STATEMENT OF THE MEDIA BUREAU OF THE PCFR

On the campaigning of the Philippine ambassador to the US for administration candidates

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THIS morning at a show (Thursday October 22) on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) which covered the registration in Los Angeles, California, of Filipino voters [for the Philippine elections]the Philippine Ambassador to the United States addressed the Filipino voters urging them to vote so that “the gains of this administration can be pursued.”

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Given that the Chief of Mission represents the Republic of the Philippines and not the Liberal Party, which controls this administration, this would be deemed as premature campaigning in favor of the administration party.

Considering that Filipino OFWs in the United States have their own party preferences, the Philippine Chief of Mission should just have stood neutral!

In the face of this anomaly we now call upon all Chiefs of Mission to cease and desist from campaigning for the administration and just encourage our OFWs to exercise their right of suffrage and vote with their consciences.

[PCFR is the Philippine Council on Foreign Relations.]

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