THE administration-backed coalition called on the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to seek redress before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) instead of complaining before the media on the alleged use of government resources to sabotage its political rallies.
Vice President Jejomary Binay, a leader of UNA, earlier questioned the timing of the government's distribution of PhilHealth cards and bags of rice in Cebu and Bohol where UNA candidates recently conducted their sorties.
"If they have legal basis to back up their complaints, the Comelec's door is open. The Comelec has proven its independence in acting on election-related complaints," Team PNoy campaign spokesperson Miro Quimbo said in a statement.
Quimbo said government activities cannot stop if only to give way to political rallies.
"This administration has programs, especially the much-needed social and health protection services, that we need to implement. The campaign period for local officials has not started yet and that means the government is allowed by the law to continue its programs," Quimbo said.
Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone, for his part, said UNA is already getting desperate because of its lack of a coherent platform of governance.
"President Aquino knows better than to dip into taxpayer's money or public funds to finance Team PNoy. He will not violate his own daang matuwid (straight path). Team PNoy does not need Malacañang to bankroll its campaign," Evardone said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)