Malacañang on Thursday said it was too early to consider banning face-to-face campaigns for the May 2022 elections.

Earlier, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it was mulling banning campaigns to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said it was too early for the Comelec to make a stance on the issue “because we are about to start our inoculation campaign.”

“We are aiming to vaccinate 100 percent of our adult population within the year of 2021. So siyempre, hindi mo naman mababalewala na kung tayo ay makakamit natin iyong target na iyon, e baka maibsan po iyong ating mga alinlangan sa face-to-face campaigning,” he said in a virtual presser.

“Hindi ko po sinasabi na it will actually happen but all I am saying is let’s wait what will happen to our vaccination campaign dahil mayroon pa naman tayong panahon,” he added.

Roque emphasized that the voting public should know about candidates as much as possible.

“Sa atin po sa demokrasya kinakailangan makilala ng taumbayan ang kanilang kandidato. So lahat po ng form of campaigning would be preferred, kaya lang po may pandemya at iyan po ay katotohanan,” he said.

Government officials earlier said that the country might have to wait until 2023 to eradicate the threat of Covid-19 as the supply of vaccines worldwide remained uncertain.

The next election is slated for May 9, 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro