With no end in sight yet for the Covid19 pandemic, former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow families under granular lockdowns to continue receiving relief packs from their local government units.
Marcos called on the poll body to issue an exemption order to its Resolution No. 10695 which set the calendar of activities for the May 9, 2022 presidential elections, particularly the prohibition on giving donations or gifts, in cash or in-kind, from the start of the campaign period for national positions to election day.
“Sa tingin ko hindi pa rin naman matatapos ang pandemiya by that time kaya hindi pa rin mawawala ang mga lugar na malalagay sa granular lockdown. Inisip ko ang mga taong maapektuhan ng campaign period kaysa mga kandidatong gaya ko. Paano na ‘yung mga pamilyang nasa lugar na may granular lockdown?” he explained.
Under the said resolution, giving donations or gifts, in cash or in-kind, is prohibited from Feb. 8 to May 9, 2022.
Marcos pointed out that unless the Comelec issues an exemption order, residents of areas under granular lockdown, who are barred from leaving their homes, may not be able to get aid, in the form of relief goods, from their LGUs.
“Parang may tali ang kamay ng mga taga-LGUs. Pero ang mas kawawa ay ang mga pamilyang hindi mahahatiran ng ayuda na hindi pa pwedeng lumabas sa kanilang mga tahanan,” he said.