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Presidential power! Palace says no stopping Duterte from endorsing bets

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By Prince Golez

Expect President Rodrigo Duterte to actively campaign for his preferred candidates for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.

On Monday, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte, just like the previous Malacanang occupants, could pitch for public support his chosen Senate bets.

“The President under the law can campaign for or against candidates by reason of the provision under the law that political or officials by reason of their political offices can campaign,” Panelo said in a media interview.

He added, “The rest, all employees of the government, AFP, police, cannot campaign for or against any candidates, nor can they use any resource of the government.”

To date, Duterte, in separate speaking engagements, has endorsed 10 senatorial candidates.

They are Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito, Cynthia Villar, and Juan Edgardo Angara, Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, former presidential adviser on political affairs Francis Tolentino, former special assistant to the president Christopher Go, folk singer Freddie Aguilar.

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