By Daine Mariel Chua

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Due to affiliation of colors with a tandem running in the upcoming elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will change the red and green light of their headquarters building in Intramuros, Manila as it resulted in backlash.

In a Twitter post, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained the light colors illuminating the Palacio del Gobernador building, where they rent a number of floors, were not the agency’s choice.

“The Comelec is a tenant in that building, which is under the management of Office of the President,” he stated as a response to a Twitter post of the investigative journalist Raissa Robles. 

The aforementioned colors sparked an outcry online due to its connection with the presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for they used red and green as their political color respectively.

Meanwhile, in a separate Twitter reply to Robles’ tweet, a netizen expressed disappointment on the chosen colors, calling the Comelec “non-careful” for the red and green lights considering that elections are upcoming, which Jimenez also addressed through answering.

“They should be more mindful. When this was pointed out to them, they immediately moved to rectify,” the Comelec spokesman said. 

Furthermore, Jimenez assured the netizens that there is a plan of swapping out the lights for differently colored ones as told by ‘someone’ from the building’s administration.

Edited by Phylline Calubayan