Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told agency employees to urge family and friends to vote for LP bets.
According to a Rappler report, Abaya told the employees to "support the administration bets if they would like to see transportation improvements under the Aquino administration to continue."
Earlier this month, the Commission on Elections and Civil Service Commission recently banned government employees from campaigning for candidates, but not necessarily from sharing their political views.
According to GMA News Online, CSC chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said: "Kung sabihin [mo] kung sino ang iboboto [mo], that's not covered because that's part of your expression of your choice for the positions being voted for... 'Pag sinabi mong 'I'm voting for Candidate X,' that's not part of the coverage. [Pero iba] if you're asking, 'Please vote for the candidate I'm voting for.'"
(If you say who you're voting for, that's not covered because that's part of your expression of your choice for the positions being voted for... If you say you're voting for Candidate X, that's not part of the coverage. But it's different if you're asking, 'Please vote for the candidate I'm voting for).
In the same Rappler report, however, Abad said that he was exempted from the ban because he was a Cabinet secretary.
Abaya is the current acting president of the Liberal Party.
There have been calls for Abaya to resign due to the "punishing traffic congestion in Metro Manila" among other things, as reported in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.