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‘We’re apolitical’: DOH disavows logo shirts spotted at Marcos campaign rally

February 18, 2022 | 5: 09pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health urged the general public to chorus from the expend of items bearing the company’s logo at political events where their expend can be seen as an endorsement by the department. 

The DOH made the assertion Thursday after Sherwin de Vera, who writes for Rappler below the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship, posted photos of folks carrying DOH shirts at a campaign rally of presidential wager Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

According to the DOH, the oldsters within the photos are “successfully being workers employed or at once engaged by native authorities unit” and no longer workers of the department. The company also stated it has no authority over successfully being workers employed by LGUs.

From DOH Secretary Duque Preliminary sage shows the participants weren’t DOH workers nevertheless barangay successfully being workers who unfortunately wore DOH t shirts …

BHWs are below the LGUs and the LCEs would possibly well mute be admonished in opposition to the expend of BHWs for political ends! @DILGPhilippines

— James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) February 17, 2022

“Due to the the department’s diverse successfully being promotion campaigns and outreach purposes on the bottom, the DOH and its partners comprise produced and distributed a huge selection of shirts and paraphernalia bearing the DOH logo, to successfully being and non-successfully being workers alike, these lined below Civil Service Fee rules and otherwise,” the DOH stated.

“The department urges the general public no longer to make expend of these apolitical materials for endorsing candidates all by draw of the 2022 elections,” it added.

Beneath a joint round issued by CSC and Fee on Elections in 2016, civil servants are prohibited from enticing in electioneering and partisan political activities, which encompass forming organizations to solicit votes or campaign for or in opposition to a candidate and publishing or displaying campaign materials designed to augment or oppose the election of any candidate or event.

Prohibited acts below the joint round also encompass carrying shirts, pins or caps or the same election paraphernalia bearing the names of candidates excluding as approved by Comelec, constant presence in political rallies, and being watcher for a political event.

‘DOH is apolitical’

In a briefing Friday, DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed out that “all the pieces is apolitical” after photos of mascots of Marcos and his working mate Davao Metropolis Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in a COVID-19 vaccination residence circulated online.

Will talk over with @DOHgovph for commentary and appropriate trot. Partisan politics has no residence in official functions.

— James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) February 17, 2022

“Wala tayong kinikilingan. Kung anuman ang meron tayong kampanya or sorties na ginagawa ((We create no longer settle on anybody. No topic we create all by draw of our campaigns or sorties) all by draw of our vaccination days for our childhood, here is for us to aid our childhood, for them to feel that they are at ease and comprise a win atmosphere after they compile vaccinated,” she stated.

She, nonetheless, stated that the company has yet to get a sage on the topic.

According to a sage of CNN Philippines, the immunization process in put a matter to was once held in Talisay Metropolis in Cebu on Monday. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

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