MANILA, Philippines — Fee on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner George Garcia assured the general public on Monday that they will criticize the ballot physique.
Garcia’s comment got here after Comelec Commissioner Rey Bulay threatened to jail people who known as the ballot physique “biased or that it could trigger election fraud.”
“Ginagarantiya ko po sa inyo, okay na okay po. Huwag po kayo mag-aalala. Pwedeng-pwede niyo po kaming tuligsain. Pwedeng-pwede po kayong mag-oppose sa aming ginagawa. Pwedeng-pwede po kayo magbigay ng inyong sentimyento sa Fee on Elections,” Garcia mentioned on TeleRadyo’s Sakto.
(I assure you, it’s okay. Don’t worry. You possibly can criticize us. You possibly can oppose what we do. You may give sentiments to the Fee on Elections.)
“Sa isang demokrasya maganda po ‘yan sapagkat nakakatulong po ‘yan upang pag-ayusin naming mabuti ang aming ginagawa, upang mas lalo pa namin pag-isipan kung tama o mali ‘yung aming ginagawa,” he added.
(In a democracy, criticizing is sweet because it helps us enhance our providers, to push us to suppose additional if what we’re doing is correct or mistaken.)
In keeping with Garcia, the fee solely goes after people who’re spreading false info and who undermine the electoral course of.
“Kung saka-sakali man pong kami ay hahabulin namin ‘yung mga ibang tao dahil lang sa pagkakalat ng pretend information, dahil lang sa pag-a-undermine ng electoral course of,” he mentioned.
(We solely go after individuals as a result of they unfold pretend information and undermine the electoral course of.)
“Pero ‘yun pong kayo po ay magko-komento, huwag po kayo mag-aalala, huwag kayo matatakot. ‘Yan po ay ating karapatan sa ating Konstitusyon. Ang tawag po diyan ay freedom of expression,” continued Garcia.
(However if you happen to remark a, don’t worry, don’t concern. That’s our proper underneath the Structure. We name that freedom of expression.)
Comelec earlier created Job Drive Kontra (Towards) Faux Information to eradicate any try and destroy the electoral course of’ credibility.
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