Mali pagkaintindi? Gloria Arroyo’s son denies ‘no-el’ push amid backlash

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The son of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has denied floating a “no election” (no-el) scenario despite telling the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to consider the possibility of postponing the 2022 national elections due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo told ABS-CBN News Friday (September 25) that he only talked about what could possibly happen in the 2022 elections if the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

“Hindi ko naman sinasabi na gawin natin (ang election postponement). Ang sinasabi ko lang, pagdating ng panahon, In 2022, we don’t know what will happen to us. The fact that the pandemic would be better or worse at that time,” he said.

Arroyo urged Comelec on Thursday (September 24) to study the possibility of postponing the 2022 elections as voters could be at risk of catching COVID-19 when they go to the polls. His suggestion, however, has been criticized by politikos and legal experts alike, saying it is unconstitutional to move the date of the elections.

The lawmaker acknowledged that the schedule for holding the elections is set in the Constitution, and thus can’t be changed.

“I’m not arguing with that, I’m not even saying ‘no-el’ that’s too far… I think that people just put words into my mouth,” Arroyo said.