ABS-CBN News : Navotas woman hands over donation to Bongbong campaign

23 March 2022

By Raffy Cabristante | ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A video of a fish vendor handing her earnings to former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to support his presidential bid has gone viral on social media.

During a campaign motorcade in Navotas City on Sunday, Clemencia “Inday” Garcia was seen on video handing over an envelope with cash to Marcos himself.

Marcos was supposed to give back the envelope to Garcia, but according to Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco the woman disappeared into the crowd.

When Garcia was spotted by Marcos’ security detail, he tried to give the envelope back to her.

“Hindi ko matatanggap ito,” Marcos told her. (I can’t accept this.)

But Garcia insisted, saying she was giving her money to support the former senator’s campaign. “Para sa sambayanang Pilipino ’yan,” she said. (That is for the Filipino people.)

The money was eventually returned to Garcia, but the Marcos camp kept a handwritten letter from her.

“Tanggapin po ninyo ang aking kaunting ambag sa inyong patuloy na pagtulong sa sambayanang Pilipino … Mahal na mahal po naming kayo sampu ng aking pamilya Escarian at Garcia,” the letter read.

(Please accept my small contribution as you continue to help the Filipino nation. We, with our whole Escarian and Garcia families, love you.)

According to the Marcos camp, the cash Garcia tried to give the former senator mostly came in bills of P20, P50, and P100. “Siguro parang pinagpatong na cellphone ang kapal ng pera,” Tiangco noted.

(The money looked as thick as two cellphones on top of each other.)

Because of the gesture, the Marcos camp said the presidential candidate fought back tears.

Tiangco said that aside from the cash, Navotas residents also gave Marcos potatoes, fish, flowers, and even milk tea.

The video of the gesture was captured during a livestream on Marcos’ official Facebook page. As of posting time, it has 4.7 million views.

Marcos continues to be the survey frontrunner, according to recent opinion polls.