Saudi Envoy Ordered to Return Home after Wife Caught Campaigning
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has ordered the Philippine envoy to Saudi Arabia to return after his wife was caught campaigning.
After his wife became popular on social media while campaigning for presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Philippine Envoy to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto returned home. Mrs. Alonto implored in a video with Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia to vote.
While the Uniteam tarpaulins were in the backdrop, Alonto was wearing a BBM-Sara jersey, based on the viral video. She even urges employees to lobby their bosses to allow them to vote on Election Day.
“Hindi ko alam kung ilan sa inyo ang registered voters. Hihilingin ko lang sa inyo na sana please go out and cast your vote para hindi masayang. Kung kailangan niyong magpaalam sa amo niyo, baka naman pwedeng anohin na ninyo, medyo… kayong mga chix diyan landiin niyo na ‘yung mga amo niyo,” she said.
Alonto underlined that voting for BBM-Sara is not a requirement for OFWs. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) did not seem to appreciate what Mrs. Alonto said, so she was returned home with her husband.
The department subsequently released a statement in response to the viral footage. The DFA reminds employees here and at Foreign Service Posts on a regular basis of the prohibition on engaging in any electioneering or partisan political activities, whether directly or indirectly.
“It does not condone acts that go against the Omnibus Election Code, the Overseas Voting Act of 2013 and the Commission on Elections-Civil Service Commission Joint Circular No. 001, series of 2016 [that prohibits partisan activities],” said DFA Deputy Assistant Secretary For Public and Cultural Diplomacy Gonar Musor.
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