Comelec exec to LRT management: Remove ‘Malasakit’ streamers
MANILA, Philippines – After the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to take down all the Malasakit Center posters displayed in government-run hospitals, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wants the LRT-1 and LRT-2 managements to also take down “Malasakit” streamers found in all stations.
Tagging the official accounts of LRT lines 1 and 2, Guanzon on Wednesday said LRT stations have Malasakit Center streamers.
The Malasakit Center is a program of the Duterte administration to establish one-stop shops in hospitals to hasten the delivery of free medical services to the poor.
“@OfficialLRTA @officialLRT1 remove all tarps of candidates from all LRT stations NOW. [You] have tarps of Malasakit centers of PGH that Director Dr. Legaspi said [they] did not put up,” she said in a tweet.
@OfficialLRTA @officialLRT1 remove all tarps of candidates from all LRT stations NOW . U have tarps of Malasakit centers of PGH that Director Dr. Legaspi said hey did not put up. @jabjimenez write the LRT Gen. Manager
— Rowena V. Guanzon (@commrguanzon) March 27, 2019
Guanzon earlier called out the DOH for also having Malasakit Center posters that bear the name and picture of Go displayed in government-run hospitals.
The Omnibus Election Code prohibits the use of public funds, equipment, facilities that are owned or controlled by the government for an election campaign or any partisan political activity.
If found guilty, a violation can be considered an election offense.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has already assured the Comelec that all DOH personnel will comply with the campaign rules set by the poll body.
INQUIRER.net as of posting is still seeking the comment of both LRT 1 and LRT 2 on the matter. /muf
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