A LAWYER who is running for councilor in Mandaue City attacked the camp of Rep. Gabriel Luis “Luigi” Quisumbing (Cebu, 6th district) for allegedly promising to give P25,000 each to barangay officials in exchange for delivering votes in tomorrow’s election.
In a press release, Atty. Erwin Rommel Heyrosa said that according to a source, two job-order employees were given to every candidate for councilor under Quisumbing’s slate to be used as their personal campaign driver and staff.
“There are 27 barangays in Mandaue City and about 216 barangay officials composed of barangay captains and councilors in the city and this alleged payoff will amount to P5.4 million, according to a reliable source inside the camp of the congressman,” a part of the press release read.
In a text message to Sun.Star Cebu, Quisumbing denied the allegation.
“Absolutely no truth to that,” Quisumbing said.
Quisumbing of the Liberal Party is running for mayor in Mandaue against Councilor Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon of One Cebu Party.
Heyrosa, candidate for councilor under One Cebu, said the act committed by the camp of Quisumbing is a gross violation of the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines and urged the Commission of Elections (Comelec) to investigate the matter.
According to a source, he said some barangays are used as “staging areas” for preparing campaign materials for the administration candidates.
He said barangay employees are also used to distribute campaign materials.
Heyrosa said some barangays also put up big tarpaulin posters within the barangay compound although this is already outside the Comelec designated poster areas.
“The administration candidates are in a state of panic and desperation that they will resort to anything to win even to the extent of violating the law,” Heyrosa said.
For his part, Quisumbing said rumors fly fast and thick during the election period.
“I wish the opposite camp the best in the upcoming election. May the will of the people prevail,” Quisumbing said.
Heyrosa was among those who opposed the City’s plan to reblock the fire site in Barangays Mantuyong and Guizo.