Comelec: No reason yet to declare Manila 'hotspot'

February 20, 2013 10:46 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Feb. 20 — AMIDST the tension between local candidates who are running in the City of Manila brought about by the arrest of incumbent vice-mayor Isko Moreno and several councilors during a bingo event over the weekend, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes said there is no need to declare the city as an election hotspot.

He noted that since the campaign period has not yet started, they cannot declare it as a hotspot. The campaign period for the local candidates is set start on March 29.

“Paano magkakaroon ng hotspot dito e hindi pa naguumpisa ang kampanya dito sa Maynila?” Brillantes stressed.

He added that the incident is being blown out of proportion.

“Pinalalaki naman masyado yung napakaliit na bagay, wala pa naman kaming involvement dyan. Bingo lang yan masyado naman yatang nada-dramatize na,” the poll body chief said.

“I think statements like this are more of dramatization of so many things. There are so many other problems. Wag naman nilang palakihin. Maliit na bagay lang yung nangyari ditong bingo. Wag na nilang idrama. Kung part of their campaign strategy yan ok lang sa akin, kanya kanyang style yan.”

He said that they are the one that will determine an area as hotspot, adding that there has never been a case that a metro area has been declared as hotspot.

“Kami ang magdedetermine kung hotspot ang isang lugar. Never na naging hotspot ang isang metro area.” Brillantes said.

Last Saturday, Moreno, the incumbent vice-mayor of the city and the running mate of former President Joseph Estrada, who is seeking the mayoralty position and five other councilors were arrested by Manila authorities for holding a bingo event in Sta. Cruz, Manila. (PNA)

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