Banning barangay officials from campaigning for their candidate is a suppression of freedom of expression – Locsin – Manila Bulletin
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Wednesday that banning barangay officials from campaigning prematurely for the possible presidential candidacy of Davao mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio “would suppress freedom of speech.” .
In a tweet, Locsin even taunted detractors of the presidential girl to “try again”, saying such a question would easily win him if taken to the Supreme Court.
“No. It would take away freedom of speech and place a crippling obligation on candidates to alienate their supporters by forcing them to disavow them. I will take such a suggestion to the Supreme Court and win without breaking a sweat,” he said. Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The issue of grassroots elected leaders’ involvement in political partisanship arose when former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño shared on Twitter a photo of an alleged letter a barangay president sent to a Bulacan owners association regarding a poll to determine whether there was enough voter support for Duterte-Carpio who is rumored to be targeting the presidency in the 2022 election.
The former lawmaker alarmed the letter of May 27, 2021 signed by a certain president of Barangay, Mark Anthony Velasquez, and was addressed to the association of owners of Camella Phase 1 and 2 in Barangay Pagala, Baliwag, Bulacan.
“It’s basically about campaigning and building the machines for Sara Duterte’s candidacy, something barangay officials and local officials are not supposed to do,” Casiño said in an ANC interview on Tuesday June 1, 2021.
Casiño said the letter did not look like a poll at all but a “list of those who support the president and those who support Sara Duterte in her presidential bid.”
He pointed out that obviously barangay officials are used in the campaign, which the country’s electoral laws “explicitly prohibit”.
“Our electoral law explicitly prohibits barangay officials from engaging in partisan political activities. I think the law on local governments does that. Second, when it comes to local laws, public funds, public resources and public offices are not meant to be used for this type of partisan political activity, ”he added.
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