PPCRV to Comelec: Probe campaign spending of senators
MANILA -- The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to investigate if candidates in the senatorial race last May also exceeded spending limits.
PPCRV chairperson Tita de Villa said this is to avoid perceptions the poll body is selective in scrutinizing the spending of candidates.
De Villa is concerned the Comelec's disqualification of Laguna Governor ER Ejercito may create suspicions that government is moving against elected officials who are not allied with the present administration.
Ejercito ran under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito on Friday criticized the ongoing political persecution of his family, saying that there is an effort to remove all Ejercitos from government.
He noted that the Comelec's decision to disqualify his cousin, ER, came after his stepbrother, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, was slapped with plunder charges before the Ombudsman.
His father, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, is also facing a disqualification case before the Supreme Court.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, for his part, denied that the poll body is being influenced by Malacañang to persecute the Laguna governor.
He said Ejercito's rival, Liberal Party bet Edgar San Luis, filed the complaint against Ejercito even before the end of the campaign period.
Jimenez also said the Comelec is also investigating other elected officials accused of overspending in the past election. -- With ANC