MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has been asked by a lawmaker to reverse the ruling of the Commission on Elections, which allowed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to run for Congress in her hometown Pampanga.
In her petition, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros also asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order on the inclusion of Arroyo’s name in the ballots for the 2nd district of Pampanga.
“A local candidate is only allowed to spend P1.50 per voter, while GMA spent P459 million in infrastructure projects in her district last year alone. A congressional candidate cannot have campaign posters bigger than 2 feet by 3 feet, but GMA [Arroyo’s initials] can produce – using government funds – tarpaulins that are half as wide as Commenwealth Ave. A candidate for congressman is barred from conferring with the Board of Election Inspectors, but GMA can – and actually did – call a Comelec commissioner to secure her votes. The injustice and unfairness of her candidacy is patent,” Hontiveros said.