Vice mayor calls sex scandal a 'desperate effort'

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson scored Monday the new political tactics of a broadcaster who released copies of a "sex scandal" involving some city officials.

Sayson said the move is a desperate effort of broadcaster Franklin Villanueva to gain votes for Representative Monico Puentevella of the MoNoPal team.

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Villanueva is an identified supporter of Puentevella.

Allegedly involved in the sex scandal are two vice mayoral candidates for the May 10 elections, including Sayson.

Other city officials tagged in the "live sex scandal" were Councilors Dindo Ramos, Alex Paglumotan and Wilson Gamboa Jr., now a vice mayoralty candidate.

The scandal came out after Kris Murakami (not her real name) revealed that she and Councilor Ramos had a relationship, noting that the sex video was made in 2007.

Sayson, however, said the issue is a desperate effort and baseless allegation.

"Since it's nearing election day, they're trying to find ways to demolish us," he said.

Paglumotan, for his part, said the alleged revelation is a classic manifestation of their political opponents. "It's a desperate move, cheap political black propaganda, and it's reflective of their character."

Fred Caña, secretary-general of Karapatan-Negros, said in a statement that he will coordinate with militant women's group Gabriela to discuss the case of Murakami.

He said they want to meet with her to listen to her sentiments and to know if she plans to file a case against the city officials involved, as their group can also assist her.

Murakami, in her revelation on video, said she decided to come out because she wanted the people of Bacolod to know what kind of public officials they have in the persons of Sayson, Ramos, Paglumotan, and Gamboa.

She also admitted that she kept quiet when the "live sex" scandal first came out in the media last year because she had wanted to protect the four officials.

Both Ramos and Gamboa are yet to make their comments on the issue. (MAP)

Vice mayor calls sex scandal desperate effort

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