few days after a video showing envelopes being distributed at a campaign rally of LP went viral.
The envelopes were allegedly distributed at a Liberal Party sortie Pikit North, Cotabato where the emcee rehearsed the crowd in chanting "Oras na, Roxas na."
LP standard bearer Mar Roxas has promised to look into the incident and rebuke whoever may be at fault. -- With a report from Johnson Manabat, radio dzMM