MANILA - Has anyone been disqualified in the elections because of overspending?
Vice-President Jejomar Binay raised the question Thursday after he received word that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito for violating the election law on campaign expenses in the May polls.
Binay, an ally of Ejercito, said the character actor-turned-politician still has options to reverse the Comelec ruling.
"Mayroon pa namang motion for reconsideration. Mayroon pa namang appeal doon," he said in a media interview at the Coconut Palace.
"Ang ano ko lamang is, overspending? Di ko lang alam kung may nadisqualify na sa overspending?" Binay asked.
Ejercito, a member of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino which is part of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, is a nephew of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
Binay took a potshot at the alleged targeting of opposition politicians.
"Mukhang di niyo pa nalilimutan yung sinabi Senator Jinggoy (Estrada) kahapon. Ano yun? Mayroon siyang sinabi kahapon. Selective something," he said.
Binay was referring to Estrada's privilege speech Wednesday that claimed opposition leaders are being selective in who they are suing in relation to the pork barrel scam.