The President conveys to the nation his steadfast and unwavering commitment to strictly enforce the election laws to ensure a clean, honest and fair elections reflective of the genuine will of the electorate. The President assures the citizenry that the governement will not tolerate offending practices that give undue advantage to a candidate or group of candidates.
The Chief Executive guarantees that all laws will be implemented and applied to everyone regardless of political color or position. Not a single centavo from the taxpayers’ money nor any government property will be spent or used for or against a candidate. The right to hold a campaign rally will be unhampered. Any official that restricts the issuance of permits to peaceably assemble and to hold campaign rallies, marches and motorcades shall be held accountable before the law.
The President respects the right of suffrage as the hallmark of our democracy. The government will thus act accordingly to protect the sanctity of the ballot and ensure that those who will win will be proclaimed winners without delay unless restrained by the courts.
Salvador S. Panelo
Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel