Mareng Winnie calls SC ‘stupid’ for allowing the deluge of epal politiko posters months before campaign period
Former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Solita “Mareng Winnie” Monsod is blaming the Supreme Court for allowing epal bets to inundate the public with their posters and pictures months ahead of the campaign period.
In her Inquirer column, Monsod encouraged voters to cross out from their list candidates who have unabashedly flooded billboards, walls, vehicles and street corners with their posters and slogans to serve justice against these epal politikos.
” They are already campaigning. They know it, we know it, the Commission on Elections knows it. It is only the (stupid?) Supreme Court that does not. Its reversal of the decision in the Penera case may be an indication of how the Supreme Court kowtows to the powers-that-be,” said Monsod.
Monsod said it was during the Arroyo administration that the SC removed premature campaign as an election offense.
In 2009, the SC reversed an earlier decision which upheld the disqualification then Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte Mayor Rosalinda Penera in the 2007 mid-term elections due to premature campaigning.
Candidates were previously mandated to limit their campaign within the 90 days before election day.
“Why should we cross them off? Simply because they are unethical, even if their actions may not be (according to the Supreme Court) illegal. Anybody who aims for an unfair advantage in anything he/she does is not to be trusted,” said Monsod.
“How can we trust such people to run the country? Moreover, where do they get the money for those posters and pictures? Either they are already corrupt, or will owe a debt of gratitude to corruptors,” she added.