Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today bared he has received reports of massive vote-buying being conducted all over the country in a desperate bid to wrest a win for the trailing Administration candidates.
In his live guesting at the radio program “Executive Session” aired over DZRH, Marcos said going around the country yesterday from Bacoor, Cavite to Tacloban City and Davao City, his watchers and coordinators gave him the same report: that large sums of money are being given out.
The radio program was hosted by Atty. Jojo Dulay, former Makati Congressman Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr., and Ed Javier.
“Meron nang nag-second wave na, pataas na ng pataas ang bigayan. Atang pinakamalakas magbigay ay syempre yung para sa Administration candidates, both local and national,” Marcos revealed.
With the staggering amount of money involved, Marcos said this could only come out from the government.
“If you calculate kung ano ang ibinibigay--certain candidates are giving P5,000 for each of the Barangay Captains para ipanalo sila sa barangay, they are promising P300,000 to P500,000 to a Mayor---nobody can afford that except the government,” Marcos cited.
Marcos said he hopes the Commission on Audit has a way to track such massive expenditure of public funds and make those responsible for this accountable. However, Marcos clarified that this practice can be made to look justified, for example, by including it in the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program).
In fact Marcos said the government has apparently used the 4Ps to dissuade people from attending his sorties in the provinces.
“Lahat ng puntahan ko nag-ischedule sila ng release ng 4Ps saka yung Cash for Work. Sinasabayan ako sa mga lugar na dinadaluhan. Sinabi nila na naka-schedule pa daw itong bigayan next month pa pero inuring para isabay sa akin,” Marcos deplored.
Marcos said he remains confident the Filipino voters know better and would not fall for such dirty tactics. “Ang sinasabi ko, sige kunin ninyo ang pera, inyo naman talaga yan, tapos gawin ninyo yung gusto ninyo,” recommended Marcos.
Marcos earlier said that out of desperation the Administration has concocted several schemes in a bid to salvage a victory for their candidates, including forging alliances with other camps and manipulating survey results to mask election cheating.
Marcos urged all voters to take active measures to protect their vote and ensure that the true will of the Filipino people will triumph in the May 9 elections.