President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President interact with their supporters after the latter files his certificate of candidacy for his senatorial bid before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila on October 15, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been under fire since the controversial filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) of Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday (October 15).
Around two dozen of Go’s supporters stormed the third floor of Palacio del Gobernador to include some members of the Cabinet and President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
Adding to the crowd were members of the Presidential Security Group which obviously were there to secure the President’s safety.
Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez admitted that somehow a “special allowance” or special treatment was given to Go’s entourage.
Jimenez said the Comelec staff seemed to have been overwhelmed by the president’s security personnel that restrictions were inadvertently relaxed, that was why even the supporters of the President on the 8th floor were able to get in.
Jimenez argued that if they held the supporters of Go, the situation might jeopardize the order inside the filing area as well as the safety of the President.
The Comelec has launched an investigation on the matter to know at which part of the process did the Comelec fail to observe the proper protocol inside the filing area. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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