/ 9 May 2022

KABATAAN Party-list hit Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero ‘Popoy’ de Vera  III for his alleged statements favoring some candidates especially from the Marcos-Duterte ticket.

The group cited De Vera’s hosting of the 6th episode of PILI-PinaSkolar Halalan, a platform co-organized by CHED and higher education scholars for voter’s education.

Kabataan Party-list said De Vera’s “interview” was practically a borderline endorsement.

“Worse, he seems to be subtly inserting a favor to be installed in the new admnistration’s Cabinet at the end of the forum,” the group said.

“De Vera’s political opinions on candidates are already unsavory. Even worse, feeding such propaganda in an online forum that was reportedly made mandatory according to students is an outright act of electioneering—a violation of the Civil Service Commission rules that merit accompanying penalties,” it added.

It said that the giving of load raffles to some students was one step away from vote buying.

“We demand accountability from CHED Chairperson de Vera for this scandalous incident. CHED should not waste government resources to advance partisan interests veiled as voters education,” the organization said.