Watch: Poe-Escudero Supporters Receive P50 and Food Packs for Attending Rally? (Video)
Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe and her vice presidential candidate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero filed their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila on Thursday, October 15. However, a video via a hidden camera is showing some people allegedly receiving P50 each for attending the Poe-Escudero rally. Watch below.
As you can hear from the video taken by Inquirer.net that day, a man wearing a “Grace Poe shirt” mentioned the name of the senator. A woman told another woman in an inaudible voice that she did not join (the rally). Shortly, the man mentioned a name and another man said that the person who was called is present. The first man told him to give the person a P50 cash.
According to Inquirer, a pedicab driver named “Rudy” told them that their local leaders promised each of them to receive P50 and food packs (pancit, fried chicken and bottled water) if they attend the said rally. Rudy allegedly added that he is only one of the 100 residents of Barangay 658 in Manila who were “invited” to support the Poe-Escudero tandem.
Inquirer reported that the video was taken in front of a makeshift house along Cabildo Street, Intramuros. Rudy also said that presidential candidate Mar Roxas and his vice presidential candidate, Leni Robredo had their own supporters when they filed their candidacy this Wednesday, and that these alleged Roxas-Robredo supporters came from another barangay.
Likewise, an unidentified middle-aged companion of Rudy told Inquirer that they were also present when VP Jejomar Binay filed his COC last Monday, October 12, and that it is common practice for politicians to hire people living near the Comelec headquarters when they file their candidacy. The man said that the ‘package’ given to them only serves as a token.
In the same video but on another scene, a woman can be heard calling for a certain Rosemarie Aguirre and later calling her Rosemarie Sonora. Later, she mentioned that the money was apparently given to another person and she might pay for it. However, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, who is now Senator Poe’s spokesperson, denied paying their supporters.
“There is absolutely no truth that supporters who came to send off Senator Poe were paid P50. The massive crowd outside (the) Comelec was a spontaneous gathering of supporters eager to send off (Poe and Escudero) as they filed their COCs,” Gatchalian was quoted as saying. Apparently, some Poe-Escudero supporters said they paid for their food and water.