AN executive from the Department of the Interior and Local Government on Thursday said no public funds are being spent to serve the political ambitions of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd.
Autere Panadero, DILG undersecretary for local government, was reacting to a claim of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) that taxpayers’ money is being used this early for shoring up Roxas’ supposed bid to run for President in the 2016 elections.
“‘No public funds were used for such purposes,” Panadero said in a statement emailed on Friday to reporters in Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Quezon City.
UNA on Thursday claimed that political ads are being broadcast in provincial TV and radio stations in an effort to increase Roxas’ chances in winning the presidency two years from now.
“As far as the DILG is concerned, no such ads exist in any of the provinces in both the Visayas and Mindanao [areas],” according to Panadero.
Describing as dubious UNA’s claim, he said, “We don’t know where they [UNA] got it. Perhaps they can find the answer to their questions by asking themselves.”