CNN Philippines - DOT reminds officials to remain professional after regional director's controversy

27 October 2020

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 27) — The Department of Tourism on Tuesday reminded its officials to remain professional, after one of its regional directors was caught in a viral video calling former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. the "vice president."

"The DOT reminds all its officials and employees to perform and discharge their duties with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism," the department said in a statement.

Tourism Region I Director Jeff Ortega drew flak online after posting a video of himself introducing Marcos as the incumbent vice president in a regional tourism event.

"We remain guided by the Civil Service Commission especially in expressing views on current political problems or issues," the department maintained. The CSC prohibits government officials from engaging in partisan political activity but does not prohibit expressing opinions on political matters.

After losing to former Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo for vice president in the 2016 polls, Marcos lodged an electoral protest questioning the results.

In October 2019, after a recount, Robredo’s lead grew by around 15,000 votes or a total of 278,566 votes from the 5,415 clustered precincts in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, which were chosen by Marcos' camp for the recount process.

The poll protest has yet to be resolved.