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Palace: No govt funds spent for LP candidates

AMID criticism that government resources are being used to promote the candidates of the ruling Liberal Party, the Palace claimed it has never used public funds to campaign for the Liberal Party and it would not start doing so for next year’s elections.

“We never used government resources before and we don’t intend to start now. Plus, we answer because we are asked about the administration’s candidate for President and Vice President,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said when asked why the Palace was answering for LP candidates.

Lacierda made the assurance a day after he started a social media campaign to convince Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor Robredo to run for vice president under former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas through the Twitter hashtag #jumpwithleni.

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“You know, we’re running on a platform of Daang Matuwid [Straight Path]. We have committed ourselves to good governance. Leni’s late husband Jesse was our Cabinet member. He was known for good governance,” Lacierda said in a radio interview over a state-owned Radyo ng Bayan.

“What better tandem can we have than to see Mar Roxas and Leni Ribredo, both principled players of good governance. Both who shared the vision of President Aquino in Daang Matuwid to be together,” he added.

Lacierda then urged the public to browse not only his Facebook account but also other Facebook posts showing people’s desire to “jump with Leni” as vice president in 2016.

“It’s a leap of faith not just by Leni Robredo and her daughters. It is also a leap of faith for all of us who share the vision of good governance because we believe that a Mar Roxas and a Leni Robredo tandem will move the country forward beyond 2016,” Lacierda said.

But Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that that does not mean the Palace would spend for Robredo if she decides to become Roxas’ running mate.

“That’s a jump in logic. I was asked a question regarding Congresswoman Leni’s background and I responded. How can that even be considered promoting the party’s candidates when she is not even a candidate yet?” Valte said on Saturday.

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