Otso Diretso candidates Florin Hilbay and Erin Tañada urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to investigate the distribution of shirts of administration bet Bong Go during a 3-day national Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) event held in Manila.
Photos and documents which supposedly showed how local government funds were used to pay for Go’s t-shirts given during the LnB event was released by Magdalo Representative and Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez advised Alejano to file a complaint.
In a press conference on Wednesday, March 6, Hilbay said the matter should be formally and publicly investigated by Comelec, adding that it shows how the administration blatantly uses government facilities and assets to promote the candidacy of their favorites. Tañada for his part said the poll body must launch its own investigation into the matter as well, noting that, it would be like turning a blind eye to a possible violation of campaign spending rules.