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Commissioner Rey Bulay clarifies his remarks about the poll body's critics being jailed.
An election official in the Philippines defends his controversial threat to have critics of the poll body arrested by the military.
“Yun ay sinabi ko para sa kabutihan din ng mamamayan na naniniwala,” he said.
“For example yung statement ng idol ko, if the elections were held today you will win hands down. Against the statement, pag natalo yan dinaya yan, parang magkaiba,” he explained.
He warned people to obey the laws in case they did not know it.
“You will be met by the full force of the law. It is not a threat, it is the truth,” he added.
His statement aroused outrage for allegedly violating the public's right to freedom of expression.
“Kami po ay nagulat dahil hindi naman po ordinaryong tao yung nagsalita at nag issue ng statement na yan kasi siya po ay isang Commissioner ng ating Commissioner of Election. Ang mga ganyang statement ay hindi dapat nanggagaling sa isa sa pinakamataas ng ating COMELEC. Sana po sa mga darating na araw yan po ay issuehan at iclarify na na iyan ang isang pagkakamali on the part of Commissioner Bulay,” Atty. Ona Caritos, the Executive Director of Legal Network of Truthful Election, said.
"Hindi dapat maging asal diktador ang kasalukuyang Comelec," Poll watchdog Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao commented.
"We cannot afford to do that. So, we hope that Commissioner Bulay and some other Comelec commissioners would refrain from such irresponsible remarks," he added.
Philippine Commissioner George Garcia meanwhile said that Bulay is just expressing his personal opinion.
Contributed by Thimy Rose D. Noveno