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Lacierda told: Resign now and join Roxas

AN OFFICIAL on Tuesday accused presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda of using government resources to advance the candidacy of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II.

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, a member of the independent bloc of Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, slammed Lacierda for acting as Roxas’ spokesman and part of his campaign team.

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“If he is so committed to the candidacy of Roxas, he should resign,” de la Cruz said, adding Lacierda “is still in the payroll of Malacañang” and so should only be serving one master.

“It is an example of government resources being used for a political party,” De la Cruz said.

He made his statement even as Lacierda on Tuesday accused Senator Francis Escudero of using taxpayers’ money to campaign for a higher  office.

Escudero has declared his plan to run as the vice presidential running mate of presidential candidate Grace Poe.

“Unlike Senator Escudero, I do not use taxpayers’ money to promote myself and run for a higher office,” Lacierda said.

“I am just doing my role as a spokesperson.”

Earlier, Escudero urged Lacierda to resign if he would be using Malacañang to promote the LP instead of speaking on behalf of the President.

He said Lacierda had no business politicking.

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