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In 2022 elections, civil servants would be required to be neutral, according to the Palace.

President Rodrigo Duterte has reminded government employees to remain “neutral” in their responsibilities even during the 2022 election season, according to Malacanang.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles explained that this is what Duterte meant when he claimed his administration will “remain neutral” during the 2022 elections.

“Sa eleksyon, lahat naman ng (all) civil servants, lahat naman ng (all) government personnel are expected to be neutral.” So, in the polls, ‘yun lang po yung reminder ni Pangulong Duterte sa lahat ng mga. “It’s basically the President’s admonition to all) public officials to remain neutral during elections,” he said at a press conference at the White House.

“No officer or employee in the civil service must engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political campaign,” according to Section 2(4) of Article IX-B of the 1987 Constitution.

Acts aimed at promoting the election or defeat of a specific candidate or candidates for public office are referred to as partisan political activity.

The rule does not, however, prevent a government worker from expressing his or her opinions on current political problems or concerns, or from naming candidates who he or she supports.

Duterte declared his administration will be “neutral” in the 2022 elections in a prerecorded Talk to the People on Monday night.

“This early on, I’d just like to say – magbigay lang ng payo (I’ll only give counsel) that when it comes to elections, the government and the administration will remain impartial.” We will not be for or against kami, kalaban o kasama sa partido (We will not be for or against, opponents or friends in the party), but we will exercise that privilege,” Duterte added.

He didn’t say what he meant by “neutral,” but he promised that the future elections would be peaceful.

“We will ensure that there is no terrorism, vote buying, intimidation, or anything else that would obstruct an honest election,” he continued.

The Department of Education (DepEd) also reminded its officials, teachers, and non-teaching staff not to participate in electioneering or partisan politics.

The Department of Education said in a statement on Tuesday that government officials and workers are barred from engaging in any electioneering or partisan political activity in order to keep civil servants focused on their jobs.

“The DepEd Order No. 48, series of 2018, or Prohibition on Electioneering and Partisan Political Activity, and its associated CSC Resolution, underline the lists of forbidden acts and excluded activities,” it stated.

“We urge on our personnel and stakeholders to advocate clean, safe, and fair elections in 2022, guided by these policies, for the sake of our children and the nation’s future.”

Withdrawal of Go

Meanwhile, Nograles has declined to comment on Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s decision to officially withdraw from the presidential election in 2022.

“Because this is a very new development on the ground, we will continue to give you with updates as they become available.” In the case of the PDP-Laban, ganun po ang sa partido, siyempre mag-uusap pa yung mga miyembro, mga opisyales ng aming partido. If the Palace has any comments, we will give updates as they become available… and si Pangulong Duterte rin naman po, kung kailangan niya magsalita, gagawin niya sa tamang oras at panahon Palace is the same way. We’ll keep you updated as things progress…and the President will speak when it’s appropriate),” he said.

Go announced his withdrawal from the presidential race on Nov. 30, claiming that his heart and head opposed his actions.

One of the reasons for Go’s withdrawal was his family’s resistance to his presidential campaign.

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